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Ezra Pound on slavery

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at 21:03

Ezra Pound by Gaudier on Dr John Dunn.






Ezra Pound by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska






Quoted by John Dunn from Ezra Pound's America, Roosevelt and the causes of the present war (1944)

Usurocracy, defeated by the operations of Jackson and Van Buren, next directed its beam of obfuscation onto the question of negro slavery, or “chattel slavery,” as it was called. The dramatic and sentimental possibilities of this problem were far superior to those immediately visible in the bank struggle.

During the pre-war phase the debates in Congress reveal an extremely penetrating perception on the part of the more intelligent members. But after Lincoln’s death discussions lost much of their clarity. The indebtedness of the South to the City of New York took second place. The subject lost its news value.

Usurocracy had discovered that the slave-owning system was less profitable than that of “free” labour. Anyone who possessed a slave had to keep him alive and in a fit condition to work. This cost more than “free” labour, in respect of which, under the capitalist system, the employer had no responsibility whatsoever. The defeat of the slave owners was already determined, predetermined.


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Crypto-capitalism

Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at 20:49

Marx mask on Dr John Dunn. Marxism is but symptomatic. The fact is that the Counter-Renaissance was victorious. The myth of progress to capitalism continues to hide a return to feudalism, i.e. the neo-feudalism of our time.

This was the victory of Spinozism that exists today as Marrano universalism, hidden under the Marxian mask of capitalism. What we have now is a crypto-capitalism, with the political objective of global unity serving a financial objective of the free and unrestricted movement of money - an echo of the borderless pre-Renaissance chaos that was congenial to the economic success of Spinoza’s forebears.

Under this crypto-capitalism, the global economic surplus is channelled through central banks, with global indebtedness and the concomitant central bank lending secured against the enforced taxation of whole populations.

It is the call for ‘no countries’, ‘no borders’, that brings the anarchist, Marxist and financier together as promoters of tikkun, the great repair, the return to Ein Sof, from the state of fragmentation symbolised in the shattered vessels of Luria’s Kabbalah.


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Marxist myth

Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 21:39

Spinoza and Marx on Dr John Dunn.




















Marxism is but symptomatic. The fact is that the Counter-Renaissance was victorious. John Dunn on the myth. The myth of progress to capitalism continues to hide a return to feudalism, to the neo-feudalism of our time.

This was the victory of Spinozism, and still it remains hidden in victory as a Marrano universalism, hidden under the Marxian mask of capitalism. What we have now is a crypto-capitalism - with the political objective of global unity serving a financial objective of the free and unrestricted movement of money - an echo of the borderless pre-Renaissance chaos that was congenial to the economic success of Spinoza’s forebears.

Under this crypto-capitalism, the global economic surplus is channelled through central banks, with global indebtedness and the concomitant central bank lending secured against the enforced taxation of whole populations.

It is the call for ‘no countries, no borders’, that brings the anarchist, Marxist and financier together as promoters of tikkun, the great repair, the return to Ein Sof from the state of fragmentation symbolised in the Lurianic shattering of the vessels.


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Momentous year

Friday, 1 December 2017 at 21:53

Christopher Colombus on Dr John Dunn. Christopher Columbus


During the momentous year of 1492, Spain delivered massive blows against Guelphic economic power. John Dunn quotes Columbus.‘In the same month in which their majesties [Ferdinand and Isabella] issued the edict that all Jews should be driven out of the kingdom and its territories, in the same month they gave me the order to undertake with sufficient men my expedition of discovery to the Indies’. So began the diary of Christopher Columbus.

In combination with the restrictions imposed upon the nobility, the expulsion of the Jews was intended to staunch the haemorrhage of surplus value out of Spain in payments for weaponry, luxury goods and associated borrowing, which went, ultimately, into the coffers of Venice. The burden of payment for usurious loans was borne entirely by the ultra-feudalist producer class of serfs. Wealth was draining out of Spain and, if economic autarchy was to be achieved, the parasitism upon the producers had to be lifted.

The other blow against Guelphic power was implicit in Columbus's diary entry - the trade route to the East which bypassed Venice. These were already beginning to be established. What Columbus stumbled across were the Americas - for Spain, amongst other things, a source of gold devoid of Venetian intervention and speculation.


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The cultural environment nurtured under Henry VII

Thursday, 30 November 2017 at 21:48

An engraving of Henry VII on Dr John Dunn. The cultural environment nurtured under Henry VII enabled the circle of scholars associated with Erasmus of Rotterdam to flourish. John Dunn adds more scholars.Erasmus, Thomas More and John Colet looked to education as an Eleusian way to freedom, tantamount to a transfiguration, recalling Dante’s declaration that the truly free individual possesses crown and mitre over himself, i.e. the power of mind over which no secular or clerical authority can rule. These Renaissance thinkers saw the possibility of transforming citizens into the equivalent of Plato’s ‘philosopher kings’. This idea was expressed by Erasmus two years after his arrival in England in 1499, when his Handbook of the Militant Christian was published. Like Dante and others in the conspiracy of intelligence,Erasmus argued for the rejection of Aristotelian sense certainty, ‘the poison of representation’ described by Dante in Canto IV of Paradise, turning instead to Plato for inspiration.

In man, reason discharges the office of king... Consider the dregs of the lower classes to be those affections or passions that dissent as much as possible from the decrees of reason and that are least humble. These are lust, lechery, envy, and similar diseases of the mind, which we ought to resist as overseers restrain dirty, vile slaves so as to ensure that they perform the tasks assigned them by the master, or, at least, so as to prevent them from doing harm. The divinely inspired Plato wrote of all these things in his Timaeus.*

Thomas More developed this theme in Utopia, in which he argued that to become Platonic ‘philosopher kings’, all the nation’s citizens would have to be schooled, for it was ‘impossible to do all things well unless all men are good’.


Erasmus,More and others of their circle had developed the ideas of Dante, Nicholas of Cusa and Plethon, as well as Plato, placing their hopes in the application of these ideas to the education of the monarch and citizenry. A combination of coherent nationhood, enlightened monarchical rule and an educated citizenry would march the world out of the slavery of Guelphic control. They posited a very real alternative to the bestiality of man and the permanent economic chaos of ultra-feudalism that had for long benefited the alliance of nobility, Jews and Venetian financial speculators. As such, Erasmus and More had consciously attacked the core principles of the Diocletian Order and Jehovian Terror.

* Erasmus, Handbook of the Militant Christian, Yale University Divinity School, Eikon Database, http://divdl.library.yale.edu/dl/FullText.aspx?qc=Eikon&q=3149&qp=13Cited 30.10.15

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Fighting feudal warlords

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 at 21:44

Edward I on Dr John Dunn. Edward I (left) went so far as to break the proto-oligarchical alliance by expelling the Jews from England in 1290, anticipating the action taken in Renaissance Spain by over 200 years. Edward I’s exploits against the Welsh and the Scots are also to be understood as an attack upon one other element of the tripartite alliance. These wars have been subject to a retrospective historical distortion of the truth. They were not wars between nations; after all the concept of the nation state barely existed. Rather, Longshanks was fighting feudal warlords on the edges ofhis kingdom. ‘Scottish’ kings, such as John Balliol and Robert the Bruce, were not Scots as we might recognise them today. They were Frenchspeaking nobles and related to Edward himself. Like Edward, they would have much preferred to have been fighting in the Middle East on Crusade.Robert the Bruce had great landholdings deep into Yorkshire and John Balliol even endowed an Oxford College.

The confrontation between kings with absolutist designs and nobles protecting their feudal privileges was central to Shakespeare’s history plays about the Plantagenet dynasty. King John was portrayed as attempting to justify his attempts to assert his own power and arbitrary and violent actions, with speeches about how his legitimacy as king was derived directly from God (which opposed the Guelphic assertion that the Pope must intervene). Shakespeare presented Richard II challenging feudal precedents, seizing lands to finance wars and justifying his action by claiming the divine right of kings. Rejecting these violations of the Diocletian Order, Bolingbroke led the revolt against Richard, illegitimately crowning himself as Henry IV.


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Gentile against Spinozism

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 at 21:39

Giovanni Gentile on Dr John Dunn. Giovanni Gentile


Spinoza’s Ethics is composed as a doctrine of freedom - a freedom to be acquired by liberating the soul from the passions. In order to free ourselves from our passions we must only know them, that is, we must discover their causes and understand their natural necessity… In such a conception, reality was nature, the universe, existing independently of human thought which only aspired to know it, without ever attempting to transform it into a better world of its own - the moral world. Hence the essential function of the human spirit was conceived as a purely theoretical and speculative activity, without any practical power. The will… was degraded by such a doctrine to a mere device of reasoner compelling human conduct to conform the laws of nature. Its function was therefore negative rather than positive; it was destined to put out of man’s mind any foolish desire to oppose himself vainly to reality, which, being what it is, cannot be changed to please us…

In such a system feeling can find no place. It is a hindrance to man who, being born to develop completely his rational nature, is from the beginning entangled in his senses, which are at once the means and the obstacle to human knowledge…


In the universality of reason there is no mine or thine, I or thou, this or that; the universal is an object of knowledge but is not the knowing subject. It has no personality, and it is not spirit…

…With Christianity there arises a new concept of life, no longer as nature, but as spirit…

…They point to something that seems to be a new nature, a grace, a virtue freely bestowed without his doing anything to deserve it, but which is nothing in its pure immediacy - the immediacy that deprives the spirit of all freedom and consequently of all merit, thus degrading it to a state of nature. Grace is not fate! This is the hard problem which the new age has for so long attempted to penetrate. But however mysterious it remained for a still immature reflection, men drew from it the firm assurance that the principle of salvation was within them that it was there they must seek it, at the source of their life; there lay the treasure. The subject began to prevail over the object; the spirit, with all the strength of its inner life, began to lift itself above nature.


(Giovanni Gentile, The Philosophy of Art)

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