Monday, May 22, 2017
“Full Circle: An Encore Performance, New Venue, Fresh Actors”
“Full Circle: An Encore Performance, New Venue, Fresh Actors”
by Doug “Uncola” Lynn
“History is written by the victors.”
- Winston Churchill
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”
- Proverbs 22:7
"'The Wheel of Time' is a notion shared by many religions and philosophies. In modern paganistic traditions, like those celebrated by Wiccans today, annual festivals are arranged into what is called the Wheel of the Year and marked by various equinoxes, solstices, and the dates in between. The ancient Greeks and Romans considered destiny as spinning like “yarn” on a wheel; and the Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, once wrote how the universe is “change”, life is what “our thoughts make it”, and of time’s cycling to and from infinity while aligned into a succession of finite periods. From the days of the earliest Druids through the life of the Viking Leif Ericson, the most commonly used nomenclature for Wheel of the Year festivals are descended from the Celtic and Germanic cultures.
When the Roman emperor Constantine the Great proclaimed his Edict of Milan, in AD 313, it eventually allowed the pagan festivals-of-old to be later claimed by the Christians. The Roman Saturnalia, and the Germanic Yule, became Christmastide; and the spring celebrations of rebirth and fertility combined with the resurrection of Jesus Christ into what was henceforth known as Easter Sunday. Today, the two-faced, Janus, the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings, is celebrated worldwide as New Year’s Eve and Day; the wine-infused, Cupid pierced, bacchanalian, ancient Roman fertility orgies of Lupercalia are now acknowledged as Saint Valentine’s Day; and the ancient Roman festivals of Lemuria, Parentalia, and the Celtic Samhain, are today commemorated as Halloween. Just as the hands rotate around a clock, so are the holidays repeated within the turning of seasons, year after year.
The Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once said: “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”
The Spaniard author, essayist, and philosopher George Santayana, claimed “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” and the American author, Mark Twain, believed history “rhymes” instead of actually repeating. In the more recent past, however, it was the historians William Strauss and Neil Howe who in their books, “Generations” (1992) and “The Fourth Turning“ (1997), identified twenty-year generational cycles spinning as the four seasons while stamping their impressions upon the flux of linear time.
If history does at least rhyme, then the rising generational crescendos of cultural conflicts today must have echoed through eternity as well, in the way of cosmic encores.
In the years from 1919 to 1929, the Weimar Republic in Germany was viewed by many as a success. The government worked to stabilize the currency and reform the tax code. The lower classes enjoyed previously unknown freedoms under the new Deutsche Reich constitution, the railway system was organized, factories modernized, wages increased, the insurance industry was reformed, and over two million new homes were constructed in seven years.
However, even as the German economy was recovering from the hyperinflationary economic crisis in the wake of World War I, the social fabric supporting the Republic was tearing apart. The political left desired a communist revolution and equality for the working class; whereas the bourgeois; the wealthy land owners, and the political conservatives in general, all mostly opposed the Republic’s democratic system in favor of a more authoritarian form of government.
Among the increasing social and political fractures of 1920s Germany, the new freedoms granted by the Weimar Republic also inspired wellsprings of innovation in science, art, education and culture. From Freudian psychoanalysis, to the birth of the Frankfurt School; advancements in quantum mechanics like Werner Heisenberg’s Uncertainty principle to Albert Einstein’s Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. Great contributions were additionally made in the fields of architecture, literature, and cinema; all under the umbrella of German Expressionism.
In 1927, the German expressionist, Fritz Lang, released his seemingly prophetic silent science fiction epic, “Metropolis”, now playing worldwide on your personal electronic device via Netflix. The film is set in the year 2026, when society is separated into two distinct classes known as the Workers and the Thinkers. The Workers lived and worked to operate the machines in an underground hell of impoverished enslavement while under total surveillance.
Conversely, the Thinkers led lives of absolute technocratic luxury above ground in gleaming skyscrapers. The leader of the thinkers controlled the world in what was called “The New Tower of Babel” and he commissioned the creation of an android (called “Machine Man”) that had the capability to appear exactly like any human person. The android was used to trick the Workers into revolting against the establishment so the Thinkers could, in turn, violently subdue the lower classes once and for all. Paradoxically, there are those today who find the film permeated with occult undertones and still resonating within the Hollywood film and American music industries.
Because of art like "Metropolis", and a few other reasons, the conservatives in Germany lamented the Weimar Republic’s transitioning their Deutschland into a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. They therefore advocated for the demise of the existing constitutional government. Beginning in October 1929, they soon got their wish; as did some German aristocrats, bourgeoisie, and legions of young socialists looking for a political savior. In the American bankruptcy and cash crunch that followed the Wall Street crash, the Dawes Plan, which financially subsidized Weimar Germany, became an unaffordable enterprise for the U.S. lenders across the Atlantic. The Americans allowed 90 days for Germany to make good on all of their loans. This decimated the Deutschland’s economy and by January of 1933, German unemployment had multiplied near ten-fold from September 1928.
Ask any loan shark and they’ll tell you: When the money’s not there, somethin’s gotta give and someone’s gonna pay.
In America 2017, the citizens enjoy the highest Per Capita Gross Domestic Product in the entire world. The new administration under Donald Trump aims to maintain America’s superpower status via the diminishment of illegal immigration and the expansion of trade; both measures designed to benefit the middle class. Trump also hopes to reform the healthcare system, preserve the stability of the U.S. Dollar, reform the tax code, and bring American businesses back to within her borders.
However, long before Trump’s election, the country was deeply divided by diverse ideological value systems as represented within every county of every state. The political left favors globalism, open borders, United Nations Agenda-21 initiatives, identity politics, the equality of outcomes, transgender rights, socialized single-payer healthcare, and nationwide gun control. The American conservative right supports national sovereignty, constitutional law to ensure the equality of opportunities, free-markets, healthcare sold across state lines, and the ceaseless continuation of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Since the election of Donald Trump in November of 2016, the fissures within American society have greatly magnified as the authoritarian military-industrial complex, a complicit mainstream media comprised of five monolithic corporations, the War-Party Establishment Neocons, and an increasingly socialist body-politic, have attempted to implement a political coup through the narrative of a phony election-hacking scheme purportedly staged by Russia.
In spite of documented proof of illegal collusion between the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the mainstream media (see Donna Brazile) conspiring to steal the election from Clinton’s Democratic Party primary opponent, Bernie Sanders; and regardless of recent developments revealing that the some of the 2016 WikiLeaks revelations were likely provided by a soon-to-be murdered DNC operative (see Seth Rich), the daily media attacks against Trump are relentless.
Nonetheless, even amidst widespread social and political fracturing, the American citizenry continues to enjoy lifestyles of unprecedented technological prosperity as compared to other nations. In just three decades the world has witnessed the proliferation of the internet, broadband, computers, mobile smartphones, e-mail, advancements in genetics, robotics, microprocessors, fiber optics, software, lasers, LCD and GPS systems, online shopping, solar and wind energy, digital recording, biofuels, bar codes, scanner and military technologies and a network of near universal societal surveillance all connected via a vast worldwide Web.
During the same time period, America’s representative republic suffered multiple fractional-reserve-banking induced financial bubbles, especially within the real estate and technology sectors. In the new millennium, college loans, auto loans, the national debt, credit card debt and the nation’s unfunded liabilities have all grown to record highs; totaling in the combined trillions of dollars. In truth, America has become a kingdom of debt and a nation of serfs. Most of the citizens just don’t realize it yet.
In a land of blooming cell-phone towers and global positioning satellite connectivity, we now live in a nation where the online behemoth, Amazon.com, has surpassed Walmart as the world’s largest retailer; and in a country where Amazon’s founder, chairman and CEO, just happens to own the very newspaper that has brought down a previous United States president.
Indeed, America ever remains the land of opportunity. Recently, a 50% occupied retail mall in Pennsylvania, which opened just twelve years ago and was once valued at $190 million, was sold for the really great bargain of only $100.00 to Wells Fargo Bank; even though the developers still owed $140 million and it was not long ago appraised at $11 million. What a deal! America is awesome. In fact, even our local police departments today are so well-equipped with the latest military technologies, it appears they could invade Poland and win. And, in just the last year, it was revealed that the propagandic ministry of MSNBC has grown by 82% in total viewership.
Soon Americans will be offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work in a society where a global cashless banking system will allow government to completely monitor and control all economic transactions. Plus, with the much desired and soon forthcoming single-payer healthcare system, the bloated bureaucracy may even find more savings for select groups of Americans to buy more stuff from burgeoning online monopolies, or financially bleeding zombie malls. Chocolate Easter eggs, Halloween costumes, and big screen televisions, just in time for Christmas. And next year, they’ll do it all again.
However, for some people, a kind of uneasy, and vaguely troublesome, Ghost of Christmas Past awareness seems to be pervading in recent years. It is faint and hard to discern, but it feels strangely familiar; similar to winter’s first frost at the end of fall. Like something is coming. Something big.
In an economic crisis, war, and a hyperinflationary future spiraling out of control, political fractures will become more like tectonic plates, shifting. Many people are going to pay. One way or another. Entire groups of Americans will be blamed. Whether it is the deplorable citizens who allowed Russia to install a puppet president to preside over the destruction of a once-great nation; or those who undermined a constitutionally elected president; there will be blood. And, for far too many left shivering in their homes through the long winter months of failed utilities and power outages, while starving in the cold dark; their hatred will keep them warm before revenge will satisfy their hungry souls.
Weimar Germany had a population of 65 million people. America’s current population exceeds 300 million. With the advancing Islamification of Europe, and the economic implosion of South American countries, it is conceivable there will soon be very few, if any, safe places to emigrate. When things go bad, what will happen to those who are blamed? What will be done with them? Where will they go?
Perhaps, if the global banking elite and military-industrial complex could persuade China, or North Korea, to just nuke the American west coast, and get Russia to soon light up the eastern seaboard, it might solve a few of the Thinker’s logistical concerns.
The former English barrister, biographer, historian, essayist, and travel writer, Philip Guedalla, once said: “History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.” The American journalist, lecturer, drama critic and teacher, Sydney J. Harris, once claimed: “History repeats itself, but in such cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done.”
Indeed. Like a cosmic stage play introducing new characters every season, the names and venues may change, but the story remains the same. When trying to envision future acts, it is wise to study past performances.
And, for those in the audience who fell asleep, if they wake up near the end, they just might see the ghost of Maximilian Robespierre make a Nazi-style salute at the climax of a grand and modernized Greek tragedy. However, for those who remain focused and aware, when any explanations or resolutions are not forthcoming, it is important to stay alert, always watch, and to keep searching. If the past is any indication: In the final acts, and definitely towards the end of the story, the answers to our questions are sometimes discovered to have been hidden in plain sight.”