The Apocalyptic Death of Reason

Rick brings the logic to a xombie

Rick brings the logic to a xombie

By: Jay

What is “reason”?  Dr. Bahnsen made a great point several years ago about the mass equivocation on the subject of “reason.”  It’s a common word, used by everyone, yet at the same time it’s one of the most ambiguous words to define.  What Hume thought reason was, was vastly different from what Plato thought “logos” meant.  So what is reason?  If “faith” contrary to, or in league with reason, or is faith the only rational position to hold?  Who is right?  There are different dialectics and possibilities in regard to this question, and thus different pitfalls to be avoided.  As a student of philosophy, science and theology, I intend to offer insights on this question.

Two easy pitfalls to avoid are fideism and rationalism.  These are two sides of the same coin, with both schools proffering an all-encompassing answer that falls on one or the other side.  For fideists, the divine is wholly irrational and beyond comprehension.  Since the divine is essentially something experienced by the individual and his own piety (supposedly), fideism has tended towards pietism, superstition and irrationalism.  Fideism is thus very anti-world, and anti-intellectual, viewing creation, reason and intellect as dangerous potential enemies to the idea of God.   Fideism is an immature, childish position, which is a common feature among cults and sects of all stripes, allowing for the void of objective truth or reasoning to be filled with the imposition of the de facto, unquestioned claims of the “prophet” or sectarian hierophant.

Likewise, the rationalist sees reason and logic as the sole and final authority.  For the rationalist, “reason” is a self-evident, objective standard anyone and everyone may potentially tap into to judge all matters.  In short, whatever cannot be measured, counted, analyzed and dissected, cannot be rationally accepted.  It is, as Guenon says, the reign of quantity.  Yet early rationalism had a peculiar feature that later western rationalism did not.  Early rationalism in thinkers like Plato up to Descartes and Leibniz preferred the Ideal as the real.  Since reason was truth, and truth is unchanging, the Ideal must be the truth, and the realm of flux deceptive.  Yet reason itself is not something that can, so to speak, “get outside itself.”  When empiricism and Darwinism gained the ascendancy, any notion of an Ideal was tossed out, since it could not be accessed through sense experience, and since Darwinism “proved” that all is flux and change. Continue reading

The Olivet Discourse and Apocalypse as A.D. 70 Destruction

The Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by Titus

The Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by Titus

By: Jay

[Note: This is an old historical position paper I wrote, arguing that the Olivet Discourse and Apocalypse are not about present day events, but the destruction of Jerusalem. Apologies, the footnotes didn't carry over.]

Introduction:

One of the most fascinating first-hand battle accounts is that of the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D. by the Roman Governor Titus Vespasian, later written based on the eyewitness experience of Jewish Pharisee/historian Flavius Josephus.  Josephus, however, is not the only prominent historical figure to give a description of the events of the Jewish war of that year.  Jesus of Nazareth also appears to give an accurate and detailed foretelling of the disastrous events to come upon Israel in Matthew, Chapters 23-24; and Luke, Chapter 21.  The thesis of this paper is that both Gospel accounts are referring to the same event that Josephus describes in The Wars of the Jews.

Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian.  He was born 37 A.D. at Jerusalem and died around 101.  He was a member of a distinguished priestly family that claimed ties to the Machabeans.  Josephus was gifted with a tremendous memory and was well educated by his wealthy parents, and familiarized himself with all the socio-religious parties of his day, including the Essenes, Pharisees, and Sadducees along with Roman and Greek cultures.  His era was one of constant political and religious turmoil amongst these competing sects and the many attempts by the Jews to overthrow Roman dominance. Josephus’ attitude, however, seemed to follow whatever party (Jew or Roman) appeared to have the upper hand at any given time.

In the year 67, Josephus was taken captive by the Romans after a failed uprising, but was spared by the Roman General Vespasian, who would later become Emperor in 69 A.D.  Vespasian’s ascendancy to the throne as Emperor would result in handing over the ongoing battle with the Jews to his son Titus, who would succeed in destroying the Temple.  Josephus was utilized by Titus as a “middle-man” to plead with the Jews to surrender when they were trapped in the besieged city of Jerusalem.

Dating and Authorship of Texts Involved

     It is this unique position of Josephus as a negotiator for the Romans, a Pharisee, and a historian that makes his eyewitness account of the destruction of the Temple so lucid and profound.  His book, Wars of the Jews, which deals with the destruction of Jerusalem in detail, is what will be examined here.  The book was written around 75 A.D., when he was about 38 years of age.  This text will be compared to the Gospel accounts of the destruction of Jerusalem described in Matthew and Luke. Continue reading

The Apotheosis of the Stupid

Your local manager.

Your local manager.

By: Jay

An educated person in America operates under the duress of a constant and perpetual disconnect.  I don’t mean a person who was pilched for $70k for a slip of paper from some socialist state school, or even a framed slip from some “elite” private school, since the educational format is essentially standardized in this country.  I mean people who have an education.  Foreign bloggers and writers that peruse my site often show wonderment, commenting that “if this guy was in another country, he would be hailed as a great thinker.”  But alas, I am in the midst of a land (o lakes) that is hell-bent on a plaid-speed (to quote Spaceballs) path to disintegration and self-destruction.  For me, the most shocking revelation of my experience in higher education was the realization that stupidity is the path to sainthood in modernity.  People who learn how to learn, or later in life attempt to learn a classical formulation of education, replete with critical thinking, are the new devils.

IQ is supposed to be an indicator of future potential and success, but what happens when IQ becomes a threat?  It has long been said that only intelligence can recognize intelligence, so when the mass populace is dumbed down, the cumulative effect upon the literati is even worse.  My controversial thesis as you may guess, is that this is by design.  It was not designed by the hordes of hobgoblin heifers that haunt the gaunt halls of public education, but by social engineers decades ago, who egalitarian theories are already long debunked.  Somehow, total lies became the norm, and when one discusses these issues with a baby-boomer, the only reaction is disdain and the canned “grow up and get a job” line.  Well, growing  up presumably means understanding the system and acting accordingly, which none of the boomers seem able to do.  But reality has a funny way of coming back to attack you, like a thief in the night, and the baby boomers’ denials of reality are now beginning to come to full fruition.  Continue reading

The Amerikan Temple of Technocratic Doom

Amerika! Comin' again to save the muthaflippin day, yeah!

Amerika! Comin’ again to save the muthaflippin day, yeah!

“To be is to be deceived.” -George Berkeley

By: Jay

This week I have revisited a lot of research I did years ago on mind control, MKULTRA and other programs, with a fresh perspective.  I find that from a research vantage point, delving into something, then moving on to something else for a few years, and then returning to the original issue provides new insights and revelations.  In literary theory, the practice is similar, as you “chew” the material you’ve digested, returning to it again after some reflection.  This has led to some really fascinating revelations about the nature of propaganda and psychology.

Semiotics is the philosophy of signs and linguistics, and can be extended in a broad sense to all reality.  When you are driving down the road and read a sign, you are using semiotics.  When you walk down an alley and see a fat broad with a slutty outfit that propositions you, and you surmise she is a hooker, you are using semiotics.  In short, because all reality is a process of receiving patterns and symbols, the manipulation of signs and symbols is thus what rules reality.  In order to break free from the “matrix” of propaganda and faux reality foisted upon you, it requires simply a commitment to truth.

For most people, there is an assumption that to have a vested interest in the system is the means to get ahead.  Why worry about propaganda or GMO food, when such questions could lead to immediate discomfort.  After all, the trendy snots at the coffee shop that drive BMWs might think you’re off if you were to question the status quo.  But it’s important to keep in mind that neither the Baptist pastor nor the trendy coffee house shit really escape or get ahead by choosing to follow the herd off the cliff.  Where I live happens to be one of the worst areas of gentrified hipsterdom, where there is a complete and total disconnect from reality.  In their orgy of pseudo-individualism and green environmental droolery, the majority of these pill-head zombies have children with cancer and autism, failed multiple marriages, miserable jobs and empty lives of the silliest side of nihilistic abandon.  And this is the middle and upper middle class!  The lower classes are even worse, lacking the basic necessities of existence apart from Gubmint, Inc’s teat. Continue reading

Apocalypticism, Republiconmunism and Race-specific Bio-Weapons

All aboard!  Here's your passport to republican utopia!

All aboard! Here’s your passport to republican utopia!

By: Jay

For a long time I’ve held back on my actual thoughts on things, but nowadays I could care less. The actual operation of the entire society has become so absurd, backward, and irrational that it is now comical. For those aware, it is quite evident there is a long term plan to re-engineer and reorganize the western world in particular. The modern world is under the delusion that it has been freed from the prison of “superstition” and “dogma”: Altar and throne have been overthrown and now the “New Man” can arise from the ash heap of millennia of “dark ages” and oppression. Modernity has given us medicine and personal computers, right? Indeed, so onwards towards the great utopia! But is this so?  Why do the day-to-day lives of those of use in modernity seem like everything but the great utopia?  The previous millennia has seen a multitude of millenialist demagogues hellbent on establishing the “Great Society,” yet the he awakening public is becoming aware of the sense that modern utopia is really another form of enslavement, as even Zbigniew Brzezinski has noted on multiple occasions.

But what if the uprising of the masses is not really a good thing? Mass uprisings bring forth the reordering of society under a new hierarchy: not the elimination of hierarchy. Marshalling of the masses for political means has ever been the tool of petty tyrants, demagogues and gainsayers, as well as powerful larger interests. To understand the gigantic farce of the modern world’s beliefs about itself, it is to the ancient world that we must turn. This is a point you will almost never hear mentioned, so grab your pen and paper and get ready for notes. Following upon the French Revolution, most of the western world supposedly rejected monarchy and religion in favor of Enlightenment Republicanism. Obviously this doesn’t mean Sarah Palin and George Bush. By “republicanism” is meant the idea of a republic, and the idea of a republic cannot be divorced from Plato, and an analysis of the Republic should be given, but before that, the stream (or sewer) of millennial sects and movements must be explained.

Prior to the French Revolutionary Jacobins and so-called “illuminists,” came the medieval heretical sects of the Bogomils and Cathari that represented the most significant challenges to papal power. While never an organized front, the sectarians were able to wrest various sections of Europe from Roman primacy, while the compliment in the East could be seen as Islam, representing similarly a gnostic challenge to the Imperial Orthodoxy of Byzantium (such is the origin of Bogomilism, which birthed the western gnostic movements).

Also concurrent with these movements were the Catholic orders that had similar trends, like the Franciscans and pseduo-millennialists like Joachim of Fiore. The Joachimites and some Franciscans foresaw an era of mass pouring out of “the Spirit,” ushering in a “golden age” of humanity living righteously. In fact, Benedict XVI has even written concerning these connections in Joachim as follows:

“Ratzinger dug deep in his research. And he discovered that in Bonaventure, there is a strong connection with the vision of Joachim of Fiore, the Franciscan who had prophesied the imminent advent of a third age after those of the Father and the Son, an age of the Spirit, with a renewed and entirely “spiritual” Church, poor, reconciled with Greeks and Jews, in a world restored to peace.”

I think there is a clear conduit from this to modern revolutionary movements. The Thomas Muntzer rebellion should also be mentioned as important currents of modern socialism, inasmuch as Muntzer attempted to practice perfect and total communism. It is also important that these centers of rebellion were France, Germania and Hungary: future centers of radical communism and “illuminism.” Renaissance humanism and the Reformation gave birth to the revolutionary movements of Illuminism and socialism, yet there are two crucial factors seldom mentioned in treatments of this subject that undergird all these trends: Plato and millennialism. Continue reading

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) – Jay’s Analysis

The Eye of the Umbrella Corporation is watching you!

By: Jay

I confess, I’m a bit surprised I haven’t found a real analysis of Resident Evil in the “conspiracy” realm.  There are a few videos on youtube, but the quality is so poor, there’s no point in mentioning them.  I am sure many of my friends and compatriots will sneer and giggle at a Resident Evil analysis, inasmuch as I am basically the only one who sees any value in the series.

In fact, not so much because the storyline is that great (it’s pretty cookie-cutter, since it is a video game film), but from a “conspiracy” vantage point, the symbols and messages in the series are exceptionally relevant.  The “conspiracy” view is hot stuff nowadays, and pop culture is rife with “Illuminati” references everywhere.  Resident Evil, however, is deeper than one might expect, and worthy of analysis, if anything because it has become a billion dollar plus franchise.  In particular, I’m going to focus on the latest installment, Resident Evil: Retribution.

The overall plot, for those who aren’t aware, focuses on Alice (Milla Jovovich), the former head of security for the Umbrella Corporation, the omnipotent, omnipresent shady conglomerate that focuses on genetic engineering, bio-tech, bio-warfare, cloning and virology in its endless underground cities and facilities.  Alice eventually discovers she is herself a crucial Umbrella experiment, being imprinted with an entirely false past with false memories and genetically engineered abilities that have resulted from the famed T-Virus, which originally caused the zombie apocalypse.  Alice is constantly being cloned and tested on, with endless Millas piling up like hot sexy garbage.  Alice wants answers and revenge, and embarks on a never ending mission to stop Umbrella and save what is left of the human race following the ravages of the now global zombie apocalypse.

In the first few installments, Alice escapes from the Umbrella facilities that are run by an A.I. supercomputer known as “Red Queen.”   At first, communist ideology comes to mind with the red queen (since feminism is a Communist movement), and given the imagery and symbolism of the new film, it would not be far off.  Communist/Soviet imagery and symbolism dominates the new film, making it even more “Illuminist” than I would have ever expected.  The Cold War is referenced and made use of symbolically throughout the film, with resurrected undead Soviet zombies being used in the underground simulation cities.  (The Red Queen is also the queen in Alice in Wonderland.)

The Zombie Apocalypse is coming. Only hot chicks will survive.

As it turns out, Alice only thinks she is in Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow, etc.  In actual fact, the cities are recreated simulations in a completely controlled and surveilled Umbrella underground base.  In fact, underground cities and bases are very real, being mentioned all the way back in James Bamford’s classic The Puzzle Palace in 1982.  A.I. Supercomputers like the “Red Queen” also exist, as Bamford has written of, as well.  Bamford wrote in that work:

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