An intellectual history of the present, outlining the events that have led the world into its current state of economic, political, and societal demise. Tyranny in its modern forms is identified and discussed. The book abounds with original ideas that make it a new foray into critical theory, with the major difference being a constant bias in favour of democracy and the society it has produced in the past. Written for the general reader, the narrative is easy to follow and enhanced with thirteen images in both color and black and white. Available in ebook, soft and hard cover versions.
UNIVERSAL ORAL CONSCIOUSSNESS
Where did all this begin? Why this obssession with work, money, and
things? What happenned to truth and beauty, to idealism? We know what
happenned to the lust for glory and to high culture- the cataclysm of
World War II and the resolve afterward never to repeat it. The first
building American planes bombed in Germany was the Berlin Opera House.
Even before WWII, in a 1937 movie called Things to Come scripted by H.G.
Wells, we hear the new determination to replace nationalism and martial
aggression with technology and commercial competition. It's no wonder a
British writer should propose such a solution, considering that this
modern culture of things was largely invented by the English. Why did
this happen in England?
As every high school student knows, the rise of mercantile culture began
in the sixteenth century with the spice trade. However, it was Sir
Walter Raleigh's bringing back tobacco from America at the end of that
century that really ignited the new fever for commerce and the fortunes
it could make, and it did not end with tobacco. The whole development of
commercial culture over the past five hundred years has been driven by
oral stimulants and what has come to be a universal oral conscioussness.
After spices and tobacco came sugar, coffee, chocolate, and alcoholic
spirits. The first commercial distilleries (producing alcohol in large
quantities) of all the major spirits- cognac, whiskey, gin, and rum-
appeared in the 1600s. All of them created a large number of personal
fortunes over many centuries and established a widespread appetite for
money, especially in Britain. By the early 1600s nearly every Englishman
had a pipe in his mouth. By the early 1700s coffee houses profusely
dotted every cityscape in Europe. J.S. Bach even composed a famous
Coffee Cantata. The painter William Hogarth produced a couple of
etchings titled Gin Lane. Excessive gin consumption became so rampant in
eighteenth century Britain that it led to the Gin Act of 1751.
These stimulants continue to this day not only to drive commerce but to
shape human consciousness. People no longer need the books of the
classical world or the Bible to infuse their lives with meaning as they
did before 1600. They now only need to put things in their mouths
throughout the day- sweet, fatty foods, alcohol, coffee- to feel
satisfied. The removal of these substances from any modern life would be
catastrophic. It would bring about a fundamental transformation of
consciousness, a new reality paradigm, an end to the predominance of
money and commerce in modern civilization. People can live without
religion if they have to, without high culture, without military or even
commercial competition, but they cannot live without their oral
stimulants of choice. These are what they look forward to every day from
the moment they awake. They simply do not require life to have a purpose
The American colonies would never have come into existence without the
English desire to exploit for profit the new-found appetite in England
for a weed Sir Walter Raleigh brought home with him from an expedition
to America. The prevalence of tobacco smoking in England at the end of
the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, always
attested to by historical tradition, was recently proven by the
excavations at Jamestown, the oldest surviving English colony in America
(founded 1609), which unearthed many pipes. Tobacco could only be farmed
in America. Greed gave birth to America, and the new oral consciousness
gave birth to greed. If you take away the five basic oral stimulants,
even today, the entire commercial system would collapse and thus so
would democracy. Common people simply do not care that much about
material things or money. These are ancillary and come only as
by-products of the main activity- to supply people with oral stimulants
that pacify them and put them in a stupor.
Oral fixations may be infantile in nature, extensions of a person's
continued attachment to the mother's breast. So the various stimulants
are essentially replacements for the pacifiers that babies suck on. They
may be an unconscious acknowledgement of inferiority, an indication of
one's inability to grow up. Oral stimulation diverts blood and energy
away from the body, from the errogenous areas, toward the mouth and
brain. Men lose their virility and are denied sex or don't want it from
women whose bodies are also denuded of blood and energy. In the
seventeenth century men in England began to fit metal braces over the
heads of disorderly women, with metal bits running into their mouths and
possibly chains connected to the backs of the braces (Scold's bridles).
This is obviously indicative of physical debility due to compromised
circulation and hormonal deficiency. The oral stimulants also placate
the spirit and empty the mind of all thought, replacing it with simple
animal pleasure. In other words, they induce narcosis.
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