The Rise and Fall of Civilizations

I did manage to get to the Egypt: Time of the Pharaohs exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center and enjoyed it quite a lot. It was very well done as most of those exhibits are and I managed to learn a few new things which is always fun. I compare those experiences always to the museums of The British Museum of London and the Louvre in Paris as kind of e benchmark of excellence. While the Cincinnati Museum is not as large as those in other cities, the quality is every bit as good, if not much higher, especially after the 2 and a half years restoration project of Union Terminal that was just completed. Aside from the great museum in Cairo the British Museum and the Louvre have excellent sections on just Egypt so that is the standard I measure everything against. And with that in mind I spent a few hours going through it with my two daughters and we had a great time. I’d recommend it to anyone, even those casually interested.

I’m not particularly impressed with Egyptian culture, but we cannot ignore them, they had a culture that lasted over eight thousand years and three of those were in a high city-state existence with very complicated social structures, so they were obviously doing something correctly. But I can’t help but see the pattern in their society whether it be the Indus Valley, the various dynasties in China, the Maya, the Aztecs, the Romans, the English, all societies go through their own version of the Vico Cycle and end up surprisingly thriving one moment in geological time, then abandoned and back to being hunters and gathers. It is certainly my proposal that is precisely what happened in North America once the Europeans started officially settling in the “New World.” By the time Christopher Columbus landed likely the Egyptians, the Phoenicians, the Vikings, the Celts, the Chinese and who knows whoever else had risen and fallen many times over and what was left were the basics of human experience in the form of hunters and gathers. The Indians as they were called were not a sophisticated human development, but a failed one that was clinging to their pasts through oral tradition, but in reality, they were back to the mud huts of their antiquity. We could look at the living conditions of the outskirts of modern-day Chicago and declare we are headed presently in the same direction.

And the cause of it all was quite clear painted on a wall at the Egypt exhibit for which I took the picture shown here, of the pyramid style cultural model that many of us so much understand subconsciously. The idea of a king/god at the top and a bunch of worker bees at the bottom which support all that is above them. I would contend that while it is true that such a structure allowed societies to maintain themselves for many years, from thousands of years such as the Egyptians experienced to just a few hundred as was the case of the English. The advantage of the west was that there was a structure which the Orientals often copied through trade that provided sustenance in organized city states, but at a cost to individual rights. While most societies knocked on the door to the concept of individual rights, they often missed the mark until the idea for a new model came about under the American invention where there wasn’t supposed to be a god like king or a society of servants who knew their place in the scheme of things and were happy to contend themselves to it.

Looking at that same pyramid model of society from the American point of view would result in totally different outcomes. In America an individual can marry or work at any level they desire. The printing press took away the power of the High Priests of previous cultures and put the power of knowledge in the hands of individuals and the ability to have gun ownership took away the need of the state to defend the individual. Those two inventions of thought destroyed the typical power structure of all previous societies and started something new. Unfortunately, it goes against thousands and thousands of years of human programing. We may have invented a new form of social structure, but our innate habits have not yet adapted them to reality. We still hear daily in politics that we are all supposed to be “middle class” citizens and that we need the guidance of the “upper class” to guide us through our lives from birth to death. That is after all the very structure accepted in modern-day Washington D.C. The great tragedy from those who support that structure is that Donald Trump is the evidence that anybody can rise to the top. The premise of the college scandals we are hearing about in the news presently is the fall from grace that the “uppers” can’t just buy their way into society, that merit is the way its supposed to be in America. There are many who are struggling with the very concept of individual growth as opposed to tiered structures such as the Egyptians had.

I would offer that the reason that the Egyptians did last so long, just as Europe has under Roman Catholicism was that they managed to hold their societies together through superstition and mere belief due to the fact that most of their lower class people were stupid—that they couldn’t read or obtain information for themselves, nor could they defend any property they acquired. They needed the power of the state to do that. And in the vacuum of those long periods of state development great attributes such as roads and plumbing became standard, as did the arts of thought, writing, performing, and oral traditions which preserved their emerging society in a way that could be studied later, and was beneficial. But also was the evolution to the individual, the divorce from group think into the realization of individualized power, for which America became. Often when societies have arrived at this juncture in the past, they fell apart, and did not keep it together long enough to last. Without other nations to conquer and the fear of the gods coming to destroy everyone if they didn’t sacrifice their family cat, advanced societies just didn’t know what the aim of life was but to defend it from the possibility of death, and that kept their societies at least focused on their own societal self-preservation.

But it’s always a short-lived gain. The real mark of a proper society is how well it taps into the individual characteristics of its people and although Europe for the most part was quite ominous in its king state behaviors, which were direct descendents of the Egyptians and many others who came before, the society of western civilization itself did give rise to the power of the individual, of the ability to marry whom one wanted and to pursue a career of their own making. This was a major transition of thought that many struggle with even today. But it is the superior guidepost of an advanced society. While the Egyptians had done many things correctly in their thousands of years of reign on planet earth, they missed the mark on the key to all human endeavor, the right of the individual to function from its own bliss. They were knocking on the door especially with their concepts of arriving into their own deaths, but the higher concept was that heaven was always here on earth and it only took their own minds to see it. We should admire what the Egyptians were able to achieve over an eight-thousand-year period, but more than that we should then conclude what America has achieved in just over 200 years. And it is that perspective which we should all carry into the future. Because that is the one that counts the most—achievement. Not where we reside on a ladder of perceptive power.

Rich Hoffman

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The Land of Blood and Oil: A Letter from George Soros planting the seeds of uprising

Who is behind the Egyptian uprising? Well, Glenn Beck has done some great reporting about the New Caliphate, which people who understand history, and don’t think everyone in the world “behaves” with a European mindset, can see clearly. And there are forces that want to perpetuate the advancement of rival factions and strengthen their world grip so conflict can occur that will weaken the resolve of those forces true enemies. In this situation with Egypt its capitalism, and Jewish influence that are seen as the enemies. But behind that simple explanation it’s the United States that is the influence that must be overcome.

Watch Glenn’s excellent coverage from Friday here:

People mistakenly believe that WAR is fought with guns and that casualties are counted in dead bodies. NO. War, especially since the advent of the nuclear age, and since the creation of the UN is fought with subversive politics and a weakening of the enemies resolve through culture, which leaves the infrastructure intact but defeats the people.
So with that small fact in mind, it is no surprise that George Soros has revealed his passion for Egypt. I obtained the below email because Soros sent it to me, so it’s no big secret. However, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, you can read such letters with an eye to not what it says on the surface, but what is hidden in the words. Read it for yourself below.

Why Obama has to get Egypt right
By George Soros
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Revolutions usually start with enthusiasm and end in tears. In the case of the Middle East, the tears could be avoided if President Obama stands firmly by the values that got him elected. Although American power and influence in the world have declined, our allies and their armies look to us for direction. These armies are strong enough to maintain law and order as long as they stay out of politics; thus the revolutions can remain peaceful. That is what the United States should insist on while encouraging corrupt and repressive rulers who are no longer tolerated by their people to step aside and allow new leaders to be elected in free and fair elections.

That is the course that the revolution in Tunisia is taking. Tunisia has a relatively well-developed middle class, women there enjoy greater rights and opportunities than in most Muslim countries, and the failed regime was secular in character. The prospects for democratic change are favorable.

Egypt is more complex and, ultimately, more influential, which is why it is so important to get it right. The protesters are very diverse, including highly educated and common people, young and old, well-to-do and desperately poor. While the slogans and crowds in Tahrir Square are not advancing a theocratic agenda at all, the best-organized political opposition that managed to survive in that country’s repressive environment is the Muslim Brotherhood. In free elections, the Brotherhood is bound to emerge as a major political force, though it is far from assured of a majority.

Some have articulated fears of adverse consequences of free elections, suggesting that the Egyptian military may seek to falsify the results; that Israel may be adamantly opposed to a regime change; that the domino effect of extremist politics spreading to other countries must be avoided; and that the supply of oil from the region could be disrupted. These notions constitute the old conventional wisdom about the Middle East – and need to be changed, lest Washington incorrectly put up resistance to or hesitate in supporting transition in Egypt.

That would be regrettable. President Obama personally and the United States as a country have much to gain by moving out in front and siding with the public demand for dignity and democracy. This would help rebuild America’s leadership and remove a lingering structural weakness in our alliances that comes from being associated with unpopular and repressive regimes. Most important, doing so would open the way to peaceful progress in the region. The Muslim Brotherhood’s cooperation with Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate who is seeking to run for president, is a hopeful sign that it intends to play a constructive role in a democratic political system. As regards contagion, it is more likely to endanger the enemies of the United States – Syria and Iran – than our allies, provided that they are willing to move out ahead of the avalanche.

The main stumbling block is Israel. In reality, Israel has as much to gain from the spread of democracy in the Middle East as the United States has. But Israel is unlikely to recognize its own best interests because the change is too sudden and carries too many risks. And some U.S. supporters of Israel are more rigid and ideological than Israelis themselves. Fortunately, Obama is not beholden to the religious right, which has carried on a veritable vendetta against him. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is no longer monolithic or the sole representative of the Jewish community. The main danger is that the Obama administration will not adjust its policies quickly enough to the suddenly changed reality.

I am, as a general rule, wary of revolutions. But in the case of Egypt, I see a good chance of success. As a committed advocate of democracy and open society, I cannot help but share in the enthusiasm that is sweeping across the Middle East. I hope President Obama will expeditiously support the people of Egypt. My foundations are prepared to contribute what they can. In practice, that means establishing resource centers for supporting the rule of law, constitutional reform, fighting corruption and strengthening democratic institutions in those countries that request help in establishing them, while staying out of those countries where such efforts are not welcome.

The writer is chairman of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations, which support democracy and human rights in more than 70 countries.

So what’s the real problem? If you look at the problem with the benefit of history you can trace back the hostilities in the Middle East to The Treaty of Versailles which concluded World War l and divided up Europe and the Middle East to the victors. One of the territories broken up was the remains of the Ottoman Empire. Watch video of the situation here:

I will put that entire series at the end of this post so you can watch the whole thing. I will say this; Beck is right about the Caliphate idea. Such is the glue that holds together the minds of Muslim radicals. But politically, the moderates in the Middle East desire to undo the damage done to them by the Treaty of Versailles and to return their lands to what it was during the Ottoman Empire.

People like Soros are supporting organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood to achieve that goal. In his letter above Soros makes no mention that the Muslim Brotherhood is a radical group that spawned Hamas and many terrorists’ activities. In our own country Soros has a hand in many organizations that have “progressive” aims and our own radicals like Bill Ayers and Francis Pivan are supporting uprisings like what you are seeing in Egypt. They hope that the radicals topple Egypt, bypass American influence and inspire radicals in the United States to do the same. Just like any strategy, troops need to see a victory. Progressives in the United States need a demonstration of a government overturning power by the mob to show those radical students, old hippies, and extreme leftist leaning Marxists in American that such revolutions are possible. While at the same time, the Muslim Brotherhood can extend its power and take one step closer to becoming a “unified” world power again.

The situation is actually much more serious than anyone cares to ponder. In that letter from Soros is a gentle warning to President Obama that he was elected president, supported by people like Soros, to achieve things like this Egyptian issue.
You have to read between the lines to see the menace behind the smiling faces and the seemingly patriotic terminology in that letter of “US.” Make no mistake that the coordination which occurred on Facebook and other social networking sites of this massive riot had the seeds planted by the same people who author letters like the one listed above. And the crop they hope to grow is a world with even less United States influence and a return of the land to the people of the Ottoman Empire which will then be a force to unseat the powers that currently reside in Europe.

It’s all part of a larger strategy.

If you want some nice light reading, check out the CIA’s website on this matter and do some of your own investigation.
Here’s the rest of that series, which is very important to understand.

Rich Hoffman!/overmanwarrior

The Real Crime in Egypt: History lost to ideology and quests for power

Egypt is not the first and it won’t be the last to suffer the type of insurrection witnessed upon the final weekend of January 2011. The crime in that civil disobedience that has already claimed lives is not whether or not the radical’s clamoring to over-throw a ruthless dictator, only to inject a radical Muslim government which believes in killing all whom do not practice their religious ideology. It’s not that the United States has yet been caught again supporting such a dictator in order to maintain stability in a world still behaving with an infants mentality. You’d think the CIA and “other” forces would have learned from Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden and a long list of others that had support of the United States, to not attempt to manipulate governments with subversive tactics, because they almost always come back to haunt us later.

If you want to hear a great scenario of what’s going on in Egypt listen to Doc Thompson’s guest here:

The real crime here is in the destruction of history. The vandalism of the Egyptian Museum is a modern example of such destruction, and insight into the catastrophic devastation of our own world history.

Of course the official report is that just a couple of mummies had their heads ripped off, and there was some broken glass. I’m including here a number of pictures supplied by that show the extent of that damage. You can see the source article by clicking this link. The damage to this very fine museum is extremely alarming to me in this modern age.

I have been thoroughly enraged most of my life that the Romans burned the Library in Alexandria. Depending on what story you believe, Caesar set fire to the Egyptian Fleet when trapped and outnumbered and the fire spread to the city and destroyed the Library there. The information lost in that act of destruction most likely cost mankind a firm understanding of our past.

The constant trouble in Iraq and the Middle East in general has deprived many researchers from proper archeology of the region. Most of what has been done up to this point is just speculation supported with some artifacts. Because of the violence, research can’t take place openly. The loss of the Library of Baghdad was a tremendous failure.

Hitler participated in book burning, the Spanish conquistadors destroyed the Mayan codices, and the Qin Dynasty of China burned numerous books and buried scholars to suppress the past.

Here in the United States Anthony Comstock founded the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, founded in 1873 to prevent the spread of “lewd, objectionable” books. Under this Society was the destruction of around 15 tons of books, 284,000 pounds of plates for printing books, and nearly 4 million pictures. I first ran into the work of Comstock when I was a kid of about 10 or 11 years old. I used to subscribe to a Rare Books and Prints company in New York that would send me a quarterly catalog of rare books under their collection. Many of these books were several thousand dollars each, and were one or two of a kind, and Comstock had helped make those books so rare.

These days, the places I most enjoy are places like Barnes and Noble. I love the book store down on Newport on the Levy. And I love Books a Million. My wife and I often spend hours and hours in these stores every couple of weeks. I also adore because they sell, or can connect you with many rare books. One of my great treasures is a simi “rare” book by Claire Chennault called Way of the Fighter written in 1947 and published in 1949. I looked for that book for over ten years and my daughter had found it on Amazon and given it to me on Christmas one year. It’s in good condition and costs well over $100, so it wasn’t easy for her to get. That book isn’t as rare as others, but the point is, it shouldn’t be rare, because it was printed in the modern age. The story with that book is that Chennault was very; very critical of the United States policy in China which eventually allowed communism to take over the country after he’d spent 6 or 7 years defending China from Japan, and the rise of communism with just a rag-tag group of fighters called the Flying Tigers. Chennault, a brilliant general and tactician, predicted the rise of the conflict in Korea, and in Vietnam, but nobody listened. Instead, there was pressure from the government to the publisher to not print many of those books from that aging general, and to just let him fade away into obscurity, which is pretty much what happened to Chennault and his predictions.

What can be learned from this is that Chennault’s book is only 60 years old, and it is evidence of why a book had restricted printing, and gradually it will be completely wiped out as people die off, and sell books like that in garage sales and they end up molding away in a basement someplace. In a hundred years, they’ll all be gone. That brings us back to the Library of Alexandria founded sometime around 323–283 BC and may have had tablets and papyrus thousands of years old.

Here is the description from Wikipedia: The first known library of its kind to gather a serious collection of books from beyond its country’s borders, the Library at Alexandria was charged with collecting the entire world’s knowledge. It did so through an aggressive and well-funded royal mandate involving trips to the book fairs of Rhodes and Athens[8] and a policy of pulling the books off every ship that came into port. They kept the original texts and made copies to send back to their owners. [9] This detail is informed by the fact that Alexandria, because of its man-made bidirectional port between the mainland and the Pharos island, welcomed trade from the East and West, and soon found itself the international hub for trade, as well as the leading producer of papyrus and, soon enough, books. Talk about rare books.

And when there was a conflict even out in the harbor, and the fire accidently spread and destroyed the library, those rare books are now lost forever, and the history with it.There are more than a few modern educators, or people that make their money off education, such as union leaders, that think some of my articles on “cryptic” anthropological issues, such as the Giants of Ohio, and the Real Origins of the Human Race are hokey. These are the same type of idiots that ridiculed Isaac Newton, or Christopher Columbus for their beliefs. People who are “really” educated, not just making money off it, know that there is a lot that we don’t know and can’t know unless we do the research.

And we can’t do the research if we’re always at war, or if religious ideology prevents proper scientific investigation.

So when you see thugs, radicals, socialist, creeps, revolutionaries, soldiers of fortune, and other opportunists hiding in the crowds of protesters in Egypt, know that there is a serious risk of losing valuable aspects of our past that is already swallow at best. Seeing tanks parked outside the Pyramids of Egypt is a sad and pathetic site.

It is inconceivable how many archeological sites were destroyed in the Middle East because Woodrow Wilson and his conspirators after World War l created through the Treaty of Versailles countries like Iraq and Iran and other territories that were intended to be run by British and French interests, finally breaking up the Ottoman Empire. And for those that don’t understand anything about the Ottoman Empire, it looks as though these various factions are looking to recreate it with radical Muslim fundamentalism. Through these conflicts, we are going to lose countless artifacts that connect us with the past, which will prevent us from fixing our future. So while the news broadcasts talk about the increase in oil prices, and the struggle of Israel, the real strategy will go unreported and therefore is the real cost to society.

I wish George Bush had leveled with the American People about why defending the faults of Wilson and the gang was important to the United States now. Because we committed ourselves to defending the region whether or not we have a right to or whether the land should return to strictly Muslim rule. The real evil lays in the hands of the progressive view of the world everywhere and their soft little minds of sympathy that can’t see one foot in front of themselves. To back out from the region now would only invite more violence and create a united and dangerous enemy that would lead to a much larger scale war. It’s far easier to defeat small factions of tribes or political groups. But several countries united under a common cause, like what’s happening, can lead to a much more bloody conflict. The “oil” buzz word just makes a complicated situation easy for people to relate to. But when you get caught in that over simplification, like Bush did, it makes you look dishonest and incompetent. That’s what the revolutionaries in Egypt right now are saying about America and our support of their hated dictator.

It’s the progressives in our own country that keep Presidents like Bush from giving it to us straight, because those same progressives in the media will need a story they can get their teeth in, because their own understand of history is so shallow, that’s why they’re attracted to progressive ideology in the first place. That’s why we’ve lost millions of potential artifacts in the Mesopotamian Valley and countless other locations, because of such short-sightedness. That’s why all human kind is doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

The damage to the Egyptian Museum is a travesty to us all.

Now, for those out there that question the intention of Islamic extremists, read their strategy in a PDF file. Just click on the link below. The first half is in Arabic, but the second half is in English. Just scroll through till you see the English words.

Keep in mind that there are already sleeper agents in the United States, just as the Communist Sleeper Agents were put in place under the guise of “progressivism.” That means members of the media are playing a part as “sleeper agents.” And if you think that’s too conspiratorial, stop watching Sex in the City for a little bit and read the PDF file and educate yourself.

Rich Hoffman!/overmanwarrior