Author Archive | Andrew Dilks

Religion, Atheism and Dogmatic Thinking

The Inquisition Tribunal as illustrated by Francisco de Goya.

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Someone recently asked: “Should the oppressive content of monotheistic religions be respected and left alone or challenged and questioned?” It’s a loaded question which, needless to say, provoked a lively debate on the nature of religion as a force for oppression and negativity in the world today. As one person expressed it: “Christianity is a restrictive, damaging, violent, oppressive, totalitarian, hypocritical, patriarchal cult that has caused 2000 years of pain, suffering and misery to countless millions.”

It’s not hard to see why so many people think this way – religious wars and persecution have, over the centuries, killed untold millions; the tenets of Holy scriptures used as a justification for a litany of crimes against humanity, from the Crusades in the Near East and the conquest of the New World and subsequent genocide of the indiginous population, to the horrific Inquisition and the frequent slaughter of heathens “in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ”.… Read the rest

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Celebrities Speak Out

Cartoon by Eli Valley, courtesy of copyright holders Forward Magazine. Used with permission. Click Image to read original article!

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When Stephen Hawking announced he was boycotting Israel in protest of their occupation of Palestinian land the ensuing furore was nothing if not predictable.

After a barrage of appeals from Palestinian academics the world-renowned scientist cancelled his appearance at the high-profile Presidential Conference. Hawkings stated in a letter dated 3rd May: “I accepted the invitation to the Presidential Conference with the intention that this would not only allow me to express my opinion on the prospects for a peace settlement but also because it would allow me to lecture on the West Bank. However, I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference. Had I attended, I would have stated my opinion that the policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster.”

Opposition to the move from Israel was swift, condemning his decision as “outrageous and improper”, with conference chairman Israel Maimon going on to say, “Israel is a democracy in which all individuals are free to express their opinions, whatever they may be.… Read the rest

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The Woolwich Murder and Inflaming Racial Tensions

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The brutal murder of a man in Woolwich, set upon by two men wielding knives and machetes, inevitably led to a lot of heated responses, not least from the hundreds of closet bigots coming out of the woodwork on social media networks, eager to denounce Islam and calling for all Muslims to be thrown out of the country, or worse. Certainly, the reported scenario – Islamic extremists attack serving British soldier who was wearing a ‘Help for Heroes’ t-shirt in broad daylight – is about as shocking and sensational as you can get, guaranteed to inflame racial tensions in a country where years of terrorism and immigration propaganda has worked to instill a culture of fear and separation throughout the population.

Some of the comments on Facebook on the evening of the murder left me under the impression that the ghost of Enoch Powell had somehow merged with the internet, possessing people with a relentless, savage desire for rivers of Muslim blood cascading through the streets of Britain.

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Mainstream Media Coverage of the Bilderberg Group Adopts a Tone of Desperation

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This year’s annual Bilderberg conference is set to meet in Watford, UK. Global elite power brokers from the world of politics, finance, business and media will once again meet to discuss their agenda for the coming years and, much like the secretive Bohemian Grove gathering, many are more than a little concerned as to what exactly these powerful public figures discuss behind closed doors, away from the prying eyes and ears of the public.

Unless, of course, you’re a mainstream journalist, in which case the upcoming protests focusing around the event are met with scorn and derision.

Writing in The Independent, James Cusick exemplifies the media’s reaction to these protests with a typical display of unwarranted hyperbole and mockery in his article “Watch Out Watford: Here Comes the Secretive Bilderberg Group“:

Whether it’s the shape-shifting group of reptilian descendants from the constellation Draco who control humanity, or the shadowy cabal of powerful financiers and politicians who covertly run all governments, conspiracy theorists are once again preparing for their annual jamboree of protest against those who really rule the world, this year in the highly secretive destination of… Watford.

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Boston, False Flags and the Strategy of Tension


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The responses in the immediate aftermath of the Boston marathon bombing were predictable: the idea that this may have been a false flag event and the dismissal of such a notion with the derogatory expression “conspiracy theory”. Certainly, there are many who instantly jump to the conclusion that “the government did it” when tragic events such as this occur before waiting for all the evidence to emerge – in the current political climate of seemingly never-ending lies and deception, this knee-jerk reaction is perhaps understandable. Equally, those who dismiss these allegations are right to let the dust settle – new evidence emerges and narratives spin from the wheels of government and media, frequently changing and often contradicting one another.

It came as no surprise to anyone that firebrand radio host Alex Jones was the first to call “false flag”. But perhaps less expected was the manner in which the term itself became something of a meme – Google trends showed a major spike in searches and it even made the mainstream media (although expecting Yahoo News to deal with the subject with even a modicum of accuracy would be optimistic, to say the least).

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Thatcher’s Legacy: Austerity and the Attack on the Poor and Vulnerable

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If there’s one thing the British government and its media mouthpieces can rely on it’s a general public who are quite happy to spread their propaganda for them – not since the riots of 2011 have I witnessed such a degree of slavish, unthinking  repetition of falsehoods and lies as can be seen on forums and social media networks in response to the recent wave of cuts to the welfare system. This feeling of despair at the gullibility of the general public was compounded by the response by many to the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher; the gushing eulogies and beautification of a woman who supported brutal dictators such as Pol Pot and Idonesia’s General Suharto, while decimating British industry. It’s as if people have lost the ability to think for themselves, finding comfort in a patently false narrative which blames the victims of savage austerity while simultaneously ignoring or excusing the crimes of the rich and powerful.… Read the rest

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Art and Physics

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It’s well known that many of the great breakthroughs in science seem to occur both independently and near-simultaneously: Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz and the development of calculus; Nikola Tesla, Guglielmo Marconi and the invention of the radio; Alfred Russel Wallace, Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution are just three famous examples of radical new theories and inventions appearing in apparent isolation from one another. But what if scientific developments are prefigured by artists, who elucidate new concepts and manners of expressing space, light and time which capture the essence of radical new approaches to theoretical physics years before they actually occur? This is the subject for Leonard Shlain’s fascinating book, Art and Physics.

Shlain takes the reader on a journey through history, from the classical art of the Greco-Roman world through the spiritual mosaics of the medieval era and the Age of Reason up to the present day; from Euclidean geometry to Galileo, Newton and the discoveries of Einstein.… Read the rest

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Orwell, Dali and “Degenerate Art”

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When the Nazis mounted the exhibition Degenerate Art in Munich in 1937, it could be said that modern art was ironically validated in the eyes of cultural history. After all, a black mark from fascism – which promoted “art” that exalted blood and toil, racial purity and obedience – implies that modern art at that time stood for everything the Nazis opposed. This is, of course, simplistic reasoning – “modern art” at the time stood for many things, sometimes attempting to deliberately eschew ideology altogether, often apolitical and frequently controversial.

But the Nazis weren’t the only ones to see modern art as something controversial, or worse, a threat to the very values that underpin society. George Orwell – who sat about as far away from the political ideology of the Nazis as one can get – also perceived a moral degradation in the output of one of the most notoriously subversive artists of the time, Salvador Dali.… Read the rest

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Royal Babylon and the Power of the Monarchy

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The British press can always be counted on to mask the depradations of the royal family – after all, they’re a national treasure who bring in much-needed revenue through tourism, right? Not quite. While David Icke might refer to them as shape-shifting lizards, others see them as parasites, leeching public money to maintain their palaces, country retreats and lavish lifestyles.

Of course, when the Queen gets the shits and has to spend a couple of days in her Freemasonic hospital, we can rely on the BBC and the Daily Mail to litter their screens and pages with endless coverage of this non-event; as for the thousands of “ordinary people” dying under the failing NHS – a system the Queen is quite happy to assist in the dismantling of – the same media is largely silent. Upon her release she was unfit to perform her public duties, but nevertheless found the time to sign the Commonwealth Charter, ensuring the interests of the realm continued to be protected.… Read the rest

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Ominous Parallels and the Slide Towards Totalitarianism

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Erich Fromm once said, “Anyone who will think about it knows the machinations of propaganda, the method by which critical judgment is destroyed, how the mind is lulled into submission by clichés, how people are made dumb because they become dependent and lose their capacity to trust their eyes and judgment. They are blinded to reality by the fiction they believe.”

This goes some way to explaining why, although many people seem to be aware that history repeats itself, few really seem to react when they actually witness it happening. With the rise of the internet and alternative news sources, often the fiction is proven to be just that, a  fabrication. And yet the machine of propaganda continues on, its power lying in the repetition of “the Big Lie,” and the same fictions are tweaked slightly and once again resold to the public as absolute truths.

A recent example of this is Iraq’s alleged “weapons of mass destruction” and Iran’s alleged “nuclear weapons program”: the same repetitious, baseless fear-mongering across the spectrum of the mainstream media, then finally (in the case of Iraq after the country had been invaded) the admission that there was no evidence after all.… Read the rest

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