It will go down in history as the greatest economic scam ever. Bayer paid $66 billion for Monsanto and everyone’s wondering why.
Some 13,400 lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto after its leading herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) was deemed a probable carcinogen. A jury awarded a plaintiff $289 million in the first case, reduced upon appeal to $78.5 million. But before anyone at Monsanto could celebrate, the next jury ordered them to pay $2 billion (yes, that’s a “b”). With another 13,398 cases to go (and growing), Bayer was nonetheless happy to pay $66 billion for Monsanto, knowing full-well these lawsuits could make the tobacco settlements of the 1990’s look like chump change.
On May 15th, 2019, leaders from around the world met in Paris, France, to discuss how they planned to collaborate with tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook to ruthlessly censor the Internet. Many world leaders, including Justin Trudeau, signed something called the 'Christchurch Call to Action', pledging to "eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online". By using a very liberal interpretation of "terrorist and violent extremist content", they intend to crush all online content that contradicts their agenda.
On Saturday, April 27, John Earnest, a 19-year-old nursing student, walked into a synagogue in Poway, California and opened fire, wounding two people and killing one. In an article in the Unz Re qview, white nationalist Greg Johnson tried to locate this shooting in a matrix of other similar shootings:
On Friday, March 15, 2019, a 28-year-old white man, Brenton Tarrant, reportedly entered the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and wounding around 40 others.
Human dignity and the life of the human person in whom it inheres is not primarily an object of politics. Our primary access to the phenomenon of life is self-awareness and the perception of other humans and other living beings. Life is the being of the living. Vivere viventibus est esse, says Aristotle. Being, however, is never an object of politics as it is not an object either of natural science. It is in fact the primum notum of reason and as such secondarily an object of metaphysical reflection. Because life is the being of the living, then life cannot be defined. According to the classical adage ens et unum convertuntur, it holds true for every living organism that it is alive precisely as long as it possesses internal unity.
Melanie Phillips, writing in Commentary Magazine a few years back, informed readers that:
“The really difficult problem is that supersessionism is not some fringe theology but is deeply rooted in Christian thinking. At the most basic level, the Church believes that Christianity superseded Judaism. The Holocaust caused Western churches to rethink this, although those in Eastern countries remained unmoved. But whereas in the 1965 Papal encyclical Nostra Aetate, the Catholics tried openly to face up to and repudiate their own anti-Jewish thinking, the Protestant churches quietly brushed supersessionism under the carpet.”
In other words, those who entirely embrace Christ and his teachings and become members of the Church He founded are, it seems, necessarily ‘anti-Jewish’. For some reason, the foul mass-murder of Jews in Europe under the profoundly anti-Semitic (not to mention anti-Christian) race-obsessed Nazi regime is an event which should make people rethink their acceptance of Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah prophesied in the Jewish scriptures and the true source of unity of the people of God. Quite why this follows is never explained.
Modern science has really two roots. The first is an empirical or experiential view of the whole of nature, thought to come from Francis Bacon (though it can easily be traced to an earlier Roger Bacon [1214-1294] and others of the scholastics). The second, and more significant, is the “rational” or mathematical view of the same natural world we have already alluded to. Both these sources are evident in the modern “scientific method.”
This is not a simple deductive or inductive method, but a combination of both. The tension between these two makes it difficult for the modern mind to decide whether modern science is purely factually/empirically or hypothetically/mathematically based.
As far as I can see, there are only two reasons to read Culture Wars magazine: you either are a victim of this culture seeking to understand why and how you and/or people you love got burned by the forces controlling our culture and you want to overthrow it, or you are one of its victimizers playing a cultural support role and you want to learn of potential threats which may lead to its overthrow.
This essay is directed to both kinds of readers, in order to answer the former and convert the latter.
Persecution appropriation, anyone? The spectacle of a Jew waving an Israeli flag placing himself at the head of the march is a familiar one, for instance the film The Big Short where Jews are transmuted by a sort of Philosopher’s Lead into the heroes of the Subprime Collapse. So it was only natural that the outrage generated by Covington would sooner or later be redirected in favour of its proper object. Someone would finally figure out how to claim Covington for the Jews.
A recent article in TheAtlantic monthly by two Harvard historians1 proposed the establishment by the President of the United States of a Council of Historical Advisors. The reason is obvious: as the truism puts it, those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it. This truism applies to the issue of water. Mid 20th-century California history is full of instruction for the present generation in its search for solutions to the West’s recurrent droughts and water insecurity. It brings to light a fact of enormous import for policy discussions on water conservation, the Salton Sea, and water security; namely, there is no shortage of water on Planet Earth.
The current Ukraine crisis is part of an historical effort by the Anglo-Saxon nations to dismantle Russia. Fearing the geographical sprawl of the Russian Empire going back four hundred years, as Russia spread eastward toward India, which was then the crown jewel of their Empire, the British determined that Russian power had to be broken. In the late 19th century Great Britain through the Rothschild Milner group began to recruit the United States through their subordinate banker J. P. Morgan to join their geopolitical interests together as they did not believe that they had the power alone to achieve these goals.
The alt-right is supported by two pillars. The first pillar is rhetoric, the other pillar is genetic theorization. There was once a third pillar, being those responsible for organization protests and “marches,” but the events at Charlottesville destroyed that pillar, with no hope of revival.
Your correspondent (Culture Wars, November 2018) is pleased to see letters printed in the magazine from countries outside the USA. Well, perhaps I can assist still further in this endeavor on a subject mentioned frequently in Culture Wars, namely the Jewish question.
There are four supposedly Catholic weekly papers in England. The Universe, and the Catholic Times are pretty anodyne, and the Tablet, although having a fine earlier history, long ago left the integral Catholic fold with much of its contents. This is so much so the case that its dissenting approach in the sixties to the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae led to its becoming known as “The Pill” (a pretty unsubtle pun!).
How far will the homosexual movement go? Gay marriage, gay adoption, Christians forced to provide services for gay weddings, transgender bathrooms, sex-ed for kids, a panoply of gay characters on TV and in movies, perfectly groomed, impeccably dressed, charming, and reciting all the best lines. Why it’s enough to make your kid wish he were gay!
Last spring, Fifty Shades: Freed, the third installment of the notorious sadomasochistic film series based upon the books written by British novelist E. L. James, was released on DVD in America. The original novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, has spawned a franchise that has made author E.L. James over $95 million, and the movie adaptations are closing in on almost a billion and a half dollars. Despite its financial success, Fifty Shades as a franchise has been subject to incredible (and often hilarious) derision from critics--the Iranian novelist and author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie, said of the first novel, after reading a couple of pages, “I’ve never read anything so badly written that got published. It made ‘Twilight’ look like ‘War and Peace.” Nonetheless, Fifty Shades of Grey is one of the most important and influential cultural artefacts of the 21st century and has caused a radical sea-change in Western sexuality.
It has never been easy to interpret, let alone carry out, Jesus’ injunction to the Scribes and Pharisees. Holding a Roman coin under their noses, Jesus told them to give Caesar his dues. Before we can understand what Jesus meant, it is necessary to spell out who Caesar is, and then what actually belongs to him. This essay will try to do just that.