Categorized as: History Revisited

Cargo Cults And Skyscrapers – Part 1 of 2


“In the South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to make things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head to headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas – he’s the controller – and they wait for the airplanes to land. They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work. No airplanes land.” – Nobel-Laureate Richard Feynman, from his 1974 commencement address to the graduating class of Cal …

Echoes Of The Architects


“… So far as I am acquainted with the principles and Doctrines of Free Masonry, I conceive them to be founded on benevolence and to be exercised for the good of mankind. If it has been a Cloak to promote improper or nefarious objects, it is a melancholy proof that in unworthy hands, the best institutions may be made use of to promote the worst designs.” – George Washington

Freemasonry is as often misunderstood by its critics as by its supporters. Knowledge of its history sheds light upon the largest misconceptions – as well as important insight into our present…

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

Origins Of Architecture

Though myths and legends …

The Protocols Of Governance


“The reason written laws were such a breakthrough is that they permitted lossless digital replay over distance . . . Orally communicated laws were limited by the travel radius and the memory of the speaker. Subject to a game of telephone when repeated. [Now we can] communicate what we see/hear – digitally, losslessly, over great distance . . . for photo/video, not just characters.”

Balaji Srinivasan, making a parallel between the effects of King Hammurabi’s Code and those of the internet.

This notion started a long chain of thought…

Unsustainable Losses

The earliest forms of government appeared when societies began to use writing to create laws and decrees for mass distribution.

To monopolize this knowledge was to claim the authority that came with it. One of history’s …

The Avenues Of Exodus – Part 2 Of 2


“Following her immutable law, nature, having changed the form of competition, proceeded to select a quality of mind to correspond with the new conditions of life.” – Brooks Adams, The Law Of Civilization And Decay

Nature Abhors A Vacuum

The end of a monopoly leaves a void that must be filled. (See: Part 1)

Some assume the fourth monopoly will end with an economic collapse – returning large parts of the world to the second monopoly. Though some are quick to paint members of the prepper movement as kooks, their strategy could serve as a strong hedge against such a scenario.

Fate may intervene. Some politicians, already supporting a return to violence, have found themselves …

Breaking The Fourth Monopoly – Part 1 of 2


“The evolution of this centralized society was as logical as every other work of nature. When force reached the stage where it expressed itself exclusively through money, the governing class ceased to be chosen because they were valiant or eloquent, artistic, learned, or devout, and were selected solely because they had the faculty of acquiring and keeping wealth.” – Brooks Adams

Something Runs In The Family

Brooks Adams was the grandson of a U.S. President, and the great grandson of another. Perhaps not surprisingly, he shared his ancestors’ distrust of excessive wealth and power in the hands of an elite.

His best known work, The Law of Civilization And Decay, discusses the predictable cycles by which civilizations rise and fall:

“At first, commercial activities flourish in