Against Trump (but everyone else too). Why politics is dead.

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The recent coronavirus crisis revealed many things which remained safely hidden under the comfort of our everyday routine.

As usual, a crisis of such proportions exposes the real self of men (and women). And what emerged from those ICU beds, the agony, the fear, the irony and the disbelief (of those who do not believe in the virus – as if its RNA strands are part of a system of belief) was something ugly.

Starting with Trump, it was made evident beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is nothing beyond economy for the current president of the United States. And when we say nothing we mean nothing. There is nothing there. He only sees money and… well, more money. Nothing more. His decisions are dictated by money. He dreams of money. And that was why he was so much feeling outside his game during this crisis which hurt the most valuable thing of them all: the US economy.

That is why he decided not to close the country because “We never closed the country for the flu”. (But then measures were taken) That is why he insists day after day to announce when the country will open again, as if the lives of the Americans can be measured in dollars. (And as if he cannot print more money when he needs to) That is why in the midst of a global crisis he withdrew from the WHO on the basis on… how much the US pay to the organization. (By the way, leaving more room to the Chinese to make the organization more… Chinese – something for which Trump accused them in the first place)

These are just the latest signs of Trump seeing nothing more than money. He is now infamous for his ban of the largest Chinese mobile phones company, a move which no one could even consider even as a story for a fiction novel. Or for imposing tariffs on goods from China and Europe, making the world go back 1000 years in the world trade history where people used to pay taxes for every city they entered. Or for even considering decommissioning a US aircraft carrier because… it costed too much (!), ignoring years of US foreign policy and power projection strategies only to make the ledger look better. (No, Trump is not worried about global democracy, he is just worried about the ledger of his country; whatever you see as American power projection is a remnant of his predecessors)

Beyond economy, Trump is good at uttering great lines against political correctness (this is good), however only to gain votes and not out of any philosophical disposition against political correctness. And this is even worse than saying nothing.

But let us move on to the story and to the other protagonists of the US political scene. And while doing that, see the problem: That there are no other protagonists. Trump, with all his problems and misconducts, seems to be the best available choice. Not only from the Republicans but from the Democrats as well. Amazing as it is, there seems to be no contender to challenge him on equal terms on the politics scene. This does not imply that there are no people who are better than Trump as people, I am just saying that there are no politics better than Trump.

So here we are, facing the greatest problem of the philosophy of politics. Who should we vote?

The obvious answer would be “the least bad” (or ‘evil’, but evil is a heavy word; after all, it is just about money). But that is a bad answer on its own. Even if Trump looks better than the other current candidates, this does not justify his selection let alone praise for anything. He is a bad choice per se. Inherently. Essentially. And there is no way around that dead-end.

The last time people chose between the lesser evil in the Germany in the 1930’s things didn’t end up well. Politics should not be about imposing problems. It should be about proposing solutions to choose from. And when there is no solution evident, then solutions should be found.

But how can you find solutions in politics if politics is only about what to do and what to do not? How can you justify voting for one or the other when it all comes down to “Who gets things done”? Trump is good in US economy. Others are good at foreign policy. Others may be good at not jailing C-executives of foreign big companies (just saying). Would that suffice to choose who to vote? Whatever negative things one could say for Trump, he could easily say for other politics in the US for various other reasons. It is all a matter on where you stand politically, on what are your interests, on what things you are in favor of or against.

And right there, in the midst of the greatest dark, is when we will remember that there was once a bright light shinning in our life. A light we have forgotten because we chose to forget it. Philosophy used to play an important role in everyday life. People used to ask Why. (The important Why’s, not the type of “Why did we not have profits this year”) Now we just ask How. And our life is more successful than ever. And our life is empty. Because we have forgotten the most simple yet difficult teaching of philosophy: When the answer is difficult, perhaps the question is wrong. Politics is dead. Not because we killed it. But because it was never alive anyway. Don’t you see? The only cases when politics produced something useful was when they acted as non-politics.

And that is why Harmonia Philosophica will never write politics articles. Except to remind you that there is no need to be involved or be interested in politics. The real problems of the cosmos are problems with our very nature. Problems related to our existence. Problems stemming from our own Being as such. How can a politic ever answer these?

Who am I going to vote?

What a weird question.

For someone who is already running the world…

The greatest dead-end of democracy (is democracy itself)

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House of Commons (source: Wikimedia)

The situation in the UK is a big mess.

The people decided something democratically via referendum. Others are democratically protesting. To implement this decision, the prime minister closes the House by applying a democratic process (yes, democracy there gave him this right) so that others do not democratically pass laws that impede the implementation of this democratic decision. Some people then protest democratically and others also tell them democratically that they do not care about these protests.

We are fed up with democracy and democratic processes.

At the end democracy is not just a rule stating that “majority decides”, but much more: information, education, community engagement, et cetera. You didn’t participate in the referendum to vote against Brexit? Pity! You didn’t know that there is a procedure for closing the House? Pity!

Let’s not just look at what suits our side. The answer to complex problems is almost never simple. No, Boris is not a madman. He just wants to apply what the people voted for. Are his opponents crazy? Maybe they aren’t either. Ultimately the “people” decide. Are the people crazy?

Hmmmm…

Why communism (and modern capitalistic society) is against Christianity.

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Many people confuse things which should not be confused.

Many people believe the first Christians were communists.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Christians believe in the after life and despise property because they are not materialists. Communists are based on materialism, they are atheists and are against property only because they want property.

Many people believe modern capitalistic society is against communism.

Again, nothing could be further away from the truth.

Study those two society organization systems carefully and you will see that their foundations are essentially the same.

Both of them call for having zombie-citizens, who do not think on their own. Both systems call for doing something here and now, in this world: Communism calls for revolution and producing for the state, capitalism calls for buying things and producing even more. Both systems adhere to the dogma of materialism.

This makes them have another thing in common: A deep hostility to anything Christian!

You see, those believing in Christianity believe in a place far away from here. Christians tend to give little consideration to the earthly issues that matter to those who see only matter. On the other hand, all other systems of thought since the Renaissance had one thing in common: Viewing man as something outside of the cosmos. Seeing the cosmos as something different from us. Believing man is the center of everything. Envisioning man as destined to rule that cosmos. This lust for control has poisoned our thought for many aeons now. And due to that lust, both capitalism and communism are deeply anti-Christian in every sense of the word.

The hero of Marx was Prometheus.

The same hero we admire.

Marx wanted to change things.

Change is the god of modern society.

Do not be fooled by differences in the surface.

The ocean below both systems is the same.

Dark and evil. Void and full of nothingness.

Rome was threatened by Christians due to the same reasons. Having a set of citizens who didn’t believe in ‘earthly’ things was a danger to the greatest earthly empire in the world. Modern materialistic empires feel the same threat.

Modern Christians will meet their fate sooner or later.

Death.

But what the adversaries of Christianity do not understand.

Is that Christianity was BORN through death!

Against politics.

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So many people talking.

So many people shouting.

But the world was not created in noise.

Logos did not first appear with sound.

True philosophy can never be in favor of politics.

In a world where all speak their self, no one knows himself.

In a world full of thought, no one can understand the limitations of thought.

In a cosmos full of everything, no one can even consider that we all came from nothing.

The greatest Kings were always afraid of the crazy eremites of the desert…

Stand aside.

Seek silence.

And you will find wisdom…

Liberals/ leftists: The new Communism rising (and this time it is much more dangerous)

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The new global fashion is all about “humanism”.

The new global fashion is all about being “progressive”.

The new global fashion is all about being a “democrat”.

Leftists shout about these things every day. But there is a saying for those who shout too much: Usually they are the ones who need to shut up. In Greek we call it: Φωνάζει ο κλέφτης για  να φοβηθεί ο νοικοκύρης, or in other words “The thief is shouting so that the owner of the house gets afraid”.

Who defines what “humanism” is?

Who defines what “progressive” is?

Who defines what is “democratic”?

A shouting oppressive minority of atheists/ lefists have taken over universities all over the world and in the name of “progress” have tagged anything Christian as “bad” and “evil”. If you speak in favor of your country (as any proud member of a community would be) you are a “racist”. If you speak in favor of a person (and anyone can and should do if he feels about it) you are a “racist”. If you speak against anything illegal (as any rational member of society would and should do) you are a “fascist”. If you speak in favor of traditional ethical values (which helped society flourish and grow for thousands of years) you are regressive (as if anything new is by default better than anything older). If you speak your mind in favor of Christianity you are… illiterate at least. (as if Aristotle who founded Logic was also illiterate for speaking about a First Mover, or as if Godel who came out with a proof for God was… stupid) If you do not want to accept illegal muslim immigrants to your country you are a heir to… Hitler. (as if any society can stand without adhering to the laws)

In summary, if you speak your mind against anything not supported by the leftists you are a bad person who deserves punishment of some sort. This highly Marxist ideology has corroded every corner of the universities and the media as well, which seem keen on promoting anything illegal or irrational as long as it is non-Christian or against the current set of values from which communists feel threatened by the most. “Random” images of crying children or women in pain are of course part of the recipe to create sympathy for the ideas promoted by that media, while at the same time there is a constant effort NOT to show any images of the actual results of such ideologies. People – real people – are in misery and in pain without any of the leftists paying any attention. We are too focused on “Black lives matter” to notice any white lives ending violently because of shootings. We are too focused on “ecology” to notice that leftists/ liberals have more yachts than Donald Trump. We are too focused on the “poor refugees” coming to Greece that we do not have time to either tell the truth (i.e. that they are economic illegal immigrants and not refugees) or show images from poor starving Greek local legal residents trying to find some bread while the state provides free meals to those “poor people”.

All in all, communists were and still are TRAINED SOLDIERS of revolution.

Sure, they lost the Cold War. But who said they accepted that?

Start saying the obvious whenever and wherever you can.

Start SHOUTING the obvious whenever and wherever you can.

Then and only then, we might stand a chance…

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