4 Stars Brilliant Vital Focus on Human Contributions to Economic Wealth Creation, Turgid Beyond Comprehension
The only thinig worse that reading a book in turgid academic French ( which I cannot do) is reading the same book translated into turgid academic English — turgid on steroids. This book could have been a ten page articulation of its core concept, that political economy needs to be rooted in the actual time-energy-intellect-spirit of each of the humans engaged in any process, rather than what we have today, where the financialization of the economy and the legalization of all forms of cheating and corruption, have impoverished and dispossessed the 99% for the benefit of the 1%.
Here is the most coherent bit from the official Amazon description:
By bringing together Plato and Marx, Stiegler can show how a generalized proletarianization now encompasses not only the muscular system, as Marx saw it, but also the nervous system of the so-called creative workers in the information industries. The proletarians of the former are deprived of their practical know-how, whereas the latter are shorn of their theoretical practice, and both suffer from a confiscation of the very possibility of a genuine art of living.
What I get from this book:
“Economy of Contribution” is the key phrase
Profits should reflect value creation that is sustainable, profits cannot be durable if they destroy society.
Fictitious capital (which I take to be compound interest on stolen money, derivatives, and stock gambling with the manipulation of futures as well as currency and interest rates) is the cancer of capitalism today.
In combination, consumerist capital (others would say big box swindle) and funny money (monnaie de singe in French) institutionalize carelessness, impunity, and the larger “consumption” of society by the bankers.
Shareholder capitalism disrespects and impoverishes the greater ecology of shareholders (workers, customers, communities, societies, host countries).
The “conservative revolution” is a much needed correction that subordinates the technical system to the economic system.
The author is strongest in showing that technology used to displace humans is destructive of political economy correctly understood as the total integration of politics (human ends, ways, and means) and economy (methods of production).
The author articulates the urgency of ensuring that technology empowers humans to do more creative work rather than less — I did a rant to this effect for Paul Allen’s INTERVAL in 1993, but of course they did not get it, nor did Amazon get it when I spoke to them in 2007 — everyone rushes to place technology in the service of the 1% and against the 99% and that is a YUGE mistake.
The author has a section on the collapse of a system of motivations, which I interpret to mean that when you take out the pursuit of happiness (fulfilment) and turn everyone into a cog, a slave, an automaton, you literally rip the heart out of the economy and out of society.
The economy of contribution and the conservative revolution must — as Special Operations has always said (but often dishonored) — put people first. The three “first principles” of SOF bear mention here:
Humans are more important than hardware.
Quality is better than Quantity.
Special Operations Forces cannot be mass produced.
My emphasis on holistic analytics certainly calls for the re-integration of political science and economics, as well as the the complete integration of true cost economics and commercial intelligence (decision-support) into every product, process, and policy. What we have today is a terribly corrupt system in which the 1% are not held accountable for screwing the 99% with impunty — with the active complicity of the US Government including particularly the Department of Justice and the FBI.
4 Star Second book in series, focus on underwater cities and bases with emphasis on submarine pens and secret cross peninsula tunnels
As with the first book, this one published in 2001, it is a quick read and it includes diagrams, maps, and photographs. While not definitive, and the author is careful to distinguish between what he knows and what he speculates, this book is as good as it gets in terms of open source information covering what may be the single most secretive (and Congressionally not authorized) program in the US inventory — the other would be the secret space program, also not authorized by Congress.
This book substantially expands on what we can know about long-range high-speed underground tunnels across the USA and even below the oceans (e.g. New York to London in one hour).
I have no direct knowledge but I have been persuaded by my reading of non-fiction over the past few years that the US federal government is completely out of control — the Executive has run amok, Congress has abidcated its responsibilities, and the Supreme Court consists of a bunch of spinless posturers doing nothing to rein in Constitutional abuses.
4 Star The original overview from 1995 first serious book about deep underground military bases (DUMB)
Although Amazon lists this book as published in 2014, that is a reprint date. This is the original 1995 publication, and the author, a PhD who does not drink or do drugs, is the original open source intelligence investigator of a trillion dollar plus secret program that is off the books — neither authorized by Congress, nor the funds declared to Congress.
While the book is a quick read, it represents years of work by the author, and includes explicit detail including diagrams, locations, names, and more. It also includes photographs and explanations of tunneling capabilities used to create underground cities that could be as many as 20 levels and miles below the surface of the earth.
Also covered is magnetic levitation pneumatic technology that makes possible very long distance travel, underground, in short times.
There is a bow toward extraterrestrial possibilities but these are not documented as well as the facilities and tunneling are.
The author is careful to distinguish between what he knows and what he is speculating might be true. I myself have doubts about the extent of all of these things, but in the past two years I have been persuaded that trillions of dollars have been spent on a secret space program (also not authorized by Congress) and secret underground capabilities.
While there are useful speculative insights in this book, and I am more than willing to suspend disbelief and take the author’s assertions at face value, this book does not meet my standard to fulsome documentation and a holistic overview.
It is more like a very shallow summary of claims made by others — notably Corey Goode and William Tomkins (RIP) and there are three particular troubling deficiencies that demand a one star deduction:
01 At one point in the book the author cites credible testimony that we ware warned off the Moon and told not to come back; and later in the book there is reference to a Lunar Operations Command and even to the possibility of President Putin having been on the moon for an extraterrestial meeting.
02 Despite claiming to have access to all of William Tomkins’ papers — so many they required a separate storage facility near his home in San Diego — the few drawings and documents that are included in this book border on pedestrian and simply do not make the cut for serious discovery.
03 There is an awful lot of speculative dot connecting that I take seriously — the possibilities are certainly there — but I do not find the narrative compelling. Some examples:
a. Submarines, designed for deep water pressure operations, are allegedly the design foundation for US Navy extraterrestial graft using anti-gravity instead of nuclear. There is not a word about how the craft were modified for space operations.
b. Coincidences abound and much is made of specific aspects of William Tomkins’ life, but the meat is just not there. The author is drawing technical conclusions from social contacts.
c. There is no mention of worm holes, which I understand were the primary means for moving very large constructs to Mars and Saturn — and perhaps to the Moon.
On balance, and with a tip of the hat to the author for his earlier books that are linked below, I found this book worthy of reading as background. A few of my notes:
Some excellent quotes from very serious people are sprinkled throughout the book, sufficient to warrant this book receiving every possible courtesy
I learn that NASA is a military organization — this I did not know.
Tesla and Marconi were gifted by extra-terrestials with knowledge
Mind-controlled human slaves — initially girls for sex — emerged from the Reptilian deals with the Nazis
There are an extraordinary number of stellar civilizations and an extraordinary number of their members walking among us, penetrating CIA in particular.
Hollywood — Star Trek in particular — is directly connected to US secret space program managers desiring “soft disclosure.” For myself I particularly value the History Channel’s super series on Ancient Aliens.
There is discussion of “Artificial Intelligence” humanoids and the threat of extraterrestial artificial intelligence ultiimately destroying what we have on Earth
The book asserts that the US Navy secret space program is constitution. I know of no means for any program to be constitutional that is not authorized and funds appropriated by Congress, consent by one or two “read in” Senators does not count. In my view, every penny spent on the secret space program has been a penny not spent on public health and happiness — but the book is yet to be written on the actual threat to Earth from non-Earth sources.
On page 195 I take careful note of the author’s citation of Corey Goode’s claim — which I believe — to wit that human trafficking has always been a huge element of trade with the more malignant stellar civilizations, and that the government and corporate entities managing the program have constantly allowed t he trade of millions of humans over time as slave labor and for other uses.
QUOTE (238): Full disclosure, in particular, would not only dramatically reinvigorate the US manufacturing industry in building advanced technologies for mass public consumption, but lead to revolutionary global changes.
Well, maybe. As I observe DoD spending billions to try to do natural disaster assessments from outer space, I cannot restrain my scorn and disdain for those that would rather spend billions on technology instead of a few million on 12-120 human experts put on location and communicating back in real time. The DoD and space budget and the deep underground base budgets are a crime against humanity and long overdue for full disclosure and most likely also being but by 50% if not more.
Steve Bannon appears on page 243, in my view grossly over-inflated in relevance and importance.
Page 252 contains absolute crap — utter bullshit — on the FBI and Russia collaborating to put Donald Trump into the Presidency. This was a factor in my down-grading this book to 4 stars.
I do agree with the author’s speculative assertion that the US and Russia — Trump and Putin — will partner toward full disclosure in our President’s second term.
I share the author’s concern that our President might be getting the full briefing on both deep underground and off-Earth activities — I have been told by a retired NASA PhD that we have had a base on Mars for fifteen years that has 10,000 people on it who are never coming home, and two bases within the Saturn configuration, and I believe this. The question must be asked: what does a President have to do — put the chiefs of Lockheed, Raytheon, Northrump Grumman, and Boeing into Guantanamo until they disclose it all?
On page 281 there is a useful discussion of being able to move through matter, I have been told by retired folk with useful histories that K Band is a frequency that allows you to throw a fork through a window without effect on the window. This is certainly knowledge I would like to see fully disclosed. Mindful that Einstein said everything is energy (matter is simply slow-moving energy) I believe we are on the verge of a massive break-out of human consciousness and can no longer be held down and back.
The concluding pages of the book are alone worth the price of the book. Relying heavily on Goode two ideas are put forward:
01 That the Nordics belong to a Super Federation of between 40-60 human-looking extraterrestials that have been intervening on Earth for hundreds of thousands of years in 22 long-term genetic experiments
02 Full human consciousness can lead to unrestricted brain capacity and unpolluted bodies such that we could in theory live for hundreds of years.
The author concludes by recommending the Seth Books (1963-1984) as well as the Ra Law of One books, and ends with what I found to be a valuable observation: human apathy and dispair leads to human surrender and human loss of its place in the natural ecology. It is our role to be joyful and free, sovereign individuals.
For me, at the end of the day, it is all about free energy being kept from the public in order to allow the 1% to profit from fossil fuels and massive dams mis-configuring the earth, and it is all about human consciousness being repressed — our governments became “trustees” in a massive Earth concentration camp designed to repress human consciousness. I sense — without evidentiary foundation — that everything changed for the better in 2012, and the forces of good, both terrestial and extra-terrestial, began the final leg of a very long journey that could and should liberate humanity to create a prosperous world at peace in which human intelligence, human integrity and human imagination — free will — astonish and delight.