Assange Extradition: Can A French Touch Pierce A Neo-Orwellian Farce?

Assange Extradition: Can A French Touch Pierce A Neo-Orwellian Farce?

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It’s quite fitting that the – imperially pre-determined – judicial fate of Julian Assange is being played out in Britain, the home of George Orwell. 

As chronicled by the painful, searing reports of Ambassador Craig Murray, what’s taking place in Woolwich Crown Court is a sub-Orwellian farce with Conradian overtones: the horror…the horror…, remixed for the Raging Twenties. The heart of our moral darkness is not in the Congo: it’s in a dingy courtroom attached to a prison, presided by a lowly imperial lackey.

In one of Michel Onfray’s books published last year, “Theorie de la Dictature” (Robert Laffont) – the top dissident, politically incorrect French philosopher starts exactly from Orwell to examine the key features of a new-look dictatorship. He tracks seven paths of destruction: to destroy freedom, impoverish language, abolish truth, suppress history, deny nature, propagate hate, and aspire to empire.

Michel Onfray in 2009. (Alexandre López, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

To destroy freedom, Onfray stresses, power needs to assure perpetual surveillance; ruin personal life; suppress solitude; make opinion uniform and denounce thought crimes. That sounds like the road map for the United States government’s persecution of Assange. 

Other paths, as in impoverishing language, include practicing newspeak; using double language; destroying words; oralizing language; speaking a single language; and suppressing the classics. That sounds like the modus operandi of the ruling classes in the Hegemon. 

To abolish truth, power must teach ideology; instrumentalize the press; propagate fake news; and produce reality. To propagate hate, power, among other instruments, must create an enemy; foment wars; and psychiatrize critical thinking.        

There’s no question we are already mired deep inside this neo-Orwellian dystopia. 

John “Paradise Lost” Milton, in 1642, could not have been more prophetic, when he wrote “Those that hurt the eyes of the people blame them for being blind.” How not to identify a direct parallel with Le Petit Roi Emmanuel Macron’s army, month after month, willfully blinding protesting Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests in the streets of France. 

Orwell was more straightforward than Milton, saying that to talk about freedom is meaningless unless it refers to the freedom to tell people what they don’t want to hear. And he put it in context by quoting a line from Milton: “By the known rules of ancient liberty.”

No “known rules of ancient liberty” are allowed to penetrate the heart of darkness of Woolwich Crown Court. 

A Spy at the Service of the People

Juan Branco is arguably the most brilliant young French intellectual – heir to a fine Sartre/Foucault/Deleuze tradition. The French establishment detests him, especially because of his best-seller “Crepuscule,” where he dissected Macronism – branded as a thuggish regime – from the inside, and the French president as a creature and instrument of a tiny oligarchy.

Julian Assange. (YouTube still)

He has just published Assange: L’Antisouverain” (Les Editions du Cerf), an absorbing, erudite study that he defines as “a philosophy book about the figure of the Anti-Sovereign.” The Sovereign is of course the state apparatus.

Here (in French) is an excellent interview with Branco about the book. There’s nothing even remotely comparable to it in the Anglosphere, which has treated Assange essentially as an unpleasant freak, oozing pedestrian slander and piling up sub-ideology tirades disguised as facts. 

The book is essentially structured as a seminary for the hyper-selective Ecole Normale Superieure, the august school in the Latin Quarter here that shapes French elites, a privileged nest of power institutions and reproduction of privileges. Branco takes the reader to the heart of this universe just to make him or her discover Assange from the point of view of one of those students.

Branco was privileged to profit from the interaction between the Ecole Normale Superieure and Yale. He met Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in January 2014, “in a state of radical confinement,” and then followed him as a juridical consultant, then lawyer, “day after day,” until meeting him again in September 2016, “getting ready to no less than change the course of the American presidential election and engineer the fall of the one who had sworn to crush him, one Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Branco is fascinated by Assange’s “scientific journalism,” and his capacity to “intervene in the political space without occupying a determined place.” Assange is painted as a contemporary oracle, a maniac for free access to information, someone who “never looked for a reward, or insertion, or juridical protection,” which is a totally different modus operandi from any media.   

2016 portrait of Juan Branco. (Yale University, Wikimedia Commons)

Branco shows how WikiLeaks “allowed whistleblowers to act,” by growing an archive parallel to the “production of data related to the mechanism of contemporary power apparatuses.” Under this framework “every citizen is able to become a researcher.”

So, Assange’s work has been about redistributing power. It’s as if Assange had become a “spy at the service of the people.” And that leads Branco to draw the connection with the Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests. WikiLeaks releasing the “Macron Leaks” in 2017 legitimized the Yellow Vest struggle for direct democracy.

Branco describes Assange as “a strange figure, a bridge between the pre-history of digital civilization and its definitive penetration as a primordial, structural element of political and social space.”

But arguably his best appraisal is of Assange as “a dissident of his own internal space, mostly interested by the sphere of cultural, economic and social domination in which he was born, that of the American imperium, of which his native Australia is one of the most dedicated allies, and that dominates this cyber-space where he constituted himself as a political actor.”

In what could be construed as the top reason for the United States government’s unbounded thirst for vengeance against Assange, he challenged the fact that “American acts have a natural regulatory function for the rest of the world, a result of their over-dominance of the contemporary geopolitical space.”

It’s All in the Algorithm

And that brings us to the heart of the matter: algorithms. As Branco synthesizes it, the “revelation of raw documents aims at reinvesting in the political space those that have been discarded because of their submission to a word of authority whose algorithms have been masked.”

A view from the Member’s Gallery inside the New York Stock Exchange, August 2008. (Ryan Lawler, Wikimedia Commons)

Onfray had already warned about “destroying words,” “impoverishing language” and clinging to newspeak  – but Branco takes it to a new level. Because “the word of power is a word assimilated to the algorithm, in the sense that it benefits from a presumption of truth, it does not reveal, to remain effective, any of its assets, settling to enounce a reality impossible to contest.”

Branco is careful to explain that, “Algorithm would not have become a social power without the support of an ethical presupposition (the consecration of Homo Economicus), a postulation towards scientificism (thus to universality) and a technological rupture (big data).”  

Branco breaks it down to the formula “Algorithmization is the foundation of sovereignty.” And that’s exactly what Assange challenged. And that’s why he’s such a divisive, eternally controversial figure, unlike Edward Snowden, who’s basically an average guy – with a sterling IQ – who simply wants to reform a system.

A Chance for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity?

When he worked on behalf of Assange, Branco essentially coordinated a team of lawyers responding to star judge Baltasar Garzon, who was present at Woolwich Crown Court earlier this week. Last week, Assange’s legal team said they would apply for asylum in France. Branco can’t possibly be part of the team because of “Crepuscule” – which eviscerates Macron.

President Emmanuel Macron celebrating France’s victory over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow. (Kremlin)

Le Petit Roi, for his part, may now be presented with the ultimate global reach P.R. opportunity. Ending a ghastly neo-Orwellian charade, offering asylum to Assange, and ridiculing Trump and Boris Johnson at the same time would enhance his status in myriad European latitudes and all across the Global South.

Yet there should be no illusions. On July 3, 2015, advised by his legal team, Assange wrote an op-ed for Le Monde asking about the possibility of asylum. Only one hour after publication the Elysee Palace – under Francois Hollande – issued a firm denial. There were no leaks on what kind of pressure was applied by the U.S. Deep State.

Assange lawyer Geoffrey Robertson is under no illusions: “He won’t be pardoned by President Trump, although [a future] President Sanders might do so. I think that’s the objective of the Pentagon — to put him in prison for the rest of his life.”

A measure of the cowardice of all those established newspapers who profited handsomely from the work of Assange and WikiLeaks is this despicable Le Monde editorial that half-heartedly pretends to defend him as a journalist and publisher.

It’s idle to expect from Anglo-American corporate media even a modicum of decency to admit that journalists must not be treated as spies and dangerous criminals. Criminalization of critical thinking – capable of provoking, unmasking and denouncing raw power — is a key plank of the new dictatorship examined by Onfray, and already in effect. Now it comes down to Onfray and Branco not to be lost in translation – and forcefully demonstrate to the Anglosphere that the heart of darkness must not be allowed to prevail.

Tyler Durden

Sun, 03/01/2020 – 07:00

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Intellectual Froglegs Releases Another Great Video Showing Current State of the Democrat Party “Crash and Bernie”

Intellectual Froglegs came out with another great video this week labeled “Crash and Bernie”.

Joe Dan Gorman is as funny as ever.  This entertainer is one of the greatest hidden talents in America.


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Trump Delivers SCORCHING CPAC Address Mocking Dems, Liberal Media, ‘Nutjob’ Maher

Despite having just addressed reporters and the nation on the coronavirus, President Donald Trump arrived Saturday in National Harbor, Maryland for his CPAC with his fastball. In an 84-minute speech, he reminded attendees, journalists, and viewers that CPAC shifted in the last four years from a gathering of thousands representing differing (and sometimes waring) factions on the right to thousands pulling in the same direction for Team Trump.

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8 Years

“Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.”

– Andrew Breitbart, 1969 – 2012

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In World First, Scotland Moves To Make Tampons And Pads Free For All Women

In World First, Scotland Moves To Make Tampons And Pads Free For All Women

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Earlier this week, Scotland’s parliament approved plans to make sanitary products free for all women making it one step closer to becoming the first nation in the world to do so.

The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill passed the first of three stages by a vote of 112-0. There was one abstention. It will now move to the second stage, where amendments can be proposed.

If enacted, the legislation will make sanitary pads and tampons available for free in select public places such as pharmacies and community centers, effectively ending “period poverty.”

According to Plan International UK:

  • 42% of UK girls have had to use makeshift period products because they struggle to afford menstrual products

  • 1 in 10 girls in the UK are unable to afford period products

  • 27% of UK girls have used a period product for longer than its intended use because they couldn’t afford a fresh one

The annual cost is projected to be $31.2 million (24.1 million pounds).

Monica Lennon, a Scottish Parliament member, initially proposed the bill in 2017. And in 2018, Scotland became the first country to make free sanitary products available across the country in schools, including colleges and universities.

The program was initiated following a survey of Scottish students that found 1 in 4 had struggled to access sanitary products.

During debate over the bill, Lennon also said that its passing would be an important “milestone moment for normalizing menstruation in Scotland and sending out that real signal to people in this country about how seriously parliament takes gender equality.”

Lawmaker Alison Johnstone said:

Why is it in 2020 that toilet paper is seen as a necessity but period products aren’t? Being financially penalized for a natural bodily function is not equitable or just.”

Johnstone also said:

This is so often characterized as a women’s issue, but it is not. It is a social justice issue, an equalities issue, and a rights issue,” she said. “It is estimated that a woman will, over her lifetime, spend approximately £5,000 on period products. Being financially penalized for a natural bodily function is not equitable or just. Being unable to afford or access period products denies women access to education, work, sport and so much more.

Neil Findlay said that the legislation broke down “the barrier of our inability to discuss such serious issues about our health and well-being in the media or in public without embarrassment, reticence and discomfort.”

It has allowed people to talk about the issues without embarrassment or stigma, which is a very good thing,” he said. “It was absolutely fantastic to see male industrial workers from Unite the union— members of my own union; I see some of them in the gallery—out there campaigning on period poverty. Long may that continue.”

After the vote Lennon told the Daily Record:

“This is an amazing victory for everyone who has campaigned for free universal access to period products and who has convinced the Scottish Government to back this ground-breaking Bill.

Scotland has already taken important steps towards improving access to period products and tackling stigma but legislation will guarantee rights, ensure that current initiatives continue in future on a universal basis, and will help us achieve period dignity for all.”

In the UK the same products are subjected to a 5% tax. The government announced in 2016 that it would drop the controversial “tampon tax” but has yet to do so.

In January, England launched a program in which tampons and sanitary pads are made available for free at state schools and colleges. And over the last few years, the “pink tax” has been addressed by numerous states in the U.S. with New Hampshire requiring public middle and high schools to provide free products to students as of last year.

Access to menstrual products is a right. Period.”

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Truth is Truth: Bernie Sander’s Big Lie

Truth is Truth: Bernie Sander’s Big LieBernie Sanders is a top contender for the nomination to lead the Democrat Party into the 2020 election against President Donald J. Trump. His passionate followers “Feel the Bern!” and they are fully committed to carrying Bernie all the way to the Presidency. The Democrat’s big problem is that Bernie believes his truth. America’s bigger problem is that his supporters believe Bernie. There will be consequences.

In Bernie’s 60 Minutes interview  with Anderson Cooper, he made some contentious comments regarding Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”

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NBC LIES: Claims Trump Called Virus a ‘Hoax,’ Took a Death to Stop Him

The truth has no place on NBC News. During NBC’s Sunday Today, host Willie Geist continued to push the long-debunked accusation that President Trump called the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) a “hoax” at a Friday campaign rally in South Carolina. On top of that, Geist suggested it took the first death of an American in the U.S. to get the President to cut it out and take the situation seriously.

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FLASHBACK: Democrat Leader Bernie Sanders Praises Communist Food Lines (VIDEO)

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Food lines in Socialist Venezuela

In 2015 John Stossel from FOX Business Network interviewed Michael Moynihan of the Daily Beast on the subject of Bernie Sanders and his past statements on Socialist and Communist regimes.

Towards the end of the interview, Sanders is shown on camera praising Communist bread lines as a good thing.

Bernie Sanders: It’s funny sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing. In other countries people don’t line up for food the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.

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Considering the millions of people starved and murdered under Socialism and Communism, it’s an insult to the American people that this man’s candidacy is being taken seriously.

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Pollak: Coronavirus Panic Partly Driven by Anti-Trump Hysteria

It is perhaps no accident that the coronavirus panic only began roiling world markets after Sen. Bernie Sanders emerged as the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president after the Nevada caucuses last weekend.

The “democratic socialist” is still the frontrunner, despite former Vice President Joe Biden’s win in South Carolina on Saturday. He is widely viewed as the least likely to defeat President Donald Trump in November’s general election.

There are no alternatives to a Sanders-Biden contest, which Biden may struggle to win. The Mike Bloomberg bubble burst at the Nevada debate, and may not recover if Sanders wins California handily on Super Tuesday.

Sanders’s surge is itself the result of a despair that seized many Democrats after the Iowa debate, when it seemed none of the candidates could beat Trump. If they were to lose anyway, better to vote for a sentimental favorite.

So the rise of Sanders is the result of one kind of panic, and the coronavirus panic is another: the reaction of those who believe the “fake news” and have convinced themselves that President Trump really is incompetent in a crisis.

You do not need the majority of people to panic to create a panic. You just need a significant proportion of people, reacting at the same time. And the signal to panic was sent last Tuesday by CDC official Dr. Nancy Messonnier.

Dr. Messioner said: “We expect we will see community spread in this country … It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”

Her words had an innocuous, scientific meaning: she was predicting there would be some spread of coronavirus (which there has been) and that some people would become seriously ill as a result.

What she did not say — yet what is equally true — is that “community spread” could be limited, and that we already know that only a small proportion of those who have become infected (and no children!) have become severely ill.

Messonnier is the sister of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was once suspected of trying to help remove the president from office. But there was no conspiracy at work — rather, just the ordinary problem of scientists not being very good at communicating to the public, and not realizing that in a climate of uncertainty, enough people will seize on small bits of information and give them the worst interpretation: we’re all gonna die!

The illness is real, and the fear is real, but the reality of coronavirus is not that scary. What gave coronavirus its particular punch is there was already a large group of people in a state of fear, ready — or even eager — to panic.

For five years, the media have been telling us that Donald Trump is not just a buffoon and a criminal, but also a danger to national security. (Those words were literally used over and over again in the Senate impeachment trial.) Until late last year, Democrats and journalists hyped every possible speck of bad economic news — in a tsunami of good data — to frighten the public into believing a recession was on the way. (Some may even have believed it.)

The economy kept rolling, and Trump kept succeeding. But a good proportion of the general public refused to see it, or could not see it. Democrats, in particular, believed that the country was on the wrong track. Sanders’s rise suggested that they would not be able to remove the cause of their fears at the ballot box, after failing in the Senate, and the coronavirus news made enough of them believe millions of people could suffer “severe illness” as a result.

Trump’s opponents, and those who still live in fear of what he could do, might not, under ordinary circumstances, be able to vote him out. But they still have a “vote” in public sentiment. Their panic is their power. Markets are largely about the public mood, and even “fake news” narratives have impact, if enough people react.

Ironically, not being able to vote Trump out of office has partly triggered a panic that has given Trump opponents a chance of doing so.

President Trump has managed coronavirus largely as he should — better, in fact, because he closed travel to China early, over objections. He has also taken charge of the administration’s message, wisely. But there is little he, or his supporters, can do to stop panic by those determined, or inclined, to do so.

The best response is to keep on keeping on: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” as FDR said. And, note: at least it didn’t happen in October.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Communism 101: Democrats in Ohio, California and Portland Push Laws that Demand Private Property Owners Allow Homeless to Camp on Their Land

A very disturbing video was posted on Twitter this weekend.
A homeowner in Los Angeles claims the local government is preventing him from removing a homeless encampment from his property.

According to local Democrats there is no such thing as private property.
Via Michael Coudrey.

The validity of this video was not confirmed.

However, this is not an isolated incident.

In December Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals says governments cannot ban homeless encampments from private property — like Hamilton County did at the New Prospect Baptist Church in 2018.

And Portland officials considered forcing private property owners to provide “resting spots” for the city’s homeless.

This is complete communism.
You no longer have the right to own private property.
Elect Democrats and lose all of your rights.

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