Thursday 29th of July 2021

musings about the fourteenth of july...

























L'Assiette au Beurre (literally The Butter Plate,[1] and roughly translating to the English expression pork barrel[2][a]) was an illustrated French weekly satirical magazine with anarchist political leanings that was chiefly produced between 1901 and 1912. It was revived as a monthly for a time and ceased production in 1936.


The magazine's caricature and editorial cartoon content was drawn from a varied cadre of illustrator-contributors of many backgrounds and disparite artistic styles. The content often focused on socialist and anarchist ideas. The first series expired on 15 October 1912. A second series was published between 1921 and 1925 on a monthly basis, eventually becoming a single supplement.

At the time of its founding near the start of the twentieth century, France was divided on crucial issues such as the extension of military service, revanchism (the call of French nationalists to avenge and reclaim from Germany the annexed territories of Alsace-Lorraine), right of association, separation of church and statefreedom of speech, and the emergence of new and radical political and social ideas in France such as revolutionary syndicalismantimilitarismanti-clericalismProletarian internationalismfeminism and the rise of labour law, which were all subjects of feature in the magazine.

L'Assiette au Beurre is a valuable iconographic testament of the Belle Époque ("Beautiful Era") period in France, characterized by optimism, peace at home and in Europe, new technology and scientific discoveries. Georges Wolinski (killed in the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo), indicated in 2011 that his magazine's work was the legacy of L'Assiette au Beurre.[3]


Oh boy! Do we miss L'Assiette au Beurre … because today we still suffer from the same political and religious diseases. In our present days of uptight Political Correctness, of loony rightwing commentariat and of pseudo-neoconservative-liberalism-woke… we, the plebs, can’t be anything else but confused — or asleep. Or barbecuing our undies like Abbott. The French still have their Charlie Hebdo pushing similar issues and twelve of their cartoonists paid with their life for it. You don’t take the piss out of serious issues like Allah and Alibaba, nor the Vatican bank or expose the US bad deeds, like Assange did, without consequences. We try here, timidly I admit, by bagging the lot together… leaving our generous reading public to pick which bits of the dog’s vomit are still colourful.


Imagine that L’Assiette had more than 200 cartoonists working for it! And that more than 9,600 drawings were produced. Here we can claim a plus. Since the beginning of this site Gus Leonisky (cartooning since 1951) has published nearly 12,000 cartoons — some not worth the microbytes. 10,088+ cartoons in his own Gus folder and the rest in John Richardson's virtual storage. Boy! We think about John daily… Very sad. 


For a while, Australia had a more subdued satirical magazine called OZ. But so far I have not seen the ferocious equivalence of L’Assiette au Beurre in any of the Western culture. Even Charlie Hebdo is vaguely tolerated as an oddity… Everything has fallen into place, under the supervision of the “establishment”. Big Brother has won. This is why we keep a low profile on this site. We’re a poor version of L’Assiette, mind you… The issues have become a bit more complexed and a lot of pseudo-psycho everyone are trying to become an amateur Freud. Everywhere the steps are measured as not to squash sensitivities. 


There is Das Satiremagazin EULENSPIEGEL, a funny work that we have mentioned before, by blending it to savage Der Spiegel, the serious magazine that’s anti-Ruskie, and pro-American in most of its editorial and stories, except that about that fake Bill Browder that launched the fake Magnitsky act… 


At least in Australia we have “Mad As Hell” on Aussie TV… The latest episode (14/07/2021) was a cracker… But, as the beginning of the show shows a Scott Morrison saying : “As long as they keep “Mad As Hell”, I’m happy”..., one should know that the Scott Morrison government, like all CONservative governments since John Howard, and Tony Abbott in particular, have tried and are still trying to dismantle the public broadcaster ABC and sell it in little bits to private enterprise. The present thinking people have it in good stride that the Scomo government is going to first split the ABC in two: City and Rural (where the audience is loyal to the ABC)… The move to send half of the ABC staff to Parramatta is half way there… Then as Netflix and other cable networks are starting to infect the rural population, the ABC might “ become irrelevant”… It’s a slow jog, but faster than walking… You need to fight hard, and throw Scotty of Marketing in the garbage bins of history. 


Pork Barrel! The new Australian satirical magazine? Ah crap… Not enough buyers, as everyone and their dogs have gone to Bunning to buy a new leaf-blower to annoy their neighbours… and park their new SUV in the newly constructed government pork-barrelled car parks… 


We are conditioned to accept the pork barreling… and ... we know zip... as long as the sun shines...


Now some conspiracy theorists are advancing that the French Revolution was part of a grand plan by the “Illuminati”… What is the “Illuminati”? It’s plot devised a long time ago by Adam Weishaupt to create  “A New World Order”… and apparently the “illuminati” is still amongst us, reducing our own wealth to the benefit of the rich one per cent… This could not be, could it?


Back to the French Revolution… How come an event designed “by the people” to bring Liberty, Fraternity, Equality, was actually plotted by the top echelons of the secret (ah come on, there are no secrets, is there?) social order — The “Illuminati” — to chop the heads of kings, queens and of the intelligentsia of the time, the scientifics? The answer is complex but in a nutshell, here is the résumé (to speak French on the occasion of the 14th of July). The answer is another question: what was the result of the French revolution? Come on, you’re smarter than this! Yes yougotit! NAPOLEON… Napoleon was going to set a “NEW WORLD ORDER IN EUROPE” and nearly succeeded, except his idea of the “new world order” was not that of the Britishes — who by that time had lost their American colonies that were to launch a new world order of their own. No system is perfect… The Brits had the help from the Germans in defeating Napoleon, but they did not kill him. He was “one of them”. Saddam was not an Illuminati and he was hanged. Gaddafi was an annoying non-illuminati pox and he got impaled… Bin Laden knew too much and Assange is in prison because…


So how come the satire from Voltaire ended up creating Napoleon?  Good question which any good cartoonist asks daily: are we part of the system and allowed to rattle the cage but not too much?… Ah fuck...


illustration at top from L'Assiette au Beurre... (1903?) from Gus collection of useless thingies...

illustration below from L'Assiette au Beurre... (1900?) from the internet...






























Every decade, for the last 420 years, the Western world — since emerging from the “dark ages” into the more civilised world of the “Renaissance” — has “accelerated” the dream of “the new world order”. It had different names, such as Colonialisation and one must admit there was competition on the caper: the English, the French, the Spanish, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the Italians, etc, all dividing the planet in various sphere of influences, a bit like the American Navy different Coms on the high seas.  


From time to time countries stole from one another but as a rule they only sank other ships for greedily steal the gold, silver and spices. Overall someone, Adam Weishaupt, saw this as a way to unify the Western forces under a "one for all and all for one”, system — the Illuminati” — to define the new world order.


Started in Roman times, the concept of conquering the entire known world became the centre point of Christianity from the time of Emperor Constantine. In bed with various kings and rulers, the Catholic tenet was to go and conquer nations of the whole planet to teach the people the good word of god, often under the boot and the sword to make sure the natives listened. That the inventor of the Illuminati was a priest was no accident. 


Some religious loonies still think this way and we have mentioned them here in our journeys across the 15 years of our existence. But a “concentration of power" has happened in recent times. We have seen the growth of monopolies and of media empires… We have mentioned the French Revolution leading to Napoleon. Was this inevitable? Well the “New World Order” conspirators at the time took their chances. But they had a good guess in choosing their man. 



Recently, the “New World Order” illuminati in America got their knickers in a knot when Trump was elected against the anointed Lady — the First Woman President. She would have been putty in the hands of the “American New World Order” boffins and would have declared wars on anything that moved above the waterline. 


So “they" pulled all stops to get rid of Trump, even invented new vernacular to bring out the revolutionary spirit in people. BLM, Antifa, etc, Qanon.… and phew, Trump got “beaten” by an old nag called Joe Biden who carries a bag full of “we’re all in this together..". The “old guard” of the “American New World Order” breathed a sigh of relief. Of course they don’t call it this way. They keep mentioning “the Rules-Based Order” which has nothing to do with the UN, but the way the US sees themselves as the capo of the world, implementing the rule of the CONservative Empire — the American Empire. Because, the “illuminati” are clever at manipulating the “news” — it’s fascinating to see the old footage of the CIA director admitting to “controlling” journalists. They don’t do this really? Add a bit of fear from the commies and terrorists and even the liberal media played their part in propping up the establishment. One must say that Trump did not understand his position of archangel Gabriel and did not help fight the swamp by claiming he was going to drain it. The swamp is only one of the bastions of “The American New World Order” but they love the swamp on which the good ship Pentagon is anchored… 


Presently, there are a couple of issues that are annoying the “new world order” conspirators (illuminati”)… Climate change and Covid were not part of the plan but the Illuminati are resourceful and can adapt quickly to make money and conquer the world nonetheless by turning the issues to advantage and control even more the bleeding plebbos... 


Meanwhile we, the plebs, are all idiots used as pawns in fields of experimentation… The one thing that the New World Order would not touch much so far was our general comforts. Now with the need to shutdown economies and vaccinating the entire planet  which were not part of the grand plan, our comforts are being torn apart and we love it. So decreasing our worth became part of the elegant solutions, despite the trouble all this could have caused. We now accept to be sheep and we sign paper to this effect that indemnifying the vaccine manufacturers should we go crook with their stuff. The governments pick up the tab. No probs: they print money.


There is little room to think for ourselves otherwise, but there is a time limit on the novelty of the lockdowns and such… What will the conspirators of the “American New World Order” invent next? We know already they are preparing for biffo with China and Russia… Trump was avoiding all this. Annoyingly, Angela Merkel herself is not playing the game… She knows the "rules” but I believe in a corner of my brains that she secretly wish to repay a major debt Germany owes to the Russians. At great cost to themselves, the Russians delivered Germany from Hitler. The debt, despite occupation till the fall of the Berlin wall, which was a major generous act from the Ruskies, was never repaid. Here comes NordSea 2 and this project makes economic sense despite what the “American Rules-Based Order” (The American new world order) is trying to enforce. The Americans are not philosophers. Putin and Merkel are.


Meanwhile, GLOBAL WARMING, not a child of the “New World Order” conspirators who fought as much as possible its reality, is but a natural reactivity that is becoming challenging to the “illuminati". .. Bushfires in Australia, wild fires in Canada and the US, high temperatures in the US and now massive floods in Germany and Europe… The “American New World Order” might have to do some more better urgent gymnastics than having the old codger Biden opening the floodgates of cash, furthering and compounding the damage… But while we get a few drops of the loot, the rich will fill buckets. The Illuminati don’t miss an occasion.


So, as we see it from the wrong side of the looking glass, the “illuminati” who advanced so well under Clinton, the Bushes and Obama are now slightly bereft of ideas, and CONFUSED BY TRUMPISM, are fighting amongst themselves to “save the planet”, because without a planet to rule and anarchy everywhere, the Illuminati boffins become obsolete…




Immer geschmäht, verflucht – verstanden nie,

Bist du das Schreckbild dieser Zeit geworden…

Auflösung aller Ordnung, rufen sie,

Seist du und Kampf und nimmerendend Morden.


O laß sie schrei'n! – Ihnen, die nie begehrt,

Die Wahrheit hinter einem Wort zu finden,

Ist auch des Wortes rechter Sinn verwehrt,

Sie werden Blinde bleiben unter Blinden.


Du aber, Wort, so klar, so stark, so rein,

Das alles sagt, wonach ich ruhlos trachte,

Ich gebe dich der Zukunft! – Sie ist dein,

Wenn jeder endlich zu sich selbst erwachte.


Kommt sie im Sonnenblick – Im Sturmgebrüll?

Ich weiß es nicht… doch sie erscheint auf Erden! –

"Ich bin ein Anarchist!"  "Warum?" "Ich will

Nicht herrschen, aber auch beherrscht nicht werden!"


John Henry Mackay




[POEM] Anarchy by John Henry Mackay


Ever reviled, accursed, ne'er understood,

Thou art the grisly terror of our age.

"Wreck of all order," cry the multitude,

"Art thou, and war and murder's endless rage."

O, let them cry. To them that ne'er have striven

The truth that lies behind a word to find,

To them the word's right meaning was not given.

They shall continue blind among the blind.

But thou, O word, so clear, so strong, so pure,

Thou sayest all which I for goal have taken.

I give thee to the future! Thine secure

When each at least unto himself shall waken.

Comes it in sunshine? In the tempest's thrill?

I cannot tell–but it the earth shall see! I am an Anarchist! Wherefore I will Not rule, and also ruled I will not be!


John Henry Mackay (6 February 1864 GreenockScotland – 16 May 1933 StahnsdorfGermany) was an egoist anarchist, thinker and writer. Born in Scotland and raised in Germany, Mackay was the author of Die Anarchisten (The Anarchists, 1891) and Der Freiheitsucher (The Searcher for Freedom, 1921). Mackay was published in the United States in his friend Benjamin Tucker's magazine, Liberty.



Johann Kaspar Schmidt (25 October 1806 – 26 June 1856), known professionally as Max Stirner, was a German post-Hegelian philosopher, dealing mainly with the Hegelian notion of social alienation and self-consciousness.[10] Stirner is often seen as one of the forerunners of nihilismexistentialismpsychoanalytic theorypostmodernism and individualist anarchism.[11][12]

Stirner's main work The Ego and Its Own (GermanDer Einzige und sein Eigentum; meaningfully translated as The Individual and his Property, literally as The Only One and His Property) was first published in 1844 in Leipzig and has since appeared in numerous editions and translations.[13][14]




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I saw a city filled with lust and shame

Where men, like wolves, slunk through the grim half-light

And sudden, in the midst of it, there came 

One who spoke boldly for the cause of Right. 


And speaking, fell before that brutish race 

Like some poor wren that shrieking eagles tear

While brute Dishonour, with her bloodless face 

Stood by and smote his lips that moved in prayer


"Speak not of God! In centuries that word 

Hath not been uttered! Our own king are we." 

And God stretched forth his finger as He heard 

And o'er it cast a thousand leagues of sea.


John Alexander Mccrae


This poem is the antidote to the poem above by John Henry Mackay…


We need a certain amount of social order. Humans need social order. It’s natural otherwise the wolves would devour each other till the pack became extinct. The wolves have their pecking order, and sometimes individuals have to fight to gain and maintain their rank in the pecking order. We’re not lonely wombats.


Even the most “primitive" of cultures have far better social order than our own as we scoff as the purpose of being “policed”. We have mentioned the cleverest people on the planet: The Australian Aboriginal people. They did not try to make Nature submit, but they used nature to develop their own knowledge. There is no culture without knowledge. Sometimes on TV, you can hear an Aboriginal person talk about knowledge… This knowledge is important for survival with a minimal footprint. The cultural knowledge of Aboriginal is transmitted via paintings, dances and songs — and teaching the children how to find food. It sounds basic, but it’s actually a very structured social order. Women and men have their own secret places and the society works on sharing, with the elders being the keepers of the laws, including that of marriage with members of other tribes to prevent interbreeding. In such a social network, there is no need for “lawyers”. 


The Western social networks are more like pack of wolves, elevated with mannerism of language into the realm of fantasy, in which a supreme character, god, is ruling above the viciousness of the incessant bickering. Bickering of course leads to greater inventions, like that of improve ways to kill each others. Rather than dance, we choose sport as a representation of this culture. It provides an outlet: Oh, it hurts! I’d rather them than me… This vicariousness is a downgrade of cultural progress that started with a representation of war. War isn’t not represented in Aboriginal dances. Kangaroo hunt may be, but not as a narrative of glorious past success. Dances are a teaching rhythm of movements to catch a prey — and share. 


I may be wrong, but this is what I understood from the explanations given to me by elders.


So, Gus Leonisky isn’t an anarchist, because we need others from the start of our life and we need to share the wisdom along the way.





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