The Dreaded Populism

Like Mattias Tannhauser at the siege of Malta, President Trump is besieged on all sides. Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump is likely to be snubbed by the high society of Washington, DC. And so too was Mary Lincoln snubbed while her husband Abraham was beset on all sides. Yet both represented “We the People”, i.e., the dreaded populism.

Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The Dreaded Populism”, published to YouTube on February 8, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 7 minutes and 59 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.

“I came to Malta not for riches or honor, but to save my soul,” reads the inscription on a gold bangle worn by Mattias Tannhauser, hero of Tim Willock’s novel about the siege of Malta in 1565. In the novel (The Religion), a sacred relic inspires the besieged: the purported hand of John the Baptist. So too were the Knights Templar believed to venerate another purported sacred relic, the head of John the Baptist. The Knights Hospitaller on Malta as well as the Knights Templar elsewhere are thereby potentially linked to what is called “the Johannite heresy”, in which John the Baptist and not Jesus is thought to have been the true Messiah. (Background: Let The Squabbles Begin, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, February 3, 2017.)

The Johannite “heresy” is tied to an ancient religious sect, the Mandeans. There is a theory (advocated by, for example, author Lynn Picknett) that the Knights Templar, while in the Holy Land during the early Crusades, encountered the Mandean teachings and were secretly converted to them.

Not only is President Donald Trump besieged now at his own “Isle of Malta” (Washington, DC), but First Lady Melania Trump is likely to experience somewhat of the same. And so, for now, the First Lady is keeping a low profile in New York City. [1] When (and if) things calm down, she is more likely to move into the White House. At that point, it is feared she may be snubbed socially by the Washington, DC high society, as was Mary Lincoln before her.

Trump has “no experience” we keep hearing, and neither did Abraham Lincoln in his time (unless you count one term as a congressman in the 1840s). Lincoln was a populist, as proclaimed in his Gettysburg Address (… “that government of the people, by the people, and for the people…”). So too is President Trump sneered at as a populist.

Populism is being disrespected lately in some quarters. The word comes from the Latin, “Populus”, meaning, “a people, nation.” [2] “We the People” proclaims the start of the U.S. Constitution. So why is it that a U.S. president having enormous popular support has been so overwhelmingly subjected to negativity by what is supposed to be a fair and impartial press?

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[1] “Melania Trump in Trump Tower: First Lady keeps low profile in tall building”, by AFP, AP, with staff writers. February 6, 2017.
[2] An Elementary Latin Dictionary, by Charlton D. Lewis, Ph.D. Oxford University Press, 2000.


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Puzzle of the Berkeley Riot

The puzzle pieces of the February 1, 2017 Berkeley riot are almost mathematical. We know that about 150 outside agitators suddenly arrived and disrupted a peaceful protest. But what was the organizing force behind the 150 goons? That we don’t know, but there are theories.

Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Puzzle of the Berkeley Riot”, published to YouTube on February 5, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 34 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.

In leisure-time mathematical puzzles, you first assemble the elements of the problem. You then contemplate, trying to see connections and solve the puzzle. You do not theorize what the solution is and then decide you have thereby solved the puzzle.

The puzzle pieces of the Berkeley riot can be assembled. But some are already accepting theories as answers.

On February 1, 2017 what began as a peaceful protest was ruined by what Berkeley police called a “group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest.” The estimated 150 goons were “outside protesters” according to a report by Inside Higher Ed. (Background: Let The Squabbles Begin, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, February 3, 2017.)

The 150 goons infiltrating the protest were an outside force. And so too did an outside force propel what became the infamous Los Angeles riots of April 1992, according to Fred Celeni (pronounced suh-LAN-ee) who claimed he had worked as a federal intelligence agent for the office of U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell. In an interview broadcast on public access cable TV in the 1990s, Celeni stated that he and an undercover group had started going into the black community of Los Angeles prior to the verdict in the case of police officers videotaped beating Rodney King. Celeni’s group, he said, “started contacting the black youth. We concentrated on 3 areas: what we called the Somoan Crip area (the poorer section of Long Beach); the Rolling 30s, Rolling 60s, Rolling 90s Crips (which is another black gang); and last, on something called ‘The 8-Tray Gangster Crips.'” Cash, crack cocaine, and weapons were reportedly distributed amongst the gang-bangers. An “Al Gore Plan” had been allegedly devised superficially as a system to handle insurrection, but in reality as “30 pages of blueprint on how to start a riot.” [1]

After I had made my latest video, “Puzzle of the Berkeley Riot”, I came across new information (a new puzzle piece) on what outside forces may have been backing the 150 outside agitators who infiltrated the Berkeley protest. According to a report published in The Daily Caller, groups such as “Refuse Fascism”, “Alliance for Global Justice”, and “the Tides Foundation, a non-profit funded by billionaire progressive philanthropist George Soros” had some connection to the 150 masked goons of February 1st. [2]

The above are some of the puzzle pieces. Theories are emerging, one of them from former Secretary of Labor and UC-Berkeley professor Robert Reich. He has suggested the anti-Trump riots on campus were actually a right-wing plot to delegitimize liberals. “I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.” [3]

So Reich begins to wander from the fact of outside agitators towards a theory of a plot to delegitimize liberals. The riot made the peaceful protesters look bad and this causes them to lose public support, in this theory.

One of my own theories is that the Berkeley riot was designed to ensure the overall protest got widely covered by mainstream “news”. “If it bleeds, it leads,” is the mass media rule-of-thumb. By adding a riot into an ordinary protest, the overall event was pushed to the front page.

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[2] “Look Who Funds The Group Behind The Call To Arms At Milo’s Berkeley Event”, by Chuck Ross. The Daily Caller, February 3, 2017.
[3] “CNN Guest: Berkeley Rioters Were Actually Secret Right-Wingers Affiliated With Breitbart”, by Alex Griswold. Mediaite, February 3, 2017.


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Let The Squabbles Begin

Besieged on all sides like at the 1565 siege of Malta, Donald Trump surpassed odds and fended off the attackers. Now that the siege is ending and Mr. Trump is settling in as president, the normal phase of petty inter-party (and intra-party) squabbles has slowly emerged. Squabbles are normal. They are part of democracy. So let the squabbles begin.

Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Let The Squabbles Begin”, published to YouTube on February 2, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 13 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.

No sooner had I made the video than idiocy erupted in Berkeley. What began as a peaceful protest was ruined by what Berkeley police called a “group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest.” The estimated 150 goons were “outside protesters” according to a report by Inside Higher Ed. [1]

It is thanks in part to violent outside agitators such as at Berkeley that President Donald Trump is being driven into the arms of paleo-conservatives. That, and irrational hostility in the press and amongst the opposition members of Congress, leaves an actually broad-minded Trump nowhere to turn for support except the atavistic elements of the “right.”

In fact, despite all the irrational hatred of Trump, he is really someone capable of walking in both worlds. In this he is like Mattias Tannhauser, central character in Tim Willocks gripping historical novel, The Religion.

The 1565 siege of Malta is the backdrop for a spiritual struggle within the soul of Tannhauser. Born into a Christian family, most of whom are killed during one of the many wars between Christians and Muslims, at the age of about twelve Tannhauser is taken under the wing of a kind-hearted Muslim and goes east where he learns the ways of Islam. Then, at about the age of 25, he travels back to Europe and becomes a soldier of fortune. Tannhauser can therefore walk in both worlds – Christian and Muslim – but at heart he believes neither of the two religions.

“I came to Malta not for riches or honor, but to save my soul,” reads the inscription on a gold bangle worn by Tannhauser. And for the man of two faiths neither believed in, it is both sorrow and love, in the form of French countess Carla La Penautier, which may lead to his redemption.

(The Religion, by Tim Willocks. New York: Sarah Crichton Books/Farar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.)

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[1] “Amid Violence, Yiannopoulos Speech at Berkeley Canceled”, by Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik. Inside Higher Ed, February 2, 2017.


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The Siege Of Malta Scale

On the Siege of Malta scale, with 1 being minor and 10 being Siege of Malta, I put recent uproar about a temporary ban on immigrants from certain countries at a low-alarm 1.

Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The Siege Of Malta Scale”, published to YouTube on January 31, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 6 minutes and 45 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.

Much fuss has recently been exhibited regarding a temporary ban on immigration from some countries. Wishing to hear the other side of the story, I checked through President Donald Trump’s recent tweets. One of these directed me to a Facebook posting by the president, in which he wrote, in part…

America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border… We will keep [America] free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. [1]

President Trump’s tweets are currently available at this link:

The Siege of Malta scale is an idea I had consequent to reading an historical novel about the Knights of St. John the Baptist. In The Religion, author Tim Willocks offers this vignette which describes the Order:

We are not mere soldiers, noble though that calling may be. We are the Knights of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist of Jerusalem. We are the Hospitallers. The defense of the faithful pilgrims to Jerusalem was our original calling. Tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum. It is the first and last rule of our Order: Defenders of the Faith and servants of the poor. We defend the Faith most truly not by feats of arms but through our service to the poor.

The Knights of St. John the Baptist operated independently of Rome and Vatican control, at least according to Willocks. In his novel, a sacred relic – the hand of John the Baptist – is treasured by the Order. This brought to mind how the Knights Templar, a separate group of dedicated knights, also may have possessed and venerated their own sacred relic: the head of John the Baptist.

The Templars were accused of heresy in 1307 A.D. “If the Templar heresy was that of the Johannites, the head in question might possibly represent that of John the Baptist…” [2]

The Johannite Church claims a continuity with the primitive Johannine Christianity of the saints John the Baptist and John the Apostle, and the Christian scriptures attributed to John. [3] Some theorize that knightly Orders such as the Templars and Hospitallers encountered and were converted to an alternate form of Christianity while they were stationed in Outremer (i.e., the Holy Land).

So, there are differences of opinion, and not just about the new president, Donald J. Trump. It is urged that people consider both sides before they jump to conclusions. If the link above to President Trump’s twitter feed for some reason does not work, you can try a web search on “donald trump twitter”.

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[1] “Donald J. Trump: Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting”, Facebook, January 29, 2017.
[2] Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, by Nesta H. Webster. First published 1924. Reprinted 1994 by A&B Books Publishers, Brooklyn, NY.
[3] “Johannite Church”, Wikipedia, January 31, 2017.


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Atavism In Action

Atavism lurks within both “left” and “right”. The meritocracy has become an inbred aristocracy where “refined” atavism is displayed in the February 2017 issue of Harper’s magazine. Atavistic yearnings have even allowed torture into the discussion. Torture along with blood and gore can be found in “The Religion”, an historical novel by Tim Willocks about the 1565 siege of Malta.

Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Atavism In Action”, published to YouTube on January 29, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 8 minutes and 53 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.

“Atavism” is defined as the “appearance in an individual of some characteristic found in a remote ancestor but not in nearer ancestors.” [1]

Remote ancestors would be, for example, Christians and Muslims slaughtering each other in 1565, at the siege of Malta. Oceans of bloodshed and gore are depicted in Tim Willock’s historical novel, The Religion. (“The Religion” is how the Knights of St. John referred to themselves.) Also, for resurgent fans of torture, the same is shown as present in 1565 in Willock’s novel.

Atavism was noticed by Thomas Wolfe, in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again:

Hitlerism, he saw, was a recrudesence of an old barbarism. But this spirit was not confined to Germany. It belonged to no one race. It was a terrible part of the universal heritage of man. One saw traces of it everywhere. It took on many disguises, many labels. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin – each had his own name for it.

Imagine that! Hitlerism (Nazism) on the “right” and Stalinism (Communism) on the “left” had both yielded to atavistic yearnings! Could it be possible that here in the United States both “left” and “right” have also descended into barbarism?

“But the ‘left’ is so refined!”, you might say. But is their “refinement” just a mask? Recall how primitive tribalism was on display at the January 21st Women’s March.

What may have induced a resurgent tribalism on the “left” is argued by Wesley Yang in the February 2017 issue of Harper’s magazine. To overthrow an earlier aristocracy, a system of “meritocracy” came to the fore. Reportedly, the term “meritocracy” was coined in 1958 in a satirical novel by British socialist Sir Michael Young, The Rise of the Meritocracy. In Young’s novel, the “meritocracy” itself eventually becomes an aristocracy due to inbreeding. “Sequestered within elite institutions, people of high intelligence marry among themselves, passing along their high social position and superior genes to their progeny.” [2] And so we now have, among the “left” elite, a tribal enclave talking to itself and increasingly oblivious to reality.

Reacting to aristocratic tribalism amongst the “left”, the “right” responds in kind with its own version and so there we now are in America, with atavism in action. Watch for more atavism on display at the upcoming Super Bowl on February 5th.

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[1] Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition. Cleveland, OH: Wiley Publishing, 2010
[2] “American Nightmare”, by Wesley Yang. Harper’s magazine, February 2017 issue.


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Weak Tsar, Strong Tsar

“Anna Anderson” (Anastasia Romanov) perceived how Russia alternates between a weak tsar and a strong tsar. So does the United States alternate between Democrat and Republican. Tsar Alexander, a strong tsar, helped Abraham Lincoln preserve the Union. Strong Tsar Donald Trump would truly be strong if he did not condone torture.

Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Weak Tsar, Strong Tsar”, published to YouTube on January 26, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 6 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.

In James Blair Lovell’s biography of “Anna Anderson” (Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov), the surviving Romanov explains the “weak tsar/strong tsar” concept:

There will be a czar of Russia again… There is no mistake about this. So, as things are, it doesn’t stay forever. Never! A Peter the Great must be born again – that is necessary… [1]

A weak Russian Tsar would be, for example, Boris Yeltsin. A strong Russian Tsar would be Vladimir Putin.

We alternate also in the United States, between Democrat and Republican. We now have a Republican “Tsar”, Donald Trump. However in the case of President Trump, things are complicated by his own party not standing entirely behind him.

Little remembered is how Russia once helped Abraham Lincoln to preserve the Union. Tsar Alexander II, in 1863, ordered the Russian navy to deploy to the east and west coasts of the U.S. This presence of the Russian navy warned off Britain and France against interfering in the American Civil War. [2]

Thomas Wolfe (1900 – 1938) warned against “a recrudescence of an old barbarism” in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again. We all have “atavistic yearnings” warned Wolfe, and we must guard against them. These yearnings arrive from the Id, a theorized primitive portion of our brains.

“Donald Trump says torture ‘absolutely works’ in first major interview as President,” reports Britain’s Independent newspaper. [3]

“Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views,” tweeted President Trump a few days ago. [4]

Taking Mr. Trump at his word, I now express my dissenting view. We (the United States) are the “good guys.” We do not torture people. I fear a “recrudescence of an old barbarism” in the very thought that torture can be somehow “O.K.” America, beware the atavistic yearnings which can lead us back into the cave.

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[1] Anastasia, by James Blair Lovell. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
[2] The Creature From Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin. Westlake Village, CA: American Media, Eighth printing, February 1999.
[3] “Donald Trump says torture ‘absolutely works’ in first major interview as President”, by Adam Withnall. Independent (UK, online), January 26, 2017.
[4] “First Week Of Trump”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, January 23, 2017.


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Soros Funds Women’s March

The January 21st Women’s March was largely funded by Billionaire George Soros, it is being reported. Is Soros liable for any damage incidental to the march? Why did military officers briefly appear behind Donald Trump during his January 20th inauguration speech? President Trump wants to bring back good-paying jobs to the United States, so why isn’t the “left” happy about it? Has the “left” lost its mind?

Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Soros Funds Women’s March”, published to YouTube on January 24, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 10 minutes and 32 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.

Reported is that George Soros largely financed the Women’s March of January 21, 2017. [1] Coincident to that event, a limousine was torched and shop windows were shattered the previous day. The Women’s Marchers left enormous litter in their wake. Who pays for the clean-up? Suggested is that George Soros may be financially liable.

The Women’s March was a case of the Id run amok. Sigmund Freud saw the psyche structured into three parts: the id, ego and superego, all developing at different stages in our lives. The Id is the primitive and instinctual part of the mind. [2] The Women’s March put on display an unrestrained tantrum akin to a child released into a Lord of the Flies world. All the while the tantrum was underway, “Love Trumps Hate” was the ironic mantra.

“Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” [3]

Has the “left” lost its mind? On Monday morning, President Donald Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the US from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. [4] So why isn’t the “left” happy about this? Some are explaining it as, “Trump Derangement Syndrome”, where irrational hatred of Donald Trump supersedes reason.

Blue-collar workers used to be the cornerstone of the Democrat Party. Renegotiating trade deals in favor of American labor is a top priority of the new president. But a strange Frankfurt School brand of Socialism has taken possession of many Democrats, and they now only care for their own petty fiefdoms of gender, sexual preference, and race. This has left the door wide open for the opposition party to woo and win forgotten labor voters.

And now, Donald Trump begins to deliver on his promise. “Buy American and hire American,” he stated in his inauguration speech. Isn’t the “left” happy about consideration being given to the sad state of American labor? No, not if their designated hate figure is doing the considering. And so, “Hate Trumps Reason” in the rampaging Id of the Democrat Party.

Why did about 10 military officers briefly insert themselves into the background during Donald Trump’s inauguration speech? There may be a simple explanation. If so, I’d like to hear it. (A short clip of this circumstance is included in my video.)

And in Hollywood, “conspiracy theories” continue to flourish. One of these is that Marilyn Monroe was murdered. (However if you read the book Double-Cross, by Sam and Chuck Giancana, you may be persuaded that Monroe actually was murdered.) And is it true that Nicolas Cage is a vampire? [5]

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[1] “Among the most dishonest human beings’: Trump slams media for inauguration reporting”, by RT (Russia Today). YouTube.
[2] “Id, Ego and Superego”, by Saul McLeod. Simply Psychology, 2007. (Updated 2016).
[3] “Lord of the Flies Primitivity Quotes”,
[4] “Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism”, by Jerry White. World Socialist Web Site, January 24, 2017.
[5] “You Won’t Believe These Old Hollywood Conspiracy Theories”, by Anne Cohen. January 23, 2017.


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