rkm asks: who are you now?


Currently cyberjournal has over 400 subscribers. I don’t know how many of those folks actually read the postings. I know in my case I subscribe to many sources, and often don’t open a posting if the headline doesn’t grab my attention.

There are only a handful of you who typically respond to postings. I appreciate those responses, but the rest of the 400 are a mystery to me. How likely are they to look at postings? Do they get something from them? Do they agree, disagree? What are their viewpoints? What are their concerns?

One of my main themes over the years has been ‘matrix vs. reality’ – the idea that mainstream reality is illusion & deception, a veil pulled over our eyes, to keep us from seeing the world as it really is. What is reality for you?

I’d be very grateful if you’d send me a few words, so I’d have a better understanding of who it is I’m trying to communicate with. Anything you say will be kept private. Even better, if you’re into sharing your thoughts, you can comment on this posting on the cyberjournal blog.

As regards my own views on ‘the world as it really is’, below is a list of items I’ve posted recently to the newslog blog.



Recent Posts on newslog



27 thoughts on “rkm asks: who are you now?

  1. Dear Richard
    I enjoy reading your posts and find a great deal in them to which I can relate. You take risks in what you say, and, inevitably, some of those risks do not pay off. The Electric Universe, one of your pursuits, has been very interesting for me, but I am not sufficiently equipped to be able to review it authoritatively. I have asked others in my circle to help me, but nobody has yet stepped up to the request. I like it that Professor Piers Corbyn is an adherent.
    I am an agricultural economist, environmentalist, humanitarian, generalist. I moved to live in Lao PDR fifteen years ago and was introduced to your work by my friend Nadia from Australia about ten years ago. You and I have had some correspondence over the years.
    Living in Laos and becoming closely involved with the unexploded ordnance issue has persuaded me of the stupidity and futility of war – except for the way less than 1% who profit by it.
    I have become a pacifist.
    Slowly, I have adopted a mind-set that we need to pursue our highest vision. Anything less and we stand in danger of achieving only the pedestrian. We might do that anyway, but by chasing the impossible we might just move the needle a bit further than we would should we set our sights only on the seemingly possible.
    Thus, my objective is global peace. At 76, statistically speaking, I have probably passed my sell-by date and am nearer to the end of my shelf-life. So I am seeking ways in which that might be secured rather rapidly. The Berlin Wall did come down – quickly!
    Perhaps it will be best to join up with like-minded people and I am exploring that.
    Thank you for this space and for your continued enthusiasm and energy.

  2. Have been wanting to express appreciation for your work for years.
    .I discovered your site by accident , possibly from a link when you first started it ,since then it has been my go to site for lucid and well thought out information. on whats really going on.

    Keep up the good work .
    Highest regards

    Peter Harris
    New zealand

  3. Richard,

    thanks for your message and the question “Who are you now?” I like it when you engage the readers of the list, and I take this as opportunity to offer my two cents here.

    I am a subscriber of cj since 1999 or 2000. At that time, I lived in the US and found your thoughts on the theme “Escaping the Matrix” very interesting and a good way of making sense of world events. You also pointed out other useful magazines, authors, and blogs.

    Occasionally, I disagree with your views, especially when you allege that World War III is soon to begin on a large scale (which you have done a few times).

    In your recent post, you mention the topic of “conspiracy theory”. My assumption, in this regard, is that in one way or antoher we always work with a theory or model of explanation that can be called “conspiracy theory”. The more important question is what the conspiracy PRAXIS looks like. On this point, I disagree with some of your claims about how world history is fabricated by the schemes of personal agents with specific goals, etc. I have found some material that you offered in support of your view unconvincing, for example, analyses by Jim Mcgregor. Still, I find much of the material you post, and your comments on it, enlightening. This is the reason why I am still a subscriber. Thank you for your continuing engagement!

    Best regards,

    • Very nice to hear from you Matthias. Sorry to be slow in acknowledging your comments – I was occupied with a project. You are right, I have thought war was on the horizon more than once, and been wrong. Even now, what are we to make of the encircling of Russia and China, the pivot to Asia, and the NATO build-up along Russia’s border? John Pilger concludes war is coming, in his film, “The Coming War with China” (http://thecomingwarmovie.com). I won’t go so far as to agree with him, but I will note that if a war did come, everything the US is doing would be seen in retrospect as mobilization for that war.

      I’d like to know what you find unconvincing about Jim Macgregor’s work. Have you read the book? I found it to be well-documented and the reasoning to be sound, but I’m open to learning of gaps or errors.

      You are certainly right, that I’ve more than once predicted this or that catastrophe, and it didn’t come to pass.

  4. Now that you are posting our comments for any visitor to your blog to read, I will again suggest that you consider sharing my proposed constitution for a government truly of, by and for the people. As I read these comments you highlighted, I get the sense that the radicals among us are interested in working on a new direction for society. Is there a path away from the Matrix? Can we fashion our own government without being directed by the wealthiest citizens? I would like to start this ball rolling.

    • Is your proposed constitution on the web, so you can post a link to it? If so, go ahead and post it, with a brief introduction, and perhaps others will chime in.

  5. Hi Richard,
    I always read your posts, and respect and appreciate your clarity and logic, so please keep doing it. I believe the message is seeping through the cracks in the Matrix.

    Meanwhile, I keep trying to do what I think is my part, drawing cartoon stories of what I see happening. I just realized that I didn’t have your e-mail address in my list, so I’ll include you in my future mailings, if you don’t mind. Here is my blog where I’ve been placing them:



  6. Thanks Richard for posting these comments in response to who we are.

    I have been reading you on and off for the past 20 or so years, and I find your macro-analysis about the slow-moving arcs of historical movement to be vitally important for an understanding of where our species may be evolving/devolving into.

    I’ve been a mostly discouraged activist for peace with justice for the past 50 or so years since I returned from the American War in Vietnam landing in Washington, DC about three hours after MLK had been assassinated. A couple of Sundays ago I participated in an anniversary event of his stirring April 4, 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech. My suspicion is that this is why he was eliminated.

    Recently, my wife and I watched the excellent three-part PBS documentary on The Great War fostered by racist President Woodrow Wilson. It struck me that ironically the US is still actively engaged in fighting endless wars to make the world safe for our brand of capitalistic democracy — not much has changed in the past century.

    With Trump’s election, mirroring the hard right tilt of politics in Britain and Europe, my assessment is that conditions are moving rapidly towards an endgame of a New World Order.

    I’ll be most interested in continuing to read your analysis of where we are and where we are going as a species.

    • I appreciate your comment about macro-analysis. That is what I aim for, to understand the Big Picture, or should I say the Big Moving Picture. I very much agree that we are in an endgame scenario. The signs to consider are dramatic orchestrated events that make decisive changes in how the world operates. 9/11 was such an event, with decisive changes in both domestic and foreign affairs. The financial crisis of 2008 was such an event, tightening the banksters’ grip over the affairs of the nation state. Post-9/11 US aggressive wars have been a series of such events, leaving in their wake failed states and terrorist enclaves. Everywhere the agenda is destabilization. Even the ‘hard right tilt’ you refer to is such an event, as it is leading people to protest against the democratic process itself. The sentiment seems to be, “Forget about elections, I insist on leaders that we liberals consider sensible”. People are being prepared for rule by bureaucracy. And then there’s the fake news project, aimed at suppressing real news and creating a monopoly for matrix-media propaganda. If this all were a movie, I’d say we must be in the endgame, about to reach the climax.

  7. Hi Richard;
    Maybe the 400 or some of us who get your blog would agree to air our world view and/or primary issues on your list, and then areas of interest could be grouped together so that they could be developed and built upon?

  8. Hi Richard, Much kudos all round for your ongoing work to help save humanity from the psycho greedy ruling few. I’ve just dropped by to see how I might archive a post to this site and saw this post. As to feedback might send you a pm but your scholarship and penetrating insights have been a light on the hill to me as I am sure to many. Keep up the great work. Regards, David.

    • Thanks for including the link, so people can see what you’re trying to do. I must admit however that I’m not a supporter of world government. I can understand how from an environmental perspective, one would hope for sound management of global resources, and global governance would seem to be a way to achieve that. But we need to be realistic about what a world government would really be like, and whose interests it would be serving. Financial and corporate interests dominate our governments today. We would be expecting a miracle to happen, I suggest, if we think a global government would be any different.

      But if we want to realistically anticipate what a world government would be like, we need to acknowledge how corrupt the governments are that we already have.

      • Richard, regarding ‘But we need to be realistic about what a world government would really be like, and whose interests it would be serving.’ A more inclusive overview is at http://gaiapc.ca/PJ/PJ-Overview-web.htm . The envisioned Blue Planet Governance (BPG) is a chaordic organization that works on behalf of the hundreds of regional governments of the world in order to deal with issues that are beyond the scope of any individual region. It simply cannot become autocratic by design. In this scenario the shareholders of large corporations are not individuals but regional governments. The only miracle involve would be that the anticipated collapse of the existing capitalist economic monetary system crash would occur after the BPG shadow system of trade and commerce is established, and that the crash occurs before the global ecological decline is unstoppable. Acknowledgment the corrupt nature of existing governments is a motivating driver to develop a network of individuals capable of establishing the BPG framework.

  9. Hello –

    By way of contrast:
    “If fifteen years ago, when the USSR was collapsing, I had noticed a book on the shelves about changing the world, I imagine I would have passed it by. Such topics, I would have assumed, were for philosophers, mystics, or ideological fanatics.” So very different from my experience! “Back in the day” (at 14) I connected with a small troupe running a hippie bus. There I found folk who talked about just the stuff I spent my time pondering, if not yet “drilling down into”. How did the Hungarian Revolution receive so little support? Did Castro’s Cuba necessarily stand in conflict with Uncle Sam? In 1968, how is it that even Prague Spring was swept away? and all of this in context of “politics of personal experience”. We were conscious of being fed a sickle-sweet stream of propaganda.
    So in my experience me and those close to me were almost obsessive about “changing the world” almost 40 years before you wrote the above.

    On the other hand “topics philosophers, mystics, or ideological fanatics” is the form / approach I see almost invariably.
    “If the societal will existed … we could fund the conversion project with a small fraction of the resources now devoted to military budgets. It would be an immense project, but none of it is rocket science. The major obstacles to social transformation … are bound up in the question: What is our societal will?”
    “We don’t have a list of individual problems to solve – rather we have a dysfunctional system that needs to be somehow reconfigured.”

    What I’ve seen for almost the whole of my life in almost every quarter is that folk use the philosophizing as alternative to grappling with actualities, the problems as they exist in reality, as they act in our world.
    No list of individual problems? Indeed! So many books and journals, so many academics and scholars, so many years we’ve had WWW and even longer the internet, yet no list. WikiPedia, but no list. It’s like living in a huge library where everyone has their nose stuck in one text or another yet nobody has created an index.

    I’m not scholar or academic. Just technologist. Which is to say: I’m no officer; I’m a grunt.

    Seems to me my cohort has gone around things started at the wrong spot and headed in the wrong direction.

    apologies for over-long

    p.s. from 9yrs ago: https://groundplane.wordpress.com/gp-101/
    #ParticipatoryDeliberation #DeliberativePolitics #Exhibitum #Protension

    • You seem to be suggesting that I waste my time with philosophizing, and that it would be better to be “grappling with actualities, the problems as they exist in reality, as they act in our world”. Could you say something about this kind of grappling, about what you are referring to?

  10. “My Life”, that is the individual life of each one of us, is the Radical Reality in the sense that all other realities appear or are “rooted” in it. Physical phenomena, emotional phenomena, mental phenomena, even spiritual phenomena occur within the radical reality that is your “My Life.”

    This is based on the philosophy of the Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), who I have been studying for more than 50 years. For more on this, you can visit my posting here, in particular sections 2 and 3: https://longknowledge.wordpress.com/ortega-y-gasset-as-a-proto-environmental-pragmatist/

    • That’s a fascinating perspective, “I am I and my circumstance”. Like we each live in our own world, and we carry it around with us, in the way we perceive and interpret things. In biography we get an attempt to reproduce the world of someone, so others can experience it.

      • Reality is perspectival. “World” consists of the interpretations that we create (or accept from others) about the reality we experience from our perspective.

  11. Richard, thank you for hosting me when I came through Ireland, I wonder if you are still living on the Quay? I have been working on writing my opus, and I am leaning heavily on your “9-stage” model and the “Hero journey.” I continue to elaborate that model. You can read about my thoughts at DanShaw.com/writing click on “Why some social movements succeed while most fail.” So I remain interested in all your work! Thank you for doing it! Keep it up.

  12. Hi Richard

    Thanks for what you’re doing. I read lots of things online every day, and I appreciate your postings as one of the sources I take most seriously. Great book you wrote too!


    • Thanks Paul! There are share buttons on the posts, so feel free to share items that others might be interested in.

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