Monday, March 19, 2018

Universal Basic Income


                                               From The Ramparts
                                              Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                               Universal Basic Income

“Universal basic income (UBI) is a model for providing all citizens of a country or other geographic area with a given sum of money, regardless of their income, resources or employment status. The purpose of the UBI is to prevent or reduce poverty and increase equality among citizens. UBI is also known simply as basic income. According to the advocacy group Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), the essential principle behind basic income is the idea that all citizens are entitled to a livable income, whether or not they contribute to production and despite the particular circumstances into which they are born.”

Due to the rapid advances and application of technology, labor as we know it is changing. With the increased uses of robotics, animation and Artificial Intelligence, physical labor and intellectual skills labor will take totally new forms not in the distant future but immediately. Many futurists and thinkers realize we are on the cusp of a quantum shift in work, industry, technology, lifestyle and economics.  People like inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and futurist Elon Musk and Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes are saying society needs to prepare for the approaching phase out and outright elimination of work as we presently know it and provide for people who have been displaced by technology.
At the 2017 World Government Summit in Dubai Elon Musk said, “I think we'll end up doing universal basic income, it’s going to be necessary. There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better. I want to be clear, these are not things I wish will happen; these are things I think probably will happen. With automation, there will come abundance. Almost everything will get very cheap.”
He also said some form of merger between humans and computers is in the offing. “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence. It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output… Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem” This is what is being contemplated by some of the driving minds of our time. When (not if) it materializes, most people will not be prepared.
The more immediate loss of job opportunities due to technology will cause major social disruption especially in the so called developed world although some futurists believe it will impact the so called developing world just as severely. An article on the Website includes a chart detailing the impact of robotics and automation around the world. I highly recommend you read this article to get an idea just how pervasive and disruptive the new technologies of Artificial Intelligence, robotics and automation are becoming and will be even more so in the near future.
The article mentions the countries such as Finland, Kenya, Switzerland and Netherlands that are considering, planning for or actually implementing some form of Universal Basic Income. Go to and see what they are saying. The devastating impact of disruptive technology is not just the concern of futurists. A March 9, 2018 Gallup Poll reveals more Americans fear being displaced by Artificial Intelligence (AI), robots and automation than they do immigrants or off shoring. This is a huge revelation, it means contrary to what many may think there are Americans who know what is happening in the world and they are fearful about their future. Rightly so, because the mindset and historical pattern of capitalists is to find and implement the cheapest labor and lowest production costs (e.g. slavery, automation) possible. This is not going to change. So the anxiety revealed in the Gallop Poll is understandable. But what would UBI look like in the US?
On the flip side, the 1% is worrying how the masses will respond to these seismic socio-economic shifts. They are wondering which options Joe and Jane Sixpack will choose; will they take the torches and pitchfork route or will they continue to passively submit to their fate? The 1%’s solution in addition to pacification via the mass media and police state coercion is Universal Basic Income.
Their immediate problem is how to sell and implement it because both US political parties have dogged welfare since the 1960’s and they are adamantly opposed to reparations for Africans; so now they have to come up with a new marketing tool to generate consensus to sell UBI. Notice in none of the discussions is cost averse nor is how it will be paid for a major issue. I suspect it is because the 1% fear the torch and pitchfork option.
Here are a few Websites that address this issue, please peruse them to get a better idea of the scope of this issue because it will be one of the major topics of discussion in the coming years:,,


Monday, March 12, 2018

An Afrocentric Discussion of Black Panther

An Afrocentric Discussion of Black Panther
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton

            On Saturday afternoon on March 10 the Molefi Kete Asante Institute and Afrocentricity International held a discussion on the Black Panther movie at their headquarters 5535 Germantown Avenue. The multi-generation audience consisted of students, intellectuals, retirees and working folks.
The program included watching trailers of the film, listening to written critiques of the film, how propaganda is used and an open discussion regarding the positive and negative aspects of the superhero movie which has grossed over one billion dollars world wide in just four weeks.
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante the founder of the Afrocentricty movement, whose institute owns and operates the building where the program was held, began the program by reading critiques of the film by Maulana Karenga and himself. Nabeelah Bey also distributed her critique of the film. Dr Ama Mazamu began the open discussion about the film.
Dr. Mazamu began the dialogue by asking the audience to share what they liked about the film and what they thought were its most positive aspects. Comments ranged from how the film provided awesome visuals and optics about a fictional African nation in a manner never seen before in Hollywood productions. Several attendees mentioned the impact the film was having on pop culture, how it is generating interest in things African such as culture, history, fashions, natural hair styles and providing a catalyst for envisioning Africans beyond the stultifying Hollywood depictions of us by our oppressors. The portrayal of the women in the film, the talented actresses, richly hued strong females who did not acquiesce to Hollywood stereotypical behavior was also mentioned by several members of the audience. A few mentioned the film was spurring forums and discussions like this one that are fostering media literacy and analysis. Several expressed their pleasure the film is so successful.
When Dr. Mazamu asked about the negative aspects of the film, there were numerous opinions and observations shared and expressed by the attendees.  One criticism was the film was not a true depiction of African governance; some disagreed with the film’s portrayal of leadership succession. They said the film was not consistent with Africa’s history.  Several people felt the T’Challa character was weak. Several mentioned how despite her brilliance the Shuri character was disrespectful to her brother in one scene.
The most passionate conversation centered around the films messages, how it depicted: nationalism, self-determination, the role of Africans in the global liberation struggle particularly which point of view was more correct: Prince N’Jobu’s of King T’Chake.  Prince N’Jobu was one of many spies Wakanda sent out to monitor what is going on around the world who was living in Oakland California (the home of the real life Black Panther Party) who witnessed the suffering of Black people around the world and wants to intervene using Wakandan technology, or King T’Chaka who wants to keep Wakanda inaccessible and uninvolved. During a fight King T’Chaka kills his brother N’Jobu who has a son Erik living in Oakland. T’Chaka returns to Wakanda but doesn’t bring N’Jobu’s body to Wakanda denying him a funeral and leaving his son abandoned. The unresolved options are presented to a second generation.  Erik the son of N’Jobu has the same view as his father while T’Challa favors the policy of T’Chaka.   
All the men are complex but the attendees expressed concerns regarding how N’Jobu and Erik’s interventionist/liberation views were presented in the film. It was noted both men were killed by family members: N’Jobu by his brother T’Chaka and Erik by his cousin T’Challa. Some saw this as not just anti-liberation, anti-nationalist propaganda but also a metaphor for the high levels of fratricide we are experiencing in our communities in this country.
Another hot button issue was the CIA agent Everett Ross character, one of only two whites in the film. It was pointed out to be successful Marvel needed the two white characters to attract white movie goers and they especially needed one of them to be a “good guy”. Almost everyone took exception to the fact the “good guy” was a CIA agent given the havoc the US CIA has wrecked on the continent of Africa. Someone asked how was it possible the CIA agent could fly advanced Wakandan airships?
It was a lively, respectful and extremely informative discussion. We realized Marvel Studio and Disney are not in the business of glorifying Africans, or telling our story. Their goal is to make money and continue building their cinematic universe with the help of a block buster film like Black Panther. 
The final take away was African people must make and market our own films and tell our stories by tapping into the deep and rich reservoir of African history and culture for real models and lessons we can use to empower and elevate our people.


Monday, March 05, 2018

Oligarchy 101


                                                From The Ramparts
                                              Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                   Oligarchy 101

Oligarchy: a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes

            The United States of America is and has always been an oligarchy: a nation ruled by a small faction of rich white men despite its claims to be a republic or in recent years a “democracy”. When the delegates went to Philadelphia in 1787 their charge was to revise The Articles of Confederation to make governing more efficient because the government set up following the Revolution was not strong enough to deal with the complex issues facing the new nation. At that time the leaders, fearful of the tyranny of a monarch and a strong centralized government set up a system whereby the states were sovereign and the central government could not enforce anything against the states’ will even if it was detrimental to the rest of the states. This lack of power exacerbated existing interstate issues such as: commerce, toll roads and tariffs imposed by one state against another state’s goods. The government was ineffective because Congress the governing body had no power to tax to raise money and getting legislation passed was cumbersome since it required a unanimous vote.
            The states soon realized they needed to fix some of these problems. However once the delegates got to Philadelphia they conspired to go against their mandate and create an entirely new form of government that put themselves in charge. During the war for independence the colonies were governed by the Continental Congress that was made up of the rich. “The Continental Congress, which governed the colonies through the war, was dominated by rich men, linked together in factions and compacts by business and family connections. These links connected North and South, East and West. For instance, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia was connected with the Adamses of Massachusetts and the Shippens of Pennsylvania. Delegates from middle and southern colonies were connected with Robert Morris of Pennsylvania through commerce and land speculation. Morris was superintendent of finance, and his assistant was Gouverneur Morris.” History Is A Weapon, A People’s History of The United States by Howard Zinn http://
            Contrary to what we’ve been programmed and brainwashed to believe, all the American colonialists didn’t support the war for independence. There was a large segment that remained loyal to England (called Tories) and a significant portion that remained neutral. Many viewed it as a rich man’s war and wanted no part of it. Many were conscripted (drafted) into the war and were forced to fight. Many fought (like the 5,000 or so enslaved Africans) for an improvement in their status.
            After the war was won and a treaty was signed, the same class of leaders who today we would call the 1% who ran the Continental Congress tended to hold sway in the political life in their respective states. “Edmund Morgan sums up the class nature of the Revolution this way: ‘The fact that the lower ranks were involved in the contest should not obscure the fact that the contest itself was generally a struggle for office and power between members of an upper class: the new against the established.’ Looking at the situation after the Revolution, Richard Morris comments: ‘Everywhere one finds inequality.’ He finds ‘the people’ of ‘We the people of the United States’ (a phrase coined by the very rich Gouverneur Morris) did not mean Indians or blacks or women or white servants. In fact, there were more indentured servants than ever, and the Revolution ‘did nothing to end and little to ameliorate white bondage.’ Carl Degler says (Out of Our Past): ‘No new social class came to power through the door of the American revolution. The men who engineered the revolt were largely members of the colonial ruling class.’ George Washington was the richest man in America. John Hancock was a prosperous Boston merchant. Benjamin Franklin was a wealthy printer. And so on.” Ibid
These white men came to Philadelphia in September of 1787 and conspired to craft a government that would cement their power and control over the nation. They met in secret fashioning a government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich that excluded all women, all indigenous peoples, all Blacks, and poor white males. Even today we are taught this was a revolutionary concept when in fact it was merely a continuation of the old system with a new set of shot callers and check holders to use modern vocabulary.
Through the years their descendants (most US presidents are related ) have perpetrated a fraud on the masses and duped us into believing the system was open, equal and fair when it was never like that. When they use a term like “national interest” to get us to fight in their wars or acquiesce to their plans and schemes they are not talking about our interests, just theirs.
  A recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin corroborates what author G. William Homhoff proved in his book Who Rules America and his Website that this country is run and ruled by a select few, a group of rich families interconnected through business, shared interests and in some cases marriage.
Like it or not, this is the way it is in America.


Monday, February 26, 2018

The Black Panther Movie


                                                     From The Ramparts
                                                  Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                 The Black Panther Movie

            On a fundamental, emotional level, super­heroes, whether in print or on film, serve the same function for their audience as Golden Age movie stars did for theirs: they create glamour. If that sounds crazy, it’s because we tend to forget what glamour is really about. Glamour isn’t beauty or luxury; those are only specific manifestations for specific audiences. Glamour is an imaginative process that creates a specific, emotional response: a sharp mixture of projection, longing, admiration, and aspiration. It evokes an audience’s hopes and dreams and makes them seem attainable, all the while maintaining enough distance to sustain the fantasy.” Superhero Worship Virginia Postrel

            The recently released Marvel/ Disney film Black Panther is generating excitement around the world as it breaks box office records on a fast track to bring in at least one billion dollars if not more. As of this writing after two weekends the film has grossed over $704,000,000 world wide! I’m not a movie guy but saw it twice in less than a week. The film is sparking conversations and discussions about film, politics, portrayals of African people and the new ground the film is breaking.
            Some have postulated superhero movies are fostering regression and an infantile mentality in our society. For me I think it is a form of escapism a way of disconnecting and focusing on the day to day grind by slipping into a fantasy world.  I do agree we are being programmed by Hollywood, dumbed down and victimized by a nefarious agenda of social engineering designed to create non-thinking, dysfunctional, unproductive zombies and automatons.
 For people of African descent the film Black Panther offers a respite from the depictions of Black people started by D.W. Griffith in his 1915 film Birth of A Nation which imagined us as degenerate criminals, dullards and reprobates. D.W. Griffith’s vile depiction of Black’s (played by white actors in blackface) set the tone and tenor for over one hundred years of despicable US (and foreign) filmmaking and film iconography. Following Griffith’s films we were subjected to Tarzan and Jungle Jim in the movies, Ramar of the Jungle on US television and a host of other films depicting continental and Diasporan Africans as savages and ignoramuses.  
Sadly today filmmakers even Blacks still mimic Grifith’s iconography and acquiesce to white America’s projection of us as grossly sub-human, hyper-sexual dysfunctional personalities, especially in the music videos and so called “reality Shows”.  Black men are criminals or at best the sidekick of the white hero and our women were portrayed as Mammies, Jezebels, hoochie mommas or Sapphires.
Fast forward to 2018, in the Black Panther film we are witnessing a sea change and a revolution. Black Panther it is not a Black film per se, it was produced by Marvel Studios a successful studio that is cranking out block buster movies based on their comicbook characters. The Black Panther character was first introduced in Marvel’s Fantastic Four comic in 1966. Later in 1973 the Black Panther and his fictional Wakanda home were given with their own comicbook. Over the years the comic has enjoyed a successful run in a genre where there were few Black superheroes in the comicbooks and none on television or in the movies.
 Marvel changed all that when they introduced Wakanda in the block buster film Avengers Age of Ultron and Black Panther was introduced in a follow up movie Captain America Civil War.  Yes Wakanda is a fictional place and its pure fantasy but so are most films even when there are supposedly based on real life people and places. It offers a vision or idea of what African people can do and be and it is based upon the historical reality of a time when African people were highly civilized and advanced.
Director Ryan Googler offers a unique vision of African people more powerful, imaginative and positive than the images and depictions of African people shown in any previous motion picture, even Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America which was a comedy. Even though the film is based on a fictional superhero and a mythical place in Africa, the film is resonating on a deep psychological level with Black folks around the world.
The images of richly melanin endowed people living in a secret highly advanced technological culture far superior to anything in our present reality, functioning in an highly ethical and traditionally based society is inspiring and glamorous! It is mind-blowing for many. This is uncharted territory for most of us. The set designs, costumes, hair styles and imagery are awesome. And the idea and depiction of a place like Wakanda is exhilarating because it offers possibilities and inspires us to imagine a better us and a better world.
 I saw the film twice within a week both times except for a few scenes that evoked mild laughter, the audience sat in rapt quiet attention, no talking to the screen, no side conversations just watching. Most of the audience was white (owing to the successful Marvel movies that have generated billions of dollars and millions of fans).  The second time I saw it the people in the theater applauded when the film ended. When I saw it on the first Friday, I think people were so awestruck at what they saw they walked out talking quietly amongst themselves. I was waiting outside and a few people nodded and gave the approval sign.
While I concerns about the violence in the film which is standard fare in these mega budget CGI films, I feel are desensitizing and manipulating us for war killing and imperialism, I was impressed and intrigued by the philosophical and emotional tension the film raises amongst the main characters especially King T’Challa the newly installed native born king of Wakanda who is still trying to determine the kind or ruler he will be and his cousin Erik Killmonger a African-American who has never seen Wakanda nor been initiated into the society who when we see him as an adult is sociopathic mercenary. The tension is driven by the questions: should Wakandans share their resources and knowledge with the rest of the world, lead a global revolution to free all oppressed people or remain isolated, hidden and secret. I am not going to spoil it by revealing anything more.
At a later date I will probably examine these questions and share some of my thoughts on the deeper story lines, like are comicbook superheroes making us infantile, explore the character relationships, the parallels to other mythical stories themes and personalities and the irony the film is being distributed so widely by Disney whose founder was an avowed racist and alleged pedophile.
 The good news is, I don’t have to exhort you to see the film because it is doing buffo at the box office, but if you haven’t seen it, go see it.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Junious Ricardo Stanton

In 1960 when he was twenty one years old Baba Yatahma was taught to play chess by Robert Kenyatta when they were attending Opportunities Industrial Center taking a drafting class. They both were culturally conscious and they had an Afrocentric worldview. Kenyatta was an advanced chess player and he greatly influenced Baba Yatahma and to the point he too became a chess enthusiast.
On December 23, 1973 he was in prayer asking God to show him how to educate our people. That night Yatahma had a vision of a game board similar to chess but it had more pieces and a larger board . “I was teaching people chess but there was a part of me that wanted something more. I went into prayer mediation and asked God to give me something I could teach my people with. That night I had a vision of a nine by nine board and showed me I should add a few more pieces. It took me about eighteen years to perfect Yanagochi.”
 “I left Philadelphia and moved to Miami Florida and I met a lot of different people from around the world, having been an avid reader and I looked at the African continent and I took the names of different ancient people and put them in the game, naming the pieces.”
While it is similar to chess Yamagochi is a unique board game that has its own pieces, strategies and objectives. Instead of knights, kings, bishops, rooks, pawns and queens, Yamagochi has Nasut, Cleopatra, Akoben, Abun, Obrafo, Nyumba and Mujahadin. Baba Yatahma created the game to develop thinking skills, mental discipline, decision making, tactical awareness, analysis, and long term strategic proficiency.
“One thing for sure Yamagochi is not based on color it’s not white moves first and black responses. It’s based upon the concept that everybody is placed on this planet with an equal opportunity by nature, by our Creator’s will and whatever happens after that is based on our experiences on this planet, the circumstances we find ourselves in and our ability to handle the daily issues. Yamagochi has eighty one squares forty one dark squares and forty light squares. We determine who goes first by placing a piece in your closed fist and the other person if he or she picks the hand with the piece in it, they go first.”        
Yamagochi is a fascinating board gaming concept. It is deeper than merely a board game.  Explaining the game’s name Yatahma stated, “It’s meaning is the Ninth Crown Wisdom. Yama means crown or mountain in Japanese so I wanted to utilize crown. Go is the number nine in Japanese and it’s the ninth principle, the number nine is always showing up and Chi represents wisdom and intellect and it also represents blood and the father. The spiritual and metaphysical part of it speaks to the soul of our people.” When the ancestors and Creator take you, you think you are doing something but they are doing something to you. Along with the learning of the mechanics of the piece sand how each piece moves on the Website I have what is called valuing the nine an explanation of the nine the nine natures of man the added two piece of the board is the development of our conscious nature and develop our super conscious mind.
Yamagochi has seven pieces while chess has six. One feature that differs from chess is if a Mujahadin (similar to a pawn in chess) promotes to the last rank it can only become a piece the opponent has already captured (it’s like a prisoner exchange).  The extra piece in Yamagochi is called Akoben which is an extremely powerful piece. The Akoben can move in an L shape like the knight in chess but also moves vertical and horizontal like a rook in chess.
  Also unique in Yamagochi is the ability of one piece called the Abun that sits on a dark square but the player may use a one time only move called Abracadabra to place the Abun on a light square.
Baba Yatahma teaches a Yamagochi master class at Black and Nobel bookstore at Broad and Erie Wednesday evenings from 6-8 PM. He also offers classes at the Riletta L. Cream Ferry Avenue Public Library in Camden New Jersey. Baba Yatahma is planning a Yamagochi tournament sometime in the spring.
Baba Yatahma creates the Yamagochi pieces, he and his son created the mold and they make them for each game and they provide a certificate of authenticity.  A complete Yamagochi game includes thirty six hand crafted pieces, one vinyl roll up board (for easy travel) one official handbook with the rules, piece description and movement and one book with the history, strategy and origin. The cost of  the game is $39.99. For more information or to purchase games call (856) 208-7707 or go to


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rigged Markets

Rigged Markets
Junious Ricardo Stanton

Several weeks ago I posted a piece saying the Trump Tax Cuts were a scam. Several readers chided me and showed their lack of knowledge how the global markets game is played by pointing to the record volume of trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the continuous increases traders were experiencing. It was clear to me they did not know the ins and outs of this rigged system so I didn’t continue the discussion.
For decades the gloom and doomers have predicted what they call a “correction” meaning the  high prices, high volume and high returns of the stock, commodities and futures markets would come crashing down on us but we didn’t see it until 2007-08. The corporate owned media spun the Wall Street caused financial implosion in 2007-08 as a few bad apples or that it was caused by poor people buying houses and assets they could not afford rather than out and out fraud on the part of traders, brokers, rating agencies, the media and the government.  
Astute readers know that the financial collapse was caused by greed and recklessness exacerbated by the fact the Glass–Steagall Act, the legislative fire wall put in place by the Roosevelt administration in 1933 that separated commercial banks and investment banks was abolished during the Clinton administration. This along with other forms of deregulation that permitted massive consolidation and ultimately tax payer underwriting of failed investment and commercial banks, home mortgage exchange entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paved the way for the so called “Too Big Too Fail” banks to be bailed out at taxpayer expense.
Meanwhile not one CEO, not one rating agency executive, not one hedge fund manager, not one day trader, stock, commodities or futures broker was indicted or went to jail. How is that possible? How can these CEO who earn several hundred time the salaries of their workers not be held accountable under the law?  Well, the 1% never go to jail, they just manipulate the situation and use their influence and their media to spin it anyway they want.
The wild fluctuation of this past week were stopped preventing a wipe out of pension funds, derivatives, savings, futures and other wealth. What happened to stop the collapse? Was it the work of the Plunge Protection Team? What is the Plunge Protection Team you ask? Here’s some background on it. “Toward the end of his time in office in 1989, Ronald Reagan created something called The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. There had been a stock market crash in 1987 and a near-crash in 1989, so everyone was worried.
The Working Group was ostensibly an advisory body that was meant to help politicians in general and the person in the White House specifically understand the markets. The members would write papers, talk and come up with solutions. A lot of us thought it was something much more, and the Working Group unofficially became known as the Plunge Protection Team. Heller suggested that the Fed — through, I suspected, its favored brokerage houses — purchase stock index futures as a way to stop a market collapse in its tracks. Heller said that since the Fed already rigs the bond market through securities purchases, the stock market would be easy to control.
Nobody has ever proven that the Fed and its friends actually protect Wall Street against plunges. It is, you might say, the Loch Ness monster of the financial world — people get glimpses of something but never see a clear picture. That’s what happened during the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. Telephone records I obtained showed numerous calls between then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and contacts on Wall Street on days when the stock market was tanking and the decline needed to be stopped. The action in stocks on those days looked a lot like what happened on Monday, when the Dow was down nearly 1,600 points and was suddenly jerked back to a smaller loss.” DC Plunge team may have halted Monday’s unprecedented Dow Jones spiral John Crudele
            Many people suspect the PPT was the reason the massive free fall “miraculously” abated this week. “So, ask yourself, would you purchase equity futures while experiencing cumulative stock market drops? One can understand shorting a dropping market, but not buying futures. Unless this is what happened, seeing the beginning of a correction, the Plunge Protection Team placed a futures bid just below the existing price. Traders saw the bid, recognized that the government was intervening to support the market, and the bid was front-run with the hedge fund algorithms automatically picking up the action. Who but the Federal Reserve with its unlimited ability to create money would take the risk of buying futures in the face of a falling market. Moreover, such an infusion of money into the market does not show up in the money supply figures.
The futures purchases prevented margin calls and stop/loss orders in a heavily leveraged equity market that would have collapsed the market.
What are the pros and cons of this kind of intervention (which might have occurred also in May 2010 and August 2015)? By stopping a correction, the intervention prevented a pension fund collapse, both private and state. However, by propping up over-valued equities that the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing created, the intervention rewarded over-leveraged speculative risk-taking and prevented price discovery. We still have an equity market whose values rest on record margin debt, stock buy-backs, and prices pumped up by money-printing. The problems waiting to come home continue to build.” Is The Stock Market Rigged? Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler and Michael Hudson.
I suspect the PPT went into action to halt the slide which would have wiped trillions of dollars in equity, pension, derivative and commodities reserves. Keep in mind the Federal Reserve is a key player as are the hedge fund managers who can manipulate the markets using high frequency logarithms. Keep your eye on this situation in the coming days, it may be a harbinger or omen of things to come.


Monday, February 05, 2018

Appreciating African Genius

From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Appreciating African Genius

“Just as the Memphite Theology is the source of Greek philosophy or primitive science, so it is also the basis of modern scientific belief.” George G.M. James Stolen Legacy page 145 originally published in 1954

            As we celebrate Black History Month, let us not fall into the trap of European historiography and pedagogy where we only focus on names and dates, failing to grasp the underlying philosophical, ethical and moral catalysts for what happened and what the people accomplished. In his classic and well documented work Stolen Legacy, George G.M. James makes the compelling case Greek philosophers plagiarized most of their philosophical and scientific ideas from Nile Valley Africans. In addition to proving a slew of Greek “philosophers” traveled to and studied in ancient Egypt, he documents the various theories and schools of thought attributed to men like Thales, Anaximander, Socrates, Plotinus, Anaxagoras, Pythagoras, Plato and a host of others were all taught and influenced by the Africans in KMT (now called Egypt).
            When they returned to their native lands the Greeks were confronted by their city state leaders and charged with teaching alien doctrines. Some were banished while others like Socrates were put to death because of their teachings. Aristotle was able to survive and thrive because he befriended Alexander III of Macedon the invader conqueror who allowed him total access to KMT scholarship.
            Modern scientists, physicians, astrophysicists just like the ancient Greeks, explain the universe using African concepts they don’t fully understand; and like the Greeks before them, they are unable to discern or admit the existence of divine intelligence acting within and behind all creation, both animate and inanimate.
            Africans believed the universe was teleological, meaning it was designed and created with purpose by divine intelligence. Despite the popularity of the Western notion of the “random Big Bang Theory” supposedly caused by nothing out of nothing, a few Western scientists are saying what Africans said thousands of years ago,
 everything in the universe, no matter how small has consciousness. Modern Western scientists call this Panpsychism.
Panpsychism is the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature of all things. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of mind. Panpsychism is one of the oldest philosophical theories, and has been ascribed to philosophers like Thales, Parmenides, Plato, Averroes, Spinoza, Leibnis and William James. Panpsychism can also be seen in ancient philosophies such as StoicismTaoismVedanta and Mahayana Buddhism. During the 19th century, panpsychism was the default theory in philosophy of mind, but it saw a decline during the middle years of the 20th century with the rise of logical positivism. The recent interest in the hard problem of consciousness has revived interest in panpsychism.
            Notice how Wikipedia fails to credit this ancient idea to Africans, from whom Greeks like Thales, Plato and Parmenides plagiarized it. This is consistent with how African philosophy, metaphysics, spirituality and science have been ignored or written out of history by our adversaries. This is unfortunate because if the Europeans weren’t so bigoted and narrow-minded they might actually learn something about the nature and makeup of the universe and themselves. The ancient Memphite Theology specifically states that an unseen, non corporal consciousness/energy/intelligence created the universe out of itself and all matter contains its essence or consciousness/energy/intelligence.
            The West eschews the notion of Spirit and unseen intelligence. White folks talk about “soul” but it makes them extremely uncomfortable because it cannot be seen, felt or discerned as a material entity. The best they can do is measure or capture electromagnetic frequencies or images (EKG, EEG and MRIs) on their machines but they cannot discern the ethereal essence which is the source of these electromagnetic frequencies. Worse, they do not equate this electromagnetic energy with the CREATOR or intelligent design because it is too subtle to be seen, measured or quantified by human senses or machines.  The closest they come is the Genesis account which says God spoke creation into existence. (Genesis 1 and 2:1-3) but unlike ancient and traditional Africans who fully embraced the spirit reality, whites dichotomize their limited understanding of the spiritual from material matter which they are far more familiar. Even though they use terms like Atom which the Greeks took from the Africans (Atum), they cannot discern the connection between the unseen Spirit/Intelligence/Energy, atoms, DNA, subatomic particles and all that exists!
            If they would expand their thinking, the universe would make much more sense and they would actually live more harmoniously in this dimension as an integral part of it and its universal consciousness instead of psychologically alienated beings like they do now. This alienation is what allows them to believe they can usurp the natural order or wage war against nature itself.
A modern physicist named Gregory Matloff is saying what our African ancestors said eons ago, the universe is conscious and we humans share the same essence and substance as the universe itself.
            As we celebrate Black History Month let us apply the Akan idea of Sankofa, meaning returning to embrace and applying the wisdom and science of our African ancestors. Let us expand our minds to celebrate African genius.  Sankofa and embracing African spirituality, philosophy and science will bring us into a whole new relationship with all creation and eliminate much of the stress and confusion we experience now.