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Bernie Gunther

by Philip Kerr
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During this Christmas holiday season, I am currently reading one of the Bernie Gunther series of books, written by the late Philip Kerr, which brings back memories of the great Fascist and Communist tyrannies which flourished last century.
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That period also occasioned the final end stage of the Eurocentric Christian religion; started in no small measure by the disastrous engagement of the churches in supporting rather than opposing the rivers of blood flowing from the First World War.
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Bernie’s sixteen book life spanned both World Wars and continued into the start of the East German Communist/Socialist era and the modern Capitalist Corporate Fascism.

His creative involvement with the highest levels of both Soviet Communism and Nazi Fascism, draws vivid pictures of how Evil looks.
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The death of millions of people, by perpetrators with fanatical desire for power and wealth and control is graphically portrayed in figures like Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich, Bormann, Goebbels, Stalin, Mielke, Honecker etc, figures that dictated fear and death).

In Bernie’s era, the almost century long conflagration was started as a clash of empires leading up to 1914.
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It is remarkable how in this century’s era it is again a clash of empires – Military, Economic, Cultural, Technological – that is seeing the rise of great Evil once again; or perhaps still.
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It would be interesting to be able to foresee one hundred years into the future and relive what dangers the new Bernie Gunther of our evolving era was facing.

Given the greater power reach of modern tools it may be a horror story of quite some magnitude,
centred on the battle of cultural disintegration in the ‘West’s centre of Empire – the USA and spreading out to its satrapies?
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Probable great power wars encompassing all avenues of hybrid war.

• Mass propaganda
• Economic destruction
• Diplomatic failure
• Pandemic biological warfare
• Fossil fuel effective depletion
• Changing climate extremes
• Loss of civil liberties and the demise of human rights
• Secrecy and despair
• Topped off with nuclear war

Bernie’s readers at that time will be looking back through his window and marvelling at how we let it all happen.
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That is if there is anything left of this great 14 billion year experiment in consciousness by then, or if what is left will be able to read and write and review.
Maybe some old monastery like sciptoriums producing some manuscipts may still operate somewhere in the dark.
What a bugger it will be if there is something like a domain of consciousness into which one transitions when one physically departs this coil, but, where the shame, pain, sorrow and regret remains from seeing the fruits of one’s wasted chance at physical life.
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Still it seems that perhaps as the 1994 Oliver Stone film suggest: there are Natural Born Killers, even in our supposed enlightened time.
Not gender specific though and perhaps that has been an advance of sorts along the road to perdition.
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As always, pity the genetically hybridized children. Just sit around and do nothing and perhaps the so called white trash of Asia will be no more as well!
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The Way Forward

under threat or fear of death
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The way we walk determines our tread.
How? Obvious by the way we have and hold our own head.

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Take for instance the love of one’s own self. –
How many people are to be worthy of themselves, as an individual life player?
How many regard themselves as a citizen of the earth living planet?
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How can one become a responsible being of a human race without that of a worthwhile, life-lived-in state?
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How are we people of the earth to be secure, if worth as is love as is whole as freedom too, is not part of a religious type intent to become such as these who do?

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The whole is what the earth is and in that being so, surrounded by and instigated too by a force or source, substance, or engineering of which a scientist can but eventually contend is a ‘beyond’, a normal exercise to relatively explain entirely.
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I am a vegetable, or not?
Can one be sure if not to self enquire; who is this me, I am and can be in a world as different in so many forms as are ways?

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet

The Empire’s Religion
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To BE or not to BE is the metaphysical question of life. In the Anglo/Saxon Christian world – Jesus or Judus.
In the Western secular world – cultural collapse driving societal survival; or not. – A human being or a predator animal.
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Two lives:
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Two deaths:
++++++++++++++++++++• One physical exit from a short brutish, +++++++++++++++++++meaningless, absurd life
++++++++++++++++++• The other an exit of the developed essence of who you have +++++++++++++++++++become.
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The latest challenge presented by the bug has shone a light on where Australian society is poised.
A continued slide down the road to collapse, or not.
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As the Mahatma Gandhi said and illustrated: Courage is the requirement.
For him, if you can’t fight against evil peacefully, you had better fight violently, but cowardice is totally, despicably unacceptable. For the christian westerner, the call of the teacher was to fight, but only peacefully, which takes more courage. Exactly the same as Gandhi did. If one can’t lead, then choose one’s leaders carefully. There is a dearth of good ones in these times.
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Last Days of Empires

No choice – Sit and wait
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Boom, Boom, Boom.
Pan, Pan, Pan.
Mayday, Mayday.
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What are we in the above?
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War-like or now fist fighting and bludgeoning forces to sustain heath, and or morality. Caged to believe that as an Australian way.
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Or are we at the aerodrome, hearing distress, half or part of an aeroplane in a state of needing helpful advice or to inform of landing requirements – tenders to assist a grounding aircraft?
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What level of life and living can we take, stand for, or uphold?
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Or is it too late?
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That plane, that life, now on a crash landing, dire in its attempt to survive intact, unhurt, unscathed by the whole traumatic, caged in event.
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No choice. Sit and wait.
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Mayday, someday, whenever – if it comes.
And what then?
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Desirable. – Or far too hard to remember, for the oxygen not able to believe it will help you now to live without a nightmare or two.
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No more choice to decide, as this Australian flagship is already about to die/dive.
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Fools & Fanatics

Dangerous – handle with care
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Does anyone remember the Einsatzgruppen Divisions of WW11? These “police actions” where commanded and led by many men with high level University training and qualifications in law.
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Thinking today how this could have happened, it is obvious fanaticism can sink to the very lowest depths of bestiality without being capable of voluntarily pulling back to a state of human decency. The fanatic is not overly courageous; the fanatic lacks the courage to face him/herself and repent.
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Further thinking leads to thinking about how the family lines of fanatics are forced (over many generations) to seek secular absolution for the fanatics themselves and their crimes, but also for the stain they leave on their families as a “hereditary gift”.
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It goes further than that though. The whole tribe gets stained as well, for it opens the failures of each member of the tribe to plain view. What did you do Father; Mother; Grandfather; Grandmother; Uncle; Aunty; Cousin; Friend; etc.etc.etc. to oppose such an obvious evil as that.
How could the tribe be pulled apart in one generation never to be reassembled in the same way again?
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Fools and fanatics come out of a similar metier and both are incredibly dangerous. Scoundrels can be reasoned with as their need/greed is to get what they want in tangible assets. Fools on the other-hand, don’t know what they want in a practical sense, except not to be made to look a fool and a failure and get some relief for their rancorous pain.
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All sorts of violence is possible in that pursuit.
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The option of choice: Keep on doubling down until retreat and then call it victory which it isn’t.
The antidote: Think before you leap and respect the need for self respect.

Vietnam was one thing, Afghanistan another, but the bug is a real killer deal.
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