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11/30/2020 09:12 PM 

Cleon: Make Athens Great Again!

Reading further into Warning by Miles Taylor, a great comparison came up for the current admin as it makes it's exit. Hopefully into oblivion, but never know for sure. Cleon came back only to do more damage to the Athens people, and ultimately pitting it's people against one another among other neighboring societies that disagreed with them. Cleon was just like what is happening now, and the comparison is uncanny. Although, we have the power to dictate what is next to come..."

From David Clifton of the Harvard Crimson, link below...

Make Athens Great Again!

By David F. Clifton

Donald Trump is nothing new. His ilk have been around since the inception of democracy, and since then they have wrought havoc on democratic societies. Our ancient forebears have warned us about them in no uncertain terms. When the demagogue Cleon rose to power in Athens, the cradle of Western democracy, the ancient sources were explicit about the danger he posed, testifying to future generations of the necessity of opposing such figures. And yet, Cleon rises again and again to terrorize democratic societies. Now, he occupies the Oval Office.

After the death of the visionary leader Pericles, Cleon achieved political supremacy through the textbook tactics of demagoguery, flattering the people and promising them small benefits as distractions from the corruption of his regime and the calamity of his policies. “I can fool the [Demos, the people,] any way I please,” says the character of Cleon in Aristophanes’s play “The Knights”. “I know what food he is accustomed to.” In return for the scraps and empty promises they received, the people followed Cleon blindly.

Now Donald Trump offers worthless promises about a border wall, a ban on Muslims, or making America win so much we’ll get tired of winning. In the process, he insults whole nations, ethnicities, and religions; tramples on the civil and human rights of immigrants and refugees; and does nothing to address the real problems facing the country. Yet his promises won him the presidency and still receive support from millions of Americans.

Cleon also used the Peloponnesian War (Athens’s great war with Sparta) to shore up popular support. By riling up the Athenians against an enemy, he could unite them behind himself. Now Trump uses apocalyptic and deeply misleading rhetoric about crime, immigrants, Muslims, and the economy to create a climate of existential fear in which he positions himself as the sole source of salvation.

Why did Cleon want power? For power’s sake, no doubt, but also to enrich himself. The comedies of Aristophanes are replete with accusations that Cleon embezzled money from the state coffers and perpetuated the war to extort money from weaker cities.

In just his first three weeks in power, Donald Trump has created countless financial conflicts of interest; White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway promoted Ivanka Trump’s product line; Eric Trump cost taxpayers nearly $100,000 on a business trip to Uruguay; Trump’s travel ban notably excluded every Middle Eastern country where the Trump Organization does business; Trump hosted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at his resort, giving it free international publicity; and questions fester about the extent of his business ties to Russia. The mixing of public power with the accumulation of private wealth was a hallmark of ancient tyrants and demagogues, and the pattern evidently persists today.

Cleon and Trump have also demonstrated the same weakness: a thin-skinned inability to endure ridicule. Aristophanes wrote play after play mercilessly mocking Cleon, driving Cleon into a rage and even prompting him to sue Aristophanes. Trump has shown a furious obsession with Saturday Night Live's portrayal of him and his administration, becoming upset about each new skit. He has also, like Cleon, sued a comedian who mocked him: Bill Maher.

Most striking, however, is Cleon and Trump’s shared disregard for the norms which form the bedrock of the democratic process. Plutarch describes Cleon’s worst sin, saying, “Cleon stripped the bema of its decorum, setting the fashion of yelling when he harangued the people ... He thus imbued the managers of the city's policies with that levity and contempt for propriety which soon after confounded the whole state.”

Trump’s mockery of a disabled reporter, his condescending midnight tweets, his disparagement of critics and the media, his casual incitements to violence at rallies, his lewd remarks about women, his attacks on federal judges, his unending boasting and unparalleled hyperbole, his pathological mendacity, and even his tendency to speak in rambling or incomplete sentences all subvert the basic standards of civil discourse necessary for the healthy functioning of a democratic society. He has stripped the American bema of its decorum, and the nation risks being confounded.

The uncanny resemblance between Cleon and Trump is a shrieking alarm bell. Cleon’s reign was disastrous for Athens. His “Athens First” policies anticipated Trump’s “America First” platform: He prolonged the Peloponnesian War in the hopes of Athenian domination and harshly treated subject cities in Athens’s empire, leading to Athenian defeat. He also replaced bluster with wisdom in the deliberations of the Assembly, enabling additional power-hungry demagogues to rise to prominence and sustain Athens’s decline after his death.


Athens never regained the power it once held. It was surpassed first by Sparta, then Thebes. Athenian democracy returned, but the damage to Athenian power had already been done. Like the rest of the city-states, weakened by almost constant warring, Athens finally lost the independence it had enjoyed since its foundation to the conquering armies of Macedon.

Will the United States go the way of Athens, unable or unwilling to stop a demagogue from undermining its democracy and ruining its international power? Will liberal democracies go the way of the independent Greek city-states, crippled by internal chaos and nationalist tensions? These questions are too big to answer by analogy, but analogy demands that they be asked.

History sings to us of the triumphs and follies of civilization, bearing the combined wisdom of millennia of human experience. At this moment, it screams at us to heed its warnings. Yet there are none so deaf as those who will not hear.


11/21/2020 02:07 PM 

A Warning by DHS Official Miles Taylor

I picked up a book a while back before the election titled A Warning. At the time of publication, it was labled Anonymous. They also wrote an op-ed in the NY Times. All we knew is that they were an official working in close proximity to others within the White House, also close to President Trump himself. The Anonymous author has identified themselves as Miles Taylor. I have saved numerous clips of his in my Facebook page of his warnings with the current administration. Quite alarming what I had watched just weeks before the recent election, and even more so reading his book. He did alert to the ideas that he has been systematically firing all the staff he came into the White House with, the officials close to him like Defense Secretary, Secretary of State, etc. Now, he's fired major spots within the Pentagon, FBI, CIA and every other level of Federal jobs and replaced them with Trump loyalists. The Warning by Mr. Taylor was that in a 2nd term, Trump was taking his guard rails off. Here is an example that might keep me up the next few weeks as I contimplate that this man may never give up power as he installs his dictatorship within America. We had been warned...

"Trump warmed to a new idea...to label illegal migrants as enemy combatents." "Trump went further and mused about shipping the migrants to Guantanamo Bay, where hardened terrorists were jailed." "Come to the US illegally, and you will be sent to a remote US detention facility in Cuba to live along side murderous criminals."

This is what China is doing to over a million Muslim refugees, along with what Russia does to indoctrinate wrong doers/border crossers, as well as North Korea who executes many who come into their country. Many do not make it out of these camps, they die retaining their decency of being human. What is America becoming under Trump? I sure as hell do not want to find out. Let's hope Biden successfully takes over the office without a blood bath, and Trump's influence diminishes over the next 4 years.

Help us God...

11/13/2020 01:32 PM 

Home to Roost

Hannah Arendt was a political theorist from well over 40 to 50 years ago. I was reading through the bio of President Elect Joseph Biden Jr written by Evan Osnos (a staff writer for the New Yorker), and prompted me to check out this paper as it was mentioned in the biography. Home to Roost was published in a 1975 issue of The New York Review, and was a paper Joe Biden had requested to read back in May of 1975. I found the paper facinating. A must read, as much is relevant to the world today. Right here at home even...

An experpt from the paper...

Lying as a way of life is also no novelty in politics, at least not in our century. It was quite successful in countries under totalitarian rule, where the lying was guided not by an image but by an ideology. Its success as we all know was overwhelming but depended on terror, not on hidden persuasion, and its result is far from encouraging: quite apart from all other considerations, to a large extent this lying on principle is the reason that Soviet Russia is still a kind of underdeveloped and underpopulated country. - Hannah Arendt


Link above for credit to the story. Story below in comments and short bio of Hannah via the New York Review...

11/12/2020 12:48 PM 

Pimp My Profile Still Works...

Can't believe it. Can still use this site to edit your layout...


11/12/2020 11:26 PM 

How to post music to page...

Use this set of instructions. Will need to use this method as flash player will no longer be supported this December...

Found this post in this thread...https://www.friendproject.net/view_blog.php?id=0000024216

Put this code in your music or about me section. Or anywhere you want really...

below is the code you will be using. copy and paste it into a text file for now. 

<p><strong>Song Name Here</strong></p> <audio controls autoplay>      <source src="link" type="audio/mpeg"> </audio><br><br>

[step 1] get a dropbox account, its free as of 2020 just search for the basic if u cant find it. 
[step 2] find a song on youtube, click share and paste link here https://ytmp3.cc/en13/ and download mp3. then upload it to your dropbox. 
[step 4] click share on the file when in dropbox, click get link, then copy that link and paste it between the quotation marks where it says "link", and then change the 0 at the end of the link you just pasted to a 1. then, where it says Song Name Here, highlight and type the song name. you're ready to post your code to your about me section on friendproject. cheers.

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