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Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Curious Case of John Mitchel, Young Ireland, and the Confederacy

We below visited an extreme case of the moral imbecility of applying information theory cum sociology to "combating" terrorism. The journal which published that piece is ponderously and self-importantly named the "International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations." And the institute of Harvard, MIT, and Brandeis, et al. that extruded this particular miscarriage of supposed scientific research is likewise vaingloriously denominated "The New England Complex Systems Institute." They note their mission as follows:

"The New England Complex Systems Institute is at the forefront of this field. We develop new mathematical approaches and apply them to systems of scientific and social importance, such as biodiversity, altruism, ethnic violence, the economic crisis, and the healthcare system.
"We use quantitative foundations from physics, mathematics, and computer science, and apply computer simulations and high dimensional data analysis, to characterize the patterns of behaviors in the world around us. Further, we can describe how complex systems arise through evolutionary processes, and how systems become capable of achieving their goals.
"Through its research, NECSI is expanding the boundaries of knowledge and reframing social problems as scientific ones. NECSI is an academic non-profit organization working with government agencies and other organizations to solve problems of science and society."

In other words, they assume that economics, and all facets of human behavior are the result of an emergent complexity resulting from chaotic systems of things that can be modeled by Monte Carlo, etc. types of computer simulation runs. This method is of course borrowed from the British probabilistic method of Reverend Thomas Bayes. (The very same Bayes, leader of the Royal Society effort to defend Newton's unworkable fluxions concoction in his paper An Introduction to the Doctrine of Fluxions, and a Defence of the Mathematicians Against the Objections of the Author of the Analyst. The very same right Reverend Bayes writes a very tedious dissertation called Divine Benevolence, or an Attempt to Prove That the Principal End of the Divine Providence and Government is the Happiness of His Creatures that uses the sense certainty framework of Locke, et al. to arrive at the same sort of noxious claptrap that Adam Smith penned in his Theory of Moral Sentiments.)

To see the truth about the functioning of terrorism it is necessary to see that the disruption of peace between nations is part and parcel of the strategic goals of an empire. It is in keeping with what was known as the "great game" of divide and conquer of the British East Indies company in their eastern empire.

Now we shall come directly to the case referenced in the title of this blog. It was deemed in the interests of the British empire to foment civil war in the United States after they failed to defeat us militarily in the War of 1812. Radical movements were ginned up back then called Young Europe leading to orchestrated pan European revolutions of 1848. John Mitchel was one of the journalistic leaders of the Young Ireland branch of terrorists, much admired by Poe's antagonist Thomas Carlyle. After his part in the 1848 failed uprising in Ireland landed him in penal colonies in Bermuda and Australia, he escaped (or was perhaps allowed to escape) and landed on American shores. And what part did this dangerous revolutionist play in pre-civil war America? Why, he supported the confederates plot to dismember the Union! This whole episode can only be understood if we see terrorism as the design of a would be "invisible hand" of Adam Smith repute for what it is, i.e. the working out of an imperial design to disrupt and destroy the anti colonialist mission of the United States. The pseudoscience of emergent chaos theory/systems analysis venerated at Harvard is not only not a means to combat terrorism. It is an instrumentality of its controllers.

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