Miscellaneous Writings



‘A’ Customs Union? ‘The’ Customs Union? British EU Delusions

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in miscellaneous, most recent, nwo | 0 comments

‘A’ Customs Union? ‘The’ Customs Union? British EU Delusions

  This article was first published in The Present Age magazine Vol. 3 No. 12, March 2018   When I was teaching English in Japan many years ago, one of the many difficulties my students had with the English language was the difference between ‘a’ and ‘the’, which language teachers and linguists call the indefinite and definite article respectively. It was not surprising that the students had those difficulties, as there is no article at all in Japanese: in their own language the Japanese get by quite contentedly without...

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The Cecils and the End of the British Empire

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in First World War, miscellaneous, most recent | 0 comments

The Cecils  and the End of the British Empire

This article was first published in the monthly magazine The Present Age Vol. 3 No. 7 in October 2017 This is the fourth in a short series of articles about the historical consequences of the rivalry between Philip IV (the Fair) of France (r.1285-1314), who destroyed the Order of the Knights Templar, and his rival Edward I of England (r. 1272-1307) who sought to conquer Wales and Scotland. Philip married his daughter to Edward’s son, and out of this fateful marriage later came the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) between France and England,...

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The Cecils – Uncle and Nephew

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in First World War, miscellaneous, most recent, nwo | 0 comments

The Cecils – Uncle and Nephew

This article was first published in the monthly magazine The Present Age September 2017, Vol. 3 No. 6 This is the third in a series of 5 articles which is rooted in the tortuous destiny between England and France, the two western countries which ‘pioneered’ modern nationalism, that view of life that has had such fateful consequences over the past 250 years. The modern western concept of the centralised, administrative state emerged in Britain and France 1300-1600 and there was a gradual identification of the British and French peoples with...

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The Cecils – Father and Son

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 in miscellaneous, most recent, nwo | 0 comments

The Cecils – Father and Son

This article was first published in the monthly magazine The Present Age August 2017, Vol. 3 No. 5 The previous article to this one, in the July issue of “The Present Age” magazine, outlined how and why a certain mysterious and often tragic connection can be said to exist between the deeds of King Philip IV (‘the Fair’) of France (1285-1314) and those of King Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) via the destruction of the Knights Templar, the Hundred Years’ War between the two countries, the sons of Edward III of England, the...

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King Philip IV (‘the Fair’) of France and Henry VIII of England

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in miscellaneous, most recent | 0 comments

King Philip IV (‘the Fair’) of France and Henry VIII of England

This article was first published in The Present Age magazine Vol. 3 No. 5 July 2017 In a lecture of 1 October 1916 Rudolf Steiner discusses the superficiality of much of the modern study of history and points out that “when one traces things back to their causes in the superficial easy-going way that modern history largely employs, one comes to positive absurdities. Ultimately, one would have to come to the opinion that the greatest part – perhaps even the most widespread part of what happens – owes its existence not to sense but to...

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Aspects of the Brexit Referendum – The One and the Many

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in miscellaneous, most recent | 0 comments

Aspects of the Brexit Referendum – The One and the Many

This article was first published (with slight abridgements) in New View magazine Issue 80 July  – Sept. 2016 On 23 June this year Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) resulted in a  dramatic decision to exit the European Union (EU), but the decision does not change certain fundamental underlying elements of our social and economic life today. The economic establishment has shown very little sign at all of changing its practices since the crisis of 2008, and furthermore, relations between the superpowers, the...

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Charlottesville August 2017: Where is the Truth?

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in miscellaneous, most recent | 0 comments

Charlottesville August 2017: Where is the Truth?

This article was first published in New View magazine Issue 85 Autumn 2017 When people in Britain recall the summer of 2017 they may remember the two blockbuster movies showing that season which evoked nostalgia for a summer 77 years earlier – June – August 1940: “Dunkirk” and “Churchill”. On release exactly a year after the Brexit referendum, these two films reinforced the British mythos of national unity in the face of imminent national disaster and threat. Although “Churchill” is about the period immediately before the...

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The Year of the Black Swan – Brexit and Trump

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in miscellaneous, most recent, nwo | 0 comments

The Year of the Black Swan – Brexit and Trump

This article was first published in New View magazine Issue 82, Jan. – Mar. 2017 The study of biography is an important and growing area of research in anthroposophy, related as it is to Rudolf Steiner’s work on the study of karma and reincarnation. As such, biographical work has a socially hygienic function, as it helps to promote the understanding of time (and timing) in one’s life and thus to restore meaning. And it is meaning that human beings crave above all, for we are beings who create meaning through the act of cognition,...

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Echoes of the 9th Century in Our Time

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in east west issues, miscellaneous, most recent, nwo | 0 comments

Echoes of the 9th Century in Our Time

This article was first published in New View magazine Issue 81 Autumn 2016 “Matthew was an angel as a young child – sensitive, well-behaved, affectionate, often joyful, and often dreaming away on another plane. After turning nine, however, he soon changed into quite a different person.  He was sometimes rude and critical, and often moody if not downright wretched…. Prior to age seven or eight, most children are sunny, smiling, exuberant, joyful beings – little angels, for the most part. Around the ninth birthday, however, a tinge of...

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2016: Britain’s Year of Decision

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in miscellaneous, most recent | 0 comments

2016: Britain’s Year of Decision

This article was first published in New View magazine ‘No. 79 Apr – June 2016 2016 looks to be a momentous year in British history, when the nation makes its choice in the referendum on 23rd June on whether to remain in the European Union  or leave it. This could affect Britain’s direction for decades, if not centuries. In the world of science Professor Stephen Hawking (74), who seems to be regarded by the media as something of a British scientific ‘cardinal’ in the contemporary western world’s modern ‘religion’ of...

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