[Marxism] Pirates of the sea, pirates of the air

Barry Brooks durable at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 13 20:49:42 MDT 2009

If international fishing had not depleted the fish stocks in Somali
waters there would be a lot less piracy. Notice how this story is
not reported as being related to the limits to growth.

Pirates founded the western colonial empire.

There is a chapter titled "The Origins of Specialization" in the book
"Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth in which the story is really about
the "great pirates," as Fuller calls them. Buckminister Fuller was a
navel architect in WWI and knows what he's talking about. The story he
tells about how England was the main base for the great pirates.

Barry Brooks

Origins of Specialization

Obviously we need to pursue further the origins of specialization into
deep history, hoping thereby to correct or eliminate our erroneous
concepts. Historically we can say that average human beings throughout
pre-twentieth-century history had each seen only about one-millionth of
the surface of their spherical Earth. This limited experience gave
humans a locally-focused, specialized viewpoint. Not surprisingly,
humanity thought the world was flat, and not surprisingly humans thought
its horizontally extended plane went circularly outward to infinity. In
our schools today we still start off the education of our children by
giving them planes and lines that go on, incomprehensibly "forever"
toward a meaningless infinity. Such oversimplified viewpoints are
misleading, blinding, and debilitating, because they preclude possible
discovery of the significance of our integrated experiences.Under these
everyday, knowledge-thwarting or limiting circumstances of humanity, the
comprehensively-informed master venturers of history who went to sea
soon realized that the only real competition they had was that of other
powerful outlaws who might also know or hope to learn through experience
"what it is all about." I call these sea mastering people the great
outlaws or Great Pirates-the G. P.’s‹ simply because the arbitrary laws
enacted or edicted by men on the land could not be extended effectively
to control humans beyond their shores and out upon the seas. So the
world men who lived on the seas were inherently outlaws, and the only
laws that could and did rule them were the natural laws-the physical
laws of universe which when tempestuous were often cruelly devastating.
High seas combined with nature’s fog and night-hidden rocks were

And it followed that these Great Pirates came into mortal battle with
one another to see

who was going to control the vast sea routes and eventually the world.
Their battles took place out of sight of landed humanity. Most of the
losers went to the bottom utterly unbeknownst to historians. Those who
stayed on the top of the waters and prospered did so because of their
comprehensive capability. That is they were the antithesis of
specialists. They had high proficiency in dealing with celestial
navigation, the storms, the sea, the men, the ship, economics, biology,
geography, history, and science. The wider and more long distanced their
anticipatory strategy, the more successful they became.

But these hard, powerful, brilliantly resourceful sea masters had to
sleep occasionally, and therefore found it necessary to surround
themselves with super-loyal, muscular but dull-brained illiterates who
could not see nor savvy their masters’ stratagems. There was great
safety in the mental dullness of these henchmen. The Great Pirates
realized that the only people who could possibly contrive to displace
them were the truly bright people. For this reason their number-one
strategy was secrecy. If the other powerful pirates did not know where
you were going, nor when you had gone, nor when you were coming back,
they would not know how to waylay you. If anyone knew when you were
coming home, "small-timers" could come out in small boats and waylay you
in the dark and take you over-just before you got home tiredly after a
two-year treasure-harvesting voyage. Thus hijacking and second-rate
piracy became a popular activity around the world’s shores and harbors.
Thus secrecy became the essence of the lives of the successful pirates;
ergo, how little is known today of that which I am relating.

Leonardo da Vinci is the outstanding example of the comprehensively
anticipatory design scientist. Operating under the patronage of the Duke
of Milan he designed the fortified defenses and weaponry as well as the
tools of peaceful production. Many other great military powers had their
comprehensive design scientist-artist inventors; Michelangelo was one of

Many persons wonder why we do not have such men today. It is a mistake
to think we cannot. What happened at the time of Leonardo and Galileo
was that mathematics was so improved by the advent of the zero that not
only was much more scientific shipbuilding made possible but also much
more reliable navigation. Immediately thereafter truly large-scale
venturing on the world’s oceans commenced, and the strong sword-leader
patrons as admirals put their Leonardos to work, first in designing
their new and more powerful world-girdling ships. Next they took their
Leonardos to sea with them as their seagoing Merlins to invent ever more
powerful tools and strategies on a world-around basis to implement their
great campaigns to best all the other great pirates, thereby enabling
them to become masters of the world and of all its people and wealth.
The required and scientifically designed secrecy of the sea operations
thus pulled a curtain that hid the Leonardos from public view, popular
ken, and recorded history.

Finally, the sea-dwelling Leonardos became Captains of the ships or even
Admirals of Fleets, or Commandants of the Navy yards where they designed
and built the fleets, or they became the commandants of the naval war
colleges where they designed and developed the comprehensive strategy
for running the world for a century to come. This included not only the
designing of the network of world-around voyaging and of the ships for
each task but also the designing of the industrial establishments and
world-around mining operations and naval base-building for production
and maintenance of the ships. This Leonardo-type planning inaugurated
today’s large-scale, world-around industrialization’s vast scale of
thinking. When the Great Pirates came to building steel steamships and
blast furnaces and railroad tracks to handle the logistics, the
Leonardos appeared momentarily again in such men as Telford who built
the railroads, tunnels, and bridges of England, as well as the first
great steamship.

You may say, "Aren’t you talking about the British Empire?" I answer, No
The so-called British Empire was a manifest of the world-around
misconception of who ran things and a disclosure of the popular
ignorance of the Great Pirates’ absolute world-controlling through their
local-stooge sovereigns and their prime ministers, as only innocuously
and locally modified here and there by the separate sovereignties’
internal democratic processes. As we soon shall see, the British Isles
lying off the coast of Europe constituted in effect a fleet of
unsinkable ships and naval bases commanding all the great harbours of
Europe. Those islands were the possession of the topmost Pirates. Since
the Great Pirates were building, maintaining, supplying their ships on
those islands, they also logically made up their crews out of the native
islanders who were simply seized or commanded aboard by imperial edict.
Seeing these British Islanders aboard the top pirate ships the people
around the world mistakenly assumed that the world conquest by the Great
Pirates was a conquest by the will, ambition, and organization of the
British people. Thus was the G. P.’s grand deception victorious. But the
people of those islands never had the ambition to go out and conquer the
world. As a people they were manipulated by the top pirates and learned
to cheer as they were told of their nation’s world prowess.

The topmost Great Pirates’ Leonardos discovered-both in their careful,

planning and in their anticipatory inventing‹that the grand strategies
of sea power made it

experimentally clear that a plurality of ships could usually outmaneuver
one ship. So the

Great Pirates’ Leonardos invented navies. Then, of course, they had to
control various

resource-supplying mines, forests, and lands with which and upon which
to build the ships

and establish the industries essential to building, supplying, and
maintaining their navy’s ships.

Then came the grand strategy which said, "divide and conquer." You
divide up the other man’s ships in battle or you best him when several
of his ships are hauled out on the land

for repairs. They also had a grand strategy of anticipatory divide and
conquer. Anticipatory

divide and conquer was much more effective than tardy divide and
conquer, since it enabled

those who employed it to surprise the other pirate under conditions
unfavorable to the latter, So the great top pirates of the world,
realizing that dull people were innocuous and that the only people who
could contrive to displace the supreme pirates were the bright ones, set
about to apply their grand strategy of anticipatory divide and conquer
to solve that situation comprehensively.

The Great Pirate came into each of the various lands where he either
acquired or sold goods profitably and picked the strongest man there to
be his local head man. The Pirate’s picked man became the Pirate’s
general manager of the local realm. If the Great Pirate’s local strong
man in a given land had not already done so, the Great Pirate told him
to proclaim himself king. Despite the local head man’s secret
subservience to him, the Great Pirate allowed and counted upon his
king-stooge to convince his countrymen that he, the local king, was
indeed the head man of all men ‹the god-ordained ruler. To guarantee
that sovereign claim the Pirates gave their stooge-kings secret lines of
supplies which provided everything required to enforce the sovereign
claim. The more massively bejeweled the kings gold crown, and the more
visible his court and castle, the less visible was his pirate master.

The Great Pirates said to all their lieutenants around the world, "Any
time bright young people show up, I’d like to know about it, because we
need bright men." So each time the Pirate came into port the local
king-ruler would mention that he had some bright, young men whose
capabilities and thinking shone out in the community. The Great Pirate
would say to the king, "All right, you summon them and deal with them as
follows: As each young man is brought forward you say to him, ’Young
man, you are very bright. I’m going to assign you to a great history
tutor and in due course if you study well and learn enough I’m going to
make you my Royal Historian, but you’ve got to pass many examinations by
both your teacher and myself.’" And when the next bright boy was brought
before him the King was to say, "I’m going to make you my Royal
Treasurer," and so forth. Then the Pirate said to the king, "You will
finally say to all of them: But each of you must mind your own business
or off go your heads. I’m the only one who minds everybody’s business.’ "

And this is the way schools began‹as the royal tutorial schools. You
realize, I hope, that I am not being facetious. That is it. This is the
beginning of schools and colleges and the beginning of intellectual
specialization. Of course, it took great wealth to start schools, to
have great teachers, and to house, clothe, feed, and cultivate both
teachers and students. Only the Great-Pirate-protected robber-barons and
the Pirate-protected and secret intelligence-exploited international
religious organizations could afford such scholarship investment. And
the development of the bright ones into specialists gave the king very
great brain power, and made him and his kingdom the most powerful in the
land and thus, secretly and greatly, advantaged his patron Pirate in the
world competition with the other Great Pirates.

But specialization is in fact only a fancy form of slavery wherein the
"expert" is fooled into accepting his slavery by making him feel that in
return he is in a socially and culturally preferred, ergo, highly
secure, lifelong position. But only the king’s son received the
Kingdom-wide scope of training.

However, the big thinking in general of a spherical Earth and celestial
navigation was retained exclusively by the Great Pirates, in
contradistinction to a four-cornered, flat world concept, with empire
and kingdom circumscribed knowledge, constricted to only that which
could be learned through localized preoccupations. Knowledge of the
world and its resources was enjoyed exclusively by the Great Pirates, as
were also the arts of navigation, shipbuilding and handling, and of
grand logistical strategies and of nationally-undetectable,therefore
effectively deceptive, international exchange media and trade balancing
tricks by which the top pirate, as (in gambler’s parlance) "the house,"
always won.

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