NB – “δὶς ἐς τὸν αὐτὸν ποταμὸν οὐκ ἂν ἐμβαίης”, were the immortal words of Heraclitus according to Plato in Cratylus, 402a. This translates as “You could not step twice into the same river”, or more popularly – the only constant is change. This applies not only to the world in which we live and breathe, but also towards how we understand and explain the world. Being able to remain agile and flexible, adapting to changing circumstances in this chaotic and changing world, while at the same time being based in a consistently coherent creative or analytic process, is probably the biggest challenge facing thinkers and writers today. But to the point, the challenge isn’t just one that the writer faces, but also a challenge that readers are confronted with if they become married or stuck to an outdated paradigm.
In a number of pragmatic and philosophical conversations I’ve had with my friend Andrew Korybko, it was decided that it was an appropriate time to break the fourth wall. When it comes to adaptive and flexible writers and thinkers like Andrew, he takes risks – necessary risks – risks that need to be taken. But these aren’t risks he takes for himself, but out of his commitment to deliver his understanding of the world to the reader. And the reader in turn is a citizen, voter, influencer, and so on. Once people understand his generosity, proven every day and day by day, they will have their hearts and minds open to understanding the Method behind the Madness. – J. Flores
Am I arrogant? A little bit. Outspoken? You betcha. But “politically correct”? Never!
My friend Joaquin Flores reached out earlier in the day to let me know that he declined publishing what I consider to be a “hit piece” about me, and I saluted him for his prudence in doing so. Alt-Takfirism only advances the Social Media Yinon Plan of embroiling the Community in never-ending internecine disputes and drama that distract from its original purpose in providing an alternative, non-Mainstream Media interpretation of international events.
But Joaquin made a good point though, and it’s that a lot of people are reacting very emotionally to my analyses, so I’m here to tell you all the “method behind my madness” and why I do what I do.
My writings are sometimes deliberately provocative and I oftentimes employ certain language and messaging styles to catch people’s attention, but it’s only because I want to convey to them some “politically inconvenient” observations about the world around them. It’s not for “clickbait” purposes because I receive no money for my articles apart from occasionally symbolic sums that aren’t substantial at all but are mostly paid out of respect for the time, effort, and detail that I put into my work.
If you’re offended by my words, then good, because I’m glad that I challenged your beliefs and got you to step outside of your comfort zone to reconsider your previously held views and decide to either strengthen them or change them. What I want to do is liberate people from the ideological chains that have made them slaves to the groupthink dogma of their overlords and get them to reconsider International Relations amidst the historic paradigm shifts that are occurring.
If I have to be a bit blunt, then so be it, because the dogma is so deeply embedded in the Alt-Media Community that it requires a bit of shock therapy to get people to snap out of it.
The Hyper-Realist “19th-Century Great Power Chessboard” paradigm, that all relevant international powers are operating under, has seen all players prioritizing their relations with their similarly sized peers at the perceived (key word) expense of their smaller- and medium-sized ones (to say nothing of their traditional partners in general), and nowhere is this more apparent than with Russian foreign policy today. Take for example the fast-moving and full spectrum Russian-Pakistani rapprochement which itself is a part of Moscow’s recent “Ummah Pivot” that forms the core of its contemporary “balancing” strategy in aiming to become the supreme arbiter of 21st-century Eurasian affairs.
For more details about how this is envisioned to function in practice, please read my piece about “Russia’s Grand Strategy In Afro-Eurasia (And What Could Go Wrong)” that my last conversation with Joaquin inspired and kindly consider following my work on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest developments in Russia’s hemisphere-wide “balancing” act.
My work always aspires to explain how this is unfolding with the greatest degree of accuracy possible, and I never pull any punches, instead delivering direct, raw analysis that lately attacks the shibboleths of the Alt-Media Community.
I know that I provoke trolling, but frankly, I’m proud of it because it’s very satisfying to know that my words can ruin the day of a random snowflake somewhere across the world and get them to incessantly obsess over everything that I do. Come to think of it, I’ve brought together an entire troll army over the years full of countless people who are so obsessed with me that it almost seems like they think that I’m “god”, and boy oh boy does it feel good to have that much power over a person.
“My” troll army has cells scattered all across the world, with the most active ones being in California, New York, the UK, Germany, Lebanon, India, and Australia, and these folks literally cover almost every time zone and are always posting negative things about me or running defamatory campaigns through private messenger “chain mails” to get people to stop following my work. There’s always a troll in one of those countries and probably many others that I’m unaware of by this point who’s conducting one or another infowar operation against me at any second of the day.
To quote Rush Limbaugh when referring to Obama’s obsession with him, “I live rent-free in their heads” all day and every day, and I’ll probably be the last thing that these folks think of on their deathbed.
As any of you who are reading this already know, it’s not just trolls who follow my work, but many normal people, and I’m sincerely thankful for the interest that each and every one of you have for my work. Seriously, thank you very much for following my interpretation of international events, and I truly hope that my analyses have helped you understand the world better than before.
As for my Alt-Media peers, let’s just agree to disagree, and instead of tearing the Community even further apart and inadvertently assisting the Social Media Yinon Plan (which I refuse to participate in on principled grounds), let’s celebrate the rich diversity of discourse that’s emerged and not suppress anyone’s sovereign right to free thought and analytical interpretations. If you don’t like what I write, then a better idea than penning a “hit piece” (which would reflect very poorly on your character) would be to rise to the challenge and publish your own contrarian analysis about whatever it is that I said which triggered you in the first place.
Keep it civil because I won’t deign to the level of responding in kind to any rude remarks, nor will I allow myself to be manipulated as a useful idiot of the Social Media Yinon Plan in exacerbating our Community’s fault lines. I don’t publish analyses to become anyone’s “friend”, get rich, or become a “celebrity”, I do it solely to deliver think tank-level analyses and accurate forecasts to the masses free of charge while hopefully liberating some minds from Alt-Media dogma in the process.
If you don’t like what I write, don’t read it; if you fear it, respectfully respond to it; and if you really want to make me laugh, then troll*! *you will be immediately blocked if you do that on my wall.
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