From Caffeine to Gasoline: Monarchy, Oligarchy, and the Rise of the Oil Monopoly

From Caffeine to Gasoline: Monarchy, Oligarchy, and the Rise of the Oil Monopoly

September 19th, 2016

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

In the late 1700’s, people in servitude to their respective oligarchies began to question exploitative conditions and revolt against harsh treatment. Around the world there were revolutions with new ideas being discussed. There were revolutions in Scotland, the Caribbean, the Americas, Russia and France. People grew tired of being controlled by control monarchies and empires. The people wanted fewer restrictions, but the few at the peak of the social pyramid tightened their grip and increased their hold. Revolt was a result of repression and exploitation.

The Sun never set on the British Empire and other European monarchies violently tried to keep up. Powerful monarchies initiated global shipping institutions, and monopolization and institutionalization expanded all around the world. The world was fast becoming globally interdependent, with global commercial institutions the tentacles that linked them together.

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The Mandala: The Sacred Geometry of Meditation

The Mandala: The Sacred Geometry of Meditation

26th August 2016

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A mandala is a visual symbol often utilized in meditation practices and teachings. The mandala symbol itself is a geometric construction of geometric points, lines, planes and solids which symbolizes our universe. These geometric symbols can be used as a visual meditation tool, called a yantra. Other designs can similarly be used as meditation tools, but may not be mandalas by definition.

Mandalas and all other yantras work as visual meditation points of concentration. Pictured (top) is the sri yantra: sri meaning ‘king’ or ‘most important’. Ancient yogis of India and Tibet considered it to be the most powerful of all geometric symbols, representing the geometric structure of the sound of creation — the Om.

Conversely, a mantra is the audio version of the mandala; an aural meditation tool. Whether the sound of the mantra is a single syllable tone, such as the Om, or a series of metaphysical musings, such as the ancient Gayatri Mantra, mantras are wavy linear expressions of universal connection, voiced as concentrated sound vibrations.

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The Political Bottom Line: Can Spirituality Overcome the Oligarchy?

The Political Bottom Line: Can Spirituality Overcome the Oligarchy?

7th July 2016

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” ~ Pericles

The Political Bottom Line

Everything is political, but firstly it’s biological. This is the concept behind my recent article on biological oligarchical collectivism. It’s simply a swift way of saying that, whether realized or not, our lives are influenced by politics, local and international, past and present — but no matter how important this is to understand, it is even more important to understand that despite the insidious infiltration of politics into every strata of human existence, we are still biological beings. No matter one’s political tendencies or ideologies, we need clean air and water and quality food in order to even begin to contemplate political and social objectives, let alone participate in the world.

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The Nuclear Experiment Year 71: A Shadow On the Collective Consciousness

The Nuclear Experiment Year 71: A Shadow On the Collective Consciousness

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A Shadow On the Collective Consciousness

It has been a year since my annual nuclear experimentation article. Time flies. My scale of time of course is ignorant. I cannot comprehend the complexity of time unfolding as it does, beyond my limited human imagination, and my ignorance of the ways of time is not unlike your own. And perhaps it is not unlike the ignorance of the nuclear goons of yesteryear, whose shortsighted planning for the nuclear waste ‘storage’ failed to take into account the life of nuclear radiation in human generations much less the millions of years that nuclear waste actually remains deadly.

Some people posit that one generation is roughly twenty years. So, about three generations ago the first nuclear waste was created and then buried, for future generations to deal with.

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The Business of War is the Cause of War

The Business of War is the Cause of War

By Ethan Indigo Smith and Sergey Baranov

Contributing writers for Wake Up World

If you objectively and consistently observe the mainstream media and its interpretation of global events, its omissive and deceptive character soon becomes abundantly clear. This could hardly be called incompetence. The coverage, which is popularly called “news”, is in fact nothing but a propaganda mechanism, designed to persistently shape public opinion in favor of war.

Although most prefer to believe government propaganda is a thing of the past, history shows us that it is an inherent part of any wartime society, obscuring facts and motivations in favor of those who initiate — and benefit from — war.

Who benefits from war?

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Why “Alternative” Media is the New Mainstream

Why “Alternative” Media is the New Mainstream

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox… There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock news… The revolution will not be right back after a message… The revolution will not go better with Coke… Because the revolution will not be televised. ~ Gil Scott Heron

Let’s face it, the mainstream media, like CNN, Fox News etc. are great at reporting on the surface understandings of surface issues; car accidents and plane crashes, shootings and robberies; as well as reinforcing why our latest foreign war or domestic loss-of-rights is good/necessary/the only way to peace and security. But if you really want to investigate and comprehend what is actually going on in the world, and why, you have to go past the mainstream.

Just look at the countless global events being reported by the underground news and compare it to the selective, politically-biased fear-fare of the mainstream; there is little journalistic integrity on display in the mainstream media, just the regurgitation of B.S. And lots of it. Even the surface events reported in the mainstream are often filtered, distorted and even blatantly constructed by media corporations that conceal their corporate and political alliances behind the guise of “news”.

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Oligarchical Collectivism: The Institutional “ism” That Threatens Our Very Biology

Oligarchical Collectivism: The Institutional “ism” That Threatens Our Very Biology

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always… there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.” ~ 1984, George Orwell

Capitalism, communism, socialism, fascism, imperialism, corporatism, authoritarianism, monarchism, postmodern colonialism, and whatever form of government “ism” you can imagine, all eventually degrade over time to become oligarchical collectivism — the kind of ism that benefits the powerful few at the expense of the powerless many.

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The Big “If” – What If Marijuana and Hemp Had Never Been Prohibited?

The Big “If” – What If Marijuana and Hemp Had Never Been Prohibited?

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The Big “If”

The history of marijuana and hemp prohibition is a dark and shady story with all the makings of a diabolical thriller. In a dystopian world, shady oligarchs institute prohibition in order to benefit their institutions in the short term, leading to the inception of a police state in which sustainable agriculture is ridiculed, shamanic medicine is scorned, and generations are forced into punitive situations as a result of the plant’s contraband status.

Now, I don’t normally dwell in the “what-if’s” and rarely speculate about the “what-might-be’s” either; I think it’s more important to consider the “what-is”. But in fact, if we concentrate on the “what-is”, we can more easily ponder the “what-if” (our potential) and, importantly, more decisively define “what-will-be” (our future).

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Fukushima: 5 Years of Fire – Global Day of Action, March 11, 2016

Fukushima: 5 Years of Fire – Global Day of Action, March 11, 2016

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Happy New Year! No, I’m not talking about 2016, I’m talking about Year 5. Fukushima, Year 5. It’s almost 5 years since the initial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, and although the disaster continues today it is not being treated by authorities with the kind of decisive urgency such an ecology-threatening situation demands.

It’s time for a change of course…

Fukushima: 5 Years of Fire

There are some events in history that change the timeline forever, marking the rest of the story for thousands of years. These events supersede all others before, and after, for some time. The Fukushima Daiichi experiment is spewing radioactive waste with a million-year ecological effect into the Pacific Ocean, nuclear disaster fractures the present and causes dire effects for the future — as far as humanity is concerned, forever. Fukushima is ground zero and time zero.

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The Conspiracy of War — Power, Profit, Propaganda and Imperialism

The Conspiracy of War — Power, Profit, Propaganda and Imperialism

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed…War and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings… We should all be horrified… but we are too confused.” (source)

Power, Profit, Propaganda and Imperialism 

With all the wisdom and knowledge we have access to, I simply cannot believe that the governments of the world are once again positioning our armed forces in a war stance. I cannot believe that individuals are allowing it, and even pushing for it, and volunteering to take part in its violent uselessness. It’s as if there has been a breakout of some terrible disease that wrings out moral essences, removes our impetus for self-preservation and instills a self-destructive hatred of one’s fellow man. There is no sound logic to war, unless there is something more we are not being told…

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Understanding Ascension: The Geometry of Energy

Understanding Ascension: The Geometry of Energy

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” ~ Lao Tzu

After climbing through the jungle, making my way through the grueling forest, dense and bewildering with trails, I came to a clearing on a ridge, on what I sensed must be the very top of the great mountain in the clouds. And as I made my way to the ridgetop and clearing, I saw that this was not the top. I saw it was beautiful and magnificent, but it was after all only a plateau. And from the plateau above the bewildering and winding complex of trails I now stood, I could see in the distance what could only be assumed at this point to be the peak. Perhaps there was a mountain more massive behind it too.

And on the story goes…

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The Nuclear Industry’s Million-Year Waste Cycle: Contaminating Future Generations

The Nuclear Industry’s Million-Year Waste Cycle: Contaminating Future Generations

10th November 2015

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The nuclear energy and weaponry industries are signs the military-industrial complex is running at white hot. The inherent dangers of the nuclear experiment are the same ones that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us all about in his famous exit speech on 17 January, 1961 when he said: “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, either sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced powers exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.”

But today, despite this warning, the nuclear experimentation industry is still shrouded in scientific and political secrecy, undermining our liberties and democratic processes and risking our health and our very existence in the process. When it all goes wrong — and history shows us this outcome is inevitable — the environmental destruction both of nuclear accidents and planned detonations is global, and permanent.

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