Yavul Noah Harari, China and A Post Coronavirus World

By Samuel M. Frost, Th.M.

The birches, the poplars, and the wild cherry unfolded their gummy and fragrant leaves, the limes were expanding their opening buds; crows, sparrows, and pigeons, filled with the joy of spring, were getting their nests ready; the flies were buzzing along the walls, warmed by the sunshine. All were glad, the plants, the birds, the insects, and the children. But men, grown-up men and women, did not leave off cheating and tormenting themselves and each other. It was not this spring morning men thought sacred and worthy of consideration not the beauty of God’s world, given for a joy to all creatures, this beauty which inclines the heart to peace, to harmony, and to love, but only their own devices for enslaving one another.  Thus begins Leo Tolstoy’s last great novel, Resurrection (Barnes and Nobles, 2006 reprint, 1889, p. 1).  The beauty of God’s creation marred by the devices for enslaving one another.  Man is the problem.

And how do we enslave one another?  Mainly by ideas.  Donna Tussing Orwin (who taught Russian Literature at University of Toronto) writes the Introduction to Tolstoy’s work cited above and remarks, ‘Every public institution is reduced to an instrument of force and self interest’ for Tolstoy.  I started reading back in January the work of Yuval Noah Harari, who earned his Doctorate from Harvard, and teaches at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  His book, Sapiens, was praised by Bill Gates, President Obama, and several other prominent figures in the world of movers and shakers.  His follow up book, Homo Deus, is even more elaborate than the first in terms of celebrating the emerging necessity for Globalism, or Globalization.  In my blog, I cited how he downplayed the need for “God” as traditionally understood (read, as Christians and Orthodox Jews understand), and how such traditions must give way to the scientific worldview, and to the scientific institutions.  In other words, how we are to trust the scientists as the keepers of the Truth.  Man is evolving into a state of divinity, and he is doing this through biotechnology.  ‘Upgrading Sapiens will be a gradual historical process…merging with robots and computers in the process…Every day millions of people decide to grant their smartphone a bit more control over their lives, or try a new and more effective antidepressant drug.  In pursuit of health, happiness and power, humans will gradually change first one of their features, and then another, and another, until they will be no longer human” (Sapiens, 2017, Harper Collins Publishers, p. 49).  Harari is not downplaying this, and he not warning us of this scenario as if it offers a bleak, apocalyptic portrayal of the future.  No, he is welcoming it.  But, where do these inventions of medicine and technology come from? 

In light of the current pandemic, which I will call the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) pandemic, Harari recently posted on You Tube his understanding of what’s going on and what we  – we being the Global Community – need to do about it going forward.  For Harari, whose You Tube postings end up with well over a million hits, religion must change.  Politics must change.  And, we need to look to China to see how community living is done instead of “blaming” the Communist Party cover up (at which he barely blinks). Oh yes, Harari has posted just this week alone several videos of interviews (he is highly sought after) concerning the pandemic and its after effects.  ‘Harari and Its Impact on Mankind’ is one;  ‘Globalisation, Privacy, Religion Post Coronavirus World’ is another; ‘The World before, during and after Coronavirus’ are just some of the titles on You Tube.   There is a crisis afoot, and the Globalists are seizing the moment.  Why, “even the churches are listening to the scientists” by closing their doors he states in one video.  We “need to trust the scientists and their institutions” in times like these.  And, here it comes, with the current administration in America (and the voters that put him there…and we all know who “him” is) the rise of hatred and nationalism with its fomenting at the mouth despising of the Media, its dismissal of the Paris Treaty, are akin to the “flat earthers” – yes….he said that.  If you deny the 97% Myth (that is, the myth that 97% of “scientists” believe the world will become past the point of manageability in about 12 years unless we get rid of Evangelicals-Mixing-with-Politics), then you are akin to a person that believes in a flat earth.  Toleration, anyone?

In one video, Harari is asked by India Today’s correspondent Rahul Kanwal, what is the fate for Home Sapiens after the Great Pandemic?  Anyone asked you that question recently?  No?  That must mean you don’t a degree from Harvard.  Harari, before Kanwal gets to ask him a question, touts him as “the world’s most famous historian, rock star, living legend who is shaking the thinking of some the sharpest people on the planet.”  Think I am kidding, right?  Not in a long shot. 

First off, Coronavirus is a problem for science, not God.  Right off the bat (Wuhan bat? – sorry, couldn’t resist)…right off the bat Harari excoriates the idea that God “punishes” human beings on earth.  Perhaps he missed the reference to his middle name in Yavul Noah Harari, but that can slide.  What must he think of the Theologians (who have devoted themselves to the ‘science’ of interpreting Scriptures)?  Harari says we “need a united, global plan of action” – i.e., we need to work with corrupt regimes like the Chinese Communist Party who (as it is increasingly becoming ever so obvious) by their actions – the actions of Politicians, not Scientists – Politicians whose ideas for governing people is collectivism, socialism, and world domination of their idea rooted in Marxist originations – are atheistic (like Harari) to the core.  It gets worse.  American “leaders” are now saying, “we no longer care about humanity, we only care about America.”  Funny.  I have not heard one “leader” in America say that, but, hey, who cares, right?  Make it up.  See, when Ebola happened, America led the response (says Harari).  Well, yeah.  We were Johnny on the spot because we had the full cooperation and total facts needed to do that (a point Harari forgets to mention…ahem, Chinese Communist Cover up).

Amazingly he touts the same line that Hilary Rodham Clinton was bashed for saying, even among the Liberal Media outlets.  Remember when America reached the highest number of deaths due to the CPC virus?  She tweeted, “He did promise America First”.  Such a callous tweet.  Yet, here, this week, the most famous historian in America says the same thing, “we are first in deaths” because of Trump’s “America First” slogan.  See what’s happening here?  It’s not Trump – he is a pin head, a figure head – it’s the idea of Americanism as a unique group of individuals from all ethnicities – American success in the world – and not just that, because that can be translated in any way one wishes to do so.  No, it’s the fact that there is this very, very large group of people particularly in America that call themselves Bible believing Christians.  One of America’s largest exports is the export of Religion; namely, Evangelicalism.  However, there is another firebrand in the oven of ideas: the Conservative Roman Catholic Church, whose equally growing numbers within are not buying into the Bull (that’s a pun for you historians) of the current Pope, who are directly targeting and calling out the Homosexual onslaught from within the Catholic Bishops and Clergy, calling for a return to true Catholic Faith (take Church Militant, a weekly show hosted by Michael Voris, who spouts a scathing rebuke of the current leadership in Catholicism by a devoted Roman Catholic); or take the growing conservative efforts among Jews who support the State of Israel (Trump’s move of the embassy to Jerusalem had a powerful theological impact to the world’s elitists, albeit a negative one); see, it’s these people that are the problem, the deniers, the haters of Communist philosophy because we know how it is oppressive (untold millions of Christians have died at the hands of Communist regimes).  But, now, we are told that the real problem are those who do not yield to the Hallowed Institutes of Science and the High Priest Scientists.

Harari is calling for a “global leader that can unite humankind”.  Messiah, anyone?  I digress, because I don’t believe the Scriptures foretell of such a person, more than it foretells of such persons – plural who want nothing more than a global Tower of Babel (it’s an old story that keeps repeating itself from Pharaohs to Caesars, from Dictators to globalist Technocrats).  Now, to Harari’s credit, he does say in this interview that had Communist China had a “democratic form of government” that espoused the freedom of information without suppression then “this whole thing may not have happened.”  Aha!  A nod!  Dang!  Not so fast, because he very quickly moves on to praise Communist China for its leadership efforts that is forging a global cooperationalism; Fortunately, nobody is buying it.  See, it’s not “just America” that pissed.  It’s Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Switzerland, South Africa (whose citizens living in China, by the way, are being discriminated against on a national level) and others.

Okay.  Finally we get to the “most dangerous problem” according to Harari.  It’s not viruses.  It’s not this virus (there will be others).  It’s the “internal demons within humanity itself”.  Now this sounds like Tolstoy!  It’s also a theological speculation; or a metaphysical one if you prefer.  It’s an ontological speculation concerning a collective condemnation of humanity itself.  However, just when I thought that maybe, just maybe, the Doctor was about to deliver something profound, he reverts back to the tree hugging philosophy of ‘can’t we all just get along’?  The term “hatred” comes out a lot with the idea that “blaming” the actions of the source of this pandemic is akin to hatred.  That is, if we found the source and, thus, the reason for the spread of the virus (this is called, “blame”) then we must “hate” the source.  But, this is a narrative that is loaded with nonsense.  I am not blaming the Chinese people, wonderful as they are, made in the image of God Almighty Himself.  I am blaming a corrupt, suppressive form of government that is rooted in a religion hating philosophy and thereby seeks to eradicate by scientific knowledge that parades itself as absolute dogmatic truth.  If anyone has ever read Hannah Arendt (and if you haven’t, shame!) no one political philosopher as she was has ever penetrated with such depth the dangers of losing human individuality, uniqueness and plurality of ideas in an arena of free expressions.  Ayn Rand was another (and she was an atheist).  Socialism (of the Marxist amalgamations) demands herd mentality because it sees itself as the Keeper of Truth – and what populace can disagree with Truth?  If the Government is the Keeper of Truth, and the Scientists are the Teachers of Truth, then the disagreers have to be “dealt with” – permanently.  Can’t have social disunity.  For Socialism to work it must have the explicit cooperation of the people.  For Communism to work, the same is true.  Questions about metaphysical Higher Powers, or Higher Ethics (do I obey God, or Caesar?) cannot be appealed to.  The Media (that is, the progenitors of State Propaganda) dictates what the State says.  Any objections, any doubts in the Institutes of Higher Learning (the Higher Learned) is condemned: “flat earthers” they are called.  “Bible believers”.  “Dangerous people.” Ask the Communist Party how they “deal” with Christians.  Heck, ask Stalin (who Rand obliterates), or Pol Pot, or Hitler (who Arendt obliterates), or Mao Zedong (why we turn a blind eye to Mao and not Adolph is a mystery to me).

Again, Harari is not advocating a Dictatorship.  He argues for a democracy – a global democracy made up of nationalities that are unique to their own cultures.  But, the culture must have allegiance to the global cooperation which seeks the betterment of mankind.  There is no God that is going to save you.  There is no God that stops pandemics.  If one has to make a choice between Science and faith, choose science.  “You can’t understand this virus if you don’t believe in the theory of evolution” he says.  “And this is why it is important to teach the theory of evolution in schools.”  Need I comment on this?  Need I go back and quote Darwin?  Evolution was not an Asian theory.  It did not come from Japan, or Taiwan.  It came from England.  Darwin was a Rationalist – a child of the Enlightenment.  That’s Western Rationalism; Aristotelian Logic (he was a Greek), rooted in later British Empiricism.  Marx comes floating in here, too.  I could throw Freud in as well, but that’s another blog.  These men, Darwin, Marx and Freud have had a tremendous impact on the world of ideas; and each of them explicitly sought to squeeze out the religious life from the market place, from the educational place, from the political place, and from the “news you can trust” place.  Any smell of it, any hint, any attempt by the Christian, be they Catholic, Greek or Russian Orthodox, or Evangelical to assert themselves into these arenas are immediately dismissed as quacks, flat earthers, fundamentalists, Bible thumpers, “right wingers”, bigots, homophobes, science deniers, racists, women haters, uneducated conspiracy kooks.  Ideas matter and they have consequences (Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver is another must read).  The better idea is one that allows the freedom to “question” the Media, and the Institutes.  A government that assures its people that it has no monopoly on Truth.  A promotion of healthy skepticism in an age of “infodemics” (yes, info-demic, the pandemic of information and the epistemological problem of “knowing” who does, and who does not “know” what the hell they are talking about – a healthy dose of Leibniz would work here).  A government that does not “demand” that Evolution is the only Truth, no other Truth, and the Truth by which all other scientific theoretical constructions are banned; or that the Liberal “spin” on Chickens Little’s “the sky is falling!  The sky is falling!” Environmentalism is not necessarily The Truth.  Let the places of learning argue and figure it out, and let them flourish where each of them can.  Let the people figure it out, the individuals.  If they don’t want to wear a medical mask, okay.  If they do, okay.  If you want to own firepower, okay.  If not, okay.  It’s called freedom and liberty, and it, too, is an idea – and it, too, has consequences – sometimes…oftentimes dangerous ones – but my liberty and your liberty is too much to sacrifice because of these consequences: “Give me liberty, or give me death.”  Man, I wish we knew what that meant again.

China, Conspiracy, and Corona, Part 2

By Samuel M. Frost, Th. M.

I first mentioned the corona virus in January on this very blog. Since then, with the luxury of time, I have spent about two to three hours a day on the matter (my wife, Kimmy, forgives me). There are credible sources on You Tube that are having an impact on political matters concerning this current pandemic. They are being felt by all of us. One of the greatest things about our country, made up of immigrants originally from all walks of the blue marble, is the freedom of speech. We came from a religiously and politically oppressed theater in the West. Our revolution (and, yes, it was a revolution) was first and foremost concerned with “inalienable rights” given to us not by Government, but by “The Laws of Nature, and Nature’s God”. To know what that phrase meant, hallowed in our Declaration, simply read Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part III, Chapter 5 (1759).

I bring that up because we are currently facing something that sprang from the exact opposite in terms of government: Communism. The Cold War is declared, “over”. The East Berlin Wall fell. The Soviet Union disbanded and is now simply, Russia. China – and by China I do not at all mean the Chinese people – is, however, found on a great deal of items in your home. Right now I am wearing a pair of glasses that say, “Made in China.” What happened? When did this start? Well, one would have to go back to Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. From that point onward, America began its long “open markets” trading with struggling Communist China under Chairman, Mao Zedong. I blogged about this in Part 1 briefly. What is now coming to light again by young Americans searching the internet with free access (not censored by the Government, as it is in China) is that Communism was not dead after all. What Stalin through Gorbachev could not do, China has done. To understand this, one must understand a German Rationalist by the name of Karl Marx (and his pal, Vladmir Lenin). Well, skip that for now, but understand this: Communism is thoroughly atheistic. To the core. The idea that “rights” came from “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” is, was for Marx and his fellow intelligentsia, laughable. It was the idea that a Divine Benevolence (left intentionally vague in terms of theological acumen, but asserted by our Government in terms of Ontological Reality) governed the whole world by “Nature’s Laws”. It also fostered the idea of the individual as a person in and of him or herself that is first and foremost accountable to themselves in terms of their pursuits. From this we get the phrase, self government.

University of Cambridge Professor, Gareth Stedman Jones, in his critically praised work, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (Belnap/Harvard, 2016) notes the growth of the idea of the individual and the State. The Romans viewed its peoples as a commodity to exploit. They were “citizens” of the State (the polis in Greek). They belonged to the State and were expendable. Much like the Feudal system and the peasants who worked the land for the Landlord, peasants were not regarded as much in terms of anything but accruing wealth for the owner. I am being extremely brief and most likely far too general historically speaking, but you get the point. With the collapse of the Roman world, and the spread of Christianity (itself a slow and centuries long, painful road), civil society gradually arose which ‘encompassed the unmediated relationship of the individual to God, freedom of individual judgment, subjectivity, the self-interested pursuit of personal goals, individualism’ (p. 114). And, in case some of my readers think I am quoting from a bias author, it is well known that the great German Philosopher, George Hegel (who taught Marx), praised the reforms of Father Martin Luther, the German Catholic Priest who sought to correct abuses of his Roman Catholic Church clerics. Hegel (who spoke a great deal about China) taught that Luther’s initial theological protest against particular Catholic doctrines turned into one of the greatest developments of the modern world: the focus on the individual (see Hegel’s famous, The Philosophy of History, pp. 431-ff, Batoche Books, 2001, from the lectures of 1830-31). The Bible became the “peoples book”. The world would never be the same. Authority could now be questioned and thrown off.

Stedman notes, however, that many intellectuals did not share Hegel’s view. ‘[F]rom Machiavelli onwards the Christian religion was deeply implicated in , if not wholly responsible for, the genesis of civil society. Christianity detached the notion of a person from that of a citizen.’ Further, the atheist Ludwig Feuerbach, another student of Hegel, lamented that the Christian idea of the afterlife was “a replacement for the ancient idea of the citizen. But already in the eighteenth century Gibbon and Voltaire had highlighted Christianity’s contribution to the decline of ancient political life and the fall of Rome. Rousseau pushed the argument further by blaming the combination of Christianity and commerce for the decline of patriotism, and by attacking Christianity in particular for its otherworldly preoccupations’ (op. cit., pp. 114-115). In other words, Christianity is irrelevant to the survival of the State and its Citizens. It’s emphasis on the individual has caused great harm to the Social Fabric.

Alright. So how to tie this altogether. It is becoming increasingly documented that the corona virus originated from Wuhan, China. This is not really debated. The question that is debated is how? In a documentary published just a few days ago, and receiving a near million views, the evidence is quite alarming. I recommend that every soul in America view it (linked here). This is not conspiratorial, and no one needs to wear a tin foil hat. I don’t do conspiracies, and I dismiss those who do as quacks. Two “theories” are on the table in terms of origin: genetically altered viruses in order to pursue a scientific understanding of how viruses work, and how can they be transmitted, and vaccines for them. The second is a deliberate attempt to alter viruses for germ warfare. If a nation could alter a virus for human to human transmission, and have the vaccine “in case of” an outbreak, well, one does not have to do the math on that. The fact is that this virus did come from Wuhan, China. The other fact is that the Communist Party of China (CPC) covered up the initial outbreak. We find this hard to believe because how can a government exert such control over its people? Really? After all we have learned from history?

Several lawsuits are being filed. Michael Moore of Florida has filed one. Larry Klayman filed one. Senator Rick Scott of Florida is urging Americans not to buy anything with “Made in China” on it. The World Heath Organization is being defunded because it basically dropped the ball. Taiwan has produced evidence that it warned WHO about corona-virus in late December, but was ignored. WHO did not issue a “pandemic” level threat until March 11th. Shit is hitting the fan. And more is coming. The American individualist who has not yet surrendered to the “it takes a village” perspective of life demands an answer, not spin, and will not be quieted for the sake of possibly “offending” someone.

Now, what does all of this mean? Well, for starters, this virus is serious. Real serious. One can dismiss the talks about “empty hospitals” and “this is a red flag effort”, etc (more conspiracy theories). Fact is, until we can investigate the source, we will not entirely know. The CPC holds the keys to that, and they are not budging. Cui Tiankai, the Chinese Ambassador, says that “racism” and “xenophobia” exhibited by emphasizing the “rumors” that this pandemic started in Wuhan, China should not be tolerated. Since when did naming the place of origin become racist? Ebola is a river in Congo, Africa and is the name given to the Ebola Virus. Is that racist? The Hong Kong Flu, the Spanish Flu (which didn’t even come from Spain!), are merely names. They do not reflect the people. The enemy here is not the people, or the region of the beautiful country of China: it is a government; a Communist government; a Communist government that a lot of people in China would like to see go. The individual has a right to question the CPC and demand answers.

Mao Zedong was a committed Marxist, but he was not totally on board with Karl. Nonetheless, he did believe strongly in Nationalism. That’s kind of hard for us to understand. Nationalism, like the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or ‘Nazi’ for short, is rooted in its understanding of its biological genetics of its people. The Germans, or Aryans, were viewed as a distinct race. The Chinese, also, see (or at least Mao saw them that way) themselves as a distinct race. In America, there are a multitude of ethnic races living as one Nation or People. An American person looks like an Asian, or a German, or an African. One can think back to the covenant of Moses with the Israelites. What was never intended by that covenant was racism, but that’s what it became in the eyes of many Israelites. Unless you were of Israelite descent, you were a Gentile Goy. For Mao, Marx’s idea, borrowed from Hegel’s thinking that history is progressing towards a Supreme Good, is that Communism is a determined and inevitable development of the forces of history. Hegel talked about the Spirit. Marx talked about the classes (he had no room for Spirit). Both held to the inevitable outworking of history in terms of social justice and equality for all in this world, in this life. The CPC clings to this idea and sees itself as the eventual Bringer of Socialistic Justice and Equality to the Globe. Hence, by opening the markets and inviting Capitalist revenue ventures, The CPC was not looking out for the Globe, but looking out for the CPC in how it can make inroads around the globe through financial means to spread its dominion. Made in China. And we bought it, hook, line and sinker.

There is one problem. The belief in the Individual against the Collective State. We are currently watching this play out in the media. It runs something like this: “How long is this shut down gonna happen? I have made plans for the Summer, and by God I ain’t gonna stay in my home for 3 more damn months!” In retort, one will hear, “But we have to think of the community and the people and their health.” At what expense? The vast majority of the world public will not die from corona-virus. The vast majority that get this virus will recover after a few bad rounds in the bathroom. The vast majority in America are under the philosophy of Individualism. We’ll take our chances, God controls the outcome.

See, Americans are an amalgamation of several philosophical, theological and political views. Government does not arrest you for being a Marxist, or a Socialist, or a Theocrat. You can pretty much believe that the world is flat, that Paul McCartney was not really Paul McCartney, or that Stanley Kubrick was involved in filming NASA astronauts in a studio made to look like the moon surface. The individual right, against the politburo, is a sacred right. Yeah, sure, wash your hands, don’t stand so close to me, and sneeze in your arm (and don’t forget the hand sanitizer), but do you have to cancel watching Tom Brady wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneer uniform in September? But, deeper than this, there runs a psychological aspect concerning the question of the unfortunate folks who will die from this. One does not have to be uncaring, but will take the chance of facing death for another person at a disadvantage. But, in this case, you may be the one spreading the very thing that kills the other. There is a clash of ideas going on here. There is also a clash of how far can Government go when it comes to telling its people what they can and can’t do in every day matters of culture and daily life. The final issue, and at this point, a crucial one, is upon what basis can Government do what it is now doing? Here we are back to the question of origin and why this happened in the first place. If maleficence is to blame, that is, if this could have been stopped or contained, then answers are demanded and the source-problem needs a radical solution. The Individual demands it so that he or she can maintain their freedom from bad deals made by bad politicians for bad gain with what I consider to be an evil Government theory: Communism. What Communism is showing us is that Communists are committed patiently to time (history). It takes a great deal of time to run the globe eventually. If we wake up to what has been going on for a long time and recover what it means to be an Individual with inalienable rights, then perhaps we will truly recover as a nation of all nationalities. If we succumb, recover, and go back to ‘business as usual’ with Communist forces, then it’s just a matter of time when “rights” will be defined by whoever tells you who and what you are.