Our Enemy, The State: 1, How The State Tyrannizes Its People


Gabriel Donohoe

[This is the first of two articles on how ‘The State’ subjugates and swindles its own people by imposing austerity, fear, and fraud upon them. The first article propounds that ‘The State’ is a criminal enterprise which accumulates unwarranted power and wealth by suppressing the Natural Rights of the People. This essay focuses on the Irish State but it could equally apply to almost any State in the world.

The second article is titled, “Our Enemy, The State: 2, How The People Can Smash State Tyranny.” It explores how a nation’s credit is systematically stolen and re-cycled by the banks and what the People can do to take back their own inherent power and defeat the tyranny of ‘The State’ in all its virulent forms.]


In 1935, Albert J. Nock published “Our Enemy, The State”, his classic treatise on how successive governments conspire to increase the power of the State by stealthily decreasing the power of the People. Nock bluntly describes the State as the common enemy of all industrious and decent men, a controlling bully that operates through deception and threats. This is a damning observation, even more true now in 2016 than it was 81 years ago.

In Ireland today, it is becoming more and more apparent that the State is not a benevolent matriarch who cherishes all her children. Far from it. The Irish State, according to James Joyce, is “the old sow that eats her farrow.” The State is contrived to devour the wealth of its people and to stifle their freedoms and individual sovereignty. The outcome of this great villainy is austerity, poverty, servitude, suicide, eviction, emigration, bank bailouts, unnecessary taxation, and myriad injustices and hardship, all leading to compromised health and early death for many people.

But who or what exactly is “The State”?

‘State’ and ‘Government’ are terms often used interchangeably but this is not entirely accurate. ‘State’ is more an abstraction, a nonphysical entity, while ‘Government’ is a collection of people.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘State’ as: “an organized political community under one government; a commonwealth; a nation.”

Max Weber describes ‘The State’ as: “a compulsory political organization with a centralized government that maintains a monopoly of the legitimate use of force within a certain territory.”

Yet Murray Rothbard forthrightly defines the ‘State’ as “the organization of robbery systematized and writ large”. In other words, the State is a huge mafia organization and the government is its ‘wiseguys’ – hoodlums who are paid to enforce a plethora of ‘laws’ and to steal as much from the people as they can. The State, through the muscle of government, is but a glorified ‘protection racket’ run by the few to fleece the many.

state-thievesSo, if the government merely functions as mafia ‘wiseguys’, who then are the godfathers?

The godfathers are a small but all-powerful cabal of international banksters operating in the shadows behind the façade of the State. While governments may come and go, these omnipotent crooks are always in the background, scheming, grasping, and controlling. They maintain their ‘death grip’ on the people by directing the activities of subservient governments. Those politicians whom they cannot bribe or cajole, they threaten, blackmail, or destroy.

jude-0001-the-whip-wWhile the government ‘wiseguys’ go about the business of looting the nation, they are aided and abetted by willing State whores in the judiciary, senior civil service, police, mass media, churches, academia, entertainment, and other spheres of influence. It seems that the State has no trouble finding corrupt individuals in the highest and most respectable echelons of society, unprincipled men and women whom it can manipulate and control.

The despotic State is quite a monster, a colossus of great power and wealth. Yet for all its power and wealth, it must be understood that the State has no power of its own, no wealth of its own. It must obtain these things from the people. But the public in general seems to have forgotten this important fact, i.e., that the State depends on them for its existence – not the other way round.

Nock says of the State:

“All the power it has is what society gives it, plus what it confiscates from time to time on one pretext or another; there is no other source from which State power can be drawn.  Therefore every assumption of State power, whether by gift or seizure, leaves society with so much less power; there is never, nor can there be, any strengthening of State power without a corresponding and roughly equivalent depletion of social power.”

And Nock warns us of a chilling truism:

In proportion as you give the State power to do things for you, you give it power to do things to you.”  (Emphasis not in original.)

On State money, Nock says:

Another strange notion pervading whole peoples is that the State has money of its own…The State has no money. It produces nothing. It existence is purely parasitic, maintained by taxation; that is to say, by forced levies on the production of others. ‘Government money,’ of which one hears so much nowadays, does not exist; there is no such thing.”

The Invisible Government

quote-behind-the-ostensible-government-sits-enthroned-an-invisible-government-owing-no-allegiance-and-theodore-roosevelt-158023Only the most naïve believe that the government actually runs the country, and runs it in the interests of the people. The fact is that government works perpetually in the interests of a shadowy elite who controls the State. We know this for a fact because politicians, popes, presidents, and prime ministers have told us so down through the years. Here are just a few random quotes…

“A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various powerful interests, combined in one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in banks.” – John C. Calhoun, U.S. Vice President (1825-1832) and U.S. Senator.

“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881).

“It [Freemasonry] bends governments to its will sometimes by promises, sometimes by threats. It has found its way into every class of Society, and forms an invisible and irresponsible power, an independent government, as it were, within the body corporate of the lawful state.” –Pope Leo XIII, 1902.

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, “Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography” (1913).

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States ‘The New Freedom’, 1913.

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson [1828- 1836].” – A letter written by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Colonel House, November 21st, 1933.

“We have a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government… This ruthless power-seeking elite is a disease of our century… This group…is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.” – Senator William Jenner, 1954 speech.

“The Rockefellers and their allies have, for at least fifty years, been carefully following a plan to use their economic power to gain political control of first America, and then the rest of the world. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.” — Congressman Larry P. McDonald, November 1975. (Died along with 268 other passengers when Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down over Russia in 1983.)

And here is an often quoted gem, almost 100 years old, which could be so easily applied to Ireland today…

“The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen….At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually runs the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.” – New York City Mayor John F. Hylan, 1922.

octopusWhat the ‘invisible government’ certainly does not want is a free-thinking, educated, and affluent populace. Such a people cannot be controlled or manipulated. The State godfathers want a brainwashed, gullible, and debt-laden society that is easy to fleece and control. To that end they have devised a sophisticated mind control programme, running stealthily and extensively today, that regiments the behaviour of the serfs and governs their every thought and deed.

Many of these mind control programmes can be traced back to Edward L. Bernays, the father of spin doctors and black propaganda. Bernays was a PR guru and a nephew of famed psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud. He had many spectacular successes in propaganda operations such as the overthrow of democratically elected Arbenz Guzman in Guatamala (while Bernays worked for the United Fruit Company and the U.S. Government) and in convincing the American public that the fluoridation of water was not only safe but beneficial to health as well (on behalf of ALCOA, the Aluminum Company of America).

In his 1928 book, “Propaganda,” Bernays wrote:

“Those who manipulate [the organized habits and opinions of the masses]…constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country….We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of….In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

It is not difficult to see how Bernays’s devious programmes have been used effectively over the last nine decades, especially in the Ireland of today. It is only now that a growing number of people are becoming more and more aware of “an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” This ‘invisible government’ directs the actions of the visible government; this is true of Enda Kenny’s pathetic administrations, Brian Cowen’s wretched coalition, and all governments since the founding of the State.

Government By Criminals

Still doubt that Irish governments are operated by criminals?

Think of the infamous bank guarantees of 2008 and the reprehensible bank bailouts that followed… Think of the shadowy dealings of NAMA and its collusion with foreign financial vultures… Think of the notorious ‘Eviction Bill’ which eased the way for banks to evict tens of thousands of families and seize their homes… Think of the great give-away of our fish and our oil and gas fields worth billions upon billions of euro…

And think of the dogged, conspiratorial attempt to steal our water, our most precious resource, through the sly privatization of a monster called Irish Water… And think of the countless number of other plots and schemes by the black-tie thugs who “pull the wires” of our government puppets.

And reflect on the qualities or otherwise of numerous politicians in whom we trusted to run the affairs of the nation with probity and integrity: Charlie Haughey, Bertie Ahern, Michael Lowry, Ray Burke, Liam Lawlor, Denis Foley, Ivor Callely, ‘Pee’ Flynn, John O’Donoghue, Willie O’Dea, Ray MacSharry, Seán Doherty, to name a few.

Albert Nock was familiar with Bernays’s work. No doubt it appalled him. Nock’s vision for society was one free from the influence of the political State. At the time of his writing in the 1930s, Nock saw F. D. Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ – a series of laws passed by Congress and presidential executive orders – as merely a pretext for the federal government to increase its control over society.

Nock was horrified at FDR’s grab of unprecedented power which he described as a veritable coup d’état. He saw that the State constantly seized new powers for itself which penetrated to every act of the citizen, however secret. He observed that the agents of the State had elevated themselves as a separate and superior caste “with their thumbs in every pot”. This led Nock to describe the State as that which “claims and exercises the monopoly of crime”, a shocking indictment indeed.

govt-crime-careerIn the Ireland of today we wonder what Nock would have thought of Fine Gael & Labour’s grab for power in Enda Kenny’s faithless government of 2011 – 2016? Or further, of Kenny’s second government, the current minority administration of Fine Gael supported by a patchwork of enticed Independents and by the collusion of Fianna Fáil who squat with one opportunistic foot in government and the other in opposition.

Originally, the Irish Constitution called for government of the country to be carried out by all TDs in the Dáil. Nonetheless, the voice of opposition TDs was soon brushed aside, effectively disenfranchising all those citizens who had voted them into office. And the voice of backbench government TDs was also stifled by imposing the party whip on them, forcing them to vote as directed by the party mandarins. There would be no loose cannons in the controlled and lucrative business of government.

The decision-making power of the Cabinet was next to be brushed aside with the formation of the so-called Economic Management Committee, aka the ‘Gang of Four’. All key decisions would be made by four ministers in the 2011-2016 government: Kenny, Burton, Noonan, and Howlin. In effect, just four people took it upon themselves to run Ireland. All laws and decisions made by them alone would be presented to the Cabinet as a fait accompli. No discussion, no debate, no dissension. Thus the self-serving schemes of four State mercenaries came to undermine the best interests of the Irish nation.

This seizure and consolidation of power is a blatant side-stepping of the democratic authority of both the Cabinet and the Dáil. It is totally unconstitutional. But regard for the Constitution has not been one of the Kenny government’s priorities, especially when we consider that the widespread evictions and bank seizures of people’s homes is in direct contravention of Article 40.5 of said Constitution.

capitalism2Another repressive practice indulged in by the Kenny Government more than its predecessors is the guillotining of bills before the House. Guillotining means abruptly ending discussion or debate on a bill and denying deputies the right to speak or question its contents. By use of the party whip and superior voting numbers the Government can guillotine any bill by calling for a vote before the bill is properly scrutinized. Thus the government bulldozes its way over the Opposition and enacts bills without proper examination, debate, or objection. With the use of the guillotine, the Kenny Government has reduced the national parliament to the status of a rubber stamp for decisions made by a handful of oligarchs.

The Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary are meant to be independent elements of government and free from the dominance of one over the other. The originally conceived checks and balances to prevent interference are no longer in effect. The Executive, or rather an elite element of it, has rendered the Legislature powerless and irrelevant and has also compromised the independence of the Judiciary by the inordinate amount of political appointees to the bench.

Thus has democracy in Ireland has been thoroughly subverted. What we now have is a de facto fascist State.

(As a side-note, in 2004 the leader of the Opposition complained that Bertie Aherne’s government’s overuse of the guillotine rendered the status of the Dáil as “little more than nuisance value.” Who was the leader of the Opposition? A Mayo TD called Enda Kenny, the very same man who now as Taoiseach has willfully embraced the guillotine as virtual government policy. How’s that for political hypocrisy?)


Corporatism And Statism = Fascism

Today, the Fine Gael party has re-embraced its extreme right-wing roots. Fine Gael was founded in 1933 from its support base of the ‘Blueshirts’, a fascist group that admired both Mussolini and Hitler and which later sent a brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War on the same side as the Nazis.oduffyThe first leader of Fine Gael was Eoin O’Duffy, who, during World War II contacted Adolf Hitler and offered to send him a brigade of Irishmen to fight communism alongside the Nazis. Thankfully, Hitler turned him down. Incidentally, the current leader of Fine Gael, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, also supports thuggish governments. Kenny has called for sanctions against Russia, the only country in the world standing up to the U.S., Britain, France, and NATO for their criminal war-mongering in Syria.

hitler-mussolini-1937-09-aThe aim of the fledgling Fine Gael Party under O’Duffy was to create a corporatist United Ireland within the British Commonwealth. Today we see the fruits of this policy with the cosy bonhomie between the Irish Government and the international bankers and corporatists. O’Duffy’s corporatist policy of the 1930s clearly came from the influence of Il Duce whose chief political aim was to promote corporatism in Italy. In fact, Mussolini is quoted as saying:

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

It is precisely this “merger of state and corporate power” that has devastated Ireland today and impoverished and dispossessed a great majority of the Irish people. On the other hand, the corporate State has swelled the coffers of the international banksters to overflowing and filled the pockets of their hirelings in government and other apparatchiks.

Corporations Larger Than Countries

A startling fact today is that of the world’s 100 largest economies, 51 are corporations and only 49 are countries. For example, General Motors is bigger than Denmark, Poland, Norway and more than 20 other countries. And 16 corporations are bigger than Ireland, including AXA, Royal Dutch Shell, General Electric, Mitsui, Exxon Mobil, and Wal-Mart, just to name a few. (Sources: Sales: Fortune, July 31, 2000. GDP: World Bank, World Development Report 2000.)

in-bed-with-business_0In a more recent listing, Apple computer is coming in at Number 20 in the top economies of the world with a market value of $710 billion. This is greater than the GDP of countries like Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Belgium, Norway, Austria, and many, many others… (IMF data for 2014.) And Apple’s market value represents three times Ireland’s GDP, which is the equivalent of 238 billion U.S. dollars.

Some readers will be aware of the recent brouhaha about Apple being instructed by the European Commission to pay Ireland some €13 billion in back taxes which Apple tried to avoid paying, in collusion with the Irish Revenue Commissioners. The full amount owed to Ireland may come to €19 billion with interest. Incredibly, the Irish Government does not want to take the money. More incredibly, the Government has spent some €670,000 in legal fees in trying to prevent Apple paying this money.

This should be more than enough to demonstrate to all doubters exactly for whom our politicians and top civil servants are working.

big-corporations-and-taxesApple’s transgression may only be the tip of the iceberg. It has recently been revealed that Kellogg, the breakfast cereal giant, has paid zero tax for the past two years. And it’s come to light that a vulture fund, Mars Capital, only paid a miserly €250 on revenues of €14,000,000! Now we’re hearing that Zara, a clothing giant, has avoided taxes to the tune of hundreds of millions of euro.

On the subject of vulture funds, the Irish Government has allowed these predators to buy up thousands of mortgages en bloc for a fraction of their value. (E.g., Ulster Bank sold off €2 billion of its ‘Project Clear’ portfolio for €500 million – a 75% write-down.) Yet the Government has refused to extend this generous write-down consideration to house and business owners for whom they supposedly work. Consequently, the vulture friends of the government make huge profits while the hard-pressed mortgagors suffer.

Thus it is clear that the current Irish Government and its predecessors have succumbed to the diktats of the banksters, the invisible power behind The State. Government officials have aided these unconscionable criminals to amass great prominence and standing and use it to accumulate huge wealth and power for themselves.

As Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset frankly declared in The Revolt of the Masses” (1930),  “The State’s rapid depletion and seizure of social power is the greatest danger that today threatens civilization.” That was 86 years ago, but it is even more chillingly true today.

A SUMMARY of what we have postulated so far…

  • ‘The State’ is not the Government;
  • ‘The State’ is not the People
  • ‘The State’ is in fact a tiny group of wealthy opportunists, a Power Elite, who pull the strings of government and exploit the People
  • This Power Elite is comprised of imperious banksters & corporatists who control all finance and trade among the nations of the world
  • Like almost all other global states, the Irish State falls under the sway of the Power Elite whose currency is fraud and deception
  • The Irish State is a de facto criminal enterprise
  • Successive Irish governments willingly serve as the bully-boys of the oppressive State
  • The clandestine task of government is to transfer the inherent powers of society  into the grasping hands of the State
  • The Irish Government manipulates the legislature, the judiciary, and the police to threaten and coerce the people
  • The Irish Government, in collusion with the judiciary and the mass media, strives to hold the people in ignorance, poverty, and servitude
  • Democracy in Ireland is a pretense whereby ALL political parties are controlled & regulated by mercenary party mandarins
  • Irish Mass Media has been subverted to become a propaganda tool of the State
  • The merger of State and corporate has led to rule by tyrants
  • ‘The State’, through its cudgel of government, is the greatest danger to the liberty & prosperity of the people

These realities are so important, so outrageously evident, that they need repeating:


Today, the Irish Nation is in the throes of serious difficulty and distress. The Government, like the ‘Judas goat’ in an abattoir , has led the people to deliberate economic slaughter. The lot of the people has scarcely been worse since the so-called Famine of the 1840s. This government, and its predecessors, has failed abysmally in its job. It has broken faith with the people and has acted in a ruthless, unconscionable manner.

Many of the activist groups which have emerged from the great social collapse talk of change and reform. They talk of reform in government, reform in banking, reform of the judiciary, reform in politics, reform in everything that has contributed to the ruination of the Irish Nation.

But, if truth be told, the entire system is unreformable. It is completely unfit for purpose.

exam061113pensionersprotestmostcorruptcountrysign_largeFor years, scientists have pursued a Theory of Everything, a single theory that would explain everything in the universe, how and why everything works and fits together. They haven’t yet succeeded.

With regard to the corrupt institutions of State, some people wonder if there is a Theory of Everything, a single root cause that permits or encourages such widespread injustice and thievery. Is there a single action that we the people can take to end tyrannical government and bring freedom, justice, and prosperity?

Yes. There is. Absolutely!

That will be the theme of the next article, “Our Enemy, The State: 2, How The People Can Smash State Tyranny.”

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Massacre At Wounded Knee

by Gabriel Donohoe

Wounded Knee-sign

Today, the United States is universally condemned for killing and maiming untold numbers of innocent civilians in drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and other countries.

This is not a recent phenomenon. Since its foundation in 1776, the U. S. has systematically slaughtered, persecuted, and impoverished its own indigenous peoples in a genocidal programme of stealing native lands and natural resources. It has been estimated that the death toll of American Indians from the arrival of Columbus in 1492 to the time of Wounded Knee was around 100 million souls. In 1890, only 250,000 remained.

Therefore, it is fitting that on this day, December 29th, 2015, we remember the brutal slaughter of some 300 Lakota Sioux Indians – mostly women and children – by the U.S. Seventh Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek on their own reservation in South Dakota exactly 125 years ago.

The ill-fated Indian band, led by Big Foot (also known as Spotted Elk), was fleeing its winter encampment, alarmed at increased military activity on Sioux reservation lands after the assassination by Indian police of Lakota spiritual leader and holy man, Sitting Bull, barely two weeks before.

Wounded Knee - Big FootFrozen Body of Big Foot

The army entered the reservation in force to stamp out ‘Ghost Dancing’, a religious ceremony indulged in by the vanquished Sioux by which they vainly hoped to bring back the ‘good old days’ of a happy nomadic life, an abundance of buffalo, and the departure of the malevolent white man.

Ranchers and settlers in Nebraska and the Dakotas became alarmed at the Ghost Dance ‘craze’ and feared an Indian uprising. They called out to the Government for protection. Whether spurred on by white hysteria or by a desire to steal even more reservation land, the government promptly sent in the army.

Unfortunately, the military force selected for the job was the reconstituted Seventh Cavalry, a regiment all but obliterated by the Sioux and Cheyenne 14 years previously, in June, 1876, on the banks of the Little Bighorn River, Montana Territory. Custer’s old outfit, now under the command of Col. J.W. Forsyth, had a score to settle with the Sioux.

custers-last-standLittle Bighorn, June, 1876

On the morning of December 29th, 1890, Forsyth began to confiscate the hunting weapons of Big Foot’s band of some 350 men, women, and children who had been take prisoner the day before. According to the army, a deaf Lakota warrior, who didn’t understand what was going on, refused to hand up his valuable rifle and a struggle ensued during which a shot was fired.

The Seventh Cavalry immediately opened fire on the mostly unarmed mass of Lakota prisoners with .45-70 caliber Springfield carbines and four 42mm Hotchkiss mountain cannon. Men, women, and children were cut to pieces in the murderous enfilade, including many soldiers caught in their own crossfire.

Wounded Knee - Soldiers with Hotchkiss GunsSoldiers With Hotchkiss Guns

The surviving Lakotas fled in the freezing snow but were pursued for three miles or more and ruthlessly butchered. Among the dead was the band leader, Big Foot, who was ill with pneumonia at the time and whose corpse was later found frozen in a half-reclining position. One soldier told how it took him several shots to kill a toddler who was running around the body of its dead parents. Another told of seeing a baby trying to suckle the breast of its dead mother, lying in her own blood in the snow.

For their “bravery”, twenty Medals of Honor were awarded to the soldiers. For years now, Indian activists have been trying to have these medals rescinded. To date, they have not been successful.

Wounded Knee - Indian Corpses Collected for BurialCollecting The Lakota Dead

Wounded Knee - Indian Bodies at Wounded KneeScattered Bodies at Wounded Knee

The Indian bodies were left to lie in a blizzard for 4 days or so. When an army burial party arrived back at the slaughter site they found a 7 month old girl, frost-bitten but alive, under the frozen corpse of her mother who had tried to shield her from army bullets. The child was named little Lost Bird and was adopted by a Nebraska National Guard general, without permission or approval from the Lakota people. She lived to be 29 years old and her story of abuse and racism at the hands of her “rescuers” is a poignant one.

(See a video of Lost Bird’s story here)

Wounded Knee - Mass GraveMass Grave

When a wagon load of wounded arrived at Pine Ridge 4 or 5 days later a white congregation emerged from a church to shout abuse at them. The church was still decorated with Christmas slogans of “Peace On Earth” and “Goodwill To All”. The good ‘Christian’ reverend shook his fist at the desperately injured and frost-bitten women and children and yelled, “Bandits!”

The former Indian Agent at Pine Ridge, Irishman V.T. McGillycuddy, was disgusted at the unwarranted slaughter.  He wrote:

“…[U]p to date there has been neither a Sioux outbreak or war. No citizen in Nebraska or Dakota has been killed, molested or can show the scratch of a pin, and no property has been destroyed off the reservation.”

The dream of a noble and beautiful people died at Wounded Knee.

Let us remember the great injustice that happened there…

Wounded Knee - Gen Colby with Lost BirdGeneral Colby with Little Lost Bird

Wounded Knee - Lost BirdLost Bird (Zintkala Nuni)

Wounded Knee - Lost Bird Reburial 1991Lost Bird’s Reburial in 1991


The author’s granddaughter, Lauren, then aged 5, placing her “Ireland” cap on Lost Bird’s grave as a mark of respect


An Irishman is last army survivor of the atrocity at Wounded Knee

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Ben Gilroy….Love him or Loath him….he is filling a void that undoubtably exists

Ben Gilroy is a stalwart Irishman indeed… But the author of this piece, Austin Byrne, is also a true Irishman who has helped many people too. His modesty won’t allow him to say that.

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“Dear Plonker” (Book Review – Humour)

by Gabriel Donohoe

dear plonker

If you are not one to laugh out loud when you are reading, here’s a book guaranteed to provoke a belly laugh.

But be careful where you settle down to read it. Loud guffawing may bring you unwelcome stares on the bus or train, or it may get you thrown out of your local municipal library. And most of all, don’t read it in the courtroom as you await your case to be called – especially not in Judge Leonie Reynolds’s court in Trim, not if black and blue is a skin tone you’d prefer to avoid.

“Dear Plonker” is written by King Aidan, or Aidan Killian as he undoubtedly appears in the secret files of the clandestine State agencies charged with keeping us safe from truthtellers, water protesters, ISIS, and satirical comedians with an attitude.

As an avid reader since my pre-teens, this is the first book I’ve read in a long, long time to cause me to laugh out loud. Not since “Puckoon” (Spike Milligan), “Catch-22” (Joseph Heller), or “Tortilla Flat” (John Steinbeck) have I come close to falling out of bed in convulsions of laughter.

Yet, it’s difficult to know what genre this book should be filed under. ‘Humour’ it most certainly is. But it could equally be found on the ‘Self-Improvement/Personal Development’ shelf or on the front rows of ‘Secrets The Banks and Corporations Don’t Want You To Know’.

“Dear Plonker” is a collection of letters and emails to and from banks, solicitors, Eflow, phone companies, and other debt collectors. It is deliciously funny, witty, informative, and sardonic. It strips bare the humourless facade of officialdom and exposes ‘Big Corpo’ for the greedy, heartless, blackguard that it is.

King Aidan directs informed questions to the formidable institutions of bureaucracy, cloaked with disarming humour and sarcasm. But these scoundrels are unable to answer him, because to do so truthfully would destroy them. They can only resort to bluster and bullying, and that only serves to demolish their own credibility.

Thus, Aidan reveals that what seemed to be a terrifying fire-breathing dragon is nothing more than a whimpering pup. “Dear Plonker” shows you how to lose your fear of the ‘beast’ and how to stand up in your own power. Bullies, when confronted, show their true nature and turn tail. You will learn how to beat this dragon and pull his teeth.

And the wealth of information in this book is invaluable. Just to find out how to deal with banks, debt collectors and other corporate bullies is worth the price alone.

There is also a spiritual aspect to this book. Aidan Killian could have ranted and railed against the evils and injustices of the banks, the debt collectors, and their ilk and he would have been justified in attacking them and heaping scorn and vitriol upon them.

But no. Aidan charitably treats their frontmen as human beings. He is aware that we ALL are spiritual beings currently trying to cope with a human existence. We are ALL walking a winding road hoping to get to an agreeable destination. And it’s not easy for most of us.

Aidan’s awareness only comes with spiritual enlightenment. I suspect that Aidan Killian, the soul-being, has been here many, many times before. Perhaps he is back again for one final hurrah! and to give us a laugh or two on our own arduous journey. In his book, Aidan reminds us that maybe we are taking life too seriously.

A quote from Shakespeare comes to mind:

“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts…”

Speaking of the stage, if you get a chance you should also go to see Aidan Killian doing his stand-up comedy routine. He is a powerful social critic and satarist. His social commentary, like all home truths, is most effective and scathing when dressed in humour. Aidan is destined to join the ranks of the greats, like Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, and a few others. His show is highly recommended.

Book launch is in The Hampton Hotel, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, on Friday night, 4th September, 2015, at 7pm.

More details from www.DearPlonker.com

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The Lusitania: Another Bankster Outrage?

by Gabriel Donohoe

(Re-posted from a blog one year ago)

lusitania on fire

On this day 100 years ago, May 7th, 1915, a German U-boat sunk the RMS Lusitania off the southern Irish coast with the loss of 1,195 lives, including 128 Americans. 94 children perished, 31 of them mere babes-in-arms. This incident became the major catalyst for drawing a reluctant America into the European slaughter pens of World War 1.

But was the sinking of the Lusitania one of those unfortunate acts that occur randomly during war or was there a more sinister and deliberate hand at work?

In a disputed incident like this, one often gets to the truth of the matter by asking the question, “Cui bono?” “Who benefits?” After a detailed examination of the facts, one can only come to the conclusion that it was the banksters who benefitted, and grossly at that.

The RMS Lusitania was one of the world’s biggest ships and the pride of the Cunard Line at the time of her demise. “RMS” stands for “Royal Mail Steamer” which meant that the Lusitania was certified to carry the mail, earning her owners an annual fee of some £68,000.

At the time of her final voyage, leaving New York for Liverpool on May 1st, 1915, Europe was embroiled in war. Germany had declared the seas around the United Kingdom to be a war-zone and German U-boats were wreaking havoc on enemy shipping.  300,000 tons of Allied shipping were sunk every week and one out of every four steamers leaving Britain never returned. Britain was virtually cut off from her allies and her waters were fraught with danger.

lusitania - U-boatU-boat

In contravention of the rules of war at the time (the Hague Conventions and the Cruiser Rules) the RMS Lusitania was carrying a considerable amount of ammunition, explosives, and other war matériel for the armies of England and France. As G. Edward Griffin wrote in The Creature From Jekyll Island, “…she [The Lusitania] was virtually a floating ammunition depot.” This meant that she wouldn’t have the status of a non-military ship and could be fired upon without warning. It was widely known that the Lusitania was entered into the Admiralty fleet register as an armed auxiliary cruiser and was so listed in Jane’s Fighting Ships and in The Navy Annual.

The Germans knew that The Lusitania was carrying military supplies bound for Germany’s enemies on the Western Front. The German embassy in Washington even took the precaution of placing an advertisement in 50 U.S. newspapers warning civilians not to sail on the Lusitania. Due to the intervention of the State Department most of the notices were not published. However, the Des Moines Register carried the following advert which was placed beside an ad for the Lusitania…

lusitania notice


“TRAVELLERS intending to embark on the Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists between Germany and her allies and Great Britain and her allies; that the zone of war includes the waters adjacent to the British Isles; that, in accordance with formal notice given by the Imperial German Government, vessels flying the flag of Great Britain, or any of her allies, are liable to destruction in those waters and that travellers sailing in the war zone on the ships of Great Britain or her allies do so at their own risk.


“Washington, D.C., April 22, 1915.”

lusitania - jp morganJ. P. Morgan

In the early stages of the War, England and France had borrowed heavily from American investors and had selected J P Morgan & Co, front man and partner of the Rothschilds, to act as sales agent for their bonds. Morgan bankers were also selected as purchase agents to buy war materials when the bond money was returned to the States. J.P. Morgan & Co was in the happy position of receiving lucrative commissions in both directions, which, in the case of England and France amounted to some $30 million. That’s not counting commissions on hundreds of millions of dollars of business done with Russia, Italy, and Canada.

Furthermore, through holding companies, the House of Morgan directly owned many of the manufacturing firms receiving production contracts for military goods from England and France. (Undoubtedly these firms were the foundation of the ‘military-industrial complex’ later referred to by President Eisenhower.) Soon, J P Morgan became the largest consumer on earth, spending up to $10 million per day. Morgan was in the privileged position of being buyer, seller, and producer and amassing profits from all sides.

However, when the War began to go badly for England and France, Morgan & Co found it impossible to get new buyers for the Allied war bonds. There was a real fear in Whitehall at the time that England was about to lose the war. If the Allies were to default, Morgan’s large commissions would come to an end and its investors would suffer gigantic losses (some $1.5 billion). On top of that, Morgan’s war production companies would go out of business. Something needed to be done urgently.

As the RMS Lusitania departed Pier 54 in New York on May 1st, 1915, Morgan surmised that if the cruiser were to be sunk by a German submarine, the resulting furore would certainly bring America into the War on the side of the Allies. Not only would Allied bonds be in great demand but Morgan’s war production companies would have to go into overdrive to outfit over four million American soldiers who would be mobilized for the European War.

(The author’s grandfather, an immigrant from Co. Cavan, became a doughboy in 1917 when he was inducted into the 364th U.S. Infantry, served in France, and was wounded in action.)

lusitania map

Six days later, on the afternoon of Friday, May 7th, 1915, the Lusitania approached within 12 miles of the southern Irish coast. Winston Churchill, the Lord of the Admiralty, knew that German U-boats were operating in the area after three ships had been sunk in the previous 2 days. Not only did Churchill not come to the assistance of the Lusitania but he ordered her planned escort, the destroyer Juno, to return to Queenstown harbour. Earlier, the Lusitania had been ordered to reduce speed by shutting down one of her four boilers (ostensibly to save coal). She was a sitting duck and the entire Admiralty knew it.

Lusitania -Winston_ChurchillWinston Churchill

At least one of Churchill’s officers, Commander Joseph Kenworthy, was disgusted at the cynicism of his superior. In his 1927 book, The Freedom of the Seas, he would write: “The Lusitania was sent at considerably reduced speed into an area where a U-boat was known to be waiting and with her escorts withdrawn.”

At 2.10 in the afternoon of that fateful Friday, Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger of U-boat U-20 spotted the Lusitania and gave the order to fire one torpedo. The torpedo struck the Lusitania on the starboard bow, just beneath the wheelhouse. A few moments later, much to everyone’s surprise including the watching Germans, a second huge explosion took place within the hull and the ship began to founder rapidly. 18 minutes later, the Lusitania disappeared beneath the waves.

Irish rescuers sailed out from Cork, over 11 miles away, and plucked some 764 survivors from the cold waters.

Many researchers today believe that the second explosion was caused by some of the 600 tons of pyroxyline explosive, 6 million rounds of .303 bullets, 1248 cases on shrapnel shells, plus an unknown quantity of munitions that filled the holds on the lower deck.

Ever since, the British Government have endeavoured to keep the Lusitania’s cargo a secret. As late as the 1950s the Royal Navy used the wreck of the Lusitania for target practice by dropping depth charges in order to destroy any evidence that the ship breached Cruiser Rules of war or the Hague Conventions.

lusitania_graveLusitania Dead, Co. Cork

After the sinking, the British ordered an official enquiry under the direction of Lord Mersey. The Admiralty manipulated Lord Mersey to find the master of the Lusitania, Captain Turner, at fault for the disaster. Lord Mersey complied with the Admiralty’s wishes but, in a crisis of conscience, refused payment for his services and requested that henceforth he be “excused from administering His Majesty’s Justice.” Mersey’s only comment in later years was: “The Lusitania case was a damn dirty business.”

The sinking of the Lusitania was a major catalyst for America’s later entry into the World War, 23 months later. Total deaths from the War are estimated between 9 and 15 million souls; American casualties of dead and wounded were in excess of 300,000.

But the House of Morgan, House of Rothschild, and other banksters were thoroughly pleased at America’s entry into the War. It meant that they continued to benefit hugely from the wholesale slaughter and misery of millions of programmed human beings.

When one thinks of Pearl Harbour, Gulf of Tonkin, 9/11, and other false flags it seems that some things never change. The lessons of history are quickly forgotten. The gullible public has always been willing to swallow government propaganda, hook, line, and sinker.

But thanks to the Internet and social media, that is all now beginning to change…




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(A Sonnet In Commemoration of Bobby Sands, M.P., who died while on hunger-strike on this day, May 5th, 1981.)


Gabriel Donohoe


He sinks, brain addled, into his waterbed
Not moving, lest the brittle bones should crack.
Before the dawn his fading pulse shall ebb;
The eyes are sightless now, the tongue is black.
How can one embrace ideals so cherished
To permit one’s living flesh to melt away?
What chimera drives a man to perish
When England’s heartless will remains unsway’d?
Is he not a gunman whose blooded hand
Deserves him naught but death and biting scorn?
What right has such to take a martyred stand?
‘Midst nature’s sublime blossoms he’s but a thorn.
But the uncommitted fail to comprehend
How deeply august thoughts inspire some men.

Copyright © 1981, 2015 Gabriel Donohoe

(Originally written in May, 1981, when the author lived in Fermanagh/South Tyrone, a constituency represented in the U.K. Parliament by hunger-striker Bobby Sands, M.P.)

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Andrew Jackson: The Man Who Killed The Bank

by Gabriel Donohoe


200 years ago today, January 8th, 1815, the 17 day battle for the strategic port city of New Orleans ended in a decisive victory for the American forces under the command of General Andrew Jackson.

It is difficult to recall a more ignominious defeat for the British. The swamplands around Chalmette were strewn with 2,000 dead and wounded redcoats, including their youthful commander, Major General Sir Edward Packenham. Jackson’s casualties were a meagre score or so dead and wounded.

Thus ended the War of 1812.

This war, like almost all wars, was a bankers’ war. It is believed that Nathan Rothschild threatened President Madison in 1811 with a “most disastrous war” if Congress did not renew the charter of the privately controlled central bank, the First Bank of the United States. Knowing that the central bank had almost ruined the U.S. economy while vastly enriching the bankers, Congress refused to renew the charter.

This prompted Rothschild to declare, “Teach those impudent Americans a lesson! Bring them back to colonial status!”

Rothschild money and influence worked to provoke a war with the Americans. However, the British Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, opposed a war in North America; he was assassinated in May, 1812, the only British Prime Minister to be murdered while in office. Under Perceval’s successor, Robert Banks Jenkinson (with an ironic middle name), the Americans were goaded into declaring war on Great Britain in June, 1812.

Despite the American victory, the War of 1812 achieved Rothschild’s objective. The fledgling republic was deeply in debt and monetary chaos reigned across the land. Madison and Congress had to back-pedal and in 1816 felt compelled to offer a new 20 year charter to another private central bank, The Second Bank of the United States.

The bankers took up from where they had left off in 1811 and continued to loot the American people. Then, in 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president. ‘Old Hickory’, as Jackson was affectionately known by his former troops, easily won the popular vote and the electoral vote. Having routed the British Army at New Orleans, ‘Old Hickory’ decided he would do the same to the British controlled central bank.

andrew jackson

Andrew Jackson was born in the Carolinas in 1767 shortly after his family migrated to North America from Co. Antrim in Ireland. The Jacksons were Ulster Presbyterians, a religion that was discriminated against and persecuted by the British almost as much as Catholics.

As a young teenager, Andrew was active on the American side in the Revolutionary War. When the 14 year old Jackson was captured by British Dragoons in South Carolina, a British officer demanded that he clean the officer’s boots. Jackson told the officer where he could stick his boots and received a nasty sabre gash across the arm and forehead for his insolence. Jackson bore these scars to his dying day but made the British suffer terribly at New Orleans for their gratuitous violence.

As Jackson’s first term in office ended (1828-32), the president of the Second Bank of the United States, Nicholas Biddle, decided to apply early for renewal of the bank’s charter which would expire in 1836. He felt Jackson would be vulnerable in the re-election campaign and would eschew anything controversial.

Biddle got it dead wrong. Rather than avoid controversy, Jackson based his entire re-election campaign on destroying the central bank. His election slogan was “Jackson And No Bank”.

Jackson once berated a delegation of bankers with these words:

“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States…You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, I will rout you out!”

Just before the re-election campaign began in earnest, Congress passed a bill into law to allow the Second Bank of the United States to renew its charter for a further 20 years. But Jackson vetoed the bill. He outlined his reasons in a message to the American people, a populace long sceptical of central banks and bankers.

As the presidential campaign progressed, Biddle and his bank heavily funded Jackson’s opponent, Henry Clay, a highly respected Kentucky senator and former Speaker of the House of Representatives. But ‘Old Hickory’ won the election by a landslide.

Although the bank had 4 more years of its charter to run, Jackson set about hammering nails into its coffin. He ordered Secretary of the Treasury McLane to pull all government funds out of the central bank and deposit them in state-chartered banks. Secretary McLane refused and Jackson fired him. He appointed William Duane as Treasury Secretary and ordered him to remove deposits from Biddle’s central bank. When Duane dragged his heels, Jackson fired him too. The third appointed Secretary, Roger B. Taney, complied and the bank was in serious difficulty.

Biddle attempted to turn Congress and the people against Jackson by causing a recession in 1834. The bank demanded that all existing loans be repaid immediately; it deliberately refused to make new loans. A nation-wide recession ensued.

Jackson, under pressure, declared, “The bank is trying to kill me – but I will kill it!”


Actually, the bank came close to literally killing Jackson when a would-be assassin, Richard Lawrence, believed to be in the pay of the Rothschilds, attempted to murder Jackson in January, 1835, but both his pistols misfired. ‘Old Hickory’ began to thrash Lawrence with his cane and had to be physically restrained from beating his attacker to death.

With blame for the recession travelling backwards and forwards, Biddle’s huge ego became his own undoing. He was heard to boast in public that it was he who had caused the recession. The people and Congress turned against him. The bank’s charter was not renewed. In fact, it would take 77 years before another central bank would appear on the scene – the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913.

When asked what was the greatest achievement of his career, Jackson replied, “I killed the bank!”

Political leaders of the world, take note.

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