Per aspera ad
Literature, Prose and Poetry
Reason and Wisdom
By Franz J. T.
Part I: Juvenile
Part II: The Age
of Reason: Love At Every Sight !
Scientific Earthquakes and Philosophic Tornados
retrospective inspection performs marvels; very tenderly it rubs
refreshening tiger balsam onto the strained heart muscles. Soothlich,
as Spenser would say, the innocent bird of youth au jour le jour
inaccessible Himalayan peaks.
Alas! As time
passes by-and-by, the fiery Owl of Minerva is forced to inure herself
to more gray earthly climates, carefully to soar over authoritarian
bypasses and patriarchal bygones. But, the eveready slogan of progress
inspires, its clamor aspires: per aspera ad astra! The ideological
seeds are strewn to the four winds, even the wind itself is already
sown. What will be reaped?
Father God &
For the time
being, the earthly and heavenly harvest is determined by God,
by Father, by
Father God, by the Godfather, by the Padrino, by Our Father. Childlike
incipience believes, just believes in about everything which anybody or
anything great spits around as common sense, or vomits out as the
"gospel truth". Everywhere, at school, before breakfast, before passing
away to Alice
in Wonderland, the
password is Jesus, Christ, Jesus Christ. The same is valid
cursing and cursoring. Youth, still filled with Promethean élan,
which still wants to thieve the Fire of the Gods, impetuously storms
headlong into Christianity, is more Roman than the Roman Catholics,
han the Catholic
The Dark Ages :
Total Eclipse of the Forties & Fifties !
Yeah! Read the
Catechism, the Holy Bible; study the Saints, the Holy
Scriptures ! The
proof lies in the eating of the religious pudding, drinking the holy
blood of Jesus, in the eating of his sacred flesh, of his divine body.
Only then, the Child of Jesus can pray : Hic Rhodus, hic salta, here is
call it a spade,
here is wine, call it wine. Surely, as time flows on, Phoenix realizes
the veritas in vino.
But also this cup
shall bypass innocent Youth, also this Socratic hemlock will vanish
into smoggy polluted air. Also, the Great Father, who makes History,
eventually appears before the rational Court of Final Judgment. The
Judge pronounces his verdict as Reason-In-Itself, as Rational
After the "sigh of
the oppressed creature", after the "heart of a heartless world",
logically, follows the demolition of a world which needs illusions to
survive, which progressively produces genuflecting Zombies, guided by
Crosses and Swastikas, which fabricates global giga-profits from the
"sweat of the brow".
The Calm Before
sows the wind, will reap the storm, but the pathfinder of every heavy
storm is a cool refreshening breeze. Leon Trotsky, the author of
Permanent Revolution, of World Revolution, shortly before his
wrote: "Life is beautiful, enjoy it to the fullest !"
The "Stations of
the Celestial Breeze" !
Farm Labor, Karoo
Desert, Skyline of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island,
Sharpeville Massacre, Love At First Sight, Correspondence Studies,
Factory Work, Slums, Christopher Caudwell, Studies in a Dying Culture,
Plechanov, The Role of the Individual in Society, Marx & Engels,
Communist Manifesto, Che Guevara, Guerrilla Warfare, Mao-Tse-Tung,
Guerrilla Warfare, Yu Chi Chan Club, National Liberation Front of South
Africa, Repression, Suppression, Oppression, Apartheid, Scholarship,
Spitting into the
Neckar : The Roaring Sixties !
Many dream about
becoming Cowboy film stars, then Governors, and then Presidents of the
United States of America; other Presidents want
themselves into a "Berliner", much later, in the very same great
tradition, another one wants to wage a "Desert Storm", wants to
Caracas, and wants to win the "Nobel Peace Prize" as international
Many dream about
seeing Paris, and then to die peacefully, others long to
lose their hearts
on the Neckar, in Heidelberg, others wish to stand on the Neckar Bridge
in Tübingen, and to spit into the flowing water below, and
then, at last, to
live turbulently ever thereafter! Now, in the Glorious Sixties is the
time when Great Men, Great Revolutionaries, make Revolution, make
History. Spartacus, Lenin, Trotsky, Jose Martí, Lumumba,
Ho-Chi-Minh, Fidel Castro, Ernest Mandel, ...
The masses must be
mobilized, conscientized, organized : Anti-Apartheid,
Anti-Authoritarianism, Long Live Anti-eism ! Writing revolutionary
articles, holding mammoth lectures across Europe and North America,
Addressing the United Nations, collecting funds for the South African
leader Mussolini becomes the fascist "Il Duce"; Cuba cannot remain a
Robinson Crusoe Island, Che is fed-up with Kabila in the Congo, the
peasants of Bolivia are not so revolutionary after all, the Soviet
Union and the GDR are not so socialist after all, the ANC of South
Africa are not so anti-capitalist as they claim to be, the Black
Panther movement is not so ferocious as it seems; the Red Army Faction
in Germany does not seem to accomplish the Armed Struggle in Europe;
Black September does not change the obscurity of the Arabian Future in
the Middle East; ... What went wrong? Are Great Men not making History
anymore? What is wrong with the great people, with the great races,
with the masses? Is it a matter of being wrong or right at all?
The Age of
Enlightenment: The Soaring Seventies !
accomplished; University Studies absolved; Love at Second Sight;
lecturer at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt, publishing "Südafrika
vor der Revolution
?", "Technische Intelligenz und Klassenkampf" in S.
Friend for life. What Now ? Quo Vadis ? One Step Forward, Two Steps
calls. "The Future lies in the Proles !" (Winston). Big Brother warns:
"You are the last human being. Your kind is extinct!" The Holy Bible
chants: "Who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Phoenix, however, is as
as a bat; he
claims that bats need neither eyes to see nor ears to hear!
Frantz Fanon, the
Wretched of the Earth, invite to learn the next lesson of life.
Régis Debray ushers in the "Revolution in the Revolution". What
he meant by this, will only become clear when he is "bourgeoisified"
later in the French Government. The same applies for Daniel
Cohn-Bendit, the ardent student leader who stormed Paris in the
sixties, and who later democratically co-operated, together with The
Greens, in the Frankfurt City local government.
Experience has its
Price, its Prize !
Paradise Found. Love at Third Sight ! Blue Bird, "Three Times
Co-operative Socialism, Guyana, Burnham. A Friend in Need, in
Tropical Heat, Racial Dust, Assassinations, Strikes, again Repression,
Oppression, Suppression, .... Depression !
A Daughter Found!
A Daughter For Life! Like Mother, like Daughter!
Races nor Small Races make Revolution, make History, emancipate
themselves! Why? What did Plechanov say about the Role of the
Individual in Society? No Answer !
Discrimination, "You are too White to be a Black!", University
of Port Harcourt,
Professor of Political Science, .....
The Age of
Intellect : The Sobering Eighties !
Say it in Spanish!
In Castellano! When in Mérida, try to do it as the Meridians
do it! But, not
all roads lead to the Meridian capital, to the Andean consciousness.
Junior, A Son, like Father, like Son, like Mother! Again :
Anti-Apartheid, Long live Bolivar! Long Live Che! Long Live Mandela!
However, this Ole!, this Viva!, this Patria o Muerte!, have other
roots, other connotations. Inter alia, they are deeply rooted in Roman
Catholicism a la latinoamericana.
All over the
medieval superstructure of the Madre Patria Espana still is taking its
toll, still is infecting every walk of life, still lures to the
bull-ring, still allures to the Vatican. Nobody can escape this fatal
mental plague, least of all the "camaradas" or the "revolucionarios" ;
the virus of the "theology of religion" invades all pores of
Marx and Che and
the Pope meet each other here in Latin America; they give each other a
warm comradely embrace, and all of them, in complete gentleman
agreement and fraternal co-operation, eagerly participate in the world
crusade of converting and conscientizing the poor, the masses, the
workers, the proletariat, all human beings. Also, like Jesus Christ,
like Marx and
Engels, the mature Phoenix sets about to accomplish his
historic task of
mobilization, of conscientization. E contrario, when the revolutionary
students and exploited masses were finished with him, he
nearly gained a
soul, and was heading straight for heavenly bliss. Finally,
"comrades", many were already beyond any salvation, saved him and
brought him to reason, to Reason.
AGE OF REASON : LOVE AT EVERY SIGHT!
Sapientia and The
To become wise is
to get cool, is to slowdown, to be cautious, very
lovely, most lovingly, extremely dangerous. Why are
clever, cui bono? Why are others so wise , que sais-je?
To be clever and
to radiate wisdom are two different qualities, not
sides of the same relation, of the same thing. Vanity,
eloquence have nothing to do with Wisdom; confidence,
oneself, brilliance, genius, originality, totality and militancy
nurture sapientia. Certainly, the nitwit or blockhead, the
Dumpfkopf, is counterpoised to both the dexterous fox and
the learned owl,
but its real opposite is the payaso, the clown or tomfool.
latter, as the result of ideological info-war, the whole globe is
already invaded by millions of these preposterous extraterrestrial
The tomfool gaffs
like a threshing machine, spitting out ideological
straw and strewing
social smog in all directions; the clown is more excited,
is restless and
blind; his artistic delicacy is the tragicomical idee fixe, the
The Owl of Minerva
is mysterious, invisible ; in all obscure and vague
matters she is in
her element ; she is quiet, preponderant, mature,
caring and careful, solid and stolid. Christ is dear to her,
Marx is dear to
her, but the flowing Truth is dearer still : in the Aristotelian
hoots : amicus Plato, amicus Socrates, sed magis amica
The Bitter Lesson
Awe stricken all
of us wander on this thorny road, along these dangerous
rocky cliffs; some
of us get our horns entangled in the arid social shrubs,
and we reach the
point of no return, of never ever being able to liberate
with supernatural endurance outlive the devastating
hurricanes and typhoons of our times; those that fall by the wayside
themselves or they genuflect, make the sign of the cross,
then leave the rest of the matter to the divine che sará,
others are dragged
along by the jolly carnival of politics and exotic sexism,
by the currents of
virtual reality and the circus of global progress and
although completely encircled by hungry wolves and bloodthirsty
werewolves, very few people succeed to build their humble shacks on firm
earthly soil; only
an infinitesimal minority of us can still find a little while
to reflect, to
think and to reason about, for and by themselves, to become
The Bitter Lesson
: Not the Information Highway, Only simple Acting
a n d
Thinking, About Yourself, By Yourself and For Yourself, Here
a n d Now,
pave the narrow serpentine track towards Wisdom, towards Emancipation.
What did the
formal logical "Nineties" reveal ?
Generally, a Man
is decorated with a Prize, with a Nobel Prize, with
Service Cross, with an Honorary Doctorate, because
either he is a
"hero", or in his field of work, he has done something par
excellence , or he
has "discovered" something brand new, for the
progress and social welfare of Mankind. Thanks to these
Great Men we enjoy
myriad of luxuries of life, health and sanity! Also
may they be
eternally blessed for their good work and invaluable
continental discoveries, military conquests, global
statesmanship, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Holocaust and
What did a life, a
death, a life a n d death of some six "decades",
on some three
continents "discover" ? What is new, what is up ?
Any News ?
Surely, it did not
perform miracles, it did not produce world wonders,
nothing to be
proud of, nothing worth any price, any prize. It did not
Everest, it did not jump around on the Moon, it did not even
jump over the
Moon. It did not write, compile or compose the
Britannica. It is not a walking "Brockhaus" or "Big
It did not fight in Vietnam or Iraq, however, it surely did
Au contraire, it
is a miracle that as a Relation, as a Bezug, it survived at all, and
did not land on
Robben Island or was thrown down a barranco.
It is a great
wonder that it still has brains to think and a spinal column to
go in upward gait,
it is simply wonderful to be able to act a n d to think
This is surely
priceless, one of the few things which money could not buy, cannot buy.
In splendid flummox nights it does surmount its own Mesa in the Loma de
Los Indios. This perilous adventure does not enter the Book of Guinness
but rather appears on a revolutionary Home page.
Where have all the
Flowers Gone ?
In a world of
massive ecocide, where the deforested Andes look like a
huge Mars crater,
where the evergreen Pedregosa of Mérida is progressively
into a stony, lifeless, treeless cement desert, where, as a
the steaming heat melts the zinc and asbestos roofs, where
the tiles become
white hot, and where, through the open windows, the
wind howls like a
starving wolf, where, on earth, will somebody sincerely
because in a desert region he has planted more than a
within two years ? And, in a world, where water supply is a luxury,
where potable water is a very rare gift of the water lords, who will
notice the lovely and loving care devoted to these natural beings so
they may survive,
may grow, may flourish ? Who cares about Nature ?
Who has nightmares
about global ecocide ? Who feels hurt when he chops
off the head of a
chicken or reduces an age old tree to lumber ? Except,
Woody Allen, who
has noticed that this whole globe is simply a huge
In a world, where
Money makes the Earth go round, where can one buy
the time and the
leisure to achieve the nearly impossible ? As stated before,
social relation cannot be found on the labor market ; it has no
exchange value, no
price, no prize! The above is ever new, is sempiternal news.
It exists as
acting a n d thinking, it transcends as Love At Every
Science a n
The layman, the
debutante, may ask : What has the above to do with
scientific research" and "profound philosophic reasoning "?
Like a bolt from
an azure sky, the reply comes : It has very little to do
with them! In
fact, it is not even their opposite, it has a non-relation to
that which in the
Patria, in Western, Christian Civilization, classically and
being defined as "Natural Science" and Philosophy.
Science a n d Philosophy have a relation to the above ?
If so, why ? And,
when it does not have a relation to the above, is this forbidden?
Is it a capital
crime ? Who prohibits this? And what is the penalty? Who forbids Formal
Logic, Dialectics, Racism, Nazism, Neo-Liberalism, World Wars,
Globalization? Are there only official methods of scientific research
and philosophic reasoning? Do no others exist ? Certainly, the above
questions are scientific novelties, philosophic innovations !
Earthquakes and Philosophic Tornados
Levels a n d Degrees of Consciousness a
, of Intellect a n d Reason
depending on our different patrian processes of (de-)naturalization
a n d
(dis-)socialization, but also on our different space a n d
hic et nunc our levels a n d degrees of Consciousness
a n d
Self Consciousness are distinct; i.e., they are not identical; we are
not a n
d we do not exist as a solid, consolidated "mass", as a mass of
people, as the
However, this is
not a reason to identify oneself as an individual vis-á-vis
society, and miraculously to hail oneself as a very special
"human being", in relation to the billions of "Wretched of the Earth".
Consciousness, Self Consciousness and Identity are made of much
cognize a n d to recognize the world in which we live cannot
be achieved on an
officially specified level of "education" or "alphabetization",
or at a definite "mature" age, or in a "favorable" social
above depends on
the human capacity and sanity of still being able to act
a n d to
think by a n d for oneself, in spite of all the imposed
ideological, indoctrinatory and manipulatory measures, whether
"rightist" or "leftist", "fascist" or "communist". Talking about
"freedom of speech", still to be able
to act, to think,
to intellectualize and to reason, still to be able to be a n d to
exist as an historic being, forms the sine qua non for scientific
a n d
The Damocles Sword
intellectual and rational qualification to understand and
to criticize is
very demanding and challenging, because, at first, "at heart and by
mind", we must study their epistemology, logic and method; only
thereafter comes the caustic Critique of Reason.
We are not
existentialists, not nihilists, no pipe dreamers and no "Heavenly Gate"
sect; bravely we are storming the "democratic" Bastille, the
"Reign of Terror",
the eternal Havens of Capital and the Heavens of
Capitalism; not to
annihilate them (they themselves will self-destruct themselves, this is
not our historic task!), but to surpass, to transcend, to excel them.
We should not forget that the ideals of the contemporary bourgeoisie,
as expressed by itself, are : Liberty, Equality and Fraternity ;
lately, it added Democracy, Justice, Welfare State, World Peace and
Globalization to this sonorous list of heavenly bliss. Surely, these
objectives are not inscribed in our Historic Tricolor, in our Human
Trinity, Human Beings and Existences and Transcendences!
We need not
liquidate Globalization; just as it was dialectically born, as
Capitalism versus Socialism, inexorably so it will perish; at least,
this the Prussian State philosopher, Hegel, had taught us; and this
bitter lesson of existence is also valid for the Global State, for the
capitalist "Weltgeist"; out of sheer historic necessity it will vanish
into absolute oblivion all by itself, generated by its own
"progressive" and democratic moribund contradictions and relations.
Perhaps the only thing for us to do is to offer it the "Last Sacrament"
and to wish it a happy geometric progression towards "peaceful" self
destruction. Over the last three millennia, no "God", no individual, no
masses, no force on Earth had ever halted the forward march of the
"accumulation of capital", so, let us sing : "The Saints Are
Marching On"! Also : "We Shall Overcome"! We, the official
"miserables", shall revolutionize, shall emancipate ourselves, by
permanently creating ourselves creatively!
At least, even
from patrian "history" we can learn something, although, now
and then, "history
repeats itself". No prayer had halted Slavery, no
peasants and serfs
had broken the backbone of Feudalism, also until now,
gave Capitalism its death-blow. Furthermore, it was not Mandela or the
ANC who had overthrown Apartheid, it was Globalization itself which
necessitated a new form of exploitation, oppression and discrimination
Similarly, it was Globalization which had decided to break
down its own "Wall
of Berlin", to blow up its own "Twin Towers"! Who still has brains to
think, let them reason the rest all by themselves!
Also, we are not
pacifists, not "traitors to the revolution", atheists, socialists,
communists or terrorists; even their (also our) "dictatorship of
the proletariat", "class struggle", "world revolution", "dialectics",
"revolutionary party" and "revolutionary masses" have to bow below the
emancipatory Damocles Sword of Reason. We are simply cosmic a n
d we exist ontically, AND we transcend historically. There is no
more fuzz around us, and we make no fuss about ourselves.
The Nineties :
Earthquakes a n d Tornados
In the hard way,
in the nineties, we learned:
1. That all
is not history that Great Gods, Great Ideas, Great Men and
Great Races do.
among other things, Formal Logic, Dialectics, Scientific Method,
Empiricism and Pragmatism are not the Alpha and Omega of Historic
Existence, of Intellect a n d Reason. Also, that all great
rigor, do not seriously question the Kantian intellectual categories,
Space and Time, in spite of the remarkable "discoveries" made by
Relativity Theory of Einstein or the Quantum Theory of Planck or even
"Uncertainty Principle". Without much ado, as absolute truths,
descriptions of processes, of movement or motion are based on space-time
relations, also their logical arguments and methodological approaches.
Nearly everything is measured in terms of seconds or millimeters,
always "true", no matter whether it concerns an atomic clock or a
of several light years. Ideology, Manipulation and Indoctrination
in this spatial-temporal formal-logical cage.
is high "time" to "discover" the "third" element: Space, Time, ....;
Motion, ... ? Or is Science or Philosophy just a dualistic
adventure? Is everything just "good" or "bad"?
3. That We
have to act a n d think AND excel all by and
here and now; if we don't, then others will have to act, to think
transcend for us; in the latter case, we end up being happy with our
earthly and heavenly lot, with our destiny.
4. That, in
the first place, the brain, i.e., that Intellect a n d
a "vision", formulates a "theory" about totality, about reality; in
other words, only with eye-sight we cannot consciously "see";
furthermore, that what we cannot fathom, comprehend or recognize, we
cannot see; it does not enter in the magnetic spectrum of our
sense perception. The "natives" could not see the European
colonizers and for the reason mentioned above the "whites" were
"invisible" and "invincible". Also, the question remains: How on
we ever be able to conscientize, mobilize and revolutionize the
billions of masses when, especially in the metropolitan
done such a fine job, when "Big Brother" already in "1984" had captured
whole imagination of the absolute majority of workers and laborers.
They just "see" Big Brother, they speak and "think"
Newspeak! Surely, the current
events in Venezuela indicate revolutionary winds of change, of a new
renaissance of class consciousness.
this Invisible a n d Invulnerable AND
Invincible Principle, at last,
We See, We
recognize it as Intellect a n d Reason AND
Language or Words, that Speaking, Hearing, Saying and Writing
not identical with Thinking a n d Reasoning. We do not
Words, Language does not think for Us. Words or Language are just
inefficient Vehicles or Tools of Acting, Thinking and Reasoning.
above, Plato had already indicated in Kratylos. The more effective
cognositive "tools" are yet still to be "discovered" and to be
6. That all
across "History" Nature or Mother Nature was massacred, in
name of the "survival" of the species homo sapiens sapiens , that
must be dominated and domesticated. Homo, Ruling Class Man,
elevated himself arrogantly to the status of the "Crown of Creation",
"Highest Blossom of Nature". The above is the "red thread" throughout
whole patriarchal superstructure, whether it concerns religion,
philosophy, education, law or arts. Man, Society, Spirit, Weltgeist,
"Reason" had to replace Nature, has to devour her. In all respects,
everywhere Man had applied and ferociously is still applying the
watchword of Caesar: veni, vidi, vici! I came, I saw, I conquered!
consequently, Labor is the expression of the Relation between
Nature and Man, between Nature and Society. Nobody noticed
Labor itself is the fundamental expression of Human Alienation,
that Labor a n d Capital, i.e., that Capital , the patrian
process is the umbilical cord of "History", of the Patria. What occurs
the basis of the Patria, Marx had explained in "Capital", what
happens in the superstructure of "History", Hegel had illustrated
Phenomenology of Mind". None of them, and, for that matter,
nobody else, scientifically a n d philosophically could see
Capital is just an advanced form of Labor, and that Labor per se
the maximum expression of Alienation in rerum natura, and not as
"Marxists" claim that Labor in Capitalism is "alienated", and
should be "disalienated", should be emancipated. In the eyes of our
scholars, the above is a heresy, is a case for the burning stake.
Finally, let us
terminate the scientific earthquakes and philosophic
tornados; it is a
time to rejoice :
"It was the best
of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of
wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch
of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season
of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring
of hope, it was the winter of despair,
we had everything
before us, we had nothing before us,
we were all going
direct to Heaven, we were all going direct
the other way.
A NEW SCIENCE, A
NEW PHILOSOPHY, A NEW SOCIALISM
1989 - 2005:
Jutta, Franz, Juttafranz, Franzjutta. Love at all sights!
From an attempted
coup to the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, to Permanent World
Revolution, to Human Emancipation.
¡Uh, Ah, Chávez, no se va!
public charlas, lectures, discussions. San Onofre, Paradise in the
Desert. Práxis, Theory, Emancipation.
articles, commentaries everywhere, around the globe, ... Vheadline,
Rebelión, Bolivarianos CL, Cmaq, Temas, Red Bolivar,
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Desarrollo Endógeno, Circúlo Bolivariano "El Momoy".
45 Years in the
Emancipatory Struggle, La Lutta Continua! Hasta la Victoria
OF THE AUTHOR