My family and I decided to book a short trip to London over the Easter Holidays some time ago as it had been a while since we visited last and it would be the 1st time for our daughter to see the British Capital in all its pomp and glory. We went by train from Jena-Westbahnhof to London Kings-Cross - St. Pancras. This required to change trains three times, in Erfurt, Frankfurt and Brussels.
Nevertheless the journey went pleasantly smooth and quiet. I enjoyed it quite a bit as it had been very long since I travelled by train for a longer journey. The boarding of the Eurostar Train in Brussels required a security check and a passport control, just as it supposedly had always been, since the operation of the Euro-Tunnel and its Train Carrier began in 1994. This procedure was quite effortless and cost us only about half an hour. The Brexit appears to have made no difference in that respect, so far at least.
Unlike travelling by Plane or car, the train ride was quite smooth and relaxing and gave each of us the opportunity to read or to listen to some music or to do some other stuff. Something that I wasn't used to anymore, as Dad was usually the driver of the family car.
While our daughter was having fun sketching, I was taking the time and opportunity to read some Easter literature which was given to me as an Easter present, Sahra Wagenknecht's Book "Reichtum ohne Gier" (Wealth without Greed).
With this book Sahra Wagenknecht, one of the Leaders of Germany's Left is attempting to propose a new post-capitalist socio-economic model for our society. I managed to get about halfway through during the train ride, which so far covered only the analysis of the present state of affairs of capitalism. It can already be said that this is one of the most intelligent analyses of the history and the present state of capitalism of our time, which comes very close in quality (even if not in quantity) to what Rosa Luxemburg had written in her "The Accumulation of the Capital" around 1913, or likewise the french economist Jean Jaurais. Whether Sahra draws feasible conclusions from it remains to be seen in the 2nd half of the book. I hope I will be able to give a comprehensive book review on that one some time later. One thing can also be said with absolute certainty already. Her book is absolutely superior in intelligence and rigor to the book written by her moralist party colleague Katja Kipping with the Title: "Wer flüchtet schon freiwillig" (Who's taking refuge voluntarily anyway).
It seemed like pre-determination that I read such a book on the way to London as it appears that both, the ideologies of Capitalism as basically established by Adam Smith, as well as Communism as defined by Karl Marx, emanated from this very Town.
We arrived in St. Pancras and made our way to the flat which we rented in Camden, where we quickly settled and soon fell into a nice and deep sleep. In the next morning, we bought ourselves a daily tube ticket each and decided to check out most of the common tourist attractions first. The London Tube Network is admittedly very dense and very convenient to use. The Daily Ticket costs around 12 quid for an adult, which seems quite fair.
We got out at the Embankment station and walked our way along River Thames toward the surroundings of the House of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. On our way, we stumbled across a monument commemorating those British Soldiers, which participated in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. A force of about 81000 British Soldiers engaged in ground battles against the communist North-Korean Army, as it is stated on the memory plate. This is very little compared to the Millions of Koreans, which were slaughtered in this war, which took place as an effect of long-arching British Divide and Conquer global Politics. I mention this here, because the current conflict around North-Korea is rising again to elevated levels and it also reminded me of another monument, which I had visited at the DMZ in 2015 on the South-Korean side, where at least also those Koreans from the North, who had suffered from this conflict too, where commemorated as well.
The British-written history unfortunately has the unpleasant attitude, that there was never something done wrong in Britain's Name and this monument somehow seemed indicative of this in my view. Even in today's conflict it is very much the British Hand, which fiercely drives for war on the North-Korean issue in order to engage Russia, China and the United States of America into opposite conflicting positions, which sort of always had been Britain's strategy for preventing its own downfall and irrelevance in modern times history. It again comes to mind, that both opposing ideologies in this conflict, Predatory Colonial Capitalism as well as Communism usually ending up in totalitarianism, are actually the results of the intellectual products of British Academia. However, I was not sharing these thoughts among my family as I did not want to spoil their lovely vacation day.
It was at the Westminster Bridge, where the recent car attack of Daesh-related islamic fundamentalists (another british Divide and Conquer Operation today) killed 5 people and injured many more. Whatever the desired effect of this attack was, it surely did not last for long, since Londoners as well as Tourists in the City go on with their lives and their business as well as their vacation and that included us.
We booked a ride with the London Eye which is run today by the Coca-Cola company. My wife did not join the ride, since she is afraid of heights, so only the three of us could enjoy the spectacular view of the whole Town for about half an hour.
After that we proceeded along the banks of the River Thames to other must-see tourist attractions. Doing so we passed the Blackfriar's Bridge, where I took the below photograph. It shows some steel beam structures from underneath the bridge, which are forming line figures, which appear divergent when looking at them from the center under the bridge, but which in reality are running in parallel. I took this picture because it reminded me of the conflict that exists between what our senses tell us and what reality is. Unfortunately, with very few exceptions, almost all spheres of society seem to suffer from the problem of not being able to distinguish their sole sense perceptions from reality.
A few more steps down the riverbank brought us to The Globe theater, in which William Shakespeare's dramas were performed first, before making it into the world's collective conscience. Most of the greatest poets like him knew that in order to find the truth, one must overcome the barrier of mere sense perception. In this theater, of which we only see an inaccurate replica today, was Shakespeare's play "Henry V" performed around 1599/1600. This play was very particular as it was the first time that a "choir" was employed in its arrangement, the purpose of which was to set each scene of the play by verbally/vocally providing a short pre-history and description of the circumstances that lead to this scene. This was unique until then and it still is kind of exemplary today, as this type of arrangement instead of solely occupying the senses of the audience uses its imagination, which is stimulated by the choir setting the scene. The words were more important than the physical acting. It seems Shakespeare, like many of his ancient classical predecessors were well aware of the human sense perception problem.
We skipped all the tourist traps like The Clink, the Sea Life, the Dungeon, as well as numerous Harry-Potter-Guided-Tours etc, in order to proceed to one of the culinary relevant places in Downtown London called the Borough Market in order to follow another human instinct: We were hungry. These very multi-colored and diverse booths at this market under those Railway Bridges between Bedale and Stoney Street offer a very wide range of multi-national foods from all over the world, where actually the process of making up one's mind about what to eat takes longer than having the meal itself. We enjoyed the stroll across this lively place.
Once we had our stomachs filled with lovely food, we went on to cross the Millenium Bridge to get to the Northern Thames Side to view some more attractions.
We soon passed the St. Paul's Cathedral. My wife pointed out to me that it was here that the Ceremony for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral was held. This was not even half as interesting to me as the fact that the square in front of this cathedral houses one of very few public memorials for one of England's least acknowledged Queens, Queen Anne.
Queen Anne - The Reign of Americas Birth of Independence? The story about her statue goes that it faces away from St. Paul's, because she was the only Queen in England's history to turn away from prevailing religion as a guiding principle of governance.
While this may be one explanation, there are surely others, which would explain, why she is one of the least historically acknowledged Queens of England and I would like to take a rather extended swing on this one here, as it is very interesting historically. During her reign, many of her appointees for governors and associates, like Alexander Spotswood for example, were actually (but rather unacknowledged today) laying the basis for Americas independence, by enhancing and accelerating the process of discovery and exploration of the inward land masses of central and western parts of the North-American continent, which was something going completely against the usual methods of colonial rule and suppression emanating from Britain before that. Queen Anne's personal physician Dr. John Arbuthnot was close to the circles of Jonathan Swift, whom most people today only know as the author of the novel "Gulliver's Travels" (to which Arbuthnot inspired him), but rarely acknowledge that he was also a highly political figure within the ranks of the Wigs and later of the Tories. Arbuthnot, as a physician of Queen Anne had direct access to the Queen and exerted an important influence on her countering the strong influence of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, an ancestor of the probably more known Winston Churchill. Arbuthnot's influence was short but intensive and turned out to be very decisive for the further development of the later "occurring" American independence, which indeed began as a conspiracy, even long before that. The House of Marlborough, while not being legit to inherit the English Throne always exerted massive influence on the Queen and conspired for the sake of their own power and did not shy away from outright treason to make sure that the throne was not falling to the hands of those people, who were close to progressive thinkers of their time, like Swift, like Leibniz , like Huygens and so forth, who would all directly or indirectly promote accelerated scientific progress and development eventually furthering the potential independence of the colonies. Leibniz is known to have applauded on one of Swift's Letters, which he penned under the name of "Isaac Bickerstaff". Although Queen Anne never was of the healthiest stature in her life, her death reportedly still came somewhat unexpected to those being close to her, while the House of Marlborough managed to keep Dr. Arbuthnot away from her during that time. Arbuthnot had multiple times before managed to cure Queen Anne from her ills successfully. These circumstances gave rise to the assumption that the House of Marlborough had an immediate interest in a discontinued reign of Queen Anne and did everything to accelerate the passing away of her. Indeed, her increasingly progressive stance was a thorn in the eye of the House of Marlborough and their wig allies at the time, who would see their power stripped with the increasing independence of their colonies, which already began with excessive concessions, which the Massachusetts Bay Colony managed to obtain from King Charles due to diplomatic skills of people like the Winthrops and the Mathers.
Well, I guess it would be indeed very interesting to exhume the mortal remains of Queen Anne today (if they still exist) and use today's modern technology of spectral analysis etc. to determine detailed indications of the possible causes of her death. Such an investigation would make much more sense than some of the recent investigations they did on King Charles I or Tycho Brahe i.e. The same type of investigation should be conducted on the mortal remains of Sophia, the Electress of Hanover. Why? Because it is rarely mentioned in most history books, that she died under similarly mysterious circumstances as queen Anne, going rapidly from a healthy condition to illness just 2 months, before she was due to becoming the new Queen of England according to the 1707 Act of Settlement, which prohibited catholic successors of Queen Anne to take the throne. Queen Anne died on August 12th 1714 in Kensington Palace, while Sophia of Hanover, despite of her age enjoying a good health, passed away on June 8th 1714 after allegedly falling ill very quickly after receiving an "angry letter" from Queen Anne on June 5th. Yeah, right
Sophia of Hanover was an open admirer and promoter of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, one of the unacknowledged intellectual forerunners of the American Independence. It was Leibniz from whom the notion of the "Pursuit of Happiness" originated, which today is wrongly attributed to John Locke and interpreted exactly to the opposite to what Leibniz expressed with it. In case of Sophia's accession to the Throne of England, Leibniz, whom Sophia admired for his philosophical and scientific achievements would have very likely become something equivalent to an English Prime Minister, or at least something very influential after Queen Anne started to introduce a cabinet that operated increasingly independent from Religious rulings (for which she allegedly faces away from St. Paul's today). There is good reason to believe that the act of passing substantial political power to Leibniz, via Sophia's accession to the English Throne was a conspiracy, which was countered by another conspiracy by the House of Marlborough of eliminating the incumbent Queen and her legal successor, who both were exerting efficient correspondence with progressive forces around the Leibniz circles in a timely fashion in order to ensure the succession of George of Hanover to become King George I of England, who contrary to Sophia degraded Leibniz to his personal librarian and was more easily controlled by the House of Marlborough. (I always keep telling people who like to watch the nonsensical TV-Series "Game of Thrones", that real history is much more exciting than this stuff.)
Later, political attacks imposed on Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz by means of the made up Priority Argument about the Origin of the Calculus via the personality of Isaac Newton in order to further discredit him, show how deeply despised the scientific superior and way more progressive thinker Leibniz was by the British Establishment at the time.
Yet, even though this conspiracy may have failed, it did not prevent the Independence of the 13 colonies of the North-American continent to be pursued in 1776, a little more than half a century later. It just happened later than it perhaps would have otherwise and it happened certainly way more bloody than it would have, if the Leibniz-Conspiracy had been successful.
So it was only logical for myself to make my way to the Royal Academy after this encounter with Queen Anne, in order to pay a visit to the great Wilhelm Gottfried Leibniz. Leibniz became a member of the Royal Society after his successful invention of a mechanical calculator, which could master the 4 basic operations, and the functional method of which today's scientists have only figured out recently in 2007 (sic). His Statue is one of those, which decorate the back wall façade of the Royal Academy Building on Burlington Gardens no. 6 in London.
When I arrived in Burlington Gardens, I was a little disappointed as I had no chance of seeing this façade, because the Royal Academy Building is currently being completely renovated for its 250th anniversary in 2018. All one could see is the whole façade being covered with a huge scaffolding structure and a canvas, making it inaccessible to the views of the public.
After having been a little frustrated over this lack of fortune I decided to go inside the Royal Academy, which at the time hosted an exhibition titled "America after the Fall". This exhibition was hosting American Artwork from the 1930 at the height of the "Dustbowl" and the "Great Depression" Era.
The Art Work as well as the accompanying documentation did not fail to recognize the great role, which Franklin D. Roosevelt and his "New Deal" played in overcoming this tragic period of American History.
The following morning we should meet Mr. Franklin D. Roosevelt again, as well as one infamous successor of the Marlborough Clan, who a few centuries later, would again try to prevent the inevitable downfall of the British Empire (not the British people, though!) by the known Divide-and-Conquer means. This time it was on Bond Street, where we tried to make our way through decadent shopping centers and window panes.
After shortly briefing my daughter on what FDR's lifework represented, she made up her mind about where to preferably lean to very quickly. :-) Yeah, that's my girl!
After some lunch on Trafalgar Square I again had a free pass to move around as freely as I desired. I decided to visit some other historic figure, whose ideology also emanated from London (basically as another means by the British Establishment to ideologically divide the World into two camps for the sake of the survival of their own empire) and who is also buried here in the Northern part of London, on the eastern side of the Highgate Cemetry.
His Philosophy and his fellow and co-author Engels' work should indeed change the subsequent world-history dramatically, although perhaps not entirely as they would have imagined or as we are being mostly suggested today. Much of the history of Marx's academic career is not as heroic as we often read it in either ideologically biased media. It is rarely known that he used to admire Adam Smith in his early days and that much of his academic development was taking place on the ground of the teachings of a very british-colonially distorted view of political economy from the old East-India Company College of Haileybury in London. It should take the British Empire about half a century to induce Marxen's theory in the radicalized form of Marxism-Leninism into the Russian sphere, which again, surprise surprise, had the undeniable effect of Dividing the World into two camps, by having the world's 2 greatest nations adhering to opposing social ideologies. Anyone recognizing, the pattern? It is in my view no wonder that Britain, as the capital and birthplace of predatory capitalism as well as Communism is honoring also opposing historic figures, because they were actually of great service to them in keeping the world divided over various issues for the sake of the Empire's own geo-political survival and that without the rest of the world even taking much notice.
In that sense I also took a look at an institution, which today is located near the Swiss Cottage Metro Station in London. It is called the Tavistock Institute. It is an innocent-looking Psychology Institute in the suburb of London today, which was once home to the works of Sigmund Freud.
Some sources claim, that this Institute has a very very dark side to it and actually played a pivotal in the dawning and the Creation of World War 2. I have not done enough research myself to either denounce or to acknowledge these claims, but I must admit that in knowing some of the history of british geo-political manipulations of world affairs , those claims would fight right in and would make absolutely perfect sense. However, I am leaving it to the reader him- or herself to find out.
This pretty much concluded my short little conspiracy trip through London. I re-united with my family again in the evening and we left London from St. Pancras toward Jena in the next morning. I enjoyed the trip very much as it was the first time, that I was able to get a journey with the family plus some historic sight-seeing under one hat. Let's see what may by our next destination.