Why I Write

05/31/202172 Comments

In 1946, Eric Arthur Blair (better known by his pen name, George Orwell) penned an essay entitled “Why I Write.” Although just 43 years old when the essay was published in the pages of the short-lived literary journal Gangrel, Orwell—who had already gained international renown for Animal Farm, published the year before, and who had just begun work on Nineteen Eighty-Four—had by then earned the right to reflect upon his life in letters.

Wrestling with the question of what compels him to put pen to paper, Orwell runs through what he identifies as the four great motives for writing, namely:

(i) Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on the grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc., etc. It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive, and a strong one. [. . . ]

(ii) Aesthetic enthusiasm. Perception of beauty in the external world, or, on the other hand, in words and their right arrangement. [. . .]

(iii) Historical impulse. Desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity.

(iv) Political purpose. — Using the word ‘political’ in the widest possible sense. Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other peoples’ idea of the kind of society that they should strive after. [. . .]

These four motives, he insists, “exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living.” This was not mere theory on Blair’s part. His own biography demonstrates exactly how a writer can be shaped by the “atmosphere in which he is living.”

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  1. Steve Smith says:

    If the impact that James Corbett has on the world consciousness has not equaled that of George Orwell. Then we just have to wait a bit.

    • Jeff says:

      I see your excellent comment and raise it another level by saying that Corbett’s writing has reached farther and deeper than Orwell’s by miles. 1984 didn’t change my life. Learning what the F is happening on earth did. Grossly so. Thank you James for the artful newsletter today, and as always, helping so many people understand so many things. This is my vote for Corbett sharing past fictional snippets, reading Japanese, speaking in English, once a month as an mp4 file.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Steve, that was so well said!

    • beaconterraone says:

      In a sane and just world, James Corbett would be celebrated as one of the world’s great journalists of our time.

      But then, in a sane and just world, James Corbett’s current work would be unneeded. He could be a novelist instead.

    • laurina.s says:

      James, as so much has changed, ( and stayed the same) since Orwells’ time, so to have mediums of artistic, and political expression. Don’t feel any ego crime, in using Orwells’ example, to explain yourself and your development as an artist, and in my opinion “Freedom fighter”. You are both, these so much needed examples, in this sad corporate ,slave world. Thank you.

  2. colosseum says:

    You got me thinking.

    The habit of sitting for one hour a day putting down your thoughts to paper is quite a healthy one that I wish to take up.

    In my case, not because I have the dream of becoming a writer, but for the very basic need of reconnecting my pen and hand to my brain and emotions: quite an endangered activity in our modern digital age.

    • Sabex says:

      I’ve recently invested in a semi-decent fountain pen and some nice ink and paper for exactly the same reason. It’s a joy to write now, which makes me want to do it more often.

      I’m with you all the way.

      • campj says:

        There is indeed a quality inherent in physically writing on paper, and in reading from it. It engages your tactile senses in addition to your mental activity. Keeping one in touch with reality, by the sense of touch, while exploring the vast abstractions of the mind.
        I prefer reading to watching videos, and wish James did more of it. Not a complaint, as he does videos with equal talent. Just a mention of my desire to retain my sense of the real, while engaging my thought process. Of course my rather serious hearing impairment may have something to do with it as well.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      — Daily Log —
      Everyday, for many years going back decades, I keep a daily log. Typically, my routine first thing in the morning with my coffee is to log the previous day’s productivity, events, situations, thoughts, whatever.
      It actually serves as a good memory exercise to visually recall the previous day. There is value alone in the mental reflection.
      I’ve been using a monthly planner for the year as my log. My large file drawer is squeezed with the previous years, overflowing to another drawer. When I have something long to write or a document or sometimes photos, I paperclip it to the appropriate page.

      This has been a valuable resource on many occasions. Sometimes, I need to reference when I worked someplace, or where I was during a certain year, or when an event occurred. Often, I will have the details of the event on my log, (pneumonia for example). I’ve even gone back digging up log references for tax purposes or for filling out legal paperwork.
      I find that mental timestamps are easily sorted by location, but if one is living in the same house for years, then sometimes the mental timestamp is cloudy.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Taken from a comment at Corbett’s 5/8/2017 What Are You Going To Be When You Grow Up?

        EXCERPT (leaving out the ‘Cowboy, inventor, adventure’ stories)

        “…Literature started to interest me as I climbed the grades towards High School.

        By the 8th Grade I decided to keep a DIARY. This changed my life.

        Before going to sleep, I would log the day… “Went to school. Watch ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘Leave it to Beaver’. Homework. Bed.”

        After a couple weeks of these very mundane entries, I told myself that I needed to create some kind of activity which had adventure, interest and colorful excitement to it (so I would have something interesting to write in my diary).
        And I did.
        I would go do an adventure, whether it was “make a big firecracker out of home-made gunpowder”, or travel on my motorcycle to catch a live Armadillo, or try to train my red-tail hawk, or play a major prank at High School, etc.
        The next thing I discover is that adventure and excitement starts to naturally roll into my life. Adventure just flowed in naturally.
        I still keep a daily log.
        Life has been and continues to be an adventurous learning experience….”

        https://www.corbettreport.com/what-are-you-going-to-be-when-you-grow-up/#comment-38608

        • campj says:

          Which reminds me of a joke from many years ago. “Why do adults always ask children what they want to be when they grow up? The answer is quite simple, they are looking for ideas”.

        • a-py says:

          Thank you sharing this. I do not recall how I found James Corbett but I am so happy it happened in my life.

  3. pereira says:

    Hi James, sorry to hear that you feel deprived of the life that should have been yours but KNOW one thing. You are very inspiring AS YOU ARE. You are giving hope to only God knows how many people and that’s worth more than anything else at the present moment in history. If God is a figure of speech in the last sentence, then not a thoughtless one. Please keep it up and be well. I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

  4. alii says:

    A new subscriber and at last now I can say thanks. I hear you being pissed off that your life as a writer has been stolen from you by this thousand headed behemoth. Corbett the ninja warrior! Most courageous adversary with his ultimate sword/pen of attack! (Ive been inspired by listening to an old notebook of top of the head writerly meanderings) What I really want to say right now is how incredibly grateful I am that you DID become the blog writer and not an invisible novel writer…How badly do we NEED your amazing investigative journalism. Not only that, your delivery is superb. Utter clarity delivered with sassy sardonic style. Im gushing I know but, omg…thank you!

  5. Roy says:

    Something to read :
    Virus Mania :
    https://archive.org/details/virus-mania-how-the-medical-industry-continually-invents-epidemics/page/n3/mode/2up

    You can download it from this place, in different formats.

    Do as you like.

    yoR

    • Mielia says:

      it is the old version from 2007 though
      audiobook read by Sam Bailey is out now

  6. James, I believe you are in a class of your own in the strange world of “alt media”, and that what you are doing with the Corbett Report must surely be what you came here to do (rather than being some sort of closet wannabe novelist). The quality of your work is consistently superb, your delivery very engaging as well as uniquely personal, and I am sure that you are a true source of hope and inspiration to an ever-increasing number of people around the world in these strange and challenging times. I’m very happy to be supporting you in your work, and always feel somehow uplifted and energised by your writing, podcasts, interviews, documentaries etc…….Many Thanks!

  7. HomeRemedySupply says:

    The 9 minute VIDEO “What I Write” – Subscriber Exclusive #103 was the last thing I did before going to bed last night. What a great way to close out the night – a brief bedtime story
    Oh! I enjoyed that! It was a nice warm tidbit story from the past, and something many of us can identify with. Corbett’s Short Story and his communication about the story and about writing in general — all this was REAL! It was genuine! Authentic. James Corbett being James Corbett.

    I have said it many times on the comment boards: James Corbett is a writer. A real writer. I recognize it…the skill is smooth and artful like Japanese silk.

    THE STORY – In every documentary and most every episode and interview, James will tell a story or a series of stories.
    Some stories are told quite cleverly…I think to myself, “Oh yea, I know where this is going”, but the path starts to bend and curve, and then the next thing I know is that the destination is not where I thought the story would lead.

    “It’s about the story.” is a real mantra of mine. And this can apply to many things, including how one lives their life.

    Like all the other Corbett Report members, it is a real pleasure for me to be here together, sharing Corbett’s stories.

    • cush350 says:

      I got so drawn in by the story that when he got to dancing nude to Charlie Parker my mind flew off to James dancing nude…I had to remind myself, IT’S FICTION nitwit, not an autobiography.

  8. padraig says:

    james. wee jimmy. jimmer. great article. you’ve reached the whisky age. the wondering where it all went. every guy goes through it. you’ve excelled. please go back to comment #1 on this thread. read it. understand the magnitude of that statement. it’s truth. i’ve been ‘hearing’ james corbett coming out of peoples mouths for years. and this last year and a half i’m hearing you being recited by some heavy hitters. rarely acknowledged. but i’ve commented to the gal likely dozens of times where i’ve suspected someone has been listening to you. take a bow dude. we’re all applauding. and congrats on the music.

    peace

  9. BoilingFrog says:

    Hi James. As a non-english-native speaker I have learned more about politics in the recent two years following you, as in the other forty years of other information before that.
    You definitely changed my life “from remote” more than anybody else.
    My Thanks could not been bigger!

  10. luiggi says:

    James, the human touch of this piece relaxed me after a working day. I was not expecting it when I checked your website and perhaps because of that I enjoyed even more. Funny that you wrote on the notebook starting from what in the western world we call last page! Is it one of the good habits acquired in Japan or does it comes from before?

  11. Lawrence.B says:

    It would seem that a toast is in order. In this room are admirers of obvious lofty intellect who recognize your great gifts, James. You continue to amaze us all with your brilliant clarity of thought which inspires us and urges us to have faith, to hang on to our humanity. We will come through this. The demons will be defeated. Here’s to you James. Cheers

  12. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Mystery question:

    Is Corbett reading pages and turning pages “backwards”?

    Maybe my brain and eyeball wires got crossed.
    Is this a Broc West Japanese-style special effect? 😉

    • colosseum says:

      I actually noticed that too!

      I simply thought “He’s in Japan, he must have picked up that habit”

  13. bob387 says:

    You stand on the shoulders of giants. Your gift is communication. Your power is the butterfly, whose merest flutter starts a series of changes of unimaginable proportion.

  14. nosoapradio says:

    I feel compelled to once again quote one of my teachers when asked why she wrote. She replied:

    “because I don’t know what I think until I see what I say”.

    This succinctly encapsulates why, up until the Covid-1984 scam hit, I spent so much of my free time on these boards reacting to the exceptional content proposed by Mr. Corbett and exchanging opinions, sources and impressions with other subscribers.

    Now I’d like to reach the next step which would be to find and communicate the relevance of what I now know I think

    and maybe take a few writing classes.

    ditto colosseum

  15. Fact Checker says:

    James has an impeccable turn of phrase, without question, but his greatest strengths in writing are actually technical in nature. (I use “writing” in a broad sense, so as to encompass the scripts for his documentaries.) His greatest skills are organization, thematic flow, editorial restraint, and–most importantly–pacing.

    Considering the volume of data, concepts, and personages that he aims to get across in any given work, he consistently conveys these quanta of information at just the right rate so that they can be grasped, and that at least the main themes can be retained by the viewer/listener/reader.

    I contrast his masterful style with other “alternative media” writers that I don’t want to name because my point is not to “shit on” anybody (since everyone can bring something essential and unique to the table). Many writers/commentators are so eager to convey the maximum volume of data that they bombard the audience with so many names, documents, and worst of all ACRONYMS that it becomes white noise. Often, a writer will throw out a name or concept just once, in order to “make connections,” but without multiple points of contextual reference, any given name or concept will not be appreciated, let alone retained, by the audience. Once the audience has reached the threshold of retention, everything else just bounces off their foreheads.

    James manages to approach that threshold without crossing it. He introduces concepts at a skillfully restrained rate, giving each one just the right amount of background and description so that it can be viewed in enough dimension and resolution that the audience can actually grasp how it fits into the overall thematic flow. Other commentators, to the contrary, often leave the audience vainly struggling to keep up with a catalog of faceless names and empty acronyms floating in an undifferentiated alphabet soup of “connections.” (I think perhaps a quintessential example of James’s skill in pacing, thematic focus, and editorial restraint was his recent-ish episode on Margaret Sanger. I showed it to my wife when she asked me something to the effect of, “Define eugenics,” and she and I both felt like she came away with a strong working understanding of the concept and Sanger’s role in it, backed up by primary-source information.)

    So this is a long-winded way of saying that James is giving his best gifts to the world doing what he is doing, rather than by being a navel-gazing novelist. Although I sympathize deeply with his sense of having his true self unrealized, and having his true path blocked, I for one believe that he is at his highest and best use, right where he is, in this grotesque purgatory to which we have all been sentenced.

  16. herrqlys says:

    Orwell’s four great motives for writing gave me pause to think. I hadn’t come across this from him before. Permit me to truncate and slightly modify these motives so that they reflect more of my own sentiments:

    [b]Sheer egoism[/b] Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered…

    [b]Aesthetic enthusiasm[/b] Perception of beauty in words (and other things) and their right arrangement…

    [b]Historical impulse[/b] Desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up (to aid me in developing an holistic world view, one that started as a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle)…

    I can readily subscribe to these three ideas. I’m not a dedicated writer but I do create short compositions on an almost daily basis for international forums attached to an online hobby, where I also attempt to communicate my thoughts into several languages. Google Translate gets most of the credit for this, however that program and Goodle Earth Pro are the only Googlean products that I knowingly use.

    Orwell’s last great motive doesn’t appeal to me as much as the others:

    [b]Political purpose[/b] …to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other peoples’ idea of the kind of society that they should strive after…

    My lack of interest in “political purpose” comes from my realization that when people coalesce their thoughts into an (often uncritical) belief system, then facts usually just bounce off their protective mental shell. There also appears to be a very strong bias in people for only voluntarily considering things which validate their own belief system, or web of systems. I would have to write copiously to provide the context into which my own thoughts fit to even begin to use a tactful battering ram against this obstinacy, if such a thing were even plausible.

    Maybe one day I will find a suitable method, as James has, because I do like to teach even though I have no formal training in that way.

    Edit: aarggghhhh I used to know how to format for bold text on this site. Where do I find the formatting rules?

  17. mkey says:

    I have to say that I’m often reminded of the time spent parsing information and exchanging it, as well as any conclusions gained through the distillation process. The question is: could that time have been spent better? More blissfully? Certainly so. Could more fun have been had? Absolutely. But could the time have been invested better, in a more meaningful way? Probably not.

    Considering the current predicament, performance of this effort is obviously very much lacking, we are not reaching people in sufficient numbers to turn the tide. Not enough people understand what the real underlying issue is and too much time is expended on circuitous topic.

    The tide flows against us, that means that a lot more effort needs to be exerted. This is, however, the only work worth doing. It will yield cosmic satisfaction immediately, while the earthly happiness will lag behind considerably. It may not even materialize during our lifetimes, but that does not matter as the pursuit for happiness is a wild goose chase, at best.

    Just like we often do not get to see direct ramifications of our wrong actions when they lag much behind the action itself, rendering us oblivious to the cause and effect, the same can be said when the action is right. That we do not experience the positive effects does not mean there won’t be any down the line. What is required is a sustained effort, whether the sun shines or the rain pours down like from a drain, it matters not. What matters the most is to persist.

    • cush350 says:

      mkey said,

      “I have to say that I’m often reminded of the time spent parsing information and exchanging it, as well as any conclusions gained through the distillation process.”

      I wrote to James years ago after discovering the Corbett. I told him he was an information moonshiner, taking different information and distilling into something pure and with a kick. James replied that he had never been referred to as a moonshiner of information.

      Your turn of a phrase reminded me of that, James most certainly does know his fermentation process, a true Brewmaster,

      thank you mkey.

  18. mkey says:

    Whatever you do, don’t miss the new album!

    https://kodomosan.bandcamp.com/releases

    My personal best would be Coma, IP Freely and Reborn.

  19. mkey says:

    Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.

    Got jab? No more fly.
    https://greatreject.org/got-jab-no-more-fly/

    At this very moment the airlines are consulting on the vaccinated customers and the big risk they have of blood clots as a result of the experimental mRNA serum. The policy has been for many years that people at increased risk of blood clots are allowed to fly only under strict supervision. It is recommended that these individuals should preferably not fly unless in the case of a life-threatening situation.

    The airlines are now discussing their liability and what to do with the vaccinated since they are not allowed to fly because it is a health risk. These discussions have only just begun but it looks like anyone who is vaccinated will not be allowed to fly. The unvaccinated, on the other hand, will be able to board in peace.

    • cu.h.j says:

      That’s very ironic and I hope it affects the bottom line of the airlines. I hope they go broke. It’s sick how they are coercing people into taking that toxic shite.

      • mkey says:

        I don’t think the airliners can go broke. They’ll probably be the last “industry” to bite the dust, as long as printing goes on and people keep believing in the green god of money, airliners, among other rabble, will be just fine.

        • Fact Checker says:

          Actually, all the airlines have long advanced notice that their industry is getting rapidly phased out anyway. Dave Cullen has covered this topic really well, largely by reference to a document called “Absolute Zero” by an entity called “UK Fires.” (This is a global-warming-austerity think tank.)

          This public document openly declares that between 2020 and 2029, all UK airports except Heathrow Glasgow & Belfast will close completely, and that those last three will be closed by 2049. The whole industry is being systematically dismantled, and the insiders all have plenty of time to reposition themselves in the market, leaving only the laborers and consumers holding the bag. It’s not that the airlines will “go out of business,” but rather that people will be prohibited from flying, unless they are “stakeholders”.

          https://www.bitchute.com/video/cnDyH63ruKka/

          Like plans are undoubtedly in place in every market. The “Old Economy” of providing goods and services is being rapidly wound down, in favor of a “human capital markets” economy where wealth is measured in how many vaxx-addled, brain-chipped bio-slaves someone commands. (They’ve coined the term “Peoplenaire” to replace “Billionaire.” Alison McDowell has revealed this.)

  20. arbuckle says:

    James,
    Enough laurels have been tossed your way above, and I concur with the appreciation already expressed. Thanks for your hard work.

    Your essay and short subscribers video this week, were very interesting and seemed to me to touch a personal note on what is as you say elsewhere an emerging “community”.

    I got the feeling that you have arrived at an introspective sticking point, looking backwards at the voluminous work done revealing the situation, and forwards to the next steps, and asking “where do I go from here”?

    The points have been made, the ground has been amply laid, the clarion calls for activism have been made. How do active and effective communities (even as circles crossing circles) grow from here?

    No, I’m not writing to advise you at all on such a profound question, but I am happy to share my own experience.

    Looking back over a reasonably long life (70 years) the best turns and directions that my life has taken were completely by chance, happenstance, often way out from left field, and not necessarily in the way I thought I “should go”. In other words the direction and new opportunity found me, rather than me finding it. But, for this to happen one must have a very wide field of vision, a broad perspective, and the time and space to appreciate the detail.

    We are always judging our own actions and the actions of others, investigating, learning, evaluating, analyzing, criticizing, and assessing the risk-benefit of actions so as to adapt to our environment, which we have little control over. Things are as they are. They are that way because of the history of billions of such judgemental calls over thousands of past years by billions of people, and yes, by the decisions we make right now, even if we feel that what we think or do has little, or almost no, effect on the totality.

    Things are the way they are, and are as they should be, an effect of everything else that ever came before. This cause and effect can be traced all the way back to the “big bang”, before which even time and space, as we know it, didn’t exist, or so they tell us.

    So, leaving aside for a moment any kind of judgement, we are where we should be as a result of the natural course of all things and the effect of those things on nature, us human beings just another one of those things.

    When it comes to the relatively short span of a human’s existence on this little planet, which “doesn’t amount to much more than a hill of beans” as Humphrey Bogart said in Casablanca, humans spend a great deal of time and energy being concerned with where they “could be”, often refusing to accept where they are, or ignoring the likely consequences of getting to where they think they would like to be.

    A traditional Buddhist scripture says:
    What is born will die,
    What has been gathered will be dispersed,
    What has been accumulated will be exhausted,
    What has been built up will collapse,
    And what has been high will be brought low.

    Thanks for your good work and good luck!

  21. Arby says:

    I appreciate James’s effort to open up. I have the same sort of relationship with Noam Chomsky (with whom I’ve corresponded) as James has with George Orwell (and I too am, as they say, no Noam Chomsky). Unlike James, I have watched in horror as my hero Noam Chomsky has gone over to the dark side. I began to see that most clearly in connection with the attack on Syria by the West. Today, Noam pushes the Green New Deal that the Great Reset rescues or incorporates. Was Noam’s true character there in his writing but not visible to me? I guess that’s possible, but, in the same way that James can’t avoid speaking with the language that Orwell invented, I can’t avoid speaking – often – with the language that Chomsky invented.

    I am also aware that James is not a fan of Chomsky. I think that that’s mainly because of 9/11. I want to be a fan of Orwell (and also can’t avoid references to his words) but I keep stumbling, in that effort, over an article I read by Alexander Cockburn titled “August 28, 2012 “The Fable of the Weasel,” by Alexander Cockburn. (https://www.mhpbooks.com/the-fable-of-the-weasel-by-alexander-cockburn/)

    Something James said in a show he did recently (with the ex mainstream journo) may be relevant here. She asked him about how he organized. James made the important point that he’s not a super organized person but that he is organized and he said that the main thing to do if you want to be organized is save information. That accomplishes a number of good goals. It forces you to focus a little more on information that you found to be important. And that, in turn, means that you’ll be able to remember enough about that subject or piece of information to be able to recall it and locate it (on your computer mostly). Similarly, I’ve been blogging for 11 years. Before I started and before there was an internet, I discovered that I like expressing myself in writing and so I did. You don’t even want to know how that looked. But one conclusion that I came to some time after I began scribbling (I don’t remember when) is that explaining things in writing helps you to understand those things. That’s because you’re forcing yourself to focus. I actually have a bad memory, but because I pay attention (which stems from caring, really), I can compensate for that fairly well, to the point in fact where when I talk to people that pause and ask me how the hell I remembered all those names and books. My ego likes that but I have to honestly report to those people that it is as I just described it.

    I see the world like James in some ways, or I wouldn’t have latched onto him. But in other ways I see the world very differently. James doesn’t believe in God. I do. James seems to believe in Sars CoV 2, which I do not. I am alarmed, in fact, by that belief which I feel is not genuine.

    [SNIP – Please keep comments to 500 words or less. Longer comments can be split into multiple posts. -JC]

  22. Alchemist says:

    “Untitled” made me smile. More, please! You would have been a good novelist, but there’s nobody else in the world who could do what you do with such finesse and humility. There’s only one James Corbett ❤️ the bastion of truth and a bright shining light in these very dark times

  23. TruthSeeker says:

    Perhaps, fictional writers have different motivations than those who are simply seeking the Truth. I like the comment Joe Plumber gave about writing “Tragedy and Hope 101”. To paraphrase, he said he wrote it because he wanted to learn about the Oligarchs and the way they work, and thus teach others in the process.
    My guess is that James Corbett learns from every Documentary he puts out, and thus also wants to Teach others about what he has learned as a result of taking on the task.
    Indeed, a bit of Philosophical Reflection has it’s place from time to time, and few will argue that George Orwell was among the best of writers, but James is not George Orwell and fiction is not his game (or at least not relative to “The Corbett Report”).
    Seek the Truth, and the Truth will set you free, eh!

  24. TimmyTaes says:

    Mr. Corbett; you found your niche. What you do does require a lot of writing. Blair/Orwell is a complicated man, as you point out. I suppose one has to see the abyss to describe it.
    Orwell’s four points need one more;
    Writers sometimes write because they have to. It is compulsive. Writing gives them peace of mind and then they can sleep.
    They may write total crap, but as their heads hit the pillow; they think they’ve written something well.
    “Everyone’s a critic.” As my Dad told me many times. The audience can be cruel and worse, apathetic.
    You’ve done well, Jedi.

  25. bob387 says:

    The best novels have keynote passages with pith.
    I listened to an interview not so long ago. At the end, James was asked to leave the audience with a message. He said, “Remember. You. Are. Free.”
    Some time later, I was listening to another interview, and when asked what the future holds, James used Orwell’s, “imagine a boot…”
    Yesterday, after listening to a discussion of covid risks, I recalled the story of Hemingway’s: For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.
    The thing about novels is, the good ones are not exactly fictional.

    And the winner is: “Remember. You. Are. Free.”

  26. scpat says:

    Does anyone who lives in the E.U. know what the vaccination requirements are to travel within a country or between countries. Do the requirements differ for plane, train, bus transport? I have a friend visiting there who thinks they may need to get vaccinated to travel within Europe. Anyone know if this is being enforced?

    • mkey says:

      AFAIK you can’t get across borders in Germany and Austria without papers, please. But I have heard from some people that they do manage to get through. This is probably heavilly dependent on the border crossing. I bet you can get into a situation where the guy at the border is just wand waving people through.

      My ecperience, from days past, says that if you can’t get through on the first crossing, you may be more lucky on the next one.

      • scpat says:

        Well this is disconcerting, but thank you for the inside info.

        • mkey says:

          It’s not inside information, just stuff I have seen at the border. But also reliance on human nature. The border people like being assholes but they are also lazy. Key points: be unnoticed and honesty is probably a bad idea.

  27. campj says:

    Sometimes, I find James to be so eloquent, speaking and writing, I find it downright intimidating trying to absorb it all.

  28. J.P. Wheeler says:

    This was a somewhat poignant essay for me personally. At one time I had literary aspirations like you James. Imagining I would live a romanticized “On the Road” lifestyle of a Hemingway or Kerouac. Somewhere along the line I put that “fantasy” on the back burner, justifying it by telling myself I’d never truly “learned” the craft of writing. I know that’s hogwash, you just have to do it!

    My uncle living down in Indiana, whom writes his own political blog, is always proselytizing the value of writing a daily journal. It hones your writing skills. Gives you perspective, processing and clarifying past thoughts or events; however erroneous they may have been haha! And the most valuable in my opinion, it helps you set and obtain short/long term goals! This is habit I will implement in my life immediately!

    Lastly I’d like to say James, and this isn’t blowing smoke up your a**, but you are a modern Orwell/Huxley of the digital era. People have moved away from the written word(sadly) as a means to consume information. To put it bluntly, the majority of people just don’t read anymore! Most info they consume is audio or visual digital content. Podcasts/videos/ docs are the medium in which you reach the mass of men in the modern era, the digital equivalent of a pen to paper. In today’s world, THIS IS how you put your dent in the universe!

    Thats not to say you should ever quit writing JC, never give it up!!

    -JW

  29. msh6 says:

    I remember the actual year 1984 pretty well. Lots of people who commented on Orwell that year said he was basically wrong, and things didn’t turn out as he warned they might. Well, now it’s obvious he just pegged the year a little early. Imagine if he named the book “2020”.

    If there was anything Orwell was wrong about it is he didn’t envision people would happily pay for the technology that would enslave them, in fact these gadgets are even status symbols. I read the book a long time ago (need to re-read it of course), and don’t think anyone else would have guessed either!

    I’ll add that I’m a fairly new subscriber, and am happy to support James’ superb and well-researched work. While I don’t agree with him on everything, an echo chamber would not add value.

  30. scpat says:

    From Corbett’s Recommended Viewing, James Interviewed by Vaccine Choice Canada, (queued video):
    https://odysee.com/@VaccineChoiceCanada:8/James-Corbett.mp4:9?r=3dXNxFV4RufXzK7M8MhTKJWyxEP5WdxA&t=844

    James makes the point in that interview that an outlandish idea stated by one person can have an entirely different reception when stated by another person. James has brought this point up multiple times in the past and it has been brewing with me. The best explanation I have for this is, the most dangerous superstition, namely, the belief in authority, is the reason why someone could flip on a dime and start justifying something they were denying a moment earlier. From Larken Rose’s book, The Most Dangerous Superstition:

    “The belief in “authority,” which includes all belief in “government,” is irrational and self-contradictory; it is contrary to civilization and morality, and constitutes the most dangerous, destructive superstition that has ever existed. Rather than being a force for order and justice, the belief in “authority” is the arch-enemy of humanity.”

    The belief in authority “teaches people that it is morally virtuous that they surrender their time, effort and property, as well as their freedom and control over their own lives, to a ruling class.”

    The way, or mental mechanism, people use to justify and support such a contradictory idea as “good benevolent government”, is the same way they also justify ludicrous ideas such as vaccine passports and the like.

    • Fact Checker says:

      “The belief in “authority,” which includes all belief in “government,” is irrational…”

      It actually isn’t. It is an acknowledgment that “authority” possesses martial force. The power of violence. On an individual basis, it is in fact futile and counterproductive to subscribe to beliefs and values that are at odds with those who wield the threat of violence over you.

      So in a sense, it is (from a material, political-economic perspective, a/k/a the Real World) irrational to ever dispute or refute an “appeal to authority.” Because in so doing, a discursive agent will only marginalize himself, and doom himself to calumny, cultural banishment, and vilification.

  31. Unmasked says:

    Hey James,

    How about a video of you dancing naked to Charlie Parker? 🙂
    Yikes, never mind! Don’t give us the Bird. There are too many scary things in the world already. 🙂

    • cush350 says:

      I had a similar dancing James thought that I could not un-think, reminding myself, this is fiction fool.

  32. Mishelle says:

    James this is a fantastic essay—not only did I learn a few new things about Orwell, but I am reminded again how truth and integrity go hand in hand and you are a marvelous and desperately needed embodiment of it. I started off on the writing trajectory myself but once I got a glimpse of what that entailed and who I’d need to please in order to make a career of it I took a big step back, started blogging (which I’d previously made fun of way back then!) and homesteading (laughing now at a character I’d fashioned for a novel I wrote of a spoiled college girl who dreamed of being a farmer). :). Successful life-surfing for me now with the lessons that come around middle-age can be summed up very simply—Be very careful of what and who you tolerate. Thanks for setting an example for us all.

  33. Katsavidiz says:

    You deserve to go down in history for the work you have done James Corbett… at least in my book you do.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      I agree!! And he will go down in history by the millions who really count on matters of awareness.

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