There is the way of scientist and the way of shaman.
The scientist does things. Everybody else who claims
authority but does nothing is a shaman.
Shaman come in many forms. A shaman may wear masks
and do dances around a fire in the Congo. Other shamans
have PhDs and everybody agrees to call them "Professors"
and "Authorities" on a subject. For our purposes,
these are precisely the same. Shaman substitute impressiveness
At its beginning stage, a civilization must have
scientists. They become shaman only later.
In the case of Egypt or the Mayans or the Incas
or ancient China, history rushes through the development
of real technology, to get to the mythology and art.
In the case of Egypt, a popular book will explain
briefly that the Egyptians learned to plant and harvest
in harmony with the ebb and flood of the Nile each
year, thereby increasing their production and population
Then a possibly mythical king Menes united Egypt
so that it became one enormous and united power. So
now Egypt had overwhelming money and power from these
After breathlessly rushing through the basis of all
the wealth and power, history turns with relief to
the fun part, which is the Learned Nonsense that followed.
From here until the collapse, the story of a Great
Civilization becomes a history of shamans and exactly
what kind of nonsense they indulged in.
To us, Egyptian history is battles between the god
Amon and Aton, how the god Thoth brought man writing.
We get detailed explanations about which god wore
the head of which animal.
CALENDAR WAS THE FIRST AND LAST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF
ANCIENT WISE MEN
It is easy for our kind of history to ignore the basics
because the technological basics bore us. That is
why what we call history is almost entirely nonsense.
For each civilization the beginning was a calendar.
Whether it is the annual Nile flood or the coming
of the rainy season an exact calendar became essential
to survival as agriculture advanced.
The calendar is the titanic and critical ACCOMPLISHMENT
PHASE of each civilization. It is the only time when
the "intellectuals" who later become a shaman class
actually do something useful.
Those first real intellectuals who made the accurate
calendars were very special people. But they do not
interest the historian and we know nothing about them.
We have no interest in this group until they transform
from intellectuals into shaman and start rolling out
that fascinating nonsense we call Ancient Wisdom.
The first calendar was a work of precision never
After all, some kind of calendar existed before the
dinosaurs. Many dinosaurs were herd animals and moved
with the seasons. Their pig-like predecessors probably
needed some ability to anticipate the seasons too.
Homo erectus could tell that rain was coming on or
that it was becoming fall.
What we call a calendar was new not because it told
us that winter would come soon, for that knowledge
is in our bones. The human calendar tells us far ahead
from year to year when each season will come. A civilization
can only plant and sow and rotate crops and avoid
being washed out by rain if it has a dependable calendar.
Foresight, patience, and sticking to nothing but
the facts were the essential characteristics of the
first and last intellectual leaders Ancient Civilizations
ever had, those who developed the calendar.
In early civilizations you might have to use a third
of your grain just to plant the new crop. If it got
washed out twice you would starve. And as agriculture
advanced, hundreds lived on land that only a single
hunter-gatherer could survive on before. There was
no going back so life more and more depended on the
Those who developed the calendar over the years became
powerful. But once it was developed, the knowledge
they had was there for the learning. At this point
those who ruled the calendar could just show everybody
how to predict the seasons and go back to being like
If they did this they would still be real, productive
intellectual leaders. They would say, "We have developed
a great piece of knowledge. It is now time for everyone
to learn it and we can go on to searching for other
That never happened in any of the Great Civilizations.
USEFUL KNOWLEDGE TO SHAMAN FAKERY, ALSO KNOWN AS 'ANCIENT
But instead of giving the people their knowledge of the calendar
and giving up total control over them, the first and last intellectual
leaders in each Great Civilization became shamans. They wrapped
up their knowledge in a cloak of mystery and mythology.
Historians marvel at the fact that Aztec priests developed a
calendar which was endlessly complicated and gave dates for many
millennia to come. As usual, historians are lost in awe at a trick
that any country huckster would see through in a New York minute.
One way to make basic knowledge seem mysterious is to make it
seem that only a superspecialist can deal with it. So the only
people allowed to dictate the calendar were those who devoted
full time to it.
If any of the peasants supporting these full time priests thought
he might be able to do the same thing, they brought out that hideously
complicated "Aztec calendar" as one of the proofs that a full-time
shaman class was essential.
Other shamans in Great Civilizations used other methods of making
the facts they had learned mysterious. Since they were the experts
on the seasons, Egyptian priests told the people that if they
and the Pharaoh didn't spend full time performing the right ceremonies,
the sun would stop coming up.
We all know the First Rule when it comes to discussing Ancient
Civilizations. That First Rule is Show Respect For Ancient Wisdom.
When we are told that ancient Egyptians actually believed they
needed to support their shamans in grand style or the sun wouldn't
come up in the morning we must Understand that behind this there
was a Deep Wisdom.
What no decent person would ever do when he is told that the
shamans maintained their life style by saying they wouldn't make
the sun come up in the morning would be to laugh out loud. To
find someone who would do that you would need a truly evil and
Which, dear reader, is exactly what makes me so useful to you.
The moment that the first and last intellectual leaders any Great
Civilization ever had turned into fakes and shaman the pursuit
of knowledge ended. All mental effort was wasted in inventing
endless complications that all the young shaman had to learn.
There is nothing sillier than the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
It absorbed all of everybody's intellectual life. You can only
see it realistically if you see it as the shaman's trick it was.
But we are not allowed to see it for what it really was.
It is literally true that no one can begin to understand history
until they abandon the First Rule in dealing with Ancient Civilizations.
A huckster and a fraud is a huckster and a fraud no matter how
many priestly offices or PhDs he has. You cannot be realistic
about history if you are not realistic about the world in general.
HUCKSTEROCRATS, AKA "INTELLECTUALS"
Rule One in dealing with Ancient Civilizations is essential
to every kind of huckster. When Houdini went to seances
to expose the frauds, every one of those frauds demanded
that everyone be silent and respectful during the ceremony.
Laughing out loud at unbearable silliness is a sure sign
of Heresy. I laughed out loud in class when I heard the
professor read the preamble to the Soviet Constitution for
the first time.
Let us remember who wrote that Constitution. The outstanding
characteristic of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Lenin, Trotsky
and every other leader and theorist of the Workers' Revolution
was that not one of them had ever done an hour's actual
labor in their entire lives.
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson worked on their farms
when they were boys. They were experts in real planting.
And if George Washington didn't actually chop down the cherry
tree it certainly wasn't because he didn't know how. Ben
Franklin was a journeyman printer among many other things.
But no champion of the working class knew how to do anything
Let me make it clear to you how silly this situation is.
Let's say that you and I are listening to some children
setting up a game. The child proposing this game says, "OK,
here's how it goes. Jimmy will do all the digging in the
dirt. Billy will do the heavy lifting. Tommy will do the
So Billy says, "So what are you going to do?"
The kid setting up the game says, "I'll do the thinking
and I'll give all the orders."
We would laugh out loud because you and I know that no
small child, smart or not, is going to fall for that.
So when the Leaders and Theorists of the Working Class
sat down to write a preamble to the Soviet Constitution,
how did they set it up? Here it is:
"The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is made up of
farmers, workers, soldiers and intellectuals."
It said that these people would do all the farming, this
group would work the factories, that group would do all
the fighting. So the intellectuals do all the thinking and
give all the orders and do nothing else.
I was only a teenager, but I laughed out loud at the obvious
absurdity of the thing. No one else had ever laughed at
this. If anyone had, it could have saved a hundred million
The hucksters took over Russia. They also rule our universities