John

I wish today to speak of news totally unexpected. I’ve learned I have a grandson. He’s the son of my late son Albert, of whom I’ve written from time to time in pages past. I never thought I would have a grandson, because Albert just didn’t seem the sort of man who would father a son for reasons – painful reasons – I long ago spoke of.

For reasons of security, I’ll refer to my new-found grandson only as “John”. John, now in latter middle-age, came to know of me through the various contacts he has within high circles of the English and American establishments. John, I should explain, is one of America’s best known political journalists. He writes for one of the big American newspapers, and also appears on the television a lot in the capacity of – what men today call – a “pundit”. So well-known is John that most of you reading this, and who own a television, would know his face immediately.

I have, by the way, no doubt that John is the biological son of Albert, because, from photos he’s sent me, I see a definite likeness to Albert as I remember him. John came into the world out of a love-affair Albert had with a young American woman while, as a young man, he was living in France. The young woman, on learning she was “with child”, returned home to America where she gave birth to John, and where she brought him up.

You, if you read regularly this blog, will understand the risks John is running by communing with me and revealing our propinquity. Were it to become widely known that John is not only communing with me secretly, but is my grandson too, he would be sacked immediately by his newspaper, and shunned by the men of television. John would thus be ruined. And not only him, but his family too, for John has a wife and children to whom he says he is devoted.

While, for reasons of John’s well-being, I cannot reveal more of his current outward life, I can reveal something of his current inner life, which – without putting too fine a point on it – is in turmoil. John is undergoing a spiritual crisis, for, over the years, he came to learn that what actually goes on in America and in the world, isn’t what he thought it was. So that most of what he writes for the public, and most of what he says on the television, isn’t about what is actually going on in America and in the world, but only about what those who really rule America, and who really rule the world – the ones who pull the strings, so to speak – want the public to know.

Were John to tell these hidden truths to the public, he would be finished as a journalist and television pundit. He would be as ruined as much as he would be were he to reveal his propinquity to me. As added insurance against professional and public ruin, he reveals none of these hidden truths, as well as nothing of his propinquity to me, even to his wife and family. The emotional toll on him has become such, that he feels he is now merely a mask – a hideous grinning mask.

John decided to establish contact with me, not only to find out more of own origins, but to find an outlet for telling at least some of the hidden public truths he can tell to no-one. I, as John’s grandfather, have agreed to allow this blog to be his conduit for saying the things he feels he must say, else he will go mad.

I have to say, though, that from the smidgen of the hidden truths which John has so far revealed to me, there’s almost nothing I haven’t come across before. But – and this is important –  none of it was in the big newspapers. So, if you, yourself, get your news only from the big newspapers, or from big television, you could find your safe comforting little world upended when you learn what John has to say. It may even send you mad. You are therefore warned.

I cannot say when John will begin his revelations. It may be soon. Or not be soon. It may be never, for, who knows, John may have second thoughts. Even if he does, I can say only that what little he has revealed to me so far, does have the ring of truth. I say this from having been an active General, and from a very long life……….
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2 comments on “John

  1. Richard says:

    Perception and understanding is the reward of a long life devoted to the acquisition of wisdom and and I do well to learn from your wealth of knowledge, observation and judgement since my own grandfather is only half your age. No doubt you have discovered in those years of discernment which are comprised as part of your 121 years of life that judgments, formed from what is read in newspapers or heard or seen on radio or television without an independent assessment of what truly may be known and what may not, can be mistaken. All comment, however well intentioned, is an unconscious accumulation of prejudice, assumption, lethargy and influence.

    Even supposedly objective scientific research is tainted by the desire to obtain a particular result, for human methods and senses are very much the product of the mind, which, as we know, is the master of all things.

    Not least is this apparent in the science of statistics, so much a servant to the betterment of the human condition, yet vulnerable to the axioms and selective data with which it is fed. In the age of the speedy processing of data by machine this vulnerability becomes in too many cases a gross distortion, if not a neglect, of truth. The statistician has only to make a small error in the mathematical models which form the framework of his calculations and any forecast becomes discredited because of its failure to fulfil itself in the actual outcome. Perhaps I should be reticent to remark that Poincaré famously described how the slightest omission of information can lead to wholly unreliable results. The three-body problem is an instance of the inadequacy of pure dalculation. Far be it from me, either, to venture that the error might be of the kind described in Sigmund Freud’s The Psychology of Everyday Life..

    Yet, take for example the reports (and I use that word advisedly) of the variation in the economic forecasts made by HM Treasury obtained from experts before and after the plebiscite held in Great Britain and Northern Ireland to advise as to whether membership of the institution known as the European Union should continue or cease. Beforehand, a recession, hardship, and decline were predicted. Now, according to the latest views canvassed, there will be hardly a dent in the improvement of the gross domestic product or other indicators of financial well-being. What are we to believe?

    Only the other day I read in a reputable publication (reputable, though as prone to mistakes as any other) that the following were the consensus and failures among professionals over the last century:


    1920s boom not seen;
    Great Depression not predicted;
    gold Standard approved;
    reaction to Great Depression wrong (except for Mise and Hayek);
    Keynesian macroeconomics embraced;
    central planning in WW2 advocated;
    1960s: ‘Soviet per capita income soon to catch up US’ – Samuelson, text book;
    1970s stagflation unexpected (Keynesians thought impossible);
    Thatcher macroeconomics opposed in early 1980s;
    1980s bubble and subsequent housing crash not seen;
    ERM backed;
    joining the Euro advocated (in a poll 65% of economists said yes , as did 73% EU and monetary union specialists);
    2008 financial crisis missed;
    collapse of inflation not forecast;
    UK jobs boom not expected;
    double and triple dip recession wrongly predicted.

    [Allister Heath, Telegraph 2016.9.23, reflecting on Romer as to economic ‘white noise’. (Condensed and paraphrased).]

    So tell your grandson to take heart. May he step forward and tell the world anonymously through your auspices, of his personal experience. I fully understand why he would wish to conceal his identity. He is not alone. Let him, however, beware: his own view may itself be formed only “through a glass darkly”. You are obviously, and rightly, very proud of him.

    I have not previously known of your son. Previous references to him on the ekectronic media must date from a time prior to my birth.

  2. Jeremy says:

    You make some good points.

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