Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Cult of Newt Gingrich, Jim Garlow and Jerry Pournelle - A "Third Awakening" theocracy where the Church is the State and Science is the Force by which Christians are Healed.

The Cult of Newt Gingrich, Jim Garlow and Jerry Pournelle. Do you know why Newt Gingrich is so obsessed with NASA and space exploration? Do you know why Newt Gingrich is so involved in his partnership with theocratic megachurch pastor Jim Garlow? Gingrich is an intimate friend of Jerry Pournelle, a rancid science fiction writer and architect of some of the biggest military space programs in American history. Garlow is from Kansas which also happens to be the city of focus in Pournelle's science fiction alien invasion book Footfall. Both Gingrich and Garlow are pushing for a "third awakening" theocracy where the church is the state and science is the force by which Christians are healed. This is why Garlow is pushing for the election of Gingrich as president. This is why Gingrich wants to expand American financing of billions of dollars to send people to live on other planets. To understand the dangerous agenda of the Gingrich-Garlow theocracy, one must understand Jerry Pournelle's Law of Bureaucracy:

Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people:
First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration. Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.
The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.
Pournelle's work in the aerospace industry includes time he worked at Boeing in the late-1950s. While there, he worked on Project Thor, conceiving of "hypervelocity rod bundles," also known as "rods from God." He edited Project 75, a 1964 study of 1975 defense requirements. He worked in operations research at The Aerospace Corporation, and North American Rockwell Space Division, and was founding President of the Pepperdine Research Institute. In 1989, Pournelle, Max Hunter, and retired Army Lieutenant General Daniel O. Graham made a presentation to then Vice President Dan Quayle promoting development of the DC-X rocket.

He also published in the military simulations industry in a competitor to Simulation Publications. That led him into correspondences with some of the early figures in D&D and other FRPGs.

In 1994, Pournelle's friendly relationship with Newt Gingrich led to Gingrich securing a government job for Pournelle's son, Richard. At the time, Pournelle and Gingrich were reported to be collaborating on, "a science fiction political thriller." Pournelle's relationship with Gingrich was long established even then, as Pournelle had written the preface to Gingrich's book, Window of Opportunity (1985).

In Jerry Pournelle's science fiction book
Footfall, elephant-like alien invaders seize a foothold in Kansas. Unable to dislodge them with conventional weapons, the US government finally resorts to annihilating Kansas with nuclear weapons—killing aliens and humans alike. Later, when the aliens continue their offensive, the President authorizes the construction of a spaceship powered by nuclear explosions; the dangerous technology is presented as the only viable technology available to humans for powering a space warship. Safety, environmental and civil rights protections are suspended in the construction area. An investigative journalist discovers the Orion ship. Wrestling with whether to reveal the scoop of the century to the world (and therefore alerting the alien invaders as well), he confides the secret to an environmental activist. Although he does this as protection against being arrested by the government and had not definitively decided to publish, the activist kills him to protect the secret. 

The manuscript of Footfall is a nearly verbatim list of Newt Gingrich's 2012 presidential campaign talking points. Even more troubling, Footfall is also eerily similar to much of the theological corruption being used by Jim Garlow to perpetuate his one world religion of science-as-God empire. Footfall focuses on alien elephants (as in the GOP) invading Kansas (home of Jim Garlow). Someone should tell Garlow and Gingrich, Dorothy and her dog Toto, and their professor Jerry Pournelle that we're not in Kansas anymore.

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