Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LIVE: Theresa May delivers speech on UK’s Brexit plan -- NOTE: Starts at 8:53 ...


This is the full text of Theresa May's speech setting out the plan for Brexit negotiations.
"A little over six months ago, the British people voted for change.
They voted to shape a brighter future for our country.
They voted to leave the European Union and embrace the world.
And they did so with their eyes open: accepting that the road ahead will be uncertain at times, but believing that it leads towards a brighter future for their children - and their grandchildren too.
And it is the job of this Government to deliver it. That means more than negotiating our new relationship with the EU. It means taking the opportunity of this great moment of national change to step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.
My answer is clear. I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever before. I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country - a magnet for international talent and a home to the pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead. I want us to be a truly Global Britain - the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe too. A country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike.
I want Britain to be what we have the potential, talent and ambition to be. A great, global trading nation that is respected around the world and strong, confident and united at home.
That is why this Government has a Plan for Britain. One that gets us the right deal abroad but also ensures we get a better deal for ordinary working people at home.
It's why that plan sets out how we will use this moment of change to build a stronger economy and a fairer society by embracing genuine economic and social reform.
Why our new Modern Industrial Strategy is being developed, to ensure every nation and area of the United Kingdom can make the most of the opportunities ahead. Why we will go further to reform our schools to ensure every child has the knowledge and the skills they need to thrive in post-Brexit Britain. Why as we continue to bring the deficit down, we will take a balanced approach by investing in our economic infrastructure - because it can transform the growth potential of our economy, and improve the quality of people's lives across the whole country.
It's why we will put the preservation of our precious Union at the heart of everything we do. Because it is only by coming together as one great union of nations and people that we can make the most of the opportunities ahead.
The result of the referendum was not a decision to turn inward and retreat from the world.
Because Britain's history and culture is profoundly internationalist.
We are a European country - and proud of our shared European heritage - but we are also a country that has always looked beyond Europe to the wider world. That is why we are one of the most racially diverse countries in Europe, one of the most multicultural members of the European Union, and why - whether we are talking about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, countries in Africa or those that are closer to home in Europe - so many of us have close friends and relatives from across the world.
Instinctively, we want to travel to, study in, trade with countries not just in Europe but beyond the borders of our continent. Even now as we prepare to leave the EU, we are planning for the next biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2018 - a reminder of our unique and proud global relationships.
And it is important to recognise this fact. June the 23rd was not the moment Britain chose to step back from the world. It was the moment we chose to build a truly Global Britain.
I know that this - and the other reasons Britain took such a decision - is not always well understood among our friends and allies in Europe. And I know many fear that this might herald the beginning of a greater unravelling of the EU.
But let me be clear: I do not want that to happen. It would not be in the best interests of Britain. It remains overwhelmingly and compellingly in Britain's national interest that the EU should succeed. And that is why I hope in the months and years ahead we will all reflect on the lessons of Britain's decision to leave.
So let me take this opportunity to set out the reasons for our decision and to address the people of Europe directly.
It's not simply because our history and culture is profoundly internationalist, important though that is. Many in Britain have always felt that the United Kingdom's place in the European Union came at the expense of our global ties, and of a bolder embrace of free trade with the wider world.
There are other important reasons too.
Our political traditions are different. Unlike other European countries, we have no written constitution, but the principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty is the basis of our unwritten constitutional settlement. We have only a recent history of devolved governance - though it has rapidly embedded itself - and we have little history of coalition government. The public expect to be able to hold their governments to account very directly, and as a result supranational institutions as strong as those created by the European Union sit very uneasily in relation to our political history and way of life.
And, while I know Britain might at times have been seen as an awkward member state, the European Union has struggled to deal with the diversity of its member countries and their interests. It bends towards uniformity, not flexibility. David Cameron's negotiation was a valiant final attempt to make it work for Britain - and I want to thank all those elsewhere in Europe who helped him reach an agreement - but the blunt truth, as we know, is that there was not enough flexibility on many important matters for a majority of British voters.
Now I do not believe that these things apply uniquely to Britain. Britain is not the only member state where there is a strong attachment to accountable and democratic government, such a strong internationalist mindset, or a belief that diversity within Europe should be celebrated. And so I believe there is a lesson in Brexit not just for Britain but, if it wants to succeed, for the EU itself.
Because our continent's great strength has always been its diversity. And there are two ways of dealing with different interests. You can respond by trying to hold things together by force, tightening a vice-like grip that ends up crushing into tiny pieces the very things you want to protect. Or you can respect difference, cherish it even, and reform the EU so that it deals better with the wonderful diversity of its member states.
So to our friends across Europe, let me say this.
Our vote to leave the European Union was no rejection of the values we share. The decision to leave the EU represents no desire to become more distant to you, our friends and neighbours. It was no attempt to do harm to the EU itself or to any of its remaining member states. We do not want to turn the clock back to the days when Europe was less peaceful, less secure and less able to trade freely. It was a vote to restore, as we see it, our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination, and to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit.
We will continue to be reliable partners, willing allies and close friends. We want to buy your goods and services, sell you ours, trade with you as freely as possible, and work with one another to make sure we are all safer, more secure and more prosperous through continued friendship.
You will still be welcome in this country as we hope our citizens will be welcome in yours. At a time when together we face a serious threat from our enemies, Britain's unique intelligence capabilities will continue to help to keep people in Europe safe from terrorism. And at a time when there is growing concern about European security, Britain's servicemen and women, based in European countries including Estonia, Poland and Romania, will continue to do their duty.
We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe.
And that is why we seek a new and equal partnership - between an independent, self-governing, Global Britain and our friends and allies in the EU.
Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out. We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave.
No, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. And my job is to get the right deal for Britain as we do.
So today I want to outline our objectives for the negotiation ahead. 12 objectives that amount to one big goal: a new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union.
And as we negotiate that partnership, we will be driven by some simple principles: we will provide as much certainty and clarity as we can at every stage. And we will take this opportunity to make Britain stronger, to make Britain fairer, and to build a more Global Britain too.
1. Certainty
The first objective is crucial. We will provide certainty wherever we can.
We are about to enter a negotiation. That means there will be give and take. There will have to be compromises. It will require imagination on both sides. And not everybody will be able to know everything at every stage.
But I recognise how important it is to provide business, the public sector, and everybody with as much certainty as possible as we move through the process.
So where we can offer that certainty, we will do so.
That is why last year we acted quickly to give clarity about farm payments and university funding.
And it is why, as we repeal the European Communities Act, we will convert the “acquis” - the body of existing EU law - into British law.
This will give the country maximum certainty as we leave the EU. The same rules and laws will apply on the day after Brexit as they did before. And it will be for the British Parliament to decide on any changes to that law after full scrutiny and proper Parliamentary debate.
And when it comes to Parliament, there is one other way in which I would like to provide certainty. I can confirm today that the Government will put the final deal that is agreed between the UK and the EU to a vote in both Houses of Parliament, before it comes into force.
A Stronger Britain
Our second guiding principle is to build a stronger Britain.
2. Control of our own laws
That means taking control of our own affairs, as those who voted in their millions to leave the European Union demanded we must.
So we will take back control of our laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain.
Leaving the European Union will mean that our laws will be made in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. And those laws will be interpreted by judges not in Luxembourg but in courts across this country.
Because we will not have truly left the European Union if we are not in control of our own laws.
3. Strengthen the Union
A stronger Britain demands that we do something else - strengthen the precious union between the four nations of the United Kingdom.
At this momentous time, it is more important than ever that we face the future together, united by what makes us strong: the bonds that unite us as a people, and our shared interest in the UK being an open, successful trading nation in the future.
And I hope that same spirit of unity will apply in Northern Ireland in particular over the coming months in the Assembly elections, and the main parties there will work together to re-establish a partnership government as soon as possible.
Foreign affairs are of course the responsibility of the UK Government, and in dealing with them we act in the interests of all parts of the United Kingdom. As Prime Minister, I take that responsibility seriously.
I have also been determined from the start that the devolved administrations should be fully engaged in this process.
That is why the Government has set up a Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations, so ministers from each of the UK's devolved administrations can contribute to the process of planning for our departure from the European Union.
We have already received a paper from the Scottish Government, and look forward to receiving a paper from the Welsh Government shortly. Both papers will be considered as part of this important process. We won't agree on everything, but I look forward to working with the administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole of the United Kingdom.
Part of that will mean working very carefully to ensure that - as powers are repatriated from Brussels back to Britain - the right powers are returned to Westminster, and the right powers are passed to the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
As we do so, our guiding principle must be to ensure that - as we leave the European Union - no new barriers to living and doing business within our own Union are created,
That means maintaining the necessary common standards and frameworks for our own domestic market, empowering the UK as an open, trading nation to strike the best trade deals around the world, and protecting the common resources of our islands.
And as we do this, I should equally be clear that no decisions currently taken by the devolved administrations will be removed from them.
4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland
We cannot forget that, as we leave, the United Kingdom will share a land border with the EU, and maintaining that Common Travel Area with the Republic of Ireland will be an important priority for the UK in the talks ahead.
There has been a Common Travel Area between the UK and the Republic of Ireland for many years. Indeed, it was formed before either of our two countries were members of the European Union. And the family ties and bonds of affection that unite our two countries mean that there will always be a special relationship between us.
So we will work to deliver a practical solution that allows the maintenance of the Common Travel Area with the Republic, while protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom's immigration system.
Nobody wants to return to the borders of the past, so we will make it a priority to deliver a practical solution as soon as we can.
The third principle is to build a fairer Britain. That means ensuring it is fair to everyone who lives and works in this country.
5. Control of immigration
And that is why we will ensure we can control immigration to Britain from Europe.
We will continue to attract the brightest and the best to work or study in Britain - indeed openness to international talent must remain one of this country's most distinctive assets - but that process must be managed properly so that our immigration system serves the national interest.
So we will get control of the number of people coming to Britain from the EU.
Because while controlled immigration can bring great benefits - filling skills shortages, delivering public services, making British businesses the world-beaters they often are - when the numbers get too high, public support for the system falters.
In the last decade or so, we have seen record levels of net migration in Britain, and that sheer volume has put pressure on public services, like schools, stretched our infrastructure, especially housing, and put a downward pressure on wages for working class people. As Home Secretary for six years, I know that you cannot control immigration overall when there is free movement to Britain from Europe.
Britain is an open and tolerant country. We will always want immigration, especially high-skilled immigration, we will always want immigration from Europe, and we will always welcome individual migrants as friends. But the message from the public before and during the referendum campaign was clear: Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe. And that is what we will deliver.
6. Rights for EU nationals in Britain, and British nationals in the EU
Fairness demands that we deal with another issue as soon as possible too. We want to guarantee the rights of EU citizens who are already living in Britain, and the rights of British nationals in other member states, as early as we can.
I have told other EU leaders that we could give people the certainty they want straight away, and reach such a deal now.
Many of them favour such an agreement - one or two others do not - but I want everyone to know that it remains an important priority for Britain - and for many other member states - to resolve this challenge as soon as possible. Because it is the right and fair thing to do.
7. Protect workers' rights
And a fairer Britain is a country that protects and enhances the rights people have at work.
That is why, as we translate the body of European law into our domestic regulations, we will ensure that workers rights are fully protected and maintained.
Indeed, under my leadership, not only will the Government protect the rights of workers' set out in European legislation, we will build on them. Because under this Conservative Government, we will make sure legal protection for workers keeps pace with the changing labour market - and that the voices of workers are heard by the boards of publicly-listed companies for the first time.
But the great prize for this country - the opportunity ahead - is to use this moment to build a truly Global Britain. A country that reaches out to old friends and new allies alike. A great, global, trading nation. And one of the firmest advocates for free trade anywhere in the world.
8. Free trade with European markets
That starts with our close friends and neighbours in Europe. So as a priority, we will pursue a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.
This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and the EU's member states. It should give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets - and let European businesses do the same in Britain.
But I want to be clear. What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the Single Market.
European leaders have said many times that membership means accepting the “four freedoms” of goods, capital, services and people. And being out of the EU but a member of the Single Market would mean complying with the EU's rules and regulations that implement those freedoms, without having a vote on what those rules and regulations are. It would mean accepting a role for the European Court of Justice that would see it still having direct legal authority in our country.
It would to all intents and purposes mean not leaving the EU at all.
And that is why both sides in the referendum campaign made it clear that a vote to leave the EU would be a vote to leave the Single Market.
So we do not seek membership of the Single Market. Instead we seek the greatest possible access to it through a new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement.
That Agreement may take in elements of current Single Market arrangements in certain areas - on the export of cars and lorries for example, or the freedom to provide financial services across national borders - as it makes no sense to start again from scratch when Britain and the remaining Member States have adhered to the same rules for so many years.
But I respect the position taken by European leaders who have been clear about their position, just as I am clear about mine. So an important part of the new strategic partnership we seek with the EU will be the pursuit of the greatest possible access to the Single Market, on a fully reciprocal basis, through a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.
And because we will no longer be members of the Single Market, we will not be required to contribute huge sums to the EU budget. There may be some specific European programmes in which we might want to participate. If so, and this will be for us to decide, it is reasonable that we should make an appropriate contribution. But the principle is clear: the days of Britain making vast contributions to the European Union every year will end.
9. New trade agreements with other countries
But it is not just trade with the EU we should be interested in. A Global Britain must be free to strike trade agreements with countries from outside the European Union too.
Because important though our trade with the EU is and will remain, it is clear that the UK needs to increase significantly its trade with the fastest growing export markets in the world.
Since joining the EU, trade as a percentage of GDP has broadly stagnated in the UK. That is why it is time for Britain to get out into the world and rediscover its role as a great, global, trading nation.
This is such a priority for me that when I became Prime Minister I established, for the first time, a Department for International Trade, led by Liam Fox.
We want to get out into the wider world, to trade and do business all around the globe. Countries including China, Brazil, and the Gulf States have already expressed their interest in striking trade deals with us. We have started discussions on future trade ties with countries like Australia, New Zealand and India. And President Elect Trump has said Britain is not “at the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the United States, the world's biggest economy, but front of the line.
I know my emphasis on striking trade agreements with countries outside Europe has led to questions about whether Britain seeks to remain a member of the EU's Customs Union. And it is true that full Customs Union membership prevents us from negotiating our own comprehensive trade deals.
Now, I want Britain to be able to negotiate its own trade agreements. But I also want tariff-free trade with Europe and cross-border trade there to be as frictionless as possible.
That means I do not want Britain to be part of the Common Commercial Policy and I do not want us to be bound by the Common External Tariff. These are the elements of the Customs Union that prevent us from striking our own comprehensive trade agreements with other countries. But I do want us to have a customs agreement with the EU.
Whether that means we must reach a completely new customs agreement, become an associate member of the Customs Union in some way, or remain a signatory to some elements of it, I hold no preconceived position. I have an open mind on how we do it. It is not the means that matter, but the ends.
And those ends are clear: I want to remove as many barriers to trade as possible. And I want Britain to be free to establish our own tariff schedules at the World Trade Organisation, meaning we can reach new trade agreements not just with the European Union but with old friends and new allies from outside Europe too.
10. The best place for science and innovation
A Global Britain must also be a country that looks to the future. That means being one of the best places in the world for science and innovation.
One of our great strengths as a nation is the breadth and depth of our academic and scientific communities, backed up by some of the world's best universities. And we have a proud history of leading and supporting cutting-edge research and innovation.
So we will also welcome agreement to continue to collaborate with our European partners on major science, research, and technology initiatives.
From space exploration to clean energy to medical technologies, Britain will remain at the forefront of collective endeavours to better understand, and make better, the world in which we live.
11. Cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism
And a Global Britain will continue to cooperate with its European partners in important areas such as crime, terrorism and foreign affairs.
All of us in Europe face the challenge of cross-border crime, a deadly terrorist threat, and the dangers presented by hostile states. All of us share interests and values in common, values we want to see projected around the world.
With the threats to our common security becoming more serious, our response cannot be to cooperate with one another less, but to work together more. I therefore want our future relationship with the European Union to include practical arrangements on matters of law enforcement and the sharing of intelligence material with our EU allies.
I am proud of the role Britain has played and will continue to play in promoting Europe's security. Britain has led Europe on the measures needed to keep our continent secure - whether it is implementing sanctions against Russia following its action in Crimea, working for peace and stability in the Balkans, or securing Europe's external border. We will continue to work closely with our European allies in foreign and defence policy even as we leave the EU itself.
12. A smooth, orderly Brexit
These are our objectives for the negotiation ahead - objectives that will help to realise our ambition of shaping that stronger, fairer, Global Britain that we want to see.
They are the basis for a new, strong, constructive partnership with the European Union - a partnership of friends and allies, of interests and values. A partnership for a strong EU and a strong UK.
But there is one further objective we are setting. For as I have said before - it is in no one's interests for there to be a cliff-edge for business or a threat to stability, as we change from our existing relationship to a new partnership with the EU.
By this, I do not mean that we will seek some form of unlimited transitional status, in which we find ourselves stuck forever in some kind of permanent political purgatory. That would not be good for Britain, but nor do I believe it would be good for the EU.
Instead, I want us to have reached an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two-year Article Fifty process has concluded. From that point onwards, we believe a phased process of implementation, in which both Britain and the EU institutions and member states prepare for the new arrangements that will exist between us will be in our mutual self-interest. This will give businesses enough time to plan and prepare for those new arrangements.
This might be about our immigration controls, customs systems or the way in which we cooperate on criminal justice matters. Or it might be about the future legal and regulatory framework for financial services. For each issue, the time we need to phase-in the new arrangements may differ. Some might be introduced very quickly, some might take longer. And the interim arrangements we rely upon are likely to be a matter of negotiation.
But the purpose is clear: we will seek to avoid a disruptive cliff-edge, and we will do everything we can to phase in the new arrangements we require as Britain and the EU move towards our new partnership.
So, these are the objectives we have set. Certainty wherever possible. Control of our own laws. Strengthening the United Kingdom. Maintaining the Common Travel Area with Ireland. Control of immigration. Rights for EU nationals in Britain, and British nationals in the EU. Enhancing rights for workers. Free trade with European markets. New trade agreements with other countries. A leading role in science and innovation. Cooperation on crime, terrorism and foreign affairs. And a phased approach, delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit.
This is the framework of a deal that will herald a new partnership between the UK and the EU.
It is a comprehensive and carefully considered plan that focuses on the ends, not just the means - with its eyes fixed firmly on the future, and on the kind of country we will be once we leave.
It reflects the hard work of many in this room today who have worked tirelessly to bring it together and to prepare this country for the negotiation ahead.
And it will, I know, be debated and discussed at length. That is only right. But those who urge us to reveal more - such as the blow-by-blow details of our negotiating strategy, the areas in which we might compromise, the places where we think there are potential trade-offs - will not be acting in the national interest.
Because this is not a game or a time for opposition for opposition's sake. It is a crucial and sensitive negotiation that will define the interests and the success of our country for many years to come. And it is vital that we maintain our discipline.
That is why I have said before - and will continue to say - that every stray word and every hyped up media report is going to make it harder for us to get the right deal for Britain. Our opposite numbers in the European Commission know it, which is why they are keeping their discipline. And the ministers in this Government know it too, which is why we will also maintain ours.
So however frustrating some people find it, the Government will not be pressured into saying more than I believe it is in our national interest to say. Because it is not my job to fill column inches with daily updates, but to get the right deal for Britain. And that is what I intend to do.
I am confident that a deal - and a new strategic partnership between the UK and the EU - can be achieved.
This is firstly because, having held conversations with almost every leader from every single EU member state; having spent time talking to the senior figures from the European institutions, including President Tusk, President Juncker, and President Schulz; and after my Cabinet colleagues David Davis, Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson have done the same with their interlocutors, I am confident that the vast majority want a positive relationship between the UK and the EU after Brexit. And I am confident that the objectives I am setting out today are consistent with the needs of the EU and its Member States.
That is why our objectives include a proposed Free Trade Agreement between Britain and the European Union, and explicitly rule out membership of the EU's Single Market. Because when the EU's leaders say they believe the four freedoms of the Single Market are indivisible, we respect that position. When the 27 Member States say they want to continue their journey inside the European Union, we not only respect that fact but support it.
Because we do not want to undermine the Single Market, and we do not want to undermine the European Union. We want the EU to be a success and we want its remaining member states to prosper. And of course we want the same for Britain.
And the second reason I believe it is possible to reach a good deal is that the kind of agreement I have described today is the economically rational thing that both Britain and the EU should aim for. Because trade is not a zero sum game: more of it makes us all more prosperous. Free trade between Britain and the European Union means more trade, and more trade means more jobs and more wealth creation. The erection of new barriers to trade, meanwhile, means the reverse: less trade, fewer jobs, lower growth.
The third and final reason I believe we can come to the right agreement is that cooperation between Britain and the EU is needed not just when it comes to trade but when it comes to our security too.
Britain and France are Europe's only two nuclear powers. We are the only two European countries with permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council. Britain's armed forces are a crucial part of Europe's collective defence.
And our intelligence capabilities - unique in Europe - have already saved countless lives in very many terrorist plots that have been thwarted in countries across our continent. After Brexit, Britain wants to be a good friend and neighbour in every way, and that includes defending the safety and security of all of our citizens.
So I believe the framework I have outlined today is in Britain's interests. It is in Europe's interests. And it is in the interests of the wider world.
But I must be clear. Britain wants to remain a good friend and neighbour to Europe. Yet I know there are some voices calling for a punitive deal that punishes Britain and discourages other countries from taking the same path.
That would be an act of calamitous self-harm for the countries of Europe. And it would not be the act of a friend.
Britain would not - indeed we could not - accept such an approach. And while I am confident that this scenario need never arise - while I am sure a positive agreement can be reached - I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.
Because we would still be able to trade with Europe. We would be free to strike trade deals across the world. And we would have the freedom to set the competitive tax rates and embrace the policies that would attract the world's best companies and biggest investors to Britain. And - if we were excluded from accessing the Single Market - we would be free to change the basis of Britain's economic model.
But for the EU, it would mean new barriers to trade with one of the biggest economies in the world. It would jeopardise investments in Britain by EU companies worth more than half a trillion pounds. It would mean a loss of access for European firms to the financial services of the City of London. It would risk exports from the EU to Britain worth around £290 billion every year. And it would disrupt the sophisticated and integrated supply chains upon which many EU companies rely.
Important sectors of the EU economy would also suffer. We are a crucial - profitable - export market for Europe's automotive industry, as well as sectors including energy, food and drink, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. These sectors employ millions of people around Europe. And I do not believe that the EU's leaders will seriously tell German exporters, French farmers, Spanish fishermen, the young unemployed of the Eurozone, and millions of others, that they want to make them poorer, just to punish Britain and make a political point.
For all these reasons - and because of our shared values and the spirit of goodwill that exists on both sides - I am confident that we will follow a better path. I am confident that a positive agreement can be reached.
It is right that the Government should prepare for every eventuality - but to do so in the knowledge that a constructive and optimistic approach to the negotiations to come is in the best interests of Europe and the best interests of Britain.
We do not approach these negotiations expecting failure, but anticipating success.
Because we are a great, global nation with so much to offer Europe and so much to offer the world.
One of the world's largest and strongest economies. With the finest intelligence services, the bravest armed forces, the most effective hard and soft power, and friendships, partnerships and alliances in every continent.
And another thing that's important. The essential ingredient of our success. The strength and support of 65 million people willing us to make it happen.
Because after all the division and discord, the country is coming together.
The referendum was divisive at times. And those divisions have taken time to heal.
But one of the reasons that Britain's democracy has been such a success for so many years is that the strength of our identity as one nation, the respect we show to one another as fellow citizens, and the importance we attach to our institutions means that when a vote has been held we all respect the result. The victors have the responsibility to act magnanimously. The losers have the responsibility to respect the legitimacy of the outcome. And the country comes together.
And that is what we are seeing today. Business isn't calling to reverse the result, but planning to make a success of it. The House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly for us to get on with it. And the overwhelming majority of people - however they voted - want us to get on with it too.
So that is what we will do.
Not merely forming a new partnership with Europe, but building a stronger, fairer, more Global Britain too.
And let that be the legacy of our time. The prize towards which we work. The destination at which we arrive once the negotiation is done.
And let us do it not for ourselves, but for those who follow. For the country's children and grandchildren too.
So that when future generations look back at this time, they will judge us not only by the decision that we made, but by what we made of that decision.
They will see that we shaped them a brighter future.
They will know that we built them a better Britain."  

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By Eadweard Muybridge

This thing says it all -"King Henry VIII" BBC Documentary

--- -- Watch every moment of this video attentively for about one hour and your eyes will be opened and you will be able to see what is going on in this world today) (You will be able to see both good and evil) Your eyes will have been opened -- You will know good from evil -- Sugar and wheat and milk and honey and "selectively bred" highbred plant life and alcohol and caffeine and nicotine are all powerful stimulant drugs like cocaine and amphetamines, their "adrenaline like" effects are the cause of all of the exaggerations and distortions you see in this extraordinary PBS Documentary, film. -- (This thing says it all) -- "Hampton Court Secrets of Henry VIIIs Palace" Please Note: In my endless quest in trying to show the public and the world in general my discovery, here is an example. -- Take 200 (two hundred) people. Split them into two groups of one hundred each. One hundred watching the above documentary about King Henry VIII with no knowledge of The Bunnell Farm and The Bunnell Farm Theory and Discovery. Simply watching the video as one would. -- The other hundred people watch the same documentary but factor in the "stimulant drug" factor in everything they see right before their eyes as they watch all of the "exaggerations" taking place and beyond belief and taking place right before them as a result of all the sugar and milk and selectively bred carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine consumption. All of the stimulant drug consumption. -- Exaggerating everything beyond belief. -- Just like cocaine and amphetamines and methamphetamine. Speed. "Adrenaline like" in nature. Completely unnatural to man. -- Like "Pimps" Exaggerating themselves on Cocaine.. Kings -- Sugar and hybrid carbohydrates and caffeine and alcohol and nicotine doing the same thing -- Speed on top of speed on top of speed

Baked Potato

Baked Potato

Ice Cream Sundae

Ice Cream Sundae

A "Baked Potato" and "Ice Cream Sundae" are the same thing, -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison



"The Origins of the Stimulated Mind"

And what it does to us..

By Tom Bunnell



All schools, all colleges, have two great functions: to confer, and to conceal, valuable knowledge. The theological knowledge which they conceal cannot justly be regarded as less valuable than that which they reveal. That is, when a man is buying a basket of strawberries it can profit him to know that the bottom half of it is rotten. Mark Twain - Notebook 1908
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"Addictions, and there Cures"

You are a junkie and you don't know it.

..Or you know you are a junkie and you think it's OK.

"Everybody's a junkie!"

-- Processed Sugar and Carbohydrates, "Selective Breeding" highbred, Wheat, Flour, Dairy, Fructose, Lactose, Sucrose, Starch, HFCS, Honey, Maple Syrup, Fruit and Grain and Vegetable's, Lentils, Nuts, -- Speed, Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs, Caffeine, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Gambling, Sexual Dysfunctions, Nicotine and other addictive behaviors. -- Substances and otherwise.

"Selectively Bred" and Produced and Processed and Distorted and Distributed by "Stimulated-Addicted Man", to his fellow stimulated man -- By the Shipload.

For his "profit" and "money" and more, -- by the shipload.

-TAKE THE 120 DAY ADDICTION "PLUNGE", CURE.

"A new world awaits you."

For the first 30 days it's pure hell. Nothing but pain 24/7
You endure because you know you have to if you want to get well. So you endure. You endure the impossible.

Thirty days finally gets there.

Now it's 30 more days of nearly the same. Pure hell, nothing but pain and suffering. If somebody would come up to you with a baseball bat and smash you over the head with it they would probably be doing you a favor. It's more than a man should be able to endure. But you do, you have no choice. It's either make this thing work or go back to where you were.

The second thirty days finally passes.

The next 30 days is not well and your not very far from hell but it is not pure hell. You have endured pure hell and now you are enduring a lot less hell. Still hell but a lot less hell and it is supposed to get better. You do it! Thirty, sixty and now ninety days. You don't know how you did it but you did it. Your not well yet but your a lot better and it is no longer pure hell.

The next 30 days are not easy. It's still difficult but definitely doable after all you have been through and it is supposed to get better. It gets better. It's tough but a lot better. You can do it, you have done it. You have survived 120 days of hell.

You are not well but you are a lot better and you will get better and better until you are all the way well in the next few short months. Congratulations on a job well done.

You are no longer addicted. Congratulations, again, I wish you well!

All this is, is you are acknowledging your addictions and you are doing something about it.

Yourself.

-- We don't have any magic here. Cure your addiction and get your life back or remain addicted and live your life that way.

I, myself, -- Wouldn't trade anything for being addiction free.

It's a whole new world and a whole new life.

Just like we were meant to be, just like all of the other creatures.

"SELECTIVELY HIGHBRED" PLANT LIFE = POISON(All of the Below)

"SELECTIVELY HIGHBRED" PLANT LIFE = POISON(All of the Below)

In their "natural forms" and availability, all of these foods were perfect, Now they are all poison

In their "natural forms" and availability, all of these foods were perfect, Now they are all poison

Fruits and Vegetables -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Fruits and Vegetables -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Nuts -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Nuts -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Dairy -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Dairy -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Lentils -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Lentils -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Wheat -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Wheat -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Corn -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Corn -- Pure Sugar -- Pure Poison

Nobel Peace Prize

It was a very unique person and a very unique set of circumstances and time frame as well as life's experiences to set these people apart, probably their genes and nationalities and place on this earth of equal importantance -- Moses and Jesus Christ not withstanding -- We are all unique but for most of us there were not thousands of babies' killed and ourselves being hidden in "the rushes" and raised by our captors in our uniqueness -- Moses did and Jesus Christ had his, as did Obama and Martin Luther King and Gandhi and Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela -- Each took what they were given, like all of us, and went with it -- To have unraveled this puzzle of circumstances in my case, and the importance of my discovery, maybe even more so.

Your not going to find this anywhere else on the internet or anywhere else

This is it!

Right here.

Right now.

The Bunnell Farm . com

"The most important truth known to man".

(Previously "unknown" by man).

Recently "Discovered" by yours truly,

Tom Bunnell
America

The Bunnell Farm Discovers "The Origin of Evil" and the "Cause of War" and "Greed" and "Lust for more" for all Mankind -- Speed on top of speed -- Stimulants on top of stimulants -- Cocoa leaves and selectively highbred corn, "Selective Breeding" Potatoes and "Selective Breeding" Fruit and "Selective Breeding" Vegetables -- These stimulants take our natural aggressions and mating and territorial instincts and exaggerate and distort them profoundly and profusely

German scientists discover amphetamines.(1887)

Japan, methamphetamine.(1919)

Sugar processed from sugar cane and sugar beets and fired by coal.

Wheat by the trillions.

Dairy cows bred by the millions.

Coffee Beans and Tea Leaves and Cocoa Beans, grown and shipped by the shipload.

Cocaine extracted from the leaves and concentrated a thousand fold.

Alcohol, millions upon millions of barrels full.

Ships full.

Thousands of ships full.

Tobacco grown for millions and then billions.

World population doubles.

Then triples and quadruples.

Man's natural fighting instincts, fighting over women or territory or just because he likes to wrestle and fight.

Exaggerated a thousand fold and then ten thousand fold and then a million fold.

Stimulated out of his mind he fights in gangs and makes greater and greater war and builds armies and empires.

Now on horseback and with guns and swords.

Now ships and tanks and airplanes and bombs.

Hundreds of millions strong.

Man makes war, killing hundreds and hundreds of millions of men, women, and children.

He loves war and he loves the prizes of war.

Great warriors, surrounded by love and admiration and beautiful women and wine, and song and laughter.

Glorious, beautiful heaven for those who live and for those who die, in courageous battle.

Glorious battle.

For all eternity.

And more, and more, and more.

He loves war.

He gets his rocks off, fighting WAR.

All, exaggerated instincts, stimulant driven.

Self interest and superiority, along with confidence and well being and sureness of self.

Big headed and egotistical.

Confidence.

Just some of the effects of stimulants with many feeling they are godlike and fulfilling gods purpose and will.

They are also humble and loving and with great senses of humor.

They have it all.

They are stars.

All the while, never realizing any of this.

Nature gives us adrenaline to protect ourselves and our families.

We are by nature, self interested in these moments.

We don't live there, but with stimulants we do.

Completely unnatural to man.

Exaggerated, man.
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"AND LET US FIND AND CURE THE PROBLEM SO THERE IS NO NEED TO CURE THE DISEASE"

-Jack Smith

To Jack and June Smith and Family,

Christmas December 25, 2012

"My gift to you".

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I have found the "problem" and the "cause" of WAR that Jack speaks so plainly and eloquently about! -- The cure is going to take a whole lot of doing and may not even be possible, but finding "the problem" gives us a starting point and "where to begin".

Simply "knowing" what happened and what is happening can lead to a cure.

We are stimulated out of our minds.

Jack , I know your gone, but to Jack and all of your family and friends and everybody else out there. I have found the "problem" that Jack speaks of "AND LET US FIND AND CURE THE PROBLEM SO THERE IS NO NEED TO CURE THE DISEASE".

-- "the problem" are the stimulants that we consume on a daily basis and that began some thousands of years ago, after we began cultivating and high-breeding plant life.

Quite accidentally.

Sugar and starch content in our plant life with selectively bred carbohydrates and processed carbohydrates at the core.

Thousands of times more carbohydrates than we could ever consume naturally in our natural diet.

In these potent concentrations, they become like Amphetamines(Adolph Hitler) Methamphetamine(Japanese) and Cocaine(Mayan) in both strength and effect in the "quantities" that we began to consume.

"Adrenaline like", just like speed and cocaine.

They cause our bodies hormone system to secrete adrenaline and dopamine and put us in our survival mode.

Self centered, egotistical, kings and war mongering monsters.

Heartless souls when we go into battle mode. We stay there and live there because we keep consuming all of these sugar/stimulants almost on an hourly basis the world over.

The entire planet earth. Presently all of our worlds people's.

I know this sounds crazy and incomprehensible, but this is the cause of man's superiority and WAR and the "problem" Jack speaks too.

The Egyptians, The Roman Empire, The Kingdoms of Europe, Colonizing the whole world, or as much as they were able.

Murderous rampages.

All of the unbelievable wars man has fought over the centuries and millenniums.

Hundreds of millions of men, women, and children slaughtered and killed senselessly.

We either fight for or against, and then become monsters ourselves.

Completely unbeknowst to ourselves.

We think it's normal it has gone on for so long.

We must, or it be they.

We say "no" "not us" we do not become murderers and monsters by eating and drinking sugars and selectively bred carbohydrates.

This is ludicrous!

Insane!

Become a President or general or world leader and see how long that lasts.

selective plants, selective fruits and selectively bred vegetables and selective grains, milk.

Caffeine and alcohol and nicotine are also big players in this insanity.

The quest for power and wealth and armies.

All stimulant driven like the greed for more and more.

Table sugar and selective fruit and selective vegetables and selective grains along with milk and the other stimulants spurring us on for thousands of years now.

Speed drives people crazy but they don't know it. They believe their views and thoughts and perceptions to be natural and normal and truthful.

They are not.

Stimulants exaggerate all of our natural emotions until they become unnatural and we not knowing it. All this growth and consumption and population, all stimulant driven.

Think of seven billion people taking speed.

This is what has happened.

I quite accidentally discovered this just a few years ago while studying obesity and diabetes and sugar addiction with the computer.

It wasn't on the Internet or Computer, I just put two and two together myself after learning that flour was the same thing as table sugar in your stomach.

How could natures seeds be poison I thought.

That's when the hybreeding light came on.

It has taken me awhile to realise what I discovered.

The greatest of all discoveries and in the name of Jack Smith.

So there you go Jack. -- The Inca/Mayan/Aztec and Egypt and those before them, they selectively bred plant life to increase sugar and starch and yield, never once knowing they had created stimulants, that would profoundly alter all of mankind and the earth itself.

Yours Truly, Tom Bunnell --

USS Houston surviving family member.

Nephew of Victor Bunnell, "Bird" our family called him.

Bird went down with the ship.

My dad, Thomas Bunnell Sr. joined the Navy to avenge the sinking of the USS Houston.

He never made it home.

This is the greatest and most important discovery of all time.

Thank You. Tom Bunnell -- 25, December, 2012

"Christmas"

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"AND LET US FIND AND CURE THE PROBLEM SO THERE IS NO TO CURE THE DISEASE"
Jack's Poem

Jacks Poem

IT HAS BEEN SIXTY YEARS SINCE WE SWAM AWAY
LEAVING THE MOST BRAVE AND HEROIC MEN THAT
WITH THEIR LIVES DID PAY
THEY DID NOT GIVE THE GIFT THEY GAVE WITH OUT A FIGHT
BUT WITH OUT MEN LIKE THIS AMERICA WOULD FADE INTO THE NIGHT

THOSE OF US WHO SURVIVED THE SINKING AND THE BURMA HELL
TRY TO CONTACT YOUR FAMILIES AND YOUR SACRIFICE TELL
YOUR NAME GOES ON THE LIST OF THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN ALL
WITH OUT SUCH SACRIFICES WE AS A COUNTRY WOULD SURLY FALL

I CALL ON THE LEADERS AND CITIZENS OF OUR LAND
NOT TO JUST TALK AND SHOUT PRAISES AS ANY ONE CAN
THINK OF ALL OF THE SACRIFICES OF MEN LIKE THESE
AND LET US FIND AND CURE THE PROBLEM SO
THERE IS NO NEED TO CURE THE DISEASE
JACK SMITH

Egypt

This really shouldn't even be possible, this shouldn't be happening

How could one man and one man only have such a profound and important discovery, regarding man and life and the earth itself, and virtually not have a living soul be able to comprehend or see this reality, or the importance in this.

Or even entertain the possibility, that rather than some "crackpot" rave going on here, to take a look at this as if it were the truth, and then discard it if you want too.

Just "motherfucking" look at it.

If those Inca and Mayan and Aztec and Egyptians, and all of their pyramids and religions and slaves.

Thousands of miles and oceans and continents apart, in ancient times, thousands of years ago, and they differing from all of the other peoples on this planet earth.

Differing only in the stimulants they consume from the rest of the worlds population, and where those stimulants took them too.

Sugar and highbred carbohydrates.

Alcohol and caffeine and cocaine and nicotine.

HIGHBRED PLANT LIFE THAT THEY EAT AND DRINK HOURLY AND DAILY.

Fruits and grains and vegetables.

Highbred, highbred, highbred.

Pure sugar and pure starch and pure carbohydrates.

The rest of the world did not do that, but as they did they entered the same realms.

The Kingdoms.

The Roman Empire.

The Colonization of America.

For christ's sake.

We see these motherfuckers as these great, sophisticated, intelligent, brilliant, cultures and beings.

Marvels to wonder at.

The sons of bitches are crazy monsters, stimulated out of their fucking minds and murdering and slaying and enslaving people and babies so that they can satisfy their insatiable greed and lust for more and power and to feed their "godlike" selves.

Hundreds of thousands of slaves, millions of slaves.

Be murdered or be a slave.

They will kill your babies if you don't.

Hundreds and thousands of years of enslavement.

Generation after generation after generation.

Man, woman and child.

They think they are so god damn great that the whole world should admire and bow to them in their beauty and greatness and superiority and sophistication.

Genuinly.

All "hallmarks" of speed and stimulants.

Stimulant use.

The "adrenaline like" effects.

"Pimps".

Big headed motherfuckers.

Doped out of their minds.

Stimulated out of their minds.

The "kings".

Adoring these great ones and willfully admiring and serving them and do anything for them.

Complete and total mind control and hypnotizing and brainwashing.

Only possible by the threats and fear and drugs.

Completely taking over another human being.

And they at your feet.

Worshipping and loving you.

Jesus Christ for motherfucking sake.

How hard is that to see.

Yesterday and today.

Tomorrow.

Right now.

It's everywhere!

Wake the fuck up!

Look around you!

It's right in front of you!

(Have a great day!)

My Song


The Damned Human Race
by: Mark Twain
I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so-called), and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. For it obliges me to renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that that theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.
In proceeding toward this unpleasant conclusion I have not guessed or speculated or conjectured, but have used what is commonly called the scientific method. That is to say, I have subjected every postulate that presented itself to the crucial test of actual experiment, and have adopted it or rejected it according to the result. Thus I verified and established each step of my course in its turn before advancing to the next. These experiments were made in the London Zoological Gardens, and covered many months of painstaking and fatiguing work. …
Some of my experiments were quite curious. In the course of my reading I had come across a case where, many years ago, some hunters on our Great Plains organized a buffalo hunt for the entertainment of an English earl — that, and to provide some fresh meat for his larder. They had charming sport. They killed seventy-two of those great animals; and ate part of one of them and left the seventy-one to rot. In order to determine the difference between an anaconda and an earl — if any — I caused seven young calves to be turned into the anaconda’s cage. The grateful reptile immediately crushed one of them and swallowed it, then lay back satisfied. It showed no further interest in the calves, and no disposition to harm them. I tried this experiment with other anacondas; always with the same result. The fact stood proven that the difference between an earl and an anaconda is that the earl is cruel and the anaconda isn’t; and that the earl wantonly destroys what he has no use for, but the anaconda doesn’t. This seemed to suggest that the anaconda was not descended from the earl. It also seemed to suggest that the earl was descended from the anaconda and had lost a good deal in the transition.
I was aware that many men who have accumulated more millions of money than they can ever use have shown a rabid hunger for more, and have not scrupled to cheat the ignorant and the helpless out of their poor servings in order to partially appease that appetite. I furnished a hundred different kinds of wild and tame animals the opportunity to accumulate vast stores of food, but none of them would do it. The squirrels and bees and certain birds made accumulations, but stopped when they had gathered a winter’s supply, and could not be persuaded to add to it either honestly or by chicane. In order to bolster up a tottering reputation the ant pretended to store up supplies, but I was not deceived. I know the ant. These experiments convinced me that there is this difference between man and the higher animals: He is avaricious and miserly; they are not.
In the course of my experiments I convinced myself that among the animals man is the only one that harbors insults and injuries, broods over them, waits till a chance offers, then takes revenge. The passion of revenge is unknown to the higher animals. …
Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity — these are strictly confined to man; he invented them. Among the higher animals there is no trace of them. They hide nothing; they are not ashamed. Man, with his soiled mind, covers himself. He will not even enter a drawing room with his breast and back naked, so alive are he and his mates to indecent suggestion. Man is “The Animal that Laughs.” But so does the monkey, as Mr. Darwin pointed out; and so does the Australian bird that is called the laughing jackass. No — Man is the Animal that Blushes. He is the only one that does it — or has occasion to. …
The higher animals engage in individual fights, but never in organized masses. Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and with calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out, as the Hessians did in our Revolution and as the boyish Prince Napoleon did in the Zulu war, and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel.
Man is the only animal that robs his helpless fellow of his country takes possession of it and drives him out of it or destroys him. Man has done this in all the ages. There is not an acre of ground on the globe that is in possession of its rightful owner, or that has not been taken away from owner after owner, cycle after cycle, by force and bloodshed.
Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another. In our day he is always some man’s slave for wages, and does that man’s work; and this slave has other slaves under him for minor wages, and they do his work. The higher animals are the only ones who exclusively do their own work and provide their own living.
Man is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people’s countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for “the universal brotherhood of man” — with his mouth.
Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion — several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven. He was at it in the time of the Caesars, he was at it in Mahomet’s time, he was at it in the time of the Inquisition, he was at it in France a couple of centuries, he was at it in England in Mary’s day, he has been at it ever since he first saw the light, he is at it today in Crete — as per the telegrams quoted above — he will be at it somewhere else tomorrow. The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out, in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste.
Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal. Note his history, as sketched above. It seems plain to me that whatever he is he is not a reasoning animal. His record is the fantastic record of a maniac. I consider that the strongest count against his intelligence is the fact that with that record back of him he blandly sets himself up as the head animal of the lot: Whereas by his own standards he is the bottom one.
In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which the other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.
Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh — not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.
One is obliged to concede that in true loftiness of character, Man cannot claim to approach even the meanest of the Higher Animals. It is plain that he is constitutionally incapable of approaching that altitude; that he is constitutionally afflicted with a Defect which must make such approach forever impossible, for it is manifest that this defect is permanent in him, indestructible, ineradicable.
I find this Defect to be the Moral Sense. He is the only animal that has it. It is the secret of his degradation. It is the quality which enables him to do wrong. It has no other office. It is incapable of performing any other function. It could never have been intended to perform any other. Without it, man could do no wrong. He would rise at once to the level of the Higher Animals.
Since the Moral Sense has but the one office, the one capacity — to enable man to do wrong — it is plainly without value to him. It is as valueless to him as is disease. In fact, it manifestly is a disease. Rabies is bad, but it is not so bad as this disease. Rabies enables a man to do a thing which he could not do when in a healthy state: kill his neighbor with a poisonous bite. No one is the better man for having rabies. The Moral Sense enables a man to do wrong. It enables him to do wrong in a thousand ways. Rabies is an innocent disease, compared to the Moral Sense. No one, then, can be the better man for having the Moral Sense. What, now, do we find the Primal Curse to have been? Plainly what it was in the beginning: the infliction upon man of the Moral Sense; the ability to distinguish good from evil; and with it, necessarily, the ability to do evil; for there can be no evil act without the presence of consciousness of it in the doer of it.
And so I find that we have descended and degenerated, from some far ancestor — some microscopic atom wandering at its pleasure between the mighty horizons of a drop of water perchance — insect by insect, animal by animal, reptile by reptile, down the long highway of smirchless innocence, till we have reached the bottom stage of development — namable as the Human Being. Below us – nothing. …
The House Of the Rising Sun -Recorded By -Tom Bunnell '2005