Posted on

The Big Sleep as geopolitics

It is a tall order.

To take the serpentine plot of Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep and apply it to world events.

But that’s what I do with every film review, right?


And I have tried to just as often give credit to the man who inspired me:  Jean-Luc Godard.

Godard’s middle-period films (those just after Week-end) were all very political.

And this era of his filmmaking lasted for the next 12 years or so (1968-1980).

Godard was a Marxist.

A Marxist-Leninist.

Indeed, one might be accurate in describing him even as a Maoist.

I have talked about these aspects of Godard before.

But I’m not here to debate his political philosophy.

What I admire about Godard was that he was ENGAGED.

I don’t necessarily agree with his stance.

I’m not a Marxist.  I’m not a socialist.

I’m a capitalist.

But I’m not a one-sided coin.

If America could learn this lesson, then the country would be much the better for it.

Some of my best friends are socialists.

And those who are respectful of my views, I am proud to call friends.

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

[as the old saying goes]

Socialism comes at the problem (let’s say) from the left.

Capitalism comes at the problem (therefore) from the right.

Whether this left/right paradigm stems from the French Revolution is not important really.

What’s important is to see that sometimes socialism does the job better (truly), and sometimes capitalism does the job better.

And it is the Chinese who, perhaps, have seen this the most.

The USA is currently in a period of capitalist revival (among other revivals).

China needed capitalism (economically speaking).

But let’s get around to calling this what it is.

In geopolitics, it is realpolitik.

And no one is, arguably, more associated with this idea than Henry Kissinger.

I do not like Henry Kissinger.

His name is akin to fingernails on a chalkboard for me.

But maybe I’m wrong?

When Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize (1973), the award lost all meaning.

But little were we to know that the award could hit an even lower level.

Perhaps it’s because we experienced it firsthand, but Barack Obama’s win of the same award in 2009 veritably turned the world on its head.

Talk about premature…

So the Nobel Peace Prize is now a joke.

If you are awarded the prize, then you likely run Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, etc.

I have nothing against those companies.

But it is mixing oil and water to bestow upon them laurels and daisies of philosophic admiration.


The Big Sleep.


An earlier version shown to U.S. troops (!) in 1945.

Earlier version not shown again commercially until 1997.


The Grand Chessboard.

If you want to know what the U.S. has been doing these past 18 years, then look no further than Zbigniew Brzezinski’s incredibly cynical, naked plan for world domination.

Those PNAC boys (Project for a New American Century) must all have copies of this on their bedside nightstands.

Like a bible.

I read Brzezinski’s book long ago.

It is revolting.

And yet, it is the work of a great intellect.

We have examined the phenomenon of the serial killer before on this site.

And I would liken such aspirations as Brzezinski’s to those of a Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer.

I’ve seen Brzezinski speak.

To the Mujahideen.

Zbig (as he is known) is like a circus ringmaster.

Like Peter Ustinov in Lola Montès.

Brzezinski was transparently manipulating the Mujahideen to fight the Soviets.

Because he thought the Mujahideen were stupid.

And though they were not the organizational geniuses which 9/11 portrayed them as, they were not stupid.

There really is “blowback”.

But we’re not stupid either.

And 9/11 was no blowback.

And so we move on to CODE.

I hope to be able to bring you my thoughts at some point on perhaps the greatest coded work of the 21st century so far (King of the Jews by Nick Tosches).

Don’t be alarmed.

It’s not about Jesus.

It’s not Holocaust denial.


It’s simply a book (on the surface) about Jewish gangster Arnold Rothstein.

But what is it really about?

It’s about 9/11.  The World Trade Center.  About the Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co.

[now known as Zim Integrated Shipping Services]

Tosches mentions none of this.

But he doesn’t have to.

Because he’s a master.

He knows his Ezra Pound.

And I’m guessing, even more importantly, he knows his James Joyce.

[particularly the longest code piece {not to be confused with codpiece} ever written:  Finnegans Wake]

Finnegans Wake.  1939.

The Big Sleep.  1939.


Raymond Chandler.

Joyce, though serialized, published compiled on May 4 of that year.

But Chandler is just pulp, right?

He’s not “sui generis” like Joyce.

Therefore we just know the year.


[Maybe someone can fill in this gap of imprecision?]

We know how Joyce started…the infamous Heraclitus run-on:

“riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.”

That first word.

Starting a 628-page novel with a lower-case letter 🙂


And needing a comma…after one word!

Letting Eve precede Adam.

And some off-the-cuff Latin.

But mainly Dublin.


And what about Raymond Chandler?

Same year.

[with the exception that Joyce had been dribbling out the “chapters” of FW since 1922…as writers were wont to do in those days]

“It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.”

That’s Chandler.

A typical noir crime pulp beginning.

“It was a cold, dark night…”

But Chandler is too lie-down-cool to use commas.

Which makes Joyce seems uptight (in retrospect).

Notice…”hard wet rain”.

That’s it.

No commas.

Just keep truckin’.

Cigarette hanging from side of mouth.

Underwood typewriter clacking.

Cup of coffee steaming.

No time for commas.

Raymond Chandler.

A master.

And Joyce.

The master.

But each, a craftsman of superb ingenuity.

So what did Chandler’s story say about the world in 1939?

And what does it say about our world in 2017?

Is it really about people named Joe Brody and Eddie Mars…etc. etc. etc. ?

Or is there a DEEPER story?

Like Tosches’ King of the Jews…or Joyce’s Finnegans.

And Brzezinski…

Did he just trust that no one would take his plan and run?

Because the neocons very much took it.  And ran.

And started World War III.

18 years ago.

On 9/11.

September 1, 1939.  Germany invades Poland.

By way of a false flag at the Gleiwitz radio station.  Two days prior.

September 11, 2001.  Two airplanes crash into World Trade Center in New York City.

By way of remote control.

You will have to do some of your own research here.

Missile [sic] hits Pentagon.

Flight 93 is shot down.

WTC buildings 1, 2, and 7 (47-storeys) all collapse due to controlled demolition.

[again, this requires your participation]

1 vs. 11.

Same month.

Both were false flags.

The second being a “false-flag stand-down”.

But none of this tells us where we are at now.

A leader needs a map.

Brzezinski is now old hat.

fait accompli.

But we are still left with these characters:

-Philip Marlowe

-Vivian (!) Sternwood Rutledge

-Eddie Mars

-Bernie Ohls

-General Sternwood

-Norris (the Sternwood butler)

-Lash (!) Canino (the hitman)

-Harry Jones (the little man…who dies for love)

-Joe Brody

-Agnes Lowzier

But Wikipedia leaves out some important personages.


-Carmen Sternwood

-Owen Taylor (never seen in the movie)

-Arthur Gwynn Geiger (very important!)

-Sean Regan (also never seen, but also very important)

It’s like a game.

Everyone wants to be the hero.

The USA wants to be Philip Marlowe.


But just like this upstart Antifa, we may have actually become Eddie Mars (thanks to jerks like Kissinger).

For the Democratic Party in the U.S., Eddie Mars is Russia.

Russia this.  Russia that.

But that’s not quite right.

I’m gonna have to give Philip Marlowe to a couple of people.

Alex Jones and Steve Pieczenik.

To start.

And many others who are fighting the good fight.

Ok, so we have one mystery solved.

Perhaps Mrs. Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) is the CIA.

Perhaps that’s being too kind to the Agency.

[or to cruel to the memory of Bacall]

Perhaps “Eddie Mars” is always shifting?

But Eddie Mars is a big force.

For the U.S., China or Russia could be thought of as Eddie Mars…but that would be very simplistic.

For Russia or China, the USA could very easily be Eddie Mars.



Bernie Ohls is most certainly the FBI.


In theory.

The 1993 WTC bombing should tell you everything you need to know about the FBI (unfortunately).

General Sternwood.

Ok, maybe we make a change here.

In fact, definitely!

General Sternwood is Steve Pieczenik.

Philip Marlowe is Alex Jones.


And Pieczenik has daughters…

Rutledge (military intelligence) and Carmen (CIA).


That’s really cruel.

Doesn’t really do the Agency justice.

But this is a rough game 🙂

Or, Rutledge (intelligence community) and Carmen (rogue portion of CIA).

That sounds about right.

Rutledge is a good egg.  With a checkered past.

Carmen is just fucked up.

Probably dates back to when Gen. Donovan wanted to put incendiaries on bats (to attack the Japanese).  🙂

Carmen needs to go away for awhile.  Get treatment.

She’s a cold warrior who’s nearly froze to death.

Poor thing.

We don’t hate her.

For God’s sake…

But she’s a wreck.


In too deep.

And though it’s too easy, I’m going to give Arthur Gwynn Geiger to Israel.

Come back tomorrow.

You mean EARLY tomorrow?

Because it looks like you’re moving TODAY!

And so Joe Brody is shifting, but actually (on second thought) Joe Brody is Israel.

And Mr. Geiger is all of the awesome, good Jews in this world.

Owen Taylor, then, would be al-Qaeda.

Which is to say, George Kaplan.

So the most cynical (and inept) is Joe Brody.

But the “stand-down” is Eddie Mars.

Meaning, we are Eddie Mars.

We are our own villain.

As Paul Craig Roberts has accurately insisted on so many occasions (and I paraphrase), “19 guys with boxcutters foiled our 16 intelligence agencies.”


And as Thierry Meyssan so aptly put it (in reference to the Pentagon “airplane” story), that is “strictly impossible”.



U.S. defense budget per year?  Approx. $611 billion.

Which equals the defense budgets of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany COMBINED.

That’s right.

Over half-a-trillion a year on defense and we couldn’t prevent 9/11.

Because it emanated from within our own borders.

“Self-inflicted wound”…is the best description.

[a phrase Brzezinski used in his 1997 work]

Much more pithy than “inside job”.

So there you have it, friends.

I left out North Korea.

I left out Turkey.

I left out Iran.

I left out France (except for their defense budget).

I left out Canada.

I left out Ireland.

I left out Syria.

I left out Sweden.

I didn’t assign the -stans, as Brzezinski would have.

Finally, let’s ruminate on a brief Zbig quote for a moment…not as telegraphed as PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”, but potent enough for our purposes:

“The public supported America’s engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.”

Someone took that and ran.

Namely, the neocons.

[emphasis mine]


6 responses to “The Big Sleep as geopolitics

  1. Excellent review on the Big Sleep one of my Favourite Bogart/ Bacall Films There are so many Gems Harry Jones loves the Girl who isn’t worth It and the interplay that Chandler creates between Bogart and the Old Man and the Sisters. The scene where he goes into the Bookshop across the Road the story about first editions superb dialogue and for you to translate it into Politics is brilliant Paul, by the way China is a Capitalist and Imperialist nation easily equivalent to the USA Britain Europe and Japan. Great Stuff I loved all your comparisons. Laurence

  2. Holy crap. I’ve never read an analysis like this. I’m in awe! I have to read it again I think to get all the references. I’ll be back for sure. Wow.

  3. This flows well, and would make a great podcast, Paul. I think people would tune in to listen to you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s