Guest Post: The Purpose Behind Engineered Economic Collapse

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By Giordano Bruno, of Neithercorp Press

The Purpose Behind Engineered Economic Collapse

“From now on, depressions will be scientifically created.” — Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. , 1913

Everyone loves money. Even people like myself who abhor the abuse of
money and commerce, who understand the fraudulent nature of the system
we live in, still work hard and save so that we might attain a sense of
stability within that system. Many people see money as a focal point to
their existence. But is it really money that they are after, or is it
something else entirely? In truth, money represents ‘security’ in the
minds of the masses. Money affords us the ability to survive, and the
more of it we have, the safer we all feel. Because we subconsciously
associate the extension of our very life with the variable health of the
economic structure in which we live, we tend to become unwitting
devotees to its continued existence, even if it is corrupt and condemned
to failure. We gullibly deny the system or the currency that supports
it is doomed to the contrary of all evidence because, even though it has
beaten us bloody, we have never known anything else.

In light of this entrenched way of perceiving things, especially in
the U.S., it is difficult enough to convince some people that the
economy is in fact not providing the security they desire, but is
actually destroying their future completely. To explain to them that
this is deliberate, that the economy is designed to self-destruct, that
is another prospect altogether.

Many people hit a proverbial wall on this issue because they simply
cannot fathom that certain groups of men (globalists and central
bankers) view money and economy in completely different terms than they
do. The average American lives within a tiny box when it comes to the
mechanics and motivations of finance. They think that their monetary
desires and drives are exactly the same as a globalist’s. But, what
they don’t realize is that the box they think in was BUILT by
globalists. This is why the actions of big banks and the decisions of
our mostly corporate establishment run government seem so insane in the
face of common sense. We try to rationalize their behavior as “idiocy”,
but the reality is that their goals are highly deliberate and so far
outside what we have been taught to expect that some of us lack a point
of reference. If you cannot see the endgame, you will not understand
the steps taken to reach it until it is too late.

In the past we have covered numerous instances in which global
bankers have admitted to fraud on a massive scale, fraud which is now
crushing our already fragile economy. We have covered the private
Federal Reserve and how it knowingly facilitated the creation of the
housing bubble, as well as how it is now inflating a Treasury bubble
which is soon to implode. We have covered Goldman Sachs and its efforts
to promote and sell toxic derivatives all over the world while at the
same time betting against those derivatives on the open market. We have
covered the manipulation of gold and silver markets by companies like
JP Morgan, which have recently been exposed by whistleblowers and GATA
investigations. And, most importantly, we have executed in-depth
analysis on the growing weakness of the U.S. dollar in preparation for
severe currency devaluation. These revelations raise questions, which
is natural, but they also illicit misconceptions and reckless knee-jerk
reactions, especially when broaching the fact that the illegal
strategies of international banks are part of a greater agenda.

Below, we will examine some of the most common narrow minded
responses to the issue of engineered economic collapse, as well as why
people think the way they do when the “semi-sacred” subject of money is
involved…

1. The economy is too complex to be controlled by just a handful of people…

This response often comes from people who make presumptions on
economics, rather than actually educating themselves on how the system
works. From the outside looking in, the world of finance appears
chaotic; a mixture of mathematical and legal standards swirling in a
void of mass psychology. Many Americans are either frightened off by
the seemingly complicated field of study, or they find it rather boring
and not worth their time. This, however, does not stop them from
assuming that they know how money works.

The problem is that just because a person participates in his economy
daily, it does not mean he has any understanding of how it operates.
Many watch television on a daily basis, but few have any idea how the
picture actually gets onto the screen, or how to fix a television once
it is broken. Sadly, our egocentric culture has led a substantial
portion of the public to imagine that they are experts on EVERYTHING,
and thus, true researchers in the fields of economics and globalism get
reactions like the one above constantly.

At bottom, once all the quasi-technical biz-babble used by mainstream
talking heads is removed from the equation, economics is rather simple.
Supply and Demand will always be at the center of any and every
economy, regardless of the political atmosphere it exists in. These two
fundamental factors can be manipulated to a point, by the creation of
artificial supply, or the conjuring of false demand. This is achieved
in many ways by global bankers, but primarily through domination of the
issuance of currency, the ability to change interest rates at will, as
well as the ability to inject or remove incredible sums of money from
any market.

A perfect example is the suppression of silver prices by JP Morgan:

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/whistleblower-exposes-jp-morgans-silver-manipulation-scheme

Gold and silver represent competing currencies to the fiat dollars
created by the Federal Reserve, and suppressing the value of these
commodities helps to ensure that the public will never see them as a
viable alternative to paper assets. JP Morgan, who along with other
international banks has the ability to throw around massive quantities
of capital wherever they please, suppresses the value of physical silver
by issuing paper securities for silver that doesn’t actually exist
(creating an artificially high supply), and naked short selling silver
markets to drive them lower (creating the false impression of low
demand).

Another good example of economic manipulation is the private Federal
Reserve’s strategy during the 90’s under Alan Greenspan to artificially
lower interest rates, allowing banks to issue credit at historical
levels for over a decade. Linked below is an article from Ron Paul’s
‘Texas Straight Talk’ dated March, 2007, before the housing market even
began its full swan-dive. In it, he discusses the Federal Reserve’s
direct role in the creation of the housing bubble:

http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2007/tst031907.htm

Men like Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Gerald Celente, Jim Rogers, and many
others were able to predict long before hand that the Federal Reserve’s
actions were creating an explosive mortgage and credit bubble, yet, we
are supposed to believe that the Federal Reserve had “no idea” that
their actions would result in a debt implosion?

Catherine Austen Fitts, former Assistant Secretary of Housing and
Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
under the first Bush Administration stated conversely that the mortgage
bubble was absolutely not an accident, and that she had witnessed
outright and deliberate fraud on the part of the U.S. government and the
Federal Reserve Bank in creating the bubble. The fact that disturbed
her most, however, was her discovery that only a small handful of
international banks were responsible for the perpetuation of toxic
mortgage debt, not just in America, but around the world:

http://solari.com/blog/?p=2058

Goldman Sachs (one of the primary globalist banks involved in the
igniting of the debt crisis) was caught red-handed selling toxic
derivatives to investors and governments all over the planet while at
the same time betting against those derivatives on the market. Goldman
even bet against mortgage securities the bank itself created!

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-26/goldman-sachs-bet-against-its-own-deals-senate-s-levin-says.html

This is sort of similar to a car maker selling vehicles without brake
lines, then placing bets that their clients will crash and burn.
Essentially, it is blatant and sociopathic fraud! Goldman’s actions
directly contributed to credit collapses in numerous countries,
including Greece, and here in the U.S.

The idea that global banks can turn the economy on and off like a
light switch may be a stretch, but the vast majority of evidence shows
that they do have the ability to shift the direction of markets to a
point, as well as the ability to spur the growth of bubbles that
eventually lead to recessions, depressions, and beyond. In fact, if one
examines the U.S. economy from the inception of the Federal Reserve in
1913, they would find that the past century has been nothing but a
series of engineered equity bubbles designed to slowly hobble, but not
completely cripple, our financial system and our currency, at least,
until recently. Like a steam locomotive on a collision course with a
bottomless canyon, globalist banks can slow or speed up the pace of our
descent, but the final destination never changes.

Now that we have established that market collapses can be created by a
small handful of bankers and done knowingly, lets move on to the next
most common sheeple-like talking point.

2. Yes, international banks triggered the meltdown, but the
“greed of Capitalism” is truly to blame (i.e. Its all the Republican
Party’s fault)…

First off, if you’re parroting the fiscal debate points of two
dimensional socialist gatekeepers like Michael Moore, then you’re
already hopelessly lost in the mind warping hedge maze of the false
left/right paradigm. You should stay as far away as possible from adult
conversions on economics, especially if you plan on associating the
“greed” of capitalism and corporatism with the Republican Party alone.

News Flash! Barack Obama received far more in corporate campaign
donations (including donations from BP and Exxon) than McCain did. Both
Bush Jr. and Obama increased government spending to record levels
meaning Neo-Conservatives are in no way “conservative” (as a true
Republican is supposed to be). Obama has consistently surrounded
himself with banksters and corporate lobbyists, including various
hobgoblins from the bowels of Goldman Sachs. BOTH major parties are
owned and operated by global banks. This is a cold hard undeniable
truth of our political system. There is no way around it. Learn it,
accept it as reality, and stop trying to blame one side or the other for
problems that both sides created! If you cannot do this, your view of
our cultural state of affairs will always be horribly skewed and your
insights on our social problems will be utterly worthless.

While wannabe socialists desperately clamor to point fingers at the
free market ideology as the cause of all our ills, the fact is that none
of us have ever lived in a truly free market system. Since the
inception of the Federal Reserve in 1913, all markets and even our own
currency have become more and more vulnerable to manipulation by the
banking elite. We have lived our entire lives in a rigged market, not a
free market. To blame the very concept of Capitalism for our current
dire circumstances is not only naïve, it is dangerous. Globalists would
like nothing better than to promote the illusion that “too much
freedom” led us to this disaster, and that severe controls must be put
into place to ensure that it “never happens again”.

3. Global banks would never engineer the collapse of the U.S. economy or the Dollar. It makes them too much money…

This often heard song and dance ties in with the number two comment
above. Again, the assumption is that the globalists only do what they
do out of an “uncontrollable greed for money”. This perpetuates a
couple fallacies. First, it encourages the false belief that the end
concern for the Elite is the accumulation of riches. Central bankers
have the ability to PRINT all the money they want from thin air!
Remember, the Federal Reserve has never been subjected to a full audit,
meaning they could easily create billions if not trillions without any
oversight whatsoever. Greed for money, to them, is surely an absurd
notion. What they do want, more than anything else, is social power.
They want control over every living human being without question. All
other concerns are secondary.

The next fallacy underlying the above argument is the conjecture that
the U.S. economy is somehow indispensable to global banks. This is
simply not so. Where we see the economy as an extension of our culture
and ourselves, the Elites see financial systems as mere tools in the
pursuit of a greater goal: World Government. Imagine you are building a
house. Once your saw has fulfilled its intended role of cutting the
wood, do you cling to it, or do you throw it aside and pick up a hammer?
This is how globalists look at financial systems. They are perfectly
willing to cast off the U.S. economy like a snake shedding skin if it
brings them closer to attaining their ultimate aim.

The same goes for the Dollar. The Greenback may be the premier world
reserve currency now, but that can and likely will change very quickly
over the next couple years. The Dollar is a device that has outlived
its usefulness as far as global bankers are concerned. The IMF has on
several occasions made it clear that they eventually intend for the SDR
(Special Drawing Rights) to replace the Dollar as the world reserve
currency, and they have openly admitted that it will one day be
established as a global currency. IMF press releases make this
development sound far off and away, but SDR accumulations by countries
around the world have risen dramatically in the past year. This along
with other factors we will cover (namely China’s preparations to dump
their U.S. T-bond holdings) show that IMF actions indicate they are
preparing for a collapse of the Dollar now!

4. China would never dump U.S. Treasuries because it would hurt them as much as it hurts us…

The theory that China is somehow fused to the U.S. in a kind of
symbiotic seesaw relationship that can never be broken is so ingrained
among mainstream American financial analysts it simply will not die,
regardless of how much contradictory evidence you show them. It really
is like a mental disease which causes MSM pundits to go into involuntary
Tourettic convulsions every time you mention the words “Treasury bond
dump”. America and China are not conjoined twins, and one can survive
without the other. We have covered the China issue over and over again,
and I will not rehash all that evidence here. To lay it out simply:
China has re-engineered its economy towards consumption and importation
rather than relying on exports. The IMF has talked about this on many
occasions with apparent excitement:

http://www.imf.org/external/np/tr/2010/tr072910c.htm

China has also finalized the ASEAN trading bloc which has combined
export markets at least equal to that of the U.S. Meaning, China
already has another place to send its exports besides America.

Most importantly, China must increase their currency’s value if their
new consumer based system is to survive. Allowing the Yuan to rise
sharply in value will revitalize the buying power of the Chinese
populace making greater consumption possible. Indeed, China MUST dump
their Treasury holdings and pump up the Yuan if they are to hold their
economy together. And, the Federal Reserve has given China every reason
to turn its back on Treasuries through never ending liquidity
injections. This is not to say that a U.S. collapse will not affect
them, it would negatively affect the entire world. However, China has
positioned itself to survive, and perhaps even thrive with their
economic expansions into Africa, and their new financial agreements with
Germany.

Finally, the Chinese have been very forthcoming over the past week
about plans to drop Treasuries. China has dumped over 7.7% of their
U.S. T-Bond holdings since January, including the biggest T-bond dump on
record this month. They have openly admitted to a plan to diversify
away from the Dollar:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-17/china-cuts-long-term-treasury-holdings-by-most-ever-as-u-s-yields-decline.html

I’m always fascinated by those economists who vehemently deny China will
ever turn away from the U.S. Dollar while they are doing so right in
plain view. Are MSM analysts simply crazy? I don’t know, but it would
explain a lot…

5. Sure, bankers took advantage, but it’s really the American people’s fault for getting suckered…

Yes, a sizable portion of the American public can be gut wrenchingly
stupid. It hurts my head and my feelings to see people act so idiotic,
it really does. The problem with this argument though is that when it
is taken too far it becomes an attempt to divert blame away from the
criminals and place it on the victims. If you knowingly leave your
front door unlocked in a bad neighborhood and you find your home
ransacked the next day, then you are partly responsible. But, we cannot
forget that the neighborhood is “bad” in the first place because of the
criminals, not the people who don’t lock their doors.

Just because global banks can sucker the public doesn’t mean they
should, or that they cannot be judged for it. The crime ultimately
rests on those men who made the conscious effort to destroy this
country, and the blame rests with them as well. I see the attempt to
parlay the economic collapse into the lap of the American people very
often lately, especially from bankers who now claim that it’s the
American public’s fault entirely. Why? Because they will not spend
more, they will not take on more debt, they will not take on more risk,
and they will not believe hard enough in the recovery that never was.
Imagine a serial rapist behind a podium admonishing women for carrying
pepper spray. It’s eerily similar…

6. Ok, maybe the banks are causing a collapse, but to say the government is helping them is just crazy conspiracy theory…

Why is it that the Federal Reserve has never been fully audited? Why
is it that when Ron Paul tried to pass HR 1207 Federal Reserve
Transparency Bill, it was muddled in committees and then eventually
derailed? Why is it that banks like Goldman Sachs have been caught, yes
caught, setting the stage for an economic implosion in this country,
yet no government indictments have been formed to criminally prosecute
them? Why are these men still roaming free like locusts to continue
pillaging at will? Are we supposed to feel lucky that we get table
scraps like Bernie Madoff behind bars while the Federal Reserve commits
Ponzi fraud on a scale that dwarfs his?

Our government, both major parties, is owned lock stock and barrel.
This is why there are no satisfactory answers for the questions posed
above. Elements of the U.S. Government including almost every president
since 1912 have not only turned a blind eye to Globalist activities,
they have offered their full support to the bankers.

Nixon removed the Dollar from the gold standard in 1971 giving the
Fed free reign to print as much fiat as they wished without limitations.
In 1980 the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control
Act was passed placing all banks essentially under the rules of the
Federal Reserve. The Glass-Steagall Act which kept investment banks and
depository banks separate was repealed under a Republican majority in
the Senate, and then finalized by Democratic President Bill Clinton in
1999. 30 years ago, banks that held your home mortgage were for the
most part required to keep that mortgage until it was finally paid.
But, a series of government decisions spanning that period and
influenced by global banks allowed for the “securitization” of
mortgages, leading to the creation of “derivatives”, which were then
used by corporate mobsters like Goldman Sachs to destroy our financial
system. Last, but certainly not least, both the Bush and Obama
Administrations pressured Congress into passing highly unpopular bailout
legislation which basically rewarded the same banks that created the
credit crisis with trillions in taxpayer dollars (yes, the bailouts are
now actually in the trillions, not billions). This led to the coining
of the term “too big to fail” (or “too big to jail”). Our Government
has been nothing but complicit in the banker takeover of this country.
To debate otherwise is to invite embarrassment.

I haven’t even scratched the surface of government involvement in the
collapse of our economy. Cases like the Savings and Loan crisis of the
1980’s led to serious prosecutions and jail time for more than 1100
criminal bankers, but this only caused the government to respond by
changing investigation rules to make it even more difficult to catch the
high level fraudsters in the act! Linked below is an interview between
Max Keiser and bank regulator Prof. William K Black who outlines our
government’s complicity in the breakdown of the country it is mandated
to protect:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bf5Frx1lZk

Elites destroy cultures to make way for new philosophies; their
philosophies. Its not so much “conspiracy theory” as it is a widely
admitted methodology. Corporate globalists believe in global government
on their terms and they barely try to hide it. If someone thinks this
sounds “fantastical” then they haven’t been paying the slightest
attention. When one understands how Elites view economy, and realizes
their primary motivations, the fact that they purposely triggered a
collapse is perfectly logical. Nothing besides all out war inspires
more fear and desperation in a society than a financial upheaval. Such
elements on a mass scale allow changes in our collective psychology that
were never possible before. Most people tend to falter under such an
overwhelming threat and turn towards any authority (or fake authority)
to save them from harm. Some people scoff at this idea, but it is
likely they have never actually been in the wake of a real national
catastrophe before. Men, especially those who know little of
themselves, can change quickly in the face of calamity. The Elites
recognize this, engineer tragedy, then waltz into the aftermath to
merrily lord over the rubble.

Will their plan work? I think not, but I’m an optimist (no, really).
The pursuit of total control and total power seems rather infantile to
me, be it on an impressively psychotic level. Although, if we are made
to forget who the real enemy is, then I think they do have a chance at
success. That is how they have remained successful to this point. Only
now does the average man have such immense knowledge at his fingertips,
the knowledge to bring down a line despots and tyrants that have
reigned for centuries. If only the average man was not so easily
deterred by WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Distraction). The Elites will likely
ignite some wars, tempt us into in-fighting, and fabricate enemies like
Al Qaeda out of the ether. As the slogan goes, “Order Out Of Chaos”.
Whatever happens, our eyes must remain fixed on the root of the problem;
the bankers, and nothing else.

Globalists are not invincible, they are not untouchable, they are not
even all that brilliant. They are human, and they have made many
mistakes. The engineering of an economic meltdown really changes
nothing. Hired thugs, useful idiots, corrupt officials, even
hyperinflation, all tiny obstacles when considering the world we could
have if the Elites were finally made to face the reckoning they deserve.
Americans once took on the greatest empire on Earth. We once took a
feared king to task. Are a bunch of frothing corporate bankers really
so daunting? All that is needed is a principled movement with the will
to see justice done, and I believe we have that already.

You can contact Giordano Bruno at: giordano@neithercorp.us

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Bill Lumbergh's picture

If you agree with the premise of the above post then watch Fall of the Republic which may enlighten you even more:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VebOTc-7shU

MSJChE's picture

Thumbs up for the Alex Jones reference.

Tense INDIAN's picture

You should know....ALEX JONES is a controlled opposition

WaterWings's picture

Which is meaningless at this stage in the game because you should have been preparing yourself and loved ones for the collapse regardless of what information AJ puts in front of you.

Storable food, firearms, barter items, vigilant community.

Little time is left. The 70's survivalists were right - there timing was off because few could foresee the fiat extravaganza that would last for decades after the 1971 default. Theft and corruption concentrating at the top until collapse.

www.survivalblog.com/

Hephasteus's picture

You should know 98 percent of the people on this planet always have been, always will be and are right now a controlled opposition. That's why everyone is so fucking sick of it. But if that crazy lizard dude from england can figure it out. Anyone can.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4799447112501062338#

Waterman Jim's picture

++

 

Agreed. Bruno's right, except about the globalists being human.

Trundle's picture

Yes, about 80% truth, 20% disinfo.

We have to take what we can get.

akak's picture

I like to entertain the daydream that this article, or one much like it, is somehow oneday printed on the front page of every newspaper, and on the homepage of every financial and political website, around the world simultaneously.  But I wonder if even in such an event if any significant fraction of the sheeple would awaken even then?

All in all, this was a brilliant and exceptional lucid analysis, and it strikes to the heart of the conspiracy of silence and evil that has been acting as a millstone around the neck of mankind for centuries and millenia.  I fully expect rabid establishment defenders such as JohnnyBravo to jump to the attack as the status-quo paradigm which supports their livelihoods and very self-identities is exposed for the vile perversion that it truly is.

Cathartes Aura's picture

But I wonder if even in such an event if any significant fraction of the sheeple would awaken even then?

Akak,you mention that some, even here on ZH, would not "awaken" to the obvious reality of what is going down, right in front of all our eyes. . . this harkens back to CognitiveDissonance's series, in that if one does not begin to unravel what has been memorised & reinforced over time as "reality" - if one's brain does not create the neural pathways that connect thoughts that "change minds" - then you could place any truth in front of any people and it will seem as "conspiracy theory". . .

awareness happens over time, as current "understandings" are overlaid with wider perceptions. . . people that rely on mainstream media, or television-story-worlds are going to have a rough time waking up to what is really happening. . . denial is a strong protective devise for the ego, oh yes. . .

and of course, that's how the elite engineer these things. . . repetition, memorisation, reinforcement. . .

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All."

yeah, decades later, layers of lies dissolved, I still can't shake that meme. . . ^^

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Thank you for the mention. I guess the check cleared after all. :>)

For those who may be interested, below is the free .PDF download of my 5 part "Welcome to the Insane Asylum" series for those who wish to read what amounts to a 105 page book. Consume in small portions and chew thoroughly. :>)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/33507389/Welcome-to-the-Insane-Asylum-Our-Collective-Psychosis

akak's picture

Agreed, CA.  I will admit that although I have been a libertarian since I was in my teens decades ago, and skeptical of government and social/political/financial power in general for many years, I was not as fully conscious or "awakened" to the true level and nature of the sociopathic propaganda and lies that the power elite use to control us even a few short years ago as I am today.  That is primarily if not almost exclusively due to my readings on the internet, and on sites such as this one.

I still frequently will point out to certain friends and relatives, even my elderly mother, examples of how the corporate media use certain words, phrases ("terrorists", "recovery", "patriotic", "defense") to perpetrate and reinforce memes of control, and to limit the terms of debate and of thought itself in the finest Orwellian manner.  But most of these friends and relatives are resistant to challenging their preconceived ideas and modes of thinking, even when the evidence is not only staring them straight in the face, but screamingly so.  It is almost enough to make me believe that the human race does not deserve to exist, as it is so astonishingly insane on a collective level.

Cathartes Aura's picture

I think I was "lucky" to have bailed on amrka in my early 20's - I got my perspective from the DIY-punk-ethic of late 70's UK, then the resistance of Thatcher's reign from living in Glasgow during the 80's - I learned so much about how gov'ts engineer thinking, culture, social roles, etc. - just letting that fester over a few decades helped enormously. . . even being back in the states hasn't worn me down (much, lol). . .

but like you, and others, I feel like an alien in this culture, so few people have done the thinking, and pulled away from a system they think feeds them, when in fact it is poisoning their whole lives, slowly but surely. . . and like you, I continue to point out reality, up against the over-medicated (legal & otherwise) entrained mindsets. . . I agree, it IS "insanity on a collective level". . .working as intended, sigh.

(naughty CD, you know I don't do bank accounts - no checks here - mebbe some precious? *wink*)

thesapein's picture

+1

That sounds like a lot of us, probably. We understood many of the dangers of big government and why liberty was important, but we didn't quite see the manifestations already present around us to quite this degree that we're now realizing wasn't just a danger.

Funny how silly I feel when borrowing the "awakening" analogy, yet that's really how it feels.

It's humbling and empowering at the same time, no?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It's humbling and empowering at the same time, no?

Yes, very much so. Sort of like being embarrassed and proud about the same event at the same time. I've actually been thinking about this subject for a few weeks now, wondering what other roadblocks are erected to block a further awakening.

It takes a flexible mind, at least most flexible than our standard mainstream media conditioning affords us, to break from our indoctrination and begin to change our point of view and perspective. A curious mix of ego and empathy, of self consciousness and yet bravado is required. Rigid thinking doesn't mix very well with higher enlightenment.

Very few walk into the path of pain, especially when the consensus reality offers us all what appears to be very attractive alternatives to the painful highway of higher awareness.

The average person on ZH is not your average (Yogi) bear.

akak's picture

What I find particularly fascinating about the whole phenomenon of "awakening" and the willingness to face and accept the truth is that, from all that I have seen, the ability or desire to do so has little or nothing to do with "intelligence" as typically defined.  I know of many supposedly highly intelligent professional and non-professional people both who are steadfast in their willing ignorance and refusal to step outside the bounds of thought set for them by the power elite --- and I have observed this phenomenon long before the current finanicial upheaval began.  What is it that makes otherwise intelligent individuals so outright blind and dumb when it comes to the crimes and corruption of those who control us?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

In a word, dependence. Or more accurately co-dependence. 

The more assimilated into a system a person becomes, measured by their level of proficiency or acceptance or ascension within the system, the more dependent upon that very system they become for their livelihood and/or social/political/emotional sustenance. Thus the more willing they become to make "allowances" for parts that are unfair or misused or abusive.

Generally speaking, the more "successful" a person becomes within a system (any social, political and economic system) the harder they will fight to remain within that system and the more likely they are to not only remain in denial of the severe problems of the system but of the level to which they will actually fight to remain within the system.

We will always cling to and fight to remain within or in contact and joined with anything we hold as valuable, even if that value is merely an illusion and the entity/system is actually abusing the person. I wrote about this in my "Welcome to the Insane Asylum" series. We are all captured to some extent or other by our abusive parent/spouse/state.

Ever wonder why an abused spouse stays with their abuser, even when there's no children or other strong ties that bind? Well for many of the same reasons people stay within an abusive economic/social/politcal system. There is an co-dependence between the abused and the abuser that goes far beyond the surface entanglements. Study drug/alcohol/sex addiction as well as abusive relationships and you will gain a better understanding of the dynamic in play.

Addiction and abuse occur in greater numbers (percentage) and to a greater degree (severity) in more highly educated individuals than in the lower educated, despite what the mainstream media and the government tells you. They can't tell the population the truth because abuse and addiction are considered signs of failure. If the higher educated and more well off are "failing" at higher rates, what does that say about the public myth of the American dream and the subtle control mechanisms the dream enforces?

Co-dependence in all it's ugly glory applies just as equally to states and nations as it does to family and friends.

puckles's picture

The educated elites know what buttons to push when they need to cover up substance abuse, or other untidy facts--say, for clearance purposes--which might hinder an otherwise stellar career.  The masses have no clue, and seem to think that a couple of busts (e.g., bouncer calls cops due to disturbance, minor possession charges, failure to pay a judgment, dismissed charges during college) are no big deal.  Well, they are, if you're no big deal...

Arkadaba's picture

Quote please:

Addiction and abuse occur in greater numbers (percentage) and to a greater degree (severity) in more highly educated individuals than in the lower educated, despite what the mainstream media and the government tells you.

Can you point me towards a study that concluded this?

Huxleys Greatniece's picture

 It is almost enough to make me believe that the human race does not deserve to exist, as it is so astonishingly insane on a collective level.

Who is to say humanity isn't a virus, and that the ultimate way to save the planet is to hasten our extinction?   there's a link for you:

http://www.vhemt.org/

DavidPierre's picture

Know better than to trust any and all government economic numbers, because they just don't "add up". The consumer has retrenched: what is left?

Government spending! ...$1.5 Trillion (+- a few $Billion) is  the US deficit currently, debt that cannot be repaid!

Take the deficit spending out of the economy, roughly 13% and what do you have?

A DEPRESSION!

Believe the government numbers? ... (bad idea)! ...

The economy is growing at 3%, of which 13% is government spending above tax receipts. Take out government deficit spending... an economy declining at a 10% rate!  Even in a Keynsian world, a 10% decline IS a depression.

Governments and individuals forego future purchasing power when they borrow today.

Borrowing can be good if the balance sheet is clean and the system is growing, ...what is happening? ... borrowing is used to obscure and hide the fact that there is no growth!

Hide reality!... governments have deficit spent for years and years. Remember current borrowing reduces future ability to spend.  Which is exactly now and exactly why future living standards will crash..

Capital is "leaking" from the U.S. financial system as foreigners are beginning to turn "thumbs down". (just look at China's holdings).  Where is the shut off point to the U.S's ability to borrow more?

The standard of living will go down because it IS ALREADY lower than it appears.

Remember the "extra" $1.5 Trillion of government deficit never even takes into account "shrinkage" of Dollar purchasing power ...(nor the certainty of an eventual Dollar crash).

Imagine the government having to cut back on spending say $2 Trillion... (a drop in GDP of 18% or so)?

Imagine this happening at a time when the value of the Dollar drops 20-30% or more!

This is it ... where it's going!  Do the napkin math, it will equate to a living standard down some 40%!

Can you imagine how bad this will suck? Don't even even try adding in the social unrest ...people pissed off from consumer goods shooting up 50-100% ...won't be receiving any food stamps, public housing and welfare in general!

No matter who you are and how well you have prepared, your life will change big time in the near future. This is no longer opinion, it is fact because the government has ALREADY "spent the money"!

{the debt numbers used are a farce, total U.S. government debt is not $13 Trillion, it is more like $100 TRILLION when you add in all promises and guarantees}

 Maybe a 40% drop in living standards doesn't really suck that bad when you consider that it will be a far worse decline before all is said and done!

 

akak's picture

DP, I always look forward to your insightful and lucid comments, as depressing as they may be (and as is the truth, for the most part today).  Thank you.

Geoff-UK's picture

"HEY, could you keep it down? American Idol's on!"

DaveyJones's picture

defnding one side is the same as blaming one. It defies the facts and history

Ripped Chunk's picture

Precisely. Both sides are part of the same oligarchy & conspiracy

RockyRacoon's picture

BOTH major parties are owned and operated by global banks. This is a cold hard undeniable truth of our political system. There is no way around it. Learn it, accept it as reality, and stop trying to blame one side or the other for problems that both sides created! If you cannot do this, your view of our cultural state of affairs will always be horribly skewed and your insights on our social problems will be utterly worthless.

Operative words being: ...your insights on our social problems will be utterly worthless.

russki standart's picture

Giordano Bruno, you will be burned at the stake  again except this time it will be the globalists who will provide the fuel. Great article, stay safe.

ToNYC's picture

It sucks worse to try to live or go to 'Heaven' with those that do the burning. There is no safety thinking in numbers; it's the rare ones that survive the hard rain that's falling.

JR's picture


Our Ruling Class uses the control mechanisms of socialism to keep the middle class at bay; it is a political philosophy that embraces humanism and proclaims that man alone is in control of his future.  They use privilege and wealth for themselves and socialism and poverty for the masses.

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn:

“The humanistic way of thinking, which had proclaimed itself our guide, did not admit the existent of evil in man, nor did it see any task higher than the attainment of happiness on earth…

“All the celebrated technological achievements of progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the twentieth century’s moral poverty, which no one could have imagined even as recently as the nineteenth century.”

“The forces of Evil have begun their decisive offensive.  You can feel their pressure, yet your screens and publications are full of prescribed smiles and raised glasses.  What is the joy about?”

 

WaterWings's picture
To the People of the State of New York:

The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

 

www.constitution.org/fed/federa51.htm

stpioc's picture

Had a couple too many, last night? (or probably more likely, last decade..)

Chemba's picture

give me a break

Roger O. Thornhill's picture

What is most interesting - as I know some very wealthy people - is that money is only of interest to the lower caste pawns. Anyone below 200 million net assets (give or take) are not in the big game.

What these people ("globalists" for lack of another term) want is power. The reason we are stupid is that we think that these people are greedy for money (that is what we may want - so we think by extension that is what they are after). Money is not their interest, money is only a byproduct of the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Power and control.

That is why the question, "how many yachts can you waterski behind?" is a false question. Only the pawns care about that. It's why we can't see what is going on.

Power is having Senators and Presidents afraid of you. Power is effecting the lives of millions.

Understand that and you understand globalism (having real control globally), that is the ultimate prize.

onelight's picture

You make some very good observations. Vantage point matters.

http://rushkoff.com/books/life-incorporated/

Although simple, this book begins to explain to regular folks how economic development over the last 400 years has been managed, by whom and for what purposes---and some thoughts of local communitarian approaches.

I suspect there will be a lot more of this, although little that is robust has been written so far in the public sphere, that I have seen anyway, connecting critiques with actual proposals for re-making everyday life on the local level.

rlouis's picture

"Power is ze ultimate aphrodisiac" Henry K.

onelight's picture

At least for the outwardly less attractive, anyway..

And it seems to offer a shortcut to the struggle involved in finding a more genuine sense of fulfillment in life, in loving life for what it is.

Chasing the shortcut only flirts with disaster, often bringing it on.

Trundle's picture

Except if they're less than ten years old.

Trundle's picture

With reference to H.K.

Cathartes Aura's picture

Power is having Senators and Presidents afraid of you. Power is effecting the lives of millions.

Understand that and you understand globalism (having real control globally), that is the ultimate prize.

good perspective Roger. . . power allows such mega-wealth gatherers as Bill Gates to set up "foundations" to further concentrate their power:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced 78 grants of US$100,000 each in the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. Grants include the development of a low-cost cell phone microscope to diagnose malaria, study of the strategic placement of insect-eating plants to reduce insect-borne diseases, and investigation of nanoparticles to release vaccines when they come in contact with human sweat. The grants support research across 18 countries and six continents.

• Sweat-triggered vaccine delivery: Carlos Alberto Guzman of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Germany with Claus-Michael Lehr and Steffi Hansen of the Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research will develop nanoparticles that penetrate the skin through hair follicles and burst upon contact with human sweat to release vaccines.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2010/05/10/daily9.html

 

so, a mega wealthy member of the Bilderberg Group can use his billions  as donation/ /tax dodge, to further his / their agenda - stealth vaccines without consent - and this is just what is admitted to. . . if you begin to connect the dots back to chemtrails in all Nato countries, then you realise the extent of what is being done, the stealth poisoning of whole human populations. . . and yeah, "tin foil hat" to most. . . but consider this: some of us have known most of what the OP is saying for years now, and the further you dig, and make the connections, the clearer the agenda becomes. . . and I promise you, it WILL change your perspective on reality.
merehuman's picture

changed my perspective. I was naive and trusted the gov., doctors and bankers. Last year and a half this dummy learned a lot. Without the computer and internet i would still be in the dark.

 

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

merehuman, my views have taken about the same trajectories as yours.  I feel the same way about .gov, politicians, banksters and even the doctors.  Lawyers?  And I believe as well I would not have learned all this without the Internet.  

ZeroHedge has helped a lot.

Mark_BC's picture

Yes, because the power elite is SO STEALTHY, SO EFFICIENT AND SO PERVERSE that they can subvert a large portion of our population to become part of this evil conspiracy to infect all us other unlucky minions of society with poison, and the elite can do this leaving NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER! Yes, even all doctors can be turned and now actively hurt their patients in order to further the agenda of the NEW WORLD ORDER.

downrodeo's picture

Can you be certain of the efficacy or necessity of vaccines? I am not convinced, but I'll admit I haven't researched the topic to my own satisfaction.

Apart from that, should vaccines be mandatory for everyone, including those who prefer to live naturally and use what the earth has provided to stay healthy? Should they be allowed to vaccinate us without our consent, and even without our knowledge? Would they be researching and promoting this technology in the public sphere if they had no intention of developing it for use? These are just a few questions I would ask someone who dismisses all of this at first glance. You have to ask yourself if your reaction to this material is based on your own logical reasoning, or if that conclusion has been borrowed and recycled from someone else's thought process.

Cathartes Aura's picture

for (huge) profit allopathic medicine combined, and pre-scripted pharma drugs, with corporate "fud" filled with chemicals, pollution in air and chemically treated water, and now corporate / gov't mandated "health care" insurance. . .

seriously, what part of "factory farmed" humanity is not covered?

(love your garden & friend stories merehuman - all the best to you, and to DoChen!)

puckles's picture


---Nanotech is the huge tech play these days, but very little is being said about it aside from the blogs.  It simply does not enter regular media, including the Internet, unless you really look hard for it.  The bit about nanoparticles entering hair follicles has already been done, and has been commercialized; my hair salon was one of the first to do it.  I've used it (but will not again, as I found it too expensive).  It's technically quite easy now to add a number of items with nanoparticles, which was how the hair smoother product evolved.  I'm certain that adding a vaccine is idiotically simple; equally easy might be sterilization products, or items far worse, as we now have the technical ability to use, isolate, and target genes, all of which have the technical ability to be deployed in nano media.  Although hair on the scalp is dead, it is in close contact with the scalp, which sweats.

Mark_BC's picture

"if you begin to connect the dots back to chemtrails in all Nato countries, then you realise the extent of what is being done, the stealth poisoning of whole human populations"

You see, this is one answer to CD's and Akak's musings above about why otherwise intelligent people are slow to buy in to the evil goings-on behind the scenes at higher levels ..... because they hear this kind of ridiculous tripe coming from sites like this, which do in fact have many good things to say, but unfortunately whose credibility gets shot to zero when people start spouting off about how planes don't actually produce water vapour.

Now, I've been opening my mind up lately and learning a lot about the world but even now I have to chuckle at some of the ridiculous conspiracy theories going around. So what, pray tell, are governments spraying on us in order to control our minds? Do you hoestly believe that medicine has progressed to the point that they have engineered nanoparticles that can make us more easily controlled by governments? Are Americans all sick because the government is spraying nanoparticles on them, or do you think it has more to do with all the Happy Meals they voluntarily eat? The reason that more educated people are slower to latch on to these ideas is because they understand that combustion produces water vapour, and that when this vapour is put into a cold atmosphere near saturation humidity, that vapour condenses out as droplets (like your breath or exhaust from your car) and forms things called CONtrails, not CHEMtrails.

My brother in law takes this stuff to the ridiculous extreme and actually believes that there is no such thing as contrails, they are all chemtrails of poison being sprayed on us by the gobernment. Get real, take a chemistry course.

It's like that movie Zeitgeist --- many important things were revealed in it, but some of the charges were just so absurd that it loses the majority of its audience who then dismiss the whole thing as a ridiculous conspiracy theory.

 

*** I could not turn the quotes off for my text

aerojet's picture

I don't think it will change my perspective in that I think you are a conspiracist nutjob!

DosZap's picture

Roger,

Exactly...............

After a certain wealth level is reached...........and one can buy,own, anything, as many as they want, there is but ONE thing left.

POWER...........

Money,while important, becomes a weapon against most who have tremendous amounts.

Very few people can handle it....very few.

It wrecks their lives.Just look at Hollyweird..........and the POP music culture...........or  Super Star athletes.

BOREDOM sets in, and destructive behaviour ensues, unless...your one of the few who have the intelectual capacity, and connections, to gain power....

Every one, would love to be THE man, the Woman...call ALL the shots..........

Since ancient times, it's been this way...........always has,always will be till the end.

Like Solomon,in his time, silver was as common as stones in the street..the most wise man to ever live..yet, he was defeated by himself, and Vanity.

Unlike most, he finally came to that knowledge....but, then HE was Solomon.