The Great Chess Game

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Luke Eastwood,

The Great Chess Game

Everyone is aware of a multitude of problems that besets our world, however the nature of these problems and why they exist is distorted by the media and by governments all over the world. Our leaders, corporate heads, military top-brass etc. all have a fairly good idea of what is really happening, they just don’t want us – the ignorant masses known as the general public to know what they know.

The multiple crises on this planet are caused by our insane mode of living – one that seems to be dominated by economics. Our way of life (unfortunately now for most of the world) depends on an ever-expanding economic system, for if it is not expanding it is contracting.

This system was all well and good while there was plenty of capacity for continued expansion, but unfortunately for all of us the limits of expansion are not far off. The ‘people in the know’ are well aware of this, although they are not going to admit to anyone outside of their ‘club’ that this is the case, at least not in any direct or honest manner.

Capitalism requires growth and markets to exploit – in the past there were always new markets and new people to exploit, which fueled growth and the resources needed to run the engine of commerce seemed inexhaustible.

At this point in time the number of new markets is shrinking, the number of people who can be easily exploited is shrinking and the availability of resources is shrinking. So that really doesn’t leave modern ‘civilised’ countries or coalitions of countries with a lot of options with regard to the continued expansion of their economies.

It strikes me that there are only really three options available:

  1. Expand the planet and the resources available on it by 50% or more.
  2. Reduce the demand on resources and reduce the number of people expecting a fair deal (i.e. not being exploited).
  3. Give up on a redundant system that is destined to crash and find a new economic paradigm.

Hopefully you will realize that option 1. is my little joke and that option 2. is in the realms of megalomaniac fantasy.

Unfortunately for us, many of the people in powerful positions in the world are hopeful of achieving something equivalent to option 1. (e.g. colonizing Mars) and are quite confident of achieving option 2.; hence are still not even close to considering option 3. It seems that option 2. is the historical precedent for solving economic woes, generally implemented through war and the by-products of this – famine, sickness, relocation and disempowerment etc.

If we look at the current global situation it is clear that there is a struggle for power and resources, which is only partially viewable to the ordinary ‘man in the street’. The intrigues and complexities of this struggle or game are concealed from the average consumer of mainstream media. This has been the case for a long time, which is clearly evidenced by the periodic release of state secrets relating to events of previous decades – in some cases clandestine activities/ambitions of up to a century ago. Despite the clear evidence that we have been continuously lied to in the past by mainstream media and our governments, it seems that many people do not seem to correlate that information with current lying and propaganda.

The truth is that this struggle for dominance and control is like a giant chess game, with USA and its allies/friends on one side of the board and Russia/China and their allies/friends on the other. They represent the kings and queens of this game and ultimately decide the strategy and the actions of their ‘pieces’. Countries like Britain, France, Japan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, India etc. represent the middle ranking pieces – they are important players in the game, they are not instantly expendable but they are coerced or seduced into following the game plan.

The pawns of the game are all the other minor and relatively powerless countries that make up the world. These are all seen as expendable, but at times they may be given an inflated sense of their own worth by either or both sides in order to achieve a goal. Of course, like a real pawn, once their purpose has been fulfilled or they are no-longer useful they are thrown to the wolves or just ignored.

Two perfect examples of a pawn are Afghanistan and Iraq – neither were particularly unique strategically, in terms of resources or influential politically or militarily. For a time Iraq seemed important but it was just a piece being played as a part in a much larger game. Afghanistan seemed important for a while both to the Americans and the Soviets but (in terms of the game) again it is just a fairly resource-rich non-entity that needed to be exploited as part of a far greater plan.

What many people in the world do not understand is that this great chess game is about control of resources and their flow around this planet. He who controls the oil, gas, rare-earth metals, uranium, water, and food has control of everybody else. The instability in the Middle East may appear to be related to terrorism, the struggle for democracy or religious preferences but this is all just a smoke screen. If we look below the surface we can easily see that this is about transit routes of resources – in particular for oil and gas. The big boys (USA, China and Russia) are jostling for position, their allies want in on the action (as a kickback for helping out) and the fate of the remainder rests on the success of the competing strategies for dominance of the board.

Unfortunately for us, this obsessive game over resources seems to completely ignore the basic premise that we must continue to live in a world of finite resources. Instead of deciding to give up the game and concentrate on finding a way to remodel society in a way that can sustain our future; the game seems to have intensified in recent decades. I would liken this to two men on the Titanic fighting over the silver cutlery while the ship continues to sink! I wonder at what point governments will actually wake up to the fact that these ‘traditional’ solutions can no-longer work in a world where there is nowhere new left to colonize, nowhere new to discover, and precious few new resources to find.

Of course, people pay lip-service to the ideas of a new paradigm at the UN, at environmental summits etc. but this is really just candy-floss. The big boys and their minions are still focusing most of their energy, political, intellectual and creative resources on fighting to maintain their economies instead of seeking solutions to a glaringly obvious problem.

It’s high time that the ‘superpowers’ and their allies took a serious look at option 3. (a new economic paradigm). Once the penny drops that our system is fatally flawed, the necessity for economic, psychological and physical warfare becomes redundant. Once we truly accept that we cannot have infinite growth, that our planet and human society is in danger of collapse then it should shift our focus away from conflict towards co-operation.

Humans are selfish creatures, we all want the best for ourselves, our family, our town, our tribe, our country – that is just part of human evolution that has enabled us to succeed. However that competitive streak has outlived its purpose and is in fact destroying us. The ultimate in selfishness is really the desire to survive – don’t we all want to survive (and hopefully prosper)? If we are going to fulfill that ultimately selfish wish then it’s actually necessary for us to evolve beyond competing and abandon clearly failed and destructive actions.

Co-operation is the only real hope for humanity. It’s time for the game players to tear up the chess board and throw it away forever. And if our governments do not want to change or listen then it is up to all of us to make sure that they do – for our own selfish desire to live and to have a country and a planet to live on.

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Colombian Gringo's picture

Hang all banksters, NOW!

PiratePawpaw's picture

I just chopped down a 18in thick dead Bois d'arc that was hangin over my shed. The chainsaw was throwin sparks before it dulled it, so i dit it with an axe. Im not a badass or anything, but I dont freakin quit. Im on a testosterone and adrenaline rush at the moment so forgive the following rant. Im sick and f-in tired of all the whiney ass candy ass quiters in this country. Quit bitchin cause you dont have somthin and get up off ur fat ass and make it happen. Ya bunch of GD losers. Winners NEVER quit and Quiters NEVER win. Please forgive the preceeding that the adrenalin is wearing off I think im bleeding.

PiratePawpaw's picture

My son hunts hogs with dogs. Never got into it myself. Last thanksgiving I got a 9 point buck and a doe with one shot. They were at my brother in laws feeder. Luckiest shot ever. :) still got deer in the freeezer

tickhound's picture

You, like so many others, fail to understand this article... All so quickly throwing shots at your capitalist or socialist opponent.

What this article is suggesting, BUT IS TOO PUSSY TO COME OUT AND DECLARE, is an end to the MONETARY system, as we know it.  The paradigm shift begins with the conflict, and ultimate end game, between technology and labor.

Labor and technology are not only in conflict now, but technology is being suppressed on behalf of human labor necessary to "support" the consumption end of the system. 

The ONLY reason ANY of us has a job, is because it hasn't been automated YET.  And what then?  Technology will be the integral part of the "economic" equation of the future.  Human labor will be the "remember when." 

In any "for profit" system, scarcity is the game.  And the more scarce, the better.  And if its not scarce, it will be manufactured as so.  That's why free and abundant energy can never exist, there's no money in a cure, and waste is a constant.  Because its profitable.

Capitalism, socialism, all the rest of your bullshitisms, will be failed experiments of the past. 

Seer's picture

Thanks for your post.  It came just about the time I'd figured that no one here gets it.

If ANYTHING is based on perpetual growth it WILL fail!  No one has been able to explain how any human (virtual) "system" can on one hand disperse finite resources AND grow!

I'm beginning to think that the REAL division lies with those who believe that the world is filled with an infinite amount of chewy caramel and those that believe that it's limited.  All the other "capitalist vs. socialist" stuff if pure distraction.  If one cannot get the premise right then it's pretty silly to think that you can expect a "desired" outcome to come to fruition.


ebworthen's picture


When room to grow is reached, people start killing each other.

The more useless crap you consume, the more you hasten the next war.

A consumerism based economy that ships productive jobs overseas then prints money, debauches it's currency, allows graft and corruption to keep the ball rolling, and punishes the prudent and the savers is rushing pell mell toward disaster.


new game's picture

wish/think/ but ignore that humans will NEVER GET ALONG beyond the need to organize as a group(like wolf packs).

once the packs get to big they splinter off. once there are not enough deer they turn on each other and/or starve.  now how the fuck hard is that to understand

eventually kill or fucking be killed.

oh, but you wish/think soccer mom fucking retarded idiots wish/think we can all just hold hands, share our hard work for the cause, hug, and all get along a one happy family. ya fucking right...

new game's picture

and for the record - you suck because you are my adversay in the game of life/survival. humans suck!  they fuck each other over in this overt game of false hope and trust.  we are all trying to game each other via the pen as we set the swod down for a more civalized way to fuck each other over. i do wish it was different, but in the end it just isn't. very very few groups of peope have real enduring trust that isn't a life of lies/deception and even that trust could be half fucking white fucking lies.  did i say humans suck!

everybody is a liar. you lie to me, therefore i don't trust you. also, don't think for one second i think you are really out to genuinely help me cause i know better.

all under he guize of "civilized" until it isn't civilized...

and don't even mention the word god, another false fucking hope -the ULTIMATE opiate of human stupidity...

GetZeeGold's picture



It's just Boris Spassky.....what ciould possibly go wrong?


If he acts up...we'll sick Bobby Fisher on his ass.


Pizza man's picture

Exactly. i was thinking Kumbayah the entire second half of the post. That and Cicero probably dealt with some bozo espousing same. Get yer Mayan calendars here, 50% off! Unless mos of us are killed off by another bout of BIG GOV(Could big gov be an evolutionary force??) , we will adapt and go forward. Painful? yes, The end? i doubt it.

What fucking hubris to think we know it all.

dolce vita's picture

peice  author appears to be a kinder gentler NWO shill.....

petolo's picture

1 minus 2= negative 1.

Burnbright's picture

The ONLY reason ANY of us has a job, is because it hasn't been automated YET.  And what then?  Technology will be the integral part of the "economic" equation of the future.  Human labor will be the "remember when." 

Human Labor will always be needed, additionally automation is dependant on cheap energy i.e. gas prices. 


In any "for profit" system, scarcity is the game.  And the more scarce, the better.  And if its not scarce, it will be manufactured as so.

Uhhhh.... no. Price is simply the most efficient way to allocate capital. Also every system will reduce work as much as possible.

That's why free and abundant energy can never exist, there's no money in a cure, and waste is a constant.  Because its profitable.

No, the reason their will never be free energy is because it is physically impossible. 

Capitalism, socialism, all the rest of your bullshitisms, will be failed experiments of the past.

Capitalism is what will be reborn when socialism finally fails on a global scale.

fockewulf190's picture

Before capitalism comes around for round two, (with gold and silver being back in action world wide), the old system must first be destroyed. The ultimate financial warhead that will do the job is the 600+ trillion dollar derivatives market. Once that blows, and it is inevitable that it will, the entire globalized financial world will be vaporized and the great reset will begin.

The tribute that must be payed will be horrific. Unbelievable unemployment rates will shell shock whole societies, as "just in time" provisional systems collapse. Millions, if not billions of people, will probably starve to death. Mass migrations will be unavoidable as the desperate try too flee from countries savaged by death, poverty, and disease. Democracy will not survive in many nations and military dictatorships, with draconian laws, become the norm. How long this second dark age lasts until the great reset is over may well take generations. It will probably be determined by the amount of damage left behind from World War III.

One thing is for sure, fiat won't be making a comeback for a very long time, and I'm not talking about "fix it again Tonys'".

Sean7k's picture

The history of the human race has many constants: battles and wars for control of resources. The division of people into classes. The development of new technologies that replace labor (always resulting in better training and better paying jobs- a middle class) and slavery in all its' many forms- political, social and religious.

However, the change in population and resource destruction had its' beginnings in the industrial revolution, which had at its' base, the central banking system that creates wealth from fractional reserve banking and then uses that influence to takeover and manage government and the law for its' own benefit.

While fueling growth, through bank induced capital spending binges, while expanding upon all resources for the purposes of acquiring new wealth, larger and larger populations were created to serve as the new slaves for a corporate tyranny. As wealth expanded and concentrated, rewarding a specific class; the natural restrictions on population were destroyed. 

We bought into consumerism because there was no reason not to. Fed by ever increasing levels of new debt and credit, if you were part of the more progressive societies, you could indulge your desires in ways most humans had never experienced. If not, you could "seek" the dream. Your governments encouraged you, your leaders raliied you, your neighbors drove you and your weakness and stupidity were forgotten in orgasmic gluttony. That is, until someone had the bad taste to present a bill. 

Blaming economic systems, blaming political systems, blaming in general is futile if we don't recognize the real culprit: Central banking and the manipulation of the state for the general benefit of a small class of elites. We have a responsibility as well, we all can live lives that are efficient, generate wealth through the savings from labor, we can refuse to be mindless consumers and concentrate on the best use of resources. As a people, we can demand the liberation of the state from those that hold it captive.

This is best done by taking away the power they have to influence. This power derives from central banking. As long as they control the currency, they care not whom makes the laws. We have the power to trade in the currency of our choice. To conclude contracts in new souces of value. To determine prices through our habits. To refuse to follow laws that work to subjugate us all. 

It all begins with a single person that says no. Just say no to central banking. Eliminate legal tender laws. Create new markets traded in new value instruments. Revile all governments that seek to enslave you and confiscate your liberty. 

LULZBank's picture

Well said. I dont believe in this blaming and whining either, unless I get the head of the person to blame under my feet. Till then I live my life and try to do the right things.

If you want to understand the so called elites, just observe the sheeple that holds them in awe and affection and are willing live their lives by their rules. (Yes there is a whole shit load of people who actually worship the rich and powerful and would justify their actions, ofcourse until they feel something big and hard againt their backs)

Only dogs are lead by a dog, the best (or worst) of the dogs among them and the best of the Lions leads the pack of the Lions.

Dogs wont take a Lion for a leader, nor would Lions be lead by a dog, Simples.

jwoop66's picture

This time its different?

LULZBank's picture

Yes, this time it would be you.

spinone's picture

Its in the vein of Chris Martenson's exponential limits to growth stuff, but not as good.

sgt_doom's picture

Well said, tickhound, well articulated.

Of course, in 2012 it has to be RIP predatory capitalism, although I don't think real, non-totalitarianism socialism has ever been tried, but with the dismantling of the economy over the past 35 years, there is NO consumer-based economy (with the top 20% of the populace responsible for the vast majority of that 70% consumption figure, and a significant chunk of that 70% derives from goods and services as peddled by the top 5 banksters, whoc make up the bulk of America's GDP) --- and until more "educated" AmerDouchtards realize that, the landing will not be soft......

Clashfan's picture

Hey Tickhound, wait a minute. You can't be against isms. This is ZH. Er, wait...

Every time I post against the need of isms in at least some cases or against the absurdity of sticking to one's ism mantra like Linus to his blanket, I get blank stares or lots of red, downward sentiment.

Well you get one up from me--and this:

Most folks miss that it's a song against extremism.

All Risk No Reward's picture

Debt Money Tyranny is the oligarch bankster Trojan Horse:

The subjugated must spread the word.

imapopulistnow's picture

Where has this alternative economic model ever been tried without catastrophic results?

wisehiney's picture

Jump em like a frog,

Whoop em like a dog,

Stick like a hog,

And hit em with a log










Jump em like a frog,

Whoop em like a dog,

Stick em like a hog,

And hit em with a log!





















wisehiney's picture

Sorry, log left a splinter.

Bawneee Fwank's picture

And my time is a piece of wax falling on a termite. Who is choking on the splinters

malikai's picture

I did not need to have that song stuck in my head.

But I could think of worse songs, so you can be forgiven.

francis_sawyer's picture

Heartbeat, it's a Lovebeat (by the DeFranco Family)... Now you're as good as fucked all day long...

PiratePawpaw's picture

I know my language may have been a bit harsh; but I think its understandable given the circumstances. But ona blog of people who are trying to understand our societies problems and make a difference for the better; Im curious which sensitive candy ass gave me a down arrow. I'll wait around to see if you answer and I'll be more than happy to discuss your personal whiney ass issues.

A Lunatic's picture

I didn't down arrow you there, but I did here. Why? Because you come here in a tantrum, name calling and whining in your own infantile way, shitting all over the top of the thread and fail to offer any meaningful solutions of your own. Ranting is one thing, calling every poster here a bunch of candy ass losers is quite another.

PiratePawpaw's picture

Fair enough. I admitted it was a rant when I started. But my "meaningful solution" was to go out and actually do something to solve a problem; which I did. (and I fealt pretty good afterwards) I didnt call you or anyone else specificly a candy ass; but do you disagree that the majority of our society are a bunch of do nothing whiners? Hundreds others read my post and werent offended, mayhap for you it just hit a little too close to home. Mayhap that was my point. To rattle some of us out of our comfort zone and into action.

we shall see

IndicaTive's picture

Got it. Mayhap you should just observe comments for a couple of days before being so insulting. Mayhap not.

PiratePawpaw's picture

I'll take that under advisement, thank you.

BTW. much more coherant than your first replyicus.

But I'm reminded of an old quote which said something like "the sting in any retort comes from the truth".

Which begs the question why some are so much more easily offended than others. Your thoughts?

Taint Boil's picture



Just cool it and try to blend in ......... hard for me to do at times. I backspace more than I type.

Oh regional Indian's picture

"I backspace more than I type".....

CLASSIC, visually and otherwise. Says a lot about us mis-fits eh, Taint? Backpedalling, backspacing in the face of blank stares or worse.


FoolsAdvice's picture

As you take it under advisement, you might also consider looking into proper use of "begging the question." it is not synonymous with a question being raised.

jwoop66's picture

you are on a forum frequented by a lot of whiney, overeducated, underappreciated statists.   That is why the down arrows to a comment expressing the audacious idea of individual acheivement.    Come on , dude, don't you read what people post on this site?

A Lunatic's picture

I'm the guy that calls people like you out into the street at high noon to settle an old score. That is the only reason I bothered with any response whatsoever. Chopping down trees isn't fixing any of the societal issues at hand.

PiratePawpaw's picture

Im intrigued. What old score have you to settle with me. Secondly is it wise to announce that you are the one who will be calling me out at noon?(If I believed you I should then shoot you at midnight) Thirdly the determination and willingness to chop down a tree by hand may well exemplify exactly what is needed to fix this failed society. (the willingness to get ones hands dirty and god forbid get a blister to see a project through)

But thank you for your compelling counterpoint.

delacroix's picture

I think the common sense not to ruin a chainsaw blade, overrides a willingness to chop it down by hand. work smarter, not harder.

Seer's picture

"work smarter, not harder."


And when you boil it all down it really translates to: "conservation of energy."

I save the axe shit for splitting and severing roots (when removing stumps).  But... good to know how to use an axe, as one day gasoline will be MUCH harder to come by: and, SHIT!, just when I'm getting older (nice to have 7 cords set up [should last me a couple of heating seasons]).

Matt's picture

Has anyone successfully rigged up a chainsaw to run on wood gas? That would be something, a machine that gets its energy from the waste material of its products (saw dust).

Urban Redneck's picture

I have two chainsaws, and at least 30 handsaws.

Choose wisely.

The right tool for the job, a good tool for the job, an acceptable tool for the job under certain circumstances, or ANYTHING ELSE

GubbermintWorker's picture

Just one chainsaw here but four sharpened chains on standby.