Guest Post: Reality Has Consequences

Tyler Durden's picture

Originally posted at Monty Pelerin's World blog,

The world no longer makes sense to most people over forty years of age. Much of what we thought was true is now denied. What to us is obviously false (or at least always was) is now accepted as being true. Here are examples from Frick at Bias Breakdown that show obvious contradictions between popular belief and what we hold as reality:

If every Arab in the Middle East laid down his weapon, there would be peace in the Middle East. If every Israeli laid down his (or her) weapon, Israel would be annihilated.


Likewise, if government stopped all spending, the deficit problem would be solved. If government confiscated the gross annual income of every individual in the country making over $66,193, the deficit would destroy our country.


In a sane world, politicians would cut every last dollar of government spending they could in order to bring financial order back to an entitlement-happy society. After government’s debilitating spending habits were slashed or restructured, only then would the conversation shift to taxes and revenue to make up the gap.


Of course, this isn’t a sane world. It’s the world in which it’s Israel’s fault for every ill in Palestine and Republicans are evil and stupid for wanting to cut spending.

Fantasies like these might are satisfying to many, but they are ultimately destructive. Truth cannot be changed by repeating falsehoods. Nor can it be altered by more people believing untruths. But, when these fantasizers overwhelm society with their false beliefs, society will no longer function. Society cannot invent its own truth based on convenience, prejudice or popularity. Truth, not manufactured myth, is key to survival. Societies which deviate from it, don’t survive.

As Ayn Rand stated:

You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.

The avoidance of reality has overtaken our society. The consequences of doing so have been building for decades and will soon overwhelm us. On our current path, much of what we knew and cared about will be destroyed.

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PiratePawpaw's picture

Plants consume C02.

Buy a fern, problem solved.


giatny1's picture

How many people are you willing to let die from poverty caused by unaffordable energy????  It's time for the climate terrorists to admit that         there are no viable alternative sources of energy.  Until there are, fossil fuels are MANDATORY for there to be adequate economic activity to feed, clothe, and house     the global population.  The abject lunacy that $$$$$billions given to the U.N. will save the planet from destruction makes it impossible to take the "Al Gores" seriously.  If the climate obsessives came up with rational solutions that weren't inherently corrupt and ineffective, progress towards a cleaner environment would be possible.   May I suggest that keeping the nitrate runoff from corn ethanol production out of the Gulf of Mexico might be a fabulous way to kick off a save the planet project??????? The damage being done from idiotic non-"solutions" is incalculable.  

Flakmeister's picture

Given your ability to constract strawmen, you will no doubt stay warm by using them for fuel....

Diogenes's picture

So where's my Global Warming? I live in Canada and it cost me $3000 to heat my house last year and oil is even higher this year. I have been waiting for this much advertised Global Warming for 20 years, where is it? OK I admit we had a few mild winters in the 1990s but that turned out to be a fizzle.


Also, where's my damn check? I've been crabbing about Global Warming for years and never got my check from the oil companies. Where is it?

cranky-old-geezer's picture



Blah blah blah blah ad nauseum.

How many AGWers support nuclear power as a way to lower CO2 emissions?  None?

Their "solution" is more taxes and another market for Wall Street to make money on (carbon credits)?

Sorry, but long as their solution is another govt and Wall Street windfall, I'm not buyin' it. 

How 'bout no more taxes, no "carbon credits", nothing Wall Street can make money on, require all new electricity generating facilities be nuclear (thorium, not unranium), stop giving Wall Street banks huge cash gifts, use that money to subsidize (like 70%) people trading in old low mileage vehicles for new high mileage vehicles.

Help people and industry pay the cost of more efficient fossil fuel use instead of helping govt and wall street make money off it, and I might support CO2 reduction. 


Hobbleknee's picture

No, they're calling it climate change so they can blame all weather events on people, not just the hot ones.

cossack55's picture

I hope this was originally posted in 1989 or else the author just came out of an extended coma.

batterycharged's picture

LMAO, quoting Ayn Rand...a woman who wrote fantasy novels about some stud with flowing red hair....about reality.

Gotta love it.

Individualism...the biggest self-aggrandizing fantasy on the planet.  Sure, let's hear more from Ayn, just to stroke our own egos.

ISEEIT's picture

It is all about individualism.

Or not.

I prefer free choice.


batterycharged's picture

Thanks for providing an example.'s picture



Individualism...the biggest self-aggrandizing fantasy on the planet.


Glad you feel that way. You can just start taking orders from me. I know what's best for you.

batterycharged's picture

Is it really that simple in your mind? If it's not anarchy then I am a slave to someone else's power?

Here's a heads up, there will ALWAYS be someone telling you what to do.

That's why individualism is FANTASY. You imagine a situation where you are always in control and have "free will" or "free choice". Only a CHILD would think this could ever be reality. 

Most of your choices are made for you whether you like it or not. I guess Ayn Rand gives you comfort in being ignorant of this fact. Does she make you fear death as well?'s picture

No one is 100% free so it is bad to seek liberty. No one can avoid all illness so it is bad to maintain good health. No one can see the future therefore it is bad to plan for tomorrow. No one can paint a perfect picture or write a perfect book or sing a perfect song so we should all just sit here with our heads in the dirt. And you don't think that's childish?

malek's picture

The only one who should tell anyone what to not do is a basic set of rules, written in understandable text, evenly enforced, and changing only slowly if at all.

You seem to have fallen for the old "if you're not for me you're against me" BS.

cranky-old-geezer's picture



Here's a heads up, there will ALWAYS be someone telling you what to do.

Actually no.  Most govt control is saying what you can't do, outlawing more and more natural human action till everybody is a lawbreaker, even 10 yr olds with a lemonade stand and someone's back yard garden, both illegal now or soon will be.

There's less and less you can do now without govt fees and licenses and regulations and govt goons looking over your shoulder.  Many normal non-hazardous occupations are outlawed now unless you pay a fee get a license jump thru myriad govt hoops and tolerate 50 govt agencies looking over your shoulder.

The original American model prohibited this sort of govt control over people.   But the founders did it the wrong way.  They went the nebulous "rights" route, not the clear "govt is prohibited" route.  It was the biggest mistake the founders made.

Jack Burton's picture

Ms Rand was a mentally sick individual.'s picture

Jack Burton is a mentally sick individual. Gee, this supposition without argument thing sure is keen!

Jack Burton's picture

Rand was about as human as Joseph Stalin. Best place for her is in the grave where her sick ideology can rest in peace. Her followers are sicker. She at least was an original thinker. WHo could read her trash and think they have discovered something of value?  The human race is best served by her rotting in her grave. I suppose the tax payer probably paid her a funeral benefit too, since the old witch was sucking off the government in her old age. Why didn't the old bitch get out into her free market and earn an honest living when she was old? Taking social security and medicare when she was god's gift to the free market? It makes no sense, the market place would place great value on the dried up old witch, why would she take government benefits when she felt nobody should feed off the government.'s picture

If everyone wanted to join the Social Security system voluntarily there would be no need for the government to force you, I or Ayn Rand to participate. It makes little sense to suggest that those who have been forced to pay into a system against their will should forgo restitution for that involuntary taking. They are not the hypocrites. The hypocrites are those who want individuals to be forced to pay into a system and then claim that because those individuals didn't want to pay in the first place they have no right to receive recompense. What joy do you find in bleeding people dry and then condemning them for what you've forced on them?

A Nanny Moose's picture

A) You are blaming the victim for using mob protection, which the victim paid for, after the mob threw a brick through their window.

B) What better way to bring down an unsustainable system, than to use it exactly as it is intended?

gotobeating's picture

Capitalism, at it's core, is a corruption breeder. It is the ultimate expression of the Randian ethic: Winner take all, the highest earner is the maker of the rules. Once the Monopoly game starts and wealth concentration begins, you can get a $1000 on GO and still not make it around the board.

This is where we are now. People who will never call the shots fighting for the rights of those who do in the name of a long dead idea. Our choices are public corruption or private corruption. The Free Market is as bad as the government in that neither has a stake in the individual.

We are living in Ayn Rand's world. Corporations control everything. Including the government. Why do you think so much effort is spent fixating on it? The invisible hand is coming out of Wall Street's sleeve.'s picture


Capitalism, at it's core, is a corruption breeder


The only way to succeed in a capitalist system is to fulfill the needs of your customers. This is an improvement over the law of the jungle in which attacking one's fellow man is the way to success.


The Free Market is as bad as the government in that neither has a stake in the individual.


You appear to not understand what a free market involves. When individuals have the freedom to make decisions about their own lives without interference you have a free market. A free market is synonymous with individual decision making.


We are living in Ayn Rand's world. Corporations control everything. Including the government.


We are living in the world which Rand predicted in which government and crony capitalists have taken away initiative from productive individuals of all classes. She was opposed to such a world. That's what Atlas Shrugged is about.



Creepy Lurker's picture

What I got out of it:
People over 40...
Israel! Israel!
government spending...

itstippy's picture

Also truth and realty can be ignored but not avoided.  Profound!

AgShaman's picture

How is she relevant?

Wasn't she and her mate living off the govt dole in the end?'s picture

When you can reclaim a portion of the money taken from you by the government to fund Social Security will you refer to yourself as being on the dole?

AgShaman's picture

I hope to never find out...

I've had plenty of chances thus far, and yet have passed on the opportunity.

Does it mean I've left free money on the table?'s picture

Are you an American paying into SS who has decided never to collect recompense?

AgShaman's picture


Is that outlandish?

Am i being unreasonable in my quest for a self reliant existence?'s picture

That's fine for you. It's good to confirm that Social Security isn't needed by everybody and therefore it's absurd to force everyone to participate. I'll certainly take any restitution which the thieves are willing to hand back despite the fact that it will fall far short of what was taken from me.


WASHINGTON (AP) — People retiring today are part of the first generation of workers who have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire. It's a historic shift that will only get worse for future retirees, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

cranky-old-geezer's picture



despite the fact that it will fall far short of what was taken from me.

What's your beef? 

SS isn't a savings account, it's insurance. 

Do you bitch about paying more homeowners insurance premiums than you get back in claims?  No.

So what's your problem paying more SS premiums than you get back in claims?

What do you think "FICA" stands for?  

(F)ederal  (I)nsurance (C)ontributions (A)ct. 

Duh.'s picture

Yeah, and they tried to push through the bank bailout bill under the names, "Defenders of Freedom Tax Relief Act" and "Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act."

Did you buy into that one too?

PiratePawpaw's picture

I've never collected a red cent, never intend to. Your point?'s picture

Time to get your hearing aid checked, old timer, I wasn't talking to you. But thanks for being one more confirmation that Social Security is not necessary and therefore should not be forced on everyone whether they want to participate or not.

cranky-old-geezer's picture



It's NOT forced on everybody.

You APPLY for it, and nobody forces you to apply for it.

This article is about reality.  Ok, this is reality, SS is something you apply for, it's not mandatory, there's no law saying you have to apply for SS, there's lots of Americans who never applied for SS, don't have a SS number, FICA is NOT taken out of their paycheck, they get NO benefits either.'s picture

So then this is just a figment of my imagination?


What is Self-Employment Tax?

Self-employment tax is a tax consisting of Social Security and Medicare taxes primarily for individuals who work for themselves. It is similar to the Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from the pay of most wage earners.


Self-Employment Tax Rate

The 2010 Tax Relief Act reduced the self-employment tax by 2% for self-employment income earned in calendar year 2011. The self-employment tax rate for self-employment income earned in calendar year 2011 is 13.3% (10.4% for Social Security and 2.9% for Medicare).


Who Must Pay Self-Employment Tax?

You must pay self-employment tax and file Schedule SE (Form 1040) if either of the following applies.

  • Your net earnings from self-employment (excluding church employee income) were $400 or more.
  • You had church employee income of $108.28 or more.

Generally, your net earnings from self-employment are subject to self-employment tax.

Chupacabra-322's picture

"The avoidance of reality has overtaken our society. "

No, more like the Warfare Art of of PsyOp has overtaken our society. 

The world and United States has officially gone full retard.

TruthInSunshine's picture

What's interesting now is how many people actually express their belief that we're in waaaaaaay over our heads and that things are unsustainably held together with duct tape, glue and chewing gum-- even if they don't understand the precise mechanics or artithmetic as to the why.

The number of people who actually realize that everything is completely and irreversibly FUBAR as a % of the population, even if not the majority (or purality, for that matter), is the highest it has ever been in my lifetime.

I've never been witness to so many people who are both comfortably AND uncomfortably numb.

Chupacabra-322's picture

In order for a PsyOp to be used as an art of Warfare upon a population/society it has to cross generations.  It also infiltrates on all levels of systems.  Political, Economic, Religious and most importantly the Educational Indoctrintion school systems.  The Globalist have agent "Smiths" in all Matrixes.

The following interview conducted by G. Edward Griffin is chilling yet reviting.


4 easy steps to brainwash a nation told by ex KGB officer. Host G. Edward Griffin

Supernova Born's picture

"My brain hurts."

/end Python "Gumby" voice

Rearranging Deckchairs's picture

Funny I am well south of 40 (in my early thirties) and I feel the same way.

woggie's picture

the beast is on the gobble
and all that matters is we're all headed for it's belly

A Middle Child of History's picture

Woggie would oft post to this site,
A link that was nothing but shite,
What a fool and a bore;
he couldn't possibly do more,
to waste so many a byte.

Mr Pink's picture

The world doesn't make sense to people over 40?

IMO the majority of people over 40 still THINK they know what is going on. Of course that is what ever the MSM tells them.

On Thanksgiving I mentioned that Romney and Barry are pretty much the same and they are both owned by the banksters and I was told that I'm not paying attention.

The other day my Mother said " it must have been really hard for Romney to have lunch with Obama"

Gotta love those baby boomers

Supernova Born's picture

Only those in their LATE 40's are even arguably "Boomers".

Mr Pink's picture

Thanks for the history lesson, Einstein. I think I know what a baby boomer is.....I am actually in my early 40s myself. The relatives I was referring to are mid 60s. Next time I will be more specific

Creepy Lurker's picture

Please don't be too hard on Supernova, Mr. Pink. I turned 50 last month and consider myself Gen X no matter what the demographers say. I sometimes get a little defensive about being lumped in with those asshats myself.

ItsDanger's picture

Clearly some of the more complex topics are beyond a large % of the population.  However, the rapidly growing debt levels shouldnt be and is a simple example of that reality this article is referring to.