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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dolph9's picture

What a fucked up piece of Zionist shit this is.

Nobody believes the Jewish lies anymore and people "over 40" complain about it.

Sorry, asshats, we can think for ourselves.

the iD's picture

if the consequences of avoiding reality are a still a construct w/i reality and one can avoid said reality then said consequences can also be avoided. perception = reality.

A Nanny Moose's picture do a little heroin, think you can fly, then proceed to step out of a 10th story window. So much for the constructs of your mind.

Insideher Trading's picture

The world has never made sense to anyone with a brain conducting properly functioning synapses. The course of civilization has always been pure chaos and war with very brief periods of peace and stability (a decade or so at a time, *if that*). I personally find supreme tranquilty in accepting the fact that nothing will ever make sense to me on the sociological hemisphere of thought. The only truth I know to be self-evident is that shit has, is, and always will be fucked up.

People fall into the trap of trying to rationalize and understand questions to which have no answers.

Take a bong rip, or drink a beer, or a pop a xanax and just enjoy the collapse. Take the shoes off, throw on some slippers and kick those feet up onto something comfortable.

This shit happens from time to time.

Supernova Born's picture

Kick the can?

Ha, ha.

It's a bucket.

cherry picker's picture

I no longer "own" anything, have no retirement parachute and am a boomer.

Does any of this matter to me anymore?

Not really.  I live, eat, help others if I can, work and and enjoy liberty.

Need little, want less is my motto :)

Waterfallsparkles's picture

How on earth did you find your way to zero hedge?  Sounds like you do not even have a computer.

Acet's picture

Talk about masturbatory post. I feel like I've just been spewed over ... metaphorically speaking.

It's not even good enough to be called intellectual masturbation: it just starts from some axiomatic (i.e. the author thinks they are) "truths" and then with no proof widelly asserts that people under 40 don't believe them, hence they are avoiding reality. It's not even circular logic, it's down there in the pit of ridiculous and absurd along with things like "the world is pink and anybody that doesn't believe it is avoiding reality" and "I saw it once in a Donald Duck comic, so it must be true".

By the way, is all Arabs put down their weapons, the members of the Israeli settlers lobby and the right-wing religious xenophobes would find a reason to expand into other countries since "what God really promised us was greater Israel" or some other excuse - you see, there are assholes in every ethnic/national group, that's why the conflict in the Middle-East has been going for so long: armed assholes on both sides.


Venerability's picture

Reposted from a typical Kill Gold! Kill Oil! Dollah! Dollah! Dollah! thread at Seeking Alpha:

Shorter Distorters think they can make one more Pre-Positioning Move because there are two Treasury Note Auctions this coming week. (Two Auction Weeks are better than Three Auction Weeks, but they can also be destructive.)

Shorter Distorters KNOW that PMs and PM stocks - and Oil and Oil Stocks, irregardless of the Middle East - are likely to embark on a beautiful Rally next week because of the Fed meeting and what it will confirm.

But there are two incredibly big IFs for the Shorts this week, occurring early, not late, in the week:

*** The Middle East is a horrid, convoluted mess again. Israel has, as per usual, acted very stupidly - read Haaretz, not just the Jerusalem Post - by both announcing major new settlement initiatives in disputed territories AND once again "sequestering" hard cash owed to the Palestinian Authority.

Something major can break out any ole moment. And also note, in terms of Black Swan geopolitics, that the North Koreans are doing another missile test this week, which the Chinese will exploit propaganda-wise, even if the Rose Colored Glasses crowd does not.

*** I believe Nancy Pelosi's bold Discharge Petition move on Tuesday will actually work, greatly embarrassing every single Republican House member who votes against it.

Speaker Boehner will NOT keep his rank and file from devolving into chaos this time.

In fact, I think Dems, via the unions or however, should organize demonstrations both in Washington and outside the district offices of every single House member who might vote against the Discharge Petition.

Make sure local and state press coverage is heavy. And ask every recalcitrant House member voting against the Petition how he or she - mostly he - dare vote against taking "The Cliff" for 98 percent of all Americans off the table, in order to protect the 2 percent?

Push hard, and ask why said House member considers that 2 percent more important than that 98 percent.

Ask if said House member and his/her immediate family is PART OF the 2 percent.

Start asking - they should have done this a long, long time ago - whether said House member suffered at all during the Market Crash of 2008 or whether his/her "blind trust investments" were 100 percent Short.

Ask whether his/her CURRENT "blind trust investments" are NOW 100 percent Short, so that he/she is actually rooting for a repeat of 2008.

Ask how many of his/her leading campaign contributors are part of the 2 percent and if that fact might be impacting his/her legislative votes now.

That's just for starters!


groundedkiwi's picture

Ayn Rand. The final reality of her life was that she ended up on Social Welfare and Medicare.

A Nanny Moose's picture

After she was forced to pay into Social "Welfare." Nothing wrong with victims reclaiming their stolen property from the theives.

Waterfallsparkles's picture

The same with not making a decision.  Not making a decision is a decision.  Every decision or non decision has a consequence.

Jugdish's picture

The world no longer makes sense to most people over forty years of age.

You must be on acid. The over 40 crowd is the most spoiled, entitled, naive, complacent group of mental children of any other group. Children under 12 are more astute, having not been completely used to lies and in your face corruption and theft by individuals esteemed as great like your master Barry Soetoro and Ben Bernanke. What I often hear from the over 40 crowd are things like "we are doomed if Obama/Romney isn't elected" ; "Obama saved the economy" ; "every so often a guy like that gets elected, its just a cycle" ; "a bunch of tribesmen who shit in buckets without electricty pulled off 9/11" ; "social security is a good idea" ; "always leave your money in the stock market cause it will always go back up" ; "the federal reserve is a federal bank." ; "working a job 50hrs a week for a psychopath is a noble life choice, everyone has to kiss ass and take it up the butt, that's the way it is" ; "you need to plan for retirement (401k) so put your money in the fake casino rigged stock market" ; "bailouts were a good idea" ; "killing women an children is ok as long as they are muslim" ; "I watch the news on television all the time so I know what's going on."

Fuck you idiots. Watch as you move into your old age as your healthcare, assets, and entitlements are stripped bit by bit beneath your spoiled eyes. Your baby boomer generation is the defining picture of everything that has ruined the potential of the USA. You are the generation that lit the match and burned away the constitution in favor of liberal collectivism, crony capitalist - fascism, and an artless, politically correct culture, that looks, tastes, smells, and feels like a smelly piece of shit. You are Jon Corzines. You better get on your knees and pray that this fake ponzi scheme holds up because if it doesn't you will quickly find out your true worth as a human being. Your entitled attitude, your prescription drugs, your lawyer, your fat gluttonous fast food filled body, will be the soylent green of us 20 somethings.

Waterfallsparkles's picture

Sounds like your are jealous.  Why have you not worked hard to acomplish your dream?  Do not forget you will be 65 one day too.

Jugdish's picture

Ya. Jealous. That's it. I don't plan to be 65. I'll be in a Max Security Fema camp long before then if I'm lucky.

Venerability's picture

I think you should emigrate.

Get your Buddies the Koch Brothers or Joe Ricketts or Sheldon Adelson or Donald Trump to set up a New Colony of Disaffected Birchers - excuse me, Extreme Supply-Siders - on an island somewhere - or just take over a "failed state" like Somalia or maybe even Greece.

Certainly, the money they've amassed over the past two or three decades and kept in their Dark Pools would enable them to establish their own True Freedom Country.

Call it Kochitania or Trumpland. Make it the best little Tax Haven on the planet. You could even elect - by unanimous decision! - a Ryan-Whatshisface ticket.

Mr. Adelson could establish the biggest, most luxurious casinos in the world. And you'd have zero percent unemployment, because everyone would have one kind of casino job or another.

Meanwhile, you can abandon the Poor Deluded United States and all us Poor Deluded People over 40 you hate so much to our own devices.

Oh - do make sure to take Grover Norquist with you. I'm sure he'd make a wonderful manager for one of Mr. Adelson's hotels. Certainly, he'd attract the Alternative Lifestyle crowd.

Jugdish's picture

You are some sort of left-wing loser trying to coax a left/right argument. Fail.

Mr Pink's picture

Very well said Jugdish. I guess Im the only one here who agrees with you. Its a tough crowd here on Sundays....mostly boomers Im afraid. lol

Mr Pink's picture

Try having an intelligent conversation with these zombies sometime! The election came up at Thanksgiving and I scoffed and said I refuse to participate in their phony election and I actually got a cane pointed at me with the customary " if you don't vote you have no right to complain"!

I swear its like arguing with a recording of soundbites from the evening news.

I guess , what can you expect from a generation that saw the back of a presidents explode and believed the shot came from the rear?

Jugdish's picture

Thx for the props. I'm just glad the fuckin nightmare election is over so I can stop hearing all these idiots' opinions especially the completely asinine over 50 crowd. Sickening.'s picture



what can you expect from a generation that saw the back of a presidents explode and believed the shot came from the rear?


A plurality or majority of Americans have doubted the lone gunman theory since at least 1966.


The Zapruder Film was not released to the public until 1975. That was the first time regular folks saw Kennedy's head explode.


The public's response and outrage to that first television showing quickly led to the forming of the Hart-Schweiker investigation, contributed to the Church Committee Investigation on Intelligence Activities by the United States, and resulted in the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation.[13]

AllWorkedUp's picture

Well if it's any consolation I'm over 40 and I don't think like that, but you're right alot of people do. Unfortunately I don't have alot of hope for the younger generations seeing the truth much either - especially young women. (not trying to pick a fight with women)

My hope is that the 12 million fewer votes cast were Ron Paul supporters that couldn't hold their noses and vote for either one of those idiots, and are starting to wake up.

We need to face reality though. As a nation we're pretty well forked.

lakecity55's picture

Younger generations are no longer taught common sense/critical thinking.

Some of them stumble upon it, others learn it from responsible parents.

Those are a minority.

Uncle Remus's picture

WTF. Is this Shark Jump week?

The world is a clusterfuck people. This is what a global clusterfuck looks like. Deal with it. You don't like it, fix it. But be advised, talking about it won't do.

[walks off mumbling about cretins, barbarians and who the fuck drank all the gotdamned coffee!!]

knukles's picture

Just about the only voice of reason, sound mind, clarity of thought in this whole thread.
Thanks, Unc, I thought I was loosing my mind.
It was tough on Friday when by accident when I hit CNBS (my fault, my own fault, my very own fault) to hear Santelli and listened to Leisman convolute everything proving his own  objection wrong, Kiernan talking about soem horseshit rising above and finally Becky "please Quit" talking and all of a sudden there was noise but no words, sense, ideas, no communication.  Might have been listening to chimps or parrots noising. 

I thought I'd lost it.
And then today....

Muchas grasias...

Uncle Remus's picture

de nada ese.

EDIT: Although, "reason, sound mind, clarity of thought" are generally not words commonly associated with the ol' uncle. Jus' ask Mrs. Remus...

Waterfallsparkles's picture

We cannot control what others do.  Like the Government, Bernanke, Banks, etc.  We can only control our own lives and how we live them.

If there are things in your life that you can not live with then you need to change them for yourself. That can take many forms.  From relocation, not earing as much money, not spending money, not putting money in the Banks, not participating in the Stock Market.

We all have choices but most of us do not want to make tough choices as most of us do not like change.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Spot on with the over 40 crowd walking around trying to make sense of things nowdays. But the orgin of the falicy began with the Federal Reserve, and the abandonment of the hard currency requirement set forth in the Constitution. The "Something for nothing" mentality is based on the "something out of nothing" monetary creation. It just kept growing after that. Now we are told we can have an economy without an industrial sector {that is SOOO 20th century!}. We are to believe we can police the world, and mold it to "our" vision, bringing de-mock-racy to everyone and all that. We are told we can print to infinity and keep inflation within "expectations", whatever that is suppose to mean. Hold rates at near zero without any consequeces. Men marrying men, and women marrying women. What an upside down world! Animals will soon have more rights and protections than humans, they already do in the case of a fetus. You see, the puppet masters know this is all smoke and mirrors, they are just counting on the masses being fool enough to buy into them. And so far, they have not been disappointed.

americanspirit's picture

When I was twenty something I was certain that the older generations had completely screwed up the world. And they had.

Now that I am seventies something, I see twenty somethings certain that the older generations have completely screwed up the world. And they have.

When those twenty somethings are seventy somethings, there will a whole generation of twenty somethings convinced that the older generations have completely screwed up the world. And they will have.


Insideher Trading's picture

There is a sperm about to penetrate an egg (or two gametes) creating a zygote as we speak.

That motherfucker is already responsible for shit going wrong and he hasn't even made it to the womb yet.

Incubus's picture

Shit.  Could be in my never-to-be-written autobiography.

Radical Marijuana's picture

I have spent 40 years attempting to understand WHY the world was controlled by huge lies.

The first 20 years or so, I was educated to respect evidence and logic. Of course, when I was that young, I tended to believe what I was being taught, and that understanding problems by respecting evidence and logic were good ideas, which were generally respected. However, starting in the 1970s, I realized more and more that evidence and logical arguments were being deliberately ignored, pretty well everywhere I examined, in everything that mattered.

Therefore, I spent the next 40 plus years attempting to apply an appreciation of evidence and logic to try to understand how and why society actually was controlled by huge lies, backed by lots of violence.  From a theoretical point of view, I believe I have made substantial progress in doing that. However, that makes no practical difference, since the real world keeps on being controlled by frauds, backed by force. I have managed to systematically regain an attitude whereby the world still makes sense to me. However, that has no other effect upon the trajectory of events to continue being controlled by force backed frauds. It only enables me to have some philosophical solace and consolations, as I wait and watch the spiral of social storms spin out of control.

What made War King, then made Fraud King. However, when Fraud is King, the violence can never make the lies become true. Instead, the whole society is driven towards increasing insanity, and inevitable psychotic breakdowns.

REALITY IS STILL THERE! However, social reality dominated by the biggest bullies' bullshit constantly diverges more and more from any relatively more objective reality. I think that the single simplest symbol of that collective social insanity is the official story about the events on 9/11/2001. Those official stories require believing a series of absurd conspiracy theories, which depend upon totally ignoring common sense and the physics of subtances like steel, in the steel frame building that suddenly collapsed.

9/11 is the starkest symbol of society going insane, because it is dominated by huge lies, backed by violence, spinning out of control, and automatically making everything worse and worse, faster and faster.  That perspective is relevant to judging the quoted examples from Frick at Bias Breakdown. Since the real world is controlled by the people who are the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, but that violence can never make those lies become true, we are living in a Bizarro Mirror World, where everything is backwards and proportionately distorted. Of course, therefore, everything someone like Frick says is almost perfectly backwards!

After spending several decades studying these phenomena, I now believe that these kinds of tunnels of deceits are almost infinitely deep. There is no way to know how far down the rabbit role Alice goes, or how far up the tornado Dorothy goes! The real world is effectively "controlled" by a group of trillionaire mass murders. However, in reality, that world is now going more and more out-of-control, faster and faster!  I find that it makes perfect sense, according to energy laws and general systems theory WHY that is happening. Like I said, that does not change anything real, except it allows me to feel like I understand WHY.

Of course, it is my own far-fetched flight from reality to fantasize that, if only enough people would understand this enough, then we might be able to do something more scientific to resolve our real social problems. However, that appears to be ridiculous, at the present time. Currrently, the world is totally dominated by those groups who exploit impossible ideals, in order to accomplish the opposite of what they say they intend to do, while those groups are opposed by those who similarly propose the same basic impossible ideals, as somehow going to finally provide the miraculous solutions to the problems that were created by advancing those impossible ideals in the first place. Impossible ideals actually make the opposite happen in the real world. The elites appear to know that, and deliberately deploy those means to accomplish their real ends. Their controlled opposition appears to not know that, and so, ineffectively oppose what continues to happen.

My view is that:

REALITY is always organized lies, operating organized robberies.

Some corollaries are that money is based on robbery, backed by the most extreme form of robbery, which is murder. There is a combined money/murder system. Those who were the best at being dishonest and backing that up with violence built the entire Neolithic civilization social pyramid system that we are living in now! Everything we are doing is directed by a fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting system! Therefore, every decision we make is increasingly insane, with no end in sight, other than some eventually psychotic breakdowns of that entire global system of electronic fiat money frauds, backed up by weapons of mass destruction.

Unfortunately, at the present time, the only way that "reality" can emerge is through genocidal world war, and democidal martial law, which use weapons of mass destruction, to demonstrate what reality really means. Other than that, the runaway triumph of the Fraud Kings will continue to grow and grow, at an exponential rate, towards collapsing into chaos beyond our ability to imagine. The longer the current systems are able to continue to back up their lies with violence, to keep their force backed frauds going, the further from more objective reality the social stories will become, and the more egregiously insane our civilization will become. We are going deeper and deeper into the profound paradox of final failure from too much "success" at controlling society with LIES.

Like I said, 9/11, more than anything else, symbolized the kinds of publicity stunts that the trillionaire mass murders can get away with, in order to advance their agenda. Those trillionaire mass murders overwhelmingly hold all the carrots and sticks, with which to reward and punish those who either agree with or disagree with the LIES. Therefore, people, like Frick have "successful" careers being incompetent, while benefiting from their participation inside of the established systems of organized lies, operating organized robberies. However, the overall trajectory of being able to stage one false flag attack, after another, in order to start more genocidal wars, and prepare for more democidal martial law, is that will eventually play through. Then, the reality of weapons of mass destruction will finally manifest, as the "market correction" for our runaway social delusions.

Of course, meanwhile, I continue to indulge in my own set of day dreams, that "we" could and should stop believing in false fundamental dichotomies, and relying upon the related impossible ideals, as the source of any real solutions to these runaway social insanity situation. For more than 40 years, I have been attempting to imagine some kind of social psychiatry, to deal with the runaway social insanity that dominates our entire civilization. However, the return to reality that would require goes off the scale of anything I can believe in, at the present time! Like I said, a realistic view of reality would require almost everyone accept that reality is ALWAYS organized lies, operating organized robberies. Of course, that is NOT going to happen. Instead, the ruling elites will keep on pumping their immaculate hypocrisy, through professional liars like Frick, while the various reactionary revolutionaries, that are the controlled opposition, will keep on pumping their same old silly bullshit ideologies.

The LAST thing that I expect our society would ever do is base its behavior on a more scientific understanding of reality. Instead, as I said, I just watch and wait, as the runaway established systems of frauds, backed by force, in their current forms of electronic fiat money, backed by atomic bombs, eventually gets insane enough to destroy itself, and pretty well everything else, include me too, of course. At the present time, the ONLY way that "reality" would be allowed to correct our collective social delusions is when the science and technologies that made weapons of mass destruction are resorted to, as the last gasp effort to keep our fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting systems going ... There are no good reasons to believe that people will pay attention to scientific realities, other than through backing up bigger lies, with more violence, ending with weapons of mass destruction wiping out civilization.

THAT will be how the avoidance of reality overtakes our society. ... much of what we knew and cared about will be destroyed. The only issues appear to be when and how much?  Since the entire social system is built on foundations of fraud, backed by force, all notions about fixing those problems appear to be non-starters. The ONLY thing that those systems can think of, and will do, is back up bigger lies with more violence ... which means runaway financial frauds ending in insane economic situations, that provoke wars and martial law, which go out of control.

ONLY more radical truth about reality provides genuine solutions, BUT THOSE ARE NOT REALISTIC! What is "realistic" is that the I believe that the return of reality will be out-of-control in direct proportion to how insanely out of touch with reality the force backed frauds are.

Our civilization has applied science and technology to become more insane, on an astronomically amplified scale. Our civilization was made and maintained in ways that enable it to continue to deliberately ignore any and all evidence and logical arguments that the ruling classes do not like, including that the only visible opposition is controlled to operate within the same bullshit frame of reference as the ruling classes do. Although it SEEMS like obvious common sense that we should develop a more scientific society, what we have now in the insane oxymoron of a scientific dictatorship, which deliberately destroys true science, while advancing fraudulent science. Therefore, the only things that are big enough to correct that are to make sufficient real tests of weapons of mass destuction, to conclusively demonstrate just how insane and out of touch with reality our civilization actually is!

knukles's picture

Once awake we can never sleep again.

The future is veiled by an Angel of Mercy.

Future Jim's picture

Do you think that the coming apocalpyse is exactly what is desired in the end by those who promote all that  force backed fraud?

They're already building their redoubts, but I am more optimistic than RM that an apocalypse can be avoided, and I don't think RM is exactly right when he says that reality would then hit those who ignored it. This is because the perpetrators would then have a lot fewer people to control, and they would wipe the Internet clean, and rewrite the history books, so we can't let it get that far.

knukles's picture

What is coming will be that what comes, what shall be heard necessary to hear, to be said shall be so.
Man may plan his day and actions but is by his very nature prone to plan outcomes which is by definition, impossible.  For man neither gifts life nor manages the time/space continuum, the finality of his actions remain a mystery, the province of Nature and Nature's God.
Those who wish chaos can bestow such, but the order to follow remains unknown, alwys the 'morrow.
Man has not the curse of either seeing or controlling the future.
That is not to suggest by any stretch that karma is not real, people are not judged, for the revive that which they sow.
There is good and evil; man has the power of choice.
He has impressive capability to influence, but does not control people, places or things.
He merely controls himself.
And every man has a Higher Power, even if in the final analysis, it be his very own Ego.
Grand plans of universal domination and control have never in the history of man succeeded.  Nor ever shall they, for they remin the province of misogynistic narrow poorly learned men deviod of any spirirtual guidance for ther moral and ethical compasses.
The path may be hard, crude, cold and fraught with misery and death, but it shall never prevail as within the wild dreams and visions.
For man is hostage to distractions for money, power, property and prestige failing to establish firm ethical and moral philosophical foundations for living

Ignatius's picture


9/11 is not the biggest crime, but the compulsively repeated official narrative is propelling the current international crime wave.

I have to admit that, personally, I am stunned at how effectively this comic book narrative (literal: they put out a comic book) has dominted science, reason and common sense of the public.  We're talking basic Newtonian principles here people, accessible to anyone who made it through high school physics, and yet we're impolite 'nutballs' for having the audacity to mention it.

"...since the real world keeps on being controlled by frauds, backed by force..."


Nice post, you Radical.

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

The Murrah Federal Building, Timothy Oswald... errr Timothy McVeigh, and the Mannlicher Carcano bomb give 9/11 a run for it's money in terms of riduculous suppositions  and contradictions.

Ignatius's picture

"...but the compulsively repeated official narrative is propelling the current international crime wave."

9/11 is the excuse for all of the current attacks abroad and the attacks on liberty at home.

americanspirit's picture

Well reasoned and well-said Radical Marijuana. However I not only believe that there are workable solutions, along with others I am working on them. We are pretty far along on model projects in a couple of off-the-radar locations that, once they are up and running, will offer people a chance to see a future that works - in energy, in food, in a reasonable standard of living, in environmental remediation, and most important - in return on capital investment. Capital is the primary tool for building the world - how that capital is invested is the key to determining the outcome. For the most part, owners of capital who would like to build a better world have few if any options today. I believe that the task of those of us who, like you, envision a future that is filled with the quality of life for everyone that only socialist utopians have dreamed of ( quite ineffectively may I add), have the responsibility to articulate an alternative model of how this can be made to happen and then to go on and build a working model that others can come and see and evaluate and, if they like what they see, replicate.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

Wow...Radical Marijuana,was that a comment or an article?

Keep them comming,good comments.

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

The stuff you speak of, especially the "...society is driven towards increasing insanity, and inevitable psychotic breakdowns." line, is extensively examined in two masterpieces that I hold near and dear.


Piece 1... Zeitgeist Moving Forward


Piece 2... The Wilcock-Drake Interview

Pareto's picture

My forty years of observations boil down to simply this: One segment of society seems to get a lot of shit for free, while the other segment works their ass off providing it.  I thought, over the years, that sooner or later this all might change.  In fact, its gotten worse.  Maybe the real reality (if that makes any sense) is somethng else, but, right now, in my face, everyday, its the only reality I see.  Eventually the lies and the confiscation ends, but, that is little solace to the guy who is trying to save and eek out a living.  So, lets give Nyah Nyah Nyah a pass. Tthey know not what they do (or in this case think).  And lets pound the table on those shorting the world.  i for one, would love to see a do over, demarcated by property rights and voluntary exchange - free and unfettered exchange.  And oh yeah.  I get to keep my own shit.  

Optimusprime's picture

RM:  I really appreciate your postings.  Have you ever read Guy DeBord?

Radical Marijuana's picture

Yes, a friend gave me Guy DeBord's book Society of the Spectacle several years ago, recommending that I read that.

honestann's picture

Yikes!  Where to begin?  And how to keep my reply shorter than yours.  Sigh.  Very good message, but I offer a few thoughts to ponder.

First of all, the predators who control the world are masters of their modus-operandi.  They know exactly what they are, and exactly what sheeple are and how sheeple malfunction intellectually.  In fact, their main tool to advance their plans is to encourage sheeple to malfunction intellectually more extremely every day.

Do not bother to look for social psychiatry.  Not because one doesn't exist (because it does), but because you cannot implement one.  If you found something that might work, the predators would wipe you and your operation out of existence within 24 hours of them becoming aware of it.

There are only two solutions to the problem you identify.

The first is theoretically possible, but very unlikely, because too many people would need to "wake up" and "act".  This solution is for producers to stop producing in the commercial realm (where the predators can tax it, regulate it, abuse it, misdirect it, etc).  Sure, producers would grow food in their gardens and perform other productive acts, but would only consume what they produced, or directly exchange their goods with other producers for goods they produced.  If enough producers did this, the predators would starve, as would parasites not willing to become productive themselves.  Like I say, this is a vanishingly unlikely scenario, though not quite impossible.

Much more likely, though perhaps still very unlikely, is for some tiny group of individuals to discover, develop and implement some breakthrough science and technology that lets them escape into outer space --- where at least a tiny fraction of mankind can live an honest, ethical, productive, benevolent life.  Obviously this doesn't help mankind at large escape the predators, but it does at least let a tiny subset of mankind splinter off and advance as they could and should if not for the predators-that-be and predator-class.

This second alternative is very compatible with your desire for a society that gains and lives by a scientific understanding of reality.  Open the wrong door and the release of air pressure pushes you out into outer space, where you very soon distort and die from lack of air-pressure and oxygen.  Cluelessness and belief in insane fiction is NOT compatible with living in space.  Neither is a predatory modus-operandi.  Why?  Because space is vastly too large for any predatory modus-operandi to pay off sufficiently.  The energy required to find someone and chase them down (to steal or tax) costs far more than anything you could hope to steal or tax once you got there.  PLUS, it is trivial to hide in outer space.  PLUS, anyone in outer space will see the predators coming, and will lead them on a pointless chase, or be waiting for them with multiple surprises.  EVERYONE in space has the "high ground", though some more than others.

As bad as the current situation IS... and it really IS, and I'm not saying it isn't... it only works in certain contexts.  No mosquito has much noticed the scams and atrocities the predators have been practicing.  Neither have most fish swimming in the ocean.  And so forth.  My point is this.  YOU can take actions that largely remove you from the context created by the predators and the parasites and other clueless producers who are manipulated by their scams and atrocities.

But to do that, you must act as an individual.  In theory you can work with a few other individuals, but in my many years of experience, that doesn't work.  Other individuals are either without resources (savings) to work with (and are thus convinced they are stuck in whatever neighborhood generates a paycheck for them), or they have too different an idea of how to change their context.  Note the articles about preppers for examples of this, and note how these "extreme individualists" think exactly like collectivists... even as they call themselves individualists, and even believe it to their core (without ever asking what individualism means).  Do not think like a collectivist --- in any way.  If you do, they almost surely gotcha... or at least disabled you, or made your progress so inefficient as to be pointless.

You have gotten yourself totally wrapped up in the observation that you cannot escape the insanity.  And you are correct... but only as long as you stay connected to society.  The escape is possible.  It is practical.  It is feasible.  It is doable.  For example, I did so, and I did so on my own, with only my own resources.  3 years ago I moved to the extreme boonies in another country, and built up a pretty much self-sufficient existence.  20km from the nearest human being, not 100 people within 120km, and not even a dirt road to where I now live.  Which is why I purchased a tiny (250kg dry) 2-seat aircraft that can fly 285kph, 4000km non-stop, and gets 75mpg (32kpl)... that's how I "run errands" once every 3 or 4 months.  Setting myself up cost me virtually all the gold I saved during the past 3 decades of very frugal living, about $350K (actually a bit more now that I think about it).

But my point, and the point you and others who think like you need to understand and take to heart is... I did this alone, on my savings, and entirely with my effort.  Well, I didn't build everything, of course I purchased solar-panels, wind-turbine, battery-banks, DC-to-AC converters, and had my dwelling constructed and then moved out to the boonies in pieces (after which I removed the long structure I had to build to get vehicles across a narrow but deep canyon, so now my place cannot be reached).  Frankly, I suspect that last effort was a waste of my time and effort, since my digs are invisible from anywhere on the ground, and virtually/practically invisible from above.  Nobody "around here" (as if there was anyone around here in the sense most people mean it) is gonna find me, much less try to steal from me.  Pretty much everyone within 120km is at least as self-sufficient as I am, and vastly more experienced in being so (from ancient times).

To put my reply in your terms, the way to escape the destruction of society... remove yourself from society.  It is utterly corrupt, and utterly unsavable, as you so clearly show.  So it shouldn't be surprising that "removing yourself from society" is the way to survive.  But you know what?  I have never been as happy anywhere as I am here.  It is simply wonderful here, far, far away in the extreme boonies.  Do you want peace, quiet, simplicity, rationality, and lack of chaos or worry?  You can have it too.  I'm not the only one who has done something like this, but apparently there aren't very many (I don't know of any).  Probably most individualists who did what I have don't have satellite internet like me.

Finally, though I'm a pretty extreme individualists as you can tell, I am also part of a small private group of individuals who are working on a breakthrough that can indeed solve the problem you worry about.  No, not defeat the predators, though I suppose that might be possible if were stupid enough to have any such inclination, but instead to escape them, permanently escape the predators and their lies, threats, control and destruction.

Your post has the tone of hopelessness.  Well, the situation is pretty damn horrible, and for most humans on earth today, beyond their ability to solve.  But you CAN escape if you are dedicated enough, but you can only escape as an individual.  You must drop your collectivism in all its forms, and this includes worrying about the whole world or "society".  The only individuals who will be saved will be individuals who make very serious efforts to save themselves.  To hell with society.  To hell with what is called civilization today, because that is, in fact, the least civil construct that mankind has ever seen.  Ditch it.

israhole's picture

Who needs Israel, or any of the rats and traitors among us that support it?