Guest Post: The Linchpin Lie: How Global Collapse Will Be Sold To The Masses

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

In our modern world there exist certain institutions of power.  Not government committees, alphabet agencies, corporate lobbies, or even standard military organizations; no, these are the mere “middle-men” of power.  The errand boys.  The well paid hitmen of the global mafia.  They are not the strategists or the decision makers. 

Instead, I speak of institutions which introduce the newest paradigms.  Who write the propaganda.  Who issue the orders from on high.  I speak of the hubs of elitism which have initiated nearly every policy mechanism of our government for the past several decades.  I am talking about the Council On Foreign Relations, the Tavistock Institute, the Heritage Foundation (a socialist organization posing as conservative), the Bilderberg Group, as well as the corporate foils that they use to enact globalization, such as Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, the Carlyle Group, etc.

Many of these organizations and corporations operate a revolving door within the U.S. government.  Monsanto has champions, like Donald Rumsfeld who was on the board of directors of its Searle Pharmaceuticals branch, who later went on to help the company force numerous dangerous products including Aspartame through the FDA.  Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have a veritable merry-go-round of corrupt banking agents which are appointed to important White House and Treasury positions on a regular basis REGARDLESS of which party happens to be in office.  Most prominent politicians are all members of the Council on Foreign Relations, an organization which has openly admitted on multiple occasions that their goal is the destruction of U.S. sovereignty and the formation of a “one world government” or “supranational union” (their words, not mine).

However, one organization seems to rear its ugly head at the forefront of the most sweeping mass propaganda operations of our time, and has been linked to the creation of the most atrocious military methodologies, including the use of false flag events.  I am of course referring to the Rand Corporation, a California based “think tank” whose influence reaches into nearly every sphere of our society, from politics, to war, to entertainment. 

The Rand Corporation deals in what I would call “absolute gray”.  The goal of the group from its very inception was to promote a social atmosphere of moral ambiguity in the name of personal and national priority.  They did this first through the creation of “Rational Choice Theory”; a theory which prescribes that when making any choice, an individual (or government) must act as if balancing costs against benefits to arrive at an action that maximizes personal advantage.  Basically, the ends justify the means, and moral conscience is not a factor to be taken seriously if one wishes to be successful. 

Hilariously, rational choice theory has been attacked in the past by pro-socialist (collectivist) critics as “extreme individualism”; a philosophy which gives us license to be as “self serving” as possible while feeling patriotic at the same time.  In reality, the socialists should have been applauding Rand Corporation all along. 

What Rand had done through its propaganda war against the American people was to infuse the exact culture of selfishness needed to push the U.S. towards the socialist ideal.  At the onset of any communist or national socialist society (sorry socialists, but they do indeed come from the same collectivist mindset), the masses are first convinced to hand over ultimate power to the establishment in order to safeguard THEMSELVES, not others.  That is to say, the common collectivist man chooses to hand over his freedoms and participate in totalitarianism not because he wants what is best for the world, but because he wants what is best for himself, and he believes servitude to the system will get him what he wants with as little private sacrifice as possible (you know, except for his soul…). 

The psychologist Carl Jung notes in his observations of collectivism in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia that most citizens of those nations did not necessarily want the formation of a tyrannical oligarchy, but, they went along with it anyway because they feared for their own comfort and livelihoods.  Many a German supported the Third Reich simply because they did not want to lose a cushy job, or a steady paycheck, or they liked that the “trains ran on time”.  Socialism is by far the most selfish movement in history, despite the fact that they claim to do what they do “for the greater good of the greater number”.

Rand also used Rational Choice Theory as a means to remove questions of principle from the debate over social progress.  Rational Choice propaganda commonly presents the target audience with a false conundrum.  A perfect example would be the hardcore propaganda based television show ‘24’ starring Kiefer Sutherland, in which a government “anti-terrorism” agent is faced with a controlled choice scenario in nearly every episode.  This choice almost always ends with the agent being forced to set aside his morals and conscience to torture, kill, and destroy without mercy, or, allow millions of innocents to die if he does not.

Of course, the real world does not work this way.  Life is not a chess game.   Avenues to resolution of any crisis are limited only by our imagination and intelligence, not to mention the immense number of choices that could be made to defuse a crisis before it develops.  Yet, Rand would like you to believe that we (and those in government) are required to become monstrous in order to survive.  That we should be willing to forgo conscience and justice now for the promise of peace and tranquility later.

This is the age old strategy of Centralization; to remove all choices within a system, by force or manipulation, until the masses think they have nothing left but the choices the elites give them.  It is the bread and butter of elitist institutions like Rand Corporation, and is at the core of the push for globalization.

In my studies on the developing economic disaster (or economic recovery depending on who you talk to) I have come across a particular methodology many times which set off my analyst alarm (or spidey-sense, if you will).  This latest methodology, called “Linchpin Theory”, revolves around the work of John Casti, a Ph.D. from USC, “complexity scientist” and “systems theorist”, a Futurist, and most notably, a former employee of Rand Corporation:

Casti introduces his idea of “Linchpin Theory” in his book “X-Events:  The Collapse Of Everything”, and what I found most immediately striking about the idea of “Linchpin Events” was how they offered perfect scapegoat scenarios for catastrophes that are engineered by the establishment. 

Linchpin Theory argues that overt social, political, and technological “complexity” is to blame for the most destructive events in modern human history, and it is indeed an enticing suggestion for those who are uneducated and unaware of the behind the scenes mechanics of world events.  Casti would like you to believe that political and social tides are unguided and chaotic; that all is random, and disaster is a product of “chance” trigger events that occur at the height of a malfunctioning and over-complicated system.

What he fails to mention, and what he should well know being a member of Rand, is that global events do not evolve in a vacuum.  There have always been those groups who see themselves as the “select”, and who aspire to mold the future to there personal vision of Utopia.  It has been openly admitted in myriad official observations on historical events that such groups have had a direct hand in the advent of particular conflicts.  

For instance, Casti would call the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria an “X-event”, or linchpin, leading to the outbreak of WWI, when historical fact recalls that particular crisis was carefully constructed with the specific mind to involve the U.S.

Norman Dodd, former director of the Committee to Investigate Tax Exempt Foundations of the U.S. House of Representatives, testified that the Committee was invited to study the minutes of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as part of the Committee's investigation. The Committee stated:

"The trustees of the Foundation brought up a single question.  If it is desirable to alter the life of an entire people, is there any means more efficient than war.... They discussed this question... for a year and came up with an answer: There are no known means more efficient than war, assuming the objective is altering the life of an entire people.  That leads them to a question: How do we involve the United States in a war.  This was in 1909."

So, long before the advent of Ferdinand’s assassination, plans were being set in motion by globalist interests to draw the U.S. into a large scale conflict in order to “alter the life, or thinking, of the entire culture”.  When a group of people set out to direct thinking and opportunity towards a particular outcome, and the end result is a culmination of that outcome, it is obviously not coincidence, and it is definitely not providence.  It can only be called subversive design. 

In the economic arena, one might say that the collapse of Lehman Bros. was the “linchpin” that triggered the landslide in the derivatives market which is still going on to this day.  However, the derivatives market bubble was a carefully constructed house of cards, deliberately created with the help of multiple agencies and institutions.  The private Federal Reserve had to artificially lower interest rates and inject trillions upon trillions into the housing market, the international banks had to invest those trillions into mortgages that they KNEW were toxic and likely never to be repaid.  The Federal Government had to allow those mortgages to then be chopped up into derivatives and resold on the open market.  The ratings agencies had to examine those derivatives and obviously defunct mortgages and then stamp them AAA.  The SEC had to ignore the massive fraud being done in broad daylight while sweeping thousands of formal complaints and whistle blowers under the rug.

This was not some “random” event caused by uncontrolled “complexity”.  This was engineered complexity with a devious purpose.  The creation of the derivatives collapse was done with foreknowledge, at least by some.  Goldman Sachs was caught red handed betting against their OWN derivatives instruments!  Meaning they knew exactly what was about to happen in the market they helped build!  This is called Conspiracy…

One might attribute Casti’s idea to a sincere belief in chaos, and a lack of insight into the nature of globalism as a brand of religion.  However, in his first and as far as I can tell only interview with Coast To Coast Radio, Casti promotes catastrophic “X-Events” as a “good thing” for humanity, right in line with the Rand Corporation ideology.  Casti, being a futurist and elitist, sees the ideas of the past as obsolete when confronted with the technological advancements of the modern world, and so, describes X-event moments as a kind of evolutionary “kickstart”, knocking us out of our old and barbaric philosophies of living and forcing us, through trial by fire, to adapt to a more streamlined culture.  The linchpin event is, to summarize Casti’s position, a culture’s way of “punishing itself” for settling too comfortably into its own heritage and traditions.  In other words, WE will supposedly be to blame for the next great apocalypse, not the elites…  

I might suggest that Casti's attitude seems to be one of general indifference to human suffering in the wake of his "X-Events", and that he would not necessarily be opposed to the deaths of millions if it caused the "advancement" of humanity towards a particular ideology.  His concept of "advancement" and ours are likely very different, though.  I suspect that he is well aware that X-Events are actually tools at the disposal of elitists to generate the "evolution" he so desires, and that evolution includes a collectivist result.

With almost every major economy on the globe on the verge of collapse and most now desperately inflating, taxing, or outright stealing in order to hide their situation, with multiple tinderbox environments being facilitated in the Pacific with China, North Korea, and Japan, and in the Middle East and Africa with Egypt, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, etc., there is no doubt that we are living in a linchpin-rich era.  It is inevitable that one or more of these explosive tension points will erupt and cause a chain reaction around the planet.  The linchpin and the chain reaction will become the focus of our epoch, rather than the men who made them possible in the first place.

Strangely, Casti’s theory was even recently featured in an episode of the ABC mystery/drama show “Castle”, called “Linchpin” (what else?), in which a writer turned detective uncovers a plot by a “shadow group” to use the research of the innocent Dr. Nelson Blakely (apparently based on Casti) to initiate a collapse of the U.S. economy by assassinating the ten-year-old daughter of a prominent Chinese businessman, triggering a dump of U.S. Treasuries by China and fomenting WWIII:

Now, I think anyone with any sense can see where this is going.  Casti and Rand Corporation are giving us a glimpse into the future of propaganda.  This is what will be written in our children’s history books if the globalists have their way. The fact that Linchpin Theory is featured in a primetime television show at all is a testament to Rand Corporation’s influence in the media.  But, as for the wider picture, are the trigger points around us really just a product of complex coincidence? 

Not a chance. 

Each major global hot-spot today can easily be linked back to the designs of international corporate and banking interests and the puppet governments they use as messengers.  Casti claims that “X-events” and “linchpins” cannot be accurately predicted, but it would seem that they can certainly be purposely instigated. 

The globalists have stretched the whole of the world thin.  They have removed almost every pillar of support from the edifice around us, and like a giant game of Jenga, are waiting for the final piece to be removed, causing the teetering structure to crumble.  Once this calamity occurs, they will call it a random act of fate, or a mathematical inevitability of an overly complex system.  They will say that they are not to blame.  That we were in the midst of “recovery”.  That they could not have seen it coming.

Their solution will be predictable.  They will state that in order to avoid such future destruction, the global framework must be “simplified”, and what better way to simplify the world than to end national sovereignty, dissolve all borders, and centralize nation states under a single economic and political ideal? 

Is it the Hegelian Dialectic all over again?  Yes.  Is it old hat feudalism and distraction?  Yes.  But, I have to hand it to Casti and Rand Corporation; they certainly have refined the argument for collectivism, centralization, technocracy, slavery, moral relativism, and false-flag dupery down to a near science…

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Rusty Shorts's picture

This episode outlines how the US government attempted to use systems analysis and game theory to develop strategies to control the nuclear threat and nuclear arms race during the Cold War.

"The focus is on the men of the on whom Dr Strangelove was allegedly based: Herman Kahn, Albert Wohlstetter and John von Neumann. These were people who believed that the world could be controlled by the scientific manipulation of fear - mathematical analysts employed by the American RAND Corporation. In the end, their visions were the stuff of science fiction fantasy.

Features several interview segments with Sam Cohen outlining his experiences at RAND. He is the inventor of the neutron bomb and was with RAND 1947-1975.
Also features George Ball, the Under-Secretary of State in the Kennedy administration 1961-1966, and William Gorham,[1] RAND Corporation Asst. Sec. Dept. Health, Education & Welfare 1956-68.

Also features an interview with science fiction author Larry Niven, who was instrumental in the creating of the Star Wars policies of Ronald Reagan".

illyia's picture

This whole subject is fascinating to me as I once had quite an argument with a Rand Scholar. It was the very beginning of the Reagan Administration. I had been furious with the American view of Russia for many years. He held that the "communists" had to be stopped! I held that the Russians were not a "communist state" but a mafia state.

Surely, I won that bet. Instead of America conquering the "Communist Dictatorship" we are also becoming a mafia state.

Mores the pity.

DaveyJones's picture

agree with everything but your present progressive verb

jmeyer's picture

That actually happened and I should know since I'm an alien. We deactivated all the nuclear warheads in your arsenals so that no nuclear warfare could happen again. After the US vaporized two Japanese cities we thought your world powers were likely to bring the planet to a radioactive state of uninhabitability. This nuclear mess is too time consuming and actually energy intensive to fix; so we simply deactivated all the warheads in the countries with significant nuclear arsenals. This activity was observed by your many observers who have seen our " UFO'S " over nuclear sites. Deactivation of unstable nuclear materials is simple once you can focus the energy to mass reactions ( E= MC2 ) as Einstein pointed out. It's actually alchemical: lead to gold, or rather uranium to lead. Enjoy yourselves people of the earth.

Braverdave's picture

Once upon a time ...

I remember smoking some rope with some old hippies who reassured me that aliens would save the world from nuke war.

Who would of thought that the Rand Corporation was behind it !!!

hidingfromhelis's picture

Behind the drugs or the alien meme...or both?

JR's picture

Regarding the Rand Corporation, Herman Kahn, formerly of the Rand Corporation and a member of the CFR, founded and directed the Hudson Institute that produced the Report from Iron Mountain released in 1966. It was commissioned three years prior by the Department of Defense under Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, also a CFR member.

The purpose of the study was to explore various ways government can perpetuate itself into power, stabilizing itself by controlling its citizens and preventing them from rebelling.

The major conclusion was that war has been the only reliable means to achieve that goal.

According to the report:

“The war system not only has been essential to the existence of nations as independent political entities, but has been equally indispensable to the stable political structure. Without it, no government has ever been able to obtain acquiescence in its ‘legitimacy,’ or right to rule its society… The organization of society for the possibility of war is its principal political stabilizerIt has enabled societies to maintain necessary class distinctions, and it has insured the subordination of the citizens to the state by virtue of the residual war powers inherent in the concept of nationhood.”

Peace implied total and general disarmament of all nations under a world government disciplined by a world army. Military action by the world army would be called peace-keeping operations. Dissidents would face heavy fines for “hate crimes”; those with persistent politically incorrect attitudes would be placed in forced-labor battalions.

viedoklis_lv's picture

Alex Jones is controlled "opposition". Yes, Cabal plays both sides to win.

Alex Jones is fear porn producer number 1 - if you believe him than you had already about 100 of WW3.

Trash him out!

He is there to discredit real opposition you where able to observe it in a Pierr Morgan show - now everyone who stands for 2nd amendment is linked to this nutty.

Clashfan's picture

Jones does a great job, and I notice that no one who attacks him has a shred of proof of anything they claim about him. Jones' ratings skyrocketed after that appearance. Nothing he said was "nutty" at all (though he could have been more calm), and gun rights folks are winning. Jones is a big part of that.

I am very suspicious of people who attack Jones, calling him a gov collaborator, with absolutely no evidence.

I thank God for Alex Jones on a weekly basis. ZH only wishes it were as helpful and influential as infowars.

viedoklis_lv's picture

I was follower or Alex Jones for about 2 years, but there was something wrong with it, I felt agrresive but still after his info felt that there is nothing I can do - ou mighty Cabal works by their plan and no-one can stop them. I saw at Druge that even mighty Alex Jones got TSAed when he was going to Pierr Morgan.

I don't collect evidence that can be easily manipulated in any way it's presenter wants. I don't do that. I'am not able to check those kind of evidance. I have switched my tactics to other view.

I look not what people tell and do, but what is the result of it. And result of it was that Alex Jones raiting went up - so if Cabal wants to controll both sides than now their created "alternative" side has more power - and will be used more effective. Like for fear mongering - I remmbered how even I was so blindly following that though that anyminute soon US will attack Iran, there was "green lights" for many times, you maybe don't believe that we create what we think and add our energy - but it's true - it works. So Alex was generating lot of energy to this scenario - he is fear producer number one. And he is discrediting real opposition and taking away those people that is awaken and are aware of Cabal. He is directing them in unproductive dirrection. 

Also you should know that there is no way to appear for real opposition on Cabal TV channel LIVE.


But this is the understanding that comes only each individual in his time - for now - there is nothing I can say to you to convince it's true. It's your life - you have to work thing out your self - or it won't be any worth of it.

Clashfan's picture

Real opposition appears on TV all the time, usually for the purpose of discrediting them. Please tell me what folks he is discrediting and how that hurts real opposition? You're telling me he's a part of the system b/c he got on TV? And you can't even spell?


stuman's picture

Some of what he brings up is interesting and at times thought provoking...I just personally hate the way it's delivered.

Thus I rarely watch or listen to him anymore.

Clashfan's picture

Stu, I've never liked his ranting. But I've never, in ten years or more of learning from him, found him to be factually incorrect.

I usually, then, read the pieces instead of listening to the rants.

Still, his work on the Bohemian Grove is one of the coolest things I've ever seen done on the net. Let me know when any of his detractors sneak in there with a tie camera.

Almost Solvent's picture

Tough auidence tonight.


One worlders only win if oil is cheap and plentiful. 


Oh yea, cheap oil 4eva. It's a goD given right.

bobthehorse's picture

We're definitely creeping into Alex Jones territory.

But that's cool.

I look sexy in a tin-foil hat.

Plus getting probed doesn't sound half bad.

centerline's picture

Tin foil hats will be in style soon.  Wear it with pride bob.  Your ahead of the curve.

(Just in case someone here hasn't seen it.)

saulysw's picture

The definitive guide to Tin Foil Hats. A bible of sorts.

in4mayshun's picture

Tin foil hats will soon be declared a mental disorder and reason to deny you from having a gun.

Oldballplayer's picture

Shit....if you don't have your guns and 50,000 rounds of obscure ammo, then you don't deserve a tin foil hat. We are supposed to be ahead of the curve.

centerline's picture

That would be the tactical tin foil hat.

10mm's picture

if you don't have the jump on your aggreserer,you are cooked.

Mr Pink's picture

I would like to be the first to welcome our new alien overlords

Rossalgondamer's picture

Welcome implies left or gave-up??

jimmytorpedo's picture

Dude,..our alien reptoid queen has been ruling in one way or another for years.

But I still toast the queen every night, or true true love,..

ZeroAvatar's picture

I believe RAEL has first dibs. (I would like to be the first to welcome our new alien overlords)



HelluvaEngineer's picture

Obama administration interns must have the night off.  Drinking some Four Lokos and down voting my ass.  Haters.

kaiserhoff's picture

or testing their inner city voting machines for the next "election".

zorba THE GREEK's picture

The global collapse will be Bush's fault. If you don't believe me, ask the Obama Administration.

dfwpike's picture

"...the Heritage Foundation (a socialist organization posing as conservative)..."

Can someone provide more info that supports the author's claim that the Heritage Foundation is a socialist organization?

Going once... going twice...

Harbanger's picture

That's pure bullshit.  They do more to promote and make people understand the US Constitution than any other group.

dfwpike's picture

You've got that right Harbanger.  It's pure bullshit.

JR's picture

Neoconservatives, unlimited-big-government "conservatives" whose roots trace back to the Democrat Party and Trotsky, have been supportive of the Heritage Foundation and while it may not be as “neoconservative” as the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage has been a strong supporter of American war policy, the “war on terror,” and powerful pro-Israel policies.

Among the Foundation’s six principal staff members and advisers is included Midge Decter, the spouse of the founder of neoconservatism, Zionist Norman Podhoretz, who has called for World War III.

Heritage was instrumental in crafting the Bush Administration’s military command for Africa aimed at shaping events on that continent.

According to Right Web: Tracking militarists efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy: “Heritage has also echoed hawkish discourse on Iran in its call for taking a tougher stance against the country, arguing that containment of Iran is doomed to fail. In a February 2011 ‘backgrounder’ on the ‘Iran threat,’ Heritage’s Theodore Bromund and James Phillips argued, ‘Instead of pursuing a policy of containment, which would be a policy in name only, the U.S. should keep the military option alive, defend itself and its allies, and seek both to weaken the regime’s economic base and to empower and encourage its domestic adversaries.’

As to Israel: "Heritage scholars promote strengthening 'anti-terror' ties with Israel and often defend Israel in the face of U.S. criticism of its actions. In an April 2010 op-ed criticizing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for publicly lambasting Israel, Heritage’s Feulner wrote, 'The United States is engaged in a long war against extremists. We can use all the help we can get. Too bad the Obama administration can’t seem to tell which countries are with us, and which aren’t.'"

midtowng's picture

Yeh, well neoconservatism is NOT socialism by any definition of the word.

Why is it that right-wingers think that "government" = "socialism"? Don't you know that words actually mean things, and that when you use them incorrectly you diminish your credibility?

dfwpike's picture

Thanks for the response, JR.  Interesting stuff and I'll be doing further research.  As far as the Heritage Foundation's support of Israel... I agree with it.

Clashfan's picture

Infowars is a great site. And this is a great piece. I have had my problems with some of Smith's stuff before, but this is golden, accurate, and necessary. Kudos.

midtowng's picture

the Heritage Foundation (a socialist organization posing as conservative)

LOl! Are you f*ckin kidding? Just how extreme right-wing is the writer of this article? And what is his definition of "socialist"?

davidsmith's picture

Jeez!  Another rant/sermon/mea culpa..whatever!


NO MORE RANTS!  Just post research!  Not PROPAGANDA--of ANY flavor!!!!!

pslater's picture

Brandon Smith's points are well founded in fact.  I suggest you read "The Creature from Jekyll Island" and "Confessions of an Econmic Hit Man".  Knowledge is power.  Get some.

DeadFred's picture

The biggest issue the one-worlders will have to deal with is the question of who gets to run the show.


francis_sawyer's picture

like that will be really hard to decide...

illyia's picture

Whoever has the biggest ones wins.

francis_sawyer's picture

In the land of the blind, the one with the biggest one eyed snake gets to be king...

newengland's picture

Irrelevant. Stalin said who counts the vote matters more than who votes. See Diebold for the latest example. See rigged inflation figures. Rigged gdp figures. Rigged jobless figures. Rigged everything in this statist QEternity one world fiction.

Record food stamps. Record unemployment. Plunging real growth; the world in a New Depression since 2008 when the banksters miscalculated and blew up their own accounts...then got their political pets to bail them out with other people's money: the people's money and labor.

It is all fascist: for the few at the cost of the many.

A Lunatic's picture

I was unaware that Brandon authored those widely popular volumes................

tenpanhandle's picture

That claim was not made in the referenced comment.  You have apparently mastered the writing part of the english language, now I suggest you do the same for reading.

davidsmith's picture

If this guy is so knowledgeable, why doesn't HE have any power?  NO MORE RANTS.