Pitchforks, Brainwashing And The Mathematics Of Persuasive Deceit

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Submitted by Ben Tanosborn

Affluence Economics: Low-Inflation and “Fool” Employment

Numbers don’t lie, the saying goes, but the have-liars are doing their numbers on the gullible have-nots.  And although mathematics is an exact science, it can be used as a practical tool by inexact social scientists working for those trying to influence people at the civic or individual level, call it politics or more accurately, persuasive deceit.

That’s where we have been finding ourselves in the United States for more than three decades, sporting a government of the powerful affluent, whether ran by the apostles of Tweedledee, or the disciples of Tweedledum, lying to the citizenship in all aspects that matter, be it their security, human rights or economic health. 

We might think that Washington is as pitchfork-worthy today as France was in 1787, or Tsarist Russia in 1917; however, we are still likely a few leagues away from the igniting point that sparks a true revolution, where reality sets in and replaces the mirage created by economic-political brainwashing.  Not quite there yet, the number of people struggling to put food on the table, although increasing at an accelerating pace, still only represents about 20 percent of those privileged in not having to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits... those contemptible, dignity-stripped food stamps.

In the US we live in two interconnected economic worlds; however, we are brainwashed into believing we are a single, if diverse, society, with one economy, one flag, and one common destiny.  But we are not; we are a 2-tier society of haves and have-nots with two distinct economies operating side by side.  Two economies that must be measured separately if we dare face the economic and social realities that separate us from being one people, one nation… rancor and anger dividing us even when saluting the very same flag.  Still blaming that odious One Percent of capitalists, Knights of Our Economy, when we should be blaming the culprits in all of this, the Nineteen Percent of troglodyte lackeys serving in their roles of squires, helping to keep our downtrodden hoi polloi in check… and we all know who the squires are; what many of those squires don’t seem to understand is the precariousness of being a squire, and how prone they are to join the ranks of the have-nots… as the 80-20 rule becomes 85-15, then 90-10.  Perhaps then our revolution will get to ignite, bringing a more benign form of capitalism to this nation, and not the predatory, in your face capitalism which enslaves us today.     

Just in time to celebrate Independence Day, our illusionist government came out with “great ‘job numbers’” to keep the fireworks flying high, exploding in spectacular multi-colored brightness, lifting our spirits of eternal hope for a “recuperated” economy following course to a Dow Industrials that would surpass the 17,000 mark on the day 288,000 jobs were said to be added by employers to their payrolls, 73,000 more than economists had predicted.  Five straight months with job creation exceeding 200,000; the unemployment rate dropping all the way to 6.1 percent, the lowest level in almost six years, and a radiant and jubilatory Wall Street which has restored the pre-recession lost value to the Squires’ 401k’s. 

But all of this hoopla is an exercise in farce-economics, stats in Affluence Economics that have little to do with the economic condition of the have-nots, where unemployment rates, jobs created and rate of inflation need to be extracted from other data applicable to them, stats that reflect Have-nots Economics, not Washington’s generic bullshit.

Jobs created and rate of unemployment need to have realistic basis, not the joke that it is today where stats for underemployed or chronically unemployed are not part of the picture.  According to OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) we are now at Full Employment here in the US since the measured unemployment level is within the 4 to 6.4% range.  “Fool” employment, I feel, since US true unemployment rate (if properly measured) is probably in the 15 to 20% range.

But where have-nots are brutally-penalized most is in the measurement of inflation, as much of their revenue comes from fixed sources (retirement, social benefits, etc.) that use those inflation figures, nowadays 50 to 200 percent off the mark, since the basket of goods consumed by the poor is totally different from that of the affluent 20 percent.  A 25 percent increase in food prices may not be that meaningful to that remaining middle class, but it is critical to those at the poverty level, or even 10-20 percent higher.  Where the government has told us we have averaged a 1.9 annual rate of inflation in the past four years, for the have-nots the figure is probably closer to 6 percent (over 200 percent more).  Great savings for our illusionist government now able to invest more money in weapons for the Pentagon!          

We needn’t worry about terrorism coming to America from outside our borders; we are seeding terrorism right here, in our “land of opportunity” garden, an extremely bitter plant of discontent that will make terrorists of our neighbors and poison us all.

Happy Independence Day to the Haves, and a

Happy Dependence Day to the Have-nots!

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spinone's picture

Anyone who is trying to read charts or analyze the markets at this point should be taken as seriously as a bookie making odds on a WWE match.

Grande Tetons's picture

Plot Time on the X axis. Plot We are fucked on the Y axis. 

Pretty much sums things up. 

Escrava Isaura's picture


The market is just a reflection of human deceit.

Not any worse than family [dysfunction], religion [self-delusion], and education [indoctrination].

“Deception, machination and mendacity lie at the core of human intelligence, like worms coiled at the core of a apple” — Mark Rowlands

Hugh G Rection's picture

Speaking of the market... I guess Sodastream shouldn't have their main manufacturing facility in the occupied West Bank.  Wish I would have shorted these assholes.  Score one for the BDS movement!


Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Between you and your pitchfork and 'no debt' with his nail gun, I guess that covers both possibilities

Anusocracy's picture

The human brain is the Psychopathic Spectrum Brain.

Da Yooper's picture

The government lies

The media lies

The bankers lie

& the GDP lap them up like milk

no wonder the US is going down the toilet

Escrava Isaura's picture

Da Yooper......

What we are about to face is the largest human failure ever. Our way of life is in the beginning phase of its terminal death. We built our lifestyle on a fossil fuel that is going extinct.

World’s first billion people took 1,800 [one thousand eight hundred years]. The last billion took 13 years. The one billion before took 12 years. By 2024, the world will have another billion people.

Do you really believe that we will have resources and the ability to create a billion jobs every 25 year or so?

 “We cannot teach people anything, we can only help them discover it within themselves” Galileo Galilei 1 August 1639 


Da Yooper's picture

Escrava Isaura

"What we are about to face is the largest human failure ever. Our way of life is in the beginning phase of its terminal death."


I know

There is much i would like to say but cant

Escrava Isaura's picture

Da Yooper…..  I think you should.

Zero Hedge is the best therapy money can buy….. It’s actually free, but you got the point.

den1313's picture

Instead of being pesimistic, we should educate ourselves on the options. It appears that human population will level out at less than 12 billion. We have not taken advantage of the best, on many levels, of cheap, clean Thorium power. Why have we not used it before? It doesn't go boom like uranium. Perhaps, then we can begin to build a human presence on the Moon.

_disengage_'s picture

What would take more resources/energy, colonizing the moon or the desert (~1/3 the land mass) right here on Earth? This off-world stuff is just a distraction from real solutions. I know I keep harping on these links, but I feel strongly this information must be disseminated.

Howard Finnel in the 1930s "invented" on countour furrows/swales.

later P.A. Yeomans rehabilitated dry land in Australia with update on countour plowing; he called it the keyline plan. His farms are still functioning today, run by his children.

David Holmgren and Bill Mollison coined Permaculture to put the ideas together.

Today Brad Landcaster, Geoff Lawton, Alan Savory and many more are regreening deserts all over the world.

Escrava Isaura's picture


 It will never make to 12 billion. 8 billion [2024] will be the last billion.

sylviasays's picture

"What we are about to face is the largest human failure ever. Our way of life is in the beginning phase of its terminal death. We built our lifestyle on a fossil fuel that is going extinct."


The world has worried that it was about to run out of oil at least five times, dating back to the 1880s when geologists fretted that the “amazing exhibition of oil” found in Pennsylvania was only temporary. Yet each time new sources were found or technology advanced.

“It is what we learn after we know it all that really counts”-- John Wooden

Escrava Isaura's picture


Firstly, show us these new reserves.

Secondly, technology will eventually make it worse as it sucks more critical energy. And leaving humanity even less prepared, as they will echo this ‘technology’ self-deception as theirs Noah’s Ark.

MeMadMax's picture

Normalcy Bias.

The people won't revolt until one or more of the following conditions occur in order of importance/magnitude:

1. Obama tells them to.

2. Apple stops selling iPhones.

3. The Kardashians are pulled.

4. Nike stops selling shoes.

5. Welfare checks stop rolling in.

6. "My computer won't connect to the internet!"

7. Phones stop working.

8. Power goes out.

9. Water goes out.

10. Food stops showing up at the grocery store...



Umh's picture

The Hispanic guy has their job pushing stuff across the counter.


P.S. He's not of Spanish descent, not that it matters, the Indians are retaking the country bodega by bodega.

Postal's picture

Thie internet is important: If my compy doesn't connect to the internet, then how am I going to make worthless posts on ZH?

That and freaky, almost-legal lez porn...

Grande Tetons's picture

Any prepper worth his salt can tell you that you should have at least 2 vintage Penthouse magazines on hand in the event of a prolonged power outage. The second of which should contain a lesbian photospread which can be used for bartering. 

Gilligan's isle's picture

Had to sign in for the up-green Alex

Fuh Querada's picture

The first being a one-page version?

TheSecondLaw's picture

That about sums it up.  And you can be very sure the haves will ensure that the have-nots never experience any of the above. It's a truth that has been around for as long as there have been rulers and the ruled:  bread and circus.  Not too much so that they get ideas, and not too litte so that they rise up in rebellion.  Pretty straight forward stuff.  And so far the caesars and senators of the American Empire have done very well indeed.  I don't see it ending for another century, and certainly no nationwide armed revolution.

The US Empire will end, not with a bang, but a whimper...to quote TS Eliot.

buzzsaw99's picture

I visited Mr. Tanosborn's website and read a few columns written by him. +1

I am Jobe's picture

Would be nice to see the sheeples just wither away right around T Giving time.  Yeah idiots will be fighting for towels and shoes in the UUSA made my some Indonesian kid for 20 cents an hour. Fucking ignorant Amerikans I must say. 

Peter Pan's picture

The bottom of the downside is still some way off so the likelihood of any improvement or backlash against against this farce is even further away.

We no longer have real news, real comment or real debate. What we are subjected to is theatre that supplants reality.

Unless that distinction is kept alive in our minds and the minds of our childrem, then we are condemned.

Grande Tetons's picture

I went to a bullfight years ago. This one poor bull tripped after it was released into the stadium and severely injured his front leg. After quite a bit of time...he was gingerly removed from the stadium by the attentive ground crew. 

That was the smartest animal I have ever seen. 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Well, he probably became hamburger in a less drawn out, painful way. Actually, I saw a clip of a bullfight on TV where the bull leaped into the stands and started goring all the spectators. Funnier than hell. Kinda thought there was some justice in it.

May be we can do this some day when we finally have had enough of being eaten by the lions in the colosseum while the elite gloat at our suffering.


Grande Tetons's picture

Funny, Miffed, I have never liked to see any being suffer. I would have made a shitty doctor and a horrible boxer.....and an unspeakably horrid central banker. 

We are the bulls...and they have the Red Cape. 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Very hard for me too. I feel too much empathy for those who suffer. After 8 years of working trauma I had to leave. To be good, you must have distance.

I once came upon a woman in the hall beating the face of another woman against a wall who was offering no defense. Her face was a mass of blood. Someone called security and I was trying to pull her off. I found out later they were best friends and the beaten woman had accidentally run over the other woman's toddler. They had just pronounced her in the ER. I have never forgotten the look on that woman's face in 25 years. She couldn't live with what she had done and I doubt she ever came to terms with what happened. Even if the other woman forgave her, she could never forgive herself. I saw myself as doing the same.


Grande Tetons's picture

To be good, you must have distance. 


 I would only replace the word good with qualified. 


potato's picture

People get crazy attached to their kids. Having 1 or 2 kids is the equivalent of putting your entire stock portfolio into 1 or 2 stocks. 

If you're gonna have kids, have 5 to 10 of them. You'll realize economies of scale and other synergies. Plus it won't be so devastating to lose one or two of them.

lakecity55's picture

That, sir, is bullshit.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

You steal that from the Ethiopian constitution?

RMolineaux's picture

The survival of American constitutional liberties depends on bringing the military/corporate state under control.  Some of the measures necessary to this end would be the following:

1.  A renewed realization of the the fact that corporations are the creatures of the government, not its overlords.  All corporations over a certain size should have a federal charter and direct federal regulation.  Enough of this state of Delaware nonsense.

2.  Corporate regulation should include rules governing distribution of profits to shareholders, executive remuneration and minimum wages.  They should also prohibit corporate stock buybacks and the use of stock options in remuneration agreements.

3.  The supreme court will have to reverse its nonsensical decision to assign personality to corporations.  Are they proposing to offer each corporation a vote in elections, weighted by the size of its net worth?  The assignment of "personality" to corporations is indicative of the long way we have already come to fascistic oligarchy.

Anusocracy's picture

Please use another word besides liberty - one that denotes something granted by your owner.


lib·er·ty  n. pl. lib·er·ties


    a. The condition of being free from restriction or control.

    b. The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.

    c. The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. See Synonyms at freedom.

2. Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.

potato's picture

Campaign finance reform could really turn this country around.

What do you guys think?

The Most Interesting Frog in the World's picture

Could not disagree more. More federal government control and oversight. No thanks!

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

The worst part is higher paying jobs in my field come with such a high price tag and licensure barriers to entry. Not only do you have to have an exorbitantly expensive college degree, but now you have to pay 25k for an internship. When I started, if you were lucky to get the internship they paid a monthly stipend. So now you have invested about 125K for a job that starts at about $25/hr. Considering taxes and medical insurance, take home pay is probably at least 35% less. Then if you live in Cali with the high cost of living, you better have married a rich spouse because that won't get you an apartment. Possibly you could rent a room which runs about $600/month. And people are shocked young people can't get out of the basement?


Grande Tetons's picture

Never heard of paying for an internship before. That is surpirsing. Better keep this information away from Pelosi. 

The Most Interesting Frog in the World's picture

Yep, you have to pay your university for the credits you earn while working for free as an intern. God Bless America!


The 'two tier folks' do not stand side-by-side when the top tier motherfuckers hoard all the fucking money for themselves and get it at zero % interest rates on the overnight repo-105 lending rate, BuckO.

This 'we are in this together shit' has got to stop. Not a soul in the United States of America owes Alan Greenspan the shirt off their back, their house, their future, their life. Frankly, Alan Greenspan and his ilk has

destroyed the lives of millions of people because Alan Greenspan could.

When the entire USA wakes up to the fact that Alan Greenspan sold your entire nation down the river it will be too late to stop the destruction. Alan Greenspan was the United States of America's Public Enemy #1 but the FBI decided to miss their man this time round because Greenspan occupies the top tier and stands beside other top tier criminals that are insulated from our laws that we are subject to abide by. If Greenspan actually stood beside the lower tier 99% we would have torn him to bits by now. No sir, we are not standing side-by-side on this one, thank you very much.

Joebloinvestor's picture

There are over a million jobs available to work on recalled cars.

With government funding, duck soup.

Postal's picture

Revolution in the US will never happen:

1) "What the hell is a pitchfork?" No one knows what they are, let alone their intended purpose. Forget running the gullet of a Wall Street banker.

2) Mathematics? Are you fucking serious? This from a society that can't even balance their checkbooks? If Americans had even half a brain with regard to mathematics, a good number of "unexplained disappearances" would have occurred all ready.

3) Americans--for the most part--are fat, lazy slobs (seriously, try to find a girl who isn't a lard-ass--and the men are no better).

PS) I'd throw in "fiery faggot," except that's racist, sexist, homophobic, pedophilic, misogynic, etc.,...

potato's picture

I know someone who learned Calculus 1, 2, 3 and Differential Equations from YouTube in three weeks.

Only 5% of college graduates earn a degree in engineering. I say let the others starve.

Youtube University. This is the future.

Frankie Carbone's picture

I took matrix algebra 20 years ago at University. For the next 20 years I used, ohh, maybe 3% of my knowledge in that area. The past month I took a free MIT matrix algebra class online at Youtube. During the lectures I was kicking myself. About 60-70% of the material was directly applicable to what I do at work (I am an engineer) and I was counting the number of times I could have used this stuff to solve problems in a hour that took me a week to think through. Uggh. And I was a 4.0 student back in the day.  Problem was, after university, I found myself "free  to watch TV because I had earned it". 

Now I watch a college lecture a night, take notes, and find problems on the net and solve them. Studying Set Theory right now. Good stuff. 


And good point that you make here. 

The Most Interesting Frog in the World's picture

Universities were not and were never developed for the common man, middle class whatever you want to call them. College was where the wealthy we're supposed to go to become refined in art history, philosophy, music, you name it. It wasn't a per-cursor to becoming a plumber or waitress like it is now. The whole system is completely perverted at this point.