The Illusion Of Democracy

Tyler Durden's picture

Distract, deny, democracy...


Source: Jesse

Which reminded us of this perennial note...

The past several weeks have made one thing crystal-clear: Our country faces unmitigated disaster if the Other Side wins.

No reasonably intelligent person can deny this. All you have to do is look at the way the Other Side has been running its campaign. Instead of focusing on the big issues that are important to the American People, it has fired a relentlessly negative barrage of distortions, misrepresentations, and flat-out lies.

Just look at the Other Side’s latest commercial, which take a perfectly reasonable statement by the candidate for My Side completely out of context to make it seem as if he is saying something nefarious. This just shows you how desperate the Other Side is and how willing it is to mislead the American People.

The Other Side also has been hammering away at My Side to release certain documents that have nothing to do with anything, and making all sorts of outrageous accusations about what might be in them. Meanwhile, the Other Side has stonewalled perfectly reasonable requests to release its own documents that would expose some very embarrassing details if anybody ever found out what was in them. This just shows you what a bunch of hypocrites they are.

Naturally, the media won’t report any of this. Major newspapers and cable networks jump all over anything they think will make My Side look bad. Yet they completely ignore critically important and incredibly relevant information that would be devastating to the Other Side if it could ever be verified.

I will admit the candidates for My Side do make occasional blunders. These usually happen at the end of exhausting 19-hour days and are perfectly understandable. Our leaders are only human, after all. Nevertheless, the Other Side inevitably makes a big fat deal out of these trivial gaffes, while completely ignoring its own candidates’ incredibly thoughtless and stupid remarks – remarks that reveal the Other Side’s true nature, which is genuinely frightening.

My Side has produced a visionary program that will get the economy moving, put the American People back to work, strengthen national security, return fiscal integrity to Washington, and restore our standing in the international community. What does the Other Side have to offer? Nothing but the same old disproven, discredited policies that got us into our current mess in the first place.

Don’t take my word for it, though. I recently read about an analysis by an independent, nonpartisan organization that supports My Side. It proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that everything I have been saying about the Other Side was true all along. Of course, the Other Side refuses to acknowledge any of this. It is too busy cranking out so-called studies by so-called experts who are actually  nothing but partisan hacks. This just shows you that the Other Side lives in its own little echo chamber and refuses to listen to anyone who has not already drunk its Kool-Aid.

Let’s face it: The Other Side is held hostage by a radical, failed ideology. I have been doing some research on the Internet, and I have learned this ideology was developed by a very obscure but nonetheless profoundly influential writer with a strange-sounding name who enjoyed brief celebrity several decades ago. If you look carefully, you can trace nearly all the Other Side’s policies for the past half-century back to the writings of this one person.

To be sure, the Other Side also has been influenced by its powerful supporters. These include a reclusive billionaire who has funded a number of organizations far outside the political mainstream; several politicians who have said outrageous things over the years; and an alarmingly large number of completely clueless ordinary Americans who are being used as tools and don’t even know it.

These people are really pathetic, too. The other day I saw a YouTube video in which My Side sent an investigator and a cameraman to a rally being held by the Other Side, where the investigator proceeded to ask some real zingers. It was hilarious! First off, the people at the rally wore T-shirts with all kinds of lame messages that they actually thought were really clever. Plus, many of the people who were interviewed were overweight, sweaty, flushed, and generally not very attractive. But what was really funny was how stupid they were. There is no way anyone could watch that video and not come away convinced the people on My Side are smarter, and that My Side is therefore right about everything.

Besides, it’s clear that the people on the Other Side are driven by mindless anger – unlike My Side, which is filled with passionate idealism and righteous indignation. That indignation, I hasten to add, is entirely justified. I have read several articles in publications that support My Side that expose what a truly dangerous group the Other Side is, and how thoroughly committed it is to imposing its radical, failed agenda on the rest of us.

That is why I believe [2016] is, without a doubt, the defining election of our lifetime. The difference between My Side and the Other Side could not be greater. That is why it absolutely must win [in 2016].

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Waylon Bits's picture
Waylon Bits (not verified) May 20, 2015 5:04 PM

Wake we up when we can vote on troop deployments, oil pipelines, assassinations, etc...

NotApplicable's picture

The only thing missing?

"Most important election EVAR!"

theXman's picture

I guess people prefer Russian style system where reporters and oposition leaders can be jailed and assassinated routinely. Who needs messy democracy when you can have an efficient leader like Putin or Kim III.

kaiserhoff's picture

It's the Jew Media.

That's the true imperial oligarchy.

Anusocracy's picture

If it's a political season it's time to repost this:

When it comes to forming opinions and making judgments on hot political issues, partisans of both parties don't let facts get in the way of their decision-making, according to a new Emory University study. The research sheds light on why staunch Democrats and Republicans can hear the same information, but walk away with opposite conclusions.

The investigators used functional neuroimaging (fMRI) to study a sample of committed Democrats and Republicans during the three months prior to the U.S. Presidential election of 2004. The Democrats and Republicans were given a reasoning task in which they had to evaluate threatening information about their own candidate. During the task, the subjects underwent fMRI to see what parts of their brain were active. What the researchers found was striking.

"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," says Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory who led the study. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." Westen and his colleagues will present their findings at the Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Jan. 28.

Once partisans had come to completely biased conclusions -- essentially finding ways to ignore information that could not be rationally discounted -- not only did circuits that mediate negative emotions like sadness and disgust turn off, but subjects got a blast of activation in circuits involved in reward -- similar to what addicts receive when they get their fix, Westen explains.

macholatte's picture



What Difference Does It Make?

delusion definition. A false belief held despite strong evidence against it; self-deception. Delusions are common in some forms of psychosis. Because of his delusions, the literary character Don Quixote attacks a windmill, thinking it is a giant.


illusion definition: something that looks or seems different from what it is : something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real : an incorrect idea : an idea that is based on something that is not true


Pool Shark's picture



What's a "GAGET" and why does that guy with the ball and chain seem to want a box of them?



LianaKaulitz's picture
LianaKaulitz (not verified) Pool Shark May 20, 2015 8:35 PM

The winner will probably get the Fed to print a bunch of money cause that's how it works these days

Oh regional Indian's picture

Well, given that democracy itself is a delusion, of course any resultant forms, BOUND to be devolving in a devolving world are illusions too.

Interestingly and very very very tangentially, our deal was sealed when the NILE was dammed for the first time, back in 1907. Remember the liquidity crisis of 1907?


Check it out, we have moved so far from things we should have learned from our ancients...

Dam a river, damn the place.



Oh regional Indian's picture

@ old naughty...yes, the three gorges will prove China's undoing.

Imagine what they were thinking when Nepal was shaking?

giggler321's picture

what you need is a free and fair election just like the Brits in the UK.  Cough, cough... rolling on floor - did I real include free, fair and the UK in 1 poorly constructed sentance? arrrrh OMG

GoldenGeezer's picture

The Tylers should look into this one:

"California broker who scammed clients of $17million is sentenced to ONE DAY in jail"

A Nanny Moose's picture

It's French. Maybe he thought it read "Godot"

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Pool Shark May 21, 2015 6:19 AM

Pool Shark .... a "Gaget" is a large "Wiget" !

r00t61's picture

Here's another interesting study done on how Demopublicans can't think straight when they're thinking about The Other Side:

old naughty's picture

Why must one known-2-us system be always pitched against another?

In between 0 and 1, there’re infinite possibilities, no?

Take the quantum leap.

Arnold's picture

Excellent point and that's where many of us are.

The first step of our quantum - ness.

However that involves higher maff and critical noodling and if I was on a .gov teat I would have no need of either.


I completely endorse Hillary for POTUS 2016.

Paveway IV's picture

I'll take the 'Jew Media' any day over the fascist state of Israel. The first one costs a buck or two a day. The second one, well:

Pentagon approves massive $1.9 billion arms sale to Israel

The US State Department indicated it will approve an arms sale to Israel worth nearly $1.9 billion, adding thousands of bombs, air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles to Jerusalem’s armory for “self-defense” needs.

Which means Israel is planning another Gaza or Lebanese offensive this fall. Maybe even Syria if their al Nusra lackeys keep getting killed. BTW, Thanks a lot, Pentagon - you treasonous Israeli-firster fucks.

...“The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to US national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability,” the statement read...

So I'm picking up the tab on this one, too? FUCK! The bills for all arms sales to Israel are ALWAYS forgiven, usually Dec. 29th at the senate's annual Pre-New Year's Treasoners' Ball, usually right after the ritual blood sacrifice of an infant. Maybe they moved it to before the blood sacrifice this year. They're always switching it up to confuse us.

"...A Defense Ministry source told Israel Radio the deal had nothing to do with Iran nuclear talks or any other conflict in the Gulf region..."

Well, of course it doesn't have to to with Iran - these are conventional munitions. Didn't the Israeli Defense Minister just say that Iran should be dealt with just like Hiroshima and Nagasaki? 

"...A report in Israeli media Tuesday indicated the US and Israel were discussing a so-called compensation package that would see Washington sell Jerusalem advanced weapons, including more F-35 jets, in exchange for the Netanyahu government’s quiet acceptance of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran..."

That's odd. Israel usually extorts money and weapons from the U.S. by promising not to nuke anyone. So I guess that means... oh.

...“The proposed sale of this equipment will provide Israel the ability to support its self-defense needs. These munitions will enable Israel to maintain operational capability of its existing systems and will enhance Israel’s interoperability with the United States,” the statement read...

In other words, Operation Arbeit Macht Frei will be taking place in a Gaza and southern Lebanese village near you, courtesy of me, the hapless U.S. taxpayer. Why the fuck hasn't anyone brought me up on war crimes yet? Stop the source of the funding and the psychopaths will have to stop. Do I have to fly myself out to the Hague to stop this nonsense?

Besides, the 'something BIG' ISIS false-flag is suppose to happen in what... July? I have to stock up on dried beans and ammo before cash is outlawed.

ListenToTISM's picture

Excellent post.

I just hope you don't live anywhere near Canada.

Tarzan's picture

So rare, someone who can see through the propaganda and distinguish between the Jew and the State. No different then the context of this post, seeing the folly of my party vs your party.

The power elite are running a dillusion centered on divide and rule. A dillusion that says the state owns the people, thus I am no longer a person, but property - an American, Brit, Chinese or whatever.

When we the people of the world wake up from this disception that the State owns us, rather then the opposite, we will realize that the vast majority of people in every nation just want to live at peace with there neighbor, raise their family's and reap the fruits of their labor.

The more I travel the more I see that most people of every race and religion are lovely people who just want to live in peace and not be dogged by the State and it's desire to rule the people.

It is the illusion of nationalism that fans the flame of fear, that in turn fans the flames of war and HATE, that turns free people into slaves of the internationalist elite power mongers!

BurntPinky's picture

You, Sir are a race-baiter and ethnic hater. Race-baiters and ethnic haters are by definition a danger to all races and ethnicities.

Urban Redneck's picture

A two-fer: a strawman and a false dichotemy.

Oldwood's picture

Yes, we radicals who insist on staying with centuries old traditions are radical in the face of this "progressive" change. Just listen to them calling anyone who questions the "new way of thinking" a radical. Sure there are hypocrites on both sides but at least give credit to the message. I'm tired of being called a radical because I'm old. Radicals are supposed to be for change, not conservatism. Anyone today who extolls any virtues of our past are radicals to be feared...a danger. Conservatives have been screaming about the dangers of change, change without real premise other than hope, yet we are still the radicals, restraining hope and retarding progress, all while watching us spiraling ever closer to the drain.

While I am as tired as anyone having to listen too these lying hypocrites we like to call Republicans, the conservative message is the same as it ever has been.

There is no doubt at this point however that our choices at elections is as near pathetic as we have seen, but democracy IS WORKING, exactly as we were warned it would. The mob mentality harnessed by special interests to rob and oppress.

the FSA is growing stronger by the day, as is the democratic proccess of destruction and tyranny.

11b40's picture

I know, Oldwood.  I am old, too.  

Why, I even recall when we were a Constitutional Republic, but now we have been dragged down to a f***king democracy where money can speak and buy votes.

nmewn's picture

Save us from the terrrrists and give us farrreeee shit!

Its pretty easy being a politician these days ;-)

TeethVillage88s's picture

Yeah maybe so usually -
Anti-war senator Wellstone dies in plane crash. ..... days before his death, Wellstone told attendees that Cheney told him, 'If you vote against the war in Iraq, the ..

nmewn's picture

The political pep rally posing as his wake/memorial was to die for tho ;-)

sgorem's picture

I believe a moment of silence for  Andrew Joseph Slack III  is in order.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Slack or Stack? If you are going to fly a plane into an IRS office, at least use Cesna Citation, rather than a 172.

sgorem's picture

well hell, let's try Smack..........:)

Billy the Poet's picture

"Radicals are supposed to be for change, not conservatism."


Radical means to go to the root. The alternative is be superficial and to seek cosmetic solutions. Radical is good. Ron Paul, in his devotion to the Constitution, is the perfect picture of a radical. He sensibly goes to the root rather than wallow in the incidental, inconsequential complaints of the day.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Thanks Billy a little bit tired today and didn't appreciate what oldwood had said. I up voted him.

The founding fathers were Liberal Radicals at the time since the Tradition had become a meme about Royals and official Patriarchs. (except for Alexander Hamilton who joined the Dark Side)

Different Meanings must be differentiated

- Conservative Monarch
- Conservative Banker for European Bank System who supported Monarchy

- Conservative Freedom, Liberty & Constitutional Advocate is much different

- Conservative Supporter of WWI, WWII, FED, State as Ultimate Power over Individuality, over God, over US constitution is again... very different

- Conservative Supporter of US Bank Infrastructure, Central Bank, QE Forever, LIRP forever, TBTJ Corporate Bailouts, Bonuses for TBTJ Bank Criminals, unlimited power to create Fiat for our TBTJ Banks over our small banks in our many 50 States for no reason... that is also a LIBERAL VIEW EQUAL TO MAKING WAR ON SMALL FOREIGN COUNTRIES


nmewn's picture

A fine post, plus one and I'll do my best to dissect this in MY bold, I'm tired too ;-)

"The founding fathers were Liberal Radicals at the time since the Tradition had become a meme about Royals and official Patriarchs. (except for Alexander Hamilton who joined the Dark Side)"

Agreed, most thinking people know what "a Liberal" is. It is Voltaire, Franklin to name two.

"Different Meanings must be differentiated

- Conservative Monarch
- Conservative Banker for European Bank System who supported Monarchy

- Conservative Freedom, Liberty & Constitutional Advocate is much different (My bold)

- Conservative Supporter of WWI, WWII, FED, State as Ultimate Power over Individuality, over God, over US constitution is again... very different"

Some conservatives never were much on centralized authority, leaning more toward individualism (anarchy if we must "go there") at the same time many conservatives are not pacifists either and neither is the left.

Here is where the difference is you fail to see (I think)...

- Conservative Supporter of US Bank Infrastructure, Central Bank, QE Forever, LIRP forever, TBTJ Corporate Bailouts, Bonuses for TBTJ Bank Criminals, unlimited power to create Fiat for our TBTJ Banks over our small banks in our many 50 States for no reason... that is also a LIBERAL VIEW EQUAL TO MAKING WAR ON SMALL FOREIGN COUNTRIES


Some conservatives support "US Bank Infrastructure, Central Bank, QE Forever, LIRP forever, TBTJ Corporate Bailouts, Bonuses for TBTJ Bank Criminals, unlimited power to create Fiat for our TBTJ Banks over our small banks in our many 50 States for" >>>for their own interests.<<<

Just like Krugman, Soros, Buffet etal (for money, yes?) and Obama, Hillary, Nuland etal (for war, yes?).

The sooner you realize this (the Deep State has no real color code) the closer to truth you'll be.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Where do the priests who supported Monarchy (Oligarchy) fall?

AIIB's picture

"...Alexander Hamilton (who joined the Dark Side)"

Quel surprise!


"Alexander Hamilton was born on the British island of Nevis, in the West Indies, on January 11, 1755. His mother was most likely Jewish, and his father, James Hamilton, was a non-Jewish Scotsman descended from the House of Hamilton in Ayrshire, Scotland. In the 1760s, Alexander attended a Jewish school in Nevis, which was housed in a synagogue in Charleston, the island's capital. The local Anglican school was not an option for Alexander, because he was a bastard in the eyes of the church. His mother, Rachel, had never divorced her first husband, who was also Jewish, and her union with James was therefore not technically marriage, making Alexander illegitimate.

After completing his education in Nevis, Alexander moved to Charleston, South Carolina in search of a better life and career. He became George Washington's aide during the American Revolution, was the principal author of the Federalist Papers, and served as the United States' first Secretary of the Treasury, under George Washington."


Source: JewishVirtualLibrary

nmewn's picture

"Where do the priests who supported Monarchy (Oligarchy) fall?"

Their bodies should fall onto the deck and their heads into a basket but it never seems to work out that way I must admit I have never had any sympathy for a "man of the cloth" who betrays "his flock" to the wolf pack, none, zero.

This goes for "secular priests" worshipping at the altar of relativity as well ;-)

NeoLuddite's picture

Classic liberalism died 100 years ago; the term "liberal" has been perverted by progressives ever since.

Anusocracy's picture

There is nothing radical about being for government.

Getting rid of it is radical.

samsara's picture

Thanks for posting that TV88s

Most wouldn't get the phrase;

"He was Wellstoned"

samsara's picture

"but democracy IS WORKING, exactly as we were warned it would. The mob mentality harnessed by special interests to rob and oppress."

That's why they didn't set up a democracy.

They set up a republic.

Where the majority doesn't have the right to overstep the individual rights.

I pledge allegiance to Flag of the US of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands(ie is a symbol of)

duo's picture

Taking my previous post about the Bolsheviks in the early 1920's a little further.....

There was progressivism, and socialism, and other leftist ideals, but they are being superceeded by Obamaism.  Obamaism is the Cloward-Piven strategy hidden in a veil of progressivism, but in reality a dictitorial police state in disguise.  An "open" administration doing most of it's dealing in secret.  A constitutional "republic" where only the executive branch makes laws.  A sort of Rome under Caligula" scenario.  One could say we're only a pleasure barge away...

So, like the Bolshiviks, worship of the leader becomes more important than the idology the movement was founded upon.  Obamaism requires worship/allegiance to "The Obama".  I say "The Obama" not "Obama" because he has become a religion.  Just like there are the "truths of the Buddha", there are "truths of the Obama".  Buddha said "The origin of suffering is desire".  Obama said "you didn't build that".

Watch the Democratic party be torn apart by conflict between the "idealists" of FDR/LBJ liberalism, and the "destroy it all" hatred of the Chicago school and the Obamaists. 

sgorem's picture

Communist Creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

Capitalist Creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

                                                                                    Andrew Joseph Stack III, 2/18/2010

GRDguy's picture

Under capitalism, man exploits man. 

Under communism, it's just the opposite.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Oldwood's picture

Ideals are all fine and good until your ideals conflict with mine. If we are to believe that the only ideal that matters is liberty, the freedom to act independently as long as it does not directly infringe on the rights of others, then you must accept that any system we are to operate under is voluntary and free of coercion, manipulation, propaganda and especially force. Our constitutional republic was to insulate us from the ravages of both tyranny from above by unaccountable monarchy and from below by the majority mob. Our individual rights are to be untouchable by any person or group, no matter how large a majority, no matter how enlightened, no matter how great of a scientific consensus.

Any social system can be sustainable if it is truly an uncoerced and voluntary society. We typically will see this in small homogeneous societies with shared history and values, but it is not scalable to large disparate societies.

Free markets...freedom IS scalable, as long as their individual rights are honored.

Leadership is important to align values, but it is also valuable to creating power blocks designed to subsume all other lesser voices. The power of democracy unbridled by our constitution.

Anusocracy's picture

If you want government you can never be free.

If you want freedom you can never have government.

A constitutional government is NOT freedom. Never was, never will be.

It just another con that plays on your innate (im)morality.