The Elites Have Lost The Right To Rule

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

In the end, the elites will be overthrown and a power vacuum will form.  The transition period will be extremely difficult as the elites will fight their demise to the end.  For you see, they care nothing for you they care about their power and control.  Nevertheless, rulers have always only ruled by the will (or apathy) of the people and when the people become overly taxed and abused they always rebel.  The main thing to think about is what kind of society do we want to rebuild from the ashes.  I am of the view that it must be a return to the Constitution and an elimination of central banking power and secrecy.  Let’s not fall for a demagogue or be pushed into a war when things are at their worst.

 

– From my 2010 post: The Elites Have Lost The Right to Rule

While the Trump and Brexit movements are indisputably fascinating merely as public indictments against the greedy and criminal status quo, they are equally meaningful from another perspective.

The reaction from many in the media to both Trump and Brexit have betrayed their ulterior motives by exposing dangerous, antidemocratic biases. Now this has nothing to do with whether or not you are in favor of either Trump or Brexit. Personally, I think Trump is a very unwelcome reaction to the destructive trends going on around us. He’s extraordinary divisive (even amongst people who hate the establishment), has no regard for civil liberties, and displays obvious authoritarian tendencies. Despite this point of view, I don’t focus obsessively on all the negative aspects of Trump in my posts, because I acknowledge that Trump is a symptom of a much larger problem, not the root cause of it. Dealing with symptoms can keep things settled for a time, but the problem will invariably return in far worse form should the underlying causes remain unresolved. People are acting as if it can’t possibly get worse than Trump. Believe me, it can get a lot worse.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about root causes. Donald Trump and Brexit are direct responses to a horribly rigged, parasitic and phony global economy. I’ve been writing about this dangerous reality and warning about its unpleasant inevitable outcomes for over half a decade. It’s not just me of course. Countless people have been doing it, including self-aware individuals from the 0.01%. Recall Nick Hanaeur’s article which I highlighted in the 2014 post: The Pitchforks are Coming…– A Dire Warning from a Member of the 0.01%.

He warned:

If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.

Nick, I and the millions of others who are angry about this destructive system aren’t crazy. Nor are we racists or ignoramuses. We’re merely people who pay attention and are willing to admit the obvious. The system is rigged and the current crop of “elites” rigged it. Take for example some data from a recent Market-Edison Research poll:

The latest Marketplace-Edison Research poll shows Americans’ stress over their personal financial situation building even before Brexit.  We asked basic questions about, for example, household budgets, family vacations and paying bills. Americans’ responses showed that, in May, our country’s anxiety level climbed to its highest point since the beginning of our poll.

Here are a couple of things Americans told us:

  • More of them are losing sleep over their financial situation: 32 percent now compared with 28 percent in September 2015.
  • They are less confident that they could find a new job within six months if they were to lose their current job: 41 percent are very confident about finding a new job now compared with 46 percent in September 2015.

On questions about trade and economic fairness — issues that British voters debated in the U.K. before Brexit — and that are resonating in the U.S. 2016 presidential campaign:

  • A majority of Americans — 55 percent — think the decline of manufacturing jobs is more due to trade deals than natural changes in the economy.
  • Americans from across the economic and political spectrum — 71 percent of them — think the U.S. economic system is “rigged” in favor of certain groups.

Go ahead and read that again. 71% of Americans from across the economic and political spectrum think the U.S. economy is rigged. The truth is they don’t think the economy is rigged, they know it is. This knowledge coupled with an understanding that the status quo will do everything it can to keep it that way, is precisely why so many people are grasping for something, anything to potentially blow up the status quo irrespective of any negative consequences. The people aren’t to blame for this situation, the elites are.

So Trump and Brexit represent the sorts of outcomes that anyone paying the slightest amount of attention should not be surprised by. The volcano that is the average citizenry was bound to erupt, and erupt it has in 2016. As such, you’d hope those trusted media pundits and journalists who are anti-Trump and anti-Brexit would spend a little time reflecting upon what exactly got us to this point. Incredibly, many of them are doing absolutely nothing of the sort. It’s just like all the people who said after the 2008 financial crisis hit that “nobody could have seen it coming.” Well a lot of people saw it coming, just like a lot of people predicted the burgeoning political mayhem.

Therein lies the rub. This is all about power and stature, and the current status quo and their henchmen/henchwomen know that they can never admit they were wrong about anything. To admit they were wrong would mean to ultimately lose their positions and influence. They would do anything to preserve it, which is precisely why so many of these so-called “thought leaders” are panicking now. They are used to getting away with anything, including propagandizing an entire country to war, torture and countless crimes against humanity. Some of them are rightly terrified that their days of unaccountable punditry could be coming to an end. Thus, they lash out against the public for rejecting their “expert” wisdom.

I think it’s once again important to take a look back at the immediate post-financial crisis period. How many of the people who saw the crisis coming were put into prominent positions of power within the Obama administration? I can’t think of one. On the other hand, I very vividly recall the day Obama announced that Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner would be brought into prominent government positions. His team assembled, Obama went to work by bellowing propaganda, throwing money at the financial companies that blew up the planet, and pretending the crisis was an act of God. As as result, the status quo maintained its position.

The exact same thing is happening again right now, but this time members of the media/punditry feel personally under attack. Most of them are incapable of admitting that their careers exist solely as a condition of constantly glorifying and promoting the agenda of the rich and powerful, while pretending the rest of the country doesn’t exist. Perhaps if the media had done its job all these years, the citizenry would’ve been far more informed and halted some of these trends before they reached the terminal stage. But the media as whole didn’t do that, and here we are.

As such, many journalists and pundits are furiously scrambling to put the blame somewhere else. It’s all Trump’s fault. Or it’s the crazy racists, the poor, the uneducated, as if all these populist movements spontaneously emerged out of some magical revolutionary vacuum just like they told us the financial crisis did. One thing these people never, ever do is reflect upon how we actually got to this place.

Of course, I don’t want to overly generalize. There have been many excellent and introspective articles written in the wake of Trump and Brexit, as there should be. We shouldn’t be in a position where we have to applaud the good ones simply because there are so many bad ones, yet that’s the world we live in.

In this regard, I want to highlight two very distinct articles contemplating Brexit which I read today. One demonstrates media at its best, while the other perfectly characterizes all that is wrong with the status quo and its sycophantic minions.

First, the good. Ellie Mae O’Hagan wrote an article for the Guardian titled, When Political Leaders are Selected via Elitism Not Talent, You Get Chaos. Here are a few excerpts:

This total incompetence, this craven self-interest, this embarrassing fecklessness is what you get when you live in a country where political leaders are mainly selected via elitism rather than talent: 33% of MPs went to private school, and nearly a quarter went to Oxbridge. This doesn’t just end with members of parliament either: 43% of newspaper columnists and 26% of BBC executives were all educated privately. Oxbridge graduates make up 57% of permanent secretaries, 50% of diplomats, 47% of newspaper columnists, 44% of public body chairs and 33% of BBC executives.

 

It’s no surprise that people feel alienated by politics and locked out of democracy, and view the people who represent them as out of touch. Indeed, Brexit should be seen as an expression of that as much as anything else. But there is less discussion about what this elitism means for the quality of people who actually end up leading us and formulating political discourse. And this seismic crisis should change that, because it reveals that a lot of these people are basically defunct – obsolete in this new era of crisis.

 

Think of what has been happening in this country since 2008. In mainstream politics there has been virtually no analysis of what caused the financial crisis, no attempts to address the underlying structural problems in the economy, no retribution for the people that caused it, no serious attempt to stem widening inequality, no support for the people who lost their jobs during the recession, no viable solution to a worsening housing crisis, no hope for a generation of young people entering into an unstable, precarious economy. 

 

This is not about individual politicians. Indeed, there are many who are talented – Ruth Davidson, Nicola Sturgeon, Caroline Lucas to name a few. But the political class as a whole, and how it functions alongside its outer circle of pundits, lobbyists, policymakers and so on, has proven itself to be woefully unqualified to cope with crisis as well as being utterly unable to comprehend the country it is supposed to be governing.

Now compare that to the title of an article written by James Traub at Foreign Policy. His piece, published yesterday, comes with a headline so mind-bogglingly detached and clownish you’d think it came from the The Onion. It’s called: It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses.

Unfortunately, that’s not a joke, and it gets even better. Check out the caption below the headline, which I’m sure Mr. Traub was especially proud of.

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In writing this, Mr. Traub is explicitly saying that the 71% of Americans who think the economic system is rigged are merely “mindlessly angry.” What Mr. Traub is doing is merely spewing propaganda to achieve what Aldous Huxley explained in the following quote: “the propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that other certain sets of people are human.”

By calling the masses “mindless,” he is dehumanizing them and therefore providing intellectual justification for continued status quo abuse of the general public. It’s a downright evil strategy to protect himself and secure his position going forward. His attitude perfectly reflects exactly why society needs to relegate people like him to the fringes, as opposed to positions of prominence and influence. Nevertheless, for some perspective about who’s actually “mindless,” let’s examine a few of his pearls of wisdom. Mr Traub writes:

One of the most brazen features of the Brexit vote was the utter repudiation of the bankers and economists and Western heads of state who warned voters against the dangers of a split with the European Union. British Prime Minister David Cameron thought that voters would defer to the near-universal opinion of experts; that only shows how utterly he misjudged his own people.

 

Both the Conservative and the Labour parties in Britain are now in crisis. The British have had their day of reckoning; the American one looms. If Donald Trump loses, and loses badly (forgive me my reckless optimism, but I believe he will) the Republican Party may endure a historic split between its know-nothing base and its K Street/Chamber of Commerce leadership class.

 

The schism we see opening before us is not just about policies, but about reality. The Brexit forces won because cynical leaders were prepared to cater to voters’ paranoia, lying to them about the dangers of immigration and the costs of membership in the EU. Some of those leaders have already begun to admit that they were lying. Donald Trump has, of course, set a new standard for disingenuousness and catering to voters’ fears, whether over immigration or foreign trade or anything else he can think of. The Republican Party, already rife with science-deniers and economic reality-deniers, has thrown itself into the embrace of a man who fabricates realities that ignorant people like to inhabit.

 

Did I say “ignorant”? Yes, I did. It is necessary to say that people are deluded and that the task of leadership is to un-delude them. Is that “elitist”? Maybe it is; maybe we have become so inclined to celebrate the authenticity of all personal conviction that it is now elitist to believe in reason, expertise, and the lessons of history. If so, the party of accepting reality must be prepared to take on the party of denying reality, and its enablers among those who know better. If that is the coming realignment, we should embrace it.

What’s so incredible about this piece is his instinctual and self-important condemnation of the “ignorant masses” for a variety of offenses, while failing to recognize the gigantic elephant-like ignoramus in the room: himself. After all, he’s basically saying everything would be fine and dandy if it weren’t for these mindless citizens meddling with elitist plans. He believes this nonsense so strongly, the headline of his article is essentially a call to arms for the elites against the pubic.

Moreover, I have to ask: Did Mr. Traub see all of these emergent trends back in 2010? If not, why not? I sure as heck did, and I’m nobody special. Recall what I wrote in, The Elites Have Lost The Right to Rule:

In the end, the elites will be overthrown and a power vacuum will form.  The transition period will be extremely difficult as the elites will fight their demise to the end.  For you see, they care nothing for you they care about their power and control.  Nevertheless, rulers have always only ruled by the will (or apathy) of the people and when the people become overly taxed and abused they always rebel.  The main thing to think about is what kind of society do we want to rebuild from the ashes.  I am of the view that it must be a return to the Constitution and an elimination of central banking power and secrecy.  Let’s not fall for a demagogue or be pushed into a war when things are at their worst.

So how was I able to see all of this so far ahead of time? The answer is it was obvious if you were willing to pay attention, think critically and admit unpleasant realities. Yet here we are in 2016, with pundits, “thought leaders,” and experts alike screaming about Trump and Brexit as if these movements came from nowhere, while we all know they came from somewhere.

They came from the dark, corrupt and hopelessly deranged policies of the status quo. The same status quo that remains in power to this very day. The sooner we rid ourselves of this societally cancerous tumor the better, because the longer it takes to move on to something else, the more negative that something else is likely to be.

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Lost in translation's picture

When did they EVER have "the right to rule?"

Looking over my copy of the Social Contract, I can't seem to find my agreeing to Pharoah's edicts, anywhere.

D Nyle's picture

Its actually pretty simple, would your life be better or worse without them

The Merovingian's picture

Better. Not even a doubt on that.

New World Chaos's picture

The last straw was when the elites crammed Muslim dick down our throats, then they told us anyone who doesn't suck it up is an evil racist.  They told us we need to give up our own dreams of a normal life to feed this death-cult Free Shit Army which will outbreed us and kill us.  And when this death cult DID begin to kill us, the elites used it as an excuse to disarm us!  They say that whites are the most horrible people in the world, but nobody else put up with this bullshit for even two seconds, and nobody hates the rest of the world for standing up for themselves. 

Whitey is starting to realize that the elites and the migrants laugh at his humanitarianism, and are trying to use it as a weapon of extinction.

They have awakened a monster and filled it with a terrible resolve.

New World Chaos's picture

Oh yeah, and for those who would doubt our humanitarianism, I say:

We invented democracy, human rights, free shit, and just about everything else that these savages use day-to-day.

Our neighborhoods and our countries have generally been the most desireable places to live.  It's not because we are horrible people.

Show me someone else who gives more.   Better yet, invite a rapefugee into your own house.  Put up or shut up.  An evil elitist, who never had any right to rule, would presume to be so generous with our stuff and our lives.

The Middle East wars were a pet project of the Ziocons.  Most of us were clueless or opposed.  Our guilt comes from stupidity, apathy and from paying taxes.   It is the same with most other evil shit the elites do- often in the name of "humanitarianism" to get us rubes to go along.

Real refugees tend to stop when they cross the first safe border.  They also tend to include lots of women and children.  The rapefugees are almost entirely young men.   They are an invading army.  A lot of them aren't even from ISIS territory.  They are obviously motivated by pussy, free shit, jihad, or all of the above.  The government claims they are children because they are told to fill out their forms that way for more free shit.  The feckless mainstream media parrots the government lies.

Another reason why the elites invited the rapefugees is because they want some cover and some useful idiot minions during the chaos of the inevitable collapse.  But get this:  Europeans are starting to figure out that kicking out the rapefugees will be 100x easier if they kick out the Eurocrats first.

Bill of Rights's picture

Fantastic comments and spot on...

Renfield's picture

Your comments are better than this article.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

I got a lot out of

the longer it takes to move on to something else, the more negative that something else is likely to be

it makes me think how hard it will be to get out of this madness with the 200 year moving average of logic and rationality at a low - ad threatening to break support

 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Caucasians have a tremendous capacity for altruism and empathy.  The Elites have targetted this strength and attempted to turn it into a weakness, a Trojan horse.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

The first law of survival...Kill or be Killed.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

"But if you say, you can still pass the violations over, then I ask, Hath your house been burnt? Hath your property been destroyed before your face! Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? Have you lost a parent or a child by their hands, and yourself the ruined and wretched survivor! If you have not, then are you not a judge of those who have. But if you have, and still can shake hands with the murderers, then are you unworthy of the name of husband, father, friend, or lover, and whatever may be your rank or title in life, you have the heart of a coward, and the spirit of a sycophant."

-Paine

 

Better.

D Nyle's picture
“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”

 

Shakespeare

 

I love the classics

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

"And when all the world is overchargd with Inhabitants, then the last remedy of all is Warre; which provideth for every man, by Victory, or Death." -Hobbes

 

Me too.

WordSmith2013's picture

How about Farage, Mike? He's earned it like no one else!

http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=41523

 

“Founding Father” of the British independence movement speaks truth to power like no other leader in UK history

jadan's picture

American politicians are pygnies standing next to Nigel Farage. There are few men standing alone who can maKe a difference. Intelligence, command of the facts, razor wit, and a sense of humor. Farage is the Tom Paine of British politics. Wonderful entertaimment + plus wholesome democratic values.

ImGumbydmmt's picture

Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.

Winston Churchill

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Fuck that drunken, elitist, psychopathic murderer!

Radical Marijuana's picture

"And when all the world is overcharged with Inhabitants,
then the last remedy of all is Warre;
which provideth for every man,
by Victory, or Death."

-- Thomas Hobbes

That made sense back in the days when there was nothing more than gunpowder weapons. However, after the development of weapons of mass destruction, then "Warre" no longer can provide Victory, but only DeathThe exponential progress in physical science and technology, applied through sociopolitical systems based upon being able to back up lies with violence, have resulted in the ruling classes becoming increasingly psychotic psychopaths, while those they rule over have become increasingly impotent political idiots. Neither group is willing and able to go through the series of intellectual scientific revolutions and profound paradigm shifts which would be theoretically necessary to come to better terms with the emergence of globalized systems of electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat of force from apes with atomic bombs.

As Radical Marijuana, I repeated opinions on the Brexit referendum vote under:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-28/brexit-what-happens-when-pie-shrinking

Brexit Is What Happens When The Pie Is Shrinking

Civilization based upon the excessive successfulness of enforcing frauds has become runaway criminal insanities. BOTH the ruling classes, AND those they rule over, have become matching bookends of the same systems. Paradoxically, the better people adapt to living inside systems based upon enforcing frauds, the more criminally insane they actually become. However, they continue to appear to themselves, and to most other people, as still being socially successful:

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

-- Jiddu Krishnamurti

"They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness."

-- Aldous Huxley

It was always obvious to any intellect with a shred of appreciation of the mathematics of exponential growth that endless exponential growth of civilization was absolutely impossible. Furthermore, many relatively well-informed people have been predicting for at least several decades that the manifestations of diminishing returns due to the depletion of natural resources manifesting as real limits to growth would probably start to become significant by roughly about now, and likely get exponentially worse in the next few decades. However, since the established systems were based upon public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, while those who were nearer the sources of that public "money" being made out of nothing as debts, in order to "pay" to continue to strip-mine the planet, were "benefiting" the most from those systems, as well as were able to become the best available professional hypocrites, who could best bullshit about themselves "benefiting" from those kinds of systems, regardless of the ways that those enforced frauds were becoming exponentially more fraudulent, and actually runaway psychoses, there has NEVER been any practically possible ways to stop that from continuing to happen.

Given the degree to which those who publish on Zero Hedge tend to relatively be more informed and aware, that does not auger well for the foreseeable future, where the actually existing situations operate through combinations that are primarily the ruling classes, and those they rule over, through systems based upon enforcing frauds, which are becoming exponentially more fraudulent. The vicious spirals of all aspect of the funding of the political processes have driven the abilities to enforce frauds, as well as driven the vast majority of people to adapt to accept living inside of those enforced frauds.

The "elites" never had any "right to rule." There was nothing but the long history of organized crime manifesting on larger and larger scales, through the history of warfare, through which the surviving War Kings made the sovereign states, whose powers were then effectively captured by the Fraud Kings, the international bankers. The "elites" ruled because they were the best organized gangsters. Those "ignorant masses," that they ruled over, were less well-organized gangsters.

The language that uses the phrase "right to rule" manifests inside of the ways that the biggest bullies' bullshit world view is expressed through the dominate natural languages and philosophy of science. That language is based upon the DUALITIES of false fundamental dichotomies, and the related impossible ideals. The vast majority of people automatically continue to think and communicate using that kind of language, without being critically aware of themselves doing that. All of the articles published by Mike Krieger that I have read follow that pattern, of presenting relatively correct, but superficial analysis, based upon using relative dichotomies, which then both explicitly and implicitly ends in spouting the same old bullshit of bogus "solutions" based upon somehow actualizing impossible ideals.

The only connections between human laws and natural laws are the abilities to back up lies with violence. The "right to rule" was never based upon anything else but that, and could never become based upon anything else but that. There is no genuine de jure, there is only the de facto.

The underlying problems are due to the about exponential progress in physical science and technology, WITHOUT any progress in political science. Indeed, "political science" has become an oxymoron, that operates within the overall context of the oxymoronic scientific dictatorship that the ruling classes have developed in order to control those that they rule over. That scientific dictatorship adamantly refuses to become any more scientific about itself, since doing so would require series of intellectual revolutions, and profound paradigm shifts, in order to better reconcile progress in physical science with the understanding of politics.

The main theme of the prodigious progress in mathematical physics (which made technologies like globalized electronic frauds, backed by the threat of force from atomic bombs, become possible) was the development of UNITARY MECHANISMS which presented a better, deeper understanding of things, which went beyond the previous presumptions of DUALITIES. (E.g., light is electromagnetic radiation, while heat is average kinetic energy.) The ways that our politics should advance are through starting to use more UNITARY MECHANISMS, rather than continuing to rely upon the old-fashioned DUALITIES of false fundamental dichotomies and the related impossible ideals. I.e., after we perceive and define human beings as relatively separated from their environment and each other, then they necessarily live as gangs of robbers. Therefore, civilization was the development of bigger gangs of robbers, such that governments became the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangsters, the banksters. From that point of view, there are NO groups of people who do not live as gangs of robbers, there are only relatively bigger or smaller, and relatively better or worse organized, gangs of robbers.

Human beings and civilization operate as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows. That necessarily matches the principles and methods of organized crime. There is nothing but the dynamic equilibria between different systems of more or less organized robberies, the most important of which have become that public governments enforce frauds by private banks, in ways whereby a tiny minority is able to engage in the robbery of the vast majority, through those frauds being symbolic robberies.

Some of the essential political problems develop because of the ways that the biggest bullies are able to make their bullshit stories become socially dominate. Through the promotion of the DUALITIES of false fundamental dichotomies, and the related impossible ideals, the biggest and best organized gangs of criminals are able to publicly present themselves as NOT being criminals, but that only smaller and less well organized gangs are criminals, when they all actually operate in the same ways, through the same UNITARY MECHANISMS. 

Some of the corollaries of the ways that civilization operates according to the principles and methods of organized crime are that the biggest bullies' bullshit social stories are able to dominate. Indeed, it is barely possible to exaggerate the degree to which the biggest bullies' bullshit world views have been built into the foundational structure of the dominate natural languages and philosophy of science. There continues to develop wider and WIDER Grand Canyon Chasms between the series of profound paradigm shifts enabling prodigious progress in physical science, while politics continues to be mostly based upon various old-fashioned religions and ideologies.

Citizens are actually members of an organized crime gang, which is called their country. Their government was actually developed as the survival of a military organization, while warfare was organized crime manifesting on larger and larger scales. In order for the citizens to become more competent, they would have to better understand the principles and methods or organized crime, because those are actually the ways that civilization necessarily operates. However, of course, the ruling classes were able to persuade those they ruled over to believe in the bullshit based upon the DUALITIES of false fundamental dichotomies, and therefore, to want to propose and promote bogus "solutions" based upon actualizing impossible ideals. Impossible ideals actually make the opposite happen in the real world. Anyone promoting "solutions" based upon impossible ideals is therefore being a form of controlled opposition, since impossible ideals always backfire badly, because they misunderstand the UNITARY MECHANISMS regarding how things really work in the most absurdly backward ways possible.

That the real world is actually controlled through enforcing frauds, in ways which are becoming exponentially more fraudulent, has resulted in us living in Wonderland Matrix Bizarro Worlds, where everything tends to be publicly presented in the most absurdly backward ways possible. Since everyone has been living inside sociopolitical systems based upon being able to enforce frauds for generation after generation, BOTH the ruling classes, who enforced those frauds, AND those they ruled over, who adapted to living inside that enforcement of frauds, have more and more totally taken for granted believing in the same basic bullshit, to the degree that they mostly want to continue to believe in that bullshit.

When we think and communicate through the English language, we are using the biggest bullies' bullshit language par excellence. On deeper philosophical levels, almost everyone continues to take for granted the ways that the philosophy of science was, over and over again, required to compromise with the biggest bullies' bullshit world view. One of the most abstract ways that happened was when an arbitrary minus sign was inserted into the entropy equations of thermodynamics, and then kept when that was extrapolated into information theory. I REPEAT, it is barely possible to exaggerate the degree to which BOTH the ruling classes, AND those they rule over, take almost completely for granted thinking about everything in the most absurdly backward ways which are humanly possible.

The most important ways that manifested were that there were profound paradigm shifts in mathematical physics, which made atomic bombs possible to imagine and build. Atomic bombs are many orders of magnitude more powerful than gunpowder weapons. However, the only things that has happened, so far, within the life time of those who are still alive today, who have watched that happen, were the development of the MAD Mutual Assured Destruction systems, in order to continue to back up the MAD Money As Debt systems.

The vast majority of people continue thinking as if the world was still only operating through paper money frauds, backed by gunpowder weapons. The FACTS that prodigious progress in physics has enabled the development of technologies which have become millions, then billions, then trillions of times more capable and powerful, has, so far, done almost nothing to change the ways that people, who grew up while that happened, think about politics.

Paradoxically, since BOTH the ruling classes, AND those they rule over, tend to not want to change the ways that they think, and especially do not want to profoundly change the paradigms through which they perceive themselves, THEY ARE MATCHING BOOKENDS TO THE SAME PROBLEMS.

To repeat a famous quote from Albert Einstein:

"The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe." 

The mathematical physics that enabled making atomic bombs was based on profound paradigm shifts in the ways time and space were thought about. Since entropy is the distribution of energy in time and space, that should have also profoundly changed the ways that we perceived the concept of entropy. However, since the political economy is actually based upon enforcing frauds, BOTH the ruling classes, AND those they rule over, have adapted to that enforcement of frauds in ways whereby they have developed attitudes which deliberately ignore the principle of the conservation of energy, and misunderstand the concept of entropy, as much as humanly possible, in order to EITHER continue to enforce frauds, OR continue to adapt to living inside sociopolitical systems based upon enforcing frauds.

Ironically, in that context, most people who talk about the need for "paradigm shifts" tend to not do so sufficiently. The situation that existed back when it was still possible to win wars no longer exists. Rather, runaway real warfare has become collective suicide. But nevertheless, there must still be some death control systems, and the murder systems are still the most extreme forms of those. The history of successful warfare, based upon backing up deceits with destruction, morphed to become successful finance based upon enforcing frauds. The "elites" have their "right to rule" because they were the best able to enforce frauds, while those they ruled over were those who survived by adapting to live within those systems. At the same time, the "elites" were able to have their bullshit social stories become dominate, such that those they ruled over suffered from a prolonged war against their consciousness, such that they came to believe in the bullies' bullshit world view, and usually so deeply that they took that for granted.

Militarism, as the ideology of the murder system, is the supreme ideology, and deserves to be recognized as so. However, successful militarism, throughout human history, was based upon deceits and treacheries, which were applications of the methods of organized crime on larger and larger scales. That history of successful militarism was the context inside of which the political economy actually developed. To the same degree that the existing political economy is based upon public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, society in general operates in ways which deliberately ignores and misunderstands the laws of nature in the most absurdly backward ways possible. Since that degree is about 99%, the globalized civilization has become about 99% crazy and corrupt to the core. Since that has been going on for generation after generation, it now appears that many of the apparent members of the ruling classes have also been taught to believe in their own bullshit, which they originally developed to use to operate as professional hypocrites against those they ruled over.

It is with respect to risking war with weapons of mass destruction spinning out of control that the ruling classes are most obviously becoming increasingly psychotic psychopaths. However, at the same time, it is politically impossible for the overwhelming vast majority of people to think in sufficiently different ways about the death control systems. It is in the area of militarism that it is most imperative to go through series of intellectual scientific revolutions and profound paradigm shifts. However, that is also the area most totally dominated by bullshit, which prevents people from being able to think in sufficiently different ways regarding that bullshit.

Ideally, human beings and civilization should better understand themselves as manifestations of general energy systems. Theoretically, that is becoming increasingly imperative, because of the progress in understanding other energy systems, such as electrical energy and atomic energy. However, there have developed intense paradoxes, manifesting as sets of consistent contradictions, due to natural selection pressures driving the development of artificial selection systems to become most socially successful by becoming the most dishonest about themselves that they could possibly become, i.e., globalized systems of electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat for force from apes with atomic bombs!

In the article above, Mike Kreiger stated:

"The people aren’t to blame for this situation, the elites are."

Kreiger is thereby presenting some superficially correct analysis, which is actually profoundly wrong. Kreiger is continuing to take for granted various DUALITIES of false fundamental dichotomies and the related impossible ideals, rather than attempting to use more UNITARY MECHANISMS. Indeed, anyone who continues to discuss political problems in ways which continue to take for granted their absurdly backward misunderstanding of time and space, and thus, all the rest of the laws of nature, has become relatively psychotic. That weapons of mass destruction have become trillions of times more powerful than anything that previously existed in human history is something that the vast majority of people have NOT adapted to think about in any saner ways. Rather, the social pyramid systems based upon being able to back up lies with violence, that become integrated systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, which most importantly manifest through public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, are generally phenomena that have become runaway criminal insanities.

The vast majority of the people are also to blame for continuing to believe in bullshit, despite that it was originally the elites that worked hard to brainwash the people, and still continue to do so ... In the same way as classical physics can still be reconciled inside of the paradigm shifts made by more modern physics, so too the classical political philosophy can still be reconciled inside of the possible frames of reference developed by series of profound paradigm shifts in political science. In that sense, I too "love the classics." HOWEVER, at the present time, we are trapped within the dilemmas that only old-fashioned bullshit is sufficiently popular to be publicly significant. The political world continues to be almost totally dominated by the best available professional hypocrites, and that just as much includes the controlled opposition groups, as it does those who are operating the established systems. 

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Warre still provides victory, it's only that the winning side is getting smaller and smaller.

Radical Marijuana's picture

A good way to put it, SOS!

A smaller and smaller "winning side"

trends toward extinction of the species.

SWRichmond's picture

I love the classics

 

CHAPTER. III. OF THE STATE OF WAR.

Sect. 16. THE state of war is a state of enmity and destruction: and therefore declaring by word or action, not a passionate and hasty, but a sedate settled design upon another man's life, puts him in a state of war with him against whom he has declared such an intention, and so has exposed his life to the other's power to be taken away by him, or any one that joins with him in his defence, and espouses his quarrel; it being reasonable and just, I should have a right to destroy that which threatens me with destruction: for, by the fundamental law of nature, man being to be preserved as much as possible, when all cannot be preserved, the safety of the innocent is to be preferred: and one may destroy a man who makes war upon him, or has discovered an enmity to his being, for the same reason that he may kill a wolf or a lion; because such men are not under the ties of the commonlaw of reason, have no other rule, but that of force and violence, and so may be treated as beasts of prey, those dangerous and noxious creatures, that will be sure to destroy him whenever he falls into their power.

Sect. 17. And hence it is, that he who attempts to get another man into his absolute power, does thereby put himself into a state of war with him; it being to be understood as a declaration of a design upon his life: for I have reason to conclude, that he who would get me into his power without my consent, would use me as he pleased when he had got me there, and destroy me too when he had a fancy to it; for no body can desire to have me in his absolute power, unless it be to compel me by force to that which is against the right of my freedom, i.e. make me a slave. To be free from such force is the only security of my preservation; and reason bids me look on him, as an enemy to my preservation, who would take away that freedom which is the fence to it; so that he who makes an attempt to enslave me, thereby puts himself into a state of war with me. He that, in the state of nature, would take away the freedom that belongs to any one in that state, must necessarily be supposed to have a design to take away every thing else, that freedom being the foundation of all the rest; as he that, in the state of society, would take away the freedom belonging to those of that society or commonwealth, must be supposed to design to take away from them every thing else, and so be looked on as in a state of war.

Sect. 18. This makes it lawful for a man to kill a thief, who has not in the least hurt him, nor declared any design upon his life, any farther than, by the use of force, so to get him in his power, as to take away his money, or what he pleases, from him; because using force, where he has no right, to get me into his power, let his pretence be what it will, I have no reason to suppose, that he, who would take away my liberty, would not, when he had me in his power, take away every thing else. And therefore it is lawful for me to treat him as one who has put himself into a state of war with me, i.e. kill him if I can; for to that hazard does he justly expose himself, whoever introduces a state of war, and is aggressor in it.

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"…for such men, (commonly called Slaves,) have no obligation at all; but may break their bonds, or the prison; and kill, or carry away captive their Master, justly." -Hobbes (again)

 

ps_ Happy belated 7th anniversary.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Ja...but cowards lve longer in their moldy bunkers.

JRobby's picture

+10,000 D Nyle

It is very simple. Most things are when you clear away the propaganda. And life would be much better without them. They were successful for a good long time. But people see it now.

Like "finance is complicated", for example: I would agree that derivative equations that are designed to captalize on volitility (by causing it) are complicated. But they are destructive and do not serve progress which is what the capital markets were supposed to do in the first place.

But there are so many, many more examples.

Debugas's picture

q: I can't seem to find my agreeing

a: you agree by paying taxes

Lost in translation's picture

Agree.

Where did I ever say that I do?

GreatUncle's picture

If you don't pay your taxes we lock you up and take it anyway.

The right to disagree is not allowed even if it is for Obama to build more drones or fund the NSA.

So now you pay for those instruments used against you and others.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"..you agree by paying taxes.."

The word you're struggling with is "duress."  I no more "agree" to taxes than I do when I "agree" to comply w/a mugger's "request" for my money or my life.  

The overlords may assuage their consciences that we agree to their depredations by putting up with them, but it doesn't change the essential nature of taxes:  extractions taken under the criminal tactic of force.  

CNONC's picture

Taxes may be taken by force, but i still choose how much to pay.  By learning to live on a greatly reduced income I have reduced my taxes to nearly nothing.  I choose to live in a paid for house in a low tax area to reduce my property taxes to less than $400.00/year.  I produce most of my own food and utilities to avoid sales taxes.  I choose to starve the Leviathan.  Life is not as easy as it used to be, but it is a whole lot more satisfying.  And I get to say F... you to the beast.  I do not grant consent to this system any longer, and I choose to accept the consequences.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Pharoah says ,"Eat dirt, and like it."

swamp's picture

The Federalist papers of our founding fathers stated the US gov does NOT even have a right to know how much we earn.
They have no business to know our emoloyment or income.

True Blue's picture

Bear in mind that Hamilton, John Jay and Madison were lying through their teeth throughout the Federalist Papers. Every thing they promised their Federal Government would never do -it has done. They explicitly wanted the powerful Federal beast to do their bidding and all of them resisted the Bill of Rights -even to the point that Aaron Burr finally shot Hamilton dead on the White House lawn.

Hobbleknee's picture

By that logic, a slave agrees to be a slave because he works.

Secede Or Die's picture

Yes! If millions would withdraw their consent to be governed by no longer submitting to taxation by volunteering forms and money, the people migh have a chance to recover their liberty.

Stop voluntarily sending money to the guvment. It is only scary because you were brainwashed that you had to do so...or else! Fear not, withdraw your consent today.

Secede or Die

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

For most, suicide would be easier.

RedDwarf's picture

If you don't pay your taxes you have it seized and/or you go to jail and if you resist you are killed.  By your insane logic a woman who does not fight to the death against a man with a knife who rapes her was not actually 'raped' since she 'agreed'.  It is NOT CONSENT when a victim does not fight back against overwhelming force, and to argue that it is is monstrous and evil.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

No, surrender is cowardice...unless by surrrender, one intends to live at least until the oppressor is destroyed at the first opportune moment.

RedDwarf's picture

Another victom blamer.  Surrenger to much more powerful force is not 'cowardice'.  Cowardice is allowing fear to rule your actions, not rational judgement to do so, internet tough guy.

Since you're so hard-core, what prison do you sit in for the rebellion you led against the government?  Or do you just 'happen' to agree with every single law on the books and abide by them?  If you're not sitting in a super-max prison for going to war against the state, your statements are bullshit.

Hail Spode's picture

The article takes the position that some government is necessary. Knowing what I do about man, including myself, I have to agree. Given the necessiity of government (and maybe that is the case you should refute) we are all going to start out with a government handed down to us from our ancestors. We are all born into a situation where we have both benefits and obligations. Chesterton put it thusly: "“Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.”

 

So, I agree with the article. The elites have lost all legitimacy. But it goes beyond the current batch being corrupt, the pathways in the system which they used to leverage central control of everything, taking decisions away from us and then selling them to the highest bidder, should change. We need to change more than who is in charge. We need to change the system they are in charge of so that such scum are blocked from doing this to our posterity. IMHO.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Little man, your agreement or non-agreement mean less than nothing to Pharoah. You are a bug under his boot.

CNONC's picture

Are our rulers invincible?  Are we incapable of influencing their plans and actions at all?  If they are so powerful and undefeatable, then acquiesence is the rational course of action for the ruled.  But Pharoah is a man, operating in a human environment.  At some fairly broad level, even a tyrant must have the willing cooperation of others.  He requires access to the wealth created by others to maintain that cooperation.  Deny him that wealth by leaving Egypt, or producing less, and Pharoah is weakened.  When enough people cease to believe in Pharoah's power, he, and the system which allows him to exist become vulnerable to attack and revolution. The modern Western system of democratic governance is approaching such a moment, and the political and idealogical foundation for what is to follow has not been laid.  You add nothing and help not at all by simply declaring the omnipotence of the existing system.  You are an example of normalcy bias at the extreme.  

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

No argument at all with your viewpoint. I was merely pointing out your status concerning the viewpoint of the puppeteers, or "Pharoah." In their eyes, we are grease for their machine. Without grease, they are nothing.

Batman11's picture

Francis Fukuyama in 1992 said it was “the end of history” and Capitalism had been the only successful economic system to stand the test of time.

Even then work was well under way to turn it upside down.

40 years ago most economists and almost everyone else believed the economy was demand driven and the system naturally trickled up.

Now most economists and almost everyone else believes the economy is supply driven and the system naturally trickles down.

Economics has been turned upside down in the last 40 years.

In the 1960s and 1970s we had some of the lowest levels of inequality in history.

The new upside-down economics is driving inequality.

The new-upside down economics isn’t new at all, its neoclassical economics that led us into the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and led to massive inequality in the 1920s.

It has been tried and tested and found wanting, but it has been rolled out globally again.

It has done exactly the same as it did last time. It has led to another Wall Street Crash in 2008 and 1920s levels of inequality.

Neoclassical economics believes its raw capitalism naturally tends to stable equilibriums where in reality it polarises and falls over due to lack of demand.

The IMF have already noted the lack of global aggregate demand and solutions like helicopter money are being put forward to keep the show on the road.

Keynes had experience of the failure of this economics first time round and realised it needed redistribution through taxation.

Unfortunately, it was used to design the Euro and has polarised the Euro-zone, the rich nations got richer and the poorer nations got poorer as it has no mechanisms to recycle the surplus from the richer nations to the poorer nations to maintain demand.

The US works by recycling the surplus from richer states to poorer states.

The Euro was designed with an economics that was tried and tested and found wanting, it is paying the price along with the rest of the world with this economics that polarises economies until they eventually collapse due to lack of demand.

 

GreatUncle's picture

Anyobdy in the 99% if they spend any money it is definitely a trickle up effect.

Never was a trickle down purely a statement to hide the thieving.

old naughty's picture

Batman speaks the truth.

 

Time to put on the cape.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"...lack of demand."

Good one.

Keynes was actually barking about the failures of fascism, rev. 1.0 (although he didnt realize it at the time).  The US in particular did not have a capitalistic system in the 1920s/1930s but a mixed system of private ownership mixed w/a heavy dose of public control (aka fascism) and had not had anything approximating capitalism since before 1913.  

We doubled down in the New Deal/WW-2 era, w/fascism 2.0 and now in the post 9-11 world, we've doubled down yet again and we're in total surveillance Fascism 3.0.  

The inequality you're seeing, in other words, is the result of policies both deliberately and inadvertantly designed to move wealth by political means rather than create wealth by productive means.  

Although fascism looks stable on the outside (Mussolini made the trains run on time, it is said), it is an inherently unstable system BECAUSE it is based on pull rather than production.  And because of that instability it also manifests income inequality and all of its attendant problems you and others have noted above. 

 


Thoresen's picture

Creating a smooth transition from debt and the elites is a problem.