What The Hell Is Going On?

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform blog,

“The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.” –  H.L. Mencken

 

“The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.”Andrew Carnegie

I’m 53 years old. The older I get the less sure I am about things I was sure about when I was 25 years old. I believed stocks for the long run was an unquestioned truth. I believed our economy was based on free market capitalism. I believed stock prices were based upon profits and cash flows. I believed a home was a place to live – not an investment. I believed the Catholic Church was run by good men doing good things. I believed journalists and the media were watchdogs working on behalf of the public. I believed our military was protecting our interests. I believed politicians legislated on behalf of the people. I believed the main purpose of bankers was to loan money to businesses and consumers in order to support economic growth. Boy, was I dumbass.

My skeptical nature, reliance on data I’ve personally vetted, and judging our leaders based on what they have done versus what they say, has allowed me to escape the Matrix. I wasn’t truly awakened until I watched Bush, Cheney, Powell, the rest of the neo-con prevaricators and fake news mainstream media utilize propaganda to railroad Americans into a $6 trillion unnecessary war, resulting in 36,000 American casualties, the destruction of a country and the creation of thousands of new Muslim terrorists.

I’ve spent the last fourteen years pushing back against the establishment narrative, documenting the fake data published by government apparatchiks, and trying to open the eyes of as many people as possible to the propaganda utilized by the Deep State to keep the ignorant masses dazed, confused and distracted. The country is in deep trouble because what the majority believe regarding the economy, politics, religion, and culture just ain’t so.

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”Mark Twain

Since the start of this year I’ve found myself in a mental funk. I’m tired of the lies. I’m tired of incessant media propaganda. I’m tired of politicians. I’m tired of economic experts. I’m tired of hucksters touting their “the end is near” tale to sell me something. I’m tired of faux mainstream media journalists and their whining about Trump being mean and threatening the First Amendment.

They don’t know jack about the First Amendment, as they work for one of the six media conglomerates whose job it is to produce fake news supporting whatever narrative keeps their Deep State benefactors in power. Regurgitating lines written for them by corporate propagandists is not journalism and has absolutely no relationship to the First Amendment. Over the last decade the only place to find some truth has been the alternative media thriving on the uncensored internet. That’s why the establishment wants to regulate the internet.

The fake news blitz by a Deep State, flailing about trying to retain their power and wealth, has reached frantic proportions. The left wingers, egged on by Obama and funded by Soros, hold increasingly inane protests with themes like: wear a vagina hat to support feminazis; hug an illegal immigrant; everyone I hate is a Nazi; and women take another day off and no one notices. The traitorous neo-con warmongers like McCain, Graham, and Kristol see their enormously profitable never ending global conflict agenda at risk. The military industrial complex needs enemies. The left wingers and neo-cons have joined forces to utilize the fake Russian election intervention propaganda in a last ditch desperate attempt to derail the Trump presidency before it starts.

The relentlessness, bitterness, and blatant disregard for the truth exhibited by Trump’s vast array of opponents have made TV virtually unwatchable. I’ve found myself mentally checking out. Why waste mental energy debating hacks, mental midgets and paid trolls for the establishment? After spending years obliterating fake government statistics on a daily basis, I find continuing to do so is just mental masturbation with no ultimate satisfaction. Confronting left wingers and neo-cons is like wresting with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it.

I’ve always been an observer. I’ve been observing how certain both sides are regarding their positions on illegal immigration, Muslims, Russia, Obamacare, Supreme Court nominees, executive orders, jobs, taxes, climate change, school choice, oil pipelines the First Amendment, Second Amendment, the rule of law, and the Bill of Rights. I find it exhausting. We’re lost in a blizzard of lies. I’m not certain about anything. I will remain skeptical of everything uttered by all politicians, all government bureaucrats, all corporate executives, all central bankers, all media pundits, all religious leaders, all corporate paid journalists and especially Wall Street shysters.

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.”H.L. Mencken

The dissonance between what I have been observing and what is being flogged by the establishment mouthpieces in the corporate mainstream media has never been greater. Some of my observations are anecdotal, others are based on real unadulterated truthful data, a few are based on simple common sense and the rest are based on my understanding of what happens during Fourth Turnings.

When you understand the cyclical nature of history you are not surprised when events lead to reactions among the masses which take the linear thinking status quo by complete surprise. The 2008 global financial implosion and the subsequent election of Donald J. Trump by the deplorable white silent majority completely blindsided the oblivious establishment, but were entirely predictable if you had studied previous Fourth Turnings throughout history.

I’ve been making a horrific sixty mile round trip commute into Philly for the last ten years. The average daily commute has been about two hours, as the entire route has been under some sort of construction for the entire decade. A fantastic one way commute is forty five minutes. I regularly have ninety minute commutes, and I’ve experienced a few which breached the two hour mark. It became immediately evident to me something changed as this new year got under way. My morning and evening commute has been consistently in the forty-five minute range for the last two months. There are less cars and trucks on the road. The question is why?

This only happened once before over the last decade – during the 2008/2009 recession. In a shocking correlation (especially for brain dead tax and spend liberals), when there are less jobs, there are less drivers on the roads going to work. I tried to think of other reasonable explanations for why traffic appeared to be contracting so dramatically. But lo and behold, certain data can’t be easily manipulated by the government. Gasoline demand is plunging, with the year over year trend crashing to levels last experienced during the 2001 recession. Gasoline demand was higher during the 2008/2009 crisis. Demand was higher when oil was over $100 per barrel. Based on this crash in gasoline demand, Goldman Sachs issued a report saying we should be in a recession.

Total miles driven are dramatically slowing down. It’s not because of electric cars or fuel efficiency, as the vast majority of the 17.5 million vehicles being hawked to the math challenged driving public (using low payment leases and six year 0% loans) are pickups, SUVs, or luxury sedans. The Fed induced and subprime debt fueled frenzy of vehicle sales (aka long – term rentals) has seen vehicle sales skyrocket from 10 million in 2010 to an all-time high above 17.5 million in 2016, while auto loan debt has soared from $700 billion to over $1.1 trillion during this same time frame. The truthfulness of the 17.5 million sales number may be in question, as dealer lots are stuffed with record levels of inventory. With a record number of cars in the hands of consumers, how could gasoline usage and miles driven crash?

Vehicle Sales

More questions emerge to those with critical thinking skills. If the unemployment rate is really 4.8%, how could 40% of the employable population (102 million) not be working? This explains the lack of cars on the road during my commute. Obama and his minions jabber about the tremendous jobs recovery during his reign of error. In 2007 there were 122 million full-time workers among a working age population of 233 million, or 52.3%. After Obama’s eight year economic “recovery”, there are 125 million full-time workers among a working age population of 254 million, or 49.2%.

We’ve added 3 million full-time jobs in the last 9 years, and the captured mainstream media touts this as a success story. The deceitfulness – it burns. When 125 million full-time workers, of which 22 million are non-producing government drones, have to support 102 million non-working Americans, most living on the dole, you have a financially unsustainable paradigm. Trump’s slogan should be Make Americans Get Off Their Fat Asses and Work Again.

The explanation for the plunge in gasoline demand and miles driven is quite simple if you haven’t drunk the mainstream media kool-aid about the fantastic economy, low unemployment, and soaring consumer confidence. Americans drive their vehicles to work, to shop, and to eat out. Truckers are the backbone of our just in time big box retail society. If Americans are driving less, there are less people with jobs, less spending at bricks and mortar retailers, and fewer people eating out.

If truckers are logging less miles, retailers are ordering less inventory, manufacturers are selling less widgets, and the economy is contracting. The entire economic improvement narrative is based on soft data about feelings from consumer confidence surveys and dozens of other easily manipulated surveys. Propagandists are experts at convincing clueless dolts it’s raining when their government is actually pissing down their backs.

Despite government reports about expanding retail sales and strong holiday sales, real info from real retailers tells the true story. Major retailers have announced 1,500 store closings in the first two months of 2017, including:

  • JC Penney – 140 stores
  • Sears – 150 stores
  • Macy’s – 68 stores
  • HHGregg – 88 stores
  • The Limited – 250 stores
  • Abercrombie & Fitch – 60 stores
  • Wet Seal – 171 stores
  • CVS – 70 stores

Kohl’s, Target, Macy’s, Sears, and dozens of other retailers reported awful holiday sales. Wal-Mart was lauded for generating a 1% comparable store sales increase. There is virtually no store expansion by large retail chains. During the 2000 to 2007 period these chains were each opening hundreds of new stores per year. We are in the midst of a long term retail contraction which is just picking up steam.

The closure of these stores combined with rising interest rates are a toxic concoction for real estate mall developers. The Fed allowed them to extend and pretend for the last eight years. The jig is up. A wave of retail and mall bankruptcies is baked in the cake. The government reported retail sales growth is driven by Fed induced auto sales (leases and loans), home furnishing sales financed at 0% over five years, building materials stores offering 0% financing, Amazon and until recently restaurant and bar sales.

Since I don’t go into malls or many retail establishments, and rarely eat at chain restaurants, my observations of retail and restaurant traffic are based on how full their parking lots are at peak hours. When the economy was in bubble mode prior to 2008, mall parking lots were jammed and you had a ninety minute  wait to get a seat at Outback or Olive Garden. Today, you can get a parking spot at a big box retailer near the front door on a Saturday afternoon.

Malls are ghost towns, with Space Available as the hot new location. Except for peak dinner time on a Friday or Saturday (if then) there are no longer long waits to get a table at one of the struggling chain restaurants. We reached peak retail and peak overpriced restaurants a few years ago. The downward spiral, due to demographics, declining real income, and over-saturation, is irreversible.

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As usual, with propaganda distributed by the government or industry organizations, they present a positive restaurant performance index based on false hope and delusional expectations. Restaurant chains like Applebees, Outback, Ruby Tuesday, Chilis, Buffalo Wild Wings and many other major chains have been reporting declining same restaurant sales. Industry comparable restaurant sales are lower than two years ago.

Outback’s parent company announced it will close more than four dozen locations of Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. Ruby Tuesday is closing 100 locations. Despite government reports showing strong restaurant sales over the last eight years, annual traffic to U.S. restaurants has been flat or up just 1% since 2009, when there was a 2% drop in the wake of the Fed created financial crisis.

The “increase” in sales was generated by price increases of 2% to 3% per year. Now these chains are paying the price for high prices, shitty food, and poor service from their college graduate millennial staff. With higher taxes, soaring Obamacare costs, student loan and auto loan debt up to their eyeballs, and low paying service jobs as their career, even clueless millennials have gotten a clue – they don’t have the money to eat out four times per week.

Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows the majority of Americans have fallen further behind since 2009, with only the establishment and those leaching off the establishment profiting from the suffering of senior citizens and the former middle class. When real personal spending plummets at the highest rate since 2009, you just might be in the midst of a recession.

As consumer confidence surveys, ISM surveys and Fed surveys provide fake news about consumer and corporate feelings about a glorious future, the hard data tells the truth. How could households feel confident when real median household income fell by $558 in December and is down by $529 year over year? How could Obama and his lapdogs in the mainstream media pontificate about the record economic recovery when real median income is 2% lower than it was nine years ago?

How can anyone deny the average American household has been experiencing a depression since 2000, when real median household income is lower today than it was at the turn of the century? Do you think the lack of income growth over the last 17 years may have played a part in the deplorables electing Trump in November?

The corporate fake news media will continue to produce the false narrative as directed by their Deep State employers. The credibility of journalists can be summed up in two pithy sentences by Hunter S. Thompson.

“The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits—a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.” – Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

In Part Two of this article I’ll show how the Deep State/establishment/ruling class/status quo have utilized their mastery of propaganda techniques to convince the masses inflation and debt are beneficial to their interests and why Trump’s election is the pushback by a citizenry who are beginning to awake and are mad as hell.

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old naughty's picture

not a thing...

except what we do screwing up all things...and

(best-)wished we get away with all of them.

"Harvest" coming, folks.

Chris Dakota's picture

you should of read me.

nothing is stable

there are no good investments

the world financially is on a cliff

the best times are now, living for the moment, living in time, feeding birds falling love with them,  not asking for a tomrrow, the messiah at hand...

Standing on the edge of the cliff

I am your's you are mine

I love you to the end of time

Troy Ounce's picture

 

 

It all started on August 15th, 1971.

Chris Dakota's picture

Really?

What happend then?

rahrog's picture

Green kool-aid was invented.

El Oregonian's picture

I thought it was the blue pill... Me, I've always sought out the red one...

prime american's picture

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Escrava Isaura's picture

Article: I’m 53 years old. I’ve spent the last fourteen years pushing back against the establishment narrative, documenting the fake data published by government….. propaganda utilized by the Deep State to keep the ignorant masses dazed, confused and distracted. The country is in deep trouble because what the majority believe regarding the economy, politics, religion, and culture just ain’t so.

However, you were not honest by just focusing to the economy, because, at the current Judeo-Christian that we live in, everything, and I mean, everything is a lie. And purposely done.

https://www.amazon.com/Lying-Sam-Harris/dp/1940051002

 

SWRichmond's picture

I’m 53 years old. The older I get the less sure I am about things I was sure about when I was 25 years old.

The calendar won't support it, but if you had a couple more years things would clarify.  I now reside comfortably in certainty.  I am certain that:

  1. The government is deeply infested with mortal enemies
  2. They want to take everything I own and destroy everything I am
  3. They want Western civilization destroyed
  4. They want the two-parent mom and dad family destroyed
  5. They want to institute a new landless feudalism, with them at the top of course
  6. They have come out of the closet and into the light because they think they can get away with anything, and so far they have
  7. They are a real sick bunch, obsessed with power, money, sex and death
  8. Their universities are producing Khmer Rouge at an alarming rate
  9. They have begun openly calling for violence (Kaine, Lynch); their call has been answered and the police have been selective in their response
  10. Your uncertainty will kill you.  It should by now be abundantly clear that we are going to fight, and sometime soon, accept it and get ready: food, water, heat, weapons and ammo, targets.  Offense, not defense.  Something will happen to kick it off.  The pressure's building.  Don't be afraid of it; fear is paralyzing.

So get over yourself.  You're not going to live forever.  How do you want to live right now?

Dancing Disraeli's picture

11.  These globalists, along with their leftist brainwashed supporters are outnumbered and outgunned.  The tide has already irrevocably turned against them, and it is now up to them how they go out.

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

I'm a handful of years behind you and your conclusions are sound, but if you back up a bit you see that much of what you conclude is the result of a large out of control government stealing from its citizens and using the mountain of money to propagate itself and do the bidding of a tiny few of elites who are utterly disconnected and disinterested in the fate of many who make up the populace and ultimately provide means to the few. It is an age-old story of the rise and fall of empires.

What I've realized it that our entire paradigm is based on theoretical/ideological ideas about what our institutions COULD be. The problem is the humans that animate these ideas are flawed and always will be. The H.L. Mencken quote in the middle of the article is somewhat predictable since he was an atheist. It is also ironic because in his pronouncement he is doing what his statement laments in the first place. I don't blame him for part of his broad-brush analysis, because laws and rules, when designed by men, usually ends up designed as a benefit to the ones prescribing them. However Morality is different. The basic simple core of morality is ingrained in everyone who chooses to hold truth equal justice and love (that is based on respect) as cornerstones. Any sustainable civil society MUST have it's roots in these tenets or it will cease to exist in short order. This is why globalism will enjoy such a short, messy and painful lifespan. Unfortunately, this is the time we live in so it gives rise to the analysis we see in this article.

In opposition the Mr. H.L. Mencken, the more primitive among us would present the 10 Commandments. A uber-simple blueprint for a sustainable society that would have our Creator's blessing. This is what our Creator gave the world at Mount Sinai, though very few see it that way. Morality from God instead of men, is non-negotiable and beyond reproach. It cannot be twisted or repealed or de-funded or discredited. The laws may not be convenient or popular in today's declining decadent western society, or with Creator Haters masquerading as Atheists like H.L. Mencken, but they could work again, if we followed them...

Wild tree's picture

Rabbi, as I'm sure you  know, there are only two conmmandments, Love thy God whith all your heart, mind, and soul. The second is like unto the first, Love thy neighbor as thyself. Upon these two hang the law of the prophets.

The Hebraic definition of neighbor is someone belonging to the family of God and Christ. It doesn't mean to be a doormat to evil. That is why I believe in lead and delivery systems for those coming to hurt my family, God willing.

While it is easy to understand what to do, the flesh will war with our spirit on what it is that we will ultimately decide to do.

When the food is gone (and it will, the timing is unknown), a lot of civility will disapper as well. Prepare yourselves.

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

Those may be the most important two commandments in the words of your Rabbi Y'shua (it was the Greeks that called him Jesus), but I assure you there has only ever been one revelation from God that involved an entire nation (important because every other one only one person's claim). That revelation brought us the 10 devarim or "10 Things". The core of how to treat each other with a few specifics. Jews have added hundreds of other specifics because a community must take care of those who will study and apply what they learn, those less apt to do so and everyone in beween. Nonetheless, the 10 Commandments are the full instruction from God and they cannot be softened or altered by men.

CNONC's picture

I have been fairly certain that revolution was coming to America for more than twenty five years. I am prepared for it. I used to look forward to it, believing the basic decency of my fellow citizens would lead to a favorable outcome.  The collapse of the Soviet Union, with its relative lack of violence gave me hope.  We were not Hoxha's Albania or Ceausescu's Romania, with an enslaved population dominated by a State apparatus comprised of armed men who hated and feared the people of the country. 

Times have changed.  Hoxha and Ceausescu would like what they see.  But my greatest fear is, as you say, the Khmer Rouge, or cultural revolutionaries coming from our universities.  They will kill their own parents if told to.   

SWRichmond's picture

http://magafeed.com/sign-from-an-anti-trump-riot-your-vote-was-a-hate-cr...

Anyone carrying a sign which says "your vote was a hate crime" is beyond reason, beyond discussion, and arguably beyond redemption in this world.  That person's sign says "We have nothing to discuss.  I believe I have the right to take away or nullify your vote = I came here to either rule you or fight with you until I do."

A couple of weeks without food or power should soften them up.  As they are self-sworn enemies of my life and liberty, I'm OK with that.

djealas's picture

Is that all? Your sister makes more than that on the street. What you need to do is put SPAM in your ass and you can up your income to over$10k a week! Its all in my secret money growth opportunity in food porn.

aurum4040's picture

Its not pills but it is green, it held promises we no longer keep, a grand renege, the story of empires past and present, a lesson we never learn. Nixons most infamous moment was not Watergate, it was....Bretton Woods.

lil dirtball's picture

>Me, I've always sought out the red one...

Lol ... so that's why you use (((movie))) scripts to formulate what you think are your own thoughts. You're just as bad as the author who wants us to believe he is so awake and cynical, yet still implies he thinks politics are real and laments his TV is barely watchable. Lol. CogDis much, Jim?

'Red pilled' indeed.

~

"It's propaganda. It softens your brain while you read."

"Mmmm ... sounds sublime."

"You're soaking in it!"

cheka's picture

epic screed and spot on

Antifaschistische's picture

"The “increase” in sales was generated by price increases of 2% to 3% per year. Now these chains are paying the price for high prices, shitty food, and poor service from their college graduate millennial staff. "

side note:  only eat at locally owned and operated restaurants...and pay with cash.  I NEVER eat at these chain restaurants.

Trucker Glock's picture

June 21, 1788.  The beginning of the end.

Buster Cherry's picture

Unless you give more info, you just threw out a random date.

January 28, 1984 was the stupidest day of my life, when I married a complete cunt, but I was young and had never before heard the excuse for cuntedness like bipolar disorder.

 

Die Bernice, die...

TheEndIsNear's picture

Pre-nuptial financial agreement.

SixIsNinE's picture

if you enjoy your bipolar - wait till you try a little
Borderline.

never go back.

never.

Nobodys Home's picture

Teddy bear and fuzzy slippers = borderline

It's all about ME!

El Oregonian's picture

The U.S. Constitution was ratified on that date.

Trucker Glock's picture

"The evil genius of darkness presided at its birth, it came forth under the veil of mystery, its true features being carefully concealed, and every deceptive art has been and is practising to have this spurious brat received as the genuine offspring of heaven-born liberty. So fearful are its patrons that you should discern the imposition that they have hurried on its adoption, with the greatest precipitation. They have endeavored also to preclude all investigation; they have endeavored to intimidate all opposition." – Samuel Bryan (Centinel) November 30, 1787 

Troy Ounce's picture

 

If I am correct Charles The Rigid II jumped over the river Thames?

Troy Ounce's picture

 

On August 15th 1971 The US Government officially disconnected value and price, the consequences we are seeing only now.

How long can our leaders continue to anaesthetise society with free money? "We don't learn anymore" (Bill Bonner).

And if at the end capitalism does its work, the financial and political Mandarins will say: "Huh? Nobody could have foreseen this"!

My late father said on that date: "son, this means trouble. Not now, later". I had no idea what he was talking about but I sensed his anger. Now I know.

 

 

 

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Your father was a wise and rare man. 

Superb article above too by the way. 

Giant Meteor's picture

"I’m 53 years old. The older I get the less sure I am about things I was sure about when I was 25 years old."

That would be called "normal." Or as some might say, prudent and wise. Especially true In the affairs of men, things are rarely "what they appear to be" , or so I have found.

The longer I'm alive, the more I realize how much there is that I don't know. The beginning of true wisdom.

On the other hand, a few things, once learned, once known - cannot ever, be fucked with ...

 

 

BabaLooey's picture

My own head scratching utterance;

"I'm smart enough to know that I don't know that answer............."

 

Jim in MN's picture

I believe that Truth is precious in God's eye.

And that our Republic, as it was meant to be, is a reflection of Truth.

That allowing the powerful to be above the law is Tyranny.

And that we must do all we can to preserve the Republic, in the spirit of Ben Franklin and the Founders.

No matter the cost.

Jim in MN's picture

It's gotten very much worse.  Very much. 

But many respect me enough to try to hear through the filters and chaff.

Also, beyond my 'city friends' MN is in a fairly awake state.  Ron Paul won so huge here in 2012 that Michele Bachmann only got a seat at the convention because Paul supporters took pity upon her and gave her a delegate slot.  Paul won ALL the delegates.

Sands shifting.  Gotta ride with it.....or as they say in hockey KEEP YOUR HEAD UP.  That way at least you see the hit coming ;*)

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

On that date Nixon closed the gold window and the dollar became pure fiat.

[I don't know why all the down votes for asking a question.]

Lockesmith's picture

Gold, silver, propane and propane accessories, rice, whey powder, lead and powder, water, welding rods

Plenty of high yield investments in today's unstable market.

invest3's picture

Antidotal evidence, but a relative works for a repo company in a major mid-western city.  In January, they repoed over 600 cars and February, a short month, well over 500, both records and they’re not even the biggest operation in town.  Mostly title-loan customer defaults.

ctiger2's picture

Annunaki are fucking up big-time!

jcdenton's picture

Well, we never could trust them ..

 

Just sayin ..

 

https://youtu.be/ov9Wx8GcCGc

VWAndy's picture

 The lies are getting harder to handle. The truth on the other hand is not going to be all that complicated.

Ignatius's picture

Main stream media is the "fake news."

Easy to calculate as it is owned by those with the most to hide.

GoingBig's picture

You people are falling right in line with Goebels.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Those like you, I call pigeons. Flew in, pooped, and flew away. The size of the brain, too.

Giant Meteor's picture

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Paul Joseph Goebbels October 1897 – 1 May 1945

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