Pack Instinct (Fertile Grounds For Meatheads)

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By Chris at

On Monday, I shared with you a conversation I had with an entrepreneur Mahdi Kazemzadeh, who's built a business in Iran.

Here's the astonishing thing: despite being Iranian Mahdi isn't a terrorist. No, really!

The mere mention of Iran gets the dog-pack enzymes flowing with an easily influenced Western media-fed crowd. Pack mentality surfaces, except that those who are exhibiting it don't call it that. No, instead they call it patriotism (discussed here), which miraculously is seen as a good, honourable, virtuous quality rather than a mental disorder.

I've spent a lot of time discussing the qualitative aspects affecting the global macro landscape and I receive hundreds of emails each month thanking me for sharing them. I'm deeply humbled and in fact 99.9% of readers are kind, curious, engaging, and where they disagree they do so in an intelligent and intellectually stimulating way. I genuinely love it, even if I can't respond to all.

I like to think of Capitalist Exploits as a home for independent, objective thought. The ability to step back, observe, question where the consensus may be wrong, look to economic history for guidance, and to then objectively invest according to probabilities is at the very centre of how I feed my family and what this little corner of cyberspace is all about.

We're here to make money, not to be popular.

As such, it's amusing when occasionally a moron pops his wee little head up.

Fortunately, morons are desperately easy to spot. They stick out like a giant zit on a prom queen. Logic has left the building, wild accusations are used, and the pack instinct is alive and kicking. They operate purely from an emotional level, not unlike a 4-year old who's been told Santa isn't coming this year.

After publishing the conversation on Monday discussing Iran with Mahdi I received the usual thank yous and then this doozy:

"Listen you kangaroo meat eating hill billy...

you better quit talking ignorant bullshit about the U.S. and Trump, two subjects you know absolutely nothing about. I know you're probably upset with yourself since you turned out to be a shit money manager and are having a very tough time dealing with redemptions but why don't you concentrate on educating yourself and start practicing some class."

Bless this poor intellectually retarded soul.

The reason I share this with you is to demonstrate something that we're all going to have to get very used to.

The seasons have changed. This, folks, is the pack animal zeitgeist that I've written about in "What the Incoming "Strong Men" Mean for the Global Economy" and elsewhere in these pages.

Humans have an insuperable tendency to form packs and proceed to bark at other packs. When a neighbour's dog walks past my property, my dog rushes to bark at it. Every time! The neighbour's dog isn't a threat, it's just what dogs do.

When a Japanese military recon plane enters Chinese airspace, fighter jets scramble furiously to bark at it. They know it's not going to bomb China. It's what pack animals do.

I've little doubt that the clown who emailed me (the one with the intellectual capacity of ringworm) gathers his knowledge of Iran from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter feed. A pack animal. Grrr! Woof! Bow-wow!

The odds he's visited Iran? Slim!

Ever been threatened by Iran? Nope. Grrr! Woof! Bow-wow! My guy says it's so. The hoi polloi never learn. Remember Bush's Iraq war? The one where Saddam had weapons of mass destruction? Same pack response then. Same pack response now. Grrrr! woof!

Paradoxically, when I was writing about why "the ginger ninja" was going to win the presidency (for example, this one) I received a good dozen emails which could be summarised as, "Whoo yeah! Go Trump, stick it to em!".

I get it. It was the point I was making : the rising anti-establishment zeitgeist. The thing is - and I made this clear but it still falls on deaf ears: I'm interested in outcomes. It doesn't matter one iota what I might wish to happen. If I was to trade based on what I wish would happen I'd not be able to afford this fancy machine I'm writing to you on.

No. The only thing that matters is outcomes and attempting to protect yourself and profit accordingly. Some seem to have unfortunately mistaken my identifying a trend for my supporting of a trend.

The response that I get when I say this is, "Oh, so you support Hillary then?". Well, no.

Actually, I was tickled pink that the reptile was kicked to the curb but that doesn't mean you don't question what's taking place, and it certainly doesn't mean that you need to support the opposition either. It's useful to remember that your vote is statistically meaningless, anyway.

I wrote an entire article about why voting is a terrific waste of your time years ago:

"The reason I don’t vote, apart from the mathematical certainty that my vote is meaningless and the near mathematical certainty that I will be contributing towards propelling a parasitic self serving, egotistical, yet entirely ignorant, podium doughnut towards stardom is that I don’t care for any political party either. Not the Reds, Whites, Pinks or Browns, the Tea party, Libertarian party, or any other party.


They all end up the same way, with some folks moving to expand their sphere of influence to the detriment of others who disagree with them. Voting is meaningless in its present form. “The people” are presented with a select group of egomaniacs with whom they have no connection, and who have proved repeatedly that they will never “represent” said “people” anyway. What a charade. I would go so far as saying its unethical to participate in such a fraud."

Despite what you're told by the media and any given podium doughnut, George Carlin was right:

Simply investigating multiple angles is a mental challenge few are prepared to engage in, especially where it conflicts with their chosen "guru's" ideology. Far easier to shut your mind off and follow. Just follow. Read history and tell me it isn't so.

The psychology of a gas station lout says that if you "diss" my guy, then I'll beat your head in with a brick. It matters not what "your guy" has said or done. The reason this matters to us as investors is because the pack actually dominates humanity.

Patriotism is simply the loyalty of dogs in a pack. 


Consider this: the German soldiers who murdered millions in World War II were patriots as were the Japanese pilots bombing Pearl Harbour. In fact, we can objectively say that the the thugs who drove a truck into a crowd in Nice were patriots.

Do we admire them for patriotism? No, they're not "our" guy.

Do their own admire them for their allegiance to the pack? Sadly, yes.

Patriotism, like love, is blind because it's driven not by logic but by emotion. It's irrational thought at it's finest.

Which brings me to how patriotism, nationalism, and meatheads all come together in our world of global macro finance.

I just hopped off the phone with a friend, the gracious, humble, and razor sharp Grant Williams. We were discussing this very theme. Grant, of course, wrote about this in late 2015. War is the likely outcome. Back then few thought it possible. Increasingly, it's not only possible but highly probable. I fear Grant is probably right.

You see countries behave as idiotically as pack animals. Politics itself rewards unprincipled behaviour. The aggressive, arrogant, and self serving are drawn to the power it represents like moths to a flame. In order to achieve the top spots they fight, cheat, steal, and lie to get there. How is this different to dogs fighting for alpha status in a pack?

Once in power, these pathological ego-maniacs (that's how you become an alpha dog) send entire countries to war with little crackpot third world nations that the electorate has never heard of, can't pronounce, and can't find on a map. Given the "right" information (remember Saddam's WMD) the crowd bay for blood. Grrr! Woof! Bow-wow!

Read that email response to my podcast on Iran again and tell me this imbecile wouldn't be one of those pack animals baying for blood in any altercation his "guru" leader tells him is just.

Humans have incredible powers of compassion, kindness, creativity, and loyalty. They also have another side, and right now from sea to shining sea lines are being drawn and the "other side" is rearing its ugly head.

A Question

Let me ask you a question, and this is a question irrespective of your nationality, religious, or political persuasion.

Tell me, have you experienced in the last few months heated debates or even outright arguments about political outcomes and those elected or those up for election?

If so, is this unusual to you? Are you finding that siding with one political party over another is today causing problems it wouldn't have caused in the past?

Do you sense the shift on the ground wherever you are?

Can you feel the lines being drawn in the sand?

I'd love to have your thoughts and feedback in the comments section.

From where I sit I believe we've solidly entered an environment where pack animal behaviour is going to rule the day. You don't need to be a genius to figure out that the probabilities of barking dogs getting into a scrap have been magnified.

- Chris

"Humans are the only animals who will follow unstable pack leaders." — Cesar Milan (The dog whisperer)


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Rabbitnexus's picture

THe stories I could tell. Being an outspoken Western convert to Islam I often find myself in the midst of such pack mentality and it is the pits of human behaviour when I do. There is nothing remotely civilised, rational or human left of people when they start this.  I've seen it with racism and immigrants too of course, but right now being a "Muzzie" among Westerners is one hell of a ride. Thankfully my local community treats me with respect and acceptance because the mentality one meets when they congregate online would see my business ended otherwise by spite and open hostility and violence.

Worth noting this site is one of the most open minded and enlightened among the entire gamut covered by Rense anyway. The standard of minds here deserves a medal overall for the ability to avoid exactly the sort of thing described. Of course the odd troll gets piled on a bit but that's the fun of the things..

Master Electrician's picture

Always with the Trump this and Hillary that. Most of the comments seem to prove the point of the author, while simultaneously denying that this is so. Iran has not invaded another country in over two hundred years. They have consistently been a threat to no one. America and its dog-wagging tail Israel have made Iran an enemy of the US for the unforgivable crime of wanting the profit for the exploitation of their own resources. This is also the crime of Venezuela. And Libya. And Egypt. Added to Libya is the sad fact that Gaddafi had an epiphany, recognized not only the error of his ways, but what a truly benevolent leader should look like. He turned Libya into a beautiful and modern country, and wanted to top off his efforts with a pan-African Gold-backed Dinar. Another unforgivable sin.  I am not a Muslim. I'm an American born follower of Jesus Christ's teachings, and America does not deserve patriotic, or any other kind of support. This country is collectively guilty of the most heinous crimes against humanity; endless lies, thefts, and murders. The idea that we are the 'good guys' is a sick joke of cosmic proportions. If this country does not repent of its gross crimes, it will go the way of all empires; it will fall. Trump will probably not drain enough of the swamp, or change enough policies, or repeal enough executive orders to stop the coming disaster. He doesn't appear to be even trying all that hard. I think it's pretty obvious the PTB know a few things they aren't telling the rest of us. It's pretty clear THEY are exacerbating the differences between various groups of people that are in the same financial boat in an effort to drive us to blows against one another, doing their dirty work for them. They have bled us nearly dry financially, and wish to offer us as a blood sacrifice to their master. Unfortunately, there are millions and millions ready and willing to go along with it. I've been trying to explain it to people for years, how the banksters own the government and the corporations, and their financial system is designed to separate us from the fruit of our labor. It's all the opposite of what it is supposed to be. Wake up, for God's sake! So Obongo makes unconstitutional rules to spy on Americans opposed to him, but if Trump uses those same rules to get even, that'll be okay?!? Really? Obongo make war. Bad! Trump make war. Good! I can hear the grunts and the knuckles draggin' on the floor. It's actually very simple. THEY have to understand that we are not going to destroy ourselves. We must instead make their activities illegal and impossible. They have to know we mean it. It can't just be cheerleading; there has to be actual action taken, and grievances aired. Or we can just keep cheering USA! USA! until we die. Real reform MUST be loudly and constantly called for, and not just on the internet. A national strike has been in order for decades. I can't believe it hasn't happened yet. But there's no unity, and not much chance of there being enough of it to change the end result: War, famine, pestilence, death. 

IranContra's picture

Democrats are the best example of pack mentality. They voted for war criminal Hillary and they see war criminal and Iran-lover Obama as an angel.

Rabbitnexus's picture

No sentence which begins with "The Democrats are the problem" or "The Republicans are the problem" is ever going to be anything but self ironic.  Those who think that "the problem" is on the other side of the political aisle, ARE the problem.

IranContra's picture

Trump is not stupid. Iran is run by evil revolution-exporters who have overrun the Middle East and need to be sent back to Iran.

Menace in Disguise

Muslim Brotherhood & Khomeini's Iran: Made in Britain.pdf

Rabbitnexus's picture

What a boneheaded comment.

The Muslim Brotherhood are basically the Freemasons of the East and are Sunni as well as opposed to Shia Iran you clown.  Iran has not committed terrorism against anybody but suffers it from the USA and "Israeli" sponsored terroists regularly as well as blatant acts of aggression which never go answered in kind. The menace is the USA and it's Zionist master and Iran is going to be the cure of either of you demonic excuses for countries have a go. I won't lose sleep thinking Iran will be destroyed but for different reasons an attack on Iran will see both of you ended soon after.  If you don't know that, you're dumber than shit which is a given anyway. ONLY dumb shits would cartry on the way the USA and "Israeli" leadership do about Iran. Fucking idiots!  By the way Iran doesn't take you seriously, they know you aren't completely crazy, but they're ready anytime. I love Iran and hate the two worst serial war criminal states on earth. That is why I say go ahead punk make my day and try it.

messystateofaffairs's picture

There is a collective power in packs that allows participants to get policies done which they could not do as sovereign individuals. Packs have a usefulness  insofar as the pack leader faithfully represents the desired policies of those who participate in the pack. Libertarians like to think that a libertarian pack will produce policies that keeps the other pack types hands out of their sovereign individual pockets and freedoms. Anyway its about overarching policies, not packs or personalities, although I think its acceptable to attack personalities that promote harmful policies. I don't accept the adage criticize the problem not the person, the problem comes from the person and leaving them in place leaves the problem in place.

wally_12's picture

I bark at the Women in my yoga class during certain exercises, but I was  quickly wooped by a large women who mistook me for a DOM.

Peter41's picture

Tell the heroes who fought Nazism in WWII that "patriotism" is nothing more than pack mentality.

RightLineBacker's picture

Interesting read.

But I have great pity for "Chris".

Astounding IQ with very obvious mental health issues.

Reminds me of one of my adult Sons that I truly love.

He does not have the mental health issues I think "Chris" has but he has an IQ that literally defies measurement (He has been tested several times and the result has always been the same - We cannot measure his IQ because he is outside of the 3-sigma rule).

He is also a bit unusual. I explain him to my friends as being brilliant but with a tendency to walk into walls.

"Chris", look out for walls.

Bear's picture

"Humans have incredible powers of compassion, kindness, creativity, and loyalty. They also have another side, and right now from sea to shining sea lines are being drawn and the "other side" is rearing its ugly head."


You are right about the 'nature' of Americans ... and about the ugly head being reared. There has been no other President in history (except Abraham Lincoln) who has been so hated, so maligned, so belittled, so put upon and given so little respect than Donald Trump ... and that was before he ever took office. The ugly head, like a pimple, was allowed to develop over the last eight years through race division, class warfare, constant condescension, arrogance, and willful neglect of the people. Trump's predecessor had the most amazing opportunity to unite America and bring us closer together .... but he chose instead to deposit his pus in the American pimple of the Federal Government and will continue to infect the body until it can be lanced and drained. The only dog pack I know was the one who followed the last PONTUS in his savaging of the American People.    

geo_w's picture

I'm assuming that since the writer quotes the dog whisperer then he must know what he is talking about? Where did my lemming go...

Bear's picture

Iran's leadership has made it very clear ... They wish to exterminate Israel and it's chief supported, the U.S.A.

Obviously you can provide an unlimited stream of anecdotal stories pointing up that Iranians are not our enemies ... true ... However, and unfortunately their leaders have expressed very clearly they want us dead.

Iranians are not our enemies, the country of Iran is not our enemy ... but their leaders are rabid dogs and have been since 1979  

WTFUD's picture

How very NAIVE of YOU! The USSofA Puppet was depossed in 1979. The Israeli, UK and American Governments are responsible for 90% of the SHITE that goes on in this world like Regime overthrow. The Israeli-Saudi Axis-Of-Evil are thwarted in their efforts to dominate the Middle-East with their preferred BRAND of WAHHABISM by IRAN and hence the twisted rhetoric and antagonism from these scum of the earth war-mongers towards it.

Now i don't know if the current Iranian Regime ( since 1979 ) would be my friends, however, try destabilising a country installing your preferred DESPOT and the resulting BLOWBACK is what the fuck it is.

All said i haven't seen you around for a while but can remember back in the day you had some good posts. What happened Mr Bear?

Apeon's picture


"It's useful to remember that your vote is statistically meaningless. . ."  The only meanignless vote is the one not taken.  You reveal you morally superior self-righteousness in your article.   A moral man will work to right wrongs, not just sit in judgement.

"Patriotism, like love, is blind because it's driven not by logic but by emotion. It's irrational thought at it's finest."

Really, ALL patriotism fits your limited definition.  I did not realize what a magnificent, surpassing, intellect I was dealing with, or I would not have written the first sentence.

On reflection, I would have written it.

Farqued Up's picture

Animals don't follow any leader that is out of sight for long. I'll give you a small up arrow for Geo. Carlin, otherwise a giant down.

mo mule's picture

No humans are not the only ones, pigs will follow one another right over the cliff and lemens with do the same.  But humans must take the title of being the most prone to do so......hahaa    lol

LibertarianMenace's picture

And a smarmy chip is no different whether it's proffered from the shoulder of a prog, a neocon, or an anarchist, but then I repeat myself, as all three are clearly conceited and arrogant. They also, to a man, claim sufficient wealth to afford more than their cheap and snotty attitude, yet are unwilling to pay. Tell me, Chris, why not?

antidisestablishmentarianismishness's picture

This article isn't going to get any traction here since ZH is Ground Zero for meatheads.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

It didn't used to be as bad.  It's been flooded with trumptard nazi/redneck sycophants lately. 

Still Losing Money's picture

this aarticle is a total waste of bandwidth

Reaper's picture

Running dogs stay in the pack to avoid responsibility for choices.

gregga777's picture

Donald Trump has already fulfilled all of my hopes just by being inaugurated POTUS (President Of The United States) on January 20, 2017. I have no further expectations for his Presidency, though I do hope that he prevents the US CIA (Criminally Insane Agency) from instigating thermonuclear World War 3.

gregga777's picture

Oppression, wars of naked aggression for control of resources and all of the other ills that have plagued humanity for many, many millennia will continue as long as humans allow political parasites, technocrats, the self-appointed nomenklatura, the CCCC (Criminal Crony Capitalist CONporations), mobs, priests and prophets to rule over them. But, there is really no hope for universal peace, justice and human rights because mobs have a collective IQ of a flatworm.

Fidelios Automata's picture

I'm surprised this showed up on ZH since 90% of its coverage of Iran is zionist BS.
Iran is no worse than any other Muslim country.

WTFUD's picture

Iran is not a manufactured middle-eastern, western puppet client State/Vassal which is the BIG FUCKING TELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Nuff said!

gregga777's picture

One is simply not allowed to criticize the true rulers of a nation. Hence, criticism of racist Apartheid Israel is simply not allowed. It's also very telling of Jewish ethics that racist Apartheid Israel is a major supporter of the Ukro-Nazi in Kiev.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Yes, for some reason you can't be critical of Trump without being a Hillary butt-sniffer.  It's like Dr. Seuss' Butter Battle Book on acid and steroids; totally illogical over-simplified black or white thinking.  I just can't wait until the "Hillary was worse" argument wears off.  Don't refer to him as anti-establishment "Trump," anymore please.  He is now "Mr. President," and as establishment as it gets. 

The most dangerous is when people conflate Christianity with US nationalism.  Regardless of your spiritual views (or lack thereof), the historical man Jesus of Nazareth and his Apostles basically preached the antithesis of nationalism.  Even worse is some of these Christians are brainwashed into thinking a certain racial group is "God's chosen people," so they should spill their blood and spend their treasure on said people's interests and protection.

And for those of you who think Donald Trump is a Christian, I'll leave you with a red letter biblical quote:

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."


Apeon's picture

Difficult to reconcile use of Scripture to disparage God's Chosen.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

^^ Disgusting. 


Rev 2:9  know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

2 John 2:23
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

jmack's picture

   your biblical quote does not mean that a rich man cannot be a righteous christian ( I am not implying that Trump is one),  that quote is pointing out that wealth is of the earthly realm and no one going to heaven is going to take earthly possesions with them, they all hit the pearly gates with the same bank accounts,  therefore you should be more concerned with cultivating spiritual wealth, moreso than earthly wealth.  In attaining spiritual wealth, you generally will attain some level of earthly wealth, but that will not preclude you from entering heaven unless your love of the wealth corrupts your spirit.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

That's a very convenient interpretation.  Prosperity gospel:  You think you can have a good flesh life and a good after life.  Jesus told people to give away all their wealth, remember?  There are thousands of interpretations of the bible, hence the thousands of denominations.  Maybe your interpretation is correct, but probably not.


For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.

Trump loves cash flow.  Said it himself.  

TsyFox's picture

If you honestly analyze Bible & life of the Nazarean, you will clearly see that this Jesus figure was kind of a mooch that never produced anything.

Since he had no responsibilities it was sooo easy for him to say you "give away your posessions", that he himself regularly made use of thru 'MOOCHING'.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Bullshit, he was a carpenter.

gregga777's picture

Donald Trump is not a political parasite. He is a CCC (Criminal crony capitalist) who has bought many a political parasite in his career including irredeemable LIARy "Bill the Pedophile's Pimp" Clinton and irredeemable William Jefferson "Bill the Pedophile" Clinton.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Yes, a CCC, as his father was before him.

Apeon's picture

You might want to check the Scripture about judging others, and apply it to yourself as ardently as you apply it to others..

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

For the thousandth time, that scripture is about not being a hypocrite.  It's not about not judging others.  Regardless, I'm not even Christian.  I don't label myself or identify as a Christian because then shitheads like you try to distort the bible and use it as a weapon to control.

GodEmperorNanner's picture

I don't entirely agree with a lot of what you said, but I like you anyways.

SixIsNinE's picture

yeah, that cottage cheese is starting to look appealin....


wait - what?




Recognizer's picture

Not the worst article I've read, but up there.