When The "Solutions" Become The Problems

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Those benefiting from these destructive "solutions" may think the system can go on forever, but it cannot go on when every "solution" becomes a self-reinforcing problem that amplifies all the other systemic problems.

We are living in an interesting but by no means unique dynamic in which the solutions to problems such as slow growth and inequality have become the problems. This is a dynamic I have often discussed in various contexts. In essence, a solution that was optimized for an earlier era and situation is repeatedly applied to the present--but the present is unlike the past, and the old solution is no longer optimized to current conditions.

The old solution isn't just a less-than-optimal solution; it actively makes the problem worse.

As a result, the old solution becomes a new problem that only exacerbates the current difficulties. The status quo strategy is not to question the efficacy of the old solution--it is to apply the old solution in heavier and heavier doses, on the theory that if only we increase the dose, it will finally resolve the problem.

Take borrowing from the future, i.e. debt, as a prime example of this dynamic. Back when credit was scarce and expensive, unleashing a tsunami of cheap, abundant credit supercharged growth by enabling millions of people who previously had limited access to credit to suddenly borrow and spend enormous sums of cash.

This tsunami of new spending supercharged growth such that servicing the debt was easy, as incomes and wealth both expanded far beyond the cost of the new debt.

Fast-forward to today, and adding 50% of the nation's GDP in new federal debt ($9 trillion) and trillions more in corporate and houshold debt in the past 8 years has yielded subpar growth--roughly 2% a year.

This poor response to massive floods of credit, borrowing and spending has flummoxed conventional economists, who incorrectly assumed old solutions would always work as they had in the past.

In a similar fashion, conventional economists expected fiscal stimulus to boost growth. Fiscal stimulus--one-time tax refunds, infrastructure spending, tax cuts and various forms of "helicopter money"--central banks creating money out of thin air for the government to spend or distribute--have all failed to generate the self-sustaining virtuous cycle of boosting the output of the engines of income/wealth creation.

As I noted in Fragmentation and the De-Optimization of Centralization (January 2, 2017), The 4th Industrial Revolution has de-optimized centralization. Centralized control, power and money are now the problem, not the solution.

In the past, centralizing control of industries, credit and production increased the productivity of the whole economy. But that was then, and this is now. In the current era, centralization only breeds corruption, moral hazard, revolving doors between state agencies and private industry, opaque, rigged markets, rentier cartel parasitism and state-cartel crony capitalism, in which the central state regulates industries like Big Pharma, defense weaponry, higher education and so on to benefit entrenched interests, elites and cartels.

Regulations have also slipped from being solutions to problems. Everyone weighing the costs and benefits agrees that building and zoning codes enacted at the turn of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century greatly reduced the health hazards posed by slums and unregulated industries. Everyone weighing the costs and benefits agrees that clean air and water regulations imposed in the early 1970s benefited the public and the nation, despite the higher costs for goods and services that industry passed down to the consumer.

Technological improvements and efficiencies offset much or all of these costs by the 1980s, and by the 1990s, technological gains were increasing the income and wealth of almost every participant in the economy.

Recently, these technological gains have become concentrated in the top 5% of wage-earners and the owners of the capital. There are several drivers for this, including proximity to cheap credit, tax evasion techniques available only to corporations and the wealthy, pay-to-play lobbying for tax breaks and regulatory barriers to competition, and so on--all the foul fruits of centralized power and the crony-capitalism it breeds.

But technology is also exacerbating the trend to a winner-take-all or winners-take-most asymmetry between the most profitable and productive and "everyone else."

Regulations have now become burdens rather than low-cost means of improving the commons shared by all. Advocates for "tiny houses" and similar solutions to homelessness run into buzz-saws of regulations that prohibit such construction and zoning, and advocates of innovations from urban farming to crypto-currencies find regulations (often serving the interests of political donors rather than the public) are stifling innovations and efficiencies that would benefit the many rather than the few.

The regulatory agencies are prone to self-serving complexity that justified their budgets and power; as the regulations become more voluminous and arcane, "experts" in reading the runes and keeping up to date justify their big salaries and departmental budget.

The Lifecycle of Bureaucracy (December 2, 2010)

As I explain in my book Resistance, Revolution, Liberation: A Model for Positive Change, the state only knows how to expand; there is no mechanism, no institutional memory and no reward motivation to reduce the size of state power or revenues, or reduce the reach of the regulations and laws that empower the state to control virtually every aspect of life.

There are many other "solutions" that no longer solve their intended target problem but have become burdensome problems in themselves. One need only look at healthcare, higher education and weaponry acquisition programs to find hundreds of examples of perverse incentives and unintended consequences that are the direct result of anti-competitive, intentionally opaque, centralized regulations that are implicitly designed to benefit the few (wealthy political donors, lobbyists and entrenched interests) at the expense of the many who are shut out of the regulatory game.

Student loans are an excellent example of a "solution" becoming a problem itself, while the underlying problem--soaring costs for diminishing-return diplomas--rages on, enabled by the "solution": force student debt-serfs to borrow another trillion dollars to fund sclerotic, self-serving bloated bureaucracies.

The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education.

Borrowing and spending $9 trillion did little but indenture future taxpayers to pay for for our massive malinvestment in diminishing-returns dead-ends.

If we look at yesterday's chart of overlapping crises, we note each crisis began as a purported "solution." The "solutions" are: more debt (now a problem); more centralization (now a problem); financialization (now a problem); promising more benefits to everyone (now a problem), and so on.

Real solutions are optimized for the 4th Industrial Revolution and the emerging economy, not the economy of 1946. These solutions are the opposite of all the institutional-state-cartel "solutions": decentralize power and control, transparency rather than self-serving obfuscation; empowerment of communities rather than centralized agencies and cartels, and embracing disruptive technologies--technologies that disrupt existing rentier skims, cartel rackets, regulatory barriers, etc.

The cold truth is all these institutional-state-cartel "solutions" serve the few at the expense of the many. This is not a side-effect; it is the intended output of these "solutions." In other words, these "solutions" work great for the parasitic few at the top skimming all the wealth, power and income, at the expense of the exploited many and the stability of the system as a whole.

Those benefiting from these destructive "solutions" may think the system can go on forever, but it cannot go on when every "solution" becomes a self-reinforcing problem that amplifies all the other systemic problems.

Recent podcasts/video programs:

Keiser Report: Jon Corzine’s Big, Bad Bond Bet (25:43 min., 2nd half)

Self-Employment & Financial Bubbles (1:26 hrs)

Charles Hugh Smith On Inequalities And The Distortions Caused By Central Bank Policies (30 min.)

Rogue Money (56:59 min.)

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small axe's picture

As long as we identify with our captors we're doomed.

Stockholm syndrome redux

Offthebeach's picture

Support the DNC, RINOs, the Federal Reserve, Goldman Sachs .......accelerate the revolution, become and support the problem (s).  Quit being heroic and leave the trenches of the fight for liberty and freedom and work for evil.  You will, to paraphrase,  "be doing God's work".

 

Looney's picture

 

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste” is not just a cute phrase.

Crises always arise unexpectedly, but never out of nowhere.

For a well-oiled Deep State to keep pushing its agenda, there must be a conveyor delivering different crises at predetermined times. The "overlapping" diagram above shows that conveyor.

Sometimes, when the Deep State needs a crisis right away, it pulls a 9/11 or starts a war.

Trump’s winning the election may have disrupted the Crises Conveyor, but it didn’t stop it. Nothing will. I think?  ;-)

Looney

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Trunp could be a confidence trick for the next crisis.  

JRobby's picture

Ether? or a "sticky keyboard"?  Ether I think.

SWRichmond's picture

Government exists to deal with the problems created by its existence

Antifaschistische's picture

Every single law created is the byproduct of some crisis...large or small.   Even a "speed limit" was only created after someone drove too fast.  bureacracies evolve with every mini-crisis.   One fool puts some gun powder in his shoe on an airplane and we will spend a billion dollars inspecting shoes at airports.  It's a completely out of control system that continues to create tighter and tighter constraints.

Yes, Trump is highly disruptive...because unlike past Presidents who willingly go along with TPTB agenda's, Trump's (some say ego, some say courage, some say narcissism, etc...) is so large that he has no respect for being "told" how the world's going to work.  it's an interesting experiment regardless of how you feel about his "policy".   If the (as they are now calling it) Deep State wins in the battle over trump, my thought is, we will never see a nother populist president again in our lifetime.  It will be game over...until the economic apocalypise hits.

LawsofPhysics's picture

All by design you stupid fucks.  Solutions are abundant, but require real work and real risk...

The useless fucking bankers and financiers have gotten use to free money that is risk free!!!

No way they will go back to actually earning a living now, they own you!!!

Due North's picture

Exactly right. Genuine solutions would cut their profits to something realistic.

swmnguy's picture

Quite correct.  I enjoy CHS' writings, but he always pulls the last punch, refuses to make the last connection that would truly explain his point.  I suppose he's too much a product of our society to be able to see outside the parameters of what we're allowed to examine in our society.

The problem with the top-down solutions imposed on everything is not some failure to understand that "fighting the last war" doesn't work.  It's not a lack of vision that's to blame.

The problem is that every one of these solutions is proposed by the players who have caused the problems in the first place.  They're not trying to solve the problems.  They're trying to preserve their accumulated advantage.

All the money printing has done nothing not because it doesn't work anymore.  It's done nothing because the money is only going to bail out the already-insolvent Financial sector.  The money doesn't help the "real economy" because it never gets into the "real economy."

Various estimates have the cost of "recovery" measures takend since 2008 to be at least $12 Trillion, counting TARP, ZIRP and all the rest.  Had that much money been released into the "real" economy instead of into the FIRE sector, every American man, woman and child could have gotten $40,000.  $160,000 for a family of 4.  Those people would have paid off their house, thereby solidifying the banks and stabilizing the real estate market.  They would have paid of their student loans, credit cards and everything else.  That too would have had a huge positive impact on the economy.  They would have bought cars, for cash.  Each of these options would have helped the real economy.

So why didn't that happen?  Because while it would have helped the real economy, the Finance sector wants all that private debt at interest to remain.  If that private debt gets paid off, the banks lose their stranglehold on the economy.  They'd rather suffocate the economy and keep their power over a dead thing than revive the economy and lose power.

That's the dynamic throughout our society.  Corruption has become tolerated, legalized, and institutionalized.  It's now heresy to object to naked corruption.

The solutions aren't without consequences or negative aspects.  Reality never is.  But to pretend the solutions are sincerely being pursued, without noting that they've all turned into bailouts to preserve the status quo power structure is also dishonest, and results in people fundamentally misunderstanding the situation we're in.

Antifaschistische's picture

you ask "why didn't it happen?"

Because 49 states would have benefited, but New York would have collapsed.  More specifically Manhattan....there's your answer.

John Law Lives's picture

The only "solution" the elites care to proffer is how to maintain themselves no matter what happens to the rest of humanity.

Due North's picture

And who doesn't think it was engineered this way?

rehypothecator's picture

I want either less corruption or more opportunity to participate in it.  Prisoner's Dilemma for elites.  

Giant Meteor's picture

"The cold truth is all these institutional-state-cartel "solutions" serve the few at the expense of the many. This is not a side-effect; it is the intended output of these "solutions." In other words, these "solutions" work great for the parasitic few at the top skimming all the wealth, power and income, at the expense of the exploited many and the stability of the system as a whole."

In other words, standard operating procedure ..

But hell, the rebellion is on ..

Need more truth tellers and more sky walkers , not necessarily in that order ..

Death to tyrants , 

edit; Oh, and, I'm Spartacus !

GRDguy's picture

I know you're tired of seeing this (I am, too), but this commentary is an excellent summary of what the old 1889 book "The Great Red Dragon: Foreign Money Power in the United States" was trying to point out all these years. The book's examples are still repeated on almost a daily basis. Unless you know who your real enemies are, you won't see it coming.

taketheredpill's picture

 

 

 

 

PROBLEMS HAVE SOLUTIONS.  PREDICAMENTS HAVE OUTCOMES.

curbjob's picture

I bet Charles Hugh-Smith is the life of every party he's invited to.

DuneCreature's picture

Here is a solution you can help make a BIG problem for a bunch of criminal assholes who really deserve it:

Freedom Watch has a little problem they would like a hand with.

They can't seem to get the FBI OFF THEIR ASS!

Gee, I wonder why we can't get our employees to get anything done?

I know what I do with employees who refuse to do what I ask them to.

But this isn't just me these clowns work for so I have to take the decision of what to do with these slackers to the Board of Directors;

That would be you good people.

Listen to attorney Larry Klayman explain what the problem is in detail and what the Board can do about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI7-HI2xlns

Addendum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDNR9cpMEw4

I say we vote to can Slippery Jim because he seems to be the main cause of the work stoppage. There could easily be a couple more FBI staff that need pink slips.

Live Hard, You Can Take An FBIer To A Case But You Can't Make Him Investigate If He's Paid Behind The Scenes Not To, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Cloud9.5's picture

Twenty years ago I presented the FBI documented proof of violations of USC 18:1014 that resulted in my personal bankruptcy and the loss of half a million dollars.  The FBI told me that their agents were overwhelmed by the ongoing war on drugs and that they had no resources to devote to my case.  It was then that I learned that the law is simply in place to regulate the little people.  The big people have another set of rules.  Two of the key players in that criminal act now run the local school system and the building department.  There is no justice.  There is just us.

DuneCreature's picture

Yes, I learned the hard way to keep certain things to myself.

You will end up in twice the trouble than the people you are trying to report for reporting the wrong cretins.

Live Hard, If I Were Hired To Design Hell, I Would Model It On Wash. DC, Complete With Satanic Monuments, Secret Underground Bunkers And Comet Ping Pong Pizza Franchises Close To Every Metro Handbasket Stop, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Yen Cross's picture

 Ooops. here we go again. F/X risk trades are slipping into s/t bond flows.

 

 When I leg out [triangulate] F/X crosses, and divide buy[by] the majors, we can see the disparities.

 Don't get me started on correlations, and inverse trades.

indio007's picture

NEWSFLASH

WATER IS WET.

dizzyfingers's picture

Made me LOL. Refreshing, thanks.

chunga's picture

Alex, I'll take how do you steal money from people who don't have any for all the marbles.

rf80412's picture

"What is debt?"

Our system treats debt as an asset. This is because, if your actuarial models are sound, it represents both guaranteed future cash flow and guaranteed profit in the form of interest. Even better, if you're a bank, then you don't need to have any real money to lend out; instead, you can leverage new debt off of old debt since again, debt is treated as an asset, not a liability.

Debt might well be the best investment that anyone with money - and I mean serious money - can make. It's basically zero risk, especially since people can be forced to pay you back.

IranContra's picture

The Devil's bag of tricks is tiny, the tricks are transparent. The question is: how many people care?

Islamic terrorism = Communism 2.0

Banksters created both. The goal is war and mass murder.

Putin stopped communism by arresting banksters, not communists. He stopped Chechnia terrorism by working with Muslims.

Trump is stopping Islamic terrorism by going after banksters and their Islamic schemes (Iran, Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS).

Trump is not waging war against Islam. He is working with Muslim allies (Egypt, Saudi Arabia etc) against Communism 2.0

Iranian Islamic Republic 1979 = October Revolution 1917 Version 2.0 (Khomeini's controller was a British agent)

Directdem's picture

Decentralized government requires stronger and clearer limitations upon the impositions of one interests group upon another. Thus it requires both a fractionalization of the electorate into ten thousand different local semi-autonomous testing grounds, wherein its voters determine for themselves the best way of life, and a reinforcement of constititional protections of individual liberty. Let others live as they choose while they afford you this same freedom -- all remaining protected both by a bill of rights and by an intact, if tamed, national defense:

https://whatdirectdemocracymightbe.wordpress.com/

 

Hail Spode's picture

He does a good job of outlining the problems of over-centralization- including that the system starts promoting scams to enrich itself further as "solutions". But he is not specific enough on how to achieve and sustain de-centralization. For that you need this, Localism, a philosophy of government .......https://www.amazon.com/Localism-philosophy-government-Mark-Moore-ebook/d...

Debugas's picture

unresolvable dilemma of capitalism was band-aid'ed for too long - how to keep selling goods for profit ( at higher price than you pay wages) to your employees

One band-aid used - expansion conquering new markets

Second band-aid used - borrowing demand from the future by providing consumer credit

Third band-aid used - government borrowing to prop up demand by public spending and welfare benefit

 

The ultimate band-aid is to write off the debt or destroy capital in a war

 

The ultimate solution - make companies work not for profit but for the good of the society

Is-Be's picture

We have always expanded into new territory. If there are already people there, we kill them.

This is an undesirable situation. ( For the psychopaths amongst us).

The reason this situation exists is because we have the brains of fleas.

Fleas that have been trained to think that they can only jump half the height that they can. (Yes.This is an experiment that you can do on the kitchen table.Mind they don't escape)

We have a belief that we are stuck forever at the bottom of this gravity well.

Some advances that say that this is just not so.

Cold Fusion. (Yes.It's real.)To power our escape with an energy source one million times greater than rocketry.

The Em drive.( Yes, it works) To lift us .Maths says that it can be capable of three tonnes of force per kilowatt. Reactionless.No exhaust gasses.

Exponential advances in intuitive AI. (We have only begun to scratch the surface of what Quantum computing has to offer.Expect magic.

As Douglas Adams observed " Space is big.Really big"

" If you think it is a long way down the street to the corner cafe, space is much bigger".

falak pema's picture

According to Michael Moore the problem is the golden peaked Duck.

He costs an arm and a leg to Miami county for each week end playing golf along with a 100 presidential guards full time.

He will bring the world economy to its knees.

Should be fun to see the Duck and Lady May playing at Ronnie and Maggie in their protectionist farm of tariffs and NO HOMBRE,  which is the EXACT opposite to the neo-liberal Reaganomics mantra that Ronnie "bring down that wall Mr Gorby" and Maggie "TINA-- I'll nuke Argentina if they don't give me Malvina sheep farm back!" used to sing to Condor fed Pinochet. 

Haha!

The Paleoconservatives, now called tea drinking Libertarians, will back any horse as long as it makes them a buck in the Casino. 

"We don't mind any type of horse as long as its not old horseface Kerry!" 

Heinz Red blood and Nein Nein Nein  to all that! 

Is-Be's picture

Is that all you've got? Ad hominems? We are trying to have a grown up conversation here.

If you have something to offer please clarify your thoughts because all I am picking up is Hate speech.

falak pema's picture

I hate the bait of those who mate with "make  america great" hoax's three card monte player; by making No Hombre small and by making wall of China look like America's response to I-phone made in Foxconn land, which cons the penny worker drowning in smog, all for the glory of the 1% class.

All the while the Duck quacks : whats wrong with fracking Amerika back to gruyere cheese land? Some future of ugly fossil world.

What I offer is a laff from time to time for those who can't take this Duck tomfoolery too seriously; inspite of him being Nerotic imperial leader of "freeee worrrrld"; now looking very sick to the gills from a hillbilly  perspective; for those who got suckered into believing a Goldman Sachs bag of tricks is the future of making Amerika great.

Amen to Mar a Lago deal making. Haha ! I love that golf clap.

Don't take yourself too seriously. You live in the valley of the gun ! Now going viral, alas.

Is-Be's picture

Thank you.

Your position is now clearer to me. You are downhearted because you believe that our trajectory is fixed. You are extrapolating our present condition into the future. This is a mistake.

In the past that approach worked, after a fashion. But not any more.The pace of change is accelerating exponentially.

I am particularly interested in technological and scientific advances. This is where Charles and I diverge in our thinking. He (along with the vast majority of people who give these matters any thought at all) are too ridgid in their beliefs.

My approach is to acknowledge the obvious malodies and use them as motivation to desperately seek to ameliorate our circumstances All other thinking is maladaptive; self-fullfilling even.

I offer these objects as being much more important than Trump or any naked Ape.

  • Physicist are unsure of their models of Reality.Many still cling to Objective Materialism.
  • We need a new source of energy. The Schrödinger ( he was a phenomenon) said in his last lecture that the Laws of Entropy are true only in a stastical sense.If The Schrödinger thought that this was worth noting, then it needs our full attention.
  • Cold fusion, or more accurately, solid state nuclear reactions have been giving positive results. There are too many models at present and they will have to be pruned, I believe. My favourite at present is that the energy of the nucleus is being carried out by messons.
  • The Em drive has been shown to work. At present the reactionless thrust is in micro newtons.But mathematics tells us that it can deliver 3 tonnes per kilowatt. ( a modest suburban car delivers 100 kW). Wheels may be made redundant.And the Lagrange points offer us the possibility of housing in splendid luxury, many orders of magnitude more people than exist on the surface of this orb.
  • This lack of imagination, this rigid thinking, will be swept away with the exponential advances in intuitive AI. Digital AI may design Quantum (sum over histories) AI. The AI will then have two modes of thinking; logical (left brain) and statistical (quantum) right brain. Evolution has offered up this arrangement as the most effective method of thought.

 

Consuelo's picture

 

 

 The 'cold truth' is that if this doom & gloom doesn't get a move-on fairly quick Charles, yer gonna be 'out in the cold' with no credibility...   You'll be in plenty of fine company though, so I guess all is not lost...

dizzyfingers's picture

Sign of the times...may be a big part our present condition.

 

HIGH SCHOOL --  1957 vs 2016  

Scenario 1:

Jack goes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

 

1957Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2016 -  School goes into lock down, FBI called,  Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again.  Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

 

 Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

 

1957 Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2016 -  Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark.   They are both charged with assault and both expelled - even though Johnny started it .

 

 Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not be in class, he disrupts other students.

 

1957 Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal.  He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2016 -  Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin.  He becomes a zombie.  He is then tested for ADD.  The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

 

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping. 

 

1957 Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and  becomes a successful businessman.

2016 -  Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang.  The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being spanked herself and their dad goes to prison.  Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

 

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

 

1957 Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock .

2016 -  The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations.  His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

 

 Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

 

1957 Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2016 -  Pedro's cause is taken up by a radical group.   Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist.  ACLU files a class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher.  English is then banned from the basic curriculum.  Pedro is given his diploma anyway, but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

 

 Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed..

 

1957 Ants die.

2016 -  ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called.  Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.   The FBI investigates his parents - and all siblings are removed from their home. All computers are confiscated.  Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

 

Scenario 8:

Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee .   He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  Mary hugs him to comfort him.

 

1957   - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2016  - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.  She faces 3 years in State Prison.  Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.  

 

This should hit every email inbox to show just how stupid this country has become! And that's being polite!

 

Life is tough; it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.

                                                  - John Wayne

TBT or not TBT's picture

The 70's and early 80's s where I grew up were much more like the '57 examples above than the 2016 treatment.   I could testify if granted immunity.  

rf80412's picture

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and there's always a point where even a logical idea can be taken too far. "Solutions" all out of proportion to the problems because you're convinced that you're not just dealing with individual people's actions, but a "system" or a "culture" that cannot be confronted with anything less than total war with the full power of the state behind it.

And it's interesting how the people who insist that we all be treated as rational individuals and that institutional responses be informed by the specific situation and "sensitive" to personal history, etc. usually turn out to be the biggest fans of stereotyping, blanket policies, and zero tolerance.

Of course, what's left unsaid is that most people think that the most important question is not "what", but "who".

aloha_snakbar's picture

I think he is trying to hypnotize us with infographics...

FreeNewEnergy's picture

CHS: blah, blah, blah... and, furthermore,

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Buy my book on Kindle.

ElTerco's picture

"The competent retire leaving the incompetent in command; morale low, chaos and failure the norm; organizational implosion"

...and that explains the missing 25-54 year-olds in the labor force and the low employment participation rate.

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture

 

28th Amendment

 

 

Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:

 

1, prohibitions against any corporation;

 

a, owning another corporation,

 

b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic, or

 

c, otherwise distorting the general economy;

 

2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of;

 

a, government,

 

b, education, or

 

c, news media, and

 

3, provisions for;

 

a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books, and

 

b, the establishment of a state and municipal-owned banking system

 

c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.

    

VWAndy's picture

 The stall and bartering. Then some real justice.

  Capitalism socialism or any othe ism is not going to work for anyone other than the people exempted from or benefitting from rampent corruption. The systems of justice and how they are implemented is what makes or breaks any sosciety. Its how all societies are and should be judged.

 Our systems of justice have been corrupted by the use of magic money. Its a gordian knot that needs to be chopped in two. We could not have magic money without corruption and we could not have these levels of corruption without the magic. Its a very destructive combination that needs to be addressed before these selfserving fools get us all killed off.

  A global strike of all the honest labor would do it pretty quick. Money dont make the world go round. Its work that makes society go. Its work that made the bread and butter. Its work that fueled the cars,trucks and planes.

   Its all about the honest labor and others not having to pay full and fair price. Well in big boy world if you dont want to pay my price you will need to be doing it yourself.

Faeriedust's picture

I believe the strike is on -- but in slow motion.  Why do you think we keep showing the lowest labor force participation in decades?  When it's no longer worth an individual's while to participate in The System, he or she walks out.  A lot of people have been quitting, and not coming back.

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If you put on 3D glasses, the graphs spell out, "I am a little girl"...