Escaping The Madhouse

Authored by Jeff Thomas via,

In the late 17th century, we British decided that, as a humanitarian effort and public service, we’d collect up all the people from the towns and countryside who were bonkers and confine them in institutions, so that society could be protected from them.

As so often proves the case, the idea of a collective solution to an individual problem is doomed to failure from the start.

There are many problems with madhouses. First, they need funding and, of course, the entity that receives the funding is likely to prefer skimming off whatever they can, rather than spending it on the inmates. Second, the sort of people who apply to become staff are often not the most desirable, and in fact are often dangerous. Third, one madman might be a social problem, but what happens when you throw them all in together? Are conditions likely to make them less mad or more mad? (I would suggest the latter.)

When I was a teenager, I had the dubious pleasure of visiting a state-run madhouse—the maximum-security ward, where all the most violent inmates were kept.

I’d been asked to visit a short-term inmate named Billy, who’d been committed to the mental institution for a month as punishment for a petty crime. My purpose was to hopefully raise his spirits, but my one visit there provided me with insight that I couldn’t have gained otherwise and has stayed with me for life.

I was taken through several layers of security before being led through a series of heavy steel doors into a large room. There were tables and chairs in the middle and beds along the walls. About fifteen men were talking congenially in small groupings.

I sat down with Billy. Although we weren’t friends, he was glad to have a visitor, and the men with him were also glad to see a new face. One man was having a lunch that had been sent by a relative, and he insisted that I have his dessert, a cupcake. He seemed quite a nice guy, although I later learned from Billy that he had been a schoolteacher and was sentenced for life, having butchered his mother and a female pupil.

Billy advised me that all of the inmates were easy to get along with, but most were relatively paranoid and could “go off.” He said that there had recently been a bloodbath in the ward, so everyone was enjoying a week or two of calm, hence the friendliness of my reception.

However, soon, each inmate would begin to wonder if any of the others had managed to make or find a weapon. The more they worried, the more they’d try to get a hold of a weapon or make one themselves. After a month, it would be assumed that most of the men had a weapon of some sort. After two months, it was assumed that they all now had hidden weapons, and tension would be building. Conversations would diminish over time, and each man would become increasingly withdrawn.

At some point, the paranoia would become so great that some errant word or small gesture by an inmate would inadvertently trigger violence in another inmate. When this happened, it became every man for himself immediately. They’d all reach for their weapons, and there would be a bloodbath. Some would try to hide in corners, whilst others would attack whoever might be near to them.

Afterward, the weapons would be collected by the orderlies and those wounded would be taken to hospital. For a time, the survivors would return to congeniality—happy that there were no more weapons, allowing them a “normal” social life with each other.

My visit was brief, only an hour or so and, during that time, all the inmates were quite calm and polite to me. I was perhaps nineteen at the time and, later, I mentally compared my rather privileged upbringing with the life of those committed to the asylum. I decided that, if I were ever in a situation that might result in my becoming an inmate in such a place, I’d exit the situation as quickly as possible, before I was trapped in such a deplorable institution.

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So. Fast-forward to the present day, and we witness the US government providing a regular stream of misinformation on the Middle East, Russia, China, and pretty much any nation that poses any economic threat to the present American hegemony.

The network news in the US is clearly eating this up and expanding upon it—not only crying wolf, but using a bullhorn to do it. The US has more 24-hour news programmes than any other nation, and many of them spend over 90% of their time warning of the dangers of Russia and other “enemies.”

It can truthfully be said that, when an empire slides into decline, the leaders almost always opt for war, partially because it creates a distraction from political misdeeds and partially because most people will get behind their government, no matter how flawed, if there’s a war on.

This is clearly the case in the US today.

The rhetoric-attack against other nations has largely succeeded in convincing Americans that Russia, China, the Middle East, etc. are “out to get us.” Russia and China, in particular, have consistently tried to expose the lie of this rhetoric, but their efforts are never reported on the US programmes, so the average American has no idea that he’s being lied to on a wholesale basis by his government and the complicit media.

Virtually every news item that’s reached the American ear as to developments in Ukraine and Syria has been falsely reported by the US news, to the point that many Americans believe the US should “go in and straighten them out.”

The creation of islands in the South China Sea by the Chinese, which they have held claim to for hundreds of years, has allowed US military “experts” to declare repeatedly on the news that “We can’t allow the Chinese to expand into the South China Sea.”

And, of course, the US, in the last sixteen years, has invaded or bombed Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc., under the dubious claim of “keeping the world safe for democracy.”

Again, cooler heads on the other side of this equation have done all they can to calm down the rhetoric. Even US allies in Europe, such as the French and Germans, have refused to endorse US sanctions against the Middle East and Russia, for fear that they might be dragged into not only a trade war, but possibly a shooting war.

In such an atmosphere, it’s no wonder that the world in general is ramping up its storehouse of weaponry. As America celebrates the creation of a new aircraft carrier, the rest of the world does what it can to quietly build up its own arsenal, “just in case.”

This, of course, is what foments wars, even world wars.

When all the inmates begin to realise that tension is building and the other inmates now have lethal weapons, the question is no longer, “Can I win against them?” but, “Can I afford not to do all I can to protect myself, no matter the outcome?”

This reveals a basic failing of empires - the assumption that they’ll force other nations to cave in to their threats. The opposite is in fact true. Once everyone is trapped in the madhouse together, the moment the violence is finally triggered, all the inmates reach for their weapons. And what happens after that is anybody’s guess.

I’ve spent the balance of my life avoiding madhouses by living in countries that are not rooms within the madhouse. Today, the US is heating up the world to a dangerous degree, and those who don’t wish to be trapped in the madhouse when the tension boils over might be advised to seek a safer place to live before the panic occurs.

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Doug Casey, the original International Man, literally wrote the book on “escaping the madhouse.” Now Doug is sharing his strategies in a special video. Click here for the details.


AKKadian Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:16 Permalink

It's the MIC. Got keep the money rolling in, just like MSNEWS talking Trump, if not for this even the Matrix Zombies would not watch. No, squash the bugs before the end of the day. The world is boiling over.!!!

Pernicious Gol… Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:20 Permalink

I have written the Fox News channel number on the wall in pencil near the TVs in the lounges at the various places I work, so I can change from CNN to Fox quickly. Not because I like Fox, but because it so upsets the one or two CNN viewers.

khnum Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:22 Permalink

Other than Russia the other bs threat is Iran, in 2006 Netanyahu told us that Iran would have the bomb by 2009 a mantra that the Zionist controlled media continues to spew to this day Im sure this current wag the dog crap about Russia has similar geographic origins.

Anteater khnum Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:48 Permalink

Der Leader's Solution?Fop off with his cockroach son-in-law Jared to Riyadh, thensell $112 B of tactical and theater weapons to the al-SaudWahabbi-ISIS terrorist headchoppers, then sit there in hisgold lame Mar-a-Lago short  bathrobe, and surge 20,000of our kids in uniform to Great Sandbox for target drones.All Hail the Bullets!

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wisefool Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:25 Permalink

The Russians would gladly be rid of Baba_Yaga . But it is actually more complicated than that.Thank goodness most of us will see the death of the deepstate in our lifetimes. Don't feel sorry for them, and don't worry about lil' kim either. It just gets better from here. Or atleast normal.

mc888 Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:35 Permalink

Brandon Smith called it last year. We're witnessing the Death of the Mainstream Media.My only problem with that, is death's too good for 'em. I wanna see em go down on RICO statutes.Conspiracy to commit fraud, various multiple racketeering charges, co-conspirators for government corruption and sedition for starters.Take the FCC with ya on the way out. 

FlKeysFisherman Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:37 Permalink

Casey is still trying to coax people into moving down to Argentina where he bought some of the cheapest property on earth and markets it as some Ayn Rand utopia.The entire planet is a "madhouse" and we all escape sooner or later.

Yen Cross Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:39 Permalink

  The markets are literally on "auto-pilot".  If you look at MACD on any timeframe, there's no volatility, then suddenly some assclown jumps in to check stops, so they can update the order books.

Rebelrebel7 (not verified) Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

It is absolutely a madhouse! We attempted to remove the most dangerous people from society by placing  them in D.C. unfortunately,  we put them in charge of the country! That was stupid!

Grandad Grumps Mon, 08/07/2017 - 22:30 Permalink

What helps the human condiction? Money? I think not. Money is the bane of human existence and the enslaving power.

Death is the escape. Leave when you have a chance and don;t get suckered into coming back to fix what you screwed up.

Mini-Me Grandad Grumps Mon, 08/07/2017 - 22:31 Permalink

Wrong.  Money is merely a way to advance beyond barter.  Imagine trading your cow for a pair of shoes.  Economists call it the non-coincidence of wants or some such thing.The problem is not money, but its debasement, followed inevitably by its replacement with shitty, worthless fiat that can be conjured out of nothing by snake oil salesmen. Sound familiar?It also doesn't help that people, by their very nature, are greedy and covetous assholes.  Blaming our condition on money is a copout.

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45North1 Mon, 08/07/2017 - 23:18 Permalink

If they can't get us to fight an external entity, they will get us fighting each other to remain distracted.The prize is the accumulation of the wealth that was held by the middle class.   

Zorba's idea Mon, 08/07/2017 - 23:21 Permalink

I keep imagining Banzai will strike an indelible creation of all the Legacy Media lizards and their favorite political whores in some appropriate episode of the iconic movie, "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! I challenge him to light all the flames of his creativity. One thing, who best to depict as the "Paul Reveresque" rider frantically crying THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING...I'm leaning towards McStain but there are many possibilities. Here's hoping Banzai has fun with this. 

dogismycopilot Tue, 08/08/2017 - 00:32 Permalink

" Therefore, the reverse of this neocortical warfare which is relevant for Color Revolutions is that it targets the mass population’s “collective brain”, not the leadership, and it aims at indirectly influencing them to agitate and attempt to overthrow the government, not stand down and remain passive." HYBRID WARS: THE INDIRECT ADAPTIVE APPROACH TO REGIME CHANGE…

Ace006 Tue, 08/08/2017 - 02:30 Permalink

What happened to the story about Syrian Pres. Assad executing jihadi prisoners and cremating them by the thousands in that prison crematorium?That yarn had some real elegance and for a brief moment it seemed like it would soar.The gas attack bullshit has more staying power but it's been harder and harder to maintain.The story about Russian engineering the vote tally for Trump in Pennsylvania has been a work of genius though, I admit. Complete bullshit sold as Mother Theresa-certified truth.