Insanity Fatigue

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Oligarchs, though they speak of deconstructing the administrative state, actually increase deficits and the size and power of law enforcement and the military to protect their global business interests and ensure domestic social control. The parts of the state that serve the common good wither in the name of deregulation and austerity. The parts that promote the oligarchs’ power expand in the name of national security, economic growth and law and order.

– Chris Hedges, The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs

If you’ve been checking in with this site in recent days, you may have wondered if I was on vacation. I’m not. Rather, I’ve been suffering from a bit of sluggishness and writers block, and it wasn’t until I took some time to think about why earlier this morning that I was able to determine the cause of my affliction. The best way to describe what I’ve been dealing with in recent days is insanity fatigue.

It’s not as if there’s been a lack of news or things to talk about. There’s plenty. The problem is I’ve once again become exhausted and overwhelmed by the superficial stupidity and narcissism of our national political dialogue. I first expressed this sentiment about a year ago in the piece, Lost in the Political Wilderness, and the feeling came back in spades in recent days.

It’s been a year since I wrote that post and not much has changed. The political conversation, if you can call it that, remains largely polarized between two groups primarily focused on whether they support Trump or swear he’s Putin’s devilish puppet. One side insists he’s going to Make America Great Again, while the other thinks everything was perfectly fine before his election, and all will be well as long as we can rid ourselves of his presence. Meanwhile, the oligarch class continues to loot and pillage at will.

It’s actually quite extraordinary that a people so systemically and obviously preyed upon cannot see what’s right in front of them. It’s mind-boggling that tens of millions are so easily divided and conquered into manufactured tribes intent on avoiding at all costs what’s really going on in this country, such as a fraudulent financial system, endless imperial wars and the ever encroaching surveillance state. Long story short, we as a people simply refuse to accept what’s really causing the rot in this country and continue to be mesmerized by bread, circuses and opportunistic pundits leading us straight into oblivion.

I suppose this is always the way it is at the end of a failing and bankrupt empire, it’s just extraordinary to watch it happen in real time.

The total insanity of the political debate in the U.S., and a lack of any willingness to admit our real systemic problems — let alone face them — is what convinces me without a doubt that this train is headed straight into a brick wall.

That’s not to say other countries are in fine shape, they aren’t. The whole planet’s become entangled in America’s increasingly corrupt, militaristic and fraudulent imperial financial system. Escape will not be clean or easy for anybody. Nevertheless, the U.S. has the furtherest to fall given it is the world’s dominant power armed with the global reserve currency. An empire with such an overwhelming structural advantage can last a lot longer than it should in the face of monumental incompetence, but the day of reckoning is coming.

Meanwhile, Trump isn’t addressing any of the major structural issues we face like our fraudulent and corrupt financial system, endless and pointless imperial wars or the ever-expanding surveillance panopticon managed and controlled by the unelected “deep state.” Sure, he talks a good game sometimes, but the core elements of the U.S. empire continue to expand in power and hubris with virtually zero resistance. Hillary Clinton would’ve done much the same while deflecting criticism as “sexist.” If the general public refuses to confront our real issues,the politicians and bureaucrats sure as heck aren’t going to. As such, it appears imperial implosion is inevitable at this point.

Chris Hedges recently wrote a piece on oligarchy at TruthDig and the role it plays in imperial collapse. The excerpt below was particularly poignant.

Oligarchs accelerate social, political, cultural and economic collapse. The unchecked plunder leads to systems breakdown. The refusal to protect natural resources, or the economic engines that sustain the state, means that poverty becomes the norm and the natural world becomes a toxic wasteland. Basic institutions no longer work. Infrastructure is no longer reliable. Water, air and soil are poisoned. The population is left uneducated, untrained, impoverished, oppressed by organs of internal security and beset by despair. The state eventually goes bankrupt. Oligarchs respond to this steady deterioration by forcing workers to do more for less and launching self-destructive wars in the vain attempt to restore a lost golden age. They also insist, no matter how bad it gets, on maintaining their opulent and hedonistic lifestyles. They further tax the resources of the state, the ecosystem and the population with suicidal demands. They flee from the looming chaos into their gated compounds, modern versions of Versailles or the Forbidden City. They lose touch with reality. In the end, they are overthrown or destroy the state itself. There is no institution left in America that can be called democratic, and thus there is no internal mechanism to prevent a descent into barbarity.

This is where we stand now.

The system is breaking down in a very serious and dangerous manner as a result of decades of unaccountable oligarch plunder.

A historic theft aided and abetted by politicians, intelligence agencies and corporate media, which provide the necessary backbone to keep oligarchy entrenched and the public confused and bickering about endless superficialities.

If a thoughtful public backlash based on incisive analysis and energy capable of reforming this imperial oligarchy was coming, it would have arrived by now. It’s not coming, thus, imperial collapse is all but guaranteed.

My guess is it’ll probably all be over by 2025 at the latest.

Although it may appear that way, my message isn’t one of doom and gloom. After all, it’s clear to me that the U.S. empire isn’t helping the typical American anyway. Rather, our system of predatory imperial oligarch is more akin to a parasitic albatross around our collective necks, sucking away our spirit, wealth and liberty to enrich and empower a handful of empty and voraciously greedy sociopaths.

I don’t claim that the transition period will be smooth or painless, but I do harbor a great deal of optimism about what the future can and will look like on the other side. Younger generations understand as much as anyone how corrupt, fraudulent and unsustainable this system and its institutions are. Meanwhile, thoughtful and brilliant people globally are working day and night to create the necessary rails for a decentralized future in which we can reduce the need to trust institutions and individuals, hopefully ushering in a new paradigm characterized by greater transparency, ethics, liberty and an opportunity for a vastly improved experience for humankind.

The current paradigm will end, I’m completely confident of that. The real question is what will we build afterwards. On that front, I remain encouraged and excited, but we must all do our part to create the world we wish to see.

It’s imperative we spread love and knowledge. That we demonstrate through our actions and work what it means to be a courageous, ethical, and honorable human being, brimming with infinite spirit and consciousness. If we accept these challenges, we shall not only overcome, but we shall prosper, leaving our children and grandchildren a world they can be proud of. Nothing is more important and meaningful than that.

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Comments

Cognitive Dissonance Captain Chlamydia Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

The problem is I’ve once again become exhausted and overwhelmed by the superficial stupidity and narcissism of our national political dialogue.

Insanity can persist far longer than the sane can endure it.

One sign of personal sanity is how insane insanity appears to be. To the insane, insanity appears quite normal, natural and reasonable.

Insanity is repulsive to the sane and welcomed by the insane. Sanity, in the face of insanity, is contrarian to the very fabric of the insane herd. Sadly, once the sane leave the comfort of the insane herd, the emotional isolation and lack of affirmation received from the herd drives many of the sane back into the insanity.

Once condemned to life (back) inside the insane asylum, few are able to free themselves and (re)gain their sanity. How does one prove themselves sane to the insane jailers when locked up among the insane.

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Ace006 Bone-Machine Fri, 02/16/2018 - 03:15 Permalink

One thing to notice about the left, the progressive, and the beautiful people is that they despise humans. I don't see the benefit to such a large global population and wish it were smaller, but I don't hate humankind. The aforementioned, however, do, some even going so far as to wish for humans to die off. Strong evidence exists that they want much more than abortion and euthanasia. They'll make the necessary decisions, of course.

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Ozymango Cognitive Dissonance Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:31 Permalink

Yup. That's the thing about trying to deal with narcissism and narcissists -- as long as you participate in their insanity, as long as you keep trying to talk to them, they'll take anything you have to offer in support of their own needs. That is, positive or negative feedback from you, doesn't matter, ANY feedback is better than NO feedback. So as long as you respond, in any way, they'll take it. You simply cannot "win" with a narcissist, they will always endure.

This is not to say you have to give up on life, but you do have to give up on changing narcissists. That is, find the positive things you can in life, and quite literally go "no contact" with those who will only drain what energy you have to give them.

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new game Ozymango Thu, 02/15/2018 - 19:13 Permalink

sincerely, you do understand a narcissist. think about 1000's of them in power positions to determine our fate.

that is politics. drains the soul of positive vibs just following it. Also, recently i read a good piece on social media and narcissism.

the historical average was about 6 percent of the population. trending much higher. shitty childhoods contribute.

devolution....

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Koba the Dread Cognitive Dissonance Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:35 Permalink

Great comment on a great article, Cog. Right now, if there was an asylum for the sane in America, it would be almost empty.

And, yes, cultures can remain irrational longer than you or I can remain alive. I constantly urge my sanish acquaintances to read up in detail on the first few years of both the French and Russian revolutions. The insanity in America right now is at an ear-splitting volume but nothing (so far) compared in France and Russia.

It's either popular homicidal lunacy or full lock down on the near horizon.

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Oldguy05 Cognitive Dissonance Thu, 02/15/2018 - 19:47 Permalink

Hey Cog. I read your post: The (Mind) Games People Play. Quite an article. I had to stop and breathe a couple times. Pheeww! Got through it though:)

Yes I subscribe....Although the name here has changed cause I guess I'm an undesirable. It's like a badge of honor in a way.

Suspending disbelief has a lot to do with the post we are replying to here.

We should be suspending belief instead.

 

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Element . . . _ _ _ . . . Thu, 02/15/2018 - 19:07 Permalink

 

 

".... Rather, I’ve been suffering from a bit of sluggishness and writers block, ...."

 

Perhaps you had nothing worth saying, Mike?

 

For instance, your ludicrous Chris Hedges hype quote at the beginning of your submission.

 

Tell me Mike, how would humans have gotten to the moon's surface and back, 49 years ago, if not for big Gov, big Sci, big Eng, big Mil, big $, and big Corp, working in concert on common goals, in unfathomably complex and deeply interconnected ways, bound by trust, common vision, financial flows, secret information flows, as well as deep state security to prevent sabotage, spying, and to guard investments in IP?

 

You claim others can't see what's right in front of them.

This system got humans to the Moon!

 

Maybe you really have nothing constructive to say.

 

You want to see what constructive looks like? OK, read this, I wrote it earlier this week:

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There is a simple long-term solution to this debt cycle issue.  Rather than enrich banks with interest on debt, the Govt becomes the sole lender in all cases, and instead of using interest rate rises, to stifle excessive debt growth, to non-viable proportions, the lender (the govt) instead dynamically alters (raises) the tax rates of individuals and companies taking on new higher debt, to deter them from further excessive debt growth or leveraged bubble blowing.  Therefore, if you want tax relief, you personally lower your debt level (thus your tax rate falls), via YOU creating real earnings.  Thus markets do not blow debt bubbles any more, and the economy is not continually trashed by debt junkies, and get this, the govt can balance its budgets, and reduce their own debt, via the revenues generated from the actions of those who are dumb enough to still become defacto govt tax-and-debt slaves, rather than be productive people, generating real profits.   And government revenue also grows via former interest flows (into defunct banks) being converted into taxation in-flows, thus to a massive in-gush of public revenues to the Treasury, where a share of the excess revenue is then refunded back to taxpayers, every time they lodge their tax-return assessment. i.e. no one and no community is being continually bled dry of funds in such a system.  Thus all of your debts are re-paid via the tax level that you chose to have to repay, when you took out the debt, repaid into the tax system itself. What could be simpler?  Seems a far better, and more stable, and just 'financial system', to me.  To you too, right?  I'm pretty sure the corrupt financier class and corrupt political class will hate it though.  But I could live with that!  Literally!  Thus interest on debt is completely abolished and the blight of TBTF banks goes away, as they are then rendered irrelevant.

https://www.zerohedge.com/comment/11163008#comment-11163008 ---

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The system is just what we have from the PAST, and it can INFINITELY EVOLVE - ALWAYS - into what we need from HERE, as it previously always has.

 

Giving up is not an option - stop flirting with it.

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Mustafa Kemal Element Thu, 02/15/2018 - 20:49 Permalink

"Your post begins with an erroneous ad hominem.

Then, it gets better"

"Tell me Mike, how would humans have gotten to the moon's surface and back, 49 years ago, if not for big Gov, big Sci, big Eng, big Mil, big $, and big Corp, working in concert on common goals, in unfathomably complex and deeply interconnected ways, bound by trust, common vision, financial flows, secret information flows, as well as deep state security to prevent sabotage, spying, and to guard investments in IP?

 

You claim others can't see what's right in front of them.

This system got humans to the Moon!"

This is perfect. You are right. We went to the moon, we invented the atomic bomb. But what good does any of that do.? Was that a common goal of ours? I dont remember that as a goal. Did getting to the moon improve our lives?

Talk about having nothing to say and using alot of real estate to do it. Yeeesh

 

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MEFOBILLS Mustafa Kemal Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:34 Permalink

He is basically saying that human civilizations are complex, and thus require some sort of brain/nervous system.

I also disagree with Krieger, who is infantile when it comes to money.  Money's true nature is law.  Bitcoins are not lawful money, but instead are more akin to commodity.  They are mined out of the ground like metal money, but don't get the King's stamp.

I do agree with Krieger  that local control to extent possible is desirable; in other words some sort of Federal System with lots of power down low.

Today's privateer banking system centralizes on New York Fed, which in turn is next to Wall Street and a hop and skip to Washington.

All reserves ultimately balance at New York Fed.  The money system is the MAIN variable as to why Washington Centralized and became the handmaiden of Oligarchy.

A sovereign money system will not be based on debt and it can easily make sure local economies can have the purchasing power they need to consummate business.

Crazy Oligarchy arises due to rentiers grabbing both labor and earth.  Finance Capital that is created from nothing upon loan hypothecation is another mechanism for grabbing labor and earth, to then ensure rents for in-groups forever.

Venezuala's petro is both crypto and money, as it is good for taxes.  This is good news and some light shining through Oligarchy's darkness.

www.sovereignmoney.eu

 

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Element MEFOBILLS Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:44 Permalink

Organisation and cooperation principles that work best, and can evolve to work better yet.

All the present situaton means is it's time to evolve the system, we have put it off too long, and that's been our mutual error.

 

The 'system' will always be imperfect, faulty, disappointing, but it will also be essential and non optional to continue to evolve it, to a more viable approximation to what we can prosper within.

 

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NCIzzy Element Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:04 Permalink

anyone who believes humans have walked on the moon hasn't done the research. tell a lie big enough and people will call YOU crazy for pointing it out - even in the face of overwhelming evidence.

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Ace006 Element Fri, 02/16/2018 - 03:43 Permalink

Big government resolutely refuses to defend the national borders or preserve the founding people of the nation. It is anti-white, anti-Christian, socialist, fiscally incontinent, dishonest, itching to destroy basic constitutional rights, and war mongering, and it fails in its most fundamental duty to provide basic personal security. Think absolute immunity for antifa street thugs.

But I'm glad we made it to the moon. Helluva achievement. Yay us. 

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Element Ace006 Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:43 Permalink

The computer you use and comms network tech that it uses, which allows you to talk useless crap, came from the same system, the same one that gave you potable water, electrons on a switch, a secure bed, and plenty of food and clothing, and made your entire life viable to live this long and access a wide range of opportunity.

And you piss on it.

That's called being an ingrate, a jerkoff, a sack of shit, etc.

I spit on you ... shit for brains.

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MusicIsYou chrbur Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:28 Permalink

Oh yeah the 3 monkeys that see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil. That's how we got here today in the first place because the Silent generation saw no evil, spoke no evil, and heard no evil. Those 3 monkeys have been around for a long time - it's a ruling class philosophical heirloom.

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booboo shankster Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:51 Permalink

This is playing out on a smaller scale at the local and state level. Take my local building department, a shit ton of affirmative action hires dumb as a box of rock, incapable of learning their jobs, they continue to make the same retarded mistakes over and over and over again, and on top of that they try to fix problems by creating another layer of rules that only confuse them even more.

The white people down their are getting the fuck out and have told me so, they have to walk on egg shells, spend their entire day doing their jobs and the dindu's jobs too. It is a mosh pit of absolute stupidity and no one has the courage to grab them by the shirt and tell them to either figure out their jobs or get the fuck down the road.

I'm serious, they sent me my permit package and inside was another builders plans with review comments. I call the builder up and they have been looking for them for a week. It's a God Damn goat rope.

 

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GeezerGeek shankster Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

The US didn't initiate the trip to insanity, but it certainly has done its part to speed it up. The article says "The whole planet’s become entangled in America’s increasingly corrupt, militaristic and fraudulent imperial financial system", but I think you are closer to the truth. The train was in motion already, and all prior empires did their part to add to the problems. The US, as in so many other areas, just managed to be the biggest and best at expanding the insanity (American exceptionalism; we're number one!, we're number one!). The hidden powers pushing this insanity have been around longer than the US.

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abgary1 Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:18 Permalink

We have the right to choose whether we buy the oligarchs' goods and services.

As for surveillance, stop using the tech. giants mobile devices and pay cash.

Choose privacy (freedom) over convenience.

We do not have to accept what they are offering.

shankster Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:20 Permalink

'Experts' in A.I. say that by 2029 we will reach the point of singularity and AI will no longer need human programming as it will become self-aware. So an 'its' over' date of 2025 sounds fine ...but hope it's sooner.