Who are the “We”?

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Who is RESPONSIBLE for the mess?

responsibilityWhen I cruise through the blogosphere reading of tales of woe in the environment, politics and economics, I often run across the sad conclusion from the authors how "we" failed to change our carbon burning  ways or elect the right leaders or correct the imbalances in our economic system.  The results "we" have reaped are "our" fault collectively.  "We" live in a Democracy right?  "We" could have voted different people into office!  "We" could have held them accountable!  When the financial crisis took off in 2008, "we" could have stopped the bailouts of the TBTF Banks.  "We" could take the power of money creation away from the Federal Reserve and create our own Public Banking system!

So many things we shoulda, coulda, woulda done, if only we weren't so stupid and so weak.  Of course at the same time the same writers will often speak about how INTELLIGENT we are as a species, and how this intelligence should have been used in a vast selection of suggestions on how it would have been better if we just did this or that, or elected this guy instead of that one, etc.

http://www.storebrandsdecisions.com/upload/new_images_june2010/walmart/Walmart-low-prices-back_web.jpg The thing about dumping the blame on "us" is that once everyone is responsible, then nobody is responsible.  You can't blame our political leaders for fucking up, because we elected them!  You can't blame energy companies for destroying the environment, because we buy the gas from them!  You can't blame Da Federal Reserve for destroying the value of the dollar, because we gave them the power to print the money!  You can't blame capitalista pigmen for offshoring jobs, because we wanted cheap toys from Walmart at Low, Low Prices Every Day!

This meme is just GREAT for the managers, politicians and pigmen running the show, because once we are responsible for the mighty mess we are in here, they no longer are.  The managers of corporations who load them up with debt and then go bankrupt aren't held responsible for that either, no rather they get Golden Parachute severance packages and we allow that to happen!  Not only that, we are responsible for the fact law enforcement and the judiciary doesn't prosecute any of the banksters for fraud, because we either elect the judges ourselves or we elect the politicians who appoint the judges!

Democracy was the greatest thing the Elite ever invented for them, because much like the Corporation they no longer could be held personally responsible for any of the shit they rain down on the population at large, it all now becomes the collective responsibility of the people themselves!  However, along with the vote and collective responsibility, did the population at large ever get any real power over decision making at the top?  Of course not.

Were the Amerikan people ever consulted about sending troops into Vietnam?  Afghanistan? Iraq?  No, rather they get sold on these things via Bernays style propaganda, and even then you can have a majority of the population against such a war, but the folks in charge go right on bombing anyhow.  It doesn't matter if the population at large would prefer Single Payer Health Care, you get Obamacare instead because that is what the Insurance Companies want, and they make the campaign contributions to get the politicians elected.

http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/default/files/styles/borealis_retina_large_respondxl/public/articles/2016/05/14/ST_20160514_XOLD_2290866.jpg?itok=XUJ89Ys8 When were you ever given a choice insofar as who coins the money in the FSoA and what is used for money?  I'm no big fan of Gold as a basis for a monetary system, but at what point have you even had such a choice?  About the last time might have  been back in 1913 when the Federal Reserve Act was passed, so there is not a person alive over the age of 3 when that bill was passed in Congress.  The oldest Amerikan alive, Susanne Mushatt Jones died at the age of 116 last week.  There might be a 115 year old floating around somewhere though.  Even anyone who was alive at the time of voting age didn't have a choice on this, the Federal Reserve Act was passed after secret meetings on Jekyll Island by powerful politicians and pigmen, then passed quietly just before the Christmas Congressional break, with little in the way of knowledge about this in the public at large.  There sure was no referendum on it.

Once you have control over the system of credit and how that credit is sprinkled out, who gets voted into office doesn't matter worth a damn.  In the words of Woodrow Wilson, the POTUS who signed this act into law


Power in a society that is run on money does not come from the Ballot Box, who you vote for doesn't matter.  This has been well known by the Elite going back at least as far as the Amerikan Revolution itself, but in reality likely going back as far as the Babylonians and the first monetary systems.  In the words of Mayer Amchel Rothschild


Of course, most of the population at large doesn't grasp this principle, most people believe they have control through their votes at the ballot box.  That is the beauty of the "democratic" system as far as the Elite are concerned, and they most certainly work to keep the ignorance in place, along with the misplaced belief people have in voting as a means to make significant changes in governance.  That ignorance comes in two forms, first from the basic intelligence distribution in the population at large, and then is backed up by Bernays style prooaganda pitched out both by our educational institutions and by the mass media, both controlled by the Elite in the same way they control the political system, through the control of the money supply and its distribution.  Probably 50% of the population with IQ under 100 (by definition) couldn't understand this nonsense no matter how carefully you tried to explain it, in large part there also because it makes no sense to begin with.  Then the 50% of the population above the mean are generally sold on the ideas and buy them because their critical thinking skills are systematically destroyed.  You only end up with a tiny percentage of people who have any grasp of this stuff at all, and most of those people get coopted into the system and it benefits them.  Read that Nobel Laureate economistas like Paul Krugman who pitch out even bigger bullshit, but couched in nice Academic prose so it sounds like something only the smartest guys in the room can understand, so you should take their word for it because they are World Class Experts.  Why do really SMART Guys like this pitch out such utter and complete BULLSHIT? For the answer to that one, you have to go to Upton Sinclair.


You have an entire cadre of people up at the top of the pyramid who probably do have the brainpower to understand what is going on here, but their livelihoods depend on them NOT understanding it.  So they come up with ever more ridiculous justifications for ever more ridiculous concepts like Negative Interest Rates and Helicopter Money, and with a perfectly straight face SELL this nonsense across the Op-Ed pages of the NYT and the WSJ.  The Vox Populi then reads this nonsense, and what ensues after that in the Blogosphere is a complete cacophany of ideas on why the nonsense will or will not work.  By now, even pretty smart people are completely confused, and the 50% of dumb people out there aren't even reading it to begin with because they are more concerned with the color of Kim Kardashian's panties, so they got no clue whatsoever here.  All they got a clue on is the latest Sound Bite from some candidate who promises to "Make Amerika Great Again", usually by some Hocus Pocus involving Bombing Terrorists back to the Stone Age or preventing Transgender people from using the wrong bathroom.

Absolutely NOBODY up at the top EVER talks abot what the REAL problems are, Resource Depletion and Population Overshoot.  "Growth" is constantly put forth by EVERY candidate of EVERY political persuation Lefty or Righty as the ULTIMATE solution to all problems!  We can GROW our way out of debt!  The fact this is a finite planet with finite resources is never discussed anywhere except on fringe websites like this one.  The reality is we can only solve our problems if we STOP GROWING and START SHRINKING!

With that in mind, lets move off the topic of incredibly stupid and misconceived notions surrounding our political ande economic systems to the more fundamental problem of our ENVIRONMENT.  Are "WE" responsible for the massive trash heap that Planet Earth is turning into?  This is "our" fault?

I will start with myself here,, from right after I was born in 1957, about dead center of the Baby Boom in the aftermath of WWII. I was born in NY Shity, and from my earliest years I remember riding the Subways,  They were just part of my environment.  I had no clue whatsoever at the age of 3 or 4 all the energy it took to make those trains run.  Because I rode them though, does that make me RESPONSIBLE for this?  By any reasonable measure, no, I was not responsible, first off I had no clue as to how these things were powered and second even if I did know there was certainly nothing a 4 year old could have done to change this system.  It EXISTED, it had EVOLVED over time, and as a system there wasn't anything I could do about that.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tdiy7K1ziQ8/Tj8DL_aFQsI/AAAAAAAACG0/yXvfHMsNoRM/s1600/images1944028_1.jpg The same is true for the Carz, the Interstate Highways, the Suburban Sub-Devleopments, Malls and Ring Roads that developed as I was growing up.  Did I ever have a choice here in this?  For the first 18 years of my life I couldn't even VOTE, not that this franchise makes a damn bit of difference anyhow.  So HTF am I RESPONSIBLE for this mess?  I was born into it, and my imperative is just to SURVIVE.  So you make your compromises and do what is necessary to insure that survival.  To make it to work in many places I lived, I HAD to have a car!  No choice there at all in many locations I lived.  I had no ability or knowledge or money enough at the time to even TRY going out to "live off the land", I was born a City Boy and by the time I graduated college, nicely in debt also though not to the extent the current generation is on this level.

There WAS a brief rebellion against this form of living back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Anti-War and Back to the Land Movement of the period.  This brief fling at stopping the Juggernaut was powerfully surpressed and CRUSHED by TPTB and the Deep State, sending the MESSAGE to all that to rebel against the system was to DIE.  Do YOU remember the 4 Dead in O-H-I-O?  I do.

Off the topic now of how trapped we have all been economically and culturally, let us now move to the area of the Environment & Climate Change, where it has been known for just about my entire life that we have been in the process of destroying the environment we depend on.  Rachel Carson wrote her seminal book Silent Spring in 1962 when I was 5 years old.  The original Limits to Growth study was published in 1972, when I was 15.  In the intervening years, the stories of environmental degradation and damage resultant from Industrialization have been non-stop. Love Canal, the Exxon Valdez, Chernobyl.Macondo, Fukushima etc etc etc and those are just the big ones.  All of China is one big industrial sewer now, and we barely hear about the problems there.

Once again here, how could "WE" have ever stopped this inexorable march of destruction across the scope of the planet?  When did YOU ever have any opportunity to stop the Chinese from turning their portion of the Global Land Mass into a Global Sewer?  In fact, when did even any typical Chinese Chen Rice Wine have any say in stopping the Chinese Oligarchy from selling out to the Western Industrialist Iluuminati?   They never could, they never had any power to do this either.

EVERY single country that has ever tried to resist the incursion by the industrial model has had their political system and economy CRUSHED by one means or the other.  Sometimes by outright aggression and Warfare as was the case with Vietnam, but more often all sorts of sneaky CIA backed Coups such as the one that installed the Shah of Iran back in the 1950s.  This nonsense of course persists and becomes ever more pervasive with "Color Revolutions" all over the world, from Ukraine to Libya to now Brazil.  Who among you has any power whatsoever, no matter WHO you elect to stop this ever expanding cycle of CHAOS?  Absolutely not a single goddamn one of you could make a difference on this level, not even if you were a Billionaire Debtor Tycoon like The Donald.  If he does in fact get elected, there is not a goddamn thing he can do to stop the spin down that is ahead of us either, and pretty much no POTUS in history could have done this because the Locus of Power hs never been in the political systems, rather it is in the MONETARY SYSTEM.  Once again here, you and I have NEVER had any choice in how this is run, who gets dished out the credit and who does not, this POWER is controlled by an exceedingly small cadre of people, and that power has been jealously guarded in this iteration of the monetary cycle, beginning more or less with the Medici Banking family in the 15th Century.

So, basically here folks, it is just a lot of HORSESHIT that "we" are responsible, "we" are not.  If you want to finger some responsibility here, it lies in the folks who either were born into or maneuvered their way to the top of the food chain and then maneuvered the society down this path, mainly for their own self-aggrandizement.  Just like you and me, they too have been exposed to the same stories and have been witnesses to the ever increasing planetary degradation.  The difference between "them" and "us" is they are in positions of power where they could effect change.  Sadly the only change they wish to effect is to "increase shareholder value" of the corporations they run, and then by extention increase their own compensation packages.  It doesn't matter to them what the consequences are, child slave labor in 3rd World countries, topsoil depletion from unsustainable Industrial Agriculture practices, endangering the safety of the food supply with GMO foods, destroying the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico…none of that matters.  All that matters is the bottom line of corporate profits.

10-Corporations-Control-What-We-EatThese are the folks who control your food supply

Energy companies hire geochemist experts who tell us fracking is safe, and meanwhile you get ever increasing earthquakes in Oklahoma, groundwater increasingly filled with the toxic chemicals used in the fracking process and even rivers going on fire as methane released by frackers bubbles up through new cracks in the ground.

As if we didn't have enough trouble with methane bubbling up from the permafrost and the Arctic Ocean, we need to add to this problem by making new cracks in the ground for it to leak from?

What the criminals in charge of these organizations will tell you is that this is not THEIR fault, it is OUR fault because of our insatiable desire for more energy to run the industrial culture.  You see, if we just would stop buying their gas, they would go out of bizness.  Isn't that just brilliant logic?  Precisely how are we supposed to stop buying this stuff when the entire infrastructure we live with requires it in order to keep functioning? The gas powers the thermal electric plants which power the lights and the water pumps and sewage systems, which if you shut all that shit down the society goes to Mad Max in a matter of days.  When the entire housing stock has been built around ring roads requiring carz to make the commute to work if you still have a job, precisely how do you just give up your SUV out of consideration for the environment?

Then we have dropping into the toxic stew of criminals in charge of this show Con Men and Snake Oil Salesmen like Elon Musk, promising us a Clean, Green High Tech future of EVs and Vacations on Mars in their Rocket Ships.  Just replace your old nasty Fossil Fuel burning EV with one of Elon's Teslas and help stop Climate Change today!  MORE HORSESHIT!

First off, nobody explains how more than half the population who has less than $1000 in the bank is going to afford a nice new $35,000 Tesla, and that is the "cheap" model for the masses supposedly.  Then since it is mostly occuring over in China, nobody seems to notice that these supposedly Clean & Green Carz require massive rechargeable Li-I batteries, which require massive mining and refining of Lithium for their manufacture.  Such mining and refining operations always produce copious quantities of toxic waste, which is why we shipped such operations over to China where they don't have all those nasty regulations against polluting the water supply, thus making manufacture of such goodies a whole lot cheaper over there than it would be here.  On top of that you have a workforce of 1.3B people willing to work at slave wages a fraction of the cost of even minimum wage workers over here.  How do "we" stop the pollution when the vast majority of the world population lives in 3rd World countries where the people are just looking for a means to eke out survival, by whatever means possible within their own societies?  Just like when I was born back in 1957 in New York Shity, these folks were born into and trapped into a style of living they never had any real choice in at all.  The Industrial Bandwagon inexorably moved it's way around the globe, and even if your society did not willingly jump on the bandwagon, the industrialists in charge of the War Machine of the Military-Industrial-Banking complex brought in the Death from Above to make sure you had to leave your little villages and head for the Big Shities of your country to work in factories making toys to sell for Low, Low Prices Every Day at Walmart.


So, even if "we" as in the entire population of the 1st World countries could by some magical means stop burning all the fossil fuels that it takes to run these cultures, who is going to stop the juggernaut from continuing onward in 3rd World countries, where most of the population just wants to have the wonderful Happy Motoring lifestyle that Amerikans and Europeans got for the last century?  It's THEIR turn to live the High Life they got sold over the TV and Movies, just like the 'Murikans before them were sold this bill of goods.

The Sales Job of the Industrial Lifestyle and endless progress and growth of the techno-society has been ongoing and pervasive since the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution.  The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 kicked off this Sales Job, financed by the World Class Robber Barons of the era, beople like Cornelius Vanderbilt & JP Morgan.

https://i10.fotocdn.net/s14/179/public_pin_3c/17/2484211890.jpg Many prominent civic, professional, and commercial leaders from around the United States participated in the financing, coordination, and management of the Fair, including Chicago steel tycoon Charles H. Schwab, Chicago railroad and manufacturing magnate John Whitfield Bunn, and Connecticut banking, insurance, and iron products magnate Milo Barnum Richardson, among many others.[6]

The fair was planned in the early 1890s during the Gilded Age of rapid industrial growth, immigration, and class tension. World's fairs, such as London's 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition, had been successful in Europe as a way to bring together societies fragmented along class lines.

The first American attempt at a world's fair in Philadelphia in 1876, drew crowds but was a financial failure. Nonetheless, ideas about distinguishing the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing started in the late 1880s. Civic leaders in St. Louis, New York City, Washington DC and Chicago expressed an interest in hosting a fair to generate profits, boost real estate values, and promote their cities. Congress was called on to decide the location. New York's financiers J. P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and William Waldorf Astor, among others, pledged $15 million to finance the fair if Congress awarded it to New York, while Chicagoans Charles T. Yerkes, Marshall Field, Philip Armour, Gustavus Swift, and Cyrus McCormick, offered to finance a Chicago fair. What finally persuaded Congress was Chicago banker Lyman Gage, who raised several million additional dollars in a 24-hour period, over and above New York's final offer.[7]

The exposition corporation and national exposition commission settled on Jackson Park and an area around it as the fair site. Daniel H. Burnham was selected as director of works, and George R. Davis as director-general. Burnham emphasized architecture and sculpture as central to the fair and assembled the period's top talent to design the buildings and grounds including Frederick Law Olmsted for the grounds.[2] The temporary buildings were designed in an ornate Neoclassical style and painted white, resulting in the fair site being referred to as the “White City”.[7]

The Exposition's offices set up shop in the upper floors of the Rand McNally Building on Adams Street, the world's first all-steel-framed skyscraper. Davis's team organized the exhibits with the help of G. Brown Goode of the Smithsonian. The Midway was inspired by the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition, which included ethnological "villages".[8]

All the marvels of the era were presented, the first "moving sidewalk", the first big Ferris Wheel, designed by George Ferris himself.  Architecture by Frederich Law Ohlmstead, the same dude who designed Central Park in New York Shity.  They didn't have any city models with Flying Carz yet in that one, since the Wright Brothers had yet to get their first airplane off the ground, but by the time the next World's Fair in Chicago showed up in the 1930s in the heart of the Great Depression, that idea was already being pitched to the masses, who were mostly unable to afford food to eat much less a land based car, forget the flying models.  They could however afford a Nickel for entrance to the Fair and escape into this wonderful fantasy world of the Future the Industrialists had planned for them.

This period of course is contemporaneous with the period I began this article with, when powerful Industrialists took final and absolute control over our monetary system with the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.  This however was just the culmination of a long battle that began right with the end of the Amerikan Revolution, with Alexander Hamilton selling out to the Banksters in Europe, mainly the House of Rothschild and chartering the First Bank of the FSoA, to be followed later by the Second Bank of the FSoA, famously squashed by Old Hickory Andrew Jackson, himself famous also for massacre and genocide of numerous First Nations people.


"Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out."
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

Nowhere along this sad and sordid story of the progress of industrialization around the globe have "we" ever had a real choice here.  Industrialization is like a Tsunami that washed over our world, beginning with the first Steam Engines used to pump water out of Coal Mines in Jolly Old England at the beginning of the 18th Century.  It matured and "gathered steam" (sic) with the discovery of Oil in Pennsylvania in the mid 19th Century, and by the beginning of the 20th Century with the Chicago World's Fair, it was in Full Swing, the tide was rolling in fast and there was no stopping it, at least not by the population at large anyhow.  As a society and civilization we were well and truly captured, totally at the mercy of the "Den of Vipers & Thieves" Andrew Jackson fought his battle against and briefly won that one, but in the end the War was lost when Woodrow Wilson put the final signature on the Slavery Contract of the Federal Reserve Act.

In assigning responsibility for what the state of the world is, it must be placed on the people in charge, not the essentially powerless victims of their criminality and greed.  When a family gets in a car and they all get killed because Dad was driving drunk, are the kids in the car responsible because they had to ride in the backseat while he was driving?  Could the kids wrest control of the car from dad?  Of course not, and no one would blame the kids for the accident.  Reading many pundits and commenters through the blogosphere though, that is precisely what they do when looking at our economic, political and ecological disasters and then draw the conclusion "WE are responsible".   Speak for yourself there dude, I for one will not take responsibility for a clusterfuck I had no part in creating and never could do a damn thing to stop at any point in my lifetime.

Is there any HOPE then for the "We" of our society, controlled as it is by a corrupt criminal racket run by the Elite and their minions and overseers?  Yes, I believe there still is Hope.  A day will come at some point in the not too distant future when the Jets will no longer fly and the Death From Above will no longer rain down from the Heavens.  That day is not today, but it will come.  A day will come when the monetary system used to control our lives will no longer function, and we will be set free.  That day is not today, but it will come.  A day will come when true JUSTICE is served on those responsible for CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.  That day also is not today, but it too will come.

In the words of Anonymous:


19 Responses to Who are the “We”?

  • SomeoneInAsia says:

    Largely agree. Really well-said, most of this piece. Love it.

    I hope there'll be a place in Dante's Inferno specially reserved for the said vipers and thieves.

  • Those of US, who have realized the unsustainability of Modern Industrial Society in all of its guises, do have a responsibilty in pointing it out. We in effect, become the conscience of our age. There must be some purpose in life besides mindless existence. So, although in any measureable sense, the impact of our awareness is for the most part negligible, it is not on a personal level. It is tremendously significant and fulfilling. Think of it as a positively moral selfish act.

    The responsibility and there is responsibility, is to ourselves. No one else! Perhaps, in time, those closest to US will finally realize that our cynicism wasn't just a defect in our DNA, but a manifestation of our disgust with a society lost in its ability and desire to save itself from unnecessary ruin. For the few "True Chroniclers" of our time (you included RE) I sincerely hope their works live on well past their planetary time. Maybe, hopefully, future generations will find and read their works and as a result, won't be in such a hurry to reconstruct their society on the basis of vaccuous self indulgences. The chronicles of our honest scribes could serve them well.


  • Greenbear says:

    One response to this very accurate analysis might be to become a low tech homesteader in a remote area. More  green power to them!  Most of us will not be able to do this due to spouse and or children's strong objections, chronic medical problems, lack of capital to buy enough land and living expenses for several years in order to become self sustaining. These are some of the specific ways we are entangled in the industrial-banking-military web.

    So, we are humans who have adapted to bad circumstances over millions of years. We can shelter in place via home or community gardening, bike or use public transport whenever possible, learn a useful low tech skill, decrease power use by 50%,  sign up for classes at county extentions for canning and other food preservation techniques, learn first aid and have a realy good first aid kit, and most importantly engage with your neighbors in community associations and projects.

    The purpose of this is to protect your family and neighbors if really hard times come with a skill set and supplies that you have already practiced and perhaps become expert at and to become a knowledge resource and inspiration for those in your neighborhood  who might otherwise become anxious, afraid  and possibly dangerous when the hard times come.

    There are people already doing parts of this and I recommend "Farm City" by Novella Carpenter who set up an urban farm with chickens and a pig in a poor part of Oakland, CA and the archives of the Archdruid Report.




  • tagio says:

       Great article, RE!

  • Ed says:

    Yes, It has taken me decades to stop saying "we" when I really mean the U.S. Federal government and its owners.

  • Excellent article, RE.

    … they make the campaign contributions to get the politicians elected …

    … the Locus of Power has never been in the political systems, rather it is in the MONETARY SYSTEM

    Industrialization is like a Tsunami that washed over our world, beginning with the first Steam Engines used to pump water out of Coal Mines in Jolly Old England at the beginning of the 18th Century.

    Debt Engines were invented at about the same time and place as Steam Engines.

    As the Steam Engines morphed through the subsequent stages of the industrial revolutions, so did the Debt Engines.

    The maximum leverage points were through the vicious spirals of political funding, resulting in the enforcement of frauds. Within that overall context, the feedback loops between the privatized public "money" supplies became runaways. Several decades ago, when I recognized that the funding of politics was the maximum leverage point for everything else, I began to work on that issue. After a few decades of that kind of work, including two court cases against the Canadian government over the laws controlling the funding of political parties, I have to face the facts that those systems are too terminally crazy and corrupt to be fixed from within those systems. Despite proving in court that the government had been arrogantly dishonest about the political contribution tax credit, after that victory the government simply changed the election laws to make their previous lies become the truth. At the same time, the government also changed the elections laws in ways which burned my political party to the ground, and bulldozed the ruins, in ways that judges appointed by the government agreed were constitutionally valid. The only longer term "benefit" from all of my political experiments and related court cases was that I had to face the facts that the fake democracy was already effectively dead (although there are no available alternatives that are any better.)

    The actual development of the tsunamis of the industrial revolutions have been directed by political funding enforcing frauds. The single simplest, and most extreme example of that was the criminalization of cannabis. All of the other industries which could not compete with hemp benefited from hemp, the single best plant on the planet for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine, becoming "marijuana that is almost as bad as murder." Those huge legalized lies were backed up with legalized violence for decade after decade, which enabled all of the industries that could not have competed with cannabis to become more and more dominate. Indeed, criminalizing the cultivation of the single best plant for people illustrates the ways that Neolithic Civilization became criminally crazy, due to the almost complete corruption of the funding of politics, becoming exponentially worse, for a long, long time.

    The Debt Engines "paid" for the Steam Engines, and all the subsequent developments due to the series of industrial revolutions, with "money" made out of nothing as debts, which actually "paid" for nothing but the vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds to become exponentially more fraudulent. What was always the underlying worst aspect of that was that system of "credit" enabled the strip-mining of the natural resources of a fresh planet, through the tsunamis of industrial technologies.

    … the REAL problems are, Resource Depletion …

    Those REAL problems are the most NOT under the control of human beings, which problems were amplified to astronomical magnitudes, since the established systems were operated by the best available professional hypocrites, who had developed their skills to be able to deliberately ignore and/ misrepresent those problems, in order to engage in even more exponentially increased strip-mining. The entrenched vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds are becoming exponentially more fraudulent, while nothing within those systems can change them, because of the degree to which they have already totally rigged any elections before those are even called.

    My political experiments and court cases, and the consequences, were tiny examples of how the real world of politics works, such that the ruling classes have every advantage, which enables them to impose every disadvantage on others, so that there cannot be any genuine opposition, but only fake opposition that they also control. Therefore, I have no other choices but to wait and watch, as the established systems based upon enforcing frauds continue to become exponentially more fraudulent.

    Of course, enforcing frauds does NOT violate the laws of nature. Rather, in paradoxical ways, being able to enforce frauds is consistent with the laws of nature manifesting through human beings and civilization. But nevertheless, as the industrial revolutions magnify those systems to become astronomically more fraudulent, society as a whole becomes increasingly psychotic, in the sense of more and more out of touch with relatively objective realities. People living inside systems based upon being able to enforce frauds, making "money" out of nothing to "pay" for everything, can not correctly perceive the realities of resource depletion. Rather, operating through fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting systems delivers apparent social "successes" to the best available professional hypocrites, who are most able to deliberately ignore that making "money" out of nothing ignores the basic laws of nature that something can not be created out of nothing, nor be sent to nothing.

    The industrial revolutions, from the Steam Engines onward, were developed by the Debt Engines, which directed those technologies in ways which were the result of the applications of the methods of organized crime, through the vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds. For instance, that is how and why it was possible for the cultivation of the single best plant for people to be criminalized, which enabled a wide variety of inferior technologies to become dominate. Multiply that example many, many times, and one arrives at the current civilization, which has deliberately been developed in the most centralized, and so, the most unsustainable, ways possible.

    Of course, all of those developments were still consistent with the laws of nature. Various concepts regarding general energy systems have been manifesting through human beings and civilization. The most labile components control the system, which in human terms means that the most dishonest and violent people control civilization. The systems travel along their own paths of least action, or least resistance, which is human terms means that civilization follows the paths of least morality. Systems adapt the minimum they must, in order to stay the same, if they can. In human terms that means that the established systems will not change enough, until they are forced to. Again, the simplest examples of that are the ways that "marijuana legalization" continues to be based on compromises with the same old huge lies, rather than based upon more radical Hemp Truth.

    In general, there are deeper and deeper levels of more Radical Truths, regarding how and why civilization is controlled by its murder systems, which developed to become most socially successful through being the most deceitful and treacherous. Furthermore, those death control systems backing up the debt controls systems where how and why we ended up with public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, through a public "money" supply that deliberately ignored the principle of the conservation of energy as much as possible, while also misunderstood the concept of entropy in the most absurdly backward ways possible.

    Civilization has always operated according to the principles and methods of organized crime, because human beings and civilization live as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows. Due to that, the social pyramid systems of Neolithic Civilization have become such that there are increasingly psychotic and psychopathic ruling classes, dominating those who are ruled over to become increasingly impotent, incompetent political idiots. The increasingly successful applications of the methods of organized crime through the vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds have become exponentially more fraudulent, while that simultaneously made it more and more politically impossible for those systems to fix their own problems, since all the most socially successful people, adapted to living inside enforced frauds, became the best available professional hypocrites.

    Although the laws of nature are NOT going to stop working, those laws of nature are going to work through the increasingly psychotic civilization going through series of psychotic breakdowns. Of course, such collective psychotic breakdowns are NOT going to stop the laws of nature from continuing to work. The universe as a whole will continue, and everything that actually also depends upon the laws of nature will continue operating. But nevertheless, civilization based upon being able to enforce frauds, becoming exponentially more fraudulent, will necessarily drive its own destruction.

    In my view, the ideals should be to attempt to catalyze those psychotic breakdowns, such that those may not get as bad as they otherwise could, and perhaps recover from those better, faster, than otherwise could be. However, in my view, the crucial requirement for that to become possible would be for enough people to go through sufficient paradigm shifts, in order to understand how and why civilization necessarily operates according to the principles and methods of organized crime. In my opinion, the main reasons that "We the People" have so dismally failed to better realize the theoretical potential of systems based upon a democratic republic, or constitutional monarchy, operating through the rule of law, is that "We" were mostly brainwashed to believe in the biggest bullies' bullshit world views, such that "We" collectively did not understand, and were conditioned to not want to understand, that civilization necessarily operated according to the principles and methods of organized crime, because human beings and civilization necessarily lived as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows.

    The intense paradoxes, and sets of consistent contradictions, that are driving civilization to become criminally crazy are due to the laws of nature being expressed in ways that deliberately ignore and misunderstand the laws of nature. While the series of industrial revolutions were based upon some people better understanding natural energy systems, there has never been enough political revolution to match that progress. Instead, the series of technological revolutions ended up enabling the exponential growth of the sociopolitical systems based upon enforcing frauds, to become exponentially more fraudulent. The deeper levels of more Radical Truths regarding those processes are that those were still consistent with the laws of nature. Natural selection pressures drove the development of artificial selection systems to become based on the maximum possible deceits and frauds, and thus, for the established civilization to be dominated by the best available professional hypocrites. That has resulted in the most successful politicians being professional hypocrites, while the voters tend to never have any choice but to favour which professional hypocrites appear to them to be the best.

    Probably 50% of the population with IQ under 100 (by definition) couldn't understand this nonsense no matter how carefully you tried to explain it, in large part there also because it makes no sense to begin with.  Then the 50% of the population above the mean are generally sold on the ideas and buy them because their critical thinking skills are systematically destroyed.  You only end up with a tiny percentage of people who have any grasp of this stuff at all, and most of those people get coopted into the system and it benefits them.

    The enforcement of frauds superficially makes "no sense." However, at deeper levels of analysis it makes complete sense, and is consistent with the ways that human beings and civilization developed as general energy systems, whereby natural selection pressures were internalized as artificial selection systems that became expressed through enforcing frauds. Therefore, the only good ways forward would be for human beings and civilization to go through series of intellectual scientific revolutions, and profound paradigms shifts, so that they could understanding themselves better as manifestations of general energy systems, which were integrated into the surrounding environmental energy systems, which flow through them. HOWEVER, at the present time, that is politically impossible. Rather, the only feasible ways that the established systems could change is by going through series of psychotic breakdowns, due to how profoundly psychotic the exponentially increasing fraudulence that dominates civilization has actually become. THEREFORE, it appears that the only remotely possible realistic resolutions of those real problems would be the chances to perhaps catalyze those series of psychotic breakdowns.

    Since those psychotic breakdowns are going to be deeply associated with the REAL problems of Resource Depletion, after the initial abundance of a fresh planet had enabled exponential growth to overshoot so spectacularly, the depths of those psychotic breakdowns can not be fully imagined. Indeed, it seems to be impossible for any individual to fully comprehend what the crazy collapse of globalized systems of electronic money frauds, backed by the threat of force from atomic weapons might be … although it is certain that could become trillions of times worse than the previous problems within systems of merely paper money frauds, backed by gunpowder weapons.

    But nevertheless, nothing that human beings and civilization can do stops the laws of nature from working, and therefore, everything else based upon those laws of nature working shall continue to do so. Rather, the essential problems we face are based upon the degree to which social success based through enforcing frauds, becoming exponentially more fraudulent, has driven the vast majority of human beings, and the resulting dominate civilization, towards deliberately ignoring and misunderstanding the laws of nature regarding themselves, as much as humanly possible. Primarily, what is happening is the development of growing Grand Canyon Chasms between progress in physical science, without progress in political science. We increasingly are living in the Wonderland Matrix of a Bizarro Mirror World, where everything appears absurd and proportionately backwards, because civilization has become an increasingly oxymoronic scientific dictatorship, which adamantly refuses to become more scientific about itself.

    At the present time, all of the dominate sociopolitical systems operate through fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting systems, while those are run by the best available professional hypocrites. The so-called democratic processes are NOT able to provide any alternatives to being trapped within the vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds. Enough of "We the People" are NOT able and willing to become more competent citizens, while the ruling classes continue to do everything in their power to make sure that situation stays that way. The most scientific brainwashing that money can buy (Bernays style propaganda) is constantly applied against the vast majority of people, in perpetual War On Consciousness.

    Even those few are able to relatively resist as individuals are still surrounded by a vast majority that have already been almost totally defeated, by being so brainwashed to believe in bullshit that they want to continue to believe in that bullshit. The established systems are almost nothing else than the core of organized crime, bankster dominated governments, surrounded by layers of controlled opposition groups, that still think and communicate through them taking almost totally for granted the same bullshit-based world views. Therefore, "We the People" are collectively headed towards going through series of psychotic breakdowns. The excessive successfulness of civilization based upon enforcing frauds, thereby becoming exponentially more fraudulent, has driven that civilization towards becoming too terminally sick and insane to recover … Rather, the only serious questions are about how bad the resulting psychotic breakdowns are going to become ???

    Although we may derive some solace from contemplating that the laws of nature will continue to working, that does not stop the civilization built on the basis of enforcing frauds, which deliberately ignored and misunderstood those laws of nature as much as possible, from suffering the accumulating consequences from having done so. At the present time, it looks like it is quite politically impossible for human beings and civilization to better understand themselves as manifestations of general energy systems, integrated through the environmental energy systems. Collectively, "We" have terminal mental illnesses. Although such fatal diseases do NOT stop the laws of nature from continuing to work, those are nevertheless still not possible to cure within the established systems based upon enforcing frauds, which ARE that sickness.



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  • Good rant, good post…

  • Jason Heppenstall says:

    Nice one, RE. As an adjunct, whenever people say things like 'we' are going down I like to quote Tonto:

    The Lone Ranger: It’s looks like we’re in a lot of trouble, old friend!

    Tonto: What do you mean “we”, Paleface?


  • RE says:

    Thanks to all for the nice comments!

    Don’t forget to vote in the Renewable Energy Survey!


  • debu says:

    Bravo! A tour de force.


  • Tom Jones says:

    RE, complimenti, as all are in agreement, this is perhaps the best summation to date of your understanding of the current state of affairs.  If it can be stated better, I've yet to read it.  But perhaps there  are other forks in the road that I haven't seen anyone on this site following, even mentioning: crop circles is one fork and another is near death experiences.  Both point to another dimension being involved immediately, directly, personally and  lives  are being changed in ways that rational discourse  cannot.  Rationality/science/technology got us in this mess and perhaps it cannot get us out. Perhaps now death is to be our advisor, and the closer we get to it, on  both a personal level and a group  level, the  more attention we will be inclined/forced to give it.  If there is optimism, it isn't for the world continuing  'as we know it', but because we might experience something totally awesome.
    YouTube has videos galore on crop circles. On Near Death Experiences  these individuals would be a good introduction:
    PMH Atwater
    Eben Alexander Is There Life After Death (Proof of HeavenThe
    Near-Death Experiencer Anita Moorjani in Sedona
    At the end of Moorjani's video, she says  she can't understand why the world is set up to make us so ignorant as to what's important. I wish  she and you, RE, could chat.  You could explain it beautifully, in a way she perhaps hasn't been exposed to. Blair T. Longley could explain it as well, but he would take more of her time. (just kidding Blair, your response to Gail was right on:-)

  • Horace Whitley says:

    One word, Benhamin…


    One word, are you listening?

    Yes, sir…

    Crop circles~!

    That's two words, sir.

  • EtyerePetyere says:

    "The Historycal process  is  -A runaway freight train on a dark and stormy night -(where ) .. Nobody is in control "

    Terence Mckenna

  • Tom Jones says:

    If Horace is addressing his comment to me (although the time stamp makes me uncertain) then thank you. The first reference I found was Benjamin of the bible. Well and good. The second Walter Benjamin, unknown to me previously, but syncronistic with my interests and probably others' here on RE's blog. Castaneda said we lose by default, that is we simply aren't aware of our options. So much information there, but for whatever reason we're either unaware or blocked from it. Thank you for the one word clue.

    Just realized I'd overlooked Benhamin on YouTube. if THAT'S the guy, you must be psychic. He's as cute as the young RE, hahaha!


    But I had to read many words and spend time to venture your reply might be meant for me. Cryptic messages normally interest me as much as spam. It's Southern politeness that sends this reply.

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  • Surly says:

    After a number of distractions, nice to see you back in midseason form! Really enjoyed this. Have also enjoyed reading the comments.

    Was particularly struck by one of the observations above of Blair Longley:

    "The industrial revolutions, from the Steam Engines onward, were developed by the Debt Engines, which directed those technologies in ways which were the result of the applications of the methods of organized crime, through the vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds."

    The relationship of energy to credit/debt is a familiar theme long explored in both the blog and the forum. But a "politically funded enforcement fraud" describes perfectly the extortion engine for the perpetuation of the Empire, with tax fief wringing out digibits from J6P at each consecutive level of government. And in so-called "low tax" states (an oxymoron as pernicious as "right to work"), where libertarian conservatives hold sway, the taxes are rebranded as "user fees."

    You ask,

    Is there any HOPE then for the "We" of our society, controlled as it is by a corrupt criminal racket run by the Elite and their minions and overseers?

    One response is the "psychotic breakdown" posited by M. Longley. I'd suggest we are seeing concrete evidence of that played out in the Trump candidacy and campaign with every passing day, as the news brings headlines more improbable than those of the day before. Where we are is that the presumptive nominee for one of the major parties has already given a soft endorsement to a long-since discredited theory that his likely opponent is complicit in the covered-up murder of a political associate. Trump can say anything– exhume Vince Foster, accuse Rafael Cruz of teaming up with Lee Harvey Oswald, exhume Bill Clinton's bimbo eruptions, and the corporate media not only go along covering this like it's news, but the coverage normalizes what is actually wildly aberrant behavior.

    "But our Trump coverage helped us win the quarter-hour." And that's the logical conclusion when you apply the logic of the spreadsheet.

    • RE says:

      After a number of distractions, nice to see you back in midseason form! Really enjoyed this.

      It was time to bring Nolan Ryan RE out of the Bullpen.

  • EtyerePetyere says:

    What is it ? Not who we are. "Our life is a red tide event" -Thats all to it . Enjoy while it lasts 

  • Michael Rauh says:

    A variant of this meme is "The Boomers are responsible!" The same response applies: WTF was I supposed to do about it?

    At the same time I accept responsibility for working for the man all my life. I was too cowardly to try to live outside the system. Now I am old and it is too late for me to do very much. I feel a lot of regret about that.

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