TRYING TO STAY SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD – PART 1

“I mean—hell, I been surprised how sane you guys all are. As near as I can tell you’re not any crazier than the average asshole on the street.”R.P. McMurphy – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

“Years ago, it meant something to be crazy. Now everyone’s crazy.”Charles Manson

“In America, the criminally insane rule and the rest of us, or the vast majority of the rest of us, either do not care, do not know, or are distracted and properly brainwashed into acquiescence.”Kurt Nimmo

I have to admit to being baffled by the aptitude of the Wall Street and K Street financial elite to keep their Ponzi scheme growing. I consider myself to be a rational, sane human being who understands math and bases his assessments upon facts and a sensible appraisal of the relevant information obtained from trustworthy sources. Of course, finding trustworthy sources is difficult when you live in a corrupt, crony-capitalist, fascist state, controlled by banking, corporate and military interests who retain absolute control over the mainstream media and governmental propaganda agencies. Those seeking truth must pursue it through the alternative media and seeking out unbiased critical thinkers who relentlessly abide by what the facts expose. This is no time for wishful thinking, delusions and fantasies. In the end, the facts are all that matter. As Heinlein noted decades ago, the future is uncertain so facts are essential in navigating a course that doesn’t lead you to ruin upon the shoals of ignorance.

“What are the facts? Again and again and again – what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what “the stars foretell,” avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the un-guessable “verdict of history” – what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!” Robert A. Heinlein

Facts are treasonous and dangerous in an empire of lies, fraud and propaganda. It is maddening to watch the country spiral downward, driven to ruin by a psychotic predator class, while the plebs choose to remain willfully ignorant of reality and distracted by their lust for cheap Chinese crap and addicted to the cult of techno-narcissism. We are a country running on heaping doses of cognitive dissonance and normalcy bias, an irrational belief in our national exceptionalism, an absurd trust in the same banking class that destroyed the finances of the country, and a delusionary belief that with just another trillion dollars of debt we’ll be back on the exponential growth track. The American empire has been built on a foundation of cheap easily accessible oil, cheap easily accessible credit, the most powerful military machine in human history, and the purposeful transformation of citizens into consumers through the use of relentless media propaganda and a persistent decades long dumbing down of the masses through the government education system.

This national insanity is not a new phenomenon. Friedrich Nietzsche observed the same spectacle in the 19th century.

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

The “solutions” imposed by the supposed brightest financial Ivy League educated minds and corrupt bought off political class upon people of the United States since the Wall Street created 2008 worldwide financial collapse are insane and designed to only further enrich the crony capitalists and their banker brethren. The maniacs are ruling the asylum. John Lennon saw the writing on the wall forty five years ago.

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives…. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends … and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”John Lennon, Interview BBC-TV (June 22, 1968)

The world is most certainly ruled by a small group of extremely wealthy evil men who desire ever more treasure, supremacy and control, but the vast majority of Americans have stood idly by mesmerized by their iGadgets and believing buying shit they don’t need with money they don’t have is the path to happiness and prosperity, while their wealth, liberty and self-respect were stolen by the financial elite. Our idiot culture, that celebrates reality TV morons, low IQ millionaires playing children’s sports, egomaniacal Hollywood hacks, self-promoting Wall Street financers, and self-serving corrupt ideologue politicians, has been degenerating for decades.

“We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.” - Carl Bernstein -1992

The examples of our national insanity are almost too vast to document, but any critical assessment of what we’ve done over the last one hundred years reveals the idiocracy that has engulfed our collapsing empire.

The Madness of Crowds

In reading The History of Nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities, their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.”Charles MacKay – Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

We have become a nation that seamlessly goes mad every five years in pursuit of some new delusionary fantasy sold to us by the ruling class, only to see those dreams shattered like a wooden ship on the reef of reality. You can never underestimate the power of human stupidity. The Ben Bernanke and his Federal Reserve cronies have printed $2.6 trillion of new money out of thin air since September 2008 in order to prop up their Wall Street owners, who had engineered the largest control fraud (mortgage debt/housing bubble) in world history, recklessly gambled in their ravenous appetite for sordid profits, and drove their firms into insolvency. It took the Federal Reserve 95 years to accumulate a balance sheet of $900 billion of safe U.S. Treasuries.

fed balance sheet

They have insanely quadrupled their balance sheet in the last 5 years by accumulating toxic mortgage debt from Wall Street banks and purchasing the majority of new Treasury debt being issued to fund the Federal government’s insane trillion dollar annual deficits. Bernanke, the corporate media, government apparatchiks, and captured political class act as if this is normal, when it is clearly the act of a desperate ruling class in its final death throes. Bernanke has leveraged his balance sheet 60 to 1. Lehman and Bear Stearns were leveraged 30 to 1 when they collapsed. The 100 basis point move in rates over the space of two months has resulted in Bernanke losing $200 billion and effectively wiping out his $55 billion of capital.

fed 10 year

Of course, in a corrupt regime accounting fraud is encouraged and applauded by the status quo. Just as the spineless accountants on the FASB buckled to threats from Bernanke and Paulson in early 2009 and reversed the requirement that assets be marked to market so the felonious Wall Street banks could fraudulently hide their insolvency, the Federal Reserve has decided their losses don’t matter. The Federal Reserve classifies their losses as an asset. Don’t you wish you could classify your 401k losses and your home value losses as an asset? The tapering bullshit storyline is just another attempt to distract the masses from focusing on the fact that Bernanke will never stop expanding his balance sheet because if he stops the financial system will collapse in a catastrophic implosion. The Ponzi scheme will continue until loss of faith leads to a scramble away from the U.S. dollar.

fed balance sheet

Since the infamous creation of the Federal Reserve by a secretive cabal of bankers and politicians in 1913, the ultimate destination of the American empire was set. Every fiat currency in world history has collapsed. Our entire system has been based on infinite exponential growth. The fallacy of American exceptionalism has been built on an underpinning of pure stupid luck and the issuance of more and more debt. The American empire grew to epic proportions due to the discovery of cheap easily accessible oil in the late 19th century and the physical and economic destruction of Europe, Russia and Japan during World War II. The accumulation of debt was fairly moderate during the glory years after World War II, but began to accelerate after the fateful year of 1971 when U.S. oil production peaked and Tricky Dick Nixon removed the last vestiges of restraint from central bankers and politicians by closing the gold window. With the shackles removed from the wrists of corruptible knaves and shysters, America’s future depended upon the wisdom, honest and financial acumen of Washington politicians and Wall Street financers. Once the citizens realized they could vote for more bread and circuses, our ultimate demise was set in motion. A nation that had produced real annual growth of 4% during the 1950’s and 1960’s has seen a steady decline for the last four decades.

The term pushing on a string describes the Quantitative Easing (literally money printing) and Keynesian debt financed pork spending efforts of our increasingly frantic owners. The insanity of what we’ve done since 1971 is almost too crazy to comprehend. In the first 182 years of our existence the leaders we elected to steward the nation accumulated $400 billion of national debt. By 1981, unleashed from any semblance of spending control, the politicians and bankers had added another $600 billion of debt, a 150% increase in 10 years. By 1991 our beloved leaders had added another $2.6 trillion of debt, another 160% increase in 10 years. By 2001 another $2.2 trillion had been accumulated, only a 60% increase due to the end of the Cold War and a one-time tax surge from the Dot.com stock bubble. Bush’s worldwide War on Terror, expansion of the police state, tax rebate stimulus idiocy, and expansion of the welfare state (Medicare Part D) drove the national debt up by another $2.2 trillion in just eight years, a 40% increase.

The insane amassing of debt since 2008 has put a final nail in the coffin of the ridiculous Keynesian theory, as the Federal government has increased annual spending by 35% over the last five years and the economy is still moribund. Our fearless leaders have driven the national debt from $7.8 trillion to $16.7 trillion in less than five years, a 110% increase. The country continues to add $2 to $3 billion of debt per day. Consider how insane it is that we now accumulate more debt in half a year than we did cumulatively over the first 182 years of our existence as a country. And our elected, or should I say selected, leaders, cheer on the intellectually bankrupt academics like Bernanke whose only solution to every crisis is to print moar and then lie to the American people about his true purpose, act as if annually spending $1 trillion more than we collect while knowing there are over $200 trillion of unfunded promises to fulfill is a reasonable and realistic way to manage the national finances. Any sane person knows our current path will lead to ruin. When you need to issue new debt in order to honor old debt, the end is in sight.

The multitude of insane responses to a financial crisis created by a few greedy psychopathic bankers will be looked upon by historians with contempt and scorn. Future generations will wonder “What were they thinking?” Trillions in wealth were vaporized due to the actions of a small secretive league of highly educated, egocentric psychopaths whose warped sense of morality led them to pillage the wealth of the nation through fraudulent financial products, bribing regulatory agencies, stabbing clients and competitors in the back, and peddling lies, propaganda and misinformation to the public through their captured media mouthpieces. Not only haven’t any predator bankers been thrown in jail, but these villains have grown their parasitic entities to enormous proportions while paying themselves obscene billion dollar bonuses. Jon Corzine stole $1.2 billion directly from the accounts of his customers to cover his gambling losses and he remains free to laze about in one of his five gated mansions. The largest banks on earth have been caught red handed forging mortgage documents, rigging LIBOR, front running the muppets with non-public economic information, insider dealing, and using their HFT supercomputers to manipulate the markets at their whim. Government spy agencies regularly use the U.S. Constitution like toilet paper while accumulating electronic dossiers on every citizen in the country. The rule of law does not exist for the ruling class.

Only in a world gone insane would we be celebrating Wall Street generating all-time high profits through the use of accounting fraud and Bernanke filling their coffers with trillions of interest free money while bilking senior citizens out of $400 billion per year of interest income through his dastardly ZIRP “save a Wall Street banker” scheme. Bernanke has stolen close to $2 trillion from the bank accounts of little old ladies since 2008 and given it to Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfien and the rest of the Wall Street scumbags. While Wall Street and the crony capitalist mega-corporations report record profits, Main Street is left with 5 million less full-time jobs than they had in 2007 and a real unemployment rate exceeding 20%. While the government has insanely reported a recovering economy since mid-2009, the food stamp rolls have grown from 33 million to 47 million. The ruling class cheers the record highs in the stock market that overwhelmingly benefit the top .1% because they are the .1%. Meanwhile, the average schmuck out in the hinterlands is paying double the price they were paying for gas in 2009 and their everyday living costs are rising by greater than 5% annually. Luckily for the financial elite, the average American would rather watch Honey Boo Boo than try to understand the evilness of Federal Reserve created inflation. The economic recovery storyline is obliterated by the fact that real household income is still 9% below its 2008 peak and amazingly 8% below its 2000 level.

Since the 2009 low, the household net worth of the wealthiest 7% has grown by 28%, while the other 93% have seen their net worth decline by a further 4%. The profits accrue to those who run the show, buy the politicians, write the laws, command the media propaganda machine and control the currency. As a sane person in this insane world I’m flabbergasted that there is virtually no outrage at the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity. Americans have earned the moniker – ignorant masses. Bread and circuses have won the day in our declining empire. The oligarchs thank you.

The blame doesn’t rest solely on the shoulders of the evil men running the show. They have only done what we allowed them to do. From top to bottom our society has hopped on the crazy train. The lack of national morality, sense of civic duty, inter-generational responsibility, and willful ignorance regarding sensible financial policies has led us to a tipping point. Decades of feckless self-serving political leadership making entitlement promises they could never honor to win votes, combined with a parasitic financial class peddling debt to millions of witless, narcissistic, math challenged, materialistic morons, has left the country in debt up to its eyeballs with no escape other than cataclysmic default. Michael Lewis documents the bleeding out of our society in his recent book:

“The people who had the power in the society, and were charged with saving it from itself, had instead bled the society to death. The problem with police officers and firefighters isn’t a public sector problem; it isn’t a problem with government; it’s a problem with the entire society. It’s what happened on Wall Street in the run-up to the subprime crisis. It’s a problem of taking what they can, just because they can, without regard to the larger social consequences. It’s not just a coincidence that the debts of cities and states spun out of control at the same time as the debts of individual Americans. Alone in a dark room with a pile of money, Americans knew exactly what they wanted to do, from the top of the society to the bottom. They’d been conditioned to grab as much as they could, without thinking about the long-term consequences. Afterward, the people on Wall Street would privately bemoan the low morals of the American people who walked away from their subprime loans, and the American people would express outrage at the Wall Street people who paid themselves a fortune to design the bad loans.”Michael Lewis – Boomerang

The insanity of our debt accumulation in relation to our pathetic economic growth is clearly evident to even an Ivy League educated economist or a bubble headed CNBC anchorwoman. Since 1971 nominal GDP has grown by a factor of 14. Over this same time frame total credit market debt (household, corporate, government) has grown by a factor of 32. Real GDP (even using the fraudulent BLS manipulated CPI) has only expanded by a factor of 3.5 since 1971. The exponential growth model is clearly failing, with debt going hyperbolic, while GDP has stagnated.

us-debt-and-gdp

Since 2007 real GDP has gone up $500 billion while total credit market debt has gone up by $6 trillion. Only an insane society would allow itself to be convinced by the perpetrators of the financial crimes that collapsed our economic system that accelerating the level of debt in our system will resolve the dilemma of Too Big to Trust banker insolvency. Transferring the immense losses of greedy sham capitalist gambling addicts from their insolvent balance sheets onto the balance sheets of the taxpayer has allowed the criminals to retain and expand their wealth, while sovereign states shift the pain and suffering onto the backs of the sinking middle class. This is a worldwide phenomenon perpetuated by central bankers at the behest of their crony capitalist co-conspirators. They call it capitalism when the scams, dodges and swindles work and the profits accrue to the schemers. When the gamblers and extreme risk addicts roll craps they use their crony capitalist connections, bought with blood money, to socialize their losses. The game is rigged and your owners don’t care about your hopes and dreams or your children’s future. They care about their own wealth and lifestyles of luxury. When the richest 300 people in the world have a greater net worth than the poorest 3 billion people on earth, a sane person realizes a chaotic end of the existing social order beckons.

“All over the world people borrowed vast sums of money they could never repay. The honest toting up, and taking, of the losses is being delayed. There’s a reason for this. The bad debts are owed, largely, to big banks. The big banks (even bigger than they were at the start of this crisis) and the people who own them enjoy a wildly disproportionate amount of political influence. And so, even now, five years into this mess, we remain at the mercy of the failed financial institutions that sit at the center of our capitalism. Geithner & Bernanke, along with their European counterparts, are doing everything in their power to prevent banks from failing. But the effect of this new financial order is bizarre: capitalism for everyone but the capitalists. Ordinary workers remain fully exposed to the increasingly harsh collisions in the marketplace while the highest paid financial elites ride protected by a passenger airbag.” Michael Lewis – Boomerang

Clearly we’ve entered the final phase of our debt financed orgy of narcissistic materialism and self-absorbed avarice. The unsustainability of our course is a fact. Our society has gone mad en-masse but we are only recovering our sanity one by one. The global financial system is insolvent. A fractional reserve fiat money based system requires continuous growth or it collapses. The global banking system is overleveraged and real global growth is stagnant. Central bankers are not smart men. They have one response to every crisis – print!!! Bernanke and his fellow banker cronies are printing at hyper-speed in order to prop up the terminally ill mega-banks. Bernanke feigns confusion at the fact that his QE to infinity and ZIRP have only benefitted his banker puppet masters and the richest .1%, while further impoverishing senior citizen savers and the working middle class.

The anger at the true Wall Street malefactors manifested itself in the Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street movement, but both efforts were quickly hijacked by neo-con right wingers and socialist left wingers for their own ideological purposes. The existing social order continues to hold the reins of power, but their grip is growing precarious. The anger, dismay and resentment in the country simmer beneath the surface. The average person senses that all is not well, but most absurdly continue to believe the lies and propaganda spewed at them on a daily basis by the ruling class and their corporate media pawns. When the next shoe drops and billions of stock market and housing wealth are wiped out again, the national anger will sweep away the corrupt social order in a torrent of blood and retribution. Innocent and guilty alike will suffer the consequences. Michael Lewis is somewhat perplexed by the lack of outrage and violence so far.

“A lot has happened. And yet, given the provocation, it’s amazing how little has happened. No one on Wall Street has been shot, or even jailed – and the existing social order has not been seriously challenged. There’s a reason for this, too. The anger arising from the financial crisis finds no natural channel. In another era – an era before catastrophic experiments with radical socialism and nationalism – we would be watching market capitalism being displaced by something far uglier. But today there is no natural place for anger to flow, and so the anger flows haphazardly, like raindrops down a windowpane. The only political ideology that anger benefits these days is anarchy. From the point of view of those who enjoy political stability, it’s a stroke of luck that anarchists have no natural talent for organizing themselves. But how long will it take them to learn?” Michael Lewis – Boomerang

Staying sane in a society gone mad is not easy. Millions of people believe themselves to be sane, but they have really just adapted to an insane society, so they appear sane within the warped paradigm of that insane society. The truly sane people appear to be insane in an insane society. It’s enough to drive a man crazy. The immense forces of normalcy bias and social inertia have led millions to refuse to understand the mathematical certainty of the coming collapse. The worldwide banking system is like a great white shark that needs to keep moving or it dies. Exponential growth and continuous credit expansion have been the essential ingredients to expanding the American empire, but the growth has stopped, while the debt keeps growing. Infinite growth on a finite planet is impossible. As natural resources deplete and become more expensive to obtain, while the planet’s population continues to grow, the fractional reserve banking system and the nation states who continue to pile up trillions in debt will suddenly suffer a catastrophic collapse. We are in the end stages of a confidence game. Your government will not give you warning. We need to come to our senses one by one, until there are enough sane people to tip the scales in our favor. I’ve concluded that I live in a dishonest, insane, intolerable world and consider it my duty to spread discontent among those I can reach. I’m a dangerous man in the eyes of our corporate fascist surveillance state. So be it.

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.”H.L. Mencken

In Part 2 of this article I will attempt to figure out why mass insanity has gripped the world and ponder what might happen when sanity returns.

 

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  • Chris

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  • Helen

    Outstanding write up. You nailed it when stating “…the vast majority of Americans have stood idly by mesmerized by their iGadgets and believing buying shit they don’t need with money they don’t
    have is the path to happiness and prosperity, while their wealth, liberty and self-respect were stolen by the financial elite. Our idiot culture, that celebrates reality TV morons, low IQ millionaires playing
    children’s sports, egomaniacal Hollywood hacks, self-promoting Wall Street financers, and self-serving corrupt ideologue politicians, has been degenerating for decades.”

    This insight, at least to me, goes to the very heart of why Americans are not in an uproar over all of the insanity you so astutely outlined above. Recently while on vacation, my traveling companions found it necessary to up grade their cell phone service and even buy a new iPhone. This after briefly discussing the previous night the NSA revelations. They were unable to connect the dots…almost like it’s not happening to them but to everyone else. Kind of like an out of body experience. Very disconcerting.

    But that is where I think the majority of Americans are, that is all of these facts have or are overwhelming them so their only defense mechanism is to go into ‘shutdown’ mode.

    Sad. So, so sad…

  • amerikagulag

    “….believing buying shit they don’t need with money they don’t have is the path to happiness and prosperity…..” That line is better than many of the other quotes.
    But I think at least some of the reason Americans are so deluded and brainwashed may have something to do with fluoride in the water. We’re not allowed to have ‘real’ water.
    Stalin discovered that when he added it to the drinking water at the gulags, the numbers of guards was cut in half as the prison population became complacent.

    Good job! GREAT Article.

  • Carl_Herman

    JimQ! Awesome post :)

    You get my highest economic praise: this kicks assets!

    Yeah, it’s an odd position that enough of us can at least stand for objective and independently verifiable data (with good faith effort to present it) that we’re really hard to ignore, yet there’s not enough of us to affect policy (yet, it seems).

    So what do we do? I don’t know except to keep communicating and trust that Life is loving and just in ways that I can only hypothesize that the sleeping humans are being presented with some kind of test in their choices. I mean, what the finance else makes sense with our presence on this beautiful yet dominated planet?

  • Tonto

    Yes, absolutely! Get on board the poppycock revolution! You definitely have something to be mad about, so start filling your soda bottles with gasoline and stuffing them with rags!

    Huh?

    “Since 2007 real GDP has gone up $500 billion while total credit market debt has gone up by $6 trillion. Only an insane society would allow itself to be convinced by the perpetrators of the financial crimes that collapsed our economic system that accelerating the level of debt in our system will resolve the dilemma of Too Big to Trust banker insolvency. Transferring the immense losses of greedy sham capitalist gambling addicts from their insolvent balance sheets onto the balance sheets of the taxpayer has allowed the criminals to retain and expand their wealth, while sovereign states shift the pain and suffering onto the backs of the sinking middle class. This is a worldwide phenomenon perpetuated by central bankers at the behest of their crony capitalist co-conspirators. They call it capitalism when the scams, dodges and swindles work and the profits accrue to the schemers. When the gamblers and extreme risk addicts roll craps they use their crony capitalist connections, bought with blood money, to socialize their losses. The game is rigged and your owners don’t care about your hopes and dreams or your children’s future. They care about their own wealth and lifestyles of luxury. When the richest 300 people in the world have a greater net worth than the poorest 3 billion people on earth, a sane person realizes a chaotic end of the existing social order beckons.”

    This small portion of the entire chaotic socialist revolutionary rant is enough for anyone to see the author has the poignant cadence of ideology driving his theme. But at the same time this rant amply demonstrates the author is entirely lacking the temperament for anything like logic. NO. This article in its first part is nothing less than a shotgun blast of disjointed statements, blaming the devil for everything from stubbed-toes and soured milk to rainy days and sassy-fat-waitresses.

    The logical hole is big enough to swallow whole all reason, lock stock and barrel. The author should have ended the rant with, “Off with their heads!” were the intent of his direction less obvious than it came off.

    Let me tell the readers here something they might not have realized as the combed through this rant looking for something worth their time. Doug Short’s graph is straight to what I want to say. The graph, which is used in this article, is available at this link:

    http://advisorperspectives.com/dshort/charts/census/monthly-household-income.html?household-income-monthly-median-since-2000.gif

    This graph says something. It Indicates quite specifically that the current median income in the U.S., both nominal and real, is $51,500 Now, let’s see who is whining.

    What I am going to tell the readers is that, the article is not directed at those who are making above the median income. The article is aimed squarely at those who are making BELOW the median income. That’s the MEDIAN INCOME, for all you slackers that never made that much in your life, but read here and rationalize yourselves to be unrivaled geniuses who should be given the reins of the world.

    This revolution-inspiring rant is aimed at those discontented under-achievers in our society who think it will be easier to lift themselves up with revolution than by working to make a better standard of living for themselves. Who are these under-achievers? Carl? Are you awake you this morning?

    This rascally rabble is the same group of idiots that is calling for public banking schemes and legalization of marijuana all over the net. They are the drek of our society.

    If that is what you want to grow up to be, then you’re in the right place with this wrecking crew of public banking and legal marijuana advocate/proponents intent on destroying the political/economic system that provides a median income of $51,500 in this time of dire, unfortunate historical opportunity we call variably a recession and a depression. Anyone that wants to exchange what they have here for something they see elsewhere in the world today, something that is better, well, they’re welcome to it on my watch.

    For now though, and for the rest of us, if you’re content to live in the U.S., don’t rely on people like this author to tell you what’s happening around the world. He’s advocating revolution as a solution. Revolution is no solution. Revolution is an invitation to dragging down what currently exists, in the faint hope, someone will get to jump into the driver’s seat, and improve their lot after the revolution when everyone else is wondering why in the world they ever even considered supporting revolution in the first place.

    • Eric H.

      While I think it would be fairer to say that the common person is manipulated by an almost irresistible propaganda and mass-marketing machine rather than insane, I agree with JimQ on just about every other point he makes.

      It’s interesting you should choose median income as an indicator of how well off we are. The median income in Congress is over $875,000 and the congressional salary alone is $174,000, over 3 times the median income that you claim. Also, the prices for necessities have risen over 10-fold in my lifetime, while the median income hasn’t nearly kept pace; it’s been held back by the hare-brained policies of a venal, debased, dissipated, and dissolute political class that feather their own nests at the expense of everyone else except their patrons.

      It seems to me there’s a lot of cause for dissent, and that dissent was what the article is calling for rather than revolution.

      • Tonto

        Dissent must be kept in perspective, is my point.

        And though youth will find innumerable reasons to mount the cattle of dissent, and to ride through the stampede they are typically forced into by media shills, they would better spend their time perfecting their living skills -before they head out into the Neverland of the alternative media (I don’t want to grow up!) to tell the world how it should be and what is wrong with it.

        Legalizing pot is I think is the sucker-threshold media con right now. This is being pushed by Big Pharma as a means to further instill in the culture reckless and permissive drug use. Ask any parent, whether they agree with legalization of drugs. They know the target market for pot and Big Pharma’s Oxycontin-like addictive drugs is the country’s at-risk youth.

        And you can look around your own group to see how pervasive is at-risk-ness, when it comes to drug use. Life is too short to spend it all stoned or in detox.

        The author is misguided in his seething altruism. There are far better approaches than he recommends. But he sings his youthful Tom Cat song well enough to gather a crowd of like-minded altruist admirers.

        • Helen

          I am now convinced you did not even bother to read JimQ’s meticulous work. You couldn’t have b/c you would know he offers no solutions nor does he propose a revolution. Rather, he pointedly lays out what some in the biz refers to as our, as in America’s, current “lay of the land” acutely.

          Every morsel of ridicule you type demonstrates you are neither an American nor an astute reader.

          You, tonto, should be ashamed!

          • Tonto

            Try reading yourself, Helen.

            “When the richest 300 people in the world have a greater net worth than
            the poorest 3 billion people on earth, a sane person realizes a chaotic
            end of the existing social order beckons.” ( This is a quote from my first post -the last sentence of the quote- quoting the article.)

            Ashamed of what? To point out to the ignorant masses that make far less than the median income of $51,500 a year, as does this author, that their wealth is dwarfed by those who are their natural born betters in such a manner is clearly advocating revolution.

            I will point out, again in response to this author, that the author’s article seems to take the position the only way to level this disparity is through revolution, juxtaposed to applying oneself to advance their own status in life.

            So, let’s have a chaotic end, legalize pot and all other drugs and then go on a pillaging rampage through the streets, burning cars and smashing windows. The author seems to think this is the conclusion any “sane” person can make.

            Poppycock. Anyone who tries it will end up either dead or in jail -where they belong. There is no logic to the author’s post. He is merely trying to incite a rebellion during an economic depression. This author should be held to account, and painted the colors he has chosen with any brush ready to supply an opposing argument to distract the ignorant buffoons who read this stuff.

          • GallowsJudge

            I think you miss the point of this article. The main point is that the first American republic has ended – the founders republic based in inalienable rights and equal protection of the law – a government of laws and not men, where a free people could compete in free markets – has been ruthlessly destroyed by the central bankers and their puppets in government. President Andrew Jackson described the kind of country that unfettered privately owned central banks would create in his July 10, 1832 veto message against the then privately owned and mischievously named “Bank of the United States”. ["Federal Reserve" anyone].

            “It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of
            government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist
            under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth
            can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts
            of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man
            is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to
            these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles,
            gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent
            more powerful, the humble members of society-the farmers, mechanics, and
            laborers-who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to
            themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government.”

            The bankers and their cronies have captured our federal government and are using it to escape criminality, rape this country and destroy the middle class. Because of our belief in free markets, Americans generally have not tried to destroy the rich because getting rich by lawful means was acceptable and admirable. The difference now is that the game is rigged by the central bankers – no matter how many financial crimes they commit – no prosecution. As recently as the late 1980s to early 1990s, during the S & L fraud crisis, there were hundreds of federal prosecutions which placed hundreds of banking executives and directors in jail. Now, there has literally been none. The same Wall Street/Washington axis of criminals are still running the show.

            This blog in general calls for an opposite consciousness – not a revolution, not an attempted reformation of our corrupt institutions, but a withdrawal from the corrupt crony capitalist economic system and culture. We have no more free markets. I have tried to follow this blog’s maxim: Get real friends, real assets and real skills. The fiat wealth of the stock market and all other paper investments, will disappear in the great depression that is coming when the dollar collapses. When this will happen, we do not know, but it is inevitable. When the collapse comes, there will be a vast decentralization of power and maybe then we will be able to rebuild our local communities and start caring about each other again, as Americans did in the past. Maybe we will realize what the founders realized – that virtue is necessary to self-government. To hell with the consumerist, debt based igadget culture. I want our humanity back, not another version of the matrix.

          • Tonto

            “I think you miss the point of this article. The main point is that the
            first American republic has ended – the founders republic based in
            inalienable rights and equal protection of the law – a government of
            laws and not men, where a free people could compete in free markets –
            has been ruthlessly destroyed by the central bankers and their puppets
            in government.”

            You have grotesquely misread history both early American history and 19th and 20th Century American history. Go read the real history of just who Andrew Jackson was. The man was a murderous scoundrel prone to duels and making war of conquest.

            You have also grotesquely exaggerated the competency of the mean of Americans to compete at any level. E.G., the country is made up of debt slaves because most Americans are too stupid to stay out of debt. They neither have the education nor the familial relationships that act as a guide to keep them away from making the all-enslaving-commitment to become a debt serf. Slavery is alive and well in the U.S. Make it work well for yourself, is the lesson.

            I’m sorry if your background allows you to credulously read rubbish quotes on the Internet that make you feel historically, increasingly oppressed. But you are wrong. The “inalienable rights” quote you reach so hard for, is from the Declaration of Independence, a document meant only as an insulting affront to King George III. It said, “Jump, Kiing Georgie. JUMP!”

            You have one inalienable right. When someone pulls a gun on you, or puts a mortgage paper in front of your sullen face for you to sign, you can run the other way as fast as your feet will carry you.

            That’s freedom, and the extent of it still today. Nothing has changed.

          • GallowsJudge

            WOW! I must have touched a nerve. You know the old saying – if you have the facts, argue the facts. if you have the law, argue the law. if you have neither, bang on the desk and yell like hell. Your ad hominem attacks are unworthy of a response.

          • Tonto

            And your response is what? LoL!

            You can’t face the facts.

  • John

    Good post but I for one believes that you cannot really stay sane in a mad world. Here is an interesting link that makes the same (or similar) point (it was written at the beginning of the Fukushima disaster and may be technical but the points made there remain valid today):

    http://shakla-ve-taria.blogspot.co.il/2011/04/fukushima.html

  • Contrarianism

    Indeed, the inmates are running the asylum! What’s worse, the average American either doesn’t care or doesn’t even know.

    We are witnessing an historic and epic meltdown of our society, where criminal elements have filled the vacuum left by the slumbering American idiot. Really, It is a perfect storm of mass-apathy, an epidemic-level of cognitive dissonance, electronic/media/iGadget induced coma, all exacerbated by intentional misinformation campaign waged by our government and their complicit partners, which appears to have had the same effect on the population as a date-rape cocktail would have on its victim, that is, leaving the majority of Americans numbed out and in a semi-comotose state, completely unaware that they are getting fucked.

  • gozounlimited

    Driving It Home….. While Driving Home…. How To Keep Your Sanity In An INSANE World!!…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pfx16M7RxQ

  • truthalways

    Brilliant post looking forward to pt 2. My take on this insanity is that these corporatists are addicted to power and control. Greed is another addiction. They are indeed certifiably insane with gross personality disorders. Can they achieve ‘sane’? No. So they have a future once the body dies? No. Greg Peck said in his book People of the Lie, to fully understand these people, follow their lies. They are unable to tell one truth to themselves or others.

  • LeseMajeste

    Take all my SS money due to me and all of my pension, I don’t care,
    as long as that money keeps those ‘Too Big to Fail’ Wall Street
    banks in business so they can steal more and pay their CEO’s million
    dollar bonuses, that’s what really matters!

    Watch for an uptick in the elderly going into the banking business
    and I don’t mean by opening an account.

  • Gung ho chung

    My theory is mass insanity has come from public indoctrination through vast propagandizing techniques and disinformation of public schools, sports, television, constant contradictions being held in people’s minds, being educated to “respect” authority, and the illusion of credibility. This then leads to real individuals being shunned and looked at as suspects. Always choose the hardest path people, it is always the right one. If you find yourself surrounded by other sheep, you know you are on the wrong road.
    For more inspiration: http://rathbonezvizionz.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/cold-shower-therapy-invigorate-your-spirit/

  • HS

    Our current Corporatocracy is a direct result of the deliberate dumbing down of public education. The social unrest of the ’60s was due to having a highly educated youth population that was capable of critical thinking. The civil rights movement and the Vietnam protests scared the shit out of the elite, so they set out to create a more malleable citizen. After 40 years of progressive decline in education quality, they’ve created the perfect consumers.

    http://www.trilateral.org/download/doc/crisis_of_democracy.pdf

    • Hyssop

      Absolutely. Excellent point.

      Do a search in youtube archives and take note of the articulation, awareness and knowledge of members of the Black Panther movement, for example, and consider, in contrast, the lack of information and lack of ability to establish effective ‘anti-establishment’ movements, today.

      It’s been one, very effective dumbing down process in the past 60 years, I’d say; since WWII.

 

 

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