By James Quinn
“The greatest want of the world is the want of men — men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” – Ellen G. White
The world becomes more chaotic by the day. Good luck finding a politician, business icon, or religious leader who is not bought and sold by corporate or special interests. Finding truth telling honest leaders in today’s world is virtually impossible. Charles Foster Kane, a quasi-biographical portrayal of William Randolph Hearst, is a fine representation of the billionaire clique that pull the strings in our warped, deceitful, greed driven, materialistic world.
Citizen Kane’s thematic portrayal of the American Dream is far more germane to our society today than it was when made in 1941. Financial affluence, material luxury, wielding power over others, and controlling the opinions of the masses through propaganda media, did not guarantee happiness or fulfillment for Kane or todays oligarchs. Kane was happiest as a poor child, living with his parents, playing in the snow on his sled – Rosebud.
Life is a tragedy, with the richest and poorest dead in the end. The only thing that really matters is your character and integrity. The societal hollowness created by those pushing the delusion of a materialistic American Dream based on an ever growing pyramid of debt has left a society morally deadened, psychologically damaged, living lives based on deception, and willfully ignorant of the truth.
Until individuals in this country choose to tell the truth and insist on being told the truth by the leaders they choose, chaos and ultimate collapse will be our destiny. Our economy, our currency system, our banking system, our political system, our mass media, and our public education system are built upon nothing but deception, lies, misinformation and falsity. The entire fetid cesspool of lies cannot withstand the glare of truth, as explained by Ron Paul:
The daily dose of deception doled out by the despicable Deep State denizens of decadence, debt and debauchery is depressing to critical thinking truth seekers. I’ve made it my mission in life to only follow rational thinking, honest, straightforward, fact based people who have not been bought off by a party seeking to cheat, mislead, or steal from average Americans. The number of politicians who meet this criteria can be counted on one hand.
Very few corporate executives at S&P 500 sized companies meet this standard of honesty. The criteria for reaching the corner office is insatiable greed, backstabbing, lying, and a sociopathic personality. Despite the Wall Street/Fed rigged financial systems and fake news propaganda spewing mainstream corporate media, there are still independent, non-corrupt, truth tellers as the lone voices of reason in this empire of lies.
These authentic purveyors of reality, based on facts and evidence, are scorned and ridiculed by CNBC spokesmodels and highly compensated intellectual but idiot talking heads. When a nine year Fed engineered bull market in everything is sold as proof of economic recovery, propagated by media mouthpieces, and substantiated by government agencies producing fake economic data, then a populace begging to be misled, because they can’t handle the truth, turns off anyone telling them the truth.
I sense disillusionment among many of the financial analysts who have correctly assessed the present-day insanity and expect a reckoning for the ages when this debt bubble blows like a super-volcano. Facts and reality are meaningless when the madness of crowds, built on delusions of debt, and a financial system engineered by banker psychopaths, keeps the bubble growing to heights not thought possible by rational thinking people.
Many of these truth telling realists are in the business of selling newsletters, books, mutual fund investments, or other financial products. That does not automatically make their analysis suspect. Everyone has to make a living. What separates shills from honorable men is their use of facts, historical data, and rational thought to make their case. Deciphering the bullshit narratives spewed by the majority of faux journalists employed by the corporate fake news media versus straightforward non-slanted analysis from the reality grounded men is crucial to retaining integrity in a deceitful corrupt world.
I continue to respect the writings and analysis of Taleb, Shiller, Hussman, Mauldin, Jesse, Kreiger, Rosenberg, Bonner, Casey, Martenson, Kunstler, Schiff and lately Jordan Peterson, among many others. As the “everything bubble”, inflated by the Fed and their central banker brethren across the globe, has grown to epic proportions these men have endured heaps of scorn and ridicule from the small minded non-thinking momentum cowboys who arrogantly confuse easy money with their own financial brilliance. I continue to have the utmost respect for their ability to ignore the lure of following the crowd and sticking to the facts. It’s not easy stating the truth when 95% of so called financial journalists are bought off and captured by the Deep State.
The Wall Street cabal puppeteers have had their Federal Reserve puppets dancing to their tune for the last nine years as bailouts, QE, and free money for feckless financiers has propelled their latest bubble to epic proportions. The bubbles in the stock market, bond market and real estate market are all built upon a vaporous foundation of easy money debt. It took 219 years for the country to accumulate a $9.6 trillion national debt, but our fearless leaders have managed to add $11.6 trillion since September 2008, all geared to enrich Wall Street, the military industrial complex, the sick-care complex and mega-corporations, while leaving Main Street to fend for ourselves with stagnant wages and rising costs for necessities. With government, corporate and consumer debt levels at all-time highs, a financial collapse is inevitable. Hundreds of billions of student loan, auto loan, mortgage loans, and credit card debt are unpayable, especially in a rising rate environment.
As the chart above factually details, the “everything bubble” has put the previous two bubbles to shame. The thing about bubbles is they always pop. An unsustainable dynamic will not be sustained. The reversion to the mean will leave millions of delusional Americans destitute, dependent on the government, enraged, and looking for someone to blame other than themselves. Go to any 4th of July picnic and your average neighbor or relative will tell you how much their 401k and house value have soared as they have been convinced the economy is booming and on a sound footing.
They won’t tell you their credit card balance, mortgage balance, auto loan debt, or student loan debt obligations. The value of their stocks and real estate can plummet by 50% in a matter of months (as they did in 2001 and 2008), but the debt will remain, wrapped around their throats, choking them to death. They have willfully chosen to be ignorant of why asset values have soared and ignored the warnings of truth telling analysts. Human nature never changes, and people never learn from the past, even when they’ve been clubbed over the head with 50% losses twice in the last seventeen years.
I keep pondering whether this “everything bubble” is just another mass hysteria event like many before throughout history (Tulips, Roaring 20’s, Dot.com), or something deeper and more disturbing. I’m reaching the conclusion it is more than mass hysteria. It’s mental illness infecting a wide swath of the population. Normality in financial markets, government deficit spending, journalism and central bank interventions began to dissipate drastically at the turn of the century and accelerated rapidly after 9/11. Annual deficits have averaged over $900 billion since 9/11, versus $175 billion per year in the eight years prior to 9/11. We have been living in profoundly abnormal times, but few question the abnormality. They have been led to believe this is normal.
Arguing annual deficits of a trillion dollars, zero interest rates for eight years, a Federal Reserve colluding with Wall Street banks and the U.S. Treasury to manipulate stock markets, and a corporate media spewing misinformation, fake news, and propaganda is a normal state of affairs is an example of the Big Lie theory. Making these arguments is a false declaration of such outrageous magnitude, employed by the powers that be, as a propaganda measure in the belief that a lesser falsehood would not be considered credible by the masses.
The Big Lie has worked thus far, as government controlled education has dumbed down the masses, people are told what to think by the media propaganda machines, and individuals have chosen to be distracted by igadgets, social media, and modern day bread and circuses. Huxley thought mental illness of the populace was rampant in 1958. He’d be outraged by the level of willfully ignorant, abnormally normal people living in our profoundly sick society today.
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
Who is to blame for the current state of affairs? The Deep State? Shadowy oligarchs? Politicians? The Jews? The Russians? There is one commonality – human beings are the members of each group. Humans have created the problems plaguing the world. Humans choose to act in a good or evil manner. Humans decide whether to lie or tell the truth. Humans decide whether to be driven by greed, power seeking, selfishness and hubris or generosity, citizenship, sacrifice and humility. The truth is humans commit unspeakable atrocities, steal, cheat, kill and destroy. They are also capable of generosity, self- sacrifice, acting with integrity, and behaving courageously. As Solzhenitsyn realized while imprisoned by the Soviets, good and evil passes through all human hearts.
“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains … an un-uprooted small corner of evil.
Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
Today’s level of violence, mass murder and evil have not approached the monstrous deeds of Hitler, Stalin and Mao within the last century – Yet. Anyone who dismisses the he possibility of bloodshed on a grand scale within our borders and the likelihood of a global “winner take all” war is ignorant of human nature, history, and the dynamics driving the course of events during this Fourth Turning. The seeds of evil are planted within each human soul and under the right (or wrong) conditions, can blossom into a full-blown landscape of hate, violence, cruelty, inhumanity and retribution.
Cooperation, peace, and mutually beneficial deeds have not been the default setting for human interaction throughout history. They are the exception, not the rule. But, the mass of humanity is willfully ignorant of history and naively believe their benevolent leaders and media thought police when fear is used to keep them under control. As Jordan Peterson points out, once people wake up to the realization of their potential for evil, they can resist being led to slaughter by their Deep State controllers.
“When once-naïve people recognize in themselves the seeds of evil and monstrosity and see themselves as dangerous (at least potentially) their fear decreases. They develop more self-respect. Then, perhaps, they begin to resist oppression. They see that they have the ability to withstand, because they are terrible too. They see they can and must stand up, because they begin to understand how genuinely monstrous they will become, otherwise, feeding on their resentment, transforming it into the most destructive of wishes. To say it again: There is very little difference between the capacity for mayhem and destruction, integrated, and strength of character. This is one of the most difficult lessons of life.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
In Part 2 of this article I will delve deeper into Peterson’s assertion we need to tell the truth in order to change ourselves and change the world.
In Part 1 of this article I detailed the damage done by the Deep State and the inevitability of another financial crisis destined to propel this Fourth Turning into its next most violent stage. Now I will examine whether Jordan Peterson’s rules for life can alleviate some of the pain headed our way.
Peterson’s reality-based assessment of our broken societal system has infuriated the social justice warriors and media propagandists whose narratives are based upon lies, misinformation, fake news, and a pliable dumbed down populace distracted by their techno-gadgets. The machinations of the Deep State (Wall Street cabal, Fed, captured politicians, shadowy billionaires, military industrial complex, surveillance agencies, corporate media) are dependent upon the masses believing their big lies and unquestioningly trusting their provably false narratives.
Telling the truth and demolishing these false narratives with facts is the only way to fight those who have chosen the side of evil. Remaining silent in the face of their lies allows tyranny to expand inexorably and fill the vacuum left by the dearth of courageous truth tellers.
The forces of tyranny are winning. Our banking, financial, political, and media structures are wracked by corruption and controlled by a “few” insiders for the benefit of themselves and their cronies. Smedley Butler said war was a racket, but every institution is now a racket, with a corrupt powerful cadre of evil men reaping riches at the expense of the many. Their rackets are based upon nothing but lies and the continued blissful ignorance of the masses to their flagrant criminal activities.
The dark side of human nature has been on full display as the country has been hijacked by organizations run by psychopaths like Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Soros, Dimon, Bernanke, Paulson, Rubin, Zuckerberg, Bezos and a multitude of lesser known, but equally dangerous, psychopaths infecting government, business and the media.
Those pulling the strings of our ever-degrading society share many of the same traits – superficially charming, pathologically deceitful, manipulative, accepting no responsibility for their actions, lacking empathy, absence of guilt, no humility, dishonest, treacherous, having a grandiose sense of self-worth, and prone to dangerous destructive risk taking. These are the people who rise to power when citizens become lazy, disinterested, willfully ignorant, distracted by social media, dumbed down by government run education, and easily led to believe falsehoods peddled by a media doing the bidding of the psychopaths in power.
Just listen to Brennan or Clapper on fake news CNN or MSNBC to get a glimpse of psychopaths in action. It’s almost as if they believe their own lies. The faux journalist millionaires questioning these scumbags aren’t paid by their corporate masters to uncover the truth, but perpetuate the narrative of lies.
Silence in the face of evil and injustice is condoning such behavior. Wall Street banking executives, rating agency executives, mortgage lenders, government apparatchiks, corrupt politicians, and captured central bankers wrecked the worldwide financial system in 2008, while conducting the largest control fraud heist in history.
They reaped the riches on the way up and when it inevitably blew up, crushed the life savings of the peasants and should have bankrupted the Wall Street perpetrator institutions, they shifted the losses to taxpayers. Not one culprit of this earth-shattering fraud went to jail. The Deep State circled the wagons, protected themselves, and used their propaganda media to paint false narratives regarding the causes and perpetrators. Wall Street won. Main Street lost, again.
We are now experiencing a sordid replay, as a surveillance state coup initiated by Obama and carried out by top government officials in the DNC, FBI, DOJ and NSA against Trump should result in the imprisonment of these traitors in just system. Instead, the culprits continue to investigate the provably false accusations of Russian collusion as a distraction from their own crimes.
These psychopaths are so invested in their criminal charade, they are willing to risk conflict with Russia to retain their power and control over the surveillance state. Government apparatchiks go through the motions of pretending to investigate, issuing thousand-page reports, holding hearings, and presenting a picture of action to the ignorant masses. No one is prosecuted, no one will go to prison, and the Deep State remains in control. The white hats are not winning.
Ideologues remain firmly in dominion over the day to day machinations of our society. The ideologies of two party state are an over-simplification of a complex reality, based upon lies. Slogans and bullet points are a simple-minded substitute for the messy truth of a multifaceted world and are geared to appeal to the emotions of a populace who have been trained to feel rather than think by the State.
The remedies and solutions put forth by the two party Deep State ideologues to make the world a better place consistently make the world far worse for the majority. The remedies and solutions always result in further enrichment and hegemony of those implementing the remedies and solutions. Their blatant self-interest and hubris will ultimately lead to chaos and hopefully their downfall.
You can feel the pressure building daily as these men of low character ignore the dangerous environment they have created with no acknowledgement of the consequences of their actions. It is apparent chaos, confusion, and disarray are beneficial to the powers that be as they attempt to retain and expand their control over the operating systems of our society.
The never-ending culture war incidents propagandized by the mainstream media; organized violent resistance by BLM and Antifa paid for by Soros; and the gun grabbing protests staged after each school shooting by left wing funded organizations, are nothing but diversions designed to keep the population focused on trivialities while those in power pillage and loot the national treasury, leaving nothing but worthless IOUs.
There is no good guy superman coming to save the day. The lure of power and money distorts and derails the efforts of courageous men and women to try and change the system from within. Anyone telling the truth and challenging the status quo, as Representative Jim Jordan has been doing, is immediately attacked with false accusations and destroyed by the Deep State. Ask Snowden or Assange about the implications of revealing the truth about the Deep State.
How do you defeat the Deep State? As aptly described ninety years ago by Edward Bernays, they constitute the invisible government manipulating the public mind, molding our tastes, presenting their ideas as our own, pulling the strings behind the curtain and dominating every sphere of our daily lives. When viewed from 50,000 feet it seems hopeless. How can one man or one woman do anything to defeat an enemy as strong as those of enormous wealth controlling the levers of politics, finance, banking, war, healthcare, education, media, and culture?
With millions of zombie-like citizens mesmerized by their screens and lacking critical thinking skills, basic mathematical skills, and willfully ignorant of the truth, it is more than an uphill battle. But there are men and women of strong character and courage willing to do whatever it takes to prevail against adversity and evil.
Anyone with their eyes wide open can see the country is on pathway towards chaos. The divisions grow deeper by the day. Animosity intensifies with each social justice incident flame, fanned by the pliant media. The violence escalates as competing factions represent the vanguard for the coming civil war. The polarizing presence of Donald Trump in the White House tweeting taunts at his enemies on the left, right and in the media, is acting as a trigger for the next phase of our current Fourth Turning.
We are on a journey into darkness, lost in a blizzard of lies and deceit, victimized by our own failure to tell the truth, accept the truth, and insist our leaders convey the truth. I know not whether good or evil will prevail in the coming tests, but the potential for catastrophe is high. Could the country descend into chaos and end up in the midst of totalitarian subjugation? After decades of suppression, when this fire starts, it will be devastating.
“Forest fires burn out deadwood and return trapped elements to the soil. Sometimes, however, fires are suppressed, artificially. That does not stop the deadwood from accumulating. Sooner or later, a fire will start. When it does, it will burn so hot that everything will be destroyed—even the soil in which the forest grows.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Defeating the Deep State will not occur in one grand, do or die, battle. They must be defeated using guerrilla war tactics of hit and run by small units of courageous truth tellers. We know the Deep State is led by self-centered psychopaths who can become blinded by their own hubris and arrogance. They have been emboldened by their success during the 21st Century and have gotten reckless with their debt based financial schemes, surveillance activities, and blatant disregard for the democratic process.
Their machinations will lead to another financial crisis which will make 2008 seem like a walk in the park. This will offer the truth tellers an opportunity to present pure stark facts for others to hear and contemplate, so enough people can be convinced to find common ground and proceed forward towards a better tomorrow.
With Western values and norms, based on a common culture, common language, common religion, and shared responsibility for future unborn generations, being attacked and denigrated, many are wallowing in nihilism, falling prey to the despondency of purposelessness. Our nation was built upon a foundation of values and traditions built up slowly over two centuries. We learned to live together and organize our complex society through trial and error over long periods of time.
The recent attempts by vocal violent minorities to overturn centuries of social norms to adhere to their warped ideologies is tearing the civic fabric of our society. These attempts at social revolution are destabilizing, dangerous and will lead to violence in the streets. Inflicting the beliefs of a few upon the many is a recipe for disaster. The talk of civil war is permeating the airwaves and blogosphere.
It may seem quaint and naive, but for good to win out over evil will take individuals showing the courage to speak the truth when the majority don’t want to listen and have been brainwashed by the Deep State propaganda machine. There will be no savior riding in on a white horse to save the day. Believing that nonsense is for the weak minded and cowardly. Individuals must step forward and do the right thing.
I have dedicated the last nine years of my blog to promoting the truth in the face of a constant barrage of lies from my government, central bankers, Wall Street, and the fake news media. I’ve tried to tell the truth to the best of my ability. I’ve encouraged other truth telling people to make their voices heard. I post articles by others I believe to be truth tellers. At times it seems useless, as the liars and knaves continue to win.
Telling the truth has had negative financial impacts, as Deep State co-conspirators Google, Amazon and Yahoo have banned my site. Websites such as Seeking Alpha, Financial Sense, Op-Ed News and Safe Haven that once published my articles no longer do so, because my truth telling wasn’t beneficial to their bottom line. Wall Street scum and left wing social justice warriors have called my employer to demand my firing.
Each individual has an obligation to make a difference in this world by telling the blunt, unvarnished truth. This country is broken. It can only be repaired through the efforts of courageous truth telling individuals, willing to make a stand on behalf of future generations. If enough individuals can be persuaded to tell the truth and listen to the truth, a tipping point can be reached and the Deep State will crumble into a pile of toxic rubble. Everyone needs to follow Peterson’s simple rule: “Tell the truth. Or, at least, don’t lie.”
“We must each adopt as much responsibility as possible for individual life, society and the world. We must each tell the truth and repair what is in disrepair and break down and recreate what is old and outdated. It is in this manner that we can and must reduce the suffering that poisons the world. It’s asking a lot. It’s asking for everything. But the alternative— the horror of authoritarian belief, the chaos of the collapsed state, the tragic catastrophe of the unbridled natural world, the existential angst and weakness of the purposeless individual— is clearly worse.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos