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"The Royal Scam"

 

 

"The Royal Scam" by Anonymous Correspondent

 

Are we at the end? These massive insolvable problems: where can they lead? The inattentive political class, too selfish to care. The corrupt and venal insiders, what can they do?

 

What can they do? Here's an idea, taken from “And the Money Kept Rolling In” but brought to the front again by Janzen reviewing his now-10-year-old “Ka-poom” theory this week:

 

 

Here's Argentina's CPI in 2001:

 

Here's the chart, and this deflation head-fake has happened elsewhere, such as Weimar. See how Mish is right and there is REAL Deflation here? He's not kidding. CPI is minus 1% to 3%, while Case-Shiller CPI is minus 6%:



 

Nevertheless, 3 months after Deflation begins in Argentina, Inflation rises to 120%. The Peso is devalued 73%

 

The bond market collapses:

 

And a few months later, Argentina defaults on sovereign debt, for a multi-billion dollar loss to foreign creditors. A mere two years later, the country is without debt, working hard, and booming.

 

Hmm...

 

Work with me here. Suppose, just suppose, that mathematically, the US Fiat system has a very certain, very predictable end date, easily seen even by such non-monetary critics such as Martenson's “Crash Course”.

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This certain end date is roughly when the parabolic curve goes vertical as mapped using the average interest rate of all national transactions—6% perhaps. And suppose, just suppose, that being no dummy and working with money as your sole object, clawing your way to the top of the Billionaire's club, you could see this coming. In fact, everyone can—all your peers who clawed through the same training, saw through the same veil, and are now in positions of unimaginable influence, having friends who are Presidents, Diplomats, nation-shaking Hedge Funds, and IMF/BIS bankers. And they all looked at each other and said: “This is bad, dahlink” and: “It's mathematically certain, mate,” then everyone together: “So what do we do?”

 

Well, no one knows what to do. Nothing like this has never been tried before. The financial world has never had ALL baseless currencies before, and never has a country as large as the US been brought down except during a war that exhausted all nations together. The risks are too high just to guess what will happen if we pull lever X instead of lever Y when the end comes. So you pick a country a lot like America. Productive, hardworking, modern, agricultural, having a corrupt, spendthrift political class and an uninvolved, unassuming, spendthrift-but-hardworking middle class—a country the most like America. And you run a little experiment.

 

What happens to a country when it does exactly what we're about to do? You influence leaders here, fund populist movements there, then get your friends to invest in this nation, knowing all along what's going to happen, and knowing that—because we know, we're making it happen—no one important will lose their money playing along. A nation like, oh, Argentina.

 

You push foreign investment through banking and diplomatic channels from the top, while as in “Economic Hit Man” no one below the 1st level need know, and you over-invest in the country, buying the leaders and giving them every assurance that things are fine, they're not too far along, the world believes in them, and the IMF is right there to catch them.

 

Until one day, you don't. Once they've gone too far to pull back, you spread some rumors, cause a run on some investments, then have your banking friends step back a bit. Then a bit more. Then at the 11th hour, despite daily promises all along the way, the IMF also leaves them in the lurch, cutting off their last foreign credit. What do they do? What do the people do? What does it take to keep them under control in this transition? Where are the pressures? Do they give in to interminable debt slavery to the IMF, or do they default on foreign investors? And what happens when they do? Does the world punish them or two years later is it like nothing happened?

 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, with another placid, productive, agricultural, English-speaking country with a strong middle class and rule of law, also most like America, you try the other direction: unlimited inflation. In Zimbabwe, three eggs cost 100 billion dollars...back in 2008, before things got really bad.



 

What happens there? Which way was better, for power, influence, and control in world affairs? Which way do the important people remain in power with less bother?

 

Just a thought, mind you. I'm sure no one would actually do such a thing.

 

Here's what happened in Argentina: the political leaders are dysfunctional and infighting, paying out to their home provinces, uncaring of the enormous debt and with no reason to care so long as foreign money could be borrowed. Meanwhile the economy began to rest more and more on bubbles and speculation funded by this foreign borrowing. When the balloon went up, the insiders saw which way it was headed and got their money offshore, something like Cheney and Halliburton did the other year. Then as things devolved, ever-increasing capital controls were put in place, just like now with the US investigating “off-shore havens” and profits one might have made overseas using the premise of money laundering to chain the firedoors shut one by one.

 

Finally, they enforced the official “corrilito”, and soon after had an extended Bank Holiday for the 5 months it took to devalue the Peso by 73%--far faster than anyone not forewarned could adjust and react. Once every exit was chained tight, they firebombed the casino, trapping everyone inside. Even if you had thousands in stocks, bonds, and savings accounts, with the market frozen and the monthly bank withdrawal limit set at $300/mo, the little people could not pay rent or even eat, becoming “Cartoneros” garbage-picking architects and engineers, wandering the streets with their children at midnight as the nation devolved into a chaos that did not topple the ruling class.

 

Once all the assets in the country had been discounted a minimum of 73%, the insiders then repatriated their money and bought their neighbor's fortunes for pennies on the dollar, finding cheap, hungry, competitive labor, ready to compete with even 3rd world wages. The prudent, hard-working, and savers (the wrong people) were wiped out, and the money was transferred to the speculators and insiders (the right people). Massive capital like land and factories can not be expatriated, but are always worth their USE value and did not fall as much, or even rose afterwards as with falling debt ratios and low wages these working assets became competitive again. It's not so much a “collapse” as a redistribution, from the middle class and the working to the capital class and the connected. ...And the genius is, they could blame it all on foreigners, “incompetent” leaders, and careless, debt-happy citizens themselves.

 

Now I'm no genius here, but couldn't the United States do the very same thing?

 

What you need to do is--and bear with me here--send your best Wall St. salesmen and diplomats to China and sell them a bill of goods about how they can “modernize” with our help. The Cold War is over. Capitalism reins. You know us Wall St. types! It's all about the dollar! Have the radio scream the President sold out and sign them up to the WTO as you suck Asia into massive overcapacity and a deep, unbreakable reliance on the US and G-8 as customers while paving over the national independence of their life-giving water and farmland. Then, once they've tasted freedom and affluence, once they're unable to support themselves independently, you pull the plug not on them but YOURSELF. Implode your own middle class as above. Kill the bond markets, cause a run on your own currency, and default on the debts you owe them. Hey, it's the only thing you could do, right? Americans are just stupid, right? Wall Street is just greedy. It's all an accident, an act of God really. No one's to blame. It's classic Judo.

 

In a single stroke you:

a) lose the burden of external debt

b) by devaluation lose your internal debt

c) make the nation competitive as a manufacturing power.

d) scare the people back into compliance, even exultation with their low wages.

e) with the renewal of manufacturing, re-cast the power that your military rests on

f) during a time of Peak Oil, radically reduce unnecessary consumption while insuring strategic (military) supply.

g) by doing that, suck in the oil powers of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela enough to knock them off-base, first with high prices, then low prices.

h) club China into submission to the G-8 money powers again

and best of all:

i) enrich insiders beyond their wildest dreams, insuring their dominance for a generation to come.

 

All the right people win, all the wrong people lose.

 

Seeing the monetary parabola looming dead ahead after the near-miss of the Tech collapse, what do you need to insure this happens on a very tight schedule?

 

First, knowing this will happen, you suck in your own people by demanding—straight from the top—that bankers loosen lending standards so low even the dumbest financier couldn't believe it was prudent, then refuse to prosecute even the most blatant corruptions by mortgage originators, fraudulent borrowers, and other “outsiders”. Suspecting this will all blow up, pay yourself today in bonuses instead of later in investments.

 

Then, knowing you'll never repay, you jack up national spending beyond anything anybody's ever seen and go do what you want all over the world, in any country you want, with impunity.

 

Then you have a scare that gives you cover to set up conduits that insure all the right people have lifeboats, even if it costs $23-30 Trillion, and even if the Hoi Polloi scream bloody murder. It'll all be over soon anyway.

 

It was only a 3% GDP deficit that sank Argentina:

But the US$ is not the Peso. You need to make sure it goes down on demand. You aim straight for $2+ Trillion yearly deficits for 70 years and threaten more if necessary.

 

Hey, is this enough to insure a collapse, even of the world’s reserve currency?

Is this enough to force China to cut us off and play the role of the bad guy we have planned for them? Funny how convenient that is, no? When every economist is screaming, “Mr. President, don’t do this, why are you doing this?” Why indeed.

 

Hit health care as a way to make the people dependent on the government--innate independence is America's resistance to the plan—and a way of tracking and controlling them. Computerized medical records were the first thing they brought up, the highest priority, and have been attempted regularly over the years. (1993, 2004, 2009...)

 

Use the 5 owners of nearly all media to keep up the drumbeat of the “other”: left, right, black, white, famous, religious, atheist, straight, gay, immigrant, commie, Muslim--whatever the people will buy--to insure confusion and infighting when the time comes.

 

And here we are. Eye of the storm, explosives primed, waiting to pull the detonator.

 

Any reason the US could not do this, and that everything these incredibly smart, ruthless, immeasurably connected people have been doing is actually not stupid but smart? And what if they believe what they're doing is all for the good of the country and are willing to take any measure, any action no matter how awful or unprincipled, because it will put America back on top again? And if they get richer than Croseus in the process, well, who's fault is it anyway? It's hard work after all.

 

Like I said, just a thought.

 

The real magic of a good Con is not to get the money. It's to do it in such a way that the Mark thinks he knows what happened, thinks he saw the Con you're pulling, when in fact, the real Con is somewhere else. There's a saying: “Before the scam, you have the dream and they have the money; while afterwards, you have the money and they have the dream.” If you want to know the real Con, when it's all over, find out who walked away with the money. Before then, you won't know.

 

These Billionaires are the smartest, most unprincipled, double-thinking gamesmen in the world, playing the biggest, most dangerous games in the world, on a field where whole nations are at stake. They didn't get to where they are by being stupid, taking chances, and making mistakes. You can be sure they're not making them now. They have immense control in media, finance, military, government, business, and while every plan has risk and it might still get away from them, it sure won't be for lack of trying. And that goes for the gamesters in China and every other country worldwide who are try every day to do the exact same thing to back to them. It's the big boy's game, and when the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.

 

So when you're reading the news about how randomly careless and stupid everybody was, just remember the Argentine plan: all the right people win, all the wrong people lose, and the good people never knew what hit them. The Royal Scam.

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Mike (Damnthematrix), 

Thanks for the great article, The Royal Scam, the "anonymous correspondent" does a great job in sizing up the problem.
 

A.C. said:  And a few months later, Argentina defaults on sovereign debt, for a multi-billion dollar loss to foreign creditors. A mere two years later, the country is without debt, working hard, and booming...

Work with me here. Suppose, just suppose, that mathematically, the US Fiat system has a very certain, very predictable end date, easily seen even by such non-monetary critics such as Martenson's “Crash Course”.

This certain end date is roughly when the parabolic curve goes vertical as mapped using the average interest rate of all national transactions—6% perhaps. And suppose, just suppose, that being no dummy and working with money as your sole object, clawing your way to the top of the Billionaire's club, you could see this coming.

There is no doubt in my mind that the private Fed and the international banking cartel are tracking this closely.  They can also control the "tipping point"  to take place if they want.  Our system is mathematically unsustainable - the patient (our economy) is on life support and they are sitting by the plug. 

A.C. said:  You push foreign investment through banking and diplomatic channels from the top, while as in “Economic Hit Man” no one below the 1st level need know, and you over-invest in the country, buying the leaders and giving them every assurance that things are fine, they're not too far along, the world believes in them, and the IMF is right there to catch them. 

Until one day, you don't. Once they've gone too far to pull back, you spread some rumors, cause a run on some investments, then have your banking friends step back a bit. Then a bit more. Then at the 11th hour, despite daily promises all along the way, the IMF also leaves them in the lurch, cutting off their last foreign credit. What do they do? What do the people do? What does it take to keep them under control in this transition? Where are the pressures? Do they give in to interminable debt slavery to the IMF, or do they default on foreign investors?

That is the baffling part, the international banking cartel has done this in many countries - when will people catch on?  The pump 'n dump has been used in South America, Japan, Mexico, etc.  BTW, if you haven't read the Economic Hit Man, here's a good interview with John Perkins:

A.C. said:  Then, once they've tasted freedom and affluence, once they're unable to support themselves independently, you pull the plug not on them but YOURSELF. Implode your own middle class as above. Kill the bond markets, cause a run on your own currency, and default on the debts you owe them. Hey, it's the only thing you could do, right? Americans are just stupid, right? Wall Street is just greedy. It's all an accident, an act of God really. No one's to blame. It's classic Judo.

This is the turning point that more and more people are hitting.  The turning point is the moment that you first figure out that the entire crisis is an old scam, run many times.  The only thing that is different is that the scam has finally moved from the third to the first world. 

The international banking cartel has been running the scam for hundreds of years...now it's our turn.  Will we finally break away from the parasitic banking scam?

Larry

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This is a great post.  It gives a different perspective to the coming crash.  I am going to do more research into Argentina to see the steps that were taken prior to their "rest button being pushed".  In the back of my mind I always had a problem with a unmanaged crash.  I believed that the government would do everything in their power to keep our country propped up.  But what if they believe that it cannot be saved?  If you are a business owner and your company was going to fail what would you do?  I would first throw everything at the problem including the kitchen sink.  Then oneday I realize that there is no saving the company.  It is time for me to make tough decisions and toughe preperations.  I don't run around telling my employees that the sky is falling.  I privately tell the ones I want to survive, the truth and we develop a plan for our personal survival and a seperate plan for the Sheep (employees).  I have seen and even been in a couple of companies that tell the employees that all is well when it was likely to fail.  The leaders of the company are not going to tell the employees the truth because then there would be a mass exidus and looting of their assests. This would create a self fulfilling failure of the business.  The leaders will keep trying to prop up the company just in case something works, but also prepare for their exit.   If the end is coming the best way to ensure the leadership survival is to control WHEN the crash occurs.  The above information (including the original post and DrKrbLuv post) is repulsive to the minds of most people.  They shut down and say that people would not be this way.  I waited to see how may people would put in their two cents and was diappointed at the responce (disappointed but not surprised).  Again, This information is too Repulsive for most and they just shut down (even on this Site of belivers of a major crash).  Even if the above is probable but not likely you still have to put it into the "prepare for" column in chapter 20 of the CC.  I would rather be called a fool for preparing for something that does not occur then to be blind sided by an event that occured and I never did anything.  Put yourself in the leadership roll of a company going under or even better the leader of a government and what would you do?

I believe that the government will do everything in their power (lie, Cheat, Steal, and kill) to keep us afloat but in the background prepare to press the reset button at a time of their choosing.  If you truly believe that the exponential economy is not sustainable and will eventually crash then you should believe that the government will try to control when the crash occurs (the only way to ensure their survival).  If they let it crash without controlling the outcome then their survival cannot be guaranteed. 

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Thanks, so much, DTM, for posting this amazing essay.  It ventures into waters that most people, even many on this site, will rarely wade into.  Occasionally, we see individuals dip in a pinky or two, but never a full plunge into the cold waters of reality.

It always amazes and baffles me that many are willing to concede individual aspects of the Grand Plan, but are either unable to connect the dots, or are repelled by the sheer horror of the darkness of mens' souls (and by implication, their own).

I have never accepted the notion that TPTB are just too obtuse to understand the consequences of their actions. It's obvious that if an ordinary individual such as myself can figure out that their actions will have devastating consequences, then clearly it is their even deeper understanding of how these phenomena work that has enabled them to control an ever increasing percentage of the world's resources.  (Think about it:  If we, scratching at every clue, from the outside in, are seeking a way to profit from this mess, doesn't it stand to reason that they would be too? And, aren't they in a better position to do so?)

It is arrogant of us to perceive their machinations, yet attribute them to incompetence . . . We are seduced by a subliminal pride that we are smarter than our masters . . . . and that pride, and the resulting blindness, are cultivated every day on the news, as we are coaxed by the talking heads, and especially Jon Stewart*, into believing that our leaders are just a bunch of bumbling idiots.  We are seduced into laughing at the "fools" . . . . Meanwhile, we are the fools . . . . In many of the more sophisticated con games, the mark's pride is pumped up . . . . Pride has the remarkable quality of blinding us . . . . That's why pride is the con man's best friend, and flattery is the con man's most common tool.

I realize that much of what is proposed by this essay is speculative . . . By definition, it must be, as it explores the hidden motives of individuals . . . Motives are only absolutely known, in this world, by their owners, and can not be confirmed by published facts and figures.  But they can be inferred, if we are honest with ourselves about the true state of men's souls, and are willing to explore the possibility that there are people who are much more clever than ourselves, and who are simultaneously animated by very dark motives.

So, though there cannot ever be, in this world, proof of these alleged motives, I find the idea of a malevolent, planned strategy to be a much more useful model than the Just-a-Bunch-of-Bumbling-Idiots Theory (JABOBIT)**.

FWIW.

--C1oudfire

 

* This is why I am not a Jon Stewart fan, despite his sharp wit.  We tend to flatter ourselves into thinking that we truly understand world events, simply because we are “savvy” enough to know when to laugh.  This, IMO, is a subtle form of sheepherding.

** I find it ironic that those, who snicker at the notion that a handful of families, known as the "Illuminati" control the world, readily accept the idea that the "Jabobi" have somehow managed to remain in power over several generations.

 

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The Royal Scam

THE ROYAL SCAM - Steely Dan

    And they wandered in
    From the city of St. John
    Without a dime
    Wearing coats that shined
    Both red and green
    Colors from their sunny island
    From their boats of iron
    They looked upon the promised land
    Where surely life was sweet
    On the rising tide
    To New York City
    Did they ride into the street

    See the glory
    Of the royal scam

    They are hounded down
    To the bottom of a bad town
    Amid the ruins
    Where they learn to fear
    An angry race of fallen kings
    Their dark companions
    While the memory of
    Their southern sky was clouded by
    A savage winter
    Every patron saint
    Hung on the wall, shared the room
    With twenty sinners

    See the glory
    Of the royal scam

    By the blackened wall
    He does it all
    He thinks he's died and gone to heaven
    Now the tale is told
    By the old man back home
    He reads the letter
    How they are paid in gold
    Just to babble in the back room
    All night and waste their time
    And they wandered in
    From the city of St. John without a dime

    See the glory
    Of the royal scam

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This sure makes one thinK?

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Sorry, folks, about the multiple posts.  With the site malfunctioning, I could not tell that my posts had gone through . . . I kept getting error and time out messages, instead of seeing my post on the screen.  Sorry for the inconvenience. . .

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I have not researched Argentina, but am curious if anyone knows where money was the safest then?  I am guessing in other currencies, but how did personal real estate hold up over the several years after they defaulted?  The major difference here is that should the US default, many other countries will follow.  Argentina was a fraction of the size of the US.

thanks for any thoughts/ideas

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C1oudfire wrote:

Thanks, so much, DTM, for posting this amazing essay.  It ventures into waters that most people, even many on this site, will rarely wade into.  Occasionally, we see individuals dip in a pinky or two, but never a full plunge into the cold waters of reality.

It always amazes and baffles me that many are willing to concede individual aspects of the Grand Plan, but are either unable to connect the dots, or are repelled by the sheer horror of the darkness of mens' souls (and by implication, their own).

I have never accepted the notion that TPTB are just too obtuse to understand the consequences of their actions. It's obvious that if an ordinary individual such as myself can figure out that their actions will have devastating consequences, then clearly it is their even deeper understanding of how these phenomena work that has enabled them to control an ever increasing percentage of the world's resources.  (Think about it:  If we, scratching at every clue, from the outside in, are seeking a way to profit from this mess, doesn't it stand to reason that they would be too? And, aren't they in a better position to do so?)

It is arrogant of us to perceive their machinations, yet attribute them to incompetence . . . We are seduced by a subliminal pride that we are smarter than our masters . . . . and that pride, and the resulting blindness, are cultivated every day on the news, as we are coaxed by the talking heads, and especially Jon Stewart*, into believing that our leaders are just a bunch of bumbling idiots.  We are seduced into laughing at the "fools" . . . . Meanwhile, we are the fools . . . . In many of the more sophisticated con games, the mark's pride is pumped up . . . . Pride has the remarkable quality of blinding us . . . . That's why pride is the con man's best friend, and flattery is the con man's most common tool.

I realize that much of what is proposed by this essay is speculative . . . By definition, it must be, as it explores the hidden motives of individuals . . . Motives are only absolutely known, in this world, by their owners, and can not be confirmed by published facts and figures.  But they can be inferred, if we are honest with ourselves about the true state of men's souls, and are willing to explore the possibility that there are people who are much more clever than ourselves, and who are simultaneously animated by very dark motives.

So, though there cannot ever be, in this world, proof of these alleged motives, I find the idea of a malevolent, planned strategy to be a much more useful model than the Just-a-Bunch-of-Bumbling-Idiots Theory (JABOBIT)**.

FWIW.

--C1oudfire

 

* This is why I am not a Jon Stewart fan, despite his sharp wit.  We tend to flatter ourselves into thinking that we truly understand world events, simply because we are “savvy” enough to know when to laugh.  This, IMO, is a subtle form of sheepherding.

** I find it ironic that those, who snicker at the notion that a handful of families, known as the "Illuminati" control the world, readily accept the idea that the "Jabobi" have somehow managed to remain in power over several generations.

 

Brilliantly insightful observations C1oudfire.  You are so right on.

And compared to the masses, you are definitely not just an ordinary individual!

 

And a big thank you to DTM for an amazing article. 

 

 

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C1oudfire wrote:

 I find it ironic that those, who snicker at the notion that a handful of families, known as the "Illuminati" control the world, readily accept the idea that the "Jabobi" have somehow managed to remain in power over several generations.

That's because people assume that they are the pawns and the king is in control of the chessboard. They think he must see the game board the same way they do and must be an idiot to do the things he does. They do not realize that there is a higher power controlling the game. We represent the pawns in this game, someone like John Stewart or Rush Limbaugh would be a bishop, knight or some higher value piece due to their influence on the masses, Obama is the king, etc. The game looks very different to us down on the field than to those playing the game and controlling it. When someone moves a queen into position where she can taken or sacrificed the rest of the board looks at that move and thinks what a stupid thing that was to do (especially the queen). But they cannot know the motives of the actual person playing the game. They do not know what he knows so they think he is just a bumbling idiot.

 

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keelba wrote:
C1oudfire wrote:

 I find it ironic that those, who snicker at the notion that a handful of families, known as the "Illuminati" control the world, readily accept the idea that the "Jabobi" have somehow managed to remain in power over several generations.

That's because people assume that they are the pawns and the king is in control of the chessboard. They think he must see the game board the same way they do and must be an idiot to do the things he does. They do not realize that there is a higher power controlling the game. We represent the pawns in this game, someone like John Stewart or Rush Limbaugh would be a bishop, knight or some higher value piece due to their influence on the masses, Obama is the king, etc. The game looks very different to us down on the field than to those playing the game and controlling it. When someone moves a queen into position where she can taken or sacrificed the rest of the board looks at that move and thinks what a stupid thing that was to do (especially the queen). But they cannot know the motives of the actual person playing the game. They do not know what he knows so they think he is just a bumbling idiot.

Great analogy, Keelba!  What's sad is that, instead of wondering "What can they see that I can't see?", the pawns smugly dismiss the chess players as foolish . . .

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Double post

 

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This post is pure fiction, but it would make a good movie. The evil matrix is out to get us! What should we do? Coming to a theatre near you this fall. If I showed this post to anyone in the real world, how do you think they would react? Oh, thats right, they're just sheeple, what do they know? We get it, they don't. 

What has this community turned into? Everywhere I turn here, there is more of this us-vs-them crap. Good luck with that. 

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JAG wrote:

This post is pure fiction, but it would make a good movie. The evil matrix is out to get us! What should we do? Coming to a theatre near you this fall. If I showed this post to anyone in the real world, how do you think they would react? Oh, thats right, they're just sheeple, what do they know? We get it, they don't. 

What has this community turned into? Everywhere I turn here, there is more of this us-vs-them crap. Good luck with that. 

Hi, JAG;

I have noticed that your fuse for viewpoints you don't share is getting shorter.  Anyone who has participated in this forum for any length of time has been there, on occasion.  Maybe it's time to pull back for a bit, and shelter yourself from the constant onslaught of unpleasant notions, whether they have merit, or not.  You're a really good chap, and I don't want to see you get burned out  . . . 

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JAG, the intent isn't us vs them in terms of those who get it and those who don't.  It's people trying to stir everybody (all of "us") against the "them" that needs to be overthrown.  

not to quibble, but Obama isn't a king.  If presidents were the top of the chain we wouldn't be in the situation we're in...we'd have a president that represented us like JFK tried to be.  Most presidents aren't on the chessboard (the long-term strategic game nobody watches).  They're more like waiting on the bench in football in the hopes that the coach gives them a chance to play runningback (while the other political party has a starring role as defense and big media are the cheerleaders for both sides...the louder this is, the less people notice the chessboard).  If would-be presidents show they will run the ball forward for the managers, coaches, owners, then they get their chance in the limelight.  All-star runningbacks get lots of fame, but some people know there's much more to it than the guy on TV.  A couple pawns from the chessboard are sent to the football field to play QB/OT to setup the runningback to ensure he runs the right plays.    

The powerful chessboard players never enter the football stadium...banking families, controllers of the military/industrial complex, controllers of the media, the corporatocracy (as "Economic Hit Man" calls it), royal families, a few people from NSA/CIA/MI5/etc.  

By the way, the economic hit man understands very well the bishops/knights/rooks in the game (corporatocracy, mil/ind complex, govt agencies). But for some reason he doesn't address the top players...those who control everyone/everything else via debt-based money.  So as good as his book is, like so many others, he keeps people focused on the mid-level players and the kings/queens stay unknown.  His dream of america becoming a benevolent republic again cannot happen until the head of this empire is checkmated.  

 

 

 

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strabes -

In the interest of fairness to our international bretheren and sisteren could you also do up an analogy using "football" as the rest of the world understands it.

I do believe Pele, Ronaldo, Maradonna and Ronaldhino approach "king" status so they might need a special category. 

Okay, Maradonna might be the "drama queen"..........

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Plato's Allegory of the Cave

I think that this may be an appropriate moment to mention Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. The Allegory of the Cave is a metaphor used by the Greek philosopher, Plato in his work, The Republic, to illustrate "our nature in its education and want of education". It was written as a fictional dialogue between Plato's teacher, Socrates, and Plato's brother, Glaucon.

Most students of the humanities will recognize this piece of ancient literature from their Philosophy 101 course. I was struck by its stark honesty then, and I am even more impressed with its perennial applicability now, especially in light of the intensity of emotion that is sometimes displayed by those who are presented with a world view that is different from the one to which they are accustomed. 

 

Inside the cave

Socrates begins his presentation by describing a scenario in which what people take to be real would in fact be an illusion. He asks Glaucon to imagine a cave inhabited by prisoners who have been chained and held immobile since childhood: not only are their arms and legs held in place, but their heads are also fixed, compelled to gaze at a wall in front of them. Behind the prisoners is an enormous fire, and between the fire and the prisoners is a raised walkway, along which people walk carrying things on their heads "including figures of men and animals made of wood, stone and other materials" The prisoners can only watch the shadows cast by the men, not knowing they are shadows. There are also echoes off the wall from the noise produced from the walkway.

Socrates asks if it is not reasonable that the prisoners would take the shadows to be real things and the echoes to be real sounds, not just reflections of  reality, since they are all they had ever seen or heard. Wouldn't they praise as clever whoever could best guess which shadow would come next, as someone who understood the nature of the world? And wouldn't the whole of their society depend on the shadows on the wall?

Release from the cave

Socrates next introduces something new to this scenario. Suppose that a prisoner is freed and permitted to stand up. If someone were to show him the things that had cast the shadows, he would not recognize them for what they were and could not name them; he would believe the shadows on the wall to be more real than what he sees.

Suppose further, Socrates says, that the man was compelled to look at the fire: wouldn't he be struck blind and try to turn his gaze back toward the shadows, as toward what he can see clearly and hold to be real? What if someone forcibly dragged such a man upward, out of the cave: wouldn't the man be angry at the one doing this to him? And if dragged all the way out into the sunlight, wouldn't he be distressed and unable to see "even one of the things now said to be true", viz. the shadows on the wall ?

After some time on the surface, however, Socrates suggests that the freed prisoner would acclimate. He would see more and more things around him, until he could look upon the sun. He would understand that the sun is the "source of the seasons and the years, and is the steward of all things in the visible place, and is in a certain way the cause of all those things he and his companions had been seeing" 

Return to the cave

Socrates next asks Glaucon to consider the condition of this man. Wouldn't he remember his first home, what passed for wisdom there, and his fellow prisoners, and consider himself happy and them pitiable? And wouldn't he disdain whatever honors, praises, and prizes were awarded there to the ones who guessed best which shadows followed which? Moreover, were he to return there, wouldn't he be rather bad at their game, no longer being accustomed to the darkness? "Wouldn't it be said of him that he went up and came back with his eyes corrupted, and that it's not even worth trying to go up? And if they were somehow able to get their hands on and kill the man who attempts to release and lead up, wouldn't they kill him?"

 

-- C1oudfire

 

** Much of the above is an edited (for brevity) from a Wikipedia entry for “Plato’s Allegory of the Cave”.

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Way to ruin my analogy, Strabes. =)

I actually do believe that Obama is a king in this game. The game is over when we lose faith in our leaders. As long as there is "Change We Can Believe In" then the game is still on. The thing is, Obama is a king in terms of chess pieces but he is still IN the same game we are. You might argue that his Czars, Giethner, Bernanke, etc. represent the powerful queen pieces. But none of these people are actually playing the game or controlling it. We cannot see those people. Those people are not our reality. Our reality is the board we see or the media we are bombarded with daily. We try to make sense of our world only through what WE can see, touch and feel, which, I think, is what C1oudfire was showing us with Plato's Allegory.

I remember now reading that allegory many years ago and I think you are right, C1oudfire, that it is very poignant to today's world.

 

--Kevin

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C1,

Don't worry, I'm not going the way of Sam here and I find nothing unpleasant about the subject matter on this site. As I have stated before, I'm a conspiracy buff and I have enjoyed it for years for what it truly is, entertainment.

But what irks me about this post is that he cites Dr. M's Crash Course, and then piles a load of pure speculation on top of it. 

For me, the sniff test for speculation comes down to one thing: Is the post designed to evoke an emotional reaction from the reader? If it does, its not valuable information, its marketing. And if you take the speculation at face value, then you are buying the product. Who is the sheeple in this scenario?

Contrast the aforementioned post with Dr. M's work. Occasionally, Dr. M will play the emotion-card, but for the most part, he plays it down and limits any speculation on his part. But thats not good enough for some, they have to take his message and bastardize it to maximize the Shock Value of it.

I know what I'm buying with Dr. M's work, but right now, the world is full of wanne-be Martensons. Our job, as members of his community, is to distinguish between the real deal and the BS. If we don't, we might as well drink their purple kool-aid now and get it over with.

I know many of you feel different, but I can't apologize for voicing a dissenting opinion on this.

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Jeff -

You are the man.

Speculation is best left to the beatnik poets in coffee shops. 

Or at least the wannabes in Starbucks.

Dig it, man?

Had to toss in a nod to Woodstock here on the 40th anniversary of Max Yasgur's little hoe-down.

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In Defense of Dissent
JAG wrote:

C1,

But what irks me about this post is that he cites Dr. M's Crash Course, and then piles a load of pure speculation on top of it. 

For me, the sniff test for speculation comes down to one thing: Is the post designed to evoke an emotional reaction from the reader? If it does, its not valuable information, its marketing. And if you take the speculation at face value, then you are buying the product. Who is the sheeple in this scenario?

Contrast the aforementioned post with Dr. M's work. Occasionally, Dr. M will play the emotion-card, but for the most part, he plays it down and limits any speculation on his part. But thats not good enough for some, they have to take his message and bastardize it to maximize the Shock Value of it.

I know what I'm buying with Dr. M's work, but right now, the world is full of wanne-be Martensons. Our job, as members of his community, is to distinguish between the real deal and the BS. If we don't, we might as well drink their purple kool-aid now and get it over with.

I know many of you feel different, but I can't apologize for voicing a dissenting opinion on this.

Hey, Jeff;

I'm all in favor of your right to dissent . . . . but I'm also in favor of a bit of speculation, if it is not paraded as fact.  It seems to me that the verbage of DTM's post clearly indicates that he is formulating a hypothesis, and presenting it as a "What if?" . . . . That's fair game, in my book . . . And, I'd add that it's what's often done in courtrooms.  For instance, in a murder case, establishing a possible motive is a key part of prosecution.  (It can only be a "possible" motive, because the true motive can only be known, in this world, by the perpetrator.)  It's what makes all of the physical evidence and testimony hang together into a cohesive theory about what exactly has happened.  I would suggest that the sorts of procedures that are used in crime investigation and prosecution/defense might appropriately be applied to some of the activity we've seen on a global economic scale.

I didn't really see this author trying to ride on CM's coattails . . .  They are each doing an entirely different gig . . . Dr. Martenson rarely engages in speculation . . . . That's his strength . . . . But there are also those who are talented at connecting the dots by a more right-brained approach, and I would venture to say that they have their place, too.  I would liken it to the use of a detective's "gut feelings" when trying to solve a case . . . .  There is a certain amount of speculation that goes into that process.  The trick is to be true to the evidence, and remain willing to discard any theory or part of a theory that isn't consistent with the evidence.  To point out that this article is purely speculative is appropriate . . . but to discard it, out of hand, without considering whether there is any supporting evidence may rob us of an opportunity to see things from a new perspective.

I see this author as just "floating an idea" about what may be going on behind the scenes . . . . It seems to me to be a bit of a brainstorming session . . . . and that's OK with me, because the author doesn't seem to present it as anything but that . . . .  Though it probably belongs in the CT folder, as it satisfies two criteria:

  • It is speculative (I won't say that it's beliefs-based, as that would only be true if one chose to believe it.)
  • It is eliciting strong emotional responses.

Anyway, I don't know about the author of this essay, but I, for one, am not a wannabe Martenson.  My strengths lie in entirely different arenas, and that's why I pay Dr. Martenson to do what he does best.  I deeply appreciate what he does, and the way he does it . . . and I wouldn't dare to try to match wits with him in that arena.  But I also value other approaches to problem solving, and they don't all involve graphs and tables.  It seems to me that the best balanced, most competent individuals are able to use both sides of their brains, the analytical and the intuitive, to the best advantage, and in appropriate proportions to the problem at hand. 

It's interesting to hear your emotional reaction to the piece . . . . in contrast, I did not find it at all shocking . . . in fact, it seemed to coalesce many of my own questions into an intriguing alternative way to look at the phenomena, and made more sense, in some ways, than the standard explanations for recent phenomena, which I often find rather unsatisfying in their ability to explain actions of otherwise highly successful people.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you're just feeling a bit feisty . . . . and I must say that it's a welcome relief . . . the CM emotional pendulum swung first to the hyperemotional extreme, then to the hyperpolite "Oh no I insist . .  after you" extreme.  Hopefully, it'll waver somewhere in the middle where we can disagree without hostility.

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C1oud, thanks for Plato's allegory.  I didn't know about it.  Smart dude.  Glad he wasn't stuck watching TV.  

Jeff, it's not pure speculation.  It's informed deduction/induction (always has a probability of being wrong...pure academic "fact" does too). And emotion doesn't necessarily come from the author.  Emotion is felt within the reader.  It is a result of the interplay between author and reader. For example, many people feel intense emotion when they encounter the CC.  That's not the author's fault.  It doesn't mean the CC is marketing.

Kevin, I'm all for your analogy because it's the type of thinking that gets us somewhere rather than being stuck with only the facts that have been fed to us.  We are conscious beings and have the ability to perceive fact for ourselves...yet we don't want to trust that.  If we limited ourselves only to the facts we're fed, we'd be in trouble.  We'd think stealing $12 trillion from us to give to bankers is a benevolent attempt at helping us. How would we know if our partner loved us?  How would we sense when someone shouldn't be trusted?  How would an abused child ever find truth outside the reality created by his controllers?  What would we do with Brzezinski's book which in plain site talks about the chess game?  How would a company decide how to flank a competitor?  Why would Bank of China have got itself stuck under so many worthless dollars if what we're led to believe by the media was true...do we think they're that stupid?  If Putin was limited to only the verifiable facts reported by scientific journals or the media, of course he would've lost his efforts to stop the anglo banking attack on Russia long ago.  He's still going strong thankfully.  He took out a British spy with plutonium...he used induction, gut feel, forecasting, puzzle-solving, character analysis, Machiavellian instinct, etc. to make that decision. Of course the anglo media "fact" we were fed was that it was a vicious murder of a completely pure journalist. Chess tells me it was a legitimate defense of his country.  Such techniques are valid/necessary ways of perceiving reality, more important in my view than simple academic fact-based deduction since Foucault reminds us all "fact" comes from those in power. Putin is a strategic player.  He knows the chess game.  He will not be handcuffed by anglo-approved "facts." So all that to say, I really liked your post and didn't mean to poo-poo it.  I just wanted to point out that you were analogizing to the matrix we perceive (your chess game, my football game, Dogs' futbol game!). My suggestion is that it's useful to look at what creates the matrix in the first place...that's the real chess game.  As far as I can tell (Jeff, this is admittedly speculation, but informed by lots of info) the only president that was a real player in the chess game rather than just a pawn was Bush Sr.  Also, Geithner, Bernanke, etc. aren't real players...they are also pawns, otherwise they wouldn't be on TV at risk of public ire.

 

 

 

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For a while there I thought no one was going to comment on this... but in the end you couldn't stay away! Good to see. Good to see such interesting responses too..

Now, I'm no conspiracy believer, most of the time. Do I believe this one? I'm still asking myself, but I wonder all the time, "do 'they' know/understand what is really going on?" I mean to say, if WE do here, surely they must too?  No?

Now if they don't, well they must be stupid beyond all credibility..... and if they do, well they are criminally insane to let it continue! So WTF is going on? I can't believe this is happening sometimes, and I sure as hell cannot believe all the greenshoots crap we read daily, in the press of the entire planet!!

My brain's in a spin.... back to the garden.

Mike

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Mike -

The vast majority of US politicians are only concerned with reelection.  They focus on reelection and when some nonsense bill comes out of committee they hang a bunch of crap riders on it to "represent" their constituencies and then they go vote party lines.

For most of these knotheads, it is ignorance, bordering on willful, culpable negligence.  What's really happening  isn't on their radar scope - yet but soon will be.  These are the ones who would fit in your first grouping - most are ignorant of the situation, some are ignorant by choice - which is pretty bad, and others are just "stupid beyond all credibility".

But for some of them, they are criminally insane - or at least criminal.  Insanity is just a slightly twisted manifestation of genius right?  They let it continue because they have been sucking it dry since they were turned.

I'm not sure which group is more dangerous....

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Damnthematrix  said:

Now, I'm no conspiracy believer, most of the time. Do I believe this one? I'm still asking myself, but I wonder all the time, "do 'they' know/understand what is really going on?" I mean to say, if WE do here, surely they must too?  No?

Mike, when I first read your post, I was a little surprised but pleased that it was you who offered it.  I'm glad you're willing to consider alternatives to the corporate media's propaganda.  Let me try to field your questions...

  • "do 'they' know/understand what is really going on?"

The core of the fraud lies with their banking system.  It was designed to transfer all wealth and power to the banking cartel through a monetary system that is mathematically flawed.  The system cannot be sustained and it eventually destroys the nation state.  Many people know this, it is no longer a well kept secret.  Rothschild banking protege John Sherman explained it best:

"The few who understand the system, will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of the people mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests."

Sir Josiah Stamp understood the scam and warned that:

Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits.

Clearly, the system has been understood for many years as the scam it is.  Clinton mentor professor Carroll Quigley explained the Rothschild plan:

"The powers of financial capitalism had (a) far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

"For the first time in its history, Western Civilization is in danger of being destroyed internally by a corrupt, criminal ruling cabal which is centered around the Rockefeller interests, which include elements from the Morgan, Brown, Rothschild, Du Pont, Harriman, Kuhn-Loeb, and other groupings as well. This junta took control of the political, financial, and cultural life of America in the first two decades of the twentieth century."

Those closer to the top of the vertically held power, know more than the ones that operate underneath them.  For example, politicians accept bribes and special favors to help promote the cause.  They must know what they are doing is wrong but not many understand that their influence is promoting the destruction of our national sovereignty. 

A President must understand that they are taking marching orders.  For example, earlier this year, President Obama said that the "president shouldn't second guess the Fed."  I think we all know that the wall street bankers and the international banking cartel make all of our financial policy decisions.  For example, they wrote the bail-out bill, which benefited them at the expense of the people.

There are many who honestly think that people are not fit to govern themselves and that we need to be "ruled" by the elite.  Many no doubt understand what is coming our way and that it probably can't be stopped, so why not be on the winning side.

  • I mean to say, if WE do here, surely they must too?

I think there are many who would step forward if the public began to demand transparency, the constitutional rule of law and the truth.  They need cover and support to take on the cartel because they know that their political career will be destroyed if they raise a stink (e.g. Eliot Spitzer).  The push needs to come from the grass roots level.

Larry

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The Economic Hit Man

Wonderful analogies and Allegory.  Thanks to those posters.  I too had never heard of Plato's Allegory of the Cave.  Great!

Hey strabes,

In regards to what you said about the economic hit man,  "But for some reason he doesn't address the top players..."

John Perkins, in his second excellent educational book on the inner working of the world's economy, "The Secret History of the American Empire" discusses in the prologue the word EMPIRE.  During his first promotional book tour in 05 & 06, at meetings held with students discussing that word they identified 6 major characteristics that all global empires possess and the U.S. exhibits all of them.

I won't go into what those 6 characteristics are but I will go into what the 7th major characteristic is, that, at first glance, the U.S. does not exhibit but in reality, is just an illusion.  Perkins stated it is the lack of an emperor or king or queen who has control of government & media, is not accountable and has a never ending term that constitutes the 7th characteristic.

He says, "This empire is ruled by a group of people who collectively act very much like a king.  They rule our largest corporations and, through them, our government.  They cycle through the "revolving door" back and forth between business and government.  Because they fund political campaigns and the media, they control elected officials and the information we receive .  These men & women (the corporatocracy) are in charge regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats control the White House or Congress.  They are not subject to the people's will and their terms are not limited by law."

Perkins goes on to say this has all been built surreptitiously.  We all know that unfortunately most citizens don't know what has happened and what is happening right in front of their faces today and tomorrow.  We all know where this has gotten us.  History has also shown that all empires collapse or are overthrown.

It should be noted that the man who claims to have invented the word fascism, Benito Mussolini, describes it as the merger of the state and corporate power other wise known as corporatism.   

Perkins is in the second part of the movie Zeitgeist Addendum  www.zeitgeistmovie.com  Of which the first part exposes the central bank's debt based money system.  So, by implication, his story lends itself  to addressing those top players to whom you refer.

 

All,

Does anyone know what Perkins does for a living now?  Check it out.  http://www.greatmystery.org/events/maya09.html

Additional writings...
The Mayan Shapeshifter by John Perkins
Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness by Llyn Roberts
 

Meet John Perkins on Zeitgeist: Addendum

Books by John Perkins
Shapeshifting: Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation
Psychonavigation: Techniques for Travel Beyond Time
Spirit of the Shuar: Wisdom from the Last Unconquered People of the Amazon (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize)
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World
 

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Hi Broadspectrum, thanks for the info on Perkins.  But in my view calling it corporatocracy still keeps it at a lower, anonymous level that might distract people from the top level.  It ignores the reality that corporations by themselves would never have become so organized, so cooperative, without an organizing force.  They would have remained "competing factions" as Hamilton/Madison described them.  It is the central banking system which creates the controlling faction (corporations depend on banks for survival, and then banks depend on the Fed for survival...a very powerful hierarchical system).  And it is the activities of the internationalists (in the US via CFR and the Trilateral Commission which are now completely controlled by Rockefeller and contain all the top political, media, corporate, banking, academic, military power brokers) that ensure all centers of power/wealth are brought under the influence of the controlling faction so everybody is operating together rather than in self-interested competing factions.  

I wonder if Perkins has any direct experience with that.  Probably not because these types of control systems operate with hierarchical compartmentalization, so a hit man working for a corporation (Perkins) wouldn't be exposed to the higher level operations of the Wall Streeters in CFR or Rockefeller's inner circle.  Instead he would've had a "handler" from a higher level rung on the ladder that exposed him only to what he needed to know (I don't recall the name, but he actually names his handler...a woman that seduced him into the whole operation).

So I just hope we can all stay focused on the banking system.  People get justifiably enraged at corporations, "big oil" "big pharma" or the "corporatocracy" but we gotta remember that corporate entities are just extensions of the banking system.  It all goes back to the Fed.  That's the heart.  And it didn't create itself...there are actual people behind that institution...arrest them and this entire thing crashes...like Skywalker's shot at the center of the Death Star.     Unfortunately they control the people that control law enforcement, so no doubt it's going to be turned against us rather than against the enemy.  

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If you think it's pure fiction I've got a novel you'll really enjoy from the same genre.  Pick up a copy of Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine," the exhaustive and meticulously researched and footnoted definitive history of the adventures of the acolytes of Milton Friedman's aggressive no-holds barred capitalism, as they traipse their way first across the continent of Latin America, beginning with the installation of the dictator Pinochet in Chile, then to Brazil and Argentina; then on to Poland, to China, and then to the grandmaster capitalist asset misappropriation match of them all, Russia.

Personally,  I think Anonymous Correspondent hasn't quite got all the nuances of the dialogue right,  but the arc of the story is right on point.  This is one of those wide open secrets that no one comprehends, in large part because we've all been indoctrinated to believe that our government, or rather the predatory robber barrons who cycle through the revolving door of our government , the military-industrial complex, and the right wing think tanks, is supporting the spread of free markets and democracy through out the world,  the city of light on the hill towards which all turn in their yearning for freedom.

And it's all total horseshit. It's a scam, the most ambitious, most outrageous, biggest payoff scam in the history of the world; and the amazing thing is they've been pulling it off in broad daylight with straight faces in the name of freedom and liberty for the past thirty years - and nobody's caught on!  

Experiments? Oh, they've got you're experiments. Hell they've done this so many times and in so many variations there's practically a textbook.  Actually there is a textbook - it's the 'plan' that the infantry division of the Chicago Boys sends in to come up with the 'plan' to stabilize the economy. 

But here's the thing:  In their zeal to spread the utopia of free markets throughout the world they realized a while back that if you just sit around and wait for something to happen, so you can go spread the good news of that special brand  of Chicago-style reform, you may be waiting around for a while.  Being the movers and shakers that they are, the Chicago Boys realized that there was no reason that they should have to wait on history.  They started going out and creating it.

If your goal is to radically restructure an economy in a form that, frankly, is not going to appeal to the vast majority of the population because they're too pedestrian and dull to appreciate the singular, enchanting beauty of what you're trying to bestow upon them, even though as it evolves, like life itself, in the long term the economy  must come into perfect harmony with the universe,  it's going to be necessary to 'suspend' normal democracy in some manner.  People just aren't willing to tolerate the short term pain for the utopia you're offering, so you have to disable their ability to resist.  The society has to be thrown into shock,  and the plan implemented before they can recover enough to resist.

Thus the title of the book.  The skeletal essentials of the method: Create a disorienting social and economic shock in an economy that so overwhelms the population that they are unable to organize any resistance to the radical economic program designed to'reform' the economy.  You might think that we're talking about something like  triggering instant hyperinflation, and you'd be on the right track.

But that's not enough.  The sector of society prone to exercising their democratic right to resist change they disagree with, and the cadre that organizes people and expresses opposing political views has to be 'shocked' into submission too. 

This part of the program has evolved over the years.  It's usually possible these days  to avoid mass arrests, executions, and 'disappearing' of people (as it was termed in Argentina) that were used in the early days in Latin America.  Now you can usually just let the tanks roll into town and round a few people up, maybe burn the parliament and let the tanks fire a few rounds into it to show them you mean business, nothing real serious.

Once everybody knows that that the discussion is now over, you proceed with the program; which is radical privatization of every government asset possible, removal of all barriers to trade and investment  by foreigners, and finally cut taxes and cut wasteful social spending.

And there you have it. Once that's done you just sit back and let the market do the rest, like in the old joke about how many laissez faire economists it takes to screw in a light bulb.  Answer: None,  if the light bulb needs to be changed the market will take care of it.

But while you're waiting in the dark for that light bulb to be changed,  based on a fairly good sample of previous 'reform' efforts, it's pretty easy to predict what happens in the economy.  First there's the feeding frenzy of the elites as they scarf up public assets at ludicrous prices, and of course there's your standard looting of the public treasury.  The natives, well they start to get a little restless as unemployment climbs, especially with no safety net.  The middle class is generally destroyed, and you end up with a few real rich, real ruthless despots at the top, and a bunch of dirty, hungry, scraggly peasants at the bottom,  many of whom were professionals or small businessmen just weeks or months ago.  

By this time the IMF has stopped by, stuck it's head in the door, seen that all was well and given the fat happy murders running the place a big check and the 'OK' sign, then headed on about it's business.

It happens over and over again. Why? Well sometimes these countries get a little too big for their britches and elect some politician with socialist leanings who decides he's going to stop letting American multinationals rape his country and his people.  You let some little upstart like that run around for a while and the next thing you know he's got a couple of other little piss ants in bordering countries going along with the idea.  Any CEO will tell you that's got to be nipped in the bud with a little dose of reform pretty quick.

And when some formerly socialist country throws off the chains of oppression and starts on the road to democracy? Well,  sometimes they haven't quite gotten it right.  Not their fault you understand, that socialist greater good nonsense pretty much infects them to the core, so it's a good idea to get the Chicago Boys over there and straighten them out so they'll realize what a great deal your buddies at the IMF will offer them, and if they want it they better do things your way. It's an offer they can't refuse.

This game's been going on for  a while,  and as they've rolled over more and more societies, refining their technique and gaining confidence, the players started casting an eye more and more often in the direction of a prize they never imagined within their grasp.

 But there it was one day, the U.S.A.,  and it was morning in American with a brand new president who talked the talk and walked the walk, a free market brother, Ronald Reagan.  Then Bush I, Clinton; the good times they just kept on rolling because by now everybody was on board with the gospel of the Chicago School, and the strip mining of America was underway. 

When Bush II came in the free marketeers and their corporate sponsors thought they'd pretty much achieved Nirvana. After all, you privatize the Army, you privatize the intelligence services, you essentially privatize war itself - how much further can you go?

Never far enough for a Chicago Boy until it's all been torn down and converted from the public trust to more efficient hands.

But at this point we've pretty much gone as far as we can during the normal course of  history.  If we want to move on, and you know that as far as the people that count, the people that stand to reap big profits from it all, we do, then it's time.

It's time to move on. Time to get radical. Time for a little shock therapy.

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Re: "The Royal Scam"

Citizen49a,

Just so you know, we can all see you sitting there in your underwear, in the basement of your mama's house, typing your prose into the computer (they installed cameras and are always watching). But I have to give credit where credit is due, that is by far the best initial posting I have ever read on this site. You truly have the gift of keyboard gab

I'm not sure how I became that guy who poo-poos conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory here, because its really not in my nature to do so. Needless to say, I'm not even going to try on this one, its too good.

Bottomline: I'm a huge fan of CT, and your writing has inspired to gather the flock together tonight and to inform them of their doomed future. Rest assured, the pasture will be well fertilized when my sheeple hear this one!

Captian Sheeple...Over and Out.

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Re: "The Royal Scam"

When I read this stuff I think of The X-Files' Fox Mulder. Except where his mantra was "I Want To Believe", mine is "I Don't Want To Believe". Life is much easier to get through that way, you see.

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