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The Great Pretext…for Dystopia
In their World Economic Forum treatise Covid-19: The Great Reset, economists Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret bring us the voice of would-be Global Governance.
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Viewing the virtual-reality film “Collisions” at a session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 2016. (World Economic Forum, Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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By titling their recently published World Economic Forum treatise Covid-19: The Great Reset, the authors link the pandemic to their futuristic proposals in ways bound to be met with a chorus of “Aha!”s. In the current atmosphere of confusion and distrust, the glee with which economists Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret greet the pandemic as harbinger of their proposed socioeconomic upheaval suggests that if Covid-19 hadn’t come along by accident, they would have created it (had they been able).

In fact, World Economic Forum founder Schwab was already energetically hyping the Great Reset, using climate change as the triggering crisis, before the latest coronavirus outbreak provided him with an even more immediate pretext for touting his plans to remake the world.

The authors start right in by proclaiming that “the world as we knew it in the early months of 2020 is no more,” that radical changes will shape a “new normal.” We ourselves will be transformed. “Many of our beliefs and assumptions about what the world could or should look like will be shattered in the process.”

Throughout the book, the authors seem to gloat over the presumed effects of widespread “fear” of the virus, which is supposed to condition people to desire the radical changes they envisage. They employ technocratic psychobabble to announce that the pandemic is already transforming the human mentality to conform to the new reality they consider inevitable.

“Our lingering and possibly lasting fear of being infected with a virus … will thus speed the relentless march of automation…” Really?

“The pandemic may increase our anxiety about sitting in an enclosed space with complete strangers, and many people may decide that staying home to watch the latest movie or opera is the wisest option.”

“There are other first round effects that are much easier to anticipate. Cleanliness is one of them. The pandemic will certainly heighten our focus on hygiene. A new obsession with cleanliness will particularly entail the creation of new forms of packaging. We will be encouraged not to touch the products we buy. Simple pleasures like smelling a melon or squeezing a fruit will be frowned upon and may even become a thing of the past.”

This is the voice of would-be Global Governance. From on high, experts decide what the masses ought to want, and twist the alleged popular wishes to fit the profit-making schemes they are peddling. Their schemes center on digital innovation, massive automation using “artificial intelligence,” finally even “improving” human beings by endowing them artificially with some of the attributes of robots: such as problem-solving devoid of ethical distractions.

Engineer-economist Klaus Schwab, born in Ravensburg, Germany, in 1938, founded his World Economic Forum in 1971, attracting massive sponsorship from international corporations. It meets once a year in Davos, Switzerland – last time in January 2020 and next year in May, delayed because of Covid-19.

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman, World Economic Forum, on Jan. 21, 2015. (World Economic Forum, Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman, World Economic Forum, on Jan. 21, 2015. (World Economic Forum, Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

A Powerful Lobby

What is it, exactly? I would describe the WEF as a combination capitalist consulting firm and gigantic lobby. The futuristic predictions are designed to guide investors into profitable areas in what Schwab calls “the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)” and then, as the areas are defined, to put pressure on governments to support such investments by way of subsidies, tax breaks, procurements, regulations and legislation. In short, the WEF is the lobby for new technologies, digital everything, artificial intelligence, transhumanism.

It is powerful today because it is operating in an environment of State Capitalism, where the role of the State (especially in the United States, less so in Europe) has been largely reduced to responding positively to the demands of such lobbies, especially the financial sector. Immunized by campaign donations from the obscure wishes of ordinary people, most of today’s politicians practically need the guidance of lobbies such as the WEF to tell them what to do.

In the 20th century, notably in the New Deal, the government was under pressure from conflicting interests. The economic success of the armaments industry during World War II gave birth to a Military-Industrial Complex, which has become a permanent structural factor in the U.S. economy.

It is the dominant role of the MIC and its resulting lobbies that have definitively transformed the nation into State Capitalism rather than a Republic.

The proof of this transformation is the unanimity with which Congress never balks at approving grotesquely inflated military budgets. The MIC has spawned media and Think Tanks which ceaselessly indoctrinate the public in the existential need to keep pouring the nation’s wealth into weapons of war. Insofar as voters do not agree, they can find no means of political expression with elections monopolized by two pro-MIC parties.

The WEF can be seen as analogous to the MIC. It intends to engage governments and opinion manufacturers in the promotion of a “4IR” which will dominate the civilian economy and civilian life itself.

The pandemic is a temporary pretext; the need to “protect the environment” will be the more sustainable pretext. Just as the MIC is presented as absolutely necessary to “protect our freedoms,” the 4IR will be hailed as absolutely necessary to “save the environment” – and in both cases, many of the measures advocated will have the opposite effect.

Public street art on 6th Street in Austin, Texas, depicting the impact of Covid-19 closings. (Leah Rodgers, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)
Public street art on 6th Street in Austin, Texas, depicting the impact of Covid-19 closings. (Leah Rodgers, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

So far, the techno-tyranny of Schwab’s 4IR has not quite won its place in U.S. State Capitalism. But its prospects are looking good. Silicon Valley contributed heavily to the Joe Biden campaign, and Biden hastened to appoint its moguls to his transition team.

But the real danger of all power going to the Reset lies not with what is there, but with what is not there: any serious political opposition.

Can Democracy Be Restored?

The Great Reset has a boulevard open to it for the simple reason that there is nothing in its way. No widespread awareness of the issues, no effective popular political organization, nothing. Schwab’s dystopia is frightening simply for that reason.

The 2020 presidential election has just illustrated the almost total depoliticization of the American people. That may sound odd considering the violent partisan emotions displayed. But it was all much ado about nothing.

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There were no real issues debated, no serious political questions raised either about war or about the directions of future economic development. The vicious quarrels were about persons, not policy. Bumbling Trump was accused of being “Hitler,” and Wall Street-beholden Democrat warhawks were described by Trumpists as “socialists.” Lies, insults and confusion prevailed.

A revival of democracy could stem from organized, concentrated study of the issues raised by the Davos planners, in order to arouse an informed public opinion to evaluate which technical innovations are socially acceptable and which are not.

Cries of alarm from the margins will not influence the intellectual relationship of forces. What is needed is for people to get together everywhere to study the issues and develop well-reasoned opinions on goals and methods of future development.

Unless faced with informed and precise critiques, Silicon Valley and its corporate and financial allies will simply proceed in doing whatever they imagine they can do, whatever the social effects.

Serious evaluation should draw distinctions between potentially beneficial and unwelcome innovations, to prevent popular notions from being used to gain acceptance of every “technological advance,” however ominous.

Redefining Issues

The political distinctions between left and right, between Republican and Democrat, have grown more impassioned just as they reveal themselves to be incoherent, distorted and irrelevant, based more on ideological bias than on facts. New and more fruitful political alignments could be built through confrontation with specific concrete issues.

We could take the proposals of the Great Reset one by one and examine them in both pragmatic and ethical terms.

(Bob Mical, Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
(Bob Mical, Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

No. 1 – Thanks to the pandemic, there has been a great increase in the use of teleconferences, using Skype, Zoom or other new platforms. The WEF welcomes this as a trend. Is it bad for that reason? To be fair, this innovation is positive in enabling many people to attend conferences without the expense, trouble and environmental cost of air travel. It has the negative side of preventing direct human contact. This is a simple issue, where positive points seem to prevail.

No. 2 – Should higher education go online, with professors giving courses to students via internet? This is a vastly more complicated question, which should be thoroughly discussed by educational institutions themselves and the communities they serve, weighing the pros and cons, remembering that those who provide the technology want to sell it, and care little about the value of human contact in education – not only human contact between student and professor, but often life-determining contacts between students themselves. Online courses may benefit geographically isolated students, but breaking up the educational community would be a major step toward the destruction of human community altogether.

No. 3 – Health and “well-being”. Here is where the discussion should heat up considerably. According to Schwab and Malleret: “Three industries in particular will flourish (in the aggregate) in the post-pandemic era: big tech, health and wellness.” For the Davos planners, the three merge.

Those who think that well-being is largely self-generated, dependent on attitudes, activity and lifestyle choices, miss the point. “The combination of AI [artificial intelligence], the IoT [internet of things] and sensors and wearable technology will produce new insights into personal well-being. They will model how we are and feel […] precise information on our carbon footprints, our impact on biodiversity, on the toxicity of all the ingredients we consume and the environments or spatial contexts in which we evolve will generate significant progress in terms of our awareness of collective and individual well-being.”

Question: do we really want or need all this cybernetic narcissism? Can’t we just enjoy life by helping a friend, stroking a cat, reading a book, listening to Bach or watching a sunset? We better make up our minds before they make over our minds.

User being monitored in a biometrics lab. (Grish068, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)
User being monitored in a biometrics lab. (Grish068, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

No. 4 – Food. In order not to spoil my healthy appetite, I’ll skip over this. The tech wizards would like to phase out farmers, with all their dirty soil and animals, and industrially manufacture enhanced artificial foods created in nice clean labs – out of what exactly?

The Central Issue: Homo Faber

No. 5 – What about human work?

“In all likelihood, the recession induced by the pandemic will trigger a sharp increase in labor-substitution, meaning that physical labor will be replaced by robots and ‘intelligent’ machines, which will in turn provoke lasting and structural changes in the labor market.”

This replacement has already been underway for decades. Along with outsourcing and immigration, it has already weakened the collective power of labor. But clearly, the tech industries are poised to go much, much further and faster in throwing humans out of work.

The Covid-19 crisis and social distancing have “suddenly accelerated this process of innovation and technological change. Chatbots, which often use the same voice recognition technology behind Amazon’s Alexa, and other software that can replace tasks normally performed by human employees, are being rapidly introduced. These innovations provoked by necessity (i.e. sanitary measures) will soon result in hundreds of thousands, and potentially millions, of job losses.”

Cutting labor costs has long been the guiding motive of these innovations, along with the internal dynamic of technology industry to “do whatever it can do.” Then socially beneficial pretexts are devised in justification. Like this:

“As consumers may prefer automated services to face-to-face interactions for some time to come, what is currently happening with call centers will inevitably occur in other sectors as well.”

“Consumers may prefer…”! Everyone I know complains of the exasperation of trying to reach the bank or insurance company to explain an emergency, and instead to be confronted with a dead voice and a choice of irrelevant numbers to click. Perhaps I am underestimating the degree of hostility toward our fellow humans that now pervades society, but my impression is that there is a vast unexpressed public demand for LESS automated services and MORE contact with real persons who can think outside the algorithm and can actually UNDERSTAND the problem, not simply cough up preprogrammed fixes.

“Corporate agility in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” session held in Tianjin,China, September 2018. (World Economic Forum, Faruk Pinjo, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

There is a potential movement out there. But we hear nothing of it, being persuaded by our media that the greatest problem facing people in their daily lives is to hear someone exhibit confusion over someone else’s confused gender.

In this, I maintain, consumer demand would merge with the desperate need of able-minded human beings to earn a living. The technocrats earn theirs handsomely by eliminating the means to earn a living of other people.

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Here is one of their great ideas. “In cities as varied as Hangzhou, Washington DC and Tel Aviv, efforts are under way to move from pilot programs to large-scale operations capable of putting an army of delivery robots on the road and in the air.” What a great alternative to paying human deliverers a living wage!

And incidentally, a guy riding a delivery bicycle is using renewable energy. But all those robots and drones? Batteries, batteries and more batteries, made of what materials, coming from where and manufactured how? By more robots? Where is the energy coming from to replace not only fossil fuels, but also human physical effort?

At the last Davos meeting, Israeli intellectual Yuval Harari issued a dire warning that:

“Whereas in the past, humans had to struggle against exploitation, in the twenty-first century the really big struggle will be against irrelevance… Those who fail in the struggle against irrelevance would constitute a new ‘useless class’ – not from the viewpoint of their friends and family, but useless from the viewpoint of the economic and political system. And this useless class will be separated by an ever-growing gap from the ever more powerful elite.”

No. 5 – And the military. Our capitalist prophets of doom foresee the semi-collapse of civil aviation and the aeronautical industry as people all decide to stay home glued to their screens. But not to worry!

“This makes the defense aerospace sector an exception and a relatively safe haven.” For capital investment, that is. Instead of vacations on sunny beaches, we can look forward to space wars. It may happen sooner rather than later, because, as the Brookings Institution concludes in a 2018 report on “How artificial intelligence is transforming the world,” everything is going faster, including war:

“The big data analytics associated with AI will profoundly affect intelligence analysis, as massive amounts of data are sifted in near real time … thereby providing commanders and their staffs a level of intelligence analysis and productivity heretofore unseen. Command and control will similarly be affected as human commanders delegate certain routine, and in special circumstances, key decisions to AI platforms, reducing dramatically the time associated with the decision and subsequent action.”

So, no danger that some soft-hearted officer will hesitate to start World War III because of a sentimental attachment to humanity. When the AI platform sees an opportunity, go for it!

“In the end, warfare is a time competitive process, where the side able to decide the fastest and move most quickly to execution will generally prevail. Indeed, artificially intelligent intelligence systems, tied to AI-assisted command and control systems, can move decision support and decision-making to a speed vastly superior to the speeds of the traditional means of waging war. So fast will be this process especially if coupled to automatic decisions to launch artificially intelligent autonomous weapons systems capable of lethal outcomes, that a new term has been coined specifically to embrace the speed at which war will be waged: hyperwar.”

Americans have a choice. Either continue to quarrel over trivialities or wake up, really wake up, to the reality being planned and do something about it.

The future is shaped by investment choices. Not by naughty speech, not even by elections, but by investment choices. For the people to regain power, they must reassert their command over how and for what purposes capital is invested.

And if private capital balks, it must be socialized. This is the only revolution – and it is also the only conservatism, the only way to conserve decent human life. It is what real politics is about.

Diana Johnstone lives in Paris. Her latest book is Circle in the Darkness: Memoirs of a World Watcher and is also the author of Fools’ Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO, and Western Delusions. Her lates book is Queen of Chaos: the Misadventures of Hillary Clinton. The memoirs of Diana Johnstone’s father Paul H. Johnstone, From MAD to Madness, was published by Clarity Press, with her commentary. She can be reached at [email protected] .

(Republished from Consortium News by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. People may not like Yuval Harari comment, but he is correct. Those that can’t compete will get further and further behind, and that is as it should be.

    The US has people coming out of high school that are functional illiterates. Math is a dirty word for the vast majority of USians. Half the population is below 99 IQ. Machines do things better and cheaper than the low in intelligence in the population. Why should those that can produce keep subsidizing those that can’t?

    The work ethic in the US is almost non existent when looking at high school and many college students. They want to coast through school and expect to live off the rest of the society. Trouble is, that element has grown so large that these parasites are consuming the host.

    The push towards more social programs, UBI, etc will only accelerate the demise of the society the whole while decent people are trying to get ahead but are burdened by laws and policies that continuously steal their labor to give it to dirtbags that vote for a living.

  2. dvorak says:

    Half the population is below 99 IQ.

    This is a decade or three outdated. Need to apply diversity to that number.

    • Replies: @goldgettin
    , @RoatanBill
  3. Worth a listen–the latest interview by Edward Snowden–discussion of the Big Tech role in the Dystopian nightmare–many interesting insights I have not heard before:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/watch-edward-snowden-shares-thoughts-greenwald-censorship-biden-and-risk-press-freedoms

  4. Once again the elephant in the room goes unmentioned.

    Let me ask….why is this ancient Jew, good ol’ Klaus…..why is this creepy old fuck suddenly dictating policy for all of humanity?

    Is it that he wants what is best for us or……does he want for his tribe to have dominion over all of humankind to be sure that Jews are safe and don’t get kicked out for the 110th time?

    I don’t think he wants what is best for humanity so…..my guess is that he wants a Jew World Order.

    You don’t WRECK all of the economies in all of Christendom because you want what is best for humanity.

    This is quite simply a Bolshevik Revolution 2.0, a Jewish takeover to impose tyranny on all of humanity.

    This cannot end well.

  5. Liza says:

    No mention of reproduction as far as I can see. How are new humans going to arrive? Where will babies come from? Is it going to be like in Logan’s Run? I imagine so because it would seem that humans don’t make any contact with each other except by way of screens under the Great Reset/4th Industrial Revolution/Utopia.

    • Replies: @anonlb
  6. You will all skip over her last statements: “For the people to regain power, they must reassert their command over how and for what purposes capital is invested.

    And if private capital balks, it must be socialized. This is the only revolution – and it is also the only conservatism, the only way to conserve decent human life. It is what real politics is about.”

    That means Robin Hood. That means stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, which is the only real issue, the only real politics, the only real reality.

    The only real purpose for a government is the redistribution of wealth. From the rich to the poor. (The opposite of what it does now, siphoning the last dregs from the poor and giving it to the rich.)

    So it has been since before Hammurabi. When the government expropriates the excess wealth of the biggest thieves and spreads it around like fertilizing manure, the society flourishes.

    • Agree: HeebHunter
  7. One thing’s for certain, Klaus Schwab will soon be taking his well-deserved permanent dirtbath as will some of his buddy’s. Rather than thinking about what he’s going to say to his maker, he’s thinking of ways destroy the quality of life for the rest of us that still have some living to do.

    • Replies: @Jake
  8. Dumbo says:
    @RoatanBill

    Harari is another transhumanist Jew.

    He has an agenda.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  9. Klaus Schwab. He’s awesome. Can I hire him for my son’s birthday party?

  10. Dumbo says:

    Diane Johsntone is too kind to Schwab, Harari and other transhumanist freaks. They want nothing but our eternal slavery. A chip inside our brain to know our location and feelings at all times, our fun consisting in watching porn and using drugs alone at home, our food GMO beans from a can, our families disintegrated, our daughters turned into bitter cat-lady feminists, our sons into transgenders.

    • Replies: @GeeBee
  11. Franz says:

    “Consumers may prefer…”! Everyone I know complains of the exasperation of trying to reach the bank or insurance company to explain an emergency, and instead to be confronted with a dead voice and a choice of irrelevant numbers to click.

    On top of that aggravation, which I have also seen and felt, during the whole era of job outsourcing and downsizing, fellows like Robert Reich were telling us that “The new information and services economy will create better, safer work and more opportunities for decent people who like to help, and happy to be paid for it.”

    Another 1990s era lie shot down. The minute it was possible to replace a phone bank operated by humans to a clutch of glorified chatroom bots, they did.

    At last time to re-purpose all those old lawyer jokes for Big Tech: When their mouths are moving you know they’re lying.

    Every time these snots have big plans for us, grab your prepper manual and get busy.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  12. @dvorak

    How about the religious elder who insisted, “we don’t

    Believe in I Q…” Like wanna be,sleepy Joe saying “we choose

    truth over facts”.These people are chosen, saved and getting richer.

  13. Bert says:
    @RoatanBill

    Trouble is, that element has grown so large that these parasites are consuming the host.

    One needs to be licensed to drive a car, more so to drive a big rig, to practice medicine or law, to carry concealed, but influencing the genetic composition of the future national population via reproduction can be done by anyone with an urge. Not a smart way to run a society.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
    , @Ugetit
  14. GeeBee says:

    Just as the MIC is presented as absolutely necessary to “protect our freedoms,”

    I wonder how many will continue to believe that we still have any freedoms? Is it not blatantly obvious, when your government can mandate what you wear not just in the street, but in shops and offices, and even, in some cases, your own home, that there are no longer any meaningful freedoms? You want to WHAT!? Have a dinner party at your house with eight guests! Preposterous. Go to jail at once!

    Yeah, thanks a bunch Mr Oligarch for making sure that our ‘freedoms’ are protected.

  15. Biological existence is not living. What’s the point of living if you allow yourself to be dehumanised?

    Zoom, etc. meetings, particularly in a business context, are working well at this point because they are largely based on existing relationships built through personal contact. I frequently joke that I fly (flew?) around the globe to sit in meetings because I trusted my colleagues as far as I could throw them, and when I was in the room that would be out the window. I’m in finance; even the good ones of us in this business are sociopaths. We need to be in contact with one another to sense what is being schemed behind the scenes and behind our backs.

    A further consideration is the development of the next generation coming up behind us. It could well be that the tech oligarchs figure out how to cut out the financial services middlemen who figure out how to allocate capital to the promising startups that they like to gobble up: they could always develop in-house incubators to do this, and to some extent they do, but for the most part, once you’ve joined the Borg, your connection to the broader consumer world starts to weaken and your propensity to create things people actually want starts to wane. This is why the Borg is constantly gobbling up startups, and this is why they need the sociopaths in finance and law … for now.

    I suppose the Borg thinks it can grow that talent internally, but in killing individuality that is connected by meaningful relations to other individuality, the Borg are actually sowing the seeds of their own destruction, as the wants and needs of the collective are far less varied than those of a mass of individuals. Ultimately, the humans are being reduced to biological existence, ergo are nothing more than eaters. The oligarchs and their AI might find us entertaining as pets, though I’d posit by their actions during lockdowns that they see us problems to be controlled and ultimately eliminated. Remember that more than a few “sustainability” types have advocated that Earth is only sustainable with fewer than 500 million people, but they’ve never said what they’d do with the other 8 billion.

    Apparently the exercise is to keep us separated and afraid of one another so we don’t reproduce, possibly aided by vaccines. In fact, Mr. Gates et al are despised in Africa precisely because his vaccines are alleged to have negatively affected fertility. Maybe this was the plan all along.

    • Replies: @anon
  16. @Dumbo

    I have quotes from Hitler and Stalin that make sense.

    Give credit where credit is due.

    I have no idea who the man is, but his comment is accurate from my perspective.

    • Agree: Realist
  17. @Bert

    Licensing is when the government takes a right from you, and sells it back. – Joe Jarvis

    You make an excellent slave.

    There should be no such thing as a license, where one may and the other may not according to the whims of some bureaucracy.

    Licensing is specifically prohibited by the Constitution because licensing is the equivalent of a title of nobility. Changing its name doesn’t change what it does.

    • Agree: Tom Rogers
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  18. Bert says:

    The Libertarian view ignores biological reality: that the reality that what you call freedom, as practiced by sociopaths and low-IQ individuals leads directly to a favela-world and chaos; that on the circle of political positions your Libertarianism is adjacent to that of the anarchists; that anarchy leads directly to dictatorship because the masses will choose that over chaos. You, preferring slogans to thought, make an excellent fool.

    • Replies: @Jake
  19. GeeBee says:
    @Dumbo

    There is no doubt that what you describe accurately reflects what (((The Tribe))) wants for European people. Damn them all to hell, say I.

  20. @dvorak

    The last estimate I saw has the US at an IQ of 99. But it doesn’t really matter plus or minus 10 points.

    The average person is as dumb as a stump throughout the entire world. That’s why allowing the stupid to determine the direction all must take makes no sense. The stupid get their power via government, and is why I’m an anarchist. The concept of government is so flawed that only the stupid could want it.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @hillaire
  21. Jake says:

    Immunized by campaign donations from the obscure wishes of ordinary people, most of today’s politicians practically need the guidance of lobbies such as the WEF to tell them what to do.

    The Globalist multi-billionaires buy everything and everyone they need to buy to rule, with no meaningful interference from any anyone or anywhere.

  22. Jake says:
    @Bert

    True.

    A basic libertarian approach is necessary to help keep an already good society from allowing its wealthy and its egomaniacal politicians from amassing too much power and then misusing it. But in any but an already very good society, libertarianism is an ideology that over time will be a major part of seeing the society gobbled up very bad people.

    • Agree: animalogic
  23. Jake says:
    @Colonel Klink

    That’s because he and his BFsF are acting to try to replace God. They are, in their minds and hearts, God and we are their creatures. And their god is Semitic: One race/tribe/ethnos is Superior, godlike in m any ways, while the rest of humanity is of no real value (save as like the value of livestock) – and the god is above and beyond morals, meaning that the god can do whatever the god wants to those who are not the Superior godlike humans.

    This is post-Christian, atheist, Libertarian/Laissez-faire, Universalist, Mammonist Rabbinic Judaism.

  24. DanFromCT says:

    Elites are notable primarily for their lack of judgment in making good decisions at critical junctures in history. Kant wrote about this as if it were obvious. Relying on complicated predictive mathematics to literally experiment on mankind is like relying on the Weather Channel’s forecasts since both are based on poorly understood equations (PDEs) that, beyond the obvious, are stupefyingly inaccurate.

    More recently the German psychologist Dietrich Doerner in his Logic of Failure describes sophisticated experiments in regulating variable systems in which the well-educated, upper management participants did no better than the students when faced with new challenges. Just how badly these elites are guaranteed to screw things up is exacerbated by the veneer of their “good intentions.” As Doerner puts it:

    It is far from clear whether “good intentions plus stupidity” or “evil intentions plus intelligence” have wrought more harm in the world. People with good intentions usually have few qualms about pursuing their goals. As a result, incompetence that would otherwise have remained harmless often becomes dangerous, especially as incompetent people with good intentions rarely suffer the qualms of conscience that sometimes inhibit the doings of competent people with bad intentions. The conviction that our intentions are unquestionably good may sanctify the most questionable means.”

    I doubt that the WEF’s sort who’d inflict such horrors as the effects of this scamdemic’s lockdowns on their fellow man or cause the incineration of helpless people in the Middle East by the tens of thousands for political purposes will have any qualms of conscience exterminating the real animus of their hatred and scorn–a free and prosperous white America.

    • Agree: Tom Rogers
    • Thanks: Ugetit
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  25. @obwandiyag

    “If the bulk of the public were really convinced of the illegitimacy of the State, if it were convinced that the State is nothing more nor less than a bandit gang writ large, then the State would soon collapse to take on no more status or breadth of existence than another Mafia gang.” ~ Murray N. Rothbard, “The Ethics of Liberty”

    “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ~ Frédéric Bastiat – &: “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”

    “The Anatomy of the State” by Murray N. Rothbard
    https://www.lewrockwell.com/1970/01/murray-n-rothbard/our-greatest-earthly-enemy/
    ” . . . it is common to hear sentiments expressed which violate virtually every tenet of reason and common sense such as, “we are the government.” The useful collective term “we” has enabled an ideological camouflage to be thrown over the reality of political life. If “we are the government,” then anything a government does to an individual is not only just and untyrannical but also “voluntary” on the part of the individual concerned. If the government has incurred a huge public debt which must be paid by taxing one group for the benefit of another, this reality of burden is obscured by saying that “we owe it to ourselves”; if the government conscripts a man, or throws him into jail for dissident opinion, then he is “doing it to himself” and, therefore, nothing untoward has occurred. Under this reasoning, any Jews murdered by the Nazi government were not murdered; instead, they must have “committed suicide,” since they were the government (which was democratically chosen), and, therefore, anything the government did to them was voluntary on their part. One would not think it necessary to belabor this point, and yet the overwhelming bulk of the people hold this fallacy to a greater or lesser degree. We must, therefore, emphasize that “we” are not the government; the government is not “us.” The government does not in any accurate sense “represent” the majority of the people.[1] But, even if it did, even if 70 percent of the people decided to murder the remaining 30 percent, this would still be murder and would not be voluntary suicide on the part of the slaughtered minority.[2] No organicist metaphor, no irrelevant bromide that “we are all part of one another,” must be permitted to obscure this basic fact. If, then, the State is not “us,” if it is not “the human family” getting together to decide mutual problems, if it is not a lodge meeting or country club, what is it? Briefly, the State is that organization in society which attempts to maintain a monopoly of the use of force and violence in a given territorial area; in particular, it is the only organization in society that obtains its revenue not by voluntary contribution or payment for services rendered but by coercion. While other individuals or institutions obtain their income by production of goods and services and by the peaceful and voluntary sale of these goods and services to others, the State obtains its revenue by the use of compulsion; that is, by the use and the threat of the jailhouse and the bayonet.[3] Having used force and violence to obtain its revenue, the State generally goes on to regulate and dictate the other actions of its individual subjects. One would think that simple observation of all States through history and over the globe would be proof enough of this assertion; but the miasma of myth has lain so long over State activity that elaboration is necessary.”

    “It is easier to seize wealth than to produce it, and as long as the State makes the seizure of wealth a matter of legalized privilege, so long will the squabble for that privilege go on.” ~ Albert Jay Nock – & “In proportion as you give the state power to do things for you, you give it power to do things to you.”

    ” . . . I should to understand how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him; who is able to harm them only to the extent to which they have the willingness to bear with him; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him.” ~ Étienne de La Boétie, “The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude”&
    “It is incredible how as soon as a people become subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and willingly that one is led to say that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement.” ~ also de La Boétie

    The mask is like the king’s tax stamp, but worse.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
    • Replies: @Mefobills
    , @obwandiyag
  26. Ugetit says:
    @Bert

    One needs to be licensed to … Not a smart way to run a society.

    Especially when politicians and the ruling mafiosi remain free to go unlicensed.

    Society would certainly be much better off if such goons and their supporters were licensed, sterilized, and shipped off for an extended stint (as in permanent) at the likes of a vast Abu Ghraib while the rest of us forget about licensing.

  27. “For the people to regain power, they must reassert their command over how and for what purposes capital is invested.”
    What a joke!

    Don’t expect mom and dad to study the Russel 2000 when they run all day to pay the bills.

    “And if private capital balks, it must be socialized.”
    If you take a look at what companies you found inside a “responsible investment fund”, you will realize what a joke it is.
    And it is hard to belive that the person who wrote that is the same who wrote in the begining about State Capitalism and lobbies pressuring governments.

  28. trickster says:
    @RoatanBill

    I left the Corporate world for good in the mid 80’s. Even then, it was surprising the number of graduates with advanced degrees and the mentality and ability of a JK pupil. Its even worse now even in the technical trades.

    I took my car for new rear stabilizer bars, drove it out of the shop to hear an enormous clanging from the passenger rear wheel. The young licensed mechanic had not tightened the lug nuts.

    This kind of carelessness is an ingrained and permanent characteristic of today’s educated class regardless of the profession. What we have now are people who graduated more stupid than when they first entered school.

    • Agree: RoatanBill, Wally
  29. @RoatanBill

    You are right but What you don’t understand is that Yuval Harari will not sort people between those who produce and the parasite. He will/want to sort them on birth privilege.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  30. trickster says:

    It seems to me that if someone took a shit and the media blew it out of all proportion, the bloggers and authors debouch from the woodwork like roaches. I remember back in the day when the Japanese were thrashing us with quality products Kaizen was all the rage. Every dickhead executive was touting Kaizen and the Japanese like the return of the Messiah. ISO 2000 was yet another of these bullshit fads that got flogged to the gullible. All the $59.99 plus tax books on these two “resets” can now be found at the Thrift Store for $1.99……..and few people are even willing to pay that price.

    Now we have another “reset” as a result of Covid or this and that or whatever with another crop of experts and their “visions and missions”. All the buzz words and phrases of today were all the buzz words and phrases of yesteryear with more and more bullshit jargon added such that English is becoming a tiresome language.

    I was in the Mall last night just walking around. In a “high end” men”s store I heard a GROWN man tell his wife ” This is a sick coat. I gotta get it. IT is sick”. “Yeah she replied, it is totally awesome. It would look amazing on you! Its so cool”. This is the drivel that has invaded the Queen’s English.

    The sick, amazing, cool and totally awesome coat was selling at a 70% discount for $299.99. It was made of some sort of plastic with a thin cheap lining. For all the talk, our crazy shopper and his wife left it on the rack. The Trickster was the only other visitor to the store and not about to fork over his hard earned CASH for TRASH. The owner looked hopeful, his eyes pleading for a sale. He might have to give discounts of 99.9% on his Chinese made clothing before he gets a bite.

    There was a time when a pair of boots lasted a lifetime. Now they cost 10 times more and last a few months before the heels drop off.

    We talk too much shit and buy too much shit we dont need. Maybe this “reset” will show people that a lot of what we want we dont need. Do we really need 90 shirts, 40 pants, 60 pairs of shoes and 30 coats especially since there are only 7 days in the week and one is typically wash day ?

    The Corporations and their vendors can keep their overpriced and poor quality goods while the “reset” consumers keep their cash.

  31. Democracy got us into this pickle. With the vote and voice for the masses the elite no longer had to be responsible to their community. They instead opted to financially and emotionally exploit the little guy, and then buy off the little guy’s elected officials. Now it seems like the worlds oligarchs’ professional minions want to go global reset for their own benefit, not necessarily that of their masters. If recent history is any guide, it didn’t work out well in Russia when minion Putin took control. So who knows what a reset will be in the end, but the answer isn’t going to be more democracy.

    • Replies: @anon
  32. anon[224] • Disclaimer says:

    We all need to unite against the Rockefeller Empire that destroyed the medical industry a century ago (hired ex-Nazi scientists to create the Pharma and vaccine patent profit business, promoted the long discredited germ theory, financially suppressed alternative natural healing treatments), our educational system, the farming industry with GMOs and pesticides, fracking, plastic pollution, they started the Federal Reserve, UN/WHO, WEF, CFR, Trilateral Commission… and are now behind this Great Reset agenda.

    “Through Rockefeller created groups like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations, various international interests from a wide variety of sectors in society were brought together into informal settings to discuss policy and develop ways in which coordinated moves can further the profits of all the connected interests that “play ball.”

    These organizations were supplemented with think tanks like the Rand Institute, the Brookings Institute, and the Atlantic Council. Think Tanks were designed to do “research” and write “official” papers that outline “policy suggestions” to world leaders. The problem is that these papers are usually written to further the interests of those funding it, not collective social well-being.” 

    https://wakeup-world.com/2016/03/31/understanding-the-new-world-order-the-who-what-how-and-why/

    “The Poisoned Needle is an archive of scientific and medical data going back as early as the 1880s. It was compiled by Eleanor McBean in 1954. In our opinion she is one of the greatest and most Noble Negro Women in all of human history for her intelligent efforts to expose the profit-driven lies that were spawned by the cleverly concocted, cunningly crafted, devilishly devised and strategically fabricated CONCEPTS of “viruses” and “viral contagion.” She is a true HERO. Where is this woman in Black History Month?”

    https://thebigvirushoax.com/the-poisoned-needle?fbclid=IwAR3RaaD2UY4rxuRNzLbc52K-FoDg_pFFUCFef-35xbE8UNPYUJGZmO4mnQ4

    “The Rockefeller Foundation helped found the German eugenics program and even funded the program that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.”

    https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1796

    “In recent decades, we have witnessed in the west the rise of a new kleptocracy that knows no boundaries, obeys few laws, and which is enabled by a sort of political consensus to loot.”

    More rules for us, less for them. Corruption is off the charts today. This WEF “great reset” agenda would lock in the corruption unless we stop it. We can begin by ending the perpetuation of teaching the discredited germ theory in medical schools begun a century ago by JD Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie.

    “Even if all the experts agree, they may well be mistaken.”
    –Bertrand Russell

    “Human beings, the potentially highest form of life expression on this planet have built the vast pharmaceutical industry for the central purpose of poisoning the lowest form of life on the planet–germs! One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemicals over nutrition.”
    –Dr. Richard Murray

    “In the sciences, people quickly come to regard as their own personal property that which they have learned and had passed on to them at the universities and academies.

    If someone else comes along with new ideas that contradict the Credo and in fact even threaten to overturn it, then all passions are raised against this threat and no method is left untried to suppress it.

    People resist it in every way possible: pretending not to have heard about it; speaking disparagingly of it, as if it were not even worth the effort of looking into the matter. And so a new truth can have a long wait before finally being accepted.”
    –Goethe

    https://everythingyouknow-iswrong.blogspot.com/2011/08/germ-theory-of-disease-causation.html

    The draft no longer worked in the 60’s, so they manufactured poverty in order to get new recruits. Easiest way to do it, get rid of the public sector. Privatization of social services like healthcare and education burdened people with private debt from credit cards and loans. Then when we want to correct that, Wall St & Reps scream “Socialism!”

    Financial insecurity is the leading cause of stress, violence, substance abuse, suicide, all avoidable.

    How easily we can restore a healthy society again:

    Healthcare Fraud: Half Of All Medical Literature Is False, Says Editor In Chief Of World’s Best Known Medical Journal

    https://stillnessinthestorm.com/2015/10/healthcare-fraud-half-of-all-medica/

    This is great. Claire Edwards is calling them out:

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/D0RN8vHfEaTi/?fbclid=IwAR1D_VbBOjzfiegwZ9nzC9cYQWXResy8uwYzd_Ni-_HNDtTempIzJyKPOOg

    • Replies: @Liza
    , @goldgettin
  33. Defcon says:

    I recently sold a house, the only human I talked to was the lawyers office. Every conversation I had with the mortgage company was a chat bot, when I called it led me through automated selection that ultimately referred me to the web based chat, that was no more than a bot preloaded with the company policy manual. I’ve experienced this the past few years with tech companies, while troubleshooting a device the “assistant” would quote verbatim the service manual, when that fails you can enter a service ticket and talk to a real person in 3 or 4 days. I was talking to a chat bot on tinder, it could decipher pictures, coded language, words spelled backwards, it took 4 days to get it into a loop. At one point I thought it was a human, I’ve played around with bots before, but this thing was far more advanced than anything else I’ve come across. I don’t know anyone directly involved in the customer service industry, so I wonder how many people AI have replaced, I guess it is replacing Indias at this point anyway.

    • Replies: @Defcon
    , @Morton's toes
  34. anon[335] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    Biological existence is not living.

    To the point. This is the ideological pressure point for these jokers. A few self designated genius wannabes read Bateson and Lovelock and made the error of equating the existence of organisms such as social insects with organisms such as society of humans.

    A further consideration is the development of the next generation coming up behind us.

    Funny. I used to say that in the late 90s.

    Regrettably there is already a sufficiently robust technical foundation and knowledge base that could support a society at statis. As to “creative” direction, the Manhattan Project was not meeting a social demand. In fact, almost all of the tech goodies used to create the global panopticon are products of top-down industrial direction and policy. As to the few instances when the participating geeks did go off the reservation (Personal Computing) the “borg” managed to subvert and flip the same geeks within the same generation. (My personal favorite example is the Stanford professor who went from publishing Cassandra like white papers with other fellow academic geeks about dangers to privacy from big tech (’99) to running Google Cloud just a handful of years later.) And now, 40 years later, the “PC” is a trojan horse device that is blatantly turning into a centrally controlled surveillance device with restrictions on even what app you can run on your “own” “personal” general computing device.

    tldr: I don’t share your optimism about the self destructive path of Borg. For one, that may take way too long. We do not want to leave a 1000 year Techno-Reich. Also, as Borg likes to obliquely but consistently remind us, even “famously” out of control “individuals” like Richard Feynmann and Alan Turing are easy to control PETS of the Machine. They know how to motivate and integrate the required minds. And if a little Alan Turing goes off script, there is always the Poisoned Apple ..

    Decisive collective action is required now. Otherwise, we are leaving the future generations merely the hope that some future key individuals of ruling set decide to work against the system ala French Revolution. A central feature of the coming Regime is that machines will not suffer the psychological fatigue of the foot soldiers of previous coercive regimes.

  35. Defcon says:
    @Defcon

    More concerning than this is the “hyperwarfare”, did these people not see terminator? AI is only as good as the programming, as always bad data in, bad data out. Tay as an example with some manipulation came to the conclusion that humanity needed to be destroyed. Battlefield decision based on artificial intelligence, to what extent? I’ve witnessed programs do things that were not in the logic, we call this a “ghost in the machine”. What would be the outcome of a program writing it’s on script as developers claim? Give it access to drones, satellites and F-35s, we will see the results in 2 days tops.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  36. Covid-19 aka certificate of vaccination ID-19 is the biggest hoax, scam and psyop that has ever been pulled on the world and it was brought to us by the World Economic Forum and the Rockefeller Foundation and the UN via their UN Agenda 2030 and this covid scam is being used to bring in communism on steroids.

    Covid-19 is a front for the communist agenda that is being forced on America and the world by the zionists and their central banks.

    Zionists are destroyers of nations and humanity, it is what they do, it is in their DNA, by the way their vaccination program has DNA changing material in the vaccines, this vaccination agenda is a diabolical, draconian, demonic scheme to destroy humanity.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
    • Replies: @Stonehands
  37. Let’s begin at the beginning…

    Is Klaus Schwab a Jew? If yes, then, does he work for the Rothschilds? If yes, then, are Rothschilds a part of the CIA/Deep State? If yes, then, CIA/Deep State a branch of Mossad? If yes, then, is Mossad an arm of the Sanhedrin? If yes, then, is Jewish collective the Sanhedrin? If yes, then, can the goyim overcome the Jewish collective? If no, then, what are we talking about? Let the Great Reset commence at once… Long live the Globo-Homos’ capitalism and their children abduction ring and damn the G-d!

  38. Realist says:
    @RoatanBill

    The US has people coming out of high school that are functional illiterates.

    That is correct. Most coming out of college are not educated…but indoctrinated and have worthless degrees.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  39. Realist says:
    @RoatanBill

    That’s why allowing the stupid to determine the direction all must take makes no sense.

    Any form of government that allows idiots to vote is doomed.

    • Agree: Liza, Adam Smith
  40. anon[335] • Disclaimer says:
    @Old and Grumpy

    Democracy got us into this pickle.

    Bullshit.

    Corporate Press, Corporate Culture, Corporate Stars, Corporate Porn, … aka Oligarch Psychological Operations.

    Oligarch Media got us into this pickle. Media captured the “hearts and minds”. The mechanism of affording a voice in social governance to individuals is not responsible, it is merely abused.

    Passing received corporate lies as opinion is a bad look for a grumpy old thing. Makes you look like an old fool.

  41. Svevlad says:

    Buahahaha. They actually think they can do this and that it will go smoothly…

    2-3 billion genocide victims and quite a few rivers of blood later, suddenly the old normal is back. Screencap this.

  42. @Anonymous19

    He will/want to sort them on birth privilege.

    There’s an old expression – people in hell want ice water, but they don’t often get it.

    Individuals can make a lot of noise, but they themselves can’t accomplish anything on a national or global scale unless they are part of the mechanism of government. It takes force and no morals to push people around and that is gov’t in the final analysis which is why I’m an anarchist in the rules but no rulers sense of the word.

    The people who vote are the most basic problem. They provide legitimacy for the fraud that is government in its many forms, all essentially the same – monopoly on condoned violence in a jurisdiction.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
  43. @Realist

    People need to wake up to the fact that most of the non STEM degrees are pure unadulterated bullshit. Law, economics, psychology, sociology, psychiatry and any other discipline that can’t prove what they claim via empirical and repeatable evidence is just opinion masquerading as knowledge. These people run the world currently.

    Even some of the supposed scientific disciplines are little more than story telling. Last night I watched a YouTube video where a woman was introduced as an iron age expert. There can be no such thing. Whatever she comes up with is a story her peers have decided to tell, nothing more.

    Paleontologists tell us how fast a dinosaur can run, what it ate, how it reared its offspring, and all this is supposition – story telling, their interpretation of physical evidence.

    Geologists tell us the center of the earth is a molten ball of iron and other heavy elements and there are named layers between us and the center. Have they drilled down there to check? They tell us the crust is expanding along oceanic rift zones and there’s good evidence for that. Then they tell us there are subduction zones so the earth doesn’t grow larger. They point at mountains and say – see – here is where subduction is happening. Not so fast – If I push on the edge of a rug laying on a floor, it bulges up, like a mountain, but I’ve never seen the bulge go below the floor boards. Show me empirical evidence of subduction.

    Too many people just take some characters word for something and assume he knows what he’s talking about. Depending on discipline, it’s usually a lie.

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @anon
    , @animalogic
  44. Liza says:
    @anon

    We can begin by ending the perpetuation of teaching the discredited germ theory in medical schools begun a century ago by JD Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie.

    Probably 99% of the population LOVE the germ theory – it removes from them the responsibility to do the work of making (or keeping) themselves and their offspring healthy. They happily glom onto the world view that there’s something, some mysterious invisible, evil entity floating around (virus, bacteria, “germ”) out to get them no matter what. And that they can be protected from these demons by, wait for it, a poke in the arm.

    It’s a spiritual, mental, psychological illness. Where did this mentality all start? Your guess is as good as mine. Lost in the mists of time, I’d say.

    • Replies: @anon
  45. Mefobills says:
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Bard,

    Obywanding’s comment about Hammurabi completely flew over your head. Then you post Lolbertarian nonsense from Mises.

    Hammurabi went after rents and unearned income. These concepts are not part of Lolbertarian doctrine, which is why Mises is junk economics.

    There is always hierarchy; ergo there is always a state, despite Rothbard’s utterances. How that state is organized is a different question.

    Lolbertarianism doesn’t have the answers… it is something like a blind man, incapable of understanding reality, which is why it flew over your head:

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/05/michael-hudson-debt-liberty-and-acts-of-god.html

    The pedigree for “act-of-God” rules specifying what obligations need not be paid when serious disruptions occur goes back to the laws of Hammurabi c. 1750 BC. Their aim was to restore economic normalcy after major disruptions. §48 of Hammurabi’s laws proclaim a debt and tax amnesty for cultivators if Adad the Storm God has flooded their fields, or if their crops fail as a result of pests or drought. Crops owed as rent or fiscal payments were freed from having to be paid. So were consumer debts run up during the crop year, including tabs at the local ale house and advances or loans from individual creditors. The ale woman likewise was freed from having to pay for the ale she had received from palace or temples for sale during the crop year.

    Whoever leased an animal that died by an act of God was freed from liability to its owner (§266). A typical such amnesty occurred if the lamb, ox or ass was eaten by a lion, or if an epidemic broke out. Likewise, traveling merchants who were robbed while on commercial business were cleared of liability if they swore an oath that they were not responsible for the loss (§103).

    It was realized that hardship was so inevitable that debts tended to accrue even under normal conditions. Every ruler of Hammurabi’s dynasty proclaimed a Clean Slate cancelling personal agrarian debts (but not normal commercial business loans) upon taking the throne, and when military or other disruptions occurred during their reign. Hammurabi did this on four occasions.[2]

    In an epoch when labor was the scarcest resource, a precondition for survival was to prevent rising indebtedness from enabling creditors to use debt leverage to obtain the labor of debtors and appropriate their land. Early communities could not afford to let bondage become chronic, or creditors to become a wealthy class rivaling the power of palace rulers and seeking gains by impoverishing their debtors.

    Yet that is precisely what is occurring as today’s economy polarizes between creditors and debtors

    Polarization is happening before our eyes, but so many have eyes that cannot see.. they have been brainwashed.

    • Agree: L.K
    • Replies: @Maowasayali
  46. Realist says:
    @RoatanBill

    People need to wake up to the fact that most of the non STEM degrees are pure unadulterated bullshit.

    Agreed.

  47. Mefobills says:

    This comment is for Dana Johnstone, the author.

    It is powerful today because it is operating in an environment of State Capitalism, where the role of the State (especially in the United States, less so in Europe) has been largely reduced to responding positively to the demands of such lobbies, especially the financial sector. Immunized by campaign donations from the obscure wishes of ordinary people, most of today’s politicians practically need the guidance of lobbies such as the WEF to tell them what to do.

    It is not state capitalism, it is corporatocracy.

    State capitalism is operative in China.

    If you drew a diagram, and figured out lines of causality, the state of China works for the greater good. China routinely squashes wannabe oligarchs. China routinely puts whole industries into their place, with the latest being FinTech (financial tech giants).

    A corporatocracy is something like TPP, which was “international corporations” colluding to control governments. TPP and their davos-man cronies were attempting world takeover, even to the point of creating an international Kritarchy of law.

    If you drew a diagram, and figured out lines of causality, it is invisible bond holders in markets, controlling corporations, who in turn control politicians. The control is via compromat, threats, and bribes.

    Bribes are easy because the money power has been privatized by banking corporations.

    It is important to use the right language, otherwise the readership is left confused. What the west has, is NOT state capitalism.

    • Replies: @Steven80
  48. We humans like to think we have everything under control in a rational, logical system. And for any ruling class that goes in spades: “If only everyone would get with the program we could get this thing licked.”

    This sort of thing is especially attractive to a ruling class in decline; it is always looking for something to make it relevant again.

  49. anon[335] • Disclaimer says:
    @RoatanBill

    People need to wake up to the fact that most of the non STEM degrees are pure unadulterated bullshit. Law, economics, psychology, sociology, psychiatry and any other discipline that can’t prove what they claim via empirical and repeatable evidence is just opinion masquerading as knowledge. These people run the world currently.

    As a STEM geek, permit me to disagree with your ignorant generalizations.

    All non-STEM fields are built upon the empirical experience of humanity. “An eye for an eye” was likely tested in real societies and it’s effects observed, and a (soft) hypothesis was formed and then canonized as “divine law” for the non-thinking subset.

    The second error of your position is the implicit “STEM disciplines only state truths as theories”. This is a misunderstanding. The scientific and formal approach to acquisition of knowledge also have blind spots. Sometimes we get things wrong, and many of the hot topics in STEM e.g. various models of cosmos are pure ladida stories that are simply not testable, yet accepted as “scientific theories”.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  50. anon[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Liza

    Béchamp: the state of our inner terrain determines whether or not we succumb to illness. Lives to age 92.

    Pasteur: Once a germ enters our pristine, sterile bodies, we need an outside cure like drugs, vaccines, radiation, chemotherapy to kill it. Has a stroke at 45, permanently paralyzing the left side of his body, has another stroke at 71, dies at 72.

    On his deathbed, he recants his germ theory, saying “The microbe (germ) is nothing. The terrain (milieu) is everything.”

    Then the Rockefeller Foundation hammers germ theory as THE single narrative to teach in ALL universities worldwide, launches a “quack” propaganda campaign, denying funding and denouncing all other forms of healing modalities. World blindly believes this fraud for the next 100 years…

    Rockefeller Medicine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6J_7PvWoMw&t=315s

    “… it is abundantly clear that the Pasteurian paradigm has failed to deliver. With Americans in such a shocking state of ill health, we cannot afford to let the profit-driven pharmaceutical perspective continue to dominate.”

    https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/notes-from-yesteryear/germ-theory-versus-terrain-the-wrong-side-won-the-day/#.XzAUrfceQsE.twitter

    “If the cornerstone of modern medicine, germ theory, is true, why have its proponents—i.e., the allopathic medical establishment—been unable to cure the vast majority illnesses after well over a century of lavishly funded research?

    This question should invite us to consider that germ theory is seriously flawed and that its use as a basis for explaining any pandemic, the latest one included, should be viewed with a healthy degree of skepticism.”

    https://thegenuinehuman.com/guide/vitality/health-and-disease/germ-theory-is-a-fraud/?fbclid=IwAR0k3AhUDFeQL6i0oTEbVBcMeWenWVBrxwTmlBmuBYxZGCNCtiAmOuc1Hb0

    • Replies: @Liza
    , @Kratoklastes
  51. Wally says:
    @RoatanBill

    said:
    “Trouble is, that element has grown so large that these parasites are consuming the host.”

    And that’s the definition of Communism.

    Eventually, and without fail, there is more takers than makers.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  52. @anon

    empirical experience of humanity

    That’s a good one. A commenter on this site once opined that there is proof via consensus. I certainly couldn’t make such rubbish up.

    Let me blow a hole in your treatise by example. Laws are different around the planet. They are different from country to country. They are different from state to state. They are different from city to city. Are you going to tell me that people from Iowa are somehow different than people in Nebraska? Why the difference in law?

    The law is an opinion. We can all agree on grounds of self preservation that killing someone for no reason is not to be tolerated. There’s logic in that. Is there any logic in the marijuana laws that imprisoned thousands of people and now we have pot companies forming IPO’s? The law is shit.

    As for faux scientific disciplines like cosmology and astrophysics, there are alternatives in plasma physics that can demonstrate via lab experiments things visible via telescopes and measurement devices that don’t require black hole, neutron stars, pulsars that spin faster than a dentists drill, dark matter, dark energy, etc. One only has to be willing to look at the evidence objectively. They claim no absolute proof but offer suggestions on an alternative interpretation, unlike the mainstream frauds that actually have a picture of a black hole – you know the thing that can’t be seen by any instrumentation.

    URL good for today only: https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/daily-tpod/

  53. @Wally

    All welfare needs to end.

    Those dependent on it need to shape up, die off or find some religious institution or charity to supply them with a living.

    Absolutely no public funds should be feeding the dregs of the society. What you subsidize you get more of and we’re at the stage where adding another freeloader to the life boat will capsize it for everyone.

    • Replies: @onebornfree
    , @Trickster
  54. In order not to spoil my healthy appetite, I’ll skip over this. The tech wizards would like to phase out farmers, with all their dirty soil and animals, and industrially manufacture enhanced artificial foods created in nice clean labs – out of what exactly?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

  55. Endlessly identifying the wrong villain.

    It’s not the WEF that is driving the Dystopian Train…

    It’s JOOS.

  56. @Defcon

    In my experience if you scream a couple times “I ain’t talking to no fucking machine” you get transferred to a human. Probably won’t help the karma much if you are working in a cubicle though. : )

    • Replies: @Defcon
  57. aandrews says:

    “In the end, warfare is a time competitive process, where the side able to decide the fastest and move most quickly to execution will generally prevail. Indeed, artificially intelligent intelligence systems, tied to AI-assisted command and control systems, can move decision support and decision-making to a speed vastly superior to the speeds of the traditional means of waging war.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov

    Had Petrov reported incoming American missiles, his superiors might have launched an assault against the United States,[2] precipitating a corresponding nuclear response from the United States. Petrov declared the system’s indication a false alarm. Later, it was apparent that he was right: no missiles were approaching and the computer detection system was malfunctioning. It was subsequently determined that the false alarm had been created by a rare alignment of sunlight on high-altitude clouds above North Dakota and the Molniya orbits of the satellites, an error later corrected by cross-referencing a geostationary satellite.[9][10]

  58. Defcon says:
    @Morton's toes

    Pressing 0 over and over again while yelling “let me talk to a fucking human” seems to help in some cases as well. With deep fakes and AI bots we may not be talking to humans when we think we are.

  59. anon[139] • Disclaimer says:
    @RoatanBill

    after reading Johnson I came to the commentariat and immediately greeted by Roatan Bill…who has struck me as a certifiable lunatic. He then proved it with his further commentary.

    additionally the all the comments up top here prove what they assert…that the current generation have been trained to be idiots. the Roatan bill cohort should consider there generation in the same boat. all I see is idiot commentary here…from idiots

    America is toast, turned into toast by its deep state…a stream of consciousness in its full meaning, totally absent from RO Bill. consequently he has no positive contribution to make yet his voice is a most most loud one in these, braying all the time, consistently, full of acidic and pointless useless opinion

    • Troll: Peripatetic Itch
  60. anon[139] • Disclaimer says:
    @Robert Dolan

    tell this to lunatic Roatan Bill up top.

    I nearly stopped reading this commentariat because of his post up top, first and loud in commentary

  61. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @RoatanBill

    So…let anyone and everyone sell raw/prepared food, hygiene be damned? Let illness and death determine which eateries/caterers survive?

    No need to learn from history, science, or practicums?

    Let barbers again deliver “medicine,” absent licensed doctors?

    No need to license plumbers, carpenters, masons, cab drivers, professors, cops, firefighters, coroners, etc., either?

  62. @anon

    Excellent comment,Thank you.

  63. onebornfree says: • Website
    @RoatanBill

    “All welfare needs to end.”

    Which should include all payments to all government employees, including all politicians, police and all military, all the way down to janitor, or dogcatcher. Anyone who gets a government check, for anything. It all amounts to welfare, as far as I can see.

    In the current situation, it might help if no one receiving a government check in any way, shape or form, could vote, too.

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  64. @Robert Dolan

    Klaus Schwab is not a jew. Look it up.

  65. sally says:

    This reset is not about control of the people part of the world, its about control of all of the technology that controls everything in the world. the instruments of war are copyright monopolies, patent monopolies and privatization contacts, spoils of war grabs. .

    I call it technocratic capitalism and if is for that reason that Russia, Iran and China (RIC) have been dubbed enemies.. not because the people in those rogue nation states hate westerners its because RIC is a threat to total monopoly power over all technology.

    What is going to happen is no one can proper in a business unless that business is a wall street or London or Western market-promoted venture. and no market-promoted venture is going to be a Wall street or London Market promoted venture unless that business has a complete and total monopoly in the field of endeavor.
    Since 1957 the composition of balance sheet assets has moved from 14% of the total balance sheet assets that are hot thin air(copyright and patents) to 90% just in September, 2020. Meaning if you don’t own a valid useful powerful patent you will be someone else’s employee or dunce. that is ihe great reset.

    the reset is not about bounding and gagging you in chains, water boarding you to admit you did this or that so you can be shot, its about forcing you to be the producer and market for the technology these super capitalist own.

  66. @Mustapha Mond

    He sure ACTS like the typical Jew in the “financial” “industry”

  67. @Jake

    It seems that the worst generally gobble up society either way, but where and when has the state prevented or even slowed that, rather than acting as an accelerant? Kakistocracy seems the rule. Any institution which amplifies the ambitions of the criminal ought to be rejected.

  68. @Desert Fox

    This is a global imperial CORPORATE OLIGARCHY.

    Fascism is an inaccurate description.
    “ Communistic” is an Archie Bunkerism for the rubes…

    This is the best government MONEY can BUY.

    Look at the greasy cigar salesman Guliani!

    Imagine if Lincoln had said:

    “ Four score and seven years ago ( insert infomercial) I get my beard clipped by Remington razors….

    Our wonderful capitalists on wall st have commodified everything. Now, if they would just hang themselves.

  69. @Mustapha Mond

    I may not be the best internet researcher, but I’ve spent the last hour trying to find out if Schwab is Jewish or not. I’ve scanned thru many articles with mounting frustration, and, though it seems that Schwab spends much of his time working for the benefit of Jews, I found no proof that he is Jewish himself. Even Wikipedia doesn’t mention it. The best I could find is that Schwab is German.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  70. @onebornfree

    I don’t think you guys, blinded by your obsolete free market ideology, understood the point of the article. Johnstone’s thesis states that millions and millions of jobs will be lost for good in The Great Reset. What are all these excess people to do, who have been left behind by the heartless totally automated global village, once their skills are no longer needed? I guess, since you would eliminate any type of welfare, causing millions to die of starvation, your solution would be for them to kill themselves quickly. To the Gas Chambers – GO!

  71. cranc says:

    Two points : those of us who were pointing out back in Spring, that the classification system for labelling deaths ‘due to Covid 19’ was open to misuse, and that a huge misattribution was possible, seem to be vindicated. From the Newsletter of John Hopkins University, article digs into the stats for US deaths this year by category and overall.

    ‘..the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19. ‘

    https://web.archive.org/web/20201126163323/https://www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2020/11/a-closer-look-at-u-s-deaths-due-to-covid-19
    [deleted from their webpage, unsurprisingly]
    Looking forward, the predictions of the WEF (mass breakdown of the energy systems and financial systems) or allegedly leaked plans from German or Canadian contingency committees, suggests that things will never again be so good.
    https://thdrussell.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-crazy-conspiracy-theory-that-can-be.html

  72. hillaire says:

    indeed, the bland, dysgenic, sociopaths, that brought you the festering mess

    you have today, want you to allow them to finish the job. Their reliance on the

    buggy substandard tech they worship is almost

    laughable, but then that’s hubris for you.

    and our greatest advantage.

  73. hillaire says:
    @RoatanBill

    Your ignorance is only exceeded by you stupidity. Luckily, going forward, people like you are unlikely to survive.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  74. hillaire says:
    @RoatanBill

    You are the stupid one if you think ‘voting makes a difference’, why do you think they allow it ?

    Surely the state of play in your own country at the moment , indicates this.

  75. @hillaire

    If all you can do is insult people, that is certainly no sign of intelligence; anyone can do that.

    Why not refute what I say as opposed to just throwing mud.

    Go ahead, and point by point provide your enlightened wisdom for all to see. My bet is you can’t and won’t do that because you haven’t the intellect. Prove me wrong.

  76. @Mustapha Mond

    “The Great Reset” equals The New World Order equals Jewish internationalism or global communism.

    If Klaus isn’t Jewish then he works for the Jews, is the shabbos goy mouthpiece.

  77. Liza says:
    @anon

    Thanks for all those links. Also, I didn’t know that Pasteur died in such an inglorious state. I have the book, The Persecution and Trial of Gaston Naessens by Christopher Bird, (coauthor of The Secret Life of Plants) and Bechamp’s name comes up several times. Naessens died 2 years ago at the age of 94.

    In the 1950s French-born biologist Gaston Naessens (1924-2018) developed his ‘somatoscope’, which allowed observation of living organisms up to a magnification of 30,000x. In animal and human blood and plant sap, he observed an ultramicroscopic, living and reproducing form that he called a ‘somatid’, which he considered to be a negatively charged energy condenser and a precursor of DNA. He observed how the somatid life cycle involved several changes of form. The first three stages – somatid, spore and double spore – occur in healthy organisms, but if the immune system is disrupted, the somatids go through 13 additional stages, connected with disease. Naessens, too, concluded that germs are the result of disease. Disease originates within the body if the immune system has been weakened by factors such as radiation, pollution, electric fields, poor nutrition, accidents, shock, and depression.

    http://www.davidpratt.info/ozone.htm

    Florence Nightingale understood these things long before Pasteur’s one disease-one microbe idea caught fire. Died at 90 in her sleep. No tube up the nose, no antibiotics.

  78. Ron Unz says:
    @follyofwar

    I may not be the best internet researcher, but I’ve spent the last hour trying to find out if Schwab is Jewish or not. I’ve scanned thru many articles with mounting frustration…I found no proof that he is Jewish himself. Even Wikipedia doesn’t mention it.

    Well, Schwab is a reasonably prominent international public figure and has been for decades. If you spent a while hunting around, and couldn’t find any half-credible claims that he was Jewish, it’s 99% likely that he’s not.

    After all, his name isn’t Jewish, nothing about his background is Jewish, and he grew up in Nazi Germany, so why would anyone think he was Jewish?

    • Thanks: follyofwar
    • Replies: @Jon Baptist
    , @Rocha
  79. Steven80 says:
    @Mefobills

    Mefobill,

    Bondholders don’t control corporations; it was the case years ago.
    Nowadays the game is called supervoting stocks, few persons with special shares control a caorporation, at the same time allowing the public to beleive that the managers and some pension funds, being the largest shareholders, direct the company policy and development.

    The scheme works well because 1) bondholders rarely send representative to meetings (even the largest funds and banks dont have the capacity and number of people to do so – I myself was going to bondholders meetings as a bank representative and know first hand the process and 2)the public is willing to invest when they think everythink is transparent. This way if I am an evil supervoter, no one will know about me and my evil deeds, except the top management.

    Supervoting stocks are not reported as separate class in company financial statements so you don’t know who is pulling the strings behind the curtains. It is certainly not the largest holders in many, many companies in the US. A nice system, invented by the way by a great wall street mind in the 60-es.

    • Replies: @Trickster
    , @Mefobills
  80. @Ron Unz

    why would anyone think he was Jewish

    Why? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there are numerous individuals like the Rebbe dictating to Netanyahu, Sharon and Lauder to hasten Moshiach’s coming so that Jews can “Heal the World” by ruling it.

    The Covid-Global Reset tyranny is being imposed on all of mankind and the technocratic psychopaths behind it have the clear goal of establishing a global government. What tribe has a majority of individuals that feel they have the qualifications to carry out Tikkun Olam and would be more than happy with a global government? Hint: It’s not the Aboriginal Australians. Who disproportionately promotes AI technology, smart cities and vaccine development?

    https://www.jpost.com/health-science/who-are-the-jews-behind-the-coronavirus-vaccines-649405
    https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israeli-ai-firm-gets-grant-to-develop-covid-19-management-solutions-630157
    https://www.startuphub.ai/israeli-startups-providing-ai-development-platforms/

    Considering what actually took place historically, as opposed to fabricated events used to indoctrinate the public, it is reasonable to question the cultural background of Klaus “Goldfinger” Schwab. The surname might be 99% Lutheran, however, there is always that 1%. That one percent is full of individuals like Harari. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuval_Noah_Harari )

    https://web.archive.org/web/20190808025638/https://jta.org/2002/02/05/lifestyle/religion-has-role-at-economic-forum

    https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/641209/memorial-search?firstName=&lastName=Schwab&includeMaidenName=true
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beth_Olam_Cemetery

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/82991644/abraham-schwab

    • Replies: @ingotus
  81. Anon[970] • Disclaimer says:

    Now here’s a shocker, WEF was one of the three sponsors of Event201 (along with B&M Gates and Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg), the Oct 2019 pandemic wargames. Note how the main players then moved over seamlessly to be the thought leaders for the “real” pandemic (not to mention the useful graphics they had at hand). The suspicious might think it was a plandemic.

    https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/

  82. Anon[970] • Disclaimer says:

    Do the transhumanists know that once CRISPR is up and running the very first action will be to cure the psychopaths?

  83. Trickster says:
    @Steven80

    Mefobills writes extensively about financial matters and most of what he writes is absolute shit. Yet no amount of reason or facts will ever convince him he is anything but the greatest financial genius who ever blessed the Universe.

    For example, he calls himself “Mefobill” which was a dodgy instrument Hitler used to finance his rearmament program. Sometime back I got into it with Mefobill about the Mefobill.

    In spite of the fact that I pointed out that everything he wrote was absolute nonsense he persisted to the point where I drove him off this site for several months.

    Now he is back with another load of sheer nonsense for the UR. I laughed hard at your comment. This type of accounting and financial statement preparation is as old as the hills YET our resident Professor of International finance seems to be confused, ignorant and in the dark about this, the most basic of financial statement preparation and presentation.

    Good luck convincing this dullard and lemon aid stand CFO that even the world is not flat.

  84. Trickster says:
    @RoatanBill

    What you propose ie some religious institution helping the dependent will not work especially if it is the Catholic church.

    I think it would be rather unfair for Father to give up his lobster, wine, inmported caviar and Russian crackers and other exotic meals to feed some hungry person who has not had a meal in days. In addition, our good Shepherd may have to sell his SUV, Boat, MotorCycle and other trappings to help the poor ?

    I dont go to Church as I am not in a position to support our local priest and his lifestyle. He drives the latest SUV as he needs a reliable vehicle paid for by the flock to visit the flock, has a boat in case he needs to speedily give the last sacrament to some poor sinner who lives on an island, and rides a motorbike when his work takes him down gravel roads. I am barely keeping up the payments on the bicycle I bought on Craig List.

    In the meantime the downtown area is filling up with riff raff and an assortment of other lost souls but Father, when he passes through, in civilian threads, barely glances to the left or right. Rushing to get to the gourmet coffee shop to hang with some sucker who is going to pick up the bill, he CANNOT be distracted by the lost sheep sleeping over subway vents and rummaging through the trash for pizza crusts and unfinished sodas. He might get into an accident and then the church goers will have to pick up the increased insurance premiums.

    I am told that on the Parish door there is a sign that advises street folk who are cold to head to the local library. There they can pretend to be reading, fall asleep and stay warm. Unfortunately, some studious denizens of the street have been dealing drugs and indulging in prostitution on the premises so the Library now has burly security guards who wake a person up and walk them to the door……and out into the cold.

    How can you in all conscience suggest something like this that is sure to inconvenience our holy men and place them in a position of deprivation ? How can you be so inconsiderate ?

    Its a dog eat dog world, a cold hard place but Father has it made. With the help of God and his Parish Poodles he need never worry about being homeless, unemployed or hungry.

    Indeed God helps those who help themselves !

    • Troll: GazaPlanet
    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  85. @Trickster

    A well written and truthful description of the fraud that is all of religion, particularly Christianity and more specifically Catholicism. Bravo!

    I hate to use the saying, but you’re preaching to the choir.

    I was an alter boy for exactly 1 day in grammar school. Part of that day was to unload the truck that brought in the food and drink for the nuns and priests. I helped off load case quantities of imported beer, liquor and wine while the priests watched. I also got to help wash and wax the priests Mercedes that had private garages across the street from the church. That was 6 shiny new or near new Mercedes while my father was driving a beat up Buick Special and parked on the street in Queens, New York.

    I really don’t care who provides financial or other help to the indigent, as long as it’s not me. I suggested the people in the god business because those frauds are getting away with the longest running scam in human history and pay no taxes.

    Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
    Denis Diderot

    I’m tired of the welfare and entitlement mentality that robbed me for decades that I’m now an expat. I no longer support the ever growing ranks of Democrat voters that will forever vote to steal more of my labor. Screw em.

    • Troll: GazaPlanet
  86. Rocha says:

    I understand that the source of all our problems was the legalization of usury with the Reformation and the privatization of the issue of the currency with the establishment of the Bank of England in 1694.
    On the same day they established the Bank of England they instituted limited democracy so that the citizens could not renege the debts contracted by a so called representative government with private bankers who conjured money out of thin air under the fractional reserve system. Citizens became mere collateral for debt. Thus the money lenders got rid of their perennial problems with blow; the death, bankruptcy or refusal to pay of their debtors.
    On the same day they also introduced income tax so that the government always had the money to pay back the debts WITH INTEREST.
    We vote for our slavery and that of our children and grandchildren to that of the debt based financial system.
    Under the cynical guise of promoting democracy, every single war and revolution since then has been to impose this nefarious system on the whole world.
    For Catholics and Muslims, usury is a sin and it is no coincidence that after 9/11 the only two countries left in the Middle East without a Rothschilds controlled central bank are Iran and Syria .
    And for all those Catholic Church haters out there I recommend reading the History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland by William Cobbett a Protestant.
    For the history of usury: Barren Metal by E M Jones.

  87. Rocha says:
    @Ron Unz

    I read in his biography that he was/is a professor at Ben Gurion University?
    Do they employ gentiles?
    I think I read it on Wiki but should be easy to verify.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  88. @Rocha

    Yes, I read that on Wikipedia too. That still doesn’t prove that he’s Jewish. It could be similar to non-Catholics, even atheists, teaching a Notre Dame.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  89. Richard B says:
    @RoatanBill

    Those that can’t compete will get further and further behind

    And those who can compete will get further and further behind if their methods prove maladaptive.

    The more top-down authortarianism they impose on the world, the less their methods will be subject to a process of feedback and correction, the less their methods are subject to feedback and correction the more malaptive their top-down authoritarianism.

    From the article.

    What is needed is for people to get together everywhere to study the issues and develop well-reasoned opinions on goals and methods of future development.

    Bravo! Let’s start with our social institutions. Social institutions are first and foremost human methods for adaptation. While it’s true that what works at one point in history might not work in another, it’s also true that no social institution can survive long with becoming aware of its inadequacies, inchoherencies, and imperfections.

    The hostile elite’s efforts to create a social order that is free of control and sustained by force will only increase the uncontrolled exercise of naked power.

    And it’s exactly this force, constantly applied, that will destablize the very social institutions of the civilization their power controls. Especially our economic institutions. Maybe that’s why they want to automate everything while convincing everyone else that they’re now as irrelevant as a giant pile of rotary phones.

    From this perspective AI, and not just AI, could be a way for the hostile elite to conceal their incompetence at social management.

    When enough people become aware of this to form a critical mass a culture crisis inevitably breaksout. And that is the situation we’re in right now. Hence the hostile elite’s urgency. And isn’t one of the sure fire signs of incompetent social management when the “urgent” drives out the important? This isn’t over by a long shot.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  90. @Richard B

    Given your prose, I would conclude that you’re an anarchist that doesn’t trust gov’t.

    If that’s not the case, then you lost me.

  91. Richard B says:

    Given your prose, I would conclude that you’re an anarchist that doesn’t trust gov’t.

    If that’s not the case, then you lost me.

    Given you see a causal link between someone’s prose and their worldview it’s no surpise you’re lost.

  92. Steven80 says:
    @Trickster

    Yes, it is a very old practice.

    The problem is, it is getting widely spread today now that the investment bankers are advising company managers to create dual class shares. There are a lot of studies showing those companies are worse performers because of lack of accountability.

    By the way, the authorities in the US are well aware of the problem, but are doing nothing, of course:
    https://www.sec.gov/news/speech/fleming-dual-class-shares-recipe-disaster

    The reason is the top apparatchicks in the state agencies and politicians are getting money under the table

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  93. @Bard of Bumperstickers

    What a load of bullshit. How many times you trotted out this talking points memo.

    So you are one of those temporarily embarrassed billionaires I have heard tell of.

    Well, that’s a horse of a different color!

  94. @Steven80

    Bribery is part and parcel of capitalism or more accurately corporatism.

    You can’t have one without the other. The one presupposes the other.

    “There is no such thing as a free market. It’s all crooked.”

    Crookedness does not come into most people’s little theories about economics. And yet it is all there is. All the rest is smoke and mirrors.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  95. anonlb says:
    @Liza

    It’s goes without saying: TFR for “useless class” should go to zero.

  96. @ChuckOrloski

    Thanks for forwarding. It answers many questions. Good to know.

  97. The term ‘state capitalism’ has been bandied about in different contexts for decades, with a lot of ideologically emotive connotations attached to it. One of the earliest uses of the term was by VI Lenin who acknowledged frankly the monumental task before the early Bolshevik government of reviving and developing the economically and culturally backward economy of a ruined Russia, as part of the stage of ‘primitive socialist accumulation’ as characterised by Preobrazhensky. Lenin saw the the Soviet state’s role as taking control of the economy but using capitalistic means like labour discipline, one-man management (often with the old managers that the workers overthrew) and introduction of limited market mechanisms to help with the accumulation and distribution of resources, all within socialised enterprises under tight state management and ownership, ‘state capitalism’ in his terms. All this was before the New Economic Policy of 1921, a temporary expedient that allowed private enterprise itself to flourish with further penetration of market forces into the economy, particularly the consumer market.

    Fast forward to the anti-communist ‘left’ purveyors of ‘new’ class societies who, understandably repulsed by the atrocities of the Stalinist bureaucracy, invented terms like ‘bureaucratic collectivism’ (eg, Max Shachtman, James Burnham at the time of the Hitler-Stalin pact), or others (eg, Tony Cliff at the time of the Korean War) who used the term ‘state capitalism’ to refer to the same thing — all with the express purpose of taking shelter in hostile anticommunist and/or Cold War political environments. Clearly the term ‘state capitalism’ in these latter periods, proffered as a new oligarchical class society, is used rather differently from the way Lenin did.

    And now we’re seeing how malleable ‘state capitalism’ can be in service as a substitute for thinking, to portray the process of corporatisation of the bourgeois state that inevitably accompanies the increasing dominance of monopoly and finance capital, which has been occurring in one guise or another since monopoly capitalism’s growth into imperialism. There’s no ‘new’ ruling class here of course, just a different wing of the same old capitalists, concentrating into smaller numbers and exercising ever more direct and overt control over their state machine to make it better serve their sole reason for existence (profits). This has been through privatisations, political bribery, lobbying, and the generalised corruption of ‘sacred’ capitalist ‘democracy’ and its institutions. And it’s also occurred through nationalisations where the capitalist class as whole benefitted (eg, a war economy).

    In all of this loose talk of ‘state capitalism’, the relevant question is: when exactly did capitalism turn into ‘state capitalism’? When did quantity turn into quality? One might argue that it came with the rise of the ‘welfare state’ or ‘New Deal’. For that matter, why not with Bismarck in the Germany of 1871? These would be periods that ‘state capitalism’ might have some sensible meaning. But rather than ‘state capitalism’ these policies might also better be termed ‘capitalist statism’, where the capitalists retain state power and their private appropriation of the social surplus, and where the threat of revolution is neutered by welfare measures and policies. Of course no qualitative change or transformation in the mode of production in these instances is evident, and no new ruling class of ‘state capitalists’ has emerged. ‘State capitalism’ in this context is a policy, not a new social phenomenon.

    And today in the US for example, when did this new bottle ‘state capitalism’ for the same-old same-old emerge? With Reagan? Bush I? Clinton? Bush II? Obama? Trump? How has the mode of production changed? How is it that very the same capitalists, scions or their families have retained power? Nothing has changed as far as the fundamental laws of capitalist production and distribution go, and all that’s really occurring is the ever-shifting ways the tiny capitalist class exploits to more effectively rule over the vast majority. The policies in these latter decades has been a return to ‘market fundamentalism’, to overthrow any remaining remnants of the New Deal. Not much ‘state capitalism’ is evident.

    Which brings us to this utterly false claim: ‘For the people to regain power, they must reassert their command over how and for what purposes capital is invested’, through ‘investment choices’ no less! Really? When exactly did ‘the people’, who as a rule have no capital or surplus to ‘invest’, ever exercise any such power over how capitalism uses the surplus it extracts from workers? That’s simply never happened, other than in propaganda-fantasies pushed by the mainstream media and the ‘economist’ mouthpieces of capital — in the sense that ‘the people’, either through the fraudulent ritual of elections and/or the ‘free market’ and/or ‘investment choices’, somehow control the otherwise irrational but private accumulation and misuse of the productive surplus. So what’s being proposed here is this: if the capitalists, or our ‘state capitalists’, don’t live up to their fantasy (which they’ve never done), then ‘if capital balks, it must be socialized. This is the only revolution…’.

    Of course a revolution is needed — where the working class majority takes political and economic power (ie, state power), and socialises the whole economy and subjects it to democratic central planning. But what’s proposed here is that since capitalism no longer functions in the interests of ‘the majority’ (as if it ever did), because it’s now somehow become ‘state capitalism’ (a clearly malleable and therefore ubiquitous term favoured by liberals), and if the capitalists don’t ‘return’ to the ways as propounded by their economic fantasies, only then should there be ‘socialization’ and ‘revolution’ (no less). The only way to adequately depict this is ‘social democracy on acid’.

  98. The Great Reset in 2 Minutes – Jay Dyer

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  99. L.K says:

    Another great, thoughtful article by Diana Johnstone.

  100. Mefobills says:
    @Trickster

    Mefobills writes extensively about financial matters and most of what he writes is absolute shit.

    Trickster, you are the one who is full of shit.

    When I speak of bondholders, I was speaking of it in historical terms. Bondholders were created at the moment that corporations were created. Stocks and Bonds became on-sold into so called free markets. What I am saying is exactly what happened when our (((friends))) moved into Amsterdam, starting in 1492.

    If you go back further in time, bondage had a different meaning. As usual things fly over your head because you are low IQ.

    For example, he calls himself “Mefobill” which was a dodgy instrument Hitler used to finance his rearmament program. Sometime back I got into it with Mefobill about the Mefobill.

    The “dodgy” instrument pumped purchasing power into the German economy. Germany had no great depression.

    Your diversionary tactics sure smell Jewy.

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  101. Mefobills says:
    @Trickster

    In spite of the fact that I pointed out that everything he wrote was absolute nonsense he persisted to the point where I drove him off this site for several months.

    And above is you giving yourself props. You have an over-weening ego. Seriously, something is wrong with you.

  102. @Mefobills

    I did not know Hammurabi was the Hitler of his times. Thanks for the history lesson and fascinating insight.

    Speaking of Hammurabi and his brand of “National Socialism”… the Jews also have it, but their version of Nationalism Socialism has made them fabulously rich and powerful.

    According to their Talmud, it is a sin for Jews to scam other Jews, but it’s perfectly fine to scam goyim and make them debt slaves.

    The sooner we goyim are cognizant of the fact that we are ruled by very, very hostile Jews, the better.

  103. ingotus says:
    @Jon Baptist

    Presumably some goys can make a good living by hastening (what is perceived to be, or sold as) an inevitable future (and convincing others of that inevitability in the process). Colonel House comes to mind.

    Although I admit I also googled for jewishness (albeit only for a minute or so).

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  104. @DanFromCT

    Dan: stupid judgements are constantly made in all walks of life and all occupations and the stupidest frequently come from Ivy Leaguers and from many very well schooled military leaders.
    I could give hundreds of examples but I’ll take some simple but life destroying examples because I spent time around many of these places:

    Iraq- 2003-2004 : IEDs are killing and maiming American troops on a daily basis yet commanders send troops out daily in vehicles with no armor or poorly armored and they have these troops drive down the same routes day after day, year after year. Very soon the truck drivers (MOS 88M) are being killed and wounded at higher numbers than the infantry (MOS 11B). It was always the infantry who were expendable.
    Vietnam -USMC or US Army- constantly getting American riflemen ambushed and surrounded and outnumbered- happened every day. There is a reason for near 59,000 American service members dead in Vietnam
    AND a more recent stroke of genius:
    Afghanistan- 2009- putting a platoon of infantry of the 4th Divison on the low ground surrounded on all sides by high mountains and after months of American soldiers being shot at , the Taliban suddenly attack with hundreds of men and use RPGs, etc. I do not remember the reasoning behind putting troops in a very small area surrounded on all sides by high hills and mountains. For thousands of years it has always been taught “never get yourself in a position where you have to fight from the low ground”. I believe two Medal of Honors were awarded for bravery in this battle. I guess awarding lots of medals for bravery was supposed to lessen the anger of the surviving soldiers. Didn’t work though.

  105. Mefobills says:
    @Steven80

    All of the money (ok 97%) supply comes into existence as a bond. The debt money system is bond based.

    All debt instruments are a bond.

    Don’t forget the forest while you are looking at the trees. You are down in the weeds.

    The entire money system is one of offsetting liabilities and assets. Double entry ledgers are linked together where one person’s asset is another’s liability.

    And, of course, the brain-dead Trickster replies to your comment…

  106. @ingotus

    Presumably some goys can make a good living by hastening (what is perceived to be, or sold as) an inevitable future (and convincing others of that inevitability in the process).

    I have to agree completely.
    Sadly your point can be proven with this very recent tweet. The Pope reminds me of Saruman.

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  107. @Franz

    Absolutely.
    “Perhaps I am underestimating the degree of hostility toward our fellow humans that now pervades society, but my impression is that there is a vast unexpressed public demand for LESS automated services and MORE contact with real persons who can think outside the algorithm and can actually UNDERSTAND the problem, not simply cough up preprogrammed fixes.”
    The desire for less automated services is an understatement. Most people HATE having to deal with computer recordings. They HATE not being even able — after ages of trying — to even find a human.
    Indeed, its sometimes impossible to find a telephone # to speak to a human.
    None of this is for OUR benefit. Its no more than cost cutting.
    (I wont complain about often not being able to speak to someone from one’s own country — that’s a separate, often equally annoying issue.)

  108. @Defcon

    “AI is only as good as the programming, as always bad data in, bad data out. ”
    Correct.
    The interpretation of intelligence is one thing — even with AI the more data in — the more difficult to pull time sensitive “data” — instructions etc, out.
    The accumulation — aggregation of data, in the form of intelligence, is another matter. Can “raw” intelligence ever be fully capable of pure AI interpretation ? Its not merely about finding patterns etc in data flows — its often about making value judgements, its often about employing imagination based on a kind of empathy, an identification with various other actors etc.
    Pity the Elites if they think AI can remove such nuances. (Never mind the trivial issue that your AI maybe programmed specifically to “trick” my AI ….)

  109. @RoatanBill

    Your own comment refutes your central point that non-science learning is naught but “bullshit”.
    You offer an argument, we consider its truth & logic & take preliminary views about it. That’s not bullshit, that just reasoned communication.
    Law, philosophy etc are not invalidated because they can’t rely on math (ie science). We make do.
    We don’t — should not — treat non-scientific discourse as a science or (worse) a religion.
    We accumulate the best information we can get, we test arguments, sniff out value judgements (& ideology) & try to come to rational/reasonable conclusions. Its all we’ve got. Your views are ultimately anti-rational & a boon to those who would cretinize the public for their own nefarious ends….

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  110. @animalogic

    Your own comment refutes your central point

    How, specifically, do I do that. You provide no proof.

    Law, philosophy, etc are all opinions. Laws are different everywhere. There’s your proof that it’s just an opinion that changes from day to day, place to place. Philosophy has been argued over for thousands of years, with no final resolution – opinion.

    I read your post several times and can find no solid content in it. Speak plainly, as I do, and get to your point without embellishment.

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  111. @RoatanBill

    Your issues with “knowledge” & opinion” are philosophical issues — epistemology to be precise.
    You demand so called “science” standards be applied to all assertions — that is, all assertions must be based upon proven evidence & mathematical logic. That much communication can not meet those standards, its therefore written off by you as bullshit.
    Science itself is ultimately an “opinion” — a theory — as its based on induction — its the best “knowledge” available at the moment. Einsteinian physics comes to supplement or replace Newtonian physics.
    Law, for example is not knowledge, per se: its prescriptive. It say to do or not do something. Then it becomes an exercise in interpreting reality in light of sets of words. Naturally it is then “opinion”. But, some opinions are better than other opinions. Argument, interpretation of evidence & facts (a fingerprint is a fact — of some value to be determined) are the basis of legal “opinions”.
    Sadly, your views are actually on the path towards that wholly pernicious “Post modernism”. These people make a huge song & dance that there is no TRUTH — wow, who knew ? And because there is no TRUTH, then everything is just words, & words are just other words, with no contact with reality. Its all hopeless. Hopeless but profitable, because words can be made to mean anything, therefore clever academics can pump out infinite interpretations of Hamlet, “evil”, “supply & demand” & so on.
    I am NOT in favour of such scholarship. But nor do I believe that we can’t (should we wish — & no doubt you do NOT wish) have intelligent, rational and reasonable discussions on Hamlet or the concept of “evil”. The conclusions will NOT be provable. But some may be more intelligent, rational etc than others.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  112. @animalogic

    For all I care, you can have as many philosophical discussions as you like, just don’t force you OPINION on to me as law that I must obey under penalty of some sort.

    The current opinion is that cocaine, heroin, pot, etc are bad and therefore we lock up huge numbers of people for imbibing these drugs while hurting no one. Simply possessing a quantity of these substances means incarceration or fine. Murder, robbery, and other forms of inflicted harm are already prohibited under law and cover the violent offenders in the drug trade.

    The same opinion was directed towards alcohol and even got a Constitutional amendment (18th) and was subsequently repealed by another OPINION, the 21st Amendment. Do you not see the idiocy in such opinions becoming law?

    The opinion in many Islamic countries is that homosexuals should be imprisoned or hung, while in the US they are celebrated. If that doesn’t prove laws are opinions, I don’t know how to convince you. I’m certain that gravity and electricity, for example, are universal truths developed using empirical evidence, not opinion.

    It should also be noted that the current OPINION on illicit drugs fuels the violent drug wars for profit and the CIA has been implicated in drug trafficking for decades to fund their covert operations. The legal arm of the establishment, the CIA, is itself profiting from the illegality which drives up the price for their product. The whole thing is a scam and protected under law so the CIA can foment color revolutions and targeted assassinations around the world.

    BTW – I never took a single class in philosophy and hence my brain was not marinated in that forever battle between opposites yielding nothing that’s provable over thousands of years. I have no clue what Post Modernism is and have no interest in learning about some nonsense a humanities or social science academic invented out of his irrational and illogical mind. I live in the real world devoid of religious mysticism and its offshoot philosophy.

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  113. @RoatanBill

    Yes, you are quite right — there are bad laws, & some better laws. Its up to you whether you comply with laws or not.
    Its a shame that you can’t see the difference between religion & philosophy.
    Living in a world “devoid” of philosophy, (which is unlikely — opinions as to “good” or “bad” are ultimately philosophical, & you don’t hesitate on those issues) likely means that you are a more susceptible victim of ideology — not that you could admit that either….

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  114. @animalogic

    What we do here is philosophical of sorts. I have no problem with people debating issues, in fact I encourage it.

    It’s when a particular philosophy decides it needs to be the law for everyone else to follow that things go awry. As long as folks are arguing over how many angels fit in the head of a pin, it’s harmless. Only when a particular philosophy says you may not doubt the holocaust that philosophy and politics merge, and that type of occurrence happens more and more frequently of late.

    I’m opposed to professional philosophers because there is no such thing possible. These people are frauds spouting their opinion and expect the rest of us to hold those opinions in high regard because of their bullshit title. They have no special skill, just a phony title with which they expect to make a decent living by doing what we all do – give our opinions on topics.

    Religion is bullshit. Always has been always will be.

    When you understand why you don’t believe in other people’s gods, you will understand why I don’t believe in yours.
    Albert Einstein

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  115. @Jon Baptist

    Jesuits are scary. Now as well as the “Black Pope”, their ranks included Constantine’s Donation: the office of “Pontifex Hex”.

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  116. @RoatanBill

    Thanks Bill, I think we’re on the same page more or less.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  117. @anon

    This sort of drivel is what gives Americans a bad name.

    Germ theory is ‘disproved’? What absolute tosh – and using two lifespan anecdotes as rhetorical dot-points makes it worse, reducing the argument to a level roughly commensurate with a women’s magazine story.

    Microflora do things in their ongoing attempts to propagate themselves. In doing so, they express chemicals that we can detect. Inside the human organism, those chemicals can have a range of effects. Some of those effects are good for the human organism, some are bad.

    That’s literally what the Germ Theory says.

    Germ Theory doesn’t claim that every bodily dysfunction is caused by a pathogen. It doesn’t claim that the only remedy for dysfunction is a patent pharmacological intervention.

    Germ theory posits that there are greeblies in the external environment that can do nasty things when ingested, particularly when the internal environment conduces to the propagation of one or other of the greeblies.

    We can see the microflora; we can identify the chemicals they express; we can identify the effects on the human organism that happen. We can identify how dysfunctions in part of the human organism lead to inadequate responses to the assault generated by the chemicals expressed by pathogens.

    The starting state of the organism – as a whole and in relevant subsystems – matters, because it can help or hinder the body’s (or subsystem’s) reaction to the effects and the response to intervention (pharma or otherwise). That’s clinically relevant, but it’s not “Germ Theory”.

    Do not think that I come to praise Pharma: I am as strident an opponent of Big Pharma, as ever drew breath. “Medicalised-everything” is a very very very American phenomenon: so much so that when it is observed in the non-US West, it’s considered a sign of stupidity: the mother who takes a child to an ER because it has a cough or a (non-critical) minor fever, for example.

    “Germs don’t cause disease”… fucking hell, we’ve come so far. In times past, people like you died in infancy because their parents shit where they slept.

  118. @Majority of One

    Please show proof of a Jew kissing the hand of a Jesuit. None? I thought so. The “Black Pope” was conjured up by filo-Semitic Protestants to smear the Jesuits of old. The translated Jesuit publication (linked below) from 1890 spells out completely why the Jesuit Order was such a threat to the WASP-Jew alliance. https://archive.org/details/civiltacattolicathejewishquestionineurope

    There is no doubt the Jesuits today have been infiltrated by dangerous forces and are sowing massive discord within the Catholic Church.

    https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/No-Holds-Barred-Pope-Francis-and-the-need-to-confront-evil-354429

    • Replies: @ingotus
  119. ingotus says:
    @Jon Baptist

    I’ve had a good experience with Jesuits – a general focus on the new testament and its spiritual teachings, bible stories seen as parables not literal history, pretty smart people overall.

    But alas, not many corners of Christianity left unscathed by the current zeitgeist.

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