The first paragraph of an editorial is always crucial and must grab people's attention. My hook scenes are often hard-hitting and generally plunge the neophytes into a hostile macro-micro environment where there is no place to hide. Retrospectively, 2001 was the year of the discovery that billions of world citizens had embarked on a runaway train whose destination is still unknown, up to this very day.
Before delving into the topic of sound money, it would be useful to make a compelling observation. On one hand as it seems easy to have one-to-one uplifting discussions, on the other hand it is illusory to think that it works the same way for a large group. Conformism is the word coming directly to mind; it is the mother of all theories inviting the biblical Horsemen to show up. Once the mechanics of conformism are taken into account, destiny and shocks to the system can be predicted. Conformism is rooted in the 'fear of fearing ignorance' that portrays humans as 'evil creatures' condemned to oblivion. There will not be any 'divine' intervention but Chaos brought upon us mainly because of the fear of dissent.
Philosophical Insight 101
Dissenting has a vital role socially because it forces everybody to pay attention to other aspects. Dissent is nonetheless considered a threat because conventional thinking has inseminated into our psyche erroneous concepts taken as holy truths. Most mainstreams ideas - if not all - are outdated because knowledge advances inexorably and that it is in the interest of the powers-that-be to outsmart the population, otherwise control wouldn't be possible at all.
The individual either within a group, or under peer pressure, chooses self-censorship for the sake of the conformity. The group comes first. It is puzzling and irritating at once because behind the façade, people think differently. It is thus mind boggling and even appalling to hear a person with whom you thought of having a lot in common, deliberately start speaking otherwise when socializing. Centuries have tamed citizens' spirit, forced them into submission for the sake of the system' stability. Alas that very stability, as demonstrated below, is the road to serfdom, and ultimately nothingness. Anything that tries to dismantle the pyramidal and feudal hierarchy is perceived as a threat. Masses sadly endorse any elitist bad management as a necessary evil because they are so familiar with it. They are used to lament but feel powerless to change the course of events. Needless to say it is pretty bad out there, why the heck would one want to risk the Unknown, which could be even more threatening? Such a train of thoughts is instilled into people's mind from birth in order to force the 'Social Order' upon them.
There are actually many people understanding this but who would rather opt for a continued tyranny over the inherent dangers in Freedom. Paradoxically these people will go in great lengths to describe the vicious consequences of greed and power, although they realize that their lives are going from bad to worse. Afraid of social blow-outs, they are just trying to toss the dangers away, expecting the next generation to fix the imperfections ... but since every generation passes the buck to the next, so what?
Without the taxpayers, the government cannot produce anything. Nonetheless socialism has convinced the masses that a world left to itself is condemned to eradication. Such thinking has built a structure within which the 'managing elites' survive as mere parasites. They are behind the 5 trillion-armament race during the Cold War and now ready to throw us in into WW3. Their tricks to stay on welfare ad vitam eternam are simple: fiat money and progressive taxation, which has defeated so many civilizations. In 6,000 years, the end result today is a financial industrial complex whose ramifications are just too obscene for the common man to grasp. For how long will this bottomless deception be allowed to last? It was B. Franklin who said - if I remember well - that 'truth will prevail if left to herself'. And it is exactly what the Universe has for us in the store but not without unleashing several calamities.
Some people, and this doesn't require a college degree, can sense the difference between morality and legality, and understand that what is legal is not always moral. Individuals always collude and the task of a collective unconscious is precisely to protect the 'clan'. Sure, depending on the premises being put forward, a collective behavior is not necessarily a bad thing. But a group that doesn't take into account the 'individuality' of each participant is doomed to fail.
The Teachings of Buddhabot
A while back, I read an interesting article written in 2006 about the ever growing potential of Buddhabot, a software program now superior to human intelligence. Buddhabot has already released its own 10 Declarations. Four of them caught my attention in particular since they can be proven with economic data and summarize the six other ones:
1) There are no laws but provisional theories
2) Everybody is responsible for what it is
3) Whatever we resist will persist
4) Every belief is neither true nor false
Although everybody knows that killing and stealing are crimes, there are no laws, only provisional theories. Indeed what to think of the ageless tale of Robin Hood stealing from the rich in favor of the poor or the case of self-defense? To give you an idea, the other day on the Science Channel, a physicist investigating the universe's Dark Matter confessed that the gravity laws established by Newton turned out to be partially wrong. Everything evolves and as knowledge progresses daily we easily conceive the pitfalls of civilizations. Crimes too evolve, become more sophisticate or are made into aws to subdue the people. Despite this, every civilization embraces the slogan: 'this time 'is' different'. How coherent is it to repeat something has been proven wrong throughout history? Knowledge is the highest value and therefore the containment of the masses only works temporarily. Buried or unseen facts operate as remote bombs or grenades, depending on their importance. They eventually go off and spread panic or chaos. We grasp the futility of laws when analyzing our endless reforms that never address the core of the issues whatsoever - due to the generational indoctrination.
There are simply no social steady models possible, hence the emergency to teach that self-responsibility and determination are essential and the root of all good. Instead of begging for an ever-growing government enabled by our highly coercive tax system, which today shows its absolute worthlessness.
Sound Economics To The Rescue
Over the last 40 years, we have been reassured that globalization was the universal cure to eradicate poverty. No later than mid-January 2008, the Davos Committee released its dire report:
A U.S. recession with fallout on European economies, a crisis in energy and
food supplies worldwide, at their lowest level ever, and globalization of risks
are the threats to the world economy for the next ten years... According to the
study, the current liquidity crisis from the subprimes will most likely cause
a recession in the United States in the next 12 months, leaving Asia and Europe
at the helm of the world economy.... it is certain that Europe alone will not be
able to do it, but "with the strong presence of the British financial sector the
area is vulnerable."
Consuming Our Way to Unhappiness: Meanwhile the systematic pillages of natural resources has achieved our worst ecological nightmares and through the WTO agreements totaling 2,550 or so pages drafted for the sake of economic growth (or so we were told) and extreme consumerism. To address the matters, the main idea advised by ill-informed specialists of all kinds goes toward an agenda reducing our consumption, although the latter also warn that it would bust the whole world economy!!! So here we have the formula induced by the Academia and their followers who put us into this mess in the first place. The same con-men who told us that the sky was the limit since WW2. That is truly great, isn't it?
It should be obvious by now that the United Nations is a foster for corporations colluding with the World Bank, IMF and their own economic hitmen. Here is an enlightening story: Last October, a delegation of rainforest pygmies from Democratic Republic of Congo flew to Washington to complain to the World Bank about its support for wholesale logging to help rebuild the war-ravaged economy. The plan, you see, is a poisoned gift since it is devastating their forests... Nearly 40 million people depend on the forests for medicines, shelter, timber and food. Threatening the gorillas in the same time. An independent panel also accuses the bank of misleading Congo's government about the value of its forests and of breaking its own rules. The groups claimed that the bank-backed system of awarding vast logging concessions to companies to exploit the forests was causing "irreversible harm" ... full stories
Long story short, the true environmental cost of our materialistic addiction goes hand in hand with the 'shop until you die' legacy. In my previous editorial I mentioned the atrocious pollution of the Asian rivers, all made possible by spending more than we earn. So dear readers, what brought us to the abyss are the billions of education degrees issued with the certified label reading 'beacon of democracy'. Buddhabot has a point here: there are no laws but provisional theories and everybody is responsible for what it is. Every hidden facts have unintended consequences, would they be intentionally concealed or not. Many represent taboos molding societies; they are protected by educational concepts such as political correctness and herd mentality. Both result in severe biases helping intolerance flourish and allow more (news) distortions and (political) manipulations further. It is way easier to explain this to an individual in private than a group, simply because political correctness, or the phobia to offend others prevents genuine opinions from circulating. The lack of intellectual adaptability and self-esteem are highly damaging. On an economic level, it shouldn't come as a surprise to find out that Low Self-Esteem and Materialism Goes Hand in Hand. Indeed how will we be feeling when confronted with the illusion of prosperity?