Posts Tagged ‘Liberty’
Global Leviathan

Rise up and oppose this abomination all lovers of liberty. Global tyranny is still tyranny. In a world run by despots, tyrants and vested interests we must protect our rights. The rights our forbears fought and died for – our children’s birthright.

A global Leviathan is to be feared every bit as much as a national one. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a step toward creating just such a global leviathan. One which will make that of Hobbes look like a responsive pygmy:

 “TPP is a “trade deal” that mostly does not deal with trade. In fact, of the 29 chapters in this document, only five cover traditional trade matters! The other two dozen chapters amount to a devilish “partnership” for corporate protectionism. They create sweeping new “rights” and escape hatches to protect multinational corporations from accountability to our governments… and to us. Here are a few of TPP’s provisos that would make our daily lives riskier, poorer, and less free…..

One of the deal’s chapters creates a monstrous monkey wrench called the “Investor-State Dispute Resolution” system. In this private, supra-legal “court,” corporations are empowered to sue TPP governments over environmental, health, consumer, zoning, or any other public policies that the corporations claim are either undermining their TPP “rights” or diminishing–get this–their “expected future profits.”

This elevates thousands of private, profit-seeking entities to the legal status of sovereign nations. Under the investor-state system, a smaller version of which was included in NAFTA and other free-trade schemes, the deck is stacked for corporate interests. Cases are decided behind closed doors by three-person international tribunals…. These “tribunalists” are not accountable to any electorate, and their decisions are final–there’s no appeal to a real court. If a corporation wins a case, taxpayers of the government being sued lose, for they must pony up cash to compensate the corporation for its “loss” of profit.

No wonder they wanted to keep the full text from us until it is approved:

Last year, Obama’s top trade rep, Ron Kirk, declared that locking out the people is necessary, because the deal’s details would outrage Americans and spook Congress from rubber stamping it. In short, to win public approval of TPP, the Obamacans say they must keep it hidden from the public.”

Not just Americans.

The outcomes of our elections, our democratic processes will become irrelevant if we cede too much sovereignty. This is way too much sovereignty. Stop it. Stop it now. An ounce of prevention is worth a tonne of cure. Our freedom is way too valuable to gift to a bunch of international bureaucrats and their crony capitalist controllers.

Graphic courtesy of Hightower Lowdown

 
Incapable of Reforming Itself

Jesse nails it:

A credibility trap is when the regulatory, political and informational functions of a society have been compromised by corruption and fraud, so that the leadership cannot effectively reform or even honestly address the situation without impairing and implicating, at least incidentally, a broad swath of the power structure, including themselves.

The status quo tolerates the corruption and the fraud because they have profited at least indirectly from it, and would like to continue to do so. Even relatively honest reformers within the power structure are susceptible to various forms of soft blackmail and coercion.

And so a failed policy and its support system are almost self-sustaining, long after it is seen by the people to have failed. In its failure it becomes counterproductive, and an impediment to recovery in the real economy. Admitting failure is not an option for those who receive their power from that system.

The continuity of the structural hierarchy must therefore be maintained at all costs, even to the point of becoming a painfully obvious hypocrisy.

The Banks must be restrained, and the financial system reformed, with balance restored to the economy, before there can be any sustainable recovery.

I could not put it better myself. This further explains the move by our governing elite to constrain free speech. A tendency recognized by denizens of the opposite ends of the political spectrum, such as Goebbels and Hayek :

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Joseph Goebbels

 

“Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions–all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.”
Friedrich A. von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

It’s little wonder the governing class across the English speaking world are so determined to remove not just the right, but the expectation of free speech. If they get their way, we know where we will end up:

“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940

George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning, not a how to manual. Something we need to recognize if we are to resist big brother and the thought police’s propaganda.

It’s the kids I feel sorriest for. Governments will lose the ability to maintain their big lie. Much of the governing class will try to resort to tyranny to maintain their relatively privileged position. This process and the overthrow of the big lie will tear core societal assumptions and structures asunder.  It’ll be as traumatic for us as was the ending Communism and the defeat of Nazis for Nazis and communists. Most have no idea what they will lose:

“It is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, whilst the brain is impressible, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.” Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871

Reality always wins.

 
Despotism or Tyranny?

Much of the developed world will descend into despotism. The failure of mainstream policies will fatally weaken mainstream politicians, parties and institutions. People will turn to the extreme left or the extreme right to restore their declining living standards. Vested interests benefiting from the status quo and those opposed to these extremes will fight to retain what they have, democracy be damned. Advocates of the left, right and status quo will all believe they are acting “for the good of the people” as they destroy our democracy and trash our way of life.

It matters little to the millions of dead whether they died in a NAZI concentration camp, Soviet Gulag or Cambodian killing field. They are just as dead. Treated as dispensable slabs of meat, to be used and abused so someone could create their version of a better tomorrow. Falling for the left to stop the right or for the right to stop the left is simply succumbing to the rhetoric of potential despotic tyrants. Psychopathic ideologues will deprive you of your life, liberty and property as readily as they always have. We denizens of the West have not escaped histories bloody embrace.

But the descent into tyranny is not inevitable. It is just the most likely outcome given how much the worldview of the spineless curs in positions of power diverges from reality. Churchill could have accepted the inevitability of a German victory in World War II. He did not do so. Instead he rallied the people, not by telling them to go shopping, not by claiming things were going well when they were not. But by telling the people what a hard time they had before them:

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.

We too have dark days ahead. At this stage it is economic rather than military Armageddon we face. The latter may well come, but in the near term it is a lower probability outcome than one of debts being defaulted on and expectations not being met. For many the economic adjustment will be a disaster. People led their lives and made their plans according to a false set of societal operating assumptions. Our leaders need to explain this fact to prepare us for the hard times ahead. The money diverted to financial vested interests is money needed to feed, clothe and provide warmth to the poor. Our experiment in crony capitalism must end.

Churchill in telling people of the hard times ahead, knew just how bad they would be:

For the first time, the people had hope but Churchill commented to General Ismay: “Poor people, poor people. They trust me, and I can give them nothing but disaster for quite a long time.”

The march of the extremes into the mainstream is  but the first step in the unraveling of  our politically correct Joseph Goebbels like big lie:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”.

Politically correct Western states are losing the ability to shield their people from the effects of the big lie. The shock of the adjustment will be large. We need to prepare people for it. Otherwise the shock may shatter our societies, enabling extremists or existing vested interests to seize control. But the mainstream media’s reiteration of politically correct perspectives amplifies the big lie. It befuddles much of our richer, better educated and empowered population segments. This has created a leadership class unaware of the need to prepare for the tough times ahead. Their ignorance and denial is effectively paving the way for the extremes and existing vested interests to seize the State.

Denizens of the developed world may think they have stepped out of history. Wars, famines, pestilence and mass poverty do not happen to us. They exist in history books or happen to other peoples. It’s natural for those in poor countries to slave away making trinkets and material items for our amusement. It’s natural for the majority of our “children” to spend the first quarter of their life studying and the last quarter in retirement. The half of our lives spent  working is punctuated by frequent holidays. The working day is not too long or onerous.

Well history has started again. States can not make good on their promises to their people. Governments are trying not to admit this. In so doing they are putting off the inevitable, at the cost of making it worse. Their policies can not work:

My Speech Delivered at the New York Federal Reserve Bank:  The noose is tightening on your organization, vast amounts of money printing are now required to keep your manipulated economy afloat. It will ultimately result in huge price inflation, or, if you stop printing, another massive economic crash will occur. There is no other way out.

Again, thank you for inviting me. You have prepared food, so I will not be rude, I will stay and eat.

Let’s have one good meal here. Let’s make it a feast. Then I ask you, I plead with you, I beg you all, walk out of here with me, never to come back. It’s the moral and ethical thing to do. Nothing good goes on in this place. Let’s lock the doors and leave the building to the spiders, moths and four-legged rats. – Read the whole speech.

The failure of mainstream policies will undermine the standing of all institutions associated with them. The appearance of corruption and rampant fraud will destroy the trust on which our society is built. Once gone it will be sorely missed. Without trust we will soon be poor. It is more than the value of the dollar in our pocket that is dependent on it. It is the foundation of civil society. Without it there will not be much innovation or affluence. Recreating widespread trust once lost could be a task of decades or generations. Its loss is worth resisting.

It may not be too late to avoid a period of persecution, anarchy and mass impoverishment.  But the only hope of doing so it to restore integrity. Integrity to our institutions, our budgets, our leaders and our laws. Without this, all roads lead to misery and tyranny.

Graphic courtesy of Zerohedge – read the post.