Eminence Front

the Heretick


“Drinks flow
People forget
That big wheel spins, the hair thins
People forget
Forget they’re hiding
The news slows
People forget
Their shares crash, hopes are dashed
People forget
Forget they’re hiding

Behind an eminence front
An eminence front, it’s a put on”

Peter Townshend – The Who

The Big Lie

Everybody knows the best lies incorporate an element of the truth, there are however, all kinds of lies. Half-truths, subterfuge, misdirection, flim-flam, propaganda, not to forget Madison Avenue and the old razzle-dazzle. Of course, Americans love the carnival barker pitch, the soft-soap, the softball, just as long as what is being pitched agrees with their existing predilections, prejudices, and desires. Such is the case with capitalism, this system of ruthlessly exploiting the poor working class, all while selling this barbarism as the veritable salvation of mankind. Never mind that 5 men (as reported recently by OXFAM) own more wealth than half of mankind, it is justified by how hard they work and the good that this obscene inequity brings to all the world. Here at home it is said that wealth inequality sees the greatest extreme since before the Great Depression, but it is said to be a question of more training, and a need for greater flexibility on the part of the working class. The “gig” economy as it is called is hailed as the answer for the down-trodden, Uber, contract labor, it is sold as allowing a person to work at their leisure, so to speak.

Let us look at the real picture of American capitalism, people working 2 part-time jobs for close to $7.25 an hour while a scuzzy apartment in a ghetto block infested by crack dealers goes for $600, $800, $1,000 a month depending on the locale. You do the math, add in the cost of a vehicle, insurance, clothing, food, utilities, not a pretty picture. If you want to take a chance drive in your Lexus, Range Rover, or BMW down through these hell-holes, preferably late at night, see what the cop cars see. But then, even were this little missive receiving wide distribution I doubt if very many readers will even do this in broad daylight. But then I have a better suggestion for the faint of heart, drive out to the wealthy gated communities around your town, they’re there, go without invitation, for no reason, see how far you get. You know these communities, they are where the doctors, lawyers, oil executives, insurance executives, people of means live in huge empty houses, but they deserve it, don’t they? They have never hurt anybody, what they do is for the good of society, pillars of the community. Think of their catered parties the next time you hear an ad on the radio asking for money to solve the problem of hunger in America. This phenomenon of the very rich and the very poor is not confined to these shores, oh no, this is a worldwide condition, matter of fact, every person in the Western hemisphere is in the top 25 % of the food chain. We must remember when we hear about poor Americans, poor Mexicans, etc. we are relatively well off compared to the people of Africa, India, and parts of China.

Truth is, Americans want to believe the big lie, it’s easier. Believe the big lie you feel justified buying your $700 I-phone, who cares if the poor Chinese worker in the high tech sweat shop despaired of his or her life to the point of jumping off the roof?

The Wicked Witch, The Milquetoast, and The Madman

The preceding rant was merely window dressing, setting the stage to discuss the current state of politics in the good old USA, which, if not so tragic would be comical.

 The Democratic party put up the most cynical and corrupt candidate one could imagine, and sold her as the salvation of whatever interest group you could think of, leaving aside the baskets and baskets of deplorables.  Forgotten was the fact that it was HRC’s husband who signed the Republican sponsored bill legalizing derivative trading, and finalizing the implementation of NAFTA. There is no point detailing the damage done to Mexican farmers and American workers from this agreement, either one understands the game of playing the workers of countries off against each other, or one doesn’t; the IWW understood it 100 years ago.

Up against her highness was the “Socialist” Dear old Uncle Bernie, who never once questioned her complicity in war, coups, and the overthrowing of governments. A little-known fact of all the color-coded revolutions and “reform” movements dotted around the globe during the last decade or so is that before these outbreaks erupted NGO’s such as the NED were busy funding opposition groups who were supposedly sympathetic to the views of the USA. Neither did we hear from either Democratic candidate any suggestion of outlawing futures trading, or of declaring certain industries non-profit by law, oh no, wouldn’t please the Goldman-Sachs crew too awful much. What we had from the Democratic side was collusion to defeat even a mildly socialistic candidate, who will now thunder and roar at the Trumpster about how horrible he is, when he hadn’t the guts to say what needed to be said when he had the spotlight.

So now carrot top is in the Oval Office, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

The bit players in this Kabuki hardly deserve mention, too unwilling to bend their views and opinions to gain the support of the very working class they purport to care about.

The Fallout

No, we will go on as always, bombing, subverting, lying, cheating, and stealing. Our big cities will get uglier, more sirens will sound, guns will go off, things will not get better, they are not supposed to, it’s capitalism and people will ignore it. We will keep our mouths shut for fear of losing our jobs, displeasing our social set, but we will not be honest about it. The political parties will toss out red meat to the crowds, trans this, phobic that, a job to be done, it’s time to move forward, it’s gonna be great, fantastic, fabulous. So…………….

“Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Dress yourself to kill.”

151 Responses to Eminence Front

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  2. Disaffected says:

    The Heretick RIDES AGAIN!!! Good to have you back buddy! Hope you’re doing well.

  3. Disaffected says:

    People don’t want to hear this and they always say I’m being hysterical when I say it, but the USA 2017 is roughly equivalent to Weimar Germany 1933. I only qualify that statement with the word “roughly” because USA 2017 has of course improved upon all the rough edges of Hitler’s earlier experiment in totalitarianism. Only makes sense with all the advancements in marketing and propaganda in the interim. Everything else lines up perfectly: cult of personality politics where the leaders come and go but the policies remain exactly the same, openly fascist public/private business alliances, totally malignant expansionist militarism, wall to wall officially sponsored propaganda, totalitarian domestic terrorism under the guise of “safety and security,” runaway economic monetarism (money supply growth on steroids, albeit targeted to the rich) combined with runaway exponential public and private debt, and professional manufacturing of consent and targeted elimination of dissent. Still impossible to say how long this state of affairs can last, but one can only hope that the collapse comes quickly and completely.

  4. Disaffected says:

    Looks like all the Femme snowflakes have finally woke up to the fact that their agenda ain’t gonna be front and center for at least another 4 more years. Maybe Hill & Bill (and who knows, maybe even Chelsea?) will hold a fundraiser or two for them and throw out a kind word or two from time to time? Yeah, right! That political dynasty is now dead in the water for good. As for the radical Femmes, I think I’d downgrade their stock to a strong Sell for the time being. Get out now at the top and regroup when it bottoms out again, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for when that might be. They’ve got a long walk in the wilderness ahead of them.


  5. Disaffected says:

    I watched Kellyanne Conway’s interview on Face the Nation this morning while working out. The little dweeb that was trying to interview her, John Dickerson, was a geyser of but… but… buts as he continually tried to interrupt her, but she was having none of it. The girl’s got stones, I’ll give her that. No shrinking liberal femme snowflake that one. Trump’s 100% right. The MSM is simply out of control and needs to be put in its place again, and whatever else he is, he’s just the man to do it, “carrot top” or not.


  6. Disaffected says:

    Up against her highness was the “Socialist” Dear old Uncle Bernie, who never once questioned her complicity in war, coups, and the overthrowing of governments. A little-known fact of all the color-coded revolutions and “reform” movements dotted around the globe during the last decade or so is that before these outbreaks erupted NGO’s such as the NED were busy funding opposition groups who were supposedly sympathetic to the views of the USA. Neither did we hear from either Democratic candidate any suggestion of outlawing futures trading, or of declaring certain industries non-profit by law, oh no, wouldn’t please the Goldman-Sachs crew too awful much. What we had from the Democratic side was collusion to defeat even a mildly socialistic candidate, who will now thunder and roar at the Trumpster about how horrible he is, when he hadn’t the guts to say what needed to be said when he had the spotlight.

    I know this must have been a particularly hard fact to swallow for you and all of your fellow Bernie followers HT. I guess I was just all that much more jaded, as I never once took him at his word in the first place. He was and is a well-meaning old guy I guess, but I think he’s simply delusional (like many) if he thinks that “kinder/gentler” politics has even the remotest chance of winning the day. Truth is that “politics as usual” has been radically transformed in the era of Obama while no one was looking and that now literally EVERYTHING is for sale without question. The true “miracle” of Trump, if indeed there is one, is that he simply states that fact right up front totally, unapologetically, and unironically, and never looks back. In that sense, I guess we’re entering another “post-” era. I.E.; post-apologies, post-irony, post-embarrassing, and post-god only knows what’s next.

    • Disaffected says:

      Kunstler speculates on a Trump removal this morning as well:

      I believe the trigger for that may be an overwhelming financial crisis in the early second quarter of the year. In, the first case, under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, it works like this:

      Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

      Or else, it will be an orchestrated cabal of military and intelligence officers — not necessarily evil men — who fear for the safety of the nation with the aforesaid meshuganer in the White House, who is summarily arrested, sequestered, and replaced by an “acting president,” pending a call for an extraordinary new election to replace him by democratic means. I’m not promoting this scenario as necessarily desirable, but that’s how I think it will go down. It will be a sad moment in this country’s history, worse than the shock of John Kennedy’s assassination, which happened against the background of an economically stable Republic. History is perverse and life is tragic. And shit happens.

      Sounds entirely plausible to me.

  7. Ron McCafferty says:

    Seems to me they will come up with…….SQUIRREL!
    Sorry, I get so distracted…..Jesus, did you see the rack on that cheerleader!
    I’m sorry, what were we talking about again?
    About sums up the mind of the American public. All anyone in work today was talking about was Madonna’s comments about blowing some shit up.

    • Disaffected says:

      Poor Madonna. The worst thing imaginable happened to her somewhere along the way: she got old and culturally irrelevant. Anyone partaking in a protest march or similar protest gathering is tacitly admitting that they’re powerless to affect real change. Rest assured, TPTB knows this full well, and reacts accordingly. They ignore them for as long as it’s politically expedient to do so and then crush them mercilessly once it’s not. Protest marches are mostly just good for puffing up tired and aging cultural icons’ sagging egos and not much else.

  8. Disaffected says:

    Exercises in cognitive dissonance, or are they?

    Trumps moves ahead with plans for the southern wall: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-idUSKBN1591HP

    DOW 20K: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/25/505431272/the-stock-markets-on-an-epic-upswing-heres-why-it-probably-hasnt-benefitted-you

    Ordinarily draconian measures to simultaneously drive up the public debt and reduce civil liberties (primarily of corporate capitalists, who rely on illegal immigrants to maintain quarterly profits) would meet with a sharp reversal, so this one remains mostly unexplained at this point. A run up in stock prices prior to a collapse, perhaps? Maybe, but still way premature at this point, me thinks. Thinking longer term, I still think we’re in a run up to an epic crash, but I think that party is just getting started. DOW 25-30K perhaps? If we’ve got that long before reality intercedes again, I wouldn’t doubt it. But I don’t think it will last nearly that long. Me thinks the dam(n) is soon to break.

    Speaking of dams:

      • Disaffected says:

        NakCap had a link to that yesterday and a pretty spirited discussion. I imagine that kind of prepping will have a very short shelf life after the bottom falls out. There’s simply far too many vulnerabilities in our current life styles that everyone takes for granted and no one can adequately prepare for. That said, they’ve got good reason to be alarmed. They’ll be actively targeted by us ferals when we discover we’ve got nothing left to lose. Quite a few numb nut preppers up here where I live too.

        • Ron McCafferty says:

          Most definitely their plans are very complicated. Where as I fall back on KISS. They would be running from a problem that can and will follow them.

          • Disaffected says:

            I found it interesting that so many are targeting New Zealand for their landing spot. I wonder what the local governments down there think about that? I think Trump’s election and others like it the world over signal a real, legitimate populist backlash, so I’d be surprised if our little boy princes can find anywhere to go (that’s worth going, especially) where they’re not immediately targeted for abuse and/or elimination.

    • Disaffected says:

      Trump’s southern border wall idea is first and foremost a brilliant political and negotiation strategy. Practically, its of course childish and likely to be totally ineffective, which I’m sure he understands completely. But strategically, it’s simply brilliant, first as red meat for his political base, and second as a signaling device to pretty much everyone foreign and domestic that BAU is officially over now. I doubt very much it will ever get built, and even if it does its value will be mostly symbolic, but like a big dog marking his territory, its a brilliant strategic maneuver to signal a totally new political dispensation. As far as its practical value, I imagine that it will eventually serve primarily as a means to keep desperate Americans in, rather than equally desperate illegals out. And to quantify “eventually,” I think that time will come within the next four years easily.

    • Disaffected says:

      The Johnstown Flood is a fascinating study in the abuses of nascent industrial/financial capitalism. It works as both a physical fact and as a metaphor for the many economic “deluges” that would come soon thereafter and continue to plague us to this day. The rich building their economic paradises upstream and out of sight of the common working men whose labor they stole, converted to money, and made theirs. It’s a fairly simple story when you have the luxury of analyzing it from a distance, but not so simple when you’re caught up in the life circumstances of those who actually lived it. It’s a story that is just as relevant now as it was 140 years ago. A story of the rich living “high on the hog” at the expense of everyone else. It’s a story that Scott Nearing, actually living in that time (shortly thereafter), documented pretty well for his generation and for posterity.

  9. Ron McCafferty says:

    Someone ought to do a documentary charting every incidence of abuse by the rich on the American worker. It would probably turn into a mini-series.
    But here is another one:

  10. RON MCCAFFERTY says:

    Here is an interesting take on things:

    • Disaffected says:

      I’ve seen this before, thanks for the link. Not sure about the final assertion – wake up, to see the farm is to leave it. That’s a vital first step for sure, but gaining “true” independence from the leviathan that’s about to consume us all will be a good deal harder than that. Most of us will likely have to settle for awakening, although most (and we’re all surrounded by them everyday) will never even approach that. Cutting ties with them will be a most valuable second step, as their mindset alone will pollute yours and drag you down with them if you let it.

    • Disaffected says:

      What I love most about this link is that it focuses in right up front on humans’/Americans’ fear of death as THE number one problem today, especially in a world that’s already over populated by a factor of at least seven. That makes control of the livestock herd pretty much a no-brainer. And needless to say, I like the use of the Pink Floyd The Wall visuals as well. Although this video appears to be a bit pedantic at first blush, it describes our current situation exceedingly well indeed! Very nice Ron! Thanks!

  11. Ron McCafferty says:

    Yes, I realize that this video only chips away at part of the problem. It does make some good points. Sandy, you have given me a new term to learn: linear temporalization. Thank you. I like this line from Men in Black when talking about people:

    • Disaffected says:

      I like that! It also has to do with the comfort of believing societal myths/lies. Many people suspect that they’re bullshit, but it’s much more comforting to just shut up and follow the herd.

    • Disaffected says:

      Linear temporalization: the notion that one’s current paradigm of the world is necessarily correct and true? Is that the gist of it? A lot of that going around lately.

      • kulturcritic says:

        No DA. It is the presumption that linear time is a real thing. That the sense of linear movement from a past to a future is natural. Actually, cyclicality is our original perception, not that of a linear direction forward.

        • Ron McCafferty says:

          Okay, just to give you a little background on myself as to my level of thinking. I barely made it through high school and joined the military to avoid a prison sentence. Grew up in a violent home in a crime ridden neighborhood.
          Needless to say, I was not studying things like linear temporalization. But I will give it a shot.
          I have always thought of time as linear as whenever I have seen a graph of time it is in linear form, such as a year graph, etc. But things like the zodiac and the ages are in circular form (and don’t they travel in precession?) so is this where the cyclical perception came from. Every age being like 2100 years or something to that effect? Ending in a 25000 years cycle?
          I don’t really know why I feel this way, but the ancient’s way of thinking seems more natural. To have an understanding of the natural order must be more peaceful to the mind.

          • Disaffected says:

            Your background’s pretty close to mine, Ron! I always thought it was liberating, because I never felt like I owed anybody anything. Still don’t. But one thing I’ve learned these past ten years while rubbing elbows with PhD’s and their sycophants at the “world class scientific institution” that fills my bank account every two weeks, is that for the most part those guys are even more clueless than the rest of us! I keep waiting for one of these “high powered intellects” to sweep me off my feet with their breathtaking intellectual horsepower, but it’s never once happened yet. A lot of flakes though. A LOT! Go figure!

            The smartest guys up here BY FAR are the techs, the mid-level engineering and day to day tech workers that keep things running on time. But most of all its a political bureaucracy like everyplace else these days. Everyone jockeying for position within the hierarchy to at least maintain their position in an era of across the board budget cuts. A proverbial rat race with too many cats eating our lunch.

        • Disaffected says:

          Thanks kC! I’m familiar with the concept, but not the term. The idea that history is a linear progression is related to that I guess, with the Hegelian concept of an ultimate “end of history” flowing from that. I think cyclicality is a much more natural explanation for things too, but I can definitely see why the capitalist technocratic bunch would think differently when viewed from their limited short term perspective. Its an appealing belief; the idea that we’re “carrying the flag of human achievement” forward in some sort of triumphant human march through history. Ultimately pure bullshit, but appealing in the mean time all the same.

  12. Disaffected says:

    On the flip side, now there’s this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/03/trump-to-order-rollback-friday-of-regulations-aimed-at-finance-industry-top-aide-says/

    Wall Street will now more than ever be the proverbial fox in the hen house. So much for a lot of people’s totally imaginary nest eggs. This (allowing Wall St free rein so they can crash the whole damn capitalist Ponzi scheme once and for all) had to happen for things to get better, but it’s sad to see it happen all the same. We’re about to get a gigantic dose of “be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” I’m just glad I’m old and don’t have that much longer to live anyway. The twenty somethings and under are truly fucked. The transition to whatever comes next will be “exciting,” to say the least.

    • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

      I have no doubt that the general public is going to be in for quite a few surprises in the very near future. This was on the nakcap:

      • Disaffected says:

        Unless their intent is to crash the economy now – and it very well could be if the US Treasury intends to default – I’ll believe this when I see it. ZIRP, NIRP, and QE to infinity are the only thing keeping things afloat at this point. Counterintuitively, now’s the time to to be jumping both feet into debt if you believe it’s all going to be defaulted on anyway. Interest rates are probably as low as they’re ever going to be, and possession, as they say, is nine-tenths of the law.

        • Ron McCafferty says:

          Do you think that they may be trying to give the Donald a wake up call? Show him who’s the boss? I just don’t know how they keep it going. Coming up with scheme after scheme. Don’t these people ever get winded?

          • Disaffected says:

            I’m sure they are Ron. And I’m quite sure that Trump realizes he’s in a dog fight now too. But that’s where his business experience comes in. He’s used to these kind of fights, probably actually feeds off them. Ordinarily I’d say that would be a bad thing, but in his case, it’s just the opposite. No one said it was going to be easy.

    • Disaffected says:

      On the other hand, and I’m picking this idea up from Zero Anthropology, a fascinating site that I’ve been reading all week, what if Trump, business man that he is first and foremost, is deregulating things across the board as a sort of reflexive impulse to an aversion towards all things regulatory, which certainly fits his public profile, and not out any particular empathy toward Wall Street or their confidence games? But what if, in stark contrast to Obama and presumably HRC, Trump takes an altogether more active role in prosecuting, disciplining, and/or publicly shaming (given his use of Twitter, possibly his most effective weapon) Wall Street transgressors when they inevitably step out of line again, merely using the existing laws already on the books and/or his own personal standards of business “ethics?” That could be very interesting and we could all be very much surprised by the results. I’m starting to think that everything (or at least much) we’ve been told about how the world works at the highest levels might well have been wrong. Maybe giant regulatory schemes, which were never enforced anyway, might have been nothing nothing more than an elaborate smoke screen to hide DC insider’s real intentions.

      • Disaffected says:

        And to tag onto that last comment, I would be very surprised indeed if, in the case of another Wall St meltdown, a Trump administration would allow another bailout of any sort, and I strongly suspect that nationalism (government seizure) of the banks and/or breakup and reorganization would most definitely be in play this time. That fact alone makes Trump infinitely more palatable than any other US politician currently on the stage.

        • Ron McCafferty says:

          That link to the Zero Anthropology article is fascinating. I had to print the article for my wife to read as she hates sitting in front of the computer and also she has better skill in picking up the nuances. I would have to read it five times and still not understand it fully (too many blows to the head when I was a kid).
          Throughout most of my life I have always been behind the eight ball. It seemed like every company I got a job at they were always at the “end of the good times”. I have since realized that this is the slow decline, as John Michael Greer speaks of.
          What if Trump is in that position? The right person at the wrong time, a day late and a dollar short. I didn’t read that whole article yet but what I did read seemed to be painting a rosy picture. Trump may have executive power but he does not control the value of our money and the banking industry is not about to loosen their choke hold. I don’t think that they are afraid of a tweet.
          Personally, I believe that the banking industry was behind the killing of Kennedy. He threatened their interest payments.
          I’ve got plenty of popcorn and some good beer of the Irish.

          • Disaffected says:

            Good points all, and why I originally thought (and still do somewhat) that Trump will be removed by whatever means necessary if he stirs up too much trouble. When it comes to Wall St and the MICC, they’re most definitely attached at the hip, with Wall St representing the theft arm and the MICC representing the enforcement arm. There was a large consortium of players that had an interest in seeing JFK dead, but LBJ almost certainly had final yea/nay approval authority. That said, he knew he’d likely be in the gun sights too if he resisted, so it wasn’t much of a choice. Russ Baker’s book Family of Secrets gives quite a bit of deep background (Poppy Bush – a longtime CIA operative – was a key player, as he was again ten years later when the poor sap Nixon was unwittingly set up **by his own party** with Watergate for having the temerity to settle on peace in Vietnam, detente with the USSR, and normalization of relations with China, among many other grievances), but the deep story was obviously much broader than just JFK, as RFK, MLK, and countless lesser figures throughout the period found out the hard way. The MICC and big finance were genuinely in fear of the end of their way of life if the social and political trends of that time were to continue, and they came out swinging like only they can. And those people represent wealthy multi-generational legacies, so they NEVER go away. So yeah, especially considering the technological advances we’ve experienced since the 60’s, Trump and anyone who bucks the current system can expect a pretty violent, albeit extremely sophisticated response. It’s going to be a very interesting next four years.

            • Disaffected says:

              To add, the story that emerges about CIA operatives in all my readings is that there are several tiers of involvement and, not surprisingly, the level of sophistication of their business relationships is a great deal higher than most ordinary citizens would ever guess. The agents on the official payroll with actual offices at Langley are but the finest tip of the giant iceberg that resides mostly out of sight below the waterline, and the line between large private business interests and CIA skull-duggery is essentially non-existent.

          • Disaffected says:


            The “rosy picture” it presents is mostly with regard to Trump being the genuine article as far as a transitional post-imperialism president:

            If we were to use his terminology, how can Donald Trump make the decline in US global power “beautiful,” and how can he turn withdrawal into “greatness”? This is the truly daunting challenge that any US leader moving to change the current order must confront, while trying to hold off all the damage of a precipitous decline: effecting a transformation while appealing to American pride, speaking through the symbols and values cherished and understood by most, while projecting confidence and pointing to concrete benefits. That is a monumental task. In case it’s not understood: shaming Americans, decrying national pride, diminishing their quality of life, and telling them to suck it up—is not a viable strategy, not for maintenance of the status quo, and even less for taking the US into a post-imperial future. If Trump had not existed, then there would have been a need for history to invent him.

            We forget the exceedingly fine line any prospective transitional leader of an empire as once great and vast as the US will have walk, first just to get elected, and then to actually govern afterward. If Trump seems to be a boiling cauldron of contradictions, perhaps that says more about the political and social environment that brought him to power in the first place than it does about Trump himself. Hard to say whether he’s going to be up to the task (or will live log enough to even try), but I think it’s fair to say that if he isn’t, whatever and whomever comes next will be something much, much worse for both the US and the entire world. Probably a return to neoliberal globalization on steroids, which definitely isn’t going to accept our ongoing and inevitable decline gladly.

  13. Disaffected says:

    All in all, I arrived at many renewed, fresh perspectives about Trump after my various readings today (Friday’s are REALLY slow up here at work!), things I already knew, but needed to be reminded of again:

    – Unlike almost everyone else in DC these days, Trump is **not** an idealogue, although he’s very opinionated and has strong ideas about how and why things should be done. In that same vein, he speaks (and often acts) “from the heart,” often seemingly impetuously, but unlike careerist professional politician idealogues, he’s not “wed” to what he says afterwards like they’re holy words of wisdom recorded for posterity. In short, strict analysis of what Trump says can make him seem to be contradictory, and seemingly irrational and chaotic; but that’s not to say he actually is. Trump can perhaps be best described as an outgoing (!!!), extemporaneous personality, who revels in the limelight and has never been ashamed of that fact; quite the opposite of the currently in vogue passive-aggressive DC political persona who obsesses about saying anything at all, before saying it, and then promptly doing the exact opposite.

    – On top of all the above, Trump is indeed “crazy like a fox.” Much of what he says is intentional bluster meant to influence a current or future negotiating position, with the parties to that negotiation not always readily apparent (but influenced nonetheless). Unlike his predecessor Obama, however, Trump is actually trying to (sometimes seemingly pathologically so) **win** such negotiations, and not double cross his supporters by giving away the farm on the process. In short: although Trump seems at times almost pathologically “shifty,” much of this is by design, and in matters of *core principles*, what you see, perhaps more than any other politician in living memory since Richard Nixon, is almost always what you get.

    -Trump is **without a doubt** the most radical departure in US presidential politics since Andrew Johnson in 1865-1869 (post-Lincoln). **No one** before or since has so embraced “populist” political causes (relatively, at least) and so thoroughly repudiated upper crust elitist globalist ideology. Make of him what you will, but absent Trump there is absolutely **NO ONE** out there who will even remotely speak to the issues (nationalist, not globalist) he embraces.

    I summary, love him or leave him as you will America (and the world), but absent the immediate collapse of globalism and the .01% elite (good luck with that!) centered in the US, Trump is probably the last best hope we’ve got. Sobering as that thought is for many of us, it’s one we need to embrace, for now at least.

    • Disaffected says:

      Additionally, I think all of the above ties into the Archdruid’s idea that Trump’s presidency is essentially counter-cyclical. It’s a rapid and sudden break in a current operating paradigm that permanently affects (to a greater or lesser degree) events thereafter. Not that any of that means that only good things are sure to follow. But I’d say that globalism, now barely 25 years old as an “official” construct (although its foundations were laid MUCH earlier than that), is more or less permanently in decline, if only because the cheap carbon-based energy that supports such non-sense is as well. Bottom line: Trump might quite often need to be “taken with a grain of salt” to appreciate his unique “genius;” and even so, there’s no guarantee at all that he’s going to offer any viable solutions to any of the ills that currently afflict us. That said, he’s what we’ve got, and he’s the best “solution” we had on tap, among **MANY** MUCH WORSE.

  14. Disaffected says:

    Looks like France might be finally ready to get on the anti-globalism bandwagon too. I sense a trend forming here! Germany will be next, and then maybe FINALLY Europe can realign with Russia (and Russia with China, reuniting the EurAsian continent), which is where their true interests lie. Can’t happen soon enough! The days of the US as global hegemon are numbered. Almost feels like 2016 was the true beginning of the 21st century proper. The new world order is likely to be a whole lot less uni or bi polar than the last one. More than likely multi polar in the extreme in the wake of cheap energy to unite things.

    Listening to Bill O’Reilly interview Trump on FOX now. Ol’ Bill’s trying to put words in his mouth but Donald’s having none of it. Bill’s assertion that “Putin’s a killer” got immediately rebuffed. Donald retorts, “you think we’re so innocent?” Oh the humanity!!! A president who actually speaks the truth!!!


    • Disaffected says:

      Broadcast TV “news” outlets are exploding over Trump’s statements this morning, so it’s safe to say that the propaganda assault against Putin and Russia is still going strong here in the land of delusion. Trump better maintain that private security force for sure now, as I imagine he’s already got a target on his back from MICC insiders.

  15. Disaffected says:

    Oh fucking Jesus Christ almighty! Today’s Super Bowl in Houston opens with the wheeling out of GHW Bush and his bitch wife Babs for the opening coin toss! Fucking Christ help me, I think I’m going to puke!

    • Disaffected says:

      They were quite a pair in their little electrical cadaver carts. Poppy is evidently unable to speak now, so he just grins like a retarded simian and drools in a cup. Hard to imagine that anyone would find that kind of life in any way attractive, no matter how many comely young hand servants he has on hand to take care of him. At any rate, TV is disconnected now this morning and that’s the last of American football for me forever. It was the only remaining sport that I paid attention to at all, but this has been coming for quite some time now. It’s been thoroughly politicized at all levels as an organ for the MICC and the national security state and I just can’t stomach it any longer. As a parting shot, I don’t know how they could have done it, but that “miraculous comeback” last night by NE seemed just a tad bit too miraculous for my tastes. Almost like the fix was in to have the glorious Patriots on top again to bring a nice neat close to the “Deflate Gate” saga they’ve been pushing for the past three years. But either way, I could care less anymore. Even as mindless entertainment, football has gone seriously downhill over the course of the past decade or so. Money grubbing diva athletes playing for money grubbing diva owners, all out to fleece the gullible public for every last dollar they can squeeze out of them. Bullshit and GOOD RIDDANCE!

      • kulturcritic says:


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        • Disaffected says:

          Enjoyed watching the NE Patriot/Tom Brady “greatest ever” hyperventilation on broadcast TV this morning while working out. No “almost” about it, the Super Bowl was fixed and conceived as a coronation performance of sorts, and the entire “DeflateGate” bullshit saga, which the NFL managed to milk for all it was worth for two full years in spite of the fact that their fair-haired boys suffered no apparent injury from any of it other than Tom Brady’s 4 game paid vacation/”suspension,” was all just a cheap underhanded ploy to bring it all to fruition. As a public relations success you really have to take your hat off here at the sheer chutzpah (and desperation) of the league. This obviously involved no small number of people who were either paid off handsomely, or sternly and credibly warned to keep their mouths shut, but I have no doubt whatsoever now that it was anything more than a well orchestrated PR stunt to enhance flagging NFL TV ratings and fan popularity. Well done NFL, but I’m done with you all the same!

    • Disaffected says:

      Say what you want about Chris Hedges, but he sees straight through the corporate elite bullshit and calls it out without reservation. He’s one of the top two or three political and cultural observers out there. Great link!

      • kulturcritic says:


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        • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

          I read the article on Trump from Zero Anthropology and just finished reading Chris Hedges latest and I just want to say one thing:
          Will the real Donald Trump please stand up!
          Jesus, Mary and Joseph….and all the other Saints! Trump is like an orange tinted chameleon when it comes to policy. His past comments and books lean towards isolationism and “America First” then his cabinet picks look like a who’s who of war mongers and fascists.
          Anyway, I found this and thought you guys might like it: Click on each flag and you get a video w/ subtitles for most:

          • Disaffected says:

            Remember Ron, Trump is playing both sides of the fence here. He’s got an entrenched Madisonian and Trumanite bureaucracy in DC to contend with, while at the same time trying to enact whatever policy goals he has in mind. He’s essentially leading a hostile insurgency (if we can believe what we hear) inside the DC beltway, so a lot of what we hear is going to be false and misleading, much of it by design. And remember that he’s also no shrinking violet when it comes to firing people who aren’t loyal, so I imagine there’s been some very interesting discussions along the line of “my way or the highway” prior to any of his appointees getting the nod.

          • Disaffected says:

            Another excellent discussion of Madisonian vs. Trumanite dual government, relating it back to the English monarchy, from which the theory originally sprang:


  16. Disaffected says:

    Nice post over at NakCap today calling for commenters’ speculation about where the Trump administration would go:


    • Disaffected says:

      The leak turns out to be in the ground on the other side of the emergency spillway, as a result of Lake Oroville overflowing the emergency spillway in the first place and then eroding the non-reinforced hillside that serves as that part of the “dam,” while also damaging/eroding the hillside around the main spillway in the process. Bottom line: It’s hard to imagine this being easily repairable in the near term, and major leakage problems for dams of this magnitude are not something that can be routinely repaired over the long run when funds become available. State capital Sacramento is roughly 60-80 miles downstream on the Sacramento River, so I’m guessing this could become a VERY big deal rather quickly, especially with snow pack in the Sierra’s being high this year and another set of storms set to invade CA later this week. As a friend reminded me today, it’ll be interesting to see what the Donald’s (a notorious political grudge holder) response might be if CA (a notorious Donald non-supporter) declares a state of emergency and asks for federal relief funds.

    • Disaffected says:

      And of course the inevitable (and justifiable) “I told you so’s” are now rolling in as well. Not to politicize this, because it happened under both D and R administrations over the course of the past 30-50 years, but it’s fair to say that this is what inevitably happens when nations and cultures prioritize taking short term profits, as we have especially over the last 20 years, over continuing to invest not just in growth, but in merely properly maintaining what has already been built.


      As the Archdruid and others have oft reminded us: increasing complexity requires increasing maintenance all along the way just to maintain the status quo. It’s the exponentially increasing costs of that “maintenance overhang” (which appears much like a dam itself if you actually plot an exponential curve, the maintenance overhang represented by the “fat” part of the curve, with the “growth” part represented by the narrow tail at the far right) that ends up dooming empires, as they inevitably simply run out of the energy/wealth to maintain themselves. Welcome to the USA, the new USSR. Who’s crying for help NOW?

      Doing the math, The USSR was pretty much out of steam by 1988 at the latest, pretty much where we are at now in 2017. Unfortunately for us (and the world ) now, we have no new aspiring empire to apply the boot heel to help finish us off like we applied to the USSR, so our death throws could unfortunately last a bit longer. All that considered, I’m guessing 2025 might be an appropriate “drop dead” guess date for the US government proper if current trends continue. I’m not sure how all that would play out with regard to the nukes in particular, but I think that just like everything else we’ve witnessed of late, events on the ground will gather speed and momentum so quickly – much like the leak in the Oroville Dam – that discussing their effects will be a chore for the historians.

      In short: The 20th century is giving up the ghost for once and for all and the 21st century is being born with a vengeance as we speak.

      • Disaffected says:

        To follow up and expound on a favorite belief/theory of mine, synchronicity, it turns out that the major hole in the primary spillway at Oroville is being rather conclusively blamed on cavitation, which had come up for me just 24 hours earlier while watching this video on PBS while working out in the morning. Turns out, cavitation is a MAJOR deal when it comes to hydraulics, inducing vibrations that can vary between merely annoying to disastrous.

        • Disaffected says:

          Sorry, got interrupted by one my idiot friends (who knew, right?) who came over to argue, but the PBS video I was referring to above was this one (sorry for the intromercial):

          which is quite a good watch in it’s own right. But the point about cavitation I was referring to is discussed at around 20:00 and forward. Turns out that because this damn ship is so obscenely over sized, they needed to supersize the propellers as well in order to slow them down enough to prevent cavitation and still provide enough power to move this gigantic behemoth without undue vibrations. Fast forward to discussions of the Oroville dam and its extremely high water velocities and volumes over the concrete main spillways due to the fact that the emergency spillway paths had been breached and were now flowing freely and plowed a trench into the main spillway, and one can appreciate how easily the concrete spillways could have been damaged/destroyed, creating an even larger hazard for breach down the line.
          And as I tried to tell my friend, once breach anywhere on the dam face occurs (and the hillside that adjoins the dam and to which the dam is anchored is essentially part of the dam proper), then the whole damn dam is essentially at risk!

          Does this mean that the Oroville Dam is going to collapse tomorrow? Of course not, although it might. But I know if I was living in Oroville right now I’d damn sure be looking at moving post haste!

          • Disaffected says:

            As an expression of pure human exceptionalism, its hard to argue against the above video. VERY impressive indeed! We’re a pretty damn ingenious bunch of monkeys, ain’t we?

  17. RON MCCAFFERTY says:

    This video explains exponential growth very simply. I know he presents his information on how to prosper but the math is still the same.

    • Disaffected says:

      Uh oh! Looks like Ron has been visiting Chris Martenson’s site – LOL! That’s my only reservation about Chris and sites like his. He markets it (his true purpose) as a way for “insiders” like he and his to prosper in the face of disaster, when in fact the only TRUE liberation comes from coming to terms with the fact that the coming crash is going to wipe out EVERYTHING in it’s wake. Granted, said crash might take several years (likely) or even decades (much less likely) to unfold, but that hardly makes it a worthwhile endeavor to try to continue to hold on to and profit from the old ways, rather than simply embrace the new ways that will be thrust on everyone around you.

      Chris is obviously a very smart guy, but in my opinion most of his intelligence is wasted on continuing to chase the western capitalist “wealth” (all of it stolen from its rightful owners) hoarding delusion which has infected the entire western world. Likewise, but possibly to a somewhat lesser degree, Jim Kunstler, whose blog is now sponsored by a financial investment firm. Turns out the “old school” rules we learned way back in the day weren’t so stupid after all. Basic truisms like “lie down with mangy [financial] dogs and you’re bound to get fleas” turned out to be even truer than we ever could have imagined.

      But to your basic point Ron, yes, the idea of exponential growth is without a doubt THE MOST POORLY understood concept ever willingly embraced by humankind, and of course we have the bankers/money changers of old, who have been conspiring for centuries to get us to our current point, mostly to blame for that. But of course a good amount of greed and stupidity on the rest of ours’ parts fueled the fire as well, so it’s hard to blame the bankers TOO much for enslaving us when we were so willingly complicit in the first place.

      On another subject altogether, Michael Flynn is out now, and many are thinking that gives the anti-Trump crowd in DC just the thread they needed to unravel the “pro-Russian” tapestry he’s been weaving all these many months and get him removed from office. Stand by for some SERIOUS fireworks displays if that’s the case, as it will not only represent a political “constitutional crisis” of sorts on the home front, but will MUCH MORE OMINOUSLY mean that the “War on Russia” cabal in DC will have won out. Which could well mean “Nukes – They’re What’s for Dinner.” And on that note:

      • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

        That Chris Martenson was selling prosperity during tragedy is main thing that turned me off to his pitch. I just liked the way he explains facts and I agree with your statement above.

  18. Disaffected says:

    Excellent article and photo of Oroville. Quite a sight!


    And the drum beats for war with Russia and/or Trump’s removal or political neutering are growing louder this morning. Hard to imagine him lasting four years now.


  19. Disaffected says:


  20. Disaffected says:

    THOROUGHLY enjoyed Trump’s news conference today. He rambled a little, as he is wont to do, but overall, not a bad start. He made MAJOR points about all the intelligence leaks, which are little more than insider – felonious! – political propaganda at this point. We have a MAJOR war going on within the US deep state apparatus right now over who controls the country. Those fuckers haven’t been challenged like this since JFK, and it still remains entirely uncertain who’s going to ultimately prevail, but the HUGELY encouraging sign is that Trump IS STILL not backing down! SIMPLY AMAZING!!! I must admit, I thought they would have killed him by now.

    Sandy, Saker links are not posting. Do you have him blocked?


    • Disaffected says:

      And true to form, NBC News is hyping his news conference – just as he said they would – as an “epic meltdown.” I actually WATCHED this news conference, and I have to agree with him. The press – aided greatly by the intelligence community who is at war with him covertly (barely!) – is simply out to get him. And whether you support Trump or not, the fact that the intelligence community – aka the deep state – is now openly engaged in domestic politics to the extent that they’re openly, albeit strategically selectively, leaking classified information to the lapdog press should make everyone VERY VERY afraid. This is some George Orwell 1984 “Big Brother” level shit with regard to the people’s ability to elect a legitimate candidate who bucks the deep state’s will, people!

    • kulturcritic says:

      No, he is not blocked.

  21. Ron McCafferty says:

    So, DA. What did you think of Trump’s Florida speech? Kind of reminds me of W as he is not an elegant speaker but man does he go way off the cuff. When he called that guy up on stage I no sooner told my wife that the SS must be leaking spinal fluid out of their ears and Trump made the comment about them not being real happy that he did that.
    I do have to say that if he continues to go around the country reminding people that the deck is stacked against them and how stupid their elected representatives are, he may end up being the most popular president since JFK.
    I watched that press conference you posted and their is one major flaw that I am not sure Trump is aware of or was told not to say. He blamed Iran as the leading financiers/causers of terrorism when clearly Saudi Arabia has been behind it for the most part.
    I barely remember Carter speeches but since Reagan on I have not seen or heard a president less presidential than Trump. W was a goof but he tried, Trump is just “I don’t give a shit how I sound”.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Right on the money, Ron!!

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    • Disaffected says:


      Trump is indeed a master manipulator. In fact, it’s really the only arrow in his quiver. But he does it well, I have to hand it to him, even though he often sounds like a side show barker buffoon. As far as foreign policy and Iran, it’s impossible to know if anything he says right now is true or not, and how much of it is just for affect, as he is currently placating large swaths of the IC (Intel Community, I guess that’s officially a “thing” now) to keep them from open revolt. There is literally a war going on right now inside the Trumanite IC community, the guys who fashion themselves as the “real leaders” of the country, especially with a rank outsider like Trump now at the reins. They’re deciding whether the 20th century “cold war” paradigm will continue to hold sway or whether the US is finally ready to quit beating that dead horse. Lots of speculation why he let Flynn go so easily, as he was his ace in the hole for dealing with those guys. He was sort of a nut case, but then again you need an extreme personality in charge there right now to tamp down the rebellion. I’d say it’s still very much in doubt whether or not Trump gets assassinated, impeached, or otherwise removed or politically neutered. I doubt very much he’d go peacefully, so if comes to that, my guess is it will one of the first two options. Assassination would the simplest and quickest, and could easily be disguised as an accident of some sort, or better yet, pinned synthetically on a Russian or Iranian agent. Wouldn’t that be fun?

      • Ron McCafferty says:

        I just sat speechless as I watched both the press conference and the Florida rally. I honest to god cannot believe this guy actually made it to the Oval Office.
        The MIC gave us a reality show that is just crazy or crazy like a fox. I don’t know which.
        His narcissism comes out in his speech in spades.
        Can you imagine what the world leaders are thinking right now?
        I hope you are right DA that this is all part of his act because if not we are deeper shit than we already know.

        • Disaffected says:

          Keep in mind also than when Trump speaks he’s speaking DIRECTLY to his supporters and specifically NOT TO the DC political chattering class. That’s probably his natural style anyway, but I think he’s trying to deliberately sound “un-presidential” since that’s what he represents; the deliberate undoing of the political status quo that came before him. Surprisingly, I’m used to it already and much prefer his style to Obama’s big brother like “non speak,” or stringing together a lot of big words and phrases that essentially mean nothing. It’s going to be one heck of a thrill ride for as long as it lasts, for sure. I read something somewhere yesterday comparing Trump to Boris Yeltsin, who “presided” (when he wasn’t falling down drunk) over the dismantling of the USSR. Might be something to that comparison, although Trump is and has always been a teetotaler. But regardless, we were in deeper shit than anybody knew before this election anyway, no matter who won.

    • Disaffected says:

      Forgot to add, the leading financier and instigator of “terrrorism” in the world today is not necessarily directly linked to any state actor (by design), but to the degree that it is, it’s the United States Deep State, with no one else close enough to come in second. The Global War of Terror has always been nothing more than a fabrication constructed in the aftermath of 9-11, which was itself a wholly synthetic “terror event,” meant to justify everything that’s happened in its aftermath. The broad academic strokes for all this were spelled out explicitly by the conservative think tank PNAC in the late 90’s, although CIA and the rest of the black ops community had been working on the nuts and bolts of how to carry it out for years before that, with the OKC bombing being the key domestic proof of concept dress rehearsal.

      How our presidents “carry themselves” is mostly a stage act meant to keep the masses either panicked or placated, as the case may be. Notice how we’ve flipped back and forth for the last 25 years. Laid back, smooth talking Clinton; kooky nut case Bush; laid back and smooth talking Obama; and now the totally unhinged Trump. In the cases of Clinton, Bush, and Obama, their primary attributes (by far!) were to turn over the keys once in office to the Trumanite IC and let them run wild, regardless of what they said on the campaign trail or publicly while in office. If we can believe what we’re hearing right now (and it’s not all synthetic news too), Trump is the first to directly challenge that governing order. Needless to say, the IC is reacting entirely predictably thus far.

  22. Disaffected says:

    Mark Blyth on the rise of Global Trumpism. The short story, whether it makes sense or not in Trump’s particular case: Class Warfare. But this is what we get when NO major party will address the actual problems at hand.

  23. Disaffected says:

    Great link to Steve in Virginia’s blog post Tanto Magis Omnia, directly comparing Trump to Nero. Got decadence?

  24. Disaffected says:

    This just in from the US gestapo state: I and move that surprised absolutely no one, new DA Raul Torrez has decided not to prosecute former Abq officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez for the 2014 murder/execution of unarmed homeless white man James Boyd, who they summarily tried and executed for the crime of loitering in the desert with apparent criminal intent. “Abq’s finest” had previously rallied around the the officers and successfully hounded previous DA Kari Brandenburg from office for having the temerity to actually prosecute the officers after review of officer cam videos clearly showed a SWAT Team operation gone out of control. Sandy has since retired from the force, while Perez was fired, but is now interested in getting back on so he can shoot another motherfucker or two.



    • Disaffected says:

      The two were previously tried, bu the trial ended in a hung jury and was declared a mistrial. This case illustrates the long term strategy for many such incidents however. Delay, delay, delay while the iron of public opinion is still hot, then shut down any prosecution later on when the victim(s) has/have been safely forgotten. Good work Abq DA and cops! Everybody knows that homeless people only exist to be harassed and murdered.

  25. Disaffected says:

    Great comment by ‘Elmar’ over on Steve in Virginia’s blog Economic Undertow, speaking to Power, the State and the Institution of Property:

    Power, the State and the Institution of Property
    Paul C. Martin
    (Preliminary version of 26 October 2003)

    Private property as de jure institution needs a foregoing state to come into existence. The state needs foregoing power and foregoing power needs armed force. The ultimate “foundation of the economy” thus is the weapon, where possession and property are identical because the possession of it guarantees property of it (makes it proprietary). Armed force starts additional production (surplus, tribute). The first taxes are contributions of material for the production of attack weapons (copper, tin). Thus non-circulating money begins. Taxes as census and money are the same.

    As soon as defense and protection of the titular power (is) executed by armed force in war and peace (the hire of) mercenaries the one-way money turns into circulating “genuine money” in modern sense and its material changes from weapon-fitting to precious metal and actually into any material which can be monopolized by the state.

    Interest also at first is the tax (census) itself. The state, that must exist before property and property-based contracts which only can be executed with use of armed force, can’t be financed out of property or income which can only appear after (such things) exist. Therefore the state faces the problem of pre-financing itself (before it can) draw on later tributes or taxes. This “interest”, which always starts with power and never with “private” titles is nothing but a discount, thereby rather a discount of the state-owned property (monopoly of armed force) or property rights (monopoly of taxation) than any private “property premium” or even an mysterious item that “enlarges” something. Interest, then is the partition of forced- or expected income (as measured in the state-owned monopoly to declare “legal tender”) or property (goods) by the party which will get this income or property (goods) from other parties. The more property is ceded by the state to the private sector or can be created as income after cession to the private sector in the private sector the longer the process of “creation of wealth” can endure, because the more power-sustaining taxes can be imposed.

    Nonetheless the breakdown of all property-systems is inevitable. This we actually can study watching the exploding indebtedness of “democratic” powers. The problem of state power vs. private economic activities is by definition unsolvable. Wealth creation inevitably sooner or later leads to wealth destruction. This explains “rise and fall” of any power- or state-based
    systems throughout history.

  26. RON MCCAFFERTY says:

    Heard on NPR this morning that The Donald asked his cabinet members to lay their cells on the table so that he can scroll through them to find out who the “leak” is. Not much on the net about it yet except this:

    • Disaffected says:

      I’m surprised they don’t limit them to security compliant Gov issued phones with no picture taking or recording capabilities, or maybe they already do. I know they can’t limit their ability to leak 24/7, but as far as when they’re on the job I think Trump has every right to put the pressure on them and then prosecute to the greatest extent possible any official leakers. At the very least, rogue staffers should quit and/or use whistle-blower protection avenues to raise any personal concerns, rather than undermining surreptitiously from within. There’s an undeclared war going on in DC these days, and if you think the HRC supporting IC/MICC is on the good side then you haven’t read your history. These fuckers are pure evil!

      The Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbot

      • Ron McCafferty says:

        I was just reading about the assassination of King Fasaid of Saudi and all the backwater channel connections to Kissenger and Israel and the oil embargo.
        It is a slippery slope to be sure DA and none of them are going to fix anything for the common people. The best they can hope for is a plague.
        Michael Moore was on MSNBC talking about Trump’s two faces and I think he wanted to say more but Chris Matthews kept cutting him off.

    • kulturcritic says:

      GO DONNIE!!!

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  27. Disaffected says:

    The Russian witch hunt continues. The Dems have officially morphed into hysterical teenage bitches! OMG! OMFG!!! Trump needs to grow a pair again and STOMP ALL OVER this kind of shit or it will never end. This is all starting to smell like Obama-era kabuki theater all over again.

  28. RON MCCAFFERTY says:

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…….

    • Disaffected says:

      And we thought rejecting the HildaBeast would put an end to all this anti-Russian non-sense. Boy did we ever get took.

      • kulturcritic says:

        Obama Attempting A Coup D’Etat! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!

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        • Disaffected says:

          If there’s a coup in the works you can rest assured that Obama is only the figurehead and not the one actually behind it. But that would dovetail nicely with my CSA scenario in my Walk Hard! story. I’d say it could definitely happen, although it’s still a long shot at this point. Something about the whole 2016 Presidential election cycle smells fishy. So many hysterical twists and turns; it’s starting to strongly resemble a scripted play to throw the masses off the scent. I wouldn’t doubt Trump’s in on all this too as a Manchurian Candidate of sorts. Not saying that’s the case (yet), but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if it is. Needless to say, if it is then we have officially entered the totalitarian state end game, which we all knew was coming sooner or later.

          • kulturcritic says:

            Love ya, DA 😉

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      • Ron McCafferty says:

        Aahh! My expectations were quit that high. Same old shit, different day.

        • Disaffected says:

          Well, but even died in the wool cynics like me hoped that Trump would at least put an end to the anti-Russian hysteria, if he did nothing else. But as we’re seeing now, all those hopes are going up in flames. If it keeps up, at some point a preemptive strike of some sort from either side will simply be inevitable. As Dmitry Orlov has pointed out before, at some point Putin might be compelled to launch a massive preemptive attack on our many cyber and/or infrastructure vulnerabilities. Our nuke capability could likely be largely eliminated, although that would definitely be playing with fire, as it could also result in an all out launch if it was detected in time. Interesting times we’re living in for sure, but somebody needs to eliminate the DC/NYC/Boston/London axis of power before they kill us all.

          • kulturcritic says:


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            • Ron McCafferty says:

              No one really talks about the DC/NYC/Boston/London axis. They have been running this corporation for quite some time now. I would hope that the worst of this shit with Trump is almost over but I don’t think so.
              Blaming Obama for wire tapping Trump Tower? It seems as though he has as many Republicans against him as he has Democrats, albeit the two are actually one team.

              Do you think that Putin would actually lose his cool over locker room bullshit?

              I think it’s time for the American people to follow Howard Beale’s advice and get mad instead of letting some character on TV vent their frustration.
              This is a fucking circus DA. Sorry about your disappointment but they are running with the old “show must go on” play.

              • Disaffected says:

                Do you think that Putin would actually lose his cool over locker room bullshit?


                The key to nuclear stalemate between two nuclear states is that both sides are stable and predictable, which the US right now most definitely is not. Putin also knows the truth of the MH17 incident, which was either a US sponsored synthetic terror event to foment war in Ukraine on Russia’s doorstep and/or a direct attempt on Putin’s life, as his plane was in the air in the area at the same time as well. So Putin knows for sure that a sizable contingent within the US MICC and the Global oligarchy want war with Russia in order to seize their considerable natural resources, sell to and loot from their markets, and to gain an immense geographical foothold bordering China. What’s going on in DC right now might surely look like a comedy to the rest of us, but rest assured, it’s deadly serious business for the deadly serious actors who are playing the game behind the scenes out of the public eye. And as a former spy himself (who’s no doubt still fully plugged into all that), Putin knows far more than he’s letting on publicly, and very likely more than all but a handful of the actors in the US Intelligence apparatus. The US government is a rabid dog right now, and at some point someone is going to have to shoot it to minimize the damage it can do.

  29. Disaffected says:

    The Sunday morning talk shows are all lit up on anti-Russian/Trump hysteria this morning. The great DC propaganda Wurlitzer is spinning lies for all its worth again. Hard to imagine Trump lasts the year, or in the alternative, doesn’t completely sell out to the neo-liberal agenda to save his skin if that’s still even a possibility. Either way, his days of autonomy as a president are likely over now for good. The story of “Russian interference” has now officially congealed to “accepted fact.”

    • Disaffected says:

      Looks like Trump’s Obama wiretap accusations are just “chum in the water” to stir up a counter-controversy and possible investigation to all the Russian bullshit. Doesn’t appear to be working though.

    • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

      I had completely forgotten about the MH17 incident and we all know that Trump has no choice but to comply because at some point he is going to be shown the grassy knoll footage. He likes his skin too much to let a bullet put a blemish in it.
      I really see a run on the dollar coming because of the arrogance in DC. Russia can hurt us financially which will slow the machine down. Which will be a good thing as long as DC doesn’t react like a wounded animal.

      • Disaffected says:

        That’s the problem, isn’t it? Unfortunately DC is already reacting like a wounded animal. I seriously doubt Trump’s been read on 9-11 or MH17, although it wouldn’t really matter anyway. Both are self-reinforcing perpetual lies. No one in power who dares speak the truth would be 1.) Taken seriously, and 2.) In power for much longer. Both lies are simply too big to ever be undone, at least until after our final collapse. But yes, the role and the soundness of the dollar are very much in play. That’s DC’s main weakness at this point.

        • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

          What is your view on BRICS? I have not found anything new in it’s regard and I wonder if this is Putin’s strategy.

          • Disaffected says:

            Not sure what you’re asking Ron. In general, any break from US hegemony should be considered a good thing, as the US is the center of globalist “network” activities. I would also imagine that Putin is in a “hold ’em close to the vest” mode right now while all the political uncertainty in the US (hopefully) sorts itself out.

            Putin is MUCH to be admired and respected as a world leader in that he truly came up from within the Soviet/Russian system and truly knows and respects how political systems work and how power is best applied/not applied. It’s almost comedic to watch him toy with dubiously elected western leaders at this point, although one should always beware of the possibility that even Putin is in on the network’s game, and thus is simply playing a pre-determined role. I really don’t believe that’s the case(!), but one still needs to be aware of the possibility.

  30. Disaffected says:

    Finishing up another great book now: Tragedy and Hope 101: The Illusion of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy by Joseph Plummer. Not for the faint of heart and not just another bromide against modern day creeping totalitarianism. This one gets down to the real nitty, gritty.


    • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

      Okay, read the teaser and now it’s on my list to buy. Thanks

      • Disaffected says:

        Review material for old heads like me. Positively incendiary for newcomers to the material. Both WWI and WWII (hell, the Civil War for that matter!) were largely the products of manipulation by “the Network,” although they certainly didn’t lead foolish pols and their equally foolish citizenry anywhere they didn’t want to go. The ironic thing is (and as Plummer points out in the book), if you handed a free copy of this out to everyone in the USA and literally MADE THEM read it and discuss it in class so they couldn’t avoid the main points, most would dismiss it out of hand anyway. Simply too painful to believe.

        Its a quick read and will open you up to all the other voices out there who are making the same points.

    • Disaffected says:

      Reading The Devil’s Chessboard Now, which mostly concerns those lovable rascally rogues, the Dulles Brothers. Excellent read!

      • Disaffected says:

        This dovetails nicely with accounts of the Bush bunch, as ol’ Prescott was a well documented Nazi sympathizer and profiteer as well. In fact, the more you read about the rise of Nazi Germany, the more Hitler comes to resemble Saddam Hussein in Iraq: a “benevolent” dictator who served capitalist interests early on, but then inevitably, came to bite the hand that feeds. When you read enough of these accounts the pieces all start to fit together. Post WWII was certainly a busy time for the Network racketeers, but the groundwork for everything we see today was laid by the previous two generations in the late 19th (post Civil War in the US) and early (pre WWI) 20th century. “Men of vision” (albeit an appalling one!) for sure!

  31. Disaffected says:

    I know this book is widely denigrated as an antisemitic forgery (I think its critics give themselves away and protest too much!), but it outlines the vision of the power elite that we now KNOW has operated behind the scenes in global affairs for well over a century now (at least) PERFECTLY! I’ll keep an open mind on its authenticity for now, but either way it’s an absolutely fascinating(/i) read! And yes, we know for sure many (but not certainly not all of course) of the power elite are Zionists.

    • Ron McCafferty says:

      I may be mistaken in this statement but I have to say it. If you look at the list of VERY powerful people, many are Jewish. From the banking industry to lawyers and movie moguls to mobsters.
      Throw in that age old myth that “the Jews are God’s chosen people” and you got instant hatred of a race of people just by association.
      I believe there is a connection between powerful Jewish people being the bosses boss and those who would serve them and the system of control we have today.
      I am just not 100% sure and by no means would I condone hatred or persecution of the Jewish people.
      It just appears on paper that the top of the greedy meat-eaters food chain is loaded with people of Jewish ethnicity.
      Please correct me if I am wrong.

      • Disaffected says:


        No, I see the same things. But I have to say, actually reading this book has been an eye opener for me! I read most of it yesterday, after starting it mid-morning, and plan to finish it up today. I was prepared for it to be nothing more than an anti-semetic screed, as that’s the way its always reviewed, but nothing could be further from the case. Yes, the early chapters detail the methods and procedures for destroying Gentile “Goyim” governments and peoples the world over that we see today and have been deployed for literally thousands of years now, but if all this actually was a long term plan by a cabal of Jewish elite (and I believe it is), then you have to tip your hat in awe at the ingeniousness of its design and the tenacity of its executioners. It’s absolutely brilliant!

        Moreover, when you get to the protocols concerning the design and administration of their proposed one world government (roughly protocol 15 and forward), although their model is by their own definition EXTREMELY RUTHLESS(!!!), its also extremely efficient, fair, and corruption resistant. If you can believe in the model anyway. Of course there’s always the very real question of whether or not any government designed by men can ever work for long anyway, but at the very least, this book has further opened my eyes to the inevitability for corruption in so-called liberal democracies, which always degenerate into first corruption of the elected ruling class, and then simple “mob rule” (as we’re seeing in the US as we speak) over time. In the end, a Benevolent but Ruthless Dictatorship (such as what Russia is currently closer to having) might be the best model out there for large societies, with smaller local Dictatorships following from that.

        In the end, I’d be much less frightened by a truly benevolent but ruthless dictatorship than I am by our current arrangement, which is coming apart at the seams as we speak. The coming anarchy is going to cause a lot of people to reevaluate what they think they know about how the world works. Whatever one thinks about liberal representative democracy in theory, it’s time to admit that the American experiment with it is an abject failure and is not long for this world. And I could not recommend this book more highly, if simply for educational purposes!!!

      • Disaffected says:


        Keep in mind as well that not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Jews. Not all Jews are ethnic Jews and not all ethnic Jews are Jewish as well.

    • Disaffected says:

      Compare this prescription for rule to our current arrangements:

      PROTOCOL No. 20
      1. To-day we shall touch upon the financial program, which I put off to the end of my report as being the most difficult, the crowning and the decisive point of our plans. Before entering upon it I will remind you that I have already spoken before by way of a hint when I said that the sum total of our actions is settled by the question of figures.
      2. When we come into our kingdom our autocratic government will avoid, from a principle of self-preservation, sensibly burdening the masses of the people with taxes, remembering that it plays the part of father and protector. But as State organization cost dear it is necessary nevertheless to obtain the funds required for it. It will, therefore, elaborate with particular precaution the question of equilibrium in this matter.
      3. Our rule, in which the king will enjoy the legal fiction that everything in his State belongs to him (which may easily be translated into fact), will be enabled to resort to the lawful confiscation of all sums of every kind for the regulation of their circulation in the State. From this follows that taxation will best be covered by a progressive tax on property. In this manner the dues will be paid without straitening or ruining anybody in the form of a percentage of the amount of property. The rich must be aware that it is their duty to place a part of their superfluities at the disposal of the State since the State guarantees them security of possession of the rest of their property and the right of honest gains, I say honest, for the control over property will do away with robbery on a legal basis.
      4. This social reform must come from above, for the time is ripe for it – it is indispensable as a pledge of peace.
      5. The tax upon the poor man is a seed of revolution and works to the detriment of the State which is hunting after the trifling is missing the big. Quite apart from this, a tax on capitalists diminishes the growth of wealth in private hands in which we have in these days
      concentrated it as a counterpoise to the government strength of the GOYIM – their State finances.
      6. A tax increasing in a percentage ratio to capital will give much larger revenue than the present individual or property tax, which is useful to us now for the sole reason that it excites trouble and discontent among the GOYIM.
      7. The force upon which our king will rest consists in the equilibrium and the guarantee of peace, for the sake of which things it is indispensable that the capitalists should yield up a portion of their incomes for the sake of the secure working of the machinery of the State. State needs must be paid by those who will not feel the burden and have enough to take from.
      8. Such a measure will destroy the hatred of the poor man for the rich, in whom he will see a necessary financial support for the State, will see in him the organizer of peace and well-being since he will see that it is the rich man who is paying the necessary means to attain these things.
      9. In order that payers of the educated classes should not too much distress themselves over the new payments they will have full accounts given them of the destination of those payments, with the exception of such sums as will be appropriated for the needs of the throne and the administrative institutions.
      10. He who reigns will not have any properties of his own once all in the State represented his patrimony, or else the one would be in contradiction to the other; the fact of holding private means would destroy the right of property in the common possessions of all.
      11. Relatives of him who reigns, his heirs excepted, who will be maintained by the resources of the State, must enter the ranks of servants of the State or must work to obtain the right to property; the privilege of royal blood must not serve for the spoiling of the treasury.
      12. Purchase, receipt of money or inheritance will be subject to the payment of a stamp progressive tax. Any transfer of property, whether money or other, without evidence of payment of this tax which will be strictly registered by names, will render the former holder liable to pay interest on the tax from the moment of transfer of these sums up to the discovery of his evasion of declaration of the transfer. Transfer documents must be presented weekly at the local treasury office with notifications of the name, surname and permanent place of residence of the former and the new holder of the property. This transfer with register of names must begin from a definite sum which exceeds the ordinary expenses of buying and selling necessaries, and these will be subject to payment only by a stamp impost of a definite percentage of the unit.
      13. Just strike an estimate of how many times such taxes as these will cover the revenue of the GOYIM States.
      Nilus, Sergei. The Protocols: of the Learned Elders of Zion -The Great in the Small & Antichrist (Kindle Locations 1245-1286). . Kindle Edition.

      • Disaffected says:

        Sorry for the use of blockquote. It makes this almost illegible.

      • Disaffected says:

        Or this:

        14. The State exchequer will have to maintain a definite complement of reserve sums, and all that is collected above that complement must be returned into circulation. On these sums will be organized public works. The initiative in works of this kind, proceeding from State sources, will blind the working class firmly to the interests of the State and to those who reign. From these same sums also a part will be set aside as rewards of inventiveness and productiveness.
        15. On no account should so much as a single unit above the definite and freely estimated sums be retained in the State Treasuries, for money exists to be circulated and any kind of stagnation of money acts ruinously on the running of the State machinery, for which it is the lubricant; a stagnation of the lubricant may stop the regular working of the mechanism.
        16. The substitution of interest-bearing paper for a part of the token of exchange has produced exactly this stagnation. The consequences of this circumstance are already sufficiently noticeable.
        17. A court of account will also be instituted by us, and in it the ruler will find at any moment a full accounting for State income and expenditure, with the exception of the current monthly account, not yet made up, and that of the preceding month, which will not yet have been delivered.
        18. The one and only person who will have no interest in robbing the State is its owner, the ruler. This is why his personal control will remove the possibility of leakages of extravagances.
        19. The representative function of the ruler at receptions for the sake of etiquette, which absorbs so much invaluable time, will be abolished in order that the ruler may have time for control and consideration. His power will not then be split up into fractional parts among time-serving favorites who surround the throne for its pomp and splendor, and are interested only in their own and not in the common interests of the State.
        20. Economic crises have been produced by us for the GOYIM by no other means than the withdrawal of money from circulation. Huge capitals have stagnated, withdrawing money from States, which were constantly obliged to apply to those same stagnant capitals for loans. These loans burdened the finances of the State with the payment of interest and made them the bond slaves of these capitals …. The concentration of industry in the hands of capitalists out of the hands of small masters has drained away all the juices of the peoples and with them also the States …
        21. The present issue of money in general does not correspond with the requirements per head, and cannot therefore satisfy all the needs of the workers. The issue of money ought to correspond with the growth of population and thereby children also must absolutely be reckoned as consumers of currency from the day of their birth. The revision of issue is a material question for the whole world.

        Nilus, Sergei. The Protocols: of the Learned Elders of Zion -The Great in the Small & Antichrist (Kindle Locations 1288-1313). . Kindle Edition.

        • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

          The sentence structure is a little hard to get used to, but it makes sense. To me it is another piece of the puzzle as why Christianity has survived so long. It must be necessary to keep the minds of the goyim busy and submissive.
          I will have to put this one on the list.

          • Disaffected says:

            Finished it today. Without a doubt one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. It was translated from the Russian in the early 1900’s, so yes, the syntax takes a little getting used to. Still perplexed as to how this couldn’t be considered anti-semetic, other than if true, it definitely indicates that they’re much smarter and disciplined than the Gentiles, which if you look at the key figures in the world of international finance today, would seem to be self-evident. There’s no doubt in my mind after reading this that this is at the very least the blueprint for the New World Order that’s currently trying to close on things, no matter who’s behind it all. But given Israel’s continued outsized influence in world events, I have no doubt whatsoever that Zionists have at the very least a major role to play in all this.

            I’d gladly shoot you the Kindle editions if I could, but they’ve got them locked down. This one was only $.99, so you ought to look into it. I think the web app for reading is free. I never use the actual Kindle anymore at all. The added bonus in reading it on the computer is you can Google and Wiki anything in the text as you go, as I’m doing with much of the ‘Devil’s Chessboard’ book.

            • Ron McCafferty says:

              My fascination focuses on who the key players are, who’s names we don’t know. If you ever watched the movie Munich then you may remember the house that the main character went to meet with “the man behind the curtain”. That is who runs the show.
              We don’t know their names because they want it that way. Let the Rothchilds and Rockefellers take the heat as long as they are kept hidden.
              To me it seems very organized and controlled even though to most it would seem chaotic. Control the value and manufacture of currency coupled with controlling the purchasing of needs and you control everything. Dependency, improperly schooled, chaotic childhoods as a result of controlling currency creates a human incapable of rational, calculated thought.
              Small groups are given sectors to control and are subject to harsh rules. The mob on a larger scale.
              I believe they have created a monster in the general public though. There are so many people now and the want for more stuff has created an uncontrollable wave. Especially in the Developed Nations. We have discussed this here many times.
              I also believe that if they, whoever they are, decide to wipe out a large portion of the population they will most likely use another massive world war (since this is has been used before) or they will use disease (since this dissipates more quickly with less damage to the Earth). Nukes have to be the last thing they would want as to the destructive nature of them.
              We shall see, DA. I hate to even entertain these things but I look at the world differently than my family or few friends that I have.

              • Disaffected says:

                Great thoughts, all. Yes, it’s the mob on the grand scale. And yes, nukes are their ace in the hole, but certainly not one they’d ever want to actually use. Too messy! The Rothschilds and Rockefellers are definitely main players, although most of us have only heard of a handful of their members. The Bushes have historically been major players in the political realm, and the Clinton’s certainly had designs to join them, but politics these days is mostly just a performing art, like theater. The Koch brothers are major players now, as is Dick Cheney and anyone closely connected to him. As the book says, most of these people prefer to remain totally anonymous if possible, as that’s where the power is. And if they can’t (like the Wall St CEO’s), you can bet they’re surrounded by the best security details money can buy 24/7/365.

        • Disaffected says:

          Just to add: what I find most sobering about this book is that it was written over 100 years ago! It’s relatively easy to see the truth of it when observing world events today in 2017, but imagine how utterly subversive this must have seemed at the turn of the 20th century. Amazing stuff!

          • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

            Well, I do have to say that I am thoroughly enjoying the book Overshoot. It is a little tough for me as Catton uses words I am not familiar with so a dictionary is my companion book.
            I am almost half way through it and read a statement that Catton made about Darwin and how Darwin made extensive studies on the connectivity between everything on Earth. Which I will look into when I have a few years to spare. LOL
            This explains why religion teaches hatred of Darwin and anything scientific. That led me to look up Scofield and his influence on Judeo-Christianity and Zionism.
            The nuances are everything in this world. In the words of Ferris Bueller:

            • Disaffected says:

              I appreciated Catton much more reading him well after the fact. Although I remember reading Alvin and Heidi Toffler (Future Shock and The Third Wave) in a HS reading appreciation course (basically graduation points for the totally incorrigible) and really getting what they were saying. Or at least I thought I did at the time.

              You remind me of Heretick. Don’t me intimidated by the academic jargon. It usually circles back around on itself and explains itself somewhere else in the text. I found Catton eminently readable, and of course, prescient.

              Still wading through The Devil’s Chessboard, which also an eminently enjoyable read. Just getting to post-WWII and Allen Dulles’ use of/interaction with none other than Richard Millhouse Nixon. Dulles is emerging as a TRUE (no hysterics) sociopath, in the highest clinical sense of the word. Cold, detached, uncaring, and aloof; a TRUE spy’s spy! Needless to say, one of the TRULY INFLUENTIAL operators during WWII and in the post war period, he’s everything I imagined him to be and quite a bit more. The next few chapters should show him at his all time best before his inevitable and spectacular flame out in the aftermath of his firing by JFK and his subsequent organization of the conspiracy that murdered him in return and put us on the road to perdition we’re still traveling today.

              Yes indeed, ALLEN DULLES, almost certainly the most influential man in the 20th century who most people have either never or just barely heard of. The CIA and all the other various “Intelligence” apparatuses owe him the DEEPEST debt of gratitude!

              • Disaffected says:

                Turns out that Nixon played the part of “useful idiot” for Ike by acting as a go between and placating the drunken and belligerent McCarthy. No really good explanation for why everyone in DC put up with ol’ Joltin Joe for those several years, other than the rampant and virulent Red hysteria that seized the nation in the wake of WWII, which Allen Dulles of course played a major part in creating and sustaining. But Nixon and McCarthy were both “birds of a feather,” as they both came from working class backgrounds and were complete outsiders in the elite DC beltway Ivy League establishment. McCarthy literally drank himself to death before the decade was done, while Nixon had a little longer and more distinguished run, but it was that same working class resentment that fueled his paranoia (and rightfully so, as it turned out) and ended up getting him involved in the whole Watergate mess. Poor Nixon was so befuddled and lost in his WH hall of mirrors of his own creation that John Dean was actually able to convince him that he had ordered the Watergate break in and just forgotten the details. The paranoid bastard probably went to his grave convinced of his own guilt in the matter, never knowing how cleverly he had been duped into resigning the office in shame and disgrace. Quite a caper!

  32. Disaffected says:

    Great Hedges video from a few days ago explaining the roots of American empire established over a century ago.


    • Ron McCafferty says:

      Hedges does a great job in his investigative journals. I have two of his books, one of which I lived in the area he was writing about.
      There were two journalists who used to write for the Philadelphia Inquirer that I used to read when I lived in Philly. James Barlett and Donald Steele where working class writers who knew Philadelphia and like me, watched it fall apart.
      And this is what all these rich cocksuckers who helped it fall apart can do:

    • Disaffected says:

      Long story short: the roots of American Empire go all the way back to the late 19th century and the post Civil war period. That’s when the rounding up of the Indians and the stealing of their lands was being made official, that’s the beginning of the oil economy and the completion of the continental economy with Rockefeller’s Standard Oil of Ohio (which later became BP) facilitated by Jay Gould’s transcontinental railroad networks, and that’s when the eastern oligarchy we see today (Samuel Bush was a small but still influential industrialist in Rockefeller’s orbit) first began to emerge and dream of a US capitalist based worldwide hegemonic empire. And that’s when the mothership – Great Britain – began to fade as an imperial power; not surprising given it’s rather limited domestic resource base and being hamstrung by all that European drama so near by.

      So perhaps it was inevitable that the US took up the European dream of global empire like so many before it, although the virulent form it would take here was probably a least somewhat avoidable, until WWII and the invention of the atomic bomb anyway. The bomb and it’s notions of absolute superiority in the form of the threat of total annihilation would change everything however, even as on the surface it seemed to change nothing. It’s the trump card that’s never played (other than the first two incidences, so far at least), but which influences every political conversation without ever needing to be mentioned at all.

  33. Disaffected says:

    If you’ll remember my speculation about the future of mind/thought control in Walk Hard, here’s an excerpt of what Dulles and the CIA were doing with it as far back as the late 1940’s – early 1950’s. Note, as always, the non-stop propagandizing:

    “I wonder,” Dulles told the gathering, “whether we realize how sinister the battle for men’s minds has become in Soviet hands. . . . The human mind is the most delicate of all instruments. It is so finely adjusted, so susceptible to the impact of outside influences that it is proving a malleable tool in the hands of sinister men. The Soviets are now using brain-perversion techniques as one of their main weapons in prosecuting the Cold War. Some of these techniques are so subtle and so abhorrent to our way of life that we have recoiled from facing up to them.” Dulles reported that the Soviets were engaging in sick science, seeking to control human consciousness by “washing the brain clean of the thoughts and mental processes of the past” and creating automatons of the state who would speak and act against their own will. Dulles’s speech, which he made sure received wide media distribution, marked an ominous new phase in the Cold War, a militarization of science and psychology aimed not simply at changing popular opinion but at reengineering the human brain. What Dulles did not tell his audience in Hot Springs was that several days earlier, he had authorized a CIA mind control program code-named MKULTRA that would dwarf any similar efforts behind the Iron Curtain. In fact, at the same time that he was condemning Soviet “brainwashing,” Dulles knew that U.S. military and intelligence agencies had been working for several years on their own brain warfare programs. This secret experimentation would balloon under the CIA’s MKULTRA program. Launched by Dulles with a $300,000 budget, this “Manhattan Project of the Mind” would grow into a multimillion-dollar program, operating for a quarter of a century, and enlisting dozens of leading universities and hospitals as well as hundreds of prominent researchers in studies that often violated ethical standards and treated their human subjects as “expendables.” Dick Helms, who oversaw MKULTRA, advised Dulles that the scientific research underwritten by the program would have to be carried out in complete secrecy, explaining that most credible scientists would be very “reluctant to enter into signed agreements of any sort which connect them with this activity, since such a connection would jeopardize their professional reputations.” Many of the MKULTRA projects involved the use of experimental drugs, particularly LSD, which Helms saw as a potential “A-bomb of the mind.” The goal was to bend a subject’s mind to the agency’s will.

    Talbot, David. The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government (pp. 287-288). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

    • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

      Did I not read that during and after the war US and British Intelligence were rounding up German scientists? I am sure it would have been easy to prod them into doing such work as they were in fear for their lives.

      • Disaffected says:

        Dulles was shepherding leading Nazi’s of all stripes to safety and gainful employment in service of pro-US / anti-Soviet interests during, immediately after, and long after the war. Two of the most prominent were Karl Wolff, Heinrich Himmler’s personal PR man and noted for his striking and handsome Aryan features (in stark contrast to the former chicken farmer Himmler), and the particularly odious and rat-faced Reinhard Gehlen, Dulles’s spiritual Nazi counterpart, who would not only completely escape prosecution for war crimes due to Dulles, but come to head the initial CIA-sponsored Federal Intelligence Service of West Germany due to his anti-Soviet views, and die at a comfortable old age of 77 in 1979. In short, Dulles, the CIA, and thus the USA, were in bed with just about anybody in Hitler’s Nazi regime (who it should also be reminded were HEAVILY funded by western/US interests, including none other than Prescott Bush, before and during the war right up to the point that they were no longer considered viable) who was anti-Soviet (which was just about everyone).

        In short, the “existential evilness” of Hitler’s Nazi Empire myth we all grew up with is largely just that – a well crafted myth. The FACT of the matter is that global business interests, already COMPLETELY in control of the US since at least the immediate aftermath of WWI, were strongly enamored of Hitler’s little “Bavarian experiment,” as long as it remained profitable and at least somewhat under their control. His war with Bolshevik Russia was a decided plus, as that was far and away the overriding capitalist nightmare at that point, even as they used Stalin’s war on the eastern front to conveniently shut down Hitler’s by then metastatic tendencies in their favor.

        The more you know.

  34. Disaffected says:

    I suppose I should at least post a shout out to The Devil’s Chessboard, as it’s one of the growing number of “most enlightening books I’ve ever read.” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

    • Disaffected says:

      A “homework” assignment for aspiring kulturCritics: C. Wright Mills. Google and discuss. FOLLOW THE LINKS!

      • RON MCCAFFERTY says:

        Yer killin’ me, Smalls. LOL

      • Disaffected says:

        Mills would have been a hugely influential figure had he lived longer. Had he made it through the sixties without being murdered or falsely scandalized by network interests he’d be a household name now (well, almost), but there was no way that was ever going to happen. The who’s who of famous and almost famous figures who figured out was going on and tried to change things is much larger than I ever knew, having grown up in public schools in middle America and weaned on network TV. As it was, he was brought down simply by a bad ticker, with no apparent hint of CIA skullduggery involved.

        But back to the Dulles brothers. Imagine the power they wielded as Secretary of State and Director of Central Intelligence. Allen Dulles joked something to the effect that it was Foster’s job to make them an offer they can’t refuse, and it was Allen’s job to deliver on the threat when they did. What a tag team! And geriatric ol’ Ike not only knew of and approved the incestuous set up, but actually became convinced that it was the most effective use of his resources. The fear of Communist Russia was indeed palpable throughout the period, as well as the strong desire to turn back FDR’s New deal policies, which were considered to be communist inspired as well, and the Dulles’s and their network were absolutely united and unwavering in their support.

        • Ron McCafferty says:

          My wife has a degree in sociology and Mills was one that she also found to be spot on. I read about him but never got into his work. I will add this to my list.
          I travel back to Philly and Delaware often and when I pass DC I get the willies(literally) just thinking about the shady things that passed for politics in that place.
          I mean, I really get the feeling that DC is a place of evil and evil people. Especially during 60’s with so many important people being murdered and the propaganda that turned baby-boomers into unwilling or willing participants in creating a technologically advanced empire with who knows how many spy agencies.
          It makes me sick in the stomach and I do not have a weak stomach.

          • Disaffected says:

            Kudos to your wife! I thought I was fairly wide read, but I had never heard of him until recently. He was ALL OVER this shit back in the day, and many credit him for much of the social consciousness/unrest in the 60’s. He would no doubt have drawn the agency’s ire sooner or later.

            Maybe they could move the Burning Man festival to Capital Hill and we could set the whole thing aflame? The Treasury could print up some commemorative dollar bills totaling to the national debt and we could just set fire to ALL of it! Well, one can dream, anyway.

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