Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses So That I May Extract A $200 Million Salary For Pushing Around Paper.

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What do you call a salary of $200 million that creates absolutely no wealth for society but instead actually consumes wealth?  This is not a personalized attack on anyone’s worthiness but on the socially-acceptable behavior based on acts of class-based state violence.  Socially acceptable because in a class-based society our masters determine social norms and the propaganda that drives the acceptance of them.   Our masters convince us that earning $200 million for literally creating zero wealth while, as just one example, other people have their houses stolen from them by Wall Street and the state is acceptable.  

Paying yourself $200 million dollars is another example of state violence.  Literally the only way one human being can have absolutely no money (an institution of state control itself) and no method of survival other than dehumanizing, paltry state handouts and another human being can grant themselves $200 million dollars for doing nothing other than accumulating a monstrosity of debt for the purposes of class-based rent extraction, is through state violence.  

There are endless propagandists and shills who tell us that capping income or raising wages does not solve any problems.  Or that raising the minimum wage will pass directly through to consumers.  That is utter bullshit and outright lies.   This is more of that good ole private interests of capitalism and the mythical free market determining our economic fate.   I wrote a post on here eight years ago in highlighting Toyota’s production system.  I stated that higher wages actually are a benefit to the economy.  When private capital can no longer enslave labor to nonliving wages, money will be spent to drive new methods of production based on science and invention.   As long as wages are suppressed, especially by monopoly, there is no impetus for those innovations.  And as noted on here many times leading up to the 2008 collapse, I wrote that we are in a capital expenditures depression of unprecedented size and scope.  ie, Reality confirms this.   There are countless other positive metrics to higher wages as well.   Not the least of which is human dignity.  If the predatory capitalists and capitalist investor class of moochers and parasites are worried about inflation, let them share their income in order to mitigate the increase of the money supply that a rising in the minimum wage would create.  Although, frankly, with the right supporting policies, that increase in money can be ameliorated in the price of consumer goods.  More on that another time. 

Do you think it is a natural right that one person starve and another person live with this level of self-granted, wildly specious overindulgence?  Is it a natural right that without the violence of the state that I would subjugate myself to a system of debt peonage or rent extraction that allows moochers and parasites to endlessly take from me with impunity?  To literally use state force to take what I create for my own hands and mind?  Or that I create for my family or community?   All while I have to wonder where my next meal is coming from?  Because that is what debt does whether its through bonds or credit cards or any other method of extraction used.

Does anyone without a pathology actually still believe this nation was founded on class-based, free-market, corporate-capitalist principles?  The reality is tens of millions fled class-based, corporate capitalist Europe to this nation to rid themselves of class-based, corporate state rent extraction.  And, we fought a Revolutionary War to make that separation final and permanent.  To rid ourselves of the king’s private bankers, debt-based money and corporate rent-extraction that serves the capitalist ruling class  parasitically living off of the exploited working man or woman. 

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

I have noted on here time and again how ingrained the delusions of bubble truly are.  Because this bubble is massive and it goes back many decades.   In some ways, much, much longer.  So, in many regards, an entire world’s belief system of those who benefit from state violence and associated class privilege is built on unsustainable, self-reinforcing delusions.   Delusions driven by the logical rationalizations of the disconnected ego.  “I worked hard for that money and I deserve it.  It’s mine.”.  lol.  Okay.  More delusions.  See how that works out for you when no one has any money to trade with those who stole it all.

As noted on here some years ago, in the 1970s, bond traders couldn’t actually make enough money to survive.  It was a part-time job.  Now, bond traders and similar supposed Wall Street masters of the universe are the most privileged and influential people in society.  They pay themselves a ransom that they extort from humanity without literally doing anything to produce a nickel of wealth.  But in the glorified world of mammon we equate having a lot of money with being smart.   Or, worse, we equate wild excesses and worldly possessions with “good” in our Godless social value system.    Greed is good.  Wall Street genius may be the smartest man in the room but it’s one hell of a small room.   In other words, a room of oligopoly created only by state violence.  An oligopoly that would collapse without being backed by the force of the state.  

Bond traders, the financial industry and the capitalist investor class - all economic moochers and parasites -  as a whole have gained notoriety and wealth only because we live in a system of financial and debt peonage.  That’s all a bond is.  It’s debt.  It’s a state-enforced form of rent-extraction on future wealth or work.  That we are in a massive, enslaving debt bubble is how they have become wealthy.  By rent extraction from the productive assets in society being transferred to the capitalist class and capitalist investor class.  King George and his class-based, capitalist courtiers.   Moochers and parasites. 

That anyone thinks they are worth $200 million for running a rent-extraction scheme means what?  Let’s call a spade a spade.   That’s the only way we will become consciously mindful to these enslaving schemes and our complicity in perpetuating injustices against ourselves and those exploited in such schemes. 

Bill Gross is worthy just like everyone else.  He deserves an opportunity to prosper just like everyone else.  But no one has a right to prosper off of the backs of another human being while denying those very people a decent and just existence.  And that is what corporate rent extraction and debt peonage relies upon.  That is, the denial of a decent, moral and just existence.  This is clearly inconsistent with natural rights.  This is inconsistent with our Declaration of Independence that recognizes the rights of people to be free from said state violence and the subjugation to class.   It is inconsistent to the rights granted to all people by their Creator.

Lady Liberty has a new message for the world.  A message courtesy of United Corporations of Amerika -

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to serve class privilege through debt peonage and corporate servitude and rent extraction.   Send me the wretched refuse of your teeming shore so that I may make them  homeless and tempest-tossed.  So, that I may worship the golden calf and fill my house with idols off of the backs of their debt and wage slavery.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gold And Gold Miners Plunge On China Worries

I want to first make a note of a new revelation that is worth watching.  Americans are recognizing that not only does the emperor have no clothes, he is not to be feared.  The CIA is a criminal, anti-democratic state institution whose only mission is perpetuation of state violence.  It is an affront to anyone who seeks dignity for all of humanity.  It is an affront to anyone who seeks to end the oppression of state violence against humanity.   A military judge has ordered the CIA to expose its global criminal torture network to Guantanamo Bay defense attorneys.   If this trial took place in a democratic court of law in this nation, this would have the potential to turn into some type of major crisis.  Which is why the criminal class in this nation has done everything it can to keep their shenanigans out of our court system.  Even though our legal system is rotten, overt manipulation is nearly impossible when the world’s eyes are focused on its workings.

I wrote this gold update last week but decided not to post it on top of my last post.  So, this is a few days old but that really isn’t relevant.   The fact is gold continues to be very weak.  And so are the gold mining stocks.   Most of which are either hitting or close to hitting new decade lows.   No surprise on here.   Remember, as noted on here many times, gold is a proxy for the actions of central bankers.  It is a proxy for liquidity.  That liquidity is once again draining out of the global economy at an alarming rate.  

There is a lot of simple-minded ‘no-analysis analysis’ of the gold market.   It goes something like this.   The government and/or central banks are suppressing gold prices because otherwise the price must go up.   The price must go up because fiat currencies are worthless or because gold is a deflation hedge.  People can even put up pages and pages of pretty graphs and pictures in support of conspiracies and beliefs that gold must go higher.  And those institutionalized to a limited way of thinking - gold’s religious ideologues who follow gold’s high priests over the cliff like lemmings -  lap it up.   Of course, all of these people own gold.  So, even if they aren’t aware of it, (and most aren’t) they are simply confirming or supporting their belief system’s own bias.   Or, maybe more aptly put, they are simply chasing their own tail with endless rationalizations.    That gold “must” go higher is a simple-minded analysis that doesn’t take into account any criticality of how markets work or why prices rise and fall or more importantly, how this global economic system actually works and, thus, how it affects gold.  Yes, I have little doubt the gold market probably is corrupt.  But then no one is more corrupt than most major holders of gold.

I have a pretty good gold trading system.  I don’t use it but it has allowed me to hit the nail on the head on most major moves in gold.  Those moves were written of on here many times in advance of those moves.  Gold, like every other part of our dystopian existence may be manipulated, but it was manipulated on the way up just as it may be manipulated on the way down.  The level of leveraged, artificial demand for gold has skyrocketed with financialization and its associated leverage. 

Back in 1999 when gold was $250 an ounce, who were the largest sellers?  Central banks.   There is a simple argument to be made the the dumbest people on earth are central bankers.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  But we know this.  The central planners in central banks are almost always going to be systemically-incompetent as any centrally-controlled bureaucracy is.   And, remember, it is the world’s central bankers who have given a certain class of people the money to trade in the gold market.  And the money to hoard it.  That includes manipulating it as well.  Whether that is overt and willful manipulation or simply the fact that central banking money is rigged to flow into a global, predatory, capitalist investor class that then buys gold without any overt intent of manipulation, the end result is the same.   That is, a gold buyer’s best friend is the central bank that allows distortions or manipulations of the gold market to take place.  The central bank that continuously has bailed out the endless moral hazards of gold buyers.

World Gold Council sees increased gold demand in China as its citizens become wealthier.

China loses its taste for gold as demand remains flat.

China companies hoard gold as collateral for their massive speculation.  (That will ultimately lead to gold’s collapse.) 

China GDP showing deeper slowdown.

TSX gold miners plunge on China demand worries.

Gold drops on China demand worries.

People nonsensically have cited Russia’s and China’s central banks as major buyers of gold in support of their bullish positions.   Both Russia’s and China’s economy are right now in the early stages of being beaten back into the stone age because of their own faulty economic policies and massive corruption. Now, the global economy, including particular nations, may see various factors that lead to a bounce or temporary relief from downward pressure, but without massive reforms, the downward trend in these economies and the global economy will continue.  

Someone is going to be very, very wrong about the future price of gold.   As I have said repeatedly over the years,  China (and Russia) will likely become become net sellers of gold at some point.  Both countries have experienced monetary inflation beyond anything ever witnessed in a major world economy.   As just one example, when real estate is rising 25% a month for years on end, that gives us some kind of indication of how much useless, corrupt, centrally-planned money was being pumped into China and Russia for more than a decade.   Much of that useless, corrupt money was used to buy gold in addition to real estates, plants & equipment, etc.  But, when the useless, corrupt money bubble pops, and it certainly will, that money will effectively be exposed as useless to some degree.  Maybe completely useless.   And because of that, so will the worldly possessions bought with it.  ie, Gold.   The trend of China becoming a net seller of gold may be close.   Not good news for the future of gold prices. 

As written ad nauseam on here, if you believe central bankers, the capitalist investor class, Wall Street, politicians and other status quo moochers and parasites are going to save the world they created, then you should load up the truck with gold.   Because it is the status quo who owns most of it and, thus, controls its price either directly or indirectly.  Otherwise, the reality is most likely that there is no place to run and no place to hide for what is yet to come.  

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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Karmic Moment Comes Home: 81% Of Americans Believe Obama Is A Chronic Liar

Yah think? 

So, if most Americans believe Obama regularly lies, is it pathological or are 81% of Americans suffering from mass delusions?

Or, are the perceptions of endless lying due to massive state secrecy that hides the incompetence and criminal behavior of a rogue political class?  Or is it because conspiracies, bigots, partisan politicians and the like have found cover in the times in which we live?  And they use this cover to create their own lies?  Or is it all of the above? 

Seymour Hersh it out with his latest accusation. That is, the Obama administration pushed the U.S. military to bomb Syria.  And, did so knowing that he was actually lying.  Sort of makes some of the accusations of the military-industrial complex seem a little backwards.   In other words, it isn’t the military that is rogue, it’s the U.S. political class that is rogue.  Something we knew has existed from the 1947 National Security Act that turned American into a state at permanent war with the world.  It is our kings that are abusing military power and the servicemen and servicewomen who defend this nation.  And we love them for it.  Or, at least we used to.  Hersh is a great journalist but he has been wrong in the past.   If he is right, what kind of people are actually so detached that they would willfully murder countless innocent people?  That would possibly lend credence to political lying being a pathology. 

Regardless, these are interesting times that the vast majority of Americans outside of the political class and ruling class recognize their public servants can’t be trusted or worse.   Back in 2009 soon after Obama’s election it became apparent he was just another front man for American corporate empire.  At that time I wrote that Americans had lost all confidence in the entire system sans Obama.  Poll numbers for Congress have been in the low teens for two decades but with the grip of the two political parties, many people feel trapped into voting for a criminal class that pulls at our primitive emotions with endlessly manipulative messages of deceit.   I noted at that time that if Obama failed to reform the system, he could create a complete crisis of confidence in the entire system and then all would be lost.  With the presidency being the only office that held some degree of the American people’s trust, that loss would be then be complete.   That is exactly what has happened.  Exactly.  Loss of confidence is now complete. 

Obama has lied countless times I am aware of.   Including many lies about Obamacare.  That includes lies still being perpetuated.  ie, That 8 million people have signed up while probably that many were dropped as a result of Obamacare.  And, that number is not representative of who has actually paid a premium.  That number is probably more like 2 million out of the 50 million uninsured and tens of millions more underinsured in catastrophic (ie useless) plans.  But, more importantly, it’s what he doesn’t say that often involves greater mistruths.  That is, secrecy and cover-ups.  

Additionally, Obama’s presidency has supported or presided over a massive, taxpayer-funded corporate bailout for the massively corrupt and exploitative health care industry, revelations of massive corruption in the stock market,  revelations of massive corruption in commodities trading markets, revelations of continued massive corruption on Wall Street, revelations on  massive corruption in new corporatist trade deals, revelations of massive corruption involving corporations hiding trillions of dollars overseas to avoid taxes, revelations of massive corruption in the Federal Reserve lining the pockets of the political and capitalist class stealing from the masses, revelations of massive corruption and meddling in foreign affairs by the CIA and Whitehouse, revelations of massive criminal behavior in the NSA, CIA and executive branch courtesy of Wikileaks, Snowden and others  and on and on and on.   The entire system is rotten to the core.

The status quo now finds itself in the midst of a massive new bubble of its own making with only four ways forward.  One, start killing Americans.  Whether that is slowly through the denial of a living wage or denial of social benefits or cutting of Social Security or by more frontal assaults as we saw this past week in the new Waco, the Clive Bundy debacle.  These violent attacks on Americans are happening with greater frequency whether that involves food rights or property rights or natural rights or loss of social benefits or countless other examples.  Two, the status quo creates crises between other nations that attempts to unify American nationalism against a foreign enemy.  That’s not working.  Americans now see right through this in Syria, Egypt, the Ukraine and elsewhere.   Three, they start new trade wars and bring jobs back to America now that they have beaten American wages and benefits down to slave wage, poverty status.  Or, fourth and finally, they take their medicine or have their medicine fed to them by We The People and the status quo collapses.   That’s about the only choices left. 

I think a good analogy of this moment would be a person who has been married half a dozen times and the answer given for why they has so many relationship failures is that their spouses were assholes.   In other words, every negative experience is someone else’s fault.   Everyone does this in some aspect of their life.   It doesn’t need to be relationship-related.   It could be Jamie Dimon or Lloyd Blankfein whining about being victimized because they are successful.   Ahem, predatory would be a better word.   There is something in everyone’s life that continuously resurfaces in some form or another because we refuse to recognize moments are created for us as learning experiences.  So, instead, we continue to repeat the same behavior time and again that causes endless suffering.   The ego is the victim.   It’s always someone else’s fault because the ego shirks its emotional responsibility. 

This is humanity’s learning experience.  Time after time after time we have refused to acknowledge each moment and its learning experiences until we have finally backed ourselves into a corner.   This is where we finally are forced to look in the mirror and realize, its us or them.   I was the one who picked the political deadbeats who exploited me.  I was the one who married six assholes.  (Or maybe I’m the asshole or maybe we both are.)   Regardless, I picked my mates and I picked the politicians who exploited me or who perpetuated a system that exploited me.   This is the moment I must take responsibility for my emotions that politicians have preyed upon for decades.  Emotions that have created an endless, self-reinforcing feedback loop of my own endless emotional self-abandonment and associated suffering. 

Through the repetition of life’s learning experiences that I created but failed to learn from I have ended up here.  Why?   Because rather than being responsible for my own existence, and thus viewing experiences as self-reinforcing feedback loops for emotional growth and expanded self-awareness, I viewed those experiences through the ego’s primitive, fear-driven emotions.    I may have thought I was doing the right thing but ignorance is not a defense for learned helplessness that we create by granting others power over our emotions and the associated messes these takers have put all of us in.    Awakening and enlightenment is a violent and invasive process for the disconnected ego.

Groundhog Day is over.  Time’s up.  There is no more reliving the same experiences over and over and over and over again because we never learned what those experiences were here to teach us.  We have created a karmic moment that will force us to look in the mirror and bear witness to our own morality or lack thereof.  (A little karmic humor and cheer for this holiday.)   

This moment is exactly what the American people need.  Well, and humanity needs.  We created this moment just for us.   We did so because of our continued refusal to make decisions based on virtue and goodness rather than rationalizations and ego.  Our continued emotional self-abandonment has created a moment that where the system we created is void of any confidence, goodness and morality.   This is the moment where we recognize that politicians we outsourced our own personal responsibilities to don’t give a shit about us.  They are Godless takers.  And they take from us to serve themselves and our class-based, capitalist masters. 

Karma is a bitch and the energy of its accumulated wrath is here to collect.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Signs Of The Times - The Coming Blood Moon Tetrad And April 2014’s Cardinal Grand Cross

Most people don’t seem to appreciate the significance of the times we are living through.    Contrarily, the analysis on here over the last nine years has been well ahead of the curve and very unique.   There aren’t too many people involved in finance and economics who have written that we could see the collapse of capitalism, the disappearance of the stock market, the end of money and other equally unique possibilities explained in a fair amount of detail and analysis.   On a practical note, there have been dozens of major outcomes on here that too were well ahead of the curve of groupthink.  This includes the crash of China’s stock market, the crash of the U.S. stock market and dozens of other events that have already come to pass.  Many more outcomes discussed on here are starting to reveal themselves.   Currencies around the world are crashing, economies are crashing and there is human strife everywhere.  All written of well in advance of them happening. 

This may be the most profound experience in human history.  This moment was almost certainly made by us just for us.  And that means there are many reasons to belief it could not have unfolded any other way.   The profoundness of this statement is very real.  Human awareness and consciousness only expands through experience.   One must experience evil to recognize the profundity of our divinity or our mind’s higher power.  This is necessary for a global awakening.  Which, by the way, is also a major long-time thesis on here.  

Many people active on the internet tend to have a very distorted view (driven by emotions and associated beliefs) of reality.   Some are still subsumed to the state’s propaganda bubble.  Some have awoken to it but are still unaware of how big that bubble is.  ie, That it isn’t just a U.S.-centric bubble.   The good news is with the passage of every day human conscious awareness literally is expanding at an incredible rate around the world.  And, that means the ego’s belief systems are crashing.  So too are state actor’s ability to manipulate those belief systems.  For when I no longer believe something, it can’t be can be used to manipulate and control me.   It can’t be used to instill fear in me.    

A lot of people mock astrology because it doesn’t fit into this nice little box of beliefs that they believe they control.   Control is nothing more than an ego-created illusion.  Astrology essentially tells us to some degree our ego’s perceptions of free will (control) may not be accurate.  Of course, anyone who understands the cyclicality of life appreciates free will as perceived by the ego may not be real.  Or may be different than we believe.   Science may have already given us a glimpse into this possible illusion.  Maybe more on that in the future.  I want to stay on topic.

What is certainly free is our ability to mindfully overcome a primitive, fear-driven ego state of being.   And, thus to rise above being controlled by ego or emotions.  Or being controlled by others who play on our ego or emotions.  Most importantly, the emotion of fear.  Fear is the primary method through which the state and pathology controls people.  Money, corporate capitalism, terror, politics, war, etc. are state institutions that rely upon the emotions of fear to survive.   In fact, it is the pathology of the state itself that relies on fear for its very survival.   

I would guess most people discount astrology because they haven’t studied it.  They don’t really appreciate what it is and what it isn’t.   It takes years or decades to really appreciate and become skilled in its esoteric arts.  Instead, the uninformed often believe astrology is the daily horoscope quotes near the comic strips in the newspaper.   Interestingly, I have seen people mock astrology because it’s not logical or rational as they believe science is.   Ahem.  In actuality, the human condition is neither logical nor rational.  And neither is science.  Science comes from the same place as astrology.  That’s not from logic or rationalism, either.  It comes from the divine knowledge of the human mind.  Scientific discoveries may then be defended through logic and rationalism (patterns we perceive through mathematics, chemistry, etc)  but at its core, the formation of scientific hypothesis is a creative process of the imagination and is not a passive reaction to observed regularities.   And while science may tell us how, astrology may help unlock why.   Which, frankly, is why so many scientists and seekers of truth have been drawn to it. 

Planetary and mundane astrology has been studied for thousands of years.   In fact, up until relatively recently, astronomy and astrology were one in the same.   I’ve noted on here in the past that some modern science is re-embracing astrology in its attempts to appreciate the cyclicality of life.   Astrology is heavily scattered throughout Biblical text,  was studied by some of history’s greatest philosophers, has been studied by some of the world’s most brilliant scientists, and was actually accepted quite commonly amongst some of our Founding Fathers.   Life is cyclical and nothing captures that cyclicality more accurately than the sun, planets and the moon.

I’m not ever going to turn this into a financial market/economics astrology blog.   For some time I thought about starting a second blog to focus on those dynamics but for countless reasons that never came to fruition.   But the last forty years are arguably the richest in the history of astrology.  And that richness is peaking in the decade of the 2010s.  That includes the coming blood moons.  

I have been writing on here for some years that 2013 may have represented the greatest astrological turn date in thousands of years.   And as noted a few times last year, that date was late Scorpio (late November of 2013).  Also noted at the time, that was when the battle between good and evil coalesced.  In other words, that battle has now begun.  And that battle is now being waged in the human mind.  That is where it appropriately should be waged because that is where astrology actually originates.   That battle is being waged between the evil of the disconnected ego and the truth & unconditional love that comes from our mind’s higher power.   

These times are incredibly interesting so I’m going to make a few comments about the coming four blood moons.  I’m not taking any sides or drawing any conclusions on any of what I type below.  To start, let me state that I’m not really a big “moon” person in my use of astronomy/astrology.   I don’t really pay a lot of attention to the moon beyond anecdotal analysis of void of course, declination and new/full moons.  These are typically short term events affecting financial markets.  Well, and other things like earthquakes.  And, more specifically in the U.S., here.   And the earth-moon barycenter force dynamic here

I’m really interested in major cycles affecting nations, the planet, human behavior (ego/economics/finance) and expanding emotional awareness in toto.  ie,  The movement and cyclicality of the sun and planet’s energies.   Although there is no reason to believe that these can certainly work harmoniously with the moon to create major events.

The field of astrology is incredibly large and complex just like any other discipline, it takes years, if not decades to develop a useful depth of knowledge.  And just like science, the application of this knowledge varies substantially with the clarity of the mind wielding it.   Most chemists, as just one example, may labor a lifetime with no major accomplishments.  Yet a very few may uncover some of life’s most amazing secrets.  Astrology is no different.  Just as in science, art, literature, craft, emotional intelligence and other forms of divine human expression, being able to clear the chatter, ego, belief systems and emotions from one’s mind and listen to what remains is very important.   For only then are we able to hear or receive the truth that is available to all. 

There are many who state that the coming clusters of blood moons are common.  But, that’s not exactly true.  Yes, a cluster of four blood moons isn’t that uncommon but blood moons on the start of Jewish Passover, as will happen the next two years, come very infrequently.  We have only had a handful in two thousand years.  All coming blood moons are going to come to pass on Jewish holidays.  Historically these have been correlated to major events.   By the way, of the five clusters of four blood moons in the twentieth century,  three preceded some type of  financial collapse in the U.S. by a year or so.   All five were within a year or so on the fore or aft side of stock market peaks for many years.  That included the Great Depression, the Panic of 1907, the 1987 crash and the dollar crisis that led to the U.S. ditching the gold standard.  

Needless to say,  it is interesting that this blood moon will be centered over the United States.   This during the same month that Pluto’s destructive forces will be in opposition to the U.S. founding’s sun during April’s Cardinal Grand Cross

One should not particularly view these events as literal dates where events may occur.  But, more that they are signs of the times and may foretell of events during this astrological cycle.  ie, Blood moons, as an example, are considered prophetic omens.

Preterism has a view that many ancient Biblical events may have already come to pass.  There is ample evidence that the state was the antichrist in Biblical times.   Specifically, Nero the Roman Emperor, who murdered well more than a million Jews in one of the Roman-Jewish wars.   The mark of the beast was possibly the Roman currency that bore Nero’s likeness.  Or more generally, money itself, that Rome used to force Christians to live in a world where a divine existence was made nearly impossible by state control, including the forced us of money (mammon) itself that the state required people to adhere to.  Rome forced every act to be monetized and thus exploited or taxed for the glorification of state actors and their enrichment.   It’s important to understand this distinction.  It wasn’t so much Roman money but money itself that kept Jews from leading a Godly life;  as was noted in Biblical times, one cannot serve both money (mammon) and God or a divine and virtuous life.  

Remember, as noted on here before, Jesus of Nazareth was likely from a sect of Judaism that rejected money and all forms of violence, war, weapon-making, etc.  Essentially they rejected state authority and control.  Their only authority was divine.   (While this sect is not noted in Biblical text itself, it is easy to see through Jesus’ teachings and his complete rejection of money and material ownership.)  The mark of the beast may also have been the Roman documents needed to conduct trade anywhere in the world.  Documents that swore allegiance to pagan sacrifice and the Roman Empire itself. 

For those who are interested in prophecy, those were certainly times of one world government and the mark of the beast; the Roman Empire and its forced use (worship) of money that served state actors and the expanding power of the state.

Today, we once again have a similar incarnation of the Roman Empire.  Some who follow prophecy would say a reincarnation of the Roman Empire.  It is the American empire.  And just as in Biblical times, all trade required the mark of the beast or Roman seal/the use of Roman money.  Which specifically is the U.S. dollar enforced by the greatest military power the world has ever known.   Yet more generally it is the global capitalist system that forces all of humanity into a system of state control including the forced-use of money in general regardless of whether that is gold, rubles, yuan, yen or whatnot.  In other words, humanity is forced to choose to grub for money and do the state’s bidding in the process, or lead a virtuous life.  Seldom do those paths ever cross.  In fact, I think it is very easy to prove they never cross paths.  So, if comparing Biblical times to today, one could actually interpret the view of one world government to be U.S. empire, the all-controlling state itself or the global  forced service/subjugation to money (mammon) required by the state.  Or, possibly even corporate capitalism which is a supra-national empire that is the prime mover in the use of modern money.    

These certainly could be considered by many to be associated with prophetic omens and the coming blood moons.   How they may impact the Jewish population as past events have?  Who knows.  But, it most certainly would involve some degree of state-sanctioned violence.  There certainly are other historical parallels.   I could actually rattle on and on as it pertains to historical parallels to today.   And, to some degree I have done so time and gain on here.  And there are other interpretations of what may be happening today.  But as it pertains to omens and prophecy, these certainly are very high on my list as I have written about them all time and again on here over the years.  What these astrological events mean are for you to decide. 

Regardless of whether what is happening today is an example of evil and state violence repeating itself, or whether there are unknown forces at work that act cyclically to recreate history time and again, or whether these are noncyclical natural forces and responses driven by the laws of the universe acting upon the human psyche, or whether these are prophetic forces in the battle of good versus evil initiated by the energy consciousness of all life or whatever, we live through very interesting times.   And these times were foretold of for thousands of years.  They were written in the stars. 

Let me close with a few interesting links on the coming blood moons.  Well, if you are inquisitive and have an open mind, they may be interesting.  I found these sites by doing a little digging on this topic.  I haven’t checked their work so I am going on the assuming the dates and events are accurate.   Someone put a lot of work into these analyses.   I wouldn’t worry so much about their conclusions.  As Richard Feynman noted, it was more about the analysis of the data rather than being overly concerned with drawing concrete conclusions.   I simply appreciate the symmetry of the first link and the natural patterns of the second.   Both symmetry and natural patterns play a major role in financial market/economic analysis.   Well, symmetry also plays a major role in Biblical prophecy.  I would encourage you to view these sites with an open mind.  Unfortunately, for some people, that will not be possible.   By the way, an open mind, also means that you consider these events may not be religious in nature.  But, that they could be spiritual in nature.  Or, neither.   Possibly just coincidence.  But ancient peoples noted that certain astrological events were tied to cyclical energy forces possibly acting upon their psyche, the planet or both.  And, that is how blood moons became associated with omens. 

I’m not trying to scare anyone.  This certainly doesn’t scare me.  Nor is that my intent.  There are plenty of other fear mongers out there who wish to manipulate people for their own personal gain.   People need to keep an open mind rather than operating from a state of fear.  I don’t believe I actually need to say this but I certainly am not aware of anything that tells me we are experiencing the end of the world.   The return of the Son of Man may actually be an astrological event.  Certainly we are experiencing the end of the world as we know it.  But, that has been discussed on here ad nauseam.   This system is finished.    Money, economics, finance and the power of the state could plausibly all collapse.  Or, at best, they will certainly all experience some degree of substantial crisis and reformulation necessary for human progress.  Not just in the U.S. either.  This is a global crisis with unprecedented evil around the world.  That great evil is the violence of the state that subjugates the human spirit for its own glory.     

An esoteric look at symmetry of the past and current blood moon events.

An esoteric analysis of lunar tetrads tied to major Jewish holidays. and NASA tetrad link here.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vladimir, He Wrote Me A Letter

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

What Role Might Russia Play In The Devolution Of Late Stage U.S. Empire

Interesting markets today, eh?   April has the potential to be a very, very interesting month.  Not just for assets either.   We could be close to what Robert Prechter terms as the “oh shit” moment. (My slang characterization.)  ie, When Wall Street bag holders wake up and realize that they have inflated assets to the moon and the entire herd goes running for the door at the same time. 

I don’t typically put up this kind of what-if post that involves possible guesstimates of what is happening behind the scenes but I’m going to make an exception here.   I’m doing so primarily because the current geopolitical dynamics are very interesting.   The U.S. is clearly in the late stages of empire and, as such, that empire is very vulnerable .  (As noted on here in the past, 2022 is the latest date by which I would anticipate that empire to disappear.)   Good news for lovers of liberty.  Bad news for capitalism, the state, state actors, Wall Street, the investor class, the Federal Reserve and, frankly, political and capitalist classes in countless countries around the globe that have enriched themselves on the tails of U.S. empire.  That even includes the Russian oligarchy that has enriched itself through American empire’s deregulation of global capital that has resulted in an unprecedented looting fest.  One that Russian capitalist oligarchs and the political class (moochers and parasites) have jointly benefited from immensely. 

Russian state actors are almost certainly emboldened because of the weak Ukrainian response by the United States and Europe.   When one understands state actors are generally predators one may appreciate how an emboldened Russia could be explained by the primitive laws of the jungle.  What happens when hyenas have surrounded a weakened lion? (And mind you, the U.S. is in a very weakened, late stage empire state.) They never refuse an opportunity to go for the kill.  Is there really any appreciable difference in how state actors act out their primitive ego-driven pathology?  Let’s be honest.  There is little evidence the Russian state cares about humanity more than any other state actor. 

We simply don’t know the intent of  the political players in the world today.  And there certainly are differing intents in each country as well.   Obama’s intents may be determined by unseen forces or by a personal agenda and Putin may be no different.  I don’t believe anything with any degree of conviction that I read or hear as it pertains to issues involving the state.   If Ted Bundy or John Wayne Gacy told you they were selflessly acting on your behalf, would you submit to their authority?   With the pathology that is so pervasive in this world of unprecedented evil concentrated in class-based state power and control, is there really a difference? 

I think it’s plausible to consider Putin may be nothing but a propagandized front for a wildly corrupt political and capitalist thugs robbing the Russian people blind.  In other words, a “made man”.   Garry Kasparov, the world’s best known Russian sans Putin has talked about this repeatedly in his current role of human rights leader.  And his characterizations are far more colorful than mine.  Of course, conspiracy theorists say Kasparov is a mule for western power and opposes Putin under false pretense.   I guess opposing massive state corruption must now be a conspiracy.  The list of claims and counterclaims is endless.   Let’s stick to what we do know - Putin was a low level apparatchik who came out of no where to gain control of Russia.  Russia certainly isn’t the home of political saints and servants.  Putin somehow became one of the most powerful men in the world almost overnight.  How did that happen?  His bear wrestling skills?   Get real.   What potential powers control him or inserted him into the Russian political scene?  Or uses their made man’s charm to manipulate Russians and people around the world on behalf of Russian state actors?   I doubt Putin’s rise to power is the result of the mythical free market.  And I doubt it is virtuous.  As Bill Moyers noted decades ago in the documentary I have highlighted on here countless times, who controls Russia’s equivalent of our secret government?   There is a very large world out there that is hidden from plain sight, not just in the U.S. but in Russia, Europe, China and elsewhere.   With unprecedented state secrecy, it is almost certainly driven by extreme pathology and thus a will to use state violence to win, loot, steal, pillage and exploit at any cost. 

We really don’t know what Putin’s intent is in the Ukraine or elsewhere.  Or what has been premeditated or cultivated by state actors.  But we do know Russia is a shithole of mass inequality and injustices,  substantial media censorship, extreme levels of corruption and very powerful organized crime.  The facts just don’t present themselves that Putin is on a mission to serve humanity through nonviolence and selflessness.   In other words, for someone to grab at the personal and political power Putin continually is grabbing at is for dubious, almost certainly pathological reasons.  There are no benevolent dictators.  Only magnanimous ones who are willing to throw scraps to those they have destroyed on their way to their pathological need for power and control. 

What this ongoing situation in the Ukraine does point out is how tribal the primitive, unmindful ego truly is.  How placing our responsibilities into the hands of state actors perpetuates the victimization of innocent people.  How placing people in a ego-driven, primitive state of fear or using propaganda to turn people against each other for reasons of race, creed, language or any superficial  difference, truly does turn our minds into that which is little different than jungle animals with a will to win/survive. 

The Ukrainians seemingly started fanning the flames against Russian-heritage people by using state violence to pass laws making them second-class citizens.  Russia then responds.  Then absurd allegations of using nuclear weapons against Russian-speaking Ukrainians was intercepted by Russia. Of course, these preposterous remarks and violence against Russians is almost certainly driven by the Russian genocide of Ukrainian people some decades ago.   Information is leaked out that is manipulatively used for the benefit of providing propagandized cover each state actors.  Ukrainian Russians certainly had a right to referendum.  And, if they wish, to join the state of Russia.  But the news organization Russia Today has been on a propaganda binge recently.  It has become absurd.  That includes painting Stalin, one of the worst state butchers in human history, as a hero and also stating that Russia would have won World War II without western assistance.   This at a time when reports out or Russia highlight rising censorship of those critical of Putin and increasing state propaganda.   Russia Today often does report the truth when it benefits the Russian state.  Especially regarding U.S. and European injustices.   But Russian journalism is still substantially repressed when it comes to reporting the massive corruption and injustices in Russia itself. 

For some time now news has come out that Russian corporations and banks have been moving their money out of the west.   So, there may be some reason to believe all of this is premeditated or that Russia expects it to get much worse.   It appears plausible that Russia may be ready to challenge the U.S. global economic, political and even military authority.  Most likely not to take the place of the U.S. but rather than create a multi-polar world where Russia gets more of that good ole American home cooking.   Some view this as a positive.  In other words, a return to a multi-polar world.  So, rather than U.S. hegemon, we now have other states also seeking to dominate humanity.  And all using every form of violence at their disposal to become king of the jungle.  Are you kidding me?   Let’s get real.  State power doesn’t give a shit about you or me or humanity.  Or for polar bears or teddy bears or small kittens.  Russia (China, India, Europe, Japan and other state actors) simply covet what we have.   That is, more state power.    I have little doubt that most politicians around the world today would have supported Hitler were they to be caught up in the egomaniacal power rush of Nazi Germany.   A reason why law based on natural rights is the only true authority over humanity.   The only true authority over humanity is law that frees man from men.  And why the concept of a political class must become obsolete for humanity to evolve and thrive.  A multi-polar world simply gives state actors new reasons for being.  It gives those who serve the state new purpose.  New reasons to perpetuate violence.  More spying.  More economic violence.  More military spending at the expense of humanity.  Possibly a new cold war.  Humanity?  Well, we are the victims of any world that glorifies the state.  That includes a multi-polar world.   The answer to empire is more people power.  Not a multi-polar world controlled by more state actors.

Is it possible that Russia’s recent intents include unseating the petrodollar?  And possibly baiting the U.S. into arrogant, unmindful, primitive-ego-actions that would cause that to  happen?  Is it possible that all of this could be premeditated by Russia’s “secret government”?   Who really knows?  No one.  That is, except those handful possibly behind the curtain.   But, regardless, taking all of today’s events at face value when there is another world of state actors hidden from view is dubious.  It’s just a matter of really understanding what is going on.  And all we have are guesses.  Possibly somewhat educated or plausible ones that take into account the state’s intent.  That is, to survive and enrich itself through violence and control.  

One thing is certain, as I noted many times over the years, we will likely see more and more of these challenges to U.S. power as the empire continues to fracture.   This could have been anticipated to some degree and was predicted on here years before it started happening.  The waning U.S. empire simply doesn’t have the capacity to control everything.   The U.S. empire suffers from overreach as all empires eventually do. That is why they are encouraging South Korea, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Poland, Egypt, Georgia and other outposts for the empire to join them in armaments purchases and even new armaments production.  Japan is now on the verge of recreating a large armaments industry for the first time since its ill-fated attempt at empire.   It’s also likely why the U.S. foments so much insurrection around the world.   Not to win every situation, but to keep a lid on challenges to the empire.  The only way the U.S. can keep a lid on the world is by encouraging its satellite states to join the empire in keeping the status quo “as is” for every political class’s own self-interested benefit.   And, to use policies fomenting strife to keep state challenges and resultant rises in democracy to a controlled number. 

Pathology holds vendettas forever.  The will to win (competition) that defines pathology is fundamental to vendettas and the ego’s primitive need for revenge. (violence)  There certainly is no desire for pathology to connect to another human being and resolve issues through nonviolent shared benefit.  Or to grant someone grace for past mistakes.  Russian state power has many reasons to have a vendetta against the U.S.   That goes well beyond the collapse of the Soviet Union.  That was a very humiliating experience for any proud state actors of the Soviet control structure.  It’s almost a certainty that some of those in Soviet power are still very influential today.  Possibly, or I would say almost certainly,  working behind the scenes in Russia’s secret government.

But the revenge goes well beyond the collapse of the Soviet Union.  That includes endless efforts by the United States to surround and destabilize Russia financially, economically and militarily.  And while you will never read this in the mainstream media, it is almost a surety the U.S. and European state actors in concert with U.S. and European financial forces caused the Russian currency crisis in the late 1990s that tanked the Russian economy, decimated newly forming Russian power, sucked billions in savings out of Russia and thus created instability within the Russian populace.  And, in the process, enslaved Russia to U.S. handouts and financial control courtesy of the IMF and Wall Street.  By the way, this type of currency/financial crisis is substantially behind China’s unfolding disaster as well.  Umm, not the only country on the receiving end of that kind of economic and financial violence either.   Iceland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Iran, Iraq and on and on have all experienced this form of financial/currency violence to varying degrees by European or American state actors.  Don’t think this isn’t well understood in the halls of Russian power.  It most certainly is.  Unlike people in the west who are oblivious to it.  Russians actually lived it. 

Additionally, back in 2008 and starting again in 2013, the Russian economy started serious declines that were made more precarious due to its relatively small dollar holdings.  Something I noted in 2008 and even accurately predicted Russia’s next moves in the process.  Russian state actors are enslaved to U.S. hegemon and they certainly know it.  Russia today is on the verge of another currency crisis as the ruble hits all time lows, their equity markets are imploding and another Russian bank run is in the early phases of developing.   Russia may possibly be on the verge of another 1998-type crisis or worse.  Again, don’t think Russian state actors don’t appreciate this.   The circumstances dictate that Russian state actors do something to break this cycle of American control or watch their economy, currency and political system collapse again.  They will certainly use state violence to defend the goons and thugs who control Russia.   

Let me interject briefly here.  What does any of this have to do with humanity?  Or the betterment of the world for all people or our planet?  Hahahaha.  Diddly shit.   We are the useful idiots through whom endless state violence is perpetuated be we American, Russian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Mexican or whatnot.   The state exists because we allow it to exist.  And, often we cheer its violence through war, economic exploitation or winning any type of nationalist game.  As inventions, supporters and beneficiaries of state violence, the military, the security apparatus, the mainstream media, corporations and the financial apparatus stokes the flames of state violence as well.   Not just in the U.S. either.   Out of this state violence comes rising nationalism, which is nothing more than a form of ego primitive tribalism that rations love for our fellow man and allows state pathology to project its violence upon innocent humanity both domestically and around the world.   More than half a dozen years ago, when we were in the throws of Pax Globalia, I wrote that we were entering a period of rising nationalism.  Does anyone doubt it is here?  The state laid the ground work for rising nationalism with its fear-based violence and control that has left people afraid, helpless and hopeless.   Unless humanity rises up and stops the pathology of the state we don’t really know where any of this ends.  But, it won’t be any outcomes that benefit humanity.  Again, entering a war cycle is something I have again talked about for a long time on here as well.  I would argue the world is already at war in many ways as I type this.  That includes economically, financially and through state security apparatuses amongst other manifestations of state violence.  

What would the Russian state recognize as the best method of accomplishing a break from this U.S. and western European control?  Or creating a dollar crisis and possibly even a euro currency crisis or a Euro-area economic crisis?  How about by mocking Obama and baiting him into making a wrong move in this game of state chess?   Which is exactly what Russian state actors are doing.  Because then Obama, the U.S. and Europe are likely to respond through primitive attempts at control.  In a primitive, control-driven state of mind, we never think clearly of our behavior’s consequences.  The Russians certainly appreciate U.S. political and military arrogance is off the charts.   Possibly without historical precedence unless we go back to the times of the Roman Empire.  And that means the U.S. is likely bait-able into arrogant, rash and impulsive control-driven decisions that have a self-harming or self-destructive effect.   But, remember something.  I noted on here a long time ago that after the fall of the Roman Empire, the world’s wealth peaked for a thousand years.  Don’t think it can’t happen again.  Not necessarily for a thousand years but my point is that the U.S. empire is far, far larger than is imagined by anything I have ever seen written or spoken of.   The U.S. empire is probably responsible for upwards of $50-60 trillion in annual global trade.  Not GDP.  Trade.  Possibly even more than that if we include indirect or second and third degree derivatives of trade.  That is not an inflated number.  I’ll hit this in greater detail and with an explanation in my upcoming series.    My point is that Russian state power too could crumble if they actually do attack American empire or the dollar.  And Russia could eventually collapse or break into even smaller pieces as a result of their own actions backfiring. 

China could never, ever pull any of this off.  That is, if Russia is actually attempting to pull anything off.  China is beholden to a mercantilist economic system reliant on American and European consumption.   They actually extend us massive loans to buy their exports.  (Treasury and European bond purchases)  (Obama wrote an op-ed some years ago stating this is the direction he wants the U.S. economy to go.  ie Mercantilist policies that are a form of state violence against other nations.  Well, and enslaves a producing nation to corporate control.)

Russian state actors may believe they could possibly survive such acts of aggression because they are energy independent, commodity rich and have some ability to produce most of what is required to survive, including food.  But, then again Russia is highly reliant on trade with China, Germany and much of Europe.  So, they have an indirect and massive exposure to U.S. empire and the status quo that empire has created.

We are going to see if this is a premeditated attempt by the Russians to clip U.S. empire as 2014 unfolds.  Because if it is, tensions, events and an emboldened Putin will likely keep pushing the U.S. and Europe.   That pushing may be calculated to get the United States and European state actors to make a mistake that cannot be put back in the bottle.  Mistakes that would create unrecoverable crises.  We already see Russia lining up new trade deals with China and Iran.  As an aside the Iranian deal is apparently a barter deal.  That’s very interesting because I have noted direct trade settlement and barter are likely where the future of trade is heading.  Not exactly a commonly predicted outcome.  But it all continues to unfold as I have anticipated for many years.  Regardless of what is going on  I think we can safely assume what is being reported in the media certainly isn’t the whole of it with state secrecy, power and violence around the world at such abominable levels.

Additionally, at some point it may be plausible that Russia make a calculated move that allows the ruble do whatever it will against the dollar or even refuse to recognize a market for dollars.  In other words, provide no direct convertibility of rubles to dollars.   Why does the ruble need to even trade against the dollar?  What does Russia buy from the U.S. other than Treasuries they are forced to buy?   Possibly, if necessary, Russia could back its currency by raw materials, petroleum or gold in some effort to prop up its value.  I suspect that effort, if undertaken, would fail completely and miserably.  And possibly lead to Russia’s permanent collapse.  But Russia isn’t a major trader with the United States and frankly we offer nothing of value for them to purchase in dollars so they may believe they can pull this off.   That’s all that matters.  Is this a calculated risk they are willing to take to get out from under American control?

By the way, that we offer nothing of value for Russia to purchase, other than dollars, is symptomatic of empire overreach and is a late state dynamic of empire collapse that has been documented very substantially by historians.    So, while all of this would be very, very painful for Russia, they may view it as an achievable goal of regaining some degree of state power at the expense of the United States.   Remember, Russian state actors are likely driven by a pathological will to win rather than worrying about the rights of their own citizens or humanity.  Do you actually see American state actors worried about the poverty, homelessness of crumbling of America?  They are living large and our fate isn’t even on their radar.  It is no different anywhere else state violence exists.    

The U.S. is in a very, very weak state and I am certain state predators in Russian and elsewhere can sense this.   Ego and arrogance keeps U.S. state actors from recognizing their own weaknesses.  While some people see the size of the U.S. military and thus would disagree with that statement, they would be wrong.  People simply will not fight endless wars on behalf of the state.  So, the U.S. military is generally there to intimidate.  To enforce the potential of state violence so that actual war is unnecessary.   This was the premise of the Soviet-U.S. balance of power for 40 years.  That is, overwhelming state force existed to ensure it military action never actually had to be used.    Wholesale use of military violence is a major sign of weakness and state policy failure.   When the state relies on overt violence to solve its issues,  they have reached the last resort.  That should tell you something about the state of permanent war that now exists in the United States.  U.S. state actors are operating from a very weakened, ego primitive state of mind that lacks criticality of thought or mindful understanding in a last ditch effort to save the empire.  I doubt they are consciously aware of this but it doesn’t make it any less true. 

Regardless, given the heightened sense of arrogance (United States), and possibly even calculated desperation of many state players (Russia and others) around the world, we should consider that the linearity of the past is out the window.  State actors are under extreme duress from their populace given the unprecedented suffering and economic crises around the world.  Suffering and crisis that state actors created.   Heightened violence (control) may be the last, best option for many players.  And fomenting foreign enemies is a favorite game for pathology.  To varying degrees, every major state actor around the world is operating at some degree of failed state status.  This may not be evident yet but it will become so.  While some states appear more stable than others, if the U.S. failed state collapses, Canada and Mexico, as just one example, will collapse with it.   Well, frankly the world will collapse with it.  

In a world where nearly every state is the some degree of terminal failure, actions of state actors today are a matter of life and death for the state.   So in order to maintain state power, any disagreement in today’s world has the  potential to become bigger and more dangerous than most are willing to consider.   I’m not stating that will happen.  But that we should open our minds to its possibility unless humanity steps in to stop this madness.

Humanity has what are really two simple choices in this cycle.   We either continue to place our faith and power in the authority of class-based state actors, and could end up with a substantial amount of humanity and the planet dead, or we continue our awakening to reality and take back our God-given personal authority from the state.  ie, We refuse to fight their wars, refuse to be subjugated to their debt and monetary enslavement, refuse to be intimidated and threatened into conformity and obedience, refuse to allow their endless destruction of our privacy and our rights, refuse to allow the continued exploitation and destruction of the human community, refuse to allow the continued destruction of the planet, refuse to support their endless devaluation of life, refuse to serve their exploitative, feudal economic system of corporate control and refuse to serve their god of mammon and exaltation of the disconnected, Godless ego underlying all of this.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Anti-Americanism’s False Savior: Putin the Pathological

As a follow up to my last post, I want to highlight some of the incredible state violence that Putin and the Russian state perpetuates.  State violence that counters the growing propagandized Putin cult of personality.   State violence that has, rather than freeing men from the rule of men, actually violently strengthens it.  Because Putin, as a state actor and thus a perpetuator of violence, has more in common with Stalin and Hitler than he does with Jesus of Nazareth, Mohammed, Gandhi, King and Mandela; five men who resisted state violence.  

So, let’s take a more critical look at Russian state actors beyond the primitive tribal rooting for Putin to take down the United States empire.  Which, by the way, he may succeed at to some degree.  But, if he does, it will certainly inflict massive unintended consequences on Russian people and the Russian state.  There is no way around the largest empire in history.  Russia, China and other state actors owe the vast majority of their power to American empire.   But this isn’t a moral game, it is about power.  Russian state actors want some of the good ole fashioned American state power.  In the Soviet Union, Putin and other state actors sought that power by attempting to defeat the United States in a game of control between two fear-based socioeconomic ideologies;  communism versus capitalism.  But today, Putin and other Russian state actors have gotten a taste of the good life.  So now they serve capitalism’s mammon just as the America does. 

There is ample evidence to convene a grand jury in The Hague to consider whether Putin and other state actors should stand trial for crimes against humanity.  Russian state actors have the blood of countless dead Chechens on their  hands.  By some estimates, that number is upwards of two  hundred thousand dead and half a million displaced.  This includes Russia’s murder of democratically-elected Chechen leaders.   Of these, a former Soviet Air Force General, who was Chechnya’s first democratically-elected president, was murdered by Russia with the possible assistance of the NSA.   So, in fact, Putin and Russia have actually fomented far greater violence in Chechnya than the U.S. and Europe are accused of in the Ukraine.  Not that state violence is ever defendable or one act is worse than another.  Chechens have long sought their own referendum on freedom from Russian oppression that Putin hypocritically denies.   Chechnya attempted this referendum nonviolently and through democratic processes.   Russia used incredible and overwhelming state violence and crimes against humanity to stop any such freedom movement. 

There are claims and counterclaims of wrong-doing from both sides in Chechen mass murders but it was the Russians that sent more tanks into Chechnya than they sent to fight Hitler in Germany.   It was Russia that used disproportionate and unlawful state violence to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.  And, in the process destroy millions of human connections.   This while Putin mocks the United States for not allowing the Crimean referendum on freedom.   Now there certainly are many Russian-heritage people who will defend this wholesale murder of Chechens.  These are the same people who defended the wholesale murder of Ukrainians in the Russian-created genocide decades ago.   A holocaust that most accounts place at more than a million dead.    I guess Putin forgot to release this fact of Russian oppression in his Ukrainian propaganda campaign.  Not only that, but the Russians have actually enslaved and butchered countless ethnic groups first under the violence of Tsars, then under the Soviet Union and now under Russia.  All manifestations of state violence.   People who defend state violence for any reason are institutionalized.   Defending state violence is really nothing more than barbaric tribalism.   That is, kill the enemy at any cost.  Whose enemy?  The enemy that threatens the survival of the tribe.  Of the state. 

Putin hides behind a war on terror to rationalize their mass murders in Chechnya.  Does this sound familiar?   Whose war and whose terror?    Russia has been at war with Chechnya for hundreds of years as a result of Russian state expansionism.  This recent bloody mess was almost certainly driven by the Russian state defending oil and energy interests.  Sound familiar?  Sounds like United States, Saudi Arabia, Iranian and other examples of state violence. 

Were there imported freedom fighters that arose in Chechnya after the murder of democratically-elected leadership seeking a nonviolent referendum on their freedom?   There certainly were.  Would there not be freedom fighters in any part of the world under state oppression when democratically-elected leaders were killed?  Or when foreign oppressors have been on your neck for hundreds of years?  What exactly did Russian state actors expect?   Did they think their actions would lead to unprecedented harmony and peace?   Violence begets violence.  Chechnya was turned into rubble by 1,500 Russian tanks, artillery and air bombing in a blitzkrieg campaign of state terror that lasted years.   Of course, all of this was suppressed because Russia imposed a media blackout to hide Russian mass murder and incredible violence from public scrutiny.   And from international prosecution.

This reminds me of Ron Paul’s remarks of why people in the Middle East hate the United States.  It’s not because we are free.  It’s because we are exerting substantial state violence to prop up the tyranny and oppression that people in the Middle East are forced to live under.   Is Russian state violence in Chechnya really any different? 

If the people of Chechnya wish to be free of Russian rule for the same reasons the people of the Crimea wish to be free of Ukrainian rule, then why doesn’t Putin grant them the same referendum on independence that he supports in the Ukraine?   Well, the answers are really quite simple.  Putin embraces the Ukraine because it serves his ego’s primitive tribalism to protect his own kind.  That is, Russians.  Ukrainian Russians are culturally Russian.  Chechens have completely separate historical and current cultural and religious differences with Russia.   So, tribalism plays a major role in the hypocritical support of Ukraine secession while denying the rights of Chechens.   Additionally, supporting the Ukrainian referendum enriches the Russian state.  Russia gains more human chattel, more land and more natural resources while, in the process, thumbing their nose at European and American state actors.  Supporting Chechen rights of independence would almost certainly lead to even more secessionist referendums as other peoples living under Russian state oppression seek their own freedom.   This entire dynamic is driven by state violence and tribalism.  In other words, people who don’t think, act, believe and look like Russians are on the receiving end of primitive state violence.  Sound familiar?  It should.  It is the basis for America’s endless wars.  Would a generally Caucasian and generally Christian America support pro-active torture, murder and endless war against other generally Caucasian Christians?

This dynamic of tribalism is driven by the primitive ego’s rationing of love for those it recognizes as worthy while simultaneously denying it to others who it deems as unworthy.   This isn’t love at all.  It’s simply a manifestation of primitive ego attachment rather than true love’s higher state of being.  Tribalism or support of like-minded people involves a rationing of worthiness and empathy that comes from a very ignorant, primitive state of mind. (ego)   The same ignorant, primitive state of mind that is often willing to embrace evil.  That is what violent forms of nationalism are.  Ditto with political party, religious and other forms of tribalism.  It’s just a pathology used by class-based, state actors to stoke a fear-driven, primitive state of mind in people then willing to participate in state violence.   This Ukrainian/Chechen comparison is really no different than the Nazis Aryan race or American exceptionalism or the divine birthright of British or European aristocratic rule.   By the way, Europe still lives under that repressive aristocratic rule.  Birthright aristocracy has maintained its grip on democracy through capitalism.  Just as it now does in the United States.   All of these are examples of primitive tribal manifestations of the ego’s small-minded ignorance enforced through state violence. 

Contrarily,  our mind’s higher power recognizes true love and worthiness for all humanity.  Including those we disagree with.  Including those who we perceive as different.   Do all people not have a right to seek freedom to lead their own self-determined existence void of state violence?  Do not all people have a right to lead a life of nonviolence?  A right to refuse to live under state violence?   If Chechnya’s referendum were successful, I can guarantee that  there are many other ethnic peoples in Russia suffering under some degree of second-class status or forced state oppression who would also break away from Russia and neuter its violent power.  Russia itself would collapse without its brutal force and oppression of humanity.  Guaranteed. 

Putin is also well-known for his use of state violence to literally dehumanize people simply because of their private sexual orientation.   Ayn Rand noted that civilization is the progress towards human privacy.   I suppose being that her family lived under the oppression of the Soviet Union, she had Putin-esque apparatchiks in mind when she made that statement.  This is state violence against people who have done absolutely nothing to harm anyone.  It is nothing more than another example of primitive, ignorant, ego-driven tribalism that rations love, worthiness and acceptance.   Putin personally uses the power of the state to dehumanize the Russian gay and lesbian community because they too are different than him.   Like Chechens and other ethnic Russians.   Putin uses God and the power of the state to defend his dehumanizing violence.  I think we have enough history of how the state has used God and religion to perpetuate its violence against humanity.  We don’t need an all-knowing state theocracy or state religion or fearless “self-described” state moral authority to determine who is worthy and what is worthy.  That’s why people left Europe by the millions to come to America.  To run from religious state-derived violence that as in same ways very similar to the theocracy of modern-day fanatic states like Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.  Putin is not humanity’s judge or moral voice.  He is driven by ego, ignorance and evil.  State-enforced morality, always through violent beliefs, has resulted in more genocide and state oppression than is even imaginable.  

When the state provides cover to this type of violence against people of differing ethnicities, patriarchy, misogyny, sexual orientation or in some way who are different,  it opens the door to useful idiots and the collective mob to do the bidding of the state’s dehumanizing exploitation.   Freeing men of the rule of man through natural-rights-derived rule of law would stop this arbitrary state violence.  The same arbitrary state violence that Hitler too used.  By the way, this isn’t specific to Putin.  It is specific to the state.  This is really no different than how state actors exploited and dehumanized African slaves in America’s past.  Or how gay people are dehumanized by religious fanatics under the protection of many state actors in the United States today.  This application of state violence arbitrarily victimizes innocent people and labels them with subhuman characterizations or equally other emotionally-violent acts of brutality that then conditions society to accept the resultant atrocities created by the state.  Adolph Hitler and the Nazis too were masters at this type of primitive tribalism and state violence and they killed ten million Jews, gypsies and intellectuals to prove it.  It is also the same type of tribal state violence perpetrated through centuries of dehumanizing European aristocratic colonialism.   Every different ethnicity of people exploited by European elites was given a derogatory, subhuman characterization or label by their European masters.   The resultant bigotry and primitive tribalism that was used to rationalize this state violence has resulted in countless state-created holocausts throughout history.   That includes the holocausts in Iraq and Chechnya.   The European aristocracy is responsible for the deaths and misery of far more people than Adolph Hitler.  And they still perpetuate their state-inflicted crimes against humanity today.

Additionally, Putin has also been estimated to be worth as much as $70 billion.   Can you imagine the reaction if it was found out that Barack Obama had enriched himself to the tune of $70 billion dollars using state violence?  Even if Putin is worth just one percent of that, he is a consummate state predator that has used the violence of the state to exploit humanity for his own personal gain.  For a mid-level KGB apparatchik to rise to the level of acquiring this insane level of wealth can only happen through the force of the state.  Frankly, he stole that money from the Russian working poor using state violence.  And, mind you, there are enormous numbers of suffering poor in Russia who have not benefited from the Russian plutocracy that Putin fronts for.  Something that Garry Kasparov has written and spoken about ad nauseam.  Now, many state apologists would interject here and state that Putin is trying to right the wrongs of a Russian oligarchy he inherited.  Umm, can we get beyond rhetoric to reality?   This is the same meme used by Obama apologists.  If his wealth truly is some large number, he has made a hypocritical mockery of any such efforts.  Tens of millions in Russia today live in abject squalor while Putin appears to live like a god.   How else does an apparatchik gain such extreme wealth if not through state violence?  Did he cure cancer?  Solve global hunger?  Develop a sustainable energy replacement for oil?   

Putin, who derives his power by convincing others to give away theirs, now seeks to exploit his recent Ukrainian winnings by projecting Russian state violence onto peoples in the Americas.  This can only have one intent.  Putin seeks to regain Russian state power after its humiliating collapse. (The Soviet Union)  And using Russian state violence to achieve this end.   Such a loving, compassionate  and empathetic person.   I wish him the best in placing Russian weapons of state murder in the hands of nations in the Americas.  But, don’t bet on it.  South America is very leery of smooth-talking foreign state actors.  They have  learned lessons by granting the United States similar power.  Or, have learned by being on the receiving end of the United State’s long and powerful stick of state violence.

Actually, Putin may be the nicest person in the world to those he agrees with.  I think we could even have said the same of Stalin and Hitler.   In other words, members of his own tribe who validate or empower his primitive ego and megalomania.  But there is no evidence I am aware of that Putin has any qualms about using state violence as long as it is Russian state violence that serves the Russian state and personal enrichment.  All of which feeds his pathology.  Whether that is the proliferation of nuclear technology to the repressive, violent and destabilizing state theocracy of Iran or the manipulation of Europeans under the threat of Russian state violence of withholding energy or giving Syria he technology to make chemical weapons or the murder of anyone who seeks to secede from Russian state violence.   And, Putin has no qualms about projecting Russian state violence around the world, being it is the second largest global dealer of death and weapons of mass destruction.   If Russia could be the world’s largest death dealer, does anyone doubt Putin would refuse to sell weapons to any butcher based on some new-found morality?  Putin simply employs a well-developed, manipulative charm and propaganda offensive in his projection of state violence.    Charm that too many are willing to fall prey to.  It’s the same charm and propaganda he used to get elected and still uses to manipulate people in Russia and around the world.   Charm indicative of pathology.  The United States, China and Europe, amongst others, perpetuate the exact same type of violence.  But, do two wrongs make a right?  Does Putin offer humanity anything different?  Are you kidding me?

Speaking of charm, Putin continually manipulates the masses, especially in Russia, with his Hollywood-style, propagandized public exhibitions of being a man’s man.   Having pictures taken with his shirt off or wrestling bears or other equally aggressive macho bullshit that appeals to the primitive ego knuckle-draggers. (This is a form of covert state violence against a man's feminine energy and this violence becomes socialized across state-controlled societies.)   Authentic masculinity rejects aggression or bear wrestling or other completely primitive,  asinine macho chest-beating behavior as noted on here in past posts in support of male masculinity.   To be masculine is to assertively and nonviolently reject ego-driven aggression.   Russian musicians literally sing adoring songs about all of this.  Songs about Putin being the perfect man, a great lover, someone they would like to marry and a strong leader.  This type of dystopian brainwashing is reminiscent of songs about Der Fuhrer. 

That Putin now bamboozles people, possibly pathologically, on a mass scale means exactly what?   That he is Der Fuhrer?  Putin’s “charm” has won over many western capitalists - perpetrators of violence themselves, the Russian  mob, and those riding the wave of anti-Americanism.   Russians and Russian-heritage people, who themselves have been treated as second-class citizens courtesy of American tribalism, now can cheer on their own tribe.  They have their own tribal leader willing to violently defend their nationalistic fervor by showing Russia can win against the United States.  A fervor most are likely institutionalized to after living for nearly a century under a system of propaganda-driven state control we called the Soviet Union.   

Anyone who seeks a willful intent of controlling another human being, either through outright violence or covert manipulation, or seeks to charm another human being into outsourcing their internal locus of emotional guidance and personal power, is almost certainly a predator to some degree.  At the minimum they are emotionally-dysfunctional and seek control (violence)  over others to ameliorate that dysfunction.  And, in cases of people who are able to actually rationalize murder, violence and exploitation on a grand scale, as all state actors do, that person may be completely pathological and without any ability to express true love, empathy and kindness other than through inauthentic cold, calculated, learned mimicry that serves their unbridled or disconnected pathological needs of covetousness, power, ambition, adoration and control.   These they steal from you and me through emotional and spiritual violence.  Most often emotional and spiritual state violence.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Death By Government: A Look At The Modern State’s Expansive Violence And Perpetual War Against Humanity

I’m going to put this up in two pieces because it is rather lengthy.  This first post is focused on providing some background, context and greater awareness of state violence today.  The next post is Anti-Americanism’s False Savior:  Putin the Pathological.  

I chose Death by Government in the title of this post because of the title of the book by that name.  But, as I have noted before, I separate government or self-rule from the state or the rule of man.   Some people don’t.  Some people think all forms of government are violent.  I beg to differ but the fact does remain that our modern form of government is used by the “winners” to violently inflict their beliefs (tribalism) on others be they Democrats or Republicans or whatnot.   Modern forms of democracy,  representative government, republicanism or whatnot have resulted in violent forms of primitive tribalism and the resultant fracturing of society.  Which is one reason we see the world splintering into smaller states.   Political winners (state actors) use the force of the state to inflict what is often fanatical tribalism on the rest of society.  This is not emotional freedom or any other kind of freedom  but rather state tyranny and tyranny of the mob.  Regardless, concentrated power of government or the state is a pathology unto itself.  It is an affront to enlightenment principles that grant all people unconditional natural rights, self-determinism and human dignity.    The state is the source of the vast majority of violence in this world.   It always has been.  That violence is directed at us.  To pathologically control us.  

The state is destroying humanity.  Literally.  Rather than the twentieth century being one of prosperity and abundance, unprecedented human innovation and scientific achievement resulted in hundreds of millions dead through war, poverty and state murder.  And billions more living in squalor.   In fact, the state butchers, bludgeons, murders, enslaves and imprisons much more of its own population than war between states ever has. (Rummel’s statistics web site)   The reality is the state is at perpetual war with humanity.  Or, as Randolph Bourne so eloquently wrote, War is the Health of the State(Zinn’s take on war and Bourne’s writings here.)  So, instead of humanity’s achievements being a force to free us from the mundane, from endless work and from undue suffering, they have always been used by the state to oppress and enslave us to the mundane, endless work and undue suffering.   State violence (the rule of man) has enslaved humanity through our very achievements.  Rather than technology and innovation freeing us, the state has used them to put its noose around our neck.  The state always has been and remains the largest single contributor to a morass of never-ending violence and suffering for the vast majority of humanity.   And two of the most corrupt state actors enslaving humanity to its oppression are Russia and China. 

Sociopaths love power. They love winning. If you take loving kindness out of the human brain, there’s not much left except the will to win.”  -- Martha Stout, doctor & psychopathy expert

The state’s perpetual war on humanity (driven by the primitive ego’s will to win) includes the state’s war on terror, war on drugs, war on poverty, war on illiteracy, the Cold War, corporate capitalism (economic war), endless political wars, political wars to get elected, corporations (our tribe is the company we work for and we fight for the tribe’s survival) ,  the constant wars between Democrats and Republicans (primitive ego-driven tribalism), endless wars corporations wage to beat the competition, economic wars countries wage against each other, nationalism (an arbitrary tribal war against humanity), the war between EU & American politicians and Russian politicians, and endless other wars are manifestations of state and state actor’s violent will to win.   War is about one thing.  Winning.  And winning is a pathology of a primitive, ego-driven need for control.  It involves violently preying on the exploitable as corporate capitalism and the state so aptly prove time and again.   That will to win when void of conscience that defines state actors willing to endlessly manipulate millions of people is a predatory, exploitative pathology.  All wars, be they military, economic, spiritual, emotional or whatnot are pathological manifestations of state violence against humanity.   All of these wars and more are a form of primitive ego-driven tribalism.  The ego’s primitive tribalism created by the violence of the state and state actors has replaced our mind’s higher power and its loving concept of community and connection.  Maybe Bourne’s work should be re-titled to ‘War is the Health of the State’s Pathology’. 

Unfortunately, the start of the twenty first century looks like more of the same.  But in many ways it is even more sinister because it has perfected relatively newfound covert forms of emotional violence.   By newfound, I mean in the twentieth century.  Especially its latter half.  Additionally, states are literally armed to the teeth with weapons of mass murder.    If state actors around the world have their way, the life and death games they play, which keep humanity from ever achieving lasting progress, could certainly result in a state-created catastrophe on a scale never before seen.   I am becoming more dubious any such efforts are even possible but as noted on here many years ago, we are entering what has historically been classified as a war cycle.  Technology, rather than being used by the state to control us, may be finally close to freeing us.  State actors around the world are continuously caught with their pants down whether it is China, India, Egypt, Russia, the EU, Turkey, the United States or countless other examples.   And that information flows instantaneously around the world.  The exposure of massive fraud, corruption and state violence is resulting in an enormous paradigm shift of conscious human awareness.    The vast majority of people everywhere distrusts their government.   That is, other than those who enrich themselves through state violence.   This is generally some large swath of the “professional” or “educated” class.   Indoctrinated class may be more appropriate.   Regardless, people everywhere are awakening to the reality that the enemy is not each other but the state.   This is all consistent with my long-time thesis that we are experiencing a new Age of Enlightenment.  Well, and the coming Age of Aquarius.

There are many reasons to believe that we are now witnessing what could be characterized as “peak” state and thus the peak for actors (institutions of the ego) who enrich themselves through state violence; the legal system, corporations, the educational system, public officials, politicians, political parties, the military-industrial complex, the national security complex, the class-based capitalist aristocracy, the investor class, Wall Street, etc.   Not just in the U.S. but around the world.   It should be of no surprise that over the years I have labeled all of these bubbles that are headed for a reset.  

The concept of the state has been in some degree of perpetual collapse since the 1980s.  That includes the United States as I have noted on here time and again. (As written ad nauseam the U.S. economy peaked in the 1970s to 1980 time frame and since has been in a monetary debasement exercise to keep the system from collapsing.)  Of course, state actors don’t actually appreciate this but these are some of the most ignorant people in our society.  We have seen countless states fracture into smaller and smaller pieces in the last 25 years and there is no reason to believe that dynamic has resolved itself.  Literally dozens of secession movements are in process around the world from Quebec to Venice to Scotland to Chechnya to the Ukraine and in the United States.   This number would be even larger if state violence wasn’t suppressing more secessionist movements.  Nothing ever lasts forever and as noted on here time and again over the last half dozen years, there is ample reason to believe that we could see the state, the ultimate institution of the ego, fall like dominos before this cycle ends.  If humanity can move beyond the horrors of the state, maybe we can finally start to build an emotionally-free, sustainable world based on justice, morality and dignity for all people and all life.  

"In dictatorships you need courage to fight evil; in the free world you need courage to see evil." --Natan Sharansky, Soviet dissident scientist, Putin’s-KGB survivor, author of Fear No Evil - a requiem on state violence.

I don’t think most of us consciously appreciate the level of state violence that is involved in humanity’s every day existence.  Regardless of country, it is unprecedented on a global scale.  In order to appreciate this level of violence, one must appreciate the only two intents of the human mind.  That is, our higher power’s intent of discovery and truth and the ego’s intent of control.  The state exists only through the ego’s intent of control (emotional, physical and spiritual violence).  Most often willful, accepted control by its human chattel.  

The state inflicts violence in today’s world in a much more covert and sinister fashion than it did past times when it literally enslaved, butchered and tortured humanity into subjugation.  In modern democratic societies where people actually have a choice to overthrow tyranny by simply exercising their rights, the state must convince people that their own enslavement to state violence is actually beneficial.  They do this by manipulating us (Generally using fear-based tactics that appeal to our primitive survival instincts.  Tactics that are ingrained in the psyche of predators.) to outsource our internal locus of emotional guidance to state actors.   In reality, the modern state must actually convince humanity through deceit that their endless violence is good for us.  Spying protects us from terrorists.  Class-based, free market corporate capitalism is synonymous with democracy and is a virtuous democratic economic system.  Private, profit-driven corporate control of public health is a major win for our democracy.  Going to college to serve corporate capitalism will result in a better life experience.  Financial fraud and debt slavery are financial innovations that benefit society.  Greater and greater military empire protects our democracy.  Diminished social benefits, ever more shitty jobs, wage slavery, welfare slavery, service (servant) economy jobs and offshoring tens of millions of wealth-creating jobs is a natural evolution of the free market, and by inference, good for democracy.  The CIA, NSA and standing armies are a “global force for good” to use words straight from a Navy propaganda commercial.  People making $200 million a year, often by involvement in harmful, exploitative or useless renter capitalist enterprises, while others literally fight to stay alive, is natural, normal and consistent with democracy and natural rights.  Democrats and Republicans have our best interests in mind while other choices are loons and buffoons.  Welfare and unemployment benefits that enslave people to poverty, indignity and state power are beneficial programs that are consistent with democracy.  (It’s amazing what small crumbs the wounded ego can be manipulated into accepting while state predators walk off with everything.)  The Federal Reserve and Wall Street are glorified through various propaganda methods and on and on and on.  The contrived covert and sinister state propaganda is literally endless.  These are all forms of emotional violence perpetuated by the state.   That doesn’t even include the spiritual and physical violence that is the state.   Or the violence that results from its unintended consequences.

Mind you, the sinister methods of the state today are just as violent as times gone by.  Emotional and spiritual violence is just as powerful, if not more so than physical violence.  There is plenty of that too with a massive prison population, endless wars and a radicalized domestic police state.  But it is emotional violence that can actually convince humanity to accept state atrocities and holocausts often achieved when predators manipulate society into primitive nationalism. (A form of primitive ego-driven tribalism.  Just like political party tribalism, religious tribalism, college-educated tribalism, etc.  There are countless other examples of primitive tribalism that defines modern corporate capitalist society and the state.)  

We must understand this form of covert and sinister violence to appreciate reality is little different anywhere on earth.   And how violent the state actually is.  We must appreciate this to understand that Vladimir Putin, as just another in a long list of  pathological state actors, is no savior for people of the world.  And to appreciate how Putin is using these very propaganda tactics to sway people towards support of Russian state violence via a heavy propaganda campaign targeted at disenfranchised people in the west.  Well, and stoking primitive nationalism (primitive ego-driven tribalism) with Russian-heritage people.  The war today between states is often a much different one than between, say the Soviet Union and America.   Today Russian, Chinese and other state actors are in a war to beat U.S. state actors at their own game.  Which, frankly, is a much more nuanced game of state propaganda and manipulation.  This because unprecedented numbers of people around the world actually have some degree of human rights and freedom to believe whatever they want. ( If not by rights in their own country, by rights protected to some degree by the international community. )   So, that freedom of our mind is constantly under violent emotional attack by various state and state-enabled actors be that corporations, the military-industrial complex, political parties, politicians, religious fanatics or whatnot. 

So, unlike the Soviet Union’s overt past brutality, Russian state actors, as an example, have learned quickly how to play the west’s game of public manipulation through propaganda.  Or emotional violence.  This modern state  game is one where pathological state, corporate, religious and other hierarchical power has to embrace a more refined form of propaganda by getting people to willfully outsource their internal locus of emotional guidance.   Thus, as Natan Sharansky noted, in a free society people need to have the courage to see evil.   That evil is everywhere.   And in addition to the overt force of the state it is the covert force of the state. 

Sociopaths love power. They love winning. If you take loving kindness out of the human brain, there’s not much left except the will to win.”  -- Martha Stout, doctor & psychopathy expert

I’m actually amazed at how many people around the world appear to be duped by Putin and China while very few are duped by the U.S..   There certainly is some degree of ego-driven  schadenfreude involved in cheering Putin on to some dystopian form or winning against the U.S..  Especially in what appears to be the rising primitive tribal nationalism of Russian-heritage people.  Tribalism is really nothing more than a primitive ego-driven will to win stoked by pathological state predators of class rank or privilege.   It is outsourcing one’s beliefs and emotional guidance to pathology. 

The will to win defines the state bureaucracy and appears to describe Vladimir Putin’s actions quite well.   Remember, Putin is a former KGB apparatchik.  Putin running Russia would be like electing a CIA bureaucrat to run our nation.    The state is far too cunning to ever attempt such a move in the United States.  The violence of U.S. state actors is much more refined but Russia is learning fast.  Regardless, Putin comes from the KGB system that brainwashes its members to serve state  violence.  I seriously doubt Putin has experienced some great enlightenment from his past brainwashing and as you read the second post in this series, I hope you appreciate that too.  Because humanity needs to stop looking for state actors to save them from themselves.  We are the ones the world has been waiting for.  That would be you and me.  Not state actors.

The pathological will to win is part of the hyper-aggressive capitalist culture I have written about extensively on here.   And because pathology is so ingrained in the state, vulnerability or any lack of will to use force is viewed as weakness by state actors.   Vulnerability or lack of will is exploited and abused.  Yet, it is vulnerability and the acknowledgement of our weakness that allows us to connect to form communities and loving, supportive relationships the species needs to survive.   In other words, appeasement is taken advantage of by predators as we saw with Hitler and Chamberlain.   And now we see that in dynamics between Obama and Putin.   Obama blinked.  Putin is emboldened.  Not that either state actor stands on moral ground.  But from pre-election remarks, it is possible that Obama may have a conscience in there somewhere.  I don’t see any evidence of any such conscience in Putin.   Maybe it exists but his inauthentic “game face” or will to win hides it well.

It should be no coincidence that Time magazine picked both Hitler and Putin to be on their cover.   There certainly exists the possibility that both suffer a similar pathology.  Deceitful, cunning and premeditated charm and charisma is a pathology recognized as a clear trait of predators.   Charisma and charm that Putin and other power-mad state actors use to “win over” public opinion are inauthentic.  They are self-serving attributes which have an intent of controlling others.  That many in the west find some degree of identification with Putin’s charm isn’t a reassuring thought.   It is rather disturbing and brings to mind the fascist movement by similarly-minded supporters of state violence who wished to overthrow our government during the Great Depression and install a fascist dictatorship.    Or, beyond the concept of borders, western support of Putin really is no different than the support of Hitler by the German people.  Pathology and the ego love power and believe the world needs stronger, authoritarian state leaders to impose greater state violence upon humanity.  (More of that will to win.)   We even saw this dynamic again in the 2008 crisis when one of the Wall Street CEOs told Secretary Treasury Paulson that the U.S. should impose martial law for the very reasons corporate power sought fascism during the Great Depression.  That is, to maintain the status quo that creates and benefits from the state’s violence.

The extreme fascination with Vladimir Putin that seems to have developed with many in the west, well and the rising nationalism in Russia, is really nothing more than another cult of personality for people who are always more than willing to fall prey to their tribal, primitive instincts and emotional self-abandonment that results in granting others control over their emotional guidance system.  There is a reason why people like Hitler, Putin and many American politicians are granted unprecedented power beyond their natural-rights,  law-granted positions as public servants.  And there is a reason why politicians accept or even forcibly take that power beyond their role as public servants.   The person granting others power over their fate is simply suffering emotional self-abandonment by giving up their internal locus of emotional guidance.  And the person taking those powers from others is emotionally self-abandoning themselves by seeking an external emotional guidance system.  Both groups of people are operating in a very primitive ego state of being an emotional takers.  They seek out others to ameliorate their lack of internal emotional regulation.  Or their ego’s disconnection to their mind’s higher power.  It’s that simple.   And we are all prone to this type of self-abandonment.  Especially when driven by fear or comparing ourselves to others (winning) or the primitive will to survive (win) fomented by pathology and the state.   State predators understand that their power is inflated by instilling fear or a primitive, instinctual, impulsive, ego-primitive state of mind in those they prey upon.   By the way, this is the same predatory emotional-dysregulation and outsourcing of our emotional guidance system that is foundational to the success of class-based corporate capitalism, the violence of political parties, the violence of religious fanatics, the violence of primitive, ego-state parenting (Ambitious career-minded corporate state parents, abusive parents,  etc.  Btw, ambition or seeking to “get ahead” of others that capitalism glorifies always results in violence against ourselves and others.   It is a manifestation of the will to win.  The capitalist system rewards pathology and possibly even creates it.  Ambition is not the same as prosperity.  Prosperity is a functional, higher state of mind.  Prosperity does not come at the expense of others including our children, our community, our natural connection to all life and ourselves.)  and the violence of any class-based or authoritarian system of control that relies on  emotional exploitation/emotional self-abandonment.  The state, corporations and other state actors recursively reinforce these and other violent, primitive, ego-driven states of mind. 

None of this means I support American state violence or empire either.  And that includes substantial American violence directed at its own citizens, Russia and others that ultimately harms countless innocent people.  State violence isn’t defendable regardless of who the perpetrator is.   It is obvious to most everyone that state actors in the U.S. and Europe wag their finger at Putin after they and their predecessors have murdered upwards of 500,000 Iraqis and left upwards of 100,000 U.S. and European soldiers dead, wounded or severely emotionally-damaged.   And before that the Clinton sanctions against Iraq left an estimated 500,000 Iraqi children dead.   How many of those deaths and injuries were inflicted on people guilty of any crime?  I would gather just about none.  But these actions of state actors themselves are certainly crimes.  Wholesale crimes against humanity.  Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends around the world; they have lost millions of human connections in just these two examples of state violence.  The U.S. has military boots on the ground in 40 African nations.  We have over 1,000 bases and illegal torture/detention centers around the world outside of our own borders.  We are fomenting untold levels of violence and manipulation around the globe.  Mind you, all of this is supported by European state actors.   None of this is any kind of revelation.   Then we have the endless state violence directed at its own citizens be that in Europe, Russia or the U.S. where unemployment and poverty are at record levels while the state enriches itself and grants itself even more power.  Power that is used to foment even greater violence.  

Of course, then there is the less obvious to most in the west.  Less obvious because our mind’s aren’t focused on the greater reality that Russia and China are predatory state actors just as the U.S. is.  Russian and Chinese state actors too derive their power by taking it from humanity.  And using propaganda and manipulation to get people to outsource their internal locus of emotional guidance.  Russian and Chinese state actors exist not to serve humanity but to serve the state and those who are enriched by its violence.  This is manifestly obvious for anyone who actually appreciates how poor the average Chinese or Russian citizen actually is.   This while Russian and Chinese state actors and those who serve the state (corporations, the military, universities, public servants, party members etc)   enrich themselves off of the backs of those poor.   But Putin is the world’s new state hero.  Ahem.  Well, and China is going to save the gold-loving mammon capitalists.  Putin has become a savior, a prophet and a leader for countless who wish to see an end to United States’ empire.  Resisting U.S. state violence is one thing.   But simply inserting another state actor into a power void that failing U.S. empire would create serves absolutely no purpose to humanity or human progress against state violence.  In fact, it guarantees future suffering.  It simply shifts the source of state violence to other actors.  

Some people are so blinded by their ego’s emotions regarding U.S. injustices that they would replace the the devil they know with they devil they don’t.  ie, Russia, China or others.  This is a perfect example of how people outsource their own internal locus of emotional guidance that allows the perpetuation of state violence.  This is the exact same meme that perpetuates the false choice between Democrats and Republicans.  Pick your choice of state oppression.   You can have it the Russian way, the Chinese way, the American way, the EU way or whatever.   The Democratic Party way or the Republican Party way.   What has really changed for humanity by interchanging state actors? 

A return to a multi-polar state-dominated world simply guarantees the continuation of future state violence and resultant human oppression.   How has humanity progressed by replacing one bully, the United States, with three bullies, the U.S., Russia and China, all using every tool of state violence at their disposal to try to become the biggest bully?   Humanity needs to rid the world of state violence, period. 

Finding messiahs in state actors is a fool’s game.  Humanity’s only answer is to awaken to the higher power within us and take back our internal locus of emotional guidance.  Putin is just another state actor who has achieved some level of savior status by people who are constantly seeking someone else to take responsibility for their own emotional self-abandonment.  And, for the Russian population, this certainly is an institutionalized behavior ingrained into a society that willfully accepted state oppression for most of the last hundred years.  And,  hundreds of years before that.  That oppression still continues today.  Now, I am not singling out the Russian people because Americans too have become institutionalized to state violence.  Frankly, as is all of humanity.   Don’t kid yourself that Russia, or China for that matter, is simply in the early stages of “democracy” or embracing human rights so they should be forgiven their transgressions.  That is a fool’s game perpetuated by state apologists and capitalist predators.  

The greater truth is that the Russian and Chinese states are simply transitioning from one form of violent control to another.  From communism to corporate capitalism.  Or worse, some dystopian hybrid of both.  Russian and Chinese state actors have shown absolutely no desire to lose any state power to humanity in that transition.  That is perfectly clear.  They are still obsessed with the pathology of winning and exploiting the masses to serve their own pathology.

A rising China or a rising Putin are not the answer for what ails the world.  They are poster children for its sickness.  There is no state actor who is going to cure what ails the world.  Only we can do so by becoming responsible for our emotions so that we no longer allow pathological predators to manipulate and deceive us through emotional violence.  Often using manipulation to stoke fear, tribalism or feelings of inadequacy to rip our internal locus of emotional guidance from us with savior promises.  Promises they cannot keep.   And, if they try, it is through the use of state violence.   To the winner goes the spoils of politics, war, capitalism and other forms of state violence.   The pathology of winning.  But the winner who gets those spoils is the state.  

The only nonviolent answer to the state’s endless violence is to restore emotional responsibility, determinism and  empowerment to humanity.    For that to happen, the state and state actors need to be relieved of their power.  Power they violently took from humanity to control humanity. 

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