Tuesday, 30 March 2010

It's not a conspiracy

"I'm not inclined to believe in conspiracies. As anyone who's tried to get three friends to agree on a movie or a dinner knows, it's hard to get even such a small number of people on the same page on something as simple as that – much less hatching plans to take over the world."
Doug Casey

The 25 minutes or so spent interviewing John Perkins is probably the most eye-opening part of Zeitgeist: Addendum. Perkins denies the existence of a conspiracy, because he sees the US as a corporatocracy, in which there is no need for a plot, as politicians like Dick Cheney—who first was a self-professed "public servant" congressman, Secretary of Defense then served as the head of a construction company Halliburton before becoming Vice President—are alleged to be working under the same primary assumption as corporations: that maximization of profits is first priority, regardless of any social or environmental cost.

Yes - that's just it, and what so many miss who do see the wrongness going on. That's one of the things holding up public understanding of this mess: It's not a conspiracy, in the sense that its a deliberate machination of a small number of people, whether it's Jews, masons, the Bilderberg group, or whoever. It's simply the reverse of Adam Smith's "invisible hand" - an invisible fist, or boot, if you like. It's what happens when, instead of the free market or anarchy, you have government, or protection rackets, or myths, or obfuscation and widespread deceit. And these in turn come about when you disarm the mass of people. Turns out you can do it by deceit rather than violence - et voila! Snakes at the top, rather than great men and warriors.

How do we reverse the invisible boot? We re-arm, starting with information, health and strong networks. And the real biggie: courage. For standing aside and watching an evil go on, without intervening, is arguably a greater evil than that which is directly being acted out.

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