Economics

Fear – The Nectar of Elites : Pt. I of IV – Unclear But Present Danger

UNCLEAR BUT PRESENT DANGER

Part I of IV: Fear – the Nectar of Elites

The Audacity of Fear, not Hope is the Greatest threat to Making the Union Great Again

The Rise of a Nouveau Elite:

Challenging – is an understated testimony to the daunting complexity enveloping the latest viral (disease) pandemic. Assessing strategies to mitigate and interdict the virus’s lethal potential, and formulating a plan to restart the furloughed economy, is critical. Most look to the presumed Elite branch of the human blockchain for information, solutions, and leadership. Although operating under unrelenting stress, Elites initially led with laudable empathy and equanimity. Armed presumably with no more than the art of medicine to guide untested plans-of-action, apprehension induced some Elites to tap into the most disquieting of all human emotions – fear.

Collaboration and heroic patience opened a data portal having the scale and quality necessary for epidemiological assessment of the seventh coronavirus. However, just as there is no amount of tax revenue Congress won’t outspend, there is no pharmacology that medical professionals will endorse without preserving plausible denial. Anecdotal and epidemiological enlightened pathology and treatment regimens have emerged that even the most congenitally skeptical must embrace. This data is also fundamental to informing a prudent economic reset. Importantly, it holds the potential to codify and reveal the truth – the only formulary capable of arresting fear.

The imperative to balance health initiatives and economic interests is not new to the government or the people; the best outcomes have a common virtue – mutually informed consultation amongst all interested parties. The people realize strategic benefit by entrusting certain responsibilities to government – such as coordination of intelligence, resources, and logistics. However, the people have never conceded to government sovereign control of their property, prerogative, or privacy. Many Elites believe expediency alone sanctions confiscation of the people’s sovereign control. The elixir used by Elite Government Sovereigns to self-certify forged entitlement is fear.

Entitlement is neither congenital nor an acquired taste. It is an addictive state of mind that arises from corroborating intellectual and cultural conditioning. This addiction is undeterred by judicial precedence, constitutional or otherwise. It has the wherewithal to transform former servants of the people (e.g. governors, mayors, and subject matter experts) into Czars-for-a-Day. The Elite presume jurisdiction superseding presidential prerogative – on the same basis they disavow the authority of the people. These duly elected Czars-for-a-Day deemed furloughing the economy of lesser risk to well-being than unprecedented unemployment claims and writing huge checks absent any funds on account. Citing urgency, these Elite lifted off remotely absent consultation with the people. The elixir used by Czars-for-a-Day to transact in forged entitlement is fear.

Entitlement sanctioned by silence provides proponents of mass conformity both the basis and means to advance their objectives. Media Masters well understand the power of persistent messaging to foment conformity that gestates organic resistance to countervailing facts and opinions. As a matter of course, entitlement can be self-sanctioned – none more apparent than entertainment award shows. Media Masters are adroit at remodeling messages and acclimating discourse to conform public opinion and perception with the ideology they advocate. Cloaked by first amendment subterfuge, where opinion impersonates fact, they export lethal ideology with impunity. Pandemics and apocalypse lack the impetus to emancipate some ideological prisoners of conformity. The elixir used by Media Masters to xerox forged entitlement is fear.

The most predatory Cabal in history is comprised of but a few companies. This Technology Cabal is adept at covert and clandestine data acquisition, and its transformation into marketable information, intelligence, and influence. The Cabal has fortified its dominance and high margins with supercomputing and ubiquitous communications – enabling its clan to assess, predict, and ultimately shape behavior. The Cabal uses its technical prowess to subvert dissenting voices essential to democratic inquiry and prescriptive oversight. It can render contrarian thoughts, ideas, people, and institutions irredeemable objects of derision. While the Cabal is demonstrably invincible to oversight; it can manufacture artificial conformance on-demand absent forensic artifacts. The elixir used by the Technology Cabal to pickpocket and forge entitlement is fear.

 

Danger – Fruit of the Consortia Electi Tree : Pt. II of IV – Unclear But Present Danger

UNCLEAR BUT PRESENT DANGER

Part II of IV: Danger – Fruit of the Consortia Electi Tree

Impenetrable Consortiums of Elites pose the greatest threat ever to Freedom and Liberty 

The Rise of Consortiums of Elites:

The cardinal interests of Government Sovereigns and Czars-for-a-Day are certifiably paternal. These stewards of authority have generally acted to formulate and then direct strategies, which benefits will be directly proportional to the subjugation of their constituency. To amass the pre-requisite consensus required to move the initiatives they endorse forward – these Elite often resort to a seductive and addicting Ponzi of urgency and fear – an unclear but present danger.

The cardinal interests of Media Masters and the Technology Cabal are certifiably self-serving. Media Masters are foremost Stewards of ideology. No matter the gravity – pandemic or otherwise – all positions must conform to the ideology they advocate; resisters risk public disparagement and social isolation. A sign of its ultra-elite prowess, the Cabal abides no steward(s). It is an existential Entity whose primal instinct is production, dissemination, and control of knowledge. Media Masters and the Technology Cabal are destined to be allied or impaled by their intrinsic interests. The prospect of their collaboration is – an unclear and present danger.

The danger that Elites represent to personal freedom and liberty requires no further analysis or exegesis. The present consortium of four Elites – Government Sovereigns, Czars-for-a-Day, Media Masters, and the Technology Cabal – exhibit a wholly new form of control having quadratic potential. The hyper-presence of this Consortium of Elites – confirms the threat of an unclear but present danger. However, the hyper-conformity exhibited by the herd mentality of the people – who acquiesce to the directions, restrictions, commands, demands, and threats of the Consortia Electi – confirms that the people pose a clear and present danger to themselves.

Sentience before Instinct – For that is the Question : Pt. IV of IV – Unclear But Present Danger

UNCLEAR BUT PRESENT DANGER

Part IV of IV: Sentience before Instinct – For that is the Question

Freudian Duplicity counsels that there are Multiple Paths to every Outcome

The Consortia Electi Conundrum:

The behavioral consistency of instinct controlled Viruses and sentient controlled Consortia Electi derives from their common genesis – deception-division-disaster – proselytized into the service of compelling self-interests. Just as viruses may jump from reptile to primate hosts, Consortia Electi move seamlessly among social, cultural, political, and financial hosts – to the beat of its own ideological interests. The current pandemic provides ample illustration of this premise:

 Deception: The Authorities on the scene realized that a deadly laboratory contrived pathogen had jumped from one mammal (bats) to another (human); which virus would prove to be highly communicable and possibly deadly. Prescriptive Communist ideology required management of the crisis to be transitioned from the Organic into the ethereal hands of the Consortia Electi. This Consortia Electi fomented multiple levels of deception. It claimed the food chain (wet market) had conspired in the viruses jump to humans. It efficiently and clandestinely cremated the dead. This Consortia Electi sought to resuscitate its ideological credibility by advancing a new global cover story. In an attempt to deceive by distraction, it raised the specter of misadventure at the hands of another global superpower being responsible for the fast escalating crisis – abject deception.

 Division: The virus, seventh in a clan of pathogenic killers, moved seamlessly to shelter-in-place under the aegis of the Consortia Electi – who disappeared scientists deemed to be ideological resisters. The global scientific community was provided duplicitous information parsed for ideological compatibility. Pandemic urgency warranted that global leaders execute the only option they could prudently qualify – massive social division. Continents, Countries, Counties, Cities, Communities, Clans, Clubs, Congregations, Couples, and other relational units would be required to shelter-apart. The Consortia Electi held firm to both its ideological interests and predicate agency – division.

Disaster: Many Consortia Electi appear to be in an all hands-on deck posture, focused on arrest of a pathogen having disastrous potential. These Consortia Electi have given priority to the disastrous mortal and economic pandemic all face. These Consortia Electi evidence sufficient residual sentience to suppress their ideological interests and sensibilities. However, the Consortia Electi now declared a Consortium-of-Interest by global criminal forensic scientists – perseveres instinctively. The impacted constituencies are but lifeless viruses; their circumstances are irrelevant. Unrestrained, deception and division, alongside wanton disregard for sentient life, can only produce – disaster.

The transition from an organic state to a state of governance is well established and tolerated within the context of practical experience. How the same diabolical agency (deception, division, and disaster) can induce transformation of the human condition for better (e.g. freedom and liberty) and for worse (e.g. health and economic pandemics) is impossible to digest in the natural. One must also come to grips with the spiritual condition underlying this perplexing conundrum.

Only two voices have direct access to the receptors of the human soul. One voice is characterized by solemn agency and the other provocative agency. What one voice reveals about the natural and spiritual transformation of the human condition, is antithetical to that revealed by the other. Only one voice contends that the natural can be attended on a different basis than the spiritual.

One of the voices is that of truth and life, and the other the voice of deception and death. Just as it is appointed once to every man to die, every man must embrace one voice and shun the other.

 

Ties that Bind – Deception – Division – Disaster : Part III of IV – Unclear But Present Danger

UNCLEAR BUT PRESENT DANGER

Part III of IV: Ties that Bind – Deception-Division-Disaster

Consortia Electi will soon have Influence on par with Weapons Systems and Financial Markets

The Origins of Consortia Electi:

No matter the plausibility of Darwin’s theories on evolution, the microscopes of that age were incapable of revealing the irreducibly complex mechanisms within a cell – which when discovered challenged many hypotheses of the day. Similarly, contemporary analytics that may illuminate processes and relationships – cannot reveal the true agency giving rise to Consortia Electi. Few disagree that Consortia Electi rely on – entitlement-fear-control – based operating models, and few hypothesize about the agency that inspires their development. Viruses and Consortia Electi share the same primal instinct to survive. The primary means by which both survive is deception.

Viruses have no organic capability to reproduce copies of themselves, which they require to fend against assassin cells deployed by their hosts’ immune systems. Viruses can deceive host cells into producing the copies they require. The many cooks inside the cell membrane eventually engorge the host cell to death. Similarly, the collaborative-will-of-the-people is the only natural predator that Consortia Electi must fend against to expand their sphere of control. They repeat deceptive messages to induce self-sustaining delusion; disrupting the people’s ability to discern the truth impedes their ability to agree. Viruses and Consortia Electi also share a primal instinct to proliferate. The primary means by which both proliferate is disruptive division.

Viruses are alive only in the sense that their actions exhibit an instinct to survive and proliferate. This instinct only discerns the virus’s mortality, not the destructive consequences its survival perpetrates. This same viral instinct prevails no matter the collateral consequences; in little, more than one century viruses have killed more humans than two world wars. Quite to the contrary, Consortia Electi discern their own mortality and the destructive consequences their sentient choices perpetrate. Like viruses, Consortia Electi are committed to attaining the resources they require to advance their own interests. Consortia Electi often accomplish this by offering alluring and addictive information and services – harvesting surplus information and data for their uses. The primary outcome of having attained their instinctual and sentient interests is disaster.

Ideology: Waging War on Personal Prerogative

IDEOLOGY: WAGING WAR ON PERSONAL PREROGATIVE

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress…

Out of the Heart, the Mouth speaks…

Ideology Abhors Belief Systems

As stated in a previous blog, “contrary to contemporary folklore, many New World settlers were more inspired by potential economic gain than religious conviction”. However, the decision of those seeking religious relief, stemmed from the confiscation of an interdependent (monarch-politicians-clergy) process by Ideological forces.

Their concerns were codified when Queen Elizabeth I sanctioned the 1559 Act of Uniformity that imposed the Book of Commons on all belief systems. It passed through the House of Lords by only three votes, and all the clergy except those imprisoned by the Queen, voted against it. Many Pilgrims and Puritans, Protestants to a differing degree, headed for the New World along with those seeking fame and fortune – and the embarrassingly poor who were forcibly evicted from the streets of London.

In 2018 there still remains but a remnant of difference between freely adhering to ones chosen moral convictions – and the legislative imposition of moral uniformity. Recently the voters of both the City and County of Los Angeles passed legislation directing billions of dollars to mitigate regional homelessness, now at epic proportions. The humanity and heartfelt empathy of the regions voters cannot be debated. While these propositions were gracious and generous, would the standards embraced by the regions elected representatives be any less ideological than was the 1559 Act of Uniformity?

In 2017 one of the largest and most comprehensive emergency services providers in the US served over one million meals and provided a half million shelter nights – and did not turn away a single woman or child, no matter the stress on staff and resources. While this provider has maintained a religious affiliation for the past one hundred and twenty-five years, it has never once differentiated in the level of services or resources provided to those in need – nor does it require guests to embrace or acknowledgment its beliefs.

The organization’s laudable performance is well established and its exemplary financial management well documented, e.g. it posts its audited financial statement for public review. Nevertheless, this organization was advised by regional government counsel, that unless it provided written repudiation of its religious affiliation – as are others – it would not be awarded any of the new funding. With no New World which to banish the homeless or those in need of emergency services, the City and County of Los Angeles have nevertheless imposed their own ideology inspired 2018 Act of Uniformity.

Ideology provides cover for the Tyrannical assault on the Belief Systems of Others

Ideology Abhors Self Expression

Thoughts have the potential to defy convention, challenge expectations, repudiate traditional beliefs – to encourage and to dissuade, to affirm and forbid, and to support and suppress. Thoughts cannot be mediated by referendum or confined by the strictures of science. Thoughts may enjoy long and short-term tenure. Thoughts may inspire comfort or disquiet conflicted by current reality. Thoughts are the personal jurisdiction where ethical, relational, civil, and social comportment gestate. Thoughts and speech are intractably entangled – the former revealed by the later. Because out of the heart the mouth speaks – to know others requires a willingness to hear others.

Words released from the confines of thought have their own capacity for engagement. Some words can be countermanded by other words, but not all words can be annulled. Leaders, parents, colleagues, and friends, have on occasion released irretrievably harmful words. However, it is the genesis of the thoughts behind the words that warrant examination to discern the presence of deception and aberrant intent.

No act more effectively empowers deception than silencing the thoughts of those with whom we might not agree – just as no act more effectively plunders deception than exposing it to virtue and truth. Such authenticity is more accessible than most realize, however, ideology is a narcotic that subverts appetites for other than its points of view.

While many nefarious and noble thoughts never rise to the level of engagement, thoughts inhabit words, and words are often a harbinger of incontrovertible actions. Control of actions and outcomes are intractably related to formation and dissemination of words. The United States of America (US) was so dedicated to preserving the rights of citizens to cultivate and express thoughts via words, it made freedom of expression a cardinal tenant of its canon of rights – not subject to government interdiction.

Thoughts in the form of speech undergirded the most powerful of social transformations – e.g. Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Immigration and Education Reform – in the most powerful country in the world. Yet ideology brazenly conscripts those who’ve benefited the most from freedom of expression in its quest to move up the stream-of-personal-consciousness to subvert thought. The title of a recent best-seller about Russia reveals ideology’s vaporous attraction – “Nothing is True but Every Thing is Possible”.

Ideology’s quest to capture the transforming power of words is intended to banish thoughts – not speech – it disapproves of from the public square. Ideology exploits a not so obvious but highly effective strategy; it contends that the battles that matter are economic, racial, and gender based e.g. intersectional – as opposed to those attendant to preservation of thoughts, words, and actions, informed by truth and morality. Deception, the patron saint of Ideology, requires a steady diet of conflict and discord.

Ideology can only foment Deception – whereas – Truth can transform thoughts

Ideology Abhors Cultural Inclination

Culture is both a means of communication and compression. It broadly communicates group perceptions and preferences, and compresses past experiences and decisions into inclinations expressed in the now. Even though it is often referred to in dissected terminology – e.g. me, them, and theyculture is foremost about we.

There is no such oasis as solo-culture; culture exhibits inclinations that reflect the hierarchical and linear integration of nationalism, ethnicity, economics, politics, religion, customs, and passions. American culture derives from a powerful multi-articulated social mechanism, where the who-you-are derives from both transient and static inclinations – the unique you is free to influence many different assemblies.

Besides belief systems, thoughts, and speech – ideology has also planted its flag in the hierarchical and linearly integrated American culture. While its constitutional blueprint suggest America is dynamically and inherently resistant to cultural hegemony, ideology has found a highly receptive and near perfect host for its deceptive and divisive intent. Social elixirs that inspire appetites for ideology over morality and truth have diminished American immunity to cultural subversion. Ideology like cancer relies on its difficulty to be detected, as it subverts healthy potentiality to foment disaster.

How did such a vibrant virtual culture, like that pervasive in America for over two hundred years, lose its vitality? It didn’t. Its vitality was expunged when the voices of truth abandoned their posts. Absent true moral reference, those nominally addicted to ideology maintain a frame of mind that insists, “If I’m dancing with deception, just keep the music playing”. Be aware, Ideology only mixes tacks to its own beat, not yours.

When fully formed, Ideology aggressively resists the Patrons of Truth

Believing ideology possesses authentic and sustainable power – the unsuspecting and addicted hordes surrender their personal prerogative (free will) to its self proclaimed counterfeit authority. Ideology proffers Cadillac promises designed to attract and imprison the human will, and to evade accountability to the truth. Ideology infects party orthodoxy, converting its members into Red and Blue tricks. Many are unaware that the ideology they serve has diabolically different objectives than their orthodoxy espouses.

Truth can never reach an armistice with ideology – as they are the progeny of two wholly different jurisdictions that predestine opposition. Truth transpires from transcendental spiritual agency, whereas ideology is dependent on division, deception and exploitation of cultural agency. Because ideology presumes itself as sovereign, right and wrong, good and evil, and you and me, are subject to its sole adjudication. Ideology does not abide questions or debate – only full and immediate compliance will be tolerated.

Absent the Superior (Truth) Culture will be subsumed by the Inferior (Ideology)

No Sides Just Eyes Wide Open

NO SIDES JUST EYES WIDE OPEN

 It was neither the Best nor Worst of times; the People were confident, Leadership floundered

Despite legions of evidence and experience to the contrary, many in Washington believe higher taxes drive economic efficiency more so than good old-fashioned best in class American productivity. These seeing-eye economists presume two points; higher taxes will inspire investment and productivity, and higher taxes can actually be collected. In reality the genuinely rich remain the least likely to be affected by higher taxes.

Numerous studies, to include one published by the Hoover Institute, chronicle what happens when governments attempt to levy higher taxes on the rich. The article revealed that on one hand US tax rates were increased, but the rich still got their way. More than eighty percent of the income earned by those eligible to pay at the new higher tax rates vanished into thin air, as did the revenues the government had hoped to collect. Not surprisingly, vast amounts of money that might have been invested in the economy were instead invested in tax-exempt securities.

Corporations and individuals behave similarly with regard to taxes on their profits and incomes; no matter, the US Corporate tax rate remains the highest in the industrialized world. Today corporations and the rich have many legal options to shelter their earnings beyond the reach of carnivorous tax collectors, and individual tax exiles are younger than ever before.

The Wall Street Journal, citing a study which analyzed the public filings of the top 100 U.S. publicly trade companies, reported these firms have parked nearly 1.2 trillion dollars of profits in low tax jurisdictions abroad. Many G20 nations back a plan to overhaul international tax rules that today allow companies to shift their profits to lower-tax jurisdictions, regardless of where those profits were earned. The French having recently considered markedly raising taxes saw hundreds simply relocate into the welcoming arms of Belgium, even when required to pay an exit tax.

Washington remains committed to higher tax rates that don’t assure higher revenues, and a lack of clarity regarding fiscal policy, particularly spending. While both weigh heavily on business confidence and planning, spending controls are unlikely to prove potent absent meaningful economic expansion. Certain legislatively mandated spending increases have merely been delayed until a time when they might be less visible. No significant bankable spending reductions are in process other than dramatic reductions in overall military budgets – announced on the eve of Russia’s second armed invasion of an independent former Soviet state.

Fact Check projects U.S. total debt to double between 2009 and 2016, debt substantially driven by entitlement spending and interest payments on prior debt. Washington is addicted to printing and borrowing trillions to meet needs current productivity hasn’t. While the challenges are substantial, printing and borrowing in conjunction with phantom spending reductions can’t be described as leadership. Coupled with self-inflicted forfeitures of global influence and collaterally diminished national security, a radically altered vision of American greatness is emerging.

Leadership that embraced a cogent vision of historical American resilience and resolve would advance a plan that supports: reductions in debt, comprehensive entitlement reform, private sector managed initiatives to expand GDP, long term capital investment, increased fundamental R&D, incentives to promote study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and maintenance of a preeminent but restrained military.

In a season where the challenges are many, serious, and varied, the American people are increasingly uninformed about domestic and global politics and events. This predilection for not knowing, dependence on entitlements, and addiction to conjecture about government-controlled redistribution of wealth, greatly expands the power of oracle Washington. Americans no longer have a shared faith, nor is acknowledgement or embrace of faith welcome in the public space.

A leaderless, uninformed, dependent, addicted, and faithless America, can still find it’s way anew, but this will require an immediate and urgent change of course consistent with past coordinates of greatness.

Is Now Ever Another Time

IS NOW EVER ANOTHER TIME

 Principles and Practices ultimately reveal People and true Priorities

The United States (US) occupies an extraordinarily fortuitous swath of geography, large oceans port and starboard, and accommodating neighbors fore and aft with whom it shares productively entangled economic interest and relatively unforced cultural civility. The US has no military competitors of consequence anywhere in the western hemisphere. It’s nuclear arsenal and delivery systems provide global deterrence against all sober would-be aggressors. The US is one of only four countries in the world with sufficient agricultural capacity to exercise food power, a power it has never exercised.

These conditions substantially shape the worldview of many Americans, more so than positions espoused by government or journalist. This worldview is also influenced by the fairly recent and important achievement of net US energy independence. To many these conditions make the notion of an America that minds its own business seem both plausible and compelling. However, today security depends on more than territorial sovereignty, and controlled access to food, clothing, shelter, and energy.

A recent Economist magazine article concluded, “the US economy is slowly clawing its way back”. While many other noted publications agree, huge economic challenges nevertheless abound (national debt, stagnant GDP, unemployment, entitlement reform). It is critical that American’s understand the primacy of America’s military and global influence is determined first by the underlying strength of the American economy.

Americans struggle to understand the connection between security and global economic stability. This derives from the perception of self-sufficiency, a truly noble respect for the rights and wishes of others, intervention fatigue, and fear. However, leadership that perceives inflexible isolation to be inviolately in America’s national interest, actually assaults and insults Americans. Sober moral courageous leadership provides more abiding security than economics, geography, force, and transient self-sufficiency.

Circumstances and despots change, but principled responses to narcissistic vision and actions had better remain the same. An enduring facet of such challenges is the tumultuous debate they precipitate within free democratic societies, such as that beginning in 1939 between United Kingdom conservatives Chamberlin (conciliation) and Churchill (pre-emptive confrontation). Fear and fatigue are human conditions not political persuasions.

Contemporary posture, sentiment, and rhetoric suggests the following casting: the European Union as Chamberlin and Churchill, Congress as Joseph Kennedy and Cordell Hull, Russia as Germany, Gazprom as Poland, China as Japan in black face, fracking as the Manhattan Project, and Iranian nuclear misdirection as death camp plagiarism.

Many would argue, as a gifted playwright, novelist, and journalist once declared; now is another time. Perhaps. Are the details of now actually sufficiently different from then to justify reprising demonstrable impotent embrace of conciliation and accommodation over effectual renouncement? Not surprisingly, just as jazz musicians utilize chords changes and rhythm as templates to construct interpretive solos, the Left and the Right only know how to exploit volatility, no matter how dangerous, for self-promotion.

It would appear Americans and Western Europeans have the same opinion regarding next steps to tame the initiative of a by gone Empire that lost both its territorial girth and global influence, words but no sticks or stones. The last time around tactical-clemency eventually turned the gas on. This time around strategic-clemency is likely to first turn the gas off.