By Rudy Fritsch
There is a lot of talk about ‘Fake News’ going around; indeed, there is even talk about legislation outlawing and punishing the practice of publishing ‘fake news’. Now this is really a blast, like what a parent tells the kids; ‘tell the truth or you are in trouble’. Makes our ‘culture’ seem childish, doesn’t it?
But childish behavior in kids is one thing; childish behavior in supposed adults in positions of real power is something altogether different. There is also the big question of exactly who decides what is ‘true’ news and what is ‘fake’ news. Is it wise to let the fox guard the hen house?
The reality, if you are willing to open your eyes and are willing to see, is that the mainstream media is full of ‘fake news’; that is, full of blatant lies. In this regard, maybe laws against ‘fake news’ would backfire on the mainstream; CNN, NBC, NYT et al could be hauled into court, to be hoisted on their own petard.
That there are lies being promoted as ‘news’ is beyond doubt; and the lies become more egregious as time moves on. Refer to my previous article “Trinity of Truth; the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth” for more on the concept of lies, but lies can be ‘little and white’… can be ‘just spin’… or can be big and incredible and highly destructive.
We are well past the ‘little white lie’ and ‘spin’ states, and are deeply into what Goebbels notoriously called ‘the big lie’; tell a lie big enough often enough, and people will start to believe it… that is until the truth breaks through, generally with catastrophic consequences. Perhaps we are approaching the break through stage?
Not only are the mainstream propaganda outlets holding back important ‘whole truth’ like the Saudi mass bombing of Yemeni civilians, using US and UK supplied weapons… but are spreading outright lies, lies like Russian ‘aggression’ in the Ukraine, lies like the Russian ‘annexation’ of Crimea; lies like the ‘monster Assad in Syria’… lies ad infinitum. My father used to say ‘only believe every third word coming from the mouth of the g’man’. It seems he was too generous.
But fake news is far from all that’s fake in Western society. We have fake history, like the story that the Western allies won WWII… while the truth is that the USSR won the war on the Eastern front, with the Western allies contributing but minor assistance. The death of twenty five million Russian soldiers is testimony to the truth.
We have a fake education systems, a system designed not to educate our children but to indoctrinate them. We have a fake health care system, a system designed not to keep people healthy but to profit the pharmaceutical industry. We have fake finances, fake religions, and fake culture.
But there is an over-arching fakery that enables all this; fakery that empowers the military-industrial-financial complex; fakery that lubricates the slide to civilizational destruction. The over-arching fakery is fake money, debt notes masquerading as money to be more precise. As Austrian economist Hans Sennholz so aptly put it;
“Sound money and free banking are not impossible, they are merely illegal. That is why money must be deregulated. The Gold standard will return as soon as people realize that honesty is the best policy.As hope of ill gain is the beginning of the fiat standard, so is honesty the mother of the Gold standard. The Gold standard is as old as civilization. Throughout the ages, the Gold standard has emerged again and again because man needed a dependable medium of exchange.”
And man needed a dependable store of value.
A system of sound, honest money reflects a sound, honest society; indeed, the question is one of cause and effect… does honest money bring about an honest society, or does an honest society bring about honest money? This is a classic ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg’ paradox; but not a paradox in reality. The two go together; you cannot have one without the other. Indeed, the best hope for humanity is that the coming collapse of the Fiat money scam will be accompanied by the collapse of the immoral, unethical, murderous society that accompanies it.
To be clear, the apotheosis of Fiat came about as the war clouds gathered for WWI; indeed, Fiat enabled the mass murder of millions, and Fiat kick started the ongoing decline of Western culture. Without printed paper ‘money’ the WWI combatants would have run out of funds (Gold) for weaponry in a few months, and the war would have ground to a halt… ground to a halt before the deaths of millions, before the destruction of morality and right thinking that accompanied the bloodshed.
To this very day the bloodshed and immorality continues; WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Lybia, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Syria, Yemen, on and on… all funded by Fiat paper. The only possible good thing in all this mayhem is ‘that which cannot continue forever will come to an end’. I suspect we are getting close to the end. The USD, the main culprit in funding worldwide mayhem, is in big trouble… as is the Euro, as is every form of Fiat paper.
Now economics is a vital factor in human society… but is not to be divorced from other equally important aspects of human behavior. We have isolated economics to simplify the study of economics; but as Einstein so aptly put it, for a model of reality to be useful it must be as simple as possible, no simpler. Divorcing economics from the rest of human motivation results in a model that is far too simple. Economics cannot explain why credit is used to wage war, rather than used to construct a better world.
This is where the rubber meets the road. A society that invents builds and deploys ever more deadly weapons then uses these weapons to destroy itself… must be sick! But wait; saying that society is sick is like saying that the forest is sick. This implies that the forest has sick trees; after all, a sick forest is but a collection of sick trees, like a sick society is but a collection of sick humans.
If humans are sick… and statistics show that at least five percent of humanity suffers from the serious illness of psychopathy, ie five percent of us are very sick people indeed… then perhaps there are means to treat, and even to cure the sickness. Perhaps this sickness is not simply ‘genetic’, not simply something we have to accept and put up with… not simply a part of ‘human nature’… but something that is curable.
Any cure or treatment of a disease must begin with the recognition that there is a disease… followed by the determination to study and understand the disease and the determination to then find a cure. This is not the time or place to go into more detail, but for your own interest you may want to do an internet search for “toxoplasma gondii” for insight into the concept of a ‘mind parasite’, that is a sickness that effects human cognition, thus human actions, thus the kind of society sick humans create.
In the meantime, we can mitigate the effects of any sickness that afflicts us and our society… whether its caused by ‘toxo’ or something else… by recognizing the pervasive lies we are fed, by actively searching for truth, and by preparing for the consequences of the folly that pervades society. We all have a chance to prepare for the collapse; the only question is will we prepare, or will we not.
Rudy J. Fritsch