Quotes with Wisdom
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society
All of my life I have confronted the vast bulk of humanity living in a false reality created by self-serving powerful interest groups and the government that they control. There is a stratum of the US population that thinks that it is a criminal act to disbelieve the government or to question its judgment and motives. ‘You are with us or against us.’
Paul Craig Roberts
(Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan)
You have to understand…. most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so helplessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.
Morpheus from “The Matrix”
Privilege serves the same purpose–benefiting the few at the expense of the many–regardless of the system’s ideological labels. Socialist, Communist and free-market elites loot their populaces and national wealth with equal gusto. Those who came to do good and stayed to do well first accumulate privileges, which they then leverage into wealth and power.
Charles Hugh Smith
The US/NATO global empire is primarily in service to the Transnational Capitalist Class (TCC) not the people of the United State or the installed President in Washington. These few thousand people controlling global capital amount to less than 0.0001 percent of the world’s population. The TCC, as the capitalist elite of the world, dominate nation states through international treaty agreements and transnational state organizations such as the Work Bank, Bank for International Settlements, and the International Monetary Fund.
Fear not your enemies, for they can only kill you. Fear not your friends, for they can only betray you. Fear only the indifferent, who permit the killers and betrayers to walk safely on the Earth.
That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.
The entire system creates phony wealth. This is not capitalism. It’s phony, crony capitalism. Its phony money leads to phony investments – short-term speculations… scams… and rent seeking. These do not build real wealth; they extract real wealth from the rest of the economy and shift it to the well-connected sectors.
The tacitly ruling morality is that everyone must compete harder to survive while economic systems are stripped everywhere to enrich the corporate rich
Prof. John McMurtry
There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Remember that last year the government stole more from its citizens through Civil Asset Forfeiture than thieves in the private sector.
What a cute little Banana Republic this America has become. Our government can’t put a single bank executive in jail for destroying the global economy, but when a mere peasant is caught not paying back his student debt, a team of U.S. Marshals arrive at his door to arrest him at gunpoint.
Some of the strongest laws in the Western world were created precisely to prevent such corporate concentration from ever coming into existence, and thus the crime, corruption, and conspiracy which automatically accompanies it. These are our “anti-trust laws”, laws which our puppet governments have long since ceased to enforce. The evidence of this crime/corruption/conspiracy is all around us.
Enough money to feed, shelter and clothe the homeless for years….wasted on billionaires’ kabuki theater of buying political candidates.
If you are more outraged at poor black folks in Missouri looting stores than rich whites on Wall Street looting your future, you have been duped.
What is the most important thing you could be working on in the world right now? … And if you’re not working on that, why aren’t you?
To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat. Even international terrorist organizations haven’t figured out yet how to do something on a magnitude like this.
In the New Normal, first a banker (and bank) is given custody of (someone else’s) financial assets in order to “manage” those assets. Then, a blink of an eye later, the bank/banker proudly proclaims that the bank now owns those assets. The bankers call this method of wealth liberation “a bail-in.”
The GOP and Democrats look a lot alike: slogans for the 99 percent, billions and trillions for the 1 percent.
One of the big misconceptions about privacy is the assumption that those employing it must be hiding something. This statement couldn’t be more inaccurate. If this was true, then I assume just because you are a law abiding citizen there should be no problem with installing a camera in your shower. Pivacy is an essential human right, one that reinforces our very own humanity through dignity, freedom of speech and freedom of association.
Ben Van Pelt
If the American people ever allow banks to issue their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation [by having to maintain a vital circulation by perpetually re-borrowing principal and interest as subsequent sums of debt, increased perpetually so much as periodic interest], the banks and [bank owned] corporations which will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property, until their children wake homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
Sir Josiah Stamp, Former President of the Bank of England (1880-1941)
Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’
Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’
And Vanity comes along and asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’
But Conscience asks the question ‘Is it right?’
Martin Luther King
Corporations have no desire or need to govern directly – plenty of cooperative politicians or civil servants are prepared to do that.
To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?
When petty nonviolent criminals and minor drug offenders receive long prison sentences and crimes of much greater consequence committed by political and corporate power holders go unpunished, it is evident that the domestic security agenda is more about securing privilege that securing the rule of law.
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
As long as the big corporations, Wall Street banks, their top executives and wealthy shareholders have the political power to do so, they’ll keep redistributing much of the nation’s income upward to themselves.
The TPP is a global corporate coup … the most brazen corporate power grab in American history.
The Power Elite aristocracy isn’t dumb; they fully understand once the illusion of their shared purpose and identity with the commoners is shattered, their invulnerability is history.
Societies in decline have no use for visionaries
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