The people above would call me insane if I told them there is no such thing as a “Social Security Trust Fund,” and that the U.S. government does not run on loans or on tax revenues.
This is why the Republicans will be able to cut Medicare and Social Security. The masses want to be lied to. They feel lost when politicians tell new lies that contradict their old lies. The masses demand that politicians resume lying to them “straight.” They know that politicians are full of shit, but it’s familiar shit. It’s “safe” shit.
The peasants cling to the shit, saying, “Republicans are no longer the party of balanced budgets! They raised the deficit so they could cut Medicare and Social Security!”
If I tried to reassure them that there is no need for cuts, they would reject me. How dare I expose their beloved lies?
They cling to the lies so they have something to complain about. They believe in Santa Claus so they can say that Republicans killed Santa.
They say, “US deficit hawks are hypocrites! They have created more debt and deficit during the past three decades than the US experienced since its founding.”
If I tell them not to worry about the federal deficit and the “national debt,” because it’s all a bunch of lies, they become angry at me.
They say, “We need a balanced budget! Republicans only call for it when Democrats are in power. When Republicans are in power, they forget the need for a balanced budget. They bankrupt the U.S. government via tax cuts!”
They attack Republican lies in order to defend Republican lies. “The Republicans lied about their tax scam! Republicans tell nothing but lies!”
If I agree with them, they become angry.
ME: “I agree that Republicans are liars, starting with their false claims about the federal deficit and the so-called national debt crisis.”
THEM: “You’re a conspiracy theorist!”
Oh well. We cannot defeat stupidity in the world. We can only work on defeating stupidity in ourselves.
Speaking of mass insanity, since today is Christmas Eve, you’ve heard about the famous World War One “Christmas truce” in which French, German, and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange cigarettes, food, souvenirs, seasonal greetings, and simply to talk. There were prisoner swaps, carol singing, soccer games, and joint burial ceremonies.
Meanwhile politicians and senior commanders never had to risk their lives. So when they heard about the spontaneous Christmas truce in the trenches, they were furious. How dare the soldiers not march to their deaths? How dare they act like humans, with an attitude of live and let live? Their compassion for one another was evil!
And so the senior commanders took measures to stop this “evil.” The scene below is from the 2005 movie Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas). An English Bishop instructs the troops about the “love of God,” saying…
“The sword of the Lord is in your hand. You are the defenders of civilization. The forces of good against the forces of evil. This is a crusade; a holy war to save the freedom of the world. The Germans do not act or think like us, for they are not children of God. We must kill the Germans good or bad, young and old. Kill every one of them so that it won’t have to be done again!”
The bishop’s madness is the same madness that maintains the mass denial of the truth about money.
CHANGE OF TOPIC
In this blog I have often critiqued vax mania — i.e. the drive to boost Big Pharma’s profits by mandating that everyone in the lower classes be shot full of Big Pharma’s poisons. I have discussed how the peasants are so fanatically pro-vax that they become furious if you question their cult. Their blind faith in vaccines operates the same as their blind belief that the U.S. government has a “debt crisis,” and needs tax revenue.
One guy in a different blog has an explanation for the global vax cult. I shall paraphrase his account below. To begin with, he implies that people get vaccine shots for the same reason they get tattoos: to become official members of the herd, and to ward off evil spirits.
Vax mania is a revival of ancient symbology. It is a conferred seal, a sign of moral righteousness. Like a sacred tattoo, it is a mark on the arm that signifies tribal inclusion, and which protects against evil spirits (viruses).
Constant warnings of mass pandemics promote tribal cohesion. The spirits of alien tribes (from unknown and evil places in the jungle) want to destroy our tribe, which is the good tribe. Mothers, as keepers of the children, confer the tribal seal on their offspring through vaccination. Mothers who don’t vaccinate their children must be forcibly cast out and excommunicated for the good of the tribe.
The ceremony of vaccination is a rite of passage for the child. It is a graduation from being mere offspring to becoming an official member of the tribe, and the official property of the village (the State). As years pass, periodic booster shots reconfirm this status.
Some ancient rituals were designed to be dangerous, just as many vaccines are dangerous. A boy on his way to becoming a man would be sent out to live alone in the forest for a period to survive on his own. Vaccination symbolizes this: toxic chemicals are a passageway into immunity from evil spirits. When shot into the body, toxic viruses are magically changed into protective spirits. If these toxins cripple or kill a child, the loss is regrettable but necessary. Child sacrifices protect the tribe from evil spirits (viruses).
Vaccination lets people subconsciously return to older times when life was more vital and immediate. It awakens sleeping memories of an age when ritual and ceremony were essential to group order and cohesion. No one was allowed to defect. Survival was All. Refusal was unthinkable. Mandates were inviolable. On a deep level, parents today experience that same power, and they find it satisfying.
The doctor giving the injections is the priest of the tribe, the medicine man, the holder of secrets, the witch doctor. He is the connection to “unseen realms” where opposing spirits battle for supremacy. Without the medicine man, the tribe would face annihilation.
The medicine man is permitted to say and do anything. He can manipulate language, truth and meaning. He can turn day into night. He can present paradox and contradiction. His lies are “truth,” since they ward off the evil spirits. His pronouncements, however ridiculous, may not be questioned. His divinity, however contrived, must not be challenged. Obedience to him must be absolute and unthinking. Failure to show loyalty means exile or death.
People living today in industrial societies are comparatively numb. Their options and choices are confined to a range of products they can buy. They yearn for absolutes. They want commands from the medicine man that taps into the adrenaline-stimulating need for risk. This need for risk, and for protection from risk, is satisfied by vaccination, and by the constant fear of genocidal epidemics caused by the evil spirits.
Modern parents need symbols of demons. Ebola, Zika, West Nile, SARS, Swine Flu — these evil spirits haunt the jungle beyond the village clearing, and they are always preparing to attack. Always. (“Terrorists” are a variation on this. Whenever one person attacks another, the first question people ask is, “Was he a terrorist”? Again, this enhances tribal cohesion.)
“We must go the medicine man for the magic ritual to protect us from the demons. He will put the magic seal of protection on us and our children.”
The magic ritual sometimes causes marks of shame. A child who shows rashes, swellings, or worse is highly suspect. Is he a mutant? Did he not participate in the protective ritual? Are his parents evil? Are they possessed? Did they displease the gods? Should the child and his parents be shunned? Will the medicine man help them, or we he put a curse on them for being defectives?
Subconsciously and archetypally, the “modern science of vaccination” is alchemy. It is magic mumbo jumbo that forms the basis of life in the tribe. To question the magic is to threaten the village.
Rebels who do not vaccinate are promoters of evil spirits (viruses). They carry cosmic plague. They invite evil spirits into the village. They threaten the whole tribe with annihilation. Yes, the medicine man is doing all he can to protect his people (through vaccination), but with the evil spirits, this is war. Nothing is guaranteed. We must bolster the medicine man’s power and prestige. We must cling to him. We must praise him, and do whatever we can to increase his glory and privileges. He defends the tribe by using magic remedies that we cannot hope to fathom. His occult struggles are beyond our feeble grasp. He is our hero.
The witch doctor’s magic remedies are so powerful that they present numerous risks (side effects). Every night in collective meetings (television ads) we are told of the problems that could arise (ask your doctor if X is right for you). This helps the medicine man, since it lets us feel the thrill of danger, which is preferable to feeling nothing. Give us more threats and warnings and predictions of doom. Let us experience a return to ancient days when we faced extinction, and we knew that the blood coursing through our veins was alive.
The needle is the magic transmitter. The syringe plunger is the righteous force. The toxic fluid in the syringe is the alchemical transformer. Be silent in their presence. Accept their mysterious grace. Shut up. Submit. Pay.
Source of comments I just paraphrased above.