The Plots to Destroy America

newsweek coverThe title above is from this week’s cover story of that rare beast, the print edition of Newsweek (see image at right). Subtitled “Conspiracy Theories Are A Clear And Present Danger,” it’s essentially another mainstream media attempt to ridicule Agenda 21 activists:

In Baldwin County, Alabama, an award-winning plan to provide guidance for private-sector developers was spiked—it was, constituents complained, part of a United Nations plot to end property rights, impose communism and force locals onto rail cars heading to secret camps. When the blueprint was voted down, residents cheered and sang “God Bless America.” Every member of the zoning commission resigned in disgust.

A federal proposal that would have paid physicians for time spent discussing elderly patients’ medical and personal priorities in their final days of life was shelved. Some conservatives, led by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, slammed the idea as creating “death panels” of bureaucrats to decide who would live and who would die. With the rejection of the plan, which had been supported by geriatricians, oncologists and advocates for senior citizens, the aged in the United States now only hear their options for resuscitation, pain control and religious support if their doctors provide the counseling for free.

In 2008, no one in America caught measles and 13,278 people contracted whooping cough. By 2013, measles infected at least 276 people in the U.S. and there were more than 24,000 cases of whooping cough. Medical experts attribute this trend to declining numbers of people being vaccinated, in large part fueled by a belief that doctors and pharmaceutical companies are hiding the dangers of immunizations to protect profits, even though earnings in this niche are so comparatively small that six out of seven companies have dropped out of the business in the past 35 years. Now, because of this false belief advanced by scientific frauds and celebrities, vaccine-preventable diseases that were once on the brink of extinction are roaring back.

George W. Bush murdered thousands by orchestrating 9/11. Barack Obama is a Kenyan national and holds the presidency illegally. Education standards developed by state governors are part of an anti-Christian communist plot that will turn children gay. Unemployment rates and the reported numbers for Obamacare sign-ups are lies engineered by the White House. Water fluoridation doesn’t prevent cavities in children and has been adopted for a range of nefarious purposes. And on and on they go.

Conspiracy theories have been woven into the fabric of American society since before the signing of the Constitution. But what was once dismissed as the amusing ravings of the tin-foil-hat crowd has in recent years crossed a threshold, experts say, with delusions, fictions and lunacy now strangling government policies and creating national health risks. “These kinds of theories have the effect of completely distorting any rational discussion we can have in this country,’’ says Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center who recently wrote a report on the impact of what is known as the Agenda 21 conspiracy. “They are having a real impact now.”…

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  • Gjallarbru

    I guess the main problem here is that there has been conspiracies in the past. Governments and commercial entities have acted in ways that constitute conspiracies. The trust in the social institutions has eroded to the point of near non-existence. Distrust is now all but omnipresent, and it has turned into paranoïa making the signal-to-noise ratio imbalanced.

    Interestingly, I was telling my friends for years that entities like the NSA was spying on all of us. I didn’t have any firm proof, but I saw things pointing that way. For a while, I too was just a paranoïd nut. The discussion has changed of late…

    So the problem for social institutions is how to gain our trust back. Obviously, their claim to “follow the law” won’t be enough anymore. Any effort that would be less than entirely transparent will also be deemed as little more than trying to put people back to sleep. Obviously patching things up now is damn near impossible without major reforms.

    • Lookinfor Buford

      In case you haven’t noticed, there are zero ‘social institutions’ (media, govt, schools, etc.) trying to ‘win’ back our trust in earnest. Propagandizing all issues is the only way forward, as it has proven to work wonderfully.

      The result will be, the trust of these institutions by the independent thinkers of the world will continue to spiral downward. And the majority, the lemmings, will continue to defend the institutions. This is how civil wars begin. sigh..

      • Gjallarbru

        Actually, I believe institutions think they are trying to win us back, which is even more pathetic.

        As for civil war, I only hope that will will be the sum of it. I fear an actual world war wouldn’t be out of the question either.

        • Andrew

          Perhaps homo sapiens is an evolutionary dead end.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            things this large cannot be an evolutionary dead end, quite the opposite. More likely is a splintering. Social divides happen before speciation.

          • Andrew

            I disagree.

        • aaron

          I dont think they are trying to or think they are winning peoples trust back.

          What they are doing is basically the oldest trick in the book of pointing and saying “look over there” and when the person looks away you steal their wallet. What they are doing is nothing more than tricking people or distracting them and they know what they are doing. The saddest part about it is that it works on most of the sheep because they are indoctrinated into the system and dumbed down by it.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      The secondary effects of lies. They get what they want in the short-run, but don’t prepare for the long-run effects. You get that high from a ciggarrette, but lack of trust is a social cancer; unfortunately due to tactical depravity, it will likely be attempted to be cut, radiated, burned or poisoned out(figuratively speaking.)

    • Craig Bickford

      There are conspiracies every day, the DoJ investigates them with your tax dollars. If there are no conspiracies, then we can stop charging people with RICO cases today, stop spending my tax dollars so fucking psychopath FBI special agents can jerk off to the internet child porn they refuse to stop, and I can start saving for my retirement a little better than I am now. We can stop buidling jails, funding intelligence agencies and staffing city police departments, because clearly no one is conspiring about anything, according to Newsweek and the US government, it’s all in my head.

      • aaron

        Yep nothing going on here.. nothing to see.. move along. Go back to sleep..trust in big brother he will protect you.

    • Spasmodius

      Last week I had a conversation with a friend where I tried to explain that “belief in a conspiracy theory” isn’t interchangable with “wearing a tinfoil hat”.
      I couldn’t do it. Any mention of the term “conspiracy theory” brings a shutter down in many peoples’ cognition processes..you can actually watch their expressions change. Who needs MK ULTRA when you have MSM.

      • Gjallarbru

        I know exactly what you’re talking about.

      • Mr B

        I’m delighted by that observation and have noticed the same thing when I challenge anyone in person, over the central message of the MSM; e.g.

        The West is perfect.

        Malala Yousafzai is a saint.

        The military are all heroes.

        There’s an instant oO(Must defend the hive.)-like withdrawal of goodwill.

  • aaron

    Oh I can see a flood of sheeple arguments against certain things our government is doing that they are in denial about starting off with “you conspiracy theorist nutjob I read about [insert conspiracy here] on news week and its not true”

    • Gjallarbru

      I wonder if there aren’t a few ludicrous conspiracies seeded just discredit the ones that do make sense.

      • aaron

        Oh absolutely there are. Thats just another one of their tactics.

      • HCE

        Take the time to read some of the history of the CIA in the 50′s and 60′s. It was absolutely one of their more common tactics here and abroad.

        • Gjallarbru

          Yeah, I haven’t had time to look into this, hence the “I wonder” bit. But I do intend to look at such attempts and from whom.

      • ersatz

        it’d be essential to provide and insert ridiculous,easily refuted ‘strawmen’ conspiracies into the mix…especially when the overwhelming majority of conspiracies are often found to be true,given enough time.

  • BuzzCoastin

    the effects of our tecnologies
    technologies like: money, electronics, gmo foods
    have created a brave new whirled
    money brings out the worst in human nature
    (especially modern hypothicated electronic money)
    electronics disrupt thought & concentration
    gmo foods dull the mind & waste the body
    but no one suspects the technologies of anything
    and blame it all on human puppets of tecnology

  • Echar Lailoken

    As far as I am concerned, it should be Alex Jones on that cover, to match the title.

    • VaudeVillain

      He certainly fits the description of “plot to destroy America.”

    • Juan

      I am pretty sure that clown is a gov stooge. Either that, or he is simply a very useful idiot.

      • Echar Lailoken

        Just to be clear, it’s his delivery. Seething and slavering with fear. From my perspective it’s the old fortune teller bit; But on steroids, meth, and red meat.

        I feel this mainstream adoption is media corp. buying into a business developed by wackos like Icke and Jones. It’s the new meta reality tv. Life is unfulfilling, here be distracted by something scarier than entities and a little more tangible. They’re coming to take me away…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXOwNOf2QXY

        • Number1Framer

          It is absolutely mainstream masquerading as “alt media.” AJ broadcasts on Genesis Communications Network (GCN) which is owned by ABC. Completely mainstream. I did my time in Jonestown and came out of the cult with the sadness that Jonsies are the very ‘sheeple’ they talk down to with so much disdain.

          Example: Up until very recently I never knew that the 9/11 truth movement originally had academic roots having begun amongst engineers, university professors, and others in positions of intellectual authority regarding the nuances of skyscraper construction, etc. How many people under the spell of Big Media think of anything other than Jones screaming when they hear the word “truther?” No one thinks to examine what the 9/11 truthers have to say because “those people are crazy.” Well, yes, but not in the beginning. And the status quo marches on. That to me is about as compelling and complete of a co-option of a movement as possible.

          • Echar Lailoken

            Yes I know, one of the first voices was a BYU professor or some such. I believe he made mention of thermite or something akin.

            I remember reading about Aleister Crowley’s time as an MI5 agent. He was sent to America to write for a communist rag. His schtick was to be so over the top that it made them look bad.

            Is this AJ’s deal? I have no idea. There’s no way to know, from my perspective. I trust what my gut is telling me. I also remember a Joe Rogan clip where he has AJ on. I remember his words saying how he had meager beginnings, but now he has kids to feed.

      • Jonas Planck

        I suspect that after the Bohemian Grove fiasco, he got APPROACHED by the show-biz wing of the illuminatoid host… They probably made a deal with him: sprinkle in a bunch of psy-op P.R. along with his real conspiracy-hunting in exchange for success and not being removed from the picture entirely.

        • Juan

          Sounds about right.

        • aaron

          I am not religious but this quote does fit pretty well into the amazingly complex psy ops smoke and mirrors game that TPTB plays.

          “The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist”
          ~Charles Baudelaire

    • Mr Grim

      Looking at the cover, all I thought was, “They’re going to take over the country with a little helicopter?!?”

      I guess it does have a spotlight, which is kind of spooky-looking.

      And it could conceivably be carrying Alex Jones. Also spooky-looking.

  • Jonas Planck

    I’d type the word “yawn,” but I’m against that. So I’ll just illustrate where this line of reasoning is pointed…

    I have been told, on various differing occasions, that I am a tinfoil hatted conspiracy nut for believing that:

    ►Congress gets together (“in secret”) and decides on what laws to pass.
    ►Corporations have boards of directors, executives, and trustees, and these people sometimes meet and discuss things.
    ►Corporations exist to make profit.
    ►Banks practice reserve lending, and the fractional reserve is at 40/1.
    ►The G20 summit is an actual thing that actually happens.
    ►Seratonin inhibitors that are prescribed to people for depression have listed side effects, and you can find that list of side effects right there on the official websites for the drugs themselves.
    ►Marijuana does not turn people into axe murderers.
    ►Supreme Court justices are appointed by politicians.
    ►The military is run by the government.
    ►Biological creatures have limited lifespans, and they reproduce sexually, which causes the offspring to have DNA that is not perfectly identical to that of their parents.
    ►Climate change is real.
    ►The only mention of abortion in the Bible is when God threatens to use it as a terror tactic in war against His enemies.

    Obviously, I am a deeply confused, insane, paranoid nut job for thinking any of these things. Perhaps I should take some of those special drugs they make for that… the ones that have no side effects.

    • Jonas Planck

      There’s also the astroturfer thing, but that actually DOES count as a “conspiracy theory” because there is very little provable evidence available. Although there are numerous PR and security firms who openly advertise that they perform such services, they are very adept at covering their tracks and constructing elaborately detailed personas, complete with facebook pages, fake lives, fake friends, fake hobbies and interests, etc. Also, there’s a strong tendency in vocal internet commentators to ape the language of their favorite pundits, which creates a lot of false positives when analyzing linguistic patterns. If someone calls you “a know-nothing,” for instance, you’ve found one of Limbaugh’s Dittoheads. If they refer to Mexicans as “cockroaches” it’s probably a Michael Savage fan. But an astroturfer might sound like ANYBODY ELSE, and the only way to ferret them out is to read into the content and take note of odd discrepancies.

      • VaudeVillain

        The one I always look for is a person being in the top five commenters, by volume, on a reasonably popular website who also claims to be hard-working and criticizes people who just lay around all day freeloading off of the system.

        Maybe there really are self-made millionaires with six-figure incomes who work 80 hour weeks and still have the time and motivation to write hundreds of comments a week on a newspaper’s message board, replying to any criticism instantly and aggressively pursuing any venue in which they can grind that ax… but it sort of stretches credulity a bit how many of these people claim to exist.

        • Echar Lailoken

          If I was an able bodied millionaire, I sure as hell wouldn’t be online giving people what for on my downtime. I’d be getting acquainted with hookers, blow, and traveling the world.

          From my perspective, trying to give the impression of authority online is a rookie move. Pics or didn’t happen is a thing for a reason. Hell, live feed and I am still questioning if you are who you say you are.

          • Jonas Planck

            Generally, someone who is exceedingly open and forthright in describing their business, their lives, their personal details, that raises a flag with me… Hell, why do you think I created Jonas to begin with? I figured if I was gonna fabricate a backstory, I had best make it a DOOZY! People online are rarely so eager to share personal details, even with friends and family. Even on Facebook, people construct carefully pruned public versions of themselves that hardly reflect their true lives… Often the only way to tell someone is unemployed is when they announce they’ve found a job, and their family congratulates them… yet there are a handful of ‘turfers I’ve found that were singlemindedly obsessed with their alleged work, to the point where their personal accounts had nothing else on them, no favorite music, no other hobbies or interests… maybe they were real people, maybe not, but it was strange, to say the least.

      • Echar Lailoken

        To me, A know-nothing isn’t an insult. It’s people who think they know who are typically full of shit.

        Also, I can’t quote this enough:

        Bulshytt is a term used to describe words, phrases, or even entire paragraphs which are misleading or empty in meaning. These terms are often listed as features of products extramuros. The term is often confused with one of a more vulgar nature.

        http://anathem.wikia.com/wiki/Bulshytt

        • HanzP

          That’s funny, I just replied the the following to the same guy:

          Your Logical Fallacy is: Appeal to Emotion

          I knew this before I skimmed over your comment to verify. Hmmm…what could be such an obvious tell?

          • Echar Lailoken

            JP likes to get fancy.

    • Adam’s Shadow

      Great list. What gets me is that all of these things aren’t even remotely controversial in my mind. Even the climate change one, as it’s pretty obvious that the earth is getting warmer, just by how much and whether it’s caused primarily by humanity or it’s just a cyclical pattern.

      From personal experience, I would also add:

      * The U.S. govt. used to fund the Taliban and similar groups that would later become Al Qaeda.

      * Large corporations and national governments (especially the U.S. govt.) basically function as two sides to one entity and work in cohesion for their mutual benefit and to the detriment of the mass of consumers/citizens.

      I literally got in fistfights in the weeks after 9-11 because of the first one.

      • Jonas Planck

        Yeah, I had a bloody nose by 2 in the afternoon that day, myself… shouldn’t have yelled at Dubya on the TV… Emotions were running high, nobody was thinking straight…everybody hugging each other… I heard a die-hard pacifist hippy vegan calling for the total eradication of all of Islam. Is it any wonder the Ben Glecks of the world want to bring back that day’s emotional intensity? Nothing trumps prudence like intense emotion.

    • InfvoCuernos

      Good list, I would tack on to it the fact that the CIA has been proven (in a US court of law) to be involved in the importation of illicit drugs into the US. I am always surprised when people roll their eyes at that one. Also, that the government has repeatedly used citizens as unwilling and unknowing test subjects for various dangerous and lethal experiments. These are actual facts, and they form the basis for how much we should trust our government, which is to say, not at all.

      • Jonas Planck

        I tried to keep the list limited to things that shouldn’t actually BE a matter of any controversy… you’d be surprised the kinds of ideas that get into people’s heads… hell, the “military is not part of the government” meme is supported by Bill O’fucking Reilly, if you can believe that!

        • aaron

          Well the military might be part of the government but the military industrial complex is not the government and they control the part of the government that controls the military so in a way the military almost isnt part of the government.

          • Jonas Planck

            Yes, that’s entirely true, but according to what we are meant to believe, THAT’S the “conspiracy theory” and the official story is that the President is the commander in chief and the Pentagon follows the orders of the executive branch and congress, lol. It says so right there in the Constitution that nobody abides by anyway!
            Bill-O’s laughable non-theory, I think, was that since we ALL KNOW that the military are HEROES and BRAVE WARRIORS who DEFEND and GAURD our FREEDOM and LIBERTY (and everyone must say this at all times) …and since these things are all antithetical to the evils of “big government” … then, logically, they must obviously not be connected in any way. He is certain that the two cannot possibly be associated with each other, although he can’t elaborate, because he knows the military isn’t a private company, or an independent non-profit. How could the evil federal government with its oppressive regulations and lax enforcement of traditional values be in charge of our fighting men and women who SACRIFICE SO MUCH TO KEEP US SAFE?
            Or maybe his brain just short-circuited when it was directly confronted with the paradoxical nature of his required messaging parameters. It’s all about context, preconceptions, and connotation for people like him, so reality isn’t usually a factor in his reasoning. Sometimes it becomes a direct impediment to the narrative.

          • HanzP

            Your Logical Fallacy is: Appeal to Emotion

            I knew this before I skimmed over your comment to verify. Hmmm…what could be such an obvious tell?

    • godozo

      And don’t forget that the foundation of the United States was the result of a Conspiracy involving 1% of the Settlers in the colonies.

  • ersatz

    there is finally a growing realization among the domestic population that the ptb….the government and military complex are in fact,the most dangerous threat to the country itself.

    and what we’re going to continue to see though, is their media propaganda responses to that realization…while pointing the finger at those who simply question their motivations and call out their actions as such…as the ‘dangerous’ voice of dissent.

    this is not just an american phenomenon,the cracking down is happening globally, as the controlling powers are now being directly threatened by sobering realizations of the majority.

    • aaron

      Of course its not only American. The same people that pull the strings on our puppet government also control most of the rest of the world as well.

      • ersatz

        yes indeed…most of that comment was basically aimed at those hardened ‘skeptics’ that insist the governments intentions are surely not nefarious at all.
        oh,those types of ‘skeptics’ are the funniest.

        • aaron

          Oh I know what you meant and as was mine. However I dont think those type of skeptics read this site. Their cognitive dissonance wouldnt allow them to get past 5min on here.

  • erte4wt4etrg

    Don’t you DARE challenge our dominant corporate narrative!

    • aaron

      Oh I agree and they are realizing their tactics slowly arnt working and thats why they are working steadily at castrating the internet as a unrestricted source of information and resorting to tactics like this where they have to flat out deny conspiracies exist and act like its conspiracy theorists that are in some sort of “plot to destroy america.”

  • Craig Bickford

    There is a lot of evidence for about half this stuff on the list but it’s easier to be a stooge for News Week and write a puff piece where you commit ad hominem attacks every paragraph. That’s real journalism, and that’s why people are starting to not read shite like this (and their hard core subscriber-ship is dying off, like FOX news and their viewership who are all about ready to kick it). I’d like to see someone refute that the fertilizer and aluminum industry waste they sell to city and country water authorities to ‘fight cavities’ is poison, because I don’t think anyone can refute that. Eight parts per million and you begin to have organ damage and eventual poisoning. Research accidents where those tankers crash carrying that stuff, they evacuate people for a 5 mile radius and have to do EPA emergency cleanups (and hose it off into the ground water).

    Or refute that the evidence that the TragedyandHope.com community and others have dug up about Prussian schooling (and now Common Core as the coup de grace) being a a collectivist plot point is real and provable. They can’t, they just say conspiracy theorist and the ad hominem attack makes it all go away auto-magically, just like their recession will go away once they convince people we have to attack Russia, or ran or Syria or fill in the blank black hat wearing enemy of the week. It’s sad really. The only thing I think they could actually do to turn back the dial is completely censor or destroy the internet infrastructure some how or send us back into the dark ages with an all out world war with nukes. The master race has failed in their plans to control us all and this is their moribund; name calling. Clown shoes.

    • aaron

      I agree with what you are saying however they ARE in the process of trying to censor the internet. Also believe me they know certain aspects of their plan will only work temporarily and im sure they already have future one’s in place and preparing to implement them.

  • Juan

    Wow, another propaganda piece indicating that TPTB are alarmed at not having total control of the narrative.
    Whatever.

  • http://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/ polfilmblog

    There’s always hysteria on the right to point at. The problem there is that they shout fire over everything rather than carefully analyzing and coming to sound judgments.

    What the MSM does, however, is sinister. They pretend there are no conspiracies whatsoever with these repeated guilt by association smears. This is deliberate and patterned to divide the masses with useful idiots taking up the slack of telling us that anyone who believes in conspiracies must be crazy, which is the CIA’s line they are mouthing as if on cue. It helps when arranging numerous conspiracies around the world if no one back home even believes in them!

    In the end that’s infantile reasoning, a childlike population lacking even moderate critical thinking skills. The media encourages ignorance and knee jerk reactions, led by themselves of course.

  • aaron

    Ill check it out when I have time. Just look up “operation mockingbird” and the Church committee hearings on it in the 1970s. Pretty scary stuff.

  • Jonas Planck

    Oh yes, SO VERY MUCH THIS. The “pampered parasitic poor” arguments easily collapse under close scrutiny, so the salesmen in charge of spreading them have a set of reactions in place to change the subject IMMEDIATELY if and when that scrutiny appears, (not often, because most Americans are every bit as dumb as they appear to societies that still teach critical thinking skills) usually involving sudden, loud accusations of thievery, greed, and laziness (ironic to say the least). Every time one is repeated, I find a new comeback to add to the list…

    “90% of them own refrigerators!” — Would you prefer they only ate from gas station snack coolers, spending three times as much money and getting less than a fifth of the nutritional value? Then you can subsidize their hospital care when the sodium poisoning shuts down their kidneys! What will you DO with all the refrigerators you seize from them? You obviously aren’t going to give them to charity, so what purpose will they serve in a landfill? You DO know that it CAME WITH THE APARTMENT, don’t you?
    “…and their color TV sets!” Nobody manufactures black and white television sets anymore, and the color ones are so common you can find a pretty damn big one at a pawn shop for twenty bucks. Mine was found sitting abandoned next to a dumpster, all it needed was a new power cord, which was cannibalized from a dead toaster at a total cost of NOTHING AT ALL. If it would make you feel better, we can make them turn the saturation all the way down so the image appears in black and white, but then how would they see the vibrant red-white-and-blue color schemes of the hypnotic motion graphics your channel uses to create a subliminal impression of nobility and patriotism in the viewers’ perception of YOU? It certainly ain’t your insight nor the words coming out of your mouth that make people think you deserve to be listened to!
    “…and yet they can afford BRAND NEW iPhones!” Oh, you mean this featureless black rectangle I’m holding? It’s a five-year old Samsung with no minutes on it that I use to text over WiFi with. All its apps are free, it reports my every move to the NSA, which you said keeps you safe from terrorists, and a friend gave it to me because they were just going to throw it out anyway, and I knew how to un-hijack the OS from the Amazon mobile app store, which at the time was the worst piece of shit ever devised by a corporate web developer. But since you didn’t know that black and white TVs are no longer on the market, I can see how all that sounded like a foreign language to you. BUT… even if it DID have minutes on it… how am I supposed to “get a damn job!” with no contact number to write down on the application? Perhaps an address for carrier pigeon?
    ► No. I need to stop now, or I’ll be here all night. I got a million of these.

    The point is, no matter how brutal and final your takedown of their bullshit is, you won’t be able to complete the second sentence of it in a face to face confrontation before they change the subject to “YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO WORK! YOU JUST WANT TO TAKE WHAT OTHERS HAVE EARNED!” … which is another steaming pile of bovine excreta, because those same damn people screaming at you will also tell you “Poor people don’t create jobs!” -(Oh, yeah? you know what else poor people don’t do? They don’t buy child sex slaves from human traffickers! Can’t afford ‘em dont’cha know!)- …sorry, it’s a reflexive habit… I can’t help but hit back when someone attacks. Anyway, these are just the actual conspirators and their indoctrinated lackeys spreading this line of feudalist hype. As always, the ones at the hub of the conspiracy know exactly what they’re doing, but as you move outward along the spokes, the participants become less and less aware what’s happening.
    the truth is that when you’re poor, just living day to day is much harder work than those pampered, effete radio hosts and PR stooges perform by orders of magnitude, with much less return on investment. Sure, a lot of poor people are scumbags, and a lot of them are dumber than a broken-shelled bivalve, but at least they don’t try to brainwash entire civilizations into thinking that being a scumbag or moron is virtuous or some kind of justification for authority.
    In the States, at least the region where I and my handler live, there is no such thing as a “dole queue,” (I’m always taken aback a little when I hear that in a BBC show.) and food “stamps” -which are actually issued debit cards, and probably invoke reserve-fabricated funds more than taxes- amount ultimately to nothing more than a subsidy for the rich. Corporations that make, sell, or support the distribution of food profit immensely from ensuring that consumers have a steady source of funds to buy from them. At the same time, this guaranteed flow of capital allows ALL companies to underpay their own employees without fear of bad branding from abusive practices, even though this “hand-out” is so thread-bare at the end-user level that those who don’t carefully plan out the use of their food stipend wind up malnourished and hypoglycemic at the end of every month when the food runs out and they have to wait a while before they can afford to eat well again.
    This is, of course, the meat and bones of this not-so-secret plot… food stamps are clearly a conspiracy to maximize corporate profits at the expense of the general public’s interests, and it could easily be left at that with no further elaboration, because most people don’t do the math and never realize it. but it ISN’T merely left at that, because there needs to be another target to distract attention if it is to remain ignored.
    The meme warfare aspect of it is insidiously evil. The trope of the bitchy upper-middle class lady in the grocery store who vocally disapproves of other people’s food choices is a very real, very common thing. She is completely unaware that she is participating in the social control part of the conspiracy, she is merely conditioned to see that she is paying for things with “real” money instead of state stipends, even though she probably benefits MUCH more from this system than the anecdotal peon in front of her who’s buying snow crab legs with food stamps, not realizing that the purchase equates to his own starvation in a week or two… indeed, she doesn’t even KNOW that her (or more likely, her husband’s) income is equally dependent on that moronic exchange, all she “knows” is that she “deserves” her money, because she is intimately familiar with her own struggles and and problems, everything she fought for, the hurdles she had to overcome, the opposition she faced, and she persevered in the face of it all, finally achieving some measure of stability and affluence! But that greasy-looking guy with the cheap clothes in front of her in line? She doesn’t know WHO the hell he is or what he’s been through, but he obviously has nobody but himself to blame for any of his problems, because look at him! Nobody who looks like that could possibly deserve anything they attain!
    I hate that word, “deserve”… It’s like everyone in this fucktarded country thinks that when you receive money, or have it taken away, or never have a chance to earn any, you automatically “deserve” whatever the result is, because money equals merit, because it just does, and shut UP, that’s why! …which is the result of a larger conspiracy to re-purpose language and values, but it plays right into these purposes here… Division, distraction, and everyone in the grocery store who has to listen to that lady bitch about it in her entitled, superior tone is now going to have a slightly shittier day for it, and that shitty attitude propagates outward like a virus among everybody else those people come in contact with while feeling shitty. That last side-effect isn’t a conspiracy, but it’s the only result (besides buying some food) of this entire painful, miserable scenario for everyone at the outer rim of the wheel, not even spokes anymore, just the metaphorical part of this societal apparatus that makes contact with the dirt of the road. Yeah, the wheel is Robert Anton Wilson’s metaphor, I stole it. But it’s a good metaphor for how it all comes together.

    It is entirely plausible that none of this was actually planned or deliberate to begin with… that food stamps were born out of a genuine concern for the welfare of the unfortunate, that the meme of “you deserve it!” arose from genuine examples of karmic justice, etc. Nobody got together in secret and drew out this whole sordid diagram on a blackboard before it was already underway… but it’s difficult to deny that when these social dynamics were studied, ways to profit from them were explored, and the optimal methods of securing control were proven to be effective, it eventually solidified into a system of exploitation that can honestly be called conspiratorial… even diabolical. Which brings me to my favorite response of all to someone who tries to dismiss the possibility of powerful people conspiring deliberately to do rotten things:
    “It doesn’t matter whether or not it was planned or deliberate. THE END RESULT IS STILL THE SAME!”

    • Ted Heistman

      talk to Matt about submitting articles. You just wrote one, lol..

  • Jonas Planck

    Oh, damn. Sorry about writing that thousand page novel at you, there… I got on a tear, couldn’t stop until it all came together. Trust me, the final draft will be much more concise and economical. Brevity is the soul of elegance, and all that. Writing’s not my primary area of expertise.

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