It’s Not a Conspiracy, It’s Oligarchy, Psychopathy, and Greed
A regular attack levied against those who are trying to enlighten people is the tired old “conspiracy theorist” gnome. “You must be one of them conspiracy theorists, huh huh huh.” The people tossing this term around never realize it was invented by the CIA in 1967 to discredit people who challenge government propaganda – specifically the Warren Report which was being discredited by people digging for the truth.
The CIA wrote a dispatch in response to government leaders worrying the masses would begin to question the “official” account of the Warren Report, and coined the term conspiracy theories which of course was focus grouped and psychologically researched, much in the same way Republicrat minion Frank Luntz comes up with buzz words today. The CIA’s dispatch was marked with a Psychological Operations header, a euphemism for disinformation, and came from the Clandestine Services unit.
The purpose of the document and term was to discredit anyone who questioned the official word, and conspiracy theory has become a term that is more popular than ever today. Indeed, the inability to see forces at work which are undermining freedom and prosperity for the middle and lower classes, attempting to represent verifiable claims as crazy conspiracies, and the appeal to authority fallacy represent the fact unquestioning obedience is a powerful force in the human mind. A couple of groundbreaking psychological experiments help illustrate why most people resemble sheep.
The Milgram experiment, conducted at Stanford University by psychologist Stanley Milgram tested obedience to authority by having a participant electrically shock another participant for what an authority figure said were wrong answers given to questions, while being ensured they would receive no punishment for doing so:
Participants were told they were going to contribute to a study about punishment and learning, but the actual focus was on how long they would listen to and obey orders from the experimenter. The participants were instructed that they had to shock a person in another room for every wrong answer on a learning task, and the shocks increased with intensity for each wrong answer. If participants questioned the procedure, the researcher would encourage them further. The dependent variable for this experiment was the voltage amount of shocks administered.
The voltage increased to the point the authority figure said it was potentially lethal.
If at any time the subject indicated his desire to halt the experiment, he was given a succession of verbal prods by the authority figure, in this order:
- Please continue.
- The experiment requires that you continue.
- It is absolutely essential that you continue.
- You have no other choice, you must go on.
If the subject still wished to stop after all four successive verbal prods, the experiment was halted. Otherwise, it was halted after the subject had given the maximum 450-volt shock three times in succession.
The results: 65% of the participants administered the 450-volt shock. Milgram came to these chilling conclusions, confirming most people base their decisions and thinking on authority alone, and attack those who stray from the herd even if they are right to do so.
The legal and philosophical aspects of obedience are of enormous importance, but they say very little about how most people behave in concrete situations. Stark authority was pitted against the participants’ strongest moral imperatives against hurting others, and, with the participants’ ears ringing with the screams of the victims, authority won more often than not. The extreme willingness of adults to go to almost any lengths on the command of an authority constitutes the chief finding of the study and the fact most urgently demanding explanation.
Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.
Additionally, the psychologically and scientifically valid Myers-Briggs personality instrument supports the idea people acquiesce to authority based only on the fact it is authority. Around half the population are SJs, who generally speaking and when looking at crowd behavior, are minions of those in power. Psychologist David Kiersey tells us:
Practical and down-to-earth, SJs believe in following the rules and cooperating with others. They are not very comfortable winging it or blazing new trails; working steadily within the system is the SJ way, for [to them] in the long run loyalty, discipline, and teamwork get the job done right.
The next big piece of the psychological pie is the SP temperament, which combined with the SJ temperament makes up 4 out of 5 people in the population. SPs are the dupes of society, when viewed from the lens of crowd psychology.
SPs want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation. They believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time. SPs are impulsive, adaptable, competitive, and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one.
With a populace that trusts authority over rationality, and who will go through almost any lengths to obey and believe authority no matter how ridiculous its demands are, it’s easy to see how the masses become tools of an elite. The elite who manage the herd don’t directly conspire as much as they look to maximize power and profit, and see a lot of useful idiots to take advantage of.
The United States is currently an oligarchy. When one realizes either a Bush or Clinton has been President or Vice President or running for those offices since 1980, with the exception of the Manchurian Candidate Barack Obama, and Trump and the Clintons have been long time friends, it becomes plain to see the country fits the textbook definition of oligarchy.
Oligarchy is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people might be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, religious or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next.
Princeton University declared the U.S. is an oligarchy with its own research.
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.
Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.
When power rests in the hands of a few, decisions are made which benefit the in group. It’s no conspiracy, it’s just normal human behavior. The entire concept of instituting a republic (the United States was never intended to be a democracy!) is based on the historically proven fact when power is in the hands of a few people for too long, the result is disastrous for the common man. American government was set up to keep man from having too much power, and from having it for very long. Unfortunately, thanks to economic and political corruption, today this ideal is no longer the way the enterprise operates.
A few years back, Time magazine and other legacy media ran an article in which psychologists revealed CEOs are often psychopathic. Politicians also behave psychopathically as they constantly lie to the public and exhibit many other traits of this disorder. Obama’s presidential campaign was based on Hope and Change, but by the end of his disastrous presidency the country was hopeless and only worried about sex change. Bush II’s disastrous presidency left the country similarly hopeless in 2008. Trump is following a similar game plan to Obama with his 2016 presidency, and increasingly seems to be the right-wing version of Obama as he surrounds himself with insider Republicrat apparatchiks and Neocons after securing the nomination as the “outsider reformer”.
Psychopaths display the following personality traits, as laid out by Dr. Robert Hare, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. :
Glib and Superficial Charm — The tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. They have freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in talking, for example.
Grandiose Self-Worth — A grossly inflated view of one’s abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.
Pathological Lying — Can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.
Conning and Manipulativeness — The use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one’s victims.
Lack of Remorse or Guilt — A lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, cold-hearted, and non-empathic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one’s victims.
Shallow Effect — Emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness.
Callousness and Lack of Empathy — A lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.
Parasitic Lifestyle — An intentional, manipulative, selfish, and exploitative financial dependence on others as reflected in a lack of motivation, low self-discipline, and inability to begin or complete responsibilities.
Poor Behavioral Controls — Expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression, and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper; acting hastily.
Promiscuous Sexual Behavior — A variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several relationships at the same time; a history of attempts to sexually coerce others into sexual activity or taking great pride at discussing sexual exploits or conquests.
Failure to Accept Responsibility — A failure to accept responsibility for one’s actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.
Criminal Versatility — A diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has been arrested or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away with crimes. The word psychopath can be replaced with the word sociopath throughout this page. The meaning is very similar, if not the same.
The constant scandals leaders of big business and government are involved in lend credence to the fact that most have psychopathic traits in spades. Up until the Internet Age exposed the myths and lies of the official narrative coming out of the press from government PR spokesmouths, leaders were able to effectively manage their image and deceive people. This is harder to do because of today’s free flow of information, free of the influences of gatekeepers who in the past kept unflattering information from being published, and whistleblowers from enlightening the public mind.
As Aldous Huxley warned way back in 1958, among other warnings of his that were not heeded, it’s not a conspiracy, it’s cold-hearted self-interest.
I don’t think there are any sinister persons deliberately trying to rob people of their freedom, but I do think, first of all, that there are a number of impersonal forces which are pushing in the direction of less and less freedom, and I also think that there are a number of technological devices which anybody who wishes to use can use to accelerate this process of going away from freedom, of imposing control.
How prophetic his words have been. The lust for power and money is one of the biggest driving forces leading to the corruption of the human being, and indeed today we are seeing the intrusion of “devices” into our lives which micromanage and track our behavior.
Three companies now control 1/3 of the cash in the United States: Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle control $504 billion, or 30% of the $1.7 trillion supply of cash and cash equivalents. But for some reason, even though Bill Gates has an $80 billion net worth, Tim Cook is worth $120 million, and Larry Ellison is worth $49 billion, paradoxically none of these men have practiced what they preach with their incessant praise of socialism. They should lead by example and voluntarily live on an average working person’s salary, redistributing their vast fortunes to those in need. After all, to use socialist rhetoric: Who really needs more than a net worth of oh, let’s say $1 million? It’s yet another case of an elite telling the rabble (us) do as I say not as I do.
In addition to most cash being controlled by 3 companies, 10 companies control nearly everything you buy at the supermarket and 6 control nearly everything you see in the media.
Understand there is never enough money for some people. The Hedonic Treadmill concept helps the reason billionaires always want more themselves and less for everyone else. Here is the definition of this tendency: The hedonic treadmill is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. In short, no matter how much money one has, they’re always going to want just a little bit more, the a little bit more. Money also means power, and as historian and politician Lord Acton knew:
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Acton also warned against the influence of the powerful banking cartels that now control the world economy over a century ago.
The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.
In 1835, President Andrew Jackson railed against the unwarranted influence of banking institutions, nearly a century before they were able to foist a federal income tax and Federal Reserve on the public.
You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.
It is true that unrestrained greed and avarice pose serious threats to the soul of man and his nations. Adam Smith, the father of capitalism warned us:
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
A growing gap between the rich and the poor and the destruction of the Middle Class in the 21st century are happening before our eyes. One has to think one way or the other about this. Is it just a coincidence? Aww those kind, goodhearted politicians. They mean well. They keep trying but, by gosh things just keep getting worse. Or, are things getting worse because they are tending their own gardens and do not give a damn about the negative impacts their decisions have on the little guy?
Not a Conspiracy
The fact corporations and the government make decisions that benefit them, aggrandize wealth and power, and do not take the considerations of the people who are subjected to their decisions into account is no backdoor, smoke-filled room conspiracy. Although, that said, these two groups do often get together to discuss what is best for them, such as at the annual Bilderberg Group meetings, which bring together the political, industry, financial, academic, and media elite in closed door meetings. It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to realize they are not discussing brownie recipes at these meetings.
Sadly, larceny is in the hearts of all men. Everybody wants something for nothing and if a cabal has all economic and political power, unable to see or care about the misery they are inflicting on the lives of others, decisions will be made that have negative impacts on great numbers of people underneath them. Academy Award filmmaker Aaron Russo gave an interview before his death that illustrates the decision making of an elite when they have total power. Aaron recounts a conversation he had with Nick Rockefeller while running for governor of Nevada. The Rockefeller family has a net worth of $11 billion.
As much as I like you, Nick, your way isn’t my way, we’re on the opposite side of the fence. I don’t believe in enslaving people. It’s more like… how do I put it? [Rockefeller’s answer] was like: “What do you care about them? What do you care about those people? What difference does it make to you? Take care of your own life. Do the best you can for you and your family. What do the rest of the people mean to you? They don’t mean anything to you. They’re just serfs, they’re just people.” It was just a lack of caring. And that’s just not who I was. It was just sort of cold, you know.
Indeed, believing anyone in big business or politics has your best interest at heart after repeated betrayals is crazier than trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and realizing Oligarchy, Psychopathy, and Greed are destroying the freedom and prosperity of great numbers of people in the West. That is not a conspiracy, it is a fact.
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