Leo Strauss, Father of the Neocons

August 27, 2008 at 11:37 pm (Big Brother)

There are two great articles I read recently which explain a vast majority of what’s going on in the minds of the current ruling administration.  Due to the relentless media propaganda, the obvious lies, and the ridiculous opinions of its followers, I’ve always wondered just what the true beliefs of the Bush clique were, and now I think I know.  Here is article one and here is article two.  Or, if you’re more of the liberal bent than the libertarian, and are turned off by Ron Paul, here they are in reverse order; article two and article one.

Noteworthy excerpts include:

“The people will not be happy to learn that there is only one natural right – the right of the superior to rule over the inferior, the master over the slave, the husband over the wife, and the wise few over the vulgar many. In On Tyranny, Strauss refers to this natural right as the “tyrannical teaching” of his beloved ancients. It is tyrannical in the classic sense of rule above rule or in the absence of law (p. 70).

Now, the ancients were determined to keep this tyrannical teaching secret because the people are not likely to tolerate the fact that they are intended for subordination; indeed, they may very well turn their resentment against the superior few. Lies are thus necessary to protect the superior few from the persecution of the vulgar many.

The effect of Strauss’s teaching is to convince his acolytes that they are the natural ruling elite and the persecuted few. And it does not take much intelligence for them to surmise that they are in a situation of great danger, especially in a world devoted to the modern ideas of equal rights and freedoms. Now more than ever, the wise few must proceed cautiously and with circumspection. So, they come to the conclusion that they have a moral justification to lie in order to avoid persecution. Strauss goes so far as to say that dissembling and deception – in effect, a culture of lies – is the peculiar justice of the wise.”

and:

“…lying is central to the survival of nations and to the success of great enterprises, because if our enemies can count on the reliability of everything you say, your vulnerability is enormously increased.” What about the effects of lying on one’s own people? Who cares if a leader can fool the enemy? Does calling it “strategic deception” make lying morally justifiable? Ledeen and Machiavelli argue that it does, as long as the survivability of the state is at stake. Preserving the state is their goal, even if the personal liberty of all individuals has to be suspended or canceled.”Disclaimer: please don’t think I’m advocating for Obama, or McCain, in the slightest.  I have a hard time choosing between dying of ebola and dying of dysentery.

 

Today’s article of doom: FBI gets to investigate (spy) even when there is no basis for suspicion.

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The Beat Goes On

August 6, 2008 at 9:50 pm (Food, Inflation)

Inflation over the last 200 years in the US

Want to know something interesting? There was, except in brief times of great duress such as a (declared) war, no inflation in the US dollar until the Federal Reserve came along. You could save a dollar and it would have as much purchasing power to your great, great, great grandchildren as it had to you.  Since the Federal Reserve was established, the value of the dollar has fallen between 96% and 98%. In fact, the rampant devaluation is the main reason no one in this country saves, whether they know it or not. This article outlines some of these themes.

How ironic that the institution causing this problem, the Fed, continues to be in charge of how to fix it.  In fact, the catastrophic failure of the monetary policies in the last 90 years is going to result in even more power of the Federal Reserve, because people don’t understand what’s causing things to go awry.  As time goes by, people will clamor for more regulation, more stimulus packages.  “Wall Street” will get blamed.  Greedy investors will get blamed.  The Bush administration will get blamed.  Everyone except the one organization that controls the entire money supply by setting the value of a dollar — the Federal Reserve.  Not only will they not get blamed, they’ll get praised.

I must stop dwelling on the Federal Reserve; the powers that created it are the same powers that raise and level governments — it’s a waste of time to get upset at them.  So, instead, I guess I’ll get upset at people who steadfastly believe the government’s economic numbers, as if they are the last bastion of truth and accuracy.  After all, 2+2=4 no matter what, right?  Even though these same people believe the government lies about Iraq, lies about WMDs, lies about everything under the sun — and these people distrust corporations and religions and global warming and what have you — somehow they believe the official economic numbers.  And they should know enough to realize a fiat currency is based completely on faith.  In fact, there is very little difference between a religion and a fiat money system.

Well, some mainstream publications, such as this article, hint at how common misleading data is published by the government, although it’s just a hint.  For a full dose of reality, try Shadow Stats.  How else can global food prices have increased by 40% in 2007, according to the UN, but food inflation was only 5% here, according to our government’s official figures?  Oh, it’s because we don’t import much food, right?  Wrong.  It’s because our dollar has increased, then, perhaps?  No.  It’s because we live in a magical fairyland whether food pops out of the ether into our plates, I suppose.  Or maybe the government is lying.  Do you have a receipt from August of 2007 from the grocery store to compare?  Betcha it’s 40% lower.  In fact, you don’t even need to check.  You know it’s true.  Along with 5% food price increases, we only have 5.7% unemployment and 2.6% core inflation.  Whew.  That’s a relief.

Today’s article of doom: far larger wave of home defaults building.

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