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The con, players and the antidote

We are conned from birth and on a daily basis. Why? Because we are seduced into supporting, if only by passive acceptance, crimes against humanity and ourselves. To give a flavour of the con which extends into every aspect of the human condition, here is a 10 minute video explaining the modus operandi used to protect Structural Elite interests - from the Iranian coup in 1953 to Black Lives Matter (BLM) today to overthrow the last vestiges of democracy in the USA on the road to one world government.

Many institutions are complicit in the crime but the most effective tools in the con are media. Which are the most influential media among policy makers and those in power? The Rothschild controlled Economist magazine and the Financial Times (FT), part of the Pearson group, also controlled by Rothschild; and of course the newswire services (AP and Reuters) which feed media around the globe are also under their control.

The Financial Times: Megaphone for Mass Murder by James Petras
The Financial Times editorial page carries a logo that proclaims: “Without fear and without favour”. Indeed the editors have shown no fear when it comes to. . . fabricating lies, promoting imperial wars decimating countries and impoverishing millions, whether in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and now Venezuela. The fearless “Lies of Our Times” have been at the forefront forging pretexts for inciting imperial armies to crush independent governments.

The military-intelligence, media-academic complex (MIMAC), politicians, pundits, corporations etc. play their part in the con which is no surprise but NGOs play a particularly duplicitous role in the Orwellian pantomime of "war for peace".



Even in decline, the British retained an innate belief in their superiority having "civilised" (invaded and exploited) most land masses around the globe. While, some older people in the UK retain this sense of superiority, Britain's "exceptionalism" has faded in favour of American exceptionalism which is born of the same imperial traits. The US is the current conduit of Structural Elite power and its sense of superiority is fostered accordingly.

The bloody legacy of American Exceptionalism BY Vanessa Beeley
In considering itself, exceptional, the US has extricated itself from any legal obligation to adhere to either International law or even the common moral laws that should govern Humanity.  The US has become exceptionally lawless and authoritarian particularly in its intolerant neo-colonialist foreign policy.  The colonized have become the colonialists, concealing their brutal savagery behind a veneer of missionary zeal that they are converting the world to their form of exceptionalist Utopia.

That exceptionalism is now under threat with the rise of China. The US is in decline economically even though its military belligerence continues unabated. Attitudes take time to change and even when the US dollar collapses, rather like the British adherence to its imperial past as Sterling plummeted, the inculcated sense of superiority will continue long after the nation's decline.

The Brewing Collapse of the Western Monetary System by Peter Koenig

The shift of power away from the US is already underway but acknowledgement in Anglo-American media is rare. The US remains the most armed nation on the planet and propaganda for war reinforces the US sense of superiority.

'Propagandising For War' by Media Lens
'Exactly five years ago President Obama called on the Syrian President Bashir-Al-Assad to step down but today he is still in power.'
The prominence and repetition of the observation of course conferred great significance. The implication: for the BBC, Obama is not just the leader of another country, he is a kind of World President with the authority to call on other leaders to 'step down'. In reality, Obama made his demand, not in the name of the United Nations, or of the Syrian people, but because, as President George H.W. Bush once declared: 'what we say goes'.

The only beneficiaries of war are the Rothschilds and the Structural Elite and it is they who control Obama, May, Merkel et al. It is their control the media and all the other levers of power which has led us to here. We can take their power away. It is our belief in "authority" which sustains their power - withdraw consent.

Political correctness

Political correctness sounds innocuous enough but it has become a powerful force in society today. On the one hand it causes people to self-censor to avoid causing distress or being labelled bigoted, racist, misogynist; on the other it is used as a weapon to close down debate or dissent. It is a powerful tool for distraction and division which is used by the Structural Elite to control the public mind.

Treating all fellow human beings with respect is difficult within a political economy which fosters conflict and competition - if you're not better than the other "guy/girl", you're a "loser". Peer pressure adds to the vitriol. If you think about it, much of society is based on belittling those not in your "team", in your club, of your religion, country etc. So on the one hand, people are whipped into frenzies of patriotism etc. but on the other, they are cautioned to be politically correct to be accepted. What is regarded as innocuous in one arena can be highly offensive in another. No wonder people get confused.

In some ways "political correctness" has eliminated some of the more undesirable language of alienation of minorities and misogyny which could be regarded as a good thing.

3 Common Complaints About Political Correctness (That Completely Miss the Point)
Because apparently, political correctness only goes “too far” when it applies to the unfamiliar, the not-often-talked about, the marginal, the stigmatized.

However, this has come at a price:

Political Correctness: The Antithesis of Science by J.T. Young
Despite attempts to cloak itself in science, political correctness is the very opposite. The political correctness movement’s real emphasis is on politics, not correctness. Its goal is to have prevailing thought determined by a political dynamic.

In today's political economy, there is no easy answer to this dichotomy but in a non-hierarchical world, political correctness would have little value nor would abusing one's fellow human beings - it would be self-harm.


No wonder humanity is in such a mess. We're genetically hard-wired to collaborate and co-create but have evolved within a system designed to set us at each others' throats. Remove the flaws which have created this impossible situation and we can live within our own skins with confidence and generosity of spirit making political correctness a quaint, historic expediency.

The Republic of Science

Michael Polanyi's Republic of Science essay, published in 1962, explores the politics and economics of science, calling for decentralisation of the control of science in the face of US and UK plans to direct its funding and areas of study.

Judith Curry explains the problems in climate science and beyond which have eliminated the opportunities for "mavericks" to challenge established ideas. Those who express doubts about the certainty ascribed to the climate "consensus" are referred to heretics and deniers - words more suited to religion than science.

Links to Polanyi's essay and other references are included in the show notes:

Those sceptical of the certainty that CO2 is responsible for the late 20th century warming are more inclined to give credence to natural cycles based on our understanding of temperature changes over the last thousand years or so. Studies show temperatures rising from around 1800 when the Little Ice Age came to an end. Prior to the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warm Period involved temperatures that were probably considerably warmer than today - Greenland had a thriving Norse population and wine was produced at higher latitudes than today.