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They’re Not Gods – They’re Not Even that Smart

powers that beI hear people making all sorts of predictions of what the powers that be (TPTB) will allow or not allow. Honestly, they treat this group as though they are omnipotent.

Just to be clear, the term, “powers that be” generally refers to the partnership between central banking cartels, mega-corps, and governments (including military, spy agencies, and secret police). I will use it in that way also.

And while these groups have tremendous power in certain areas, they are not gods. In fact, they are, as individuals, not much more capable than the average person. Many of them, particularly at the higher levels, hold their positions by birth and not necessarily (or usually) for any meritocratic reason.

Given that, TPTB can maintain their edge in two ways:

  1. By hiring especially smart people.
  2. By being focused and ruthless.

I’ve known politicians and government officials, and few of them have struck me as exceptionally bright. I’ve attended meetings with a few central bankers, and they struck me as possessing a well cultivated air of separation, but not as being exceptionally bright. (Some of their hired analysts were very bright.)

But far more important than my impressions are a couple of facts:

  1. If they were so smart, they would have killed the Internet in 1989, when the death would have gone unnoticed.
  2. They could have, if they were so great, killed Bitcoin in 2009, before it proved to the world that cryptocurrencies were both effective and durable.

We could add plenty of other examples, including several rulers who tried invading Russia in autumn. However we look at it, the big, dominating bosses have almost never been mental giants. Ruthless, yes. Geniuses, no.

Nor are TPTB all-powerful. Just look at how well their two big prohibitions worked. (You could, even through the worst days of the War on Drugs, find a marijuana seller in every area of every city in the Western world.)

Our Attitudes Need To Change

There’s a useful old story about tying an elephant to a stake, like we tie dogs to parking meters:

A trainer ties a juvenile elephant to a stake, and the elephant learns that he/she is not strong enough to get away. After a while, it stops trying. Then, when the elephant is grown, and easily strong enough to escape, it never tries.

So far as I know, this story is true (though I’ve never examined it closely). But this is certainly the way most of us act. We think TPTB are so overwhelmingly powerful that we have no hope of resisting them. So, rather than injuring ourselves by fighting the rope around our legs, we simply give in.

The truth, however, is that TPTB have only the power we all give them. If people simply stopped obeying – stopped taking them seriously – TPTB would crumble in short order.

What the productive people of our time need is moral courage. They need to know that they have a right to retain their earnings, that it is right for them to see to their own needs and the needs of their families. And, most of all, they need to know that their morality is better than that of the thieving, manipulative powers that be.

It’s time to start pulling out our stakes and building a world that suits us, not them.

If enough of us take that statement seriously, TPTB will soon be on their way OUT.

Paul Rosenberg
FreemansPerspective.com

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  • JdL January 15, 2014, 6:18 pm

    They could have, if they were so great, killed Bitcoin in 2009, before it proved to the world that crypto-currencies were both effective and durable.

    I’m curious, what could they have done to kill Bitcoin in 2009 that they can’t also do in 2014?

    I’m definitely with you in asserting that attitude change is the key to defeating the criminal government thugs who rob us blind when they’re not actually murdering innocents. The urgency of that task is highlighted by the recent acquittal of the killer cops in the Kelly Thomas case in Fullerton CA. If people understood what scum cops have become, they wouldn’t have acquitted, and even if 12 trolls could be found to acquit, the guilty parties would not be allowed to escape justice.

    • Hey You January 15, 2014, 7:21 pm

      It seems that the citizens and the police have separated into “us and them”. Thus, there will continue to be conflicts until we have smaller communities (smaller political entities) where citizens and cops are integrated.

      • JdL January 15, 2014, 8:21 pm

        Thus, there will continue to be conflicts until we have smaller communities (smaller political entities) where citizens and cops are integrated.

        Agree. These “cops” (if they were still called that, after the way the word has been brought into disrepute by the thugs we have today) would be constrained by the same rules that bind those they serve. It wouldn’t be necessary to react with fear if one of their cars were spotted nearby; it would be reassuring. In my fantasy version of this future, most people would have firearms at the ready in their homes, so would-be criminals would be deterred not primarily by security forces, but by the odds of getting shot if they try to break in anywhere.

    • Paul Rosenberg January 15, 2014, 10:55 pm

      “I’m curious, what could they have done to kill Bitcoin in 2009 that they can’t also do in 2014?”

      In 2009, about 50 people would have been angry. Now, it would be millions. 🙂

      • JdL January 15, 2014, 11:04 pm

        In 2009, about 50 people would have been angry. Now, it would be millions. 🙂

        Or, “Now, it will be millions.” Because I think the criminal thugs WILL outlaw Bitcoin. Whether they can in fact stamp it out remains to be seen.

  • 7thPillar January 15, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Fortunately, TPTB can be avoided. Not completely but we do have options.

    If Leviathan is too domineering in your locale you still have the option of removing yourself from that locale, at least for the time being. Is it any wonder that over 7,000,000 US citizens have left the tax-farm for greater opportunity and safety across the globe? I expect that 2014 will be the year that the State Department is overwhelmed with individuals surrendering their passports and their citizenship.

    If all goes well, I’ll be doing the same by year end.

    The Boot-Strap Expat
    http://7thpillar.wordpress.com/

  • Hey You January 15, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Like that question of, “Now that we have the bell, who will bell the cat”?

  • Brother Jonathan January 15, 2014, 10:08 pm

    As long as they have a money monopoly TPTB will make and enforce the rules.
    Audit and then End the Fed.

    • Paul Rosenberg January 15, 2014, 10:57 pm

      Saith Bucky Fuller:

      You never change anything by fighting the existing. To change something, build a new model and make the existing obsolete.

      • Andre January 16, 2014, 12:27 am

        New models come from fighting the old. French and American revolutions for example. To change TPTB’s powers (the actual democratic system nothing else but a plutocratic power wielding mechanism) just tell people not to vote anymore. If total votes come in below 20% of registered voters the elected have no legitimacy and will be denied governing powers. The system falls apart. Of course plutocrats can always resort to dictatorship. Nothing different from what it’s now, except that the curtain will have fallen …

  • Squid Hunt January 16, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Moral courage would be nice.

  • Aleksandr Jogerst January 16, 2014, 1:41 pm

    he who has the gold, makes the rules….

    • TaxpayerX January 16, 2014, 3:11 pm

      Nice sounding aphorism, but historical reality is: He who steals the gold makes the rules.

  • kapnlogos January 16, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Just realize that almost every cryptography system has been broken, or was built with a built in backdoor. If you know how to break a crypto system, you don’t announce it to the world, unless you are an altruistic type. We can safely assume the cryptography behind the Bitcoin has also been compromised. Not saying anything about it allows TPTB to make money, follow other peoples’ money, and is a license to steal. I haven’t even gotten to the other reasons on why the internet is bad and allows intrusion into every facet of peoples’ lives, interests, locations, politics, and finances. It remains to be seen if access to more internet makes people less susceptible to TPTB, as we elected Obama twice, and he carried enough negative baggage to sink the Titanic.

    • JdL January 16, 2014, 3:21 pm

      Just realize that almost every cryptography system has been broken, or was built with a built in backdoor… We can safely assume the cryptography behind the Bitcoin has also been compromised.

      I’m open to the possibility that any given cryptosystem has been broken, but I think the evidence suggests that, for example, PGP has not. We know it has no backdoor, because its source is published and has been gone over with a fine tooth comb by people with the knowledge and motivation to break it if it were possible. Quantum computers may defeat public key systems over time, as apparently the factoring of large numbers is well suited to quantum computing (I don’t pretend to understand the details).

      I think the best evidence that strong encryption such as PGP has not been broken is the government’s paranoid reaction to it. It’s possible they’re faking, but I tend to doubt it.

      I’m also guessing that Bitcoin has not been compromised, though I’m less sure than regarding PGP, since I know less about how Bitcoin encrypts.

      • freewheelinfranklin543 January 16, 2014, 4:06 pm

        Quantum computers are bs. They backdoor damn near everything.

        • JdL January 16, 2014, 6:19 pm

          Quantum computers are bs.

          Maybe. Nobody’s built one yet, though one company claims to have done so, and I’m not absolutely certain they haven’t.

          They backdoor damn near everything.

          That’s why I rely only upon something I can compile myself.

      • kapnlogos January 16, 2014, 5:45 pm

        The truth is we just don’t know, do we? Unless you are on the ‘bleeding edge’ of crypto and computer craft you could be just another rube getting fleeced. Most people don’t know a prime number from a logarithm , and even a good education in mathematics doesn’t mean you can’t be fooled. When or if the whole system goes ‘poof’, ‘who are you gonna’ call, Ghostbusters? What do you suppose the interest is in breaking the cryptography behind BitCoin? What would the rewards be? Do you suppose anybody is trying? Assuming PGP is good, who says your computer hasn’t been compromised with key logging software? I’m just against putting too much faith in ‘they can’t ever do that’. I don’t know the answer, but I admit I don’t know.

        • JdL January 16, 2014, 6:14 pm

          I don’t know the answer, but I admit I don’t know.

          As I hope was clear from my first response, I also admit that I don’t know. As with nearly everything, the best we can do is try to assess risk, with the only certainty being that our knowledge is incomplete. Like you, I scoff at Bitcoin enthusiasts who assert that its security is “perfect” and “unbreakable”. In the real world, those words don’t belong to much of anything.

          • kapnlogos January 16, 2014, 6:21 pm

            I guess we agree. 🙂

      • Saal January 16, 2014, 6:06 pm

        The biggest threat to Bitcoin is not a backdoor, imo; it’s the massive amounts of speculative BTC sitting in cold storage wallets. Only 22% of already mined BTC is actually in circulation; Satoshi him/her/themselves is estimated to possess nearly 10% of minted BTC in cold storage some of these big holders could very easily drop the bottom out of the market, particularly given the transparency of the blockchain.

        • JdL January 16, 2014, 6:38 pm

          Interesting! I’ve not heard this before; could you provide a link? I’d not be surprised if this is true.

          Of course, it wouldn’t be in the interests of the holder of a pile of bitcoins to flood the market with them suddenly, unless he/she could “cash out” before the reaction hit. But people don’t always behave in rational ways, and I think your scenario is very plausible.

          My biggest concern re Bitcoin is that it will be outlawed. I’m worried that the miners who record and verify the legitimacy of transactions could not keep out of sight, that a bunch of them will be arrested and jailed, that the rest will mostly stop participating, and that as a result, Bitcoin will be all but wrecked.

  • Freespirit January 16, 2014, 6:52 pm

    I am not sure, Paul, that the problem is we feel they( TBTP )are too powerful but that the GREAT MAJORITY of the people are so dumbed-down, by “divide and rule”, misinformation, and fantasy that we are NOT just fighting the “powers that be” but the majority of their “proxies”, who make up at least 60 percent of the population, especially in the U.S. and other Western Countries.

    Standing in front of a ‘freight train’, figuratively-speaking, does not sound commonsensical and in fact it makes the “John Galt” solution very appealing !!!

    • Mark N M February 28, 2014, 8:23 pm

      You’re right.
      We aren’t just fighting the PTB–we are fighting their legions of useful idiots. Fortunately for us, they outnumber us bringing into full force the law of the exponent: too many of them means their way cannot be sustained by those of us who continue to produce–all resources are finite. Particularly those resources possessed by the politically estute, productive class. Let it fall apart and then demand that they learn to produce for themselves. Going Galt is “taking it with you”. They will find it and they will take it. What they do not possess and cannot take from you is your ability to create–Go Galt with that, tell them “I told you so” after the crash, wait for the herd to thin and then train them when they are ready to learn.
      :
      Side note: I learned the expression PTB in the military where it was always said sarcastically and surrounded by air quotes–each time a new edict was passed down from Mt. Doom.
      Should you decide to Go Galt….on your way out, please ridicule them as much as possible as I learned to in the military. Part of the problem thus far is that they think everyone takes them as seriously as they take themselves when all they have really earned is our open, mocking derision.

  • mobius MOLON LABE January 18, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Moral courage. Now there’s a rare commodity.

    I agree, “just say no”. Not too many are buying it though.
    Nobody wants to go first?
    Or perhaps not too many have a line they won’t back over.

    Going Galt is the same strategy begun with a tactical withdrawal. They’ll still come eventually.

    Fred

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