Last week, I reached out to Michael Krieger, who recently started writing at his excellent Liberty Blitzkrieg blog again.
I asked if I could occasionally publish his pieces in The Rum Rebellion. He kindly agreed.
We share a similar philosophy on how the world works. Only he writes about it with far more authority and eloquence. So I thought you might like to hear his views.
Plus, Michael worked on Wall Street for years. He is well aware of the corrupted centres of power that try to control the narrative and control your life. When I say centres of power, I’m talking centralisation of money (central banks) information (tech giants and MSM) and regulation (big government).
With the return of the establishment to the White House, and the MSM smugly telling you all is right in the world again, it’s a good time to remind yourself that it’s anything but.
It’s time to take personal action
Instead of hoping for another outsider to come in and challenge the status quo though, it’s time to take personal action. As someone far smarter than me once said, ‘be the change you want to see’.
The world is a pretty messed up place right now. I’m not a historian, but the recent attacks on personal liberties and freedom of speech hasn’t been seen in the West outside of war.
Of course, our political benefactors will tell you we’re at war with the virus. They’re taking your freedom away ‘for your own good’.
It’s the catch cry of all tyrants.
What about the tech giants then?
They’re simply at war with ideas they don’t agree with. If you challenge the official narrative, you don’t have a voice.
Michael talks about the power and pitfalls of social media in the essay below. But it’s more than just that.
You see, it’s hard to notice when you’re in the thick of it but you’re living through the breakdown of the global financial system. They’ve been trying to fix it since 2008, but it only gets worse.
That’s why you’re seeing sky-high debt levels, unprecedented monetary experimentation (with much more to come) economic problems and social divisions.
It’s also why stock markets are rallying. Investors are trying to flee the system, or at least flee cash. Stock markets don’t collapse in basket case economies, they rally. Just look at Turkey and Argentina, for example.
Anyway, let me hand you over to Michael. It’s a good read…
Keep in mind it was written in July last year but it’s more relevant than ever.
Trust no one
The title of today’s post is not meant to be taken literally. I trust plenty of people. I trust friends who’ve demonstrated their trustworthiness over the years. I trust my family. Having people in my life I love and trust makes everything far more meaningful and pleasant. I hope people reading this likewise have a circle of trust they’ve built over the years.
On the other hand, you should never trust anyone or anything that hasn’t given you good reason to do so, and if someone or something gives you good reason not to trust them, you should never forget that. The more power a person or institution has in society, the less trustworthy they tend to be. I don’t say this because it’s fun to be cynical, I say this because my life experience has demonstrated its accuracy.
In the 21st century alone, I’ve been given good reason to distrust all sorts of things around me, including the US government (all governments really), intelligence agencies, politicians, mass media, Wall Street and Silicon Valley, to name a few. These power centres make up ‘society’ as we know it in 2020, which is really just massive concentrations of lawless financial and political power obfuscating rampant criminality behind the cover of various ostensibly venerable institutions. What’s most remarkable is how many people still maintain trust in so many of these provably untrustworthy organisations and industries, which speaks to the power of propaganda as well as the comfort of denial.
That said, the ground is clearly beginning to shift on this front. As more and more people recognise that the system’s designed to work against them, increased numbers will reject conventional wisdom and search for an alternative framework. Unfortunately, this next step can be equally treacherous and it’s important not to jump from the frying pan into the fire.
This is where social media comes into play. It offers an endless array of opinions and analysis that you don’t get from mass media, but it’s also filled with bad actors, professional propagandists and con artists.
At this point, everyone knows that social media is the new information battleground, so every character or institution with malicious intent is aggressively playing in this arena and often with boatloads of money. The charlatans at MSNBC will have you believe it’s just the Russians or Chinese, but every government and every single special interest on the planet is now involved. They’re all on social media in one form or another, trying to push you in a specific direction that’s usually not in your best interests.
It took me a while, but I’ve finally recognised how unthoughtful and treacherous social media is whenever some big news event hits. Important arguments quickly lose all nuance and devolve into binary talking points and agendas. People split into teams in a way that feels very much akin to the traditional, and now largely discredited, red/blue political theatre. For COVID-19, it felt like half of Twitter thought it was an extinction-level event, while the other half was convinced the whole thing was a hoax. In the aftermath of George Floyd, you were either cheering on the civil unrest, or wanted to send in the military. Increasingly, if you aren’t in one of two manufactured camps on any issue you’ll be shouted down and ostracised. That’s not the kind of discussion I’m here for.
As someone who’s found great value in Twitter over the years, I’ve become far more careful in how I use it and where to direct my attention and energy. It reminds me of Mos Eisley in Star Wars, a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but simultaneously a place you can connect with Han Solo and get a spaceship.
As we move forward, it’s going to feel like the world’s ending, and in some ways it will be. No, the world isn’t literally ending, but a specific kind of world is ending and it’ll be extremely difficult for many people to tell the difference as it’s happening. This will likely lead to many more episodes of mass insanity as professional manipulators take advantage of millions upon millions of disoriented people. Priority number one should be to stand guard at the gate of your mind during this time so as not to become a victim.
The best thing you can do from here on out is use your time and energy as productively as possible. We’re going to need builders, creators and inventors more than ever before, because we’re past the point of putting this thing back together. We’ll need to recreate, reimagine and rebuild, and all of this must spring from a point of consciousness in order to bring forth something that is both better and sustainable. Become more beautiful and resilient as others become ugly and unhinged. Focus on what’s within your capacity to control and always remember to resist the crazy.
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PS: You can find more of Michael’s work at the Liberty Blitzkrieg website.
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