Sunday, November 3, 2019

What To Expect - and Why

Shining a Light on the Sociopaths in Politics 

sociopaths in government
There are at least seven characteristics that define a sociopath, although I’m sure the list could be extended:
  1. Sociopaths completely lack a conscience or any capacity for real regret about hurting people. Although they pretend the opposite.
  2. Sociopaths put their own desires and wants on a totally different level from those of other people. Their wants are incommensurate. They truly believe their ends justify their means. Although they pretend the opposite.
  3. Sociopaths consider themselves superior to everyone else, because they aren’t burdened by the emotions and ethics others have – they’re above all that. They’re arrogant. Although they pretend the opposite.
  4. Sociopaths never accept the slightest responsibility for anything that goes wrong, even though they’re responsible for almost everything that goes wrong. You’ll never hear a sincere apology from them.
  5. Sociopaths have a lopsided notion of property rights. What’s theirs is theirs, and what’s yours is theirs too. They therefore defend currency inflation and taxation as good things.
  6. Sociopaths usually pick the wrong target to attack. If they lose their wallet, they kick the dog. If 16 Saudis fly planes into buildings, they attack Afghanistan.
  7. Sociopaths traffic in disturbing news, they love to pass on destructive rumors, and they’ll falsify information to damage others.
They’re chronic, extremely convincing, and even enthusiastic liars, who often believe their own lies. That means they aren’t easy to spot, because normal people naturally assume another person is telling the truth. They rarely have handlebar mustaches or chortle like Snidely Whiplash. Instead, they cultivate a social veneer or a mask of sanity that diverts suspicion. You can rely on them to be “politically correct” in public. How could a congressman or senator who avidly supports charities possibly be a bad guy? How could someone who claims he just wants the U.S. to defend some foreign minority possibly be a warmonger? They’re expert at using facades to disguise reality, and they feel no guilt about it.
Political elites are primarily, and sometimes exclusively, composed of sociopaths. It’s not just that they aren’t normal human beings. They’re barely even human, a separate subspecies, differentiated by their psychological qualities. A normal human can mate with them spiritually and psychologically about as fruitfully as a modern human could mate physically with a Neanderthal; it can be done, but the results will be problematical.
It’s a serious problem when a society becomes highly politicized, as is now the case in the U.S. and Europe. In normal times, a sociopath stays under the radar. Perhaps he’ll commit a common crime when he thinks he can get away with it, but social mores keep him reined in. However, once the government changes its emphasis from protecting citizens from force to initiating force with laws and taxes, those social mores break down. Peer pressure, social approbation, and moral opprobrium, the forces that keep a healthy society orderly, are replaced by regulations enforced by cops and funded by taxes. Sociopaths sense this, start coming out of the woodwork, and are drawn to the State and its bureaucracies and regulatory agencies, where they can get licensed and paid to do what they’ve always wanted to do.
It’s very simple, really. There are two ways people can relate to each other: Voluntarily or coercively. The government is pure coercion, and sociopaths are drawn to its power and force.
The majority of Americans will accept the situation for two reasons: One, Americans no longer have a philosophical anchor to keep them from being washed up onto the rocks. They no longer have any real core beliefs, and most of their opinions – e.g., “We need national health care,” “Our brave troops should fight evil over there so we don’t have to fight it over here,” “The rich should pay their fair share” – are just reactive and comforting catch phrases. The whole point of spin doctors is to produce comforting sound bites that elude testing against reality. And, two, Americans have become very pampered and comfortable. They’re a nation of overfed losers, mooches, and coasters who like the status quo without wondering how long it can possibly last.
It’s nonsensical to blather about the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave when reality TV and Walmart riots are much closer to the truth. The rot originates with the majority of Americans, of course. Political candidates spend millions to take their pulse in surveys and polls, and then just regurgitate what the public wants to hear. Once a country buys into the idea that a privileged lifestyle is everyone’s minimum due, that country is on the decline. Lobbying and taxation are replacing production and innovation as the national modus vivendi, but parasites can’t sustain prosperity. The wealth that took centuries to produce is not inexhaustible.
All political candidates decry the upper classes, say they love what’s left of the middle class, and want to shower more goodies on the proletariat.
People generally fall into an economic class because of their psychology and their values. Each of the three classes has a characteristic psychological profile.
For the lower class, it’s apathy. They have nothing, they’re ground down, and they don’t really care. They’re not in the game, and they aren’t going to do anything; they’re resigned to their fate.
For the upper class, it’s greed and arrogance. They have everything, and they think they deserve it – whether they do or not.
The middle class, at least in today’s world, is run by fear. Fear that they’re only a paycheck away from falling into the lower class. Fear that they can’t pay their debts or borrow more. Fear that they don’t have a realistic prospect of improving themselves.
The problem is that fear is a negative, dangerous, and potentially explosive emotion. It can easily morph into anger and violence. Exactly where it will lead is unpredictable, but it’s not a good place. One thing that exacerbates the situation is that all three classes now rely on the government, albeit in different ways. Bankruptcy of the government will affect them all drastically.
With sociopaths in charge, we could very well see the Milgram experiment reenacted on a national scale. In the experiment, you may recall, researchers asked members of the public to torture subjects (who, unbeknownst to the people being recruited, were paid actors) with electric shocks, all the way up to what they believed were lethal doses. Most of them did as asked, after being assured that it was “all right” and “necessary” by men in authority. The men in authority today are mostly sociopaths.

What To Do

One practical issue worth thinking about is how you, as someone with libertarian values, will manage in a future increasingly controlled by sociopaths. My guess is poorly, unless you take action to insulate yourself. That’s because of the way nature programs almost all creatures. They all share an imperative: Survive! People obviously want to do that as individuals. And as families. In fact, they want all the groups that they’re members of to survive, simply because (everything else being equal) it should help them to survive as individuals. So individual Marines want the Marine Corps to survive. Individual Rotarians want the Rotary Club to prosper. Individual Catholics leap to the defense of the Church of Rome.
That’s why individual Germans during World War II were, as has been asserted, “willing executioners” – they were supporting the Reich for the same reasons the Marines, the Rotarians, and the Catholics support their groups. Except more so, because the Reich was under attack from all sides. So, of course, they followed orders and turned in the neighbors who seemed less than enthusiastic. Failing to support the Reich, even if they knew it had some rather unsavory aspects, seemed an invitation to invading armies to come and rape their daughters, steal their property, and probably kill them. So, of course, the Germans closed ranks around their leaders, even though everyone at the top was a sociopath. You can expect Americans to do the same.
Americans have done so before, when the country was far less degraded. During the War Between the States, even saying something against the war was a criminal offense. The same was true during World War I. In World War II, the Japanese were all put in concentration camps on groundless, racially based suspicions of disloyalty. During the early years of the Cold War, McCarthyism was rampant. The examples are legion among humans, and the U.S. was never an exception. It’s even true among chickens. If a bird has a feather out of place, the others will peck at it, eventually killing it. That out-of-place feather is deemed a badge of otherness announcing that its owner isn’t part of the group. Chicken Autre must die.
Libertarians, who tend to be more intelligent, better informed, and very definitely more independent than average, are going to be in a touchy situation as the crisis deepens. Most aren’t going to buy into the groupthink that inevitably accompanies war and other major crises. As such, they’ll be seen as unreliable, even traitors. As Bush said, “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.” And, he might have added, “The Constitution be damned.” But, of course, that document is no longer even given lip service; it’s now a completely dead letter.
It’s very hard for an individualist to keep his mouth shut when he sees these things going on. But he’d better keep quiet, as even H.L. Mencken wisely did during both world wars. In today’s world, just keeping quiet won’t be enough; the national security state has an extensive, and growing, file on everybody. They believe they know exactly what your beliefs, desires, fears, and associations are, or may be. What we’re now facing is likely to be more dangerous than past crises. If you’re wise, you’ll relocate someplace where you’re something of an outsider and, by virtue of that fact, are allowed a measure of eccentric opinion. That’s why I spend an increasing amount of time in Latin America. In truth, however, security is going to be hard to find anywhere in the years to come. The most you can hope for is to tilt the odds in your favor.
The best way to do that is by diversifying your assets internationally. Allocating your wealth into real assets. Linking up with sound, like-minded people who share your values. And staying alert for the high-potential speculations that inevitably arise during chaotic times.
- h/t Monty Pelerin, Doug Casey

Saturday, October 26, 2019

A(nother) Warning!


              
 In response and in harmony with the above plaintive exhortation, I offer the following as I am A. Nonny Moose, Too.

While not currently a "senior Trump administration official", you will also hear [sic] a great deal from me and other highly-placed officials. But mostly from me. Like my alleged predecessor, it's the great upside of being A. Nonny Moose, Too. No one really knows if s/he/them or I actually exist. Kinda like the famed "Whistleblower", we just may be a pigment [sic] of Atom Schifty's oh-so-fertile imagination!

Just sayin'…

We read "… there is no better witness to [Trump's] character than his own words and no better evidence of the danger he poses than his own conduct…” . And there is no better way to distribute  character assassination and general misanthropy either, than via the questionable attribution from Someone Unknown to Someone Else Unknown or, if accurately named, not inclined to respond to an Anonymous libel. Can you sue Anonymous anonymously?  

What better way to make waves in the Great Swamp and rile the pseudo Journalistas than some alleged eye and ear witness intel from a "senior Trump administration official"! You may recognize it as the old 'Quotes from Authority' gambit so popular in toney Ivy League Debating Clubs. It works equally well in Tell-All books. As I, A. Nonny Moose, Too, shall also reveal: that Other Guy/Gal/Composite Apparition isn't the only one who can conjure quotes! Did I mention I was also and often "in on meetings with the president"? Go ahead – ask me what color tie he was wearing!
The Other Anon has cleverly insisted on "remain[ing] anonymous in the book but has agreed to do at least one interview with a journalist". As Annony Moose, Too, I, like my name demands, agree to "Two" interviews with any journalist who has the bona fides to call him/herself one. Call me any time; my number's unlisted, of course.

My Unknown Nemisis states " The truth about the president must be spoken, not after Americans have stood in the voting booth to consider whether to give him another term and not after he has departed office.". Of course I agree. But who can trust a person or entity that coyly hides behind Anonymity, limits his contact with the 4th Estate and relies on social media and other rumor mills to act as his/her/its Marketing Dept? Is he taking lessons from Atom Shift? Or jittery his 'revelations' will violate National Security and he'll get the Julian Assange treatment?

Quoted in, of all places, the New York Times, Anonynous boldly states "It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room." Actual adults contend "Any real adults in the room would act like real adults, not like some playground tattle-tale with a grudge because he didn't get picked for Dodge Ball."

Truth and Guts are inextricably connected. Hiding behind curtains of anonymity is gutless. When it comes to fact and accuracy, one may properly presume the forthcoming 'tell-all' will likely tell less.
Buy my book instead.

A.Nonny Moose, Too

Friday, October 18, 2019

Everything You Need To Know...

...about the current insanity.

Robert Gore is one of the blog world's best scribblers; not only in style but in substance. For a clear, concise summary of how we got here, read his excellent piece below.
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Imagine an announcement to the populace: We rule you and every aspect of your life. Your wishes, desires, and plans are immaterial to us. You will do as we tell you or you will be severely punished or eliminated. Our sole end is power and we will be its corrupt and criminal beneficiaries. You are our slaves. Imagine that the announcement was not met with outrage and resistance, only quiet acceptance, even approval. The regime has disclosed the horrifying truth about itself, and nobody protests or cares. It has rendered the truth irrelevant. What future disclosure could threaten it in any way?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

About That 'Gun Control' Thing

FB Friend Don Cooper posted this succinct and factual piece. If you are 'pro gun', his logical deliniation may come in handy. If you are of the 'anti-gun' group, you might want to read and consider this with as open a mind as you can muster.
BW

Even good people get emotional and do irrational things sometimes. Irrationality is a part of our humanity, there's nothing we can do about it.

Some believe that's why guns should not be readily available to people.

At first this seems reasonable but after closer examination the even more dangerous consequences become apparent.

The first problem is that any laws restricting gun ownership will be enforced by law enforcers with guns. People just as vulnerable to emotional, irrational acts. Who's going to police the police? We see horrendous acts of violence every day by the king's men on unarmed people.

Secondly, history has shown us that the path to tyranny is paved with an imbalance of weapons. First the state disarms the public under the guise of public safety and then usurps ultimate power and control over the populous.

Thirdly, is the irrational nature of laws meant to deal with human irrationality. Gun laws are prior restraint laws. Laws meant to assume someone will do something bad so they will be restrained prior in order to insure they don't do something bad. It's pre-crime like in the movie "Minority Report". It's also prejudicial and dehumanizing. The individual is taken out of the equation and everyone is treated with the same contempt and suspicion without probable cause.

Lastly is the destructive economic effects. Guns, like all weapons, are an economic good that are produced for many different uses: hunting, sport, fun, self-defense etc. Guns, ammunition and many other accessories create jobs and stimulate economic activity. There are 200 million gun owners in the US alone. The gun industry is a billion dollar a year business. Any laws restricting the manufacture and sale will necessarily negatively impact a large sector of the economy.

The UK has all but made it impossible for people to get guns yet they still have one of the EU's highest violent crime rates. People just use knives instead of guns. Now the government is asking people to turn in their knives!

What's next? Cricket bats? I know, let's just all stay at home every day unless we have an "exit license" from the state to go outside. That will certainly minimize the fear of something bad happening.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fair Warning

A compelling, informative and downright frightening article about the (near) future of firearms ownership and the elimination of the protection of the 2nd Amendment. Share with your friends.
BW

You probably think Facebook and Google are throwing off geysers of money by dominating an industry known as “online advertising”, but those of us who’ve spent time on the inside of this beast know the industry by its true name: mass behavior modification.

It’s only a matter of time before these two companies openly go on the attack against American gun ownership, and when they do, they’ll form a foe far greater than any we’ve faced before. If you don’t believe that they can turn the tide of public opinion on firearms, a tide that lately seems to be going in our favor, then you’re not paying attention.

Pay Attention here

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Term Limits: The Only Way It Can Work

Just as used to be said about the weather: "Everybody talks about it but no one does anything about it!"

So it is with Term Limits, the quaint notion that will keep politicians from becoming wealthy, lazy, hypocritical, perpetually elected criminals along with their standard psychopathic issues. "Quaint notion" because in order to become Law, the very ones who will be adversely effected must vote for it.

Any such solution requiring the force of a law is DOA; career suicide is a non-starter in every occupation I can think of.

But how about this: a local ‘citizen’s groups’ comprised of the candidates’ constituents who demand everyone in the race take a Forensic Audit Oath comparing their net worth prior to running and prior to running for re-election? The Candidate will be required to explain the sources of any sudden increases during his term. Along with being absolutely local registered voters, the group would have to be dedicated energetic activists, sufficiently funded, and most of all: media savvy, in order to ensure the Candidate gets all the coverage s/he so richly deserve in the event of failure/refusal to publicly commit to it. A local popular talk show host/station would help; ditto local/regional editorial support. Making sure the “Oath” commitment gets thorough media coverage is the key to its “enforcement” without a Law in place. Robust social media exposure could help similar groups spontaneously combust throughout all areas – no government (or law) required.

This is the essence of Sam Adams' comment: "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

Go organize that "irate, tireless minority", set some local brushfires and you will be amazed at what can be accomplished. It all starts with You. Not "Us". You. The Us come later. Except for the "freedom" part, your enemies are doing this every day.

Brian Wilson

Monday, August 12, 2019

Red Flag Laws. This is what will happen...

It’s a Sunday night and your family has all gone to bed. You let the dogs back in and lock the deadbolt like you do every night. All the lights are off now except a couple of night lights scattered throughout the house leaving that dim glow throughout your home. It’s bedtime and work and school are going to come early in the morning. You crawl in bed, kiss your wife and drift off to sleep being thankful for the air conditioning that allows you to pull that heavy quilt up over your shoulder despite the fact it’s still 85 degrees outside. A few hours pass...