From: Naked Capitalism
A Reply to Robert Murphy’s ‘Have Anthropologists Overturned Menger?
By David Graeber, who currently holds the position of Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University London. Prior to this he was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University. He is the author of ‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’ which is available from Amazon
By Nomi Prins, AlterNet
Several years after the Wall Street-ignited crisis began, the nation’s top bank CEOs (who far out-accumulated their European and other international counterparts) continue to hobnob with the president at campaign dinners where each plate costs more than one out of four US households make in a year. Financial bigwigs lead their affluent lives, unaffected, unremorseful, and unindicted for wreaking havoc on the nation. Why? Because they won. They hustled better. They are living the American Dream.
This is not the American Dream that says if you work hard you can be more comfortable than your parents; but rather, if you connive well, game the rules, and rule the game, your take from others is unlimited. In this paradigm, human empathy, caring, compassion, and connection have been devalued from the get-go. This is the flaw in the entire premise of the American Dream: if we can have it all, it must by definition be at someone else’s expense.
In Why America Failed, noted historian and cultural critic Morris Berman’s brilliant, raw and unflinchingly accurate postmortem of America, he concludes that this hustling model, literally woven into the American DNA, doomed the country from the start, and led us inevitably to this dysfunctional point. It is not just the American Dream that has failed, but America itself, because the dream was a mistake in the first place. We are at our core a nation of hustlers; not recently, not sometimes, but always. Conventional wisdom has it that America was predicated on the republican desire to break free from monarchical tyranny, and that was certainly a factor in the War of Independence; but in practical terms, it came down to a drive for "more" -- for individual accumulation of wealth.
So where does that leave us as a country? I caught up with Berman to find out.
Hey - seriously - congratulations on your new political post!
If you are reading this, it means that you have ascended to the highest levels of government, so it's really, really important that you don't do or say anything stupid, and screw things up for the rest of us.
The first thing to remember is that you are a figurehead, about as relevant to the direction of the state as a hood ornament is to the direction of a car - but you are a very important distraction, the "smiling face" of the fist of power. So hold your nose, kiss the babies, and just think how good you would look on a stamp. A stamp, for mail... No, not email, mail. Never mind, we'll explain later.
Both the financial elite and their servants who maintain this system, appear to exhibit behavior that is consistent with symptoms associated with a medical disorder known as psychopathy.(*) Psychopaths, also called sociopaths, are categorized as those who exhibit superficial charm and intelligence, and are absent of delusions or nervousness. Their traits include:
From: Pravda.ru – By John Stanton
"The United States will protect its people and advance our prosperity irrespective of the actions of any other nation..." President Barack Obama in National Security Strategy of the United States, 2010
The American Empire's success depends on successfully converting the national American psyche into a sociopathic national consciousness (SNC). Once completed, America's empire will be as successful as it is ruthless.
This conversion process is ad hoc and always the consequence of an "outside" event or "crisis" and the fear it engenders. The sociopath, as individual or collective, is opportunistic and reaps advantage from uncertainty. Sociopaths are in abundance at every level of American society.
For example, the response to 911 was mostly ill-conceived as the world now knows. But the fallout from that, though, is irreversible: state secrets, wire tapping, torture, leaders inciting fear in American society, terrorists around every corner threatening life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, fusion centers, laws conceived for punishing terrorists used on common criminals/vandals, war as meaningless, etc. Now more war is needed and so it's cyberwar, helicopter gunships into Pakistan and Yemen, and that pesky homegrown terrorist problem (antiwar activists).
There is no end game for this state of affairs just as there is no stopping the conversion of America to a totally sociopathic empire.
From Gulag Bound – by Jim O'neill
At the U.N. Summit at Rio in 1992, the Conference Secretary-General, Maurice Strong, said "Isn't the only hope for this planet that the industrialized civilization collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about?"
"The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. The real enemy then is humanity itself." – From the Club of Rome's "The First Global Revolution" p. 71,75 1993
"Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee." – John Donne (1572-1631)
The death knell for freedom has been tolling for some time, and only now are people starting to hear it. It started tolling faintly, decades back, and has slowly progressed in volume, until today its tolling is impossible to ignore.
The United States of America - that "shining city on a hill" - had a good run of it, and made a gallant effort at establishing liberty for all. But as the old saw would have it, all good things must come to an end.
Liberty, after all, is an aberration in mankind's history - a light that has flared here and there over the centuries, only to dissolve back into the darkness.
America is barreling towards becoming a bit player on the world's stage, and its vaunted middle class - once the envy of the world - is on the verge of being eliminated. For the good of the planet, for the good of Gaia. for the good of the collective - freedom is being replaced by servitude, capitalism by socialism, and property rights by "sustainable development."
By Silver Shield,on June 28th,2011
I have spent only 6 months hacking at the root of power. I know many have been doing it for decades. They have inspired me to join the fight full time. I started publicly blogging to bring attention to the Sons of Liberty Academy. The Academy is by far the most comprehensive program in the world exposing the greatest story never told,the enslavement of humanity by the Elite. As I look back on some of the articles I have written, I have tried to pull all of the pieces together and provide a complete picture on what is really going on in the world. I am not just reporting on the news, I am bringing perspective you do not see to often on why things are happening. I bring the deeper perspective that is sorely missing in this sound bite news circus.
All of my work is centered on the Total Freedom concept I came up with for the Sons of Liberty Academy. Far to often we focus our energies on one aspect of freedom. For most it is the financial freedom we are looking for, but unless you are totally free you will never be happy. Think about how many rich people you know of that are completely miserable. I know many. Making money will never make you happy, it will just speed up life. If you are unhappy before you make money then you will just be unhappier faster with money.
“Most men live lives of quite desperation and go to the grave with their song still in their heart.” – Walt Whitman
I believe that you can become your highest self when you become totally free. This is our purpose on this earth. I feel there is no higher calling in life then releasing people from the bonds that hold us back. Think of how many wonderful things that never came to be because of the chains others and we put on ourselves. If we want freedom, we are going to have to fight for it!
THE SOLUTION to collective schizophrenia is the wake-up that happens, one person at a time but with increasing synergy among the awakened, when you begin to detect in any situation that the stated aim is not the actual aim. Global schizophrenia involves a lot of harmless madness and even some playfulness, invention and fabulation, but it has its dark side as well. The dark side of global schizophrenia is social evil, or the orchestration of social wrong-doing through the 3-D technique: deception-division-domination. What happens in the final phase of Kali Yuga is that a small part of the human race become fanatically obsessed in using their total madness to enslave the rest of the partially mad human race. They totally mad ones are the schizophrenics who go into paranoid psychosis or full-blown murderous insanity. They turn on the rest of the human species with intent to dominate or eliminate them.
Wilhelm Reich called the state of full-blown auto-destructive insanity that results when collective schizophrenia is pushed to its limit, massenpsychosen, mass psychosis. He saw it exemplified in the Inquisition, Nazi movement, and in Catholicism, sadistic religious fanaticism. In The Mass Psychology of Fascism, Reich observed that military and (so-called) mystical impulses can meld into the "armored behavior" of social violence. His observation is totally consistent with my analysis of the mystico-military insanity of the Zaddikim, the Jewish splinter cult of the Dead Sea, the germinal source of Christianity and the prototype of global terrorism.