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The Rise Of America's Lunatic Fringe ... Anyone who spends any amount of time on the internet has seen them. They are the moonbats, the wingnuts, the whackjobs, the Conspiratorialists. They are America's new Lunatic Fringe, and their numbers are growing. While the rise of the internet fed a segment of society that has always existed, as the cyberworld has become an increasingly important source of both entertainment and information, an entirely new demographic has joined what was already amongst us. When the trust is gone the Fringe becomes the mainstream. The government can no longer afford to ignore the Lunatic Fringe, because it is becoming less loon and more understandably and righteously indignant every day. The government did not create the Fringe, but through callous disregard, incompetence, blatant self-interest, cronyism, selective enforcement, and pandering to its financial support base, the government has fertilized the fringe until it has grown to redwood-like size. The nation's leadership is viewed not with admiration, but with distrust. It is no longer the solution, but the problem. – Chindit/Zero Hedge
Dominant Social Theme: It's getting crazier out there and somebody ought to do something.
Free-Market Analysis: Zero Hedge posted the article excerpted above, perhaps because the website's editors wanted to get a reaction on a slow news day. Zero Hedge is what we might call an alternative news site, so it is part of the trend that this editorial by Chindit (whoever that is) is identifying.
The article is interesting to us here at The Daily Bell because over the past ten years as we have actively participated in what we call the Internet Reformation, we've become believers in "directed history." This is the idea that a small group of impossibly wealthy individuals and families are trying to create world government by orchestrating historical events.
We didn't arrive at this notion easily or flippantly. It is one that has occurred to us after a lifetime of reading and writing – of genuine dedication (shared by many) in trying to understand the world and how it worked. It is based on the patterns that the Internet provides to us, patterns about which we were not aware before we were able to use the Internet.
Interestingly, the article excerpted above refers to patterns, as well. Its argument is that these patterns either don't exist or are misinterpreted by this growing and dangerous lunatic fringe. Here's more:
Collectively, though individually they differ, the beliefs of the Fringe include a conspiracy behind the JFK assassination, a faked moon landing, and the current favorite: that 911 was an "inside" job. The collective also includes the Birthers, and those who believe in everything from FEMA Camps to chemtrails to that retro old favorite of Colonel Jack Ripper, fluoridation. (Those unfamiliar with these terms should Google them for more information than one might care to have.) The Fringe holds beliefs that have the world controlled variously by the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the Bilderbergers, Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, the Council on Foreign Relations, 33rd Degree Freemasons, the Vatican, the Queen of England, or just The Illuminati.
Every event and every incident in the world is affected by some Master Plan carried out by whomever the believer chooses from the aforementioned gallery of rogues. For many, al Qaeda is really al CIAda, and the prime directive of that organization, along with all the other USG alphabet agencies, is to further the goals of the elite, usually through some "false flag" operation or "psy-op", and this many believe is financed through sales of illicit drugs under the guise of CIA foreign operations.
Believers can "prove" each and every one of their claims via a series of cross-referenced internet links, the source of many undoubtedly just someone's fertile imagination, but very real to the believers.
To the uninitiated this all seems rather humorous, albeit slightly unsettling. It would be both wrong and unwise just to slough it off as the ramblings of the insane. The reason such beliefs are gaining favor is because many Americans have lost faith and lost trust in the government and in America's elected leadership. Given what has happened over the last decade, this is not only understandable, it is even, in an odd way, reasonable. A continual drift to the fringe can be expected because of the many very real things that make the foolish things suddenly more believable.
Why have the people lost faith and trust? There is a host of reasons, perhaps beginning with the war of choice in Iraq and the vociferous and passionate claims of WMD that turned out to be false. That war cost lives, cost sympathy and diplomatic capital, and cost trillions even when America was told by former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz that the war "would pay for itself from oil sales" and that "Americans would be welcomed with garlands". Neither was anything close to accurate. Instead the US has war dead, war wounded, a huge bill, fewer friends, and many more enemies.
What truly exacerbated the rush to the fringe was the Financial Crisis and the subsequent railroaded bailouts, which "democratic" America opposed to the tune of 97%, and which were, and still are viewed as rewarding the very people who caused the collapse. The oft-spoken official claims that "the taxpayer made a profit on the bailouts" just adds salt to the taxpayers' wounds, as it conveniently fails to take into account the host of programs − from TALF to ZIRP to QEI, II, and III and Twist − that virtually handed the banks the money with which they could "pay back" the bailout cash.
We would argue that the article thoroughly loses the plot at this point. To maintain that those who have adopted directed history as a method of understanding history and their own situation therein have come to their intellectual positions based on a series of modern events is to seriously underestimate the power of the new communication technology.
The Internet provides us with a methodology of rebuilding our world that doesn't go back ten or twenty years but ten or twenty THOUSAND, perhaps 50,000.
It is a miscalculation to believe that people are mistrustful, suddenly, because of TARP or some other government program. People are mistrustful because of the profundity of what the 'Net has revealed.
The power elites that want to run the world often miscalculate. But they have access to so much money via their control of central banking that they are able to move ahead with their plans regardless. This does not make those plans more practical, however. Sometimes motion is inertia rather than progress.
In fact, in the 21st century, those who oppose those plans are growing in number – and the sheer numbers of the opposition are likely making the powers-that-be uneasy ... or worse.
What the Internet shows us seems unassailable. It is based not only on historical fact but on previously hidden Austrian economic theory – theory that is recognized as having provided the revolution of marginal utility that constitutes the borderline between classical and neoclassical economics. Once one understands hidden history and forbidden economics, the world becomes a much clearer (and sadder) place. How can one turn one's back on reality?
There are clear historical patterns between the era of the Gutenberg press (the first information revolution) and the current Internet Reformation. Then, as now, copyright was used by the powers-that-be to try to retard the spread of information facilitated by new technology.
Then, as now, the information being spread revealed the mendacity of the age's memes. Then, people began to realize that the Catholic Church was not telling the truth about the Bible because for the first time they could read the Bible for themselves.
Gradually, people rediscovered a whole past that had been lost to them. Not for nothing was the Church apparently complicit in the (long ago) burning of the Library in Alexandria. But knowledge about ancient Greeks and Romans (and Egyptians) and ultimately about the scientific method itself was gradually rediscovered. The darkness was lifted a little.
And today, even more. After World War I, the League of Nations was created. After World War II, the United Nations came into being along with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the modern Bank for International Settlements. Before the 20th century there were hardly any central banks and today there are 150 or more of them, mostly controlled by the BIS.
This is not a "conspiracy" but simply a fact. These central banks basically fix the price and volume of money – a practice that promotes endless ruin around the world. Price-fixing never works. Central banks have been CREATED to promote this ruin. The idea is to achieve via chaos the final order of world government.
Markets don't actually fail (competition is what makes markets and competition is a process) and don't need government correctives to "help" them. Except for "natural laws" that conform to human behavior, there is no justification for government, or certainly not the kind of intrusive and brutal Leviathan that exists today.
Germany's Adolf Hitler was apparently funded by the West in order to create war. Japan was goaded into war, as well. The Vietnam War was started by a hoax. The CIA apparently promulgated the countercultural 1960s and Operation Gladio – also generated by Western Intel – was in full effect throughout Europe, polarizing those countries and creating a fear of communist takeover via black ops.
This is all historical fact. Operation Mockingbird is with us today and enables the CIA and other US Intel operations to use mainstream media for propaganda purposes. The propaganda always points us toward world government.
It's well known by now that the CIA invented Al Qaeda, that the war on terror is at least in part manufactured, that there are parts of the 9/11 story that don't add up, that a massive Western Intel community is actively inventing false flags every day – we call them dominant social themes – in order to frighten people into giving up wealth and power to specially prepared globalist institutions.
None of this is speculative. All of this is factual.
None of it, unfortunately, is lunatic. But most people won't take the time to look. For one thing, if they grant the reality of their manipulation, then they have to figure out what to do next. And most people don't have the willpower or resources to "do" anything. Better not to know.
The "not knowing" is also understandable because most people do not have the time and energy to continually investigate what they've been taught and undo decades of mental programming. It's hard work and there is not a lot of incentive.
But for every ten who will not use the Internet to establish the reality of directed history there is perhaps one who might. In the US, for instance, in a nation of 150 million adults, this amounts to 15 million people who have enlightened themselves and certainly others who are aware but uncertain about the credibility of their changed knowledge base or uncomfortable with it.
Repeat these numbers around the world and you begin to sense the enormity of what's taking place. As the article points out, a lunatic fringe is indeed "rising."
After a certain point one man's lunacy becomes another's reality. As a new reality gradually takes hold – just as it did after the Renaissance and Reformation – there will be a mighty change in how the world is perceived and how society is organized.
The power elite has been certain until this point that its goal of world government will be achieved. But we sense they are not so certain now. They are using war, economic ruin and regulatory authoritarianism to hold back the inevitability of the hive mind's enlightenment. They are frightened.
The human hive mind has an operational journey. The cycle will turn, regardless. Every tool ever made by humankind has doubtless been used. And over time every significant morsel of knowledge has become widely disseminated.
This is biology. This is sociology. This is the Way the World Really Works.
Chindit wants to blame the rise of conspiratorial thinking on government incompetence and callousness. But the government is not the problem.
History shows us clearly that there is a small operational group of impossibly wealthy individuals standing behind modern governments, especially Western governments. These people are what we call the power elite. It exists. It controls central banks. It wishes, collectively, for world government.
These are the indisputable facts that the Internet Reformation has provided us with. One may mock these facts and call their acknowledgement a kind of lunacy. But that sort of mockery worked better in the 20th century than the 21st. Today, one might as well try to stop the wind from blowing.
The old strategies of elite damage control don't work anymore. It is a new time. The Internet is a process not an episode.