WHY BOTHER WRITING, THINKING OR DOING ANYTHING?
I’ve been at this mental point many times during the past 3½ years since I started posting on TMV in February 2009. I stop posting because I get really depressed with global and national reality, and then retreat to find some semblance of sanity and contentment with my family, some part-time work, and in thinking and writing about the “big picture.”
My spouse, our son and I took a short trip to the California coast before he had to start 8th grade in Phoenix, AZ on the punitive 8th of August. I enjoyed watching the Olympics though the NBC coverage left so much uncovered. So much other “news” has transpired since I last posted on TMV on May 14, 2012 but I could not bring myself to comment on such fleeting matters.
Trying to generate some more income was a major concern of mine because the only bi-weekly steady paycheck in our household for the past 2 years has been from my spouse’s full-time employment with a large federal government contractor. I’m now over 50, so I’m no longer employable or of much concern to most other Americans and particularly to our self-centered, greedy and short-term focused business and political systems. Unfortunately most of the income-generation schemes have not panned out except for selling various personal items on eBay. I plan to liquidate everything not useable for basic survival – and before the next massive national and global economic downturn that will hit us during the next 6 to 18 months.
During my 3-month hiatus, I read TMV and a dozen other great online blogs on a daily basis and found much quality news, journalism and opinion. Sadly TMV and the other blogs are read only by a small number of the general public, who are more concerned about the lives of our useless celebrities and what’s new in the shallow world of entertainment. When I wandered over to the national MSM on television or the Internet, I was constantly disappointed by the endless crass commercialism and shallow stupidity that now constitutes American journalism that has been completely captured by large corrupt global business interests.
Very few people are thinking and writing about the major issues facing this nation and the planet – and humanity’s likely self-inflicted extinction. Probably because most humans cannot imagine things around them that are not immediately tangible to them, and they are generally preoccupied with their own petty concerns, this intentional refusal to accept evidence and facts contrary to their dogmatic religious and shallow world views will be the undoing of our species. This probably explains the complete vacuity of the National Election campaign which obsesses on the trivial and avoids anything of substance.
We are indeed living in interesting and unique times that are remarkably different from many disasters during the past – except the physical, mental and emotional traits of human beings have not changed in thousands of years. We don’t learn from history so we are consigned to repeat it. In the past, great examples of human stupidity only ruined limited geographic areas and their human populations – including all the great empires of the past.
What sets us apart from our ancestors and even parents is that we have created an interlocking global economic and ecological system controlled by the worst human beings among us who are using the most unreliable technological, financial and political systems imaginable. So now collective human stupidity has been globalized at a time when we are discovering the finite limits of this planet to continue sustaining our species. Yet we irrationally believe that technology will somehow save us from our stupidty.
Though not in Western Europe, North America and a few other advanced nations around the globe, human population – and its natural exponential growth – now exceed the global resources to sustain 7 billion or more individuals – particularly if they all aspire to standards of living found in the advanced nations. Even distributing most of humanity in places that have the room and resources while saving as much of the global environment from unsustainable human uses, would not be a permanent solution. A mandatory international policy to limit families to only 1 or 2 children is long overdue regardless of some morons who still oppose strict family planning and comprehensive contraceptive education and use on the basis of fundamentally outdated and irrational religious reasons.
The earth has just so much potable fresh water, arable land, forests, clean air and soil, unpolluted seawater, and carbon-based energy sources to sustain human life and wished-for endless economic growth. Even though we now talk about climate change and global warming incessantly, no one does a thing about it. Even though a vocal minority still spouts its lunatic opposition to reality and is funded by large short-term, greedy business interests whose extractive business models do not include any long term consideration for humanity or the current environment that sustains us. After we are all extinct, what will they do with all the “wealth” they have hidden in those off-shore tax havens?
We have found all the inexpensive and readily-accessible oil, coal and natural gas. All the future digging and drilling will required that we use more energy to extract than we can afford to pay for the refined and usable end products. Most importantly, if we burn these carbon-based fuels, we will continue to warm the entire planet until it is no longer conducive to human habitability and the forms of plants and animals we need to live. Short-term ground “fracking” extraction for oil and gas also holds the likely possibility of ruining finite and important fresh ground water sources – if we have not already depleted them enough through human consumption, agricultural uses, and man-made climate changes.
We have broken economic and political systems around the globe. Our global ruling, business and academic elites do not have any concerns for the best interests of the planet or the majority of humanity. They exist solely to perpetuate the bankrupt and corrupt global status quo where a few reap all the resources, power and wealth – and they unwittingly or uncaringly increase the rapid downward trajectory of this planet and humanity. Are they betting we can find another habitable planet in another nearby solar system during the next few decades so we can move some of our “chosen elites and their servants” there after the earth has been completely trashed for short-term profits and thus rendered unfit for human life?
We have created mountains of fictitious debts at the public and private levels = all of them un-payable and unsustainable – in order to create “wealth” for our banking and financial sectors who control our governmental institutions. Printing “computer generating” more fiat currency (and distributing it only to our corrupt oligarchy in the baseless hope that some of it might “trickle down” to everyone else) is not a rational solution to any of humanity’s economic woes. It is only a stop-gap measure to protect the small number of wealthy elites and governmental leaders so they can extract more wealth from everyone to feed their insatiable greed.
All nations must reject debt-based economics, enact complete debt forgiveness of all past fraudulently created financial instruments, and eliminate central banking institutions such as the Federal Reserve and most types of private fractional reserve lending. We need to establish a global monetary system based upon democratically-controlled national currencies that are based upon each nation’s rule of law, human and natural resources, and free-market economic systems. We cannot permit corrupt crony capitalism and criminal financial systems to perpetually enslave us. These will be first steps in realigning our national and global priorities away from the destructive priorities of our private global financial, military and energy cartels.
It is regrettable to admit that our massive and expensive global military presence is the major factor in propping up America’s economic and financial system, and it keeps the dollar as the pre-eminent fiat currency among all the worthless fiat currencies of the world. Thus the corrupt shadow rule of unelected and unaccountable global financial elites is perpetuated to the impoverishment of the vast majority of human beings. We could not even base currencies on national holding of gold, silver and other precious metals because the criminal organizations that run the global commodities exchanges have no idea how to match requested trades to fictional inventories. Fiat currencies can work but only if those public entities who issue them are trustworthy and honest – and that is certainly not the case in the U.S., the E.U., the U.K., or China.
The upcoming elections in the U.S. are a sham and a diversion fabricated by our ruling elites to convince us that we still live in a just, fair and sane society. It does not matter which President or Congress we elect since they are all puppets of the same corrupt and destructive oligarchy. It is completely delusional, facetious, irrational and engaging in pure mental masturbation to believe that any voting groups can possibly make substantive changes in the status quo. Voting merely legitimizes a wholly corrupt and broken system – that does not warrant any further support. Instead, it is in every American’s best interest to not vote and instead delegitimize our political and economic systems so they can collapse under their own corrupt weights all the faster. Thus we will finally be liberated and able to start anew after their complete demise.
Our various ruling groups of sociopaths and psychopaths in the public and private sectors need no further encouragement or public legitimacy from the rest of us. I fully urge my readers to stop voting (at least at the Federal level) as I have decided to do. The only remaining means of peaceful protest and opposition to the status quo are to refuse to participate in the utterly bankrupt, lawless, corrupt, hypocritical and fraudulent system that now controls the United States.
Respectfully submitted by Marc Pascal on 8/15/12 from Phoenix, Arizona.