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Defining “They”

Mia: Is that a fact?
Vincent: No, it’s not. It’s just what I heard.
Mia: Who told you this?
Vincent: They.
Mia: They talk a lot, don’t they?
Vincent: They certainly do.
Mia: Well, don’t be shy, Vincent… what did “They” say?
Pulp fiction (1994)

We've got one who can see!

There is a great song out there, by an artist called Jem. The song is called They. In the songs lyrics, she opens with a question, “Who made up all the rules?” & further points out, “We follow them like fools….. Cause what we tend to do, is act off what “They” say and then it is that way”. She then apologizes, a lot, & asks “Who are they?”, “Where are they”, & “Why do we live like this, is it because it’s true, that ignorance is bliss?”. These are just a few of the things I’ll be delving into & trying to answer by the end of this blog post.

Could “they” be who Vincent & Mia were speaking about in Pulp Fiction? Maybe. Some of them.

However, when I think of the great “They” it’s easiest for me, to connect this word, “They” with what some refer to as “the powers that be” or also, & more poignantly, “the powers that shouldn’t be”. This is largely the aspect of “They” which I plan to discuss, however, I’ll also be pointing out a few other “They“‘s as well. Such as “They“, being simply, society at large. However, as a caveat, ALL, of the many “They“‘s, I intend to discuss here, are actually all a part of this other word; “We”; or, our human species, but at times may extend that to any &/or all other earthlings.

So let’s get into this ” powers that shouldn’t be ” version of “They“. Some, paint with very broad brush strokes, and these “They” are everything from governments to globalists. I myself use to often bring up who Peter Joseph once called, “the plutonomy” in his excellent “Social Pathology” lecture, from 28 minutes – 32 minutes, as this was quantified via a Citigroup memo, on the super rich. This memo essentially described how “They” have so much money, that “They” can steer the global marketplace any way they choose, defining further the Invisible Hand, as it gives you the finger! However, this “They” was just one ship, if you’ll forgive me as I mix metaphors here and remind the reader of a line from Godfather 3; “All our ships must sail in the same direction.” and Admiralty law (“man’s law”) still governs “many commercial activities”. Many of these laws are in contradiction of Natural Laws. This said, where’s the rest of the fleet of vessels? On the current seas, or is that currencies, either way it’s flowing through the banks, right? Did you see what I did there? 😉

People of the same trade seldom meet together even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public or some contrivance to raise prices.” – Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations.

Well, when I’ve tried to describe the eye of the pyramid, I often like to show this article from Forbes; http://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceupbin/2011/10/22/the-147-companies-that-control-everything/  Yeah, you read that title right, & as we continue this look into a solid definition of “They“, I’m going to assume that if you’ve read this far, then you just came back from reading that Forbes article, in full, & if you are a political Libertarian, you’re here to finish reading before you point out that other article at the bottom; http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2011/10/24/retort-the-147-companies-that-run-the-world-theyre-you/ My favorite parts; “This is no secret cabal; this is the capital markets at work, allowing everyone a way to save for college, a new home and retirement.” ….  “There’s no conspiracy here, just the financial markets doing what they do, allocating capital on behalf of investors large and small. ” – Eric Savitz ends with. How comforting, eh? It’s not a conspiracy. It’s just the way things are. Business-As-Usual. Grandma’s pension money gets reinvested into the system & her dividends are enough to cover buying extra presents for the kids this year? Maybe some extra chocolate Santa’s too? Way to go Granny, not only are you spoiling these already overly privileged children, but you are stimulating the economy. Ok, enough snark & sarcasm,let’s get back to business; what kind of masonry does it take to build better BRICS for the Pyramid?

Sorry for the echo, but  “This is no secret cabal; this is the capital markets at work” – Eric Savitz. Well, this has truth to it, but as Brendan Coffey then points out in http://www.forbes.com/sites/brendancoffey/2011/10/26/the-four-companies-that-control-the-147-companies-that-own-everything/ “What does all this mean? Researchers at a desk in midtown Manhattan are the butterflies that cause the hurricanes in the markets. For instance, 37% of all index funds in stocks are in a S&P 500 index fund.” So there you have it. The wind in the sails of the “ships that must sail in the same direction.” The Invisible Hand of the markets. “Together, these four firms(“McGraw-Hill, CME Group, and Barclay’s, which took over Lehman Brothers and its Lehman Aggregate Bond Index, the dominant world bond fund index.”) dominate the world of indexing. And in turn, that means they(“They“) hold real sway over the world’s money.”

The above “They” in conjunction with the World Bank/Federal Reserve and the governments which use violence to prop them all up, are often called “the New World Order” or Globalists. On November 30, 2014 RT published Juice Rap News: The New World Order on Youtube, discussing in parody, rhyme, and reason this particular “They” quite well where he echos in spirit what was said in Eric Savitz 147 companies retort; “So, here’s the issue. We have met the enemy, ….. and he is us.”  Now, what Savitz called “markets doing what they do”, “Robert Foster” reports that the Illuminati of the average conspiracy theorist is but a “projection” to blame, for turning the average person into victims of their own making. Suggesting that people like “Terrence Moonseed” are using the “eye” at the top of the pyramid as an “alibi” for letting Business-As-Usual continue. Capitalism run amok, expanding to imperialism by way of global Mussolini brand fascism(marriage of government and corporations). “William(Bill) De Berg” then points out the truths of a pyramid structure built of our own edifice, bringing the point home, by saying; “The New World Order is you!”

How many of those trinkets Grandma bought were made by “Santa’s elves” but are stamped with “Made in China” ? Those extra Chocolate Santa candies, does Grandma know “the story” of how that chocolate was produced? Less then poverty wages, maybe even child slavery? But we have to placate Grandma & let her spoil her only grand-babies. You would have to be a villain in Robin Hood to say “…and call off Christmas!” or worse, the Grinch who stole Christmas. Yet even, Family Guy had an episode about Christmas, which suggested only one present per person, because our society has become so overly consumeristic.

So who are “They“? Globalist Banksters pulling the marionette strings of politicians or Grandma shopping at Wal-Mart? As far as Juice Rap News is concerned, the answer suggests that both, are strange, but true, conspiracies. No, I’m not saying that all grandmothers are in the Eastern Star Lodge. That would be silly. I am suggesting, that because many don’t always know where the products they purchase come from, nor do they care, if the price is right, one may be condoning or partaking in practices which cause the suffering of others. Further, that ignorance may be killing us all. Not every business out there shows off it’s sustainability practices. Many businesses don’t even have them. How many businesses out there are the cause of pollution in our world, yet we still support them in ignorance of how their practices may contribute to the long term lowering of the Earth’s carrying capacity?

It’s true, “They” sold us a lie, but we bought it. “They call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin. The late comedian Bill Hick’s was once interviewed on “Capsize”, where he spoke about the movie They Live, to a caller. Bill spoke about how he loved the allegory of the film and asked about humanities connection with nature; “How much illusion can the world take, until nature just snaps in half?”  Between Climate Change & fish stock depletion, maybe less time then one might think? Further more, if we continue to go along to get along, & just let Business-As-Usual keep doing what it’s doing, we will be unwitting contestants in an oil & coal burning suicidal race. Participants in the Globalist agenda, leading to a tragedy of the commons. A servitude and death march, of our own making because we’ve become too dependent on modern comforts. This is how we, are “They“. This is why we must end the divisional 99% vs. 1% mentality. We are the 100%, & not only is ignorance not bliss, but it’s a direct rout into slavery & ecocide.

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I’m tired of bein’ the victim of shame
They“‘re throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can’t believe this is the land from which I came
You know I really do hate to say it
The government don’t wanna see

All Michael Jackson wanted to say is that “They Don’t Care About Us” but he also said;

If you want to make the world a better place, just look at yourself, & make a change.” Now whatever you think of this man is irrelevant, what matters here, is that these words are true.

So what do we do, when “They” are us? Boycotting doesn’t mean anything to the plutonomy. Sure some mega-corporations will hurt a little, but if they are too big to fail, the they will be bailed out. The UN’s version of “Sustainable Development” Goals for the #Post2015 agenda(what use to be Agenda 21) are more a cloak-realism of continuance of Business-As-Usual, with the World Bank screening new loans through Climate Change risk filters. That’s not sustainability, & neither is a carbon tax, which does not end pollution, but rather just taxes it.  Derrick Jensen has likened our reliance on civilizations destructive dominator cultures as being akin to his own mother’s reliance on her abusive husband. Much of the problem is that there is a built in feedback in which the rich get the poor to act against their own interests. Few even want end the current control structures which would end the exploitation. Because the poor would rather try to become rich, & in so doing, become the exploiters themselves.

However, that’s not to say rejecting this matrix in mass wouldn’t hurt the system. Humanities wholesale rejection of ideas like “authority” & “money” would for sure rock the boat, which is sometimes necessary, even if you are in it.

Well, it would seem that someone has already been thinking about this for awhile now. His name was Richard Buckminster”Bucky” Fuller. He came up with the World Game and until we are all playing it, to win it, 100%, then our civilization & our species will continue to it’s decent as many cultures in decline. The object of the World Game is simple; “To make the world work for 100 percent of humanity, In the shortest possible time, Through spontaneous cooperation, Without ecological offense, Or the disadvantage of anyone.”  The game is played on a 35 foot by 70 foot Dymaxion Map, which offered an equivalent of a view of Earth from 1500 miles up.

Mark Passio of http://whatonearthishappening.com/podcast did an incredible 25 part series on the Non-Support Of Dominator Cultures, from episodes #102-#127. Where in just the first 5 episodes of this series, he covers topics like:
Emotional Mind Control, Police & Military Complicity with Human Slavery,

Consequences of Ignorance & Personal Responsibility,

Conscience and Its Exercise, Apophasis, & Justification for Immoral Behavior,

NO as the Most Powerful Word In The Universe,  &

Obedience To Authority as the Antithesis of Virtue & Finding the Courage to Say No.

There is another group, within the we, trying to express this also; http://thezeitgeistmovement.com/

We are an international network of like minded, individuals, extolling the virtues of honoring Natural Laws & utilizing the methods of science for social concern to create non-authoritarian systems of technically achievable abundance. A peaceful & truly sustainable future in which everyone can participate is possible. Please, add your voice to ours?

Let’s help the “They” understand the WE!


Project X and the Short Green Line to Abaline

In the Social Psychology MOOC i’m taking, we’re taught about how on a hot

summer day, after playing dominoes, Dad strikes up a conversation

about the family getting in the car for a drive to the locally famous

diner 50 miles away in Abaline. The daughter, not really wanting to go, but being kind

to her father, passes the buck to her husband & he in turn throws the

responsibility of choice at his mother in law. Who then defers to her

husbands original idea. Even though Dad was just trying to have a

chat, while not really wanting to go anywhere. But because each of

them THINKS the others all want to go, even though they don’t, they

ALL still pile up into the car, with no air conditioning, & drive 50 miles

to the diner in Abaline!

The question is, why are we on the road to Abaline if no one actually

wants to go?

Later the son get’s a job reviewing losses at a company. He sits with

the president, & hears about how Project X is a failure, but because

the VP & the R&D Manager say it should continue, & he as president

wants to support his team; the Money Pit of Project X, continues. So

the guy goes to the VP & hears “…between you & me, Project X is a

failure, but the president is in my office being supportive & we don’t

want to let him down…..” so Project X continues. Going to the R&D

Manager, the guy hears “Project X is not going to happen, but the

President & the VP want what they want & I don’t want to get fired…..”

…so Project X continues.

Is the issue of Climate Change & Business-As-Usual, not unlike the

Trip to Abaline? Is delaying the change to a sustainable world for more

Business-As-Usual profits, the Project X of our species?  Why can’t we

end it?  i’ve been feeling the struggle for the last few days. However,

feeling messed up, in a messed up place during a messed up time,

doesn’t mean that one is, messed up. Our societies are at war, we’re

slaves to money & we’re smart enough to see through the bull$#!t!  “It is

no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

If your “pain inside” is anything like “the splinter in your mind”

mentioned in the Matrix, then we share that pain. We see how the

world can be so much better, yet we(humanity) waste our potential as

a species on death & trinkets. Don’t we want better for our children?

Our pain is caused by this injustice, poverty, & strife over scarcity, in a

world we know should be able to create abundance. Tesla drove

himself mad over this & he died alone, because it’s not enough to just

know better & do better for ourselves. We want to share that with the

world. Help them see what we see.

Sometimes it helps to know that you’re not alone in the experience you

are having. Bill Hicks once said that all the mass medias are telling us

to believe these lies. It makes us feel crazy inside when our voice of

reason is quelled. That’s why he likes alternative media, it shows honest

emotion. You’ll never get honest emotion form the the MainStream

News  So when others echo the MSN, it’s the Solomon Asch Paradigm

at work, line A is clearly the right answer, even if the rest of the room

says it’s C. When there is even just 1 other person, in the room,

agreeing with the truth, normative conformity drops, significantly. This

is also the Moscovici study in action, how the minority, when

consistent, can effect the majority. Looks Blue to me? Wait…. i

thought y’all said it was Green?

“Holy Cognitive Dissonance Batman, what are we goona do?”

Don’t worry Robin, we’ll get through to them, eventually!”

Well, Serge Moscovici was a psychologist that showed how a consistent

minority influences the response of a majority, breaking the Asch

Conformity paradigm. Learning this in my Social Psych MOOC, came

at an important time for me. i was feeling not like myself, wondering if i

was going the right direction. Is what i’m doing worth all this effort?

i know what it’s like to doubt, in the face of such resistance too.

But this Moscovici study showed me that this quote, is true: ” Never

doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change

the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. “

spreading the word is the revolution