Mia: Is that a fact?
Vincent: No, it’s not. It’s just what I heard.
Mia: Who told you this?
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)
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,
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!