51-DEMOPOTENCY

 

Hopefully, my blog has so far succeeded in convincing readers that we live in the best of all possible worlds, that there will never be another world war, and that the final obstacle to globalization, the oil patch unrest, will soon become a figment of our collective memory. We have Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the greatest man who ever lived to thank for that. Yes, we are in safe hands and free to enjoy a great quality of life like at no other time in human history. This is true in spite of the fact that the Gorgon Sisters brandish the crop more than ever, in wanting to make us believe just the opposite in order to keep us in line. They have no choice, for during the time the dynasty of bankers in the City have had full control of world finance, that is from 1913 to today, world population went from 1 to almost 8 billion. And because the world of credit spawned a world of leisure, the Gorgon Sisters are solicited more than ever. It’s more proof that our world is financially controlled by Mayer’s dynasty. If we are persuaded that it’s indeed the case, we have to also believe that the City is prepared to defend its great creation with tooth and nail. I personally want everybody to believe that what is best for the dynasty of bankers in the City is what is best for us all, and if I succeed, we will all lead less stressful lives and feel less the need to be superficial.

We are unfortunately overwhelmed by societal empowerment, or demopotency, an illusion of power that evolved as jobs were created in early 20th century. That’s when we started putting money in our pockets and thus had access to credit for the very first time. Mayer Amschel Rothschild, a great family man who was born in a ghetto in Frankfurt, in 1744, where he lived all his life in complete anonymity, most certainly didn’t foresee this outcome. His main concern was empowering individuals by giving them access to credit and a decent life, not making them victims of demopotency. If we believed that his dynasty still stands by that belif, we would be more inclined to adopt the values that make us happy, what makes all living beings happy, that is creating an enduring family and earning a living using our natural talents. It has been said that if one does what he loves doing for a living, he will never work a day in his life. When we foraged for food and water around the clock, we had no time to think and things were simpler, but in a world where food and water are available in abundance, not to mention credit, we have to think about what makes us happy if we want to be happy. We must therefore stop thinking short term like we are genetically programmed to do.

Regardless, whether we believe in the existence of Mayer’s dynasty or not, we can’t deny that in the last 100 years, humans have been seriously empowered as a specie. Democracy, or the world of credit as I call it, is the greatest gift mankind ever received. This ultimate political system made credit available to the lowest rungs of society. Mayer and his banking dynasty gave mankind the means to know freedom, security, prosperity and leisure beyond belief. Unfortunately, we have stopped being self-empowered in the process, the root cause being that we live in a world of leisure for which we are not genetically programmed, a world that tears us away from family, fauna and flora.

Democracy, or access to credit, has turned out to be a double-edged sword. In the last hundred years, the fantastic demopotency that it provided mankind has almost completely supplanted autopotency. As we moved from the country to the city, we started disconnecting from the natural world and became intoxicated with demopotency to the point where we ignore our true nature. We want a bigger salary, a bigger house, bigger car, and more of everything instead of wanting what makes us happy. Our libido drives us and we are totally preoccupied by wanting others to see us as sexy, smart, important, young, rich, and beautiful beings, all the while harboring a poor self-image.

The world of credit as we know it today was created in 1810, in the City, but as far as we mere mortals are concerned, it only got going in early 20th century when electricity and the FED came along. When television followed, series like ‘Little house on the prairie’ portrayed what autopotency was all about. Bringing in a crop, raising healthy farm animals, feeding the family, and building a homestead for sheltering a family and welcoming friends and neighbours were fulfilling activities. Our ancestors worried at times, but it never constituted stress, that is, the permanent nebulous state of anxiety many of us experience today.

Demopotency actually started in 325 CE when the newly entrenched and official Roman state religion, the Christian religion, gained political control of the Western Roman Empire and invaded it like a hermit crab. Gradually, the Church’s anointed absolute kings of divine right ruled over Europe, forcing the Nicene Creed down everybody’s throat and committing mindboggling atrocities in the process. In spite of all that, common man was valorized for the first time. Christians were told they were created in the image of God and went to heaven if they obeyed the 10 Commandments. If they didn’t, they ended up in burning hell for eternity, it was up to them. Unfortunately, or more exactly, fortunately, because the Holy See and its Kings of Divine Right were so intolerant and nearsighted, they made two deadly enemies, the Jews and the Huguenots (French Protestants).

These two persecuted groups managed to join forces in Amsterdam in 1602 before moving to the City, in London, in 1688, where they established the world’s first democracy. However, it was a limited democracy in that only English merchants and privileged citizens voted and had access to credit. It was only when Nathan Mayer Rothschild took over the Bank of England in 1815 that access to credit started being available to ordinary citizens. In early 20th century, with electric power being made available to all and Mayer’s dynasty having created the FED, the consumer world went into high gear. Since then, world population went from 1 to almost 8 billion. Today, just about everybody earns a salary which means having access to credit. Paradoxically, the more people have the wherewithal to do what makes them happy, the more stressed they become.

Like Christianity, Democracy has always been romanticized, and most of us don’t know how they were created in 325 CE and 1689 CE respectively, and that’s part of our problem. If we accept the fact that intelligence is a consequence of our breaking the time barrier, and that the more we are able to connect with the past in order to learn from it and make for a better future, the more intelligent we are, we must conclude that we are going backwards. Most of us live in the present and let our minds drift into historical amnesia, forever demanding to be fed more demopotency junk by the Gorgon Sisters via our smartphones. Instead of trying to understand how Christianity and Democracy were created and what our real values are, we whirl around brightly lit smartphones just like moths around light bulbs, forever risking getting our wings singed.

Autopotency has to do with doing what fulfills, whereas demopotency has to do with doing what shows. While basic human values are those of all living things and are fulfilling, societal values are moral in nature and are simply meant to make the group function. The secret would be to learn to live with the smartphone while identifying and giving top priority to our basic human values. We’re not genetically programmed for a world of comfort and leisure, and since we still march to the beat of ‘survival of the fittest’, we always want more, bigger, better and so on, while neglecting the essentials of a happy life. Family life, flora and fauna are taken for granted, and we fail to give priority to our natural talents, and hence to live by them.

When we were little burrowing animals, around 65 million years ago, we were constantly wary of the dangers in and around our burrow and in the sky above. We grabbed any food at hand and reproduced using the wham-bam thank you ma’am method. We were constantly on the alert and permanently stressed. Today, we feel threatened by the real or perceived threats of the whole world, we grab junk food on the go, and we use the wham-bam thank you ma’am approach to sex more than ever. Are we going backwards?

All living beings on earth are beautiful and fulfilled when they are in a nurturing or creative mode, so that’s what we should strive for if we want to free ourselves from stress. Creating a solid and lasting family group and using our true talents in order to earn a living, should definitely be our main aspirations. In the last 100 years, the City bankers have created an environment that allows us to easily do just that, yet our primal instincts make us do the exact opposite, the too many divorces that produce hordes of emotionally crippled children and the ongoing battle for higher paying jobs being sufficient proof.

The 20th century has afforded us great freedoms and comforts, but that’s turned out not to be such a good thing because it’s not in sync with our genetic makeup. In the last centuries, we may have learned to eat and drink properly and dispose of our body waste, but we haven’t learned to reproduce properly because it’s deemed to be a lowly animal thing that we, as intelligent beings, find quite vulgar and demeaning unless we’re sexually aroused. We can’t escape the fact that we are 100% animal of the ape family and that we must answer to our ANS or we don’t survive. It’s to our advantage to accept those facts, for only then will we start dealing properly with our libido. Because we now live in a world of leisure, our libido drives us more than ever, yet instead of teaching our kids how their libido will soon force them to make babies and preparing them to face up to their responsibilities when they become teens, we, as well as society at large, pussyfoot around the subject at best. If the teen is aware that his libido is a ‘natural selection’ tool meant to force him to make babies and if he is aware what that involves from A to Z, he’ll be more apt to behave responsibly, and who knows, maybe choose autopotency as exemplified by a Charles Ingalls over demopotency typified by a Donald Trump.

There is a trick on how to wean ourselves from demopotency. First, we must accept that R&D (research and development) started being financed in a systematic way when the Huguenots and the Sephardim created the Bank of England in 1694 and that the financing of R&D became international when Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his son Nathan took over the Bank of England in 1810. Since then, every major project in the world must be financed, thus okayed, by that dynasty in order to be realized. That dynasty gave birth to democracy as we know it today, and if we believe that, we are half-way there. The hard part for us is to believe that we are the benefiters not the initiators of that wondrous credit system. Every time we take a shower, turn on the lights or use our GPS we should thank that dynasty. The bankers in the City are the ones who decide to finance a Hubble or a Panama Canal, all we do is pay to use it. We of course pay taxes and user fees when using the Channel Tunnel, the Internet or our smartphone, but we should be very happy to do so. The secret to becoming serene and enjoying this great world of credit is to believe what has just been said. If we can muster enough humility in the process, we can reclaim our autopotency status. ‘Think positive’ should be replaced by ‘think talent’, no matter how modest our talents are.

50-THE OIL PATCH

Our consumer world is built in large part on oil. The sweetest and cheapest oil comes from the Middle East. Today, the unrest we see in the world and call terrorism stems in large part from its exploitation, and it constitutes a major obstacle standing in the way of the development of the global village. But although the oil sheiks have accumulated mountains of petrodollars, they have no real power, so it won’t take as long for Islam to throw in the towel as it did for the Holy Roman Empire.

Because the oil sheiks are bitter relative to the apparent injustices done them by the City bankers, and because they don’t want to be overwhelmed by western ways, they manipulate Islam in order to reclaim some power over their destinies. Religion is once more being used as a tool. However, because the City has all the gold and controls all the central banks of the world since the Bretton Woods agreement in 1944, it is omnipotent, and it will not let the oil sheiks stop the march of globalization.

The Middle East problem started after the fall of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, when a Briton, Mark Sykes, and a Frenchman, Francois Picot, were directed to draw the new borders of the Middle East sheikdoms. In wanting to better organize the exploitation of oil by France and Britain, the City bankers directed them to draw the map of this very volatile region of the world and divide it into states that cut through ethnic and religious communities. In doing so, they created a geopolitical problem of great proportion. A century on, many Arabs continue to blame the subsequent violence in the Middle East, from the occupation of Palestine to the rise of the Islamic State, on the Sykes-Picot treaty.

The excellent cheap easily extracted oil started being shipped around the world just as the US Dollar was becoming the dominant currency in the world following the creation of the Federal Reserve Board in 1913. At that time, oil was selling for less than five dollars a barrel, and Europe and America couldn’t get enough of it.

For 100 years now, the Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, have been selling mindboggling amounts of oil to the developed countries. To this day, the Emirates hold more dollars than anybody else in the world, and therein lies the problem. They can build ski slopes in the desert, but they are not allowed to build aircraft carriers and atomic bombs. The only way the oil sheiks can make the petrodollars work is by depositing them in the Central Banks of the World which are directly tied to the City. If they wanted to withdraw their dollars in order to make the Central Banks collapse, their dollars would no longer be worth anything. It is the best catch22 ever devised. The sheiks are very rich, have little power, and are very frustrated.

Terrorism is the result of this frustration. The Emirates are doing everything they can to reclaim their autonomy and free themselves from the City. Though this is an absolute impossibility given that the City owns and runs the financial world, it does not stop them from trying. The sheiks have not only chosen to manipulate Islam in order to achieve their goals, but the problem is further complicated in that Islam is split into Sunnis and Shiites, two factions that behave like deadly enemies.

Following the Sykes-Picot treaty in 1916, the City not only financed the development of the oil industry, but they paid for the oil extracted. The problem, however, was that the sheiks didn’t have any say in the matter, and once empowered by the fantastic windfall that ensued, they wanted to redress the situation. The City bankers had foreseen this, and in wanting to police the area, had created the Empire of Iran in 1941 and the State of Israel in 1948. However, they made a big mistake in not paying attention to the fact that Islam was divided into two deadly enemy factions.

Since close to 90% of the 1, 5 billion Muslims in the world are Sunnis and the rest Shiites, Saudi Arabia and Egypt being the two main countries in the Sunni world, we could wonder why the City bankers opted for a Shiite Iran. In 1941, when the City decided to enthrone the Shah of Iran and give him state of the art armament, it seems the City was swayed by the fact that ex-Persia represented one of the greatest cultures that the world had ever seen, and that the sheiks of the peninsula were perceived as mere tribal chiefs.

Since 1694, the City bankers have made three major mistakes. The first was when the original Bank of England bankers forced English trade down everybody’s throats which ended up costing them America and the financial control of the world. The second was when the banking dynasty that replaced it put too much trust in Tsar Nicholas II which led to WWII, and the third was when that same dynasty failed to pay attention to the Shiite-Sunni split which ended up costing them the Six-Day War, the Iran-Iraq War and the two Gulf Wars, not to mention all the ongoing terrorist acts that have to be countered on a daily basis.

The City bankers did, however, change their minds after Israel defeated Sunni Egypt in the Six-Day War in 1967, when it became obvious that the Shah of Iran was not able to hold his end of the bargain and assert his authority in the Middle East. In 1979, the bankers decided to back the Sunnis (Saudi Arabia and Egypt) instead of the Shiites (Iran). They had the Ayatollah Khomeini depose the Shah of Iran on the one hand and encouraged Saudi Arabia to back Saddam Hussein and make him the strong man in Iraq on the other.

The Iraq-Iran War followed in 1980, and it turned out to be a long war of attrition that ended in a stalemate. Not only was Saddam Hussein an incapable leader unable to defeat the Shiites of Iran, but he was becoming an unmanageable despot. He therefore had to go, and it took two Gulf Wars to get rid of him, one in 1990 and another in 2003. A media campaign was sufficient to get America to launch the 1st Iraq War codenamed Desert Storm in 1990, but the negative results of that war that had followed the apocalyptic Vietnam War made Americans wary, and it took the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing of 1995, and 9/11 in 2001 to get America to launch the 2nd Iraq War in 2003. Today, Saddam is gone, the Sunnis (Saudi Arabia) are slowly reasserting their authority in the region, while the City is encouraging a Muslim diaspora in order to have Islam integrate the global village. By having millions of Muslims immigrate to a Europe that badly needs manpower, Islam will gradually be liberated from the sheiks’ influence and become an acceptable religion just like in the case of Christianity after the Holy Roman Empire was destroyed.

For now, the recalcitrant Sunnis and Shiites are spreading terror in order to have their way, and there is a lot of collateral damage whereby innocent people suffer. But the good news is that the Sunni and Shiite leaders will be forced to throw in the towel in the not too distant future because the global village concept is irreversible. Some Emirates have already started adopting western ways, and it’s only a matter of time before their leaders start wearing ‘suits’.

37-MASS COMMUNICATION

Our world, the western world, started when the Jews and Huguenots, the enemies of the Holy Roman Empire, created democracy in England in 1689. After getting a foothold in Amsterdam in 1602, they were extremely successful running the East India Company and eventually set up their headquarters in the City, in London. In 1688, the bankers financed the election of the people’s representatives while creating a proper parliament. Democracy as it became known, was a win-win situation for all. Parliamentarians were forever asking the bankers for loans, and in wanting to safeguard this great source of credit, the politicians made sure they collected taxes in order to pay back the loans, or at least the interest. The bankers were thus sure of having their loans repaid for the first time in their history, and they invested in research and development at a frenzied pace. The period of R&D that was to follow would be known as the Industrial Revolution.

At first, there was no infrastructure, and communication was limited to the printed page. The printing press had been invented by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, but the rotary press did not see the day until 1846. The Industrial Revolution was slow in getting going, but it got in gear when, in 1765, James Watt invented a converter for the world’s first steam cylinder and piston engine that had been invented by Denis Papin, a Huguenot from Hesse, in 1690. As of 1765, the Industrial Revolution had a full head of steam so to speak. Manufacturing goods, weaving cotton, mining with steam power and transporting those merchandises along roads and canals became commonplace. Other major inventions like Eli Whitney’s cotton gin in 1793, Elias Howe’s sewing machine with interchangeable parts in 1846, and Henry Bessemer’s steelmaking process in 1857 contributed to the production of goods, but the concept of globalization envisaged by Nathan in the City in 1810, and by his father before him, depended entirely on the development of communications.

Nicephore Niepce invented photography in 1820, Samuel Morse the telegraph in 1844, Charles Havas, Paul Reuter and Bernhard Wolf founded the news agencies in 1845, and from there, communications increased exponentially. When Bessemer invented the steelmaking process in 1857, railroad tracks were finally cast in a durable material and the construction of railroads mushroomed. Then came Graham Bell with the telephone in 1876, Thomas Edison with the light bulb in 1879, and Nikola Tesla with the a/c induction motor in 1887. However, when George Westinghouse triumphed over Edison with his a/c current distribution system in 1891, that changed the industrial world as well as people’s lives. The global village was born.

As research and development continued to receive astounding amounts of credit, images and voices started travelling through the air over long distances. Reginald Aubrey Fessenden transmitted the human voice without wires in 1900, and Hollywood started producing films that seduced the whole world as early as 1910. After Henry Ford got the combustion engine rolling with his Model-T, and the Wright Bros. got it flying in 1903, films made in America, the dream nation, were seen around the world. Although images started travelling through the air with TV in 1926, it was the talking colour film introduced in 1930 that entrenched the ‘image is the message’ concept of Marshall McLuhan. When the first computer and its mouse arrived in 1976, and especially when Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web came along in 1990, we became information addicts. But it was the smartphone in 1993 that captivated our total attention and hardwired us to the news agencies, transforming us into smombies in the process. It took 3 million years to get to steam energy, but it took a mere 225 years more to get the whole world lit up and connected.

Hollywood was a good example of how research and development money gets things done. In the early 1900s, filmmakers, almost exclusively Jewish, began moving to California. The idea was to create the film industry in an unreachable place where they would be free to use with impunity the usurped patents owned by Thomas Edison and Eastman Kodak of New Jersey. If an agent from New Jersey came out west to sue them, all the filmmakers had to do was make a quick escape to Mexico. There was really not much Thomas Edison or George Eastman could do in order to protect their patents.

The first film, ‘In old California’, was produced in 1910. From there, the Laemmle’s, the Zukor’s, the Frohman’s, the Lasky’s, the Goldfish’s, the Abrams’, the Warner’s, the DeMille’s, the Cohn’s, the Selznick’s, the Sarnoff’s, the Zanuck’s, the Loew’s and the Mayer’s, Jews for the most part, made the industry prosper with lightning speed. The radio and film industries launched the 20th century into the realm of globalization, and in the blink of an eye, television, computers, mobile phones and airplanes turned us into world citizens.