“The Nation Rots From Within”: Why the Entire Status Quo Is a Fraud

by | Apr 15, 2016 | Aftermath, Commodities, Conspiracy Fact and Theory | 52 comments

Do you LOVE America?



    This article was written by Charles Hugh Smith and originally published at his Of Two Minds Blog.

    Editor’s Comment: As Charles Hugh Smith points out, the system has been geared to absorb all the power, with total surveillance and financial leverage, and they have turned every institution high and low into a flat out fraud.

    We’ve been trained to serve false ends, mimic those around us instead of being genuine, and succumb to corruption just to fit in and get along. And things are going down hill in a hurry.

    The Entire Status Quo Is a Fraud

    by Charles Hugh Smith

    Fraud as a way of life caters an extravagant banquet of consequences.

    This can’t be said politely: the entire status quo in America is a fraud.

    The financial system is a fraud.

    The political system is a fraud.

    National Defense is a fraud.

    The healthcare system is a fraud.

    Higher education is a fraud.

    The mainstream corporate media is a fraud.

    Culture–from high to pop–is a fraud.

    Need I go on?

    We have come to accept fraud as standard operating practice in America, to the detriment of everything that was once worthy. why is this so?

    One reason, which I outline in my book A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All, is that centralized hierarchies select for fraud and incompetence. Now that virtually every system in America is centralized or regulated by centralized hierarchies, every system in America is fraudulent and incompetent.

    Nassim Taleb explains this further in his recent article How To Legally Own Another Person (via Lew G.)

    The three ingredients of fraud are abundant: pressure (to get an A, to please your boss, to make your sales numbers, etc.), rationalization (everybody’s doing it) and opportunity.










    Taleb explains why failure and fraud become the status quo: admitting error and changing course are risky, and everyone who accepts the servitude of working in a centralized hierarchy–by definition, obedience to authority is the #1 requirement– is averse to risk.

    As as I explain in my book, these systems select for risk aversion and the appearance of obedience to rules and authority while maximizing personal gain: in other words, fraud as a daily way of life.

    Truth is a dangerous poison in centralized hierarchies: anyone caught telling the truth risks a tenner in bureaucratic Siberia. (In the Soviet Gulag ,a tenner meant a ten-year sentence to a labor camp in Siberia.)

    And so the truth is buried, sent to a backwater for further study, obfuscated by jargon, imprisoned by a Top Secret stamp, or simply taken out and executed. Everyone in the system maximizes his/her personal gain by going along with the current trajectory, even if that trajectory is taking the nation off the cliff.

    Consider the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a $1+ trillion failure. The aircraft is underpowered, under-armed, insanely overpriced, insanely over-budget and still riddled with bugs after seven years of fixes, making it an unaffordable maintenance nightmare that puts our servicepeople and nation at risk.

    But no one in a position of power will speak the truth about the F-35, because it is no longer a weapons system–it’s a jobs program. Defense contractors are careful to spread the work of assembling parts of the F-35 to 40+ states, so 80+ senators will support the program, no matter how much a failure it is as a weapons system, or how costly the failure is becoming.

    A rational person in charge would immediately cancel it and start from scratch, with a program run outside the Pentagon and outside congressional meddling. But this is impossible in America: instead, we build failed, under-armored, under-powered, under-armed and unreliable ships (LCS) and failed under-powered, under-armed and unreliable fighters as the most expensive make-work programs in history.

    As for our failed healthcare system, one anecdote will do. (You undoubtedly have dozens from your own experience.) A friend from Uruguay with a high-tech job in the U.S. recently flew home to Montevideo for a medical exam because 1) the cost of the flight was cheaper than the cost of the care in the U.S. and 2) she was seen the next day in Montevideo while it would have taken two months to get the same care in the U.S.

    I’ve listed dozens of examples here over the years: $120,000 for a couple days in a hospital, no procedures performed; $20,000+ for a single emergency room visit, no procedures performed; several thousand dollars charged to Medicare for a few minutes in an “observation room” that was occupied by patients, no staff present–the list is endless.

    We’ve habituated to fraud as a way of life because every system is fraudulent. Consider the costly scam known as higher education. The two essentials higher education should teach are: 1) how to learn anything you need to learn or want to learn on your own, and 2) how to think, behave, plan and function entrepreneurially (i.e. as an autonomous problem-solver and lifelong learner who cooperates and collaborates productively with others) as a way of life.

    That higher education fails to do so is self-evident. We could create a highly effective system of higher education that costs 10% of the current corrupt system. I’ve described such a system (in essence, a directed apprenticeship as opposed to sitting in a chair for four years) in The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education.

    As for what passes as culture in the U.S.: the majority of what’s being sold as culture, both high and low, is derivative and forgettable. We suffer the dual frauds of absurd refinement (so only the elites can “appreciate” the art, music, food, wine, etc.) and base coarsening: instead of Tender (romantic love and sex) we have Tinder (flammable trash).

    Fraud as a way of life caters an extravagant banquet of consequences. While everyone maximizes their personal gain in whatever system of skim, scam and fraud they inhabit, the nation rots from within. We’ve lost our way, and lost the ability to tell the truth, face problems directly, abandon what has failed and what is unaffordable, and accept personal risk as the essential element of successful adaptation.

    Here’s a good place to start: require every politician to wear the logos of their top 10 contributors–just like NASCAR drivers and vehicles display the logos of their sponsors. The California Initiative to make this a reality is seeking signatures of registered California voters. Since politicians are owned, let’s make the ownership transparent.


    This article was written by Charles Hugh Smith and originally published at his Of Two Minds Blog.

    Charles Hugh Smith is an author and blogger who specializes in economic analysis. Check out his latest book: [amazon text=A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All: The Future Belongs to Work That Is Meaningful &asin=B0178MQI1M].


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      1. And I thought I was cynical….

        I’m an optimist compared to Mr. Smith, lol!

        • The Author forgot to mention the Biggest Fraud Ever Perpetrated = “Religion”, Religion is the Biggest killer out there, more than cancer, infections, Smoking and AIDS all put together.


          • I dunno about that WhoWTFKnows; D.C. is some pretty good competition for ANY fraud awards… The “president” isn’t even eligible for the office and never has been, and his Muslim appointees are NONE OF THEM cleared for the office THEY hold, and at least some are probably not legally in the country… “Our representatives” in BOTH Congressional Houses may be representing SOMEbody, but it sure as Hell ain’t us! NONE of our alphabet agencies are legitimate, else Obama would long since have been investigated, arrested, tried and sentenced for a list of charges long enough to fill an encyclopedia. The economy has been carefully, meticulously destroyed beyond repair along with the MSM and much of the military, especially the High Command. Aside from which, HOW can they be considered to be protecting and defending the Constitution as per their Oath of Service while they allow the conditions from Obama on down to remain as they are? It’s not possible, so they are ALL derelict in their primary duty! America is now online for being Balkanized, and what WERE our defenses are OFF-line and all the doors and windows are wide open with a damned “Welcome” mat in front of ’em! The synthetic drought in the West has destroyed much of the food supply, is destroying the water supplies and industry, and STILL all L.E. at all levels just sits there and watches. “Medicine” is more toxic and fatal than ever, all the work that COULD BE sent elsewhere is GONE, the “value” of our currency has been so watered down the Dollar literally isn’t worth the ink and paper it’s printed with and on. AND, neither last nor least but maybe worst, between MASSIVE chemtrail poisoning and “bugging” of the populace plus the other toxins we’re being deliberately inundated with (including radioisotopes, MASSIVE doses of UVB, and vaccines need to be in a category all by themselves!!

            America has been set up to be one of the world’s largest slaughterhouses, and dead or mind-numbed, sickly, poverty-stricken Americans are to be the product, finally to be processed through the re-education camps (aka “FEMA Camps”) to the labor camps in Maine (per published elite” intentions) or into the atmosphere via the Camp incinerator smokestacks… All of this is to (visibly at least) run by our well-conditioned troops, who are blissfully unaware that they and theirs are merely to be the LAST victims, NOT the exceptions. After all that, apparently they intend to take the show on the Road to the rest of the world; poor bastards… The solution? I’ve not a clue; it receded over the horizon some time ago and I never really got a good look at it…

          • You are way off. Who led most of the developments in healthcare, art, architecture, music and so forth. Christians. Most of the top rated schools were founded by Christians. When you bash, you bash without understanding. Christianity has done more for human and its advancement bar none. So get off your kick and open up the Bible and maybe you might learn something.

          • I’ll see your religion fraud and raise you the fraud that America was founded on christian principles and the idea that god was watching over and protecting America.

      2. It has been like this for some time, although I have to admit that it is getting worse as time goes on.

        There is no fix for this, at least there is no fix that the American People will accept.

        Remember the days when we used to make fun of Russia for doing this sort of thing? Well, the joke is on us now.

      3. The financial system is a fraud.

        The political system is a fraud.

        National Defense is a fraud.

        The healthcare system is a fraud.

        Higher education is a fraud.

        The mainstream corporate media is a fraud.

        Culture–from high to pop–is a fraud.

        Need I go on?

        YES! The BIGGEST Fraud is the NEWS MEDIA. If anyone sold us down the river. It is them.

        Investigative reporting? Bullshit!
        Unbias and truth in reporting. Bullshit!

        • I believe the ‘NEWS MEDIA’ would fall under the category of ‘The mainstream corporate media,’ so it wasn’t neglected, just worded differently.

        • The money system is a fraud
          Homeland security is a fraud
          Fema is a fraud
          Taxes are a fraud
          The law is a fraud

          Years ago I took a course in common law/soveirenty and at the end I was so stunned at the realization of what a fraud EVERYTHING is I was in a daze for like a week trying to absorb it all. Dammm……

          • That’s why the best Defense is to get off their Rat Race Treadmill, Grid, Dependency. Just add up every month how much you “Pay the Beast”, in Utility Bills, water, sewer, City Taxes, Cable Bill, School Taxes, Food Dependency, 401K’s Scam, etc. Once you identify the problems, The majority of your income goes to the “Beast.” So get off their treadmill and move to the country and set up your own homestead off the Grid. Have no monthly bills, debt free. Sometimes I go a week or 2 without spending any money. I already have everything I need.

            Debt keeps you on their Grid, and forces you to work for slave wages. Its a dead end. The Bilderberg’s next NWO Meeting is in Dresden, Germany. Got your passport? May have to go visit the “Real Beer” Country.


          • Then why in hell do you adhere to one word of a government and “system” that is designed to fuck you over and leave you penniless?
            Seems to me Americans must love it, or they’d have rebelled by now wouldn’t anyone think? Yep. They WOULD have, but there ain’t a set of gonads to be found inside CONUS …or SOMETHING would have happened by now.
            Somehow I am sure 1,000’s on here can fully justify why this is so, or why it would be fruitless to try, or blah blah and blah. PHTT!!! (No matter what is said, it won’t make anyone any less dead).

            • Some HAVE TRIED. The entire system comes down on them and they go away, one way or another. Nothing useful gets into the News in ANY part of the MSM, and in fact those who don’t read blogs like this one simply never see anything about it all, so there must not be anything to see. Right? * sigh * Call the cops? Good luck there. The NSA? You’d best be wearing bullet-proof clothes and be well-hidden in a bunker somewhere, because you will have just painted a target on yourself. Form a Resistance Group? High treason (per TPTB – which the ONLY Powers that count these days). Besides, all the RF, Gamma and other radiation, GMO DNA-altering “food” (plus additives), glyphosate, ethyl mercury via vaccines, nano-aluminum and the 70-odd other chemtrail ingredients, etc., etc., etc. ad nauseam… It’s getting harder and harder to get moving for a lot of people…

          • Genius, it really is mind-boggling how everything and I mean EVERYTHING is a fraud with a CAPITAL F.

      4. Who needs 3 points? My ex mastered fraud using only her mouth and vagina.

        • Ouch!!!……..LMAO

      5. If you added up the time in a news cast you will find that half the time is devoted to commercials 30 min. Then add the time up they say the name or call numbers of the station or news agency, 15 min. Further yet is the bullshit stories another 10 min. So that leaves you maybe 5 min. of good news. And the same shit news goes on for DAYS! Multi news stations “Parroting” each other.

      6. There’s so much more fraud than mentioned in this article. How many regular people are fraudulent as well? My son is an accountant and during tax season he sees a lot. He’s new cause he recently graduated so he’s starting out doing taxes and a couple small business accounts. Recently he had a woman who claimed she was blind, had a walking stick, dark glasses, the whole nine, so she’s makin sure he knows that she gets a deduction for her handicap, he acknowledges that she’s entitled to it, but he said he had a funny feeling about her, he didn’t believe her. He also said she was flipping through some papers she brought with her, He asks to see supporting documentation for her handicap and she flipped out on him and threatened to sue. Her husband threatened to beat his ass. So my son, who is 6’3″ and 235 pounds, stood up and told them to leave. He said the guy didn’t say anything else, they just left. The bad part is, he’s just starting out and has an office in his house, making a situation like this potentially harmful. I know I’m going long, but there’s so much dishonesty nowadays that I don’t think this world can handle much more without collapsing. It doesn’t matter who’s in the oval, what’s coming can’t be stopped. IMHO

      7. the entire nation is a fraud because the govt is a true reflection of what the people have become, anyone supporting anything running for office is a damn fool

      8. Charles Hugh Smith

        +100 Thumbs Up on this Article & a spot on analysis of the typical American “Business” Practices.

        Biggest Fraud of all = AMERICA

        Land of the Free? … only for a select few
        Land of Opportunity? … very much misleading for most
        “The American Dream” … it is, what it is, just a dream

        I’m sure there was a day where all three of those things were relevant, but those days have past us a long time ago … and with this current System, things will remain the same and get worse for the common folk.

        Granted – America has been the best for it’s citizens compared to many other countries, and for that we should be thankful – but for how much longer will it last?

        • Land of the Fee, Home of the Slave!!

          ~WWTI… Unless you are off the Grid.

      9. The fraud is caused by the phoney fiat money system! All problems are but symptoms of the phoney fiat money system! I have traveled many times, in the first and third world’s, the problems all stem from unbacked phoney paper money! It is fraud, it encourages fraud, it increases fraud, and it rewards fraud! Until we have sound money again it will only worsen all of the symptom problems! The wealth gap will increase, the debts will increase, the infrastructure will deteriorate, plenty of war, crime will increase, the economy will stagnate/collapse, the corruption will increase and so on! The worst part of it all, in my opinion, is that it appears to be of design! And everything is going along quite well according to the plan! Best of luck to us all!

        • Mr J

          100% correct

      10. Truer words were never spoken!

      11. Watch “Hitler the Greatest Story Never Told. tv”.

        It is a 27 part series. You will learn that the German people were the real victims of WW1&2 and we defeated the wrong enemy which is why we are enslaved. It’s a little hard to explain. You just have to know WHO is the trouble maker in the world. Then we have to find logical humane solutions. But first face the truth. You have been lied to all your life. We have all been lied to and deceived. Hitler was not a monster. In fact he was a totally different person than what we were led to believe. I was shocked. I think you will be amazed by all the distortions and lies that have brought us to this place.

        • B from CA. If you look at all the problems above what is the common thread? The Tribe= Zog Jew Israel. The US Should have joined Hitler. Remove that common thread, and 75% of the worlds problems go away. Poof!!

          ~WWTI… BTW 95% of Catholics Supported Hitler.

        • I was under the impression that EVERYONE now knows that EVERYTHING that they were ever taught, …is a lie. Period.

          • Only the ones who are awake – a smaller number than you’d think considering all the evidence floating around.

      12. Jacknife

        Great post. You didn’t go long. There is so much that can be said about this. What happened to the days of good service, honesty, and a true effort to please the customer. You can’t even trust your own family at times in business. In fact they sometimes are the worst ones.
        35 years ago we left our doors unlocked. Did not lock our cars. People cared about each other. Manners and respect were taught. Winning and losing was taught. The pledge of allegiance and prayers were said in schools.

        1 – We have gay marriage
        2 – God is pushed out of everything. Even if you don’t believe you open the door to losing freedom when you allow rights to be taken from others.
        3 – Over 50 million children have been murdered by abortion.
        4 – Kids are raised by video games and baby sitters. Then raised by the schools
        5 – Work ethic is nothing. Most young feel entitled to everything.
        6 – In the schools bad behavior is never a kids fault. It is always the teachers.
        7 – Kids are almost encouraged to use bad attitudes and disrespect on our sports fields. They are not taught how to handle losing. They are taught everyone wins.
        8 – Kids are not taught manners. They are not taught morals. They are not taught respect for others.
        9 – You cannot make a deal by a handshake. There has to be a contract. It is because there is no honesty.
        10 – Greed is rampant throughout business both big and small.
        11 – Dishonesty is almost expected when you deal with companies. Whether it be a local gas station all the way to the local electric company.
        12 – People try to impose there will on there neighbors. It is my property I should be able to use it as I see fit.
        13 – My Property? The county says what can and cannot be done and charges fees for there permission. No property rights!
        14 – Respect classes are given at work for transgenders, gays, different sexes, age, religion, different race, ect. Then you are told you cannot pray if someone asked you to bless the lunch or dinner. Respect is only for certain people. Not all.
        15 – Political correctness is rampant. You can only say things a certain way. No good morning you look great today. Oh the horror that is sexual harassment. Free speech is only okay if it is politically correct.
        16 – Jobs have gone over seas. This country has labor laws that limit how much 15 year old’s can work. Yet 8 year old’s work 10 hour days or more in other country’s. Cheap labor. That is why products are cheaper elsewhere and not built as good.
        17 – For every dollar of payroll tax I pay the company I work for has to legally match. We all work through basically May first just to pay our taxes. The most prosperous time in the country was when there was no payroll tax.
        18 – Colleges teach Socialism rather than the history of this country. We were once the greatest country in the world. There was really an American Dream. You had the ability by hard work to move up or down in the social classes. All this caused by true freedom. Now we are very much like a European socialist country.The middle class is dwindling to nothing.
        19 – We are supposed to give up our hard earned money to help others eat, have a residence, have heating and air conditioning, and extra money for there joy.
        20 – Over 50 percent of the country is now on some sort of government program.
        21 – There is hate against blacks, Jews, Christians, whites, Hispanics, police, the military, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, and republicans. We used to be Americans. A melting pot of people that came here to try to better themselves by hard work. Now people try to better themselves by allowing the government to give them things earned by others. The government wants and designed this hate to break us apart.
        22 – If you speak out against any other person or organization that is black, Hispanic, gay, or especially Muslim, you are racist or a homophobic.
        23 – People who work hard and make a lot of money are demonized. They are portrayed as greedy and expected to give it to the government to be redistributed. Even if they employ a 1000 people. Oh they have to much and make to much. People who have less than they always agree. In saying that someone makes too much they have taken part in the change to socialism that this country is going through. They do this out of pure jealousy and belief that others have caused whatever situation they are in.
        24 – All honor is gone. All honesty gone. Morals gone. Respect gone. Free speech gone, property rights gone, Freedom if not gone is slowly leaving. Patriotism in America gone. America is almost gone.
        25 – Hate, greed, dishonesty, jealousy, racism, and laziness are the things that have taken the place of point 24. All these are almost expected in to todays world.

        Going to long. I could go on forever it seems.

        Fraud??? Yes Fraud is everywhere.

        26 – Did Fraud come from the top or the bottom? Was it caused by the decay in us which eventually fed into the government? Did the government slowly put the decay into us?


        My comments keep going into moderation so I tried posting again.

        • You have captured the soul of what troubles America with your well written remarks. If you ever get a chance read the “The Forth Turning” by Strauss and Howe written in 1997. You might be surprised how closely you capture their projection of what they called America’s “crisis” period…

        • People should not want prayer in school.

          People forget that if they allow Christian prayers in school then the powers that be would also have to allow ALL prayers in school.

          Do you want the math teacher leading the class in Islamic Prayers?

          Do you want the gym Coach leading the gym class in Jewish prayers?

          Hindu prayers? Jainism?

          This is why prayer is school should not be allowed. The kids can still pray all they want.

        • While it is great to wax poetic with trite bullet points about how great the past was. The fact remains that not everyone was this way. There was still child abuse, murder, rape, fraud, theft, racism, greed and everything else back then.

          You cannot compartmentalize the past by saying it was better because to some it was no better than the present.

          As I have said before one man’s utopia is another man’s dystopia.

          What is moral to one person is immoral to another. What was paradise for one person is hell for another.

          • ” There was still child abuse, murder, rape, fraud, theft, racism, greed and everything else back then.”

            Here’s something you may not know though: there was a HUGE business in child/infant kidnapping and trafficking ‘way beck when too. It was sponsored by the very same families who utilize it so much today: the super-rich “elites”, i.e. Rothschilds, et al. They’ve been at it for a very, VERY long time and they’ve just gotten more skilled at hiding it and protecting their own when caught. THAT is the disease we need to rid the planet of!

      13. I agree with most of the article except for this:

        “A friend from Uruguay with a high-tech job in the U.S. recently flew home to Montevideo for a medical exam because 1) the cost of the flight was cheaper than the cost of the care in the U.S. and 2) she was seen the next day in Montevideo while it would have taken two months to get the same care in the U.S.”

        I pay $35 for a medical exam. Where can you fly for $35? I also can get seen the same day if it’s really necessary. If it takes two months to be seen by your doctor, then he sucks big time, and you need to find another doctor.

      14. We lasted 340 year on July 4Th. All nation rot from with in. If not then Rome or Greece would still be a world power.

        It is our turn. The best we can hope for is for a new nation to emerge, and that it was better than the USA and we are still living to see it, and be a part of it.


        • Nobody here can say they have done ONE DAMN THING to ‘rebel’ against anything the government has been doing IN THE OPEN for especially the past four years. NOTHING! I was told it WOULD NOT WORK! Did we kick the Englishmen’s asses or not way back when????
          So what’s different about right now? Nothing. Well, plenty is different, which is sad but true…

          So, now watch as everything that was once yours becomes the full and total assets of whomever is given your place to live. Scream and bitch all ya want. It will be over period.
          (You’ll be headed to a FEMA camp for retraining as a new citizen, plus learning all kinds of great stuff about Allah and Mohammed, and of course, everything to do with Sharia Law.

          Women, get used to not having any rights in the least of ways. Rape will be a daily event if not in multiplicity for a long time to come, I fear).

          I can’t help but think this would have had a different ending if Americans had stood up to a tyrannical government full of treason and ripoff artists and liars …but nobody did much of anything did they? (Aside from writing articles, big deal). Threats? no, not really. I have heard every reason there is for NOT doing anything, and I can’t believe what I hear, but I can sure see what it is doing and where it is going…

          I hope everyone really and truly learns to love their new owners.

          • “Did we kick the Englishmen’s asses or not way back when?”

            Nope; a deal was struck and they LIED TO US. Damn. What a surprise, huh? Find out where your income taxes (which are illegal) go and that should be all the answer you need.

          • “I can’t help but think this would have had a different ending if Americans had stood up to a tyrannical government full of treason and ripoff artists and liars …but nobody did much of anything did they?”

            How would we KNOW? In a country this size word of mouth only goes so far, and TPTB had control of the MSM LONG before we realized it! THAT is one of the big problems: if nobody knows a revolution has been declared, there’s no concerted action, and we’ve learned to depend on a dedicated MSM, only NOW it’s dedicated to the Owners, not to Truth or any such thing!

      15. Much of society has bought into the lie of consumerism. And what about the sneaky downsizing of products that has been going on for many years in the grocery stores.

      16. TPTB have no fear of the people because look aound and see what passes for citizens. Dumbed down from cradle to grave. This won’t end well. Instilling fear is the name of this deadly game. All of the above posts were factual.

      17. Like the title of the Crosby, Stills and Nash song “Helplessly Hoping”.

      18. Our government has stolen our power from us and taken it for those in DC who are suppose to be representing us. In fact, they only represent their own greedy power grabs and money grabbing. They have no interest in what the voters want and proven that time and time again. Past time to fire them all and put in term limits for Congress AND the Supreme Court.

        • You honestly believe THEY have “stolen” our power ma’am? The Constitution “stands as written” (even when in Superior or Supreme Court).
          We still have our right to own and carry ‘arms’ – and we do, and I do ‘daily’, always will.
          I “hear you” though, and you are absolutely right. DC is the reason the rest of the world wants Americans to be killed. (And we’ve done NOTHING TO ANYONE that we were aware of, until after the fact).


      19. it is run and controlled by beings who shouldn’t be considered human same goes for all of the other bureaucracies

      20. How can one person do anything to change this?????!!

        The problem with this question is the viewpoint of the one posing the question.

        It is possible to make a change simply by having an aha moment otherwise known as epiphany.

        From this moment on you are a changed person, and your future will reflect this change.

        An example could be when you stop buying into the idea that you must look like a model in order to be a beautiful woman. Or that only black men are macho. Or white people are rich and if they aren’t it is because they are either idiots or apathetic pot heads. These are lessons taught by the main stream media.

        Knowing something intellectually is not the same as an epiphany, which is an emotional and dare I say it, a spiritual awakening.
        Once you arrive, there is no turning back. You are on a different path.

        Personal decisions to home school, to join the PTA and get involved in educational matters. These are stepping off points. There are millions of things you can do to take your power back. Realize that you are giving your power away. The Realization that you are GIVING your POWER away is a fundamental epiphany that changes a slave into a free man.

        I don’t have a television. If I had one, I would watch and continue to absorb mental poison. I have replaced that obsession with reading educating books, and you tube. At least you tube and the Internet have some really good stuff and I can edit out the junk. Usually won’t watch when it is preceded by an advertisement.

        • B from CA, How can one person do anything to change this?
          That is why we are all posting on the forum. Most of us have changed our mental state, we are taking individual actions today to be independent of “big brother”, we have learned to hide in the shadows to not draw attention to ourselves, we have planned for possibilities that few today perceive and when the time comes we can be leaders to drive this plague from America. We may even have to do as a famous American once said “…draw your swords and throw away the scabbards…”

      21. It is NOT “one” who seeks to change “things” …but it is “the many” who seek to change ‘things’, and therein lies the answer to winning.
        Divided we fall, and wow are we ever frigging divided!

        Can America become “We, The People” (as one), again? The feedback I get says “no” …almost as if they want America to fall, just to have something “new to do” huh?

      22. With a populace purposely made into about 40% latino, and growing, I tend to lean to your ‘take’ on the latest events to mate.

      23. That’s kind of a pitiful thought. What it looks like from about every angle is that there’s nothing BTU corruption no matter WHERE you look, be it government, church, schools, you name it, AND it all looks to be not just un-fixable but too damned DANGEROUS to fix. The ones who “always get their man” are suddenly being seen to set up one man and murder him ON VIDEO with no consequences! They’re stealing land for no particularly good reason, and the “government”, now known to be an illegitimate imitation, is now the lying, corrupt and greedy Enemy. The Law and “justice system” is for-profit The income tax, which everyone now known is illegal per the Constitution and which sets people up and robs them at will, punishing those who resist these illegal attacks, is all powerful. There IS NO JUSTICE any longer. Everywhere we look we find more lies and corruption, no justice, just greed and stolen, illegal power all being used against Us – against We the People. There is no remedy to be seen.

        I think Americans are still in shock!

        • I don’t really understand all of this, but apparently there are, in essence, TWO Americas. The country was designed to run under Common Law, to begin with. After the “elites” got their Central Bank (the Fed) in, up and running though, every time a new set of parents filed an application for a new birth certificate for their new kid, the “elites” stole it somehow (the app, not the cert), bundled the new app with others and took out loans against them to the tune of one million dollars each. These “loans” are supposedly against the lifetime earnings of the name on the application. I don’t understand HOW this all works, though. Still, you can see that would add up to a LOT of money! Anyhow, the Washington D.C. part of America is three corporations: the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC., the UNITED STATES, INC., and one more I can’t think of off hand. THAT is the Law, Common Law, America was created to run under, NOT the Law of the Sea, aka “Administrative Law” and other names. As for the income tax, it’s an unapportioned tax, and so it’s illegal per the Constitution. “They” – the “elites” – have intended from the start to “harvest” America for all the gold, resources and power possible and then to destroy us AND this country. After that, on to the rest of the planet, I guess. America, however,is now set up to poison and starve the vast majority of the populace whenever the “elites” feel is ready. What their criteria are I don’t know, but America’s food and water and other necessities are so very fragile now it would take very little to get the avalanche rolling downhill…

          Supposedly much of the military is being taught that we are The Enemy, and they must round us up, separate us into “loyal”, “disloyal” and useless which is to be done in the FEMA Camps. The second two categories are to be executed. So are much or even most of the “loyal” group, leaving a maximum of 10% of our original numbers, but more likely leaving between 2% to 5%. The “elites” keep writing and making noises about “Leave room for Nature”, which is a crock – they’ve doomed the majority of it now! Other plans I’ve read though say that they intend to destroy the rest of the world’s civilizations, and break the planet up into giant, country-sized Estates for themselves. THEN, they say, they can proceed to use hidden technologies to make themselves truly, physically immortal without having to worry about interference from you and me and rest of a jealous humanity. Or so they say.

      24. Money and greed runs the USA and the bankers control all the money and bribes all the polititions in Congress so voting for a new puppet leader won’t change a thing even if he/she is for real, which they are not.

        The state is always using force against the people, it works and it’s high time that they were given a little back the next time they bring out water cannons and spray CS-Gas in your faces.

        Follow the money because it all goes back to the jewish banking system that taxes you to death and prevents anyone from owning property without haveing to sign up as a debt slave for the next 30 years to pay to build a “Home” on land that is rented to them by the state.

        The “Rat Race” game is no longer worth playing and i was one of the best rats on the block at one time.

        • Good for you that you’ve learned there are other, more important (and honest) things to spend your life on – well done! I’ve known – well, mostly just met and talked a bit with ’em – some seriously RICH people. Every damned one of them was miserable, and their kids were messes. The love of money may or may not be the root of all evil, but whatever it is, it most certainly is not any sort of path to happiness. I suspect, for whatever it’s worth, that the more money you have, the more money it costs to solve your problems so you can get after the NEXT SET of problems, and that’s the main difference it makes. After all these years I’ve learned that if I have a small but decent place to live (preferably a little isolated), someone to love who loves me, my cats, my musical instruments and recorded music, my books, a small garden, a lawn around 10’x10′, a good shade tree and the basics for survival, that’s really about all I need. That’s not so much, is it?

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