Gore Vidal Shoves Me Down The Rabbit Hole
Conspiracy Theories Always Miss the Point
I don't consider myself to be a conspiracy theorist. Indeed, I try to shy away from unprovable conspiracies because most conspiracy theorists miss the point, even when they are right.
For example, NASA didn't fake the moon landing. They doctored the photos to make the flag more prominent. What's the point? Instead of an evil trick to deceive the public and intimidate American subjects and foreign powers, it's merely typical bureaucratic reverance for the State - the source of their funding and prestige. Nevermind that NASA spends billions to do what one guy can do on a $747 budget. (And he recorded Space Sound! I mean, it's not really anything, but hey when has NASA ever given us sound!)
9/11 wasn't an inside job. The evil Bildebegers and bankers didn't blow up the WTC as a false flag operation to capture strategic oil reserves. 9/11 was a government screw up. Israeli spies on America soil tracked the bombers for months and knew of the attack (and their bosses kind of just forgot to mention it to us) while the FBI and CIA completely missed the boat.
At the ten year anniversary of the Columbine massacre, we found out that everything we knew about Columbine (outside of the simple stuff, like names and dates) was a myth. Is this a conspiracy? No. It's simply a reminder that Corporate media's job is not to ask 'why.'
Today, however, I was informed of a conspiracy - born out of either massive incompetence or outright treason - that caught me off guard. I am speaking of Gore VIdal's article in Vanity Fair about Timothy McVeigh. I have a feeling this is old news to a guy like abitare, but I had never heard about Brig. Gen. Partin's research, the FBI's evidence destruction, or the Kangaroo Court that convicted McVeigh. I shouldn't be surprised, but I am.
This follows up on the heels of TMFSinchiruna's research into gold and silver manipulation - another conspiracy theory that I have been purposefully ignoring for a few years. And of course, Chris Graley and I spent months trying to show our fellow Fools the data manipulation, incompetence, and outright lying involved in Global Warming studies.
With each day that passes, it seems, I am pushed further and further down the rabbit hole.
The truth is simple
The worst conspiracy theory I know is that a group of evil white men want to establish a one world government to rule the world with an iron fist. Oh, I concede that there are certain people in certain groups that would like to gain more power and, if possible, control every resource on the planet. However, the problem with this theory is that it assumes as fact that these individuals are smart. Fortunately for humanity, they are complete idiots.
Let's look at the Club of Rome, for example. The Club of Rome is a super elite group of wealthy bankers, politicians, and other nitwits that calls itself a ....lol... global think tank. In reality, it's a gathering of bored, economically ignorant, career criminals who get together and brag about how brilliant they are, while engaging in ritualistic orgies of self adulation.
The Club of Rome brags about how they invented Global Warming in their 1991 book, The First Global Revolution:
“In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like, would fit the bill. In their totality and their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which must be confronted by everyone together. But in designating these dangers as the enemy, we fall into the trap, which we have already warned readers about, namely mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself.”
The problem with the idea that this collection of economic ignoramuses could ever control the world is that they are in constant competition with dozens, if not hundreds of other groups filled with equally capable sycophants and morons. We have the always enjoyable Council on Foreign Relations, which promised us shock and awe followed by a happily liberated Iraq where we would be viewed as a benign power of righteousness. Good call, guys. We have Opus Dei, which as Gore Vidal points out in the article at the top of this page, gave us violent sociopaths like John Aschroft and Louis Freeh. Then there is Skull & Bones, the super secret Ivy League society that ritually urinates on each other while acting out their teenage fantasies. Their membership includes intellectual titans like John Kerry and George W. Bush.
The bottom line is that none of these groups can ever take over the world because only a group of idiots would actually want to do that. Even idiots have their limits
A Regular 'Ken Cosgrove'
Congratulations are in order for a close friend that was recently published in The Atlantic. Her name is Anna and she is a remarkable writer. Her article deals with post-Katrina New Orleans as portrayed in the show Treme. Anna, unlike hacks such as myself, is actually a professional writer with an impressive resume. I think you'll enjoy her work.
Buy Everything and Grow Large
Remember the movie Wall-E? It's an anticapitalist, socialist fairy tale about a company called Buy n Large megacorporation. Supposedly, this Walmart-type firm grew so large that it controlled every resource on Earth.
Here's an economic brain teaser for fellow Fools: How did Buy n Large calculate its costs of production? Since BnL owned every resource, every transaction was an internal transfer of goods or services - there was no outside market of exchange to determine prices. So how did BnL calculate the cost of the inputs of anything it produced?
If you can answer that question, you have a better understanding of monopoly than 99% of academic economists.
Have a great week!
David in Qatar