We gave our rulers the greatest gift that we can give

From the Fabius Maximus Website

By Larry Kummer, Editor

Summary: We gave our elites the greatest gift that America can give. Understanding this, we can make a powerful resolution for the New Year – and change the course of history.

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It’s a Christmas gift to our ruling elites!

The difference between ordinary epidemics and horrific pandemics is in their frequency, duration, and size. This applies to social ills as well as diseases. For example, America has been wracked for generations by an extraordinary series of moral panics. These are an ordinary illness of societies, as described by the Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences.

“A panic or overreaction to forms of deviance or wrongdoing believed to be threats to a society. Moral panics are usually fanned by the media and led by community leaders or groups intent on changing laws or practices. …Moral panics gather converts because they touch on people’s fears and because they also use specific events or problems as symbols of what many feel to represent ‘all that is wrong with the nation’.”

Stephen Davies explains in more detail at the American Institute for Economic Research.

Folk Devils and Moral Panics

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“The concept of a moral panic was first explicitly formulated and given that name in a book by the British sociologist Stanley Cohen, published in 1972 under the title Folk Devils and Moral Panics

. The book used one particular panic …to illustrate a more general thesis. This was that societies periodically suffer from episodes of panic and anxiety of a particular kind.

“In these episodes, there is a widespread fear and anxiety over a perceived threat to society and order. The fear and anxiety are excessive and unreasonable (hence ‘panic’). This is because either the threat or problem is completely imaginary or its extent and severity is seriously exaggerated even when there is a real phenomenon. The threat is often associated with a specific deviant group or identity. These are the ‘folk devils’ of Cohen’s title. The group may be a real, actually existing one that is demonized and caricatured, or it may again be completely imaginary, with no actual existence.”

For more information, see the Wikipedia entry. It shows that, like most social science concepts, it gets wildly overused. Mostly for threats where there is little or no moral component (e.g., epidemics).

America has an amazing number of moral panics of extreme size and duration. In the 1980s and 1990s we had the Satanic Abuse hysteria and Day Care Child Abuse hysteria. Both were huge and long. These put people in jail after trials that made those of the Salem witches look like models of rationality (they also helped make Janet Reno Attorney General of the USA). There were also a host of smaller moral panics during that period and afterwards. Our institutions seemed unable to respond to these, no matter how absurd they are.

Now we are in the midst of two moral panics that made those before look penny-ante: RussiaGate and the Climate Emergency. Although neither has much factual foundation, both continue to burn today, with no end in sight.

RussiaGate

We do not know the origins of RussiaGate. We might never know its origins. It lies somewhere inside the military-industrial-complex’s programs to incite Cold War II, creating a foe that can justify our continued insane level of military spending. This was attractive since it meshed with another major goal of US foreign policy: the destruction of all non-allied major oil producers (e.g., Iraq, Libya, Iran, Russia). We moved US power ever-closer to Russia’s borders (breaking the tacit agreement ending the Cold War that allowed Russia to have neutral buffer states). We imposed brutal sanctions. Any response by Russia other than surrender was a sign of aggression, warranting further attacks.

This allowed anyone making commercial contacts with Russia to be painted as an enemy agent, muzzling voices that might otherwise declare that the Emperor was butt-naked.

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From this toxic stew came the spark of RussiaGate. The original spark was a conversation of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos with professor Joseph Mifsud (who has been missing or dead since October 2017, per the Italian newspaper il Giornale).

It became a wildfire when fed the opposition research report known as the Steele Dossier. From the first, it was obviously preposterous. Turning a leading candidate for the US president into a Russian asset would be the intel operation of the millenium. Christopher Steele said that Russian officials gave him information that blew the operation. He never said why they did so or what he offered them in exchange. If true, the best they could hope for was a quick death. The story made sense only as disinformation from Russia intel agencies directed at the US and laundered through Steele.

It ignited a firestorm that still burns in America. Wild claims were made by leading figures in all segments of American society. Trump was Putin’s puppet. Trump would establish death camps and begin the genocide of America’s minorities. Trump would ignore the 2020 election results, overthrow the regime and stay in office. Analysis showing the empty nature of these claims were ignored. The White House was largely paralyzed. Critical problems were ignored as increasingly bogus headlines occupied the attention of our elites in Washington.

Investigations have shown that there is no basis for RussiaGate. Former Federal attorney Andrew McCarthy’s book, Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency

, is the best public analysis. Internal government investigations have found little basis for the RussiaGate narrative, other than misconduct by government employees: the report by the Office of the FBI Inspector General on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation (aka the Horowitz Report) and the report of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into alledged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Like almost all such reports, both are whitewashes of the government’s actions – but their significance lies in the lack of evidence for the years of hysterical claims.

The Climate Emergency

In 1988, climate scientist James Hansen warned about the effect on the climate of our emissions of greenhouse gases – and proposed additional research. During the next quarter-century, five major reports by the IPCC documented the findings of the resulting scattershot research. Since this was science, each was evaluated and given one of five confidence levels (the average was “medium”). Scenarios were created to help communicate our possible futures, with RCP8.5 the worst-case (if things went wrong, with adverse changes in long-standing trends).

Somehow this became a classic moral panic. Science was pushed to the side as “too conservative”; those with the most vivid nightmares became sages in the headlines. Normal weather became pathological. Weather records were ignored, instead declaring normal weather to be “the worst.” Warnings proliferated of doom for civilization, for humanity, and for life on Earth. The most recent IPCC report warned of possible dangers ahead. This became a warning that we were doomed in 12 years.

Unrealistic forecasts of greenhouse gases became certainties. Uncertainties about key factors were ignored. For example, how much the planet will warm in response to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide – ‘equilibrium climate sensitivity’ (ECS)? The IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5, 2013) provided a range between 1 and 6oC, with a ‘likely’ range between 1.5 and 4.5oC. Combine those two unknowns, and a wide range of futures become possible. But to the increasing numbers of panicking people, only the extreme forecasts are real.

Those that spoke about science and its uncertainties are demonized as deniers. Those so labeled are deemed not just illegitimate but evil voices – to be banned from public spaces and their work defunded. No rational debate is possible. Attempts to do so are like spitting into the wind, or talking sense to a stampeding mob.

The resulting political gridlock prevents not only preparation for climate change but also for the inevitable repeat of past extreme weather. I believe that we are worse off after 30 years of panic than if Hansen had not begun this project.

Why? It’s the crazy years!

“When I was sixteen, I went to work for a newspaper in Hong Kong. It was a rag, but the editor taught me one important lesson. The key to a great story is not who, or what, or when, but why.”
— Elliot Carver, in Tomorrow Never Dies

(1997).

Each of moral panics has obvious roots. America’s politics and society are changing at an incredible rate. We feel anxiety about these changes and their mysterious and many causes. RussiaGate gives us clear enemies to blame: Putin and Trump. It gives us heroes to cheer: the intel agencies and The Resistance.

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Ditto for the Climate Emergency. We are changing the world at an incredible rate. Strange chemicals pour into the environment. We are reshaping the biosphere, casually and thoughtlessly. More ugly changes lie ahead as Earth’s population grows to ten or twelve billion. The Climate Emergency compresses this complexity into a simple story (ignoring all the key details) and gives us demons to blame: the deniers.

Both are crusades for virtue that anyone can join by adopting the right politics. Unfortunately, these are irrationality given form, making rational government impossible. This chaos was predicted long ago by science fiction author Robert Heinlein. His date for the madness was 50 years early, but nailed the details. Let’s worry that he as accurately predicted its conclusion.

“The Crazy Years: Considerable technical advance during this period, accompanied by a gradual deterioration of mores, orientation, and social institutions, terminating in mass psychoses in the sixth decade, and the interregnum.”
— From Robert Heinlein’s timeline of his future history stories; first published in Astounding Science Fiction, May 1940. This series was published as The Past through Tomorrow

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The Greatest Gift

While causes are useful to know, only results matter. These massive moral panics show that Americans are no longer capable of self-government. We lack the rationality, balance, and self-discipline necessary for this most difficult and rare of tasks.

We have given our elites the greatest gift we can bestow: proof that we are unfit for democracy. America is theirs now, untill we prove that we can retake control of our affairs – and our destiny.

“Every nation has the government it deserves.”
— Dark words said by Joseph de Maistre (lawyer, diplomat, philosopher) in a letter dated 13 August 1811, published in Lettres et Opuscules.

What comes next?

Revival of the spirit is the core of humanity. We can become better than we were and are. It begins with the decision of individuals to work for change. This can spread like a clensing fire though a people. You can help start this process. Make that your top New Year’s resolution. Here are a few score specific ways to take action.

For more information

Ideas! See my recommended books and films at Amazon. Also, see a story about our future: “Ultra Violence: Tales from Venus.

Another perspective on this: “2019 – The Year of Manufactured Hysteria” by CJ Hopkins at Off-Guardian.

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Inspirational reading to prepare for 2020

The Founders looked to the Roman Republic for ideas and inspiration. In this time of peril, we too can do so. See two books about the people who were the poles of the forces that could have saved the Republic, but instead destroyed it.

Caesar – a biography by Christian Meier

. He tried to build a new regime for Rome, but failed.

Rome’s Last Citizen

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89 thoughts on “We gave our rulers the greatest gift that we can give

  1. TYPO?
    Larry Kummer wrote,
    “The Climate Emergency
    “In 1998, climate scientist James Hansen warned about the effect on the climate of our emissions of greenhouse gases…”

    Should that be 1988 instead of 1998?

    Bob

  2. Another good book on delusions is freely available on the internet:

    “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”

    Thanks
    JK

      • And rather than scaring the kids, teach them to understand “The tragedy of the commons.” In all it’s scary applications.
        Climate catastrophe NOT.

  3. From the article: “Now we are in the midst of two moral panics that made those before look penny-ante: RussiaGate and the Climate Emergency. Although neither has much factual foundation, both continue to burn today, with no end in sight.”

    And what do both of these moral panics have in common? Answer: A dishonest, leftwing media that promotes these delusions and lies.

  4. Both RussiaGate (the Steele Dossier to take a Republican candidate for US President) and the Climate Hoax are both inventions of the Progressives. The latter has been on-going project for 30 years. The former only can into existence because the Left didn’t know how to deal with an unconventional Republican presidential candidate like Trump.
    Guys like Romney and McCain the swamp knew they could dispatch them easily. Now President, Trump has been something they can’t figure out and corner. He is an existential threat to them. Hence the source of their great discomforts and derangements.

    Where the two so-called moral panics converge is that with a Republican Administration like Trump ignoring their climate hustle, US energy dominance threatens their 30 year project. That 30+ year and counting project is intended to dismantle the US middle class and siphon off its affluence by saddling it with high cost electricity and even higher cost transportation fuels.

    While there are elements of the military industrial complex that is self-serving, at least its products makes Russian and Chinese military generals and admirals quite nervous about confronting the US military. But we can be quite sure, those same generals and admirals love to see the US building more unreliable and expensive electricity into its grid, for they certainly understand that it is from economic power that military power flows.

    The stakes for you and me couldn’t be higher in the coming year.

    MAGA.
    Frack On.

    • “He is an existential threat to them. Hence the source of their great discomforts and derangements.”

      Trump is hitting the crazy Democrats where it hurts by taking their power away from them and showing the public a better way to proceed than socialism. Trump has thrown a monkey wrench into everything the Democrats are doing and they are furious about it and are determined to remove this threat to their power by any means possible, legal or illegal, moral or immoral.

      To those undecided people out there: If the Democrats will do what they are doing to Trump to get their way, think about what they would do to you to get their way. You don’t want ruthless people like the Radical Democrats running your life because that’s exactly what they would do if they regain power: Run your life for you, whether you like the way it is run or not. Think about it.

  5. From the article: “We do not know the origins of RussiaGate.”

    Oh, I think we do. His name is Barack Obama, the instigator of Russiagate.

    • I think it more likely something brought to him by his CIA Director Brennan. Obama doesn’t have the imagination or training in the spook business for such a hoax. Brennan’s experience as a spook and his hatred for Trump probably were what came together to offer this to Obama.

      And the funds for this dossier couldn’t come from the US government or CIA without big risk of jail if caught (as they were). It had to come from Hillary’s campaign and the DNC, that is, political funds for a political hit job on the Republican’s candidate.

      • I think it highly likely you are correct about Brennan. The leaks all say that Special Investigator Durham is now focused on Brennan. All of this gets around to the questions: what did President Obama know and when did he know it?

        • “All of this gets around to the questions: what did President Obama know and when did he know it?”

          And what did Vice President Joe Biden know and when did he know it?

          Biden was also in charge of handling Ukraine at the time, one of the origins of the Hillary Clinton/Russian Dirty Dossier, and a Ukraine government that was actively trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential election in collusion with Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee. The Democrats were encouraging Ukrainian officals to come out against Trump’s election, and they did. It’s called Treason when Americans solicit foreign governments to interfere in U.S. elections. What did Joe know about this activity?

          We may know the answers to these questions before the next presidential election. 🙂

      • “I think it more likely something brought to him by his CIA Director Brennan. Obama doesn’t have the imagination or training in the spook business for such a hoax. Brennan’s experience as a spook and his hatred for Trump probably were what came together to offer this to Obama.”

        It doesn’t take much imagination to call in your CIA and FBI chiefs into your Office and tell them to do what it takes to get Trump out of the picture. The Clinton Crime Syndicate has more than enough sinister imagination for that if Barack is a little lacking. I’m betting Hillary and Obama corordinated on all this.

        U.S. Attorney John H. Durham has been assigned to investigate all of this treason and from the way it sounds, he really is digging in deep, so maybe we will have some of these questions answered before it’s all over.

        I think there is zero chance Obama would be prosecuted for this treason, but I would be satisfied if the truth comes out and shows the true character of Barack Obama. All the rest of his underlings should go to jail, including Hillary Clinton.

  6. “These massive moral panics show that Americans are no longer capable of self-government. We lack the rationality, balance, and self-discipline necessary for this most difficult and rare of tasks.”

    Unfortunately, I’m afraid that this might be true. But, it started with many liberals being unwilling to accept the results of the last presidential election.

    The behavior of Liberals after Trump’s Election may signal the end of our Republic. That is because the implicit social contract allowing a democracy to work is, “Once the election is over, it is over until the next election!” Everyone should cooperate because there will always be a losing side in an election. The incessant petty whining and sniping that has been ongoing simply gives Republicans an excuse for failure, should they fail in their goals. When House Speaker Pelosi said it is hard for her to utter “President Trump,” it demonstrates her level of emotional entanglement; it demonstrates how distant from objective, rational behavior her position is. It also insults and offends those who supported Trump.

    It is ironic that those who self-identify as Democrats are behaving in a manner that is destructive to democracy. Statement such as, “He’s not MY president!” belie a lack of wisdom and maturity. There will be an understandable desire to exact retribution for the numerous immature stunts like name calling, unsupported accusations of impeachable offenses, and displaying what appeared to be Trump’s severed head by a so-called comedienne. The Right may very well act no more mature than the Left when a democrat president is elected eventually, and thus will continue the downward spiral of the ability for any president to govern because of partisan adversaries criticizing everything in an attempt to obstruct governance. It may devolve into riots and attempts at mob rule, similar to what Trump protesters at UC Berkeley initiated. Thus will end the greatest experiment in self-government the world has known.

    We need someone in the Democrat party to show leadership and rein in the immature behavior before it is too late. Unfortunately, they are now threatening to add more articles of impeachment. How long do they intend to do this? Up till November 2020 to smear Trump?

    • “Unfortunately, they are now threatening to add more articles of impeachment. How long do they intend to do this? Up till November 2020 to smear Trump?”

      The Democrats will keep up the attacks on Trump as long as they have the power to do so. The House Democrats currently have a narrow majority of about 18 votes. So their 18 votes will hold the nation hostage if they are allowed to continue and nobody can stop them because they have those 18 votes..

      Fortunately, the November 2020 election is just around the corner and Americans can stop the madness of the House Democrats by voting them out of the majority, and then they can whine from the sidelines as Trump and the Republican House and Senate put the United States on track for a wonderfull future. Just think what Trump could do if he had a cooperative Congress.

      This will be a good campaign issue. Just ask the voters if they like the current situation in the House of Representatives, and if they don’t, there is a simple solution: Vote the Democrats out and replace them with Republicans. That will shut Nancy and the Democrats up and bring a little peace to Washington DC. That, and putting Obama’s minions in jail. Which may also be just around the corner..

    • The Liberals in the Democratic Party are out to make an example of Tulsi Gabbard.
      Hillary fired the first shot. Since then it’s been non-stop to destroy her. The vitriol against Congresswoman Gabbard has ramped up significantly since she voted “present” on the impeachment articles.
      She was probably the only Democrat I actually could have voted for. Yes. Really.
      I actually could see Tulsi switching parties to become a Republican. She doesn’t have the donor base to run as an independent, and she doesn’t have the personal wealth to run without that or the machinery of a major political party.

      • Yes Tulsi Gabbard has integrity , a fatal flaw for any politician. There is one thing politics will not tolerate and that is moral integrity.

        It’s what everyone wants and expects from our leaders but the one thing we will never be allowed to vote for.

      • After her saying she believes Trump is guilty of some crime, I could never vote for her. She’s not a leader, she’s a follower.

      • Well Joel, here is a quote from her campaign page:

        “We can and must begin to build a 100% renewable energy economy. By redirecting the billions spent every year subsidizing the fossil fuel industry to instead invest in the industries of the future – expanding wind, solar, and geothermal – we will guarantee a cleaner, safer energy future and create high-quality jobs.”

        Now maybe she’s just saying what she knows can get her elected. And if that’s the case, she doesn’t have integrity, at all.

    • “The behavior of Liberals after Trump’s Election may signal the end of our Republic.”

      Let’s wait until we see the results of the next presidential election. The behavior of the Radical Liberals may just signal the end of the Radical Liberals.

      I think the next election is going to blow the Democrats out of the water. I think the House of Representatives will be controlled by the Republicans after this is all over. And Trump is getting stronger. His poll numbers have continued to climb throughout this Impeachment charade, while the polls for the Democrats are heading in the opposite direction.

      The Radical Democrats are showing their true, ruthless face to the American public and the world, and I think the majority of the American people are going to reject this ugliness and criminality on the part of the Democrats.

      And Pelosi is just making it worse for herself and the Democrats with her latest antics of holding up the passing of the Impeachment to the Senate, and now threatening to do constant impeachments as long as the Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives.

      There will be a backlash at the voting polls next time. BOOM !!! 🙂

      • Tom
        I do hope that you are right. However, I’m concerned that, win or lose, the democrats will continue to operate as obstructionists and tear apart the fabric of the Republic, without concern for its long-term effects. The hard-core liberals that I know continue to rationalize their obstructionist behavior as “saving our democracy” and selectively choose the facts they want to believe. Where have we seen that before?

  7. From the article: “This was attractive since it meshed with another major goal of US foreign policy: the destruction of all non-allied major oil producers (e.g., Iraq, Libya, Iran, Russia).”

    You are indulging in conspriacy theories. Do you really believe that statement? I don’t. I don’t think it is a major U.S. goal to destroy other oil producers.

    Unless, of course, by “destroying” you are talking about the U.S. outproducing other oil producing nations which might result in some people going out of business, although that is highly unlikely considering the demand for oil, but the U.S. goal isn’t to destroy other oil producers, the goal is to make more money by producing more oil. Free Enterprise, it’s called.

    • Tom,

      “You are indulging in conspriacy theories. ”

      That’s among the most absurd of rebuttals. Large entities don’t tell you or their plans. They are revealed only by leaks – such as the Pentagon Papers and the IG’s Afghanistan reports (via FOI requests) – and sometimes by autobiographies long afterwards.

      Our best guide to what governments want to do is what they do. The odds are immense against the US government moving in a decade by random chance against four major oil producers who are not allied with the US.

      It is a rational strategy of “realpolitik.” Oil is a vital commodity, in both geopolitical and economic terms.

      • So why stop there? Why couldn’t the US come up with a plan whereby the rest of the world thinks CO2 is causing catastrophic warming and in so doing moves to “green” energy. The US then withdraws from this position leaving us as the sole consumer of the remaining fossil fuel and thus a huge competitive advantage.

      • Good post Larry, I would just qualify your point a bit, it’s not so much the destruction of other oil producers as much as the destruction of non-aligned countries with independent central banks. That’s why Gulf oil sheikdoms have been protected.

      • Ah yes, the old absence of evidence is just proof of how big the conspiracy line of conspiracy thinking.

        There’s also the old, anything written that agrees with what I want to believe must be true, no matter how poorly sourced.

        All of the evidence you site is questionable at best and self serving in the extreme. You believe it because it fits in with your preconceived paranoias.

        • MarkW shines the light again, Assertion with out evidence is meaningless. The Bush administration likely was ok with the affects the war would have on oil control, but I don’t believe that was the driving force. The Obama administration was hell bent on destroying our economy and anything to do with any fossil fuel. Trump knows that we have all the resources we need to be free of the ridiculousness that is the Middle East. I don’t see a new world order pattern there.
          And to all the people who think Trump is allied with Russia, who’s energy policy do you think Putin with rather have the US following Trumps or Obama’s?

      • “That’s among the most absurd of rebuttals. Large entities don’t tell you or their plans. They are revealed only by leaks – such as the Pentagon Papers”

        So, Large entities (The PuppetMaster/s) don’t tell me their plans, but they *do* tell *you* their plans?

        And you drag in another conspiracy theory with the “Pentagon Papers”. What did you learn from the Pentagon Papers?

        What I learned from the Pentagon Papers was it was ripe for distortion by the anti-war Left and the anti-war Leftwing News Media. Of course, just about anthing is ripe for distortion when it comes to the Left. They are experts at it. But, facts are facts. If you know the facts, then you see the distortions.

      • “Our best guide to what governments want to do is what they do. The odds are immense against the US government moving in a decade by random chance against four major oil producers who are not allied with the US.”

        The previous conspriacy theory was the U.S. was going into Iraq in order to steal Iraq’s oil, but, I guess, since after the U.S. defeated Saddam, and the U.S. did *not* steal Iraq’s oil, the new conspiracy meme is the U.S. was out to destroy other nation’s oil production.

        All those nations you list that had their oil production destroyed supposedly by the U.S. are still producing oil and increasing production by the day and now Trump is protecting the oil rights in Syria of the people who helped the U.S. root out the Islamic Terror Army. So the U.S. is protecting other nation’s oil. I think your conspiracy theory falls flat on the facts.

    • More like, there’s a need for some fairly soft targets, to keep the production lines open,so Boeing can keep making cruise missiles & ammunition manufacturers to keep churning out bullets, shells & missiles, with some nice videos to entertain the folks back home.
      Can’t have too difficult on opponent, as their air defence will be too good, can’t have more than a handful of aircrew being killed (The thick Grunts on the ground, are a different matter) & heaven forbid that they have any effective anti-shipping capabilities.

    • Don’t be so sure of the backlash. I lost a lot of faith in the American people when they reelected Obama.

  8. From the article: “The story made sense only as disinformation from Russia intel agencies directed at the US and laundered through Steele.”

    That is exactly what it is, and it was all paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee, and it was put to use by Obama and his minions in their efforts to undermine the Trump campaign and the Trump presidency

    And btw, the Steele Dossier was not only laundered through Steele, it was laundered through numerous Democrat Party officials and numerous leftwing news media types. All of them helping out Russia with its efforts to destroy confidence in the U.S. election process, and it continues to this very day.

    Radical Democrats = Useful Idiots. Radical Democrats = Very Dangerous People

    Unchecked, the Radical Democrats are a danger to the personal freedoms of all of us.

  9. The Greatest Gift
    While causes are useful to know, only results matter. These massive moral panics show that Americans are no longer capable of self-government. We lack the rationality, balance, and self-discipline necessary for this most difficult and rare of tasks.

    We have given our elites the greatest gift we can bestow: proof that we are unfit for democracy. America is theirs now, untill we prove that we can retake control of our affairs – and our destiny.

    Put down the bong. The elite are the sandwich board wearers.

    • While I disagree with the OP’s strident message, yours is just as wrong. Put down the beer, the wealthy elite are very dangerous and have brought this country to the brink of social civil war.

  10. This is either an explanation of the probable, or likely plausible, for the sake of actionable intelligence with a bipartisan consensus. It sucks, in parts, simplifies, in others, but perhaps this is the most rational and practical approach to realizing order in chaos, and what seems to be a lackluster civilization, indulging, optimizing, past achievements, and creating and exploiting leverage that promotes the minority good.

  11. “I am convinced that exploration of the psyche is the science of the future… This is the science we need most of all, for it is gradually becoming more and more obvious that neither famine nor earthquakes nor microbes nor carcinoma, but man himself is the greatest peril to man, just because there is no adequate defense against psychic epidemics, which cause infinitely more devastation than the greatest natural catastrophes.” – Jung, 1944

  12. Must admit with the Dems screaming the Russians are coming and having experienced the McCarthy era I did think it was a topsy turvy world. You live long enough you won’t discount anything but you’d think we’d learn a trick or two with examples like Prohibition and I see Trump is pushing their buttons on that score-
    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/trump-attacks-on-wind-turbines-low-flow-toilets-and-led-lightbulbs-set-up-key-campaign-clash-with-democrats/ar-BBYhP5o

    He’s on a winner with toilets that don’t flush properly and those flaming washing machines that take half a day to run through a wash nowadays and thank you kindly American friends for the Speed Queen Commercial washer after I peed off the last green new one in disgust within 12 months and peace in our time. I’ve always believed it won’t be the science that brings them down but all their little lunar prescriptions along with big ones and it would seem President Trump is onto it.

  13. “Internal government investigations have found little basis for the RussiaGate narrative”
    Hardly. Here are some of the the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee:
    “. (U), The Committee found, that the IRA sought to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential
    election by harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of success and supporting Donald Trump
    at the direction of the Kremlin.
    (U) The Committee found that the IRA’ s information warfare campaign was broad in
    scope and entailed objectives beyond the result of the 2016 presidential election. Further,
    the Committee’s analysis of the IRA’s activities on social media supports the key
    judgments of the January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, “Assessing
    Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” that “Russia’s, goals were to
    undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton,· and
    harm her electability and potential presidency.”5 However, where the Intelligence
    Community assessed that the Russian government “aspired to help President-elect
    Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly
    contrasting her unfavorably to him,” the Committee found that IRA social media activity
    was overtly and almost invariably supportive of then-candidate Trump, and to the
    detriment .of Secretary Clinton’s campaign.

    The Committee found that Russia’s targeting of the 2016 U.S. presidential election
    was part of a broader, sophisticated, and ongoing information warfare campaign designed
    to sow discord in American politics and society. Moreover, the IRA conducted a vastly
    more complex and strategic assault on the United States than was initially understood.
    The IRA’s actions in 2016 represent only the latest installment in an increasingly brazen
    interference by the Kremlin on the citizens and democratic institutions of the United
    States. “

    • What they were trying to do was weaken a President Hillary Clinton.
      The Russians and the rest of world certainly believed the US media pollings as well as everyone else in the Obama Admin, that is, that Hillary would win easily They just wanted to de-legitimize a President Clinton’s win by releasing her own emails and those of her campaign and the DNC to expose their dirty tricks. Clinton offered herself up to those kinds of “truthful” attacks by doing dirty deeds.

      Not one things in those emails from the DNC or Podesta’s emails, emails that demonstrated dirty political behavior, were ever disputed from the authors as not being authentic. Indeed the Podesta Gmail crypto hash tags proved they were authentic, unaltered.

      The painfully obvious problem is “Why Obama didn’t push back harder against Putin’s interference?” He knew of Russia’s meddling (their hacking/disinformation team in St Petersburg which Mueller’s team ultimately indicted, when he was told of it by the FBI and CIA in summer 2016. Instead, they tried to flip the script and join in bashing Trump as insurance. If Hillary had won, certainly no one in the Clinton DOJ was going to investigate why she won. It would have all been swept under the rug.

      It was the Obama Admin that not only did nothing but played their own game to create an insurance policy to remove Trump should he win. Brennan and Clapper probably were certain Carter Page and Papadopoulos would take the “too-tempting to resist” bait of Hillary dirt put in front of them and then collaborate with seemingly Russian or foreign agents to get it and draw in an eager Trump into the trap.

    • Nick,

      All of that nonsense has long since been disproven. The IRA’s social media activities were less than a drop in the measureless sea of social media activity. Furthermore, they had no clear themes. We don’t know their goals, but they were probably probing to see how social media works.

      Powerful elements in the US government want another Cold War. As with Cold War I, they will lie to get it. From the bomber gap and missile gap to Russia’s super-duper-interference-in-2016.

      This report will eventually go on the long long list of lies by US government officials. People like you believed each and every one of them, which is why they continue to lie to us. Failure to learn is a weakness that can bring down the strongest of nations.

      See this long but quite partial list of lies:
      https://fabiusmaximus.com/2019/04/18/we-believe-government-lies/

    • As usual Nick misses the point entirely. Many groups and just about every government in the world tries to influence the national elections in the US, and always have. Do you really think when a government funded news outlet in another country endorses a particular candidate or runs hit piece after hit piece on one party only, they are only doing that on their own? You would have to be pretty naive to think they weren’t under orders from their masters, the Government. Foreigners funnel money through their US holdings in order to fund their favorite candidates, and many times they are actually fronts for their government (think Chinese).

      Making a big deal out of these small time Russian ops on social media while ignoring these much bigger efforts is a farce. The left has no viable solutions to any of the problems in this country, and in fact are the source of many of them, so they try to distract with bread and circuses while Trump actually rolls up his sleeves and accomplishes something. He may be a loud mouthed rude New Yorker that has ruffled a lot of establishment feathers, but contrary to popular belief, that is not an impeachable offense.

      • Paul
        I find it interesting that Stokes (an Australian) follows the machinations of US politics so closely. I guess Australian politics is boring by comparison. But, Stokes’ protests do add to the appearance that his responses on technical issues are influenced by his political leanings.

    • “Further,
      the Committee’s analysis of the IRA’s activities on social media supports the key
      judgments of the January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, “Assessing
      Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,”

      January 6, 2017. That would be the last days of the Obama administration. Trump wasn’t sworn into Office until a few weeks later. So, this “intelligence” finding was produced by the very same people who were pushing the Trump/Russia collusion story, Obama’s minions. A little perspective is always helpful.

      It’s ridiculous to claim that Russian activities had any kind of effect on the election. Their efforts were small-scale, and the average American never even saw what they were doing, much less were influenced by it. The Russian’s main goal wasn’t to support either presidential candidate, it was to cause division in the United States and to cast doubt on the electoral process in the United States, which amounts to the same thing. In that, they have been partially successful, with the enthusiastic help of their Useful Idiots, the Radical American Democrats.

  14. I agree with the conclusion of the article, but I am also disturbed by most of it. Any conclusion that “We the People” can not govern ourselves because we don’t govern ourselves perfectly is dangerous as hell. It reminds me of a German movie I saw where they conclude that the only way to guarantee there is no repeat of the Nazi regime is to take away the vote. Thanks, but no thanks…“Revival of the spirit” is the only way out of this mess.

  15. Great article Larry, but one quibble on your passage below about the so-called “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s:

    “In the 1980s and 1990s we had the Satanic Abuse hysteria and Day Care Child Abuse hysteria. Both were huge and long. These put people in jail after trials that made those of the Salem witches look like models of rationality”

    Recent revelations from the FBI have proven the existence of such networks. From a recent article titled “FBI Documents Expose “The Finders” – an 80’s Child Sex Cult Covered up by the U.S. Intelligence Community”:

    “Late last month, the FBI Records Vault released declassified documents on “The Finders”. The documents reveal a rabbit hole regarding a U.S. intelligence cover-up of child sex abuse, ritual sacrifice, and much more concerning a cult called “The Finders”.

    Very early in the document, the text specifies that the investigation took a look into whether the United States Intelligence Community played a role in the sexual abuse of children perpetrated by The Finders. Further reading details that investigators believed that “the abuse was part of a large, well organized scheme”.

    Preliminary investigation of The Finders saw prosecution declined in 1987. During a search of their properties, computer equipment and files containing instructions for obtaining children were found. Female members were impregnated solely to sell, purchase, trade, and kidnap kids. Extensive tunnel systems were found underneath a preschool associated with The Finders, and pentagrams were found”

  16. Oh pish posh, Nick. Nobody buys that lemon jalopy. Your conspiracy rant is a fiction written by losers who wish the sheeple would swallow it — but they don’t and won’t.

    Same with the Great Climate Hoax. Nobody with any sense believes the alarmists. The UN (IPCC) has a track record of whopping lies with graft agendas. Same thing with pinhead academics. Everybody sees it, knows it, and laughs at it.

    The Media is (are) made up of journalists who flunked every math and science course they ever took. That’s why they became journalists. It’s one of the lowest paid gigs going. Only the lame go into journalism.

    The Great Hoax is dying. There is no moral panic amongst the working class — you know, the folks who make civilization and the economy work. Only the Chattering Fools give it any credence. It’s a fad, like duck lips (hyaluronic acid fillers), that will pass only too quickly.

    Take heart fellow folk devils. We already won. The losers are wailing in defeat. Truth has emerged victorious. The angels are singing tonight.

    • “Your conspiracy rant is a fiction written by losers who wish the sheeple would swallow it “
      It is written by the Senators of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, run, of course, by Republicans.

      • lol- gotta love all the nutters on here eh Nick? No wonder America is going down the tubes. MAGA = “Manipulating America’s Gullible Assholes”

  17. Russiagate isn’t a moral panic. It’s a conspiracy theory, a madness-of-crowds example—a phenomenon that includes more examples than moral panics. CAGW isn’t a moral panic either, it’s a craze. Only a tiny bit of it involves demonization of deniers.

    (The most recent true moral panic is the anti-vaping, anti-flavoring crusade. (Not that regulations to limit accessability by the young shouldn’t be tightened.) Flavors are a large part of what seduces smokers away from cigarettes. That benefit outweighs the creation of additional nicotine addicts. But nicotine addiction is spoken of by panic-mongers as horrific, when it is only 10% as bad as smoking. No acknowledgement of the trade-offs involved is considered by them.)

    Here are some thoughts by Mencken on crazes. (Merry Christmas!)

    “The whole thinking of the country thus runs down the channel of mob emotion; there is no actual conflict of ideas, but only a succession of crazes. It is inconvenient to stand aloof from these crazes, and it is dangerous to oppose them.”

    “Truth shifts and changes like a cataract of diamonds; its aspect is never precisely the same at two successive instants. But error flows down the channel of history like some great stream of lava or infinitely lethargic glacier. It is the one relatively fixed thing in a world of chaos.”

    “Man’s natural instinct, in fact, is never toward what is sound and true; it is toward what is specious and false. Let any great nation of modern times be confronted by two conflicting propositions, the one grounded upon the utmost probability and reasonableness and the other upon the most glaring error, and it will almost invariably embrace the latter. It is so in politics, which consists wholly of a succession of unintelligent crazes, many of them so idiotic that they exist only as battle-cries and shibboleths and are not reducible to logical statement at all. It is so in religion, which, like poetry, is simply a concerted effort to deny the most obvious realities. It is so in nearly every field of thought. The ideas that conquer the race most rapidly and arouse the wildest enthusiasm and are held most tenaciously are precisely the ideas that are most insane. This has been true since the first “advanced” gorilla put on underwear, cultivated a frown and began his first lecture tour, and it will be so until the high gods, tired of the farce at last, obliterate the race with one great, final blast of fire, mustard gas and streptococci.”

    “Man is the yokel par excellence, the booby unmatchable, the king dupe of the cosmos. He is chronically and unescapably deceived, not only by the other animals and by the delusive face of nature herself, but also and more particularly by himself—by his incomparable talent for searching out and embracing what is false, and for overlooking and denying what is true.”

    “The capacity for discerning the essential truth, in fact, is as rare among men as it is common among crows, bullfrogs and mackerel. The man who shows it is a man of quite extraordinary quality—perhaps even a man downright diseased. Exhibit a new truth of any natural plausibility before the great masses of men, and not one in ten thousand will suspect its existence, and not one in a hundred thousand will embrace it without a ferocious resistance. All the durable truths that have come into the world within historic times have been opposed as bitterly as if they were so many waves of smallpox, and every individual who has welcomed and advocated them, absolutely without exception, has been denounced and punished as an enemy of the race. Perhaps “absolutely without exception” goes too far. I substitute “with five or six exceptions.” But who were the five or six exceptions? I leave you to think of them; myself, I can’t. But if truth thus has hard sledding, error is given a loving welcome.”

    • I love Mencken’s prose, and agree with some of his observations on humanity, but he’s a bit too pessimistic in the whole for me.

    • “The most recent true moral panic is the anti-vaping, anti-flavoring crusade. (Not that regulations to limit accessability by the young shouldn’t be tightened.) Flavors are a large part of what seduces smokers away from cigarettes.”

      Well, that’s too bad, because it is probably the “flavors” that are causing all the lung problems being associated with modern-day vaping. It seems that flavor and visual effects, like billowing clouds of smoke seem desireable to the users.

      If you want to vape, you can do so without the flavors. Just put some tobacco in a vaporizer, manual or electric, and that’s all there is to it. No “flavors” to poison you. Not much smoke either but you do get the nicotine.

      I quit smoking tobacco decades ago and would not recommend that anyone start doing so, but if you do, you should not use the vaporizers with flavors and smoke. Just vaporize the tobacco by itself and then all you have to deal with are the effects of nicotine. There’s no telling what is being added to those flavored vaporizers. And there’s no doubt some of it is deadly. So be careful out there.

      • “Well, that’s too bad, because it is probably the “flavors” that are causing all the lung problems being associated with modern-day vaping.”

        This is the sort of incorrect inference that anti-vape alarmists are sneakily trying to insinuate. Actually, the recent episodes of lung disorder have been correlated with the use of oily vitamin E acetate as a carrier fluid in black market THC cartridges. No other country has had such a lung-disorder phenomenon, even ones like the UK where flavorings have been used for about ten years and where use is the highest, on a percentage basis, of any EU country. It also has the lowest rate of lung cancer.

        “If you want to vape, you can do so without the flavors. Just put some tobacco in a vaporizer, manual or electric, and that’s all there is to it.”

        1) Most vaporizers are configured to accept only cartridges. 2) The vaporizers that accept dried leaf input are sold in headships, for pot, not (or only rarely) in vape shops or other mainstream outlets. 3) Cigarette tobacco contains various chemical additives that may well vaporize (I don’t know for sure) and would be dangerous to inhale. 4) Pipe tobacco isn’t meant to be inhaled (it hasn’t been “flue cured” AFAIK and would be too harsh to draw into ones lungs. 5) Inhalable tobacco is, I believe, sold by a U.S. company that prominently shows and American Indian with a peace pipe. I suspect some vape shops sell it.

        “There’s no telling what is being added to those flavored vaporizers.”

        It IS known (for the mainstram brands): standard food flavorings that are commonly used by the food industry.

        “And there’s no doubt some of it is deadly.”

        Death rates of vapers in the UK do not indicate this.

  18. It seems this excellent article was published after we in the UK had all retired for the night. We too over the pond are suffering similar mass derangements. After the resounding success of the Conservative Party in our December general election resulting in confirmation of Boris Johnson as our PM the useful idiots of the left were out in force in London wearing placards reading “Not my Prime Minister”. Yes, he is. The UK is still (just) a democracy and not much original thought went into that particular protest slogan.

    There are still forces at work here who would rather we be ruled from a foreign country (by the EU) than settle our own affairs. We have voted. Three general elections were fought with UK leaving the EU as a primary manifesto pledge. We had a referendum, the largest turnout in a democratic vote in the history of the UK. We had an election for UK members of the EU Parliament which resulted in the Brexit Party being the largest national party in that ignoble institution. Each time the people of the UK voted, they voted to LEAVE. It looks as if we might just do it at the end of January, but that will only be the “end of the beginning”.

    The vested interests of some of our ruling elite will be better served by our remaining in, or very closely aligned to, the EU. Despite the now overwhelming mandate to “get Brexit done” they will continue to obstruct, obfuscate, demoralise and undermine, using their paid and unpaid useful idiots to further their cause. This particular “madness of the crowd” of lusting after EU empire seems to be diminishing in the UK, hopefully much of the climate emergency madness will be swept away with it.

        • After her UN speech in 1989 and endorsing the setup of the UEA CRU and the Hadley Centre that lead to the eventual formation of the IPCC, sure, after the event. Everyone regrets something they have done. At the time she was battling not only her EEC “masters” (She could see then, 30 years ago, what the EEC was morphing in to), she was battling the whole country and the miners, a broken economy and a falling currency, but also her own cabinet ministers that eventually brought her down as PM in 1990.

  19. The detailed anatomy of a complete craze, from start to finish, is documented with original quotes from the players, in the Edith Efron book “The Apocalyptics.”
    In 850 pages of paperback, we see the USA medical bureaucracy fooled into belief that man-made chemicals will cause a cancer epidemic starting to bite in the 1980s.
    You cannot really know the scare cycle until you read this book. Geoff S

    • Thanks, I’ll have to add this to my reading list. Unfortunately the people that really need to read it won’t bother, and wouldn’t understand it even if they did.

  20. I would suggest a change to Joseph de Maistre’s dark words: “We often get the bad governments we deserve rather than the good governments we need.”

  21. This moral panic has deep roots. Traditional American Constitutionalists have been under attack from Leftist Socialists for nearly a century now…and we are losing. Their goal appears to be Socialism here and Global Socialism everywhere eventually…the USA and its Constitution stands squarely in the way of that.

    They were operating behind the scenes with impunity…and then Trump arrived on the scene…and won the Presidency. There is finally some pushback. Basically one strange man is leading the opposition and has growing support. And Russiagate and the Impeachment have begun uncovering the left.

    It’s not obvious who is pulling the strings. Crazy Pelosi is acting very much out of character. She’s a liberal but knows the current limits and she’s being pulled hard left by some force further left than she likes.

    The enemy is deeply entrenched and funded MOSTLY BY US, the taxpayers. The Left controls: the Entrenched Government, the Media, Big Social Media, Academia, Science, Entertainment, Law, and even the Catholic Church.

    Peaceful coexistence between these 2 camps cannot go on forever. The Socialists and Constitutionalists no longer share any core values…the core values are in opposition…they clash. The 2 sides no longer have anything important in common…and are growing further apart.

    Large Republican electoral victories next fall could begin to change course of the ship of state. Successful prosecutions resulting from the Durham Investigation will help set the Deep State back.

    Leftists inside government have operating above the law. I hope we are not disappointed by the results of the Durham investigation.

    • Doc, you said, “It’s not obvious who is pulling the strings.”
      Not unlike the admonition to “Ignore that man behind the curtain.” It is often difficult to know who the real power is, but it probably isn’t those who appear to crave attention and publicity. I have often marveled at how quickly liberal memes and phrases spread throughout society. It has led me to jokingly claim that liberals have secret catechism classes where they study the New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly. I think it is clear that the Media plays an important role in furthering liberal ideology, while liberal politicians codify the ideology.

  22. I still have a well-thumbed paperback copy of Robert Heinlein’s “The Past Through Tomorrow” in my bookcase. I read most of his stuff back in the 1990’s. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to re-read some of his stories in the context of current events.

  23. Don’t tell me Russia didn’t interfere in the US elections. I saw Donald Trump ask them to interfere on live television https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/us/politics/trump-russia-clinton-emails.html — and I saw and giant stream of slanders and falsehoods in my Facebook feed which we now know originated from trolls paid by the Russian Government https://intelligence.house.gov/social-media-content/ — you can’t tell me it didn’t happen.

    I wish this blog would avoid off-topic nonsense which only makes you look stupid to people outside of the red-pill echo chambers. So much of the rest of the posts are very interesting and deserve reading.

    • Aaron, how is that stream of slanders any different than the current stream directed at Trump? If you believe them in either direction, then you just aren’t very intelligent.

  24. A great example of a modern moral panic is the Penn State/Joe Paterno/ Jerry Sandusky scandal. Just about everything most people are sure they know about it is wrong. Journalist, John Ziegler has done an extensive investigation (and killed his career). He’s a documentary film maker, former radio talk show host, podcaster and senior Mediaite columnist, so he has the story remarkably well documented at his site framingpaterno.com. He’s not alone in his conclusions. There’s a growing list of very serious, prominent converts:

    Memory expert Elizebeth Loftus

    Pedophile expert Fred Berlin

    Renowned author Mark Pendergrast (wrote book, Most Hated Man in America: jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgement)

    Federal Investigative Services Agent John Snedden (did investigation of Penn State president, Graham Spanier for renewal of his top secret security clearance)

    I think this story has some relevance to the climate issue, since a lot of prominent climate scientists are connected to Penn State, and Rand Simberg is being sued for calling Michael Mann the Jerry Sandusky of climate science.

  25. Donald Trump is a great showman and his speeches are certainly funny.

    He agreed with Putin that there is no reason why it would be Russia (who hacked the DNC). Then he read a paper with the tone of a captive of terrorists saying he made an error there is no reason it would “not” be Russia.

    That’s very entertaining, but then what?

  26. Speaking as a liberal snowflake, let’s not forget the War on Christmas, athletes having the temerity to kneel during the National Anthem, and the threat of immigrants taking your job and destroying your culture. Both sides of the spectrum thrive on fear. Let’s be even-handed here. We all know that climate alarmism is bullshit, but the left is not the sole purveyor of moral panic. Each side picks their poisons to instill fear in their respective bases. Hell, that’s how religion took hold. Obey your kings or suffer damnation to the “Fires of Hell.” Oldest trick in the book. Tradition!

  27. If you want to see moral panic in action, just go to the NOAA web site and check your local weather. I live around Santa Barbara, CA, which although not quite as stable as San Diego, none the less has utterly benign weather. Yet, every week there are warnings on top of warnings. HIGH WINDS (20-25 mph), HIGH SURF (4′ waves, maybe), HIGH HEAT (95-100 degrees in summer), the list goes on. I can imagine all the little snowflakes having a panic any time it’s not 75 and CAVU (Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited). “Quick, warn everyone. There’s a little FOG!!

    I used to wish I was ten years older. Now, make that 20. Who wants to live and work in this environment? And I don’t mean the weather.

    • Environment Canada does the same thing. “Severe Weather Warning: Rain!” “Weather Alert: Wind!” “Dangerous Weather: Cold!” What are they, two years old? They’ve never seen any of these things before?

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