The original version of this post appeared as the monthly editorial for the April 2021 Issue of the Gold Goats ‘n Guns Newsletter
I See Dead Memes
Corrupt systems are a breeding ground for weak men to elevate themselves over strong ones. Looking at the world today it’s clear that we are governed by small, corrupt men and women whose only goal is to validate themselves through the projection of their power.
But this isn’t a new observation. It’s a description of the state of global affairs which are accelerating towards a potentially catastrophic outcome for everyone. And it isn’t just our political leadership I’m talking about now.
This fundamental corruption is everywhere and the more endemic the corruption, the more individuals try and cover up their corruption. It’s like they’ve constructed a massive array of mirrors to place false idols and false conflicts in front of us to distract from their actual plans.
That said, we’re standing on the brink of major global conflict because it may be just as likely that our leadership isn’t incompetent or mustache-twirling malicious but rather terrified of anyone finding out the true depths of their depravity.
People like Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney and others are all currently profiting outrageously from their investments in Ukrainian gas interests. What if all of the wrangling over Nordstream 2 isn’t about U.S. military doctrine or The Davos Crowd’s Quixotic quest to control plant food emissions and is simply them protecting their gravy train?
What if it is simply a bunch of venal, corrupt overgrown children running around desperately trying to keep the truth from coming to light and are willing to start a world war to do so?
That’s truly terrifying. What’s worse is that we’ve built an entire society to reinforce this behavior.
It’s bred a generation of aging bullies who spend their days creating fictitious versions of themselves to present to social and state media (but I repeat myself) to run out the clock on either their corruption, in the case of politicians, and/or their incompetence on the part of CEOs, middle managers and so-called subject experts.
Everywhere I look I see some jackass trying to cover up some catastrophically terrible decision out of fear of losing face. While Twitter is the furthest thing from real life you’ll find, it’s also a pretty good mirror into the soul of the person on the other side of the blue checkmark if you’re perceptive.
You’ve all heard my rants about the anti-Bitcoiners like Peter Schiff and Nouriel Roubini. These are men so pot-committed to their reputations that to reverse course publicly would be tantamount to destroying their businesses.
Dr. Anthony Fauci contradicts himself now within the same statement to the press, having lied so much for more than a year now, he can’t keep them straight nor support the corrupt system that elevated him to godhood in the first place. He stands exposed daily while Dr. and Senator Rand Paul publicly tears him apart.
But Fauci, shamelessly corrupt, seems immune to it.
This corruption of the ego has infected truly smart people like Nassem Nicolas Taleb, who has made himself into a laughingstock on Twitter over his convincing himself through bad math — his subject expertise I might add — that he’s right about everything COVID-19 related rather than just admit in public that he’s a scared old man wearing two masks because it makes him feel safe.
Now he’s openly attacking anyone who questions his self-proclaimed position as the smartest man on Twitter, a dubious distinction on the best of days, by just attacking without merit people who question his published arguments.
Lyn Alden’s heresy was to honestly critique Taleb’s recent paper which he never formally responded to except to call her names. I guess he’s too important to respond to plebes anymore.
His public persona as an alpha male and, frankly, a bully won’t allow a moment of weakness like that. Now that he’s sold his bitcoin, everyone who hasn’t is an idiot in his eyes, an extension of his need to be publicly smarter than everyone else. I can understand hating the Twitter mob that went after him, but, that’s the price of pursuing fame the way he has.
A man of Taleb’s intellect and ability should not become a sad series of angry old man memes.
And yet, he has, more’s the pity.
Every day he gets more belligerent and with it more irrelevant to even his own previous writings.
As I said originally when Taleb first announced his falling out of love with bitcoin earlier this year:
Because Mr. Antifragile himself continues to miss the reasons why humans desire antifragility and expects that to occur on his time schedule not theirs.
So, he falls back on insults defended by dubiously-applicable math rather than admit to the paradigm shift happening in front of his eyes.
Bitcoin’s volatility isn’t as much a bug in its design but a feature of its adoption curve.
To remind everyone, another insufferably arrogant certified smart person, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, was gob smacked by the Steak-Umm’s social media millennial reminding him that science isn’t an immutable truth but rather the search for it which is ever ongoing.
This is the room you’re working, folks. And almost none of you are Don Rickles.
I say this all the time. You may be the smartest man in the room, but you aren’t smarter than the room. And when the room turns on you and calls your bluff the superior man bows his head, admits his faults and and man’s up.
The weak man never feels he can rise above that moment of revelation because, deep down he knows he’s a fraud.
This is weakness, not strength. None of us are immune to this. Not me, not you, not anyone. There is no vaccine for hubris.
But unless we continue smashing all their mirrors, we will forever be lost in the wilderness of their corruption.
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As the wise Reverend Al Sharpton once said, “Resist we much….”
My national government here in Europe decided to go carrot and stick to convince people to get the jab by adopting rules where those fully jabbed didn’t need testing to go into certain venues, while those unjabbed would need frequent tresting. My employer decided to parrot that into workplace safety policy. If unjabbed me wants to come to the office, I’m expected to submit to a test twice a week.
Now that “breakthrough” COVID cases have started popping up, and CDC has openly stated that the vaxxed can transmit the disease, I made the point to both HR and the workers’ council that given this news, the only prudent course to follow is for all employees to be tested, since the jabbed are as much, if not more, a danger to the health of all, perhaps more than the unjabbed who have symptoms at comparable levels of viral load. Heads are exploding upstairs, since testing is expensive, and my point is valid.
We must resist … sand in the gears, sugar in the gas, or just down tools.
Also please, point out to them that the PCR test will be discontinued for Corona Virus diagnosis as of Dec 31 2021 according to the CDC.
Yes, one can only wonder what Soros & Gates have planned for their latest acquisition, a testing company.
I wonder if it was Gates’ link to Epstein that triggered Buffet to back away from the foundation, or if it was the new link to Soros.
Go to Off Guardian and watch the Doctors for Covid Ethics.
1 The virus is a bioweapon made by Chinese and American Scientists.
This is 00% certain
2 The RT-PCR test as it is run is made to create 90% or higher false
Go to Off Guardian and watch Doctors for Covid Ethics.
1) VIrus is an engineered bioweapon. 100% certain.
2) PCR test is useless as run and designed to create massive number of
false positive tests.
After that I could not watch any longer.
I enjoyed this post, Tom. It’s like the blue checkmark is a fraud indicator. Maybe it’s the real mark of the beast. Could be.
The real star-bellied sneetches… makes them easier to identify.
Of COURSE it is “a bunch of venal, corrupt overgrown children running around desperately trying to keep the truth from coming to light and willing to start a world war to do so?”
Those are the easiest people to manipulate. They can be bribed, and blackmailed, and duped.
Did you really think the Davosians planned to carry their own water? To destroy our economies in full view and then just……….take the blame?
They want us to turn to them for help afterwards, remember? They need us to trust THEM to extinguish the global conflagration that they got their useful idiots to start.
They ALWAYS use the corrupt, the weak, the foolish, the idealistic, the venal as their footsoldiers.
It’s like you’ve never heard the word “patsy”?
I notice the recent bill is puzzling HODLers, as it……
“defines “brokers” to include anyone who “effectuates transfers of digital assets.”
This means almost anyone in the crypto ecosystem (miners, validators, smart contracts, open source developers etc) could be treated as a “broker” with massive reporting obligations.
This makes no sense.”
It makes sense if someone’s goal is to use incompetent and venal politicians to make policy they don’t understand, but that will cripple private crypto.
It’s amazing – private crypto is being publicly measured for its coffin on an almost daily basis now, but HODLers are still screaming “Bitcoin can’t be stopped!!”
And Peter Schiff is scarcely any better – gold and silver bullion dealers are just as easily outlawed as private crypto exchanges. A stroke of a pen.
It will never make it through Ivor. It’s already getting gutted
Yes I suspect you’re right – it would certainly take a very hard and suspicious shove to force it into legislation, which presumably means that if it passes you’ll switch into my camp immediately?
Notwithstanding, you’d presumably accept that even the effort is instructive – a message sent to the world that private crypto is risky and dangerous and possibly riddled with criminality, and must be regulated?
And that’s my point – a concerted effort is being made worldwide to demonise private crypto, in order to manufacture consent for it to be taken under globalist control. They are measuring it for its coffin, and as mentioned previously I suspect they intend to impose Diem upon us all, by paying us our UBI with it.
I never once thought that they weren’t determined to kill private crypto. Too bad they will fail because private crypto is stronger than them.
They will break on it just like they broke themselves breaking Trump.
You have to be smarter than this and and a tiny bit of faith.
In what way did they break themselves breaking Trump?
Their proxies conducted an entirely fraudulent election, stolen using every dirty trick in the book, and yet the entire world media still frames even slight suspicion of Biden’s legitimacy as deluded conspiracy theory. The Davosian narrative is intact, and they have taken no damage at all.
And even if the fraud is proven, the only perpwalks will be American democrats, proving once again that national leadership structures are hopelessly corrupt and/or incompetent. Suggesting we need……….global leadership.
That’s the elegance of their schemes – using patsies and proxies always gives them someone to hide behind while they succeed, and elevates them as the white knight if the patsy fails and creates chaos.
Heads they win, tails we lose.
We’re agreed they will try to defeat private crypto. And they are clearly trying as we speak. You think they will fail, and I think they will succeed.
But then you think they will merely try to regulate it to death, and I think they will ban it in favour of their own.
Watch as Ted Cruz et al are framed as “interfering with the regulatory process”
“Private crypto and its bought-and-paid for political allies have become too powerful and is becoming too big to fail – we must take it into public ownership with global governance. To keep us safe.”
No shit, Ivor. Just because they are doing it, which was as predictable as water being fucking wet, doesn’t mean they will actually 1) get away with it or 2) have it matter in any practical sense.
The shift away from Davos is well underway and you are still stuck in their Matrix.
“The shift away from Davos is well underway”
Yes, a tipping point is being reached. Their narrative has now fully indoctrinated all those susceptible to it. The number of those waking up is rising. Which tells us that their engineered collapse is imminent.
The 15th is the 50th anniversary of pure fiat, right?
Some kind of debt jubilee would seem fitting.
I don’t know enough about the way US politics works to know what damage has been done by Shelby’s spike.
How do you interpret this – is there now a chance that this passes as it is?
Or will it still get gutted at some stage?
It will get gutted. Wall st wants this language gone. It will get gone. Too much money at stake now
“Cryptocurrency is one path to universal basic income” – Andrew Yang
Yes. The Davosians have used HODLers as useful innocents to develop and popularize the technology that is being used to enthrall and enslave us all. How long before the Davosian digital vax passport has an embedded IMF/BIS crypto wallet for our UBI?
This is THEIR revolution Tom, not ours – the Satoshi ghost was the controlled opposition.
I don’t expect HODLers to realize they have been bamboozled, even once private crypto is banned and globalist crypto is unveiled. Because “…if we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken” (Carl Sagan)
This is literally the dumbest thing you’ve posted on my blog.
From someone so reliably the butt end of the compass on this subject, that’s literally the highest praise you could have given me.
Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy reading your stuff, and think you are right about most things, and I consider your analysis on this subject in particular to be spot on considering your premises.
They are just the wrong premises.
We’ll see – at least we’ve established that one of us is not just slightly wrong about this, but is a complete dunce.
Please God let it be me.
Ivor, you are trapped in the fugue of realizing that people simply won’t put up with this nonsense and that in the case of crypto, the brightest minds in the world are working on it not for government big data projects.
That alone tells me that your premise is faulty. To say it the way you have, “their revolution, not ours” is simply factually incorrect.
I don’t put a zero probability on Davos winning many battles, if not much of their war, I just don’t put a 100% probability on them running the table, which you are convinced of.
Andrew Yang saying something like this is irrelevant. He’s not speaking the quiet parts out loud. He’s a putz meant to distract you/
If you’ve ever met these people you’d realize just how fucking stupid they really are. And then, you’d have a completely different opinion of where we’re headed.
It’ll be war, for sure, but it won’t be a war they can win because of basic human nature that abhors their lame attempts at control.
Every day this world becomes more decentralized while they spend trillions trying to maintain their centralization. Lies are expensive and the truth sells itself.
Once you take that maxim into your heart, you can’t help but see what I see. Will it suck to go through the process of watching the critical mass wake up? Yes.
Will some of us not make it through to see the end game? Absolutely.
Will I be one of them? Maybe.
But it will not change the outcome one whit.
Yes I agree with lots of that – Yang is a putz. But even a blind squirrel will find a nut occasionally.
And yes I’m aware that the private crypto crowd are much smarter (in raw intelligence terms) than politicians and even the globalists that run them.
But that’s not the same as the Davosians being stupid, or helpless. And you continue to blithely assume that they will simply do more of the same, even though I have speculated they will not. This is just strawmanning.
“Nonchalantly dismiss the plans of your enemy”
What page of the Art of War is that from?
P.S – Brandon Smith has a piece out that explains how wrong you are about basic human nature. Once duped, threatened and immiserated most of humanity desires to be led, and globalists are eager to lead them. The brownshirts will outnumber the browncoats.
I notice that Diem have retained K2 to provide integrity and compliance services.
Run by arch-globalist Zarate
Are you not even slightly suspicious that the Davosians plan to ban private crypto and offer a universal basic income using a CBDC or Diem, dependent on a vax and FreedomPass?
Because if you think that might be what they will try, I’m curious what will cause them to fail? You think millions who have lost their jobs will reject the free money and medicine?
You’re still confident that this crippling of private crypto will fail to pass?
“US Congress intends to regulate crypto on a level far deeper
than currently understood………….”
Gensler is not your friend.
He even LOOKS like an old Wild West mortician measuring private crypto for its coffin – just needs a dusty suit and a stovepipe hat.
Really, Ivor? I didn’t know gary genzler wasn’t a piece of human filth. Grow the fuck up… seriously.
And yet you’re still confident the legislation will fail, even at this late stage?
Because it’s looking more and more like the precursor to the nationalization and outlawing of private crypto I’ve been predicting.
And yes I know they can’t prevent HODLers from HODLing.
But they can sure discourage more adoption, right?
I never said that they wouldn’t get this through. I said there is definitely pushback against it. Of course genzler and Yellen want this legislation to go through…. they fucking wrote it and inserted it.
There are powerful forces on both sides of this issue which is proof positive of nothing being set in stone.
What I believe ‘will fail’ is not this legislation but the entire Great Reset project which is literally falling apart as we watch it unfold.
But, please, keep twisting everything I say into whatever version of reality you want it to fit.
This isn’t something you can ‘logic’ your way through with words and legalese… it’s not a debate to be won or lost.
I see your side of this argument and believe you are refusing to incorporate real data into it which blinds you to potential outcomes and likely outcomes.
This is a reflection of your psychology not reality. Have fun in your fugue.
That’s a little unfair. You actually said “It will never make it through Ivor. It’s already getting gutted”
I’m merely pointing out that not only is it on course to get through without any such gutting, but the legislation appears to be every bit as far-reaching as I feared, possibly even more so.
Which suggests that your comment about “Wall St not wanting this” is also wrong. Or that Wall St is no longer the major influence here?
If crypto is their revolution and not ours, we will soon see private crypto outlawed and the preferred Davosian version (Diem?) made dominant, so that further adoption of private crypto is stalled and Bitcoin becomes a curiosity. These developments accord with that.
And I’m not sure what you might be observing that makes you think their Great Reset plan is “falling apart” – you seem to be interpreting their manufactured chaos (mounting societal disorder, national leadership failures and encroaching global tyranny) as evidence that they are failing rather than succeeding?
But that’s not right Tom. Their frenetic activity is not grand mal. It’s danse macabre.
It’s actually quite ironic that you think I’m in a fugue state, because if I’m right the private crypto community have been thoroughly hoodwinked and are in the process of weaving humanity’s shroud.
Comparable in some ways to Jack Harper, heroically guarding the hydrorigs.
Which would make me a scav.
I don’t need a PM dealer. Outlaw them. That’s not why I’m stacking. Imagine this scenario…the local grocer is out of business because fiat is worthless and the truck’s aren’t running, and so you go to the local farmer to buy eggs, pork and milk. If you could even find the guy, he’d laugh at you and your crypto. Silver eagles he’ll take because they’re real. He can touch them, and in the not too distant future tangible stuff is going to trump ether. OF course, this all presupposes you live rural and not in some urban gulag, which is probably a bridge too far in and of itself. Crypto’s a neat story, kind of like tulip bulbs.
Just to nitpick a little Tom, this is not a corruption of the ego.
Ego itself is the corruption, a corruption of a weak psyche.
I thought you meant this Tyson:
“Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the face.” — Mike Tyson
/Taleb: convincing himself through bad math/
The larger theme seems to be a war against the constraints of reality and profiting from the distortion. That hubris (and cupidity) seems to permeate all things, from creating dangerous viruses and vaccines, to manufacturing the need for a green energy revolution based on deliberately distorted data and science. And everything in between: war against meritocracy, gender, sound money, need for “fortified” elections, etc, etc.
I remember this constantly intruding on my work in the pharmaceutical industry, where the edict would come down from management to scientifically justify to the FDA why a certain product or lot of production was safe to market. It was a simple task to do, but much harder (or even impossible) was to convince yourself of your own arguments, as ostensibly “scientific” as they were. But as you saved products and production, the money would come.
The struggle against reality is a fraught (albeit often profitable) “whack-a-mole” proposition where sooner or reality reality will rebound on you:
And Taleb’s infatuation with his own intellect is almost the equivalent of a person showing up at a doctor’s office certain they have cancer and then being upset to discovery they are healthy and don’t have cancer. You find this type of upset in the Climate Change movement, who seem more concerned with the rightness of their position (that the world is going to end in 12 years) than in looking at any evidence that indicates the contrary. I sense that if the world does not come to an end in 12 years, there will be real disappointment in that crowd.
Tom: All that said, I find your writings and podcasts to be an order of magnitude above most of what is currently out there. In particular your perspicacity about and emphasis on fundamental driving forces, for example: “capital flows to where it is best treated”. I frequently point out to my socialist acquaintances that everywhere a socialist economy has been implemented a capitalist black market “spontaneously” and ALWAYS appears. You never see the reverse. That is not pro-capitalist, just an acknowledgement of the human condition.
Anyway, I hope you keep going… just remember it took others like Joe Rogan, Sam Harris a number of years to develop a following and as I believe you are uncovering deep fundamental truths your content should begin to market itself!
As the American Empire grows softer and the world grows more dangerous,
there are chances for all kinds of opportunists to take the helm and take control. It’s not just the weak who are motivated to grab for the brass ring. Men utterly without consciences and belief systems, beyond the naked pursuit of power, also thrive.
The ultimate New Order Man is a briefcase-carrying, Armani-suit-wearing psychopath who hasn’t yet realized that there are other sharks like him swimming in the same sea.
I find it amusing that you sit here making up stuff about what Davos is supposedly plotting, yet you fail to realize that American populism has already been defeated thanks to Trump and his con-job presidency.
Not a Trump fan, but it’s so obvious you’re posting from a narrative you deeply want to be true. Seriously Dude. You’re not very good at this sort of thing.
There’s still a market for Ukrainian natgas, with or without NS2.
Yes there is.
You’ve noted someone faked an assassination attempt on Shefir? Presumably they hope that we will believe that anyone dumb enough to try poison perfume on a doorknob in Salisbury is dumb enough to try to cap a passenger in the back by firing a dozen rounds mostly low through the driver’s door?
Any views on who might have done that?
P.S – Who’s that in the mirror in the photos of the Skripals in Salisbury? P MIller?
The Davosians built crypto
They launched it using a ghost
Their enemies popularized it for them
Now the Davosians will retake control of it
And even at this late stage, the enthralled Trojan HODLers are still crowing “Have fun staying horseless”
Crypto is not our revolution. It’s theirs.
Within 48 hours of me telling you “Time’s up”, Facebook announced a new CTO.
“You don’t place your loyal lieutenant Andrew Bosworth in charge of all tech unless you’re preparing for war.”
Time for Diem to launch and all private crypto to be outlawed.
I realise that like most Bitcoiners you won’t be able to put your own position aside, so perhaps I could ask a question just about how you think the general public will view private crypto if that happened?
My question is……….”Although Bitcoin would need to be pried from the cold dead hands of the HODLers, how will the general public react if private crypto is demonized and then outlawed, in favour of Diem or some other CBDC? Will that drive adoption of private crypto, or sound its death knell?”
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