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Of Economic (And Other) Conspiracies

October 8, 2012

I was at a dinner party some years ago – before the banking crisis of 2008 but after the time when my views on the causes and consequences of our economic ills were well established in my mind (through work and research). I was friends with our host, but most of his guests were (or fancied themselves) well-to-do, whereas I was firmly of the petit-bourgeois, non-U persuasion. Long story short, we got to talking about house prices, the economy, the banks and state monopolies. And every time someone mentioned their belief that Brown’s success was due to the Tories’ legacy, I would chip in an objection or two as to why they were wrong and we were living in a fool’s paradise (The basic problem was that they had memorized the narrative put about by the mainstream media). I offered some counter-suggestions on banks (let them fail), money (sound money, not fiat), tax (land value tax only), the NHS (privatize it) and limited liability (abolish corporations). An elderly woman, with the mien of a telly dowager, asked me, “But where are any of these things you describe done today?” and then she cocked her head to let me know how silly I was. To which I replied, “Nowhere”. “Well, you see”, she said, “it’s all pie in the sky. If these ideas of yours were any good, people would use them, wouldn’t they?”, and she cocked her head again. So, I asked her, “Do you believe in conspiracies?” and this time she rolled her eyes and turned to the guest on her left…

I have no trouble believing in conspiracies – I don’t approve of them or participate in them – but using Occam’s razor, conspiracies make for better explanations of modern economics than the implausible cock-ups that are supposed to account for the mess we’re in. If you look beyond the obvious, evidence of conspiracies abounds.

For example, I didn’t invent the word, it pre-existed me. Dictionary.com defines a conspiracy as: “an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons”. If the word exists the phenomenon must exist too. What’s more, it’s too good a tool not to have been discovered by an evil genius or two, before I thought of it.

  • Sun Tzu (lived in 6th Century B.C. China), author of The Art of War (a book that was de rigueur amongst management consultants in the 80s) claimed to fight was to admit defeat and that subversion by conspiracy was the mark of a great general.
  • Nicoló Machiavelli, in The Prince (1532), advised that it was better to keep one’s true aims hidden, even from allies, and use people and structures for one’s own ends.
  • Former self-professed KGB agent, Yuri Bezmenov, defected and gave a series of lectures on how Russia used subversion to takeover Warsaw Pact countries and exported the technique to Latin America and Africa. Bezmenov’s lectures are readily available on YouTube and they are highly recommended.
  • There is a Catholic website called ChurchMilitant.tv which produces a series called “Catholic Investigative Agency”. CIA is essentially a dozen documentaries that seek to explain how Catholicism has been subverted over 60 years by its enemies’ agents sabotaging from within.
  • The Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci, advocated not the storming of the gates of the WinterPalace, but for Marxists to join every organization in Western society as sleeper agents and work from within to bring about their destruction – the long march through the institutions (Lavoro fatto, bravo Antonio!).
  • Bella Dodd, an Italian-American Marxist who converted to Catholicism described how the American Communist Party placed its agents in all unions and organization in the US to subvert them and make them communistic in their objectives. She wrote a biography called School of Darkness(1954), which is easy to find on the web.
  • The propagandist Edward Bernays wrote a book call Propaganda (1928) which describes how to manipulate people, alone or in crowds through advertising and by conspiring to make a new idea or product more appealing than it is. He said propaganda was a necessity with democracy, so that people could be led by their rulers.

For the avoidance of doubt, there are lots of conspiracies to which I don’t subscribe, e.g. the Anunaki (but I recognize Problem-Reaction-Solution when I see it); nor a book that professes to explain all the misery in the world as being due to the subversive machinations of a single group. I’m not going to give the title because I don’t want this blog to come up on a search for it, but it’s self-evidently insupportable. I’m neither a “Truther” nor a “Birther”, not because they are not plausible conspiracies, but because they lead nowhere. Similarly with the man on the grassy knoll and how much radiation there is pouring out of Fukushima.

My list above is not exhaustive, but it includes those conspiracies which are mainstream and easily verified. There are two obvious conspiracies, once you accept that they are conspiracies. Having seen them it is extremely frustrating that other people are in denial about their conspiratorial nature. The first is fiat money, i.e. debt-based money. It is the biggest issue in economics there is and that’s why my blog is called Vix Pervenit, because the encyclical Vix Pervenit identified fiat money for what it is, theft on a gargantuan scale. Yet people are pretty relaxed about fiat money, even though the quantity of money and its speed of circulation have a material impact on every aspect of our lives. Despite people’s awareness that bank profits were privatized and bank losses were socialized, we have moved on to discussions of what government expenditure to grow at a slower rate and what expenditure is sacrosanct.

The second conspiracy, hidden in plain sight, is the European Union. Britain was taken in without a plebiscite on the pretext that it was a “common market” in 1973. To add a patina of ex post factum legitimacy in 1975 the country was given a vote on common market membership. A combination of inertia, “we’re in so we might as well stay in” and massive propaganda, “three million jobs will go if we leave” meant the decision was ratified by a pressurized public. Psychological research shows people make different choices when they are stressed versus relaxed.

Well, clearly we did not join a common market, not even a customs union, we joined a left-only ratchet mechanism that is taking us to a federal Europe. The conspiracy continues today, with the Westminster parties talking tough on the EU in opposition, but wholly compliant in government (Hannan’s first law of politics). The only escape mechanism Britain has is UKIP because there is no more time to create a party of saints to replace UKIP. Besides, a new party would be as vulnerable as UKIP to being used by individuals for personal gain, and in another 20 years there will be nothing left of the infrastructure necessary to govern Britain as a sovereign nation. Therefore, any attempt to discredit UKIP by attacking its members (as closet racists), its officials (as troughers) or its limited success (“I’d have got us out by now”) by a group claiming to have Britain’s independence from the EU as their motivating principle are de facto acting conspiratorially. Funny those who deny conspiracies have no problem admitting that politicians they feel antipathy towards are in cahoots to subvert the objectives of their party.

As long as we’re plagued with debt-based money and Britain is in the EU, I can point to two conspiracies that can be verified by anyone who can look beyond the official narrative. And where there are two conspiracies there must be others.

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2 Comments
  1. What exactly honestly motivated you to post “Of Economic (And Other) Conspiracies Vix Pervenit”?
    I reallytruly loved it! Thanks a lot -Sonya

    • Most people are frightened to confront the reality of the debt-based money conspiracy.
      If one acknowledges it one must accept the horror of the implications.
      Thus, to avoid psychic discomfort most people deny any conspiracies exist. VP

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