Memetics, Monopoly, and the Misuse of Power in America | Ian Kuzma
Don't Get Stuck With the Bag When The Music Ends
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Ep. 14 - Memetics, Monopoly and the Misuse of Power in America | Ian Kuzma
- Research By The Carnegie Institute Into Manipulating the USA's War Machine
- When toxic "Monopoly Capitalism" replaced "Market Capitalism" in the West
- How To Find Political Unity in America
- Why Billionaires Co-Opt The Left
- 20th v 21st Century Propaganda
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How Studying The History of Corruption Can Prepare Us For Our Lives
There are two types of Capitalism.
When conservatives defend Capitalism they are only telling half of the story. Same when leftists attack it.
The two types of capitalism are: Market Capitalism and Monopoly Capitalism.
In Market Capitalism, businesses compete to lower prices and innovate as a way to increase profits.
In Monopoly Capitalism, corporations raise prices and corrupt the government to increase profits.
As Ian and I discussed on the podcast this week, it seems that at some point in the late 1800s and early 1900s (before the 1st World War), both the US and the UK (and therefor the western liberal order) shifted to Monopoly Capitalism.
The Carnegie Foundation, in an effort to secure monopolistic wealth and power began researching how to control the fate of a nation.
They determined the best way to control a nation like the US was through war.
They determined the best way to cause war was to infiltrate the State Department.
When data was brought to the US Congress, it was clamped down on.
The corruption in the US Government runs far and deep. The fights being fought now are not new. This is why learning about history is absolutely essential.
It was noted in the 2016 election that we are no longer a nation of "Left" and "Right." We are a nation of libertarians and authoritarians.
There are those who do the bidding of central corporate and government authorities, and those who want to be left alone.
So why does our culture look so fragmented?
It's an interesting function. The famous quote goes: "If you seek to control your opposition, you should lead the opposition."
Take note of where activist organizations get their funding from.
You'll notice that billionaires and state actors often provide support to small groups on multiple sides of a fight.
(Foreign or domestic) That way, no matter who wins, they have influence. This is the basic root of "divide and conquer"
The model of "divide and conquer" is reliant on a central ability to conquer that which is divided.
The only way to control that is to also control how the division happens.
To control division of groups, you have to control information.
The central broadcast model of information and propaganda has died with the 20th century.
In the 21st century decentralized sense-making is the name of the game.
Basically, everyone is the "news" now. This means that propaganda will spread differently. The centralized model of propaganda is pretty simple.
All the big platforms join together and say the same things and ban opposing viewpoints from being heard. The decentralized propaganda model is much more sophisticated. Ideas will spread mimetically through networks.
This is the way Critical Theory has co-opted every institution in the US. Anonymous academics taught their students critical social justice.
Those students gained management, marketing and HR positions at big companies. Soon, the ideology is omnipresent.
The only solution in today's climate is to form communities and groups. Find people who you believe will be helpful and benevolent in "making sense" of the world.
Then communicate truth!
Our current dynamic of "several independent communities seeking their own truth" might be scary to some people. "We have no shared truth anymore!" A dynamic like this could certainly lead to conflicts.
Part of me does not envy the generation of youngsters coming up today.
The amount of fake news, meaninglessness, narrative warfare, marketing, misinformation, and wasteful content is higher than ever.
No wonder kids feel more kinship with creators on social media, or with their video game communities, than they do with anything else.
These are real communities, often based in positive values.
However, I also have more faith in this youngest generation.
"Gen Z," as they're called, will have been the first generation to grow up with social media.
Gen Z has had to discern reality from fiction and seamlessly play in both worlds while navigating digital tribes.
They will be better prepared than anyone else for the coming world.
I'm also optimistic in general. We're entering a dynamic of "decentralized propaganda."
Where entire ideologies can hijack groups, businesses, communities etc. But we're also in an era of "decentralized education and sense-making."
The things I see online give me tremendous hope that every different "corner" of the internet will find their own sense-making abilities.
We may then actually find unity in the truth as different groups independently find things to agree upon (as noted by @SpiralObserver on this week's podcast)
While I am optimistic about the future of America, there is one future outcome to avoid at all costs.
Being stuck with the bag when the music ends.
Independent communities and creators are all gaining access to information at a rate never before seen.
And all of them are concluding that the "establishment" is lying to us about basically everything.
Long term, America is fine. But short term we're playing a game of musical chairs.
And the music is about to be up. I'm not optimistic about the state of the US Dollar, the ability for a degree to get young people a reasonably satisfying career, or our ability to solve problems with our central government anymore - at least not for the next 10 years or so.
Many people are realizing the music is about to end.
They're getting out now, either through political activism, becoming digital nomads, homesteading/prepping, buying crypto currency, starting a business, or managing their own education.
But someone's gotta get stuck holding the bag.
If enough of us can avoid that fate then perhaps the people holding the bag will be the bastards that turned on the music in the first place.
Don't get stuck holding the bag when it comes to health insurance or healthcare.
The institutions are never going to find an amicable solution for the 28 million Americans who can not afford health insurance.
Luckily I have created a cash only telemedicine clinic, WELLSPRINGCARE.org
Check it out now while it's in pre-launch. You can get an appointment with a doctor for $50 regardless of insurance status.