Looking around at those... around me - family, friends, acquaintances and random faces in the crowd of apathy - the level of complacency is so concentrated I can taste it, yet I can't even describe how bad it tastes. I'm not really talking about the understanding people lack about the numerous predicaments we face as a species - that's definitely there too... but what I'm talking about is even worse. It's the assumption that we can just go about our day to day lives, doing our day to day work, having our day to day fun... and humanity will eventually heal itself, no matter how bad the injuries sustained.
This is a cultural phenomenon that has infested the Western world, and refuses to be eradicated. It is where many of us ultimately place our hope and stake our lives, sometimes without even realizing we are doing it. We previously discussed the entertainment enemas that have penetrated modern culture (and the lives of deluded teenagers) in Culturally Programmed Myths of Omnipotence. They have given us the vision that we can always become bigger, "better" and stronger as individuals and nations, evolving towards God-like glory, no matter what obstacles are in our way - all of the stories about superheroes, vampires, werewolves, wizards, robots and aliens - it's all about the propaganda of pernicious power.
We even see this mentality taking root in academia and scientific research through the field of "transhumanism" (very well portrayed in the documentary, TechnoCalyps). As you can probably guess from the name, transhumanism tells us that we are on the way to becoming something more, something other, than human beings. Forget random mutation and natural selection, the transhumanist says - we can circumvent all of the slow evolutionary nonsense that we only theorized about a century ago. Now we can transform ourselves into a new species over the course of a few decades with the help of modern technology and "intelligent designers". Just a little bit ironic, don't you think?
Ironic, yet frighteningly appealing to the broader public. Yet another aspect of this cultural programming is the idea that all troubling stories have a happy ending - that all good things come to those who [sit on their ass and] wait. We have obviously been fed this diet of propaganda by movies and television on a consistent basis over the course of decades. You sit through one and a half hours of action-packed plots with drama, romance, suspense, twists and turns mixed in... and then the whole thing comes together and the heroes prevail in the last 20 minutes. That's truly how many people view the world now - an epic movie that is approaching its glorious credits, just so the sequel can come out next year.
This virulent mentality is not only quarantined to the mainstream materialistic culture, but is also evident in many alternative spheres of cultural milieu, even penetrating its way into the so-called "Doomer" crowds. Many people who are otherwise extremely pessimistic about the current world-system and its effects on human civilization have found refuge in the idea that we are entering a "New Age" of human existence. It may be initially characterized by pockets of chaos and upheavel, but it will end with a radical spiritual transformation that results from the natural evolution of human consciousness.
The Universe will re-balance itself and bring the blessings of peace and harmony to ALL of its inhabitants - "all" being those who are mentally programmed to properly decode its gifts. There is really nothing "new" about these concepts, though - they borrow many of their underlying tenets from the ancient religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. For example, a prominent prophecy within sects of the latter is the arrival of the Maitreya Buddha at a time when humans have completely lost touch with their true nature as immaterial and interconnected parts of the divine whole (a time like now, perhaps?).
The Maitreya may not be a majority view in "New Age" circles, but it reflects a general mentality that has submerged itself in both the mainstream and alternative streams of modern culture, presenting itself to us in many different forms. There is an entire industry based around the concept of self-help gurus teaching people [much too] simple ways to become "happy, healthy and successful", no matter what is going on in the world around them. Yet we all know that there is no money to be made from a product that truly helps its patients (customers).
They're selling us exactly what we want to hear - that the reality of human suffering in the world is not actually as bad as it appears to be; that there is more truth in the fictional movies we have seen than in our real lives. Maybe if we can just find that slick-looking guy in the black leather jacket and cool shades, snatch the red pill and wash it down with a bottle of Absinthe, the truth will be revealed to us and everything will be alright in the end. Or maybe the blue pill will give us a better high...? Either way, I'm here to say that we should be really careful what we wish for, because there is only a razor thin line between the truth and fiction these days.
Most importantly, though, I am here to make clear that no one is immune from the mentality that "everything is alright" or "everything can be alright", including me. I have my own personal beliefs about how humanity can be preserved and even perfected, and I don't believe there is anything inherently wrong with that. What's wrong is when I forget to remind myself where those beliefs come from and where they are truly leading me. Do they simply make me feel good and comfortable and "enlightened"? Am I simply willing to swallow the red pill because someone slick tells me it will "open my eyes"?
Or is there something more fundamentally true about why I have deep concerns and why I have ultimate hope. What sacrifices are really required of myself and others to reach our maximum human potentials? I believe these are questions we must repeatedly ask ourselves, because the moment we become too comfortable and too uncritical of our beliefs, or the beliefs of others around us, is the moment that we become apathetic and willing to go wherever the world takes us. It is only when we confront the umcomfortable truths of our situation in this world that we will be able to become the best we can possibly be.
Who are parents to tell their grown children that their desire to live as drug addicts, cruising along from fix to fix to ease the pain of life and avoid the pain of stopping, is a bad one and that they need to change?
Who is a wife to tell a husband that his self-absorbed attitude and laser focus on moving up the career ladder are not healthy, even though it makes him feel "fulfilled"?
Who are me and you to tell friends, acquaintances and strangers any of these same things?
You can call it belief systems, lifestyles, or "being human"... whatever it is, we all need help from others to see its flaws and potentially change it, because everything about 'being human' in this world has fallen way too short of preserving humanity.
Some people are sheep. Fewer people are wolves. Fewer still are shepherds. Each "species" of people has its own role and its own maximum potential.
Why should that be okay? It might be okay with them, but it doesn't have to be okay with me. This is what I'm talking about when I say "tolerance" for other people's beliefs or lifestyles is overrated. We can explain to others why we think they need to reconsider those things without being rude or hateful. Many people will react negatively when confronted in such a personal way, at least initially, but that's really the only way to get the truth out. We can't find the truth if our beliefs are never challenged boldly, and others can't find the truth if we don't challenge their beliefs boldly.
As far as "potential" goes, I agree not everyone has the same potential, and that's fine. I never judge anyone else's beliefs or behavior by what I find suitable for myself. We all have different circumstances and gifts and strengths/weaknesses, and therefore our approaches to the cause of truth will necessarily vary. And obviously I would like to persuade others of my beliefs, as they would of me, but it's the mentality they use when approaching these issues that I'm most concerned with here. Everyone is capable of being honest, rational, logical and critical while also being respectful, so that's what I expect from myself and from others.
Simply BEING is not a belief system to be tolerated. The choice to be content with who you are and what you have (and have not) achieved is a personal one faced by every single person regardless of his or her belief system. No, this is not about belief systems or lifestyles, but about being human. Who am I- and who are you- to demand that others strive for something they don't want or need? The fact of the matter is that those who call for the perfecting of humanity really want to make everybody else be more like them.
Exactly!! There won't be a problem of this nature, because there won't be any deflation.
Here's all you need to know. Silver is money. That's it. The dollar is going to 1/10 of its present buying power, and then 1/10 of that, rinse and repeat. Where did all this 'deflation' gobbledy goop come from? What has real money (silver) done in the last decade? Gone from $4/oz to $33/oz.
Gold won't save you. In the last month or two the gold:silver ratio has collapsed from 60:1 to 51:1. It is headed to 8:1. Stick with gold and you will lose 85% of your buying power. That is better than paper, where you lose 99.9%, lol.
The policeman will have his house, free and clear, but no savings, and lots of real estate taxes. A little good and a little bad.
"Again - do we have a successful case of anarchist society for a large number of people? 320 million is the number I'm thinking of. I'd like some inkling that the place we're jumping to is actually BETTER than the place we're jumping FROM - and that most of us will be able to make the transition alive.
Communism in the small scale worked fine, but it didn't scale well; things turned out a whole lot different than people expected it would. Let's call it the failure of the human element."
Why the assumption of the need for a "society for a large number of people?" I think this is a buy-in of Global capitalism thinking. Why not tribal/village/city-state sized society?
The need for localization will become imperative as the supply chains collapse. This is what the Transitions Town model is about. I rather like the idea of lots of diversity for the up-coming demise of civilization-as-we-know-it. Biology and evolution is based on diversity being a way of survival, so that the tails of the bell-shaped curve become longer to provide many possible points of survival.
Naturally I hope for a society of social support for its weaker members, but it's quiet likely that some kinds of fascism with coercive elite will do well too. The fragments of this civilization may be a Dark Ages, but if we look closely at the post-Rome Dark Ages, that was a time of small diverse principalities. Are we looking at that period from the point of view that Big is Better? Could that have been a time of simplification and regeneration in some places?
Just some thoughts on Small is Beautiful, when it comes to social groups.
It seems you are implying that, since the state will retain a lot of coercive power to confiscate property and generally oppress/enslave people, we shouldn't worry about giving them additional reasons to do so. I agree with the former part of that, and covered it in my three-part series on "Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery" (Stoneleigh also talks about it with regards to local food production in the "Storm Surge of Decentralization").
Even with regards to debt, we see instances in which people have been erroneously saddled with debts they never took on or had already paid off (see "Revisiting the Physical Risks of Debt"). Yet, I'm not sure how we go from there to saying we may as well stop trying to get out of debt, or that we should even take on more debt.
Philosophically, I think many us agree on the severe shortcomings of coercive state structures, especially at large scales. Practically, we recognize the very real threats to us and everyone around us that come from giving the current structures reasons to drop the hammer down. I also agree with Dave that there is a very significant probability that coercive state authority will remain intact for quite a few years to come in the Western world, and will most likely grow even more oppressive over the next 5-10 years.
That being said, I have no problem with individual people deciding to take a stand for what they believe to be political and philosophical truths. And I have no problem with people trying to convince others that they should do the same. However, in this situation, I simply disagree that all people with debts have any sort of moral obligation to refuse paying off those debts, and sometimes it may even be the opposite case. I also disagree that it is better to become a "martyr" for that particular cause, which will prevent us from pursuing other causes and helping those around us.
And finally, I disagree that we should simply ignore the physical risks of debt because the state has other means of oppressing us. Right now, debt is the easiest and most effective way for private corporations in combination with the state to extract wealth from the masses and physically enslave them. That is why it is good general advice for those who have the means to pay off debt, or walk away from that debt (perhaps declare bankruptcy), to do so immediately. Obviously that will only be a small portion of debtors, which is also why our debts will ultimately be redeemed for us, one way or another.
Sure I'd believe there were millions here back in the day. Now we have hundreds of millions. What worked for them may well not scale to where we are now.
Just because our current situation is not so great doesn't mean we should just guess and try random things in the hopes it will be an improvement. I think they call that a false choice.
Again - do we have a successful case of anarchist society for a large number of people? 320 million is the number I'm thinking of. I'd like some inkling that the place we're jumping to is actually BETTER than the place we're jumping FROM - and that most of us will be able to make the transition alive.
Communism in the small scale worked fine, but it didn't scale well; things turned out a whole lot different than people expected it would. Let's call it the failure of the human element.
With no evidence to the contrary, I'd suspect the same is true of anarchism.
Now you asked the question.
"So I want to see an example of a large population operating successfully as a society under an anarchist model to be convinced it was the right way for America to go."
I would like to ask where do we seen large populations that have successfully maintained themselves without collapsing in history?
Civilization does not have a good track record according to Jared Diamond in his book Collapse How sociecties choose to fail or succeed.
Re-reading your post, I see that you did indeed say north america. Looking at the map, is Mexico City part of North America or not? Tough to say, but let's say I agree for the moment.
I don't know enough about the diversity of societies in pre columbian NA. I know that some were agrarian, some were hunter-gatherer. Did the Hopi coerce people? The Cherokee? They certainly made war on one another (although not those two particular peoples) at times. That's coercive, at least it is to me.
Within the community, small tribes (and small villages) have the luxury of relying on personal relationships to keep things real, and operate just as you say. Its only when populations get larger and things become more impersonal (i.e. where you are relatively anonymous) do other problems start to crop up.
I agree that increasing respect for earth and life is a better way to go, independent of the system of government and economics.
I'd also agree that if we broke society into small tribes, anarchist, communist, and other philosophies would likely flourish and do well.
But that's not where we are, structurally speaking. So I want to see an example of a large population operating successfully as a society under an anarchist model to be convinced it was the right way for America to go.
A lot of ideas sound great in theory, but unintended consequences and unanticipated behavior causes those ideas to break down when actually implemented.
The majority of them were very much as Adam said, they lived in a hugely different way. They had gift cultures and tribe/clans based on family/friend ties. They respected the earth and all life way more than the empires of today. They lived in the most harsh of areas going wayyy up north without gov't, industry and oil. That is a very powerful yet simple system of living if you ask me.
I'd like to add that the nations you mentioned that were more like empire collapsed under themselves, yet these other systems of living were hunted down and destroyed by the empire builders, and would still be here if they had not been so destroyed.
The "native societies" to which you refer were hugely divergent. The Aztec society (15+ million people in the Valley of Mexico) had plenty of coercive elements to it. I dare say they were an empire on the grand scale of Ancient Rome.
So when you say native societies, to which societies are you referring? Small tribes of hunter-gatherers? Or the Aztecs, the Maya, and the Inca?
I want to thank you for your stimulating comments.
While I haven't read Kropotkin (sp?), I have read David Graeber's book "Debt" which you have likely also read. He makes some very interesting distinctions on kinds of Debt. I think what most here are talking about is not wanting the dunning phone calls, letters, and contacts to one's employer that are the one of the worst aspects of becoming bankrupt. Not using any credit cards is no big deal, but so many things seem to depend on having one.
The other kind of Debt is the ageless one of owing favors among friends and neighbors. This is the kind of Debt Network that TAE encourages people to expand, while they contract their use of money/credit Debt. The examples of neighbor helping neighbors and friends is the example that we all know many instances of. As people "localize their needs" and move away from Consumerism (out of necessity), we can hope to find a better kind of Debt, one of non-coercive mutuality.
You mis-read what I wrote. I never said I assumed the state power remains intact. I said (and read carefully here) I assumed that it MIGHT remain intact. This is nothing more than acknowledging that the future is uncertain. If the odds of the State retaining power are even 50/50, I think its a reasonable action to get out of debt.
Some people don't see the future as uncertain. Marx said that the state would wither away. Generations died waiting for this to occur. I see the future as probabilities. You see the probability of the state losing power as 100%. I give that perhaps 30%. The difference in our assessments is what makes a market.
Lovely argument construction, but if you are trying to convince me of the truth of your statement regarding coercive authority, I have to tell you I find your argument simply uncompelling. If you can't find a historical case wherein anarchist theories have worked out in practice and produced a reasonable society, I find myself completely unmotivated to change my worldview and my actions "just in case" you happen to be right.
IF the power of the state remains in place, and IF a debt deflation occurs, THEN getting out of debt will unequivocally put me in a safer place than someone who still has assets encumbered by debt. I consider both of those IF statements as having a probability of occurring that is high enough that I have to take them into account. I don't rate the probability as 100%, but even at 50%, it is an outcome that I simply cannot just ignore.
What's more, I'm really uninterested in teaching anyone about the legitimacy of fractional reserve lending. I don't care about whether debt is legitimate in your eyes, the eyes of God, against Natural Law, or whatever. The system is. Furthermore, the system MAY remain.
There may come a day when the system changes drastically in exactly in the way you describe. If that's the case, then I'll change my behavior accordingly. But I have the resources to remain out of debt, so I do. Illegitimate or not, I choose the easy path. I'm putting my energy elsewhere.
I have been reading and listening and I've even found the books you mentioned on line for reading which I will do out of interest and wanting a balanced understanding about how other people can see things. The problem mankind is heading into is bigger than anything even seen in history.... ever. We need to be willing to think wayyyyy outside the box I feel.
Now as for the debt thing we got out of debt 100% about 9 years ago and because of that we have been able to invest in our small farm, greenhouses, tools etc.
I think the problem of debt will change as we travel in the stream of time. right now it might be 'safe' to have it but it can be a burden mentally and slow us down in some ways 'not having the money to get such and such'. There might be a very short period of time as the system really start failing while the gov't and policing system still is functioning that could be a real threat
However I do agree with you that the time is coming when that danger will pass when the money system really fails then there will be a global debt jubilee as it were.
Thus the part most here worry about is that little in between time perhaps when the pressure might be the highest and people with debt could really suffer, so to choose to get out of debt still can seem wise to many people.
That being said, on purely pragmatic terms (which seems to be the language that some of you speak best), do you honestly think the boogey man state is going to go after you for your mortgage or line of credit or past due credit card when fiat currency collapses? The consequences of a dollar collapse are enormous across the system. Am I the only one here that's read Korowicz's Cross Contagion report? Don't you think the banksters and their government lackeys will have bigger fish to fry? How about regional secessions? How about popular insurrection? How about food rioting? How about civil war? There might be an order given for martial law, but in a country the size of the US, with the highest number of armed civillians in the world, will that even be possible?
When TSHTF where you are at and what you have will be yours, free and clear. So wake up out of the slave mentality of thinking debt controls you and grow a pair. Power concedes nothing without a fight. I've got my 16-gauge ready.
That seems to be the case now and in the historical record. Are you suggesting it's not that way? Are you suggesting anything (in 25 words or less so we have a better chance of getting it)?
TAE has what I need, timely tracking of the evolving disaster plus good advice not on "what needs to happen" but on what IS happening and, above all, what I can do about it in my life.
I CAN pay down my debt, roll into cash and built up non-fiat resources so I do. Hopefully to be available to friends and family who can't do that and to act as a resource for neighbours and friends as they try to make the transition. Its not complicated, but it IS hard. Not everyone can do it, but the reason I read TAE at all is that I realised 20 years ago that as soon as EVERYONE tries to do anything, however successful for a few, that thing fails.
Everything else is just hot air.
For the time being, it doesn't matter what I've fooled myself into thinking, 'cause the man with the gun, the bank, and the judge really don't give a damn what I've "fooled myself into thinking". It looks like my family will have the chance to own outright our 45 acres, an off grid home (we built ourselves) 2 barns, 2 ponds, 2 gardens, and a bunch more non-fiat wealth in the near term. Don't have the mule yet. So you go for it. I'll go for clear title, and not giving the man a reason to show up at our door, and I'll sleep better knowing whomever comes through my door uninvited is free game..
Got 50 bucks I can borrow?
I don't disagree with much of what you've written, Adam. However, I don't think that TAE is lamenting the "debt crisis" as much as acknowledging it and suggesting that individuals take heed by putting their own house in order before the bankers take it away. I think Dave's comment probably covered that.
I just want to confirm the meaning behind your statement: "In the group case, getting out of debt is non-violent in form yet revolutionary in practice. If enough people did that, the monetary system could not survive in its current form. You don't need 100% compliance to achieve radical change."
Are you talking about defaulting? Or are you talking about working and paying the bank back?
As for my statement that all types of coercive authority ought to be rejected at all times and in all places with no exceptions...this is just a simple restatement of the Golden Rule. It doesn't make any sense to put the burden of proof on me to verify historically that coercive force is illegitimate. The burden of proof should always be on the individual employing coercive force for whatever end. Any thinking that departs from this simple truth is bound to suffer from serious cognitive dissonance; namely, coercive force is OK to use against someone else under this circumstance, but I wouldn't want it used against me. Consistency is crucial in action and thought for mental stability. The state system is built on a shaky moral foundation of double standards. Force can be used by those at the top, but may not be used by those on the bottom. That dearth of consistent morality (coupled with all the stresses of daily life as a debt/wage slave) leads to some serious unintended consequences (aka 'crime').
The major misunderstanding on anarchism is that it is a political ideology that somehow needs to be 'enforced' in a society. This is exactly opposite what anarchists have been writing about for almost 200 years. If one were to fully understand the arguments of anarchism, then the affinities to the economic collapse would become ever clearer. Instead, intellectual laziness prevails, thinking becomes mired in the symbology of the current social paradigm, and the social possibilities espoused by anarchists are dismissed without a second thought. The result of this social stagnation--we become stuck doing the same things over and over again because that's what we're told to do.
So, you can talk about 'getting out' of debt as somehow putting you in a safer place than others, but it also teaches you and others that that debt (which was created without the benefit of reserve backing, so, out of thin air) was legitimate in the first place. This may be an unsubstantial argument right now because it is one based on principle, but when the crash does come, it's our the principles of our mentality that will matter most to the survival of our progeny. Which is to say, the exploitation and domination that has marred the last 5,000 years of human history can only be ended when we teach that it's wrong and shouldn't be tolerated under any circumstances.
You may be baffled, but I'm not. In the individual case, its the safest position for an individual to be debt-free during a deflationary crash. Implicit in this is the assumption that the power of the state MAY remain intact.
In the group case, getting out of debt is non-violent in form yet revolutionary in practice. If enough people did that, the monetary system could not survive in its current form. You don't need 100% compliance to achieve radical change.
As for your suggestion that
Sweeping statements like that make me itchy. I feel in my gut that somewhere down the line I'm going to get bitten badly if I say yes to that.
Do we have a case where such a philosophy has been implemented and has worked in real life?
Law is the same animal. Esoteric scribblings in a book locked away in some vault ought not to have an objective effect on your life, and it certainly will not align completely with your morality; yet, 'law' is _looked_ upon as having both of these qualities. That mass recognition is what gives law the appearance of being objectively and ubiquitously influential. This is just appearance and can only be sustained through persuasion first and coercion last.
Fiat currency and the mainstream economy function in the same way. They require a certain amount of people to believe in the system for it to work. It's as simple as that. Law and money mean nothing in and of themselves; they are guidelines and symbols.
I have nothing to offer you in terms of advice for prepping for the collapse. Everyone's situation is different. But I can only tell you that it's the slave mentality that absolutely needs to be abandoned--whether it be now or later. It's gotta go if any meaningful change will take place. The collapse of the dollar may spark that loss of confidence in authority as millions (billions?) become aware of the adroit deception and vicious betrayl that 'authority' has perpetrated on us for so long.
This time will come, but I have absolutely no idea what comes after; just like I have no idea what decisions you'll make in the future. I'm not trying to sell you any scepticism. Believe whatever you want; but, I can assure you that governance of the intricate and delicate political and economic system (namely, maintaining the status quo level of complexity) will become ever harder as we go along, until it becomes too difficult to sustain. Then people remove the system from their own minds and start making their own judgments and actions outside of the constraints of that system.
But, I just can't help but scratch my head when System critics advise people to 'get out' of debt. There is no such thing as a 'debt crisis'. It's a crisis of system legitimacy for those that benefit most from that system. People shouldn't shy away from getting into debt right now; conversely, they should actively seek to get in more debt and then tell the 'creditors' to F off. If they use this 'debt' to get what they'll need when the supply lines are choked off in the future, they'll be ahead in the game. At the same time, they'll also be accelerating the demise of the parasitic System, thus setting the stage for the liberation of the masses.
Let me suggest a couple of good books by one of the most thoughtful of anarchists, Kropotkin. Bear in mind that these were written over a century ago, but still offer extremely valuable insight into understanding the System 'crisis' we are now facing. Fields, Factories and Workshops Tomorrow & The Conquest of Bread.
What will I do as I encounter these (hypothetical) stressed people in the future? Judge them (because that's what we do), question my thoughts, turn it around ("They shouldn't be stressed." Hmm. "I shouldn't be stressed about them." Yes, that's better.), then be available to them in any way I can--and share The Work with them if they'd like to learn it. Kind of like the present.
Maybe other readers will share an approach that they've found useful and effective in overcoming fears, sadness, anger, and other strong feelings (all of which I lived with for decades, sometimes to the point of behaving violently, even toward loved ones). If not that, maybe someone would be willing to fill out a JYN Worksheet (available on Katie's site) to do The Work on "those people", then share it here.
OK, I found the worksheet on her site. Let's apply it our hypothetical situation about your book on the use of money, and then you can tell me where we would take it from there...
Think of a recurring stressful situation, a situation that is reliably stressful even though it may have happened only once and recurs only in your mind. Before answering each of the questions below, allow yourself to mentally revisit the time and place of the stressful occurrence.
1. In this situation, time, and location, who angers, confuses, or disappoints you, and why?
I am frustrated (emotion) with the critics (name) because they irrationally believe the use of money is always a good thing for society, and they ridicule anyone who says otherwise.
2. In this situation, how do you want them to change? What do you want them to do?
I want the critics (name) to understand that the use of money is really destructive to human society and will end up harming everyone, including the critics.
3. In this situation, what advice would you offer to them?
The critics (name) should think carefully and rationally about how the use of money in society leads to selfish and greedy behavior in all spheres of life, undermining all the virtues of humanity.
4. In order for you to be happy in this situation, what do you need them to think, say, feel, or do?
I need the critics to read my book carefully, think about the arguments rationally, engage in discussion about them and see how they really make sense, without resorting to hateful rhetoric against me.
5. What do you think of them in this situation? Make a list.
The critics are irrational, reactionary, hateful, biased and culturally indoctrinated to believe the use of money is always good.
6. What is it in or about this situation that you don’t ever want to experience again?
I don’t ever want to be ridiculed and despised by greedy people who can't let go of their irrational attachment to money.
The Four Questions
- They irrationally believe the use of money is always a good thing for society, and they ridicule anyone who says otherwise.
1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.) - Yes
2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.) - No (not really...)
3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
- I feel frustrated, disappointed, dejected and sometimes angry.
4. Who would you be without the thought?
- I would feel less perturbed, more satisfied, more accepted and more happy (wouldn't I still be the same person?).
The turnaround for statement 6:
- I am willing to be ridiculed and despised by the critics.
- I look forward to being ridiculed and despised by the critics.
Turn the thought around:
a) to the self. - I irrationally believe the use of money is always a good thing for society.
b) to the other. - I ridicule/despise the critics for believing the use of money is always a good thing for society (or for them not believing that?)
c) to the opposite. - The critics don't believe the use of money is always a good thing and don't ridicule/despise me for believing it isn't.
Then find at least three specific, genuine examples of how each turnaround is true for you in this situation.
(not sure about this one)
- ► 2013 (13)
- ► May (2)
- ► April (3)
- ► March (3)
- ► February (2)
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- ► 2012 (90)
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- • 29 - Nicole Foss And Max Keiser Talk Greed, Fear, Downward Spirals And Risk Divisions
- • 23 - Japan Is Not A Good Example Of How Deflation Typically Plays Out
- • 16 - Household Net Worthless: Poverty Here We Come
- • 11 - What Happens When The Core Starts To Rot
- • 05 - The IMF -Inadvertently- Condemns The Eurozone
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- • 30 - A Big Bad Brick Wall
- • 25 - Dear Angela, It's Time To Do The Right Thing
- • 19 - India Power Outage: The Shape of Things to Come?
- • 14 - The People Are Guaranteed to Lose
- • 10 - The Seductive Promises of Counterfeit CULTures
- • 07 - Here's The Science That Can Solve The Crisis
- • 04 - Lessons From the Full Tilt Ponzi
- • 01 - Culturally Programmed Myths of Omnipotence
- ► July (10)
- • 29 - How Will We Handle Our Losses?
- • 26 - Our Debts Must be Redeemed
- • 24 - Einstein's Definition of Gluttony
- • 22 - Super Rich Stash At Least $21 Trillion In Secret Tax Havens
- • 18 - Jeff Rubin and Oil Prices Revisited
- • 16 - Report: The Golden Dilemma
- • 12 - Europe Is Sliding Back Into Its Own Past
- • 10 - Libor was a criminal conspiracy from the start
- • 08 - Hubris Before The Storm
- • 03 - Unconventional Oil is NOT a Game Changer
- ► June (11)
- • 29 - Angela Merkel is Playing You For Fools
- • 23 - This Is Not America
- • 21 - Spanish Cook Books
- • 18 - Capital Flight, Capital Controls, Capital Fear
- • 18 - The Orkin Man: Which Side Are You On?
- • 15 - Goodness! Gracious! Great Wall's on Fire!
- • 13 - Autoimmune Finance: The System Attacks Itself
- • 09 - Europe: A Thousand Miles Behind
- • 06 - Welcome to the No-Growth Paradigm
- • 03 - If you love your kids, stop the bond bonanza
- • 01 - The truth about Europe - There is no solution Part 2: Growth doesn't rhyme with crunch
- ► May (9)
- • 29 - Espana en Fuego
- • 27 - Mammon is Hungry: Husband's Suicide One Day, Wells Fargo to Evict Wife The Next
- • 23 - All Hail the Greek Exit
- • 20 - Homo sapiens v. FWS
- • 18 - Deterrence is Dead
- • 17 - A world terrified by impotent ghosts from the past
- • 13 - Discovering the "End" in "Extend & Pretend"
- • 11 - There Is Not Enough Money On Planet Earth
- • 05 - China, or How To Live in Interesting Times
- ► April (8)
- • 29 - Beyond Zero Emissions: What's Wrong with Big Green Tech
- • 27 - The Limits to Mankind
- • 25 - Revisiting the Physical Risks of Debt
- • 22 - General Thoughts about Luck
- • 18 - Spain, Land of Magical Financial Realism
- • 09 - Money in Politics
- • 06 - Learning to Think in Multiple Scales
- • 02 - Disaster Capital Hits Europe
- ► March (14)
- • 29 - The Nature of Tipping Points
- • 28 - The Death of the Entertainment Industry
- • 27 - The Shock Doctrine has come to New Zealand
- • 24 - Becoming the Bank
- • 22 - To Where Our Oppositional Culture Takes Us
- • 20 - You wouldn't know it to look at it
- • 16 - An Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling
- • 13 - Juking the Stats: Our Culture of Manipulation
- • 11 - Get Ready to be Disappointed With "Sterilized" QE3
- • 09 - Revisiting the Financial Fingerprint of Instability
- • 06 - Why Liquidity is No Longer Enough
- • 05 - Their Assumptions are Getting Very Ugly
- • 03 - The Original Street Artist
- • 01 - Modern Myths that Destroy Humanity
- ► February (9)
- • 28 - When the Deflation Tsunami Hits, Losing the Least is a Winner
- • 26 - Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part III)
- • 24 - Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part II)
- • 22 - Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part I)
- • 20 - The Torture of the European Periphery
- • 18 - We're Still Sinking With the Titanic
- • 15 - Political Theater Will Kill the Status Quo
- • 13 - Die Wahrheit Macht Frei
- • 04 - Who Killed the Money Printer?
- ► January (6)
- ► 2011 (4)
Nicole Foss Lecture Tour:
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND March-June 2013
New Zealand May/June Dates still available
May 24 Waiheke Island
Palm Beach Hall 6.30pm
May 27 Auckland
The Hillsborough Room, The Fickling Centre (Mount Eden) 7.30pm
May 29 Tauranga
May 30 Wellington
Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane 5.30pm
June 1 Otaki
Clean Technology Centre 47 Miro St. 1.30pm
US Fall 2013 - Dates Available
Request Lectures: StoneleighTravels •at• gmail •dot• com.
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