We Need to Agree to Agree
... not about conclusions but on a purpose, a process and a plan
As Ukraine and the Great Reset wreak havoc, we need to share a purpose, a process to separate truth from lies, and a plan. And perhaps, like the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, we need to consider six impossible things before breakfast. I look at things I never thought I'd question, like climate change and Elie Weisel. I debate good vs evil, big vs small, Franklin vs Hamilton, and Trump vs no one. And I wonder how to bring together a half dozen journalists who aren't deluded: Matthew Ehret, Robert Malone, Aaron Mate, Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald and Russell Brand.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like my universe has been shrinking over the last three years. I was never into mainstream media or NPR lamestream media, but I was a big consumer of Democracy Now. I felt that it saved my life when I found someone who was talking about the realities I was seeing. That stayed true for about ten years until the Trump era, when it seemed that nothing but Trump was worth reporting, as if nothing was happening in the rest of the world. But when she turned on Julian Assange, it really shook my faith. My viewer Gan, whose profile pic is Free Assange, wrote “Amy broke my heart. It's like they replaced her with a MSM robot.” And when she bought into Covid, hook, line and sinker, I broke my daily habit.
Now I’m in a corner where I never thought I’d be, listening to people from a lot of different sides of any given issue. And those who are getting 9 out of 10 right, in my estimation, are giving me reason to consider that 10th possibility. I’m reminded of Lewis Carroll:
Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
But even in the rarefied corner of a half dozen journalists who are getting it right, they don’t agree with each other. For instance, Matt Ehret and Robert Malone agree on 911, Covid, Ukraine and Trump, but Matt is a Hamilton fan and Robert a Jeffersonian, and never the twain shall meet. Aaron Mate and Matt Taibbi do brilliant work on Ukraine but still say Putin is a villain who should have pursued other options. However, neither have said what other options he had. And Glenn Greenwald and Russell Brand, with whom I agree about nearly everything, are vegan/vegetarians, which aligns with the Great Reset against the food sovereignty of communities and for lab-produced meat.
I never thought that I’d be questioning climate change but then I hear Biden say that:
… when it comes to gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels.
If I’m hearing him correctly, we’ll be less reliant by pricing ordinary people out of buying gas. In my own town they’ve announced that they’ll be phasing out gas stoves, first for residential and then commercial. One restaurant said their energy bill went up 3.5X when they switched to induction heat. Then they’ll get rid of gas water heaters, even though electric doesn’t reach the sanitation required for commercial. And gas heat, washers and dryers are slated to follow.
Meanwhile, Biden has promised Europe to send our oil and gas to make up for the Russian pipeline that we’ve shut off with sanctions. And the military isn’t running on solar-paneled tanks. So the planet will still burn but we’ll freeze and pay dearly for it.
Another contradiction that’s reared its ugly head because of Ukraine is the Nazis. Some countries are now making Nazis into heroes—naming streets and even years after them. But it’s also allowed the previously taboo questioning of whether the national socialists were a divided group and if Hitler was really the face of evil that the West has portrayed.
I remember reading a passage in Elie Wiesel’s Night that struck me as impossible:
Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch. Something was being burned there. A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes ... children thrown into the flames.
From his account, he’s standing in line on arrival at Auschwitz. Now, if you want a mob of people to realize they’re doomed, do the most horrendous thing imaginable. Rather than marching docilely into the gas showers, they would turn on the guards they outnumber. It makes no sense. And because of that, I knew it was a lie.
With Zionists and Nazis intertwined in Ukraine, other people have questioned the narrative. It turns out that Elie doesn’t have a tattoo. In Legends of Our Time, he writes about a rabbi asking what he wrote, and he answers, “Stories … true stories”:
About people you knew? “Yes, about people I might have known.” About things that happened? “Yes, about things that happened or could have happened.” But they did not? “No, not all of them did. In fact, some were invented from almost the beginning to almost the end.” The Rebbe leaned forward as if to measure me up and said with more sorrow than anger: That means you are writing lies! I did not answer immediately. The scolded child within me had nothing to say in his defense. Yet, I had to justify myself: “Things are not that simple, Rebbe. Some events do take place but are not true; others are—although they never occurred.”
From 1960 to 2006, Night was classified to booksellers as literature, fiction, a novel. In 2006 Elie reclassified it as autobiography and in 2008 answered under oath in a California courtroom that it was a true account of his experience in WWII. Why the change?
Once you know that someone has lied about something— especially something this important—you know there’s nothing they wouldn’t lie about. It doesn’t mean it is a lie, but you have to ask the question.
I believe that everything starts by defining your purpose: mine is to enable communities to take responsibility for themselves in food, healthcare, trade, economics, education, energy and communications.
And then I think we need a process that starts by putting everything on the table and defining the realm of possibilities. We can list the factors that make each one more or less credible—practices from journalism, history, anthropology and science. We need to trust our own ability to think but not trust in authority. I also don’t look at association and group identity as a factor, but only what the person themselves does and says.
Why is this important? When you’re changing your mind, you’re still learning. Once that stops, you’re stagnate. I’ve realized it’s a good thing that I’ve never been “burdened” by celebrity. Once you have a following that agrees with you, it’s hard to risk that by changing your mind. Many people use the internet as an echo chamber but I do the opposite—I only listen to those who have the power to change my mind. Maybe we should be bragging about all the things we’ve been wrong about.
What’s become increasingly clear to me and others is that there’s no way to stop this train until it crashes. Recently Caitlin Johnstone and Charles Eisenstein have written posts on the visceral anger that people have when someone challenges the official narrative. As Caitlin says:
Not mildly annoyed like you might get at someone who is saying something that is obviously false and stupid, but burning hot emotional like you'd get if you heard someone insulting your loved one. …
That's your first clue that there's something else going on beneath the surface apart from what you're being presented with. You're not just arguing about Ukraine or China or Syria or whatever, you're touching on a psychological third rail that's being ferociously protected.
In my opinion, this will not end until the agenda of The Great Reset becomes obvious to everyone because of its consequences. My hope and belief is that those consequences will be reversible but not until they’re exposed. So we might as well be planning among ourselves since we’re not going to change anyone’s mind.
In my book, How to Dismantle an Empire, I have a chapter called Greece Lightning. I quote the planners of the Syriza revolution, who say that a social problem is like a disease and that it’s important not to intervene too early and just treat the symptoms. You need to wait for the disease to manifest but have your diagnosis and treatment plan ready.
On another thread, I’ve been talking about how ethics is consistency, and that my only dogma is that I’m no better than anyone else. My position on everything else stems from that dogma. On good vs. evil, I’ve talked in other videos about The Theodicy Triangle, an ancient dilemma between theologians: of the statements God is all good, God is all powerful, and Evil exists, only two of the three can logically coexist. So in order to entertain the possibility of God, you have to reject the existence of evil.
I don’t doubt that Satanic rituals happen in secret societies—that’s the most obvious way to get people to do humiliating things they’d never want to have exposed. But I don’t believe they have power because I don’t believe in Satan. In another episode I’ve talked about Elaine Pagel’s book on The Origin of Satan as the “near-enemy,” who were the Judeans revolting against the Roman Empire, and who won.
My lack of belief in evil causes me to question the Nazi narrative that Germans were capable of horrors and atrocities that we could never imagine ourselves doing. In looking at the debate as socialism vs. liberalism, I find that it’s a false dichotomy. In socialism, the individual sacrifices for the good of the State, and liberalism prioritizes the individual and the free market, but both bypass the community where people are able to take responsibility for themselves and each other.
My purpose in small self-governed communities leads me to prefer Ben Franklin’s economic system over Hamilton’s. Franklin created scrip, a colonial currency that enabled Philadelphia, at around 100,000 people, to be an economic powerhouse. It’s what Hitler used to rebuild Germany after the Wiemar inflation, and what Russia, Iran and China use today. Hamilton returned the US to specie, a metal-backed currency, that wanted to migrate back to England in the form of debt.
And in the last debate of Trump vs. No One, I’m hoping for No One but not because I’m against Trump. He’s the only possibility I see in the next election but I think that would be another useless pendulum swing. I suspect the world will have changed in the next two years so the disease is evident; the lightning strike will illuminate the problem so it’s seen by everyone. And we need to be ready with a plan for interconnected, sovereign community governments.
If you’d like to go deeper into predicting the near future, here’s Ukranian Peace & US Petropocalypse: What are the Russian terms for Ukranian peace? Could US economic sanctions on Russia backfire for the petrodollar? These are questions you won't hear discussed in either mainstream or liberal news. After I look at what Matt Taibbi & Caitlin Johnstone got right, I get the scoop on peace negotiations from Tom Ozimek of the Epoch Times, relayed through Robert Malone. Greg Palast reports on How Billionaires Picked Putin as 'Russia's Pinochet', and Pepe Escobar quotes Michael Hudson in Say Hello to Russian Gold & Chinese Petroyuan. Ends with socio-spiritual advice to enjoy the ride because we're about to enter the rapids.
And in Six Levels of Reality on Jeremy Gilbert, I apply Lee Camp's Four Levels of Reality and add two more. I expand on Jeremy's ideological critique of education by citing John Taylor Gatto on mass compulsory schooling as mental colonization. Answers the title of Russell Brand’s interview of Jeremy, "Is There Any Point to Left-Wing Politics?" by defining left vs. right as need vs. greed, with neither representing a system of reciprocity. Questions whether politics even exists, rather than the 'personalitics' of a popularity contest.