The one for our minds.
Thank you and let's remember: The Reddit was cofounded by an idealistic genies Aaron Swartz -- who was murdered (driven to suicide) by Obama administration by criminal falsehoods and an overwhelming pile of charges. Grieving Professor Lawrence Lessig stated that he learned more from Aaron than Aaron from him.
Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist.
He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, and the website framework web.py, and joined the social news site Reddit six months after its founding. He was given the title of co-founder of Reddit by Y Combinator owner Paul Graham after the formation of Not a Bug, Inc. (a merger of Swartz's project Infogami and Redbrick Solutions, a company run by Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman). Swartz's work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act. In 2011, Swartz was arrested by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after connecting a computer to the MIT network in an unmarked and unlocked closet, and setting it to download academic journal articles systematically from JSTOR using a guest user account issued to him by MIT. Federal prosecutors, led by Carmen Ortiz, later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution, and supervised release. Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison. Two days after the prosecution rejected a counter-offer by Swartz, he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, where he died by suicide. In 2013, Swartz was inducted posthumously into the Internet Hall of Fame.
Excellent article! Haven’t read something this good for along time. Thank you!
PS: Thank you -- we live in a major kleptocracy regime - at ALL levels.
There is also a major and historic crime in progress in which both Joe Biden but also Jim Acosta types, play a leading role.
Despite of Glenn’s, Aaron’s, Max’s, Jimmy, yours, Matt's and of so many others' years of debunking, the scam of the century – the Russia-gate hoax, now in its 5th-year and ongoing -- that major crime is not even acknowledged yet, since its major players (Biden, Pelosi, Schumer) sit in power.
Now that incompetent and dangerous Trump is gone it should be addressed – hopefully very fast. The suspense is:
WHO will be the first current or former Democrat Congresswoman/man or Senator to publicly acknowledge and confirm the scam of the century -- the Russia-gate conspiracy – concocted by Hillary-Obama-Biden? There is no possibility of "unity and healing" in the US until that.
Most of "our" representatives are millionaires, some even billionaires, especially among “hidden” but controlling DNC oligarchs – some might be tempted to confirm the obvious truth, many of their family members or close friends or lovers might provide detailed testimonies, etc.
My personal hope is that heroic Tulsi Gabbard might state it, now that despicable Trump has defeated himself and is gone. Her brilliant and epic response after Hillary criminally called her -- “Russia’s asset” is still ringing in my ears:
“Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton . You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies”.
By far the highest interest of Biden government and its oligarch cabal is that Russia-gate immense hoax – the scam of the century -- will NOT / will NEVER be fully exposed. The entire anti-Russian fairytale is a deliberate fabrication -- the worst scam in US history is DNC/CIA Russia-gate hoax. They lost to a TV host and instead of reflection, they latched onto a moronic conspiracy theory -- this includes the completely (proven) false accusations that Russia gave WikiLeaks Hillary's emails (hence the TOTAL silence on Assange persecution and torture). The publisher of our century and the leading free speech advocate, Julian Assange must be silenced -- ALL the plotters/players agree...
There has been collusion between media, Democrat party, Hi-Tech companies and the deep state (CIA, FBI, NSA) for now five years. The Russia-gate hoax and impeachment “entertainments” were concocted by Obama, Hillary, Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, Maxine Waters, Jamie Raskin, etc. and their intelligence and DNC executives on behalf of their Wall Street and military industry donors. That lying war-mongering team is now back in power – note that Kamala Harris (and her sister) and Neera Tanden are Hillary's protégés; Pete Buttigieg was promptly rewarded for his role of election theft in Iowa, etc.
Remember, Clapper, Brennan & Hayden trio were among Obama's 50 intelligence officials stating that Hunter-laptop is -- a classical “Russian disinformation”.
-- They were also key promoters of the by now five-year Russia-gate hoax.
-- They were also key intelligence executives in Obama/Biden/Hillary government – the government which hunted Snowden (forcing Bolivian plane with Bolivia’s president to land to search it) and armed Al Qaeda (including brazen “white helmets” hoax) and staged ALL chemical attacks in Syria to remove its government.
When asked about Hunter's corruption laptops - Pelosi brazenly stated "All roads lead to Putin"; commenting on Capitol invasion Schumer said - "worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11"...
Lying Russia-gate team is fully back in power and working at full speed -- massive censorship is mandatory for them to preserve power.. Once again -- WHO among Democrat politicians will be the first whistleblower, demolish the silence and misinformation barrier, and confirm what most of the population already knows for years -- the Russia-gate hoax and the bipartisan anti-Syria alliance with Al Qaeda in massive crimes against humanity are the largest crimes against democracy in the US. which is rapidly morphing into United Soviets country (while "bad" Russia has not been Communist for 30+ years).
Politics and government, as the executive and regulatory function of society, are analogous to the central nervous system. Think of conservative and liberal as the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
On the other hand, economics is the body, with money and banking as the circulation system.
Yes, we are having a collective bout of hysteria, but underlaying that are some serious economic issues. It's like the second class passengers on the Titanic, hearing the screaming coming from third class and scheming how to rush the bridge and take control, when they really should be thinking about life boats.
The "American Dream" is about climbing the ladder, but now that we've run low on geography and industry, while technology is proving more of a distraction than a solution, the answer has been more debt. What is money? It is a promise, a contract. The asset is presumably backed by some form of obligation or debt. Yet the right thinks it's invalid if there isn't some pile of precious metals to back it and the left thinks we can just print it like it's birthday wishes.
The fact is that money, the United States dollar, is what holds our culture and society together. We don't have thousands of years of history, or a singular culture. Our relationships beyond the most immediate are largely mediated in money.
What happens if all those promises we've printed out and passed around the entire world start to lose their luster?
Modern Monetary Theory holds that since the dollar is the world's reserve currency, we can print as much as we want and it will go somewhere, from third world countries with weak currencies, to trading in the oil markets, to buying stock and bitcoin., as well as all that government debt that some of which gets spent blowing up some of those third world countries.
Yet all that means is the bubble is just that much larger.
What if all those overseas dollars start losing value and even Zimbabweans sense there are too many? Consider that in the spring of 1922 all the German marks in circulation wouldn't buy a loaf of bread in the fall of 1923. Yet the United States is not Germany. We are not going to spiral into a black hole of tribal rage. We are going the other way from tyranny, toward anarchy. Think oligarchs, cartels, gangs and militia, not The Donald as an orange Hitler. Remember our cultural glue is the dollar. The Donald is a New York hustler turned into ersatz super villain by a dollar chasing media.
What is going to happen is that when this bubble really starts to come unglued, disaster capitalism/predatory lending will come home to roost, as those buying up all that government debt, likely for pennies on the dollar, will use their political power to trade it for any Federal properties possible. National parks, interstate highways, mineral rights, "surplus" military equipment, etc.
Then on the other side, states will have to start issuing various local currencies, given all local banking systems have long been gobbled up by the big casinos. Which will create serious fractures in the Federal system. Likely local national guards will start forming into military arms of these increasingly sovereign states.
This will conflict with those oligarchs trying to buy up that federal property, as much of it is within various states. They will use their compliant media, tech companies and the shell of the federal government on their side.
Suffice to say, the rest of the world might be looking on in horror, but parts of it will also be breathing a sigh of relief.
Or maybe I'm wrong and it will be a green economy, with rainbow colored children dancing happily.
It's called realpolitik. Deal with it.
Amazing piece of good writing.