You’re the victim

The little guy never had a chance in this world.

He is hopelessly manipulated by a media owned by criminal elites, pushed around by government with its paramilitary police, and his fortunes wax and wane at the whim of the sociopathic banksters who control Wall Street and the value of our currency.

In Europe, the billionaires meet and plan the future of international finance. The little guy is just a pawn in this game, a profit counter to be tossed around and discarded. He will work his whole life for an amount equivalent to what they spend on pool care in a month.

When he wants to find out the truth, the news-entertainment media lies to him. It is owned by six large corporations whose boards of directors and ruling families are incestuously intertwined. Its highest positions are a matter of nepotism.

If he resists, he will be drummed out of his job for being a conspiracy nut or having unpopular opinions. Then government can haul out a book of ten thousand laws and search until they find one he’s violating. Then he gets to see the inside of a jail, and perpetual debt to his legal defense.

The little guy is systematically crushed so that big corporate and government interests can get richer and more powerful. When they can, they manipulate him, and if that doesn’t work, they force him into position with threats of financial armageddon, arrest or isolation.

There is no hope of beating such a complex and powerful system. If all the little guys joined together, and formed a big enough group, maybe they could overthrow it. But that will never happen since the little guys are hypnotized by media, government and corporate narratives that deny the need for revolution.

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Did you get all that? It’s unmitigated horse droppings, by the way. Not a word of it is true, although it “feels” true. It “seems” to be a plausible explanation for how things work, if you’re in the habit of coming to a conclusion first and then searching for an explanation or justification later that fits into the narrative.

Let us be more critical in our thinking: at no time in history has the individual had as much power as he does now. He has the vote, the ability to form political groups, the use of petitions, and the freedom of expression to convince others to see it his way.

The individual in fact is king in this society. It is structured around individualism and self-expression. It is designed to stop the presses if a single person is wronged, and to allow that person powerful means of redress. The media actively seeks stories of individuals wounded by the system and represents them. With financial flexibility, the individual has the greatest chance of gaining power of any time in history.

Vast legal and administrative systems exist which cater to the individual’s needs. These systems will represent the individual against government, industry and society at large. Society itself is geared toward defense of the individual and her pursuits against the impersonal and machinelike modern bureaucracy.

There’s only one glitch. While most people agree that things are bad, almost no one agrees on what should be done. In an individualistic culture, each person is his own political party and has his own platform. There is no agreement except that things are bad.

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An interesting relationship exists between the three groups: the sheep who are ruled, the wolves who command, and the pigs who own the means of production.

If this were not a realist blog, and we liked to live in the world of simple emotional “truths” that allow ideas like Marxism to seem appealing, we would automatically blame the wolves or the pigs. But a more analytical approach reveals how the three groups depend on each other.

The sheep, as seen above, cannot make decisions on their own. They are pulling in too many directions at once. At the same time, the wolves can make decisions, but need popular support or they are viewed as tyrants by the sheep, who will then revolt and destroy them. The pigs need the protection of the wolves in order to fleece the sheep, but also need the sheep to become prosperous so there is something to fleece. These three groups are dependent on each other.

Furthermore, “democracy” means that the people vote and those votes determine who is in power. Consumerism means that the people vote with their purchase dollars and determine which products, including news-entertainment media, are successful. All of our society is run by the sheep, although they delegate that power to the wolves and pigs.

Because this three-way cluster is so comfortable, it has invented a mythology that is emotionally appealing but factual nonsense. In this mythology, the sheep are victims who have no power; this lets them off the hook for being actually responsible for what goes on in their democracies. The wolves get to play the dual role of being in charge, and being beholden to sheep and pigs. That lets them off the hook for ever achieving anything notable. Finally, the pigs get what they really need, which is a society that will not change its underlying financial structure, while gaining a cover story that excuses the worst of their abuses; after all, they’re the bad guys.

Don’t the sheep stop to wonder about this comfortable narrative? Hollywood movies tell us that corporations run the country and that the sheep need to fight back against them and government, and portray the pigs as evil corruptors. Yet Hollywood are of the pigs themselves. Surely they would not say something that wasn’t in their self-interest, would they? The mythology lets them off the hook as surely as it does the sheep and wolves.

The wolves of course could stop this process, but they encourage it. Each rebellion against a select wolf, but not the domination of wolves themselves, strengthens the wolves as a group. They remove the lone offender and use that wolf as a scapegoat for all systemic failings of their government and society. They’re off the hook too.

Among the sheep, it is considered bold and brave to “speak truth to power” by reciting what is basically Marxist and liberal propaganda about how the people are oppressed by government and industry, and need to rise up against the same. And yet revolutions of that nature are what created our current society. The sheep are letting themselves off the hook by picking a solution that is not a re-making of the system itself, but an affirmation of that system as a concept by removing one of its instances, just like they might remove a “rogue” wolf or pig but not remove wolfdom and pigdom.

Centuries ago conservatives saw this coming. They realized that government in the hands of the sheep was untenable, and as a result, the wolves and pigs would take over like the mechanical little profit centers they are. They realized the sheep would invent a victim story, like a girl who got drunk and said “yes” and cried rape the next day, which would allow all three groups to co-exist as buddies in a profit scheme.

There are no revolutions that can un-do this order and none are needed. What threatens it is the idea that we will select values higher than the individual, and thus liberate the sheep from their disorganization, which will force the wolves and pigs — who depend on the sheep — into acting in a way that pleases the sheep. This way will be a new way, since it will no longer be based on a victim story, but on a process of asserting values despite the inconvenience of doing so.

Sheep, wolves and pigs. We fall into these simple roles when we have lost sight of a larger goal. When that happens, our society begins to fall apart, and we invent excuses so that we can let it happen without troubling our individualistic pursuits.

23 Comments

  1. Joe Six Pack says:

    You are a skilled writer, with reasonable insight into humanity. But, you are forgetting one thing….

    The male wolves, and pigs are all acting in a desire to get access to desirable women. Our entire social system is based on male access to female sexuality. Until you and others see what is really happening, even if we dismembered our current corrupt social system, a similar beast would be created.

    1. Joe Coffee says:

      That’s a gross oversimplification. If we were talking about actual pigs and wolves, I would agree, but we’re humans. It’s deeper than the alpha-beta dichotomy you blindly subscribe to. This depth is the reason humanity has developed the idea of a God or Gods.

      1. Ryan says:

        sex is a function of reproduction, it does not matter if the woman is attractive or not, only that the plumbing works. in modernity, the individual as noted countless times is the king. sex as another form of interpersonal relationship has been turned into a selfish pursuit. de-moralized from the christian ideal of marrage people like mr. coffee have become ahem “niggers” they live their lives in total nihilism. that game tripe being merely sexual nihilism. in a individualist society there is no trust, we are all the VICTIM remember? so this notion of sex as a means to social hierarchy “alpha”, is really a slave morality a vicitm mentality. it screams look at me i get all the poontang! not because i am a productive member of society, nor a innovator or a conquering warlord, but because i predate on the opposite sex by following empty trends i don’t even believe in, it is TOTAL NIHILISM, even reproduction has been de-valued, how is the west not dead?

    2. ferret says:

      “But, you are forgetting one thing….”

      Looks like you are never forgetting this one thing….

  2. Missy says:

    I can think of a whole passel of problems that would disappear into thin air if both men and women were virgins at marriage, and then faithful. As to those who don’t marry, I’d say they don’t get the vote. They may be good people in a hundred ways, but most of them would never stick their necks out for a good old fashioned family oriented society. Or am I fooling myself?

    1. Ryan says:

      i agree totally, but that system could not be currently implemented (obviously), we’d need to be in a similar situation to vichy france.

      1. Ryan says:

        but this is idealism at its finest, there will always be don juans and harlots, but its just the impetus for controlling these urges has been devalued.

  3. crow says:

    The creature with the sign is so reminiscent of the -ah – women that go parading around my island, railing about, and at, everything all the time. Grey, dishevelled, utterly unfeminine, and a threat to all men.
    Meanwhile, the first part of the essay had me feeling ‘what on earth has happened to Brett?’
    But everything resolved itself, and turned into another classic Amerika essay.
    In its simplest terms, every discrete member of ‘society’ has become utterly unable to get along with any other discrete member, through the lack of a spiritual base, the goodwill that results from having one, and an inability to cooperate, even on the most basic level.
    The only possible way to fix this so-called ‘society’ is for each discrete member of it, to somehow fix themselves.
    Personal responsibility is the bitter pill that none will take, but must, or else become extinct.

    1. I thought you might enjoy a little playful manipulation of stereotypes. If nothing else, it checked to see if we’re all awake ;)

      1. Ryan says:

        yeah i got baited in by that opening

  4. This post: Amerika.org 101

    I just hope that people stumbling across it bothered to read it all. In fact, I can think of many broadly left-liberal friends who would enjoy reading it as it would at least break their minds out of the shackles of black-and-white thinking.

  5. ferret says:

    “Not a word of it is true, although it “feels” true.”

    Let’s take a look.

    “The little guy never had a chance in this world.” – this is true, otherwise, this little guy would take this chance. We are not talking why he is not taking this chance: even if it is his fault, the statement remains true.

    “In Europe, the billionaires meet and plan the future of international finance.” – this is true and I’m glad it is happening (to explain why I’m happy about it would take to much time).

    “He will work his whole life for an amount equivalent to what they spend on pool care in a month.”

    Well, it is possible. I know some people in India can survive on $30 a month. So what?

    “When he wants to find out the truth, the news-entertainment media lies to him.”

    First of all, according to you, he does not want to find out the truth. Just re-read your post and find he is living out of reality, etc. Though the media doesn’t suppose to provide truth anyway.

    “If he resists, he will be drummed out of his job for being a conspiracy nut or having unpopular opinions.”

    Not sure about this “conspiracy”, but I’ve seen people in the US who have been jailed (for a false accusation) and now have only the option of self-employment. Nobody would hire them anymore.

    “The little guy is systematically crushed so that big corporate and government interests can get richer and more powerful.”

    This “systematically crushed” in order to get richer doesn’t make any sense. But there are no claims like this by liberals or whoever.

    “There is no hope of beating such a complex and powerful system.”

    This is true. If you have a doubt, just try. We will see.

    “If all the little guys joined together, and formed a big enough group, maybe they could overthrow it.”

    This is true. This has happened in past, and you know it (even the dates like 1789, 1917, and the like).

    “But that will never happen since the little guys are hypnotized by media, government and corporate narratives that deny the need for revolution.”

    Unfortunately, it can happen, as it has happened in our history caople of times. This is the only statement that supports your “Not a word of it is true”.

    Looks like the examples were not so helpful.

  6. ferret says:

    “at no time in history has the individual had as much power as he does now. He has the vote, the ability to form political groups…”

    And, as you have said,

    “There’s only one glitch. While most people agree that things are bad, almost no one agrees on what should be done. In an individualistic culture, each person is his own political party and has his own platform.”

    Together mean the individual has no power at all. And this statement “The individual in fact is king in this society.” is already refuted.

  7. ferret says:

    “If this were not a realist blog, and we liked to live in the world of simple emotional “truths” that allow ideas like Marxism to seem appealing, we would automatically blame the wolves or the pigs.”

    Marxism is not about emotional “truths” or “blaming” somebody for something. It has a strong materialistic approach and a good analysis of the society’s dynamics. If, for example, you want to know the causes of French Revolution, marxism gives really good explanations. As for other revolutions. If you disagree, tell me where marxism is wrong in this analysis, and what theory is better.

    And why one should always “blame” different groups of society in something going wrong? It is a liberalist habit, to blame. Why not to make an analysis of the system and to propose a better setup and the ways of achieving it?

    “Among the sheep, it is considered bold and brave to “speak truth to power” by reciting what is basically Marxist and liberal propaganda about how the people are oppressed by government and industry, and need to rise up against the same.”

    Marxist and liberal have nothing in common. Marxism is pro-communist while liberalism is capitalism based and defending it. Communism and capitalism are different. To find out the difference, one should know the definitions of the both, and some more definitions, in addition to the notion of means of production.

    We don’t have Marxist propaganda these days.

  8. Missy says:

    “The sheep, as seen above, cannot make decisions on their own. They are pulling in too many directions at once.”

    Why no mention of a good sheep dog?

    1. ferret says:

      In the context of “sheep, volves, and pigs” there is no place left for a good sheep dog. It would be killed in no time anyway. And why dog if there are volves already in charge?

      1. Missy says:

        Okay, in that context, a sheep dog won’t do, by himself. How about a snarling, big guard dog then? But the best cure for attacks on my free roaming roosters & hens was to put them into a secure outdoor pen. Haven’t seen any wolves since. So, the sheep/chickens (that’s what we are, chicken) need protection. You can never shoot all the wolves, anywhere, ever. They run deeper into the forest, and ultimately come back. Yes, I am talking about the human and animal kinds.

  9. ferret says:

    “Yet Hollywood are of the pigs themselves. Surely they would not say something that wasn’t in their self-interest, would they?”

    This is a really good point. And that’s why Hollywood would never oppose this “wolfdom and pigdom”.

    “There are no revolutions that can un-do this order and none are needed.”

    This is a great point. And this has been proved by the history.

    “What threatens it is the idea that we will select values higher than the individual…”

    And one interesting aspect of selecting values higher than the individual is that this selection, if done properly, may benefit the society and the individual in a way nobody can imagine. This can be explained in terms of Quality of Life, which is conservative and traditionalist by its nature, though it’s not so easy to discover.

    This idea would not “threaten” something but would save the society.
    This is the case when self-interests of individual, groups, and society coincide.

  10. bokko says:

    “If all the little guys joined together, and formed a big enough group, maybe they could overthrow it.”

    This is true. This has happened in past, and you know it (even the dates like 1789, 1917, and the like).

    1789. 1917. Little guys?

    Sigh.

    1. ferret says:

      “Little guys?”

      This wasn’t my terminology. Read the original post by Brett.

  11. bokko says:

    “With financial flexibility, the individual has the greatest chance of gaining power of any time in history.”

    Those individuals are primarily going to rise out of groups that act as groups. True “individuals”, in the way it seems you’re using the term, primarily gain power when there is more territory. As that goes away, so does opportunity. The above assertion seems apt for this country, albeit a century and a half late.

    Please keep up the good work here.

  12. Steve E says:

    Want to get free of present soft totalitarianism?
    Start with these 2 actions:
    Change all “gender” to “sex”;
    Change all “kids” to “children”…off to a good start.

    I enjoy your writings.

  13. Ben says:

    Reminded me of “Sheep Shephard Farmer,” the good ol’ days in the anus…

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