“Power is not what you believe you have, or what others believe you have, it is only what you can afford to expend.”
Control of the means by which to create new wealth and ownership of the minds of the people are the only two sources of real power. All those who do not possess the means by which to generate personal wealth must be empowered to do so.
It is possible, for a time, to fake a greater degree of power than you possess. By believing you have more than you do and thereby acting from a place of power beyond that amount you have. Or by intentionally convincing others you have more power than you do and thereby keeping them from moving against you. But neither is sustainable. At some point, those with real power, equal or greater than you are projecting, will see through the façade, the false power, and they will move accordingly against you. Either by blocking you from opportunities only peers possess access to or by turning on you and reducing you even further, if not outright destroying you or corrupting you into their own agenda.
In the modern world, two great forces have combined efforts to rewrite power in the world, to drag the world back into totalitarianism/fascism, both of which are supported by members of the previous elites and many new elites all bent on a post-Westphalian World order. These are the forces of radical Islam and modern Western Democracy. Both are totalitarian systems. The first seeks to control every aspect of how individuals think and act, how their emotions are controlled, through religious education and old hatreds.
The second seeks to control every aspect of how the individual lives and what role they play in the great engine of state, through a morass of taxation, fees, laws, and regulations which impact every single aspect of the individual’s life. Both forces appear immensely powerful and are, but both are projecting power beyond what they have, and are both now attempting with all vigor to convince the world of their superior power, to make the successes of their one-hundred-year insurgency permanent. But in truth, both are bankrupt, have attained power solely on debt, social obligation contracts and promises for a future neither can nor has any desire, to pay or bring about.
Despite the success of their insurgency and the immense power, they do hold, both come with an inherent flaw which, when identified, clearly denotes both are in fact built upon a great weakness, a shared weakness, a weakness they believe to be their single greatest and most lasting strength. And this is their control over humanity. Both systems require the willing and active participation of the masses, the ability to stir the masses to violence against any who would reduce both systems to their rightfully far lower place of power. Both systems require elites of many types and stations in life who will provide justification and protections for those committing this violence.
What both systems utterly fail to comprehend though is that humans are not a zero-sum resource, individuals are not merely natural resources to be maneuvered as expendable commodities upon the great board of power politics. The capacity for innovation, enterprise, and productivity are boundless given the structure and capacity of the human brain alone. This is true even for those who have been intentionally kept from developing that brain to its full capacity through religious indoctrination and theology heavy or only education in the Islamic world or the victimhood indoctrination and intentionally poor education systems in the world of Western Democracy.
At present, the radicals actively rewriting modernity, the now successful insurgents, are in control of vast portions of global wealth, almost all financial institutions and regulatory bodies, and more so, in control and exercise of ever-increasing, unfunded, transfer payments and the means by which to generate and maintain private wealth. Combined, control of the world’s leading financial institutions and methods of investment and transfer payments, are used as a strategic weapon to keep the people exactly where the new elites want them, in poverty and dependence, as meek consumers to be kept docile until violence or the threat of violence is required to sustain the new system. This is not real power, it is a paper dragon ripe to be burned to the ground. However, lighting this fire will be no easy task as any spark will be immediately attacked from many directions before it can become a roaring fire because vast portions of humanity have come to willingly accept their indentured servitude as the only option.
In truth, the hundred-year insurgency of the Muslim Brotherhood and the radicals Cloward & Piven, Saul Alinsky, George Soros, Barrack Obama and those powers behind them and their analogs globally, such as Merkel, and so many others before, has won. They are now the entrenched, deeply embedded power, owning the minds and incomes of the majority of humanity, controlling the bureaucracies and halls of justice, global wealth and wealth distribution mechanisms and organizations, academia and entertainment, to name only a few. This means only a far more brilliant, aggressive, well-developed insurgency, masterfully executed across generations and across every domain of human civilization, will be capable of removing the new elites from their positions of power, of breaking down the abusive regime that has been established and is currently expanding.
This counterinsurgency mounted as a new, far more effective, and sustainable insurgency must go after the single greatest weakness of the previous insurgency, the base upon which the new elites are built. And that is the control over wealth and the ability to generate wealth or deny the generation of wealth, at the level of the individual, particularly among the poorest and least well-educated, even among the ideologically blinded or criminally oriented. The new insurgency must rob the previous insurgency, the new elites and their ignorant hordes of supporters, of the victim message, by making their transfer payment and private wealth generation systems obsolete and irrelevant. These efforts must also involve the eradication of the imperative to support the cause for those fortunate enough to not need transfer payments but who lack the power to resist the new wealth generation control system.
Fortunately, the entire insurgency, and the structures and systems of power built upon its success, are built on a foundation of basically nothing more than unmeetable social obligation contracts, layers upon layers of unrepayable debt and complex financial instruments, derivatives upon derivatives with zero underlying real assets represented. Combined, massive social obligation contracts, debt, and complex financial instruments with no real value are increasingly the supports upon which both transfer payments and future wealth promises are built.
The now successful insurgency used this method as it was at the core of the brilliant Cloward & Piven strategy, which was built upon the principle of bankrupting the modern world through massive and far-reaching welfare programs which forced individuals into servitude to the state and corporate welfare programs. And while it allowed the new elites and their old elite backers to succeed in their insurgency increasingly over the last forty years, it is now their greatest weakness to be exploited ruthlessly through empowering individual humans, the world over, to create their own very real and sustainable wealth through pure-form Capitalism and not transfer payments.
The fallacy of the new elites and their debt-burdened and bankrupt new world order is built upon two primary prejudices:
- A lingering feudalistic belief, in all its many forms throughout history, that humans are nothing more than a zero-sum natural resource, to be exploited and used up like any other natural resource, with no more real value than any other animal; and
- As the world economy rapidly evolves away from the need for human labor, the vast majority of humanity’s future role is to be nothing more than dependent and docile consumers and fodder for violence, votes to be farmed, with exceedingly few exceptions to be found among the educated and very well connected elites.
It is true, artificial intelligence, automation, print manufacturing, and the emerging field of nano self-assembly are forever replacing the need for low-cost, low-skilled, and increasingly high-skilled and well-educated labor. This trend possesses the very real threat of relegating large swaths of humanity to relentless and enduring poverty, to fixed places in the economic engine, to endlessly being subject to the whims of the elites who control transfer payments and the means by which the few may generate personal wealth. The entire current elite system and its message in all its vastly complex and intricate ways is built on these two prejudices regarding humanity in the new – though hearkening back to the ancient – Corporatism and banking dominated economic system. While the insurgents were and now as elites are putting a very different face upon it, the new system is increasingly a feudalistic system of patronage, uber-elites, guilds, and city-states thriving on the increasing volume of ‘unsophisticated’ peasantry.
But, while most of these ‘peasants’, to include the highly-educated ones, cannot intellectually comprehend such higher-level concepts as the underpinnings of the new world order fallacy, virtually every single human possesses between their ears the most powerful processer ever yet discovered in the Universe. This means even the least well-educated or connected, even the ideologically bound and blinded well-educated few, can sense, if not know intellectually, the bigger trends and prejudices. However, the fallacy of the new elites, that they with all vigor message as truth, is not actually true at all. It is a great fallacy foisted upon all, in order to sustain the new elites, their old elite backers, and the systems of totalitarian control they have established and are attempting vigorously to expand to every aspect of human existence.
What is true is the evolution of the economic base does require a massive new rewrite, composed of new business, investment, and return models, governance and transfer payment systems, as well as corresponding Risk and & Uncertainty identification and mitigation strategies. At the heart of these efforts must be a fundamental shift in how the individual human, all humans are perceived, a shift to recognizing each and every human as an individual asset with unlimited potential to contribute to wealth creation.
The purpose of this rewrite must be focused on forever replacing the ancient system of accounting for the individual as an endlessly supplied natural resource to be used and expended according to accepted depreciation schedules just like any other Capital investment. The new economic system must view the individual, no matter their education or socio-economic status, the limitless creative, innovative, and socially driven capacity of the human brain, in particular, as a positive-sum gain, as a compounding asset, a financial asset class, rather than capital investment and expenditure. And this potential must be developed accordingly, as with any other well-defined asset class.
The new economic system must look at the immeasurable capacity of the human brain as a new asset class and must organize itself accordingly, with new business, investment, and rate of return models, new governance, education, and social safety net systems and processes. Humans, no matter their education or socio-economic background, must be viewed as positive-sum rather than zero-sum assets once more, and all systems of business, finance, and governance must be returned to this model as was codified and made possible by the Constitution of the United States and its later analogs around the world. Individuals must be empowered in this new economy to create their own wealth, make their own contributions in the local, national, regional, and increasingly global knowledge economy. This must be made the central theme of all messaging for the new insurgency. And it must be backed up with wide-scale successes, real-world, undeniable successes among those who have previously never possessed such opportunity or known such successes.
In doing so, those of the previous insurgency will be robbed of the root of their power, the victimhood message, the scarcity message, and thereby robbed of their foot soldiers and many of the elites and populace who can see no other way than that being put forward by the new world order. The new insurgency must get the private sector and Capitalism directly involved as the tip of the spear in the most poverty and violence-stricken communities around the world, must set to the purpose of rebuilding the middle class globally through Capitalism, thereby showing the now combined efforts of radical Islam and modern Western Democracy for what they are, a bankrupt belief system which must artificially keep humans in poverty and repression in order to ensure its own fallacious and unsustainable power.
The new insurgency must use the new elite’s own strategy against them, bankrupt them and all those entities they have developed or infiltrated, their corporations, non-profits, academic institutions, systems, organizations, and elites, all the while empowering those upon whom these prey and depend upon for existence. Those industries and economic systems impossible to infiltrate and mold to the new economy and thereby return to a sustainable model must be discredited, bankrupted, or otherwise legally forced to perish. Those economic systems and institutions that do not adapt and thrive must be replaced with new corporations and financial institutions, investment vehicles, academic centers, media outlets, marketing, advertising, and every other critical component of a thriving and expanding economic system.
The new elites, and their old elite backers, must be forced to rely upon ever-increasing volumes of debt, and insider dealings that burden the entire complex infrastructure of relationships and dependency the insurgency succeeded upon. All of which need to be made public in the most obvious and least assailable fashion for all to see. These efforts must lead those with no future good to fail completely, and to the bailing out of those with some future good just at the brink of failure, but with conditions to make necessary changes, putting in positions of influence and power those required for long-term success over generations to come.
It can be done, but only through a concerted effort over two generations involving everyone and every organization committed to the purpose, every single aspect of messaging, oriented to one purpose, economic empowerment of the individual through establishment and ownership of the new economy. Every effort must be made to change the ancient paradigm of humans as a renewable natural resource to be exploited to a renewable natural resource to be developed, from a sunk Capital investment to a wealth-generating financial asset. Where the individual is now seen as a commodity or nothing more than a financial burden, in the newly emerging economy the individual must be recognized as an Alpha – all-important new wealth–generating resource.
This means actively entangling the futures of the children of those we do not know nor often understand or like with the futures of our own children. Because, in addition to the shift in manufacturing and production base, there is a far larger demographic shift which will see the movement of influence and power to those ethnic groups and communities not previously participants in globalization.
Most of these groups and communities are in the inner cities of the developed world and the impoverished communities of the developing world, all of which are bound by violence and poverty, by the results of the now successful previous insurgency. It is into these communities where we must focus our pure Capitalism-based wealth generation, through globalization knowledge and relationship transfer. With all efforts oriented to unlocking the Alpha trapped within, in the form of the limitless, and yet unrealized human capacity and potential.
This first appeared in The Havok Journal on May 9, 2017.