Two plus two equals four. Epstein didn’t kill himself.
At the end of 1984, Slavery is Freedom, two plus two equals five, and Winston Smith loves Big Brother. The Party has destroyed Smith’s mind, he embraces whatever narratives it promulgates. The fictive Party has solved the conundrum that bedevils any individual or organization seeking to exercise power: coercion can exact physical compliance and the desired verbalizations, but how do you compel the subjugated to think and believe as you want them to think and believe?
Our Party, the confederation of powerful people who promulgate the narratives that always point the same direction—more government and power for the powerful, less freedom for the subjugated—has yet to reach the mind control of Orwell’s Party, but not for want of desire or effort. We know the Party’s narratives: globalism, climate change, surveillance, incarceration, political correctness, open borders, free migration, fiat debt, central economic planning, socialized education and medical care, and wars on terrorism, drugs, poverty, any regime that refuses to toe the Party line, hydrocarbons, private firearms, individual rights, privacy, precious metals and cash, and socialized education and medical care. We know the Party’s institutions: governments, central banks and their central banks, intelligence agencies, military forces, police, permanent bureaucracies, multinational corporations, multilateral economic, political, and financial institutions, foundations, universities, nonprofits, and NGOs. We know the Party’s overlapping mouthpieces: the mainstream media, think tanks, government and intelligence agency propaganda organs, crony executives and their companies, Hollywood, and academia. And we know the figureheads who stock governments and their allied institutions, and the Party puppeteers who pull their strings.
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We also know the Party is not omnipotent. Just as Orwell’s Party went to all that trouble to ensure Winston Smith thought the right thoughts, our Party wants our belief, acceptance, and consent. Control is far easier to exercise on a population that accepts being controlled and gives carte blanche to its controllers. That Donald Trump, who occasionally tells inconvenient truths but has done precious little to actually change the way the government operates, elicits paroxysms of spastic rage shows just how important it is to the Party that we all think the right thoughts.
There are two problems with the Party’s narrative management: the people who don’t believe it, and the people who do. In the Party’s perfect world, it would have a monopoly on information and interpretation. However, it’s battling a trend that began with the invention of writing: the ever-increasing availability and dispersion of information. The latest untoward development is the Internet, which allows virtually anyone to disclose a secret, reveal a lie, express an opinion, satirize, post a photograph or video, or otherwise challenge Party narratives. The many that wither under Internet scrutiny reveal the Party for what it is: a serial, unrepentant liar.
Looking at threats to or from the Internet—intelligence agency surveillance, state censorship, and social media companies’ exclusion and elimination of disfavored political views—there is cause for concern. The threats are certainly threatening, but looking at what the Internet has already wrought argues against total despair.
Twenty years ago, the whole concept of a Deep State was fringe, a notion embraced only by kooks and so-called conspiracy theorists. There was an American Deep State with international connections and it had been running the country since at least WWII, but it really was deep, few people on the outside were aware of it. Now, the phrase is routinely cited by the president, deployed every day in the alternative media, and even the mainstream media occasionally use it.
In fact, the mainstream media has gone from denying the Deep State to telling us what a great thing it is, the last bulwark against a Trump dictatorship. So the witnesses against Trump in the House impeachment hearings aren’t State Department bureaucrats in love with their own deeply flawed Ukraine policies, protecting themselves and their Democratic cronies from revelations of involvement in Ukraine’s rampant corruption, and using second-, third-, and fourth-hand conversations in an attempt to depose the elected President. No, they’re heroes.
However, unlike the not too distant past when both bureaucrats and mainstream media commanded a certain respect among most of the populace, the House impeachment hearings got shredded in real time by the alternative media. Somewhere between 45 to 50 percent of the population refuses to believe what they’re told to believe, and that percentage is always growing (once you understand the con you don’t go back to believing it). Even a few Democrats recognized that the hearings flopped and have suggested a face-saving motion to censure Trump rather than refer the case to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it would be a nonstop embarrassment.
To counter the “Epstein didn’t kill himself” meme that’s run riot on the Internet, Attorney General William Barr recently restated the official conclusion that Jeffrey Epstein’s death was suicide by hanging, resulting from “a perfect storm of screw-ups.”
This perfect storm of unlucky oopsies include Epstein being taken off suicide watch not long after a previous suicide attempt and shortly before his successful suicide, suggestions that the first attempt may have actually been an assault via attempted strangulation inflicted by someone else, two security guards simultaneously falling asleep on the job when they were supposed to be checking on Epstein, one of those guards not even being an actual security guard, security footage of two cameras outside Epstein’s cell being unusable due to a mysterious technical glitch, at least eight Bureau of Prisons officials knowing Epstein wasn’t meant to be left alone in his cell and leaving him alone in his cell anyway, Epstein’s cellmate being transferred out of their shared space the day before Epstein’s death, Epstein signing a will two days before his death, unexplained injuries on Epstein’s wrists and shoulder reported by his family after the autopsy, and a forensic expert who examined Epstein’s body claiming that his injuries were more consistent with homicide than suicide.
Caitlin Johnstone, “Barr Ends All Conspiracy Theories Forever By Saying Epstein Died Via A Series Of Coincidences,” medium.com, 11/22/19.
It was years before those who questioned the Warren Commission’s conclusions didn’t have their sanity questioned. Now within four months of Epstein’s death the Attorney General felt compelled to respond to the Internet and the alternative and social medias it has spawned. Barr didn’t change a single mind―the meme is still viral—but he has prompted a new SLL word coinage for any effort by the powerful to whitewash their own lies and corruption: Epstein-Barr Syndrome, or EBS.
Thanks to the Internet, those of us who are paying attention know our Party’s narratives, institutions, mouthpieces, and personnel are evil to their rotten core. We don’t know all the details, but we don’t have to, the incontrovertible truths we have are enough. Epstein could have disclosed devastating truths about Party pedophiles, perverts, and pimps, and we’ve been Epstein-Barred too often to believe he killed himself. Once your eyes are opened, they stay open and you become an expert at spotting EBS. You reflexively reject Party propaganda and by implication, the Party itself.
Popular discontent and protests, some violent, are breaking out all over the world. A number of causes have been cited: corrupt governments, wealth inequality, domestic interference by foreign governments and institutions, rising taxes, fees, and the overall cost of living, and disconnected politicians, bureaucrats, and institutions. While all of these undoubtedly play a role, there’s one constant that is rarely cited: people are fed up with the lies. They’re enraged by the hidden agendas, incompetence, and evil the lies are meant to hide.
The Chinese government is typical, it rests on lies. You don’t need to censor the internet or institute a social credit system if truth is your lodestar. It has told a whopper regarding Hong Kong: that a totalitarian system can accommodate a second system that confers substantially more freedom.
Undoubtedly the US and British governments are covertly encouraging Hong Kong’s protestors and are trying to capitalize on the Chinese government’s discomfiture. While the Chines government regards the outside influences as illegitimate, it cannot tolerate a free Hong Kong even were the protests to stop because a substantial portion of their own billion-plus repressed citizens would get wind of it and ask why they cannot enjoy the same freedom.
If China finds the protests of around two million Hong Kong residents troublesome, protests from even one percent of mainland Chinese—roughly ten million people—would be a nightmare. Freedom and totalitarianism are self-evidently incompatible, and sooner or later the Chinese government will try to impose its system on Hong Kong. That’s the truth it cannot tell. The protests may serve as the pretext, or there may be some sort of creeping consolidation before the “One Country, Two Systems” charade ends in 2047. Either way, Hong Kong’s days as a semi-free enclave are numbered. Its citizens know it, and that’s the main fuel for the current conflagration, regardless of what the American and British governments are doing to fan the flames.
As I say on the Welcome page of Straight Line Logic: The truth always threatens those whose power and wealth rests on lies. Through history that has meant governments and those who align their fates with governments. However, the unbelievers may not be as big a problem for the Party as the believers.
The Party has morons on its team: those who still believe its narratives. It doesn’t matter if true believers are PhDs, Mensa members, or billionaires, in real-world intelligence they’re not the sharpest tools in the shed. The problem with having morons on your team is that they’re, well, morons. They’re the Party’s allies, but that’s like a military alliance with Haiti. They’re too stupid or lazy to try to figure out the world they live in and aren’t going to get their first clue until the handouts stop. As collapse accelerates and reaches full fruition, the ranks of the disbelieving and cynical will only grow. You quit believing when you’re starving. The Party’s already faltering mind control effort will fail, even among the morons.
Most of the PhDs, Mensa members, and billionaires who profess belief know the con but go along with it for pelf and power. They have everything but principles and will spout Party proper-speak as long as it’s in their interest. So the Party can count on the support of the venal and the duplicitous, but how staunch and steadfast will that support be when collapse accelerates, chaos reigns, and it’s every man for himself? We’ll see.
The Party narrative is problematic not just because of the quality of people who believe or profess to believe it. The more significant deficiency is that it doesn’t correspond to reality. You can have millions, even billions, of believers who fervently believe that two plus two equals five, but that means you have millions, even billions, of intellectual cripples who can’t balance a checkbook or perform any other elementary arithmetic function. Or any of the higher operations arithmetic supports—like science and technology.
The climate change debate is instructive. For years people have tried to model financial markets. There’s a built in incentive: incalculable wealth awaits anyone who gets it right even 60 percent of the time. Yet nobody has done so, because financial markets are extremely complex, are influenced by myriad variables, the relationship among variables and between the variables and the markets change, and we don’t know all the relevant variables.
The same things can be said about climate modeling, except with more emphasis, because climate is more complex and has more potentially interacting variables—some of which we undoubtedly don’t know about—than financial markets. Climate models should be considered inherently unreliable, and models that purport to explain and predict climate based on one or two variables laughably so. If we can’t predict financial markets we certainly can’t predict climate. The state of human knowledge and predictive acumen just isn’t there.
Yet, on the basis of these inherently faulty climate models, many of which have already revealed their deficiencies, the world is supposed to reduce its standard of living, embrace radical, costly, and potentially deadly changes in power generation, food consumption, modes of travel, and economic activity, and hand power over to multilateral and global institutions, supposedly the only way with which the predicted consequences can be dealt.
The problem with morons and what they believe is that reality-based non-morons can’t wall them off to live with each other and the consequences of their collective irrationality and neuroticism. They insist we live according to their moronic dictates. Conflict is inevitable. However, the quality of the two sides will be far more important than their quantity.
The Party got what it wanted from Winston Smith—a dolt who believed its self-contradictory narratives, but wasn’t much good for anything else. It’s not clear if it was even economically worthwhile for the Party to keep Smith alive. As a dolt could he produce more than he consumed?
In the coming conflict, one motivated hacker rebel will be worth at least 10 million Winston Smiths. A military specialist rebel able to organize and lead guerrilla operations will be worth at least a million Winston Smiths. And any rebel who refuses to be Epstein-Barred, sees through the Party’s narratives, fights its dictates, and has a unwavering dedication to the truth will be worth at least 100,000 Winston Smiths.
Hardscrabble Farmer is a New Hampshire farmer who regularly posts his own articles and comments on other people’s, including mine, on The Burning Platform website. He also makes the world’s best maple syrup. He commented on TBP about this post, and I thought his comment and my response should be up on SLL.
I have read a lot of your work and recognize your voice in each piece, but lately it’s become both more accessible and- what’s the word I’m looking for?- militant. Yup, that’s it.
I get the feeling you’ve crossed some personal Rubicon in your thinking.
That is an incredibly perceptive comment and you hit a couple of nails right on the head.
To the extent there’s a Rubicon it’s been Trump. He has said some of the right things, first as a candidate and then as President, things I agree with and prompted me to vote for him. Most importantly, he’s questioned US interventionism and endless war. He’s also challenged political correctness on immigration, identity politics, transnational trade deals, regulation, the media, the Federal Reserve, and the bureaucracy, among other things.
Inspiring as all that has been, he has accomplished very little. Like Uncola and many others, I’m not sure if that’s because he’s a Deep State plant or because of intense Deep State opposition. In the long run, it probably doesn’t matter. The debt grows, the military’s budget grows, the government grows, we have more not less troops in the Middle East, our civil liberties shrink, and so on, an ever-expanding litany of the failures of modern governance. The Trump presidency has turned three suspicions into convictions: the problems America faces cannot be solved via conventional politics, no matter who we elect; we are amidst a 4th Turning collapse, and that collapse offers the only hope that something better might emerge.
From those convictions emerge the militancy. I’m 61 and not getting any younger. If collapse is inevitable, bring it on. And start preparing for what comes afterward. I think, and certainly hope, that the US does not survive as a political entity. Break it into enough pieces so that at least one of those pieces can be a haven for those seeking their freedom and liberty. I’ll be the first to sign up. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a violent process, but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t. I don’t want to fight, but if fight we must, fight I will. I’m in it to win it and I want to see it happen while I’m still alive.
To your other point about accessibility. The only power I have or want is the power of my words. I’m short-circuiting myself if people don’t understand what I’m saying, and now, more than ever, clarity on my part and understanding on their part are essential. While occasionally the $10 words and the multi-clause sentences still seem essential, often they are not. Mark Twain once said, ““The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Occasionally the right word is still the $10 one, and occasionally the right sentence is a long one, but usually the 5 cent word and the shorter sentence will do. Now more than ever I’m trying to make myself understood.
Thank you for your great comment. With your permission I’d like to repost it on SLL, along with my response.
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Not hard to figure people out anymore, almost everyone I know is on the brainwashed list. Whether they shop the organic section of the grocery store, donate to their favorite non-profit .org or tell me where their news comes from, they all belong to the nanny state. I don’t think I really know anyone who can think and act for themselves without including a link to their personal handlers. No one is in control of their own mind anymore, they all work for some control mechanism.
We truly are FUBAR’d.
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I agree, life is scary today!
“… a new SLL word coinage for any effort by the powerful to whitewash their own lies and corruption: Epstein-Barr Syndrome, or EBS.”
Fantastic! I do believe you have coined a phrase for a more malicious and malignant villain than the Ebstein-Barr virus(EBV).
From Google: “EBV has been implicated in several diseases, including infectious mononucleosis, Burkitt’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, stomach cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, multiple sclerosis, and lymphomatoid granulomatosis.”
Congratulations on your word coinage and a great article.
Thanks, and thanks for the great Christmas card.
i find myself wondering whether soviet dissidents engaged in similar reflections on the nature of their system in the months before it fell? i also note the difference between how the USSR got its nomenclatura (baked in the cake from the inception) compared to how the USSA seems to have acquired its own (unrestrained foreign adventure enabled by dropping even the pretense of moral justification and the attendant horrors slowly being imported and exposed as our deep state).
the last concern is whether the difference between the genesis of our respective orwellian nightmares will mean that the bloodless exhausted fall of the USSR will be something FUSA citizens look upon with wishful sentiment when our own red dawn moment arrives.
i am reminded of the thought expressed by Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) in the exceptional Battlestar Gallactica series, roughly: “…when the military must identify enemies – when it polices its own citizens, they become the enemy”.
God help us.
i want to add, and it may just be my own perception, that some of your more recent commentary is tending toward impatient cynicism. i find that somewhat alarming – when even those i’ve come to rely on for sober and level headed insight begin to lose patience, the denouement must by close. sorry if i’m missing the mark on this, i really value your work.
Thank you. I don’t think one can be too cynical about the current government and the people who pull its strings, but I’m not sure that’s even cynicism or just realistic appraisal. As for impatient, guilty as charged. I’ve been waiting my adult life for some sort of collapse to offer the opportunity to establish something better, an enclave of sorts founded on freedom. Now I sense that the collapse is near and I just want to get on with it so something better can emerge. I’m not getting any younger and I want to live to see it. We’ve all put up with this for much too long.
“Epstein didn’t kill himself.”
There are at least two lines of thought and narratives being put forth. One that many of you may not know is that Epstein is still alive.
This is what many of the Q followers are being told. He is supposedly alive and well and giving up the goods on many others.
From what i gather Trump is in fact Q.
Who knows? i require absolute proof, nothing else will suffice.
my gut tells me the entire Q thing is more and more false hope designed around and about man.
Can post some links later if anyone is interested.
Please post the links, because you never know who might be interested.
Looks like i opened my mouth and can not at this time provide a link.
We, my wife and i have been looking for this. Will post if found. She keeps an eye on the Q thing and informs me of their news. i do like to be informed of what the masses are consuming and believing.
Hopefully some one else may have seen these stories and will confirm?
He is supposedly alive and singing like a bird.
Thanks Robert for your logical and down to earth perspectives.
Thank you for the compliment and for your comments.
Also remembered this,
It was said at the time of “Epstein’s suicide” that it was faked and the Q group, (Trump and his military advisers) had faked his death for Epstein’s own protection.
Like i said before, this Q thing may be all a farce, this would not surprise me.
We will see.
So how long before the alternative media is silenced by a convenient “cyber” attack?
That is the stuff of my nightmares.
I read in one of the other threads Mr Gore saying AG Barr is very deep state. Maybe so. But who appointed him? Please don’t tell me they held a gun to trump’s head.
They certainly didn’t.
Good article, Robert. Linked as usual @ https://nothingnewunderthesun2016.com/
Thanks, I appreciate all you and your site do to get the word out.
There are many great sites I follow and I link articles daily, some I comment on if they are exceptional in nature. If my followers only have time to read a few of my links; the commented ones are usually the better ones for that particular day. Your articles I usually comment on. Keep up the good work!!!!!!
Thanks and likewise on keeping up the good work.
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Having realized the system was a bankrupt puppet show, since the 80 election, when we had a choice between Carter saying to put on a sweater, versus Reagan saying to put it on the credit card and openly cavorting with the Iranians, not to let the hostages go, until the day after the election, I’ve spent serious mental energy in trying to figure out the reasons.
If you might be interested in some outside the box thinking, here are some thoughts;
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I would caution that it takes a few turns to get to the politics and economics. If we want to affect the effects of human behavior, we need to address the causes and belief systems are primary.
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As a non-follower of lamestream media I was unaware of Barr’s reiteration of nonsense, reminds me of the foot stomping ROTC dude (Neidermeyer?) in Animal House, proclaiming all is well. I understand that the Epstein-Barr connection goes way back, that Barrs daddy hired Epstein as math instructor for an elite private school, despite Epsteins lack of credentials for such a position. And more. Another cohencidence no doubt.
The seeming simultaneous uprisings throughout much of the world are IMO yet another cohencidence, inspired, motivated, funded by the same group seeking to re-establish for all time the world ruling city of Babble, that of the tower infamy. A friend living in Chile has provided much detail regarding the insanity of protests there, where the population is now far worse off due to the protests and destruction of infrastructure.
Those internationalists who would gain from such actions have been at this for a very long time. I had often wondered about the true identity of those referred to in JFK’s Secret Society speech, and now it is clear.
Thanks for the word of the week – pelf!
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I (we ?) welcome plain talk “inevitable secession speak.” I don’t know how it can be started, but it should start now. People more talented than me I wish would finally launch a “Second American Republic” to suck the fetid air out of this moribund, hopelessly corrupt, and vicious US mafia state. A critical mass is approaching that will no longer tolerate living a lie.
Like you, I’d like to start all over again in some sort of secessionist state. I think we have to have collapse first before we get critical mass.
Our Second American Republic awaits launch.
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Suicide would be murder, too–it took a lot of shenanigans to enable it. The powers that be (PTB) who wanted him dead would have liked that best. I doubt the prosecutors would have had the sense to protect him with a faked death.
We are witnessing the crossing by the parasite’s Rubicon (the host dies of mal-…). Who dies first depends on the speed of information.
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In the olden days, the word for conspiracy theory was heresy and you could be burned at the stake for it, so we have come along, somewhat.
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