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The Irrepressible Taunt Of Totalitarian Creep

The ideal Subject of Totalitarianism is people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists. – Hannah Arendt, philosopher and political theorist

Hannah Arendt was involved in exposing antisemitic propaganda in Berlin in the early 1930’s. Following  a brief imprisonment by the Gestapo, she fled Germany. After escaping a subsequent German detainment in France in 1940 she ended up on New York’s Upper West Side. I think it’s safe to say the Ms. Arendt understands the breeding ground for Totalitarianism.

The quote above echoes frighteningly the political and social climate of the United States right now. The business, political and community leaders have managed to blur completely the distinction between truth and fiction. The dynamic has been irreparably amplified by the journalists and social media. The imposition of political or social “correctness” is a deviously insidious form of Totalitarianism – “do and behave as I say or be branded a racist or chauvinist or misogynist.”

James Kunstler’s latest commentary explores the political and social tyranny evolving in the U.S. Certainly Trump’s style of imposing his will on foreign Governments and the Fed evokes thoughts of a dictatorial style of leadership. But, as Kunstler points out, the leading Democratic candidates are revising the settled facts of historical events to arouse the support of those who loathe Trump:

“For instance, Resistance team captain Elizabeth Warren referred the other day to the 2014 “murder” of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri “by a white policeman.” Of course, Ms. Warren was speaking her “truth.” Now, it happens that the US Department of Justice under Eric Holder (this was the Obama administration) determined that it was not murder, as did an inquiry by the State of Missouri — rather that Mr. Brown was shot after attacking officer Darren Wilson in his police car and attempting to grab his gun.

Did Senator Warren not believe former attorney general Holder? Was there some other authoritative opinion she was referencing? Or was she just making shit up on-the-fly to juice an audience? Could she have had any other purpose than to provoke racial animus? Is that what this country needs? More tension between blacks and whites? More reason for suspicion and hatred? Is that where you want leadership to lead you?”

Here’s the rest of Kunstler’s must-read essay:  The Yin and the Yang of it

Is War By Proxy With Russia Inevitable?

The U.K. refuses to release for independent examination any of the evidence that would link the Skirpal poisoning to Russia.  As such, we can only assume that Russia was meant to be the scapegoat.  Same deal with the chemical attack in Syria.   There’s a complete lack of evidence that would connect the incident to any specific perpetrator.  But the U.S. seems satisfied that a case built on no-evidence hear-say and western media headlines proves the allegations.

Amazingly, some of neo-cons at Fox News are now questioning the legitimacy and motives for U.S. belligerence toward Russia using Syria as the “host.” Tucker Carlson went nuts on the idea, which is surprising because Fox typically is pro-war against anyone and anything without bona fide cause and for any reason:

Perhaps of more concern is the analysis presented by Paul Craig Roberts, who has a little more experience in DC politics and Government policy advisement than anyone in the cable media:

No sign this morning of Washington coming to its senses. Zero Hedge reports that Trump is canceling his trip to Peru’s Summit of the Americas in order to oversee the US attack on Syria. If the attack is real and not merely a hit at an unimportant target for PR effect, war could be upon us…”War With Russia Approaching” and “On The Threshold Of War.”

Let’s hope saner minds somehow prevail in DC, though I’m not sure where those brain cells might reside. With a debt-riddled and a larger “explosion” than the one that hit in 2008 percolating throughout the U.S. financial system, it seems that Washington’s policy alternative of choice is, “when all else fails, start a war.”

The insane intra-day and inter-day volatility in the stock market is the primary signal that the system is spinning out of control.  The “trade war” narrative is strictly cosmetic.  The market turmoil reflects the conflict between the extreme inert overvaluation of financial assets and the money sloshing around in the hands of perma-bullish traders who never experienced a market collapse.  The drum-beat of war – trade and military – is meant to deflect the public’s attention from the underlying economic reality.

I would suggest that this is why gold is moving higher despite the overt effort by the Fed/banks to suppress the price and  the overwhelming negative investor sentiment toward gold.