Decline And Fall

     At each election we vote in a new set of politicians, insanely assuming that they are better than the set turned out. And at each election we are, as they say in Motherland, done in. – H. L. Mencken

     Among the things I’ve been missing lately are the penetrating and erudite essays of Co-Conspirator Dystopic a.k.a. Thales, both here and at his personal site The Declination. In his emissions, Dystopic presented a deeply thoughtful and knowledgeable case that the United States that we’ve known and loved is on a one-way trip to a destination freedom-loving Americans would never have chosen for themselves. Of course, it wasn’t We the People who chose it, but the strategists and kingmakers of the political Establishment. These don’t rule us directly, of course. Rather, they select and carefully groom puppets to present to us as the only thinkable choices for “our leaders.” Then they run the “leaders.”

     This has never been quite so obvious as in the case of the current occupant of the Oval Office. Joseph Robinette Biden is so demonstrably unfit for the presidency that his selection for the post constitutes the ultimate triumph of black humor. It compels us to question the very evidence before our eyes, for that evidence suggests all but irrefutably that those gray eminences have aimed us at national suicide intentionally and with malice aforethought.

     Why would a group of power-brokers, firmly in command of the richest and most successful nation in the history of Mankind, want to steer the galleon it’s captured onto the rocks?

     Sadly, only one answer fits the data.


     Great thinkers have struggled throughout the centuries with the problem of explaining human cruelty. Thus wrote Robert Burns:

Many and sharp the num’rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves,
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav’n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, –
Man’s inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!

     And it is so. Not all of us are perpetually cruel, of course. But most of us have known the lash of cruelty at some point in our lives…and many if not all of us have also known its appeal.

     Cruelty to others is the purest expression of power:

     ’The real power, the power we have to fight for night and day, is not power over things, but over men.’ O’Brien paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil: ’How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?’
     Winston thought. ’By making him suffer,’ he said.
     ’Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.’

     The above passage is a kind of syllogism. If those over whom you wish to wield power are not suffering at the moment, it becomes possible to doubt your power over them. But in the mind of one who recognizes nothing as immune to his decrees, that which is doubted becomes illusory, even insubstantial. He must swing into action. He must exert his power in a fashion that will produce palpable results…palpable suffering.

     Couple this bit of reasoning with the oft-repeated maxim that we should assume that a man intends the foreseeable consequences of his actions.


     To a sane man, a preference for power over all other things must seem incomprehensible. Yet most of us have at least a hint of a longing for authority. Authority means you’re important. You matter more than Joe Schmoe who doesn’t have it. You’re closer than he is to the elite.

     Those strategists and kingmakers who select and groom our “leaders” just have a lot more of a taste for it than you or I. Indeed, to the ones at the pinnacle of our society, it’s the only thing that matters. Great wealth is all very well, but once you have all the comforts, all the pleasures, and all the status symbols, of what use is another billion? It’s more satisfying to flex your money muscles, to deploy what you have to massive effect upon the unwashed and unsuspecting. Then you get to wallow in the results: the proof that you have real power.

     Don’t look to the puppets. Don’t puzzle over their vagaries, their frequent self-contradictions, or their contradictions of one another. They’re a living curtain over the real power-wielders, the men who hold their strings. While those strings sometimes become visible, as for example in the case of the Biden family, it is beyond our power to sever them. That’s a great part of why the puppets were chosen.

     The true Establishment is not the gaggle of office-holders upon whose emissions the mainstream media focuses. That focus is an indispensable part of the charade. It’s the men writing their lines and programming their teleprompters.


     In brief, which I seldom am, our ongoing decline:

  1. Was deliberately designed by persons whose names are obscure at best;
  2. Is being carefully managed by them and others of their kind;
  3. To bring about the ultimate demonstration of power.

     There were many components to their strategy. I’ve written about many of them here and elsewhere. Spend a couple of hours in the Baseline Essays section if you’d like to review them. The point of this tirade is their motive: to prove that the power they have amassed over us is absolute and unopposable.

     They are a death force. There’s no telling how much death will satisfy them. Indeed, there might be no upper bound.


     In 2016, an Outsider slipped through the gates. For four hope-filled years, he labored to deprive the Establishmentarians of their power. Their outrage was impossible to conceal. It leaked out on numerous occasions and in several ways. We paid it too little attention.

     They could not abide Donald Trump. He had to go. I have no doubt that had their election-theft machinations proved insufficient, they would have contrived his death. Should he threaten their grip a second time, he’ll be in mortal danger from the outset. So will anyone else who dares to defy them.

     Our fall is drawing near.

     For those who marvel at our ability to stagger from crisis to crisis without experiencing a disaster and think we can continue indefinitely to overload our economic and social system with laws of plunder and legislative nonsense, I will remind you that the man who is guillotined is breathing right up to the moment the blade hits his neck. — “John Galt”

     See also this essay.


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    • NITZAKHON on May 20, 2022 at 8:41 AM

    I remember reading some time ago that there was, apparently, an attempt on Trump’s life at Mar-A-Lago.  Fortunately stopped by the bullet proof glass.  Now, again from memory, the angle of the shot indicated an airborne platform.  But no helicopter was seen, which implies some kind of quieted/stealthed drone as, IIRC, there is radar present.

    Assuming both my memory and the article itself were true, that indicates a high degree of sophistication and technology involved.  Not something “Joe Yahoo” is going to do.

    There is no doubt in my mind that, assuming we are not smoked meat by 2024, there will be multiple attempts at taking him out.  Or DeSantis, if he gets the nod.

    And through Neo, comes this post from Gates of Vienna:

    1. America is uniquely evil.
    2. America is never justified in defending itself.
    3. Illiterate people from poor societies are superior to Americans.
    4. The Earth would be better off without human beings.
    5. Making a profit is always immoral.
    6. Differences between individuals or groups are unfair.
    7. For Designated Victim Groups, strong feelings excuse all behavior.
    8. Policies informed by Judæo-Christian principles are inherently suspect.
    9. Conservatives are hypocrites; liberals are sincere.
    10. There are no acts of God; there are only acts of Government.

    We are in a planned and engineered decline.  To what end?  I wrote about that in my post here on your site “The 7.3 Billion Person Question”.

    • Bear Claw Chris Lapp on May 20, 2022 at 10:49 AM

    guillotined, coming to a court yard near you.

    You can only laugh at all the useless idiots and their future demise or you will go insane.

    It will be tough but the only way is through. The Bible says in many places you will have troubles (tribulation) and it has been so true for me.

    • Dan on May 20, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Power is every bit as addictive to some people as tobacco, alcohol or heroin.  And the puppets in office seek office to assuage  that addiction.  The may have to answer to masters behind the curtain on some matters but often they are left unsupervised and allowed to impose their insanities on the rest of us without fear of accountability. It’s why they willingly become puppets.

    • Mike on May 20, 2022 at 2:17 PM

    “I have no doubt that had their election-theft machinations proved insufficient, they would have contrived his death.”

    I remember saying, before he had been inaugurated, that I fully expected Trump’s presidency to set at least one all-time record: there would be more assassination attempts against him than any other President we’ve had. I still have a little trouble believing that it didn’t work out that way, but I guess the tactics used by the Deep State, Uniparty, and Jurassic Media “elite” were sufficient to the task without requiring our Masters to resort to murder.

    • Max Wiley on May 20, 2022 at 3:16 PM

    Call them by any of the favorite identifiers: Bilderburg, Atlantic Council, “the bankers”, World Economic Forum, Fabians… whatever. The globalist elites are known by many names, but it’s all the same people.

    What do they want? More. No matter what they have, they want more.

    In this case, it’s the dream of world governance. Nation States are so 1950s. It has to be exhausting constantly measuring who has the biggest pyramid. If everything is one big pyramid, then it’s easy to figure out the heirarchy.

    “One ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them.” Tolkein was a very wise man.

    What’s the biggest stumbling block to their dreams of world domination? An America with a rifle behind every blade of grass. They have practically disarmed the populations of every other Western country, but the US remains stubborn and defiant. Other means had to be used.

    So either their government puppets get their way and the population acquiesces to their agenda, or we will be driven to destroy ourselves in financial collapse, racial and social strife, and perhaps civil war.

    Heads they win tails we lose.

    A curious game. The only way to win is not to play.

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