by Charles Hugh-Smith
The financialized American financial system and State at the moment are completely depending on a gradual movement of lies and propaganda for his or her very survival. Have been the reality informed, the established order would collapse in a putrid heap.
Go forward and be evil, as a result of everybody else is evil, too, as a result of being evil serves everybody’s pursuits much better than sustaining integrity, for integrity will price you greater than you’ll be able to afford.
In different phrases, mendacity, fraud, embezzlement, misrepresentation of threat, materials misrepresentation of info, half-truths, the substitute of statements of reality with propaganda and spin: these aren’t the work of a scattered handful of sociopaths: they signify the very essence and coronary heart of America’s financial established order.
Hannah Arendt coined the phrase the banality of evil to seize the essence of the Nazi regime in Germany: doing evil wasn’t irregular, it was regular. Doing evil wasn’t an outlier of sociopaths, it was the on a regular basis “job” of tens of millions of individuals, and never simply Nazi Social gathering members.
Not naming evil is the important thing to normalizing evil. Evil should at the start be derealized (a key idea within the Survival+ critique), indifferent from our realization and consciousness by naming it one thing innocuous.
Here’s a telling excerpt from the e-book Triumph of the Market:
Normalization of the unthinkable comes simply when cash, standing, energy, and jobs are at stake…. Intellectuals can be dredged as much as justify their (actions). The rationalizations are hoary with age: authorities is aware of greatest, ours is a strictly defensive effort, or, if it wasn’t me any person else would do it. There may be additionally the retreat to ignorance, actual, cultivated, or feigned.
Can any of the tens of hundreds of individuals engaged on Wall Road or within the bowels of the Federal Reserve, Treasury, Pentagon, and so on. in truth declare they “didn’t realize it was improper” to mislead the citizenry, the troopers, the traders and the patrons of their fraud? Quite the opposite, each a type of tens of hundreds of employee bees and managers is aware of full effectively the establishment they toil for is doing evil just by hiding the reality of its operations.
The whole established order of the American Empire is constructed on lies. Now the dependence on lies, fraud and misrepresentation is full; Wall Road and the Empire itself would fall if the reality had been lastly revealed and correctly recognized as evil.
Mendacity has been derealized; it’s now the anticipated norm. To inform the reality–in your resume, in your mortgage software, in your tax kind, and about your personal actions– is now tainted and suspicious; the truth-teller is reviled as “placing on airs” of ethical superiority, and they are going to be shunned and minimize off by the liars round them.
Dishonest on assessments now not carries any stain of moral corruption; “everybody” cheats lest they fail to get into the college of their selection, the one which represents “the brief minimize” to a “good job” with wonderful pay: sure, a job doing evil day-after-day. However we now not care about doing evil; we keep away from it as an ethical slaughterhouse we choose to not see. Let the butchering of the ethical coronary heart of the nation be hidden from our delicate eyes and quivering responsible consciences.
The concept that we would not have the ability to purchase the McMansion/auto/tattoo/toy we “deserve” enabled our killing of reality. Deprivation is a higher evil than the lack of private integrity, and so a whole lot of hundreds, if not tens of millions, of Individuals went together with the lie and sacrificed their integrity to assist it, feed it, breathe life into it after which go it on to the subsequent liar.
So the mortgage applicant lied, and the mortgage dealer lied by accepting a doc he/she knew was false. And so the lie grew heavier because it handed from hand handy, and the reality turned lighter than air and floated away lengthy earlier than the falsified mortgage was originated, packaged, tranched and bought as a AAA “secure” funding.
We now say and vouch for no matter is critical to “win,” no matter “successful” is in a universe with no ethical compass. When your complete system is determined by the regular relentless movement of lies–from the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, the Pentagon, the banks and Wall Road, the scores companies, the accounting departments, each nook and cranny of the American financial system and empire–then nobody is keen to sacrifice their very own livelihood as a result of they realize it wouldn’t cease something.
The machine would proceed on, processing lies, fraud and propaganda, with out them. However they might be exterior the profitable coronary heart of darkness, and now not in a position to purchase their coveted McMansion/auto/tattoo/toy that outlined who they’re.
Integrity has turn out to be as gentle as the reality itself, and each have floated away, unnoticed and unmourned. Hannah Arendt wrote in regards to the Nice Evil, Nazi Germany, and “The Last Answer” of dying camps. However the Nazi machine spewed plentiful alternatives to follow the banality of evil, and the dying camps had been merely one division of the every day grind of urgent one’s palms on evil and passing it on to the subsequent “good German.”
Here’s a memorial exterior the village the place my brother lives in France. It’s a typical village, fairly small, maybe a number of hundred residents. The memorial commemorates three younger French civilians who had been taken out and shot by Nazi troopers, both for suspected “crimes” or as a “lesson” to the civilian populace.
The routine killing of civilians went on day after day; it was the “day job” of the occupying troops.
Individuals toiling away of their varied departments of evil excuse their complicity by telling themselves, “no person died as a result of I lied” (besides in all of the locations world wide the place no person is aware of what’s actually occurring in America’s title). Hiding the reality carries no penalties or regret as a result of it’s SOP now, customary working process.
The ethical slaughterhouse is stuffed with corpses. We don’t actually know what our Imperial Venture is doing on the earth. We additionally don’t know what the Federal Reserve/Wall Road partnership is doing, both. These inside know, after all, however only a few are telling, as a result of the system is determined by lies and distortion to proceed its domination.
The reality-teller will lose their prestigious place, their beneficiant wage and the acceptance of their friends. Contemplate the destiny of Edward Snowden. In trade for this sacrifice, the truth-teller receives solely the glowing, ephemeral shards of his/her integrity: within the American tradition and financial system, integrity has no worth. The machine will grind on with out them, impervious to the tiny pricks of reality; the equipment of propaganda, artifice, misdirection and misrepresentation is well-oiled and masterful within the attain and scope of its operation.
There is no such thing as a vengeance extra remorseless than that of a State depending on the banal evil of half-truths in pursuit of those that reveal the State’s actions.
Lest you assume this an exaggeration, please watch The Most Harmful Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Daniel Ellsberg was solely considered one of hundreds of “good Individuals” doing their job in a struggle machine constructed totally on lies and propaganda. Just one citizen out of these hundreds, or tens of hundreds, was keen to commerce his profession for his integrity and conscience.
That’s how the banality of evil works. Perhaps sometime somebody will break freed from the tradition of lies and propaganda within the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, Wall Road and the “too huge to fail banks” and inform the reality. They are going to be hounded, discredited, scorned and reviled for telling the reality, and the reality will rapidly be lined up or shredded.
That’s how the banality of evil works. Reality has turn out to be too harmful to the established order, so it should be strangled day-after-day, by tens of hundreds of individuals, and its limp corpse hidden away.
These toiling away within the Empire of Lies assume karma requires their perception: I don’t consider in karma so it doesn’t exist. However karma doesn’t require perception; it really works fully independently of humanity’s perception or non-belief.
The results have collected and the dam is about to burst. Believing within the triumph of economic evil received’t save us, and averting our gaze received’t cease the flood.