Power: what is it? Power is the capacity to intentionally produce change quickly.
English: The delegates at the First Zionist Congress in 1897 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Before we consider what it could mean to be a powerful individual, what would it mean to be a powerful group? Organized groups clearly can be more powerful than isolated individuals, right?
If you are interested in being powerful, then it could be important to you how you relate to groups that are powerful or even dominant. Do you respect power, reject power, condemn power, study power, appreciate power, or what?
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance (富国生命保険), in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When a certain group has an unusual insulation from criticism, that is one demonstration of power. Any criticism against them is immediately dismissed with intense emotion.
The group may have disproportionate influence over the media, government, and other social institutions. Criticisms of them can be simultaneously repressed and cultivated.
Why do they cultivate criticism? They can cultivate criticism to lure those who are perceptive to make some public condemnation. They can marginalize their critics.
They can also publicize diversions. These diversions can be stories of seemingly unjustified criticism as well as stories that are totally irrelevant, but are magnets for controversy and attention. By publicizing “safe” controversies, they dominate the consciousness of the mainstream.
They are so powerful that they control what the mainstream perceives, including who the mainstreams perceives to be powerful or influential. So, the power to influence perception is one valuable form of power.
Seal of the United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. It is primarily based on the the Treasury seal, especially the older version which was still in use in 1933. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Why is perception so important? Perception is what directs behavior.
When mainstream people perceive a danger that is not actually present, they still panic. When they fail to perceive a danger that is present, they can be marched in a very orderly fashion to their slaughter, like in some stories of the concentration camp detainees of the mid 20th century.
When they do not perceive something to be an opportunity, they discount it. For instance, if they are selling something, they may dismiss any claims about it’s possible future value and without much research they are willing to consider all offers to buy it (AKA “OBO”/ “or best offer” / “make an offer”). Things that are familiar to them but not perceived as valuable, they may actually resist re-evaluating. They already know. They have already categorized something as familiar and unimportant, so they discount any new information about new value of the old familiar thing. They may presume that familiar things are trivial.
Further, if they do perceive something to be an opportunity, then they do not research it. They simply follow their habitual presumptions. When a trend is reversing, they are the last to recognize the reversal and thus the last to adjust their actions.
Logo of the United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which incorporates the seal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, to bring about an immense redistribution of wealth, it is important that the powerful influence the perceptions of the mainstream to miscalculate risks and opportunities. The powerful can set up “advisory services” such as the FDIC, the SEC, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor. These advisory services or ratings agencies can be influenced to systematically deceive the mainstream.
In the case of government bonds and corporate bonds, credit ratings for the operations that are least stable can be listed as most favorable. Publicizing these misleading ratings can be very effective for influencing the behavior of the mainstream. By getting the mainstream to associate safety and reliability with high-risk industries like insurance, then that of course improves the sales of insurance company products and services. However, that is just the beginning.
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When the mainstream rely on such investments as mutual funds and insurance annuities, then the powerful can further influence the perceptions and behaviors of the investment managers of the mutual funds and the insurance companies. The managers typically have little or no actual financial interest in the results that they produce for complacent investors who naively entrust them with their retirement savings.
So, if a trusted company goes bankrupt, then the managers, employees and owners generally have no liability whatsoever (no civil liability and no criminal liability). All that happens is that there is a massive sudden flow of wealth away from the naive mainstream investors who entrusted the managers who have no interest or even a conflict of interest with them (since they want to produce maximum profits for their employer, not maximum benefit for the masses of customers).
Why is it so important to influence the choices of the managers who control huge accumulations of investments?
Because the powerful can use their agents to run up prices by buying whatever the powerful want to sell. When prices collapse, the powerful have already sold for a huge profit.
FDIC placard from when the deposit insurance limit was $10,000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What organizations are left with the worthless “hot potato” burning a hole in their balance sheets? The big, dumb bureaucracies: mutual funds, insurance companies, government pension funds, and, of course, governments in general.
When there is a banking crisis, who should rescue the banks? Typically, the taxpayers (involuntarily) lend huge amounts of money to collapsing banks and brokerages or purchase the least attractive assets. In other words, if “everyone knows” that certain assets of a bank are worth $1 billion, then the government justifies paying $2 billion for those assets because “they are bailing out the banks for the common good.”
FDIC placard from when the deposit insurance limit was $15,000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The powerful buy things and then drive up prices, like through government programs to subsidize and encourage spending for that kind of investment. Then, the powerful sell when the momentum of the mainstream naively flowing in to that trend is starting to slow down or reverse.
Who do the powerful sell to? If their positions are so large that a sudden dumping would destabilize prices before they exit all positions, then the powerful arrange for huge bureaucracies to drive the final waves of buying before the price collapse. Insurance companies, mutual funds, pension funds, governments, and even central banks can buy large amounts of peaking assets.
FDIC placard from when the deposit insurance limit was $20,000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The fund managers and other decision-makers have no actual personal interest in the prudence of their investments. They have no personal liability. They simply follow the minimum rules (typically) which have been set by the powerful and their lobbyists.
The managers can later say “everyone else in the industry was doing the same thing” and “yes, the results are unfortunate and tragic for the people who trusted us, but we did follow all the rules.” They can claim sincere incompetence (or some other form of sincerity as they assert that government rule-makers should be held accountable, not them).
Of course, a few “scapegoats” can be also demonized in the corporate-controlled media (and whether the scapegoats are innocent or guilty is not the issue because the public believes whatever the media programs them to perceive). The average fund manager just collects their compensation quietly while the public rages about whatever cases that the media publicizes to the public.
FDIC placard from when the deposit insurance limit was $40,000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, what does a powerful individual do? First, accurately perceptive actual risks and opportunities, then respect them for what they are.
By the way, condemning the powerful is not only risky, but offers rather little reward. Openly criticizing specific groups can result in friends withdrawing as the media marginalizes such critics as “hate criminals” and “conspiracy theorists” and so on.
Criticizing the system generally means continuing to relate to the system as a victim. Once the system is recognized as simply being a system for the disproportionate redistribution of wealth, then one could stop relating to the system as a victim and even could take actions to benefit from all of reality, rather than “heroically” (hysterically?) condemn certain portions of reality.
Of course, it may be strategically favorable to make public condemnations occasionally. It can be expedient to say things like that “The government is redistributing wealth the wrong way” or “Everyone knows that governments should not systematically use coercion to redistribute wealth disproportionately!”
FDIC placard from when the deposit insurance limit was $100,000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The powerful CONCENTRATE power. They train the masses to be powerless or at least act powerless (which tends to reduce their available power).
How do the powerful train the masses to “be powerful?” Through such methods as voting and non-violent demonstrations. However, those methods tend to be disappointing, frustrating, and exhausting.
How did the powerful imperialists conquer their latest colonies? It was not by voting and it was not by non-violent demonstrations.
Instead, they deceive, confuse, weaken, intimidate, and bully their targets by sending in missionaries, mercenaries, and, finally, diplomats (for the negotiating of the terms of surrender). Further, they use economic sanctions and boycotts as well as all other forms of economic leverage.
FDIC placard from when the deposit insurance limit was $5,000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
They play to win. They play dirty.
I do not recommend betting against them. They are known for stacking the odds and even influencing their opponents to “take a dive” (as in faking defeat in exchange for incentives and favors).
The powerful program the masses to consider the champions of the masses to be the government and the media. The powerful can trick the masses in to desperately (despairingly) supporting a new political savior (like Ron Paul or his son Rand Paul). “Which politician will rescue me from experiencing the natural results of my habitual investment habits?”
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Remember, if you are looking at any participant within any branch of their system (foreign or domestic) as your heroic leader to eventually “overthrow” the system, you have been looking at an agent of the system to be a reformer. Every figurehead rises to prominence on promises of reform- whether progressive reform or “regressive” reform. Reform literally means to make a slight revision to the system, not a total abandonment of the system, not a new system which supersedes the old and makes it irrelevant.
By the way, the powerful may also publicize their favorite revolutionaries who do more actively seek to undermine morale among loyalists and undermine compliance by the mainstream. The powerful may operate through any method of conquest and “liberation” (invasion, enslavement). The powerful may operate through deception and diversion.
They do whatever is effective to promote their interests powerfully. They use language carefully to direct attention, manipulate perception, and influence behavior. They manage the mainstream through the use of public relations to govern those who they value as their human resources. They set up and guide systems of organized coercion which disproportionately redistribute wealth based on dictated ideals of justice, propriety, and legitimacy.
They rule. They exercise power. They dominate. They study and practice the art of influence (AKA communication).