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What you need to know to make it through the tough times ahead

Posted by M. C. on June 2, 2020

The Black Paper offered is worth a read.

  • How Epictetus, who rose from a slave to a respected philosopher, approached events he could not control with Stoicism.

Stoicism!

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/what-you-need-to-know-to-make-it-through-the-tough-times-ahead/

By Joe Jarvis

 

My content is for three types of people.

For the revolutionary, this is the study of guerrilla warfare. You are up against an entrenched and powerful enemy, but they don’t understand the landscape of the changing times.

For the entrepreneur, this is the study of how powerful people market themselves and advance their interests.

For the intellectual, this is the study of history and classic texts, applied to modern-day problems.

It’s all about power. Who has it. How did they get it. And how do you take your power back.

The exposure and infiltration of the elite is not meant to replace them with another batch of psychopathic predators.

But by mimicking what works, we can invite ourselves into the currently walled-off city of the elite, and destroy it from the inside.

Why now?

Even if the worldwide lockdown and economic destruction is part of some grand elite plan for ultimate power, this is still when they are most vulnerable.

Yes, the elite take advantage of a crisis to gain power.

We too can take advantage of their crisis, and gain power by serving the people the elite would destroy.

If the elites are intentionally causing poverty and turmoil, they are creating an army of people in great need.

People need help. They need food, medicine, and shelter. They need effective supply chains, safety, and leadership.

And those who truly help the people will see massive rewards.

This could be a new Renaissance of enlightened thinking. We can break away from the draconian policies of the current elite, born out of 20th-century fascism.

If you don’t want to live under the current style of governing by the sick elite, you better equip yourself to take their place in this new world.

All of my content is about the most effective ways to gain and keep power.

Because a lot of this knowledge is considered taboo, or off-limits, people are generally unaware of the tactics elites use to gain power over them.

I want to spread that knowledge, not so that more people act unethically, but to democratize power.

Understanding how the elite operate allows you to protect yourself against them. It has already become harder for the elite to get away with the same old tricks.

And this information allows you to compete with the elite by employing their tactics against them.

This is how we remove power from the current elite, and allow it to be reclaimed by individuals.

But in addition to reclaiming the power the elites currently hold over us, we can grow new sources of power, by serving the needs of our fellow man.

We’ve already seen how the coronavirus has shifted the focus from global to local. It has disrupted supply chains, travel, and turned an eye back to our own backyards.

Suddenly, there is a catalyst to democratize and decentralize the control the elite have over food, travel, commerce, and even government.

Instead of factory farms, people are turning to local producers. Instead of federal rules, states and cities are calling the shots. People are working from home, homeschooling, and rethinking college.

Trust in large centralized institutions is crumbling.

No one trusts the CDC or WHO. We see the FDA and USDA standing in the way of treatment and food supplies. We see the Federal Reserve and Congress bailing out corporations and Wall Street, while destroying the economy and currency.

It’s never been more obvious that we are on our own. So now is the time to rebuild a society where people occupy nodes of influence based on merit, not force or trickery.

But that movement requires proper knowledge, tactics, and context.

You need to know how the old guard will react– know the enemy.

And you need to know how to gain and keep the trust and support of the people– your compatriots, customers, employees, partners, associates, investors, and even friends and family.

So take a look around at my videos and articles.

You’ll find stories of the rise and fall of kings and queens. You’ll learn the millennia-old tactics of guerrilla warfare. You’ll hear the true stories of government overthrows and media manipulation. It’s stranger than fiction.

And throughout it all, you’ll pick up the marketing tactics of power– how to move the masses, make people want to listen, inspire, sell, and grow your power by delivering value to the world.

But why should you trust me to deliver valuable insights on reclaiming your power?

These lessons are not coming from me.

The true teachers are the likes of Sun Tzu, Epictetus, and Niccolò Machiavelli.

I discuss, for instance:

  • How Machiavelli exposed and trolled the elite with The Prince— after working for them, and being tortured and banished by them.
  • How Epictetus, who rose from a slave to a respected philosopher, approached events he could not control with Stoicism.
  • How Breakthrough Advertising teaches us to tap into mass desire. This classic ad book is out of print, but still popular enough to cost $260 used on Amazon.

We also learn from the enemy:

  • How Mao Tse-Tung used The Art of War to conquer China for the Communists.
  • What Edward Bernays revealed about the elite while trying to sell his services to them in his 1928 book Propaganda.

And we explore the psychological and historical insights of modern writers such as:

  • Robert Cialdini, Ph.D who wrote Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary way to Influence and Persuade.
  • Robert Green, author of The 48 Laws of Power, Mastery, The Laws of Human Nature, and The Art of Seduction.
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb who wrote Antifragile: things that gain from disorder. He grew up during war in Beirut, and now writes about the folly of trusting “experts” with no Skin in the Game (another of his books).

I’m just your guide. My job is to distill the lessons of these historical figures, authors, and scientists and apply them to our goal.

That is, dethroning the elite. Gaining the power it will take to build the world up in a new and better way.

I’m no elite myself. But I can say that studying and applying these tactics has already yielded me quite satisfying results, over just a few short years. That’s a subject for another article.

But the knowledge I have gained from studying the elite is an asset that no one can take away from me.

Whatever situation you find yourself in, you will always benefit from understanding the laws of power.

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Joe Jarvis

Editor of The Daily Bell

 

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Lessons From Atlas Shrugged: The Evil Money-Making Scientist – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on December 31, 2019

Furthermore, the government itself can’t seem to grasp the differentiation it seeks to create. Any proclamation by the government in favor of the “common good” implies some sort of applied research as well, for example medicines. Of course, we will never know how many potentially beneficial drugs have been stalled by regulations set by the FDA,

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/12/atilla-mert-sulker/lessons-from-atlas-shrugged-the-evil-money-making-scientist/

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I published an article earlier in December in which I set out to release a new series of articles recounting various lessons embedded in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The book is full of nuances that can be further explored to extract critical truths. As promised, I will continue this series here. In this article, we will discuss the “evil money-making scientist.”

In this day in age, almost anything produced for the sake of private profit is lambasted. “If it isn’t for the public good, it’s no good!”, people will proclaim. Such orthodoxies extend to dictate public opinion in regards to STEM – energizing society against private endeavors of such kind – while simultaneously stigmatizing scientists who betray them. Indeed many scientists would react in dismay if you, as a fellow scientist, were to let it be known that you were seeking to profit off of your discoveries. According to their cartel rules, any new discovery must be for the sake of the “common good.”

I meet weekly with a professor, a chemistry PhD and entrepreneur of many years, who owns multiple firms. He would regularly work in a high profile research laboratory many years back, and recounts the many instances in which other scientists were shocked by his desire to conjoin scientific discovery and entrepreneurship. But these shocks were not predicated on deep thought, he explains. Rather they were knee-jerk reactions, instantaneous in their nature, as if repeatable chemical reactions. As if instilled into the minds of these scientists over decades.

Atlas Shrugged consists of two major characters – Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart – that are scientist entrepreneurs, pushing back against the collective body of scientists backed by the state. Before we examine the book, let’s further clarify the issue at hand.

The issue of the “profiteering scientist” can be divided into two areas: political and philosophical, both of which I will examine. In regards to politics, the money-making scientist is viewed as an impediment to “basic research” (research formulated with the aim of improving theories and the understanding of natural phenomena). “Basic research is for the common good and should be dispersed amongst us all!”, proponents proclaim. Applied research, that is to say, research aimed at innovating to satisfy the demands of consumers, is frowned upon.

The question to ask in rebuttal is “who are you to draw a solid line between basic and applied research?” In fact, the two areas are interconnected. Without a good understanding of the theories which guide natural phenomena, why would entrepreneurs, who have money and capital at stake, aimlessly spend? The smart entrepreneur would likely put the most critical work (i.e., getting a good grasp on understanding the theories) on the front end, then begin branching out his research endeavors. If he were to take on the higher costs and forgo growth in the short term, he’d be far better off in the long term. The notion that basic and applied research are diametrically opposed in terms of who they serve (the public or the profiteers) is false.

Furthermore, the government itself can’t seem to grasp the differentiation it seeks to create. Any proclamation by the government in favor of the “common good” implies some sort of applied research as well, for example medicines. Of course, we will never know how many potentially beneficial drugs have been stalled by regulations set by the FDA, but this is for another discussion.

The “profiteering scientist” can also be examined in philosophical terms. The scientist confined to discovery in the lab is always heralded a hero, whereas the profiteering scientist is chastised. But why are these treated differently? In my last article, I discussed the importance of the individual having a purpose in life. This purpose is embodied in the immaterial satisfaction derived when one looks upon their accomplishments and puts into perspective how far they’ve gotten. For each individual, this purpose varies. The scientist confined to the lab may derive great satisfaction when he discovers – after years of trial and error – a new chemical. Likewise, the scientist turned entrepreneur may derive this satisfaction in a different way – perhaps through revolutionizing industries, completely shifting the allocation of resources to more efficient paths, watching fundamental industrial processes change, as did Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart.

Let’s put this into perspective by examining Atlas Shrugged. While exploring an old motor factory, Dagny stumbled upon the prototype for a new type of motor, which was powered via extracting and converting static electricity from the atmosphere. Like a kid in a candy shop, Dagny was in joy, willing to do whatever it took to work the idea for the motor. She proclaimed “It’s the greatest revolution in power motors since the internal-combustion engine!” Here, she aligns a clearly defined goal with a clearly defined purpose – a means to self-actualization. In a profound way, Rand also shows how both applied and pure sciences can give off the same sensation of realizing one’s purpose – breaking the narrative that one is noble and the other is not. Dagny shows the motor idea to Dr. Robert Stadler, who works at the State Science Institute

(the main state institution featured in the book which claims that science is meant to be a “common good”). Stadler, a brilliant physicist, could care less about developing technologies which impact industries, as opposed to Dagny. Yet both of them, in that moment in time, sit bewildered thinking about the concept of the motor. Stadler sits there thinking about the massive implications for the field of physics while Dagny thinks about the implications for industry. Two different individuals fulfilling their purposes.

Let us also briefly examine the cronyism present in the book, namely with The State Science Institute. After trying to convince Hank to hold off on debuting his new metal, the Institute issues a warning to the public about the metal. Dagny Taggart, whose own firm depends on Rearden’s metal, goes to speak to Dr. Stadler at the Institute. Dr. Stadler tells Dagny that allowing a private citizen such as Hank to succeed with such a metal would cast a dark shadow on the Institute, which has plundered millions of dollars with no success. Clearly, such denunciations as “you’re not thinking about the public good” are used to prop up inefficient government programs, while giving elitist scientists comfortable salaries for discovering nothing of substance. I like to think of the failed effort with Solyndra.

Fundamentally, Atlas Shrugged underscores what happens when society tries to define one’s purpose. Anything outside of what society decides is noble is a sin. The book sheds light on an elitist, groupthink mentality which seeks to constrain others with a comparative advantage in a given area. I am reminded of something which happened in a recent intro engineering class of mine. We were told to recite the “engineering pledge”, an oath which defines the role of an engineer. Most people took it for granted, but I picked up on all the seemingly subtle details. One of the lines of the pledge read: “I will always be conscious that my skill (as an engineer) carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of the Earth’s precious wealth.” There I was sitting, thinking that us engineers were supposed to be independent mavericks, with complete freedom in developing new ideas (so long as there are no rights violations). Now I am being told that I’m being constrained by the role of “serving humanity?” Get out of here!

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Luke Loaghan | Author of Worlds Apart and other books.

 

 

 

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