"The government/bankers could not care less about pretended deficits, balance of trade, and helping the American people preserve their assets with a sound currency. What they are really interested in is making sure that they keep the people deceived and confused about the truth of their mass theft with paper money.
Once they create the money, all they have to do is control the volume; i.e., the numbers."
"A word Cultural Marxists use a lot lately is diversity. 'We’ve got to have diversity.' No, we don’t have to have diversity. There’s zero logical or moral reason why every room should have a quota of blacks, Hispanics, LGBTs, women, or whatever. It’s extremely stupid to have people qualify for something based upon accidental characteristics. It encourages them to view themselves not as individuals, but members of a group. So it actually foments class warfare.
In fact, birds of a feather usually flock together. This is perfectly natural. You don’t need diversity; it’s not a necessarily positive value, it’s a neutral preference. If you want it in your club, fine. But freedom of association is far, far more important."
"Race is what you cling to when you have no meaningful achievements of your own to display. It’s a safe space for the unaccomplished. That’s why there’s been such an explosion of racism on the left, especially among some of its less successful demographic groups. When you have nothing to offer, or when you just don’t want to make the effort to be successful or productive, well…at least you have your skin. And the left has proved to be expert at making everything about skin. With so many layabouts, welfare cases, entitlement whores, and blame shifters among the masses, leftist intellectuals in politics, the media, and academia gain lots of traction by continually reassuring certain constituencies, 'Hey, man, your skin color makes you special! Your skin color makes you deserving!'"
"And maybe you can’t tell the truth about what is fake news and what isn’t fake news -- but you can always tell the truth about what is real money and what is fake money. And the easiest way to find out is to go out on the street and ask the market.
The market will tell you the truth."
"We are increasingly a dysfunctional society. And we are led by a dysfunctional capitol, with a dysfunctional group of kleptocrats, in a kakistocracy, meaning rule by the worst people. There’s no moderation, here. It used to be that when one party lost power, they would spend four years trying to make the case of why they should be given power. Instead, what both parties now do is try to make the case of why you people were idiots for giving that guy power!"
"The new world of the internet longed for independence. But states and their friends moved to control our new world. They leached into the veins and arteries of our new societies, gobbling up every relationship expressed or communicated, every webpage read, every message sent and every thought googled, and then stored this knowledge, undreamed of power, in top secret warehouses, forever.
And then the state reflected what it had learned back into the physical world, to start wars, to target drones, to manipulate UN committees and trade deals, and to do favors for its vast network of industries, insiders and cronies."
"Giving people money assuages the guilt of those at the top of the heap, but that’s not actually changing the inequality of the system. It may buy the silence of those deprived of opportunity, but it doesn’t change the sources of inequality. Since we don’t measure the sources of inequality, we don’t even recognize them. If we deprive a person of the opportunity to create value, to actively contribute to something positive and important, but reckon a handout of money will make inequality go away, we’re blind to the sources of inequality."
Charles Hugh Smith
"I had emphysema, had all kinds of different health problems caused by drinking and smoking … So I decided I wasn’t getting high from smoking cigarettes, and I had a pack of Chesterfields, so I took them all out, threw them away, rolled up 20 big, fat numbers, stuck them into the Chesterfield pack and I haven’t smoked a cigarette since. And that’s been 30, 40 years ago."