.. surely ...
.. they can't *all* ...
.. be wicked psychopaths?
Preamble: There's a 'them' and an 'us;' the 'us' is we the people; since they tell us that we are not as clever as they claim to be, we are followers much as sheep, so it's us, we the sheople. The 'them' are those who rule us (Congress = US for parliaments), those who inform us (4th Estate), those who run the corporations (industry), those who 'defend' us (military, these days mostly offensive); reordered = M/I/C/4-plex. In addition, there are those who teach us (educators) and those who manage the money (banksters). There are a few other groupings, like scientists, say, or more broadly technologists, those who search for or apply 'pure' knowledge. I write 'pure' because knowledge itself is abstract and value-free (in ideological terms), but the searching for, or application of, may be heavily ideologically biased = crooked, if not outright harmful. Here I'm looking primarily at climate-change research, economics and propaganda (the good, the bad and the ugly). The scientists, technologists and educators work under the direction of the M/I/C/4-plex, but the banksters are full M/I/C/4-plex partners - if not the ultimate string-pullers.
Things we can see if we bother to look:
The first odd thing to notice is that the M/I/C/4-plex operates in both an extremely well coordinated and almost totally uncontested way. It's as if they have achieved some sort of comfortable consensus, proof = no real boat-rocking, next to no 'debate.' Latest proof of this 'coordinated consensus' contention is shown by the current US/NATO attack on Libya; this is a Nuremberg-class = aggressive war crime in developing progress - without a peep of (effective) protest, even Russia and China having 'signed on' at the UNSC. Germany did not so sign-on - but Merkel is currently being fêted by Obama, silky-smooth smiles all round. Merkel said something like 'Germany has no better friend than the US.' (Old saw: With friends like the US, who needs enemies?) Merkel, as other such sycophants, is a quisling.
The next thing to notice is that we the sheople are being lied to, and not just with 'little whites.' The 'excuse' for attacking Libya is given as 'protecting civilians,' whereas we *know* that they're after Libya's oil and subservience both. Gaddafi's 'prime-sin' is to refuse US hegemony - a sin not to be tolerated by any US regime (= the Empire). The lies are conduited to us via and with *active assistance* from the 4th Estate = corrupt & venal MSM (including taxpayer-funded broadcasters like the AusBC). Saying one thing ('protecting civilians') whilst doing another (murdering for spoil) is called hypocrisy, and a criminal act colluded in secret is called conspiracy. So far, not too many have been killed in Libya (starting as a 'restricted' air war, escalating daily), but then there's Iraq; 1mio+ dead before 2003 (UN=US sanctions, Albright's ½mio 'worth it' kids) and 1mio+ dead after 2003, 2mio internally & 2mio externally displaced. The casualties are horrendous.
The 3rd thing to notice is that they don't care a fig about us, see the economic wreckage they're creating almost everywhere with their 'economic rationalism' = neo-liberalism + globalisation (see my TINA!) This should be enough for the sake of my argument here, and anyone paying attention will have seen it all plus more - wicked depredations on a daily basis.
Q: How did we get here?
A: Tyranny by stealth; every little surrender followed by the next.
One can hardly imagine that Merkel set out to be a bad person, perhaps it's true that power really does corrupt. Whatever, we see the result. One of the nasty pro-war trolls asserted that no one gets chosen as a leader who's not prepared to go to war. (Q: How would s/he know? By what imaginable process?) Since *all* wars involve at least one guilty party, namely those who attack, *and* there are now no enemies, only 'investment opportunities' (Afgh/Pak, Iraq, Libya, Iran next? Perhaps the most illegitimate, the 63+ bloody years of Zionist theft by murder of Palestinian land), our wars (we, 'the West') are all criminal - and the leaders with them.
Musing: The mind boggles, that sooo many people (M/I/C/4-plex) are being sooo bad = psychopathic. There must be decent ones amongst them, and they secretly 'coordinate' by sharing their so-called 'noble' lie. Such secrecy is un- & anti-democratic but worse, the result is almost all *bad*. Bad for the killed, bad for the ripped-off, bad for the oppressed everywhere. It means = *proves* that their so-called 'noble' lie is anything but 'noble' = criminal.
Fazit: The criminals will not stop voluntarily, they'll have to *be* stopped.
Q: Where's the countervailing force?
 psychopath n. 1 mentally deranged person, esp. showing abnormal or violent social behaviour. 2 mentally or emotionally unstable person. psychopathic adj. [POD]
 Newton's third law: The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear. This means that whenever a first body exerts a force F on a second body, the second body exerts a force -F on the first body. F and -F are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. This law is sometimes referred to as the action-reaction law, with F called the "action" and -F the "reaction". The action and the reaction are simultaneous. [wiki]
Update, 16:51; PS Obviously, I don't/can't know, what their 'noble' lie is, not being (and not wishing to be) of the 'anointed élite' - but we can see that whatever it is, it's *complete bullshit*. Here's some proof:
«In restricting knowledge to an élite ruling class of “the few”, obscurantism is fundamentally anti-democratic, because its component anti-intellectualism and elitism exclude the people as intellectually unworthy of knowing the facts and truth about the government of their City-State.»
Comment #1: There's nothing at all élite about criminality.
Comment #2; note: "fundamentally anti-democratic," then think about one of their 'biggest, boldest' claims, namely to be bringing democracy to the 'heathen (Muslim, Arab) &/ ignorant savages.' IF they, the so-called élite don't have democracy (they don't; *we the sheople* certainly do not), THEN they can hardly bring what they themselves don't have, anywhere. Ho, hum, just another lie; one that 100% destroys their credibility - all over again.
Comment #3: Consider the expression "race to the bottom," and compare to where we appear to be heading (= over the climate-catastrophe cliff). IF the so-called 'élite' had a plan - a convincing one, that avoided the excess-CO2 caused climate-change catastrophe, THEN all they'd have to do is say so, and we could all go "Phew!"
Comment #4: That they don't say so (that they have a once jewel-like planet's comfortable life-supporting ecosphere-*saving* plan, so that we are shoved into and remain in 'fear-mode'), means that they simply don't have one, full-stop. In addition to 'believing' in their so-called 'noble' lie (recalling that 'belief' is what's done *in the total absence of evidence*), not only do they keep idiotic secrets, but they really don't have a clue (apart from enriching themselves, and their already obscenely rich 'mates'). Repeat: Tumbrels! Note that when our ecosphere collapses = drastically reducing food production, and the oceans start to rise = permanent flooding of low-lying land, $s are neither very edible, nor do they float too well.
the so-called 'noble' lie
meets Newton's third law -
where's the countervailing force?
.. surely ...