I hear people making all sorts of predictions of whatthe powers that be (TPTB) will allow or not allow. Honestly, they treat this group as though they are omnipotent.
Just to be clear, the term, “powers that be” generally refers to the partnership between central banking cartels, mega-corps, and governments (including military, spy agencies, and secret police). I will use it in that way also.
And while these groups have tremendous power in certain areas, they are not gods. In fact, they are, as individuals, not much more capable than the average person. Many of them, particularly at the higher levels, hold their positions by birth and not necessarily (or usually) for any meritocratic reason.
Given that, TPTB can maintain their edge in two ways:
- By hiring especially smart people.
- By being focused and ruthless.
I’ve known politicians and government officials, and few of them have struck me as exceptionally bright. I’ve attended meetings with a few central bankers, and they struck me as possessing a well cultivated air of separation, but not as being exceptionally bright. (Some of their hired analysts were very bright.)
But far more important than my impressions are a couple of facts:
- If they were so smart, they would have killed the Internet in 1989, when the death would have gone unnoticed.
- They could have, if they were so great, killed Bitcoin in 2009, before it proved to the world that crypto-currencies were both effective and durable.
We could add plenty of other examples, including several rulers who tried invading Russia in autumn. However we look at it, the big, dominating bosses have almost never been mental giants. Ruthless, yes. Geniuses, no.
Nor are TPTB all-powerful. Just look at how well their two big prohibitions worked. (You could, even through the worst days of the War on Drugs, find a marijuana seller in every area of every city in the Western world.)