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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why listen to TED Talks?

When you can be exposed to the ideas they'll be discussing years in advance by reading my columns and this blog.
"How do we make sense of today's political divisions? In a wide-ranging conversation full of insight, historian Yuval Harari places our current turmoil in a broader context, against the ongoing disruption of our technology, climate, media -- even our notion of what humanity is for. This is the first of a series of TED Dialogues, seeking a thoughtful response to escalating political divisiveness. Make time (just over an hour) for this fascinating discussion between Harari and TED curator Chris Anderson."

"I think the basic thing that happened is we have lost our story. Humans think in stories and we try to make sense of the world by telling stories," the historian said. "And for the last few decades we had a very simple and very attractive story about what was happening in the world. And the story said that the economy is being globalized, politics is being liberalized, and the combination of the two will create paradise on earth. And we just need to keep globalizing the economy and liberalizing the political system, and everything will be wonderful."

"2016 is when a very large segment of the Western world stopped believing in this story," he said. "For good or bad reason it doesn't matter, people stopped believing the story, and when you don't have a story it is hard to understand what is happening."

"The old 20th century political model of left vs. right is now basically irrelevant and the real divide today is between global and national, global or local. All over the world this is not the main struggle."
Such amazing insight, such as the idea that global government might be more akin to China than Denmark! How very fascinating! I've never paid any attention to TED for just this reason; it's third-rate pop intellectualism marketed to pseudo-intellectuals to make them feel smart. The amazing thing is that it has taken them this long to begin suspecting that Fukuyama might have been wrong. And they still haven't figured out that Huntington, and Powell, and Wallace et al were right.

Out of curiosity, I did a search on "globalism" in my latest book, the first volume in the trilogy of my collected columns, and this was the first one that came up.

From The Collected Columns Vol. I, Innocence & Intellect, 2001-2005

One world… one big, bloody problem
February 4, 2002

It’s not hard to understand why globalism is so persistently seductive to people of genuinely good intent. Long a staple of hack science fiction writers and the producers of Saturday-morning cartoons, the notion of one central and benevolent government for all humanity appears like a light shining in the darkness of a world that is still wracked by warfare, terrorism, famine and disease despite the past century’s incredible advances in technology.

Of course, it was pointed out several thousand years ago that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

In fact, if humanity’s past record is a reasonable guide, globalism may represent the single deadliest threat to mankind in our long, murderous history. The Economist has reported that in the last century, more people died at the hands of their own governments than in all the wars and civil wars combined—170 million deaths vs. 37 million. However, the implications of this fact for global governance have not often been considered.

Supporters of globalism are optimistic that under the aegis of a single government, the world will experience peace, one way or another. But even if we put aside the questionable notion of an enforced peace, which the Balkan conflict demonstrated is merely a matter of putting off today’s violence for tomorrow, it must be understood that an end to war is not synonymous with an end to violence and bloodshed.

Just as soldiers going into battle for the first time tend to think in terms of what they will do to the enemy instead of what the enemy will do to them, globalists envision one-world governance as an efficient means of imposing their views on others. This is why political activists of nearly every stripe tend to embrace globalist institutions even if they oppose a specific aspect of globalism. Thus the radical environmentalist who protests the World Economic Forum nevertheless supports the Kyoto Treaty on global warming.

But there is no guarantee that a one-world government will respect the laws, customs, and institutions of the traditional freedom-loving West. Indeed, the institutions which are most deeply enmeshed in the globalist movement show strong signs that it will instead imitate the autocratic habits of its intellectual predecessors. For example, the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in Article 29, section 3, that:

These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Jawohl, Reichsfuhrer Annan! Consider also the possibility that a coalition of Arab and African states might take control of the global government in the same way they’ve been able to exert undue influence over the U.N. General Assembly. Then everyone could enjoy the religious freedom enjoyed by Jews and Christians living in Saudi Arabia and the Sudan .

Unfortunately, that’s far from the worst possibility. Two of the governments responsible for the worst civilian massacres in history, Russia and China, boasting 62 million and 37 million murders, respectively, hold permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council. And for those who argue that Russia isn’t the same government as the Soviet Union, I have only one thing to say: If they’re not, then what is Russia doing on the Security Council?

Even in medieval times, intelligent people understood that the fact that one king was a wise and benevolent ruler didn’t mean the next one wouldn’t be a complete psychopath. For those of you without historical reference, I’m talking about a situation like the one depicted in the movie “Gladiator,” wherein Emperor Marcus Aurelius was succeeded by his son Commodus. The peril of central power is why America’s founding fathers decided to ditch the whole concept and did their best to break it up, scattering it as far and as wide throughout the land as possible.

Regardless of how global governance is implemented, it is sure to attract every evil, power-seeking individual and organization like pedophiles to a public schoolyard. The intrigues and conspiracies will make Byzantium’s internecine power struggles look like a student-council debate by comparison. Every would-be Hitler, Lenin, Mao and Mugabe will be converging on a single institution, and the most ruthless of them will be the winner.

The National Socialists had a saying that still sounds ominous now, 50 years later. “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer!” One world, one government may not sound so scary yet, but it should. Because one thing is certain. Totalitarian government doesn’t improve with size.

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Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable February 23, 2017 5:20 AM  

Working my way through Innocence & Intellect and it's been a delight so far. Releasing these was a great idea. Instructive to see how your views have morphed over the years, but even more interesting to observe which ideas have not.

Blogger Harris February 23, 2017 5:23 AM  

Amen!

Anonymous Looking Glass February 23, 2017 5:43 AM  

I've seen the occasional argument that TED talks are a bane on the modern mind, coming from the Left no less. There's only been 1 TED talk (or TEDx) that I've seen that's really conveyed anything of use, and that was a "you can do better at life!" one.

Great column, too. Though one glaring error, only known in hindsight: pedophiles flock to pizza joints.

Anonymous Alice De Goon February 23, 2017 5:43 AM  

B-b-b-b-ut Captain Planet and Star Trek showed us that a One World Government (where white people don't reproduce) is a paradise where everyone holds hands and sings and no one has to get horrible, stinky barista jobs to pay off their student loans (which won't exist!)

I've never understood the appeal of Star Trek myself. Oh sure, in the Original Series you might get seduced by a hot captain and get to high-kick Klingons around in your mini-skirt, but in the Next Generation, everyone wore unflattering jumpsuits and just stood around discussing their problems the way dull scientists in B movies from the 1950s did. (And not the good kind of B movies from the 1950's - the bad kind where they kept scientists standing around indoors and talking because they didn't have enough of a budget to hire a stop-motion animator or a decent prop-builder, or even a guy in a diving helmet and a gorilla suit.)

Anonymous Magus February 23, 2017 5:47 AM  

@1 - Aye. Picked up my copy. Reading the 4GW book atm, but will crack this open after. Looking forward to this. Really interested to see where early 2000s Vox was in the "tadpole to frog" metamorphosis he talks about.

Blogger SteelPalm February 23, 2017 5:57 AM  

I will slightly disagree with you, Vox.

Only 95% of TED talks are "third-rate pop intellectualism marketed to pseudo-intellectuals to make them feel smart."

The remaining 5% are worthwhile, if nothing particularly deep or special.

Of course, that's 19 shitty ones for every 1 decent talk. So you're probably better off reading a good book or lecture.

Blogger Some Dude February 23, 2017 5:59 AM  

Globalism also fails on hayekian efficiency grounds. We need different types of government to compete against each other to get best practice and/or remove weak government.

But lets be frank. The only peoplw that ever really push for global government these days are the cosmopolitan rootless barbarians.

Its a power play. Not a bunch of dorks debating utilitarianism writ large.

In darwinian terms, i dont care how horrible life gets for a rwandan. Its not my job. The trick of the jew was to convince many that it should be. This was a pretext for global human rights police. And that led to the global comintern.

Communisms first lie is that all people are equal. Fundamentally deserving.

Blogger Some Dude February 23, 2017 6:02 AM  

Also look at all the global empires in history.

Denmark and norway never had an empire like britain. Today they are wealthier.

Towards the end niall ferguson mentions people cottoned on that world police and the white mans burden was used by rotschild and warburg to war profiteer.

Same fuckin story today except now the jews write the history textbooks so we have to start sherlock holmes global conspiracy bible study from scratch.

Anonymous Rocklea February 23, 2017 6:04 AM  

I have been reading On War: The Collected Columns of William S. Lind 2003-2009, I am up to about April 2005. Lind describing the potential factional disruption of the middle east, reads like prophesy in 2017.

The only thing I disagree with in Vox's first mention of globalism is the first line:

"It’s not hard to understand why globalism is so persistently seductive to people of genuinely good intent."

I think at this point, anyone of genuine good intention, realizes that globalism is the death knell of the west. Anyone else is evil, stupid or not paying attention.

Blogger Hauen Holzwanderer February 23, 2017 6:13 AM  

Hear hear! A fellow midwit recommended I listen to TED talks a while back. After watching a few I was left with the whole, "yeah, and?" or "no duh, dipshit!" God forbid you listen to TEDx talks, they're even more insipid and vacuous. Maybe one day we can have Voxtox on GabTV. I get more from this blog and the back and forth in the comments than I ever got from those "geniuses" telling me what I should think.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore February 23, 2017 6:16 AM  

The globalists never go away. I'm thinking about the Progressives who, after World War I pushed for U.S. membership in the League of Nations which was the predecessor to the United Nations. Today's globalists have institutions which are descendants of "The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace" which sought to promote world government and the glories of international law.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer February 23, 2017 6:23 AM  

I think I watched 5 minutes of a Ted talk 3 years ago and decided it was a waste of time.

Our side does need to do a better job of messaging for midwits and below. The easiest and most striking way to get the evil of globalism through to a western audience is driving home the point that they would become slaves to the 3rd world. We often state this but we don't tend to flesh it out or spend much time detailing exactly how much worse things would get for them personally.

Anonymous Elementarsatz February 23, 2017 6:35 AM  

Funnily enough, Harari was a student of van Creveld. From Clio & Me:

Yet another student was Yuval Harari. Like Epstein, he was small of stature, but the similarity ended there. Like most others at Hebrew University, the course, whose title was "Modern Strategy," lasted an entire academic year and was made up of twenty-six meetings. During all those meetings, Harari just sat there, never once opening his mouth. A more marginal, not to say autistic, student one has never seen. Two months later I got his paper, which dealt with the art of command in the Middle Ages. I only had to read a page or two to know: a genius. Since then, this guy has received his PhD from Oxford University. He has also published four books---of which one, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, has been translated into forty languages and made its author world famous. I flatter myself that I have helped him a little and wish him all success in the future, too.

Blogger Hail Jesus February 23, 2017 6:44 AM  

"How very fascinating! I've never paid any attention to TED for just this reason; it's third-rate pop intellectualism marketed to pseudo-intellectuals to make them feel smart."

Precisely what I suspected when one of my teachers made the class watch one of their videos...

The idea that listening to any of these speakers would make even a pseudointellectual feel smart is beyond me.

At 36:30 the Israeli professor was asked:

What are humans for ?

Yuval Noah Harari answers:

“ As far as we know for nothing. ”

Anonymous Bowman February 23, 2017 6:44 AM  

Pseudo-intellectuals indeed.

I love especially this part :

"For good or bad reason it doesn't matter"

Remember goyim there is no right or wrong, only a story ...

Anonymous ATMEGA February 23, 2017 6:49 AM  

TED Talks is great! I especially enjoy their deep thoughts on beauty! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ted+talks+beauty

/S

Blogger peter blandings February 23, 2017 6:50 AM  

you mention russia in this column from volumn 1. it would be very interesting to hear your thoughts on russia post soviet union, in general, and in particular on the current war of words between the G-E and the establishment regarding russia today, especially since she is ardently nationalist and rejects globalism for herself. this is a genuine question, and yes, i know i'm an idiot.

Anonymous Bobby Farr February 23, 2017 6:52 AM  

I haven't listened to a TED talk for several years. The last one consisted of a jew spending an hour lamenting what was to be done about whites, especially those conservative ones outside the main cities. He even included visual aids - late 19th century photos of hillbillies.

Anonymous grey enlightenment February 23, 2017 6:55 AM  

'genius' is putting into words what others are thing or intuitively believe to be true but cant' quite articulate how. you quantify. You understand these issues and the stakes

Blogger Ken Prescott February 23, 2017 6:58 AM  

@12

"I think I watched 5 minutes of a Ted talk 3 years ago and decided it was a waste of time."

The Parody of TED talks actually gives one more useful and valid information than actual TED talks do.

Blogger Hail Jesus February 23, 2017 7:00 AM  

I haven't listened to a TED talk for several years. The last one consisted of a jew spending an hour lamenting what was to be done about whites, especially those conservative ones outside the main cities. He even included visual aids - late 19th century photos of hillbillies.

Here in Australia the government has began to retrieve key services from rural areas, jobs are also becoming far and few...

Now begins to corruption process, in a few generations they might just all be progressivists.. hopefully the culture shock will be significant enough for the development of some monolithic enclaves...

Anonymous Looking Glass February 23, 2017 7:01 AM  

If we can pile on the TED talks a moment, the reason they come across so bad to anyone that knows the subject or is a tad sharper than their intended target: they're a modern Sermon without any invocation of God.

Once you see it in that light, you'll realize how annoying they are. Good sermons do exist, but that's wholly due to the power of the Lord channeled through the skill of the Preacher. Doing it "on your own" makes it no different than a spiritual TED talk. Vapid with the gloss of understanding.

This shouldn't be too surprising. Where does most actually practiced Rhetoric happen in the States? That would be in Churches on Sundays, thus that's the form of Public Speaking most are used to. It's bleed into Political Speeches over the last century. Might be why Trump's marketing pitch comes across like such a breath of fresh air: he's trying to sell you to vote for him, rather than sell your soul to the Devil.

As for the topic of Globalism, every layer of Government abstracted from the local level requires a diffusion of Interests. This makes even State Governments collections of meta-regional coalitions jockeying for resources. By the Federal level, there's really not even any specific "State" interests, as they're so diffuse, but what we view as those State Interests are actually the regional contrasts compared to another region.

Thus, if one abstracts to the Global level, Interests of the parties that the representatives are supposed to represent have become so diffuse that they represent only themselves. You see this in the EU parliament, if you can call it that, as they don't actually represent their countries but some combination of cross-border ideological groups. Surprisingly easy to capture, those people.

It's always about Control. All of the Leftward ideologies are about Control. If it enhances their control, they're for it. If it does not, they're against it. Which is why they're against Christianity and for controllable masses of idiots.

Blogger Shimshon February 23, 2017 7:07 AM  

"I've never paid any attention to TED for just this reason; it's third-rate pop intellectualism marketed to pseudo-intellectuals to make them feel smart."

That's because there's no "I" in TED. If it was actually intelligent or intellectual, it would be TIED talks. Or TIDE. Or something. Just not TED.

Blogger Shimshon February 23, 2017 7:09 AM  

I saw that one TEDx talk I think Stickwick linked to a few years ago, where the super-genius 170+ kid who was written off as a lost cause was normalized and could talk successfully to midwits. That was pretty good.

Blogger Phillip George February 23, 2017 7:10 AM  

It's still relativism you are fighting.
Morality is not a consensus decision.
The Ten Commandments work like gravity. The ride to the bottom of the cliff hasn't changed for those who believe their cars will fly if they will it.

Islam doesn't believe is separation of Mosque and State.

Has God stopped believing that people exist?

Europe, the confederacy, only existed because Jesus.
Kill all infidels and goy won't bring it back.

Blogger Iowahine February 23, 2017 7:12 AM  

Happened to be in car earlier this week, decided to torture myself with NPR, and heard an interview with author of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari. Enduring the agonizing accent of the author and typical "horrified" reaction of the interviewer, I kept wondering - where is this going? It was clear the big "gotcha" of a cyborg-human future was going to be that only the wealthy would be able to access this wondrous innovation, and, ah, yes, NPR did not disappoint: to ensure not just the filthy rich could benefit from the marvel of cell phones implanted in brains, the recent and troubling emphasis on nationalism must be resisted, and yeah - globalism.

Anonymous W. Lindsay Wheeler February 23, 2017 7:31 AM  

One reference to a Roman Emperor which the Roman Emperors were never true kings.

Yet the Bavarian Monarchy lasted 800 years before the progeny of the FFofA, Woodrow Wilson, that glorious academic, forced all the German princes and kings to abdicate which actually led to the rise of Adolf Hitler!

Throne and Altar IS Christendom! Today, it is being proved that the vulgar class, yes, you peasants, can't run governments. Nature did not fit the vulgar to lead. Just like Nature did NOT fit women to lead. Europe has died under the governments of the Enlightenment.

Anonymous Bob Ramar February 23, 2017 7:36 AM  

The ironic thing about this conversation is that when Messiah Yehoshua returns, he will set up a one-world government. What part of "King of Kings" did you miss?

I seems to me that there is an innate tendency by mankind to want a 'one world' government. The only real question is 'who will run it', The god of this world or the King of the Universe?

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Anonymous Rocklea February 23, 2017 7:41 AM  

Now I know why I dont 'believe' in climate change (anthropogenic). It's because Nationalism.
Globalism=SaveThePlanet
Talk to a Nationalist and tell them of their wrongthink. You'll feel good and people will like you.

Blogger Steampunk Koala February 23, 2017 7:47 AM  

Alice De Goon wrote:B-b-b-b-ut Captain Planet and Star Trek showed us that a One World Government (where white people don't reproduce) is a paradise where everyone holds hands and sings and no one has to get horrible, stinky barista jobs to pay off their student loans (which won't exist!)

I've never understood the appeal of Star Trek myself. Oh sure, in the Original Series you might get seduced by a hot captain and get to high-kick Klingons around in your mini-skirt, but in the Next Generation, everyone wore unflattering jumpsuits and just stood around discussing their problems the way dull scientists in B movies from the 1950s did. (And not the good kind of B movies from the 1950's - the bad kind where they kept scientists standing around indoors and talking because they didn't have enough of a budget to hire a stop-motion animator or a decent prop-builder, or even a guy in a diving helmet and a gorilla suit.)


I enjoyed DS9 far more than TNG because of this. DS9 was all about how Klingons gonna Klingon, Cardassians gonna Cardassian, simply living among a foreign people does not make you one of them, the Federation is not as harmonious as they profess, etc. Extra points for Worf having to deal with the consequences of abandoning his son. Once they added the Defiant, there was nothing TNG did better IMO. Gul Dukat was a far better antagonist than Kahn or the Borg Queen.

On topic, I think the only Ted talk that ever has practical use for me was one where the speaker taught everyone how to draw in like 5 minutes. Most of them are people talking about how necessary their industry is, or hocking their invention like an infomercial.

Anonymous Bowman February 23, 2017 7:50 AM  

@Bob

No irony here.

As if having a godly "benevolent dictator" or a crazy tyrant were comparable.

Also, in a way the world is already under a "one-world government", that is REALITY. PHYSICS.

Anonymous Looking Glass February 23, 2017 7:59 AM  

@31 Sisko was the only one they ever allowed themselves to actually write something like an actual leader in hard situations, rather than some ideological pure construct. DS9, in the later seasons, was a world without clean solutions, which gives the actors room to act and the concepts room to be explored. Still a lot of stupid, obviously.

Plus, they allowed Sisko to take a very American approach with The Defiant: how do you deal with the Borg? Build guns so big you have to invent new ways to power your ships. Apparently Benjamin Sisko was the only person in Starfleet that understood the concept "if your enemy isn't alive, it isn't a threat".

Though turning him into Starfleet Jesus at the end was a little much.

Blogger Mark February 23, 2017 8:10 AM  

The spirit of Nimrod - "Let us make a name for ourselves!" The Living God saw that there would be no limit to their debasements. He shortened their lifespans and scrambled the language. Now the elites are trying their damndest to reverse the process. Nothing new under the sun!

Anonymous DenEkteNorsk February 23, 2017 8:16 AM  

This video captures the spirit of TED Talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tom6_ceTu9s

So appropriate. :)

Blogger dc.sunsets February 23, 2017 8:17 AM  

Power always oppresses because it is an entity that exhibits life's attributes of perpetuation and growth.

The only time any society flourishes is when there are multiple centers of Power who compete for the affections of citizens in the battle between those power centers, e.g., when the states appointed senators and held a collective veto over the Power in Washington DC. It was an imperfect system (being human and real-world) so like all things that had a beginning, it had an end. Nothing is permanent, everything is part of the Path, not the Destination.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 23, 2017 8:20 AM  

more people died at the hands of their own governments than in all the wars and civil wars combined—170 million deaths vs. 37 million

Fifteen years later globalist success has made it more difficult to distinguish between death by government and death by war. What is Syria, really? It only will get worse as the globalist grip loosens.

I once thought governments murdered due to warped idealism, that the communists and Nazis, for example, thought their insane violence was necessary to advance mankind. That notion was wrong, of course, and the innocent deaths resulted from evil, a reality I begrudgingly have come to accept. We don't know when the globalist project will collapse but only that fire and blood will mark its end.

Your 2002 column was prescient and has proved to be if anything not pessimistic enough. Good luck on the book.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 23, 2017 8:36 AM  

Globalism was (once again) just the Leftist, Gnostic-Heresy flavor-of-the-day.

Under socionomics, as waves of optimism washed over Western nations, people sought monetary, economic and political systems favoring exuberantly optimistic crowds (herds.) This sweep of unconscious, shared optimism was literally centuries in growth.

Socionomics posits that these waves of social mood are patterned, described by Elliott's Wave Principle of three steps forward, two back, each of those waves connected by "corrective" waves in the opposite direction. The larger corrective periods on our long ascent set off massive, cataclysmic wars, but each correction was followed, as dictated by the hypothesis, by renewed optimism, renewed social harmony and renewed economic well-being.

Under the Wave Principle, the final move in a larger trend, the "5th wave," is almost always characterized by weaker "internals." While the top line is ramping onward to new heights, a look underneath often reveals troubling weakness and rot.

The entire period from 1982 to today, while appearing to herald unprecedented wealth and a long period of seeming harmony (not to mention the near-vertical rise in the DJIA and SPX on a long-term chart), came as "food stamp" use skyrocketed, labor force participation plummeted, marriage became a temporary condition, abortion on demand reigned supreme as the Poster Child for the prevailing death cult, single-mother parenting became the norm, inner cities retained pockets of crushing 3rd world poverty and social dysfunction, all of the Utopian political policies of the 1960's demonstrated utter failure and people everywhere learned to support their lifestyles of the rich and famous via issuing debt on a scale unimaginable in any prior epoch.

It's a 5th wave. My entire adult life is a 5th wave.

At first I wondered when someone would eventually give a TED Talk about the nexus of fiat money, social mood optimism, Utopian political movements and the Mt. Vesuvius of debt looming over we who reside in Pompeii, but then I realized that when the inevitable eruption does occur, TED Talks will be a quaint memory.

For illustration, can we imagine Venezuelans today paying any attention whatsoever to such fluff?

Blogger Cecil Henry February 23, 2017 8:40 AM  

I came to despise TED as virtue signalling liberal self congratulatory pap within a few years of it starting.

Its a joke, and of course, don't go off narrative or you can't speak.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 23, 2017 8:45 AM  

While I still search for a self-descriptive term, the closest I come today is "monarchist without a monarchy." A hopeful future for my people will arrive in the form of a system characterized by hereditary monarchy pitted against a church or vassal hierarchy, where citizens hold enough devotion to both sides to render each properly counter-balanced.

A key element is that the common citizen can NEVER hope to rule. Only then will he jealously guard his diffuse, tiny power and battle attempts to aggregate or arrogate that diffuse power into a single entity (such as is the case today, when every man expects his faction to obtain the Throne and thus he supports the current faction's arrogation of all power into its hands.)

This expectation fits well with my expectation for a century of battle, attempt to resume the old system, battle, attempt to reform the old system, battle, etc., until people capitulate on the old system and something new emerges to replace it for a while.

Can I give a TED Talk now? (For the LULZ)

Anonymous Mark Auld February 23, 2017 8:45 AM  

At least the sides are now clearly drawn,you're either with us or against us.I quit arguing with leftist friends as at this point in time,their ability to discern the truth seems a lost cause. Civil war on a global scale? Seems more and more likely.

Anonymous LastRedoubt February 23, 2017 8:46 AM  

The first Ted talk I saw was the Mike Rowe one. Unfortunately, it was interesting enough to convince me to try a few others. I suffered through Pollan and a couple others before giving up in disgust.

I think the Macris one is also interesting - but looked at that because I like what he did for ACKs.

In general though - it's a good indicator for "intellectual yet idiot" per Taleb

Anonymous Rocklea February 23, 2017 8:54 AM  

@dc.sunsets
People are talking about these things in meatspace, at least the ones I talk to anyway. I think their is a growing instinctual awareness. Stefan talks about somehow, someway, this time we can soft land it. If wishes were horses... It's like Trump says, we're going to have to get tough.

Blogger darkdoc February 23, 2017 9:13 AM  

Inevitably - One World Govt. will be world elimination of Christianity.

Plus - Babel has been tried and forbidden. What makes people think anything has changed?

Blogger dc.sunsets February 23, 2017 9:35 AM  

@43 Rocklea, I'm mystified by top-line optimism, but then I have a weird history of being too-early enough on swings to make my "insights" just another way to lose money and look stupid.

That said, as I see it, the Debt Ocean must eventually, mostly, evaporate and all the "Wealth Value" now accounting for it like Accounts Receivable must mostly disappear.

With that will go the mutual agreement that (for example) Google is worth half a trillion $, Apple is worth 0.7 trillion $, Citigroup is worth 168 billion $, and Johnson & Johnson is worth 0.3 trillion $ and lending capital (money) for ten years merits rent of only a few percents.

The social psychology (groupthink) that has TCMD listed as >$63 trillion, more than a double from 2000 and up tenfold from the last bear-market low of 1982, is behind the trust necessary to lend long-term at low interest rates despite indebtedness of all sectors being at levels our great-grandparents wouldn't have believed if it was a plot device in fiction.

How all those enormously-leveraged cross-claims on underlying real capital and real things will play out, as the debt-fueled market demand across the economy goes bye-bye in an economic mushroom cloud, is a question of such complexity that I can't think through even the smallest aspect of it.

It makes me want to buy more ammo.

I'm constantly reminded that at its peak, Tulipmania had people in widespread agreement that a single (special) tulip bulb was worth two-months' income. Those who bought at that price were no less certain that the future price was HIGHER than are people now that stocks will be vastly higher in years to come and interest rates will be low FOREVER.

I thought "we were there" when GOOG was $140/share. Needless to say, the mass mind can remain irrational for longer than any reasoned observer could possibly believe ahead of time. We won't know Mt. Vesuvi-debt has erupted until after the pyroclastic flow of credit collapse has already washed over us.

Anonymous glosoli February 23, 2017 9:45 AM  

I used to think democracy was great, and hated the EU for being undemocratic.

Then I had a period where I was all for anarcho-free markets.
Then I became red-pilled last year and found faith in Jehovah and Jesus.

Until this past weekend I was of the opinion that the divine rule of monarchs (with a Christian nobility as a check and balance) was the best way for mankind to rule itself.

I have nearly finished reading the New Testament, and will then start on the Old Testament.
A friend told me that Jehovah warned the Israelites of the dangers of a King, but they wanted one anyway.

I have thus reached a point where I believe that Jehovah wills us to live in peace and love with our local tribe, and to rule ourselves at a local level (city states?). Genetically and phrenologically we should stick with our own kind, as it is likely we will get along and share the same values.

The move toward a global government is the exact opposite of Jehovah's plan, and hence I am sure it is satan's plan. It is being driven by the Russians and the Chinese, both run by godless committees, with no real concern for Jehovah's truths. (I do not for one second buy the narrative that Russia is now ultra-nationalist, veering right towards Christianity, or is some sort of good guy. It is all a smoke-screen in my opinion, they are merely seeking the integration of the last power on earth into their plan for a UN-run world: America).

The best thing that could happen for the whole world would be for a big swing back to the left, a collapse, and a reset.
Instead I expect we will see the leftists agitators hung out to dry, stamped upon, and the right (in reality globalists) will coalesce around a new world order, with China and Russia pulling the strings.

Sadly, Trump is not the real deal at all, just a stooge, but one that will give every appearance of doing the right thing.

satan's plan is indeed incredibly cunning, and it will take us into a period where end times prophecies will be fulfilled (one new global religion, a false Christ, the enslavement of all on the planet). Ironically, it will look good at first, as it will be based on *free market* Austrian economics, but there will be not a single country on the planet able to go its own way. UN forces will clamp down on any dissent (for the good of all).

I am keeping my eyes open for how Pope Francis engages with world leaders and the other religions in the years ahead, he's a key disciple of satan.

Blogger Eric Mueller February 23, 2017 9:54 AM  

I subscribed to the TED podcast for a while back in 2008. I came to the conclusion it should be called GALP: Global warming, Atheism, and Leftist Politics. Every now and again, somebody like Mike Rowe gets through, but for the most part, it's an Atheist, liberal circle-jerk of devotions to the religions of Climate Change and Globalism.

Anonymous Rocklea February 23, 2017 9:56 AM  

@dc.sunsets
They have been kicking the can awhile now. Currency is just the stuff we use to buy things because governments with guns insist we use it. The higher abstraction of debt and digital money has an unreality to it that people have accepted. Perhaps this will continue. Our crisis is choice and ease. We're soft and flabby in the West. In the video, yes I watched it, an hour lost in time, the author thinks we need to alleviate all suffering. What on earth for? Do this and jump into a petri dish and enjoy the devolution of the human race.

Anonymous fop February 23, 2017 9:59 AM  

I see no reason to ridicule this man.
Anyone who is exposing the globalist agenda on a very public venue like TED is ok by me.

OpenID randkoch February 23, 2017 10:01 AM  

FWIW: StuffWhitePeopleLike nailed TED Talks back in 2010:
https://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2010/09/08/134-the-ted-conference/

They're talking about SJWs, of course.

Anonymous BluePony February 23, 2017 10:16 AM  

People who gaze adoringly at the moneyless Trek future seem to forget they had nigh unlimited power sources and matter-energy-matter conversion.

Magic, in other words. It's why I laugh at ST and SW fans who turn their nose up at the fantasy genre.

Blogger Flyover Pilgrim February 23, 2017 10:17 AM  

"I've never paid any attention to TED for just this reason; it's third-rate pop intellectualism marketed to pseudo-intellectuals to make them feel smart."

Exactly. Full of themselves, yet still empty.

Blogger Kentucky Headhunter February 23, 2017 10:21 AM  

As far as one world governments go, why would Utopia need a government?

Blogger praetorian February 23, 2017 10:23 AM  

The duck says... quack

He can't keep getting away with it!

Anonymous Chad February 23, 2017 10:41 AM  

I had to watch a TED talk on 'vision' which I felt was completely useless because I'm familiar with your series on rhetoric.

Blogger kurt9 February 23, 2017 10:55 AM  

The TED talks are a load of hype. I haven't watched one in nearly 10 years.

Blogger Unknown February 23, 2017 11:37 AM  

I have noticed this SAME dynamic is infecting ALL parts of life. In parallel with the growing and overpowering role of big centralized government, in the corporate world more and more people are all no longer empowered to make decisions.

In most corporations it now takes an 'act of god' to get anything done, everyone has the attitude that all decisions have to be made above them, and it takes 10 different levels of approval before anyone is comfortable crossing the T on a form.

This is just a symptom of the way that society at large has been conditioned to expect that authoritarianism is the way of life.

Blogger The Remnant February 23, 2017 11:40 AM  

Thanks for writing this. For years I've been preaching about what I call "the gathering threat of global hegemony" in an effort to warn people about world government, its dangers (including the democide you mentioned), and the various red flags to watch out for (environmentalism, "human rights" treaties, "free trade" organizations, etc.). It's refreshing that more people are becoming aware of just how precious and vital national sovereignty is.

Blogger losemoneyfast February 23, 2017 2:14 PM  

"Regardless of how global governance is implemented, it is sure to attract every evil, power-seeking individual and organization like pedophiles to a public schoolyard."

With a double entendre, perhaps subconsciously, Vox predicted pedogate back in 2002. I am impressed!

Blogger Elder Son February 23, 2017 2:27 PM  

The NWO is just the devil's cheap knock-off of the Garden of Eden. The Babel attempt was no different. And yes, watch for a Arab/Persia/N. Africa Sunni Union/Caliphate by conquest with Turkey. And of course Russia is our "enemy". And of course US/NATO is militarily buffering Russia's Eastern and Southern borders. Russia can't very well defend the Motherland, while massively sweeping South in defense of Syria and Iran.

Temple of Ba’al Arch Erected for World Government Summit in Dubai - https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/83746/new-world-order-forming-pagan-temple-baal-arch/?utm_source=Breaking+Israel+News&utm_campaign=0f5a09386c-BIN_morning_2_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b6d3627f72-0f5a09386c-83499393&mc_cid=0f5a09386c&mc_eid=33b5b916cd#Aig1B9S6GhSFezx3.97

New Pentagon chief James Mattis, for his part, has branded Iran “the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world” - https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-military-drills-despite-us-warnings-113358596.html

Our Sunni Arab Coalition Partners - http://www.globalresearch.ca/search?q=Saudi+Arabia+Terrorism&x=9&y=13

And I can't find the article, but the Saudi Arab Coalition is still itching to move into Syria.

And, the Pope is going all Islam.

Anyhow.

Jawohl, Reichsfuhrer Annan! Consider also the possibility that a coalition of Arab and African states might take control of the global government in the same way they’ve been able to exert undue influence over the U.N. General Assembly. Then everyone could enjoy the religious freedom enjoyed by Jews and Christians living in Saudi Arabia and the Sudan.

I'll post both videos here relevant to the highlighted paragraph. Revived Islamic Caliphate.

Part I: https://youtu.be/GCkcgmUfrjs

Part II: https://youtu.be/4wzZEGCK1Gs

Anonymous c matt February 23, 2017 2:43 PM  

There was one TED talk where a guy showed you the proper way to tie your shoe laces. That was useful.

Blogger Eric Mueller February 23, 2017 3:01 PM  

There was one Maddox made fun of where a guy tried to show you how to wash and dry your hands using only 1 paper towel. You know, because climate change.

Maddox brought up the obvious solution: use a washable hand towel. But if it were that simple, there wouldn't be as much money in climate terror.

Blogger Buybuydandavis February 23, 2017 10:23 PM  

SteelPalm wrote:I will slightly disagree with you, Vox.

Only 95% of TED talks are "third-rate pop intellectualism marketed to pseudo-intellectuals to make them feel smart."

The remaining 5% are worthwhile, if nothing particularly deep or special.


I think they really used to be better. Real information about some technical breakthrough or research result.

Now it's one unfactual "Deep Thought" with gratuitous SJW propaganda for garnish.

Blogger UrbanBard February 24, 2017 2:32 PM  

A monopoly in anything leads to bad results. The holder of the monopoly becomes arrogant and contemptuous. In a marketplace, the result is shoddy goods or services at high prices. Any competition would steal their market, so they use violence to maintain their position.

A monopoly in world government would be just as bad. It must devolve into an oppressive tyranny. It must spy on its people. It can propagandize to keep people in line, but it must suppress dissent harshly.

The reason is that tyranny contains within it the seeds of it's own destruction. Dozens of underground movements will bloom when conditions get harsh enough.

The only way that the US government has maintained its power is through pubic school and mass media indoctrination.

Until recently, it did not allow the tyranny to become excessive. When government control became too excessive, the Trump movement arose. We will have to see if Trump succeeds in cutting back on the depredations of the Deep State.

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