by Emanuel Pastreich
Emanuel Pastreich served as the president of the Asia
Institute, a think tank with offices in Washington DC,
Seoul, Tokyo and Hanoi.
Pastreich also serves as director general of the
Institute for Future Urban Environments.
Pastreich declared his candidacy for president of the
United States as an independent in February, 2020.
Vaccine and Our Grim Future.
"This Time, the
Virus has Infected Money Itself"
Mark Petrakis shared an
Ayn Rand quote on Facebook
today that left me thinking for hours, especially as I watched the
spreading waves left behind by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank.
The quote describes how
you can tell when your society is doomed.
I certainly read the orchestrated bank crisis that will unfold after
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) as a sign that the parasite
class has decided that opposition to their rule has reached an
unacceptable level and that the final card of their hand must be
played earlier than expected:
destruction of money
and the end of all financial interactions.
In a sense SVB is the
Wuhan in December 2019, only this
time the virus has infected money itself.
See my cartoon from three years for a taste of what is in store for
You will note that "banks bankrupt" is the final card here (although
obviously all the others are being played to some degree or another
the quote from Ayn Rand:
"When you notice that
in order to produce you need to get permission from those who do
not produce anything.
When you observe that money flows to those who do not deal in
goods, but in favors.
When you realize that many become rich through bribery and
through influence, and not through their work, that the laws do
not protect you from the powerful, but, on the contrary, that
laws are used to protect the powerful from you.
When you discover that corruption is rewarded and that honesty
is an act of self-sacrifice, then you can assert, without any
fear of being wrong, that your society is doomed."
Zinovievna (Ayn Rand)
I agree with Mark that
whatever criticisms of Ayn Rand there may be floating around out
there, this quote seems to be right on the money, right at this
I am agnostic concerning
the origins of quotes.
As Frederick Douglass
he learned the most
about freedom from Thomas Jefferson, a notorious slave
I second that opinion...
But what do we do?
How do you stop the
collapse of a civilization?
I fear the gangrene has
simply gone too deep.
There are solutions, but
no one wants to contemplate them.
Yet, this question of what to do keeps following me around as I look
for a way to stop this drive for world war at any cost.
creating a military economy is the only way to save the
parasites at this point.
One could imagine a
conversation like this:
"We need to end this
drive for war, this destruction of the environment, and this
evisceration of the economy!"
"Yeah, you and what army?"
This joke here, in light
of the situation that Rand describes, is no joke.
If there are many, well
organized, who are willing to kill in order to protect their assets
(which is clearly true) then the only way to stop them is to form
your own army, or to get an army, that can oppose them.
constitution and speaking the truth is not going to be enough.
Yet an army, by its very nature, feeds into the dangerous spiral
of death and destruction that we face.
I do not have a solution
to offer today, but only want to point out just how serious the
current situation has become at every single level.