Fear, So Useful to TPTB*
by Hat Bailey
(* The Powers That Be)
Many are beginning to realize that for many years, hundreds, and possibly thousands of years, there have been those who have developed a highly-specialized technology for controlling and exploiting masses of people. One of the many tools in their arsenal of control has always been the skillful use of naturally inherent biologically-based fears.
For animals in the natural state, where life is about nothing more than day to day survival and reproduction, and where the maintenance of the physical body is the highest value, fear (at least to the extent of teaching respect for common realistic threats) has been a mostly useful strategy. However, for beings who rely primarily on an order-of-magnitude increase in rationality and conscious intelligence as a strategy for survival and success, fear begins to lose much of its luster. This is especially problematic when it is allowed to become very intense, such as in the case of extremes of terror or panic. Here fear has a tendency to take rationality and higher cognitive functions right off-line, leaving an organism with nothing but blind, mindless, adrenaline-boosted fight or flight. For a human being, who has forgotten that he is essentially a spiritual entity within a physical body, and who has forgotten the reason for his even being here in this universe in the first place, the effects of terror can be even more disastrous and counterproductive.
Yet there are those, sometimes called “the Merchants of Chaos” who find it very useful indeed for their benefit and survival as parasites upon the masses of humanity. Always, of course, based on the promise of protection from some fearful thing. For these people, an enemy—or some real or pretended threat—Is vitally necessary for their strategy to be successful. If such a threat does not exist, then it becomes very necessary to invent or manufacture one immediately. Thus the popularity of staging so called “false flag” events to stimulate the necessary fear or outrage necessary for their plan to proceed.
People left to their own devices naturally tend to cooperate with one another to accomplish shared goals and objectives. However they don’t like others ordering them about or taking things from them that they have produced through their intelligent labor without fair consensual compensation. Naturally this is looked upon as theft. And those who gained positions of leadership through an ability to get respect or fear of their strength or prowess, or through aggressive intimidation, soon found that an exterior threat tended to make people more amenable to control, and less likely to rebel against their control.
Today, more than ever this tool has become ever present. We are taught to fear each other, those of different appearances, different cultures or religious beliefs. We are afraid of symbols, afraid to offend or be offended. Let’s show how evil it is to offend by offending the one accused of offense by making him take down his symbol. Of course our use of offense is good while his is evil.
It has been said that “War is the Health of the State” and indeed the fears of a credible foreign enemy has been very useful to political leaders and rulers of all stripes. This is clearly shown in the movie: “Wag the Dog” Wars were such a profitable strategy for them it was not enough to have wars or potential wars against other nations. We were also carefully taught to fear the evils of marijuana and other fearful drugs, we are also expected to fear terrorists, as well as ordinary criminals. So we got the “war on (some) drugs,” the “war on poverty,” the “war on cancer,” the “war on crime,” and the ever-popular “war on terror.”
What we have as a result are more people in prison than any of the totalitarian police states in the world at any time. The prison industrial complex is thriving. Poverty is still here, as is the carefully nurtured fear of terrorists. I used to be afraid of cancer, my father died of it. While people are still in poverty, still on drugs, still dying of cancer. Today I am not at all afraid of this disease as I have done my own research and know that there are many easy cheap cures for cancer that have been (or are being) suppressed. While people are scared into the same old cut, burn, and poison routine that seldom seems to grant more than a few months of extra life at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars of one’s own or of others’ money, and the loss of all semblance of a quality of life.
The mass media and many trolls on the internet continually feed into this atmosphere of fear. And it is all so contrived. We are told that we must spend billions of dollars to protect us against terrorists, yet (according to the US Department of State) only 17 U.S. citizens were killed worldwide as a result of terrorism in 2011. That figure includes deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq, and all other theaters of war.
Yet you are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack. You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack. A new study reveals that each year preventable adverse events (PAEs) lead to the death of 210,000-400,000 patients who seek care at a hospital. Those figures would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics—yet you won’t find this being blared from the mass media. You are nine times as likely to be shot by a policeman than to be killed by a terrorist. Yet how much is being spent on this problem?
Although many people think that we are approaching something like Armageddon or the Apocalypse there is evidence that things may not be as dire as some would have you believe.
All this fear-mongering has led to some very mistaken perceptions of both what is dangerous, and the notion that we are living in one of the most dangerous times in history, when the truth is very different from that. The truth does not support the level of fear that is necessary to justify a total police state and totalitarian global government to the distress of the powers-that-be. The fact is that crime rates are dropping all over the world.
But as the crime rate has dropped, Americans have missed the news. The number of people who told Gallup that crime is getting worse climbed to 74% last year, a figure higher than any year since the carnage of the early ’90s.
• All violent crime: Down 48% 1993 -2012
• All homicides: Down 50.5% 1993-2012
• Forcible rape: Down 34.5% 1993 -2012 (Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports )
• Physical Assault: down 33% 2003-2011
• Rape, attempted or completed: down 43% 2003- 2011 (Source: University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center) Down 80% since 1973.
• Murder within families: The US rate of husbands being killed by their wives has dropped from 1.2 per 100,000 in 1976 to just 0.2. For wives killed by their husbands, the rate has slipped from 1.4 to 0.8 over the same time period.
• Lynchings, which used to occur at a rate of 150 a year, have disappeared.
But it isn’t just physical violence that is down.
The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million-registered-vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Discrimination against blacks and gays is down, as is capital punishment, the spanking of children, and child abuse.
This is also true in other nations as well:
• Canada: Crime rate back to level of 1972 and continuing to fall.
• Britain: Murder rate lowest since 1978.
• Australia: Since a peak of 344 murder victims in 1999, the number has continued to decline, to 244 victims in 2011.
• Murder in European countries has steadily fallen from near 100 per 100,000 people in the 14th and 15th centuries to about 1 per 100,000 people now.
The World is More Peaceful Now than You Think, as well. It seems as if violence is everywhere, but it’s really on the run. Yes, thousands of people have died in bloody unrest from Africa to Pakistan, yet we’ve historically never had it this peaceful.
That’s the thesis of three new books, including one by prominent Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker. Statistics reveal dramatic reductions in war deaths, family violence, racism, rape, murder and all sorts of mayhem. In his book, Pinker writes: “The decline of violence may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species.”
And it runs counter to what the mass media is reporting and essentially what we feel in our guts. Pinker and other experts say the reality is not painted in bloody anecdotes, but demonstrated in the black-and-white of spreadsheets and historical documents. They tell a story of a world moving away from violence.
In his new book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Pinker makes the case that a smarter, more educated world is becoming more peaceful in several statistically significant ways. His findings are based on peer-reviewed studies published by other academics using examinations of graveyards, surveys, and historical records:
• The number of people killed in battle—calculated per 100,000 population—has dropped 1,000-fold over the centuries as civilizations evolved. Before there were organized countries, battles killed on average more than 500 out of every 100,000 people. In 19th century France, it was 70. In the 20th century (with two world wars and a few genocides) it was 60. Now battlefield deaths are down to three-tenths of a person per 100,000.
• The rate of genocide deaths per world population was 1,400 times higher in 1942 than in 2008.
• There were fewer than 20 democracies in 1946. Now there are close to 100. Meanwhile, the number of authoritarian countries has dropped from a high of almost 90 in 1976 to about 25 now.
Pinker says one of the main reasons for the drop in violence is that we are smarter. IQ tests show that the average teenager is smarter with each generation. The tests are constantly adjusted to keep average at 100, and a teenager who now would score a 100 would have scored a 118 in 1950 and a 130 in 1910. So this year’s “average kid” would have been a near-genius a century ago. And that increase in intelligence translates into a kinder, gentler world, says Pinker.
(And this despite the efforts to lower IQ by fluoride, GMOs, mercury-laced vaccines, corruption of the food supply, and intentional dumbing down the curriculum in public schools.)
“As we get smarter, we try to think up better ways of getting everyone to turn their swords into plowshares at the same time,” Pinker said in an interview. “Human life has become more precious than it used to be.”
Pinker argued his case in a commentary this past week in the scientific journal Nature. He has plenty of charts and graphs to back up his claims, including evidence beyond wartime deaths—evidence that our everyday lives are also less violent.
Now whether or not you believe (as some do) that a wonderful new “golden age” may soon be upon us, the evidence supports the fact that humanity does seem to be evolving into something a bit more peaceful, and awakening to the dangers and dysfunctionality that has kept us down so long as a species. They are tired of all these “wars” that never seem to resolve any of the issues to which they were expected to be a solution.
I would submit that it is not so much that things have become worse and more chaotic, as that so much that was hidden and denied is now being exposed and made very evident to masses of people. Secrets are being revealed, people are beginning to see how they have been manipulated.
The solution is to begin giving up the fear, or at least being willing to confront it and act intelligently in spite of it. Am I sometimes fearful? Yes, but not to the extent I once was, and I refuse to be provoked into giving up highly-valued freedoms and rights for a semblance or pretense of security. As I have shown in the above statistics, what we have been persuaded to believe are our greatest threats are greatly exaggerated and distorted. We have been persuaded that we need external rulers, a so called “government” an institution with a monopoly on the use of force and coercion, because we cannot trust most of our fellow men and are frankly afraid of each other. Actually there are only a few who are really dangerous, and these would be essentially powerless without our cooperation.
At one time we were helpless babies, with vulnerable little bodies. We needed parents to protect us and see to our needs. That is no longer the case. It is time to grow up and become self sufficient adults with something to offer in free value-for-value exchanges with others. People who take responsibility for their own lives, rulers of their own feelings, emotions, and possessions. Government is another word for control. Those who fail to control themselves will ultimately be controlled by external forces, some of which care little for your preferences or values. Ridding oneself of fear, or at least refusing to give in to its powerful control over your life, is to remove a prime tool in the arsenal of those who would enslave us all. The fear in them is very terrified of the fearlessness they see growing in you.
In any case, beginning to know who and what we are is vital to being rid of so much of the fear that surrounds us, and becoming free to be exactly what we really are.
Hat Bailey is the eldest in a family of nine kids raised in the ’60s in Bakersfield CA, and on the Jameson cattle ranch in the Tehachapi Mountains east of there. He served a two-year volunteer mission for the Mormon Church and graduated from BYU in Utah with a BS in psychology. He has metaphorically worn many hats, a few of them including: computer programmer, mental health rehab specialist, electrician’s helper, hard-rock underground copper miner, salesman, general manager of California Compost Corporation, swap meet business owner, resort maintenance manager, actor, taxi driver, long-haul truck driver, roofing business contractor. Hat presently lives off-the-grid in the Big Bend area of Texas working as rock mason and general handyman, and the shepherd of a small non-denominational Christian church.
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