Killing people is hardly exceptional

Jan 8, 2015

- By Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner
London, England

Dear Diary,

As predicted, stocks rose yesterday - the Dow went up over 200 points. Investors bought the dip...as they have been programmed to do.

The flow of credit will not dribble out, they believe; the 'Empire of Debt' will not falter.

Practically every day in these diary entries, we mock investors, democrats, republicans, tea-totallers, terrorists, terrorist-fighters, economists, and almost everyone else. We are equal-opportunity mockers, insensitive to race, color, creed or body fat ratio.

Our mockees have only menaced us twice. Once, a journalist went off his head and sent a letter threatening to murder one of our children. We knew the sender personally; we judged him incapable of the act and recommended medical treatment. The second time was in 2003. When we mocked G.W. Bush's attack on Iraq a dear reader held his own tribunal and found us guilty of treason...a crime, he said, that should be punished by death. Again, we brushed it off and continued making fun of the warmongers.

We mock people. But we do not mock their gods. Who knows? Why take the chance?

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Mocking gods proved fatal to staff at Charlie Hebdo - the Paris-based satire newspaper - yesterday. And today, all Christendom is in indignant mourning and solemn outrage. Our own hardened, satirical, cynical, ironical heart sinks in sympathy and solidarity. 'Satirist down!' screams the alarm in our own head...duck! We say a prayer for ourselves...for the victims in Paris...and all the innocents in schools, churches, newspapers, banks - public and private spaces....rich and poor...droned, blown up or gunned down, by self-righteous world improvers all over the planet.

But the planet spins. And the media puts on its own spin. It has picked up the discourse of the very same George W. Bush...and flatters the perps. They are to be pursued not as the murderous clowns they are...but as soldiers.

The threat to our liberty, say our leaders and the press, comes from this tiny army of delusional fanatics, not from the very real armies - TSA, NSA, FBI, CIA, FDA, SEC, ETC --that pretend to suppress them.

And so, we raise our heads again...to mock our brethren in the 4th Estate...their masters...and their customers.

"The War on Freedom," screams the headline in the Daily Mail. And all over the blogo,tv,newspaper-o-sphere the need to fight this 'war.'

France's Jacques Myard said: "We are at war...the western nations - like Britain, France and Germany."

People come to think what they must think when they must think it. The US heads a global credit-fueled empire...a successor to the British, French, Dutch, Spanish, Holy Roman, Roman, Mongol, Arab, Persian - and all the others. So its opinion leaders must lead opinions in a direction that confirms and justifies the imperial narrative. It is a coalition empire at war with barbarians.

France's president, Francois Hollande, described the attack as an "act of exceptional barbarity."

But killing people is hardly exceptional...neither for the empire nor its enemies. It is routine. And great empires follow their well-trod paths, too...no matter what mockery they encounter. That path leads in a familiar direction - freedom of speech is chilled. But we know of no instances where foreign enemies put it on ice...usually, it is the empire's own bureaucrats, snoops, and protectors who do the chilling. And that cooling is already underway. So sayeth a report published Monday from the international literary association, PEN American:

    "Writers are reluctant to speak about, write about, or conduct research on topics that they think may draw government scrutiny. This has a devastating impact on freedom of information as well: If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers-particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today-may be greatly impoverished."
The US is an empire. Left and right...red states, blue states...black and blue states...the first, second, third and fourth estates... must all think like imperialists. That is, like blockheads.

Bill Bonner is the President & Founder of Agora Inc, an international publisher of financial and special interest books and newsletters.

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