International Man of Dignity, anthropologist, and socio-economic researcher / commentator.
Epstein & Maxwell
The two beasts of jet set child trafficking are, of course, only the very tip of the iceberg.
And, of course, the corporate media have no real interest in delving any deeper than that tip because, of course, the major controllers of corporate media are probably implicated themselves.
What hope do we have of Ghislane Maxwell living long enough to testify to anything useful? The very fact that she is still alive suggests that she must have some elaborate safety mechanisms in place. Rumours abound of numerous secret paper and digital files in numerous secret locations ready to be released at the touch of news of her demise. Whoever takes her out will probably wish to locate all these beforehand - and that may take at least a year; hence the court extensions.
But, apart from justice for the desperate and grotesquely abused and perhaps murdered children, what does the world in general stand to gain from the faint hope of exposure of that rotten iceberg in its entirety?
Put simply, the world may at last get a glimpse of what is at the root of our planetary destruction - the corporation.
It is the corporation which facilitates the exponential centralisation of wealth into the hands of fewer and fewer men. It is the corporation which places obscene profits in off-shore “banks” and shrouds their nefarious activities in complex secrecy such that even national governments can no longer see them, let alone tax them.
What is a psychopath?
The qualities and values of the corporation and its psychopathic drivers have nothing whatsoever to do with the qualities and values of our species as a whole. As we, over the eons, slowly dragged ourselves out of fear and darkness into planetary dominance, the major breakthrough for us came with the development of the amygdala in the brain and the associated capacity for empathy. Language and co-operation and our ability to live and work together in large numbers arose out of this. This empathy is what set us apart from other species and generated the possibility of the kind of collective and co-operative activity at which we have come to excel.
However, there exists among us a minority of humans with dysfunctional amygdalae. These people are not hampered by this empathy and are free to focus and pursue goals without the hindrance of consideration for others. People with sufficiently dysfunctional amygdalae are diagnosed as psychopaths. There is no cure for this. It is simply an inherited physiological mutation. Many of us may have psychopathic tendencies to a greater or lesser degree depending on the extent of our own amygdalar malfunction. But those of us with the lowest functioning amygdala tend to focus and gravitate towards positions of wealth and power because lack of empathy is one of the qualities our current western economic model rewards so generously.
The Perfect Vehicle
In the corporation we, as a species, have devised the perfect vehicle for psychopathically driven humans to dance unfettered to their inner callings.
And, because the disembodied corporation also allows for the perfect detachment of responsibility from profiteering, even good christians can invest in corporations without having to face up to the ravages they force on eco-systems and impoverished humans. Such christians are thus free to enjoy their escalating dividends without the pangs of conscience and to look upon the psychopathic tendencies of corporate chief officers as excusable in the interests of their own "returns on investment".
We, in the comfortable west, celebrate the narrow minded mutant psychopaths who gravitate to the top of these corporations because of their singular ability to focus on “the bottom line” - to the exclusion of all else. Uninhibited by conscience or empathy, these people are free to trample the planet and its inhabitants at will in the sacred pursuit of shareholder dividend. This includes trampling the sad attempts at democratic institutions and the sorry safeguards those democratic institutions struggle hopelessly to devise and implement. And the psychopaths are supported in all this by their silent shareholders whose only interest is watching the value of their short-term investments tick inexorably skywards.
It is corporate humanity - both the proactive psychopaths and the passive investor/shareholders - which is generating the obscene wealth with which corporate humanity itself can exploit and abuse and manipulate the rest of us.
And what do we do about it?
We applaud them for it.
Carefully cultivated by the mass media they control, we, the dumbed-down masses, see these corporate leaders as swash-buckling heroes and champion "entrepreneurs". As our air is putrified over our heads and our planet is destroyed beneath our feet, we envy and admire them.
As they streak back and forth across the globe in their private jets, they are above the law and above the pandemics. They can not only drive down our wages and further endanger our working conditions, they can also, it seems, steal our children - with complete impunity.
It is this last obscenity which may at last, hopefully, trigger a backlash. Many of us do not understand the complex and subtle ways in which the corporates have duped us and stolen our standards of living, but there are not many of us who cannot understand the stealing of our children. Even hardened criminals see the abduction and abuse of children as the vilest form of debauched human depravity.
Have they won?
But even as some of the more courageous of us, once in a blue moon, begin to expose them, the corporates - as has been amply illustrated time and time again - can still finance the manipulation and distortion and befuddlement of opinions and legislations and law courts. And this, it seems, extends even to heinous crimes against children.
Is the game over? Have they finally won? Are they on the verge of establishing the untouchable global “master class” of humans that the rest of us will serve forever and worship from afar?
It would appear so. If the Epstein/Maxwell episode becomes a story of a few “lone gunmen” we’ll know for sure.
If the links with:
- the billionaires who own most of the planet,
- their acolytes, and
- the intelligence services who work to protect the western “economic miracle” they have created
are not revealed,
our last chance
has come and gone.
Jeff's Last Cellmate
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