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Writing on The Free Society website today, Martin Cullip asks, "With such a history of failure, why is it that we are still surrounded by so many who seem to have nothing else to offer except ever more extreme forecasts of imminent collective death and social collapse?" Full article HERE.

Reader Comments (14)

There are, of course, several reasons for the continuing success of the Scaremongering Industry. The principal ones, I'd imagine, are:

1) People themselves ENJOY the frisson of a horrible threat (provided it's not too specific, or too imminent) - ever since Mummy told them about the Bogey Man, and Daddy played the Big Monster. Global Warming Hysteria owes much of its appeal to such self-perpetuating infantilism. In short, it's a turn-on.

2) Big Money: which provides a good commercial incentive to either exaggerate the potential effects of a genuine threat, or manufacture an entirely new one, and then provide a palliative or 'solution'. Heck, you can even start wars that way !

3) Social Control: aimed not only at the Great Unwashed via increased taxation, the reduction of individual liberties via 'necessary' legislation, and opinion-forming via the controlled media, but also at the more intelligent, better-educated members of Society via the simple process of co-option (nice career, nice salary, nice pension, nice social status) - which helps to dampen any tendency to question or dissent: "We're all in this together."

One could almost reduce it to a crude formula:

FEAR for the PEOPLE = POWER for the MASTERS.

Frankly, I'm surprised that Martin Cullip even bothered to ask the question !

January 18, 2011 at 11:12 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

Yes but there is an element of Chicken little or cry wolf if you prefer.
Global warming scares for example people are beginning to notice that the projected claims are just not happening or are vastly exagerated .
In fact some of the claims made by charlatans posing as scientists are laughable now we all know of the crook who posted the Inde[pendent article ten years ago stating snow would be a thing of the past.
As the elite retreat more into their strange little private worlds the dafter the scares become as they rely on their "bent advisors" more.
Another example is the present Flu epidemic ,what flu epidemic ?
An epidemic is when their loading bodies onto flatbeds.
Utter twaddle.

January 18, 2011 at 12:24 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Martin makes some excellent points. I guess ego and follow the grants and money is often behind this. On global warming I have been researching the background to the new ice age stories that date from 1974. If you are not aware scientists were predicting a a new ice age which was brought by burning too much coal. The fumes from coal burning power stations were blotting out the sun's rays from reaching earth and the glaciers were to return to southern England. The CIA even commissioned a report into the implications.

January 18, 2011 at 12:45 | Unregistered CommenterDave Atherton

Me -

(God - I'm talking to myself now !)

The REAL point about these 'epidemics' - as you're probably aware - is the VACCINATION programmes which are initiated to 'deal with' them. You don't need a REAL epidemic - just the FEAR of one. And - in all probability - that even includes AIDS. But thereby hangs (if I may mix my metaphors) a whole - and rather nasty - can of worms. As ever, the two Ugly Sisters - MONEY and CONTROL - may safely be relied upon to be somewhere in the vicinity. Do American kids REALLY need over THIRTY jabs before their second birthday, for example ? The syringe may in fact prove to be the most effective weapon yet in Their already-bulging arsenal. Just join the dots, People !

January 18, 2011 at 13:03 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

BBC news were reporting this morning that women generally live longer than men because men smoke and drink more! They then showed a clip of some guys in a pub. The BBC seems to report scaremongering nonsense all the time these days under the guise of news. I'm really sick of this brainwashing rubbish. How do they get away with it?

January 18, 2011 at 22:53 | Unregistered Commenterhaphash

haphash -

I was under the impression than women always tended to live longer than men, anyway (provided they survived the hazards of childbirth).

Perhaps the following Wikipedia extract - clearly of no interest to the Beeb - may be the reason (whatever the 'Lifestyle'):

"Some argue that shorter male life expectancy is merely another manifestation of the general rule, seen in ALL mammal species, that LARGER individuals tend on average to have shorter lives. This biological difference occurs because women have more resistance to infections and degenerative diseases."

Too simple for the smart-arses, I expect !

January 19, 2011 at 1:07 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

To help lift the spirits of those who get tired of the doom and gloom crowd there is a song which I have written that will be coming out in the next two months.
It’s called “The Chattering Classes”
The lyrics were written by Eric Layman
You can see them on his blog.
I look forward to everybody hearing the song—if were still around.
In the mean time enjoy the poem.
You might say it is sort of a sequel to the “Smoke Police Song”-still available

January 19, 2011 at 1:09 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Finlayson


That story appeared in the DT today. The story comprised one inch of space on page 11. Tobacco Control used figures from the WHO and the EU to arrive at the splendid conclusion that men tend to die earlier than women - they say as a result of smoking.

Huge elephant - even supposing that this is true, SO WHAT? People can decide for themselves whether or not to enjoy tobacco, in the same way that they choose to enjoy booze, jam butties or anything else. Tobacco Control want their 'studies' to seem to be important when they are not. That is the ELEPHANT. Let us 'nudge' this elephant into the faces of Tobacco Control zealots at every opportunity.

January 19, 2011 at 2:38 | Unregistered CommenterJunican

They have to keep the gloom and doom and the scaremongering about health, plagues, death and disaster going to stop the great unwashed, including the dangerous middle classes who find they are short of money too since the reseccion, from rioting and upsetting the apple cart.

January 19, 2011 at 12:38 | Unregistered Commenterann

Ann: Stroll on, stroll on the day!

January 19, 2011 at 16:04 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Ann -

Just wait and see what happens when the (once) Mighty Dollar crashes. And it will. Only the timing remains uncertain. The Puppets will have something more than SHS to witter on about then !

January 19, 2011 at 23:46 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

Martin V.

It is to seriously to be hoped that it does not! The consequences are unimaginably awful!
I have seen pundits saying that it is wonderful that the UK can devalue while individual states in the EU cannot. This idea that devaluation is a 'good thing' has been around for a long time, but it is not a 'good thing' for the ordinary people since the value of their savings will ultimately be reduced. Only financiers and asset owners gain. Thus, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer as a result of devaluation. And then, after a while, the other countries devalue and the process is repeated.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the people (and I include myself in that, even though I know a little) have no understanding. And yet, the process is really quite simple. It is tempting to think that if the UK 'devalues' its currency, it is simply a matter of the Gov making a statement that such is the case. That is not true. The process of devaluation involves the 'printing' of more money. In the present situation, our Gov have already done that with 'quantative' easing' (by the process of selling Gov bonds at a high interest rate). Inflation cannot help but follow - the value of your savings goes down, while those who hold the bonds rake in extra cash by virtue of the big interest rates.

We do not understand these things because we are deliberately kept in ignorance of them. Really, the whole situation is secondary school maths.

For example, very simply indeed, suppose a small country has 1 000 inhabitants, and each person has 10 gold coins in savings. That's 10 000 gold coins under the mattress. Now suppose that the Gov offer 'bonds' (promises to repay) to foreigners and receives, say, 1 000 gold coins. The Gov then spends the 1000 gold coins and this introduces an extra 1 000 coins into the economy. Where do these coins go? They go into the savings of the elite who provide the Gov with services! Now, there are 11 000 coins in savings, but, instead of each person having 10 coins each in savings, 990 have 10 coins each while 10 have 110 coins each! But it goes further. The Gov have promised to pay to the bond holders 1 coin per an in interest. Who pays this interest? Everybody does! So, each person has to pay 1 coin each to the bond holders (equals 100% interest), so the number of coins of every individual is reduced by 1, so the general population now have 9 coins each while the elite have 109 coins each. Oh, and the people still owe the bond holders 1 000 coins. Thus the poor get poorer and the rich get richer - then, after a while, you need to have a revolution and bloodshed.

Very, very simplistic, of course, but essentially true. Great fun, doncha think?

Oh, one more thing. If the 'devaluation' works, then there is a knock on effect. Economic activity increases, provided that the elite spend their extra savings and there is something for the elite to spend their money on. If there is not, then the Gov will have gained nothing, and will need to sell more bonds. Of course, the interest rate will therefore be increased. When no foreigners are prepared to buy the bonds, regardless of the interest rate, the whole system collapses in a heap.

January 20, 2011 at 2:40 | Unregistered CommenterJunican

"It is to seriously to be hoped that it does not! The consequences are unimaginably awful!..............."

You bet, Junican ! But NOTHING can prevent it now. Such is the INEVITABLE consequence of setting up the (wholly unaccountable) Federal Reserve in 1913 - one of the biggest frauds in Human History.

And only one of many betrayals by Congress of the American People.

The only reason that the US Treasury can 'fund' all those expensive overseas adventures by the Pentagon and its pals is that it can tap the Fed at any time to print off a few more billions/trillions of Funny Money. And the ONLY reason that money has ANY value is the Dollar's position as the world's reserve currency.

But once countries like China and Russia publicly announce their decision to start dumping the Dollar, as they recently have, then it's only a matter of time before others follow. Why else do you think Gold is trading at just under $1400 an ounce ? Why do you think the Mexican branch of HSBC (not an unimportant bank) REFUSES now to accept US Dollars ? Why do you think that there are now 150 'local' currencies being used in the USA ? The penny has finally dropped, I fear. What's amazing is that it's taken so long: Tom Jefferson's dire warnings have been totally vindicated.

And yes - it's going to be painful. Very, very 'painful'. But when you hand the power to print money and fix credit rates to a gang of criminals (in nice suits), what else DO you expect ?

This is what it has come to: Government OVER the People, BY Someone Else, FOR Someone Else. It really is that simnple !

January 20, 2011 at 12:25 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

Most enlightening Junican and Martin V.
Looks like fun times ahead!!

January 20, 2011 at 13:10 | Unregistered Commenterann

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