Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
“There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always… there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.” ~ 1984, George Orwell
Capitalism, communism, socialism, fascism, imperialism, corporatism, authoritarianism, monarchism, postmodern colonialism, and whatever form of government “ism” you can imagine, all eventually degrade over time to become oligarchical collectivism — the kind of ism that benefits the powerful few at the expense of the powerless many.
The ism of all isms, oligarchical collectivism is the result of contrasting opposition within a society, that is to say, the creating and countering of perceived threats to the society. To consolidate their power, threats are both created and solved by those in power in a way that encourages the society to gradually relinquish its sovereignty and freedom to the state that “protects” it. And yet, the system designed to counter perceived threats are as extreme as the threats themselves — and as extreme as what the society and its individuals can be conditioned to tolerate.
Government and corporate institutions in our society are always, it seems, seeking to push more and more tolerations; not tolerance for differences between us, but toleration of wrongdoing. Over time we have come to tolerate war, government corruption, corporate personhood, surveillance of our private lives, and environmental degradation, all as “normal” parts of an institutionalized society. And as institutionalization proceeds, unrestrained by the individual liberties we continue to give up (not exercise) in the name of “security” and “nationalism”, those institutions eventually harden into oligarchical collectivism.
If you have socialism without capitalism, it becomes communism. If you have capitalism without socialism, it becomes fascism. And ultimately, all isms become oligarchical collectivism. No matter its beginning form, individual liberty is eliminated as power and influence is put in the hands of megalithic institutions (be they corporate, government or otherwise) that are controlled by a very few, and in some way or another — depending on the times, technology and tolerations of the day — we end up immersed in oligarchical collectivism, where the governed group mind is steered toward willingly sacrificing individual sovereignty to uphold and protect the ism from falsely perceived threats. How?
“It’s called divide and conquer. That’s why there’s two parties and only two – and they’re controlled by the same people at the very top. The Council for Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg group, the United Nations and the Trilateral Commission; these are the people who control your world by making global policies you never vote on, and who both parties serve… But divide and conquer can only work if people aren’t aware of the falsely created divisions. If you know about it, it don’t work no more.”
The phrase oligarchical collectivism is from George Orwell’s 1984 and is so descriptive that it accurately summarized every government in 1948 when it was first published, and every government since. It defines a society in which institutions such as government, media and corporate interests, which are controlled by a handful of individuals, link together, collaborating to direct, regulate and benefit from the activities of the many.
Governments, whatever their label and whatever their ism, are all about control. Governments all begin with controlling the mind, influencing and shaping society through propaganda and policy. And as government structures become more heavily cemented, their control of the group mind also becomes more cemented, and eventually these institutions, like all institutions, strive to expand and extend their power and influence. The major point of expansion becomes the government system itself. Soon enough, government no longer serves the isms it initially represented, but serves its own existence — at any cost. From there, the extent to which collectivism takes precedence over individual rights is determined only by how much is tolerated and even embraced by the people. And with global governments, mass media and the world’s most powerful capitalist ventures linked together, collaborating with a common purpose — to control and benefit from the mass mind — the extent of collectivist thinking at play today is unprecedented — and dangerous. But it did not come without warning from the inside…
“A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many, and various, and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the bast surplus in the banks.” – John C. Calhoun, 7th Vice President of the United States
“Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, from his book The New Freedom (1913)
“We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day… It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, from an address to the American Newspaper Publishers Association, 1961
If we dig deep enough, we can easily find legitimate historical evidence of vast criminal conspiracies, international in scope and completely feudalistic and fascist — that is to say, oligarchical. That is what governments do. You may think this sounds paranoid, but it is simply fact. The United States is a privately owned and operated corporation, a familial corporate oligarchy runs the British Empire, and the Empire of Japan has instilled an accepted level of oligarchical slavery that is perhaps unequaled in history. And, colluding behind the scenes of power, their beneficiaries conspire for the benefit of a network of cartels and corporations across the earth while hiding behind their own carefully crafted legal protections and illusions of institutional personhood.
The contemporary crap-creek of mainstream media in the United States would have us all believe that oligarchies only exist in Russia and Eastern European ‘old world’ nations, and if you’ve never heard of the Eastern Establishment families, or maybe have had your head under a heavy rock since birth, you might believe this to be so. However this media-induced falsehood. Although it claims to be a democratic Republic, the United States is itself oligarchical, a structured network of power and influence that includes government and major media institutions — the perfect partnership for effective propaganda.
And this is no wild “conspiracy theory”… According to a study entitled “Testing Theories of American Politics – Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens“, published by political scientists from Princeton and Northwestern Universities in 2014, the United States is an oligarchy. According to my own studies, however, the U.S.A. is more specifically a collectivist oligarchy, a series of interlinked oligarchies — including finance, corporate, government and religious bodies — collaborating and networking together in a fashion that promotes the rights of institutions and crushes the rights of individuals, directing power up and away from the individual toward those who quietly pull the strings, all the while conning the masses into believing it is in their own best interests.
“When you think about a few controlling the many, an absolute prerequisite to that is to centralize decision making… centralized power. Because the more points of decision making there are, the less control any few at the centre are going to have over those decisions. What we’ve seen throughout history and I would strongly contend that there has been a force and still is behind this throughout history… If you look at the word ‘globalization’, that is just a word to describe this process of incessant centralization of control and power.” – David Icke
With institutional control so deeply embedded in our history, and so widely promoted in our media, individuals around the world identify with institutions, national identity and the law of the collective over themselves, their own identity and their inherent rights under natural law. This mindset is most apparent within the most stringent oligarchical structures, to the point that individually questioning conformity to the most immoral statuses quo of those institutions is considered outrageous and offensive to the collectivist mind. And, as such collectivist thinking overtakes moral and personal judgment, a slavery mentality is formed which perpetuates the diminishing of human consciousness and allows for further “progress” in the name of the collective — such as increased environmental destruction, perpetual wars, a lifetime of economic slavery, and the continued Fukushimazation of the Pacific and beyond — none of which actually benefits the collective, only the beneficiaries at the top of the heap.
Biological Oligarchical Collectivism
In its current form, the oligarchical collectivism of today has become more than a threat to our individual freedom, it is, with our collective consent, degrading our very biology.
George Orwell coined the term oligarchical collectivism, as he did many others, in his immortal political fiction, 1984. This fictional world was a war-world under constant surveillance, where institutionalized violence and terrorism prevailed. One thing Orwell did not expunge on in his book, however, is the eventual buildup of control to a level that assumes authority of our very biology — biological oligarchical collectivism, which is what we have today.
Biological oligarchical collectivism began with the tainting of our natural resources, like the very essential air and water, and the control of these essential resources with increasing ferociousness. Resources that were once free for all, a natural right, are being bought up in an oligarchical free-for-all, and sold back to us for corporate profit. A prime example is the Nestlé corporation being allowed, and protected by government, to bottle and sell back to Californians what little drinking water they have in reserve. But with each step in the wrong direction, the persistent infesting nature of oligarchy compels further misdirection, to the point that today, governments have initiated policies of total biological control. Current policies of the oligarchy include deliberately altering the genetic biology of our food supply, engineering our planet’s climate and atmosphere, suppressing natural and ancient medicinal remedies (such as cannabis, among many) and mandating profitable yet dangerous pharmaceutical treatments in their place.
In effect, the powers of our society have assumed the right to control our bodies.
The story of American Indian corn illustrates the psychology of control and the total biological oligarchical collectivism of the 21st century. Corn is among the most sacred crops to American Indigenous peoples. Over time, the people of The Americas saw the families killed, their rights taken, their land stolen and settled, their children taken for “re-education”, and their culture systematically eliminated — amounting to the total subversion of their natural individual and collective rights, in every way imaginable. Even the sacred plant, the corn, has been stolen. The genetic modification of plants has unleashed unnatural biological transformations into the natural world, stealing the very essence of the corn and influencing the very genetic makeup of all life that interacts with it.
Biological oligarchical collectivism can also be seen in numerous regimenting facets of our postmodern culture:
- Increased government secrecy and lack of transparency, with as much as 90% of government activity now ‘classified’.
- Punitive systems that on one hand punishes people for the possession and ingestion of natural substances, such as cannabis, psilocybin and peyote (“Schedule I Controlled Substances”) while simultaneously forcing the ingestion pharmaceutical drugs through various “law enforcement’ and psychiatric institutions.
- Mandatory vaccinations, with the burden of risk forced on to the victims of vaccine damage, not the vaccine makers who make billion dollar profits or the governments that enforce and promote their uptake.
- Specific medical treatments such as chemotherapy (which comes with a 2.1% survival rate) are enforced by the State, while children are taken into the custody of governmental “protection” agencies when such treatments are refused by their parents.
- Non-disclosure of Genetically Modified foods and GM ingredients, removing our right to know and decide what we eat, while downplaying the known negative effects of toxic GM agriculture and the damage to human health caused by GMO consumption (including digestive diseases and cancer.)
- Governments exerting its power to declare war on contrived and covert bases, sending (from the safety of their own offices) people on both sides of the conflict to their deaths, and thereby fuelling a trillion dollar war industry on which the U.S. is now economically reliant.
- The investment of public money into nuclear energy systems which, by design, cause widespread environmental contamination and induce cancer. The active suppression of information relating to the biological threat we face from the failing nuclear industry, including but not limited to Fukushima.
- The biased promotion of toxic and unnecessary oil and plastic industries.
- The active suppression of renewable and non-polluting energy and resource systems, such as hemp, in favor of the above-mentioned nuclear and oil-based systems. (For more, please see: Why Governments Promote Deadly Nuclear Energy and Ban Beneficial Hemp.)
- The displacement of indigenous cultures and communities from their natural lands, the assumption of government ownership and control of all land and resources within imperially-defined territories.
- The ongoing use of covert geoengineering practices, deliberately modifying atmospheric and oceanic conditions without public disclosure or consent.
- The promotion of natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) which devastates underground ecosystems and waterways, creating radioactive waste that causes cancer and environmental devastation for corporate profit.
- The insitutionalization of unsustainable levels of deforestation and mining.
- The rise of the Police State in which the authority of police no longer protects but regulates people, and in which it is now considered “terrorism” to question or protest the rule of government.
- The list goes on…
The societal modifications that insert oligarchical collectivism work via gradual processes and trends. If we were to institute the encroaching feudal system of today decades ago people would be furious, but we slid here nice and easy, over time. Just as the public gets “used to” one encroachment on its rights, another more offensive trend comes and takes its place at the front our of collective focus. For the average person, it’s all too much to comprehend, much less or contest. As a result, oligarchical collectivism is now so commonplace, so much at the core of the isms of our day, that most people simply shrug off the corrupted feudalism that governs their lives as “normal”, “just how it is”, “only politics”, or “human nature”. However, the total biological oligarchical collectivism of today of a new technological capacity. Presuming to control our access to food, water, resources, weapons, medicine, and even thought, those in power have the means to wipe us out entirely. And thus, now is the time to either speak up or roll over.
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism: Theory and Practice
Ethan Indigo Smith’s book The Complete Patriot’s Guide is an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics of today’s heavily institutionalized society.
An inspiration for positive, peaceful individual action, The Complete Patriot’s Guide is pro-individual in its perspective and, although political, discusses our society and its institutions from neither left-wing nor right-wing perspectives, and explores metaphors and symbolism relative to the fictional work of George Orwell through real history, philosophy and contemporary politics. Layered with insight, it is in part a literary exploration of the themes raised in Orwell’s 1984, and provides theories for individual and collective empowerment.
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism is available here on Amazon.
About Ethan Indigo Smith:
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.
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