We live in a world of stories
Growing up in 1950’s America, I believed all the stories about the American Dream, American Benevolence, Prosperity via Capitalism, and Bringing Democracy to the Free World. That all sounds so quaint now, after Vietnam, 9/11, Guantanamo, targeted killings, economic collapse, and all the rest. Nonetheless, it took me many years to unravel all the old stories, about how the world works, and to begin piecing together stories that match the facts and make sense.
In 1994 I moved to Ireland, knowing no one, in order to devote my full attention to learning how deep the rabbit hole goes. All my assumptions about history, politics, and economics, came under examination. I approached this as a scientific endeavor – generating hypotheses (stories) about how things really work, and then testing those hypotheses via further research. Of course much could be learned from other investigators and analysts, but nothing was taken on faith – I chose only to believe what I could understand from first principles.
What became clear is that the whole mainstream narrative about public affairs and history – what we are taught in schools and what we see on television – is a fabricated illusion, a bundle of myths that I refer to as the ‘matrix world’. If you click on, you’ll find a still-growing collection of articles, telling the real story of how we got into this mess, what’s happening now, and where humanity seems to be headed.
Every culture throughout history has had its own stories, partly true and partly myth, which define reality for each society. In pre-civilized societies these stories emerged organically, out of the experience of the tribe. In civilized societies, we see the emergence of fabricated stories, designed for the purpose of controlling populations. Today’s complex matrix world is based on highly evolved psychological principles. If you click on, you’ll find my ‘stories of the story’ – the evolution of modern mythology, and how scientific techniques control how people perceive the world around them.
From warrior chiefs, to kings, emperors, popes, military dictators, party bosses, and financial dynasties, the history of civilization is the story of ever-larger hierarchies, and the elites who have controlled them. Power corrupts, and hierarchy concentrates power: hence all forms of hierarchical government are simply different forms of tyranny – the rule of the many by a few. What is called ‘democracy’ in the matrix world is a form of theater, in which politicians sell to their constituencies policies that have been formulated by the few, entirely outside the political process.
For the past ten years I've been focusing my research on how it might be possible for humanity to escape from elite domination. Much was learned from the history of revolutions and social movements, and from what anthropologists tell us about the broad spectrum of human cultures that have existed. If you click on, you’ll find the stories of my ongoing search for a path to grassroots-based social transformation.
With a background in math, physics, and systems, I’ve been exploring over the past few years some of the amazing breakthroughs that have been happening in science, usually by groups of independent researchers who are being ignored by mainstream scientists. It turns out that science in general is currently in a state of crisis.
The Standard Models of many fundamental sciences are turning out to be a matrix world of their own – left-over stories about how the universe works, stories that cannot survive in the light of what the latest discoveries reveal to us about the real world. If you want to dive into this rabbit hole, click on.
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