What’s at the Very Root of Corruption?

The other day, I read a piece from Dr. Robert Malone, the guy who not only initially invented the tech for mRNA with about 18 patents, but turns out to be an accomplished writer on many things philosophical and political. Go figure. Smart dudes are difficult to corral, while fakers are too easy. Fakers are all limp. There are no exceptions.

I grasp his philosophic contributions far more than his bio-tech explanations about what’s problematic with mRNA vaccines, though I’m comfortable in my layman understandings of such. I’m studied quite a lot in the former, not so much in the latter. And yet, the former mysteriously informs the latter in ways that require more than a cursory look.

He surprises me. But that’s because I never expected it. The things he writes of in philosophy and politics are back-of-my-hand stuff for about 3 decades. It’s another double-edged-sword thing of Covid. His astute abilities and deep insightfulness would have never seen the light of day otherwise.

In other words, basic philosophy is the bedrock of modern technology. Philosophy underpins all, fundamentally. Metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and aesthetics form the 5 branches of philosophic thought. They are scarcely understood amongst most I’ve ever talked to. It’s why most people’s blatherings sound like young children talking to me. I know my stuff and Malone is spot on.

Yet blatherings of children persist, and Malone often does a decent job because he knows them and is able to communicate to them. His whole essay is worth reading but I’m going to go with commentary on the one thing I agree with the most, then diverge a bit into some related things that contribute to or facilitate the general corruption that pervades society at all levels now. Then comes the big punch line: the root cause. While I love doing posts for public and free members, this one is worth paid membership.

The Corruption of our Nation

Because science, medicine and politics are three threads woven into the same cloth of public policy, we have to work to fix all three simultaneously.  The corruption of political systems by global corporatists has filtered down to our science, medicine and healthcare systems and must be exposed. Furthermore, the perversion of science and medicine by corporate interests is expanding its reach; it is pernicious and intractable.  Regulatory capture by corporate interests runs rampant throughout our politics, governmental agencies and institutes.  The corporatists have infiltrated all three branches of government, and it is up to us, the people, to take control back. Corporate-public partnerships that have become so trendy have another name, that name is fascism- the political science term for the fusion of the interests of corporations and the state. Basically, the tension between the interest of the republic and its citizens (which Jefferson felt should be primary), and the financial interests of business and corporations (Hamilton’s ideal) has swung far too far to the interests of corporations and their billionaire owners at the expense of the general population.

The nation and its governing arms (including the intrenched bureaucracy often referred to as the “deep state”) now primarily serves the interests of multinational corporations, their managers and owners, instead of the other way around- serving the people. The term that best describes this system of government is called inverted totalitarianism. This term was first coined in 2003 by the political theorist and writer Dr. Sheldon Wolin. Inverted totalitarianism is what the government of the United States has devolved into, as he had warned might happen many years ago in the book “Democracy Incorporated”. The United States has been co-opted into a managed democracy.  This democracy was placed into the hands of oligarchs by bureaucratic imperatives and managerial principles and practices, which have created a creeping form of totalitarianism. Now we can clearly see the liberties and freedom of this democracy being eroded rapidly just as Wolin predicted.  The ending result is this new form of totalitarianism, that (unlike classical totalitarianism) does not have an authoritarian leader, but instead is run by a non-transparent group of managers and elites who run the country from within. What President Trump might call the “deep state.” Or what Steve Bannon originally called the “Uniparty”. In effect, our democracy has been turned upside down while being captured by corporate interests that endorse authoritarian policies – hence “inverted totalitarianism”.

The infiltration of this version of fascism has gone so far that even routine aspects of the political sphere are determined by corporate interests. This was cemented in the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elec­tion Commis­sion, a decision that reversed century-old campaign finance restric­tion laws.  This ruling has enabled corpor­a­tions and other outside groups to spend unlim­ited funds on elec­tions.

It’s a big quote because I don’t want to sell Malone short. Per my understandings, he’s getting his philosophical and historical ducks in order, especially in the first paragraph.

He seems to realize—and I’m often gobsmacked to take it to account myself—that the founders—as rich men themselves—tried their best to systematize a political process to throttle the impulses of men with wealth and power such as themselves.

They were sort of trying to put themselves out of the business of politics over time. They understood what an alliance between monied men and political power meant. They created a country to limit their own selves.

It’s part of what’s so noble about what they did. it’s the greatest political experiment of all time.

And it’s a failure. …It’s a laughable, abject failure. Almost nothing resembles what was intended and the Supreme Court of The United States is the biggest joke in all of governing history. Nothing remotely resembles the US Constitution those 9 clowns are sworn to uphold. Nine clowns.

El Gato Malo—the bad cat—penned a post that speaks to what has happened over time in terms of the erosions of plain meaning in plain language.

there is an ominously longstanding tradition in american politics whereby the name of any given act of action is the precise inversion of its effect an intent.

  • the patriot act serves only to undermine the constitution.
  • the affordable care act jammed up health care costs.
  • the community re-investment act triggered the bubble that devastated minority home ownership when it burst.

i mean, let’s face it, if these people passed the “head protection for america” act, they would then run around bonking you on the head like their name was little bunny foo foo.

and people fall for it, hook line, and cynicism.

this has spread into an endless number of organizations and ethoses.

antifa is no different and worse than most. they are flat out fascists. there is simply no other way to put it.

He delves deep with many examples of how labels on public-policy things are the exact opposite of the meanings of words in terms of effect. The policies have the opposite effect of the meaning of the words.

“Just call it that, our constituencies are morons and opportunists, it will work in our favor.”

But what’s really at the root of it all? is it moral degradation? Well, that’s part of it and all religious/moral systems have quite a lot of overlap. That is, they’re more similar than different. There’s no religion, for example, that holds as a moral principle to murder, rape, and rob. All religious-moral codes tend to forbid what I call the bread & butter of societal cohesion.

…Yea, I know, one religion has outlier levels of crazies who think it’s moral to do all that stuff to “infidels” or their women chattel. In southern Thailand, there’s quite a number of Thai Muslims. I live 1 KM away from a mosque in one direction, 2 KM in another. So close, I can hear their early morning prayers over the speakers, which I find settling to the same degree I find the morning chanting of priest in Buddhist temples. I have zero problems with any of them.

…Many of the young pretty Muslim girls work in the convenience stores, identified by their head dress. I politely flirt with them with a smile. Some know what I’m coming in for from behind the counter. They’re nice to this infidel.

I’d say that the root of everything bad in society is dishonesty and laziness. But those are too easy to pin on anyone and we all fall short at times. Those are human failings and societal systems are intended to smooth that out for the vast majority of sane and reasonable people.

Another point before I get to the real root is a structural problem. Corporatism is not necessarily capitalism. I’m not going down that rabbit hole now but, you do not need to be a corporation to be a business or capitalist. Everyone wants to START A CORPORATION!!! Corporations are statutory entities. That is, the state grants a charter, of sorts, to do business under a fictitious name, but there’s only one real reason business people want to have a corporation. Limited liability. I’ve said this for years and years. The whole fabric of society would change overnight if there was no such thing as limited liability in business activities. Imagine how the activities of all the largest corporations on earth would change if every stockholder (as owners) were personally liable for every misdeed judgment against it.

All businesses owners (including “shareholders”) should be personally liable for every little thing. The world would change overnight. it’s the escape from this solemn duty that allows all manner of chicanery to emerge everyplace, at all times, on a quotidien basis.

And that brings us to the point: duty. I’d had Malone’s post on corruption in an open tab for 6 weeks and had already drafted the first part of this post. But I was waiting for something to bring it home. Enter Vinay Prasad.

Welcome to my Substack. I’m Vinay Prasad, and I am a hematologist oncologist and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco. In these pages, you will get my thoughts on medicine, cancer, health policy, evidence and whatever is in the news. Hopefully, by reading, you will become better at critical appraisal of medicine, and thinking through policy issues.


He penned a post entitled Duty just a few days ago and I knew I had a way of capping off this post. It’s subtitle is The greatest thing we’ve lost. And when you’ve lost it, what’s happens? Rampant corruption everywhere with flashy news stories, 24/7 fear porn, technocratic global totalitarianism for your “health?”

It’s a rant, really. He’s been up front and out in the open since day 1, no fear. He’s driven by his personal, self-chosen sense of duty. In some ways, I dislike the term duty because it’s co-opted by manipulators. Duty to God & Country types. My duty is to myself and to what I choose that comes with an implied obligation. There is no such thing as an imposed duty. That’s just guilt, manipulation, coercion, or plain force. Duty is an obligation you embrace because it serves yourself and your chosen ones.

The majority of Dr. Prasad’s post is a detailing of how he’s stood against the tide in many instances out of his sense of duty as a doctor who actually attends to real patients, and it has cost him. You’ll want to read it.

I’ll quote the fun part at the end.


Our ancestors used to know what that word means, but in the modern world it has falling out of favor. Instead his replaced with weakness and cowardice, narcissism and careerism.

So whenever I hear about people who had a duty to do something. Something important. And they just sat idly by, scared for their own safety, like useless fucking cowards, while bad things happened, especially to children, I have no respect for them, struggle to understand how they could do such a thing. No, I actually loathe such people, and I’m sickened by them.

We need more people who understand duty in this world and less people looking out for their own useless selves. If you don’t have a sense of duty, don’t talk to me. If you won’t sacrifice anything—even everything— for something more important than yourself, I don’t want to hear your voice or see your face. Our culture is missing a sense of duty, and the harms are incredible.

Now how about that?

So you see, the more upper echelon corruption that Malone talks about has really trickled all the way down. I agree with him, and it’s why I have a disdain for most people and because of it, this member’s bog will never be huge. But I’ll be good with a few thousand cool guys and gals. It’s chill here. I should have done this years ago.

Zero sense of personal duty always results in massive corruption at all levels and that’s not civilization anymore. It’s anti-civilization.

You know, back decades ago, leftists used to rebut more libertarian types with the bromide dismissal, “that’ll just be dog eat dog.”

Well, under their enlightened “stewardship,” that’s exactly where we’re at…dog eat dog. But most of the dogs cower in fear, afraid they’ll get eaten.

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:15-16 (KJV)


  1. Coach on June 2, 2022 at 19:30

    Hey at least its LGBTQ pride month in the states! What a crock of shit this entire country is.

  2. Gordon on June 3, 2022 at 00:42

    Malone is right but it was a strange choice to bracket his essay with Lincoln quotes, Lincoln being the man who (as I understand it) suspended due process, usurped the autonomy of state governments in the Union, marshalled international mercenaries to fight in the Union army, and engaged in various anti-constitutional gambits in order to conquer the agrarian South (which had a right to secede) and maintain and extend the grip of Northern/global financial control over the country, all while not giving a shit about the slaves at best.

    In other words, Lincoln appears to have been the globalist fascist, and fascism won the Civil War.

    I don’t know if it is more comforting or disturbing that the situation has been bad since forever.

  3. Alan Andersen on June 3, 2022 at 09:46

    When I learned the history of corporations, it was an eye-opener. Corporations really did not get going in a big way until around the Civil War times. Before then, it was all full liability partnerships. One of the most famous was Lloyds of London, the insurance company, which started out as an insurer of ships. I don’t know what it is today, but back then, Lloyds was a full liability partnership.

    Limited liability corporate statutes really, truly are a complete legal fiction with the evil purpose of basically paying the government for protection against the corporate owners’ bad acts. And I say “statute” because the English common law had no such concept.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 3, 2022 at 09:54

      You’re singing my tune, Alan. Yes, Lloyds to this day is still the same structure. The saying is something like “liable down to your last pair of knickers.”

      I submit that such an ethic is their bedrock and the ideal bedrock of a sound business organization.

      It is exactly Lloyds that got me thinking in this direction years ago.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 3, 2022 at 10:08

      That said, I have not looked into the nature of mutual companies and such. Maybe you can shed some light.

      Here’s a story. Since before I was a commissioned officer in the Navy in 1984, I was eligible for membership in USAA, a company started by Army officers way back to provide auto-insurance for officers of all services. That has expanded to immediate family.

      Part of your premium goes into what they call an SSA…Subscriber Savings Account. There are regular distributions of a portion, and I have it set to just go to my premium, reducing the cost to pretty good.

      Anyway, In about June of 2020, they determined their members needed relief. I personally got a check for over $6,000. From my insurance company! Without a claim!

      That’s one for the record books.

      • Alan Andersen on June 3, 2022 at 11:02

        Thanks for the update on Lloyds. I don’t know what I think about mutual companies. They do have limited liability, so if a mutual company employee runs over someone, the owners are not liable. On the other hand, their only customers are the owners themselves. And I like the concept of voluntary mutual benefit associations. Seems like a bedrock of voluntary associations of like-minded people. And I do tax returns for several veterans who have always used USAA for everything and it seems like a solid association.

      • Richard Nikoley on June 3, 2022 at 11:56

        According to Forbes (who cares?) in the top 100 companies to work for.


        …Another story about them.

        In the navy, when I was going to sea for a long time I’d write a letter to change my insurance from active use to garaged. I did this in about August 1990 when my French ship was called to the Gulf War !. I had hidden the keys to the Corvette, but the French GF found them, took the car out and crashed it way late at night. She was like 20, so duh. This was about halfway through the 60 days at sea.

        Anyway, the parts for repair with the import tax made the repair more that the American value of the care (it was worth hugely more in France). But, problem. I’d sent that letter, so it wasn’t insured for driving. I’d have to report it stolen.

        I probably should have but I didn’t.

        I wrote a long and detailed letter to USAA telling the whole story and they covered it, $13K. I then sold the hulk to a French Exotic car guy for $5K and he eventually got it back on the road.

      • Alan Andersen on June 3, 2022 at 12:27

        I love it. The 20-year old French GF and USAA being a stand-up company dealing with the situation. Your claims adjustor was probably ex-military who could relate. Speaking of younger French GF, brings me back the the Amber Heard/Depp trial. I guess ole Johnny got a tiger by the tail with that one. She was probably worth it for awhile.

        I don’t recall you commenting about that Heard/Depp situation. I assume you don’t know and don’t care, but it would be interesting to read your thoughts on that. I’m guessing you wouldn’t have put up with it for long. I always wonder why those Hollywood types keep getting married over and over again. As if non-marital sex is going to get one cancelled these days.

      • Richard Nikoley on June 3, 2022 at 18:51

        I knew of it but was never of any interest to me. I did read up a bit on the verdict, that the defamatory piece was apparently ghostwritten by an ACLU peep, LOL.

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