Can’t Vote With Dollars or Feet; Backup Generators; Fascism-Corporatism; Morgan, uh Moron…On Ukraine?

As Published in The Swagger #6 — Thursday Edition

Sorry sorry sorry. I’ve been saying that a lot, lately, to a lot of people. … Just yesterday, for instance, I was getting up off the sofa and my iPad-like tablet slipped out of my hand and banged my Thai lady friend right in the noggin. That’s not good, and there’s just no quick recovery from accidents like that. They will milk it. They will punish you. No getting around it. I tell this story to imply that I’ve had far worse than you can dish out for my tardiness. This is supposed to go out Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday AM, NYC time, sharp. The target is 08.30, Times Square.

… The holdup, by way of excuses, is that yesterday’s post at FreeTheAnimal (my day job) was quite a boon in terms of enthusiasm for new memberships, and questions. Holy shit do a lot of people want to get their hands on that Mother of All Peptides. Apparently, many have already been hearing 1st hand from others what a—non-patented and thus, uncontrolled-by-pharma—widespread healing compound it is. Available as injectable and now, caps. More here:

One other related item is that after 17 days off, I’m back in the gym full force…this, after completing a grueling 18-week program. Only this time, I’m back with my own home-grown, self-designed program. It was time. So why so long? Well, the story is that just as I was ready to jump back in a week and a half ago, I noticed that that magical peptide mentioned had done more to heal my left shoulder in a few days that has a year of doing anything else. I’m only being serious. Anyway, I still need one more volunteer.

In The Swagger This Thursday

1. You Can’t Vote With Your Dollars and Soon They’ll Amputate Your Feet. A sort of followup to one of my first articles in this Newsletter, Is It Embarrassing To Be An American? Been a while since I got that level of pushback in emails…which means I’m onto something. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you people keep taking in the same info, regurgitating the same stuff, and going along with the crowd (Left or Right) over and over and getting royally pawned with your short pants bunched around your ankles. So what do you do? You get butthurt when someone like me laughs at you, and you lash out.

2. Bonus! Poor Low-Carb, Ketogenic, and Carnivore Diet Messaging (again); Fire Up Your Backup Generator, Keep The Tank Topped, and Cut Power to the Grid. It’s just my continuing saga of challenging the purveyors of otherwise decent interventional diets…trying to help by improving the messaging. Of course, the fan ladies and gentlemen don’t tend to see it as help…

3. Will People Who Use the Word Fascism Ever Learn What It Means? This is kind of like the 2/2 article to #1’s 1/2, above, if you know what I mean. Goes hand in glove. Like that. Once you get this down pat, you’ll never forget it. I’m living proof. It took one ah-ha moment 34 years ago, in 1990.

4. Piers Morgan Always Morphs to Moron, Given Sufficient Time. A treatment of an interview of Columbia economics professor, Jeffrey Sachs, on the Russia/Ukraine fiasco. … Piers is an enigma. At times, really cool, on the ball, prescient. But just wait long enough, and the Morgan ALWAYS morphs into Moron eventually.

1. You Can’t Vote With Your Dollars and Soon They’ll Amputate Your Feet

What comes through in this piece I’m going to quote by the eternally astute @jeffreyatucker is a sort of bewilderment or despair (this isn’t your mom’s & pop’s capitalism vs. socialism/communism debate).

In other words, few are addressing the essential issue, which I would put as: fascism done leapfrogged them both. It leapfrogged capitalism and socialism in the West, and it leapfrogged communism in China.

The problem is, my pet peeve since at the age of 29 in 1990—learning for the first time what “fascism” really means, as a concept; i.e., is actually defined as—via the writing of Ayn Rand—is that most people in 2024 have nary a clue what fascism is, or they have it completely ass-backwards.

So, conducting conversations or debates, even in some cases with conservatives or libertarians, is rather like striking up a conversation with screeching monkeys in the jungle.

… Or perhaps not. The monkeys might actually be screeching about the elephant (the fascism in the room).

How Did American Capitalism Mutate Into American Corporatism?

In the 1990s and for years into our century, it was common to ridicule the government for being technologically backwards. We were all gaining access to fabulous things, including webs, apps, search tools, and social media. But governments at all levels were stuck in the past using IBM mainframes and large floppy disks. We had a great time poking fun at them. 

I recall the days of thinking government would never catch up to the glories and might of the market itself. I wrote several books on it, full of techno-optimism. 

The new tech sector had a libertarian ethos about it. They didn’t care about the government and its bureaucrats. They didn’t have lobbyists in Washington. They were the new technologies of freedom and didn’t care much about the old analogue world of command and control. They would usher in a new age of people power.

Here we sit a quarter-century later with documented evidence that the opposite happened. The private sector collects the data that the government buys and uses as a tool of control. What is shared and how many people see it is a matter of algorithms agreed upon by a combination of government agencies, university centers, various nonprofits, and the companies themselves. The whole thing has become an oppressive blob.

Jeffrey Tucker, Brownstone Institute –

The article reflects on the transformation of technology companies and their relationship with the government from the 1990s to the present. Initially, technology companies, characterized by a libertarian ethos, distanced themselves from government, aiming to pioneer a new age of freedom and people power. However, over time, this landscape dramatically shifted. The government has become a significant, if not the primary, customer of tech services, deeply intertwining public and private sectors. This shift is evident in the extensive government contracts awarded to companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, totaling billions of dollars, which support various government operations, including data hosting and cloud services.

This relationship has evolved into a form of corporatism, a system where private property exists but industries are cartelized to primarily serve the state, blurring the lines between public and private sectors. This corporatism extends beyond technology to pharmaceuticals and agriculture, with government actions and subsidies significantly influencing market outputs and practices. The consequences of this shift include a surveillance-driven complex that impacts virtually every aspect of civilian life, from information access to consumer goods.

This corporatist state, which came into full display during the COVID-19 lockdowns, represents a departure from traditional capitalism and socialism debates, pointing to a new reality where the distinctions between public and private sectors are increasingly meaningless. This new reality presents significant intellectual, juridical, and political challenges, as it complicates efforts to address economic inequality and safeguard individual freedoms against state and corporate overreach. The transformation from a market-driven economy to a corporatist system is seen as a gradual process that has now reached a critical and pervasive extent, necessitating a reevaluation of how we understand and engage with the interplay between government, corporations, and individual rights.

… So, what this boils down to is corporate capture. Now, what exactly is that, and why does it happen? Well, essentially, it’s as the term suggests: corporations taking control over the state’s machinery. They hold it captive, having the state do their bidding. How does this occur? It’s a two-way street. Corporations approach government representatives with propositions of mutual benefit, or vice versa, government officials approach corporations. This interaction is predicated on the notion of a win-win situation, a quid pro quo—”you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,” leading to an unholy alliance.

People often say, “follow the money,” attributing everything to financial incentives. Sure, it’s about money, but that’s an oversimplification. Saying it’s all about money is akin to stating life is solely about air, water, geography, gravity, or the weather. While these elements are crucial, they’re simply the environment we live in. In the realms of business and statecraft, money translates to profits for companies and tax revenues for the state. However, corporations have been profitable and expanding long before they entwined with government. So, what drives them to seek governmental partnership

There are other elements at play here. It’s about influence, power, maintaining the status quo, and ensuring safety and security. The very essence of free enterprise is predicated on the principle of competition. Capitalism thrives on the accumulation and concentration of capital towards specific goals. If everyone has the opportunity to raise capital and start a business, competition flourishes. Capital then flows towards the most competent, the best. Yet, even if you’re at the top, it doesn’t guarantee perpetual success; someone could always come along with a better idea.

Corporate capture, therefore, is fundamentally about protectionism. It’s a case of, “I’ve got my niche, I love it, and I want to keep it that way. Can you help me maintain it?” What corporations can offer governments, as exemplified by incidents like the Twitter files, is the execution of tasks that are legally or constitutionally problematic for the government. This circumvention of legislative and constitutional limits on power benefits both parties, fostering a scenario where the lines between corporate and state interests blur.

This partnership leads to an illusion of choice for the consumer. In various sectors, whether it’s utilities, technology, automobiles, or airlines, the market has consolidated significantly over the years. Despite the appearance of choice—symbolized by trivial options such as selecting from dozens of bagel varieties or ice cream flavors—the reality is a stark contrast in terms of meaningful, impactful decisions. This pseudo-choice is a facade masking the erosion of true competition and freedom in the marketplace.

This brings me to my concluding point: if you can’t “vote with your dollars” due to the lack of genuine options, what’s left? Voting with your feet becomes the alternative. This is precisely why I no longer reside in America. The oft-repeated mantra of the “land of the free” rings hollow when contrasted with the actual limitations on choice and freedom. Living in Thailand, I can list numerous freedoms and choices unavailable to those in their so-called “land of the free.” So, my lingering question is, how long before the system tries to restrict even that last resort of voting with your feet, and they “amputate” them?

2. Bonus! Poor Low-Carb, Ketogenic, and Carnivore Diet Messaging (again); Fire Up Your Backup Generator, Keep The Tank Topped, and Cut Power to the Grid

Came across this one on social media, as I frequently do. Several years away from it, I come back, and people still saying the same nonsense, though the deceptive part is that they’re often the new crop, harboring enthusiasms like all this stuff was discovered just last week.

To their credit, many of the old hands who were spouting the nonsense a decade ago have moved on and are doing fine on their own?

So who benefits? The purveyors. So long as they have an endless stream of newbies to influence and who then spread the gospel, they maintain their influence and profits.

Poor LC/Keto/Carne Messaging (again).

It goes like this:

Hey everybody!!! Guess what??? Well, it’s weird, see. Our bodies have this very strange requirement where our brains have this no-less-than need for sugar. It’s an essential need. That’s right. Sugar. Call it “glucose” if you like. But it’s sugar by any other name.

The gods must be crazy!

Anywhoooo… The minimum is about 120 grams per day. Think 30 teaspoons. You don’t get them, you go into a coma and die…

Now here’s the really weird part. Sugar is so important and tightly controlled that our bodies have a number of backup metabolic pathways. See, if you just eat carbohydrates, the main pathway takes them right up, satisfies the need, and you’re good to go.

But sometimes there are no carbs, or not enough. Let’s say you’re skiing…or doing an Arctic trek, something like that. Well, you don’t want to die, do you?

No worries. You have muscles. Turns out, your body can break down your muscles and convert that to brain-sugar. It’s the long way around, and you might get a bit tired, but it gets the job done. You’re alive. Maybe just barely, but you’ve lived to fight another day.

Sometimes, maybe there’s protein and fat available to eat, but no carbs. Or, you just don’t want any carbs. In either case, reluctantly and with a little pushback and complaining, your body will take the protein you’ve just eaten and make sugar for your brain from that.

(This would all be so much easier if the brain didn’t require sugar to live. A TOXIN!!! But like I said, the gods must be crazy.)

Now here’s what even weirder.

Sugar is toxic; and carbs? …even though they supply that sugar for the brain easily? They’re Devil’s Sperm. They just are. They make you fat.

It’s crazy. So, rather than putting the protein you eat to your muscle development and maintenance, and letting the carbohydrates you eat take care of the sugar for your brain, we believe with a solemn faith that would make Moses blush, that our bodies instead turn the carbohydrates to fat rather than supply the brain and other immediate energy needs, and then it goes right ahead and uses the protein for sugar instead.

Amazing, huh?

It’s all weird. It’s like having a backup generator in the basement of your condo complex that’s so reliable, you just shut down your connection to the electrical grid…just make sure that baby is loaded up with diesel fuel at all times because you don’t want to go dark, y’know? So just do that, and it’s just better than using the electric grid from the power company.

Why’s it better, you ask?

Don’t. We know it’s better. And that’s all we need to know.

Didn’t you hear? Sugar it toxic. Carbs are Devil Sperm.

3. Will People Who Use the Word Fascism Ever Learn What It Means?

Somehow, I ended up friends and mutual friends with quite a circle of diehard lefties on my recently revived personal Facebook profile (you’re welcome to watch me roar…everything I post is public). So far, I’m keeping things cool. Everything’s okay. Before I deleted it last time with thousands of friends and followers, I had over 30, 30-day bans under my belt from about 2015-2021, LOL. That’s 2 1/2 years in total, in Facebook jail. Hasn’t happened this time, though, so far…

Anyway, the memes these lefties post are typically pretty awful, never funny. Dour and serious; self-loathing and pathetic. They’re like posters on the wall at a free Kool-Aid refreshment tent in a jungle clearing. Here’s an example.

I actually forwarded it. With an introduction, of course…

It’s very funny when Leftists talk about fascism.

None of them have the slightest clue about what it really means (nor did the [otherwise] mostly great Bertrand Russell).

Indeed, and if you go to a source someone on the Left would accept as authoritative, Britannica, even it admits that essentially, “nobody” really knows or understands what fascism is.

“There has been considerable disagreement among historians and political scientists about the nature of fascism.”

… And it’s no surprise. For the Left, generally speaking, it’s kinda some floating abstraction. It means BAD. BECAUSE. Plus, it just sounds bad. Go ahead. Say it out loud. Very bad.

Here’s what the Left really means when they say it, though:

‘… The only problem with all the totalitarian, socialist, despotic, communist, collectivist, and censorial elements that are in place, and what makes it FASCIST instead of just nice old socialist, is that it’s the political Right that’s in change, and not themselves, the political Left. Just change who’s in charge, we change nothing else, and we go back to calling it socialist, or progressive, or Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive!’

But it turns out that there’s an easy way to differentiate and distinguish fascism from other forms of absolute State rule:

Corporatism — “The fascist economic theory corporatism called for organizing each of the major sectors of industry, agriculture, the professions, and the arts into state- or management-controlled trade unions and employer associations, or “corporations,” each of which would negotiate labour contracts and working conditions and represent the general interests of their professions in a larger assembly of corporations, or “corporatist parliament.” Corporatist institutions would replace all independent organizations of workers and employers, and the corporatist parliament would replace, or at least exist alongside, traditional representative and legislative bodies. In theory, the corporatist model represented a “third way” between capitalism and communism, allowing for the harmonious cooperation of workers and employers for the good of the nation as a whole.”

Briefly, it’s a State and Big-Corp partnership, euphemistically often referred to as a “Public-Private Partnership,” But what it means is that the government controls everything still, not through classic socialist/commie State owned and operated enterprise, but through politically motivated, legislated, and regulated “Strong Influence”…and with revelations such as The Twitter Files and tons more, it’s all finally being widely exposed for what it really is.

And so, ironically, when the Left is agitating against “fascism,” what they are doing is opposing contra-fascist elements in society (like the political Right, broadly speaking) and opposing it by means of fascism ITSELF.

You can’t even make up how Clown-Car World it all is, and all because not only do they not know or understand the terms they use, but use and act on them in exactly the opposite way from their true meaning and practice.

4. Piers Morgan Always Morphs to Moron, Given Sufficient Time

I stumbled into a forward on X by my friend (and FreeTheAnimal Lifetime Member) Sean Ring of Paradigm Press. It was a clip of a Piers Morgan interview of Columbia economics professor, Jeffrey Sachs, whose insight on the Russia and Ukraine conflict I am well familiar with as aligning with my own since day numero uno. That got my juices flowing, and I replied to his Xweet…

Piers is an enigma.

At times, really cool, on the ball, prescient.

But just wait long enough, and the Morgan ALWAYS morphs into Moron eventually.

Sean replied that he had a treatment coming up in today’s Morning Reckoning.

Sachs: Ukraine Disaster a 30-Year US Project

Sometimes, I watch videos on YouTube or X and think, “Thank heavens I listened to the right people about Russia and Ukraine.”

Of course, I claim no clairvoyance, and I’m not a “Washington Insider” like my colleague Jim Rickards.

I’m just a well-traveled, educated spectator who tries to understand what’s happening and then writes about it.

And since my trouble with authority extends to the mainstream media, I didn’t listen to their propaganda from Day 1. I listened to alternative intelligent people like John Mearsheimer, Scott Ritter, Douglas MacGregor, The Duran’s Alexander Mercouris and Alex Christoforou, Glenn Diesen, Tom Luongo, Alex Krainer, and Paradigm’s very own Byron King and Brian Maher.

However, Jeffrey Sachs, one of the “Harvard Boys” who allegedly cost Russia billions in the 1990s, is a stunning addition to this roster of fine people.

Sachs was a Harvard man from his undergraduate degree to his Ph.D. in Economics. He now plies his trade at Columbia. His shock therapy of privatizing assets quickly in the post-Soviet era is generally considered a disaster.

I don’t know Professor Sachs, so I can’t say it’s guilt. But he’s been sticking up for Russia a whole lot lately. In fact, he’s laid the blame for this disaster squarely at the door of the US government.

So, with stifled laughter, I watched Professor Sachs politely ignore Piers Morgan’s whining and stupid questions to explain how this whole mess started.

Morgan’s entire strategy was to get Sachs to call Putin names. Really.

I asked Zon, our resident 2-way-voice chatbot (GPT-4 Turbo) to summarize beyond the quoted portion, above.

“A significant portion of Mr. Ring’s article recounts an interview with Jeffrey Sachs, an economist critical of U.S. policy towards Russia and Ukraine, who argues against the expansion of NATO and blames the U.S. for escalating tensions in the region. Sachs criticizes the U.S. approach to handling the situation, advocating for negotiation and dialogue over confrontation and name-calling. Ring further expresses vindication for the views presented by Paradigm Press, which have been consistent with Sachs’s criticisms, and suggests that mainstream narratives are beginning to align with these previously alternative viewpoints.” (bold emphasis, mine)

Independently of Sean or Zon—because I had already written it hours earlier—I too noted how “mainstream narratives are beginning to align with [what the fuck we were all saying over the regurgitating NPC-Drone automatons all along].”

I watch this and think, well, way back when, as this whole thing wound up, Jeffrey Sachs was right, or at least far less wrong than most, and myself and others were in league. We understood the thing. For myself, I was a US Navy officer in theater during those last days of the Cold War late 80s, early 90s (Westpac and later, Med…and I visited the Soviet Navy in Sevastopol in 1990 in an official capacity).

I know and understand what’s going on and fully knew in 1992 that it was the objective of the US to unnaturally hold Russia down…to keep them underdeveloped, especially in economics and trade, for them to remain an enemy at all costs.

That made America evil, betraying everything America stands for in terms of helping former enemies (e.g., WWII Japan and Germany), and I resigned my officer commission over it.

Fast forward 30 sumthin years and everyone rushes out and puts on a Ukrainian flag; and like a repeat of the Covid fiasco, none with a single clue about any single, fucking thing. Just NPC automaton regurgitators.

100%. There was not a single exception, save for the evil ones at the top who knew exactly what was going on and were puppet-mastering the whole sordid, evil affair.

So guys like Sachs, myself, and thousands of others were just pariahs, like many-headed beasts or something. 1,000 miles away from the approved mainstream narrative and all the flag wavers.

Yes it was us who, at least, saw the thing through the lens of actual recent history and some of us; we were involved on the periphery of things and knew exactly what had been going on for decades and what has continued right on schedule.

I talked to not one single person, not one, who had even the remotest clue. Putin was LITERALLY HITLER!!!…all anyone needed to know.

Now, fast-forward a few years, and all of us, we haven’t changed one gram, jot, or tittle. And everyone else? In droves, they have moved from 1,000 miles away to anywhere from a few miles to a few hundred…and yet, they STILL don’t look and see and admit that they were 1-hundred-fucking-percent WRONG about 1-hundred-fucking-percent ALL OF IT.

Fuck off! All of you!

… And I reserve the worst of my general misanthropy for the intransigent.

Here’s that section of the interview:

So in the end, all that maters is how you can, accurately or inaccurately, characterize Vladimir Putin.

Children call each-other names in the schoolyard. Nothing more meaningful or of more import than that.

Until Sunday, when I’ll try to cook up something new. Until then, and we’ll see if I can manage to kinda sorta take Friday and Saturday off.

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  1. Bret on March 23, 2024 at 07:02

    Technology always seems to provide glimmers of hope for freedom, but then the retarded masses are all too eager to hand everything back over to the “owners.”

    There are no companies in sight that don’t bend the knee to Government Almighty. Small- and medium-sized businesses rightly feel they don’t have a choice, lest they be crushed under crippling regulations (unconstitutional as they are). And the Fortune 500s have a well established host-parasite relationship with Uncle Sam (not clear which is which). Favorable regulation and government dollars in exchange for full cooperation.

    Maybe cryptocurrency will force another capitalistic revolution. But we won’t get our hopes up, because Caesar will find a way, like he always does.

    Hear hear on muscle wasting for glucose. I did ultra-low-carb for the better part of 10 years before I finally connected the dots between my diet and my sickly, unattractive, unmasculine figure. Glad to say things are much to the contrary today, thanks to 300+ grams of daily carbs.

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