Subversion

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sub·ver·sion

noun əb-ˈvər-zhən, -shən

Definition of SUBVERSION

1: the act of subverting : the state of being subverted; especially : a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working secretly from within

2 obsolete : a cause of overthrow or destruction

sub·ver·sion·ary adjective

sub·ver·sive adjective or noun

sub·ver·sive·ly adverb

sub·ver·sive·ness noun

Yuriy Bezmenov was a KGB public relations officer stationed in India, leading the Soviet "Research and Counter-Propaganda Group" at the embassy in New Delhi in 1970 when he apparently decided he had had enough.

“In February 1970, Bezmenov clothed himself in hippie attire, replete with a beard and wig, and joined a tour group; by this means, he escaped to Athens, Greece. After contacting the American embassy and undergoing extensive interviews with United States intelligence, Bezmenov was granted asylum in Canada.”

A few years ago I stumbled across an interesting presentation from this ex-spook Russian defector, as well as an interview on the same topics with G. Edward Griffin.

Yuri Bezmenov: Psychological Warfare Subversion & Control of Western Society (Complete)
Yuri Bezmenov: Deception Was My Job (Complete)

I would highly encourage everyone to watch the entirety of each video, but for those wanting to get the gist without spending 2+ hours, below are shortened excerpts from each:

Yuri Bezmenov: Sleepers Emerge and Messiah Appears
G. Edward Griffin Interview Of Yuri Bezmenov

Some others have written on this very topic:

How to Brainwash A Nation: A Politically Incorrect Guide To Dictatorship

From Russia with No Love

A partial “sampler” text of the Griffin interview is here. A better place to read more about his thoughts is here – a pamphlet called ‘Love Letter to America’:

“The main principle of ideological subversion is TURNING A STRONGER FORCE AGAINST ITSELF. Just like in the Japanese martial arts: you do not stop the blow of a heavier more powerful enemy with an equally forceful blow. You may simply hurt your hand. Instead you catch the striking fist with your hand and PULL the enemy in the direction of his blow until he crashes into a wall or any other heavy object in his way.”

The author makes an interesting case that the vast majority of Soviet intelligence effort went toward the ‘Active Measures’ that the state security had implemented to slowly, over decades, socially engineer and manipulate its Western adversaries to becoming ‘ripe for revolution’. The process is nicely outlined in both his talks above, and illustrated in the booklet.

There is a possibility that Mr. Bezmenov himself was a representative of the very efforts he is describing, planted in the West to try to confuse the imperialist enemy and plant seeds of doubt and division. His defection tale might have been a cover story to lend credibility, and to assist his infiltration. But the simpler explanation that he was a thinking man who did not want to participate further in these processes rings truer to me. Regardless, the process he described in the mid 1980’s is one that seems to have come rather close to its fruition. Whether this truly was in part due to the influence of outside factors (ie. Soviet central intelligence and its successor organizations), or whether it seemed to their advantage to claim it was so makes little difference in terms of the difficult-to-dispute outcome.

As the author himself states, these are the basic building blocks of defeating one’s enemy, and have been around for thousands of years:

“500 years before Christ, the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu formulated the principle of subversion this way:

1. Cover with ridicule all of the valid traditions in your opponent's country.

2. Implicate their leaders in criminal affairs and turn them over to the scorn of their populace at the right time;

3. Disrupt the work of their government by every means;

4. Do not shun the aid of the lowest and most despicable individuals of your enemy's country.

5. Spread disunity and dispute among the citizens.

6. Turn the young against the old.

7. Be generous with promises and rewards to collaborators and accomplices."

What’s more, these are by no means the exclusive tools of oppressive, closed societies – they are standard tools of warcraft, which in turn is an extension/part of statecraft. If you look through the steps described, they are not all that dissimilar from the happenings along Northern Africa (Libya, Syria, Egypt, Tunesia), the Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran 1953-1979 as well as 1979 itself, then more recently), Pakistan, Georgia, Chechnya, Ukraine (2004 AND 2014), restive Chinese provinces and likely a dozen more locales around the world. I wonder about Kashmir and Sri Lanka, Nigeria and a whole host of central African states.

Whether one calls it Communist subversionary tactics, or the ('spontaneous') rise of Wahabbism and militant Islam, radicalization in partly/wholly Muslim regions, 'democratic opposition' to a totalitarian regime, champions of ethnic autonomy or the rise of ultranationalist factions, the objective is the same -- to change societal attitudes and foment/artificially create revolutions through which the instigating/funding party can gain control.

The less successful recent instances of regime change can either be chalked up to insufficient preparation (not long enough a period of demoralization), or that the aim WAS extended periods of chaos, or that the instigating party was simply incompetent. Remember:

"One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship." -- George Orwell

While there was not really that much indication that Bezmenov’s warnings were taken systemically seriously by the US establishment (perhaps infiltration was already too deep?), it certainly seems like the template he described was ever more aggressively adopted by planners in the State Dept. and the various alphabet soup agencies. Eastern counterintelligence agencies and police forces certainly assumed this to be the case, always on the lookout for subversives spreading counterrevolutionary ideas, impure thoughts and decadent customs in the 'morally pure' Soviet republics and satellite vassal states. Whether true or not, they operated under the assumption that the West was engaging in exactly the same kind of cultural infiltration. Suspected subversives were almost without exception convicted, sentenced to lengthy prison terms or visits to scenic archipelagos near the Arctic. Or were simply never heard from again.

But returning to the specific aspect of social engineering, does anyone here remember this young lady:

Anna @ChapmanAnna

Snowden, will you marry me?!

10:36 AM - 3 Jul 2013

https://twitter.com/ChapmanAnna/status/352480982101798913

She was arrested in the US in 2010, and accused of being an unregistered agent of a foreign government. After brief court proceedings, she was sanctioned along with several colleagues. In lieu of punishment, she was sent back to Russia in exchange for American agents captured there. That spies are caught is not really the interesting part. It’s the aftermath – she was instantly granted the status of ‘minor/novelty celebrity of the year’. (Playboy 'article', Maxim Russia 'feature') She received top state honors from the Kremlin upon her return home (widely reported in Western media).

“She may have done unremarkable work back in the U.S. as a spy for Russia, but the woman the Russian media calls Agent 90-60-90 (for her measurements, in centimeters) is, somehow, everywhere. It’s been a little over a year since her return, a year of centerfolds, talk shows, and political rallies. The media, largely controlled by the authorities, still reports each of her many moves. Clearly the Kremlin has found her a useful hero.” -- Bloomberg Businessweek

She is apparently running her own fashion line as of this year, much like many other celebutantes of her time:

“She is one of the most famous spies of post-Soviet Russia, but now Anna Chapman has a new career – as a clothes designer. Her range of dresses and handbags, under a label that will bear her name, was launched at a fashion show in Turkey earlier this month and will soon go on sale in Russia.” – The Guardian

Mind you, this is a known Russian agent, being celebrated and feted for being so, around the Western world. Being presented as a role-model/sexual icon. And this is normal, completely unremarkable to the vast majority of people – if they know about it at all. Kinda makes you wonder about the OTHER manufactured celebrity personalities gracing the front pages of tabloids and men’s magazine covers…

Perhaps all of this is a red herring, it does not mean that there really was/is substantial Russian intelligence activity within the US, as the prosecutor implied at the time:

“Assistant US Attorney Michael Farbiarz said the arrests were "the tip of the iceberg" of the workings of Russia's SVR.” -- BBC

BTW, loose ends were tied off, as the officer who exposed Anna was sentenced to 25 years for treason in Russia, and the US 'Justice' establishment backpedaled earlier statements on the 'depth of infiltration' and the significance of the work Anna and her group carried out in the US.

FBI: No, We Didn’t Say Russian Honeypot Tried to Sex U.S. Cabinet Official

But just for the sake of argument, let’s assume for the moment that she is, in fact, just a single example of MANY such agents/cells/networks. Where does the endgame lie?

Anna Chapman (and the surrounding affair) is just one representative and blatant example, I am sure you can think of more. On the topic of ‘useful idiots’ employed and/or exploited by larger forces, take a moment to consider the cases of Manning, Assange and Snowden as well. This is NOT to challenge the importance or even (necessarily) the veracity of the work they have done, or their intentions/integrity, or the factual content of their revelations. But shucks, wasn’t it just expeditious for any parties who might have had an interest in discrediting the West, who might want to plant seeds of rebellion against governments?

That this in turn engenders even MORE egregious retaliatory behavior, further trampling of rights and international aggression (overt or covert) by said Western governments is all for the good, too. Whether or not they instigated it, there HAD to have been moments of laughter-filled toasts..

Our original protagonist Bezmenov made no bones about his claim: the aim of Soviet (and presumably later Russian) foreign intelligence efforts was to infiltrate, influence and control the thought-leaders, the policy-makers, the intellectuals, the educators, the communicators of target enemy societies. The community organizers, the movie producers, the film/TV stars, the political party operators, the prominent college professors. Not necessarily to apply direct influence to US and Western tactical policies, or to steal military/industrial/commercial secrets (though of course those are all nice bonuses) – but to gradually, and over a long period of time wear away at the fabric of these societies by degrading and corrupting values, morals, social cohesion. Reshape education to change the world-view and value set of entire generations of Western kids.

Did they really make such great inroads on this policy (if it truly was implemented)? Or did the ‘decadent West’ inflict this upon itself through the profit-oriented models of culture, education, childrearing? Was the removal of personal responsibility and community engagement (to be replaced by the ever-present hand of the nanny state) truly the result of foreign meddling, or merely the outcome of the ‘natural’ progression all central states seeking more and more power and centralization?

The fact that these processes, its participants, and its intended outcome were described in such detail decades ago would suggest the former, or at least the influence thereof. Are the ‘owners’ of Western societies oblivious to these factors? Are they actively helping/abetting them in the perception that it helps THEM increase/consolidate their power? Do they imagine that THEY (and not these alleged Communist forces) would gain the upper hand (and establish total authoritarian control) in the societal breakdown and upheaval that will eventually ensue? Do they imagine that the resulting learned helplessness and degraded capacity for independence, self-sustenance and critical thought makes for better serfs? Or is it all really being orchestrated by the same select group of über-elites in control of BOTH/ALL sides of the global power struggle?

Whatever the case, it would suggest that the recommended course of action would be to seek communities (or countries) that are more resistant to the increasingly ever-present effects of this subversion. These effects are global and escaping them altogether is increasingly impossible – but the presence of countering values in community at the local/regional level might help. Being more involved in the education of one’s kids (homeschooling, if possible), taking ‘active measures’ of one’s own by supporting church and community organizations might help. But it seems to me that the accumulated critical mass and decades-long headstart of the opposing side makes it a very steep uphill battle.

The other consideration is time. If we take at face value that ‘Eastern’ intelligence has been actively working at this task from the outset (i.e. since WWII), their projection as to how long subversion would take certainly underestimated the time required. Apparently, the desired atomization of society and ‘depraved decadence’ is not in itself enough to achieve the (presumably) desired collapse. Nevertheless, the ongoing economic, monetary and geopolitical pressures in combination with the insidious and omnipresent social disruption together may finally have their effect. When? Sooner than we would like, but longer than one can hold their breath. Or stay solvent. Or, for some, than one can stay alive.

If we choose to assume that the model is (whether real/intentional or not) accurate in describing the progression of societal change, where might we be NOW in the process? Was the subprime collapse and onset of the Great Recession THE Crisis, and BHO the resulting Savior offered to the masses? Or is it merely another stage in the Destabilization process? My bet is on the latter, 2008 was just the dress rehearsal – if for no other reason than that the system is obviously still creaking along.

Does anyone else see any analogies to current/recent events, especially in the boxes pertaining to the last two stages of destabilization?

Incidentally, here is an update on Bezmenov’s former employer (and KGB front company) Novosty Press Agency:

“On 9 December 2013 President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the liquidation of RIA Novosti and merging it with the international radio service Voice of Russia to create International Information Agency Russia Today.[2] Dmitry Konstantinovich Kiselev, a former anchorman of the Channel One Russia is appointed as the president of the new information agency. It is unclear at the moment whether the new agency will include the TV network Russia Today.[3][13] According to her interview, the editor-in-chief of the TV network Russia Today, Margarita Simonyan was completely unaware about the reorganization of the information agency and got the information from listening competitor radio station Kommersant-FM.” -- Wiki

According to Russia Today (RT) television network, the identical name is merely a coincidence, and the two organizations will not have anything to do with each other. If anyone is interested, they may also have prime riverside real estate in Brooklyn for sale which features not only spectacular views, but an available opportunity for installing a government-enforced steady toll revenue stream as well…

“The main purpose of the new body will be to “to provide information on Russian state policy and Russian life and society for audiences abroad,” according to a decree On Measures to Raise Efficiency in the Work of State Mass Media Outlets, that Putin signed on Monday. […]

The direct translation of Rossiya Segodnya is Russia Today. However, the newly created agency will not be in any way related to RT television channel, which was known as Russia Today before its rebranding in 2009.” -- RT

On the ‘About us page’ you can find that “RT is an autonomous non-profit organization.” Then if you should wander onto the page about its structure, coverage, offices and resources, you will see why I am a bit skeptical.

It is not a very productive to project boogeymen and world-spanning, mind-controlling conspiracies at every turn. But it behooves informed, free-thinking denizens of the globe to recognize and be able to identify efforts aimed at mis/disinforming and confusing them. As I may have mentioned before, the enemy of your enemy is most often only temporarily your friend. When the path to dominance over Western powers leads through the disintegration of civil society and demoralization of its population, even that does not hold true. Then again, all of this cuts both ways -- when the West is doing the exact same thing to 'THEM', is it any wonder that when recognized, such subversion leads to deep and intractable hatred toward the perpetrating party?

Subversion - it's not just for Stalinist dictatorships anymore.

Everyone does it ( TV commercial

So the simple conclusions that all this lead to are much the same as before. Critical thinking is required when consuming ANY kind of media, especially MSM. Unless credibly proven to the contrary, assume any and every news source to be propaganda from one (or more) side(s).

And of course, keep stacking. Don’t forget that reliable, credible sources of information are also at the moment undervalued, and becoming increasingly difficult to come by. They should also be stacked, along with a network of trusted associates who can be relied on for news or verification.

Bibliography/further reading:

Alternative news sites and documentaries recommended by Turdites

A blog that spends a lot of time examining Soviet/Russian propaganda and related matters, including several pieces on documenting references/evidence about Yuriy Bezmenov (part 1, part 2).

Yuriy Bezmenov/Tomas Schuman’s other book (PDF via Google): World Thought Police

Collection of Bezmenov’s works on archive.org

Further reading on Communist disinformation campaigns/strategy

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Spartacus Rex
May 20, 2014 - 12:01am

Kudos El Gordo

Re: "...wanting to know if I was white, Hispanic, Asian, or the like, and I told her that non of those descriptions were races - Caucasian is a race, and it includes Hispanic, but none of them are races, so I cannot answer the question."

Hopefully that certain member herein who attempted to blame the downfall of one of California's cities on "non-white Hispanics" will take notice!

I hereby confess to be one of the most "racist" individuals still living, ergo anyone other than "Human" had better Get the Hell Off Our Planet!

There is only ONE (1) "Race", the "Human Race", for which this Earth, and this "Race", was "Created" For!

El Gordo
May 19, 2014 - 10:11pm

I was just polled

Texas is having some run-off elections this week to finalize the candidates for the November general election. I was just polled by phone, but the questions asked were ridiculous. First of all, they wanted to know how I felt about certain issues. I responded that the poll was obviously intended for women because men don't vote based on how they feel - they vote on what they think. Anyway, the pollster droned on about some demographics, wanting to know if I was white, Hispanic, Asian, or the like, and I told her that non of those descriptions were races - Caucasian is a race, and it includes Hispanic, but none of them are races, so I cannot answer the question. After a while longer of more nonsense, I asked her if it took stupid people to write poll questions for other stupid people to answer, or did it take very smart people to design dumb questions that appear to be addressed to stupid people. She did not have an opinion on that issue.

Urban RomanJ Y
May 19, 2014 - 9:35pm

@JY

As for the Ed <-> Anna match, I'm not sure Uncle Vanya has to approve it or not. The last picture I saw of him was taken by Laura Poitras. As I recall, there was a young girl along on the boat with them. I don't think Ed has any problem finding attractive girls, regardless of location.

As for the Ann - Anna comparison, Occasnltrvlr nailed it, much more poetically than I could. I'm pretty sure Anna could still make a fool of me (it was never hard for any of the others), but I'd feel comfortable walking into that little bar in Luckenbach with Ann. I'm pretty sure some people there would know who she is. I don't think I'd want to live with either one, though.

Oh, and about the main article. Without getting into a "we invented it first" contest, ... ... nevermind, we invented it first. Ever heard of Edward Bernays? But, good article. Thanks for sharing.

Response to: @Urban

May 19, 2014 - 9:25pm

Former WH Communications Director Praising Mao

buzzlightening wrote: "No one in ameriCON'd will believe the chicoms are coming until serving chop suey in their former constitutional US homes."

While I might not use that colorful language, I agree. I was really shocked by the some of the comments on my article on China - that the Chinese (government) are just nice capitalists now and why would they try to take over America when they are just making financial investments!?

I guess I wrongly assumed that most people were under the general understanding that the Communist Chinese government was a brutal force to be reckoned with.

It made me wonder what was giving some folks this overly positive impression China. I am thinking, gee, maybe young people don't remember Tiananmen Square, and maybe in college now they are glossing over China's human rights abuses and painting it in an overly positive light. To whit:

Obama Cabinet Member Anita Dunn: Mao Tse Tung "Favorite Philosopher"; Truth is subjective

Anita Dunn was Obama's first White House Communications Director. This speech for students was given while she was working in this capacity. She talks about how one of her favorite philosophers that she "goes to" regularly is MAO TSE TUNG.

We're in really bad shape when the White House Communications Director can praise the Communist Chinese dictator who killed what...50 million people? And the mainstream media did not blink an eye about this.

But then, we're also living in an age where I've seen people deny the term "socialist" in National Socialist and claim that, well, Hitler and the Nazis weren't really socialists even though that was the name of their darn party.

The serious, deep brainwashing has already happened.

buzlightening
May 19, 2014 - 8:28pm

China & Russia have their runs for the gold or eating up what's

there in lands for the taking. Certainly lil scamBO and the straw dogs will do nothing to stop them going where ever these super powers want:

"Conflict Between China And Vietnam Is Imminent" - China Piles Troops, Tanks, Artillery And APCs Near Vietnam Border https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-19/%E2%80%9Cconflict-between-chin...

No one in ameriCON'd will believe the chicoms are coming until serving chop suey in their former constitutional US homes.

All these false flag alerts are falling on dead ears here in the rockies. We know the chicoms and ruskies are coming. Our government sold out viper backbones and left them in china's noodle factories; sourced out american jobs of course in favored nation status. LOL

erewenguyancientmoney
May 19, 2014 - 8:15pm

@ ancientmoney re: dollar as good as gold

I think you nailed it when you stated that in our parent's and grandparent's generation the dollar was as good as gold and that there was a level of trust that the government was of, by and for the people.

I remember being able to find fairly substantial amounts of silver in rolled coins even in the mid 70's. I'm not really sure when someone stepped on the accelerator to strip the population of their assets. It really happened with few people paying attention.

Concerning these estates I worked with, they were essentially abandoned by the heirs, and not even managed through a sale. Stunning what people will walk away from. Oh well. Their loss.

I Run Bartertown
May 19, 2014 - 7:54pm

Bohemian

"The only long-term working strategy was -- FEAR. That's it."

Not in the US. In the US, we have drunk every drop of this and felt ever so good and pure and superior about it. No fear needed, just an appeal to ego, empathy, and a feeling of superiority over past generations and anyone who might admire them. You can shake off fear. People here don't WANT to shake this off.

Look at the very first step in this process:

People might not want the late steps, but try to find someone willing to speak out against that first critical step of Egalitarianism. Find them quickly, because most places will censor them within minutes.

When Bezmenov describes the weaponization of race and aberrent sexuality, people might nod. But ask them 5 minutes later about how integration-at-gunpoint effected Freedom of Association, and they'll insist that they are 'color-blind' (whatever the hell that means...discussing race as 'skin color' is about as sensible as discussing cars as tire width - one relatively insignificant detail). Ask them about the homosexual agenda and they'll swear they are not a homophobe.

In neither case will they explicitly link the things Bezmenov discusses with actual policy. When government policy is predicated on an egalitarianism that nature has never offered, it creates issues (seen in the endless attempts to 'close the gap' in education, or comparisons of life expectancy in a health care debate). It leaves no aspect of civil society beyond the reach of government. It's the same with the lawsuits against Christian businesses today. Government involvement at a previously unthinkable level, but that involvement is made absolutely necessary by the weaponization of egalitarianism.

"And frankly, what Bezmenov is describing, that's no secret or a subversive work at all. That was the part of curriculum at every major university"

I've seen a lot of things by Bezmenov, so I'm not sure which clips these are. But most of what I've seen him say has entered the curriculum piecemeal, always under a guise that wouldn't suggest the over-arching goals he refers to.

Note - upon re-reading your quote, I noticed you say "long term working strategy". That's valid. The 'DIEversity is our strength' nonsense and the basic tenets of the MultiKult do seem to be falling apart, and the Modus Operandi does seem to be shifting to one more based on shame, pressure, and fear. So perhaps you're right about the long-term and I just haven't watched for long enough yet.

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erewenguyJohn Galt
May 19, 2014 - 7:34pm

@ John Galt re:cars for government employees

I have first hand knowledge of a US federal agency that issues directives mandating new vehicle purchases to replace those that are still in excellent condition. It is particularly galling when the mandates are for purchases of "green" autos when cheaper options would be just as effective.

May 19, 2014 - 7:33pm

@Bohemian

I am not sure I can answer your question(s), but will try based on my understanding of what you are asking.

You are absolutely right in that the primary method used in USSR and throughout the Eastern bloc in the post-WWII era was brute force -- fear and intimidation. The Soviet system had (almost) direct control over the education, media, social norms, etc. in all of these areas, and tried to enforce (with varying degrees of accommodation/customization) the principles of 'scientific communism'. The major flaw in this design was exactly that: ENFORCEMENT. The host societies rejected the ideology as foreign, due to the obvious realization that it was enforced by a foreign, occupying power. While perhaps more headway was made in USSR proper, I don't think anyone truly 'believed' any of it in the satellite states. Certainly not the majority of the population.

I agree that none of what Bezmenov 'reveals' is secret, in the sense that there are plenty of people, movements, organizations, lobbies, unions, social organizations, companies, PR firms, advertising agencies, etc. that try to influence public perception and mindset on any given day. They have all been doing so since the beginning of recorded history, though arguably with more efficiency since the days of Edward Bernays and the rise of consumer society and mass media.

The only twist that Bezmenov introduces is using these channels not to impose Communist ideology, per se, but to disrupt existing social order. The goal being destabilization where dictatorship can be imposed. I don't think/believe that by the 1970's-80's the 'power elite' in the USSR truly believed in communist doctrine -- but they very much believed they should stay in power in the 'Russian' sphere of influence. And perhaps they truly DID have designs to expand this sphere of influence to the West. Not to achieve global communism, but to gain more power.

What seems to me to be the case is that the Western power holders (within or outside government) recognized that these methods CAN be used for a variety of purposes (e.g. breaking down individualism, enforcing compliance/acquiescence to govt. power, creating better/dumber citizens), both in the West, and in a number of allied or independent countries.

My point is that regardless of who 'drove' these changes, or whether these were 'driven' at all, the end state described has certainly come about: fragmentation of social cohesion, erosion of 'traditional values', increased dependence on the State (whichever State), increased global expansionism/imperialism, polarization of political discourse, etc.

My point is simply that these methods favor WHOEVER wishes to usurp power. They also serve the benefit of anyone who wishes to create/increase entropy/chaos to weaken an otherwise insurmountably strong/large/heavy opponent.

In the specific narrow case of American society, whether or not 'foreign' actors had any hand in it, the central government (and various 'non-governmental organizations', and big business, though perhaps I repeat myself) drove these very same demoralizing/destabilizing agendas.

My point is not to ascribe mythical omnipotence to the Soviet/Russian/Communist intelligence services (though I think they are more formidable than perhaps they are given credit for), but to call attention to their METHODS (which of course are not really all that original, or uniquely theirs). In the hands of ANYONE with resources and long-term dedication, they can have significant impact. It seems to me that such impact WAS indeed achieved, either by SOMEONE(S), or perhaps as a 'random' outcome of societal/commercial/geopolitical development. It just does not seem plausible to me that this process and outcome came about in an 'undirected', organic, random fashion.

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7/23 8:30 ET Jobless claims
7/23 10:00 ET Leading Economic Indicators
7/24 9:45 ET Markit flash PMIs for July

Key Economic Events Week of 7/13

7/13 11:30 ET Goon Williams speech
7/13 1:00 ET Goon Kaplan speech
7/14 8:30 ET CPI for June
7/14 2:30 ET Goon Bullard speech
7/15 8:30 ET Empire State and Import Price Idx
7/15 9:15 ET Cap Ute and Ind Prod
7/16 8:30 ET Retail Sales and Philly Fed
7/16 11:00 ET Goon Williams again
7/17 8:30 ET Housing Starts and Permits

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