Conspiracy Theorist: 2/16/16

The establishment is losing it

Mark Luedtke

Because people with access to government’s levers of power are typically aligned against us, it’s easy to think of rulers as a monolithic group. Some have tried to draw organizational charts as if rulers were organized like government or a corporation. They aren’t. Our rulers are organized in a fluid network of temporary alliances and obligations based on power: economic, political, bureaucratic and, to a lesser extent, academic and media.

Rulers outside government trade wealth for power with those inside the government, advancing the self-interests of both. Organized into rival factions within factions with the most fundamental faction—the individual—they compete for advantage. One day, the CEOs of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were on top. The next day, because of the judicial non-application of government power, they were exiled, ousted by rivals. It’s a modern Game of Thrones, but more depraved.

Right now the long-dominant establishment, call them war profiteers, empire profiteers or globalists, prominently represented by the Bushes and Clintons, fears losing power, and it’s fun to watch their desperate response.

On the Democratic side, the ongoing story of Hillary Clinton using an insecure, private email server for top secret information is costing her. She would have lost Iowa to self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders if not for winning six out of six coin flips. Typical Clinton shenanigans. It’s reminiscent of when Clinton, with no knowledge of investing whatsoever, made 10 correct bets with no losses in the cattle futures market to turn $1,000 into $100,000. She got away with that scam too.

Sanders’s populist fundraising had already caught up with Clinton’s globalist donors—promising to give some people other people’s money will do that—and his strong showing coupled with the ever-present stench of Clintonian corruption should boost him further. He’s poised to win in New Hampshire and possibly upset Clinton’s inevitability like President Obama in 2008.

But the geriatric Democrats are boring. Republicans offer real entertainment.

Along with Clinton, the war profiteers bet big on Jeb Bush, and lost. Tricky Ted Cruz barely won Iowa over national poll leader Donald Trump. Marco Rubio came in a strong third, presenting the globalists their best Republican hope.

But the establishment is in full meltdown. Crooks and Liars reports Republican strategist Rick Wilson called Trump supporters “… childless, single men who masturbate to Anime. They’re not real political players. These are not people who matter in the overall course of humanity.” That’s quite an insult to the 38.5 percent of Republicans who support Trump.

The editors of the New Republic released a special issue sliming Trump and paid for it with lost subscribers. Glenn Beck showed his establishment colors by accusing Trump of voting for Obama by retweeting a fake tweet then announcing he prefers Sanders to Trump.

Pat Buchanan explains this election is turning into a rejection election and why it’s causing this meltdown: “Understandably, the interventionists and neocons at National Review, Commentary, and the Weekly Standard are fulminating against Trump. For many are the Beltway rice bowls in danger of being broken today.”

Of the recent ruling-class conclave in Davos, Switzerland, Buchanan asks, “Can that crowd at Davos not understand that it is despised because it is seen as having subordinated the interests of the nations and people in whose name it presumes to speak, to advance an agenda that serves, first and foremost, its own naked self-interest?”

War profiteers fear lower profits because Trump, Cruz and Sanders aren’t warmongers enough. For all their faults, those three have records of putting American interests first, above foreign interventions. All are populist candidates, and rulers fear the people. That’s the motive behind ubiquitous spying.

But their fear of Trump dwarfs their fear of Cruz and Sanders. Trump attracts blacks and Hispanics, threatening the divisive order of politics rulers orchestrated, keeping them on top. Union leaders fear Trump will draw lots of union voters, further undermining the long-cultivated, phony political divide in the country.

But their biggest fear is Trump doesn’t need their money. War profiteers can co-opt Cruz or Sanders with money much like they, predictably, co-opted Obama. But Trump makes their money irrelevant. He’s taking money out of politics like everyone claims they want. In reality, people want other people’s money out of politics, not their own, so they can control elections for their own benefit.

This is the most entertaining election since Cold War profiteers unleashed on Ronald Reagan in 1980. I need more popcorn.

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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