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Politics: An Exercise in Futility

Larken Rose published a status update on Facebook a few days ago that I really liked. It’s worth sharing here again with everyone in it’s entirety:

Even back when I was a “limited statist,” desperately trying to increase freedom through voting and petitioning and campaigning, deep down inside I already knew that political activism was totally pointless and hopeless–that it would never lead to freedom–but I kept trying anyway, because I just didn’t know what else to do, and I refused to give up.

Now I realize that that is EXACTLY the entire purpose of the political process: to keep the peasantry obsessed with a game that will forever steal away their time, energy, money and hope, while providing NO chance of them ever achieving freedom. And all the while, the people as a whole had the power to be free the MOMENT they really wanted it, just by removing their cooperation from the “system.”

“Politics” is a hamster wheel in an unlocked cage. When the hamsters figure that out, the game ends. Larken Rose, March 2018

Just like Larken, I also eventually came to realize a few years ago that the current anti-social system that we live in was designed specifically to abuse and enslave every individual, despite claiming to the contrary that it exists to serve the individual. And within this system, the whole political process is also designed and put in place to exploit people’s hope and give them the illusion of freedom and choice; especially the illusion of having a say and being able to influence the outcome of things. But what we see in reality is that this is just a game designed to keep everyone occupied in futile undertakings, like Larken mentions, to “forever steal away their time, energy, money and hope, while providing NO chance of them ever achieving freedom.”

As depicted in the above image, politicians come and go, presidents come and go, entire governments come and go, but fundamentally the system stays exactly the same and there’s no change in its purpose, which is the exploitation of the individual. This is the case today, and has been the case throughout all of history.

In February 2016 I published an open letter (Dutch) to politicians in Suriname where I mentioned the following:

I have “good” news and bad news for all politicians. The bad news is that you will continue to fail, even if you get thousands of years to try again and again. The “good” news is that it’s not entirely your fault.

You’re trying to change a social system that was designed to make you fail. The game is rigged. The “rules of the game” are such that it’s certain from the very beginning that you will fail. You will never be able to win as long as you continue to participate in this system according to the rules that it imposes on you. In other words, you will never be able to bring sustainable development for everyone within this system, simply because that’s not the goal of this system.

There are people who decide to get involved in politics for noble reasons. And they may even have a high degree of integrity. But most of the time these people are just too naïve to understand what they’re getting involved in. They don’t understand how this system works at the deeper levels. And when they eventually get into positions of power in the system, they start to find out that changing things is not as easy as they thought. In fact, they soon find out that it’s quite impossible.

Here’s Russian president Vladimir Putin explaining what happens:

While US presidents “come and go,” its political landscape is hardly prone to changes, Putin said, noting that the incumbent US leader “is steering a traditional US policy.”

This political invariability can be ascribed to the sprawling US bureaucratic machine, which imposes rigid constraints on every neophyte leader as soon as he rises to power, Putin argued.

“When a person is elected, they may have some ideas. Then people with briefcases arrive, well dressed, wearing dark suits… These people start explaining how things are done. And instantly, everything changes,” Putin elaborated, noting that no administration is able to escape this trap, which significantly narrows its room for maneuver.

Putin argued that former US President Obama also fell victim to the system as he was not able to deliver on his pre-election promise to close the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison. Describing Obama as a “forward-thinking man,” Putin said that he has no doubt that Obama genuinely wanted to follow through his pledge, but failed even though the controversial Cuban prison was known primarily for torture and a practice of unlawful detentions.

And this is not only the case in the USA, but all around the world, because the same anti-social system of enslavement is currently implemented worldwide. It’s a system that Hitler and Qaddafi fought against, trying from the inside and achieving some short-term successes in the beginning, but eventually failing.

People with noble intentions and integrity who’re naïve enough to get into politics and end up in government can eventually look forward to one of three outcomes:

  • Either they get out of the government by themselves when they eventually find out from experience how the system works and what its purpose is, or,
  • they get kicked out of the government e.g. through scandals or possibly ending up like John F. Kennedy, Hitler or Qaddafi, or,
  • if they’re weak they bend to the will of the system and slowly but surely become just as corrupt, to the point of waking up one day months or years in the future, finding out that they’ve become what they initially set out to fight against.

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. Friedrich Nietzsche

You have to realize that the countries of today are nothing more than giant plantations, and the people in government can be compared to the plantation overseers that were appointed from among the slaves by the owners of the plantations in recent history:

On larger plantations an overseer represented the planter in matters of daily management. […] he had the difficult and often despised task of middleman and the often contradictory goals of fostering both productivity and the enslaved work-force.

The overseers in government are tasked with running day to day activities on the plantation and seeing to it that the master’s business affairs are taken care of and that work on the plantation is going smoothly. They’re the more privileged slaves on the plantation, comparable to what Malcolm X called the “house slaves” or “house negroes.”

Back in those days it was blatantly obvious to all the other slaves that the overseers were sell-outs looking after the master’s interests. But this is not so easy for them to realize today, because today most of the slaves in countries around the world mistakenly believe that they’re “free and independent” and that slavery has been “abolished” many years ago. This brainwash has been forced into their heads from early childhood during their “education.” Moreover, the political process introduced by the masters (who mostly remain behind the scenes) has deceived the slaves into believing that they can be in charge of their own destinies on the plantation by “participating” and “choosing” overseers from amongst themselves.

Today most of these chosen slaves who manage to become overseers usually wake up to the reality of what they are after they get into government and start receiving orders from the owners of the plantation. And the owners of the plantations worldwide are the international financial elite. Yes, the same ones Hitler often referred to and fought against. Through their emissaries — the “people in dark suits” as Vladimir Putin referred to them, or the “economic hitmen” as John Perkins called them in his book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” — they tell the overseers in government how to run the plantation. This is usually done through their working arms, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

If the overseers in government fail to take orders and implement the wishes of the owners of their plantation, the owners then proceed to apply increasingly more pressure on them to do so. First they try to bribe the overseers into doing what they want. If that doesn’t help, they move on to personal attacks in order to coerce them into doing what they’re told, or to force them to step down so that other slaves can step up who might be more willing to be puppets. If that doesn’t work, economic sanctions follow, assassination attempts, coup d’etats, and ultimately war.

And as we’ve seen throughout history, the owners of the plantations always get their way, even if it takes a few years. This is because they keep controlling the system at the most fundamental levels, an important part of which is the monetary system and through the brainwashed minds of the slaves. As long as most of the slaves believe that they should be slaves and submit themselves to an outside and perceived higher authority — such as a government — they will always be easy prey. And as long as most of the slaves don’t understand the fundamental workings of this anti-social system, and how it’s being controlled at a deep level by the monetary system, they won’t understand how easily they can be influenced and controlled by it. When engineered economic crises begin manifesting themselves, the slaves will put the blame on the leaders in government, when in fact it’s the financial elite — the owners of the plantation — who’re causing most of it from behind the scenes in order to impose their will on everyone.

Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money and control credit, and with a flick of a pen they will create enough to buy it back. Sir Josiah Stamp, former President, Bank of England

So it’s obvious that if we want to achieve long-term positive results in getting rid of this system of enslavement, the only solution that will help is waking up most of the slaves so that they can see and deeply understand the reality that they’re living in today. And this takes time and requires a lot of patience and diligent work — work that includes most importantly self-education and research, and the sharing of knowledge with everyone about how this system works and what its true purpose is. It also means making sacrifices because sharing the truth with people — telling it like it is — will often not make you a popular or likable person. And if you’re going to walk the talk, it also means that you’re going to have to say “no” to many opportunities and conveniences in life.

In the last few years I’ve had the chance to personally experience some of that. For example, in 2017, I said “no” to at least 3 opportunities from governmental institutions that came my way, after I had decided to never work for any government ever again. This during an economic crisis where anyone else would welcome such opportunities. And there have been many other instances where I decided not to help and not to participate, in order not to contribute to, or legitimize, the system, and not to reinforce people’s erroneous beliefs about it.

Not a day goes by where I don’t think of how I can further limit my contributions to the system and become more independent. Like Larken Rose mentioned, the only way we can get rid of this system is when most people remove their cooperation from it. Instead, that cooperation should be put into developing alternatives. The more people do this, the sooner the current anti-social system of enslavement will cease to exist.

Additional Notes


  1. De Nederlandse (r)overheid is een criminele en terroristische organisatie — Karel Donk (30/10/2019)
  2. The Dutch government is a criminal and terrorist organization — Karel Donk (26/11/2019)
  3. Banks are being used for social engineering by the Financial Elite — Karel Donk (02/11/2020)


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