The Cathedral of Lies
A cascade of falsehoods from the Ruling Class -- on January 6th, Ukraine, & Inflation...
“Live Not by Lies.” In 1974, Russian dissident and intellectual Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote an essay with that title, and was summarily exiled from the Soviet Union the very next day.
Nearly a half century later, here in the United States, the nation that accepted Solzhenitsyn now endures a previously unimaginable cascade of falsehoods promulgated brazenly by the most powerful people and institutions in the country.
The Cathedral -- an appellation for the Ruling Class of government, big business, media, and academia – clearly feels the growing power of the patriotic populist movement in America. Hence, the repressive torrent of ruling class lies increases in frequency and magnitude. Consider the lies promulgated in just the last 24 hours. These lies, mind you, are grand ones, with immense consequence.
Lie One: January 6th
Tucker Carlson aired stunning video footage from the Capitol building on January 6th. The American people have waited years to witness this evidence, even though we own that building and we paid for those cameras. Thankfully, new Speaker Kevin McCarthy made good on his promises and provides this transparency as the first step toward a full release to the public.
The Carlson evidence obliterated the Permanent Washington narrative about that day. With just a sampling of clips shown so far, the truth emerges that the election sanctity rally escalated into an unruly protest, with small portions of the crowd engaging in real violence against police and public property.
But the overwhelming majority of the protestors were entirely peaceful and treated as welcome guests by authorities, even inside the Capitol.
The video footage proves, in fact, that January 6th was neither an insurrection, nor deadly, with the notable and tragic exception of MAGA supporter Ashli Babbitt. As Tucker Carlson aptly observed while showing the previously-suppressed tapes: “these were not insurrectionists, these were sightseers.”
The most glaring ruling class lie involves the so-called “Q Anon Shaman,” Jacob Chansley. He now sits in a federal prison after enduring nearly a year in pre-trial detention in solitary confinement in Washington. For what crime? “Obstructing an official proceeding” was the conviction that sealed a 41-month sentence for this military veteran.
But the tapes released by McCarthy reveal that police inside the Capitol welcomed and escorted Chansley all around the building, even respectfully standing by as he led a group prayer of protestors. He was not treated as a threat because he wasn’t one, as the video footage makes clear. At worst, Chansley trespassed and engaged in some uncouth behavior. But an eccentric donning a costume hardly deserves a felony conviction and hard prison time.
Lie Two: US Intelligence and Ukraine
Within the Cathedral of globalism, the New York Times serves as a sort of “church bulletin” for the true believers. More broadly, American legacy media platforms overwhelmingly transform into supplicant public relations agencies for the ruling class, and especially so for the US Intelligence Community. What a contrast vs. the press of decades past that formerly approached almost any I.C. agenda with dogged skepticism?
In 2023 America, though, media mavens act as stenographers promoting the press releases of the national security apparatus, thinly disguised as legitimate reporting. Consider the just-released NY Times report: “Intelligence Suggests Pro-Ukraine Group Sabotaged Pipelines, US Officials Say.”
On its face, the premise is laughable. What rational person believes that the poor and technologically primitive country of Ukraine could somehow muster the means and expertise to stage such an advanced clandestine operation as blowing up the Nord Stream pipeline? We are to somehow believe that Kiev pulled off this incredible SEAL Team Six-like feat, hundreds of miles from Ukraine, undetected, in freezing deep Baltic waters…without the assistance and/or permission of the United States?
But the NY Times threw aside any semblance of journalistic skepticism and simply repeated the regime propaganda of the Washington War Machine. The article states that the attack emanated from “a proxy force with connections to the Ukrainian government.” For the sake of brevity, at least, the NYT might consider just calling this “proxy” group by its shortened, three letter name — CIA.
Lie Three: Inflation
Katie bar the door, it turns out inflation is not “transitory.” Not at all, actually.
Feckless Fed Chairman Jerome Powell appeared before the US Senate on Tuesday and tried to dial back the massive lie of the Administrative State regarding systemic and persistent inflation. Powell parroted the equally dishonest Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in repeating the “transitory” lie for over a year as the inflation tsunami grew.
Now forced into a corner, Powell finally concedes that monetary policy will have to be much more aggressively hawkish, meaning rates must rise, and rapidly.
Markets swooned on the news, with the Regional Banks sector losing 3% on the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding 574 points, and Bond prices tumbling, too. That fall in bond prices, which move directly inversely to interest rates, means that 2 Year Treasury Note Yields hit 5%, the highest since 2007.
But the ramifications spread far beyond financial markets, to Main Street as well. This inflation presently crushes the prosperity and spirits of America, especially for citizens of modest means. For example, last year a staggering 3.7 million US children were thrown newly into poverty vs. 2021 levels. Right now, total credit card debt approaches $1 trillion, and grows at the fastest pace ever. Given these interest rates, home affordability is now worse than at the peak of the 2007 Housing bubble.
Telling Americans that we could borrow and spend into fiscal oblivion without inflation was a lie. Pretending that the Fed balance sheet could explode from $1 trillion to $9 trillion in 15 years without eventual pain? Also, a lie. Now, we all pay the price for the lies.
It is time for the sensible and moral people of America to reject the falsehoods and dismantle the cathedral of lies.
In his essay, Solzhenitsyn declared that “when people renounce lies, lies simply cease to exist. Like parasites, they can only survive when attached to a person.” As such, let us follow his admonition and pledge “a personal nonparticipation in lies!...Let their rule hold not through me!”