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Mon Sep 12 21:59:04 PDT 2022

The Greatest Trick Ever Played, And How Bitcoin Shatters The Illusion You are the Nazi

Centralized planners could not have dreamed of a more obfuscating and
power-concentrating system than that of fiat money...

    "The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist."

     — Charles Baudelaire

    “The second greatest trick was convincing the world he is good.”

    — Ken Ammi

Throughout history, people have always been blinded by the cathedral
of their times. Ideas of chivalry, caste systems and royal bloodlines
were all incredibly powerful constructs that towered above any
possible scrutiny, let alone rebuke.

Today is no different.

Just as fish cannot perceive the water they swim in, it is also
difficult for people to recognize the cathedrals for what they truly
are. Grandiose narratives, fanciful myths, and seductive lies make for
invisible chains.

They are the walls of Plato’s Cave. They are the scrolling green code
of the Matrix.

And no prisoner can break free from shackles that remain hidden.

Such illusions are shattered by bitcoin — like waves breaking against
solid rock. This is because bitcoin unveils the three most powerful
and enduring illusions of our time — those of the competent central
planner, the common good, and fiat money.

Let us now step through the looking glass and dissect these magic
tricks one by one, starting with the competence of central planners.

Ah yes, central planners. They aspire to positions of power in the
guise of charismatic figureheads, lofty intellectuals, the spiritually
enlightened or impressive polymaths who’s vast knowledge spans the
fields of economics, finance, healthcare, engineering, infrastructure,
energy policy and oooohhhh so many more.

Even better, they are packaged and sold as benevolent leaders that
strive for a better tomorrow, acting only out of altruism and for love
of the common good. Truth and justice are their names.

Intellect, wisdom and hearts of gold? Sign me up!

Of the three, this is perhaps the easiest illusion to dispel.

At its best, politics is often described as the act of jumping in
front of a moving parade while claiming credit. And at its worst,
central planners get drunk on the myth of their own competence which
inevitably turns the parade into a chain gang shuffle.

This is because central planning at its heart must rely on coercion.
Voluntary actions occur organically, bottom up, and on the individual
level. By definition, they do not need to be centrally orchestrated.

Next, putting aside the laughable notion that an individual mortal
could possess any meaningful level of mastery across so many complex
domaines and ignoring the fact that these are flesh and blood humans,
naturally prone to self-interest and subject to all the usual dark
appetites, it is equally insane to think that an abstraction such as
the “common good” could ever be agreed on let alone achieved.

But that, of course, is the entire point.

The common good has always been in the eye of the beholder and is
therefore highly susceptible to every possible perversion. It is
ideally malleable — custom tailored camouflage for the central

In the name of the common good, central planners then take upon
themselves the right to decide on the conflicts of nations, on
conscription in war, on the hollowing out of industry, on the
allocation of rations, on the burden of tax (either directly at
gunpoint or discretely through inflation) and, most importantly, on
who gets to be first in line at the money printer’s trough.

Bitcoin of course flips this on its head. More on that later.

But how does such a ludicrous belief in central planning perpetuate
itself — the deranged idea that a miniscule group of people, or
oftentimes even a sole individual, should with the flick of a pen
decide the wellbeing and economic fate of millions?

It all comes back to the delusion of the common good.

It is precisely this belief in the common good taken to its extreme, a
belief in paradise on earth, that justifies the greatest abuses.

This is the corrosive narrative which central planners always draw on
for legitimacy and which they use to feed their lust for control.
Because ideas of eutopia justify any means to accomplish their end,
central planners can use them to maximum effect. Not only do they make
dubious claims of a eutopia, but also insist on possessing knowledge
of the righteous path that leads to it.

Why go through the trouble of building such a cathedral?

Contrary to the common cynic’s belief, the vast majority of people
want to be perceived as doing good and aren’t prone to extremism — a
benefit of normal distributions.

Therefore, evil has to cloak itself in the mantle of virtue or else be rejected.

After all, the road to perdition is famously paved with good intentions.

And what could be more well intentioned than the pursuit of heaven on earth.

This is what lifted the Communists into power, perhaps the most
outspoken central planners of them all. It is also what gives the
jihadis credibility in the eyes of the faithful and what fueled the
rise of Nazi Germany.

The common good is the perfect narrative for central planners to seize
the reins of power and gives their followers the iron conviction to
follow through on even the most heinous of acts.

And who would dare speak out against them? Who would be so cruel as to
deny paradise.

Because when it comes to bringing about heaven on earth — no price is
too steep, no sacrifice sufficient and no body count too high.

What do another million dead matter if paradise awaits just around the
corner. It is never enough, the bloodlust cannot be slaked.

The nameless mass graves of 80 million killed at the hands of Mao, the
40 million under Stalin, the 20 million under Hitler, the 3.5 million
under the Kims and the 3 million under Pol Pot … they all attest to
this — slaughtered in the name of this most depraved of fantasies.

The sad irony is that although paradise is an illusion, hell on earth
is very real.

One need look no further than North Korea, where people are publicly
executed for the crime of making unauthorized phone calls.

In fact, utopia and dystopia aren't opposites — they're synonyms.

And the surest way to arrive at this terrible destination is to
concentrate ultimate power in the hands of a few, in the hands of
central planners.

The carrot of utopia combined with the stick of an emergency — whether
it be a classless and plentiful society threatened by the greedy
bourgeoisie, or the promise of a thousand year Aryan rule to crush the
corrupting globalists or the establishment of a glorious caliphate as
a stronghold against the aggressing infidels — these narratives are
all designed to rally a core group of true believers and convince the
wider public to enshrine in central planners extraordinary powers.

But how then do the actual mechanics of coercion work at scale and how
is the average person ensnared beyond just turning a blind eye?

How does the narrative actually transmit into reality?

Through fiat money.

In the words of Henry Kissinger: “Who controls money, controls the world.”

This is the greatest trick ever played.

If the competent central planner and the common good can be called
illusions, fiat money makes these look like cheap parlor tricks by

Most civilized societies have concluded that central planning of the
economy is generally a bad idea. A committee of central planners
overriding the free market by setting the prices of commodities, goods
and services has always lead to great misery and starvation.

But when it comes to money, suddenly the rules seem to magically change.

At the center of every modern economy sits a central bank who’s
explicit mandate is to control the supply of money through its balance
sheet and set its price through interest rate fixing.

How can this contradiction be rationalized?

Jordan Peterson famously remarked that only half the lesson of World
War II had been learnt.

By this he meant that we’d grappled with the snakepit of national
socialism but not the communist den of vipers — a tragic consequence
of the Allies’ expedient alignment with the Soviets against the Third

One key consequence of this was that central planners were allowed to
nest in the corridors of power and permitted to desecrate once
hallowed institutions.

For example, it is now perfectly acceptable for academics to
self-identify as Marxists, which nearly 20% of professors in the
social sciences do.

But even still, the notion that at least half the lesson was learnt is
hopelessly optimistic.

The lessons of the past have been reduced to a wild goose chase for
the modern day equivalent of an angry-sounding German man in leather
boots and a silly-looking mustache. It’s a stultifying distraction
from the underlying culprit of fiat money which allowed such madmen to
rule in the first place. While society is preoccupied with a frenzied
scavenger hunt for goose-stepping fascists, literal central banks have
been put in charge of the money. As we will see, this is a clear

The money printer allows central planners to override free market choices.

What instrument of control could possibly be more perfect.

Endless wars can now be financed with just the push of a button,
destructive policies can be pursued no matter the cost and when
challenged, central planners can bribe their opposition into
compliance with promises of a universal basic income, of “free”
education and health care, and of subsidized housing for the needy.

And all of this they can deliver, if only given the power of the printer.

Fiat money lets central planners hide the true cost of their
destructive decisions by papering over them. And when society
inevitably collides with the walls of reality, this provides central
planners with the perfect emergency to centralize even more.

In their greatest time of need, people blinded by panic will turn to
the arsonists and beg them to extinguish the fire.

As the black hole of money printing distorts price signals,
misallocates assets, and debases society’s savings, people will
actually blame “late stage capitalism” for the deterioration.

Not recognizing the caustic effects of fiat money and centralized
power, people will instead cry out for more of the same poison that
ails them. When decades of loose monetary policy and insatiable money
printing drove America into the Great Depression of the 1930s, the
remedy was more centralization.

What followed was the outlawing of gold with Executive Order 6102, the
last bulwark against fiat, and thereafter an unprecedented
nationalization of private industry that fed the war machine.

In fact, FDR was able to centralize so much power that he became de
facto president for life and died while serving his fourth term in
office — the only president to ever do so. After his death, a 22nd
amendment was hastily added to the constitution, setting a two-term
limit on the presidency.

The massive military industrial complex that was erected during this
time and has since grown by orders of magnitude, gorging itself on
money printing, is something Americans are still contending with —
unable to extricate themselves from multiplying conflicts.

When Weimar Germany collapsed under the hyperinflationary fires of the
papiermark, the answer was again to centralize. Only this time, the
Führer used fiat to turn Germany into a giant weapons manufacturer and
burnt Europe to the ground.

And when Lenin’s Soviet Union was ravaged by three successive
hyperinflations due to Communist profligacy, Stalin seized the mantle
of power, then turned around and brutally butchered the Russian
people. In fact, Soviet Russia burnt through a total of seven versions
of the fiat ruble and endured seven painful resets.

The central planner’s fiat trick became so routine that Soviet workers
would famously joke: “We pretend to work and they pretend to pay.” But
of course, every fiat money must find a point of exhaustion, when the
money printer’s ink runs dry. It is for this reason, that the
seemingly opposite Eastern communist and Western capitalist systems
were at least similar in this way:

Both ultimately believed in top-down control through fiat money.

Only the communists, spurred on by a more rabid fanaticism, made the
fatal mistake of centralizing every nut and bolt of their economy,
involving the government in decisions ranging from the harvesting of
crops to the manufacturing of shoes and the production of cars. This
ended in incomprehensible human suffering.

Central planners in the West took a more tactful approach by first
allowing their economies to self organize and fatten up before milking
them dry via centralized money.

And so, fiat is the greatest trick ever played. It is also the
ultimate heist, allowing central planners to siphon off a population’s
entire productivity and exhaust its every resource through the
counterfeiting of money. Fiat money is watermelon socialism —
capitalist green on the outside and communist red at its core.

As justification, central planners must contort themselves into
impressive mental pretzels and invert the truth. Some of these brazen
lies famously include:

    That the constant manipulation of money is productive and necessary.

    That Keynesianism is a legitimate school of thought which every
economics major must be indoctrinated with.

    That money printing does not cause price inflation.

    That price inflation, which invariably follows, is actually good
because it also inflates GDP. For some reason, less affordable prices
of goods and services are claimed as positives by this twisted logic.

    That the financialization of economies and stripping of their real
assets through deindustrialization are actually markers of prosperity.

    That recessions no longer exist and employment is full because
these terms can be easily re-defined to suit, in true Orwellian

    That the fiat driven credit boom and bust cycles which lead to
great depressions and war are natural and good.

    That central banks are staples of a free market economy.

    And of course, the slandering of bitcoin as a mere toy for
criminals and plaything of fringe anarchists.

That’s right.

War is peace. Slavery is freedom. Ignorance is strength.

But what if money could not be printed at will? If money bore an
actual cost, then central planners’ maleficence would become almost
instantly and laughably obvious. The people’s pocket could no longer
be picked with inflation and the central planner’s incompetence would
incur an immediate and tangible cost. Want to wage wars? You’ll need
to pay for them. Want to fund wasteful government programs? You’ll
need to justify them. Want to bankrupt your citizens and leave them
destitute? You’ll need to face them.

Central planners could no longer destroy the world on credit and would
be required to close out their tab. The cost of unproductive and
wrongheaded action would come to bear immediately and allow society to
course correct. This is what bitcoin does by separating money and
state. It takes the central planner’s favorite tool of coercion and
snaps it in half like a brittle twig. Once money can no longer be
printed, what good are moral posturing and illusions of grandeur.

Bitcoin strips the lie of the common good down to the hollow and empty
shell that it really is and exposes any shred of unearned competence
the central planners have left.

Their trick revealed, central planners will finally be forced to take
a bow — they just shouldn’t expect any applause.

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