Chivalry, or the chivalric code, to the modern mind summons images of gallant knights doing good deeds for the weak, treating women with respect and being kind to the poor.
Nothing could be further from the truth, the core tenant of Chivalry was a gentlemen’s agreement among the ruling nobles, that all their squabbles and beefs would be instantly put aside in the case of a peasants revolt. They lived in stone castles and were trained from an early age to fight with weapons. This served two purposes to defend their houses from other nobles and more importantly to keep the serfs in line. The serfs were basically everyone else, the vast majority of people in medieval Europe at the time. They were seen as little better than animals and lived under subjugation for centuries.
Tales of heroes standing up against bullies echo through the centuries in countless cultures, but the fact is most people never revolted , they simply lived trapped in a system designed to make sure they received as little of the pie as possible. The human beings capacity for self-preservation despite bitter injustice fair outweighs the courage of their convictions. The class system was absolute and Christianity took a firm hold in the hearts of those miserable serfs who looked forward to a better time in the after-life. The term gentle man, has taken on a literal meaning in recent years, but its origin is meant well-born, in other words for most of history if you were born to the wrong parents your life was already determined.
Then something extraordinary happened, the black death killed one-third of the population of Europe. The survivors found themselves in a much less populated countryside and labor shortages on the land were the result. This put the peasants, for the first time in a position where they could negotiate their wages with the ruling elites. This was probably the birth of capitalism for the masses in Europe. The Renaissance followed in the next centuries, then the industrial revolution, but perhaps the greatest achievement of Capitalism was that a person, could be born poor and die rich.
Make no mistake plenty of people of Europe lived mostly in poverty at the turn of the 20th century but as technology, commerce and GDPs rose, so did the living standards of the workers. A middle class was created by people who were under no illusions as to the importance of trade unions and regulations on big business.
John Maynard Keynes said: “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”
Well people became complacent and by the 1990s, some argue the high water mark for western economies, the Clinton administration took a chainsaw to regulation on Americans banks and corporations, 10 years later the world economy crashed.
The western democracies instructed by their elite contributors did the Chivalrous thing and bailed out the banks. Anglo Irish bank was of systemic importance to the Irish people? gimme a break they did not even have one ATM machine. This was the curtain being pulled back on this democratic charade we are told is looking out for us.
The top 0.01% own the world. They buy the politicians and force them to do whatever suits the small few who control the world and fuck everyone else. They are all bought, and those who don’t go with the program(Bernie Sanders) have no chance of being elected.
They pour billions into controlling the media, nowhere was this this more apparent than in the Brexit and more tellingly in the UK general election. Jeremy Corben was painted as the communist nut case who would drag the UK back to stone age. Political commentators laughed up their sleeve at the notion of this man leading a resurgent labor party. Just like with Brexit they were dead wrong. There has been a shift to the left in the UK, and this, of course, is based on people feeling left behind, in a system rigged to make them work for a pittance, while large corporations do everything in their power not to pay tax. The fact that this bullshit is now so commonplace that some people argue well, it’s fair enough they create jobs! It is not fucking fair enough! I personally pay more tax relative to my income then Starbucks, Google, Apple and Microsoft combined, What the actual fuck! I am serf and these bastards live in stone castles. Yes they will not come and burn down my house if I complain but they will make sure all the local leaders are paid off to keep the status quo in place.
Influencers like Joe Rogan saying shit like “I like Bernie, but the math doesn’t add up”. What the fuck does Joe Rogan know about the math of running an economy? Did he sit down and crunch the numbers? His motivations are obvious and understandable. He is a guy who has done well out of the system and doesn’t fancy a return to high taxes on the rich. But you simply cannot keep pissing out of the tent and not expect people to react. In the USA the peasants did all they had the power left to do, spoil their votes for anyone who said anything remotely resembling change.
They got a clown, whose twin pillars of the policy include cutting their health care and lowering taxes on the rich. Make no mistake the American government is now controlled by the most cynical actors in its history. The money and the power have crystallized into an instrument of pure corruption. Sound dramatic? Just look at what their elected officials are up to right now, pushing through tax cuts on the rich that literally, nobody supports except the elites, while the Jewish lobby convinces Trump to break with years of diplomatic sensitivity and declare Jureslaum the capital of Isreal.
Who in the baseball cap white trash heartlands of the USA voted for this? These guys are merely a modern day version of Feudal lords in castles with vast armies at their disposal, but their methods of control are far more expansive.
Now that they have power, the world is a giant casino to them. Banks gamble on your future. They stick trillions of dollars on black and if they lose, no problem, the government will bail them out and you will pay back the debt. Nobody goes to jail and they start again. The government borrow trillions in IOUs, which is pretend money, that you can never pay back. But not to worry, your children and their children and their children can repay the debt later. All of this means that not only do the top 0.01%(the people really in charge) get off totally free, but they actually get richer off the back if their gamble goes horribly wrong. The middle class gets wiped out and the gap between rich and poor widens. The top 62 wealthiest people in the world now own half of the world’s wealth.
Because of our stupidity and inability to see what is in front of our eyes, we are quickly brainwashed into blaming other people for our problems. In 2008, we were told the banks and major financial institutions fucked us. We were shown how they did it. Pretty quickly we forgot about the banks. It was the immigrants, it is their fault, no, it is the government, they fucked us. No!, it was us, we fucked ourselves. You get the government you deserve. We see what the same parties are doing time and time again, all over the world, yet we avoid change.
Every can of coke they drink, every cinema ticket, every iphone that they buy, a % of that will filter up the the kids of the 0.01%. Every trillion dollar loan they print now goes straight into the pocket of the guys at the top. It is a massive con job, and most people are completely blind. Bitcoin can change all of this. If everyone was to buy a small portion, say 1/20th of a bitcoin, then pretty
quickly the value would become as much as 100 trillion dollars. Obviously a small % would still own the majority of the coins, but nothing like 62 people owning half the world. At this stage 1/20th of a bitcoin would be worth 270,000 dollars, which is enough to buy a house in most countries in the world. Right now 1/20th of a bitcoin is worth 750 dollars. If masses were to buy them, the value of 1/20th would quickly rise to 2000 dollars, so not everyone can own this amount of bitcoin. But what can happen, is a
temporary shift in wealth, away from the old white men and into the hands of younger men, more likely to spend their wealth, rather than sit on it. The world’s wealth would spread a lot further, economies would boom, so much spending for a prolonged period.
Governments could no longer print IOUs for our kids to pay back. We could reject the currencies of the world and work with new currencies. Banks would struggle and new financial institutions would form. Banking would be easy, people could own their own money. People survived long before the ability to print money out of thin air. Bitcoin doesn’t have inflation past 22 million coins. The government can’t manipulate them in any shape or form. They can try and discourage people from using them, but it really is our decision to use them and accept them as payment. Of course the sociopath will always win. He will find a new way to get back to the top and in 50 years there will be new versions of the old guy fucking everyone. But at least we will get a short respite. It could be beautiful, for a generation or two until climate change or A.I. wipe us all out.