Occupy World Street, by Author (Hardcover, 2012)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
In Occupy World Street, Ross Jackson provides a surprisingly accurate view of
the current political/economical condition of the world.
What I most like about this book is the author shows how what passes for
"economics" today is mostly a way of trying to hide and excuse the criminal
political system. He doesn't say it as bluntly as I do here, but the ruling
criminal class views the rest of us as mere farm animals. Jackson provides
enough detail, evidence, and analysis for any reader to see that. IMO, there is
no hope of change until enough people understand just how truly bad things have
gotten and why.
This work does a good service by describing the current situation, but falls
short by not providing enough substantiation of what the author is describing.
Partly, I think that's because information sources have been so aggressively
suppressed. But his bibliography leans toward the dubious and leaves out many
sources I would have expected there.
At the very least, he could have referenced the huge number of relevant
reports produced by the Government Accounting Office. He could have mentioned
the $21 million PER HOUR the Pentagon burns on the "Acquisitions" program, and
noted that the GAO shows that only 5% (correct, five percent) of this money
results in any fieldable weapons. Of those that are fieldable, how many are
actually fielded? Very, very few. This program is simply a wealth transfer
scheme, transferring wealth from the peasant class to the small number of
criminal elites who control certain corporations (and who also control CONgress).
All of the money spent is in the "unproductive" sector, meaning it causes a net
loss of jobs compared to if that money had not been diverted to this purpose.
What I like least about this book is I don't feel at all connected to his
solution. IMO, there are plenty of things we in the 99% can do to improve the
balance of power. He doesn't go into any of those. What he proposes is, to me, a
sort of meta government akin to the council in Star Wars. And this book has a
few factual errors (see end of review).
So Jackson describes the problem but then goes off on a solution that is
really a "tomorrow" thing rather than a "today" thing. Examples of what we can
do today, all missing in this book, include:
- Refuse to vote Demopublican. Actually use your vote as something other
than a rubber stamp to the stealing and plundering.
- Don't buy processed "foods," especially if they contain such potent
toxins as corn sweetener. This reduces your "need" to buy products made by
- Turn off lights when not in use, pool to work, plan trips, and buy as
little from Big Oil as possible.
- Use a credit union instead of a large bank.
- Reduce, recycle, re-use.
- Compost instead of petro-fertilize.
- Vote no to any and all spending referendums.
- Shop with small retailers, rather than large abusive chains like
- Assertively make it known to mislegislators that you want federal
spending reduced dramatically.
- Assertively make it known to mislegislators that you want an end to the
IRS, which costs more than the revenue it collects and exists merely to
subjugate the population through systematic abuse and terrorism. It's
incompatible with the concept of civilization.
- Boycott irresponsible or unethical companies. How do you think we got
rid of Circuit City?
But, no, he leaves action to the "wise elders" and other elite currently not
in the 1%. Maybe that's not what he intended, but his solution goes on for page
after page about what "they" will do someday rather than what "we" can do now.
While his solution might be good at some distant future date, he proposes
nothing for now or the interim.
As we have discovered from the utopian visions of the statists, changing one
form of subservience for another just doesn't work. So I'm not all excited about
his utopian vision either.
Jackson says to think local, but he proposes a global solution. What if the
sheeple of the major nations tossed out the criminal class--as has been
happening in smaller nations? What if our militaries actually defended us
against domestic enemies and arrested the gangsta government goons?
What if we in the USA had an actual department of justice, instead of a
department of injustice? A real DOJ would necessarily lock up every member of
the IRS gang, thereby ending domestic terrorism--why can't we sheeple insist on
law enforcement? What if we suddenly did?
What if we were to hold actual elections with sane candidates who actually
saw this nation as something to be nurtured and respected instead of raped and
plundered? Maybe, after more than a century of criminal domination that is just
wishful thinking. As Jackson points out, small countries have a much better
chance of installing legitimate government than the big ones do. Much less is at
stake for the criminal class, so freedom is more likely to emerge in those
places. And yet, there are peasant-class stirrings even in the large nations.
A huge issue I have with his new world order vision is he envisions a great
softening of sovereignty. Already, we have Supreme Court Justices saying our
Constitution is no good and that they need to look at how other countries do
things to reach decisions. Such statements morally disqualify a judge from being
on that bench. But wait, it gets worse. The United Nations is pushing for all
nations to enact laws that protect predatory violent criminals from their
law-abiding victims rather than the other way around. How could we be protected
from such insanity if we aren't sovereign? It's not clear if Jackson believes
any sacrifice to achieve his vision is worth it, but that is one heck of a
While I agree with Jackson that the kleptocracy now ruling/ruining the world
needs to be put out of power, I don't think drinking this particular Kool-Aid is
So what is the alternative? We have already seen what happens when
individuals make sane, informed choices; for example, fuel consumption in the
USA is dramatically down as more people decide to waste less gas.
We are already seeing how many ethnic groups (including Europeans and
"whites" in America) are shrinking in population by having fewer children; why
can't others also do that? Jackson doesn't address the two causes of
- The Catholic Corporation tells its victims to keep having huge families
they can't afford.
- Muslim mullahs and other "leaders" cajole their victims to behave like
That's why these two demographics are growing dramatically in population
while many other demographics are actually shrinking in population. Jackson's
new world order won't stop the brainwashing and rampant over-reproduction,
unless it also revamps the CC and the MM. I'm not sure we need government mixing
with religion; that's how we got the CC and MM in the first place.
However, education can go right to the root of the problem. Sane individuals
can, one by one, counter the ill-effects of the baby factory dogma by pointing
out to the afflicted individuals the misery, poverty, and abuse it creates. Once
the "faithful" understand they are being lied to and this teaching violates
their own scriptures and any possible sense of stewardship, they will stop the
People can come to their senses and connect with reality; it happens all the
time. I think giving up on people as if they can't ever become responsible
individuals is a tragic world view.
We individuals need to lead by example and spread ideas about personal
choices. That is how progress will be made. That is how progress has always been
made. That is how the progress now underway is happening. Sadly, Jackson doesn't
address this idea.
This book runs 296 pages. It consists of seventeen chapters clustered
into six Parts:
- Planet Under Siege
- Drivers of Destruction
- The Empire
- New Values, New Beliefs
- Toward a Gaian World Order
- Getting There
Jackson repeatedly uses the word "democracy," and his usage is in a very
broad sense. For example, he refers to the USA as a "democracy" even though it
has never been one. The USA is (according to law) a democratic republic. In
fact, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both sternly warned against ever
letting the nation deteriorate into a democracy.
An example of a strict democracy would be the lynchings that commonly took
place during Reconstruction. Rule of law, even at that time, meant no lynchings.
But rule by democracy over-rode the law. Maybe fifty people gathered around and
voted for the lynching. The lynchee, greatly outvoted, was a victim of
A democracy is easily manipulated by predators and psychopaths. When our
bicameral system was destroyed by yet another of Woodrow Wilson's assaults on
law and order (the 17th Amendment), the USA took a major step closer to being a
de facto democracy. Maybe at this time, it is such a form of government in fact.
I just don't like it when people ignore the legal aspects and just give in to
what the criminal class wants us to endure as if it's OK.
I think what Jackson really means by democracy is a form of government where
the people have significant input. If that is his meaning, then the USA is by no
measure such a form of government. We have only farsical fakes of "elections"
for federal offices, most notably the endless parade of clowns, crooks, retards,
screwups, and delusionals that the Party puts on its controlled ballot for
I can't imagine why any thinking individual would vote Demopublican, given
the atrocious track record of The Party. But maybe there's just a shortage of
thinking individuals. So the battered wife syndrome ("it'll be different, this
time") continues on a national scale every other November and once again the
classic definition of insanity plays out. Jackson doesn't address replacing this
stage show with something meaningful.
Inexplicably, Jackson accepts the "global warming by CO2" (GW) mania as
established fact and expects the reader to also accept the faith-based
non-arguments put forth for what is actually yet another con game. Not only is
GW an excuse by which the ruling criminals can extract yet more from the ruled
classes "for our own good," it hugely distracts from solving the very problems
that would reduce the alleged causes of man-made GW in the first place.
It's not debatable that mankind is severely polluting the planet; evidence is
all around us. We need to reduce, recycle, and re-use much more than we are
doing today. We need to get other measures going, as well. Diverting energies
and attention into mindless non-debate over an issue of dubious derivation
simply perpetuates the pollution problem.
These and a few other non-fact anomalies are a tad irritating, but of no real
significance to the work. Jackson correctly describes the current situation
(except as noted), and proposes a solution that doesn't require the criminal
class to suddenly have morals or ethics. What I've been wondering for a long
time is what it might take to restore a law-abiding, legal, legitimate federal
government in the United States. Since The Party took over federal "elections"
during Reconstruction (its control being bypassed only once, by Teddy
Roosevelt), the country has not followed its Constitution in letter or in
spirit. Wilson's Reign of Error handed the criminals nearly complete control of
the system, and by handing over the currency to private banksters Wilson's
Federal Reserve Act turned legislators into mere lackeys of the moneyed class.
Should you get this book? The cover price isn't bad, and you do get a smart
person's opinion on the current world situation. But the book is one long op-ed
piece, rather than a solid work of research and analysis. If you're looking for
a work you can use to teach someone else the reality of today's situation, this
is probably not for you. Ditto, if you are looking for ways you personally can
be part of the solution.
However, if you want some interesting ideas to bandy about with your "aware"
friends, Jackson's ideas and perspective as presented here are well worth the