New Dynamics Corporate America

New Dynamics Corporate America.PDF Version

Early in life, most Americans remember the phrase, “the consumer is king.”. This concept began to change in the 1950s. John Kenneth Galbraith, in his book The Affluent Society. coined the term “conventional wisdom”. He explained how what is perceived to be true continues to be deemed to be true long after it is no longer true. Conventional wisdom is that the consumer is king. The consumer is no longer king in the U.S. economy.

In the fifties, Galbraith noticed a change. Sophisticated advertising techniques developed. Demand for goods and services, which had previously sprung up in the hearts of buyers was taking a back seat. Corporations were then creating demand for their products and services by virtue of increasingly sophisticated advertising. The 1950s were only the beginning of the practice of manipulating the public mindset.

The benefits of managing the thoughts and behaviors of masses of people were established. Clever advertising was only the beginning.

Corporations learned that they could use congress as a tool. They could lobby to have bills passed enabling them to capture customers and force the population to buy their goods or services. Through regulation, they could limit customer choices so that they could only buy new windows, appliances, toilets and most other things.

Then in the eighties, the Reagan administration seriously invigorated economic stimulus programs. The public – private partnership concept began being popularized. QE followed. QE subsidized any and everyone who faced borrowing costs.QE also kept profit margins as much as permanently elevated. Home ownership has long been subsidized.

Is the American population safe enough? Projects, public and private, providing complete safety to everyone abound. Just mention a concern and efforts to assuage your fears are launched, at a high price of course. As time went on, the practice of creating crises and then selling the public protection emerged…. Covid.

Certainly, among corporations, the “consumer is king” model has been forgotten. It hasn’t been needed. That may or may not be a concern to ordinary people. However, it will be disastrous for  corporate America. New ways to extract money by using government as a tool constitute economic planning. There is no such thing as a centrally – planned economy that doesn’t collapse. Debt built the economy. Both the inability to continue borrowing and the inability to pay it off and service it ….guarantee that our system – built by borrowing, is collapsing…. just as expected.

For many decades U.S. citizens have pretty much been told what to buy. None of it is anything they asked to be produced. Electric cars are the best example, Folk did not even come up with the idea of going mobile. Since the smartphone era began , life has become almost impossible to live without one.

The business community no longer knows how to accommodate consumer demand, given that it has been successfully artificially – created for them for so long. Market  forces are present in all economies, including socialist. They never disappear. That is because masses of people doing what is best for themselves never disappear.

Consumers are no longer buying what they are told to buy. People are beginning to suffer. Suffering has only one benefit to society that comes to mind. It activates the thinking brain. All of the stimulus response methods that have been used over the years to generate spending are no longer working. For many, borrowing has gotten them everything they own. But, everything they own has not yet been paid for. They can no longer borrow to buy. They can only buy to survive..

Because of the failure of U.S. central economic planning, the “consumer is king” approach is beginning to apply again. The business community has forgotten how to make use of that concept. Their approach so far is to beat up on their customers for the sake of elevating each quarter’s earnings. A better approach would be to focus on staying in business, not just impressing stockholders in the present moment.

Part of our inflation problem comes from companies raising prices in the face of waning demand. That is suicide.

 

 

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Pay to Play Social Media

Pay to Play Social Media PDF Version

X or Twitter if you prefer, is treated as if it is a bastion of free speech. Believe it if you wish. Pay to play social media is a variety of censorship itself. It is just stealth in nature. Social media wants users who can be used as resources. That is not all that social media wants. Few have not observed that there is an organized effort going on to make resources out of all of humanity. The presence of social media in this effort is critical.

It is not that no one takes censorship seriously. Plenty do but all of the censorship they know about is the squelching of well known icons of wisdom.

The most serious and destructive censorship is that applied to the overall population. Hardly a soul notices. Fear is that if the overall population gets involved, public discourse will head in all different directions. That makes it hard to lie to everyone. Who wants to compete with multitudes of opinions and takes on things? Lies work better when told to a homogeneous trusting audience.

The elite’s solution is to provide only pay to play social media platforms. That way, users hover around already known voices but interaction with one another is highly unlikely and virtually impossible. This is the way it works in the echo chambers. Folks end up thinking they are hearing material that will make a difference. It doesn’t. Very little insight makes it out of the echo chambers. Free speech yes but it is quarantined.

TIK Tok seems to be more of a public forum. It is being attacked and thwarted for that reason. Safety for Americans efforts are a farce.  Risk is part of life especially for the young. Remove all of the risks they are prone to take and they become adults without the ability to assess risk. If our leaders wanted to protect citizens from harm as an only goal, they might re-impose a return to the 55 mph speed limit. That would save more lives than preventing them from something they might find on Tik Tok.

It is known by a few, that neither the Fantasy Free Advantage or Fantasy Free Economics is allowed to post much ….anywhere. I have been able to post on Quora and X. I do not have a premium account on X. It is cheap but pay to play is against my principles.

This morning when I logged into X to make comments, this is what showed up on my screen.

I was able to unlock the account but it is limited now and pretty useless.

Here is a sample of the types of comments I make. I suppose they are what is being deemed as unusual activity

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Organized crime controls our healthcare industry. The health of the population is not even a consideration.

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While protests continue and elections are ongoing, it is business as usual for the likes of Henry Cuellar and the rest of our elected psychopaths.

We all have the option of getting involved. Or, the other option is for folks to keep telling each other favorite stories in these echo chambers.

The truth is distasteful, I admit. Outside of pornography, in all of history, only the truth has ever been censored. Lies don’t need to be censored. Lies, in time, get busted anyway. The truth is a threat to all who make a living telling lies because the truth, once apparent, never disappears.

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Coming Headwinds of the United States and Citizens

Fantasy Free thinking requires thinking in the light of reality. That is what the Fantasy Free Advantage is. Gain the fantasy free advantage. See the world the way it is. You will be early. You will be right.

The United States has dismantled its free market system and replaced it with a manipulated and managed debt – based economy. Create debt and GDP increases. Stop and the economy tanks. We are at the point where debt cannot be increased any longer..

It takes free market forces to generate a recovery. There will be no recovery. The essential  ingredient of free market forces is missing.

Earnings in all income classes are going to decline, especially for professionals. For example, doctors overseas make a fraction of what they earn in the U.S. Not to pick on doctors, this is true of all professions. Poor schools and declining education levels leave American citizens from being ignorant to highly under – educated.

Social media is losing influence. That will continue.  People are no longer fascinated.with it. The providers know this, even while pretending otherwise. Social media losing its influence strikes a huge blow to the consortium trying to take over the world and make resources out of inhabitants. The consortium has always counted on social media to homogenize the population and manage their thoughts and opinions. Social Media is becoming impotent. More on social media – Big Changes Coming Social Media. The decline in influence of social media presents a serious obstacle to the parties aspiring to control the world and make resources out of its citizens. The internet is increasingly being regarded as if it was a phone book, nothing but ads and no meaningful information.

The social media companies had great aspirations based on homogenizing  their users in order to make them advertisement friendly and easy to market to. They lacked the awareness to grasp that this would change their users behaviors. They also failed to fathom it would make online experiences dull and uninteresting. What they expected to have is a perfect population, that they could use in whatever capacity their minds could come up with. Instead. they created a diminishing mob of docile, compliant , mind – numbed hominids that don’t respond or get excited about anything. Social media will suffer immensely.

YouTube has been going spastic trying to show ads. They try one technique after another trying to display ads in ways where they don’t get automatically clicked off after 5 seconds. Google has started not responding when a search term is one they don’t like. Time is running out for them. They are running off users and burning advertisers. This is fine for maintaining stock prices but it will kill them eventually. Big tech is cooked, though that is not yet acknowledged or snapped to.

The Deep State cannot persevere unless they can manage the thoughts and opinions of the population.

Distrust of the healthcare industry and all who prosper from it is only in the beginning stages. The death rate in the United States is rising rapidly in the aftermath of the adoption of the Affordable Care Act. Once a bill has been passed, repealing it is a near impossibility. Organized crime owns the healthcare industry. There is no other explanation that explains a law that provides corporate skimming operations, spreads resources out as thin as possible, homogenizes physicians, spreads out resources as thin as possible and funnels obscene profits to those who lobbied to get the bill Passed.

The United States has a debt – driven corrupt service – based economy where prosperity has been created by producing asset bubbles. No bubbles –  no prosperity. There is nothing wrong with having a debt – based economy. That being the case, there must be a demand  for the services offered. What happens when our information and technology sector starts operating in retrograde while competition is growing overseas? What happens when our financial sector faces a lengthy depression? It was all built by creating bubbles. Now the bubbles are bursting. What happens to our defense industry…. independent of manufacturing, if the population adopts an anti – war , anti – imperialist posture?

Our free market system has been dismantled, so there is no way for an economic recovery to occur. Central planning cannot reboot a suffering economy. Permanent Depression.

There is nothing complicated in identifying headwinds like the ones described. No experts are needed. All it takes is an honest look at the situation in the light of reality.

 

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A Choice for Every Society

A Choice for Every Society.PDF Version

Two choices. 1. Government serves the citizens. 2. Citizens serve their government. It is a choice.

This does not have to be a conscious choice. As a matter of fact it seldom is I am not sure it ever is. Folks can make a natural choice. That means the choice may be pre – programmed into the human mind by the forces of nature.

People give intellectual answers to questions like those above. When the two questions are entertained, the reply will be something like this. A typical answer might be, “Government serves the people in the United States. That is guaranteed in the U.S. constitution. We all learned that in school.”. 

So, how is the situation going in the United States? Here is a link to the bills on which the House and Senate have passed and sent to the president.

Bills Passed Congress-Senate Sent to President

How many citizens have heard anything about these bills? How many care one way or another? So, U.S. citizens control their government. Given absolutely none have any knowledge of what is going on in the government….how is it that U.S. citizens are in control of their government? They don’t even know what is going on in government, other than what is purposefully fed to them.

But, of course Americans are in control of their government, right? The U.S. constitution says they are, right?

When you disregard how people, institutions and laws are officially defined – and consider only how they function – that changes everything. With that, a clear picture emerges. We are looking at belief in keeping with official definitions. This is fantasy. How a thing functions is what matters.

Your Americans have plenty of relevant information. Why are they not sharing it with the citizens? That is because citizens are deemed too naive, irresponsible and ignorant to grasp what is going on. Perhaps they are. Would it make a difference if they had relevant information?  Ordinary folks do fine on juries.

If a government  controls its citizens, does that mean government has a life of its own and operates independently of everyone? That is impossible. Government is controlled by perhaps a fraction of three percent of the population. Government serves this group very well. That means you as a citizen serve them also.

In a previous article For Profit Legislation, I explain that all legislation is for profit. Given human nature, it can’t be any other way. All lawmakers act out of self – interest. It behooves them to represent the upper fraction of three percent, who control government by controlling congress. The upper fraction of the population votes but votes are not all they offer. Why they offer much more is obvious. They have so much to offer in terms of benefits and consequences that they end up getting the representation ordinary citizens merely assume they have. It isn’t that they love each other. This is all completely brutal. The result is we have multitudes of abusive bills on the books which rig markets and funnel countless dollars to the top.

Once passed, odds are nearly one hundred percent, a bill will never be repealed. Most laws become feeding frenzies on federal money. In our universe, all entities serve something or somebody. Democracy provides a unique platform where  servitude comes out even. It works the same way in free markets. In the United States we have neither. Servitude is ongoing but it never comes out even.

The big payoff to viewing life in the light of reality is that there are no surprises. Gain the Fantasy Free Advantage, which is the light of reality, and what is obvious becomes apparent immediately.


 

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Big Changes Coming Social Media

PDF Version – Big Changes Coming Social Media
The upside to possessing and using the fantasy free advantage is in noticing what is obvious. View life through the prism of fantasy and the light of reality becomes shrouded if not oblique. Looking at situations as a motion picture as opposed to a still picture provides an additional benefit.

Let’s look at the situation in social media on a timeline…. notice the changes, and see where the current trend might lead.

Modern social media had its beginning with AOL back in the 1990’s Myspace followed. When these early venues were vibrant, all users were of equal status. Social media functioned as a great equalizer, Folks could showcase themselves, their lives, and discuss just about anything. New ideas emerged. Social media was a resource to its users.

About half way through the first decade of the 21st century, Facebook came along. Facebook changed users into resources, which could be managed and manipulated for profit. Each year since, Facebook has waned in terms of utility for users. Facebook provided an easy setup on a track users could easily run on. Facebook was not Myspace. It was organized, limited and structured.  People felt comfortable and safe. The public, even those who did not go online much flocked in. Facebook buried Myspace. Facebook’s users were where they served as a resource for Facebook after they had been users on Myspace.

All was good for a while. New attempts at social media  were made along the way. Without exception , Facebook was emulated. Self – promotion on all outlets had become almost impossible. Fact checking and censorship became a standard on all venues.

The essence of the social media explosion was self – promotion. Sure, businesses and activists made heavy use of it. Self – promotion among ordinary people was what stimulated most others to post frequently. It motivated multitudes to comment on posts made by others. All of this inspired vigorous activity.

The Facebook model was one which made self – promotion impossible for anyone who didn’t pay to play. Household names with established reputations were promoted in an attempt to continue the vibrance which was present in older forms of social media.

Conservative icons have pages on all social media platforms. Expectations were that the public could be guided into hovering around selected icons of conservative and other belief systems.  This would satisfy concerns over loss of First Amendment rights by the outspoken few who make noise over the issue. Every social media platform…. conservative, unconventional, outspoken and all others uses the same approach.

Newer social media venues like Rumble and Odyssey constitute First Amendment Ghettos. Their audiences are quarantined. Folks who frequent these spots hear and see what they already believe. Some do witness astonishing purported facts not reported by mainstream media. However, little to nothing ever leaves the echo chambers of these “insightful” venues. All of the First Amendment – friendly sites earn money the same as Facebook and Youtube do…. advertising.  The only way a private individual can launch a new idea or video is to pay to play. This contrasts to the pre-Facebook model where all users were on equal footing.

Companies like Facebook appear to still be growing. There are new fangled ways to generate mouse clicks and sign-ins. Just scroll down a page with the mouse and an ad pops up, especially if the mouse hovers over a link too long. Go to a page and there will be a way to sign in through a social media account. That generates an engagement that gets counted as an official number.

These kinds of approaches create mouse clicks. What else do they accomplish? Log in to your Facebook page if you still have one. Click onto some friends pages. Anything going on? Interactions on Facebook have fallen off by perhaps two thirds. Facebook activity is in the same shape Myspace activity was in around 2010 when Facebook was running them out of business.

Anyone who has owned a business and has paid for advertising knows very well that placing an ad that generates profits is a difficult task. Ads being placed on social media cannot possibly be profitable for those who place the ads. The companies profit from mouse clicks and displays regardless of how they are generated. Clicks and displays are created by any means possible. Clicks and displays are a cost to advertisers, especially if they are generated dishonestly.

Social media has played a huge role in recent elections. Talk is that it will be a determining factor in the outcomes of all future elections like it has in the past.

Is It Really Social Media?

The viewing public is treated like a virtual entity. For a number of decades, they have behaved as if they are. That doesn’t mean  they never adapt to what they experience every day. The public has seen every possible online marketing technique under heaven.

To viewers,all of this is coming down to the same ol’ same ol’. They have already responded to whatever it is that is being tried. They have adapted. They have become immune to whatever it is that is demanding their attention. Although ads come before their eyes – they no longer see them. “Been there and done that” is the modern posture of the public.

The fish aren’t biting. They are not taking the bait. Thus, social media is in trouble, although that is not yet widely acknowledged. There is monumental wealth and power in the social media elite. It will be used to continue trying to mold and manicure society in ways that guarantee a high level of profitability.

There may be efforts to nationalize social media. Given the power of the companies, this could entail the government buying out the interests of the elite for whatever their market values are at the time. The industry may be regulated to the point where it is all about as interesting as an old phone book. Whatever happens, these behemoths will be consumed with preserving the wealth they have generated up to this point. In doing this, time is not on their side.

In time, the truth becomes apparent even to all who avoid seeing it. They, along with a few others, control government.  They will use government to fund their salvation if at all possible. That is unless their profitability falls apart. If that happens, they will no longer have utility to members of Congress. In such a case, they will be thrown under the bus by lawmakers.

In coming political campaigns, social media will disappoint as a determining factor. So far in history, big tech has only dealt with a public that has been prosperous. The economy is failing. People are starting to be poor and feel poor. The stress of suffering causes the thinking brain to activate. People start looking and asking, “What’s wrong with this picture?”

A point I like to make is that how long a corporation lives is determined by its utility to society. Find the oldest publicly traded corporations and take note that every one of them has a lasting utility to society. Many others had prospered for many years. They are all gone now. It was fun while it lasted. Anyone want to buy a typewriter?

There was a time when social media provided a venue where no user automatically had predominance over another. Folks could showcase their lives and converse without being monitored, fact checked, mollified and homogenized. No such entity exists in the world today.

The glory days of social media are over. Tastes and preferences have changed. Corporations – especially big tech, have no way to respond to the changes.

 

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Fixing Economic Problems

Fixing Economic Problems.   PDF Version  

It is human nature to want to fix things.. There may be something in an economy that is deemed needing to be fixed. Is something going on in an economy that is apparently unfair? So, a fix is implemented. Sounds simple.

This is the way it works in reality. A proposed fix is applied. Some benefits can be seen. Are there any costs? Yes, but each cost is spread out so that one human cannot feel the impact. Add up all of the small costs and they easily add up to more than any visible benefits.

What happens when we interfere with market forces? Everything in an economy adjusts and changes in response. Understand this. Market forces never disappear, even though they are routinely dreamed not to be present. Command economies have market forces, same as free markets. Continue reading

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Robert Kennedy Jr’s Vice President and his Chances

Robert Kennedy Jr’s Vice President and his Chances    PDF Version

This is a question I answered on a public forum where I am apparently still welcome and for now, uncensored.

I don’t like the fact that she is a billionaire.
Never trust a politician broadcaster or billionaire.

She is two out of three.

As for Kennedy, I think he has a good chance of being elected.
Based on today, he has no chance at all. Live life as if it is a still picture and that is good enough.

Recognize life as a moving picture and his chances improve significantly
Odds are truly great  that one or more events will occur between now and November. The country could very well enter a crisis period between now and then. All of the ingredients are in place. Continue reading

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Why Does Government Grow?

Why Does Government Grow.   PDF Version

This is a question I answered on a public forum where I am apparently still welcome and for now uncensored .Government grows every time a bill is passed. Bills get passed as a way of rewarding Americans with political power. Only a few have enough political power to get what they want out of government. Bills are passed as a way to extract wealth and income out of the general population

People without political power are important to the political process only in their imaginations.Conservative echo chambers serve the elite because all of the time and energy of conservatives is absorbed with philosophical discourse. Being of extreme importance in their own minds , they are lulled into believing they are making a huge contribution – by teaching others how to think.

In a democracy – based system, it is the citizens’ responsibility to govern themselves. Governing involves work and since work is a second choice for the human species, messiahs are sought instead of delegates.

Politicians are assumed to run for office because they are good people who want to serve. In terms of goodness, politicians are neutral at best. Politicians run for office as a way of making personal use of rank and file citizens – as they bargain for power, influence and money.


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World Domination And The Stock Market

World Domination And The Stock Market    PDF Version

This is a question I answered on a public forum where I am apparently still welcome and for now uncensored.

Throughout history, when power has become concentrated, the strongest people have always made attempts to take over the world and run it the way they see fit. There has never been an announcement such as “”Hi , I am leader X. Now I am going to take over the world and make you and everyone else a servant to me. Is everybody ready? On your mark – get set – go! Here I come . Resist me if you wish. There was Rome, the Ottoman Empire, Spain, Britain…. Germany – and now some say the United States. Does anyone doubt that there are ongoing aspirations to take over the world and make use of all of its citizens? Continue reading

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The Logic Of Voting

The Logic Of Voting   PDF Version

This is a question I answered on a public forum where I am apparently still welcome and for now uncensored .What good does it do to vote when those we elect are not the ones in charge anyway?

Unwittingly, popular opinion is that if we vote for the right candidates, that will bring about the changes we are looking for. How often has that logic produced positive results? If thinking like that has never worked in the past, What are the chances it will work now? Surely there is a reason this rationality has not worked up until now. Continue reading

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