Monday, May 25, 2015

War is a Racket

From the SpearheadFiles
Originally Published on December 31, 2009

The following excerpt is from a speech made by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC. Butler joined the Marine Corps when the Spanish American War broke out, earned the Brevette Medal during the Boxer Rebellion in China, saw action in Central America, and in France during World War I, he was promoted to Major General. Smedley Butler served his country for 34 years, yet after he retired after a long career of venerable service, he came to a point where he became publicly outspoken against American armed intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations.

Just about every point he makes in this speech is relevant today. Remember the key points that Butler makes the next time you turn on the boob tube or read in the papers quoting politicians, pundits and their sycophants and useful idiots who repeatedly tell us that our soldiers are in foreign lands to “keep us safe” and to preserve or promote the biggest lie of all: “Democracy!”

Excerpt from Speech delivered in 1933

War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

Evil minds that plot destruction...

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones.

Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

But the soldier pays the biggest part of the bill.

Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This was the “war to end all wars.” This was the “war to make the world safe for democracy.”

No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. They were just told it was to be a “glorious adventure.”

Thus, having stuffed patriotism down their throats, it was decided to make them help pay for the war, too. So, we gave them the large salary of $30 a month

If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran’s hospitals in the United States.

Until 1898 we didn’t own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America. At that time our national debt was a little more than $1,000,000,000. Then we became “internationally minded.” We forgot, or shunted aside, the advice of the Father of our country. We forgot George Washington’s warning about “entangling alliances.”

We went to war. We acquired outside territory. At the end of the World War period, as a direct result of our fiddling in international affairs, our national debt had jumped to over $25,000,000,000.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

Does anyone really believe that what our troops are doing — in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and anywhere else our government is gearing them up to send them to fight, kill and die — is doing anything different than what Butler described in 1933?

The US is not a “democracy.” We are a corporation, and the military division of this global corporation is simply carrying out hostile takeovers around the world to expand production capacity, acquire cheap labor, and seize capital for their own profit at the expense of our soldiers blood and our nations treasury.

I completely concur with Butler when he stated:

“There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.”

It’s time we brought our soldiers home, end this racket, and engage the real enemies of this country…those who continue to wage their subversive cultural, economic, spiritual and demographic war on our home front.

Notable Commentary from the Original Post

JDApostasy December 31, 2009 at 04:39

As a Marine, Smedley Butler is one of my personal heroes. I wrote a post on my own blog about Marine Corps ethics and touched briefly on Butler – who is one of only nineteen people to ever be awarded the Medal of Honor twice. He was also warning about the ‘military industrial complex’ long before Eisenhower would give his famous speech (though I don’t think he used the same terminology). Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise to see this post on the Spearhead today. Kudos!

djc December 31, 2009 at 04:47

I have absolute zero trust in the US Gov’t. And voting is meaningless. You just replace one bought and paid for racketeer with another. The events of just the last five years have convinced me that the President, and Congress, are taking orders from somebody else. They have completely ignored what the majority of the American people want, and have robbed our treasury. Stick a fork in US. We’re done.

Migu December 31, 2009 at 05:24

Vote? Hahahahahahahahah. The delusian of voting. If I vote I consent, I don’t consent so I don’t vote. Now if only about 20% of us quitnpaying taxes. Starve the beast it is the only way it ever dies.

December 31, 2009 at 06:37

Major General Smedley Butler is one of only 19 people to have received the Medal of Honor twice.

I completely agree with this post.

War is especially important for men because it has always been men & boys who have been used as cannon fodder for the elite.

Our media & movies try to glorify war but ask people who have served in combat & most of them describe what a horror it was. I have had two uncles serve in Vietnam, one of them was killed there at age 21. The other one who survived still has nightmares to this day about what he saw over there & lost all trust in gov’t when it came out that the Gulf of Tonkin incident which LBJ used to sharply escalate the war NEVER happened. After 9/11 all he said was “watch the gov’t lie their way into more wars using this excuse” and he turned out to be absolutely right.

By the way the most pro war types very often are chickenhawks who dodged service when it was their time. To give an example John Bolton had this to say:

Though Bolton supported the Vietnam War, he enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard, but did not serve in Vietnam. He wrote in his Yale 25th reunion book “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.”

This is the same guy who today gets on Fox news saying that US needs to bomb Iran, invade Somalia etc. He was also a cheerleader for the Iraq war.

Expatriate December 31, 2009 at 06:51

The robbery of Iraqis & Americans only benefits a few of the elite like those who own KBR, Blackwater etc.

For ordinary Americans the wars are actually a net drain on our economy & make us more indebted to the Chinese.

The military’s job is not travelling the world & spreading “democracy” or whatever bullshit they are telling the sheeple now but to defend the US. That was what the founders wanted & envisioned. This country was intended to be a constitutional republic not an empire. Spraying napalm & agent orange on the Vietnamese people was not about defending America, hell this degenerate gov’t refused to even acknowledge the effects of Agent Orange on our own veterans for a long time.

Remember the domino theory crap, ya well we left & I didn’t see the whole of Asia become communist as predicted and today Vietnam is a trading partner of the US.

Jabherwochie December 31, 2009 at 07:18

If you take this article at heart, which I do, then you understand why I say tax the top 1% to pay off our national debt. It’s really not our debt. It’s their debt. They are the puppet masters who drove us down this road. I’m sorry for those in the top 1% who didn’t do anything wrong, but by their complacency or willful ignorance, they allow it to happen.

Trickle down economics is true enough if you focus on the “trickle” part, but money “flows” to the top, and down right “gushes” there in times of prosperity. I hate handouts, welfare, etc., but real household income, inflation adjusted, has been stagnant since 1973, while productivity has soared a great deal more than 30%. It’s time the middle class stops paying for the elite’s wars, protective bureaucracies, and corporate welfare.

NO more tax loopholes, off-shoring of assets, legal advantages, and false sense of earned entitlement by the rich. Plenty of rich people deserve to be rich. Just as many inherited it, got lucky, or knew the right people. But the top 1% pays 40% or our taxes, you say! Think about that you idiot. That's because they control well over 40% of the wealth. Someone with 10’s of millions of dollars can do without the third home and second yacht, at least right now, when our country is about to go bankrupt.

Time to pay your fair share. Instead of donating 10k to a politician to insure your 10k tax break, instead of donating 10k to a charity and then just write that off as a tax break, instead of paying an accountant 10k to save 10k in taxes, why don’t you just donate that 30k to help pay off our debt, thereby help everyone, not just people who will kiss your ass for doing so. Once the books are even, you can start to screw over the middle class again, but come on, we’re on the fucking edge of a financial cliff, and what do we do? Raise taxes on those who can afford it? No. We go into more debt to bail out rich bankers and corporate giants! Who watches the watchmen? It apparently isn’t the middle class. I’m telling you! I’m not nuts! Class warfare. It’s inherently capitalistic. Its just fighting for what you think you deserve.

How do we know what we are worth, until we demand what we are worth? Is it wrong to ask your boss for a pay raise? Then why is it wrong to ask the rich to pay more taxes? Those taxes pay cops to protect the rich people’s gated communities first and foremost, and I’ve seen it first hand, while those same cops look to nickle and dime me through driving violations and busting me for weed. You think a burglary in the hood gets adequately investigated. I’ve seen a burglary in a golf course neighborhood get a response that makes shows like CSI look like a bunch of light weight amateurs. Almost a dozen cops?! Really, almost a dozen cops because your plasma screen got stolen! I’m sure your buddy next to you who owns the local Best-Buy and will give you another discount. How many people around here know rich people and have seen the willing and dealing that goes on. It’s like celebrities getting free clothes, drinks and gadgets all the time. It makes me sick. I’ve even skimmed the cream off the milk of those cash cows a few times myself, and I have nothing to offer in return other than my sparkling personality, I can’t imagine the extent of what they do for each other behind closed doors.

Charles Martel December 31, 2009 at 09:49

The full text of “War Is A Racket” can be downloaded at several web sites. Here is one.

Every father should give this to his teenage son.

After I served in South Armagh I visited the hospital bed of a friend of mine who was, like me, a paratrooper and Platoon Commander. He had suffered 60% third degree burns. Almost enough to kill him, but not quite, but enough to burn off all his facial features including his ears, lips, nose and eyelids. This guy had been better than me in all respects. Better looking, a better athlete, better with women, a better person, a better soldier. War is pointless random violence.

Sh0t December 31, 2009 at 11:46

Smedley was right.

They never told us in boot camp or OCS that one of our Marine demi-gods felt this way. When I found out years later, I was quite shocked.

They still won’t listen Smedley.

Joseph December 31, 2009 at 11:50

To All:

Simple point. We are not a Democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic. A democracy is two wolves and a sheep arguing over what’s for dinner. In the Constitutional Republic, the sheep gets a gun!

Dat_Truth_Hurts December 31, 2009 at 11:57

You might as well curse the sun for being bright. War is tied to civilization, and has been lamented since we could articulate the hypocrisy of the venture. Look at the quotes on war through history/ “War is old men talking and young men dying”. War is about treasure.

It is an ugly reality that must be accepted, just as the impending collapse of any empire that sheds the roots of success. America has thrown away its libertarian Christian roots, and allowed the unworthy to vote. Women, people who pay no taxes: they all vote.

Now we fight wars of waste with new, wonderful technology – we have the technology to win any war, we just do not have the stomach. We shouldn’t be losing one more man in Afghanistan; Afghanistan should have been turned into a parking lot decades ago.

Jabherwochie December 31, 2009 at 12:10

This is from


Below are Jesus’ words. Jesus never advocated any form of violence or dominance. Instead, He commanded us to love, show mercy, and to forgive others. It is inconceivable that Jesus would support war. (Sermon on the Mount Analysis)

Non Violence: Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for those who live by the sword, die by the sword. Matt 26:52.

Meek, Merciful, and Peacemakers: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth… Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy… Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matt 5:5-9.

Forgive Those Who Sin Against Us: Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven…” Matt 18:21-22

Love your Enemies: But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. Luke 6:27-32


I’m not saying I agree. I’m no pacifist. But Jesus was a sly cat, and he wasn’t going to give an inch to some sociopath so they could stretch it into a mile, and I can’t help but think of his words when I think of neo-con aggression, and the fact that Cheney put biblical quotes on the front of Bush’s daily intelligence briefings.

Pax-America? Not anymore. It’s time for Fortress-America. Isolation for now. I’m pro big-military as a deterrent and last resort, but a deterrent is pointless if its wielded about sloppily and ineffectually. People stop taking us seriously if we reveal the cards in our hands and show our weaknesses. If it needs to happen? I’d follow the Powell doctrine, primed and finished off with Sun-Tzu like tactics and stratagems.

Sugar December 31, 2009 at 15:40

Major General Smedley Butler, I salute you!

Red December 31, 2009 at 15:47

I have an issue with WW2. We fought it to stop Hitler from enslaving Europe and killing a ton of people. So we won and instead Stalin enslaved Europe and half of Asia and killed a ton of people. We then had to fight a 40 year cold war that came close to getting us wiped out (See Cuban missile crises). What exactly was the point of WW2?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Evangelical Celibacy Hermitage

Migtow has suffered the same fate as all other authentic grass roots movements that arise as an organic reaction to the ubiquitous injustices and evils of the Bablyon System we all live in subjugation to. We done got mainstreamed, co-opted, redefined and marginalized, just like the tea baggers and occupussies.

Seems like the acronym, MGTOW has come to be defined solely as those men who zealously evangelize lifelong celibacy as the only sane option in a world gone mad. At one point several years ago, I too made that mistaken assumption.

I once wrote on a now defunct forum, that even though I couldn't be a MGTOW-er since I was already married, I supported the idea of deliberate celibate hermitage for men of our era as a rational course of action given present day reality of the system. A few veteran Migtows set me straight real quick on my mischaracterization of MGTOW solely defined as committed celibates eschewing all relations with the fairer sex.

MGTOW is not defined by neither voluntary or involuntary celibacy. It is Men exercising their God-given right to pursue life on their own terms. If that involves celibacy or it involves getting married and raising children, the defining trait of the MGTOW ethos is that you pursue it how you best see fit, and not blithely following along with one of the many "scripted" lifestyles promulgated by our mass-social media driven society. It is finding a path in life that does not compromise your integrity. It is the ethos of liberation from the mental slavery of our Brave New World Order's system of serfdom hidden in plain sight.

Before the term MGTOW came into parlance, there was an older term used to define the same phenomenon of Men who defy convention: Off the Reservation.

"...used to slam people who are thinking differently than what their group considers acceptable. Origin: comes from the time in the late 1800s in the USA when many American Indian tribes were ordered to be relocated to "reservations." Many tribes ignored the relocation orders at first and were forced onto their new limited land parcels. Enforcement of the policy required the United States Army to restrict the movements of various tribes. The pursuit of tribes in order to force them back onto reservations led to a number of Native American Wars."

Seems like once a large enough number of men decide to go off script and leave the reservation, they eventually form their own reservation...and then it's just a matter of time before men begin to leave that one to begin the process all over again. This is the inevitable cycle of tribal formation, transformation, disbursement and eventual dissolution in any human culture.

Alpha Game commenter Hund Hollen expounded on this point humorously:

In online parlance, “MGTOW” basically refers to any man who’s off-script. There are many scripts out there.

The tradcon / white nationalist script: bust your ass and remain celibate, then marry some supposedly good and worthy Christian “virgin”, move to some rural area, have lots of kids and homeschool them, grow your own food and brag about your lifestyle on the Internet.

The feminist script: bust your ass and have egalitarian relationships with feminist women based on mutual respect, marry an ageing spinster or single mother, have 1 or 2 children and indoctrinate them with feminism, move to the suburbs, pay off your wife’s debts, brag about it all on the Internet and then tearfully claim it’s all your fault when she frivorces you and ruins your life.

The MHRA script: bust your ass and do lots of activism on behalf of MRA organizations. Donate money, show up on protests and conferences. Paint a target on your back for tradcons and feminists to shoot at. Whenever attacked, claim that you support “gender equality” and love women.

The PUA script: bust your ass, work out like crazy, spend your free time learning all sorts of “valuable” skills, go on a diet, approach 10 women everyday, travel the Third World, brag about it all online, then move to the Philippines or Latvia when you’re tired of it all, then self-publish your memoirs in online format and sell it on Amazon. 
The people pushing these scripts are all targeting the same demographic, young single betas, so they are in fierce competition. What is making their job even harder is that a growing segment of these betas are refusing to follow any script. This is making more and more people angry and frustrated, as evidenced by increasingly shrill public discourse about MGTOWs and the “Sexodus”. Young men are supposed to be dumb disposable shits, after all, and follow a script. But a growing number of them simply won’t do it.

Yes, hell hound got it almost right. Except many of today's most vocal Migtows in the comment threads and forums out in the fever swamps of these fringes of teh Interwebz have taken over the term and have associated MGTOW with only one possible definition: evangelical celibacy hermitage.

Celibate hermitage is definitely a legitimate route for any man to decide to take. It's the evangelical part that annoys me.

There is no ONE WAY of life that must be lived. You have YOUR way, however YOU choose to make it. You can follow any script you like. Just be cognizant of the fact that if you follow any particular script, there are no guarantees you'll achieve whatever it is the script supposedly promises you for following it. There are pros and cons to any path you choose to follow.

I followed the script of THE AMERICAN DREAM (works best with regular doses of the blue pill), right into student loan debt slavery, materialistic consumerism, ill health and a dysfunctional marriage. Thanks to all the time, studying and research I put in at the University of the Autodidact, I was able to figure out why I wasn't achieving the happy ending promised at the end of the blue pill-enhanced script I was following. In the end, I've found my own way, on my own path, and I'm still on it.


Don't let the evangelical celibate hermitage Migtows haranguing the hordes of the MAndrosphere comboxes become the defining caricature, the ultimate straw man permanently associated with the term MGTOW. Let us recall the original MGTOW manifesto:

The goal is to instill masculinity in men, femininity in women, and work toward limited government!

By instilling masculinity in men, we make men self-reliant, proud, and independent.

By instilling femininity in women, we make them nurturing, supporting, and responsible.

By working for a limited government, we are working for freedom and justice.

Women having "other qualities" is not interesting to men because we don't need them! Femininity will be the price women pay for enjoying masculinity in men!

This is the aim of "Men Going Their Own Way".

By holding this point of view, we are helping other men and, more importantly, we are helping boys grow up to become men.

This goal is to take away everyone's "right" to vote on other people's affairs thus rendering it impossible for political organisms and ideologies to impose their personal will on everyone else. It is not about reinstalling patriarchy or revoking female voting rights or making socialism illegal. It might have this as a side effect - but not directly and not as a political ideology. Only the future will show what happens and by going our own way we are preparing men and boys for that future.

That's how I choose to define the Men Going Their Own Way ethos. Self-reliant, proud and independent. It is not a political's a personal awareness movement.

When MGTOW first arose amongst the aether of cyberspace, it was based on Men recognizing the truth of our realities and existence in our Brave New World Order Matrix, and realizing the scripts THEY have written for us are all designed for their benefit at our expense. Our life, our health, our sanity, our families, our relationships...all corrupted, infected, tainted and ultimately destroyed if we blithely follow the lifestyles and scripts THEY have regularly programmed our society for us to blindly follow.

Marriage is not for everyone...but neither is voluntary celibacy. Every man has his own unique set of circumstances that shape his life. What may be right for me, may be right for you...or not. Only you can figure that out. Do you need to be told what to do, how to do it and when to do it? Or do you prefer to assess any given path in life with all the available information you can find before you decide to take it on?

If you're looking for a movement or an organization to attach yourself to, to give you a pre-formed script to follow, good luck with that....just remember that if you choose the script offered to you by a movement or an organization, never forget what shape any Men's group not run by a strong, centralized leadership with a clearly defined hierarchy, inevitably forms into. That shape is the circular firing squad.

When you are a Man Gone Your Own Way, the only truly defining act you are committed to, is stepping out of the circle of that firing squad, and tearing up all these scripts that others have written for you, and begin to write your own.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

In the Name of Science

From the SpearheadFiles
December 9, 2009

Lies, untruths, misconceptions, deception, propaganda and misinformation. These are all primary characteristics of our modern mass media “news” and “info-tainment.” Of course, the best way to pass off all these illusions as reality is to always make these claims on the basis of unquestionable authority. It used to be the rulers of any given society used the concept of “GOD” or “GODS” to utilize the appeal to unquestionable authority to get their subjects to do what they desired of them.

Whether you believe in religion or not, one cannot look at human history and ignore the role of religion as social and behavioral control by the power structure of the church/state. Indeed, the rulers of any society have always understood the role of playing to people’s beliefs to manipulate and control their behavior.
The biggest illusion that has been effected by the rulers of our current dystopia is the delusion that we live in a secular society that has separated church from the State, and that we are all better off for it.

No, what has actually been done, was to delude the masses into accepting a NEW church and State power structure…and that “church” is the idea of  SCIENCE playing the role of being the ultimate arbiter for guiding human behavior. Where the rulers of the past wielded authority “In the Name of God,” we now live in a world where the dynamic is exactly the same – but now the appeal is “In the Name of Science.” But it’s all a grand lie.

There are observable truths and reproducible results to testing hypothesis, that most of us recognize as the foundation for the “Scientific Method.” Indeed, you won’t find me trying to argue that there are many things mankind understands, and many technological advances that have been engineered and invented thanks to the rigid application of the Scientific Method by intellectually honest scientists.

The “grand lie” that is promoted by politicians, Government agencies, corporations, foundations, and of course the mainstream media, is to get the masses to believe something has been proven by scientists using the scientific method. In many cases, it’s really just a rhetorical sleight of hand…a shell game.

Here are some common phrases used by the media/Government/Corporate Commercial interests to play this game of subtle mind manipulation:

“Research has shown…”
“Studies indicate…”
“The latest research…”
“A brand new study…”

The real problem here is that in many cases, a very real study using a very rigorous application of the scientific method to produce a testable result that either proves or disproves a hypothesis has been done. Many great discoveries, inventions and revelations have helped mankind by doing exactly this. But in many of these cases, the scientific method was NOT used.

Actual research using a control group and double-blind studies have not been conducted. Many times, what is done, is to use “statistical analysis” of data and information that either was gathered for some other study, or a deliberately misleading study was conducted, designed from the start to reach a predetermined conclusion.

Then, when the latest corporate press release, or public service announcement by the Government or some non-profit foundation is made, it uses those types of aforementioned phrases…and the average, dumbed down sheeple consumer mindlessly accepts those pronouncements as “SCIENTIFIC FACTS” and they unwittingly and naively change their behavior based on what becomes conventional wisdom…


If you recognize the truth in what I just wrote, you can actually step back and look at so many assumptions, ideas and things that you “just know” and realize that this subversive mind control has in fact been carried out on us in virtually every aspect of our modern, 21st century lives. It IS the defining zeitgeist of our Brave New World Order.

I’ve come to this realization through an intensive personal effort to research dietary truths out of a desire to attain better health and physical well being for myself. Doing my due diligence in researching this, I do believe I’ve seen exactly just how far this rabbit hole does go.

Before I was able to comprehend the scope of the deception and manipulation, I had to first wake up to the fact that by following the “conventional wisdom” was making me become exactly what I was trying to avoid in the first place – fat, overweight, out of shape and in poor physical health.

Throughout my entire 20’s and early 30’s, I was what I THOUGHT was a conscientious, healthy eater. Yet over those years, a slowly but surely kept gaining weight until I reached the point of either figuring out how to lose weight…or begin to start shopping for a new wardrobe to fit my expanding waist.

That truly was the very beginning of my journey into awareness, culminating in the realization that we do in fact live in a world of deliberately promulgated delusion to lead us all astray for the benefit of those who would promote such lies.

Here are a few of the lies I unquestionably accepted and followed when I thought I was eating “healthy:”

– Red Meat is bad for you.
- Saturated Fat is bad for you.
-  A Plant-based diet, or being as “vegetarian” as you can -  is optimal.
- That “Greasy” food is why so many people are obese and sickly.

To summarize what I learned — before I delve into the details here – THE biggest corporate business interest in the world besides “BIG OIL” is “BIG AGRICULTURE.”

And their influence on the Government, the mass media and society as a whole and their beliefs regarding diet and nutrition is far reaching and ubiquitous. It has hopelessly corrupted the medical and healthcare industries. It has hopelessly corrupted the Government. And a wide variety of interests have profited immensely from this, while literally millions of people have suffered ill health, disease and death because they THOUGHT they were following the dietary wisdom promulgated IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE.

To make a long story short, my research on the internet lead me to the principles of a “Primal” or “Paleo-lithic”  diet. Lots of animal meat, and loads of saturated fat, no processed foods, no sugars or vegetable oils, and limiting carbohydrates to lots of deep green vegetables.

The idea that I could eat bacon and eggs and cheese and ham and sausage every day, along with generous heaps of full fat sour cream, full fat yogurt, lots of butter, and heavy cream in my coffee and LOSE weight blew me away. I couldn’t get passed my indoctrinated programming at first. Everything I read was counter to all of the accumulated “wisdom” of dietary conventional wisdom I’d been indoctrinated with over the years. I used margarine instead of butter. “Lite” coffee creamer. “Lite” sour cream or sour cream substitute. Everything I bought and ate was “Low Fat” or “Non-Fat” or “Lite.” I would eat Turkey Bacon, and use ground turkey for any food recipes that called for ground beef, under the notion that lean, low-fat meat was healthier. And I would go for days at a time eating vegetarian meals, eschewing meat and fat, thinking I was eating healthy.

And yet I kept getting fatter and fatter.

And it’s not that I was a lazy gluttonous slob either. I’ve been physically active my entire adult life…I work out a minimum of 4 times a week, often times 6 days a week. And yet the more “plant based” I tried to make my diet, and the harder I worked out, the fatter I continued to get.

So at first, upon discovering “Primal” dietary advice, I was very hesitant to try it out…but I eventually did. I began to eat a high protein/high saturated fat diet, while limiting my carbohydrates, sugars, vegetable oils  and eschewing almost all processed, packaged foods. And I lost over 40 lbs. in a 3 month period.

And yet…I STILL couldn’t believe what I was seeing on my bathroom scale or in the mirror. Part of me would think “Ok, I lost all this weight…but aren’t I clogging my arteries and setting myself up for high cholesterol, heart disease cancer and diabetes?”

Than I REALLY began to do my research…and here’s where we really get to the meat of the matter (pun intended!)

Let’s start with this idea often cited by articles, PSA’s, and news stories – that Red Meat causes cancer: From the National Cancer Institute

The first graph displayed on that page purports to show the amount of meat eaten by individuals that participated in the survey. From the reference to that first graph, I’m able to google up the website of the source of that questionnaire used to generate this graph…which is the basic means of gathering information used for the statistical analysis that eventually lead to “experts” promoting the propaganda that red meat causes cancer.

Here’s the actual questionnaire (PDF) used to gather the data.

The food frequency portion of the questionnaire begins on page 176 of the PDF document. Here’s the standard question structure used for all of the questionnaire’s survey on food:
During the past year or so, how many times per day, week, month or year, did you usually eat/drink {food or beverage}:
____ Times per (check one) __ Day __ Week __ Month __ Year __ Less than 6 a year or never
How can such a study take a generalized question structure like this and even hope to get “accurate” data, to recommend making such life changing behaviors to people? Can YOU remember how many times you ate steak in the past year? Hot Dogs? Pizza?

Furthermore, there is almost no distinction between quality of food! It asks about fried foods…but no distinction about what oils it is fried in nor at what temperatures (who could remember that anyways? Do you know what kind of oil your french fries were made in a year ago at that one McDonalds you had lunch at?)
It asks about food like Pizza. Is there not substantial difference between cheap, frozen pizza versus home-delivered vs. home made? And is not the toppings of a pizza, and the ingredients for the crust extremely variable?

It asks about how many times a year a person ate “Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers or Meatloaf.” Again, the ingredients used to make these food items could be extremely variable.

And I didn’t even get to the validity of bias selection in this survey. Look at the entire size of this survey. Frankly, I’m stunned that they supposedly found 500,000 people that willingly sat there for the amount of time required to fill out this questionnaire in it’s entirety.

Finally, no matter how accurate these self-reported results are, can you not see the very fundamental flaw regarding the methodology?

That one could supposedly look at the sum totality of a reported diet, and point to red meat as the culprit?

Yet this is precisely how all of those claims you encounter that red meat or saturated fats are bad for you…they do not conduct a scientific study using a control group and feed one group a lot of meat and saturated fats, while another group eats a vegetarian diet for a long period of time and than figure out which group had higher rates of cancer and/or heart disease. No, that would be an actual scientific experiment.

No, what we have here is essentially a marketing-style survey and a statistical analysis. What was that saying again about there being lies, damn lies and than there are statistics?

This is precisely why every time you hear/read/see reports that promote the idea that red meat or saturated fat is a health hazard, they always use weaselly qualifiers:

“Researchers have linked high intake of fat from red meat and dairy products with increased risk of pancreatic cancer, in a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”


“Research has shown that people who eat a diet free of animal products, high in plant foods, and low in fat have a much lower risk of developing cancer.”

So remember folks…the next time your in the grocery store, don’t forget your plant-based high fructose corn syrup, your plant-based soybean oil margarine, your plant based, fortified cereal and your plant-based soymilk and your plant-based potato chips fried in plant-based cottonseed oil…you wouldn’t want to eat real food like meat or dairy and get cancer!

Notable Commentary from the Original Post

Chuck December 9, 2009 at 03:25

I have been assailed by a number of foreign co-workers who chastize me every time they see me eating KC strip steak and even chicken. They are vegetarians and have even converted my girlfriend.

I don’t usually rely on personal anecdotes to prove points to myself, but I’m healthier than all of them despite my “crappy” diet so I have always figured that the “red meat is bad” meme isn’t necessarily true.

What are some facts I can point to concerning red meat’s health? Also, what about cholesterol and overall heart health? One thing I’ve questioned about the Paleolithic Diet is that in our “savanna” days, there likely wasn’t as much red meat around as there was game and fowl. Is it not possible then that we aren’t efficiently adapted to handle red meat?

Fascinating subject.

piercedhead December 9, 2009 at 03:47

An interesting thing to consider for those wanting to go on a plant-based diet is the effect it has on the bowels.

Compare the grass-eating cow to the meat-eating dog. Cow turd is usually a paste-like substance that is often ejected at high speeds and the cow’s rear-end is a mess. If dairy farmers didn’t hose them down every day there would be a thick build-up of drying crusty material.

Dogs have small, compact solid poop. It tends to clear easily and dogs don’t suffer from dags like grazing animals.

The very same effect occurs with people, based on what they eat. If you go on a plant-based diet, prepare yourself for something similar to continuous diarrhea and gas.

Paul December 9, 2009 at 03:59

The above article is very perceptive. I think I would go further. The so called scientific method is applied to things that are in essence ‘non scientific’. For example measurements that involve people answering questions can hardly be said to be scientific. Recently there was much discussion as to whether people where happier that before. But how can such a question be answered ? How can I judge if I am happier? Happiness can not be measured with am happiness meter. I can only only give an opinion at an instance that could well be different tomorrow.

Although this is perhaps not the best example that could be given it illustrates what I am trying to say. There is world of difference between measuring the charge on an electron and measuring happiness.

I think herein lies the root of the deception. This deception is to think that the rigour and success seen in the physical sciences is some how paralleled in all the other things that misappropriate the scientific badge.

But the author is right. Claiming something is ’scientific’ has the same effect as saying ‘God says’ in so much as we are still in effect having to take things on faith. Few if any of us will have any idea what so ever as to what the science was, we merely take the word of scientist who have become the new oracles.

One can exercise judgement in these things. I would for example accept the word coming from the Hadron accelerator should they claim to have seen the Higgs particle even though I did not do the experiment myself. But I would not put any such faith in much else that I am told.

djc December 9, 2009 at 04:21

I suspected all of this as a child. And now that I’m older, I know it’s true. Just about everything is complete BS. It’s like living in the Matrix. Most people I talk to about this stuff think I’m crazy, or just have a negative attitude. After all, they couldn’t possibly be dumb enough to have the wool pulled over their eyes. Yeah, right.

Krauser December 9, 2009 at 04:32

My favourite pithy observation on this topic:

We should invert the usual term and call it “policy-based evidence making”

And don’t say good things about science. It just devalues women’s ways of knowing. You sexist.

Zammo December 9, 2009 at 05:11

What, you guys don’t know that logic and reason are tools of the patriarchy used to oppress women?

The scientific method hits women hardest.