The Ethical Skeptic

Challenging Pseudo-Skepticism, Institutional Propaganda and Cultivated Ignorance

The Corrupt Oligarchy of Social Skepticism

The Social Skepticism movement manifests its goals through support of several specific special interest groups.  These are interests of allegiance without exception, in which Social Skepticism seems to have an irrationally high focus, were it solely comprising an unstructured movement of individual ethic and science alone.  Key among these partner special interests are the very familiar laundry list of control groups which manage our economically inflating agriculture, healthcare, health insurance, education, pharmaceuticals, universities and unions.

Merriam-Webster defines oligarchy as such:

Oligarchy

– ol·i·gar·chy – noun \ˈä-lə-ˌgär-kē \  : a government, business, etc. in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control

influence of elite special interest groupsMartin Gilens and Benjamin Page have applied analytical intelligence to quantified indicators within studies testing 1779 predictive United States policy enactments across 18 years. Enactments which indicate that US public policy is administered not by the influence of democratic concepts and republic will; rather by the powerful influence of an oligarchy of elitists and special interests.  As you will see below, in the paper (Gilens, Page, Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens; April 9 2014), special interest groups have a combined 5x greater influence on public policy than does the citizenry at large.¹  That influence is 5 times greater than ALL of us combined, not simply one individual’s will. Add to this the net effect of a small group of elites, who in reality act in concert with these same special interest groups and you see the model in play, which is not only employed by Social Skepticism to control scientific outcomes, but is also enacted by their oligopoly partners and they themselves, inside the determination of Public Policy.

As might be ascertained from the graph on the right, I contend that the “Business interest groups” can be regarded as moot, by a fortiori relationship, since every advocacy on the part of an elite or a special interest group, will ultimately express itself inside an inflating industry or business group. This intelligence signal is dependent and redundant. So the core constituencies of the principle related in the graph are in their essence, the elites and the special interests.  I contend as well, that the two work in a symbiotic, non-conspiratorial, axis of control and pathological opportunism.  Activities from which we all suffer inflation and economic decline.

The Resurrection of Socialist Oligarchy

As you can see in the graphic to the right,² it has not been since the heyday of the Bolsheviks and the rise of National Socialism that we have seen so much wealth aggregated into the hands of so few.  Notice a key indicator in the graphic to the right, provided by The Economist on November 8, 2014 – that the aggregation of wealth into few hands, preceded our last greatest economic depression.  WWII as much as anything in this graphic, served to break the chains clasped around Europe by elitists and socialists, who are the same thing – freeing us for 70 years of economic justice, which ends basically during our current period.

rise of oligarchy

And what are those specific oligopoly special interests of which we speak?  Aggregated from the 1779 policy enactments, and provided in the Gilens/Page Study (see list at bottom compared to Bloomberg Visual Data release to the right of that list, below as well, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-18/college-tuition-costs-soar-chart-of-the-day.html):

Big Agriculture***

Healthcare/Insurance***

Utilities***

Pharmaceuticals***

Social Skepticism/Media

Unions/Government Employees

Education/Academia***

Tobacco/Firearms/Religions

*** It is no coincidence that Mike Burnick at Banyan Partners, LLC (http://www.moneyandmarkets.com/inflation-on-the-rise-five-sectors-set-to-rise-44308) cites these five sectors as those with the most dominant rates of inflation in our economy. Compare this to the inflating industry vertical graphic below, posted beside the Gilens/Page Study listing of oligarch institutions. This is no coincidence.  This conforms with something I have observed in my company’s work with nation after nation globally:³

Corruption Produces Inflation and Suffering

overpriced allFrom the Gilens/Page Study itself (Martin Gilens, Princeton University, Benjamin I. Page, Northwestern University, Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens; April 9 2014):

These results suggest that reality is best captured by mixed theories in which both individual economic elites and organized interest groups (including corporations, largely owned and controlled by wealthy elites) play a substantial part in affecting public policy, but the general public has little or no independent influence.

Similarly, organized interest groups (all taken together, for now) are found to have substantial independent influence on policy. Again, the predictions of pure theories of interest group pluralism are not wholly upheld, since organized interest groups must share influence with economically elite individuals. But interest group alignments are estimated to have a large, positive, highly significant impact upon public policy. (Gilens, Page, p. 16).

Special Interest Groups

American Council of Life Insurance                                 Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers
American Farm Bureau Federation                                  Recording Industry Association
American Hospital Association                                        Securities and investment companies
American Medical Association                                         Telephone companies
Association of Trial Lawyers                                             Tobacco companies
Computer software and hardware                                   Mass-based groups
Credit Union National Association                                   AFL-CIO
Electric companies                                                             American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
Health Insurance Association                                           Christian Coalition
Independent Insurance Agents of America                    International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Motion Picture Association of America                           United Auto Workers union
National Association of Broadcasters                             National Education Association (includes a mass base
Oil Companies                                                                    of teachers but also university professors)

TES Signature


¹  Martin Gilens, Princeton University, Benjamin I. Page, Northwestern University, Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens; April 9 2014.

²  Emanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman, The Economist Preview; NBER Working Paper No. 20625, Nov 9 2014.

³  Mike Burnick at Banyan Partners, LLC (http://www.moneyandmarkets.com/inflation-on-the-rise-five-sectors-set-to-rise-44308.

April 18, 2014 Posted by | Institutional Mandates | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nihilism: Mandatory Pseudo Scientific Naturalism

Elitist Philosophy of SSkepticsm: You either accede to Nihilism, or you are unacceptable.

Nihilism

(/ˈn.ɨlɪzəm/ or /ˈn.ɨlɪzəm/; from the Latin nihil, nothing) is a philosophical doctrine that suggests the negation of one or more of the reputedly meaningful or non-material aspects of life. Socially enforced metaphysical or pseudo scientific naturalism.

3fc8523005The Tradecraft and doctrinal methodology of Social Skepticism is formulated to advocate and enforce the One True ReligionMetaphysical Naturalism, a very valid approach to philosophy in the generic sense, only becomes the religion of Nihilism when one group begins to enforce it on society, education, employers and science, or exaggerate the findings of science in order to boast that it has disproved the existence of a myriad of things, which also happen to be disliked by the claimant.  It is embodied in this principle:

Nihilism
Socially enforced Metaphysical, Material Monist or Pseudo Scientific Naturalism. The substitution ontology which took the place of Abrahamic Religion in Western academia.  The cult and religious doctrine enforcing absolute knowledge as to those things which are deemed ‘natural;’ moreover that nothing exists outside the materials, energies, life forms, features and principles comprised inside a pre-approved realm of understanding. A religious presumption that only the physical is real, and that the mental or spiritual can be reduced solely to the physical. A presumption that all observations of phenomena related to consciousness stem from solely a neural configuration of a single biological source.
It is justified through specious and selective application of the experimental method; attributing its false empirical basis to a pretense standard of evidence, measurability and repeatability.  Rather, Nihilism is an unsubstantiated set of pseudo-scientific claims employed as an instrument to squelch freedom of speech, qualify entrants into scientific and academic professions, screen topics under an embargo policy regarding access to science, control and direct institutions, establish social power; and in similar fashion to its Abrahamic religious precedent, leverage the resulting pervasive ignorance into a position of absolute subjugation of mankind.

SSkeptics enforce just such a religion through a mis-definition of the scientific method as only comprising the experimental method, without any supporting or predictive studies (falsification is difficult in this arena) and by conflating their religious metaphysical beliefs with atheism in a hope that most people will not realize the difference. Remember, the Ethical Skeptic does not require a mystical personification to stand as the qualifying mark of a religion.  The Metaphysical Naturalist will attempt to imply that there only exists two domains of belief – the bearded grandfather deity, or their religion of the physical only.  They will intimate that no alternatives exist.  This straw man framing betrays what the Metaphysical Naturalist really fears, that which they profoundly avoid resides in the domain they skip over.  Shooting down the grandfather patriarch in the sky is easy, but in order to win in finality, the Metaphysical Naturalist must also conflate and enforce their targeted message with science and atheism, inside a Lie of Allegiance To the Ethical Skeptic, the only possible demarcation which logically constitutes defining of a ‘religion’ is when an initiate to the rite is:

The Establishment of Religion – The compulsory adherence to an idea around which testing for falsification is prohibited.

A.  Told he must accede to an idea as a prerequisite to be regarded as acceptable – (You must accept my contention that Science has rigorously falsified everything I dislike)
If you are a science or technology professional, and you do not adhere to Nihilism, it is best that you keep quiet about it.

and,

B.  Is prohibited from testing that idea for falsification – (This contentions on my part are not to be questioned – applying the scientific method inside disapproved subjects or challenging SSkeptic agendas is a foolish waste of time which will carry enforced penalties).
Nihilism, as a hypothesis, can be falsified.  In fact, in an ethical reduction hierarchy under the scientific method, it should be the first hypothesis to be tested for falsification.  It is the great extents to which Social Skeptics will go, to block falsification based topic access to the scientific method, which is indicative of their secret doubt, regarding their religion of choice.

To the Ethical Skeptic – this circumstance is the Whole Gale alert flag of a religion – the club in which he is unethically coerced into supporting, by less-than-honorable proponents of the club who do not fully grasp the unethical nature of their actions, or even more commonly and worse, …do.

To the Ethical Skeptic, enforced Metaphysical Naturalism is a religion, plain and simple (MN).  It is not exactly the same thing as Atheism. Atheism is the objection to personified deities, and sometimes includes adherence to MN tenets.  One can be an Atheist and still believe in Earthly alien visitation, for example.  Religious Metaphysical Naturalism however, is more accurately termed “Empty Set” -ism, or more commonly: Nihilsm – the firmly held and unscientific belief that nothing resides outside the bounds of what I choose as natural, the sets of life, physical energy and material domains which are approved.  The Ethical Skeptic regards this contention set no more or less valid than any other unsubstantiated claim, except where actual science testing supports its specific prejudices.  In reality, this religion skips right past the scientific testing however, assumes the robes of inerrant revelation knowledge, and hops right on into King-of-the-Hill presumption gaming.  Once in power, is assumed true and can never be disproved because no one who values their career will contest it.  The fact that it does not feature a deified personification etched into its stained glass institutional adornments, makes it no less of a religion, in the eyes of the Ethical Skeptic.

The Metaphysical Naturalist’s Decabunk of Nihilsm

Ten Key Unethical Assertions of the Nihilist

1.  I will slip the assertion by, that I posses absolute knowledge of the boundary as to what constitutes the natural and preternatural.

2.  I will slip the presumption by, that the set of unknowns are small and constrained and therefore constitute no impact on my authority (Penultimate Set fallacy).

3.  I will slip the claim by, that my inerrant boundary definitions of natural and preternatural have all been vetted by rigorous empirical testing.

4.  I will slip the presumption by, that I do not adhere to a religion because I do not venerate a personified deity.

5.  I will slip the assertion by,  that if you do not agree with me, then you are religious.

6.  I will slip the claim by, that science has only measured evidence in support of those tenets of Metaphysical Naturalism to which I am claiming to adhere.

7.  I will slip the implication by, that belief in my version of Metaphysical Naturalist is a mandatory prerequisite for a variety of social goals.

8.  I will slip the claim by, that science has found an empty set of evidence in support of those things I declare as preternatural or which could serve to falsify my belief.

9.  I will slip the false dichotomy by, that there exist only two possible philosophical camps: Metaphysical Naturalism, and irrational God-believing Christianity.

10.  I will slip the claim by, that all those in my camp agree with and hold evidence to support my claims to the supremacy of my Natural Philosophy.

TES Signature

 

April 18, 2014 Posted by | Agenda Propaganda, Institutional Mandates, Social Disdain | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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