Why Syndicates Trend to the Extreme Over Time

Syndicates trend to the extreme over time because, as their wares become worthless or evolve to become common fare inside the market, the syndicate must handle more and more exotic forms of commerce, in order to capitalize upon their real value.
When Prohibition ended in 1933, the extant bootleg networks did not simply say, ‘Well done everyone. We can all go home now.’ To the contrary, they escalated their game. The value of a syndicate after all resides not in its illicit product, but rather in the strength and reach of the syndicate itself.

Several years ago my firm had the good fortune to be engaged to survey regions of North Carolina and Virginia for candidate locations where a major sporting goods manufacturer might consider locating their regional operations. The optimization models had all been run, and as is common in this type of discrete optimization, the degrees of freedom on the answer were very forgiving in terms of geography. This simply meant that the company could locate really anywhere they wanted within reason – and further then base their location selection upon subjective and qualitative factors, not hard heuristic-academic math. Most academics fail to grasp the fact that this is how the preponderance of real life, business, and science works. One must actually go there, immerse themself in the subject and observe for a period of time – not simply sit in a cubicle running mildly inductive Bayesian statistics, before attempting to drive home a conclusion. We have long ago lost the ethic to go there, poke it with a stick, and keenly observe. This as much an outcome of our pseudo-intellectual cultural push, as it is a form of syndicated action in itself. But that is the subject of another article entirely.

Skepticism is unrelenting, disciplined, incremental, and critical path foolishness.
It is the eye of neutrality, inside the mercenary tempest of curious passion.

I did not know. I went and looked. Everything else was vanity.

Now of course this style of community selection we execute on behalf of a client, involves balancing decision factors which include community demographic strength, existence of similar industry players, existence of a strong base of freight and rail carriers whose nodes are economically leveraged, the availability of higher and technical education, available and negotiated tiered state incentives, Right to Work laws, community lifestyle, along with the overall positive impact the new entity will have on the local community and its true rate of unemployment (not the fake ‘economic’ statistic).

Foremost in this decision process however, is an assessment as to the makeup and feel of the local populace. What are the people in the community like? What does the working class value? Who are their dependents? How many people will show up to interview for a new job opening and how often will the average successful applicant turnover in that type of position? Such evaluations can only be ascertained by having an experienced professional actually go there and gain a feel for the community. I was fortunate that, in this instance that professional was me.

When 400 people showed up to interview for the first ten job openings at the site which we ultimately elected to implement, I got a lump in my throat – taking the impact to heart. The community was starved of such development. Finally, more opportunity lay in store for young persons than simply a challenging career in crystal meth.

Consolidation and extraction of earnings to elite paper-trading cronies and The Party’s socialist taxmasters, requires no business or governance skills at all. This is not ‘capitalism’, nor is it democracy. These are simply the unethical, nay diabolical actions of detached, hidden, and unaccountable Royalty. A syndicate itself, and nothing more.

The despair of a nation subject to such unethical Archons, is both palpable and measurable in terms of innocent lives.

Accordingly, I took 7 days to travel through the region and gain a feel for several candidate communities the team had identified. In order to protect the confidential nature of the expansion strategy my team had just developed for this client, I elected to tour the countryside under the auspices of ‘looking for good places to fly fish’. Although unlike my grandfather who taught me to tie flies and fly fish, I did not bear the rough-hewn hands of a fly fisherman. I was hoping to recapture that past hobby nonetheless. This constituted disinformation of course, in that while it was indeed true, it was not the ‘whole truth’. The whole truth in fact, was that I had been bound by a non-disclosure agreement with the client, from surrendering the whole truth in the first place.

Bootlegging’s Legacy

It was during this journey that I bore the good fortune of staying at an Inn in Saluda, North Carolina called The Orchard Inn. Originally built by the Brotherhood of Clerks for Southern Railway in 1926, the farm-house style lodging named ‘The Mountain Home of Southern Railway Clerks’ was purportedly created as a “summer getaway for railroad employees and their families.” Although lacking actual accommodation for ‘families’ at the time, the lodge was also a convenient staging point around and respite from alcohol and spirits Prohibition laws which had been enacted under the Volstead Act in January of 1919.1 Both the Inn’s location along a famous Bootlegging Highway (Hwy 176 from South Carolina and into North Carolina, along which resides the infamous ‘dead-man’s curve’) and the fact that the lowest level of the lodge consisted of a series of garage doors to conceal and protect bootleg vehicles overnight, were no accident. The Inn is now reputed to be haunted, and possibly even circumstantially connected with several murders in the area, ‘back in the day’.

The Clerks’ Inn is now this elegant mountain retreat called The Orchard Inn (depicted by the color sketch at the top of this article), and is on the National Register of Historic Places.2 The proprietors of the Inn were gracious enough to stay up late with my curious self, and expound upon the entire history of the Inn, replete with old black and white photos of the lodge as it had transitioned through the last nine decades. The night air was cool and of low humidity, making our time on the outside wrap around deck rather enjoyable. My stay at the Inn was both a wonderful and informative experience. The community of Saluda itself ranked highly on our list of final candidates for my client’s regional operations and offices.

Daniel Okrent, in his book ‘Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition’, outlines that once Prohibition was repealed in 1933, very few bootleggers were actually released from prison. In fact, most of these mafia, syndicate, and graft network members were imprisoned for trafficking more than simply booze.3 In the end, the bootlegging networks themselves became the further genesis of mafia and finally drug dealing networks of today. You see, it was never about the ‘product’ in the first place. It is always indeed about the syndicate.

The paradox and point of this article resides in the following principle. The value of a syndicate is never in the product they hawk. The value of the syndicate resides in the strength, reach, and bribed benefactors of the syndicate itself. Once its product becomes accepted or moot, then the syndicate must graduate to even more extreme goods, more extreme forms, and even more extremist agenda. In actuality, they could care less about the people or causes they exploit for gain in this masquerade. Their ’causes’ are simply prima facie. After all, they are there to develop and groom the basis of power for their mafia, their party, their agency.

The syndicate soon realizes that it must escalate from alcohol to drugs, from tax evasion to money laundering, from faith to proscription, from freedom to fanaticism, from registration to control to embargo, from administration of standards to cartel activity, from mercy to profiting from trauma, from pharmaceuticals to removal of human rights, from profit to extraction, from choice to compulsion, from billionaire to trillionaire, from strip clubs to child pornography and sex trafficking, or from equal rights for all, to the moral supremacy of anyone who promotes aberrant behavior – no matter how harmful may be their difference of choice.

The syndicate is performing a puppeteer act for your amazement. They could care less about any of the causes or victims they adorn as badge-of-honor. That is why any form of extremism, the next shocking thing, will always suffice.

This is what a syndicate does after all, it escalates to the extreme as a reaction in keeping with its need to wrest and maintain power from out of the hands of a constitutionally represented populace. Such pretense constitutes our current state as a nation. As an ethical skeptic, I oppose rule by mafia, syndicate, cathedral, cabal, cartel, and finally and especially, The Party.

There was a dream which was America. This is not it. This is …not …it.

The Ethical Skeptic, “Why Syndicates Trend to the Extreme Over Time”; The Ethical Skeptic, WordPress, 26 May 2022; Web, https://theethicalskeptic.com/?p=66000

The Ethical Skeptic’s Razor – The Antiwisdom of Crowds

Among competing alternatives, all other things being equal, prefer the one for which discussion or research is embargoed.

Lying is an art form which ranks among the greatest of the humanities – bearing parity with such human affairs as mercy, semantics, history, love, literature, or war. The Paul Ekman Group, which teaches methodologies useful in spotting lies, has identified nine key reasons as to why people lie.1 Within this essay, we seek to extrapolate beyond this body of work, and identify a chain of principle regarding the lie of the syndicate in particular – a foible-in-common which further then leverages the amplification gain to be had through collective humanity: the antiwisdom of the crowd.

Specifically, people lie in order to

  • attain or preserve something precious,
  • win or preserve the admiration of others, or
  • exercise power over others by controlling the information their target can access.

When a group in authority, seeks to exercise or preserve that authority, all these ubiquitous human factors not only come into play, but moreover become part of the re-enforced culture of the club itself. It’s alright to lie a little. After all, it’s for the club, it’s for science, it’s for virtue, and besides everyone in the club is also doing it. What I have found in business, is that even an individual habitually attentive to meticulous details of accountability, will suddenly compromise or abandon such practices when it comes to personal or club gain. Everyone is honest until money is actually sitting on the table. Then things change. A syndicate will loan to you only under the auspices of a lengthy and iron-clad contract, yet then demand that a loan they take from you, be borne upon a mere handshake. They suddenly become stupid – taking one for the club.

Once an individual has attained a scarce membership, one that they regard to be precious, worthy of admiration, or which affords them heady power over the information which others are allowed to consider – thereafter, preservation of the club (or syndicate) in the best interests of the individual, becomes paramount.

The Razor – Crowds are Anti-Wise

Inside a previous article we identified the principle that partial truths constitute the most effective form of lying. But what happens when spin, disinformation, and partial lies are wholly inadequate in controlling the critical information which the target of the lie might receive? What if the topic is not vulnerable to talking points, appeal to ignorance, or misrepresentation? For example, there is no way to ‘spin’ the ramifications of putative election corruption, elite island debauchery, fraudulent FBI warrants, or anomalous creatures. There is no ad hoc method available to rescue the notion that one got blind-drunk the previous night and had sex with an animal (hence the expression ‘screwed the pooch’). Information threats of this nature must be made subject to embargo alone. Embargo of research – embargo of its very mention.

Syndicates which bear the risk of the three primary motivations to lie, inside a milieu of anomie, are more likely to lie, more likely to spin disinformation, and more likely to frame an embargo of threatening ideas.

anomie – a breakdown of ethics, circumspection, awareness, standards, or clear purpose on the part of those inside a club.

Through this process of reverse osmosis, over time a syndicate or collective party will therefore be more likely to also be inhabited by a number of accrued false paradigms. Tangled webs which themselves must also be protected by means of more lies. This is what makes the silence of embargo a much more sustainable tactic than mere lying. Individuals then are inoculated by this collective antiwisdom as one requirement of an elite membership. This is the central purpose of the university, governance board, and media systems in America. No evolution better demonstrates this anti-wise effect than the emergence of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

A herd of quislings with scientific degrees allowed themselves to be so intimidated by the toxicity fabricated around Trump by the political, media, and academic establishment that they covered up something they believe to be true — that the [SARS-CoV-2] lab leak theory is credible enough to warrant investigation.

John Nolte & Alina Chan: Scientists Admit Covering Up Lab Leak Theory to Avoid Being ‘Associated’ with Trump

One should not misevaluate through Gaussian blindness, a crowd attempting to measure the weight of an ox, or guess the number of jelly beans in a jar, as is framed inside James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds for instance. Such non-sequiturs stand merely as exploitation of the constrained-obviousness of a tight Normal arrival distribution and the simplicity of a single variable, coupled with a Pollyanna view of the methodology by which complex issues are prosecuted.

There is no subterfuge or career risk wound up inside the anonymous guessing of the weight of an ox. Being wrong here, does not serve to embarrass you nor your fellows. Large groups of people are not ‘smarter’ than individuals, simply due to the fact that crowds bear a greater incentive to lie, to not be wise. Syndicates in particular, those who hold the power of embargo, bear an enormous incentive towards antiwisdom. They do not exist to protect truth after all, they exist to protect the club.

There exists an exculpatory gain-amplification (antiwisdom) to be realized, through having every fellow inside your syndicate also participate in the lie. An amplification effect above and beyond the mere willingness to lie, on the part of an individual.

The reality is that crowds will adopt a wrong just as often as will individuals, all things being equal. However, the likelihood of the crowd enforcing a wrong to a greater degree or frequency as compared to an individual, increases as a function of the perceived scarcity of the crowd’s (syndicate’s) membership, veneration, and power. This is the very basis as to why the fashion apparel industry exists. Fashion is a lie, which becomes truth through the Overton Window power of the club. This power serves to introduce error, more often than it does rare truth.

The humanity of collective lying is an economy after all, just as are all the other humanities – and people will do what they must in order to preserve syndicate or clique brand against an outside threat. In order to accomplish this, a crowd may choose to prevaricate, disinform …or even embargo. It is the visceral desperation of this final tactic, the embargo, which stands as a warning flag of agency to the ethical skeptic.

If a subject is of such an abject nature of threat, that no form of prevarication nor disinformation will suffice to control its dissemination – then that subject must be embargoed by the syndicate. Embargo therefore, stands most often tantamount to an admission of validity which resides somewhere inside the threatening message. Debunking as well therefore, is a pretend method of engaging that subject and a tactic of its overall embargo. Debunkers constituting the erstwhile hit men, doing the disdained and dirty work of the syndicate.

A troubling notion which is 10% correct bears more inferential gravitas than does a truism which is 90% correct.

A religion at heart is defined by its grimoire of forbidden questions and embargoed ideas.

After all, a topic not worth studying, is also not worth investing copious amounts of focus and time around crafting a web of Nelsonian obfuscation. This brings us therefore to the point of crafting a principle of ethical skepticism from these predicates. A syndicate which is burdened by the human motivations to lie, serves only as a gain amplifier of this foible of human nature.

The Ethical Skeptic’s Razor (The Antiwisdom of Crowds)

Among competing alternatives, all other things being equal, prefer the one for which discussion or research is embargoed.

[Embargo] is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you many not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

~ Robert A Heinlein

Just as a false faith will costume itself in a public display of good works, even so a false truth-club will adorn itself in facts, coupled with embargo. Such exemplifies the ephemeral and mercurial nature of the complex relationship between humanity and truth. That occult reality which surrounds us merely reflects this very trickster nature back upon us – a form of pedantic and satirical mirroring. A mocking of that which we refuse to observe – very likely serving as the ironic basis behind our embargo as a species to begin with.

The Ethical Skeptic, “The Ethical Skeptic’s Razor – The Antiwisdom of Crowds”; The Ethical Skeptic, WordPress, 7 May 2022; Web, https://theethicalskeptic.com/?p=65555

Ingens Vanitatum – Possessing a Great Deal of Inconsequence or Irrelevance

Expertise is defined as the skill of being able to expediently ascertain what should be tabled or ignored. Moreover, and with all deference to Ludwig Wittgenstein, it is not merely language and nonsense which serve to bewitch and beguile the minds of men – but rather irrelevance and inconsequence.

Perhaps among the most ludicrous of warfare’s exigencies is the demand for one’s abject sacrifice of individual humanity in pursuit of its singular goal. A goal which is most often ratified by those who neither bear, nor comprehend the loss that they have incurred on others’ behalf. Not simply the great tragedy in loss of life mind you, but moreover a forfeiture of what could have been – the glutenous savoring of sacrificed human potential, expended in the ledger book of old men’s bitterness and encroaching insanity. And whether the war be cold, hot, or sociopolitical, relevance is its first and foremost casualty – a putrification which flavors in common each and every form of warfare.

I was selected for my particular career path in warfare the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in high school. Already a year ahead of my age-based class in school, I was accelerated an additional year and inserted two years early into an advanced science curriculum. My junior year physics paper on the neutrino won the state high school competition for best physics paper. At the same time, despite also being an Advanced Placement English student, I would irritate my humanities teachers for not placing the same level of effort into their classes. This instinctual habit of ‘do or do not, there is no try’ did not fit squarely within an academic environment. In academia you are to give everything the ‘good old college try’, without such prejudice.

Try as I may have, if my mind was not interested in a subject, I would place the absolute minimum effort into it. I didn’t earn ‘B’ grades, nor did I want them. A ‘C’ grade was of much greater value to me because it both afforded me life balance and allowed me to focus my effort in those specific classes wherein I wanted to attain optimal learning – grades be damned. The shorted instructors knew it too, and mistook the very apparent disinterest for insult. Looking back now, perhaps that is exactly what it was.

However as a counter to this notion, my mind bears both the advantage and misfortune of dispassionate economy. It has learned throughout life, not to invest energy into things which will return little or no value. Learning the hard way Steven Jobs’ admonition to not allow your life to be consumed by other peoples’ thinking and goals.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

~ Steven Jobs’ commencement speech to Stanford University 2005 graduating class

Thus as it transpired, because of this torrid pace of academic, warfare, and intelligence development track I missed a good bit of life’s experiences, and learned more about the Middle East and Fifth Generation Core nuclear reactors than I knew about my own home town or family history. I was not afforded sufficient time to learn relevance and salience in terms of life’s core meaning. This was purposeful. Such is the nature of tricks played by old men upon the young. I am grateful however, to have never lost a limb nor my life.

Nonetheless, wounded as it were by a career forced through the meat grinder of irrelevance, some aspect of my awareness began to comprehend its grotesque presence in my life. Constantly prepping to fight the Soviet Union and then Russia/China had turned out to be an enormous waste of a sizeable number of peoples’ time and talent. Fascist cronies took advantage of the vacuum back home, in order to create monopolies and new aristocracies to their own benefit, thereafter taxing and inflating into oblivion those who had stood in the gap for them during the day of conflict.

Expertise is defined as the skill of being able to expediently ascertain what should be tabled or ignored.

Failing to perceive this subconscious habituation for decades, eventually business and engineering colleagues began to point out the fact, that my mind bears a full-on and enormous antipathy towards wasteful, low value, or irrelevant matters. It values the critical path of an argument, and none of the trappings of impressive credential (ego) and virtue (vanity) that often serve to distract from it. Clients loved this, peers were threatened by it, and direct reports were inspired to give their all to both client and business. Moreover, and with all deference to Ludwig Wittgenstein, it is not merely language and nonsense which serve to bewitch and beguile the minds of men – but rather irrelevance and inconsequence.

Irrelevance and Inconsequence

Appointing a flaky but pathological propagandist to run a Disinformation Governance Board, is a Joseph Goebbels level of malicious state action.

The highlight image at the top of this article is a work inside the collection of Daniel Ridgway Knight, one which I call ‘Salience in a backdrop of relevance’.1 In contrast, the image to the immediate right is of an absolutely moronic, nuclear-war-risking, and terrifying statement issued over a news broadcast by a master practitioner in mis and dis-information deception.2 We in the United States, with the introduction of the new Disinformation Governance Board, are about to be subject to massive amounts of ingens vanitatum deception and propaganda. Keeping everyone confused, scared, and in the dark will be the board’s primary mission. A mission which promotes a condition allowing government to act outside the purview and accountability of its Constitutional constituency. You will not be allowed to speak objectively in dissent, as such action would be deemed ‘disinformation’, and subject one to punitive action for a ‘violent act by reason of false narrative’.3

Returning back to the theme of this article, both relevance and salience relate the concept of a logical object’s appropriateness inside the discussion or question at hand. Salience however, is sometimes referred to as ‘special relevance’, an increased level of applicability above and beyond mere relation to the topic. Relevance supports definition or context, while salience supports the greater efficacy of discovery or insight. In similar delineation, there exists a difference between that which is not relevant (noise and red herring) and that which is relevant but not salient (smoke & mirrors and ignoratio elenchi). Collectively, the combined set of that which is not relevant and that which is not salient, is called ingens vanitatum, or ‘a vast archive of vanities’ – the skillful exploitation of irrelevance and/or inconsequence which serves to disinform or deceive.

ingens vanitatum

(Latin: ingens ‘vast’ and vanitatum ‘archives’ or ‘vanities’) – knowing a great deal of irrelevance (noise: lack of relevance) and/or inconsequence (smoke & mirrors: lack of salience), or the citing of such disinformation. A form of rhetoric through Nelsonian knowledge of most facets of a subject and most of the latest propaganda therein. A condition which bears irony however, in that this supervacuous, irrelevant, or inconsequential set of knowledge stands as all that composes the science, or all that is possessed by the person making a claim to knowledge. A useless set of information which serves only to displace any relevance, salience, or logical calculus of the actual argument, principle or question at hand. The skillful exploitation of irrelevance and/or inconsequence which serves to disinform or deceive.

The chart above is a continuation of the chart schema outlined in a series of two articles. Part I – Disinformation vs Misinformation – Neither Can Be Defined by ‘Intent’ can be read here.

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

~ Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in The Boscombe Valley Mystery

Now to be fair, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, through his character Sherlock Holmes also stated in A Study in Scarlet, “To a great mind, nothing is little.”4 The reader should note however, that the simple fact of a detail’s being small does not relate in any way to its nature in regard to being critical path. Those who spin deception, do so precisely with big facts and socially up-spun obviousness, conspicuously avoiding the very small details which would serve to trip them up along a critical path of inference. In similar regard, the character Sherlock Holmes’ regard for the silence of a normally noisy dog in the night-time, became a critical path element of information in The Adventure of Silver Blaze.5

“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention (make salient)?”
“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

~ Arthur Conan Doyle, Silver Blaze – a Sherlock Holmes Short Story

The bottom line is this: while big facts and coercive understandings often reveal themselves as completely useless information, in contrast, critical path is always relevant, always salient, and is so no matter how small its issue might appear to be.

The Critical Relationship Between Abductive Reasoning and Ingens Vanitatum

Such principle can be elucidated through considering the role of abductive reasoning contrasted with other forms of sound inference. Abductive reasoning (Occam’s Razor) appears as sound inference, precisely because it exploits the cache of obviousness or visibility, along the following lines:

  • all relevance/salience is staged for the recipient, with undesired relevance/salience pre-sorted out of consideration
  • therefore the diagnostic of abduction is both immediate, and as well appears to be result of inference itself
  • the cache of obviousness or coercive high visibility is then exploited in qualifying abduction as a decision heuristic, when it is nothing of the sort
  • this ‘decision heuristic’ is then used as methodological muscle to select for answers to more difficult questions, answers which are not valid in the least (see example below).

The reality is that abduction is not inference at all – neither is it problem solving. It is simply answer lookup and nothing more – a method no stronger in ethic than is ‘fact checking’. If one is diagnosing appendicitis, such methodology can serve a critical benefit. However, if one is determining trade policy, investigating a murder, or researching anomalous events, abduction offers nothing but ample opportunity for the deception of ingens vanitatum.

An Example of Enormous Human Harm and Suffering Through Ingens Vanitatum Argument

An example of both abduction in action, along with damaging application of ingens vanitatum can be found inside the following article by Houston Methodist Academic Medical Center in Houston, Texas.6 An image of this work in propaganda can be found by clicking here, just in case it is taken down at some point in the future.

Inside this propaganda article, the denial of ivermectin access to doctors and the citizens of the United States, despite its successful use across the rest of the globe, is justified by copious application of ingens vanitatum rhetoric. Specifically the following ‘facts’ about ivermectin are posited for your consumption:

  • A ‘veterinary formulation‘ and ‘dewormer in horses‘. This information is relevant, but not salient. In fact, ivermectin is used as a broadscope anti-parasitic in humans. The authors are hoping that the reader conflates the two levels of discriminating relevance as a single litmus.
  • Animal medications aren’t intended for human use‘. This is correct and relevant, however not salient to the argument they have broached. It is lying through use of a fact in the wrong context.
  • The facts‘. This is the watchword of a social liar.
  • There’s no evidence‘. This is the catch-phrase of the pharmaceutical criminal who works copiously to ensure that such evidence is never allowed to see the light of day. In philosophy this is called an ‘appeal to ignorance’. In human rights, it is called a ‘crime’.
  • So, does any data currently exist to support taking ivermectin for COVID-19?” No.‘ This is a prevarication. In fact, there have been numerous studies which demonstrate that timely and sufficient dosage/duration of ivermectin is effective and safe in inhibiting severe effects of SARS-CoV-2.7 8

    Two studies were finally conducted for publication in early 2022, woefully late, which supposedly concluded that ivermectin was not effective (as compared to 60 or so which showed efficacy – which curiously were never addressed). But neither study began treatment until day 6 of Covid symptoms and neither bore sufficient dosage, duration, nor adjunct protocol for a successful treatment of severe symptoms. One study was conducted only in a nation with high prior immunity (Malaysia) and low rates of glypohsate use/dysbiosis/metabolic disorder (necessary for the anti-parasitic mechanism to be observable). While the other study used voluntary compliance and self-reporting of only 3 days of test use in Brazil, employing inclusion criteria which focused on those most vulnerable to severe Covid.9

    These studies were smoke & mirrors – bearing deceptive inconsequence, and hoping that their nominal relevance would stand in for credibility. The references and graphic outlining this can be seen below.10 11
The hypocrisy that anti-ivermectin extremists will shoot down 60 studies through trivial critique, and then turn around and accept the above abortion in ethics, as valid science. Two studies employ the deception of inconsequence: flawed inclusion criteria, poor dosage, duration, timing, and protocol. This is a human rights crime wearing lab robes.
  • Since ivermectin is an anti-parasitic, then it should have been tested based upon a schedule which functions along its primary mode of efficacy – namely anti-parasitic action. Such an effect takes time to manifest. Testing ivermectin as if it were an erstwhile aspirin for a headache or direct chemical cure, was disingenuous and inconsequential in merit. It was Machiavellian politic and not medicine.
  • Ivermectin isn’t authorized…‘. Well of course it isn’t. The FDA did not undertake any effort to study the treatment until late 2021 and early 2022, well after the campaign for its denial was already years underway. This again is disinformation smoke & mirrors. The irresponsible delay in study, a human rights crime.
  • …adverse effects associated with ivermectin misuse and taking large doses…‘. Almost any over the counter drug is harmful when abused or taken in too large a dose. This again is relevant but not salient nor sequitur to the very question the article has raised. Water is deadly if consumed in too large a quantity and people have died doing so. Does this mean that water should be a controlled substance now as well? I bet if you gave water to 3,000 cancer patients as well, it would not be observed to act as a cure – and possibly someone in the group might have even drowned during the study window! Such exhibits the incongruous and psychopathic nature of ingens vanitatum disinformation.
  • We already have effective, safe ways (a vaccine) to stay safe from Covid-19‘ Because there is a vaccine, therefore you may justifiably be denied access to treatment. This is a human rights crime which is addressed in this article by The Ethical Skeptic.
  • Several FDA-approved and authorized treatments exist…‘ A year and a half had already transpired and 700,000 people had already died from lack of treatment in the United States alone (100 times higher rates of death than most ivermectin-using nations), before we ever got around to slowly introducing this inexcusably paltry set of ‘authorized treatments’. The fault for this resides squarely upon the shoulders of entities just like Houston Methodist Academic Medical Center.

This article is nothing short of dishonesty, pretense, and criminal activity in terms of human rights. It employs all the foibles of ingens vanitatum:

  • Exploits the noise of irrelevance
  • Deceives the layman or outsider
  • Conflates holding of knowledge with competence
  • Deceives its user-psychopath
  • Promotes authority and accolade rather than argument and inference
  • Exploits the smoke & mirrors of inconsequence
  • Obfuscates the salient and critical path
  • Pretends to present plenary argument
  • Used to substantiate an Omega Hypothesis
  • Foments mistakes and suffering on a grand scale.

The simple fact is this, that ingens vanitatum is a pathological mental disorder which serves to confuse both the promoter of its argument, and hopefully (on the part of the promoter) as well, its intended victim (you). Don’t fall for it ethical skeptic. Keep your guard up for such logical chicanery at all times.

The Ethical Skeptic, “Ingens Vanitatum – Possessing a Great Deal of Inconsequence or Irrelevance”; The Ethical Skeptic, WordPress, 24 Apr 2022; Web, https://theethicalskeptic.com/?p=65125