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New Novel: Reparations Mind

This is the sequel to my first novel, “Reparations USA.”

Election Season, 2028. The War for Dignity has begun. The government is reeling after hackers took control of the massive database used by the Historical Reparations Administration. As panicked techno-refugees flood its gates, the rising Church of Modestianity offers sanctuary from the surveillance state. Facing an uncertain future, the cast of “Reparations USA” returns to discover that often the greatest doubts come from within.

From the corridors of power to inner city pain… From schoolyard lessons to the trappings of fame… “Reparations Mind” is the darkly comical journey into a world where virtue signaling has become the religion of an entire generation. Buckle up and prepare to dive in, because Philip Wyeth’s irreverent satire has belly laughs… touching moments… and even a prescient vision for the future!

You can purchase the book on Amazon (e-book or paperback) and Smashwords.

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Gynocentric Graduation

The Florida school shooting has again brought Leftists to the point of madness trying to ban a scary-looking rifle. (Never mind what one shotgun blast with buckshot can do…) I propose that progressives’ shortsighted and compartmentalized minds are incapable of distinguishing between manifest symptoms, and the meandering trickle of causes which eventually lead to the shocking events which they then seize upon to further their own fear-based worldview.

Let’s focus on schooling here because so much of a young person’s life revolves around that experience. First, consider how the traditional school marm’s curriculum of reading, writing, and arithmetic has been done away with. For nearly fifty years, administrators have insidiously worked to replace hard learning with a Left-leaning and feminized agenda. Debating the merits of ideas and learning to analyze them dispassionately has given way to a philosophy embodied by teamwork, docility, and thinking about feelings.

This is the ultimate subversion of the American mind. The Left has converted compulsory education from striving to reach high measurable standards—such as proficiency in English and mathematics—to a nebulous realm of socialization, cultural relativism, and even denying gender differences during students’ most hormonally charged years. The fiery, lusty human spirit is being separated from itself in clinical sex ed classes, fragmented through constant interruption and reshuffling during the day, and truncated by zero-tolerance policies against any pot that dares boil over under all this pressure.

And then observers wonder why so many of us go out into the world neurotic and unable to find peace, even when pursuing careers we allegedly desire. It is because our minds have been tainted by the policy makers and “change agents” who converted schools from preparatory academies into indoctrination centers.

Now the poison ideas that were administered through the soft voices of female teachers to classrooms full of impressionable young children are coming home to roost, and particularly among males. Why is that? Because we boys are born filled with a joy and enthusiasm for life which is slowly snuffed out and killed as it is redirected in service of a society which, while screaming about “the patriarchy” and “toxic masculinity,” has in fact become gynocentric. We are trained from a very young age to sacrifice our interests and desires to please women, but cannot succeed when the goalposts move and yesterday’s touchdown becomes today’s penalty.

Next, our conformist society refuses to explore humanity’s dark underbelly. It’s as if the stoicism of our nation’s puritanical roots has been mangled by feminism into an icy denial of gender differences—with the exception being that men’s failures are amplified while the “Dark Mother” female archetype is ignored.

In turn we all receive a one-sided education that leaves tremendous blind spots about human nature. When these truths are encountered unexpectedly, what should be normal life lessons can turn into shocking disappointment and disaster.

This willful ignorance also leaves the deep wellspring of male potential untapped, unformed, and susceptible to unleashing destruction when it is provoked out of the shadows. Instead it should be acknowledged, understood, refined, and guided so that the next generation of great men can take our society forward.

But our culture is not guided by ideas anymore, rather we merely serve female values and habits. The stigma against fighting, especially in school, is one part of the agenda that slices off healthy and necessary expressions of male nature. Our energy is demonized, banned, punished, then forcefully redirected toward goals that are antithetical to our wiring. Males today are incomplete drones suffering in a nightmarish stupor of apathy. If the cause remains unknown, it is only because so many millions of people have been brainwashed into believing the lie that “gender is a social construct.”

Not allowing boys to settle differences through fistfights only ends up creating blockage in the male psyche. Women, who can hold petty grudges for decades, don’t understand the inner workings of male disputes. When our interpersonal tensions reach a tipping point, we just need to clear it out in a brief tantrum of physical combat so that we can then get back to the gritty work of maintaining civilization, which so often requires trust, true cooperation, and men’s reliance upon each other. A scuffle can reset these levels quickly.

Could it be that so many men are lost and alienated today because female conflict resolution methods created frustrations which should have been temporary but instead got bottled up and fermented for decades? Could men’s lack of confidence stem from the fact that what they know to be the natural response was prohibited, but they never could digest the alternative remedy of “mediation”?

Fast forward to more recent times and the wave of school shootings. Dare we ask if the emasculated environment, coupled with the signs proclaiming them to be a “gun-free zone,” is why schools are not only seen as soft targets but perhaps also a fitting place for revenge by males who have had so much of their primal nature perverted by the educational system and its politicized agenda?

It’s one thing to say that you want to teach children right from wrong, and protect their innocence for as long as possible. But to shield them to the point of blindness about the ways of the world and the dangerous monster that lurks within us all—this is what sets so many adolescents up for shock and despair. How many end up on a permanently debilitating path because they have no mature guidance at this crucial time of life and make terrible decisions?

If their minds are not prepared for the complexities of life, this is society’s great failure. How much teenage crime, pregnancy, and apathy can be blamed on a culture which tries to pretend away the primal and timeless aspects of human nature?

Historically, redirecting youthful vitality toward focused and productive aims was what produced great cities and armies. But as we go deeper into this era where there is so little physical or other meaningful work to be done, it seems as if we’ve reached a fateful impasse. The culture of political correctness combined with increasing technological displacement is taking our society to an existential precipice with no sane place to turn.

Our words are being stripped of meaning under the guise of “inclusiveness.” A gynocentric value system continues to metastasize across all aspects of life, moving beyond schools and the workplace into movies and even sports. Automation encroaches more and more upon the blue collar industries, those last bastions where men could do real work unfettered by office culture’s spirit-choking policies and totalitarian HR departments.

As society continues to back makes into a dark psychological corner of mistrust and stunted potential, what will be the catalyst for us to demand a constructive realignment toward balance? Or will we keep withdrawing into ourselves as our souls implode, and merely looking on with more understanding than emotion when one of our brothers blows off steam in a bloodbath?

Author’s note: This piece was originally written in December of 2017 while I brainstormed topics for my fiction. In light of recent events, it seemed important to publish it now as an editorial in order to join the pushback against the rabid Leftists who are blind to how their own fragmented and disingenuous worldview often precipitates these headline-grabbing massacres.

My forthcoming novel, the sequel to “Reparations USA,” will also touch on some of the ideas presented here.

Showdown for the Future: Strzok’s Government Guards Versus the Blockchain Gang

The following article first appeared on Steemit on January 23, 2018.

Government lackeys deleting FBI agent Peter Strzok’s texts may delay justice, but it will only serve to accelerate the blockchain revolution. Because while the operatives who pulled off this latest data disappearance caper may be giggling like Geishas today, a generation of idealists battle hardened after countless similar disillusioning obfuscations finally have the tools to do more than just “go Galt.”

It’s blockchain, it’s cryptos, it’s a philosophy of honesty and trust built to thrive within the very disinfecting sunlight that the cockroaches who run our world fear so much. And as they are backed into the last dark corner they will make one final stand to save a system that exists only to draw our blood and give mediocre people who lack humility a taste of power.

For too long people in government have been terrible stewards of our ship of state. Whether through incompetence or outright corruption, their steady pattern of negligence is unforgivable and—to use one of their own catch phrases—unacceptable. It defies logic that the government can pull up footage of you jaywalking five years ago but can’t fulfill the essential charters which allegedly justify its large, fancy office parks—as evidenced by the now NSA claiming to have lost surveillance data collected during the George W. Bush administration.

Further, what’s even more sickening is their self-aggrandizing culture of smirking “public servants” constantly patting themselves on the back, which only leads to overconfidence in the honest and brazenness by the crooked. The Coen Brothers’ horrifyingly hilarious lampoon of DC-area culture in the movie “Burn After Reading” comes to mind.

It’s a never-ending series of inept displays where the government gets off scot-free, no one is punished, and nothing changes. Yet somehow we serfs remain on the hook for every parking ticket, cell phone data overage, or typo on our tax forms.

Because in our world, not only is it “a big club and you ain’t in it,” apparently we were too stupid to join one of these wings of the Enforcement Class which, while not enjoying a life as luxurious as the extremely wealthy and powerful they serve, do get to live in relative comfort and are afforded institutional protections to hide behind after every blunder.

In a society forced to feed this bloated bureaucratic racket, is it any wonder that intelligent and capable people of an independent nature are checking out? Some move an existing business out of a high-tax state, while others like Karl Denninger simply refuse to start another venture until the system cleans itself up and stops disincentivizing risk taking.

And despite the stock market’s recent wild run, there has been a shift away from traditional investing after one too many market crashes fostered generational mistrust in the system. Right now that withdrawn brainpower and investment capital are pouring into cryptocurrencies, not just as a store of value but as an exodus into a new post-paradigm era of earnest, decentralized trust.

This will be a devastating blow for government hierarchies that employ lazy button pushers living under the delusion that because they receive a government paycheck they are patriots. Also threatened is the army of dependents the government needs to keep helpless in order to justify its own existence. Expect to see a PR campaign of sob stories about them which attempts to defend the status quo.

Proponents of the old paradigm should be deathly afraid of the rising young generation whose personality is a curious blend of Doctom Boom enthusiasm, mellow hipster non-judgmentalism, and tech-savvy competence that integrates numerous fields of knowledge. They are fueled by a no-nonsense impatience for the symbiotic racket of pandering for votes and handouts that they have seen demoralize the national climate through the axis of government, finance, and military since 9/11.

Perhaps they saw their parents lose a house during the 2008 Financial Crisis. Or maybe their older brother had to close a small business. All under the shadow of entities deemed “too big to fail” receiving billions to keep their own ossified doors open. But the young have been watching. And today, empowered by brains making connections as fast as the devices in their hands, they’re marching fearlessly to take back the world.

God bless them for it. May they have the audacity to forge a better future for us all under their banner of selfie-taking, equity-seeking, idealistic expertise. Those of us who are a little older, who got scorched by the fires of disappointment and abused trust, we are rooting for you. We were once as hopeful and now hold you in admiration for taking things to the next level.

Because maybe we got caught looking backwards trying to honor a system of ideas, both taught to us in school and preached by the mainstream media, that was in fact secretly being undermined by our trusted leaders the whole time. If you don’t begrudge us that we came up short, we won’t look at you with envy. Will you perhaps throw us a bone on the way to your triumph?

The Crypto Tax: Bureaucratic Banality Versus Humanity Unchained

The following piece first appeared on Steemit on January 7, 2017:

The cryptocurrency world has been abuzz with indignation about a provision within the recent US tax bill whose implications, under the guise of filling a loophole, threaten to render crypto trading a no-win proposition. But before committing digital hari-kari, let’s dive in and see how it might all play out.

The basic premise is that beyond capital gains on profits, by simply converting one currency to another in order to facilitate a purchase order, every step of crypto trading is considered taxable. But can the letter of the law actually be implemented or enforced? Or is this whole “like-kind, taxable event” scenario just a fear tactic to discourage crypto trading when there is neither the brainpower nor the capacity to follow through?

Perhaps in truth it is the IRS bogeyman that should get chills down his own spine thinking about the impossible workload created by this hastily written provision. A commenter I saw on YouTube said he would set a bot to conduct a million trades valued at one cent each, then send the IRS a single sheet of paper for each trade. Imagine if only one thousand people pulled this stunt—does the IRS even have the logistical capacity, let alone enough skilled analysts, to process this paperwork?

Who would develop the software to track all of the trades? Would people currently working within the blockchain community itself suddenly decide to work for the “good guys?” Or would some hackers be forced into it like Frank Abagnale from “Catch Me If You Can?” Beyond that, how many tax preparers are competent in this area? Probably close to zero!

Back to the IRS, this is nothing like auditing people in the 1960-2000 era when there were real assets like boats and mountain lodges to confiscate. Today’s young Americans at best only got to taste that kind of wealth if their parents were affluent—and as adults all they have for the government to take is their time, energy, and brainpower.

This is a profound change because for so long people in the affluent West have been able to achieve fulfillment in a way that people in the Third World have not. The impoverished billions who lack access to infrastructure or banking languish like a fallow field or an oil cartel’s reserves—but now we also struggle just to maintain our quality of life, let alone reach our creative potential while battling through inflation, outsourcing, market crashes, costly wars, and staggering debt loads.

So why hold on to the America Dream when it’s been taken from us and there are no institutions to believe in anymore? With such small room for error compared to previous generations, how many of us can break through economically via traditional methods to extricate ourselves from the thirty day cycle of terror and live comfortably?

The maturing web has established deep roots of connection across the world, and as mankind comes to the realization that we have all been artificially stunted, we are screaming to be set free. As painful as it is to think that your own country’s policies and muscle contribute to this status quo of stagnation—one step forward, two steps back—but the past seventeen disillusioning years speak for themselves.

And yet out of the frustrating ashes of the 2008 financial crisis came Bitcoin and blockchain technology, because we can’t all write punk rock anthems or protest in the street wearing Guy Fawkes masks. Today the Crypto Revolutionaries are withdrawing billions from the petrodollar system in a quiet civil war that’s part John Galt and part Tyler Durden. But unlike Iraq or Libya, which also sought financial independence, the system can’t invade or bomb us because we live within their cities.

The prescient see this technology as a fresh breeze that will clear away needless paperwork, regulations, and systemic inefficiencies. Meanwhile political manipulators use the potential loss of jobs as a fear tactic to stall new infrastructures that altogether bypass the need for their grandstanding. It’s this typical “jobs at any cost” mantra that is too shortsighted to consider that many obsolete or pointless occupations will be replaced by new, more relevant work.

Perhaps the government will try some high-profile prosecutions like Wesley Snipes to keep people in line, but if so, it means they just don’t have their finger on the national pulse—which is disgust, punctuated by exhaustion, that has morphed into fearlessness. People are quietly “going off the grid,” and not by moving to a yurt out in the country, but by sending their dollars down the escape hatch away from fiat tyranny into the open horizon of the crypto realm.

So the longstanding dream of abolishing the IRS may not be necessary if it simply ends up starving—and therefore the recent sneaky tax provision is likely a “too little, too late” salvo from this desperate and ossified bureaucracy. It is up against too many sharp minds competing in a technological arms race that will have its own winners and losers, but ultimately may very well change the world.

Right now within the microcosm, we’re witnessing the timeless tale of mediocre people who fear not getting any credit for what the producers create. Their shortsighted greed cannot grasp that a rising tide lifts all boats, let alone that disruptive innovations can create opportunities that are more significant and meaningful than the tax-chasing and compliance-enforcing banality that comprises their lives today.

So grab your wallets and saddle up, we’re riding deeper into the Digital Wild West…

Is Our Dirty Laundry Ready for Blockchain’s Disinfecting Sunlight?

The following piece first appeared on Steemit on December 27, 2017:

In the previous article we explored how blockchain, in finally holding The Powers That Be accountable for their crooked ways, might provoke an “empire strikes back” defensive response. Because indeed, corrupt industries that feed off taxpayers and destabilize nations will not give up the golden goose easily, and therefore we should prepare for a fight.

But assuming that the juggernaut of this public-ledger technology ultimately wins out against the monolith of military, government, and big banks, let’s consider how blockchain might affect us on the micro level. While digital developers are usually earnest, cerebral people who tend to come from a naively idealistic perspective, in an ironic twist it is the likes of pornographers and drug dealers that often first adopt and enhance their technological “gifts to the world.”

So the question is how will vice—not to mention people just trying to get by in an imperfect world—be affected by and react to the purifying sunlight of blockchain? Is our human essence endangered at this intersection of amorality, immorality, pragmatism, and idealism? Will we all forfeit the chance to grow or be forgiven when our every fault is hanging out on this figurative clothesline?

It’s as if blockchain by definition is on a collision course with human nature itself, where in making our every action public that last bit of wild animal is re-engineered out of us. Will such scrutiny cause us to lose the magic that edgy, non-conformists create? Will abstract mental leaps that we often make when intoxicated or uninhibited be stifled by self-consciousness imposed by the hyperlinked public spreadsheet?

In today’s global village, you might never see the same face at the grocery store, and you honk at other drivers because you don’t know any of them personally. But the ledger of the blockchain may force our psyches back into what life was like in the days of “The Scarlet Letter.” Or to paraphrase the Borg, “You will be moralized.”

Because blockchain could be seen on the micro level as a forced return to chaste, small town living where shame is the motivating factor in people’s behavior. Where everyone knows each other’s business and is judged for their smallest actions. However, in the past this was done for the greater good of the town’s survival—everything was interconnected, each craftsman and farmer was in business together, and there was no centralized power grid or foreign factory to rely on for goods and services.

So the danger now lies in the fact that while the ability to know our neighbors’ foibles increases—think online stalking times a hundred—since we don’t need to trust each other, we’re allowed to recoil in horror rather than empathize, forgive, or help them. If we’re not careful we might turn into monsters, ruthless and righteous toward each other without the context or personal connection that would soften such haughty judgments.

On the other end of the spectrum, this could all lead to a rebirth of the Ben Franklin Renaissance Man spirit and a return to eighteenth or nineteenth century style of local control. Where each town has a unique identity, its own currencies, its own beer and whiskey recipes. The ultimate form of decentralization and empowered communities as the human animal is unyoked and unleashed to create and share.

A final consideration: once we start turning over rocks high and low, there’s no telling where it will stop or what we will uncover. Just how dark is the dark web, and do we really have the stomach to look? Are we ready to know just how many foreigners are squatting across the country? Do we really want to try to rein in the various underground economies? What percentage of storefronts exist solely for money laundering purposes?

Hopefully open discussions about such implications will help us monitor blockchain technology’s impact on us, because I believe ultimately the takedown of large-scale corruption will be a net-positive resulting in a cornucopia for all. If we can manage the effects on our private lives to ensure human dignity, the bigger payday is a release from the compounding weight of corruption, debt, and hidden perversion that has us in a vise grip. Already trillions of dollars have been stolen, countless lives have been needlessly redirected and stunted by state power—imagine the possibilities if we are liberated from so many middle men, regulations, and the hundred ways our money is siphoned off.

Maybe the best way to use the blockchain revolution as a controlled burn against the old way of doing business is to offer blanket immunity on a national level. Amnesty from malfeasance and repudiation of all debts. A backdated reprieve for every pen we stole from our employer and every mansion a member of the Pentagon’s brass paid for with “black budget” funds. Everyone goes free for the sake of the future.

And if that’s what it takes to harness the clearer future that blockchain’s elegant simplicity promises, then we would be fools to waste years seeking righteous punitive measures. Everyone has skeletons in their closet, and if we are not biologically wired to live in an all-seeing, all-listening, all-storing surveillance state, then we are definitely not prepared to have our drawers and spreadsheets put under the public microscope.

The young generation of today seems fueled by a philosophy of specialized idealism that is so optimistic because they have flipped the power of the state on its head, personally empowering themselves with the same technological tools that were meant to enslave them. Can the rest of us find some of this fearless zest to overcome skeptical dread of the unknown? Because the next block on that chain truly is unwritten…

Blockchain Transparency Versus Establishment Corruption: The Coming Showdown

The following piece first appeared on Steemit on December 17, 2017:

Bitcoin’s recent surge in price to astronomical levels has launched blockchain awareness out of the shadows and onto the tip of everyone’s tongue. Beyond dreams of making a quick buck or developing new currencies not tied to central banking, this technology’s triple-entry bookkeeping concept is a revolution in accurate and trackable data management.

Whereas single-entry bookkeeping was naturally prone to error, the double-entry method which we have used for centuries still leaves ample room for malfeasance. Only now with the convergence of technology and worldwide internet connectivity is this new redundant and transparent method possible.

Today many people from all walks of life are bitter about how central banking and globalism have made a hell of the modern world, particularly when things seemed so promising at the turn of the century. In the wake of so much disillusionment, disruptive technologies such as blockchain and cryptos are seen by some as potential saviors enabling wealth extraction from a corrupt system as well as offering a people-first economic approach.

But this rebellious and idealistic dream may in fact open a Pandora’s Box of unintended consequences that few people have considered. Buckle up for a winding ride as we make some startling connections.

First consider what blockchain promises: transparency, accountability, security, a perpetual paper trail that is both easily accessible and which cannot be forged or altered. Ostensibly this is what everyone in society wants: realistic, accurate data so one is able to make confident decisions.

But looking back on the past fifteen-plus years of life in America, it seems as if the real-world playbook preaches the antithesis of this forthright philosophy. On September 10, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced in a press conference that the Pentagon could not account for $2.3 trillion dollars. And today that number exceeds $10 trillion, making a person wonder if our system is not only susceptible to corruption, but in fact deeply rooted in such obfuscation—and not simply to get ahead or even survive, but as an extension of its true identity.

Some other major events with shady overtones are: the 9/11 attack itself which resulted in a double insurance payout for the World Trade Center’s new owner Larry Silverstein. The subsequent 2003 invasion of Iraq led to billions of dollars being paid to private contractors, convoys to nowhere as chronicled in the 2007 documentary “No End in Sight,” and even pallets of cash totaling $12 billion being dropped all over Iraq—as if someone wanted to fund a new insurgency into existence, and which now haunts us to this day in the form of ISIS.

Also of interest is the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” which explores how the late 90s General Motors EV1 was subsequently recalled and destroyed seemingly without cause. Yet only shortly afterward the hybrid revolution began with models like the Toyota Prius, and shortly followed by all-electric models from Tesla and the Chevy.

It’s as if the EV1’s only fault was in preempting the oil industry’s timetable for phasing out the combustion engine. It’s like some weird mishmash of the movies “The Formula” and “The Big Short.” In the former, George C. Scott tries to track down a WWII-era synthetic oil formulation, and in the latter Christian Bale finds that the big banks delay paying him off for his prescient gamble until they themselves have found a position to be able to also profit off the deal.

Which is a perfect segue to another dark moment of our time, the multi-trillion dollar bailouts for Wall Street in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. While millions of Americans lost retirement savings and homes to foreclosure, the government propped up “too big to fail” institutions by way of virtually unlimited funds with no oversight. Somehow the country has remained overtly functional for the last nine years, but the detritus and lingering resentment under the surface probably was one ingredient that led to the surprise election of political newbie Donald Trump last year.

The most recent macro lie of significance is the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, which has caused so much financial and mental aggravation in recent years—not to mention all the extra paperwork. Needless to say its failed launch, being upheld by the Supreme Court through the semantic loophole of calling its mandate “a tax,” and the pragmatic scrambling of health insurance carriers away from such a disaster, has left a nasty film of resentment across the land which is ignored only by the most enamored Obama supporters.

Bottom line on the ACA: mountains of money have been wasted, healthcare has diminished both in options and quality, and people are suffering and dying. No amount of catchy jingles or billboards full of happy hipsters can gloss over such a horrendously flawed program. We still await final reckoning for this debacle while many Americans come to grips with the fact that changing their diet and exercise habits is a more reliable fix than holding out for some single-payer system to replace the ACA.

Now, to bring this all back to blockchain, consider if any of these major events had been subjected to the honest accounting that this new technology promises. How would the American people have reacted to some Pentagon bureaucrat authorizing millions of dollars of hundred-dollar bills being loaded up onto pallets (as happened for a second time when Obama airdropped $400 million in cash to Iran in 2016)?

Consider the Red Cross, a charity so inefficient that it has drawn boycotts in the wake of recent disasters. And what if triple-entry accounting had been implemented while the Clinton Foundation operated in Haiti? Now are you starting to see the showdown that’s out on the horizon?

Let’s explore: several years ago I told a close friend that the upcoming young generation is a unique combination of selfish and altruistic values that may very well save us all. They’re so spoiled on a personal level yet aggressively seek equity for apparently every living person on Earth. I think the recent wave of racial advocacy and sexual harassment claims is but a raw expression of this core value which desires transparency and truth.

But what this generation doesn’t yet see is that beneath individual cases of perversion or the nebulous legacy of “white privilege,” is a monstrous wall of corruption which has ensnared this country at least since the end of WWII. And if they think they can just overturn every rock in the name of the fairness that blockchain promises, they are in for a brutal fight.

The “empire” is not going down just because some androgynous college students gather in the streets. If TPTB can’t first absorb you (by adopting, co-opting, or integrating Bitcoin, for example), they will attack you with all their might. Because we’re not just talking about charities that cook their books, or individual taxpayers who try to shave off a couple thousand dollars they owe each year.

We’re talking about major institutions that operate for decades and whose tentacles extend across the world. The web of incestuous DC insiders who siphon off billions of dollars from “flyover country” on an annual basis while they cycle through cushy government and private sector jobs. The nexus fromWall Street to Congress which creates the illusion of solvency, functionality, and even indignation when it makes good theater to keep the human livestock at work and paying taxes.

Bottom line, if the Idealistic Generation gets its way they may very well expose and undermine this smokescreen of prosperity and functionality to collapse the very paradigm itself. If programs like Social Security, Medicaid, and various pensions are revealed as indebted beyond redemption, then the currently accepted world construct where America is the central linchpin will be fractured. Chaos will ensue as the power vacuum seeks to be filled by the likes of China or Russia, or taken advantage of by rogue states or death-obsessed ideologues.

But if this is the real gambit that SJW activists are precipitating beneath their anti-Trump rhetoric, do they even realize it? How many of them have the vision to see where the momentum is headed, considering how immature, erroneous, and shortsighted their internal GPS seems to be?

So how does a person with the prescience to see blockchain’s value act or invest when the best-case scenario of the coming collision poses the danger of a soft civil war where one side seeks an undefined equity at all costs, and the Goliath in charge seeks not to just save its own skin but prevent a devastating worldview earthquake which could destabilize the present balance to the point of no recovery for centuries?

Considering the political climate both in DC and among the public, is it hyperbole to fear that America is on the precipice of losing its standing in the world? The DC swamp draining revelations may be so demoralizing as to be unrecoverable for our shocked nation.

And if blockchain actually threatens to reveal the entire global economy as nothing but an insolvent Ponzi scheme full of debt bubbles, skimming from the till, money laundering, drug running, and human trafficking—then is there even a strong enough bridge to get from the ugly status quo to that idealistic and transparent other side?

I foresee a lot of blood, lost fortunes, and collapsed infrastructure before that day ever comes. So invest in crypto all you want, but just be sure to have some canned food and loaded brass to protect your cold, hard wallets.

New Novel: Reparations USA

America, 2028. Reparations for the nation’s colonial past is the law of the land. A supercomputer processes historical documents to calculate each citizen’s Debit Score. This is the story of the people who live under the shadow of the Historical Reparations Administration.

“Reparations USA” is the shocking, inventive, and unpredictable future history of the United States that is filled with both heart and humor. Part action adventure, part ideology study, and part dystopian alarm call, this efficient novel takes you deep within the surveillance state where no deed—past or present—is innocent.

Philip Wyeth’s overwhelming vision creates an entire world within itself, and in taking inspiration from both satire and classic social commentary sci-fi, might even help readers better understand events taking place in the “current year.”

E-book available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.


Sliding Back into a 1990s State of Mind

After revisiting several visionary movies from the late 90s I got the chilling sensation of how far we’ve been knocked off that era’s cerebral track. “The Matrix,” “Fight Club,” and “Office Space” are divergent films which start from essentially the same premise: that your reality is a prison but you can break free. The hysteria of 9/11 wrenched us out of these deep corners of the mind, then for years we endured the banality of a country at war grinding toward disillusionment.

An economic collapse washed away the last of the older generation’s motivation, and into the void desperate for “hope and change” stepped an inexperienced senator whose race was qualification enough to defeat numerous veteran politicians.

The wars continued during his two terms but the population fell into a stupor of addiction over the new vanity drug called social media. Like young children gleeful over a shiny new toy the American masses have completely given up their internal life for the potential of receiving unlimited praise from strangers around the world.

Simultaneously a strain of anti-thought fascism arose, hijacking words like tolerance, diversity, and human rights to browbeat a portion of the population into silence. The unspoken mantra of the New Left appears to be a perversion of the famous “we hold these truths to be self-evident” line where to disagree with them is the equivalent of saying that humans don’t breathe air.

The shocking victory by Donald Trump over their next would-be checkbox president has driven the Left into delirium. A month before the election I started telling people to prepare for “riots and tears” after Trump won—my only error being the order of these words. The Left was so blindsided that they wept first and only took to the streets after getting organized (i.e., making silly costumes and obtuse signs).

This brief history of the last 15 years relates to my initial thought on movies for two reasons. First, look at what Hollywood primarily makes today: either CGI-heavy, franchise action fluff or human degradation masquerading as savvy sex comedy. A far cry from the heady work that continued into the mid-2000s whose mantra could have read, “We’re all adults here, we can handle this challenging subject matter.”

Second, I am a creative writer heavily inspired by such classics as “Separate Tables,” “Save the Tiger,” and “Andrei Rublev.” When I think about what kind of movie I would write that’s relevant and forward-thinking in 2017, I choke on the conclusion that in this era characterized by neon-yoga-pant titillation and a refusal to let certain people even speak because their checkbox attributes are wrong—straight, white, male—the Left has abandoned common sense in its crusade to right every historical wrong.

Tragically, if artistic vision is not sufficient or even permitted to lead us then will have to do this the hard way and run a vicious gauntlet like Italy did during the 1930s. You should read Ignazio Silone’s “Fontamara” and watch the film “The Conformist” to experience what cost the human soul must pay when enduring fascism.

A part of me feels giddy thinking about that moment when the Left pokes one too many times and how when the shooting starts it will just mean we get to take out the trash. But then I recall how during our (first) Civil War Britain and France planned to aid the Confederacy and (in a tasty bit of historical irony) President Lincoln asked our allies Russia to send their fleet deter such an intervention.

The point is that no one on the Right actually wants real violence to break out because in war nothing ever goes according to plan. Opportunistic king-makers and amoral bankers are always waiting in the wings to parlay one empire into collapse while dangling the carrot of prosperity in front of the next group of yearning peasants. We do not want to risk America turning into Western Europe after the World Wars or Russia after their revolution.

The good news is that not everyone has been asleep. While Rip Van Liberal walks around in a pink pussy hat getting up to speed, those of us who did the unpopular work of skeptical intellectualism have broken through several of “truth’s protective layers” which Neil Armstrong cryptically alluded to. So much so that even the New Yorker just published an op-ed which touched on our manufactured reality by mashing together the Oscars’ Best Picture snafu, simulation theory, Trump’s election, and even video game “God mode” being responsible for the preposterous ending to the Super Bowl.

So maybe it’s all coming full circle and we’re getting back to where we were mentally nearly 20 years ago. Here’s hoping TPTB don’t try to derail us again with another false flag in the first year of a new president’s term like they pulled in 1993 and 2001, because today we’ve got the internet at our fingertips to instantly debunk and discredit them.

And of course there’s paper-mache Elon Musk now talking about going “back” to the Moon next year, but that’s a rant for another day!

Identity Breakdown

As men and women increasingly rely on indirect methods of communication and put more effort into creating social media personas than developing real relationships, is it any wonder we are experiencing such visceral alienation from each other?

Our inflated egos are quick to take offense as we jump to the next suitor who we hope will indulge our unleashed vanity. The hard work of forging a lasting connection gives way to the dream that the grass is always greener with the next swipe.

We are at the stage where we devote as much time to our avatars as to our physical bodies, but since these online characters have more fun than we do without ever having to defecate or feel pain there is an irresistible pull to live through them.

Short of a worldwide catastrophe we won’t willingly unplug and go back to the struggles of an isolated peasant farmer (“Been there, done that,” our DNA chirps), but as we lead the vanguard of humanity across this digital bridge would it not be a wise to ask where it leads?

My generation is living through the death throes of traditional human bonding and procreation, a deconstruction which is being meticulously documented and live-streamed for a future version of man to dissect.

Even when trying to put “change” in perspective by considering how much the physical world has changed over the past 100 years, I can’t help but wonder if we are crossing a taboo threshold where by losing our willingness or capacity to face the difficult stuff of life the question arises, “Why did we even sign up to come down here in the first place?”

The Ten Million Club

Right now a lot of people are scratching their heads over the fact that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the presidential front runners, and asking themselves how we got here. I suggest it has something to do with how our society has spent the last 15 years:

We have filmed ten million hours of ourselves having sex. We have had ten million mortgages foreclosured on at home and created ten million refugees in the Middle East. So is it any wonder that a ruthless power seeker and an egomaniacal big-business blowhard would end up in the championship game to determine who represents us?

It simply wasn’t enough to get laid, or even to record ourselves having sex as a kinky spark for future romance at home–no, we needed to post it online for strangers around the world to see. Nor was it enough for responsible people to own their homes–this somehow became virtually a right for all Americans and a ravenous investment industry then sprang up to metastasize this bad idea.

And the greatest and most destructive delusion of all was that under the guise of loving freedom and eradicating terrorism, since 9/11 our military has destabilized a handful of Middle Eastern countries. That shock wave is now spilling over into Europe with a dramatic second act to follow.

The nasty place we are in 2016 is neither accident nor bad luck. It is a mile marker and referendum of how we as a country have made use of all the wonderful first-world advantages at our fingertips. Duck-lipped cell phone self-portraits by day, X-Tube titillation by night. Liar-loan-enabled property scooping one year, shameless GoFundMe begging campaigns the next. At sporting events highlighting the “service” of returned military veterans in attendance, the audience stands and claps but in true disconnected obliviousness never ruminates on the consequences of our wars.

Right now Whole Foods still stocks all our favorite flavors of kombucha and low gas prices have made driving affordable again, but I can’t help suspecting that eventually something in the real world has to give. Because in our hearts we have been rotten, blind, selfish, immature, and unworthy for quite some time, and as we saw during housing market collapse, eventually all bills come due.