As you know folks, the Daily Bell is back, with a new look, but continuing the same analysis of what it calls "dominant social memes". And, in this instance, it's back with a provocative confirmation of my own views that the recent government shutdown hysteria was, at some level at least, theater, with the Tea Party, the President, the Speaker, and the Senate Majority Leader each playing Oscar winning roles as they ratcheted up the shrill rhetoric to new high frequency shrieks. It was good, and distracting.

But why would the Bell suggest that it was all theater? What were the signs?

The signs of theater were, quite literally, the signs.

You know, the signs that were professionally made, and which magically appeared on the barricades that equally magically appeared at national parks and memorials while government goons prohibited World War Two veterans from visiting the memorial they helped to build:

Who Is Really Destabilizing the Dollar

I hope you caught it, but in case you didn't here it is again:

"And then there is this, regarding the recent US government shutdown:

I"n less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying "this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown."

"There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed [by] U.S. Mails [sic] or [another method].

"This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 months ago. Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process. There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.

"It's hard to determine the source of this statement and we have no idea if it is accurate or even insightful, but into the hopper it goes." (Emphasis in the original)

Whatever one makes of it, the signs had to be made, contracted for, and that would take at least some degree of lead time, before "the show began." And that means, it was theater. One heard little, if anything, about this on the major lamestream media in the USA.

And if it was theater, then that means that all that "principled" opposition one was treated to from the Tea Party and its leaders was every bit as much theater too.

What was the theater for?

Let's indulge in some high octane speculation.  It was for the purpose of convincing the American people that their leadership is ineluctably corrupt and incompetent, and that the institutions of government are no longer capable of addressing the now enormous problems facing the country. I agree with the first two, and strongly dissent from the last. If there are incompetent and corrupt leaders, it is because they are mirrors of their real masters: the super-rich and the corporations and banking institutions they control.

What are we to make of it? Well, even the Daily Bell is having difficulty pinning down a scenario:

"Why would Anglosphere elites want to weaken the dollar? Because they are getting ready to try to substitute a more globalized currency? When we read the IBT article excerpted above, we find this:

"As the first step in creating a de-Americanised world, all nations must try to shape an international system that respects the sovereignty of all nations and ensures the US keeps out of the domestic affairs of others, Xinhua said.

"The developing and emerging market economies need to have more say in major international financial institutions including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, so that they could better reflect the transformations of the global economic and political landscape," the editorial says.

"It also called for an end to the use of the US dollar as the international reserve currency, a step that would ensure the international community could maintain a safe distance from the side-effects of domestic political turmoil in the United States.

"Look, we can't prove it ... can't touch it ... can't feel it as a tangible object. But like the sudden eruption of fracking (which may or may not be a long-term viable technology but, it can be argued, is destabilizing the Petrodollar) to the selected targeting of BRIC countries via Snowden's evidence to the current "shutdown" of the US government, we find a pattern that we can easily characterize as "directed."

"The IMF and World Bank in particular are elite facilities. The idea that communist China wants "more say" in it is certainly a bit strange. Anyway, weren't the BRICs going to create their own mini-IMF?

"Are US and British elites conspiring to weaken the world's dollar reserve currency in order to substitute a more global currency like Keynes's bancor? We can't say for certain, of course, but if top men have set out to deliberately destabilize the dollar, that's big news with tremendous ramifications.

"The dollar was in fairly good shape, post-Bill Clinton ... for a monopoly fiat-currency, anyway. George Bush's deliberate wars and grandiose domestic schemes further destabilized it. Barack Obama has doubled and trebled the damage."

I have been suggesting that at least part of this scenario is because there is a quiet "retrenchment" into North America taking place, in part an elite-driven one. Such a retrenchment would be consistent with a plan to destabilize the US dollar to the point it is no longer practical as an international reserve currency. It would, however, also be consistent with a scenario that viewed all these machinations, not as the ineluctable plan of a single unified elite at the top of the western system, but rather, as the manifestations of serious infighting between them.  If the latter, then I am bold to suggest that there are indicators of such infighting, as Europe, long a preserve of one of those bankster dynasties, has increasingly distanced itself from the USA, and aligned with either Russia or China, the two senior powers in the BRICSA bloc, and as the American component of that "Anglosphere" has apparently been quietly driving the development of American energy sources, pulling capital, and, in my word, "retrenching." There are, of course, the "footnote exceptions" to these two broad patterns.  One thing remains a constant, however, and that is, we can expect a replay of the recent theater, whether in the form of even more shrill hysteria between the Dummycrook and Republithug wings of America's dominant political party and class(note the singular), or a theater of brinksmanship and mock concessions ("bi-partisanship" is the conventional buzz-word).
This of course suggests that the recent movements of opposition and protest, Tea Party and truckers converging on the District of  Corruption, are really targeting the wrong people and places. And we saw, of course, how the Occupy Wall Street movement was coopted early on by left-wing radicals with the predictable result that it lost its credibility with mainstream America. Nonetheless, people are increasingly aware that the source of the log-jams really isn't in DC... it's elsewhere.
But the signs themselves remain as a little-noticed, and big unanswered question, about the recent show.
See you on the flip side.

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. superscot on October 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    One possible scenario for dollar destabilisation is the corresponding rise in the price of gold that will result. If gold has in fact been rehypothecated to anything approaching the extent of the speculation, those responsible have a vested interest in supporting a high price. And if Catherine Austin Fitts has the rights of it in terms of her “Gold over $2,500 means war” hypothesis, I invite you all to draw your own conclusions…

  2. Frankie Calcutta on October 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    What if the whole theater is to make the debate about debt ceilings and fiscal responsibility so unpopular that it becomes political suicide and all future discussions are silenced? If that is the case, then maybe the oligarchs, west and east, have agreed to use Fed money printing/lending to fuel the world economy and all protestations coming from China and elsewhere are merely part of the theater of making legislated fiscal responsibility taboo. In the grand scheme of things, barring an entirely different open ended finance system, maybe this is best and/or agreed upon mechanism for keeping the global economy afloat? Debt ceilings would certainly put a crimp on black projects as well.

    Happy days will continue indefinitely. There is going to be no rapid pulling of the plug on the standard of living of us American drunken sailors for some time. Let the rest of the world eat cake crumbs… that is until the social and genetic experiments on the American lab rats are completed and can be passed on to the rest of the world’s serfs.

  3. DownunderET on October 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Another curtain call at the Apocalypse Theatre, and all the actors bowing to the audience.

    Same play(book) different audience, well the entertainment value is shrinking to say the least.

  4. Robert Barricklow on October 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    The whole goal has been an internationed PRIVATIZED electronic currency controlled by the tiny few. Michael Hudson years ago predicted that it would be in the form of IMF SDRs. The theater has been following said script for decades. The governments are bought, sold, singed-off, and deliverred. They are Patriots for Profit, selling out to the highestr bidder – the international banking cartel.

    As Clinton & Rubin quipped in the early 1990s,
    “Nation-States, how quaint.”

  5. chime on October 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Another reason for the dog and pony show was the debt ceiling diversion. According to CBS News U.S. federal debt stood at a steady $16,699,396,000,000 from May 17, 25 million below the legal limit. But Congress went ahead and spent $328 billion more. Where did the money come from? They “borrowed” it from the federal employee’s pension funds and other intra-government accounts that weren’t subject to debt ceiling reporting.

    Boehner was warned by Treasury in May that the debt ceiling had been reached and that Treasury only had enough creative accounting gimmicks to hide it until the middle of October. If the debt ceiling was raised a set amount, most of the increase would be gone the next day when they had to put the money they “borrowed” back.

    So, of course, Congress waited until the last minute to address the debt limit, until Treasury ran out of accounts they could “borrow” from. And then what did Congress do? They gave Obama a blank check on the debt ceiling. He can spend as much as he wants unless Congress steps in and stops him. Fat chance of that! Maybe they were hoping everyone would be so happy to have Mt. Rushmore and the Veterans Memorial reopened, they wouldn’t notice the huge overnight increase in the federal debt.

  6. enki-nike on October 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    What’s with China buying so much gold? Aren’t the Rothschilds heavily invested in China? Could the Anglo-Sino elites be preparing for a new gold standard?

    • henry on October 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      No doubt the Satanist have been ever trying to control China for a very long time, but they were only partially successful.

      They either use foreign agents or corrupted locals to do their bidding. Each time the Satanists have exerted significant influence in China was accompanied by massacre of native population and the suppression and destruction of China’s “non-Yahwehist” tradition, whether its under the Mongol or Manchu occupations or under the Japanese invasion, or under the ‘cultural revolution’.

      Speaking of banksters influence in China in the modern era, the power base seem to lie in ‘Shanghai’.
      A little detail that has been often overlooked is during the ‘Great cultural revolution’, one of the member of ‘gang of four’ by the name of Wang hongwen was originally just an ordinary worker from Shanghai, yet because of his act of saving Mao from an attempted assasination the man quickly rose to power and was at certain point deemed to be Mao’s successor, not to mention Mao’s wife and her mentor who played crucial role of introducing the woman to Mao’s life were also from ‘Shanghai’, and the woman just happened to become the one responsible for the dreadful ‘revolution’.

      Another assasination attempt was against former Chinese leader Hu jintao, when he was touring a ship during a naval exercise his ship came under “friendly fire” by another Chinese gunship, several of the men on his ships died protecting him. The incident came after Hu made the decision to prosecute the corrupted form mayor of Shanghai who happens to be Jiang zemin’s man, who was the former Chinese leader before Hu and is the leader of “Shanghai clique”. Among other prosecuted high profile officials of Shanghai was the city’s police chief who happens to be the nephew of Jiang’s wife. As a response to this attack by the ‘Shanghai clique’, Hu later reopened the case of a former Beijing mayor who was prosecuted by ‘Shanghai clique’ under dubious circumstances.

      But one thing i have realized by now is there has always been native resistance against these foreign attempts at controlling China since at least the time of Mongol occupation. These secret societies have their religious and philosophical roots in Taoism and Buddhism, as well as Zoroastrianism, as opposed to various forms of Yahwism. During Mao’s cultural revolution, his premier Zhou Enlai played crucial role in protecting China’s cultural heritages, if it wasn’t for him, many of China’s ancient sites would have been lost forever, and i’m not surprised to learn from Ben Fulford, that the man was actually a member of secret society that may played role in historical toppling of occupation regimes like Mongol and Manchu dynasties. And why the ‘gang of four’ hated him so much.
      And i think former premier to Hu jintao is also a member of the same secret society, then no wonder the premier is such a “populist” politican as compared to the ‘elitist’ corrupted officials from ‘Shanghai clique’, that they hated him so much.

  7. amunaor on October 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    “”As the first step in creating a de-Americanised world, all nations must try to shape an international system that respects the sovereignty of all nations and ensures the US keeps out of the domestic affairs of others, Xinhua said.””

    But when the other shoe falls, we see that no de-Americanization is in fact meant to take place, since the IMF and World Bank, tentacles of the old beast, remains in place poised to sweep up the happy campers right into its gaping gullet as newly baptized debt slaves. It’s the old bait and switch trick folks. In this case with the relocated phallic symbols of Wall Street piercing a different skyline from which to reign golden showers down upon and over you:

    “”The developing and emerging market economies need to have more say in major international financial institutions including the WORLD BANK and the INTERNATIONAL MONITARY FUND, so that they could better reflect the transformations of the global economic and political landscape””

    Don’t forget! The folks casting this illusion are born and bred con-artists. And, while greed remains good, the outcome cannot be very healthy for the general population.

  8. John Q. on October 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

    After the conclusion of the Shutdown Charade last week, we see:
    Sunday – Chinese openly comment on moving away from USD as IRC
    Monday – “Event” in Stalingrad(!), immediately attributed to “radical Islam”

    When looked at in context of ongoing Chinese (and BRICSA) international activity against the USD, and in context of the recent “Event” at the Russian-Libyan Embassy, one might interpret the happenings of this recent weekend as perhaps a bit of theatre themselves—and if so, perhaps an indication of intent to escalate the pressure being exerted on the Anglosphere.

    Does Russia’s talking of the Western talk presage a more literal walking of the Western walk?

    In other words, are we to expect Russian “Security Forces” on the ground in Libya? Syria… Turkey… Iraq… Afghanistan… Pakistan… Former Soviet Satellites? Perhaps any other nation tactically, logistically, or economically relevant to the Western control grid?

    Could the regional alliances and geoeconomic influence of the Anglosphere weather the storm of a concerted assault by BRICSA on the USD/Petrodollar?

    Are the events of this weekend to be taken as early indication of such a concerted assault? Let’s keep an eye open for signals from Brazil [esp. regarding oil, gold, NSA], India [esp. regarding GMOs, Diplomacy with China]… maybe even something subtle from Germany, and see what develops.

    And if it turns out that BRICSA has in fact declared open attack on the USD/Petrodollar, any way one would then wish to slice it, it becomes disturbing to contemplate how this might mesh with the notion that a Retrenching Anglosphere is also potentially interested in weakening those same currencies.

    Intuitively, I’m struck by a seesaw metaphor—it’s a bit fuzzy at the moment, but I believe the Triffin Paradox has something to do with the fulcrum.

    • John Q. on October 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Here, Tyler of ZeroHedge notes a schism opening between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which he calls “the primary hub of the petrodollar system which is instrumental to keeping the dollar’s reserve status.”

      Regardless of whether this schism is developing organically via factional infighting within the Anglosphere, or theatrically for some devious future play—the interim effects on the USD/Petrodollar are likely to be the same.

      Ultimately we’re lead back to the same questions, asked now with perhaps more urgency, for the game would seem certainly afoot.

    • John Q. on October 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Shutdown Charade response signaling from Germany?

      The timing and international context of this latest (and seemingly very LATE) NSA-Challenge Theatre may be significant, as I’ve previously argued. (Eyes on Brazil now?)

      But furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, it’s interesting to note the Devil that Tyler points out in the details:

      “But while the latest diplomatic escalation will have zero impact whatsoever on either US spying intentions, mostly of US citizens let alone foreigners, or German-US relations, what is missing is that had this “scandal” happened four short months ago, the farce would have been truly complete as the summoned US Ambassador would be none other than former Goldman senior director and head of Goldman Germany, Philip Murphy, who alas stepped down in August. Had that been the case someone may have just put two and two together.”

  9. Sagnacity on October 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

    There were plenty of Ron Paul types at Occupy Wall street events?

    And calling for Glass-Steagall is par of the radical left now? In GlennBeckLand.

    Occupy Wall Street also called of opening up the Federal Reserve.

    “Park Closed” signs, it was pretty easy to see the shut down coming. So the signs were designed and printers lined up. Printing+mounting such things doesn’t take much time any more.

    Occupy Wall Street had plenty of mainstream cred, why do you think that Bloomberg shut it down?

  10. marcos toledo on October 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

    The problem is do our masters believe their own fantasies. Or are they so stone out on power and have been for millenniums that they as F. Scott Fitzgerald said and live in a different world from the rest of us and dream of turning the world into a planetary banana republic. By making all elected governments look like clown shows awaiting their intelligent hands to rule us.

  11. ou812 on October 22, 2013 at 7:17 am

    “the signs had to be made, contracted for, and that would take at least some degree of lead time, before “the show began.” …One heard little, if anything, about this on the major lamestream media in the USA.”

    I love your work, Dr Farrell, but I think you’ve slightly jumped the gun here.

    The newspapers and cable networks were talking about the seeming inevitability of the shut down for at least two weeks beforehand, in the context of covering the public fight between Ted Cruz and the old school Republicans who remember wearing the political fallout from the 1996 shut down.

    In such an environment, it’s not really a shock that professional political stooges would be making preparations.

    That aside, these potential shut down dates have been in everyone’s calendar for a long time. Presumably, bureaucrats in the the relevant government departments would have made plans to respond to the eventuality.

    Is it reasonable to assume signs announcing closures would NOT be a normal part of that response?

    IMO, there are reasonable political and logistical explanations for activity like the signs, and plenty of time to prepare them..

    • Joseph P. Farrell on October 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Actually, my point still stands. Knowing how corrupt and inefficient this government is, I doubt they could contract for signs and get them done in two weeks. You and I could, of course, but the government? Uhm… my money is still on the pre-fab crisis theater theory on this one.

      • MQ on October 23, 2013 at 6:54 am

        Right, it’s getting the money requested and allocated that takes the longest–budgeted monthly or quarterly I’d reckon, so you’re looking at 1-3 mos realistically. I doubt the droids felt so strongly that they would go and pay for it out of pocket.

  12. jedi on October 22, 2013 at 5:26 am

    everything is theater, has been for thousands of years….the only difference is it is a fact being more and more accepted by the little people, and not a theory of a conspiracy.

    Its too bad, that when they had control, and the world was in much better shape……they didnt make it better….rather than floride, absurd education system, disgusting violent and pornography in media, and massive 3rd world sand people explosion.

    • jedi on October 22, 2013 at 5:30 am

      I guess the end game was a massive race war exploiting a fathers love for his family.
      Thank god for the internet.

    • LSM on October 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

      “everything is theater, has been for thousands of years…”- no s**t, baby- I work in the realm of theater- most cannot believe how easy it is to provide people with an illusion they subsequently deem to be reality simply because it’s presented to them on an illuminated stage- I have it first-hand-


      • jedi on October 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

        your comment on gold in Manchuria, and the puppet emperor and his chosen lot….that was a major revelation.

        Like Francis Bacon said to the spear chuckers, all the worlds a stage…..suckers.

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