Money, Belief, and Self-fulfilling Prophecy

This was a real conversation I heard yesterday. Conversations like this have been going on all over the country.

The cashier was a large man, and his packer was tall but thin. “It’s only going to get worse.” Said the cashier. “No it will get better, our kids and grandkids will have a better life. The cashier, no it can only get worse before the world ends. It’s in the Bible. The packer, stuffing our purchases into bags, replied sheepishly, it’s got to get better. The cashier snapped back; it’s in the Bible, just read Revelations. By this time I was tempted to say Revelations is entirely irrelevant in the space-time continuum and it will get better as soon as reason is returned to the White House.

Neo-nazis, neo-confederates, the KKK, the white supremacists all have the right to free-speech. It does not matter if we agree with them or not. However, it all changes when they are supported by POTUS.

Belief is powerful because its causes people to behave in a certain way. If enough people believe the world will end, they will act accordingly, pull into themselves, pray, and do nothing to change a situation that is entirely solvable.

Many political observers think that we are in the mess of the Trump Presidency because of Robert Mercer; an American computer scientist who developed an early form of artificial intelligence. Mercer was also the co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies and a successful hedge fund manager. Mercer is also a major donor to conservative political causes such as Breitbart News and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president. He is the principal benefactor of the Make America Number 1 Super PAC. Since 2006, he has donated about $34.9 million to federal campaigns.

Mercer’s beliefs back by his fortune have greatly contributed to the current mess. Mercer apparently believes the government is mostly corrupt, he hates the mainstream media, wants government smaller and believes many conspiracy theories. Read Jane Mayer’s article on Mercer in the New Yorker for more insight into Mercer.

The lunatic fringe needs to be returned to the margins of society. Republicans and Democrats need to get their collective act together and invoke the 25th Amendment. It will make life better for all of us. Then, Democrats need to produce an economic agenda that will improve the lives the cashier and bagger, and get seriously damaged brains and big money out of politics. Oligarchs the likes of Robert Mercer should not have the right to disrupt the lives of the rest of us.