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As someone from a cow farm in New Zealand, the Ardern policy was just virtue signalling. Offshore purchase of our land has increased under Ardern. The office supposed to monitor this does not keep records of how much land is owned by foreign entities. Farmland grabs + displacement for Carbon Credits Pine Tree Plantations are a problem for us all in the global south, driven by World Bank and IMF policies.

Cameron and his militant vegan wife used their influence to bash New Zealand pastural cow farms and cow farmers, this in turn influenced regulators to put more and more restrictions on farming and birthed a hostile vegan activist movement in the cities (pastural farming has the most potential for carbon storage). The Camerons own more than one property and I am sure they weren't just trying to drive down the cost of land. Cameron's can't get workers because people will work hard on their own land, but they will not be serfs - which is essentially the model the Camerons want for local kiwi's.

There is a way to farm vegetables with minimal animal imputs - Will Bonsall from Scatterseed Project details this - I am just saying, taking land that had been a cow farm for nearly 100 years and depleting the nutrients within it in under a decade, Camerons were not farming in any sort of healthy way, not that NZ press will detail this.

Auckland NZ has a stabbing a day, one month there were 42 shootings in the city since C19. Dramatic economic reforms in the 1980's emboldened a violence in New Zealand society that has only increased. Cameron + other rich people may believe NZ to be a haven, but what we have is only a veneer of civility.

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We are largely in agreement, except that I'd point out that military intelligence is larger and more sophisticated than the three letter agencies. And the bank is the currency is the military. A great deal of work goes into obscuring this.

The question is how to wake people up from the Matrix, and do something about it. Humanity could be so bright. A small number of people destroy most progress.

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Destroying our progress and dampening our brightness is what they see as their purpose. Look at who was targeted in this plandemic...the West. We're uppity, resourceful and can be a problem when one is trying to control the planet. I've read the West was targeted because we're basically a pain in the ass (I know I am).

What I don't understand is why target the most compliant of sheeple with this lethal injection? Why not dump something in the water, or actually leak a more deadly virus and have a real cure that people like me resist? Why leave the most cogent skeptics alone and kill or maim your "followers?" This still doesn't quite fit together for me.

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Think about the people who took the vaccine after they were pressured into it. Many of them are pushed toward misery and depression. This angers and radicalizes people, and makes them easier to manipulate.

I'm most worried about the military. Fewer high quality recruits. Promotion of woke ideology. Is the goal to hurl the drones at the free and resources "pains in the ass" to destroy the mass once and for all?

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Mathew, this is one of my favorite articles of yours, and that's a tough competition! Thank you for thinking out loud without fear.

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Interesting. I held off on finishing this one for a few months because every time I take steps in these sorts of directions, I get some ugly hate mail, and usually 5-10 unsubscriptions for the 1-2 new subscriptions. I've ignored that, and I have many times the fodder for these stories than I've presented. But time is limited. Anything that shakes one additional pillar of somebody's Reality Matrix Framework turns them off. People don't like to walk through the process of challenging themselves. They want for reality to return to normal in the end, and that's a recipe for failure in the current situation.

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Aug 14, 2022·edited Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

I hear you!! I usually get 5-10 unsubscriptions (without impacting the steady number of subscriptions at a usual rate) for each "philosophical" article, which I consider some of the most important articles I write. So I keep writing them anyway. I figured, if we had to overcome fear to go against the grain of the establishment, it only makes sense to keep going against the grain when the heart requires it.

And yes, challenging people's foundational beliefs (or ghosts) is a very unglamorous task usually. I try to do it gently but even so, no one likes their foundational beliefs to be challenged (I guess I don't like that, either, except mine are of course perfect.... lol ... kidding).

Jokes aside, this was a magnificent article. Thank you!!!

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Thank you for the kind words, and your consistent awesomeness.

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Aug 15, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

You both are consistently awesome! And being open to foundational beliefs being challenged is one of the reasons I love you both - and substack. If folks don't like it, they can listen to MSNPC ..

I've sometimes smiled to myself while watching a clip of something I would never otherwise have seen, like Idiocracy electrolytes (I get it - antibodies are like electrolytes!), or reading a whirlwhind of information I wouldn't have expected to read, like this article, and thinking, "If Mathew Crawford thinks this is important, it's important."

There aren't many people I'd cede that mental ground to ... both of you, Mathew & Tessa, Toby Rogers, Meryl Nass ... Gato ... you are all awesome and I'm sorry for folks who can't see that and unsubscribe from some of your best articles!

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Agree, it's great. Mathew's read is correct and it took guts to say it.

The inside info was helpful too.

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It is riveting!

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Aug 14, 2022·edited Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

Wow, thanks for this article. Having arrived here/now by traveling in time from a simpler era (the 1950’s), I can see that I made no mistake in forsaking “pop culture” along the way if this is indeed where it ended up.

But as to your thesis that Hollywood “knew”, I would agree that these “cultural” (and it saddens me to call them that) artifacts seems a little beyond coincidence.

Personally, I’m somewhat convinced that we’re seeing the death throes of a vapid and materialistic civilization; the WEF types know it’s ending and are trying to control the outcome to their own benefit, but are only seeing through their own lenses blotted with the ink of materialism — a world in which economic output clearly is the supreme value (that value from which all others are derived), given that they quite obviously recognize no qualitative values.

But they’re profoundly mistaken. That’s not where it’s going in the longer term. They’re doomed to fail. They may cause untold human suffering as they flail around pursuing their dystopia, but their artificial “industrial revolution” will founder on the rocks of reality.

People are beginning to reject the premise that the expression of the worth of their lives has a dollar sign in front of it. A supreme value that is better and more serviceable in the pursuit of human happiness and fulfillment than is the dollar is slowly entering the collective consciousness. While it’s only little wavelets here and there at the moment, these little wavelets can and will eventually coalesce into a tsunami that will sweep aside this bogus industrial revolution and all those who have tied themselves to it.

Probably not in my lifetime, and maybe not in yours. Although who knows?

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Great comment! I agree they are doomed to fail, though I worry about the damage this will cause to the earth as a whole through the extraordinary arrogance. The timeline seem to keep expediting, and I've come to accept for the most part that we are simply strapped in for the ride, unable to sway the trajectory. But perhaps these wavelets you describe can indeed coalesce with an intensity greater than the orchestrated narrative?

Gotta retain hope :)

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Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

Wow, Matthew your work has been a desperately needed breath of fresh air for me. In an Orwellian time of ever tighter controlled propaganda and the frustration of witnessing the sheer naivety on display everywhere, your integrity and honesty to dig for the nuggets of truth are one of the few things that are helping to keep me sane!! The silver lining of the dark clouds during the plandemonium has been finding Substack and those who are willing to fight for the truth like yourself, thank you so much!! Keep up the good fight! 🙏

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Agree 100%. Thanks to Substack and the amazing contributors.

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Aug 14, 2022·edited Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

Great article once again Mathew. I've been wondering if the sudden dark tone of cinema over the last couple decades (batman films, bond films, etc) has been less about a reflection of the times and culture and more an overt conditioning for people to accept dismal realities. The Last Airbender film was the biggest leap for me; taking a brilliant kids show with humor and optimism and giving it to M. Night Shyamalan.

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Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

Seneff*

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Thank you.

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Killer last sentence. Killer article. So thrilled someone sharp made a deep dive into these connections, especially Watchmen.

Btw, from the 2013 British Utopia:

https://youtu.be/87F2jX5Qk2Y

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Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

“ like yet another vacuous, culture-cool series designed to babysit high school students between their compulsory lobotomy sessions”

😂 I am so enjoying this post!!! Enjoying it with a (not my first) cup of coffee while thE kids are napping.

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Aug 14, 2022·edited Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

Mathew I am just a humorless boring tired mom and had never seen or read any of these except V for Vendetta and I still enjoyed this post. You explained it very well even with the weird stuff like cephalopods. I usually wouldn’t even bother reading anything about comic books but I am intrigued now. My point is you are an excellent writer !

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Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

Of course they knew. Remember the face masks as fashion trend in 2018?

https://hypebeast.com/2018/1/face-mask-trend-fall-winter-2018

I’m still thinking there’s some sort of Truman Show ending. Excellent piece!

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I never saw that trend. Huh.

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Wow! 👀

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Aug 15, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

There is a long history of prescience in creative projects of all kinds so it is hard to know what is purposeful and knowledgeable, what has to do with the nature of the right brain and the imagination and possible theoretical future understandings of the nonlocal nontemporal and its relationship to consciousness (a paradigmatically tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail topic, but that might just be Kuhnian dynamics), and what is just resonance and extrapolation, and what is something involved in the mysterious ways the cosmos works, which, ala Godel, our invisible gorilla brains can't ever hope to grok. Cool article!!

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Aug 15, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

I thought it such a coincidence, at the beginning of the scamdemic, that it was American sweetheart Tom Hanks who declared very publicly from Australia to being infected with the virus. Kind of like, "Let the games begin!" Another great post Mathew!

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I think it's harder for people to really grasp how the powerful exert influence across the world when it's portrayed as fiction on TV and in films.

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Also, as many others have stated ... this post was captivating - but when I think about it ... I'm a little freaked out that I'm not more freaked out by taking in material like this ... in all seriousness, thanks for helping keep people (me for one) sane and connected amidst the Nonsense ... much appreciation!!!

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Someone mentions a game of GO in the comments - anyone here aware of Tom Luongo - he views what has been going on as a galactic game of GO (my words and my hyperbole but he does put forth a well crafted, compelling narrative bringing in the analogy of a GO game). Wondering if Matthew (and others) are familiar with Tom (of Gold, Goats & Guns "fame") ... a very different lane than you Matthew - but a worthy ally in the good fight against the giant squids out there :-)

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Aug 14, 2022Liked by Mathew Crawford

I'll have to give Utopia another try. The preview so utterly grossed me out, comrade John Cusack and his brainwashed do-gooder kids just looked like a typical leftist family, so I missed the "dark comedy."🤣

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I don't find many shows worth watching, and I started-then-stopped this one before following through. In this case, I'm glad I did just to understand the relevance.

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My favorite was the British version ( was available on Prime when I watched it ). So we’ll done...and eerily parallel. Also quite violent. But the color palates were just stunning. And not a series that insults your intelligence. I’ll probably give the US remake version a try but had read it couldn’t hold a candle to the British version. I think the British Utipoa has all the messaging you need.

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