The responses to “Three Scenarios” has provided a number of astute and constructive ideas. Obviously starting a thought process is like starting a painting, in that the focus is on the overall pattern and not on specific details. While the stimulus for writing these articles is the advent of the LENR age, it has become clear to me that the real issue at hand is not the technical quality of “Peter the Hermit’s” steam, nor how well grounded he is. It is based on the premise that LENR is an actual, reproducible phenomenon that it is capable, given basic science, engineering and development, of revolutionizing the energy production for virtually every aspect of human life. Once again, to help us remember to keep ourselves better grounded than Mr. Rossi’s experiments, I must acknowledge that I have no more absolute, hands on, unassailable proof of LENR’s existence that than anyone else. While I remain skeptical in a non-pathological manner, I think it IS rational to proceed in thinking about how the birth pains of this new world will be felt, and to anticipate the struggle that is inevitable for control of the final form of the metamorphoses promising to sweep the world, or even whether such a transformation is desirable.
So, in the painting of this “world in transformation” the first icon of control I envisioned was the MFC (Military Financial Complex), but it is clear that that is too broad a brushstroke. While there is a logical grouping we can call the MFC, whose agenda would surely include the quest for control over this new energy source and for the perception of it by PlanetMind, it is by no means the only source of power in this world. Our agenda of promoting the rapid and complete development of LENR power and the rapid distribution of the technology, certainly must look for John Galt with a much more nuanced way.
The question for Ayn Rand was “Who is John Galt?” To that I propose the equally important question of “Where is John Galt?” Who and where are the powers in the world in a position to effect the evolution of the LENR revolution? When viewed from afar, it is easy enough to see the MFC as the major player. Such a logical grouping is no doubt sensible and for most of us (see the Three Scenarios poll) it is a way of grappling with the absurd lack of serious penetration of the LENR story into PlanetMind, and the sinful lack of serious investment to get this discovery past the three ring circus, Mad Hatter phase of Rossi and Defkalion. But, of course, there are others!
So, once again, a continuum! Only this time it is more of a manifold, a more than two dimensioned continuum, but of course with the added complication that one parameter can and does affect the other.
On the financial axis, on one end is the MFC, at the opposite end is a logical grouping we can call the PGFA, the “Progressive, Green, Futuristic Alliance”. This would be those who have surplus wealth and use it to fund and promote any number of progressive, green and mostly “liberal” goals. Paul Allen, Richard Branson, Bill Gates etc. Not to mention Sidney Kimmel, who has already ponied up funds to promote LENR research at U of Missouri.
In the middle of this axis is the RSA crowd (Rich, Stupid Assholes), who know nothing of how to use their wealth in any way other than as personal excess and aggrandizement . Go to Monte Carlo and look around if you want to get an idea of what this group is about.
The other axis of the John Galt manifold is the intellectual/communication axis. It is the “MemeSpace” axis, where ideas compete. Financial control of the MemeSpace has been unraveled by the advent of the Internet, and this has changed the game! It is easy to see that the establishment (read expensive) media sources have certainly stonewalled the LENR story, and the leakage into the mainstream has been slow and mostly of a pathoskep bent. So one end of the MemeSpace axis of the John Galt manifold is the establishment media. Their allies are the pathoskeps and moles, who infiltrate and try to dominate the webscape with negativity, mockery and puerile intellectualism; character assassinations of one sort or another aimed at specific individuals by supposed “experts,” who clearly are the worst sort of “Trojan Horse” cynics. Start with Steven Krivit as an example of a supposed advocate of LENR development, who spends his idle hours attacking Rossi in ways that are sometimes valid but often quite ridiculous.
The other end of the MemeSpace axis from the establishment media on the John Galt manifold is, well, us! Bloggers and dreamers. The “paranoid” and the visionaries of a future that has been stolen from us all. I STILL want my future back!
In the middle of this axis? Fat, stoned, give a fuck patsies, pursaps (Purchasing Sapiens) who are the target of most advertising, with a rigid, unchanging world view, etc. etc. These are the dense, unchanging robots in our midst (or rather we are in THEIR midst). These are the time machine transports from the dark ages, who believe that all knowledge is contained in the ancient books and it is useless, or even evil, to attempt generating any new knowledge. If you are ever burnt at the stake, these folks will be there with their Zippos and sparklers.
So, there it is, a more nuanced view of the “power establishment”. As always this quest for PLAN X only goes somewhere if you join in, add “logical power groups” which I have not identified. Encourage, defile or dispute me. Call me insane, but STOP BEING A PASSIVE OBSERVER in this war for the future of humanity. As they say “life is like a shit sandwich: the more bread you have, the less shit you have to eat”. I say “life is like a fistfight: the longer you sit on your hands the more knuckles you have to eat!”
So, let us think this all through and not just sit on our hands and complain! And, you know, even if LENR and “Peter the Hermit” and Defkalion are all just a cruel hoax, what is there to lose? This is a great subject for use of Pascal’s wager for the existence of God. If you believe and you are right, infinite reward; if you are wrong, what did you lose? Nothing! The flip side? If you do not believe, what is gained if you are right…nothing, and what do you lose if wrong…everything! Apply it here. In the big picture of what we humans spend our wealth on, what would a few billion spent in an intense search for the LENR truth really mean? Maybe no lipstick or beer nuts for a year…or maybe one fewer B2 bomber, or nuclear missile, or gaudy yacht at St. Moritz. If it is all a scam, that’s what we would lose. But if it pans out — the future is back!
In coming days it is my intention to write an “open letter” to each of these groups, and maybe a few more. I will simply be firing off memes! Some may even hit their mark. This is the only way I know to have even a small bit of effect on this glorious, hideous and always entertaining emergence of the LENR world. Join PLAN X: Publish, Disseminate, Translate and Finance!
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