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Vampire Squid Economics: A Case Study in Full-Blown Wetiko Disease

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The following is Part Two of a series. Read Part One

In Part One of this article, I
contemplated a psycho-spiritual disease of the soul that I call malignant egophrenia and indigenous
people call wetiko which is
undermining the evolutionary development of our species. Wetiko/malignant egophrenia
(heretofore referred to as wetiko) is nonlocal, in
that it is an inner disease of the spirit, soul and psyche that explicates
itself through the canvas of the outside world. Certain people, groups of
people, corporate bodies, or nation-states embody and act out this
psychological malady in the world. Specific situations in the world, such as
the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by myriad multi-national corporations,
or Monsanto instituting terminator seeds as it tries to gain control of the
production of the food supply, are real-life enactments, both literally and
symbolically, of this self-destructive, inner process. Certain potent symbols
in our shared waking dream are literally showing us this inner, vampiric
dynamic, a stupefying process in which we get bled dry of what really counts.

Seen as a symbolic entity, the global
financial system, for example, is the revelation of wetiko disease displayed graphically and schematically in its
architecture, operations and overall design, so that anyone with a trained eye
can discern the telltale signs and spore prints of this maleficent
psycho-pathology getting down to business. The global economy (which can
appropriately be referred to as the ‘wetikonomy'),
displays the fear-based, linear logic of wetiko
disease as it reduces everything to the bottom line of dollars and cents. We
are living inside of a horrifying, abstract economic structure that itself is a
living symbol and re-presentation of the out-of-control insanity of the wetiko virus. The global financial
system is one of the most rapid vectors and pathways through which the virus of
wetiko is going pandemic in our

The economy as an entity is a
projection of the collective human psyche, but particularly of the "Big Wetikos," who hold a disproportionate
power in crafting its operating system and in running its day-to-day operations
in the world. In the wetikonomy,
money has become indispensable for our biological survival, as well as our
psychological well being and need for social prestige. This results in the
drive for acquiring money becoming hardwired into the most primal centers of
our lower, animal nature. This can generate a dependency that can easily lead
to a treadmill that spirals downwards towards degeneracy, a true ‘rat race' in
which we become addicted to chasing after ‘the buck,' as we increasingly
worship Mammon (the God of the love of money; Interestingly, the esteemed
economist John Maynard Keynes considered the love of money a form of mental
illness). Our need for money becomes the ‘hook' through which the Big Wetikos, who control the supply and
value of money, can ‘yank our leash' and manipulate humanity. To say it
differently, the economy is engineered by a few, the "Big Wetikos," who then utilize their creation to manipulate the
collective human psyche and in so doing influence and warp it in a wetiko-like way.

Using the global financial and monetary
system as our case study, we can see and understand how the wetiko virus operates in the psyche and
in the world, which are both interactive and co-creative reflections of each
other. The invention of money was a breakthrough in human affairs, an
innovation in which real wealth is allowed to be symbolically re-presented by
something else. Money is a construct, something made up, which adds convenience
in the trading of goods and services that have value. The wetiko-created fiat money system, however, is the doorway through
which a deviant distortion in this co-operative process of exchanging value
amongst ourselves emerges. The wetikonomy's
fiat-currency is not backed by real value, but rather, is a system in which, as
if by magic, money is created out of thin air. Having fallen through the rabbit
hole, we now live in a world where money materializes simply by decree (fiat)
of an elite cabal of Big Wetikos, who
can exchange the tokens of value they have conjured up for the time and natural
resources of everyone else. The wetiko-economy
is basically a legitimized counterfeiting operation. The Big Wetikos use their military and police
state ‘enforcement' resources to ensure that others cannot accumulate and
circulate capital outside of their system. As if that isn't bad enough, in a
further diabolic sleight of hand, this virtual fiat currency, backed by nothing
real and having no intrinsic value in and of itself, is then equated with debt,
thus making it worse than nothing.
This total inversion of our concept of value itself is a glaring symbol in our
midst primal screaming that there is something terribly amiss with our financial system. There is indeed something
wrong with a virtual, bubble economy that is decoupled from the real economy
and is dictated and manipulated by the few at the expense of the many.

The over-leveraged wetiko economy is a ‘phantom menace,' in that there is hardly any
real substantial value changing hands except in appearance. Unlike a real
economy that is based on, backed by and generates genuine wealth, the wetikonomy, because it has no
conventional solid, objective, substantial reality, has only a phantom-like,
apparent existence. It is as if authors of a fantasy novel or a fairy tale are
trying to ‘market' and ‘sell' their creation as nonfiction, and we, as
consumers, are ‘buying' it, believing it to be true. Collectively pretending
the fiction is real, we have forgotten that we are playing a mass game of ‘make
believe.' The bubble economy of wetiko
is a con-fidence game (a ‘con' game), a con-struct of our mind maintained in
each moment by the belief that the system is real, solvent and legitimate.

A virtual, synthetic economy such as
ours is a product cooked up by the fevered imagination of the wetiko financiers. Like a collective
dream, or a mass spell, it is a concoction based upon mutually shared
agreements among its participating members. The wetikonomy in which we live, unlike a free market economy, is
subject to the intervention of and manipulation by the central bank, an entity
which has interposed itself between us and the market. The agency of the
central bank, in its attempts to interfere with and control a natural,
self-regulating marketplace, is a living symbol of the wetiko pathogen and how it disrupts a living system.

Just as a vampire can't stand to be
seen and thus avoids the light of day at all costs, as it is only able to
operate by the deceptive cover of darkness, so the very nature of the
institutions and operations by which the phantom wetikonomy functions must be kept hidden from the light of public
awareness. The financial instruments of the wetikonomy
are purposely crafted to be incredibly complex and hard to understand so as to
hide and obfuscate the theft that is happening. Hiding the reality of what they
are doing is one of the ‘chief features' of wetiko
finance. Replacing transparency with opacity, it has become standard
account-ing practice in the wetikonomy
to ‘cook the books' so as to avoid being held account-able. If clearly
illuminated and exposed to the light of collective disclosure and transparency,
the shell-game and Ponzi scheme that IS the global financial system will be
revealed to be the staggering and unlawful deception that it is. In a vast
computerized web of electronic transfers and accounting shenanigans, the global
economic system has become an insanely desperate pyramid scheme, a high-tech
casino-like scam. A monstrous, planet-wide Madoff-like rip-off done with smoke
and mirrors, the wetikonomy is like a
massive optical illusion that is projected by the Big Wetikos, a cadre of master spell-casting wizards, who have nearly
infinite resources at their disposal to make their illusion seem real. The wetikonomy, like apparitions of majestic
castles in the sky, is a magical display that captivates and holds spell-bound
the credulous, semi-conscious masses, who are more than willing, based on their
childlike need to hope and believe in an authority outside of themselves, to
give away their power so as to quell their fear. This is a regressed form of
magical thinking writ large on the world stage.

At first glance, an optical illusion
looks one way, but when we investigate further, we can see the illusion for
what it really is. If this grand financial illusion were to be unmasked and
collectively seen through, the underlying and pervasive ‘fraud as a business
model' approach to running the global economy would reveal itself to be the
spectral phantasm that it is. Once the seemingly rock-solid, concrete
skyscrapers of the wetikonomy reveal
themselves to be a stage set with nothing behind it, built on ever-shifting
sand, it is not enough just to realize this and do nothing. It is then our
responsibility to re-create and re-dream a different set of agreements
regarding how to be in relationship with each other. This sets the stage to
re-engineer the system of wetiko-ized
control mechanisms that, through locked-in contractual relationships, freezes
the economy in a corporate, and wetiko-ized
trajectory. The power structure in a wetiko-ized society is inherently fiscal
instead of political, which is why political change doesn't result in economic
change. It is the banks that control the government, not the other way around.
As our collective realization gathers momentum, however, such a process of
waking up en masse could dissolve the wetikonomy
to its empty core, bursting the bubble economy and collapsing the whole
artificial edifice – the artifice – of fake finance, like the house of cards
that it is. This realization lays the groundwork for a more enlightened
financial and investment system grounded in real economics, a healthy
environment and the cultivation of a humane human civilization.

The unsustainable illusion that is the wetikonomy, however, is based on and
supported by violence or the threat of violence, from a personal level up to
the capacity to collectively wage war, both visible and invisible. The ability
and willingness to kill is not an illusion. This is why many people collude in
supporting and perpetuating the illusion, for to not do so inevitably leads to
some form of coercion, which is a subtle (or not so subtle) form of violence. In
the highly uncivilized world of the wetikonomy,
‘might makes right.' The nature of the beast that we are dealing with needs to
be factored into the equation of how we creatively and strategically respond.

The wetikonomy,
to use journalist Matt Taibbi's infamous phrase describing the major global
investment bank Goldman Sachs, is a "vampire squid" that is sucking, draining
off and redistributing more and more wealth from the poor, and the formerly
middle class, into the hands of the already unthinkably wealthy. This "great
vampire squid," to quote Taibbi, is "wrapped around the face of humanity,
relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
Unlike a real economy that creates wealth, the vampire squid wetikonomy, a global, organized crime
syndicate, extracts and extorts
wealth from the real economy and from real people like you and me. There is an
actual creature called Vampyroteuthis
, which literally translates as Vampire Squid from Hell, a living
symbol and perfect description of wetikonomics.

The Big Wetikos, are debt 'pushers,' in that they inject credit into the
would-be victim, artificially enlarging, pumping up and ultimately poisoning
the recipient. The more money owed the better, as the bigger the meal of debt
off of which the predators will be able to cannibalistically feed. The bigger
the debt, the deeper the pockets they can pick, and the more blood there is for
the vampires to drink. They create VSID — ‘Vampire Squid Induced Debt,' whose
victims become its slaves and indentured servants. As it says in Proverbs
(22:7), "The borrower is servant to the lender." The modern-day, debt-based wetikonomy is designed to have an
exponentially, ever-increasing debt that in principle can never be paid off,
analogous to how in wetiko disease
there exists an insatiable hunger that can never be satisfied. The economic
system imposed on humanity by the rapacious Big Wetikos is a perversion of the original, wholesome meaning of the
word ‘eco-nomy,' which has the same root as the word ‘eco-logy,' and refers to
the harmonious management of a household. The wetikonomy, instead of creating value and wealth that can be shared
by all, impoverishes and enslaves the vast majority of humanity while
simultaneously enriching the Big Wetiko predators. Big Wetikos are the ‘anti-Robin Hoods,' as they rob from the poor to
give to the rich (themselves). The Big Wetikos
buy up all of the assets that have tangible, real world value, like land
for example, in exchange for their made-up fiat currency. Once the exchange is
made, and they are in possession of the stuff of real value, they then devalue
and debase the currency, which becomes ‘worth less' as time passes. The people
are left holding an empty bag, while the Big Wetikos are increasingly in possession of everything else of value.
The Big Wetikos are financial
terrorists, actively engaged in warfare against humanity, using weapons of
financial mass destruction (WFMD's).

In a wetikonomy, a perverse synergy occurs in the revolving door between
government and high finance. The political system becomes a front for and
extension of the banks. The United States Treasury is bankrupt, which is to say
that it is owned by the banks. Having the upper hand, an international clique
of banking elites are the ones who give the orders and, appearances to the
contrary, choose the politicians who will occupy the positions of power to do
their bidding. This is clearly evidenced by President Obama stacking his
cabinet with the very same people who created the economic crisis in the first
place, all of whom have intimate insider connections with and allegiance to a
corrupt cabal of high financiers.

In a wetikonomy such as ours, the Big Wetikos who create economic crises get rewarded for their actions,
gaining untold riches. Think of the bank bailouts, a criminal heist of historical
proportions, where the banks blackmailed our nation, putting a metaphorical gun
to our government's head, threatening that if we don't give them what they ask
for, they will crash the global economy and we will have martial law. We
acquiesced at the expense of our national sovereignty. True to form, there was
very little accountability regarding how the banks used this money, and much of
what happened to it is still a mystery. In the total opposite of what happens
in a ‘real' economy, in the bailout, money was invested and sucked into the
least productive aspect of the economy — the financial system — all at the
expense of the taxpayers. The Big Wetikos
get the booty, and the risks and liabilities are then dumped onto the general
population, increasing our nation's debt, and turning almost everyone else into
‘serfs.' The inevitable austerity measures, e.g., cuts in retirement benefits
and social services, will then be put squarely on the backs of the working
people. Taxpaying citizens will be forced to pay off the debt over decades of
hard work and toil, as they become indentured servants to the bank. As it is
said, ‘Crime that pays, stays.' We live in a ‘klepto-plutocracy': a ruler-ship
by really wealthy thieves. We need to ‘wake up' to that we are being taken for
all that we are worth.

The result is the largest gap in the
distribution of wealth between the rich and poor since right before the 1929
Great Depression, which creates enormous economic instability, a situation that
the Big Wetikos can then use to their
own advantage. This transferring of assets from the broad class of working
people and entrepreneurs to the super-rich is no accident, but is purposefully
being implemented by the cold-blooded, Big Wetiko
banksters and power brokers, who operate as a global banking cartel, so as to
continually centralize their power and control. Unfortunately, this isn't some
sort of wacky conspiracy theory. The evidence is all around us, fully visible
to anyone who has the eyes to see. A global robbery is in progress; the Big Wetikos are enacting a financial coup d'etat of staggering
proportions right in front of our eyes. It is quite symbolic that the one time
in the New Testament that Jesus got
really pissed was towards the money-changers. Big Wetikos in positions of power in high finance, manipulating the
markets so as to loot the planet's treasuries and precious resources, have
become the modern-day pirates, ransacking and pillaging humanity and all living
things. This real world process is an externalized reflection of the psychic
coup d'etat being perpetrated by the wetiko
bug within our own psyche. This is to say that we can recognize a deep
process within ourselves as it is revealed to us in the seemingly outside
world. Seeing this is to begin to spiritually awaken, as we aren't just ‘waking
up' to the fact that we are being robbed, but are ‘waking up' to the deeper,
dreamlike nature of our overall situation.

The Big Wetikos are not just draining the resources of individuals, but are
sucking up the real assets of and taking down the economies of entire nations
around the world (Think of what is happening in Europe now, i.e., Greece and
Ireland, and ever more so in the U.S.). One striking symbol of this process is
the IMF (International Money Fund), a vampire squid-like entity if there ever
was one. The IMF is essentially a bankrupt institution backed by a cadre of
banks that are themselves mostly insolvent. The IMF is constantly on the
lookout for real assets to scarf up so as to sate its voracious debt-driven
hunger. When a country finds itself in financial dire straits (a crisis
oftentimes created by a coordinated, criminal cabal of financial terrorists
that are in league with the IMF), the IMF swoops in, and offers a seemingly
beneficent, helping hand in the form of bailouts to the ailing country in their
time of need. The IMF, however, effectively loots and pillages the country that
it is purportedly aiding, for once the country accepts the IMF's ‘help,' the
IMF winds up taking over the country's real assets to pay back the loan, thus
turning it into an economic hostage. Each country that the IMF subjects to its
‘economic shock therapy' becomes a laboratory experiment by which it
continually refines and perfects its financial weaponry. The crisis in Greece
is a recent example of this sinister experiment in how to financially take down
and extract the wealth from an entire country. The resulting austerity measures
imposed upon the now enfeebled and hobbled country are akin to a modern form of
feudalism. Subsequent to Greece, Ireland was taken down using the same tactics,
and other nations (Portugal, Spain and Italy to name but a few) are in the
cross-hairs of this internationally organized form of financial warfare.

As the wetiko infection progresses in the global body politic, the global
economic system becomes gradually redesigned to exert more and more effective
top-down control by the few over the many, to the benefit of the elite few.
These very hard economic times we live in, unbelievably, are the times of the
greatest profits for certain select corporate conglomerates in all of history. Are people aware of
this eye-opening and mind-blowing fact? It is revealing that the very phrases
used to describe the grand larceny occurring daily in and as the global
financial system are terms that specifically apply to the psycho-pathology of wetiko disease, such as ‘predatory
lending,' ‘liar loans,' ‘zombie banks,' ‘disaster capitalism,' ‘financial
terrorism,' ‘monster capitalism' ‘voodoo economics,' and ‘tapeworm economics,'
to name but a few.

The one thing the Big Wetikos are most afraid of, however, is
large numbers of people seeing through their charade and realizing that the
emperor has no clothes. If enough people clearly see what the Big Wetikos are doing — committing
unconscionable crimes against humanity on a grand scale while they play
roulette with our planetary inheritance — their gig will be up. This is an
externalized reflection of how the wetiko
virus within ourselves is terrified of being seen, for once the bug is seen, it
is ‘out of business.' The global financial system is a symbolic reflection
openly revealing the psycho-spiritual disease of wetiko ‘in business.'

The wetiko
economic system is a bribery system. The Big Wetikos give us a tiny, overflow trickle of the over-the-top
profits they unjustly reap, in which we gladly share. We then pretend that we are
‘clean,' that we are not complicit in the systematic evil that is playing out.
We fall under the self-inflicted illusion that we are not responsible and are
merely victims of the system, and yet, we are simultaneously feeding off and
supporting the very evil of the system as it kills us. Energetically, on the
level of the deeper, underlying field, we pay a steep price if we are buying
into this Faustian pact with the Devil. We receive what appear to be benefits, wetiko ‘frequent flyer miles,' so to
speak, but at the ultimate cost of our own genocide. Similar to accepting candy
from a predator, the rush of immediate gratification provides an apparent
short-term benefit at the cost of our integrity, our freedom and ultimately,
our lives. Our true power comes when we see our culpability and complicity in
this process and accept our responsibility, thus enabling our ability to
respond, which gives us the power to choose differently and change things.

The wetikonomy
is both a symbol of and a portal through which we can see the bug of wetiko as it in-forms a living, yet
diseased system emerging from the human mind. When we see the workings of the wetiko virus in any system, be it the
financial system, the family system, or within our own selves, we are at the
same time generating a living antibody of awareness which neutralizes the
virulence of wetiko. Seeing how the
global financial system is literally being animated and driven by the wetiko virus is to pop into a heightened
state of awareness in which we are seeing a wetiko-ized
system from outside of itself. We could only do this if we are beginning to see
with healthy, wetiko-free eyes, and
are thus separating and freeing ourselves from the toxic system. As we
increasingly illumine the workings of wetiko,
we more and more ‘distinguish ourselves' from it.

Our real debt is to ourselves; we owe
it to ourselves to take a closer look and in-form ourselves and see through the
business of wetiko. We can discover how money can be used as a tool that
helps us cultivate and share true abundance. The return on our investment of
attention will truly stimulate the neglected real economy and further inspire
deeper heights of lucidity. This allows us to tap into the place within
ourselves that is untainted by wetiko,
through which we can consciously leverage and redesign the system to our collective
advantage, which is to say, for the benefit of all. Herein lies our power to
overcome the plague of wetiko, and in
so doing, to build a world that works for everyone.

I would like to thank Catherine Austin
Fitts of, for our many years of
discussion about integrating spiritual and economic phenomenon. For an
excellent detailed case study of wetikonomics, please go to Catherine's Dillon,
Read and Co. Inc. and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits


Teaser image by nerissa's ring, courtesy of Creative Commons license.

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