That’s kinda tinfoil-hat country, bringing up Bretton Woods.
What’s a tinfoil hat? It’s a shorthand to describing a person who believes that there are complex and generally unseen forces controlling one’s life, and often the lives of others. Such suspicions are frequently seen in people who have a derangement of reality testing, such as those from schizophrenics. They have a hard time discarding ideas which are heuristically untenable, those that feel absurd or make no sense.
Such people often have a ready hypothesis as to why others seem to think differently and ridicule their thoughts. Unfortunately, they do not seem to arrive at the idea that their reality testing is wifty.
There is an uncomfortably close habit the “sane” take in wishful thinking, or the process of allowing the will to intrude upon expectations. We minimize the associations with madness and wishful or magical thinking, and exaggerate the link in psychotic thought, so as to separate what is a continuum.
If anyone is offended, I note that the cinemas right now are pumping up the PR for the movie Superman v. Batman. There is no Superman. There is no Batman.
The old telekinesis prank of BENDING SPOONS comes to mind. In stage magic, bending spoons is a trick of conventional magic – the illusion of perceiving objective evidence of an illogical consequence.
Wishful thinking and delusions are separated by how they respond to science – the demonstration of empirical outcomes of predictions.
I heartily believe in the imaginary bending of real spoons, and the real bending of imaginary spoons. That’s not an example of magical thinking. I believe that the real bending of real spoons by unfathomable means is nonsense, but it is possible to present an illusion of such occurrences.
If I sit at the table and turn my mind towards bending spoons, alas, I do not perceive that the spoon bends. I am forced to stay with my prejudice that such things are all hokum.
The truly insane can perceive empirically the bending of spoons in reality, where it does not occur. The fragility of “reality” is a symptom of thought disorder.
When confronted by things which are difficult to refute by demonstration, (see Karl Popper,) one has to rely on logic more than experience. The strain in society is that a tremendous amount of money is to be had by deluding people with magical thinking, but it is a societal characteristic to what degree the citizenry can be shepherded into various delusion.
Psychosis is the existential loss of firmness of reality, the individual loss of reality. Marketing is the directed loss of reality. [Interesting read here on Prof. Ray Hyman on the topic.]
If one sees a culture are going from youth to maturity to senescence, we are definitely in our second childhood, for we will believe nearly anything asserted in a calm and logical voice that befits reason, even if what is asserted is nonsense.
Similarly, we have no social impediment to lying, even if it is lying for profit.
Which brings us to MONEY.
[to be continued]