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Green-tweaks to Monopoly Capitalism?

Greenpeace’s climate action at New Zealand’s parliament failed to finger the blame at the primary cause of what is, in fact, planet-wide ecological collapse. Consequently their mono-causal presentation of the climate crisis, which is part of a much broader set of colliding crises, leads to oversimplified and dangerous solutions. Snoopman, Iggy Swind and Sophia Bigg-Storm find that Kermit the Puppet and his Muppet friends have empathized with a Woolly Mammoth that escaped from a climate camp, because nobody would listen to his warning that Monopoly Capitalism is whammy cause of all human-made environmental catastrophes. It turns out that a Smart Green Economy is a cover-story that hides the construction of hi-tech dystopian super-states. (Contains satirical particulates. 20 minute read).

Framing Irony: Greenpeace abseilers say they will forgo diversion from prison, while the news media construct a diversionary argument with a trivial objection about the breach of security at the New Zealand economy’s parliament.

Framing Irony: Greenpeace abseilers say they will forgo diversion from prison, while the news media construct a diversionary argument with a trivial objection about the breach of security at the New Zealand economy’s parliament.

By Snoopman, Iggy Swind and Sophia Bigg-Storm

 

Mono-causal argument misleads membership

At dawn on Thursday 27 June 2015, four brave Greenpeace volunteers abseiled down the front of the New Zealand economy’s parliament buildings to focus attention on the climate change issue. They unfurled a banner, featuring an image of the many-hatted prime minister, John Key, and a caption that read: “Cut pollution, create jobs? Yeah nah.”

After initially being reasonably open-minded about the action, ‘at the end of the day’, the Extreme Media deflected from the climate issue to security. In the New Zealand economy’s two main six o’clock television broadcasts, known colloquially by the brainwashed population as ‘the news’, the reporters of OneNews’ and 3News’ emphasized the breach of security in their lead stories. By doing so, these media missionaries behaved like submissive school prefects armed with microphones. OneNews’ Katie Bradford described the abseiling feat as “a stunt”, “a chilly dawn raid”, and “an attack”, while 3News reporter Tova O’Brien adopted a similar affectation of neutrality to claim Greenpeace’s action went “sideways” because it was overtaken by the breach of security issue.

For this, the Extreme Media deserves to be ridiculed with satirical cartoons for presenting what is, in fact, the logical fallacy of diversionary argument by way of a trivial objection, as the author of Attacking Faulty Reasoning Professor T. Edward Damer might readily point out.

Furthermore, it was the New Zealand government that capitulated to the terror-sponsoring French state after it had sent 13 secret agents to New Zealand in Operation Satanique (Satanic) to attach two bombs to Greenpeace’s Pacific Ocean flagship, the Rainbow Warrior. Indeed, the United Nations brokered  a ‘compensation’ sum of $13 million for the French state’s terrorist attack after two of the terrorists were repatriated to France, and, in effect, this meant the world officially condoned terrorism.

Historical Context Missed: Greenpeace failed to shoot-down the media and politicians who raised the trivial objection – security – in a country where its own government capitulated to state-sponsored terror.

Historical Context Missed: Greenpeace failed to shoot-down the media and politicians who raised the trivial objection – security – in a country where its own government capitulated to state-sponsored terror.

Greenpeace also has itself to blame. For one thing, it took down it’s only post from its website.

Stage Fright: Greenpeace takes down it’s own protest post from its website.

Stage Fright: Greenpeace takes down it’s own protest post from its website.

But, the main reason for the Extreme News Media’s diversion to the trivial breach of security objections is because, essentially, Greenpeace had nothing new to say. Greenpeace spokesman Nathan Argent stated that the action was intended to pressure the government “to put in place a real climate action plan now.” He claimed the government had not enacted a single piece of legislation to reduce emissions.

Argent also argued that a climate action plan could create many tens of thousands of jobs that would be a multi-billion dollar boost to the economy. He asserted this would take pollution out of the economy and build a smarter, safer, healthier New Zealand.

Here, we sketch why Greenpeace failed to present a new-inspiring narrative. We also outline a major flaw in Greenpeace’s argument from which springs solutions that will ironically result in the construction of a dystopian sci-fi-esque world – a project that is already underway.

Unfortunately, Greenpeace, like that of 350.org, Generation Zero, and many other non-government organizations that campaign on the climate crisis, promotes a mono-causal view of climate change. The mono-causal position holds that pollution from industrial emissions, ‘fossil’ fuel vehicle fumes and burning-off forests are the sole cause of climate change. While these factors are serious, this view is bunk.

The planet’s climate is changing due to many causes, including: deforestation (over millennia); desertification (massive soil erosion); species extinction (including ‘fisheries’ collapse); geo-engineering weather modification programs; industrial agriculture, pollution and planned obsolescence; resource destruction caused by war; imperial and corporate driven migration to mega-cities; the cult of consumerism; and the whammy of all human-causes, hierarchical patriarchies (foremost among them is Monopoly Capitalism).

Aiming to Low: Please Sir, may I have more Monopoly Capitalism?

Aiming to Low: Please Sir, may I have more Monopoly Capitalism?

Another way of stating these causes would be: greed and the cult of world domination, both related to ego gratification and cultivation of psychopaths in the planet’s ruling families (as is made clear in David Livingstone’s excellent book, Terrorism and the Illuminati: A Three Thousand Year History). A further cause is also solar activity and the planet’s trajectory in the galaxy, which we cannot do anything about, so we shall focus on the human causes. (See section below: The Woolly Mammoth in the Climate Changing Room).

Greenpeace presents its over-simplistic mono-causal climate change narrative because its membership and the people they are seeking to influence are middle class. A mono-causal presentation necessarily leads to over-simplistic, and we argue, dangerous ‘solutions’.

Story continued – Green-tweaks to Monopoly Capitalism? at http://snoopman.net.nz/?p=3082

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Secret TPPA? (Yes way). No Way!

Join the Nationwide Rally to oppose secret negotiations on investor rights, March 29

Stop the Corporate Boot: Snoopman News reports the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is part of a broader global neo-colonial project.

Stop the Corporate Boot: Snoopman News reports the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is part of a broader global neo-colonial project.

Update: New flyers coming soon!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a ‘free market’ economic circuit deal between twelve Asian and Pacific-rim countries, that favours wealthy investors’ commercial rights over the needs, human rights and aspirations of ordinary people. The TPPA is being negotiated in secret between corporate lobbyists and government representatives from: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.[i]

The March 29 anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership Rally in New Zealand is sponsored by: The New Council of Trade Unions, Oxfam New Zealand, Greenpeace, Maritime New Zealand, Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA), Tertiary Education Union, Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), First Union, Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU), Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Maori Party. Stump up on the day.

New Zealand Rally Locations (1pm Start): Hokianga (Kohukohu); Whangarei (Clock Museum, Town Basin), Auckland (Aotea Square), Hamilton (Garden Place); Napier; Tauranga (Red Square); Rotorua; New Plymouth (Puke Ariki Landing)Whanganui (Silver Ball Sculpture, Riverfront); Palmerston North (The Square); Wellington (Bucket Fountain, Cuba Street); Nelson; Christchurch (114 Cashel Street); Geraldine,
(South Canterbury, T junction Cox & Talbot Streets); Timaru; Queenstown; Dunedin; Invercargill. Get along.

For updates on rally locations, organizing logistics, and National day of Action Materials go to www.itsourfuture.org.nz or It’s Our Future on Facebook; and GPJA’s Blog  (Global Peace and Justice Auckland) at http://gpjanz.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/sat-29-march-join-the-national-day-of-action-to-stop-the-tppa/; and Unite News at http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/sat-29-march-join-the-national-day-of-action-to-stop-the-tppa/

Or happily start something in your town and make it a happy, community-spirited social event. Please share this post on social media. Enjoy printing off flyers and posters and stick ’em around town on any dry, flat, high visibility surfaces!

NZ Prime Minister John Key and Fightless Kiwi: Will Fightless Kiwi become a totally captured, docile ‘free market’ bird forever? Or will Fightless Kiwi evolve balls before it’s too late?

NZ Prime Minister John Key and Fightless Kiwi: Will Fightless Kiwi become a totally captured, docile ‘free market’ bird forever? Or will Fightless Kiwi evolve balls before it’s too late?

See It’s Our Future for cartoon images to add colour to your event at http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/cartoon-competition/

“But, why?” asked Fightless Kiwi

Around the world, governments are giving away a level of sovereign power to a global investment class in accordance with the strictures of a strategy known as new constitutionalism. This strategy seeks to expand markets by locking in the changes within a supranational jurisdiction, thereby restricting the democratic participation of nationally-based publics and indigenous peoples.

‘New constitutionalism’ is embedded into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Armies of professionals, sponsored politicians and elite technocrats are working on what is essentially a global neo-colonial project (AKA globalization), which is an economic war framework directed by the super-rich.[ii]

From the leaked chapters, we know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will:

  • Give transnational corporations the capacity to directly sue governments in secret tribunals;
  • Allow foreign investment and financial speculation to be even less restricted;
  • Undermine protections for labour, while strengthening copyright claims over workforce creativity;
  • Roll-back environmental protections written into legislation, regulations, and bylaws;
  • Dismantle obligations to treaties that protect general human rights, indigenous rights, and nature;
  • Favour anti-competitive cartels of transnational corporations that undermine small-scale producers;
  • Allow big pharmaceutical corporations to charge more for medicines;
  • Undermine popular dissent by privileging the fiction of investors’ ‘commercial sovereignty’.
N.B. Action words were italicized to sublimely trick you into participating enthusiastically!


[ii] SEE “Code Purple: Whistle Blowing on ‘Free markets’, the ‘Shock Doctrine’ and ‘New Constitutionalism’” at http://snoopman.net.nz/2014/03/10/code-purple/; and also: A Poorly Understood ‘Bargain’: How Democracy and the 60s Movements became Orphans in the ‘Free Market’ Era at http://snoopman.net.nz/2013/08/31/a-poorly-understood-bargain-or-how-democracy-and-the-60s-movements-became-orphans-in-the-free-market-era/

Rise up! Rise up!

Global Wave of Civil Disobedience Coming to a Street Near You!

A global non-violent grassroots civil disobedience initiative called a “Worldwide Wave of Action” is set to start this April 4 to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The idea of the Worldwide Wave of Action, which is organized by activist group Anonymous, is to encourage diverse groups around the world to creatively engage in public acts of civil disobedience, events, private acts of protest, and community-building initiatives, from Friday April 4.

The Worldwide Wave of Action has been called to confront corruption, propaganda and the outsized power of transnational corporations.

The three-month action, described as a “global uprising” by key Occupy Movement organizer David DeGraw, will start at 6:05pm in Chicago, Illinois, which is the approximate time that the civil rights movement leader was shot.

Here’s a collection of #WaveOfAction graphics that you can easily share throughout social media.

Wave of Action General Listings page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/819029648113072/

For a deeper context about why a global counter-movement to transnational capitalism is not only necessary, but the only peaceful option we have, see Snoopman’s article, Code Purple.

To get a sense of the scale of events planned for the Wave of Action see:

NYC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1431836847059773/

London / UK
https://www.facebook.com/events/203601389850468/?ref=23

Chicago
https://www.facebook.com/events/228103254047553/

Reno, Nevada
https://www.facebook.com/events/841203995909249/

Fort Wayne, Indiana
https://www.facebook.com/events/224273921111685/

Orange County, CA
https://www.facebook.com/events/602660349813218/

Windhoek, Namibia
https://www.facebook.com/events/265858213575231/

Philadelphia
https://www.facebook.com/events/751456018198488/

Mississippi
https://www.facebook.com/wwwMississippi Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
https://www.facebook.com/events/677388935655946/?ref=22

Amsterdam
https://www.facebook.com/events/801739529839572/?ref=22

Lansing, Michigan
https://www.facebook.com/events/418182411647965/?previousaction=join&source=1

5 cities in Tennessee ~ including Memphis, the place MLK was assassinated, his spirit shall rise again!
https://www.facebook.com/wwwoatn/events

Directory of all Occupy locations
http://directory.occupy.net/

Many other actions / events listed on https://WaveOfAction.org/

Surf’s Up!

Global Wave of Civil Disobedience Coming to a Shore Near You!

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Update: Here’s a collection of #WaveOfAction graphics that you can easily share throughout social media.

Wave of Action General Listings page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/819029648113072/

A global non-violent grassroots action called a “Worldwide Wave of Action” is set to start this April 4 to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

According to a website created to publicize the civil disobedience initiative, the Worldwide Wave of Action will kick off at sites such as Federal Plaza, Chicago, and Zuccotti Park, Manhattan, to protest “corruption, … overcome divide and conquer propaganda” and create  “communities of support and compassion” . The website waveofaction.org features a countdown clock and a world map, which ironically depicts the proportions of the landmasses to make the ‘Western Civilization’ territories look larger than they are. (For a more accurate two dimensional depiction of the world, see “The Projection Peter’s Map” at  http://www.petersmap.com)

The three-month action, described as a “global uprising” by key Occupy Movement organizer David DeGraw, will start at 6:05pm in Chicago, Illinois, which is the approximate time that the civil rights movement leader was shot.

The idea of the Worldwide Wave of Action, which is organized by activist group Anonymous, is to encourage diverse groups around the world to creatively engage in public acts of civil disobedience, events, private acts of protest, and community-building initiatives, from Friday April 4.

Anonymous has some of the world’s major banks in its sites, such as Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and various Federal Reserve banks as part of a “Move Your Money Bank Rallies”. Groups in the United States are encouraged to join demonstrations outside these banks between April 7th and July 3rd, to carry out similar actions in other countries, and target the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland.

Suggested acts of civil disobedience include: mass gatherings; demonstrations; marches; parades; worker strikes; sit-ins;  strategic debt strikes; and boycotting corrupt corporations.

Suggested private acts of protest include: guerrilla postering; messages on money, and cancel cable television subscriptions and supporting independent media.

Suggested community-building initiatives include: joining local community organizations; participating in food banks and help develop community support systems; starting or joining intentional and autonomous communities; experimenting with new governing systems, hosting teach-ins; and supporting local businesses.

For a deeper context about why a global counter-movement to transnational capitalism is not only necessary, but the only peaceful option we have, see Snoopman’s article, Code Purple.

For more information on the “Worldwide Wave of Action”, visit https://waveofaction.org

Code Purple: Whistle Blowing on ‘Free markets’, the ‘Shock Doctrine’ and ‘New Constitutionalism’

Under the rubric of ‘free market’ globalization, a transnational capitalist class is transforming the world. Snoopman investigates a black-hole that the world’s media missionaries fear to voyage to. Our intrepid editor finds out why and how the world’s key oligarchs, or the super-rich, are directing a covert global neo-colonial project.

Vive la Revolution! Snoopman calls upon the world’s ordinary people to dismantle the global neo-colonial project (AKA globalization).

Vive la Revolution! Snoopman calls upon the world’s ordinary people to dismantle the global neo-colonial project (AKA globalization).

Directions for Use: We take the reader on a perilous journey involving time-travel in an effort to understand a black hole unexplored by the world’s major news outlets. Its dark matter, known to space physicists as historical context plasma, is frequently manipulated by news media organizations when they convey its barest atomic structure. We advise an open-mind, ambient music and a beverage.

Rated: Sarcasm 30. In a 3-2 decision, the Board of Newsprint, Broadcast and Internet Censors viewed this content as primarily factual, with moderate levels of sarcasm. It is recommended for an open-minded audience aged 30 and over, or for closed-minded, juvenile audiences supervised by trained adults. The dissenting minority view, regarded the content as satire with factual merit and recommended it only for audiences comprising 99%’ers, aged 33 and over. (Newsprint, Broadcast and Internet Censors Classifications Act of 2002)

By Snoopman, 10 March 2014

 

Detecting ‘free market’ era ‘thoughtcrimes’

Today, ‘free markets’ are still promoted with a positive image by many of the world’s major media outlets, prestigious business schools and dominant governments. This promotion continues despite the fact that the world’s richest people have accumulated vast fortunes, at a time when the majority of people are burdened with economic poverty. For example, in their “Wealth Report 2012,” Knight Frank and Citi Private Bank found that the world’s richest minority population, with a net worth of $100 million or more, called centa-millionaires, numbered 63,000 and possessed $39.9 trillion in wealth.[1] They come in various pigmentations. Mostly, they are white, male and bald, and were last seen leaving posh restaurants everywhere.

A rich, bald mans’ world: 63,000 centa-millionaires possess $40 trilllion in wealth, while 800 million people starve.

A rich, bald mans’ world: 63,000 centa-millionaires possess $40 trilllion in wealth, while 800 million people starve.

Amid this opulence, Raj Patel showed in Stuffed and Starved that there are 800 million starving people, partly because they are so poor.[2] But, mostly malnutrition and starvation continues unabated because the world food system is controlled by transnationalized cartels of corporations that dominate food production, distribution, marketing and its finance. This fact alone ought to alert to us that through capitalism’s 950-year history,[3] people have been steadily dispossessed of land and, therefore, stripped of the capacity to maintain their own economic systems.

In present era of transnational capitalism, the ‘free-market’ economic model is often associated with ‘free trade’ agreements between countries or groups of nations, innovative solutions and more consumer choice.

News stories typically emphasize that ‘free markets’ reduce red-coloured tape. This depiction works as a short-hand to signal that ‘evil’ communist tendencies of excessive, expensive and inefficient bureaucracy have been overcome. The world’s major media outlets also regularly air or publish stories that valourize technological breakthroughs engineered by teams of happily eager, professional geniuses. Such glowing treatments essentially market the developments of ‘the market economy’ with no cost to the corporations featured. Additionally, news anchors almost audibly breathe a collective sigh of relief that there is no need to put up with the scratchy old film and washed-out glitchy video-tape days, when autocratic states dictated how public enterprises should mass produce the same single product line over many shivery cold decades, for everyone.

In light of the sarcastic twist that this article has just been given, would you still expect that ‘free markets’ and the key insiders and institutions that favour them, to really deserve positive reputations? To answer this question, we need to journey back to the field-testing stage of ‘free markets’ to reveal the core, unacknowledged ‘thoughtcrimes’ that underpin the ideology that was used to promote this ‘economic’ framework: neoliberalism.

To make sense of the phenomena that we will likely encounter on this journey, which will start in the olden days of the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, we need to pack a dictionary.

Room 101: At the end of Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell provides additional explanation of the workings of his dystopian world and a dictionary for the new official cleansed language, Newspeak. These appendices are best read first.

Room 101: At the end of Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell provides additional explanation of the workings of his dystopian world and a dictionary for the new official cleansed language, Newspeak. These appendices are best read first.

The word thoughtcrime is familiar to old-fashioned people who still read books and in this case, novelist George Orwell’s 1949 book, Nineteen Eighty-Four.[4] The novel is set in the dystopian world of Airstrip One (formerly England), which is a province of Oceania, one of three super-states. In Oceania, a thoughtcrime is the criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the Party, which is a totalitarian group that controls the political, economic and cultural resources of the super-state on behalf of unseen oligarchs. In today’s ‘free market’ era, ‘thoughtcrimes’ are rising despite efforts in thought control, conscious or otherwise, by missionaries of the global media.

Scholars and independent-minded journalists (or ‘thought criminals’) who are critical of the cover story used to market ‘free markets’ have identified its underlying ideological construct, called neoliberalism. As a packaged set of claims, neoliberal ideology differed from its former incarnation, liberalism in one major respect. Exponents of liberalism in the coal-smoke filled days of the nineteenth century promoted the idea that individuals were inherently good, while maintaining a negative view of society, and claimed musket and canon-weilding states were even worse, because they existed to coerce individuals, communities and institutions.[5]

While neoliberalism reinvigorated these beliefs in the exhaust-fume days in the late 1970s (and throughout the 1980s), it did so with a woeful depiction of how the Welfare State had become an unbearable financial burden on societies all over the world.[6] Ostensibly, the Welfare State had been instituted as a necessity to relieve the deprivation wrought upon societies by the wealthy by means of the Great Depression. In the United States, it worked as a way to formally consolidate a citizenry of state citizens into one political unit, as federalized American citizens, through the Social Security System.[7]

Of course, the key insiders behind the promotion of neoliberalism did not reveal that this prior episode of economic warfare was the result of an orchestrated financial boom in the 1920s. If it had become widely known that key Wall Street and London banks had pursued a callous strategy to consolidate their banking and industrial holdings following the inevitable bursting of the financial bubble in 1929, people would have questioned how numerous financial crises since 1970 had really occurred. [8]

Time-travelling to the black hole the Global Media Complex are too scared to investigate

Which one of these things isn’t quite like the others? Counter-clockwise: Star Trek‘s tele-transportation portal; Dr. Who‘s Tardis; an old school time machine in The Time Machine; or, George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-four?

Which one of these things isn’t quite like the others? Counter-clockwise: Star Trek‘s tele-transportation portal; Dr. Who’s Tardis; an old school time machine in The Time Machine; or, George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-four?

The truth is, the world’s major news outlets, or the Global Media Complex, will not explore the ‘black hole’ mentioned in the ‘directions for use’ above. They will not even take the perilous journey involving time-travel, even though the swish gadgetry distracts the mind from the danger. Even if they had space physicists to call upon, the major media outlets still would not investigate this black hole. Our imaginary space physicists have called this black hole the Great Milky Way Memory Hole and have determined it is comprised of dense historical context plasma.

To help manufacture consent, Planet Earth’s public was sold the made-for-media catch-phrase – the ‘trickle-down effect.’ This wryly encoded promise – that the benefits would materialize for the world’s public – was predicated on the notion that the rich were needed in order for societies to prosper. Thus, some of the wealth of the rich – under the proposed ‘free-market reforms’ or ‘shock treatments’ – would ‘trickle down’ to society at-large.

As with dripping taps, the amount and interval would be regulated by the market’s ‘Invisible Hand’, which was a euphemism for an oligarchy and their army of unseen professionals, who have constructed a Worldwide Financial-secrecy Haven Complex. Oligarchs are super-rich people who use their enormous wealth to influence the politics of society.[9] At the superficial level, news outlets manufactured the idea that in a ‘free market’ system, where government intervention was prevented, the Invisible Hand would price goods and services efficiently through rigorous competition.

Caught blue-handed! An Invisible Hand captured by infra-green photography renders the ‘shadow-selves’ of the transnational capitalist class invisible.

Caught blue-handed! An Invisible Hand, captured by infra-green photography, renders the ‘shadow-selves’ of the transnational capitalist class invisible.

However, a highly-networked North Atlantic capitalist class used private political mechanisms to ensure that wealth accumulated upward, so that there was only just enough income trickling-down to avert rebellion. Meanwhile, fees for ‘public’ services increased, even as the universal tax system remained in place.

As such, this article’s title, ‘Code Purple’, signals an emergency. Since the mid-1970s, the North Atlantic capitalist class (now transnational in scope) has pursued a global neo-colonial project, by stealth. Under this project, ‘free markets’ were promoted with propaganda that promised freedom and prosperity for all. As numerous investigators have shown, such as Alistair Barry (1996);[10] Bryan Bruce (2013);[11] Michel Chossudovsky (2003);[12] Steve Edwards (2012);[13] Jane Kelsey (1997);[14] Naomi Klein (2007);[15] and Michael Rowbotham (1998);[16] neither of these promises have eventuated. The intention of the super-rich all along was to increase their wealth and power, and, in the process, address a number of crises that emerged in the late 1960s.

One major crisis was a crisis of declining profits rates for transnational corporations.[17] A second major crisis was the ‘counter-cultural revolution’ that appeared in the 1960s.[18] A third major crisis occurred at this time when the perpetually ‘developing’ countries demanded Western technology so they could ‘develop’, as a ‘fair trade’ for having supplied the raw materials for the ‘long post-war boom’.[19] The North Atlantic capitalist class regarded these last two crises as an affront to their perceived right to permanently rule the planet.[20]

The Shock Doctrine

The North Atlantic capitalist class embarked on a ‘war of position’, as William Carroll reported in his book, The Making of a Transnational Capital Class.[21] To ensure they won this ‘war of position’, or an ideological ‘battle of ideas’,[22] the neoliberal movement followed a stratagem espoused by the sect’s leading proponent Milton Friedman, a professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Friedman favoured a ‘shock therapy’ approach, as encapsulated by his mantra: “speed, suddenness and scope”.[23]

‘Free market shock treatments’ included lifting financial controls to increase the fluidity of capital flows between countries, the corporatization and privatization of state infrastructure and services, the introduction of user charges, shifting the tax burden ‘downward’, and down-sizing public sector employment.[24] Targeted populations were overwhelmed with the economic shocks as whole sectors of society were transformed and coerced to support the new framework. In this way, a structured set of ‘new enclosures’ were designed to absorb the needs, values and aspirations of pesky, disobedient, ordinary mortals.

The Shock Doctrine is the denied part of the global neo-colonial project. During the field-testing stage of ‘free markets’ in the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, US-backed terrorism was required to clear opposition for the ‘free market economic shock treatments’ that followed. Five countries – Brazil, Indonesia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina – pursued a developmentalist economic framework and were all subjected to military juntas and/or CIA-backed coups.[25] The free market economic shock therapies were themselves mechanisms of coercion, because all sectors of society were thrown into crisis. Everyone suffered, except key insiders, who became richer and accumulated more political power.

Shock Treatments: Embedded in the ‘free market’ economic framework is the exploitation of “speed, suddenness and scope”.

Shock Treatments: Embedded in the ‘free market’ economic framework is the exploitation of “speed, suddenness and scope”.

Beginning in the early 1970s, a blueprint to transform the world with a ‘free market’ framework called the ’1980s Project’ included stratagems to undermine democracy and the counter-cultural movements that emerged in the 60s.[26] Elite planners resolved to encourage political apathy, as ‘governance crisis’ literature of this period makes evident.[27] From their perspective, there was a ‘Crisis of Democracy’ because there was too much participation from ‘below’. The 1980s Project, which was sponsored by a New York-based global policy shaping think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, sought to preserve as far as possible the dominance of a Trilateral World, which was the United States, Europe and Japan.

Forty years on, so-called ‘free and open societies’ typically have a ‘Look, Don’t Touch’ democracy, wherein systemic political apathy has taken root. As is made clear in Naomi Klein’s book, The Shock Doctrine (2007); in Noam Chomsky’s book Failed States (2006);[28] and Eugene Jarecki’s documentary Why We Fight (2006),[29] the United States continues to use military violence, or terrorism, to deliver the ‘freedom’ of ‘free markets.’ This situation has been sustained by excellent satirist-generated propaganda posing as news (reproduced by the Global Media Complex), which keeps a significant fraction of the population confused, misinformed and naïve, while conditioning them to believe they are well-informed.

Ignorance is Strength? Global Media Missionaries valourize distraction as a virtue.

Disturbingly, American journalist Chris Hedges has reported a corporate totalitarian core that thrives inside a fictitious democratic shell.[30] This core yields an inverted totalitarian state that few recognize because it does not look like the Orwellian world of Nineteen Eighty-four. This corporate totalitarian core is spreading outward from America. In essence, a corporatized totalitarianism is driving the construction of a worldwide technocratic system.[31]

A technocracy is an economic system that exploits technology as a means of social control through the allocation of energy and resources rather than the market price system of cartelized monopoly capitalism.[32] The construction of this global superstructure was embedded into the “1980’s Project”.

Exponents of free markets disparaged the Welfare State as centralized planning, with obvious reference to communist states. Meanwhile, the 1980’s Project Blueprint for ‘free markets’ simply re-versioned trade-quotas with new technocratic parameters driven by cartels of transnational banking, industrial and communications corporations.

Financial crises were used by a global banking cartel as ‘change mechanisms’ to coerce governments to implement these re-versioned trade quota systems under the auspices of ‘free markets’.[33] This highly centralized form of coercion, known as ‘speed politics’, had the intention of overwhelming the resistance of nation state populaces, while accelerating the implementation of technologies to build the new world technocratic order. In other words, financial discipline was embedded into the new technocratic systems to ensure entrenchment of vast cartelized transnational corporations and the permanent supremacy of a transnational capitalist class.[34]

‘Royalizing’ commercial sovereignty

To ensure the durability of the global neo-colonial project, elite planners used a strategy known as new constitutionalism, which was designed to lock-in changes and take them beyond the reach of indigenous and nation state immigrant-settler populations.[35] Under a new constitutionalism framework, nation state sovereignty is transformed into a commercialized form of sovereign rule-making that occurs in an international arena.[36] The intention is to favour the property rights of the super-rich, whose wealth is protected in a state-sponsored, worldwide Financial Secrecy Haven Complex.[37] Ironically, within such secret spaces, the politically and economically powerful can create shadow selves that exploit labyrinthine trusts, shell corporations and private banks. With jurisdictional protection constructed by the four major accountancy firms, and a myriad of conspiring law firms and major banks, the worldwide Financial Secrecy Haven Complex works as an effective super-weapon to wage global-scale economic warfare.

Because key insiders from the world’s major and significant governments are involved in this project to ‘royalize’ the transnational capitalist class, we cannot call the authorities for help. Hence, the term, ‘Code Purple’, since the colour purple signifies royalty. Where once cheesy over-simplified emergency red alerts were limited to children’s TV programs, in the likes of The Thunderbirds, since 9/11, elevated terror threats have become embedded in the American peoples’ consciousness through the use of televised colour-coded warnings. Such terror alerts mask the military violence used to spread ‘free markets’ by the world’s major and significant powers, including USA America.

Code Purple:  Cheesy colour-coded terror alerts like those seen on The Thunderbirds became commonplace on USA American TV news after 9/11.

Code Purple: Cheesy colour-coded terror alerts like those seen on The Thunderbirds became commonplace on USA American TV news after 9/11.

If it becomes common knowledge that key power institutions have been manufacturing consent for projects that have a hidden purpose, societies would rightly revolt against the authorities. Mutiny in public and private institutions has become necessary to ensure that key insiders who have conspired and colluded to gain more political power and economic wealth, respectively, are redeployed to those institutions most suited to their words, deeds and ethos: the prisons of the world’s Incarceration Complex.

It is also crucial that land reform occurs on a mass scale, because without the redistribution of vast tracts of land held by the minority super-rich populations or oligarchies, communities the world-over will lack the economic means to pursue politically decentralized, self-determining communities.[38] Mass land reform will require a global-scale, organic, peaceful revolution. As Jeffrey Winters observed while researching his book Oligarchy, oligarchs have been remarkably resilient over millennia to avert mass land reform.[39]

Why this revolution will not be televised

Code Purple Alert! Share the spirit of Vive la Revolution! far and wide ;-)

Code Purple Alert! Share the spirit of Vive la Revolution! far and wide 😉

Don’t expect to catch-out reporters, news anchors and editors from the world’s major media outlets admitting that they had gotten it so wrong all along. That is, perhaps, until the revolution’s success has not simply become inevitable, but is accomplished. Stage one of the revolution I am writing about is the most crucial ever attempted outside human history.

It is the mutiny happening in small subtle ways in your mind. It is the rebellion against your conditioned world-view.

This revolution is one that will not be televised. Not simply because it is too private for the US National Security Agency to pry into. Rather, it is too dangerous to broadcast, lest others become curious, spontaneous and emboldened to rebel too.

The truth is, the world’s major news outlets fear the dark matter known to imaginary space physicists as historical context plasma.

The new missionaries of global capitalism also fear the idea of mass populaces opening their minds to new fun-loving creativity, gracious dignified community-building work and compassionate loving acts of rebellion. They are also uninterested in its promotion because the formative moments of such personal journeys are problematic to film for tele!

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[1] Knight Frank & Citi Private Bank (2012). The Wealth Report 2012: A global perspective on prime property and weath. Knight Frank LLP & Citi Private Bank, Citigroup Inc. p. 9-10. Retrieved from http://www.thewealthreport.net/The-Wealth-Report-2012.pdf

[2] Pattel, Raj. (2013). Stuffed and Starved: From Farm to Fork – The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Portobello Books.

[3] Quigley, C. (1966). Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, p.37. New York, NY: The Macmillan Company.

[4] Orwell, G. (1993). Nineteen Eighty-Four (5th ed.). London, England: Compact Books. (Original work published 1949).

[5] Quigley. C. 1966: 25.

[6] Kelsey, Jane. (1995). The New Zealand Experiment: A World Model for Structural Adjustment? Pluto Press.

[7] Brobst , L. & Beddoe, A. F. (1991). U.S.A. the Republic, is the house that no one lives in. Retrieved February 10, 2011, from http://www.usa-the-republic.com/Lee_Brobst/usa.html#communalism

[8] 395 financial crises occurred between 1970 and 2007. See: Laevan, L. & Valencia, F. (2008). Systemic banking crises: A new database (IMF Working Paper No. WP/08/224). Retrieved from International Monetary Fund website: http://www.imf.org/external/index.htm

[9] Winters, J. A. (2011). Oligarchy. New York: Cambridge University Press.

[10] Barry, Alistair. (Director & Writer). (1996). Someone Else’s Country [Motion Picture]. Vanguard Films. Retrieved from http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/someone-elses-country-1996

[11] Bruce, B. (Director & Writer). (2013). Mind The Gap: A Special Report on Inequality [Motion Picture]. Red Sky Television. Retrieved from http://www.tv3.co.nz/INSIDE-NEW-ZEALAND-Mind-The-Gap/tabid/3692/articleID/94816/MCat/3061/Default.aspx

[12] Chossudovsky, M. (2003). The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order (2nd ed.). Montréal, Canada: Global Research Publishers.

[13] Edwards, Steve. (2013). It’s the Financial Oligarchy, Stupid: A study of Anglo-American news coverage during the 2007-2008 financial crisis and bank bailouts. AUT University. Retrieved from http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/5536

[14] Kelsey, Jane. (1995). The New Zealand Experiment.

[15] Klein, Naomi. (2007). The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Camberwell, Australia: Penguin Books.

[16] Rowbotham, M. (1998). The Grip of Death: A Study of Modern Money, Debt Slavery and Destructive Economics. Charlbury, England: Jon Carpenter.

[17] Chossudovsky, M. (2010a). The Global economic crisis: An overview. In M. Chossudovsky & A. G. Marshall (Eds.), The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century (pp. 3-60); Roper, Brian S. (2005). Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand Since 1935. Albany; New Zealand: Cengage Learning.

[18] de Angelis, M. (2001, May). Global capital, abstract labour, and the fractal panopticon. The Commoner. Retrieved from http://www.commoner.org.uk/fractalpanopt.pdf

[19] Klein, Naomi. (2007). The Shock Doctrine.

[20] Shoup, L. H. & Minter, W. (2004 [1977]). Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy. New York, NY: Authors Choice Press; Snoopman (2013, August 31). A Poorly Understood Bargain: How Democracy and the 60s Movements Became Orphans in the ‘Free Market’ Era. Snoopman News. Retrieved from snoopman.net.nz

[21] Carroll, W. K. (2010). The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class: Corporate Power in the 21st Century, p. 205. London: Zed Books.

[22]Looking back on how the neoliberal rationalist paradigm came to be the dominant ideology of our time, BBC filmmaker Adam Curtis found in his 2007 documentary series, The Trap: Episode II, The Lonely Robot, that this ‘battle of ideas’ included the new language and thinking of a technocratic elite. Rationalism here means a methodological pattern of thought that is self-justifying, un-rooted to ethical considerations and which advocates efficiency based on a ready supply of answers that express no doubt (Saul, 1993). The regime of the neocolonial sect redefined workers as human resources and human capital that would perform to ‘numbers’ to fit with the ideology’s central demand: efficiency.

[23] Klein, Naomi. (2007). The Shock Doctrine; Snoopman (2013, August 31). A Poorly Understood Bargain.

[24] Klein, Naomi. (2007). The Shock Doctrine.

[25] Klein, Naomi. (2007). The Shock Doctrine; Whitecross, M & Winterbottom, A. (Directors) & Eaton, A. (Producer). The Shock Doctrine 2009 [Motion picture].  A Renegade Pictures/Revolution Films Production. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iW1SHPgUAQ.

[26] Shoup, L. H. & Minter, W. (2004 [1977]). Imperial Brain Trust.

[27] Douglas, J. (1976, October). The Overloaded Crown. British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 483-505.Cambridge University Press.  Retreived from jstor.org.stable/193284; Rose, R. (1979, September). Ungovernability: Is There Fire Behind the Smoke?” Political Studies. Vol. 27 (3), 351-370; Shoup & Minter (2004 [1977]). Imperial Brain Trust.

[28] Chomsky, N. (2006). Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy. Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin.

[29] Jarecki, Eugene (2006). Why We Fight. [Motion Picture]. Sony Pictures Classics.

30] Hedges, Chris. (2014, January 6). The Last Gasp of American Democracy. Truthout. Retrieved from http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/21052-chris-hedges-the-last-gasp-of-american-democracy

[31] Engdahl, F. W. (2009). Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century, p. 273-378 Wiesbaden, Germany: edition.engdahl; Estulin, D. (2009). The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, 137-147. (North American Union ed.). Walterville, OR: Trine Day LLC.

Perloff, J. (2008). The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline, 154-166. Appleton, WI: Western Islands. Originally published in 1988; Shoup & Minter 1977: Imperial Brain Trust, p. 254-281.

[32] Technocracy, which was first theorized during the Great Depression of the 1930s, is a construction of the root Greek words “techne” or skill and “kratos” or rule, is a totalitarian system of government administered by scientists, engineers and technicians. See: Wood, Patrick (2011a, January 26). Carbon Currency: A New Beginning for Technocracy? The August Forecast and Review. Retrieved from http://www.augustforecast.com/2010/01/26/carbon-currency-a-new-beginning-for-technocracy/; Wood, Patrick. (2010, March 3) “Smart Grid: The Implementation of Technocracy?” The August Forecast and Review. Retrieved from http://www.augustforecast.com/2010/03/03/smart-grid-the-implementation-of-technocracy-2/; Wood, Patrick. (2011b, June 15). Technocracy’s Endgame: Global Smart Grid. The August Forecast and Review. Retrieved from http://www.augustforecast.com/2011/06/15/technocracys-endgame-global-smart-grid/

[33] Edwards, Steve. (2013). It’s the Financial Oligarchy, Stupid: A study of Anglo-American news coverage during the 2007-2008 financial crisis and bank bailouts. AUT University. Retrieved from http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/5536; Wilson, E. (2009). Speed/pure war/power crime: Paul Virilio on the criminogenic accident and the virtual disappearance of the suicidal state. Crime, Law & Social Change, 51, 413-434. doi:10.1007/s10611-008-91687; Wilson, E. (2010, February). Crimes against reality: The global credit crisis, simulation, and criminogenic cyber-capitalism. Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA. Retrieved from International Studies Association website: http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/isa/isa10/; Wilson, E. (2011). Criminogenic cyber-capitalism: Paul Virlio, simulation, and the global financial crisis. Springer Science+Business Media. doi: 10.1007/s10612-0119139-7.

[34] Carroll, W. K. (2010). The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class; de Angelis, M. (2001, May). Global capital, abstract labour, and the fractal panopticon; Klein, Naomi. (2007). The Shock Doctrine; Shoup, L. H. & Minter, W. (2004 [1977]). Imperial Brain Trust;  Wilson, E. (2010, February). Crimes against reality: The global credit crisis, simulation, and criminogenic cyber-capitalism. Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA. Retrieved from International Studies Association website: http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/isa/isa10/; Wood, P. (2011a, January 26). Carbon Currency: A New Beginning for Technocracy?; Wood, P. (2010, March 3) “Smart Grid: The Implementation of Technocracy?”; Wood, P. (2011b, June 15). Technocracy’s Endgame: Global Smart Grid

[35] Gill, S. (1998). New constitutionalism, democratisation and global political economy. Global Change, Peace & Security, 10, 23-38. Retrieved from doi:10.1080/14781159808412845

[36] Gill, S. (1998). New constitutionalism, democratisation and global political economy; Gill, S. R. & Law, D. (1989). Global hegemony and the structural power of capital. International Studies Quarterly, 33: 475-499; Gruber, L. (2000). “Ruling the World: Power Politics and the Rise of Supranational Institutions.” Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

[37] Palan, R., Murphy, R., & Chavagneux, C. (2010). Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press; Shaxson, N. (2011). Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

[38] Winter, James. (2013, December 8). Mandela’s Dream of Black Power Became a “Neoliberal Nightmare” Global Research. Retrieved from http://www.globalresearch.ca/mandelas-dream-of-black-power-became-a-neoliberal-nightmare/5360825

[39] Winters, J. A. (2011). Oligarchy.

Combat Paxman’s propaganda revealed: How Russell Brand inadvertently provoked a confession from the combative vicar-like BBC broadcaster

By Snoopman

7 November 2013

Cracks in Combat Paxman’s propaganda model

Since the BBC’s famously combative Newsnight host, Jeremy Paxman, interviewed the famously womanizing comedian Russell Brand, in which Paxman grilled Brand for not being “arsed to vote”, the senior broadcaster has admitted he did not vote in a recent election.[i]  Paxman, who implicitly cast Brand as the ruling classes’ opponent, occupies a ranked spot in the British Empire’s first division of media propaganda models.

The Combat Paxman propaganda model interviewed Brand following the comedian’s guest-editing role of the Revolution Issue for the British political magazine, the New Statesman.[ii] The television interview, broadcast on October 23 2013, immediately went viral on YouTube, and has reached over 10 million views in two weeks.

Early on in the interview, Combat Paxman asked Brand if it was true that he didn’t vote and when he wasn’t satisfied with the comedian’s answers, the BBC host interrupted Brand to ask, “How do you imagine people get power?” When Brand replied that power was derived from hierarchical systems passed down through the generations, Combat Paxman interrupted the comedian like a vicar challenging a heathen, saying as he pointed his index finger accusingly, “They get power by being voted in. You can’t even be arsed to vote.”

At this point in the interview, Russell Brand morphed into angry Terrier Russell. The comedian continued, explaining that his non-voting stance was not “out of apathy”, but rather that he has observed an entrenched political apathy from political elites toward the majority of people.

Terrier Russell stated that political elites were serving the interests of the wealthy and that such a political alignment exacerbated the crises they were causing. According to Terrier Russell, the political elites and the super-rich were: threatening the planet’s ecological health, inflicting misery on a mass underclass in Britain and America, and were exploiting the poverty stricken around the world. Thus, Terrier Russell argued that a revolution was the only way to positively change the world.

In an article that appeared in the Radio Times, Combat Paxman described the Westminster parliament as a “green-bench pantomine”, referring to the green leather seats that members are elected to occupy.[iii]

In the Radio Times article Combat Paxman stated: “Russell Brand has never voted, because he finds the process irrelevant. I can understand that: the whole green-bench pantomime in Westminster looks a remote and self-important echo chamber. But it is all we have. In one recent election, I decided not to vote, because I thought the choice so unappetising.”

It is therefore hilarious to learn that the curious family name of the BBC’s Combat Paxman propaganda model comes from a propagandist effort of one of his ancestors. A BBC genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are?, found that Paxman was descended from a 14th century politician, Roger Packsman, who changed his name to Paxman to gain favour with his constituency.[iv] Since pax means peace in Latin, his ancestor was on one level claiming to be a ‘man of peace’, at a time when European oligarchic families were feuding over land, castles and the power to rule over as many hapless people as possible.

But, the word pax also refers to a period of ‘universal peace’ due to the dominance of one state power, such as a Pax Romana in the time of the Roman Empire. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that Paxman’s ancestor was not trying to forge a peace through redistribution of lands gained through violence, among the common folk who had no voting rights.

It was this documentary that Terrier Russell referred to in his interview with Combat Paxman, wherein the BBC used a scene of Combat Paxman crying when he learned that his poverty-stricken great-grandmother lost her welfare eligibility because she had a child out of wedlock. Terrier Russell tersely reminded Combat Paxman that he had cried because he knew it was unfair and that she, like millions now, was bearing the brunt of the upper classes’ indifference, greed and selfishness.

Terrier Russell argued at the end of his interview (as he did in his New Statesman editorial), that it was necessary to engage this emotional sense of injustice in order to mobilize people to revolt.

The revolution that science predicts is already underway, but not televised

Pertinently, the New Statesman’s ‘Revolution Issue’ featured a piece from journalist Naomi Klein, titled “How science is telling us to revolt”.[v] Some scientists argue the impasse to address ecological collapse over the last two decades is evidence that a counterforce of mass revolt is the only way to avoid humanity’s extinction. This, evidentially, is what populations have done when their very survival is threatened.

However, given that since 3600 B.C. there have been over 14,500 major wars, which have abruptly ended the lives of nearly four billion people, the record shows that for the most part, people have been conned into dying so that rulers may continue to rule, whether they are aspirants or incumbents.[vi] It is, therefore, going to be a formidable task to get people to revolt peacefully, just as it will be an incredible challenge to minimize the inevitable violence ordered by oligarchs in control of private armies and nation state elites.

When we consider that capitalism is primarily a private political power system, wherein dominant capitalist groups use their vast financial claims to wealth to maximize their ‘accumulation of power’, it becomes clear that democracy is merely an administrative system for the super-rich, as Russell Brand argued. Indeed, Brand’s view on democracy concurs with the argument presented by two political economists Johnathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler in their book Capital as Power. Nitzan and Bichler state that the super-rich regard both the public and private sectors as two divisions of their system, capitalism.

We can see why the propaganda models who work in the Global Media Complex fail to do the deep research required to produce excellent journalism, which is not to be confused what the kind that is often honoured with media awards. When it is recalled that a muck-raking journalist of an earlier era, Upton Sinclair wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it”, then we can see that propaganda models, like Combat Paxman, do routinely practice willful ignorance.[vii]

It is no surprise, then, that so many newspaper articles that dismissed the comedian’s public-spirited attempt to stimulate serious discussion on how democracy is being abused to serve the narrow interests of the wealthy, also failed to mention Naomi Klein’s excellent feature article.

Is it not, therefore, the superficial media who are being childish? After-all, the news media are meant to hold those with power accountable? If the news media took Brand’s initiative seriously, they could even conduct serious and sustained investigations into why exactly this political alignment between political elites and the super-rich occurred and what it means for democracy.[viii] The news media could even investigate theories, models and projects that are re-building societies at grassroots levels, such as can be found on the Global Transition Map.[ix] In other words, the news media could, if they were open-minded, investigate the revolution that is already happening.

Otherwise, why should we consume their news if they can’t be arsed defending open, free societies from the sustained abuses of power by the incumbent, criminal transnational capitalist class?

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References


[i] Neetzan Zimmerman. (2013, October 24). Russell Brand May Have Started a Revolution Last Night. Gawker. Retrieved from

http://gawker.com/russell-brand-may-have-started-a-revolution-last-night 1451318185?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

[ii] Russell Brand on revolution. (2013 October 24).  “We no longer have the luxury of tradition”. The Revolution Issue.  New Statesman. Retrieved from http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution

[iii] Radio Times. (2013, November 4). Jeremy Paxman: I understand why Russell Brand doesn’t vote. Retrieved from http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-11-04/jeremy-paxman-i-understand-why-russell-brand-doesnt-vote; BBC Jeremy Paxman: Like Russell Brand, I didn’t vote. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24818743

[iv] “Who Do You Think You Are? (2006, January 11). With Jeremy Paxman”. BBC. BBC Two. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory/get_started/wdytya_s2_celeb_gallery_01.shtml

[v] Naomi Klein. (2013, October 24). How science is telling us to revolt.  The Revolution Issue.  New Statesman. Retrieved from http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/science-says-revolt

[vi] The Final Stretch. (1999, April). Creating Peace and Reconciliation. The New Internationalist. No. 311. p. 18-19. Any conflict with more than 1000 deaths is generally counted as a war. See also: Peace Pledge Union. http://www.ppu.org.uk/learn/infodocs/st_war_peace.html

[vii] Upton Sinclair (1935).  I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/23510.Upton_Sinclair

[viii] Snoopman. (2013, August 31). A Poorly Understood ‘Bargain’: How Democracy and the 60s Movements became Orphans in the ‘Free Market’ Era. Snoopman News. Retrieved from https://snoopman.wordpress.com/category/democracy-counter-movements/

[ix] The Global Transition Map to a New Economy. Retrieved from http://gtne.org/

A Poorly Understood ‘Bargain’: How Democracy and the 60s Movements became Orphans in the ‘Free Market’ Era.

By Snoopman

31 August 2013

Snoopman Editor’s Note: This article outlines how it is that the planet is currently on a trajectory of ‘colliding crises’. It traces the roots of the current ‘Crisis of Democracy’ back to the 1970s when a North Atlantic capitalist class viewed the counter-cultural movements that emerged in the 1960s as a threat to their power. The North Atlantic capitalist class resolved to undermine democracy by encouraging apathy (amid ‘free market reforms’ that they knew would bring hardship to many).

Reader Warning: This article has a satirical tone, which is a genre that is best used when it ridicules the hypocrisies of the ruling classes. Satire used to be a commonplace television genre before the ‘free market’ era invoked fiscal discipline on television networks, for reasons that will be clearer as you read on. (See: Snoopman News for sourced references).

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A Crisis of Democracy is felt most by those bearing the brunt of capitalist forces. Many activists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activist scholars around the world have discerned that this current Crisis of Democracy is one of numerous ‘colliding crises’. Together, we travel on this trajectory of crises, which include: a global economic depression, systemic financial crimes, social destabilization, food shortages, environmental catastrophes, rampant militarism, and systemic poverty (that implicitly renders a ‘global poor’ population as ‘surplus’ to a ‘global free market project’).[i]

This Crisis of Democracy is actually the property of a ‘Crisis Family’. Democracy has siblings. They are called: Social Justice, Environment, Peace, Anti-War, and the non-identical twins, Human Needs and Human Rights. (Human Needs is the older and terribly neglected of the two, while the younger twin has been seriously abused). The story gets sadder. All of these siblings of the Crisis Family are all famous orphans. And sadder still, there are less-well known ones too.

I use this familial metaphor because an orphan to one family, say a Bottom, Middle or even an Upper Class one, is potentially a ‘blank canvas’ to a Psychopathic Family. As psychopathy expert Clive Boddy has argued in his paper entitled, The Corporate Psychopaths Theory of the Global Financial Crisis, a psychopath is a person who deviously wins the confidence of his or her intended victims, for whom the psychopath lacks empathy.[ii] At this point, I’m going to climb out on a limb of the Human Family Tree and argue that it is from this particular limb that the world is run. Upon this limb dwell the world’s economically, politically and militarily powerful psychopaths. It’s a ‘special branch’ of the Human Family (he tangata whänau).

The trajectory of colliding crises has a sinister underbelly. The intent of elite policy planners, four decades ago, was to exploit these colliding crises for their economic, political and military gain. The current Crisis of Democracy has occurred because ordinary people all over the world were systematically encouraged to feel hopelessness about struggling for worthy causes. This planning for what I call systemic apathy began in the early- to mid-1970s, because the ‘counter-cultural revolution’ that appeared in the 1960s was regarded by a North Atlantic capitalist class as an affront to their perceived right to permanently rule the planet.

Indeed, as a term, Crisis of Democracy, was coined by a global policy-shaping group called the Trilateral Commission. In its 1975 report called, “The Crisis of Democracy”, the view expressed by the Trilateral Commission was that there was too much democracy. Chase Manhattan Bank chairman, David Rockefeller, founded The Trilateral Commission in 1973. (At the time, Rockefeller also chaired another global policy-shaping group, a New York-based think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, which shared this too much democracy view). The Trilateral Commission called for powerful new economic management stratagems. “The Crisis of Democracy” report sought to instill discipline among the mass populaces of the developed countries through proactive labour intervention and skills development, and among the developing countries, by “tying neocolonial economies even closer to Western finance.”[iii] The new economic framework that a sect within the North Atlantic capitalist class favoured was ‘free markets’.

This sect, that had begun field-testing ‘free markets’ in the mid-1960s, came to be known as the neoliberal movement. Their ‘Holy Grail’ was ‘efficient’ price mechanisms allegedly governed by an ‘invisible hand’. However, this Invisible Hand turned out to be a Wealth Defence Industry that had all along been quietly constructing a world-wide, state-sponsored Financial Secrecy Haven Complex. This means that the North Atlantic capitalist class has assumed political power over economic matters so that their vast, anti-competitive transnationalised cartels could control new ‘free markets’. Therefore, the ‘global neoliberal project’ is more accurately a ‘global neo-colonialist project’.[iv]

The emergence of ‘too much democracy’ in the 1960s was known in posh elite circles as a ‘governance crisis’. This ‘Crisis of Democracy’ coincided with several other major crises. One crisis beset the ‘Patriarch’ of the Crisis Whanau, and that was The Crisis of Declining Profit Rates (NoooOOOOOOO!!!).  This crisis arose from the overcapacity of production, and became a most ‘serious crisis’ for the dominant corporations of the North Atlantic capitalist class (particularly the United States and Britain, who had only partially re-tooled in the years since World War II). It was a most ‘serious crisis’ because there is only one thing that can “kill [a] bloodless legal construct” – the Corporation – and that is an inability to extract a financial surplus (as Thomas Kessner put it in his book Capital City).[v] As implied earlier, it was a crisis of the Patriarch’s own making, since he had sought to dominate the post-World War II World. Thus, the Crisis of Declining Profit Rates was really a shadow-self of the Crisis Family’s Patriarch: Capital.[vi]

Another, and largely forgotten, crisis known as ‘Developmentalism’, sought political and economic autonomy for the neocolonial economies of the ‘developing world’. The perpetually ‘developing’ countries were demanding Western technology so they could ‘develop’, as a ‘fair trade’ for having supplied the raw materials for the ‘long post-war boom’.[vii]

To ‘solve’ these crises, a special study group was sponsored in the early 1970s by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York to work on what they called the ‘1980s Project’. Essentially, this study group was tasked with ‘solving’ crises that their predecessors had caused in their attempts to control the world through oil and finance. As William Engdahl argued in his book The Gods of Money (2009), during World War II, the Council on Foreign Relations sponsored a War and Peace Studies Group (p.136-165). This Studies Group was comprised of elite policy planners who worked out how the United States would dominate the post-World War II world. Their work underpinned what became known as the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944, which secured control over petroleum and finance for the United States (with its fraternal partner, Britain becoming its best supporting political actor). It was this Bretton Woods Agreement, which eventually broke down in the late 1960s and early 1970s when global capitalism faced the three major crises mentioned.

The ‘1980s Project’ Study Group worked out a blueprint for the transformation of economies around the globe under the rubric of ‘free market’ economic policies.[viii] The 1980s Project prescribed a new alliance between the wealthy and politically connected of America and Europe to include Japan. To this end, the Trilateral Commission was formed. The Trilateral Commission was tasked with working out how to technically deploy the ‘free market’ framework and preserve as far as possible the dominance of their Trilateral World, as Laurence Shoup and William Minter have argued in their seminal book, Imperial Brain Trust.

In the ‘governance crisis’ discourses of the time, it was considered vital for the success of the 1980’s Project that apathy be created among the mass populaces of the world. It was deemed crucial by the elite policy planners at the Council on Foreign Relations to “depoliticize” important issues and remove them from popular political consciousness.[ix] Indeed, one task force group in the ‘1980’s Project’ was to focus on ways to downplay political-economic conflicts, including unemployment, inflation and international relations. Audaciously, “The Crisis of Democracy” report by the Trilateral Commission claimed that popular demands on governments were overwhelming authorities to address various crises. Furthermore, governance itself was facing a Crisis of Legitimacy!

In this way, the mass populaces of the world had angered the matriarchal figure of democracy, Liberty, and had inadvertently exposed her shadow self – her Crisis of Legitimacy. Here, it needs to recalled, or known, that representative democracy, or limited democracy, based on the Westminster parliamentary system was spread around the world as a strategy to protect the extremely wealthy from the riskiness of “pure” or participatory democracy, as Noam Chomsky, an expert in US foreign policy, pointed out in the 1994 documentary Manufacturing Consent.[x]

The ‘offending’ counter-cultural/peoples’ movements of the 1960s and 1970s included: the Civil Rights, Feminism, Anti-war, Peace, Environment, New Left, Free Speech, Gay Liberation, United Farmworker Movement, and Developmentalism. Together, their collective rejection of authority represented a combined yearning from ‘below’ to construct autonomous communities.[xi] Because their demands, in effect, sought political and economic equality, or a decentralisation of power and redistributions of wealth, these popular movements were regarded as threats to the ruling North Atlantic capitalist class. From the perspective of the Patriarch and Matriarch of the Crisis Family – Capital and Liberty – the Bottom and Middle Classes needed to be taught to feel powerless and give up their ‘newly-born movements’.

The stratagem to undermine too much democracy contained in the 1980’s Project, which essentially sought to demoralize mass populaces (both in the ethical sense, as well as the motivational one), was therefore a devious one. Indeed, the ‘free market’ framework that was worked upon by the 1980’s Project Study Group and elite planners at other right-wing corporate-funded global and national policy-shaping think tanks, (which proliferated in 1970s) came packaged with a cover-story to hide the real intent.  ‘Free markets’ were slickly marketed in the 1980s and 1990s with the idea that they would deliver individual freedom and prosperity for all, as Naomi Klein argued in her book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. The North Atlantic capitalist class (now transnational in scope) had embarked on a ‘war of position’ as William Carroll called it in his book The Making of a Transnational Capital Class.[xii]

To ensure they won this ‘war of position’, the neoliberal movement followed a stratagem espoused by the sect’s leading proponent Milton Friedman, a professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, who favoured a ‘shock therapy’ approach, as encapsulated by his mantra: “speed, suddenness and scope”.[xiii] In this way, targeted populations were overwhelmed with the economic shocks as whole sectors of society were transformed and coerced to support the new framework. These ‘free market shock treatments’ included lifting financial controls to increase the fluidity of capital flows between countries, the corporatization and privatization of state infrastructure and services, the introduction of user charges, shifting the tax burden ‘downward’, and down-sizing public sector employment. Thus, Friedman’s shock doctrine was a structured set of ‘new enclosures’ that were designed to absorb the needs, values and aspirations of the ‘disobedient’.[xiv]

In other words, key insiders that comprised the North Atlantic capitalist class set a course to transform the world under a ‘free market’ framework in order to impose ‘market discipline’. The ‘Patriarchal and Matriarchal forces’ – Capital and Liberty – that comprised this North Atlantic capitalist class hated it that their shadow selves, the Crisis of Declining Profit Rates and the Crisis of Legitimacy, respectively, had been exposed. Once Capital and Liberty regained their composure, and reinvented themselves as the neoliberal movement, they downplayed the hardships that their ‘reforms’ would impose. Together, Capital and Liberty disingenuously claimed that everyone would prosper and through this promised prosperity, they would somehow gain ‘freedom’.[xv]

In a classic ‘bait and switch’ maneuver, the masses were offered freedom and prosperity in the future if they gave up their offspring in the present: Social Justice, Environment, Peace, Anti-War, Developmentalism and the non-identical twins, Human Needs and Human Rights. These, too, were to be managed by the ‘market forces’.[xvi] The intention that underpinned the marketing of ‘free markets’ was to deceptively lure the world’s mass-hapless populaces into orphaning their ‘newly-born movements’. It was, therefore, a poorly understood ‘bargain’. Thus, the principle upon which the ‘global neocolonial project’ is based, is one of entrapment.

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Footnotes:


[i] See: Chossudovsky 2003; Chossudovsky & Marshall (Eds) 2010; Edwards 2012; Gitlin 2003; Klein 2007; Neilson 2013.

[ii] See also: Achbar, M., & Abbott, J. (Directors), & Bakan, J. (Writer). (2005).

[iii] Carroll 2010: 43.

[iv] See: Winters (2011); Palan, Murphy & Chavagneux 2010); Neilson (2013, February). Engdahl (2009); Carroll (2010).

[v] Kessner 2003: 326.

[vi] The Crisis of Declining Profit Rates is the most commonly cited crisis of this period in political-economic literature. See: Foster 2007; Foster & Magdoff 2009; Lapavitsas 2009; Magdoff & Sweezy 1985; McNally 2009).

[vii] See: Klein 2007: 54-66.

[viii] ‘Free market shock treatments’ included lifting financial controls to increase the fluidity of capital flows between countries, the corporatization and privatization of state infrastructure and services, the introduction of user charges, shifting the tax burden ‘downward’, and down-sizing public sector employment. Thus, a structured set of ‘new enclosures’ were designed to absorb the needs, values and aspirations of the ‘disobedient’.

[ix] See: Douglas 1976: 493; Rose 1979: 369; Shoup & Minter 2004: 268-269. In his 1979 paper “Ungovernability: Is There Fire Behind the Smoke?” a professor at the Centre for Policy Studies, Richard Rose, observed that political indifference had been “underestimated” as means for states to maintain authority since it undermines people’s capacity for self-reliance and attention to the activities of authorities (p. 369). Rose saw that political scientists would need to develop a language to that could describe the variance of features that defined governments of the West. Gill and Law (1989) found that several think-tanks influenced the Thatcher regime, including the British Centre for Policy Studies, situated at Glasgow University, whose purpose was to reshape public opinion by means of a “battle of ideas” (Gill & Law, 1989, p. 482).

[x] See also: Achbar (1994); Winters (2011).

[xi] See also: Chomsky 2006: 216-217; Chossudovsky, 2003; Engdahl, 2004; Gitlin, 2003; McNally, 2009; Shoup & Minter 2004: 268-269).

[xii] Carroll (2010: 205). Looking back on how the neoliberal rationalist paradigm came to be the dominant ideology of our time, BBC filmmaker Adam Curtis found in his 2007 documentary series, The Trap: Episode II, The Lonely Robot, that this ‘battle of ideas’ included the new language and thinking of a technocratic elite. Rationalism here means a methodological pattern of thought that is self-justifying, un-rooted to ethical considerations and which advocates efficiency based on a ready supply of answers that express no doubt (Saul, 1993). The regime of the neocolonial sect redefined workers as human resources and human capital that would perform to ‘numbers’ to fit with the ideology’s central demand: efficiency.

[xiii] Klein 2007: 7

[xiv] Between the mid-1960s and 1970s, five countries in the ‘developing world’ that pursued an economic framework called ‘developmentalism’, were subsequently subjected to military juntas and/or CIA backed coups (Klein 2007: 87). Under a developmentalism framework, the state uses tax-funds to invest in infrastructure and services, subsidizes local industry and imposes high tariffs on imports (Klein 2007: 55). These economic policies were considered as an affront to the expansionist interests of European and American transnational corporations, and were rapidly replaced with ‘free market economic shock’ policies (Klein 2007:55-128;  Jarecki 2006). The hapless countries that suffered military juntas and/or CIA backed coups, were Brazil in 1964, Indonesia in 1965, Chile and Uruguay in 1973 and Argentina in 1976. Klein argued in her book The Shock Doctrine that key insiders of the neoliberal sect, who comprised part of the North Atlantic capitalist class, sought to cleanse ‘free market’ ideology of its association with the terrorism meted-out during its field-testing stage (p.198-128). Klein also argued that the use of military violence to facilitate the spread of ‘free markets’ has continued into the 2000s. Her view is supported in Eugene Jarecki’s documentary Why We Fight (2006).

[xv] See: Barry 2005; Bruce 2013; Kelsey 1997; Roper, 2005; Whitecross, Winterbottom, & Eaton 2009.

[xvi] Numerous corporate-funded foundations founded and/or sponsored an array of cause-focused non-governmental organizations in the 1970s (Klein 2007: 121-124; Engdahl 2004: 143-147).

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