The Brexit no deal prospect is engendering an element of lunacy fast seeping into every pore of the British political establishment. As with all steeped in such thinking, some of it made sense. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been inspired by a mild dictatorial urge, seeking to suspend the UK parliament five weeks out from October 31.
This has been described as nothing short of a coup, or, if you are the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, a
Legal expertise was called upon to answer the question whether Johnson’s proroguing of parliament was, in fact, constitutional. This was itself a tricky thing, given that the UK has a “political constitution” that resists being inked into written form.
To be British is supposedly to be reasonable, and codifying such convention suggests a fear that reason might be lost.
As Professor Michael Gordon of the University of Liverpool explains, three avenues are open to evaluate the constitutionality of a government action in the system:
compatibility with the law, political convention and constitutional principle.
On the first point, it was near impossible to challenge Johnson. For all the matters of convention, the monarch remains the figure who ultimately holds the power to prorogue parliament.
And the argument here by the prime minister is that this is the penultimate step to announcing a fresh legislative agenda in the monarch’s speech on October 14.
As far as the second point was concerned, Gordon had to concede that the Queen would never have constituted herself as a “constitutional safeguard” to reject Johnson’s request. That would have done more than repudiate the long held convention on staying above politics and acting on the advice of the prime minister.
This only left the nebulous notion of “constitutional principles”: as the government draws support from the House of Commons, it must duly abide by the body if its wishes are out of step.
As the House of Commons rejects the idea of a no deal Brexit, Johnson should have engaged parliament on the issue. Well, that’s the view of the pro-parliamentarians, and as the current prime minister has a very flexible set of values both personal and political, few should have been stunned by the latest antics in subverting parliamentary scrutiny.
Beyond the legal pecking, a swathe of reaction were in agreement with Bercow. Novelist Philip Pullman went one further.
The 'prime minister' has finally come out as a dictator. I've had enough of being outraged. We must get rid of him and his loathsome gang as soon and as finally as possible.
— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) August 28, 2019
Britain best be “rid of him and his loathsome gang as soon and as finally as possible.”
This had a certain whiff of a coup of its own, the sort of thing that Westminster systems have been vulnerable to in history. (Australia offers an apt, if undistinguished example of the overthrow of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975, ably assisted by opposition leader Malcolm Fraser and then governor general John Kerr.)
The prorogation ploy was taken so seriously by the Financial Times that a humble suggestion was made lest Britain comprise his airy position as law-abiding obsessive and exemplar of order to the world.
If Mr. Johnson’s prorogation ploy succeeds, Britain will forfeit any right to lecture other countries on their democratic shortcomings.”
(Hadn’t it already done so?) Imperially sounding, the FT suggested that Britain’s singular disposition lay in “constitutional arrangements” long bound by “conventions.”
Momentum, the Labour faction supporting Jeremy Corbyn, the man who would be usurper, was laying the ground [the tweet has since been deleted – ed.] for a challenge, albeit tumbling into the oxymoronic.
An unelected prime minister looks set to approach an unelected monarch to ask her if he can shut down parliament to force through a disastrous no deal Brexit.”
Make no mistake – this is an establishment coup.
All fine, except that monarchs are known for being humanity’s unelected specimens, and that this coup was being countered with a proposal for a counter-coup. Messy be the conventions of the land.
For those long linked to Britain’s gradual and seemingly natural integration into European affairs, the move by Johnson was near criminal. Hugh Grant, summoning up a certain primal rage, was furious. On Twitter, he launched a ferocious firebombing of Johnson’s position.
You will not fuck with my children’s future. You will not destroy the freedoms my grandfather fought two world wars to defend. Fuck off you over-promoted rubber bath toy. Britain is revolted by you and you little gang of masturbatory prefects. https://t.co/Oc0xwLI6dI
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) August 28, 2019
Comedian and all round brain box Stephen Fry could not stomach it.
Weep for Britain. A sick, cynical brutal and horribly dangerous coup d’état. Children playing with matches, but spitefully not accidentally: gleefully torching an ancient democracy and any tattered shreds of reputation or standing our poor country had left.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 28, 2019
Unfortunately, such comments betray an old tendency in self-referential Britishness, a Britannia-rules-the-waves smugness. The world admires, the world respects. But that world died some time ago, if, indeed, it ever existed. Britain made a pact for security and wealth with a Europe often reluctant to accept its suspicions and reservations. Both are now parting ways.
Far milder assessments have also been offered to hose down the Grant ire. Johnson’s attempt to schedule a Queen’s speech for October 14 was seen in The Spectator, a magazine he once edited with carefree indifference, as “normal” and part of the operating processes of a new government. At the very least, it would also “bring to an end one of the longest parliamentary sessions in history”.
The Queen was hardly going to refuse, stratified by, well, convention. Had she done so, breaking the crust, and holding forth over the prime minister, there would been howls of a different sort. The only conclusion to arise from this latest bit of chess play by Johnson is that, come October 31, Parliament will have a minimal a role to scrutinise the agreement, or non-agreement, as it might well be.
Dr. Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne. Email: [email protected]
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So, I was thinking of the Dodo lately, and in a similar vain…
Anyone seen the line by line breakdown and the legalese supporting the paying of the £39bn devorce bill, apart from the normal, ‘because we have to’?
I do like my Demoracy itemised and backed by legalese……..
As long as the Queen says everything alright – that’s fine by me.
After all, I’m a democrat to my boots.
Only in the UK could people push that line with a straight face.
What does God say?- he appointed her.
So it is written.
Or not written?
The British people voted to leave, and Parliament has blocked the process. Parliament was going to go into recess anyway between September 13th and October 8th. What a tosser you are!
talks mince- check
always moaning – check
can’t address issues not on his crib sheet – check
Frank, I can’t think of any better explanation – so grudgingly , this round to you. The grudge bit is only because the image of Syria’s burned out cities is part of the backdrop to all the lives being lived in the uk at this time. However fleeting this image is, I reckon it causes a fair bit of mental illness across society. I must admit I had some sort of mini- breakdown when I first saw pictures of Aleppo bombed out. So maybe he is another victim of the western war against Syria and isn’t in his right mind.
you could even say “He is a pablomillerunit” boom boom
To be honest, you ask persons to respond to your posts and then ‘slander’ claiming alternatives are not available to the questions you poise yourself – “THERE IS NO THIRD WAY” – and then continue to slag off and make crass accusations – plenty on these boards have crossed paths with me over many years, one reason I actually post under my actual identity is I have bugger all to hide or fear and persons can simply Google to see where I’m posting if I’m able to do so.
he is not like Binra- who talked mince and never moaned
I’d loved to get paid, thus far funds from the St Petersburg Bot Factory have thus far not materialised, but we live in hope of a cheque clearing.
Maybe we always hear about Russian bots to deflect attention from the fact that large amounts of British taxpayers money is being used to fund armies of keyboard warriors here in the UK, whose job is to spread the lies and disinformation being constantly spewed out by the criminal British establishment, and hijack threads not to their liking
All boils down to the manufacture of consent, Saturday’s protests were an example of that. That these protests can be turned on and off at will should cause alarm, as should the fact that many don’t even know they are being duped.
Yes the 77th Brigade:
Based in: Dennison Barracks, Hermitage, Thatcham, RG18 9TP
In short they were created to make sure the people remain ignorant of what the Government has planned for us. Specifically they are there to demonise those designated ENEMIES, like Russia, China, and Iran.
They an be spotted a mile off, on MSN there is a particularly odious cretin calling himself NACNUD.. duh – Duncan Smith. You know when you’ve hit the truth jackpot when he sticks to you like a limpet in an attempt to disrupt any thread you post on..
Their rhetoric is stuck in one groove only. Pretty much like Twhitty who has just been wheeled out by Gates for the umpteenth time, to sell the fear porn.
….he’s very busy, is he not ? ! !
Molloy, my grandad used to say ” …an empy vessel makes the most noise …” I never really knew what he meant
I see the word “Unhinged” , then I see folk waving banners with the words “Defend Democracy” – So I think – but thats”Unhinged”….are they deluded ? – caught under that evil spell of “Democracy = Right”……when even waving a simple “This Is Wrong” message would’ve proclaimed their feelings amply enough….in fact , I’ve a few they could have had, though not my old favourite, used outside polling stations whenever there’s an election…. it’s well worn, but perfectly legible.
After several years struggling to understand the raft of issues associated with brexit, the last few days of discussion has allowed me to formulate it down to a ” two legs bad, four legs good” proposition.
option 1 brexit go with America
option 2 no brexit go with Europe
option 3 brexit go it truly alone
Option 3 seems a non-starter – with our dark colonial history trading could be complicated. I trust America less than Europe, so I have just realised I am remainer. I never voted in the referendum and never had an opinion until now – could someone help me out and point out the flaws in my reasoning.
Let me put it this way, an actual third way option does exist, one that does not involve Brussels or Washington, in order for this to happen, we have to dispense with the shackles of neoliberalism, which, as a socioeconomic orthodoxy is plastered all over the Lisbon Treaty – of course, this means exiting the shackles of our Treaties with the EU, instructing the USA we ain’t its bitch no more, and offering the UK electorate an alternative to the present economic madness, which means becoming radical with policies that help 90% of our electorate, rather than 5-10% as is presently the case.
Of course, we can all continue on our merry way with the present status quo and sweet, meaningless platitudes espoused by Centrists as the ecosystem continues to be destroyed and multiple extinctions continue on land and in our oceans.
Financialisation of everything necessary for human existence does not offer a way forward, alas, this is the technocrats and neoliberals preferred route, as epitomised by Carbon Markets and Trading, all under the auspices of the EU I hasten to add.
The limits of growth have been know about for most of my lifetime and the carbon economy is in its end game, we’ve used most of our global oil reserves, with no real alternative that produces as much energy, and our economies are energy intensive – and that energy requirement is growing exponentially as our planet suffocates under the weight of our consumer excesses.
So, at least one major economy needs to put a breach in the dam and follow an alternative route that’s conducive to human existence in the long term – the EU don’t offer us that and will never offer it as the Brussels corporate lobbyists will never allow it.
Of course, if the EU and its Institutions were open to representative, democratic change, where both the legislative branch and executive branch were elected directly by the people, things would be different, but it ain’t.
Leaving the EU will have medium term economic consequences, the longterm economics are not dire, and all change comes with a cost, the cost of doing nothing though will be extreme, particularly for my daughter and all those born after the year 2000.
Chris I don’t have your grasp of economics but I read third world literature widely- beginning with Chinua Achebe ” The Trouble with Nigeria ” which I read over thirty years ago. Though the colonised peoples treat individual Britons decently enough I can’t see that happening with a free and sovereign Brittania ruled by the SAME CLIQUE that colonised and administered and exploited a third of the world.
You don’t explain how we free ourselves of America’s overwhelming influence. As for ” instructing the USA we ain’t its bitch no more ” you make that sound easy . Find me a politician with the spine or inclination to tell ” the USA we ain’t its bitch no more ” . Even if a large majority of Britons united and told the political establishment to tell America that “we ain’t its bitch no more ” you have only to look at the brexit debacle to see that it wouldn’t be easy. Don’t you read the papers? The only mass political movement with the potential to tell America “we ain’t its bitch no more ” – Jeremy Corbin’s Labour Party has been under a ” full spectrum dominance ” attack for a number of years. Chris I trust America less than Europe. I don’t believe you.
You babble about “The limits of growth” and such like, why? To bamboozle, obfuscate and confuse, coz that is all your doing. I’ll make it easy for you ; if you had to pick to your daughter’s future, one where she lived her life under American governance and the other were she lived her life under European governance what would you choose ? For me , it is a no brainer.
Chris, if you truly believe in an independent ” third way ” god help your daughter . We are not an empire any more and can’t bully our way to get what we want. THERE IS NO THIRD WAY.
As I’m no colonialist and don’t promote colonialism, or any other form of exploration, none too sure where you are actually coming from, except exhibiting a denialism at the carnage we are visiting upon the environment we live within and species we rely upon for our own survival.
We live on a finite planet, with a finite amount of natural resources, many of which have been exploited and are close to exhaustion, particularly those required to generate energy, given our entire modern civilisation relies upon huge amounts of energy, and that cheap supply is running out, how exactly do you propose society to continue?
We either change or die, I prefer orderly change, a change it seems many don’t want to make, in which case God help your own family.
Chris I’m an orphan, brought up and abused in a local catholic orphanage – I don’t have any family. If I did have a family, I , and I guess most of the people I know would not use them as cheap emotional props to bolster non-existent arguments in internet forums. I am only guessing, but people seem to treat their families with a reverence that precludes deliberately cheapening them – but what do I know.
Chris, GET WITH THE PROGRAM – everyone who is arsed already knows the world teeters on the brink, both environmentally and nuclear exchange wise, that is not the issue. Donald Trump doesn’t believe in climate change and he leads the biggest polluter / consumer nation, America. Leaving or staying in Europe has nothing to do with climate change.
How dare you accuse me of ” exhibiting a denialism at the carnage we are visiting upon the environment we live within and species we rely upon for our own survival ” . You don’t know me or how I chose to respond to this issue but see no problem rubbishing me. That my friend is a very bad sign. I avoid socialising with people who make such behaviour part of their social repertoire.
What about answering my points – is that to much to ask. Tell me of the third way, how we navigate between America and Europe. Chris, I sense you are labouring ( very heavily ) up hill, do yourself a favour, give it a rest.
You have denied their are viable alternatives, none of which involve Washington or Brussels, which are overflowing with paid corporate lobbyists – where I presently reside in the South China sea I’ve witnessed the extinction of pink dolphins, unimaginable amounts of debris washed upon our shores hourly, palm oil spills, heavy fuel spills and our local fisheries full of toxic marine life poisoned by human activities. much of which cannot be eaten – this is in but one small spot that’s in a very busy shipping lane.
On my journeys across Asia I’ve been in Singapore and Malaysia at the height of the forest burning season where you can hardly see more than 10 metres, been in Beijing where visibility has been virtually zero due to massive air pollution and witnessed dire poverty I never imagined, so, somewhere, one of the advanced industrial nations need to make a break with this crap and change trajectory rapidly and hope, other more enlightened nations will follow the lead.
That sir you seem to believe is not possible and that we should retain the status quo, or at least live within its straightjacket – you state clearly their is no Third Way, well, there is, and many indigenous peoples used to live lives in harmony with our ecosystems, oil and massive energy requirements/consumption changed this balance, and that cheap energy that issued forth great wealth, much of which none of us oils has ever seen, is running out with no viable alternative.
Tell me, will Brussel’s lead the charge, or, in a more decent world the UK can put its full weight behind the United Nations and lead the charge with other nation states threatened by ecological disaster.
Business as usual is over, and until we all as individuals wake up to this fact we are buggered, and for this reason alone I’ve only ever had one child late in life and I’d like her and her offspring to have a viable future, which won’t be one of luxury and excess.
Chris your a liar.
Excuse me, but are these not your words as typed by you whilst making a critique of my own opinions:
“THERE IS NO THIRD WAY.”
The interesting detail being that it was the UK that introduced neoliberalism to europe just as it introduced the migration crisis by starting the grotesque wave of regime change misadventures in the ME with Bush back in 2003 (thanks Tony).
Which poses the question…..is the UKs role as EU trojan horse one borne of design or of political ineptitude and arrogance?
Iraq, neoliberalism, Russophobia, PC culture, Saudis, Skripal etc etc…. its a long list !
At first glance, and because of the SEA (Single European Act), which Thatcher initially pushed, a case can be made that it was the UK that infected the EEC with neoliberalism, however, a closer examination of economic history, specifically with regards Jacques Delor’s tenure as French Finance Minister, efforts through-out the 1970s to establish an exchange rate mechanism, and the very fact that major central banks and associated supranational bodies (IMF) were already pushing monetary and fiscal policies closely correlated with neoliberalism, the simple fact is they were already infected – Bill Mitchell’s Blog covers most of this actual period.
As far as the USA using the UK as a useful bridge or conduit in to influencing EEC policy, this would be a correct assessment, given, until DeGaulle’s death, France did not with wish to act as an adjutant to US foreign policy, that obstacle once removed allowed the UK to actually join the EEC, which of course was heavily influenced by US soft power – US State Department papers and UK FCO Papers can be used to verify this during the 1969-1972 timeline and beyond – please remember, during this period France was building up its own independent nuclear weapons capability, whilst the UK was leasing its nuclear arsenal from the USA by way of Polaris.
Its also worth mentioning Five Eyes here, which is a spying/information gathering network set up between the USA, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand – perfidious Albion as ever shall we say.
It is 5+1 eyes.
And we were trying to barge into the EC for at least a decade to piss in their tent from the inside.
We are being frogmarched out to keep pissing on it from outside.
It is all about the same age old class war.
It seems that skirmishes are actually being fought by the upper class even here at O-G – they must be worried.
You are correct, further, a new post is available on The Lobster Magazine that reinforces the view that the UK was used as a bridgehead by the USA to influence Brussels, however, lets not get too carried away given most EU members states are already members of NATO and NATO is run for the benefit of the USA, which it was not originally set-up for but has certainly morphed into since the 60s.
Yes ChrisR , there are typewritten memos going back to the 50’s which are explicit about why we went in. Infact ALL the arguments were thoroughly rehearsed at the time when the options were considered for the various Channel Islands.
Seeing as you like the Lobster (haven’t seen it for a while) here is some more on what was happening before the last referendum and why people voted the way they did.
We are reaching the denouement and the hard brexiteers are throwing themselves at the line.
The first article is about how the real Labour socialist party was hollowed out and the panic of the neolibs at the Corbynite win; the second about how the populace was softened up by a decade of austerity. Which was the happy hunting ground the pounshop Enoch and his msm enablers furrowed. Never mind the social media machinations of ‘Dr Strangelove’ Cummings – which I am happy that people have finally caught up with.
As for the gangster insurance salesman (2% gdp fire insurance) of nato and the Atlantic Council stooges – they and their bases are not needed or wanted in the EU- there is no Soviet Union threat of tanks rolling in or whatever from the ex states. They should pack up and go.
I’m lucky enough to having associated with Harold Wilson’s chief negotiator with the EEC, so have heard some firsthand account tales, indeed, he’s of the opinion EFTA was always the chart we should have plotted. Mind you, much of the actual government documentation was hidden behind the 30, 40 and 50 year rules of releasing state papers, but you can glean a great deal from US State Department documentation that’s released far earlier – christ, plans for Europe in the UK began in earnest in 1943 and British leadership was only lost when we naffed off the French with sterling devaluation, the Schuman Plan was a direct response to this, despite no ill will intended by the then Chancellor – ain’t history funny!
It is hillarious, check this doozy from 1959 – yes 59:
Joint paper by the FCO and Treasury for the Working group for the Future Policy study, ‘Developments in Western Europe’, 12 August 1959
“If the EEC developed effectively as one unit, it could readily by the early 1970s be an economic (and political) unit of the same general order of magnitude in population and gross national products as the United States in the mid 1950s… Such a consolidation of West European resources would represent a major change in terms of world power. If these people wished to do so, and devoted themselves vigorously to it, they could by 1970 be carrying out a defence effort and a foreign aid effort not greatly less than that now being exerted by the United States. The effects of this on the structure of NATO and the position of the United Kingdom could well be serious. The Six, as a more or less cohesive political unit, would radically shift the balance of power within the alliance and the United Kingdom might be left in the cold in a United States/Six partnership….If we cannot come to terms with a successful EEC, the likelihood of its developing along anti-British lines will be much increased. In the event the EEC would come to exercise a considerable attraction for some non-committed countries in OEEC [sic]… In such a situation, the Americans might well throw the weight of their support behind the new grouping, with great detriment not only to our general position but also to Anglo/American relations. It thus seems reasonable to suppose that if the EEC is successful, the Six will by 1970 be developing into a very powerful economic and political unit, completely overshadowing the United Kingdom, capable (if France wishes) of exerting effective independent military and diplomatic power and probably changing the character of NATO”. Considers three futures: growth of de facto Western European federation; comparative failure of the EEC; complete failure. “It is impossible to say which of these three main possibilities is the most likely… Biggest question mark hangs over the policy of France”.
The sad thing is, De Gaulle’s vision for the EEC was never fulfilled, it never became an effective third force between Anglo-Capitalism and Soviet Communism, although the existence of NATO certainly did not help – this lot completely missed the ball on China though – imagine how UK officialdom is now acting about the prospect of China over taking the USA?
The British victims of neoliberalism were the ones who swung the democratic vote to Leave.
When both sides of this increasingly divisive Brexit can see the other as the antidemocratic one. The spell is pretty much accomplished. The supa rich feed, thrive and trade on the chaos.
Anal pedantic point: the expression “unelected monarch” isn’t “oxymoronic” but “tautological”.
Provided you can spare two hours of your time, I recommend to watch the documentary The Great Hack. It is listed as ‘new’ (2019) on the website ‘thoughtmaybe’. Although it does not contain the final results of the Bobby Müller investigation. (I just had to do that, sorry)
What it shows is, how people are manipulated into acting against their own well being for the lowest reasons the human condition provides for. The election of the Orangeman, Brexit and various other aspects of Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in fabricating consent are plainly shown.
What is going on in the UK right at this moment of typing, is the result of the deepest of manipulations of the UK collective mind. The fallout of inciting division by clown like people that are not at all funny, is far greater than the mind can grasp. Yesterday, I posted a recommendation on Bella Caledonia about the probably best solution for Scotland to join Ireland and Wales to create their own union. Reading the news today at presstv, was sobering. The Irish Unity March in Govan, Glasgow turned into violence. There are obviously folks in Scotland that are not on good terms with folks from Ireland. At least that is the impression one gets. But again, after having watched The Great Hack, everything looks manipulated now.
Allow me to emphasize one important point. While ‘Cambridge Analytica’ no longer exists, ‘Google Analytics’ does. When you go to any website, your browser will show you at the bottom the loading elements. ‘Google Analytics’ will always appear. Google Analytics has taken over the business of Cambridge Analytica and I can only hope that people know what that means. It will pay off to make a Nasdaq search about who owns ‘Google’. One will find an ‘ABC Corporation’. Does anybody have doubts why it is called that way? Keep searching for the majority institutional share holders. You will find a rabbit hole of epic proportions.
We are so much farther into big brother and the brave new world than even the most pessimistic folks could imagine. Do you still do Fakebook? Do you think Brexit people do Fakebook? Do you think ‘Remain’ people do Fakebook?
Someone posted on earlier threats that “We are effed.” I say – It is much worse than that. Everything is manipulated. This is not only an all encompassing crime against humanity – it will affect human evolution in the most adverse fashion. My apologies to be so realistic. I envy those who are older than me – those who are already 100 years old.
My apologies for the formatting miss.
I must say the evidence of manipulation, and that’s just today, is crass indeed, in the UK we now have crowds demonstrating against a ‘Coup’ despite no coup occurring and no breach of Parliamentary precedent occurring – both Clement Attlee and John Major proroguing Parliament during their Premierships and our unwritten Constitution is based on precedent.
Here in Hong Kong, we have vandals allegedly protesting in support of democracy causing yet more damage to Hong Kong infrastructure, whilst branding flags of the USA and the old UK HK Colonial flag – we are led to believe all this is spontaneous and not orchestrated by dark powers – having lived in Hong Kong under British rule and Chinese Administration, I can attest to the fact that the Basic Law has been honoured, that we have freedom of speech and Rule of Law under English Civil Law, we also have a Free Press, although print media has engaged in self censorship – in reality, the people of Hong Kong enjoy more freedom than those in Singapore, although socioeconomic issues are visible here, inequality and a lack of affordable housing being chronic.
And, whilst all this deception goes on the Global Elite carry on destroying the eco system of our planet, whilst establishing bug out fortresses in New Zealand.
Maybe, if the U.S. regime would feel the same urge to overthrow the German regime as it wants to bring down the Chinese government, the presstitutes would report about the millions of people in the streets of Germany – for affordable housing.
Social housing has been steadily reduced over the last two decades. The housing needed for low income earners is utterly insufficient. Prices for housing in major cities have doubled over the last ten years. Wages have not.
The German regime is of course in bed with the owner class and they give a flying hoot about the increasing numbers of homeless people – especially seniors that have worked their entire life – are now on the streets and scimming trash cans for food. No, nobody writes about that.
On top of it, the German regime will implement a CO2 ‘tax’ beginning 2020, and this tax will make housing even more costly. All this only works, because the Germans need a railroad ticket to go to the revolution. Or to a similar extend. One of the best publications at the moment is ‘Rubikon – The Magazin For The Critical Mass’. Albeit is in German, but that should not be a real obstacle nowadays. (Now I keep my fingers crossed that I got the formatting right this time…)
I can assure you I’m no Merkel fan, and to all extents and purposes Germany’s Green Party has been captured by the same neoliberal forces that have captured most social democratic parties across Europe, the SDP being captured not long after the UK’s Labour Party.
One of my German friends always instructs that Germany’s MSM has a tendency to sweep many issues under the carpet – he’s had many an article spiked in major German newspapers, suffice to say, he and his wife now vote Die Linke.
As regards the de-carbonisation of the German Economy, well, that’s a bit of a joke, if only because some German manufacturing has been moved across borders to former Eastern European economies. And yes, its the poor that usually suffer, and poverty and the fear of poverty are on the rise in Germany, much as it is elsewhere across Europe – suffice to say, the wake up call will come soon enough, regardless of what crap our Elites wish to feed us – can’t buck the limits of growth I’m afraid or change the fundamentals of thermodynamics.
Thanks for the link, will run it through Google Translate.
“Allow me to emphasize one important point. While ‘Cambridge Analytica’ no longer exists, ‘Google Analytics’ does. When you go to any website, your browser will show you at the bottom the loading elements. ‘Google Analytics’ will always appear. Google Analytics has taken over the business of Cambridge Analytica and I can only hope that people know what that means.”
It means that you are barking. Up a tree that isn’t there.
While acknowledging the role which US intelligence played in creating the circumstances necessary for the corrupt sections of the Oz media to hammer out 57 point headlines about “the Oz dollar crisis” when the Whitlam government sorted the issue when fixing the unconstitutional and therefore almost certainly short lived, fiscal problems,through organising a delivery of vast proportions – “unwhite gold” shock horror – a stroke which took the antediluvian arseholes fronting for ever grasping english & american banks 100% unawares.
So enter Betty the slapper – she used an -until that day, forgotten ploy of pulling out the old ‘head of state trumps all’ spiel, then insisted on the dismissal of Gough’s guvmint.
I’m not saying that to provoke some sort of discussion about who did what to whom back in 1975 – I know already and there are no words could change that – my point is that as you’ll have already observed the monarchy in action when she ticked the prorogue bizzo, expect no sudden changes of heart much less about turns from her indoors.
This is a human more than happy to ensure her own needs are met no matter how many naifs are squished in the process.
To invest in our NHS, deal with violent crime and cut the cost of living we need a Queen’s Speech.
Maybe you do – but for investment in the NHS, deal with violent crime, and cut the cost of living you need money. MONEY<MONEY< MONEY does not come from the Queen making a speech but from reducing military expenditure.
No more soldiers to the ME. Sell the aircraft carrier. Do not buy F-35s. This is not rocket science and nets you billions, BILLIONS. Do not let them use and short change you – don't enlist.
Lets not forget what the old fart General said about Corbyn in no. 10 ?
This could be a double whammy coup.
Boris coup … Halloween surprise … General election … Corbyn elected … Military coup.
Wow … how cool Brittania is that ? Two coups in a year .
If I knew politics was this good I wouldn’t have majored in shelf stacking at Uni.
Remember what Bolton said about Corbyn being elected.
Pompeo you mean.
Indeed. And interestingly that happened not too long after he (Pompeo) had met with Sir Mark Sedwill (head of the Civil Service) in March 2019. Sir Mark Sedwill has a VERY interesting career as can be seen from his Wikipedia entry. He was also present at the infamous Gavin Williamson Huawei Cabinet meeting.
When Sedwill was appointed as head of the Civil Service, controversially retaining the simultaneous role as National Security Adviser, this was all without competition and with the blessing of Theresa May who said he was the only person for the head of the CS job. He was quoted earlier this year in an interview for Civil Service Quarterly as (cryptically) saying that by holding both posts he would be ensuring “a genuine sense of teamwork across and beyond [my emphasis] government”. I wonder how far reaching the ‘beyond government’ remit goes.
Everyone may also recall that “two senior civil servants” had been quoted in the Times newspaper as saying that Jeremy Corbyn might have to stand down because of ill health. When the Labour party demanded an investigation Downing St responded that Sir Mark Sedwill would write to Corbyn about the matter…to date I have seen no further mention of an investigation.
It seems to me that multiple controversial issues have occurred during and since Sedwill’s tenure in the diplomatic service, during which time he had direct links to NATO. Of course this is probably just coincidental.
Sorry, in para 2 of my comments above, “beyond” should have been highlighted for emphasis.
Sedwill is also BoBo’s Cabinet Secretary – so he holds three major offices of state …which gives him unprecedented access and power. Many, including myself, think of him as the unnoficial head of state. BoBo is his cabinet secretary: not the other way around.
I can also identify many of ‘BoBo’s’ policies as being Lord Jim O’Neil’s policies (former Goldman Sachs; coined the BRICS acronym; former Cameron Minister (resigned under May); current chair of Chatham House). I’m not claiming they are the only members of the ‘Old Boy’ network …but they seem to have undue influence. BoBo is merely their spokesperson. His agenda is set for him: following WEF neoliberal policy.
Which is why I claim we are living under a totally unaccountable neoliberal government of occupation. For reasons stated elsewhere and below – the mere change in occupancy of No10 has little impact on this. Based on over 40 years of observation of election cycles.
Even proto-establishment – and Grauniad – journalist Melanie Phillip’s picked up on Sedwill’s treasonous control of the ‘May Cell’. Now we have a ‘BoBo-bot’ in ‘control’. For the real establishment agenda: Professor Gwythian Prin’s ‘Brexit Briefings’ are essential reading. Particularly concerning the so-called ‘KitKat Tapes’. We get the sugar coated synthetic chocolate outer – the real agenda is ‘more Europe’ and EU military unification. Interestingly, Prins briefed none other than Gavin Williamson days before his orchestrated demise. Common sense makes the orchestrator quite obviously to be ‘King Sedwill’.
“You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave”. Not all the time Sedwill is running the country for the cronies of the City.
[Yes I know who Gina Miller is. Does anyone think that the City has one goupthink strategy? Does any group? The strategy is Camoron’s and O’Neils “Best of Both Worlds”. We’re in; at Foreign and Defence policy level. Our military is the core of the EU’s defence Union. The City is exempt any EU scrutiny or control. Why else were Ben Wallace and Dominic Raab at their respective EU ‘informal gatherings’ (Gymlichs) this week. Because we are leaving? The whole country has been played for fools. All those people on the streets yesterday did not know what they were there for. Democracy? Constitution? These things are chimera under the likes of Sedwill and his BoBo-bot. We are going to have to work a bit harder and be a bit more savvy if we want our country back].
” HE’LL HAVE TO RUN THE GAUNTLET”.
The film “Full Metal Jacket” by Stanley Kubrick depicts a powerful example of running the gauntlet
ZigZag Wanderer you should be proud of your country and its coups. Don’t forget these coups, which seem quaint and pathetic at the same time, once terrorised the entire globe. They put the “Great” into “Great Britten” and built the mightiest empire ever known ( ermm! until America’s ) If you give it a year or two, we might, politically grow up and become a proper country. You know, like Guatemala or El Salvador where, apparently, America can have four coups a year and still have room for dinner.
Poor old Hugh Grant.
Maybe he needs another session with Divine Brown to console him.
Just a few inks
Brexit: disaster capitalism
If anyone thinks that the likes of Raab (Britain unchained) and Mogg et al wants to do anything good for the working class, I have a bridge to sell.
SCL – a Very British Coup.
Liam O Hare on the deep connections between Cambridge Analytica’s parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group) and the Conservative Party and military establishment, ‘Board members include an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defense contractors. This is scandal that cuts to the heart of the British establishment.’
So brexit is not an establishment idea eh?
Read “Pinochet in Piccadilly”
This is their coup.
I looked at the bad boys website, it’s a bit simplistic. I was disappointed but not surprised to see the obligatory Russian smears. I then looked at Cato’s site and understood, probably everything she endorses is shallow and ill thought out.
I can’t access the second without a vpn, I’m giddy with excitement about it though.
Nevertheless, it was the British working class who decided to Leave, and they are not stupid (like you champagne socialists tend to believe).
Chris has been posting the same stuff-in a tribute to the late Gwyn A Williams- as I have for years.
Believe me if he were a troll he’d be in Hong Kong now where the Empire needs all the help it can buy.
I remember when you dissed my telling of my Asian neighbours having their home petrol bombed front and back.
No real nazis?
I’m still in HK, and have recently been on MOATS discussing the ‘Riots’, which I’m unimpressed by, to put it bluntly, if folks can’t accept Chinese sovereignty and brandish US and Imperialist UK Flags at Demo’s they lose my support – have not checked out the Foreign Correspondent’s Club for quite a while, but can attest to the fact we had a few spooks around in 1996 – mind you, if I’m a spook, I’m a most poor one, pay not being what it used to be in service of the Queen.
Bevin you hit that nail a real blow. He is in Hong Kong! Ha!
You are indeed a Troll of the worst order, on par with the Habbakuk Troll that used to post on Craig Murray’s Blog – first and foremost I spend 52 days a year with my family in Wales, I’m forced to do this because Ms May changed the criteria associated with the issuance of Spousal Settlement Visa’s for me and my British/Welsh Daughter to reside in my home town, where she was due to be educated in Welsh, the native tongue of my Country.
By denying my Wife an ability to live with me in my own country I’m stuck in Hong Kong – this matter will only change if we get a Corbyn Government – maybe I should abandon my wife and daughter to satisfy your racism and lies.
Now, please don’t interact with me again as you are certainly not worth associating with in any means or form.
I think the purpose of this ‘coup’ is to add further to the frenzy of the Brexiteers to make sure in the snap election they vote Tory. Once the number of Conservative MPs is upped, Johnson can go for No Deal but he can also go for May’s deal
BORIS JOHNSON – A man who betrays his family, will betray his country.
I’ve been here for 3 years. One day “Chris Rogers” parachutes in and blasts this site with comments.
Is he his own independent self?
Is he a CIA troll?
Is he a GCHQ troll?
Is he a Russian troll?
Is he an Israeli troll?
I’m a Putin Bot Frank – trust that helps you with your enquiries, although, I’m confident you’ll find me posting on other Left-of-Centre Blogs, together with Twitter, and once, before its was taken over completely by Centrist. I regularly posted BTL on The Guardian, hence my knowledge of this site, which I usually visit, if only to catch some wise words from Bevin.
Chris recognized my handle from Naked Capitalism, so I can vouch. At any rate, if he’s a troll, then he must be a damn good one!
Seamus , do you not think trolls must evolve – just like all the other organisms on this planet?
So that’s a “Russian troll”.
I don’t actually think you are, but hey, disinfo agents are pretty sneaky these days ;o)
Usually I get accused of being an Assad Apologist, or a Bot from the St Petersburg Bot factory – never been accused of being an American Bot, or UK Security Agencies Bot, still, if the pays good I’ll investigate.
Frank – there’s zero reason to believe CR is anything but an interested reader and commenter. His comments have been to the point, informed and polite.
We urge people not to speculate about the motives of other commenters, unless the circs are incredibly suggestive of bad intent, and even then ignoring the perps is a better idea.
Thanks Admin, as it happens I was going to hog Craig Murray’s latest blog and offer a mild rebuke for his use of the word ‘Coup’, by chance, you had a post that was of interest to me with a similar critique, so I’ve added my bobs worth here, however, and being a regular poster on other Leftwing Blogs, if I ain’t welcome I won’t post anymore, given Bevin usually covers points I agree with – still if this is how regular treat posters wish I’d not bothered as I’m confident Frank can amuse all.
People are by and large decent and friendly here. Moderation is much more open than CM’s blog. Usually more variety of opinions and less like a little circle jerk (though we have a couple or three of mutual strokers ).
Twitter is actually the worst, particularly if you articulate any critique of Israel – the usual suspects are all over you – after three Bans in six months I was forced not to post under my actual identity, which I dislike greatly as fervently believe in Freedom of Speech – David Collier having a strong dislike of me – maybe Frank can hop over to Collier’s site, I’m sure my posts will amuse him.
I’d suggest that you might possibly wish to reserve your judgement until you fully understand how Reverse Psychology works.
Regretfully Frank I’ve not studied a great deal of psychology, apart from that utilised by Wilson to crush the US Left as it prepared to enter WWI, US exceptionalism being the best known fallacy of that devious operation.
Who ever he is, he told lies about me on this thread, that is incredibly suggestive of bad intent. It is in black and white at the top of the thread. I havn’t done nuthing to nobody.
” Ye shall know them by their fruits”
Frank, if you’ve only been posting/reading here for three years, I can better that, for if you supplied links to Off Guardian on the BTL threads of The Guardian your posts were deleted and accounts placed in Moderation, I usually post links for this site on other Leftist sites, despite not posting much, but, strange is it not I know quite a few posters who I’ve interacted with over the years. Alas, I’m a spook, which is better than being accused of being an ultra Leftist by Centrists within the Labour Party.
OK, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt for a bit longer ;o)
Report from Jon Hellevig in the Saker on impendng decline of the Euro-Dollar:
“Finally, there is an important consideration that few if anyone seem to understand. That is the fact that the US and EU countries have been able to print the stupendous amounts of money while keeping rates down and without the currency values crashing only because they enjoy local currency monopolies in their respective territories. The USD has of course been enjoying a global monopoly, but that is fast fading. All the other factors mentioned above (and several other ones), have enabled to prop up and prolong these currency monopolies, but there is a limit to everything. In the coming recession, I would expect some of the lesser currencies to lose their monopoly trust and that would shatter the position of the bigger currencies USD and Euro and force them to raise interest rates. I have earlier written more in detail about this in a report titled How the Dollar and Euro Monopolies Destroyed the Real Market Economy. https://www.awaragroup.com/blog/dollar-euro-monopolies-destroyed-market-economy/
The below chart suggests that the Western countries are already on the way to lose their respective currency monopolies. The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) now have a combined GDP (measured in PPP, which is the only correct way to measure the relative size of national economies) larger than not only the G7 countries, but the US and Eurozone economies combined.”
[If Hellevig is right then perhaps Britain ought to join the BRICS after Brexit?]
They certainly shouldn’t envisage joining the Euro, a European army and becoming a federated state.
Mark Carnage is making his bid to replace Lagarde at the IMF with something he is calling a ‘Synthetic Hegemonic Currency’ (SHC). Which will be a cryptocurrency creation of the G9 central banks (there’s no such thing: but G7+2 – Russia and China). Which, as I said recently, will be worse than the dollar reserve.
The CB’s will control the price of money globally, from a centralised vantage point. Not only will all the same players have access to the levers of control – exactly as they do with the dollar, only worse. Soros has Lagarde on speed-dial. Not only do they control the money cost of money: they control policy too.
Which is why Argentina is a canary in the coalmine. Countries grow by attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). Which is fine: but investors want a high rate of return …which can easily be acheived by investing in underdeveloped countries. Beyond a point, returns stall and money is withdrawn leaving an expensive infrastructure bill. If the people get tired of the austerity – whilst all the creditors are being paid by transferring the peoples wealth into private hands – they can always elect a new government?
No, because the creditor/investors withdraw their capital and the currency crashes. The IMF step in and pay the creditors: and hand the bill to the people. They restructure the country to make it easier for the global vultures to strip the remaining assets: and install regimes of austerity and penury on the people …the neoliberal Structural Adjustment Policy.
Which is what happened in Argentina. The IMF guaranteed to bailout investors with $56bn (the largest ever) – without a single peso going to the public. So they voted for Fernandez in the primaries: and the remaining capital disappeared overnight – crashing the Peso and leaving the country in default. Now the IMF are picking over the bones of a should be rich country – deciding what to take as collateral. The investors will get paid. The people will get the bill.
These are the sort of people behind BoBo. So they are handing out money like candy to prevent us turning on them. There is no use pretending the a change of regime in No10 will change anything. The levers of power are not in Downing Street. They are down the road in the City. If Carnage succeeds in his bid: the CBs will circle wagons around the billionaire residents of the Trans-National State, and their TNCs – and control global policy by manipulating the money price of money and policy. Brexit is a sideshow. (As I surmised: the resulting FTAs will integrate the ‘free trade flat earth’ even more).
The real issues concern every citizen focusing on what is real for them. Family, friends future, music, art, dogs …none of it is safe under these fockers. The centralised capitalist hegemonic regime they are imposing on humanity is totally at odds with the underlying reality. It will collapse at some stage: taking everything with it. And when it collapses: they will move in and buy entire countries for cents on the dollar. As reward for destroying humanity. Then they will rent it back to us; refloat the boat with the SHC and rent the future to us on a consent-only basis. Carnage, Mnuchin, O’Neil – to name but three – Goldman Sachs rules the world. For now.
Addressing that – and the environmental concerns, such as how are we going to keep the lights on and feed ourselves (we are a bad Winter away from grid failure: we already had a partial failure this Summer) – would be a much better subject of focus for my fellow countrymen (present company excepted). The proroguing pseudo-event was yesterday’s news. Todays will be Greta in NY at the UN Climate Summit. Not many people can see that they are inextricably linked. Linked by finance and entropy. Knowledge of ecology, psychology, and biology will determine the future. The economy and ecology are two Shire horses pulling humanity apart. I know which one is more powerful: and it does not favour Goldman $achs. We are all ‘ecosophers’ and ecologists now: if we want our future back.
What you describe, although focusing on Argentina is exactly what happened in Asia during the Asian crisis of 97/98, further, actual R&D investment in South Korea has yet to recover to its pre-1998 levels – Thailand and Malaysia were badly hit, I remember well in Kuala Lumpur the abandoned MTR system they were building – one reason I favour capital controls, which are more and more finding favour in the ASEAN group of nations, which by a strange coincidence, ain’t a supranational body like our beloved EU.
“What you describe, although focusing on Argentina is exactly what happened in Asia during the Asian crisis of 97/98…”
What BigB is describing, although at the moment he* seems to concentrating on the immediate more than usual, is better understood by reading on further to
which forms the basis of almost all of his posts and is worth rereading repeatedly until you actually understand it, not least because he* is almost the only, if not the only, poster here who even begins to move the discussion of anything discussed here beyond “yesterday’s news” into a framework in which the more relevant issues, i.e. those of today’s and tomorrow’s news, can be seriously discussed, let alone practically addressed.
* or she
* he: as if it mattered.
I’m not sure what motivated your intervention: but I explained above why proroguing is a pseudo-event – designed to mask the real agenda …we are not leaving the EU. For which Gwythian Prins has concrete physical evidence – the so-called ‘KitKat Tapes’. We are in fact, deepening our ties with the EU at Defence and Foreign policy level. Which is why Raab and Wallace were at their respective ministers meetings: we are not leaving the EU. Our military is being unified into the EU Defence Union: we are not leaving the EU. UK Column has all the details and timeline. We are not leaving the EU.
So proroguing is a total irrelevance to the real agenda: which I have made clear and concrete. I live in the UK: and what happens here will affect me: deal or no-deal. Which is why I feel that the non-adressing of the real issues – like depleting energy, resources, and increasing entropy and pollution – will deeply affect us all. Against the dark depleting and debt deflating global economic background: the BoBo-bot, Corbyn et al can discuss whatever they want …it is a totally imaginary irrelevance and a distraction to the slow – but exponentially speeding – inexorable slip into lights out. Then what? Absolute chaos, murder and mayhem …if we do not address these issues now.
From the research I refer to here and on the ‘Three Reads’ forum: I can even extrapolate a timescale. By mid-century we will have half as much energy throughput as we do now. Which correlates to being a lot less wealthy than we are now. Yet the Politician’s agenda is to make us believe we will have switched to clean ‘net zero’ energy sources unhindered; will be driving electric cars; jumping on hydrogen buses; flying on high-octane biofuel or solar; and the Amazon will have regenerated to full pre-exploitational levels. This is a crime against the intelligence and a total fabrication of a science-fiction dreamworld.
So we can continue to let the politicians tell their dark-imaginary tales about a world completely devoid of any reality: and set our agenda by following the talking points that they set for us. Or we can get real – fuck them off – and start dealing with the harsh realities our distracted attention on the simulation of the unreality based consensus community has left us avoiding for too long.
As Plato said: “Those who tell the stories rule society”. Their stories are demonstrable lies. If you even slightly understand the economic picture I present: alongside the depletion scenario data …you would see that their character masking fabrication of unreality is not worth discussing. How we clothe, feed, and heat or homes is an existential necessity. We have been declining towards collapse for 23 years: when do you think that will become worth addressing by the Politician and the media-cultural propaganda machine?
Long after we can effectively do anything useful about it is what I am saying. Unless we make it relevant today.
The authors of Lobster Magazine have stated as much as you, namely, they believe it unlikely the UK will exit the EU – of course, they don’t cover ecological concerns, unless its how security services invade thought to ensure persons keep their eye on one distraction or another.
I’m firmly in your camp that the spectacle of the entire EU Referendum exercise is a ‘bait & switch’ one, entertainment for the masses as a real crisis develops, aided by the nutcases who financialise everything necessary just to exist, carbon trading being a classic example of this, together with the full privatisation of global water supplies.
So, given our knowledge, the only thing that’s to be considered is will the real crisis exhibit in one big Black Swan event, or as John Michael Greer contends, it will be a staggered, slow descent?
While much of our Ruling Elite believes it can Bug Out to New Zealand, me, I want to Bug Out back to Wales, which, given its relative small population and endemic levels of poverty, many are already prepared for hardship and given up things we take for granted today because they just can’t afford them.
“I’m not sure what motivated your intervention…”
Time. It seemed about time I reposted one of my occasional, random recommendations that readers here read and place more weight on your analyses of our current situation, Brexit and in general–particularly in general–than they place on the less insightful yadda yadda of the mostly sterile, parroted doomsaying posts of others “discussing” what they take to be the relevant points. Plus what I imagined to be a super compressed explanation of why I think that. If you didn’t understand it, try rereading it until you do. To check the latter point, I’ve just reread it myself. Worked for me.
To make it clearer in pictures, like a cartoon book, may I first blockquote your proroguing reiteration of what you seem to believe I had overlooked:
and then simply note the most salient detail about (not from) the caption: whereas the picture, reproduced above, occupies 18 column lines at the original indentation level, the caption following it–which may be briefly summarized by its opening sentence, “[w]hich is why I feel that the non-adressing of the real issues – like depleting energy, resources, and increasing entropy and pollution – will deeply affect us all”–goes on and on (and on and on) for (including the above summary) 62 column lines, with nary a further reference to proroguation.
Now tell me: in precisely what ways does my recommendation of your posts in general conflict with their content in general?
As an aside, I note that your man Prins seems–by his own account in his UN lecture on YouTube– not to have caught up with the (sub-)problem of oversized carbon footprints until the mid-1980s and, now that he’s finally on board with that, he is gung ho for solving it with all the means available to what you correctly describe as “the dark depleting and debt deflating global economic background”. The plus things change the plus they remain the same. The Judeo-Christian God’s ultimate Catch-22: “Sick of my fist in your face? OK, try this boot up your arse.”
Is this new G9 currency idea like the old Bancor or Special Drawing Rights? If so, that’d be a total nightmare–ten times worse than having the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency! The banksters will be in seventh heaven. They’ll now be able to control virtually every currency on earth withouh eeven having to pretend to answer to anyone else. Sad …
No, not a Bancor. Keynes central idea was to iron out trade imbalances over the year: and put the excess to good use globally. Not Carnage. The crypto-SDR sounds more relevant …based on Facebook’s ‘Libra’. No really, he mentioned it by name. The thought of Zuckerberg controlling the ‘hegemonic’ reserve doesn’t bear thinking of. I wrote a long reply the other day – over on the ‘Discuss: Johnson prorogues…’ forum. It’s quite away down the page. So, I’ll stick it here: because I am not at all sure the BoBo-bot and Carnage are on different pages – as the ‘independent’ BoE should be. I think it is not about ‘being left behind by crpto’ as the crypto-enthusiats think. There may be an element of truth – Carnage has always been considered an crypto-dunce. I think the issue with the dollar is far more fundamental – there aren’t enough of them.
[I know it is incredibly vain to blockquote one’s own research: I apologise …but I couldn’t be bothered to type it again.]
Greer certainly sees through, and was discussing our Greta in his last post on 21 August, which I’ve only just caught up with, and, seem pertinent for this thread shall I say: https://www.ecosophia.net/the-dream-of-a-managed-society/
Chris, thanks for that link to EcoSophia (Greek: Household Wisdom). A clip:
“The global economy these days is dominated by a vast superstructure of what might best be called _Hallucinatory Finance_ in which investment vehicles that have no noticeable connection to actual goods or services are assigned arbitrary values and traded feverishly in worldwide markets. It so happens that in order to keep that superstructure propped up, a steady flow of actual wealth—modest in terms of the gargantuan notional values of the superstructure, but much less so in human terms—has to be added to the mix. … with results you can see quite readily if you walk down Main Street in any American city or town outside a few wealthy coastal enclaves.
Successful as it was, that strategy has had serious downsides, among them the rise of populist movements—think Trump and Brexit—aimed at shutting down the extraction of money from Main Street for the benefit of Godzillionaires and their hangers-on. (A recent video by economist Mohammed El-Erian let that particular cat out of the bag in a big way, noting that Trump administration policies have sharply decreased the “exfiltration” of wealth from the productive economy in the US and thus thrown the entire mechanism of globalization into reverse. Does this help explain the constant demonization of Trump by the corporate media? You tell me.)”
As estimated by Dr Jack Rasmus: the value of Trump’s tax cuts going to the ‘Godzillionaire’s’ via Wall St – $10tn. Loss to Main St over the decade – $10tn. It is a massive re-distribution scam to buy loyalty.
The whole Trump ‘neo-nationalism’ and ‘deglobalisation’ or ‘reverse globalisation’ is an unintended consequence. The ‘mechanism of globalisation’ is the Eurobond market – centred in London. Bonds that are merely denominated in dollars. They are not actual dollars – which seems to confuse everyone.
The dollar is the investors hedge. A ‘strong dollar’ draws investors ‘onshore’ and in to dollar denominated assets – like Treasury Bonds. This weakens the ‘offshore’ eurodollar markets – weakening global trade (so called ‘deglobalisation’). This is the famous Triffin Paradox. A ‘weak dollar’ suits globalisation: a ‘strong dollar’ stalls globalised economic trade. Which is exactly what Mark Carnage was addressing with his ‘Synthetic Hegemonic Currency’ (SHC) proposal. A national currency cannot be the global reserve and a national currency. There are two competing dynamics that cancel each other out and cause cycles of expansion, contraction and crisis. Exacerbated by investors rushing for the global exits and into dollar denominated assets that causes emerging market economies to become submerging market economies.
If anyone thinks my comments are obtuse: try reading Carnage’s speech at Jackson Hole! But he does at least explain these dynamics: even if it is in central banker neo-classical economic-speek. There is no ‘savings glut’. The missing money is not in the EMEs current accounts. It is ‘offshore’ in the Eurobond market. As he well knows. Though he would never say it in plain English.
BigB: “The real issues concern every citizen focusing on what is real for them. Family, friends future, music, art, dogs …none of it is safe under these …”
I keep thinking of Great Britain under Attlee: both the Attlee Labour government and the previous Attlee-Churchill coalition government. With Churchill or Bevan to make the big speeches and modest little Attlee to see the children fed, Britain fought a major war yet the health of its people increased as never before. One of the delights of being in London in the late50s-early60s was the health of the young Cockneys. Before Attlee, the East End of London was world famous for undernourishment and disease.
I know nothing of finance but I have a vague impression that under Attlee income tax on the rich increased progressively from 50% to 99%.
Rather like modern Israel in its early days under its early communist days, when the only way to make a small fortune was to bring in a big one; that was when most of Israel’s present social security system was set up.
Prior to the onset of the Thatcher/Reagan era, taxable income rates both sides of the Atlantic were as high as 90% – if you are aware of the Powell Memorandum of 1971, a neoliberal call to arms, this is when the Elite began its fightback against the New Deal, obviously it coincided with the 1973 Oil Shock and the rest is history: https://studenthandouts.com/texts/historical-documents/powell-memorandum.html
I know you are an expat now. The modern ”cockney child” – living in the literal shadow of Canary Wharf; locating nearly all of the world’s financial institutions – is suffering from TB and other Victorian diseases of malnutrition and poverty. All that excessive money (world ForEx trade $5tn – a day! – much of it over the counter in the City) is a crime against humanity. One days trade ends world poverty forever (as estimated in 2018 this would cost a mere $175bn a year – that’s a lot of years squandered every day – for the children who live in Victorian Britain cheek-by-jowl with such fantastical amounts capital. Imagine if just a minutes trade was directed their way?)
I’m not uncouth enough to use the term ‘Expat’, both me and my wife are immigrants, economic ones at that – however, if the choice is being poor where i currently reside, or being poor in Wales, I elect Wales all the time, and for obvious reasons, Hong Kong is far too over crowded and public order will be hard to maintain come any real ecological crisis.
Vexarb, I read somewhere that when the conscripts arrived at the boot camps, after being called up, at the start of the Second World War – their basic health was found to be in considerably worse than the same moment in 1914. The interwar years – the general strike, the great depression etc, impacted health outcomes for the working classes far more than is reported. Beveridge used it as part of his foundational report on the welfare state. Cheers!
Thanks BigB for your message, you have educated me about something I have never grasped. Being thick and stubborn I don’t often get to experience educative uplift. Cheers
Thanks,vexarb! I followed the link you provided,and *viciously* skipped along in it. I found Hellevig’s descriptions of “neoliberalism” vis-a-vis “liberalism”,unsalutary; and, his term: “neo-Bolshevik”incomprehensible.Baffling!
Try Professor David Harvey’s book on neoliberalism, its probably the most accessible account available, Prof. David Graeber’s History of Debt is also worth a gander – both books compliment more ecological studies.
Ben, I never argue over definitions, I think the value of that article lies in its wealth of data favourable to Putin’s Russia. Especially the growth of Russia’s real PP income (3rd place after U$A and Germany) — and achieved with miniscule debt compared to everyone else’s “Debtburger”. Hope this clip is printable; if not, just skip thru the article but ponder the graphs. Russia is actually benefiting from its difficulty in obtaining loans from the usual suspects — why, how, who, what is responsible for that extraordinary phenomenon?
“The debt game has been miserable all over the West, perhaps with the only exception of Germany, who has wisely refrained from participating, even when egged on by liberal economists calling Germany’s more prudent policy unfair to the gambling nations. Below chart shows how much more the Western governments have borrowed than produced economic growth. The chart covers years 2004 to 2013, but the trend has been the same ever since. GDP growth has been vastly less than the growth of the colossal Debtberg.
Note Russia there as the shining exception.
Below chart ranks countries according to their debt burden relative to GDP. And again you see how debtless Russia is compared with the squandering nations”.
[A tsunami of capital sloshes around the globe finding no productive investment. “The years which the Locust hath eaten”]
That is a stretched comaprison isn’t it? Pulman is no Machiavellian political operative. Whitlam was brought down with the crucial help of the US intelligence agencies, not a fantasy novelist.
Pulman’s tweet smelled to me of calls for revolt against a disgustingly strident Establishment.
The establishment is at least as much behind the hysterical storm about a supposed ‘coup’ as it is BoJo’s actions. How do you imagine these panics get started? Surely not so naive as to think them spontaneous?
What is ‘the Establishment’ ?
Philip Pulman ?
(That was the example in the article which I criticised).
You mentioned the establishment first so I guess you have to know what you meant by it:
Whatever I think it is, I don’t think Philip Pulman would feature much in a defintition.
That was the point I was trying to make.
I don’t share Pulman’s politics.
But I stand by the criticism that it was a poor comparison to make in the article.
I think it is possible to be critical of Johnson’s moves to bypass parliamentary involvement and still be sympathetic to the principle that the ref result should be honoured for the sake of democratic principle.
Back in 2016, there was a lot more talk of the ‘Establishment being split on the issue’. That seems to have faded into Leavers categorically insisting that the handling of Brexit has been an ‘Establishment stitch up’, and Remoaners categorically insisting that ‘the Establishment are mounting a coup through Brexit’.
Can they both be right ?
Pulman has deleted the tweet.
crank, I’d be very interested in how you or any other readers describe the Establishment
I guess the anodyne definition would be those at the top of the power pyramid.
It seems from the ‘outside’ that there is a secretive substructure through which the interests of the Establishment elite work out their differences, maintain discipline and formulate strategy for furthering their common interests.
It also seems that anyone who really explores this aspect encounters a set of ideas that go way beyond the pursuit of wealth and political power. There are ancient stories that many of those at the top subscribe to, and in which they seem to view themselves as key participants.
I won’t write more (because I have previously been rebuked for sharing my views on OffG), other than I think Whitney Webb is on the right track – I think she is exposing the ‘Establishment’ as it should be understood.
Well crank, if I was pushed I would say, the establishment is the empire that never dies. Philip K. Dick discusses this in “The Man in the High castle”. It is my favorite of all of the books that he wrote that I have read. These days, people call it “the deep state”. Unless Pullman has intelligence connections, any role he plays in establishment is, IMO insignificant.
Brexit is an establishment cause.
Johnson The American and his storm troopers are instituting a right wing coup of the UK Parliament. The Ukrainian Banderists in Kiev would be proud of them .
Johnson is being egged on by Trump, and Pompeo stated they will not allow Corbyn to become PM. How’s that on the scale of foreign interference in British affairs?
Those Marxists who still cannot see what’s going on are living in pure denial. Moreover, those who think that they can engineer a socialist republic post-Brexit are completely deluded.
Meanwhile, the average person gets shat on in the battle between the far right and the far left. They all need shipping off to Pitcairn Island and be left to their own devices.
The EU was also backing the Banderists too!! Now you’ve recast them as the good guys?
Look, the EU and the US answer to the same banksters at the IMF and World Bank. The notion they are opposing each other is junk. It’s just a puppet show.
Natasha, I haven’t referred to the EU even once in my comment, so what on Earth are you on about?
…and also don’t put words in my mouth, or assume what I am thinking.
Dude, you basically just recycled the entirety of the front page of the Guardian.
No, I detest The Guardian Of The Establishment newspaper. You are suffering from binary, simplistic thinking in assuming someone against Johnson and his coup are pro EU.
Those “Marxists” again. Watch out – the commies are coming. Don’t know where or how they got here or how they managed to stay around. But they’ve infiltrated everything. Extreme Left everywhere!
Erm, no, where did I say that, or think that?
Orwell is my friend, both far right. and far left. pollute reality.
And which country is egging on Trump to stop Corbyn becoming PM?
Why, that’s the one the country out there that controls both the US and the UK. (Hint: they write backwards.)
Yes. Since Corbyn’s pro-Palestinian, so they’re dog-piling him for ‘anti-Semitism’. Haven’t you noticed?
Well both Arabic and Hebrew are written backwards. Wonder how that commonality came about?
Frank, hate to rain on your parade, but forget the ERG and Rightist loonies inhabiting many of the Tory Parliamentary seats and consider the actions of our Centrist chums, who, are far more dangerous and sinister as far as Corbyn is concerned. Indeed, a very senior banker in the City of London explained more than 12 months ago that the London-elite were more fearful of Corbyn than any ‘No Deal’ Brexit – now considered the actions of the likes of Jo Swineson, who allegedly loves the EU, opposes Brexit in its entirety and is happier preventing JC becoming Premier than in actually stopping Brexit – with the ERG we know who our enemy is, with the Centrists, in many instances that’s the enemy within and it grates me greatly.
No Chris, you are not pissing on my parade at all, because, i have no parade. I just stive to out extremists and psychops scumbags like you.
You think you are smart, but your stupidity reveals who you are working and posting for.
Oh God I’m outed, how sad, will be amusing for others who know me though.
Austerity Swinson is a tory.
She will always be one.
”Those Marxists who still cannot see what’s going on are living in pure denial.”
Hmmm, could you elaborate, particularly on the term ‘Marxists’ Who are these ‘Marxists’ what do they say and sound like? Do they carry around copies of the ‘Grundrisse’ tucked under their arm or perhaps 3 Volumes of ‘Theories of Surplus Value’ or horribile dictu, 3 Volumes of Capital. Can you name any of them? What do you think Marxism is exactly? Since you seem to have expert knowledge I would be grateful for some enlightenment.
It’s always amusing to read someone who hasn’t the slightest idea of what they are talking about. Like trolls everywhere they stick out like a sore thumb.
Whilst the modus operandi of the Circumlocution Office was adhered to by the parliamentary remainers it was obvious, despite all their cunning, that they were just filibustering. If they could just keep the result at a stalemate, then they still had skin in the game.
The EU gave them all the Fergie time they needed and would, I believe, have given extension, after extension, after extension. After all, that also kept their project in the game.
Now the game has changed, and all those conniving dirt bags in parliament, together with their supporters in the street, are having to face up to the result of trying to overturn the referendum result. We just might end up stuck with a government of Le Grande Oaf, Javid, Patel and Raab etc., for the next five years. This could come about because they will present themselves as pseudo champions of the people against an intransigent parliament.
All the panic over NoDeal is a nonsense, we were never going to have a finalised and fully negotiated deal anyway. Even if Mays’ Withdrawal Agreement was accepted and implemented by November 1st there would still be years of negotiations to finalise all the details.
All that will change is that we will be out, then the final details can be ironed out afterwards, for sorted out they will have to be.
The opposition to NoDeal was a deception to keep the game going ad infinitum…_
Talking of dying worlds: the prorogation scandal is the latest pseudo-event in the Debordian Spectacle. The thing about Situationism is that it fixes attention and perception and embeds it in its own contextual Situation. One which we then cannot escape. Thus: the Spectacle and the Spectator are fixed in a consumer/spectator co-creation of the spectacular image of Capitalist Realism. TINA.
The prorogation did not happen. It was/is textual, spectral, specular, and simulacrum rolled into one . Here’s why…
On a previous forum (Phillip’s ‘Three Reads’) I gave a ‘666’ bio-econometric account of the underlying UK economy.
We monetise £6 per £1 of GDP ‘growth’;
the UK has an overall national level EROI of 6.2:1;
globally: after refining – our primary resource of oil has an EROI of 6:1.
That’s £6:£1; 6.2:1; and 6:1 – ‘666’ bio-econometrics.
Milosevic picked me up for not explaining the ratios. So I did: “We’re fucked”. Here is an explanation of EROI which links in quality of life:
EROI is a “dimensionless ratio”. You choose your units: Joules. For each joule invested in extraction and refining: you get 6 joules of energy to produce work or run an economy. Sound good? Look at Fig:1. Locate 6:1 on the “net energy cliff”. “We’re fucked”. And it has nothing to do with prorogation or Brexit. They are just specular images in the heat haze rising above the desert of human impoverishment: deal or no-deal (as another beardy man once said).
Depending on what time scale we want to use: the causal factors are virtually beginningless. Unfortunately: not enough biomass was laid down prehistorically – and not enough dinosaurs died – for us to have a meaningful debate about prorogation. Because the underlying dynamic is that we can play pretend and extend to the fossil fueled Petroleum Interval forever. We can’t. All things come to an end. Given the backround of the global fossil fueled economy: possibly much sooner than anticipated.
Issues such as food; energy; tax; distribution; agroeconomy; and ecological justice and sovereignty should be at the top of the UK public debate. Under the heading of ‘deglobalisation’ and ‘relocalisation’ of all major systems. The further something has to come: the more fragile the delivery prospect is – especially under ‘just-in-time’ management protocols. Has anyone considered the effect of the declining quality of diesel on our distribution networks? Yes, they have. Did we take any notice? No, we did not.
As for heating: oil kept the lights on 321 days last year – according to Professor Tad Patzek. That’s 80% compared to renewables: a ratio that does not change (as he explains). He also explains away the Green New Deal. Which brings me to my point. Both our main political parties offer either a modified (natural capital) version of business-as-usual (BAU); or a version of the Green New Deal (GND). Neither will keep the lights on, or deliver the food: deal or no-deal. As this article makes clear (be sure to follow the embedded links to Patzek’s two-part critique of the GND).
The purpose of politics is pure distraction. Pure Spectacular distraction. The policies offer only a false-binary choice of either BAU or GND: predicated on an imaginary negentropic exponential growthism. And the fulfillment of the optimo-techno-futurist and ‘fully automated luxury communism’ dream …where we can consume for free in a utopian Capitalist Realism. An idealised Realism free of entropy and decoupled from the hindrance of bio-energetic and bio-physical economic flows. Ones that have held us back in Reality for so long.
The Spectacle draws us in to a science-fiction, fact-free forum of false-choice between A or B …where both choices are wrong and inadmissible by reality. The Spectacle engages us emotionally and narratively to make a choosing seem right: but unreality cannot become real by making fictional choices. Our economy will continue to drag and contract: deal or no deal. Eventually it will collapse without warning – and we will blame Boris for being ‘unhinged’ before his Brexit coup. The real bio-physical reasons will go unexposed. And we will not prepare to face reality. But isn’t the Spectacle we engage in intriguing?
I have no idea what that means.
All the world’s a stage?
It’s the economy, stupid! (Not you, it’s just a phrase).
Politics is a story: primarily about an economy. If the economy is unhinged from reality: you can tell any story you like. It’s just words talking about words. The rest of the comment makes it clear. I linked to significant research to make the point. The politics of both major parties is pure fantasy.
A fantasy we get drawn into, so it seems real enough. But the underlying reality is entropic. Dreams of switching our current fantasy lifestyle to another power source are purely scientifically incoherent. The fantasy GND – which Labour has adopted – is built on so many scientifically incoherent assumptions that it is not possible – or even rational – to believe. The Torie BAU – with natural capital – is completely logically incoherent. Both are versions of the economic calculus that precipitated the current collapse scenario.
Politics provides the distraction from the harsh economic realities of which I speak. A self-generating consensual unreality which keeps us both distracted and perhaps, entertained. But the entertainment is character masking reality. From my previous comment: UK needs a minimum national level EROI of 11:1 to return to growth. In a world that cannot supply that energy: and switching to renewables is a science fiction fantasy. Which leaves us declining in energy towards lights out. The only thing keeping a semblance of economic normality is excessive debt monetisation at a ratio of 6:1 – which is barely cosmetic and completely unsustainable.
So we live in an alternate science-fiction alternative reality where deal or no deal actually mean something. They will make an absolute zero impact on the underlying entropic economic reality. The implications of ignoring the underlying reality extend beyond Brexit. A confused, splintered, and anxious populace – losing grip on their economic projections: unable to acertain why – will turn on each other.
Today it is proroguing; tomorrow the Spectacle will move on. And we will attend to the new Spectacle. And the next new Spectacle. The thing about entropy: is that it tends to increase – in an inexorable gradient from low to high. It is not ‘time-symmetric’ and cannot be reversed. There are solutions: but we do not attend to them …because we are hooked in the Spectacle.
One day it will collapse in cascading and unpredictable ways. I’d like to be ready for that by transitioning our vital support systems from a globalised logistical fragility to a localised resilience. The current political system is institutionalised on the fantastic belief we can grow forever. We cannot. Nor can we ‘plug and unplug’ our profligate lifestyles from fossil fuels to ‘net zero’ ‘clean carbon’ renewables. If we do: our vital support systems will collapse: deal or no-deal. Because we were hooked on the new current Spectacle. And the next new. And the next new.
I see. I believe Catte has commented several times that political conflicts are mostly theater. Would that be a fair summary of your message?
If so I agree.
Absolutely, PSJ: absolutely.
Johnson prorogues Parliament; deal or no-deal; soft or hard Brexit; all other parties conspire in the Church House Declaration to keep Parliament open; ‘Final Say/Final Stay’ vote; Peoples Vote …all pure Kabuki theatrics.
Keepin’ it real: meanwhile back in the real world – when no one is looking – Ben Wallace and Dominic Raab attend the ‘Gymlich’ …the informal meeting of Defence and Foreign Ministers of the EU. The EU? The EU we’re ‘leaving’?
“You can check out any time you like; but you can never leave”. If you have not read this piece by Gwythian Prins: you should. We were never leaving the EU. In fact: we seem to be drawn into ‘more Europe’.
The UK Column has been reporting on this since before Brexit was even a thing: long before anyone dusted the word ‘prorogue’ from a dusty 19th century dictionary. We are being tied into the EU at Foreign and Defence policy level: and our military will form the core of EU Military Unification (the EU Defence Union). No UK military: no Defence Union. No UK Military: no nation state …definitely no reclaiming of sovereignty.
Our politicians have betrayed us with their silence and complicity. There has been an administrative coup: and the FCO and Cabinet Office are running Foreign and Defence policy. We are living under a neoliberal government of occupation: run by Sir Mark Sedwill, it seems. BoBo is his Cabinet Secretary.
All this stuff about ‘coups’; ‘constitutional crises’; ‘hijacking democracy’; etc is real …only applied to ephemeral shite. The real coup is in ceding our military to the EU without a word being spoken in Parliament. If I thought they would come back and talk about the real agenda: I’d break down the doors myself!
Then as a concerned citizen: the ecological issues worry me less than the fact of the collective denial …whilst people are distracted by the puppetry of shadow sovereigns. All our nuclear power plants go offline in 2030. We are taking coal fired plants offline. All of which would be positive: but we have not replaced the capacity yet. We got rid of all our gas storage 18 months ago. I do not think that people realise just how fragile their lifestyles are in the hands of these incompetents. Then there is food. I won’t bore on: but unless we identify the real issues and ignore the Kabuki …I don’t know – but I surmise it won’t be good.
Excellent and thought provoking comments Big B
In fact they are more important than the article itself
Brexit is peanuts next to the XR suicide..
Most of the EU is also in XR mode so in equal deep sh*t.
They both have the same patron: George Soros.
Western Europe is also knee deep in the Islamic intolerants import scheme under the motto “no discrimination”. Between Angela and Greta Boris is the minor clown.
No, the “We’re fucked” is contingent on our inability to deal with the harshening realities. I know a few scientists myself (I nearly married one). They are absolutely tearing their hair out that they can only write in very couched terms that do not trigger the human negativity bias …the one we are most sensitive to.
The only ones who have broken with discretionary caution are Jem Bendell and Rupert Read – who are both associated with XR (Read is a main spokesperson). Bendell wrote his ‘Deep Adaptation’ paper after a year of soul searching and reading the literature around climate change. I prefer a broader framing: that does not lend to commodification and consumerisation. The conclusions are broadly the same. As Nate Hagens or anyone who undertakes an unbiased assessment will concur.
The message is: we can adapt if we react quickly enough (like now) …or we can pretend that something called the GND and its 4IR can bring about a utopian cosmopolitan techno-reality – which will harmonise man and nature. As we both know: this is utterly science-fictional.
What interests me more, in the short-term, is why so many – whole populations in some cases – consent to very low-value information sources – such as the Politician? I mean: the capitalist system is built around an imaginary Black Hole of more than $400tn in derivative trades – underpinned by LIBOR (which they were recently caught manipulating again). That is probably an ultra-conservative estimate. The capitalist system has invested, say $400tn in growth over a decade to achieve? Sweet FA as far the average Joe and Joanna are concerned.
Not you, cos you know the answer. But why are we not all questioning why all that liquidity dis nothing for us? And if it did nothing over the last decade: why should that change? Instead, we majoritarianly get drawn into the shenanigans of someone called BoBo the Clown: as though he can have any effect on entropy, mass extinction, resource depletion, the burning Amazon, the burning Arctic, etc.
No, we are fucked because we prefer the Spectacle to the Reality. The Reality is brute and harsh in comparison to deferred psychologies of prosperous dream realities …based on blind-faith adherence to the words of cognitively challenged individuals that do not know what they are talking about. But get very indignant about all the blustering hot air and spectral imagery they create for us to engage in.
That is why we may be fucked: because we take their illusions to be the reality. The UK – along with the rest of the global economy – is twenty years into its collapse trajectory. It is not linear: but exponential. Which means it accelerates quite quickly from here. From a low base of 6:1: deal or no deal.
Parliament managed an intentional bi-partisan procedural delay of three years. Now a matter of days will decide this countries future forever. Who are they trying to kid? The collapse is exponentially in motion due to factors we will not even begin to address. That’s why we may be fucked. We could become massively unfucked if we started to deal with the real harsh economic realities.
[We’ll find out Greta’s suggestions tomorrow. And XR kicks off again next week. Brexit or no Brexit; prorogue or no prorogue; deal or no deal; makes very little difference to the depth and severity of the combined crises we face. As you well know.]
Fear is the root cause of the majority’s refusal to face facts. Probably time limitations feed into that too, cos there’s a lot to read and plenty of alluring disinformation navigate as well. Put all that together, it’s not really all that surprising that denialism and escapism rule. Propaganda, disinfo and advertising manage our fears like an orchestra conductor, coax and tease them to an almost-frenzy and hold them there expertly, for decades and counting.
Until some tipping-point number of us confront our fears and overcome them, one by one, and then start facing facts maturely and calmly, the slippery slope will be in control of our vector downwards. In my view, the gravity of the situation is only part of what needs to be disseminated. More important by far right now is the vision of a more beautiful way of living rooted in reality as it is, rooted in plenitude and love, that lies on the other side of hard work, both internally in our emotions/consciousness, and externally in ‘physical’ nature. If all we offer is fear of a brutal reality and “we’re fucked” assessments, we tend to preach only to the converted and bash those addicted to distractions away with bewildering facts and figures.
Wasn’t it Philip Roddis who wrote recently that we need a more beautiful story, a better vision of what we can be, to motivate us? I agree profoundly with that. The other day, my wife read something to me from some scientist who had concluded, reluctantly after years of effort, that hard facts and figures don’t convince.
Then there’s that saying: “Grass doesn’t grow faster if you shout at it.” And the story of the sun and the wind competing to get some man to take off his coat. The wind howls and rages, and he just clutches his coat to himself all the harder. Then the sun radiates its warmth, and the man takes his coat off.
No shit! We need to get Judith Butler over here to translate.
Seamus, if memory serves me right, did you used to post on Naked Capitalism by any chance?
Yes, that was me. I’ve followed NC for years now and often post there. I generally like their coverage of finance and economics, even if they are a little too Remainer for me.
I’m afraid Ms Smith’s decision to accuse me of Straw manning when trying to explain to readers that using Jonathan Freedland critiques of Corbyn’s attitude to the Brexit negotiations to reinforce her own analysis was not a decent thing to do given Freedland’s personal animosity towards Corbyn, having been slammed down by her, I decided to move on, which is a shame as many of the Posters were agreeable to me.
Now that NC seems to be moving toward backing the Hong Kong protests, I might soon be gone as well. It’s getting so hard to find honest leftists who aren’t taken in by the hoopla these days!
Just added a line or two about it – unlike Yves, I’m in Hong Kong, have travelled and worked extensively across Asia Pac, even witnessed an actual Coup firsthand in Bangkok and I’ll attest to the fact that our freedoms and liberties in HK are greater than in Singapore – christ, Singapore censors all media via the law courts, so what the MSM wish to project, and what’s the actuality are two entirely different things – I may try and get on MOATS Sunday to give an update.
I do actually apologise: but I’ve seen the Spectacle bandied about (EdCurtin used it) …I presumed people would be more informed about Debord. What I am less apologetic about is that the finest criticism of capitalism can be put under the broad banner heading of the ‘Continental Tradition’. Apart from rich, nuanced, and trenchant in-depth criticism: there is a rich invented-vocabulary. There was a reason for that: and it was not abstruseness. It was a reaction to the strictures of the objective analytic tradition, behaviourism, and post-Freudian psychoanalytics …which pretty much destroyed the human spirit.
Note to self: I must not refer to logocentrism or anything rhizomatic …what was that? A ‘body without organs’? 🙂
That made me laugh out loud.
Does it matter though ‘how we go down’ ?
Thanks for the post, most instructive and have made similar points to you that Brexit is but Pantomime, a grand Bait & Switch exercise that does nothing to ensure a minimum level of life for our kids – I usually read John Michael Greer on these issues – a great shame he closed down the Archdruid Report.
You know Greer still writes at ecosophia.net ?
Indeed, however I preferred his musing on the Archdruid Report, which I enjoyed greatly, and of course visit his latest Blog, his musing simplifying matters that BiGB has discussed on this thread.
Good news for you, my friend: John Michael Greer is back in business! His new blog is located at: https://www.ecosophia.net/
When I read some of the totally ad hom above set against Johnson I desisted of giving any support of siding with it.
I do not support the system of an unelected, unrepresentative, and unaccountable EU technocracy. But not so as to be delivered straight into a US and IS ‘Deal’.
Many in the EU model- despite its modus operandi – hold views in which humanity is extended and given laws of protection that can be used to hold off corporate deceits that break in to plunder or capture capture assets under regulatory protection – when the social cost is deemed to high. The US model is without social conscience or the pretence of one. (I am not referring to individuals of any nation).
My MP is not standing for re-election. He is painfully aware of the brutal and callous disregard for the rights of ordinary people and is of the opinion that he can do more for them outside the framework of political office.
IF and I mean if there is a power struggle as to Britain’s future rather than two sides played against each other by a third party, and rather than a circus of psyo-perative social ‘adjustment’ – which could be operating on many fronts at once – such as leverage on the EU, breaking up the UK, and the calling out and demonising of ‘populism’ by framing it as radicalised extremism, as justification for ever greater transfer of sovereignty to faceless technocracy – with shifting faces of seeming to at least not be like the last.
The contortions of issues within the narrow confines of a struggle between the elite allegiances has no real regard for living human beings. As such it reveals the political class as either bought or neutralised.
That doesn’t mean they may not have dedications in what areas of interest are left to them.
I willingly voted for my MP on the basis of his dedication to his constituents for whom he felt a privilege to represent – not for his party.
Power by the back door is that of sidestepping, evading and walling out due process of transparency and accountability as a relational communication.
Manipulation of people and process under frame of systems control is that of applied psychology as a weapon used against the mind it seeks to ‘study’.
The ‘hard brexit’ is a PR leverage. You are being framed – all the time and under a broad spectrum intent.
One can always recognise it by its emotional baiting under appeal to ‘authorities’. Yet no one sees their own ‘propaganda’ as lies – but as legitimate weapons.
If The Law of the land is corrupted or new laws conceived and applied that have no basis in law but are enforced compliance and complicity in false witness against our self, our relationship with others like ourself, and the living world we share, then is that not a call to uncover where law is just – and live that instead of succumbing to or fighting against the lie and the father of it?
Hating back is choosing to become the thing you hate.
Sorry, but “the part of the law that is just” has been smothered to death by the forces behind our government.
What would you do if something, (or someone) dear to you was smothered to death by the government?
“Live” the memory? – Is that all?
Our level of tolerance, acceptance, crooching and stooping regarding those who corrupt The Law of the Land by now far surpasses Stockholm Syndrome proportions.
“IF the Law of the Land is corrupted…” ??? That’s a good one.
Detesting what has become of our government is not at all the same as “becoming the thing you hate”, a phrase which is often used as an excuse for inaction on crucial matters.
When the government becomes a monster, as it has done, it is any decent, rational person’s duty to detest it.
We are no longer talking here about Right vs. Left, Tory vs. Labour, or Monarchy vs. Anarchy.
We are talking Caligula vs. the decent people of Rome, and I do not consider that a far-fetched analogy.
I am not clairvoyant, but I feel fairly confident that if you give Johnson another 10 years in power, you’ll see what I mean as well as any prophet sees.
Wardropper, the law that is Just is not ‘outside You’. But a corrupted law rules out such a recognition – while it passes off as a mind of power and protection.
Our awareness of truth is vulnerable, not truth itself.
So the true and original quality or meaning of ‘just’ and the true and original quality or meaning of the ‘law’ are lost or covered over by a corruption of thought – given allegiance and sacrifice.
By all means hate the lie – but so as to abhor or empty yourself of it.
Withdraw allegiance and give it disregard – put it behind you.
Not in front of you as projected onto your hate figure.
The only way I see this happening is to give your whole regard to and alignment in what resonates wholly true – (not an invitation for your mind to go into complexity about concepts of truth). Hate knows and seeks no justice but vengeance. Hatred of life is expressed as complicity and conformity to a substitute. Protected from exposure.
Lawlessness is not only a lack of support for life, but attack on the law that supports life.
If that which supports life is a true gift to share and grow in, then the attack on it must be deceit taken in its place. Not somewhere else in the minds of others but in our
I am always bridging the outer expression to the inner definition. When you hate – you are the one who suffers. Perhaps you can spill out onto others and feel ‘better’.
Energy is beneath the forms of its expression. If you connect with what is truly moving you will free yourself from narrative framing as reality.
What are the meanings we are giving (and receiving) with regard to the experience of being delivered from at least the idea of reasoned debate unto open dictate?
Is it but a mask falling away on what was already beneath?
Narrative dictate is denial of consciousness.
To enact fantasy of power over the body of others may seem powerful.
But I warn vigilance against locking yourself into deceit just for a passing ‘hit’.
I review what I wrote and methinks you are highly selective in what you chose not to read and highly reactive in what you misread.
Don’t throw law out of your heart just because you hate its corruptions and miscarriages of justice. Or you join those who think to make their own and enforce it on others. As if ‘they made you do it’ – that is giving power away for a deceit lived out as plausibly denied.
Someone else here pointed out that an active agenda of division and polarisation in conflict is being ‘rolled out’ – are you learning from life or taking the bait? I don’t mean that to blame reaction but to notice and own it. We cant change what is not ours – though if it truly isn’t ours we can release it and move more freely without its baggage.
Relationships between people are the resource from which a corrected expression arises. Not the attempt to correct our mistakes (or sins) in others or the world. Lawful relation is an honouring of self and other – not the use of them for fantasies replayed from a past that is not here now.
Unhinged, dissociated, dislocated to a Fall or fragmentation of a judged ‘chaos’ under a coercive and denying ‘order’. This describes the implicate structure of human consciousness.
“To arrive at our beginning and know it for the first time” is an awakening ‘to’ embrace of what was before live ‘in’.
My Mum said she saw a headless chicken running around the farmyard once.
Note the paragraph on doing this by design. Not so far off is it.
blah, blah, blah, love your oppressors, blah, blah, blah, everyone is guilty so no one is guilty, blah, blah, blah.
Well, I glad we could clear up that confusion. Don’t worry, and go back to sleep — the proper authorities know what’s best for you.
Milosevic , love because it is the deepest truth of who you are – not because you meet conditions and circumstances that offend a current and limited understanding. Love is the capacity to be with ‘what is’ to the point of recognising what is true and being truly moved.
You choose to teach guilt and invalidation as a currency of exchange by engaging the ‘put-down’ of ridicule and smear of my person – instead of engaging relational communication and teaching a love of shared worth. But I don’t have to ‘learn’ what you teach by reciprocation in like coin, nor join in supporting you in your belief that you must invalidate another to gain power over them.
All thought and act has consequence at some level and cause and effect is the most
fundamental aspect of the law with regard to a core sanity from which to live and be.
Insofar as we have a concept of law to hold the balance points FOR a harmony of being through which life can hold stability through which a development of consciousness and cultural endeavour can flower, it needs to be held in the heart as a check and a compass or else it becomes a system of oppression by an invested establishment of possession and control that effectively criminalises, medicalises or invalidates the movement of the desire to embrace life and share in it.
So I am keenly aware of systemic oppressions under a false currency of framed thought and compliance – that can be very closely associated with a ‘blame culture’ of thought dictates that call on vilification, rejection, invalidation and exclusion for non-compliance.
The psyop of weaponised PR works the framing of the narrative to set the range of choices in emotionally laden terms so as to rule our any real awareness of wider issues and choices and set the terms of any response in pejorative terms that become the currency of general usage.
Emotionally manipulative strategies of coercion and deceit are learned in infancy and develop more complexity in a society in which everyone has to learn how to see the Emperor’s new clothes as part of their social adaptation. This is the same as calling it shadow power or the masking inhibition over of an underlying innocence of perception and response.
Giving power to manipulative deceit is the social lie of using and wearing it like fig-leaves against exposure to shame, invalidation and rejection. Survival is then tied to the sustainability of the lie – which must be protected against truth by pre-emptive attack on truth as its internalised structure of conditioned responses or ‘mind’ that operate as defence against and substitution for, relational communication. It has no way of knowing what it does, because it is the tool to do it. You do, because you made it from the belief you needed it to survive an intolerable or overwhelming past.
Owning our own mistaken identifications is not a damnation of guilt – unless you choose to identify in its frame or consent to be so framed or in stark terms, unless you want it for what you think it gives you. On the contrary it is the moment of a skid in which the wheels reconnect with the road, for now you are restored to a real choice and are free to make it.
In a mind dominated framing of life and world, the heart is invalidated, smeared, put down and excluded by substitution. Substitution for life works a kind of living death, and our efforts to embrace and protect this in place of the heart’s primacy as the true movement of our being, feeds the insanity of an emotionally manipulative appeal for its ‘sustainability’ as your own salvation.
If you are being lied to – why give further attention there in attempt to assert another narrative in reaction? Why not see that you don’t need to look there now and be free to expand your perspective from a fight or flight compulsive reaction?
To jump from the frying pan into the fire is the result of blind reaction. Manipulative mind framing can light a fake fire under you to induce a survival response to projected threat, believed real. And will damn you whichever of its choices you take, because you are the power supply and toxic waste dump for its persistence – in your name.
A guiltless perception does not add anything or take anything away. Narrative assertions or omissions can only cover and hide the true – which remains in trust for re-cognition and acceptance of willingness to share it.
There’s no way ‘back’ to a lost innocence or unconflicted being, because it is never truly lost but covered over by mistakenly framed seeking. The blocks to a true awareness rise from the attempt to ‘get it back’ on terms set by attachment to the forms of a past that is not here now, though the futility of its re-enactment runs robotically blind to life – here, now and all around!
whoever pays for the development of these AI text-bots should really demand their money back. this gobbledygook isn’t fooling anybody. the morons at the zionist troll farms produce much better disinfo than this, and probably for far less money.
From your past commentary I had wondered whether you were the zionist troll – knowingly or otherwise.
But by your fruits shall they be known. Even from your own mouth!
Love of hate is not at all a contradiction to those who hate to love.
But it cannot be altogether concealed of its appeal to anyone who loves truth more than their own private self-vindication.
You, milosevic, at least have a plausibly deniable basis for refusing and evading communication with me, asserting malicious intent to me while at the same time un-personing me of a human existence.
In publicly accusing me of being a paid human disinfo and divide agent or a robotic algorithm – or both at once (?) – you include no basis to substantiate your call to join you in hate – because that is what it is -excepting you have no intention of understanding or engaging but only of ad hom or personal attack – mixed in attempt to entertain and thus entrain a botnet of likewise human AI programmed reaction.
Is the accusation a cover for the deflection of one’s own intent onto others. That is always seen to be the case when no substance can be shown beyond hearsay. WMDs. Russiagate, if not most all mainstream media product.
And that is very worth noting in a world where
The lie and the father of it, corrupt our currency of thought, language and institutional organisation. While we may hate to recognise it is so, we cannot align in the true while investing identity in the hate.
Hate – no matter how disguised, will poison, sabotage or limit our life, our relationships and opportunities for fulfilment while always seeming to be at the hand of others or circumstance.
Sanity resides in recognising and reversing the reversal instead of taking the bait. Thanks milosevic – but no thanks. You keep it. None of it belongs to me. But what is mine – is mine to extend – regardless your current willingness or capacity to recognise or receive.
We might consider an OG article on the nature of disinfo trolling. But even the idea of it works its intent – without a troll in sight. “Is he a troll?” – Will I be accused of trolling?”, “are these people one intent working different accounts? Blah blah blah fear! and so fear and guilt do their work unpaid for in planting suspicious to grow into vicious.
Better to identify deceit as without any true basis or substance by showing its framing in plain sight – and get on with life. Don’t invite toxic intent into your heart because it can crack a joke and catch your willingness for diversionary distraction.
How does anyone discern the true from the false – especially in what they have already accepted and are operating from with good intentions?
If ‘mistakes’ are part of learning and freedom includes learning by mistakes – are people not free to believe even ideas that are destructive to themselves and others?
Yes – but that doesn’t mean they are to be unchecked by opposition or limitation as a result of what they are choosing to accept or embody – and that is part of learning.
Good Housekeeping holds boundaries of behaviour. OG is not ‘my house’ but insofar as I value the culture of open comment on issues that are omitted or misrepresented in the mainstreamed narrative, I am protective for freedom from ad hom of personal attack, smear, and insinuations of invalidation of the person – in place of engaging the ideas. Yet with an appreciation that we can vent our frustrations in ways that feel justified under a sense of exceptionalism – as monstrously personified by the The seduction of the ‘American Dream’ as the power to set the world to Order. Self-specialness is a leverage of deceit. But that doesn’t mean we don’t all have unique contributions.
BTW I write from listening within and allowing the forming of the word and phrase to be guided by the qualities I seek to open to and share in. In exactly the same way as I sing and play music. Tuning in to what is alive and getting out of the way. Words are entangled in associations of currency or usage to a filtering mind, just a music cannot come into the the heart of one who is critically engaged in thinking about it.
Because the insanity is out in the open and only more so – I don’t hold back from depth that is disturbing to investment in a worldview that in any case is disintegrating. But I also trust that everyone has their own willingness and timing and so it is part of the territory to be gobbledygook onto which fears are projected.
But my direction is always for opening responsibility for our own consciousness as our core freedom regardless of outer conditions – and in relational willingness to find ways that align in a positive or reintegrative movement rather than set against hate, evil, enemy or any other way of giving power to a negative creation.
Hate is rooted in hurt. Hurt is an expression that can find acceptance. The expressing of pain within a fundamental acceptance for THAT you feel – without engaging in rationalising, fixing or strategy of dissociation and denial, is the capacity to be with what is here now, as the willingness to recognise and be truly moved of a natural intimacy of being. Healing is a reintegrating of what felt and seemed denied of its right to be – and know its being.
While we can learn to be this for each other – we can also find it within our Self – by releasing the insistence of the frame of mind that damns us. Everyone knows that no one is as hard on them as themselves – but it only comes into the open, on being triggered and otherwise runs in the shadows – but leaks as every kind of self judgement – owned as such or broadcast onto our tools or our world.
It wont work to insist that Boris or Trump or any agency of our own denied or discarded responsibility is The insanity and that we need to scape our sins on their goat and drive it out – excepting from the wish to stretch out the sustainability of lies given power.
Uncovering correspondences in ourself to extreme examples that are writ on the world stage is not sharing guilt. Enacting private gratifications upon others may sound appalling – but is what judgement does – regardless the forms of expression that develop its theme in different individuals.
Nor do I call for guilting the fact that we judge. It has its own built in ‘reward’. But I do call for noticing and owning what is ours instead of hiding our intent in others and giving primary focus there so as to assert our righteous vindication’ upon their destruction. We are led by the nose by such devices as we think are our freedom or salvation.
” …we might consider…” but the again we might not.
Yes I considered an off guardian open thread on what exactly constitutes ‘trolling’ and disinfo, but immediately felt it was a can of worms.
However, I see that manipulation works through the willingness to be manipulative. Suckers are sold what they are set up to want to be true because they are already ungrounded and therefore vulnerable to believe by reaction instead of pausing to consider.
Working the auto-reactive golem is the willingness to take low hanging fruit. The scammer thinks to be one up on those who give power away, but is that the self-illusion under which they are likewise deceived and hollowed out?
milosevic, you are quite a blunt speaker – but sometimes brevity is the soul of wit. cheers
Brian, there is much in what you say that I would not dispute, but I think we are talking about two different things that are, regrettably, worlds apart.
My interest in “love” and “wisdom” are probably dearer to me than you give me credit for, but we also have a practical, physical world within which we must live and which we should do our best to leave a better place than we found it.
In that regard, I will not be falsely modest and claim to have had no success within my own field, which is classical music, but then there is the personal work upon one’s own self as a human being, and I consider that to be a different, although not unrelated, or less important, task for self-aware people.
One can contemplate endlessly Madame Blavatsky’s “Secret Doctrine”, for example, and become very inspired by its lofty wisdom, but against that is the equally spirit-oriented teaching of Rudolf Steiner, with an important difference of emphasis in that he considered there to be real purpose in our physical incarnation, and that there was much work to be done there too.
I was amused, surprised, and rather pleased to read recently that Steiner once said to some of his followers, of whom there were many, “I could wish that you wouldn’t all go around meditating in public”, or something to that effect, obviously indicating that the personal side to one’s development was not the same thing as one’s public endeavours.
At any rate, I wish you well on your own path, and expect to see our various paths cross again in due course.
wardropper, I didn’t feel your reaction to some of what I wrote defined you at all. But the issues that arise – apparently between us – are unarticulated questions of an answer in waiting.
The idea of leaving the world better than we came into it, has many ramifications that I see as including and leading to its destruction – at least as ending support and sustenance for human life. But how could that be except we work from inherited, acquired and developing ideas of ‘world’ and our place or purpose in it and effectively technologise deep errors in the psyche that effectively work a fearful or negatively self-fulfilling prophecy?
To align in and embody a better world is the creative freedom of opening to share it, but to identify in ‘better’ by the demonisation or invalidation of our past or indeed of equally valid perspectives of others. Is the error of judgement or the negative creation that selects to reject and divides to limit – as if to rule.
Not to demonise judgement either – but to open awareness at the root.
To open to an always already awareness is to yield to our being all that belongs, and let release all that has no true being in us. It can be likened to nothing added and nothing taken away, and in music as in life I recognise this as a quality of being lived, played, breathed or sung that is at once being an instrument of life, and being not other than the music – or the life.
Self-consciousness can be seen as a self-doubting inhibition of limitation and suppression of act or expression or the over assertion of a mind that runs away with itself as the attempt to ‘do’ life in its image of achievement and control.
Clearly the self-consciousness is supported and guided in developing and adapting to a personality construct that has personal and collective consciousness.
To see the mind, the body and the world as an instrument through which the freedom of unfolding and exploring of experience or ‘know thyself’ – rather than presuming sole possession as a split off mind of control set against fear of pain and loss – is the gift of aligning in its extension. Not getting in the way nor presuming from that point to know, but discerning what is alive by its qualities – from the derivatives of mind in its own spin, and so releasing investment in solving ‘problem’ at the level of its perception, to let in or allow an expanded perspective in which the ‘problem’ either has no existence (was a false flag) or is revealed as a practical step in a larger solution.
The mind may try to follow this sketching out – but get in the way. Because the mind in that sense is the ‘problem’ of a self-conscious dilemma seeking escape of what needs no escape and cannot be ‘scaped onto anything or anyone anywhere, except in illusion given power over true.
Being yourself and knowing yourself in truth is the gift of you – within the larger agreement of a collective ‘dream’ of embodied experience – or world. The first is truly first and the second is conditional. Clearly we have ‘agreed’ to incarnate – even if personality level has no concept of such an acceptance of a movement within being – for else we wouldn’t be sharing this focus – and perhaps believing we are ‘in’ the condition rather than within an orchestration of rich reflective exchange and interaction.
Dissonance can represent being out of accord – but also the releasing of form and structure to new information. The mind of its own conditioning becomes the source of its own dissonance to new conditions – because it persists a model that no longer serves joy in life, but sets joy prisoner in the frame of getting back (to) what was lost, or getting even, or in cynical hate of life as treachery and deceit – in which the revealing of such by destruction works ‘I told you so!’
That new informational perspectives come in – including through the lives of others who seek to bridge the world and our consciousness of it – or heal the split of heart and mind or mind and mater – does not mean it is the truth – but that it seeds and serves desire for truth in those who are resonant to it.
The idea-recognition of vibrational resonance is communication of a different quality than encapsulated conceptual currency of derivative ‘meanings’.
A tuning fork holds a pure tone for the willingness to share in music rather than each struggle apart and conflicted instead of living joy in participance. Likewise, can the conductor – when they truly conduct life.
The nature of Creation as living love is not apparent to attempts to do it, possess it, control or conform it, earn it, or define it.
Our core beliefs and definitions that I often call ‘separation trauma’, predicate or ‘give us’ our world-experience, internalised to in our strategy of survival or continuity as it.
The power of (heart) accepted belief (mind) is in its natural or spontaneous unfolding of like kind – and so the power given by heart to conflicted mind, is the unfolding of the idea of separation from unified and unifying will – as experience ruled by division of polarised and exclusive identity.
We give our power away by the attempt to keep it for ourself. The idea of giving worthiness and sharing in it, is a true witness through the unique vibrational expression of your being. It doesn’t need to ‘qualify’ as worthy in the scales of the thinking of a world of terms and conditions for praise or lack of blame. But it is an expression of relational willingness.
Love shared in life is more than we may recognize from thinking in the frame of love lost. We extend love unselfconsciously in transparent moments of joy and touch people we have never met. Just as we have ourself received.
Look first at the attunement of the mind – that it is truly aligned in the heart of a felt moment – and be aware of the phishing mind as the capacity to forget who we are – and lose that recognition in each other.
But good news! Our world at large is serving a persistent and consistent ‘Reminder’ of the consequence of giving allegiance to false narrative identity and so we have support in choosing Sanity because the alternative is ‘in our face’ and in a sense coming home to roost. But denied self is needing acknowledgement and acceptance within All That We Are – so as to be released from our field of embodiment.
A discernment alights (in) the moment of its recognition and acceptance. Creation of perspective inevitably has physical reflections of resonant experience – but is not an intent to manipulate the world or others so as to conform it to my idea of improvement.
But the creation of shared multifaceted perspective (Consciousness) is an inclusive and expansive movement within being and not the attempt to ‘do’ it as a narrative manipulation or control – of judgement that cuts and denies life to a ruleset of contradictions seeking dominance as if to regain unity by force.
This moment can expand. This moment can be so fleeting as to be already lost. Time can be used to open to the timeless by aligning in who we truly are. Instead of struggling in who we are not – in attempt to resolve or make sense of it.
Waking the responsibility of focus of awareness in attention and as intention is a true self love waking from a a mistaken identification. I cannot wake ‘others’ but share in the active willingness that is already in movement – as expanded perspective that has embodiment.
It wasn’t wrong that many in the past have brought in perspectives that were ‘before their time’ and met rejection or denial. Their gifts remain given, and serve to illuminate the nature of denial as part of bringing denied self itself to the light.
Because we do not know ourself when we are phished by its framing reaction.
They’re having an emergency democracy protest on the Level in Brighton tomorrow. Spits coffee all over screen, rolling on the floor, laughing in hysterics. Enjoy the show kids! Hahahaha!
My favorite on Brexit is Pat Condell: https://twitter.com/patcondell
He judgment was good and funny too in the past: http://www.patcondell.net/
This is the Islamophobe cheerleader for the “war on terror” who never stops talking about how nobody will let him talk.
I think you’re talking about Alistair Campbell
There you go. When I answered the four questions on the previous article about the prorogation, I stated that the ‘conversation’ would get ugly. I received down votes for what is now quite obvious. This is an attempt to seriously divide the population. The same method has been used in the U.S. There it has been the Clinton/Trump divide. The hate for each others opposing side has grown into potential for civil war.
The owner class is consolidating their powers before implementing the stripping of civil rights to protect the climate. Any distraction will be helpful – anywhere and everywhere. Sad to notice that so few can really see the bigger picture. Maybe, because it is very ugly? Sort of denial, isn’t it?
As the fever is rising in the collective, something will have to give way. A human body will sweat to cool down. What will the population do? Throwing first insults and than cobble stones at each other?
People are advised to look at Florida. The message from there is clear: be prepared before things are unraveling. That includes political situations as well.
Another example on Bella Caledonia.
Escalation is the key. If people only would know to which lock it belongs.
The ‘owner class’ in the USA is largely anti-Trump. Thats’s why we got the Russiagate nonsense.
‘Unhinged’, I think this word sums up well those talking of ‘Coups’, which, even by the standards of Chris Mullins quill we certainly have not witnessed, unless having an additional five days holiday now constitutes a Coup in the minds of the Remainiacs, whose contempt for democratic outcomes knows no lower bound.
Indeed, given one of the longest ever sitting Parliaments, one would have thought it possible that our elected Pygmies could have come up with some solution to the current impasse in Parliament, and that’s before we discuss what’s agreeable to the Brussels bureaucracy, which itself has an utter contempt for democratic outcomes that may derail the fantasy of a Federal EU, which our German peers won’t stand for given they’ll be that fantasy entities piggy bank.
However, on a serous note, I’m of the opinion hysteria is counter-productive, as is brandishing EU flags whilst claiming to defend democracy – the farce of it all.
On another note, it seems the Centrists are once more engaging in operation fear, instructing us we’ll all die as of 1st November if we are not members of the EU and don’t have an agreement is place, a provisional agreement at that – maybe if the fear mongers focus on daily realities, such as people actually dying from the impact of austerity, or the homelessness crisis I may have sympathy, that they are not sums it up for this observer.
Further, I’m somewhat confused, existing in a globalised economy as I do, why certain goods or medications are only available from one suppler or one region of the EU, surely, for those in logistics or supply chain management alternatives are available that can be delivered quickly via Air Freight or Sea Freight, given stores are usually distributed and money talks as they say!
Still, as an uneducated oik, what do I know, I mean we’ve had a Coup, although one quite different to the one I witnessed in Bangkok many moons ago, so it must be A Very British Coup.
Your contempt for the rest of humanity shines like a beacon from Ayn Rand.
I have read Chris’s reply with care and can find no signs of contempt for humanity at all. Where do you find it?
they’re playing outrage bingo.
i’m playing along too, now..
I too have great difficulty in finding my personal contempt for humanity, unless of course having serious reservations about the EU now constitutes an hatred for humanity, in which case, I’ll rest my case, namely, that Remainiacs are deluded, no disrespect to Harry of course.
That nasty EU eh, oh I’ll never understand why people in Belgium or France don’t come here to our great green land , where you need to give the employer 7 days notice to go on strike, nowhere in the world has that, where a bottle of cheap wine cost £8-00 as opposed to a decent wine in France costs around two euros , 50 grammes of golden Virginia £22-00 , yet in Belgium around £9-00 , better holidays, better pensions, shorter working week,earlier retirement,a cardboard clock in parking areas as opposed to ticket machines (mostly) yes those nasty people in the EU do really screw their people up , the idiots who are blindly lead by the likes of farage who stands there with a pint in one hand and a ciggy in the other mesmerises all the leavers, you just don’t see it do you, they need us more than we need them, we hold all the cards, the easiest deal in the history of mankind, all the benefits of being a member without the responsibilities (I ‘ve no idea where that works anywhere in the world ) the German car manufacturers come knocking down the door. £35,000,000 a week for the NHS which was denied two hours later by your mentor frog face farage , who has just applied for German passports for his children, Lord Snooty opened two banks in Dublin so he can still trade in the EU, Lawson phoning radio station from his home in France, I could go on and on, but you people are not even prepared to discuss , we voted leave lets get out that all you ever hear, I hope you are all happy with the outcome, get you union flags out .
Rather intent on digging your own grave – as Denis Healey once opined: “When you’re in a hole, stop digging.”
First, please don’t deceive readers and claim 50 grams of rolling tobacco can be purchased for two Euro’s, not even in Bulgaria can you purchase 50 grams for 2 Euro’s, and that’s before excise tax/duty tax becomes harmonised fully under the Lisbon Treaty.
As for domestic wages within all EU member states, this is nothing to do with the EU and there are no EU minimum pay Directives, so a bit of a straw man as far as worker salaries go – I’ll go further, go talk to contractors in Scunthorpe steelworks who’s businesses are owned by German entities, the German being quite happy to embrace UK lack employment laws and screw UK workers out of benefits – this has happened three times to my brother in a decade.
When you moan about the UK and then show crass examples of the Utopia that allegedly is the EU, its not its nation states within the edifice of of the EU you are discussing, the rather shit conditions we enjoy here in the UK have all occurred whilst the UK has been a member of the EEC/EU, and this includes anti-trades union legislation, a total lack of industrial investment by industry and State and a plethora of other examples most are aware of.
As for your Farage crap, unlike others, I issue no support to neoliberals or neoliberal entities, I don’t also issue support to frauds.
I put £2 for 50 gramms golden Virginia? I’ll try again it’s£22-00 in Asda, 9 euros in Belgium which is what I posted I’m sure, try reading it instead of scurrying around impatiently trying to reply , I find it hard to follow you you appear to agree then call the EU and then call this shithole ( rightly) I ‘m at a loss what it is you’re after, but one thing is certain, you and I will never agree, and I have better things to do like reading Naomi Klien at the moment, so I wish you well .
It’s very simple, conditions in the UK have got worse for the Average Joe since 1976, and this has happened whilst the UK has been a member of the EEC/EU – I don’t lie and don’t blame the EU for the UKs dire predicament, I will state clearly though that being a member of the Club of Rome has not prevented the dystopia that is the UK, and, under the Lisbon Treaty, we are unlikely to be able to change much, which is why I prefer to get the UK House in order without hinderance from Brussels, and for that matter, Washington DC.
It is pretty ignorant to label critics of Johnson as ‘remainiacs’ because they fear the consequences of no-deal (presumably the key reason why Johnson has prorogued parliament).
Since few of us are constitutional experts and legal challenges have been made it remains to be seen if Johnson’s tactic to bundle no-deal over the line is constitutionally sound – it might be, its that we cannot be absolutely certain today.
Anyway, maybe this is what taking control back amounts to, parliamentary shenanigans, a complete lack of trust and festering social divisions.
Of course no cabinet member stood up to explain the 180 degree turn they have made, even though several of them had previously acknowledged the likely economic downside that would ensue with no-deal – perhaps because most modern politicians do not let things like truth, evidence or principle get in the way of their grubby opportunism (if you don’t like these principles I’ve got plenty more).
I expect Brexit to happen but so far nobody has been able to provide a coherent case against austerity on steroids being the most likely outcome once Britain falls into the hands of the ERG and the Brexit party (guided of course by another loathsome oaf from over the pond).
By Remainiacs I’m usually referring to Centrists, whom I detest with as much venom as Tories – it is not my right to instruct you how to vote, or deny your vote. On the other hand Centrists want to deny 17.4 million votes, which is very anti-democratic in my humble opinion.
As for valid concerns, well we both hold these, however, I don’t think running ‘Operation Fear’ is a good way of assuaging said concerns, particularly in light of 130K deaths associated with austerity, an austerity built into the Euro Project whether you like this fact or not. And I don’t blame Brussels for these deaths, but this does not absolve it from the economic hardships its imposed elsewhere to shore up the Single Currency.
Agree with Harry. I don’t understand why so many Leavers are so up for no deal. It is a mass exercise in self harm. It’s not going to benefit anyone other than the super rich, businesses will go under and many jobs will be lost, but so many leavers are gleefully backing it. Surely we want to leave the EU because we believe it will benefit us to leave. If the benefits aren’t there then what’s the point? Unless most Leaver’s reasons for leaving are primarily xenophobic?
I think we are discussing a Transitional Deal at this juncture in time, rather than any further Trade Agreement with the EU – thus far, since the enactment of Article 50 in March 2017 Parliament has had more 2.5 years to come to an agreement acceptable to the House, we’ve had an actual GE in July 2017 with both major UK Parties committed to upholding the 2016 Result and numerous hours of Parliamentary time tied up with this process – in the meantime many of the Left has called for a fresh GE, given the HoC has failed in its duty, namely ensuring an orderly withdrawal of the UK from EU Institutions and Treaties, whilst catering to the welfare of the nation itself – which is quite difficult with neoliberal crazies in power.
Lets place fault where fault actually exists, namely Parliament, rather than have a go at the Electorate which would like Parliament to act upon its wishes – indeed, in my neck of the woods many are just fed up with the entire process and want it over and done with regardless of the outcome.
Well yes, everyone is sick to death of it and it is understandable that people just want to ‘get on with it’. It’s just a shame that with the country split (almost) in half, voters/media/Parliament had no interest in compromise. A ‘soft Brexit’ or ‘best Brexit possible’ seemed like the obvious solution to me, but Corbyn saw his popularity decimated for taking this position, for being indecisive/a ‘fence sitter’/a ‘Brexit enabler’, but now this stubbornness on both sides looks to be leading us to no deal. And that will be Corbyn’s fault too of course!
People would prefer a deal obviously but they feel as if no-deal is being used as an excuse to block implementing the vote, and they’re angry.
Understandably angry at the delay of the implementation of Brexit, but maybe a little misguided (with the help of the right-wing media) in thinking that Boris’s march towards no deal is somehow sticking it to the man, and seems like cutting your nose off to spite your face.
A pro-Brexit hardliner would probably rather liken it to a cutting off your arm to escape a ravenous crocodile–painful, but necessary for survival.
As a socialist, I don’t take anything at face value from right wing media. Rather, I listened very intently to the warning of Tony Benn and others in 1975 that once in we might never be allowed to leave. As for ‘cutting your nose of to spite your face’, I’m old enough to remember warnings of disaster from supporters and oppnents of Common Maarket membership. Those who warn of the end of civilisation as we know it have axes to grind. Europe is an economic basket case and the sooner we leave, the sooner we can start to heal our own economic position. That has nothing whatsoever to do with cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face.
Not sure Tony Benn would have voted leave if it was with no deal and the country in the hands of a Conservative Government further to the right than he could have possibly imagined. Not sure when and how you think we are going to ‘heal’ our economic position, which in my view is going to get worse.
This demand for a “deal”, which will never be good enough, no matter what it is, is just a device to prevent Brexit, simple as that. It is not made in good faith.
For some yes, but for others, such as Corbyn, they wanted to leave with a good deal, and are opposing no deal because it will make this country more shit. No one on here has yet explained why no deal would be worth doing. Other than suggesting the probable fact that regardless of the outcome of Brexit’, we are all fucked anyway.
Back in the REAL world, facists have killed countless tens of millions in wars over the last century or so, they even used nuclear weapons to vapourise people. On the other end of the political spectrum, the communists and other far left zealots have killed as many, if not far more than the fascists.
Can you understand why the psychlologically healthy, balanced, rational, human beings of the centre, or “centrists” as you call them, may strongly dislike and be afraid of the your sociopaths and pychopaths of the far right and far left? No, thought not.
Ok, quick lesson.
The centrists are the new fascists, or really the old fascists. It’s not Left or Right any more, it’s authoritarian versus freedom. The media apparatus and most of the NGOs and government bodies have embraced fascism almost without knowing it. Bit by bit in a creep-up. The state = fascism now in the West. The Center = fascism. Almost every talking head on TV is embracing a degree or more of fascism.
The polarity scare of extremism is just a way of making centrist fascism more appealing and safe, and also to implement censorship. Call a site such as this ‘extreme Left’ or ‘hard Right’ and bam shut it down. They’re already doing it dude, look around.
This is the 101 of alternative politics.
Exactly right, Roland. There’s no left vs. right anymore, just top vs. bottom. And the top now calls itself ‘the center’.
The centrists support ‘liberal interventionism’, which has also caused millions of deaths so I don’t think you can take the moral high ground. I think the problem with centrists is they can’t see who the enemy really are, or don’t want to.
Again, hate to rain on your parade, but please acknowledge that its neocons and Centrists (neoliberals) who have unleashed most of the death and destruction our World has witnessed since the mid-90s – do you recollect Bomber Benn (Hilary Benn) demanding we bomb Syria back to the storage?
Allegedly he’s a Socialist, and if you believe that I’ll sell you Westminster Bridge.
Seriously, learn who your enemy is, its certainly not the ERG fanatics, who’s purpose we know, its the Centrists/neoliberals who inhabit a majority of seats in our Parliament, much as they do in the US Congress/Senate.
Try doing a body count since 1914 and you’ll get a result that grossly outweighs your PoV
Luckily for me Frank I read Modern History & Politics as a mature student at Uni, also hold a MA in Politics and a PGCE for teaching adults, specifically those studying Access courses, so quite aware of twentieth century history, much of which I lived through.
Excuse me, are you blind? Have you checked out the food banks? The starving kids? The people sleeping in doorways? The reamed out city centres?
How unbelievably dense do you have to be to think this is IN SPITE OF THE EU?
Austerity is official EU fucking policy!
Austerity is now built in to EU Treaties, specifically with regards European Economic Union, or in layman terms the Single Currency – the UK is not a member of the Euro Currency, which by its very nature and the monetary policy followed by the ECB inflicts perpetual austerity, and the Stability and Growth Pact does apply to the UK, however, given we were not in breach of these Rules UK austerity was imposed arbitrarily by the Tories and Lib Dems via Westminster – by contract, austerity in the Baltic States and Southern periphery is very much associated with the Euro Project, as Greece can attest too.
What we’re basically saying is austerity is an occidental policy, or maybe a global policy, with a couple of exceptions, because the same handful of financial institutions controls almost all the major power blocks. So, stay or leave the EU, we get austerity.
You are shifting goal posts, however, the prevaiing global economic order is one heavily infused with what we now term ‘neoliberalism’, which by its very nature shifts wealth upwards with no corresponding gains for a majority, we are also correct in stating that the present Lisbon Treaty has neoliberalism etched in stone within its text, specifically with regards closer economic integration, of which the Euro is a major pillar. As an individual, I’m opposed to neoliberalism and the inherent austerity built into this system for the majority, which is why when given a chance, I use my vote to undermine neoliberalism, which is one reason I’ve issued support to a Jeremy Corbyn to ensure we can start turning the tide of neoliberalism back – under no circumstances do I issue any support whatsoever to any body or Institution that inflicts austerity on a majority of the population.
Austerity is a permanent contingent factor entailed by entropy. As entropy increases: so does austerity (see above). It is an inescapable fundament of reality. One we chose to ignore when we designed our economic system.
Given all the anxiety it causes when our conceptual expectations and conditional predictions of reality do not match reality: you’d have thought we’d figure it out by now …by active inference or prediction error optimisation. We forgot the Laws of Physics. Doh!
Austerity is a policy. It’s a plan to move wealth from the many to the few. It’s robbery and exploitation and murder. Why the hell are you presenting this as a law of physics?
So, what? We just accept being despoiled into the greatest wealth disparity since the 18th century? Because physics?
The pie is shrinking and the greedy grab all the more fervently.
The fact of the increasing disparity of wealth doesn’t negate the fact of the global entropic crisis – which is politically unresolvable.
Because we ignore physical reality – including the Laws of Physics – it becomes an inevitable consequence that things will turn out like this. The absolute proof being that they are as they are.
Austerity as a policy did not just materialise uncaused. There was an underlying causation. Which basically equates to us imagining we can impose any expansive lifestyle on physical reality we want. And physical reality will duly respond.
Up to a point, perhaps. But we are way past that point and locked in a downward entropic and debt deflatory spiral. To which we try and impose the same out of synch reality imposition that caused the downward spiral.
We cannot keep expanding. I spend my whole life saying this. We cannot. We cannot. At some point things have to contract: its the physical reality governed by the fundamental Laws: such as the Second Law of Thermdynamics. We cannot contradict it: it is that simple.
But whole societies get anxious because they think they can. We cannot reverse entropy. We are where we are. And we will never return to the sorts of growth we have conditioned ourselves to expecting.
Quite why so many people cannot fathom this is beyond me. We play fantasy league politics with imaginary policies that are not suited to the physical reality: and we wonder why they do not fit. It’s the Laws of Physics that determine what we do. And if permanent austerity is the result of a maladapted set of behaviours: we need a new set of behaviours, policies, and politics that better fit the realities. It’s not rocket science: but it is physics!
Austerity is feudalism on steroids
If you’re so concerned about holidays.maybe you should consider those who are about to lose theirs, ie , those protected under the working time directive, who are guaranteed 28 days holiday, and the fascists have b