Every decay, every deeper crisis, every agony has a termination. Thus some day humanity will return to the path from which it strayed. New life is going to blossom on the ruins of our civilization. Whether we are going to see these “better days” matters very little. Edmond Schérer, sixty years ago, put before his readers a very pertinent question.
He said: It is important to know whether at the end of this crisis, humanity will have lost any of what our present prejudices call genius, beauty, greatness; we ought to know whether in this tragedy of mediocrity, in this dreary and dreadful adventure of nations there is anything which will disappear from history.
==Liberty or Equality: The Challenge of Our Time (Erik von Kuhnelt-Leddihn)
Although I have over 3,000 subscribers to this sites email list, which practically does not even register on web-tracking analytics, I write these mostly brief posts as a scream in the dark, knowing that anyone who bothers to read them must already be concerned with a majority of the issues raised and thus, my words are unlikely to make anyone aware of the enormity of the extraordinarily disturbing events and trends that are all so rapidly engulfing America and the world in the dark, thick ooze of decay.
It is said by a number of leading psychologists and cognitive scientists that those who suffer or have suffered from true clinical depression tend to see reality without the rose colored glasses that seem to be sitting on most of the people’s noses that spend time observing the world, perhaps with more clarity and less wishful thinking and lacking humanities innate tendency to cling to those internalized interpretations that generate optimism and hope. Whether true or not, over the many years, now far too many, of researching and reading the writings from minds that are substantially more fertile and vibrant than mine, I have arrived at several conclusions:
- What is coming soon is nothing less than epochal. The whole socioeconomic and political paradigm of the past several hundred years is about to be synthesized in a massively painful dialectical process that will either immediately, at least over a period of years, lead to to a new, higher ethic for America and humanity or a new Dark Ages that will likely unfold over generations and make the dystopian novels of Orwell, Huxley and Burgess more prescient than even the gloomier folks like me now believe.
- The current form of capitalism peaked in the 1980’s, but it was saved at first, by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the universal opening of markets to capitalist credit driven consumption, and then by the War on Terror and the resulting, albeit failed, attempt to save the remaining backward nationalistic closed states for the glorious benefits to be gained by the imposition of Anglo-American “free” market finance capitalism, by destroying them first.
- The battle over the Ukraine, even the Obama initiative to end the isolation of Iran regardless of that nations nuclear ambitions, is nothing more than the transnational capitalists desperate need for new markets to expand within. The whole false meme of an unrestrained, unrealistic and overly optimistic Obama administration pushing for a deal with Iran is a hoax. Obama is no Neville Chamberlain, for though the powers behind the scenes in England and America at the time of Munich were almost as powerful as they are clearly today, war with Germany was not particularly undesired by capital at the time and “peace in our time” not particularly good for business interests. Peace never is.
- The answer to the following question should be damn obvious, but perhaps when seeing the world under the false, elite propagated illusions of nationalistic geopolitics, for most Americans it is not so: Iran is a non-Arab Islamic state with several thousands of years of being productive, inventive and adaptable from culture, the arts and most importantly to commerce. The Gulf Arab states are all Sunni dictatorships, but for Egypt which is a unique basket case unto itself, that are far more likely to breed international Islamic terrorists willing to die for Islam and not geography than Iran. Furthermore, they are backward, primarily of a desert and Bedouin culture that is far less likely, if ever, to become a viable market for the voracious, now almost desperate needs of capital and those that control it.
- The key event that has freed America to pursue it’s primary international state function of supporting and enforcing the rule and expansionist requirements of capital is our new found oil independence. This unshackling of American and Western interests from their reliance and subservience to the Gulf state dictatorships oil has allowed capital to pursue its rational self-interest.
- There are 75 million potential consumers in Iran, a nation with a vibrant and well educated middle class and sophisticated elite, even those among the clerics. The Gulf Arab states have a population of over 325 million, mostly ignorant and poor, but for those who benefit from largess of their autocratic rulers distribution of oil profits, they would all be as destitute as the 25 million living in Yemen and the 85 million living in Egypt, anmd though not on the Gulf, let’s add in the over 6 million recently pauperized Libyans for good measure. What market looks the most enticing?
- And for the MIC (military industrial complex) and all of its related capitalist enterprises, the likelihood of a loss of those markets from a US deal with Iran, is slim to none. In fact, a good old fashioned arms race, nuclear included, in the Middle East is simply put, damn good for business. War is, indeed, the health of the State.
- The purpose of my digressing into the real goals of our policies in the Middle East (not Obama’s by any means) is to provide evidence of the desperate nature of the state of affairs for the whole edifice of finance/credit capitalism and the transnational enterprises, both public and private, that rule and thrive within it. Once upon a time there was a phrase that was applicable to University professorships, one likely no longer applicable because of the risks of offending the PC police and whatever agenda the left holds dear in the corridors of higher learning, “publish or perish.”
- Modern or post-modern transnational finance capitalism has a similar mandate– expand or perish. Having reached the limits, if not gone well beyond them, in the production of credit to drive the global over-consumption of all that capital produces, having securitized most of the world already and through creative genius created mechanisms to absorb and profit from a massive excess of leveraged capital, it comes down to desperately trying to open new markets. Even if doing so risks war. For war is the most efficient mechanism for “creative” destruction known to man and to capital. Expand or perish–capital will always choose the former no matter how many lives are destroyed, always.
- So, finance capitalism is in an offensive mode where it can be, but on the defense in all of the nations that gave birth to it. That defense will fail. An economic collapse is ahead of us that will make 2008-2009, even the 1930’s look like a frivolous Maypole dance. Rather than bite the bullet and reform, the transnational capitalist class and the all of the major actors on the political stage that are subservient to it (anyone who thinks Obama is not their agent and that America is a democracy you are in for a very unpleasant awakening) will fight to maintain their wealth, power and control.
- If we do not revolt and take back the powers inherent in the people of this nation, and this applies to the English and others, and radically reform our socioeconomic system now, when the collapse comes the Jade Helms of the world will not remotely be considered “just training exercises” and that collapse is coming, coming soon. To borrow a phrase that will very likely go down in the idiomatic lexicons of universal language “Winter is coming.”
- Winter is already here, but few can feel it. Who will save us?
All through history one may observe the tendency of power to destroy its very raison d’être. It is suffered because it achieves internal unity and creates external defenses for the nation. But it grows to such proportions that it destroys the social peace of the state by the animosities which its exactions arouse, and it enervates the sentiment of patriotism by robbing the common man of the basic privileges which might bind him to his nation.
The man of power, though humane impulse may awaken in him, always remains something of the beast of prey. He may be generous within his family, and just within the confines of the group which shares his power and privilege. With only rare exceptions, his highest moral attitude toward members of other groups is one of warlike sportsmanship toward those who equal his power and challenge it, and one of philanthropic generosity toward those who possess less power and privilege.
His philanthropy is a perfect illustration of the curious compound of the brutal and the moral which we find in all human behavior; for his generosity is at once a display of his power and an expression of his pity. His generous impulses freeze within him if his power is challenged or his generosities are accepted without grateful humility. If individual men of power should achieve more ethical attitudes than the one described, it remains nevertheless typical for them as a class; and is their practically unvarying attitude when they express themselves not as individuals but as a group.
==Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics: (Library of America #263) (Niebuhr, Reinhold)
“If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers? If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat and kill him. Do we want police officers to have that mentality? Of course not.”— Arthur Rizer, former civilian police officer and member of the military
Talk about poor timing. Then again, perhaps it’s brilliant
Only now—after the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense have passed off billions of dollars worth of military equipment to local police forces, after police agencies have been trained in the fine art of war, after SWAT team raids have swelled in number to more than 80,000 a year, after it has become second nature for local police to look and act like soldiers, after communities have become acclimated to the presence of militarized police patrolling their streets, after Americans have been taught compliance at the end of a police gun or taser, after lower income neighborhoods have been transformed into war zones, after hundreds if not thousands of unarmed Americans have lost their lives at the hands of police who shoot first and ask questions later, after a whole generation of young Americans has learned to march in lockstep with the government’s dictates—only now does President Obama lift a hand to limit the number of military weapons being passed along to local police departments.
Not all, mind you, just some.
Talk about too little, too late.