Time to end the stranglehold of the Establishment
It is fair to say that the West is going through a period when faith in politicians and the political system is at a very low point. Whatever one thinks about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union or Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States, these are, by any standards, unusual events. As were the Front National’s Marine Le Pen winning 34% of the vote in the French presidential election in May (double what her father achieved in 2002) and the AfD winning 1 in 8 votes in the Bundestag last month.
And as faith in politicians has declined so has faith in religion; outside the USA, Christianity is dying in the West and the indigenous population of Europe and North America is not warming to the latest aggressive and intolerant version of the Abrahamic delusion that has poisoned Western society since the fourth century.
People are at once cynical and ill-informed about politics – witness the enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn among people in their 20s and 30s. Some of Corbyn’s most ardent fans support his plan for large-scale nationalisation but also want to want to stay in the neoliberal EU. Both of these positions are intellectually valid but they do tend to be mutually exclusive – you simply can’t have both. Look at the way Greece was treated by the EU when it was forced to sell off state utilities to pay debts to international banks. There was no ‘bailout’ for Greece, only for the banks – privatised profits but socialised losses.
It is time acknowledge that the democratic institutions of the West are in need of a thorough overhaul. I have written before about the debt the West owes to the Classical Greece and Rome rather than to so-called ‘Judeo-Christian’ values. One of the key ideas I think can revitalise democracy and end the domination of the neoliberal Establishment (by which I mean all the main political parties in the West) is sortition – the selection of public officials by lot. Continue reading “A Proposal For Change”
Victimhood Olympics for the ultra-privileged
In 1845, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote…
“The ideas of the ruling class are, in any age, the ruling ideas.”
One does not have to be a Communist or a Corbyn-supporting trustafarian whose trendy politics owe more to Lennon than Lenin to see the truth of this observation. Like the economy and the entire political system, Western culture is dominated by the ruling class who have elevated victimhood to a seat at their top table, second only to their ruthless pursuit of money. Continue reading “Honour, Dignity And Victimhood”
This is no longer about Brexit
I told you so – The Fix Is In.
So did Emma Goldman…
“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
And Tony Benn…
“If democracy ever dies, it won’t be the Red Army; it’ll be the media that destroy democracy by denying people the voice so they can tell the government what they want.”
And Johnny Rotten…
“There’s no future, In England’s dreaming”
Even Padme Amidala…
“So this is how liberty dies.”
This is no longer about Brexit. It is about an arrogant and deeply out-of-touch ruling class that knows it can get away with anything and treats the rest of society with complete contempt. Continue reading “What’s The Point?”
Doublethink alive and well in 2019
Doublethink is a concept invented by George Orwell for his masterful novel 1984. It is basically the ability to hold two contradictory opinions at the same time and not to recognise the contradiction…
“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word -doublethink – involved the use of doublethink.
The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.” [My emphases]
“To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them” is a perfect describing of the Remain fanatics who claim supporting the neoliberal European Union is ‘progressive’ and ‘left-wing.’ Continue reading “Vive Melenchon”
“Of all forms of tyranny, the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.” Continue reading “Quote Of The Day #67”
You have to love The Prodigy. RIP Keith Flint. Continue reading “Video Of The Day #11”
All fascists are equal, but some are more equal than others
Can you believe it is thirty years since the uproar caused by the late, unlamented Ayatollah Khomeini proclaiming a death sentence on Salman Rushdie for the hideous crime of writing a book?
More importantly, can you believe that someone would write these words in 2019…
“Rushdie’s silly, childish book should be banned under today’s anti-hate legislation. It’s no better than racist graffiti on a bus stop. I wouldn’t have it in my house, out of respect to Muslim people and contempt for Rushdie, and because it sounds quite boring. I’d be quite inclined to burn it , in fact. It’s a free country after all.”
These words were written by Sean O’Grady in The Independent, a publication that prides itself on its ‘progressive’ opinions and anti-fascist credentials, unless said fascists are not white. Continue reading “The Satanic Verses – Thirty Years Later”
The Remain faction of the ruling class sense victory
“What you see is what you get
You’ve made your bed, you better lie in it
You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust
You’ll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns And the public wants what the public gets.”
‘Going Underground’ by The Jam. A Number One record back in 1980. Here’s the video…
Continue reading “The Fix Is In”