Do You Want to be a Revolutionary?

Do you want to be a Revolutionary?

All you really have to do is decide in your heart of hearts, at the deep down center of your soul that THE government is not YOUR government.

You don’t have to take up arms, or blow up buildings, or go to jail. You don’t even have to protest. You just have to conclude in your brain and decide with your will that “it” is not an “us” or “we.”

It’s a little bit like traveling. Everywhere I go in the world, there is always a government to deal with or put up with. They are always collecting taxes and fees and passing rules and regulations. I pay the taxes and fees when I have to and follow the rule or regulation if it seems sensible or just. That doesn’t mean I recognize the validity of or somehow identify with the ruling regime of the country I’m traveling in. It simply means I am adapting to the environment I happen to be in.

The same principle applies for living inside the USA and deciding to become a revolutionary. You have to deal with the government. It is sometimes convenient to follow their rules and put up with their shit. But not all the time. You can pick your battles. The important thing is the underlying relationship between you and the government. Is it your government or the government. Is it somehow a manifestation of you and your beliefs or is it an adversary that interferes with your life?

That is what the election game is all about. It’s a corporate marketing blitz to convince taxpayers that they are involved in the governmental process. If you believe it is real. If you believe that voting in Presidential elections matters, then you are not a revolutionary.

So now the election is over and the bad guy has won. The corporate media is now using the power of propaganda to focus everyone’s revolutionary energy on the bad guy at the face of the system. If you are protesting the newly “elected” President rather than the system that put him in place, then you are not a revolutionary. You are a pawn in a reality television marketing campaign.

A certain popular progressive politician recently ran a rather successful Presidential primary campaign that he marketed as a “revolution.” He didn’t win the nomination but he has now formed an organization to collect money to finance other Progressive candidates to run for different positions in the government. Calling such a strategy or plan a “revolution” is a bit ridiculous. Actually, it’s the opposite of a revolution.

It does not matter how many good progressives are pulling and yanking on the levers of the broken system. The system needs to be replaced not just managed by better, nicer and more competent people. Indeed, collecting money to convince more good people to continue working within the obviously broken system undermines the possibility for real fundamental change.

The political/economic system as presently designed requires continuous war and ever increasing energy consumption in order to thrive. If that system continues, the ecosystem is doomed.

Divest from war.
Divest from fossil fuels.
Divest from Empire!
Invest in your community instead.

We must design and implement a new system and stop participating in the one that does not work. That’s revolution.

How?

Start local.
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The Lycian Way II (The Cost of Being Alive)

Here is another one from the archive of hand written notebooks.  It is also a chapter in a new book I am working on about traveling in the Middle East.

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The Lycian Way II (The Cost of Being Alive)

Patara, Turkey  March 2013

Everything is free… Nothing is free…  Aye… there’s the rub; the fine line which fractures humanity.  The question arises every single day.  Why do we have to pay money for food and shelter?  The spiritual traditions tend to teach the opposite…love your neighbor; practice compassion, the golden rule.  For me, at least, the spiritual traditions are but metaphors to describe an instinct that is real and present in all humans.  Indeed, to push the concept into the realm of the radical, I would even suggest that the instinct is not just a human instinct but rather a fundamental force in the formula of the whole darn universe. The prophets call it kindness or love.  Scientists call it entropy… the opposite of energy.  The truth is; humans and all living things have a communal or social instinct.  

No doubt, we have an individual instinct too.  The other side of the equation.  The energy that opposes the entropy.  The two forces counter-balance one another and free will comes forth from the center. Unfortunately, these days, civilization is way out of balance.  The controlling economic system penalizes the social instinct and rewards the selfish instinct.  As such, finding that middle path in between love of self and love of others can be rather difficult.  In other words, it’s not always easy to “be nice.”        

As the cold rain pours and the harsh wind blows outside, we are warm and cozy inside with candle lighting and amazing food.  Ms. B and I are in the common room of a guest house on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We are the only guests so we have the place to ourselves. But then, an angry young woman comes forth from the storm to interrupt our private romantic dinner. I am correct in my guess about her nationality. She is American.  She is mad because she had arranged a free place to stay in the nearby village of Alinca but found the house closed, locked and empty upon arrival.  Furthermore, the Turkish cell phone she bought for the trek is not functioning so she can’t call her friend back in Fethiye to find out why the house is locked and nobody’s home.  The blowing wind and rain is a nightmare outside so she can’t set up her tent.  She desperately needs a place to stay.

“No worries,” I tell her, “they have plenty of room here.  It’s only 40 lira (20 bucks) with dinner and breakfast and the food is really amazing.”

“But I don’t have any money with me,” she says.  “I was planning to stay everywhere for free.”

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The Imaginary Revolution

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If you can imagine how something is possible there is always a chance that it will happen.  Even if the odds are significantly against it.  So imagine, if you will, a non-violent economic revolution…

How deep do I have to dig in order to explain the concept to the average reader? For me, at least, it is completely comprehensible. It seems so simple. All it has to do is unfold like a lotus flower. Why can’t everyone understand? It is a philosophical revolution. Collapse the old metaphor and replace it with a new one.  The “survival of the fittest”story is way too simplistic and one-sided.  Ecological interdependence is a much more realistic explanation of the observable world.   Down with the linear mechanical system that seeks only to win the competition and up with a dynamic organic system that seeks to live well within a healthy ecosystem.

Every cell is part of a tissue but is also an individual cell. Every tissue is part of a body, but is also an individual tissue. Every body is part of a community but is also an individual body. Every community is part of an ecosystem but is also an individual community. Every ecosystem is part of the whole planet earth but is also an individual ecosystem.

The dynamic relationship between the individual and the community. Therein lies the essence of free will. Therein lies the foundation for an economic system that makes sense. Communism/Socialism is a broken concept because it subordinates the individual instinct to the communal instinct. Capitalism/Corporatism is a broken concept because it subordinates the communal instinct to the individual instinct. Dynamic/Organic economics seeks the middle path between the two.

Capitalism is yang and Socialism is yin.
A healthy economic system is based upon the interdependence of both concepts.

Can you see the light yet?

Sometimes it acts like a particle and sometimes it acts like a wave.

Decentralize the power structures
And
Localize the economic system.

It’s not that complicated. Start with the first principle. A dynamic relationship between the individual and the community. Interdependence. Freequality. That is the foundation… the building block… The organizational structure (government) for a healthy community (state) grows out of that concept.

Dynamic/Organic Economics. (A Manifesto)

The first principle of organic economics is that all humans have an economic right to food, shelter and basic healthcare. Any government that does not guarantee those basic economic rights to all humans living within its jurisdiction is not a legitimate government.

It’s not welfare. It’s not an entitlement or a handout or charity. It’s a right. Everybody gets it. It’s your foundational bargaining position, human dignity, that allows you to participate in the free market.

The religion of capitalism is built completely upon the myth that the working class job seeker has bargaining position. But in reality, the worker does not have bargaining position. That is what the revolution is all about. If you guarantee economic rights you change the nature of the relationship between the employer and employee. The authoritarian hierarchy becomes a dynamic balance.

The theory of organic economics argues that the best way to give workers back their bargaining position/economic freedom is through the “democratization” of currency flows.

Presently, most, if not all, governments on the planet earth use some type of oligarchic linear money supply system. The currency supply is controlled by an elite central government and distributed to the population through a variety of trickle down mechanisms. In the US, they use a mechanism called fractional reserve banking. Private banks who borrow from the Fed are allowed to create money as credit and lend it out to people or institutions. In other words, when new money is added to the system, it is always given to people or institutions who have money in the first place. In other countries, the government or central bank creates the currency and passes it directly to its closest friends and relatives who then pass it down to the general population. Some governments may try to distribute currency in a way that is beneficial to the general population while some governments don’t seem to care about the populace at all. Either way, it is always a downward distribution from government insiders (bankers) to citizens.

In order to transform(revolutionize) the economic system, we must stop adding new money to the system through private banks. Outlaw fractional reserve banking. Private banks can only lend money they actually have. Instead, add new money to the system using the principles of organic economics.

In organic economics, all citizens have equal access to the circular flow of currency. Money is a function of the fair market value of food and shelter and basic healthcare within the jurisdiction that the money is distributed. It’s a mathematical equation with the community and the individual on opposite sides of the dynamic balance. There is no secret cabal of decision makers who get to decide who gets what. Money is automatically distributed according to the principles of the system. Every single person gets the exact same deal. You don’t borrow money from the oligarchy based upon your “credit rating”. You receive your fair democratic share of economic rights within the community/state where you live.

The formula itself is fairly simple. At the beginning of each month, each individual in the community/state is invested with the fair market value of food, shelter and basic healthcare in the currency of the community (how big the community? A small state? Hmm…). In exchange for that monthly investment, each individual agrees to respect the basic property rights (possessions) of other participants in the system and to contribute 50% of everything they earn (in whatever currency) on the free market back to the community/state at the end of each quarter or each year. The important thing is that money flows back and forth between community/state and individual as economic value is continually used and created.

In the confusing language of the punditocracy, you might say that everybody gets welfare (even billionaires)and everybody pays a 50% tax (even billionaires). But in organic economics, welfare is an investment in an individual and not a stigma because everyone gets it and taxes are a return to the community and not a punishment because they are based upon an agreement between people instead of imposed by psychopaths who want to fight more wars.

Do you get it yet? It makes sense. Economic democracy. Dynamic work relationships. Organic economics.

The non-violent economic revolution starts now!

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The Mythology of Money

The Mythology of Money

You learn the myth at a young age and it is continually reinforced on your consciousness for the rest of your life. It is the background illusion that makes day to day existence possible. It is the story that holds up the system. They teach it in school and on television and in the movies. If you do not believe the story, they will say you are crazy. Atheists don’t believe in God, but they believe in the myth. What is the myth? Money is a real thing.

Yeah, well, so is God… sort of… metaphorically speaking. The belief in God was real enough to serve as the foundational principle of an economic system that lasted for hundreds of years. Religion was the glue that held the economy together. Nowadays, the belief in God is optional. Instead, the belief in the reality of money is the foundational principle of the economic system. The myth of money is the glue that holds the modern economy together.

According to the myth, money is a thing out there in the world that humans can gather or collect or earn or find. Some people or institutions have lots of it, some people have smaller amounts and some people have very little or none. The story, however, is a little vague in explaining how people ended up with the money that they have now. Some people suggest that the present distribution of money is the result of evolution (they earned it in the great competition) while others suggest that it is the result of God’s plan or design. Really though, they tend to avoid the topic all together. You cannot even mention it in polite society. You can, of course, argue until you are blue in the face about the re-distribution of money. Liberal vs. conservative…. But you can’t talk about the distribution of money in the first place. We are just supposed to accept the reality that there are trillions and trillions of these things out there called money and some people and institutions have it and some don’t. That is just the way it is. You better believe it.

But what if you don’t? What if you don’t believe the myth about money but instead understand the truth about money.

In reality, money is the symbolic representation of your legal right to use economic value within the jurisdiction of the government that backs the money. In a democratic society, the value of money would be determined by an agreement between citizens. In other words, money is part of a social contract and it is used as a tool to facilitate the exchange of goods and services. As such, all citizens have access to the flow of money based upon the same basic formula. But I do not believe any such democratic society exists anywhere on earth. Instead what we have is oligarchic money supply systems. Money is used as a weapon to enslave the masses instead of as a tool to facilitate fair trade.

The same structure is used by nation states all around the world. It was originally designed by the Roman Empire and was modified by the Europeans but it is now the Americans taking the lead in spreading it world wide. It is THE mechanism that allows for the domination of indigenous local cultures by the global corporate culture.

Every nation state has an evolving amount of economic value available within its borders. In other words, old economic value gets used while new economic value is created. The distribution of money determines who gets to use the economic value that is available. A central authority controls the money supply. Theoretically, they add new money to the system by investing in projects for the benefit of the nation and subtract money from the system through taxes. Through the investment in certain activities and the taxation of other activities, the central authority shapes the economy, culture and way of life of the nation state. That is called government. It is the way things work.

Sometimes governments are monarchies, sometimes governments are dictatorships and sometimes governments are nominal democracies or republics. But it doesn’t matter. Money is always created at the center and passed downward to the citizens. If you ever run for state or federal office here in the US, it soon becomes apparent that your primary mission as a senator or congressman is not to make laws but to beg for money from the central authority on behalf of your district.

But if money is the symbolic representation of your legal right to use economic value, why is it distributed to the state or district from the outside instead of created within the state or district itself? Seem like a strange question? Can we get to the root of the question. Where does money come from? How is it made? When new money is added to the system, who adds it and who gets it? New money is obviously added to the system all the time. How much is a loaf of bread? How much was a loaf of bread ten years ago or twenty years ago?

They play the same game in every country I have ever traveled in. You can trade US dollars for the local currency on the black market or at banks or public exchanges. Many foreign currencies have lots of zeroes as governments and central banks add more and more currency to their system without increasing economic value inside their jurisdictions. This causes inflation as each individual piece of currency is worth less and less. Some governments even have to subtract zeroes from the currency because at some point it becomes ridiculous. I once paid 38,000 Zimbabwe dollars for a fast food cheese burger in Harare.

I have not yet visited a nation state that has a democratic money supply system. In my experience, there are only oligarchic systems. Money is created at the top and passed downward through the channels of the hierarchy until it eventually reaches the general public where it gets passed around. The relative cost of things in each nation state is dependent upon the amount of currency getting passed around and the availability of economic value. Behind it all is the US dollar.

The Bretton Woods conference after WWII, established the structure that essentially rules most of the world’s economic value today. Under this structure, the IMF and World Bank treat “independent” nation states in much the same way that the Federal Reserve treats the different states and communities in the U.S.. With the power to tighten or loosen the money supply and the means to direct currency flows, the central authority imposes poverty to guarantee compliant laborers and access to natural resources for multi-national corporations.

It doesn’t have to be that way. People could stop believing in the oligarchs’ money and create democratic money to pass around instead. With universal access to basic economic rights, people would have an economic incentive to work together in voluntary associations and co-ops to make their communities and the world in general a better place instead of being forced to get a “job” in order to survive.

In the last thirty years or so, the oligarchs in charge of the money supply have used the mechanism of “financial services” to direct excessive amounts of currency flow towards national security (war), fossil fuel extraction, information manipulation (propaganda) and domestic security (prisons and police). If you want to “succeed” in the modern world, those are good industries to get a “job” in. The troubling world we are living in today is largely the result of those unwise investments.  The direction of currency flow towards the above mentioned “investments” was not somehow the manifestation of the people’s democratic will.  It was the decisions of the oligarchs because they wanted to exert more control over “citizens/subjects”.

What is the difference between democratic money and oligarchic money? Democratic money is based upon a social contract between the people participating in the economic system. Oligarchic money is created by governments and corporations (banks approved by the fed) and lent with interest to the people participating in the economic system.

Democratize the money supply!

The non-violent economic revolution starts now…

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Standing Rock

Standing Rock

The line is drawn, what side are you on? Do you believe in democracy or corporate capitalism? You can’t believe in both because the two concepts are contradictory. There is no such thing as a corporate capitalist democracy and the tragedy now unfolding at Standing Rock demonstrates that ugly truth. The water supply of 16 million people is threatened for the sake of corporate profits. In response to that threat, the people have made every possible objection through so called democratic channels. They have petitioned the courts and overwhelmingly contacted their “representatives”. They have held rallies and waived signs. They have made phone calls and written letters. They have even placed their bodies peacefully in front of the threat as water protectors. If this nation state was even remotely democratic, the pipeline would already have been cancelled. But as the standing rock controversy so clearly demonstrates, we are subjects of a corporate state, not citizens of a participatory democracy. Voting is a game designed to distract people from the reality that would otherwise be obvious. The government serves the interests of capital not the interests of citizens.

Nevertheless, all is not lost. We just have to engage the opposition on the proper playing field. Stop pretending that the government can or will save the day. Smiling Barry doesn’t give a potato about you and your water supply. Neither does the Trumpster or the department of injustice or the corp. of engineers. They don’t work for you. They work for the corporate state. The theatre of operations is capitalism not democracy so the only thing that counts is profits. As such, if you really want to help the cause of Standing Rock, you have to go after the profits. Accordingly, there are a few substantial things you can do.

1. If you have money or investments in or through Wells Fargo, Citibank, Bank of America, Chase, or any other institution that is invested in the Dakota Access pipeline, take all the money out today. It would be helpful to write a nice polite letter to said institutions explaining why you are removing the money. You could put the money in your local credit union instead, or in a different bank or in your mattress or in a hole in your backyard. You could even send some of the money to the water protectors. The reality is: If you are writing letters or making phone calls to “representatives” in government and you still have money in these institutions, you are fooling yourself.

2. Put your body on the line. Go to standing rock to join the water protectors. Do not take this action lightly. It is not a “free speech zone,” a pep rally or a rock concert. It is an occupation.. a resistance to corporate power. The situation is escalating and becoming more dangerous by the day. If my information is correct (it may not be). Energy Transfers is contractually obligated to complete the pipeline by December 31. If they do not complete it by then, the amount of money they charge for gas flowing through the pipeline will be subject to market price instead of the contract price agreed upon when the pipeline project was begun. Since the price of gas has fallen from almost a hundred dollars a barrel to less than fifty, that’s a difference of billions of dollars. In other words, if they can’t get it done by the 31st, the project will no longer be economically viable and will probably get cancelled. If the water protectors can hold off the black snake for that long, they may very well win the battle. (Of course, smiling Barry will probably step in and take credit for cancelling it with some bullshit rhetoric about democracy, but the real reason will be economics). Anyway, because of the fast approaching deadline, the corporate state has issued a notice of eviction to the water protectors for December 5th. They are threatening to arrest and forcibly remove the water protectors on that date. With billions of dollars on the line and thousands of protesters, things are likely to get very very ugly. If you are going to Standing Rock for the month of December, I commend you for your bravery. But please, understand the consequences. The stakes are very high and so are the risks. But no matter what you do, stick to the stated principle of the water protectors and practice non-violence. Violence causes more violence. If you think that you can out shoot or out gun the corporate state, you are a fool. You are playing into their hands. The only method that can possibly win is non-violent resistance. Be especially aware of the agents of empire who will undoubtedly be sent to infiltrate the water protectors and use violence so that the state will have an excuse to respond with violent oppression. That is the way the corporate state operates.

3. Send money and/or supplies to the water protectors at Standing Rock if you can’t go yourself. The front lines of any battle always need supply lines and thanks to modern technology, you can probably help the water protectors by sending them financial or material support from the comfort of your living room. However, as the situation continues to escalate, the corporate state will do its best to blockade such supplies and if you do attempt to provide them with financial assistance you will probably end up on corporate state’s database of uncooperative serfs.

4. A radical non-violent strategy: Beginning in the late 1970s and continuing through six consecutive presidents (democrats and republicans), the U.S. economy has undergone a process that can best be described as financialization. The end result of that process is that most ordinary Americans don’t have much financial equity anymore. The amount they hold in bank savings accounts is minimal so the big banks won’t give a shit if a few people remove their savings and put it in a credit union instead. The facts on the ground are: most Americans have debt and a credit line instead of substantial savings. Access to capital is based on how much you can borrow rather than how much you have. They call it leverage in the business world. Anyway, the point is… millions of Americans have credit cards (junk bonds for little people) issued by the above mentioned institutions (Wells Fargo, Citibank, Bank of America and Chase, etc.). On those credit cards, they have an outstanding balance, a monthly payment that includes interest and available credit. The easiest thing you can do and the least you can do is transfer your credit card balance to an institution (your local credit union or a different bank) that is not invested in the pipeline. While such an action is beneficial and the right thing to do, it won’t effect the bottom line of the big banks by too much because the institution you transfer to will have to pay off the big banks. If you really want to threaten the financial well being of the big banks, I would suggest organizing a nationwide boycott of monthly payments on credit cards. Send your monthly payments to the yet to be established, “Standing Rock First Amendment Legal Defense Fund” instead. Make a photocopy of your check and send the photocopy to the big bank in question along with a letter that says something like this: “Pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Citizens United, it is firmly established in U.S. Law that the payment of money is a form of political speech protected by the first Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I believe it is fundamentally wrong to use my money to invest in an oil pipeline that threatens the water supply of 16 million people. As such, I am choosing to direct my monthly payments to the people protecting the water instead of to the people threatening the water. If you do not fully credit my account for this payment or in any way damage my credit rating for this action, I will consider it a violation of my first amendment rights and pursue legal action for compensatory and punitive damages against you.”

This is, of course, a very risky strategy for an individual to pursue. If only a couple people did it, they would simply lose their credit cards and ruin their credit ratings as the big banks would simply ignore the letter. While the proposed legal action under the first amendment and Citizens United is theoretically possible, it would be a very long and time consuming court battle and lawyers don’t usually work for free. If, however, several hundred people or several thousand people could be convinced to participate, their monthly credit card payments could be pooled by the “Standing Rock First Amendment Legal defense fund” to pay the lawyers to bring the first amendment case against the banks. I, personally, have the Internet organizing skills of a Neanderthal and my time is fully occupied chasing a toddler. But if someone out there is skilled in that department, I would encourage them to start a petition or a group or whatever organizational form they can think of to get people to sign up for such a boycott. Ideally, you would want to get as many people as possible to sign on in advance and have everyone send their first amendment letter instead of payment on the same day. Actually, the mere existence of a large enough number of people who are willing to participate would apply significant economic pressure on the institutions in question.

I should probably emphasize before closing that I make the above radical suggestion as an outsider rather than as a potential participant. I started practicing organic economics 22 years ago. Accordingly, I have no credit cards (only a debit card) and no “investments” in greed machines (corporations). If everyone listened to me, they would withdraw all their money from globalized greed machines (multinational corporations) and invest it in the communities where they lived instead. But that would be a non-violent economic revolution so it’s probably just a pipe dream.

Finally, I would like to say that my heart and soul goes out to the good people at Standing Rock. I am sending them my prayers, my thoughts, my good vibes and my positive energy. Thank you for doing what all the serfs throughout the country should start doing if they would only wake up and see reality. Resist the corporate empire with determined non-violence.

I stand with Standing Rock.

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A Little Light in the Election Darkness

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A Little Light in the Election Darkness

I was wrong. It’s feels good to admit that once in a while. The universe just gave me a dose of humility to help round out my soul. I was all wrong about the election. I thought for sure that Hillary was going to win in a landslide. Of course I did not want Hillary to win. I didn’t want Trump to win either. As most people who know me are aware, I don’t vote in Presidential elections as a matter of principle. Democracy breaks down the greater the number of participants. And I don’t see the point in voting for people rather than policies. In my opinion, it’s a great big charade. It’s a friendly competition between two teams of oligarchs to see who gets to screw over the underclass for the next four years. Since both teams of oligarchs have been steadily applying the same policies for the last thirty years or so, it really makes little difference which party wins. This country needs a non-violent economic revolution, not another ruler to love or hate on the tv screen. Nevertheless, I thought for sure Hillary and the democrats had it in the bag. How in the world did the crazy clown pull it off?

For many years I have been fascinated by the intersection of economics and politics and this year’s Presidential election is an amazing demonstration of my theories on that intersection. I was dead wrong about the result but my underlying analysis was more or less on target. I simply misunderstood one little variable and that screwed up my conclusion.

First, the basics. Aside from the 01% who rule things, and the other 01% who are not even allowed to play (incarcerated or homeless), America has two distinct economic classes. It helps to realize what class you are in because the day to day lived experience of the two classes is dramatically different. Indeed, I would suggest that the two distinct classes have such different day to day realities that they do not understand each other at all.

At this particular time in history, approximately 70% of US citizens live survival check to survival check. Their survival checks come from minimum wage jobs or part time jobs or “free lance” jobs or some minuscule government subsidy or private pension survival ration. They have less than a thousand dollars in savings, very little home equity, no stocks or bonds and very high mortgage payments or rent to keep a roof over their heads. In other words, they are one unfortunate mishap away from seriously desperate circumstances. Their day to day existence is one of anxiety and work and more anxiety and more work. They don’t have the time to research detailed articles on politics or economics because they are too busy trying to make ends meet. No doubt they are exposed to large doses of mass media and they have their favorite source of news and information but politics is not something they focus on. I call this class, “the precariate” because their economic reality is so precarious. The majority of the precariate does not usually vote. And when they do vote it is based mainly on instinct and the superficial background information provided by the mass media. They do not vote based on detailed analysis of economics or policy.

The other 30% of US citizens do not live survival check to survival check. They have decent paying jobs, money in the bank, some home equity, and a few stocks, bonds or investments. Although they too suffer through tragedy, anxiety and stress because they are slaves of the corporate organizational structure, they are not one step away from seriously desperate circumstances. They have some leisure time to read the intellectual magazines and to study detailed analyses of economics and politics. They also have time to attend protests and rallies and to participate in the political process. They don’t necessarily understand politics or economics but they have lots of information and ideas to support their misunderstanding. I call this class, “the prosperiate” because their economic reality is fairly prosperous. The overwhelming majority of the prosperiate do vote. Generally speaking, they vote for one of the two teams of oligarchs (democrats or republicans). Their intellectual magazines and detailed economic and political analyses always convinces them that the two political teams are the only “realistic” options.

Generally speaking, it is the prosperiate who decide elections in the US because they are the ones that vote. They believe they are being good citizens by participating in a governmental process. Some people even get very patriotic and proud about it. But, in reality, their individual votes are statistically irrelevant and their opinions and analyses are ignored by the oligarchs. For the most part, the prosperiate vote is divided equally between the Democrats and Republicans with a little fluidity depending upon circumstances on the ground. The single most important variable that controls the outcome of elections is the day to day economic reality of the prosperiate.

I thought for sure that Hillary and the Democrats were going to win in a landslide this year because the facts on the ground are that Barack Obama and the Democrats have been quite good economically for the prosperiate. The economic world was on shaky ground even for the prosperiate at the end of George Bush’s term. The Republican team had fucked things up so bad that Capitalism itself was on the ropes. As such, Barack Obama had a unique opportunity to transform things. But he didn’t transform things. Instead, he just proved himself to be a remarkably good manager of the capitalist system. His team of bankers and Wall Street insiders got the money flowing again. If you are a member of the prosperiate, then you are probably aware of this economic reality. Life is way better at the end of Barack Obama’s term than it was at the end of George Bush’s. If you combine this truth with the fact that the Republican candidate presented himself as a mysoginistic, racist asshole, it seemed obvious to me that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats would win in a landslide. But I was wrong.

The precariate doesn’t usually decide elections because the precariate don’t usually vote very much. They understand intuitively that the process is bullshit and they can’t be bothered wasting their time. Every once in a while, however, a particularly persuasive orator with the right marketing plan will con the precariate into participation. I will call this, the rock star effect.
Ronnie Reagan was probably a rock star but I was too young to be aware of it. The first rock star candidate that I witnessed was Barack Obama in 2008. Since ethnic minorities make up a high percentage of the non-voting precariate, he had a unique advantage in convincing them to play in the election game. By 2012, of course, the jig was up. The precariate was painfully aware of the fact that Obama and the Democrats were full of shit and they went back to their non-voting well justified cynicism. They did not turn around and vote for Republicans, they just did not vote at all. Obama won in 2012 by winning the votes of the prosperiate.

This is the thing that baffles me. Most but not all of my regular social contacts are members of the prosperiate. They still do not seem to believe that the big con happened because they did not really have to suffer the consequences. Indeed, in some respects, they were secondary, minor beneficiaries of it. The precariate, however, is painfully aware of the consequences even if they don’t understand exactly how it happened. What is the economic truth?

Financial engineering. In the last eight years, the oligarchs engineered the largest transfer of real world wealth upward from the lower classes to the oligarchs in the history of the world. Most of the prosperiate class was lucky enough to get their hands on some of that wealth as it passed its way upward so they are still doing pretty good. But a significant percentage of the prosperiate class fell into the precariate class and the precariate class as a whole got slammed.

I don’t blame Obama personally. He was merely the smiling front man. The brain trust at Goldman Sachs probably came up with the concept. Republicans and democrats were both in on it but it was a democratic administration that implemented it. The primary mechanisms they used to pull this maneuver off included TARP, bank bailouts and quantitative easing. They also did not prosecute bankers for obvious fraud. But this is not the place for a detailed analysis of their little economic magic trick. If you have the time to research politics and economics you can probably figure it out. My point is a simple one. The prosperiate class seems blissfully unaware that the magic trick happened. At most they might mention it as one issue among many. But the precariate class has to live with its consequences in their day to day economic reality… Full time “jobs” are now part time “jobs”. The “jobs” available are minimum wage part time jobs in the service sector. The cost of shelter is going through the roof. The only food that is affordable is chemically laden genetically modified corporate garbage. It now costs money to drink water. Indeed, it now costs money to do anything and money is just not available. In other words, day to day economic reality for the precariate class really really sucks. They may not know how or why the system has fucked them over but they do know that it has.

Which is why I assumed that the precariate would not vote. After all, a vote is an affirmation of the system. A republican is just the same as a democrat. Only a rock star conman could convince the precariate to go out and participate in the election game. Which is why I was wrong about the election. I didn’t think Trump was a rock star conman. I thought he was an absurd clown and obvious conman. I even thought he and Hillary were in on it together. He was there to make the opposition look bad so that Hillary could generate momentum for her more aggressive war in Syria. Apparently, the Trumpster was a much better con man than I gave him credit for. The democrats took the bait and responded to his rather unusual candidacy in the stupidest way ever.

In retrospect, it seems obvious to me that Hillary lost the election the day she referred to Trump’s supporters as “a basket of deplorables”. And it wasn’t just her, it was the entire Democratic campaign. They did not debate, discuss, and intelligently criticize candidate Trump’s various policy proposals, instead they insulted the citizens who were “stupid” enough to vote for him. If you have social media or you watch television you were exposed to the barrage of memes and insults. Fascists, nazis, racists, bigots, crackers, white trash, losers, meth heads, stupid people, morons. They would capture an image of the most absurd example of a Trump supporter doing something stupid and splash it all over the news feed. Half of them were probably actors. It all makes perfect sense to me now. The democrats had a lock on the people who usually vote. Donald Trump was entertaining to people who don’t vote. They probably would have just laughed at Trump’s obnoxious character and stayed home like they usually do until the Democrats started egging them on. When the entire media and political establishment joined in the pile on against Trump, a tidal wave of condescending was directed towards his supporters. Action therefore reaction. The entire establishment was telling them not to vote for this guy. Their attitude is; fuck the establishment. So, of course, they voted for him. In other words, President Trumpster is Karmic Payback to Democrats for pissing on the precariate class.

But alas my dear friends who are Democrats, things are not as bad as it seems on this time of election darkness. This was not a cout de tat. The Donald is not a Dictator. Those scary people you saw on television and in Facebook memes are not taking over the government. Team Republican of the oligarchs just beat out team Democrat in a marketing contest. The well-mannered, smooth talking, ethnic minority figurehead is about to be replaced by a rude, obnoxious, clown figurehead. The oligarchs will move a few seats around and the system and the Empire will continue. If you voted for Hillary, you are probably a member of the prosperiate class. Since team republican generally pursues the same economic policies as team Democrat and those policies sort of benefit the prosperiate, your life will probably continue pretty much the same as it is now. It may even get a little bit better. Hopefully, though, with an obnoxious clown on the nightly news every night, you will be inspired to learn about and criticize the dreadful things your government does to others for the sake of your economic benefit. The massacre in and wholesale destruction of the once prosperous nation state of Libya comes to mind. Not to mention the economic warfare waged against your fellow citizens through the aforementioned magic trick.

So anyway, I am finding myself strangely optimistic in the face of the Trumpster’s presidency. Not because I think he will adopt good policy. There is no such thing as good policy in a capitalist empire. No doubt about it, the clown is going to kick the precariate constituency that put him in office right in the head just like Obama did to his precariate constituency. They will probably have a good laugh about it during their Oval Office meeting. Obummer did it as soon as he named his Goldman Sachs cabinet and I will bet you dollars to donuts that the Trumpster names a bunch of old hands from team republican to run his show as well. After all, it is not as if the clown has a plan to run the government. The Trumpster dumpster full of wacky policy ideas he tossed out during the campaign was not even a coherent ideology. Perhaps he will shut down the TPP and improve relations with Russia. That would be good. But I won’t hold my breath.

I’m optimistic about the Trumpster’s reign because I believe his presence will inspire people to act in opposition to empire. I know the media is trying to spin the election result as some sort of manifestation of racism, misogyny and lurking cultural backwardness. But the media is full of shit with a not so hidden agenda. They are trying to incite a culture/race war in order to fend off an economic revolution that is becoming more and more possible all the time. The election of the Trumpster clown to the highest office was a rejection of the globalized capitalist economic system, it was not the choosing of a race-based mysoginist tyrant. And when the Trumpster clown governs just like other republicans, the precariate who put him in office will reject him too.

That’s right, the times ahead look interesting and entertaining as well. Yeah, I know, my democratic friends who are members of the prosperiate are afraid of real revolution. What can I suggest to appease their fear? Try not to worry too much because it probably won’t happen. There is at least a 30% chance that the BS wing of the Democratic Party will co-opt the revolution with a promise of cookie crumbs for the precariate and Capitalism will continue on it’s merry way until it destroys the planet in a climate meltdown or nuclear conflagration. There is also probably a 30 % chance, the Trumpster and his republican team will save capitalism by providing the precariate with decent jobs in the ever growing “homeland security” and “world conquest” industries. How many serfs does it take to build a wall? In which case, Capitalism will continue on it’s merry way until it destroys the planet in a climate meltdown or nuclear conflagration.

That leaves about a 40% chance for economic revolution. It’s not quite probable but it is possible. I will takes those odds. Way better than years passed. I guess it is also possible that the revolution will be violent but it certainly doesn’t have to be. When the European descendants in the precariate become disillusioned with their clown President, the situation will be ripe. The mass media is trying to ignite a culture war between the two sides of the precariate in order to distract them from focusing on the Oligarchs. Don’t feed the media’s fire. Reach out to the precariate no matter what their race or how “stupid” their superficial politics. Love trumps hate. Try to empathize with the desperation a broken economic system has imposed upon them. They were so desperate, in fact, that they voted for a clown. If the opposite sides of the precariate culture war can unify to fight for their common economic interests, the oligarchs will lose. All they need is a plan or theory or concept to get behind.

Not Capitalism
Not Socialism
Organic economics
Reverse financial engineering
DEMOCRATIZE THE MONEY SUPPLY
Quantitative ease the precariate class!
Viva la Revolution

And have a very wonderful day.

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Happy Election Day

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Happy Election Day!

I wasn’t even going to watch the debates because I think the whole Presidential campaign is a “reality television” bullshit performance to distract Americans from their monetary slavery and continuous war economy. But I thought it might be mildly entertaining and sociologically interesting so I tuned in to see. What I witnessed and the reaction to what I witnessed was absolutely insane.

She said it live on national television during the second debate. I heard it myself with my own two ears. She favors imposing a no-fly zone on Syria. Anyone with even a limited understanding of international relations is aware that Russia is presently flying missions in Syria on behalf of the Syrian government. Imposing a no-fly zone in Syria is war with Russia. She proposed WWIII on national television as a “campaign promise” and all anyone could talk about afterwards was the mysoginistic clown who stalked her around the stage.

Actually, the historians will probably put the start date for the slowly unfolding WWlll on 9-11-2001. Or maybe they will back date even further to when the Soviet Union collapsed and all those psychotics in the council on foreign relations concocted their crazy plan to take over the whole world (The Project for a New America Century). When it started doesn’t matter. The reality is that the US is already up to its knees in war (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, the Congo and probably several other “theaters”). During the reign of Obama, the expansion of the US military footprint internationally has increased dramatically. More drones, more bases, more weapons, more special forces and more “private security corporations”. In other words, more war because the people who run the economy know that war is very good for business.

Yeah, I know, a campaign promise is only a campaign promise. She doesn’t necessarily have to start an active hot war with Russia just because she says during a debate that she favors such a thing. But the reality is, regime change in Syria and a warm war with Russia would be really good for the economy. Or, at least, it would be really good for that segment of the economy that financed her campaign. I know that and she knows that. The question is; do the American people know that. Do they know what they are voting for?

But what about Donald? Oh yeah, the Donald. You have to be kidding me? You really think they will let that clown become President? Well then, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I will sell you too. Do I have to spell it out for you? Did you watch the debates? He was so obviously “performing” the part of the bad guy it was ridiculous. Hillary and Donald are not competing against each other in a Presidential election. They are working together to sell you a product. The product they are selling is war and empire. Donald Trump is a metaphorical stand in for Putin. He is acting like an asshole on purpose. He is there to make the opposition to Empire look bad. And when Hillary wins the election in a landslide victory, they are going to use her victory as a mandate for a more aggressive war against Russia in Syria.

Is there any other rational explanation for the nonsense we are witnessing? Does the Empire really think they can “win” a war against Russia? Do they want to destroy the whole planet in a nuclear confrontation? Of course not. No doubt they think they can keep it under control. Smart power is the new catchphrase of the regime changers. The whole lot of them played way too much of the board game Risk as teenagers and it seriously damaged their psyches. Now they think they can roll the dice and win the whole planet. Russia and Vladimir are in their sites. With cyber war and financial war and propaganda war and perhaps some missiles and bombs in Syria, they think they can take out Russia. And this little media dance between the Hill and the Donald is an important part of their propaganda.

If I thought elections were real or legitimate I would vote for Jill Stein because her platform of ideas and policies is the most sensible. I don’t exactly agree with her on some things because she does not yet “see” or seem to understand organic economics but at least she is in the ballpark. I do wonder, however, why a nice lady like her wants to be CEO of the war machine.

Anyway, I say vote for whoever your favorite media outlet tells you to vote for. I don’t care if you choose the mysoginistic clown or the war mongering witch or even the neo-liberal pothead. I’m going to like you all the same. But please, when the election is over and HRC wins in a landslide and the hyped up media campaign segways into a full on drumbeat for war in Syria (a no fly zone) stand up and say no. That is the direction the train is heading. That is the product they are trying to sell us. War and Empire. They want to do to Damascus what they did to Sarajevo, Baghdad and Tripoli. If only there was a way to stop them.