plutocracies

The USA is now an Oligarchy, not a democracy, according to a recent study by professors from Princeton and Northwestern universities. "American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s ‘news’ media). The U.S., in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious ‘electoral’ ‘democratic’ countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now. Today, after this exhaustive analysis of the data, ‘the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.’ That’s it, in a nutshell" .. (more here)

Elizabeth Warren has just introduced legislation that will let students borrow money for college at the same rock-bottom interest rates that the Big Banks get.

Via: https://www.facebook.com/TheOther98

The poor man who takes property by force is called a thief, but the creditor who can by legislation make a debtor pay a dollar twice as large as he borrowed is lauded as the friend of a sound currency. The man who wants the people to destroy the Government is an anarchist, but the man who wants the Government to destroy the people is a patriot.
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William Jennings Bryan,  Principal Speech Against Unconditional Repeal (16 August 1893).

Still relevant.

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Who are the Koch Brothers

Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:

  • “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”
  • “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
  • “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”
  • “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”
  • “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”
  • “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence.  Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”
  • “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”
  • “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”
  • “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”
  • “We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”
  • “We advocate the complete separation of education and State.  Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
  • “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”
  • “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”
  • “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
  • “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
  • “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”
  • “We demand the return of America’s railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”
  • “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called “self-protection” equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”
  • “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”
  • “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”
  • “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”
  • “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
  • “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
  • “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”

The scope of the mainstream media’s dialogue regarding this issue is so narrowly focused it concerns me…..hmmm I wonder why their scope of discussion is so narrow? Could it be their funders?!

We don’t have emperors yet, but we have a House of Representatives controlled by the far right that is now nourished by streams of “dark money” unleashed thanks to the gift bestowed on the rich by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case.

READ:  PLUTOCRACY vs. DEMOCRACY

plu·toc·ra·cy

 noun \plü-ˈtä-krə-sē\

: government by the richest people

: a country that is ruled by the richest people

: a group of very rich people who have a lot of power

HIERARCHY: The power of command and precedence — established in pyramid fashion at the heart of every society — involving men as well as functions.

The notion of hierarchy highlights the most insupportable contradictions of the dominant egalitarian ideology. Theoretically, hierarchy is rejected, but in practice it’s accepted, since no society can do without it and since it’s inscribed in the genetic memory. All societies, human and animal, are hierarchical, especially the latter: human societies know extremely complex forms of hierarchy.

Egalitarian ideology, like the Western society that produced it, lives a veritable form of schizophrenia: it ceaselessly attacks hierarchy but can’t prevent hierarchies from arising, for every society engenders them. Pathological expressions of anti-hierarchy, for example, are evident in: the attack on ‘selection’ in the public schools; the dogma that all individuals, cultures,  and peoples are equal; the doctrine that conceives of information and communication in terms of ‘horizontal networks’; and other such illusions…

Anti-hierarchy quite obviously corresponds to no actual reality, since hierarchies spontaneously emerge in every domain. It’s nevertheless at the centre of the egalitarian utopia. In Western societies, this rejection of hierarchy has led to the formation of savage, chaotic hierarchies without real legitimacy, and to forms of domination that are all the more overbearing and unjust in being hedged and camouflaged in false ‘horizontal’ relations. In this way, the practice of exclusion and ostracism replaces those of sanction. It’s the reign of hypocritical hierarchy. This gives rise to the blocked society in which there’s no longer a circulation of elites, where privileged castes are established and where the reign of lawlessness rules. Its mechanisms are perverse; in business the military, the school, and government one refuses clear and explicit forms of authority for the sake of ‘negotiation’ and ‘dialogue’. In reality, the process leads to networks of influence and corruption — or to secret hierarchies. Since no one is any longer obliged to obey, they need to be bought (corrupted).

From the European perspective, a hierarchical society is not an oppressive society in the Oriental or Islamic sense. Hierarchy is the disciplined organisation of free men for the sake of their common welfare — this is hierarchy in the sense that rights imply duties and that authority must constantly prove its competence. 

Hierarchy is insupportable if it doesn’t rest on transcendental authority; it’s insupportable if it rest merely on the forces of money (no one longer orders or commands, but rather buys accomplices) — or else, it rest on nepotism. Hierarchy can only be legitimatised on the basis of a recognised superiority, founded on meritocracy and talent, on character and sound judgement.

A society that refuses a clear meritocratic hierarchy, established on the basis of just legal sanctions, inevitably falls into the hands of anarchic, tyrannical hierarchies: like mafias, ethnic gangs, pressure groups, financial powers, etc. It’s no less necessary to oppose the latest illusion, very fashionable among sociologists (our contemporary counterparts to Nineteenth-century socialist utopians): that a ‘new society’ is being organised as ‘networks’ and ‘tribes’, which will supposedly, bring about an era of communication and non-hierarchical cooperation — networks and tribes, moreover, founded solely on the individual will of those comprising them. In separating roles, hierarchical society foregoes, in contrast, the very possibility that the sovereign function will fall into the hands of others — just as it evolves in ways that are as positive as they are inescapable.

From a spiritual perspective, the abolition of the sovereign function can only culminate in the brutal domination of the market, not in the installation of horizontal networks; network societies innervated by this miraculous extravaganza called ‘communications’ reproduce the most savage and unregulated hierarchies, against which the individual remains utterly defenceless. The one certain things: the rejection of natural hierarchies gives rise to a chaotic society with the most brutal and rigid forms of hierarchy — i.e., authoritarianism.

The question thus is not for or against hierarchy (for or against selection), since it’s an unavoidable sociobiological given; the question is to know what type of hierarchy to choose.

Hierarchy can only be envisaged in terms of a holistic ensemble (i.e., as a harmonious, organic totality), in which the rules of the game are clear, rights and duties are progressive and unequal, and the superior echelons posses competence, authority, and an indisputable honesty.

— Guillaume Faye, Why We Fight: Manifesto of the European Resistance