”Divide and Rule” has rarely been more subtle, or more effective

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Some of the most vociferous proponents of ‘woke’ identitarianism are the most privileged beneficiaries of the neoliberal status quo : corporations, the political, cultural and media elites – even (give me strength) the Royal Family.

Far from challenging the establishment, wokeness has become a means through which the establishment is able to reinvent itself. Corporations and public figures are falling over themselves to gain ‘woke’ points by engaging in empty, superficial gestures which win social validation – and accumulate capital – while real, urgent, systemic social injustices remain unaddressed and unsolved.

”Divide and Rule” has rarely been more subtle, or more effective.


In defence of colour-blindness

inaya2 ~ article by Inaya Folarin Iman ☑️

”Contrary to past anti-racist arguments, many today argue that we should  judge people by their race, emphasise racial difference and think along racial lines. And no, this isn’t just the far right – this is what is being put forward by a toxic strand of the new left, woke identitarianism. This illiberal, intolerant ideology is at odds with the universalist, humanist goal of a colour-blind society. It is a disempowering, backward-looking movement….

The current obsession with race often means we are missing the true dynamics in society. Class, for instance, plays a major role in social outcomes, but discussion of it is rare. There are many white working-class people, particularly in the provinces, who do not feel they have benefited from ‘white privilege’. Indeed, they would argue that they are far from privileged. Do their ‘lived experiences’ count?”

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/06/16/in-defence-of-colourblindness/?fbclid=IwAR1GSkDb4rhJrZJ6-9YmyUilp8u-bbFjKv2FH4_e6WJdfn5LNqGTWM6cDZU


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Wokeness and Neoliberalism

”We really should stop seeing ‘Wokeness’ or ‘Political Correctness’, or any other aspect of the so-called New Left as being left-wing at all.

‘Wokeness’ is a key part of the neoliberal drive against social solidarity. Wokeness makes a virtue of the atomisation that is a key feature of life in capitalist society.

Wokeness doesn’t challenge the individuation and corrosion of social solidarity that neoliberal society brings about. It simply repackages it as PC and celebrates it. It commodifies our atomisation and sells it back to us as right-on politics.

Far from being a new kind of leftism, the woke ideology is really the militant wing of neoliberalism. It is a campaigning arm of the neoliberal outlook. This is why woke activists and big business make such comfortable bedfellows. Banks and hedge funds and other capitalist outfits love to adorn their buildings in the Pride flag. These days there are really only two places where you see woke nonsense in action : among the trendy, supposedly leftist political class, and in the capitalist class. These people profess to hate each other, but in truth they have a shared outlook…

The bravest and most ambitious political parties today will completely oppose the anti-community, anti-democratic, anti-solidarity, anti-freedom outlook of the woke elites and the business elites. and seek to provide people with that sense of collective belonging and collective influence that they are crying out for. A free and democratic and connected society – that is what we need now.”

~ extract from a speech by Brendan O’Neill at the annual party conference of the SDP, 28/09/2019,  (edited).

Saint Greta of Davos

gretaThe world is facing many critical challenges, but the solution does not lie in elites meeting in mountain chalets and deciding what is good for the rest of us.

But it makes perfect sense that the founder of Occupy, as well as  eco-warrior Greta Thunberg, are at Davos These people need each other, and have much in common.

Indeed, the global elite loves nothing more than being told off by these pseudo-radical activists.

The corporate capitalists and corrupt politicians meeting at the so-called  World Economic Forum are cynically seeking a spurious veneer of moral legitimacy, nothing more.


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Davos serves as nothing but an annual reminder of how very poorly God aims avalanches….. 😳

Right-On Richard

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Yes Richard, it’s pretty easy to delude yourself into ”truly believing” that ”stuff” like money and material possessions don’t matter, when you’ve become a billionaire through buying up formerly public services from your Tory mates on the cheap, and then renting them back to the public at twice the price — ”a positive difference”, indeed 😦.

Branson’s companies are set up so that they pay no UK taxes, but continuously leech money, particularly from the NHS, to fund a billionaire lifestyle.

What an odious parasite. What a hypocrite !……..What a **** ‼️

Oh, and by the way, isn’t it a bit strange that Branson isn’t on the “climate emergency” bandwagon along with the Royals, the Rothschilds, and the rest of the Right-On liberal establishment ?

Er, no, not really…. In two words : Virgin Airlines 😂

The Spider’s Web : Britain’s Second Empire (Film)

Anyone who argues that there’s ”not enough money” for universal education, healthcare, social welfare and aid programmes is clearly either not paying enough attention, or a shameless liar.

At least £500 billion in corporate tax is dodged globally each year by multinational corporations – enough to pay the UN’s total humanitarian aid budget 20 times over every year .

And the UK with its corporate tax haven network is by far the world’s greatest enabler of corporate tax avoidance. Up to a half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions.

Corporate tax havens represent one of the greatest scams in human history. They are a parasitic feature of a parasitic system, and the UK is very much the bloodsucker’s head.


At the demise of Empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance.


The Spider’s Web was written, directed and produced by Michael Oswald,

The Left and Brexit : A Paradox

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~ updated 18/11/2020

The populist government of Italy has proposed some very mild measures to help ordinary Italians struggling with a long economic recession. But even these have been blocked by the debt-obsessed financial fanatics of the European Central Bank and European Commission.

https://www.spiked-online.com/…/thomas-fazi-the-italian-c…/…

A whole generation of Greeks has been similarly sacrificed at the altar of EU austerity and neoliberalism.

https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/…/greece-shrinking-the-st…/

The legitimate aspiration of Catalans for autonomy and independence has been ruthlessly thwarted by the same anti-democratic EU hegemony.

https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/20…/…/01/catalonia-defiant/

And nothing is more certain than that if Britain had somehow stayed attached to the EU under a Corbyn-led government, it would sooner or later have faced similar punitive measures from the European ‘troika’ , to crush any radical measures aimed at transforming society ”for the many not the few.”

https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/brexit-britains-and-europes-opportunity/

Yet paradoxically much of the British ”left” still insists on seeing the EU as a benign, progressive force worth being aligned with. This anomalous situation exists, it seems, simply because the most vociferous leaders of the Brexit campaign were xenophobic, anachronistic right-wing Tories. This is true, but bear in mind that even broken clocks are right twice a day.

Global Warming : How Times Change

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”90% of scientists agreed” in the seventies, too !  😂

But then the idea that Global Warming is man-made was promoted by Ronald Reagan in the US when  OPEC sent the oil-price through the roof, and by Margaret Thatcher in the UK, as a means of promoting nuclear power and reducing the impact of strike action by the National Union of Mineworkers in the (then state-owned) coal industry. Nuclear power was extremely controversial prior to that time, but the demonisation of fossil-fuels inevitably led to its greater acceptance.

The Global Warming hoax also serves as part and parcel of a calculated attack on third-world economic development, and is an integral component of the new imperialism, which is no less voracious than the N M Rothschild & Sons/Cecil Rhodes variety applied in the British Empire’s ‘Scramble for Africa’ in the 19th century – but is rather its adaptive refinement.

The West’s agenda of restricting the world’s poorest people to alternative energy sources is the most pernicious and morally repugnant aspect of the spurious Global Warming Scare.

As the African economist James Shikwati says in the film linked below ”renewable power is a luxurious experimentation that might work for rich countries but will never work for Africa: I don’t see how a solar panel is going to power a steel industry – rather a transistor radio. We are being told, ‘Don’t touch your resources. Don’t touch your oil. Don’t touch your coal.’ That is suicide.”

The Warming Scam also works on the political front. ‘Environmentalism’ provided ‘the powers that be’ -(to use Evelyn de Rothschild’s ineffable phrase) -with a useful safety-valve through which the dissatisfaction of well-meaning liberals could be released. It also provided the disaffected and disillusioned masses with a stick to beat Big Business with, in the vacuum left by the fall of Communism and subsequent emasculation of the mainstream Left – but at the same time diverted them from their real oppressors : the privately-owned Central Banks; ‘The Markets’; The Military-Industrial Axis of Evil.

At one time left-wing and progressive politics embraced energy, technology, and modernity as the key to human liberation and prosperity. Now, through its adoption of a reactionary apocalyptic pastoralism, much of the ‘Left’ has been side-tracked, and its historic role of pragmatic action for ordinary people and their environment has been effectively neutralised.

Climate Change is nothing new and nothing unusual. For example, temperatures during the Medieval Warm Period, a time of great economic advance in Europe and elsewhere, were much higher than today — (ever wondered how Greenland got its name ?) – and a millennium earlier vineyards were commonplace in Roman Britain as far north as Northumbria.

The evidence presented in the film is that climate change is primarily due to processes in the Sun which impact – via the ‘solar wind’ – on cloud-formation – and NOT human activity.

Water vapour, not carbon dioxide, is by far the most important ”greenhouse gas”, and  CO2, man-made or otherwise, is NOT the driving force behind climate change now, and never has been in the past.

We can probably all agree that atmospheric pollution is not a particularly good idea, but on the other hand it really is alarmist nonsense to suggest that we are all going to drown under melting ice-caps – or something – if we continue to burn stuff.


‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ ~ full movie  (75 mins ) 


Global Warming and the New World Order : https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/global-warming-and-the-new-world-order/


The Brexit Opportunity

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In an interview reported today in the Guardian (link below), Jeremy Corbyn makes this absolutely key statement:

”If you want to regenerate an economy, as we would want to do in government, then I don’t want to be told by somebody else that we can’t use state aid in order to be able to develop industry in this country.”

Quite !

The role of the state in transforming society ”for the many not the few” is severely transcribed and curtailed by existing EU regulations.

Nothing is more certain than that if Britain somehow stayed attached to the EU under a Corbyn-led government (perhaps with SNP support), it would sooner or later face similar punitive measures from the European ”troika‘‘ that Greece under Syriza suffered (and continues to suffer).

The EU remains essentially a neo-liberal / austerity economic project, and Labour, the largest political party in Europe, must now offer an alternative.

Perhaps the rest of Europe might even follow Britain’s lead. France, for one, looks ripe for a radical change of direction !

The Left Must Fight For A Real Brexit

Former Syriza MP  Costas Lapavitsas  on the left-wing case against the EU

”After the outbreak of the Eurozone crisis, in the first few years, there was all kind of talk across Europe about reform in a left-wing direction: favouring working people, no more austerity, pro-growth measures, income redistribution and more democracy. But we have seen the precise opposite. The EU has become more rigid and less democratic.

It is now up to the left to tell people that it is perfectly possible to leave without a deal and that we should not be scared of it

After we leave, we will recapture a lot of powers from the EU which can be used to transform our economy. With those powers, we should propose an economic programme that would rebalance the economy towards industry, away from the services sector and, in particular, the bloated financial-services sector. That should go alongside turning key resources into public property, like trains, energy and water, and investment in infrastructure. And we need to start redistributing wealth – Britain’s inequality is at ridiculous levels for an advanced country.

This is what the left should propose to the British people – much of which would be impossible to do in the EU.”

Full Interview : https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/12/07/the-left-must-fight-for-a-real-brexit/?fbclid=IwAR2PZ-P6pJh-R23wZaeAqm25ZV7E5L6hFjOuVBMxKrQG1cyealSXyLQtMy8

Bad News for the 99%

The pursuit of economic – or more accurately capital – ”growth” at all costs has reached a critical point.

As William I. Robinson explains in his book ‘‘Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity’‘, the world financial system has now centralised and over-accumulated capital to such a point that investment opportunities have become limited.

Professor Robinson argues that only three mechanisms for investing excess capital remain : risky financial speculation, wars and war-preparation, and the privatisation of public institutions.

Not a pleasant outlook for the 99%, who are forced to bail out bad bets through austerity, pay for (and die in) endless wars, and suffer the consequences of the dismemberment of public services by complicit governments.

Neo-Liberalism and The Family

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When neoliberal economists, either from ignorance or intentional deception, eulogise ”full employment”, they ignore the obvious fact that lower labour-force participation rates in previous decades reflect a time when most married women were at home, not in the work-force. In those halcyon days, one earner was all it took to sustain a family.

But the capitalist class was not content to exploit just one member of each family. They wanted more, so by using economic policy to suppress wages while fomenting inflation, and later making cynical use of the so-called ”feminist” movement, they drove married women into work and wage-slavery, imposing huge external costs on the family, on child-raising, on relations between spouses, and on the children themselves. The divorce rate exploded to nearly 50 percent and single-parent households became almost the norm.

In effect, unleashed late-stage capitalism destroyed not only the economy and the environment, but also the family.


Image : Adrienne (Woman with Bangs) ~ Amedeo Modigliani, 1917