”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).

Wokeness and Neoliberalism

woke.png”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).

Full Text : https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/09/30/anti-woke/?fbclid=IwAR1xu_vHQBE6DhdaMD04uH8e1Rx_Qn58LN54D2OCu0ds8MxIPrRUCuvhz6w

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 😂

Leave Them Kids Alone

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These children are not “engaged” – they are scared stiff.

But adults should stop scaring kids about climate change. They should dispel children’s worst fears, not encourage them. Their fears about the future should be challenged in the same way as their fears of ghosts and monsters.

And it is not science that has put this apocalyptic understanding of climate change into these children’s heads. The truth is that science has yet to detect any statistical increase in the kinds of floods, wildfires, droughts and storms that these kids have been told will rip civilisation from its foundations.

Moreover, even if natural disasters were to multiply in the way that the doom-merchants predict, far fewer people would be exposed to them than in the past. Thanks largely to the very economic development that is held responsible for climate change, extreme weather today kills barely two per cent of the number of people it claimed in the early 1900s, despite the global population increasing nearly five-fold. ( sourcehttps://www.spiked-online.com/…/the-myth-of-a-climate-cris…/ )

It is extremely unlikely that any of these young strikers, their children, or even their great-great-grandchildren will ever experience climate-change-related devastation.

Yet irresponsible teachers, journalists, broadcasters, politicians and even academics have told them that they are going to die horribly and that they have no future.

At the same time, any semblance of perspective, or even debate, on the causes of climate change, in schools, textbooks, media and the public sphere has quite shamelessly been effectively abolished.

We can, I hope, all agree that atmospheric pollution is a ‘bad thing’, but it really is alarmist – and dangerous – nonsense to suggest, especially to impressionable young minds, that we are all going to drown under melting ice-caps (or something) if we continue to burn stuff.

The scare-mongering does however divert kids’ attention away from the issues that really do threaten their future – the dumbing-down and financialisation of education; growing inequality; permanent war; permanent debt; money-worship and gross materialism; the mendacity of their rulers; etc, etc….

And perhaps that is the whole point.


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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/


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

Trickle-Down ?

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Trickle-down economics, explained in detail.

The Oxfam Davos Report, studiously ignored by mass media, shows that 62 individuals – (it was 388 in 2010) – now own more wealth than 50% of the world’s population combined. More shockingly it reports, from uncontested public sources, that the share of wealth of half of the world’s people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.

The assertion that ‘’the poor are being lifted out of poverty in ever greater numbers’’ is still repeated despite the hard evidence that, in fact, the poorer half of humanity has lost almost half of their wealth in just the last five years.

What does it mean for the “trickle-down” theory when, in truth, the trickle goes UP in hundreds of billions to the rich from the already poor and destitute ?

What can we say now of the endlessly proclaimed doctrine that the global market brings “more wealth for all” when, in fact, unimpeachable business evidence shows that the opposite is the reality on the ground and across the world ?

 

https://geopolitics.co/…/how-the-rich-eat-the-poor-and-the…/

Don’t You Just Love Tory Britain ?

wagesTo be fair, these figures are pretty miserable almost everywhere, though they are particularly shocking for the UK, when you consider the inexorable growth in executive pay, financial-sector bonuses, and dividends.



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That abject neo-liberal propaganda tool, the BBC, is loudly trumpeting the ‘statistic’ that UK unemployment is ”at its lowest since 1975.” …..But…..

(1) If you work just one hour a week you are classed as ’employed’

(2) Two million workers are on zero-hours contracts

(3) 4.7 million working people are (officially) in poverty

The ”encouraging unemployment figures” paraded for our admiration are so manipulated as to be farcical.

The truth is that Britain’s emasculated, part-time, low-rights, low-pay workforce is being systematically degraded into a disposable ‘service class’, to meet the requirements of a rapacious and increasingly hubristic super-rich global corporatist elite.


NEO FEUDAL

https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/neo-feudalism/