The Illusion of Change

I think I need to amend Knowles' First Law, or add a new paragraph thereto. The First Law has it that any controversy over symbolism in the media is created to disguise another symbolic message altogether. The classic example of this is the controversy over MIA's middle finger at the Super Bowl, which disguised the grotesque display of pseudo-occult militarism of Madonna's halftime show.

But the past several weeks I've been waiting for the harsh reality that the gay marriage controversy was meant to distract everyone from, and now with the dismal employment numbers, the ongoing damage of the Sequester and Obama's plan to sell out Social Security the other shoe may well have dropped.

Since the election we've heard no end of crowing about the death of the Republican Party and the rise of the new Democratic majority and the inevitable triumph of "social justice" and multiculturalism and all of the other new and inviolate sacred cows. Obama is the "New Reagan" who will form a new politics that will change America to suit the wishdreams of hyper-privileged white "progressives" in the media and academia and we'll all live happily ever after.

The only problem is that all of it is bullshit; new window dressing on the same old scam.

The ultimate grail of the dictator is the illusion of change- the harmless controlled opposition that will generate a lot of heat but no light. It's a magician's trick- a deceptive diversion much like all the phony symbolism in the media. It's why "progressive"- a term borrowed from the Marxist concept of linear progression towards a utopian society- replaced "populist." It's why "social justice"- essentially a synonym for divide and rule tactics repackaged as identity politics- replaced the idea of economic justice.

You see, most of what passes for a Left in this country- almost entirely based in the university/NGO/media axis- are in fact the children of wealth, often extreme wealth, and privilege. Though they may be too stupid to understand it consciously, somewhere in there they probably realize that fighting for economic justice means money coming out of their own pockets.

As I write, Obama- who any sane, intelligent person realizes is perhaps the ultimate Democrat in Name Only, a Wall Street created, funded and sustained Rockefeller Republican (perhaps more so than Nelson Rockefeller himself) offers up a diversion of essentially symbolic social and cultural issues while doing every single thing that the billionaire hedge fund managers who own his soul demand he do.

The Sequester- this insane austerity program that will ravage working families in this country in a way that may well be irreversible- is perhaps his ultimate con.

His Treasury secretary dreamed it up and then sold it to the House GOP, who temporarily allowed Obama to wash his hands of it, a la Pontius Pilate. But once the knife starts cutting into America's bone that blood will likely stain, Lady MacBeth style. Not that Obama cares- he's looking at a Clinton-styled future of hobnobbing with the transnational ultra-rich and setting up ego-inflating Obama-brand NGOs that will help open up new markets, most likely in Africa, for his corporate patrons.

And now Obama is offering up Social Security for sacrifice to his dark lords, an act that will plunge millions of Americans, especially the sick and the old- into abject desperation.

Now you see the utter obscenity of this Obama scam- he was put into place to stick knives in the backs of his people (and with the drone program, other people as well) that no white politician could ever get away with.

It's the Nixon Goes to China gambit- none of the hippie-hating working class Democrats who voted for Tricky Dick could ever dream he was fixing to cut their legs out from underneath them by opening Communist labor camps to American manufacturers. Oh well...

The scamsters rely on the identity dodge to feed their left/right dichotomy. Divide people who otherwise might find common cause and unite against economic injustice, based in the rapacious and deliriously corrupt securities exchange and banking rackets. Destroy the middle class so everyone is weak and powerless. Keep the working classes ever on the defensive through a bewildering host of hoops and hurdles.

And not to upset the almost invariably all-white staffs of "progressive" sites like Salon, but no, in fact nothing changed at the Election.
At all.

Congress doesn't represent its voters, it represents its donors. Period. And the Republicans are still have actual control of the House and de facto control of the Senate, thanks to the weak, semi-senile and compromised Harry Reid.

And they have their mole at 1600 Penn, doing the work a President Romney could never have dared. So it's a trifecta for a party who is only playing dead.

I got wise to this technique some years ago, when a British police chief was asked why bobbies don't carry guns. He said that the idea was not to project a threatening image that people would react against, but to "make it look like you losing when you were winning." Indeed, the bobbies borrowed LA police chief Daryl Gates' trick during their riots- let the yobs and the thugs run rampant. That way no one will stand up for their families when the budget ax comes down, which it most certainly did.

Pity poor Salon editor Joan Walsh- a veritable posterchild for the hyper-privileged white "progressive"- she keeps writing or commissioning these impotent pleas for the GOP to roll over and play dead because Obama won the election. I actually truly believe that Republicans piss themselves laughing reading that stuff in the morning. If you see some troglodyte Senator with a particularly amused look on CSPAN it could well be that he just read some whine on Alternet or Salon.

Come to think of it, things have changed since the Election- they've gotten worse. Never mind all of the "social justice" window dressing coming out of the White House- divide and rule and rape and pillage proceed unhindered.

"Progressives" are constantly brainwashed- literally every single day in the media- to accept everything that their favored media organs tells them is the truth. Questioning any of it- a single jot or tittle- makes you a "conspiracy theorist." That will surely earn you a dirty look or two down at the local Starbucks, which is all the discouragement status conscious "progressives" need.

I'm sure questioning just whose interests the Democratic Party really serves is every bit as verboten.

Cui Bono?

UPDATE: Amitai Etzioni, a guy whose work I believe has been misinterpreted and many times unfairly attacked, schools the liberals on Salon.


  1. Bingo. Few want to admit we live in a one party state because it would destroy their worldview but what else can you call it when there is no political conflict over the substantive issues of the day?

    People are starting to figure out that the economy is a giant wealth skimming operation? Let's start a debate over gay marriage or Sandra Fluke!

    We deserve every bit of the hatred that our children will shower on past three generations of Americans.

  2. Democrats are not weak-willed wimps who fail to stick up for their base with every compromise. But they play them on TV.

  3. This is all so true. Ron/Rand Paul are just part of your "controlled opposition" side show. I know you detest William Cooper but he said much the same thing with regard to topic politics: Everyone is really working toward the same goal of totalitarianism even if they aren't fully aware of the hands that guide them. Everything that appears to be at odds is simply a distraction. That point is unavoidably evident.

  4. Hey Chris,

    This is literally the best piece of political writing that I've read in fucking ages. Seriously, man. Every paragraph sings with blatant, inarguable truth. My already vast respect for you deepens considerably.

    You know, this really is the new Global Serfdom. It's the shiny fascist utopia; the beginnings of the Last Dark Age. It's the old bait-and-switch that colonisers have been using for thousands of years, and today people still get a lump in the throat and a quiver in the voice when they even think of questioning received authority.

    And those dirty looks down at the local Starbucks are more frightening than calling bullshit when you see it, smell it, and are smeared with it every day of your life. Just keep your head down and keep sucking on that fellateuccino. And we call ourselves mature, free-thinking individuals? Sheesh.

    The fact that we now live in a world that calls racism 'identity-politics' and 'multiculturalism'...and calls slavery 'social justice', just highlights how sick and twisted these ultra-rich sociopaths really are. And how institutionally apathetic much of the western population has become.

    At least folks like you are still unwilling to pull your punches. The Emperor has no clothes on. And he's laughing at us. And he's a rapist and serial killer. That should frighten the more lucid members of our society.

    But until people realize that there is no safe 'normal', no safe 'supposed to think' and no safe 'submission' these bait and switch methods will continue to work.

    Until they don't anymore. And by then it'll be too late, and people will realize that they are figuratively living in one of those home-invasion horror movies where creatively-masked killers torment and defile the occupants of a household. Except that it'll be happening in every house in every city. And if you mange manage to pull off their masks, you'll find the maniacally grinning faces of our elected officials.

    That might sound pretty dark and harsh and a touch too all-encompassing, but really I don't think it is.
    It's what happens when you give away your power and knowingly swallow a dehumanising lie.

    Ok, enough of my rambling. Excellent, excellent work, Chris.


  5. I protest. Obama has withdrawn the country from 2 wars. Some comprimise must be offered if there is going to be a budget, and debt reduction. The size and mission of the military must be pared. To think that Obama is equal to Romeny is incorrect, and wrongheaded. Obama health care has made possible for millions of people to get coverage. I am at times dissapointed at the pace that change is happening, I do not see them laying on their back and pissing on themselves. Progress is alive in the USA.(speaking from the left coast) Respectfully Dennis.

  6. I can't believe someone as knowledgeable as Knowles here still falls for the age old trap.

    My goodness, you would think you people would catch on eventually, and save yourself from the trouble.

    You did not sign the Federal Constitution.

    You did not set-up that system.

    You did not build it.

    Is is NOT yours. You are NOT a corporator.

    As usual, the ones who assume themselves "learned" know nothing about presumptive citizenship, constructive jurisdiction, the law of contract, the law of corporation, or corporations in general.

    And yet, I am always surprisingly surprised when I know for a fact that the ones who think they "know the old tricks" fail to see the the most ancient trick of all.

    You didn't build it. It ain't yours. Get over it.

    If you wish to fight for corporate table scraps, be my guest, but don't you dare say you know what's really going on. You are no different than the other rubes.

    People who refer to themselves as anything other than men, or women have serious issues.

    All aboard the kook express! Next stop, Disney World! Where your dreams really do come your mind...

    I love this game!

  7. @ Where has the Light Gone

    Eh? Is your comment supposedly satirical? How did you come to those conclusions from what Chris wrote? Please educate a deluded rube like myself.

  8. Depressing, but right on the money, Chris.