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[I]f we separate our leaders - if we segregate them from people like you and me - you get “congressemen.” — Frank Adler, Gifted (2017 film) — Trailer
During the 1940s and 1950s, corrupt politicians championed the politics of anti-communism in order to divert attention from the growing nexus between organized crime, big business and government. — Jonathan Marshall If you can control a people’s economy, you don’t need to worry about its politics; its politics have become irrelevant. If you control people’s choices as to whether or not they will work, and where they will work, and what they will do, and how well they will do it, and what they will eat and wear, and the genetic makeup of their crops and animals, and what they will do for amusement, then why should you worry about freedom of speech? In a totalitarian economy, any “political liberties” that the people might retain would simply cease to matter. If, as is often the case already, nobody can be elected who is not wealthy, and if nobody can be wealthy without dependence on the corporate economy, then what is your vote worth? — Wendell Berry "Conserving Forest Communities", Another Turn of the Crank (1996)
“Right” and “Left” Political Parties are like Good cop, bad cop schtick (Mutt and Jeff technique) — nothing but a ploy as they're both on the same side, the side of the Capitalist oligarchical elite (Corporate America)
The liberal-conservative divide in politics is deceptive and manipulative, a form of Propaganda perpetrated on consumers (who are no longer citizens since Industrial Revolution mass production). Conservatives are simply one type of liberals (conservative, rightist-liberals) and liberals another type of liberals (liberal, lefist-liberals). But conservative rightist-liberal political Propaganda makes it seem as if leftist-liberals are the enemies of western civilization (as transformed by Liberalism), while conservatives are the champions of Liberal democracy formed by Liberalism that leftist-liberals uphold as well.
Following the rise of the American liberal New Left of the Democratic party in the 1960s and 1970s, there is little more than superficial smoke and mirror domestic differences between the liberal-left Democratic party and the conservative-right Republican party. That domestic superficiality serves no other purpose but to distract from American global Liberal hegemony of Neoliberalism to which both political parties are devoted in their near identical approach to Foreign Policy. The domestic dispute is over social issues, not economic ones, for which rightist-liberals have coopted evangelical Reformed Protestantism with its penchant for moralism, earthly utopia (Millennialism), and Old Testament theocracy into waging “culture war”, as if that is what matters most to the survival of modern western civilization. All the while, such suckered, gullible constituency of “useful idiots” (formed by Propaganda that misidentifies the actual, real problem of Modernity) has aided and abetted the rightist-liberal Republican party advancement of corrupt crony Capitalism as Organized Crime.
Neoliberalism is the late 20th century political reappearance of 19th-century ideas associated with free-market capitalism after those ideas fell into disrepute during The Gilded Age, Roaring Twenties, and Great Depression, and into disfavor and decline from implementation following World War II. That reappearance is most notably marked by the Reagan (Republican right) and Clinton (Democratic left) eras. The post World War II decline in Liberalism was the result of Republican right wing abuses of Capitalism following the Civil War which led to The Gilded Age (1870-1900), Roaring Twenties, Great Depression (1929-1939), elections of Franklin Roosevelt (1933-1945), and New Deal progressive reforms to regulate Capitalism in order to stop such abuse.
Liberalism is the philosophy that arose during The Enlightenment that was used to justify overthrow of western European monarchy and to promote free trade and marketization. Liberalism generally supports private property, market economies, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), liberal democracy, secularism, rule of law, economic and political freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion — all of which are supported by modern day conservatism of rightist-liberals, as well as modern day liberalism of leftist-liberals.
Conservatism is relative to whatever is considered traditional at a given time and place. Conservativism in America today means social illiberal regressivism combined with liberal economic regressivism, while liberalism today means social liberal progressivism combined with liberal economic regressivism, and a touch of economic progressivism, but only a touch.
Ever since the liberal administration of Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) and New Deal progressive reforms implemented by it in response to rightist-liberal Republican party abuses of Capitalism, conservatives have had a heightened animus towards the FDR era, and have been regressively trying to roll back the political Economy to illiberalism of The Gilded Age of the Robber Barons and Roaring Twenties that preceeded FDR. Ever since the Reagan era and thereafter, Republican party conservatives have succeeded in doing just that, as greatly aided and abetted by the culture war mentality of an evangelical Protestant constituency (that cozily supports all the neoliberal talking points of the Republican party platform) and the lack of an actual, real opposition by the Democratic party of the New Left.
After the American Civil War, decades of Republican party controlled government led to the worst abuses of Liberalism (“free labor” and “free market” Capitalism) the world had ever seen, with the initial Grant administration being the most corrupt until the Truman administration following World War II, corruption which has only worsened over time unto now. Today, the gap between rich and poor (have and have nots) has not only returned to that of the Robber Barons of The Gilded Age, but has greatly exceeded even that.
Progressive reforms of the FDR administration were in response to rightist-liberal Republican party corrupt abuses of Capitalism, and succeeded sufficiently enough to give rise to the American middle class following World War II. During that time there was a right wing (rightest-liberal) attempted coup against FDR. This, the Business Plot (the Wall Street (or White House) Putsch) was foiled by the True Patriot Major General Smedley Darlington Butler. This coup attempt is the only one in all American history despite rightist-liberal regressive continual claims (finger pointing at leftist-liberals) of communism and “Creeping socialism”. Those accusations began with McCarthyism and amount to a sleight of hand intended to make consumers think such threat of coup will inevitably come from the progressive liberal left by distracting away from themselves, the regressive conservative (illiberal) right. As is said, the finger that points at others, curves around to point back at self.
Identifying the Enemy Is the First Step in Winning the War [Americans] have been propagandized into a climate of polarization and hate by those in power, while they might better find common ground and unite against their real enemy, which they have not yet identified. The two-party system promotes and maintains the political division. It is interesting that, while enriching themselves through insider trading, both parties have no problem agreeing to spend billions on the war machine, and raising the military budget every year. Yet they cannot agree on establishing any meaningful programs that would relieve the fleecing of Americans by corporate giants or help curtail the destruction caused by climate change. While most Americans experience increasing poverty, growing debt, and decline in the standard of living, the right wing of the political spectrum blames the left, and the left wing blames the right. Zeal that desires to uproot all evil is in fact the very worst evil. — St. Joseph of Optina (1837-†1911) The power and leadership positions in our time are the lot of ambitious men and power-seekers and even mercenaries (where there can be a good profit!), who did not disdain any means, even the most dishonest to achieve their goals by resorting to false slogans and false promises, and bribery, and in certain cases - the elimination by killing people they do not want standing in their way. Clean-moral principles in the social, political and public life are now in the overwhelming majority of today's "leaders" non-existent, they are recognized as "obsolete", "do not meet the spirit of the time", and therefore "unsuitable for Business Success", "impractical" and even "harmful". Certainly deep thought reveals truly that the so fashionable "democracy" is devoid of ethical foundations, not to mention the "socialism" and "communism", completely rejecting all morality and humans are seen just as one of the species of animals. — Archbishop Averky (1906-†1976) The World Is Mad Free market [right-wing], free love [left-wing] : what’s the difference? — Paul Kingsnorth, In This Free World IOW Social conservatism [right-wing "populism"] versus social liberalism [left-wing "progressivism"] is a false dichotomy. The common denominator is the economic market. There can't be one set of rules for one (market) and another set of rules for the other (society). If the market is "Amoral" (Immoral) then so will be society. Advertising (market Propaganda) that enflames Desire (passions) and uses sex to "sell" is the dead giveaway of this truth. The Complexity of Civility and Citizenship The world is a far more complex thing than modern radicalism, with its naïve contrast of “right” and “left,” has ever dreamed. – Edward Shils, The Virtue of Civility The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. — G K Chesterton 1874-1936, author of Distributism
New Science of Politics — Eric Vogelin | Google Books
A Man For All Seasons
The monarchy of Henry VIII had nothing on the Republic of the United States of America.
A Man for All Seasons (1966) Give the Devil the Benefit of Law scene | YouTube
Sir Thomas Moore's son-in-law Roper would deregulate the nation in order to deny the devil benefit of law, but Moore, being the shrewd and virtuous Christian lawyer he is, has a difference of opinion. "Yes, I give the devil benefit of law for my own safety's sake."
G. William Domhoff
About Bill Domnoff
Who Rules America? Power, Politics, & Social Change
The Left and the Right in Thinking, Personality, and Politics
The Class-Domination Theory of Power
The Rise and Fall of Labor Unions In The U.S. From the 1830s until 2012 (but mostly the 1930s-1980s)
How Corporate Moderates Created the Social Security Act (...And Then Tried to Undermine It Later)
An Investment Manager's View on the Top 1%
Interlocking Directorates in the Corporate Community
Why and How the Corporate Rich and the CFR Reshaped the Global Economy after World War II ...and Then Fought a War They Knew They Would Lose in Vietnam
Wall Street's Pension Fund Rip-Off From Pension Fund "Socialism" to "Stockholder Value" to Free Gambling Money for Private Equity Managers and Other "Money Managers"
Ben G. Price
How Wealth Rules the World: Saving Our Communities and Freedoms from the Dictatorship of Property — Ben G. Price
Ben Price presciently reveals structures of power and law that facilitate blatant corporate supremacy in the United States. Price uses his years of experience as a community organizer and a careful reading of history to show how a legal paradigm that facilitated slavery and the fossil fuel economy has endured and adapted over time – today barricading our communities and squelching dissent....
Price's new book is often counterintuitive as he explores how wealth itself is imbued with power.
In my book...I examine power, how it is exercised, particularly in the United States, and how the mechanisms with which it is exerted have been hidden from us by a diversionary narrative [from not only the first American Revolution, but the Second American Revolution as well, aka the Civil War] that tells us how institutionalized tyranny over the majority of the people by a privileged minority is really a faithful continuation of the ideals of the American Revolution. It’s an assertion that I thought cried out for inspection.
It’s illegal to ban fracking, pipelines, toxic landfills, aerial pesticide spraying, privatization of aquifers for industrial use and retail sales in plastic bottles made from poisonous petrochemicals, and thousands of other noxious projects for so-called “progress.”
“The white man's municipalities are just reservations, like ours,” said a resident of Pine Ridge Reservation, who Price spoke with. "The difference is, we know we live on reservations. The white man doesn't.”
Beyond Left and Right: A Cobbett for Our Times
The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett
The classless Cobbett
It is clear that the contemporary Right/Left labels simply do not fit Cobbett’s politics. Like the great free trader Richard Cobden, Cobbett was fiercely against the Corn Laws, but like the Utopian socialist Thomas Spence, Cobbett would go on to advocate public ownership of land. Rural labourers were in a constant struggle to compete with the oncoming industrial revolution, but Cobbett was never a supporter of violence, or to the [Luddite] smashing up of machinery, of which he himself saw the benefits.
Patrick J. Dennan
What is bemoaned by the the right is not due to the left but to the consequences of its own deepest commitments, especially to liberal economics. And what is bemoaned by the left is not due to the right but to the consequences of its own deepest commitments, especially to the dissolution of social norms, particularly those regarding sexual behaviour and identity. The ‘wedding’ between global corporations and this sexual agenda is one of the most revealing yet widely ignored manifestations of this deeper synergy. — Patrick J. Dennan, Why Liberalism Failed [Just as communists had to create comrades, so ...] The individual as a disembodied, self-interested economic actor didn’t exist in any actual state of nature but rather was the creation of an elaborate intervention by the incipient state in early modernity, at the beginnings of the liberal order. — Patrick J. Dennan, Why Liberalism Failed What Two Gilded Age Christian Socialists Would Say to Evangelicals Today There was a time when conversations about socialism weren’t as controversial among orthodox Christians. Before American Protestantism was polarized into liberal and conservative, there was a period of ferment during the Gilded Age (1865–1900) when economic, social, and political positions hadn’t yet hardened.