Brexit Is What Happens When The Pie Is Shrinking

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

This process of withdrawal into the relative safety of internally cohesive groups and group identities is intrinsically messy in globalized, multicultural societies.

A great many narratives are drifting around the Brexit pool: a return to sovereignty, class war, "controlled demolition," nothing-but-another-political-Kabuki- spectacle, end of the European Union, etc.

I think it boils down to something much simpler: the pie is shrinking, and the illusion that it's about to start growing has been shattered. For many communities in the developed world, the pie started shrinking in the 1970s, and has been shrinking (despite the narrative of "45 years of strong growth") since then.

Labor's share of the GDP has been declining for 45 years. Occasional blips higher during debt-fueled bubbles quickly fade when the bubble du jour pops, and the decline of labor's share of the economy resumes its trendline decline.

Since 2008, the only group who feels the pie is growing is the class that has benefited from the unparalleled expansion of debt and leverage, financialization, globalization and central planning--roughly 20% of the work force, with the top 5% gathering most of the gains in income and wealth, and the top .1% gathering most of the increase in wealth. (See chart below)

For seven long years, the citizenry has been told the economy is expanding and therefore they're "doing better." But this narrative is not supported by their actual lived experience. Inflation is woefully under-reported by official statistics, and the rosy "rising employment" narrative is based largely on part-time jobs in hospitality and food services (bartenders, waiters, etc.) that are highly contingent on the spending of the top 10%.

While supporters of the status quo are quick to deride supporters of Brexit, the cold reality is the economic pie is shrinking, and Brexit is a direct result of that reality.

A shrinking economic pie generates widespread insecurity that pressures every status quo arrangement as people circle the wagons in an attempt to protect their remaining slice of the pie from others' claims for a larger piece of the dwindling pie.

The general media line is that the Brexit vote arose out of anger with the status quo's inequalities and asymmetries of wealth and power. While this is largely self-evident, it isn't the most fundamental dynamic at work. I see Brexit as a reflection of our naturally-selected defensive response to insecurity and instability: circle the wagons.

By circle the wagons, I mean our tendency to withdraw into an internally cohesive group with defined membership and boundaries.

The largest such political group is the nation-state, and so it is natural for people with strong national identities to circle the wagons around their national identity.

We can also expect people to circle the wagons around ethnic, religious, localized and economic-social class identities. (Some people might feel more kinship with other fans of Manchester United than they do with any religion, ethnicity or state.)

As people identify themselves as members of the class that has not benefited from neoliberal/globalized crony capitalism, the ruling Elites become the "other," i.e. "foreigners" with whom we have little contact, people who "aren't like us"-- in effect, an "enemy class" that is inherently opposed to our self-interests.

This process of withdrawal into the relative safety of internally cohesive groups and group identities is intrinsically messy in globalized, multicultural societies. No wonder populations are dividing into camps of increasingly angry people with little interest in compromise. Our instinct is to seek clear delineations of "us" and "them" and to seek the relative comfort of "us," which in a multicultural nation, can contain quite a mixed bag of people who nonetheless feel a shared identity.

Much to the chagrin of political parties whose success is based solely on "identity politics," the emerging group identities are not conforming to the political classes' conventional fault lines. "Us" for many people includes everyone who isn't a protected insider of the status quo, and "the enemy" is any protected insider of the status quo.

That includes virtually the entire political class, the entire class of state nomenklatura/technocrats, the entire banking sector and the wealthy class that's benefited so handsomely from the globalized, debt-leverage bubbles and state / central bank support that characterize this era of neoliberal/globalized crony capitalism.

Nothing to see here--move along, folks--you're better off than ever before.

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Philo Beddoe's picture

You borrow from tomorrow to buy pie today. Or, just get the government to give you pie and have some other fuckhead pay for it. 

Simple. 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Still offering to lend my pen.....you can sign that damn thing today!

JRobby's picture

The pie began shrinking slowly a long time ago. Now we notice the really big bites being taken.

The rest of us can't finance a happy meal with a fake McD pie

BuddyEffed's picture

Brexit and other current events and applicable comments on the shrinking pie remind me of this observation. http://web.archive.org/web/20111112074159/http://www.zerohedge.com/news/...
There's more applicable wisdom and foresight to be garnered at that link for those seeing the larger picture.

ArkansasAngie's picture

We are about to see if the illusion of control is enough to exert control.  The big boys who have been mostly silent are about to unpack their respective bazooka regiments on ... who?

two hoots's picture

The hissy fit is over, return to your proper stations.

And this:

Bloomberg (Cass Sunstein): When Outrage Clouds Political Judgment, in U.K. and Beyond,

or:  translation:   (When ordinary people vote they screw things up for the rest of us)

http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-28/when-outrage-clouds-po...

 

Ghordius's picture

MEP Nigel Farage in the EU Parliament doing a victory gig

interestingly, he agrees with Juncker on the matter of a speedy transition

also interestingly, the first tangible thing he wants back is fisheries

Overflow-admin's picture

Yes because... fish is good for health, as opposed to Cow milk is BAD FOR HUMANS (too much growth factors... LOL... central bankers must LOVE MILK)

WmMcK's picture

I'll gladly pay you (next) Tuesday -- damn it's Tuesday again.

Supernova Born's picture

You can print money but you can't print pie.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Word is Bernie Sanders is heading down to Venezuela on a humitarian mission........with a case of Poptarts.

Supernova Born's picture

A Huma-tarian mission would bring Hillary's favorite pie.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

.....and cigars from Bill.

 

HUGH cigars!

shovelhead's picture

Venezuelans get told America stole their pie.

Not Chavez and his family. Oh, no.

techpriest's picture

Funny, the Saudis do that too.

K_BX's picture

creativity is humans greatest asset - do not underestimate it ;)

http://3dprinting.com/3dprinters/foodini290314/

geno-econ's picture

That smaller Pie is not helped by migration, although pretty good for large Corporations

richsob's picture

The little people don't like their share of the pie? Then let them eat cake.

Atomizer's picture

The geniuses will conclude that adding a zero on all US Reserve currency denomination will kick the can down the infinity road of recovery. 

Pixies - Debaser 

shovelhead's picture

That will last a month. Add another zero and that lasts 2 weeks.

Then the steel fronts go up on the supermarkets.

SharkBit's picture

Double down and just go for it all.  Will take the plebs too long to figure it out anyay.  At which time a few strategy placed nukes solves that problem.  I mean this is what is happening anyway so why not just be fucking blatent about it.

wobblie's picture

The pie is shrinking, yeah. Too bad it isn't really shrinking all that much for billionaires.

https://therulingclassobserver.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/of-labels-the-do...

CJgipper's picture

Getting closer.  The money printing means that only those who can get the free money have money.  What money the masses have is irrelevant to what can be digitized in a matter of seconds.  So, the masses (i.e, anyone not in line for free money)can't afford outright purchases because money printing driven inflation has driven up the prices.  Therefore, the masses buy everything on debt.  The interest on the debt goes to those who can get free money (i.e., the connected establishment).  The connected establishment has overplayed their hand.  They now have EVERYTHING, and people are waking up to the fact that the establishment will never let them own anything.  The pie has not shrunk, it's just that a very few people (connected establishment elite) now have it ALL.  You used to be able to "have a little slice" in owning a little house and car, but now it's all debt.  The connected establishment has even taken away that LITTLE slice.  They got too greedy.  The pie hasn't shrunk in reality, it's just that the masses now have absolutely none of it, and in face, now OWE the connected establishment more pie than they can ever hope to earn.

Niall Of The Nine Hostages's picture

The pie was being shrunk because more of the things the elite needed the proles for could be offshored or automated. They didn't need us any more, and were encouraging us to stop reproducing. Once the jobs a horse could do better than machines disappeared, so did the horses.

As Deutsche Bank belatedly admitted, this is a class war. The enemy is winning. And they plan to give us no quarter when victory is theirs. 

On June 23 the British began to fight back. Wish them godspeed.

MaxMax's picture

What the last chart shows, Share of US household wealth, was the boom our economy had after WWII.  The US was the only major developed country that still had factories operating.  Italy, Britain, France, Germany, Japan - they were all bombed out.  This created a new middle class in America.  The reality is that middle class was a new phenomenon.  We have been slowly drifting back to the way it has always been - a few really rich people control most the assets with the majority scraping to get buy.

arby63's picture

I think you're spot on. The only big difference moving forward is that we have a much larger population, ghettos spread across the land and lost our agrarian knowledge. Interesting prospects for the future--which doesn't look to be peaceful and promising.

MaxMax's picture

The scary part is that this problem is usually resolved through wars were lots of people get killed and countries destroyed.  With today's weapons, it is not so easy anymore.

And you are right - the average person doesn't have many skills; they can't farm, work with their hands, build stuff, fish, hunt, etc.  The vocational schools in the USA have been largely dismantled.  The metal and wood shops closed down.  I worked with some high school kids helping them build a science project and they had zero idea on how to build something.  They didn't know a nut from a screw.  How to drill and tap something, much less doing something like welding.  They were completely clueless - and they were the brainy ones in the school.

Sandmann's picture

They know THAT  THey don't know HOW

Radical Marijuana's picture

Good comments, MaxMax:

"... this problem is usually resolved through wars were lots of people get killed and countries destroyed.  With today's weapons, it is not so easy anymore ..."

Pretty well all of Hugh-Smith's articles are superficially correct, and relatively interesting, BUT tend to grossly understate the situation, because Hugh-Smith does not like to think through the ways that civilization has been controlled by applications of the methods of organized crime, whereby the murder systems were always the central controls to everything else, and must necessarily have been. There must be some death control systems. The history of civilization was forged in the crucible of conflicts, through the history of warfare, whose successes were based upon backing up deceits with destruction, in which context the treacheries of spies made them the most important soldiers. That became the basis for building political economy wherein financial successfulness became based upon public governments enforcing frauds by private banks.

Since those towards at the top of the social pyramid systems, based upon integrated systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, tend to be the best available professional hypocrites, who benefit the most, in the short to medium term, from the ways that the public "money" supplies are created out of nothing as debts, in order to "pay" for strip-mining the planet's natural resources, the seriousness of that situation tends to be deliberately ignored and misunderstood by them, and the sociopolitical systems that they dominate. The ingredients for baking the economic pies have been strip-mined as fast as possible, by people running on debt engine treadmills, who were "borrowing money" made out of nothing as debts, in order to "pay" for their exponentially increasing economic activities, which were also able to feed an exponentially increasing total human population.

Although it is theoretically possible for to develop better integrated systems of human, industrial and natural ecologies, that would take different death controls in general, and particularly different murder systems, in order to make that work. Although there are an abundance of theoretically possible creative alternatives, which could be assembled into alternative systems, the keystone to any such arch of alternatives would have to be the death control systems. Any possible components of systematic changes to adapt to the realities of the natural resources of a fresh planet having been strip-mined by the development of the technologies of the industrial revolutions would require their death controls to be the lynch pin, to hold those components together in any overall coherent systems of alternatives, which more realistically adapted to the diminishing returns and limits to the growth of the exponentially increasing strip-mining of the planet, which was what thousands of years of previous human history was always based upon being able to continue to do.

There are already combined money/murder systems, whereby the debt controls are backed by the death controls, through the best organized gangsters, the banksters, effectively controlling the biggest forms of organized crime, the governments, were dominated by professional hypocrites who primary skill-sets were to spout bullshit about what they were really doing, which bullshit was usually diametrically opposite to what was actually happening.

The established debt slavery systems have generated numbers which have become debt insanities, and those are tending towards provoking death insanities: "... this problem is usually resolved through wars were lots of people get killed and countries destroyed.  With today's weapons, it is not so easy anymore ..."

Since the existing political economy IS based upon public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, and has been for generation after generation, it is politically impossible for those systems to change to adapt to the underlying reasons for why there is a shrinking pie in any ways which which are relatively rational or sane. Rather, as the diminishing returns from being able to continue to strip-mine the planet manifest as real limits to growth, we are headed towards times of PEAK INSANITIES.

The currently existing political economy is almost totally based upon being able to enforce frauds. While being able to enforce frauds continues to actually operate inside the laws of nature, the mental attitudes of the vast majority of people who adapted to live inside those enforced frauds are based upon the maximum possible deliberately ignorance of the principle of the conservation of energy, and the maximum possible misunderstanding of the concept of entropy. 

Natural selection was internalized as human intelligence, which was then primarily applied to the most important selection pressures, which were other groups of human beings. Hence the history of successful warfare based on backing up deceits with destruction, morphing to become successful finance based upon enforcing frauds. It is one of the corollaries of the ways that civilization is controlled by backing up lies with violence that the social successfulness based upon being able to do that drives the overwhelming vast majority of people to become almost totally brainwashed to believe in the biggest bullies' bullshit, which became the banksters' bullshit about political economy.

It was always obvious that endless exponential growth was absolutely impossible. However, everyone who benefited from each increment of growth developed their full set of rationalizations and justifications, which were supported by attitudes of wilful blindness. Despite that the established economic systems are based upon deliberately ignoring the laws of nature as much as humanly possible, it continues to be the case that the best professional hypocrites are the most socially successful people, by repeating the same old Huge Lies that most other people want to hear, (while also resorting to Violence to back those Lies up as much as necessary, against those who do not believe those Lies.)

The excessive successfulness of controlling civilization through the methods of organized crime have driven civilization to manifest runaway criminal insanities. It is politically impossible to have any relatively rational public debates about the limits to endless exponential growth. Rather, since society is already too terminally sick and insane, the only feasible "solutions" are for spectacular overshooting to result in series of catastrophic collapses into chaos. The only theoretically possible ways to change to adapt to the limits to growth are to change the death control systems, in one way or another, sooner or later. At the present time, the most probable ways that will happen are through eruptions of unprecedented death insanities.

The best, marginally possible, realistic resolution of the real problems would be to perhaps catalyze the death insanities, in order for those to become better death control systems. However, after the development of weapons of mass destruction, doing so requires series of intellectual scientific revolutions, and profound paradigms shifts in political science in general. The most important changes should be the ways that we perceive the death controls. Militarism, as the ideology of the murder system, is the area of politics which most needs to go through series of profound  paradigm shifts. That must especially be the case because money is measurement backed by murder, since the money systems pay for the murder systems, which then back up the money systems in return.

Authors like Hugh-Smith tend to deliberately ignore that understanding political economy must be done inside the context of human ecology, or that the debt controls operate inside the death controls. There are no ways to change the money systems without changing the murder systems at the same time. The existing systems that enforce frauds were originally made and maintained in those ways. However, that drove the development of intense paradoxes, as sets of consistent contradictions, that the biggest and best organized gangs of criminals and terrorists, the bankster dominated governments, were also able to most publicly get away with being professional hypocrites spouting bullshit.

CIVILIZATION IS DOMINATED BY THE BEST AVAILABLE PROFESSIONAL HYPOCRITES, WHO DELIBERATELY IGNORE AND MISUNDERSTAND EVERYTHING AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Thousands of years of civilization based upon being able to back up lies with violence has created a civilization which is almost completely psychotic, due to the degrees to which its dominant social stories are bullshit, based upon deliberately ignoring and misunderstanding the laws of nature in the most absurdly backward ways possible.

It was always inevitable that the economic pie could not continue to become exponentially bigger forever ... We appear to be living through the times when the diminishing returns from having been able to strip-mine the natural resources of a fresh planet, using the technologies provided by the industrial revolutions, are reaching various tipping and turning points. While that is happening, all of the established sociopolitical systems continue to be dominated by the best available professional hypocrites, who will NOT publicly admit and address any of those real problems in any realistic ways. Therefore, the established debt slavery systems continue to generated increasing debt insanities, which have no other feasible resolutions but to provoke death insanities. The established systems will NOT recognize that money is measurement backed by murder. Rather, the established systems are based upon NOT recognizing that the existing political economy has been built upon public governments enforcing frauds by private banks.

Those who most benefit from that are also those who most adamantly refuse to publicly discuss those problems. Systems based upon enforcing frauds are becoming exponentially more fraudulent. However, practically nobody is able and willing to engage in any relatively rational and sane public debates regarding that situation. Rather, civilization continues to automatically become increasingly psychotic, in the sense of more and more out of touch with relatively objective realities. Almost everyone was able to develop attitudes which were adapted to living inside of systems based upon enforcing frauds, which attitudes require that they not understand, and/or not public admit that they understand, that those systems are actually based upon enforcing frauds.

The series of articles from Hugh-Smith are typical of the kinds of superficially correct analysis that is presented in the Zero Hedge content. While the life expectancy of everyone eventually drops to zero, the established systems based upon making "money" out of nothing as debts, in order to "pay" to strip-mine the planet have not only deferred those debts onto future generations, but also have deferred those deaths onto future generations. Since the established systems will NOT admit that money is measurement backed by murder, and that the debt controls were backed by the death controls, the runaway debt insanities must provoke death insanities, and those will hit hardest the most vulnerable.

The essential problems are that people can NOT agree upon any better death control systems, and therefore, those conflicts result in the actually existing murder systems being operated in the most deceitful and treacherous ways possible. After the development of weapons of mass destruction, that has become more and more the risk of committing collective suicide. However, the essential problems continue to be that the existing combined money/murder systems are based on the maximum possible deceits and frauds, being operated by the best available professional hypocrites, which all makes it politically impossible for civilization to not automatically become more criminally insane.

The previous systems of paper money frauds, backed by gunpowder weapons, have rapidly become globalized electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat of force from apes with atomic bombs. That is the real situation in which there are manifesting various sorts of diminishing returns from being able to continue to strip-mine the natural resources of a fresh planet. While there are theoretically possible an abundance of creative alternatives which could better adapt to those changes, the actually existing political systems are operating through the rulings classes becoming increasingly psychotic psychopaths, while those they rule over are becoming increasingly impotent political idiots. Neither are willing nor able to stop deliberately ignoring and misunderstanding the laws of nature as much as possible: "... this problem is usually resolved through wars were lots of people get killed and countries destroyed.  With today's weapons, it is not so easy anymore ..."

Theoretically speaking, enough people need to go through sufficient intellectual scientific revolutions, whereby they profoundly change the paradigms through which they perceive their political problems. That should be done in ways whereby the progress in physical science is enabled to become more consistent with genuine progress in political science.  However, that is now politically impossible, because of the ways that the established systems have become based upon the maximum possible deceits and frauds, which are precisely the problems that they will NOT admit and address in order to better resolve those problems.

The world has truly become an insane asylum, run by the most criminally insane inmates. Essentially, the death control systems control everything else, and must necessarily do so. However, the existing murder systems, that back up the existing money systems, have become based upon the maximum possible deceits, in order to support the maximum possible frauds. There is pretty well NEVER any publicly significant debates about the relationships between natural selection systems and artificial selection systems, due to the ways that natural selection pressures drove the development of those artificial selection systems to become most socially successful by becoming the most dishonest about themselves that they could possibly become.

Although it is theoretically possible for human beings to change to adapt to the economic pie no longer being able to grow at an exponential rate, everything regarding how the existing systems are operated by the best available professional hypocrites makes that be politically impossible to happen in any but the worst possible ways, namely runaway debt insanities provoking runaway death insanities.

The surprising Brexit referendum win is merely one of the tiny tips of iceberg of the deeper, deliberately submerged, reasons for that the previous exponential growth of economic activities and total human population is no longer possible. I repeat my overview that I previously posted here:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-26/rebellion-real-brexit-was-merel...

The Rebellion Is Real; Brexit Was Merely A Warning

It is grossly understating the seriousness of the situation to merely assert that:

The rebellion is real and therefore the causes of the rebellion are also real ... the centralizing tendencies, unchecked immigration, runaway political correctness and metastatic government that have characterized the West in these last decades.

It is NOT merely for a "few decades" that Western Civilization has had problems. Rather, the problems with Neolithic Civilization have been growing at about an exponential rate for thousands of years. The basic problems are that civilization is controlled by being able to back up lies with violence, which became integrated systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, the most significant of which became that public governments enforced frauds by private banks. Governments were ALWAYS the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals, the gangsters known as the banksters, while, for several Centuries, the international banksters have captured increasing control of civilization, BUT that was done by enforcing frauds, in ways which were spinning out of control ...

The European Union was a project of those international banksters, in order to consolidate their power to make the public "money" supplies out of nothing as debts, while those Euros would be enforced by the European Union, in ways that the vast majority of people had even less abilities to restrain than when they still had their national currencies.

It is quite ironic to expect that the possible withdrawal of Britain from the European Union could have any sufficiently significant effects, since the British Pound was the primary way that the international banksters enforced their frauds for Centuries. The Bank of England became the most significant bank that had the legal power to create "money" out of nothing as debts, through fractional reserve banking, which started off a few Centuries ago as merely being able to issue twice as much paper certificates for gold as there was actual physical gold. (Those ratios now exceed 100 to 1.) In general, the overwhelming vast majority of people do not understand that money is measurement backed by murder, because they have been conditioned to not want to understand.

The vast majority of people are not remotely close to being able to engage in any deeper analyses of their problems, due to the degree that the dominate natural languages, and philosophy of science, have become based upon the biggest bullies' bullshit world view, while the public discussions of the political economy is almost totally drowning in mostly taking for granted the banksters' bullshit about "economics." The worst form of "metastatic government" is that the monetary system has become like a totally metastasized cancer. At this point in time, it is politically impossible to imagine any realistic resolutions for those real problems, other than that the existing debt slavery systems, which have manifested as debt insanities, eventually provoke death insanities, inside of the existing systems which are the MAD Money As Debt systems, based upon public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, where those governments rely upon MAD Mutual Assured Destruction systems.

I have no doubt that there will be more and more "rebellions," because the causes of those rebellions ARE real. However, there could not be any better "revolutions" without those becoming based upon a series of intellectual scientific revolutions, and profound paradigm shifts. Since there has been almost exponential progress in physical science,  that is driving the theoretical imperatives to have genuine PROGRESS in political science. However, so far, that has NOT HAPPENED! Furthermore, it appears to be politically impossible for that to happen, because of the degree to which enough people would have to go through series of profound paradigm shifts in the ways that they perceive political problems.

Human beings and civilization live as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows. However, the ways that those actually developed were driven by natural selection pressures to create artificial selection systems based upon the maximum possible deceits and frauds.

That is the context inside of which we have witnessed the exponential growth of "centralizing tendencies, unchecked immigration, runaway political correctness and metastatic government." All of those tendencies have been due to exponential progress in physical science enabling the exponentially increasing enforcement of frauds to become blatantly worse, faster, such as became more apparent "in these last decades."

Human beings and civilization should better understand themselves as manifestations of general energy systems. While that is theoretically possible, it is politically impossible due to that requiring that we should try to stop using the biggest bullies' bullshit, presented through the DUALITIES of false fundamental dichotomies, and the related impossible ideals. When one thinks more consistently about human beings and civilization living as general energy systems, which operate as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows, the results are that one can theoretically derive the actual empirical observations, namely, that governments are the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals.

The European Union was another manifestation of the best organized gangsters, the international banksters, effectively controlling the national governments, as the biggest local gangs of criminals, to join into a larger group of organized criminals, which continued to be run by the best available professional hypocrites, so that the Euro currency could become an even bigger manifestation of enforced frauds, which could suck various smaller, southern European countries, such as Greece, Cyprus, etc., into worse and worse debt slavery situations, becoming runaway debt insanities.

European Union was a larger regional consolidation of the previously established, combined money/murder systems. Those systems are things that the vast majority of Europeans do not understand, and do not want to understand, because of the degree to which they take for granted thinking using the biggest bullies' bullshit languages, based upon DUALITIES, false fundamental dichotomies, and the related impossible ideals. Since the vast majority of people continue to want to believe in various old-fashioned impossible ideals, their "rebellions" are probably going to backfire badly, and cause the opposite to happen in the real world.

While it should be theoretically obvious that human beings and civilization should attempt to understand themselves better as manifestations of general energy systems, there are virtually no significant, publicly presented, abilities to think like that. Using more UNITARY MECHANISMS to understand our real problems requires facing the facts regarding how and why governments are necessarily the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals.

In that context, the Brexit referendum was a public expression of how more people are generally fed up with all of the ways that the enforcement of frauds have become exponentially more fraudulent, while the public spaces were more and more being dominated by the best available professional hypocrites, and thus, the actual social facts diverged wider and wider from the bullshit spouted by the professional hypocrites, such as through "runaway political correctness," etc. ...

The European Union was intended to be a stepping stone towards the globalized consolidation of controlling civilization through being able to enforce frauds, despite that the overall fraudulence of that would spin out of control. The underlying problems are that enforcing frauds becomes exponentially more fraudulent, in proportion to how socially successful the systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, become. There are intense paradoxes which are inherent in civilization based on being able to back up deceits with destruction, that became based upon being able to enforce frauds. The social successfulness of the most wealthy and powerful people, who participated in doing that the most, has generated sets of consistent contradictions, in the form of a culture which is operated by ruling classes who became increasingly psychotic psychopaths, ruling over people who became increasingly impotent political idiots.

The Brexit referendum was a sign that more people are not as willing to act like political idiots than previously was routinely the case. However, their superficial "rebellions" are NOT enough without enough of them going through series of intellectual scientific revolutions, which apply profound paradigm shifts throughout all the realms of political science. The almost exponential progress in physical sciences are making it become more and more imperative that human beings and civilization should better understand themselves as manifestations of general energy systems. While there is nothing that makes progress in political science not be theoretically possible, at the present time that appears to be politically impossible, because of the ways that enough people would have to go through series of profound  paradigm shifts, in order to better understand the how and why civilization has ended up being almost totally dominated by professional liars and immaculate hypocrites.

The European Union was publicly presented by those kinds of professional hypocrites, whose impossible ideals always backfired badly, and actually caused the opposite to happen in the real world. However, the same mostly applies to the layers of the various controlled opposition groups, including most of those who publicly led the Brexit campaign to its small margin of apparent victory. "Rebellions" are NOT the same as what is truly needed, which are series of intellectual scientific revolutions, in order to enable much more real, radical, revolutions.

There may well be more and more public "rebellions" against the consequences of the enforcement of frauds becoming exponentially more fraudulent. However, there is practically NONE of the kinds of intellectual scientific revolutions and profound changes in the ways that political science is perceived, in order to cope with the ways that the previous systems of paper money frauds, backed by gunpowder weapons, have become globalized electronic frauds, backed by atomic weapons.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE NOT WILLING AND ABLE TO THINK THROUGH THE WAYS THAT "THEIR" WORLD HAS BECOME DOMINATED BY GLOBALIZED ELECTRONIC MONKEY MONEY FRAUDS, BACKED BY THE THREAT OF FORCE FROM APES WITH ATOMIC BOMBS.

THE DEEPER LEVELS OF THE PROBLEMS THAT ARISE FROM THE COMBINATION OF POLITICAL PROCESSES CONTROLLED BY ENFORCING FRAUDS, PLUS ADVANCING TECHNOLOGIES ENABLING THAT ENFORCEMENT OF FRAUDS TO BECOME EXPONENTIALLY MORE FRAUDULENT, ARE WAY WORSE THAN THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE ABLE AND WILLING TO ADMIT OR ADDRESS ...

THERE IS ALMOST NOTHING BUT THE CENTRAL CORE OF TRIUMPHANT ORGANIZED CRIME, BANKSTER DOMINATED GOVERNMENTS, SURROUNDED BY LAYERS OF CONTROLLED OPPOSITION GROUPS. ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF THE EXISTING COMBINED MONEY/MURDER SYSTEMS ARE THAT THEIR CONTROLLED OPPOSITION GROUPS DELIBERATELY DO NOT ENGAGE IN ANY DEEPER ANALYSES REGARDING HOW AND WHY THAT IS THE CASE, AND MUST NECESSARILY BE THE CASE. THE ESTABLISHED SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN DOMINATED BY THE BEST AVAILABLE PROFESSIONAL HYPOCRITES, FOR GENERATION, AFTER GENERATION, SUCH THAT NOT ONLY ARE GOVERNMENTS NECESSARILY THE BIGGEST FORMS OF ORGANIZED CRIME, CONTROLLED BY THE BEST ORGANIZED GANGS OF CRIMINALS, BUT ALSO, THERE IS NO PUBLICLY SIGNIFICANT GENUINE OPPOSITION THAT PRESENTS ANY REALISTIC RESOLUTIONS OF THOSE REAL PROBLEMS, BECAUSE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO STOP MONEY BEING MEASUREMENT BACKED BY MURDER.

GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE SO USED TO TAKING FOR GRANTED THE BULLSHIT THAT GOVERNMENTS ARE NOT THE BIGGEST FORMS OF ORGANIZED CRIME, THAT THEY ALSO TAKE FOR GRANTED PROPOSING AND PROMOTING BOGUS "SOLUTIONS" WHICH ARE BASED UPON DELIBERATELY IGNORING, AND/OR MISUNDERSTANDING, HOW AND WHY THOSE ARE THE ACTUAL SOCIAL FACTS.

Of course, I recognize that it is practically pointless for me to shout that out ... For the foreseeable future, it continues to be politically impossible for political processes to not continue being dominated by professional hypocrites, because of the degree to which almost everyone almost totally takes for granted thinking and communicating through the use of DUALITIES, false fundamental dichotomies, and the related impossible ideals. Indeed, while physical science has achieved prodigious progress by going through series of profound paradigm shifts, in order to be able to better understand things like electrical and atomic energy, and the resulting technologies, meanwhile, political science continues to be an oxymoron, because it deliberately refuses to go through sufficient series of intellectual scientific revolutions, and profound paradigm shifts in the perception of political problems.

There is nothing but the dynamic equilibria between different systems of more or less organized lies operating robberies. Over and over again, the biggest and best organized systems of lies and robberies, such as the symbolic robberies achieved by the public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, become excessively successful, and therefore, are able to create more and more unbalanced systems. The runaway successfulness of the biggest and best organized lies operating robberies is able to drive extreme disequilibria. Too many people become too brainwashed to believe in bullshit for them to be able to effectively resist that automatically continuing to get worse, faster ...

The USSR was made that way, the EU was made that way. Furthermore the USA was made that way too. Indeed, the deeper levels of the political problems that Neolithic Civilization has are all due to the history of successful warfare based upon being able to back up deceits with destruction, becoming financial successfulness based upon enforcing frauds. The EU, with the Euro currency, is merely another episode which is manifesting the ways in which successfully enforcing frauds drives exponentially increasing fraudulence.

Moreover, the relatively few that recognize those social facts mostly still continue to then propose and promote bogus "solutions"based upon somehow actualizing the same old-fashioned impossible ideals. The established systems are totally based upon their bullshit, while their degree of success in the past has made sure that there is no publicly significant opposition that is not controlled to stay within the same frame of reference of bullshit. 

Therefore, not only was the EU built on triumphant bullshit, there is no public significant opposition which is not similarly based upon bullshit, because of the degree to which the overwhelming vast majority of people have been very deeply brainwashed to believe in bullshit for generation after generation. I REPEAT AGAIN FOR EMPHASIS THAT MONEY IS MEASUREMENT BACKED BY MURDER. Therefore, to change the money systems must mean changing the murder systems. The European Union was already built on the basis of states with sovereign powers (which are the powers to rob and the power to kill, i.e., taxation and law enforcement), having those public powers more and more effectively privatized through the vicious spirals of political funding, resulting in the enforcement of frauds becoming exponentially more fraudulent.

The bigger the government, the bigger organized crime it necessarily is. The central controls are always the death controls. Hence, the murder systems back up the money systems, while the vast majority of people were brainwashed to believe in bullshit about that, for generation after generation. Hence, civilization was always dominated by the biggest  bullies' bullshit, which became the banksters' bullshit. It was within that context that it was possible to advance the European Union and its Euro currency. However, it is also within the context that there is NO publicly significant genuine opposition, but only various controlled opposition groups, due to the degree to which almost everyone almost totally takes for granted thinking and communicating through bullshit-based languages and all the related bullshit-based presumptions.

Generally speaking, the typical tragedies are that after enough people recognize that the established systems are based on bullshit, they tend to have only done that in superficial ways, and therefore, are susceptible to the next crop of professional hypocrites, who are then best able to persuade enough people to continue to believe in some slightly different brand of bullshit. The European Union may well be suffering from the ways in which excessively successful enforcement of frauds becomes exponentially more fraudulent, which are ways that become increasingly flabbergasting, and more unsustainable. (And so, Brexit referendum barely win.) HOWEVER, one can be quite confident that enough people are probably NOT going to go through enough intellectual scientific revolutions and profound paradigm shifts in the ways that they perceive those political problems. Thousands of years of Neolithic Civilization based upon being able to back up lies with violence has created a completely crazy and corrupt to the core kind of civilization. The USSR was one example of that, while the EU was another similar example. However, there are NO examples anywhere that actually exist which are not also basically the same.

The essential political problem is that there must be some death control systems, with murder systems as the most extreme form of those. Furthermore, those are the central core controls, whose effects then control everything else. Human civilization has always operated through applications of the principles and methods of organized crime. However, because of that, civilization has also developed to be dominated by the best available professional hypocrites, who are the best at being dishonest about what they are really doing. One way or another, sooner or later, we are going to be forced to develop different death control systems. Ideally, that should be done by more people understanding that better. However, so far, that continues to actually be done by burying the combined money/murder systems under the maximum possible deceits and frauds, promoted through the bullshit spouted by the best available professional hypocrites, who are currently the most socially successful people, due to them having best adapted to living inside systems based upon enforcing frauds.

Paradoxically, the better people adapt to living inside systems based upon enforcing frauds, the more criminally insane they actually become. However, they continue to appear to themselves, and to most other people, as still being socially successful:

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

-- Jiddu Krishnamurti

"They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness."

-- Aldous Huxley

It was always obvious to any intellect with a shred of appreciation of the mathematics of exponential growth that endless exponential growth of civilization was absolutely impossible. Furthermore, many relatively well-informed people have been predicting for at least several decades that the manifestations of diminishing returns as the real limits to growth would probably start to become significant about now, and likely get exponentially worse in the next few decades. However, since the established systems were based upon public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, while those who were nearer the sources of that public "money" being made out of nothing as debts, in order to "pay" to continue to strip-mine the planet, were "benefiting" the most from those systems, as well as were able to become the best available professional hypocrites, who could best bullshit about themselves "benefiting" from those kinds of systems, regardless of the ways that those enforced frauds were becoming exponentially more fraudulent, and actually runaway psychoses, there has NEVER been any practically possible ways to stop that from continuing to happen.

THE BOTTOM LINE CONTINUES TO BE THAT MONEY IS MEASUREMENT BACKED BY MURDER. IT IS WITHIN THAT CONTEXT THAT THE SHRINKING OF THE ECONOMIC PIE WILL ACTUALLY MANIFEST. WHILE IT MAY APPEAR TO BE THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE THAT CIVILIZATION COULD CHANGE TO ADAPT TO THAT IN BETTER WAYS, THE MOST PROBABLE FORESEEABLE FUTURES ARE THE MANIFESTATIONS OF PEAK INSANITIES, EVENTUALLY TAKING THE FORM OF DEATH INSANITIES.

THE ONLY GENUINE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS MUST BE DEVELOPING BETTER DEATH CONTROL SYSTEMS. HOWEVER, THAT RUNS INTO A HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH THE ALREADY ENTRENCHED MURDER SYSTEMS BEING BASED ON THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE DECEITS ABOUT THEMSELVES, AS WELL AS THOSE BEING SURROUNDED BY VARIOUS LAYERS OF CONTROLLED OPPOSITION GROUPS THAT STAY INSIDE THE SAME OVERALL FRAME OF REFERENCE OF DECEITS REGARDING THE DEATH CONTROL SYSTEMS.

WHILE IT IS THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE FOR HUMAN BEINGS AND CIVILIZATION TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES, AND THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN NATURAL SELECTION AND ARTIFICIAL SELECTION, THE ACTUALLY EXISTING ARTIFICIAL SELECTION SYSTEMS ARE BASED UPON DELIBERATELY NOT DOING THAT, BUT RATHER, DELIBERATELY MISREPRESENTING THAT AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE: 

"... this problem is usually resolved through wars were lots of people get killed and countries destroyed.  With today's weapons, it is not so easy anymore ..."

daveO's picture

Not coincidentally, the US abandoned the gold standard just as it's middle class was peaking. US debt back then was under $400 Billion. Now, +$19 Trillion

Sandmann's picture

You had the machines. Machines make workers rich

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

And once every generation or so, a reset with rich people's heads on the tops of poles. We're overdue.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

coalition of the willing, you are with us or you are with them..violence long suppressed does not disappear or evaporate..a nut like the vindictive witch hillary, can be very violent in her madness.

civil war in americas has a loooong history..there is a long list of criminals who will become targets..some will take advantage of chaos to exact justice.

RawPawg's picture

the TPTB feel like they still have some wiggle room within their "painted into a corner"dilemma

go long more paint brushes

otschelnik's picture

Another take on the shrinking pie:  it occurred to me how ironic it is that in the homeland of David Ricardo we seem to have reached the end of the the law of comparative advantage, which is in fact the theory behind globalization.  As nations drive for higher GNP, more tax income, they neglected the effect of distribution of wealth on their populations.   

The marginalized see their income, homes, lives being limited with a horde of immigrants that are willing to take their jobs and be paid less less less....  

geno-econ's picture

Comparative advantage and concept of a balanced economy are passe unfortunatly. Advantages of future industrialization are now in China , Russia and Germany. Relying on a monitary system based on a reserve currency is vulnrable to upheval because there is no fiscal discipline.

daveO's picture

Comparative advantage doesn't exist now, the gold standard (fiscal discipline) is gone. Now, it's print, print, print to fuel the trade imbalances and to feed the invading hoardes. In the 90's, the economists(aka. the high priests of financial fraud) were parroting 'Free Trade' just as the US bubble peaked.

Raging Debate's picture

That is called a race to the bottom. Productivity growth has ground to a halt here in the US. Centralization stifles innovation and cutting labor cost returns only so much before it becomes self destructive. If it takes two Juans at $7.50 an hour to do the job that one white person would do at $15 an hour (because if Jim at $15 has an incentive to increase his productivity) your losing ground. And the Mexicans here have gotten the memo that working harder gets you nothing so why work hard? Centralization brought on by financialization means all the blood rushes to heart and the rest of the system shuts down. 

otschelnik's picture

The rise in minimum wage in the USA is a feeble attempt by centralized authority to mandate correction in income inequality.  It is ineffective and does not address the true economic problem which you rightly indicate - stagnating productivity growth.  In fact, paradoxically minimum wage rises make the problem worse by forcing business to seek alternatives to labor. 

Cloud9.5's picture

There is the distinct possibility that the unraveling economic and political systems may follow the course of the soviet collapse.  In some areas the centers of authority may very well simply be ignored and sink into oblivion.  Some tyrants may be marched to the closest wall and shot.  Unfortunantly, some areas like London may experience ethnic cleansing and genocide. 

daveO's picture

They are invaders, it's only unfortunate they were allowed in. They should leave now.

Five Star's picture

Most EU countries are expriencing multi-year declines in real per capita GDP, which is unprecidented in post war history

http://thesoundingline.com/the-writing-on-the-wall/

 

Atomizer's picture

No pie for you!

frankly scarlet's picture

The "99%'s" share is shrinking,... the 1 %'s share is doing quite all rifght, thank you all so very much. When the majority convinces the minority that what is good for them must also be good for us, only then we will have obtained the victory we seek. Until the minority feels some preesure, like making Brexit succeed, this little show of hands means naught.

gwar5's picture

All of the above?

It is about SHTF time and it's now everyone for themselves, top to bottom, from countries and CBs down to individual preppers, and everything in between and all that entails for those seeking survival.

CBs did this to the world and need to be pitchforked cz they're done.

slowimplosion's picture

Brexit is what happens when (large numbers of citizens notice that) the pie is shrinking.

 

It's been shrinking for a long time, but now no amount of flowery bullshit convinces the masses that they are not getting screwed.

daveO's picture

Yet Hildabeast said she would put her husband (the guy who helped put China into the WTO, Free Trade, etc.) in charge of the economy because he did such a good job last time! The fact that she's still a serious candidate is proof that we still haven't hit bottom.