Now That The Presidential-Election Side Show Is Finally Ending...

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Sadly, our self-serving Ruling Elite is only capable of resisting needed transformation by supporting a corrupt, sclerotic status quo.

Though it has been billed as the main event for months, the presidential election has always been a side show--or from one point of view, a freak show.

As I write this on Monday, I have no idea who will win the side show unpopularity contest (i.e. the presidential race)--and it doesn't really matter as much as apoplectic partisans would have us believe.

The reason why it doesn't matter much which unpopular candidate wins is the issues facing the nation are far larger than partisan politics or the corrupt Ruling Elite that is freaking out about the possibility of a Trump presidency disrupting its self-serving skims and scams.

As I described yesterday in America's Ruling Elite Has Failed and Deserves to Be Fired,we are in the midst of a fast-moving Industrial-Digital Revolution that is upending the political, economic and social orders. The global economy's current mode of production is in fits and starts being replaced with a new mode of production that bypasses the Ruling Elite's centralized skims and scams.

Real reform is impossible in the current Status Quo, a dynamic I described in my book Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform and illustrated with this chart.

The Ruling Elite will never allow real reform because real reform threatens their dominance and wealth. Instead, the Ruling Elite proposes modest policy tweaks that increase their dominance by limiting innovation and competition and transferring the systemic risks and costs of their skims/scams to the non-elites.

If a crisis does threaten their dominance, any meaningful reforms that result from the crisis will be watered down once the storm has passed.

The core problem is the Status Quo and its Ruling Elite rely on centralized hierarchies, regulatory capture and mobile capital to protect their dominance from innovation and competition. This aligned perfectly with the centralized World War II-era state-cartel/ central-bank mode of production that has dominated the economy and society since 1945.

But the Industrial-Digital Revolution is destabilizing these inflexible, centralized hierarchies which cannot compete with decentralized, flexible networks in output, efficiency or cost.

This presents the self-serving Ruling Elites with an impossible choice: either embrace the Industrial-Digital Revolution's efficiencies and watch the foundation of their own dominance and wealth crumble, or defend their bloated, inefficient and increasingly bankrupt centralized hierarchies from innovation and competition--a war they are losing and cannot possibly win.

The Status Quo is not just financially bankrupt--it is morally and intellectually bankrupt as well. The level of insider dealing, self-aggrandizement, collusion and corruption in the Ruling Elite is off the charts, and this is now visible for all to see.

The Status Quo's intellectual grab-bag of narratives and ideologies is devoid of anything remotely aligned with the Industrial-Digital Revolution. The Status Quo's intellectual grab-bag consists of 70-year old cults (the Keynesian Cargo Cult of Paul Krugman et al.) that have visibly failed and tired throwbacks to 1950: if only corporations weren't global, and if only capital wasn't mobile and if only the central state taxed us even more and borrowed and spent more...

These 1945 ideas cannot possibly succeed in the Industrial-Digital Revolution's mode of production. But both political parties, the Ruling Elites and the Establishment they dominate have no idea of how to manage this radically transformative mode of production. They are a clueless herd trampling the non-elites as they rush headlong over the cliff.

(I cover this emerging economy in The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy and Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy, and sketch a new systemic approach in A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology & Creating Jobs for All.)

No leader can stop the emergence of a new mode of production. All they can do is engineer a crash by clinging to the expiring mode of production. The leadership of the U.S. sees only one path: further centralization that increases the power of the central state-bank-cartel mode of production. This is the road to ruin, akin to protecting the buggy-whip industry and the Whig Party at all costs.

Politicians aren't actually leaders. All they can do is give voice to what the people are willing to support, resist needed transformation by supporting a corrupt, sclerotic status quo or introduce the people to a new narrative.

Sadly, our self-serving Ruling Elite is only capable of resisting needed transformation by supporting a corrupt, sclerotic status quo. A new leadership class that actually understands the new mode of production may eventually emerge, but only after the corrupt, sclerotic status quo has deservedly collapsed under its own weight.

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Tallest Skil's picture

Blah blah "you can't fix anything, goyim" blah blah "it's a side show"

I'm sick of this fucking shit. ZH should be ashamed in posting it.

Mr. Universe's picture

Speaking of side shows, oh lookie, Huma is back by Hillary's side. Isn't that sweet?

Lordflin's picture

Back by her side or between her legs...?

Sorry for the vulgarity, guess these folks have so sickened and disgusted me that I am losing perspective...

LawsofPhysics's picture

So, stop typing and go do something about it you stupid fuck!


Plenty of trading tips around here, use the information how you  like!  That's the great thing about this country!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Today I voted with my wallet and used Dryvyng instead of Uber since they endorsed Trump.

Then I voted for the future of freedom and voted TRUMP at the polling station, which was overflowing. 

But if for some reason my vote doesn't count as Tyler suggested, then I'll be forced to join HedgelessHorseman and other patriots and vote from the rooftop.


King Tut's picture

I rode my bike the 2 miles

MrBoompi's picture

Hopefully there will be such a landslide for Trump it will be impossible to rig the election without it being obvious.  

Hurricane Baby's picture

If I wanted to gamble I'd go to the reservation. The Injuns run a much less dishonest house.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct, and even the casino owners are smart enough not to fuck with the odds...

Bill of Rights's picture

And with it goes Billions of dollars and excuses.

VWAndy's picture

 Think how big the inners ego is going to be after they win.

847328_3527's picture

Clinton, ISIS Funded By Same Money? WikiLeaks’ Assange Says Saudi Arabia, Qatar Giving Money To Both

I guess Hillery supporters are getting too much gravy to vote her crooked ass out of politics once and for all.

A. Boaty's picture

No mention of psychopaths.

scrappy's picture

Here you go.

People need to end the Two party Corporate Fascist political fraud and the Congress “In Trust” system

People Who Control America ? Mind Blowing Documentary HQ

Good historical false flag analysis.

Darktarra's picture

I feel that we all should be voting on which is the best weapon in the up coming Civil War 2:  AR-15 or SKS?  Now there is vote with both sides winning! 

boattrash's picture

Let's do that



King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) boattrash Nov 8, 2016 10:34 AM

I have both- over 1 year engagement =AK

Cloud9.5's picture

Either will work.  if you survive the first round there will be plenty of options on the  ground.

williambanzai7's picture

I don't think this is a side show, deciding who will be the fuckers and the fuckees...

PTR's picture

This election cycle witnessed divide and conquer approaching full potential.  #HumanityLoses

inosent's picture

Just delete the zionist insurgency and shut your ears to everything they have to say. That is real progress. Unless we the 98% can out-fox the fox, the unholy jew money-changer/talmudic zionist douche bag marriage will continue to keep a firm grip on our collective pussy.

Maestro Maestro's picture

You Americans should have stayed a colony.  At least you'd have had a better accent and maybe speak English, too.

Trump is your last chance to do something about it that does not involve guns and dying.

Hillary=The End


Vote accordingly.


beemasters's picture

Oh, haven't you read....


"Using the closing moments of her speech to tout her credentials, the Queen made it clear that she has never used e-mail and has only had sex with one person 'very occasionally.'"


East Indian's picture

Slightly off the topic. 


India demonetizes its highest denomination notes: Rupees 1000 & 500 - that is about 30% and more of circulation. To be replaced within 72 hours. Onerous conditions for exchange.


War on physical money!

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) East Indian Nov 8, 2016 10:39 AM

Yeah-  ZH has an article on this today

BrownCoat's picture

Or is it a way to reduce losses caused by counterfeiters.

Hohum's picture

I love slide shows...never mind.

Conax's picture

All I know is the god cursed ads will stop.

The deep state will abide, regardless.

I had to go Krogering early this morning, every frumpy looking cat lady in the line was worrying about Hillary, saying crap like 'God help us if.. blah blah"

I hate krogers, too.



Swamidon's picture

If it can't be done at the Ballot Box then people have a second chance by emptying the streets.   That's right, do nothing and refuse to cooperate through peaceful protest and National Strike.  Trump supporters who can't live with a President Shillary can peacefully protest by taking your money out of the Bank,  shutting down transportation and businesses through non-participation, and simply disappearing for awhile.  Don't go to work and take a vacation instead.     

the French bitch's picture

It's going to be very hard to forgive the show biz entertainers who stood with the corrupt oligarchy!  Thankfully most were bottom feeder, but there were stars in there who were shameful.  Payback.  They need to learn where their riches come from.

Mr. Universe's picture

Too many stars. Enough to make you give creedence to the "sold my soul" to be famous.

TuPhat's picture

I am beginning to wonder if Charles has a brain left. His blather is getting worse. The titles are catchy phrases but the articles are devoid of sense. What decentralized production is he yammering about? Can lawnmowers and toasters be produced by 'decentralized, flexible networks'? Do me a favor ZH and put the authors name in the title of the article so I can avoid this nonsense in the future.

scrappy's picture

I think CHS is resigned to collapse.

Yes, you can decentralize lawnmower production.

It's called making do like in the 30s.

We have more shit in garages, basements, out buildings, and today, even storage pods.

In addition, demographics point to more american picker opportunities. Think boats, furniture, etc.

Plenty that can be salvaged and refurbished until we create a better system.

Hell, mine the landfills, the recycling machines they have today are amazing. And getting better.

Microbusinesses, 3D Printing, software dev on the fly, new ways of doing things.

American Innovation.

P2P communications and distributed governance.

Off topic a bit, but check this out, Water breakthrough!

Vooter's picture

How long will it take the hundreds of millions of people who "voted" one way or the other today to figure out that NOTHING has changed...AGAIN?

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

Point 1: The losers and fags voting for Hillary don't want change, so they will love that outcome.

Point 2: I'd say the Trump supporters will give him a 6 month honeymoon period. 

Heavenlysunshine's picture

Regardless, AIPAC Clinton or Trump will bow down to Bibi Nutteryahoo

and do as they're told.     Oy vey .

rejected's picture

Actually the side show is just beginning, Charlie...

Paddypower's picture

Bon Jovi? I get
Guess he still buys the lies of the democrats
Persona non grata in my book
Just like the rest of the libs
Thinks he gonna buy his way into heaven
White guilt
When and where does it end
I'll tell you where it ends
On the wrong side of history
Wake up you stupid f@&k

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

Dude, settle down he's living for the world. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They are just Rich Trash.

Deacons and Choir Leaders in the 'Church of MSM'.

Skiprrrdog's picture

Hyena Rodent Clinton

Fit to Serve

As a poster bitch for birth control...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"The core problem is, the Status Quo and its Ruling Elite rely on cetralized hierarchies..." is a key sentence.

If you don't accept that this includes the Clerical Elite, then you are hopeless. One hand washes the other, folks.

The influence of traditional clergy has waned, mostly for Just Cause, for having been too passive or complicit with the Secular Elite. Their role as standard bearers of social vision, values and norms, have been largely replaced by the MSM. The Media and its modern high priests are the new Church, the new Sanhedrin.

In a direct 1:1 battle for the dominance over society, the Media have used the weaknesses and follies of the clergy, and have also infiltrated the clergy, to the point of sidelining them. Heck, even a conservative Pope was forced into retirement, by using the Church's sex scandals as Weapons of Mass Desertion (WMD).

And that is why there needs to be (a) a Radicalization / Entrenchment of Traditionalists into a Christian equivalent of Orthodox Jews, and/or (b) an Evolutionary Jump in Christianity, which allows and encourages them to take on ANY "Invasive Species" or religious ideology.

And just like the Jews and Saudi Wahhabists, so too New Christians need to organize into its own living organism, that can play both defense and offense, that can ensure and overcome enemies.

Adapt & Evolve, perish. Because, to quote from an excellent and wildly successful book, "The Universe Doesn't Give A Flying Fuck About You". So you'd better give a damn about each other and "your own kind".

p.s. Hiding anywhere -- be it in the 'burbs or boonies --  is NOT a strategy for success. It may be a tactical move in reorganizing and growing, and should therefore not be seen as a goal or end in itself. Be IN this world, even if you are smart, wise, strong and immune enough, not to be OF it.


Heavenlysunshine's picture

America needs a heretical reformation to cleanse itself from it's parasitic, zionist

main-stream media and banking infiltration. There is, as yet, no great reformer

in sight ...maybe one will emerge after the great WW3 culling ?


Internet-is-Beast's picture

Ah Charles, always the intellectual trying to discern the gears that determine the movements in history. We're in a new paradigm now, although few are aware of it. But the sheer evil in the world and the baldface way evildoers who get away with everything bad they do (come up with your own examples) is pointing to an other-worldly/dimensionality interference in our own world or plane of reality and defies any intellectual explanation. Black ops agents are aware of it and profiting from it. it is not a coincidence that spirit cooking is a central element of this presidential election, ridiculous though that may seem from a rational, empiricist mindset point of view. Look at your own life and focus on the things that happen that do not make sense, that can't logically take place but do anyway. Don't force events to fit your preconceived ideas (materialism/determinism vs acausality). They won't scream at you, but they do manifest themselves nevertheless. Then lovingly and humbly align with the positive and life-affirming, lest ye be destroyed.