Our Political Parties Are Obsolete

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

When the parties do finally implode, the general mood will be: good riddance.

History informs us that once something is obsolete, it can disappear far faster than anyone expected. While we generally think of obsoleted technologies vanishing, social and political systems can become obsolete as well.

Should a poor soul who entered a deep coma a year ago awaken today, we must forgive his/her astonishment at the political wreckage left by the 2016 election. The Democratic Party, a mere year ago an absurdly over-funded machine confident in an easy victory in the presidential race, is now a complete shambles: its leadership in free-fall, its Fat-Cat donors disgusted, and its demented intoxication with pinning collaboration with Russia on the Trump camp eroding whatever feeble legacy legitimacy it still holds. What the party stands for is a mystery, as its Elites are clearly beholden to insiders, special interests and Corporate donors while glorifying the worst excesses of globalism and the National Security State's endless war on civil liberties.

The newly awakened citizen would also marvel at the chaotic war zone of the Republican Party, in which the Insider Warlords are battling insurgent Outsiders, while the same Elites that fund the Democratic machine are wondering what they're buying with their millions of dollars in contributions, for it's unclear what the Republican Party stands for: it's for Small Government, except when it's for Bigger Government, which is 95% of the time; it's for more law enforcement and the militarization of local police, and more intrusion into the lives of the citizenry; it's for stricter standards for welfare, except for Corporate Welfare; it's for tax reform, except the thousands of pages of give-aways, loopholes and tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations all remain untouched, and so on: a smelly tangle of special interests masked by a few sprays of PR air freshener to the millions left behind by the globalization that has so enriched Corporate America and the class of financier-owners, bankers, insiders and technocrats--the same group that funds and controls both political parties.

Political parties arose to consolidate centralized control of the central state. We have now reached the perfection of this teleology: the political elites and the financial elites are now one class. In our pay-to-play "democracy," only the votes of wealth and institutional power count.

As I have often noted here, the returns on centralization are diminishing to less than zero. The initial returns on centralizing capital, production and social-political power were robust, but now the centralized cartel-state is eating its own tail, masking its financial bankruptcy by borrowing from the future, and cloaking its political bankruptcy behind the crumbling facades of the legacy parties.

Now that technology has enabled decentralized currency, markets and governance, the centralized political parties are obsolete. They are the political equivalent of buggy whips, and those holding tight to the fantasy that their current dissolution will magically be transformed into unity by some future leadership will be disappointed.

The fragmentation of the political parties is not temporary--it is permanent. As I discussed yesterday, political and social fragmentation are the consequence of economic fragmentation--these are self-reinforcing dynamics, as fragmentation in one feeds fragmentation in the others.

Those who have gotten rich inside the bloated machinery of the parties will never accept their era has ended. The dreams of private jets and millions of dollars in contributions die hard. But the voters and donors are both waking up to the cold reality that the parties are nothing but wealth distribution machines that sluice millions from financial elites to various political elites.

All the legacy claims of both parties ring false; neither party gives a hoot about the working class, small business or civil liberties. Their entire game plan is to whip up hot-button social issues to distract a fragmented citizenry and arouse last-gasp emotional loyalty to empty slogans.

Is it any wonder that people are abandoning both parties and claiming Independent status? All the core systems of the nation are failing, visibly, painfully, badly, and yet all the parties can dredge up is more of the same and TINA--there is no alternative.

The citizen who just awakened also awakened to the truth: the legacy parties have no solutions; their game plan is to milk the system as long as they can before it collapses in a rotten heap of corruption, fraud, collusion, debt and profiteering that benefits the few at the expense of the many.

When the parties do finally implode, the general mood will be: good riddance. A centralized spoils system is no longer a viable way to govern the nation. Political systems everywhere are facing a choice: Decentralize or die.

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DonFromWyoming's picture

Wishful thinking, but there is no chance of the Ds and Rs losing power without a larger revolution.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


In politics and sociology, divide and rule (or divide and conquer) is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures and prevents smaller power groups from linking up.



hedgeless_horseman's picture



Donald Trump is a Big Government Statist.

Statists want government to have a great deal of power over the economy and individual behavior. They frequently doubt whether economic liberty and individual freedom are practical options in today's world. Statists tend to distrust the free market, support high taxes and centralized planning of the economy, oppose diverse lifestyles, and question the importance of civil liberties.

VWAndy's picture

 Cant help but wonder if they did some wife swapping?

kommissar's picture

nope.  the hilldebeast likes girls - little ones at that, just like slick willy.  they DO have that in common.

All Risk No Reward's picture

The Debt-Money Monopolists have controlled both political parties for over 100 years.

The false political dichotomy is Kabuki theater for the politically clueless.

And yes, Trump, the "my banks are good" guy during the debates, is controlled, too. Controlled opposition.

The Debt-Money Monopolists have duped Trump supporters the same way they duped people back in 1913 by pretending to be against the Federal Reserve Act.

realmoney2015's picture

Yes all risk! It's really just one party with two brands owned by the bank cartel that has been stealing from the US with every dollar made since 1913; the bank cartel once said Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws. Every dollar made since 1913 has been created out of debt. inflation is theft and debt is slavery. End the fed end the bank cartel party, go back to sound money then we can have a second party again until then it's just one party, the bank cartel party. 

konadog's picture

Hard to imagine anyone would touch that vile witch. I would sooner become a priest. Donald doesn't exactly have a shortage of gorgeous women to choose from.

VWAndy's picture

 Banging the first lady is more of a thing about ego.

logicalman's picture

Would you swap Hitlery for Melania????!!!!


Captain Chlamydia's picture

And..... now for something more terrifying..... The US NAVY is obsolete.




And make no mistake about it, this was a stealth attack with great purpose.  That purpose, of course, was to show the whole world that every U.S. warship is now a sitting duck.

Khibiny Electronic Warfare System: Russia Employs “Super Weapon” To Neutralize Entire U.S. Navy

It’s true, given the highly advanced scalar-wave weapon technology developed in Russia, no navy is safe on the high seas.  In fact, the radar, navigational, communication and weapons systems of any warship can be incapacitated with the push of a button.   The Russians proved that with the flyover of the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea in April of 2014.  Even the sailors who witnessed that unparalleled incident on the ship were profoundly affected.

 According to some specialized media, 27 sailors from the USS Donald Cook requested to be relieved from active service.

Dammit Walter's picture

No wife swapping... I mean look at her.  Not DT's type.

francis scott falseflag's picture


The collision between the container ship, Crystal, and the USS Fitzgerald has

a touch of Khibininess about it, n'est-ce pas? 

veeger's picture

  man that " sotn " story , is really something to read , and view....

any_mouse's picture

That article is confused. Note the name "George Friedman".

The path of the ACX does not show the ship "coming around" to strike the Fitz.

The article states clearly the Russians have the technology, inferring the Russians did it. Then concludes that the incident was a CIA false flag.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame me.


Benito_Camela's picture
“There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”

George W. Bush

meditate_vigorously's picture

Precisely why there has been no White Nationalist movement. There are big bucks invested into ensuring anything claiming that kind of ideology is controlled opposition prevented from organizing, consolidating, or being in any way effective.

Just like the Tea Party was seized and neutered before it organized. Just like the Contract With America congress was defanged and shattered by the like of Newt Gingrich (idiots still think he is "conservative" whatever that means).

They always have a stable of well connected "grass roots" leaders to step in any take control of any movement and make sure it goes nowhere.

And then the "well to do" and above like to play the elitist game of blaming the citizens for not meeting their responsibilities to enact change. No citizen has the resources to put anything together AND fight off the Oligarchs. They also have to contend with no-platforming, character assassination, professional assassination, and sometimes just straight up murder.

The more dispersed the power, the easier it is to avoid accountability, as this article so eloquently opens with.

Sick Underbelly's picture

What happened to the spirit of "Use a secret decoder ring"?

A very small amount per month could host a large enough set of redundant cloud-based servers (think: Bahamas, Manila, and even Sweden, to name a few) to handle encrypted chat and email.

I have compiled my own 512 AES, salted, etc libraries...I know they don't have a backdoor to it.  With the decoder ring, passed by pony express, maybe even in many different letters, nobody's getting into the communication stream.

The idea of flash mobs, but coordinated through secure channels comes to mind.

It all can be done.  The tech is there. 

If political parties are obsolete, then all I see possible is decentralized activism from coordinated, self-regulated, independently-acting groups.

The question is:  how much proselytizing are you and others gonna do?  Or, better yet, is there an app for making it easier?  =)

Benito_Camela's picture

Exact same principles apply for the Dimocrats. Look how quickly both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump started toeing their party's line? 

meditate_vigorously's picture

There are no parties. Just showmanship to dazzle and befuddle the plebes.

We live in a plutocracy (or Oligarchy depending on how you define them). Plutocracy is not quite accurate, because our Oligarchs have no national allegiance.

logicalman's picture

There's only one party and 99.99% are not in the invitation list.

bluez's picture

In the 2000 presidential election, Nader was to an extent a spoiler. This spoiler effect was deemed to favor George W. Bush over Al Gore.

As long as the spoiler effect persists there can only be two top candidates.

Strategic hedge simple score voting is the only method that defeats this effect. All the other methods are just fancy frauds.

xtremers9's picture

It's kind of sad to see the republicans go from the party of Reagan to the party of fools. Since when did being conservative become synonymous with uneducated

logicalman's picture

You're not trying to suggest that Reagan was intelligent, are you? He was a B movie actor who could deliver the required lines in a manner that suited those who wrote them.

For clarity, what do you mean by conservative? Some things should be conserved, others should be changed to suit the changing world. The trick is figuring out which is which.

Government is the problem, no matter what label you slap on the tin.

The last person who should be given power over others is he who wants it.



peopledontwanttruth's picture

Our Political Parties Are Obsolete

Ha, the article is over a hundred years late!!!

Tell us something we didn't know

Koba the Dread's picture

No! This is how institutions decline and die. It's foolish to think that Ds and Rs will be around forever.

If you even pay lip service to Ayn Rand, the internal collapse of America through greed, sloth, stupidity is central to her novel, Atlas Shrugged.

Sometimes things do fall apart. Sometimes the center does not hold. We are in one of those times right now. Hilary broke the back of the world we lived it; she was one step too far into evil mixed with mediocrity. Obama broke the back of the country we lived in; he was one step too far into crony capitalism. Little George Bush broke the back of the country we lived in through his fantasy of America as a world policeman and his fraud of 9-11. Bill Clinton--well, need I rehearse his presidency.

Or, if the Ds and Rs are not dead or dying, we got a heap of trouble because neither D nor R can or will fix anything that you or I might think broken. That being the case, either something new will replace D and R or. . . .

Hey, let's go on Facebook and look at some cat pictures.

Erek's picture

Maybe we should stop arguing about Republicans and Democrats and start concentrating on the banks and money cabals controlling them.

Or does that make too much sense?

konadog's picture

It does make sense, but the Republicans and Democrats are an integral part of the criminal cabal. They desperately need to be replaced with independents like Jesse Ventura or Ron Paul who are willing to change the laws that allow the banking cabal war machine to keep screwing us.

Erek's picture

The idea about independents is ok, but we all know it will somehow always be the same fuckers in charge, just under a new banner.


Just remember:

No matter who you voted for, the rich stayed rich, the poor stayed poor and the bombs never stopped.

konadog's picture

To the extent that we fail to change the way election campaigns are funded. If I ran for office, I would have to cozy-up to the banking war machine. Unless I'm a billionaire like Trump, I don't have enough money to fund it myself when the opposition has the vast wealth of the banking war machine at its disposal to smear me. If we change that, things could get much much harder for them.

logicalman's picture

If voting changed anything, it would be illegal.

Politicians are there to give the illusion of choice.

A question I've asked myself many times is 'can you think of a problem on the planet that doesn't, ultimately, come down to the control of and coveting of money'

I've not come up with anything yet.



peopledontwanttruth's picture

It sounds good and very practical. However while others have spoken the same way and had some power/influence they were either killed, silenced in one way or another or bought out themselves. Now we have names being thrown around since Jekyll Island, where do they live, how do you get to them with not just their private armies but in actuality they control EVERYTHING of this wicked world.

Their judgment is beyond what this world can do. They've been running everything for millennia

Sick Underbelly's picture

What do you mean by "start concentrating on the banks and money cabals controlling them"?   Focus?  Write letters to the mean bankers? Demolish their structures?  Hack their systems?  Picket the branches?   What would you suggest we do?

Also, please entertain me and tell me how you think this would progress...go on a thought experiment with me:

A white man, near 40 years old, having run a successful trades business for over 15 years, decides he has had enough and is going to run for US House or Senate for his district.  He has given a vow of death, signed a contract with a kill squad of "NO COMPROMISE", and is completely determined to vote for America at every turn.

Assume he somehow gets enough funds and votes to be elected and win the race.

Take it from there and tell me what change this guy could make in the House or Senate, how long it would be before he compromised, how long it would be before he joined "the swamp", how many terms he would serve.

Then, tell me what would happen if the kill squad could actually enforce the deal he made, and tell me how long you think he'd survive. If you think he would compromise on something and not vote for America, what do you think he would give as his reason(s) for doing so, if he could tell the truth?

My point in all of this:  A concerted, massive, coordinated effort, over at least three election cycles, would need to be performed to get enough hard-core America First Congress people in to change things from within.

The easiest thing would be to hunt down and kill the bankers, blow up the servers running the stock market, and (forcibly?) replace the Congress...I'm just interested in seeing what you think needs done.

logicalman's picture

My approach to this is to try to get some individual to wake up and see what's going on.

I have no personal debt. I have a credit union account, not a bank account. No credit card.

I don't operate a debtmobile or have a cell phone.

Just my attempt to, at least try, to starve the beast.

If I can wake up 2 people and they go on to do the same, we have the beginnings of exponential growth.

Slow at first, but impossible, eventually, to be resisted.

gadzooks's picture

Retarded Crooks and delusional Puppet Masters  who need to ruin everything to pretend superiority.

meditate_vigorously's picture

I have a hypothesis that passed a certain wealth level, a psychopathy is triggered in almost everyone.

Similar to how PTSD is triggered by the brain not protecting itself form stress for various physiological reasons such as blast trauma knocking it offline.

When there is no longer an existential struggle (food, shelter, reproduction, safety, security), something triggers to invent one and it is essentially insane lust for power and control.

I am a ways off from formally pursuing this line of inquiry.

NoDebt's picture

"Is it any wonder that people are abandoning both parties and claiming Independent status?"

Done.  For all the good it'll do me.  

Mostly I'm an independent because they claim those are the voters they have to woo with trinkets and promises to get their vote.  I wish to be wooed with trinkets and promises, no matter how diindenuous.

The other reason is so that no matter who wins this political war, I can claim I was on their side all along.


centerline's picture

Couldn't have said it better myself. 

In fact it was an absolute blast to mess with idiots on social media last year.  The moment I would bash HRC they would automatically assume I was a pro-Trump guy.  So, when I turned to blast Trump as well they simply did not know what to do.  Too much fun.

Archive_file's picture

It's so true, the minute you say you hate Hillary people assume you are a Trump fan. Critical thinking has gone out the window.

economessed's picture

I don't know if the description "party" is appropriate anymore, but we are certainly down to just two camps:  US and THEM.  There are about 324 million of US, and about 544 of THEM.  Still not a fair fight.

VWAndy's picture

 This stupid is so well funded its not going to be going away. Cut off the funding and poof like a fart in the wind.

Umh's picture

How would we cut off the funding? A great deal of the problem is that a relatively small number of people benefits greatly from government spending and is willing to spend greatly to keep the tap turned on.

A. Boaty's picture

I would gladly see them go, but what happens after that?

Filthy_Cerberus's picture

"then we will fight in the shade."