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Guest Post: Global Crisis - The Convergence Of Marx, Orwell And Kafka

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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

Global Crisis: The Convergence of Marx, Orwell And Kafka

The global crisis is not merely economic; it is the result of profound financial, sociological and political trends best captured by Marx, Orwell and Kafka.

The global crisis is best understood as the convergence of the modern trends identified by Marx, Orwell and Kafka. Let's start with Franz Kafka, the writer (1883-1924) who most eloquently captured the systemic injustices of all powerful bureaucracies--the alienation experienced by the hapless citizen enmeshed in the bureaucratic web, petty officialdom's mindless persecutions of the innocent, and the intrinsic absurdity of the centralized State best expressed in this phrase: "We expect errors, not justice."

If this isn't the most insightful summary of the Eurozone debacle, then what is? A lawyer by training and practice, Kafka understood that the the more powerful and entrenched the bureaucracy, the greater the collateral damage rained on the innocent, and the more extreme the perversion of justice.

The entire global financial system is Kafkaesque: the bureaucracies of the Central State have two intertwined goals: protect the financial Elites from the consequences of their parasitic predation, and protect their own power and perquisites.

While Marx understood the predatory, parasitic nature of Monopoly Capitalism, he did not anticipate the State's partnering with Cartel/Crony Capitalism; in effect, the State has appropriated the appropriators, stripmining the citizenry to protect the financial sector from the consequences of their "business model" (leverage, fraud, embezzlement and the misrepresentation of risk). But the State doesn't merely enable ("regulate") the predation of financiers; it also stripmines the citizenry to fund its own expansion into every nook and cranny of civil society.

This is where Orwell enters the convergence, for the State masks its stripmining and power grab with deliciously Orwellian misdirections such as "the People's Party," "democratic socialism," and so on.

Orwell understood the State's ontological imperative is expansion, to the point where it controls every level of community, markets and society. Once the State escapes the control of the citizenry, it is free to exploit them in a parasitic predation that is the mirror-image of Monopoly capital. For what is the State but a monopoly of force, coercion, data manipulation and the regulation of private monopolies?

What is the EU bureaucracy in Brussels but the perfection of a stateless State?

As Kafka divined, centralized bureaucracy has the capacity for both Orwellian obfuscation (anyone read those 1,300-page Congressional bills other than those gaming the system for their private benefit?) and systemic avarice and injustice.

The convergence boils down to this: it would be impossible to loot this much wealth if the State didn't exist to enforce the "rules" of parasitic predation. In China, the Elite's looting proceeds along somewhat different rules from the looting of Europe and the U.S., but the end result is the same in all financialized, centrally managed economies: an expansive kleptocracy best understood as the convergence of Marx, Orwell and Kafka.

 

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Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:48 | 2649557 flacon
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Don't forget Aldous Huxley:

 

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”  Aldous Huxley

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:52 | 2649571 Big Corked Boots
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Everybody forgets Philip K. Dick, as well.

Mix technology with modified/confused reality and welcome to 2012.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:13 | 2649671 mcguire
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Also forgotton:  Max Weber, the sociologist and his "iron cage of rationality"..

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:01 | 2649835 Bob
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Also forgotten is the role of classical economics in eeking out gains for the common man from the landed nobility of feudalism.  Of course, this was when economics took the side of the common man in defining economic value in terms of material costs and labor, when earned income actually meant something beyond a line on a tax form. 

Now it's a neoliberal clusterfuck that mocks all notions of "fairness" and "public interest" while (especially in the current bankster getaway stage of the game) posing the Great Conflict as one of "socialism" versus "liberty." Government itself  is being privatized, corporate raider style--buy it with leveraged debt, suck out all value, and leave the mess for someone else to clean up once you've moved on.    Clearly government is the problem; blame the toxic waste, not the polluter . . . long as you don't fail to keep up your payments on the debt we hold, we can call it even.  Better yet, we can call it Liberty.

Michael Hudson: The Road to Debt Deflation, Debt Peonage, and Neofeudalism

http://www.iadb.org/intal/intalcdi/PE/2012/09985.pdf

The Road to Serfdom is long and, ironically enough, it hasn't been the one everybody was watching out for.  Which I suppose shouldn't really come as a surprise, if you really think about it. 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:11 | 2650091 sgt_doom
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Damnit, Bob, you beat me to it!!!!

Well said and smartly articulated, sir!

And for the latest MKULTRA update:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/07/23/48617.htm

MKULTRA Latest Update:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/07/23…

It was reported (see above link for entire article, please) on July 23, several days ago, that US Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley in Oakland, Ca., ordered the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to hand over further documents concerning drug experiments on thousands of Vietnam veterans (under the MKULTRA program).

Some interesting quotes from the article:

The Army and the CIA, with the help of Nazi scientists, used at least 7,800 veterans as human guinea pigs for testing the effects of up to 400 types of drugs and chemicals, including mescaline, LSD, amphetamines, barbituates, mustard gas and nerve agents, the Vietnam Veterans of America and individual soldiers claim in a 2009 class action.

and,

The experiments in Army compounds at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick, Md., left many veterans with debilitating health problems for decades. Veterans say the government has since refused to provide proper medical care.

The judge's ruling contained some shortcomings on these matters, but at least was a step in the right direction.

Now, be advised, that MKULTRA was simply moved over to the Department of Defense during the 1970s due to ongoing investigations into the program while managed under the auspices of the CIA, it has continued on unabated, with endless refinement after refinement.

When Americans unthinkingly listen to the same stooges, or stooges from the same exact organizations, i.e., the Cato Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Heritage Foundation, the Peterson Institute, etc., etc., etc., on FoxFiction, on CNN, on ABC, on PBS and NPR, they frequently believe, regardless of age or educational levels, that somehow they are listening to differing views?

Truly, the end result of mass indoctrination and managing the message from the ultra of ultra programs, MKULTRA --- absolute population mind control!

This extends across all forms of media: TV and Cable "news" -- radio -- books, magazines, etc., ad infinitum.

A few years ago I read a book by a neuroscientist who made some fairly overtly progandistic, or incredibly ignorant historical claims.

She used the introduction to her book to explain what a brilliant child prodigy she had been, and the difficulties she'd had in schooling in th sciences due to being a female (she wasn't that old!!!).

Throughout the book she drops unbelievably false historical tidbits: John D. Rockefeller saved America during World War II!

According to various government studies, Rockefeller made a fortune from financing the beginning, middle and end of the war; originally financing the rise of the Hitler's Third Reich, then selling oil (and who knows what else) to the Nazis through Switzerland and Spain during the war (also the Du Pont, Mellon and Morgan families bore some culpability as well).

Another tidbit, although perhaps not as important: that both Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci "chose" not to get married nor have children!

Completely absurd as Leonardo had no such choice as it was legally against the law during that time for a man of bastard birth to marry or beget children. (Sixteen years and nine months after doing a series of protraits of attractive young women, Leonardo returned to the same village and took on a 16-year-old apprentice who was said to bear a physical resemblance to the great master.)

Obviously, not a brilliant neuroscientist but then her book, like so many other confusing books over the past several decades, was pre-financed!

Pertinent government studies:

The Pugo Committee's study on "Money Trust"

TNEC study (Temporary National Economy Committee) 1937 - 1939, published 1941

Cartels and National Security, Report No. 4, 1944 (Senate Subcommittee on War Mobilization)

Patman Report (from Wright Patman's committee) 1968

Structure of Corporate Concentration, US Senate, 1980

 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:20 | 2650408 Anusocracy
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The Road To Serfdom is paved with both the good and the bad intentions of government.

Government is the equivalent of army ants running the ecosystem.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:20 | 2649711 Spastica Rex
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No, Dick-Heads abound.

I'm a Dick-Head.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:43 | 2650228 penexpers
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+1

This whole fucking society is one Total Recall-esque mind fuck.

 

 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:23 | 2649726 Blond Viking
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Also missing from the article, Samuel Beckett:

"Try. Fail. Try again. Fail better."

Which seems to be the perfect description of what is going on in the eurozone.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:52 | 2649572 Born Patriot
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I thought this site was an economics site, but all I'm seeing is anti-American BS. "Rebeling" against our elected congress? "Overthrowing" our Federal Reserve Bank? This is just BS. Straight up domestic terrorism.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:00 | 2649603 Lohn Jocke
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Domestic terrorism is holding our liberties, rights, and particularly our Tenth Amendment ransom, economics and politics are intrinsically linked.

 In England, fixing lending rates artificially low is a major scandal, over here it's 'monetary policy'.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:15 | 2649680 mcguire
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dissent = 'domestic terrorism' 

 

nice.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:23 | 2649725 Lohn Jocke
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Using fear and rhetoric to wean us off of our rights is most certainly textbook terrorism. The reason it works so well is because these terroris wear suits and don't have beards.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:07 | 2649606 Paul Atreides
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Your flag sucking is making me ill, your elected congress is a fully owned subsidiary of Wall St. and the Federal Reserve Bank is a private institution so it is not yours.

If you are in fact trolling for laughs then try and throw in some decent humour like MDB, at least I can chuckle at his posts...

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:17 | 2649689 Born Patriot
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Our country's flag makes you ill? Am I really reading this?? Get a copy of our consitution buddy. You don't know what you're talking about son.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:32 | 2649727 Winston Churchill
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I soggest you re read yours.Also the Federalist papers.

Sorry, there  are no pictures.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:24 | 2649729 Lohn Jocke
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How about the stars and bars you had as your avatar twenty minutes ago you dumb twunt.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:31 | 2650170 Bicycle Repairman
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@ Born Patriot.  We already have one jokester troll, Million_$_Bonus_Baby.  We don't need another.  Your avatar is not this country's flag and you are no nationalist.  Be gone.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:11 | 2649660 midtowng
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Real patriots don't troll.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:28 | 2649743 Lohn Jocke
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Can they troll the pro-gov't liberals?

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:12 | 2649670 azzhatter
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Patriotism is not flag waving. A true patriot fights to correct the wrongs in the system even if it requires violent overthrow. The country was founded on the rule of law and true patriots want rule of law maintained. We want criminals I.E Jon Corzine jailed. That's a true patriot, not some thumb sucking flag waver chanting USA USA USA while Bernanke's dick is in your ass

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:18 | 2649924 Treeplanter
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There is a lot of revolutionary masturbation here.  This is not Europe yet, so we can replace a corrupt White House and Congress.  So go suck your thumb.  A lot of us love that flag and the USA.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 23:02 | 2651869 Bringin It
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[TP - Singing happy sounding normalicy bias to himself.]

TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:08 | 2649892 Treeplanter
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This is a site for spoiled brats indoctrinated by a progressive education and lowest common denominaior pop culture.  At least in the comment section. 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:20 | 2650405 Dr. Acula
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"Who is 'reactionary' and who is 'progressive'? Reaction against an unwise policy is not to be condemned. And progress towards chaos is not to be commended" - Ludwig von Mises

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:32 | 2650465 Treeplanter
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Marxist BS. 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 22:09 | 2651761 StychoKiller
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FREE markets != Marxist BS

Turn yer head 180° around (for the real perspective!)

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 23:04 | 2651873 Bringin It
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Ad Hominem BS.

Find a new approach.  You're boring.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:47 | 2650243 hoos bin pharteen
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MDB,

Is that you?

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 21:27 | 2651537 1Inthebeginning
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Redacted

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 22:05 | 2651747 StychoKiller
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Get thee hence, and obtain some knowledge -- google the werdz:  "Mandrake Mechanism"

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:35 | 2649508 ruffian
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I definitely have CHS overload.....take a holiday Charles

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:27 | 2649737 CH1
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This line rocked: what is the State but a monopoly of force, coercion, data manipulation and the regulation of private monopolies?

The state is a barbaric cult from 5000 BC.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:22 | 2650418 Dr. Acula
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"Rothbard advocated abolition of coercive government control of society and the economy. He considered the monopoly force of government the greatest danger to liberty and the long-term well-being of the populace, labeling the state as nothing but a "gang of thieves writ large"—the locus of the most immoral, grasping and unscrupulous individuals in any society.[7][8][9][10]

Rothbard concluded that all services provided by monopoly governments could be provided more efficiently by the private sector. He viewed many regulations and laws ostensibly promulgated for the "public interest" as self-interested power grabs by scheming government bureaucrats engaging in dangerously unfettered self-aggrandizement, as they were not subject to market disciplines. Rothbard held that there were inefficiencies involved with government services and asserted that market disciplines would eliminate them, if the services could be provided by competition in the private sector.[11][12][13]" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Rothbard

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:42 | 2649797 Questan1913
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ruffian,

Troublesome isn't it......when a writer sheds light in an area infested by cockroaches, squids, vampires and other assorted thieves, and Banksters.   Troll.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:36 | 2649512 Paul Atreides
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Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:41 | 2650212 Bob
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Fear is the mind killer, Paul Atreides. 

Psychology of Security: http://www.schneier.com/essay-155.html

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:00 | 2649514 Global Hunter
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As I write this I have the phone wedged between my ear and shoulder, been on hold to speak to representative at Ministry Transport Ontario since 10:15am, its now 11:36...

update: noon!

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:24 | 2649943 ATM
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Bureaucratic purgatory....

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:38 | 2649517 malikai
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I haven't read Kafka in ages. I think it's time to get back to the library.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:41 | 2649527 Global Hunter
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I was thinking that until I realized it might hit too close to home right now and frustrate the hell out of me.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:51 | 2649567 blunderdog
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Maybe just watch The Trial, instead.  Orson Welles' best flick, and it's very apropos.  Definitely captures Kafka's vision.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:04 | 2649627 gjp
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The Trial was an incredibly creepy book, the images from that book have stuck with me like I read it yesterday.  Haven't seen the movie, I imagine it would be a fun one to make.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:42 | 2649796 Bastiat
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Darkness at Noon was like that for me.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:56 | 2649593 Lohn Jocke
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I hadn't thought of that, until I awoke one morning to find myself transformed into a gianto potato.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:43 | 2650219 Bob
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Metamorphosis.  Sounds like you're regressing!

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:56 | 2649843 TNTARG
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The post is something, isn't it?

Don't miss Kafka nor Orwell and of course, Marx, even when reality has gone a lot further.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:40 | 2649526 Bubble
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Is there a country where I can escape this 1984 b/s ?

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:55 | 2649590 SoNH80
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Antarctica.  Excellent seafood.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:28 | 2649739 Big Corked Boots
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Yeah, but the electric bills are outrageous. Also, no wood for the stove.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:29 | 2649962 falak pema
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we will one day visit it in our bathing suits.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:51 | 2649818 TNTARG
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Antarctica isn't a country.

Try Tolhuin, an amazingly little town in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina.

http://www.tierradelfuego.org.ar/imagenes/banco/tolhuin/

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 16:03 | 2650573 Anusocracy
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I'd like to have a rigid airship motorhome. A Windybago. Estimated the cost in the late 90s at $150-$200,000 with a lot of sweat.

Then start building them in China to sell to wealthy and adventurous people.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:43 | 2649536 umbrarchist
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It's 43 years after the Moon landing.  What did Marx say about "planned obsolescence".  Oh, you mean today's economists don't talk about it either?  Don't blame Capitalism for economists being LIARS.

http://toxicdrums.com/economic-wargames-by-dal-timgar.html

Planned obsolescence is a 20th century phenomenon and did not begin until the 1920s.  But electronic brainwashing did not exist before WWI either.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:32 | 2649967 Treeplanter
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Fuck Marx and anyone dumb enough to buy his BS.  Japanese competition destroyed planned obsolescence in the '70's.  Quality and price, the essence of free enterprise, upset the applecart, especially in Motown. 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:53 | 2650024 earleflorida
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Japan, and the "14 Points of Management" ie., *Quality Control [QC]        

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Edwards_Deming

Ps. Great post CHS   :-))

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 18:20 | 2651125 falak pema
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QA quality assurance; not QC, quality control. The Demmings factor! 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 23:09 | 2651886 Bringin It
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TreePlanter with your tongue wedged so deep in the status quo's/ PTB's crack, how do you manage to see the keyboard and type?  So predictable and boring.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:49 | 2649560 Dark Trader
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how about a little Aldous Huxley thrown in for good measure? Most Americans glued to their gadgets and multi media entertainment, blind to the real threats to freedom?

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:54 | 2649584 KK Tipton
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"Most Americans glued to their gadgets and multi media entertainment, blind to the real threats to freedom?"

 

"I see dead people"

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:13 | 2649578 Dr. Engali
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Instead of Marx, Orwell, and Kafka we have Obummer, the Bernank , and Timmah.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:54 | 2649581 Crispy
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Dibs on all the hottest alpha chicks first!

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:59 | 2649602 blunderdog
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Forget the Alphas.  They're too uppity--their bottles are too big for their own good. 

Ah, for a nice Beta double-minus girl....

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:57 | 2649852 graneros
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Ah hell, after a few tabs of zoma, they all look the same.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:09 | 2649899 Crispy
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zextasy?

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:57 | 2649594 blunderdog
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    While Marx understood the predatory, parasitic nature of Monopoly Capitalism, he did not anticipate the State's partnering with Cartel/Crony Capitalism...

I wonder why he'd say that.  The Marxist perspective is that it doesn't matter whether the oligarchs are private entities or government structures. 

When there are men in black hoods with automatic rifles kicking in doors and shooting people, why would the people being shot care at all whether they're FBI, DHS, DEA, Sheriff's Deputies, city PD, swat, or GANGMEMBERS?

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:16 | 2649684 Totentänzerlied
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Which Marxist perspective, exactly, would that be? As we all know, there are many.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:43 | 2649800 blunderdog
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Das Kapital.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:42 | 2650001 Treeplanter
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History has shown how completely clueless Marx was.  He is about as relevant as Alexander Pope.  Both had a few good quotes and are equally boring.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:15 | 2650103 blunderdog
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How would you know?  You haven't read him.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:15 | 2650254 Bob
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I see bad people. 

If you want the only education worth having it's only $20 for the online non-Ph.D. in Whole Truth Studies:

http://bastiat.mises.org/2012/07/introducing-virtual-mises-university/

What else does anybody need to know--hell, if it ain't Liberty, it's a commie plot. 

And don't worry, we define Liberty just the way it was meant to be. 

End Public Education before it's too late! 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:37 | 2650480 Treeplanter
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He was a joke long before I was born, but we keep hearing from the useful idiot crowd who hate those who succeed. 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 17:06 | 2650840 blunderdog
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Just to be sure...

You're saying that the idea that collective policies would be driven by a small group of wealthy people intent on dominating the planet by controlling money and wealth has been DISPROVEN, right?

I just want to make sure I know exactly which kind of ignorant asshole you are.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 23:13 | 2651897 Bringin It
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... and crickets.  TP where are you?  Interesting question here for you.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:02 | 2649614 Orwell was right
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Orwell WAS right .....

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:47 | 2650010 General Decline
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Yeah.  And so was Huxley

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:43 | 2650222 Winston Churchill
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Oruxley.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:05 | 2649633 Oh regional Indian
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Interesting troika. And together, they do fill the obvious picture.

Of course, Marx was a tool who was given what to write/say as per plan. Orwell seems more and more to have been a part of an insider clique, getting fore-sight delivered to him, just like it has been to Sci-Fi writers for the longest time.

I say it's time to look at the world from the eyes of Tolkein, Frank Herbert and Don Juan via Calros Castaneda. Then it all makes sense.

ori

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:12 | 2649666 Manthong
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+5 for that correlation CHS.

But Kafka is probably going to hand his EU novel over to Sam Peckinpah for the movie.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:41 | 2649791 koncaswatch
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Present day complexity is also analogous in the plot within a plot, within a plot, Sci-Fi scenarios  of Asimov's Foundation Trilogy.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:10 | 2649657 j8h9
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Work is Freedom

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:16 | 2649661 shovelhead
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I say we all chip in a few bucks and send Los Zetas to Washington for a little Fast and Furious action.

Better fun than watching the Olympics.

"Honey, the landscapers are here...but I think they have guns."

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:30 | 2649755 Winston Churchill
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Love it.

Suicide mower bombers.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:50 | 2650015 General Decline
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Davey Crockett's final word's...

 

"what are all these landscapers doing here?"

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:11 | 2649664 proLiberty
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"it would be impossible to loot this much wealth if the State didn't exist to enforce the "rules" of parasitic predation."

 

Fiat money combined with a tax on nominal incomes and the nominal gains in the value of capital assets enables the grandest scheme of theft in human history.  

We are slowly being made debt slaves in the same manner as the Egyptians who sold themselves to Pharoah in exchange  for grain that he took from them during the seven years of plenty (Genesis 41).

 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:22 | 2649934 reader2010
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"Fiat money combined with a tax on nominal incomes and the nominal gains in the value of capital assets enables the grandest scheme of theft in human history. "

 

It's fraud and robbery!

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:14 | 2649675 max2205
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Harpo Marx was a sharp dresser

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:55 | 2649839 falak pema
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All we need is Darwin and Freud and we have the perfect human cocktail.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:00 | 2649858 My Days Are Get...
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Amen and Amen.

Possibly one of the best articles from CHS.

Substitute this for Philosophy 101 and make it required reading for every high school freshman.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:01 | 2649865 W10321303
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And here is how the SOCIPOPATHS will turn YOU into one of the living dead

Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us. This could mean:

  • If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create super diseases, resistant to antibiotics
  • If the gene that creates Bt-toxin in GM corn were to transfer, it might turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories.

Although no studies have evaluated if antibiotic or Bt-toxin genes transfer, that is one of the key problems. The safety assessments are too superficial to even identify most of the potential dangers from GMOs. See our Health Risks brochure and State of the Science report for more details and citations.

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 16:34 | 2650508 Bob
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Uh, I heard that Barry O appointed an ex-Monsanto man to head FDA, so I'm sure it's covered.  Nobody knows more about it than those guys.  Go back to sleep, sheepie. 

+1, btw. 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:55 | 2649888 graneros
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Great article that sums up the zeitgeist brilliantly.  Although Cliff does a better job I offer the following "graneros notes" (direct quotes from the CHS piece) for those who didn't read the article:

"The global crisis is not merely economic; it is the result of profound financial, sociological and political trends best captured by Marx, Orwell and Kafka.

the more powerful and entrenched the bureaucracy, the greater the collateral damage rained on the innocent

The entire global financial system is Kafkaesque

While Marx understood the predatory, parasitic nature of Monopoly Capitalism, he did not anticipate the State's partnering with Cartel/Crony Capitalism

But the State doesn't merely enable ("regulate") the predation of financiers; it also stripmines the citizenry to fund its own expansion into every nook and cranny of civil society.

the State masks its stripmining and power grab with deliciously Orwellian misdirections such as "the People's Party," "democratic socialism," and so on.

the State's ontological imperative is expansion, to the point where it controls every level of community, markets and society.

For what is the State but a monopoly of force, coercion, data manipulation and the regulation of private monopolies?

What is the EU bureaucracy in Brussels but the perfection of a stateless State?

it would be impossible to loot this much wealth if the State didn't exist to enforce the "rules" of parasitic predation."

 

 

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:11 | 2649905 toomanyfakecons...
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The next thing you know, some fear-bot keyboard jockey will be telling you that tens of millions of American gun owners, patriots, active-duty military, reservists, veterans, police, federal marshalls, and so are are powerless and inconsequential to this whole mess. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. The MASS ARRESTS will come. Sure as the sun will cross the sky, they will come... http://tinyurl.com/cd5cyjo/

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:00 | 2650053 Treeplanter
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If the Marxists in the White House engineer a national emergency so they can cancel elections and arrest the opposition, we will hear from those people.  I don't think the putz from Chicago has the guts.  If Romney doesn't go full bore at cleaning out corruption, he too, will have just one term.   Hard times breeds a low tolerance fo corruption.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:55 | 2650548 Dr. Acula
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Romney is also a Marxist

Just look at Romneycare

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:14 | 2649916 TNTARG
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I believe we've enough literature. It's time to move on, to take some decisions for ourselves. The guys in charge all around don't seem to have what it's needed, not the brain nor the balls.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:35 | 2649978 ddtuttle
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We are beyond "isms" at this point.  We are now paying for the horrific misitakes of 19th and 20th century social and economic philosophies.  I use the word philosophy because they don't even ressemble science.  This stuff was just made up by guys (and gals) who wern't smart enough to be scientists, but desperately wanted to tell everyone else what to do.

The central flaw in all leftist thinking, is that the "needs of society", the collective activities and behavior of all human beings, is best served by a government.  That governments are somehow above crass motivations of profit and therefore corruption and are the only way to serve higher needs.

But governements are made up of people with all the same shortcommings as everyone else.  Governments are large human organizations, that cannot be any better than corporations, charities, churches, armies, clubs etc.  First and foremost, all such organizations seek to preserve and perpetuate themselves; to increase their wealth and power at the expense of everyone else.  Governments are also non-productive organizations dedicated to predating and reducing other people's productivity. When this is in balance it works well enough. Marx et al, got totally confused and led us on a century long program of increasing govermental power to the point of paralysis, which is where we find ourselves today.

The core value of true civilization is that everyone, and all organizations are held to the same rule of law.  When a King is above the law and does anything he likes without consequence, that is an uncivilized society.  Likewise any government offiical who transgresses the law must be held accountable.  Once you loose that, you are on a descent into barbarism.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:09 | 2650054 graneros
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"Once you loose that, you are on a descent into barbarism."

We have most certainly loost it.   Feel free to ignore my feeble attempt at levity.  Good post.  +1

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 16:39 | 2650703 Anusocracy
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Good post.

A slight modification: I would change rule of law to rules of interaction.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:05 | 2650046 Reptil
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This is more Kafka:
Barofsky interviewed by CNN: The girl (faux laughing) tries to paint him as an irrational hater, and try draw the (completely rational) discussion about banks not doing what they promised (during TARP descision), into an emotional sphere. Then the CNN guy tries to steer it towards a "it's always been like this". But Barofsky doesn't go under and comes back with "media and Geithner distorting facts for the public". Good video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxBgTDk50aE

CNN is obviously on the side of the banks (and Geithner).

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:45 | 2650237 DosZap
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http://rt.com/usa/news/nsa-whistleblower-binney-drake-978/

These powers have previously defended by claims of national security necessity, but Drake says that it doesn’t stop there. He warns that the government is giving itself the power to gather intel on every American that could be used in future prosecutions unrelated to terrorism.

Speaking of 1984

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:16 | 2650382 sschu
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The world's fundamental problems are two fold, all else emanates from these.  Briefly:

We have lost our ability/willingness to evaluate truth, people have bought this post-modern idea that there is no objective moral truth.  Hence you can say/believe anything and no one can disagree since truth is of your own making.

The other is the ability to discern and act on right/wrong.  Society claims you are judgmental if you take a stand on what is right or wrong, hence anyone can essentially do anything and suffer few consequences.

The removal of God from our everyday life has taken a long time, we think we can make it alone, God has a different plan.  Woe to those who refuse to heed.

sschu

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 15:50 | 2650498 NuYawkFrankie
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Good - as far it goes.

 

Unfortunately, the author failed to mention the Grand Daddy of 'em all .

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 16:35 | 2650669 Bob
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Just passing through, but when I saw this I didn't know who that would be.  Hmmm, "Grand Daddy" isn't linked either.  

Is it Elmo Blatch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtnDFS0RhuY

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