The ruling class knows the economics behind American prosperity. It knows the importance of unipolarity. The state department knows what's at stake in the necessity to dominate Russia and China. They believe it's now or never; and they may be right. The clock is ticking....

Neoliberalism is the pretense of humane, inclusive meritocracy without the implicit moral imperative. Neoliberalism prosecutes all the evils its own leading advocates condemn. Neoliberalism is the evil of totalitarianism, with a slightly larger included class than old fashioned aristocracy, honed by economic over violent coercion,...

Too easy to get "advice" from enthusiastic advocates - including the successful, who'll preach exceptionalism mistaking it for survivor bias. Likewise, it can be tempting to instead get "advice" from the unsuccessful, the failure, the rueful sage looking to set you right so you avoid...

Modern media makes us insatiable and unremembering, like a baby in a hall of mirrors depicting mothers, an infinity of warm and milky nipples, too much succour, too indiscriminate to leave us even a mote of freedom in our choice of where to suckle though...

Government policy, corporate oligopoly, legislation, assent manufacturing strategy, official propaganda, loyal media messaging, political polarisations, inexplicable yet relentless demands for team loyalty, public atomisation and division; everything serves the same elite power centres, enriching the same corporate stakeholders, shaking down the same working and...

In a postmodern-neoliberal corporate society that's increasingly inoculated against outlier rebels and individual genius, science itself is downgraded to mere data collection for the orthodox consensus, trapped in the straitjacket of layer after layer of credential gatekeeping. Creativity becomes subordinated to a perpetual cycle of...

The so-called social networks might more correctly be called an anti-social networks and if society can't come up with a solution to the monstrous technofeudalism of big tech-plutocracy, we're all fucked. Rich, middle class or precariat, it won't matter. Nobody is safe from the tendrils...

There’s no more fundamental expression of inalienable liberty than the right of universal suffrage and yet America’s 170,000 parochial electoral jurisdictions are hopelessly atomized, opaque and (to varying degrees) corrupted. The Democratic-led 117th Congress has been presented with a complex of bold legislative propositions (i.e....

“Western” culture faces an existential threat. After a few hundred years of retreat in the face of liberalism and social democracy, technology and centralisation of power is revitalising an Anglo-American oligarchy of neo-feudal lineage and billionaires. The restoration of elite monopoly on power can only...

Historians used to argue that the regulatory state began not with public-minded statesmen cracking the whip and taming big biz, but just the opposite—with business leaders deliberately inviting federal regulation as a way to build barriers to entry and give their cartels the protection of...

The American Civil War (1861-1864) was the bloodiest conflict on American soil, in history. It was a comprehensive victory for the federalized North over the confederated South, an end to de facto states rights - except in wedge issues that don't impact big picture economics. Bibble.   FOOTNOTES [boldgrid_component...

HOMOGENEAL Consciousness is a lucky corollary of brain evolution, as neurological complexity developed to facilitate greater intelligence over millions of years natural selection, in the crucible of changing environment, scarcity and sexual competition.  Equally amazing as the evolution of consciousness over millions of years, from primate ancestors to...

"Her beauty is beyond compare with emerald eyes and auburn hair, the botox'd and mammographized Jolene."   I was doing a deep dive on NFTs, reading a blog about economics and how crypto could threaten (or become weaponized by) corporate oligarchy yadda yadda. Familiar subject but the...

Just over a year after the World Health Organisation (WHO declared Coronavirus a pandemic, vaccines are being mass-produced and distributed to populations in dozens of countries across the planet. The science has been impressive. The politics? The corporate profiteering? Quite the opposite. Corporate capitalism does...

"Dirtbag" Left - Progressive - former Bernie Sanders campaign activists - socialists - non-corporate Millennial podcast - direct authentic no-bullshit style - marginalized? Chapo Trap House progeny. "Capitalists have the tendency to move toward those countries in which there is plenty of labor available and at...

The population of the United States is five times that of the United Kingdom. No surprise therefore that the two countries media output tends to see American output pushing the envelope on big budget Hollywood blockbusters and seasons of highly produced television shows while Britain...

What The Fuck? 200 YEARS AGO DEAFNESS MEANT ISOLATION. THEN CAME SIGN LANGUAGE — A COMMUNICATIONS SUPERPOWER?   Deafness was an isolating disability - excluding the deaf person from everyday conversation - as little as two hundred years ago. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that a comprehensive working...

Islam v Judeo-Christianity: the defence of the scripture isn't germane. Qur'an may indeed be far more peace-loving and earnest in its "decide for yourself, think as an individual" than the bible, but the proof of the pudding has to be in the eating. What are the...

Here's something I find baffling and possibly troubling. It's laudable to make university education available to all, without extortionate fees. Does this have to be at the expense of international cutting edge excellence, though? Germany and France are populous countries with globally influential advanced economies;...

"Anti-Semitism is the fundamental litmus both for an individual's moral compass and a society's trajectory (i.e. is it progressing or is it degrading)." 01 Hyman Minsky (1919-1996) "Any (economic) unit can create money. The problem is getting it accepted." Britain did it with gunships. America does it with bombs. Why doesn't...

The story of Coronavirus has been heap big fun. Informative, also, insofar as learning a lot about the way the world works - and how it's presented, to the world, through national media, by liberal and conservative politicians, by the government and the medical communities,...

The Free Market as a Universal Solution "Capitalist markets are neural networks of human need, labour and multi-variable value, at scale."   Current representative democratic models with their biannual or every-four-year elections end up lowest common denominator by default. Witness bullshit populism (woke symbols or ethnic conflict) dominating...

 Independent Anti-Oligarchy Voices: David Allen Green (UK Lawyer and Blogger) Chris Hedges (US Activist Educator and Writer) Extinction Rebellion (Environmentalist Collective and Activists) Dirtbag Left: Useful Idiots (Katie Halper, Matt Taibbi) Secular Talk (Kyle Kulinski) Bad Faith Podcast Chapo Trap House cumtown Jimmy Dore Show Glenn...

Security in stores. Keeping an eye on my safety if watching me, that's a white privilege. Not offended by the scrutiny, Who cares what's in their brains? Trump is just the last echo of the Industrial Age and the installation of a senile grifter, the triumph...

America is a nation of people fucking each other over for an artificial scarcity (money). Food pumped full of shit creates allergies and intolerance and diabetes, which pharma products mask. Right now it's only costing on average five years longevity versus other healthier first world...

If we were to list the genuinely 'good' humanity-improving creations of the internet age, I suspect Wikipedia would feature on most people's top ten. It's an unparalleled resource. It's one of the few transnational repositories not wholly subordinated to aggressive - and therefore limiting -...

Science. Benefit not a priori, evolutionarily. Except it is, by a thousand cuts. Infant mortality. Longevity. Fertility. Less painful existence. Feeding the world. Not being bored. Etc etc. Practical reality beats fantasy, whenever a choice must be made. Humans like to have that cake and...

There is a power struggle in the world that goes largely unnoticed by the general public. It's not a fight between countries nor a battle of left versus right. It's a struggle as old as civilization: the interests of the few versus the lives of...

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN ORIGINAL Despite the seemingly tumultuous events of the past two weeks, we have not heard much from us. But we were by no means inactive. In the last few days we have been laying new power lines with many skilled friends, exchanging old doors...

What's wrong with the bloody world anyway? Marginalization of ideas, pushing their proponents outward from the mainstream (core), reducing their impact, relevance and revenue. Which means there are less proponents as time goes by and soon enough less ideas, more orthodoxy, more fascistification of everything. ...

January 6th 2021 was a busy day at the American Capitol. The electoral college of the United States was scheduled to formally present the general election results to the Senate through the Senators of each of the fifty states, to the outgoing Vice President Mike...

Umberto Eco in his 1995 essay, Ur Fascism defines fascism in 14 points. cult of traditionalism. rejection of modernism. cult of action for its own sake and a distrust of intellectualism. disagreement or opposition is treasonous. fear of difference.Fascism is racist by definition. appeals to...

Trump rallies will start with Biden’s inauguration. He will foment his base to keep their anger on the boil, playing a risky game. Typical Trump. Perhaps he’ll schedule rallies to begin the very day of the inauguration – for maximum media and maximum momentum. His...

Admission about Coronavirus being wet market or lab leak is splitting hairs. Doesn't matter if virus got out of the CCP/DARPA funded Institute via escaped mice, bats, or pangolin-loving Chinese scientists. The novel coronavirus itself originated in the lab's gain-of-function research. Its evolution from earlier...

Is the lab leak hypothesis valid, i.e. novel coronavirus SARS-COV2 escaped from Wuhan Institute of Virology after years of dangerous gain-of-function research? Is it an unforeseeable natural virus - some latent coronavirus, perhaps an evolution of SARS-COV1 - that moved from animals (bats, pangolins) to...

The brain is divided into two distinct hemispheres, linked by the corpus callosum, a complex broad band of midbrain synapse-neuronal connections.   By default, there's an observable separation of left-brain right-brain frontline role in human thinking, though given the complexity of the neuro-synaptic networking both sides are...

We experience the world outside our bodies through our senses (VAKOG): vision, sound (auditory), touch (kinesthetic), taste (gustatory) and smell (olfactory). We also have the capacity to recreate ‘models’ of our sensory information, that is, we can think in pictures and words and mentally recreate...

Noam Chomsky famously said: "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." The forces responsible for 'strictly limit' and 'allow' have been refining continuously, for forty-plus years,...

Development of the modern democracy allowed the formation of organization like political parties. Paradoxically, any such organization, when growing in size, also grows in complexity. And inevitably with this growth gradually become less and less democratic. This process is immanent, objective, and does not depend...

Right wing or left wing, socialist or capitalist, technologist or libertarian, oligarch or plutocrat: nepotism beyond a very limited point is a slow suffocation of national vitality, neoliberalism's universally acknowledge Achilles heel. China, India and Russia - in different ways - ringfence neoliberalism with ideological...

"For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the...

Establishment domination of the national reward system is impressively omnipresent. Mass legacy media and almost every institutional gatekeepers of important credentials is subordinated to the service of an aging plutocracy. Consent is manufactured. Dissent is silenced - or marginalized out of sight. Wealth continues to...

Cryptocurrency has a lot of potential. Blockchain is wonderful. Functionality. Making the bullshit bureaucracy of life simpler, faster, less of a waste of time. More of that, please! Non-Fungible Tokens. Shards of NFTs. Buyers clubs. Art marketplaces. Modern art. Store of value. Corporate lobby displays. Boardroom...

"When somebody has devoted every day of their life to their craft (e.g. standup comedy) anyone trying to take that away without there being - literally - criminal cause is either a dishonest scumbag or an unthinking moron." The artificial schism of capitalism (free market commerce...

All these conspiracy theories, fueled and amplified be - apparently - narcissist disorder. Fine. "Making Sense of Conspiracy Theorists as the World Gets More Bizarre" - Jon Ronson (The Guardian, 11th April 2021) Why's there no heightened visibility for the other side of this conspiracy of them against...

Regular crises perpetuate the past by reinvigorating cycles which started long ago. In contrast, (capital-C) Crises are the past's death knell. They function like laboratories in which the future is incubated. They have given us agriculture and the industrial revolution, technology and the labour contract,...

The practical ideal of democracy consists in the self-government of the masses in conformity with the decisions of popular assemblies. But while this system limits the extension of the principle of delegation, it fails to provide any guarantee against the formation of an oligarchical camarilla....

Significant amounts of time get wasted by people in the advocacy of a particular sweeping ‘solution’ – like ‘give everybody secure housing and UBI’ or ‘nationalize the means of production’ or ‘close the borders’ – yet these ideology-over-practicality suggestions may sound strident and compelling, like...

Narrative blah blah narrative yadda yadda narrative-narrative-narrative. It’s almost worse to be sceptical about a world full of competing narratives - perceiving them everywhere - without trying to cut through any of them, than taking everything the media says at face value. Unless you get...

"The vast, profitable, citadel-backed industry of content creation for the absorption of public excess attention (and time). Mainstream is as crowded with content as it is limited on free ideological expression. Mainstream media guides the rump of public opinion, day to day, to entertain and...

Identity politics, cancel culture, wokeness, echo-chamber media, tribalism, data science profiling of individuals into big data demographics; the latest evolutions of the world's hegemonic force - consumer capitalism. It's creating a monopoly on customers, same as its corporations create a monopoly on industry and product....

Control of thought is more important for governments that are free and popular than for despotic and military states. The logic is straightforward: a despotic state can control its domestic enemies by force, but as the state loses this weapon, other devices are required to...

The mere growth of organization changes organizational dynamics and requires new method of governance. That creates a need for "management professionals" who devote all their time to solving organizational problems. Those people no matter how idealistic in the beginning by the weight of their position...

Back in the 1920s, world-renowned writer Aldous Huxley summarised his visit to Hearst Castle - guided through the unparalleled collection of priceless art, sculpture and unique historical artifacts filling the home of the world's first billionaire media mogul -: with the simplest conclusion: "It was...

Carbon capture will be necessary to reverse the atmospheric build-up of carbon dioxide, even if the Earth reduces its emissions to reasonable levels. Biomass, like fast-growing forests, being classed as a renewable energy source same as wind or solar is a grift by big business....

AstraZeneca have been far more clumsy and overly misleading than Pfizer/Moderna in their public/media handling. But at $20-$30 higher cost per dose for the Pfizer/Moderna jabs it should be no surprise they've got better publicists. It's a shame that financial (economic) data becomes more revealing...

Corrupted social justice pathogens from the battlefield of American political warfare are infecting British activism, institutions and culture, spilling over into the UK public narrative undetected because there is no native built-up resistance. In fact, the very rightness of social and racial justice is what...

It might be a sad truth of human thinking (human connections) that as a person lives longer and knows more, other people listen to them less. Maybe it's an age thing, in our younger-facing culture. Maybe it's a potential calculus, like no old human can...

FASCISM OR FREEDOM? When most people think of an authoritarian state, it brings to mind scenes like the ecstatic battalions of Sturmabteilung and Schultzstaffel in the swastika-bedecked Luitpoldarena of the Nuremberg rallies (consider the Fuhrer’s exhortations of Nazi folk nationalism) or the pale Russian crowds...

/beginarchivecontent Kay Fabe That professional wrestling matches are performances rather than contests will come as little revelation to most, but until as late as the mid-1990s those in the industry believed it was a secret that must be protected at all costs. As with the culture of...

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According to Steven Pinker, the world is actually getting better. Pinker uses history and statistics to outline world trends that position progress within a broader context. With all of the data Pinker has collected, he suggests the world is actually getting better. The world...

Regulations that had built up over the decades following the Second World War were gradually dismantled – disconnected from government’s direct authority and placed into “independent” regulatory bodies. This deregulation liberated the full spectrum of corporate profiteering. It consolidated lobbying – including purchasing political influence...

At the height of young Miss Nina Simone’s involvement in the early 1960s Civil Rights Movement in America, she released an unassuming record into the world: Pastel Blue. The coda of Pastel Blue is an impassioned version of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” (a song about lynching and racism...

Sure I get it: Jacob's Room. Eventually we all have our own experience of Jacob's Room in life. Because one day, Jacob stops coming back and all that's left is his room, his dispossessed possessions, and what's left in me as memory echoes like the...

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