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,...

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...

Nobody in the public conversation about #BLM police brutality seems to have understood it's the court system that's set up to brutalize the black, brown and working class and it's the unaccountable patrician judiciary that's been driving the corruption engine for decades. The prison Industrial...

“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...

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...

"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...

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,...

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 -...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Boris Johnson and his Brexiteer organ grinders have two goals: Exit Day and a Parliamentary majority. They go hand in hand. Winning a majority in the House of Commons will hand the new government absolute control over when and how Exit Day happens. It is...

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