POTEMKIN POLITICS IN PLUTOCRACY: ELITES, PROFESSIONALS and PROLES

Everything in a Plutocracy – or among Oligarchs in a de facto Feudal State (de jure democracy notwithstanding) comes from the twin dictates of extracting profit (which includes minimizing all expenses, reducing risk towards zero) and evading accountability (which includes consolidating influence, no censure, no backlash, absolute unchallenged status, reducing any cost to power towards zero).”

“All politics in the USA – especially the neo-classical architecture, the flag-draped institutions, the reverent rituals, the august pomp and circumstances of high office – is a Potemkin village. Whether it looks like a fortress-like Town Hall or an imposing Capitol, it’s the same Potemkin: to maintain the maximum most efficient least risky profit extraction from the 300 million poor/precarity/working/blue collar/lower-middle class to the 1 million rich ruling elite (upper class, oligarchs, billionaires) without disruption to the silent running of wealth and power. The Potemkin facades and the complex often opaque mechanisms of wealth transfer and exercised power is managed by a multi-layered Professional Managerial Class (PMC) – a freemasonry of highly educated, corporate, well-paid wageslaves, dominated by the ruling elite, surrounded by the 300 million proles whom they exploit at smaller (but still significant) scale.”

“Arguments between Liberals and Conservatives, GOP or Democrats, is either pure theatre or fodder for the unwashed masses to keep the morons spectating but feeling like they matter. In both cases it’s time wasting. All real debate among the ruling elite is private and personal. Any public debate involving the Professional Managerial Class is a squabble over scraps, kneading the dough of popular opinion; more a litmus test, a dynamic polling, than an important factor in elite policy. This is why the ‘ideals’ supposedly enshrined and absolute can be picked up or dropped as convenient, why Reds can be fighting the Blues for the very fundamental rights the Blues had fought the Reds over just a few years before. Money and power eclipse all other considerations. The upper echelons of the PMC – those closest to the ruling elites, with perhaps a little finger on power, $100 million plus in the economy – have long since been winnowed of untrustworthy vassals. The Chomsky-Marr paradigm is universal among the topmost layers of the PMC.”


In the United States, the duopoly is Democratic Blue and Republican Red. These ‘parties’ have evolved and morphed throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st-Century. The constant is division – roughly equal – as the Dems/GOP represent different factions in the plutocracy, wielding different code games to achieve their ends. Code games serve multiple purposes: they’re a non-violent purity test, an easily updated ‘always current’ civil protocol to sort the loyal from the disloyal, the right allies from the right opponents from the wrong proles, and a perpetual well-spring of tests, gateways, mandates, debate/argument fodder, distractions, socially overwhelming bullshit spigot – all of which converges naturally on keeping the public bickering (enforcing, avoiding, accusing, monitoring) over codes and thus never getting to organising solutions. Power meantime stays where the plutocracy wants it; in the hands of the ruling elite, the oligarchs and the monopoly on violence that backs up complete dominance of the only rules that count: the law.”



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