The Great Accommodation: Loving the Bern


Stolen from WSJ (Jan 29, 2016)

Was Marx right? Or was his timing just wrong? But, if so, what do we do with these ‘inglorious bastards’ — those sociopathic free market capitalists stomping hither and thither? Is it time for a great accommodation?

Given the fast globalizing economy, a momentum in which we are all increasingly caught up, it is hard to believe that personal acquisitiveness, capital accumulation, and competitiveness were not always key human instincts. The accepted narrative, trumpeted loudly throughout the modern — Western and increasingly Eastern — world, is that individual advancement and competitive advantage are crucial not only to a healthy economy, but to a happy personal life as well. This, at least, is the official narrative. Is it, in all fairness, a modern fairy tale perpetrated by the strongest elements of hierarchy in our culture, those in power positions – the politicians, the military, the oligarchs, and yes, even the priests — those who stand to gain the most by perpetuating the myth?

In his work, The Evolution of Political Society, Morton Fried argues that there were two major issues that distinguished us (the Homo genus) from our immediate primate predecessors. These two distinguishing characteristics were (1) the lack of formal hierarchy, and (2) the preponderance of sharing in tribal life.

It has been noted subsequently by a number of scholars in social anthropology, ethnography, ethnology, and paleontology, that a fundamental key to human survival, and a primary marker of the Homo genus was our sociability and our natural sharing of resources, whether that meant sharing food from the hunt, daily tools, or sexual favors (cf. Sex at Dawn). Our earliest forebears, living in relatively small bands of pre-agricultural hunter-gatherers, shared anything and everything: that is what distinguished them from most, if not all, of their primate forebears. Sharing, as a basic and primal human activity, further mitigated against the articulation of hierarchy and individual power accumulation. Formal hierarchies and competition only truly emerged with the birth of cities on the heels of big agriculture a mere six thousand years ago. But for two hundred thousand years before that, Homo sapiens were egalitarian; and for two million years, earlier members of our genus (Home erectus, Homo neanderthalensis) were also basically egalitarian social creatures.

Sharing is how our earliest ancestors lived before the first city walls were erected, before the first social laws were enacted, before the first kings and priests started lording it over the rest of us, first giving voice to the illusion that competition and personal advancement — getting to the top of the power pyramid — were all that mattered. Sharing is, most simply, a human act… naturally human. It is not selfless, because the act implicates you as well in a profound circle of reciprocity. But neither is it calculating, like a quid pro quo – doing something in order to get something in return. It is just the human thing to do, rooted in our genetic makeup as a species, in our Pleistocene origins.

Yet, here we are, ‘living’ in hierarchically organized, complex socio-economic structures with competition and self-regarding behavior (i.e., individual advancement) as the foundation stones of everyday reality — the norm. Perhaps, it’s time for a great accommodation. We cannot, and need not, give up on capitalism; after all, it would be nigh impossible to do so now. After a few thousand years, the habits of thought and behavior have become second nature to the large majority of humans. The costs in psychological counseling or other behavior modification techniques alone would be gargantuan, and ultimately unsuccessful. But, leaving the current model in place, unchecked, to continue down this slippery slope, will itself add to further human degradation and annihilation (it’s already begun).

Because of its current place of prominence in the socio-economic sphere, it is capitalism that must someway accommodate itself to include our more fundamentally human, egalitarian sense of sharing. Certainly we can allow, even encourage, those who are driven by this recent (competitive) narrative to carry-on within certain clearly-defined limits. But, if the system provides opportunity for some to ‘get ahead’ then it must make it incumbent upon those beneficiaries to help maintain the social net which provides them those opportunities in the first place. In short, you cannot win at poker, if there is no one around to play the game. On the other hand, for those for whom this narrative of competition seems strangely unmanageable, we the people need to find adequate ways to share, and give those others an opportunity to contribute as best they can. Certainly, one could make the argument that philanthropy is precisely meant to address this issue, as is volunteerism.

In fact, volunteering is fundamentally giving something of your self to the other. It is essentially an act of sharing, reinforcing bonds of kinship, of affinity, of caring between and among people. Volunteerism represents a modern example of this primal and very natural human tendency to share. And it works in both directions. So go ahead and act against hierarchy, against the accepted narrative of competition and accumulation, against the greed and selfishness of modern urban culture. Go ahead and volunteer. And, if you already enjoy volunteering, maybe now you understand why. Continue to do it for the sheer joy it brings you, reconfirming your basic humanity.

But volunteering and philanthropy cannot in themselves lead to real accommodation. The hierarchic system must build such accommodation into the very structure of the socio-economic order. There must be a mandate for those benefiting from the levers of productive capital growth to redistribute a proportional amount of that wealth in the form of health, education, and welfare benefits among the general population. I will say it again, if there is no one around to play, there is no poker game, and therefore no winner. And in the world that characterizes America’s current economic reality, enough of the population — particularly those under forty — realize they cannot even play the game, the stakes are too high, and the buy-in too formidable. So, they see that Bernie represents some possibility of rejiggering, re-engineering, or perhaps re-imagining of the system. The big question remains: will those holding the cash and the money cards allow such a project to proceed. I believe you all already know my answer. No, they will not! But, not to be too cynical, we can always close our eyes and hope against hope!

153 Responses to The Great Accommodation: Loving the Bern

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  2. Ron McCafferty says:

    I know this is preaching to the choir but I will take a stab at this anyway. Great article Sandy. I shared this with my “facebook friends”. I cannot wait to see the responses, if any, I receive. I have found that people don’t really like to look to deeply into their own eyes. They prefer ripples in the water. Kind of like when Frankenstein first saw his reflection in the water. People today do the same thing and then pretend that they are not that monster or “that bad”. This is what I posted.

    When water travels it’s natural path of least resistance it sometimes has to move away from the right or move away from the left to travel down the middle of a valley.
    When it reaches a choke point, such as a natural dam or MAN-MADE dam the flow of that water recedes down stream and plant life has to adjust. Sometimes this adjustment is detrimental to those who depend on it.
    This same theory can be applied to money in our society. When there are choke points placed on finances the competition below those points becomes detrimental to societies.
    Well, these MAN-MADE dams in our financial systems are starting to erode the banks of our streams which many built their dreams upon. Families are falling apart or being separated and the only ones who are thriving despite their economic conditions are those who truly know love and share that love with their family.
    The ones who are thriving economically and maybe even are climbing that ladder to success are the ones who have learned to accept the rules of the game and that game is designed on consumption and acquisition.
    If we look at nature, which we are a part of, plants and animals take ONLY what they need. We humans have learned to take what we want and now there are certain humans who have acquired positions in our society that control the flow or currency that can get us what we want. They now control things that we need as well.
    When societies expand, so too should the provisions for basic needs as well as the proper education in understanding HOW these needs are met.
    Marx was right and this is something that goes against the very grain of economic structure.
    How will you live your life in this man-made system? Our future depends on it.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Thanks Ron… the water analogy is right on. And thanks for sharing on FB. Sandy

    • Disaffected says:

      “When societies expand, so too should the provisions for basic needs as well as the proper education in understanding HOW these needs are met.”

      Great points Ron! And pretty much exactly the opposite of what happens under capitalist expansion. Not surprising, since capitalism is built on such asymmetries from the very start.

      In short, capitalism is predicated on wealth expansion for the few who risk capital at the expense of the many who risk their lives, with the supposition that the few who risk capital will rain down their just rewards on the many after their “joint” effort pays off. Not surprisingly, that rarely works out, especially when “just rewards” grow thin due to diminishing returns on energy and/or other natural resource inputs.

      How will we live our lives in the aftermath? Sparingly, and then increasingly, not at all, would be my best guess.

      • Ron McCafferty says:

        Thank you all for the affirmation. DA I believe there are plenty of people out here who will survive and thrive. Good people. I am one of them. I grew up poor and poorly educated. I served in the military and learned a valuable skill….Infantry tactics. But I held onto my moral character. If I survive I will do my best to defend decency and won’t hesitate to put a bullet in someone who is solely interested in taking advantage of people through harm.
        As much as I deplore killing there are some capitalists who need to swinging from trees.

        I know I am going against your pessimism here but I believe in the good human spirit.
        Peace out my brother.

        • Disaffected says:

          Glad to give it, Ron! I did three years in the Infantry back in ’77-’80 with the 25’th Infantry in Hawaii. Don’t remember much of it though, as we spent most of our time smoking that great Hawaiian Weed, which was mostly quasi-legal at the time!

          I grew up poor and somewhat poorly educated (mostly due to lack of money) as well, and thank myself for it everyday. I have a moderately high IQ, and found myself laughing throughout my school years at the foolishness of both my peers and my teachers, a trait I continue to exhibit (mostly to my detriment) with my peers and bosses today. I’m sure there are quite a few just like me among the youth today, as I have supervised them in the military and associated with them in my professional and private dealings since.

          As the Archdruid has pontificated on at great length, the modern world can be divided up into two groups of people:

          The “true believers” who believe in 1.) “human progress”, 2.) the miracles of technology, and 3.) human exceptionalism, of which “American Exceptionalism(TM)” is just the latest and most virulent form.

          The rest of us, or the “primitive people” most of us were (especially non-Europeans) approximately 100-150 years ago. The earth is our home, we owe our very lives to it and each other, and life is roughly a continuum from dirt to consciousness, with no guarantee that we, as consciousness, won’t revert to dirt at any given moment. In short, as it actually is, even at this very moment, in spite of our cultural delusions (funerals are especially instructional in that regard).

          Myself, I don’t “believe” in anything anymore per se, other than the experience before me and my reaction to it. And I’m pretty damn skeptical about all of that as well! LOL!

          • Ron McCafferty says:

            Hey, a fellow grunt in the literary house! Great. I don’t know why but I remember almost everything from the training. I probably should have stayed in but with what I know today I probably would not have fit in with all the Christian Soldiers. I have a big mouth sometimes as a result of growing up poor in a tough neighborhood.

            I did poorly in school as well. Constantly daydreaming and watching the dust fly through the air. Probably would have been really trippy had I been a pot smoker. But I was always interested in the why and the how.

            I read JMG’s blog also. From reading so many different perspectives over the years and traveling the highway from liberal to conservative and back to liberal (because I really couldn’t stand myself as a republican, it caused me to drink more), I look at life as you do. Experience the moment. Enjoy the little things because that is what we limited to as individuals anyway, right? I hate the grand stand and the lime light. The real stuff is close in and personal. It’s in the eyes as the saying goes. To me that is the true human experience and it is the truly great human who influences humanity in a positive way on a mass scale(unfortunately they end up dying too soon).

            But I do believe that good people will make a difference in the long run, even if they are playing a losing hand. Even if we end up dying we should find comfort that as humans, our compassion was never squashed and that even to the end however unpleasant that end may be. We can look at each other and smile because life did not kill us inside.

            I see so many people that are pretty on the outside, but hideous on the inside where it counts. I enjoy reading your comments DA and I hope I don’t throw too many wrinkles into your skeptical mojo.

            • Disaffected says:

              Nah! My mojo’s pretty flexible these days. In the end, most of us are going to be gone sooner than we imagine and we’ll have to figure out what it all meant on the “other side,” assuming of course there actually is an other side. In the end, I’m worried a whole lot less about what comes next, as that’s totally unavoidable either way, but rather, the actual transitional event itself, which we do potentially have some influence over. That’s why I always tell people who ask that the thought of suicide is actually empowering, as it’s the individual’s attempt to reclaim some small amount of control over their life, whether or not it’s ever actually implemented. I view it as an ace in the hole moving forward into a very dicey future.

              • Ron McCafferty says:

                Okay, let me ask you this. Do you believe that we are individual energy sources? Our central nervous systems run off electrical impulses. If we are energy and energy only changes it’s state of being then there must be something else, right?
                I have pondered the whole afterlife existence as well. If there is something beyond and turns out that this was a creation of some being then the creator is going to be dealing with one pissed off Irishman as to it’s indifference to human evil.
                Suicide can be the ultimate control over when and how. Myself, I don’t know. I think I will be crashing full speed ahead till the end I hope. I like to know why and how and experience the event.

                • Disaffected says:

                  Yeah, I believe something like that. I try not to get too literal about it, because ultimately, I don’t think it’s “knowable” at all. Being is more than knowing, and I believe that being goes on without end, although I don’t think it’s limited to humans, since being is literally “all there is.” But if this life gets too shitty, I like knowing that it’s at least possible under the right circumstances to end it on my own terms. See:

  3. kulturcritic says:

    Apropos my statement above, that you cannot win at poker if there’s no one around to play the game.

    From Chris Hedges, Malcolm X Was Right About America
    “Capitalism …has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, then capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It’s only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.”

    • Disaffected says:

      And in its weakness it will become even more dangerous. Rest assured, the American MIC already realizes its time is almost up and is preparing accordingly. Tremendous danger ahead!

  4. cliffkrolick says:

    Good Article Sandy. I sent it to the Sanders campaign. Great analogy Ron

  5. the Heretick says:

    “We cannot, and need not, give up on capitalism; after all, it would be nigh impossible to do so now. After a few thousand years, the habits of thought and behavior have become second nature to the large majority of humans. The costs in psychological counseling or other behavior modification techniques alone would be gargantuan, and ultimately unsuccessful.”

    Of course the Marxist critique is correct, it’s the application of socialist ideas which is tricky. Considering the growing anger and violence in our world, we are all liable to have our attitudes adjusted in ways that are not too awful pleasing.

    On the ground the fix is in for the Wicked Witch, due to the Democratic party’s superdelegate system. The fact that Schultz was co-chair of Clinton’s 2008 campaign tells the tale.

    • Disaffected says:

      “We cannot, and need not, give up on capitalism; after all, it would be nigh impossible to do so now.”

      I’m not sure I agree with that statement. I think the “choice” might be made for us if the whole shebang blows up, as it appears that it might at any time. But it’s also true that we’ve left ourselves with no (realistic) alternatives at the current time, all by capitalist design in my humble opinion.

      I think the choice these days is not between capitalism and socialism, which exist on the opposite sides of a continuum from each other, but between capitalism and either feudalism or totalitarianism, or some combination of both. Certainly Russia has already been forced back into mild authoritarianism to counter rabid western capitalist expansion, and has been fortunate to have a leader of uncommon wisdom, foresight, and restraint in the form of Vladimir Putin, or we might all be toast already.

      The US, on the other hand – the unquestioned global financial and military hegemon – now expends all of its remaining capitalist treasure on weapons of mass delusion: smart planes, smart ships, smart bombs, smart drones, smart phones, smart TVs, and smart cars, all to ensure dumb and compliant people.

      In short, no, we won’t give up on capitalism – willingly anyway – but rest assured, capitalism has already given up on us.

    • Disaffected says:

      Looks like “the Bern” still has a fighting chance at this admittedly early date HT! I never would have figured an admitted “socialist” would be electable in the US, but so far at least, he’s still punching above his weight. That says something about the disaffection of US voters for the status quo these days. Even if 2016 ends up being a coronation ball for the black queen, which it probably will, the pressures on the system are growing exponentially now. This sucker’s going to blow soon if some pretty radical changes aren’t made!

      • Disaffected says:

        It should be fun watching the talking heads hyper-ventilate for the next few weeks and months regarding the interlopers’ chances at least. Watching Trump tweak the GOP establishment is especially entertaining, as he’s essentially just a cartoon caricature of the GOP main stream who’s embraced the fine art of hyperbole and made it his own. Likewise “Uncle Bernie” Sanders is the proverbial bat-shit crazy uncle you have to invite to the family gatherings, but whom everyone politely avoids. He’s actually smart enough and right enough to beat Queen Hillary on her own terms, but of course the party establishment fix is already long since in. She’ll be the nominee by hook or by crook, and the longer Sanders hangs in there, the more he’ll be shut out in the aftermath. But it’ll be quite interesting to watch it all play out nonetheless.

      • the Heretick says:

        My money’s on Trump in a contest with Hillary, oddly; the Dems best bet is the Bern.
        Mass media twists the dialectic to such a point the great majority is completely ignored.
        This country has so many people who are struggling, living life on the edge, as Scotty said “she’s gonna blow!” Clinton is just plain inept, the Libyan disaster proves this, a complete failure of power politics, a true Democratic failure. Hillary represents the status-quo MIC, this country’s rulers think we can go on as we have for 100 years, it’s sad.

        • Disaffected says:

          I’m becoming more convinced of Bernie’s viability by the day as well, reading the Naked Capitalism links most days. Still on the fence though. Candidates can seem so viable watching the early returns while everyone is still optimistic and idealistic. But then the whittling down begins and the gloves come off. Politics really does resemble a prize fight in so many ways. The punches get harder, blood gets drawn, the candidates finally realize that they’re in a fight, and things (normally) get settled rather quickly thereafter.

          Bernie’s still punching WAY above his weight thanks to his populist backing, but the Black Queen holds still holds the top three cards in the deck: The Ace of Money, the King of Legacy Power Connections, and the Queen of Gender Demographics. Bernie will have to draw a Straight Flush of Populism to narrowly win this game, assuming the fucking think wasn’t rigged from the start, which I always assume that it is; and even then, barring a populist revolt in congress as well, he’ll be fighting an uphill battle all the way once elected. I actually am trying to remain optimistic these days, but some small amount of realism has to factor in there as well.

          Watching the smug bitch Hillary hold sway on TV is watching an entitled “new money” power broker of ascendant gender-graphics and a pseudo-heroic personal history lay claim to a title that she’s been told all her life she deserves, but has been unfairly denied, all of which the Disney-enthralled US MSM has embraced whole-heatedly. All of which makes for a grand, twisted, Oedipal psycho-sexual drama to be played out on the world stage, all for the glory of the HillBillary Janus arrangement. Trouble is, what do the REST of us get for agreeing to all this shit? Same as it ever was. Four (eight) more years of a psychopathic “Pretender in Chief” pretending to actually give a fuck while the rest of stew in our own juices.

          But can Bernie remain viable and actually make a difference if he actually gets elected? I don’t know, and I’d like to believe, but I don’t yet. LOTS of work to do and “hearts and minds” to win yet before that becomes even a remote possibility at this point, I think.

          • kulturcritic says:

            strangely… I am holding out a grain of hope like you, DA. I am just afraid of his hawkish talk about Russia. It’s fucking stupid.

            • Disaffected says:

              Yes, Russia remains the “one true enemy” we can all rally around in the US politically. It’s yet another sign of desperate times over here I’m afraid, and our people have been to propagandized over the past 70 years to see through it. Industrial Capitalist Imperialism needs enemies to exploit, and Russia is still the only credible enemy left out there. Strangely, Trump of all people, is the only one speaking respectfully of Putin and Russia these days. For that reason alone, I think there’s more to the guy than meets the eye. Such a stance is normally considered political suicide, but he’s pulling it off so far, and with the one portion of the electorate that you would least expect to embrace it to boot! Sanders, for all the good he’s apparently willing to embrace, remains stubbornly focused on Wall St to the exclusion of almost everything else, and it remains to be seen whether he would have the horsepower to actually deal with the financiers if he was given the chance. His foreign policy views are not all that much different from the conventional wisdom out there.

              Which brings up an even larger point. NO politician, other than an authoritarian strongman, is going to be able to deal with both issues simultaneously, especially with a SCOTUS fight now on the agenda as well. Trump’s defining feature is pro-business, but not necessarily Wall St style business, and he’s rich enough himself to be somewhat immune from their influence. Therefore his foreign policy is all about pragmatism and what’s good for business. Sander’s far more defining feature is anti-Wall St corruption, and therefore his foreign policy is somewhat of an afterthought and tends toward the status quo.

              Of the two, I think Trump has to be viewed as the most credible “threat” to actually enact his purported policies, assuming he’s not lying through his teeth about all of it in the first place. Sanders, barring a populist uprising sweeping him into power by a large margin, would be hunkered down in a bunker mentality from day one, with attacks coming from all sides daily. Wall St would rather easily spin his attempt to neutralize them as “anti-American” and all that horse-hooey, and you need only ask Jimmy Carter how well all that typically goes. If regulation, prosecutions, and investment bank breakups were seriously on the table, I could even imagine one or two of them assuming an Ayn Randian posture and trying to take down the economy with them, which wouldn’t be hard to do.

  6. Disaffected says:

    Call me a skeptic (who’d a thunk). The time for a kinder, gentler, capitalism that made room for accommodation was in the latter half of the 19th century before the oil boom and the 20th century population explosion. At this late date, “accommodation” is likely to be something far more profound, like asking for volunteers for the “early out program” to free up resources for those who remain behind. Human nature being what it is, I don’t expect that to go at all well. I seem to recall a Book of Revelations quote about “the living envying the dead.” Many people in the world today are already living that reality. We’ll all be fighting over scraps shortly.

    • Disaffected says:

      Forgot to add, good post Sandy! I appreciate what you’re saying here, and whether it “works” or not, it’s for sure our best – perhaps only – approach going forward either way. Respectful accommodation and sharing might be the lone comfort most of us have going forward. And it just makes you feel good, whether it’s reciprocated or not. I’m making a concerted effort to at least moderate my 24/7 negativity this year, although it’s harder for me than most. I’ve been a natural born cynic since I was but a wee little shit, a trait that’s rewarded on a daily basis in the modern world.

  7. Disaffected says:

    Looks like Jackson Browne and Bernie Leadon will join the remaining members of The Eagles in honoring Glenn Frey at the Grammies on Feb 15th. No mention of former member Don Felder, an “instrumental” contributor to the band’s signature hit Hotel California, a crying shame in my opinion. Don’t know if his omission is on the part of the band, Felder, or both, but it’s a shame either way.

    • Disaffected says:

      I should add, or Randy Meisner (the tenor who sang Take It to the Limit) as well, although he was the one member who most agreeable and most completely went his own way early on. Frey was, once again, not exactly completely forgiving toward Meisner for deserting the group, although not nearly so much so as Felder. Frey was indeed a Desperado of sorts at times.

    • Disaffected says:

      An uncommon east meets west delight I stumbled upon. Gregg Allman and Jackson Browne, who knew? Both are looking well.

      • the Heretick says:

        One of their best tunes, excellent rendition on the “Eat a Peach” album.

        • Disaffected says:

          Looks like Gregg Allman has cleaned up in his old age, like most early “burnouts” do who manage to stick around into old age. A ruddy complexioned Southerner like most of my people; alcohol, the sun, and drugs are not our friends, and more often than not lead to our downfall on the male side. I can see the alcohol “burn” in his nose, cheeks, and forehead here plain as day. We fair-haired Caucs wear our vices and our emotions for all to see.

  8. Disaffected says:

    Decent RS retrospective article on Glenn Frye and the Eagles:
    A truly enigmatic rock-n-roll legend.

  9. Disaffected says:

    Another week, another tightening of the noose. Georgie boy’s dumbo older brother has evidently learned again why young George got all the girls in prep school, in spite of his C- average and love of revelry at the expense of academics. All while the Trump freight train rolls on with ever increasing inertia of inevitability. “Pundits be damned” cries the Donald (I wonder, if/when he wins, will “The Donald” be designated as an official, state approved, term address?) in his best GWB imitation, I’m gonna WIN this sucka!

    On the D side, it appears murkier waters await. HRC, as she’s corporately branding herself these days, is claiming “inevitability” after a less than resounding victory among a paltry number of hard-scrabble “caucus goers” in NV; while the remaining died-in-the-wool liberals still pledging allegiance to the corporate and MIC sellout party of BHO are still holding out hope that a white haired crazy man of decidedly advanced years from Vermont can still bad-mouth his way into the nomination, in spite of his apparent willingness to countenance the use of the world “socialist” in serious political discussions.

    I dunno. A lot of people are fearing the end of the world (or the exact opposite), because we here in the US have apparently embraced the ridiculousness of our political process and our current socio/economic circumstances by embracing ridiculous extremes in our political candidates (who are not, in fact, all that different or extreme), but I think I beg to differ. Once all the election hyperbole is filtered out, we have essentially two factions, then three on drill down:

    The Center-Right, or Hillary and the rest: A vote for the Center-Right is a vote for the status quo. GWB~BHO~HRC, or whomever. HRC wins this contest hands down against either Rubio or (especially) Cruz. This is a vote for more of the same.

    The Alternatives: At first blush one, but actually two:

    The Far Left: The Bern. A self-avowed “socialist” at home, but a reluctant “realist,” for the most part at least, abroad. And a Jew. A key point. Not a lot of Jews seeking power these days (or any other day!) are going to dare to bite the twin hands that feed; Wall St and the DC beltway MIC. Could The Bern actually wield power effectively if we were to grant it?

    The Far Right(?): The Donald (TD) appears ready to set fire to political stereotypes for once and for all, but is he too good to be true? Even considering his mysterious “broad strokes” bluster this far, can ANY of it be taken at face value, or is The Donald’s “broad appeal” simply due to his lack of specifics and abundance of hyperbole? In the end, is “Populism” spouted from the gilded lips of a billionaire like Trump simply a bridge too far, or have the American people become inured to so much bullshit that anything goes these days?

    Personal opinion: I think it’s a HBC v. TD race at this point in the fall. A what a Titanic Race it would be! Big corporate money v. big private money in a battle for the ages, and likely a trend setter for the immediate future. Shades of this!

    • Disaffected says:

      By the way, I imagine the Rs could draft Bloomberg if they got really desperate, but in the end, he’s just another status quo candidate who would likely rubber stamp all the same issues that HRC would. Hard to figure what genuine alternative he would present to Her Highness, other than possibly offering the Rs a face-saving loss to preserve the party’s reputation. In a year when “anti-establishment” seems to be the winning theme, Bloomberg would represent the polar opposite. Could happen though if people start panicking as we get closer to the general election. Should make for an entertaining fall season either way.

  10. kulturcritic says:

    That reminds me, DA… we need another Walk Hard installment. 😉

    • Disaffected says:

      If memory serves correct, my original scenario involved an extreme AGW event and general malaise prompting Obama to suspend the constitution and the 2016 elections in favor of continuity. That was an admittedly extreme scenario for purposes of spinning a good yarn, but imagine one where The Bern and The Donald make it through the nomination process intact and the powers that be realize there might be a mini revolution of sorts at hand that they hadn’t adequately prepared for. What are the chances that a major economic and/or national security “terror” event(s) might come out of the woodwork to head the whole thing off at the pass? I would say extremely likely should things get that far, although I don’t think they will. But if they do, it will almost certainly be because TPTB have decided the time is right for such a course of action and there’s something to be gained by them. We’ll see. Interesting times ahead!

      I’ll have to see what I can do with Walk Hard.

      • kulturcritic says:

        Next installment… “Hardly Walking” LOL

        • Disaffected says:

          With the image of a geriatric using a “walker” of course!

          A constant refrain of mine. A think many of the “Boomers” here in the US are setting themselves up for a major fail by letting their weight get away from them after many years of artificially using exercise (especially jogging/running) to keep their weight artificially under control while otherwise living the totally sedentary lifestyles of the idle rich, all with the expectation that the miracles of total joint replacements will enable them to live to 100 with a beaming smile on their face.

          In the end, the recipe for old age is the same now as it ever was: live life in moderation, stay thin, stay happy, don’t expect more than your share, and be damn grateful should you get it. And even more importantly, don’t expect to live longer than the mean. You’re not entitled, no matter how much money you make.

          • kulturcritic says:


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  11. Disaffected says:

    The Archdruid’s back in fine form this week, delivering a well-deserved bitch slap or two to HRC and her ilk:

    • Disaffected says:

      And right on time, the empire strikes back:

      Almost spring time. Time for some good old fashioned hardball again!

    • kulturcritic says:

      read it… great

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    • Disaffected says:

      And right on time, the Liberal wing of the MSM weighs in with this:

      Me thinks The Donald is about to undergo a greatly intensified trial by fire to test his unquestioned front runner status. The thing the media and the pundits don’t get is that a lot of Trump’s supporters don’t take him literally about many of his assertions, but rather, regard them as somewhat hyperbolic statements of general intent (no doubt preconditioned by years of watching what politicians actually do and comparing that to what they actually said). Which is in fact how most people (including all the other candidates, to some extent more or less) actually speak in day to day life. Whether or not that’s a desirable trait in a presidential candidate remains to be seen, but so far it’s been working for him.

      But in general, the idea that presidential candidates should be presenting nothing but fully fleshed out, carefully worded, academically rigorous case studies of proposed courses of action for x, y, and z hypothetical scenarios is ridiculous, and in fact, very likely a recipe for disaster if actually followed through on. I like the idea that Trump is exposing the moneyed elite and all their faux seriousness regarding their “precious positions of ultimate power.” I haven’t risen all that far up the ladder of military and corporate power in my lifetime, but I’ve risen far enough to get a fairly good view of the top, and believe me when I say, the guys and gals at the top are not, as a rule, any smarter than the rest of us.

      • kulturcritic says:


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    • Disaffected says:

      None other than the fat man himself, Chris Christie, has now endorsed Trump, stating the obvious by taking a swipe at Rubio in the process, calling him “desperate.” [Rubio has always impressed me as the “wimpy little tattle-tale smart kid in class that nobody liked because he constantly sought approval from the teacher.” Ahh, childhood archetypes! They never really leave us, do they?]

      Christie is no doubt positioning himself as a VP nominee now, and much as I hate to say it, would actually be a good fit for Trump, who is reportedly seeking a political insider (presumably like himself politically) to balance out his ticket. Both have similar personal styles and political views. VPs don’t generally exercise much power, so I suppose he couldn’t do much damage, but still, the idea that a Trump/Christie ticket is now not only imaginable, but entirely possible (and dare I say it, likely?), would have sent shudders up my spine this time a year ago. But then again, the thought of HRC and anybody else is exponentially worse, so I guess it’s all relative these days.

      To ease the fears of those inclined to think the end of the world might be nigh, I guess I’d only add that US Presidents don’t normally exercise nearly as much power as we give them credit for during the election season, no matter how radical their campaign profile. And in Trump’s case especially, his administration would potentially be an infinite source of entertainment as he battles not just one, but BOTH mainstream parties in Congress to actually get anything done. For my part, if he manages to permanently grenade both parties in the process, I think he’ll be remembered as a great American hero.

  12. Disaffected says:

    Looks like The Donald waded into a racial quagmire over the weekend by refusing to denounce David Duke’s endorsement. Should be interesting to see how he deals with this. And The Bern’s pretty much on life support now heading into Super Tuesday, to hear the MSM tell it anyway. I think we’ve got a lot of twists and turns ahead of us before Nov 8th, not the least of which will the Ds nominate and then lose their front runner due to criminal indictment (those lovable Clintons!). And Trump? His mouth’s a loaded gun threatening to go off at any moment, so there’s no telling what he’ll eventually say that will eliminate him from the sweepstakes. What a show!

    • the Heretick says:

      Trump will not be eliminated, and Clinton is in. I will vote for Bernie tomorrow in the Dem primary (as i am registered Democrat) but i have little hope. one day i will get the time and energy to analyze this clusterfuck at length. Walk hard.

      • Disaffected says:

        …into our corporate future baby!

      • Disaffected says:

        My analysis is pretty simple. The D’s have assumed (stolen, actually) the role of the party that best represents money and power. Sanders represents the dying gasp of what the D’s once were, but are no longer. The R’s are little more than a rag tag collection of former power brokers, who have no unifying intellectual or philosophical theme or base any longer, hence Trump comes along and blows them all out of the water with his faux populist rhetoric. It remains to be seen how long that can continue to work for him, even though the actual differences, once you eliminate all the hyperbolic campaign rhetoric, between Trump and HRC are likely negligible. In the end, I think we’ll still get the coronation event of Queen HRC we expected come late Jan 2017. If TPTB have decreed it, it WILL be so, no matter what might come up in the mean time.

      • Disaffected says:

        Looks like your vote put The Bern over the top in Oklahoma last night HT! Good work!

        • the Heretick says:

          It should send a message that a state such as OK voted for a dem/soc. Said message will of course be ignored by tptb. Bernie won by 20,000 votes, he buried the wicked witch, but make no mistake, this was a vote against her highness.

          Again, old Vietnam era people like me are dead set against these foreign wars, and on the ground, so are a lot of right-wingers. The other side of the coin is that Cruz won the Puke vote, which shows to go you how divided this state actually is. If the Asses go ahead and designate the wicked witch their standard bearer? Then we will see a different kind of protest vote, all I can say is that I shall never, ever, vote for Ms. Dirty Laundry; which should tell you how I voted on the democratic ballot yesterday.

          • Disaffected says:

            Likewise. It’s about time that the the common people on both the left and the right finally realize that they have more in common with either of the political sham parties, who have long since been captured by big money. This is the message that’s finally getting through. Sanders’ calculation that he only stood a chance to win by aligning himself with the D’s was probably correct for this election cycle (but he still didn’t stand a chance), but I think that by 2020 that calculation will have changed. The youngster’s under 30 are seeing right through all that bullshit, as it’s the legacy of 20th century thinking that has gotten them into the predicament we’re facing today. Those of us nearing or already past 60 are falling into the same trap our parents did before us in thinking that our ideas are shaping the world, when in fact, that mantle has long since been passed on already. As soon as the 30 something’s seize power in earnest, which will gradually happen over the next 5 years or so, there’s going to be a seismic shift in views toward society, government, religion, war, economics, and all the rest of it. So Queen Hillary should be careful what she asks for. Her regime will likely be the last curtain call for the Baby Boomer’s, and I doubt it’s going to be a popular one, modern police state notwithstanding.

            By the way, I came across this yesterday. If I had any doubts about 9-11 before seeing this: I don’t now. I always had my doubts about OKC, but as it turns out, the research was being done right out in the open by OFFICIAL SOURCES all along and it’s pretty much airtight. This was the template for everything that’s gone on since, and it’s supported by the “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” books by John Perkins, who goes into great detail about how all this works. SOBERING stuff! You’ll never view a “terrorist” event quite the same way again.

    • Disaffected says:

      Looks like The Donald is about to officially fall into the cross hairs of the GOP party elite, with no less than Mitt Romney about to deliver a formal “pronouncement” labeling Trump a “fraud,” among sundry other insults. Having been one his entire life himself, Romney is certainly in the position to know I guess. I wonder if he realizes that Trump’s supporters will almost certainly view this as an official endorsement instead? As Hunter Thompson use to say, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” If this keeps up I might just have to vote this year after all. For Trump of course!

      • kulturcritic says:


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  13. Disaffected says:

    I had to spit out some beer and almost fell out of my chair when I came across this one:
    THIS epitomizes why so many Americans think the country’s on the express highway to hell (time for a music video interlude!). The whole Caitlyn Jenner “experience,” now almost universally accepted by the PC left as “just another normative experience,” is what’s feeding the angst (among a great many other things) of the decidedly “non-PC right.” Say what you will about transgender-ism being the “new normal,” but when the inevitable economic collapse puts an end to all this foolishness for once and for all, the real world consequences are going to be a BITCH for those stupid enough to have got caught up in it.

    Sing it Bonn!

    • kulturcritic says:

      Listening to this ‘thing’ speak, I nearly throw my cookies. Sorry all you demented sociopaths

      • Disaffected says:

        Not sure which “thing” you’re referring to Sandy. I, like most people I know, are pretty flexible when it comes to people talking about their “sexual orientation” in general, but when it comes to actively supporting freedom for sexual reassignment surgeries and the like, themselves only enabled by economic stupidity, I think most would draw the line. In that sense, it’s not even matter of morality, but merely one of affordability, if not common sense. I don’t despise Jenner and his ilk so much for their amorality – I could mostly care less – but rather, for their ability to act so stupidly at the expense of the rest of us. And in spite of what the economists tell us every day, the overall human economy on the planet earth REALLY IS a zero sum game.

        • the Heretick says:

          “nothing can guarantee that this substitution, or the obsession with latent discourse
          initiated by psychoanalysis, which is the equivalent of generalizing to all levels the violence and terrorism of interpretation, is itself not fragile and ephemeral”

          Seduction – Jean Baudrillard

          When discussing the fracturing of reality which seems to be endemic to modern society I always refer back to the Professor.

          It seems that a few billion years of evolution does not quite satisfy our restless egos, we can do better. Some say the freakshow is taking us to some new singularity, which is of course all tied into some linear Cartesian view of the cosmos; Back to the Future and all of that nonsense. It is one thing for everyone to have to freedom to do as they will, it is quite another to completely redefine the dialectic.

          • Disaffected says:

            Agreed. And folding all that back over to current politics again, I think that’s what fuels much of the GOP conservative base’s (and indeed, much of the Dem’s as well) seemingly irrational support of Donald Trump. There is a widespread and entirely justified feeling out there that we as a society have simply gone off the rails. In such an environment, people will gravitate to whatever authority figure or movement offers the greatest illusion of stability. That’s where HRC will be disappointed. “Hope and Change” was Obama’s shtick, and how’d that work out? HRC offers only more of the same (failed) change, in a time when people are hoping for stability once again. Trump offers that, whether he can deliver it or not.

  14. Disaffected says:

    Came across this oldie but goody (one of my favorites growing up) while surfing the net and thought I’d post it as a contrast to the admittedly rather decadent video above. Quite an amazing contrast it presents to American culture of just 20 something years or so later, no?

    • kulturcritic says:

      I take it that “Jay” was not an American? Perhaps an illegal immigrant? Perhaps Mexican?

    • Disaffected says:

      This Magic Moment was originally (and better) done by the Drifters, a Motown ensemble. Jay and The Americans were a typical studio-based white bread of the period, a la Gary Lewis and the Playboys and other groups. The formula was painfully simple. Find a photogenic lead singer to head up the group, preferably (but not necessarily) a few other white guys who could sing harmony and looked presentable too, put them in the studio where veteran session musicians would play all the instrumentals of the corporate producer’s selected songs, put out lots of records, mostly in the form of two song 45’s, stand back and rake in the cash. And it worked damn well for almost everybody involved for a long time too. Contrast that with the AOR (Album Oriented Rock) that took over in the 70’s, then the MTV oriented drek that took over in the 80’s, and then the free form free for all that’s dominated since, and it’s hard to make of where popular music has gone and/or what any of it means. I’m inclined to agree with the young’ns these days when they say that it’s just my age talking when I assert that music back then was infinitely more meaningful, important, and just plain better than it is now, but then again, there’s no question whatsoever that the music itself holds much less cultural significance now than it did back then. Although there’s infinitely more and more varieties of music easily available out there these days (provided you know where to look, of course), none of it reaches as wide of an audience as it did back then, and thus, it holds much less cultural significance. I hate to say it, but is that an argument in favor of the corporate of music? Because it sounds suspiciously like it is. Or perhaps the better argument is just to stop paying attention to “popular” music in the first place, something I and most people do for the most part now anyway?

  15. Disaffected says:

    I found myself in the decidedly surreal, nearly out of body experience of explaining/defending the Donald Trump phenomenon to a young 30 something PhD I work with yesterday, and in doing so it really made me look much harder at what it is that fascinates me so much about his meteoric rise so far. I’m still not sure I understand it all at this point (which I’ve come to conclude is probably the point of it all in the first place!), but here goes anyway!

    Donald Trump’s overriding strategy is simply to hold a mirror up to American society and reflect it right back at them verbatim.

    There it is. Nothing more than that. He is whatever whomever is viewing him wants him to be; period, full stop. He has essentially mastered the politicians’ creed, in that he aspires to be all things to all people all of the time, no more, no less.

    Now you could well argue that ALL politicians aspire to do that and you might well be right. But of course they certainly don’t all succeed, nor I would argue, do they all even try. Trump tries, and in that sense he is indeed, “a uniter and not a divider.”

    But, and here’s where it gets really interesting, Trump takes it up a notch from there by adopting the most extreme positions of both parties, ramping it up logically a notch or two from there, and daring them to call him on their own bullshit. In so doing, he adopts a larger than life stance that both parties basically support, and thus, can’t totally repudiate! In so doing, Trump transforms himself into a political “super-hero” of sorts, able to “leap small issues in a single bound” and “outrun a speeding scandal.”

    Bottom line: Am I a newly-converted unapologetic Trump new world order supporter? Of course not, no more than if you said the same of Obama or his Queen Bee heir HRC. But I do find it quite remarkable the direction The Donald is taking American, and thus world, politics, on so short notice. Is any of this even remotely positive at this point? Remains to be seen. But what it remains, is extremely interesting.

    • the Heretick says:

      All of this makes a person wonder if it’s not a double game. All TPTB seem to be lined up against The Donald, it appears “they” are worried about him upsetting the apple cart, derailing the gravy train, so to speak. Is all of this to good to be true? I believe Sanders will be given his day in the sun, then he will be shuffled off stage left, with the Wicked Witch pushing his wheelchair.

      The rabid opposition to both Sanders and Trump has the appearance of roiling the waters, but is it all just a tempest in a teapot?

      We know Crubio represents the same weary old endless war, so does HRC. Is the MIC just plain afraid the insurgents may just do a cost benefit analysis of our imperial overreach?

      • Disaffected says:

        Good points HT! I must admit, I find myself, much like everyone else, recalculating all this almost daily now.

        In my more conspiratorial moments I still believe that Trump is nothing more than a strawman agreed to beforehand to totally discredit the GOP and give HRC clear sailing in the general. The next variation on that would be that Trump was indeed supposed to be the strawman, but now events have overtaken him and he’s “gone rogue” as a legitimate candidate. But I don’t really believe any of that. I think he’s been legitimate all along and just represents the pent up frustration among the conservative “base” – which is to say blue collar main stream America, or what’s left of it anyway

        I believe Sanders is legitimate, and quite predictably, he’s fading right on schedule now. But let’s be realistic for a moment. Could anyone possibly believe that a mainstream party candidate could come out of the primaries with guns a’blazing for Wall Street and actually get elected, especially without a groundswell of support in Congress? The time for his ideas might yet come (personally, I doubt it, if only because systemic collapse will come first), but that time is not yet.

        In the end, I still believe this will be a “battle for the ages” between the clear cut establishment candidate in HRC, and the establishment “anti-candidate” in DT (who actually still serves the establishment quite well, thank you very much).

        So why all the hand wringing over DT if all he represents is a vulgar, loud-mouthed version of HRC? First and foremost I think, is that although he agrees with most of the agenda of the global elite, he threatens to go off script and improvise according to personal whim at any moment and for any reason. He respects the Trump brand more than he does the GOP, Dem, and any other global political brand. He’s a loose cannon and a respecter of no one. He’s TRULY unpredictable, and thus, TRULY dangerous! And that, more than anything else, SCARES THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF THE GLOBAL ELITE!

        Enough for now. Cheers!


        • kulturcritic says:


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    • Disaffected says:

      Here’s an example of how out of touch Americans have grown with what their fearless leaders are doing in their name: [You have to scroll down on the site page. For some reason there’s a large blank space at the top.]

      The US has been becoming Wiemar Germany for at least twenty years now, and in reality, a whole lot longer than that. And most of that’s been enabled by the cardboard cutouts we’ve elected as presidents and congress critters who are all congenital liars and firmly on the pocket of the corporations, the MIC, and the FIRE sector. Trump’s just the first one to actually speak openly about it, which, as we all know, is the first step toward actually dealing with our problem, which is also why his runaway popularity scares the living crap out of the rest of D.C. He threatens to expose their whole damn charade!

      I expect he’ll be brought down by whatever means necessary NLT than the GOP convention, and in so doing, throw the general election to the Queen Bee. But failing that, they’ll plant some sort of scandal on him to take him down soon after, even if it just makes him unelectable (remember Sarah Palin?). And then we’ll get back to becoming Wiemar Germany again in earnest.

    • Disaffected says:

      Quite predictably, now the media line has shifted to pro-Hillary, in that she can beat Trump after all. I read a whole slew of articles (all pro-Bern!) at Naked Capitalism yesterday proclaiming that HRC wouldn’t stand a chance against the Great DT, but they left me unconvinced. People say a lot of things in informal polls that they don’t necessarily believe, especially when you consider how the question is framed. Barring an indictment for “Server Gate” or something similar, I still think this will be the year of HRC, and that the fat ghoulish bitch represents our unfortunate future. Trump will turn out to be nothing more than the obnoxious funny guy who livened up the party with his blue humor in the early going while everyone was still tying one on, while HRC will be the cranky bitch hostess that cuts off the booze and tells everyone to get out of her house at the end of the night.

      • kulturcritic says:

        Or she (HRC) will be upstairs doing The Donald for making her road so easy.

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        • Disaffected says:

          Yep. That hag-nasty bitch is destined to become America’s Margaret Thatcher 35 years after the fact without half the class, common sense, or breeding. I guess we should have listened to the Conservative Cassandras back in 1992 after all when they warned us about letting the “hay-seed” Clinton’s into the WH. When it comes to total subservience and boot licking fealty it really is true: there’s no money like new money! Who knew that Ronald Reagan would once again look like a statesman so soon after his departure?

          And in a sign of desperate times for the GOP, none other than Ted Cruz is now emerging as the “last worst hope” to unseat DT before he’s officially declared a force of nature. If Rubio loses Florida next week, which it looks increasingly like he will, he will not only be done for 2016, but likely for good. Good riddance to the little twit!

          Meanwhile, Bernie gained new hope with his convincing win in MI last night, but most agree that he’s still grasping at straws, all things considered. “The Bern’s” the harbinger, not the political messiah we’re seeking. The world already knows all to well what to happens to messiahs anyway, and 74 year old Jewish guys don’t look good at all on a cross.

          • kulturcritic says:

            Great post… DA!!!! WOW!!

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          • Disaffected says:

            Out of the blue, these links came up in my internet travels today, and lo and behold!, I bought the book! Looks like a VERY interesting concept, and who knew it had been out there all this time?

            In order:

            I suppose this all could be considered in the same vein as the Cohen’s A Serious Man, in that it questions and casts serious doubts on long-established societal myths which lie at the very core of our 21st century existence. What is the meaning of myth and which is more important to humans; factual historical truths which might or might not have actually happened, or the underlying universal myths/truths/messages they imply? Do “historical” events need to have actually happened to have meaning, and what would be the effect on silly human adherents if they were revealed to have been false all along?

            • Ron McCafferty says:

              “Do “historical” events need to have actually happened to have meaning, and what would be the effect on silly human adherents if they were revealed to have been false all along?”
              My wife and I talk of this a lot. Especially when referring to the Evangelical or Fundamental Christian. When the shit really hits the fan and their little fannies are still planted firmly on the old sod, I think there are going to be a lot of them going “huh?”.
              Maybe a little anger among them and probably an up tick in suicides.
              It’s going to be interesting to see how this is explained by the church.

              • Disaffected says:

                Hey Ron, glad to hear you chime in again. I was very surprised to hear about the Moorcock novel (which I just received in the mail today!) and the fact that it had been released so long ago (1969). It’s a premise which I’ve long held as well, and which absent any information to the contrary, I foolishly imagined only I had possibly thought of. It’s always a feeling of relief to realize that your thoughts are shared by many others, who similarly, likely thought that perhaps THEY were the only ones to imagine such things.

                It’s one of the central dilemma’s of modern Christianity and Judaism in particular. Reconciling historical scientific facts with their underlying myth. I’ve had this argument more times than I can recount and have gradually learned that it’s just not an argument worth engaging with true believers. In the end, human belief is a phenomenon of it’s own, and is simply not open to persuasion from either side. And THAT is in itself a statement about what humans are all about. In spite of all modern assertions, we’re SIMPLY NOT rational creatures.

                • Disaffected says:

                  And to be fair, I thought it only fair to link to this “main stream” Jewish commentary of the same movie. Good stuff!

              • Disaffected says:

                Have to share this review as well. Just excellent!

                • Ron McCafferty says:

                  Behold the Man seems like an interesting read, if that’s the book you are referring to. Let me know what you think of it when you are done. I cannot take on another book right now but I will this summer.
                  I feel sorry for the people who have sunk every bit of hope and belief into this. I tried it because I have to experience it to better understand it. I just could not get passed the whole “You just have to believe by faith” thing. It scared the living shit out of me.

  16. the Heretick says:

    If there are any brains left in the Democratic party they will get this woman off the ticket. Both parties are obviously freaked out that someone, anyone could conceivably wrest even the tiniest iota of control away from the machine.

    • Disaffected says:

      Admittedly, I frequent some pretty “far left” sites (go figure!), but most of the commentary I see out there just savages the “Bitch Who Would Be Queen,” so I guess her died-in-the-wool supporters must just be congenitally blinded to her tremendous downsides. I guess that should be expected, as they’re almost all staunch “Obamabots” as well, and anybody too stupid to be convinced by eight years of his public betrayals is evidently just incapable of forming an informed opinion.

      On a more serious note, Nancy Reagan was put/laid rest today, which, if nothing else, closes the book one step more on an era in American/World politics. I was never a fan of Reagan and all the evil that he and his have subsequently spawned, but I think he and Nancy were likely the last of the “genuine humans” to hold the White House. Their ideas, beliefs, and policies were almost universally misinformed and stupid, and Ronnie was obviously fully in the throes of advanced dementia before he was done, but they were all at least genuine right to the very end. Who knew at the time that a mere almost thirty years later we would be looking back at the fools’ and rogues’ gallery that have inhabited the office since, and longing for the mere “wisdom” of a pre-Alzheimer’s geriatric once again. You know, maybe we need a little Bernie Sander’s craziness – warts and all – after all?

      • kulturcritic says:

        Or a bold-faced Trump… for that matter.

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        • Disaffected says:

          Agreed. I am one of those who would support Trump all day long before I ever support HRC. I think Trump will at least shake up a lot of people and things that desperately need to be shaken up. Someone needs to seriously consider convening a war crimes tribunal and indicting everyone from the start of the W administration forward to today (at least!). And I have no doubt there were a lot of shady events going on back in the Clinton years too!

          • kulturcritic says:

            As I see the Trump phenomenon unfolding, I am increasingly concerned by the agitation to violence, the deaf ear to other points of view, the gross intolerance and the potential leap into a fascist type scenario where freedom of speech becomes outlawed. What began as a healthy critique of the system and politics as usual, has turned into a very deadly game of violence. However, Trump is not to blame completely. He is simply latching on to the vitriol and hate that has built up within the American public through decades of war, taxes, loss of jobs, deterioration of meaningful lives here in the increasing securitized homeland.

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            • the Heretick says:

              I have alluded to the anger underneath the surface of day-to-day life in a few of my comments, it’s real and it’s nasty. In a way it’s healthy that it’s coming out, this society cannot go on much longer w/o the root causes being addressed.
              This is exactly where Senator Sanders is failing in my view, I have yet to hear him address the violence inherent in our system.


              “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

              One could say that the good Senator is playing it cool, close to the vest, so to speak, but the future is not the time, the time is now. I hear him talking about increasing taxes, free college, unfair trade deals, etc. – what I don’t hear is discussion of corporate personhood, the root cause of money in politics. I don’t hear any discussion of multi-national corps. being broken up, or these monopolies being treated as public utilities and profit limited. Controlling these entities cannot be accomplished from one side, there are too many loopholes, the control is too pervasive, to put it simply, you raise their taxes, they raise their prices, strangle the economy.

              I will tell it like it is, when so many Americans are unemployed, underpaid, and just plain damn scared (myself among them) the last thing we want to hear about is more immigration, it puts us more up against the wall. Some, like me, are aware of the international struggle, the Wobblies the One Big Union, the Palmer raids, we are sophisticated, but we are living everyday with insecurity and fear. In the absence of any meaningful brake on globalism it does not make sense for us to sing Kumbaya at this moment.

              Suppose we were to propose that the 31 Mexican states were to be consolidated into 5 new American states, who would most rabidly oppose a merger of the 2 countries? Think about this, I say it would be the Mexican ruling class, it would put the kibosh on their sweet little Padron arrangement with the oligarchy controlling their little fiefdoms down south. There are Mexicans working in maquiladoras for $5.43 an hour building Escalades, and that is a sweet job south of the border, and it’s not even the American minimum wage.

              I will vote for Sanders come the general if he makes the ticket, but the man needs to step up and more forcefully address globalism, I don’t believe this monster can be turned to good, it is simply a way for the oligarchy to play the various working classes against each other. Deep down I believe the intelligentsia does not want to rein in the beast, I don’t think they see clearly, they want their big houses, jet plane rides, the good jobs their college degrees afford them administrating this monstrosity.

              Trump is tapping into the resentment of an electorate that the liberal welfare state has failed. The Dems have become a satellite of Wall Street and the MIC, the Pukes a minor satellite of this cozy arrangement.

              • Disaffected says:

                Great post HT!!! I agree with it all.

              • Disaffected says:

                I think your comments really nail the problems with Sanders, HT. Try as he might, he’s still an establishment politician and a true believer in the basic soundness and underlying assumptions of the current system. But even with all that, he’d still be an isolated lone voice in the wilderness butting heads against both party’s entrenched interests from day one. I simply can’t even imagine him getting anything done in such an environment. Trump may well not be any better, and in fact he might turn out to be twenty shades worse, but he’s got a HUGE negotiating advantage if he continues to win with the same “take no prisoners” persona he’s displayed thus far. A Trump win in November, especially over HRC, would be a SEISMIC political event in US history and almost assuredly completely upend the current DC K-Street and Congressional apple carts. What he would do with all that leverage remains to be seen and we could all certainly live to rue that day – BUT – these are the kind of events that were cast in stone the moment we elected the traitorous war criminal Obama and the current bunch of incestuous thugs and they literally fiddled while the US and the world burned for the past 8 years, and NOW it’s time to pay the piper. And should the Queen Bitch still prevail in Nov, rest assured that same groundswell will CONTINUE to grow until it sweeps all the current corruption away for whatever comes next. The consecutive terms of Bush and Obama shone the light of day on the rampant corruption and utter evil that is the US imperial war machine, and the stakes could not be any clearer. Either the people will elect a radical change agent like Trump to begin the task from within, or the system will come down due to even more radical change from without. It promises to be an “interesting time to be alive” at the very least, and you know that the Chinese say about that.


  17. Disaffected says:

    Kunstler sizes it up pretty well this week:

    Enter Trump, perhaps the worst figure possible to call bullshit on this vast matrix of dishonesty, with his ugly cohort of “poorly-educated” white yahoo supporters. Why? Because the well-educated non-yahoos of both parties are too cowardly and too corrupt — too busy making money off the war racketeers and the medical racketeers, and the Wall Street racketeers, and the campus racketeers — to take on some of the central lies of our times, which Trump manages to do in the crudest possible ways.

    What the politicians and the media and the cringing, pandering intellectuals of this country aren’t figuring is what happens when the political crisis of the moment is amped up by the financial and economic train wreck that is certain to come before the fall elections. The nation has already gone mad with the internal contradictions of its own beliefs. The next step will be when it literally goes to war with itself.

    Or more simply put, the long awaited class warfare (which the rich have been waging surreptitiously for years!) is about to erupt in earnest. It’s about time!

  18. Disaffected says:

    In a note from mid-America, I talked to my aging mother twice today (my step dad died after 3 years of self-induced terminal lung cancer – we weren’t close), and she shocked me with her support for Donald Trump. My mom’s still exceedingly spry mentally, in spite of years and years of obesity due to a sedentary job, shitty genes, a shitty diet, and lack of exercise. True to family form, she’s living well beyond her expected allocation of years on mere fumes (the males on her side are not nearly so lucky!), in spite of being a physical wreck. But anyway, she shocked me with her fervor for The Donald, even stopping the conversation to “get serious with me” about the need to go get registered to vote (I already have) to vote for Trump and to stop Hillary. Long story short, my mom’s always been my bellwether for conservative sentiment in the “American heartland,” and I think the MSM and the “Neo-Liberal Democratic Coalition” or whatever it is they’re calling themselves these days, is GREATLY underestimating the pent-up fury and hatred for what neo-liberal policies have done to this country over the last 8,16, and 24 years. Will Trump, Sanders, or anybody else be able to turn it all around if they win, of indeed, will they even try? Impossible to say at this point. But I think one thing’s for damn sure at this point, unless the fix is in on this election, I will be VERY surprised if the Queen Bee is smiling on the morning of Nov the 9th.

  19. Disaffected says:

    Well, little Marco bit the dust today, so barring a brokered convention or similar surprise, The Donald will be facing off with the Bitch Who Would Be Queen, once gain barring a similar surprise on the Dem side. If nothing else, it should be tremendously entertaining to watch it all unfold. I think the main thing to be wary of, outside of the usual political dirty tricks, will be false flag scenarios to strengthen the Dem’s and Queen Hillary’s hand. Curiously, I think such events might have just the opposite effect though. In spite of all of Obama’s warmongering and the Hilldabeast’s posturing, he’s/she’s still perceived as weak on defense by the hyper-paranoid American public.

    Regarding Rubio, it’s hard to imagine that he ever recovers from this humiliation, and likewise, me thinks Ted Cruz will similarly be one and done. John Kasich, the one decent and fairly moderate candidate among their ill-begotten bunch, was of course never a factor in the first place, and serves as a warning for all future moderates of either stripe: YOU WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!!

  20. Disaffected says:

    Casus belli for a little pre-election war escalation to benefit the incumbents anyone? Never fear Lurch Kerry – hired mouthpiece of the stars – is here!

    THIS is why no one in the US trusts their totally illegitimate government representatives anymore.

    • the Heretick says:

      The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

      Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.

      Amazing how a few sentences can sum up the entire situation.
      Once again we are given the choice between tweedledum and tweedle dummer.
      We can’t pretend this is some happenstance occurrence, it is pure political manipulation engineered by the ruling class. The face of evil writ large.

      • Disaffected says:

        Could get very interesting, couldn’t it? I continue to read serious legal analyses that assert that Hillary’s email server crimes are very serious indeed and are definitely prosecutable before the election and impeachable afterward. Likewise the R’s are already going to the well to drudge up everything they can to smear their own candidate(!) – a heretofore unheard of event – and you just know there’s a treasure trove of questionable material there to be dug up there. So there’s a very real possibility that both parties primary selections could be disqualified by the the time the conventions roll around! Simply amazing!

        I hate to say it, but once again this brings to mind my Walk Hard scenario where extraordinary events, including in this case a possible false flag event or two, lead to a suspension of the election, and “extraordinary legal and economic events” (suspension of habeus corpus, curfews, martial law, bank holidays, and/or bank “bail ins” [seizure of private checking and savings accounts]) in its aftermath. We Americans have grown fat and happy over the course of the latter half of the 20th century imagining that “it could never happen to us,” but ask any third world commoner the world over that the US has targeted for economic destruction during that time and they’ll disabuse you of that notion immediately.

        “Fortunately” for them (not to belittle their plight at all, and I hate to even say this), they often had relatively little to lose monetarily and emigration was at least an option, while middle class Americans will have relatively more to lose and very few realistic emigration options (current upscale trends notwithstanding). That said, Americans of all stripes have brought this on themselves, and have no one to blame but themselves.

        In the end, no one will deplore or feel sympathy for Americans of any economic stripe when the inevitable eventually comes, and why should they? We’ve spent roughly a century and a half making our current socio/economic/political bed, and it’s only fitting that we get to lie down in it and take our final cultural dirt nap. The only question remaining is, will we decide to take down the rest of “god’s creation” with us when we finally go, given our command of the nuclear genie. I’m betting that we will, and likely sooner rather than later, but in the end, that’s all probably irrelevant. Current nuclear reactors, hazmat, and industrial waste likely have the capability to put an end to this round of human existence regardless.

  21. Disaffected says:

    Just happened to come across this video at work today. It’s old and doesn’t present any new evidence, but it’s still compelling. Takes 25 minutes. Give it a watch if you have some time and are not yet convinced of the truth. You might just come around.

    • Disaffected says:

      Bottom line, the Twin Towers were hit by drones, but felled by carefully pre-planned and placed controlled demolition (thermite) explosives. Both the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania “crash sites” were simply missiles and/or pre-planted explosives, and are completely uncontroversial as far as aircraft “crash sites” go. No passenger aircraft were involved in either. WTC-7 was NEVER EVEN HIT by an aircraft, and thus has no explanation WHATSOEVER.

      The only “mystery” surrounding 9-11 is what the official US Government story is not revealing.

      The only questions remaining to be answered are, WHY are US citizens not demanding answers to those questions, and WHY is the US Government not providing them?

      The answers are obvious. US citizens are afraid to ask and don’t want to know, and the US Government has motive, willingness, and ability to conceal the answers.

      • Ron McCafferty says:

        As I watched the buildings fall that was the first thing that came to my mind was a controlled demo. They fell into themselves with very little surrounding damage.
        I have this argument with some at my lunch table all the time. They still don’t think that our government is capable of such behavior.
        DA I think that if more Americans were to seriously consider these events they would have to leave their walls inside their minds which could be a bad thing. I mean, prozac sales would skyrocket or other substance abuse (LOL).
        I have great difficulty understanding why people cannot face truth. I am straight forward myself. See it, think about it then formulate an action. The current state of the American mindset probably explains why Jesus is the drug of choice which is sad to think that these people will not even use their own senses to determine what is real.
        We do live in interesting times and the action is heating up.
        Peace out, people.

  22. Disaffected says:

    One of my favorite songs ever. Nice belated video too, not sure if these are the original players or not:

  23. Disaffected says:

    And right on time, the US Blacks Ops funded and created boogeyman ISIS strikes back with a coordinated “terrorist” attack [rolls eyes] on the Brussels Belgium airport and subway.
    All this apparently to impress on US and world sheeple the gravity of their current situation, presumably with Queen Hillary at the vanguard of the effort to bring “peace, love, and understanding” back to the world again. Expect to see many more such events in the coming weeks and months as the entrenched oligarchy picks up their pace to ensure their continued place at the top of the economic and political heap. Fun times ahead boys and girls!

    • Disaffected says:

      OK, busy day over, time to stretch out and reflect now. So what did we learn today? Well the site, the magnitude, and the immediate credit seeking of today’s festivities suggest that this was a corporate marketing directed event and not merely a random franchisee exercising a bit personal ambition. It also came on the heels of The Donald’s speech to AIPAC yesterday, where he doubled down on his claimed anti-terrorism and pro-Israel bonafides (to decidedly mixed reviews), while also allowing HRC to make the call-in rounds of the morning talk shows avowing her credentials and long-standing commitment to same as SecState, so in that sense it was certainly win-win for both sides in the US Presidential sweepstakes, while also achieving its primary overarching goal, as always, of driving the overall political tone even further to the hard right.

      So I guess at this point the only question that remains to be answered is whether or not Trump has been “read in” to what’s actually going on behind the scenes in US foreign military policy. Certainly his somewhat naive sounding pronouncements regarding reining in the MIC in favor of social programs at home and the subsequent reception of such comments among the GOP elite suggest that either he hasn’t – in which case I’d LOVE to be a fly on the wall at that briefing – OR, he’s even more brazenly two-faced than any of us have dared to guess. I’d estimate that proposition at 50/50 at this point given his clear outsider status among the political elite, but who the hell can know for sure anymore, given that the US political scene is essentially a proverbial fun house of mirrors at this point. Absolutely NOTHING is as it appears anymore, and all we truly know for sure is that NONE of these slimy bastards has anyone’s best interests at heart other than their own!

      Hunter Thompson, where are you when we need you most? “When the going gets weird, the weird go pro!”

      • kulturcritic says:

        They are all the same fucking assholes… just different hair dos.

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  24. DA… u r suggesting false flag??? Or just US responsibility for funding and nurturing these guys?

    • Disaffected says:

      I’m suggesting both. But you can never be truly sure about the exact “marketing mix” these events are anymore. In some respects, they’re all “false flag” events, since without dark ops involvement they likely wouldn’t exist. However that certainly doesn’t prevent “events of opportunity” from arising organically within such fringe groups. Indeed, those are highly encouraged as well, as their even more “deniable” from an official point of view, and yet still controllable, in that the authorities still have a loose handle on what’s going on and can rein it in as they see fit. That’s the beauty of such operations! They’ve essentially “franchised” terror groups. The groups have corporate backing, funding, training, and marketing, and are even allowed a certain degree of autonomy as long as they stick to the script. And then when “corporate” decides to go with a new strategy, ties are cut, knowledge is disavowed, and loose ends are terminated (with extreme prejudice!). This strategy’s been employed for decades the world over.

      • kulturcritic says:

        I do not doubt you are on target.

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      • Disaffected says:

        “Confessions of Am Economic Hit Man,” among many others describes the process in great detail. In ISIS’ case, are they a “legitimate” terror group of actual disenfranchised radical youths, etc. Of course they are. But would they exist and would they be half as effective at “targeting” their victims without US/EU/Israeli and likely now Saudi deep state support? Of course not. The dark ops world is now fighting both sides of it’s own fictional “war on terror.” It’s win-win baby!

        • Ron McCafferty says:

          I think that the Saudi’s are behind a lot more of the logistics and finance. I mean they have had a relationship with the Rockefellors since what? the mid 30’s when they purchased the oil rights in some deal they made. Our government just uses plausible deniability and directs proxies through them. But media focus is very rarely targeting them and when they are targeted by the media government action is little more than “hey don’t do that”.
          We face a system that is truly evil in my belief. I just wonder when the mask will come off to the masses.

          • Disaffected says:

            Nationalities are for the most part completely irrelevant now (other than for propaganda purposes) Ron (see my links below, hopefully the latest will post). As many people are beginning to note, we are now just beginning to realize the monstrosity of it all and its fundamentally class-based nature. The US is only “special” in the sense that its open democracy allowed it to be exploited to the maximum first and foremost. Of course we Americans and our simple-minded willingness to be exploited for “high-minded” and/or “spiritual” purposes willingly enabled their simplistic schemes, but that’s probably another story altogether.

  25. Disaffected says:

    And more…

  26. Disaffected says:

    And in the now classic false flag pattern that Dmitry Orlov recently identified on his blog, the perpetrators have already been identified and are either dead or in custody. Wow! That’s some pretty damn good sleuthing! These guys were so good that they could pull off an event of mass carnage like this, and yet, police investigators were so good they’ve essentially cracked the case less than 24 hours later. And since the cops are that good when they want to be, the next logical question will be, then why don’t we let them take even more preemptive actions to round up known suspects before hand and prevent such events in the first place? Let’s watch the news over the next few days and weeks and see who asks that question first, realizing that it’s essentially already been asked by assorted people who have called Europe’s security “notoriously lax.” The Global Police State; it’s coming for all of us. The even worse news is that we all will be the one’s asking for it.

    • Disaffected says:

      Asked and answered. Gen Michael Hayden is on the TV now calling for Europe to apply intelligence gathering services from US agencies to their anti-terrorism programs. This event’s looking to provide a bounty of propaganda for months to come!!! And Trump’s beginning to be a caricature of himself now. I’m beginning to think he was nothing but a scarecrow/strawman candidate in the first place, there to drive the political debate to the far right fringes (and absorb the frustrations of the working classes, who otherwise don’t matter one whit!) so that the Queen Bee could move hard right too, while still appearing to be “moderate.” The Global Elite simply will not be denied!

    • Disaffected says:

      More suspicious false flag “clues.” In a nod to 9-11 hijacker’s pristine passports being found on the pavement after a fiery airliner crash calamitous enough to take down three buildings (one of which was never even hit), one of the Brussel’s bombers was evidently prescient enough to leave a “hastily written” will in an airport trashcan, where the super-sleuth police – you guessed it – found it almost immediately. You know, because the cops are that good and the perps are that dumb, but only after the fact of course. Because perps are always smart as all hell before hand, but then, it seems, just dumb as all hell afterward.

      Watching the NBC Nightly News now, and the latest scare is that this was apparently directly targeted at Americans (OH MY!), and the terrorists apparently had nuclear “dirty bomb” ambitions as well! OH MY FUCKING GOD – WHAT WILL WE DO NOW!!!

      So, following the links backward now, here’s how the meta propaganda picture looks to be playing out. Brussels>jihadis>ISIS>Syria>Russia’s recent pullout after previous US humiliation>Syria is still a problem>Putin/Russia fucked up>the US will need to intervene again to fix this problem>tough talk in the election circus. Get it now?

      The Next Voice You Hear

      Gather your deeds and your possessions
      Whatever certainty you’ve known
      Forget your heroes
      You don’t really need those last few lessons

      Stand in the open
      The next voice you hear will be your own

      Well alright, they knew how they could hurt you
      And you let them cut you to the bone
      But God forbid
      You allow them to rid you of your virtue

      Forget their laughter
      The next voice you hear will be your own

      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear will be your own

      Throw down your truth and check your weapons
      Don’t look to see if you’re alone
      Just stand your ground
      And don’t turn around – whatever happens
      Don’t ask directions
      The next voice you hear will be your own

      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear
      The next voice you hear will be your own

  27. Disaffected says:

    The Onion pokes some legitimate fun at yesterday’s “event.”

    Unfortunately, it can be understood, but you have to begin looking behind the curtain for the shadow actors who are the real perpetrators.

  28. Disaffected says:

    As the American presidential sweepstakes enter their post-traumatic phase, the emerging ironies could not be richer or more far reaching. The “Grand Old Party,” faced with a populist revolt which actually isn’t – yes, The Donald has managed to get this far with a faux populist appeal that belies his decidedly elitist roots and “policies” (where he has any) – has decided to double down with the only “devil they know” they have left, in the always charming and appealing Ted Cruz and his Goldman Sachs affiliated sanctimonious bitch wife Heidi.

    Meanwhile, the Dems, a bit more self-assured these days in their legacy big money femdom candidate HRC (she’d love to be your champion, if you’d only SUBMIT to her every demand!), still can’t rid themselves of that annoying gum sticking to the bottom of their shoe that is the Bernie Sanders campaign, the only “real” populist campaign (as it were) in the race at this point. Sanders’ promised late state sweep began yesterday in the much maligned western states of AK, HI, and WA, but anyone who’s anyone knows that American elections are decided in NY, OH, TX, and FL, so Bernie and friends just need to STFU and go home with all that communist party bullshit!

    And so it looks like we might have not one, but TWO “brokered conventions” in 2016, perhaps a good sign overall at this point. “Good” in the sense that the levers of democracy apparently aren’t completely broken yet, and the workings of which will be exposed – likely painfully – for all to see in the process; but probably not so good when most of America’s remaining “true believers” get a front row seat to observe how truly corrupt their “great democracy” has become.

    Will we survive all this non-sense to obstinately trudge forward another four years toward our ultimate, inglorious fate, whatever it is? Unfortunately for the earth and whatever unfortunate life forms it decides to propagate next, the answer is probably yes. Which brings to mind an even better question on this Easter Sunday in the “Year of our Lord” 2016: If the “Son of Man” was indeed resurrected two millenia ago to “redeem of us all of our sins” and provide a path to heaven for all the true believers, then just what in the fuck is he waiting for with his second coming to rid the rest of us of all their non-sense?

  29. Disaffected says:

    But wait! Apparently there’s a new entrant in the suicide jihadi craziest motherfucker on earth sweepstakes, this time in that bastion of conservative sanity, Pakistan. The Pakistan Taliban have apparently claimed “credit” for the attack, although, as usual, who the fuck really knows. My bet? Well, you already know what my bet is.

    Better question, as always, is: Cui Bono? Who stands to benefit? We’ll find out soon enough.

  30. Disaffected says:

    Speaking of Easter Sunday and the hysteria that such misappropriated pagan rites/holidays usually provoke among the religiously hysterical in the modern world, I’m currently watching Exodus: Gods and Kings on HBO with the sound turned down, starring none other than the inimitable Christian Bale as Moses, a role that even one so young as he was probably made for.

    That said, the Hollywood Special FX sooner than not take over an completely dominate the picture, such that you quickly wonder why they wasted their money propagating a myth that no one believed in in the first place, and second, why they signed on Bale to sell this load of hooey in the first place. Myths are valuable as historical (usually oral) stories to remind us of times from whence we came and to convey ENDURING cultural stories from generation to generation. What they ARE NOT valuable for is as historical, factual accounts of ACTUAL EVENTS that might or might not have ACTUALLY happened.

  31. Disaffected says:

    Looks like the Trump balloon is leaking serious air now.
    Could this have been the plan all along? Combine that with the fact that the FBI seems to be dragging their feet on HRC’s email server investigation, and one could reasonably infer that the proverbial fix might be – yet again – in. Seems plausible, but of course we’ll never really know for sure.

  32. Disaffected says:

    It’ll probably all be for naught in the end, but the latest “leak” in the form of the Mossack Fonseca, aka the “Panama Papers” revelations, threatens to liven things up for the coming election season the world over. I’m honestly not sure humanity will survive the current dispensation of wealth concentration and corruption long enough to see any of these globalist pigs and their extended families brought to the gallows for their sins, but it’ll definitely be fun watching them squirm in the limelight in the meantime.

    In other news, the FBI has instructed the US State Dept to cease its internal investigation of the Queen Bee and her email server shenanigans. No word definitively on what this means, but the early betting favors the idea that the fix is in and “server gate” will be quashed. No surprise there.

    Meanwhile, GOP rumors are starting to circulate that Paul Ryan might be a surprise “jump in” candidate at a prospective GOP open convention, possibly even with Scott Walker in tow as a VP role. Crazier things have happened, and although that ticket would seem destined to defeat, the GOP seems focused solely on avoiding the embarrassment of a The Donald nomination at this point, to the degree that they’d accept certain defeat with anyone else – including Ted Cruz! – than a win with His Royal Hairness. I’m completely worn out with all the assorted calculations at this point. Suffice it to say, this is all beginning to look more and more like a very elaborate subterfuge to convince the American Sheeple that there’s an actual election going down in 2016, when in fact the fix has long since been in. Barring the FBI stepping in and actually doing their job, it’s looking more and more like 2017 will be a chance to further reflect on The Who’s timeless lyric from all those years ago:

    Won’t Get Fooled Again

    We’ll be fighting in the streets
    With our children at our feet
    And the morals that they worship will be gone
    And the men who spurred us on
    Sit in judgement of all wrong
    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again

    The change, it had to come
    We knew it all along
    We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
    And the world looks just the same
    And history ain’t changed
    ‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    I’ll move myself and my family aside
    If we happen to be left half alive
    I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
    Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
    Do ya?

    There’s nothing in the streets
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
    And the parting on the left
    Are now parting on the right
    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no!


    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

      • Disaffected says:

        Thanks kC! I saw, but didn’t put that much stock into, the Putin specific spin. Much more into the Ian/David Cameron revelations, as it’s the western pontificators who constantly present themselves as holier than thou. Word is, the major US violators are yet to be revealed, but as I said, I doubt this will cause all that much of a ruffle in US politics. We Americans are pretty damn jaded and/or resigned to our fate at this point.

        For my part, whenever someone tries to frame such arguments into a US vs. Russia conundrum, I usually shut them down immediately. For one thing, the US has perfected the art of hiding all its corruption in plain sight through its now all-encompassing and compliant MSM – as perfect a propaganda machine as has ever been built. For two, everything we here in the west read about Russia is filtered through that apparatus in increasingly sophisticated ways before we ever read it. And three, there are legitimate cultural differences regarding the way business is conducted (ie; the strict definition of “corruption”), which are not so simply reconciled that direct comparisons are always possible. Americans are particularly naive in that last respect, naively assuming “the rule of law” to be some sort of holy grail. Of course the rich and powerful who write such laws in the first place know better, but they’re counting on the dumb-asses who have to abide by them won’t. And for the most part, they’re usually right.

  33. Disaffected says:

    Another classic lyric from who else? Jackson Browne. As appropriate now as it was the day he wrote it. The story of post-WWII America in a nutshell, whether in Central America, South America, SE Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, the Baltics, Mesopotamia, or anywhere else the Great Beast turns its sights:

    Lives In The Balance

    I’ve been waiting for something to happen
    For a week or a month or a year
    With the blood in the ink of the headlines
    And the sound of the crowd in my ear
    You might ask what it takes to remember
    When you know that you’ve seen it before
    Where a government lies to a people
    And a country is drifting to war

    And there’s a shadow on the faces
    Of the men who send the guns
    To the wars that are fought in places
    Where their business interest runs

    On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
    You hear one thing again and again
    How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
    And we come to the aid of a friend
    But who are the ones that we call our friends
    These governments killing their own?
    Or the people who finally can’t take any more
    And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
    There are lives in the balance
    There are people under fire
    There are children at the cannons
    And there is blood on the wire

    There’s a shadow on the faces
    Of the men who fan the flames
    Of the wars that are fought in places
    Where we can’t even say the names

    They sell us the President the same way
    They sell us our clothes and our cars
    They sell us every thing from youth to religion
    The same time they sell us our wars
    I want to know who the men in the shadows are
    I want to hear somebody asking them why
    They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
    But they’re never the ones to fight or to die
    And there are lives in the balance
    There are people under fire
    There are children at the cannons
    And there is blood on the wire

  34. Disaffected says:

    A brief excerpt from a full video I got lucky enough to come across on PBS this morning during my morning workout:

    • kulturcritic says:

      This is a friend of mine… Danil Mamyev at Uch Enmek, Ongudai.

      • Disaffected says:

        That’s some beautiful country you got there kC! The extended video was very nice. It goes into great detail about how native people’s everywhere have always regarded the earth as a living, breathing entity with which they communed and and from which sprang their very life force itself. Quite a contrast to modern capitalist sensibilities, where anything and everything is there simply to be exploited for silly exalted humans’ gain.

  35. Disaffected says:

    The Archdruid’s back this week with a self-congratulatory observational post about the fact that the MSM has apparently picked up on his idea that Trump and Sanders are all about the emerging class war that the American lower classes are just now rousing from their slumber to engage in. That said, it’s beginning to look like this will all peter out for naught in 2016, but he’s wise to note that these are just the opening shots in what promises to be a multi-generational skirmish, no matter who eventually comes out on top.

  36. Disaffected says:

    More lies within the lies, within the riddle, within the enigma.

    Now we’re supposed to believe the Director of the CIA of all people is all about defending our civil liberties and protecting us from abuses of power. Ni**er Puhhhh…lease! There’s a whooole lot of disinformation (aka bullshit!) going on out there these days!

  37. Disaffected says:

    Whoops! Missed this recent PCR post!

    The 9/11 Commission Report and the Warren Commission Report were cover-ups. VP Dick Cheney and the neoconservatives he sponsored needed a “new Pearl Harbor” in order to begin their military assaults on the Middle Eastern countries that had independent foreign policies instead of being US/Israeli vassals. 9/11 was their orchestrated “new Pearl Harbor,” and this fact had to be covered up when 9/11 families persisted in their demands for an investigation and could not be bought off for large sums of money.

    Similarly, the Warren Commission had no choice but to cover up that a popular American president, John F. Kennedy, had been murdered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIA, and the Secret Service, because he was believed by paranoid anti-communists to be “soft on communism” and thereby a threat to the security of the United States. The cold war was on, and the Warren Commission could not hold those responsible accountable without destroying the public’s confidence in the American military and security services.

    Nevertheless everyone aware of the forged case against Oswald knew what had happened. One of these people was Attorney General Robert Kennedy, JFK’s brother.

    Bobby Kennedy understood the situation. He knew that as a member of a cover-up administration he could do nothing about it. However, he knew that if he won the presidency, he could hold accountable those security elements responsible. His brother had told him that after his reelection he was going to “break the CIA into a thousand pieces.” When the Vietnam war destroyed President Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy emerged as the next president of the US.

    Bobby Kennedy was assassinated the evening that he won the California Democratic primary. Sirhan Sirhan was blamed. He was standing in front of Kennedy. He had an eight shot low caliber pistol, which he fired. He did hit Paul Shrade, who was standing next to Kennedy. But he did not hit Kennedy. Kennedy, according to the medical evidence and eye witnesses was killed from shots to his back and to the back of his head.

    This was confirmed to me years ago by a distinguished journalist and documentary film maker who was standing just behind Robert Kennedy when he was shot. He told me that he felt the bullet that hit Kennedy go by his ear and saw its impact. He wrote a full report for the FBI and despite his credentials was never contacted by the investigation.

  38. Disaffected says:

    Just a quick note, looks like the Vampire bitch drove the final stake through the Bern’s heart last night in NY. No real surprise there, but kind of tragic in its finality. Likewise, The Donald appears to have repulsed the final major Cruze challenge as well, so barring convention shenanigans – definitely not a given, especially on the GOP side – we should have a major prize fight for the ages in November. Never thought I’d say this, especially with a candidate so utterly repulsive in so many ways as Trump, but I think I’ll actually register to vote again and vote R right up and down the line. YES! It’s TRUE! The GOP is now the LEAST OBJECTIONABLE PARTY in the US by a WIDE MARGIN! Yes, I’m sure that has long been planned by TPTB, and those who think likewise have all been similarly manipulated over the course of years and at a cost of $Billions to arrive at that decision, but you know what? SO BE IT! IT IS, as they say, WHAT IT IS!

    • kulturcritic says:

      I’m with you DA

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      • Disaffected says:

        Bernie was a nice dream while he lasted, but alas… Meanwhile the GOP side gets weirder by the day, even as Trump continues to seal the deal. Much as I’d like to believe that all the Trump support represents some sort of grassroots uprising against the powers that be, my built in bullshit detector is giving me an admittedly low level but nevertheless constant alarm on this. Regardless of what he may or may not do if actually elected, which in any case is always unknowable with any politician, Trump’s wide spread support, even among the hard-core Republican right, still just doesn’t quite ring true with me at this point. I might well be wrong, and I hope that I am, but the whole 2016 US Presidential election scenario just feels oddly “off” at this point to me.

        Second, the excerpt I linked to above came from a book which I’ve subsequently bought and read extensively. Whether or not you believe in “conspiracy theories” (the favorite catch-all label of actual powerful criminal conspirators to discredit anyone who might be on to them), if you want to read a riveting history of 20th century political intrigue at the highest levels, you might want to give this one a read:


        • Disaffected says:

          Let me just add very briefly; I know very well the pejorative nature being labeled a “conspiracy theorist” implies; I live with it every day now. Like many within the “community” (conspiracy theorists aren’t really a “community” at all, other than on an occasional random, ad hoc basis), I have become accustomed to disguising my intentions/assertions until I’m sure I have a relatively receptive audience. That said, being a “theorist” of any kind, much like the monks of the middle ages who dared to embrace the truths that the enlightenment was then revealing, involved embracing troubling and often heretical truths. And so it goes in our modern age, as troubling as it ever was, with powers of deception and deceit grown all the more powerful in the interim, and avenues of public discussion shut down by public ignorance and intentional corporate/government malfeasance. In such an environment, I would merely ask what does the word “conspiracy” even mean anymore? Perhaps the better word is complicity?

  39. Disaffected says:

    Sadly, it appears that the death knell is now being sounded by Sanders supporters and pundits alike. Even more sadly, it appears that they effectively threw in the towel before their campaign even began by taking the “high road” against a professional political machine like that of HRC. In the end it was all as heartwarming as his white-haired, 74 year old, grandfatherly demeanor; but likewise, it was – predictably – equally ineffective. Will his efforts – as many of his current supporters presume – have a lasting effect on the American political landscape? That remains to be seen for sure, but color me skeptical. Political movements come and go in the wind these days, and the issues of 2016 – legitimate as they are now – will all too soon be reformulated and remanufactured into so much “dust on the wind” in 2020 and thereafter.

  40. Disaffected says:

    For Bernie, a Pink Floyd three-peat:

  41. Disaffected says:

    For those of us still inclined to drink ourselves to death at the death of “the American Dream” or whatever in the hell it was we ever believed in in the first place:


  42. Disaffected says:

    And then there were two! The epic showdown materializes today Cruz and Kasich drop out! If nothing else; win, lose, or draw, a Trump candidacy spells the end of BAU in US politics for the foreseeable future! Fuckin-A!

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  45. Disaffected says:

    Natalie’s evidently going in the same direction as the rest of us, like it or not. I’m not sure whether the urge to simply withdraw is purely a product of age, or whether it’s a larger cultural thing at this point. Nonetheless…

  46. FIDO says:

    well, I am back after a long crazy trip into reality. HRC and DT are really insane puppies. Both are the result of what I call , the age of contraction. Sad to say it is a horrid mess.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Welcome back FIDO.  Now, all I need to do is write a new column sometime. LOL

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