This Sketch from a bit of fry and laurie bears a little thought.
Henry Kissingers Doctoral Thesis ( a starter for 10)
April 18, 2018
WHO’S GOT GAS. HE WHO SMELT IT DEALT IT? AT THE RISK OF REPEATING MYSELF (OH SHIT!)
Henry Kissinger, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 (1957)
´´There are at least two forces at work against which the tragic hero of the statesman struggles. The first is “the problem of legitimizing a policy within a governmental apparatus;” an issue Kissinger calls a “problem of bureaucratic rationality” (Kissinger 2013, 326). While the making of policy is defined by contingency and flexibility, bureaucracies of government measure success in terms of calculability and safety, characteristics uncommonly associated with the messy process of policymaking (Kissinger 2013, 326 – 327).´´
It´s always nice to be able to quote a bit of Shelly,
Castlereagh appears with other members of Lord Liverpool’s Cabinet in Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy, which was inspired by, and heavily critical of, the Peterloo massacre:
I met Murder on the way –
He had a mask like Castlereagh –
Very smooth he looked, yet grim;
Seven bloodhounds followed him
All were fat; and well they might
Be in admirable plight,
For one by one, and two by two,
He tossed them human hearts to chew
Which from his wide cloak he drew.
Carol Quigley is very good on the public opinion point in Tragedy and hope he says this.
Quigley’s words.p.232 tragedy and Hope.
´´but criticism should have been directed rather at the hypocrisy and lack
of realism in the ideals of the wartime propaganda and at the lack of honesty of the chief negotiators in carrying on the pretence that these ideals were still in effect while they violated them daily, and necessarily violated them. The settlements were clearly made by secret negotiations, by the Great Powers exclusively, and by power politics. They had to be. No settlements could ever have been made on any other bases. The failure of the chief negotiators (at least the Anglo-Americans) to admit this is regrettable, but behind their
reluctance to admit it is the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”
Agenda 2030, The Lies Based international Order, Idiocracy, Dumbed down discourse, the state indoctrination system.
Brexit and Trump.
The People do not like the Feudalist Turn of Oligarchical Collectivism. How many of the Bourgeoisie will keep taking the Soma and remain as the enablers of the Impossibly small number of people who have any sort of say?
Brexit cannot be taken out of the 20th Century Context which in turn has to be informed by the Victorian Imperial Empire of the 19th Century.
If one takes a LaRouchian viewpoint or a Tarpleyesque Black Nobility Venetian view of Empire, et al, Reading Tragedy and Hope makes that possible my preferred lens is a little known Book by Oscar Wilds Biographer Frank Harris.
roger January 3, 2016 at 10:27 am #
Elite theory is a fairly well-defined area with both Mitchells Iron Law of Oligarchy from 1911 and C Wright Mills Power Elite from 1954. There is a good body of work examining both Political and Democratic theory and the phenomena are nothing new going back to Plato.s Republic or if you follow lyndon larouche Aristotles Politics. What we are seeing is not new its just another spin on the age-old plot. Closer to 1914-1918 and the preceding 20 years than to 1929-1945 but both were prefixed with a large crisis in Capitalism.
I wrote this blog on The Iron Law of Oligarchy which references both Michels and Wright Mills and also has very good presentations from Andreas Popp and Webster Tarpley, Popp proposes Danistry for the Overclass but it isn´t any more complicated than the Power elite or Oligarchy. https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/iron-law-oligarchy-roger-lewis?trk=prof-post . Orwell is very relevant and his essay re assessing Mr Burnham is thought to be the inspiration behind 1984, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Thoughts_on_James_Burnham In 1984 the book which Winston is given by O´brien is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Theory_and_Practice_of_Oligarchical_Collectivism . One book which I have read recently is Frank Harriss Germany or England from 1915it re-examines Bismarks Germany from the late 1800´s and the English Oligarchy/Aristocracy vis the German Nobility it is a fascinating take on the tensions between two competing for Oligarchic systems not dissimilar to now and the ideas of if you are not with us you are against us.