I can not for the moment find the link but to paraphrase from the Climate Gate e-mail leak scandal.
“”The internet has provided all people with the means to exchange information with each other , and to ask each other for confirmation of various events or facts, Unfortunately, they do””
(Note, This site also speaks to federated Blogs and getting noticed, I found it in an earlier linked in post. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/grub-street-journal-roger-lewis/ )
I am one of those who thinks that democracy is being destroyed. I know its fashionable to play cynical one-upmanship and say – ‘we’ve never had democracy’, or, ‘it was destroyed long ago’, but that game aside, I think its worth actually thinking about how, many forms of democratic expression, effective dissent and peaceful self-determination are being buried.
In “The Next Crisis” I argued that the Global Over-Class have decided that Democracy is a threat to their wealth and power and have more than likely given some thought to how best to neuter it while appearing to do no such thing. I suggested they would wish to keep the outward form of democracy, so as to keep us reassured and entertained, but remove any substance from it, leaving us with an empty but colourful stage show.
In part two of the series, I offered a list of the various ways this could be done (a sort of manifesto for the Over Class or, as I have called them elsewhere, The Disloyal and noted how many of those things were clearly already underway.
For example item three of the manifesto said,
3) professionalized Governance. Democracy can be and must be neutered, and an effective way of doing this is to insist that amateur, elected officials MUST take the advice of professional (read corporate) advisors. Expand current law to enforce this.
If this seems monstrous now, their argument, I suspect, will be that in an increasingly crowded, interconnected and globalised world we can no longer leave critically important decisions in the hands of the uneducated, in-expert and amateur. We must, of course, still be free to choose but must, from now on, be helped to choose ‘wisely’. And how can we choose wisely if we aren’t given wise choices to choose from? Oh, the Orwellian beauty of it! No prizes for guessing who will decide what is and what is not wise.
797 Responses !! to Re-branding Dissent
One of many prescient articles written by David Malone on the Golem XIV Blog.
The Natural Order of Money and Why Abstract Currencies Fail — A critical review
An article published by Roy Sebag (“RS”) this past March with the above captioned title was recently brought to my attention in the course of an interesting “conversation” on Twitter, which actually included a well-known anthropologist, some crypto people, and some “gold-bugs” inter alia. In this essay, my first on Medium, I shall argue RS fails to properly describe “the Natural Order of Money” with an undisguised attempt to perpetuate a long-ago discredited “intrinsic” value theory.
The Crack Pipe produced the following, culminating in the Grub Street Journal.
USURY HELL´S FUEL MANS OPPRESSOR
BOURGOISE RESOLUTION AND
GLOBALISATION UN ENTANGLED.
A reading of The First Draft of Chapter 5 Conquest of Dough. Chapters 1 – 4 will be found on the Web Site at this link. http://theconquestofdough.weebly.com/