The Jabberwockies are mad, and their hidden aims are even madder: is the well-meaning 1 in 8 Resistance equipped defeat them? The Slog investigates.
“Nature rejects the monarch, not the man; The subject, not the citizen; for kings And subjects, mutual foes, forever play A losing game into each other’s hands, Whose stakes are vice and misery. The man Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Power, like a desolating pestilence, Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience, Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame A mechanized automaton. Nature! -no! Kings, priests and statesmen blast the human flower Even in its tender bud; their influence darts Like subtle poison through the bloodless veins Of desolate society. The child, Ere he can lisp his mother’s sacred name, Swells with the unnatural pride of crime, and lifts His baby-sword even in a hero’s mood. This infant arm becomes the bloodiest scourge Of devastated earth; whilst specious names, Learnt in soft childhood’s unsuspecting hour, Serve as the sophisms with which manhood dims Bright reason’s ray and sanctifies the sword Upraised to shed a brother’s innocent blood. Let priest-led slaves cease to proclaim that man Inherits vice and misery, when force And falsehood hang even o’er the cradled babe, Stifling with rudest grasp all natural good. 44 1v ‘War is the statesman’s game, the priest’s delight, The lawyer’s jest, the hired assassin’s trade, And to those royal murderers whose mean thrones Are bought by crimes of treachery and gore, The bread they eat, the staff on which they lean. Guards, garbed in blood-red livery, surround Their palaces, participate the crimes That force defends and from a nation’s rage Secures the crown, which all the curses reach That famine, frenzy, woe and penury breathe. These are the hired bravos who defend The tyrant’s throne -the bullies of his fear; These are the sinks and channels of worst vice, The refuse of society, the dregs Of all that is most vile”;
Shelly, Queen Mab.
9/11 AND THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY
The project for the new American century continues apace.
Spartan Ephors of prudence pass judgement on all and stand above and astride the law. #CovidPurpose #Conquestof Dough
Great piece I do like your at the end of the day strolls in the evening dusk.
I spent more time than I should have watching the original 1980 TV film of Brave New World and the 2020 series which was cancelled after one season and was not popular with the critics but which I felt was actually pretty good, 1980’s effort was though better I think.
Conclusion: The Expulsion of People and the Incorporation of Terrain The potential for global replication of the financial innovation that destroyed 15 million plus households in the US, therewith devastating whole neighborhoods is the systemic equivalent, albeit on a much smaller scale, of the global South countries devastated by an imposed debt and debt servicing regime which took priority over all other state expenditures. These are two manifestations of a systemic deepening of advanced capitalism, one marked by its potential to spread globally and the other marked by its full enactment in the global South. Both cases can be seen as part of a much larger process of financial deepening, one of today’s major dynamics characterizing advanced capitalist economies. Financial deepening requires specific mechanisms, which can be extremely complex, as in the case of the type of subprime mortgage examined in this article, or they can be quite elementary, as in the debt servicing regime that took off in the 1990s. I examine these two cases through a specific lens: the transformative processes that expand the base of current advanced capitalism. Particular attention went to the assemblages of specific processes, institutions, and logics that get mobilized in this systemic transformation/expansion/consolidation. One way of thinking of this systemic deepening is as the expansion of the operational space for advanced capitalism—it expels people both in the global South and in the North even as it incorporates spaces. The devastated economies of the global South subjected to a full decade or two of debt servicing, are now being incorporated into the circuits of advanced capitalism through the accelerated acquisition of millions of hectares of land by foreign investors—to grow food and extract water and minerals, all for the capital investing countries.
This also holds for such a radically different instance as the sub-prime mortgage crisis, a largely global North dynamic. I see the sub-prime mortgage as extending the domain for high finance but ina way that delinks the financial circuit from the actual material entity that is the house, and hence from the neighborhood, and from the people who got the mortgage. All of these materialities are excluded from this type of articulation with high-finance—which means that the devastated neighborhoods are expelled from what are, strictly speaking, also traditional circuits of capital. It is akin to wanting only the horns of the rhino, and throwing away the rest of the animal, devaluing it, no matter its multiple utilities. Or using the human body to harvest some organs, and seeing no value in all the other organs, let alone the full human being—it can all be discarded.
But unlike the clear realignments we see in vast stretches of the global South, it is not clear how these devastated urban spaces in the global North will be incorporated into the circuits of advanced capitalism. This systemic shift signals that the sharp increase in displaced peoples, in poverty, in deaths from curable illnesses, are part of this new phase. Key features of primitive accumulation are at work, but to see this it is critical to go beyond logics of extraction and to recognize the fact of systemic transformation, with its system-changing practices and projects—the expulsion of people that transforms space back to territory, with its diverse potentials.
In Short Orwell’s most relevant work is perhaps this.
“Not Counting Niggers” https://www.orwell.ru/library/articles/niggers/
I think the old internet dictum , don’t feed the trolls it merely encourages them. Applies very well here to a self styled elite who are elite in little else other than stroking their own and each others EGO’s