The Likely Impact of the “Beer Belly Putsch” Reply

It’s only been a week so it’s still a bit early to fully assess what the long-term effects of the “Beer Belly Putsch” are going to be, but so far it’s looking like these will be among the outcomes.

  1. The legitimacy of the present state will be undermined. Nothing makes a state look weaker than a violent attack on its capital by a mob that manages to terrorize and humiliate the political class. Maintaining an appearance of strength and stability is fundamental to state legitimacy. January 6 was a case study in fourth-generation warfare where non-state actors managed to expose the weakness of a state.

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Cultural Revolutions and Farcical Insurrections w/ C. Derick Varn Reply

Listen here.

On this edition of Parallax Views, C. Derick Varn of Zero Books makes his triumphant return to the program by providing a history lesson on the idea that “politics is downstream from culture” from the idea of cultural hegemony by the Italian Communist thinker Antonio Gramsci to its usage today. In addition, we delve into the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters last week and attempt to tie together all the threads that lead us back to the “politics is downstream from culture” end of our conversation. Needless to say, this is an in-depth discussion that’s a tour-de-force of thoughtful historical information, political conversation, and current events that you won’t want to miss.

What’s Going on in the World Right Now Reply

US politics right now (and to some degree Western politics generally) seems to be kind of repeat of what happened in the 19th century when the rising industrial bourgeois was eclipsing the traditional royal, aristocratic, an clerical elites as the dominant class.
Right now we have this rising class of tech-oligarchs, financiers, hedge fund managers, media moguls, “bourgeoise bohemians,” “green energy,” etc that are replacing or challenging the old bourgeoisie of traditional heavy industry, banking, chambers of commerce, petroleum, agriculture, etc.

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Leftists Sell Out, Congratulating Billionaires for Fascist Depravity 1

As I have been predicting for 20 years. Big Tech is becoming a dominant faction of the ruling class (along with Big Finance and the always present BLOB). The professional managerial class has become the new clergy with totalitarian humanism as its ideology. Tech industry managers are the new Board of Censorship.

Kick the Puppy Season 2: EP 02 Reply

Keith, Emma & RJ

01/09/21 – Mob assault on the Capital, 5 dead, nice photo op, police weren’t prepared, political assassinations, most were peaceful, two-party existential crisis, American Democracy, the Five Crises of the American Regime, “why the wealthiest Americans should prepare for revolt against unprecedented inequality,” Rothbard on zipcodes, the McCloskeys, homes of McConnell and Pelosi vandalized over money, the UK denies Julian Assange’s extradition citing suicide risk, the mental and physical health of whistle blowers, why Winston Churchill started painting, RJ thinks solitary confinement is torture, Yale releases manual for psilocybin-assisted therapy, drugs and western civilization, More…

Capitol placed on lockdown, buildings evacuated amid protests 3

The Little League Falange wannabes make their move. I generally favor anti-system violence regardless of where it comes from or what foolish cause it’s attached to. Decades ago, I predicted that while the struggle against the US state/ruling class/power elite would cut across ordinary ideological, cultural, and class boundaries, the primary classes of interest would be the urban lumpenproletariat, de classes sectors, sinking middle, and rural “neo-peasants.” I also predicted the rise of a “rural lumpenproletariat” (e.g. gun nuts inclined towards conspiracy theories) and a “suburban lumpenproletariat” (basically rebellious youth from the privileged classes who are inclined toward violence). Here they are.

By Zack Budryk, Mike Lillis and Justine Coleman, The Hill

The U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday locked down the Capitol building and evacuated multiple congressional buildings amid increasingly violent protests outside.

Buildings being evacuated included the Library of Congress’s Madison Building across from the Capitol as well as the Cannon House office building. In an alert sent to Hill staffers, police ordered occupants of the Madison building to “move in a safe manner to the exists” and “close doors behind you but do not lock.”

Capitol police also told those in the Cannon House building to “take visitors, escape hoods, and Go Kits” and report to a tunnel connected to a nearby building.

A Capitol Police officer told a reporter, “If you want to go between the buildings, use the tunnels.”

Asked how long the lock-down might last, the officer said it will depend on the behavior of the protestors.

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The New York Times Is Now Officially Chinese Communist Propaganda Reply

The New York Times is and always has been, as Abbie Hoffman said, “the voice of the ruling class,” particularly the northeastern based financial elites who have always been the dominant sector of the US ruling class (and which has now merged with the tech elite). The WaPo is the voice of the CIA/Deep State (which has now also merged with the tech elite). So-called “conservatism” is a front movement for Sunbelt-based and/or midwestern industries that emerged in the postwar era like armaments, fossil fuels, and agribusiness (and which merged with the right-wing of the Israel lobby in the 1970s and 1980s). Of course, the New York Times is going to defend its benefactors’ sources of cheap labor and lucrative investments. The ruling class sectors behind “conservatism” tend to have a more negative view of China because the Chinese are viewed as competitors to their own businesses.

By David Marcus, The Federalist

The New York Times has a long, sordid history of being in bed with brutal authoritarian regimes. From Walter Duranty praising the goodness of the Soviet Union to the Times’ gentle treatment of Adolf Hitler, the paper of record is always on board with tyranny. The current generation of gatekeepers at the Gray Lady is no exception. In a shocking and sickening article this week, author Li Yuan celebrates Chinese “freedom.”

The article beams about how China has gotten its society back to normal after unleashing a deadly plague on the planet and lying about it. They eat in restaurants, they go to movies, and they are free from fear. They have the freedom to move around, the Times proclaims, assuring us this is the “most basic form of freedom.” Really? Do the 1 million Uighurs currently in concentration camps have “freedom of movement”? They must have been unavailable for comment, as they aren’t mentioned once in this advertisement for the Chinese Communist Party.

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Powell Memorandum, 1971 Reply

This is the Wikipedia description of the Powell Memorandum described in the Sam Sedar video in the post adjacent to this one. It is particularly interesting to compare the Powell Memorandum with the Dutton Strategy that was developed at precisely the same time. In many ways, Powell defined the future of “conservatism” while Dutton defined the future of “liberalism.” What we are seeing now is a convergence of the two in the form of the digital revolution, the rise of the tech-oligarchy, and the emergence of the new clerisy.

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On August 23, 1971, prior to accepting Nixon’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Powell was commissioned by his neighbor, Eugene B. Sydnor Jr., a close friend and education director of the US Chamber of Commerce, to write a confidential memorandum for the chamber entitled “Attack on the American Free Enterprise System,” an anti-Communist and anti-New Deal blueprint for conservative business interests to retake America.[14][15] It was based in part on Powell’s reaction to the work of activist Ralph Nader, whose 1965 exposé on General Motors, Unsafe at Any Speed, put a focus on the auto industry putting profit ahead of safety, which triggered the American consumer movement. Powell saw it as an undermining of the power of private business and an ostensible step towards socialism.[14] His experiences as a corporate lawyer and a director on the board of Phillip Morris from 1964 until his appointment to the Supreme Court made him a champion of the tobacco industry who railed against the growing scientific evidence linking smoking to cancer deaths.[14] He argued, unsuccessfully, that tobacco companies’ First Amendment rights were being infringed when news organizations were not giving credence to the cancer denials of the industry.[14]

The memo called for corporate America to become more aggressive in molding society’s thinking about business, government, politics and law in the US. It inspired wealthy heirs of earlier American industrialists such as Richard Mellon Scaife, the Earhart Foundation (whose money came from an oil fortune), and the Smith Richardson Foundation (from the cough medicine dynasty)[14] to use their private charitable foundations (which did not have to report their political activities) to join the Carthage Foundation (founded by Scaife in 1964)[14] to fund Powell’s vision of a pro-business, anti-socialist, minimally government-regulated America based on what he thought America had been in the heyday of early American industrialism, before the Great Depression and the rise of Franklin Roosevelt‘s New Deal.

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