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Neoliberalism or Populism: What's The Problem?

13-06-2018 12:02

First the neoliberal masters kill the peoples, then they blame them.

It is a rather cunning strategy that the neoliberal masters of the universe implement these decades: first they infiltrate all the Western political ‘left’, ‘middle’ and ‘labour’ parties with neoliberal ideology. Bill Clinton was most influential in this, with his election strategy of ‘Third Way’ politics and his motto ‘To end welfare as we know it’. Then Tony Blair (with the help of UK sociologist Anthony Giddens) further rationalized and made the strategy explicit with his ‘Third Way’. This was picked up by German social democrat Schröder, who won the leadership in Germany. It was even picked up by the Danish right wing ‘liberal’ party leader (the well known liar for Bush on Iraq and later NATO secretary) Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The ‘success’ of the Third Way made most politicians into ‘blairites’ no matter what country, we are talking about. And most countries have done nothing but neoliberal ‘reforms’ for decades now – AGAINST the people.

Next, as the people are being suppressed, arrogantly dismissed and made still poorer with still less welfare etc., what can the people do? Now, in this neoliberal atmosphere there are almost only ‘sane’ alternative political messages appealing to the people’s interests on the right wing. You know, critiques of the EU, messages that we cannot afford welfare because of all the immigrants and refugees etc. So, as many people realize that there is absolutely for sure no good future with the neoliberal parties, they put in their two pence and their vote for Brexit, Trump, populists in Italy etc.
The right wing and populist solutions are not always exactly true, to say the least. But the peoples' choices here are very understandable from a sociological point of view. Especially when you add that the peoples have received nothing true and objective information about the neoliberal political development, and about what causes it and how the neoliberal politicians have betrayed them for decades. The people have received nothing but neoliberal lies and propaganda to make them accept their own suppression.
And this, of course, does not stop now. So, instead of trying to understand the people and make sense of the political movement, as people move to the right and vote for 'populist' parties, the people are once more dismissed, suppressed and lied both to and about.

Today all the neoliberal establishments with all their well clothed politicians and fine words speaking academics in all the national and corporate controlled media go on and on shaming the people, as the people protest against the no-mercy neoliberal killing and suppression.
What are the establishments saying? They say that the people are becoming 'populistic' as they listen to non-establishment politicians; and that the people are becoming stupid and are misled as they listen to non-establishment information.

In short, the very well crafted rationalized message that the corporate masters of the universe and all their 'mitmachen' academic and journalistic lackeys want the world to absorb is that 'populism', 'non-establishment information' and 'the peoples' are the biggest problems today.

Who are we and what is the meaning of neoliberalism?

"The movement toward the neoliberal utopia of a pure and perfect market is made possible by the politics of financial deregulation. (..) .. the nation, whose space to manoeuvre continually decreases. In this way, a Darwinian world emerges - it is the struggle of all against all at all levels of the hierarchy, which finds support through everyone clinging to their job and organisation under conditions of insecurity, suffering, and stress." - Pierre Bourdieu, The Essence of Neoliberalism, 1998, Le Monde Diplomatique

"The state nobility, which preaches the withering away of the state and the undivided reign of the market and the consumer, the commercial substitute for the citizen, has kidnapped the state: it has made the public good a private good, has made the 'public thing', res publica, the Republic, its own thing. (..) The national states are undermined from outside by these financial forces, and they are undermined from inside by those who act as the accomplices of these financial forces, in other words, the financiers, bankers and finance ministry officials. I think that the dominated groups in society have an interest in defending the state, particularly in its social aspect." - Pierre Bourdieu, Acts of Resistance, 'Against the Destruction of a Civilization', 1998: 25

"One might say that in the headquarters of the corporations, whose collective interest is clearly reflected in American government policies, nostalgia has lingered on for the good old days of Hitler’s Third Reich, which was a paradise for German as well as American and other foreign firms: no left-wing parties, no unions, unlimited numbers of slave labourers, and an authoritarian state that provided the necessary discipline and arranged for an “armament boom” and eventually a war that brought “horizonless profits..." -Jacques Pauwels, Author Big Business and Hitler
"The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public; an act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East masquerading - as a last resort - all other justifications having failed to justify themselves - as liberation. A formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people.

We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'.

How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice. But Bush has been clever. He has not ratified the International Criminal Court of Justice. Therefore if any American soldier or for that matter politician finds himself in the dock Bush has warned that he will send in the marines. But Tony Blair has ratified the Court and is therefore available for prosecution. We can let the Court have his address if they're interested. It is Number 10, Downing Street, London. (...)
The United States now occupies 702 military installations throughout the world in 132 countries, with the honourable exception of Sweden, of course. We don't quite know how they got there but they are there all right.

The United States possesses 8,000 active and operational nuclear warheads. Two thousand are on hair trigger alert, ready to be launched with 15 minutes warning. It is developing new systems of nuclear force, known as bunker busters. The British, ever cooperative, are intending to replace their own nuclear missile, Trident. Who, I wonder, are they aiming at? Osama bin Laden? You? Me? Joe Dokes? China? Paris? Who knows? What we do know is that this infantile insanity - the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons - is at the heart of present American political philosophy. We must remind ourselves that the United States is on a permanent military footing and shows no sign of relaxing it.

Many thousands, if not millions, of people in the United States itself are demonstrably sickened, shamed and angered by their government's actions, but as things stand they are not a coherent political force - yet. But the anxiety, uncertainty and fear which we can see growing daily in the United States is unlikely to diminish. (...)
When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man." - Harold Pinter, 2005, Nobel Prize Lecture

Resistance: What to know and think?

"We are destroying our civilization because of a wrong economic thinking." - Warren Mosler
"95% of all declared 'progressives' are effectively operating in a neoliberal space." - Bill Mitchell
People should not believe any of the establishments' lies about economics, welfare or our wars for one more second. No matter how polite the words and how well dressed the establishment speakers may seem. Instead, people need to stick to the true intellectuals, who can show the true colours of our establishment people, as they are all nothing but ignorant and heartless neoliberal thugs dressed up as nice people.
We need to organize outside the established political parties or revolutionize them from the inside, if we are to destroy the neoliberal power grip. First step is to see the neoliberal plan and suppression for what it is: a plan to destroy our civilization as we know it. To destroy all Western civil, welfare and workers' rights and all realistic hope for a decent future for the peoples' children.
In short, we need to do away with our neoliberal establishments before they do away with us and the rest of the peoples of the world. This requires the spread of intellectual resources and knowledge. People need to know reality to be able to act most sensible.
People need to know about Pierre Bourdieu, Harold Pinter and Warren Mosler, who have the absolutely most crucial analyses of our social reality. Moreover, they agree on the diagnosis, namely that the US and the Western corporate masters are on their way to destroy our civilization. Of course, our establishments work to suppress the brilliant insights of all three. So, chances are that you don't even know about their analyses.
People may regard my blog post here to be both 'populistic' and 'alternative information'. So, I urge you to learn the stuff below, for yours and mine children and for their children:
Read Warren Mosler's incredibly important and well written economic treaty for laymen, which completely destroys the most powerful neoliberal dogmas as frauds (free pdf.): Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy, 2010, by Warren Mosler
Watch (and read the transcript) Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize Lecture explaining how it has been possible to make the Western people accept the past seventy years of US wars made upon lies and propaganda; as he explains that the Western establishments have always - consciously and unconsciously - supported and even defended the US lies and propaganda (the BBC did not air it): Harold Pinter - Nobel Lecture Art, Truth & Politics, 2005
People need to realize that the Western corporate power elites and their hired and mitmachen establishments, the media, the academics and the politicians generally bring them nothing true and good. These are not empty words, as the Western establishments are working on ways to ridicule, suppress and censor alternative information such as mine here as 'fake news'.
Please read and share this information everywhere
Yours sincerely
Lars Jorgensen, sociologist, Denmark