The Pitiless Political Elites Who Rule Us

Mick Hall has a go at the ruling elites. Mick Hall is a Marxist blogger @ Organized Rage.

  • The Pitiless Political Elites Who Rule Us Are Demented Fantasists, Members Of A Fanatical Economic Cult.

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One of the more obvious examples of the mainstream media's (MSM) distortion of the facts is the way they insist on claiming the Cameronite Tory Party occupies the centre ground politically. Nothing could be further from the truth. To understand this, one only has to witness their policies in action, privatisation of sections of NHS, settling international differences with gun boat diplomacy, anti trade union legislation, and a limitation of personal freedoms and much much more. Even Mrs Thatcher didn't claim she was on the centre ground, indeed the very thought of it appalled her. Yet the policies of the current government are well to the right of that dreadful woman.

Of course it is not only homegrown neo liberals who are portrayed in this way, the EU Troika behave like demented fantasists making ever more obscene demands of the Greek people which are clearly designed to drive Greece out of the Euro group of nations if not the EU. As George Monbiot wrote: "They are votaries of a fanatical economic cult."

Yet within the UK and across Europe they're portrayed in the MSM as men and women of the centre ground.

Pray tell how is driving a sister EU nation into bankruptcy and penury being on the centre ground, such behaviour is that of neo liberal Nazism not the modern conservatism which was first put into practice by Adenauer and Macmillan.

Whether they're prime ministers, presidents, media barons or columnists, banksters, academics, or business people, they all sing from the same neo liberal song sheet. And like all cult members they have a common purpose from which they cannot divert. Yet in this case if they achieve their aims it will not be them who are forced to drink the Kool Aid, but the Greek people.

Two recent examples highlight this cult like behaviour: on 18th of June Christine Lagarde said about the negotiations with Tsipras it would help if there were more adults in the room. Within days across the EU neo liberal politicians were using similar language and not only about Syriza. Last Wednesday Harriet Harman MP, the ineffective stand-in LP leader responding to George Osborne's Budget said her party "would be 'adult' about whether to oppose sections of the budget." As I wrote above like all fanatics the neo liberals all sing from the same song sheet.

The second example was in many ways even more revealing, shortly after Osborne finished his budget speech the BBC numbers crunchers started analysing it. The panel of economic and political correspondents agreed that Osborne's so called living wage was nothing more than a raise in the minimum wage. And the Beeb continued to take this tack for the next few hours. However by the Six O'clock News and subsequent broadcasts, including Newsnight, Osbourne's sleight of hand had become the actual
"The Living Wage." *

Despite their own journalists and economic experts having pointed out earlier that day without the tax credits which Osborne had just cut, the living wage would have to be raised from it current level of £9.15 to £11.65 in London. Whereas all Osborne offered was £7. 50 next year raising to £9.00 by 2020, which is about where the minimum wage would have been had it not been abolished.

In reality what the crooked shyster will have achieved with the MSM's help is to set in the public mind a living wage, which is in reality unlivable. His so called living wage will become part of the common sense of the age, it will be positioned in the centre ground.

Far from the only adults in the room as the wretched head of the IMF Christine Lagarde claimed of the EU Troika, they are demented fantasists, votaries of a fanatical economic cult called neo liberalism.

Their mantra is take from the poor to give to the rich. They intend to create a low wage economy for the majority, based on a sweat shop mentality while they continue to suck heartily on Capital's teat. Why else with their vicious attack on the under 25s would they wish to acclimatise our young people to a life with so little hope?

The question is how can we defeat this obscene cult?  Scottish comedian and writer Frankie Boyle had this to say:

It’s important not to respond with our own projection and imagine humanity in people who feel none. Your ruling class don’t care about what happens to you. What seems like some enormous upset in your community is undetectable from a helicopter or a speeding motorcade. They are pitiless. Sitting down and trying to make a moral argument against austerity to our elites is like addressing global warming by opening negotiations with the sea. They don’t care about things like education. They feel there needs to be enough provision so that prostitutes are numerate enough to find hotel rooms, and that’s it.
The Tories are obviously attuned to word choice, which is why they gave us a couple of months’ notice of their emergency budget. So why do they feel so sanguine about the ubiquity of “austerity”? This isn’t austerity; it’s a transfer of assets from public to private ownership. One of the main advantages of the word “austerity” is that it suggests a gradual process, when, in reality, we are caught under the wheels of a chariot.
We live in a society that doesn’t even care to address the fact that the planet is dying. Establishment attitudes cover a narrow spectrum from survival being less important than growth to climate change being a hoax. Suggesting what? That the crafty international scientific community has got together to talk down the value of beachfront property? This is a budget that will result in people with disabilities dying, not as an unfortunate side-effect, but as a direct consequence of a system that is empirically indifferent to life. Indeed!

Frankie is spot on, so why do we keep trying to appeal to their better selves when they do not have one, they cut welfare benefits because they want too, its part of their dogma, deficit reduction is a smokescreen, they know it, and by now the whole nation should also know it. If their aim was to reduce the deficit they could have done so in a hundred differing ways, not one of which would have caused the hardship and want of austerity.

These people totally lack empathy with the overwhelming majority of their fellow citizens, how else can you describe their wretched behaviour? Cameron, Osborne, Duncan Smith and the like do not consider the pain they inflict on others; nor do they give any credence to their victims perceptions.

They simply do not care about thoughts and feelings that conflict with their own.

The writer Simon Baron Cohen wrote:
Empathy is our ability to identify what someone else is thinking or feeling, and to respond to their thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion.
Instead of seeing the hurt and hardships people faced when the Bedroom tax was introduced and welfare benefits were cut, Osborne and other Tory ministers organised a campaign which blackened their victims as scroungers, parasites and fraudsters. Not an ounce of sympathy did they express towards their victims, even when they died due to having their sickness benefits cut.  Indeed it was they who demanded our sympathy for the hard choices they were allegedly forced to make.

Cameron and his government ministers see others as mere objects to be used and manipulated for their own desires and fanatical beliefs. Thus there is little point in appealing to their better nature nor trying to persuade them to do the right thing because the only right thing for them is self interest.

Thus it's hardly surprising one of the first things Cameron did after being returned to office on May 7 was to devise a plan to legalise fox hunting by the back door.

Barbarians every one of them.

Mick Hall

* Like within all cults the 'word' takes time to reach the foot soldiers

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1 comment to ''The Pitiless Political Elites Who Rule Us "

  1. Excellent piece that Mick. Frankie Boyle is spot on as you say, these fascists and make no bones about it, they are fascists are trying to exercise ultimate control of the masses by systematic imprisonment through "quality of life sanctions" ie enhanced poverty via so called austerity.

    Benito Mussolini once quoted that "Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power".

    Noam Chomsky: "Austerity is just a fancy word for class war".

    I do not watch a lot of TV, and feel a better man for it as well, as I am not being constantly bombarded through the pursuit that consumption is somewhat natural and good. However, has anyone else noticed the media from all channels framing the whole austerity and people on benefits as the dregs of society. I find it absolutely disgusting the whole neo liberal agenda of perception building that people on income support, the vulnerable or the disabled are in some way sponging of society.

    The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfill this role requires systematic propaganda.

    This misinformation is just another tool in control of perceptions, Paul Goebbels the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany would be proud to call his own.


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