Government

The Political Spectrum Easily Explained (1)

 

The Political Spectrum Easily Explained (2)

 

What Is America And Why Is It Dying 

 

Five Critical symptoms of Decline (Kevin Phillips, American Theology)

  1. Widespread public concern over cultural and economic decay;
  2. Growing religious fervor, church-state relationship, or crusading insistence;
  3. Rising commitment to faith as opposed to reason and the downplaying of science;
  4. Popular anticipation of a millennial time frame, an epochal battle, emergence of the antichrist, or belief in an imminent second coming or Armageddon;
  5. Empire prone to hubris driving national strategic and military overreach, often pursuing abstract international missions that the nation can no longer afford, economically or politically, that leads to crushing national debt 

 

Obama Care and Mission Creep

America

America began with thirteen British colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard and until the mid 21st century, the United States was a federal constitutional republic comprised of fifty states and a federal district. That form of government ended when it failed to meet the requirements of a competitive global economy.

In the year 1776, facing great economic and personal adversity, a congress of great entrepreneurs met to issue a Declaration of Economic Independence which proclaimed their right to commercial freedom—trade without unreasonable tariffs and taxes, unburdened by the cost of Government. These great entrepreneurs marshaled the economic forces of the individual states into a great holding corporation that funded local farmers and sales clerks who became the foot soldiers for a new economy.

The combined force of men and money defeated their ruthless, socialist overlord, Great Britain, in a trade and shooting war that became known as the Revolutionary War. This was the first successful war for colonial commercial independence in economic history.

Once independent of the great socialist overlord King of England, these great American entrepreneurs that history names as the Founding Fathers, wrote a Constitution (see below) that incorporates the individual states into a single economic entity with a strong yet inexpensive central government that was designed to stimulate economic growth without growing costly or unwieldly.

This Constitution contained a Bill of Rights (see below) which is comprised of ten amendments advertising fundamental commercial and other rights to its citizens in order to purchase their loyalty until they were no longer needed. But even though facing continual economic and political pressure from global Socialism, the American system of governance provided great economic opportunity and evolved and grew through many difficult commercial periods until by the end of the First Republic, it stood as one of the great financial wonders of the world, a model for successful modern business practices with effective, cost saving use of laobor while adaping to rapidly with modern civilization.

“Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.” J. Gunther

“If America ever passes out as a great nation, we ought to put on our tombstone: America died from a delusion she had Moral Leadership.” W. Rogers

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” E.R. Murrow

“America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.” G. Steinem

“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense… human rights invented America.” J. Carter

“We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.” B. Maher

“No thoughtful person can question that the American Economic System is under broad attack…Corporate leaders must use an activist minded Supreme Court and other opportunities to shape social, economic, and political change to the advantage of Corporations. Strength lies in organization, in careful long-range planning and implementation and in consistency of action over an indefinite period of years.” Lewis Powell, corporate lawyer, member of a great many international corporate boards of Directors, Supreme Court Justice (1971).

 

History of the United States in Two Minutes


Fall of Rome vs. Failure of American Politics, Economy, Part 1

Fall of Rome vs. Failure of American Politics, Economy, Part 2

 

Autocracy

Autocracy is clearly the most efficient form of government to deliver long term success in a capitalist society. Political power is executed by a self-appointed ruler or ruling class whose responsibility is to the productive forces in the State.

The term autocrat was once synonymous with despot, tyrant and dictator, although each of these terms originally had a separate, distinct, and negative connotation but America stands for free markets and free markets are the opposite of totalitarian.

The negative conotation of Autocracy is derived from the military dictatorships that often form from the “collectives” of Socialist economies such as in a South American junta. In today’s America, highly independent corporate interests performing to excel in free markets are too powerful to be commanded.

Autocracy became necessary in America after various attempts at two party democratic rule failed with the lack of short and long term decision making impeding American corporations in global ecomomic competition. The cost of two to four year policy changes and continuous stalemate caused the American economy to suffer long and deep recessions that demoralized entrepreneurs and forced many to re-incorporate in greener pastures.

Deeply disjointed political inconsistency so destroyed confidence in the economy that, over years, the Republican Party altered the Republic leading the way to Autocracy which, ever since, has become the ideal foundation for managing America’s economy.

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a face forever.” G. Orwell

“In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are opposite of goodness such as pride, cunning, and cruelty.” L Tolstoi

Bureaucracy

Also called the “Beast”. The collective organizational structure, procedures, protocols, and set of regulations in place required to manage activity. It usually occurs in large inefficient organizations, primarily government.

Different from an adhocracy, bureaucracy is represented by standardized procedures (rule-following) that guide the execution of most or all processes without requiring thought or consideration. It requires formal divisions of limited powers; deep and confusing hierarchies; and shadow relationships intended to anticipate needs and improve efficiency only for those in the know.

A bureaucracy can’t create policy; that is above its grade level. Law, policy, and regulation normally originate from leadership, which in moments of weakness or frustration create the bureaucracy to manage the practice, the interpretation and execution of policy, etc… This leads to bureaucracies having informal and not insignificant influence even though its members are directly responsible to the leadership that created it such as the government executive or a board of directors.

A bureaucracy is where the career unproductive go to die. In a bureaucracy, individuals interface with authority rather than directly with leadership and that builds barriers that interfere with consumers. The larger the organization, the greater the distance from true leadership and the more obscure its operational purpose. Oftentimes, this distance is intentional. Much of the political bickering that occurred between political parties before representative democracy’s demise was over the size and make-up of the bureaucracy.

After the passage of President Crelli’s Circle of Life programs (or pogroms) the American government bureaucracy was dismantled (Including the elimination of the Internal Revenue Service, which was hostile to economic growth and a major and continual point of contention between the two Political Parties). By definition, reducing overhead forced Government to become more efficient and effective and that alone increased America’s competitive juices that were no longer burdened by overhead and sloth.

The demise of the bureaucratic American government created the great Golden Age that was named for President Crelli, the great hero who was responsible for everything.

“Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.” M. McCarthy

“You will never understand bureaucracy until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.” T. Sowell

“The larger the state, the more callous it becomes, the colder its heart. It is also true that the bigger corporation, the more callous its heart but unlike the state, corporations have competitors and have no police powers.” D Prager

Conservative

A political attitude and philosophy that advocates traditional practices which have developed organically within a nation or enterprise over time. The emphasis of conservatism is a focus on stability and continuity. The term conservatism often refers to the school of thought based on British politician Edmund Burke who wrote against the excesses of mob rule typical in democratic and socialist leaning societies.

“The philosophy of conservatism complements the practices of free markets best.”   Barry Goldwater, a True Conservative Republican

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” M. Baker

“Conservative-noun. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils as distinguished from a liberal who wishes to replace them with others.” A. Bierce

“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.” H. Arendt

“The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, conservatives adopt them.” M. Twain

Barry Goldwater, A True Conservative

Michael Steele Outlines Conservative Republican Ideas  


Dictatorship

An autocratic form of government similar to a corporation and ruled by an individual, the dictator, oftentimes without hereditary ascension. With a businessman in charge, respectful of free markets, this form of government has been proven to be particularly well suited to capitalist societies and with a military despot, Socialist economies have been viable.

The Great Dictator  

Economic Democracy

Because delusion is critical to the success of Socialist efforts, many terms are used to describe socialism. Economic Democracy is just another term for a Socialist philosophy. This is a form of unbridled democracy that requires the transfer of decision-making power from a narrow group of highly trained and competent motivated entrepreneurs who understand what is best for the economy, the nation and its Conducers to a group of incompetent do-gooders whose policies invariably destroy economies.

Economic Democracy posits that worker interests are superior to those of the entrepreneur even though workers are notoriously light and scattered thinkers with drug addled short and long term memory loss that forces them to concentrate on short term goals. There is a great tendency among workers to be selfish and put their families and communities over country.

Every country run democratically has turned to autocracy to save their economy. Every socialist economy has failed miserably, succeeding only after the nation commits to capitalism.

Of all the great achievement of free markets, the greatest is everlasting life, a glorious accomplishment that man never could have even funded much less achieved if economic democracy had held sway in America (see Socialism). WIth its bureaucratic inefficiency, Economic democracy has no chance. Too soon, it stifles economies and eventually drives its successful citizens to lose faith in the economy forcing a requirement to subcontract to professionals to deliver rather than allowing markets to function naturally.

From the beginning of the American Republic, landed interests, bankers, financial interests and then corporate interests were forced to undermine the process of Economic Democracy so the people truly never had a chance. In the election of 2032, the American majority, moderate by nature, finally gave up and gave in to the greed and glory of capitalism. This fortuitous event ended happily for those who survived.

Federalism

The American system of the First Republic in which sovereignty was constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units (like states ) creating a vast bureaucracy. Such as it was, the power to govern was shared between national and state governments. This was the structure of the United States until global free market capitalism required a better system of government.

Fred on Federalism

Government

A political entity or organization which has the authority to make and enforce rules, laws and regulations. The only purpose of government is to provide an environment that allows capital to flow unimpeded and commercial interests to thrive.

Whenever a government over steps those bounds (as in the England before the American Revolution and the Magna Carta and America at the end of the First Republic), it is incumbent upon entrepreneurs to exercise their economic power to remove said government’s charter and reconstitute government as a business friendly ally.

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Aesop

“What Washington needs is adult supervision.” B. Obama

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” E.R. Murrow

“The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.” F.D. Roosevelt

“It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” H. Humphrey

“It may be true that the government that governs best governs least. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the government that governs worst.” J. Auer

 “I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them, but to inform them by education.” T. Jefferson

“Business can now provide the protection and the services we need so we need no government.” A. Crelli

Lobbyists

In the perverse days of the First Republic bureaucracy, to insure that government did not interfere in our free market decisions; lobbyists were appointed as watch dogs to Congress to insure that only business appropriate legislation was passed and that it was written and interpreted correctly. Lobbyists were highly trained and paid consultants who, in concert with entrepreneurs, took the lead in trying to improve the business environment in a democratic political system.

“Those who do not know the plans of competitors cannot prepare alliances. Those who do not know the lay of the land cannot maneuver their forces. Those who do not use local guides cannot take advantage of the ground.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Lawrence Lessig: Corrupt Congress a Farm League for K Street

How it Happens – Lobbyists

Facts of Congress – Lobbyists

 

Meritocracy

A viable form of government that ensures that opportunities, responsibilities and rewards are assigned based upon demonstrated talent and ability (merit). Society rewards for results via wealth, position, and social status those who show talent and competence against a norm society sets as requirements.

Political Parties

In the American Republic Parties played a critical role espousing an expressed ideology or vision bolstered by a written platform with specific goals and by forming coalitions among similarly disposed interests in order to accumulate enough votes to control legislation for the commercial interests that supported them. Once a Party was in control of government its members received instructions directly from lobbyists and other Corporate interests for the purpose of administering businesses requirements.

A politician’s role was to offer and pass necessary laws to create an environment in which corporations can remain competitive while insuring that they obtained enough votes from the general population to remain in office and in the indirect employ of corporations. Once support for an incumbant politican waned, either from corporations or the general electorate, new politicians were elected—thus the apparent miracle of representative democracy.

“Under Democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed and are right.” H. L. Mencken

“Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it’s the rule.” F. Nietzsche

Monty Python’s Argument Clinic

 

Politics

A process by which surrogates for corporations form groups to gain control of the engines of government so as to improve the economy or the rules of engagement defined as the marketplace.

“Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.” B. Moyer

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” G. Marx

“The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.” J. Carter

Richard Jeni – A Big Steaming Pile of Me Clip

 

President of the United States

Historically, Presidents were the most powerful politicians in America but after the Crelli political revolution, the American economy was better served with a board of directors led by a Chairman who could only be removed by majority vote of the board that was never formed.

“Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he’ll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.” D. Broder

“As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” M. Van Buren

“I began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency and that if the cancer was not removed the president himself would be killed by it.” J. Dean

“I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You’ve got to just stand there and take it.” L. B. Johnson

“I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.” D. D. Eisenhower    

1961 President Eisenhower Warns the Nation.   (And why did a President wait until AFTER he was President to warn the nation?)

1979 Presidential Speech, Jimmy Carter (1979! for God’s sake) Part 1

1979 Presidential Speech, Jimmy Carter (1979! for God’s sake) Part 2

1979 Presidential Speech, Jimmy Carter (1979! for God’s sake) Part 3  

 

Propaganda

An exacting form of communication aimed at influencing the attitudes of a community toward some cause, position, or outcome. In capitalism, it is the most intense form of religious proselytizing with the ability to acquire and maintain loyal consumers for any imaginable brand. (Even the pogroms under Circle of Life legislation had fan clubs!) Free market economies depend on perfect information for the buyer and seller. Propaganda provides a necessary degree of difficulty.

As advertising and commercials, propaganda has always been a most effective form of deceit—and it is lawful. Rules for its limits are covered in the Pursuit of Deceit law (2036) which recognized that in our competitive world, effective communication is essential to profits and for that reason lies in pursuit of competition must be permissable.

When lies with the sole purpose of moving products or services, changing beliefs, preferences, and actions, are aimed at interested communities  often times without the awareness of the target audience and often toward some cause or position the target audience may not agree with or might not even want to support or would never consider otherwise without propaganda, this is deemed sinful in a Capitalist world and punished accordingly.

To the economically discerning, carefully fabricated propaganda effectively and selectively misrepresents facts and realities in order to move the populous herd toward a chosen economic goal. Propaganda uses messaging effetively to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented with attitude change as the desired result, the more believeable, the more productive.

To the less economically discerning, Propaganda is entertainment and in that way, it satisfies while coercing the shopping impulse. When it is not possible to sell a product or service on its merit, shareholders have the right to insist on effective propaganda or the purveyor of that good or service must retreat from that marketplace.

Deluding the public for commercial gain is essential if one is to acquire the wealth necessary to live forever. WIthout this valuable tool, a true capitalist is doomed to a finite long term strategy.

In Nazi Germany in the mid twentieth century, the National Socialist Director of Information, Joseph Goebbels, introduced what was then the highest form of effective propaganda. He needed it to sell a socialist and bestial Nazi brand. Because of Herr Goebbels success; business communities throughout the world have spent the time since 1945 trying to perfect propaganda. Because of those efforts Propaganda is now a science with predictable results.

In the modern era, now more than ever, the time honored phrase Caveat Emptor holds sway. It is for Conducers who part with their wealth to figure it all out.

In 2015, the A.J. Drexel Institute in Philadelphia opened the first bipartisan College of Propaganda, dedicated to educate the next generation of American patriots in the science of monetizing preferences. In 2033, President Andrew Crelli funded a national chain of Institutes of Propaganda to broaden the capabilitiy of corporations

“The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” A. Carey

“Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.” R. M. Brown

What is Propaganda?

How Politicians and the Media Misrepresent the Public

Legalized Corruption: Mass-media and the Politicians

The Corporation [11/23] Basic Training

 

Totalitarian

Totalitarianism is generally characterized by the coincidence of authoritarianism (i.e., where ordinary citizens have no significant share in state decision-making) and ideology.

Unlike the old style, heavy-handed Stalin/Mao-like leadership principles, today’s totalitarian disciplines demonstrate more long term economic benefits for society and corporations in a new capitalist business model.

Where the State is under the control of a single political organization, faction, or is class dominated, it recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Leadership in this environment must be sensitive to the needs of corporations and function in their best interest.

Totalitarian regimes or movements are able to maintain themselves in political power by means of an official all-embracing ideology and propaganda disseminated through controlled mass media and a single party but more often multiple parties acting in concert to control the state. As long as business interests are rewareded, the rule is successful. Normally, this form of government can be depicted as a personality cult that has total control over the economy, one that regulates and restricts free discussion and criticism, and the widespread use of perpetual surveillance and war footing to prevent unidentified terrorism. In so many ways, it parallels the normal corporate management structure.

In the modern world, totalitarian leadership is the preferred method of government in a free market economy because totalitarian leaders and entrepreneurs have the same goals as their corporate counterparts so there is great incentive for cooperation in order to create the best possible economic environment for generating profits.

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What is the Joad Cycle

The Joad Cycle is a series of dystopian speculative fiction novels set in our America from 2032-2084 after a Constitutional Coup has brought to power an extreme Right Wing, Christian, Libertarian Entrepreneur who is the leader of the new Entrepreneur Party. In this America, business interests rule, government has been marginalized. and the poor and the middle class no longer exist, the result of a massive economic genocide. To survive, every citizen lives to create wealth and should living cost more than they can generate in value to the economy, they are executed. Mostly, this is an Anti-capitalist Love Story.

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This site is mostly fictional and it supports the novels, providing backstory and additional related short stories that take place within the world of the Joad Cycle.

The site offers a Blog and Journal from the perspective of one main character, the hero of the first book, The Golden Rule . This character, Bernie Rosenthal who is very liberal politically, works as Chief Financial Officer for U.S. Angs, a multinational multibillion dollar private corporation owned by Tom Gorman and Tom Morgan, the Toms, who represent ultra Conservative Koch brother types. Bernie is humbled by the tyrannical Toms during the day and finds a release journaling his job frustration. Meanwhile, Bernie's future self, Berne Thau, adds to the blog entries with his perspective, more than 30 years in the future, after money, greed, and the Right Wing revolution end the American Republic .

We are living in trying times. According to Berne Thau, they will get much more difficult.

Why this curmudgeon wrote this story

Every generation, parents tell their children that life was better back when they were young… and the children always scoff.

But now that I have qualified to pass judgment on that age-old warning, now that I’ve been both young and old, I have come to realize that the old have it right and children scoff at their peril though in the ways that American society has been taught to measures success, every generation since maybe the turn of the twentieth century anyway, has had it better.

But with age, and career experience, I have learned that those ways are deceptive and worse, they are wrong. Success is measured based on wealth, conveniences, and life expectancy issues when it should be evaluated on what we hope to be as individuals and what we become as people—the expectancy of life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been successful enough. For most of my baby boomer life I was comfortable middle class interspersed with a few years of unfortunate decline towards impoverishment, never quite getting there before bootstrapping back to comfort.

For a time, I was a certified member of the 1%—in income though not in wealth. The 1% is a class of people who rule their part of the world and have a lot of confidence that somebody they know rules the rest of it. I wasn’t a one-percenter for many years, but it was a good life until my associations made me believe that I just didn’t want it anymore. I apologize to my family for what I had become and these novels are my penance.

People congratulated me for the success I’d earned as if those less and least successful earned that lack as well. And with the memory of a manufacturing facility in a small, rural, one-employer town in out-of-the-way Northern Maine near the Canadian border closed to improve a bottom line somewhere else, with an American town murdered for earnings per share, I signed off and began to write the The Joad Cycle.

In my research, I came to fear for my family that grew from the narrowest and shallowest possible family tree to three generations deep and two wide. My family is important and so I wrote these novels for them, for their future, for what I dread we have taken from them and will continue to take, long after we are dead.

I live in the Midwest and my friends are good people and I value them. They are conservative and most are Christians and somehow, we argue over unions as if union members aren’t patriotic Americans, too, and besides, what is to be gained by condemning workers in a country of workers. And we disagree on the poor? Social Safety Nets may not be working as well as they could (But how would we know if these Safety Nets are working? It is not as if some brave politician will stand up and precisely define what a win looks like in the freest, richest country in the history of history—and seriously, doesn’t free-form Capitalism deserve the bulk of the blame with its all-encompassing goal of creating winning humans and losing humans).

And discussions on life and death with my conservative friends, life at the very beginning and the very end, and guns and gods…forget about it. But unlike politicians and the media, we are friends so we work around the discomfort and the dislike for the greater good.

My friends are the current version of the salt of the earth and all of us abide by family values above all, even if we can’t agree on them. Good people like us accept a society where too many of our children are handled by strangers during the critical formative years. And in the twilight years too many parents and grandparents are handled by strangers until their money runs out, like sand in an hourglass, their lives extended only so far as Government security or private insurance will grant.

And when Americans finally expire after insufferable pain and embarrassment and to the sighs of sad but relieved loved ones, it reveals the immaturity of the vast majority of the American people who won’t resolve; once and for all, when God’s reason ends life and so they leave that to for-profit resolution. Can’t it just be in the fading twinkle of an ancient woman’s eyes?

But all of this pales to the legacy of GREED! Greed, that race for wealth that is ingrained in us all from television at a too early age that drives us to become economically viable so that with something extra in our paychecks at the end of the week, we can indulge ourselves with gifts, with palliatives, to relieve the pain and discomfort that we feel for doing what we must do to earn what wealth we cab. Greed is the satisfying of artificial and constant cravings.

And those who are considered the best of us, majority stockholders, officers of corporations, politicians, and celebrities all at the top of their respective food chains, they earn their way into the 1% and possessing this true wealth, they gift themselves truly extraordinary palliatives in order to compensate for something deeply unsatisfying within that was once more human, what they lost in the dog-eat-dog world that we all live in.

This is the world that we pass on to our children and our grandchildren. This world is what will own them someday like it owns us today. They are truly greed’s legacy. That too is the basis for my cautionary tale of America’s future, The Joad Cycle.

But I still idealize my youth. I remember what it felt like when I was a boy and so I wrote a grand love story, too.

 

Gary Levey

05/01/2012