Political Systems

The Primal Forces of Nature (From the Motion Picture Network)  Video unavailable due to copyright issues. It’s still GREAT though!

You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won’t have it, is that clear?! You think you have merely stopped a business deal — that is not the case! The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back. It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity, it is ecological balance! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations! There are no peoples! There are no Russians. There are no Arabs! There are no third worlds! There is no West! There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars! Petro-dollars, Electro-dollars, Multi-dollars, Reichmarks, Rubles, Yen, [he actually says “Ren”] Pounds and Shekels! It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet! That is the natural order of things today! That is the atomic, subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And you have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and you will atone! Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?

We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a collage of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale! It has been since man crawled out of the slime, and our children, Mr. Beale, will live to see that perfect world in which there is no war and famine, oppression and brutality — one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused. And I have chosen you to preach this evangel, Mr. Beale.

             Beale: Why me?

            Jensen: Because you’re on television, dummy. Sixty million people watch you every night of the week, Monday through Friday.

Anarchy

The brief absence of leadership and control and the resultant state of lawlessness. Commerce abhors a vacuum and chaos created by Anarchy jeopardizes wealth accumulation affecting the long term interests of Conducer while creating a larger Waster class. Employment opportunities tend to disappear and capital is hoarded and invested in more secure economies, adding to the burden of those without significant estates.

In addition, security forces concerned with their own short and long term economic interests and security seek those who can afford to pay for security (the entrepreneur, the capitalist) and thus the Conducer population becomes defenseless victims who are unable to protect their assets.

As soon as capitalist leadership is restored and infrastructure is set right, everything goes back to normal and the perpetrators of the chaos are exterminated. Because Anarchy is an unnatural condition, few truly benefit from it and that is why it is both rare and brief.

In past times authors have waxed romantic, considering Anarchy a period when disaffected individuals feeling oppressed can exercise irrational freedom in a vain attempt to throw off imaginery shackels. In modern times, these imagined times of Anarchy are often used to identify troublemakers and eliminate them.

Some experts Anarchy is a necessary part of a management’s continuous improvement program, that in a more controlled form, it is reengineering. Nothing can be farther from the truth. In the absence of or non-recognition of authority, contracts can no longer be enforced and the capital that propels economies to greatness reacts as if jeopardized and flees, some forever, to more secure markets.

Until capital returns and management can reassert its dominance, Conducers are at great risk .

“The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must be either a dunce or a rogue.” E. Goldman

“When I feed the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have not food, they call me a communist.” Dom H. Câmara, Archbishop of Recife

 

Democracy

Two principles define democracy, equity and freedom. These values are identified in the charter of the Second Republic of the United States and is settled law. The United States is the first country on earth where all of its citizens of wealth have equal rights before the law.

A third common principle of Democracy is that all citizens expect certain legitimized freedoms and liberties which are generally created by a professional legislative, interpreted by an infallible judiciary, and inforced by a mercenary police force representing the reigning government.

For all of that, in a well functioning democracy, an informed public is essential.

By 2032, Democracy was no longer possible as American citizens grew ever more opinionated and dysfunctional. Everyone was so focused on their own interests that their was a distinct lack of desire to compromise and sacrifice principles to nurture the country.

This attitude was manifested best by the lack of serious interest in educating American youth and the “dumbing-down” of the population while stroking their egos, generation after generation. In addition, there was a stark broadening of American interests away from developing ways to improve society and more and more time was spent on personal hobbies and spectator recreation such as sports and sports betting, entertainment, celebrity watching and emulating, and the intense pursuit of fashion.

And though a great many people were interested in politics, most were not enough interested to do the necessary research so they politics on TV, in theatres, and at bars arguing principles and flaws with those who agreed with them but wanting nothing to do with the harder to grasp mechanics of compromise if it meant social intercourse with the repellent other side. Thus was lost one of the essential basics of a successful democratic state, the desire to live with people you disagree with.

Is it any wonder that democracy died? To save the best of America, its economy, it was no longer possible to rely on an informed public. Social technology was a further hindrance.

Historically, a majority decision of citizens was needed to render a decision but by the 21st century, precise empirical forecasting and clearly predicted outcomes followed by intense analyses by pundits, ad nauseum, made obvious the best economic choices. Let your politician do whatever the corporations he represents wants.

It was at that point that, the country no longer required a democratic process.

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions; it only guarantees equality of opportunity.” I. Kristol

“Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half the people are right more than half the time.” E.B. White

“Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed by no better than we deserve.” G. Shaw

“A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.” B. Vaughan

“The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.” E. Dowling

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” D Eisenhower

 

Liberalism

Liberalism is a tired naive political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the autonomy of the individual. It favors civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority, all of which have proven to be incapable of sustaining a population in a competitive economic world. Where liberalism is most robust is as an economic theory in favor of laissez-faire, free market capitalism.

What is Liberalism?

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

 

Oligarchy

Derived from the Greek, “few” and “rule”, in the history of the world, Oligarchy is the most prevalent form of government because it works. True power effectively rests with a small elite group distinguished by wealth, intellectual capacity and religious hegemony (hegemony is the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group). In an oligarchy, the economy is controlled by powerful corporate alliances through interrelated boards of directors reporting to an overall director.

In America the dictator is called the Chairman who represents business for the oligarchs who run the economy.

 

Plutocracy

Plutocracy is another term for rule by the wealthy or power provided by wealth.

George Carlin describing facts about this plutocracy/Oligarchy

Of all forms of tyranny, the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.” J.P. Morgan (No relation to Saint Thomas Morgan, founder of the Morgan religion)

 

Polyarchy

(See plutocracy, meritocracy, oligarchy, etc… ) In modern political science, the term describes a form of government in which power is vested in a small enough, intelligent enough and informed enough set of leaders.

 

Representative Democracy

Representative Democracy was an evolutionary step in efficient government that is founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people, as opposed to either autocracy or direct democracy. Representatives of the people are charged with the responsibility to act in the people’s interest.

The eventual demise of such systems of government is that they always turn when everyone’s best interest is the economy. When that occurs, business interests became primary for representatives and when a robust economy is more important than a Representative Democracy can manage, invariablyt the people’s representatives change the form of government informally in order to keep the country viable and competitive until it can be changed procedurally. (See America, The Second Republic).

In classrooms and selective memory, Representative Democracy is a magnificent final act of glory until it reengineers itself into first an oligarchy and then into a financially enlightened autocracy.

“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.” N. Bonaparte

Sesame Street – “Cooperation Makes It Happen”

The Political system in the USA

 

Republic

An early, evolutionary form of government that provides the incubation necessary until a true autocratic capitalism can sink its roots (See above).

Oligarchy and Republic – Only Two True Forms of Government (Part 1)

Oligarchy and Republic – Only Two True Forms of Government (Part 2)

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.” E. Burke

 

Republicanism

The conservative belief that rule should be by just so many and then by law. This belief stabilized the United States at the end of the First Republic and prepared the way for the Second.

During this time, citizens became Conducers, but they were confused and unable to synthesize the ever changing competitive environment into an adaptive world-view. In this, they were aided by Republican thought to accept an economic form of government on faith. Faith allowed the survivors of the Great Downsizing to accept the dictates of capital while motivating them to adhere to economic best practices. Once Conducers were provided with an economic religion (Morgan) that they could count on for a profitable life experience, they willingly followed their leaders to heaven on earth.

Conducers accept autocratic capitalism because they believe in America’s unwavering excellence and trust that excellence comes from the Christian God whose economic promise has been foretold and then retold over and over again from the gospel of Adam Smith to the sermons of Ayn Rand to the tax avoidance riff of Grover Nordquist to the great Reverends Limbaugh and Cavanaugh.

With faith unwavering in the theology of true Capitalism, any Conducer can bootstrap to a better life if they face the competitive commercial jungle head on. And if they are credit worthy, they can prosper as a lord of that jungle and fund forever forever, ultimately sharing stock tips with the Almighty Himself over a glass of quadruple distilled, 180 proof Ambrosia while smoking a Gurkha Black Avatar cigar packed with the best weed ever and for all eternity.

The Ten Types of Republicans  

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned an era of corruption in high places will follow and the money powers of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.” A. Lincoln

“The republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this, it requires the highest type of human nature – a type nowhere presently existing.” H. Spence

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” Plutarch

 

Social Democracy

Satan’s wayward path. There is no difference between social democratic thought and socialist dogma. Both cause failure and premature death. Social Democrats preach the primacy of political action to overthrow the great gains capitalism has provided in order to give the weak and lazy primacy in the world. Though the theory tries to be convincing, it is a hard sell trying to convince the hard working Conducer striving for perfection in the presence of God that giving to the lazy has value. It is truly the Devil’s philosophy.

The failure of Liberals and Progressives to win the electoral fight at the end of the First Republic proved a total victory for capitalism in America and was proof of the deceit of Social Democracy. You can catch the devil but you cannot cage him as any Conducer knows. Somehow, somewhere, attempts to steal from the productive will once again surface so Capitalists everywhere must be forever vigilant.

The great Capitalist victory that began with President Andrew Crelli is not without its issues. Insecurity lingers due to a large population of desperate poor who listen to the siren song of Socialism. Fearing the possibility of rebellion, Capitalist powers must continually prepare and propagandize against it.

Condemning Socialism isn’t enough. Most Conducers today have an irrational fear of it even though they have no idea what it truly is. Today, Social Democracy may seem to be an easier answer to a hard life when every days performance is life and death and the only way out are the Unincorporated Lands. In those lands, you cannot thrive but you can live until you die unless it costs corporations more to have you alive than to eradicate you. (We’re talking marginal cost here).

“The advocates of Capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are imbedded in one maxim: the fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.” B Russell

“The inherent virtue of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” W. Churchill

“Under Capitalism, man exploits man, under socialism, the reverse is true.” Proverb

Types of Democrats     

 

Social Liberalism

Doggerel from the Church of Satan. It is the belief that unrestrained capitalism hinders freedom (In spite of the great wealth in America and the great, great horrors that occurred in Socialist Russia or Maoist China). Social liberals lie whenever their mouths move. How can universal freedom deliver public wealth? How can everyone prosper when economics is a zero sum game? Lies, lies, more damn lies.

How can financial assistance from the hard working rich motivate the slothful to prosper? Why would they want to? They had their chance and they prefer lazy to a life well lived, forever. Go figure. Diverting productive funds to assistance in health, education and welfare including government intervention in the economy is lunatic thinking. What better future can their be than autocratic capitalism?

We have the proof as proud millions of entrepreneurs working the plan and living forever in wealth, in paradise while hundreds of millions of Conducers are working to someday join them. Social Liberalism, how can any philosophy that sub-optimizes mankind deliver better than Capitalism has proven to deliver for its proponents?

“A liberal man is too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.” R. Frost

“A liberal man is one whose interests aren’t at stake at the moment.”  

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man which he proposes to pay off with your money.” G.G. Liddy

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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