One of our O Society people asks: America’s war on the poor began 40 years ago. Why are the neoliberal bourgeoisie still unable/ unwilling to see it today?
by O Society Feb 5, 2020
What’s the neoliberal bourgeoisie?
First, let’s be clear who/what we mean:
Since there is no Middle Class in America left to speak of, we’re going with definition 2: The people who own all the capital, which is money and the stuff you can make money with, such as companies as stocks/shares/bonds, real estate as land/buildings, and so on.
You say you don’t believe there’s no Middle Class left in 2020? Ahem…
140 million Americans are poor or low-income as the Trump regime is working relentlessly as we speak to shred Medicaid, Social Security, and the food stamp system.
Second, the neoliberals either don’t see it or pretend not to see it because our so-call leaders play WWF Wrasslin’ heel vs. face storylines on the general population daily in our mainstream media, complete with finishing moves:
How did we get here to the Land of Make Believe, complete with fake State of the Union Addresses and fake Impeachment Trials?
Someone asked if I am going to watch tonite’s State of the Union address. My response is why bother?
Third, to be somewhat simplistic in our math and blunt in our assertions, this is the deal, best I can surmise its meta-structure and describe its nature to you and others concerned with our current status as frogs in a well dreaming of the ocean, or frogs in a soon-to-be boiling pot of water on the stove with gradually rising heat, or frogs crossing the lake with a scorpion on our back.
Choose your own amphibian adventure.
Her financial-disclosure statements show her income places her in the top one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans, which may surprise some in light of the pseudo-concern she’s expressed about income equality and wealth distribution.
We simply must understand some basic maths and economics. There is no way around educating ourselves to some extent. But we can make it as simple as possible and not talk down to folks. We all can get this, but why would anyone expect to “get it” or “become woke” or whatever the cool kids call it now without some real effort?
Hollywood movies call it “The Matrix” but please keep in mind this Hollywood narrative is a simulacrum designed and produced jointly by the 9.9% to represent their own interests. In other words, the Matrix story/ model is fake. Life isn’t a movie starring Keanu Reeves, nor is it a computer simulation.
Life is real in a conventional sense and life is a dream in an ultimate sense.
In other words, it is a fake of a fake of a fake all the way down to infinite regress, such that most, if not all, the producers of meta-structure believe it is real. Someone like Donald Trump very much believes the fake world he’s orchestrated is the Real World. Why shouldn’t he?
In his fake Disney World – ah, personalize it, call it Trump World – he’s King of Everybody. King of the World! just like Leo Decraprio in Titanic or in the Wolf of Wall Street or Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko or in The Game. In the Real World, people treat Him as if, regardless of his dream’s veracity or lack thereof.
Eight men own the same amonut of wealth as the half of the world. As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society – especially the poorest – suffers. The very design of our economies and the principles of our economics have taken us to this extreme, unsustainable, and unjust point.
New Study Reveals the Stealth Oligarchs Our new, systematic study of the 100 wealthiest Americans indicates Buffett, Gates, Bloomberg et al are not at all typical.
Most of the wealthiest US billionaires – who are much less visible and less reported on – more closely resemble Charles Koch and Robert Mercer. They are extremely conservative on economic issues. Obsessed with cutting taxes, especially estate taxes – which apply only to the wealthiest Americans. Opposed to government regulation of the environment or big banks. Unenthusiastic about government programs to help with jobs, incomes, healthcare, or retirement pensions – programs supported by large majorities of Americans. Tempted to cut deficits and shrink government by cutting or privatizing guaranteed social security benefits.
How can this be so? If it is true, why aren’t voters aware and angry about it?
The answer is simple: billionaires who favor unpopular, ultraconservative economic policies, and work actively to advance them (that is, most politically active billionaires) stay almost entirely silent about those issues in public. This is a deliberate choice. Billionaires have plenty of media access, but most of them choose not to say anything at all about the policy issues of the day. They deliberately pursue a strategy of what we call “stealth politics.”
The top 0.1% of humans (and here we speak strictly financially in terms of dollars, keeping in mind what momma said, a pretty face don’t make no pretty heart) own most everything on planet Earth. They own all the capital, relative to the 90%. These are what we’d call “billionaires,” meaning their family-personally-amassed dollar amounts can coherently be counted and spoken of in billion $ quantities.
Hence, these 0.1% are the Bezos and Zuckerberg and Koch and Gates and Buffet and Walton and Kardashian and Adelson families with whom we are all familiar, as well as the Trump and Clinton and and Bush and Obama families who may or may or many not have amassed over a billion dollars, but we can speak of them certainly in the hundreds of millions of $ and their public political/ social status insures their family’s inclusion in the 0.1% in any case.
The 0.1% own it all, except for the capital/ loot they allow the 9.9% hold. This payment secures minionhood.
Then there is the 9.9% who are not quite at the top of the mountain, yet they do come into direct personal contact with the 0.1% from time to time and basically work directly for the 0.1% as what we might call “middle management” in economic vernacular. The fixers. Like Harvey Keitel as Mr. Wolf in Pulp Fiction to keep our movie metaphor rolling.
Their 9.9% function is to do the bidding of the top of the mountaineers, while keeping the rest of the 90% down where we belong, in terms of both financial and social status. This is called “Kicking Away the Ladder.”
The middle management is filled with millionaires and We, the public interface with them in the media, specifically in what’s called “social media.” We don’t really get to talk to Koch or Bezos themselves, but these 9.9% do and it is their responsibility to to tell the 90% what to do, think, and believe. Cultural hegemony. The narrative.
These folks run the TVs and newspapers and internet, in so determining its content and most of all making certain said content represents the 0.1% and themselves in a positive light, while entertaining the masses with fake hope, fake security, and virtual bread and circuses.
Then there’s the rest of us. The 90% who don’t own much of shit, but fight amongst ourselves so that one day in the whenever future, we and our families might maybe, it could happen but mathematically and realistically speaking probably won’t, get bumped up into the top 9.9 or even 0.1%
It won’t happen, but the vague daydream of believing it might combined with the soap opera story lines we are fed from the top of the mountain as well as the nightmares we live for ourselves keep us down, most of us at or beneath poverty levels.
That’s right, 8 billion humans or whatever the current human population number is eating shit, taking the shit out of each other’s mouths, and genuflecting to the media and social media hoping one day our shit turns to diamonds. Our job is to consume. This is our function. Simply shut up and consume stuff, media, fossil fuels, pharmaceuticals, whatever we’re told to consume.
We’re supposed to believe in the meta-structure of Church and Hollywood and Democracy, but even if we don’t believe, no one cares as long as we act as if, and most importantly, do our duties as consumers by eating what’s produced for us. We’re heterotrophs, not autotrophs. We consume, and we produce, but we don’t receive the big big money. That’s reserved for God, aka the 0.1%
Thing is, you can polish a turd forever and it won’t turn into a diamond. This is why this system must collapse. We cannot infinitely produce shit, call it diamonds, and eat it without one day drowning in our own feces. We’ve gone and shat the bed now; it’s a useless delusion to pretend otherwise, so why keep pretending?