Capitalism, Socialism and Corporatism

First published in 2015

 

The Resist Capitalism hashtag on Twitter has made me laugh for a variety of non-funny reasons. It amuses me that there is a backlash to an efficient brainwashing system that has led us to the point we are at today. If you care to go through some of the old economics articles from the cloud on this very blog, you will see that it is a topic close to my heart.

Having said this, the level of economic education displayed by some of the tweeters is woeful. Here is a brief line-drawing of how the economy developed from the cave until today.

First there were cave dwellers, who survived by hunting and gathering. As Hobbes said, life without cooperation was nasty, brutish and short, and large prey was difficult to catch without assistance. Therefore caveman A either killed caveman B, or grunted at him to assist him in bringing home the bison.

Cavewoman A and Cavewoman B were not much better, but survived marginally longer if someone was there when they gave birth. Hence humans learned to cooperate over simple tasks like not starving to death, drowning, being killed by animals or dying in childbirth.

As territories are finite when you are on foot, the local economy at this point was somewhat small and uncultivated, and so no permanent leader was necessary until more cavepeople joined the first few. At this point people assumed tribal roles.

Once we have a defined territory and tribal roles, cultivation becomes possible, leading to a pre-feudal scenario where division of labour reflects division of wealth.

The leader, picked by the tribe and thereafter either inheriting or taking the leadership role, makes decisions such as who wins the argument, when to fight other tribes, and what to show and tell visiting strangers. Therefore if anyone innovates, it makes sense to present the innovation to the leader, since he/she is more likely to figure out what the innovation is worth and how to go about maximising the benefit. Therefore, a pre-feudal scenario, whilst something of a wolfpack, is still vaguely fair, since there is an element of democracy simply by the fact nobody is volunteering to overthrow the leader.

As cultivation and toolmaking progresses, the economy develops into a feudal economy, and the innovations and quality of produce goes up. In theory, and in many cases in practise, wealth trickles down fairly readily to the cooperative peasants, since if it doesn’t the local, land based economic machine is very easy to stop if everyone agrees, forcing the feudal leader to capitulate to whatever the cooperative peasant workers want.

As this scenario develops, a smart leader uses people against one another and forms a militia, to protect the land holdings and maintain order. Maintaining the peace and an effective military force is made much easier if you have an organised religion to add to the mix. Nobody would have heard of Jesus or Mohammed if their armies had not kicked ass in the face of paganism or less well armed militia. Organised religion also provides a rudimentary education, healthcare and local orphanage services, and networks across Europe to share information in order to develop more efficient baby economic systems.

Cottage industry is really started with wives of useful sturdy peasants making yarn and textiles from home, travelling merchants paying for the items they produce, in order to keep them alive between payments from the leader, who is now considered to be a member of the landowning classes, due to his experience and violence in the course of time. Leaders of leaders are now selected, to enable several local economies to join forces to expand. Successful areas become richer, hold markets and pageants to show off their wares, and further benefits are enjoyed by the leader/landowner, who by now believes he has a given right to more than everyone else.

Cottage industries, gathering raw materials from the merchants rather than the landowners, become bigger with time, and gradually mechanise until townships form around bigger working units. Urbanisation commences, with supporting services such as gambling houses and brothels. Spare children from the original rural populations now go to the growing towns. At this point there is a need for the beginning of socialism, since a purer capitalist system is developing. As you can see, Socialism is simply the cooperative peasant workers reminding the leader/landowner/merchants/factory investors that since they cannot survive without the workers, the workers should be fairly treated.

Do you get it, yet? It is not, as you seem to have been told, a question of capitalism versus socialism. It is capitalism regulated by socialism, and rightly so. Problems with socialism arise when it becomes more complicated, and people forget that the entire system arose in the first place for everyone’s survival and not necessarily competition between competing interests of rich and poor. In no way should it be considered OK to starve out your supplying nations just because you can, or allow industry leaders to dictate when you go to war. Economic history is full of examples of the money dictating the mores of religion and nationalism. Never mind the war, look what the money is doing.

Another alarming feature of the twitter hashtag was the number of people who seemed to think that they were being presumptuous to discuss this. You have the time and the privilege of thinking about it. Unless you come from a fascist corporatist state, which many of you do, there is no reason why you cannot discuss alternatives to capitalism. However, it is not capitalism you should be resisting. It is corporatism. Corporatism is the road to a very real hell on earth, and it is reaching critical mass in Europe and the USA. All that GM pollen is rotting your brains.

Capitalism, on the other hand, is your democratic way of reversing the pickle we are all already in. Instead of handing your money to the same people every day, assuming that you are getting a better deal on your Iphone, tablet, broadband supplier, supermarket, bank, etc. you really ought to be considering who benefits. The only people who can stop the rich getting richer are you, the masses, and you do it by voting with your wallets.

Spend your money with wisdom. Stop supporting gargantuan companies that you know perfectly well tell your governments what, when and how to act. Stop supporting whore-politicians espousing the lies of corporatism, and stop assuming money means talent or wisdom, because it does not. Use less chemicals, and don’t think anyone genuinely cares about your new mobile or clothing, because these things do not matter as much as your fellow humans or descendants.

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You created the one percent

First published in 2015

 

As promised, here is your checklist for redirecting finance in a more positive direction. It is important for you to circulate it to as many people as possible to encourage them to do the same. You can do as little or as much as you choose, but the more people redirecting their lives away from feeding what is now a seriously malfunctioning machine the better. The 1 percent that everyone complains about only became the 1 percent because the 99 percent put them there.

My suggestion is that you do one thing at a time, so that you do not become bogged down with the details.

If you are in Europe, sign this https://stop-ttip.org/

And this https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/eu-ttip-petition#petition

And this https://www.change.org/p/to-the-eu-and-uk-governments-do-not-sign-up-to-ttip

Open an account with an ethical bank, again I have posted links to some of the banks which market themselves as ethical investors on the Better Person Project  You will find them under the appropriate drop down menu.  The reason I suggest this before doing anything else is because changing all your monthly payments over to a new account is a pain in the neck, and considering the other slightly more time consuming things I will be adding to this list, it is important that you start with this.

This means that you will be encouraging positive rather than negative investments from the banks that you choose to deal with.  If we can encourage a swing towards ethical investment, it will influence the more mainstream banks to do the same.  One person matters. One thousand people matter.  One million people and we have actually achieved something. You matter.  Open the account.  If your country is not represented, find the bank in your country that invests ethically and add it to the website, please.

In the event that you hold savings, consider investing a little in a ‘lend with care’ or social capital project as you will achieve two things – first, the person you are lending to will not have to go to a bank and give them more business, and second, you will get a much better interest rate than the banks have been offering. Again, I have added links on the Better person project site, and if you find more, or better ones, you are free to add them without fear of my scraping your data, or whatever.

Stop shopping with large retailers such as supermarkets, ‘iconic’ brands etc.  The big global fashion labels in particular, are owned by about 6 investment companies.  Not that they are particularly evil investment companies, but if you wish to achieve an impact in terms of diversifying the market, you want to feed the smaller companies until they are in a position to compete.

Supermarkets are a menace, because you are lulled into giving them a proportion of your income every week, so one company benefits disproportionately by cutting costs or advertising more widely.  This is easy for a raw foodist, because chances are if you are shopping in a supermarket, you are paying too much already.  Non raw foodies will find it more difficult.

I completely understand as I sometimes do the shopping at 3am and Asda (Walmart) is the only one open, but if we are to start making a dent in this, it starts at home. Reducing your spend to the minimum and using your spending power to encourage competitors is key.

As a side effect, smaller retailers are frequently located in places where it is more practical to walk, and you may be able to use your car less.

Communications companies are just as outgrown.  Investigate smaller companies who offer the same services that you currently enjoy.  It is worth considering spending slightly more in order to grow a competing company, rather than get additional TV channels that you do not even watch thrown in as part of a deal to maintain the economic status quo with a company like Sky, Virgin or the equivalent.

It is a question of habit, and being aware that the price of convenience is the difference between being forced into a minimum wage job by a giant retailer, or opening a store yourself, if that is what makes you happy. Just as thinking before you eat makes a difference, so does thinking before you let a penny out of your wallet.

Bear in mind, if you choose to do this, that it was not entirely your fault that you were sucked into a situation where your government became powerless against the businesses that supported them.  The original book goes into quite a lot of detail as to how it was done, and how people were weakened in the face of ultra convenience.  I shall take a look at publishing the finished material, but for now – I think this is enough for us to be getting on with.  If we can get around the time consuming problems associated with rechannelling our own money, it will make it much easier for the next wave of people that get on board.

 

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Inappropriate Use of Bank Resources

Given that using email to er email people and using instant messenger to instant message people rather than risk yet more hysterical verbal interactions are supposedly not allowed at my previous job, I find it hard to fathom how people are justifying using bank resources to repeatedly hit the website.

Also, after a brief respite earlier in the week, I see the perpetrators of the events which precipitated my current project are still wasting their time hitting this website.

What they are hoping to find is anyone’s guess.  I am highly unlikely to say anything new when the sheeple are sitting hitting the website every day.

Speaking of sheeple, I had never previously had quite such cynical colleagues.  At least two of the people I spoke to referred to banking as being inherently immoral.

“Banking is not immoral at all, it is amoral.”  I replied.  “Like economics, which reduces people to behavioural units, it is comforting and has no morality at all.”

“But, but, but what about the Rothschilds?”

“What about them?  They started out in a ghetto with a box of money under the floor and were very brave.  They have always been very nice to me.”  I said.  This is actually true, the Rothschilds are not unpleasant, either as a company or a family.  You may not approve, but there is nothing to approve or disapprove of.  They worked very hard, and now they have more money than is sensible or practical.

I am sure even Wolfe has an off the cuff comment about the Rothschilds, but I imagine it will mostly be for effect and he actually agrees with me, as he does about many things.  I am trying to get back into the habit of target setting, and the current one involves seeing him the next time he is in the UK, complete with finished game and books.

What effect does this cynicism have on these people?  Does it make them more intelligent?  No, it makes them frightened.  Does it make them think strategically to redress the perceived social imbalance?  No, the very thought of losing money or convenience is alien to them.  All they really want is someone to blame, whether that is me, because I am not like them, or you, because you have more money than them is immaterial.  I see this every day, whether it is someone erroneously referring to Boris as being born with a silver spoon in his mouth (I am sure he laughs at this as much as I do)  or people who cannot quite put their finger on why they think my mere existence ‘does something to them.’

Twisty said it best I think.

“You are doing something to them.  You aren’t like them, which means they might have to actually use their brains.  That is inconvenient, and they do not like it.”

I did not have this problem ten years ago, working in much the same environment.  Then, the far more advanced back office bankers simply accepted that I was not like them and asked interesting and pertinent questions.  There was none of the fear or suspicion that I got this time.

So much for conspiracy theories.  I have written quite a bit on how you change the world without being seen to do so, and it has been largely ignored, as has much of the associated material written by fellow economic historians and economists alike.  Nobody wants to hear the truth, because it might cause mild inconvenience and mean that you miss a box set here or there in order to make things better.  It is far easier to find someone to blame.

Having watched Wolfe being pilloried for years for stating the blisteringly obvious alongside some more entertaining material he likes to use, I now find this far easier to accept.  People are stupid, they like being stupid, and they will continue to be stupid right up until the hypodermic is in their arm.  Then they will wonder if perhaps they should have listened.  Briefly, before their eyes shut for the last time.

I wonder if it is possible to continue to care about this, when it is so impossible to get the message across to people who don’t actually want to listen.  I have seen Wolfe go from angry, to accepting, to acquisitive in the course of a decade.  I have watched the decline in moral philosophy in the Labour movement in the course of a lifetime, and I have seen the rise of hypocrisy, waste and dishonesty in business in the course of a few short years.

Once upon a time we celebrated whistleblowers, encouraged people who thought differently and we grew a celebrated economy based upon progression.  Now we have cultivated a nation of whinging, self-serving yes-men, and we are surprised at the decline it fosters.

Bring on more rebels.  Only by questioning what we are told do we find the truth, and only by actually listening to people.  Until we can manage that, we are doomed to the fate of a fallen civilisation, much like all the ones that went before.

Just wait until they get around to murdering you, whether it is literally, your spirit, your work ethic or your sense of justice.  You won’t know what hit you.  We already live in a corrupt little nest of vipers.  I got first hand experience of it twelve years ago, and things are far worse now.  The Asean nations will mop the floor with us, probably within my lifetime, unless we change direction now.

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Empowerment and the Garden Economy

First published in 2015

 

I may have to disappear for a week or two as I have a feeling Best Adventure Ever is about to burst forth.  It is a far more complex book than Best Scandal Ever or Best Romance Ever and deals with a lot of things at once.  A more advanced reader will notice that they pick new things up the more times they return to the stories, some of it is only really intended for Wolfe.  I basically write free books for an audience of one, with a giant side salad of entertainment for everyone else.  I hope he appreciates this, I wouldn’t do this if I did not believe him to have the capacity to find gemstones on a pebble beach.

I don’t suppose it really matters, the work gets done, and it’s his loss if he doesn’t.  In any case, all the Best Ever….Sam Redwood stories will always be free.  They are gifts, intended to spark interest from readers at some future point in their lives if not right now.

Today I have been considering the matter of empowerment.  Many motivational speakers like to talk about empowerment.  In the event that you are a bit tired and browbeaten, depressed, middle-aged and underachieving, lazy or perhaps a tad dim, empowerment is a subject that you will fully appreciate.  As something of an empowerment gourmet, very few of them think much about it beyond – the audience will like this, the audience will admire me for saying this, the audience will buy my empowerment course etc etc.  You know the scene – Tony Robbins has probably a hundred or more members of staff doing mini empowerment courses all over the USA, as do many others.

So here is my empowerment for the bombast-hating and probably more intelligent rest of the motivation market. You matter, you matter, you matter.  Stop assuming other people will do things for you, and that your participation doesn’t count.  You dug yourselves into a hole, now it is time to look in the mirror, tell yourself that you count, and dig yourselves back out of it again.  Nobody can do it for you!

Very technical, isn’t it? Yes, your last hundred dollars/pounds/million yen matter.  Open your ethical or SRI bank or building society account now, so that when it is operational, you can transfer your wages or income into it.  Prepare for changing your broadband/tv/telephone account by collecting the relevant information and STOP GOING TO THE SUPERMARKET ALREADY! If you are desperate for the latest Prada, look for it on Ebay instead.  Consider if you will still want it next season.  If the answer is no, then you don’t need it and would be better off spending your time finding a chic new designer item nobody else knows about.

I updated the information on Better Person Project for the UK last night, and will take another look at the slightly more complicated USA this evening.  I am ashamed to say that had not looked at it in quite a long time as I had been fighting off my Wolfitis over the winter and spending too much time with the worst-eater-in-the-world Twisty.  This stops now.  I will just have to drown myself in work instead. All because somebody somewhere decided that I did not matter – you see how this works?  Telling people that they do not matter disempowers them, and then they do nothing and try to compensate in other ways.

So, repeat after me, I matter, and I am now going to make a difference. Enjoy whatever beverage comes to hand, and start making plans to redirect your money away from the conventional routes.  It’s not only important for you, it’s important for your future, and your potential children’s future. There is no future economic plan that justifies the world’s wealth going into so few hands.

Feed the saplings, cut down the old trees.  The economy works much the same way as a garden.  If you persist in feeding only the established forest, the old trees will still fall down but nothing will grow.  DO IT NOW!

 

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When are you going to stop?

I assume that you have been told to stop, otherwise you would not be down to 1 hit per day.

When are you going to stop?

Since my mother has died, I have had the misfortune to deal with some of the most venal, worthless nasty individuals I have ever come across.  Apparently obsessed with sex and money and with no sense of other people’s emotional well being.

I am not, and have never been one of these people.  I have been as considerate as I can possibly be without grinding to a complete halt.

It is funny to think that these people are very likely to bump into me again.  I wonder what they think I will do?  They probably think I am like them, in which case they will be very frightened.

I am not sure why you are still checking the website.  You do not have any control over me and you lack sufficient qualities to ever gain any, so you are simply wasting your time. I have thought and thought about this, and there is no way of you talking your way out of this, even if you do finally figure out why you are so interested in what I am doing.

I hope you have the very boring and shame-filled life that you appear to desire, with the nasty piece of work of your choice, followed by death from ignorance at the hands of equally stupid and venal nurses.

In other words, may you have everything you currently stand for. I’m better than that, you are not.

 

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Let Down Again

Yet again, let down by a so-called friend.  He actually invested in the Boris project to begin with, presumably on the basis that I would keep him around longer because he certainly had no intention of doing anything but sabotage it.

Apparently explaining to him about a million times that the project was not actually political had zero impact, and his primary concern, as usual is for himself.  I am supposed to want to not progress any of my work, listen to decades old stories of how someone said something nasty to him once, and busy myself fussing over his health.

I have done this for him for years.  Despite two assaults on my person, terrifying acts of aggression towards random individuals which I managed to remove him from, mood swings which were entirely bizarre and huge legal and health events, I have stood by this guy.

All this counts for precisely nothing, which should be a life lesson.  I am not sure what the life lesson is supposed to mean,  but I am sure I should have ejected this guy years ago and not allowed him back no matter what he said or did to ‘make up for it.’  It was just about persistent manipulation and nothing else.  Encourage me to waste my time, and then take great pleasure in making absolutely sure it counted for nothing.

So, we can assume that I can get on with my work now, although I still need to find an extra income stream pending the completion of two key pieces of written work, and two key pieces of artwork.

Since the last job ended, I have wondered because of what happened, whether I have a thing for Indian dudes.  I have devoted myself to eyeing them up as a result, and the conclusion is that I have no more thing for Indian dudes than any other dudes.  That one was apparently special.

Having said that, I have a very calm colleague at work at the moment, whom I like being with, who after investigation turned out to be Punjabi.  He is an extremely Scottish Punjabi however, probably a bit more Scottish than I am, so I do not think we can draw a conclusion from this beyond that I fear men from the UK more than i fear men from elsewhere, because several of them have beaten me up in the past and strangely enough, that doesn’t appeal.

My skin cracked up at the beginning of last week due to the six weeks of looking for work and nothing else.  I have cured this by returning to a very strict diet of supermix, increasing the low level of carbs, and returning to a regime of hardass walking.  I have now returned my skin to its glorious normal and lost ten pounds.

I may experiment with mono-filming my new piece as I am now heartily tired of people letting me down on projects and I am no further forward with having someone I can phone in order to stand next to a camera whilst I work.

This is most frustrating, and I do wonder whether I should just drop the performance elements of my work altogether since other important things are being neglected as a result of the sheer frustration of getting simple things done and out.

I have several placards to finish.  I think I will do it anyway, on the basis that I may try doing this without the fun bits.  It seems like a bit of a downer however.  Why are people so boring?

 

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Back to Work

At last the website seems to be free of staring brat infestation!

At Last! Thank you that man!

 

Ina Disguise is out tomorrow

Much love to Boris, I am preparing a gift for you poppet.

 

Ina

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8 weeks later

It has now been 8 weeks since I was unfairly terminated over a non existent relationship that failed to happen over a 7 week period.

The bank and management noobs involved are still obsessing over the website.  Evidently I made an impression.

They are still trying to hit posts that were removed weeks ago.  One of them consists of two sentences and a nice graphic of one finger.

Meanwhile, I have come up with a solution which would suit everyone, even the vile couple.

This is the difference between a leader and some followers.  I am about a hundred miles further away from this.

This tendency to look at things too closely is what makes people stupid.  I am constantly thankful for my alternative career.

I do miss him though, even though he doesn’t actually do anything apart from stare and get annoyed.  This is silly.  I have met some very nice, calm down to earth people who know nothing about my alter ego, and life is much less fraught now.

I have made some very good contacts recently, so I do have other things to do, however I am still driven to make sure that 1.  SB2’s career doesn’t get destroyed because of the company he keeps. and 2. Staff get to have some peace and dignity in the future.

I am so sorry that isn’t good enough for you all. Perhaps you should move somewhere more bitter and inane.

 

 

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There Is No Escaping Destiny Boris

Ahh, you won’t get out of it that easily Boris.  The fates can delay us, but no matter how naughty you are, you are still going to be my dream pick for PM.

I was thinking of doing a short film of a burkha wearing superfan waving a large Boris for PM banner, but we got a bit side tracked this eve, so I have a couple of long letters to do before I can fit it in.

Hope you are OK apart from that.  The Viscount didn’t even pick up his replies, so I think the castle option is bombed out.

Apart from that, still sorting out the borrowers issue with the previous job.  I know it is tiresome and it has slowed me to a dead stop due to the frivolousness of funding one’s own artwork, but I cheered up markedly when I saw your article, so thanks for that.

Have some serious talks on the way, so am drafting a few reports to deal with the ongoing employment culture issue.

After that, I do think Lucifer Ogilvie is a good idea, so I am going to run with that whilst I do the shoes.  I think any actual contact will have to wait for next year once that is done.

I may make you a few films though, now that I have mended the broken director.

Have fun, my little cabbage,

Ina

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