It is now February 2021 and we should have an idea of what the rest of 2021 holds.
Much of the trends in the 1960s, that enriched the ruling oligarch and Tech class at the middle and working class expense, eroded our natural rights and liberties, degraded our culture and its people, and ridiculed our heritage and history.
The war on those who self-identify as indigenous British, who love their countryside despite its flaws (and rain) will, likely, continue.
The reality, by now, should be obvious to everyone. The UK government in no way functions according to any constitution, Magna Carta or otherwise,and the Prime Minister does not control the government. That was made painfully clear when he announced on the evening of 4th Jan, in his address to the nation, that a lockdown will be re imposed with no time limit, no date for review and no cease of effect (known as a sunset clause). No doubt, he has done his best.
So what is Neoliberalism?
Neoliberalism elevates as a matter of principle the international over the national; it rejects the nation as narrow, even bigoted, and celebrates neoliberalism as cosmopolitan and enlightened. Neoliberalism is (for now) forced to tolerate nations and borders as unfortunate and unhelpful obstacles but it looks forward to a time when such inconveniences are finally behind us forever.
Until that time, neoliberalism works to warp state power into instruments whose primary mission is not to secure the well-being or interests of individual peoples and nations but instead to enforce the international neoliberal order, in particular the movement of capital, goods, and labour, across borders in ways that benefit the new ruling class.
In practice, this amounts to widespread cooperation between business and government—or what Tony Blair euphemistically referred to as PFI or Private Finance Initiative
This benign is a phrase. Who could object to ‘cooperation,’ to government and business ‘solving problems’ together? What it really describes is the use of state power to serve private ends, at private direction. Its advocates to always leave out the detail that business is the senior partner in this arrangement.
The real power in the neoliberal order resides not with elected officials and leaders; they are a servant class. True power resides with their donors: the bankers, the CEOs, financiers, and tech overlords who don’t run for office, but are content to buy who do. The end result is the same either way: economic globalism and financial consolidation of power in an overtly meritocratic but actually covert hereditary class.
This consensus and the people who profit from it are still very much in charge today. You may have noticed Tony Blair is angling to become a vaccine czar) https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-vaccine-whole-country-must-be-placed-under-vaccine-programme-says-tony-blair-12178185
They control everything: corporations, banks, tech firms, media (legacy and social), universities, primary and secondary schools, foundations, mainline religious organizations, and of course the entire federal bureaucracy. They also control local governments and agencies. Is it any wonder, then, that they so often get their own way?
Covid19 as a Tool
Covid19 has been a godsend to the oligarchs, who are delighting as one small business after another fails, leaving people with no choice but to spend whatever money they have with corporate giants.
Since small businesses are one of the last refuges of the middle class (owing to the disappearance by outsourcing and immigration, of low/ middle-income jobs at big companies), we can expect what’s left of the middle class to shrink further.
If it seems incredible that financial markets are at or near all-time highs when our national income has plunged, unemployment reached levels not seen since the Winter of Discontent, and our cities and towns have been repeatedly sacked, looted, by BLM and their Antifa fellow travellers, the main reason is the iron grip of corporate control over the economy.
Big firms increased power and wealth won’t ‘trickle down economics’ to the SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises). Ever since the so-called “gig economy,” a euphemism for “We don’t have to pay benefits!” company provided benefits have disappeared ever faster for all but the most senior executives, making socialized benefit inevitable.
This manual is already being expanded to banking and credit. To be on the wrong side of elite-woke opinion increasingly is to find yourself locked out of the financial system: no bank account, no credit card, no ability to get a loan, or pay a mortgage. If it happens to you, you could pay cash. The move to a “cashless society”, ostensibly to prevent drug lords and Russian spies from laundering money,they say, will remove that option fairly quickly. Public transport in cities is often card or oyster payment only.
This has already happened to the likes of Laura Loomer, Martina Markota and Enrigue Tarrio in the USA. As well as the leaders of Patriotic Alternative here in the UK. The more or less Mainstream Talk Radio lost their YouTube channel on 5th Jan for “violations of community guidelines” https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/google-deletes-talkradio-youtube-channel-for-unspecified-violation-of-community-guidelines/ It got restored, eventually, but you get the idea.
There’s no reason to assume the oligarchs will limit these types of actions to speech and money. Especially when the woke vanguard consistently demand for more action and insist that any company that does business with “racists” is complicit. (“Racist” being defined as anyone who hasn’t bent the knee at a premier league match.)
The NHS now denies medical care to those deemed “racist, sexist, or homophobic.” And why stop there? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/18/nhs-will-refuse-treat-patients-sexist-racist-new-figures-show/ Isolation, loneliness, desperation will all increase as isolation condemns heretic after heretic to an internal exile. This will be made more so during our subsequent lock downs and enforced isolation.
And every step of the way, the narrative’s reply to those who raise the alarm will be: That’s not happening, and it’s good that it is. You’re a paranoid lunatic for even suggesting that censorship, de-platforming, or un-personing are problems—and also a racist who deserves it.
I thought the point of all this was to find the happy medium between too much overt oppression, which might provoke a backlash, and too little, which might allow their opposition to gather strength.
But, at a creeping level, they also serve to keep us locked into the system and thus dependent.
.An Age of White Noise
The new ruling class has built an apparatus to induce docility in the people. Components include cheap Netflix, smartphones and social media, online games, porn, recreational drug tolerance, Premier League, and so on across a spectrum of lowest-common-denominator “culture”
We should expect all this to increase. The times are already quite vapid; very little (if anything) of lasting merit has been produced in literature or the other arts in several decades.
The climate of acceptable opinion in this country—already narrow—will constrict further. The necessity for self-censorship will increase dramatically. The core message will get even more insistent, hateful, omnipresent, and much louder.
A State of Exception
With an (supposed) epic plague, the worst economic crash since the 1930s, and a nationwide rolling lockdown that shows no signs of slowing down and relentless BLM protests and statue vandalisation, you might find it hard to choose the worst aspect of 2020.
In 2005, Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben published the book State of Exception. The title refers to an old idea, traceable at least to the Roman dictatorship, which holds (to coin a phrase) that extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.
Nothing has made this clearer than the Covid-19 lockdowns, mask mandates, and other directives by MPs, councillers and mayors who make no pretence of going to the trouble of passing actual laws. They just decree what they want, as in the Coronavirus Act 2020 which did away with autopsy requirements and the oft cited Civil Contingencies Act
“The disproportionate reaction to something not too different from the normal influenzas that affect us every year is quite blatant,” Agamben wrote in February 2020. “It is almost as if, with ISIS exhausted (remember them?) as a cause for exceptional measures, the invention of an epidemic offered the ideal reason for scaling up.”
You may agree or disagree with Agamben’s assessment of Covid-19 as “not too different” from the flu. But one characteristic the Covid-19 panic shares with other “crises” cited to justify “extraordinary” measures is that doubt becomes banned, dissent censored. It’s settled science, as they say.
A Limited Shelf Life?
It’s safe to assume that little, if any, of the above is out of reach for the elite. They’ve already substantially built the regime they want. Is the structure 70% complete? Who knows. Its certainly established
But how long will it last?
In the middle of the last century, Leo Strauss warned:
We are now brought face to face with a tyranny which holds out the threat of becoming, thanks to the “conquest of nature” and in particular of human nature, what no earlier tyranny ever became: perpetual and universal. Confronted by the appalling alternative that man, or human thought, must be collectivized either by one stroke and without mercy or else by slow and gentle processes, we are forced to wonder how we could escape from this dilemma.
Will it be possible for our ruling class to exclude from all political power half or more of the population for even 27 years, much less 72?
Probably not. Even though our Health Secretary has stated we must “come down hard” on the new South African variant, (which is rather convenient.)
There is a a fork in the road ahead. It is not immediately ahead but it is ahead. That fork will be the mandatory compulsion to take the vaccine, and a lot of people will baulk at that.
Its development is rushed, its rigid testing questionable and the Big Pharma cannot be sued if it goes wrong and kills/ disables participants. This is exactly what happened when Thalidomide was prescribed for morning sickness. Babies were born minus limbs. Some were blind. It was an absolute horror and Grünenthal GmbH were heavily sued.
I think this will be a bridge too far for most, if not all people, and those of us who wish aught to be ready to expose this Achilles heel.