GOODBYE, GOOD LUCK Or The Wrong Trousers Or Naming Subversion

‘The tartan truis or trousers date back to 1538 as a medieval style of woven tartan cloth trousers[1] as a garment preferably used during the Highland winter where the kilt would be impractical in such cold weather.[2] The word is triubhas in Scottish Gaelic. Truis or trews are anglicised spellings meaning trousers

 Tartan trews shared the fate of other items of Highland dress, including proscription under the Dress Act of 1746 that banned men and boys from wearing the truis (“Trowse”) outside of military service. The Dress Act lasted until 1782 when it was repealed under the reign of King George III.’

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It seems that Russell Brand is hanging up his multimedia ‘Trews’- at least for the foreseeable future. Russell informed followers that the time has come to devote himself to sequestered learning in order to deepen his understanding of the profound changes that are taking place in the world.

 

In other words, Russell has realised that it might be helpful to actually study in depth what he has been talking about for the past couple of years.

 

Russell ended the last episode of ‘The Trews’ by assuring the world that he will be back at some point in time to continue the battle, but to tell the truth, his assurances seem a little forlorn.

 

I suspect that recently Russell has come to at least partially, recognise the true significance of the media onslaught that he has faced over a couple of years of battling the neo liberal corporate press. Primarily that he is one voice against many and that the enemy will come at him again and again, not as ‘single spies but in battalions’. So long as things go on this way he can’t win.

 

And surely this is part of a much bigger picture. We have seen endless round after round of systematic corporate media attacks on Tsipiras in Greece, Jeremy Corbyn in England and even Donald Trump in the race for the Presidential nomination in USA.

 

It doesn’t matter if you agree with what Brand, Tsipiras, Corbyn or Trump says, you understand that the corporate media is making concerted efforts to control the narrative and political outcome of each of these political conflicts.

 

The fundamental characteristic of this system is that these battles are permanent and unwinnable. No-one will ever be allowed to make a point against the order advocated by corporate media and then move on. The corporations simply wait out any insurgent offensive and then return to the attack. It is a matter of principle to make sure that opponents will not be seen to win even a minor point.

 

If you ever do manage to take a point against the elite you better be prepared to defend it from now until the end of time.

 

This is not about dialogue and it is not about give and take. And never will be. Because at a fundamental level the battle is not about what you think or even what you do- it is about who you are and who they are.

 

Now that we know a little more about why the elite does what it does we can have a look at how exactly it does what it does.

 

Name and Shame

 

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”


R. Buckminster Fuller

 

The power to name is the power to determine the terms of reference, and the terms of reference, more than any other factor, determines the outcome of the debate.

 

‘Financial instruments’,‘ quantitive easing’ and ‘austerity’ are not just random words picked out of the ether. They are specifically designed tools created to control the way that debate is structured.

 

If you accept these tools you have accepted fundamental building blocks of the discussion that are neither impartial or offer insight, but that serve the interests of one particular side of the argument.

 

With this in mind we can see that such familiar terms as:

 

‘The west’

‘the left’ and

‘the right’ and

‘the free market’

 

are not neutral technical ways of describing the world, they are constructed embedded mechanisms to control the way that politics and economics is discussed. ‘Austerity’, ‘derivatives’ ‘financial instruments’ have worked very well in ensuring that the way that the credit crunch is discussed conforms to the purposes of the elite.

 

As well as a monopoly on violence and a monopoly on creating money, the establishment elite has tried to establish and defend a monopoly on creating new word concepts. They don’t take well to anyone challenging that monopoly.

 

Once you understand this it gets really interesting.

 

Because a couple of decades ago group of people emerged in the ‘west’ who really began to understand the importance of naming. These disparate groups began to challenge the elite monopoly on naming. And their challenge to the naming monopoly, since it was introduced into a monopoly, almost immediately had a significant effect.

 

The naming elite initially had no effective response to this emergent challenge and in fact after two or three decades still have not managed to conclusively deal with it!

 

This Naming Subversion has mounted the single most effective challenge to elite methodology in nearly a century.

 

Wow!

 

So are they and their achievements celebrated and emulated by all those who wish to challenge the elite power structure?

 

Of course not, they are vilified and hated. Probably, even by you.

 

Say what?

 

Who are these people then?

 

You know them as the ‘Political Correct’; you know them as ‘Cultural Marxists’.

 

‘Racism’ ‘sexism’ and ‘LBGT’ etc. are all relatively recent creations in the social discourse. And they have entered completely into the mainstream. They are components of a conceptual framework that has been completely absorbed by the Germanic world.

 

As a consequence of this absorption, the mainstream is continually forced to try to incorporate these terms and the conceptual framework they represent, into its rhetoric. And this process of forced response has changed the elite from what it was to what it is now. This is the technical reason that the post war Protestant consensus collapsed.

 

All of this achieved simply by employing the power of naming.

 

Of course there is a terrible ongoing danger for the elite here, since they can only adapt so far. As time goes on the cumulative effects of adapting to naming subversion are that the elite loses the prerogative of ruling. In other words if you stop acting like the elite, you stop being the elite. And you stop acting like the elite when you stop exercising your monopoly on naming.

 

An elite response to subversive naming had to be found. And the response was inevitably an attempt to control the debate by- elite naming. The elite response was to call Subversive Naming ‘Political Correctness’ and to call Subversive Namers ‘Cultural Marxists’ and to call all this type of politics ‘Identity Politics’!

 

And of course we all know how terrible these things are. And we all know how we instinctively recoil when we hear these terms. So now the elite have programmed an almost endless army of wind up toy soldiers to attack not only ‘PC’ but more importantly the principle behind PC.

 

Just like they produce an endless army of soldiers to attack Brand, Corbyn, Trump etc.

 

So it worked didn’t it?

 

(if you doubt the power that the elite naming monopoly has, try coming up with an original new name for a political phenomenon yourself)

 

Next time: Marketplace of Ideas

‘Saxism’ or If It Bleeds It Leads or Beyond The Pale or The Sorcerers Apprentice or ‘Duck, Donald!’ or Or Crazy Like A Fox

The consensus in the press was that remarks made by Donald Trump in the Presidential debate would more or less be the end as far as his political ambitions went. The basic MSM line was that ‘blood out of her eyes and wherever‘ comments wildly overstepped the mark in civilised discourse.

Journalist Megyn Kellys challenge was clearly designed to put Trump on the wrong side of women voters in the Presidential debate and mark him as Beyond the Pale in civilised society. However, instead of offering some kind of lame mea culpa for past transgressions, Donald chose to adopt a combatitive tone himself, forcefully attacking Political Correctness and by extension Megyn Kelly for adopting it..

 

And so far, the popular backlash against Trumps ‘caveman’ attitude hasn’t happened. Instead Trump seems to be holding his own in the court of public opinion. If anything the tide has turned somewhat and the question become: ‘Was Megyn Kelly put up by Fox news to take Trump down?’

 

Corporate conspiracy theory probably has some substance to it but the whole story is somewhat more subtle and interesting than mere corporate infighting.

 

The first thing to understand is the Trump shtick. The innovation lies not really what Trump is seeking to do but his method in going about it. Trump offers a variation on the well worn and well known:

 

‘I buy direct, in volume, and pass the savings on to YOU, the customer!’

 

spiel familiar from a thousand adverts and infomercials.

 

It is standard knowledge that Oligarchs buy politicians through donations and influence public opinion directly through investments in the media.

 

General wisdom is that Oligarchs use this method because they are essentially unattractive to the public. Rubbing the public nose in the methods of the Oligarch system won’t go down well in the long run so national politicians and national media operate respectively the HR and PR departments of American Oligarchy Inc.

 

Donald Trump represents a challenge to this way of thinking essentially saying:

 

I can do media as well as anyone; I have my own reality show- ‘The Apprentice’. I am at least as an attractive a public proposition as Jeb Bush et al. And I have got the money so I don’t need to beg anyone for funding. Lets do Direct Oligarch rule and cut out the middleman passing on the savings onto YOU, the customer!’.

 

It is not surprising that this approach resonates with a lot of people In the home of the Infomercial. But you don’t have to think very hard to see it is pretty deadly for media and politicians in general if this kind of thing were to catch on. This is the main motivation for the establishment to go after him. On an instinctive level it’s all about protecting livelihoods.

 

But what is really interesting is how designated driver Megan Kelly decided to go for Trump. The key to Trump is that he says he is the ‘whole package’, but Megyn is here to tell him he isn’t. Because he isn’t a woman. He doesn’t get women. He doesn’t get the post-post war settlement. He doesn’t get Whiteism. Of course it could have been a black or Hispanic journalist telling Trump this stuff on prime time TV, but that might have been just a little too much….

 

In other words, the whole ideological structure- expressing post war Germanic ideas of sexual and racial identity, family life, personal relations and morality that exists alongside basic capitalist economics has to be taken account of. And the priesthood (not in the exclusively male sense of course..) of this religion has to be taken account of and Donald has to bow down.

And this is where we come to the comedy and the tragedy of the matter:

 

Even if Trump wins he loses. Even if he isn’t cowed by Megyn Kelly or any one of ten thousand media/politician types that stand between him and his goal;

 

EVEN IF HE WINS THE PRESIDENCY he STILL loses.

 

Because actual plain vanilla capitalism, based on Economic Rationale, just won’t cut it anymore. Because capitalism is over. That is what Donald Trump and his campaign means.

 

The essence of the Trump campaign is the final triumph of cultural constituencies. Because under Trump capitalism itself is now just another cultural constituency in the United States of Everywhere.

 

Trump can no more apply for the real job of CEO of Americorp Inc than he can run a real recruitment process on his ‘Apprentice’ TV show. It’s not real if Trump is in it. Trump wouldn’t be interested if it was real.

 

Like Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerers Apprentice, Donald Trump is seeking to usurp the magic of the Germanic Cult of Capitalism.

 

He seeks the keys to the Magic Kingdom so that he can bring the savings direct to YOU, the consumer. But just like Mickey he is more likely to bring the whole thing crashing down around your collective heads.

 

Currency Wars or
Bet Your Bottom Dollar

 

For the third day the Peoples Bank Of China is lowering the exchange rate for the Yuan/Renminbi and nobody is sure what exactly it means.

 

It could be that currency wars involving competitive devaluation of national currencies to gain a trading advantage are finally here. After all they have been predicted for long enough. This is the negative interpretation.

 

Or it could be that China is trying to integrate itself into the global system by doing whatever it takes to make the Yuan a free floating potential SDR reserve currency. This is the positive interpretation.

 

But most people seem to agree that nobody knows what the Chinese are up to exactly.

 

Which is frankly, a load of bollocks.

 

The idea that the PBOC is screwing around with the exchange rate without talking to the Fed is ridiculous. And if the exchange rate alteration is such a big shock why no big brouhaha from America over the move?

 

So what is the deal?

 

Well first of all you can bet your bottom dollar that the PBOC has already let the Fed know that it will be devaluing the Yuan on international markets. And in plenty of good time. You can also bet that the PBOC has let the Fed know what the new target value is and what the time frame for achieving this target exchange rate is.

 

It would be hard to explain why China was doing this if its purpose is to gain an advantage in supposed currency wars.

 

So why is China doing this?

 

Well it could be that China is seeking to fully integrate the Yuan into the global system in the near future.

 

But I suspect the fundamental reason for this movement is because China no longer wants to use up large amounts of dollar and dollar denominated reserves in preserving the exchange Yuan/Dollar rate at the previous exchange rate.

 

Especially as it knows that preserving this exchange rate will become increasingly difficult.

 

Why would this be?

Because the Yuan is going come under increasing exchange rate pressure vis-a-vis the Dollar.

 

And why would this be?

 

Because the dollar exchange rate is going up .

 

And why would this be?

 

Because American interest rates are going to rise sometime soon.

 

 

 

In Reply to RossC or The Iago Strategem.

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I received the following from RossC :

 

‘Hello I have followed your blog and read most of your Book/PDF not to the end yet so it may be in there but how do we take down the monetarists? how do we shift the battle field so much that it is possible to defeat them?

 

There is I assume no going back to socialism as few would want to so how do you jump past what is and what would you present to the people to make them want to follow.

 

I am a New Zealander and we have had 30 years of monetarist policies with constant privatization, destruction of the left and the other same old things house boom, wage stagnation and attacks on welfare yet still we vote national (tories to you) and even with a labour government we get only small changes.

 

We do have an MMP electoral system with 70% voting this leaves 30% outside the system a large portion young or poor non-voters.

 

What shape should any future look like to oppose the monetarist system?

 

Cheers’

 

RossC, Thank you for your comments:

 

‘how do we take down the monetarists? how do we shift the battle field so much that it is possible to defeat them?’

 

There are two aspects to your question.

 

  1. The short term need to stop this specific phase of the Monetarist program and
  2. To address the underlying causes that brought Monetarism about.

 

Monetarism and the Democratisation of Money is the project to privatise the issuance of money, that is to privately control what money is issued, what kind of money it is, and when it is issued.

 

Why is this a problem?

 

Because this project seeks to destroy the Social Aspect Of Money– the fact that money ‘in common’ is in itself is a social good.

 

If your neighbour has a nice garden and a clean tidy house it benefits you and it benefits everyone in the neighbourhood, even though individual people in the neighbourhood don’t actually own any of the house. You benefit from the social aspects of the house. It is part of THE COMMONS. Of course if the house is scruffy and run down then you and everybody else suffers correspondingly.

 

Though people find it hard to understand, money basically has the same social aspect. The kind of money in circulation, where and when it is put into circulation affects the well being of everybody. The social benefits of money as a common good benefit everyone, even people who don’t actually own any money!

 

This is the antidote to Monetarism.

 

Just as Monetarists believe that there is no such thing as society in general terms they also believe that there is no such thing as society in monetary terms.

 

From what I have said that we can understand the Monetarist project as the destruction of the social benefits of money. Our response should be to restore and expand the social benefits of money. That means we have to understand and explain the social benefits of Government Issued Money in common.

 

Here are some of the social benefits of Government Issued Money that Monetarists are destroying and the way that they can be restored:

 

 

Social Benefits of Government Issued

Money In Common

Why Is This A Benefit? How Monetarism (Democratised Money) Is Removing This Benefit How Can We Restore This Benefit?
The right to privacy Government issued Paper money can be exchanged and stored in private. You can conduct your financial affairs in line with your own best interests by means of free association giving you comparative rights with those wealthy enough to buy privacy. The Shadow Economy is privacy for bankers FROM public scrutiny.   Transferring more and more economic activity to digital banking and the Permanent Credit Economy means all public activity can be tracked and permission given or withheld by a digital economy elite. (Ditto Bitcoin). Remove all legal limits on amount and purpose of cash transactions. Strictly control information that can be gathered and passed on bank activity. Advise people to hold as much cash as possible. Rebuild the cash economy. Make the Shadow Economy (Democratised Money) illegal.
The right to enter in and out of the economy at will. By having access to money notes that can be entirely held outside the economy, each individual can maximise personal financial benefit by choosing where and when to interact with the wider economy. By destroying bank interest and forcing growing dependence on the Permanent Credit Economy this is the Participation Economy. By allowing banks to operate with below minimum reserves. By maximising the amount of money held by individuals in cash. By forcing all parts of the economy to accept cash as payment and payments to be made in cash if required. By restoring interest rates to long term averages. By making derivatives (D Money) illegal.
The right to collective negotiation with the state on taxes and benefits. Collective groups will have more leverage than individuals when dealing with the state. By preventing any democratic political access to the control of the issuance of money Make monetary policy the subject of democratic process. Make illegal any money issuance outside of political process.
The right to collective negotiation with private entities Collective groups will have more leverage than individuals when dealing with private entities. By destroying the cash wage economy, the traditional employment model and trades unions. Restore the cash wage economy the traditional employment model and trades unions.
The right to commonly decide interest rates Interest rates can be used to promote the kind of economy and job availability that maximises benefit for the most people. By preventing any democratic political access to the control of the printing of money Make monetary policy the subject of democratic process. Make illegal any money issuance outside of political process.

 

 

Money in common is a social good. Money that is privatised, Democratised Money, is a destructive force. Its purpose is to destroy the post war settlement that benefited the ordinary people of the developed world to such a great extent.

 

The points in the above table outline a short to medium term strategy for dealing with Monetarism. What about a longer terms strategy, dealing with why Monetarism has come about?

 

A couple of the points RossC makes illustrate this very clearly.

 

‘There is I assume no going back to socialism as few would want to so’

 

This is a strange thing to say. Socialism has never been more popular among the rich and bankers. The entire financial system is run as an international socialist syndicate. It is widely accepted in right wing as well as left wing circles that what we have now is ‘Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor’. How can we explain this bizarre set of circumstances? We have to turn to the study of WHITEISM.

 

 

‘ how do you jump past what is and what would you present to the people to make them want to follow’.

 

We must explain the Social Aspect of Money, this is the missing part of the opposition response to Monetarism and Austerity. Monetarists have succeeded in promoting the idea that it is in the best interests for a small elite to control the money supply. This is the essence of their attack and this is the place we must meet them head on.

‘ yet still we vote national (tories to you) and even with a labour government we get only small changes.’

 

There is a direct relationship between the Democratisation of Money and Whiteism. There is no long term answer without understanding and addressing Whiteism.

 

The key to take away from all this is that:

 

There are social goods that we all hold in common. Monetarism seeks to take advantage of the fact that most people do not understand the importance and the benefits of these social goods. They hope that this ignorance will allow Monetarists to hijack these social goods permanently and to use the massive power this gives them to institute a new permanent global power system.

 

We have not lost control of these social goods yet, although the entire purpose of Monetarist propaganda is to try to convince us we have. Call this the IAGO STRATEGEM.

 

Our battle is to inform people of the existence and benefit of these social goods in particular COMMONLY HELD MONEY and to convince them to fight to defend them.

 

This is the battleground where the fate of Monetarism will be decided…..

 

Write again soon….

 

@P