6 y ago in Blog

some still honestly believe

Some still honestly believe that automation will lead to people being freed up for more creative work, instead of making more and more people obsolete and concentrating power in fewer and fewer hands, and that total surveillance and total control will lead to total safety, even though those at the levers time and time again have proven that they have little problem with murder and sadism, as long as it is profitable and their control is maintained.

Some still honestly believe that those who grab and maintain power with empty promises, lies and murder, do so for ends that will ultimately benefit them and everybody. They think that in this game of musical chairs, the winners will completely transform once they won, and will give out free chairs and food to everybody else; instead of mowing the rest down for blocking their view, for standing on their golfing range, for breathing their air, for eating their food, for drinking their water.. or simply because they can.
 6 y ago in Stuff

"Orwell Rolls in his Grave"

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 7 y ago in Quotes
There are perfectly obvious processes of centralization of control taking place in both the political and the industrial system. As far as the political system is concerned in every parliamentary democracy, not only ours, the role of parliament in policy formation has been declining in the years since WWII as everyone knows and political commentators repeatedly point out. The executive, in other words, become increasingly powerful as the planning functions of the state become more significant. The house Armed Services Commitee a couple of years ago described the role of Congress as that of a sometimes querulous but essentially kindly uncle, who complains while furiously puffing on his pipe, but who finally, as everyone expects, gives in and hands over the allowance. And careful studies of civil military decisions since WWII show that this is quite an accurate perception. Senator Vandenberg 20 years ago expressed his fear that the American chief executive would become "the number one warlord of the earth". That has since occurred. The clearest decision is the decision to escalate in Vietnam in February 1965 in cynical disregard of the expressed will of the electorate. This incident reveals I think with perfect clarity the role of the public in decisions about peace and war. The role of the public in decisions about the main lines about public policy in general, and it also suggests the irrelevance of electoral politics to major decisions of national policy.

Unfortunately you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place.

The corporate executives and the corporation lawyers and so on who overwhelmingly staff the executive, assisted increasingly by a university based mandarin class, these people remain in power no matter whom you elect and furthermore it is interesting to note that this ruling elite is pretty clear about its social role.