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Sunday, 2 July 2017

SHAME on Conservatives Who Ridicule Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders

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Socialism attracts young people because they reject the immorality of corporatism. Conservatives should find solace in this… not ridicule it. For at least 20 years, the mainstream Western political and academic narrative was that socialism is a failure. Many cite production deadlock, strikes, riots, and a punitive taxation system to justify these claims. However, the system that ended up supplanting socialism both as a governing economic force and as a viable mainstream opposition platform in the West has also failed and failed more miserably than any prior socioeconomic system. Corporatism, a logical result of neoliberal economics, rejects the cottage-industry style capitalism of people like Ron Paul and the classical Austrian economists. Therefore, in a true sense, it’s unfair to call it “capitalism”.

Unlike with Austrian economics, corporatism places no value on individual liberty, nor does it decry endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy either. Corporatism is to capitalism what the Manson Family is to a Norman Rockwell family painting… it’s a sick perversion. Likewise, corporatism doesn’t value the growth of a national economy, the steadying of national wealth, or the protection of national wealth from foreign hands. It’s unlike traditional market-protectionist economics or neo-mercantile thinking or what many now call sovereigntist economics. In this sense, it’s different from what I call conservative socioeconomics.

Corporatism is a series of interlocking oligarchic global corporations where production often occurs on different continents from where the profits are stored; furthermore, products themselves are often sold in multiple third locations. Corporatism has plenty of regulations and bureaucratic red tape, but all of it works in the favour of giant multinationals that often end up paying less tax than struggling middle-income individuals and families oppressed with socialist high taxation, whilst receiving none of the benefits of a real welfare state. There isn’t a moral, a national, or an individualist component in corporatism. In this sense, it rejects the morality of socialism, protectionism, and classical capitalism simultaneously.

While occasionally corporatist economics can result in a trickle-down effect for some ordinary people, if this ever happens, it’s generally short-lived. Corporatism’s Great Recession in 2007-08 was a testament to this phenomenon. The result has been that many middle-income middle-aged people turned to sovereigntist/protectionist conservative politicians who reject the multinationalism of corporatism and the collectivism of socialism equally. In addition, people in all age groups have begun to revisit classic capitalism as defined by the Austrian school of economics. Generally, the connection this school makes between individual liberty and economic liberality attracts these people.

Socialism has had a revival too, and one of the biggest constituent parts of this new socialist coalition has been the young, although it’s a very different kind of youth than those who previously voted for classical leftist parties. Throughout much of the 20th century, leftist voters came from the heart of suburban industry and, of course, the urban proletariat also. In the USA, this was the so-called “Rust Belt” states and in Europe, this was generally in the big industrial cities outside of the more urbane capitals (Marseilles, Calais, Birmingham, Glasgow, etc). It was only logical that working-class voters would vote for parties with an emphasis on the morality of treating working-class people with economic and social dignity and fairness.

However, today’s socialist core voters are very different. Although what remains of a western industrial base still often vote for politicians like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, an increasing amount of young people from struggling middle-income families are turning to ideas that previously had appeal among the working-classes and those of other classes who for moral, intellectual, or spiritual reasons turned to socialism. These young people aren’t classical socialists, but they’re victims of corporatism. They’ve found that the first proper job in life hardly pays enough to make it worth considering and that the comfortable middle-income jobs of their parents’ generation have either gone overseas or become reserved exclusively for a highly connected upper-middle-class set, beyond simply having a decent income and ability to work hard for an honest first-world pay-cheque.

They’ve found that the neoliberal myth that having a university education guarantees good employment was simply a lie to force young people to take out insanely high loans to pay a university, which was, in fact, a business disguised as a place of learning. They’ve also come to the realisation that many of the comforts of middle-income life were because working-class people created wealth. Now, that wealth comes from foreign factories. All of these factors have led young people to turn to socialism for moral and personal reasons rather than more broad economic beliefs.

It is difficult for socialism to work in a non-industrial society. Socialism relies on working-class labour to create wealth in the same way that conservative economics relies on investment into national (rather than global) industry to initially create wealth. However, a healthy working-class is indispensable to proper moral conservative socioeconomics also. One must remember that conservative policies didn’t create the Irish famine of the 1840s and 1850s, but rather the adoption of liberal free trade by the British state, which ruled Ireland at the time.

With few Western countries having any national wealth and with millionaires conveniently and legally offshoring their money, it’s difficult to see how socialism can achieve anything in the 21st century West unless it takes the crucial step to use the resources of the state to build new factories and pass protectionist laws to keep the wealth they generate flowing on the home front. However, these longer-term economic issues are of little consequences to many young enthusiastic supporters of people like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, who unlike Sanders, will almost certainly attain the highest political office in his country. These voters are drawn to the moral message of socialism and this should not be condemned callously, even by conservative protectionists like myself. Instead, we should praise it.

The only way society can ever retain its traditional values is by embracing anyone who rejects the immoral ideologies of globalism, liberalism, and corporatism. While I personally prefer a mixed system, what Deng Xiaoping called “market socialism”, I’m nevertheless sympathetic to those who turn to classical socialism, even though I fully reject the dogma of radical wealth distribution and the rejection of traditional conservative values that many socialists preach. However, in this case, socialism is a healthy first step towards rejecting neoliberalism and allowing a path back to conservatism to form. In many ways, it’s the opposite of the Marxist historical world view, where we have to go back from corporatism to socialism to then step back to conservatism, in each case along the way one must realise our return to past values while combining such thought with contemporary realities. In this sense, one can be both a reactionary and a pragmatic modernist simultaneously. This is the essence of any mixed socioeconomic system rejecting the dogmas of progressive thinking for the sake of modernity alone.

This obviously assumes that it isn’t full communism but full corporatism that is the final “end” of economics. Here, Marx got it wrong; Oswald Spengler (a conservative) got it right. History has proved this; it isn’t a theory. After Russia attempted communism between 1917 and 1991, Russia then turned to corporatism for the remainder of the 1990s. Today, Russia is taking certain socialist elements of the past such as higher pensions and better funding for public services vis-à-vis the 1990s, while ultimately returning to a modern version of patriotic conservative socioeconomics.

If the West is to attempt to save itself, it must follow the same path. Whilst my view is that the October Revolution was a crime against humanity, I nevertheless wept in the 1990s at photos of old women, too thin for their age, carrying photos of Stalin as they protested the piratical liberal economics of Yegor Gaidar and Anatoly Chubais. Indeed, if Russia were ever to return to a fraction of its pre-1917 conservatism, both conservatives and those holding placards of Stalin while protesting the Yeltsin régime would have to oppose the liberal corporatists of the 1990s.

This is why conservatives who ridicule supporters of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn ought to really step back from their position of arrogance. The young people voting for Sanders and Corbyn may often be odd in their appearance and the idea that they’d want to radically redistribute wealth might be horrifying. Their lack of God is also deeply sad for conservative believers. However, in finding Corbyn, these young people are rejecting the same immoral Godlessness inherent in neoliberalism that true conservatives reject. They’re looking for morality, they’re looking for ethics, they’re looking for community, and they’re looking for family. The authentic conservative solution is the best way to find each, but if they support socialism, which for all of its faults is still endlessly more moral than liberalism/corporatism, then we should wish them well whilst respectfully offering them a respectable conservative alternative.

1 July 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

http://theduran.com/shame-on-conservatives-who-ridicule-supporters-of-jeremy-corbyn-and-bernie-sanders/

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Sunday, 6 March 2016

The Seven Stages of Establishment Backlash: Corbyn/Sanders Edition

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Editor:

This is from late January, but it still has tread and cred. Note the hysterical reactions of the Hilly/Billy clan to Sander’s continued strength. Remember this… the Clintons ushered in the present neocon aggression aiming at global hegemony. No decent person wants that. What does that tell you about their supporters? A meaty reflection, no?

BMD

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The British political and media establishment incrementally lost its collective mind over the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the country’s Labour Party; its unraveling and implosion show no signs of receding yet. Bernie Sanders is nowhere near as radical as Corbyn; they’re not even in the same universe. However, especially on economic issues, Sanders is a more fundamental systemic critic than the oligarchical power centres are willing to tolerate; they find his rejection of corporate dominance over politics and of corporate support for his campaign particularly menacing. Thus, they regard him as America’s version of a far-left extremist, threatening establishment power.

For those who observed the unfolding of the British reaction to Corbyn’s victory, it’s been fascinating to watch the DC/Democratic establishment’s reaction to Sanders’ emergence replicate that, reading from the same script. Personally, I think Clinton’s nomination is extremely likely, but evidence of a growing Sanders movement is unmistakable. Because of the broader trends driving it, this is clearly unsettling to establishment Democrats… as it should be. A poll last week found that Sanders has a large lead with millennial voters, including young women; as Rolling Stone put it, “Young female voters support Bernie Sanders by an expansive margin”. Yesterday, the New York Times trumpeted that, in New Hampshire, Sanders “jumped out to a 27 percentage point lead”, which is “stunning by New Hampshire standards”. Also yesterday, the Wall Street Journal, in an editorial titled “Taking Sanders Seriously,” declared it’s “no longer impossible to imagine the 74-year-old socialist as the Democratic nominee”. Just as was true for Corbyn, there’s a direct correlation between the strength of Sanders and the intensity of the bitter and ugly attacks unleashed at him by the DC/Democratic political/media establishment. Roughly speaking, there were seven stages to this “establishment revolt” in the UK against Corbyn, and the American reaction to Sanders closely follows the same script:

STAGE 1:

Polite condescension toward what they perceive to be harmless (“We think it’s really wonderful that you’re airing your views”).

STAGE 2:

Light casual mockery as the self-belief among supporters grows (“No, dears, a left-wing extremist won’t win, but it’s nice to see you excited!”).

STAGE 3:

Self-pity and angry etiquette lectures directed at supporters upon realising that they aren’t performing their duty of meek surrender, flavoured with heavy doses of concern trolling (“Nobody but nobody is as rude and gauche online to journalists as these crusaders; unfortunately, it’s hurting their candidate’s cause!”).

STAGE 4:

Smear the candidate and his supporters with innuendos of sexism and racism with falsely claims that only white men support them (“You like this candidate because he’s white and male like you, not because of ideology or policy or contempt for the Party establishment’s corporatist pro-war approach!”).

STAGE 5:

Brazen invocation of right-wing attacks to marginalise and demonise, as polls prove the candidate is a credible threat (“He’s weak on terrorism, will surrender to ISIS, has crazy associations, and is a clone of Mao and Stalin!”).

STAGE 6:

Issuance of grave and hysterical warnings about the pending apocalypse if the voters reject the establishment candidate, as the possibility of losing becomes imminent (“You’re destined for decades, perhaps, even generations, of powerlessness if you disobey our decrees about who to select!”).

STAGE 7:

Full-scale and unrestrained meltdown, panic, lashing-out, threats, recriminations, self-important foot-stomping, overt union with the Right, and complete fury (“In good conscience, I can no longer support this party of misfits, terrorist-lovers, communists, and heathens!”).

Britain is well into Stage 7, and may even invent a whole new level (anonymous British military officials expressly threatened a “mutiny” if Corbyn won a democratic election as Prime Minister). The Democratic media/political establishment has been in the heart of Stage 5 for weeks and is now entering Stage 6. The arrival of Stage 7 is guaranteed if Sanders wins Iowa.

21 January 2016

Glen Greenwald

The Intercept

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/21/the-seven-stages-of-establishment-backlash-corbynsanders-edition/

Editor:

There are well-known Hilly Fans amongst we Orthodox… we all know who they are. The one that mystified me is one with Serbian ties… they do know how Bill and Hill hate Serbs with a passion (they do pal with Biden the Ustašha lover, after all) and how they spat on our bishops in ‘99! That one is odd, is it not? The world IS full of contradiction…

BMD

Gallup Poll Shows American Citizens Think that Hillary Clinton is a “Liar” and “Dishonest”

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According to a new nationwide Gallup poll on both Democratic presidential hopefuls, Hillary Clinton and her rival Bernie Sanders, “dishonest” and “liar” were the words that came to the minds of American citizens when asked about Hillary Clinton. The poll revealed that the next closest word associations for Clinton were “dislike her” at 9 percent, “like her” at 8 percent, and both “criminal, crooked, thief, belongs in jail” and “capable of being president and qualified” at 7 percent. It seems that Clinton always inspired negative reactions; in 2008, Gallup said “dishonest” was also the most frequent response when they asked the same question about Hillary. In the same poll, 12 percent of those asked described Sanders as “socialist”, 6 percent said “older, aged”, whilst “favourable” and “fresh face, new ideas, change for the better” both received 5 percent. Gallup surveyed 1,014 adults between 13-14 February with a 4 percent overall margin of error.

Meanwhile, other polls of the Democratic race also showed that most viewed Sanders as trustworthy; whilst others saw Clinton as more qualified. A new poll of 18-26-year-olds sponsored by Snapchat and news outlet Politico showed that most participants saw Sanders as the USA’s “most trusted and respected” political leader with 31 percent support. US President Barack Obama and Hillary received 18 percent and 11 percent, respectively, in that same category. The survey held between 11-14 February polled 1,000 young Americans. The Snapchat poll showed that 66 percent thought that Corporate America “embodies everything that’s wrong with America”, whilst 58 percent believe socialism is the “most compassionate political system”. The recent polls came as Clinton and Sanders brace for another battle in South Carolina Saturday, where black voters are a determining factor in the race. Clinton barely won the Iowa caucus with less than a 1 percent lead over Sanders. Last Saturday, the former first lady also won Nevada with less than a 5 percent lead. Meanwhile, Sanders secured a big win in New Hampshire with at least 20 percent more votes than Clinton.

24 February 2016

Telesur

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Poll-Shows-US-Citizens-Say-Hillary-Clinton-a-Liar-and-Dishonest-20160223-0035.htmbl

Editor:

This isn’t new, but it shows that Chilly Hilly has little support outside of black voting blocs controlled by insider pols and Affluent Effluent Upper Middles lusting for crumbs from her table. Feel the Bern… they did in Nebraska and Kansas yesterday…

BMD

Friday, 20 February 2015

Gallup Sez Texas Might Turn to the Left… God Bless America!

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For decades, pollsters counted Texas… for better or worse… as one of the reddest of red states. Therefore, it may come as quite a shock to learn that, as demographics shift, it isn’t amongst the most Republican states anymore. Gallup, as a part of their annual States of the States series, recently conducted a poll based on party affiliation. Some results were less surprising… New York, California, Delaware, and Massachusetts still show solidly Democratic. Others, such as Louisiana and the Lone Star State itself, revealed themselves more politically split. Gallup asked people about their party membership, or which way they leaned if they identified as Independent. Turns out, the Texas Republican advantage shrunk to 3.9 percent, below the 10 percent that’d indicate a Solid Republican lead and the 5 percent that’d indicate a so-called Republican lean. The small percentage still means millions of voters. Thus, Gallup reclassified Texas as a competitive state, one of 18 in the country… it classified 15 states as solid or leaning Republican, and 17 as solid or leaning Democrat. Gallup noted a “significant move away from the Democratic Party” across the country since 2008, when 29 states were solidly Democratic and another 6 were Democrat-leaning. Pollsters say Democrats still have the advantage nationwide because of densely populated left-leaning states like New York and California; many solidly Republican states are more sparsely populated. The survey revealed that the most Republican states are Utah and Wyoming.

20 February 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150220/1018510798.html

Editor:

Greedy GOP businessmen are bringing in Mexican illegals and treating them like shit. However (as Chukcha the Wise would say)… their kids are citizens and they saw how the Republican greedster “biznessmen” treated Mom and Pop and Tío and Tía. As a result, they’re NOT voting Republican… Ted Cruz, payback IS a motherfucker… did you forget that? Proof positive that the GOP is, indeed, “The Stupid Party”.

BMD

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