July 5, 2010

Part 4: The Full Fury of the New Feudal War, The Intended End State

Filed under: Health Racket Bailout, Law, Mainstream Media, Neo-feudalism — Tags: , — Russ @ 6:07 am


In tracing the nightmare of the neoliberal development (parts one, two, and three, as well as many other posts), I’ve wondered, How do they plan to wrap this up in the end? Their totalitarian intent is clear. But under e.g. Stalinism or Nazism, as many hoops as the “citizen” had to jump through, you didn’t need money for everything.
The goal today is to use debt indenture to reduce the people to de facto slavery, and perhaps restore de jure serfdom. But since they’re planning to do it all primarily using money and debt, how do they plan to prevent the people from simply jubilating the debt? Certainly they’d be willing to use any level of violence, but what if they’re unable to apply total violence all at once? What if they can apply violence only in increments?
I guess the answer is that they plan to deploy a steady escalation of the combination we already have: consumer and “war on terror” brainwashing (starting in the corporate schools and toy advertising, and basically the same for adults in the MSM, since the goal is to render them infantile), social pressure (again ring-led by the corporate media, and also by pseudo-political astroturfing), letting individual members of the former middle class hang onto rump material rewards in exchange for Stakhanovite exertions (exactly as under Stalin) and debt accumulations, the escalation of the criminalization of poverty and intensifying police statism. We’ll continue to be the slowly boiling frogs, until we’re cooked once and for all.
Through this combo of lies, fraudulent carrots, and real sticks, they plan to enforce debt indenture.     
The goal is restoration of feudal conditions, where a handful of landlords and their mercenary wing enforced bondage over the mass of serfs. But perhaps a way station may be the restoration of indentured servitude. Consider this account of the Virginia Company’s labor practices in the 17th century (from Gangs of America by Ted Nace, available free online).

To its backers, prospects that investing in the Virginia Company would pay off seemed greatly enhanced by the availability of a virtually unlimited conscript workforceBritain’s dispossessed rural tenants, imprisoned beggars, and petty criminals. Thousands of English people were transported to Jamestown, most against their will. They worked under harsh conditions of forced labor, with poor food and shelter, and brutal punishment. Only one out of five people sent to the colony survived to see the end of their seven-year period of servitude. Among transported children, the survival rate was only one in ten.

The Virginia Company’s aggressive and careless use of indentured servants had its roots in the conditions of severe stress that characterized English society at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Under feudalism, the nobility had made their earnings on the backs of the peasantry. But in the 1400s and 1500s, many nobles concluded that they could do even better by getting rid of the peasants. The ongoing practice of “enclosure” converted peasant subsistence lands into sheep pastures, driving countless people from the countryside into rural vagabondage or urban destitution. The scope of enclosure was vast: aerial photographs and archeological excavations have revealed more than a thousand deserted settlements, lending support to estimates that nearly a quarter of the land in England was affected by enclosure. Meanwhile, the English conquest of Ireland, and the banishment of Gypsies and Africans, created further waves of social disruption.

To lose one’s land was to become by definition a criminal. Under Henry VIII (15091547), vagabonds were whipped, had their ears cut off, or were hanged. During the reign of Edward VI (15471553) they were branded on the chest with the letter V. The Beggar Act of 1598 required first-time offenders to be whipped until bloody; second-time offenders were banished to work the oars of galleys or to serve time in the poorhouse.

The organizers of the Virginia Company presented their idea of converting the excess population of England into a new colonial workforce as a neat solution to two problems: gaining a foothold in the New World, while at the same time ridding the England of its unwanted people. Perhaps even more immediate on the minds of British leaders was fear of rebellion. During the Midlands Revolt, a large-scale uprising that took place in 1607, the same year that the James River settlement was founded, a group of peasants called Levellers took action to fill in (i.e. level) the ditches used to enclose and drain peasant fields.

Consider these quotes and see if they sound contemporary.

Edward Hakluyt, who spent twenty years promoting the ideas that led to the Virginia Company, was quite frank in calling it a “prison without walls.” In 1609 the company applied to the city of London “to ease the city and suburbs of a swarme of unnecessary inmates, as a continual cause of death and famine, and the verey originall cause of all the plagues that happen in this kingdome.”

At the request of the company, Parliament in 1618 passed a bill allowing the Virginia Company to capture English and Scottish children as young as eight years of age. John Donne, one of the leaders of the company, promised in 1622 that the Virginia Company “shall sweep your streets, and wash your dores, from idele persons, and the children of idle persons, and imploy them.”

Historian John Van der Zee describes children “driven in flocks through the town and confined for shipment in barns.” Those who survived the Atlantic passage encountered regimentation and institutionalized cruelty as routine aspects of everyday life. Each person, including children, received a military rank, and those who violated the detailed rules were tied “neck and heels” for the first offense, whipped for the second, and forced to work on a convict galley for the third. Such methods of discipline had been devised by Maurice of Orange for training Dutch soldiers; they were introduced to the Virginia colony by Sir Thomas Gates and Sir Thomas Gale. Even petty crimes were harshly punished. Stealing an ear of corn or a bunch of grapes while weeding a garden was punishable by death. For stealing two or three pints of oatmeal, one worker had a needle thrust through his tongue and was then chained to a tree until he died of starvation.

Speaking out against the leadership of the company earned even worse punishment. For making “base and detracting” statements against the governor, the Company managers ordered one servant to have his arms broken, his tongue pierced with an awl, and finally to be beaten by a gauntlet of 40 men before being banished from the settlement. For complaining that the Company’s system of justice was unfair, a man named Thomas Hatch was whipped, placed in the pillory, had an ear cut off, and sentenced to an additional seven years of servitude.

But of all the offenses an employee of the Company could commit, the worst judging by the severity of the punishment was merely to quit. When one group of runaways was found living among the Indians, Governor Dale responded with a frenzy of executions: “Some he appointed to be hanged, some burned, some to be broken upon wheels, others to be staked, and some to be shot to death.”

Could we read such things in today’s MSM? Uttered by today’s corporate pundits and government officials? We do read such things, every day.

“As your U.S. senator, I am not in the business of creating jobs.”

— GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle, 5/11/10

WALKER: You know, the fact of the matter is we have to change how we do things. We are on an imprudent and unsustainable path in a number of ways. You talk about debtors’ prisons, we used to have debtors’ prisons, now bankruptcy is no taint!

So where are we slated to end up, if the criminal class has its way?
Here’s what’s coming:
There will be permanent mass unemployment. That’s already factored into every policy assumption. That’s why they’ve propagated the term and concept “jobless recovery”, wanting to drill the new norm into everyone’s heads, to normalize it and therefore pseudo-legitimize it by rendering it acceptable to a critical mass among the more servile elements of the populace. That’s why they clearly have no intention whatsoever of enacting a jobs program, and why they’re increasingly resisting the politics of having to extend jobless benefits. Permanent mass unemployment is their intent. The only tricky part is getting the sheep to accept it as the norm, the way they’ve accepted everything else so far.
Those who have jobs will suffer low wages, zero bargaining power, few or no benefits, nasty work conditions, and the constant threat of being fired as the penalty for any kind of dissent. This ideological enforcement is already advancing.
What’s left of the safety net will continue to be shredded, until it’s almost all gone. Public pensions starting with Social Security will be both austeritized away and privatized. Other public services like administration, police, fire, and all utilities will undergo the same process of gutting and selling off. All public property from parks to highways to courthouses will be privatized. Even if the judge himself is still nominally a public employee, he’ll be a tenant in a private building staffed by private mercenaries, from the court reporters to the bailiffs and marshals, and the prosecutors will also be private thugs.
There will be few non-privatized physical spaces left. You will literally not be able to physically move without “trespassing” except to the extent you’re an “owner” yourself.
These owners will set up tollbooths everywhere. Everything that used to represent the accumulated benefit of civilization itself, worked from the wilderness by the people’s endless toil, will be cast back into the black pit of a new barbaric wasteland of privatization. We’ll regress totally to the state of nature, except that this totalitarian wasteland will be far worse than the state of nature, as it will lack even the physical freedom of the primeval wildness. The new post-civilizational wildness will be a debtor concentration camp.
For of course almost no one will be able to pay to go through all the tollbooths he’ll be forced to endure just to function at all on a day to day basis. (Meanwhile those who can pay will probably be exempt.)
How can “society”, really just a vicious mining economy, function under these circumstances?
The answer is that we’ll all be terminal infinite debtors, not as holding “consumer” debt but as becoming ever more indebted simply as the price of existing in a fully privatized and enclosed antisocial death zone. The looming health racketeering mandate to purchase expensive worthless “protection” policies is a high-profile model example, but the same mandates will now exist everywhere, as the price of driving on any road, walking on any sidewalk, passing through any door (like to enter that courthouse, even as a litigant), even getting to see any official, getting to stand on any line, receiving any formerly public service at all, or even simply being able to move and speak as human beings were once able to do. Needless to say, the prices for all these things will be extortionate.
So the result will be that we’ll all become lifelong sharecroppers. We’ll be indentured into it as children. Employees across all sectors will be sharecroppers, no longer being paid for hours worked but owing future hours to pay off existing, compounding, impossible debts.
I’m not sure how it’ll work judicially. You’ll be in civil default, you’ll be permanently bankrupt and indentured to civil creditors. (The 2005 bankruptcy law was model legislation here, but is still far short of what they intend.) They’ll restore criminal penalties for default and debtors’ prisons under hideous chain-gang conditions.
As you civilly default you’ll be administratively convicted of the crime of default as well. We’ll all be such debtors in limbo. So we’ll all exist in a state of terror, where at the whim of the state anyone can be arrested and thrown into the debtor gulag at any time. As the main terror mechanism they’ll randomly select x number for this treatment every month or year. And of course anyone who shows the slightest sign of getting uppity will be targeted.
So you’ll be indentured, tied to whatever job you have. Most of the future jobs in the fields or the mines, slaving with hand tools. (It’ll be post-Peak Oil, post-fossil fuels; whatever fossil fuels are still being mined or pumped will go only to luxuries for the rich and the maintenance of their power.) But all workers will be in the trap. Once in criminal default, you may be bound legally to your job and residence. Even we’re if not formally bound, trying to leave one’s job will certainly bring the arrest and condemnation, as it’s a sign of lessening conformity.
(BTW, the cops and soldiers will all be such debt slaves as well. You can imagine what that will do for their willingness to obey orders.)
Once in awhile your bleary exhausted eyes will look up and see a private jet. Your children won’t even know what it is, as we return to cargo cults, the only thing the slaves will have left in the end.


  1. That is an ugly future, Russ. I hope that we are able to come together and restore liberty, our constitution, our republic. There’s always hope, and since you’re here, day-after-day, toiling over these wonderfully written, well-thought out essays, I know that you hold out for hope too. Somehow, I have to believe we’ll work all this out, and that our best days are ahead of us.

    Comment by Bloodgroove — July 5, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

  2. As I read this, I almost have to laugh, because, frankly, in my view, this lurid scenario seems untenable. It’s not that it may not be attempted in full by TPTB since, as you point out, there is already a drive to implement this sort of feudal existence, but, thankfully, I have serious doubts regarding the wherewithal of the those who would seek to institute it. As always, we will see, but, I do believe, Russ, that We The People have the potential within us to realize a very different outcome than the one you posit.

    Comment by Edwardo — July 5, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    • There’s not a single word in there which doesn’t follow fully from the logic of everything they’ve been doing for decades and which they’re doing today.

      And I’m sure you’re not claiming to believe they somehow “want” to go “only so far but no further” with their crimes.

      I too don’t think they can do this permanently. But they can certainly do it for years, probably decades. That’s too long for me to wait.

      So we’re left with the people willing something different, which has to mean fighting, and fighting very hard, for something different.

      So far the outlook for that also looks dim. But nevertheless that’s what we’re here to do – try to improve on that outlook, any way possible.

      Actually you’re right. If I personally thought this was inevitable or almost inevitable, I’d probably just look for a way to survive the best I can on a personal level.

      But the fact that I feel driven to write this kind of stuff instead proves I think there’s a better chance than that.

      But only if people fight.

      Comment by Russ — July 5, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

  3. Thanks, JD. I sure hope and will fight, if possible, that it be so. So far writing’s the fight I can undertake.

    But if people are really going to do anything we need to start moving beyond just general, impassioned but vague Internet discussion. Especially since I wouldn’t bet much on the survival much longer of Internet democracy itself.

    I’m sort of in the middle of my “mini-vacation”, but I vow that going forward I’m going to try to offer more practical ideas for communication and action, and for developing a new political vision based on lowering the gravity of federalism.

    (But I’ll also continue my focused attacks on the system liars like Krugman, who with every column continues his vile apologetics for the austerity-mongers, who are simply flat out criminals.

    Astroturfers like him are perhaps the primary political enemy of the people, trying to keep the frogs quiet and sleepy as we boil.)

    Comment by Russ — July 5, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    • I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you have to say, Russ.

      Comment by Bloodgroove — July 5, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

      • Thanks again.

        Comment by Russ — July 6, 2010 @ 5:12 am

  4. No, I’m not claiming they will only go so far, only that that they will be stymied.

    Comment by Edwardo — July 5, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    • I wrote what I considered a playful little piece trying to apply Hegelian/Marxian dialectic to Peak Oil, which after all does prove that the fossil fuel age was an ahistorical blip. I was sketching the “dialectic of the blip”, I guess you could say. That’s the way I sometimes try to convince myself that they will in fact be stymied, for once without having to worry about getting the ex-consumer slaves (but who think they’ll still be “consumers” in the future) to actually fight back.

      I wasn’t sure if I was going to post it, but maybe I will tomorrow unless something comes up.

      Comment by Russ — July 6, 2010 @ 5:20 am

  5. Russ, you are far too optimistic, with all this talk about jails, GULAGs, concentration camps.

    I think you’re on the right track, but there will be a lot more arbitrary violence, torturing, corruption (even of the harsh laws that will be imposed), disappearances, and death squads.

    Burma will become, relatively speaking, a beacon of liberty, and the inscription next to the statue of liberty will be changed to: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

    Comment by markov — July 6, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    • Markov, you may be right. But I think that’s more contingent on what’s politically or organizationally possible, on personalities, etc.

      What I tried to lay out here is what their serfdom plan evidently is, based upon extrapolating from the logic of all the trends of the last 40 or so years.

      Now Nazi-style violence is also deducible from these trends, but it doesn’t look like a core goal, the way e.g. Hitler’s extermination policy for the Jews was.

      Rather, for corporatism the end, as I described it here, is what matters, while the level of violence to be deployed will be a function of the means required.

      But as I said, the accident of a Hitler-type personality could change that.

      Comment by Russ — July 6, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

  6. Violence from above is never the minimal amount necessary. And, how much will be necessary when people who formerly thought they were free, now live as miserable slaves?

    One of the salubrious developments that will undoubtedly occur is that as municipal and state budgets are slashed, the military will take over the job of keeping order as they have started to do. They will be greatly assisted by the total information awareness of every person’s every move.

    Many examples will be made. It is expensive to keep too many political prisoners. Hence, widespread but targeted purges.

    Comment by markov — July 6, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    • They do, of course, have the physical power to do that right now. They have more physical power now than they’ll have in ten years.

      Yet they’re not escalating to the Nazi level yet.

      Comment by Russ — July 6, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

  7. A paragraph or ten from Joe Bageant.


    Comment by Edwardo — July 6, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  8. I think you hit it on the head in the comments: nazi/fascist means are indeed in play, however the end goal is different than Hitler’s. The end here is ongoing terror and servitude in support of corporatism and the elite.

    I disagree that America will rise up and stop them. Already 40% of Americans will in fact cheer it right up until the prison door slams behind them. Maybe even afterwards.

    Another 40% will stick their heads deeper and deeper in the sand rather than confront the cognitive dissonance that their snug middle class existence is an illusion, the cheese in the mousetrap, and that power is in fact in the hands of malevolent forces.

    Germany was a locus of enlightenment right up until its descent.

    Comment by Mike — July 22, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    • It sure looks that way for now, Mike.

      But we’ll see what happens as the Depression really bites. Maybe everyone will stay quiescent like they have so far. Maybe not.

      Comment by Russ — July 22, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

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  19. “But the fact that I feel driven to write this kind of stuff instead proves I think there’s a better chance than that.”

    I missed this post and these replies. You are shaking the tree with clarity. You know your purpose. I’ll keep reading your significant contributions and share with others.

    May I suggest a closer look at history on Hitler’s/Nazism true backers? He was a pawn just as the Bolsheviks were. Knowing the faces of your real enemy is paramount. After all, do remember after WWII it was Sidney Gottleib who the CIA brought in, among other Nazi war criminals. I suspect you already know the CIA’s true premise. Their purpose supports the real leaders, the same ones who ran slave trades, drug trades to the Far East, created wars through financial ploys, and created every major market crash in our modern western civilization.

    In 2002 Rockefeller authored his autobiography “Memoirs” wherein, on page 405, Mr. Rockefeller writes: ‎”For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

    Nathan Rothschild said (1777-1836): “I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire and I control the British money supply.”

    Rockefeller is reported to have said: “Competition is a sin”. “Own nothing. Control everything”. Because he wants to centralize control of everything and enslave us all, i.e. the modern Nimrod or Pharaoh.

    Democracy is just an ideal, sadly, though Andrew Jackson fought vehemently against a central banking system. Democracy went out permanently when in 1913 the Federal Reserve Act was passed. The ability of private stockholders to create money through a fractional reserve lending system, one that could loan ‘money’ without owning it and earn from a government’s debt through interest. With a few tweaks to the 16th amendment the taxing system expanded. The colonists left England but the money lenders followed with their plans in tact. Nearly impossible now for effectual change when we are so heavily indebted to them as individuals and a nation.

    Comment by Kraig Peterson — July 20, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    • One simple and effectual change we could start with is to jubilate the debt.

      Comment by Russ — July 20, 2011 @ 5:26 am

      • Where can I get info on the meaning “jubilate the debt”. I may already be doing it and not even know it.

        Comment by wlcorbusier — September 6, 2011 @ 12:33 am

    • Your comment about the CIA was thought provoking.

      After WWII, General Eisenhower was compelled to run for President and presided over the 50’s. I state this just as context.

      After the Iraq War,(with a loose interpretation of ‘after’) Petraus was placed as the new CIA Chief.

      What are the implications of a career soldier heading a powerful clandestine police force under an executive branch and Congress that has dismantled civil liberties? It seems almost rationale that the intended end state is very near upon us?

      Comment by wlcorbusier — September 6, 2011 @ 12:30 am

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