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April 9, 2017

Politics is Dead

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1. As the first great round of imperialism girdled the globe with chains it carried out the real capitalist program of its age.
 
Capitalism is the modern mode of organizing an elite hierarchy to administer the rampage of productionism and consumptionism. These comprise the only way humanity can burn up the obscene amount of energy potential it discovered pent up in the fossil fuel heritage. It was impossible for humanity to regard this incredible energy potential in any kind of rational way. History has proven that reason was vastly too weak in the face of such an abundance of energy. It was a given that humanity would embark upon a radical, irrational binge, and it was highly likely that this binge would develop its own momentum toward the most extreme wastefulness and destruction, eventually for the sake of nothing but wastefulness and destruction. It was likely that modern politics would reflect this biological debouch, often thrashing amid the most hideous extremes of violence and war. This is how it has played out, and today the Extreme Energy Civilization is entering its endgame.
 
During this first stage of capitalist imperialism all the economic classes cast off antisocial human debris which cohered as the declassed mob, while the spiritual chaos drove the rise of ideological anti-Semitism. The ideologies of Social Darwinism and scientific racism organized the religious impulse toward scientism which always accompanies the exaltation of science and technological development, especially under the conditions of the fossil fueled industrial rampage. Scientism always needs to be organized politically, either directly from above (as an astroturf, via corporate projects like genetic engineering or artificial intelligence, and the corporate Gleichschaltung of government research money, government agency research, and the research programs of the universities) or laterally (by ideological elements within the STEM framework). All this dovetailed well with imperialist ideology and the chauvinist/militarist perversions of nationalism. These features are not always directly controlled by capitalism, but capitalism tries to use them wherever it deems such use desirable or necessary.
 
2. As Marx forecast, capitalism reached its economic limits: First within the borders of the modern nation-states, then at the limits of the imperial globe insofar as 19th century capitalism was able to organize and exploit the globe’s resources and the ideas of modernity. This drove the imperialist competition to such extremes of intensity that it triggered a thirty year imperialist civil war which mustered all the debris and negative religious elements mentioneded above.
 
Leftist pressure and the communist specter drove capitalism to enlist the aid of fascism. Fascism was a more coherent and energized synthesis of the debris elements of the the class war, in terms of people and ideas. It wasn’t organized by capitalism, and capitalism everywhere preferred to fight leftist movements and deal with its own inner contradictions through conventional conservative class war measures. But where this seemed to become untenable, the “legitimate businessmen” enlisted the partnership of the de jure political gangsters.
 
 
3. Today humanity and the Earth endure the crisis of the second, vastly more ponderous and profound round of imperialism. Globalized corporate neoliberal capitalism, including neoliberal ideology, is the capitalist program of today.
 
Today’s fascistic features are similar to the old ones: The new declassed mob all over the world and increasingly in the modern Western economies, the scientism/technocracy cult, the nostalgia of the liquefying middle classes of the West (Americanism and the perverted American chauvinism). These are features corporate capitalism is using already and will try to use in a more intense way as the great crisis proceeds.
 
 
4. Globalization and the civilization of extreme energy consumption is reaching the limits of deployable fossil fuels (Peak Oil) along with the limits of all other natural resources, and the limits of what the environment can sustain.
 
The near universal consensus of all existing politics, all affiliations, all governments, all media, all NGOs, is to deny these two facts in various ways. The mode of denial is the only significant distinction among the otherwise undifferentiated factions: “conservative”, “liberal”, “radical”.
 
 
All existing political groupings agree on the following fundamentalist religious axioms:
 
One: This extreme level of energy consumption must and will continue forever.
 
Two: The environment must and will sustain this level of energy consumption. This includes any version of the fantasy of lifting oneself and one’s energy consumption “out of” the environment, or substituting “another” environment. The twin Raptures of Christian dispensationalism and space colony dispensationalism are the most extreme versions of this fantasy. Less extreme versions include any fantasy of maintaining the productionist and consumptionist level including energy consumption but in a more “renewable”, “climate friendly”, “eco-friendly” way. These too boil down to fantasies about going “outside the environment”. The only difference is that a fracking car or a CSP monoculture only ideologically, fictively removes one outside the environment, not physically the way a spaceship promises to. Of course the spaceship also is nothing but an ideologically determined fiction, while a hybrid car is still a personal car – highly consumptive, highly wasteful, highly destructive. The personal car as such, of course, is the problem which has no solution short of abolition.
 
Three: Therefore the Extreme Energy Civilization must and will continue forever, and all ideas and modes of action must be defined according to this framework.
 
These three propositions sum up every existing political identification and faction.
 
 
From there we have the three-part corporate normative template which I’ve described in dozens of pieces, most recently here. To reprise, this time fully equating corporate rule with corporate administration of productionism, consumptionism, and extreme energy consumption:
 
First: The project of extreme productionism, extreme consumptionism, extreme energy use, is normative and must continue at all times. (This continuation is called “Progress”. Progress is a vague religious idea which has zero principled content and can include everything from civil rights and video games to the forced immiseration and hunger of billions across the global South driven permanently off their land and out of the human condition to make way for corporate commodity productionist agriculture and the vile gluttony of moneyed Western food consumptionism. “Progress” is in fact nothing but this continuation. Morally it has no content and never was intended to have any. It’s simply a hypocritically moralized reflection of the fossil fuel binge itself.)
 
Productionism means maximizing production for its own sake. It means maximizing the quantity of production, without reference to quality of the product or any use value, social well-being, human happiness, public health, any harmful or destructive effect. Consumptionism is maximal consuming in the same self-driving and destructive way. Production and consumption are to be maximized in the most wasteful, destructive way possible. This is the only way it’s possible to concentrate power amid the storm and riptide of fossil fuels, and the only way profit is possible amid this infinite volatility. Profit is only a measure of power accumulation. It has zero use value in itself. No one seeks profit in order to enjoy the proceeds in some human way, to live better, to be happy. The profiteer seeks profit only as a stage toward greater profit, greater power. Even the power almost never is used for anything, but only as a stage toward greater power.
 
Capitalism is the most potent form of productionism. Corporations are the mode of organization which capitalism chose though other modes were possible. But corporate domination is the least efficient, most wasteful, most destructive, and therefore most potent mode for concentrating power.
 
Productionism, consumptionism, extreme energy consumption, are values in themselves and are undertaken without reference to any other value, and least of all any value having anything to do with human well-being and happiness.
 
Second: All existing political factions, for example Left and Right, conservative and liberal and everyone else, fully affirm (1) in practice. But they assume different attitudes and strike different poses regarding which aspects of the extreme productionism and destruction they most explicitly affirm and which they pretend to condemn. From there they engage in a fraudulent internecine conflict. But they’re just different colors running the same race and celebrating the same festival of destruction.
 
Conservatives, liberals, leftists/radicals, incarnate nothing but different styles of this productionism.
 
Leftism never offered an alternative to productionism, or even to capitalism. (Communism is just capitalism with the state as monopoly capitalist.)
 
Today leftism isn’t even political and has renounced all its analytical aspirations. Figments of these remain only as ornamental attitudes. The best example of this is how almost all leftists, including Marxists and anarchists, renounce all historical materialist analysis (and in the case of anarchists, all analysis of authoritarian structures) where it comes to the science and technology they identify with productionism and the Extreme Energy Civilization.
 
Instead they regress to straight bourgeois mystification and straight authoritarian pleading, positing science and technology as “neutral in themselves”, and therefore as self-realizing mystical forces. But in reality science and technology always have been primarily tools of power concentration. Today they’re organized and deployed almost exclusively for this purpose.
 
Agroecology is the main exception, which is why the system will do all it can to prevent the necessary global transformation to agroecology.
 
Third: Each faction then claims best to represent humanity and the Earth and demands the submission of humanity to its authority, and license to control the demolition of the Earth.
 
 
This is the hard limit of all existing politics, and therefore the temporary dominion of anti-politics, since by definition politics has to mean true diversity, true options, true cultural color. This hard limit is the reason why we already experience complete political monoculture. It is in anticipation of future challenges to this hard limit that the scientific and technological establishment, powered by governments and corporations, has embarked upon its program to destroy physically all human and ecological biodiversity and replace these with a totalitarian blank slate upon which it can enforce total physical monoculture. At this level of total control, the system believes, it will be able to sustain the existing level of energy consumption.
 
The existing level of energy consumption is the core imperative of all modern power. Capitalism’s profit imperative is just an economic reflection of this. Mammon’s worship of money is a proxy for it. Today Mammon is really the worship of the fire for the fire’s own sake. Not for the warmth, not for the cooking of food, not for the poetry of the flickering. Preferably the flame is cold and invisible, and with no food to eat.
 
Politics is Dead because all existing political factions are completely committed, psychologically, ideologically, materially, organizationally, to this kamikaze death dive.
 
But the claim of all factions to represent humanity and to dispose of the Earth is a lie in every case. There is no representation and no disposal, only manipulation and violation. There does not yet exist the direct political manifestation of humanity itself, and the politics of the Earth itself which shall be one with the politics of humanity, for humanity is nothing but earth.
 
 
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5. This second and final time round there will be no leftist pressure, no pressure from below, as far as this pressure coming from within the framework. Thus the great questions for the second 1914 cycle and the Great Civil War of the Extreme Energy Civilization become:
 
1. How will capitalism respond to Peak Oil?
 
I’ve been describing their plan in my writings: Drive all people off the land, liquidate the middle classes (who are not likely to respond with any kind of opposition movement; the Western/globalized middle class has no spirit or philosophy to generate any kind of new consciousness and galvanization), shantytowns and permanent immiseration, forced famines and pandemics and the overall degradation of health, all this coupled with the militarized police and surveillance/data/prison/debtor state, along with various techno-opiates including the religion of scientism/technocracy, and eventual restored serfdom and/or de jure slavery.
 
(In all this, everything I’m writing, I’m not saying that most corporate and technocratic cadres are conscious of these crises and goals of their system, or that these goals are coherently formulated by de jure cabals. I’m speaking of the inertia and imperatives of history, these imperatives driven by mass psychology, the psychology of power structures, the psychology of religious fanaticism, the physical limits of modern civilization’s energy and resource deployments, and the astronomical energy potential of all this waste and destruction being forced upon the global ecology, this potential soon to go fully kinetic.)
 
2. Can there be any kind of opposition/affirmation movement, a primalist movement, Earth movement. What forces can it muster?
 
And how will capitalism respond to it.
 
 
The time will come when the masses shake as a global earthquake. The fault lines will slide. Any new configuration will be possible.
 
We primalists cannot bring that day, cannot determine when it will come. (Perhaps we can predict when, and perhaps we can hasten it.) But we can and must organize toward that day, preparing everything to the point that:
 
1. The people already are aware of the ideas and what can be done.
 
2. We have a coherent organization in place ready to go into action, ready to take on the job, ready to organize the people now desperate to be organized toward the great transformation they now realize must be undertaken for survival and for the future of our well-being, strength, and freedom.
 
 
 
 
Help propagate the new and necessary ideas.
 
 
 
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4 Comments

  1. THIS SEPTEMBER ’16: NO LAOCOON,
    NOT EVEN ONE MORE BLIND SEER,
    AND NO, NOT LIKE CASSANDRA NEITHER
    BUT WORRIED SOME NONETHELESS

    In the end we may not have more than Troy’s charcoaled horse to show for our neglect
    distracted by the daily press of our money needs (real or perceived),
    by the base and hollow promises of those who shout: No Fear. It’s all a hoax! Why worry?

    While the powerful vie for what remains of empire’s tarnished gold piled round its gilded throne
    our natural gates long since been thrown wide to entry by carbon’s treacherous gifts
    which will, no change in place, they say, o’erthrow us;
    so much of the fields, forests, streams and seas around support us
    already corrupt with nature’s profaned blood.

    So often saying all’s done to make tomorrow better
    (cancerous) our consumptive growth helps ensure that future’s decline and perhaps its death;
    us (we privileged), enslaved by the relative wealth and ease we milk from earth’s mare;
    mercurial, able to race overland and through the air (as once much slower by sea)
    here, there and beyond, up/down, almost anywhere round this wobbling globe;
    so often off on as little pretext as a whim but cheap (for us) as can be and so convenient;
    in the end, our personal transport self-defeating as those wooden wheels rolled beneath Ulysses’ scheme,
    dull carbon’s sharp sword (like his own and those other blades) concealed till dark in the hero’s hollow horse.

    Denying the outcomes our own science prophesies we rejoice,
    self congratulatory in our good fortunes, blithe as those celebratory Trojans ready for victory’s feast
    while those who recall Cassandra move in silent fear of saying too much, prophesying needless fright,
    accused of stretching truth or lying, then being brushed off, dismissed,
    ignored (even become invisible) in corporate’s self-serving sight!

    And, odd to consider, but Troy: drunk, fallen, oblivious or awake and defenseless while burning,
    Priam and Hecuba dead; Aeneas, his father, son and Rome-bound folk all fled
    Homer never sang nor Virgil ever said what became (or what use tomorrow)
    of Ilium’s scoured, now useless, unrecognized (still unreconstructed) lifeless steed.
    Already, like Cassandra, we see our lands’ sacred watersheds violated by money’s raging bull,
    Laocoon and sons strangled by greed’s great snake, their prophecy unheeded until too late;
    in the end, its truth all too clear and painfully revealed.

    Comment by Joseph Patrick Quinn — April 9, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

    • That’s good. The part the myths got wrong was that there really were no Greeks. The Trojans built and manned the horse themselves, and then torched their own city.

      Comment by Russ — April 10, 2017 @ 1:12 pm

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