August 29, 2017

Who Are the Purists?


It is clear that the world’s most fanatical purists are the ideologues of neoliberal corporate globalization. It’s clear that no amount of evidence, no amount of disproof and failure, will ever convince them even to question their totalitarian impulse, their deranged commitment to enforcing the most pure, extreme pro-corporate outcome in each and every situation. Purism never has been more distilled than this.
Among these extremists of purism, none is more fanatical and inveterate than the Democrat Party and its cult followers. In the face of the total failure of their entire paradigm they are paragons of purist defiance. They have doubled down, tripled down, have made it crystal clear that no aspect of reality will ever force them to compromise even one jot of their infinite pro-corporate purity. Never in all of history has it been more accurate to say of a group that they have learned nothing and forgotten nothing. This is the ultimate measure of anti-reality purism.
Let’s survey just some of these campaigns of corporate puritanism:
*The purists insist that no amount of proven failure and criminality on the part of the finance sector should ever cost Wall Street one cent, nor should the taxpayers ever be absolved of having to bail out this sector, nor should its power and prerogative and dominion ever be diminished the slightest jot. On the contrary, the theocracy of finance should become ever more total in its domination over every human interaction This pro-finance purism is the most extreme purism possible.
*The purists will not tolerate the slightest infringement of the prerogative of the private health insurance racket or Big Drug. Although single payer is guaranteed to deliver vastly better health care at vastly less cost to society, and although society pays for all drug research and development, the purist extremists fight single payer and even the most modest constrictions on the Pharma racket with a medieval fervor. Hillary Clinton and her cultists expressed their extreme purist hatred for all rationality and morality in health care even at the cost of the election. This is an extreme metric of purism, where the pro-racket ideal is more important than winning.
*The purists insist that society must subsidize corporate industrial agriculture no matter how inefficient and destructive it is, no matter how deficient in quantity and quality of food production, no matter how unsustainable it is known to be, no matter how guaranteed to collapse and bring pandemic famine, no matter how its CAFOs are guaranteed to generate lethal pandemics caused by antibiotic resistant pathogens, no matter how much of a loss to society the operation of agribusiness has always caused.
*The purists will never be satisfied until all jobs which can support any kind of tolerable human existence are wiped out. They will never be satisfied until all human communities are gutted.
*The purists will never tolerate the existence of any ecosystem which has not been violated to the point of collapse. They will accept nothing short of the complete destruction of Earth’s capacity to sustain life. They intend to colonize other planets, which their purity drive would then also insist on destroying.
*The purists will never tolerate any constraint upon the imperial wars of the US government. Their purity will never countenance any limit upon the ramification of the US empire.
*The purists regard as anathema even the thought of any limit to corporate globalization, or the very idea that literally anything should be allowed to exist in any way other than as a corporate resource mine or waste dump.
*In their infinite purism these creatures are the fundamentalist theocrats of Mammon. Mammon is the totalitarian religion which would reduce all of human existence, literally all human interaction, to money exchanges. Specifically, these fundamentalists want to reduce all of human existence to eternally being forced through a corporate toll booth. This is the theocracy they have been building, and they have been substantially successful for the moment.
These most extreme purists of history have no thought and no action other than to continue to escalate the building of this Mammon theocracy, and to ensure that it will be the totalitarian coffin of all human aspiration and hope, for all of eternity. That’s why they’re also purists of eugenics, artificial intelligence, and the fantasy of nuclear war. These extremes of purity in action promise to “purify”, to cleanse and scour and disinfect, everything of humanity and life itself which is in any way diverse or complex or uncontrolled beyond the ken of the purists’ technocratic nightmare of total sterility and control.
Humanity and the Earth must fight to help impose reality upon this most impure of all “purism”, this literal cancer of the spirit and body, this infinite purism of evil and destructiveness.


  1. Great article, but I just wonder why you singled out the Democrat Party. The corporate/political elite are all on the same page (along with their well-greased minions). We live in a Psychopathocracy, as we always have throughout history, and the vast majority of people don’t have the tiniest inkling.

    Comment by Allan Howard — August 29, 2017 @ 5:56 pm

    • Certainly, the Democrat Party is one of two main flavors of the Corporate One-Party. I mentioned them specifically because unlike the Reps they still claim in principle to stand for (some) progressive notions (though fewer and fewer of even these) and therefore are traitors to these ideals. For example, Reps never claim to be anti-war, but during past Rep administrations some Dems (all really indelibly pro-war) would lie and pretend to be anti-war. Though by now even the TDS Dems seem to like at least one thing about Trump, his commitment to continue and escalate the permanent war.

      In general, since a core part of my job is to get people to actively renounce reformist electoralism once and for all in favor of anti-system movement-building, I think the Dem Party remains far more of a quicksand trap for human potential, and therefore a more toxic element of today’s electoral anti-politics than the Reps. So I’ll naturally tend to denounce that flavor more often, to the extent I specify at all.

      Also, it’s Dembots far more than Repbots who are likely to fraudulently lash out at radicals as being “purists”. Since on the contrary it’s those who support the neoliberal status quo of corporate rule who are extreme purist ideologues, when I wrote this piece turning things right side up I naturally singled out the Democrats for special attention.

      Comment by Russ — August 30, 2017 @ 3:14 am

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