October 16, 2020

Doomed Brinksmanship at the Final Brink


The economic civilization has gone so berserk that almost everyone, the masses as well as intellectuals and former dissidents, have become so frightened they’re renouncing all prior skepticism and cynicism, as well as all principles which went along with such skepticism, and are rushing to take pseudo-rational refuge in a superstitious faith in the basic rationality, goodness, honesty and wisdom of government, corporate, media institutions. This is a perfect communion with the totalitarian propaganda goals of these institutions, which in reality become ever more irrational, evil, dishonest and demented by the day. But the overwhelming superstition among masses and intellectuals is that if they only believe, have faith and obey, if they only regress further to infantilism (they now add face diapers to their regular diapers), their institutions will lead them through the great crisis unto a new morning for the city on a hill of skulls which then can continue its ecocidal-genocidal course. As a great prophet of the 20th century expressed it, they have been and will continue to be “free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.”
Fossil fuels comprise these liberated Old Ones, and today the cult dreams of technologies that can transform the sun’s new light into these compressed, concentrated billions of years in real time. This is insane, but as we see civilization has literally nothing left but ever greater paroxysms of insanity. Ergo the insane reaction of trying desperately, not to be rational but to be insanely pseudo-rational.
Among the litany of evils behind the terror-lockdown assault which uses covid as a pretext, we have the Trump administration using covid to beat the anti-China war drums. (If Trump does lose the election, one reason why will be his constant flip-flopping on covid – one moment he’s rightly downplaying it, the next he’s one of the wingnuts calling it the worst thing ever and blaming China for unleashing this infinite scourge, along with trumpeting fake vaccine propaganda.) This is becoming yet another foreign policy boondoggle for the US, as its three partners in the U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations Quad, an Asian quasi-NATO designed to “contain” China much like the original NATO was supposed to contain Russia, are becoming reluctant to obey US dictates to economically immolate themselves and edge closer to hot war by cutting off more and more of their trade with China, trade which is vital to their globalism-dependent economies. (The US also is having difficulty mustering the normally obedient Europeans to deploy NATO against China.)
The cultists, both the great majority that vegetatively obey across the board and join the anti-China hate as well as the dregs that continue to pose as some kind of “anti-imperialist” and that pretend to side with China even as they embrace the US-driven empire’s most extreme terror-lockdown assault, both cultist groupings now believe the mainstream media speaks as the voice of God as far as truth-telling, so they directly or implicitly embrace ever more intense provocations of China and Russia.
Yet they’re all cowards at heart (their tarn petrifaction in the dim headlights of a mild epidemic proves their extreme physical cowardice, and their abject submission and obedience to the government-media’s fascist propaganda and prescriptions proves their extreme moral cowardice), so it’s not surprising that they really tremble at the thought of the second cold war driven 100% by themselves and the empire they support turning into a hot war. Since in their berserk dementia their last psychological and spiritual refuge is to be insanely pseudo-rational, we’re seeing a resurgence of the early 20th century Norman Angell fad among the covid cult’s intellectual set. Angell’s faith doctrine was that the economies of the European powers were so interdependent, and their mutual profit depended so much on cooperation, that a general European war was impossible in the 20th century. As we see, this religious faith is even more essential today if one is to double down on globalization, the way the terror-lockdown assault using covid as a pretext is designed to do, and which doubling down especially motivates all the intellectual and ex/fake-dissident adherents of the cult, this dogma is needed if one is to seek this globalization goal while still believing maximal war can be permanently averted.
Yes, and since no such war ever happened in 1914, because it was rationally impossible, and the elites and masses are so rational, as we see especially in 2020, therefore it’s impossible that the US will send the missiles flying even in its last desperate ditch trying to prop up its power. And of course the US never would prefer total destruction to giving up with grace – that’s not how the US has a record of acting, is it? Just like the US empire’s bunker-hunkering predecessor Hitler decided not to try to drag everything down with him, but rather gave up with grace when he saw the war was lost. Isn’t that what Hitler did? Well, no. Nor will the US.
The governments and masses are insane, belligerent and mass-homicidal, ecocidal, genocidal, suicidal. There’s almost no chance of the economic civilization letting itself go down without resorting to nuclear war out of some deranged notion that such an extreme self-destructive action can bring a miracle. That, along with the retreat to the bunker, seems to be the most common mode of thought these days, as 2020 has spectacularly demonstrated.
As for the reluctance of Japan, India, Australia, and the increasing conflict with China and Russia driven by the US’s own provocations, including its unwillingness to give any ground or even “allow” the existence of an imperial peer (as much as that goes against the party line that the US elites are rational and truthful), I think of Revelation 17.15-18:
Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
They all handed the US Babylon authority following the second world war. Now the ten horns hate her and will join in rending and burning her. And she will burn them back.

Can this be prevented? Unless there’s a great acceleration of Gaia’s ecological blowback, her equal and opposite reaction to the civilization’s omnicidal attempt to destroy the Earth, it’s likely the civilization will destroy itself first in its insane thrashings. In that case the only alternative would be a cultural, spiritual, social and economic revolution global enough to encompass and destroy all the globalist, imperial impulses.
But who could even start working toward this goal, which has long seemed an impossible goal even under the best of conditions. Yet today, where almost all self-alleged “dissidents” and “radicals” and “revolutionaries” have thrown away all their fake poses and gone over to the empire, most of them now eagerly serving as volunteer unpaid junior deputy propagandist vermin, there’s no longer even a theoretical intellectual grounding for a transformational movement of that sort. As I’ve written several times in recent years, Politics is Dead. I hadn’t previously been 100% certain, I’d still wanted to cling to some residual faith in the human spirit as expressed through mass culture and politics. But the covid phenomenon has sealed the grave once and for all: There will be no revolution. It’s over.
All that’s left is for whatever is left of humanity, whatever fugitive fragments still remain, to come together and work together to endure the fascist coda of the globalized technocratic economic civilization. We know its necessary resources are nearly spent, we know its economic contradictions are no longer patchable, we know that civilization’s ecological basis can take little more insult before the ecological collapses suddenly burgeon and cascade into a great opposite reaction gone fully kinetic. We know this infinite evil cannot continue much longer.
The clock nears midnight. We can only watch, and endure. Hopefully together, as a unified cooperative lodge, carrying the last flicker of the torch of the human spirit through the gales of darkness that now engulf us. It’s temporary, however long it may seem to we who live now.


  1. good post.

    i guess i’ve been banned from moa, so here’s my last post…

    Russ @ 100

    But the fact that the likes of twitter and facebook seemingly can act in such an openly aggressive way so directly against the president of the united states with evidently zero fear of reprisal is strong circumstantial evidence that all of them – Trump, twitter etc – are engaged in some kind of pantomime, scripted by some entity that gives the cues to them all

    …with pantomime being the operative word here, its anglo fetishlikeness(replete with gender-crossing participants)…a dumb show.

    but the laughing will come to an end when the music stops. i mean, now that they’ve made mummers of us all, all that remains is getting kicked off social media completely, disappeared by Google, and dropped by internet providers(no, moa won’t be spared either).

    Frank Zappa, a man ahead of his time, said it best…

    The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater

    …before i quit my puny internet activism.


    Comment by john — October 16, 2020 @ 9:58 am

    • Allowing “freedom of expression” was part of the neoliberal formula for as long as it was convenient and dissent was effectively harmless to the power structure. That’s been one of neoliberalism’s many refinements over classical fascism. (I’ve often said before that neoliberalism and fascism are two different species within the same genus.)

      I think the three things that are changing and causing a shift back toward fascism are:

      1. As the neoliberal globalist system weakens on account of physical resource and ecological factors, economic constraints and strengthening political pushback, dissent is becoming both absolutely and relatively stronger, to the point that the elites think freedom of expression is past its pull date and repression is necessary.

      2. They believe technology has reached the point where they can use its compulsion as the primary mode of imposing totalitarian domination, with police terror only a supplement to this. In that case much of the neoliberal formula, all that was part of the fake “democratic”, “constitutional” facade becomes superfluous. They think technology can inertially impose fascism without having to fully, openly resort to a direct fascist crackdown, at least not until the technological constriction renders any kind of resistance impossible.

      They believe the technology will now enable this, at the same time they believe their power is vulnerable, so they figure it’s now or never.

      3. By now they’re all insane. For so long they’ve been so shielded from any aspect of reality by their wealth and power and ideology, they’re no longer capable of even the most basic rational or reality-based thought. At most they still possess animal cunning where it comes to sheer destruction. In this berserk state they’ve lost touch with any of the cautionary premises that went into the neoliberal formula in the first place, while straight subjugation looks more attractive, given their false reality-divorced notions of the stability and permanency of their power.

      That’s also why they feel free to engineer and release any kind of virus without a care to what the thing really will do. If it does little, their propaganda can make it vastly more dire (so far they’ve been right about this). And if it proves truly deadly, they believe their own Dominionist propaganda, that their measures can control it. They probably really do think a mask could save them from a truly lethal virus.

      Ah well, that’s where we’re at. Our internet activism has indeed turned out to be puny. It made little difference though it has let us hone our ideas and craft. Now the great challenge will be to see whether we can resume the usual mode of building resistance, in real life, face to face, meeting to meeting. Of course almost all the internet “activists”, by switching their allegiance to the imperial elites, have made clear they want to help the elites shut the door forever against any kind of real-world activism. Part of the reason must be that, having wanted to be big shots, they’re so sore over having proven to be so puny they’d rather switch to what they think in their delusion is the ultimately winning side than stick with what they’d always proclaimed were their principles. They were despicable liars all along.

      Well, we can keep trying online for as long as possible, though I really think the main task should shift to rebuilding real life networks.

      Comment by Russ Bangs — October 16, 2020 @ 1:25 pm

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