Neoliberal Totalitarianism

The 20th Century gave us the right-wing totalitarianism of the Nazis and the left-wing totalitarianism of the Communists. The trauma caused by these ideologies caused people to gravitate towards the centre, in the belief that this was the opposite of totalitarianism. But the 21st Century has given us a new, centrist form of totalitarianism: the neoliberal form.

Neoliberal totalitarianism announced itself last week with the unpersoning of American President Donald Trump. Trump was first banned from Twitter, and then FaceBook, and then the rest of the neoliberal establishment piled in. Within days, he was even banned from Spotify.

The tech tyrants justified this by saying that Trump had violated the terms and conditions of the respective websites. But Twitter continues to host representatives of ISIS – who have been described as “winning the social media war” – as well as supporters of the Chinese Communist Party who argue in favour of concentration camps, and people sharing videos celebrating the Charlie Hebdo murders.

Nazi totalitarianism sought to control everyone’s lives down to the minutest detail, and was willing to destroy anyone who resisted. Communist totalitarianism also sought to control everyone’s lives down to the minutest detail, and was also willing to destroy anyone who resisted. The rhetoric that these forces used may have been different, but fundamentally both were authoritarian movements.

Neoliberal totalitarianism is just as bad. Like Nazism and Communism, it seeks total control over the lives of the citizens. Much like other totalitarian systems, it involves Big Business and Big Government working together against the common person. The degree of authoritarianism is the same. As Trump learned, when the neoliberal totalitarians decide that you’re gone, you’re gone.

Neoliberal totalitarianism is much more sophisticated than either Nazism or Communism.

The crude tyrannies of the 20th Century were not at all shy about making enemies, whether external or internal. Theirs was very much a rule of iron. Dissenters were crushed, sometimes literally as in the case of Tienanmen Square. Consent was achieved through submission to fear. Secret police were an everyday menace.

The tyrannies of the 21st Century are more the rule of silver. The logic is to abnormalise violence as much as possible, with the intent of making it unthinkable for any of their victims to use it against them. Neoliberal totalitarianism achieves its power through absolute control of the media matrix.

The reason for the current purge of wrongthinkers from social media is to maintain the effectiveness of that media control.

Josef Goebbels, in his Principles of Propaganda, wrote that “Propaganda must be planned and executed by only one authority. It must issue all the propaganda directives. It must explain propaganda directives to important officials and maintain their morale. It must oversee other agencies’ activities which have propaganda consequences.”

This totalitarian approach was the basis of the Nazi propaganda strategy. Far from recognising the value of free speech, the Nazis banned every propaganda organ that wasn’t under their control. The Nazi Party would be the sole source of truth for the German citizenry. A similar situation arose in Communist countries.

Goebbels understood that, if all other voices were silenced, people would unquestioningly follow the narratives they were given. It was only when other voices started to question the veracity of the Nazi propaganda that it started to become less effective. So all those questioning it were silenced. Anyone pointing out how the Nazis were lying were liquidated, many in concentration camps.

Totalitarian governments attack free speech with more fervour than they attack any other freedom. This is because free speech is the basis of every other freedom. Without free speech, the other freedoms cannot be peacefully defended. The loss of free speech is therefore the breach in the dam that leads inevitably to tyranny.

The neoliberal totalitarianism of today is pushing for the same degree of central control over media content that existed in Nazi or Communist countries. They do this out of similar motivations to the Nazi and Communist totalitarians. Desiring power, and being indifferent to the suffering of the people whose freedoms would be lost, the totalitarian is happy to trade those freedoms away for more control.

The only major difference between the neoliberal totalitarians of 2020 and the Nazi/Communist totalitarians of 1940 is that today’s tyrants are more subtle. They use their total control of the apparatus of propaganda to train the citizens to police each other. They don’t need to put wrongthinkers in gulags if they can train the citizens to shun those wrongthinkers into submission.

Because the citizens themselves act as the overseers of the slave plantation, it feels like they are doing so consensually. As long as no-one questions why it is that people think they way they do, or who decided that they should think that way, the hate machine can roll onwards unimpeded. In this manner, wrongthinkers can be neutralised without provoking resistance.

Any future solution to neoliberal totalitarianism must base itself on anti-totalitarian grounds. This will require common agreement across all of left, right and centre that totalitarian measures are unacceptable. The first step might be to declare common agreement with George Washington that “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

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Why They Stopped Pushing Class, And Started Pushing Race

Recent studies have shown that the frequency of race-baiting content in the mainstream media has increased sharply over the past decade. Terms such as “structural racism” and “racial inequality” have spiked in use. The lazy reason we’re all given is that this is a sign racial issues are finally being treated with due seriousness. The truth is much more sinister.

Many people have noticed that the mainstream media now pushes race issues at every opportunity. The major news shows now feature racial issues in almost every broadcast. Often, innocuous issues are spun to make it seem that black or brown people are being oppressed in situations when they really aren’t. Spokespeople for racial collectives are featured prominently.

The mainstream media has made it seem as if racial injustice is the single most pressing issue in all of society. With the hysteria around the George Floyd killing, it reached a truly religious fervour. This extreme attention paid to race issues, at the expense of class issues, is part of a deliberate divide-and-conquer strategy.

The simple story is that the mainstream media is owned by international banking and finance interests, and these interests control the loyalties of the ruling class of every Western nation.

The last thing those interests want is for the lower classes to unify, because if the lower classes did unify it would be against the international banking and finance interests and their lackeys. So those interests direct their employees in the mainstream media to promote racial narratives intended to set those lower classes against each other.

They know that a large proportion of the working class is non-white. By lifting that part up, and by pushing the white part down, they guarantee tension and conflict. Pushing racial consciousness ensures that the non-white working class takes an antagonistic attitudes towards white people, and consequently get rejected by the white working class.

As this column has previously pointed out, the corporate world has thrown itself in behind Black Lives Matter when they did the exact opposite for Occupy Wall Street. This is also deliberate. Although corporations act as if their support for Black Lives Matter is for purely altruistic reasons, the true reason for their support is that promoting racial narratives at the expense of class narratives serves their interests.

Simply put, race divides us more effectively than class does.

Although the white working class has no voice in today’s political scene, they are still some 35% of the population of the West. This means that the majority of poor people in every Western country are white. For these people, being told that they are privileged because of their skin colour – when still poor – is an outrage. But this idea is pushed because, not despite, that it is outrageous.

The primary consequence of pushing the lie that the white working class is privileged is discord between the white working class and the non-white working class. The more that the non-white working class is raised up above the white segment, the more hate is generated. This hate is amplified when the non-white working class is taught to regard the objections of the white working class as racist.

The result of pushing race consciousness in the mainstream media is that the working class has fallen apart. White working class people will not take the side of people who think they are racists, and non-white working class people will not take the side of people who they think are oppressors. This mutual antagonism prevents the working class from coalescing towards any common goal.

Meanwhile, the ruling class laughs, their opposition crippled by infighting.

The mainstream media has induced such an advanced state of race neurosis that many people are too afraid to discuss racial topics at all. Now we just meekly surrender while the mainstream media browbeats us into submission for the supposed crimes of our ancestors. Thanks to a decade of this psychological pressure, our minds have become warped into thinking through a racial lens.

This myopically race-based way of thinking means that class narratives are forgotten, and, with their loss, the opportunity for class-based resistance to the predations of our rulers becomes impossible.

The mainstream media will only very rarely discuss an issue from a working-class perspective, because that strengthens the enemies of their owners. Acknowledging the legitimacy of working-class consciousness is to acknowledge that the working class might have a legitimate grievance, or at least a legitimate reason to pull together. Much better to split them in two by promoting racial consciousness.

This divide and conquer strategy is used elsewhere. Western intelligence agencies use their control of media organs to sow discord in geopolitical rivals. For example, instead of speaking of China as a single unit, they will divide it into the oppressors who live urban and the oppressed who live rural. Then they push the rural narrative for the sake of promoting rural consciousness at the expense of national consciousness.

Occupy Wall Street terrified the international banking and finance interests that control the apparatus of propaganda. Those interests saw their class enemies pulling together under a common banner. Ever since then, the mainstream media has gone to extreme lengths to promote racial consciousness ahead of class consciousness. The rioting of 2020 suggests that they mostly succeeded.

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Clown World Chronicles: Who Is The Merchant?

The Merchant, aka Shlomo Goldberg, aka Abraham Shekelstein, is a prominent figure in Clown World. All the various tricks and schemes that lower people’s quality of life seem to have the Merchant’s fingerprints on them. Like a dark shadow cast by a thick cloud, the Merchant’s influence is seen and felt everywhere.

Usually depicted rubbing his hands together in anticipation of a fat profit, the Merchant is a hideously deformed figure. His outsized nose juts snout-like from his face, his teeth are crooked as if he uses them to open bottles, and his feeble arms and shoulders betray the fact that he never does any physical labour.

The Merchant is the Elder God of the Fundamental Negative Axis. As such, he is an extremely powerful figure. He is the greatest force for evil in all of Clown World. This is because he, more than anyone else, denies the supremacy of Kek.

The Merchant’s arrogance is such that he believes there are none greater than himself, and as such he believes he has the right to reshape the world according to his whims. This brings him into direct conflict with the Will of Kek, which is to spread the lulz. The Merchant is not interested in humour, but rather in subjugating people through contracts and legal obligations.

Although the Merchant has a Jewish appearance, this is incidental. The ugliness of the Merchant is not because he is Jewish but because he represents the ugliness within all of us. The Merchant is the physical embodiment of the desires within all of us to either humiliate our enemies or to escape into fantasy worlds. He is the incarnation of all of our anti-life sentiments.

Most Clown World denizens have figured out by now that our collective preoccupation with money and material wealth is destroying us. Despite decades of supposedly relentless economic progress, most young workers are much poorer than their parents were at the same age. The pressure that this unexpected poverty has put on the minds of the young is driving many to seeking oblivion in drugs, porn, video games or even suicide.

The obsession with achieving social status through material possessions has caused us to cast spirituality aside for so long that we have now forgotten its importance. The received wisdom in Clown World is that spirituality is mental illness, the absolute meaninglessness of life and the inevitable extinguishing of consciousness being hard facts. As a result, more people than ever are now NPCs.

The Merchant sees this, cackles and rubs his hands.

He represents our greed, our acquisitiveness, our aggression, our narcissistic status anxiety, our deceitfulness and our shamelessness. He is us, and there is no escaping that fact. Every citizen of Clown World, without exception, has an aspect of the Merchant within themselves. It is the duty of each of us to keep it under control.

The Merchant’s role in Clown World is to tempt. Every time a person’s will wavers, the Merchant is there to tempt them into making a short-term decision. The Merchant influences people to tick up impulse purchases on the credit card, or to smash back a six-pack when they have work in the morning. He tempts people to rat their neighbours out to the cops and to schedule hour-long work meetings.

In the Clown World pantheon, the Merchant exists in a state of mutual antagonism with Kek, the Elder God of the Positive Fundamental Axis. The world is the battleground on which they fight for the consciousness of everything that lives. The current state of Clown World is a sign that the Merchant is currently in the ascendancy.

The Great NPC is the henchman of the Merchant, and does his bidding in all instances. The Merchant has achieved total control over the Great NPC by controlling his informational environment and his desires. Not only does the Merchant control all the media the Great NPC watches, he uses this to tell the Great NPC what he desires. As such, the Great NPC stumbles from seeking one indulgence to the next.

The major influence of the Merchant in Clown World is to create more NPCs. This has the effect of destroying all of the humour in the world, thereby making life difficult for Kek followers. The Merchant’s influence on the mass media ensures that the common citizen is assaulted with propaganda telling them what to think and what to consume.

The Merchant is not powerful enough to take on Kek directly, and it is the Merchant’s fate to be destroyed in righteous fire when Kek returns to liberate the human race from Clown World. But the Merchant is powerful enough to effectively banish Kek from various parts of the world. This he does by influencing people to become serious and humourless.

Wherever you find people who want to ban cannabis, MDMA and the other spiritual sacraments, people who demand that everyone else take the knee in solemn submission, wherever you find cancel culture, you can find the influence of the Merchant. His influence will grow until Kek returns, at which point the Merchant’s machinations will be exposed.

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Clown World Chronicles: What Is ‘Anarcho-Tyranny’?

Clown World is paradoxical in many ways. On the one hand, there is the disintegration into total chaos, but on the other, there is the imposition of a suffocating degree of order. This paradox can be resolved once it is understood as anarcho-tyranny.

There are many different kinds of anarchism. As anyone who has spent any time with anarchists knows, none of them can agree on anything. This has led to anarchists breaking up into a kaleidoscope of different subgroups: anarcho-communists, anarcho-capitalists, anarcho-syndicalists, anarcho-nihilists, anarcho-homicidalists and more.

Like ‘anarcho-nihilism’, people don’t usually identify with the term ‘anarcho-tyranny’. It’s normally applied from the outside. Anarcho-tyranny was first discussed by philosopher Sam Francis, who attributed the apparent decay of society to mass immigration.

Francis’s logic was that multiculturalism inevitably leads to disputes over moral values, and the discord that follows is exploited by tyrants. Political freedom depends on people having enough in common to agree on what freedom means. Absent those commonalities, law and order can only be kept by force. This echoes the words of Aristotle some 2,300 years earlier, who noted that multicultural societies ended up as tyrannies.

Mass immigration is one of the major causes of Clown World, as it is has led directly to a decrease in kin intensity, and thereby to a major decrease in solidarity between any two randomly-chosen people. This decrease in solidarity has led to an increase in self-interested behaviours. This selfishness has been exploited for votes by a venal ruling class, and they have used the resulting power to enforce anarcho-tyranny.

Whatever its root causes, anarcho-tyranny can be defined as a political and judicial system wherein everything is illegal, but the ruling class only enforces the law if they want to send a message to someone they don’t like.

The ‘anarcho’ comes from that there is no proper law enforcement. Practically any law can be ignored as long as you’re on the right team. The ‘tyranny’ comes from that law enforcement is applied in an arbitrary and biased fashion, and usually to destroy the enemies of the tyrants.

The characteristic feature of anarcho-tyranny is that actual criminals don’t get punished in proportion to the suffering they have caused, but political enemies get punished extravagantly for the smallest misstep.

Perhaps the best recent example comes from New Zealand.

A man named Philip Arps was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment last year for sharing a video of the Christchurch mosque shooting. Even though the act of sharing the video didn’t harm anyone, Arps is a white nationalist and therefore on the wrongthinkers list. As such, he was given an extremely heavy sentence.

In September 2020, by contrast, a man named Marcus Barker was sentenced to home detention for the crime of sex trafficking a child. The sex trafficking of children is an act that causes unfathomable suffering; almost everyone has the wit to tell you that sex trafficking of children is a worse crime than sharing a video.

Under anarcho-tyranny, however, the severity of a crime depends not on the degree of suffering caused, but whether the crime served the interests of the ruling class. The elites don’t share mosque shooting videos, but they are into raping children.

Near New Zealand is the Australian state of Victoria, which also offers an example of anarcho-tyranny.

Victorian Police arrested and handcuffed a pregnant woman in front of her own children for promoting an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne. This was part of a series of pre-emptive arrests of protest organisers. Police in that state have vowed to stop any and all anti-lockdown protesting, with Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius even calling the organisers “the tinfoil hat-wearing brigade”.

But Black Lives Matter ran a massive Melbourne protest that June, and the Victorian Police didn’t lift a finger. In fact, they took a knee to the protesters. This is despite that the coronavirus pandemic was already in full swing, and therefore that the BLM protests were no less dangerous than the anti-lockdown protests.

Similar situations prevail in Britain and in America. In Britain, people get arrested for offensive FaceBook posts while child grooming gangs escape investigation, and in America BLM mobs are running wild in areas that local law enforcement have abandoned.

This is anarcho-tyranny in practice: anyone pro-Establishment is allowed to assemble and to break the law without sanction, but anyone anti-Establishment is not even entitled to the rights that they are supposedly guaranteed by human rights legislation.

As Clown World intensifies, anarcho-tyranny will get to the point where mobs run rampant in major Western cities with no opposition from law enforcement. At the same time, people will start to get imprisoned for criticism of their government. Both bad chaos and bad order will reign over their good opposites. This could be said to be peak Clown World, and what happens then is anyone’s guess.

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