“But I thought we won?”
I keep hearing this recently, it’s an easy enough mistake to make. Trump won the election and with it the highest political office in the country. So surely conservatives are in charge now, right?
The most common mistake people make when talking about politics is the belief that those who seek to push the current agenda are in some way guided by a moral compass. That it is their eeeeeeeevil plan to prevent gun control or flood the country with low-skilled Hispanics. We let emotions rule us and assign a motive based on our political leanings. We see the enemies of our own agendas and ignore the patterns that, if perceived, can give us a glimpse of the wider game. Let me be clear, this balance is not something I am claiming to have achieved. I lean hard right, and don’t exactly hide it, but I’ve learnt to avoid some of the more common blinders that plague those on the fringes of the ideological spectrum.
Seeking ideological purity from teachers is one of the greatest blind spots of the modern political thinker. The great military leaders of old studied the tactics of their enemies. not just so they could fight against them, but also to absorb them into their arsenal. Somewhere along the way we forgot that a useful tactic is adaptable. Just as with news sites the assumption going in is that the ideas must be faulty because of the systems of governance and societal pressure that birthed them. Subversive communist tactics must only be applicable in service of communism, while the iconography of fascist propaganda can only be used by fascists. The left can’t meme and the right is racist. So many tropes and enforced definitions, limiting the scope and reach of any one voice. They want you drowned out by the ambient noise of a crowd. Where all voices merge into a single unintelligible hum
All of these faulty assumptions are based on the idea that choosing a side is a two-way battle. This is the big lie, the great control mechanism. Humans have always been drawn to binary decision making, to give a topical example think of the NFL. There is a wealth of choice when it comes to teams you can support, but in spite of that most fans will pick just one. Even with a wealth of options to choose from, the tribalistic nature of humans still draws us into an “us and them” mentality. The constant threat being that one side is out to destroy the other, to enslave them into pledging allegiance to Hitler/Stalin 2.0 (pick your poison.) That we must fight for our “side” otherwise we will be absorbed into a single amorphous population. Failing to realise that those who we have chosen to lead us aren’t afraid of that. Quite the opposite in fact.
They fear the individual, the outlier, the independent thinker. They want you locked in Partisan servitude, where someone only slightly left of center is treated as if they were a full-blown communist. They want the right portrayed as a monolithic bloc of “Nazis”. As long as people keep buying into it they win. Our politicians fan the flames and claim to speak for us, but they only really seek to keep your loyalty through distraction on the “enemy”. I may think social justice is a tumour on society but it’s a symptom, not the cause. The MAGA movement sourced its membership from many different groups, people with conflicting ideologies learnt to accept their differences and focus on common goals rather than the purity spiral currently wreaking havoc on the progressive movement. They focussed on the true enemy, establishment politics and big business. This is how the GOP went from being the “party of wall street to being the party of blue collar men and women. We changed the party. But it didn’t last, victory led to infighting and we lost focus. The establishment regained its footing, ready for round 2.
The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty & ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subject and it’s object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.
Let’s be honest, corporations have been in control for a long time now. Establishment politicians’ goals are based not in power, but figurehead status. They seek to maintain the equilibrium best suited to the proliferation of said corporate power. They want to be obsolete, for society to run as a production line with them as the factory foreman. As much as a manager may have the illusion of power, he has it at most over his workers. He does not get to decide where the raw materials come from, or what the finished product will be. He is simply there to ensure the day to day running of things. They are caretakers, repairmen, they give us this Punch and Judy show to project an illusion of conflict but in reality, most are playing for the same team. As long as they keep their sizeable paycheques and their image as “men of power” they’re happy. But for most it’s just an image, a costume they put on.
This is part of the reason Trump picked so many ex-military men to fill positions within his administration. Generals are men of action, they are planners who will always seek control and forward momentum. Key if you’re going to wrestle back power from those pulling Washington’s many strings. Getting to those kinds of ranks doesn’t automatically make you a saint, but it does mean that you are someone who seeks control of their own destiny. Rank and file follow orders, leaders give them. It is also why we are seeing so much corporate power pushing back against Trump. He wants to lead the country in a new direction, not maintain the status quo. Most importantly however, Trump’s policies put the spotlight back on the individual. By avoiding ID politics and pushing “economic nationalism” he’s trying to put the people’s destiny back in their own hands. To make individual achievement the goal, not collectivism. Collectivism breeds demographic thinking, and the more defined those groups are, the easier they are to market to.
Intersectionality, in a weird way, kind of gets how to fight this. It just fails on the execution of the concept because it couches it in victimhood & tries to “fix” things, rather than simply understanding. Individuality is the key to breaking the control exerted over us by mega-corporations. Not every conservative likes the same music, food or drink. You can have massive differences in thought process for outwardly identical people. People often want the same things but for different reasons, because social interactions are as complex as the people partaking of them. Luckily for those corporations who hold the real power in America today, and unfortunately for us, studying social interactions is their business.
Ask most economists and they’ll tell you the same thing. War is great for the business. Cold war even more so. This is why American politics was dominated for so long (and still is to a certain extent) by the Military industrial complex. The men pulling the strings of politicians were in the business of armaments so America stomped around the world starting endless pointless small-scale wars. Just enough to keep these businesses booming but not enough to impact on the homeland or set the whole world on fire. Then came Obama and with him ever decreasing military budgets. Suddenly the corporations wielding the most power changed. Tech monoliths became the driving force of the American economy, and they needed their war. Since their focus was on social/business communication the culture war was stoked and the balkanisation of the American public became the agenda. The problem is a cold war is harder to maintain when you live across the street from your enemy. The distance between the US and Russia limited direct skirmishes creating a war of posturing and threats. A war of implication rather than action. Look at the state of political division in America right now, the culture war turned hot.
So how do we solve this situation? The pieces are already beginning to fall into place to take your country back. Whether you’re on the left or the right primaries are coming. Rid congress of as many caretakers as you can. Vote for candidates that want to bring change, whatever it may be. Now is not the time for “continuity” or “stability”. Real change is violent and disruptive. But like all things it passes. Trump is already teeing up on his end to reign in the extreme over-reach of big business. Just google one his latest appointees Makan Delrahim. He’s doing his part to destabilize the control at source. It is our job to tear down their support network. It’s going to be a rough ride, same as Brexit. But if there’s one thing my generation is learning in coming after the boomers, it’s that the longer you kick the can down the road the greater the collapse when the bill eventually comes due.
Pave Darker is a political activist and contributor to New Media Central. You can follow him on Twitter 9th_Prestige