Electoralism is not Democracy
Democracy does not mean merely that we hold elections. Communists had elections. Election campaigns are not the sum total of democracy. Democracy means the elected government obeys the expressed preferences of the electorate. We don't have that anymore. See [EVIDENCE OF DEMOCRACY FAILURE] below.
The ability of the citizens of the US to affect political change by electoral means ended with the 1980 election, when the CIA intervened in the electoral process (The October Surprise).
For 12 years after that, the former Director of the CIA, Vice President GHW Bush, ran the policy of this country (Reagan was a figurehead), with strong assistance from the then current head of the CIA, William J. Casey. After that, we had eight years of the neoliberal poster boy, Bill Clinton, who did drug deals in Arkansas with Bush's hatchet man, Ollie North. Then, thanks to that boat anchor/traitor, Joe Lieberman, and the Florida election theft, we got Bush Jr - another clueless figurehead, stage managed by the neocons. Finally, we got the well-groomed fraud Obama, who prosecuted whistleblowers mercilessly, while green-lighting drone strikes, coups (Honduras), the destruction of secular Arab regimes (Libya, Syria), and the massive bailout of the bankster crooks.
At each step in this forty year farce, more and more laws, institutions, and traditions of the US were shredded as a Deep State formed from the military intelligence complex and the allied banking and oil industries. To anyone who remembers the US in 1970, it is clear that we are no longer a democracy. The number of lies told and laws that have been ripped up to get at Julian Assange alone should demonstrate that the rule of law, and of the Constitution, are a joke in this country. Electoralism ignores all that history and demands that you focus almost exclusively on whatever election campaign or "gotcha" investigation is now underway. In short, electoralism is camouflage that protects the Deep State.
Electoralism is an ongoing political lobotomy leading to the results described by Santayana. Getting suckers excited about which conman to pick is exactly why the Deep State loves its rigged elections. The longer the campaign season, the more distraction from the hijacking of our government there is.
I would like Bernie supporters to explain how electing Bernie 18 months from now will stop the US from eliminating freedom of speech (i.e., Assange) right now. The essence of electoralism is real issues being set aside for interminable campaigning, and its on display here. I would like them to explain how electing Bernie in 18 months does anything for the ongoing violations of our rights listed in [EVIDENCE...] today. We might not get to 2020 without a major economic disaster or a major war, so why are we playing these stupid electoralism games instead of pressuring our rogue government to stop being criminals?
In case you haven't realized it yet, this essay is my response to WOTB bashing C99p, WayOfTheBern noticed our Bernie debate
An article at CounterPunch very well:
There are Gates galore....Like the Democrats, (the GOP) have zero concern for the ostensible issues of principle, and infinite enthusiasm for mounting “gotcha” political theater.
Neither party really wants, or knows how, to engage in a sustained, principled debate on substantive political issues — things like universal-coverage, single-payer health insurance, a job guarantee, a radical reduction of the military budget, an end to imperialist intervention, increasing taxes on the wealthy and lowering them for working people, a break from the “overwhelming” and destructive influence of Zionism, to name a few of the policies the Democratic congressional leadership could have insisted on “investigating” over the last two years...
Instead, both parties’ political campaigns rely on otherizing appeals based on superficial identity politics (white-affirmative on the one hand, POC-affirmative on the other) and, mainly, on bashing the other party for all the problems it ignored or exacerbated, and all the terrible policies it enacted, when it was in power—and for the version of superficial, otherizing identity politics it supposedly based those policies on (the real determinants of class power remaining invisible). What both parties know how and will continue to do is mount hypocritical legalistic and moralistic “investigations” of illegal campaign contributions, support from foreign governments, teenage make-out sessions, personal-space violations, et. al., that they are just “shocked, shocked” about.
It’s Investigation Nation. Fake politics in the simulacrum of a democratic polity. Indeed, someone, of some political perspicuity, might just notice, if only for a flash, that the people who do pretty well politically are often the ones who frankly don’t give a crap about all that. Maybe because they’re talking to people who don’t give a crap about all that. But we wouldn’t want to confuse ourselves thinking on that for too long...
The Democrats’ main goal in all this is not to impeach, or stop the re-election of, Donald Trump; it’s to prevent the nomination and election of Bernie Sanders, or anyone like him.
- Jim Kavanaugh, Investigation Nation: Mueller, Russiagate, and Fake Politics
It should be clear that the narrow "centrist" spectrum of candidates allowed through the filter of the years-long money primary and the corporate media character assassination squads are completely unwilling to challenge the power and warmongering agenda of the CIA and its allies; the MIC, Wall St., the oil companies, KSA, and Israel. Poll after poll demonstrates that the vast majority of voters want to cut military spending, military bases, and military actions. Candidates say they will do that, Trump most recently. Yet, when they get in office, its business as usual. Have I mentioned that's because we are no longer a democracy?
In my last essay, my stance that a choice between two corporatists was no choice at all was derided as "childish". The groupies at WOTB have added "purity troll" to the insults for anyone who steps outside the "acceptable" boundaries of politics.
There are 80 years worth of facts [HISTORICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY] about the capture of our government by intelligence agencies and their gangster/bankster allies. You have to ignore all that history (or denounce it as conspiracy theory) to come to the conclusion that Of course most of the overworked, dumbed down, propagandized US population isn't aware of that history, so the country has moved beyond ignorance to outright Orwellian thought control. (It takes real thought control to get the public to accept that the US has not always been for sale to the highest bidder.)
If we don't have a democracy, what do we have?
Eric Hobsbawm summary of the failure of democracy in the 1920s-1930s maps perfectly onto today's situation:
The optimal conditions for the triumph of the crazy ultra-Right were
- an old state and its ruling mechanisms which could no longer function;
- a mass of disenchanted, disoriented, discontented citizens who no longer knew where their loyalties lay;
- strong socialist [ today, IdPol] movements threatening or appearing to threaten social revolution, but not actually in a position to achieve it; and
- a move of nationalist resentment against the peace treaties of 1918-1920[today, globalization agreements like NAFTA and TPP]...
What National Socialism certainly achieved was a radical purging of the old Imperial elites and institutional structures...
- Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes, pp 126-9. (1994)
IMHO, with Trump as President America is in a situation of emergent fascism, aka corporatism. See, again, [EVIDENCE...] at the end, if you are unclear about that. And just like the 1930s-40s era dictatorships, the first order of business is, as Hobsbawm noted, to "purge the old Imperial elites and institutional structures". That's exactly what Trump's "you're fired" fest is doing. For America, what is being purged are the structures of genuine democracy and the rule of law that were here before the neocon/neoliberal Empire of Chaos took over. European nation states are in the same burning boat vis a vis the EU.
As the FAANG roll out their censorship tools (net neutrality eliminated, defunding, delisting, banning, shadow banning, overreaching copyright takedowns), we see the beginnings of "coordination" (German: gleichschaltung). These polices will come as a shock to people used to democracy. The Netherlands under German occupation is a historical example:
The German occupiers implemented a policy of Gleichschaltung (“enforced conformity”), and systematically eliminated non-Nazi organizations. In 1940, the German regime more or less immediately outlawed all Socialist and Communist parties; in 1941, it forbade all parties, except for the Dutch National Socialist party NSB, under Anton Mussert
Gleichschaltung was an enormous shock to the Dutch, who had traditionally had separate institutions for all main religious groups, particularly Catholic and Protestant, because of decades of pillarisation. The process was opposed by the Catholic Church in the Netherlands, and, in 1941, all Roman Catholics were urged by Dutch bishops to leave associations that had been Nazified.
Does one hear any viable political candidate laying out this narrative of a failed democracy, run by a murderous intelligence community? Not really. While people may talk about fixing some details in areas like healthcare or retirement or education, none of them will attack the Deep State, the CIA, the secret wars, and the obscene level of "defense" spending head on. That's because all viable politicians have internalized what that corrupt fraud, Chuck Schumer, openly acknowledged:
"You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you".
And that is true for AIPAC as well.
So, pardon me, Bernie groupies; but after meekly caving in to having the election stolen from him by the DNC, he went on to embrace Russiagate, to support the illegal sanctions and regime change operations against Venezuela, and now to ignore Julian Assange's illegal arrest. IMHO, Bernie is just the latest cheap suit waiting to fold.
You guys want the genuine left to wear the pretty suit of Bernie to our own execution. I'm sorry to hurt your feelings; but I stopped letting my mother dress me half a century ago.
[EVIDENCE OF DEMOCRACY FAILURE]
* Our domestic politics is completely corrupt
---- We have a completely opaque, easily hackable privatized e-voting system.
---- We have severe gerrymandering that is keeping the GOP in power by fraud.
---- We have massive voter suppression, again keeping the minority vote down.
---- Citizens United allows gangsters like Sheldon Adelson to spend $100M
---- Hillary not indicted for massive security violations, for running pay-to-play foundation.
---- DNC diverted funds and stole primary from Bernie, argued in court it had no duty to be neutral
---- Rep. Omar is crucified for mentioning the overwhelming power of AIPAC, thereby proving it.
* We have instituted a rights-free zone extending 100 miles from the border, which includes 65% of the population. In that zone:
---- You can be indefinitely detained for "suspicion".
---- Your electronics can be confiscated or, if you agree, your private life can be rummaged through for probable cause, instead.
* We allow asset seizures (civil forfeiture)by police.
* We allow Private Prisons that use slave labor. We guarantee them a profit.
* We use the police and the courts as a revenue source, preying on citizens. (Ferguson, MO)
* We do not prosecute, much less ban, predatory/lawbreaking business (Payday loans, Uber, AirBnB)
* We allow NSA total surveillance of every bit on the internet.
* Freedom of speech has been replaced by corporate media Censorship
* We have legalized Government Propaganda against US citizens inside the US
* We have freedom of religion - unless you're a Muslim, in which case you are a potential terrorist.
* We have brought back racism
---- The New Jim Crow
---- The everyday occurance of unjustified police shootings, for which officers are exonerated.
---- Russiagate has degenerated into classic racism - all Russians are evil. We recycle Nazi tropes against them.
---- We applaud and support Israeli slaughter of Palestinian untermensch.
* We Torture People
* We kidnap people and hold them in black sites for torture (Rendition)
* We ignore international law which, when we have signed the treaty, is US law:
---- theft of occupied territory by Israel
---- destruction of right of asylum by Trump
* We wage aggressive war against countries with oil: Libya, Syria, Iran, Venezuela
* We support genocide in Yemen and Neo-nazism in the Ukraine.
[HISTORICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF INTEL TAKEOVER]
I have previously partially documented the rise of our garrison state:
Despite the time frame in the titles, this review begins during WW1, and includes the rise of J. Edgar Hoover and his 48 year reign of blackmail and corruption, and the coincident rise of the Mafia. Of course, one of the most heavily censored aspects of our history is the strong connection between CIA covert ops and Mafia drug dealing, Also, the private crooked banks to fund them off books. The CIA learned these financial tricks by cooperating with and using the mob. Also relevant to today's garrison state is the fact that the mob had strong Jewish connections via Meyer Lansky. All these facts have been available since Alfred W. McCoy's seminal work in the early 1970s. And, McCoy is still reporting, although few are listening.
our drug wars create profitable covert netherworlds in which those very drugs flourish and become even more profitable. Indeed, the U.N. once estimated that the transnational traffic, which supplied drugs to 4.2% of the world’s adult population, was a $400 billion industry, the equivalent of 8% of global trade.
- Alfred W. McCoy, Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition
My review includes a little bit of the 1970s in order to include the early neocons - Scoop Jackson's crew of Trotskyites: Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz.
I am working on bringing that narrative up to 2000, but that's not finished. Instead, I invite you to look at the following list for source material.
- Anthony Summers, Official and Confidential
- James Douglas, JFK and the Unspeakable
- L. Waldron & Thom Hartmann**, Ultimate Sacrifice
- L. Waldron & Thom Hartmann**, Legacy of Secrecy
- Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK
- Anthony Summers, The Arrogance of Power
** Thom Hartmann now supports the Russiagate propaganda.
*** Daniel Hopsicker now supports the Russiagate propaganda.
- Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes
- Douglas Valentine, The CIA as Organized Crime
- Alfred McCoy, The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade
- Russ Baker, Family of Secrets
- Mike Lofgren, The Deep State
- Mike Lofgren, The Party is Over