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America – Five Critical symptoms of Decline (Kevin Phillips, American Theology)
- Widespread public concern over cultural and economic decay;
- Growing religious fervor, church-state relationship, or crusading insistence;
- Rising commitment to faith as opposed to reason and the downplaying of science;
- Popular anticipation of a millennial time frame, an epochal battle, emergence of the antichrist, or belief in an imminent second coming or Armageddon;
- Empire prone to hubris driving national strategic and military overreach, often pursuing abstract international missions that the nation can no longer afford, economically or politically, that leads to crushing national debt
“Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.” J. Gunther
“If America ever passes out as a great nation, we ought to put on our tombstone: America died from a delusion she had Moral Leadership.” W. Rogers
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” E.R. Murrow
“America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.” G. Steinem
“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense… human rights invented America.” J. Carter
“We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.” B. Maher
“No thoughtful person can question that the American Economic System is under broad attack…Corporate leaders must use an activist-minded Supreme Court and other opportunities to shape social, economic, and political change to the advantage of Corporations. Strength lies in organization, in careful long-range planning and implementation and in the consistency of action over an indefinite period of years.” Lewis Powell, a corporate lawyer, a member of a great many international corporate boards of Directors, Supreme Court Justice (1971).
Autocracy is clearly the most efficient form of government to deliver long-term success in a capitalist society. Political power is executed by a self-appointed ruler or ruling class whose responsibility is to the productive forces in the State.
The term autocrat was once synonymous with despot, tyrant, and dictator, although each of these terms originally had a separate, distinct, and negative connotation America stands for free markets and free markets are the opposite of totalitarian.
The negative connotation of Autocracy is derived from the military dictatorships that often form from the “collectives” of Socialist economies such as in a South American junta. In today’s America, highly independent corporate interests performing to excel in free markets are too powerful to be commanded.
Autocracy became necessary in America after various attempts at two-party representative democracy failed with the lack of short and long term decision impeding American corporations in economic competition globally. The cost of two to four-year policy changes and continuous stalemate caused the American economy to suffer long and deep recessions that demoralized entrepreneurs and forced many to re-incorporate in greener pastures.
Deeply disjointed political inconsistency so destroyed confidence in the economy that, over years, the Republican Party altered the Republic leading the way to Autocracy which, ever since, has become the ideal foundation for managing America’s economy.
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a face forever.” G. Orwell
“In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are opposite of goodness such as pride, cunning, and cruelty.” L Tolstoi
Also called the “Beast”. The collective organizational structure, procedures, protocols, and set of regulations in place required to manage activity. It usually occurs in large inefficient organizations, primarily government.
Different from an adhocracy, bureaucracy is represented by standardized procedures (rule-following) that guide the execution of most or all processes without requiring thought or consideration. It requires formal divisions of limited powers; deep and confusing hierarchies; and shadow relationships intended to anticipate needs and improve efficiency only for those in the know.
A bureaucracy can’t create policy; that is above its grade level. Law, policy, and regulation normally originate from leadership, which in moments of weakness or frustration create the bureaucracy to manage the practice, the interpretation, and execution of policy, etc… This leads to bureaucracies having informal and not insignificant influence even though its members are directly responsible to the leadership that created it such as the government executive or a board of directors.
A bureaucracy is where the career unproductive go to die. In a bureaucracy, individuals interface with authority rather than directly with leadership and that builds barriers that interfere with consumers. The larger the organization, the greater the distance from true leadership and the more obscure its operational purpose. Oftentimes, this distance is intentional. Much of the political bickering that occurred between political parties before representative democracy’s demise was over the size and make-up of the bureaucracy.
After the passage of President Crelli’s Circle of Life programs (or pogroms), the American government bureaucracy was dismantled (Including the elimination of the Internal Revenue Service, which was hostile to economic growth and a major and continual point of contention between the two Political Parties). By definition, reducing overhead forced Government to become more efficient and effective and that alone increased America’s competitive juices that were no longer burdened by overhead and sloth.
The demise of the bureaucratic American government created the great Golden Age that was named for President Crelli, the great hero who was responsible for everything.
“Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.” M. McCarthy
“You will never understand bureaucracy until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.” T. Sowell
“The larger the state, the more callous it becomes, the colder its heart. It is also true that the bigger corporation, the more callous its heart but unlike the state, corporations have competitors and have no police powers.” D Prager
A political attitude and philosophy that advocates traditional practices which have developed organically within a nation or enterprise over time. The emphasis of conservatism is a focus on stability and continuity. The term conservatism often refers to the school of thought based on British politician Edmund Burke who wrote against the excesses of mob rule typical in democratic and socialist leaning societies.
“The philosophy of conservatism complements the practices of free markets best.” Barry Goldwater, a True Conservative Republican
“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” M. Baker
“Conservative-noun. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils as distinguished from a liberal who wishes to replace them with others.” A. Bierce
“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.” H. Arendt
“The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, conservatives adopt them.” M. Twain
An autocratic form of government similar to a corporation and ruled by an individual, the dictator, oftentimes without hereditary ascension. With a businessman in charge, respectful of free markets, this form of government has been proven to be particularly well suited to capitalist societies and with a military despot, Socialist economies have been viable.
Because delusion is critical to the success of Socialist efforts, many terms are used to describe socialism. Economic Democracy is just another term for a Socialist philosophy. This is a form of unbridled democracy that requires the transfer of decision-making power from a narrow group of highly trained and competent motivated entrepreneurs who understand what is best for the economy, the nation and its Conducers to a group of incompetent do-gooders whose policies invariably destroy economies.
Economic Democracy posits that worker interests are superior to those of the entrepreneur even though workers are notoriously light and scattered thinkers with drug addled short and long term memory loss that forces them to concentrate on short term goals. There is a great tendency among workers to be selfish and put their families and communities over country.
Every country run democratically has turned to autocracy to save their economy. Every socialist economy has failed miserably, succeeding only after the nation commits to capitalism.
Of all the great achievement of free markets, the greatest is everlasting life, a glorious accomplishment that man could never have even funded much less achieved if economic democracy had held sway in America (see Socialism). With its bureaucratic inefficiency, Economic democracy has no chance. Too soon, it stifles economies and eventually drives its successful citizens to lose faith in the economy forcing a requirement to subcontract to professionals to deliver rather than allowing markets to function naturally.
From the beginning of the American Republic, landed interests, bankers, financial interests and then corporate interests were forced to undermine the process of Economic Democracy so the people truly never had a chance. In the election of 2032, the American majority, moderate by nature, finally gave up and gave in to the greed and glory of capitalism. This fortuitous event ended happily for those who survived.
The American system of the First Republic in which sovereignty was constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units (like states ) creating a vast bureaucracy. Such as it was, the power to govern was shared between national and state governments. This was the structure of the United States until global free market capitalism required a better system of government.
A political entity or organization which has the authority to make and enforce rules, laws and regulations. The only purpose of government is to provide an environment that allows capital to flow unimpeded and commercial interests to thrive.
Whenever a government over steps those bounds (as in the England before the American Revolution and the Magna Carta and America at the end of the First Republic), it is incumbent upon entrepreneurs to exercise their economic power to remove said government’s charter and reconstitute government as a business friendly ally.
“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Aesop
“What Washington needs is adult supervision.” B. Obama
“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” E.R. Murrow
“The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.” F.D. Roosevelt
“It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” H. Humphrey
“It may be true that the government that governs best governs least. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the government that governs worst.” J. Auer
“I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them, but to inform them by education.” T. Jefferson
“Business can now provide the protection and the services we need so we need no government.” A. Crelli
In the perverse days of the First Republic bureaucracy, to insure that government did not interfere in our free market decisions; lobbyists were appointed as watch dogs to Congress to insure that only business appropriate legislation was passed and that it was written and interpreted correctly. Lobbyists were highly trained and paid consultants who, in concert with entrepreneurs, took the lead in trying to improve the business environment in a democratic political system.
“Those who do not know the plans of competitors cannot prepare alliances. Those who do not know the lay of the land cannot maneuver their forces. Those who do not use local guides cannot take advantage of the ground.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War
A viable form of government that ensures that opportunities, responsibilities, and rewards are assigned based upon demonstrated talent and ability (merit). Society rewards for results via wealth, position, and social status those who show talent and competence against a norm society sets as requirements.
In the American Republic Parties played a critical role espousing an expressed ideology or vision bolstered by a written platform with specific goals and by forming coalitions among similarly disposed interests in order to accumulate enough votes to control legislation for the commercial interests that supported them. Once a Party was in control of government its members received instructions directly from lobbyists and other Corporate interests for the purpose of administering businesses requirements.
A politician’s role was to offer and pass necessary laws to create an environment in which corporations can remain competitive while insuring that they obtained enough votes from the general population to remain in office and in the indirect employ of corporations. Once support for an incumbent politician waned, either from corporations or the general electorate, new politicians were elected—thus the apparent miracle of representative democracy.
“Under Democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed and are right.” H. L. Mencken
“Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it’s the rule.” F. Nietzsche
A process by which surrogates for corporations form groups to gain control of the engines of government so as to improve the economy or the rules of engagement defined as the marketplace.
“Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.” B. Moyer
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” G. Marx
“The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.” J. Carter
President of the United States
Historically, Presidents were the most powerful politicians in America but after the Crelli political revolution, the American economy was better served with a board of directors led by a Chairman who could only be removed by majority vote of the board that was never formed.
“Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he’ll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.” D. Broder
“As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” M. Van Buren
“I began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency and that if the cancer was not removed the president himself would be killed by it.” J. Dean
“I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You’ve got to just stand there and take it.” L. B. Johnson
“I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.” D. D. Eisenhower
1961 President Eisenhower Warns the Nation. (And why did a President wait until AFTER he was President to warn the nation?)
An exacting form of communication aimed at influencing the attitudes of a community toward some cause, position, or outcome. In capitalism, it is the most intense form of religious proselytizing with the ability to acquire and maintain loyal consumers for any imaginable brand. (Even the pogroms under Circle of Life legislation had fan clubs!) Free market economies depend on perfect information for the buyer and seller. Propaganda provides a necessary degree of difficulty.
As advertising and commercials, propaganda has always been a most effective form of deceit—and it is lawful. Rules for its limits are covered in the Pursuit of Deceit law (2036) which recognized that in our competitive world, effective communication is essential to profits and for that reason lies in pursuit of competition must be permissable.
When lies with the sole purpose of moving products or services, changing beliefs, preferences, and actions, are aimed at interested communities often times without the awareness of the target audience and often toward some cause or position the target audience may not agree with or might not even want to support or would never consider otherwise without propaganda, this is deemed sinful in a Capitalist world and punished accordingly.
To the economically discerning, carefully fabricated propaganda effectively and selectively misrepresents facts and realities in order to move the populous herd toward a chosen economic goal. Propaganda uses messaging effectively to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented with attitude change as the desired result, the more believable, the more productive.
To the less economically discerning, Propaganda is entertainment and in that way, it satisfies while coercing the shopping impulse. When it is not possible to sell a product or service on its merit, shareholders have the right to insist on effective propaganda or the purveyor of that good or service must retreat from that marketplace.
Deluding the public for commercial gain is essential if one is to acquire the wealth necessary to live forever. Without this valuable tool, a true capitalist is doomed to a finite long term strategy.
In Nazi Germany in the mid-twentieth century, the National Socialist Director of Information, Joseph Goebbels, introduced what was then the highest form of effective propaganda. He needed it to sell a socialist and bestial Nazi brand. Because of Herr Goebbels success; business communities throughout the world have spent the time since 1945 trying to perfect propaganda. Because of those efforts, Propaganda is now a science with predictable results.
In the modern era, now more than ever, the time-honored phrase Caveat Emptor holds sway. It is for Conducers who part with their wealth to figure it all out.
In 2015, the A.J. Drexel Institute in Philadelphia opened the first bipartisan College of Propaganda, dedicated to educating the next generation of American patriots in the science of monetizing preferences. In 2033, President Andrew Crelli funded a national chain of Institutes of Propaganda to broaden the capability of corporations
“The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” A. Carey
“Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.” R. M. Brown
What is Propaganda?
Totalitarianism is generally characterized by the coincidence of authoritarianism (i.e., where ordinary citizens have no significant share in state decision-making) and ideology.
Unlike the old style, heavy-handed Stalin/Mao-like leadership principles, today’s totalitarian disciplines demonstrate more long-term economic benefits for society and corporations in a new capitalist business model.
Where the State is under the control of a single political organization, faction, or is class dominated, it recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Leadership in this environment must be sensitive to the needs of corporations and function in their best interest.
Totalitarian regimes or movements are able to maintain themselves in political power by means of an official all-embracing ideology and propaganda disseminated through controlled mass media and a single party but more often multiple parties acting in concert to control the state. As long as business interests are rewarded, the rule is successful. Normally, this form of government can be depicted as a personality cult that has total control over the economy, one that regulates and restricts free discussion and criticism, and the widespread use of perpetual surveillance and war footing to prevent unidentified terrorism. In so many ways, it parallels the normal corporate management structure.
In the modern world, totalitarian leadership is the preferred method of government in a free market economy because totalitarian leaders and entrepreneurs have the same goals as their corporate counterparts so there is a great incentive for cooperation in order to create the best possible economic environment for generating profits.