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Dave Bloke

The Revolution of the Elites

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A long post, please bear with me :-)

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In a society where everything can be bought, or sold, there is no place for democracy because even the representatives of the people have a price.

It was to be his political testimony, completed in the bleak mid winter of February 1994 just 10 days before his death Lasch' book is eerily prophetic of the times in which we now live. However when it was published, shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the triumph of Western Liberal Democracy the book seemed out of place. It was the time of Clinton and later Blair. Of no more boom and bust and of the longest economic expansion in the history of America. A time of reformist left wing globalist political parties converted to free trade and light touch regulation. Things could only get better.

Lasch, a historian, philosopher with Marxist leanings saw something altogether different. The symptoms of a separation between the intellectually superior "elites" and an ignorant hoi poloi and the start of a new class struggle. The title of the book is inspired by d'Ortega's The Revolt of the Masses  written some 60 years previously. With a backdrop of the rise of totalitarianism d'Ortega viewed "the masses" as the biggest danger for western civilization. Half a century later Lasch saw a management and intellectual class as the principal danger - Those people who control global flows of money and information. Deeply rooted in the global economy and its sophisticated technology, culturally liberal, that is "modern", "open" or "left", the new elites of advanced capitalism . As their power grows and becomes globalized, there is a growing contempt for the values and virtues that once founded the democratic ideal. Enclosed in their multiple networks in which they nomadise perpetually, they live their confinement in the humanly shrunken world of the economy as a noble cosmopolitan adventure, while each day becomes more manifest their dramatic incapacity to understand those who do not look like them: ordinary people from their own country. 

The top 20% of society. Unlike the elites from previous generations who were embedded in their communities their leitmotif is mobility, "the kingdom without borders of the globalized economy where money has lost all link with nationality. They send their children to private schools. Have company health insurance and pensions and employ private guards where they live. It is not that they don't see an interest in paying for public services, a large majority of them no longer think of themselves as citizens of any country. The new elites are rebelling against the masses who they see as technologically backwards, conservative and reactionary", in other word's Clinton's Deplorables, France's Yellow Vests and in the UK: Brexit Voters.

Lasch foresaw a world where the market has invaded all social structures including the family causing an atomisation of society.  Meeting places, cafes, shops are replaced by shopping malls. Residential areas are ghettoised. Public schools  dumbed down and traditional values are replaced with political correctness which do not equip children to deal with adult life. Journalism which abandons real reporting for simply communicating information handed down from the elites - debate is confiscated by so called experts using their own form of newspeak.

And so the subtitle of his work, The betrayal of democracy, makes sense. In the measure that the elites who see themselves as an aristocracy legitimately based on supposed talent but who seem to reproduce among themselves in some obscure manner. For Lasch this system menaces the middle classes, the backbone of society and the domination by a small minority who govern in their own interests and in the name of a majority who they despise.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=lasch+christopher&crid=20ZN6G0NE2WEX&sprefix=lasch%2Caps%2C405&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_5

Edited by Dave Bloke

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Add Oligarchical Collectivism from 1984 (again)

'The term "oligarchical collectivism" is similar to the theory of bureaucratic collectivism put forth by some Trotskyists in the late 1930s. Leon Trotsky is the likely model for Orwell's Emmanuel Goldstein: a former member of the Party inner circle who had been purged and declared an enemy of the people by the Soviet state he had helped to found, and subsequently a critic of its social system in exile—just as Goldstein critiques the system of Oceania. However, the bureaucratic collectivist theory was formulated not by Trotsky, but by some of his followers mainly in the United States who dissented from his view of the Soviet Union as a degenerated workers' state. These theorists, such as Max Shachtman, saw the Soviet Union, along with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, as representing a new type of society, neither capitalist nor socialist, characterized by direct, integrated political and economic rule by a new ruling class of totalitarian state bureaucrats.'

Now knock me down with a feather if the Bold bit is not how the E.U. is set up and works.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Theory_and_Practice_of_Oligarchical_Collectivism

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10 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

theorists, such as Max Shachtman, saw the Soviet Union, along with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, as representing a new type of society, neither capitalist nor socialist, characterized by direct, integrated political and economic rule by a new ruling class of totalitarian state bureaucrats.'

Now knock me down with a feather if the Bold bit is not how the E.U. is set up and works.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Theory_and_Practice_of_Oligarchical_Collectivism

spooky!

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