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EU's Unraveling Destroys the Meme of Democracy
Greeks await name of new coalition government PM ... Greeks are keen to return to some stability after months of turmoil ... Greek leaders are due to agree the name of a new prime minister to lead a unity government until fresh polls are held. The deal came after Prime Minister George Papandreou agreed to stand down. It followed days of upheaval caused by his decision – now revoked – to hold a referendum on the EU bailout plan to tackle Greece's debt crisis. – BBC
Dominant Social Theme: Greeks cannot wait for their new "unity" government.
Free-Market Analysis: Parliamentary democracy is farce. That is one of many benefits provided to us by the unraveling of the EU. The Greeks – most Greeks, anyway – seem to want to leave the EU. They don't want to be rescued. They want to be left alone.
The elites who have created the promotional elements of regulatory democracy and parliaments did so with the idea that that this meme would be an effective replacement for the Divinity of Kings meme. Both are equally inadequate in our view. God did not choose Kings – not any more than people nowadays choose their democratic leaders.
Nowhere is this more evident now than in the EU where countries regularly are denied the opportunity to vote on anything of consequence. Not that we think voting is such a big deal, but it seems to us better than the alternative, which is simply having a political ideology imposed upon you.
The Greeks therefore will know what they believe in, in aggregate. The Greeks, like the British, are to be denied the opportunity to vote on their "participation" in the EU. The Greeks are to have their democracy, but only as it affects unimportant matters.
The mask has slipped a little. We see the iron fist beneath the velvet glove. The entire mechanism of elite control is on display in Greece. We've watched it unfold, as you have, dear reader. The mechanism is NOT being driven by an ideology or vision of a unified Europe. It's being driven by a merciless power elite that wants to keep Europe together as a region in order to use it and other regions to build world government.
Why do they need Europe to retain its unitary composition? Why not let it split back up? Because this would shatter the larger narrative of directed history. You see, for at last a century and perhaps a lot longer, the world has been in the grip of a PROMOTION.
In this promotion, almost every aspect of world history including wars, revolutions, technological advances and even money itself are manipulated to TELL A STORY. The story that is being told is one of the inevitability of world government.
This is why we emphasize that the elite uses dominant social themes, fear-based sub-promotions existing within the larger promotion to control the narrative leading to a one-world order. The elite cannot simply decree it. They need to work within the boundaries of what is justifiable.
This is important because the elites need to look toward the future. They cannot simply "make it up." They need to work within rough guidelines. In the future the story will be told that forward-looking leaders created the European Union and then found it worked so well that they created a Union of the World.
For this reason, among others, they don't want the Union to collapse. For this reason, among others, we have indicated that a collapse of the Union in our view will indicate the efficacy of the Internet Reformation which is now continually collapsing elite memes. It is a big problem. For them.
And so they muddle along. It is analogous to the Emperor With No Clothes. He, too, finally realized that he was naked for all the world to see. But he marched on, nonetheless. He kept up the pretense.
The elites, too, find it necessary to keep up the pretense for as long as possible. The promotional mechanism has been exposed. The buy-in that the elites desperately need has been shattered. And yet they continue. The rote rehearsal of an illegitimate program is more important than its credibility.
The intelligentsia has fallen away, and this too is a problem. Without an intelligentsia willingly proselytizing directed history, its imposition becomes more difficult to maintain and mold. This is one of the reasons the elites spent so much time and effort cultivating 20th century thought magazines like the Economist, the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.
These were relatively tiny publications, but they reached the "thinking people" – the larger group that was ideologically fluent though uninvolved directly with the one-world conspiracy or its money mafia. It was this larger group of concept-adept people that the power elite especially wanted to manipulate.
And manipulate them they did, with savagery and savage joy. In the mid-20th century, it had to be seen to be believed. You likely couldn't find a major American or European city that didn't have its cadre of youthful intellectuals sitting around in cafes, smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and debating the "isms" – communism, socialism and fascism.
If you had suggested to these youngsters that all of these concepts were merely the construct of a tiny band of impossibly wealthy families and their enablers and associates, you would have been shunned as a nutcase. The disconnect would have been impossibly vital! Mere words would not have sufficed. Such a conspiratorial concept could not have been entertained, even. And was not.
Why? Because of the efficacy of DIRECTED HISTORY. It was that good. It was that persuasive – and pervasive. And that is the system that the elite continues to employ today – even though people see through it and it's lost a good deal of its credibility with the 'Net intelligentsia, which is the only intelligentsia, these days, worth considering.
The article excerpt above from a BBC report states that the Greeks are eager to "return to stability." What a lie this is. Greeks are eager to return to a life, from what we can see, where they will not be hounded by the EU and its domestic, parliamentary harriers. Greeks, from what we understand, don't want EU bailouts. They want to leave the EU.
The possibility of Greece leaving the euro has been raised by EU leaders, the article tells us. We highly doubt that these "leaders" want that to occur. They've got their claws into Greece. Grecian sovereignty is already basically abrogated. Greece as a nation does not really exist anymore, though Greece as a culture shall perpetuate itself.
Greece and Greek culture has given so much to the world. The greatest gift may be the spectacle once again of elite manipulation and the evident and obvious ruse that is parliamentary democracy. Once the elites get through with Greece it will likely be impossible to maintain that this sort of system has any legitimacy.
Conclusion: No doubt the power elite is fomenting another meme to take its place. We've described it, in fact. But in this era of the Internet Reformation it is unlikely to be nearly as efficacious as the last one.
Posted by timoore on 11/08/11 07:47 AM
Your column(s)are helping me understand what is really going on in the world we live.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks for being so kind as to mention it.
Posted by Dilence Sogwood on 11/07/11 02:05 PM
Interesting point I have discovered. The OWS crowd will not fall into the trap of supporting democracy.
Instead they support "consenus."
If democracy is the tyranny of the masses, consensus is tyranny of the moronic.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Ha, now you're an epigram-ist.
Posted by Adam on 11/07/11 01:08 PM
Great, impassioned, articles today, DB!
Posted by lewfalo on 11/07/11 12:37 PM
So true. The deception of the masses into believing the myth that "WE are the government". However, I sincerely doubt that it is, or ever was that difficult to deceive the masses in this way. It does after all, appeal to the seeming complete inability of humans to transfer individual ethics onto group or society. Murder is just fine if it is done by "us" collectively; so is theft, enslavement, plunder and lying.
Posted by steveg on 11/07/11 11:45 AM
The unelected bankers and their camp followers are proposing an "artificial money" now. Here is an excerpt from Der Spiegel of Nov.7, 2011.
"But it is becoming increasingly clear to Merkel and her finance minister that, in the end, only the ECB will be able to save the euro if the crisis continues to escalate. It is the only European fiscal policy institution capable of taking action, and it also comes equipped with unlimited firepower. It can never run out of money, because it can simply print new money when needed... .
Most European leaders have nothing against using the central bank's reserves as a source of financing, as became evident at the Cannes summit. Important politicians like European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and French President Sarkozy proposed making IMF "special drawing rights" available -- a move which would enable the funding of major bailout packages in Europe. The US also supported the idea... .
Special drawing rights, the bank notes, are akin to an artificial currency against which foreign currencies can be borrowed at the IMF. ...
At the Cannes summit, Van Rompuy spoke of a "trust" at the IMF that could be fed with artificial money from the special drawing rights. It appears that the euro crisis is approaching its endgame... ."
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Posted by Don on 11/07/11 11:20 AM
"Yet no dominant social theme was much more successful than the investment meme. In the 20th century and even today the Anglosphere elites continue to push the idea of 'investing.' The buy-in of the middle class means a psychological endorsement of the world as it is, including central banking and fiat money." Click to view link
This recent DB salience probably requires amendment. The Democracy meme arguably enjoys at least as much success as the investment meme and arguably more. At the very least, the Democracy meme is one of the legs of the stool for psychological endorsement of the world as it is.
Both memes share an interesting element that misdirects blame for bad outcomes. When government inevitably pursues an agenda contrary to its voter's mandate, the voters have only themselves to blame because one gets the government one deserves. When investors lose savings in the equity markets, investors can only blame themselves because one must exercise due diligence at all times.
Posted by samix on 11/07/11 09:43 AM
The much less spoken about consequence of the first world war was the breaking up of the Muslim Caliphate, It was one of the biggest empire that fell to the allied powers.