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STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Political Circuses: How US Elections Became a Joke
By Daily Bell Staff - February 18, 2016

Starbucks CEO warns the U.S. presidential elections are turning into a 'circus' … CEO Howard Schultz criticized the presidential candidates for making 'bombastic attacks' without 'respect' for each other. He warned the run-up to the U.S. election had 'turned into something none of us has ever seen before… almost a circus.' – Daily Mail

The outspoken head of Starbucks believes that today's US elections are a "circus," and he has a point. In the past, certainly, the rhetoric surrounding US elections could be solemn, even sanctimonious.

Ronald Reagan regularly described America as a "shining light on a hill." Newt Gingrich ran on a very serious sounding "contract with America" that was signed Sept. 27, 1994 on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C., by members of the Republican minority.

The "Contract with America" offered legislation that would move through the House of Representatives within the first 100 days of the 104th Congress – including tax cuts, a permanent line-item veto and measures to reduce crime and provide middle-class tax relief.

Of course, Gingrich's time in office ended badly and politicians generally have a difficult time enacting their promises.

In this Daily Mail article, however, Schultz mourns the old depictions, false as they were. He either doesn't understand or refuses to recognize that the Internet has increasingly stripped away the consequential veneer Western electioneering used to enjoy.

People understand more fully the flawed nature of their candidates. And in return, candidates themselves are becoming more strident and aggressive.

We can certainly see this in the current GOP federal election contest. It was inevitable that someone like Donald Trump would emerge to exploit the possibilities of electronic electioneering.

Trump's tendency to employ insults has turned the GOP nomination contest into a kind of mockery. The mainstream media cannot control his rhetoric as it would have in the past. His insults circulate – and resonate.

Jeb Bush is "low energy." Ted Cruz is a "liar." Former President Bill Clinton is a "woman abuser."

This is simply part of a larger process. The Internet has torn gaping holes in the credibility of leadership and how it is selected. In the US, for instance, trust in Congress is in the single digits. That's a rounding error.

The cynical perceptions of US citizens are increasingly shared by those in Europe, China, Brazil and elsewhere – in countries large and small.

Regulatory democracy in general is increasingly seen as an untrustworthy system. Too many of its major players have been discredited. Too many of its stated goals have proven to be untrue.

And the Internet has allowed voters to categorize those broken promises.

In self-defense, the age-old elites behind the system of regulatory democracy (and the "divinity of kings" before that) are moving toward the new paradigm of "technocracy," a system run by an elite of technical experts.

As such, the technocratic society is run by the best and brightest society has to offer: individuals that have gone to the best schools and accrued the most impressive bona fides.

Since the individual is increasingly becoming paramount – his professionalism and expertise – the systems themselves recede in importance.

How a system works, and whether it is necessary or even appropriate, becomes less important than how the individual technocrat applies and manages it.

From the standpoint of those elite forces that continue to control society from behind the scenes, technocracy is an apt successor to regulatory democracy. The emphasis on expertise and performance obscures the larger issue of exactly what is managed – which in turn reduces arguments over policies themselves.

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade treaty is a step toward the new technocratic society. The treaty creates a separate, international court system that places large corporations on a par with nation-states.

Technocratic management of large industrial facilities means that individuals gradually assume authority equivalent to the state itself.

As individual technocrats are elevated in this manner, their prestige increases and their importance expands. Their adeptness at managing across public and private facilities becomes an important and valuable trait.

Authoritarian solutions are increasingly the preferred method of raising funds in the 21st century. Bail-ins, taxes, IRAs and pension fund reconfigurations, severe cash-usage limitations – all of these confiscatory approaches will increasingly need justification.

As part of this process, electoral control is being removed, piecemeal, throughout the West. Three examples:

  • The decision-making element of the European Union resides with the non-elected EU Commission that "proposes and implements" legislation.
  • Three Greek creditors – the European Commission, The European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – basically run Greek affairs at a macro-level. They have to sign off on Greece's compliance with previous agreements or Greece essentially becomes insolvent.
  • In the US, the GOP is contemplating a brokered convention if Donald Trump seems poised to win the nomination. The compliant Marco Rubio, the favored "technocratic" candidate, has been positioned as a political prodigy.

As electoral choice is increasingly made irrelevant, the technocrat, with his ostensible expertise and supposed across-the-board competence, is swapped in to provide credibility to a variety of unjustifiable actions.

But please take note: The same Internet that has destroyed regulatory democracy allows scrutiny of the new, technocratic paradigm. Thus, the evolution of these systems will be fraught: resistance and chaos will spread.

Conclusion: Readers need to ensure their own prosperity and survival as much as possible in a time when constructs of social stability are eroding. Putting one's faith in the competence of a single, individual "leader" is both unrealistic and destructive. You are your own best counsel.

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  • Hortense

    Trump is THE problem?
    How about two (or more?) ineligible candidates basis at least three of their collective four parents were not US citizens, and one of them was born in Canada; check out their parents’ citizenship status, use this link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/anna-tomerlin/not-eligible-for-president-barack-obama-ted-cruz-marco-rubio-bobby-jindal-rick-s/754981237871778/) and the fact that at least one ineligible candidate’s wife works for Goldman Sachs; others are in cahoots with big banks; several of the party candidates crassly expect to simply walk into the presidential office without a bit of work, for one reason or another, and that several if not all of the party candidates hate Americans (natural born ones) and want not the best for those who will be under their yoke but the worst… Wow!
    How could anyone not look at Trump as a breath of fresh air.

    • Bruce C.

      Trump just isn’t politically correct and points out the obvious. It’s the intellectually dishonest who are the problem.

      • http://www.thedailybell.com/ The Daily Bell

        Actually Trump seems to believe in the fundamental efficacy of the state and if elected wants to utilize state power forcefully. He’s no libertarian.

        • Bruce C.

          Then why do you think “the establishment” doesn’t like him?

          • alaska3636

            Trump doesn’t seem to question the paradigm of centralized force currently in fashion. However, there appears to be few strings capable of directing his rhetoric, which is dangerous for career politicians and entrenched interests. His actions, should he become Big Chieftan, will be constrained by the same partisan dialectic, but he is liable to open his big mouth about the corruption of the system with no possible golden parachute or any closet skeletons to persuade him otherwise. In short, he represents a kind of populist threat to the usual elite memes.

          • Bruce C.

            I agree. Good answer. If he gets in hopefully he’ll realize what boondoggles abound and not be so quick to use them. I’m not sure what would happen then but I still think he has more potential upside than anyone else running.

          • alaska3636

            I’m a young man. I think the best that I can hope for is somebody belligerent enough to knock over the apple cart and hope that it takes a few decades to put right. I would happily take a Trump two-term if all it meant was partisan gridlock.

            On the lighter side, here’s Trump’s take on Middle Earth (parody):
            “I’m the best at talking to Sauron, I really am. Tough guy, tough negotiator but you really just have to have a man-to-man. Not like the people running Gondor, they’re stupid. I mean, how stupid are they? Now, my tower – and let me tell you, it’s the biggest, classiest tower, great views of the whole ring of stone and the forest and the river – I can get him on the line. Doesn’t answer anybody else, but when I want him, here’s there.”

            http://thefederalist.com/2016/01/27/donald-trump-let-me-tell-you-about-smaug/

          • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

            yes – “a loose cannon” cant be guaranteed to sing from the same hymnsheet.
            So with something like the Vaccination agenda – he could upset one of the most lucrative rackets/weapons the world has ever known – until Monsanto came along. One can always see where the power is by what has been ‘protected’ from open challenge and discussion.

            However, if he got in, I would be surprised if he didn’t find a great deal of common ground with ‘sensitive’ issues that aren’t really quite the way folks see them when they are frustrated…

          • http://www.thedailybell.com/ The Daily Bell

            Well, do we really know what’s going on? What games are being played? Really?

          • Bruce C.

            No, we don’t.

          • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

            That is the way mind sets it up is it not? If we really allowed ourselves to know what we are up to we believe we could not survive – or would lose or have to give up something we don’t want to lose.

          • Bruce C.

            I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying. I can speak only for myself with the utmost confidence (not “complete” confidence necessarily, but utmost, as in more so than anyone for else.) The kinds of corruption and deception that are rumored to exist are innumerable. Believing that I am basically honest I tend to trust what I think, feel, sense to be true. But I am not confident enough in myself to declare my “impressions” to be “objective” knowledge for all.

          • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

            We only recognize ourself in anything. It really does take one to know one. So as I feel you know I am not only focussing out there – nor exclusively ‘in here’ but on both at once from a more embracing perspective. The reflection of corruption and deceit is exactly that – regardless how the blame game asserts its apportioning and redistribution. Materialism absolutely denies this and renders its own asserted consciousness as existing within a non-Consciousness – and indeed having “free will while suffering everyone and everything else’s ‘will’.

            So what I am pointing to is not that anyone has an objectively framed exact and comprehensive summary of what is experienced or believed or believed to be happening ‘out there’. Nor that they have a conceptually exact or comprehensive accounting of what is occurring subjectively in themselves or anyone else – because both of these polarities are two facets of one thing: being able to stand outside and apart from What Is – in order to divide and define, judge and control, manipulate or exploit. This is called mind – but is actually out of Mind – operating on an ‘as if’ basis. A divorce from Source – so to speak.
            Thus is a focussing of attention fixated ‘down the rabbit hole’ of a convoluted consciousness that seems to have split off from in order to assert it own and no longer able to recognize its own reflective feedback – because it made otherness seem absolutely real when going ‘outside itself’.

            There is no real knowing anything in such a framework of assertive and overlaid definition, but there is the moment by moment experience of such as compelling, sense of survival-driven necessity and we call it life. But it is a very particular use of the mind in which truth or knowing is a war of conflicting and ever shifting contradictions.
            If your Word is your self-definition, then your contra-diction is a conflicted Word. All that then reflects is no longer felt and known “Good!” In fact it feels dissonant. What we have done is to make dissonance the basis on which to project an oppositional will and a sense of inadequacy or lack.

            Underneath this ‘corruption of whole truth or true function, and under all deceits of ‘as if’ being passed of as ‘as is’ what life actually is or what is actually happening has not ‘gone away’.

            Whenever one ceases and desists the activity of division, diversion and distraction, what is here stands obvious because nothing is being added or taken away – or interjected as a bias upon the rising or unfolding of the experiencing of existence. Here is a knowing that is unspeakable – and yet within this quality of simply being is the capacity to recognize resonance and relevance to the focus and themes of your life – of what is moving and recognizably You.

            The attempt to understand the un-understandable is an exercise in futility that keeps one busily distracted forever…

            Self contradicting mind is not a foundation worthy of the true function and quality of All that you truly are – but it is a tool or device that has the purpose you give it and if it seems to have a mind and power of its own – then that is a purpose being given it by you for your own reasons – which may be at first obscure but which can be enquired into and uncovered because no matter how you are playing it – you are the one who is accepting as true and acting upon it and making it your reality.

            Reclaiming power, presence and a felt or known quality of existence is a true foundation that is not power within the contradiction. It’s your life without contradiction and embraces all that is with you and recognisable to you through that – and so it is not the assertion of a separated, lacking, contradicted and self-diminished self who plays out in ‘impressionism’ – including that of self-inflation upon the basis of feeding the invalidation of others.

            A sense of “I don’t know” – is a great way to pause from a mistaken identity in self-certainty or self-righteous and unfeeling reaction – because it facilitates willingness of listening and receptivity to let in that which does – to reveal itself in its own terms. But as an assertive collective identity it sacrifices individual expression of life for a collectivism of the power to deny or refuse that quality of inner relatedness and each ‘go it alone’ together. I wonder if anyone sees what is being reflected of this as our world today? Most are so fed by and feeding of attention to the dynamic of conflict because it bolsters and reinforces the sense of self that is passing off in place of who you feel and know yourself to be. Its a directed narrative – but only as one gives it attention and allegiance.

            The mind of distraction is a circus. If we open to the transferences of what we see and meet in our world to our own mind-framing – then we relate from a perspective that is not such mind-framing – but if you will – is the energetic space of awareness in which it can be felt and observed. There is a freedom of relating here that is missing in the attempt to operate manually as a conceptual construct. The personality construct is not designed or capable of directing and managing its existence alone and so it exhausts itself and breaks down in terms of its definition as of being in control of its experience. This may be most ungracefully experienced – but however we journey – there is no way to maintain a power we never really had – but there is also no way to totally lose a power we truly have and are.

            Half empty or half full – it’s up to you.

            If we are attracted to a truer picture of what is going on – then some of those here have a stirring for more than merely private self interest in getting one up on everyone else. And the uncovering of the device and deceits by which a completely false picture can be incepted into humanity – exactly because they actively identify not knowing what is going on – and in the absence of listening to truth – is the mind filled with lies.

            Honesty of receptivity can and will uncover things we honestly believed but which turn out to not be what they seemed. I can extend a congruency of thought word and deed to you but it is your part to discern or know what is going on for you here – so my point is of an active receptive willingness in which knowing is an ongoing unfoldment of being rather than presumed to be packaged insight to be taken out of context and personally owned. You cant lose what you never really had – but the belief you have it can and will set up the fear of loss and all that cascades down the rabbit hole with it. We are most profoundly deceived in ourselves unless of course we are not listening in on that channel.

          • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

            I have a sense that very kind of game is being played and whatever unfolds will be ‘opportunized’ by power to deceive to maintain such power. That’s what it does. But I also feel that evil (loveless or hateful deceit) serves a greater agenda than it is aware of – regardless of its own grasp at power. Whatever may be ‘going on’ we each perceive according to the ‘game’ we ourselves are playing. The purpose that we are aligned in.

            For example the illuminating exposure of loveless or hateful deceit is bring me to a sickness of such in myself in a way that is purgative – and that is because I am using it for being on purpose in my own sense of life rather than being negatively defined by circumstance. So in my own way opportunity knocks! – but I am not grasping at power from a sense of powerlessness – or fear thereof. If anything I open to the feelings of powerlessness in an honesty of being that frees me from having to live up to some idea of what anything should be and thus have more attention free to notice and feel.

            The idea that there is a single objective reality OUT THERE is one I dropped out of. But there is One Thing Going On – and that is Existence. The sense of disconnection – and fear of loss – of Existence generates a crazily distorted menagerie of confusion.

            I see that the more control is brought to bear on one’s life, the more out of control everything gets. A successful elitist can live in an ivory tower and put all the mess OUT THERE – with a great deal of success as long as they are willing to pay the price.

            I see the disintegration of a paradigm where the ways to keep the mess OUT THERE or hidden down there (from which it projects out there anyway)… fail.

            It is our foundations that are crumbling – and what seems to occur is a reality breakdown – but of course if it can be dis-illusioned – then it never WAS real. But that doesn’t mean we are not each experiencing the process of such transformation as a kind of crash course in learning to navigate or feel our way in new ways – or diminish consciousness so as not to allow ourselves to feel – and/or sicken and die or go insane. Finding what works is an energy reading for if it undermines energy and attention to what is needed it simply cannot be afforded in an focussing on what works.
            The liability of tracking ‘news’ is to become ‘news’ driven unless we can integrate what we open to in a way that does not undermine our peace – which is simply an unconflicted presence in life in which we are grounded, refreshed and find practical guidance in the moment at hand.
            Of course this connectedness is not apparently available to everyone rushing around dealing with drama of demands and challenges that threaten to exhaust or overwhelm – but actually that is the best argument for making time to get real rather than just persist in what doesn’t really work. I don’t mean according to anyone else’s idea of real – but whoever we are believing we are is what we are seeing with. And I find the world tells me a lot about my own mind by my reactions to it. I feel the master illusionist works to get you to look only out there – while shifty things go on (shhhh!) – right here. Perhaps because we employed the trickster mind to hide what we wanted not to know. Perhaps it is a ripe time to desire to know – not what the mind conjures up – but to actually know.

          • Heywood Jablome

            Trump is not beholden to anyone at this stage, and there is no leverage for the puppet masters behind the curtain, and hence things may not unfold in the manner they would like,,,,down the road, maybe but he is a wild card, at this point unmanageable, a lot like people would be if they were independent thinkers and did not get their knowledge and opinions from the MSM

      • Dolph Longedgreens

        Trump is a symptom of the circus.

        • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

          I feel that the presentation of image is increasingly the “communication” that takes place – especially for the US of A. So how can that not be an enter-trainment? For some time now US presidents come across to me as actors – whereas Putin is actually in power and gives a demonstration of a clear grasp of the situation and the ability to respond on-the-fly. Sure he presents an image to – but has substance to back it up. Democracy without a spirit of representation of the trust of the people leads to whatever means most effect garnering votes. Ie: it is corrupted. The Constitution is a nice bit of paper – but does not seem to be legally binding and can be suspended under a range of conditions of instability and unrest so that a parallel government can save the day unhindered by the rights or responsibilities of being Human.

          • Dolph Longedgreens

            Absolutely. Most politicians have been acting without self irony. They still bother to give their policy proposals while campaigning. After explaining how they would implement their budget plans, the moderator inevitably reminds them that a think tank has determined their numbers don’t add up.

            The people are too tired to do much more than groan. Why do they even bother arguing about these proposals as if they have any bearing on reality? People everywhere know that politicians will never live up to their word. The discussion is redundant and the audience can no longer suspend their disbelief.

            Enter Trump. He cuts past that nonsense and gets right to what people want. Strong appeals to emotion, bickering, and insults suitable for today’s pop culture voyeur. He winks into the camera, acknowledges the farce, and keeps selling like a champ.

            The people at home can’t help but react. They are tired of the farce going unacknowledged. Of course they gravitate towards someone – anyone who will stir the pot. The self irony is an added gift. He’s rude without a doubt, but not so rude that he expects you to listen to the details of his policy proposals…

          • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

            As I see it the mask just becomes more subtle. So that affecting a very ‘natural’ demeanour becomes the new conformity. I feel the US is way ‘ahead’ on this. Perhaps there are two directions of ‘solution’ one is any way that allows the mask to survive – and the other is actually a willingness to communicate and relate without it. Of course any FORM of authenticity becomes parodied by the ever shape-shifting masking – but a sense of genuine presence is not something that can be manufactured – because it is already here but for the masking over.
            It takes one to know one remains a truth I rest in. If people want ways to hide from and be protected from their own participation in deceits and lovelessness – then they ‘vote’ for the circus to go on – swinging around in seeming changes that simply distract from what is refusing to change.
            The emergent globalism employs or subverts proxies who are part of the palette of personification – indeed masking – of power behind the scenery that is unelected, unaccountable and perhaps largely unknown.
            I feel those who have a true sense of privilege to represent their citizens are tuned into an integrity of being and those who presume they have power to align to private agenda are corrupted even before they are co-opted.
            I don’t say this in blame – but mechanical observation. If ambition is not married with and guided by calling – then it is ruthless, blind and will pretend to mean anything to anyone if it will forward their agenda. True power humbles – but the seduction of personal specialness always corrupts. Jesus pointed this out – but its hard to use that illustration when such a strongly imprinted disinfo operates around the original spark.

    • http://www.thedailybell.com/ The Daily Bell

      Did we imply Trump was THE problem? Surely we were clear about the larger problem:

      “Regulatory democracy in general is increasingly seen as an untrustworthy system. Too many of its major players have been discredited. Too many of its stated goals have proven to be untrue.”

      • Heywood Jablome

        This may be true but the keys to the treasury have been in the public sphere for too long, and the nanny state, and its cheerleaders in the media, have no vested interest in a different political construct, and the will of the people who should be interested in changing the dialogue, is very limited, because too many supporters of the status quo, are milking the present system and have no interest in seeing it change.

        • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

          Yes. Trump is bringing something to the political conservation just by mentioning or raising subjects mainstream avoid. And a the large support for a lot of these issues cannot be simply ignored once it is self-evidently manifest – because it breaks the illusion of the settled mainstream reality narrative plus a few nutters who don’t matter

    • Chuck

      Trump received majority media coverage right from the beginning of his campaign; which makes me suspicious.

      • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

        Corbyn in UK got a lot of media attention – all negative – starting with abject ridicule which soon turned to vitriol.
        I don’t see everything occurring as being scripted – but re Trump, the ‘strong man’ appearing in the oppressive times is a well known phenomena. When Hitler appeared on the scene, he was groomed and funded by transnational finance to a huge popular vote – if not from the communist elements.
        I’m not suggesting Trump is another Hitler – but that popular uprising of discontent is the condition in which the ‘strong man’ gets to make the bold changes that the others cant. What people say to attract votes is different from what they do once they don’t need them.

        • Bruce C.

          And that’s what “scary” about Trump. If he “wins” then he probably could do the most and make the most changes, but we can only hope and project what that would be. The irony, however, is that every other (Rep) candidate doesn’t seem to have the potential or desire to do much either way. They’ll just be another status quo professional politician. Interesting times.

    • BRENDAH6699

      There have been several past (and/or current) presidents who were not born in the 50 states or simply were not citizens of one of the 50 states. No one seems to have noticed. A simple DNA test of each living president would bare this out. It would be a simple thing to dig up the parents or grand parents to do the needed tests. The moral is do not concern yourself with these details. Mind your own business and love your families and pets and work to support yourself and others.
      Just for entertainment, the political and Spiritual ramifications of a foreigner running the show would instantly nullify the Constitution of the United States. By default, this means no one is essentially running the “show.” Heheehehee. Isn’t life good?

  • alaska3636

    Unz.com just published a good parallel article to this one from Fred Reed:
    Willie Nelson Comes to Jocotepec

    http://www.unz.com/freed/willie-nelson-comes-to-jocotepec/

    I will start with a quote:

    “Came the internet. Fairly suddenly, every point of view became available to everybody: The KKK, the Black Panthers, communists, fascists, feminists, loon left and loon right, the-earth-is-flatters. The social media and comment sections allowed lateral communication with a vengeance.

    A consequence was that the major media became known for what they were, propaganda organs of those who ran the country. Stories that the fossil media would have liked to ignore flew instantly to hundreds of thousands of inboxes, appeared on countless blogs and websites—often with cell-cam video.

    What effect, if any, has the net had on sexual mores?”

    You could stop him at “sexual mores” and fill in almost anything. Curious people everywhere exposed to everything may not trust technocratic elitists.

    To close with more Fred:
    “Another question is whether the internet causes, or merely reports, the current fragmentation of the public into warring groups. Today the country seethes with hatreds that were unknown in 1955—perhaps existent, but unknown. Without the Salons and Breitbarts, would their respective readerships even know of each other’s existence? Would misandrist feminism have the enormous traction it enjoys if CalBerkeley could not communicate easily with Boston U? Would all the deeply angry people of today have same political clout if the net had not allowed them to learn of each other and coalesce?”

    Good article from Fred. Good article from the Bell.

    • http://www.thedailybell.com/ The Daily Bell

      Thanks.

    • Danny B

      Alaska, here is something to take your breath away. You have to watch it all the way through before you try to refute it.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxpVwBzFAkw

      • alaska3636

        Danny,

        I sometimes like to imagine that humanity is a billion years old: rising and falling over and over again across the shifting landscape of Earth; colliding particles and undulating electromagnetic waves (I’m agnostic about the gravitational ones), and people doing weird people-things. Whether this paradigm is accurate, it gives me the perspective that views explanations of human behavior as relying on scant evidence of the workings of the inner mind: about the true power of ideas, if indeed there is any at all. Perhaps, it is all genetic. No matter. Are women THE issue? Are sociopaths? The common man? Is it ideas or actions which have the greatest effect on history? I see intelligent people and less intelligent people trying to make sense of a world that both see very differently. Answers and more questions.

        I have no refutation; however, the first comment is important for pointing out the high quality of the video in terms of whose opinion it is expressing and their possible motives. The remaining comments are high on the Aryan-scale. Does that make it wrong by association? No. Is there a kernel of truth buried in good propaganda. Of course. I often don’t watch videos such as those because of the distracting nature of images and the brevity of ideas. I did read recently that women in higher income brackets tend to marry horizontally and men in higher brackets tend to marry vertically. I can’t find the link…

        No refutation. Just thoughts.

  • Bruce C.

    I think “technocracy” is going to have a tough time taking hold. One of the main complaints people have today is that so many alleged “experts” are just plain wrong. The only disagreement is whether they’re incompetent or ignorant or stupid or malicious or bribed.

    If there’s another financial crisis soon then everyone from central bankers to economists are going to be blamed. This time it’s pretty clear that “expert” individuals called the shots and executed the policies, not some amorphous group.

    • kenvandoren

      “The only disagreement is whether they’re incompetent or ignorant or stupid or malicious or bribed.”

      I vote for all of the above.

      • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

        What if Every single human being (not to exclude every living cell) is choosing the least painful option within the framing of their actively operating definition of their relationship to the current situation?
        A living cell will move toward nutrient and away from toxin. But a human being has an interpretive layer of definitions and beliefs that can and do make ‘better the devil you know’ take priority of fear of the ‘unknown’ – which of course is an oxymoron – because one cant be afraid of what one is not at all aware of. So the fear of a terror, pain or loss that is above all else sought to be escaped.

        I once wondered how it could be that in the mythic story/record of ‘war in heaven’, Lucifer could gather ANY support – but now I have been answered enough of my wonder to see the device by which evil seems powerful and attractive while God – (the transcendent Good) is seeming weak, irrelevant and obsolete.

        The road to hell is paved with good intentions and one step leads to another until the whole thing is paused for a fundamental re-evaluation.
        The other thing is – timing. How many are conforming in letter but wish they could find a way out of such compromise and into something truly embracing of who they really feel to be – but – but – but… there is a long and always updating list of ‘reasons’ why Reason has to be put on hold and sacrifice to the ‘system’ to be paid and endured. So many wait for the right moment – as if it is the external conditions that dictate when one’s life is able to begin.

        I don’t cultivate your list of qualities in myself but I can find example of all of them in some degree. No I don’t condone poor behaviour of make excuses but I feel that blame always shuts down the possibilities of communication towards a greater perspective. I realize that that may not be a popular suggestion because so many ‘love’ to hate – and find any suggestion of love – hateful. Isn’t that what I was referring to in that mythical symbol?

        I feel we are all insane here – but that those who have owned up to it – have a degree of emergent sanity by that recognition – and can live from it – and thus grow or appreciate by positively appreciating. Like addicts who are in denial – we are all addicted to our own thinking – are we not? We all want to be the judge – until some sense of the self-harm of that brings us to change our mind – quite literally.
        I vote for who your are capable of recognizing and appreciating yourself to be!
        If I use your comment to illustrate a point. It is not aimed at you personally. I can in fact see a smiling a joyous demeanour in your avatar icon. More of such a quality in the world makes it harder for all the crap to find a host.

        • Danny B
          • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

            Now there’s food for thought. I prefer thought for food – but only when it resonates true.
            Life is already the Source of all inspiration so I look to stay tuned in rather than collecting the side effects.
            So much apparent wisdom – yet dead – until given life in recognition – and action.

    • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

      Technocracy is just another masking layer of an invalidating power. It is not REALLY based on any science, or rationale.
      All that is required to ‘take hold’ is to direct the narrative from behind the scenes. All the characters then are framed thus to operate their presumed freedom or survival-script to serve the ‘hidden agenda’.
      So there is an effectively infinitely complex mind-fuck going on in the name of ‘power’. But this ‘power’ is a corrupted re-definition of a mistaken identity. It isn’t so much we’ve had our mind ripped off – but that the IDEA of ripping off a mind from Mind places us by our own will in the arena of such a definition of power – for now the definition of All Things is contested by separate and conflicting ‘wills’ – excepting these are not true wills so much as the undermining and denial of true Will for conforming alignment with ‘self-concept’.
      This kind of ‘wilfulness’ is simply the REFUSAL of identity locked in self-concept to truly, Relate, Feel, Know, and Recognize its own feedback. So the Power of Life is being used to support an idea or image of self – of the beholding and defining appreciation of reality – that actively conflicts with, rejects and denies its own true Movement of being or nature.
      The dissonance, dis-functionality, dis-ease, pain, loss and misery of such a self can only be maintained in an ever shrinking powerlessness that asserts itself all the more insanely.

      Expertise is potentially dangerous. No one is more of an expert in Your Life than you truly are – whoever you seem to be. So Listen in a true hearted way to whatever avenues you feel moved to and discern within yourself what your own decision is – and make that listening the way to live rather than giving power away to experts, leaders and whoever. The whole crap-game comes from invalidating our own authority – and as you know there are so many who would use you to support their script. Free willingness is a result of profound but simple honesty – and yes – our conditioning is all arraigned against allowing this – but that is not a power over us so much as a wish for a kind of power we no longer choose to operate by – IF we want a true grounded sanity to live from and share in rather than a deadly serious adaptation to insanity – of self-righteous mask covering an inner chaos we refuse to heal.

      The fascination with conflict seems an entertainment – but is in fact an entrainment. What we give focus to – we become – until waking to the act of focus and being ‘freed’ up to chose to align in freedom from conflicted idea. If you want.

      This is a response to the ideas being worked out and not a direct personal reply. I appreciate your contributions here Bruce.

      • Bruce C.

        So, ole “potty mouth” binra got censored, eh?

        That’s happened to me too. You post something, it seems to go through, then all of a sudden it disappears for a few hours. If it’s any consolation, they must have had to read through your whole post very carefully to catch every bad word and it was a pretty long one. Maybe next time they’ll just wave it through.

        Anyway, I’m using the DB’s terminolgy about technocracy and to tell you the truth I don’t “feel it” impending either, if you know what I mean. However, taking things at face value and considering that my lack of sensitivity does not make it so I address things accordingly.

        Of course, if a system is “hidden” then anything can go, but my understanding of “technocracy” is that it isn’t necessarily hidden but promoted. The “divine right of kings” was not hidden but explicit. Representative democracy wasn’t hidden either, only the non-representative parts were and continue to be. I assume Technocracy is to be the next step in which government is to run society as experts see fit rather than as the citizenry wants. I’m just saying that the “dumb” citizenry are going to claim that the non-representative representatives are incompetent/ignorant/stupid/malicious/bribed jackals who claim to be experts (have you heard the claims of the Presidential candidates?) and so more of the same ain’t gonna cut it. Just about every agenda out their is supported by “experts” and they continue to be proven wrong.

        • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

          I come back frequently now to the gist of this quote:
          “No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.”
          ~ Alan Bullock, in Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives

    • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

      My reply was deleted!
      There was no ad hominem content or intent.
      I did use the term mindf++k in a particular context which may have meant it was auto-rejected?
      Yes it was long – yes it was of a different perspective.
      I ended it with: “I appreciate your contributions here Bruce”.
      I also appreciate the Daily Bell for the possibility of looking at the events in our world as the result of accepted and lived from ideas and definitions – and the distortions of directed narrative which is always a ‘censorship’ of whole truth – or the embrace and integration of multiple perspectives.
      If I could be told what the basis of the message being ‘disappeared’ was – then I may be able to work so as not to flag such a response.

      If consciousness were NOT fundamental to perception, and politically coercive assertions – then there would not be the attempt and intent to ‘control and direct the narrative’. Including by diversion of circus tactics.

      It may be difficult to bring consciousness into the conversation – because existing currency of thought all works from a personal assertion of power that is inherently downstream and blind to its conditioning. Division that invites shadow rule is self-perpetuating negative loop – until its apparent righteousness disintegrates.

      • http://www.thedailybell.com/ The Daily Bell

        Nothing was deleted, Binra. But please don’t use swear words, thanks.

        • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

          I believe you but I saw it on the page after publishing at 12.02 for some time after until I refreshed the page and puff!

          Here’s what I wrote – edited with **** but please read the **** as a word rhyming with muck and beginning with f – because it holds a very significant and precise meaning in context.

          Technocracy is just another masking layer of an invalidating power. It is not REALLY based on any science, or rationale.
          All that is required to ‘take hold’ (re: Bruce’s opening comment), is to direct the narrative from behind the scenes. All the characters are then framed so as to operate their presumed freedom or survival-script to serve the ‘hidden agenda’.

          So there is an effectively infinitely complex mind-(****) going on in the name of ‘power’. But this ‘power’ is a corrupted re-definition of a mistaken identity. It isn’t so much we’ve had our mind ripped off – but that the IDEA of ripping off a mind from Mind places us by our own will in the arena of such a definition of power – for now the definition of All Things is contested by separate and conflicting ‘wills’ – excepting these are not true wills so much as the undermining and denial of true Will for conforming alignment with ‘self-concept’.

          This kind of ‘wilfulness’ is simply the REFUSAL of an identity locked into self-concept, to truly, Relate, Feel, Know, and Recognize its own feedback/experience. So the Power of Life is being used to support an ‘idea or image of self’; – of the beholding and defining appreciation of reality – that actively conflicts with, rejects and denies its own true Movement of being or nature.
          The dissonance, dis-functionality, dis-ease, pain, loss and misery of such a self can only be maintained in an ever shrinking powerlessness that asserts itself all the more insanely as power to control its relationships experience by pretence and force.

          Expertise is potentially dangerous. No one is more of an expert in Your Life than you truly are – whoever you seem to be. So Listen in a true hearted way to whatever avenues you feel moved to and discern within yourself what your own decision is – and make that listening the way to live rather than giving power away to experts, leaders and whoever. The whole crap-game comes from invalidating our own innate authority – and as you know there are so many who would use the sense of power you give them to support their agenda.

          Free willingness is a result of profound but simple honesty – and yes – our conditioning is all arraigned against allowing this – but that is not a power over us so much as a wish for a kind of power we no longer choose to operate by – IF – we want a true grounded sanity to live from and share in rather than a deadly serious adaptation to insanity – of self-righteous mask covering an inner chaos we refuse to recognize as a call to healing.

          The fascination with conflict seems an entertainment – but is in fact an entrainment. What we give focus to – we become – until waking to the fact of mesmerized focus and thus being ‘freed’ to chose to align in freedom from conflicted idea. If you want. The freedom awaits willingness of recognizing where it is being traded in for tyranny.

          This is a response to the ideas being worked out and not a direct personal reply. I appreciate your contributions here Bruce.

  • Dolph Longedgreens

    Here is an article that has something for everyone: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0211/Oregon-standoff-ends-but-its-new-kind-of-protest-is-just-beginning-video

    “This movement is … innately violent,” says David Niewert, coauthor of
    “Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove America’s Right Insane.”
    “That’s what these guys are doing in Oregon – there was an inherent
    threat of violence when they took over this refuge. They didn’t have to
    wave guns to make that threat clear, they just had to be packing them.
    They’re trying to force their view on the rest of us at gunpoint. And
    right now, these guys feel encouraged and empowered … [and] ready to
    roll.”

    A true cornucopia.

    • Ed

      Niewert is a hypocritical coward. The following quote perfectly describes “government”: “They didn’t have to
      wave guns to make that threat clear, they just had to be packing them.
      They’re trying to force their view on the rest of us at gunpoint.”

  • Danny B

    Trump may be a lot of things but, he isn’t a bloodthirsty criminal like the Hildebeest. He isn’t a bloodthirsty criminal like the Bush clan. He isn’t a low-life scumbag serial killer like Bill. He isn’t a total business ignoramus like obummer and the various socialists. He isn’t Goolsbee or Emmanuel. He has no Valerie Jarrett behind him. He isn’t beholden to the serial warmongers. He knows exactly what happened to the twin towers. He is pragmatic AND is starting to get cold feet about taking the helm of the ship of state just before it goes on the rocks. This shows good sense. He isn’t looking to build an empire beyond the U.S. borders. He believes in legitimate business, NOT belligerent takeovers. He doesn’t have to worry about going hungry if he isn’t suckling on every corporate teat that presents itself. You get the idea. I don’t give a rat’s as if he is politically correct or not.

    JFK had the Camelot mentality and couldn’t see the danger he had generated. Trump wouldn’t be so naive.

  • dave jr

    The Technocratic era is already here. People are being controlled mostly by economic means. When the multi-national corporate elites control earth resources, that which you need to survive, they will tell you what currency you need to purchase ‘their’ products. They will tell you what jobs are available in order to earn that currency. They will leave it to you to figure out how to behave if you want a job, get the best prices or a raise in pay. Small business economic self determination in a once free market is almost dead.

    The Technocrats will always need regulatory police states to protect the monopolies and cabals and to control the rabble-rousers. If technocrats aren’t groomed and installed directly into government positions, then they ‘expertly’ guide/advise the majority of political underling ‘officials’ at all governmental levels. The $64,000 question…Is Trump a technocrat? There is no way of knowing at this point. Is Hillary a Technocrat? Absolutely. She is proud of her expertise in ‘statecraft’. All of the US Presidents since Jimmy Carter have been Technocraticaly influenced/controlled, including the esteemed Ronald Reagan.The Trans Pacific Partnership, as the latest example, hold Governments accountable to upholding the, members advantage, corporate treaty.

    Budget deficits first enabled over reaching government regulation and now debt and interest rate policy is used to insure favorable legislation. The pecking order of power is plain to see. Perhaps NIRP is a stop gap measure until energy based currencies are ready to be launched. It’s global, so all the dominoes have to be meticulously aligned for another ‘crisis’ to do it. It seems most crises are manufactured as they tend to drop a lap load of windfall power and privilege on the elite. It isn’t surprising that there are many more on the horizon.

    A cashless society would be nirvana for Technocracy. It would be a way to monitor all ‘legitimate’ economic activity. The data gleaned from this monitoring is necessary for the control I mentioned at the beginning of this comment. Will it succeed? I don’t see it slowing down any. I guess it depends on a critical mass getting a clue.

    Thanks for hearing me out. Now, go back to your smart phone, fellow commenters, and check on your portfolio to gage your condition.

  • http://www.naturalmoney.org/ Naturalmoney.org

    In the US there are districts and winner takes all politics, so that there are only two political parties that have little incentive to cooperate. Often small margins make a difference, so the return on investment in political campaigns, redistricting, and lawsuits is relatively high compared to proportional representation, which is the norm in Europe. If there is also a referendum system like in Switzerland, government can do very little if it is not supported by the people, and that would make investments in political campaigns even less profitable.

    So, if everyone could set aside the political differences aside for a moment, then you could have the momentum to improve the political system. And if you have a clear goal that everyone could agree upon, such as implementing the political model of Switzerland, which is there for 200 years, and has proven to be satisfactory to the Swiss, then such a revolution could prove to be a success. The alternative could be that populists take control, restrict the freedom of the press, and start wars to hide their failures.

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