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Monday, February 2, 2015

Davos Forum: “Very Powerful People Are Telling Us They’re Scared”

Uh, okay, ummm… where to begin? Watch the video before clicking on the fold.

Watch first, then read.

Okay, so this guy is making the rounds, the world over telling everyone how scared the ultra-rich are of the coming collapse and civil unrest. Everyone should be at least cognizant of what is coming. It is going to hurt.

What troubles me is that this guy is out in front of the world (presumably with approval) ginning up fear, and offering as a solution, the redistribution of wealth. This is Historical Materialism writ large:

Historical materialism can be seen to rest on the following principles:

1.The basis of human society is how humans work on nature to produce the means of subsistence.

2.There is a division of labour into social classes (relations of production) based on property ownership where some people live from the labour of others.

3.The system of class division is dependent on the mode of production.

4.The mode of production is based on the level of the productive forces.

5.Society moves from stage to stage when the dominant class is displaced by a new emerging class, by overthrowing the “political shell” that enforces the old relations of production no longer corresponding to the new productive forces. This takes place in the superstructure of society, the political arena in the form of revolution, whereby the underclass “liberates” the productive forces with new relations of production, and social relations, corresponding to it.

Marx’s clearest formulation of his “materialist conception of history” was in the 1859 Preface to his book A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, whose relevant passage is reproduced here:

“In the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production. The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which arises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of consciousness.

The mode of production of material life conditions the general process of social, political and intellectual life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness. At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or — this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms — with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters. Then begins an era of social revolution.

The changes in the economic foundation lead sooner or later to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure. In studying such transformations it is always necessary to distinguish between the material transformation of the economic conditions of production, which can be determined with the precision of natural science, and the legal, political, religious, artistic or philosophic — in short, ideological forms in which men become conscious of this conflict and fight it out.

Just as one does not judge an individual by what he thinks about himself, so one cannot judge such a period of transformation by its consciousness, but, on the contrary, this consciousness must be explained from the contradictions of material life, from the conflict existing between the social forces of production and the relations of production.”

I added the bold emphasis above. We are in that era of social revolution…and we are losing. What is troubling me about this huckster is not that he is pointing out the problems we all see on the horizon. No, the troubling aspect is that the most powerful men in the world have gone public with their “panic”. This is the two minute warning at the end of the game.

He (Robert Johnson – President of The Institute For New Economic Thinking) is laying out, for the world to see, that their solution to the coming turmoil is more centralized control and the confiscation & redistribution of wealth. If you think this is just some tinfoil hat-wearing, smoke-filled room conspiracy theory, I invite you to take a look at the Co-Founder of the institute.

There are others from Davos who are out spreading the same fear, with the same solution:

His comments were backed up by Stewart Wallis, executive director of the New Economics Foundation, who when asked about the comments told CNBC Africa: “Getaway cars the airstrips in New Zealand and all that sort of thing, so basically a way to get off. If they can get off, onto another planet, some of them would.”

I guess some would say that I have helped to spread some fear as well, under the cover of “being prepared”. So be it. If things are going to shit, why would I not tell people to prepare themselves? Would you not try to warn people, if you saw a storm coming? The difference here is simple. I am not offering more globalization and more centralized control in the hands of fewer of the same people, as the solution.

The balkanization of the United States is looking more and more palatable, every day.

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