Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Monarchy, Democracy, Corporatism, Socialism, Tyranny

Its odd how nobody seems to see capitalism as democracy.
That is, Democracy as systemic product of corporate industrialism, (rather than the Greek enlightenment) and socialism as another product of democracy (disregarding 'national borders', we are talking primarily about ideas, not culture).
It is generally understood that capitalism had something to as we know it came with the industrial 
revolution, but its rarely understood how, coupled with Enlightenment utopianism,
it brought about democracy after the French revolution.
The masses yearned to be zoomed to the painterly Arcadian idylls of aristocracy
they got the slavery of advertisements instead.  
They received perpetual mayas of Arcadia via the democratised arts 
of advertising design-layout in newspapers and magazines.

All the mooted "Progress" in the last two hundred years has gone hand in 
glove with mass production.

Democracy arises from Monarchy, and Tyranny arises from Democracy.
Monarchy then arises from Tyranny, but it takes a great yawn of time.
We bemoan capitalism, but it is germaine with democracy.
Communists still talk of its decadence.  The early communists, circa 1848,
complacently confused the ancient regime with the new oligarchic
trade class.  They couldn't attack the latter as easily as the former.
The former were not slippery global nouveaus, they were the old landed

Upon Weber and Butterfield

Capitalism is an abused semantic.  For it is corporatism, not capitalism which should be the derided concept.  It can be traced back to Martin Luther (although this heresy is as old as man) and his vision of a Theocracy uber-alles.  His idea was to effectively combine the secular and the sacred realms -  monastic and mundane worlds.  
That the mundane world outside of the monastery walls should apply the punctilious values of the holy ones and, the monks freed from their vows.  What followed after Luther married his nun, was that the outside world (almost all of northern Europe) was ultimately subjected to the values of the clock (regular prayers) and its implied industriousness.  
In this clash of worlds, free will was abandoned, as everybody was judged under the same august moral standards (e.g. the work ethic).  It was no longer a choice whether you wanted to be righteous, in extremis, the appellation of reprobate or elect was applied over all.

Democracy is slowly turning to tyranny.  It has already turned to tyranny,
if you look at the USA and almost every post-colonial state.  As soon as Europe
imploded its monarchies, the pattern of revolution, democracy and tyranny
(Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy) ensued.  Now we're all saddled firmly in the sin of usury.  

There is the pervasive idea that tyranny is now absolving itself in consumerist
utopias of capitalist democracy.
But this progressive idea of perfectability, this rejection of original sin,
means blaming nature instead and is only possible by exploiting men,
beasts and nature, ideally elsewhere, out of mind.






Latest headlines:  "Profit is not dirty elitism", says Cameron at the conservative party conference.
But corporatism, definitively, is.

Next week:  Spengler & how we'll never be happy.