Sire, The Peasants Are Revolting!

“Sire, the peasants are revolting!” “Yes, they are, aren’t they?”

It’s an old joke, but, in truth, the ferocity of Anglo-Saxon plutocracy, under the guise of British humor, was second to none. It has long propagated to the USA. So it is no wonder that white middle and working class people are voting for Trump in droves.

In Eighteenth Century England, admirals and lesser officers were shot for losing battles to the French: “Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres” (Voltaire: in this country it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, to encourage the others).

Pitt, the notoriously French hating Prime Minister (who was to be succeeded by his even more French-hating PM son) told the King: “the House of Commons, Sir, is inclined to mercy”, to which King George responded: “You have taught me to look for the sense of my people elsewhere than in the House of Commons.”

This ferocity explains why English plutocracy took the ultimate measures to prevent the spread of the French Revolution: namely the British forces invaded Provence (yes, that’s far from England), a world coalition was organized by Britain mobilizing all of Europe against the French Constitutional (but Revolutionary) monarchy headed by Louis XVI, and 23 years of war ensued. Hating and fighting the French was an excellent distraction for the lower classes (just as rage against the EU distracts the Brits away from the true cause of their problem, namely world plutocracy headquartered in London). Ferocity, within Britain, also explains why the English did not revolt. Ferocity can be deployed not just against Indians, Blacks, and the French, but against all lower classes, including White Middle Class commoners.

Clinton's Plutophile Policies Killed More Than Just Iraqis. USW = US Whites

….Clinton’s Plutophile Policies Killed More Than Just Iraqis. USW = US Whites

[FRA = France, GER = Germany, USH = US Hispanics, Then UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden. This shows US Hispanics have it better than the whites, by the way]…

Krugman in what he should have called “Plutocratic Elite Reign Of Disdain”:

“….social collapse in the white working class is a deadly serious issue. Literally. Last fall, the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton attracted widespread attention with a paper showing that mortality among middle-aged white Americans, which had been declining for generations, started rising again circa 2000. This rising death rate mainly reflected suicide, alcohol and overdoses of drugs, notably prescription opioids. (Marx declared that religion was the opium of the people. But in 21st-century America, it appears that opioids are the opium of the people.)

And other signs of social unraveling, from deteriorating health to growing isolation, are also on the rise among American whites. Something is going seriously wrong in the heartland.

Furthermore, the writers at National Review are right to link these social ills to the Trump phenomenon. Call it death and The Donald: Analysis of primary election results so far shows that counties with high white mortality rates are also likely to vote Trump.

The question, however, is why this is happening.”

As if we did not know! I stopped Krugman just where he was going to feed his readership their own opiate, (so-called) Republican bashing.

Please notice that mortality augmented from 1999 to 2013. The timing is important. The change, not just the inflection point, but the peak of healthy life, happened before “G. W. Bush’s reign” (to use Donald Trump’ expression).

So life expectancy started to go down, after seven years of Bill Clinton’s reign. Indeed, after 1992, under a democratic president presided over the dismantlement of President Roosevelt’s Banking Act of 1933. Why? Technically Clinton was given orders (literally) by Robert Rubin, a Goldman Sachs chairman, even before he started his rule.

Repulsing the Banking Act of 1933 (“Glass-Steagall”) gave banks enormous powers and the financiers all sorts of prerogatives, including lower taxes. It drove enormous inequality. Roosevelt’s idea had been to prevent banks to invest in the financial markets. Indeed banks are in charge of creating most of the money (under the guise of credit). So banks have a fiduciary duty in the modern state, and should not enrich themselves too much (at least so FDR thought).

So the present social disarray is not only the work of so-called Republicans.

It also means that a really democratic program should be more like Sanders’ and roll back the obscene prerogatives bankers and financiers acquire in the 1990s. And let’s not forget that, after Obama got to power, he lowered tax rates on the richest  by 20% (as the New York Times recently showed). The idea was to apply some sort of trickle-down maneuver. Also bankers and shadow financiers were put back in shape, through TARP and then Quantitative Easing (Hillary Clinton never mentions Quantitative Easing, trillions of dollars given to bankers, supposedly so that they would multiply and redistribute them).

Evidence from the despair of the white middle and working class, is that this did not work.

Obama’s reign was more of the same devolution into plutocracy, engaged ever since plutocrat Kaiser, the industrialist, persuaded Richard Nixon to set-up the HMO system, on the public purse.

So now, here is Trump. Trump says he knows the system very well, he was in the system, he was part of the establishment, he profited from it, “but the system is wrong”. Weirdly, a leftist fringe has reacted by sending protesters to disrupt Trump rallies. It’s weird, because Trump is more on the record against the financiers’ special tax status, and for some sort of “socialist” or “single payer” health care system (which Clinton disingenuously claims the richest country in the world, with the most inefficient and costly health plutocracy in the world cannot afford.

Some hysterical would-be anti-racists explained to me that Trump would make minorities wear a yellow star. The last person I saw wearing a yellow star was the ex-president of Brazil, who claims he is prosecuted for corruption for political reason (the Brazilian president then nominated her friend Lula to her cabinet to escape prosecution; a judge blocked that).

***

That Violent Trump Trumped Us Forever:

8 million people under judicial supervision in the USA, tens of thousands of murder a year, the police not even counting how many it kills a year, gigantic income inequality, tuition at “public’ universities equal to median family income, Obama lowering taxes on the richest by 20% in 2009, financiers taxed at a lower rate than janitors, no public health plan: obviously all the fault of Trump!

Didn’t a white supporter punch a colored protester? (He was criminally charged.) The problem of violence in the USA is deep in the hearts and (lack of) mind of the people, including those who protest the loudest against Trump now, but stayed silent and uninformed, for many decades.

Trump is the red herring of those incapable of thoughtful critique. Trump was not in power, twenty years ago, when the president of the USA outlawed the Banking Act of 1933. Somebody was, and he is running again.

***

When  The American Dream Becomes A Nightmare:

One of the author of the white mortality study, Deaton, thinks middle-aged white Americans have “lost the narrative of their lives

This demographic group has faced a rise in economic insecurity over the last two decades decade, driven by things like the financial crisis, collapse of manufacturing.(from “free trade”), the exponentiating costs of education and health care.

Vox does not get it: “Still, it’s difficult to put together a full story of what’s going on. After all, if the recession or decline of manufacturing was the only factor, we might expect to see a similar uptick in mortality rates among middle-aged people in places such as Europe. But America seems to be unique in this regard.”

I tell you what, Vox, you should travel more: One can still get free universal, excellent health care in all of Europe, so the drift into disease will be blocked. In power houses such as France or Germany (the two largest economies in Europe), quality education is free, all the way to the highest degrees, such as PhD. Moreover, the social safety system is elaborate. Minimum wage in France and Germany is 15 Euros an hour (more than $15).

Nobel Winner Deaton: “An anthropologist friend here says that [white, middle-age Americans] have lost the narrative of their lives — meaning something like a loss of hope, a loss of expectations of progress,” he explained.”

Deaton added that minority Americans as a group are still worse off overall. Yet, their quality of life has improved over the past several decades. “… when Hispanics look back, they may look back to where they came from, or what their parents or grandparents had”. he continued.

So Deaton says middle-aged white Americans have had higher expectations than others when it comes to steady employment and a bright future. Losing that could well be driving their deadly behaviors.

Or then they don’t know how to think anymore, and, instead of raging against the system, they rage against themselves, just as those protesters who rage against Trump should rather rage against said system.

But it’s tiring to rage against the system, because one has to get informed outside of the box propaganda has put one’s brain in. So, to fight the system, for real, one has to fight oneself a bit, too, at least in the beginning.

Patrice Ayme’.

21 Responses to “Sire, The Peasants Are Revolting!”

  1. Gmax Says:

    What happened during Obama? Remind me? A brown president, and Mick Jagger getting him to sing at the White House?
    I was talking to someone not rich today, a very liberal artist. A supporter of Obama. He was bitter about Obamacare. The costs.
    Ain’t seen nothing yet

  2. SDM Says:

    Obama has been a disappointment as was Clinton. Neither has been nearly as bad as either of the Bushes. Sadly, Bernie Sanders campaign seems to have lost momentum. The propaganda of trickle down economics has devastated the middle and working class. Is the US doomed to an unraveling after all? Trump whips the white supremacist crowds into a frenzy with his own brand of bigotry yet he has got the establishment GOP in a knot. Now they have rallied to try to put the genie back in the bottle. Yet Trump does not appear to have any serious plan to undercut plutocrats. No mention of reinstating Glass-Steagall he is on record against any increase in the minimum wage. So what would a Trump presidency do to help rebuild a middle class? Does the establishment GOP really fear that Trump would be against them?Or is it just that he upended the apple cart for the career politicians vying for top office?

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      The Bushes attacked Iraq, however Clinton starved it (of medical drugs, in particular). Clinton, by destroying the Banking Act of 1933, did most of the hard work. To this day, it is viewed as fringe left to be as revolutionary as Roosevelt in 1933 (see Sanders’sad scores in the primaries, and the reign of the expensive prostitute).

      Trump could well turn against fellow plutocrats, on health care, and in finance. He made noises to this effect. The three full blown plutocrats who became presidents (the Roosevelts and JFK) were all anti-establishment revolutionaries. (Lincoln was mostly a passive actor at the onset of the Civil War, relatively speaking.)

  3. Chris Snuggs Says:

    “Weirdly, a leftist fringe has reacted by sending protesters to disrupt Trump rallies. It’s weird, because Trump is more on the record against the financiers’ special tax status, and for some sort of “socialist” or “single payer” health care system (which Clinton disingenuously claims the richest country in the world, with the most inefficient and costly health plutocracy in the world cannot afford.”

    It is only weird if you expect this particular stratum of society (the one right at the bottom in brainpower terms) to act with an iota of rationality – which I do not.

    Our own version of the sub-species demonstrates in London with placards reading “Open Borders”. Even if you thought as a naive idealist utopian that to be a good idea in principle, it would certainly lead to civil war since (as ALWAYS IN HISTORY AND IN THE NATURAL WORLD) the threatened occupants of the invaded land fight for their territory, and in the case of invading Muslims, for their lives. Anyone demanding open borders is asking for thousands of people to be killed.

    The nation state, far from being evil, developed by natural selection to avoid constant conflict over territory. The system basically ensures peace, except of course when dictators (and the Germams) resort to their old habits.

  4. Chris Snuggs Says:

    Trump? Who knows exactly what he would do; he could hardly be worse than some of the recent presidents. His choice of running mate and indication of major positions will be critical.

    In one sense, it does not matter what his policies are; small town, country America is just so sick of the same old from the political dinosaurs that they are willing to try almost anything else. Most people have little real idea about the theory of economics, banking and plutocracy, but they know when they are being stiffed, when their kids’ futures look dim and their nation has lost its way.

    I was discussing Mount Rushmore the other day with my daughter: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt: they don’t make ’em like that any more!

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      FDR was a false friend of Britain, and a definite enemy of France. That’s why he left both hang in the Hitlerian wind, as I have explained many times. One word from FDR, and the German generals would have toppled Hitler. Instead, all what the generals saw, were American plutocrats beefing up the Reich… And the denunciation of their plot to Hitler from the UK and USA.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Agreed about Trump. I actually know total losers under class, far out drop out from US society who agree with me. Those who are hysterical against Trump I know of are more like millionaire doctors-lawyers type…

  5. Chris Snuggs Says:

    The French Revolution? Well, it didn’t remain a revolution for long did it? We ended up fighting yet another continental dictator. What is it with you lot? Something in the water.

    As for we much maligned Anglo-Saxons, we specialise in defeating dictators, something we should get a bit more credit for. Why the French hate us is unclear, possibly because we always win. Yes, that must be it.

    • Kevin Berger Says:

      I’ve written it before, and will write it again, and would be delighted to tell it to you face to face, as far from a “tough guy” that I may be : fuck off, old, bitter man. Your world is gone, and it is (in part) your own fault, stop blaming us for that.

      God, you are a pathetic display of learned helplessness and anger, the proverbial dog that returns to its vomit! Even worse than indravaruna – who, at least, is a Nazi of sort, which has its own noblesse… while you are but a fool, chewed and spat out by your own “betters”, who taught you to redirect your impotent anger toward the wogs, the French in particular.
      I know you as if I had made you, you are the brit version of people I know or have known, what I fear I may turn into, and hope I never will.
      Sincere question (and I am not being cute) : do you drink?

      Also, and for your own good, by all means, stop obsessing over France, will you? Some day, you’ll forgive us for having created you, moulded you over 400 years, and then let you go to fend for yourselves, after winning a war you fought to stay with us.

      France lives on, it will at very least outlives you by a few years, do yourself a favour, and stop wallowing in acrid self-pity and that unhealthy fascination-cum-hatred for France, you only are hurting yourself (though, that may well be the point, and your reward?)

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I am answering this in a full essay… Today.

  6. Kevin Berger Says:

    Et sinon, puisque je ne bosse pas aujourd’hui, et que je suis “in the mood”, grâce à l’ami Chris, un truc qui me chiffonne depuis longtemps et que je tiens à mentionner, puisque vous abordez le sujet dans ce texte : sur quoi vous basez vous exactement pour affirmer que la France, le RU et les USA sont des “républiques soeurs”?
    Question sérieuse.
    Avec ma connaissance historique assez limitée, tout ce que je vois, c’est que l’Angleterre, puis le RU sont, et ont toujours été non seulement des rivales, mais surtout des ennemis mortels de la France, même quand ces pays étaient alliés, et que ce mode de fonctionnement est toujours opératif du côté britannique – mes “preuves” étant du foutage de gueule, j’en conviens, une suite impressionniste d’anecdotes sans fin, glanée en ligne depuis 15 ans, avec des Anglais dans leur milieu naturel évoquant la France, leur alliée depuis, quoi, 150 ans?, comme une menace, comme un ennemi, comme une cible,…

    Là, il s’agit du petit peuple, de “l’id”. J’imagine que vous avez une bonne idée générale des agissements effectifs des dirigeants, de “l’ego”, entre les coups tordus contre la France en Afrique, dans les Balkans, dans les institutions internationales (pour lutter notamment contre le Français et assurer la suprématie de l’Anglais), sans même parler des actes de guerre (oui, la campagne anti-Française de 2002-2007, haineuse au possible, et qui a durablement affectée la perception française aussi bien chez nos amis anglos que dans des opinions tierces – type jeunesse Malaisienne, qui a apparemment adopté l’image rigolarde du français lâche et capitulard, sans y prêter plus d’attention qu’à un autre produit de consommation culturelle courante; également, et de mémoire, un possibilité sérieuse de tentative sabotage de satellites français courant 2003, avortée après des contre-menaces, voire même, dans un registre paranoïaque de conspiration “armes climatiques”, la canicule de 2003).

    Enfin, tout ça pour dire que, loin d’être une “république” soeur, la perfide Albion se voit et se vit comme un ennemi, et pire, comme un ennemi qui a eu le dessus! Cf. Chris…
    A savoir que la révolution française a échouée, ce qui est vrai, que les anglos en ont profité pour prendre le dessus à l’échelle globale, ce qui est vrai, et que malgré leur propres manquements (militaires entre autre, d’où recours au muscle français en Crimée, durant la première GM, au début de la deuxième), leur mysticisme d’empire est conforté (beaucoup à déblatèrer de mon côté à ce sujet).
    Concernant l’échec de la révolution française (= prise de contrôle du capitalisme financier anglo), je vous reporterai juste à la perception globale par défaut de cette période : violence, désordre, guillotine, troubles, populace enragée,… Càd, la propagande de l’époque, devenue perception historique admise, un peu comme la “taille” de Napoléon, admise parce qu’étant celle des vainqueurs.

    Evidemment, la grande ironie concernant Chris est que cette victoire n’est rien d’autre qu’une défaite pour lui, ouvrant la voie à l’exploitation d’abord des colonisés anglos (peut-être devrais-je tenter de retrouver ces articles montrant la dominance stratifiée et continuée depuis des siècles des conquérants étrangers successifs des îles Britanniques?), puis du monde entier.
    En gros, Chris, c’est l’esclave qui applaudit au triomphe de son maitre. Pourquoi pas, après tout? Tant que l’on peut maudire le vilain monde tout autour de sa petite île.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Je repond a une partie de tout cela dans mon dernier essai… De toute facon, si la GB vote pour le Brexit, elle est finie. (C’est pour cela que cela n’arrivera pas, he he he; Chris va beaucoup pleurer…)

      • Kevin Berger Says:

        Re the Brexit, I am not sure at all; first, previous such anglosphere referendums have turned out, in retrospect, to have been “biased”, in that grey zone of who counts who votes on what, not to mention “biased” in the propaganda firepower department. Britannia waves the rules, always.
        Second, if Great Britain really is great at something, forgetting all that “plucky little England”, “British bulldog” self-serving crap, it certainly is knowing *when* and *how* to cut & run.
        Filer à l’anglaise, indeed, back to that safe island, to regroup and recoup, out of reach of the consequences of their loss(es), a recurring motif in their history, from war to (de)colonization – cost/benefit analysis, and no sentimentality or honour BS.

        So, my fear/gut feeling is that if the vote on “Brexit” turns toward an actual “Brexit”, as it’s wont to do, it will be because this result has at the very least been allowed (does one believe for one single moment that Québec and Scotland ever have had a chance to actually vote their way into independence?); and, that if it has been allowed, it will be thanks of that well-honed cut & run political instinct.

        The Anglos have spent, what, the last 5 or so centuries meddling into continental affair in their tried divide & conquer drive, and very successfully one might add… A “Brexit” will tell me more than anything else that the EU is dead, mission accomplished (if it won’t be an appendice of the US/UK influence, as it was meant to be from the get go, then it won’t exist as a competitor), and/or that the EU is not needed any longer (renewed Nato through a renewed cold war + TTIP style free-trade “integration” + divided Europeans = just as well, or even better).

        When the rats are leaving ship, it bodes no better on the ship than on rats, usually (leaving Sarkozy aside, the only rat ever to climbs back into a sinking ship, with the war in Afghanistan).

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          First, as I explained in “Historical Mumbo Jumbo Dissected”, the “Anglos” are originally French. Richard III has just been buried with pump and circumstances, but the Tudors threw him off with a French army. In the 17C, Louis XIV refused to intervene in the English civil war, and just hosted the refugee king…
          The big difference was not the Anglitude of it all, but the plutocratic leverage, philosophical and financial, of the “West Country Men”, starting under Elizabeth I…

          The Brexit is beyond ridiculous: the Brits are going nowhere. The only practical result will be the disintegration of Britain. The real problem is with the UNITED NATIONS: once the English nuclear fleet is in Brest and, or Toulon, and the UK ceases to exist, it will be hard to justify the permanent member seat of the UK at the UN, and that will be real real real bad.

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          It’s unlikely the Brexit will happen, anyway, because it’s so incredibly grotesque. (Basically all what Chris says is either irrelevant, or the numbers are not correct!) The polls don’t support it at all. Whatever the hysterical Brexiters say. They are typically older men with hormonal and erective difficulties, on their way out of history. Boris Johnson, London Mayor for the next few days, went for it, because he has nothing to lose: the next PM will be OSBORNE (the Chancellor, the devolution revolution guy), except if Brexit passes…

  7. Patrice Ayme Says:

    [Sent to NearFuture.online.org about a discourse on Europe]
    http://nearfuturesonline.org/the-critical-state-of-the-union/

    All and any solution will have to confront a lot of Political Correctness, and resort to a lot of imagination. Globalization of trade and globalization of refugees cannot happen without a globalization of (just) law and the (lawful) force to implement it. This is going to require Promethean philosophical advances.
    Patrice Ayme

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