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Much Ado About Nothing January 6: Politicians Are Machiavellian, Or Are Not.

January 19, 2022

US Congress Chief Pelosi Is Machiavellian… So Is Putin. Not understanding this makes us sitting ducks:

Not a surprise: politicians have to be Machiavellian, even when they are puppets. In other words, they lie. Machiavelli, a high level official, wrote at a time of great trouble and great creativity in Italy. He was ultimately sacked by plutocrats, the Medici, taking over his native Florence. Machiavel first flattered the tyrannical Medici and served them. Later they arrested him for treason and tortured him with the strappado… but he didn’t confess.

Machiavel’s hero worship was centered on Caesare Borgia, nephew to his uncle the Pope, Cardinal in his teens, later would-be dictator of Italy, and ultimately a complete failure who died in an obscure combat in Spain.

The chief of the majority party in the USA is called the “Speaker”. Right now it’s Nancy Pelosi, an eighty something crafty arrivist who is a plutocrat in her own right. Pelosi thinks elected politicians should be able to own shares of company and trade… A practice the progressives and even the Congress Republicans now oppose (they want politicians to use blind trusts). 

Pelosi has launched prosecutions for what she and her minions call the “insurrection” of January 6, when Congress was breached while in session to validate the presidential election, under the presidency of the US Vice-President (an arcane, redundant procedure).  

Nancy forgot to inquire about the main perpetrator, herself, standing in the shadows. Even the New Pork Times admitted this:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/us/politics/capitol-police-riot-report.html

New York Times: “WASHINGTON — The Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which “Congress itself is the target.” But officers were instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the mob, according to a scathing new report by the agency’s internal investigator.

In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6.” 

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Everybody expected some trouble on January 6, because dozens of millions of somewhat dispossessed Americans increasingly do not believe the authorities, nor even that they need to be submitted to authorities. The wealth of the lower half of the country had augmented under Trump’s “America First” doctrine, and they were severely disappointed to be back under blatantly plutocratic rule.

An example of such blatant plutocracy is the Secretary of State, Blinken, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, never elected, and now in charge of saving democracy by confronting the several times “elected” thermonuclear dictator of Russia.   

Much ado about nearly nothing on January 6, then: the principal is not even under official suspicion. Disguising bait and switch, fully removing from view aiding and abetting, is part of the art known as Machiavellianism… 

If Pelosi wanted to be safe on January 6 2021, she had to have riot police at the Capitol. It was in her power, and only in her power, to do so. And it was her responsibility. But that would have been honest and naive, and Pelosi is neither.

Pelosi did not want riot police, not because she was not aware of wacko demonstrators, but precisely because she was. Pelosi’s obvious computation was Machiavellian 101. She wanted to give an “insurrection” a chance… by NOT trying to prevent it. Her choice. Not Trump’s. That’s the brutal reality.

Not one canister of tear gas was used January 6. Demonstrators mostly walked into the Capitol, unopposed.

So can we stop with the naivety of believing that someone who made an immense fortune while pretending to have at heart the interest of the lowest lives, is actually telling the truth for once, and was a total idiot that day… with its consequences which advantaged her so much?

Pelosi’s smarts are only relative to the stupidity of her gullible followers. 

 

Young investors on TikTok, including @ceowatchlist, @quicktrades and @irisapp, are using House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stock trading disclosures as inspiration for where to invest themselves. One user called Pelosi the market’s “biggest whale,” while another called her the “queen of investing.”

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This, in general, is the problem of the so-called “left” in the USA or overseas… And the so-called “ecologists” have the same problem: insufficient smarts. Dumbness helps neither progress nor civilization.

Pelosi is a smart arriviste promoting her family, friends, and social milieu. She is not Martin Luther King, nor the Kennedys, nor even Eisenhower, or FDR. FDR was a plutocrat, but he practiced an “America First” doctrine (so did his mentor and relative Teddy). We have sunk so low that even Nixon arguably looks more patriotic and more of a progressive…

Pelosi got used to get away with dastardly deeds, and thus upped the ante. Putin is a similar case, with 4,000 thermonuclear warheads at the ready. That makes Putin’s case much more vital than Pelosi’s… who is more like a cockroach, grabbing what she can and scurying back in the dark. 

Machiavelli claimed that his experience and reading history showed that politics have always been played with deception, treachery, and crime. A ruler who established a state, with dastardly deeds, including violence, should be excused when the intention and the result is beneficial. The likes of Pelosi and Putin hypnotize themselves with this sort of excuse.

In the case of Russia, dastardly deeds and violence with the goal of ultimate benefit to Moscovian Rus, has become psychologically institutionalized… in the last six centuries… So Putin is in a grand old tradition. Pelosi is from a more recent plutocracy, US based, which modulo two world wars it expertly enabled in a timely manner, came to rule the world, in collaboration with local potentates: Stalin, Mussolini, Hirohito, Hitler, and countless other potentates since… including Russian “oligarchs”. An oligarch claimed in 2007 had it that Putin has stashed 40 billion dollars in Switzerland, and other western countries just in case… After the Swiss president talked to him, Putin stopped invading Georgia… The inner circle of Putin is full of billionaires. Over the years, many of these Russian oligarchs came to own  enormous assets in the West…

Intrinsically, politicians, “elected” or not, believe that they are special, above all others, and can decide for millions, if not billions. Was there ever greater arrogance? That’s how it all starts, with psychologies owning the world. Trading on their careers is natural. Are we culprit? Yes, after all, we have let being elected to political office become a career. 

However these are crucial times: a sixth mass extinction has started and looks hard to stop. Maybe we should remove that intrinsic corruption of giving too much power to too small a group? With modern means of communication and debate, the time has come to change politics into something more direct without greedy intermediaries whom absolute power corrupts absolutely.

In 1994, a deal was made according to which the security of Ukraine was insured, for all times to come. In exchange, Ukraine surrendered its enormous nuclear weapons arsenal to Moscow. What should have been done at the time was to enforce nuclear weapons quasi-disarmement. Also the position of Russia as a permanent member of the United Nation Security Council, while the USSR had been dissolved, should have been questioned. Putin claims that Ukraine is Russia. But then why was 100% of the weaponry of the USSR and diplomatic prerogative given to Russia?

All these problems were easy to predict. Why they were left free to enfold is, in no small manner, presumably due to the deeply rooted belief in the US establishment, that war is always beneficial. Right. Against lesser and or decrepit adversaries… And through proxies… But this is now, and now is different.   

Patrice Ayme


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