The Coming Authoritarianism.


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Reminds me of the famous monologue from Network:

"You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it! Is that clear?! Do you think you've merely stopped a business deal? That is not the case. The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity! It is ecological balance! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and sub-atomic and galactic structure of things today! And you have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and You Will Atone!

Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale? You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state - Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused. And I have chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangel."

The other great one along those lines I first saw after @version posted it a while ago was the My Dinner With Andre scene. Lovely bit of writing

Added to the 'to watch' list


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i agree, we're being gaslighted.

theyve worked out that the spectacle can be untethered from reality completely.

so that the fact of, say, climate change, is unacknowledged so that contingency plans can be made in private and concrete actions made in secret. so that the debate about appropriate measures doesn't involve the general public because the general public, at this point, has no future.

trump is a psy-op not a president. turn-key fascism is in place and the walls keep closing in.
america is trying to finish what manson started and ignite helter skelter. african americans are being murdered with impunity and muslims are demonised.

google and by extension the american power-structure has kompromat on the entire world.

the infrastructure for cashless societies is already here.

pop music openly proclaims allegiance to the luciferian pseudo-religion and the eye atop the pyramid. youth culture is a corporate product.

top down culture is not culture, it's propaganda. as mcluhan learned from lewis art is a closed and controlled environment. a teaching machine. standardise input to standardise output.

and dance music has gone shit.


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you know zhao i wouldnt admit this to anyone else on dissensus but often i really do think they are preparing for something. my tendency is to think of it being a sudden enviromental meltdown or a peak oil thing or soemthing but i guess it could actually just be cos they like fascism.