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“What makes the current situation combustible are precisely the freelance media hustlers, movement messiahs, and entrepreneurial contrarians who have every motivation to sharpen social tensions as they seek to create new poles of authority and often self-enrichment. The current state of the diagonal movement in Germany is especially telling. Three types central to the German scene are becoming staples across different contexts of techno-political turbulence globally. They offer stand-ins, repeated in different embodiments from country to country: the Movement Hustler, the Left-to-Right Ideologue, and the Far-Right Esoteric.”

 

luka

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“What makes the current situation combustible are precisely the freelance media hustlers, movement messiahs, and entrepreneurial contrarians who have every motivation to sharpen social tensions as they seek to create new poles of authority and often self-enrichment. The current state of the diagonal movement in Germany is especially telling. Three types central to the German scene are becoming staples across different contexts of techno-political turbulence globally. They offer stand-ins, repeated in different embodiments from country to country: the Movement Hustler, the Left-to-Right Ideologue, and the Far-Right Esoteric.”


I want to be one of these people, they're cool, I wish I was a movement hustler. It's a counterpart to intersectionality this diagonalism
 

luka

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Indeed the engine of capitalist expansion is now oiled by the profits of serious crime. From time to time something is done to give the impression of waging war on the rapidly expanding banking and tax havens. If governments really wanted to, they could right this overnight. But though there are calls for zero tolerance of petty crime and unemployment, nothing is being done about the big money crimes.

Financial crime is becoming less visible, periodically coming to light in one country or another in the guise of scandals involving companies, banks, political parties, leaders, cartels, mafias. This flood of illegal transactions - offences under national law or international agreements - has come to be portrayed as just accidental malfunctions of free market economics and democracy that can be put right by something called "good governance". But the reality is quite different. It is a coherent system closely linked to the expansion of modern capitalism and based on an association of three partners: governments, transnational corporations, and mafias.

Big business complicity and political laissez faire is the only way that large scale organised crime can launder and recycle the fabulous proceeds of its activities. And the transnationals need the support of governments and the neutrality of the regulatory authorities in order to consolidate their positions, increase their profits, withstand or crush the competition, pull of the "deal of the century" and finance their illicit operations.

today the ’Ndrangheta is by far the most powerful criminal group in Italy and one of the richest in the world. A study by the Demoskopita Research Institute in 2013 estimated that it was more financially powerful than Deutsche Bank and McDonald’s combined, with an annual turnover of €53bn (£44bn).
 

Mr. Tea

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Far right esoteric? Left-to-Right ideologue? Are these actually prominent categories?
Absolutely. They're also very old. The trajectory from far left to far right is an extremely well-trodden path - recall that Mussolini was once a Marxist. And the far right has always been inextricably linked with the esoteric, the mystical and the occult. Anti-vaxxers and crystal healers jumping on the QAnon bandwagon is the latest iteration of a tendency that goes back to a certain mystically-inclined, far-right party in Germany that I shan't name for fear of provoking the wrath of sufi, and before that, to the racist Armanist and Ariosophy movements, begun before 1900, which paved the way for much of what came later.
 
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