Monday, May 14, 2018
The Oligarchy Handbook
To my knowledge, no such Handbook exists; if it did, however, this would be a good outline or condensed version. NOTE--- Certainly not all of it, but much of the information below comes from Noam Chomsky's superb book and documentary titled, Requiem for the American Dream. The editors of the documentary came up with this subtitle: "The Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power". I would call it "The Ten Steps for Instituting Corporatism in a Society". These concepts are evident not only in the USA today, but also in all industrialized countries of the world...some more than others.
1. Reduce democracy---
Reduce or eliminate the input and influence of commoners in the formation of public policy. The "little people" should be treated as "spectators" when it comes to government because they are incapable of comprehending complex matters. They should be distracted with consumer consumption and kept apathetic.
2. Shape ideology---
This begins with indoctrination in education. Critical thinking and any challenging of Authority should be suppressed. Except for basic skills such as reading and math, the minds of students should be molded to always accept Authority, wage slavery, war, the hierarchy of society, and a belief in the wisdom of opulence and luxury.
3. Redesign the economy---
Complete the move (started in the 1970's) to Neoliberalism, Financialization, and Globalization. In part, that means privatization of gov't infrastructure & services and the promotion of worker insecurity. Separate worker productivity from wage increases. Keep wages stagnant. One way to do that is to promote the moving of manufacturing to emerging economies with low wages and sweatshop conditions. Reduce or eliminate regulations applying to the Financial Sector so that income can be made without producing any goods or services...as with the use of bizarre financial derivatives and other financial instruments.
4. Shift the burden carried by Oligarchs---
Make the Rich and Powerful less responsible for funding gov't, and for their own mistakes. Reduce their taxes, and promote "Too Big to Fail", "Too Big to Jail", "Bail-Outs", and "Bail-Ins". Increase gov't subsidies to mega corporations. Let the "little people" foot the bill.
5. Attack solidarity---
Reduce (through Edward Bernays style "molding of the public mind" Propaganda) the caring by individuals for the fate of others. Destroy unions. Clamp down on freedom of assembly, nonviolent protest, and any group that challenges the status quo.
6. Run the regulators---
Promote and encourage a revolving door between BIG Business and high-level Gov't service...especially in the Financial Sector. Poo-poo the concept of "conflict of interest". Promise and provide high-paying, cushy, corporate jobs to regulators when they "retire" from gov't service. Strive for "Government-Sachs".
7. Engineer elections---
Continue the practice of having high-level political candidates selected, groomed, and financed by the Rich and Powerful. Continue to encourage gerrymandering and voter suppression/manipulation. In Primaries, continue to encourage the Corporate Media to slight or ignore any candidate not approved by the Oligarchy. Promote and encourage the discussion of personalities rather than issues. Continue to have debates run by a private corporation, thus making certain that no Populist candidates are allowed to participate. Make sure that corporations continue to be "persons", and thus are able to contribute to our political candidates (via "free speech" money) in a virtually unlimited fashion.
8. Keep the rabble in line---
Inundate the public with Edward Bernays style Propaganda Kool Aid all year, every year. Attack Organized Labor. Attack any Populist group. Promote nationalism rather than patriotism. Talk jobs, not profits. Never reveal that while the wages of the "little people" have remained relatively flat (after adjustment for price inflation) for 30+ years, our incomes have increased 700%.
9. Manufacture consent---
Mold the public mind to our benefit. Keep the Propaganda flowing--- Trickle-Down Economics really works, there's no conflict of interest in having a Mega Bank CEO run a Gov't financial department, Big Biz should have a Stay-Out-of-Jail card, the Boogie-Man is coming so we have to go to war, the type of Globalization we're promoting really is good for the public, the commoners can have either privacy or safety (but not both), etc. They've bought it all so far, and they will continue to buy it.
10. Marginalize the population---
Make society an amorphous mass. Attack and destroy groups critical of Power and Oligarchy. Discourage the linking of individuals into effective political action organizations. Denigrate them whenever possible. Encourage the belief that commoners cannot understand the complexity of the issues facing the world today. This all creates an unfocused anger which makes people more susceptible to our control. Gain control of the internet, which is the greatest democratizing force in existence today. Oppose net neutrality whenever possible.
And so it goes.
Not only my opinion. Be Well