Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Marxist Corporate Insurgency

H.R. McMaster has been cleaning house at the National Security Council, and he recently fired a protege of Michael Flynn named Rich Higgins. Rumor had it that Higgins was fired partly because of a memo he wrote about the opposition to Trump's administration. (Others add that McMaster suspected Higgins of being the main source of leaks from the NSC to right wing news outlets.) Somebody leaked the memo to Foreign Affairs, and they printed the whole thing. It's quite amazing.

Trump, says the memo, is under attack by cultural Marxists using “political warfare as understood by the Maoist Insurgency model.” His enemies hate Trump because he represents “an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative.” Those threatened by Trump include “‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans.”

It's the full John Birch conspiracy come back to haunt us. A selection:
While the attacks on President Trump arise out of political warfare considerations based on non-kinetic lines of effort (as discussed below), they operate in a battle-space prepared, informed and conditioned by cultural Marxist drivers….As used in this discussion, cultural Marxism relates to programs and activities that arise out of Gramsci Marxism, Fabian Socialism and most directly from the Frankfurt School. The Frankfurt strategy deconstructs societies through attacks on culture by imposing a dialectic that forces unresolvable contradictions under the rubric of critical theory…. These attack narratives are pervasive, full spectrum and institutionalized at all levels. They operate in social media, television, the 24-hour news cycle in all media, and are entrenched at the upper levels of the bureaucracies and within the foreign policy establishment. They inform the entertainment industry from late night monologues, to situation comedies, to television series memes, to movie themes.

….While there is certainly a Marxist agenda and even Islamist motivations that must be seriously addressed in their own right, these motivations alone seem inadequate to explain the scope and magnitude of the effort directed against the president. The economic drivers behind the Marxist and Islamist ideologues are enormously influential and seek to leverage these ideological movements for their own self interests. While beyond the actual scope of this document, the benefactors of these political movements include; Urban Real Estate who depend greatly on immigrant tenants, International Banking who seeks to maintain US debtor status so as to control the application of American power, and elements of the business sector that depend upon immigrant labor or government infrastructure. The overall objective of these economic forces is the forced urbanization of the populace, thereby necessitating a larger, more powerful government. In summary, this is a form of population control by certain business cartels in league with cultural Marxists/corporatists/Islamists who will leverage Islamic terrorism threats to justify the creation of a police state.
One of the interesting things about American politics is that the Right and the Left are always accusing each other of wanting the same thing, an authoritarian police state. Both sides think that the other side's money comes from giant corporations, which nobody trusts. Both sides fear that with corporate backing the opposite fringe (Marxists or the Alt-Right) will somehow come to wield great power.

This is the paranoid American fantasy: an alliance of sinister forces that includes Big Business, International Banking, smug intellectuals with weird ideas, and elements of the government is using terrorists to create the conditions for an authoritarian takeover that will strip me of whatever freedom I have left and make my life even more unbearable. Millions of Americans share some version of this fear.

I suspect that this paranoia is the inevitable product of life in a giant nation and an interconnected global economy. Many things about our lives really are under the control of distant forces we barely understand and powers over which we have little influence. So we get various political movements designed to restore some sense of control: libertarianism, which holds out the myth that we could abolish government and each become a sovereign power; Trumpian nationalism; White Power. But they're all illusions. Any entity big enough to have influence on world affairs is going to be too big to be truly unified, and too big for you alone to have any say.

We can't change these facts about the world; we can only ride the global surf as best we can.


Anonymous said...

In all that argle bargle, there's not one fact or piece of evidence.

pithom said...

Pretty sure that memo is an internally created parody. Nobody ever uses such language seriously.