IT'S NOT AS IF...
"Not only has the Liberal Class given us Fascism, they’re now normalizing it."
Vincent Emanuele said this. It's as if it's not the norm.
I mean Sheldon Wolin wrote about this a while back as did Alex Carey. It's not as if the Creel Committee at the start of the twentieth century was about democracy. It was about manipulation. It's not as if the title of Alex Carey's book, Taking The Risk Out Of Democracy isn't a dead give away and that Herman and Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent was a homage to the unbiased, openly transparent democracy loving corporate mainstream media. Not to mention all the other books and shit written by others about the same stuff, that I haven't read.
I mean the word corporation is a euphemism for private tyranny. I mean, it's not as if most of the people in the world, when they are employed, spend the majority of their time (and it is a majority of their time) inside democratic institutions. Even those of us lucky enough to work in ultra small workplaces, of three or four people, still experience, if one is not the employer, what Marx called estranged labour. If it's only subtle and perhaps not really noticed, it's certainly felt, even if one can't articulate it as well as Karl did.
I mean, it's not as if fascism is NOT the norm. Obvious in some countries, not so obvious in others! Read Planet of the Slums (No don't, it's very depressing). Or as Wolin described the situation in the US, inverted totalitarianism, which basically means, you're fucked, and you don't even know it and perhaps even so used to it you like it. Kind of sexy really. The reason being that market capitalist worshipping nations do not need goon squads walking around with baseball bats and shit to keep people in line. I mean here, in my little colonial settler country, we got the Apex gang, muslims and asylum seeking would be terrorists to scare the shit out of us leaving our visible and invisible leaders looking like Mike and Carol Brady. There are better ways of keeping people in line and Marx obviously, and little colonial settler StrayAlien Alex Carey, wrote about it ages ago, as no doubt have many others, but the ruling classes wrote and continue to edit and update the working manual.
I mean, why really, are people so nonplussed by Trump getting in? I've heard, friggin' StrayAliens, not US citizens, one's who never usually utter a word about politics or market capitalism, the fucking elephant in the room farting and shitting over us all, or how fucked the world is (you know the ones, those who shelter their kids from The Simpsons or South Park or Frank Zappa or documentaries showing animals killing other animals), mutter WTF (what the fuck, for those sick of this sort of acronym shorting shit) as if Trump getting in is mind boggling to them, or a sign of the end of the world, as if prior to Trump everything was, well, only a little rickety at times, but nevertheless pretty stable. As if Hilary was a gentle soul, and Obama a cool guy with an even cooler and good looking wife (I'm not mentioning StrayAlien politics because it is so pathetic). As if the shit that the Trumpocene has unleashed just wasn't there before. As if Joe Bagaent's Deer Hunting With Jesus was a fictional novel. As if all of a sudden these people notice something strange and wrong and have to let people know they are noticing and how much they care.
You now have self described ultra left radical writers such as Paul Street saying things like, "it's on, people", as if, if Hilary got in, the Left would have remained asleep. Was it fucking asleep? (I'm reminded of the Buddhist master being asked by a student, if the Buddha is omnipotent and omniscient why doesn't he wake everyone up from the sleep of delusion. To which the master answers, "Who's asleep?" Which has more or as much to do with the "who", than being "asleep"). It's as if Trump is waking us all up from our delusion. In 2016! How sad is that? Or at least that the Trumpocene has breathed fresh life into "progressives" which is really more an indictment than anything else. Not to mention that the word "progressive" is really getting a work out lately and really giving me the shits and is, like so many things commentators write about, not very clearly defined, much like the constituency that voted for Trump. There, I mentioned it.
Now there are rallies and protests erupting all over, as if it's a sign of the coming of some radical revolutionary overhaul. A positive eruption of noticing what shit actually looks and smells like. That Trump actually IS market capitalism embodied. School kids hitting the streets on mass because an in your face orange personality, an over the top big daddy politically incorrect, sexist, racist businessman white geezer with a shitty haircut and crappy acting ability, is now occupying the ultimate chair in the US. So again it seems like personality has trumped actual politics. Not that it has ever really been anything different.
And the "left" is scratching its arse but making out it isn't. Most commentators yelling "organise" as if it's a new idea. THE overlooked aspect of those on the portside of politics. THE go to word. THE aspect that the "left" has never quite got right. It has been doing it forever but now it has to actually start doing properly. All of a sudden we have to organise, organise and then organise some more. Join some local group, get involved, a union, a political party, a street party or community barbecue handing out hotdogs wrapped in "The Truth Ah The Truth Ah The Truth About Capitalism pamphlets as hand-towels or something, otherwise, well, we're doomed. "Just join something you lazy idiot. I don't care what, just do it would ya." What's new in bizarro world or even Baltimore? "And stop your cynicism James, it's unbecoming and unhelpful."
It's as if things have just gone bad when before they were...well I've already said all that. Commentators predicting this and that, trying to prove or improve their credentials, when nothing has changed. It's always been a push to the right, then a faux hard dragging back to the left, to a spot further to the right than it was before. So it's never really a drag to the left at all. In fact no-one knows where the "left" is anymore because no-one knows where the fucking centre is! It's a mythical nowhere place. It's like Gregerry Peccary contemplating eternity and fractional divisions thereof!
Before there was Obama, the pragmatist, full of the word hope (and it was just a word and he was/is full of it!), and the "left" was as usual, a murder or death cult of ideologues. Of course, the left is always that to the "pragmatic establishment", the place where real shit gets done. The ruling classes. The Meritocracy. The professional class. The coordinator class. Now Trump is the ultimate pragmatist which means, well, fuck...everyone else is an ideologue, and ideologues are by definition a waste of fucking space. Or "we" are all just worker units to be manipulated at will, just like before and before that and before before that. But no worries, all the school kids in the street will pull shit back to normal. Not quite as far as they should, back to where it was, which was still significantly to the right of some imaginary "progressive" red line. But to be positive, and "we" should be, there's always hope in those young-smiley-easily-manipulated-by-adults faces, isn't there?
Where the fuck did I put my guitar?
Jazz is not dead, it just smells the fucking same it did sixty years ago.
Recently, my musical cohort brought up the notion of entropy. He was thinking in programming terms, of a seed for generating random numbers or such. I was thinking in terms of physics.
"In statistical thermodynamics, entropy (usual symbol S) is a measure of the number of microscopic configurations Ω that correspond to a thermodynamic system in a state specified by certain macroscopic variables. Specifically, assuming that each of the microscopic configurations is equally probable, the entropy of the system is the natural logarithm of that number of configurations, multiplied by the Boltzmann constant kB (which provides consistency with the original thermodynamic concept of entropy discussed below, and gives entropy the dimension of energy divided by temperature). Formally,
S=kB log Ω
For example, gas in a container with known volume, pressure, and temperature could have an enormous number of possible configurations of the individual gas molecules, and which configuration the gas is actually in may be regarded as random. Hence, entropy can be understood as a measure of molecular disorder within a macroscopic system. The second law of thermodynamics states that an isolated system's entropy never decreases. Such systems spontaneously evolve towards thermodynamic equilibrium, the state with maximum entropy. Non-isolated systems may lose entropy, provided their environment's entropy increases by at least that decrement. Since entropy is a state function, the change in entropy of a system is determined by its initial and final states. This applies whether the process is reversible or irreversible. However, irreversible processes increase the combined entropy of the system and its environment."
Get that! I don't. But I like this definition.
"a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.
"the second law of thermodynamics says that entropy always increases with time""
The unavailability of thermal energy needed for mechanical work increases over time. Sounds like laziness to me. The natural path leading towards that of least resistance. Entropy is basically a measure of laziness and I'm most definitely a lazy git. That's why I free improvise. Ten minutes of playing anything I want without concern (not strictly true but this subject is a pandoras box so I'll let it be) equals composition number x, that goes for ten minutes, then a long rest and a cup of tea or coffee!
So it seems to me to be a perfectly normal that Trump got in. A change is as good as a holiday, as apparently everybody was thinking, I have heard. The thing is holidays are merely short periods of time conceded to "us" by the big daddy white geezer hegemonic power grid. The ruling classes. The Meritocracy. The professional class. The coordinator class. And even then it's so we give back the money they "lent" to us in the first place. Don't worry, be happy! And I mean, it's not as if a majority of US citizens even voted for him and it's not as if most of the US citizenry could be even bothered to vote. Bothered being the key word. "Can't be bothered" being at the heart of the second law of thermodynamics and how one gets an inverted totalitarian system up and running.
Everything is releasing energy. Even as one sits motionless on the couch or a cushion looking for that elusive Buddha nature (yes I know, you don't look for it). It just takes so much energy to reverse things, to push back, again and again and again. Particularly when most have been pushing and pushing, again and again, all their lives. To organise goes against the second law of thermodynamics. I mean, try getting out of bed! Try getting a band together. There are so many musicians out there, expending massive amounts of energy and time writing music that will never get heard, never get played because the costs are too great and those who have established themselves don't want all these young upstarts muscling in on their difficultly acquired territory. Doors don't naturally open, they slam shut. And it takes energy to pry them open and there's only so much room and fresh air to breath and breathing takes energy so fuck off. Disorder just increases over time for most, along with depression and suicide, while any order is usually exclusively held and protected by those with the most money and biggest guns.
Market Capitalism is fascism so it makes total sense to have a self declared businessman at the helm of the private tyranny that is the US. Someone who knows how to say, you're fired, you insignificant little turd. It just seems so natural.
Why are things so surprising?
Why is the "left" surprised?
IT'S NOT AS IF...