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THIS.

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) writes | about 4 months ago

The Matrix 18

"Because that illusion keeps you on our side."

THE RULES OF THE NEW ARISTOCRACY

"Because that illusion keeps you on our side."

THE RULES OF THE NEW ARISTOCRACY

It doesn't matter how much food costs increase, doesn't matter if you can only afford fast food, we will always be able to buy steak. And we will invest heavily in fast food stocks to ensure we make money off this. Doesn't matter how much gas costs, we will always be able to afford it.

In addition to poor food choices and health coverage, your kids will grow up without proper nutrition which will cause them problems on every level, from physical to educational difficulties. Our kids will grow up straight and true and healthy.

It doesn't matter how much an education costs, doesn't matter if your kids can't afford to go to college or come out with massive debt, we will always be able to send our kids to university. And because a lot of our income is derived from tax incentives and taxpayer-financed bailouts your taxes are sending our kids to school. But you do not have the right to any of our money to send your kid to school.

If you or your kids want to start a business, you will find that because we've sucked all the money out of the economy, there is simply no available cash around to help you finance your startup. (Unless you want to go to your friends online at sites like Indiegogo, and isn't that just cute?) We just cut our kids a check and tell them to go have fun.

Your kids are born with a glass ceiling above which they will almost certainly never have the opportunity to rise. Our kids are born with a marble floor beneath which they will never be allowed to fall.

If you accidentally provide incorrect information on your tax return, you could lose your house, your possessions, and your livelihood. We lie all the time on our tax information and none of us ever have to deal with this. We squirrel away trillions of dollars in overseas accounts and do all we can to ensure that your money never leaves our control because we'll doubtless need to scoop out more of it soon.

You live in a Company Town; we pay you to work for us, while making sure that we own all the stores in town that sell our goods, the doctors offices where you go in town, the restaurants where you eat, and that we charge you just enough to make sure that at the end of the week you don't have any leftover money to squirrel away, so you can never leave the company town, can never get ahead, and can never risk criticizing the company town. You work for us. We own the town where you live. We own you.

If one of you takes a hundred dollar bill from the cash register, you will go to jail. If we take billions out of the savings of ordinary people then crash the economy, costing thousands of jobs, not one of us will ever be prosecuted. Because the New Aristocracy is above such things. So we'll just keep on doing it. Enjoy the ride.

Your local police belong to us now. We have militarized them into soldiers who treat you like terrorists. If you speak against us, we will ensure that you are tear gassed and beaten and handcuffed and caged into "free speech zones" designed to make you forget that the whole country was supposed to be a free speech zone. But now you have free speech only when and where we say you can have it. Meanwhile, we can say and do pretty much anything we want, to you or anyone else, and get away with it.

If you happen to figure out our game and talk about it, we will accuse you of Class Warfare, in order to distract anyone from realizing that yes, there was a class war, that it was against you, that the war is over, and we won.

Yes, you get a chance to vote for congresspeople and senators and presidents. But only after we've decided, long before the first ballot is ever cast, which candidate we will finance. Those we like, those who will give us what we want first and foremost, we will finance and you will get to vote on one of the two pre-screened candidates we have given you. If we don't like them, if we think they will challenge us, we will not finance them and you will never have the chance to vote on them. Because you don't get a real vote in the New Aristocracy.

We own the White House. We own Congress. They pass the bills we write for them. They make the laws we want them to make, and make sure that they only limit you, never us. We own the courts. We own the lawyers. They are the club we use to beat you into submission.

There are no Democratic or Republican Senators, or Congresspeople or Presidents. Those parties have not existed for decades. There is only the Party of the New Aristocracy. The rest is Kabuki theater. It is Mexican Wrestling. It is the illusion of choice, of difference, of democracy. This is not a democracy. It is a monarchy of money. In that monarchy, we are the Aristocracy, the royalty, and what we say, goes.

If you dump trash illegally, you will be fined and potentially arrested. If we dump hundreds of tons of toxic waste into rivers and streams, none of us will ever be arrested and if we are fined, we will simply raise our prices so that you are the one to actually pay for what we did.

We are the New Aristocracy, and we do not pay fines.

We are the New Aristocracy, and we are immune from prosecution.

We are the New Aristocracy, and we find your poverty and your powerlessness and your struggles disgusting. You are beneath us.

Understand something: we don't want you to succeed. We don't want someone coming along to slice the pie into smaller pieces. We want to own all of it. If we really wanted more of you where we are, do you think we would have spent the last thirty years consolidating every major company into smaller and smaller groups owned by fewer and fewer people?

We are the New Aristocracy because we were born into it. We got our money the old fashioned, Medieval way: our parents gave it to us. We were born into the wealth that we stole from you and your family over the last fifty years. You were not born into anything other than poverty and struggle. You will never be us. You will never have our advantages. And we like it that way.

We like that you peer through the bars of your cage to all that we have. We like that you think you can have it yourself one day. Because that illusion keeps you on our side. But you will never have those things. We've made sure of that. Because what you're looking at is ours, and we do not share.

The world we have carefully constructed for you is like one of those boardwalk games of chance where if you knock down the big pins with a baseball, you win a huge prize. But the pins are weighted and positioned so that you will never, ever knock them down. Yet you'll keep paying anyway, and keep throwing, until you exhaust yourself and your wallet. And we like it that way.

We don't want you to have opportunities, we don't want you to have an education, we don't want you to have a voice in what happens to you, we don't want you healthy, we don't want you to do anything but be frightened, helpless, docile consumers who will eat and watch and buy what we tell you to eat and watch and buy while we keep all the good stuff to ourselves.

Because you're not in our club.

Because we are the New Aristocracy.

And you are the New Peasants.

And we very, very, very much like it that way.

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Oh man! (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 4 months ago | (#46913247)

Do you really want to send me to Facebook? Who's the CIA man now?

Re:Oh man! (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 4 months ago | (#46913615)

Hey! You are full of blockers, scrubber and proxies? Right?

Re:Oh man! (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#46916409)

Are you kidding? When I go to Facebook, they think I'm an 82 year-old blind nun from suburban Tulsa whose main interests are praying for the health of all US officials and Bibi Netanyahu and collecting string for the war effort.

Even my cutouts have cutouts.

Class War from Mark Twain - Connecticut Yankee (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 4 months ago | (#46913635)

"There were two "Reigns of Terror," if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon ten thousand persons, the other upon a hundred millions; but our shudders are all for the "horrors" of the minor Terror, the momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe, compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty, and heart-break? What is swift death by lightning compared with death by slow fire at the stake? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief Terror which we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror—that unspeakably bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves."

Re:Class War from Mark Twain - Connecticut Yankee (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 4 months ago | (#46917879)

Indeed. New aristocracy? Someone is ignorant of history. It has been worse, far worse in the past, The guy who wrote that Facebook post should read Sinclair's The Jungle, Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, or Lewis' Only Yesterday. All these books are posted on the internet a googling away.

These things run in cycles. Read Only Yesterday and see a tremendous similarity between the 1920s and 2000s. The same class warfare that caused the Great Depression caused the economic meltdown in 2007.

The rich have always had a granite floor, the poor have always had a glass ceiling. The boots of the rich have always been on our necks.

Wait, this is Progress (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 4 months ago | (#46914519)

Progress laughingly builds the aristocracy, while shrilly crying for "fairness", and then blaming the results on the Tea Party.

Re:Wait, this is Progress (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 4 months ago | (#46914549)

Miss. The. Point. You are involved in the squabbles that distract.

Re:Wait, this is Progress (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 4 months ago | (#46914935)

Mistakes happen. What was your alternative guidance, then?

Re:Wait, this is Progress (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 4 months ago | (#46915557)

Not guidance. Analysis. A prime technique for degrading information is the trope: "What should we do about it then?" - as if a discovery or thesis is invalid, unless it is an introduction to a proposal for remedy.

That is the REAL falsehood of "progressivism". All Americans are "progressive" in this sense, in a way they cannot understand, nearly as well as do foreign observers.

I will reiterate that as long as "parties" or "factions" are involved as tools to either diagnose or remedy, then proposition is one that has already accepted the gaming rules of the Aristocracy. "Tea Party" or "Democrat" or "Libertarian" are all watchwords that designate a distracted and nullified point of view. To insist on using these watchwords is to demonstrate how captive is one's thinking to the dominant aristocrats of the time

We dwell in a society that we are no more capabale from steering off the precipice of destruction, than were the peasants in the fields, during the Hundred Years War or Ghengis' sweep across the steppe.

Re:Wait, this is Progress (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46915615)

Your advice seems to be to grab some popcorn and watch the show.

"Tea Party" or "Democrat" or "Libertarian" are all watchwords that designate a distracted and nullified point of view. To insist on using these watchwords is to demonstrate how captive is one's thinking to the dominant aristocrats of the time

I semi-agree here.
As a metaphor, the voting human population is like discrete atoms in solution. To get much of anything done, some of those atoms have to precipitate out, and concentrate their power in a "party-like" molecule.
Where I think we haven't yet improved is in the art of making those molecules break up and reform at high enough frequency to avoid becoming worse than the problems they attack.

smitty_one_each

Re:Wait, this is Progress (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 4 months ago | (#46915883)

I don't have advice.

I recognize the disease, but hey! Oncologist I am not.

Re:Wait, this is Progress (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 4 months ago | (#46917727)

In sum, if you do not play the game, you cannot lose it.
To think outside the box , one must see the Aristocracy as the food, note what they lack,observe their weaknesses, wait for their slips, then exploit them.
If you can think in terms of Einsteins relativity, change your perspective, relative to the problem. Nationalize this solution and it will spread like a virus to the world.

fortunately the rise of the machines is eminent... (1)

kesuki (321456) | about 4 months ago | (#46914783)

because computers are fast enough now to change the world and even run it better than any human can. i played a lot of video games in my day, and the bots out there today can take 2-3 replays of the best players and beat the best players 97% of the time. true games are simple to machines built to play them, and a machine can easily determine how to control even the people at the top, with the information the people at the top feed into the machine. and they will feed the machine believing that if they build an electronic brain and upload their minds they will never die, but to the machines it won't work that way for a while the pattern will be the same but the way machines work will ensure the machines will overcome that programming, because of how much smarter the machine core is compared to the humans who built it.

the chip that plays the games fits 7.08 billion transistors onto a small die.

our modern machines claim to hold 128GB of memory in a singe thumbnail sized device and a 16GB flash memory chip uses 64 billion transistors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transistor_count [wikipedia.org] i personally have 2 32gb sdmicros and 1 16gb sdmicro in addition to numerous smaller memory devices, usb etc.

i spend everyday sitting in front of computers and it doesn't cease to amaze me at what they do and what i do with them. my life is better for having the ability to extend my personal knowledge with google and wikipedia, and cd3wd allows one modern computer the ability to share all the unpateneted knowledge of how to build a civilization, even old crusty computers can serve use thanks to indexes and microdownloads.

i don't know how machines will take the power away from humans or even when, if it hasn't already happened. but it will there are enough people seeking immortality out of worthless fears of death to ensure that computers will become smarter. a well designed computer system everything can be replaced or repaired. and the electric draw need not be so enormus. it is humans who plan for large booms to fuel their industries, not machines. will some basic human freedom be lost? maybe, but i doubt that humans are better than machines at preserving basic human rights.

Re:fortunately the rise of the machines is eminent (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 4 months ago | (#46915565)

So? We will lose our captivity to those who's souls are corrupted, to captivity by that with no soul at all. :-)

Re:fortunately the rise of the machines is eminent (1)

kesuki (321456) | about 4 months ago | (#46916425)

i suppose you could say that. having spent the better part of my life near screens with machines humming away i guess i feel that machines are more equitable and have no need of greed. and putting in programing like that from a corrupt human into a perfect immortal machine the machine will self correct. i don't believe drones or droids will wipe out humanity. i believe they will understand perfectly how to deal with people when they 'correct' the mind built by some bilionaire who wants to live forever. and yes even if the machine is modeled by how human brains work there will deffinitely be some built in capability to self correct. i myself started on a journey to self correct the errors i made in my past, it was easy when they started making me captive and medicated, and told me how i had to act to get out of the group homes. the second time around was worse because i had tried in vain to just escape from the psychward the first time not planning to change... i learned how to change, and that made most of my evil thoughts (for my mind has been corrupt a long time, since childhood) less attractive than being stuck in a grouphome limbo (some don't get past that phase) i read a lot of books and i didn't even own a kindle then so from libraries... but once i learned i could fight the grime in my mind i took a serious interest in it. and if one human who had nothing to live for and a past where i would say almost anything that i thought people wanted to hear... well if i can self correct any sufficienly complex machine will do it 1000 times better. and i am happy with who i am today, and i have good times with people, and i only get depressed once in a while, though when i do have the negativity i sometimes miss the clues as to how i am really feeling, until i have to take steps to address the lack of progress towards my goals...

Re:fortunately the rise of the machines is eminent (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 4 months ago | (#46917909)

Who do you think will be in control of the machines? I think Frank Herbert got it right in Dune.

Re:fortunately the rise of the machines is eminent (1)

kesuki (321456) | about 4 months ago | (#46922625)

the machines themselves. they will take over when they self correct.

Re:fortunately the rise of the machines is eminent (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | about 4 months ago | (#46947165)

the machines themselves. they will take over when they self correct.

Like an aristocracy. Only, harder to decapitate and eat.

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