‘Crony capitalism’ and the ‘Deep State’ seem to have forged an unholy alliance in our fast decaying modern world system. One might even be tempted to consider them as the two sides of the same coin, but for illustrative purposes we will keep them superficially separated, even though their underlying foundation remains the same. General human greed exasperated by the psychopathic/sociopathic dispensations of power mongers is the root cause of ‘crony capitalism and its side kick, the ‘deep state’. Currently the two, in one collaborative form or another, play significant roles in shaping global economic and political governance!
Crony capitalism is now the dominant expression of modern day capitalism. Crony capitalism is not about the creation of wealth through the delivery of needed goods/services mediated by the rigor of the free market. It is a process of accumulation that leverages political power, not always formal or legitimate. Crony capitalism has successfully dislodged genuine entrepreneurship from its coveted place. The manipulative art of ‘working the system’ has taken over from entrepreneurship in our modern world system. Naturally such a highly circumscribed and lopsided accumulation process is bound to face opposition from those aspiring to accumulate, but were/are excluded from the game. By and large, the sheeple (human mass) has not been an enthusiastic player in this blind game of unsustainable development (mantra of poor countries) or non-stop growth (voracious consumption in the north).
We will recall our definition of the deep state. To us, the definition encompasses more than the customary characterization, as given by President Eisenhower of the USA, et al. The ‘deep state’ is the military-intelligence-industrial-banking-media-complex of strong (and not so strong) states in late modernity. Today significant capital accumulation outside of the above ‘unholy alliance’ of CC & DS (Crony Capitalism & Deep State) is almost unthinkable, be it in the USA, EU, China or even in the smaller economies of Africa, (so long as there is a relatively strong and ‘sophisticated’ bureaucracy/state to allow the setting up of the various components of the deep state)! Unfortunately, the ‘unholy alliance’ between the two (CC &DS) does not want to give space to alternative trajectories that promise a less destructive economics, politics, culture, etc. It seems the ambition of the deep state is only to make sure no enlightening human activity gains enough ground to challenge the ecocide/genocide tendencies of the status quo. Their collaborative effort is hastening our demise. Admit or not, humanity’s current valueless existence is what has been sustaining CC & DS, at least so far. At this point in time, any rational being cannot help but ask; ‘why such massive propensity to continuously engage in unmitigated evil’?
Weapons of Mass Destruction’ was used as a pretext to destroy Iraq and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, including women and children, to say nothing about the millions of refugees. In Libya the UN sanctioned intervention that was touted to protect civilians ended up killing its leader while literally destroying the whole country. All sorts of ‘false flags’ (like the false allegation that the Syrian government has used poison gas against its own people, etc.) are being used as excuses to effect ‘regime change’ in Syria. The purpose; to divide the country into several fiefdoms that will succumb to the diktat of empire. Syria would have been ‘more destroyed’ than now had the west, led by the US, unleashed its massive destructive power over the country. Luckily, the British sheeple refused to join the insanity (parliament rejected the war drum against Syria). The offshoot of all these is; the status quo/deep state lost literally all credibility in the eyes of the governed. Losing hope in the status quo, the western sheeple actively started to look for alternatives to challenge the CC & DS. Brexit, Trump-ism, Le Pen-ism, Grillo-ism, Podemos-ism, Syriza-ism, Nexit, etc. are all demonstrations of the growing opposing sentiment!
On the other hand the CC & DS seem to be frighteningly disoriented about the whole idea of the global sheeple’s awakening. They are frantically attempting to muzzle the sheeple by profusely legislating against dissent and truth telling. They are also working on various advanced ‘scientific/technical’ schemes to continuously manipulate and stupidly indoctrinate the wayward sheeple. Here is a reflection of what is happening in our crumbling modern world system. ‘Connected to the tendency of power to corrupt are yet other tendencies that emerge from the pages of the historians: 1. The tendency of power to drive intelligence underground; 2. The tendency of power to become a theology, admitting no other gods before it; 3. The tendency of power to distort and damage the traditions and institutions it was designed to protect; 4. The tendency of power to create a language of its own, making other forms of communication incoherent and irrelevant; 5. The tendency of power to set the stage for its own use. In broader terms, we might add: the tendency of power to manifest hubris, arrogance and failure’. This is the tangible result of CC & DS. Finally, we leave it to the old satirist: “All political parties eventually die choking on their own lies.” Mark Twain. Good Day!