..of the last 40 years or so, watch these two documentaries, and learn..
For many years I have struggled to explain to people how Thatcher's corrupt ideology of free-market capitalism was based on a false model of humanity that came from the extremely flawed reasoning of game theory (cf John Nash) and the bizarre economic theories of Freidrich Hayek and his modern acolyte, James Buchanan.
This documentary will help people understand not just the horrors of Thatcherism, and the legacy we are still reaping today, but how New Labour not only continued this inhumane neo-liberal agenda, but extended it to all walks of life.
We are not numbers. We are humans. But in the last 30 years politicians have ceded any last vestiges of democratic power to the totally phony idea of the 'free markets', who are supposedly 'more democratic'. This laughable concept has had tragic consequences for all humanity, as we can see only too clearly today.
Let us hope a turning point has been reached, where people reclaim their humanity and their democratic rights from the economic hegemony of the bankers and their corporate/industrial cabals.
The second episode in the series is even more enlightening, and I encourage anyone who wants to understand the roots of our current global situation to watch and have the scales fall from your eyes.
our Twickers/Winchester Club's excellent album Negative Liberty?
..I didn't know anything about them. Can you or Twickers explain these musical responses? Am fascinated, but also, I hope, heartened that other people have tuned into these analyses.
Twix was talking about the series of three films, The Trap by Adam Curtis, two of which you've linked above, which had inspired his band's latest album, sounded most interesting (of course), so I watched the films, got hold of the album and found both very thought-provoking and entertaining, needless to say! That's the limit of my involvement with these particular films so far, but yes I try to keep this sort of thing on the radar via a few sources, yourself being one.
Obviously Twickers is yer man for a more in depth explanation of the thinking behind the musical responses.
one obviously hasn't moved on from the 70's...lucky man.
if we were ruled differently.
.. I suggest much, much better than being ruled by the psychopathic economists and so-called free-markets.
My model includes transparency in all public affairs, localisation not globalisation, a free and fair currency than cannot be manipulated by a corrupt elite and the end of the financial and social hegemony of the cabal/new world order.
that institutionalised government cheating to attain fairness is not included in this 'better' world view then I'm more than sympathetic. Though sadly your use of the term 'social hegemony' is a red flag, warning me that whatever good your intentions the reality is the replacement of one ruling class with another.
I would however share your dislike of (many) economists and free markets. I'm afraid far too much reverence is paid to the views of people who are nothing more than betting tipsters and as for markets being free!!!
..about social hegemony. I'm not talking about replacing it FFS, I'm talking about eradicating it.
How? The internet in fact offers us the unprecedented opportunity of a genuine, free and open market, and genuine integration, which does not have to be dictated to by politicians or banks. Of course, we have to fight to maintain the freedom of the net, and remain vigilant against the incessant attempts by governments to control it, but in the internet we can see the possibility for a truly free world, which is genuinely democratic (ruled by the people).
about the hegemony. But most who use those words do so as a cover claiming 'progresiveness', when they're just tired old Marxists trying to turn the clock back to the 19th Century,
I haven't met any Marxists that still cling to the mostly redundant concept of hegemony as being entirley class based, certainly since Gramsci there hasn't been any serious use of it in those terms, Gramsci broadened the concept beyond class and away from a strict base/superstructure relationship. Laclau & Mouffe's "Hegemony & socialist strategy" from the 80's is generally accepted as the current standard and as such allows for a hegemony that points towards a radical democracy driven by the kind of mass movement Hud seems to be suggesting. The often cited Landless Worker's Movement in Brasil is a case in point, although it is a single-issue movement it has the potential to inspire and make links with many other anti conservative and neo-liberal movemnets.
You've spent way to much time in the USA. Socialism does not spell Marxism or Communism. They are extreme forms, much like the Tea Party or McCarthyism is an extreme form of capitalism.
I thought you'd know that. You've been brainwashed over there that's for sure (or to make Chappers happy - so it is).
I’m known as Exile and I know where you live.