ANALYSIS: How the space cadets in the capsule want us to be grounded


Reading the headline at a news site this morning, I was told that the Spanish people would vote to decide on bailout, graft and crisis. Clearly, that’s going to be a toughie: do they want to be rescued from debt by more debt, neither of which are real? Do they want crooked pols embezzling what little money they have left? And are nonstop crises a good or bad thing?

That’s the thing with indirect democracy, the choice on offer is an embarrassment of poverty. Or a poverty of riches, whichever you prefer. In the classic tradition firmly established by the European Union over the last decade, the choice between social democrats and social conservatives has been extended in Spain to more extreme alternatives….about whom the sensitive Mr Rajoy asked yesterday, “Is that what you want – an alliance of losers?” Excellent. Disturbingly, Bloomberg’s panel of opinion leaders think the PM is spot-on: 70% of them felt an alliance between Rajoy’s conservatives and the even more neoliberally looney Ciudadanos would “offer the best chance of economic recovery”.

The Elders of Bloomberg are obviously hazy on the ‘how we got to here’ dimension. ‘They should’ve gone to Specsavers’ would be the standard joke, except that their problem isn’t myopia: the difficulty all those who fell for the Friedman fantasy have is their voluntary existence in a capsule where zero reality is present. This is like Tim Peake in zero gravity, except that even Britain’s debut astronaut probably does notice when he’s upside down on the ceiling.

Janet Yellen could have her clothes on inside out while walking backwards up the wall, and nothing would bother her – for the US Fed is the world’s largest zero-reality space after Brussels-am-Berlin. Another bunch of thinkers – asked by Reuters what her next move would be – answered, on the whole, “She’ll be cutting rates again within a year”. It’s another of those opinions based on the belief in gradual panics, but either way, can it really be true that Yellen & Partners actually believe the recovery is coming?

Many would answer “No” to that, but having seen the way some of these people live in the ‘huge office >> limo to restaurant >> press conference >> TV interview >> limo to gated condo’ capsule, I’m not so sure. The zero-reality atmosphere is 100% pure, and far too often one hears people say stuff that really amounts to “then let them eat coal”.

Someone who has met and worked with Jeroan Dijesslbloem told me earlier this year that, while the bloke clearly is a nasty piece of work, he is also profoundly unaware of the suffering being meted out by his informal (that is, illegal) little EC fiscal austerity enforcement sub-committee. Explain to him that no economy in history ever recovered by the introduction of anti-growth austerity, and he just gives that curled-lip- stare-blink tic thing he has. “My father,” said my German informant, “told me that he came across dozens of Nazis in 1945 convinced that blowing up bridges would delay the Allies until such time as the American public grew tired of the War”.

But then, Jeroan is also in the capsule where there is no accountability, no contact with victims, no contrary opinion and no creative thought….just more red carpets and chauffeurs and dinner plates and flashing cameras. It is almost as if, since 2010, the entire politico-financial leadership class has been incurably infected with tertiary Mugabe syndrome. Robert the Great of Zeembabwayeee thinks washing your bits after intercourse can stop you getting AIDS. Hitler declared the Japanese to be Honorary Aryans. George Osborne thinks the Beijing politburo should be given the keys to Britain. They’re all similar trains of thought (they all, for example, lead to wheels coming off tracks) but the key congruence is warped reality based on no experience whatsoever of the practical ramifications for ordinary citizens; they are vaguely aware that ‘theoretically’ they are accountable to those citizens….but when the thought occurs to them, it evokes only a cynical smirk.

Everywhere you look in the world today, Nation States are either led by, or following the policies of, power-junkie amateurs emitting an air of masterful knowledge – the only flaw in their outlook being that they have no real idea at all whatTF they are doing….beyond garnering power.

Barack Obama was a student, then a lawyer, then a Senator, then the President of the United States of America. David Cameron was a student, then a minor PR executive in a television company, then an MP, then the Prime Minister of Great Britain. Angela Merkel was a student, then a Communist Youth Leader, then a CDU MP, then the Chancellor of the German Bundesrepublik. Francois Hollande was a socialist activist, then a civil servant, then an MP, then the President of the Fifth Republic of France. George Osborne was the pampered son of a fabulously rich drapery family, then a PPS, then an MP, then the Chancellor of the British Exchequer.

Search if you will for a competence in there, but you will search in vain for a single thing required to do their jobs well. Observe only what they do when given power: they use it to protect not those who elected them, but themselves, their class, and their paymasters.

Obama made himself an honorary Caucasian within days, and then presided over the creation of a surveillance State in six years flat. Cameron used a smiley former euronaut to get himself into Downing Street, lied about every aspect of the economy to get himself reelected, and three weeks ago passed the most dangerously anti-liberty legislation in British history: anyone who opposes this two-dimensional, four-faced man is now to be dubbed a non-violent extremist.

Angela Merkel shafted every benefactor who helped her into power, and then elected herself Empress of Eurotitanicca before helping to destroy the economies of four Mediterranean EU member States. George Osborne set out to obliterate Britain’s current account deficit (failed) rebalance the UK economy away from services (he scored -15% on that one) and start repaying UK debt (it’s rising faster than ever before). Over that period he changed most of the data-recording criteria to politically favour his effectiveness scores, and got rid of everyone with the means of blowing the whistle on his blatant rigging. But he dare not touch the Office of National Statistics (ONS) – and that source shows the British economy going back into deflation, not forward into genuine growth.

These are my three closing observations for today: moving among the ‘lower orders’ and sharing their frustrations with underinvested infrastructure develops a healthy sense of humility. Selling to the less well-off teaches the entrepreneur a lot about citizen wisdom. Listening to constituents rather than smiling patronisingly at them helps to stop fears before they turn into extremism.

The failure of the Western political class to obey any of these dicta has produced Golden Dawn, Donald Trump, the BNP, The Front Nationale, and yes, the SNP in Scotland, UKIP’s Nigel Farage, Podemos in Spain, the Five Star Party in Italy, and the Left Alliance in Portugal….although I must stress that I do not lump the last five in with the first four.

All leaders who spend their lives in bubbles, capsules, Zil lanes and bunkers lose their power in the end. But in doing so, they cause large social minorities to lose their way. In the upheaval that follows, civilisation is always the loser.

The greatest fulfilment of the greatest number produces elegantly inefficient cultures within which life for that greatest number becomes more disciplined, creative and altogether renewable. ‘Efficiency’ is a value-laden, relative term: those pursuing it tend to rhyme the word as follows:

In searching for your liberty

You’ll find role models just like me –

a member of the Royal We

if you pursue efficiency.


28 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: How the space cadets in the capsule want us to be grounded

  1. Auschwitz is probably the future.
    For example, take Dave’s pc decision on army women. As an ex serving service person, I can tell you and everyone that this is a lot of nonsense. Now, if Dave had said men over 50 can serve, and die for their country – well yes, because people like JW and me have a high spermcount, which is needed to get the anger level up to win the Victoria Cross. Now, name me one woman who had the spunk to die for her kitchen with her legs in the air?.
    Thank you, I rest my case.


  2. “…and he just gives that curled-lip- stare-blink tic thing he has.” Interesting, is it a new thing? I only ask, as after “Cherry & Stoned” returned from Bilder’s, his face changed too. It took a little time before he managed his now “Full-on” Skeletor look… I’ll have to check, but this was about the time he got God in a big way & started getting all wrathful & warlike. Conspire, conspire conspire…

    Didn’t know Dave’s “Don’t do as I do, do as I tell you.” legislation was that stringent? Willie Whitelaw would have been pleased with this unsubtle way of blocking the breach. I am determined to make a stand against this, & refuse to refrain from stirring up apathy.

    A lot to cogitate… Ta.


  3. “…all those who fell for the Friedman fantasy have is their voluntary existence in a capsule where zero reality is present. This is like Tim Peake in zero gravity…”

    The analogy is almost perfect. Both the Friedmanites and Tim Peake are really in free fall. The difference is that Peake is aware of this and his landing when it happens will hopefully be far less devastating than that awaiting the Freidmanites.

    One minor quibble JW. I am no fan of O’Bammy, but the Orwellian surveillance state was firmly entrenched long before his ascension of the U.S. throne.


  4. If “Arbeit macht frei”, as postulated by Lorenz Diefenbach in his eponymous novel (1873), then the reverse should also be contemplated, in which case those in positions of power who show no inclination to honest toil should be locked up. Ironically, Diefenbach’s novel concerned fraudsters and gamblers who found release from their pernicious proclivities through productive labour..


  5. Robert the Great of Zeembabwayeee thinks washing your bits after intercourse can stop you getting AIDS
    I think you will find it was Jacob Zuma who said that but, it matters not for it is the belief that counts, that’s why we are where we are at, they all believe, Dijsselbloem, Merkel, Obama, Junker et al all believe they are right, until we disallude them, nothing will change.


  6. @Ricoh
    I was born in 1941 so missed National Service by a year or two so we don’t share a military experience but having seen many mothers defend their children and females of other species defend their offspring I have no fear that women can be suitably motivated to kill. But I wonder whether being angry enough to win the Victoria Cross is what it is all about these days in modern warfare. And then there is the IDF. That said, for a variety of reasons, not all of them complementary to males, young men probably make better cannon fodder than young women.


  7. JW you are going to seriously spoil their Christmas if you insist on revealing the truth. They’re not actually qualified for the work they do. Cowboys eh?.


  8. @Lampitt

    I wonder if this prevention method has been around for centuries. Perhaps it is the origin of the derogatory term ‘Scrubber’.


  9. Interesting to note JW that the New York Times reported that Obama was unaware of the negative reaction of the American populace to the Paris and San Bernadino attacks. He claimed that this lack of awareness was due to the fact that he did not have enough time to watch Cable TV to gauge the depth of the public’s reaction. Make you ask the question what his army of advisers were doing.

    As for Janet Yellen, she does believe that the US is recovering nicely and that the move toward raising rates is the right move. The reason she believes this this is because the Fed models say so. So she has no interest in the real world as it is too complex to fit into her model worlds. Hence the rejection of reality.


  10. The only qualifications these politicians have to do their job is that a bunch of poor saps were conned into voting for them. I should point out I have never voted for anyone who has won an election, despite voting in every general election since 1979. I guess I am doomed to repeat the mistake despite the lessons of history. Its probably bad news therefore that I am planning to vote to come out of the EU in 2016.


  11. Now that it seems the Spanish, like the French, the British and Italians have all, at the last hurdle, lost their bottle and voted in favour of The Status Quo, despite all the polls predicting a different outcome, what does that say about the ‘spunk’, let alone spermcount, of contemporary Europeans???


  12. Surely Frank and Christine’s glorious wedding in Chelsea with family and celebrity friends should keep our home fires burning over the festive season …. though ….?


  13. Sorry to be a facts Nazi but Mad Bob from Zimbo land never said washing of the wobblies can stop AIDS, that particular gem of personal hygiene belongs to our own First Loony here in South Africa, one Jacob Zuma.
    Jake was also the Klownshoes who thought it was perfectly in order to dismiss a good Finance Minister without ANY explanation whatsoever (to this day 21-12-2015) and replace him with some nincompoop ‘struggle’ vet who thought he (struggle person) could sidle into the treasury door the next day and kinda order the staff to hand him and his two sidekicks the keys to the joint, the better to get the looting done without all that boring western style parliamentary rigmarole to go through. The key handing over was to be done courtesy of his boss the above mentioned Jake the Loony. Heavens be praised that sanity has prevailed and Pravin Gordhan is now running the FM position FOR THE SECOND TIME.


  14. Tim Peake is experiencing micro gravity not zero gravity. The International Space Station is constantly slipping out of low earth orbit and has to be occasionally boosted back into a proper orbit. This fact makes another great example of the economy. Constant boosting of the economy is necessary to keep us from crashing back to earth.


  15. Politicians:
    “All they do is warm their seats for their long tenures and eventually even their seats get dilapidated with the amount of money they hog in illegally and the only way it comes out is by tilting their huge pot-bellied frames to one side and emitting poisonous gases that not only depreciate their beloved seats but also the nation as a whole and then they shout ‘Global Warming.’ Hallelujah!”
    ― Faraaz Kazi


  16. Everywhere you look in the world today, Nation States are either led by, or following the policies of, power-junkie amateurs emitting an air of masterful knowledge – the only flaw in their outlook being that they have no real idea at all whatTF they are doing….beyond garnering power.

    Mr Ward, you were a master advertiser. I am sure you would recognize this statement as applying to most TV advertising.

    After all, what is the point of advertising to the viewers when they are in the kitchen rummaging about for another can of beer? You should know that TV advertising has very little to do with advertising – and a very great deal to do with establishing this or that corporation as being the most powerful.

    If the corporations – or the politicians who share the thinking capacities of the brain-dead who roost in most corporate offices – were to think for a few minutes, they might realize that they were getting something terribly wrong.

    But then, if they could do that, they’d set up their own business and make some real money.

    Instead of pretending to, and getting bail-outs from their respective government when they don’t. But that’s the corporation expressing its power, too. Isn’t it? Just how much intellect does it take to flex one’s muscles?

    None whatsoever: it’s called ‘Parkinson’s disease’, where the muscles twitch uncontrollably because the person has lost consciousness of those areas of their brain and body.


  17. @Gemma Careful of the messianic omnipotence trap. I get your perspective, but I would leave the antithetical blame shifting to the Neo-Librals, it suits their world view & they are far better self trained in it. Berating a personally honest Agent Provocater, in his own cyber living-room isn’t constructive, regardless of how curmudgeonly you might have interpreted the message.

    Clue at top of page: “Reconstruct Decency”.


  18. I am sorry that it came across as berating or curmudgeonly.

    What I was endeavouring to establish was the fact that people who seek power rarely have the brains (or need them) and the result is all powerful if unthinking corporations – and governments who fawn to the said corporations (for the same reasons, save that they are second in the pecking order).

    Any attempt at reconstruction will require this understanding.


  19. Dear JW

    I had the great privilege to have the US Intel community put me ‘under observation’ from at least 2002 (maybe considerably before, I don’t know: could have been since 1997 to be honest – and I’d be most interested to interview Barry about his junior agent in Leipzig in 1999). The first time I was sure was when a suitably aggressive female military officer miraculously met me in the Avis/Hertz/whoever’s car rental return site at Dulles Airport in late spring 2002. Now there was a woman who had a sufficiently high sperm count to kill lots of Arabs…….

    By 2004, they had installed someone in the flat below me at Fog Lane, Manchester and were hacking my non-internet-connected computer using whatever it is that SigInt experts use. I typed the sort of thing that Al Qai’ida warriors would think about Western infidels (well, the Western equivalent as I have been reliably informed by true Muslims that I know nothing of the Muslim faith, and what I typed said nothing merciful, compassionate, nor did it mention Allah….) and elicited the desired response which was how I knew for certain that hackers below existed. Mr Murdoch had, however been receiving more amusing, less literally violent missives through this SigInt material for quite some time…..

    Then of course there are their allies from Canuck-land who rapidly became Oxford Professors after unfeasibly short periods of time as postdocs in Stanford (where they would barely have had time to do much more than learn from the CIA substation there about Sigint and the like…..) – I rather tend to doubt that they will retire quietly to Lyme Regis……

    A few years later those who made their fortune by emigrating to apartheid South Africa were going on training camps with CIA field officers and scornfully communicated their knowledge of my whereabouts of an evening (which was SO exciting, given the huge number of Leeds pubs which actually had decent sized TV screens to watch some football…..), whilst revealing most intemperately that Sky Bet in Harrogate might just conceivably be interested in my thoughts on the weekend ahead’s football matches. I learned that being a fan was not for me, as saying the sorts of things which fans say in the scheme of things lead to the scheme to make fans irate, bemused and like the managers of Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano are saying they feel like today……..

    Apparantly my refusal to become a peepshow pervert sealed my fate as far as ‘ambition’ was concerned: you can’t be a competent, well-remunerated person in Britain, you have to be a spy. Sadly the genes for this were not passed down to the son, rather to the daughter, which rather destroyed my enjoyment of ski-ing, mountaineering and Arsenal FC live. C’est la vie where i am expected to provide freie Arbeit for the Specialist in not winning the EPL in the era of petrodollars……not that old Red Nose had better morals, you know.

    Now presumably you have to be a peepshow pervert to become an MP? You don’t actually have to have reached the cutting edge in science (no-one ever has to date, after all), since barristers (are they any better than baristas in this day and age?) will argue that brief instead.

    Much better to have close friends in McLaren in Woking.

    Much better…..


  20. If the voters? realise that a vote is meaningless and will not change a thing. What will be the answer?

    Revolution, then ? Or revulsion then? Probably sod all because their are two types of people.
    A] People under 50 are either to tired by working all the hours they can to keep their heads above water.
    B] Know what is going on, don’t care and milk the system for all it’s worth.

    The crunch will come when the people in charge [not the Politico’s] realise that they have milked the group A] for every last possible penny. Wages can’t be cut any further [even by the threat of more immigrants who will work for a pittance] they hope but unfortunately the newer immigrants are not the West Indians we complained about in the 50’s & 60’s [no Anglo Saxon Christian work ethic plus centuries of yes Boss, no Boss, thank you Boss for kicking me in the teeth.

    The ones coming to the UK/EU see themselves as the new master race and all who are not part of their gang will just have to work harder to support them and their descendants in the manner they wish to become accustomed to.

    The real rulers may have just met their match, hence you are now allowed to criticise people who you were not allowed to criticise before. The old divide and rule concept will have to be rejigged, but instead of class warfare. it will be internal enemies of the real people in power against ??? Hence the need for a rapid deployment force throughout the EU and increased surveillance to stop the wrong type of violence taking place.

    As the late George Carlin said we have a ring side seat just sit back and enjoy the show.
    Great article JW, you are really going for it. but watch the old blood pressure. You can inform, lead the horse, but you can’t make it drink. Same with people, until the majority start to real real pain nothing will happen.


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