THE SATURDAY ESSAY: Do not look to electoral politics to provide the Giant Killers we need



There’s a bloke on trial in the US at the moment, charged with deliberate directionalising and insider trading on the various stock and commodities markets. He’s not your usual BSD in some corporate conglomerate, but rather just an individual who had inside information and used his skills to maximise the return on it.

At first sight, his defence is very much in the Jeremy Hunt alien ET mode: he told the jury that he had “no idea” it was illegal to mislead the markets. But on second glance, he has a point. The defendant, not Hunt: Hunt never has any useful point to make about anything; in fact, there is no point to Jeremy Hunt.

Gold price suppression, Libor rate manipulation, QE, Zirp, Nirp….what are these but thinly disguised attempts to persuade investors that up is green and left is down? This was the lone defendant’s observation….and although the judge (I submit) is extremely unlikely to commend his version of events to the jury, I must confess to seeing the accused as a bit of a Robin Hood. He may not have given to the poor, but he seems to have been pretty good at stinging the greedy rich.

We have reached an important but tediously predictable point in history at which all guilt is relative depending on position, power, influence, and money: such and such a bank is too big to fail; this or that major Minister or minor Royal must be let off otherwise people will lose faith in our vital institutions; a footballer must be given a lenient punishment that allows him to compete in our World Cup bid. As always, self-assigned exceptional people insist on being  the exception to the Rule of Law.

If this engagingly ordinary investor I’m writing about gets off, then I’ll report for duty as a serial muncher of headgear. The inevitability of his conviction is depressing, because we know perfectly well that, had Lloyd Bankfine or Black Bob the Diamond Geezer done the same, his company would “set aside money”, and everyone would get away with it.

More than anything else at the moment we lack – but urgently need – Giant Killers. People from outside the system who aren’t beholden to the system, and would be difficult to bump off. Two months ago, I would’ve included Jeremy Corbyn in that group; a year ago, Alexis Tsipras would’ve been its leader. But not any more. They’ve failed the test for me.

Sanders will only get the Democratic nomination if the Panama Papers show conclusively that Hillary Clinton secretly bought a refugee transport company and then started bombing Syria to drum up business. Bernie would get my vote as the best of a pretty rancid bunch, but even with him you sense the pressure would get too much…and if it didn’t, a lone maverick would blow him away. He’s a Jew for God’s sake, how difficult a recruitment job could it be?

That leaves Trump. He has a giant bank account and is ruthless enough to be a killer, but no way is he a ‘Giant Killer’: the beanstalk would collapse the minute he started climbing it. Also, I don’t want pre-pubescent short trousers leaving an imprssion on the Oval Office chair.

Because of all the foregoing and more, I’ve been saying for three years that taking the political route to power is a waste of time, money and energy. I don’t advocate violent revolution, because I am a card-carrying pacifist NVE: but I do advocate a judicious mixture of consumption strikes, boycotts and general awkwardness until such time as the legislators are starved of the cash they need to get reelected and feed their munnneeee habit. I would advocate a tax strike, but They who Must be Obeyed have that one covered: even suggesting such a thing is now a criminal offence. And you may have spotted that Theresa Whiplash is out to make boycotts illegal too.

Saying we can reform the British political model from within is as daft as saying we can reform the European Union by staying in. The people at the top are drunk with power and suffused with a sense of their own importance: even if they do waddle around all day going “globalglobalglobalglobal”, they’d make Christmas illegal before they’d let themselves be eaten.

Giant killers always come from the outside – that’s why they usually lose in the end. Spartacus was a slave, Jesus a carpenter, Watt Tyler a labourer from peasant stock, Wilkes a radical journalist, Kropotkin a geographer, Mussolini a journalist, Napoleon a Corsican, and Hitler a tramp painter with no talent.

Winning giant killers – by winning, I mean ‘they stay alive’ – all have these things in common: they trust nobody, their power derives from cross-class support, and their philosophy strikes a chord among the majority. Mussolini and Hitler would’ve died old and in their beds had the latter not been a magalomaniac, and the former silly enough to align himself with the latter: but even then, it took foreign invasion to break their grip. Napoleon was in the same league, but his siblings were second rate: he too was outnumbered, and eventually poisoned. Spartacus and Jesus appealed to a tiny minority, and while Kropotkin survived, his philosophy was self-denying. Watt Tyler had only serf support, and trusted Richard II’s word – a very bad idea at the best of times.

The winner by a country mile was John Wilkes, because he was well connected with the City merchants and brokers, and as a born tabloid hack knew how to wind up the mob. Hitler had the same advantages, and Napoleon his military genius: but Wilkes did not entertain silly ideas about invading Russia, so he succeeded and survived. The present Government is busily engaged trying to unpick everything he achieved, but his ideas led to three Reform Acts….and the survival of Great Britain as a relatively homogenous unit.

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What the British People are living through at the moment is a vicious struggle between various vacuous ideologies. The main runners are these:

  1. Neoliberalism’s open economics are vital, because only from 2-3% of citizens who are obscenely rich can wealth wealth trickle down without millions of bureaucrats…and thus provide for everyone.
  2. Socialism is the answer, because it forces everyone to be equal.
  3. Globalism is the only way forward, and corporate governance of it is the only option – otherwise lots of silly regulators get in the way and spoil it for everyone else.
  4. Islamism worships the one True God, Allah; and as servants of his prophet Mohammed, we must prove this by killing everyone who suggests otherwise.

The continuum is not hard to spot: it is vital, the answer, the only way, the one True God. For it is an ‘ism’. And with isms, thing is – if you don’t Beeeleeeve – then you’re a heretic. So at best, we won’t engage with you…and at worst, we’ll kill you.

In an odd sort of way, this would be fine if all four were mutually exclusive. But they aren’t…because of two further stupidities:

i. The other ‘ism’ that is the bain of contemporary life, multiculturalism. As a result of this and globalism, all four ideologies at various times collide with each other;

ii. The geopolitics of energy, which insist that the beeeleevers meet those who care only about the munnneeee, the latter nursing the mistaken idea that the two can exist as equally cynical ‘thinkers’.

Most of you reading it will not be either surprised or repulsed by that analysis: it’s ground we’ve all trodden across in our various minds before. My point in presenting it again is to reaffirm the obvious: the Giant Killer must be, by definition, a free thinker.

He or she may well emerge from an upbringing in which inculcation in one or more of the four ideologies was a given. So much the better: a fine mind that is also open and has rejected attempts at brainwashing is the most precious thing the World has today. Orwell said the future would be “a jackboot stamping on a human face”. Well, you can stamp on a face, but without resorting to murder you can’t flush out the way that person thinks.

Ergo sum, the group of people most likely to create lasting reform of our culture, ethics, norms, mores, morality and governance are those who refuse to join any existing ideology, religion or ‘school’ that demands obedience.

So don’t look to any of our political, economic or religious leaders to help re this one. And above all, don’t back fluffy do-gooders who assume scruples among the élite with whom they are forced to deal in order to….well, get any kind of deal at all, to be honest.

I do think the Dark Knights of Camerlot have scruples: they screw the Citizens who are supposed to be their clients, and then pull the wool over their eyes in order to hide the unforgiveable perfidy. But then, this is equally true of Soviet Communists, defence contractors, black US Presidents, wannabe female Democrat US presidential candidates, Establishment UK socialists, psychopathic media moguls, all Sovereign security services, the main internet ISPs, the Beijing politburo, multiple retailers, multinational manufacturers, central banks, supra-Nationalists, Zionists, Hamas, and everyone else with a fixed view – garnered by a deadly combination of having one answer and no moral compass.

My perceptions (and subsequent research) in the case of the UK’s WASPI women, for example, have led me to conclude that there are somewhere between 3-400,000 1950s born female State pensioners either on the verge of (or already falling from) the cliff marked ‘No Money, No Income, No Family’. A further 0.8 million are going to face the same fate by 2020. And beyond that, around 1.27 million will – over the same time period – face between  30-70% less retirement income than they had been led to expect.

I emphasise those last seven words there because no amount of apologism for welching on promises made (with the use of weasel nonsense like “a generic problem in the West”, “People must accept that times have changed”, and “there is an age-demographic time-bomb”) can change the facts.

In a UK context, the facts are that 1.2 million innocent women are being given an average of 4.5 years to think about footing the bill for 64.2 years of can-kicking by vote-centric politicians – and 600,000 civil servants who (a) “carried out” the wishes of those pols by wasting £2 in every five spent; and then (b) when Armageddon beckoned during 2006, illegally awarded themselves a doubling of pension emoluments.

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Justice never comes easy. It’s on the same scale of diligent investigation as the search for the reincarnated Dalai Lama. It can’t be undertaken by a few happy-clappy middle class wives, vicars, charity shop owners and other assorted well meaning people looking for a way to fulfil their lives by filling their day.

The quest to establish Justice is only successful when undertaken by the obsessive, the wise, and above all the hungry. People who know that the other side despises them and – given half a chance – would put them to the sword.

These are the people we call The Giant Killers. I firmly believe that they do not need to indulge in the “Attishoo, Attishoo we all fall down” plague of day to day politics. They need only join hands and engage with those of a similar philosophical mindset in order to set an example.

One astounding example can override every daft ideology yet constructed by human Earthlings. Kate Hoey sets a mind-concentrating example when she says, “This is not about European Union quit or stay – it’s about The People versus The Establishment”.

Some examples of Brits who have set an example in their lives: Bobby Charlton, Ronnie Barker, Pele, Brian Statham, Terry Wogan, George Handel, Robert Burns, Tracey Ullman, John Stuart Mill, Jeremy Bentham, John Oliver, Emmeline Pankhurst, Gertrude Bell, Ernest Shackleton, David Bowie, George VI, Peter Cook and Maggie Smith.

The bottom-line need is to reject the obvious con saying that political philosophy still holds sway in the West. That is bunkum: it is the giant feet of fundamentalist religion and Mammonesque economics that stamp upon our freedoms in 2016.

Only those with the bravery and accuracy of David’s slingshot can bring down the Goliaths we face. David was a shepherd. We need exceptional King Davids now: the last thing we need is the David Camerons who want always to be exception to the painful rules.

Yesterday at The Slog: We could be the next Greece…if we let ourselves be

19 thoughts on “THE SATURDAY ESSAY: Do not look to electoral politics to provide the Giant Killers we need

  1. Bernie would receive my vote, but I agree, even in the unlikely event that he is elected, he would find it virtually impossible to change anything, and were he to threaten any of the entrenched interests of the M.I.C. or AIPAC/Likud, he would fall to ‘a lone assassin’ motivated by dastardly antisemetism.

    I would love Jesse Ventura to run. Not just for the spectacle, but because he would have a platform that might overcome the pernicious censorship of the MSM on subjects that threaten Neocon/bankster interests. The real story behind Ukraine, Libya, Syria and events in NYC 15 odd years ago come to mind.

    All ‘democratic’ polities in the West have been thoroughly hijacked by the oligarchs and their minions. We seem to be living in a time that combines a combination of the Huxley/Orwell visions of dystopian future. Some days I wish I were still asleep and could read the Guardian or listen to CBC news without apoplexy. My colleagues and most of my friends seem quite happy to believe the MSM line on everything and function extremely well. Ignorance is truly bliss perhaps.

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  2. Democracy as we know it in the western world has been sold down the river. Our politicians have sold us out for pieces of silver and the present opposition parties are teethless clawless and clueless. Some of our top tier civil servants go thru revolving doors on retirement to a well rewarded future, along with certain politicians. As do certain of the police and military. Our systems of government are broken and have been hijacked by bankers and corporations. Greed and profit are the only mechanisms at play and no conscience operates to rein in their behaviour. The common good has been sacrificed so the 1% can trough at our expense. The entire war on terror is a war on the individual and a means of control to bring back a feudal society, where the few feed off the slavery of the masses. Education has been debased for all but the elite and mainstream media massaged to only render propaganda. Society has been brainwashed for at least the last 2 generations Progressive greening measures in the EU are changing property rights, and many aspects of the climate change bandwagon are imposing further taxes and limitations on the rights of the individual. Consigning the latest secretive trade agreements to the dustbin of history is essential as is kicking the parasitic EU out of every aspect of our lives.
    Sadly we have no leaders to take on this challenge- the vested interests have very nearly won the battle.

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  3. Canexpat “My colleagues and most of my friends seem quite happy to believe the MSM line on everything and function extremely well. Ignorance is truly bliss perhaps.”

    Until realty strikes …. and strike it will ….. as sure as eggs is eggs.


  4. Trump is screwed — see latest setback results. Sanders will not beat Clinton bar a miracle. So we have Cruz vs Clinton and as Cruz is no match for the Clinton moneyloaded bulldozer publicity machine it s another term
    of the ” dynast democrats” making 12 years — and possibly counting.


  5. @carroccio1958: Yes, Clinton is a ‘shoo-in’, there was never really any doubt, the psychopaths are in control and they ain’t about to let go of the reins anytime soon.
    The amount of scandals that Clinton has been involved/implicated etc. and emerged unscathed makes Teflon Tone look like a lightweight, and he was pretty adept.
    Look at how quickly Cumalot’s lies unravelled, 5 days…Teflon Tone would have spun and spun and lied and the truth would have never come out, again, shows what a lightweight Cumalot is.


  6. I thought this might be appropiate for this essay:
    “It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
― John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

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  7. As I see it : There is a difference this time and ……………and it’s what I am doing now …………putting a few thoughts to public exposure without being drowned out by shouts of bigot ! The shouters awarding themselves as the Mr nice guy, and worthy of sainthood.
    It is possible for the computer world , in my opinion, to exist and operate without any servers.
    WiFi and blue tooth can function without the big fellows. The brains must be out there ……… give it some thought folks.

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  8. Every UK Government since 1945 has known the UK birth rates and imgrtation rates and ages. The old age time bomb has been known to everybody with half a brain cell. Couple the known numbers with big pharma and the health industry’s drive for ever increasing longevity (disregarding quality) and today’s “crisis” was very predictable. Populist Government compounds the problem by excessive borrowing to appease / buy the voters.

    All the USA presidents and most senior politicians have been in the corporate pockets for all my 60 years. I did have fleeting hopes for Ron Paul breaking the chain. Sadly the average US citizen is extremely tribal and too cowed / cowardly to actually change the system. Clinton is a virtual certainty this year.

    The UK, similarly, will allow fear and instant gratification to dictate and vote remain, condemning their children and grandchildren to lives of servitude and oppression.

    God help us all.

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  9. The examples you set and there are some good ones in the list had one advantage that is vanishing …

    Those with a gift and ability to climb the social ladder are now denied upward mobiltiy even more when the ladder is full of fat worthless bankers and politicians. More than there has ever been … A busted banker is no longer on the ladder and neither should be lying politicians.

    Agree with you JW on Corbyn and Tsipiras and chances are Trump will fall into line to if elected on the grounds he is in it for more money to add to what he already has. Biggest let down for me though was Obama, feel he sold out in so many ways and may be remembered for being the first black president but I do not think history will be kind position for the actions he took.


  10. @Mark Deacon

    I still have a strong suspicion that Trump is running to ensure the election of Hilary. As many have said, if the MSM really wanted to torpedo the prospects of a Trump nomination they would be ignoring him, just as they ignored Ron Paul.


  11. CamelDave is a Philistine with the jawbone of an ass, Jeremiah Corbyn is a weeping prophet constantly being attacked by his own brothers: what we really need to do is sling the lot of them.


  12. John .off topic, but to my mind big.
    Am I alone in thinking that many of the so called charities may be scams ….is it another way of giving well paid income to failed politicos?
    I do not see why they should have their indulgences at the expense of the public purse.
    I do not object to their wanting to help as they see it .
    But let the charity be real……… ie: deducted after the donor has paid taxes.
    The figures must be mind blowing and in consequent capable of altering the natural course of events .


  13. I disagree. I think this is the most important American presidential election since the 1930s. Even before you come to the policy, it will make a huge difference to the future of the USA whether it is Clinton, Sanders or Trump who is chosen, especially as this is also a pivotal time for the country as a superpower. I doubt Sanders or Trump will be allowed to win – but that is another matter.


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