Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More on Fault Lines

Last week we thought briefly about the fault lines where the coming move deep into a negative phase of mass mood might break things apart.  Things like societies, social contracts, corporations, and governments.  Let's take a little more time and hunt for a few more that socionomics tells us should be lurking beneath the surface:

1.  The crushing of dissent and the redefining of opposition to the goals of the political and corporate elites as "terrorism" or "criminal" behavior.  The groundwork for this may be seen in the ongoing efforts to smear Julian Assange of wikileaks

2.  The cratering of local and state government budgets continues.  Oregon is a great case study, but once the downtrend in mood resumes, there won't be a single state in the Union left unscathed.  If you are relying on transfer payments or public monies for a significant portion of your income, please have a Plan B ready.

3.  The political edifice in place since the end of World War II continues to crumble as radical candidates continue to successfully pick off mainstream candidates.  I am surprised that this trend continues to have legs (as was Senator Murkowski) as the markets have held up reasonably well over the last year.  That said, the anger is real.  Whether you agree with the Tea Party movement/billionaire front (depending on your persuasion), this is tapping into some significant angst, anger, rear and worry.  This movement, or one like it, could very well rewrite the U.S. political scene in the coming months and years.  Watch how it evolves.  Watch out for the scape goats that get chosen and try to make sure you either are not one, or have a Plan B to get out of Dodge.


David said...

Is history really one of faceless "elites" (old-money dynastic systems of hereditary bankers, for the most part) funding both sides of our cyclical conflicts, profiting in both peace and war? Is the real "war" actually between these phenomenally rich groups who fund this movement or that political kabuki theater in order to continually have the political system favor their power and their income streams?

I begin to think so. The old guard (Rothschild/Rockefeller) that has funded all sides (for a nice profit) since, in Rothschild's case, Napoleonic times, seems to be up against some New Money folks like Soros.

None of these cretins have the least care for the plight of any member of the masses; their behavior clearly signals that they see the typical human being as cattle for the slaughter, as vehicles by which their own interests are furthered. The idealists among them are Fabian socialists or some related ilk, either seeing themselves as carrying the burden of civilizing the beasts (us) or cynically using said beasts to further entrench their domination.

"What fools these mortals be."

Flagg707 said...

@David: My thinking has evolved along similar lines. The core elites have always seemed to be able to play to the tune of the times. I'm still don't think they "control" that tune, but I do think their money and influence allow them to shape others react or behave under the mass mood pressures described by socionomics.

David said...

As a co-adherent of the socionomic theory I concur; no one controls the trends but some clearly are in a position to "surf the waves" better than others.

I think there's a degree of clinical detachment operating here. It's a small step from recognizing that there's nothing anyone can do to prevent (or even mitigate much) the hard times that social mood declines dictate for most people to believing that it's okay to orchestrate the organized actions that bring about their misery...after all, it's just a part of nature and when man is wolf to man [Homo homini lupus] the predator is just fulfilling a role, not making a moral choice.

Perhaps this is why Fabian socialists have, in their crest, a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing.

I do not subscribe to this moral relativism regardless of how "naturalist" it may seem. Men are not beasts, even if we do in fact collectively move from "Dr. Jekyll" toward the pole of "Mr. Hyde" during social mood declines of large degree.

Perhaps one admonition we might give ourselves in supercycle wave a and beyond is, "beware the wolf."