We are now out of yarn.
Even a fool like POTUS45*, a stalking horse as subject or object, can also be a useful idiot/idiocy under a strategy of tension (SoT).
Never more often than in 2016 has the “puppet” meme had more literal manifestation.
Disclosure and revelation under transparency are important elements of anti-capitalist strategy even as there are tactical requirement that require discretion for insurgents.
False consciousness and decoys are operative in the recent immigration policy Executive Order and that the WH chose to ignore DHS guidance suggests more about the strategy of tension at work.
“If a state of tension exists, the effects of the decision are always greater, partly because a greater force of will and a greater pressure of circumstances manifest themselves therein…Now the real use which we derive from these reflections is the conclusion that every measure which is taken during a state of tension is more important and more prolific in results than the same measure could be in a state of equilibrium, and that this importance increases immensely in the highest degrees of tension.” Von Clausewitz On War 3:18.
The Ermächtigungsgesetz or Enabling Act has certainly seen its echo in the US Patriot Act among other measures enacted in the first week of POTUS45*. The week’s Executive Orders from the WH are pretexts for a sharpened, enabling axe.
Bannon is the head locust of an Islamophobic Swidden capitalism, not so much Schumpeter’s “perennial gale” but an imperfect storm in which we ride not a business cycle but a long wave.
Trump is the galloping stalking horse or runner’s mount as the bison go off a cliff. More importantly, it is about extraction of profit from the surpluses of production/accumulation of wealth under chaotic and potentially chaotic conditions. Bannonism will continue to be useful to decipher, however indirectly.
And we’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.
Joseph Schumpeter (1883–1950) coined the seemingly paradoxical term “creative destruction,” and generations of economists have adopted it as a shorthand description of the free market’s messy way of delivering progress. In Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (1942), the Austrian economist wrote:
The opening up of new markets, foreign or domestic, and the organizational development from the craft shop to such concerns as U.S. Steel illustrate the same process of industrial mutation—if I may use that biological term—that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one. This process of Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism. (p. 83)
Creative destruction refers to the incessant product and process innovation mechanism by which new production units replace outdated ones. It was coined by Joseph Schumpeter (1942), who considered it ‘the essential fact about capitalism’.
The process of Schumpeterian creative destruction (restructuring) permeates major aspects of macroeconomic performance, not only long-run growth but also economic fluctuations, structural adjustment and the functioning of factor markets.
At the microeconomic level, restructuring is characterized by countless decisions to create and destroy production arrangements. These decisions are often complex, involving multiple parties as well as strategic and technological considerations.
The efficiency of those decisions not only depends on managerial talent but also hinges on the existence of sound institutions that provide a proper transactional framework. Failure along this dimension can have severe macroeconomic consequences once it interacts with the process of creative destruction (see Caballero and Hammour, 1994; 1996a; 1996b; 1996c; 1998a; 1998b; 2005).
- Some of these limitations are natural, as they derive from the sheer complexity of these transactions.
- Others are man-made, with their origins ranging from ill-conceived economic ideas to the achievement of higher human goals, such as the inalienability of human capital.
In moderate amounts, these institutional limitations give rise to business cycle patterns such as those observed in the most developed and flexible economies…
While few economists would object to the hypothesis that labour market regulation hinders the process of creative destruction, its empirical support is limited.
The premise of improving productivity by austerity and deprivation has historically proven itself to be costly, yet the neoliberal literature is dogged in its persistence and in its current guise comes to us as ethno-nationalisms and ultimately genocides.
The mass consciousness of bigotry and animus rises in their more absurd forms as those most vulnerable become subject to the most absurd of policies meant primarily to serve personal and corporate gain, as well as consolidate a gendered state power over bodies and governance.
Neoliberalism in the 1990s Telecommunications Act(s), while creative in the stochastic way, also advocated a corporate deregulatory movement that constructed rather than in a destructive way various new instruments beyond the nomination of property forms like mineral extraction leases of public land.
This new neoliberal form moved to even more fictitious forms of auctioned capital such as rights to electromagnetic spectrum. Those rights are no different than the property rights already auctioned in off-shore wind-farms that contribute to a further commodified electrical and electronic grid. That same parallel grid exhibits greater industry concentration in the multinational corporate context.
Bannonism now extends to however complex relationships with rival nations that now only seemed coincidental before the 2016 election that now represent some problematic international developments that have implications for capital and labor movements made more vulnerable by a program of creative destruction.
And in furtherance of creative destruction, what seems only superficially Islamophobic has now made itself fully manifest as US national policy. Fiscal cliffs have become more literal in their service of the ruling classes and global hegemonies with dominionism and subjugation as the goal.
Agency and structure now center on some strange pathological narratives as the first week ends in a variety of chaotic activity and protest. If anything, more terrorists could be created from this factoid: “ His proposed list of banned countries doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals.”
“In my opinion, this is just a huge mistake in terms of counterterrorism cooperation,” said Daniel Benjamin, formerly the State Department’s top counterterrorism official and now a scholar at Dartmouth. “For the life of me, I don’t see why we would want to alienate the Iraqis when they are the ground force against ISIS.” […]
“It sends an unmistakable message to the American Muslim community that they are facing discrimination and isolation,” Mr. Benjamin said. That, he said, will “feed the jihadist narrative” that the United States is at war with Islam, potentially encouraging a few more Muslims to plot violence.
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