When in doubt, blame the Proles

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'Our political class don’t have capacity to do anything else but blame increasing numbers of people, to avoid discussing a politics they didn’t realise they were charged with delivering.'


We are not structurally invisible to political debate. Debt and the history of the failure of marketisation is invisible to political debate, and to the media that carries it as their centre message. And only them.

Marketisation doesn’t fail and they just cannot can’t see it when it does. Any failures are wrapped around us, so that more marketisation can be prescribed. Thirty years of clear social policy and economic patterns have been ignored.

we are the shit the monkeys fling

Theorising US is the meat of political debate, we are the shit the monkeys fling to fill the pages of the media that deliver that message. Patterns of failure highlighted by welfare and public sector spending are used to tell the media who to demonise/patronise. 

Our political media culture is not required to understand what brought the doctors to this point, or led to social work departments being declared not fit for purpose. When marketisation fails, more is prescribed. When austerity fails, more is prescribed. Our politicians do not know how to acknowledge that this dogma is over, even four years after the banks at the centre of it brought us here.

Our entire political culture is wrapped around an oblivion to failure of marketisation, even though Tony Blair realised that politics would always be for and against the market. He also oversaw democracy being wholesale sacrificed to the media so that the market was the centre position, and developed a culture of political consultants to pretend it had always been the way. Funny that.

Currently only the Labour left remain, who do not see why this is a problem. But left is just the cautionary tale of the political media entry ground that Tony Blair created, they don’t need to know about marketisation. It’s their job to prevent us discussing it.

This realisation is dawning at the heart of the establishment, and no-one thinks hanging round with a thick political media tribe to wave placards at yourself and the cameras is the way to make change. Although we have all seen how successfully the Labour left and the radical fringes can neutralise it.

a course designed to train this breed of politician

The Philosophy, Politics, Economics course at Oxford (aka 'How to be Prime Minister 101') is a course designed to train this breed of politician. A course that teaches them JUST that type of politics. Luckily it’s run by the same university that feeds the left and right of the culture that sells that message, and the people theorised by that message don’t get to study there….

So what happens when everyone outside that culture realises its a crock? Our politicians couldn’t see, because they didn’t think it was in their remit. Our media as disconnected and only willing to accept novelty points of view or issues framed in terms they are comfortable with, around that unquestionable centre position.

Ed Miliband truly thinks we need to examine Englishness, and yet has absolutely no understanding of WHY welfare has been expanded for three decades, has absolutely no clue that the debt we hold is a very major problem and has no capacity to ever question the housing bubble which is one of our biggest risks.

Our political class don’t have capacity to do anything else but blame increasing numbers of people, to avoid discussing a politics they didn’t realise they were charged with delivering. They can’t see outside the message.

The reason there is no growth is that our political system is hardwired not look at the possibility of needing growth, because the markets do it. Our political media is hardwired to protect that centre position by being oblivious to its death. While the left try to keep us at what ‘the left’ should do.

Phil Rockstroh
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Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living in New York City. Yet a bio amounts to dharma for dimwits: It defines a human being in the same manner and degree of veracity as a restaurant menu describes the various slabs of meat offered … commodified things that were once living beings.

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