Vote Shock Doctrine

The Neoliberal consensus lack of democratic choice is in, all parties are rejecting social democracy and embracing an agenda of Neoliberal cuts, not really news but today they all made it clear, so that no voter can say oops, I really didn’t realise this was going to happen. So with no alternative -it is merely whose style of managerialism do you prefer- the election is a non event democratically speaking and for those facing unemployment or the assault on welfare the issue is one simple thing- Survival. The wags on twitter who have coined Labservative should know that is a misnomer, the correct term is Neoliberalism, because it is not a lack of change they face, there is great change, there is just no choice, it will be cuts, privatisation, deregulation and rising inequality. That is radical change, an apolitical ‘government is bad’ ‘there is no change’ reaction is in fact precisely what is wanted from you, as corporations will be handed greater unaccountable power to run our lives as apathy gives them the room for this slip into the authoritarian end stage. A radical lack of choice, an anti democratic movement is upon this country, a movement began by Thatcher in 1979 and continued by New Labour. Not recognising your enemy is a fatal mistake that leaves you open to the attacks to come. Rather than waste a minute watching television election coverage start your survival preparations with reading The Shock Doctrine, you’ll be surprised (or perhaps not) to find it predicts precisely what is now happening. And for your viewing pleasure I would throw in Adam Curtis’ trilogy- Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares and The Trap, a dash of Manufacturing Consent would be good, as it is, as all of these are- A Primer In Intellectual Self-Defense.  The 10’s (will we call then that?) are going to be about self-defence to survive and perchance to make something better. At the moment we needed eco-socialism, social democracy and liberty our elites -of course- screwed us in their rush to serve themselves.

8 Responses to “Vote Shock Doctrine”

  1. libhomo Says:

    It sounds like street activism and building social movements would be particularly useful if no party wins a majority and power is continually in jeopardy.

  2. RickB Says:

    It’s not so much that it is in jeopardy but the govt who is meant to work for us works for Capital and no party significantly differs, we are an occupied population, so yeah, build our own stuff and resist their power.

  3. Jay Vos Says:

    Crikey, much of what you’ve written is about the Republocrats on this side of the ocean, too.

  4. wyamarus Says:

    They sit in the same pew, and read from the same hymnal, so to speak. The same kind of sniffing of crotch that Bush got from Blair, and Obama gets from Brown, was seen first in the Thatcher/Regan daze. Terminal Imperials trying to recapture the Power and Glory of their youth. The most disturbing downside I foresee is the rise of the Police and mercenary armies as local and regional warlords to contend with. They won’t want to give up their power and status when their ‘cheap oil’ paychecks stop rolling in,and they have been acculturated to seeing themselves as “special”, and separate from ‘common’ folks for the last 40-50 years.

  5. libhomo Says:

    Jay: In both systems, elections are privately financed.


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