October 2nd, 2014
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BLUE REPUBLICANS AND THE GROWING CYNICISM OF THE ELECTORATE

I’ve commented a great deal on this site in the past years on the fact that I am bi-partisan, i.e., I loathe the Dummycrook and Republithug parties equally. As far as I’m concerned, there’s not – if I may be permitted to quote George Wallace without any intention of endorsing him – a “dime’s worth of difference between them.” And I know from comments from many of you, private conversations, and so on, that many people in this country share this view.

And that brings us, once again, to Ron Paul, and to this very interesting article and interview from The Daily Bell:

Robin Koerner on Blue Republicans and Why Ron Paul Remains the Hope for the US’s Future

There was a statement here that caught my attention, and I hope it caught yours:

“The people who support Ron Paul are beyond a political movement now. They are more like a cultural phenomenon.”

There, indeed, is the rub. I have a number of differences with the congressman, for example, I am not a “gold bug” as is he. But even by emphasizing that idea, he is at least raising the concept for discussion, and that is what the Dummycrooks and Republithugs and their shill-nominees and controlled corporate media cannot stand: a real discussion. It is, in short, a cultural phenomenon and not a political one. Korner puts it this way:

“We must no longer be distracted by what they traditionally disagree about, i.e., we must have the paradigm shift to understand that “Left and Right” do not cover all political space, and that they are not fundamentally ‘oppositional.'”

Indeed, I would offer the opinion that the major trick of our “two” political parties has been to define a cultural space as a political one.

And this brings us to the inherent danger. The elites running this country (aground) do have their fingers on the pulse of cultural change; they excel at measuring and predicting such changes, and their time-tested method of centuries if not millennia has bee to predict such changes, and to get in front of them, and inside them, to channel them for their own purposes.

The same holds true for Ron Paul and the change he represents. And that change, if one reads Koerner’s analysis carefully, has already manifest one typical ploy: the politicization of a cultural phenomenon of change, and hence, cultural action is redefined as political action. I would suggest, however, that a more durable form of long term action, though one less likely to produce short term effects, is direct cultural engagement, i.e., to literally penetrate the arts, to create a culture, one not dominated by the corporate-driven media.I am not saying disengage from politics, but to not neglect the all-important area of culture and the symbols that permeate it. The elites know the power of symbols, of lyrics in music, of themes in literature, and use them to great effect to socially engineer the space they want to see emerge.

This to a certain extent is already being done by artists and musicians, utilizing the tools of the internet. But we need to remember that political action is only one piece of the puzzle. The far larger piece is culture, and if the “two” political parties no longer represent the vast numbers of people that are cynical towards them, it is, in my opinion, in the final analysis because they no longer reflect the culture or values of people whose votes they seek.

17 Responses to BLUE REPUBLICANS AND THE GROWING CYNICISM OF THE ELECTORATE

  1. At least Ron Paul is an excellent illusion.
    But if one looks closely, as Webster Tarpley does, one finds his picture to be doctored-up.
    He is a puppet. Either of his own/son’s ambition(s) and/or in the oligarch’s pocket(s) to some degree.
    Tarpley picks his clock clean, when his analyses his actions scrupulously.
    http://www.tarpley.net/

  2. Lets keep sitting around the fire singing kumbyah hoping that more immigrants will make the world a better place.
    In the mean while, place head between your knees, pucker up and smooch away as we prepare for the final destination.

    check out the Illuminati card for London Olympics…recall that game came out a few decades ago.

  3. Aside from my evidential and personal distrust of Ron Paul [and son Rand]…
    I must pose this question…

    How can any ONE man [or one-and-a-half men] turn the tide of a New World Order?

    I find it shocking that the public still does not understand how deeply imbedded the enemy’s presence is in our government.
    They own it. And I wager they own Ron Paul [and son]

    However even if Ron Paul were a genuine whistleblowing, gun-toting maverick… he could offer only a miniscule bandage to the cancer which has permeated every aspect of our society and the world stage.

      • Yes… good point.
        Definition of FORCE MULTIPLIER:

        In our current situation, as we face resource depletion and burgeoning environmental crises, with little time to prepare and in the middle of a financial and economic downturn, with incredible debt burden and deficits, we need to multiply the effectiveness and utility of the resources we currently have. With little money to throw at these problems, we need to multiply the effectiveness of our conservation efforts (usually acknowledged as the biggest “bang for the buck”). This could be immediately technologically feasible, but would require social force multipliers: new (or renewed) attitudes and norms.

        A force multiplier, in military terminology, is a factor that dramatically increases the effectiveness of an item or group. Military examples include troop morale, reputation, training, and so on. So a social force multiplier in this context would be an attitude, social expectation, or behavior that multiplied the force of conservation or efficiency efforts – or made a conservation or efficiency policy possible. These social multipliers would need to essentially reverse the last century of developments that have made all our conservation and efficiency technologies moot via Jevon’s Paradox.

    • If the elites have all the gold, it could be Ron Paul is simply a stalking horse. Just a thought.

      db

    • The Republithugs forced the primary selection to the person designated by TPTB to loose to Obama. Romney is only a fixture to give an appearance of a legitimate election. Political theatre. IMO