The global overclass and its playbook for world domination (the actual playbook)
[I'm stickying this because it's an important post. It's everything that would work against the 12-point platform. --lambert]
But first, a note on language: Golem uses "overclass." I think that's preferable to "the 1%." "Overclass" clearly states who's over and who's under; who rules and who's ruled; who exploits and who is exploited, unlike "the 1%," which, although appealing rhetorically, is a mere statistical distribution, and not all that accurate, really: it's the 0.01% that are the real malefactors of great wealth. "The 1%" confuses, say, a wealthy Hollywood entertainment lawyer with Paul Singer or Carlos Slim. That's not to say both aren't on the same side, but they play different roles in civil society, and actually may have differing interests. "You gotta know the territory," as they say in The Music Man.
Herewith, the plays in the playbook and Golem's comment:
1) The Over Class must retain and consolidate their control over the global system of debt.
2) The power to regulate must be taken from nations and effectively controlled by corporations.
3) Professionalize governance. Democracy can be and must be neutered, and an effective way of doing this is to insist that amateur, elected officials MUST take the advice of professional (read corporate) advisors.
4) .... A new way must be found to prise sovereign assets from public ownership.
5) In order to facilitate the political changes necessary, the public mind-set must be changed. National Treasures such as the NHS in Britain must be re-branded as evil State Monopolies.
6) Effective ways must be found to convince people that democratic rule is no longer sufficient to protect them.
7) An alternative to Democracy must be introduced and praised. That alternative must be the Rule of International Law as written and controlled by the lawyers of the 1%....
#1: Going swimmingly. (This is why we need a Post Office Bank and a Debt Jubilee.)
#2 This is what the trade deals are all about.
#3 Going swimmingly. (This is why the work letsgetitdone on Interactive Voter Choice is so important. It's not fringe, it's at the heart of the game.
#4. Think Rahm Emmanuel's parking meter scam, or Pelosi's husband selling off Post Offices cheap for a cut of the take, or the Social Security scams of Pete Peterson's posse.
#5. Going swimmingly.
#6 Going swimmingly, here and abroad. Seems to have racked up a notch since the Arab Spring.
#7 That is what the trade deals are for (though I also wonder about the end game in Syraqistan. Could some sort of, er, "New World Order" be the outcome? As part of the "peace process"?
And Golem concludes:
In conclusion, I suggest that this amounts to a dystopian version of the old environmentalist idea of Spaceship Earth. A corporate version where we are just passengers who must pay our passage in a ship someone else owns. No longer inhabitants or citizens with the same inalienable right to be there and be heard as anyone else.
And yet, dark as all this may seem, victory for the 1% depends on no one understanding what is happening. If we are already beginning to see the outlines of what the Over Class wants, then their victory is not assured. If our ignorance is their bliss, then our understanding is like sunlight on a vampire’s skin.
All is not lost, not by a bloody long way.
NOTE The plays need catchy, one- or two-word names that function as labels and can be turned into hash tags. And the definitions need to be crisper. But a stellar effort.