by Bodwyn Wook
“[Obama’s is] the most extreme Wall Street administration we have ever had.” (Webster G Tarpley)
The following videogramme, featuring historian and policy critic Webster G Tarpley, is flossy, slick, well crafted and edited:
Therefore, more can be read by, and about, Webster G Tarpley, at these links:
There is a breathless produced quality about the footage that attests a certain manipulativeness, on the part of the producers. It is an undertone of rah-rah conspiratorial excitement. This, alas, is not conducive to understanding our true situation. Before going farther, it would be well had all reading now first of all read Emphyrio, by Mr Jack Vance — much thereby would be clear and need no elaboration, here:
Any ‘elite’ either as a human matter or some other, exciting, post-modern affair has its own blinkered stupidities, and one had ought not to either divinize or demonize upper classes and overmen, ‘their’ women. Although as propaganda, ‘rhetoric’, the film fulfills a certain post-contemporary and sub-literate Tee vee standard, it thereby cheapens its fundamental ideas. It also, without intending perhaps, gives an impression of durability to any merely human power circumstances that is false to historical fact. Even if the Bilderburgers had controlled all of western History from Columbus and Michaelangelo, it would still be but a drop in the bucket of Time. And in any case no ideology of even mere, or ‘aristocratic’, control has been successfully conveyed to heirs for anything like so long a time as even a century, not meaningfully in History.
In many ways, the ‘baby boom’ North Atlantic generation now but briefly in power exemplifies the porous minds of all generations, all children of any era, rich and poor alike. This is to be seen in how, in so many places of more or less power, or anyway ‘authority’, elitism has transmogrified all of government, and indeed business, into the flabby image of its outland unhallowed ‘universities’ and PC polytechnics. As a consequence, in this generation, the majority of proprietors even of a central bank or international corporation are, at bottom, just as dumb and shortsighted, frivolous and unable to withstand anxiety and mental discomfort, as they may happen to think are the ubiquitous underfolk shrieking protests outside all the ‘secret’ meetings.
I mean the veritable owners themselves of this grubby and fingered-over planet are at best but clever halfwits, and not just their satrapy. Readers and viewers also should keep in mind that Webster G Tarpley, at least in the past, has been involved with the politics of Lyndon LaRouche. These too often have been the cynical politics of manipulating that same shrieking outrage from below. Be that as it may — but, always, stipulated that the so-called ‘global elite’ have no more accurate vision or hope of actual effective ‘control’ of Time than anyone else — Tarpley also does seem here to see clearly the functioning of an autonomous fiscal and political structure that of course does strive to co-opt presidencies, as well as economies. We disagree merely on the degree of ultimate witlessness of these gentry.
The real question is what a real but motley, actually un-orderly and much divided, power elite with no more than a loose and ill wrote sheaf of disjointed worldly big ideas are up to now?
It is a mistake to perceive a moiety of always only ephemerally dominant people as any monolith. As with any human class, they are the average rockheaded victims themselves, of their own order and in relentless wave on wave, of internal fads, addictions, the perversions and other lapses of attention, death finally and, indeed, Time itself. As are we all. If you say not, only then beware of implying they be actually better than we — whereas Tarpley himself alludes to the blind History of secret strife between insensate powerbrokers. Careful students of the work of Philip Bobbitt will understand what I mean, when I note that there is in play to-day a collision, between the aetiolated think tank reveries of international finance and globalizing governance. The question then is whether equally impossible, hence equally destructive, notions of World rule or business will prevail? In late Rome and when the last time the World itself was at stake in History, the state took over all of the sources of wealth and looted the empire, drank its own blood.
This time, what will life be like if global business defeats rival phantasies of ‘New World’ unitary governance?
And how do we, the ordinary heirs, not of British-American empire, but of Anglo-American liberty, preserve and re-assert the primacy of constitutional government?
[Bodwyn Wook all text-rights reserved 30 March 2009]