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If people no longer expect objectivity from their political and legal systems, then all justice will be reduced to a power struggle between conflicting and irreconcilable perspectives, a struggle in which the most dominant and pervasive bias will replace fair and impartial process as the character of justice. But if objectivity in law and politics is everywhere supplanted by conflict between subjective interests, then the side of economic privilege and established authority will always retain dominance. A society in which people no longer expect representatives of its major institutions even to attempt to render objectivity in their professional demeanours is a society whose major institutions are in a crisis of ethical legitimacy. In such a society, there is wide spread cynicism regarding the possibility of fair political process because it seems impossible that impartial, unbiased dispositions could exist to enact such processes.

Robert Nicholls

Language and Logic

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Economy is a National Security Issue --------------- Industrial Apartied Part 3

A message to all small “c” conservatives, the so-called “free market” neo-liberal ideology that the Conservative establishment is pushing will wipe us out. This ideology if carried to its logical conclusion would allow the Chinese communists to buy out all of our industries.

If the Nexen oil deal angered you, how angry would you be if the communists owned all of our media companies, all of our telecommunications networks, all of our agricultural production capabilities, our banks, our health care delivery mechanisms, our architectural and engineering firms, our public infrastructure and related repair and construction, how about if we started to contract out our military, intelligence or police requirements to foreign state owned corporations. Yes a bit of hyperbole, but consider the implications of a pure “free” market economy with no rules or state intervention.

When the government green lighted all those Chinese miners to come into the country and the controversy erupted, the communists instructed one of miners to speak to our media in defense of the plan. He cited neo-liberal economics in defense of the scheme suggesting in a free market it shouldn’t matter if the workers are Canadian or Chinese the jobs should go to the best workers at the best price. It has even been suggested that Canada does not own the oil, apparently some feel it belongs to corporations.

The communists know full well our politics; they have spent massive amounts of resources to learn how they work. They know how to frame the issues so that they resonate with certain constituencies. The communists would never allow other countries to gain control of strategic industries deemed critical for security reasons, but they have developed a communications strategy to play to the outdated “free enterprise” constituency of Western voters in an attempt to justify imperial expansion.

In George Orwell’s Animal farm (Spoiler alert), a revolution occurs on a farm and a group of pigs takes charge claiming that from then on things would be different. By the end of the book the pigs put on suits and make a deal with the farmers. The book was written as a critique of the Russian revolution. Strangely there is a parallel to the situation Western nations are facing now. These days there are plenty of pigs in suits willing to shake hands with the evil communist emperors they once claimed to protect us from.

State intervention in the economy has been the basis of society since society has existed. Military defense, public infrastructure/ irrigation projects, police, education, health care, scientific research, many good things have been brought to us through government involvement in the economy.

The economy is not monetary figures, not numbers in an equation or on a balance sheet, the economy is what is happening all around us, it is what we occupy our time with. It is the activities that we all engage in and the result of those activities. Long ago on the Nile delta there was no stock exchange and no central bank but there was an economy. There were people growing food, people building infrastructure, people crafting tools and pots, musicians, and yes tax collectors and soldiers and public administrators.

There is confusion in our society, the confused faith that the economy is all about how many 0’s and 1’s of binary code are in configuration on the hard drive at the bank. This confusion is not held by all societies, some societies still remember that an economy is about the physical results achieved in the real world.

While the sale of Nexen, or the AMC movie theater chain takeover, or the construction of telecommunications networks by Huawei may look good on paper, in the real world these actions are acts of self inflicted damage to our economies. We provide resources to our competitors so they can gain experience and knowledge performing the tasks that once would have been reserved to locals. We train our competitors as they gain control over the physical elements of our society, against the warnings of the state security apparatus whose expertise it is to advise us on such matters.

This is why the economy is a matter of national security. National capability is the collective skill set and physical capitol pool available under state authority. We are in effect not separate legal entities because once the state no longer has the capability to defend our claims to “property”, said property will not be ours for long. The ties that bind our communities and institutions enable our existence and prosperity; these ties are bound by the state. If our National capability is degraded to the point where our state no longer posses the viable option of defense, our lands, our women and the blood of our sons will be shed as our sovereignty is traded for the shackles of slavery.

It is against this danger that state intervention in the economy is justified. Action must be taken to ensure that nations maintain the capabilities necessary for their defense in a world of full spectrum warfare. The struggle for this century to this point has been one of intense economic war waged by parties with varying levels of awareness of the dynamics of the conflict.

During the Second World War it was accepted among the Western elite that the state had a responsibility to strategically direct the economy because it was a necessity to winning the conflict. It seems that the young who where indoctrinated during the cold war to reject all things centrally planned as the ways of the enemy took that message to heart and brought it with them all their life to where they are now occupying positions of power.

There are three kinds of people who support neo-liberal “free” market economics, 1) those who stand to personally profit from minimizing state involvement in their business dealings, 2) those who actually believe it, 3) a confused mix of both.

There is no justification for risking a nations security to enhance ones personal wealth, such actions are actions of treason, political subversion through economic means. The communists know full well that the West is full of pigs in suits ready to shake hands with the devil. We have a business class without historical memory, without any frame of reference other than the neo-liberal economic theory indoctrinated into them as pre-requisite to their entry into the upper class.

This is how we have lost our economy, outsourced our future and threatened our national security. A failed process of socialization, in that the young are not given what is needed to maintain a civilization. Greed is no foundation.

Mindless consumers will not save us, so we had better stop producing them. Reform will take a willingness to accept citizen self-government, a feat not possible if citizens are not taught citizenship. Without a classical education ideology will rule, for there will be no way to adapt processes in response a rapidly changing environment. Those who do not adapt will fall to those that can; it is precisely the free market ideology that justifies the land beneath our feet being sold off to the most violent and oppressive foreign power in the world.

We must expand the mandate of our state security apparatuses to include economic affairs. The business class must take its place as servants of a comprehensive state strategy. Power must be wrestled from the grasp of industry and anointed to those who take national security as the highest priority.

This is the recipe for civilizational revival.