How we are manipulated and abused by the ruling-class and do not even know it.
Pinky and Brain by _mpd_
Today I was reading yet another article about the failure of the Auto industry bailout and how the Auto Workers Union is to blame (read the article).
AIG vs. GM
This article is not about the fact that the monarchy dumped over $150bln down the throats of AIG with their management living it up as if there was no tomorrow while making a big case of the $14bln (9% of the AIG bailout) the auto guys need right now.
It probably would make a nice case study on how the mass media manipulated the public opinion to the effect that we are now opposed to the auto deal while we do not even bother to ask about AIG anymore, despite the gross imbalance between them.
Money is never lost, we are robbed
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: Money is never lost. Money only changes hands. When I read in the media that the global markets lost over $30 trillion so far this year, I know that this money is not lost, but that the ruling class just sucked another $30 trillion out of the impoverished global working class.
Here is how
If I own an asset (stock/house/…), I can sell it to you for $100. I manipulate the markets to drop and eventually force you to sell it back to me for $50. Now I own my asset again and I made $50 from you.
I make the markets drop by artificially drying up loans, inducing fear and other means and I make you sell back to me by inducing economic distress (more about this below).
Making the working class compliant
What struck me most about the New York Times article is that it is putting the blame squarely on U.A.W. (United Auto Workers Union). To be fair, the New York Times is economically depressed and probably just feeding us this crap as a means of survival. Their influence is worth more than their ad revenue will ever generate, but I digress.
Beating Stick 1: You are too expensive
While everyone blames the Auto Workers, the media is using the stick of underpaid workers to the south on them. Since foreign car companies run plants in other parts of the country and workers earn less with fewer benefits, we decided that the autoworkers in Michigan also must be entitled to less. Corporations shift work from country to country and within a country to cheaper and cheaper locations, meanwhile telling people in previous locations that they are too expensive.
Workers hear that they need to be flexible, need to work longer hours without pay and need to lose their pension plans in order to stay competitive or else.
Beating Stick 2: Layoffs
Are you not glad that you still have a job and do not have to join the ranks of countless families who do not know how to survive for now?
Having a job makes it easier for us to accept pay-cuts or no raise (which is a cut since housing and food prices keep going up), just because we feel privileged that we still have work while others do not.
The ruling-class uses this to take away our rights and our money, putting more in their pockets every day while we are happy fighting over the scraps.
Beating Stick 3: Promotion and Demotion
One of the main purposes of the ruling class is to keep us content. Using Promotion and Demotion they whip us into compliance. We fight each other for the Promotion just as we fight each other for the jobs themselves. The winner is the monarchy, who gets motivated hard-working slaves.
The Romans invented the coliseum and the games to distract people from the politics. Today we have wars and reality shows to serve the same purpose. People are mindless drones in front of the television, sucking up all the cheap entertainment they can get. The agenda of our rulers is carefully mingled into the programming. We don’t even realize it.
While they cut our pensions, we do not even revolt as long as we keep the job working for these a**holes. We are happy not to be kicked out altogether. The media calls for a cut of all sorts of benefits (see UAW) and blame all our hard fought for benefits as the main evil, not the billions of dollars send to shareholders and investors.
What is the purpose of all this?
The ruling class can only continue as long as we do not care and we really do not.
Buy my shit
Those of us who still have a job have to go out to buy more worthless shit. It is not as if we would not already have more shit than we ever needed. We can always have a yard sale to get rid of some shit to buy new shit. Advertisers tell us exactly why we need to buy all the shit.
We need the shit to feel better, to feel worthy, to be sexually desirable, to be superior to our neighbors, to look better for the opposite sex, to be cool or to fix any other mental inferiority complex we may have. Without all the shit, we are worthless. We can be perfectly happy one day, the happiest person in the world until we suddenly find out that our neighbor has a new car. The TV tells us that he/she is admired for it and that it radiates a certain social status. Since we are obviously higher up on the social ladder than him/her, we need a better car, even if that means taking out a credit so that we can afford it.
As soon as we find out, all our happiness fades and we have to buy a brand spanking new machine just to feel happy again.
We get a credit at an outrageous rate, paying the ruling class more than twice of what the car is worth just so we can have the money to give it to another member of the ruling class in exchange for a polished piece of shit that looks good in the driveway.
Now we are happy at least for a day until we find out about some other useless gizmo.
We are bread to be consumers and conditioned by the finest advertising messages and product placement schemes to want all the crap that we can get our hands on. We confuse true happiness with owning more shit and for that, we are willing to work even longer hours for yet another big shot making this one rich in the process. To satisfy our graving for new crap we neglect our families and friends just so we can buy the latest shit and feel superior for it.
Politicians are here to give us the feeling of control. We vote for them in the hope that everything will change for the better just to find out that we did not really accomplish anything. Occasionally a politician like Obama is voted as president, which is a sign that things are bad. Everything is ruined to the point that it does not even hurt them to let someone else take over for a while. This will calm the nerves and make people forget.
Politicians are not the problem and they are not the solution either. Sometimes they make mistakes and their true nature becomes apparent as it did in the recent Blagojevich case. An example is made of the idiot, to appease the people and give them the illusion of justice, but justice does not exist. These kinds of deals have always been part of a system where money rules and money buys judges and changes the law.