Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 219 / 5
Murti Bing (5)
© Eso A.B.

To begin, I suggest that the reader take a glance at the following links:

Now that the reader knows (I presume) what I am about to drive at:

I would add that the analysts leave out “the horse”. What is so clearly missing from the perspective of one who is 80 years old is THE HORSE. In my youth the horse was ubiquitous, though ‘tiger’, ‘panzer’, and T-34 tanks had arrived, and having their turrets blown off by munitions exploding in their innards, nevertheless took control of the future of society.

President Putin in his recent Valdai speech emphasizes Russian nationalism as the main ingredients that will enable Russia to emerge as a successful entity in this and the next century: “We have left behind Soviet ideology, and there will be no return. Proponents of fundamental conservatism who idealize pre-1917 Russia seem to be similarly far from reality, as are supporters of an extreme, western-style liberalism.…

“…the main thing that will determine success is the quality of citizens, the quality of society: their intellectual, spiritual and moral strength. After all, in the end economic growth, prosperity and geopolitical influence are all derived from societal conditions. They depend on whether the citizens of a given country consider themselves a nation, to what extent they identify with their own history, values and traditions, and whether they are united by common goals and responsibilities. In this sense, the question of finding and strengthening national identity really is fundamental for Russia.” Read more at http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_09_21/We-have-left-behind-Soviet-ideology-and-there-will-be-no-return-Putin-5419/

Where I differ is when it comes to the definition of “societal conditions”. I would rename it “societal character”, which stems from the same sources, re: ‘economic growth, prosperity…’ From my perspective, Putin is as mesmerized by the ‘dream time’ of our post-industrial era as the Hamas ("Islamic Resistance Movement"): http://rt.com/op-edge/assad-responsible-conflict-escalation-hamas-441/ spokesperson from Lebanon: Ali Baraka: “…We stand for … the Syrian people’s hopes for freedom, social justice and high living standards.
It is the phrase “high living standards” that is the fishbone that sticks in my throat in the same way as Putin’s mention of the word ‘prosperity’ (above), and my ex’s note from her retirement paradise in Mexico, where she has escaped not to pay me back 50K, she promised from her home sale, and surrendered her ambition to become a writer for the benefit of entertaining a retired English barister: “…rain rain rain lately....today looks clear......we're off to a horse race today....” What is the difference from going to the races and running to become the Tibetan beauty queen? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjZfnylMZtc

All of the above are apparently—each in their own way—wedded to the myth of ‘economic growth’—with emphasis on the word ‘growth’—which is one of the chief tenets of “Western-style ‘democrsatic’ liberalism”.

But when you think of it, has ‘economic growth’ not ceased to be a positive and become a major negative long ago? Even the casual observer, the writer with no political axe to grind, has long noticed this negative in ‘growth’. Last night, before retiring, and praying for the Fairy Queen to delay for a week my winning the 15 mil Euro Jackpot, because I gave my last buck, literally, to a young mother (lying through her teeth) who did not have the money to buy clothes for her kindergarten age young son, I continued to read a book that I had bought in a bookstore (probably in London) some years ago. I do not remember what caused me to buy it. The book is called “Vertigo” and is by W.G. Sebald, a German, who relocated to England.  The book is a collection of, what I call ‘travelogues as dream-scapes’. In a story titled “All’estero”, the writer visits a friend named Ernst Herbeck who for thirty-four years has been afflicted with mental disturbances, and has been discharged, and lives in a pensioners’ home in Vienna. The friends decide to take the train “to Altenberg, a few kilometers up the Danube.” After getting off the train, they visit “Burg Greifenstein, a medieval fortress”. Sebald writes: “I had first visited the castle in the 1960s, and from the terrace of the restaurant had looked down across the gleaming river and the waterlands, on which the shadows of evening were falling…. Currents of air were stirring the tops of the trees, and stray leaves were riding the breeze so high that little by little they vanished from sight. At times, Ernst was very far away. For minutes on end he left his fork sticking upright in his pastry. In the old days, he observed at one point, he had collected postage stamps, from Austria, Switzerland and the Argentine…. That morning, I think, we were both within an inch of learning to fly, or at least I might have managed as much as is required for a decent crash. But we never catch the propitious moment—I only know that the view from Burg Greifenstein is no longer the same. A dam has been built below the castle. The course of the river was straightened, and the sad sight of it now will soon extinguish the memory of what it once was.”

Seabald is not making a major rant against ‘growth’, but when you read what he writes with empathy, it makes one think that that moment on the Greifenstein terrace might indeed have been a ‘propitious moment’ to depart from the living. The same goes for President Putin’s observation about ‘economic growth’. Apparently Putin has never bent his ear to all the fk-ng ‘greens’ (myself among them), who have been telling him that the Earth and the majority of humankind no longer can take the sht from power-zonked ‘leaders’. Does Putin really think that his word carries the weight of a believability pill, i.e. ‘murti bing’ http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-the-captive-mind/chapanal001.html ? Or is his mind Russian mind ‘captive’, too?

Albert Edwards, another writer, insists that: “What is not generally appreciated is that once a central bank starts to use monetary expansion as a cure-all it is extremely difficult for it to stop. This is the basic reason the Fed has not pursued the idea, and why it most probably never will. Fiat Money Quantity is now hyper-inflating. It currently requires a $3.6 trillion contraction of deposits to return this measure of currency quantity back to trend. This accurately sums up the problem facing the Fed. We must understand they are in an almost impossible position that dates back to their monetary response to the banking crisis. Not even Paul Volcker could have got us out of this one. Once the addiction to weak money hits this pace there is no solution without threatening to bring down the whole system.” So a ‘guest post’ at ZeroHedge a few days ago.

What such posts (contrary to the drift of their argument) continue to support is a capitalist agenda), even as they acknowledge that the ‘the Industrial Age’ has entered its terminal stage. A monster death toll, concentrated on urban areas is soon likely to afflict our planet and ego maniacal ‘capitalist culture’. The rural areas, too, are unlikely to escape the catastrophe, if only because planet Earth may soon be visited by an ice age. Whereas a half a century ago many areas of the world could heat their homes with wood burning stoves, most woods that are near farming homes have been cut to pay off the debt to the ECB and the old European capitalist elite .

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