and official narratives in short, terse pithy aphorisms!
and official narratives in short, terse pithy aphorisms!
This will likely be a tad sloppy but I’ll do what I can.
I’ll argue for spiritual economics with a focus on Christian culture, although these ideas are not bound to this demographic. But first…
I’ll start with the bifurcation of material and spiritual. Marxism is a materialist ideology whereas fascism always had spiritual and esoteric components underlying its structure. Marxism was a flipping of Hegel’s spiritual dialectic with the view that history is progressive and will end in some type of utopianism. *Fascism is rooted in traditional notions of blood and soil with a primary focus on nationalism; whereas Marxism was always an internationalist project. Both were Socialist to the extent that the State controlled the means of production via corporatism. The only caveat here is that Germany did have an internationalist aspect to it, but there is the official storyline in that regard, and the one on Conspiracy Lane–Hitler wasn’t who and what you think–although true that racial socialism does sum up the ideology.
We saw, in the West, a postmodern capitalism that destabilized traditional values and lead to an individualist ethos, and by the mid-seventies, out of N.Y., and via The Chicago School of Economics, this new framing of capitalism led to neoliberalism, which had as it’s core tenet privatization; this was in contradistinction to the collectivism of socialist states like China. Neoliberalism inevitably led to oligarchy wherein private billionaires co-opted the political sphere in ways not seen since feudal times; indeed, some call the upcoming era new feudalism–at least in the West. Neoliberalism also co-opted spiritualism and turned it into consumer fetishism. IMO., neoliberal economics cares nothing about metaphysical truth but will rather promote any and every spiritual idea as long as a profit can be generated.
In China, the socialist project stalled mid-century, and a shift was made back towards capitalism, but without the possibility of individuals becoming billionaires in the same way that the West created new oligarchs under neoliberalism. The Chinese state remained authoritarian and collectivist and the governing superstructure controlled the means of production. So, in my view, China, over the last 50 or so years, morphed into a type of fascism defined here as state ownership of corporations with a collectivist ethos. On the surface level, there doesn’t seem to be a spiritual component so some say that it isn’t fascism. But I’ve suggested that China is the history of the material being known as the demiurge whose symbol was the dragon and the material world and the demiurge are indistinguishable–although the demiurge did have spiritual roots. So, it isn’t quite right to say that China isn’t spiritual even if the demiurge is a material entity. This is, in part, a long and complex discussion about materialism and metaphysics and is beyond the scope of a short blog.
In recent decades neoliberalism in the West is morphing into stakeholder capitalism with fronts like ‘conscious capitalism’ which are attempts at addressing ‘spiritual concerns’. The problem here is that the spiritual concerns are taken from Cultural Marxism! Really, you can’t write this stuff in fiction! Unpacked a bit: when the Marxist’s realized that their projects were incorrect in certain areas they reworked Marxism in a way that deleted the economic aspects of the theory and instead grafted in identity politics. It’s a long and sometimes tedious debate but a ‘kinder-gentler corporate capitalism’ seized on these ideas and fused corporate profit with the ‘do-good’ of identity politics. In my opinion, it’s a case of two wrongs never equalling right so I see it as more or less a disaster, or the road to hell paved via good intentions. But this morphing of neoliberalism also brought with it spiritual psychologism which is a reduction of all things spiritual to psychology. And, yes…Jordan Peterson just entered the room. People in the West are being gaslighted and told that they need endless counseling and coaching with the goal they become better consumers of the neoliberal machine.
You can’t talk about all these moves on the chessboard of civilization without touching on the international moneylenders or what’s now known as the Central Banking cartels. It was these agents and actors, who via imperialism and colonialism, and, using international trading companies like The Dutch East India Company (one of many) were responsible for the destabilization of pretty well every nation on earth. Every traditional culture was targeted for resource extraction and avenues of labour exploitation. In the 20th century, these international behemoths and their modes of operation led to the destabilization of ‘first wave’ countries like Canada and Australia via open-door emigration policies from countries that were co-opted by the internationalists–pretty well all of them–and this became known as multiculturalism. But note the toxic ethos behind it. This was not and never has been done for altruistic or beneficent motives. It’s all predatory and premised on Economic Darwinism driven by usurious economics whose foundation is endless debt-currency creating a capitalism of infinite growth–in other words: an ecological nightmare.
And to the point of this blog: what is the response to all of this for Christian communities? To align with ‘third-way fascism?’ I think not! I did a series last year on What Should A Healthy Spiritual Economics Look Like? Linked HERE. I coughed up Distributism which addresses private property rights as a basic human need (and right); The Social Credit which addresses the need for a **non-debt currency–I suggest this should be a type of UBI @ $24,000; Georgism which promotes the idea of a Land Value Tax. When one factors in the scale of ecological concern that is far more than C.C. alone then nothing short of a holistic approach will work. The primary focus for Christians of any type should be localism, localism, and localism. And a return to simpler ways of living while using advances in technology to refine that simpler living. I flesh this out in my Four Pillars Of A New Earth Common. Let’s be clear here that I’m not suggesting that the state should own the means of production. And private property rights are fundamental so it’s in no way Socialist or Marxist.
It’s worth asking what happened the last time Christendom embraced fascism in two world wars. Christian country after Christian country was decimated. It sure didn’t get them anywhere. Some estimate that over 100 million Christians died in these conflicts so it looks like a very bad idea from my perch. Someone benefited from all that horror but it wasn’t Christians. I’d suggest that it was the ***moneylending cartels that won the battles of the 20th Century.
Keith Woods coughs up another succinct dissection ( I in no way support his fascism and could only hope to influence him towards Christian anarchy)…
A final note here: once again when I talk about Christendom I talk about culture and not metaphysics per se.
Note:* fascism was founded on worker syndicates (especially in Italy) which would be nationalized. In reality, the mafia was in control of these projects and they used unionism to install corporatism which is the inevitable result of fascist ideology. Of course, the Marxists have their version of this which isn’t all that different in this specific context: socialism is fascism and has roots in left-leaning ideology especially in regard to those worker syndicates.
Note:** There are ways to create a basic needs currency that doesn’t involve debt. Hell, they could still use fiat currency and usher in a point system for the UBI avoiding any inflationary consequences. They won’t!
Note:*** From The Creature From Jekyll Island:
And what did the banks do to earn this perpetually flowing river of wealth? Did they lend out their own capital obtained through an investment of stockholders? Did they lend out the hard-earned savings of their depositors? No, neither of these was their major source of income. They simply waved the magic wand called fiat money.
The flow of such unearned wealth under the guise of interest can only be viewed as usury of the highest magnitude. Even if there were no other reasons to abolish the Fed, the fact that it is the supreme instrument of usury would be more than sufficient by itself.
A note on this clip: war was always an expensive business but by the first part of the 20th century these moneylenders figured out how to have unlimited funding for it. It wasn’t long after that most of the Christian cultures in Europe were decimated.