From John Ray's shorter notes
December 18, 2017
The Saker -- An older type of Leftist
A Saker is a large bird, a falcon. It is also the name of a popular Leftist blog. The blogger is anti-American, anti-Israel and quite paranoid: It was of course George Bush who blew up the twin towers.
The Saker is an example of an older Leftist type that precedes the modern-day Democratic party. As Trump points out, the modern-day Democrats are the establishment, the people in charge of most things in American life. They would still control the Presidency if they had put up Sanders against Trump but the personal ambition and deep pockets of Hillary Clinton derailed that.
But there is an older leftist type that is anti-establishment. They used to complain about "the system", "The bosses", "Wall St.", "Big business" etc. They yearned for a "workers' paradise". They saw themselves as ground-down and the victim of all sorts of conspiracies, including "The capitalist press".
And they still exist. A majority of Democrat voters still believe that George Bush blew up the twin towers. So how come those people now vote for the establishment? It's because the old and new Leftists have one thing in common: hate. And in classic Leftist style it is an inchoate hate, a hate that is always in its infancy and therefore flits here and there from one hate to another: One day it can be traditional marriage and the next it can be statues of Confederate heroes. As long as the Establishment can find hate-objects to campaign against, it sounds right to the old-style Leftist. He knows he will always be ground down so all he hopes for is that the status quo is under attack, somehow, somewhere.
But Trump has disrupted all that. He has declared that the establishment "Emperor" has no clothes. He has pointed out that the Left in fact control the country -- via the "swamp" -- and that they therefore are the proper hate-object. Instead of chasing after small hate-objects, he has given individual Leftists one big hate object to oppose. And for that reason, many former Democrats voted for him, upsetting all expectations. The combination of anti-authority Leftists and anti-authority conservatives gave Trump a big win.
Sadly, however, the anti-authority Leftist still believes in all the old nostrums, false beliefs about why the world is all wrong -- including "The Jews". He still believes that behind the facade we all see are Jews pulling all the strings of power and impoverishing little guys like him. And with Ashkenazi names like Blankfein and Goldman frequently found among the great powers of Wall St., one understands their mistake. They don't understand why the world really works so they resort to conspiracy theories.
And so we come back to The Saker. Both America and Israel are great conspiracies to him and he loves Hizbollah, Muslim terrorists. He is an "Anti-Zionist". And because the official Left no longer preach all the old suspicions, The Saker has got himself a big audience for his theories. He has become a spokesman for the non-establishment Left.
So it is amusing that some of his articles are half-right. One such article is "Fascism? Surely not", in which he correctly notes the pervasive control wielded by modern States and compares it with Fascism in the first half of the 20th century. He doesn't actually seem to know much about historical Fascism but notes the tendency of businesses to expand by mergers etc and become semi-monopolies in their respective fields. That is indeed not too different from the "corporations" set up by Benito Mussolini.
But the things he blames on corporations are eccentric. I quote:
"The issue of Vaccination is just one area of concern. There are many others that are appearing on the horizon that society has never had to think about or, debate before. The long term safety of water fluoridation, the spraying of our crops by Monsanto chemicals or, the consumption of GMO foods are just a few issues that raise serious concerns for millions of people. Instead of having a public and scientific debate to ensure safety, we instead see cover-ups, studies funded by the very Corporations who make the products or, paid experts appearing in the Media assuring us that everything is okay. Orwellian!"
He seems simply unaware that we have in fact already had a most extensive "public and scientific debate" about vaccination, fluoridation, GMO foods and chemicals on crops. Because he doesn't understand those subjects, he resorts to conspiracy theories.
So, Yes. Modern states are very reminiscent of historical Fascism, but it is not because of vaccination, fluoridation, GMO foods and chemicals on crops. It is because of government controls on so much in our lives. More on historical Fascism here
The Saker and his cohorts are in fact an example of the old saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. A real understanding of the world we live in requires a knowledge of economics and psychology, particularly economics. And most people don't have that knowledge so give up attempting to understand why things happen. But the Saker and his cohorts don't give up. They are intelligent people with enquiring minds so try to find explanations that make sense to them. And conspiracy theories are a classic resort of those who don't actually understand.
They read far and wide and still find puzzles. And only a conspiracy theory explains who so many bad things happen for no apparent reason. So only a theory of bad men secretly getting together to do bad things fits the facts as they know them.
I found the same thing in my studies of neo-Nazis long ago. They were people with a real interest in world affairs and a considerable knowledge of what was happening. But only a Jewish conspiracy made sense of it all from their point of view.
For both the neo-Nazis and the Saker crowd, a course in economics would have given them a real understanding of what was going on -- but economics is hard. Ricardo's law of comparative advantage, for instance, runs up hard against everyday assumptions about trade -- so requires real thought. Commonsense will get you nowhere in economics
An example of how things are non-obvious in economics is the effects of the velocity of circulation of money. Major Douglas built his Social Credit movement on a misunderstanding of that and both Left and Right at times use that misunderstanding to demonize "the banks".
It is such a powerful misunderstanding that my own brother believed it for many years and I had the devil of a job to show him where the error lay. More on Social Credit here.
So one can't blame the Saker for his errors but it is a pity that he propagates them. Humility would better become him -- JR
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