Eep! In Existence, I portray a conclave of zillionaire-lords meeting in the Alps to at least try
to make the New Feudalism not-stupid, this time, unlike the horrific statecraft and silly rationalizations that aristocratic castes produced, across 6000 years. I wrote that scene as a suggestion, in case the new lords win and repress our brief, 2 century enlightenment experiment. Odds still favor that outcome. Feudalism always won, in the past.
Alas, despite my suggestion, all signs suggest that this round of proto-feudalists will be as delusional as every other. Like kings and lords and priests of old, they let flatterers tell them how smart they are. Still, is there hope? Shall I lift my head, in wonder, when the archetype beta-minus billionaire who thinks he’s an alpha seems to ‘get’ how stunningly awful is the 21st Century Republican Party that he and his brother helped to forge?
“It's a nightmare scenario for Republicans, but conservative billionaire Charles Koch says ‘it's possible’ Hillary Clinton could make a better president than the remaining candidates in the GOP primary. As far as the growth of government, the increase in spending, Koch said. ‘It was 2.5 times [more] under Bush than it was under Clinton.’”
Um? And every single other metric of US national health has done better across democratic administrations than GOP ones. Every metric. Every single one. Now think, Charles. What might that mean?http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/hillary-clinton-president-gop-pick-charles-koch/story?id=38622141
See the comparison of outcomes.http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/06/so-do-outcomes-matter-more-than-rhetoric.html
To be clear, despite having had total power to do anything they wanted — owning all three branches of government completely, from 2001-2007 — the GOP did not one thing about any ranted agenda items wanted by their tea party ground troops, except in four categories: massive tax cuts for the uber-caste, deregulating Wall Street, granting sweetheart deals for resource extractors, and conspiring to keep the true cost of wars off the books. Oh, yeah and Medicare Part D. That’s five. Period. All of them budget busting nightmares that transformed Clintonian surpluses into artery gushers of red ink. But beyond that? Utterly useless torpor.
BTW Charles, most of those were things that you
wanted and demanded from your servants. You made this bed, sir.