The Coup

The brutes are closing in and shutting down broadcasting, newspapers and what has remained of democracy. It is a coup, which has been gestating for an indeterminate time, but which has emerged into adulthood with extreme rapidity. In much of the world – particularly in both South and North America it has strutted for a while, but here in the UK, it has been quietly subversive until now, when the jackboots march through every TV channel, nearly all radio and every one of our mainstream newspapers. Of course, there are chinks of light, but those are for the most part quickly obscured by far the larger light show of authorities, experts, pundits and TV breakfast sopher narcissists. In the shadows and backstreets some of us gather murmuring of better times …
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To say it is a corporate coup would be inaccurate, but I do think we can say that it is a coup by a small group of men (mostly men) who are the so-called leaders of those corporations and whose source of fabulous wealth is sucked through those corporations. Spinning round the gold dusted light of the billionaires are widening rings of dancing acolytes – the millionaires; the power seekers; the mercenaries… not as moths to the flame, but as jackals around the kill of the pride.
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Such is UK commerce today. Stand still and you can hear the sucking sound as the good soil beneath our feet, the minerals in the ground, the biomass of Earth, the balance of atmospheric gases and also tax-generated assets of roads, railways, canals, bridges, town halls, market squares, hospitals, libraries, government buildings… are all drained upwards into the quietly sequestering levitation of the coup.
.A kind of capillary action lifts the rewards of skill, ingenuity and dexterities of millions into the vast hold of the super jet, neoliberalism, monetarism, militarism, rentism… – no certainly not capitalism. Capitalism maintains capital.
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Science fiction has materialised and materials (capital) are fast mutating into a planetary blanket of monetary soup. Soon, life will be too hot to handle and solid ground will be hard to find. How? – because we believe in fiction.
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And here’s a funny thing – instead of seeking solid ground and then living on it, while inviting others to join them there, people march in the street to persuade coup leaders to behave better. People want to be dependent on the coup and to remain in the pages of a fiction. Extinction Rebellion, Green Peace and the Green Party, spend all their time in a one-sided petition – a unilateral consumerist submission to the coup – we your dependents would like you to behave better, because we’re worth it.
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Meanwhile rivers, fields, woods…
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That the coup could take control so easily inside the European Economic Union, is no accident. The EU is founded on the premise of benign corporate control, with built in consumer protections. The coup will be happy, inside, or outside the EU, to provide for whatever the people will spend. Forward thinking billionaires will happily green the coup, so long as the capillary is maintained. For all its professions on biodiversity and climate change the EU is contracted to maintain the capillary. Attempts at public ownership and assertions of a commonwealth will meet the full contrary forces of the EU, just as they’ll meet the full contrary forces of the coup. Brexit, or Remain add drama to the fiction and the coup is happy to stir the passions of both camps. Divide and rule.
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Expanding GDP and expanding CO.2 emissions are cause and effect. Consumerism is essential to both the EU and the coup. The coup cannot seek a steady state economy, because such an economy will generate no surplus to feed its parasitic intent.
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Meanwhile, we cannot reduce emissions without shrinking our needs. Shrinking our needs will shrink the powers of both the EU and the coup. Shrinking to fit, just so, in our loved plot of Earth will deprive both EU and Coup of their life-blood – our spending. The jack boots may come to prevent us, but the sooner we make a start, so the sooner the thugs will lose strength to oppose us.
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2 Responses to The Coup

  1. Joshua Msika says:

    “Stand still and you can hear the sucking sound as the good soil beneath our feet, the minerals in the ground, the biomass of Earth, the balance of atmospheric gases and also tax-generated assets of roads, railways, canals, bridges, town halls, market squares, hospitals, libraries, government buildings… are all drained upwards into the quietly sequestering levitation of the coup.”

    This resonates with me.

    Two brief things though, in a bit of a rush:

    “Capitalism”. Can we (you and I) choose the definition and reclaim the word or is it too tainted? Is it worth the fight?

    A “coup”. Coups happen rapidly. The progression of financialised, globablised imperialism has been gradual.

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  2. bryncocyn says:

    Thanks Joshua. Yes I’ve thought both those thoughts! I’d like to reclaim the words capital and capitalism as Adam Smith intended – a society, which maintains its capital assets. Their misuse raises my blood pressure and so I must find a safety valve in expressing my anger. Adam is on our side. He knew capitalism would fail without moral cultural commons; that it would fail if money became property on which we could charge rent; if land became property… & so on. I’d be interested to know if anyone else, has written of status property’s ability to charge rent. Status certainly bleeds capital assets into monetary property and it destroys Adam Smith’s capitalist economy. Why has no-one else thought of it? Anyway, I can’t think of a better word to describe a steady state, circular or doughnut economy, or of the passing of common assets from ancestors to descendants! The invisible hand also works if “Goods can serve many purposes, besides purchasing money, but money can serve no purpose, besides purchasing goods”.

    I think it’s worth a fight!

    When I was writing of the Coup I had the same thought, but concluded that just as all other social influences simmer and evolve so has globalised imperialism. It has needed no coup, because it has been so successful – embraced by most governments and probably all trade blocks, such as the EU. The Coup (I thought) was a coup, because it was made up by just a few men and their acolytes of both sexes, who have become very rich by that imperialism, and who have felt the threat of Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn and the common mob at the castle walls! It is probable that the senior management of corporations actually regret the coup, because it may upset their consumer images and their future wealth. The corporations must surely love the status quo. I reckon that the UK Coup has been very rapid and has been triggered by a very small, frightened (and so very dangerous) elite.

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