by John Ward
SATIRE IN THE SURREALIST AGE OF IMMODELESS POWER
For most of my life I have been a firm believer in using satire against power. The question of whether to use it or not has never arisen because the answer is always yes. Some people are shocked by this attitude, often finding something “tasteless” or muttering something like “she barely got cold in the coffin”. However, explain to them how a fractional reserve banking system works and they seem to relax completely.
Satire is the art of taking deeply degenerate, mendacious, or hypocritical actions and simply putting them on stage in a funny way. It’s only in bad taste when it kicks the victim and not the perpetrator: Julius Streicher, editor of the Nazi magazine Der Sturmer in Germany in the 1930s, found the destruction of Jewish property and the deportation of Jews ridiculous. In fact, his cartoons were pitifully insane and merciless in their vindictiveness. Contrast this with the ironic Jewish story of how an SS officer told a concentration camp prisoner, “I lost an eye on the Russian front,” and the prisoner said, “Yes, your left eye is glass.” The Nazi asks how he knew, and the Jew replies, “Because there’s some pity in it.”
Here’s an example of a satirical piece I wrote a few days ago:
WINDSOR SHOCKED AS BoE CHIEF BAILEY PROPOSED TO NUMBER CHARLES III
In a plan designed to put Britain ahead of the world, the sun, the Andromeda Nebula and Hull Kingston Rovers, the mysterious Karl Notanazi GmBH has been in secret talks with GCHQ and the Bank of England to give planet Earth its first ever virtual monarch.
“We learned a lot by renting out the new portrait of Charles III for commemorative coins,” said mob boss Androzzi “Fatty” Bellini, leader of the notorious Threadneedle Mob, and it became clear within 24 hours that the value of the pound sterling dropped by 960 percent, so we decided to convert His Majesty to digital before he could do even more damage.”
The virtual King will be known as C3PO and will live in a partially reserved Cloud somewhere over the rainbow and three doors down from the Pot of Gold. The King’s Daily Deal will be handed over to the winner of a special national lottery to help pay for the tax cuts that were originally planned to be hastily funded by cutting benefits to anyone who doesn’t buy a £15.99 special lottery ticket from CarrieBoJo Enterprises Nigeria Ltd.
“We all want to finally penetrate the greatest national leader since unser geliebter GribbleStuka and make him an example of ze transhuman Ordnung,” commented Notanazi boss Klaus von Schwaberghoff, “during ze rigruss tests ve haff conducting, it was very clear, from ze feedback, that C3PO iss only artificial intelligence, und zuss ze perfect Robot Untermensch”.
Most well-informed people will recognize the context of an unscrupulous globalist central bank reading the riot act to Prime Minister Truss and her chancellor Kwarteng about tax cuts, when the neoliberal narrative clearly states that the idea is to extract more tax from useless eaters and spin the economy. What Governor Bailey has done is make it clear that he and his cronies are the power in the country, not them. (The minute Mistrust & Khazi rolled out the cuts, the pound immediately strengthened)
The project also took a jab at Schwab’s comic mania for majesty, the pretensions of King Charles, the idiocy of artificial intelligence and the depravity of Boris Johnson, while cementing Slogan’s use of C3PO the robot as a (hopefully) durable moniker for our crown-of-thorns heir.
But the satirical element was somewhat out of step with the seriousness of the charge – that one banker and a dozen hedge funds working for Britain’s closest ally were determined to destroy its currency if necessary to get their way.
And the problem, besides, is that this is nothing new: when French President Francois Hollande advocated anti-neo-lib socialism in 2013-14, POTUS Obama orchestrated an all-out attack on his sovereign debt, making it damn near impossible to repay. Hollande quietly sued for peace within 11 weeks.
This is a paltry unelected government at work; and increasingly satire seems to me to be a form of Resistance that is one hundred percent lacking in causticness when it comes to the uniquely awful nature of this unfortunate age of ours.
For example, after years of false antics by liberal Nazis in Brussels and Frankfurt, Italy has finally rejected the madness and elected a Prime Minister in traditional Forza Italia style in the form of Giorgia Meloni (on the left) – a lady whose solemn speech did not captivate at all. “They want to destroy la Famiglia,” she rightly observed, “because making that unit dysfunctional is the path to ultimate power over the people.”
You can tell right away that this didn’t sit well with the compliant whores of the MSM, because they all, without exception, started a smear campaign to overshadow any national vaginal cancer push you can imagine. She was, in many ways, eccentric, very right-wing, a Mussolini supporter, rabidly anti-immigration, and constantly making “crazy religious observations” about the intentions of senior EU officials.
None of the compliant media mentions that she is also a distinguished journalist, has worked in the Chamber of Deputies for seventeen years, has led the political party “Brothers of Italy” since 2014, and has been president of the Party of European Conservatives and Reformists since 2014. 2020. So far she has made no campaigns against Rome that I know of, nor has she even invaded Abyssinia. And unlike the vast majority of fat Europeans, she was raised in poverty by a single mother, her inept prison dad abandoned them. She’s not actually a fascist (as opposed to the ideologically motivated standard insult), so she distrusts blocism, globalism, and Big Government in general.
She is self-made, and her voice is from the real proletariat. Isn’t that what the EU needs?
But being a realist and well-traveled, suffering from liberal totalitarianism and banking power, she avoids the more obvious obstacles. Perhaps wise – but she had already planted doubts in my mind. Here’s what she said in the final stages of the election that brought her to power:
“Investors should know clearly that I will respect EU budget rules and fiscal orthodoxy”
It was a classic case of getting paid first. But, as with Truss and Hollande, before you even try to change the world, you cynically admit that the world is not for change. If every radical politician is ready to “compromise” (a.k.a. sell out) – and the media whores ignore all the good things that the candidate stands for – why give greedy depopulators a good satire? This whole mess is car-satirical in the onanist sense of the car.
I was born to be a writer, but I got lost along the way. Time after time. But eventually awareness returns. At the age of 74 I am still evolving – living with the near certainty that if not, 75 may not be – and thus must continue to learn as the world changes…however absolutely repellent that change may be.
In this context, we are back to DON’T EXPRESS, COMPLAIN. As 2022 begins to age and approaches the prematurely unpredictable 2023, I abandon satire as a weapon. Those who do not need votes or the approval of the media no longer find it even a minor irritant.
Three weeks ago, I said that the mass media could ignore statistics that would only bore their intended audience: instead, I voted to expose the identity and irredeemable abomination of those who now effectively run the world. The use of humor in this space still helps to attract the well-meaning: so I’ll still write funny stuff (all work and no play makes Johnny Slough a very dumb boy), but the aim should be an investigation that leads to startling revelations .
We have to keep an eye on Ms. Maloney. She is either very cunning or very slippery.
Then there’s the case of Netflix. Its creators have made a ton of money, but too much of the company’s output is clearly funded by sly vested interests who work hard day in and day out to paint a picture of a New World Order with a terrifyingly dangerous future in which every citizen must give up their civil rights in exchange for protection from an all-knowing state. inevitable dystopia.
The company boasts of “broad public ownership”, but it’s all a lot of nonsense: to date, the largest shareholder is the investment squid Vanguard Fund – a mega-giant second only to BlackRock in size. Between them, Vanguard and BlackRock control 12 percent of Netflix — by far the largest stake.
Every time one of them does something overly controlling, Reuters throws in some bogus fact-checking to claim that they are really, really good. Bloomberg usually keeps up with them. All four of these leviathans are fully paid-up members of the unelected Main Table.
Together, BlackRock and Vanguard own:
• Eighteen percent of Fox.
• Sixteen percent of CBS, which means 60 Minutes.
• Thirteen percent of Comcast, which owns NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and the Sky media group.
• Twelve percent of CNN.
• Twelve percent of Disney, which owns ABC and FiveThirtyEight.
• Ten to fourteen percent of Gannett, which owns more than 250 Gannett daily newspapers plus USA Today.
• Ten percent of Sinclair’s local television news, which controls seventy-two percent of American households’ local television.
• A large, unspecified chunk of Graham Media Group, which owns Slate and Foreign Policy.
I have written many times in the past that by 1995 it would have taken 73 phone calls to twist the arm of every global editor. By 2018, this number was seven calls.
The media control exercised during Covid, Global Warming mania and Putin bullying has been total… and don’t dismiss it as conspiracy-mongering: Bigwigs like Vanguard do more than vote their stocks; a survey published in the Journal of Finance shows that 63 percent speak directly with the management in which they invest, and nearly half with board members. These people stifle media freedom – and their influence connects to the heart of government through CO2 footprints, fiscal policy, military budgets and the White House: former BlackRock executive Brian Deese is Biden’s top economic adviser; former BlackRock executive Michael Pyle is chief economic adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris.
It’s all the information of the New World, fiscal and foreign policy, the military and the climate, laid out end-to-end, covered by two outfits… and Netflix is part of the deal. Because fictional news is no different from obsessively dystopian movie plots in shaping public moods and opinions. In 2023, the world will look more like a Netflix plot – eg Blade Runner 2049 (2017) · Mad Max (1979) & Mad Max 2 (1981) · The Platform (2019) Okja (2017) · Edge of Tomorrow (2014) still running after all these years and new stuff Mayday · Little Fish · The Forever Purge · Chaos Walking · Life Like · Upgrade · The Humanity Bureau · How It Ends Mute · Death Race · Terminator Salvation and Children of Men.
As a one-time user of Netflix, I have to express the opinion that there is almost nothing original or worth watching on the channel today, other than good documentaries and good stand-up. But given the power of the thing, one can laugh at the film’s archetypal plot: “In a dystopian future, Brad and Janet find themselves trapped in a timebackscope headed straight for a black hole populated by serial killers who deny climate change. – it seems to me that something condescendingly stands in the way of a much larger conclusion: They have the power to control anything that can convince you of anything… They have effectively abolished harmless entertainment.
It’s many things, but funny isn’t one of them.