Big Tech’s post-democracy: elites fighting each other

Now that Big Tech is aiming for a (currently overhyped) AI robotic society where people are jobless it means that the ultra-liberal elite, consisting of “rinos and dinos”, will not have to rely on taxes to secure power. Common people are already more or less irrelevant in the plutocracy and plutonomy of Western libertine surveillance states.

All the protests and negative press during the Vietnam War did not stop several years of more bloody warfare. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, millions protested in the streets, against global corporate power, without success. Millions demonstrated prior to the Iraq War, but it didn’t help. Occupy Wall Street, after the 2008 recession, disappeared. The “Arab Spring” backfired.

“Enlightenment Now” is a book praised by Bill Gates. The author, Steven Pinker at Harvard, talks about “a civics-class idealization of democracy in which an informed populace deliberates about the common good and carefully selects leaders who carry out their preference.”

“By that standard, the number of democracies in the world is zero in the past, zero in the present, and almost certainly zero in the future. Political scientists are repeatedly astonished by the shallowness and incoherence of people’s political beliefs, and by the tenuous connection of their preferences to their votes and to the behavior of their representatives. … But it hardly matters, because once in office politicians vote the positions of their party regardless of the opinions of their constituents.” (…)

” … democracy should be understood not as the answer to the question “Who should rule?” (namely, “The People”), but as a solution to the problem of how to dismiss bad leadership without bloodshed.”

Steven Pinker then refers to John Mueller who wrote:

“If citizens have the right to complain, to petition, to organize, to protest, to demonstrate, to strike, to threaten to emigrate or secede, to shout, to publish, to export their funds, to express a lack of confidence, and to wheedle in back corridors, government will tend to respond to the sounds of the shouters and the importunings of the wheedlers: that is, it will necessarily become responsive—pay attention—whether there are elections or not.”

That sounds great, at first glance, but Mueller’s ideal view contradicts what Pinker just said:

“Political scientists are repeatedly astonished by the shallowness and incoherence of people’s political beliefs, and by the tenuous connection of their preferences to their votes and to the behavior of their representatives. … But it hardly matters, because once in office politicians vote the positions of their party regardless of the opinions of their constituents.”

Pinker (unwittingly?) confirms what Noam Chomsky writes in Manufacturing Consent: elites manipulate common people by controlling the mainstream info they have access to.

In pre-modern times, aristocrats settled political matters in an occasionally bloody manner, without caring about ordinary people. In the West today, elites fight in a bloodless way, but average citizens have relatively little influence on it all. Constitutional democracies are still the best, no doubt, but cultural conservatives and true leftwing anti-Establishment activists must start to fight more like aristocrats, by caring less about (fake) polls and ignoring bad press in newspapers like The New York Times.

In the near future, all tax payers will become even more irrelevant when human workers are replaced by AI, bots and IoT. If no anti-corporate elite fights this development, original humanity will eventually be replaced by genetically modified citizens and (low-level) cyborgs under total Fusion AI drone and IoT surveillance. Almost omnipresent surveillance, based on 5G, will occur long before bio- and cyborg tech is significantly closer to being fully developed in maybe 20 to 100 years.

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