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  •  fleets of autonomous attack drones (11+ / 0-)

    and total electronic surveillance.

    We are entering a frightening new era when human labor is almost valueless, thanks to increasing automation.

    This is fundamentally different from classical feudalism because the 1% don't even need slave labor to run the economy anymore. All they need is a small managerial class to oversee the robot workers, and a reasonably small goon squad to supplement the attack drones. Everyone else will be superfluous.

    That means there will soon be a lot of people who are surplus in the sense that they have no economic value at all. Not even as slaves. Since the 1% are so greedy, they don't want to pay even a pittance to keep these surplus people alive. Their only choice, then, is to liquidate the surplus. En masse.

    Hannah Arendt coined the term "administrative massacres" to describe this phenomenon. Such massacres don't result from ideological motives like race or religion--although those may serve as a useful pretext to justify them to the masses, who won't go along with their own liquidation if you say it's for economic reasons.

    But if you tell them you're only liquidating untermenschen, and that the rest of them are superior, then the ones you call superior might go along with it in the hopes that they will get a slightly larger slice of the pie--not knowing that the 1% will simply keep for themselves the chunk of the pie that would have gone to the untermenschen. Then you divide the remaining people even further--come up with a new group of scapegoats to wipe out. Divide, conquer. Then repeat as necessary until the population has been thinned down to the desired size.

    The economic logic of this is inexorable. If there is not some kind of mass worldwide movement towards greater economic equality, and soon, the administrative massacres will become inevitable.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:43:51 AM PDT

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    •  In my darker moments I seen this as the strategy (6+ / 0-)

      Of the corporate deniers and their stooges.  They want a world with a population of 1 billion or less.  Enough servants and workers but no more.  And it will happen, at least in most countries,  because the people in the path of disasters are mostly poor and the better off can at least escape.  Katrina writ large.

      Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

      by Mimikatz on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:47:07 AM PDT

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    •  this is the only explanation Ive heard (4+ / 0-)

      that actually makes any sense, deplorable as it is. At least it offers some clue to my relentless question: "Dont they love their children too?" (cue Sting)

      Actually this is probably only the second answer Ive heard "ever". The only other one Ive heard would be: 'No, they are simply vampire squid from an alien universe so no they dont even love their own children.'

      So... once you accept this (your explanation) to be pretty much the case, doesn't that make it a whole lot easier to say... ENOUGH!! it's time to take it back! (our power I mean.)

      Ive been watching this collapse happen before my very eyes for a few years now. And it just keeps accelerating. In so many ways, The Poor and The Not Even All That Poor are being edged out, dumbed down, squeezed and squashed like bugs. Its disgusting but also quite obvious.

      If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

      by Lady Libertine on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 01:18:24 PM PDT

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    •  I have tended to consider this also. (0+ / 0-)

      The only thing I can't figure is why the war on birth control and abortion?

      •  see "divide, conquer" (2+ / 0-)
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        flowerfarmer, Lonely Texan

        divide, conquer works especially well with heated emotional areas, add religion (or race of course) to the mix and bam you got game. It gets people spending precious time, energy, & emotion, i.e. our resources, on fighting battles that on one level really are essential but in view of the bigger picture, they wont much matter... if we lose the "war". Not meaning to dismiss those issues at all, we cannot, but ... "pick your fights" and budget your resources. Focus.

        If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

        by Lady Libertine on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 02:29:15 PM PDT

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