|The Nanny State|
In this post we are going to focus on the philosophy of The Private Empire members, which we will call The Nanny Statesmen.
Originally their ideology was charitable to some extent, but in recent propaganda efforts the notion of "Nanny State" has been used pejoratively to attack the 99%.
This is done by insinuating that the 99% must always have the help of the 1% nanny statesmen, because they think that the 99% are inferior and incapable.
This johnny come lately philosophy changes the charitable aspects of their older perspectives, as will be shown below, and goes on beyond that into a belief that the 1% are utterly superior to the 99%, because the 99% are composed substantially of moochers who only want to mooch.
Their tactic of late, at its core, is an attempt to divert attention from the fact that the 1% have always had the ideology that could in fact be called a nanny state mentality.
The new twist is probably caused by injection of fundamentalist religious ideology and constant warfare.
In past posts Dredd Blog has pointed out the heart and core of their original doctrine:
Ok, so now it is probably a safe time to pull back the curtain to reveal the wizard of odds, the father of MOMCOM DNA:(A Closer Look At MOMCOM's DNA - 4). Their fundamental belief, as "Father of Spin" Bernays expressed it, was that the few we now call the 1% have to take care of the 99% because, well, the 99% just can't do it for themselves.
THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.(Propaganda, by Edward L. Bernays, emphasis added). Old Fast Eddie totally believed in propaganda, and was not all "don't ask don't tell" in the closet about it.
Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.
They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons — a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty [now 320] million — who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.
It is the purpose of this book to explain the structure of the mechanism which controls the public mind, and to tell how it is manipulated by the special pleader who seeks to create public acceptance for a particular idea or commodity. It will attempt at the same time to find the due place in the modern democratic scheme for this new propaganda and to suggest its gradually evolving code of ethics and practice.
Another Dredd Blog post goes on to point out that yet another one of their philosophers, whose views are taking over lately, says that attributing dignity to any nanny state is a bad idea:
The poor deserve to die; the rich deserve unmediated power. We owe nothing, she insists, to anyone, even to members of our own families. She described the poor and weak as "refuse" and "parasites", and excoriated anyone seeking to assist them.(Ayn Rand: Patron Saint of The Plutocracy, emphasis added). It seems that the 1% who now run the international plutocracy (see MOMCOM: The Private Parts - 3) are tiring of all the work they must do "to support the 99%" (after they plunder them of course).
.. heroic millionaires struggle against a nation of spongers ... the nation ... is rescued, through unregulated greed and selfishness, by one of the heroic plutocrats ...
[this philosophy is now also combined with:]
Prosperity theology (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel or the health and wealth gospel) is a ... religious doctrine which claims the Bible teaches that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians.
The doctrine teaches that faith, positive speech, and donations to Christian ministries will always increase one's material wealth.
Its proponents teach that the doctrine is an aspect of the path to Christian dominion over society, arguing that God's promise of dominion to Israel applies to Christians today.
The doctrine emphasizes the importance of personal empowerment, proposing that it is God's will for his people to be happy. The atonement (reconciliation with God) is interpreted to include the alleviation of sickness and poverty, which are viewed as curses to be broken by faith.
Originally, as one example, "the nanny state" required us to purchase Social Security Insurance (they called it "insurance" then, but call it "entitlements" now) by withholding the premium payments from our paychecks, but now they want the money which we paid into the "big fat fund."
They now want those public funds to go into their bank accounts.
It seems that their fantasies have run amok now that global warming induced climate change, economic collapse, and other catastrophes, which their insanity has brought, threaten their very existence as well as our very existence.