Thursday, October 13, 2016

Compliance is obviously fading rapidly

It is easy (and, generally, appropriate) to be skeptical about the overheated complaints of insider conspiracies. The ratio of noise to signal tends to be high. But that doesn't mean that there isn't a signal.

The cascade of leaks in the past month or two and the increasing avalanche in the past week is bringing credibility to some of these accusations. Yes, there was coordination between the White House, the State Department, the Department of Justice around the email server investigation. Yes, there was coordination between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation to provide insider access to donors. Yes, there was . . . well the list is pretty long.

This one is interesting, not so much in terms of tis consequence but in terms of its explicit Gramscian world view. It is an exchange between two insiders, John Podesta (the epitome of the insider's insider; John David Podesta is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Podesta previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama) and Bill Ivey of the Center for American Progress. Ivey, also a classic insider shares this:
And as I've mentioned, we've all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking - and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging.
Yikes! Presumably he is not sharing this cynical dismissiveness of the electorate without being confident that the recipient is in some agreement.

Hard not to look at this as the insiders trying to keep the masses at bay by keeping them ignorant ("the unawareness remains strong.") Like a good totalitarian, it's all about compliance and that is the problem with this election cycle. It is not the ridiculousness of Trump per se. It is that "compliance is obviously fading rapidly." The insiders are losing their grip on the electorate.

The seems much of a like with Jonathan Gruber's bragging about the deliberate deceptions needed to pass ACA (see Americans Too Stupid to Understand.) Also, there is Ben Rhodes and the lying and deception to the American public about our international affairs.
Like Obama, Rhodes is a storyteller who uses a writer’s tools to advance an agenda that is packaged as politics but is often quite personal. He is adept at constructing overarching plotlines with heroes and villains, their conflicts and motivations supported by flurries of carefully chosen adjectives, quotations and leaks from named and unnamed senior officials. He is the master shaper and retailer of Obama’s foreign-policy narratives, at a time when the killer wave of social media has washed away the sand castles of the traditional press. His ability to navigate and shape this new environment makes him a more effective and powerful extension of the president’s will than any number of policy advisers or diplomats or spies. His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.


The way in which most Americans have heard the story of the Iran deal presented — that the Obama administration began seriously engaging with Iranian officials in 2013 in order to take advantage of a new political reality in Iran, which came about because of elections that brought moderates to power in that country — was largely manufactured for the purpose for selling the deal.
It's not about Trump. It's about morally bankrupt insiders lying to the public to advance their own causes and self-interests at the expense of the commonweal. It used to be easy and now the revolting masses are revolting. No wonder there is panic among the elite and all stops have been pulled out to destroy the flawed voice of disruption, Trump.

Too much to ask that public leaders and civil servants simply follow the normal moral code and work for the betterment of all Americans and not just those who pay the insiders.

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