Descent Into Alienation

for the time being this is a stub while the content is developed into a full long read document [sept/2021]

please note, what follows is simply notes:

It’s not everyday an individual manages to think his/her way through all the smokescreens, misdirections, confirmation biases, social cognitive dissonances, confusion narratives, utilitarian myths and spurious explanations proliferating the cultural imagination of their lineage.

But it’s fair to ask, if you’re one of those individuals face to face with the unknown, uncharted future: is there nothing beyond the selfish maelstrom of the vanity fair? Is the root of adult alienation the long drawn out death knell of anticlimax and disappointment, that once it is heard never goes away?

At the very least, what follows is an attempt to chart the dates and events of one person’s maturation through the levels of disillusionment as they descend from dynamic, optimistic youth to (possible) alienation. Hopefully it won’t be a death knell.

Forever War (1946-2020)

Post-War to End of Cold War (1946-1991)

  • Bretton Woods
  • Secret Services Secret Societies
  • Neo-Imperial Military Industrial Complex
  • Cold War – McCarthyism – Corporate State
  • Britain’s Two Competing Traditions: Empire v Egalitarian Enlightened
  • Counter Culture – Civil Rights – Deep State Assassination
  • Conservatism and Greed is Good Fallacies
  • Wir Sind Berliner – Gorbachev – Cold Way End – American Nationalist Glee

Clinton Neoliberalism Deregulation (1992-2000)

  • Repeal of Glass-Steagall
  • NAFTA
  • Criminal Justice – Prison Industrial Complex – Three Strikes – deregulating barking
  • Media Polarization – Entertainment News – deregulating big media

New Labour – Cool Britannia (1997-2002)

  • Blair New Labour
  • European Free Movement
  • Hope and Neoliberalism
  • Comprehensive Academies Business – Vocational Anti-Virtuoso
  • Reforming the Lords? Americanized Supreme Court. To what end?
  • Prescription Progress Fascism
  • Global Surveillance GCHQ Act – giving away everyone’s privacy – Five Eyes pros and cons

9/11 (2001)

Invasion of Afghanistan (2001)

  • In late 2001, the United States, supported by its corporate-state allies, invaded Afghanistan and ejected the Taliban government from Kabul.
  • The invasion was sold to a shellshocked public as a mission to dismantle al-Qaeda (punishment for Sept 11) after media messaging had shifted to link the Taliban with providing a safe base for al-Qaeda and refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden without due process.
  • The United Kingdom was a key ally of the United States, offering support for military action from the start of preparations for the invasion.
  • It followed the Afghan Civil War’s 1996–2001 phase between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance groups, which resulted in the Taliban controlling 90% of the country by 2001.
  • The invasion became the first phase of a 20-year long US-led occupation and resource extraction from the country.

Jingo (2001-2004)


Homeland Security (2002)

  • Homeland Security Act of 2002
    • introduced by the George W Bush administration in confused, shellshocked aftermath of September 11 attacks
    • Cosponsored by 118 members of Congress and passed the Senate 90–9, with one Senator not voting
    • Patriot Act

Antiwar March Futility (2003)

Invasion of Iraq (2003)

  • The 2003 invasion of Iraq was the first stage of the Iraq War. The invasion phase began on 19 March 2003 and 20 March 2003 and lasted just over one month, including 26 days of major combat operations, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq.

“Nowhere Else To Go” (2004-?)

Countryside Alliance (2004)

  • Protest movements. Mass marching.
  • Millions of bubbleworlds, performing without interacting.
  • Keeping Away From The Dirty Proles.

FOXHUNTING BAN (2004-2005)

  • Hunting Act (2004)
    • UK Parliament (House of Commons: 339 to 155) towards the end of Tony Blair’s Labour government second term passes the Hunting Act (2004) banning bloodsports like fox hunting buoyed by supermajority public support, despite objections and protests by Countryside Alliance.
  • BACKGROUND
    • Benign, well-meaning, sincere. Not the actions of a rapacious corporate-oligarchy, exploiting a population for maximum profit.
    • And yet, the health outcome data is only expressible in terms of “denormalising” smoking, how many fewer people smoke, how much less smoke is found in pubs and bars.
    • While it’s true the smoking ban reduced cigarette smoke pollution in pubs and bars by an enormous amount, this reduction runs parallel to a reduction in patron footfall.
    • Less people are going to socialise in pubs and bars. Closures are ubiquitous. No private members club exceptions.
    • Smoking ban is one of many factors in this shift away from public square to public-facing social media but these cultural and legislative forces are inter-connected and cross-dependent.

SMOKING BAN (2006-2007)

  • Health Act (2006)
    • UK Parliament passes the Health Act (2006) at the start of the third Labour term of Tony Blair’s government.
    • Across England the smoking ban in (pubs, bars, offices, restaurants, clubs, private members buildings) took effect on 1 July 2007. Key dates 1962-2021 in UK Tobacco Regulation per ASH PDF document.
    • BHF.ORG report (2018) assessing the health benefits data from ten years after UK smoking ban, per British Heart Foundation SMOKING BAN TIMELINE.

LABOUR SUCCESSION (2007)

  • Blair to Brown
  • Brown at the G7 All Smiles

NEOCONSERVATISM v NEOLIBERALISM

  • Identarian Corporatism – Financing Shifting post-Clinton
  • Hawks and Dove and Bullshit Scapegoating
  • You Ess Eh. You Ess Eh. Cold War Fever Dreams.
  • “Fuck The Huddled Masses”
  • Progressive Expertise Cadre v New Egomaniac Populism

Financial Crises (2007-2014)

Market Meltdown (2007-2008)

  • Orator, Promiser, Historical Interloper
  • Owned by the Banks
  • Owned by the Neoliberal War Machine
  • Owned by American Plutocracy
  • Owned by, or Part Owner? Ambiguity and Sociopathic Foreign Plunder
  • Waking Up The Identarian Left

Barack Obama (2008-2016)

  • Orator, Promiser, Historical Interloper
  • Owned by the Banks
  • Owned by the Neoliberal War Machine
  • Owned by American Plutocracy
  • Owned by, or Part Owner? Ambiguity and Sociopathic Foreign Plunder
  • Waking Up Coalescion of the Identarian Left – Identity Consumerism
  • Smooth Criminal Star-Fucker – Culture Paradigm
  • Sociopath Charm: Another American Snake Oil Salesman – Always On Point, for the Demands of the Day

Occupy Wall Street (2008)

  • Egocentric Drumbeat – Self-Evident Good Gone Bad At Population Scale
  • Neoliberal Policy – Attack Vectors – Obama Lord of Grifts
  • Atomization 101 – Selling Out
  • Identity Politics Weaponized!
  • Deep State Insertion – Subversion – Infiltration – Framing Defaming
  • “You can’t win anything with kids.” – Alan Hansen, ex-footballer and commentator

David Cameron / Nick Clegg (2010)

  • Gordon Brown (Labour) loses election to Conservatives (David Cameron) and Liberal Democrats (Nick Clegg). The latter enter into coalition, wholly monopolised by Conservatives.
    • Why did Labour lose?
    • Why did the LibDems improve enough to be in Coalition?
    • How did the Conservatives turn three consecutive landslide losses into Tory back at Number 10?
  • Promises of the Coalition
  • Realignment of the Opposition
  • Public School Restoration – The Working Men Are Dead, Long Live the Gentle Men

Student Fees Faggot March (Nov/Dec 2010)

  • Multiple marches during the Winter 2010 in London against paradigm shift in the student funding / tertiary education model in the UK
  • In direct contradiction of the LibDem party manifesto that had led to an unprecedented increase in voteshare and a coalition government David Cameron’s centre-right Conservative Party after the 2010 General Election
  • Party Atmosphere. DJs and Dancing and Glib Flimsy “Umm” Bongos

Alternative Vote (2011)

  • Mass media collusion confusion.
    • Newspapers
    • BBC/ITV
    • Channel4/Alternative Mainstream
    • Political Party Closing Ranks
  • Results, a landslide NO, singularly informative about public propaganda overwhelmingly effective. Vote Leave spark is lit.

London (2012)

  • Stub.
  • Pessimism. The Doctor. Cynicism. Suckers.
  • Olympics. Context and Party Summer. The Last Hurrah?

Idiocracies (2014-?)

Vote Leave (2015)

  • Advanced Psychometrics and Data Weaponization.
  • Might versus Right versus Algorithmic Insight.
  • Demonizing Otherness. Activating Fearporn. Validating Ethnonationalism.

Tory Rule (2015)

  • Manifesto Promises, David Cameron Hubris.
  • Plundering the Kingdom.

Neoliberal Clinton – Social Democrat Sanders (2015)

  • The Neoliberal Clinton Machine.
  • Democratic Primaries.
  • DNC Cheating.
  • Wikileaks, Obama, Hiliary Clinton Sociopathy.
  • Divisive Pantomime.

Jeremy Corbyn Labour (2015-2019)

  • Labour-Neoliberal Schism.
  • Socialism Cardigan Cannon Fodder.
  • Close the Private Schools!
  • Bullshit Antisemitism
  • Labour Death-spiral: New Labour Centre versus Corbyn Labour Left Divided
  • Opposition in Perpetual Atomization = Tory Power = Plunder

Brexit (2016)

  • Vote Leave Promises, Conflations, Wedge Issues, Psychometrics.
  • Dominic Cummings and Co.
  • Boris Johnson v David Cameron: schism in the heart of darkness.
  • Inadequate Bullshit “Remain” Marchers.

Donald Trump (2016)

  • President Election November 2016.
  • Alt-Right, Far-Right, Christian-Right or Celebrity Wrecking Ball?
  • Supreme Court
  • Military Industrial Complex Hobbling
  • Domestic Terror Surveillance State

May Day Parliament (2017-2019)

  • Stupidity.
  • Intransigence.
  • Decency Snubbed.

Boris Johnson Conservatives (2019-2020)

  • Fantasy Bullingdon Methodology Works.
  • Opposition Atomized: Pointless, Deaf, Privilege.

Plunderland (2020)

  • Hate Algorithms.
  • Grift.
  • Distrust.
  • Pandemic.
  • Yawn.