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One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of operating a global capitalist empire is maintaining the fiction that it doesn’t exist. Virtually every action you take has to be carefully recontextualized or otherwise spun for public consumption. Every time you want to bomb or invade some country to further your interests, you have to mount a whole PR campaign. You can’t even appoint a sadistic torture freak to run your own coup-fomenting agency, or shoot a few thousand unarmed people you’ve imprisoned in a de facto ghetto, without having to do a big song and dance about “defending democracy” and “democratic values.”

Naked despotism is so much simpler, not to mention more emotionally gratifying. Ruling an empire as a godlike dictator means never having to say you’re sorry. You can torture and kill anyone you want, and conquer and exploit whichever countries you want, without having to explain yourself to anyone. Also, you get to have your humongous likeness muraled onto the walls of buildings, make people swear allegiance to you, and all that other cool dictator stuff.

Global capitalists do not have this luxury. Generating the simulation of democracy that most Western consumers desperately need in order to be able to pretend to believe that they are not just smoothly-functioning cogs in the machinery of a murderous global empire managed by a class of obscenely wealthy and powerful international elites to whom their lives mean exactly nothing, although extremely expensive and time-consuming, is essential to maintaining their monopoly on power. Having conditioned most Westerners into believing they are “free,” and not just glorified peasants with gadgets, the global capitalist ruling classes have no choice but to keep up this fiction. Without it, their empire would fall apart at the seams.

This is the devil’s bargain modern capitalism made back in the 18th Century. In order to wrest power from the feudal aristocracies that had dominated the West throughout the Middle Ages, the bourgeoisie needed to sell the concept of “democracy” to the unwashed masses, who they needed both to staff their factories and, in some cases, to fight revolutionary wars, or depose and publicly guillotine monarchs. All that gobbledegook about taxes, tariffs, and the unwieldy structure of the feudal system was not the easiest sell to the peasantry. “Liberty” and “equality” went over much better. So “democracy” became their rallying cry, and, eventually, the official narrative of capitalism. The global capitalist ruling classes have been stuck with “democracy” ever since, or, more accurately, with the simulation of democracy.

The purpose of this simulation of democracy is not to generate fake democracy and pass it off as real democracy. Its purpose is to generate the concept of democracy, the only form in which democracy exists. It does this by casting a magic spell (which I’ll do my best to demystify in a moment) that deceives us into perceiving the capitalist marketplace we Westerners inhabit, not as a market, but as a society. An essentially democratic society. Not a fully fledged democratic society, but a society progressing toward “democracy” … which it is, and simultaneously isn’t.

Obviously, life under global capitalism is more democratic than under feudal despotism, not to mention more comfortable and entertaining. Capitalism isn’t “evil” or “bad.” It’s a machine. Its fundamental function is to eliminate any and all despotic values and replace them with a single value, i.e., exchange value, determined by the market. This despotic-value-decoding machine is what freed us from the tyranny of kings and priests, which it did by subjecting us to the tyranny of capitalists and the meaningless value of the so-called free market, wherein everything is just another commodity … toothpaste, cell phones, healthcare, food, education, cosmetics, et cetera. Despite that, only an idiot would argue that capitalism is not preferable to despotism, or that it hasn’t increased our measure of freedom. So, yes, we have evolved toward democracy, if we’re comparing modern capitalism to medieval feudalism.

The problem is that capitalism is never going to lead to actual democracy (i.e., government by and for the people). This is never going to happen. In fact, capitalism has already reached the limits of the freedom it can safely offer us. This freedom grants us the ability to make an ever-expanding variety of choices … none of which have much to do with democracy. For example, Western consumers are free to work for whatever corporation they want, and to buy whatever products they want, and to assume as much debt as the market will allow to purchase a home wherever they want, and to worship whichever gods they want (as long as they conform their behavior to the values of capitalism and not their religion), and men can transform themselves into women, and white people can deem themselves African Americans, or Native Americans, or whatever they want, and anyone can mock or insult the President or the Queen of England on Facebook and Twitter, none of which freedoms were even imaginable, much less possible, under feudal despotism.

But this is as far as our “freedom” goes. The global capitalist ruling classes are never going to allow us to govern ourselves, not in any meaningful way. In fact, since the mid-1970s, they’ve been systematically dismantling the framework of social democracy throughout the West, and otherwise relentlessly privatizing everything. They’ve been doing this more slowly in Europe, where social democracy is more entrenched, but, make no mistake, American “society” is the model for our dystopian future. The ruling classes and their debt-enslaved servants, protected from the desperate masses by squads of hyper-militarized police, medicated in their sanitized enclaves, watching Westworld on Amazon Prime as their shares in private prisons rise and the forces of democracy defend their freedom by slaughtering men, women, and children in some faraway country they can’t find on a map, and would never visit on vacation anyway … this is where the USA already is, and where the rest of the West is headed.

Which is why it is absolutely crucial to maintain the simulation of democracy, and the fiction that we’re still living in a world where major geopolitical events are determined by sovereign nations and their leaders, rather than by global corporations and a class of supranational elites whose primary allegiance is to global capitalism, rather than to any specific nation, much less to the actual people who live there. The global capitalist ruling classes need the masses in the West to believe that they live in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and so on, and not in a global marketplace. Because, if it’s all one global marketplace, with one big global labor force (which global corporations can exploit with impunity), and if it’s one big global financial system (where the economies of supposed adversaries like China and the United States, or the European Union and Russia, are almost totally interdependent), then there is no United States of America, no United Kingdom, no France, no Germany … or not as we’re conditioned to perceive them. There is only the global capitalist empire, divided into “national” market territories, each performing slightly different administrative functions within the empire … and those territories that have not yet surrendered their sovereignty and been absorbed into it. I think you know which those territories are.

But getting back to the simulation of democracy (the purpose of which is to prevent us from perceiving the world as I just suggested above), how that works is, we are all conditioned to believe we are living in these imperfect democracies, which are inexorably evolving toward “real” democracy but just haven’t managed to get there quite yet. “Real” being the key word here, because there is no such thing as real democracy. There never has been, except among relatively small and homogenous groups of people. Like Baudrillard’s Disneyland, “Western democracy” is presented to us as “imperfect” or “unfinished” (in other words, as a replica of “real democracy”) in order to convince us that there exists such a thing as “real democracy,” which we will achieve … someday.

This is how simulations work. The replica does not exist to deceive us into believing it is the “real” thing. It exists to convince us that there is a “real” thing. In essence, it invokes the “real” thing by pretending to be a copy of it. Just as the images of God in church invoke the “god” of which they are copies (if only in the minds of the faithful), our imperfect replica of democracy invokes the concept of “real democracy” (which does not exist, and has never existed, beyond the level of tribes and bands).

This is, of course, ceremonial magic … but then so is everything else, really. Take out a twenty dollar bill, or a twenty Euro note, or your driver’s license. They are utterly valueless, except as symbols, but no less powerful for being just symbols. Or look at some supposedly solid object under an electron microscope. Try this with a tablespoon. As that bald kid in The Matrix put it, you will “realize that there is no spoon” … or, rather, that there is only the spoon we’ve created by believing that there is a spoon.

Look, I don’t mean to get all spooky. What that kid (among various others throughout history) was trying to get us to understand is that we create reality, collectively, with symbols … or we allow reality to be created for us. Our collective reality is also our religion, in that we live our lives and raise our children according to its precepts and values, regardless of whatever other rituals we may or may not engage in on the weekend. Western consumers, no matter whether nominally Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, or of any other faith, live their lives and raise their children according to the values and rules of capitalism. Capitalism is our religion. Like every religion, it has a cosmology.

In the cosmology of global capitalism, “democracy” is capitalist heaven. We hear it preached about throughout our lives, we’re surrounded by graven images of it, but we don’t get to see it until we’re dead. Attempting to storm its pearly gates, or to create the Kingdom of Democracy on Earth, is heresy, and is punishable by death. Denying its existence is blasphemy, for which the punishment is excommunication, and consignment to the City of Dis, where the lost souls shout back and forth at each other across the lower depths of the Internet, their infernal voices unheard by the faithful … but, hey, don’t take the word of an apostate like me. Go ahead, try it, and see what happens.

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can reached at or

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  1. Really good, amusing article.
    Our replica of democracy is not to deceive us, but to convince us that there really IS an(unattainable) democracy. The promised land is always just beyond the horizon…

  2. “It does this by casting a magic spell … that deceives us into perceiving the capitalist marketplace we Westerners inhabit, not as a market, but as a society.”

    Yes. Consumer capitalism requires illusion and MK-ULTRA programs to function.

    “We create reality, collectively, with symbols … ”

    And those symbols, often repurposed from earlier iterations like the swastika, stem from ancient sources. Maybe the structure of our reality was designed years ago.

    “This is, of course, ceremonial magic … but then so is everything else, really.”

    Yep. The narrow-focused rationalists who have degraded science into a religion will never accept that there is a sliver of magic and sorcery, originating from Kabbalistic practices, that operate as a higher level science, the mechanics of which non-initiates can’t quantify.

    Excellent, thought-provoking article.

  3. well written.

    • Replies: @Wally
  4. I agree with much of what this columnist wrote. However this entire globalist criminal enterprise is rapidly crumbling. This is shown in the rise of patriotic/loyalist and Marxist parties in Europe and the Far Right and Far Left in the U.S. The globalist elite 0.001% empire of the banksters, crapitalists and fingerciers and their lackeys, knaves and varlets, along with their political prostitute puppets, is built on sand. These worthless cretins have loaded down every nation on earth, and especially in the West, with massive, crushing debt. Ditto for individuals and businesses. It is not sustainable. In addition they have off shored much of Western industry into Third World nations and flooded Western nations with Third World proles to hold down wages and depress living conditions. Reaction among the native Whites is building stronger by the day. At some point this volcano is going to blow. When it does all bets are off as to how much destruction will happen.

    At this point the super rich and their banks and trans-national corporations can either gradually give way to democratic change and re-industrialize the West, discount all these debts, and stop this Third World invasion and begin swift repatriation of these interlopers and save much of their wealth and power or they will soon face armed revolution and civil/class/racial war in the streets. These worthless elites have fouled their own nests since they have left virtually no Western nation untouched by these triple evils of debt, immigration and de-industrialization. They either never learned the lessons of the French and Russian revolutions or believe it could not happen in the 21st Century to them. Either way it makes no difference. Globalism is crumbling and going the way of other evil isms: Fascism, Communism, Nazism, Imperialism, Colonialism, etc. Its days are numbered and the writing is on the wall. Meanwhile those nations not controlled by the Western White Collar Mafia, namely Russia and China, along with Iran and a few other Asian and Middle Eastern nations, are building up their economies and militaries and increasingly challenging the Western tyrants. We are definitely in for troubled times ahead. Always remember: Those who make peaceful change impossible, make violent change inevitable. Globalism has had its evil day and its black sun is setting. The only questions now are will it go peacefully and quietly or loudly and violently and what will replace it. I hope and pray something good and true.A new world order built that that is God and Christ and not man based with peace, prosperity, and justice for all in a natural order of things.

  5. Free movement of capital, in Europe since 1997, took away power from politicians.
    The German Lafontaine made it clear.
    He stated that when in Basel a German spoke to the bankers assembled there, blaming them, they clapped their hands.
    One sees it in the terminology used, what in the good old days was called protectionism, a word suggesting something positive, now is trade war, definitely something bad.
    It for me is the same as with privatisation of universal services, water, electricity, etc., neither privatising anything is good, also a state economy is not good, as the USSR made clear.
    In the good old days in W European countries we had mixed exonomies, commercial enterprises for cars and jeans, state enterprise for electricity and public transport.
    In my opinion a mixed world economy also is the best option, this means regulation of capital movement, to mention one thing.

  6. gsjackson says:

    A little snapshot to illustrate the point. Standing in the passport control line at Newark Airport — interminably, because of about 24 stations for checking people back in to the motherland, maybe five were manned. This was in mid-afternoon on a weekday, a time when many international flights were arriving. The wait was about an hour and a half.

    While waiting, you get a superb view through the window of the Manhattan skyline, and might have occasion to think about all the swells in the financial sector whose ever-growing prosperity has sucked money not only out of the real economy of goods and services, but out of government as well, a point Michael Hudson often makes. E.g., cap those property taxes in California, but drive housing prices in California and interest rates sky high to transfer wealth out of the hands of home owners and governments, and into finance capital.

    You can work yourself up into a pretty good lather thinking about this while you wait your turn at an under-funded passport control station.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  7. renfro says:

    I would recommend this book to unz readers. I read it years ago and its basic premise becomes more observably true every year….and pertains to the US as well, something Chu didn’t mention.

    World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

    By Amy Chua
    Category: World Politics | Economics | Management

    ”Chua shows how in non-Western countries around the globe, free markets have concentrated starkly disproportionate wealth in the hands of a resented ethnic minority. These “market-dominant minorities” – Chinese in Southeast Asia, Croatians in the former Yugoslavia, whites in Latin America and South Africa, Indians in East Africa, Lebanese in West Africa, Jews in post-communist Russia – become objects of violent hatred.
    At the same time, democracy empowers the impoverished majority, unleashing ethnic demagoguery, confiscation, and sometimes genocidal revenge.”

    So maybe revolutions will be the new way of managing the world,

    • Replies: @paranoidgoy
  8. llloyd says: • Website
    @Speak Truth To Power

    An ex furniture salesman, now the Prime Minister of Israel would not agree. He thinks history has ended. Jerusalem is soon to be or already is the capital of the globalist world. Hate speech laws replace the sanctity of the Monarchs and Churches with the sanctity of Israel and identity politics. His lackeys have even taken away the freedom to shop via the criminalisation of BDS. Talpiot program has turned everything into a video game. He is either a genius or a complete fool. But I hope you are right and he is wrong. Another point. Democracy real and simulated only became fashionable a hundred years ago.

    • Replies: @Wally
  9. That’s the first I’ve heard of “progressing towards democracy” as a major feature of the modern Western worldview (a la USSR progressing towards communism, I suppose). No, I’ve encountered such ideas before among pundits, but I don’t think most people in America, say, believe that they currently don’t live in a democracy but will later live in a “true” democracy. That seems like a rather exotic notion outside of very narrow intellectual circles.

    Also, “as long as they conform their behavior to the values of capitalism and not their religion”. But people are free to conform their behaviour to the values of their religion to a large extent. They’re not free to violate the laws of what you’d call capitalist society. But that is not the same as being forced to conform to its values.

  10. Jake says:

    Another CJ Hopkins must-read.

    So how long before he is imprisoned alongside Julian Assange? Truth-telling is not allowed in Globalist Democracy.

    • Replies: @manorchurch
  11. Miro23 says:

    Which is why it is absolutely crucial to maintain the simulation of democracy, and the fiction that we’re still living in a world where major geopolitical events are determined by sovereign nations and their leaders, rather than by global corporations and a class of supranational elites whose primary allegiance is to global capitalism, rather than to any specific nation, much less to the actual people who live there.

    But it can go wrong. The simulation was supposed to make Hillary Clinton President – but, in the event, it veered over to real Democracy and produced Trump.

    Equally the Brexit vote was planned to fail – but that also turned in a real Democratic result with a majority for Brexit.

    Simulated Democracy is a difficult process and it’s probably due for more failures given the difficulty of controlling the modern flow of information.

  12. Borsalino says:

    Damn, Hopkins, you nailed it!

  13. I suppose we are all going to spend the rest of our lives listening to bitter millenials rant about the evils of capitalism. After all, they could move out of their parent’s basement if the government would force the banks to forgive all their student loans.

    It should be obvious by now that all forms of government eventually morph into what we see all around us today. But let’s not confuse free market capitalism (which has never existed) with the aristocratic fascisms that we call “Communism” or “Democracy.”

    The only way to really solve the problem of government is make government irrelevant.

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  14. Well, CJ, If I were your political science professor, I’d fail your sorry ass for ‘communist jargon’ and ‘Marxist jingoism’ … maybe that works fine if you’re into looking for strokes when singing to the choir but it won’t build alliances that accomplish anything. But maybe that’s not your point, and the substance of your butt-hurt whining is about “I’m CJ Hopkins!” kinda like “I’m Rick James!”

    Look dude, if you want to get down and dirty with your enemies, hit below the belt, and do it like this:

    If you want to entertain, you do it like this:

    And like this:


    • Replies: @manorchurch
    , @The Scalpel
  15. The worlds elites have us mind controlled and financially controlled via the Zionist Fed that creates money out of thin air and then loans this money to our gov and we goyim and charge interest on this ether created money and there in lies the control for by their control over the money they control every thing.

    In addition the Zionists fastened the IRS on we goyims and this IRS is a off shoot of the FED and so our money is sent to the Zionist bankers who own the FED to make sure we pay for the wars that the Zionists have arranged for we Americans and so this is a trap that has been laid by the central bankers which insures their dominance for ever and ever.

    This system of control has been in existence since 1913 when the zionist bankers fastened the FED and the IRS on to the American people and the author of this article is exactly right, we are in a financial prison a prison without bars but a prison none the less.

    In regards to voting as Stalin said ie it is not who votes that counts but who counts the votes.

    • Agree: Z-man, Druid
  16. … there is no such thing as real democracy. There never has been, except among relatively small and homogenous groups of people.

    Yeah, like Sweden … in the 50s.

    • Agree: utu
  17. Anonymous [AKA "ancient archer"] says:

    Best article I have read in a long long time.
    Keep it up

  18. @Speak Truth To Power

    These worthless cretins have loaded down every nation on earth, and especially in the West, with massive, crushing debt. Ditto for individuals and businesses. It is not sustainable.

    Any given iteration of the capitalism model is unsustainable by its very nature, of course. Any capitalist instantiation is self-exhausting, as capitalism eventually transfers all wealth (or some very large fraction) to the wealthy. ALL. At that point, that instance collapses at some rate determined by its state of monetization.

    But not all wealth evaporates. After a financial collapse, a new zero-point establishes at or near “true value”. The capitalism model reasserts, and continues. It may be inherent to the nature of Man.

  19. @Ronald Thomas West

    Gee, Ron, usually you write something with some trace of substance.

    • Replies: @Ronald Thomas West
  20. TG says:

    Well said!

    ‘Democracy’ is a scam that privatizes power, while socializing responsibility.

    Reminds me of Oswald Spengler, though he is better read about than read, IMHO. From wikipedia: “Spengler asserts that democracy is simply the political weapon of money, and the media are the means through which money operates a democratic political system.”

    But one minor quibble: yes, for now, in the West, fake democracy is certainly better than old-style feudalism. But it doesn’t have to be, and it doesn’t have to stay that way. In many nominally capitalist and ‘democratic’ countries – like India, Bangladesh, etc. – half the population is chronically malnourished, the physical standard of living well below that of late medieval europe (!). Now that communism has been vanquished, capitalism has no need of a bargain of power for a decent standard of living, and the rich are moving towards dragging the entire world towards the Indian model of cheap-labor serfdom. Yes it can happen here.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
  21. Citizens United isn’t helping, brought to you by the corrupt Supreme Court. They’re starting to push putting Ted Cruz in SCOTUS, that would be a huge mistake.

    “Democracy” is a sham, the candidates are carefully pre-selected and promoted by the corrupt media, if that fails, the unelected delegates and super delegates can always void your vote.

    This is why we only get Mitt Romneys, Clintons, Bushes, the same ol dirtbags out of millions of people.
    Americans clearly want the homicidal wars to end, are the wars/occupations ending?
    More Americans clearly are turning away from supporting Israel, does it matter?
    Most Americans want mass immigration and illegal immigration stopped, is it stopping?

    There is a petition to End the Federal Reserve scam, do any of the petitions go anywhere? Go sign it, lets find out….

  22. @Jake

    So how long before he is imprisoned alongside Julian Assange? Truth-telling is not allowed in Globalist Democracy.

    Long time. He circumspects skillfully. 😉 Besides, he uses a level of abstraction that few Inet denizens will understand.

  23. The Mexican maid is the answer to our collective misery. What do I mean? Well! The white boys have given up on rebelling against the Empire (1% + 10%… Jews and Whites with a small sprinkling of non-white goys) and da coloreds (Indians and Chinese) are too wrapped up in trying to prove their worth to the lost crackas while the niggas (Blacks et al) are simply too stupid to understand, let alone do anything about improving their lot. Alas, fear not! The unwelcome army of latinas from Central America, employed as caretakers will prove their worth by simply poisoning the whole perfidious lot, slowly. So, welcome to America, Guadalupe!

    • LOL: Stonehands
  24. The suffocating hold that propaganda has on an uncritical public must rank as an historic coup for the ages. It is the modern version of the allegory of the cave. Simpletons are willing to die for their puppeteers in wars that serve no other purpose than to enrich their owners. But die for their masters they will. Yet there is a glaring contradiction in foreign wars and America’s favorite pastime, regime change. The chances of “real” democracy, for instance, taking root in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates, Egypt are virtually non-existent. Worse still, they are simply not allowed. And any other countries that steer an independent course from American hegemony will suffer consequences — regime change, economic sanctions or direct military action. Yet it is the public sold on its exceptionalism, living in a “real” democracy (confused with rampant consumerism and hedonism) that has so utterly failed to see — and act, on these contradictions. Although the notion of “inching” toward “real” democracy may serve to pacify the public, with the ever growing militarization of the deep police state, true democracy will simply not be allowed to flourish. It is the only credible threat to rampant capitalism. What is significant is that the lumpen proletariat firmly believe that they live in a democracy. So change is rendered redundant in such a scenario.

  25. m___ says:

    Best expression of capitalism, religion, democracy as a Weltanschauung.

    To fuse the totalitarian, univeral concept that paires so well to 98% of the world population we suggest consumerism.

    Do not take for granted that our de facto global elites, and the mercenary middle-classes have a clear understandig where they are heading. There is cognitive dissonance in idea, method and projection of their in-group opportunism. Ethics being nothing more then superior opportunism. Smart, but ailing and failing a religion. In fact the theory proves the cognitive capacity of the authors.

  26. Wally says:

    “well written”


    The usual Marxist strawmen in play here by Hopkins.

    What Hopkins describes is not “capitalism”, yet he tries to excoriate capitalism.

    • Replies: @manorchurch
  27. Wally says:

    “Hate speech laws …”

    The ongoing debunking of the sacred yet impossible ‘6M Jews’ is what is really driving so called “hate speech laws”. What your told is merely the pretext.

    Below is where free speech on the impossible ‘holocaust’ storyline is illegal, violators go to prison for Thought Crimes.
    An obvious admission that the storyline doesn’t stand up to scientific, logical, & rational scrutiny.
    And coming to your neighborhood.


    Why is this happening you ask:

    The ‘holocaust’ storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship. What sort of truth is it that denies free speech and the freedom to seek the truth? Truth needs no protection from scrutiny.

    Only liars demand censorship.

    • Replies: @Speak Truth To Power
  28. @Wally

    What Hopkins describes is not “capitalism”, yet he tries to excoriate capitalism.

    True, but that’s what the elites call it.

    Stop complaining about terminology. You are so whiny.

    • Replies: @Wally
  29. densa says:

    This is an elegant fleshing out of fashionable despair. Yes, self-rule is a myth. What does Hopkins recommend to replace it with? Is the aspiration of a democratic republic the problem, or is it money, media, and the subversion of power?

    As flawed as our belief in democracy is, I haven’t heard the better alternative. Just as some say we must go to Mars because we are destroying earth, I think we should take care of this earth as repairing and caring for it might be within our means. Instead of throwing democracy out, we should try and make it work.

    For example, been reading about the rise of antibiotic resistant germs and industrial farming. The problem was long known, but there was no political will to do anything about it because the industry could lobby and also control regulators. In theory, the government worked for the greater good of all the people, but in practice it auctions us all to special interest.

    Capitalists defend the current system by saying it’s not really capitalism. Well, whatever it is, it came about because democracy was not actual but rather an ongoing auction of national interest to special interest.

    It’s a good article and makes a good case, but you will have to wait just a bit longer until us believers die off as you will not pry this democracy, our heritage and our best chance, from my cold hands.

  30. bjondo says:

    similar experience coming through Atlanta.
    Want to create jobs? Coulda created 50 there. At least. And prevented missed flight connections. Obama time.

  31. Wally says:

    Oh yeah, you’re another whining Zionist who has been demolished by my ‘holocaust’ debunking information. Hurts don’t it?

    Your projection is noted. LOL

    “If you can’t say what you mean, then you can’t mean what you say”.

  32. AaronB says:

    I shall proudly call myself an idiot then, as I believe capitalism and democracy are both bad.

    The only system capable of inspiring passion and loyalty is some form of feudalism – personal loyalty to a lord is a beautiful thing, noblesse oblige a beautiful thing, sacred kingship is a beautiful thing, the tradition of beautiful craftsmanship that arises when economic considerations are not uppermost is a beautiful thing, the standards of excellence that are natural to a system that recognizes hierarchy and inequality is a beautiful thing.

    I also think personal freedom, and tolerance for eccentricity is far greater when the social system is firmly grounded. In a democracy where nothing is secure conformity of opinion and personality become urgent – to maintain even minimum stability.

    Japan has retained elements of feudalism to this day yet is economically far more egalitarian than America – because when economics is the sole standard of value, the ambitious will gather all wealth into their hands.

    Seeing the Japanese bow to each other – such a beautiful gesture.

    • Replies: @Wally
  33. @manorchurch

    Yeah, I suppose I could have half tried but the self-righteous indignation (tone) puts me off. It’s like Tom Englehardt, get people all tied up in some hopeless, helpless outrage that accomplishes precisely nothing, no solutions, no pointing to a direction that might get something done. In any case CJ is in Berlin but I bet he wouldn’t give a New York second’s thought to risking his butt and work to put the German politicians nuts in a vise, but Hey! you never know, here’s his chance, he can promote this:

    Of my five years exile in Germany, two of those years were in Berlin… and I can assure you the German political animal is an authentic coward, and Gregor Gysi of Die Linke is no exception, he’d go after CJ before he’d go after the NATO war criminals is my best bet. Maybe CJ has the balls to risk it?

  34. Marxist twaddle about “democracy”, lol. As if the founders didn’t warn us so strenuously about the tyranny of the majority.

    Our government was formed not so that we could vote on what I am allowed to eat, but so that others would have no say in it.

    The centralization of power and conformity across previously sovereign states now prohibits people from voting with their feet. The globalists are the next extension of the same tyranny.

    We don’t have limited governments and free markets. We have big brother government and a captured regulatory apparatus ensuring only large corporations can survive. Regulatory law is nowhere in the constitution and they dictate over subjects also not in the constitution.

    I knew it was over when the US electorate was swooned over Iraqis having purple fingers voting “secret ballots”. The candidates names were secret. But all you need to tell the sheeple is that they voted.

    This piece is typical Marxist sleight of hand. To have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, you limit what the government can do. Then you have liberty. Self-rule.

    • Agree: Stonehands
    • Replies: @manorchurch
  35. Mr. Hopkins’ article is an effective, accurate description of why and how things have declined into a sort of soft fascism during the last 40 years or so in particular.

  36. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @Ronald Thomas West

    If you want to hijack someone else’s article for the purpose of shameless self-promotion, do it like Ronald Thomas West lol.

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  37. The Scalpel says: • Website

    Democracy can easily be done on the individual level. There are plenty of resources for this. I am not my brother’s keeper anyway. don’t tell me there is no democracy – just people who want others to give it to them. Go all Thoreau on the world. Go off the grid, or Alaska, or an island somewhere. Democracy is not for pansies.

  38. @Ronald Thomas West

    no solutions, no pointing to a direction that might get something done

    Preceding “solution” is description, and descriptive explanation. The article is not intended as a set of solutions. It is a description and explanation.

    Perhaps you have an axe to grind. Not my problem …

  39. HPLCguru says: • Website

    Excellent article with much needed humor. We no longer have a word for an economic system that supports human life. Hunting and gathering was early agriculture. Moving some rocks and dirt out of the way to get some obsidian was mining. Knocking rocks against the obsidian was early manufacturing. The excess from farms, mines and factories is what WAS called capital. We are supposed to believe that a farmer can’t plant a seed without a loan! We are in the last stages of financialism. Since the word capitalism is useless how about “real stuffism”? I’m a physical scientist and I can guarantee that math and the physical world always ends financialism.

  40. @Backwoods Bob

    This piece is typical Marxist sleight of hand.

    That line got me to laughing a lot harder than the rest of your bullshit, so I had to stop reading. Your comments are now relegated to the “Duuuuuuuhhhhhh…….MARXISM!!!” bin.

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  41. Anonymous [AKA "Cheery Bint"] says:

    You could open up the scope of this post’s valid point and say that it’s not just democracy that’s simulated here. Rights and rule of law are simulated too. Democracy, fetishized though it is, in degenerate ritual form, is a very small part of rights and rule of law (specifically, ICCPR Article 25, one article of one of nine core human rights instruments or about 100 total instruments in world-standard customary and conventional international law. )

    Here’s CIA telling you how the world works now.

    This exchange is a really good catch. Latching on to the term deep state allows CIA to bat away a puffball question that avoids the real question. Their scripted answer to the scripted easy question: employees ‘aimed at’ the president’s objectives and Amerca’s objectives. This is clever first of all because it says objectives and not orders. It’s a weaker formulation that the Pike-Committee era line, CIA works for the president. CIA is trying to evade the US commitment to command responsibility in the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture. Secondly, the DCI purports to interpret the president’s objectives and proclaim America’s objectives. Used to be State or NSC did that, subject to presidential directives or decision documents. Pompeo says CIA works for him. We’re at the point Frank Zappa told us to expect: CIA’s removing the stage set so we’re sitting looking at the brick wall. Pompeo’s telling you that CIA’s in charge.

    The hard question is: Does CIA have impunity in municipal law? The answer is yes, of course it does. It’s there in black and white in the Central Intelligence Agency Act, the Houston memo, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the operational files exemption, and the political questions doctrine. If the DCI had no impunity the new DCI would be in prison. CIA is obligated to prosecute or extradite its torturers and murderers. Na ga happen. CIA has the arbitrary life-and-death power of a totalitarian state. CIA is beyond criminal. Its arbitrary suspension of non-derogable rights and jus cogens says, Law? Fuck law.

  42. Miro23 says:

    I agree that the US is the ultimate expression of materialism.

    The original Pilgrim Fathers were looking for religious freedom, but later waves of immigrants came for economic opportunity, and the US was the first place that “Citizens” morphed into “Consumers”.

    Congressmen are bought and sold, and they’re probably OK with that, along the lines that their vote has value, and they’ll support whoever bids the highest (which isn’t the electors back home).

    Like AaronB says, the US (and West in general) has no spiritual foundation, and is just a cynical game of exploitation and corruption pretending to be “Democratic” . Real Democracy does exist, but it’s not something that Americans would want to be involved with – it requires a high level of personal commitment and responsibility (probably obligatory), regular local public meetings, investment in studying issues, and the primacy of local decision making and voting over Federal power ( i.e. power residing at the lowest level possible – which in the US would be the County and State). In other words it’s hard and time consuming work.

    To take a parallel, the late Roman Empire was also a sink of absolute corruption and self interest that couldn’t defend its frontiers and finally collapsed, first socially, then economically.

    The spiritual Phoenix that rose out of its ashes was Christianity, with the barbarian invaders converting and building Christendom in Europe (Rome) and also in the Middle East (Byzantium). The early Christian communities in the Late Roman Empire were heavily persecuted but still recognized for their high level of morality, work ethic and “respectability”, and in its last days (too late), the Empire actually adopted to Christianity through the conversion of Constantine.

    A good but difficult source is Robin Lane Fox’s “Pagans and Christians”

    • Replies: @anon
  43. @ScientistInHiding

    It should be obvious by now that all forms of government eventually morph into what we see all around us today. But let’s not confuse free market capitalism (which has never existed) with the aristocratic fascisms that we call “Communism” or “Democracy.”

    You are on the right path, good observations.

    Thinking people are aware of the fact that Moderns have permission not freedom.

  44. Realist says:
    @Speak Truth To Power

    Sadly your scenario is probably not viable.
    A dream of the pipe variety.

    • Replies: @Speak Truth To Power
  45. @manorchurch

    Peckerwood… you are a fine specimen of American Communism. Where were you indoctrinated- Columbia University or the New School?

    • Replies: @manorchurch
  46. 76239 says: • Website

    What a surprise another commie writer on economic issues on Unz! These economic pos articles resemble what you read in the NY times. Sheesh.

    “Western consumers are free to buy whatever products they want”

    Pure crap. Depending on the state you live in, think for a moment of all the restrictions, taxes and permission you must go through to own a car, buy gass, freon, herbicide. Pharmacy products, illegal drugs guns etc. A list a mile long. Anyone who describes the USA as a free market is plain wrong and has no idea about the problems we face.

    Liberty and the free market are not part of the problem. They are part of the solution.

    Switzerland, Singapore, and old Hong Kong to name a few examples are some of the wealthiest in the world because of low to no taxes and max economic freedom. Two of the three were crushed by ww2. Came back stronger than ever in 40 yrs or so.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    , @unseated
  47. @Stonehands

    Peckerwood… you are a fine specimen of American Communism.

    Pecker-putty, fuck off. You wouldn’t know commanizm if it bit you in the ass.

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  48. Wally says:

    You won’t see the Japanese opening their borders to low IQ illegal immigrants.

  49. You only discuss democracy as some monolithic idea, with some idealised notion that ‘real’ democracy can only be tribal or small scale. This is not true.

    Representative democracy = evolutionary autocracy and the right to shout. Laws and regulations, being made by representatives – and only representatives – remain purely autocratic in their creation and destruction.

    Direct democracy – those tribes. Doesn’t work for a society that has a huge population and needs a ‘directing mind’ as Aurelius likened the individuals’ equivalent.

    Semi-direct democracy – a combination of the power to create or strike law by both representatives (elected or selected), and the electorate. Switzerland has it (to a degree because of its media, just check the June 10th banking referendum propaganda machine), China approximates it because it polls its population on every level, decision and preference.

    At the very least, the electorate should have power to strike laws made by representatives and rescind previously struck laws by representatives. This is only fair – people should have a process for declaring directly what laws they want to abide by. Representatives may not like it, but society is society, it should be able to make these choices, for good or bad.

    Representative democracy – democracy in the spirit of the law, and autocracy in the letter of the law – is for the most part an autocracy, with a progressive dumbing down, frustration, and marginalisation of the electorate due to their practical lack of true power to change society.

    Then there’s the question of education and media, as you need a smart and well informed public with semi-direct much more than with representative. And preferably constitutionally enforced armed military neutrality, as herd behaviour often tends to violence.

    Finally – revolutionary democracy: revolts against systems can often be democratic, if bloody, so build an effective system that considers the opinions and worries of the masses.

    • Agree: Mike P
    • Replies: @Miro23
  50. Three sentences and I was done; and a play wright living in Berlin. Berrrrlin Dude, lets do some history, Socialism sucks. But I do agree that my vote has been diluted to zero, by design.

  51. Biff says:
    @Speak Truth To Power

    A new world order built that that is God and Christ

    Been there, done that, and it sucked! Anymore dumb ideas?

  52. @Wally

    Something is wrong about the map of Holocaust denial countries. The nationalist parties in Russia regularly deny the Holocaust and denounce Jews in general and Israel in particular. In Italy and Portugal in the aftermath of fascist dictatorships both nations enshrined freedom of speech and press in their national Constitutions. Ditto for Greece and Spain.The politcios may have passed statutes outlawing Holocaust denial but if anyone is prosecuted for such an “offense” the case and any convictions would be tossed out by the courts based on their constitutions. In fact hundreds of Austrians, Germans and French who are Holocaust deniers fled persecution in their home countries to safe haven in southern European nations and the authorities there have consistently refused to extradite them because of their own constitutions.

    For the record I believe that the Holocaust did happen and about 6 million Jews and 6 million Gentiles perished. Not all in the concentration/death camps, but many due to cold, disease, starvation, bombardment, etc. However Holocaust denial should never be outlawed nor any other type of free speech that is not obscene. Extreme Zionists make all Jews look like censors when they seek to ban the speech and writings of Holocaust deniers. According to polls most Jews believe in the Holocaust but a majority also believe that people have a right to not believe in the Holocaust and to say so publicly.

    • Replies: @Wally
  53. @Ronald Thomas West

    As long as CJ doesn’t publish in German, he should be OK … for now.

  54. Miro23 says:
    @Ilya G Poimandres

    Thanks for the point that “Democracy” covers a whole range of electorate/government interactions from citizens direct input and local voting to completely disconnected Washington “representatives”.

    Semi-direct democracy – a combination of the power to create or strike law by both representatives (elected or selected), and the electorate. Switzerland has it (to a degree because of its media, just check the June 10th banking referendum propaganda machine), China approximates it because it polls its population on every level, decision and preference.

    At the very least, the electorate should have power to strike laws made by representatives and rescind previously struck laws by representatives. This is only fair – people should have a process for declaring directly what laws they want to abide by. Representatives may not like it, but society is society, it should be able to make these choices, for good or bad.

    Semi-direct democracy is an interesting system, but it does need 85-90% of taxation to be raised and spent locally (for example at county level). Washington receives little money (power) and only the States/counties have the right to issue debt (no more FED).

    So, taking a poor county like Jefferson County, Mississippi with a population of 7.700 people (86% Black), they would have enough tax revenue (based on the principle that everyone had to contribute), to make their own decisions about a junior and senior school + selecting teachers, a police station + selecting police, a basic health centre + selecting doctors and medical staff (state hospital for major operations) a courtroom and a small permanent administration to organize obligatory community meetings, research issues and organize voting.

    It would not be much, but if it happened to succeed they could have some legitimate pride in it.

  55. Wally says:
    @Speak Truth To Power

    said: “In fact hundreds of Austrians, Germans and French who are Holocaust deniers fled persecution in their home countries to safe haven in southern European nations and the authorities there have consistently refused to extradite them because of their own constitutions. ”

    – Really” Then tell us who, when, where.
    – And why should they have to flee their own countries?
    – Why are there such laws at all if the ‘holocaust’ narrative is absolute proven fact’?
    “For the record I believe that the Holocaust did happen and about 6 million Jews and 6 million Gentiles perished.”
    – So what is your proof?
    – If you say ‘witnesses’, then you clearly you believe in witchcraft which has far more ‘witnesses’ and court proceedings..
    If you say ‘witnesses’ then tell me who, what they said in their own words, what court they said them in, and when.
    – Please show the immense human remains that are alleged to exist in claimed known places.
    Recall the claim of 900,000 buried at Treblinka, 1,250,000 at Auschwitz, or 250,000 at Sobibor, 34,000 at Babi Yar .. Jews claim they still exist and claim to know exactly where these alleged enormous mass graves are.
    – Tell us how the alleged ‘gas chambers’ supposedly worked.
    – If there was ‘a plan to kill every Jew the Germans could get their hands on’ as alleged, then why are there countless numbers of so called “survivor\$”?
    The Rudolf Report
    Expert Report on Chemical and Technical Aspects
    of the ‘Gas Chambers’ of Auschwitz
    Dissecting the Holocaust
    The Growing Critique of ‘Truth’ and ‘Memory’
    much more:
    Holocaust Handbooks, Documentaries, & Videos:

  56. @Realist

    Deja vu! You sound exactly like King Louis and Marie Antoinette in the 1780s and Czar Nicholas and Alexandra in the 1910s. “None so blind as he who will not see.” I am definitely the realist here.

  57. Che Guava says:

    Good to see that Wally has a detailed post on his obsession. Not that his points are without point, just that the insistence probably does his cause little good.

    As for C..J., must read it again to see if I really like it, many commonplace ideas. Of course, largely agree.

    One point though, one can’t buy anything anywhere. That is just a myth.

    I went to Carrefoure north of Tokyo a few years ago, never again, except some good wine, nothing a normal supermarket here does not have. Even the cheeses and breads were dull.

    That is called serving the market. Most people like crappy sugar-filled bread, so it goes brown and burns when toasted.

    In inner Tokyo. one can find better bread, but it is not easy, and real black bread, when found, is very expensive and in an inconvenient shape. Too narrow.

    I would guess Carrefoure in France has better bread, cheese, and snacks, but if they ever tried selling them where their supermarket is, nobody would want to buy.

    One thing I miss from time overseas is rollmops (Scand.) or sledge (Slav)-herring pickled in vinegar. Never seem in any import grocer’s.

    Vietnamese and Thai restaurants do without coriander, in dishes where it is essential, just because it is usually impossible to find, and if it is around, small quant.s and expensive. Other things, too, so some things become ersatz.

    Even Korean food is ersatz, to the extent that the kim chee is mild, as is the chili sauce, ‘cos that is what sells. Even going to Korean grocer’s, the kim chee is too mild.

    • Replies: @Wally
  58. Che Guava says:

    Singapore is hardly an exemplar. I say this having lived there for years. One-party state (harsh measures if anybody else wins a seat in parliamemt, usually driven out on trumped-up charges).

    Very poor on liberty, in some ways sensible, in some 1984.
                                Having had several years of school in their system, great education, grateful for it, outside also very educational.

    Would not want to living there as an adult, it is a place where money buys ()limited) extra freedom at times, if in with a young fashionable scene, but oppressive in general.

    The original logo of the perennial ruling party, People’s Action Party, was based on that of the British Union of Fascists. Not saying it is a bad thing, just that it says a little about where Lee Kuan Yew’s inspirations were.

  59. Anonymous [AKA "Renato dei Paschi"] says:

    Whenever we study the problem of democracy it is helpful to distinguish between government, the state, and the society which are interdependent. Today the sitution seems to be that without having democratic governments we still have or could have democratic States and/or democratic societies. But, because of the unequal distribution of wealth and other reasons , old democratic societies are more and more transformed into class societies again. Democracy can only survive in democratic societies which are in danger when there are too many rich and too many poor, as history has shown us many times.

  60. Anonymous [AKA "Guywhoreadsnovels"] says:

    I really enjoyed this author’s novel “Zone 23.” I hope you’re writing more, C.J.!

  61. anon[144] • Disclaimer says:

    Pilgrims were not persecuted in Holland nor in Britain. They failed in their attempts to turn Britain into a theological country of their liking and type .

    Constantine found out that to save the empire ,it needed an unifying theory of world and Heaven view . The earlier practices had frayed and degenerated and were unable to hold the country together.

    Constantine also found the same relics of atmosistic tendencies in Chrustisnity of Rome, Egypt,and Asia Minor . This he rightly identified would break the empire.

    He imposed his solution by forcing the Council of Nicea followed one and only one version of existing Christisnity.m

  62. unseated says:

    Singapore? It comes pretty close to national socialism. 82% of housing is public –

    It has one of the highest ranked public health systems in the world:
    and a heavily subsidized public transport system:

    As to taxes they are low but about to rise:

  63. Wally says:
    @Che Guava

    “Good to see that Wally has a detailed post on his obsession. Not that his points are without point, just that the insistence probably does his cause little good.”

    Leave it to a Zionist to label interest in historical truth an “obsession”.
    As if they are not obsessed with their fake ‘6M” and of course, themselves. LOL
    More Jew projection from Che Guava.

    The source of most of my information is, and they tell me that their site is booming with readers like never before. Oops.

    So Che Guava’s wishful thinking of “probably does his cause little good” is baseless and desperate.
    Zionists can only wish that Revisionists would go away. LOL

    The ‘6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’ are scientifically impossible frauds.
    see the ‘holocaust’ scam debunked here:
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:

  64. Che Guava says:


    I am not even Jewish, let alone a Zionist.

    Not even pro-Zionist at all, although early teen reading was leading me into a false view of Israelis (they are great strugglers, etc.), actual encounters were a big shock. Not nice people at all. Must be some, if to visit the place, but I never will.

    Since you are such an obsessive lunatic, will not continuing with *true* stories of Israeli crimes and obnoxious behaviour in Japan..

    No name-calling, you say. Well, you are doing it to me here, several times. I am finding it amusing, but it is also making me think that you are truly some kind of mis-representation agent, just to make what you say you are supporting look bad, or simply a fool.

    I will favour the former hypothesis, but the latter may well be correct.

    • Replies: @Wally
  65. Wally says:
    @Che Guava

    Yep, all of that must be why you’ve dodged everything I have posted.
    Indeed, I am “obsessive” about the truth. And you?
    Also note that my posts are only in response to article content or posted material by others.
    And please let me know when you have found the remains of millions of Jews that Jews claim to know the precise locations of.

    I suggest that ‘you protest too much’.

    more recommended:
    The Chemistry of Auschwitz
    The Technology and Toxicology of Zyklon B and the Gas Chambers. A Crime-Scene Investigation

    By Germar Rudolf
    Lectures on the Holocaust
    Controversial Issues Cross Examined

    By Germar Rudolf

  66. paranoidgoy says: • Website

    “So maybe revolutions will be the new way of managing the world,” Hmm, Syria, Lybia, Venezuela… What a novel idea, using revolutions as a way to “manage the world”, Yugoslavia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, France… Why has no-one thought of that, revolution as a form of governement? Georgia, Ukraine… will somebody stop me, please!

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