MILITARIZATION OF ACCUMULATIONS AND THE POLICE STATE
The trend towards authoritarianism is steadily occupying an increasingly large position. She returns under a different camouflage despite the fact that public activists in Europe and the USA still consider it their civic duty to expose any of its manifestations. Our time is a run-up to the creation of police states, which by their anti-human nature will inevitably be fascized. Those who understand this should not be silent, for it is precisely “indifferent that engenders fascism.”
One of the main answers to the growing stagnation and social crisis of the world capitalist neoliberal system is the turn to right populism and authoritarian rule. One of the English-speaking analysts studying the threats of globalization, the left sociologist William Robinson, argues that the accumulation crisis led many countries to the activation of right-wing populism, to rhetorical nationalism. Which, by the way, is a very typical product with a global brand of the capitalist system. Right-wing populism, which has already brought neo-fascist ideology to power in some developing countries, is not just one of the ghostly threats. This is the path to a global police state. W. Robinson describes the neo-fascism of the 21st century: “There is a convergence of the political need of global capitalism in social control and repression, and its economic need to perpetuate accumulation in the face of stagnation.” The researcher calls this multidisciplinary accumulation, oracle through repression, based on the development and deployment of systems of war, social control and total suppression.
This is universally manifested in the privatization of the armed forces, in internment and repression against emigrants, in promoting the population that it is migrants who are the cause of growing unemployment and increasing impoverishment. This phenomenon is accompanied, as always, by the strengthening of state security control, which is still explained by the need to fight terrorism.
The fourth industrial revolution, which caused the rapid growth of information and communication technologies, is inherently associated with a crisis of excessive accumulation. Digital technologies play a central role in the functioning of global capitalism at all levels, laying the infrastructure for extensive and wasteful financial speculation, thanks to the acquired level of speed of coordination of efforts.
The rapidly growing pace of technological progress directly affects not only global production and the development of transcontinental logistics, but also the growth of the social stratum, the precariat, which can lead to the development of this stratum into a new class. It is likely that this is a new class that will include the insignificant islets of the proletariat remaining in developed countries, after the elimination of millions of jobs; moreover, there are signs that it is the precariat that will become the very link “X” in the upcoming revolutionary situations, that is, the new proletariat, which will gradually become aware of its class essence.
The level of global social polarization and inequality is currently unprecedented. The richest percent of humanity controls more than half of the world’s wealth, while the bottom 80 percent accounts for only 4.5 percent. As popular discontent spreads, far-right and neo-fascist mobilization plays a decisive role in the efforts of dominant groups to divert this content from criticism of global capitalism and to support the TCC agenda dressed in populist rhetoric.
The rapidly developing artificial intelligence developments at all stages of production lead mankind to a new phenomenon, still unfamiliar at previous levels of development of productive forces: their further progress will inevitably lead to more and more successful crowding out people from most workplaces of large production capacities that previously required more – Less skilled workers. Man loses in competition with new technological forces.
This situation will grow exponentially, zeroing out for a person the number of vacancies with the highest and secondary qualification levels. Gradually, and possibly faster, it’s almost impossible to extrapolate these rates even in the least developed countries of the Third World, the need for cheap human labor (which makes Asia “Klondike” for world capital by moving it there almost all production chains) will come to naught.
At the same time, this situation leads to the fact that, as mentioned above, representatives of the precariate associated with new digital technologies will lose their, yet more or less privileged, social status. At the end of the stage of the fourth industrial revolution, associated both with the reduction of the middle class and white-collar workers, and – in the closest way – with the still observed growth in the importance of the markets of Asian and other developing countries, IT-generation representatives are gradually moving into the social stratum of wage earners. Summing up his analysis of the phenomenon of information space, W. Robinson writes: “Accumulation in millipedes has become another important exit for capital, and many digital technologies are aimed, therefore, at the needs of military and police surveillance, at new opportunities for a global suppression machine, which gains new levels of repression. The conclusions reached by W. Robinson, who also claims that “the new hegemonic bloc is on the rise,” are shared by other serious researchers. The prospects for the emergence of a supranational police state are being gradually identified, and can indeed become an irreversible outcome of the processes of capitalist globalization. This civilizational turn is facilitated by an increase in the capabilities of the digital economy, devaluing state institutions. The functioning of modern nation-states is increasingly losing its former significance, being subjected to pressure both from within, from opposition forces and separative associations, and from outside, from international institutions and supranational business structures. Powerlessness of state structures, shocked by protest potential powerlessness. and, simultaneously with the localized centers of nationalist relapses, it seems that three parts of capital are united around the long-interconnected process of global financial speculation and militarized accumulation ”, in which logisticians of the business elite“ unload ”billions of dollars of surplus accumulated capital.
At the same time, this situation leads to the fact that, as mentioned above, representatives of the precariate associated with new digital technologies will lose their, yet more or less privileged, social status. At the end of the stage of the fourth industrial revolution, associated both with the reduction of the middle class and white-collar workers, and – in the closest way – with the still observed growth in the importance of the markets of Asian and other developing countries, IT-generation representatives are gradually moving into the social stratum of wage earners . Summing up his analysis of the phenomenon of information space, W. Robinson writes: “Accumulation in millipedes has become another important exit for capital, and many digital technologies are aimed, therefore, at the needs of military and police surveillance, at new opportunities for a global suppression machine, which gains new levels of repression. The conclusions reached by W. Robinson, who also claims that “the new hegemonic bloc is on the rise,” are shared by other serious researchers. The prospects for the emergence of a supranational police state are being gradually identified, and can indeed become an irreversible outcome of the processes of capitalist globalization. This civilizational turn is facilitated by an increase in the capabilities of the digital economy, devaluing state institutions. The functioning of modern nation-states is increasingly losing its former significance, being subjected to pressure both from within, from opposition forces and separative associations, and from outside, from international institutions and supranational business structures. Powerlessness of state structures, shocked by protest potential powerlessness. and, simultaneously with the localized centers of nationalist relapses, it seems that three parts of capital are united around the long-interconnected process of global financial speculation and militarized accumulation”, in which logisticians of the business elite“ unload ”billions of dollars of surplus accumulated capital.
Financial capital provides credit for investment in the economy, in the economic and technical technology sectors, for the implicitly emerging global police state. Consequently, just as private accumulation merges with the militarization of the state, the fate of Silicon Valley and Wall Street becomes connected with the emerging militaristic and repressive spheres of the future police state. If humanity survives this economic crisis, the world will be shaken by more global and deeper levels of “economic turbulence”. For the proposed mitigation of the upcoming crises of capitalism at a new round of their development, processes are taking place that are currently observed in the form of fascization of states. It is precisely on neo-fascism of the 21st century that global capital makes a possible bet – that is why the concentration of legitimate power in the hands of authoritarian state structures that have a nationalist, and, in fact, Neo-fascist ideology, becomes the predominant political dominant in order to facilitate the transition of hegemony over time in the world to supranational authoritarian structures.
While in the United States, President Trump has been “tirelessly fighting” for democracy around the world, with racism and xenophobic authoritarianism and in fact, turning the White House into the forefront of the gloomy reactionary darkness over the world the ghost of neo-fascism has long haunted Europe.
Another well-known left-wing sociologist Karl Boggs, while also analyzing the phenomenon of a new and rapidly growing neo-fascist danger in the modern world, is inclined to believe that its sources of fascization are rooted even more deeply than is commonly thought. In his view, the fascist principle lies at the foundation of the history of the economic and industrial power of the United States. Most of the famous and powerful modern international business corporations that originated in the United States received their initial capital precisely thanks to the predatory and hateful colonial policies of the North American government, to which they pushed him. Their enrichment was based on the once industrial scale slave trade, and then on the use of slave labor. The development of the United States in its modern form, according to the sociologist, is rooted in “corporatism, the imposition of super-patriotism, militarism, imperialism and racism. To this we add the wide influence of the right wing of Christian Protestant fundamentalism, whose ideological paradigm can be represented in the form of the following formula: “God + nation + family + strong military structures, and all this = American conservatism.” Along with the feeling of our own greatness instilled around the world, such a paradigm of economic and political infallibility of one country inevitably leads us towards a new type of fascism or what can be called “equivalent” to fascist rule, which is carried out by modern power structures, or ruling political elites, extremely integrated with the international business elite. The power exercised by the White House is becoming increasingly oligarchic and authoritarian, not only politically, but also economically and culturally.” C. Boggs sees the United States as a hegemonic superpower that monopolized control of the world. North American imperialism is in a state of constant growth of militarization, which, of course, is closely linked to the crisis of excessive accumulation. Under these conditions, any serious external or internal impulse can lead to the fact that “a crisis of war, social disorganization or economic downturn will tear the curtain of liberal democracy and reveal the face of fascism.” True, for no one of the nations oppressed by US imperialism has long been a secret or secret in its fascist characteristics. The fig leaf that hides them under the guise of “noble efforts to maintain and triumph of democracy in the world” for the countries of Latin America has long been illusive, virtually non-existent: the whole of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st “good intentions” of the USA lead to support the most reactionary, fascist regimes in the countries – satellites of the White House.
Among the masses of Europe, the field for the emergence of the extreme right has been prepared by the anti-emigration policy of many legitimate political forces, ranging from conservative and moderate right, ending with the Social Democratic parties. The legitimization of the rejection of refugees has led to the fact that the population of Europe, faced with migration flows, began to see in them the reason for the criminalization of society and unemployment. At the same time, the conservatives and the moderately right, such as the party of the “National Association”, led by Marine Le Pen in France; the Austrian “Freedom Party”, supervised by outright Nazi Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz and others, fueled such sentiments. This happened just at the very time when the traditional left-wing forces – the communist and socialist parties – became unpopular among the masses. It is sad to realize that the most popular in our time are precisely the radical slogans of right-wing populist groups and parties, such as, for example, the “League of the North” in Italy and the actively reviving Greek “Golden Dawn” in Greece. The masses of people in countries with different levels of well-being are now almost equally affected by spontaneous protests, against the actions of their authorities, whose unpopular steps lead to further collapse of the standard of living of the middle class.
Against the background of unemployment and impoverishment, which covers an ever-wider circle of representatives of different social groups, the propaganda of the “simple way” is effective, on which people are “invited” to “let off steam” on the alleged culprits of the situation – emigrants, communists or Zionists. The far-right propaganda has long mastered this path, striving for an accurate, chopped political discourse based on extreme populism, without hesitating to resort to the rhetoric of “witch-hunt”.
We Europeans, as the Spanish thinker José Ortega y Gasset noted in the book “Rise of the Masses”, are mostly superficial and egocentric, and for the most part we are not inclined to think deeply about social phenomena. Unable to realize the complexity and polyphonic nature of what is happening, modern man is most often confused in his political choice: he has no way, choosing from the environment, it would seem, disparate facts – the most characteristic ones that determine this or that phenomenon are to correctly and dialectically understand it.
Processed by the entertainment industry and the means of mass communication in the direction necessary for the ruling elites, the masses of young people from whom the future of humanity is formed are extremely rarely able to consciously choose certain political views and preferences; and if he chooses, then they follow mainly fashion trends. They are easy to manipulate.
The process of forming the average person – as a thoughtless consumer, with completely atrophied abilities for critical thinking – has been going on for more than a dozen years. It was on ignorance and indifference that the German masses did in the middle of the twentieth century. bet propaganda machine of Hitlerism. The propaganda neoliberal machine now relies on the averaged and simplified psychology of the masses. This happens in all parts of the globe – from Chile to the USA, from Turkey – to the Russian Federation, neoliberalism imposes its own, acting “by default”, draconian social norms.
In the capitalist Russian Federation, power elites are now seriously ill with post-imperialist ambitions and the desire to strengthen the repressive state machine. This alarming diagnosis occurs against the backdrop of a crisis society, in which anti-communist propaganda has been conducted for 40 years. The paradigm that can be called thesis “we must appreciate the beautiful moments of the old, pre-revolutionary Russia” is at the forefront. Under this leitmotif, reactionary views are instilled, monuments and memorial tables are erected in memory of collaborators or occupiers, such as Ataman Krasnov, Kolchak, Mannerheim or the White-Czech interventionists who died on Russian soil. All this easily falls on the mass psychology of modern youth: for each new generation of Russians, there are epithets with a negative narrative – the “generation that chooses Pepsi,” which will be replaced by future teenagers who are called the generation of “androids”. It is easy to imagine the level of their political and civil consciousness. Indeed, most of what constitutes human culture has arisen to this day, and belongs to the creative abilities of generations that have not yet been formed in the digital universe – or the generation on which its impact was limited. As elsewhere in the world, the younger generation is replacing, for which the meaningfulness of actions is not a value quality – it is replaced by the term “motivation” – a politically correct term denoting a selfish bias.
It is difficult for ordinary people, sometimes it is impossible to distinguish true facts from substitution, it is difficult to compare. Moreover, it is difficult to realize that some manifest actions that they perceive as being born of the mainstream and anti-system forces are the extreme opposite. The far-right “anti-system” populists actually exist peacefully with far-right conservatives in numerous state security groups, as well as among the intelligentsia serving in the upper classes. The political and commercial elites of modern society have long subjugated entire groups of intellectuals, who, as Antonio Gramsci wrote, are managers and senior officials in business structures, as well as ideologists who skillfully use the contradictions that exist in similar social groups for manipulation with individual consciousness. As a matter of fact, these very servants of Capital in culture, in science, in the means of mass communication see one of the goals of their actions as the goal set by the ruling tops of them to “create” new and new generations according to a certain model, a matrix that is relevant for a certain time. In which the predominant number of people, tired of confusing reality and weaned to think, are looking for simple ways out of the created socio-economic difficult conditions. Help them, and always “at hand” – right populism. He imperceptibly prepares a meaningless, thoughtlessly existing layman who suddenly – faced with the harsh reality of the economic crisis – to dominate in him the desire for a “strong hand” in power. The trend towards authoritarianism, despite the struggle against it, – if you look superficially – of individuals with an active civic stand, is steadily occupying an increasingly large position.
Today, the future of the social system in which we live is at stake. We cannot allow, neither in relation to the European working class, nor in relation to the mass of the poor throughout the world, that the right-liberal capitalist plague seize the initiative during the development of the crisis created by it. So that the transnational capitalist class (TCC) would again impose its deceitful, authoritarian and a priori antisocial narrative.
More united leftists, radical leftists fighting for a clear anti-capitalist alternative for the working class will find a ready-made audience.
So that our time does not become the threshold of the creation of a global police state, under the control of the Transnational capitalist class, which by its antihuman essence will inevitably be fascized. Those who understand this should not be silent, for it is the indifferent who generate fascism. So when that, and very true, was determined by the Czech anti-fascist Julius Fuchek, who urged people to “be vigilant!”.
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