Reply to Brian Easton on Pundit – Angries, Mangries, and ElitangriesPosted: December 18, 2016
Well written as usual but there is one aspect you appear not to have considered: the elite are angry too, in fact desperate. Between climate change, global pollution, and the recognition of the uselessness of nuclear weapons except for suicide, the millennial long approach, even philosophy, of civilization, at least in the West, namely exploitation, which in addition to a fundamental plundering of the planet, has also taken many plundering forms of social organisation, such as oligarchy, inequality, royalty and class based societies, the emerging corporate oligarchy, etc. often through some form of capitalism, is no longer survivable (sustainable). That has been widely understood since the sixties/seventies. So-called climate sceptics are simply not believable, they are just desperate (thus angry). The capitalist exploiters know this as well, hence neo-liberalism. Enron, ‘The Smartest Guys in the Room’, showed the direction of weirdness this desperation was going, and the so-called ‘financial crisis’ of 07-08 showed how open they were prepared to be. It is now or never for this philosophy, and it has its sights set on the ultimate one, the monetary singularity, which would be the social culmination of the exploitation mentality.
You see the political problem is that the angries, the mangries, and the elitangries (sorry) all share the same terror that the changes necessary for survival are fundamental, including a more or less disappearance of the consumer society in its present form. This terror-desperation-anger is a major source of the new politics of today but it has not entered the discussion. It needs to.*
Richard Keller, Wellington
* Naomi Kline in ‘This Changes Everything’ has tried to tell this story softly, but no one is fooled. The thought of the needed changes produces an earthquake like terror and civilisation at the political level is not yet ready for this discussion. I’m looking forward to reading the book, “The End of Alchemy”, which might add to this discussion.