YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

August 5, 2012

Hating finance capital

Big Money crushing the People

Much of this website has been devoted to decoding “liberal” propaganda, especially the repetitive strains of populism that will constitute the Democratic Party playbook in 2012 as we move toward an election that will either push us yet further on the path to communism or dirigisme (a form of elite rule where the state not only regulates the economy but directs investment), or that will reverse course and could restore the American economy along more laissez-faire lines. The rhetoric of “families” can be seen as entirely about collectivist identities, or it can be seen, also, as a plea to corporations to look upon their employees as children whose demands should be met through further concessions. The index that follows is only a small portion of what has been my major concern: the authoritarian character of American political culture since the New Deal. Sadly, Popular Front politics have masked the penetration of communist and other statist ideas into the mainstream political discourse.

In sum, the State exists to cage the octopus of “finance capital.” That is the unifying theme of today’s “progressives” and before that, the Progressive movement: such populist scapegoating provides a bogus image of unity in fragmented societies. And recall that Hitler thought that the Soviets were not really socialists like himself, but were the puppets of “finance capital” a.k.a. the Jews.

https://clarespark.com/2009/09/18/bad-sex-in-the-new-york-times/ (David Brooks separates populism from progressivism, which is wrong.)









https://clarespark.com/2011/03/28/index-to-multiculturalism-blogs/ (On German Romantic predecessors to political correctness)

https://clarespark.com/2013/06/15/the-politics-of-family-vs-mass-politics-altered/ (retitled Decoding Les Miserables and the superhero)



  1. […] association of Jews with the love of money, then identifying Judaism with "finance capital." See https://clarespark.com/2012/08/05/hating-finance-capital/. Leave a […]

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  2. […] populist appeal to this ideology, for instance in the demonization of “finance capital.” (See https://clarespark.com/2012/08/05/hating-finance-capital/.)  And right-wing populism was undoubtedly the decisive factor in Hitler’s rise to power and to […]

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  3. >>It would be ever so much more convenient if we just all lived in really tall buildings with living space in the top half, and workplaces on the bottom half, so that all you’d need to do to get from one to the other is take the elevator.”

    The John Hancock Center in Chicago was built to do exactly that, in 1972. It also includes tons of retail, doctor’s offices, etc. Residents there literally never have to leave the building.

    Comment by Jack Kelly — August 8, 2012 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  4. There’s another agenda – I don’t know if you’ve covered it: the move to get people out of the suburbs (“unsustainable!”) and into the cities. I saw a recent story on (possibly) Mayor Bloomberg, who was pushing for dwellings in the 300-sq-ft range (“after all, who needs more than ….”).

    There’s an IKEA near us; they have house plans starting around 325 sq-ft. They’re nice, they’re livable – as long as you’re lifestyle is a bit monkish, and you never ever plan on having friends over for dinner.

    It would be ever so much more convenient if we just all lived in really tall buildings with living space in the top half, and workplaces on the bottom half, so that all you’d need to do to get from one to the other is take the elevator.

    Comment by ZZ — August 6, 2012 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

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