This is a very rough draft in progress. I present an insight, that if true, would be highly significant for the “future direction of humankind”. I welcome others to join me in this Learning Expedition.
INSIGHT: 3, instead of 2, fundamental social/societal systems are now at play. To Corporations and Governments I propose we add CABALS (of Conspiratorial Gangs [CG]. CGs have probably existed since the rise of humankind, and Cabals of CGs, have also been influential in different eras and places. What I propose is different in this 21st century is the globalization of cabals and their enhanced power using Intelligent Technology.
CONSEQUENCE: Trump, the GOP, and Russia are NOT the primary players in the game unfolding across Planet Earth.
CABALS – re-defined.
The term, CABAL, took on its present meaning from a group of ministers of King Charles II of England (Sir Thomas Clifford, Lord Arlington, the Duke of Buckingham, Lord Ashley, and Lord Lauderdale), whose initial letters coincidentally spelled CABAL, and who were the signatories of the Secret Treaty of Dover that allied England to
If we were strict to the dictionary, what I have labeled “conspiratorial gangs” are cabals, and what I have labeled “cabals” are meta-cabals.
What distinguishes cabals and CGs from governments and corporations is the absence of formal (constitutional) organization. In this sense of “Organized Crime”, their “organization” is more fluid (yet, could be strictly enforced by threats-of-force, at any moment). I will add another acronym, LOC, for “LEGAL ORGANIZED CRIME”. LOC exists when cabals of CGs infiltrate governments and corporations and permit criminal acts. Not all acts by cabals need be “criminal”, in the legal sense – but just as heinous, such as letting people (incidentally) starve to gain profit.
RUSSIA & AMERICA:
The Russian Revolution was strongly influenced by a CG (Lenin, etc.) and CGs must have existed through the history of the USSR. The “fall” of the USSR might be attributed to cabals (oligarchs from the “West” and those desiring to be oligarchs in Russia). Secret agencies, like the old KGB, were probably rife with smaller CGs (in competition for power) – including Putin.
Contemporary Russia is probably a mix of “more formal” governments and corporations, all infiltrated by CGs which can direct operations, such as manipulating elections in other nations. In a sense, neither Russia or America EXIST.
For those neither Russian or American, can they blame “the USA” for all the bad things done by Trump and the GOP – when the majority of US citizens oppose these actions, as well at the Democratic Party. Can we blame “the Russians” for everything done by “the Kremlin” – and the cabals within them?
In the case of the USA, the grand scheme of global cabals (possibly led by Russian cabals) is to install a cabal deep into USA governmental systems (Federal to Local). Political corruption is but a consequence of cabal action.
Cabals in corporations maneuver their formal leadership to steal from the citizenry. This has been going on for decades in the USA, while the governments in the EU had more control to limit their cabals. This may be breaking down in the EU, and other viable nations/economies.
An intriguing query is why the cabals influencing the USA would let the infrastructure decay, to the extent that the USA may lose its economic leadership, let alone global hegemony. I speculate that the dominant cabal in the USA, since WWII – and until “recently”, has not included organized criminal cabals (“Mafias”). There may now be a global cabal (within BRICS & more) that believes it necessary to blunt the military hegemony of the USA (subverting Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, etc.). The old cabal, that included all past USA Presidents, is in competition with a rapidly emergent global cabal (seafed by IT).
The decades long history of Donald Trump is rich with evidence of his deep involvement with organized crime. Decades ago, facing bankruptcy and ruin, he was “hired” by a cabal of bankers to be a promotional front man. Trumps skills at disruption were recognized, as well as the ease to manipulate him. He is pure ego.
Why commentators with left perspectives continue as if Trump is in control of USA policy, is a query of high significance. Add to this the absence of commentary of USA military push around Russia that gives Russia legitimacy to defense – cyber defense. This query leads us beyond the scope of this essay: humans cognition doesn’t occur as our best science claims. Every human is locked into self reinforcing silos; from which it is difficult (not impossible) to escape. The current mix of IT and Social Media have aggravated this situation, while proving the tools to escape.
GOP & BILLIONAIRES:
Was the rise of the GOP in control of all three branches of government the result of a cabal plot? Or, was it partly due to the stupidity of Democrats? What “organized role” was played by the new hyper-wealthy? How global is this rise of hyper-wealthy, or is it unique to the USA.
In a sense, the hyper-wealthy can organize a cabal around themselves; some being more transparent/secret than others. Both corporations and the hyper-wealthy influence governments. Campaign financing for politicians who support them to writing and composing legislation, as does ALEC, has rendered USA governments but an arm of the economy. This is presented in the mass media as corporations having to fight unfair regulations by governments.
INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.) and CABALS
It seems strange supporting the FBI against Trump, when but a few years ago we were critical of the FBI (and other agencies). We now listen, with support, to retired agency leaders who we earlier accused of falsehoods.
I have come to view these agencies differently, under the light of their being infected by cabals. Those actions by agencies we object to, may be orchestrated by cabals within the agency; and not adequately comprehended/supported by the main rank&file of agency workers. Organizational loyalty can be very powerful.
GROSS IGNORANCE & MYTHOLOGICAL PUBLIC POWER
It boggles my mind when I see concurrent support of
1) polls revealing the gross ignorance of the vast majority of the population, and
2) polls by the same persons, given credence as if their warped opinions should be taken as guidance in a democratic process.