On a positive note, I had an amazing day today. A really hardcore wonderful, amazing day. Absolutely nothing of note happened yet I feel sensational.
I fully attribute this to the fact that something glitched in my phone this morning and the alarm didn’t ring. I have no idea why I keep turning on this alarm. I don’t have to be anywhere at a particular time.
God, I feel great.
BLMers violently attacked a group of Orthodox Jews in Philadelphia:
Orthodox Jews violently attacked by mob @ BLM protest last night in Philly. They told protesters they were there to show solidarity. Mob shouted anti Semitic & racist hate as they assaulted victims. Spoke to victim, says he feared for his life. This needs to be condemned by all! https://t.co/oAY2kSaqM4
Biden hasn’t disavowed this anti-semitic act. He hasn’t condemned the BLM violence of the last two days at all.
So what does Klaus Schwab mean when he says that neoliberalism is over and the nation-state has fully recovered from the loss of relevance it had been experiencing pre-COVID?
Schwab is operating with an outdated, simplistic definition of neoliberalism that assumes there will be nothing but markets and no state whatsoever. But it’s not the state that goes away in the neoliberal future. Oh no, not at all. The state will be just fine. It’s the nation-state that will go away. State and nation-state aren’t synonymous, just like cucumber and vegetables aren’t.
Schwab draws his conclusions from the dramatic expansion of state powers under the guise of “an exceptional danger” that SARS-COV-2 supposedly represents and from massive payouts to the quarantined masses in the form of Trumpbucks and their equivalents.
How can we talk about the death of the state, Schwab prompts us to ask, when in California the state governor is prohibiting the use of “indoor bathrooms” when visiting somebody and regulates the pitch of your voice if you decide to sing (seriously, look it up).
Here’s the deal, though. Neoliberalism always relied on the state to enforce its dictates. Ray Kiely, a scholar from the UK, for instance, explained a long time ago that “neoliberalism from the outset was prepared to use state power in ways that would defend the market order.” Remember the birth of neoliberalism in Chile? A brutal dictatorship had to be installed to create a neoliberal society. What we are seeing today is not new. It’s same old, same old.
But how does the increased state spending figure into this situation?
Let’s ask Kiely again. “The expansion of state spending itself,” he says, “doesn’t necessarily challenge or undermine neoliberal rationalities.” It’s all about where the money that the state spends will end up.
As I’ve been saying for years, there is nothing more neoliberal that the Universal Basic Income. And it’s not accidental that Schwab is a great fan of the concept.
Before I resume our discussion of the COVID Reset book, here’s a small illustration that spares you having to read it:
I showed up to a Zoom meeting yesterday, and people who were already there were counting how many times they’ve been out of their houses since March. Six, ten, four, two times. This is in a tiny town with non-existent mortality. Somebody did this to them. Somebody terrorized them into cowering at home in terror for months. That somebody is getting gigantic profits from their fear.
It won’t stop until we make it stop. We need to conquer our fear and go live our lives. And by we I don’t mean me. After the first two weeks, I’ve been living my usual life. I’m actually out of the house more than I was pre-COVID.
And here’s Biden dog-whistling his support to the violent looters in Philadelphia:
This is a guy that can’t quit prattling about Charlottesville. This is the guy that will end polarization and bring peace. The same guy that hasn’t condemned the rioting in Philly and is egging on the goons.
These political polls that I’m doing as part of my little gaming addiction are fun. They show me what the Democrats who made the polls think about the people who don’t vote like them.
In their opinion, people who vote Republican share these characteristics:
- They are Evangelicals
- They own guns
- They don’t trust others
- They beat children
- They listen to the radio
- They like Spotify
I don’t know what Spotify is, so I’m a bit mystified by this last point. But it’s always these six things, from one poll to the next. I’m zero for six, so this prediction model is not flawless.