Quick Note: Pattern in Politics

Today the election campaigns kicked off a little bit harder. Of course, there is no choice in British parliamentary politics, only the illusion of choice; the spectacle is in full motion, and visible opposition is either illusiory pseudo-opposition or quickly recuperated.

So no new new year solutions, just a couple of notes of analysis.

Firstly, make a note of the way the media (e.g. BBC) is used to create a sense that this election is important, that there is much at stake, that the results fortell “radical” change. Obviously the BBC and other news outlets are fully implicated in the spectacle. When you hear things like this, sneer, shout obscenities, or simply turn off the damn racket. But, don’t worry or panic, even though you will probably, like me, feel that the spectacle is pervasive, and its weight crushing. There is still space for surreal tactics, chance perspectives, and moments of elation, even now.

Secondly, please also note the common pattern that sees all mainsteam political parties try to shift blame and the weight of enacting change onto the individual – be it the responsibility for the envirnoment, the cost of higher education, the bankers’ crisis, national security, unemployment, or social problems. With one hand they take away our freedom and autonomy, whilst with the other they point an accusatory finger blaming us for problems (now) beyond our control. They then use the latter to further the former, leading us deeper and deeper into the unreality of the spectacle.

Again, don’t dispair.




~ by Wit on January 5, 2010.

One Response to “Quick Note: Pattern in Politics”

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