Review: For a New Critique of Political Economy by Bernard Stiegler

Bernard Stiegler

4 Stars Brilliant Vital Focus on Human Contributions to Economic Wealth Creation, Turgid Beyond Comprehension

The only thinig worse that reading a book in turgid academic French ( which I cannot do) is reading the same book translated into turgid academic English — turgid on steroids. This book could have been a ten page articulation of its core concept, that political economy needs to be rooted in the actual time-energy-intellect-spirit of each of the humans engaged in any process, rather than what we have today, where the financialization of the economy and the legalization of all forms of cheating and corruption, have impoverished and dispossessed the 99% for the benefit of the 1%.

Here is the most coherent bit from the official Amazon description:

By bringing together Plato and Marx, Stiegler can show how a generalized proletarianization now encompasses not only the muscular system, as Marx saw it, but also the nervous system of the so-called creative workers in the information industries. The proletarians of the former are deprived of their practical know-how, whereas the latter are shorn of their theoretical practice, and both suffer from a confiscation of the very possibility of a genuine art of living.

What I get from this book:

“Economy of Contribution” is the key phrase

Profits should reflect value creation that is sustainable, profits cannot be durable if they destroy society.

Fictitious capital (which I take to be compound interest on stolen money, derivatives, and stock gambling with the manipulation of futures as well as currency and interest rates) is the cancer of capitalism today.

In combination, consumerist capital (others would say big box swindle) and funny money (monnaie de singe in French) institutionalize carelessness, impunity, and the larger “consumption” of society by the bankers.

Shareholder capitalism disrespects and impoverishes the greater ecology of shareholders (workers, customers, communities, societies, host countries).

The “conservative revolution” is a much needed correction that subordinates the technical system to the economic system.

The author is strongest in showing that technology used to displace humans is destructive of political economy correctly understood as the total integration of politics (human ends, ways, and means) and economy (methods of production).

The author articulates the urgency of ensuring that technology empowers humans to do more creative work rather than less — I did a rant to this effect for Paul Allen’s INTERVAL in 1993, but of course they did not get it, nor did Amazon get it when I spoke to them in 2007 — everyone rushes to place technology in the service of the 1% and against the 99% and that is a YUGE mistake.

The author has a section on the collapse of a system of motivations, which I interpret to mean that when you  take out the pursuit of happiness (fulfilment) and turn everyone into a cog, a slave, an automaton, you literally rip the heart out of the economy and out of society.

The economy of contribution and the conservative revolution must — as Special Operations has always said (but often dishonored) — put people first. The three “first principles” of SOF bear mention here:

  • Humans are more important than hardware.
  • Quality is better than Quantity.
  • Special Operations Forces cannot be mass produced.

My emphasis on holistic analytics certainly calls for the re-integration of political science  and economics, as well as the the complete integration of true cost economics and commercial intelligence (decision-support) into every product, process, and policy. What we have today is a terribly corrupt system in which the 1% are not held accountable for screwing the 99% with impunty — with the active complicity of the US Government including particularly the Department of Justice and the FBI.

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Review: Hidden in Plain Sight – Beyond the X-Files

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Richard Sauder, PhD

4 Stars – The most recent of three books, the one to read if you read only one, but does NOT repeat all the maps, photos, and diagrams from first two

This book was published in 2010 and is the most recent of the three books that I bought and read, all quick reads.

It covers underground bases, undersea bases, long range magnetic levitation and pneumatic tunnel high-speed transport, and extraterrestials.

The author offers a conversational presentation, he does not use hyperbole, and does  his best to be balanced with what he can show is known.

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Review: Underwater and Underground Bases

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Richard Sauder, PhD

4 Star Second book in series, focus on underwater cities and bases with emphasis on submarine pens and secret cross peninsula tunnels

As with the first book, this one published in 2001, it is a quick read and it includes diagrams, maps, and photographs. While not definitive, and the author is careful to distinguish between what he knows and what he speculates, this book is as good as it gets in terms of open source information covering what may be  the single most secretive (and Congressionally not authorized) program in the US inventory — the other would be the secret space program, also not authorized by Congress.

This book substantially expands on what we can know about long-range high-speed underground tunnels across the USA and even below the oceans (e.g. New York to London in one hour).

I have no direct knowledge but I have been persuaded by my reading of non-fiction over the past few years that the US federal government is completely out of control — the Executive has run amok, Congress has abidcated its responsibilities, and the Supreme Court consists of a bunch of spinless posturers doing nothing to rein in Constitutional abuses.

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Review: Underground Bases and Tunnels – What is the government trying to hide?

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Richard Sauder, PhD

4 Star The original overview from 1995 first serious book about deep underground military bases (DUMB)

Although Amazon lists this book as published in 2014, that is a reprint date.  This is the original 1995 publication, and the author, a PhD who does not drink or do drugs, is the original open source intelligence investigator of a trillion dollar plus secret program that is off the books — neither authorized by Congress, nor the funds declared to Congress.

While the book is a quick read, it represents years of work by the author, and includes explicit detail including diagrams, locations, names, and more. It also includes photographs and explanations of tunneling capabilities used to create underground cities that could be as many as 20 levels and miles below the surface of the earth.

Also covered is magnetic levitation pneumatic technology that makes possible very long distance travel, underground, in short times.

There is a bow toward extraterrestrial possibilities but these are not documented as well as the facilities and tunneling are.

The author is careful to distinguish between what he knows and what he is speculating might be true. I myself have doubts about the extent of all of these things, but in the past two years I have been persuaded that trillions of dollars have been spent on a secret space program (also not authorized by Congress) and secret underground capabilities.

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