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EU leaders - sinister religious cult?

by Metatone Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 05:18:44 PM EST

In line with the suggestion in talos' diary The gaping abyss of neoliberal "reform" here are some thoughts on the sinister religious cult that is the Austerians.


The first thing to note is that we have no evidence of whether or not the Austerians are in fact personal masochists, along the lines of Dan Brown's portrayal of Opus Dei.

Rather, the evidence is that like the disciples of Chernobog in S.M. Stirling's The Peshawar Lancers they are dedicated to increasing the misery of the human race.

(Note: we do not know the actual names and rituals of the god(s) of the Austerians.)

From their ruling positions, the Austerians pursue this religious quest, using all the knowledge they have to crash the economies of the EU, condemning millions to unemployment and all the consequences that flow from that.

I use Chernobog from The Peshawar Lancers as an analogy, but it is imperfect, because his followers sought an ending of the human race, as much as misery for it. The Austerians however seem to believe in some kind of utilitarian calculus where they attempt to inflict the most misery on the greatest number of people, to serve their God. In some ways, this is even more horrifying as a goal.

Prominent members of the cult include Angela Merkel and George Osborne. The high priests appear to come from the ranks of economists. I am sure others more knowledgable than I can name them in the comments.  We do not know how many other leaders have been converted to this sinister religion and how many are naive dupes.

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Maybe they are worshippers of Cthulhu?

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 05:34:30 PM EST
And this is their song:



The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 07:13:42 PM EST
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A number of articles in the vast body of material within this website examines, in great detail, the biblically prophetic reasons Europe will one day almost certainly be the heart of the Antichrist beast-system of governmental, economic and religious control prophesied to engulf the world. It will also be at the heart of a false peace process that will initiate the tribulation, which will culminate at Armageddon. We, therefore, refer you to those background works by listing their titles at the end of this article. Here, we will take a look at the European Union's development and growth in the twentieth century until the present. We will only make brief references to the prophecies, so far as where they are found in the Bible is concerned. This will be an examination of what is happening now in the development of that prophesied evil world government that Jesus Christ will destroy with His second coming to the earth.
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tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 05:38:04 PM EST
pathos we are seeing here. We are simply seeing a combination of class (creditor) and national (German, but not only) interest.

They want their pound of flesh, simple as that. They lent the money, and now they will use all the organisations at their disposal to ensure that money be collected. And, they don't care who gets hurt in the process. Tis should be painfully clear to anyone by now, it's not as though reports of malnutrition in Greece are not now widely reported, see the right-wing US daily Washington Post yesterday for an example.

Compromise with these people should not be our objective, defeat should be.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Thu Jan 12th, 2012 at 01:11:57 PM EST
Victory should be..?

Though I agree with you, I think it's clear that class and wealth interests can support and develop belief systems that are to their advantage. The analogy with religion and theology may be more or less enlightening. I prefer to say "belief system" (probably based on various mythological building blocks).

Fighting to win includes understanding these and proposing a more attractive alternative to the innocent victims who are taken in by them.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 12th, 2012 at 01:46:36 PM EST
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my language upside down...

Thanks for the correction.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Jan 13th, 2012 at 05:33:54 AM EST
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This diary is basically for humorous purposes, but the value of the approach I think is that Dan Brown managed to make Opus Dei unpopular with a majority, even though basically no-one knew who they really were...

Would that we could do that with EU leaders...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Jan 12th, 2012 at 03:45:36 PM EST
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redstar:
They want their pound of flesh, simple as that. They lent the money, and now they will use all the organisations at their disposal to ensure that money be collected. And, they don't care who gets hurt in the process. Tis should be painfully clear to anyone by now, it's not as though reports of malnutrition in Greece are not now widely reported, see the right-wing US daily Washington Post yesterday for an example.

they are the impacted matter in the colon of capitalism.

they see money as a collection of static units instead of a fluid circulation of trust vouchers, ascribing this mentality to, by projection, all others around them.

by seeing others afraid of poverty, this conflates with their own terror at their imminent non-existence and the fear of loss of control makes them insatiable for the power that being perceived as rich appears to give them.

they trust no-one, because they know they are without scruples and imagine everyone else to share the same mental architecture.

they have managed to condition the hologram that for the majority passes for reality to the point where they feel invincible, when they feel at all.

apparently their reign is coming to an end, as people educate themselves and realise that modern economics is a sophisticated series of shell games, and anything but what it seems or is purported to be by those nice politicians we get offered to vote for.

you know the ones who always have a great plan to put a chicken in every pot before elections, and then after tell us things were much worse than they had realised (due to the last coterie of incompetent, conniving buffoons who were believed by last cycle's gullible electorate), and now we're going to have to tighten our belts for the good of the country, extra hard so their buddies can be bailed out, let off their taxes and their idiot gaming habits further enabled for the next swing with OPM round the green baize.

the only thing they have to fear is exactly how deep the corruption goes being revealed, and enough people becoming wise to the Great Scam.

till then some mothers and fathers will be raising the next generation of thugs and predators, prison guards and city/wall st. flyboys.

the cure for economic diverticulitis? more fibre of truth, leading to increased peristalstic efficiency  and elimination of the societal toxins from the collective colon.

the parasite can draw a veil around itself as it embeds itself into the intestinal wall.

very tricky buggers, even repeated colonoscopies can easily miss them.

frequent and copious irrigation with bankruptcy, and judicious doses of keynesian steroids can be temporarily useful in removing stagnation and restoring/promoting proper circulation of potential fertiliser.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 12th, 2012 at 07:27:43 PM EST
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disgusting colonic metaphor spot on.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Jan 14th, 2012 at 03:55:29 PM EST
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thanks for the sideways compliment!

it's hard to look at what's happening without going all scato... besides, your gut is where your soul lives.

hara.

the more i think about it i see the economy in relation to nutrition of a society, its bloodflow.

macro micro, society as an externalisation of our own personal journey from helpless infant to mature adult capable of caring for the helpless, prior to needing care again.

the oddest part is that we really do need austerity, but not the one they suggest, which is a total snow job.

we need it in the sense of negawatts, deconstructing the consumerist mentality, measuring our needs to real resources.

the punchline being that once we have turned the corner we can have our cornucopia back, but based on clean, responsible fueling from sustainable energy, of which is as close to infinite as we'll ever have to worry about...

we starve the bad wolf with disciplined austerity, reward the good one with luxurious extravagance.

right now it's backasswards!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jan 14th, 2012 at 07:42:40 PM EST
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I think the cultist analogy is apropos, but you're off the mark w.r.t. suffering. Very few cults actively profess belief in suffering for the sake of suffering. And while it is possible in principle that the Austeritarians are simple sadists, I think it is more useful to examine the four standard boilerplate excuses for suffering:

  1. Suffering is punishment for sin. This view is espoused chiefly by believers in Spencerian moral philosophy (commonly, but inappropriately, known as "social darwinism). This includes most strands of glibertarians and assorted other Ayn Rand fans. They push for austerity because they view austerity as a way to remove institutions that protect sinners from their just punishment.

  2. The infliction of suffering upon oneself is viewed as atonement, rather than punishment, for past sins. By joining the order of the flagellants diligently practising Austerity, one is absolved of the Original Sin one's sinful public spending in the eyes of God the Markets. This is the line championed by the primitive right, from Bild Zeitung all the way out to the fascists.

  3. Suffering will be rewarded by admission to Heaven. A country that imposes Austerity will be rewarded by the mystical and poorly understood forces in the Bond Market. The pain is an incidental and unimportant distraction on the road to Heaven (and lower bond spreads). This is the line peddled by the IMF, the ECBuBa, Merkozy, Dave from Marketing and the Quisling governments they have installed in the periphery.

  4. Suffering is inevitable. A.k.a. [Europe.Is.Doomed™ Alert] . A.k.a. TINA. This crowd is mostly composed of prostitutes with a ph.d. and government officials who have drunk the koolaid proffered by said prostitutes. This is by far the largest crowd of austeritarians, but it is not as vocal as the first three, tending to act more as an echo chamber for the other groups.

At heart, these are all theological narratives (except for #4, which is just primitive propaganda). But they are slightly more complicated theological narratives than the diary's "suffering is doubleplusgood" suggestion, and they need to be met with different counter-propaganda.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jan 14th, 2012 at 12:34:25 PM EST
Suffering will be rewarded by admission to Heaven. A country that imposes Austerity will be rewarded by the mystical and poorly understood forces in the Bond Market.

Sometimes the reward sought is not even admission into heaven but the approval of the Guru-du-jour:

"Rajoy manifested [to Merkel] the need that countries which deliver have to be helped by the European institutions. He explained that not all can be treated the same, the ones that deliver and those which don't", asserted Cospedal, suggesting that Spain, which according to Brussels is fulfilling what was asked of it, should be among those countries that the BCE should aid with its purchases.


tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 14th, 2012 at 12:59:13 PM EST
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Yes, the approval of the guru du jour is a common reward for the bagmen of a charismatic cult. But the narrative they're feeding the marks lay believers is that they are going to heaven.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jan 14th, 2012 at 01:03:59 PM EST
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They're really ecologists who realize that all our problems, and the Earth's for that matter, stem from overpopulation, and there's no nice way to get humans to stop breeding. So they'll slowly kill us all off while we try to figure out why things are so screwed up.

You think things suck now? Wait till the food gets scarce for us rich folks. Remember the gas shortages in the early '70s with the "Arab Oil Embargo"? Fist fights at gas pumps.

My allegiance to the human species ends at the California border.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Jan 16th, 2012 at 03:23:29 PM EST


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