"There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always" there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever." ~ 1984, George Orwell
Capitalism, communism, socialism, fascism, imperialism, corporatism, authoritarianism, monarchism, postmodern colonialism, and whatever form of government "ism" you can imagine, all eventually degrade over time to become oligarchical collectivism -- the kind of ism that benefits the powerful few at the expense of the powerless many.
The ism of all isms, oligarchical collectivism is the result of contrasting opposition within a society, that is to say, the creating and countering of perceived threats to the society. To consolidate their power, threats are both created and solved by those in power in a way that encourages the society to gradually relinquish its sovereignty and freedom to the state that "protects" it. And yet, the system designed to counter perceived threats are as extreme as the threats themselves -- and as extreme as what the society and its individuals can be conditioned to tolerate.
Government and corporate institutions in our society are always, it seems, seeking to push more and more tolerations; not tolerance for differences between us, but toleration of wrongdoing. Over time we have come to tolerate war, government corruption, corporate personhood, surveillance of our private lives, and environmental degradation, all as "normal" parts of an institutionalized society. And as institutionalization proceeds, unrestrained by the individual liberties we continue to give up (not exercise) in the name of "security" and "nationalism", those institutions eventually harden into oligarchical collectivism.
If you have socialism without capitalism, it becomes communism. If you have capitalism without socialism, it becomes fascism. And ultimately, all isms become oligarchical collectivism. No matter its beginning form, individual liberty is eliminated as power and influence is put in the hands of megalithic institutions (be they corporate, government or otherwise) that are controlled by a very few, and in some way or another -- depending on the times, technology and tolerations of the day -- we end up immersed in oligarchical collectivism, where the governed group mind is steered toward willingly sacrificing individual sovereignty to uphold and protect the ism from falsely perceived threats. How?
"It's called divide and conquer. That's why there's two parties and only two -- and they're controlled by the same people at the very top. The Council for Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg group, the United Nations and the Trilateral Commission; these are the people who control your world by making global policies you never vote on, and who both parties serve" But divide and conquer can only work if people aren't aware of the falsely created divisions. If you know about it, it don't work no more."
The phrase oligarchical collectivism is from George Orwell's 1984 and is so descriptive that it accurately summarized every government in 1948 when it was first published, and every government since. It defines a society in which institutions such as government, media and corporate interests, which are controlled by a handful of individuals, link together, collaborating to direct, regulate and benefit from the activities of the many.
Governments, whatever their label and whatever their ism, are all about control. Governments all begin with controlling the mind, influencing and shaping society through propaganda and policy. And as government structures become more heavily cemented, their control of the group mind also becomes more cemented, and eventually these institutions, like all institutions, strive to expand and extend their power and influence. The major point of expansion becomes the government system itself. Soon enough, government no longer serves the isms it initially represented, but serves its own existence -- at any cost. From there, the extent to which collectivism takes precedence over individual rights is determined only by how much is tolerated and even embraced by the people. And with global governments, mass media and the world's most powerful capitalist ventures linked together, collaborating with a common purpose -- to control and benefit from the mass mind -- the extent of collectivist thinking at play today is unprecedented -- and dangerous. But it did not come without warning from the inside"
"A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many, and various, and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the bast surplus in the banks." -- John C. Calhoun, 7th Vice President of the United States
"Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." -- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, from his book The New Freedom (1913)
"We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence -- on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day" It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations" -- John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, from an address to the American Newspaper Publishers Association, 1961
If we dig deep enough, we can easily find legitimate historical evidence of vast criminal conspiracies, international in scope and completely feudalistic and fascist -- that is to say, oligarchical. That is what governments do. You may think this sounds paranoid, but it is simply fact. The United States is a privately owned and operated corporation, a familial corporate oligarchy runs the British Empire, and the Empire of Japan has instilled an accepted level of oligarchical slavery that is perhaps unequaled in history. And, colluding behind the scenes of power, their beneficiaries conspire for the benefit of a network of cartels and corporations across the earth while hiding behind their own carefully crafted legal protections and illusions of institutional personhood.
The contemporary crap-creek of mainstream media in the United States would have us all believe that oligarchies only exist in Russia and Eastern European 'old world' nations, and if you've never heard of the Eastern Establishment families, or maybe have had your head under a heavy rock since birth, you might believe this to be so. However this media-induced falsehood. Although it claims to be a democratic Republic, the United States is itself oligarchical, a structured network of power and influence that includes government and major media institutions -- the perfect partnership for effective propaganda.
And this is no wild "conspiracy theory"" According to a study entitled "Testing Theories of American Politics -- Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens", published by political scientists from Princeton and Northwestern Universities in 2014, the United States is an oligarchy. According to my own studies, however, the U.S.A. is more specifically a collectivist oligarchy, a series of interlinked oligarchies -- including finance, corporate, government and religious bodies -- collaborating and networking together in a fashion that promotes the rights of institutions and crushes the rights of individuals, directing power up and away from the individual toward those who quietly pull the strings, all the while conning the masses into believing it is in their own best interests.