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http://www.jwbassociates.tv/articles/how-to-create-a-powder-keg-society.htm

A blog entry that tried to look behind the riots last month.. I found it whilst looking at jobs!!

How to create a powder keg society.

Step 1. Turn it up a notch.

Show super-models popping open £500 bottles of French champaign in the cabin of a £30Mil private Jet. Put it to music, play it 20 times a day and churn out a gratuitous new clip every week.

Stir this into poor societies until they truly believe the Ultra-High Net-Worth lifestyle is attainable and quite normal.

Step 2. Remove all entry-level jobs.

Replace music stores with iTunes. Replace the book stares with Amazon. Replace the Grocery Checkout with a Self-Check System. Allow people to but tickets to the movies from a touch-screen. Send call center jobs to Manila. Don't leave a single entry level job in sight, don't let people get a foot on the ladder.

Then flood the market with low skilled overseas labour. Make it risky and expensive for businesses to hire people. Raise the retirement age and get older workers to compete for jobs they used to do at the beginning of their working days.

Step 3. Educate people for a job market that doesn't exist anymore

Make sure student's learn skills relevant to the industrial revolution workplace. Reward them for reading text books and remembering facts, punish them for finding the answers by Googling it on their Blackberry.

Reward them for good consistent results across all subjects. Punish them for being outstanding in one area.

Make them feel smart when they are the smartest in the class. Make them feel stupid for getting the smartest kid in the class to tell you the answer.

Ensure they expect to be given a job and a career just because they get good grades. Don't tell them that the world most successful people create there own jobs.

Step 4. Normalise violence

Make violent movies, violent games and violent sports. Market them with budgets that exceed the GDP of some countries.

Show news 24hours and show scenes of aggression and war all day and night. Hand out free papers with reports of misery, victimisation, hatred and abuse.

Make it "un-newsworthy" when someone does something great. Don't show examples of people who help each other, people running good small businesses, people who build society up.

Step 5. Turn the establishment into an enemy

Tear shreds off political figures until no-one in their right mind would want to get involved in the political process. Mock every initiative the Government tries to launch as "not enough", "not perfect" and "too late". Beat up politicians who dare to tell the truth or to think up a long term plan.

Make "the rich" into the enemy. Don't tell people that without many of "the rich" most of "the jobs" wouldn't exist. Don't tell people that "the rich" have all sorts of challenges to deal with day-to-day and don't just sit around on their yachts. Don't give any credit to "the rich" for paying over half the taxes and generating most of the exports.

With these five ingredients you can bake up the perfect explosive mix of youths who are ready to riot at a moments notice. Simply equip them with cloud-based messaging systems and high tech mobile hardware and you are ready to rumble.

He/she forgot to include high house prices, but not a bad summation of the UK at the moment!!!

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Damn right about turning the establishment into the enemy over their initiatives to get the economy moving. We await Thursday to see if the c**t King decides to go for QL2 (Quantitative Looting 2) Should give the rich (and King's banker pals) a bit more ammo to speculate in commodities and property at the expense of inflation hitting the poor.

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Doesn't take much to make people go off the rails these days, it seems.

24 hours of the mains water cut off enough to trigger a mob looting an emergency water delivery truck:

BBC News

A water delivery driver in Oxfordshire was forced to abandon his supply of emergency bottles after he was threatened by a group of residents.

The incident took place on Sunday after two Thames Water pumps at the Bretch Hill Reservoir in Banbury failed.

About 4,000 homes were cut off for 24 hours.

..

The contractor concerned was outnumbered by a group who verbally abused him and refused to allow him to take his delivery to another part of the estate - physically removing the bottles from his truck.

A shocking lack of public spiritedness and it makes you wonder how the general public are going to handle real bad times.

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Very interesting read, particularly first couple of points.

But who is baking it?

From that it would appear everyone is equally at fault.

Everyone who gains from the system, that`s who. And in any system built on robbing future Peter to pay present Paul that is an ever dwindling number.

I don't like conspiracy explanations since they`re usually wrong. But complex systems do evolve perverse incentives over time as their core assumptions become less relevant and the ruling class that benefits from it most struggles to preserve the status quo. Sean Gabb of the libertarian alliance pithily calls this kulture kampf, this ideological struggle, the `hegemonic discourse` (borrowing the term from Gramsci) that all freedom and wealth are ultimately derived from the sate and that the only way to function in the system is to be its client. Everyone is a dependent of the state, from the ambulance chasing lawyer to the dole drawing under class to the media executive that shares its values: its ideology is inescapable.

Here`s a review of Gabb`s book. And the book itself.

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Make "the rich" into the enemy.

Wasn't it the rich who offshored or automated the entry level jobs?

And aren't most the media trashing the establishment owned by the rich?

And don't the rich oppose the taxes that pay for the education?

(Sure they pay most tax- perhaps because they have most of the money.)

Don't the rich own the games companies and film companies that glorify the violence?

The truth is the rich are the enemy- their bottomless greed is at the root of most of the issues you raise.

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Wasn't it the rich who offshored or automated the entry level jobs?

And aren't most the media trashing the establishment owned by the rich?

And don't the rich oppose the taxes that pay for the education?

(Sure they pay most tax- perhaps because they have most of the money.)

Don't the rich own the games companies and film companies that glorify the violence?

The truth is the rich are the enemy- their bottomless greed is at the root of most of the issues you raise.

Nah.

Need to make the difference between those who makes stuff and those who steal it.

Bill gates is rich, selling stuff to people they want to buy.

The Duke of Xborugh is rich, because he's part of a multi generational theft.

Thieves ae bad, producers are good. Pretty simple and in line with personal ethics. I know it ******s with your marxism though to admit that everyone who gets a wedge from the state is a thief and economically negative, so nm responding.

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Nah.

Need to make the difference between those who makes stuff and those who steal it.

Bill gates is rich, selling stuff to people they want to buy.

The Duke of Xborugh is rich, because he's part of a multi generational theft.

Thieves ae bad, producers are good. Pretty simple and in line with personal ethics. I know it ******s with your marxism though to admit that everyone who gets a wedge from the state is a thief and economically negative, so nm responding.

I agree with the distinction you make here- but one of the disadvantages of keeping the population in ignorance is their tendency to simplify. A luxury car purchased through honest graft burns just as well as one gained through financial skulduggery. The banksters have given wealth a bad name.

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I agree with the distinction you make here- but one of the disadvantages of keeping the population in ignorance is their tendency to simplify. A luxury car purchased through honest graft burns just as well as one gained through financial skulduggery. The banksters have given wealth a bad name.

Who cares? I don't give a stuff what mass opinion is.

See sig about what to do about the right answer.

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Who cares? I don't give a stuff what mass opinion is.

See sig about what to do about the right answer.

You might not care- but a lot money is spent in an effort to shape that opinion, so clearly somebody does. And you at least care enough to prosthelytize on here.

Why not take a leaf out the Kotch Brother's book and start your own foundation?

Right now a couple of hundred protesters on Wall street is making the bankers twitchy- I guess they assumed no one would make the connection. :lol:

According to your own position- if I understand it correctly- all government is ultimately by consent of the governed- something all governments intuitively grasp- hence their concern with the perceptions of the mob.

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I dont think people realise how important points 2 and 3 are, for me the fact that government has made entry level jobs illegal via the minimum wage (and high taxes on work) and has pushed a decent education beyond the means of anyone unable to get a huge mortgage or pay for it privately this makes a complete mockery of any sort of welfare state. We have birthed a monster, it needs killing.

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I dont think people realise how important points 2 and 3 are, for me the fact that government has made entry level jobs illegal via the minimum wage (and high taxes on work)

Entry into what- a lifetime of drudgery and poverty? The reason they are called dead end jobs is because they lead nowhere- so if they don't even offer a living wage then what's the point of anyone doing them?

This fantasy that we can somehow treat people as chattel caterpillars who will-somehow- magically transform into free market butterflies is precisely that- a fantasy. If you take a job cleaning offices you will not one day rise to become the MD- that's Hollywood, not reality.

We are a society obsessed with qualifications and provenance- merely being able and willing to do the job is utterly irrelevant- what counts is ticking the right boxes in terms of paper, experience and 'background'. The days of the cheeky chappie who starts in the post room and winds up with the corner office are long gone.

If work means anything it must mean a living wage- otherwise we might as well just reintroduce slavery and be done with it.

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The common themes of the powder keg as listed here are self-determination (do you think what you do makes a difference) and outcomes (if you make a difference for yourself, what does that amount to). It's becoming ever more apparent that one's own effort makes little difference to outcome, at a time when the more impressionable are baited by images of success.

The more interesting question is how the frustration manifests itself - as it certainly isn't doing through people voting to the left.

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The common themes of the powder keg as listed here are self-determination (do you think what you do makes a difference) and outcomes (if you make a difference for yourself, what does that amount to). It's becoming ever more apparent that one's own effort makes little difference to outcome, at a time when the more impressionable are baited by images of success.

The more interesting question is how the frustration manifests itself - as it certainly isn't doing through people voting to the left.

One of the comments I heard during the riots was from a press reporter doing a live voice feature- he said the thing that struck him the most about the rioters was this tremendous sense of empowerment they seemed to have. This comment stayed with me as somehow significant - it hinted that the riots were not just about high octane consumption but were an expression of a more profound nihilistic urge to screw 'the system' and in doing so regain some sense of control over their lives.

The way terrorists recruit is to offer a sense of purpose and empowerment to alienated young men.

So next up a rousing chorus of 'tomorrow belongs to me'? :ph34r:

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The more interesting question is how the frustration manifests itself - as it certainly isn't doing through people voting to the left.

It does not really matter who you vote for left , right , center they are all the same .

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