How To Succeed In Politics: A Short Suite In Five Movements

How To Succeed In Politics: A Short Suite In Five Movements

[1] Introduction

This short suite explains how to succeed in politics.

The first movement -- this movement -- introduces the others.

The second movement lists the vital elements of success in politics.

The third and fourth movements expand on these elements.

The fifth movement draws out some of the implications.

Are you ready? Then let us continue...


[2] Required Elements

The two elements required for success in politics are:

-- Owning the Media


-- Owning the Politicians

These elements are not only necessary; they are also sufficient.


[3] Owning the Media

Owning the media means owning ALL the media.

This includes news, entertainment, the former disguised as the latter, and -- of course! -- the latter disguised as the former.

Newspaper publishers, radio outlets, and television networks are all crucial.

So are book and magazine publishers, film and video studios, and distribution networks for all of these.

But the most valuable assets are the "dissident" websites. Of this there is no doubt.


[4] Owning the Politicians

Owning the politicians means owning ALL the politicians.

No matter what office they're seeking -- (but the higher, the better) --

and no matter their chance of winning -- (but again: the higher, the better) --

owning ALL the politicians means not having to care who wins an election.

No matter who votes, and no matter who they vote for, you will own the winner.

Regarding means of ownership: Bribery and extortion may be necessary. They will also be sufficient.


[5] Implications

If you own the media and the politicians, your success is assured. Otherwise not.

Owning the politicians gives you control of the security services.

If you control the security services, no terrorist can attack without your consent.

Owning the media gives you control of the narrative as it unfolds -- and forever after.

If you control the narrative, you can blame anything on anyone, regardless of the evidence or lack thereof.

And that is the WHOLE story.


[Coda] Further Reading

If you understand all this, or especially if you don't, perhaps you also ought to read:

How Not To Be Anti-American, Anti-Semitic, No Better Than Hitler, And Beneath Contempt


Make Believe

You have boiled the 'make believe' world down to its essence, WP.

"The Owners" control the narrative as you say. They control what people think whether it is this opinion or that opinion about their 'controversy de jour'. But it is all 'make believe' and does not accord with reality.

Empires all fail because if you don't deal with Reality, Reality will deal with you . . . . and Reality, in the end, is not impressed by 'make believe' power no matter how pompous. But till that day, it is mind-boggling, hair-pulling stuff.

Well, I dare say it will be hair-pulling stuff sitting in the (radioactive?) ruble of this latest Empire because none of it was in the least bit necessary.


Your analysis in "How Not To Be Anti-American" is a perfect depiction of psychopathic logic.

thank you very much

That was a fun piece to write.

thanks, James

Every now and then I shave my head, not because I like short hair, but because that's the only way I can keep myself from tearing it out. If it's not long enough to grab onto, I'm OK. ;-(

Hello Winter My Old Friend

I've come to talk to you again. :Cool

Great to see you are still blogging. The flame of righteous indignation still burns brightly! A light in the darkness, a beacon to others, a threat to those who hide in darkness. After all these years, whatever else has happened along the way, that's a heck of an achievement. Bless you.

I am still mostly on Twitter, focussed on trying to keep Australia free from US military madness - and failing abysmally. So it goes!

Next time we are both in Aspen for the ski season, we must meet up. Rock on, dude.


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