Hi Howard,

I think Paul Mason does a great job grouping policy makers into his neoliberalist scheme. Yet the neoliberalism thing is easy to tackle. Lacking a simple definition, it sounds like a conspiracy — and that is a turn off. I’ve written the article on the percent badge lacking “hard evidence” too. I have the same problem: it looks like another conspiracy.

Few people get though that conspiracies are most of the time accidental, not planned. Common interest is the best form of pervasive conspiracy. This spreads in entire societies. You cannot prove them because common interest spawns accidentally into existence. It is much like the weather: we know how it works but is so hard to predict because it is so complex.

There is a deep need for economic rethinking. However capitalism has a big problem: it generated very much wealth and the modern western world is not set up anymore for deep social changes. This is the trick that democracy plays on people. The feudal system generated wealth too but societies were boiling about the oppression it implied. Communism generated wealth too but societies were boiling about the oppression it implied. :) Capitalism does not oppress anyone. Not in an obvious immediate way. And you cannot do “revolution” with the handful of people who get the bigger picture.

This leaves the question: if the masses are not that preoccupied with shifting capitalism, the elites are doing extraordinarily well with it, then who is up for change? Also, capital still holds central importance. The small world effect makes it appear it doesn’t but it is not the case yet. Capital in eastern europe, russia, latin america, most of asia still is the central place. This is more than 80% of the planet.

Entrepreneurship as some people found has the elite problem built in. If you comb away the hyped unicorns, a crushing 85% of successful entrepreneurs were having huge privilege from the start, so it still capital is the new capital.

Solidarity is HARD. Because we have old friends, relatives, families, personal desires (fetishes!), indulgence with ourselves, indulgence with the ones we admire (or love) etc. All these things make lives Visceral. Visceral perception gives that global state of having a life worth living and it is very hard to live without it. Solidarity slices some of these things. It does kind of slice through your individuality to exist for the “greater good”. Solidarity is an open door to manipulation too! :) What is the greater good exactly? It is so hard.

That is why i think, to answer your question, solidarity is shallow everywhere except where it is grounded in common interest. Middle class people need to find some common interest. But this requires independent media, because the one we have is focused on creating illusory divides constantly.

Yet there is a deep need for economic rethinking. We should start discussing the alternatives, the real alternatives — distributed currencies, rethinking fractional banking, rethiking lobby permissivity etc — not anarchy or utopic libertarianism.

I write so you feel like you’ve just had an idea. It’s a nice feeling.

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