Organised crime syndicates’ operations are disturbed by unattached freelance criminals who disrupt the protection rackets and dip their fingers into the syndicate’s potential proceeds of thievery and extortion. The smash and grab nature of mavericks’ actions conflicts with the long-term plans of syndicates. Unpredictability of random criminal acts creates resistance among the general population whose resultant ire might be directed at the syndicates or at organised crime in general.
Organised crime syndicates prefer nice steady exploitation where they and the exploited know their places. They throw some crumbs regularly and guarantee protection against imaginary foes.
The syndicates try to assimilate the freelancers or else dispose of them but they recognise that disruption from opportunists can be used to procreate the narrative of an outsider foe to distract the exploited. Thus, syndicates seek to accommodate the opportunists and to develop a working relationship with them while maintaining the depiction of them as trouble-makers and interlopers. The symbiotic working relationship allows the syndicates to maintain their exploitation practices and allows the opportunists to make a quick buck; the general public lose out to both.
Keeping control of the opportunists is not a smooth process for the syndicates. Occasionally, power appears to be handed over to the non-aligned. Normally, the apparent handover of power is illusory – it is a sop to ego, but power is lost sometimes. The syndicates know that there is always a risk that their authority could be usurped. They accept this risk because if they were to crush every freelancer who pops up then the exploited would know that the syndicates are the single enemy. The existence of others provides a means of distraction and the concomitant risk of loss of control is a scenario that the syndicates acknowledge reluctantly.
Analogously, in the world of politics there exist establishment capitalists who, while recognising their system’s intrinsic self-destructive inevitability, seek to maintain steady exploitation of the majority of the population and there exist libertarian market-playing freelancers and opportunists who want to smash and grab whatever they can and then scarper.
Similar to the relationship between organised crime and opportunist crime, capitalists prefer, ideally, that opportunists don’t exist but, like established crime syndicates, capitalists know that invaders need to be accommodated and they know that such accommodation can include casting them as the main foe to distract the exploited.
A good example of the analogy of an established criminal syndicate and an opportunist is the relationship between the established US capitalist machine and the country’s current maverick president. Donald Trump’s objective as president is to enhance his personal wealth and the wealth of his children. His behaviour is erratic, rude and petulant and some of his decisions have caused disruptions to the smooth running of capitalist machinery. However, the capitalists have to work with him. Their syndicate cannot operate without working with him, the ultimate opportunist.
While trying to work with Trump, the capitalist syndicate depicts him as the main culprit. All blame is thrown at him as an outsider. The narrative of the third-party foe is used to absolve the capitalist machine of blame. Despite his maverick acts, Trump’s major decisions as president are entirely in line with what any other Republican president would have done as well as most Democrat presidents: Tax cuts for the wealthiest, removal of public services including healthcare, anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions, exaggeration of overseas enemies. But, if he can be cast as the sole perpetrator then the machine dodges blame.
In Britain, the capitalist machine, scared stiff by the growing popularity of a tendency toward socialism, has welcomed with gaping limbs the distraction of the libertarian Brexiteers. The latter, gimps of extreme disaster capitalists, are hellbent on a path of annihilation for the benefit of their quick buck strategy; they are not normal associates of steady-as-you-go exploitative capitalists but the machine knows that its grasp on power is slipping rapidly and, thus, the Brexiteers are a choice of partner opposed to socialism, a group to blame for any ensuing problems and a usable distraction.
The British capitalist syndicate has its temporary opportunist “enemy” – no-deal Brexiteers – by luck or design, to allow debate to be suffocated by spurious disagreements and insincere finger-pointing. Imaginary sects within the Tory party are blaming each other and pretending to have spats and ardent capitalists elsewhere, in Progress Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP, display antipathy at all invented modules of the Tory party, some for their brextremism and others for their lack of decisiveness. Meanwhile, the exploited continue to be exploited regardless of the progress (or lack of) of Brexit.
The British capitalist syndicate is so bereft of vision and hope, understandably given nine years of destruction of society by the Tories, and so frightened of the resultant surge of socialist confidence, that it clings to the ongoing debacle of EU departure like a dying dog clinging to a foul-smelling blanket. It must keep the arguments raging and the drama running even if that means subjecting everyone to the sight of the spectre of grey Tony Blair wandering around offering garbled platitudes about the calamity of Brexit.
An organised criminal syndicate must never lose sight of its main aim: To keep the people it exploits in their place. Distractions are a necessity even if they are disruptive. There is a continuous battle between encouraging disturbance from outsiders to help the distracting narrative of an external foe and maintaining control over such disturbance.
The British capitalist syndicate is in danger of failing to control the disturbance of Brexit. Ultimately, Brexit could be so disturbing that it helps to destroy British capitalism’s power. Awareness of this scenario has ramped up the fear and, so, the attacks on socialism intensify daily.
Over the holiday break around Christmas the centrists and liberals went into a frenzy of absurd attacks on the protagonists of British socialism. Nothing they said was coherent or structurally logical. The single facet of the propaganda was its volume. The holiday period was chosen to dodge response and to take advantage of airtime provided by news lulls; that is, the tactic of timing was cowardly in essence. Included in the nonsensical slurs were apportioning of blame for Brexit onto socialists.
The Christmastime anti-socialism barrage was another nuanced tactic of organised crime. A criminal syndicate (capitalism) colluded in the creation of an imaginary foe (Brexiteers), created a continuous false narrative of disagreement with said foe to distract people exploited by the syndicate, and then attached blame for the existence of the syndicate’s invented foe to those (socialists) who are committed to ending the criminal syndicate’s reign.
Socialists know who the enemy is. We know what a distraction is. We know Brexit is a battle between two cheeks of the same backside. Chuka Umunna and Jacob-Rees Mogg are two cheeks of the same capitalist politicians’ backside, Ian Dunt and Julie Hartley-Brewer are two cheeks of the same capitalist journalists’ backside and Femi Oluwole and Darren Grimes are two cheeks of the same capitalist activists’ backside.
The syndicate is the enemy. Everything else is a distraction.
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