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realpolitik from point A to point B

Spiffy Magazine 1995


"I'm not paranoid, just well informed"

It's 3 am, I'm watching Jenny Jones in another of her popular and frequent fake provocateur challenges to the societal implications and imperatives of adolescents who have appropriated the Goth esthetic as a passive/aggressive deflection of their pain-in-the-soul over perceiving the impotence of ethical behavior in a world that can't hide or repair the outrage of distribution inequities or hide and repair the images of parasite distended abdomens of young children in the wastes of sub-Sahara Africa. Since I want Jenny to succeed in her watered down obliquely pulling strategy of creating tolerance and appetite for the dark side elements of the new youth brigades, I should probably shut up before I give away show biz secrets and reveal the positions of our camouflaged troops. But what the hell, in a proletarian army, we're all officers and should know the terrain maps and unit dispositions, secure that the strength of ideal beauty beheld in our collective cortexes will keep us serene under torture.

An esthetic, Goth or otherwise, has internal logic and internal logic is what purity craves, what the incomprehensible injustice of human starvation fractures. So oblique, diffuse and mealy as it is, Jenny weighs in on the side of the angels, a member of our alliance for the expression of absolute esthetic truth, and, in spite of the tabloid sleaze, is, in fact, along with her tabloid TV colleagues, Sally, Monteith, Jerry, Geraldo, Leeza, Morey, Oprah, et al., a working class operative.

In analyzing the role of media in universalizing marginal and ephemeral social trends such as youth subculture groupings, I find myself wanting to include in this analysis those varieties of subliminal social programming that are designed to create a new consciousness, to design a new human- progressive, empathic, loving, virtuous and so on. I'm trying to gauge what part of youth subculture springs from universal and innate drives and values of young people and what part is manufactured as a political strategy by various think tank elites?

In the 1980's I found myself at the hub of a transplanted revival of a British youth subculture of the 60's, the scooter-riding Mods, reborn in San Francisco and L.A. and other West Coast cities, principally a phenomenon of this region of the US alone. I got to know and interact with them and their leaders on a daily basis as I kept their motor scooters on the road and safe to ride in my basement repair shop in the Mission District, the Batcave.

As an observer of human nature, I couldn't help observing several cliques, mainly the in crowd and the wannabes, and their pecking order. But more important was a political rift which polarized into progressive elements that evolved into the Mod scene from the Punk scene and right wing elements that were British Empire oriented drawn to the obsessive/compulsive retro sharp dress styles. Confusing the issue were the two factions of skinheads- the Traditional Skins or Trads, who were non-politicized working class soccer fans, proto hooligans, and who also rode scooters as the Scooter Boy wing, and the Oy Skins (in San Francisco they were The BASH Boys or Bay Area Skinheads) who were neo-nazi neo-brown shirts, both of which emerged from the hard core Punk scene, who, for reasons I'll explain (though originally impossible for me to understand) became the rival enemy of the Mods, much like the rockabilly motorcycle riding Rockers in the '60's British Mods vs. Rockers riots that briefly shook the country.

But what I really want to talk about is how we can track our way through the labyrinth of political conspiracy without clinging like scared lemurs to the pig teats of ideology, cynicism, zealotry, despair, expertise and/or denial in various debilitating combinations

The danger of conspiracy theory is that, small as the demographic of partakers is, it is played by the conspirators themselves importantly to decoy and deflect attention as well as the effective integration of clues leading to the house of the monkey, slightly to either side of the actual Monkey St. address. Like all good disinformation, decoy rationales are characterized by an uncritical, non-rigorous plausibility and given authoritative doctrinal impulse by their association with the bona fides of the teller or by their filtered revelation of some credible secrets, but not the key ones. Such was the famous Key to the Gemstone Files, deflecting the JFK assassination events onto fascist shipping zillionaire Aristotle Onassis, and away from Resorts International, Permindex and remnant operatives of the British SOE tangoing with OSS "old boys" in the CIA, FBI Masonry and the occasional Georgetown University Jesuit Vatican mafia play pals. Kennedy was whacked, not because he was pulling us out of Vietnam or pulling the air cover out of the Bay of Pigs or committing American science to the conquest of space, but because he was prepared to work with Kruschev towards a permanent condominium with Marxism, hence the Pentagon's interest in the proceedings. The other danger with conspiracy is that writing about it necessarily leads to an infinite number of digressions.

The libraries are full of recent books, all of them with merit, many of them dangerous to the conspiracy, that spell out the major players, the major historic trends they played with, the major outcomes. Nazi Germany is endlessly fascinating. The roots of Marxism less so, but far more rewarding to understanding how we got here from there.

Contemporary conspiracy is unfortunately split into the usual right and left wing camps with the strange phenomenon of the left wing tending to deny the efficacy of conspiracy research in general and tolerating only politically correct and more rigidly controlled ideological interpretive frameworks, i.e., left wing radicals are discouraged from straying away from the protected organs such as the trotskyite Mother Jones or the anarchist zines. Left wing radicals mistakenly avoid reading the Spotlight, the American Spectator or New Federalist and scratch their heads at the impotence of their movement and the destruction of internationalism whether socialist or anarchist.

Right wing radicals are freer ideologically to read a wider range of subject matter, particularly including tracts on economics, constitutional law and non-Nazi historic revisionism, areas in which the left are abysmally ignorant save for superficial cliched party line thought bites. The infamous John Birch Society, for all its patriot fever, has also written massively on the hidden cables of power created by the neo-arsitocracy evidenced in the Council on Foreign Realtions (CFR), the World Bank, The Bilderburger society, The Club of Rome, the Trilateral Commission, the 40 Committee and so on; all of them organs of globalist corporate fascism.

The left doesn't even understand that there is a chasm separating the JBS Constitutionalists and the technocratic corporate monopolies begun by the American blue blood Rockefeller, Carnegie, Harriman, Morgan, Cabot, etc. economic dynasties. What is necessary at this point in the struggle is for both sides to massively cross pollinate and let the facts and the conclusions fall where they may creating new and surprising political alignments. Read the enemy's books. They are a strategic manual.

Portland's perennial radical pamphleteer and journalist Ace Hayes was a pioneer in this effort and should be studied and emulated.