Midnight CET today is meant to have been the culmination of Theresa May’s premature invoking of Article 50 to leave the EU. She did that, without really having much idea what success looks like with Brexit, in an unforced error which seems to have played into the hands of the other side, who naturally looked after themselves and their own interests. Not sure we are any closer to knowing what a successful Brexit does look like. I am of the opinion that there’s no such thing, which explains why the search party keeps returning empty-handed.
The Brexit crew seem to be channelling Thomas Edison, but they seem to lack his talent
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work
Thomas Edison, on the electric light bulb
Why you need Financial Independence – The Sovereign Individual
Let’s take a deeper look a Jacob Rees-Mogg, headbanger at the end on the left. Hopefully his crew are unwittingly acting more as useful idiots in weakening the No Deal ultra-case, but it ain’t done yet.
The Latin in the title is a hat tip to JRM’s tendency to break out into Latin, to confuse the bejesus of of those not drug up right in some elite British public school. Fortunately the proles have Google on their side
Where did he get his twisted ideas from? Maybe his Dad, who wrote The Sovereign Individual, basically Thomas Hobbes updated for the 21st century. Let’s hear it from JRM’s Dad
Nation-states will experience a sharp drop in revenue…but retain the unfunded liabilities and inflated expectations and social spending inherited from the industrial era…tax consumers will be the losers.”The Sovereign Individual
To summarise, it’s a libertarian manifesto, Ayn Rand updated. Look after yourself and your own, and may the devil take the hindmost.
The Sovereign Individual was written in the last years of the last century, but its predictions do track some of what has come to pass in the ensuing twenty years
Rhys on Medium has a good summary. The SI looks at the metamorphoses of society through the intustrial revolution to now through the lens of capital, the capacity to impose your will on others through capital and violence on the one hand, and information and myth on the other. Daddy Rees-Mogg’s analysis bears witness on today’s world.
You need financial independence to be less enslaved to those with more. Violence isn’t a fist-fight in the street, it is the ability of the church, nation-state, or sovereign individuals like Jacob Rees-Mogg to make you do their bidding. The Church used the Inquisition, the Nation-State police forces and armed forces (in connection with other nations states) and Jacob Rees-Mogg and his libertarian ilk will use their superior capital assets.
I’m not saying this is an ideal state of affairs, but it does seem to be the way we are going. The sovereign individual detests taxation and the welfare state. The Sovereign Individual the Thomas Hobbes’ war of all against all written from the point of view of today’s winners.
The Brexit connection? Well, to swing the narrow victory of the 2016 referendum the bad boys of brexit used their capital and control of information to sell a powerful story, despite most of it it not being true. That’s how the rich Eton boys got votes for their story. Beats me how it’s going to pan out.
As for you lot reading this, well, you have a chance of financial independence. The takeaway is summarised by another Medium writer
There is a positive overriding message independent of whether these arguments have convinced you or not. And that is rather than being riled by President-elect Trump’s Twitter account or frustrated by the hardness or softness of Brexit, focus on your own life, your skillsets and improving the life of your family and friends or people you encounter in your daily life. You can have a much greater impact here than you can on discussions in Downing Street, Trump Tower or the Greek Ministry of Finance. You can be your own sovereign. You might just do a better job of it.Michael Folkson
What Michael is saying if look after yourself and your own. Ignore the homeless in the doorways of your cities and the things going wrong in the news. Let it go, whistle a dancing tune and look the other way. Be master of the space you stand on and the space between your ears.
He’s probably right – if you have potential. Not all of us have, and the bar is being raised all the time. I was bright enough to advance myself and have a decent career i nthe world of the 1980s. If my younger self were starting 30 years later, I am not bright enough to work for Google in London, I wouldn’t have had the capital to intern for free.
The trouble with the Sovereign Individual is that humans didn’t get where they were today acting is isolation, we are a social species. Maybe I am a wuss, but the increasing homelessness in rich cities like London and Oxbridge disturb me as I pass ’em by. I walked by the river in Cambridge and passed gated communities, that disturbs me in another way. Let’s hear a summary of the problem from old Leonard, rest his soul:
Everybody knows the war is overEverybody Knows, Leonard Cohen
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets …