Quantum Politics: Vermin Supreme vs. Kayfabe

Have you noticed that politics and world events seem to be getting more and more surreal? The line between politics and entertainment growing ever blurrier? Do you find yourself wondering what to take seriously, how to make sense of it all?

  This article by Luke Henderson, and the accompanying 13-minute Wisecrack video on which he is commenting, offer some shrewd analysis of what's going on, and in the process make the case for why, although Vermin Supreme's message should not be (and isn't meant to be!) taken seriously by Libertarians, his candidacy should be taken seriously as a way to fight back in an era of spectacle:


  The idea of spectacle is not a new one – see e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectacle_(critical_theory) – but the concept is rather difficult to get a handle on. The idea of kayfabe discussed in the video may be seen as a form or aspect of spectacle. Even though there's obviously something there, its paradoxical nature which involves unreality sort of taking on a reality of its own has largely confounded attempts by the powers that be and those engaged in conventional politics to get a handle on it. As a very rough analogy, consider the weirdness of quantum theory and what it's done to physics and our understanding of the universe.

  Note in particular the explanation, starting at around 6:00 in the Wisecrack video, of the difference between kayfabe and satire. Kayfabe works by creating a kind of reality bubble within which false narrative is to some degree accepted as real and takes on a certain level of seriousness despite the fact that many or even most people realize that it is largely fake and scripted. Satire, by contrast, can function as a means of popping such bubbles or edifices and exposing their fragility. By creating a narrative that is impossible to take seriously, Vermin Supreme can be seen as satirizing this potent mixture of reality and phoniness, essentially saying to conventional politicians and their scripted statist narratives, "I see your use of spectacle, your kayfabe, and raise you one."

  Vermin kind of touches on this in an Adam Kokesh video of him talking with Larry Sharpe at the Roads To Freedom unconvention in Omaha last year (watch from around 3:20 to around 4:30):


  Luke mirrors my own observations and thinking when he writes,

"I could always end up being wrong, but I believe that this is merely the beginning of a shift in the political spectacle and that candidates will become increasingly outlandish. Donald Trump didn’t win because of his ideas but because he engaged voters in the spectacle... Based on the idea of the political spectacle, Supreme has a reasonable chance, not to win, but to certainly get more votes because he can entertain while questioning the system."

Love & Liberty,

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