What is clear is that the fictions that were encouraged for the past 50 years can no longer operate - and really they ceased operating some time ago. 2008 brought new fictions and a gigantic cash grab. We were told to ignore how much was transformed under Obama, as if history were still repeating a cycle from the 1980s and 1990s. As the world changed, in the ruling ideas nothing ever can change. Their next mystification was to claim that history is now truly frozen and nothing new is possible, as the bottom falls out.
When you look at capitalism, it was never a singular "capitalism" whose core mechanisms are unchanging and absolute. Capitalism as a situation - and what we are really referring to is the free trade empire centered around Britain - adapts every generation and with every crisis, in which the chief actors guide institutions to their preferred outcome. That is inherent to the entire project of political economy, where before the economic plans of states did not have to concern mass politics or mass involvement. In the past, most of humanity were out of sight and out of mind in one way or another, and they were regulated less by coin then by fixed social roles that could not be abolished by money. A slave was a slave even if he managed to buy manumission, one of the carrots extended to mitigate slavery. No one forgets the taint of having been a slave, or the taint of "blackness" that came to be an idea in the empire, among the various other marks of class. The same is said of indentured servants - at some point, there is ceiling dictating how far someone could rise. Class mobility was certainly possible, and there was a great mobility of class assignments as the poor were sorted during the 19th-mid 20th century. By 1970, the sorting was done, and the filtering and purging began.
To give you an idea of class mobility - the idea of a black ex-slave ruling a country was rare but thinkable in the Haitian Revolution. It was a reality the empire had to accept, no matter how much it disgusted them. The success of the empire is to make the idea of such a rebellion inadmissible, a fantasy even in thought let alone action. It's why American policy has been to shit on the very idea of Haiti, because that is the example of everything the empire is set up to prevent. Any other example suggesting a similar abolition of institutions had to be reversed. You can see with the revisionist histories of the American Civil War what they want. Now they've proceeded to revise the history of the second world war and Nazi slavery. At the time, many people writing about the war had to contend with reality, despite the thought leaders' immediate mystification. Too many people lived through the war and saw enough to know what this really was. Those who were imprisoned in the camps could speak. Those who fought in the armies of the period, who liberated the camps, reported exactly what they saw. The Germans who were operating the camps admitted what they had done, because there was no way they could possibly lie. Nazis from the grunts to the policy makers were made to admit, with proofs, what they did, and at the time they said matter-of-factly that they did this and had no compunction about doing so. It was necessary in the post-war order to edit that history, because if any further investigation happened, it would be clear who funded the Nazis, and who benefits from the social experiments the Nazis carried out. Everything the camps do comes back to oligarchs funding eugenics as a global movement, and the same things the Nazis did were done in much of the world. Not one great empire of the period could claim they were not beneficiaries of the war against the weak, and were not party to eugenics. Eugenics, after all, started the war and pushed it along, against the interests of everyone else. Eugenics is the empire, and the world wars established that fact. The greatest mystification was to lock this in by claiming that eugenics was over in 1945. Those who suffered under eugenics at the time knew damn well they would continue to be hunted. The Soviets who fought for their lives certainly knew they were going to put through another round of bullshit, and so they had incentive to say the truth about all of this. The truth, sadly, does not count for much. It took them a couple of generations to seed the new thought-forms but by 1980 it had promulgated enough that the older generation, who remembered the world before eugenics won, could not resist this historical progress. Their children would be alternatively sacrificed or promoted in the first wave of eugenic consolidaton, and their grandchildren would be thrown away. Our cohort would be the final filtration point, and it is in the 1980s that depopulation truly begins.
It's like living in an alternate history to hear these people act like eugenics just started again. We've been living in this terror all along and we're not allowed to even say that this is what happens. It's insidious.