“Everything seeks its own death including power”- Jean Baudrillard
Death is liberation.
Ojo del Toro (1958-2041) was a founder member of the Infamous Wu Shu Hackers (IWSH) – the global cellular network established in 1995 to save football from the mafia.
Del Toro was initially a cosmologist who had been entirely unsuccessful in his quest to discover gravitational waves emanating from RS Canum Venaticorum binary systems.
Professional gambler, hacker, whistleblower, del Toro was the cultural attache of La Brigade de la Surete cell of the IWSH based in Canberra, Kerkyra, Bucharest and Tiraspol. This cell exposed the full extent of calciopoli in Italy’s Serie A, the takeover of the England team by football agents, the MOBgate matchfixing scandal and the Leicester City Affair in the Premier League together with numerous other systemic criminalities throughout the sport while also highlighting hundreds of matchfixing events between 2006 and 2017 when the cell deconstructed itself as predicted.
After the death of football, del Toro put his whistle away.
He spent his later years becoming persuaded, and persuading others, that we have always lived in a multiverse.
His epitaph reads “The Revolution Sashays Up the Mall”.
As indeed it does.
Dark Flow, String Theory and anomalies in the Cosmic Microwave Background provide evidences that we live in a multiversal cosmic web of Quantum, Infinite Patchwork and Pre-Big Bang Inflationary realities.
At the very least.
Our multiverse is probably just one example of a repetitious matrix on infinitesimal scales in an omniverse.
Who gives a flying fuck about football?
We, the arbitrageurs of the neohyperrealites of post-structuralist football – matchfixing analytics, corruption hacking, fraud forensics, enhanced security strategies, whistleblowing – 5th Estate sousveillance, chapeau blanc expeditions into the grey, the black, the dark pool markets of impossible exchange.
We “futurescan” futurescanning ourselves.
There is a battle for truth with fake mainstream news obfuscating corruption while what Slavoj Zizek calls “a carnivalesque popular parade, a mocking spectacle” sashays down the Mall.
We offer dietrologia for our times, the end times, and we exhibit incredulity towards any meta-narrative. Information now resides in the individual, not the state. An economy based on information cannot be capitalist despite the best efforts of governments, monopolies and banks to maintain control over power and information – the hive mind network trumps hierarchy. Always.
Financially, it is an extremely unrewarding career being a whistleblower/hacker. And it is a risk business. Whackers need all the modes of Divine Skein to keep the ball under control.
It’s like Plato’s Cave. We spend our lives chained facing a blank wall and all we see to build our concept of a hyperreality are shadows projected onto the wall from objects passing in front of a light behind us. And we give names to these shadows. The whacker is one who escapes the chains to view these shadows as something closer to an intuitive reality. But one can never get to the real. Those days are gone.
“The time is out of joint; – O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right” – Hamlet
Our particular universe is isotropic, fractal, Gaussian and nearly flat. If all these dials were not so tuned life would not be possible. Both quantum computing and biology together with the Type 3 Quantum Multiverse (mimicking the Type 1 Infinite Patch Model in every sense but name), flukes and Horwich’s coincidences in nature should be recognised as valid inputs to the eventual multiversal solution. As should consciousness. But we must stay focused on the earliest evidence of a perfect crime – the Cosmic Microwave Background with its dipoles and its cool spots. Plasma frozen in spacetime.
“We are shaped by a general philosophy of unity” but cosmology has moved this on to at least duality, and more probably to infinite variety. Lyotard’s ultimate vision for science and knowledge is not as a robust consensus but as a precision of instabilities, of anomalies, undermining from within the very framework that marked the foundations of a previous scientific dogma.
In a Hegelian sense it might be seen that the cognitive nuances of the human mind were ontological categories of the universe itself – the universal mind lives in us and we will not become conscious of ourselves until we are, as a species, approaching our own death. We have evolved into Noam Chomsky’s “lethal mutation” of sociopathic idiocy.
But how liberating!
“I never thought matchfixing was possible. But now I have changed my mind, for obvious reasons. Now, I’m convinced it’s all over the place” – Marcus Gayle
This is a crime novel, a hybrid of fact and coded fiction based on fact. Global Mafiosi have stolen the game and murdered the sport. But the crime is not perfect, traces remain to be discovered and hacked and shared.
The decline of the sport into a hyperreality is described perfectly by Baudrillard’s ‘Phases of the Image’.
Football was Play. It started out as a sport played to agreed rules (1st Phase). Local businessmen took over clubs for personal gain while players still played sport. As soon as money hits Play, Play is fucked (2nd Phase). When the money is linked to parallel but otherwise independent betting markets, insider trading and matchfixing govern the sport. Match outcomes are dependent on private agendas. Football no longer exists as a sport (3rd Phase). By the time the corruption is systemic then everything is fake – football becomes “a simulacra bearing no relation to reality whatsoever” (4th Phase).
As Mervyn King, in one of his more self-righteous moments before the Bank of England was exposed as being systemically embroiled in the Libor scandal, stated: “It’s rather like watching two old men playing chess in the sun for a bet of $10, as one can in Washington Square in New York, and then realising that they are watched by a crowd of bankers who are taking bets on the result to the tune of millions of dollars”.
Football started to evolve into a betting platform in the mid-nineties when South East Asian triad-structured underground bookmakers dominated the European markets. For a decade or more these ultimate market makers battled with the European layers slicing up the global markets on leading football matches. Disinformation was power. European Mafiosi soon developed matrices to gain control of segments of the marketplace via coercion of officials and players. Between 2000 and 2010, the markets existed as a fragmented cartel of matchfixing but then this fracturing morphed into something far more sinister – systemic corruption based on the strategies of various Deep States.
Whereas MOBgate, the collusion between football agent and professional gambler, John Colquhoun, and referee Jonathan Moss which resulted in a set of insider traded events that would occur by chance once every 93 billion years (our universe is 13.8 billion years old) was a private affair (doing a little deal down the Moss), the corruption behind Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2015/16 was systemic and involved institutions, government, referees, mainstream media, doping regimes (Gene Doping is not a Country and Western singer!), matchfixing and illicit club ownership – 20% of Leicester City is illegally and invisibly owned by the operator who was the core protagonist in the SE Asian underground markets over two decades ago. As Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino stated towards the conclusion of the 2016/17 season: “Now, it is fair play. It’s so fair play. Nobody is against Tottenham and I think it is a [fair] competition”. In this book we disclose other corruptions too, both systemic and particular. The systemic manipulations and physical theft of documents by ‘Football Leaks’ – a front for a cartel of football agents – to undermine Jose Mourinho and all matters Gestifute, the rigging of the relegation and promotion issues in the Championship, the takeover of the England team by a fragmented cartel of football agents, the collusion between Rangers and the Scottish FA (we possess the ‘Charlotte Fakes’ archive) and the equivalent accommodations between Celtic, Sevco, Ladbrokes and those behind the systemic corruption in English football. On a particular level, we reveal the extent that referees, players and club officials work with bookmakers and other market professionals to fix top flight football matches in the major European leagues as well as numerous other boiler room scams where small groups come together to rig the global markets for proprietary gain.
We follow in the footsteps of the astounding research undertaken by Andrew Jennings with regard to the systemic malaise at FIFA.
It has reached a threshold where so many corruptions in the sport have been exposed in recent times that there is no longer any attempt to disguise the corruption – miscreants who are caught out have to be recycled into the bubble. There must be no loose cannons – once you sell your soul to a devil, it is to his tune that one must salsa.
There are parallels to the decline of that other great sport, cricket. Most international matches, all matches on the Indian sub-continent, most T20 games and the County Championship in England are entirely corrupted by the mafia that is the Dawood Company. Originally based in Mumbai they were held responsible for the 1993 bombings and relocated to Dubai where, alongside cricket, they engage in murder, smuggling, drug trafficking, extortion, racketeering, gunrunning, terrorism, money laundering, counterfeiting and betting. With an inner core of between five and ten thousand members plus a penumbra of operatives, this is evidently not cricket. Tis little wonder the cricket grounds of the world have tumble-grasses of desolate narratives blowing through the empty stands.
The pyramids of Giza serve as a graphic to help describe a simple model of the corruption in football. The Menkaure pyramid represents agents, betting, mafia. The Khafre pyramid represents the ruling bodies, governments, national associations.
Khufu (the Giant Pyramid) represents the territory where Menkaure and Khafre mingle – the upper half of Khufu is the white market, the lower half is the grey market and the underground is the underground.
Any organisation, cartel, consortia, committee, institution, and any of their tentacles of operation may undertake quantised interactions with any other entity in either Menkaure or Khafre. These temporary equilibria exist at various layers in the Giant Pyramid depending upon their degree of opacity. Clusters frequently develop but swiftly disperse due to a bounty of proprietary antisocial agendas.
When we delve into the dire, diabolical, desperate, difficult, dangerous, dodgy world of the underground, one might discover that the same equilibria repeatedly develop.
Betting dominates Menkaure. Regulatory capture dominates Khafre. Their collusion is disastrous for football. Nowadays there are very few top flight European matches that don’t possess several competing power bases all believing that they control the event.
Total Football has evolved into Total Poker – a number of insiders around a table with Dark Pool inputs and individual operators controlling their bids. Player A looks comfortable with an underperforming midfielder and some private injury information while Player B is hoping that the 4th Official might influence the referee, but Player C owns a whole team and the opposing goalkeeper and is piling on the chips. Only a patsy at the table seeks a balanced book or creative arbitrage in a corrupted market.
And then there are the kickback racketeering territories of the marketing companies and their ‘first world’ neo-capitalist monstrosities attaching their beefburger or their credit card or their state-owned gas company to the tarnished fake – “does not this sport reek of the fumes of slaughtered spirit?”
Brian Tuohy: “Coincidence is really a rare commodity. When profit motive and market share become joined to what appear to be many unlikely outcomes, is the result really coincidental, or something else? Therein lies the fix.”
But the one factor that unites all parties in the criminalisation of global football is a complete absence of regulation. Trust us to police ourselves. But self-regulation is no regulation allowing a free playing field for the various tiers of psychopath to exploit the sport for proprietary profit.
And the holistic is horrendous. In late capitalism, financial distortions within a sector define the corruptions available so we are presented with referees on a couple of grand per week officiating on events with global betting volume of $10 billion, the market capitalisation of Manchester United being less than the betting turnover on any one of their matches and 54 heavily indebted poor nation states having a GDP less than the latest Premier League television deal – chief executive Richard Scudamore runs a small country. A corrupt one.
The most astonishing aspect of matchfixing is that when we have seen that the government, the Bank of England, the BBC, the Murdochracy, the mainstream print media, investment banks, the police, retail banks, the ‘public’ utilities and many other sports are all corrupted, there is this religious belief that, somehow, top level football is not tainted. Football has taken over from religion – everybody is ‘Something FC ‘til I Die’.
And we don’t want our New Deity to be killed off just yet.
“May you live in interesting times!” – Anonymous Chinese proverb
Juan Christobel Guarello: “Interpol has arrested them [FIFA executives] for doing what they always did without reproach: behaving as a bigwig in the world of professional football. All the allegations that they face (fraud and money laundering) are everyday elements of their activity. That is to say they are an essential part of football for rent.”
Global football ‘elites’ act as an oligarchical cartel to solicit proprietary gains alongside the rape of the game. Football is prostituted under the supervision of the governmental, institutional, bookmaking, media and regulatory captures that dominate the systemic structure of the corruption.
Agents are the primary lubrication of the corruptions as they box far above their weight due to their omnipresent nature. Players are with agents for life while playing for numerous clubs during their career. Where do loyalties lie? Alongside a non-functioning 4th Estate media under output capture, stories of corruption and matchfixing are simply opaqued away in the Omerta.
One of the most striking features of football in recent times has been the takeover of European clubs by investors who would not appear, on the surface (a superficial surface to surf when shell companies and offshore financial centres distort reality), to have any real interest in the business of football. In the eyes of this particular new breed of owners, it is no longer necessary to win titles and trophies. The creation of immediate cash is everything. If competitions can be won as well then this is fine and dandy but club performance on the field of play is always secondary to financial achievement off of it.
This puts such owners at odds with fans.
Jack Rasmus: “The [global financial capitalist] elite are deepening their control of non-financial companies and are increasingly directing those companies toward profits growth from financial manipulation as the primary corporate activity… Instead of making profits by making real things that require real investment and employ real people, the focus of global capitalism is increasingly toward more financial asset investment.”
Thus real profit is being surpassed by generating forms of money capital as profit.
It is the global duopoly of the US and China that is behind the majority of this activity.
Financial gains may be ‘created’ by manipulation of the US tax code through the utilisation of ‘inversion’ capitalism while, additionally, shadow bankers and their financial speculators also markedly gain in this template.
Even greater gains arise from financial speculation to the benefit of other investors, major shareholders and senior management.
Rasmus: “Lower taxes for the US corporation from the inversion means more retained corporate cash on hand, and the prospect of more future earnings as well, all of which in turn drives up the company’s stock price. That makes the company even more attractive to investors like hedge funds and equity firms, which buy up big blocks of both the purchasing and purchased companies stock. Banks and shadow bankers that jump into the process at the outset, buying up company stock in the process, also provide original funding for the company’s purchase. Others jump into the stock as the acquisition deal proceeds. Once concluded, early and latecomers both then reap a nice capital gain from the eventual stock price appreciation that almost always follows the deal… So all levels of financial speculators benefit from these ‘inversion’ deals – shadow bank investors, hedge fund managers, big stockholders, and top corporate managers with significant stock holdings and compensation – all realise big capital gains from stock price manipulation that is at the core of the tax inversion deals. Again, it is not just about tax avoidance, it is about stock price manipulation and huge capital gains.”
Taking Manchester United as an example – the leveraged buyout by the Glazers imposed significant annual interest repayments on the club. This outflow of tens of millions of pounds annually prevents suitable investment in other areas of the club. In effect, this is a long term creative type of private equity asset stripping.
The lack of trophies and the failure to succeed on the pitch is anathema to the fans hence the falling attendances and the major drop in pay-per-view television subscriptions but, to the Glazers, Manchester United’s on-field mediocrities are entirely trumped by the £750 million 10 year Adidas deal that produces lots and lots of cash.
A similar financial infrastructure exists with Chinese investors fronting for underground bookmakers to relocate monies outside the bubble that is the Chinese economy before the arrival of the Big Crunch. Instead of solely profiting from the value of the purchased club, these South East Asian investors manipulate match outcomes undermining integrity.
And the profits are colossal. One state-based syndicate behind the corruption underpinning Leicester City’s Premier League title triumph pocketed an estimated £24 billion from betting market activities in one year.
Gianni Infantino, the new FIFA president, has indicated that he sees a benefit in the strengthening of the links between sports authorities and state bodies but this is a solution that can backfire dependent upon who represents the state – the syndicate that massively profited from the Fake Football of Leicester City’s title included senior state operators in both the House of Commons and Lords.
The takeover of football and the attempted takeover of UEFA and FIFA are linked to the geopolitical hard right agendas emanating from the seats of power in the UK and USA.
Entertainingly for the zeitgeist, income inequalities not only produce fraud, money laundering and tax evasion but also a far greater incentive for whistleblowers to confront and expose the criminalities at play. According to Joseph Stiglitz, in extremis these wealth distortions create revolutionary paradigms partially due to the disconnect between the hyperrealities of the 1% and the ‘real’ realities of the 99%.
It was not without irony that Infantino’s first edict on appointment was to sack all whistleblowers who had taken significant risks to expose the Sepp Blatter regime.
Friedrich Nietzsche: “Mature manhood: that means to have rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play”.
It is the End of Play, a Timeline of Decay.
The Leicester City Fake Football Triumph is the biggest sports story of recent times. Although portrayed by the media as a fairy tale, it is in fact an affront to the integrity and validity of English soccer.
Baudrillard: “It is no longer a question of imitation, nor duplication, nor even parody. It is a question of substituting the signs of the real for the real… We are moving ever closer to high definition, in other words to the useless perfection of images. Which, by the same token, are no longer images, having been produced in real time… There lies the dilemma: either simulation is irreversible, there is no going beyond simulation, it is no longer even an event, it is our absolute banality, it is an everyday obscenity, we are in terminal nihilism, and are preparing ourselves for a mindless repetition of all the forms of our culture, waiting for an unpredictable event – but where would it come from?”.
Football has become iconoclastic. Modern iconoclasm no longer consists in destroying images but in manufacturing a profusion of images where there is nothing to see – the use of instant replays to rewrite the history of unfortunate occurrences!
It is the End of Play.
Football is Fixed.
Football is Fucked.
Football is Dead.
“Structures do not walk the streets” – Jacques Lacan
From autarky to autarchy.
[Fragmented] cartels, monopolies, duopolies, opaque layered mature markets, gamed regulation or self-regulation or no regulation, dark pool poker tables of corruption, sinister darknet operations, Deep States bifurcating between the kleptocratic and the plutocratic, disaster capitalism templates helicoptered in to scenes of desperation, state and self-imposed mainstream media censorship, corporate lobbyists controlling the democratic process and filtering knowledge via their control of press output, the imprisoning of whistleblowers, the omnipresence of shadow banking and dark money matrices, certain investment houses operating as states within states directly influencing world governance via a confiscation of power, global warming our way to a new planetary equilibrium state with irreversible feedback loops, akin to the early phases in the development of the acidic atmosphere of Venus, all of this blended together with the hard right politics of divide and rule and class war.
That’s late capitalism!
Take The Atlantic Bridge (TAB). Established two decades ago as a part of the UK’s dark money network with the aim to transform what was allegedly a transatlantic special relationship into an even more special relationship between political and corporate power, TAB is a blueprint for hard right corporate totalitarianism in the interests of all the usual sociopathic sectors – tobacco, big pharma, munitions, oil – together with the far right lunacies of UKIP, the Tea Party and other Mad Hatters of the personality disordered far right.
TAB merged into the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation – the anchor on the US side of the Atlantic.
As research by George Monbiot has revealed, the political agendas so created were myopic and psychopathic – funding climate change denial bodies, targeting whistleblowers and hackers, the erosion of employment rights, lowering minimum wage structures, granting corporations and certain states immunity from prosecution and, deeper down thirty years away from any possible public scrutiny, spying on one’s own citizens and neighbouring governments, firewalling the state, undermining democratic processes for proprietary gain while, not content with the impending suicide driven death of their system and our planet, choosing to kill our beautiful game by turning football into poker in a final act of spite.
Where is the separation between the Deep State and the government? When spectacular moneyed elites act out their farces for their own entertainment, all the forces of the Deep State – law, enforcement, military intelligence – ensure that chaos reigns when the curtains come down. Chaos is a good thing.
Non-cybernetic virtual private networks of tax evasion in offshore financial centres under the various evolutions of the imperial Anglo-Saxon flags of yore encapsulate the revolving door culture between treasuries, tax collection agencies and the big four accounting firms – a mafia-structured monopoly if ever there was one.
The 1% know how to look after their interests as power serves only power in their elite system of socialism for the rich and cowboy capitalism for the poor. When their grotesque social experiment went belly up in 2007/8, true colours of governments and even truer depths of states were revealed. The primary architects of the crisis together with hard right think tanks scrambled to create new paradigms of irrational distortion to spin out their game for another role of the dice. Mervyn King’s one good act in his life is the chess playing anecdote above. His book “The End of Alchemy” is a literary monetarist power grab which attempts to reveal new truths but suitably ignores the roles of systemic corruption, irrational psychology, the fractal misbehaviour of markets analysed by Benoit Mandelbrot, the whole issue of the validity of efficient markets in twisted infrastructures while, tongue firmly in cheek, claiming that it would be a fine thing to give more power to the central banks and the IMF (empower the bankers, economists and politicians at the service of the Goldman Sachs oligarchy). “We might have fucked up last time but give us power to have another chance at our totalitarianism”.
Looking through the microscope of monetarism and lecturing…
Why should we be expected to give any attention to a man whose failings were an input to the Great Recessionary Depression? The rigging of the Libor by the Bank of England for the benefit of UK institutional bodies has equivalence with the fixing of football matches for British market participants.
Illegitimate claims of capitalism producing growth when, as Piketty intimated, the only growth is due to an expansion in the global populace – late capitalism is the conclusion of a Ponzi scheme orchestrated in the late Middle Ages but doomed to a disastrous death from day one, as with all pyramid schemes. “Growth is not democracy. Profusion is a function of discrimination”.
It is the worst of times, it is the worst of times, it is the age of foolishness.
Capitalism, despite the support of Deep States, is a Ponzi scheme collapsing under the weight of its own absurdity.
But All-Under-Heaven suggests that the situation should be observed a level deeper…
… the level of the mafia state.
The Italian mafia state targets Sicilian magistrate Nino di Matteo for exposing the state as mafia, the Heritage/TAB mafia states imprison (directly or otherwise) Snowden, Assange, Hammond, Manning, Love to various loci of solitary confinement for exposing state Mafiosi behaviours, while a fragmentally cartelised web of geographically scattered mafia states orchestrate the systemic corruption and matchfixing that has destroyed global football. It is suitably ironic in a postmodern way that a game that is played on turf should have become a mafia battle over turf.
“Do it. Call things what they are. People will be so mad” – Heather Marsh
Thomas Piketty: “… wealth accumulated in the past grows more rapidly than output and wages. This inequality expresses a fundamental logical contradiction. The entrepreneur inevitably tends to become a rentier, more and more dominant over those who own nothing but their labour. Once constituted, capital reproduces itself faster than output increases. The past devours the future. The consequences for the long-term dynamics of wealth distribution are potentially terrifying, especially when one adds that the size of the initial stake and that the divergence in the wealth distribution is occurring on a global scale.”
While virtually all advocacy, transparency and tax justice entities with their bevies of characterless fuckwit hipsters and private income interns focus on offshore financial centres, money laundering and current abuses of the template of capital, the real wealth inequalities exist on the basis of old money and all those forgotten crimes.
Josiah Wedgwood: “Political democracies that don’t democratise their economic systems are inherently unstable.”
The Ponzi scheme in its late capitalism phase is hurtling towards its precipitous conclusion – the collapse of All-Under-Heaven. “If we are going to do Armageddon we might as well do it with some panache”.
To decelerate if not prevent the self-harming disorders of this neo-con death cult there is only one solution in this first phase of the deconstruction of a pseudo-system – a markedly progressive tax on the largest fortunes worldwide (targeting both capital and income) to prevent inheritance trumping meritocracy and to enforce an efficient use of capital for global rather than proprietary benefit hence ending the austerity-based matrices of social injustice.
With a burdensome progressive tax in place, the psychopathic incentive to amass huge fortunes in the first place would be undermined.
Piketty: “Such a tax would also have another virtue: it would expose wealth to democratic scrutiny, which is a necessary condition for effective regulation of the banking system and international capital flows… The primary purpose of the capital tax is not to finance the social state but to regulate capitalism.”
National wealth has become markedly privatised in the last four decades. Currently, in the US, incomes are as unequally distributed as has ever been observed anywhere anytime – the top 1% earn 35% of income while the bottom 50% of population earn just 25%. There are only three tools for getting rid of the current levels of debt in the developed nations – taxes on capital, inflation or austerity. Austerity isn’t a prerequisite, it is an option. As one vice-president of a leading bank stated: “It’s corporate fraud on an industrial scale, sanctioned by the government”.
Baudrillard: “Misfortune, misery – all these things are traded very easily these days. There is a stock exchange of negative values, so to speak.”
Piketty: “… capitalists do indeed dig their own grave: either they tear each other apart in a desperate attempt to combat the falling rate of profit… or they force labour to accept a smaller and smaller share of national income, which ultimately leads to a proletarian revolution and general expropriation. In any event capital is undermined by its internal contradictions.”
Late capitalism yields a plethora of Ponzi bubbles – these are not Kondratieff waves but rather expressions of robust Malthusian ecological limits blended with the conclusion of this viral pyramid scheme. One of our lawyers views our universe as the three-dimensional surface of a four-sphere equivalent to an expanding Ponzi scheme which creates bubbles at the current three-dimensional surface which quantum in and out of existence.
Yanis Varoufakis: “Just as one person’s debt is another’s asset, one nation’s deficit is another’s surplus. In an asymmetrical world the money that surplus economies amass from selling more stuff to deficit economies than they buy from them accumulates in their banks, but these banks are then tempted to lend much of it back to the deficit countries or regions, where interest rates are always higher because money is so much scarcer. In this way, banks help maintain some semblance of balance during the good times… Bankers, in this sense, are fair-weather surplus recyclers… As long as the fair financial weather continues, fair-weather surplus recycling endures. But it cannot endure forever. With the certainty and abruptness that a pile of sand will collapse once the critical grain is added on top of it, vendor-financed trade will always go into sudden, violent spasm. No one can predict when but only fools doubt that it must… Panic reaches a deafening climax and Keynes’s inimitable words resonate once more: ‘As soon as a storm rises,’ bankers behave like a ‘fair-weather sailor’ who ‘abandons the boat which might carry him to safety by his haste to push his neighbour off and himself in’. It is the destiny of fair-weather surplus recycling to prompt a crash and occasion a complete halt to all recycling. This is what happened in 1929. It is also what has been happening since 2008 in Europe.”
A death spiral.
A system of cascading death spirals.
And it is also the skewed incentives of diabolical wealth accumulation together with short-termist inversion capitalist structures with the supportive networks of tax havens and regulatory capture that have allowed the deconstruction of football as a sport over the last quarter century.
As soon as there is an imbalance in favour of market depth over sporting kudos, corruption is a given.
“What the fuck do we know?”
Hayek was bad enough but free markets have been replaced by bureaucratic state monopoly control – markets are a terror of value without equivalence.
Take the efficiency of markets (financial or football).
Eugene Fama was one of three winners of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2013.
His hypothesis regarding the efficiency of markets is elegant but also entirely wrong (give the man a gong for being wrong). Not particularly impressed with his Fama-French Three-Factor Model either (but more on that later).
If there were no Deep State interferences, no psychopathies, no mass behavioural irrationalities, no corruptions and if markets didn’t always evolve towards maturity, he would be right. But there are and they do so he’s wrong.
The Efficient Markets Hypothesis is divided into three levels – strong-form, semi-strong-form and weak-form efficiency. Strong-form suggests that market prices reflect all information, public and private, and it is not possible for anyone to earn excess returns. In semi-strong-form, prices adjust to new information rapidly and rationally. While in weak-form structures, prices simply follow a random walk.
Before we go any further we need to look at the architecture of markets. The public markets are just the top of an iceberg of submerged dark pool markets – there are hundreds of non-regulated dark pools where deep insiders trade against deep insiders in markets that the public only sees when an excess of over-enthusiasm occurs. It is in these markets where the significant corruption occurs.
All assessments of Fama’s hypothesis require a dichotomous approach then – the public markets and the dark pools.
Markets are rarely efficient, efficiency being a fluke rather than an achievement. Work from the sixties onwards by Daniel Kahnemann, Amos Tversky, Paul Slovic and Richard Thaler had already introduced psychology into the market and, in 1979, Kahnemann and Tversky developed Prospect Theory which represented the final nail in the coffin of Efficient Markets. Investors do not behave in a rational manner for a whole continuum of different reasons that exist both within themselves and interact between themselves in complex ways to produce the behaviours we collectively project. Market prices represent human psychology far more than they do unproven economic fundamentals.
“The problem is today, when you have chaos or disorder, people lose their cognitive mapping” -Slavoj Zizek.
So, by 1979, Fama’s hypothesis should have been put to bed…
… unfortunately, it took the blinkered Chicago School until 2007 to acknowledge the impact of behaviouralism (individual and mass) in the markets, attempting to convince us in the meantime that an efficient pricing infrastructure underpinned the alleged validity of Friedmanian late capitalism.
Fama also fails because all of the information is not in the market compromising all three levels of Fama’s efficiency hierarchy. Public markets are reactive to deeper forces and are unable to respond instantaneously to the flow of real information. The public markets offer a distilled filtered form of this driving dark pool bazaar. Private dark pool trading strategies convert into proprietary holistic public market strategies as dark pool power and liabilities are exploited or hedged in the public sphere. The information flow in dark pools is, by its very nature, opaque. Proxy trading, algorithmic distortions, hidden players away from the table, quantised consortia, disinformational trading and the sociopathy of cornered markets etc. At any given time, the market tends to inefficiency and as mature markets are able to evolve into anything the primary operators desire, the prices can be anything too – supply and demand don’t set prices, billionaires do.
Mature markets are largely under the semi-absolute internal control of a small grouping of operators. These cartelised structures include entities with hidden and private agendas co-operating on shared agendas to mutual benefit. Even when such infrastructure is held in place with extra robustness due to governmental Deep State scaffolding around the marketplace, the dominant player(s) is/are still able to gravitate the price to loci more favourable to their returns. In effect, a near monopolistic corruption distorts any semblance of efficiency in the market.
Disaster capitalism thrives on chaos. When a disaster strikes or, as in the case of Chile, is created, the Hayekians move in with their shock tactics to further destabilise an already destabilised people. As US security entities move into the vacuum, the markets are utterly chaotic. Although some efficiency improvements are exported via these security entities, the holistic performance of the markets drive efficiencies off the bottom of Fama’s scale.
Private information is introduced to the public market in a variety of strategies that, by their very nature, imply market inefficiencies being created for dark pool gain. Deep insiders possess powerful market information that must be released to the market strategically. Just think of the variety of ways in which, say, Ben Bernanke could have utilised his absolute knowledge of the variables related to quantitative easing. A flawed man, with strategies evolving in real time, could profit without the full reality ever hitting the market by placing trades laterally and peripherally across the time continuum. Only the greedy fully reveal their hands.
Noam Chomsky would recognise this as a form of “cognitive regulatory capture” and it is a permanent presence in the structures of late capitalism.
The most evident ways that financial markets are inefficient is by their refusal to accept the cost of negative externalities in the price of an asset. How on earth can a price be efficient in the holistic sense if externalities are not included in the equation? The timing of eagerly anticipated systemic implosion is an unknowable variable. It is an unknown known. Temporally.
Disaster myopia in a disaster capitalism complex!
Although dark pools are elevated up the efficiency hierarchy due to a reduction in time-lag from information to market and the quality of the knowledge, such improvement is marginal.
Fama’s only other claim to fame is the Fama-French Three-Factor Model. This attempts to replace the old and inadequate Capital Asset Pricing Model. By ignoring psychology and the impacts of corruption, this model also fails. Entertainingly, Foye, Mramor and Pahor (2013) have shown an improvement in the performance of the Fama-French model if one of the terms is replaced by a term which acts as a proxy for accounting manipulation!
Mandelbrot: “Financial economics, as a discipline, is where chemistry was in the 16th century: a messy compendium of proven know-how, misty folk wisdom, and unexamined assumptions and grandiose speculation.” As a former pupil of Mandelbrot, Fama should know better.
Economics claims the status of a science but it is only scientific at Foucault’s threshold – “If one recognises in science only the linear accumulation of truths or the orthogenesis of reason, and fails to recognise in it the discursive practice that has its own levels, its own thresholds, its own various ruptures, one can describe only a single historical division, which one adopts as a model to be applied at all times for all forms of knowledge.”
Through the provision of a psychopathic regulation-lite template where individuals are rewarded for antisocial public displays of their disorders, elevating themselves up the power hierarchy, it is hardly surprising that the system itself has become psychopathic. Short-termism engenders systemic risk. Refusing to recognise externalities produces super-systemic risk.
Neo-classical economics is pre-Galilean in its simplicity. Multi-disciplinary, it is not! There came the chartists and the technical analysts, believing in their candlesticks and their head-and-shoulder formations, all blinded from the whole to the specific, plotting the same lines on the same charts. Then came the idiot physicists – the econophysicists – to spread disaster far and wide. Holistically challenged, this new breed of trader possessed all of the professional inadequacies of their predecessors but with an extra twist – black boxes. Algorithmic trading has grown exponentially in the last two decades in coincidence with the Permanent Depression which also took root around 1997. Micro-focused high frequency trading incrementally shaving creative arbitrages to improve micro-efficiencies within the macro-chaos counts as strategy. Archaic theory and unsustainable edifices providing one another with encores as we approach super-systemic catastrophe scenarios.
On October 19th 1987, Wall Street fell by 29.2% in the biggest daily decline in a century. The probability of Wall Street falling this amount is 10 to the power of 50. Mandelbrot: “You could scan the powers of 10 from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the breadth of the measurable universe – and still never meet such a number.” Only in an immeasurable multiverse do we surpass such numbers – in the Infinite Patch Multiverse, your nearest doppelganger is 10 to the power of 10 to the power of 29 metres away.
Big shout going out…!
Free market capitalism underprices risk. In fact, it frequently excludes risk from the equation entirely. Every single quantum reality impacts on the future market price as butterflies flutter across fractal space.
While all of the free market ideologues and their apologists are shuffling the papers, printing the money, pretending that there is another boom-and-bust possibility in this game yet and extending their pretences to the territory of carbon markets and cap and trade schemes, each fundamentally flawed in their Ponzi capitalism, there are super-systemic fractals that might just be worthy of closer inspection. And not just by climate change scientists either.
Mandelbrot: “The two poles of human experience – deterministic systems of order and planning and the stochastic or random systems of irregularity and unpredictability.” The latter of these two poles dominates the markets today.
Andrew Haldane describes the inability to judge risk as “disaster myopia” – a lack of awareness of the network externalities in combination with misaligned incentives. But this is merely the first level of disaster myopia. The feedback loops, the fractals, the super-systemic risk, the threshold entanglement of different equilibrium states would combine in a second layer – more “catastrophe myopia” really.
There is no such entity as a sustainable Ponzi scheme. Every free market structure is pure Ponzi, a consequence of which is that we now reside in what Sun Tzu called the Worst Variety of Ground. The fractals yet to be unleashed, the toxicity still to surface, the mass delusions and engendered mass psychologies yet to spiral out of perceived rationality, will all come to fruition against the backdrop of a super-systemic lack of stable equilibrium. So, a system that returns negative growth if externalities are included produces this lack of utility on an unstable foundation which spontaneously combusts repeatedly and fractally.
Dark pools and many other forms of ‘shadow market’, utilised for the trading of huge blocks of institutional knowledge, are entirely non-regulated. Investors are able to trade inside information anonymously on the deepest market platforms – the dominant strata in any market. Stock markets and global football betting markets are getting darker.
The whole dark pool edifice exists in a protective bubble. The broker-dealers and exchanges offering dark pool access are in a very privileged position – primary level cloned trading in a mature market sector is a portfolio to die for. Securing crucial temporal edges for a ‘financial elite’ these highly regressive structures are the future of financial markets. Non-regulated private markets offer a Pandora’s box of market abuse away from the prying eyes of oversight. Co-ordinated market strategies may be orchestrated to corner a particular market to the benefit and demise of suitable entities – fake markets with induced short-term momenta. By taking advantage of private markets to trade their information insiders are severely hampering price transparency.
In chaotic windows and in truncated markets, the temporal edge is most important. Markets are volatile in stormy waters and volatility is easy money. In the most serious state of market paralysis, this temporal edge offers massive advantage – just like the ticker-tape did in the Great Depression.
This is an illusory game of exchange, a giant poker table where our realities are determined.
Speculators are always blamed for the cyclical crises of capitalism but this is too simple a view. Speculators are merely finessing the non-regulated dark pool market inefficiencies riding the surf rather than generating the wave in the first place. So blame NYFix and Turquoise and Baikal and blame the state-based economic systems that allow this chicanery to take place.
Economists always look to the past for solutions yet no economic hyperreality is replicable and the fractal nature of the crisis inputs renders economic research as quite pointless – systemic and super-systemic risk are the new market yardsticks.
Not only is it a necessity for all market activity be non-regulated but also it must be self-rating. Ratings Agencies that are relied upon by investors yet are paid by those they rate – a systemic enigma built into the fake infrastructure.
Baudrillard: “The illusion of the economic sphere lies in its having aspired to ground the principle of reality and rationality on the forgetting of this ultimate reality of impossible exchange.”
Sigmund Freud: “Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.”
Michel Foucault: “There is a battle ‘for truth’… It is necessary to think of the political problems of intellectuals not in terms of ‘science’ and ‘ideology’, but in terms of ‘truth’ and ‘power’. ‘Truth’ is linked in a circular relation with systems of power which produce and sustain it, and to effects of power which it induces and which extend it. A ‘regime’ of truth… The problem is not changing people’s consciousnesses – or what’s in their heads – but the political, economic, institutional regime of the production of truth.”
Nomi Prins (from her book ‘Crony Capitalism and Corruption – An Entirely Rigged Political-Financial System,): “Too big to fail is a seven-year phenomenon created by the most powerful central banks to bolster the largest, most politically connected US and European banks. Synthetic bank and market subsidisation disguised as ‘monetary policy’ has spawned artificial assets and debt bubbles everywhere. Complex products, risky practices, leverage and co-dependent transactions have contagion ramifications. The notion of free markets in which each participant has access to the same information is a fallacy. Democracy is predicated on the idea that every vote counts equally, and in the utopian perspective, the government adopts policies that benefit or adhere to the majority of those votes. In fact, it is a minority of elite families and private individuals that exercise the most control. What we have is a plutocracy of government and markets.”
Benjamin Franklin: “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism.”
Taking on a death cult in the end times can only lead to a date with Dignitas…
… or the deep dark net.
“If we are going to end up being exotics of our own lives (as we all are), we may as well cultivate radical exoticism” – Jean Baudrillard
Ecclesiastes: “The simulacrum is never what hides the truth – it is truth that hides the fact that there is none. The simulacrum is true.”
The 4 Phases of the Image, Lacan’s Real, Symbolic, Imaginary, the surreal hyperreal (the neohyperreal) versus the public spectacle. A triptych of fact, fiction, fusion.
Max Hastings: “The 2013-15 revelations of Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee who has seen fit to disclose the scale of western eavesdropping… has done important damage to American and British security. He inhabits a new universe, in which old definitions of conflict, and also of patriotism, are no longer universally acknowledged. The balance of tactics and methodology in struggles between nations has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. Secret war, as it was practised by the nations that fought the conflict of 1939-45, may well prove to be the future war.”
Imprisoned hacktivist Jeremy Hammond: “I had an obligation to use my skills to expose… injustice – and to bring the truth to light.”
The Wu Shu Hackers, infamous before we started – legendary Chinese monkeys whose aim is to defeat the greedy warlords and give football back to the people.
Ojo del Toro, a 0-Day Guru.
Row Phisherman Row.
We open markets.
Gabriella Coleman: “In the 1950s a small group of MIT-based computer enthusiasts… adopted the term ‘hacker’ to differentiate their freewheeling attitude from those of their peers… hackers courted contingency, disregarding norms or rules they thought likely to stifle creative invention… hackers repurposed tools in the service of beauty and utility.”
Whackers do the same but to an underlying single issue agenda, in our case – to save football from the mafia and, after tracing information, we expose and share via 5th Estate channels. Sometimes the only goal is copyrighting the content into the hyperreality, at other times we share with the hive mind, but always we are mocking the perpetrators.
Only 29% of organisations have a cybersecurity expert in their IT departments and lowest common denominator security structures are open to exploration.
Guccifer 2.0, the Romanian hacker who breached Democratic National Congress (DNC) fortresses and released to media: “I hacked that server through the NGP VAN soft. I used 0-day exploit of NGP VAN soft then I installed shell-code into the DNC server, it allowed me to intrude into DNC network. They have Windows-based domain architecture, then I installed my Trojan on several PCs. I had to go from one computer to another every week so CrowdStrike couldn’t catch me for a long time. I know that they have a cool intrusion detection system. But my heuristic algorithms are better.”
Multiple servers, parallel realities in coincident time, robust cellular networks ripping apart markets while, on the square, the hacking Deep State spies through the maze of espionage, allowing them to think that it is Ojo del Toro who has been lost in a maze while traps are set when, in reality, the reverse is true. Sousveillance and hacktivism, the two brigades that bind chaos. IWSH are an underground Sun Tzu force for the social media age, chapeau blanc hackers who disturbed the equilibrium too much for their hacks to be made public. Evolving beyond the emerging threat of the likes of DEADPOOL, the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Unit at GCHQ with their dirty tricks and attempted infiltrations to destroy, deny, degrade and disrupt ‘enemies’ by discrediting them. Low level prankster DDoS attacks and more guesstimate hacking is not going to solve the system’s problem with hackers.
The Deep State, demanding of evidence which is then provided, setting up the sting to arrest a matchfixing mafia man in a wired hotel room before sending the call to operatives to withdraw at the final moment as machinations many leagues under the surface determine realities upon it.
Always ask why.
Coleman: “Hackers and their projects have become routine, authoritative, and public participants in our daily geo-political goings on. There are no obvious, much less given, explanations as to why a socially and economically privileged group of actors, once primarily defined by obscure tinkering and technical explorations is now so willing to engage in popular media advocacy, traditional policy, law-making, political tool building, and especially forms of direct action and civil disobedience so risky that scores of hackers are currently in jail or exile for their willingness to expose wrongdoing”.
Gottfried Frank: “… a festival of hatred towards all that can be called human joy. With gigantic strength the perilous hoard emerges, tearing hearts asunder and darkening the divine spark of gods with noisy, monstrous mocking.”
“If any Wikileaks’ journalist is under coercion they will recuse themselves and staff in another jurisdiction will ensure full publication” – Wikileaks tweet from April 5th 2017
Football has found a new equilibrium state as an augmented reality where manipulators create an illusion to create an event. Each paradigm develops its own Gestalt but any whole is temporary as, in effect, there is no paradigm, only corruption versus critical consciousness. There are no permanent facts, only interpretations. There are no absolutes. There is no solid ground.
Enter the hacker, the whistleblower, the spectator of the spectacle. Hannah Arendt: “Nothing and nobody exists in this world who’s very being does not presuppose a spectator”. The spectator is a key node in this charade.
But we are not in the arena of rogue individuals and solo bad apples here, we are dealing with a systemic and global stealing of the people’s game. The Deep State plus an ever-expanding circle of non-governmental advisers from banking, industry, commerce and sport who were cleared for highly classified information denied to large swathes of the real state have resolved to monetise the game to derivative levels of opacity. Zizek: “Of course, the market is a domain of egotistic cheating and lying: however, as Lacan taught us, in order for a lie to function, it has to present itself and be taken as truth”. By analysing inhumanity, one “removes the veil” and reveals truth. Others, in Calinescu’s view, blind themselves to nature and become “slaves of a lifeless dogma.”
There is a battle for truth with the vast majority of the 4th Estate being stationed on the incorrect side of the border. Fake news. Fake football. Glenn Greenwald: “[Snowden’s leak] changed the way people around the world viewed the reliability of any statements by US officials and transformed relations between countries. It radically altered views about the proper role of journalism in relation to government power.”
One should hack and steal information only where one cannot plunder – we give you theoretical violence and 5th Estate terrorism as you look down your gun. Jacques Derrida: “Think like the miners who explode the beams that support their shafts.”
“… when the authorities find it useful to tell the truth, it’s because they can’t find any better lies. Immediately this truth, coming from an official mouth, becomes a lie corroborated by facts” – Ian Birchall
Although ostensibly about corruption taking over football, this book will not be comfortable reading for the fundamentalist football fan. A primary reason that the game has been lost is the schizophrenic nature of the fan – corruption against Arsenal has been virtually ever-present in the Premier League over the last decade and against Celtic in the Scottish top flight since time immemorial until Rangers ceased to be in 2011. Rightly so, the fans of these two clubs express outrage at Mike Dean and Hugh Dallas and the refereeing decisions of bias and corruption but most clubs will bend the rules and if one mentioned to Arsenal fans the refereeing performances of Jon Moss or to Celtic fans the close links of the club to bookmaking entities, the tsunami of abuse cascades from the moment of media disclosure. Corruption in the holistic continues due to this self-imposed divide and rule. If fans of all clubs were to unite against the corruption and demand change, there might be a hope of fixing football but would Boca bond with River Plate, El Betis with Sevilla, Galatasaray with Fenerbache, Inter with Juve, Arsenal with Spurs, Celtic with Sevco?
The Infamous Wu Shu Hackers, having been whistleblowers against the whistle blowers for two decades, would have to agree with Jonathan Meades when he surmises that “all referees are fascists”!
Modelling the holistic is easier than modelling the specific – mass psychology is a plug in for financial market analysts but individual behavioural traits are a science of specificity. Similarly, modelling systemic corruption across a sport is facile in comparison with the minutiae of myriads of corrupt actions within it. It is the cumulative hologram of total corruption that reverses Baudrillard’s phases of the image.
As we would quite like to sell copies of this book – whistleblowers need to eat – in order to entice the fundamentalist fan to part with their money, we include within this book the narratives, the evidences, the files, the betting patterns, the recordings, the hacks, our 100 favourite matchfixing events of the last decade, we show how to minimise matchfixing via regulations and video technology and we provide twenty hints to avoid getting ripped off by the bookmakers because, believe me, you are getting ripped off by the bookies.
Football died with its biggest fairy tale – the rise of Leicester City to being Premier League champions – the remarkable story of sovereign wealth fund-backed billionaires backing local lads, bribing referees, doping local lads, buying superstars, doping superstars, buying off opponents, doping the markets, massively successful on the pitch and in the markets via institutional control and corruption. As we show in the book, the goodwill lost out of the Leicester City Affair is colossal – you can fool some of the fans some of the time, you can fool all of the fans some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the fans all of the time. It was a poor strategy allowing criminals to own the Foxes. But at least now we know that with doping, referee control and state mafia/sovereign wealth fund backing, anybody can win the Premier League.
More money, more greed, more envy – psychopathy of the individual and of the system. It is the systemic nature of the market-led corruption that underpins both neo-liberalism and football. The fight to save football, although futile, has been a tragedy of intrigue, mystery and corruption but also of freedom, a passion for justice and struggle against impossible odds.
Nino di Matteo: “We live in a mafia state – a state that, in order to preserve the status quo, has to remove whistleblowers who want justice. We want to know the reason for the silence of mainstream media – why are they frightened to the degree they become accomplices in (and beneficiaries of) the corruption. We must rebel against this system and this mafia method.
“… Since receiving death threats, I have felt fear. My freedom is restricted. It is unlikely I will ever live a normal life again.”
There is nowhere for whistleblowers to turn. We live underground and invisibly most of our lives, security is second nature, automatic – number plate-face, different routes-different times, creating networks of proprietary VPNs, linked in a cellular manner to colleagues who one can rarely meet while at all times of crisis having to act solo in strategy and reactive in defence when communication routes are necessarily convoluted.
When a Deep State and a Sovereign Wealth Fund combine with mafia, political power and financial markets, whatever entity is leeched onto by the resulting monstrosity is fucked. Well and truly fucked. Leicester City is not a fairy tale it is grimmer than that. It is a nightmare. As Brian Tuohy has shown with his books on US sport (particularly ‘The Fix Is In’ and ‘Larceny Games’), the same structures exist in the major American sports. It is the global collaboration of corrupt entities that separates football from these effectively insular US sports.
The Wikileaks Theory of Change (2006): “Where details are known as to the inner workings of authoritarian regimes, we see conspiratorial interactions among the political elite, not merely for preferment or favour within the regime, but as the primary planning methodology behind maintaining or strengthening authoritarian power. Authoritarian regimes create forces which oppose them by pushing against a people’s will to truth, love and self-realization. Plans which assist authoritarian rule, once discovered, induce further resistance. Hence such schemes are concealed by successful authoritarian powers until resistance is futile or outweighed by the efficiencies of naked power. This collaborative secrecy, working to the detriment of a population, is enough to define their behaviour as conspiratorial.”
Daniel Berrigan: “Every nation-state tends towards the imperial – that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top.”
“There is great disorder under Heaven, the situation is excellent” – Mao Zedong
Gabriella Coleman tweet on Feb 12th 2017: “The fact that citizens must break the law 2 protest the Trump’s egregious disrespect of the law shows that the law holds no universal status”.
“…[F]ar from being opposed to crime, law is the universalized crime, crime elevated to the level of an unconditional principle” – Zizek.
It begets a kind of secular study of the Talmud – the inflating expansion of the law and the enhanced avoiding of it.
Whistleblowing is a risk business. The targeting of other people’s inappropriate powers engenders psychopathic response. There is no support matrix for whistleblowers, the law has to be broken.
Ojo del Toro tweet on Sep 29th 2016: “Blaming entrapment, whistleblowers and hackers for revealing truth about corruption is crazy. Failure lies with institutions and government.”
Metamorphosis is the aim but mutually assured destruction the outcome – the death of football, the death of Ojo del Toro, the death of capitalism, the death of the social, the death of the planet.
The Infamous Wu Shu Hackers are a dynamic, moving target. We are opaque and elastic and geographically spread. The nodes are secure. We have moved the agenda along ahead of the curve for nearly a quarter of a century. The mainstream media doesn’t function. We by-pass this media to become the media. We are anarchists. We have spent our adult lives demolishing capitalism and the liberal state via direct action, sousveillance and hacking, whistleblowing, spying on the spies, setting hoax traps, constantly reconfiguring our security and our advantages. We are latter day Edelweiss Pirates. We give you our art and our graffiti. We offer you dietrologia – the science of what is behind something and we give you ‘pataphysics – the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, examining the laws governing exceptions and universes parallel to this one. The science of imaginary solutions.
Which brings us to the realms of conspiracy. What is a conspiracy? How do you prove an ever-evolving organism other than in real-time? We can explain your corruption yesterday and today but can only monitor to understand your corruptions of tomorrow (despite all the predictive software). But we can tell you the outcomes of corrupted football matches before they are played. If you have any doubt about whether what follows is based on truth or the delusions of conspiracy theory, keep that in mind. We know the results before kick off.
Coleman: “Craftiness depends on a vigilant criticality, a willingness to scrutinize, always with a mind on identifying inconsistencies or upending convention … a dogged antiauthoritarianism.”
The Mentor from ‘Conscience of a Hacker’ (1986), written shortly after his arrest: “Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something you will never forgive me for.”
Eugene Francois Vidocq was a former criminal who set up the first French state security in 1811 – La Brigade de la Surete. Like Vidocq, we expanded our cell from the fringes – an anarcho-syndicalist network of sousvellance against surveillance. Bridges. Build. Burn. Creative destruction against the surface tension on inflating systemic corruption bubbles. It is a tragedy. We are all Hamlet. Death is liberation. We have no choice but to carry on. We have to maintain the tension, keep surfing that zeitgeist of corruption, the vacuum between reality and the public perception of reality. Destroying laws but voluntarily enacting new self-restraints to avoid abusing the powers that hacking provides. If we give up, we die. If we push our luck, we die. If do not remain vigilant, we die. A normal distribution of potential strategic outcomes is brutalised by analyses of the Black Swan outliers. I don’t know how long all of this can go on. The accident waiting to happen. The articulated lorry, the bicycle, the ditch. All-under-Heaven. Death. Multiverse. Life. A death culture turns the living into commodities, football for rent, leeching your entity onto the rotting corpse of the game and bleeding every last drop of essence and beauty from the tragic farce. Living in the end times.
Being entirely dominated by our future security led to the decision to make this book a hybrid coded fiction based on fact. We have been made to understand our boundaries by the deepest of state operators (although we were aware pre-enforcement!). This book will not blame the player but it does hate what the game has become. It is a prelude to the football of the future and a coda to the football of the past and present.
Recent inquiries and disclosures eg the McLaren report and Fancy Bears Hacking Team show that this is sport’s last chance to save itself from oblivion – the triumvirate of matchfixing, doping and mafia is short-termist and, ultimately, suicidal. The game is up. Final whistle.
As Baudrillard showed, fighting corruption merely energises it, helping it to evolve into more complex forms, the whistleblower acts as an externalised security consultant to the corrupt edifice pointing out weaknesses, disclosing patterns, defining events – a virtual devil’s advocate, a destabiliser away from the table.
Kubler-Ross proposed five stages of grief, the culmination of which (in Zizek’s words) “…finally after passing through the zero-point, the subject no longer perceives the situation as a threat, but as a chance of a new beginning” – the daily prayer of all whistleblowers! Whistleblowing is grief!
Zizek: “Our struggle is not against actual corrupt individuals, but against those in power in general, against their authority, against the global order and the ideological mystification which sustain it” and the strategy is later defined “… there is no way – but also no need – to fully subtract ourselves from the “corrupted” order of the State: what we have to do is introduce a supplementary torsion into it, to inscribe into it our fidelity to an Event. In this way we remain within the State, but we make the State function in a neo-statal way (in a similar way to how poetry, say, takes place within language, but twists and turns against itself, thus making it tell the truth). There is no need, then, to play the Gnostic ascetic and withdraw from fallen reality into the isolated space of Truth: while heterogeneous to reality, Truth can appear anywhere within it.”
And that is the game that hackers play. We are dealing with an arbitrary construct, it doesn’t mean anything, it is fake, it is make-it-up-as-you-go-along, “and therefore can be circumvented, in all likelihood”. As Lacan proclaimed in the introduction to ‘Television’: “I always speak the truth. Not the whole truth, because there is no way to say it all. Saying it all is materially impossible: words fail”.
Han Fei saw human evil as a catalyst towards state power – the Infamous Wu Shu Hackers monkeying around. Shu, our tactic, our art. Shu. Strategy. Shu. No one can fathom our motivations – the ‘saving’ of football was always our secondary aim.
We reveal much in the book but some content is redacted and many individuals are coded. Names, characters, businesses, states, places, events and incidents are either the product of a diseased imagination or used in a fictitious manner only linked to the truth via multiversal wormholes. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead or anywhere in between, or actual events is purely coincidental, a fluke, a freak entanglement.
The assertion of strong truths entails symbolic violence – “From a radical emancipatory perspective, violence is always legitimate since our strategy is the result of violence that we are exposed to but whenever necessary it will always be a matter of strategy whether to use violence against the enemy” – Zizek.
The Infamous Wu Shu Hackers have the biggest sports story of all time. Read on.
W.B. Yeats: “All changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born”.
Existentially, life is about death.
On both the day of birth and execution, at the centre of it all, your eyes.
Adieu, adieu. Remember me.