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the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) is not just a “part” of America, it now IS America.
And it is America’s most successful export. We have not spread Democracy, we have spread the infestation of the Military Industrial Complex to the rest of the world.
In fact, in America’s Orwellian parlance, “Democracy” = “Military Industrial Trade”.
I read OPOL’s diary “Dispatches From the Land of Lying Bastards” when it first appeared over at Dailykos. And OMG it was like “The Masque of Red Death” (if you’ve read that story). A major buzzkill. Like “oh man, we’re having a big-ass election orgy over here, don’t bother us with the TRUTH, please! You’re harshing our mellow!”
And reading the comments to his diary over here, where I expected (and saw) more of a welcome for his brilliant work, I couldn’t help but feel there was a certain naivety about the MIC, something of a sense of hope that in no way is deserved by the facts on the ground.
The fact of the matter is that the Military Industrial Complex is a beast which is utterly out of anyone’s control.
Many people suggested we can somehow stop “buying in” to the MIC.
The MIC won’t respond to boycotts, won’t respond to economic pressure. It doesn’t care what we buy or don’t buy. We mean nothing to them, except insofar as they want to keep us in the dark about the reality of the world. They are independent of consumer culture.
They are in the position of dictating to the people that actually MAKE the money (as in manufacture the money), and they are first in line to get it.
Like the leaders of Rome, they throw us “bread and circuses” like television and elections and lots of really fun gadgets, and they even let us share some of the cooler stuff after they’re done with it (the internet, GPS).
Because it’s easier for them if everybody keeps their heads happily up their asses and lets them continue their crimes.
They are in the position of dictating to the people that actually MAKE the money (as in manufacture the money), and they are first in line to get it. They control governments around the world. America is just the command center, the manufacturing base, of their operations.
They basically control most most of what we call “western culture” and they’re now spreading, quite successfully to the “developing world”. They ratchet up tensions between enemies, sell weapons to both sides, and if things start to look peaceful and happy, well they’ll just go ahead and start something (9/11) so we have a new endless “war” to fight.
They go into developing countries, lie to them about how great it will be the country lets them “develop” the place, loan them obscene amounts of money, then when those rosy projected lies don’t come true, they extort whatever they want from those countries. (see John Perkins “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”). If the countries don’t play along, they will ultiimately send in the military to “straighten them out”.
They dominate the world the way Rome dominated the Mediterreanean and Europe in its heyday. Think the citizens of Rome actually had any power to change things? No, of course not.
The only hope, if there is any at all, is to educate everybody, to inform them as to what THE TRUTH really is, and to wean people off the most potent “opiate of the masses” ever created, the “mass” media. There HAS been, due to the rise of the Internet, a growing ability with people to discover the truth for themselves — in fact, the genie is out of the bottle — and this is growing, inexorably, and the potential is there for the truth to devour the lies, the way a tiny black hole can suck an entire galaxy into its vortex — and the media has seen this and is now desperate, and responding by throwing train wreck after train wreck into our laps now — the most sensationalistic shit they can dredge up — they keep finding deeper parts of the consumer’s “lizard brain” to which to appeal, to the point now where if Britney Spears actually killed herself on live television it would probably create a certain perverse bliss through the population.
Our only hope is to shine a light on them. Educate. Reveal. Once exposed, it will take the peaceful equivalent of a revolution to get rid of them, because it will take a massive overhaul of our political system — and if that is begun by, say, us, it will be met with, literally, a war — dirty bombs in San Francisco and elsewhere, martial law, the borders closed, dissidents sent to camps — and most of the American people will believe they really are “under attack” and will gladly give up what few (mostly artificial) freedoms they still have. And not only the American people, but the people of the entire world, will at that point simply have to quit working, quit playing along, quit producing the goods for them, and starve the beast to death.
And that’s not very likely to happen.
Sadly, the only way this thing is LIKELY to end is that it will be crushed under the weight of itself. Like the Soviet Union, it will become too expensive to maintain, and with the end of the Oil economy, there will be no more isolated spigots of intense wealth to control. The Oil Economy now funds the MIC, and those days are numbered.
And with that, I’d like to tell you which candidate I’ve decided to support ……
That’s a JOKE. Because the candidates are a joke. Not one of them has addressed the truth. Not one of them has addressed the criminality of the very system they are offering to “change”, the system that vetted them, chose them, and is now marketing them like a new softdrink.
It is a challenge to be grateful to someone who has hurt you, but if we can be grateful to the Bush administration for something, it’s for thier “bull in the China shop” way of doing business, their brazenness, their complete tone-deafness to finessing things, their inability to make their true intensions. They are the poster-children for the MIC, and like children they have no idea how obvious their motivations are.
Millions of people, here and throughout the world have awakened to the reality of what America has become — a fraud, a once-noble and handsome body now possessed by a monster’s spirit created from fascism and war profiteering and greed and death.
I am one of those people. I am a vastly different person than I was eight years ago. The Bush administration forced me to face my own preconceptions of this country, and I realized they were all a sham.
I know there are others here who have experienced the same path.
I can’t help but be excited by the ongoing story of Sibel Edmonds and the international corruption game (the latest diary on this by the amazing Lukery is here) is that we might finally have a story that will blow the lid off the entire mess. Because this story seems to encompass the whole enchilada of the depravity – the collusion of the international banking industry, the trade in illegal drugs, the spreading of WMD technology, and the deeply entrenched corruption from members of BOTH parties and SEVERAL administrations, and more than one country. It is this kind of story that has the potential to rip the facade away.
I’m not even sure how to end this. It started as a comment to OPOL’s diary. Just wanted to get it out there. Some may call me cynical, I call myself realistic. I grew up in the MIC. My family was heavily entrenched in the MIC. Every dime I ever had until I started working was from the MIC. It put me through college, it fed me until I was an adult.
And while I think that it’s impossible to fight, in any traditional sense, I believe its days are numbered because history proves it. I grew up with the Berlin Wall, I peered over it when I was ten years old. I never thought it would come down in my lifetime, but I KNEW IT WOULD some day. And it did.
The Soviet Union was a player in the MIC. They were the Yin to America’s Yang, the acid in the battery. And one day they just collapsed. The MIC will some day be gone, maybe sooner than we think, maybe generations from now. We just don’t know. All we can do is keep uncovering the truth, and keep trying everything we can to get it out there for everyone else to see.
Turn off your TV’s. Disconnect your cable. Tell people you’ve done so — you will inspire others — the unthinkable will become thinkable. Don’t be afraid to talk. They’re not going to send you to Gitmo, and chances are, they won’t think you’re a nutjob — when I talk to others it’s AMAZING how many other people, people you’d least expect, have already realized many truths, read about them, and are simply reluctant to talk about them because they fear that everybody else will think they’re nuts.
Do not be enslaved to the media, for right now, that is what we all are. They tell us what we think. Only they’re lying. But their hold on us is more powerful than most people realize.