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While it is important to point out the inconsistencies and lies that are the hallmark of most of our public institutions we also need to start with some firm foundations to future essays and comments. I feel one of the first things we need to face is that the situation we face today is no longer a political struggle between conservatives and liberals or even reactionaries and progressives. As has been brought out by several people here at DD the struggle is between criminal entities (most large corporations, big banks, traditional organized crime, the military (yes I believe much though not all of the military has become a criminal enterprise), the covert ops part of the intel agencies, the MSM (the worst of the lot), the federal government and many state and local governments. No, it is not a matter of “incompetence” that has brought us to this situation but of what I consider criminal behavior.
There are two aspects of criminal behavior. The first, obviously, is the breaking of laws on the books–well, in this country with more laws (I’m sure) than any entity that has ever existed, it is pretty easy for anyone to break the law but still even if you look at major statutes the fact is that major corporations and the elites escape the law while the poor do not. The Federal government now no longer even pretends to follow the law, for example, the Geneva Conventions and protocols are routinely ignored despite the fact that they are the law. Of course, laws against fraud were ignored during and after the financial crisis. Disappearance of trillions from DOD elicited no action and no response from the media, criminal fraud by contractors in Iraq almost completely ignored by any agencies and, generally, underreported in the MSM. The list can go on and on and this blog has at one time or another reported on nearly all of them. These aren’t arguments over policy but clear criminality that, in a healthy society, would have been prosecuted. This criminality and corruption has rapidly increased in recent years.
The second aspect of criminal behavior I would like to describe as follows:
The deliberate attempt by private interests to undermine public welfare, public spaces, public health and the future of the species for financial gain.
This aspect of criminality is far worse than simply breaking particular laws. It is about the deliberate destruction of society and government itself. I suggest to you that this has been the conscious and deliberate intention of most (not all) of the ruling elite for the past few decades but particularly since the stolen election of 2000. I believe their intention was then and is now the looting of the entire world and the destruction of American society and any other society for the purpose of instituting a New World Order based on a global imperial system on the macro-level and various modes of neofeudal social arrangements at the local level with most of the population either expendable or in a state of serfdom. This system is not in place yet and can be stopped but this is the agenda of most of the power players.
As has been made abundantly clear on this blog, the Obama administration is only cosmetically different than the previous administration. The differences are largely cultural rather than political. We can mostly agree here that we are no longer fooled by the Kabuki of Obama and his allies in Congress. Obama simply is beside the point.
The worst of the lot and the people we should be addressing and lobbying are not the official politicians but the political operatives in the Ministry of Truth, aka the MSM. These are the people with the power and all efforts need to be directed at the moguls and operatives in that field. Many are now, as they have been since the 1950’s intelligence agents who are direct spokesmen/women of the intel agencies. But now even those who are not directly government agents are so tied into the politics of corporate America that they have no other choice other than toe the line of the MSM narrative or never work again. Sometimes journalists can get away with real reporting as long as they don’t step on the toes of the power players–there are good stories out there and sometimes things slip through the cracks about important matters. But the major themes of our history since the end of WWII cannot be addressed other than in a very circumspect way. I will list a few of the issues that are forbidden or downplayed:
- The power of covert and black operations and their involvement with Wall Street and the City of London;
- The assassinations of the 1960’s which changed the face of world history in dramatic fashion;
- Unaccounted and missing money from government agencies particularly the Pentagon (in the trillions of dollars)–interesting that the MSM is forbidden to inquire into that;
- 9/11 and the Global War on Terror (GWOT)–it can be talked about but only one official narrative is ever allowed–no rational evidence has ever been presented for any of the rationales for any aspect of the GWOT;
- the actual economic conditions, i.e., the fact that the U.S. standard of living has dramatically been lowered for the average non-rich person since the late seventies and comparing that to a similar analysis of other developed countries;
- Anything scientific is largely ignored–for example, the health care “debate” never included clear facts and figures as well as cogent analysis by scholars–only vague notions that were usually certifiably false. Also, reporting on environmental issues largely ignores calculating the real costs of pollution or good risk analysis techniques that are standard for all businesses. There are, for example, several rather dramatic scenarios that could happen that would see dramatic and permanent changes that could cause catastrophic results. Most dramatically ignored is nearly a century of social science research that could inform us on issues of criminal justice, war and peace, terrorism, education and so on. Great work has been done on all these issues yet it is almost 100% banned from the MSM unless used to bolster the official narrative and even then it is rarely used.
- In the sense of what is called “hard news” (as opposed to sports, weather, business etc. news) no logic, no complete historical perspective(i.e., independent of the corporate/gov’t narrative), and nothing close to “objective” journalism exists in any mainstream media outlet of any kind in the United States. Almost everything is politically influenced–not that it should be any different–I prefer POV journalism it’s much more honest and it’s far easier to filter out bias. Though the MSM claims to be objective there is no regime to evaluate truth–if a powerful person says the Moon is made of green cheese it is given as much time and validity as a scientist who uses scientific criteria to establish the facts–in fact the more powerful the person the more “true” his/her statements are. Almost every major premise of the mainstream media is unexamined and based on faith alone,e.g., American Exceptionalism and other similar notions and myths. Other systems are radically misinterpreted like Islam and socialism such that the actual reality of those ideological constructs are usually turned on their heads in the most ignorant and biased way imaginable.
So what do I mean “we have to get clear?” I mean that those of us who are in opposition to the system need to understand that we have to work to make clear to ourselves and to others that this is no longer a system in need of reform but a system that must be stopped.
We are past the point of reform. We are past the point that the system can “right” itself. Not because powerful people are corrupt but because we are each deeply corrupt in the way we live and think. We have lost any rational basis for morality. We tend to believe that life is about indulging in fantasies and whims. We believe that we are still children and should watch movies and play games as much as possible. We believe that we should be getting chemical erections at age 80 while denying health and dental care to children who will suffer for the rest of their lives because we deny them the most basic and inexpensive kinds of preventive care. We have to face that reality and we are all complicit including me. We have to change, I have to change.
To me the final straw for me has been the oil catastrophe in the gulf. My friend and I go to the ocean and are staggered by grief. Many of us here express that grief. But that grief has to turn to resolve or it will become a disease and kill our spirits. We cannot stand by while the vast majority of Americans don’t give a fuck about anything but their petty indulgences and silly pastimes. If there is such a thing as right and wrong, and I believe there is, then the direction of our society is deeply, deeply wrong. We are literally becoming the Great Satan in the full sense of the word. By honoring and idealizing the living of separate lives unconnected to community and of self-indulgence and the belittling and practically outlawing of public good we are practicing deep evil to an extent unknown in history considering the high stakes involved and the rational solutions to major problems that are available.
In my view, unlike my friend who believes that after this incident in the Gulf of Mexico that this is “the end of the world”, I believe we have a chance and a good one at that because I believe in magic (I’ve seen it work). The task is to take clear action without a attaching to much importance to specific results to eliminate the toxicity within us through combining inner and outer work. So, in the work we each do to remedy the situation we should not be viewing the enemy as outside us but as living within each of us. That part of us that is strictly selfish–who wishes for our little satisfactions particularly those things that separate us from people we can have healthy relations with, needs to be seen and dealt with probably through specific outer tasks as a kind of yoga. It is the only way we can make our efforts resonate enough to cut through the massive narcissism that dominates our culture.