Guest Post: A Most Dangerous Idea

“All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.” – H.L. Mencken


Patriotism tells you our world is divided into special areas and those who’ve been lucky to be born in particular places, are better governed, outstanding, and more precious than those inhabiting any other spot. Every day you hear variations of this from the TV, school and almost every other place you go. We’re told from birth that it’s the duty of everyone living in our special spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose our superiority upon all the others whenever ordered. The price includes, in the words of General McChrystal, “a lot more population control measures. We are going to have to give up a lot more of our precious civil rights than most of us imagine because we want security.”

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As ‘our’ government discovers new ways to limit our civil liberty and privacy, it’s important that we keep in mind that these infringements aren’t the root of the problem. It’s American foreign policy, the regime-change operations, the interference in foreign elections, coups, assassinations, embargoes, sanctions, foreign aid, torture, abuse, invasions, and occupations, which produces the anger and the hatred that then leads to the constant threat of terrorist retaliation. ‘Our government’ then uses the constant threat of terrorist retaliation to justify its constant and ever-growing limits on the civil liberty and privacy of American citizens; empire abroad leads to loss of liberty and privacy at home. (The use of dialectical materialism in the form of problem [thesis] -> reaction [antithesis] -> solution [synthesis] should be noted here, as well as how Marx and Hegel’s ‘great revolutionary leaps’ are regularly employed by Mordor on the Potomac. -JJ)

Iran is a good example due to our actions there for the last hundred years. We stood with the British who effectively took over Iran for their oil. Because of the British occupation a third of Iranians died during WW2 from starvation1.¹ In 1953 the CIA overthrew their democratically elected government because they had the audacity to nationalize their oil. The CIA installed their dictator whose secret police, we trained, were some of the most brutal on the planet.² During the Reagan years we shot down Iran Air Flight 655 with almost three hundred onboard. All Iranians know this, and more, but few in the Empire do because every day ‘our’ free press tells you the official story about our victimization by a country smaller than many of our states. We’ve done the same, with variations, in too many countries to list here.

When a national election is called, one-half of those eligible doesn’t vote. Far from thinking of the greater good of their society, most Americans embrace a tribal ethos of ‘what’s in it for me and my clan’ as they expect others to adopt their ideas. Many Americans identify themselves first by tribe or religion as in ‘Italian-American’, ‘African-American’, ‘Baptist’ or ‘Red Stater’. Members of these tribes gather often throughout the year to celebrate themselves, and they’re ready to spit on the cultures of others. Their loyalties tend to divide along tribal and regional lines. Facts don’t matter because ideology filters everything. In recent years, for example, elected officials have proposed the idea that their state should secede from the federal union (Texas/California), create its own currency (South Carolina), and enforce only those national laws with which its ruling warlords agree (Montana). Several state legislatures are forming laws that will outlaw public protest. We’re not as united as the official version would have you believe.

Americans accept individualism to the point that laws equating corporations with people, with the same rights as a flesh-and-blood human being aren’t successfully opposed. You say that democracy is messy, and that Americans should just be left to muddle along as best they can, and learn their lessons without interference but America is a vital source of uranium, soybeans, corn, situation comedies, ethanol, inspirational speakers and other such indispensable resources without which the global economy would collapse. Moreover, America possesses a sizable supply of weapons of mass destruction.

America is full of those who are eager to turn the democratic process to their own ends. Some politicians say that the secular state should base its laws on a Christian version of Sharia. Others aren’t concerned believing ‘consumers’ will consistently vote in moderate government who will move continually toward healthy secular society. I believe we have to face facts: we want a peaceful, democratic world, but we know some people aren’t ready for democracy, and Americans are some of these. Some recommend an authoritarian strongman of the sort Americans understand and respect, like the ones that operate behind the scenes; someone who can flatter their national pride and keep their well-armed warlords under control. Some believe Trump is that strongman…be careful what you wish for.

In countries we interfere with we tell those people they need a few decades of practice, under our control, before they’ll be mature enough to govern themselves. The British told their colonial subjects the same thing.‘Our’ free press told us and Iraqis that Iraq was one of those places. It may not be politically correct, but we have to accept that fact perhaps we qualify as well and maybe that’s the case in most countries. Most humans have trouble giving up their expectations to make room for others and we see that every day.

a2d2247ebaf5ff5be7bc1400e41c6cb9Democracy is several wolves and one sheep voting about what will be for dinner. Democracy is fully self-destructive and has been throughout history. Its usual focus is emotional which may be why the Constitution made space to remove the emotion and place our controls in the hands of oligarchs. ‘Our freedoms’ aren’t protected from ordinary politics but determined by them; recipes for endless social division, as different parties try to substitute their preferred vision of liberty for those actually in the Constitution.

Journalism covering ‘our government’ is mostly public relations; propaganda, done for money, and not for the purpose of describing truth. Corporate-owned ‘news’ is propaganda, getting its information from government-owned ‘news.’³ The problem is journalism, as it exists, isn’t what people believe it to be and doesn’t deserve to be trusted. The mainstream press has lost the confidence of ‘consumers’ becoming little more than the mouthpiece for ‘our’ owners, who spin their own self-serving tales and tell their own lies. Rather than acting as a watchdog against deception, the mainstream media have become the Establishment’s apologists and propagandists. If ‘consumers’ were told any troubling truth that might greatly shake their trust in the big lie and if they realize how far American politicians go to achieve their political ambitions, they might be more willing to believe other serious allegations of government wrongdoing. ‘Our’ free press is a propaganda machine for the ruling elite. Since ‘land of the free’ isn’t applicable anymore what will our new motto be?

I’m still wondering why Census needs my house GPS/coordinates, except that as a wild free-thinker, I may need to be carpet bombed some day…freedom can be only so free, don’t you know.

Craig Dudley

 

  1. http://english.khamenei.ir/news/2197/8-10-million-Iranians-died-over-Great-Famine-caused-by-the-British
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/cia-admits-role-1953-iranian-coup ; http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/cs/pdf/CS_Iran.pdf (p. 276-277)
  3. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-22/msnbc-anchor-admits-our-job-control-exactly-what-people-think
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Enemy of the People

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The populist dichotomy casts everyone who disagrees with the supposed ‘will of the people’ as an ‘enemy of the people.’ It’s a short step from ‘enemy of the people’ to ‘not a person.’

– ‘Populism: The Downside’ Virginia Freeman’s Society


The recent statement on Twitter by the president, declaring the press to be the enemy of the American people set the legacy media into a tailspin. We received a few more breathless lectures from pundits about how this time Trump is really a Nazi and a dictator, as opposed to the previous day’s breathless lecture on the same topic. So far, this dictatorship has been so frightening that no media outlet has felt the need to censor themselves in any way. I expect it is because Don Lemon and Jake Tapper are simply willing to suffer even more than the massive persecution they already have to stand up to a tyrant, just like Fritz Gerlich did. I’ve been assured the circumstances and fortitude shown are identical. Not to be self congratulatory, but I discussed this very thing, and just about wrote his tweet for him in this post about three weeks ago. Trump is a populist and speaks in populist terms. Both the insipid media pundits and the president are correct, as we see two and possibly three opposing ideologies begin firing the opening salvos of the next four years.

_fnglfgxdee9m2vdnmh1maThe media sees itself as a gatekeeper for information. Allegedly, though I have doubts about it, journalism existed previous to when I became aware of what the media even was. Today, the vast majority of what masquerades as journalism is in fact, editorials presented as fact. The idea being hawked by the anchors and verbose editorials in the NYT is that these people represent a legitimate guild of professionals. This directly contravenes the idea that they simply present and report the facts of a situation. Experts are called such because they are qualified to form an opinion about a matter in which they have extensive knowledge, usually involving formal training  and practical experience. Pray tell, what about a journalism degree make the holder become the authority on CDOs or Israeli-Palestinian relations? Yet I am continuously told that these people are professionals, experts and the only people qualified to decide what I read. Somehow, they are the one indispensable thread between an event and deciphering what it means in slow monosyllables so idiots like me can understand the incomprehensible complexities of the real world.

Despite the insistence that the media are the kind middlemen between event A and information consumer B, there is daily evidence that the vast majority in the profession manage to do a stunningly poor job of it, even by government standards. The entire point of a middleman is to procure a product from the supplier and pass it to the consumer unmolested and substantially unchanged. In fact, most boilerplate in sale of goods contracts specify under the terms that there is an implied warranty of merchantability (UCC §2-3XX, §2-6XX). Kroger doesn’t take bags of rice from their supplier, mix some beans in with it and duct tape the package back up before throwing it on the shelf. It doesn’t happen because they understand people become quite upset when they find out the product they are paying for is polluted, and the brand will suffer because consumer confidence in it goes down. I’ll explain this in simple terms, because I don’t know that most people working in media have the first clue about economics or basic business dynamics.


The beans have been put in the rice for quite some time, and people accepted it as the cost of getting rice. The media enjoyed the monopoly as being the only rice seller in the nation, and precious few international rice sellers existed with access to the US market. Within the last ten years, no longer are they the only people with rice, and now anyone with a desire to do so can enter the rice market. Not only that, precious few grains of rice are making their way into the ‘The Most Trusted Name in Rice™’  bags anymore, and people are calling it for what it is, dishonest. As fate would have it, the old rice sellers have watched the brand value plummet and their massive national conglomerate begin  to lose hold of the market as a myriad of competitors found a way not to interfere with the rice and simply offer it to the customer. Lo and behold, we are now witnessing the fruition of the marketing director’s brilliant idea to start a ‘Fake Rice’ campaign claiming they are the only ‘real’ rice sellers and that those ‘alternative’ rice guys are selling tiny legumes and not to be trusted. When confronted with the fact that there is now a 10:1 ratio of beans to rice in said rice bags, the media promptly replied the beans are considered packing material and only racists and bigots demand their rice to be bean-free. In fact, even insinuating that a bag of rice should contain only rice is a direct attack on the six rice-selling corporations, the only legitimate ones, and in turn represents a national security threat to our food supply. The government should make it illegal for just anyone to sell rice, why people could just go pick up a bag without the appropriate number or beans in it. 


It sounds so stupid in those terms, but yet grown men and women are working themselves into a frothing mess over that very thing. Right now, the media, as defined by those handful of corporations that own nearly every outlet, is absolutely the enemy of the people. It’s an enemy, not because of their ridiculous claims about how they are standing up to a dictator. It’s become the enemy of us all because it is not a free press, it has directly injected itself into the political sphere, taken policy stances on issues and operates for one side or the other in a propaganda function. Not only that, but in the last two months, the vast majority of them have planted themselves squarely in the way of a peaceful transition of power and have done anything and everything, up to and including sedition, to undermine the current administration. Presenting unfavorable facts is legitimate journalism, excellent even. I’m dying to be able to skewer Trump for some of the stupid things he has done, however far more dangerous than a competent business man bumbling his way around a fragmented Constitutional philosophy, is the utter fabrication, rumors, leaks and half-truths being desperately thrown around 24/7 on the TV and in print, simply to remain relevant. One cannot mediate a situation in which they have inserted themselves into, and the press resents Trump for treating them like the political action committee they have become.

The unfortunate side effect of this is that the half the country that lives in the blue echo chamber has been gravely assured that Hitler is running the country and the only thing worse than yesterday is is today’s headline. Rather than a conciliatory, but oppositional position, in an attempt to remain relevant the media has either purposefully or unwittingly elected to radicalize a sizable slice of the country. The talking heads had better hope those seeds don’t bear fruit, because like Goebbels, I don’t think many will be considered noncombatants. I suspect most are too ignorant to have ever heard about what happens to most official organs of any given revolution. Hint, it’s like pancreatic cancer, only faster. Ask the victims of the Berkley riots how discerning roving mobs of people are about their victims. Most of the people hurt were of the same persuasion that the rioters were. Not to be discounted are the people who’s homes, families and livelihood will have been wrecked by the violence egged on by the familiar faces on TV. What might a person with nothing left to lose do to the person they blame it on?

s_s20_19739111This election represents the first time most of us are playing the same game, and we are soon going to see why populism is a transitional political phase. Populism is notoriously unstable, even in homogeneous countries, let alone in a country with whole generations inundated to blame those not like them for their problems. Perón in Argentina is the most recent example, though populism was the mechanism that the Jacobins and Bolsheviks used in their respective countries. Keep in mind that populism is a method of politics and isn’t tied to a political philosophy. The wielder simply claims that he knows what the popular sentiments of the general population are on a given policy. In so many words, it is democracy by proxy. It is a risky gambit because if you are incorrect, then the population is alienated, rebellious and resentful. Most of us can relate the last eight years or more, as we have witnessed over and over again that phrase ‘the American people’ proceeded by some asinine policy that less than half the country wants. The Democratic Party has run a bastardized form of populism for at least since Clinton, probably back to LBJ. In this case what I think makes this political situation particularly unstable is that everyone is claiming to be the voice of the people. The media and Trump are both spouting half-truths here. Each speak for their bloc, neither speak for me, and both are wrong about speaking for any semblence of a majority , let alone claims to be the ‘will of the people.’

What gives then? At some point one group will gain supremacy and to do so will have had to extend far beyond the legal bounds of the Constitution. Frankly, I can’t believe I’m going to write these words but I prefer it be Trump rather than someone else. At least so far he has not spoken of me as a potential domestic terrorist and as someone who needs to pay more tribute to DC for my right to live. I do not see an option that does not end in further statism, centralized government and infringement on rights. People are hurt, emotionally and financially, on both sides and it has now descended to the logic of a bar fight. You hit whoever is whaling on your buddy and the facts matter less than ducking that bottle getting thrown at your head. Principles matter less than your pound of flesh in the moment and your only concern is to get the other guy.

Ultimately, in a sense both Trump and the media are correct. Trump is a threat to the progressive’s democratic socialist vision of government. The media is a roadblock to Trump’s slightly less socialist vision of government. Here I am stuck rooting for the the one I hate least, simply because the other side isn’t content to leave me alone and a fair number would be more than fine with putting me six feet under. I’m afraid no one will listen to reason until they see how horrific the alternative is, and by then it’s too late. Things have a way of taking on a life of their own. Both Trump and the media will continue to escalate things, and I anticipate a Watergate-esque story and controversy to be in the works as we speak. It’s not impossible by any stretch that Trump has had wandered into some gray areas of the law in business and that could easily be tied into the Russia narrative. By the end of the year, and certainly before the midterm elections there will be a ‘bombshell’ or several in a concerted effort to take enough seats to begin the impeachment process. I would not be surprised if the press pool shrinks drastically or nearly disappears at some point as the hostility increases. Headlines will be run like ‘President Under Siege’ to give a slant of impotence and push the administration into further hyperbole and overreaction. This is not to slander all journalists, or paint them as a single unified bloc. Good ones still exist, just not enough to matter. There may not be much we can change about the situation, but forewarned is forearmed. Perhaps one day history will vindicate me as one of the guys who said ‘Hey,this probably isn’t the best idea’ when the history books talk about the mother of all ‘Troubles.’ Remember, it’s not the helicopter ride that kills you, it’s the sudden stop at the end.


UPDATE – 02.26.17

TRUMP SKIPPING WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT’S DINNER

WHITE HOUSE BARS CNN, NYT, OTHERS FROM MEDIA BRIEFING

Jesse James

Guest Post: Making the Green Grass Grow

The Empire, America, invades, occupies and plunders several countries every decade, while China engages in ‘trade’. Iran hasn’t attacked any neighbor for two centuries, while Israel has ravaged several countries since its birth. Show us where Russia has engaged in any military adventures beyond their borders in any way comparable to what America has. The Empire’s messengers always omit or justify whatever crimes ‘our’ side is doing because, we’re told, the actions of the bad guys who use evil violence always legitimize what we do because we use good violence. When using the tactics you oppose in others, you become what you oppose.

We’re supposed to adopt the ‘groupthink’; Assad is a mass murderer, we repeat for years, that he bombed his own people, whether true or not. Reports arguing that it was more likely to have been a crime committed by our ‘moderate’ opposition friends are surely written by some Assad apologist or maybe Russians. Most of the Western media call President Assad “the dictator” and the government “the regime”. These negatively loaded words don’t belong in news reports. You find such terminology in editorials. News media which use these terms are an integral part of deliberate war-promoting propaganda. It’s not journalism. Projection is part of the news media groupthink.

poison_propagandaPropaganda’s goal is to spread the ‘official description’ to be mindlessly repeated by ‘our rulers’, and their supporters. This official tale doesn’t need to make sense, or pass any serious investigation. Truth isn’t the idea; the point is to draw a defensive ideological boundary, between ‘the truth’ as defined by ‘our’ rulers and anything else. Conforming to the ‘official reality’ is price of admission to the inner temple, where jobs, professional prestige, and other rewards of ‘Capitalism’ are found. Only ‘consumers’ actually believe this absurd official ‘reality’ which isn’t a problem, as it isn’t intended to be believed, accepted and repeated, like religious dogma. It’s a loyalty test which ‘our leaders’ use to determine just how far they can push this.

Years ago we were taught in school about how dictatorships change what’s taught to be true history to facilitate their current arranged societal biases. America has demonstrated this many ways. An easy example is how Fallujah and Aleppo are presented in their repossession by Americans or Syrians. American history is written by the victors and changes according to the flavor of the time. America does the same things it attacks other countries for doing, but you’re not supposed to notice that.

Public opinion in America is being stampeded to accept as unquestioned fact that Russia attacked American democracy. Lynch mobs, always part of this country, have declared Russia guilty. Keep this up and war comes next. No skepticism, no verifiable proof, just group-think let loose. To browbeat Trump into joining the lynch mob to hang Putin and Russia, ‘our free press’ are calling him a traitor if he doesn’t comply. Rumor, speculation and propaganda are the tools of American public dialogue, used by ‘consumers’, media and ‘our’ government. Anyone who shows the slightest dissent from the panic to lynch the day’s target is also likely to be lynched.

Despite the fact that Moscow has abandoned control of immense areas of Europe and Asia, ‘our’ experts insist that Russia is an expansionist power. This ‘expansion’ only seems to be occurring in zones that Moscow once controlled, into which the Empire creeps to extend their influence. American attitudes toward Russia are selective and cynical, without any real standards. Since the collapse of the USSR, the West has struggled to find a new bogeyman. When America ran out of national enemies, it allowed the Afghani Mujahedeen, we created to oppose Russians there to become Al-Qaeda, to be blamed for 9/11, and then becoming ISIS and the ‘moderate rebels’ of Syria who are supported by the Empire using it’s stooges; Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

The Washington Post was enraged when, in 2015, Russia shut down ‘our’ government-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED), using a law that “bans groups from abroad who are deemed a ‘threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, its defense capabilities and its national security”. The Washington Post wrote: “The charge against the NED is patently ridiculous. The NED’s grantees in Russia last year ran the gamut of civil society. They advocated transparency in public affairs, fought corruption and promoted human rights, freedom of information and freedom of association, among other things. All these activities make for a healthy democracy but are seen as threatening from the Kremlin’s ramparts.” “Transparency in public affairs,” fighting corruption, and “freedom of information,” is vital for creating a “healthy democracy” in Russia when promoted by a foreign organization but is a serious danger to democracy if anyone should try to do that in America.

What you’re seeing isn’t legitimate concern for ‘our democratic system’, but a manufactured problem, meant to herd ‘consumers’ into accepting increased tensions with Russia creating conditions that won’t allow Trump to proceed with a reconciliation with Russia, as he has stated he plans to do. This use of American propaganda seems to be the deep state/military industrial complex attempting to wrestle control back from the citizens after they elected a highly divisive President who ran on a platform including peace with Russia. Most ‘consumers’ fail to recognize that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping them safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

The constant unspoken message is don’t think; agree. Don’t investigate; obey.

What’s the solution when you know ‘our’ government deliberately creates the enemies it pretends to fight? It’s a new twist on the Vietnam War history, when a colonel said on TV, that we had to destroy a village to save it. It’s the operating philosophy behind the NDAA Act and the five sided fun house on the Potomac. The formula is ‘we must kill them in order to protect them’. It’s stupid to think Russia would attack Europe: American ‘leaders’ are well aware of this but press on with NATO’s expansion, breaking our word to Russia.

Journalism never reached the goal it claims of editorial objectivity because it remains an arrogant slave to the financial and political compromises it must endure to survive. This deal with the devil makes it an unreliable source in most situations. American crimes are camouflaged by compliant media that doesn’t challenge the lies they’re told fearing they will lose their access to the politicians who mislead them.

The psychopaths who run ‘our free press’ created the lockstep media version: Russia is always evil and this may only be fixed by bombing them. Somehow all the ‘official media’ in the country have the same opinion. All news is skewed against Russia, much in the way it was skewed against any other target of the day. It’s no mystery because only six corporations own most of ‘our free press’. We honor ‘heroes’ for their bravery and for throwing away their lives for the lies that led to their useless deaths. War has now become our default mechanism: America’s main industry. Humans become a different creature when they have total control and no consequences for what they do.

2016-10-24-syria-4The Empire raped Qaddafi in the street, stole Libya’s oil and gold, and then destroyed the world’s largest aqueducts, his GRM water system. A war that we never hear about is going on in Yemen. It’s the Saudis trying to reinstall their ousted puppet. Yemeni society has been destroyed and the Saudis use American weapons to attack this country. The core of America’s success has always been armaments. We always had good weapons, and still do, maybe. Since WW1 the best earning American industry has been weapons. The economy hinges on ability to make war. The educational system is geared to discovering new military applications, concealing our actual history and producing compliant ‘consumers’. America defends dictatorships, and destroys countries that try to be free and independent.

War is our default machinery. Warmongers trumpet the virtues of war with no awareness that most of the victims of war are mothers and their children. Smedley Butler outlined our basic problem 80 years ago in his book; war is a racket. The message never reaches ‘consumers’. America, the war machine, keeps going no matter who is president. A President who disagreed with the powerbrokers who own us was ‘eliminated by a loner with a mental health history’.

America has crossed the line into madness. We no longer hear the words freedom and liberty. Divide and conquer is their favored tactic. The powers that be are flooding Europe with savages from the wilds of the world to degrade systems that worked well before this attack on their stability. The wars aren’t to defend liberty. They’re brutal onslaughts against targets that are given the choice to obey or die, for the Empire’s profit.

‘Peace’ treaties, beyond their understanding, were forced on the Indians and we broke every one. The whole world knows all this, but America just keeps lying and the world continues to accept those lies because America has the means to destroy just about any country. A country that has earned that reputation has earned ruin. It’s the outright lying that troubles me the most; the celebrated massacres in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan, all for lies, for nothing except oil and heroin, the world’s two biggest cash crops. The obliteration of Syria is about a gas pipeline that Israel/Qatar/America wants to build. The Empire’s policy is to make all of Israel’s neighbors’ disaster areas, with no hope for freedom. ‘Consumers’ are conditioned, by schools and family, to blindly obey whatever anyone in any position of authority tells them.

When the communists or Nazis did these types of things, everyone was quickly able to see that such things were bad. But when the Pentagon, CIA, and NSA do them, Americans are expected to thank them for their service. Its commentary on how the American propaganda ministry operates.

The Empire has failed catastrophically in Syria due to brilliant maneuvering and coordinated military strategy by Russia: American objectives in Syria have been thoroughly undermined and the collapse of American influence across the Middle East is exposed. Even Turkey seems to be finding and creating pretexts to move towards Russia and away from NATO. Thanks to clumsy American provocations towards Russia, Iran and China, they’ve been driven together, rather than being kept separated and bickering as intended by Kissinger. They’re too smart to be driven apart again by, for example, bombing one of their embassies and trying to make it look like the other did it.

According to ‘The Plan’, America must contain and control the rise of Russia and China but they openly defy America. So what to do? A new strategy is necessary. Russia has become the main obstacle to Washington achieving its strategic vision of pivoting to Asia and maintaining its dominant role into the next century. ‘Our’ Intelligence Community has compromised its remaining credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Putin isn’t working to delegitimize America democracy: America is doing the job quite successfully. He’s not destabilizing Europe either since the forces undermining the E.U. come from the austerity after the 2008 financial collapse and to the refugee rivers created by the Empire’s invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and the ‘regime change’ project in Syria.

 

Craig Dudley

Inevitable

In 2000 the CEO of Blockbuster, John Antioco, laughed the Netflix executives out of the building as well as their offer of a buyout for $50M. By the first quarter of 2016 Netflix was valued at $41B and Blockbuster was celebrating the 6th anniversary of its bankruptcy. Agincourt, Somalia, the Alamo, Trasimene, the invasion of Gallipoli, the Bay of Pigs, Waterloo, Little Big Horn…most have now become synonyms for failure, or at the very least have made it into textbooks as cautionary tales. When outside stimuli are no longer allowed to sufficiently influence your behavior or decision making process, it is inevitable you will eventually make decisions worthy of being used as a cautionary tale. We laugh and mock those who have made such colossal mistakes and some of the smarter ones study them. The commonality between the aforementioned examples is that a) there was a fundamental misunderstanding of facts and b) there was enormous misplaced confidence, the Dunning-Kruger effect was off the charts. The burning question right now is, if protesting and rioting don’t result in prosecution, but don’t result in change either…where does this go next?

uc-berkeley-riotsPeople can often become so invested and intrenched in a specific ideology or belief that aside from rational arguments, they are simply unwilling to change because of the time invested and the power the idea has on their psyche. One can become so wrapped up in a particular idea or label that it in a very literal sense, defines them. The weaponization of identity by the progressives has created not just a social conflict in America among many of my generation, but also an identity crisis. If I walked into the crowd at Berkley a few days ago with a sign that said ‘I am _____.’ and asked the people to only fill in one thing, I would almost guarantee you it would be in identitarian terms. I am white. Therefore, I am responsible for slavery, famine, and probably eat children. I am male. Therefore, I am responsible for slavery, famine, the ‘gender wage gap,’ sexism, rape and probably eat children. When I was pulled from the womb I became guilty of all those things, despite never actually having committed them. Conversely, if I checked the appropriate box, then my own potential discrimination cancels out some of the guilt I was born with and puts me in the good category, provided I don’t espouse heretical political beliefs like Milo. I hope you can see the religious overtones to the ideology, it relies very heavily on a perversion of the Original Sin concept with the zealot being responsible for his redemption through works and appropriate rites like virtue signaling.

The current crisis is one of Tolkien magnitude to the True Believers. Their entire worldview, and to borrow from Freud, super-ego is wrapped up in either self-flagellation or flagellation of those who have not sufficiently repented of their Original Sin. If I had to fill in a single thing about what I am, my race and sex don’t break the top ten. This is not the virtue signaling we see so often among the right, in a vain attempt to prove they are the mythical colorblind creature so many pundits and politicians pretend to be. I believe you are what you do, and even then it’s only part of the story at any given point. Most millennials were too young during the George W. era, though there was only token resistance to the idea at all. The vast majority have known no other president that Barack Obama who was equally as zealous in his belief of Original Sin, as indicated through his many remarks about the scourge of Western ideology on the world and in particular his desire to fundamentally transform the country. To people like the Berkley rioters, I believe many simply do not contemplate that there are communities that might differ in politics from their own little bubble. One can see this effect inside the Beltway, Hollywood and other conclaves where it is inconceivable that someone is not a True Believer. Many don’t know what they don’t know. The rest can simply afford to ignore what they should know…for now.

We have vainly attempted to approach this problem from the wrong angle, as a policy debate rather than a psychological one. Trump’s actions are irrelevant to the legacy media and most of the people we are discussing here. People pointed out the ‘Muslim ban’ wasn’t, and I doubt very seriously even those writing articles on the executive order actually read it. Facts. Do. Not. Matter. You simply cannot reason a person out of a position they were never reasoned into. Particularly if that position is such a significant part of their self-worth that it is them. So rather than attempt to refute ideas and accusations that no longer make sense to even the most tortured misreading of plain English, it bears contemplating what a person in psychological distress will do. We had a march on D.C. with an entertaining amalgam of costumes and near incomprehensible ramblings by the celebrities du jour and those looking to resurrect their relevance.  I honestly believe many there expected some kind of sea change and shift in policy. It didn’t happen. There were protests about a temporary ban on visas. There were riots over a speaker in Berkley and people were beaten, one assault could be categorized as attempted voluntary manslaughter. The response from the state and local government was nothing less than tacit approval of the violent escalation in Berkley, and the response from the federal government was a snarky tweet. Still, Trump remains in power and his agenda looks to be rolling on.

rjs7d6gpbjdy.pngThus far the escalation from screaming, to marching to rioting has occurred and there certainly doesn’t look to be a deescalation to discussion any time soon. The progressive wing of the statists look to have learned very little from the Trump victory in November and absolutely refuse to acknowledge their version of reality is not measuring up to the facts of the situation. A more stark example of the Dunning-Kruger effect I cannot think of. The people protesting have the misplaced idea that Newton’s third law does not translate on a sociological level. The election most are so upset over is proof positive that a segment of America feels very attacked and very marginalized, and over the last eight years has not only showed up to the voting booth but showed up to the gun store as well. I don’t pretend to be able to read the tea leaves. However, there will come a point when the violence will elicit a reaction from either a state actor or non-state actors, or both. Starbucks and Berkley may not bother to defend their private property, but there will inevitably be a Korean shopkeeper moment. What would have been the response in Berkley to dead protestors and someone who claimed he feared for his life? Half the country would believe them, half would call him a murderer. The facts would be irrelevant either way. If ‘looking like a Nazi’ aka a Syrian student in a suit, is enough to warrant assault then what would be their likely response to dead or injured colleagues?

You get to laugh Netflix out of the building once. Reality is a cruel mistress, and often makes very stunning examples out of those who scorn her. The laughing is beginning to stop on the street, though it continues in the legacy media and among the pundit class in their gated communities. The next evolution will show us how many true believers exist, as many choose to continue to escalate to violent behavior rather than face a crisis of identity. The crisis of identity has been a generation in the making, and inconvenient facts will not reverse a generation raised on political tribalism. Escalation is inevitable because it is the only course left. Trump was the third way Glenn Beck is so obsessed with, a peaceful, albeit crude, stopgap. Unlike peace, war only requires one party to acknowledge the fact. People will die at some point, as a beating gets out of control or a building catches on fire. Trump will feel the need to respond and will likely involve federal agents or possibly the National Guard if the situation escalates even further. The echoes of Kent State are strong here. The moment boots on the ground show up the movement is legitimized and the color revolution has the optics they need. What happens after that is anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure, it will not go away.

 

Jesse James

 

Populism: The Downside

The last two years we have seen a successful appeal to populism; the UK, US, France and half a dozen other EU countries have all seen massive public opinion shifts in that direction. While currently in vogue with the American right, few people are discussing what populism means under the current conditions, why it should be adopted and if it is a good thing. Rather than use some type of 5Y or DMIAC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) methodology to actually question the efficacy of this rebirth of populism, it seems to have been taken as gospel. The statists have been populists on the surface since Rousseau began the Reign of Terror, Hegel penned his poisonous screed, and Marx plagiarized it. The bourgeoisie-proletariat bifurcation of the population is a defining concept for all statist thought. I defy someone to explain populism to me without embracing the communist duality of society. The rise in populism is a clear indication that the inmates are running the asylum and a further illustration that the politics of the United States are converging rather than diverging. Priebus and others are happy so sign on to whatever nets them seats and offices in Mordor on the Potomac, regardless of whether the very philosophy they are embracing has been the prime mover in nearly every Communist revolution since the politics of evil finally had a name.

the-new-populism-1482659671-9641One of the myths we tell ourselves about populism and voting in general is that wisdom can be had en masse, as if a collection of millions of fools are superior to a single fool. I can see those beginning to protest already, yet this strange math of voting never translates itself into other areas. Someone should create a poll and go grocery shopping for a month on the collective wisdom of the crowd. Surely 10,000 or 100,000 people can arrive at better choices than lowly you. Perhaps hospitals should have a sort of polling system. Put the symptoms online and everyone casts their vote for what ails the patient. Who needs doctors when you have a crowd? No, none of us entertain the myth in our own lives, but most of America believes something only slightly less fictitious than the tooth fairy when we embrace populism and the single most poisonous word in the English language, democracy. In our lives we go to subject matter experts for guidance. If we want help grocery shopping, we consult a dietician. If we have medical issues then we seek care from a doctor. None of us accept the farce that the latter should be consulted and their opinion weighed equally with a licensed mechanic when we have car trouble. The wise seek counsel, the Bible clearly states as much, but the counsel must be qualified. The Latin root qual- means ‘of what kind’ or more apropos, the nature of it. I may have an opinion on Smith-Corona typewriters, but unless the opinion is qualified by ownership or expertise of some kind, then what real use is it? Populism declares that consensus may be conflated as expertise and places no value on whether the opinions are qualified are not.

The only right one may claim to an opinion in a matter is to be a stakeholder in the venture. We are all familiar with the concept that money buys you a say. At work there is exactly two people who have a say in what I do. The first is the customer and the second is the president of the company, both get an opinion because they are paying to have one. Once upon a time there was an understanding that taxation without representation was untenable to free men. The inverse is also true. Representation without taxation is theft of influence, dilution of your opinion by others who’s opinion is not qualified. The crux of why we do not approach life in the same manner as we do voting is because we understand the fallacy of populism. We reject the idea that our neighbor should get an equal vote in what repairs our truck gets if he is not paying to repair it. I don’t care what my neighbors opinion is of my truck, my house or my camouflage recliner, because he is not funding any of those ventures. He certainly doesn’t get to tell me what to do with them.

tiunin_populismThe current resurgence of populism is insidious because of this madness we engage in every two years. Before the last vice presidential debate nearly half of the people polled couldn’t name Tim Kane as a VP candidate and 40% couldn’t name Mike Pence as one either. People who cannot be bothered to even be familiar with the name of the people they are casting a vote for are still fully vested partners in this process. People who are mentally handicapped are fully vested partners. People who don’t actually fund any part of the government are vested partners. It’s madness, and anyone who sits down and actually thinks about it in a non-emotional manner realizes it.

Populism in the United States not only provides legitimacy for those who are in no position to have a qualified opinion on matters, but also has a moral component to it. A popular idea does not equate to a moral idea. Nor are popular ideas often truly correct. Take whatever industry you work in and begin thinking about the common misconceptions about what you do. One can look at the laughable beliefs people have about firearms as ample evidence of how ignorant huge swaths of the population are on any given topic. Democracy, populism, Communism, and socialism all require at least a simple majority of the population to be willing to forsake their own self-interests and be capable of arriving at a collectively wise decision. The French were clearly unable to do so with Robespierre. It took Napoleon to pull them from the ashes and restore real order after that debacle. The Russians were certainly unable to see an astroturfed movement for what it was and collectively arrived at a real winner, Joseph Stalin, along with a little help from friends in NYC like Schiff and others funding him. The respect populism has for unpopular minorities has left me extremely suspect after reading about Haiti in 1804 and Zimbabwe ever since it became Zimbabwe. The populist dichotomy casts everyone who disagrees with the supposed ‘will of the people’ as an ‘enemy of the people.’ It’s a short step from ‘enemy of the people’ to ‘not a person.’

My biggest concern with populism becoming the dominant method of politics is what will be sacrificed in the name of it. The government cannot and should not be able to provide even half of what people currently expect it to and this shift from individual rights to groupthink is disturbing. We would be kidding ourselves if the statists will not align their rhetoric and political strategy to mimic the Trump campaign. Populism can bring into perspective issues that have been largely unaddressed, which is a positive. The flip side is absent a populace that is capable of self control, it opens a political pandora’s box that historically has led to very poor outcomes. I feel no need to consult the population, only a fraction of which have any semblance of a qualified opinion on any given matter, to operate in daily life. We are the subject matter experts in our own life and the shift to populism is a shift away from the individual and towards the collective. Populism is the morality of consensus. I shudder to think what that looks like at its logical end.

 

Jesse James

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Read.This. Understand.This. The final exam will be brutal.

Western Rifle Shooters Association

Folks, don’t miss the video by Trevor Loudon I sent earlier and I’ll resend now. I consider my you my patriot brothers, and I consider this a very serious and possibly rapidly escalating situation.

Seriously, please study this video closely.

If you want to pass along any of this missive, fine by me.

I see January 2017 as a 1969 repeat in many ways. After 1968 and RFK/MLK, LBJ failed to hand off to HHH, and when RMN was elected, Mr. Ayers went from SDS to WU. Now with DJT instead of HRC, the same shift is happening, I have no doubt. This video is a rogues gallery, all kudos to O’Keefe, Loudon, Vadum and others in the production. This is the yardstick for an effective documentary. Perhaps after 1-20 the feds will start to do this work, instead of only private concerned citizens.

What you will see in this…

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Protests: Another Roadside Distraction

Cole Younger worked with the 24th STS prior to 9/11 and later at the Special Warfare School (SWCS) post-9/11. He was gracious enough to pen this and we would all do well to heed the information contained therein. As protests begin to ramp up in DC and pieces on the chess game of state begins to move at a more rapid pace, it would serve us well to understand who the pawns are…and who aren’t. Simply because you aren’t considering second and third order ramifications, doesn’t mean others are not intensely interested and invested into manipulating and mobilizing segments of the public. Protests and media can be just as effective in 4GW as a convertible ride through Dallas, and not half as disconcerting to those blindly casting a ballot and hoping for the best.

Jesse James


The first action of any government is to keep the proletariat “fat, dumb and happy” As long as you give people a remote control with something to look at and their bellies full, all is good with the world. Hence, bread and circus. Babies cry when their needs are not met. Adults don’t mature much past this stage. The latest brood of safe-space seeking Millenials is a testament to the latest installment.

Someone, someplace, all the time is protesting something as an aggrieved party. The men behind the curtain decide what action to take….or not, depending on their threat assessment. There are too many examples in history to address here. Consider what the world would be like or have evolved without someone having protested and the course of action taken by all parties. There would never have been any US or America!

A protest of one Bhuddist monk self-emolating is as loud as thousands of people waving banners and shouting (busting shop windows, overturning cars and hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails). Protests are fueled by emotions and fear…..and propaganda. Revolutions are fueled by blood and gunpowder…..and propaganda. (Pay attention to the narrative, don’t blow it off!)

The anger of the former is the short fuse to a large magazine.

roadside-bombsAny protest is an antithesis to a current condition, a call to action to a wrong by an aggrieved number of people that is not being addressed in a sufficient manner. Ergo, more safe-spaces. Usually people protest against a government action (or lack of). Has a government ever protested against its people? ‘Gulaging’ state critics could be perceived as such. Ones and twos are easy, but what if you have hundreds? Thousands?

When mothers go to the streets because their babies are hungry, you have a potential problem. When the young men between 18 -29 cannot find work, you have a potential problem. It’s one thing to have a useless degree owing thousands to a loan shark system that will never be paid off. It’s another issue when you actually have a STEM degree and have a better chance of getting a job. What if the economy is in the tank? Older people laid-off, unpaid bills, pensions cut-off? Venezuela?

When the PTB perceive the protests to be a threat to the status quo, they have two options:

1) Nip the problem in the bud, bust heads, make others disappear, instill fear into the hearts and minds of the people; a classic oppressive, totalitarian action which could have been the reason for the protest in the first place. Now you have driven the protest underground to lick their wounds and come back stronger. Now you have steeled their resolve, or you have proven them pussies and they curl up in a fetal position in their safe space.

2) Pay attention. Listen. Investigate the legitimacy of the grievance, and provide solutions, NOT a committee to study the problem. When there is a rot in Denmark, the people will let you know.

3) I did mention two…ignore the situation and hope it goes away. In that case you will suffer the fate of Louis XVI or the Romanovs.

When you reverse engineer a political party from a movement born from a protest you will find someone who was not happy about the status quo and struck a nerve with other like-upset folks and away we go. Most changes of the status quo are usually achieved by revolution or a coup d’etat. Blood seems to be the common denominator to change…and it all starts with some sort of protest.

In every protest there is a need to influence public opinion to a real or perceived wrong usually perpetrated by the PTB. There are no long term strategic or social goals that can be achieved just by one or two or several protests in different areas except as a distraction. Once the general public pays attention and provides legitimacy to the protestors (winning hearts and minds), then the protest can evolve into a movement.

At each stage more planning, organization and funding are necessary. If the protest grows and continues into a movement it can also grow in legitimacy and as a political movement. Without further planning and organization (taking your eye off the goal) a protest cannot grow into a movement and risks morphing into something the original organizers did not intend in the first place, there are unintended consequences OR blowback. You don’t hear about authority head-bashing and rounding up the usual suspects, unless it becomes a media event.

Ferguson started with a trigger and fractional facts. It quickly morphed into violence and looting. We have had the same playbook in Baltimore, Charlotte, Watts, and other places. The media, on-line with the narrative, was quick to indicate the oppression and lack of options for a certain group. In every case the trigger was the same. Was the outrage justified? Maybe. We are lead to believe that one group is biased and targets a particular racial group. Is the bias justified? Maybe. If the protests had been legitimate would they, or could they have had a greater impact without the violence and looting ? Maybe. It’s one thing to redress grievances, another to go breaking shit. Was the violence and looting justified? NO. At this point legitimacy is lost regardless if the trigger event was unjustified. The violence feeds the narrative and vice versa. This is the goal of propaganda or dizinformatzia.

Now the obverse. Is a particular group being targeted by law enforcement? Yes, because there is a higher degree for such a group to get in trouble. We have our ears bleeding on how opportunities are so lacking for black people in this country, but you know, there are a lot of successful black people in this country who refused to be victims.

Victims protest because of a perception that they have been treated, or led to believe they have been treated, unfairly. Successful people don’t protest and don’t need to cater to victims that chose to be such. But, we are told that they are victims due to no fault of their own, but being put down by “the man” or _____ (insert blame here). The anti-Trump protests have had the same failure. If your peaceful protest won’t garner the desired result, have a temper tantrum. However, the protest is usually a distraction and part of a larger plan.

For any protest to maintain legitimacy and have a chance to evolve into a movement it must adhere to certain rules. First and foremost is NOT to deteriorate into violence and looting. The second is to provide validity by qualifiable and quantifiable documentation. The first MIGHT keep you out of jail and having your head bashed in, the second MIGHT get non-parties to listen and open their wallets.

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So anyone can protest about anything at any time. The effectiveness depends on the legitimacy of the protest and ultimately having a wrong corrected. There are few protests in history that were non-violent and the banner was picked (or developed) up by the MSM. “The Whole World is Watching!” The difference today is that most protests, media, political action have become part of 4GW, more sophisticated, organized and funded. Connecting all the dots is a daunting task.

The key to success whether a protest, movement, psychological operation, revolution, even an election is an irrefutable proof to an iron-clad and undeniable TRUTH. One does not have to remember the truth. The obverse being that every lie contains a grain of truth to make it plausible. However, in order to make the first lie believable , you must make up ten more lies to support the first, and so on and so on. You become victim to your own rhetoric.

Tiannamen started with an undercurrent of concerns for the future direction of China. The reactions were varied but the results reverberated world-wide. The general consensus world-wide was support of the students, because of the established world-view that the government was oppressive. The result was that the protests were successful, the government acquiesced somewhat and the tree of liberty was watered. We know the “rest of the story”. Either there haven’t been any more protests in China since then or they are very quickly Gulaged.

I have visual clips of protests from around the world for the last 50 years going through my mind. A common theme being violence on both sides of the scrum. There were a couple of times I was a bystander and once when myself and my high-school classmates were squeezed through a choke point and received various forms of abuse just as we got off the bus to attend a lecture at the ancient Agora in 1973. Protests were nearly a daily occurrence in Greece that year. A year later I was on the second plane out of Greece after the invasion of Cyprus.

Was there a corollary cause and effect between the protests and the invasion? No telling. Another common theme of protests being the desired end-state versus the actual end-state doesn’t always jive. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try real hard, you just might find, you get what you need….good and hard. You can protest all you want, but if you are disrupting the daily flow of life or committing violence against people or property…and the police will do nothing…then someone else will not be so kind and start kicking ass and not taking names.

Who’s paying the protestors, or at least pay the organizers to stir up the usual useful idiots, unemployed, homeless, students, the have-nothing-else-to-do-but-I want-to-blame-somebody? Follow the money. No pay = no protest. There’s a great deal of speculation of George Soros funding all these protests by the special snowflakes and the BLM. Why doesn’t someone follow the money, or more especially prove the money flow and hit Soros with a RICO charge or similar. Even better, extradite him to Russia…..just because. Who else? Anyone from the Frankfurt School and their accolades encountering a tragic fate.

Any organization requires funding for their cause, especially those that are anti-something. Sometimes you can create an anti-something group and its antithesis has a better chance of success. So, any time you see a group for or against something, think about the obverse and you have a better perspective. Sun Tzu said someplace that to best understand your adversary you must visit their camp. Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. When you undergo any operation with spotty intel, expect poor results, failure or death. Never underestimate the opposition.

Protests require traction and momentum to be successful, provided there is a specific goal in mind. Protests may serve as a distraction, when some other more sinister action is taking place. Protests need to be long-term to become effective, they need to hog the cameras to remain in the spotlight but the message must be valid to resonate with a large cross-section of the people in order to gain support.

Otherwise, it’s off to another distraction…..

The Ruskies hacked the Election! Fake news! Russian propaganda! Recount! Electorate rigging!

This is how you tell when a group has lost the dialogue and have run out of legitimacy. They have devolved into feces flinging monkeys.

Cole Younger

Dēmokratia: The Lie that Keeps On

America/Israel sees themselves as persecuted victims. Being a victim in one’s own eyes can serve as justification for every wrongdoing done to another. Our democracy is a lie.

‘Our free press’ lied when they reported, contrary to the weapons inspectors in Iraq, that Saddam Hussein had WMD. They lied about Saddam Hussein’s al-Qaeda connections, and about Iranian nukes despite the unanimous report of all American intelligence agencies that Iran had abandoned interest in nuclear weapons years ago. They lied about Assad using chemical weapons against Syrians. They lied about Gadhafi. They lied about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They lied about the cause of the Russian/Georgian conflict. They lied about Russian interference deciding the outcome of ‘our election’ and the Brexit vote. They lie when saying whistleblowers are protected.

Russian_bear.jpgBlaming Russia continues the propaganda war against a country that won’t knuckle under and accept American hegemony. Now that the Syrians have retaken Aleppo there’s a stream of stories meant to influence uninformed people as the Empire goes about its dirty work. ‘Think tanks’ who work to promote American foreign policy speak endlessly about war crimes. They didn’t say much when the Empire was terrorizing Syrians but they attack those who challenge regime change plans. Obama’s last press conference was aimed at Russia. Saying that Russia was “smaller,” “weaker” and “doesn’t produce anything that anybody wants to buy except oil and gas and arms.” He completed his rant by saying that Putin was “the former head of the KGB.” He was not, and Obama certainly knows that. The Washington Post calls Russia’s actions “indiscriminate attacks on civilians.”

The Empire’s media and politicians compare Putin to Hitler, perhaps forgetting the large number of previous candidates for being Hitler. The Western media doesn’t do ‘journalism’ but echoes the thinking of Western policymakers, politicians and power brokers. The Empire’s fantasy regarding Syria was that the ‘vetted moderate rebels’ the Empire had trained and armed would replace the Assad regime with a Western-style democracy, just like in Iraq and Afghanistan. Russia has an economy the same size as Italy. Translate that into what military threat they are to the Empire and it’s as ridiculous as the excuses for our previous pre-emptive invasions.

It’s a lack of integrity that lays a people low. The people are the nation. This isn’t top down corruption, and destruction. The policies of ‘our’ government avoid truth. ‘Consumers’, seduced by the easy life and fondness for that which is more satisfying, rather than what is good, and right, accepting those lies is what has caused us to fail. ‘Our leaders’ grow into adults, never knowing hardship, deprivation, challenge, or seeing others act in a moral way.

DDT, tobacco, asbestos, GMO foods, remember the Maine, the gulf of Tonkin, Arabs with box cutters did it. Politicians are forever referring to Russian ‘aggression’ in Syria but Russia is in Syria by invitation of their Government. Western forces are there illegally, allied with known terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.

War is when the government tells you who the enemy is. Revolution is when you figure it out for yourself.

‘Our’ official media has chosen continual lying. Anything of political significance has become carefully scripted government and corporate propaganda that George Orwell called ‘Newspeak’. Doublethink could be displayed with two examples; our Israel policies and our Ukraine actions, or Aleppo and Mosul. ‘Our’ government recently passed a law to ban any storyline that might contradict ‘official’ versions of events. The “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Now, following Obama’s signing of the NDAA, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law with Washington Post having already primed ‘consumers’ to equate ‘Russian Propaganda’ with ‘fake news’ despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially fake. ‘Our’ free press wants ‘consumers’ to accept that any information which isn’t in line with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also ‘fake news’ and thus falls under the ‘Russian propaganda’ umbrella, the scene is now set for ‘our’ government to legally close every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda.” The act will allow the government to attack any media outlet it considers propaganda. Their next move will be ‘counter propaganda’; to make sure government approved stories drown out alternative media and journalists who question the status quo.

The right to free speech and freedom of the press, guaranteed by the First Amendment, a foundation of American values, put in place to protect our liberties, is now being endangered by this new law. This isn’t the first time that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was used to disguise a piece of legislation. In 2012, Obama signed a law that allowed for the “indefinite detention of American citizens” without a judge or jury. Then in 2013, Obama signed an NDAA bill enabling the government again to legally produce propaganda. The stage is now set for ‘our’ government to legally and fully operate a tyrannical repressive regime.

Just like that, America’s Ministry of Truth is officially born.

wmd11‘Our’ government broadcasts ‘news’ and opinion to foreign countries through outlets like Voice of America and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. This new law will allow them to expand their broadcasting business to influence you here at home. The types of information that we spread overseas to foreigners is disinformation. It’s meant to confuse, distract, redirect. It’s not meant to be an informative source of news. There is already, for all intents and purposes, an organization in America that does this. It’s called MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News. They are all tools of official propaganda. If you think things were bad before with those groups, wait till you see what will come out of them now. They’ll be reporting government propaganda as factual news stories, and a gullible American public will swallow it all. ‘Our’ government will be fully in charge of running the media. In an amazing demonstration of hypocrisy, ‘our’ politicians explode over the Russian media being sponsored by state while boosting the government–funded propaganda effort here.

Every time the corporate press has put forward a false narrative about Syria, the alternative press has been there to dismantle it. Every time a false flag attack happens to galvanize Americans, the alternative media has been there to expose it. Every time the corporate press chooses to talk about frivolities instead of massive government scandals, the alternative press has been there to pick up the slack. The alternative media has finally reached the point where it’s a major threat to the corporate propaganda operation and the deep state has reacted to neutralize it. Therefore, we have ‘fake news’ scandals that were entirely made up and the reason why unproven claims of Russian propaganda are being presented by actual fake news outlets like CNN, NPR, and the rest as factual.

In one example, Secretary of State Kerry insisted Russia must be held accountable for bombing hospitals in Syria. Russia’s military has killed civilians, but the secretary failed to acknowledge that the American military bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan in 2015 and that the Saudi-led assault on Yemen has destroyed multiple hospitals in the last year and killed thousands of civilians. He also failed to remember that the Empire has killed a million Iraqis.

The New York Daily News in an article titled, “Assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was not terrorism, but retribution for Vladimir Putin’s war crimes”. It states: “As Vladimir Putin’s man in Turkey, Karlov was the public face of that murderous dictator’s war crimes around the globe and of oppression at home. Andrei Karlov is the human embodiment of policies that deployed bunker busters to kill babies, sent fighter planes on scorched earth bombing runs that destroyed a whole city, aided Syrian madman Bashar al-Assad in his campaign that has killed hundreds of thousands, and even ordered attacks on UN aid workers.”

Show me how America does things differently especially since we interfere much more often in many more places, without an invitation, including initiating the war we see in Syria.

The Western media doesn’t do journalism. It reflects the thinking and designs of the Empire’s politicians and power brokers. That ‘our free press’ unanimously spins the attack as ‘retaliatory’, after spending the previous week promising retaliation is, if nothing else, the worst case of institutional self-incrimination in recent memory.

The question you might consider is who benefits from these lies and why, in the face of virtual disbelief in anything the ‘official’ media tells you, do you accept those lies as truth. Never underestimate the stupidity of ‘consumers’. When you understand that this is simply a huge sales pitch to herd the American public into wars that are against their best interests, then everything you see and hear around you starts to make sense.

We’re told targeted nations will be ruined in the name of some higher principles, to save them from themselves. ‘Our free press’ are masters in saying nothing, addressing nothing, criticizing nothing related to the plunder of the world, and to the suppression of new and truly revolutionary ideas. In the Empire, no one seems to be noticing. There are no mass demonstrations, no clashes with police, as laws and regulations are being changed and the Constitution, violated.

An overwhelming majority is collaborating with the regime because it’s suddenly so frightening, or at least impractical, to think freely or perhaps because there are few examples of intellectual courage left in the world. Fake News, fake history, fake emotions, and fake ideals; everything that’s not supporting the official narrative is being labeled ‘fake’.
Craig Dudley

Buzzfeed, Buddy and the Shifting human terrain


The latest failure by CNN, Buzzfeed and far too many people in the United States to grasp where the shifting sands of the Potomac are headed and how to navigate the human terrain brought an interesting parallel into my head. One of the Christmas movies I’m forced to watch during the holiday season is Elf, with Will Ferrel as the main character. I’m fairly critical of all Christmas movies sans the Griswold masterpiece, the only real portrayal of  family dynamics during holidays, but my better half cannot get enough of the season. I can’t get enough of her, so naturally I put on a stiff upper lip during the onslaught of one terrible Christmas movie after another. She isn’t fazed by finding bullets in pockets, magazines in desk drawers, and is pretty handy with an AR out to 400m so I can’t complain. The basic premise of the movie is Buddy (Will Ferrel) wound up in the North Pole and was raised by the elves, only to discover in his 30’s that he was human. The movie is about his trip to NYC to find his father and the clash of his world with the real one. The behavioral norms he was used to and the social routines were utterly foreign to New Yorkers and vice versa. While to us he appears totally inept and unable to understand the most basic realities of normal human behavior, Buddy is acting the way he always has and fails to see that his world has changed drastically. I was watching the exchange of Trump with CNN and the thought occurred to me that it was much the same thing.

People generally resist change, we like predictability and as much as we pretend to crave change…we like it in small controllable doses. Paradigm shifts occur gradually, yet we often miss the signs and one day we wake up to find the world changed. The people at Bear Stearns and Lehman woke up one day in 2008 and realized their world had changed. They were wrong, the world had changed years prior, they just weren’t aware of it yet. The signs were there, the tranches and subprime mortgages were in black and white, physical paper. The paradigm changed when the market refused to deny home loans and the banks bought them. Deutsche, Morgan and Citi knew, they hid the losses for a year at least. The paradigm had already shifted and they turned to denial rather than modify their thinking and behavior. What we are seeing now is that clash of world views and behavior. For several large segments of the American population, life makes absolutely no sense and everything they have known about politics and society is in desperate need of revision. We may laugh and scoff at the people having breakdowns over the election and their plans to disrupt and dismiss the current ruler of the American Empire, but it bears considering if we too are suffering from the same.

reactions-to-changeThe legacy media has failed to understand and grasp the newfound power of alternative media to reach and influence the population. This continues to be evident through the ‘fake news’ moniker, which has lost all traction and meaning at this point. Even a decade ago, the label would have stuck because of the legacy media’s primacy in reaching and influencing people. The voters who thought it was inconcievable that  Hillary would not be coronated and we would enjoy sixteen years under the same couple are now being forced to confront the ugly reality that the people they would rather not think about were thinking about them. The white majority in America has bough into identitarian politics and is now only just beginning to vote like a minority. The patriot movement who was perpetually in crisis mode for the past eight years now must confront the difficult task of discerning the wheat from the tares in this new administration and not fall prey to becoming supporters of the Empire that has merely undergone a facelift. How well we adapt and understand this new development goes a long way toward our future success or failure. The greatest thing we can do is recognize something for what it is, and where its potential lies.

My continued resistance toward the regime on the Potomac is because the answer to the problem is not a matter of the right face being at Pennsylvania Avenue. Rather than debate who has their finger on the shotgun to my head, the solution is to remove the shotgun. The long-term solution is not to hope for a string of benevolent demigods every four years, but to remove the mechanisms that exist which allow those elected to put that shotgun to our head. From what I have seen thus far it has been a fool’s errand to speak out against the temptation to root for someone on our side holding the proverbial shotgun. The only thing both sides seem to agree on is that there should definitely be a shotgun, so long as it’s on the other guy’s head. We will quickly become irrelevant as a movement if we reduce ourselves to nothing more than a passive cheerleading squad for the latest petty bureaucrat to take the stage. If we hitch ourselves to this star, from a PR perspective we now own the results. Results that may very well include a financial crisis, and a continuance of the civil rights violations of the last half dozen administrations. You may equivocate and protest, but for the vast majority of Americans it won’t matter. The optics however, will matter.

Already there exists an amalgam of groups united in their solidarity against a Trump presidency and as the recent Buzzfeed debacle illustrated, willing to burn bridges, money and goodwill over it. Pete brought up a point that deserves credit when he stated that there most certainly exists at least a white paper plan to execute a soft coup and the likelihood of success. If we woke up Saturday to the same president declaring a national emergency and all the concomitant powers that go with it, what would you do? What type of community structure is set up? How are we prepared to counter the media onslaught telling Americans how lucky they were to have averted certain disaster? What is our ability to counter any of it, save in a kinetic fashion that gets us branded immediately as terrorists? Someone once told me, being your own harshest critic might make you a cynic…but reality being your harshest critic makes you a fool. I don’t want us to be fools. Let the statists and Fifth Column Inc. be the fools while they run around, uncomprehending and becoming their own worst enemy. We simply do not have that luxury. Let them be Buddy, totally void of any sensory input and continuing to operate as if nothing at all happened to completely change the human terrain. We are better than cheerleaders, and we are better than merely settling for a slightly lighter boot on our neck for the next four years. Now is the time to make meaningful strides toward real progress in a semi-friendly environment. That has far more lasting benefit toward true security than cheering on the latest Trump tweet or wishing on rainbows that he will be the hero that doesn’t exist and swoop down and save us. It’s a thankless, grueling job being your own hero, but slaves wish for a savior to do what they will not. A free man recognizes that you are always the captain of your soul, regardless of the circumstances. Stop looking for heroes, be your own.

 

Jesse James

Alt-Left: The statist’s Patriot movement

One of the ripples that has emanated outward from the brick known as Trump after it was thrown into the swamp this past November deserves far more attention than it is currently receiving. The left has found itself with a lot of young and angry bodies, bereft of the Cinton political machine and the biggest names in the party well into their AARP memberships. With the recent political stunt of Calexit people opening an embassy in Moscow, the human terrain is ripe for an unofficial quasi-government to exist under the Trump administration. Already there exists a growing patriot-esque movement among the liberals that mirrors the antifa movement in Germany. Most of us have seen the call to arms of a few prominent liberals and numerous unhinged Millennials. While many of them appear laughable at first glance, the motive, and soon the means and opportunity will be there for them to adopt an October Revolution mindset.

article-2261220-16e3acd8000005dc-396_634x345A great majority are as serious about armed revolution as their threats for expatriation to Canada were, but it would take a mere handful of people with the proper guidance and funding to cripple infrastructure or commit psychological warfare like the recent spate of Trump hoaxes that include arson. I must admit, reading stories of statists arming themselves was initially conflicting to me. Philosophically speaking I am in favor of people purchasing what they want, without the interference of the perpetually misguided little tyrants the government always attracts. As a private citizen and a state of one, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. For a long time now we, the patriot movement, have enjoyed a massive imbalance of firepower, indeed even Uncle Sam is dwarfed in number by the small arms owned by the public at large. The recent trend of the statists beginning to arm themselves is a little, and it is very late, but bears watching. My chief concern is that those buying out of an emotional response will use them emotionally. I have serious reservations about those unable to master even the most basic terminology of a firearm to seek proper training from an industry they are hostile towards and who is generally hostile to them. Statists also have historically had a little problem with gratuitous application of force, albeit thus far in the US is has primarily been through third parties. The current crop of proto-tyrants in education have done nothing but create a barren ideological landscape, devoid of anything that could possibly interpreted as offensive to anyone and anything. I have less than the utmost confidence people who cannot tolerate a ‘white guy smile’ without launching into a diatribe, will have the judgment and emotional stability to avoid doing what they write on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

Viewed from a different perspective, let’s think a moment about this from a strictly partisan angle. There is significant tacit support for acts of violence and protests, as long as the tip of the spear doesn’t cross the line into delegitimization. Absent that, they enjoy a significant logistics and psyops apparatus. Millions of dollars worth of media coverage, a social media presence without censure and household names to voice their support. They enjoy large donors like the Ford Foundation, Borealis Philanthropy, Open Society Foundation, and Center for American Progress. How much mayhem does does nine figures buy? Trick question, none of us could even begin to guess because at our best we might be able to scrape together six figures once or twice. Those who have read my previous posts know exactly what money buys and how essential it is to establish a beachhead for a revolution. A cursory look at the financing behind the Russian October Revolution will reveal some rather uncomfortable truths as to how and why this destabilization occurred. Jacob Schiff, Felix Warburg (related to Paul Warburg of Federal Reserve fame) and the interactions between William Steed and the Wilson administration make for fascinating reading in this regard. The point here is that there was a discontent, largely uneducated working class who formed the tip of the spear and a very long logistical tail that is barely discussed at all. The rising Alt-left has that logistical tail and we need to very cognizant of whether the tip of the spear is coming together and where.

october_revolution_3004I do not wish to conjure up imaginary dragons and bumps in the night for us to fear. What is concerning to me is that the coalescence of money behind a thinly veiled communist manifesto trotted out as BLM’s ‘demands’ and the masses of disenfranchised and hysterical voters, many of whom are convinced the opposition is an existential threat and barely human. A political arm also exists that can stay ‘above the fray’ and provide an appearance of legitimacy. Adding small arms to this toxic mixture of hate and statism is asking for conflict. The logistics for that are in place for one side. The other side is armed to the teeth with barely a shred of logistical support and virtually no money. Small arms are far more easily obtainable than $100M+ and national media cooperation. The situation is fluid and we need to recognize it as such. In two weeks there will be motive, and opportunity. All that remains is whether the statists will make good on their desire to have that ability. A dozen Weather Underground groups and countless psyops is an excellent way to create chaos. Chaos is the one remaining revolutionary condition required. Like I said, this is a trend that bears watching.

Individual possession of property, including weapons, is the sine qua non of a free society, and while the comments above sound like much of the tripe being peddled by the SPLC and others, I am not advocating any restrictions from adults purchasing what they want. However, we as a movement and as individuals can and should watch this development closely. Napoleon stated once that a revolution is an idea that has found its bayonets, and while the statists now see the opportunity for corporate, authorized violence by the state now being threatened, the move toward a true revolution is troubling. Conversely, there exists an opportunity for those of us capable and willing to subvert and redirect the recent interest in preparedness and firearms by the political left in a more productive direction. It is a natural inclination to resist plunder of your own resources by others, and I suspect the more self-sufficient a statist becomes, the more naturally he will begin to understand things like NAP and private property. In either case, keep your eyes peeled and know who lives around you, what they believe and trust the words of Mattis…have a plan for everyone you meet.

Jesse James