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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6 thoughts on “Guest Post: A Most Dangerous Idea

  1. Craig has a wonderful descriptive talent, but does not begin to address motivation. From the earliest caveman to Donald Trump, war and conflict is about loot and plunder. At least Trump is the only honest man in politics, he wants everyone to know that the USA should have Iraq’s oil. They fought for it, they spent half a Trillion dollars on it and they darn well deserve it.
    All the other arguments, morality, superiority, religion, human rights, they are all nonsense. The men who make the decisions want only one thing. Profits.
    Gutele Schnaper, Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s wife died, before her death she would state, “If my sons did not want wars, there would be none.”
    Whether it is Israel and Palestine, USA and the rest of the world, Rome, France, Britain and an Empire, the only refrain and the constant refrain is “Show me the money”.
    All the rest is lying propaganda as it is difficult to motivate soldiers with ‘Go and get killed as I want their oil, gold, cotton, whatever”. “God says you must” is much more convincing.
    Of course the fact that this generation is the most brainwashed and ignorant generation ever (well maybe the middle ages in Europe with the priests and all) helps enormously, but then I read :
    “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
    ― Mark Twain

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  2. “When a national election is called, one-half of those eligible doesn’t vote.”
    My question is, why would they? I would venture that at least half of the public is smart enough to comprehend that voting in this system is futile. Only a dunce would look at the record of past elections and reason that going to the polls to do his ‘civic duty’ has one iota of merit.

    That’s the purpose of the two party system. When we grind our way through 4 or 8 years of Democratic leadership and the stench is more than we can bear, there is a rush to the polls to make a change, upon which strategy, leadership switches to the Republicans. If you’ve ever stood behind an elephant in a parade, you can imagine the odor that emanates from that beast, but, we endure it for another 4 or 8 years in the futile hope that things will get better—-but they never do. So it s back to the Dems for another round of corn holing. Its called the art of the ‘whip-sawing’ and since Americans seem to have a very short memory [rarely past 3 1/2 years and never past 7 1/2 years] it seems to the 50% that can’t learn anything from history, that a trip to the polls is the perfect answer. Vote the bums out!!

    All the promises of either winning party, settle to the floor like so much unsavory dust to be swept under the carpet, rarely even mentioned again. Each party, in its own way, commences to fulfill its obligations to its backers and owners [certainly not the public] by creating new ways to stifle private rights and squeeze out more of the workers energy.

    I’m not sure of Mr. Trump but I will say one thing, he seems to be moving in the direction of his claims. This being done under the constant distractions of the controlled media. This raises the specter: Is Trump who he claims to be and is all the negative reporting from the MSM an attempt to really discredit him or are we witnessing something else. Is Trump really owned by the international banksters, like every president before him, with his entry onto the scene a smokescreen to appease the millions who are awakening to the criminality of those banksters. We know that the banksters have always owned both horses in a two horse race and if they preferred one over the other, all they had to do was fix the race by vote rigging.

    If Trump wasn’t in their corner from the beginning, how did he win? What happened to their magic vote counting machine? Did we really pull one over on them or did they pull one over on us?

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    1. A quote from a 1924 edition of the American Banker’s Association not intended for the public sums up what is currently happening all around us:
        “Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through the process of law, the common people lose their homes, they will become more docile and more easily governed through the strong arm of government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers. These truths are well known among our principal men who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world.
      By dividing the voter through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance.
      It is thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”

      To repeat *********

      “By dividing the voter through the political party system,
      we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance.
      It is thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”

      *************

      “The issue which has swept down the centuries
      and which will have to be fought sooner or later
      is the people versus the banks.”

      Lord Acton

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