Author: Jesse James

J.D. Sui Juris Not a fan of tyranny

Guest Post: The Cult of GoodThink

She was – the newspeak word goodthinkful – meaning naturally orthodox, incapable of thinking a bad thought. She had not a thought in her head that was not a slogan, and there was no imbecility, absolutely none that she was not capable of swallowing if the Party handed it out to her.” – George Orwell, 1984

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays

We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to… There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world…That is hard to do, but I think it’s going to be necessary, it’s going to be possible.” – Barack Obama, speech Oct 13, 2016


Obama recently told an audience the news needs to be “curated” in some way, in order to limit the infection of “fake news”. He appointed himself as the sole arbiter of ‘truth’ rather than the 1st Amendment right after the Hildabeast lost the ‘election’. Shortly after, the CIA-connected Washington Post launched a campaign against ‘fake news’ sites. The campaign quickly morphed into: these sites aided a Russian op to throw the election to Trump. In other words, free speech was actually aiding and abetting a crime.

censorDon’t listen to what they say, watch what they do. The mainstream media, like Washington Post and New York Times among others, are complicit, demonstrating an echo chamber drowning out rationality and describing differing philosophies and legitimate dissent as blasphemous. “Goebbels was in favor of freedom of speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re in favor of freedom of speech, that means you’re in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.” Noam Chomsky

We will lose what used to be inalienable rights…our right to free speech, our right to free association, and our rights to our own minds. If something you say is considered ‘hurtful’, which will more closely resemble dissent or criticism of the Official Narrative than anything else, you will be sanctioned. You will toe the line or you will be penalized; contracts severed, vendors disassociate themselves, boycotts ensue. Whatever you do, just don’t say or think the wrong thing, because not going along with the crowd will make you an outcast.

I have no more trust in Trump than any of the other ‘presidents’ installed since the CIA killed JFK. Speak out against this nonsense and you’ll be subjected to tantrums, character assassination, and guilt by the most tenuous of associations, distortions of fact and a coordinated piling on by mobs of unquestioning ideological berserkers. Having said that, in November 2016, a vast system of agitation and propaganda was set up in order to destroy the reputation and the authority of President Trump as soon as he arrived in the White House. It’s the first time that such a campaign has been organized against a President, and with such resources. We’re entering a post-Truth age, but the distribution of roles is not what you may think it is.

Destroying the image, and thus the authority, of the President, before he has had the time to do anything, can have serious consequences. By eliminating Saddam Hussein and Kaddafi, the CIA plunged their two countries into a long period of chaos. America itself will suffer severe damage from such an operation occurring here. Yet, now they work on Trump in much the same way.

There are now many groups who have traveled miles past tolerance for ideas they despise and these aren’t merely people in the street. Google apparently has passed the point of tolerance. We have college professors and students from shore to shore, who insist on silencing those who dissent from their political ideology. Facebook and Twitter are practicing censorship as well as major media outlets, who block or simply ignore stories that contradict their covert agendas.

A reason always exists to justify shutting people up. “I’m in favor of free speech, but when (insert name) goes off on one of his crazy diatribes, he’s threatening basic human values, and he has to be stopped”. Yes, and who appointed our “human-values defender” king? Here is another excuse for censoring free speech: “It is engendering hate.” Accepting that premise, every presidential campaign in the history of America could have been shut down. Untold numbers of statements made by pundits about presidents in office could have been blocked, going back to Washington. If a person ‘taking offense’ at something someone says becomes the litmus test for censoring ‘offending remarks,’ Congress should pass a law requiring silence 24/7 from all citizens.

c27b662f37594a17f6b0305ec3fa30be5ea47593-620-350-25-4-786-444Who would censor a political website if they could? Huge numbers of clueless people with an ax to grind would. It would be done without a moment’s thought. It would be done without a shred of understanding…and they would do it based on zero knowledge of the Bill of Rights. They would do it without an education that reveals how rational debate is a prerequisite for the survival of a Republic. They would do it based on zero knowledge of the meaning of a ‘Republic’.

The 1st Amendment isn’t there so we can admire the freedom of the people who utter what we already agree with. The 1st Amendment is there so we can rise up to a higher level, where we defend the rights of the people who are uttering all the wrong things, the things we’re quite sure are wrong. Well, except for Trump, or Hillary, Bannon, Alex Jones and Mike Adams.

‘Our free press’ used 9/11 as the ‘justification’ for invading Afghanistan, when the real reason was pipeline routes and there were no foreign hands in the creation of 9/11, except those of the Israeli government and intelligence agencies. For all of these lies, corporate media duly went along completely with both ignoring the real reasons for 9/11, who actually perpetrated this act, and the true reasons to invade and occupy Afghanistan. ‘Our free press’ lied again with the statement that ‘Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons’, the corporate presstitutes just dutifully regurgitated the lie.

Obama used the 1917 law, the Espionage Act, to prosecute more leakers and whistleblowers than all previous administrations combined. It all depends, you see, and on who is speaking about free speech, and it all depends on who is being attacked. It’s relative. Whistleblowers like John Kirakou were punished severely, because their public statements did not match the official narrative of the American Deep State: the difference between the lapdog, cooing and comfortably compliant ‘media’ you love, and the independent media people need to make informed decisions, and participate in the political discussion of real issues, both domestic and international is the difference between night and day.

Because of the work of the independent media, some daylight is starting to emerge. When Trump stated that the media was the “enemy of the people”, he wasn’t wrong for the following reason: the presstitutes are in deep with the ‘American Deep State’, and will say anything that advances their agenda.

‘Our’ owners concept of a ‘free press’ is a docile, easily-controlled government narrative-affirming bunch of presstitutes, with a large, well-funded electronic bully pulpit, who will only say what they’re told to say, and never raise a logical question against the agenda, to further Empire’s geopolitical and/or corporate cronies financial goals. Last year, the CIA’S main media outlet, the Washington Post, cited a list of over 200 supposed Russian propaganda sites produced by the shadowy PropOrNot organization in a report titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say.” Washington Post wrote a hit piece on all the sites included on ProporNot’s list, claiming the site is run by ‘experts’ without any proof beyond the site’s own claims. Titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” the WAPO story not only upholds the claims of a random, anonymous, and relatively new website, but a website that is formally calling on the FBI to investigate alt news sites on the list for espionage.

Trump has repeated the long-standing American accusation that Iran is the world’s ‘biggest sponsor of terrorism’. You have to ignore the irony of such statements being made by officials of a State that has attacked more countries and killed more people in the past 70 years than all other nations in the world combined. This accusation against Iran is not made on the basis of any evidence, but as a settled principle of the Empire’s foreign policy. ‘Our free press’ sells the message every day that to be accepted you must be part of the group, or you’ll be forced out into the cold, alone. They then tell you what you must do and think to be part of that ‘group.’ The whole business is manufactured.

– Craig Dudley


3/21/17 UPDATE: In the event you think Craig is overstating the ‘FBI investigating alt-news sites’ then I present you with this article and the image below. Yes, that is VFS. It certainly isn’t the first time either. It’s just a chilling effect on Badthink for now…when it doesn’t work history says they will resort to more severe methods. Now you know why I get frustrated with the play acting too many do. This. Is. Not. A. Game.

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-Jesse James

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A Long Train of Abuses

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. -Andrew Carnegie


Given that today is a holiday, I will make this short, to the point, and promise not to veer too far into the esoteric. One of the most misunderstood words in the English language is tolerance. The modern definition by the statists is merely code word for ‘socially acceptable.’ It is tolerant to believe that pumping a child full of hormones and reversing normal biological processes is a good thing, despite professional physicians stating that it is objectively child abuse. Tolerance is objecting to a man sitting with his legs spread while not uttering a peep about more than the 30 countries that practice religious-based female genital mutilation. Implicit within the true definition of tolerance is that it falls shy of acceptable. What I tolerate differs wildly from what I find acceptable. I tolerate the fact that I must comply with applicable tax and employment laws, but I find perhaps 10% of them acceptable. We have been inundated from preschool with the necessity to be unoffensive, non-confrontational and tolerant of far, far too much.

il_fullxfull.209545725.jpgTolerance is not without merit. Tolerance is a necessity given the human propensity for mistakes and failure on a semi-regular basis. However much like salt, too much of a good thing becomes a very bad thing, as does too little. Too little salt results in muscle cramps and increased risk of heart attack, just as too much leads to risk of stroke and heart disease. To little tolerance results in burn out, isolation and organizational atrophy, while too much tolerance results in indolence, over-inclusivity, and talent attrition. Both require a level of balance. I can assume I am not alone in my attempt to find that balance in prodding and pushing people to be a better version of who we are, and being too exacting. I was told voluntary organizations are inculcated with a level of BS that are just part of the deal without the UCMJ or other means of enforcement. Perhaps the individual was right, but the question still exists, at what level will tolerance fatally compromise the entire mission of the organization? The answer to that is necessarily a personal one, as each case is different.

I would ask all of you to consider that this weekend, and understand that tolerance is exactly why this blog exists and we are $20T+ in debt. We tolerated things that should have been intolerable. Now, the American public finally balked when asked to not only tolerate such abuses of government, foisted upon them by their own complacence and fellow citizens, but to find them acceptable. I encourage us not to fall into the same trap. Crystallize what exactly you are trying to achieve and the way to accomplish that. I give credit to DTG for creating a practical guide to preparing yourself for the potential backlash in three and a half years. If you want to be quicker, stronger, more accurate and more resilient by then…there is your mission statement. I don’t have to spell out the obvious ways you get there, but it is now your job to define what is intolerable, tolerable and acceptable. People and activities that compromise your ability to accomplish that task past a certain level must be intolerable. The alternative is failure. I’m not speaking in hyperbole, it is the uncomfortable truth. Show me a successful person in any field and I will show you a person who is focused, and at the very least eliminated things in his life that compromised his ability to accomplish whatever goal he set. Far more likely is a person who also eliminated much of what just amounted to distraction and is tolerated by most.

It is quite possible that I have ‘too little tolerance for BS’, as someone suggested to me. The most rational explanation is that history is really the history of the lucky, and the truly exceptional. Quite possibly it is because the exceptional are the ones writing the history because they triumphed over the mediocre, and thus the mediocre fade into the anonymity of the past. I’ve never been a lucky person, with the exception of my wife, so I really am left with only one option if I don’t want to guarantee my people, culture and homeland go the way of every other people who became too soft, too ignorant, and too licentious. We tolerate much in this movement and in our personal lives that lowers morale, compromises unity, distracts us from the goal we seek to achieve and simply wastes time. Most competent and goal-oriented people will avoid a that like the plague. I’ve seen it personally, the talent walks out the door when there is an environment of triviality and incompetence present. We all can all do better…or just accept the logical conclusion if we do not.

In closing, I am not advocating an ‘only ones’ policy. There is such a thing as too little tolerance within an organization or your personal life. However, it’s never a bad idea to honestly evaluate things. Too many people talk a lot about potential, while ignoring the results. Abstract theory has it’s place, but it is far behind practical experience. Are you achieving your goals? Is this movement? If not, why? Can you have even the tiniest influence in helping remedy the situation or contributing to a positive outcome? Are you an asset or liability and are you willing to do what is necessary to be the former? Be polite. Be professional. Find people who want what you do and achieve it, don’t just talk about it. Be the change you seek, and don’t be a passenger…or worse a human anchor.

 

Jesse James

The Coming Retribution

Must someone, some unseen thing, declare what is right for it to be right? I believe that my own morality — which answers only to my heart — is more sure and true than the morality of those who do right only because they fear retribution. Brandon Sanderson

Perish the universe, provided I have my revenge! – Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac


The left is losing I’m told by Hannity, Limbaugh and other talking heads on the radio. The Republicans control both houses of Congress and the majority of governorships. I haven’t heard any cogent arguments by either about the obvious voting habits of the Millennial and the fact that Hillary needed to flip about 53,000 votes in PA, WI, and MI to win. The final count was that close. One of the things we need to keep in mind is that unlike Robert Earl Keen’s song, the party does end. Trump will not be president forever and I would be highly suspect of another major midterm coup by the Red Team. Trump will vacate the presidency at some point and the statists from both parties will exact revenge. The voters responsible for the political black swan that was Trump will be taught a lesson for their political rebellion and the consternation they caused by voting as a proto-ethnic bloc and profoundly angering them in a way many of us don’t comprehend.

The Clinton coronation was such a foregone conclusion that we witnessed true mental breakdowns and the collapse of the glass castle in the sky that most statists had built since Hillary announced her candidacy. They sacrificed any and all credibility of the DNC’s internal party machinations and the integrity of their primaries for God’s sake. So mistakenly confident, she didn’t campaign at all in WI and gave a passing nod to MI, all the while failing to energize the minority vote in a way only a geriatric blue-blooded crone from NY could. What this tells me is not that the minorities are particularly upset about a Trump presidency at the moment, but that the loudest shrieking is coming from the fellow blue-bloods and cosmic whites. Hollywood was devastated and made sure everyone on social media knew it. A great majority of academia, the media and the whole propaganda wing of the DNC, as well as your Fifth Column Republicans (I’m looking at you McCain, Graham and Ryan) were left scrambling to find Beltway-acceptable positions on the event in the coming weeks.

shutterstock_132518903-660x350-1398887392So what? Well, I believe Nate Silver speaks for many when he called those who voted and supported Trump ‘profoundly evil.’ He further clarified that it meant just shy of inhuman, which means it’s just barely genocide if you decide to follow that line of thought to its logical conclusion. Clinton stated what many in her party felt calling roughly 50% of  the people who voted in the election ‘deplorable.’ I suspect that was the polite, more politically correct term for ‘future gulag residents.’ To many of us politics are a rather small part of our lives, only somewhat less onerous than a colonoscopy. If I never thought or had to deal with the US government again, it would be too soon. I’m much more interested in raising a family, making money and pursuing my intellectual and physical hobbies. The statists, given they are adherents of Marx, have a different approach to the matter. Politics, encompasses matters of life or death. Healthcare means a chance to save lives, abortion is a chance to prevent poverty and empower women, climate change is a chance to save the entire planet! Given that these are emotional arguments that have been made, when you disagree on such a matter it cuts to the core of who they are. You disagree with their personhood, their worldview, them in toto.

The most dangerous element of a worldview or social construct that rejects any sort of absolute truth and instead bases it on subjective experience and emotions is the lack of internal restraint. Show me a society without absolute moral standards and I will show you a society where life is worthless, rule of law is nonexistent, knowledge is dead and Hobbes is an optimist. While many of us took the Obama years with a sort of Siberian resignation (da comrade, Moscow iz not friend, but Moscow not here, Moscow long way from here), much of it is precisely  because we have anchors in our life. We have families, ideals, at least to a certain extent and a moral code usually based on Christian ethics. The ends don’t justify the means, life is sacred, absolute truth exists and none of those things are based on emotions. In fact, most of these things are very much a check on the capriciousness of emotion. The reason I don’t show the Berkley people what a real riot looks like from the perspective of a chemistry whiz is because I have a family, the responsibility to provide for them and the immorality of wanton murder prevents me from making the emotional choice. I acknowledge that despite my emotions, it is objectively wrong and it would be a sin to do what I desire at times, as well as limiting my superseding responsibility to my family. The current crop of proto-communists have their feelings as an anchor, which in a reductive sense makes them anchorless.  The fact that their arguments are entirely based on emotion allows them to view things like skyrocketing food prices in the third world as a good thing. Despite the fact that the tertiary effects of climate change regulation, such arable land used for biofuels, are causing starvation in other countries, those people don’t have sufficient media access to elicit an emotional appeal from those who view emotion is equivalent to virtue. If 100M+ in Africa, Asia and South America need to die to save the planet, then so be it. At least they can express how grateful they are about being carbon neutral on their iPhones produced in the pollution-free utopia of PRC. It makes them feel good to ‘know’ they are saving the planet, and whether it is true or not is several orders less important than the highest virtue, their self-image.

the_destructionOn November 8th, a large swath of America desecrated the church of state…and dealt an enormous blow to anyone and everyone who saw themselves as ‘woke,’ a social justice advocate or had their identity wrapped up in anything that had to do with combating the evils of any and every -ist and -ic in the dictionary. It was the emotional equivalent to someone desecrating your church or your home. Now take that level of anger, frustration and disrespect and apply it in our direction. Those who haven’t read the Cliff Notes version of what was in Vault 7 should really take a look. Consider the fact that you currently live under a regime that does not consider you an enemy of the state. That will change. Public opinion still matters to the statists, because they still need to convince 50,000+ people to switch their vote in three years. Once that is achieved, and it will be, the massive levers of power get turned over to an angry, embarrassed and deeply offended party that is still seething about Trump. I’ll give you three guesses as to who feels the brunt of that hatred, dear reader.

I would be less than surprised to find the alt-right declared a hate group and a possible terror organization under a Democratic president. Lincolnian restrictions to the 1st Amendment to make sure people are not being radicalized. Spencer and others charged with inciting riots or similarly vague criminal charges, or better yet just look the other way as a random act of violence happens at just the right time. We will get to experience the dark side of populism, as ‘enemies of the people’ in a time when restraint is not the order of the day. The domestic surveillance that has thus far been a more passive observer than not will be too tempting a method for those seeking to repay those who disagree, not with their politics, but their very identity. Those who remember the first part of Obama’s administration will remember that almost palpable desire for retribution and the lawlessness that occurred under it. Names like ACORN, Solyndra, Lerner, Holder, Van Jones and others are long forgotten now.

We have an opportunity to communicate, learn and develop community in a relatively free environment at the moment. It is the height of foolishness to believe that this will always be the case. Whether you were a never-Trump person or not, the bear was poked squarely in the eye. The bear is not dead and we should be cognizant of the fact that it now is extremely angry. Either we accept the fact and behave accordingly or we get blindsided in a couple years when all of a sudden there are people standing on TV saying that Trump voters aren’t just profoundly evil, but they are inhuman and for the good of America need to be dealt with as such. If this seems insane and a little on the late night radio side of sanity, I understand. The burning question is, if you believe someone is profoundly evil and lives, works and shops near you…what would you do? Answer that question honestly and then consider that someone is likely thinking the same thing. It’s why community matters, the statists have build a community around the hatred of a specific group, that of the ‘Vast Right Wing Conspiracy’ and the list of deplorables Hillary so tactfully described us as. Consider that, and ask yourself what would you do if you only had roughly 1400 days until it was open season on you and yours? We will pay dearly for this respite, whether it is four years or eight, so I suggest you make it worth it when the bill comes due.

 

Jesse James

 

Perspective in a world gone mad

So times were pleasant for the people there
until finally one, a fiend out of hell,
began to work his evil in the world.

-Beowulf


As Yogi Berra said, you can see a lot by just looking around. Americans are eager for news and information, yet most, accept much of the dogma they’ve been fed daily by their schools, government and ‘our free press’ even when the assumptions are absurd. Only those who make a determined, ongoing effort to see through the smokescreen seem to stay clear.

the-screamIt’s not our wickedness that makes humans the greatest threat on earth. It’s our sudden fits of insanity. Americans live in a self-constructed world of illusion. No one who started ‘our’ wars of aggression was ever punished, despite everyone finding out that everything they said was lies. Americans believe all sorts of crap served by those they’ve chosen to believe no matter what. If Brian Williams doesn’t tell you about it on TV you don’t believe it ever happened and he’s just one proven liar saying the same things the rest of them do.

“You think our country’s so innocent?” Trump recently barked at a TV host who had the boldness to ask how he could have kind words for Russian President Putin. Observers were shocked that a president would openly question American ‘innocence’. It’s odd that American’s speak so adoringly about their history but at the same time ignore its reality. Past and present are sold as things they weren’t, aren’t and won’t be, but accepted because in some way it makes ‘consumers’ feel content. The ‘Free world’ and ‘our free press’ is the mantra we keep hearing. It ain’t so. Trump called it when he said America isn’t blameless. It’s well known but you ain’t supposed to notice. To think that you see reality on TV is to forget the lessons of history. ‘Our free press’ and ‘Official’ Washington seemingly enjoy demonizing Putin and poking Russians by shoving NATO troops up to their borders and deploying missile systems in Eastern Europe. For some crazy reason, the Russians feel threatened. America wouldn’t feel threatened because we’re so special, eh?

There’s no loyalty in politics and we see those effects daily. Treaties are made and broken as if of virtually no consequence. Officials transition from a steady stream of “Everything is fine. There’s nothing to worry about” to suddenly “Run for your lives”. Government does a poor job of relating accurate information to citizens. Being a government agent/employee in no way makes them competent or honest. The goal is power, emotion is the tool, and neither have anything to do with truth. In the end it’s due to your acceptance.

‘Consumers’ constantly argue over whose ideology/culture is superior as the families who own most of the world’s wealth pursues more power and money. ‘Our’ rulers seemingly operate with the belief that whatever method they choose, if ineffective or damaging, will work if they just do more of it.

‘Our’ government, removed countless ‘uncooperative’ governments including Arbenz in Guatemala, Allende in Chile, the Diem brothers in Vietnam, and does whatever they want. ‘Our government’ believes they see things that average Americans fail to fully understand/recognize that’s necessary for America, so they act. ‘Consumers’ just get in line believing whatever their TV/newspaper tells them about these ‘burning issues’ to the point where they’ll argue with anyone who suggests otherwise. We’ve seen this regularly and increasingly throughout American history.

People around the world view America as the greatest threat to peace; voted three times more dangerous than any other country and history proves this: Since WW2, Earth has had 248 armed conflicts. America started 201 of them.¹

To enter WW1 we said Germans were killing Belgian babies and by 1990 that had become dead Kuwaiti babies to attack Iraq. Both were lies…constant western provocations enabled by ‘groupthink.’ Witch-hunts have been popular in this land since colonial Massachusetts. Americans go mad in herds. Those who hold the McCarthy era in contempt now seem to enjoy similar hypocrisy: doing whatever it takes to ‘get Trump’. This opportunism and hypocrisy includes blindly ramping up tensions with Russia, diverting more taxpayer money into the Military-Industrial Complex and conceivably igniting, planned or not, nuclear Armageddon.

A concerted, continuous, almost unchanging effort to manipulate events across the Middle East and project American hegemony throughout the region now spanning seven presidencies is perhaps the most telling evidence that deeply rooted special interests, a deep state, not America’s elected representatives, crafts and executes policy at home and abroad. Americans must understand that change will only come when the corporate-financier interests that constitute the deep state are confronted, and decentralized. This won’t happen through elections involving proxies wholly obligated to the deep state. Direct action will be the first step toward taking back national institutions and resources hijacked by these special interests.

Yemen and Syria are two good points to display the Empire’s duplicity and hypocrisy. Considering Saudi Arabia’s admitted ties to terrorism in Yemen, across the region particularly in Syria and Iraq in the form of Al Qaeda, its various affiliates, and ISIS itself, and around the world, America declaring Saudi Arabia a “friend and ally” and accusing Iran of “destabilizing behavior across the Middle East,” makes it clear that America ignores Saudi Arabia’s state sponsorship of terrorism, and is directly involved in it.

UnknownWe frequently hear the reprimand that we must only look at problems we have solutions for: that’s a curious way to refuse sight, vision and hearing in a world where division is the tactic of choice of our overlords. A first step in creating positive change is educating the ‘great unwashed’ about reality of ‘official’ story-lines.

Criticize Israeli acts and you’re and anti-Semite. Criticize American actions and you’re anti-American. These labels effectively preclude honest discussion but Russia and other nations are fair game for lesser actions on their part. Few even agree on what they see. We demand others not do what we do. There are words for that.

In the American police state that now surrounds us, there are no longer such things as innocence, due process, or justice, in the way we once knew them. We’re all potentially guilty, potential criminals, suspects waiting to be accused of a crime.

So, persuade yourself that you’re free, that you still live in a country that values freedom, and that it’s not too late to make America great again, but to anyone who has been paying attention to America’s decline over the past 50 years; it will be just another lie. Germans chose to believe the lie. As long as their creature comforts remained undiminished, and they weren’t being persecuted, starved, beaten, shot, bombed, jailed and turned into slave labor, life was good.

Democracy has been largely a façade used to lead you quietly into slavery. Beginning with the Patriot Act of 2001, ‘our government’ has gone mad passing an excess of legislation that has trashed the Constitution. As a result, even many Third World countries now enjoy greater freedom than can be found in America. The bought and paid for Congress through the Patriot Act and laws added to the National Defense Appropriation Acts of recent years have gutted the Bill of Rights. It is now lawful to arrest, torture and hold American citizens without trial and without a legal defense. Our government can legally kill you…let that sink in.

We’re told Russia and China are a threat to ‘our interests’ abroad; not America’s security itself, by challenging the post-WW2 international order; created by and for America, granting them military, sociopolitical, and financial unipolar hegemony over the planet. The American Empire is successor to colonial Europe. Russia, China, and Iran are called ‘threats’ to the Empire, not because they seek to harm Americans here at home, but simply for attempting to secure their own neighborhood spheres of influence from systematic and overt American subversion, influence, and encirclement. This means a continuation of the destructive global warfare seen under all presidents since JFK.

Our word games dance around fine lines as if describing a different thing, like for example, when I was growing up, if you wanted to be polite, African descendants in America were called colored. Now days to do so is considered impolite at best, but call them people of color and all is forgiven. Show me the difference. We count angels dancing on pinheads failing to learn the lessons we demand others learn.

The Russia card this intellectual and moral bankruptcy on display: an attempt to blame the deep and abiding problems of our country on a foreign power. The constant effort to attribute Trump to foreign subtleties is devoted to avoiding the reality that American policy and culture is what gave rise to him. A funny thing about blaming Putin for non-existent meddling is it forgets to remember Netanyahu’s congressional speech and what it would do for elections.

Major media, the prime-cut purveyors of fake news, launched the war on ‘fake news’ after they were left with egg on their faces in the wake of the presidential election. They had to find scapegoats. They had to explain their failure to predict the winner. They had to explain why they overtly supported the hildabeest throughout the campaign. They had to do something, anything, in order to deflect blame and derision. So the Russia-Trump-WikiLeaks-fake news narrative was launched out of the crypts of the Washington Post, New York Times, and other big-time echo chambers.

The verbal opposition are always attacked, ignored or both thereby intensifying and sharpening their stand. You can’t ever successfully govern without including the world of the opposition. The result is always some sort of conflict and never peace. This produces self-reinforcing layers of opposition with friendly compromise nowhere to be seen. You can see politicians and corporate leaders creating this daily, out in the open. One side pushes for more control and the other side responds by upping the ante. Neither side seems interested in stopping. Neither side is the least bit interested in compromise.

Our political system is unable to create a situation where these two hostile cultures can live together, which means we’re headed toward large-scale violence on our own ground and probable failure of the American state.

‘Our’ propaganda isn’t designed to be credible; it’s designed to bludgeon people into submission through relentless repetition and fear of social rejection…and it’s working perfectly. The ‘Russia Hacked the Election’ tale came from a series of stories that were either completely fabricated or based on ‘anonymous intelligence sources’ that could provide no evidence ‘for reasons of security’.

Craig Dudley


  1. “Since the end of World War II, there have been 248 armed conflicts in 153 locations around the world. The United States launched 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and 2001, and since then, others, including Afghanistan and Iraq ….” American Public Health Assn. Vol. 104, Issue 6 (June 2014). http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301778

Gut Check

All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy. – Scott Alexander


complacency-and-apathy-300x173Oft times when I sit down after a day at work and begin writing, I do so with a particular question in mind. Who will this help? Despite the success I have been granted approaching things in a more measured way, I suspect in the current culture we live in that had I chosen to curse a little more, dumb down issues to an 8th grade level and 500 words, make outlandish claims of grandeur and throw some kitchy phrases out there, I might have a morning radio show and a couple of lackeys where I can dunk my face in Cheetohs and work on my terminal obesity. Clean cut is the new punk rock and Patrick Henry, or maybe Mises, is the new Karl Marx. In these surreal times, the population has been driven to political, economic and social extremes. Never have the capitalists, in the Adam Smith sense of the word, held more sway over our economy, and despite being the most educationally acommplished generation on paper, the Millennials stand a worse chance at the American dream than their parents ever did. A self-proclaimed ‘faggot’ is now held up as a scion by those seeking a return to traditional Western values. Populism is in the White House and communism is on the streets, while true freedom dies on the vine.

Sometimes at night I wonder if I’ll wake up and be in college again, the last decade just a MSG-fueled nightmare. Either way, those clamoring for me to do the heavy lifting in between their ears will continue to be disappointed, as I will continue to admit I do not have the ability to answer those nagging questions lodged in the deep recesses of your mind. You know what they are, the ones that peer back at you out of the darkness when  you’ve finally run out of distractions and your only recourse is to listen to that quiet voice who’s very existence poses terrifying implications. Ideals are fun to contemplate, but history is violent, unfair and often the innocent and weak are the first to taste the edge of its blade. Horrific things will be done on both sides of the coin. How far will you go to keep your family and culture alive? I don’t have the answers for you, and I won’t ever tell you that I do. What I can offer is the answers I’ve been able to arrive at for myself, and maybe give you a little more ammunition when confronting what stares back at you from the void.

striving-for-professional-mediocrityWe as a movement have sat at a crossroads for some time now. By our actions, many have been merely content to debate in the echo chamber, throw accusations at each other and generally do anything but productive work towards a goal. Rather than simply ask the question, ‘Does this move us away from statism and toward a more self-sufficient and free people?’ we demand a 300 page action plan, footnoted and then proceed to critique the formatting style and how one of those footnotes is the proof that the author is a socialist provocateur. In a sense it is the same vote-and-complain-when-it-doesn’t-do-anything attitude that we mock other people for having. Case in point, a few months ago I asked for contributors, thinking someone, somewhere would have experience and knowledge that I didn’t. Those who have corresponded with me know I am more than willing to post things I disagree with, provided it is a cogent argument. About .0005% of my monthly readership could be bothered to lift a finger to their keyboard (shoutout to the several who did and still do), most of whom have likely spent hours harassing each other in the comments on one blog or another. I have a hard time believing that out of all those people there isn’t a few more who are too slow to run in the woods but have the wisdom of several decades doing something useful. It’s not about whether someone thinks I’m a hack and wouldn’t have their name on this site if I paid them. I do this in my spare time and pony up what little money it costs to do so because there was a need. The point here, lest people accuse me of getting offended over trivial matters, is that if we cannot do simple things like that as a movement…how are we going to do the hard things? There are plenty in my neck of the woods that cannot be bothered to show up to improve or create something together, PT, do boring things like create an organizational structure or demonstrate the leadership necessary to train those looking to improve. I’ve cajoled, begged, organized things and done just about everything I can think of to get the talkers to do something other than talk. I know other ‘household names’ in the movement have voiced similar experiences to me as well. I’ve come to realize it’s the unversal metric of 10% doing the work and 90% diluting the brand and texting you excuses about how the dog ate their homework so they don’t have to bother to show up. What good is it to be among like-minded individuals if they put forth no more effort than the clueless ones? If we cannot conceive of sacrificing in our daily lives to build a better future, then we are absolutely no threat to anyone whatsoever.

Without a solution this becomes just another rant. The purpose of this is not an indiscriminate finger pointed at everyone from my multicam ivory tower. Evaluate yourself, your behavior and what you’re spending your time on. We all have obligations, familial and otherwise, so what time you do have needs to be spent wisely. You can’t run? Can you teach someone else what you know? There’s an awful lot of Baby Boomers in this movement and that insight and knowledge needs to be transferred to the younger generation or we risk dying as a movement. I’ve driven hours to train or meet up with people because I want this to develop into a true counter-culture. That doesn’t happen unless we stop the childish sniping and actually start working together. There will never be a right time. There will never be a hero. There is only you, and your choice whether to want this to work or not. It takes more than the handful of people who are actually making it happen. We can hang out and talk, and in five years have just what we have now to show for it. If that’s the case then the last one out turn off the lights. If that’s not the outcome we want, then we need to seriously reconsider what we are doing. One day sites like this are going to be yanked off the internet and the only people you have are going to be the one’s you have met, helped, trained with and built a community together. It’s your choice to do the hard thing or just keep treading water. My email is below and if you’ve got a better idea, a subject that needs to be covered or want my help in making something happen, then I will do everything I can to make it so. Let it never be said that all I did was talk.

Edit: Of course I would post my email address incorrectly the one time I do so in a post…Murphy and all that. If you sent an email to .som then I didn’t get it. The rest of you I will reply to ASAP, given my work schedule and hatred for doing so on my tiny phone screen when I’m not at home. 

virginiafreemen@hushmail.com

Jesse James

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

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