More Projection

 

To make sense of our seemingly crazy world just turn everything around. It’s all projection.

For instance, that whole war on terrorism thing since 9/11 is projection, big time. War of terror would be more accurate. Presently in the Middle-East, all the accusations against Iran (“greatest sponsor of terrorism”, Iran allied with al-Qaeda, etc.) are a projection of US actions. The uncomfortable reality is that the US employs terrorist proxies in the Middle-East as a key means of maintaining its corporate empire, while Iran opposes them.

And Russia-gate, at it’s very essence, is projection. All of the panic over Russians hacking our precious democracy comes at a time when the US stands accused of violating the sovereignty of countless nations that went against Washington’s neoliberal policies. Ever since the fall of the USSR, the US has embarked on a jihad of regime change, using the soft-power means of color revolutions and hybrid warfare, or terrorist proxies if these methods prove insufficient.

By this time, especially following the release of the Mueller Report, you would think that conspiracy theories involving Russia and American democracy would have subsided; instead they’ve only escalated as the U.S. enters the hot end of the 2020 presidential election campaign.

Presently, Americans are bombarded with corporate media stories about the dastardly Russians threatening our elections. “A signature trait of Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘is his ability to convince people of outright falsehoods,’ William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement. “In America, they using social media and many other tools to inflame social divisions, promote conspiracy theories and sow distrust in our democracy and elections.”

Yeah, we got it. The Russians are coming. Be very afraid.

Ukraine-gate is more projection, where basically Joe Biden did everything that the Democrats accuse Trump of doing. The corruption and quid pro quo are all there on a grotesque scale. And Biden is so brazen about the whole thing, he brags on tape at the Council of Foreign Relations and admits to his crime. Meanwhile, this latest projection has resulted in the Democrats impeaching President Trump as a desperate ploy to avoid the fallout from Russia-gate and Ukraine-gate, now that the Barr-Durham probe is poised to shine a light on this can of wriggling worms.

Going further, Ukraine-gate is ultimately projection from the coup in Ukraine that Obama initiated in 2014 with the able assistance of Victoria Nuland. The upshot was that the US, in a familiar bit of “war on terror” projection, employed Neo-Nazi’s as terrorist proxies to provide the muscle in the civil war that resulted from the coup. In fact the US is still arming and training these Neo-Nazi’s stormtroopers against the Russian supported rebels in the Donbass. The whole controversy that resulted in the impeachment, after all, concerned Trump withholding anti-tank missiles to be used by these erstwhile allies.

This brings up an uncomfortable reality. None of the ongoing projection would be anywhere as effective without the active assistance from the corporate media. Indeed, the downsizing and effective elimination of investigative journalism has exacerbated the problem. Now, savvy editors and journalists understand that the route to success is to parrot the official line, of their plutocratic owners.

In fact the power of these vast news media corporations to manipulate the way the populace thinks and votes stretches far beyond the consequences of a mere presidential election. The ability to manufacture consent for the agendas of the plutocratic class which controls these corporations enables empire and the war and militarism that accompanies empire. Projection also enables and contributes to the soul crushing precariat produced by neoliberalism and the increasingly Orwellian surveillance programs that have transformed our country.

This ongoing projection is coming at a critical junction in American history. The US is struggling to hold on to its dominant position as the world hegemon. And rather than seeing that their unipolar world is ending, our sociopathic elite are prepared to use any and all means to hold their position in the world. The deep state and crucial sectors of the US ruling class are absolutely terrified that China is already outpacing the “indispensable nation” economically and that Russia has outpaced it militarily. Both countries recently held joint naval drills with Iran.

The problem with projection for we the people is that we are unable to see the truth while accepting the lies. We’re supporting al Qaeda/ISIS and Neo-Nazi terrorist proxies. We’re supporting the military dictatorship of  the American empire. We’re supporting our subservience to supranational corporate diktats. And ultimately we’re supporting the thirdworldization of our own political/economy.

The result is permanent warfare and globalizing poverty that are hallmarks of this dystopia, as is the widespread despair.

It’s getting late in the game but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Just saying.

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Enemy Of Empire

 

General Soleimani was assassinated because he was successful at opposing the US empire and defeating their terrorist proxies.

Soleimani was not a mastermind of terrorism, as the corporate media alleges. He was a mastermind of legitimate resistance against American illegal occupation and state-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East. Moreover, Soleimani is a figure of almost mythical status for legions of young Hezbollah supporters, Houthis in Yemen, resistance fighters in both Iraq and Syria, Islamic Jihad in Palestine, and all across the Global South.

The defeat of Islamic State and their assorted proxies in Syria and Iraq exposed the dirty war that the U.S. had orchestrated and it’s dishonest, hypocritical claims about fighting terrorism. It’s not so much Iran’s military capability but its influence in the region, in particular Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen that upsets Washington. Soleimani was instrumental in defeating their terrorist proxies–al-Qaeda and ISIS, in Iraq and Syria. He was a fearsome enemy of Sunni terrorism and played a massive role in halting the spread of ISIS. That is why Soleimani became such a hate-figure for Washington. He had thwarted the American imperialist agenda for subjugating the region according to its strategic desires.

Rogue economist Michael Hudson sheds light on what is in effect a protracted “democratic” oil war: “The assassination was intended to escalate America’s presence in Iraq to keep control of the region’s oil reserves, and to back Saudi Arabia’s Sunni terrorists (Isis, Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusra in Syria and other divisions of what are actually America’s foreign legion) to support U.S. control of Near Eastern oil as a buttress of the US dollar. That remains the key to understanding this policy, and why it is in the process of escalating, not dying down.”

The US national security establishment came to understand that Soleimani was the key strategic asset for Iraq to eventually assert control of its oil wealth, while progressively defeating their terrorist proxies. That’s why his days were numbered.

Hudson, in this must read article elaborates on something I’ve written about before. The dirty little secret of the war on terror is that the US  uses terror groups as proxies to effect regime change while pretending to fight them. And, of course, the corporate media plays along.

Dr. Hudson also relates the backstory. “I sat in on discussions of this policy as it was formulated nearly fifty years ago when I worked at the Hudson Institute and attended meetings at the White House, met with generals at various armed forces think tanks and with diplomats at the United Nations. My role was as a balance-of-payments economist having specialized for a decade at Chase Manhattan, Arthur Andersen and oil companies in the oil industry and military spending. These were two of the three main dynamic of American foreign policy and diplomacy. (The third concern was how to wage war in a democracy where voters rejected the draft in the wake of the Vietnam War.) The Vietnam War showed that modern democracies cannot field armies for any major military conflict, because this would require a draft of its citizens. That would lead any government attempting such a draft to be voted out of power. And without troops, it is not possible to invade a country to take it over”.

He says that the solution for the US, in order to maintain its empire, has been to utilize airpower combined with terrorist proxies to wage war on countries that refuse to follow Washington’s diktat’s. Crucially, this means pricing you oil or natural resources in dollars and recycling them through Wall Street.

The petrodollar is what ensures that the US dollar retains its status as the global reserve currency, granting the US a monopolistic position from which it derives enormous benefits from playing the role of global hegemon. This privileged position of holding the reserve currency also ensures that the US can easily fund its war machine by virtue of the fact that much of the world is obliged to buy its treasury bonds that it is simply able to conjure out of thin air. To threaten this comfortable arrangement is to threaten Washington’s global power.

This salient foreign policy dynamic is key to understanding the crucial role that Saudi Arabia plays through its control of Wahabi Sunnis turned into terrorist jihadis willing to sabotage, bomb, assassinate, blow up and otherwise fight any target designated as an enemy. So in addition to playing a key role in the U.S. balance of payments by recycling its oil-export earnings are into U.S. stocks, bonds and other investments, while buying US armaments, Saudi Arabia provides manpower by supporting the Wahabi members of America’s foreign legion, ISIS and Al-Nusra/Al-Qaeda. Terrorism has thus become the “democratic” mode of today U.S. military policy.

Perversely, the upshot of this assassination could be the opposite of what the US hoped to achieve. On Sunday, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi joined a majority of the Iraqi parliament in demanding that the US—after expending trillions in treasure and blood—leave the country forthwith.

With his death, Soleimani may be about to achieve the goal he strove for in life: Withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq. His assassination, will upend Iraq’s strategic positioning. The Iraqi attempt at balancing between Washington and Iran will be destroyed by this reckless act. It may well mark the beginning of the end of the US presence in Iraq, Syria, and ultimately of America’s worldwide empire.

I will not shed any tears. Our corporate-empire has been terrible for most Americans. It has made us venal and corrupt, it has destroyed the middle class, and it has entrenched a small subset of sociopaths into positions of total, unaccountable power.

Good riddance.

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In the news

 

We can hold our politicians accountable through elections but how do we hold the corporate media accountable?

I ask this in the wake of the invasion of Iraq, Russia-gate, and now the Ukraine-gate, impeachment circus, where the actions of the corporate media have not exactly been inspiring. Lying would, in fact, be the proper term for their behavior.

This state of affairs has become a real problem. Going further, what this says about the mass media institutions which people rely upon to form their worldview is actually a damning indictment of our elite institutions. Essentially, because of the rank dishonesty we’ve reached the point where there’s little trust in any elite institution, but especially the corporate media.

Indeed, the shameful irresponsibility of the corporate media has become obvious to a large part of the public, and made a mockery of the noble and demanding profession of journalism with its mandate to report and share information without manipulation. Instead, journalists are forced to follow newspaper editorial policies and the political views of their owners.

It’s not like this is a new development. Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky wrote Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, 30 years ago. Only now the problems they identified then have worsened.

Case in point. The Washington Post just published the Afghanistan Papers, detailing how 3 administrations have been lying through their teeth about progress in our longest war. The Afghanistan Papers disclosed by the Washington Post “reveal that senior US officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.”

While this expose was in itself a valuable and crucial function of the mass media what came next was illustrative.

Crickets.

Far more news media energy is going into the impeachment agenda to remove Trump from office than there is for the known fact that the US government fought to suppress indisputable proof that American officials have been consistently lying about an 18-year military occupation which continues to this day. This fact should, by itself, be sufficient to completely discredit the mainstream press.

Then there’s the way in which the corporate media has consistently promulgated a false narrative about Russia-gate. Those of us who have followed the deep state’s attempted coup against Trump are hopeful that the coming report of U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the Russia-gate probe is expected to find political bias, if not conspiracy, at its root. Hopefully this investigation will manage to pin some criminal responsibility on the people who undertook the Russia-gate coup against Mr. Trump–a ghastly mis-use of governmental power now celebrated by Democrats, who, you might recall, used to be against the national security state.

The upshot is that Trump could emerge from the Mueller Report, Horowitz Report and Durham Report as what he and his allies claim him to be–the victim of a deep state conspiracy to fix the election of 2016.

Meanwhile, the corporate media have suppressed all news about the OPCW scandal. What’s that you ask? This scandal involves the manipulation of reports about alleged chemical incidents in Syria by the OPCW that led to cruise missile attacks against the Middle-East country by the US and western powers. These attacks were cheered on by the corporate media, who described Trump as “presidential,” for his aggression.

But now the mass media’s stone-dead silence on the OPCW scandal is becoming its own scandal, of equal or perhaps even greater significance than the OPCW scandal itself. What’s crazy is that the only one in the corporate media to cover it is Tucker Carlson of FOX NEWS.

Let that sink in.

All this lying and war propaganda opens up a whole litany of questions which have tremendous importance for every citizen of America. Questions like, how are people supposed to participate in democracy if all the outlets they normally turn to to make informed voting decisions adamantly refuse to tell them about the existence of massive news stories like the OPCW scandal?

The corporate media has lost so much trust that the only way for them to appear credible is to engage in tribal warfare against the other team. FOX NEWS attacks “Libtard’s”, while on MSNBC it’s 27/7–Orange Man Bad. The problem is these days everybody has been cleverly trained to be mad at all the wrong people and the media just fans the flames because it’s profitable.

We are facing a perilous future where an honest media that provides real information will be crucial. Unfortunately, thanks to the corporate media we have, the USA is tearing itself apart over imagined Russian collusion, imagined Russian electoral interference and real Ukrainian corruption. And, meanwhile, the forever wars go on and on.

Conspiracy theorists like yours truly believe that the billionaire class which owns the mass media has a natural incentive to prop up the status quo upon which it is built, and so construct an environment where reporters are incentivized to always support the establishment line. Meanwhile, patriotic, upstanding citizens believe that if that kind of conspiracy were really happening, it would have been in the news.

Update: The US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani may ignite WWIII.

I’ll discuss this development at length next week but here’s something to think about–Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2016 on a promise to end the useless wars in the Middle East, but he has now demonstrated very clearly that he was lying.

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Not Natural

 

It would be nice if our sociopathic elite would dial down the war rhetoric for the holidays, but I’m not holding my breath.

While Americans have been led to believe that our president is a secret Putin-controlled double agent, Trump has taken actions that have brought Russia and the US to the brink of conflict in a number of hot-spots, while intensifying a new Cold War. Think–Syria, or Ukraine, or the Baltic’s, or the Arctic, or, well you get the picture. Maybe this is all part of the devious Putin’s master plan to put Rachel Maddow off the scent?

And it’s not just Trump. Congress has recently approved a bill that would give to Ukraine $300 million in supplementary military assistance to use against Russia. The money and authorization appear in the House of Representatives version of the national defense authorization act (NDAA) that passed last week.

Far more ominously is a proposal to admit Ukraine, as well as Georgia, to the NATO alliance. Like the $300 million in military aid, there appears to be considerable bipartisan support for such a move. NATO already has a major presence on the Black Sea with Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey all members. Adding Ukraine and Georgia would completely isolate Russia and Moscow would undoubtedly see it as an existential threat.

Our corporate media portray this development as perfectly natural while endlessly berating the Russians for their aggression, but imagine it from a different perspective. Imagine that after the end of the first Cold War Russia expanded the Warsaw Pact to the Western-Hemisphere, adding new members to surround the US, while initiating a coup in Mexico. It’s not hard to imagine the hue and cry that would erupt.

Arming the Kremlin’s enemies is both reckless and pointless. Russia will definitely strike back if it is attacked, make no mistake about that, and war could easily escalate with tragic consequences for all of us. That war is perhaps becoming thinkable is in itself deplorable, with Business Insider running a recent piece on surviving a nuclear attack.

We gotten to this point, I believe, the same way as everything else. Our feral elite decided long ago that they were done with productive endeavors and that looting was the order of the day. And now we’ve reached the end game, where they’ve fucked-up everything, they’re prepared to start a global conflagration with the hope that they can retreat to their bunkers.

What’s so baffling and dismaying is that while the Republicans continue to mostly quietly support an aggressive foreign policy, the real war party in Congress is now the Democrats. They have incorporated Russia as the enemy so completely into their sense of identity that it has become the fallback position whenever they feel compelled to say something to distance themselves from Trump and the GOP. For them Russia and Vladimir Putin are together the real enemy that is out to destroy American democracy.

What none of these hotheads seems to have noticed is that Russia has been busy responding to American aggression with their own Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). According to defense analyst Andrei Martyanov, the Russian military has weapon systems, including hypersonic missiles that are generations ahead of the US. And it gets worse: “Such weapons ensure a guaranteed retaliation on the U.S. proper.” Even the existing Russian nuclear deterrents – and to a lesser degree Chinese, as paraded recently — “are capable of overcoming the existing U.S. anti-ballistic systems and destroying the United States.” Martyanov prefers to stress how “most of the American elites, at least for now, still reside in a state of Orwellian cognitive dissonance” even as the real RMA “blew the myth of American conventional invincibility out of the water.”

I’m gratified that in these perilous times our noble press, the vaunted 4th estate, has alerted us to such momentous events.

Oh, wait.

In this holiday season, while our feral elite plot our demise, let’s put aside talk of armageddon and remember the true story of when soldiers in the trenches of the Western Front decided to cease hostilities for Christmas.

“With Christmas approaching, the scattered and infrequent gestures of goodwill across enemy lines increased. About a week before Christmas, German troops near Armentieres slipped a “splendid” chocolate cake across the lines to their British counterparts. Attached to that delectable peace offering was a remarkable invitation:

We propose having a concert tonight as it is our Captain’s birthday, and we cordially invite you to attend – provided you will give us your word of honor as guests that you agree to cease hostilities between 7:30 and 8:30…. When you see us light the candles and footlights at the edge of our trench at 7:30 sharp you can safely put your heads above your trenches, and we shall do the same, and begin the concert.

The concert proceeded on time, with the bewhiskered German troops singing “like Christy Minstrels,” according to one eyewitness account. Each song earned enthusiastic applause from the British troops, prompting a German to invite the Tommies to “come mit us into the chorus.” One British soldier boldly shouted, “We’d rather die than sing German.” This jibe was parried instantly with a good-natured reply from the German ranks: “It would kill us if you did.” The concert ended with an earnest rendition of “Die Wacht am Rhein,” and was closed with a few shots deliberately aimed at the darkening skies – a signal that the brief pre-Christmas respite was ended. Elsewhere along the Front, arrangements were worked out to retrieve fallen soldiers and give them proper treatment or burial.”

This unique story of war resistance needs to be retold over and over again if our modern-era false flag-generated, highly profitable, corporate-induced wars of empire are to be effectively de-railed.

Despite all of the pro-war propaganda, hatred and warfare are not natural. Why else would the corporate media spend the enormous amounts of time and effort into manufacturing consent for the endless wars?

Peace on earth and goodwill to all.

 

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A Political Project

 

Now that that America has entered an end-of-empire death spiral our feral elite are either studiously ignoring our predicament, or blaming the victims.

By death spiral I don’t mean Trump, he’s only one of the more grotesque symptoms, but our whole political/economy with its falling life expectancies, incomes, savings, happiness, trust, you know, all those social indicators that measures a society.

I’m not surprised that we’ve gotten to this point. It was always obvious that neoliberalism was a horrible way to organize our society. It’s just taken us 40 odd years for this to become manifestly obvious.

Of course it didn’t start out that way. Neoliberalism was a political project, designed to crush labor, carried out by the corporate capitalist class as they felt intensely threatened both politically and economically towards the end of the 1960s into the 1970s.

The Powell Memo is the best description of what our elite intended for neoliberalism as a political project. Lewis Powell was a corporate attorney who wrote a memo for the US Chamber Of Commerce saying that things had gone too far, that capital needed a collective project. The ruling class wasn’t omniscient but they recognized that there were a number of fronts on which they had to struggle: the ideological front, the political front, and above all they had to struggle to curb the power of labor by whatever means possible.

Neoliberalism emerged from this elite counterrevolution.

The judgement at that time was that universities were impossible to organize because the student movement was too strong and the faculty too liberal-minded, so they set up think tanks like the Manhattan Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Ohlin Foundation. These think tanks brought in the economic theories of Freidrich Hayek and Milton Friedman and were aggressive in promulgating a pro-business perspective.

This process took a long time. I think now we’ve reached a point where you don’t need something like the Heritage Foundation anymore. Universities have pretty much been subsumed by a neoliberal ideology with its accomplices: privatization and austerity.

While Americans may not comprehend all the technical details of this vast transformation they’ve come to understand that they do not live in a free or just society but a murderous, oppressive and exploitative one. Because, let’s face it, any political project that’s designed to shift all of the gains to a narrow slice of the population can’t exactly maintain a compassionate, caring, community based society. It has to be a dog-eat-dog, race to the bottom hell-hole.

This should be obvious. Even in what the corporate media calls an economic boom, most Americans feel stressed and many are chronically angry and worried. According to a 2015 survey by the American Psychological Association, financial worry is the “number one cause of stress in America today.”

The Fed describes them as suffering from “financial fragility.” What is fragile is their economic status and self-worth, teetering on the brink of downward mobility. Living in today’s financialized economy creates stresses that seem more damaging emotionally than living in a poor country. America certainly is not a poor country, but it has become so debt-ridden, and its wealth and income growth so highly concentrated, that much of its population is emotionally worse off than that of almost any other country in the world.

In this milieu I’m amazed that more Americans aren’t bat-shit crazy.

Liberals want to blame it all on Trump but he’s only made this horror-show more transparent with his lack of tact and subtlety. In fact I believe that his transparency is the reason for the elite antipathy towards Trump rather than anything else he’s done. This is especially true for the corporate media, who’ve been responsible for covering up the fact that we live in a society which is ruled by oligarchs who benefit from keeping everyone else poor and powerless and profit from deceiving us into sending our children overseas to murder other people’s children.

Fortunately, more and more of my fellow citizens are waking up from the matrix and recognizing the outlines of this monstrous political project.

To recognize these things is to exist as an outsider in our all-American culture of materialism and consumerism, but as the late philosopher Terence McKenna once said “The cost of sanity, in this society, is a certain level of alienation.”

 

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Pattern Recognition

 

William Gibson writes dystopian science fiction, where he imagines the future by closely studying the present. In his post 9/11 novel Pattern Recognition, he discovers that the present is just as weird and dystopian as any future he might imagine.

I’ve realized I do something similar in my own writing except rather than imagining a dystopian future I recognize patterns to try and make sense of our dystopian present.

The dystopian present is increasingly visible under our system of financial-monopoly-capitalism: more and more low-wage, high surveillance jobs, rentier-centric housing costs, student loan payments, and ever-escalating health care costs, which for most Americans translates into a system of unending precarity. And that’s before getting to radical climate-change. Or, as Gibson calls it, Jackpot.

With regards to climate-change, I’ve long recognized that the patterns of our political-economy would preclude meaningful action until it was too late. Neoliberalism, with an ideology that there’s no such thing as society that the market should be sacrosanct with government limited to guaranteeing contracts and providing security, almost guarantees that there won’t be any meaningful action. Furthermore, the inequality that neoliberalism engendered meant that the losses from radical climate-change would be borne disproportionately by the lower-classes, something Gibson and I both agree has always been the elite endgame.

Jackpot, indeed.

Pattern recognition also allowed me to understand Trump’s surprise election and the elite freak-out that ensued. Recognizing the patterns of the US empire, especially since the demise of the Soviet Union, I could confidently predict the deep state’s antipathy towards Trump for his temerity to suggest better relations with Russia and an end to the normative regime-change wars. The  point of Russia-gate, Ukraine-gate and the present impeachment circus was always to  make it impossible for Trump to change major policy trajectories especially in foreign policy. A main issue here is the reorientation of the U.S. military complex and its NATO proxies from the war of terror towards a direct confrontation with main powers like Russia and China.

Comprehending the kayfabe that’s become our political process was possible through the process of pattern recognition. The election of Trump has only made this dynamic more obvious. For instance, the Democrats and so-called #Resistance regularly claim that Trump is a Russian-Nazi dictator, or something. (It’s kind of hard to make any historical sense of this pejorative since the Hitler and the Nazi’s fought a vicious war against the Soviet Union, but the #Resistance doesn’t strike me as particularly bright). Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that when push comes to shove on the important things, like economics and foreign policy, the Democrats are totally down with what Trump is doing, and that the opposition is selective and designed to mislead their supporters.

For instance, imagine that President Trump spent his phone call with the Ukrainian president threatening to withhold military aid unless the Ukrainian government agreed to use the money to purchase weapons from a US manufacturer. Does anyone seriously think that foreign service professionals and deep state operatives would be so shocked and offended by Trump’s request that they would launch efforts to impeach him? Would Congress view this as “high crimes and misdemeanors” or applaud Trump for carrying out one of modern presidents’ supposedly most important jobs — acting as salesmen for the American military-industrial complex?

Then, there’s the recent release of the Afghanistan Papers and their revelations by the Washington Post. What’s more shocking than the corruption revelations is the fact that the story was brought to you by the Washington Post, a neocon-centric paper owned by Jeff Bezos, that’s never met a war they didn’t love. After all, by Post’s own admission it both sought and published the Afghanistan Papers in order to take a swing at Donald Trump. According to the Post it went down this path in 2016 initially seeking documents on Michael Flynn, who was then part of the Trump campaign, after receiving a tip that he’d made some juicy statements about the war in Afghanistan to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). They then made the decision to publish the papers now rather than waiting for its legal battle for more information to complete because Trump is currently in the midst of negotiating with the Taliban over a potential troop withdrawal.

I’m sure the fact that the Trump administration just chose Microsoft over Amazon (owned also by Jeff Bezos) for a juicy military contract had no bearing whatsoever on the decision by the Post to publish this expose now.

The curious case of warrantless spying that’s been a reality since 9/11 offers a good beginners overview of kayfabe recognition. Many Democrats who claim that President Trump is a secret Putin-spy, a fascist and completely mentally unhinged are ok-dokey with him continuing to conduct warrantless surveillance on every American. For instance, while the corporate media has been fixated on the carefully orchestrated impeachment drama that continues to monopolize headlines, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law legislation extending three key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, which had been set to expire on December 15, 2019.

The scam here is that Democrats are alleging abuse of Presidential power, while simultaneously reauthorizing warrantless power to spy on citizens that no President should have.

Some fierce ideological struggle.

I could go on but hopefully you recognize the pattern.

What all of these examples show is a pattern of behavior that’s furthering our dystopian present and guaranteeing a dystopian future.

I don’t need science fiction to imagine it.

 

 

 

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Lab Rats

 

When I was growing up the Cold War against the Soviet Union was driven by conservatives, who were convinced that communism was an existential threat to capitalism and indeed the American way of life.

These days the Cold War 2.0 has been supercharged by liberals who believe that their bête noire–Donald Trump–was installed via Russian machinations.

There’s a reason for that. Since the demise of the Soviet Union, much of the Democratic Party, (which has largely become the political party of wealthy, liberal professionals), has become dangerously suffused with the kind of unthinking Russophobia that throughout earlier decades had characterized the GOP.

And since 2016, the Russophobia has gone into hyperdrive along with a liberal bellicosity that if wasn’t so tragic it would be darkly comedic. These days liberals oppose any foreign policy decision simply because Trump proposes it. Withdraw from Syria? Seek a peace settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan or a deal with North Korea? Most liberals look at these quite sensible proposals not on their merits, but simply on the basis that Trump has made them–and instantly rail against them, usually with some sort of reference to the evil Putin’s malign intention.

Even worse is that liberals have bought into the narrative that the military/intelligence bureaucrats who make up the national security establishment, know best. Though President Trump’s promises to end wars and question expensive alliances were quite popular with the electorate, in the view of many in the national security establishment, elections do not bestow constitutional legitimacy, and that “the adults” will make foreign policy, thank-you-very-much.

The impeachment hearings over Ukraine are a case in point. Witness after witness has made the bizarre claim that Ukraine is a “frontline-state” crucial in the struggle against Russian aggression and that Trump, by withholding anti-tank missiles, was threatening US national security. Here’s just a small taste of the cray-cray from Pamela Karlan, a Stanford law professor. We need to arm Ukraine “so they fight the Russians there and we don’t have to fight them here” and we remain “that shining city on the hill.”

Delusional doesn’t even quite capture this mindset.

In a different time, a liberal opposition movement might be raising concerns of its own about war-profiteering phone calls; or the merits of fueling a war on the borders of the world’s other top nuclear power; or doing so in a way that arms and empowers far-right forces incorporated within the Ukrainian military. Instead, Democrats have been enlisted to champion that proxy war and the coffers of the military firms that profit from it.

I think it’s a feature rather that a bug but the first Cold War and now Cold War 2.0 allows the military/industrial/complex (MIC) to organize the US economy in ways that are detrimental to the vast majority of Americans. The Raytheons, Boeings, Lockheed Martins, Northrup Grumman’s? They just love the prospects of the profits that Washington’s forever wars can keep on bringing.

I wonder, in fact, if MIC profits aren’t truly the reason for the impeachment proceedings?

In closed-door testimony, Pentagon official Laura Cooper revealed that concern about the frozen military funding arose after the defense department heard complaints from the funding’s prime beneficiaries: weapons manufacturers. After mid-August, Cooper said, “various folks in the Department started to get phone calls from industry”—the military industry that wanted its weapons purchased. “All of these US firms that were implementing [the weapons sales to Ukraine]—they were getting concerned,” Cooper added. So was the US Chamber of Commerce, which called her as well.

The corporate media has played a huge role in fueling the Russophobia. They’ve told us repeatedly that it’s important to avoid “fake news”, Russian media or conspiracy theorists. We must only trust those reputable news outlets who tell us that neoliberalism is working fine, that US foreign policy is perfectly sane, and that Donald Trump is a secret Manchurian-candidate controlled personally by Vladimir Putin.

Fake news, indeed.

The difference between the old Soviet or East German state media and our modern corporate media is that in state media the government controls what information the public is given about what’s going on in the world in order to prevent political dissent, whereas in the corporate media this is instead done by 6 media corporations that are owned by billionaires. Any attempt to understand the world which fails to take into account the fact that extremely powerful people are pouring massive amounts of money and resources into manipulating your understanding of the world will necessarily result in a distorted worldview.

In my opinion, it’s been a vast open-air experiment in social manipulation.

Human experience is dominated by mental narratives, so if you can control the dominant narratives in human society, you control human society itself. And, it’s not like our narrative managers are not skilled. They’ve deployed a toxic mix of Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World, with an all- encompassing surveillance state, a populace amused to death by their electronic gadgets and oligarchs implementing every propaganda technique ever conceived by Edward Bernays and the Creel Commission.

During the first Cold War they trained conservative rats to run through the Red-Scare maze, while with the Cold War 2.o, it’s the liberal rats turn to navigate the Russian “fake news” labyrinth. The new narrative is–be a good little liberal rat and embrace the worldview of the MIC, worship the CIA and FBI, and we’ll see what we can do about deposing the evil Orange-One.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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