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.