Just after the Declaration of Independence asserts the unalienable rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” it states: That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
==Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It (Potter, Wendell)
The media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them. The representatives of these interests have important agendas and principles that they want to advance, and they are well positioned to shape and constrain media policy. This is normally not accomplished by crude intervention, but by the selection of right-thinking personnel and by the editors’ and working journalists’ internalization of priorities and definitions of newsworthiness that conform to the institution’s policy.
==Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Herman, Edward S.;Chomsky, Noam)
I have been saying for several years now that this year, 2016, would become one of the most significant years in American history, perhaps, because of the diametrically opposed symmetry, only exceeded by American democracies birth in 1776.
No matter how significant and radical the events were that surrounded the birth of this nation, and more importantly the brilliance of the enlightened minds that fathered not only the American Revolution, whose ripples are still felt through space and time around the world, but a few short years later the greatest codification of human rights and individual liberty ever put to parchment, or on any other media in mankind’s history, the year that heralds the death of the American Experiment is likely to be even more so.
Unfortunately, the American people, despite the rapidity in which information travels today and it’s overwhelmingly ubiquitous nature , are far less knowledgeable about the reality of our condition and the intentions of the rabidly corrupt, power hungry ruling elites and the massive, unaccountable bureaucracies that support them, than even the average farmer was about the catalysts and the debates that boiled during the years prior to and following the official proclamation of America’s independence from Great Britain.
The discourse, both printed and verbal, in those years all across this country was carried on at an intellectual level far superior to the degraded circus that has become American politics and that is served through a totally corporate/government controlled media in a form equivalent to the food produced for the masses in the American classic movie that drove the character played by Charlton Heston to scream out “Soylent Green is People.”
I won’t get into a diatribe on the intentional dumbing down of the American citizenry that has been the goal of the true superelites in this nation over the past 100 years or so, but the results, after generations of the most expensive educational system in the world lobotomizing our children, speak for themselves.
Dumb is docile.
Dumb is easily indoctrinated.
Dumb is controllable.
Dumb is malleable and obedient.
Dumb can be fragmented and dumb can be suppressed.
The revolutionary mind in 1776 was anything but dumb.
Ignorance is a pedagogical formation that is used to stifle thinking and promotes a form of anti-politics, which undermines matters of judgment and thoughtfulness central to politics. At the same time, it is a crucial factor not just in producing consent but also in squelching dissent. For Chomsky, ignorance is a political weapon that benefits the powerful, not a general condition rooted in some inexplicable human condition.
==Because We Say So (City Lights Open Media) (Chomsky, Noam)
Is the death of a star more dramatic than its birth? Unfortunately, science may guide one to the conclusion that this is so. Depending on the size, the transformation of the sun’s core energy from being supportive of its mass to one that will destroy it and all that surrounds it for millions, if not billions of miles and over eons, the death of a star is likely the most dramatic of galactic events. If the star’s initial mass is large enough and the mathematics (Chandrasekhar’s Limit) dictates it, the supernova that is the sun’s death scream will form a black hole whose destructive power absorbs even the light and gravitational waves of other stars billions of light years away.
The death throes of American democracy, like the eventual death of all stars, is inevitable.
It was predicted as far back as Plato in Ancient Greece. In fact, using the ancient calculations, our democracy has already overstayed its expected lifespan. But, unlike the pure mathematics predicting a sun’s death, the timing of the death of democracies are far less precise, for the former is supported by the laws of physics, the latter by absolute nature of man (and for those obnoxious PC brainwashed addicts who refuse to accept that the term used here is an all inclusive generic one that includes women and all forms of humanities derivations (deviancies?); from LGBT, to those who believe, like poor old Gregor Samsa, that they are cockroaches, I do not now, and never will, apologise for its use!).
America’s revolutionary founders understood the risks, because they understood the nature of man and of government. They tried to create a system of balances that would prevent the eventual destruction of the democratic experiment that they and so many other Americans were willing to die for. Human nature won, the founders and “We” the people of this nation have lost.
A powerful, intractable ruling elite permeates every public office, every veracious corporation and every single major bureaucratic organization public and private and no matter how pure the original intent with one goal, power. From power, of course, wealth and control are derived or so intertwined and symbiotically entwined, determining the initial state is virtually impossible. Corruption rules and the government of the Unites States has become a magnet for the corrupt seeking total power, control and the wealth that comes with it.
Will 2106 be the year that America died?
Despite their massive grab of power and resources, the Ruling Class have not delivered on their promises to make the lives of “ordinary” Americans any better.
Inequality has increased.
The debt load has skyrocketed.
Schools are high cost and low quality, abysmally so.
Infrastructure creation is overpriced and hindered by special interests that are political supporters of the Ruling Class.
Demands are made that gun ownership be restricted even though past Ruling Class efforts to limit guns have failed, and crime has risen under their watch.
Finally, the Ruling Class feel free to seize lawfully earned money without any need to build a burden of proof. They use police-state tactics to go after the few who fight these injustices, while at the same time protecting their own from the consequences of their actions.
This is what the Founding Fathers called “a long train of abuses and usurpations.” Fortunately, we Americans still have recourse. But we must act to prevent further depredations of our liberty.
The Ruling Class are fundamentally different from the rest of us. Deep down, they believe in their own natural superiority, so much so that they feel infinitely more qualified to run our lives than we are.
The Ruling Class are fundamentally different from the rest of us. Deep down, they believe in their own natural superiority, so much so that they feel infinitely more qualified to run our lives than we are. To reach this end, they have steadily increased their clout as rulers, greatly expanded the scope of the federal government’s authority, and shifted power away from the elected branches of government toward non-elected power centers in the judiciary and the bureaucracy.
These power centers are the natural positions from which they rule.
What they’ve done with all of this assumed power. Despite access to virtually unlimited resources and far more authority than our Founding Fathers ever intended in the Constitution, the answer is: not much. Inequality has increased, and economic performance has decreased as the Ruling Class have steadily amassed more power. Government services are overpriced and underperforming. Yet Ruling Class politicians still attempt to solve these problems by giving themselves ever more power and more resources.
Just as most political discourse today is geared toward Ruling Class thinking, we need to reestablish a belief in our country. We need to reestablish that our Founding Fathers really had the right idea—that liberty is the natural order of things and a way of thinking that we cannot give up.
==Conspiracies of the Ruling Class: How to Break Their Grip Forever (Lindsey, Lawrence B.)
The Weirdest Possible Outcomes For The Strangest Election In U.S. History
If you are a longtime activist in the Liberty Movement then you are well aware that elections do not matter in terms of the future direction our nation takes. Presidents are puppets of international financiers, and so are most legislators.
Whenever a president does attempt to go against the system, he either ends up shot by a “lone gunman,” or his office is disgraced by a conveniently-leaked scandal.Today, elections represent the illusion of choice; that is all. The leadership of both major parties seem different in terms of their rhetoric, but this is all cosmetic.
Underneath the talk, Democrat and Republican leaders are nearly identical in their support for bigger government, more centralization, less constitutional protections, more globalism, more power to international banks and central banks, and less transparency and accountability.
For many decades now, the choice has been between the puppet on the left hand or the puppet on the right hand. This year is proving to be a little different, at least on the face of things, to the point where elections are becoming rather surreal.