Chaos is unfolding around the world and it’s critical weapon is ignorance and the method of infection is the corporatist, fascist Imperial State and its powerful systems of propaganda that are in place for the propagation of falsities and delusion. Be a patriot, seek the truth and defend the founding philosophical principles of this nation and not the images and memes that the State and its media supporters want you to support.
I was once a Reagan conservative and when 9/11 happened I worked and lived in mid-town Manhattan. I watched the attack on the towers live on the same channels as most, but also smelled the smoke and witnessed the troops traveling up and down the vacant streets of the city and shared the same outrage. I believed in the message and veracity of the Bush administration. Though when Bush was elected and I witnessed the appointment of what I wrote then was clearly a War Cabinet, long before there was any indication of war on the horizon, I had some inkling of doubt. After subsequent years of research, I have no doubts now that almost everything of geopolitical and socioeconomic significance that we are told by our government is a lie.
We, the people of America have been relinquishing our rights, our freedoms and destroying the lives of millions around the world over lies. I have just watched a nation move from being anti-war to backing war in a matter of months. I am in awe at the ease at which the machinery of propaganda can convert our collective minds to the ends that the State desires. The American people are being played so effectively that it is hard to have any hope left for our nation, it’s people and the world. If we cannot see through the crap being pushed at us all we are destined to be buried in shit, in fact we will deserve to be so.
Please, watch the two videos provided below–after reading a few pithy quotes and try and defog your brain of the cobwebs of the propaganda the State uses to control your mind.
Everyone knows the expression “seeing is believing.” Yet much of what we see is actually an illusion. For example, when we see a typical landscape, it seems like a smooth, movie like panorama. In reality, there is a gaping hole in our field of vision, corresponding to the location of the optic nerve in the retina. We should see this large ugly black spot wherever we look. But our brains fill in that hole by papering it over, by averaging it out. This means that part of our vision is actually fake, generated by our subconscious minds to deceive us.
=The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (Michio Kaku)
We live in a world that is already in fact very different from the one which we have begun to comprehend, and by the time our comprehension has caught up with the new reality, the world is likely to be even more drastically different in ways that today may seem unthinkable. Discontinuity is the central reality of our contemporary history, and that demands an intensified debate regarding the meaning of our era.
Permitting escape from unsatisfactory reality through a commitment to an imaginary reality yet to be achieved, metamyth served to galvanize and channel mass passions—with the spread of literacy facilitating the political appeal of the metamyths and with industrial techniques, harnessed in the name of the metamyth, making feasible the infliction of death on a scale without precedent in human history.
Permissive cornucopia creates the illusion that one’s life is under control, through the self-deceptive assumption that self-gratification is the exercise of control. In fact, it creates a condition in which the dynamic escalation of desire for sensual and material pleasure becomes the dominant cultural reality. Morally infused choice becomes irrelevant. In the context of worldwide political awakening and of the simultaneous reality of massive socioeconomic disparities, the foregoing hardly foreshadows the emergence of a globally shared and unifying political ethic.
The twentieth century—the century of metamyths and of megadeaths—spawned false notions of total control, derived from arrogant assertions of total righteousness. The religious man of premodern times, who accepted reality as God-ordained, gave way to the secular fanatic, increasingly inclined to usurp God in the effort to construct heaven on earth, subordinating not only nature but humanity itself to his own utopian vision.
==Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century (Zbigniew Brzezinski)
Historian Gwynn Williams put it, in what was to become the single most quoted English-language paraphrase of Gramsci, hegemony was “an order in which a certain way of life and thought is dominant, in which one concept of reality is infused throughout society in all its institutional and private manifestations, informing with its spirit all taste, morality, customs, religious and political principles, and all social relations, particularly in their intellectual and moral connotation.”
Hegemony was the power of the dominant class not only to impose its social categories on others but also, and still more, to make its systems of meaning come to seem the natural order of things, so that by insensibly absorbing that order the many consented to the domination of the few.
==Age of Fracture (Daniel T. Rodgers)
Is this, then, how the media is controlled: by simple suppression of facts based on elite collusion? Is it a conspiracy? Elite interests do collude, as was clearly the case in the run up to the invasion of Iraq, and this does explain some aspects of media performance. But this factor alone is not remotely sufficient to account for the consistently distorted, power-friendly performance of the media at all levels. In reality, this performance is shaped by a variety of factors that are all important jigsaw pieces in the propaganda puzzle.
Journalists, then, deceive others by conforming to the needs of power while deceiving themselves that they are responding solely on the basis of independent, rational thought. In his book Vital Lies, Simple Truths, psychologist Daniel Goleman examined the mechanics of self-deception. According to Goleman, we build our version of reality around key frameworks of understanding, or ‘schemas’, which we then protect from conflicting facts and ideas. The more important a schema is for our sense of identity and security, the less likely we are to accept evidence contradicting
Foremost among these shared, yet unspoken, schemas are those that designate what is worthy of attention, how it is to be attended to – and what we choose to ignore or deny … People in groups also learn together how not to see – how aspects of shared experience can be veiled by self-deceits held in common.
‘The ease with which we deny and dissemble – and deny and dissemble to ourselves that we have denied or dissembled – is remarkable.’ Psychologist Donald Spence noted the sophistication of this process: ‘We are tempted to conclude that the avoidance is not random but highly efficient – the person knows just where not to look.’
This tendency to self-deception appears to be greatly enhanced when we join as part of a group. This creates a sense of belonging, a ‘we-feeling’, that provides an even greater incentive to reject conflicting truths. As psychologist Irving Janis reports, the ‘we-feeling’ lends ‘a sense of belonging to a powerful, protective group that in some vague way opens up new potentials for each of them’. Members are thus reluctant to say or do anything that might lessen these feelings of security and empowerment. In this situation, even pointing out the risks surrounding a group decision may seem to represent an unforgivable attack on the group itself.
This is ‘groupthink’. Individual self-deception, combined with groupthink, helps explain why journalists are able to ignore even the most obvious facts. It is painful for a journalist to be aware of both his or her employer’s shortcomings and his or her powerlessness to remedy them. As Goleman has noted, ‘when one can’t do anything to change the situation, the other recourse is to change how one perceives it’.
This, finally, is the human trait that empowers ‘brainwashing under freedom’. As we will see in the chapters that follow, journalists are somehow able to perceive only that which allows them to thrive as successful components of the corporate system. As Norman Mailer noted, the price is high: ‘There is an odor to any Press Headquarters that is unmistakable … the unavoidable smell of flesh burning quietly and slowly in the service of a machine”
==NEWSPEAK in the 21st Century (David Edwards and David Cromwell)
The great American philosopher William James is credited with making a famous observation about the power of the human mind to shape its own reality: “Belief creates the actual fact.”
==Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception (Joseph T. Hallinan)
“The greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy.” – Former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark.
“We’re going to become guilty, in my judgment, of being the greatest threat to the peace of the world. It’s an ugly reality, and we Americans don’t like to face up to it. I hate to think of the chapter of American history that’s going to be written in the future in connection with our outlawry in Southeast Asia.” – Senator Wayne Morse, 1967
==Land of Hypocrisy (Kennie Anderson)
Truth today is under siege—that those in power have become more skilled than ever at obscuring the truth and twisting our perceptions of reality itself, and that the truth-telling capacity of journalists in our society has become correspondingly debilitated
Daniel Boorstin in his classic 1962 book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America. Our late Librarian of Congress Emeritus and one of our most distinguished historians, who died in 2004, called for Americans to “disillusion ourselves. What ails us most is not what we have done with America, but what we have substituted for America. We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in place of reality.”
The only thing worse than the fact that the government forces Americans to finance first-degree murder, is the fact that most of them don’t seem to care. Admittedly, the majority are unaware of the harsh reality of US military interventions due to the media and government’s propaganda campaign, but it should be our inherent responsibility as members of the human race to seek truth.
Many citizens of America never even consider the possibility that the United States might be in the wrong.
==935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity (Charles Lewis)