We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Hillary’s Speech: The Ultimate Brain-Wash

Click here to access article by Deena Stryker from New Eastern Outlook.
On the last day of the Democratic Convention, Hillary Clinton dressed in white in a remarked similarity to Melania Trump when she spoke at the Republican Convention. In response to Donald Trump’s motto: Make America Great Again Hillary Clinton declared, “America is great because America is good!” to ecstatic cheers from Democratic Convention delegates, who after four days of speeches, were still ready to swallow more bull.

“Brain-washed” was a popular American expression in the seventies and eighties, that mainly referred to the Soviet people who believed Communist propaganda, and it urgently needs to make a come-back. The number of lies the American people have swallowed since Vladimir Putin started wiping up the mess Washington’s man in Moscow, Boris Yeltsin, made before bowing out clutching his vodka bottle, is staggering.
At the risk of diminishing the author's excellent exposé of Hillary Clinton's display of chronic lying, I wish to point out the primary origin of the word "brain-washing". I clearly remember it being used sensationally all over US corporate media during and years following the Korean War. The term was used to cover for the criminal use of biological warfare that the US engaged in during this war. When confronted by other witnesses and incontrovertible evidence, US airmen who were prisoners of war gave testimony corroborating this crime, and in turn the Chinese authorities reported this to international reporters. Most of the airmen didn't know the details (they were dropping insects infected with cholera, smallpox, and typhus), but they knew that they were dropping strange looking canisters over parts of mainland China and areas in northern Korea. (Another result was that 21 American prisoners and one British prisoner refused to be repatriated. Instead they opted to stay in China.) Well, this obviously presented an enormous problem for the directors of the US ruling class. 

So, our masters went to work fabricating stories about how this could have happened: the airmen faked stories about biological warfare to get less onerous treatment from their Chinese captors, the Chinese rewrote the airmen's confessions, and finally they charged the Chinese with using "brainwashing" to alter the minds of the prisoners through the use of chemicals and/or classical conditioning, etc. We Americans were subjected to ongoing propaganda about "brainwashing" for many years afterwards in every existing media: TV and radio broadcasts, use of experts, films like Manchurian Candidate, books, magazine articles, etc. Eventually all this ridiculous propaganda completely disappeared and eventually the term was used only as a method of implanting ideas in the heads of recipients by constant repetition--something we are now subject to on a daily basis, but not by the Chinese. (If you need corroboration of this whole issue, I highly recommend that you read This Must Be the Place (2013) by Dave Chaddock who exhaustively researched it.) 

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