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
Friday, September 23, 2016
Media Manipulation and Syria’s “White Helmets”, Deceive ‘Right Livelihood’ and CodePink [a must read]
This article opened up a kind of Pandora's Box for me after more than an hour of studying it, doing a little research, and jogging my memory about the Purpose organization. First of all, it should be noted that Sterling's article misidentifies it as "Purpose Foundation" which appears to me unconnected to Purpose whose legal name is "Purpose Campaigns LLC", registered in the state of Delaware. There is very little information about the organization on their website other than a self-identification as a "public benefit corporation". Mostly their website is devoted to presenting themselves in a variety of ways as doing good.
During the course of my research I did a Google search on "Purpose" which led me to an intermediate page which posted "Black Lives Matter In Solidarity" with links to "Color of Change" and "Campaign Zero". I found a Forbes article on them from 2011 which revealed other connections. Then I remember posting information about them some time ago.
I did a search of my own website and found a lot more information about Purpose and their connections to other questionable organizations in an article I posted in 2014. All the information I turned up suggests that there is a major propaganda source behind all these connected organizations that are designed not only to promote pro-government propaganda but to influence activist organizations within the US so that they don't threaten the status quo. In other words, these are subversive organizations funded mostly by the ruling capitalist class and probably directed by some agency of the deep state to insure their continued rule.
Genuine progressive and revolutionary organizations need to be aware of their activities, and to the best of my knowledge most of them are not. They must be exposed and every genuine activist organization must be alerted and warned about them. If the genuine alternative media organizations in the US are worth anything, they must get on this as soon as possible.
It must be understood that when an activist organization receives money from dubious sources, even if they are engaged in genuine progressive activities, they are often being used by the funders for other purposes (usually for nefarious purposes). When activist organizations no longer serve their ruling class sponsors, they are dropped.
What also must be understood is that we live in a globalized world. For example, what the agents of the Empire do in such places as Syria regarding the While Helmets (read this), they also do here in the US to defend and promote the interests of the ruling capitalist class of the Empire.