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
Saturday, February 11, 2017
American Media Hacking “Fake News” About North Korea [a best post]
Because the American capitalist class has, in my opinion, issued so much fake news and information about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), I am so proud to re-post this article by Maupin who has dug up some relatively unbiased reports (see this, this, and this) about our ruling class's favorite whipping boy (idiom). Considering he only sets the record straight about North Korea's nuclear weapons program, one can go further back to gain more objective information about the US role in the Korean War.
I especially recommend a book by Bruce Cumings entitled The Origins of the Korean War (v.1 of 2). You will learn that as in Vietnam, Korea was to be divided (under Soviet and US control) only temporarily until elections could be held to unify the country. But because our ruling masters feared a communist victory in the elections, they separated the country permanently and installed a friendly, right-wing regime in South Korea.You will learn how the US immediately allied themselves with Koreans who had long collaborated with their Japanese colonizers over the previous 35 years of Japanese brutal control.
Another book I recommend is by Dave Chaddock entitled This Must Be the Place published in recently in 2013. The US air force not only leveled the country, but also participated in biological warfare (BW). Chaddock after studying massive amounts of information on the subject concluded that our government did engage in BW in Korea and nearby China. Of course the use of BW is a major war crime, and no doubt it has been dubbed the "forgotten war" because of this war crime not to mention all the other nefarious reasons for the US interference in another country's civil war. (Officially the UN fought this war, but at that time the UN was under the complete control of the US.)
Our ruling masters made a massive effort to cover up their war crime by utilizing every medium of indoctrination at their disposal--corporate media, books and movies about "brainwashing", authority figures such as professors, threats to returning veterans who knew that we used BW, etc. Yes, there really is brainwashing (see definition #1 here), but not the fictional kind that our masters alleged was used by the Chinese and North Koreans to explain away what our masters claimed were false testimonies of veterans who confessed about the US use of biological warfare (BW) against the North Koreans and Chinese during the Korean War.