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

Thursday, August 5, 2010

9/11 Truth Truth

by Joel S. Hirschhorn from Global Research

The author has been following the accumulating evidence of the 9/11 tragedy which does not support the official government reports of the incident. Therefore he points to this enigma:
...a fairly large number of people had a hand, probably as part of a black ops action, designing and executing many things, not the least of which was the controlled demolition of the three World Trade Center buildings. So why have none of these people leaked materials to a place like WikiLeaks?
He doesn't really have an answer to his question. I would like to offer an explanation.

I think that the public is all too willing to believe the government's official story because they cannot accept that their government, and all the mythology associated with it, is false. To believe that the US government is lying would be to admit that the government is, first of all, not "their government" and hence illegitimate; secondly, that it guilty of extremely serious criminal behavior; and thirdly, that they would feel a sense of responsibility to take down the government. All are unthinkable to most people. 

Especially since WWII the educational and media institutions run by the ruling class have accelerated their indoctrination programs to insure the loyalty and patriotism of it subjects--working people. This indoctrination was greatly aided by the fact of world dominance that the US Empire enjoyed after the war which made possible a standard of living in the US never before enjoyed by any people. This accumulation of wealth along with indoctrination made it possible for the ruling capitalist class to virtually destroy real labor unions, to roll back gains made by working people in the 1930s, and to launch aggressive campaigns against other countries of the world to secure markets, cheap labor, and access to raw materials.

As a result, we now have in the US a citizenry which is experiencing mass denial--it simply doesn't want to know the real facts of 9/11 or the many other crimes committed by sections of the ruling class such as the lies about the Vietnam War, the assassinations of the Kennedys and ML King. 

People who have witnessed the 9/11 events and who have information that is contrary to the official version are aware of this fundamental need for people to believe in "their" government, and that is why they are not coming forward. They feel that they would not be believed and that their lives would probably be destroyed one way or another.

It's the same phenomenon that was illustrated in the famous Han Christian Andersen's tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes".