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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The way it ‘spozed to be – the sanitized version of U.S history

Click here to access article--posted on Cyrano's Journal Today, this is a critical review by Jim Miles of Democratization in the Arab World, a RAND Institute book. (My following commentary was modified at 6:25 pm Seattle time.)

The author provides some insights on the framing of history by a leading Empire think tank, insights which reveal a stark gap between reality and their Orwellian version of it. 

In my blogging comments on various various articles, I occasionally refer to a "Ministry of Truth" that guides US mainstream media and opinion shapers in all major institutions. The political operatives of the One Percent probably don't have one such organization, but there are an unknown number who are highly influential, with the RAND Corporation at, or near, the top of the list, that essentially function the same way. Remember that as a class structured society, everything of importance (to them) is controlled by the One Percent ruling class who, with their hierarchical authority system (both formal and informal), exert powerful influence over everything that happens below them--especially how people view the world.

Unfortunately, Miles' concluding remarks quoted below suggest to me that he really doesn't understand the function this think tank and others like it have: to guide and shape opinions and views in all US institutions and throughout society.
If this is the best that RAND has to offer, it is no wonder that U.S. foreign policy seems so willfully blind and systematically ignorant. To hear the U.S. preach about democracy and freedom is fine if one does not consider their actions around the world, currently or historically. If one wishes to have the sanitized version, this is the work for you.
Otherwise, this work adds nothing to a critical examination of U.S. foreign policy, or defense policy. It is a series of repetitive presentations providing vague common sense rules for establishing democracy, devoid of any U.S. contact.
Our One Percent masters are not stupid. What they publish from these powerful ruling class institutions is propaganda fed to a mostly gullible public to keep them obedient and compliant. Thus, when one examines major media themes and what is taught in US schools, you will find an almost perfect conformity with their published views. If one were to be a fly on the wall at their informal gatherings like at the Bohemian Grove gatherings, you would see a much more candid, and different, view of their US foreign policies, past and present. Such views would often resemble those of Nazis and other empire builders.