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, March 26, 2016

The "Islamophobia" Industry Feeds War Abroad, Grows Police State at Home [a must-read article]

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from Land Destroyer Report. (A "best post")

Cartalucci scores again with an excellent, cutting edge, well-documented essay that offers prime fodder for all people who want to understand the realities behind the facade of Empire policies and actions. What impressed me the most is that much of the management of this facade is exposed. This is well documented in the paper entitled "Conspiracy Theories" which I downloaded (for free) and printed. I have personally witness in my six and half years of blogging the phenomenon that Cartalucci refers to in the following passage:
It has been a stated matter of US policy, best articulated in former-US Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein's "Conspiracy Theories" paper, to infiltrate and redirect the alternative media, who even years ago, had already begun to significantly undermine US spheres of influence within global information space.

Called "cognitive infiltration," the idea was to infiltrate the alternative media with messages not directly contradicting the truth, but contradicting it enough to slowly bring readers, viewers, and listeners back into government controlled narratives.
I have noticed in my blogging that alternative websites that I earlier posted articles from have gradually over time become much tamer in their exposure of mainstream lies, much more limited in how far they will go to contest views broadcast by corporate media, and an insidious alignment with mainstream views. This I have not only noticed with regard to politically oriented websites and blogs, but also environmentally oriented sites. 

It is my opinion that most of this is done through the corrosive use of money to seduce people into compromising their views.  This use of money to subvert genuine alternative media and their bloggers, who are constantly begging for financial support, has been particularly effective in a capitalist culture that has always firmly supported individualistic values. 

In the past I had hoped for much more cooperative, organized efforts among alternative sites in support of each other, and by doing so grow stronger and much more effective. Instead they seem to see themselves in competition over the scarce money that is available from donors. With a propaganda-managed mainstream press and a contaminated alternative media, there is little chance of overcoming the widespread information that is leading the US public to a nuclear conflagration in the near future, and to a dramatic destabilization of our climate in the more distant future.