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

Monday, April 22, 2019

What If Mainstream Media’s Message About Putin Was Delivered in Orwell’s Language?

Click here to access article by Patrick Armstrong from Strategic Culture Foundation. (I continue to have ongoing problems accessing the articles from this website after I once access them. If you also have problems, you might access the articles from other sources which have re-posted them.)

The author has clearly written this article with tongue firmly planted in cheek (def.). He is obviously arguing that mainstream media (corporate media) is writing in "newspeak", the deceptive and manipulative language that George Orwell long ago warned us about. (This is clear from another article posted on Saker's website.) Have you noticed that newspeak, a language which is increasingly used by our masters in the capitalist ruling class, is projecting onto their enemy du jour, Russia and Putin, what they practice all the time: hundreds of military bases all over the world, dividing up the world in geographic combatant commands under the control of the Pentagon, and interfering with elections and destabilizing countries all over the world.
Putin's influence is spreading: everywhere he is nibbling away at the foundations of democratic society. He is the dictator of Russia; still evil, still an empire; Russians are genetically driven to co-opt and penetrate and gain favour: it's who they are and what they do. Russian scum! Putin interferes in referendums and elections all over the democratic world.