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

Friday, November 6, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, November 6, 2020

  • Glenn Greenwald on resigning from his own publication due to censorship from Fox's Tucker Carlson Tonight via YouTube. (Note: Not only Greenwald left the Guardian media complex, but many of the journalists writing for Off-Guardian's website have done so also. This is because of issues of censorship. I wonder where Greenwald will go now to publish his articles.)
My reaction: Huff's views of censorship are only superficial in that he adopts the narrow popular political spectrum of Americans that has been shaped by ruling class media corporations since WWII, but he doesn't see the larger picture that the capitalist ruling class are now adopting more overt censorship as a strategy to manage the minds of ordinary Americans.
  • New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato from The Corbett Report in this 22:25m video presentation. (My reaction: These anarchists, who believe that the state, rather than the social-economic system, is responsible for crimes against the people, report on the significance of the recent US election. However, they unintentionally provide an accurate report on many of the "crimes" committed by the Deep State, the board of directors of the various countries of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire.)
It was very little doubt in my mind that Biden/Harris will win the "election" either by "hook or by crook" (see also this post). The ruling class, of course, rules, and in this election they were determined that their candidate would win. They might make mistakes occasionally (Trump in 2016 was such a mistake), but they control elections much like every other institution. And it was clear from their media coverage ever since Trump mistakenly won the election in 2016, that the core ruling class of transnational fascist-capitalists ("neoliberals" or literally the new capitalists) were going to correct this mistake.
I am posting this because I think that Christoforou has the best specific prognostication regarding the Empire's foreign policy which argues for the US support for destabilizing countries near the "under-belly" of Russia including Syria. I think they, that is, the ruling transnational ruling class of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, have already begun to implement this plan. 
I note that towards the end of this presentation, Christoforou reports the efforts by Google's YouTube to take away his income. We simply must support his efforts to bring clarity to so many political issues, or else he will go away. 
I think that ruling class will increase its efforts at censorship by such de-funding efforts of anyone who exposes the criminal actions of this class. I've noticed that Google has introduced new software that is making my blogging efforts much harder, and I have noticed other problems on other websites to confuse readers, or make them much more difficult to read or follow. I appeal to you to let me know immediately of problems of my website whenever you find them by contacting me a goatmeal36@yahoo.com.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Although I can agree with his statements about Trump, he never identifies the "Real Problem" that is the neo-fascism of the transnational capitalist class. In fact, he seems to believe, like many current "leftists", that they are something different than the old-fashioned fascists. This is totally false. 
As I have explained in a previous essay, the transnational capitalists are the latest version of advanced capitalist rule which absorbed much of the classic fascism exhibited by the German Nazis in the 1930s and early 1940s. US capitalists merely joined with the British capitalists and what was left of the British Empire and the largely destroyed nations of Europe after WWII to construct a new empire. The new empire's ruling class consolidated their control over much of Europe with Operation Gladio and infiltration of media corporations. In 1967 they added the fascist international Jewry, at the time were mostly European capitalists, which the British had set up to control the oil-rich Middle East from Arab nationalists. The new empire can be legitimately named as US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. 
The current "Great Reset" that the Empire's ruling class and the UN's corrupted agency WHO (World Health Organization) have imposed on the world is mainly designed to get rid of "useless eaters" that I've seen used frequently in describing various aspects of their plan. This expression has a history mostly hidden in the classic fascist past (see this and this). The project is mainly designed to reduce populations, and it is the Empire's plan to cope with the climate crisis which they know is real. If the "Great Reset" contributes to their profits and power, so much the better.
  • The American Herald Tribune is no more along with 26 other domains. This was reported in an article from Anti-War entitled DOJ Seizes 27 Domains, Claims They are Controlled by Iran by Dave DeCamp. (I've been wondering why I haven't been able to access their website for several days.) My commentary follows:
This is one more piece of evidence that we are living in a fascist nation that fears the truth. Because the Empire's ruling class censored these websites, they no longer hide behind the fiction that they are "platforms" like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube which maintain an ongoing project of censorship and are loaded with propaganda serving the Empire's ruling class of capitalists. 
I expect that my domain will also disappear one day, but they will go after the big ones first. Notice that this latest censorship news is not reported by media corporations. That's because the ruling capitalist class approves. They only cover events, distorted coverage at best, because they want you to believe in their interpretations. Such censorship events are not covered because they want you to believe the much ballyhooed propaganda that America enjoys a free press (media).

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

  • Shredding journalistic credibility from RT via their YouTube channel. (Note: This post is a video-interview with Matt Taibbi that is largely conducted by Chris Hedges, although the latter sometimes offer his views on the journalistic deterioration of the NY Times (and media in general) about which both agree.) My reaction: This is a perfectly normal development in capitalist societies (because of "growth imperative") which reveals an increasing concentration of ownership of all corporations in fewer hands. So, they should not be surprised or dismayed by a similar develop in media corporations. In other words, the end game of capitalism is a few owners who receive overwhelming power and wealth from their concentration of ownership and control of economic property. This is precisely why such a social-economic class have been sooner or later referred to as a "ruling class".
  • Election Chaos Unfolding Exactly As P̶l̶a̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ Predicted & We’ve EVERY Reason To Question COVID featuring Ryan Cristián from The Last American Vagabond. (Note: He rants about all the deceptions related to the elections, his own experience with censorship, the pandemic, and various other tricks committed by agents of the ruling class to influence Americans to believe that we live in a just society and have a democracy.  As usual, he offers two formats: an audio presentation and a video presentation, both around one hour. The audio format leaves out the extended silence of the video.) 
My reaction: I don't ever mean to denigrate his efforts, because I think he is genuinely very concerned about these issues and wants to wake us up and also be concerned. The only problem is that, as I written in the past, he takes so much of our time trying to accomplish this. But more importantly, he, as is fashionable nowadays, argues that oligarchy is the problem. This is a very convenient way to obscure the issue of capitalism behind an inevitable result, that is, the rich getting richer ("oligarchy") and the poor getting poorer (and powerless) that such a social-economic system creates. Obscuring this behind "oligarchy", erroneously suggests that we can reform the system (which is responsible for these deceptions) by electing people who will pass legislation that will ensure a more equitable society via regulating corporations, tax policies, etc. Only a recognition that the oligarchy is an inevitable result of the system of capitalism and a ruling class of capitalists, who constantly try to fool us, can we organize effective efforts to change the system by removing private ownership from the present economy, the cornerstone of capitalism, and replace the latter with a system that ensures that the economy sustains us all within the complex web of nature.
  • "Capitalism" Is No Longer Attractive to Capitalists by Charles Hugh Smith from his weblog Of Two Minds. My reaction: He tries to "disown" capitalism by arguing that it has morphed into "monopoly-state-socialism for the wealthy, a kleptocracy incompetently cloaked by a rigged simulacrum market in which risk and losses are transferred to the debt-serfs and tax donkeys and the 'socialism for the rich and powerful' is enforced by a pay-to-play simulacrum democracy and kleptocratic, totalitarian central bank, the Federal Reserve." This development is inevitable, but it is not what he labels as the system. The real system that drives the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire is the end stage of capitalism--fascist capitalism. We're not totally there yet, but it is presently developing into the nightmare of neofascism. His description of the present system as "monopoly-state-socialism for the wealthy" is simply the last stage of capitalism known as fascist capitalism.
  • We're Being Incinerated | Extinction Rebellion UK, a 6:01m video from YouTube's Extinction Rebellion channel. My reaction: I notice that the speaker cannot even name the system when he says at 0:50m "there's a fundamental problem with that socioeconomic system that needs to be sorted". This is a fundamental reason why activists cannot solve major issues such as poverty, ill health, extreme inequality, climate destabilization, etc.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

  • Assange and the Empire by Paul Edwards from CounterPunch. This is a best post because of my commentary which follows:  
The post is more about the defeat of "Trumpism", an embarrassing reminder of earlier capitalist rule, than it is about Assange. What will triumph in the election will be a slicked up version of capitalism that is soon to be naked, fascist-capitalism. Edwards tries to sooth our feelings by claiming that ...
... it’s undeniable that more people have more exposure to more sound data than was ever conceivable before, and in spite of Capitalism doing all it can to pollute all information streams, more Americans are more aware, if dimly, that Exceptionalist notions they’ve been schooled to embrace are somehow desafinado, as the bossa nova song had it: out of tune.
But, in the paragraph before he admits the fact that "Americans have not had the mental or psychological capacity to take it [the many crimes of the Empire] in and act on it." This was because they were seduced to believe in the fascist credo that "there is no such thing as society--there are only families" as Thatcher revealed so bluntly to the embarrassment of the ruling capitalist class. The slicked-up version of fascist-capitalism has since WWII used this theme to subvert any notion of class struggle. 
No, I will take no comfort in his observations that although we have access to more information than ever before because we chose to ignore it out of "moral cowardice". I disagree. Fascist-capitalists saw our human weakness: a preference for the more powerful motive-force of striving for one's family rather than for a more abstract just society. They exploited this weakness, and their control of our jobs/careers, which the system of capitalism delivered to them, to successfully counter any notions of revolutionary social justice among the great majority of humans.
And I take no comfort in his claim that we are a failing empire. We humans are a failed species. We will all go down to ignominious defeat by our failure to defeat capitalism. We are destined to disappear on this very unique planet Earth because of capitalism's mantra--limitless growth on a finite planet. We will disappear as a species, along with many others because we have under capitalism destroyed natural conditions on the planet that supports humans, that is, if we don't disappear earlier in a nuclear mushroom cloud.
  • RFK, Jr.: Why The Defender featuring RFK, Jr. in a 2:28m video from his website Children's Health Defense. (My reaction: If he keeps telling the truth, he will be assassinated like his father and uncle.)

Monday, November 2, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, November 2, 2020

  • Election Special Part 3: How The Bipartisan Swamp Is Engineering Election Chaos In Philadelphia featuring a review of internet documents that suggest a campaign of chaos, of which Philadelphia is the epicenter, and discussion with Whitney Webb and Ryan Cristián of The Last American Vagabond. (My reaction: This presentation is in video format and over three hours in length. If you have followed this website or have been reasonably well-informed by alternative independent media, I think you could skip this. If you are time constrained, I recommend the next post.)
  • Why is the Corporate Media Predicting a “Dark Winter”? from Vaccine Impact. (Note: An important video in this article has been removed by the management of YouTube. It still exists but on another software. What I like about this film is the narrator who is a very ordinary American, but who has learned to think critically.)
I have wondered how billionaire Pierre Omidyar's financial backing would affect the Intercept's website. I think it was inevitable that Omidyar's identification with capitalism would influence how the Intercept handled certain issues. Now finally the facts come out that the management have been editing Greenwald's views on major events. 
I noticed that Naomi Klein joined the attack on Greenwald by arguing that he was not censored, but "edited"--as if there was a difference between editing one's views and censorship. This is another example of how people of the upper-middle-class, along with many of the middle-class, identify with the ruling class when "push comes to shove". Posing often as critics of the capitalist system, but when things get really critical, they reveal their true loyalties. If many years of indoctrination while attending universities failed to corrupt them, they soon succumbed to the many benefits from their collaboration with the capitalist ruling class whose overwhelming power and wealth could not exist without such people.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, November 1, 2020

The "beauty" of this pandemic is that the assault on small businesses and the gig economy are carefully hidden by its existence. Coincidence? Hardly likely given the history of deceptions used by the Empire's ruling class most notably in their War on Drugs, 9/11, the invasions of Middle East countries (Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan) and the War on Terrorism. Populations in the countries of the Empire (led by the US/Anglo/Zionist nations) could conveniently ignore the horrors inflicted on other nations so long as they weren't affected, but this pandemic is now affecting them. It illustrates how the directors of the Empire could care less about their subjects when their profits and their system of capitalism is at stake. (You may also be interested in this article entitled "How Would You Spend Your Last Thanksgiving?")
  • It’s Not a Social Dilemma – It’s the Calculated Destruction of the Social by Cory Morningstar from the Wrong Kind of Green. (Note: This is Morningstar's answer (and the collective that publishes the website Wrong Kind of Green) to Netflix's film The Social Dilemma. The latter film attempts to pose the dangers of social media especially for young people that have grown with it.) My reaction: I've always found Morningstar's articles difficult to read because she immediately launches into enormous details that require very large articles. And she does this within a posting style which includes large Tweets and other illustrations amid small type in which she expounds her views. Contrast this style with Caitlin Johnstone's in this post. However, if you can get beyond these difficulties, she rewards us with insightful comments.
If you haven't time to listen to the whole video, I suggest that you first listen to their conclusions (or summary or implications) of Webb's extensive research at 2:26:20 (starting with Cristián's comments). They both warn of a "cyber 911" that is in preparation to happen after the elections. They both agree that this will at least profit cyber security firms, but Webb, especially, is concerned that these preparations might lead to an attack on Iran. 
I listened to about one hour of this discussion by listening to different parts of the video. She tracks different actors that are in the US, British, and Israeli secretive intelligence services and their collusion with hi-tech corporations together with media corporations to support a conspiracy theory of a highly developed fascist-like takeover of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. The information that Webb supplies are convincing of the narrative that they are engaged in a massive manipulation of the American public in a kind of "problem-reaction-solution" strategy to milk government agencies (funded by Americans) to enhance the profits and power of corporations in this Empire. I include power because their strategies will also result directly in access to private data medical records of individual Americans.  
I tend to worry less about the prospects for war as a result of these fascist conspiracies because the transnational capitalists, who now control all institutions, fear that they will lose too much of their assets in a war. But, I can't be sure. The Empire's fascist Deep State may be willing to risk all because they have decided that they are in decline, and it's "now or never". However, I agree with both of them that censorship will only increase in the future.