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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Saturday, December 19, 2020

  • Through the (Empire's & Zionist Israel's) Looking Glass by Ron Horn for Surviving Capitalism (Not). This is a best post. (At 4:48 PM CT I edited, and added to, this post.)
In the past I have frequently used Wikipedia entries for explanations and documentation for various items, but apparently starting in 2010, this online encyclopedia has been corrupted by secret political agencies of what I refer to as the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire which was gradually formed after WWII. This practice is consistent with all their efforts at dominating ordinary people through control of the information they access. This indoctrination and propaganda elements represent essential hallmarks of neofascism that the directors of the Empire have adopted.
At first propaganda agents only targeted media corporations, academic (see this example), and entertainment organizations by supporting people who played along with the capitalist ruling class's agenda to control all information ordinary people received. Often these subversive efforts were aided by actual infiltrations of targeted organizations.
However, apparently beginning around 2010, agents of the Empire started noticing people being influenced by accurate online organizations like Wikipedia. Thus, they immediately began to subvert these organizations in order to screen out ideas and information that did not support the Empire's agendas, and likewise, to support ideas and information that did. Wikipedia was one such project. See this, this, this, this, and this. Thus, in the past, I frequently used Wikipedia entries to document claims I made in my posts, but in the past several years I've had to exercise judgment as to which entries to use or not to use. It seems that any of their posts that are remotely political can be rejected. 
But most ordinary people are not aware of this development, and believe everything that they learn from subverted organizations that are omnipresent in their lives. (See this satirical piece.) Propaganda agents have since added social media to their list of targets to influence the preceptions of ordinary people who are thoroughly confused by the pandemic project. 

Friday, December 18, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, December 18, 2020

This presentation is the result of a collaborative effort between Dr. Mumper and the team of doctors, scientists and researchers affiliated with Children’s Health Defense.
  • The Economic Reset with Ernst Wolff featuring the latter being interviewed by Dave Cullen from his YouTube channel Computing Forever. This is a best post. (Note: Wolff shows how the Great Reset (he refers to it as a "restart"), which will have extreme consequences for our economies and societies, is hidden from public view by the covid crisis. The latter is functioning as a cover for astounding changes in our economies.) My reaction: It is no wonder that our masters in the capitalist ruling classes are pushing the covid crisis so vigorously.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, December 17, 2020

  • Barbarians at the barn: private equity sinks its teeth into agriculture from GRAIN. Note: I am posting this lengthy article to show you that investors and managers of worker and government pension funds are taking over farmland all over the world and causing many problems for humans and the environment to add to their wealth. This is how capitalist practices serves the food needs of humans the profits and power needs of a tiny minority of capitalists and associated professionals working in Wall Street.
It is disconcerting that the biggest players in the private equity industry are people’s pension funds, followed by governments’ development finance institutions. They are responsible, yet there is zero connection between them and the people whose money they are investing, much less between them and the communities impacted by these investments.
  • Year Zero by CJ Hopkins, a political satirist, from his weblog Consent Factory, Inc. 
2020 was GloboCap Year Zero. The year when the global capitalist ruling classes did away with the illusion of democracy and reminded everyone who is actually in charge, and exactly what happens when anyone challenges them. 
In the relatively short span of the last ten months, societies throughout the world have been transformed beyond recognition. Constitutional rights have been suspended. Protest has been banned. Dissent is being censored.
  • New World Next Year 2021 featuring James Corbett and James Pilato offering an-end-of-the-review and some hopeful predictions about next year. It lasts nearly 34 minutes and is posted on The Corbett Report.
  • Life Without Lies from the YouTube channel of Journeyman Pictures, a one minute preview entitled "The Troublemaker". This is a best post because it is so urgent.
Facing up to the climate crisis on a journey of self-discovery
It is in times of crisis that we find out what really matters to us, that we get to discover who we really are, as individuals and as a society. The Troublemaker delves deep into the ideas and emotions behind the international wave of civil protest, born in the face of the unfolding climate crisis. Through the eyes of a visionary leader who co-founded ‘Extinction Rebellion’, and a previously law-abiding citizen inspired to take action, The Troublemaker aspires to stir the audience from passive resistance to a life-affirming defence of our future. Now that we understand more about what a ‘global crisis’ feels like, it can no longer be ignored.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

After reading her article, I could still not understand "how Portland radicalized" Lippy. She attempts to be apolitical without any politics of her own. The fact that this is posted in CounterPunch, a liberal online publication, is the only clue as to her politics. Because her article was posted in this publication, I can only make an assumption about her politics: her actions were motivated by a concern for minorities who have historically been oppressed. 
By politics, I refer to the hierarchical class structure which underlies all history of human societies after they first settled in agricultural communities. This class structure, which gives more opportunities and decisions to some people in contrast others, has divided people and caused serious social conflicts ever since humans settled in these communities. 
Because we live "in a country of lies" (Curtin), the ruling class uses the arts of deception extensively to maintain their dominance and privileges over the rest of the population. The system of capitalism gives certain members, identified as capitalists, so much power over the rest of the population that they are able to impose their rules, manners, and interests on the former. Thus, they became a ruling class. In order to protect their wealth and privileges, they have had to resort to many subterfuges to remain in power. 
These capitalists proceeded to take power away from the monarchy and the aristocracy, which had ruled for a number of centuries initially through the use of arbitrary rules and violence or the threat of violence. But later, they to succumbed to self-serving mythologies, mostly religions, to maintain their rule. This new capitalist class based their power on the claims of "ownership" of the rapidly developing economic properties (industries) that started roughly in the 15th century in Europe. Because they were a minority, they had to appeal to the majority of citizens. They did so by calling themselves "liberals" (freedom from arbitrary rules laid down by monarchs and aristocrats) to appeal to ordinary people who resented the arbitrary nature of feudal authorities, and to claim they were establishing democracies (rule by the people). These were the first two lies, but they didn't stop there. 
The new capitalist classes became dominant everywhere and resorted to many lies to legitimatize their rule in the eyes of the vast majority. They rewrote history and laws which essentially sanctified the ownership of economic property. Naturally, the small publishers initially tended to distort their reporting to favor the new ruling capitalist classes. They reorganized lands that belonged to feudal authorities into nations. Capitalists appealed to nationalist instincts to wage wars to secure more resources. Naturally, they told lies to cover their covetous motivations. They spread stories about the inferiority and barbarity of their enemies.
Over time, capitalism consolidated so much property in the hands of a relatively few people that it was increasingly noticed by activist members of the general public which challenged the rule of capitalists. These latter became known as socialists or communists because they challenged private ownership of economic property. The capitalist ruling classes, in order to retain their dominant status, increasingly used "propaganda" to distort the thinking of their subject in self-serving ways. They also used their dominance over all institutions (education, history, entertainment, etc.) to impose their self-serving views on the rest of their societies which became ever larger over time as was the ownership of economic property secured in ever fewer hands. They told lies about racial minorities in order to divide and control ordinary Americans. This racist strategy has been resurrected today by the capitalist ruling class to sustain their diminishing power. I suspect it underlies the recent events in Portland and the confused politics of Lippy.
But the fundamental problem is that the general public is so confused about the nature of their societies and politics that they are easily manipulated by capitalist authorities. They have been lied to so much for so long by highly trained and remunerated propaganda specialists that they no longer have a realistic grasp of political reality. This, I suspect, applies to Lippy, the author of this article, and to so many activists like her. 
To rid themselves of this confusion, activists need to renew their conceptions of reality by studying history by real historians and to pursue the ever elusive truth about what is happening in the world through alternative media. This is precisely why I started on a journalistic project about three years ago: to restore some semblance to reality so that activists can no longer be manipulated. They must reject material conveniently furnished by media corporations. They must study real history from a working-class point of view if they are to effectively challenge the ruling capitalist class.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

  • Socialist Media - The New Rules featuring JP Sears, a comedian doing a parody of YouTube censorship rules. My reaction: I got a chuckle over this, but it is obvious that Sears has been thoroughly indoctrinated in US propaganda that has the socialist/communist countries as the source of all evil. He believes this despite the fact that they are the countries, according to this pervasive propaganda, that are the sworn enemies of US and all capitalist countries. This illustrates the power of propaganda to instill in subjects over all their lives the narratives of their propaganda. You can still be entertained by his satire here.
  • Critical and Revolutionary Theory from Internationalist 360° featuring a 35:00m video appearance (after which is a Q&A to the full 1 hr and 31m--I'm still listening to it) of Gabriel Rockhill, who I consider the best Marxist intellectual in the USA, lecturing on this subject. A best post. (Note: This post is appropriate mostly for advanced students of the subject, and for those who are concerned about mostly post-war subversion of Marxist oriented intellectuals.) My reaction: I especially learned a lot about the history of the subversion of Marxist oriented intellectuals (beginning about 24 minutes into his lecture) or "the policing of the left border of acceptable [Marxist] critique" that especially occurred due to influence of CIA agents in the post-WWII period. I have personally noticed the corruption of "acceptable critique". 
  • Brexit Bluster Exposes the Waning of English Power by Patrick Cockburn from CounterPunch. Call for your responses: I don't understand the Brexit issue, and especially it's influence the people of Northern Ireland. If anyone understands the issue in whole or in part, I invite emails responses to Ron, goatmeal36@yahoo.com. Is Cockburn right about his argument that Brexit represents a waning of British power?
  • Menacing Methane – An Analysis by Robert Hunziker from CounterPunch. (Note: I listened to Dr. Peter Wadhams' hour and half lecture. However, Hunziker provides a good summary of his lecture in which he cited an immediate warning of a methane burst which will likely have catastrophic consequences for humans. If this article is of interest to you, you might also find this post interesting.) My commentary follows:
Wadhams has trained as a physical scientist who is rather pessimistic about humans solving this problem. However, where I, who has trained as a political sociologist through mostly independent study and experience, differ from him in that he blames the "ignorance" of humans in general for this lack of concern of the threats posed by the climate crisis, whereas I blame primarily the capitalist classes of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire which control all institutions of their societies. 
These capitalists are entirely addicted to their system of capitalism which has delivered to them so much profits and power that now they have created a powerful ruling class and an Empire. Therefore, it is no surprise that this Empire dominates the UN and its climate organization IPCC which he faults for having consistently underestimated the dangers of the climate crisis. It is obvious to me, and I'm joined by increasing others, that capitalism and the health of the planet are in direct opposition to each other.
During this current pandemic declared by the UN's World Health Organization, we see the obvious corruption of the UN agency through Bill Gates' top funding of the organization, but the majority of humans don't see his influence as corruption thanks to capitalist media coverage. Here in the USA the threats posed by the climate crisis is known by "climate change" which suggest a relatively benign threat thanks to the same capitalist media coverage. Wadhams, as a top climate scientist, claims that the threat is imminent.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, December 14, 2020

This article is another illustration of when "push comes to shove" (def.) "liberals" will always go with the capitalist ruling class and their government. What the author has written--and she has impeccable liberal credentials--in my opinion, supports censorship of non-governmental highly trained experts. What she has written supports government policies that mandates vaccines directly or indirectly by tolerating businesses which discriminate against those who don't trust pharmaceutical corporations which have a record of profiting off drugs like opioids. After all, her main argument is that people who don't trust pharmaceutical corporations and government fake health agencies impair the health of others. This is an argument that we, the people, must be "shoved" by mandatory laws into compliance which will force people who don't trust for-profit pharmaceutical corporations and which are indemnified from lawsuits, to take their vaccines. This is the same argument that the government, which are controlled by the capitalist ruling class, are the final authority on what's best for Americans. What happened to the belief that government derives from the consent of the governed? and the Bill of Rights which protects basic freedoms of minorities? Oops? I think we caught them on a very slippery slope to fascist capitalism?
For the new Left, then, it was not capitalism but the democratic social order altogether that was the source of oppression — not just of black people, or of workers, but of us, the college bourgeoisie. The civil rights movement of black Americans became the template for subsequent claims by women, gays and transgender persons, each based on a further discovery of moral failing buried deep in the heart of America. Hence a further license, indeed mandate, granted to individual conscience, as against the claims of the nation.
My reaction: The "new Left", that is, ("liberals") were influenced, as always, by the ruling class who had an interest in shaping them into this thought disorder--thinking that society was the problem, not capitalism.
  • Trump’s Last Chance to Snub the Deep State by Ron Ridenour from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: It might be his last chance, but I hardly think he will do it because such pardons will "snub" the entire capitalist ruling class of which he is a prime member.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend for days: Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2020

  • AOC Schooled By NFL’s Justin Jackson On Forcing Med4all Vote Now! featuring Jimmy Dore blasting AOC (Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) as a careerist--her career comes first rather than needs of her constituents. My reaction: She will definitely lose her position in Congress if she crosses Pelosi. Look what happened to Sen. 
  • How the Media Wants You To Think featuring JP Sears, a comedian, and others performing their versions of fascist collaborators in a 3:17 post on his channel belonging to YouTube. (satire) He also has been threatened by YouTube about the loss of his channel.