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 LappĆ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, March 2, 2021

  • Real Reason CORNEL WEST Denied Tenure From Harvard. This post features Jimmy Dore and Max Blumenthal discussing (in a 20:19m video) the denial of tenure and other matters related to the "antisemitism" smear that Zionist figures use to attack anyone who criticizes Israeli discriminatory policies. You should start the video at 2:15m if you have already seen the prior video featuring Cornel West on the Jimmy Dore channel of YouTube.
By the early 1900s, Lippman and Bernays had learned from experience the methods of creating an extensive, false, and emotionally-provocative imagery and to use this fabricated mythology to control the perceptions and manipulate the opinions and behavior of the population of an entire nation. It had first been done for political purposes during wartime, to create immense racial hatred and push a nation into war, but was clearly just as applicable to political and commercial ambitions. At the same time, the wealthy elite of the nation created the higher echelons of an American educational system that would use essentially the same principles to entrench themselves in perpetuity by maintaining the bewildered herd as a kind of feudal colony of impoverished consumers. Those controlling the banks and large corporations were not content to stop with the educational system when they realised the broader possibilities of influencing the population through a nationwide scale of propaganda disguised as advertising, which led in turn to the creation and rapid development of the American advertising industry based almost entirely on the principles Lippman and Bernays identified. We then had the media, beginning with print and radio but rapidly including the movies and then television, being the vehicles through which this grand plan of population control would be executed.
  • The Western Propaganda War on Myanmar by Brian Berletic from his weblog Land Destroyer Report. (Note: Berletic, to his astonishment, reveals that the Thai government is funding pro-NATO propaganda. This post added to yesterday's Dore interview with Blumenthal of The Grayzone suggests that Western-based international news agencies are weapons used by Western governments' intelligence agencies to engage in psychological warfare in various countries.) My commentary follows: 
There are many indications that the CIA, NSA, etc. are engaging in influencing the minds of Americans within this country, and that news reporting is transformed into propaganda to promote capitalist ruling class interests here and abroad. I don't think it is an exaggeration to state that we in America, and many other places in the world, are living in a kind of "Truman Show", a programmed reality that was produced by our masters in the capitalist ruling class. Or, using the concept of Caitlin Johnstone, we are living in a "narrative matrix" to suggest that the ruling class's control of all ideological institutions is producing a fake reality for most of us. They do this by using fake news and propaganda, via their ownership and control of media corporations, that they spread throughout all the other ideological institutions (education, entertainment, etc.) in order to control people's minds, especially within the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. 
This practice is the essence of neo-fascism, an updated version of old-fashioned fascism, now used by our contemporary masters in the ruling class in contrast to the classic fascism of German and Italian history (reliance on police terror). To be sure, the latter used elements of fake news and propaganda, but they relied on hard fascist methods because of the underdevelopment of propaganda during their rule. However, whenever the methods of neofascism fail, our contemporary masters don't hesitate to use the police and military forces to put down opposition.