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

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Sunday, June 20, 2021

General Note: I am abandoning the use of "labels" or categories as of today to further lighten my labor load in my almost daily task in continuing this list of articles and commentaries. Labels do not seem worth the extra effort. You are encouraged to use words or phrases, which I think are much more useful, in the search engines on my website.
 
  • Manufacturing (New Normal) “Reality” by CJ Hopkins from his weblog Consent Factory, Inc. (Note: This American satirist, while living under the severe pandemic restrictions in Berlin (Germany), leaves satire to argue seriously that the appeal to facts doesn't matter in the current totalitarian-induced fear campaigns. He concludes with this dramatic statement:
So, sure, keep posting and sharing the facts, assuming you can get them past the censors, but let’s not kid ourselves about what we’re up against. We’re not going to wake the New Normals up with facts. If we could, we would have done so already. This is not a civilized debate about facts. This is a fight. Act accordingly. 
  • China’s Space Program Makes its Mark by Gunnar Ulson from New Eastern Outlook. (Note: If you want further information on China's rise in all fields, you can find it on Here Comes China: Open Source Intelligence by Godfree Roberts. Much of the details requires a $ subscription, but I recommend it.) My reaction: The rise of China was accelerated by transnational capitalists since around 1975 with their obsession with profits as illustrated in the following cartoon:

 
The ruling capitalist class has fooled this writer along with most ordinary Americans. In the past the ruling class has used two parties to represent them: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The former has historically been used to represent the interests of the investor-capitalists, and the latter has been used to represent workers--but the ruling capitalist class controlled both of them.
 
Now agents of the ruling class recently decided to switch their propagandist support behind the Democrats in order to take advantage of their popularity. They evidently found during their support of Obama, the first perceived African-American president of the USA (although he was largely raised by his white banker-grandmother), that their use of minority figures and issues were paying off. They have accomplished this propaganda feat by using their control of mainstream media by framing issues as a "woke" thereby faking support for minorities, and "cancel culture" to get ordinary American to not listen to independent-thinking critics mostly found on alternative weblogs. By using hi-tech algorithms to steer Americans away from alternative weblogs, they have prevented most Americans to even consider alternative views of reality. And it has worked to an astonishing degree! Could it be that the near total compliance of ordinary Americans with the bureaucratic health expert Tony Fauci and corporate media is further evidence of this?


 
 
Our ruling masters have switched the commonly held class interests the political parties have historically represented in order to fool and confuse ordinary Americans! The fact that Greenwald and Taibbi have chosen to listen to pundits on the right is a testament to their devotion to truth wherever they find it.
... those who “violently oppose” “all forms of capitalism” or “corporate globalization” are listed under this less-discussed category of “domestic terrorist.” This highlights how people on the left, many of whom have called for capitalism to be dismantled or replaced in the US in recent years, could easily be targeted in this new “war” that many self-proclaimed leftists are currently supporting. Similarly, “environmentally-motivated extremists,” a category in which groups such as Extinction Rebellion could easily fall, are also included.
 
In addition, the phrasing indicates that it could easily include as “terrorists” those who oppose the World Economic Forum’s vision for global “stakeholder capitalism,” as that form of “capitalism” involves corporations and their main “stakeholders” creating a new global economic and governance system. The WEF’s stakeholder capitalism thus involves both “capitalism” and “corporate globalization.”

  • Who Wants To Hear My Crazy, Kooky Conspiracy Theory About 1/6? by Australian Caitlin Johnstone with her American husband also reading the script--from her weblog. (Note: Today I do not recommend his narration because he accidentally leaves out two sentences. Also, you should read the above post first because this post is based on that post by Webb.)