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

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, June 29, 2021 (Shortened aggragated post due to a medical appointment.)

  • Pseudopandemic by Iain Davis from his weblog In This Together. My reaction: The only criticism I have of this article is his argumentative use of "communitarian principles" as in the following paragraph:
The new pseudopandemic biosecurity apparatus is designed to control our behaviour as we are forced through a global transformation. Those behind the pseudopandemic intend to change the International Monetary and Financial System (IMFS) and establish global governance in the shape of technocracy. Technocracy is a neofeudal, totalitarian system based upon communitarian principles. 
Davis doesn't define what the "communitarian principles" are. Perhaps he does in his book by the same title. Communitarianism has only relatively recently emerged as a philosophy and it is still ill-defined. I think its significance is only limited to its propaganda value exploited by the billionaire capitalist transnational class to sell to ordinary people what amounts to their last desperate project, the Great Reset, to rule the world. 
Working in independent media is not what it used to be. During the beginning of the pandemic we’ve been severely punished by third party Facebook fact-checkers for having discussions about the possible lab-origins of COVID-19.
Johnstone writes what I've been arguing for a number of years:
Western mass media outlets are propaganda. They are owned and controlled by wealthy people in coordination with the secretive government agencies tasked with preserving the world order upon which the media-owning plutocrats have built their kingdoms, and their purpose is to manipulate the way the mainstream public thinks, acts and votes into alignment with the agendas of the ruling class. [My emphasis]
And, she concludes her article by writing:
We are being lied to. Constantly, and in more ways than we realize. By omission, by distortion, by half-truths and by outright deception. Our minds are being actively messed with by powerful people with limitless resources to ensure their continued domination of the planet at any cost. Our very perception of reality is being assaulted on myriad fronts. Until humanity finds a way to wake itself up from its propaganda-induced coma, the abuses of the powerful will continue.
Further details of the recanted testimony are provided by Craig Murray.
Forty-four years ago, acclaimed journalist Carl Bernstein exposed how the CIA had planted more than 400 operatives into newsrooms across America, where they posed as journalists but were actually laundering national security state talking points. Today, there are increasing signs that the so-called “deep state” is attempting to do the same thing to social media.
India is the clear check on China’s power, being another massive country conveniently sharing a border with China. Furthermore, India shares proximity with a number of other countries with strategic interests such as Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and many impoverished South Asian countries. A strong and assertive India could help bring peace and prosperity to the region.
Of course, I strongly disagree with the last sentence.
  • Iran Has Achieved its “Empowerment”, so What Will the West Choose? by Elijah J. Magnier from Internationalist 360°. My reaction: The highly developed "West", or the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, will choose the only option to preserve its dominance: to continue its use of various types of threats to undermine Iranian power with diminishing results.