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, July 9, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, July 9, 2021

With many focusing on tomorrow’s Cyber Polygon exercise, less attention has been paid to the World Economic Forum’s real ambitions in cybersecurity – to create a global organization aimed at gutting even the possibility of anonymity online. With the governments of the US, UK and Israel on board, along with some of the world’s most powerful corporations, it is important to pay attention to their endgame, not just the simulations. 
And Webb, in conclusion, reminds of our duty to organize and react:
All of this should serve as a poignant reminder that, as much as our lives have become interconnected with the internet and online activity, the fight to protect human freedom, dignity and liberty against a predatory, global oligarchy is fundamentally one that must take place in the real world, not only online. May the coming “cyber war”, whatever form it takes, remind many that online activism must be accompanied by real world actions and organizing. 
  • Designing Humans for Fun and Profit featuring James Corbett using a 50:40m video/audio from his website to explain to us what our masters in the billionaire ruling class are planning for us in the hi-tech world of tomorrow.
... resistance is imperative. But unless this resistance is strategic it will not achieve the outcome we seek.

Why? Because this elite coup has been decades in the planning and so resistance that is not carefully designed and rigorously implemented will not succeed. The elite is too well organized for haphazard acts of resistance to have any impact. Hence, there is no point simply reiterating the need for resistance. Only a strategically-focused campaign of nonviolent resistance – such as that outlined below – has any serious prospect of succeeding.

So what does it mean to resist strategically?

  • Will Congress Break Up Big Tech? featuring Ben Swann and David H. Hansson discussing and explaining the issue of Big Tech monopolies (14:03m) from ISE. My reaction: The answer is "no!".
  • Was it Just? America and Her Suicidal Combat Veterans by Matthew Hoh from CounterPunch. My reaction: These veterans have put the lie to corporate news media like none other. This is America's dirty secret. Now with the "domestic war on terror", we will see the lies turned onto the general American public.
I do not recommend this article, but it is important as a representative of how CounterPunch obscures the capitalist system behind words that make you feel angry. The is how CounterPunch poses as rebel to capitalism, but in reality it is only a release valve for a system that represents a pressure cooker for workers. I list this article as only an illustration of how CounterPunch serves the capitalist system. 
The author's primary assumption is that the system is illegitimate because it incentivizes "owners" of private "property" to pay the lowest wages to workers in order for them to accumulate wealth. This, in turn, leads capitalists to get rid of workers and replace them with machines. Fine! But this does not explain how the myth of "ownership" obscures the control of property. This is the best kept secret of capitalism: their control of property through the fake concept of "ownership". The latter is short-circuit term to hide the man-made construct of belonging to individuals (corporations are considered individuals under capitalist definitions). That is, the term confers to individuals the near absolute power to decide the disposition of an asset. 

The term "ownership" or "private property" is rooted in antiquity or past class-structured societies that arose when civilizations were first established. This initially was done through violence or the threat of violence to people to enable the violence-agent to possess (control) what he/she had not worked for.
Now they promise with the Great Reset project that you will own nothing and be happy. If you fall for this monstrous lie, you deserve to be unhappy. Because the Great Reset is designed by billionaires to give billionaires, or major capitalists, the opportunity to control everything and be really happy.
The objective of the article is to make you angry, but without understanding the complete true nature of the capitalist system as a set of constructs (social conventions), and must be destroyed before it destroys us.
United States warmakers have become so skilled at propaganda that not only can they wage a war of aggression without arousing protest; they can also compel liberals to denounce peace activists using language reminiscent of the McCarthy era.
Take the case of Syria.
  •  The American Empire in Asia in the 1800s from Tales of the American Empire. (Note: This is an opportunity for you to learn real history instead of revised history that you have been subject to in your schooling.)
Historians declare that the American empire began with the Spanish-American war in 1898. It really began decades earlier when the US Navy formed the East India Squadron in 1835 that grew into of the Asiatic Squadron in 1868. American warships deployed to Asia to intimidate and attack whoever interfered with American business interests. This force also established American colonies in China, Hawaii, and Samoa before the Spanish-American war.