I’m at our family dacha now, outside the small village of Kizlukha, in Altai Krai, Russia. We have decided to build a new banya here with some additional living space, in preparation for spending more time and longer periods outside of the city. The peacefulness of the countryside surrounds me as I write. The sights and sounds of pending collapse are a distant echo here by the forest edge, overlooking the Ob River. I am lending a hand with some of the work on the banya (digging dirt), while preparing for a five-week journey back to the heart of what DA calls ‘the Beast’… America!
As I make my arrangements for a return to the land of commodities and home of calamities, I reflect on how our world has become increasingly dominated by false prophets, ludicrous promotions, financial chicanery, unrestrained greed, increasing militarization, enhanced domestic policing, and scary people. I am neither disarmed, nor moved by calls for political change. Those currently responsible for the masquerade ball will remain in control no matter who wears the imperial headdress, the crown jewels, or the court jester’s cap.
For all you law-and-order faithful, now you can sigh briefly in relief. Your worldview and your illusions are safe for another month perhaps. Chris Hedges and a US federal judge have just collaborated to give us Americans a stay of execution on implementation of the most heinous sections of the new National Defense Authorization Act. Yet, it seems that we had better keep our eyes on the heavens for those silent drones circling overhead like starved praying mantises, as well as the satellite controlled cameras lurking on every street corner in every village and town. Remember that the real-time Google maps and GPS guidance systems we have come to depend upon represent nothing less then Big Brother standing guard high above, alongside their sky-god.
Meanwhile, the protests in Chicago that have been encircling the NATO encampment this week were vaguely reminiscent of precursor actions to the civil rights riots in that same city nearly two generations ago. Yet, it is incredible how these rulers – self-anointed Masters of the Universe – continue to parade around the globe like international royalty as if they controlled anything at all, as if their decisions were still relevant to outcomes.
The entire planet is engulfed in the haze of fallout from a complex and intertwined web of natural disasters and social insurrections – nearly all of our own making: wars, mistakes, abuse, arrogance, and self-aggrandizing choices acted upon over the past few centuries by those of us drenched in the logic of the Western Curriculum and its underlying command and control mentality. However, the foundations for such circumstances were laid millennia earlier when the first standing armies were garrisoned in the first cities sprinkling the ancient Near East.
This world crafted by the hands of modern science and technology, brought to you by international entrepreneurs, propagandists, and soldiers, is unraveling as I write and you read these words. Yet, the ever-inventive (conspiratorial) global investment bankers – the puppeteers behind the screen – continue to pump up this realm of make-believe, while the politicians shuffle impudently to and fro, scuffling and fighting over the spoils and the remaining scraps.
In the meantime, our newly coronated global virtual commune, Facebook, belly-flopped in the opening days of its purportedly fraud-riddled IPO. As one analyst, Henry Blodget, noted:
I was on the phone last night with a former hedge fund CEO who was talking about this. “Facebook,” he said, “is a colossal example of a complete clusterfuck where everybody wins except the ordinary investor.” 1
At the same time, the puppet president of Afghanistan was with the hegemon Obama, thanking the American people for siphoning a good chunk of their tax dollars into his now “liberated” and newly “democratized” nation, while the enterprising businessmen of India were seeking to enlighten, not consciousness, but their own women’s darkened treasure troves. Concurrently, all of us continue to suffer under the yoke of an inflexible taskmaster (the Curriculum), while Gaia (the earthly feminine) herself moans and buckles wildly under the final grasping attempt of our corporate elite to unearth and ravage the last bits of her own darkly hidden riches.
At the same time, anarchists, primitivists, evangelists, socialists, palm readers and astrologers alike are all clamoring for the end of the world as we know it, whether it be the end of imperialism, the end of hierarchy, the end of human dominion, the end of commodification and capitalism, the end of purportedly secular rule, or the end of civilization itself. We are on a trajectory whose final destination is yet uncertain, as we struggle to read the various signs of collapse in these previously uncharted waters. And the “ring of fire” seen in the sky this week – that solar eclipse – only serves as a proleptic reminder of what may yet be our collective destiny.
In the meantime, the West continues to endear itself to the Islamic world, not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things. After all, the Moslems are just as psychotic as are the Christians and the Jews, and just as influenced by the mechanisms of indoctrination and public opinion. Still, an elite Hollywood movie director together with a beholden White House and US Department of Defense are fixing to produce a wide- screen shoot-out, digitally-enhanced Technicolor spectacle of the Osama bin Laden execution. But while the Administration sees nothing wrong with production of such a film or the distribution of top-secret documents to the film-maker for purposes of self-aggrandizing propaganda and good old dick-swinging (yes, Hilary… that includes you!), poor Bradley Manning sits imprisoned, facing the possibility of death by firing squad due to his alleged, embarrassing (but not top-secret), disclosures. Scary! No?
If we take a hard look at what makes our headlines folks, it is all about control and currency: managing the population and making money. Whether it is the EU Summit sticking it to the Greeks, NATO sticking it to Pakistan and Iran, DC sticking it to the citizens, or Wall Street traders sticking it to the poor schmucks on Main. And why do you think Lt. Gaddaffi was knocked off by the USA? It seems that most of us were misinformed about the reasons for the American financed execution of Gadaffi in Libya. But, what else is new? We are almost always misinformed. From a Russia Today report of May 8th one year ago, we read the following.
Under the guise of “protecting civilians,” the United States led NATO into Libya and is attempting to assassinate the Libyan leader. Of course, Libya happens to be the largest oil producer in Africa, but many do not realize that Gaddafi was planning to introduce the gold dinar, a single African currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar and allow African nations to share the wealth. It is surely no coincidence that Iraq’s prior leader, Saddam Hussein, was trying to do the same thing just prior to U.S. invasion for all of those “weapons of mass destruction.”2
According to Russia Today, confirmed by other international media outlet reports, there were evidently two major conferences organized by Gadaffi precisely with the intention of introducing a gold Islamic currency for African oil trading. One conference was in 1996, and a follow-up in the year 2000. If such a plan had succeeded, many believe it would have severely jeopardized, if not destroyed, the US dollar as the major international currency of exchange. Moreover, in the months immediately preceding American-led NATO military intervention in Libya last year, Gadaffi called on all Africans and Moslem nations to join together in realizing this new currency, to rival the dollar and the euro, selling oil and other resources only for these gold dinars. Why is it the American public never heard of such issues through major news media leading up to the invasion of Libya and the subsequent assassination of the Colonel? Scary! No?
What else don’t we know about our country, its leadership, and its intentions? It seems as if the practice of molding our expectations and beliefs just keeps advancing, while the majority of us mechanically go about the business of good citizenship. This week Javacat has provided me with the stimulus for my concluding reflections from Truth-out.
The display of diversity in the information coming from the mainstream media gives the illusion of independent reportage and news.
In reality, it is no more than another mechanism controlling both thought and behavior, and it extends to the very perception of our own freedom to choose and act. We are allowed a certain amount of ‘living room’ that provides the illusion of both knowledge and freedom.
It is what might be called the ‘allowed liberty’ that is provided to the modern person in pursuit of material gains, as long as there exists a contribution to the overall plan of the ruling authority. Liberty, then, is an expression of mobility within a pre-described system: it does not denote liberty external to the system.3
The job of those managing the message, is to keep that illusion alive and vibrant; in short, to keep us all in-line. The question remains: can you trust anyone claiming to represent your interests if you do not have a personal relationship with that individual, if he or she is not attached to you by some bond of blood, friendship, or other strong sense of kinship or affinity? Politics is the art of persuasion and the science of marketing, in short, it is always propaganda, it is all about the message. And it is ultimately engaged in creating a commercial relationship with the buyer, the voter; it is an act of selling something to somebody. Are you buying any of it, my friends?