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Each aspiring Republican leader wants to be representative -- or wants badly to be -- of a certain kind of conservative who fervently believe that they are more fiercely patriotic than non-Christians could ever understand and choke themselves up about how they love their country so much they'd die for it a hundred times, so long as they don't have to serve in the military, and that there's nothing they wouldn't sacrifice for America but having to pay taxes is completely unfair.
Nah, it isn't so much a matter of their positions (most of which I do disagree with, though that's beside the point), it's the character of many young conservatives that unnerves me.
Note that I'm not attempting to describe ALL young conservatives, but only to identify some things that bug me about many I've known - stress on the "I've known" part.
Comes down to this: many young conservatives tend to be wealthy and smug - they often seem to take perverse pride in their own heartlessness and their contempt for idealists and the poor. Many I've known have been quick to champion the successes of self-made entrepreneurs and to ridicule the failures of various "interest groups" to fend for themselves. ...All while living off of the largesse of their well-to-do families.
The poor and middle-class young conservatives I've known have tended to be hyper-aggressive cranks with an axe to grind against anyone they feel is "ripping them off" (i.e., borderline psychos and closet racists), or dimwitted followers of their parents' beliefs (i.e., Mormons and other faith zombies).
Finally, young conservatives are almost always guys.
Obviously, "rich kids, dutiful sheep and scary malcontents" do not fairly define young conservatives as a whole. But it seems to me that they are disproportionately represented and that they tend to control the terms of debate.
Let's cut the crap as to what Republican values really are. Republicans are club run by some of the wealthiest 1% whose interests are to maintain their "old money" wealth or for upper middle class people, to get richer. Their agenda is to get richer at all costs, profit at all costs. Nothing else matters, not the environment, not the people, not society, not culture, not civil rights, not the future, nothing. Everything they profess to believe in is contradicted by their actions. When Republican politicians talk, their audience is not the common man, they are talking to their constituents of upper middle class and upper crust wealthy contributors. The news media consists of upper middle class people who are trying to get richer. Calling the news media "liberal" is nothing more than a ploy by right-wing think-tanks to intimidate journalists to tow the conservative party line and to demonize progressive politics. There is a lot of news that does not get reported in the "mainstream" news media because that news would undermine the authority of the ruling classes. The religious conservatives claim to have a higher moral ground so they can make connections to the upper-class tiered Republicans. The Republicans use the religious conservatives as a tool to bring out the vote, but rarely do the Republicans actually follow through on their promises to the religious conservatives. Those who are poor who want to be Republicans are wannabees who want to identify themselves with wealth, power, and the upper crust of society. The real Republicans with power, the "old money" establishment Republicans who pull the strings, patronize the wannabees with a few crumbs but eventually betray them.
Seriously think about this. What person who works in a McJob (low wage, no benefits, no health care, no 401K, dead end, no fixed schedule) would support Republican rhetoric that would eliminate the minimun wage, cut social services, eliminate any corporate liability for worker safety, and just make their lives more difficult? Only poor people who have adopted Republican rhetoric as aspirational class values can delude themselves into thinking that they are Republicans and that the top Republican politicians are looking out for their (average citizens') interests.
Republican media pundits have successfully demonized "liberals" to such an extent that "liberals" are vilified in the news media as being "unpatriotic anti-American traitors who hate America and want to destroy America". In "the Midwest" of America especially, Republicans media pundits have associated "liberals" with communists, homosexuals, and traitors. If you actually look up the word "liberal" in the Dictionary, you'll see that the Republicans' definition of "liberal" is a lie: Dictionary definition of "liberal"
I'm all for "getting rich" and being as successful as you possibly can. But young Republicans don't believe in "hard work." They want to make their fortunes through finagling the "system" and breaking all the rules everyone else has to abide. Republicans "deregulated" the banking industry which led to the SNL-scandals. Republicans "deregulated" environmental regulations which allows their companies to pollute the environment today leaving the long term consequences of their pollution to future generations to clean up. Republicans "deregulated" the Wall Street regulations which lead to the dot-com-scam which ruined millions of Americans financially. The Republicans in these and many other instances changed the rules to make their highly unethical and criminal activities become "legal"; they get rich and everyone else gets screwed. Republican congressman speak against "socialized medicine" for the people, then they vote themselves huge government paid for medical services for themselves and huge subsidies for drug companies that have contributed to their election campaigns. An honest man can make an honest ROI - Return on Investment. Republicans want to make an exaggerated ROI; they will plunder companies' profits (instead of reinvesting profits into the companies to upgrade equipment and develop new products), they will pay themselves outrageous salaries/bonuses/expense accounts, they will take over the management of once profitable companies like parasites and run them into the ground then jump out with huge golden parachutes right before the companies go bankrupt. Republicans see themselves as predators in a Social Darwinist world. They are out to do whatever it takes to get richer. "Business is war" is their motto.
Republicans believe that might makes right, compromise is weakness, and that there is no such thing as "the truth." Republicans believe that compromising is what the weak do to survive. Republicans thereby divorce themselves from reality and create their own reality, regardless of the facts. Compromise is a fundamental component of the give-and-take of the democratic process. The Republican's do-it-my-way-only tactics, namecalling, fabrication of information, suppression of dissent, pushing politics as personalities over issues, and denial of accountability, are the antithesis of the approach that we need. The Republican's symbiosis with large corporations and wealthy individuals is not democratic; their way is fascism.
Greed is the center of their ethic. Republicans mask their greed with rhetoric that presumes to give them a higher moral ground. But in actions, Republicans contradict what they profess to believe in. When you get into an argument with a Republican, you can easily unhinge their arguments by using a few examples that point out their contractions. In every case I've seen where a Republican was confronted with the facts that destroyed their arguments, the Republican immediately stops defending their positions and starts attacking the other side personally and physically. You'll see Republicans react the same way in politics, the media, and in person. When you confront a Republican with facts that contradict their rhetoric, you unmask their prejudices and that makes them mad.
"But one of the great successes of the intellectual right, is that they have succeeded brilliantly during the last 20 years at pinning the intellectual label solely on liberals so that a lot of people think that to be an intellectual means that you are a liberal alone. And one of the reasons that I think that right-wing intellectuals are so dangerous is they've been so clever at doing this. They've been much more clever than liberal intellectuals have been.
They've made it look like liberals are the only-- are the, quote, elites. And-- but they're just, you know, people-- people who get huge salaries from business-financed, right-wing foundations. They're not the elites? Of course, they're the elites. I don't have-- I object to their ideas. I don't object to them. But the liberal intellectual community is really caught asleep at the switch by these people. And one of the points I make in THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON, which is why I think I'm going to get killed from both the right and the left is anti-rationalism in America is not the province of either the right or the left.
It's the province of both. For example, when you will talk to right-wing intellectuals about the Iraq war-- it doesn't matter that it hasn't worked out to them. They still think it was right. And the evidence of how it got started, how it got started on false pretenses and so on, it doesn't matter to them.
"They make wishful thinking sound rational."
- Susan Jacoby, PBS Moyers Journal, 2/15/08
First you must differentiate the news medias. There are three kinds of news medias relative to each country. There is independent news media which is independent from corporate ownership. There is foreign news media which is less susceptible to control from domestic politics. And there is corporate news media which is owned by wealthy individuals and large corporations and are used by their owners to push their corporate agendas. The corporate news media defines the issues, frames the debates, and shills the agendas of the wealthy establishment and corporate cartels. The TV corporate news medias are entertainment divisions owned by larger corporations, many of whom are weapons defence contractors. The corporate news media is fomenting a society where the only people who are entitled to the benefits of the society's wealth are the owners of corporations. The corporate news media reduces civic discourse to the superficiality of personality politics. When the corporate media "phrases the questions" within their narratives, it doesn't matter what the answers are. The corporate news media wants to "control the narrative", control the "mass culture zeitgeist", control the "political landscape", rewrite history, and control "popular opinion" and they do so by "framing the debate" thereby creating "false dichotomies."
The corporate news media does not believe in the concept "the truth." Believing in "the truth" and the concept of "the truth" are enlightened "Liberal" ideals which the corporate elite and their corporate lackeys woefully disdain. The corporate masters believe in wealth, authority and power above all else, facts notwithstanding. The corporate masters do not believe in the concepts of "the real world", "reality" and "facts." They believe their world consists of the people that matter to them; themselves and their friends they socialize with, and everybody else is peasant labor or surplus population. They believe that "the truth" is nothing more than popular opinion which they can control by controlling "the narrative".
The corporate news media does not offer much information or facts the public, instead they give a derrogatory presentation of opinion, celebrity worship, trivia, personality politics, ridicule, false indignation, sarcasm, disingenuous arguments, intellectually dishonest arguments, faux outrage, and overbearing sanctimonious arrogance. Don't get all your info from the corporate media because their job is not to inform the public, their job is to form/mold opinions in the minds of the public. It is called mind-control.
The corporate masters' ultimate goal is to create a "corporate state" world just like they have in third world countries, just one big "Plantation State" or "Company Town". The corporate masters' control/manage the populace by determining the choices available to them. For them, they do not believe in the commonwealth or mankind. They want to live in the big luxury houses on the hills, safe behind gated communities, and for everybody else to live in shanty towns downstream from their industrial waste plants. They want to turn America into a "post-industrial nation" that does not produce anything, export jobs to third world countries, and force Americans to compete for wages against the poorest most impoverished countries. They want to turn America into a "post industrial" "service economy" where everybody works multiple part-time jobs without any job security, job benefits, medical coverage, or rights. They want to concentrate America's wealth into the bank accounts of the wealthiest people, and then export it to hide it in foreign countries so they won't pay any taxes. They will make money through schemes such as asset bubbles and credit crunches, not actually produce anything. They will fight ruthlessly against anything that benefits the public like better education, government health care, cleaner environment, living wages, free speech, peace, unions, and open political discourse. The corporate masters will use the best marketing techniques to engineer false arguments to control and manipulate the public. They don't have to fool all the people all the time, just enough people to sway elections to their lackey "made men." The corporate masters use their mouthpieces, the corporate news media and politico pundits, to control the swing voters' perception of reality. They want the public to live in a perpetual state of "passive resignation" to accept whatever the corporate news media and politico pundits tell them to think.
Examine all the links below this commentary and quotes. The real news websites listed below tell you the news that the tabloid corporate-media refuses to report. Bookmark the links to the real news websites below and check them frequently. Tell your friends about the BBC, Air America Radio, PBS NOW show, and these other news websites because they tell you the real news, not the corporate-media think-tank paid-pundit spun-propaganda "faux news" the USA based news networks spew. Even though the BBC News has been neutered somewhat after the former heads of the BBC, Gavyn Davies and Greg Dyke, refused to apologize for telling the truth and were forced to resign, the BBC is still better than USA based corporate news. It is up to you to decide to find the truth about the world for yourself. I don't list the names of these websites so you can find out what they are as you search for the truth. USA based corporate-news-media-networks have been so increasingly deceptive and manipulative that the more educated people in this country and many people in the rest of the world think of USA based news networks as illegitimate and not credible. The amount of unsavory deceit, duplicity, complicity, and manipulation by USA based corporate-news-networks is abominable. As soon as you go on the internet to read how foreign journalists cover the same events, you immediately become aware of the fact that USA based news networks have a "unique" spin on the world (to put it mildly). The majority of Americans get their news from the network news services and they have been making choices based on the USA based news networks' duplicitous propaganda. Americans who live in "the Midwest" don't have access to alternative news sources and have been manipulated by the corporate-media to believe in lies that would shock Americans who live in the big cities. American "mainstream" news media is owned by a small group of wealthy individuals who use the news media to promote their corporate agendas. These wealthy individuals socialize with their peers who have the same backgrounds (same neighborhoods, colleges, fraternities, prep schools, private schools, etc.,) at their elite social institutions (rich white Anglo-Saxon Protestant men only clubs) and set the political agendas for the rest of society. In the business world these businessmen are at each others' throats, but in politics, they form cartels to work for their class' interests. Through their subsidized think-tanks, they funnel huge campaign contributions to the political parties to control the politicians. Through their media outlets, these wealthy individuals frame the national dialogue. The media cartel serves their masters. The TV news medias support only politicians who can raise the most money from the corporate-think-tanks who will in turn use that money to buy TV advertising. The TV news medias only cover politicians who can afford to buy lots of expensive TV advertising. The "mainstream" news medias shun all politicians who cannot buy lots of expensive advertising. The wealthy individuals control the journalists by employing them at their media outlets and by bribing them through their think-tanks; think-tanks bribe journalists with hundreds of thousands of dollars for private speaking engagements (some of these speaking engagements are actually junkets - expensive paid vacations where the journalists don't actually have to speak). Corporate-mainstream-network journalists who don't "play ball" and tow the party line get cut off from the trough, get demoted, or just fired and blackballed. For the corporate-mainstream-network journalists who do "play ball" with the corporate-think-tanks, there is a revolving door of employment between corporate-mainstream-network news outlets, think-tanks, kickback jobs as "image consultants" and "message consultants", and even official political-patronage "advisement" appointments in government. For the politicians that "play ball" with the corporate-think-tanks, there is a revolving door of employment between political offices (won in elections or gained via partisan appointments, political-patronage), think-tanks, and seats on board of directors for front/shell corporations that exist from government contracts. The issues that concern the publics' interests are shut out of the mainstream political dialogue. Some of these wealthy individuals not only have the interests of their corporations ahead of the publics' interests, they have the interests of foreign countries ahead of the publics' interests. This cabalistic society is like a mythical Chimera (mythical creature that had one body and many heads) for those dissenters who speak up against the cabal will be shouted down and smeared by surrogate paid-media-pundits superficially coming from many separate media channels but all saying the same think-tank-prescribed "talking points". The cabal's paid-pundits in the media never substantiate their claims, they just harass dissenters with ad hominem attacks and straw man arguments (see the logical fallacies links below). The political parties work to socialize corporations' costs, risks, and cleanup while privatizing profits. When profits were privatized and losses were socialized, that is a definition of a fascist economy. The public subsidizes big business' research and development, pays for big business' liability, and pays for cleaning up the messes caused by big business' by-products, pollution, and environmental degradation. Corporations use the media and politicians to shift the burden of economic risk from corporations and the government onto the backs of the average citizen. Partisan politics is a means in itself, a business that functions as a clearing house for corporate interests. Political party conventions are farces designed to patronize the ideologues, but the candidates themselves are oblivious to their own parties' "platforms" and are sometimes outright contemptuous of their hard core members. The corporate-mainstream-news-media is the mouthpiece of the corporations. The corporate-news-mainstream-media fools as many people (as necessary to "decide" elections) into believing that their anointed political parties' candidates have the publics' interests. The political parties hire pollsters and political consultants who can measure what the public cares about, and then semantically modify their pitch to manipulate the public into believing that the politicians are going to do what the people want when the politicians are going to do exactly the opposite. The most manipulated and lied to citizens live in the Midwest and "swing states" that "decide" elections; the media gives them different news from the rest of America.
The corporate-news-mainstream-media are liars, professional liars at that who are contemptuous to democracy, democratic ideals, and the publics' interests. The newscasters who've risen to the top got there by being the most backstabbing manipulative players who screwed over everyone else who competed against them. The people in the news business are quintessential kiss-up, kick-down sort of people. The only reason why they keep their jobs is their ability to lie, manipulate, and appear sincere when they are lying. Corporate-news-mainstream-media newsreaders wear poker faces and lie without any qualms, compunction, and penitence. Corporate-news-mainstream-media newsreaders are pretentious sanctimonious disingenuous people who put on airs of superiority and infallibility and are able to feign indignation, feign sincerity, and pretend to care. Foreign news sources and domestic independent USA news sources frequently use verifiable facts to contradict almost everything shilled by USA based news networks. USA based "mainstream" corporate-news have lost so much credibility that it has become a joke. In American news media, the punditocracy's pack journalism is the standard norm. Instead of giving the public real news, USA based "mainstream" corporate-news shills tabloid news that panders to the media "market bias" of the day. The media cartel tries to turn the public into passive consumers instead of active citizens. The media is full of partisan hacks/pundits, who push corporate mythology, push corporate talking points, frame the debates in terms the corporate politicos want, and shut out all political dissent from the national dialogue. The partisan hacks act as opinion molders by being surrogates for the political parties and lobbyists; the politicians themselves will remain "clean" from making attacks because the surrogate partisan hacks/pundits in the corporate media will do that dirty campaign work for them. Corporate politicos can never convince people to vote against their own economic self-interests, so instead they campaign to trick the people. Since corporate politicos can't offer logical rational arguments to people, they go for irrational illogical arguments. Corporate politicos poll the people to find out what are the most decisive "hot button"/wedge issues and then create vitriolic aggressive campaigns using false information to unfairly smear their opponents. The corporate news media goes along with the corporate politicos by shilling disinformation to the public, not refuting blatantly false disinformation, and shutting out all dissenting voices, all the while disingenuously pretending to be unbiased news. People in foreign countries look at Americans with dismay, like we've been brainwashed by corporate PR. Most Americans are totally oblivious to the geopolitical consequences of their actions because the corporate media doesn't want the public to know what geopolitics is. The American public is sheltered from the truth about the world that foreign people are aware of. Ignorance is bliss and the real news you'll read below is disturbing. I've met people who never read the news and they live perfectly happy, and I've met people who care about humanity and the truth and are frustrated and depressed; but the former are dupes while the latter are the wiser. You can go on believing the disinformation the USA based news networks shill and live in ignorance, or you can read these websites to start finding out the truth. The choice is yours.
The ruling classes, the very wealthy owners of corporations, see things differently than all the classes below them. Whereas working class people are manipulated by the corporate media into believing in nationalism, ethnic identity, and religions, the ruling classes believe in none of those things. The ruling classes believe in power and social economic status. The ruling classes of the societies around the world all associate and socialize with each other at exclusive luxury resorts and economic summits. To them, it does not matter how they got their money or how they maintain it, all that matters is that they have it. Ivy League educated corporate executives socialize with politicians, media owners, news personalities, dictators, criminals, and strongman leaders of the most oppressive regimes; leadership is their elite club. Their children socialize in the most elite exclusive Ivy League schools and join very odd "secret" fraternities. They believe they are above morality, above ethics, and "beyond good and evil." They also see the rest of humanity as de facto slaves and their enemies.
Although tens of thousands of working people came to protest George Bush and his suspiciously-named "free trade" economic policies; they were invariably smeared by the corporate media as "Leftists" or "radicals"; eliminating the possibility that they were simply concerned citizens participating in the democratic process. This is the familiar tactic of the corporate media to marginalize ordinary people whose interests don't correspond to those of the ruling elite. When the Democrats are in power, the media uses the same techniques to dismiss any criticism. That's how they play their game. The corporate media divides dissent to get critics fighting over egos and the minor points where they disagree. The corporate media marginalizes dissent by finding insane individuals and painting all dissenters as being just like the crazy fringe nuts. The corporate media does anything possible to make dissenters disassociate from each other and make them go off on irrelevant tangents. The corporate media must always present itself as being the ultimate authority on what issues reach public discourse, controlling how the issues are framed and on who gets to be heard. Dissenters who protest against corrupt politicians and corrupt government practices are attacked by the corporate media media as being unpatriotic and anti-government; the medias do this in the most supposedly democratic countries just as in the worst oppressive regimes. Any bottom-up grass roots issue that does not come from them is an affront to their top-down authority so they condescendingly marginalize and dismiss.
The "controlled opposition" is weak, impotent, and ineffectual. The corporate news media has effectively marginalized the political views of the vast majority of people in America and the rest of the world. Millions of people can protest in the streets and the corporate news media will summarily ignore, dismiss, marginalize, trivialize, redefine, and ridicule them, and then look the other way as the police (or whatever enforcer goons the power elite use) beat them down violently and mercilessly. The corporate news media always lumps together the most extreme fringe elements with the majority of protesters so that all the protesters could be denounced as freaks, this is the "Broad Brush fallacy" or "sweeping generalization fallacy". Some of the "controlled opposition" are "honeypots." They are organizations created by the powers that be for the purpose of collecting names of all the people that oppose them. Sometimes the powers that be use "Agent provocateurs" to try to persuade the people in these groups to do illegal activities, and entrap them, so they could then arrest everyone in the group; years later the truth comes out that the instigators of illegal activities were paid informants and undercover agents, the convictions are thrown out, but the damage is done. The ruling elite know that there are always people who are going to oppose their dirty tricks, manipulations, lies, and criminal activity so the best way to control their opposition is to concentrate them, take down names, smear them in the media, intimidate them, and render them ineffectual. Everybody knows this is going on and that makes people afraid to do anything that would get them added to any kind of "watch list" where they would be "flagged" and punished later.
"The trouble is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you're accountable."
- Arundhati Roy
"Currently, the parties are just names. The distinction now is globalists versus nationalists."
After dinner, "Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice," Ms. Warren writes. "I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders."
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s memoir "A Fighting Chance", conversation with Larry Summers
"He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave."
- Sir William Drummond of Logiealmond in "Academical Questions", end of preface (1805)
"TV is not free, it costs you your time. The Press is what the rich want you to see."
- Old expression
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans...unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing."
- Karl Rove, Republican fundraiser and political strategist, The New Yorker, February 16, 2001
"Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere, so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."
- Woodrow Wilson
"He who controls the media controls the minds of the public."
- Noam Chomsky
"There's class warfare, all right, but its my class, the rich class that's making war and we're winning."
- Warren Buffet
"Throughout the annals of political science -- or at least the annals of Internet history -- there's been an unwritten law: Elections are won by whomever devises the best way to cheat."
- Lou Cabron
"The press isn't quite as biased and liberal. They're actually conservative sometimes"
- William Kristol, Fox News neocon pundit, CNN's "Reliable Sources", 2000
"I admit it, The whole idea of the 'liberal media' was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures."
- William Kristol, Fox News neocon pundit, The New Yorker, 5/22/95
"Every great cause evolves into a movement, then into a business, and then it degenerates into a racket."
- Eric Hoffer, (I've seen many different arrangements of this quote)
"A defining attribute of a government is that it has a monopoly on the legitimate exercise of violence."
- George Will, right-wing columnist, "Realistic words would be welcome on Iraq", 3/3/06
"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."
- Maj. General Smedly Butler
"Somehow, the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country. Somehow, this is tolerated. Somehow, nobody is accountable for this."
-Kevin Tillman, former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with his older brother, the late Pat Tillman
"Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich."
- Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov
"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views... which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering."
- Doctor Who, fictional character, "Face of Evil"
"These are globetrotting sorts who are world citizens, and see the USA as merely a state within the world collective. Don't let those ... accents and folksy mannerisms fool you, they do not have an allegiance to this country; they live in the BIG picture, and are not fettered by borders, boundaries or oceanic barriers."
- anonymous web poster
"A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead."
- Leo Rosten, Leo Rosten's Treasury of Jewish Quotations
"Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it."
- Lysander Spooner
"The fact is, there is no other way to strip a population of it's liberties than to make them fear living without a certain level of protection. Anyone calling us Truth seekers crack pots, or tin foil hats are either too lazy to research, look and listen to what is plainly presented in front of them, or two, are so caught up in the fake reality we are pushed to believe that anything outside of that is just too uncomfortable for them. Reality is always darker than fiction. You also have to understand, we aren't dealing with groups of people like you or myself. We are dealing with people who think and feel differently than we do. The powerful elite don't look at the rest of us the same way we view each other. We aren't equals to them. We don't all deserve the same liberties or benefits of life. To them, we are pawns in their game for further growth of their power and wealth. Too many people in this country have their Eyes Wide Shut."
- Jason Appleton
"You got a lotta nerve / To say you are my friend / When I was down / You just stood there grinning /
You got a lotta nerve / To say you got a helping hand to lend / You just want to be on / The side that's winning"
- Bob Dylan: Positively 4th Street
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
- Communist Tyrant Josef Stalin
"The Trilateral Commission is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power political, monetary, intellectual and ecclesiastical. What the Trilateral Commission intends is to create a worldwide economic power superior to the political governments of the nation states involved. As managers and creators of the system, they will rule the future."
-U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater in his l964 book: With No Apologies
"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials
"I'm still hearing too many fools repeating the decades-old complaint about the mainstream media being silent on this issue or that issue as if they were expecting them to undergo some kind of miraculous transformation and actually start reporting the news. 'The mainstream media's not doing their job', is their usual announcement, as if this should surprise us. The fact of the matter is that these complainers are wrong. The mainstream media is doing their job, and they're doing it very well if you're still expecting them to tell the truth. The problem is that you've been unaware of what their job is. I guess you were expecting Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen to risk their lives to bring you the facts, when in reality, the job of the mainstream media has always been to obfuscate, twist, distort, conceal, and distract you from the news, while skillfully keeping you convinced that they were keeping you abreast of important issues."
- JollyRoger blog
"Mankind cannot take too much reality."
- TS Eliot
"I mean, it's just human nature to suck up to the people above you, crap on those beneath you and undercut your equals."
- Teresa Hsiao, writer, "Family Guy - No Country Club for Old Men"
"The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human."
- Aldous Huxley
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
- Voltaire, French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)
"Once you accept another person's authority, you become a different person. You are concerned with how well you follow out your orders, rather than whether it is right or wrong."
- Dr. Thomas Blass
"News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress. Everything else is publicity."
- Lord Northcliffe
"There is no good and evil; there is only power and those too weak to seek it."
- JK Rowling, "Harry Potter", character Quirrell
"Man seizes, abandons, but then commits again the errors that flatter him."
- Antoine Lavoisier
"We were led to believe decades ago that in the future, automation would eliminate the need for human workers, so we'd only have to work maybe 10-20 hours a week, if that, and we'd have a much more leisurely lifestyle. Fast forward to now, and we find ourselves either out of work with little in the way of a social safety net, or if we're lucky enough to be employed, we either don't make enough to live comfortably, or slave away for more than 40 hours in the hopes that we may be spared from the next round of layoffs. I don't blame these workers for fighting for their right to earn a living, if the government isn't going to provide a proper safety net."
- Alfred E. Bonner
"History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools."
- Ambrose Bierce, American writer, 1842-1914
"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past."
- George Orwell, 1984
"Propaganda, is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state."
- Noam Chomsky, Media Control, read everything you can by this author
"People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both."
- Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"If the constitution of a state is democratic, then every exceptional negation of democratic principles, every exercise of state power independent of the approval of the majority, can be called dictatorship."
- Carl Schmitt, "The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy"
"In dictatorships we are more fortunate than you in the West in one respect. We believe nothing of what we read in the newspapers and nothing of what we watch on television, because we know it's propaganda and lies. Unlike you in the West. We've learned to look behind the propaganda and to read between the lines, and unlike you, we know that the real truth is always subversive."
- dissident Czech novelist Zdener Urbanek
"Politics is about getting outside of yourself and your own problems for a little while and fully immersing yourself in the lies and deceit of others."
- Stephen Elliott, "Happy Baby"
"But what counter-insurgency really comes down to is the protection of the capitalists back in America, their property and their privileges. US national security, as preached by US leaders, is the security of the capitalist class in the US, not the security of the rest of the people."
- Philip Agee, CIA Diary, p562
"You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month."
- CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. "Katherine The Great," by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991)
"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way."
- Bertrand Russell
"The middle class and working poor are told that what's happening to them is the consequence of Adam Smith's 'Invisible Hand.' This is a lie. What's happening to them is the direct consequence of corporate activism, intellectual propaganda, the rise of a religious orthodoxy that in its hunger for government subsidies has made an idol of power, and a string of political decisions favoring the powerful and the privileged who bought the political system right out from under us."
- Bill Moyers, Keynote speech, June 3, 2004
"Neither is it that US foreign policy is cruel because American leaders are cruel. It's that our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately cruel and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign policy establishment; it might as well be written into the job description. People capable of expressing a full human measure of compassion and empathy toward faraway powerless strangers - (let alone American soldiers) - do not become president of the United States, or vice president, or secretary of state, or national security adviser or secretary of the treasury. Nor do they want to."
- William Blum, from 'Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower'
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
- Sinclair Lewis
"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."
- Jay Gould, financier
"The average guy don't rock the boat because they want to get on it."
- Hunter S. Thompson, writer, "The Rum Diary"
"There's no such thing as a liberal. A liberal is a commie with a college education thinking negro thoughts."
"This country was built on genocide and slavery. We killed all the black guys over here and then we shipped in new black guys of our own. And then we brought in Jesus like a bar of soap."
- Hunter S. Thompson, writer, "The Rum Diary"
"The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That's impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it."
- Michael Rivero
"... the media in the United States effectively represents the interests of corporate America, and ... the media elite are the watchdogs of what constitutes acceptable ideological messages, the parameters of news and information content, and the general use of media resources."
- Peter Phillips, Project Censored, 1998
"You see, when a nation threatens another nation the people of the latter forget their factionalism, their local antagonisms, their political differences, their suspicions of each other, their religious hostilities, and band together as one unit. Leaders know that, and that is why so many of them whip up wars during periods of national crisis, or when the people become discontented and angry. The leaders stigmatize the enemy with every vice they can think of, every evil and human depravity. They stimulate their people s natural fear of all other men by channeling it into a defined fear of just certain men, or nations. Attacking another nation, then, acts as a sort of catharsis, temporarily, on men s fear of their immediate neighbors. This is the explanation of all wars, all racial and religious hatreds, all massacres, and all attempts at genocide."
- Taylor Caldwell, "The Devils Advocate" (1952) - pg. 299
"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."
"They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers call this a new [world] order. It is not new and it is not order"
- U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
"--- justice is nothing more than whatever is advantageous to the stronger.--"
"---some nations are ruled by tyrants, others are ruled by a democratic majority, and still others are ruled by a small aristocracy. . . . Whoever rules-the ruling party-is the stronger in each nation . . . . And in each nation, whoever rules passes the laws that are to their own-the rulers' advantage. After they pass these laws, they say that justice is obeying the law. Whoever fails to keep the law is punished as unjust and a lawbreaker. So that . . . is what I say justice is. Justice is the same in all nations: whatever is to the advantage of the ruling group. The ruling group --- is the stronger. So --- everywhere justice is the same: it is whatever is advantageous to the stronger."
"I proclaim that justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger. ... The different forms of government make laws democratical, aristocratic, tyrannical, with a view to their several interests; and these laws, which are made by them from their own interests, are the justice which they deliver to their subjects, and him who transgresses them they punish as a breaker of the law, and unjust. And this is what I mean when I say that in all states there is the same principle of justice which is in the interest of the government; and as the government must be supposed to have power, the only reasonable conclusion is that everywhere there is one principle of justice which is in the interests of the stronger."
- Thrasymachus' view of justice from Plato's Republic, a very cynical view authoritarians adopt
"Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no 220-pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110-pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out … People who object to weapons aren't abolishing violence, they're begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically right. Guns ended that, and a social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work."
– L. Neil Smith (from The Probability Broach)
"Truth is treason in an empire of lies."
- Ron Paul
"The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power... They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection."
-- U.S. Vice President Henry A. Wallace, quoted in the New York Times, April 9, 1944
"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it."
- Abraham Lincoln, (American 16th US President (1861-65)
"The NSS [National Security State] represents and serves the interests of a tiny elite. Its economic policies of 'trickling-up', enforced by the machine gun, are rationalized on the ground that growth in the long run will trickle down to the lower orders. This is a self-serving ideology designed mainly to allow the western public to think well of themselves and their own country."
- Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and foreign policy critic
"Many Americans want to nurture an image of innocence and decency and yet most Americans want most of all to stay on top and continue to applaud clear victories in the Third World however achieved."
- Richard A. Falk, American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University
"Uncontrolled power will turn even saints into savages. And we can all be counted on to live down to our lowest impulses."
"Come now. We aren't children. In your culture, justice is the will of the stronger. It is forced upon people by means of weapons and fleets of spaceships. Our justice is the will of the stronger mind, and I, for one, consider it a vast improvement."
- Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren", character Parmen quoting Thrasymachus in Plato's Republic (Star Trek has political satire)
"The loud little handful will shout for war. The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first.... The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes, and will try to make out why there should be a war, and they will say earnestly and indignantly: "It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war." Then the few will shout even louder.... Before long you will see a curious thing: anti--war speakers will be stoned from the platform, and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men who still agree with the speakers but dare not admit it... Next, the statesmen will invent cheap lies...and each man will be glad of these lies and will study them because they soothe his conscience; and thus he will bye and bye convince himself that the war is just and he will thank God for a better sleep he enjoys by his self--deception."
-- Mark Twain
"Of the enemies of true liberty, war is perhaps the most dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people."
- James Madison, the chief author of US Constitution
"The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting "intelligence" justifying those activities. Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies."
- Ralph McGehee, former Career Intelligence Medal recipient officer of the CIA (1952 to 1977) and critic of the agency.
"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer."
- Henry Kissinger, New York Times, Oct. 28, 1973, war criminal who is an esteemed pundit by corporate news media, treated as an elder statesman
"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers"
- Thomas Pynchon said (in Gravity's Rainbow)
"People have a right to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. Evidence must be located, not created, and opinions not backed by evidence cannot be given much weight"
- James W. Loewen
"The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests."
- The Rothschild brothers of London writing to associates in New York, 1863
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws."
- Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), founder of the House of Rothschild
"Gandhi's Seven Deadly Sins: Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi, one of the most influential figures in modern social and political activism, considered these traits to be the most spiritually perilous to humanity. Wealth without Work, Pleasure without Conscience, Science without Humanity, Knowledge without Character, Politics without Principle, Commerce without Morality, Worship without Sacrifice"
"Sorry guys… free men have no leaders. Only slaves (and the mentally deficient) have leaders. You've got a choice to make."
- AnthonyH (just another internet poster)
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."
"The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed."
- Honoré de Balzac's tragicomic novel "Le Père Goriot."
"A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more money than a hundred men with guns."
- Don Corleone, character in movie 'The Godfather'
"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."
- William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)
"... I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats... same-same... rich... they take turns fleecing us... our few dollars... pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%... the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South. Our Masters, the Wealthy, do, as they like to us..."
- Clay Duke, died 12-14-10
"socialism was designed for aristocrats to keep them from fallen beneath the burgeoning bourgeoisie
The 1%'s have become Americas' aristocrats and just like those of the 19th century they aim to keep the peasants and the middle class at bay by taking from the middle class and giving to the under class in the name of social justice, meanwhile the money they pay is chump change and they have duped a significant portion of the middle class into supporting their scheme because they think they are doing good, they are getting the fair share out of the 1%, or they just believe that the middle class should be stuck toiling away at they chump change "make more that the poverty level" jobs, while kicking the bucket early from heart attacks
the indoctrination system of public education has been very effective indeed"
- starz-n-barz, Yahoo commenter, 10-28-15
"Transition from Capitalism to Fascism is inevitable in all capitalist countries. Capitalism gives birth to large corporations governed by private elites who can trade where ever they want all over the world. Since the fundamental capitalistic force of greed and profit guides the corporates, many of them eventually turn out to be much richer than the governments themselves. What happens when some elites are wealthier than the governments? Its obvious. The elites either buy the governments and run the country covertly, solely for their own interests; or the government opens its eyes and fights the capitalists directly or indirectly to regain their power and control. These are the only two outcomes of the capitalistic system. The case of US seems to be the first one because corporates have already bought the government."
- Anonymous Coward, India, 08/05/2009
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts."
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of US (1809 - 1865)
"The end of Democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when the government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations."
- Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
- Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States
"And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity in the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
- Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States