It’s sobering to understand that in no uncertain terms with the notable exception of a few degrees that there are two economies each in their own bubble- the elites and their minions- and the rest of us. It’s propaganda designed to separate the 99% into warring factions. It becomes clearer when you look closely at regressives and how they have bought into what the elites are selling. Regressives to a man and woman actually think that because the division between say between socialists and capitalists is one of ideology that the 99% should roll over and play dead…that we are all unworthy of eating, clothing and shelter.
“Initially the leaders of MK-ULTRA restricted the surprise acid tests to TSS members, but when this phase had run its course they started dosing other Agency personnel who had never tripped before. Nearly everyone was fair game, and surprise acid trips became something of an occupational hazard among CIA operatives. Such tests were considered necessary because foreknowledge would prejudice the results of the experiment.”
Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain, “Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond”
“Not surprisingly, the Boohoos lost their case in court when the judge ruled that an organization with “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” as its theme song was not serious enough to qualify as a church. “Apparently,” Kleps concluded, “those in control of the instrumentalities of coercive power in the United States had no difficulty in recognizing a psychedelic religion as a psychedelic religion when that religion was safely encapsulated in a racial minority group living outside the mainstream of American life.”
Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain “Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond”
Allen (eventually head of the CIA) and John Foster Dulles (later Secretary of State under Ike) were brothers who got their start on Wall Street. Sullivan and Cromwell, the Dulles brothers’ Wall Street law firm, was at the center of an intricate international network of banks, investment firms, and industrial conglomerates that rebuilt Germany after World War I. Foster, the law firm’s top executive, grew skilled at structuring the complex merry-go-round of transactions that funneled massive U.S. investments into German industrial giants like the IG Farben chemical conglomerate and Krupp Steel. The profits generated by these investments then flowed to France and Britain in the form of war reparations, and then back to the United States to pay off war loans.” Many historians put forth the idea that this system fueled the rise of Nazism and contributed to WWII.
During WWII Allen Dulles was the resident OSS head in Switzerland and had many contacts with Nazi leaders. “Dulles was more in step with many Nazi leaders than he was with President Roosevelt.”
Far from being neutral, “Banks in Zurich and Basel allowed the Nazis to stash the treasure they were looting from Europe in secret accounts, which Germany then used to buy the essential products from neutral countries that fueled the Third Reich— tungsten from Spain, oil from Romania, steel from Sweden, beef from Argentina.”
“The White House wanted Dulles in clear contact with his Nazi clients so they could be easily identified.” Roosevelt felt by doing so, his Justice Department could prosecute Nazi war crimes more easily, although Justice Department lawyer (later appointed to the Supreme Court) William O. Douglas said “I could perhaps endure [men like Foster Dulles] for an evening. But to sit on a cloud with [them] through eternity would be to exact too great a price.”
Roosevelt’s “Administration officials feared that, by hiding their ill-gotten wealth, members of the German elite planned to bide their time after the war and would then try to regain power.” It didn’t help any that “Shredding of captured Nazi records was the favorite tactic of Dulles and his [associates] who stayed behind to help run the occupation of postwar Germany.” Nazi hunter John Loftus.
Many corporations survived WWII intact- “The chemical giant Farben was at the forefront of integrating concentration camp labor into its industrial production process, with other major German corporations like Volkswagen, Siemens, and Krupp following closely behind.”
The impact of the Dulles brothers even affects modern day United States in ways which are hard to understand unless a total review of their ideology becomes important enough to see the ground work done and in my opinion were traitors of the United States…
“The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government” by David Talbot
It’s a fallacy that boomers were ever in a position- other than make noise- to change the government The percentage of voters was about the same as now… Even when there was the chance that a liberal such as RFK would be elected he was killed as was MLK and numerous other leftists were discredited. Millions marched for antiwar.but it was more like “antidraft.” Most of us hardcore realized that the revolution was an internal one. Some were lucky enough to be become middle class, which has its own set of binding rules. Once the defining issue of Vietnam was gone and “hippies” were discredited by being associated with Charles Manson, the right wing reared its uneducated and politically naive head and it’s been a downward spiral ever since…blame the sycophantic right wing in this country for our collective downfall…
Everybody, everything can be criticized. That said, it’s where you go from there. Do you go back to complacency because whatever point you made is valid about any action? Why of course no one likes violence. No one likes disruption. When your own government in your name is killing and destroying countries around the world in the name of corporate profit should it be ignored because someone destroyed a Limousine or called the president a name? This is where the rubber hits the road folks. This is why the pressure should never be stopped.
“The first public statement of a defense was made by Nixon on June 22, 1972—that nobody in his White House was involved in this bizarre incident—and Nixon’s final firewall explanation of his defense was issued eleven months later, on May 22, 1973; the latter followed the firing of his top aides, including your author, who had become the centerpiece of his defense.”
“The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It” by John W. Dean
For those interested in researching and understanding more about Watergate from the original recordings-
Years ago I studied many disciplines, including Zen and Raj Yoga. While certainly such things as “thoughts and prayers” seem useless to me because one is focusing on an unknown and probably false concept of thinking that God or some entity has some magical power to interfere and set things right. What the above mentioned disciplines encourage is to find that “God-like” quality within yourself to be spiritually positive about your life.
Part of these concepts is “visualization.” Each of us has the ability to visualize the things we need and want. For example, I have found that if I wanted some material thing, I visualized it first and then went backwards to determine how to get it. The solution may well be something as simple as saving the money necessary to acquire it. I look at every point in time as a crossroads where I could go either way. The thought process is predicated on something like if I buy that candy bar, I may be happy in that moment, but does that do anything to get my dream of something more expensive since I will have to save much more money than the price of the candy bar. This requires planning and determining what is more important.
Something more abstract like keeping a positive mindset requires acknowledgement of negativity, yet realize and then visualize that being positive is the only way to overcome that negativity. In our universe, in our world, there cannot be good without evil, want without not having and so on throughout each and every material or spiritual desire. Feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly futility of just living day to day causes the mind to focus not on solutions to any problem but simply being immersed in negativity to the point that becomes one’s sole mantra.
Each and everyone of us each second, each minute, each hour, each day and so on, faces that dichotomy of being so within ourselves that it seems hopeless. This becomes a loop that feeds upon itself. We see examples of this everyday- hate, racism and irrationality- that in turn becomes a never-ending focus on the outside world instead of finding the space within ourselves to better our lives without saying or thinking it’s someone else’s fault “I am not a better person.”
I have been on the Internet for some 20+ years. In that time, it has morphed, not evolved since I see that as a positive, into a platform that has mixed messages, much of which is obvious, or what should be obvious, propaganda for the corporate state, that peculiar form of fascism in which corporations rule the petty kingdom of hate, misogyny and racism to name a few.
Yet I see people perpetuate personal oriented memes or events that have little to do with creating a world that is better for all. These are tedious distractions designed to fill one’s head with thoughts that has no relevance to day to day existence. This crap is touted as being some sort “new” way for the modern person to control their world. Of course none of this “debate” is oriented to real solutions, real ideas to actually do something besides bomb, pollute, destroy clean energy or increasing military spending instead of promoting peace and harmony throughout the world as so many religions blast loudly each and every day.
Just the other day we had folks breathlessly announcing that the Trump Administration is setting aside a whole month devoted to publicizing human trafficking and sexual slavery. What a good thing! However, how can we expect the United States who is devoted to terrorizing whole countries and their peoples to actually do something besides actually fostering the very same thing they are giving such blatant lip service?
Let’s get real! The world’s problems are not solved by some publicity-oriented propaganda to show hypocritical good intentions. What goes a long way to actually doing something to stop human exploitation is to feed, clothe and house people. No one out there is expecting to not pay for these human rights by their labor, by their blood, by their dignity no matter what regressive bullshit perpetuates. And this folks is what the wide gap between bullshit and actually working to get the corporate state moving to do much better than just declarations…
People don’t understand Wall Street. Somehow they think they can single out a business or two or three that is publicly traded when the same oligarchs control and manipulate stocks of every major business with as little as eight percent ownership. The rest are small potatoes that have little or no impact on the bottom line…