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.
“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”
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.
Someone posted a video from Alex’s Jones Infowars supposedly from a “feminist” who advocated “killing male babies.”
First of all, no “feminist” by definition would even think much less say such a thing. The woman in the video is no feminist.
Secondly, you could scour the earth and find someone who expresses an opinion that contradicts their seemingly stereotype.
Thirdly, Infowars could well have made a video by a so called “feminist” who was just a woman reading a script merely designed to cause controversy obviously because it fits the propaganda that Infowars wants to lay on the public.
And finally, one example of a video or written statement by someone who has no obvious political power hardly qualifies as representative. The first example would be this missive by myself. Unless a person who has a power base, such as a politician or corporate leader, says whatever surely that can dismissed as just ranting propaganda.
People don’t look to see where blatant propaganda comes from if we are lucky enough to have a named source. The whole idea of regressive propaganda such as Infowars or Brietbart is to influence or temper one’s views. The idea that a “feminist” or femnazi would want to kill male babies fits right into the genocidal nature of extreme rightwing views of just what they’d like to do to people other than their stereotypical WASP.
When extreme propaganda is disseminated through the media trying to discuss and dismiss it becomes a frustrating thing because someone somewhere will pass it on and some people will think that’s the way it is- when it’s not…
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…
Like any complicated explanation of any idea, event or even people, one must read all of a book, see all of the movie and all of the television show. As Gustave Le Bon explains, “The great events which shape the destinies of peoples— revolutions, for example, and the outbreak of religious beliefs— are sometimes so difficult to explain that one must limit oneself to a mere statement.” While seemingly contradictory, this is a great insight to what humanity reduces complications to mere feelings or one could say encoded in our DNA.
Le Bon writing before the modern age notes “So long as psychology regards beliefs as voluntary and rational they will remain inexplicable. Having proved that they are usually irrational and always involuntary, I was able to propound the solution of this important problem; how it was that beliefs which no reason could justify were admitted without difficulty by the most enlightened spirits of all ages.”
Further explaining the seemingly unexplainable, Gustave Le Bon expounds his thesis, “I arrived at the conclusion that beside the rational logic which conditions thought, and was formerly regarded as our sole guide, there exist very different forms of logic: affective logic, collective logic, and mystic logic, which usually overrule the reason and engender the generative impulses of our conduct.”
Revolutions, usually meant the overthrow of a “ancient regime” by violence, can also be done with mere thoughts, even if eventually finished with violence. And so Le Bon concludes that “The historians who have judged the events of the French Revolution in the name of rational logic could not comprehend them, since this form of logic did not dictate them.”
“A revolution cannot be effected without the assistance or at least the neutrality of the army, but it often happens that the movement commences without it.”
Reading this book can help understand what shapes the changes needed for societies to advance, to become more responsive to what everyone knows must happen but are resisted by forces that are by nature irrational.
“The Psychology of Revolution” by Gustave Le Bon
FWIW department- I was born in 1949 and raised in Virginia so I can tell you that racism is truly “inbred.” My parents were racists, although they were nicer than most towards blacks. It must have been late 50s and early 60s when I saw the Freedom Marchers on TV being gassed, bit by dogs and generally treated like dirt all because they wanted to vote, to exercise their rights as citizens and generally get decent jobs and so on. In my childhood naivety I couldn’t understand how people could treat other folks so badly because of the color of their skin. When I studied Martin Luther King and all he wanted, I could see that America was truly a crazy place. In my own childish way I sat on the back of the bus with the blacks or even gave up my seat so a black could sit. I would intentionally drink out of designated black water fountains and sit at the black only lunch counters. The waitress would say “you can’t sit here it’s for blacks only” and I would reply “But I’m white.” By the time I started demonstrating against Vietnam in 1969, my dad said to me “Why are you demonstrating with all those niggers?” I told him “We are all niggers, cannon fodder for rich peoples’ wars.”
“…we have lived through the barbarities of the Bush régime, which seemed determined to take America, and the world, a long way back, and in the process to undermine the values both of the Enlightenment and of their own founding fathers. On the other, we face an increasing threat of terrorist violence by Islamic fundamentalists, who seem determined to take the world even further back, overthrowing not merely the values of the West but also those of their own much earlier version of the Enlightenment.”
“Voltaire: A Life” by Ian Davidson
“According to a myth recorded by Juan de Betanzos, Viracocha rose from Lake Titicaca (or sometimes the cave of Paqariq Tampu (also spelled Paqariqtampu, Pacarictambo and Pacaric Tambo) near Cusco during the time of darkness to bring forth light. (22) This of course was after he is alleged to have created the universe and earth. He made the sun, moon, and the stars, or possible these entities became visible once light had been created. Then he made mankind by breathing into stones, but his first creation were brainless giants that displeased him. So he destroyed it with a flood and made a new, better one from smaller stones, or some sources say from clay. (23) In some accounts it was these brainless giants that assembled the megalithic site known on the high altiplano as Tiwanaku and Puma Punku.”
“Plumed Serpent: Ancient Bearded Gods Of The Americas” by Brien Foerster