THE UTTER FUTILITY of trying to restore our stolen liberty here in the United States – the now-undeniable fact We the People are the disempowered subjects of a predator state ruled by gangster capitalists and their wholly-owned vassals in government, academia and mass media – is made undeniably clear by the damning revelations about Democratic (sic) Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican opponent Donald Trump.
That's because after last Friday's disclosures we now know as absolute certainty what many of us have long suspected: that the One Percent and their Ruling Class vassals, in what is probably human history's most profound gesture of aristocratic contempt, are offering us a pseudo-choice that reduces our once-internationally esteemed democratic process to meaningless ritual. As if in grotesque mimicry of the (questionable) tale of Marie Antoinette's response to starving Parisians – “The people want bread? Let them eat cake” – it seems our rulers are sneering, “The people want elections? Let them choose between tyrants.”
Voting is thus reduced to an obscene satire on its former function – a diabolical feat that in its cunningly despotic destructiveness exceeds even the darkest estimates of our capitalist overlords' capabilities and intentions.
The result – as significant psychologically and ideologically as it is historically and politically – is nullification of the democratic process. It is exactly as if we the people have been officially disenfranchised by the sort of decree we associate with Hitler or Mussolini or Third-World despots. But – and here again we see the One Percent's demonic genius – our disenfranchisement is accomplished not by decree (which would leave no doubt the USian Empire is now the Fourth Reich), but by breathtakingly clever perversion of the very process that formerly ensured our liberty.
How then can we ever hope to regain our freedom?
As I have written repeatedly during the past few months, what we are offered is tantamount to a choice between two Hitlers: Donald Hitler versus Hillary Hitler – the murders and lesser hate-crimes of a domestic holocaust versus World War III and our species' extinction.
Donald Hitler intends to resurrect the white-supremacy policies of the German Third Reich and impose them on all the unpopular minorities of the Fourth Reich United States, thus to “restore America's greatness.” He would wage war on any of us who are African-American, Hispanic, First Nations, Muslim, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transsexual-queer, Communist, socialist or even slightly Left-leaning.
Hillary Hitler intends – just as the late Führer did – to be the first-ever conqueror of Russia. But Thermonuclear Hillary Hitler is infinitely more dangerous than Pre-nuclear Adolf Hitler. Hillary Hitler is willing to gamble our entire species' survival in her fanatical desire to reduce at least 146,600,000 Russian women, men and children either to radioactive ash or to the ultimately deadly sweatshop slavery that is increasingly the inescapable lot of the USian Empire's 99 Percent.
Depressing as it is, the One Percent's limitation of our plausible options to Clinton or Trump is not, by itself, the ultimate proof our liberty is abolished beyond any hope of recovery. That proof is in the methodical lying rationalized by what should henceforth be labeled the Hillary Axiom: in politics, “you need both a private and a public position.”
Thus the politicians privately speak the truth to their plutocratic owners, and use Big Lies – of which Obama's “change we can believe in” is the ultimate example to-date – to publicly dupe the rest of us.
While that is surely the lesson taught us by Obama the Orator's now-infamous shape-shift into Barack the Betrayer, the impact of its verbalization by a personage of Hillary's stature turns it from submissive shrug-of-the-shoulders suspicion to infuriating clenched-fist fact.
And the broader implication of Hillary's Axiom – that the entire public face of USian politics is naught but scam – is as vital to understanding today's global politics as the German Nazis' conceptualization and use of the Big Lie was to understanding the politics that led to World War II.
With Hillary's inadvertent but eternally damning admission that deceiving the public is now the core dynamic of Usian politics, we are in essence told that under capitalist governance, all politicians are of necessity liars and that no USian politician's promises can ever again be trusted – a disclosure that will surprise only those who fail to recognize the necessity of lies to capitalism itself.
Here we encounter the ultimate discouragement to any sort of conventional political activism: why bother if the relevant truths are forever hidden behind a cacophony of lies?
Voters have no defense against clandestinely pro-plutocracy politicians who – precisely as Obama did – lie themselves into office as “reformers,” then in service to their One Percent masters break the very promises by which they energized their support.
Thus capitalist governance, like capitalism itself, is by its intrinsic dishonesty placed forever beyond the reach of reform.
Thus too we must now immediately dismiss as Big Lies any and all of Hillary's claims she favors progressive demands – particularly given that Friday's revelations prove her (true) private positions are the diametrical opposites of her public assertions. For example Hillary says in private that “Simpson-Bowles” – Obama's Deficit Commission, which would have sentenced innumerable seniors and disabled people to premature deaths by slashing Social Security and Medicare – “put forth the right framework” for the most productive capitalist governance. She also notes she “did all (she) could to make sure (Wall Street) continued to prosper.”
Obviously, Hillary's private politics are those of the Goldwater Girl she was in her youth. Just as obviously, she regards the 99 Percent and all of us therein with a 21st Century version of the vindictive scorn the haughty aristocrats of pre-revolutionary France reserved for the Third Estate. Indeed it now appears she is the ultimate false-flag candidate: beneath her Democratic (sic) disguise, a fanatically conservative, nuke-em-till-they-glow Barry Goldwater disciple cunningly trained as an infiltrator – one cannot but wonder by whom – and oh-so-carefully self-closeted until she could pounce to certain victory.
In other words, the public Hillary is pure fraud.
The broader relevance of the “eternally damning admission” report linked above, jointly authored by Kevin Zeese and Dr. Margaret Flowers of the superbly informative Occupy-offspring website Popular Resistance, is that it is one of the most telling summations I have yet seen on the extent to which such fraud has become the One Percent's primary methodology for governing the Usian imperial homeland.
Its disclosures supported by a bibliography of authoritative links, it goes far beyond the immediate issue of Hillary's perpetual dishonesty and includes, for example, a forthright discussion of the Big Lie tactics that accompanied imposition of the Affordable Care Act, “the biggest insurance scam in history.”
Unfortunately Zeese and Flowers conclude by reiterating their oft-repeated claim that “when people organize they have power.” They add that “the people need to let the government know they will not be silent against systemic corruption. We will... make sure (Hillary's) is a presidency of protest; where the people will be relentless in demanding that the government represent our interests.”
Thus Zeese and Flowers – like the vast majority of USians – remain blinded by the obstructive optimism that prevents them from recognizing the zero-tolerance reality of total surveillance: that thanks to the One Percent's ownership and mastery of surveillance technology, we live in a realm wherein nothing can ever again be hidden from the omnipresent gaze of the secret police. Yet so brainwashed are we – our minds so saturated from birth with USian propaganda – we glibly dismiss the tyrannical intent of such surveillance by clinging to the Big Lie we live in the “sweet land of liberty,”
As under the fictional Borg, effective resistance – much less any possibility of evolving even one of the four prerequisites of revolution (for which scroll down) – is therefore genuinely futile. Lesser resistance, as in the recent Bernie Sanders campaign, will be neutralized by lies; greater resistance, as in Occupy, will be crushed by infiltration and violence.
Rescue by invasion from without – as in the Union Army's liberation of the Confederacy, the Red Army's liberation of Leningrad, the Allied Forces' liberation of Paris or the liberation of Saigon by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army– is rendered eternally impossible by the USian threat of thermonuclear weapons and the fact “better dead than Red” has been elevated from a Goldwater Girl slogan into an irrevocable principle of imperial policy. Have no doubt: our overlords would rather blow up the planet than relinquish their power – unquestionably why, with the flaring of pre-revolutionary anger in the USian Homeland (never mind the anger is hopelessly undisciplined) – the One Percenters and their Hillaryite surrogates are now openly trying to provoke World War III.
We are thus permanently subjugated. But until we recognize that rightfully terrifying fact – until we set aside our obstructive “all-will-be-well” optimism; until we stop our senseless employment of tactics rendered useless (if not suicidal) by total surveillance; until we abandon hopes long ago proven idiotic by the oft-demonstrated submissiveness of the USian Caucasian majority, (who as part of their legacy of white supremacy believe revolutionary change is theirs merely for the asking) – we have no chance of evolving an adequate resistance.
Instead we must unflinchingly examine the bitter truths of our powerlessness and the omnipotence of our masters – the fact we are already prisoners in an electronic slave-pen wherein even our most private thoughts are laid bare by computers that psychoanalyze us by the books we read, the foods we buy and even our chosen brands of tooth paste, toilet paper, menstrual supplies and condoms. Only when we acknowledge the unmitigated horror of our circumstances – a horror more devastatingly oppressive than anything in our species' history – will we be able to evolve strategies and tactics adequate to the task of self-liberation. Just as Sun Tzu asserted 2600 years ago, “Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.”
But even if sometime in the future we are at last possessed of the requisite knowledge and discipline to permanently overthrow capitalism, it may yet be that our only hope for victory – our only chance to make economic democracy a reality (and therefore restore both human dignity and human liberty) – will arise from the opportunity sure to handed us by Mother Nature.
Though too few of us deign to recognize her for what she is – our planet's one undeniably real deity (the selfsame Goddess the patriarchy and its direct offspring capitalism truly cannot abide) – when at last the depredations of the capitalists provoke her to apocalyptic vengeance, the technologies of surveillance and mass murder will be among the first technologies to fail. No electricity means no computers, which means our overlords will no longer have the powers they appropriated from their sadistic and misogynistic conception of divinity. And in their defenselessness – the defenselessness of the One Percent and its Ruling Class vassals – will be the 99 Percent's opportunity to prevail – though only if we are ideologically and organizationally prepared. I will not live to see it; probably not even the Millennial generation will live to see it, but it is bound to happen – unless of course Hillary and her masters exterminate our species first.
As noted in A Government Is Seizing Control of Our Election Process, and It Is Not the Russians, (t)here is an attempt underway for a government to take control of our election process and throw the election to Hillary Clinton. It is not the Russian government. Mark this day it is when we came to understand that the American government decided to elect a president.
The report goes on to document in disturbing detail how the so-called “deep state” – that is, the imperial security apparatus – is now functioning as a key part of the Clinton campaign machine.
In comment-thread response, here with an informational link added, the text slightly enlarged (and thus not enclosed in quotation marks), I wrote what turned out to be my longest off-OAN Internet post of the week:
I have to quibble with (any) distinction between “government” and “deep state.”
What subjugates us is capitalist governance: in other words, fascism (actually – with its claim of “exceptionalism” and its chants of “USA! USA! USA!” as variants of the traditional “Zieg Heil” – a uniquely USian form of Nazism). It is government wholly owned by, and therefore utterly obedient to, a cabal of mostly anonymous plutocrats rather than to a Hitler, Mussolini, Franco or Pinochet.
The “deep state” – the USian security apparatus – is merely the first part of government the cabal took over after the failure of the 1934 Bankers' Plot.
This was in compliance with Hitler's Mein Kampf dictum the path to power is infiltration of the most powerful organs of the state.
As soon as “the deep state” was under capitalist control, the rest was relatively easy: the postwar purge of progressives; the decade of murders; the 2000 Bush Coup; the Reichstag Fire of 9/11; Obama elected by “change we can believe in” (the most malicious Big Lie in our presidential history); and we the people thus reduced to irremediable hopelessness. All else – including the subjugation implicit in our 2016 major-party choices – follows “as the night the day.”
And anyone who is surprised what obtains has been asleep, a la Rip Van Winkle, at least since 22 November 1963.
Such is capitalist governance: absolute power and unlimited profit for the One Percent and their Ruling Class vassals (the so-called “deep state” included); total subjugation for all the rest of us.
Thus too the future intended by the USian Empire (should humanity survive Hillary's intended depredations): the planet transformed by neo-conservative colonialism and neo-liberal economics into one vast neo-plantation, with all of us in the 99 Percent reduced to neo-slavery.
Yahoo Secretly Scanned Customer Emails for US Intelligence – Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information (demanded) by U.S. intelligence officials...scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.
As I remarked on the associated comment thread, “And how do we know the companies that claim they didn't aren't lying? (Especially since deliberate deception – the sole reason for the gazillion-dollar Big Lie Business of Madison Avenue – is the quintessential core of capitalism.)”
I also added three additional comments to this thread, these in response to other thread-contributors' posts rather than to the news report itself.
US Ranks Lower Than Kazakhstan and Algeria on Gender Equality – The US, the world’s biggest economy, ranks below Kazakhstan and Algeria for gender equality, according to...the Girls’ Opportunity Index, compiled by Save the Children to mark International Day of the Girl...The US came 32nd in the index due to its low representation of women in parliament, high teenage pregnancy rates and and its record on maternal deaths. Fourteen women died per 100,000 live births in the US in 2015, a similar number to Uruguay and Lebanon. Save the Children’s head of inclusive development, Lisa Wise, one of the report’s authors, said that the low ranking of the US was surprising. “It’s one of those cases where it should be performing better.”
Indeed, hence my comment-thread editorial:
“I'm surprised Ms. Wise is surprised at the USian Imperial Homeland's relatively low ranking. She must get her 'news' from the Ministry of Propaganda (aka 'mainstream media') rather than from less censored sources.”
Otherwise she'd recognize the signature destitution imposed by capitalist governance: absolute power and unlimited profit for the One Percent and its Ruling Class vassals, total subjugation for all the rest of us.
“And now that hackers have shown us the real Hillary -- the Goldwater Girl who closeted her ideological malevolence until she had the opportunity to spring it on us -- we know with absolute certainty it will get much much much worse: deadly cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; probable elimination of food stamps; the nullification of what little remains of our constitutional rights, millions more jobs stolen by free trade, who knows how many young men and women killed in ever-expanding foreign aggression...
“(Were I a betting man, which I'm not, I'd wager Big Time the USian position on the Girls' Opportunity Index is declining [just like every other indicator of USian quality of life], and that next year it will be worse.)
“As I said: capitalist governance in action.”
Tim Kaine, John Negroponte and the Priest Who Was Thrown From a Helicopter...published this week by the Daily Beast...is a cheap exercise in red-baiting: “Tim Kaine’s Time with a Marxist Priest.” That priest, Fr. James Carney, was indeed a revolutionary and, as a practitioner of liberation theology in Latin America during a period marked by populist movements fighting against death squads and murderous regimes backed by the U.S., an avid student of Marxist theory. After years spent among the poor and oppressed in Latin America, Carney renounced his U.S. citizenship and joined the armed guerrilla struggle against U.S.-backed death squads and governments. He also left the Jesuits because, he explained, the order would not condone his involvement in an armed struggle...He was thrown from a helicopter in 1983...”executed by order of... Gen. Gustavo Álvarez Martínez, who...had received training in counterintelligence from U.S. forces at the School of the Americas”...The year Carney was murdered, Negroponte praised Gen. Álvarez Martínez’s “dedication to democracy.”
As I wrote in response, “One of the many reasons I can no longer call myself 'Christian' is because of the extent to which Christianity has become a tool of capitalism, hence precisely what Marx eternally damned as 'the opiate of the masses.' But if I could, for what you said here I would give you 10, 100, even 1000 thumbs up. Thank you for reminding me of a poignant truth I too often ignore.”
Bernie Sanders: Focus Wells Fargo Criminal Probe on Senior Execs – Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and their colleagues urged Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a new letter to “thoroughly investigate the culpability of senior executives” at Wells Fargo (WFC) in the fake account scandal that shocked America...The 14 U.S. Senators warned Lynch on Monday that Wells Fargo is a “critical test” of the DOJ's recent push to pursue bad behavior of individual executives, rather than just impose fines on the corporations they represent. The lawmaker said they hope the DOJ “brings all the resources it has to bear” on investigating possible wrongdoing by “senior executives.”
As I sneered on the story's comment thread, “really, good people, be rational. Expecting anyone in the business of capitalist governance to seriously prosecute their owners is like expecting Hitler's Third Reich to prosecute the SS for war crimes. As Audrey Lorde put it, 'the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.'”
Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean (And It’s Going To Get Worse) – The nuclear disaster has contaminated the world’s largest ocean in only five years and it’s still leaking 300 tons of radioactive waste every day.
I did not comment on the above report. It is from a website of which I was unaware but to which I will subscribe if possible. However there are claims in its comment-thread the report is not accurate, claims I have neither the knowledge nor the sources to resolve. Hence I re-post it here because (1), I suspect the report is probably true, to such an extent I no longer eat any salt-water fish; because (2), even if the report's summary of Fukushima's consequences is inaccurate, the cloak of lies, disinformation and silence imposed on this ongoing disaster by USian “mainstream media” demands we be reminded of its environment-destroying continuation, which itself reflects the fact (3), that so-called “mainstream media” is owned by the same plutocrats who own all “successful” USian politicians and all USian government at every level – which means “mainstream media” is nothing more than a private, for-profit version of the Ministry of Propaganda Josef Goebbels ran for Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich.
Though I commented on neither of the two following reports, I posted them on OAN because of their relevance to the Fukushima debacle and our species' suicidal penchant for poisoning the environment. These – their headlines self-explanatory, are: Monsanto's Toxic PCBs Lurking in 26,000 US Public Schools, Report Says, here, and Industrial chemicals linked to attention problems in Massachusetts children, here. The latter, though published in 2012, nevertheless elaborates on the present-day Monsanto story.
Six Million Adults Who Won't Influence This Presidential Race – It's hard to overstate the absurdity of the divide between corporate offenders and everyone else, when it comes to the limits on democratic influence...executives from companies that are caught for serious offenses are almost never charged criminally, meaning that they seldom lose their voting rights...these same companies almost all become major campaign contributors...whether or not you lose the right to vote for committing a crime mostly depends on who you are, not what you did...
As I have said so many times on so many other comment threads, “such is life – and death – here in the Fourth Reich, where African-Americans, Hispanics, First Nations peoples and progressives are the equivalents of the Third Reich's Jews, Roma, Slavs and Communists.”
SINCE I BEGAN Outside Agitator's Notebook in October 2009 I have wrestled with the problem of how – in the midst off an alleged “retirement” that because of volunteer work often demands more of my time than my journalism career did even at its peak – to post to this blog with enough regularity to retain faithful readership.
The obvious solution was to post my contributions to other websites even when I wrote nothing specifically for OAN. But that always seemed like cheating – until I realized, quite recently, the value to readers (including the secret police) of having all my comments gathered in one locale.
Hence – again with apologies for my long but unavoidable hiatus (see below) – a new approach: a collection of links to my weekly Internet posts even when none of the comments were originally intended for publication here. Though today is a Monday – still celebrated as the Columbus Day holiday in a few places but more rightfully recognized as Genocide Day by First Nations people and their supporters (of whom I, with my tiny fraction of Mohawk blood, am surely one) – this and future such postings will (health and other circumstances permitting), most likely be on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Meanwhile thank you for your continuing readership.
AS REGULAR READERS already know, since October 2014 my life has been plagued by an onslaught of ongoing disruptions – many of them health-endangering, all of them gravely depressing – inflicted by my landlord. This includes the extreme physical labor, last May, of having to pack all my possessions, including a 1,026-volume personal library, for temporary eviction – the effort that literally left me breathless even a full day after the work was finished and so brought about the diagnosis I am (very slowly) dying from congestive heart failure.
The mechanism of this landlord's malevolence, which is unquestionably the most physically damaging oppression I have suffered in this lifetime, is the obviously disorganized and thus seemingly endless renovation of the apartment complex in which 89 others and I are forced by economic circumstances to dwell. It is, of course, a facility for low-income seniors and disabled people – in other words a place where those of us rendered surplus by the fact we are no longer exploitable for profit (save as victims in circumstances identical to these) are housed to await death.
Therefore, in accordance with the core principles of capitalism – which contrary to its infinity of Big Lies allocates rights and privileges only on the basis of one's financial worth and thus functions in morally imbecilic defiance of all humanitarian considerations – we the tenants are treated by our landlord as if we are sub-humans with hardly more rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” than are accorded factory-farm animals, never mind the proclamations of the USian Declaration of Independence. Nor – particularly as proven by our unprotected exposure to the lung-befouling dust-storm generated when safety-masked workers sanded all the stucco off the exteriors of the facility's two four-storey buildings – is there even one scintilla of hyperbole in the factory-farm metaphor. While the workers were at least issued protective masks, we were given no protection at all – merely the recommendation we close our windows.
Moreover, as I am repeatedly told by various government officials, we have no recourse. Our abject powerlessness is mandated by the fact Washington is the only state in the USian Empire in which the backroom legislative collaboration of the Democratic (sic) and Republican parties ensures that tenants have absolutely no legal rights at all.
Thus the landlord can compel us to pay rent no matter how long his renovation continues – never mind it is a helter-skelter operation ever-more-obviously planned to generate maximum profit at minimal cost – with minimal prior planning and therefore maximum disruption of our lives.
For example: interior, individual-apartment renovation – flooring replacement that imposed the temporary evictions I mentioned above (which in turn inflicted the physically demanding and emotionally stressful chores of packing as for a permanent move) – was unthinkingly scheduled to precede the removal of the stucco. As a result the new carpets are now begrimed by a thick layer of stucco dust and will soon have to be cleaned at tenant expense – approximately $150 per apartment. The windows are also filthy – and there on the glass the rain has turned the dust back into cement – but again we the tenants are to be billed for cleaning up the landlord's mess. That sort of thing – the fact the landlord can legally continue the extraction of rent no matter how intolerable he renders our existence – is the quintessence of “absolutely no rights at all.” Indeed it is a landlordly outrage that for me personally was far beyond imagination – that is, until I became one of the landlord's 90 victims.
Meanwhile – despite the filth and disorder the renovation continues to inflict – the landlord has resumed quarterly apartment inspections – intrusions to check for bedbug infestations and to spot early evidence (like used diapers stored in one's refrigerator) of geriatric dementia.
In my case, because of the (astonishing) quantity of stucco dust that seeped into my apartment despite the intolerable, 100-degrees-Fahrenheit discomfort of windows tightly closed in the midst of last summer's hottest days, the resumption of inspections has cursed me with the worst, most difficult, most extended and (thanks to arthritis inflamed by the onset of the rainy season), most physically painful housecleaning drudgery I have ever suffered. Ever. Again, no hyperbole: while preparation for the quarterly inspection normally takes me no more than two eight-hour days, I began this most-miserable of post-stucco-removal inspection-preparation chores six days ago, have worked at it anywhere from six to 14 hours each day since, and I still have two more days of work before this apartment – which under pre-renovation circumstances was a reasonably pleasant place – is sufficiently dust-free to pass inspection. And now I cannot but fearfully wonder what horrors all this dust might have fertilized into malignant growth in my throat and lungs – for now I am perpetually hoarse and afflicted by a chronic cough as well.
LB/13 October 2016