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It’s Not A Political Problem, It’s A Propaganda Problem: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

While we all fixate on electoral political solutions, the powerful focus on narrative control, because that’s where real power is at. The people who pose an actual threat to the machine are those who disrupt its narratives and narrative control agendas. Everyone else is harmless.

If the majority of a troubled population believes their political system is operating in a way that is demonstrably very different from the way it actually operates, then that population doesn’t have a political problem, it has a propaganda problem.

Berners watched the mass media actively sabotage the Sanders campaign day after day in two consecutive elections, and went “The problem is not enough progressives in government!” No, the problem is the billionaire media are constantly lying to everyone. Create a truth-based information ecosystem and politics will move toward health by itself.

As long as the ruling class is successfully using mass-scale narrative manipulation, it won’t matter what political strategies you employ because they’ll just manipulate that too. Everything we try will be neutered by propaganda until fighting propaganda becomes our number one priority. The narratives around your insurgent third party will be manipulated to the advantage of the powerful. Your progressive takeover of the Democrats will be narrative managed into impotence.

You can’t politics your way around narrative manipulation. You’ve got to make it the issue. You don’t measure how effective someone is against the machine by what their campaign platform says or what their strategies are, but by how disruptive they are to the narratives and narrative control of the powerful. If they’re not disruptive on that front they’re not effective.

The good news is that manipulation only works if you don’t realize you’re being manipulated. Bringing mass media propaganda front and center will accomplish this. Right now it’s very far from the spotlight; it’s treated like a marginal issue when it needs to be the central issue.

The mass media do not exist to tell you the truth about the world, they exist to manufacture consent for the agendas of the ruling class. Any time you’re clapping along with their Most Important Story of the Day you are helping your rulers and overlooking more important stories.

Liberals for four years: Russia is sowing division in America!

Liberals when red states freeze: HAHAHA TURN TO HICKSICLES AND DIE YOU TOOTHLESS COUSIN FUCKERS

The best part of Judas and the Black Messiah is the bit where modern mainstream America pretends that at some point between Fred Hampton’s assassination and today the FBI just stopped doing evil things.

The mainstream consensus is that secretive government agencies have only ever done evil things in the past, no matter what point in time we happen to be in.

In a few decades there will be revelations about profoundly evil things that were done in the early 2020s by the CIA, FBI and Pentagon. Liberals will express shock and outrage and yet still believe on no basis whatsoever that those agencies have since stopped doing evil things.

Deliberately starve a child to death and they call it abuse. Deliberately starve a nation of children to death and they call it diplomacy.

That time a bunch of dangerous extremists invaded the Capitol building and voted to advance murderous imperialist agendas year after year for generations.

Violently destroying weaker nations which disobey you is authoritarian. A government which exports the bulk of its authoritarianism is still an authoritarian government. The US is far more authoritarian than any government it criticizes.

Dear American leftists,

As long as you ignore US imperialism, we will refrain from destroying you. We will even allow you to maintain a few delusions about one day having a real healthcare system. Remain innocuous and you’ll be safe.

Love,

Your Permanent Government

I criticize the Democrats more than the Republicans for the same reason you have higher expectations of an adult than a child. Obviously all my criticisms of Democrats also apply to Republicans; Republicans are just less polite and more honest about their awfulness.

It is necessary to have government secrecy in order to win wars. It is also necessary to have government secrecy in order to start wars.

Become a healthy organism by purging your mind of manipulation. Purging from your mind the manipulations of propagandists, advertisers, preachers and scriptures, and of narcissists in your personal life. Purging your own impulse to manipulate people and events from your mind as well.

You develop to the extent of your curiosity and no further. Remain endlessly curious about the world and your understanding will keep developing. Remain endlessly curious about yourself and your maturity will keep developing. Decide you know and your growth immediately stops.

You avoid the stuffy, stagnating sense of knowing by consciously meeting each moment for the first time. This doesn’t mean meeting each moment as though it’s for the first time; this is a very real thing that is already happening, because your every encounter with every experience is entirely without precedent. It’s not a matter of creating anything new, it’s just a matter of being aware of what’s really going on.

Our story is that of a species struggling to break free of the gravitational pull of ego. Spirituality bursts free then sinks down into dogma. Movements spring forth then sink down into politics. Online platforms arise then sink into government censorship.

One day, we break free.

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  • I basically make about $12,000-$18,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it . This is what I’ve been doing old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 10-13 hours a week from home………….. JOBS APP

  • Does the main stream media ever tell the ” truth ” anymore???
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    This fine article can be read here:
    The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot
    By Glenn Greenwald
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/56331.htm

    • Holy Moly Campbell.
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      My wife will back me up on this (I think…)
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      Many weeks ago when I heard of the death of the officer during the so scary insurrection, I jokingly said to her – “oh somebody went and polished this unlucky sucker off so they could make a story out of it”.
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      She knew what I really meant. I meant: “that is just how bad the NARRATIVE has gotten”. The smart ones of us already have no trust in not a damn thing we hear from them. In fact, I use it against them as a way to know what they are thinking and then I make plans to eff up their plans. I plan it all ahead of time. I’m planning as I type this.
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      Wonder how this is all going to end?
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      I got my plans. I hope you got yours.
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      PS – The Campbell Clan is a proud one and they get a bad wrap on some of the history – even though I do think they murdered the women and children of the other clan – McMcDonalds I think it was – or something like that. Oh well. Lets let bygones be bygones – there are some serious enemies we can commonly agree upon is what I think and then I think – lets deliver some justice!
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      Justified Retribution is truly a beautiful thing if it is dished out by a pure heart.
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      I know I don’t have a pure heart, but I reckon there are some out there who do, and I encourage them to consider – Justified Retribution if need be. Just be discriminate please.
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      Peace,
      BK

      • Violence never solves anything; violence only causes more violence and permanent enemies. If your ” solution ” involves any violence then you do not really have a solution at all.

        • No violence in my solution. Have you not clicked on the link? Have you not read a damn thing I’ve been saying?
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          Come on Campbell. Don’t spoil my day.
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          Later,
          BK

  • I wonder where is coming from all the money to send missions to Mars. To build new military bases. To keep a worldwide flotilla of aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, planes. I wonder how many hospitals, schools to educate an ignorant country as it is the USA with the budget to keep just one aircraft carrier in an endless cruise around the world.
    It’s proven that the highly bureaucratic structure of the State can absorb surreal levels of incompetence. It will survive while there is money to flow. But in the last 12 months the world stopped. A worldwide web of airplanes and commercial routes do not operate as it used to be. The flow of real cash and virtual cash decreased and our expenditure of resources has overflow our capacities to reach a balance. Which by the way was already a record in deficit before this covid thing era.
    Lies. That’s how we are being ruled by our governments and living our lives. We need something greater than politics to plan our future. The future of the world is too serious to be left in the hands of an unprecedented generation of corrupt political incompetents. And we have to deal yet with the media manipulation, secret agencies, experts, abuse of power perpetrated by police officers, military personnel. In a time where we need great minds to lead us we have just the worst of the worst in both sides of the coin. I used to think that obscure orders are not effective in highly intelligent people, I’m not sure if there is peaceful end for all of us. While we are living in despair fighting for food, water and jobs the planet Earth still doing what it has to do indifferent to our gods, political beliefs, races, money. It will not let anyone unchecked. I know it.

    • I think that money will stop flowing as it collects and settles in the offshore bank accounts of the rich, like a dam that holds back too much water, and we will eventually collectivize because we have to. I just hope there are more than a few of us left.

  • I’m gonna repeat what I said earlier because I think I was correct.
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    Its a propaganda problem AND a political problem.
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    Fuck the propaganda – that can be ended in a heartbeat.
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    For the political side of it, at least in the US of a, I propose a Constitutional Convention per Article V in which I believe it is spelled out that 3/4ths of the states independent of fucking DC can demand. Let it be. Either that or let the states group up together in a way that makes more sense, cause DC makes no sense any more and if that ain’t obvious to you then you must still be under the spell of propaganda propagated by the likes of Teddy Cruz, who I hear has decided to fly back to Texas. I don’t think they should let him back in the state, but it ain’t up to me. I didn’t like his picture a long time ago.
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    So, there you have it, if 3/4ths of the states in the US of a agree, there can be a Constitutional Convention. If they don’t, I’m thinking some of the states might just choose to go their own way, and I don’t think there is any Lincoln on the horizon to save the Union that has lost its way so badly. Sometimes little things are better. Not kidding around
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    2021 – Year of the Reckoning

    • Oh, I got it wrong. It only takes 2/3rd of the states to call for a CC. It takes 3/4 of them to ratify it. Here is a link:
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      https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/constitution/article-v.html
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      Not kidding around.

      • You really need to post less – it has become an obsession !

    • Imagine the special interests and money flowing behind the scenes during that circus. America would be up for sale even more than it is right now. A pie in the sky solution. More likely each state or group of states will ignore DC and eventually secede. America is beyond repair.

      • Khatika – damn, I think you got it correct this time.
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        If it goes that way, so be it.
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        No matter what, it is time for a change.
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        I prefer changes for the better cause I support “continuous improvement” in thoughts, ideas, and actions. I’ve also actually in my mind (although I did tell my daughter wife once about 10 years ago while they looked at me with vacant eyes that my rambling tends to cause sometimes….) about a map I had thought out and how for some states it really made sense for them to group up. I’ve got 5 states in my mind just now around where I live!
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        Your friend, Ken
        :
        p.s. – I like what Ragnarsson said above – it resonated with me as well as what Shocker said below. I’m all about solutions. In fact, I play some D&D (crazy for an old fart like me) with some long-time friends, but I told I have to drop out of the ongoing adventuring for a bit of time because I’m planning on opening up a potion shop. One that has at least 28 different potions. I will take special orders as well, but of course, the price for those will be premium!
        ~
        Peace,
        Ken

        • My “daughter and my wife” (not my “daughter wife”) – Jeez – Freud is laughing….. The are two entities and my other daughter just happened not to be there when we were driving home from vacation more than 10 years ago.
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          Anywho, some ideas have to stew for awhile before they are ready for implementation.

        • After much consideration, and especially a whole lot of contemplation about South Carolina and what it is supposed to be, here are the states I had in mind:
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          NC, VA, WV, KY, TN
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          The thing about South Carolina that factored into my thought process was that it was there where Biden one his first primary and suddenly the DNC machine went into high gear and Bernie was history. That sealed the deal for me. It was the last chapter. It was such an obvious setup of preposterous and pompous scale, that I knew it was time for a change.
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          And so as much as I love SC, and I do, I just don’t want it to be part of the 5 states I have in my imagination. Of course, VA used to be just one state, and so if that was remedied, then maybe SC could stick with NC as the 12 Lord Proprietors were at first imagined. But them fellas split up right of the bat and a bunch of hot heads ended up in SC, and that is why I’m really think despite my love – good riddance SC. You have always been more trouble than you are worth.
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          Wonder when Caitlin’s next article is gonna post….oh well, it is up the her for sure!
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          By the way, I just tasted some wine from New Zealand today, and let me tell you – it was good!
          ~
          Peace,
          BK

          • Make that 8 Lord Proprietors. I swear I read 12 somewhere else, but what-freaking-ever…….
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            The times are fixing to get better!
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            R U ready?

            • For the sake of full disclosure, and I’m all about that, the wine was a Sauvignon Blanc from Cupcake Vineyards. I got it when I met a sweet cupcake to me and I tried to be a man for her and we enjoyed each others company. It was wonderful and guess what?
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              It was all imaginary. But, I did drink the wine.
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              Man the time for chatter is coming to an end soon I think and it has been a pleasure.
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              That is the end of this chapter.
              ~
              BK

          • Lived in Charleston SC for 17 yrs. Loved it.

    • A Constitutional convention is a possibility, Ken.
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      Thanks for offering possible solutions.
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      As opposed to others, who write hopeless comment after hopeless comment. Almost as if they are intentionally trying to get people to give up.

      • I agree with you Shocker, but I wonder – why would anybody want to do that? Why would anybody want to make somebody else give up? All I can figure is the must be a puppet to somebody else with sinister selfish motives. Well somebody just whispered in my ear and they said another life was lost today because of these pompous puppet-masters in their own minds, and so, it is obvious. Time for some justified retribution.
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        Count on it.

  • Interesting article on the “Censors behind the censors.” Focuses on a PR firm called Publicis, that appears to be at the center of much of it, with deep ties to tech companies, pharma, banking, government, NGOs . . ..
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    Mercola could be on to something here.
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    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/02/16/publicis-groupe.aspx?ui=f1108e89bede503d38ea525ba1a61606abdbe3e84a4dd429bcc8b9086ec00bba&sd=20200809&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20210216&mid=DM806330&rid=1085782810
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    ‘Story at-a-glance
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    “The Publicis Groupe, a leading PR firm, represents major companies within the technology, pharmaceutical and banking industries. These companies, in turn, have various partnerships with the U.S. government and global nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
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    “Publicis is a partner of the World Economic Forum, which is leading the call for a “reset” of the global economy and a complete overhaul of our way of life. As such, Publicis appears to be playing an important role, coordinating the suppression of information that runs counter to the technocratic narrative
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    “The role of the free press is to counter industry propaganda. That role has been effectively subverted through advertising. News outlets rarely report on something that might damage their advertisers
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    “Publicis connects to the drug industry, banking industry, NewsGuard/HealthGuard, educational institutions, Big Tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Bing, the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense, global technocratic institutions like the World Health Organization, national and global NGOs like the CCDH and the World Economic Forum, and dominating health websites like WebMD and Medscape
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    “These connections, taken together, explain how certain views can be so effectively erased. The answer to this dilemma is transparency. We must expose the machinations that allow this agenda to be pushed forward”

    “Publicis, Pharma, NewsGuard, Big Tech, Government and NGOs

    “Expanding the web further onto government and NGO territory, we find that NewsGuard is also connected to the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Defense and the World Health Organization. All three are listed as NewsGuard partners.15 NewsGuard is also partnered with:16

    Public libraries
    Schools
    MSN
    Bing
    Trend Micro and many others

    “To summarize, the web around Publicis now includes international drug companies, NewsGuard, Google, Microsoft, the U.S. State Department and DoD, the WHO and the World Economic Forum. Mind you, this is not a comprehensive review of links. It’s merely a sampling of entities to give you an idea of the breadth of these connections, which when taken together explain how certain views can be so effectively erased.”
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    “Add in ‘Anti-Hate’ Group and Google-Trusted Health Sites
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    “But we’re not done yet. NewsGuard’s health-related service called HealthGuard17 is also partnered with WebMD, Medscape and the CCDH — the progressive cancel-culture leader18 with extensive ties to government and global think tanks that recently labeled people questioning the COVID-19 vaccine as national security threats.”
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    “While it’s easy to dismiss Publicis as just another ad agency, I believe it would be foolish to underestimate its power to organize the kind of coordination required to shut down vaccine concerns, anti-lockdown proponents and people trying to educate their fellow man about the dangers of the Great Reset, which is being brought forth as a “necessary” post-COVID step.
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    “While these things may seem unrelated, they’re really not. As mentioned, the Great Reset involves everything — including health, education, government, economics, redistribution of wealth, business practices, environmental “protections” and much more.’ “

  • It is nearly impossible to wake people up and show them how seriously they have been deceived, misled and abused by officials and leaders they trusted, because waking up to reality produces shock, confusion, self-doubt, anger and depression. 99% of the population avoid such intense emotional upheaval and prefer to ignore all evidence which contradicts official propaganda and misinformation. But some brainwashed people will eventually wake up after the technocratic-military-industrial-complex has taken full control of their lives and then implodes. Then the coming fake Utopia will give way to reality. Then some brainwashed people will become so shocked and distressed that they can no longer ignore the truth. That was the situation when naïve Germans were forced to walk through NAZI forced labor camps and witness the destitution of inmates. They remained shocked, confused, and depressed for months. But only a minority of the world’s naïve population will survive the disastrous implosion of the coming technocratic-military-industrial-complex. Read more of this here: http://www.wisdompage.com/2013%20Articles/Molyneaux%20essay.pdf

    • OK, I thought Khatika has the most miserable post, but this takes the cake. You are the winner of the miserableness contest you effing tired and no longer active revolutionary. What the eff are you talking about and why the eff are you still opening your trap if you are so effing tired. Do you effing understand the effing question I’m effing asking you?
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      I don’t give an effing flip if you do or not cause I already effing know. Go to sleep why don’t you if you are so tired and supposedly effing not active. You effing lying pretend revolutionary who effing has no effing idea.
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      That is what I effing think – what do you fucking think? Seems tired to me what you say, time and time again, so why don’t you just go to sleep? Consider it cause sometime when you get too old and get too tired but you got an attitude nonetheless, you are really not worth much other than the blubber of your old imagination that got too tired to make a difference. Know what I mean.
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      Eff off.

    • Exactly. People do not want the truth.

      • Unbelievable.
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        Wrong for the 7th time.
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        Khatika – is this an effing game your are playing with me or what?
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        Let me just tell you then. The People want the truth, so get that through your thick sarcastic skull you thick brained fool you. Have I made myself clear? – and obviously based on what I just said to even ask that question of a thick-skulled one (of which I happen to be one – one of the most stubborn of all time Swabians), is contradictory in the first place, so just ignore this foolish imaginary question in the hypothetical land of bits and buts and tids and tads on the world wide web which could go “poof” in a heartbeat.
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        If the People don’t want the truth, and you got be backed into a corner, I will tell you that I want the truth. I want the facts and nothing but the facting effing mother freaking up your nostrils one at a time facts. I want the facts, so facting give them to me. Otherwise, shut the effing up. Shut up your trap.
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        How you like that Khatika. How you like my dance moves baby? I like you. I like you a lot.
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        Ha, ha…….this night is getting over….soon.
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        Good Night Sweet Khatika – Good Night to you!

        • It is obvious we live in alternative realities.

          • Nope. We are both hear cause I believe you are an individual Khatika. You got your ideas and I have mine, but they can merge.
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            Know what I’m saying baby?
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            Would you like to do a merging dance with me?
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            I got some other moves you might appreciate…..just saying.
            ~
            BK
            +
            potions for sale
            (At a fair price)

            • I will take a few invisibility pitions and speed run potions for when the SHTF.

              • Your order is noted.
                Those were two of the 28 so the standard price it shall be, minus
                my special Khatika precentage off that I
                offer to only you!
                Ain’t imagination great!
                -Ken

  • Zuckerberg should have opted for a career in religion if he wants to control what every person who clicks on his website thinks and believes. His newly announced policy of requiring his organisation’s approval as “hard fact” for anything posted on his website is about as high-handed as the nightmares described in Orwell’s “1984” and Philip K. Dick’s “We can remember it for you wholesale” (aka “Total Recall” on the silver screen). What can he possibly consider all the schlock marketed as “sponsored content” that pervades every major commercial web site that is nothing but maddening and totally fallacious “click bait?” You gets 35 clicks into the nonsense with no hint in sight that they ever intend to revisit the original come-on and you know you’ve been made a sucker yet again. Perhaps make that a “zucker!” One two-word phrase should be defense enough against the ruse that Zuckerberg wants to further perpetrate: “Caveat emptor!” Be responsible for your OWN mental hygiene. Don’t pass the responsibility for formulating your “reality” to “Zuck” or any other idiot, be he a clown or a hoodlum. (One thing he or she ain’t is a saint.)

    • Realist – we must of been thinking along the same lines cause what I was thinking is:
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      Who controls the internet in Australia?
      :
      Is it Facebook?
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      I’ll answer that pathetic easy question – HELL NO it ain’t.
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      That is just another piece of sand being pushed into the grave of Facebook and the sooner the better.
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      Facebook is a monopoly that is fixing to be split up.
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      OK – place your bet — the odds will be posted later.
      BK

  • Unfortunately, the only way large societies can exist is through belief in a a common story/narrative; if you don’t understand that, you need to read Harari. The narrative/story has been controlled by the sociopathic ruling class since forever. We in the rich West had it better for a few decades because a viable alternative was available… when the wall came down and even before “neoliberalism started under Carter” and has been in power since, transferring trillions from the workers who produce it to the oligarchy, yes, trillions. Realistically, the only way for things to be improved for the workers is to rebuild the Unions. That’s likely a bridge too far with today’s docile lumpenproletariat that can’t handle micro aggressions and so sensitive and so woke. The people of today ain’t the people who know what and how to fight. I enjoy Caitlin and agree with almost all she writes but I see her in the streets or myself for that matter, you?

    • Well Bob, I think you encapsulate it in your first sentence, so let me say this in response.
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      Small is Beautiful, by E.F. Schumacher
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      It just so happens I have two other titles of his, one in paperback and another that is a hard copy I think I got on good chance. I’ve already started reading and I have another version of it, but I don’t read French – at least not yet. My daughter does though, so she might appreciate it.
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      I agree with you regarding workers and such – time for the workers to make some demands and time for the citizens to demand that the workers have good jobs near home. That is why small is beautiful and I’d put forth that small is better. In many ways. That is why I’m basically against just about all things “federal”. I’ve had it with federal systems that only seem to serve a few.
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      So who needs “large societies” – why not just a bunch of small ones?
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      That is a fair question.
      ~
      BK

      • Oh, and by the way. I’m living my talk. If you want to know more Bob, please get a hold of me – I’m easy to find on the internet, but not so easy in person, and of course, we would only meet in person if I invited you.
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        If you show up as an uninvited guest, and even worse come with bad intent, then all I can say is be ready for:
        :
        Justified Retribution
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        I don’t know about you Bob, but I’ll go to the streets. I’m looking for a good fight. I said a long time ago on this forum that the time for chatting is coming to a close. That time seems rapidly to be approaching – it is for me and I’m happy about that.
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        Be good Bob and don’t forget there are some of us out here who are not afraid to get in the ring and box it out. I work on my moves every day and I’m looking for a good fight.
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        Peace,
        BK

  • Competition vs Collaboration…The World Shapers have always been apex competitors who hide behind collaborative good guy narratives in order to get their populations to go along…The West (global north) have been exploiting and actively undermining progress in the rest of the world for a very long time and then using the success as propaganda to perpetuate the game…The hypocrisy and general blindness of the population of The West as to the source of their bounty is absurd…Soon the rapid depletion of resources will cause the propaganda blinders to be removed and it will be presented as “us against them” with some propagandized moral justification. If things don’t implode and, even if they do, hopefully many will ignore the call to battle and recede into a collaborative decentralized, albeit much lower, lifestyle. One day “enough” will actually be okay and even preferred and people won’t require “amazing” and parrot the non-stop “worth it” and “deserve” brainwashing they’re receiving. It’s killing us.

    • When I sense an “apex” competitor I give is serious consideration.
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      But most of the time it is just imagination – or you could call it propaganda.
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      If you get in the ring, you must know, you could get your brains beat out of ya…..
      U No that don’t ya?

  • To lash-out against propaganda is a bit simplistic and naive, which is sometimes a good thing – to simplify – but it misses the mark a bit.

    There is propaganda such as:
    “Eat this cereal. It’s heathy and delicious.”

    And then there is:
    – “Sadam must go.”
    – “Chavez/Maduro must go.”
    – “Assad must go.”
    – “Quadaffi must go.”

    But more imporatntly, complaining about propaganda is a bit like a Syrian family complaining about the noise from all the bombing and gun fire. Valid but of secondary importance.
    OMG they are LYING to us!!
    It is not right and we should not get used to it but it is imporatant to realize that it is a compenent of democracy (which we aspire to I suppose) and it is part of human nature.

    The real issue is: What is the motivation for the propaganda and what is the result?

    They could convince us to kill our own family and they do – why are those young people shooting at people?

    • Jared – did she literally have to give you the definition?
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      Your missing the whole point.
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      That ain’t propaganda…..unless of course, you think it is.
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      Do you think it is?

  • “Violently destroying weaker nations which disobey you is authoritarian. A government which exports the bulk of its authoritarianism is still an authoritarian government. The US is far more authoritarian than any government it criticizes.”

    Thank you for another insightful column, including relating the U.S. to the PRC and other authoritarian governments. Now if only the U.S. was as interested in bringing us out of poverty (instead of sending us into it) then we would even be more related to the PRC.

    • Alan Ross – I agree.
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      I literally told my wife the infrastructure in the country we currently reside is so much inferior to other countries that seem to care more about their People.
      ~
      I also said to her, whenever something bad is happening you can think this: “Well, I could be in Texas”. Then, you should feel better because it can always get worse, and let me also say, I’m glad I’m not in Texas. That state pisses me off to the nth degree and I had a website telling that story as well. Seriously – I did. I’m gonna find that story and republish it for the sake of posterity.
      ~
      When it comes to infrastructure it is a no brainer, so why hasn’t there been any jobs created for the sole purpose of this in the US of A for so long? A bunch of hot air is all that comes out of DC, but just now I think the weather there is inclement. Good – they deserve it!
      ~
      That is truly how I feel as I type this.

      • So it seems as if the precipitation may have ended, but I still have a question about DC and it is a fair one.
        ~
        Truly, please enlighten me, please tell me one good thing that has come out of DC all the way back to Carter. I think Carter was a good man.
        ~
        So, with that time boundary up till now, please tell me one good thing. I’m all ears.
        ~
        Plus I ain’t an effing robot and I find it interesting when it is “easy” and when it ain’t. There is so much information in the little things……so much it could boggle the mind, but the main thing is – Don’t Panic.
        ~
        Better times on the way!

        • Did you all hear about Teddy Cruz – he bailed for Cancun!
          ~
          You can’t make this shit up.

  • People need propaganda and cannot handle the truth. Truth….the entire world is going to become like venzuela and puerto rico in the next 50 years as the fossil fuel era winds down. Technology will regress as rare earth deposits disappear. Medicines will become less effective. Food production will fall as growing seasons shorten. Life expectancy will fall. Propaganda….Fossil fuels are causing climate change. Green energy will save us. Covid is lethal, stop all activity especially anything that uses fossil fuels. See how propaganda is so much better for the human psyche. Sort of like marching the Jews into a building to gas them but telling them they are taking a shower.

    • Da gong it Khatika.
      ~
      This is the 5th time you have been wrong – especially about the energy side of it.
      ~
      Did I ever my mention an old idea I had: I called “Battery Banks” and I spelled it all out.
      ~
      That old internet site of mine is long gone.
      ~
      What a miserable post.
      ~
      Your friend, Ken

      • See how good you feel with the propaganda. Full of hope. No panic.

        • Now you have been wrong a sixth time, but if you panic, it is not safe, and myself – I’m all about safety. I’m a safety professional. Environmental, Safety, and Health professional to be exact.
          ~
          My dog ain’t dead yet, but were pretty sure she will be in a few days, but maybe she will bounce back. I don’t know, hips with no bone usually don’t heal spontaneously.
          ~
          Know what I mean. I’ll keep telling you when you are wrong if you want me to, but I also stop if you want me to do that. Is it a deal?
          ~
          Your friend, Ken
          (sorry for any typose…….

          • Sorry about the dog, nobody deserves to die, that we weren’t created to live forever was a crime against humanity right from the outset. So, the fact that there are evil things in the world is no surprise, obviously our creator is an evil being worse than the ones at hand. Good luck on the dog.

            • Lynn, my gut feeling was that you are a kind person and thank-you for this message. It is gonna happen cause we all have our day to die and I know when it is happening on this Monday at 4:30 pm or thereabouts I will look into the eyes of my so-loved Carolina yeller mutt dog, and she will know that I loved her the whole time and that I always will. Here name is Abby-Mia and she is very brave.
              ~
              Thanks Lynn.

  • Humility is the key to free ourselves from both the bombardment of propaganda and from our own hubris and complacency. Today the scientists pontificate to us, like the religious leaders did in ages past, but science knows so little about the world we live in, are part of–a mere fraction more than the religious pontificators knew. Check out “Entangled Life” (Merlin Sheldrake) to learn how little we know about, are even aware of, the vast majority of living things on one tiny planet. Consider that some 95% of the universe is called “dark matter/energy” because we know little to nothing about it. When you grok the astounding amount of human ignorance about most everything around us and in us, then all the propaganda you’re fed and feed yourself tends to evaporate, look trivial and laughable. And that’s before we even begin to consider politics.

    • So, Newton E. Finn, to continue the thought.
      1. Eliminate the propaganda – it is obvious and we know already. The moment it is disbelieved it will not longer have any influence.
      2. Identify those in “politics” who were propagating the propaganda and make them aware that they have been committing crimes and they need to 1st – STOP IT, and secondly, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Justice still exists.
      3. Future media entities have to get a “permit” and,
      4. The permit will be issued by the People!
      You like them apples? Its just an idea.
      ~
      BK

  • It took a long time to extinguish my distractions. I really did not believe there was that much. Thank you for the guidance. I probably have some bias left, but this article closes the chapter.

    • Poppie – enlighten us please.
      ~
      The “chapter” of what?

  • Its a propaganda problem AND a political problem.
    ~
    They are intertwined presently and have been most intimately for at least the last ~75 years, but probably longer than that, but not in such an extreme way as today is what I think. You can never totally separate them, but……..
    ~
    Separate the two of them, create some distance there, and things will get better. Plus, the best newspaper is the one published locally. Ask the spirit of Elijah Parish Lovejoy about that. Ask Elijah what happened to his printing presses. Hell, for all I know one of them is still sitting underwater in the Mississippi riverbed. Anyhow, Elijah’s spirit is strong, or at least it is to me.
    ~
    Simple.

  • “Capitalism in Crisis: An Absurd & Deadly System”
    Richard Wolff talks about the role government plays in a capitalist system.
    https://soundcloud.com/thesocialistprogram

  • Sheesh…Caitlin needs to have a primer site for those of us not ready for Truth at this level of potency.

    • If you are not ready to study, then maybe you haven’t taken the pre-requisite(s)?
      ~
      Maybe, maybe not.
      ~
      What is your point with your comment or are you just ass-kissing?
      ~
      Just asking. No harm meant.
      ~
      Anyhow, just to be honest, the “truth” is relative. Potency is not.
      BK

  • Propaganda. No facts required.

  • “manipulation only works if you don’t realize you’re being manipulated.”
    Which is the primary goal of the manipulators. Ahead of their actual propaganda, since the latter can’t survive without the former. To keep us unaware. Which is the very purpose of all censorship.
    Truth can easily withstand any scrutiny, criticism, or argument. It neither needs, requires, nor desires protection by censorship. LIES DO!!

  • Propaganda Bad!

    Except Bernie’s propaganda. That’s good propaganda. Coming from a Socialist jew is a-ok. Nevermind his blatant life-long hypocrisy and the fools that believe the lies of the proffered “real socialism”.

    Let me make this as clear as possible: if you see any of these people running for POTUS, none of them are free from lies and propaganda. They wouldn’t be allowed.

    But oh no… not Bernie. He is like Trump was on the right. A “populist”, but he’s on the right “side”.

    Its all bullshit.

    Its all Kabuki.

    • Yep. Bernie is no better than Trump.

      • Nem pior.

        • Verdade

  • Caitlin you are unaware of how in the money you are—you have twelve months to be more successful than you dreamed of being against the witch craft media.
    ===============*****
    Unless you understand numerology you are in the biggest church cult of all. The universe conserves its energy?
    The writing is on the wall all you have to do is know that you have won.

  • The ancients had narratives which became myths. They had gods, and among the monotheists, the Theos
    of the Semites, whose 1st prophet was Amos, while the Greeks founded the Logos or Reason, another way
    of interpreting reality besides prophecy. Christianity early on fused Theos with Logos, thus theology, but the
    two were contradictory, exposed by Duns Scotus and William of Occam. And then the Renaissance when
    Europe looked to the classic Greco-Roman world because belief in Theos was played out. Descartes’ revelation was Idealism in the form of Science and mathematical logic, thus Modernity, the Enlightenment,
    1789 Liberal revolution, capitalism, imperialism, oligarchy, Big Tech, MSM, thus: This is the way it is if we say it is this way! Or we can arrest you. We have the Power over life and death and don’t you forget it. Historical crisis has led us to where Europe was in 1350 — a loss of faith in Cartesian Idealism and formal
    logic as the loss of faith in Theos circa 1350-1650, the result was the Religious revolution aka the 30 years
    war, which led to secular authority. But all this is now played out and the themes of Western Civ have
    nothing left to give, we are in the same decadence as the theocratic world view was by 1350. Now in the
    new Carsonian epoch of ecology and climate change, we are in need of a new revelation. A renascence to
    the 1950’s or farther back to the 19th century is inviting as things are become too complex leading to a
    collective vertigo and disorientation. But what’s really needed is a new historical generation with a new
    revelation like provided by Descartes, Newton, Galileo, Leibnitz, Voltaire whose ideas of toleration gotten from the Quakers, has also reached its limits: toleration of the intolerant is paradoxical. Suggested reading:
    Man And Crisis by the Spanish Philosopher Ortega y Gasset, whose methodology was Historical and Vital
    Reason.

  • Aha, once again, the Buddha Ms Caitlin Johnstone blesses us with her wisdom and the powerful truth!!! May the Heavens shower her soul with justice and keep her on point!

  • How brASS Burlesque fuses sexy, silly performance art with social justice

    Come for the glitter and nudity, but stay for the political action.

  • The power of the narrative is incredible. Like the one who tells us day after day on the mainstream media that mankind has only one future and it is to lower its pants to receive the famous vaccine that will give us back the earthly paradise in which we lived in 2019.

    The decadence is complete as in the days of Noah and the flood. Since we would not have listened to the human narrative in Noah’s day, I guess we should not listen to the human narrative today either. The end of the world is approaching, there is no other explanation for what is happening now.

    Keeping my Rosary on hand!

    • Also see Caspian Report on YT with a new piece on Africa.

    • A good example of ignore what they say but instead watch what they do. Africa is one of the hot zones for limited world resources. China is very activd in Africa too.

  • Man is of No benefit to the planet

    • But only man has any appreciation or concern for benefit to the planet, however little it may be. The rest of the inhabitants are consumed by their effort to eat, drink, crap, piss, and procreate today, and today alone, if not by the hour.

      • Perfect description of a human, too bad you didn’t throw in their egotistical, self-serving, greed that is unmatched by other animals.

  • Jacque Ellul wrote a brilliant book called “Propaganda”. Decades later it’s still essential reading.

    • See Chad Hagg on YT for summary. I’ve not read yet. There are a number of thinkers Hagg
      provides summaries of, some are in a pro-ecological anti-technological frame of thought.

    • In 1940, John Hargrave wrote an excellent one too. “Propaganda, the mightiest weapon of all : Words Win Wars”.
      https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/LIB23071

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