Then They Came for the Globalists

Consent Factory, Inc.

Thank God for the corporate media. If it wasn’t for them, and the ADL, I’d have probably never discovered that I’m a Nazi. Apparently, I’ve been one for quite some time … which is weird, as I had no idea. Here I was, naively believing that I’d been writing about global capitalism and the realignment of political power and ideology in the post-Cold War world, when all along I had really just been persecuting the Jews. I didn’t think I was persecuting the Jews. But such is the insidious nature of thoughtcrime. When you’re a Nazi thought criminal (as I apparently am), it doesn’t matter what you think you’re thinking. What matters is what the global capitalist ruling classes tell you you’re thinking, which it turns out is often a lot more complicated and horrible than what you thought you were thinking.

For example, I’ve been thinking and writing about…

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Sneer and Smear…

An excellent, and very readable analysis of Western propaganda techniques and how mass media use them to, among other things, narrow and frame public debate around important issues.

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As an arm of the corporate state — yes, it pretends not to be; but we know better, don’t we? — the BBC is naturally charged with certain vital propaganda tasks in the service of Western elite power.

For example, there is the need for that Western elite power to seem at all times legitimate, accountable and well-intentioned: the sanctifying, magical word used for this purpose is ‘democratic’; and once it is deployed, no fundamental disagreement is possible.

Then there is the need for that Western elite’s murderous military violence to seem necessary,just and proportionate — allowing the expropriation of foreign wealth and the progress of elite careers to continue apace without any kind of revolt from the mere taxpayer. To achieve the kind of make-over miracle by which aggression is painted as a combination of victimhood and altruism, a whole battery…

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A Pilfered Comment from the “Moon of Alabama” Website . . .

Taking Sides

[Norm’s note: this is a re-post of a comment that I found posted on the “Moon of Alabama” Website some time ago.  Someone managed to dig it up and read it here today, a thing I noticed while glancing at the ‘stats page,’ and thus reminded me of it.  It’s a brilliant piece from someone obviously very insightful about the ‘workings of Empire.’  Worth your time, I think. (originally posted here: 15 September 2014)]


(Norm’s comment: please note that everything that follows to the end of this post is “Malooga’s” work.  And what a fine piece it is!)

Posted by “Malooga,” here: 68

‘replace fragmented/corrupt states 2/3
w/ united Islamic power. West passivty validates the caliphate & its transnational strategy.’

Nonsense and poppycock! An ISIS pseudo-Islamic State will be fascistic in nature, hence, totally corrupt. Western passivity? Who has trained them, transported them, paid them, covered for them…

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A Genuine Actor: Francesco Serpico

A very thought provoking piece. OG has been on fire lately, nice work.

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by Edward Curtin

genuine actors: Al Pacino(left) being Frank Serpico (right) being himself

There are unconscious actors among them and involuntary actors; the genuine are always rare, especially genuine actors. Friedrick Nietzche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Any artist [person] who goes in for being famous in our society must know that it is not he who will become famous, but someone else under his name, someone who will eventually escape him and perhaps someday will kill the true artist [person] in him. Albert Camus, “Create Dangerously”

It ain’t me you’re lookin for, babe. Bob Dylan, It Ain’t Me, Babe

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The set was real but illusionary: A legendary old New England hotel dressed festively for Christmas and the holiday season. Norman Rockwell’s magical realism. The lobby full with merriment, the cozy fire dancing to the sweet sound of violin and piano Christmas music mixed with a subtle alcoholic fragrance. Main Street…

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The Rise of Fascism in a Brave New Digital World

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by Jeff Einstein, via DigitalApostate

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution Aldous Huxley

We are watching Huxley’s dystopian vision of a Brave New World controlled by state-sanctioned addiction unfold right before our eyes. And true to Huxley’s prescience, we rather enjoy it. The only surprise is that the operative pharmacological agents he warned against aren’t delivered in pill or liquid or other physical form, and we don’t call them soma or heroin or crystal meth…

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Is the US staying in Syria for ISIS or to stand against Iran? Has it learned from history?

Elijah J. Magnier | ايليا ج مغناير

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By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai

In 2014, the US led a coalition of 59 countries to contain the “Islamic State” (ISIS) group’s expansion but not to eliminate it. For almost a year, and in contrast to Russia, this coalition carried out limited air attacks against the terrorist group without crippling its main source of existence: finance. Obama’s policy was well-defined: we are not in a hurry to defeat ISIS because the group is serving the US national interest, and has become a burden on Iran. Today, Donald Trump is following Obama’s footsteps on this issue, revealing that his troops will stay in Syria because of Iran- apparently forgetting that Syria is not the US’s comfort zone or friendly terrain but is Iran’s backyard. Trump’s attempt, after only 12 days in office, to modify or suspend the nuclear deal with the Islamic…

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Apple & the Guardian: Partners in a death spiral

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by Jonathan Cook

This report on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to a UK school to promote the company’s new coding curriculum for schoolchildren could hardly be a better illustration of the way the Guardian newspaper serves as a key propagandist for aggressive global corporate capitalism, helping to create for it a façade of humanitarianism.

The Guardian presents Cook (no relation) as a concerned global citizen, a gay man who fights for LGBT rights and might have been Hillary Clinton’s running mate if things had turned out differently. The article could just as easily have been a press release straight out of Apple headquarters.

Unchallenged by the Guardian, Cook claims via the article to be promoting coding as a universal language bringing people together and serving as a great leveller of mankind, offering everyone the chance to become … multi-billionnaire Tim Cook.

Or as the Guardian puts it:

The…

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