Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Plot Against America

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Only until now has media studies professor Mark Crispin Miller not thought that the American media deserves to be compared to the Nazi press. Just five years ago, he said in a recent interview with Chris Hedges, he wouldn’t have thought the analogy appropriate. But after the events of the last two years, he sees Joseph Goebbels as the best parallel to the deep state figures who are working to deceive the American people.

In 2013, under guise of fighting terrorism, the government repealed a 1948 law which banned the CIA from covertly spreading psyops within the U.S. Since then, the American media, already consolidated and subservient to government narratives, has become a monolith. The CIA, Miller describes, has taken over the country’s newspapers, airwaves, and other media in the same way the Nazis came to control Germany’s press. Even non-mainstream outlets like Vice News have been injected with the CIA’s narratives in the last few years.
The result, says Miller, is an era of government and media disinformation which is “unprecedented in American experience.” Never before have slogans like “fake news” and “election hacking” been so thoroughly hammered into the American psyche. Never before has the media tried to sell sweeping online censorship measures to the American people, under guise of “stopping Russian propaganda.” Never before has opposing official narratives been so stigmatized that pundits, ordinary people, and major news publications can acceptably smear people as “Russian bots.” The Nazi parallel is especially shown in how the media now presents foreign affairs; for instance, the U.S. narrative about Venezuela baselessly paints Venezuela as a “threat to national security,” similarly to how the Nazis claimed Poland was aggressing against Germany.
This is the real threat to America. This is what’s undermining our institutions. The blitz of CIA propaganda has been used to militarize society, like with the $80 billion military budget increase this year which was passed amid media fears of Russia overtaking America’s defense forces. It’s correlated with America’s descent into despotism, as military and intelligence officials have come under unprecedented command of the White House’s policies in the last year or so. It’s destroyed free discourse, with anyone who defies the establishment being demonized as a Kremlin agent.
“Being called a bot and Russian troll from high profile people is disturbing,” writescolumnist Peter McArthur about his recent experience with being publicly malignedas a “Russian bot” by the New York Times’ Charlie Savage. “We are being bullied, and they are trying to push anyone who refuses to unquestioningly accept their narrative to the margins of society. It’s sick. People like Charlie Savage ought to take a look at themselves before they accuse Russia of ‘sowing discord.’ They are dividing society in a way that no rinky-dink ‘troll farm’ ever could.”
This assault on independent thought is supported by the biggest and most sophisticated propaganda network in history. Since we don’t know who exactly the CIA’s propaganda program works with, it could be that many of the pundits and newscasters that Americans hear from each day are repeating propaganda that they’ve gotten directly from the government. These media personalities now mainly get their foreign affairs stories from the Atlantic Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Belfer Center for Science and International affairs.
These three neoconservative think tanks are funded by weapons contractors, and by NATO and GCC countries. These think tank donors are the qualifiable members of the deep state, who work with corporations, the intelligence community, politicians, and the media to control society. The partnership between all of these entities is more open than ever; since 2005, large corporations have been able to directly collude with the intelligence agencies through the Domestic Security Alliance Council. The plutocrat Jeff Bezos embodies this paradigm of corruption, as he partners with the military/intelligence complex while using The Washington Post to promote the government’s narratives.
Without sustained mass revolt, Bezos and the other oligarchs will keep eroding our freedoms, until the United States is essentially turned into a giant military base. This end goal of the oligarchs has been revealed in a leaked Pentagon training videowhich shows how the U.S. military plans to invade American cities by 2030, and it’s the logical conclusion of the worldview that the media is trying to impose on us.
“It's a big club, and you ain’t in it,” said George Carlin in his famous 2008 monologue. “You, and I, are not in the big club. By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice.”

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