Important quotes:

 

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

Thomas Jefferson

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“Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce. And when we realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few very powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.”

U.S. President James Garfield. A few weeks after making this statement, he was assassinated on July 12, 1881.

 

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"The penalty for refusing to participate in politics is that you will be governed by bad men."

 

-      Plato 

 

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

 Samuel Adams

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I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

1864, Abraham Lincoln only a few months before his death

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In 1938, Franklin Roosevelt defined the problem, saying:

 

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power."

 

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"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws dont protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed." -- Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged", 1957

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"You never hear of any disturbances in Northern Luzon [Philippines]... because there isn't anybody there to rebel. That country was marched over and cleared out.... The good lord in Heaven only knows the number of Filipinos that were put under the ground; our soldiers took no prisoners; they kept no records; they simply swept the country and wherever or however they could get hold of a Filipino they killed him."-- A Republican member of Congress in an eyewitness report on the US invasion of the Philippines, 1899.

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Aldous Huxley:

 

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

 

"Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations."

 

"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall drive you mad."

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Teitelbaum posed the question to the US Representatives: "Why do you continue to hear energetic re-assertions of the Conventional Portrait of 'shortages,' shortfalls, failures of K-12 science and math teaching, declining interest among US students, and the necessity of importing more foreign scientists and engineers?"

Teitelbaum's answer: "In my judgment, what you are hearing is simply the expressions of interests by interest groups and their lobbyists. This phenomenon is, of course, very familiar to everyone on the Hill.

Interest groups that are well organized and funded have the capacity to make their claims heard by you, either directly or via echoes in the mass press. Meanwhile those who are not well-organized and funded can express their views, but only as individuals…..

Integrity is so lacking in America that the shortage myth serves the interests of universities, funding agencies, employers, and immigration attorneys at the expense of American students who naively pursue professions in which their prospects are dim. Initially it was blue-collar factory workers who were abandoned by US corporations and politicians. Now it is white-collar employees and Americans trained in science and technology. Princeton University economist Alan Blinder estimates that there are 30 to 40 million American high end service jobs that ultimately face offshoring."

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Why are the atrocities of the past relevant today?

Because whatever it is in the human makeup that allowed those brutal actions is still with us today.

 

Surely it must be disturbing to the thinking citizen that shortly after the Civil War and while the Federal Government was still basking in its release of the slaves in the South, that the American Indians were subjected to brutalities and slaughter far greater than anything that the Negro slaves had ever experienced.

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From:  The Day After We Strike Iran

By GARY LEUPP

The antiwar movement has become disillusioned with the Democrats, and even with a mercilessly self-perpetuating system that uses its two parties to convey the illusion that the political status quo is the product of competition. Still, it sees no alternative to a mix of letter-writing, lobbying, voting, rallying, marching, exercising constitutional rights, operating within the paradigm. But Cindy Sheehan officially dropped out of the movement concluding that the “paradigm. . . is now, I am afraid, carved in immovable, unbendable and rigidly mendacious marble.”

She is right. The neocons want us to “think outside the box.” Maybe we should one-up them and think outside the system. The “way our system works,” writes Andrew J. Bacevich, “negates democracy, rendering free speech little more than a means of recording dissent.” In it, “Money maintains the Republican/Democratic duopoly of trivialized politics.” What can the honest dissenter do when informed that the U.S. (“your”) government has committed a spectacular war crime? When can you do when you learn that, once again--- without your permission---the U.S. has attacked a sovereign country posing no real threat to you? Generating enormous hatred for America throughout the world? What do we do the day after? I would just like to pose the question for discussion as we approach that moment.

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"The man enslaved to wealth can never be honest."-Democritus

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"Power should be confined to those who are not in love with it" Plato/Mick Foley. -Ryan Dawson

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Santa Clara vs. Southern Pacific Railroad decision by the Supreme Court in 1886 which declared that the corporation was legally equivalent to a PERSON with regard to protections afforded by the 14th Amendment. As if this ruling were not frightening enough, add to this reality the social philosophy of America’s corporate tycoons in the late-nineteenth and early- twentieth centuries. The majority, including John D. Rockefeller, E.H. Harriman, Andrew Carnegie, and John Harvey Kellogg were proponents of eugenics or selective breeding set in motion by the desire to eliminate “undesirable’ human beings. The “Robber Barons”, as historian Matthew Josephson called them, contributed vast sums of money to the junk science of eugenics, and forced sterilization of the mentally ill and other “undesirables” which continued into the 1970s.

Note:    Out of a population of 55,000 Native American Indian women of child bearing age, appr. 12,000 were sterilized over a 4 year period by the US government agency Indian Health Service (HIS).  That is 21.8 % of the population under consideration in just 4 years.   This was done by the IHS staff ( doctors and staff ) providing “consent” forms to Indian women which were incomplete and misleading as well as outright lying about the operation and coercion.     

 

United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide emerged a list of acts that constitute genocide. Article II states:   In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, such as...imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group... (Whalen, 1989: 169).

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The use of private corporate contractors to do government work secretly (ostensibly for reasons of national security) created two very negative realities:

·         Private corporate contractors do not have to be accountable for the work they do or how they use the money allocated to them and

·         A black budget could be created in which government money is being spent without the oversight of Congress and the American people. This was a recipe for fraud and corruption to become standard operating procedure in the federal government.

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Faith – the abdication of personal responsibility to discover truth and the conscious submission to theocratic tyranny.    Kevin M. Washington

 

"A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope."

"
Liars
are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.
"

Epictetus, Greek Philosopher

 

self-censorship – the surrender of the awareness of reality in exchange for self-regarding fantasy

 

 

·         As Lord Acton observed, "There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it."

 

·         Alex Carey.  "By 'propaganda,'" Carey wrote, "I refer to communications where the form and content is selected with the single-minded purpose of bringing some target audience to adopt attitudes and beliefs chosen in advance by the sponsors of the communications. 'Propaganda,'" noted Carey, is very different from education at its best, whose "purpose is to encourage critical inquiry and to open minds for and against any particular conclusion, rather than close them to the possibility of any conclusion but one." Propaganda is the management and manipulation of public opinion through misinformation and the use of political and cultural symbols to create popular consent for policies, practices, and hierarchical societal arrangements that are contrary to popular interests. Propaganda is public relations for private and authoritarian gain (Carey, Taking the Risk Out of Democracy, 1986). 

 

·         ….Less through any sort of reasoned and open debate than through simple repetition and ubiquitous assumption, masses of Americans are led to believe…  Thought Control by Paul Street April 27th, 2004.

 

It is interesting to note the phrase “led to believe” in the sentence above.  First, it avoids considering the responsibility of thinking and rational analysis by the “masses” and second it ignores the social programming/thought control mechanisms that are programmed into the “masses”.   The wording assumes a somehow pristine and virgin “mass” which is being acted upon by a sinister outside force.

 

Nothing could be further from the truth.   The same social system that creates the “masses” creates their “masters”.     Sheep and shepherds, but in this case cut from the same cloth.

 

·         ….I write back and tell them two things. First: I'm not a big name left critic like, say, a Noam Chomsky or a John Pilger and so it's questionable whether anyone in power cares all that much about what I'm saying. Second, and more to the point, even big names can pretty much say what they want without having to worry about getting shot over here. This is thanks to free speech, won by popular struggles in the metropolitan core of the world capitalist system and most strongly entrenched in the U.S….. Thought Control by Paul Street April 27th, 2004.

 

Free speech?  Oh yes, the old propaganda about free speech.  The fact is that if the people cannot think rationally anyway, and have no real power, then what is the point in wasting time and money to limit what they say?  What they say DOES NOT MATTER TO THOSE WITH POWER, PERIOD.   Free speech is SOMA.  Nothing more.

 

So much for free speech.

 

 

Other important elements of the American social mythology and belief system:

 

Less through any sort of reasoned and open debate than through simple repetition and ubiquitous assumption, masses of Americans are led to believe in a number of patently false things, such as the following: ( My God, how stupid can they be? )

 

·         Democracy is a system in which the key decisions are basically monopolized by the "leading sectors of the business community and related elites" (Noam Chomsky) and the public are only "spectators, not active participants" (see Chomsky's What Uncle Sam Really Wants for a useful informal discussion of this)

 

·         The public is best off spending most of their time in depoliticized atomization and alienated isolation, focusing mainly on local, personal and family matters and leaving the big policy decisions and politics in general to supposedly expert and benevolent masters- people like the shameful George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. We non-elites are supposed to keep our mouths shut and stay out of the "elite's" hair by not interfering in the public arena, where we don't belong (again, see Chomsky). 

 

·         Democracy refers only to the political system and cannot have anything to do with the economic system. There can be no real popular input on how the economy is run, the workplace is structured. Democracy is going to the polls every few years or so to pick your rulers from a small elite pre-selected in advance.

 

·         America does not expand its power out of any venal or self-interested objectives but out of concern for the well being of humanity. The United States is a benevolent, forward-looking, humanistic, and democratic world power. Those who resist and criticize American policy at home and abroad are by definition enemies of freedom, democracy, justice, and civilization…..Thought Control by Paul Street April 27th, 2004

 

·         ……For the weak to put their trust in systems of power is simply to ask for catastrophe. They may choose to cooperate with powerful states, but if so, they should do so without illusions…….

 

·         …..For the rich and powerful, illusions about themselves are satisfying and convenient. Many find it quite pleasant to lavish praise on themselves, a major role of intellectuals, throughout history. For the weak and defenseless, faith in illusions is not a wise course -- as the victims of centuries of imperial practice should certainly understand…..

 

·         They also want a very powerful state: as soon as they took office, they increased government expenditures (relative to the economy) to the highest level since the first time they held power, 20 years earlier, in the Reagan administration. But the powerful state they want to nourish is to serve the interests of the rich and privileged, not the general population. And the international and domestic goals, in their eyes, are far more important than security, or even survival. There is nothing novel about that. Again, those who know some history will recognize that political leaders quite often choose the risk of catastrophe in pursuit of power, domination, and wealth…

·         Some criticize you as the most militant American among those who are opponent to Israel, some say that you, as a jew, hate yourself. How does it come about that you criticize Israel in such manner?

The charges are interesting. Those who know the Bible know their origins. The charges trace back to King Ahab, who was the epitome of evil in the Bible. King Ahab condemned the Prophet Elijah as a hater of Israel. The flatterers at King Ahab's court agreed. Elijah was a "self-hating Jew," to borrow the terminology of the contemporary flatterers at the court, because he was criticizing the policies of the King and calling for justice and respect for human rights. Similar charges were familiar in the old Soviet Union: dissidents were condemned for hating Russia. And there are other examples in military dictatorships and totalitarian states. Such criticisms reflect deeply held totalitarian values.

For a dedicated totalitarian, ruling powers are to be identified with the people, the culture, and the society. Israel is King Ahab Russia is the Kremlin. For totalitarians, criticism of state policy is criticism of the country and its people. For those who have any concern for democracy and freedom, such charges are merely farcical…..

An interview with Noam Chomsky

by Hawzheen O. Kareem and Noam Chomsky
Komal Newspaper
January 02, 2004

 

 

 

"He who fights with monsters might take care, lest he thereby become a monster; For if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - F.Nietzche