Saturday, February 28, 2009

Think Tanks and Fnords

It has become almost comically simple and easy to quickly identify pro-state fnords like the latest Allen Stanford financial scandal. The Bernard Madoff and Stanford stories should be deciphered as "The financial system is not corrupt, only certain individuals are corrupt within it.". The Nixon scandal and resignation story oft-repeated on the propaganda channel, err, "History Channel" is deciphered as "The Office of the President is not corrupted, only certain individuals who hold it.".

The so-called "Women's Rights Movement” lauded by our self-appreciating politicians as such an achievement of democracy is a fnord that covers up the reality that women were forced out of the home and men's salaries were cut in half with the two genders then splitting it. With virtually no net gain in salary for the home and now both parents working as corporate wage slaves, along with a time-consuming commute, a strong sense of family or community is all but completely absent in the lives of most Americans. Going all the way back to the CPI (Committee on Public Information) in President Wilson's day which orchestrated the "Red Scare", there have been think tanks which operate with the purpose of manufacturing consent, exploiting cognitive reasoning, and perpetrating falsehoods of every kind on the public. By now it is more accurate to say that there’s really no such thing as the two parties known as "Democratic" or "Republican", there is only the "Business Party" with two factions known as Democratic and Republican. Both factions serve the same master party and spend millions of dollars every year supporting think tanks all over the country. This process of behavioral manipulation, catalyzed by the complete control of media by the Business Party, is the most central structure of control used by the elite few over the exploited and mostly oblivious many.

The Cato Institute, the Brookings Institute, The Center for American Progress, The American Enterprise Institute, The Project for a New American Century, and so on, are complete with state-of-the-art facilities, press briefing rooms with cameras, conference rooms, Internet access, libraries, and memberships that are attained and maintained in an esoteric manner. These are the places where buzz words, phrases, political language and policy initiatives are born from expert-level study of the brain, of psychology and neurology, sociology, human behavior and other areas which assist in constructing stimuli A to produce behavioral response B. The "War on Drugs", the "War on Terror", "pre-emptive strike", "Axis of Evil" et cetera, are all such examples.

It may be very useful for the American people to pay close attention to these "think tanks" in the hopes that if we can start as close to the originating point of the misinformation stream as possible, and gain more insight on the way fnords of subterfuge are constructed in the first place, we can more expeditiously and efficiently deconstruct them.

Robert Ferguson

Change We Can Believe In?

President Obama is heralded by the press as some great messiah of change while, as usual, the real domestic and foreign policies of the corporate/bank cartel government of the United States stay the same and continue without interruption in operational terms. The US "Embassy" in Baghdad is the size of 110 football fields and has cost close to 80 billion dollars to build. The truth is the masters of the world never intend to leave Iraq, so far as their control of the flow and price of energy in the country is concerned and whatever it requires, by force, to maintain it. The only argument the so-called "left" has had during the entire Iraq war has been its execution or timing, or "the way it was managed", hauntingly familiar to the arguments made by the Camelot knights of the Kennedy Democrat era regarding the Vietnam War. Now we have Kerry, Clinton, or some other "dove" assuming disconsolate looks on their faces as they pontificate about maintaining a moral authority, all while their 2003 votes in the house and senate helped pave the way for the killing and/or maiming of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, including women and children.

Obama and his team have already stepped up their bellicose rhetoric about Afghanistan, the "real front in the war on terror", to the gleeful reception of many rank and file Democrats who are so sure that we have it right on this one. The truth is both the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions were part of the plan to control the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) Pipeline far into the 21st century and beyond, or so long as fossil fuels are relevant as a means of imperial control. The main reason there is somewhat less violence in Iraq now is because most of the population has simply fled the country into Syria, Jordan and Iran. The people who remain are either the few who value money (our bribes) over the security of their homeland who in turn do our bidding in the "Iraqi Government", those who have just accepted our occupation, many of whom will end up working in some periphery of the military bases and Embassy (I can already see the young Iraqi women working as whores for some local GIs and government contractors in bars in the not so distant future), or those who refuse to comply or take our bribes and resist, through whatever means they deem necessary or possible, the horrific forces of imperial greed. Oh yeah, those guys are called the "Terrorists".

Somalia has crumbled into complete chaos and has worsened markedly since the CIA-backed government collapsed in 2006 and the US military interventions that have followed. The cruise ship hijacking media coverage was subterfuge for this message: "We have to go get those kidnapping, murdering Somali bastards!". This follows the usual formula of media coverage concerning military deployment which is, if it requires more than covert ops, the effort of planting the seed of justification for US soldiers dying into the minds of the citizens through the demonization of the "enemy" and the galvanization of our cause, concealing whatever imperial machination it may happen to truly be.

So here we are, with the Obama administration dutifully following the same standards of invasion, repression, oppression and violence we've seen in US foreign policy for over a hundred years while at present the whole world rejoices the inevitable salvation that will be his presidency. Mr. Obama is remarkably more effective than many presidents in history at influencing, through his oratory, the people of this country who may in turn and unwittingly grant him real powers of control that Bush would have reveled, had he had the ability to achieve them. What's more, what will be the result of such an advancement of power for our savior?


Robert Ferguson