"Television.  The Drug of the Nation… A more subtle & sophisticated propaganda mind-control machine than any sci-fi writer has been able to imagine.  Not the medium so much, but how it is used, the precision with which its potential for enslavement is being exploited."

Dear anon,

Whenever I approach the keyboard, words seem inadequate.  It's one thing to talk about an earthquake before or after, but _during words can seem superfluous.  A good part of what I've been trying to say through the years is that we have been hurtling headlong toward a global fascist state. Now that fact has become mainstream truth, though phrased in different terminology.

We might perhaps learn something from history by comparing Bush & his Homeland Security with Adolph and his Gestapo, "Enemy Combatant" with "Enemy of the Reich", Desert Storm with Blitzkrieg... and we might recognize that Bush's legislation enables - is indeed designed to enable - domestic concentration camps.  We might recall that the German people did not see themselves as aggressors, they were not ogres --Goebbels convinced them at each stage that they were on the noble defensive.

Goebbels was considered a propaganda genius in his time, but by current standards he was but a primitive pioneer.  Consider the twisted mind state that has been somehow sold and become the
U.S. mainstream... "We are prepared to unleash the most diabolical weapons of mass destruction ever known on a helpless population.  And> we have a good reason.  The leader of those people might someday gather weapons of mass destruction and might then choose to use them on someone." One doesn't argue with such a position, one listens in awe.  It's like listening to a cult member.  Everything fits together in their mind, especially defenses to all the reasonable arguments.  If some one is not in the cult, then they just don't "get it", and their words come from a place of no understanding.

 Rather than a fixed dogma or a charismatic leader,
the "public cult" is guided dynamically by hypnotic television.  The posture and the look of concern on the news reader's faces are choreographed with as much precision as are the phony "news" stories themselves. And then there's Oprah & Springer and the whole nine yards of fantasy television worlds.  Virtual Reality is here and it doesn't even require special gloves or goggles.  Why visit real people, and deal with traffic, when you can sit back with a G&T and indulge in vicarious socialization with people much more interesting than yourself and your friends?... "We are interrupting this broadcast to announce incoming nuclear missiles... press the blue button if you prefer to watch the rest of ER until they hit."

Addiction.  Television.  The Drug of the Nation.  The Cult Siren.  The All Explaining Oracle.  The Collective Consciousness.  The Single Source of all important information.  Centrally generated Theater which pretends to take the place of a non-existent "public discussion".  A more subtle & sophisticated propaganda mind-control machine than any sci-fi writer has been able to imagine.  Not the medium so much, but how it is used, the precision with which its potential for enslavement is being exploited.

Walter Cronkite perhaps said it best, when asked what characterizes a first-rate newscaster.  His answer: "The ability to lie convincingly."  The same of course is true for Presidents.  Ronald Reagan, contrary to liberal opinion, was excellently qualified for the job of President.  As an actor and long-time advertising image, he was perfect for the job of telling interminable lies day after day and getting majorities to swallow it.  Bush has that same quality.  The Big Lie Gene.

The modern President is a personality, not a person of power.  He plays no role whatever in policy making.  He is briefed after plans have been adopted by what are euphemistically called his "senior advisors".  Mr. Prez's concern is more to learn the script, to be in character for his part, to convincingly present bizarre mythology.  Somehow the aggressor must be seen as the defender, the thief as the helper, the exploiter as the humanitarian, the mass murderer as the saviour. With all due credit to the script writers, one must respect the performer who actually expresses the words that convince the multitudes that the Emperor is Clothed.

There is one Great Conspiracy, and that is the promulgation of Media Reality.  A world of Lies is being sold.  There are people in positions of power who know full well it is all lies, and there are people who plot out how events are going to be spun on TV.  And there are people who plan out actual strategies, with real goals, and those plans are carried out successfully with real missiles and F-16's. All with no one noticing who really did what to whom, who stole what from whom, nor what economic empires have been established behind the scenes.  I don't care who those people are who do these things, but they obviously exist.  The point is to understand how the system works.

 I believe you need to grok this Great Conspiracy before you can begin to see the Real World.  "Grok" in the sense of realizing there CANNOT BE a Santa Claus.  In the same sense as Believing Your Own Eyes - FINALLY - about the Naked Emperor.  If you can see that Media Reality is a form of Theater, that it is a Fable, a Myth, a Distraction, a Matrix, a Virtual Reality, the White Gloves of a magician, a Smoke Screen -- if you can grok this then you can begin to ask the question: "What is the Real World like?"  Paying attention to Media Theater is like sitting in the woods with your car radio on loud.  Not until you turn the radio off do you hear what's around you - birds singing and leaves rustling.

Seeing the World As It Is - that's an active process. It's a matter of putting 2 & 2 together.  All the facts are visible, just as the nakedness of The Emperor was visible.  The problem is to believe your own eyes, to interpret the facts for yourself.  This is something TV never asks you to do.  It might be a bit painful at first, just as when Neo asked why his eyes hurt after being released from the Matrix: "You've never used them before."  Trusting your Own Eyes is a leap into a scary unknown -- something we've been warned against and trained to avoid ever since we began going to school. "You don't know anything; only experts know things."

Once you start looking, you've got a mystery to solve, just like on Murder She Wrote.  In the murder mystery everyone has an alibi, just as in the Media Theater everything has an explanation.  The detective seeks out the facts and puts the pieces of the puzzle together until a picture emerges.  We Who Would See need to do the same thing.

What particular pieces you identify depends a bit on your own personal history. The same world looks different from different perspectives... consider how different the worlds of Einstein and Van Gogh must have appeared.  My own detective work finds a puzzle with only a few big pieces, and the Main Picture doesn't take long to describe...

 Piece #1: The Great Mafia
-- we are all familiar with Mafia Culture in the context of the Godfather cinema genre. It is characterized by family-like loyalties, strict secrecy on "business" matters, hierarchical control structures, the ruthless use of force to accomplish objectives, and a complete disregard for the law,.  Such is the culture of the wealthy elite who ultimately run the affairs of the world's only super power, and increasingly the affairs of the rest of the world as well.  In the case of Crime Mafias, we all understand the function of secrecy, and acknowledging that does not make one a "conspiracy theorist".  It is important to understand that those who run the
USA are just like that -- except they operate on a bigger scale.  Carrier Task Forces instead of Hit Men.

Piece #2: The Great Casino -- the game set up by the Great Mafia in which we must all play, the Casino in which the house always wins, the Casino known as Capitalism. You can't play without chips, and the price of chips is high - you must spend eight hours a day helping the Casino rake in the Big Chips for itself, an occupation also known as Working For A Corporation. And this Great Casino is owned by Investors, which means it must always Grow Bigger Each Quarter.  And this growth is Destroying The World.

Piece #3: The Great Addiciton -- the addiction the Great Mafia has developed for the Great Casino. They are as addicted to that particular scam as any crack head is to his crystals. They have lost the ability to conceive of any other kind of world.  In their mind, the choice can only be between The Casino and Chaos. And they fear that imagined Chaos as much as any addict fears losing his drug supply.

Piece #4: The Great Consolidation -- after centuries of rivalries among Great Powers the
USA has finally achieved Effective Global Hegeomony. No more can there be Wars, but only bombings and massacres of defenceless people by unchallengeable hi-tech weaponry.  The Predator Drone the symbol of our time. The time of the Big Mop Up, the Great Consolidation, is here. Carthage is destroyed, Rome is all powerful, the Invincible Legions are to be garrisoned in every quarter of the globe.

Piece #5: The Great Holocaust -- the kill-off of the Useless Feeders.  When
North America and Australia became internal territories of an Expanding Europe, the native populations were systematically destroyed -- like so many vermin, like so many stones in the pasture-to-be.  One source claims a decision was made some years back to achieve 80% global die-off by the year 2030. I don't get into those kinds of conspiracy theories because they are almost as unreliable as The Media itself. But if you look at the facts, we seem to be on our way to such an achievement.  We're certainly well on course in Africa, with CIA-sponsored civil wars, IMF-sponsored famines, and a leave-it-be AIDs epidemic.  Spreading spent-plutonium shells around the countryside contributes a bit, starving millions of Iraqi children helps a bit, and a good old nuclear blast or two would help a whole lot all at once. Apocalypse Now to clear the way for new Casino Franchises.

Piece #6: the Great Hoax -- Media Theater + Myth of Progress + Illusion of Prosperity + Sham of Democracy + Fable of Freedom  = Denial of The Real = The Matrix.

You may or may not agree that these pieces exist, or that the emerging picture is close.  I hope you comment either way, as those kinds of dialogs are frequently of interest to our subscribers.

And let me suggest an exercise.  IF this picture I've painted is more or less accurate, then What is Worth Doing?   Is participating in a sham political system of value?  Is appealing to the humanitarian feelings of Mafia Bosses likely to help?  Are protests and demonstrations going to cure the Great Mafia of its Great Addiction?  Is Reform going to turn the Great Casino into a Good Thing?

You tell me.

all the best to you in the new year,