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Just a soul whose intentions are good


Winston Smith

What is the point of this blog?

Conspiracy is neither my obsession, nor my guilty pleasure. My interest lies in the multifarious ways in which we are, as a society and as a culture, being manipulated from behind the curtain. I became aware of social conditioning/culture manipulation whilst quite young and yet I still somehow failed to see how it had affected my own thinking until well into middle age.

Conditioning is everywhere in our culture and those who practice it in order to advance certain agendas are past masters at its many forms. I therefore offer the information presented within this blog as an overview of the many methods that the manipulators of our society can and do use, to their advantage and our cost.

I’m aware that many who read these posts will be coming to much of what is covered here cold. And so, I have compiled this brief glossary of terms as an aid to understanding the concepts here covered.




Disinformation: The dissemination of false data or the deliberate omission of part or all of the facts pertaining to important information.

Straw man argument: Focusing debate or attention on selected – cherry picked – points of the opponent’s thesis to give a false interpretation of their meaning, or bring their motives into question.

Cognitive dissonance: Mental conflict occurring when assumptions or beliefs are contradicted by new information.

Group think: A lazy form of thinking where the individual prefers to adopt the opinions of their peers rather than make the effort to figure things out for themself. Once an individual has made a commitment to group think, it can be difficult and even dangerous to challenge their paradigm.

Cultural Marxism: Unlike traditional Marxism, which is economics based, Cultural Marxism focuses on culture. It maintains that all human behavior stems from the culture. Adherents can be characterised by their belief in a collectivist future, brought about by infiltration of the system via academia, the media and the political establishment. They believe in change from within enacted incrementally.

False flag: Essentially a self inflicted wound designed to implicate an enemy to justify an intended aggression against them.




Hegelian dialectic: The dialectic, put simply, involves taking two opposing ideas; Thesis and Antithesis (eg. Capitalism and Communism, Left wing and Right wing, Theism and atheism) and putting them into conflict. After a time the two arguments begin to take on aspects of their opposite, in effect creating a third way, known as Synthesis. The blending of Capitalism and Communism creates a kind of collectivist fascism. The blending of Theism and Atheism creates New Age type quasi religions.

Agenda 21: Not what it appears to be, but rather the very epitome of the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

New World Order: This is not, I believe, the name of an organisation as is commonly claimed, but rather, a scheme that has been running beneath the surface of our society for well over one hundred years. It is the planned take down of the Nation State by a cabal of elitist Oligarchs. They have been working tirelessly for a world (radically reduced in population) collectivised and controlled by a global police state apparatus.

Illuminati: This name, which you will rarely find used on this blog, should be considered a general term intended to describe the more occult (hidden) aspects of New World Order conspiracy. I feel that it is generally used inappropriately and most often (though not always) by COINTELPRO operatives trying to discredit those who question.

Operation Gladio: Though the code name is only really relevant in Italy, it has come to refer to the top secret ‘stay behind armies’ which NATO put in place, in almost every European country, to act as a sort of behind the lines guerrilla force should the West be overrun by Soviet conventional forces. These largely right wing or Fascist groups had members reaching right up into governments, Police, Military and other Establishment organizations. When WWIII failed to materialise, these CIA backed fanatics began to use their resources and networks against Leftist groups, even going so far as to commit terrorist atrocities and blaming them on the Red brigade. These atrocities are even said to have included the bombing of the Bologna railway station and the kidnapping and murder of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

Tavistock: The Tavistock Institute pretends to be a benign charitable NGO, but is actually a key component in the creation of social manipulation and mind control techniques.

What they claim to be.

What they are accused of being.

Skull and Bones: A fraternal secret society operating out of Yale University. Included in its list of members are many notables of the power elite including Presidents. This group is, by definition, occult.

I will add more to this section as time permits.


Bibliography of essential texts

I would further wish to direct the reader’s attention to the following essential readings. If you have not had access to any of these books then you have little chance of understanding the world you find yourself living in.

John A Stormer: None dare call it Treason

Gary Allen: None dare call it Conspiracy

Dr Anthony Sutton: Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution 

Wall Street & the Rise of Hitler

America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones

The federal Reserve Conspiracy

Carroll Quigley: Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

The Anglo-American Establishment 

Holly Sklar: Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management

Edward Bernays: Propaganda

Zbigniew Brzezinski: The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era

John Coleman: The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

David Ray Griffin: The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé

Michael C Ruppert: Crossing the Rubicon

Webster Griffin Tarpley: 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in the USA

Eustace Mullins: The Secrets of the Federal Reserve

Niki Raapana, Nordica Friedrich: 2020: Our Common Destiny and The Anti Communitarian Manifesto

Cathy O’Brien, Mark Phillips: Trance: Formation of America

David McGowan: Weird scenes inside the canyon 

Programmed to kill: the politics of serial murder

Other books of note: Confessions of an economic hit man by John Perkins, The shock doctrine by Naomi Klein, Debunking 9/11 debunking by David Ray Griffin, Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy by David Ray Griffin.

Hey man, what’s with all the wiki quotes?

I have occasionally been criticised for relying too much on a certain online encyclopedia. I am only too aware that Wikipedia is, in general, an unreliable source. Many of the moderators on there are in the employ of the Intelligence community and it has long been a vehicle for the dissemination of disinformation. That said, I made an editorial decision at the very beginning that I would make it as easy as possible for people to check any facts I use to back up my ‘opinions’ (after all, I’m not writing academic papers here, I’m trying to help speed the day that ‘hundredth monkey’ makes the connection).

This should in no way be taken to mean that I use Wikipedia as my primary research tool. I quote it when I know it is correct on a particular point simply because I’m only too aware that many people do use it and, in many cases, simply won’t bother to read anything that isn’t easy to access online. I fact check everything I print, to the best of my ability. And I have a large personal collection of well-thumbed books on history, science and politics to hand. This may only be a blog, but I take what I do here very seriously.

I would also ask that if, whilst using this site, you come across a dead or broken link, please let me know so that I can fix it promptly.

Proselytising propaganda for the modern young thing

– Winston Smith

Getty Images.

Getty Images.

There are two types of propaganda.* The first is of the Fox News variety (delivered at an almost cartoonish pitch of hysteria); aimed squarely at the traditional/conservative/working class. It talks a lot about patriotism and the flag and how this is the greatest country that ever existed (whichever country the target audience happen to be in). It gets a lot of people all stirred up and increases the sales of tiny flags (usually made in China). It also pisses the hell out of progressives.

And then there’s the second type, I call it the NPR model (delivered in hushed, eminently reasonable tones that suggest the speaker knows that those listening are already aware of and in agreement with their views), this is propaganda specifically designed to ensnare those who think they’re way too clever to fall for propaganda. Type two is all about how messed up our society is and what a terrible country we are; how we should all feel ashamed and want to do something to change things. This ‘guilting’ works very well upon the minds of those who feel underrepresented within the system, however, the change it advocates never goes anywhere and the leaders it throws up are all plants. In the end it just walks us back into the coils of the establishment.


Here’s the thing I’ve come to realise, though, the first type largely exists to distract you from the second. The ham-fisted nature of overt propaganda is a shell game meant to fool the unwary; to prevent them from noticing the real propaganda; the stuff that works because it is mostly saying exactly what its intended victims want to hear.

If you don’t question absolutely everything you hear and read, if you let your guard down because you think you can trust a particular source, you are going to be propagandised; it’s as simple as that. And then you become just another tool in the hands of the oligarchs.

Think once. Think twice. Think; don’t be a tool.

Do these people know they've been propagandised?

Do these people know they’ve been propagandised?



*Actually, it’s just two separate, but complimentary layers of the same beast.

9/11 as metaphor

– Winston Smith


Implosion noun im·plo·sion \im-ˈplō-zhən\

A sudden inward collapse.

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A mighty edifice is about to suffer a major implosion. It will be sudden and catastrophic, happening with a force and ferocity that takes most people completely by surprise. As it plays out on a billion TV screens, it will appear to be a tragic accident, an event that no one could possibly have foreseen. In fact, it will be a controlled demolition.

This edifice has stood for decades, appearing strong and unassailable, but at it is core it is rotten. Those who own it know that it has outlived its useful life, that it must be consigned now to the pages of history. However, millions of people are invested in it, their lives revolve around it, depend upon it. When it is gone, thousands will lose their security and their sense of self. Many will be destroyed.

Its gravitational collapse will be the spark for endless wars and political upheavals. The world will be changed unalterably and forever.

If the above sounds like someone writing with foreknowledge about the events of 9/11/2001, that’s hardly surprising. However, the edifice I’m actually referring to is not the World Trade Center, but rather the central banking system.

As a metaphor for the coming collapse, though, 9/11 works uncomfortably well.

We’ve all speculated at length upon the political ramifications of that day’s events. Even those who buy into the fallacious official narrative tend to concede that the ensuing wars and chaos have been very bad for the world at large. Those who do not believe the Bush/Blair/Obama narrative speculate on why the powers that be wrought such horrors upon the good people of New York, Washington and indeed the world.

Many believe (as do I) that a coup was carried out on that day. That a rogue element within the Government/Corporate class set up the framework for an ongoing takedown of the existing system. These people believe that it was day zero for the instigation of a global fascist police state. Those who snicker at this should take a good long look at the world that has emerged in the fourteen years since that awful day.

That’s the big picture, but I have come to realise that the Oligarchs never do anything for a single reason. They are complex and efficient. If there are one or two smaller problems that can also be addressed whilst executing the ‘master plan’, they simply bundle them in.

I believe that is why Building seven was included in the demolitions. The Securities and Exchange Commission was just one of the government agencies that were housed in that ill-fated building. This was the agency tasked with investigating Banking and Corporate fraud.

The SEC has not quantified the number of active cases in which substantial files were destroyed. Reuters news service and the Los Angeles Times published reports estimating them at 3,000 to 4,000. They include the agency’s major inquiry into the manner in which investment banks divvied up hot shares of initial public offerings during the high-tech boom. The EEOC said documents from about 45 active cases were missing and could not be easily retrieved from any backup system.

Margaret Cronin Fisk
National Law Journal
September 17, 2001

Among the active case files lost, it is believed, were all those relating to the Enron investigation. An investigation which Bush himself had a vested interest in seeing ‘go away’.

The twin towers were also a longstanding problem with no easy solution. Built at a time when we were still pretending ignorance of the fatal effects of asbestos, both towers were packed to the rafters with the stuff. It was estimated that the cost of removing the deadly substance was close to the buildings’ actual value; so that was clearly never going to happen.

The main reason that the buildings were considered an albatross, however, is revealed in John Perkins’ book ‘Confessions of an economic hit man’.

It had the reputation of being a financial misfit, unsuited to modern fiber-optic and internet technologies, and burdened with an inefficient and costly elevator system.

And so, the buildings were almost useless for the purpose for which they had been built and had in the decades preceding 9/11 been largely superseded. The question became, how to be rid of this giant problem? I hate to appear cynical, but it seems pretty obvious to me that the best way to avoid a prohibitively costly clean-up is an accident where the clean-up becomes someone else’s problem. The fact is, before the ‘attacks’ the buildings were a huge headache and afterwards no one was held accountable for the tons of Asbestos dust that got dumped all over lower Manhattan.

The Central banking model has also reached its useful end. Set up as a vehicle for fleecing the people, it has allowed a very small group of white males to grow astronomically wealthy. This has all been done on the backs of the 99% (as we now cheerfully cast ourselves). The events of 2008 were a foretaste of just how unstable the system has become, but those who breathe at its heart have known for decades that it was a zero sum game.

That game is now drawing to its ultimate end point. This comes as no surprise at all to the men who run the show. Those anonymous banksters meeting in secret on Jekyll Island to give birth to the Federal Reserve knew, even as they sealed the deal, exactly what the end game would look like. They just didn’t care. Any more than the September criminals cared about all those people in the towers. There was more power to be had, what are a few lives compared to that?

And so, central banking and the monetary system around which it was formed is to undergo a controlled demolition and we the people are to be left picking once again amongst the toxic rubble. As with 9/11, the scape-goats have already been prepared, the wars already planned, the new draconian laws already written. There will be blood in the streets, but it probably won’t be bankers’ blood; they’ve already moved on.

They’ll be back though, in some new guise, offering us the solution* to the problems they wrought. Will we be stupid enough to buy what they’re selling?

Time will tell.



* Hint; it’s socialism.

Fire, smoke and mirrors

– Winston Smith

(FILES) - A picture dated December 7, 1941, obtained from The National Archives shows the USS West Virginia burning after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The carefully-planned and well-executed attack removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. AFP PHOTO/THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

December 7, 1941,  the USS West Virginia burning after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.  AFP PHOTO/THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES


On a beautiful Sunday morning, American warships sink in flames at their moorings in Pearl Harbour. The world gasps in shock.

A young girl runs down a road. Her flesh is burned, her clothes gone. Behind her anguished and traumatised face, the paddies and her home are lost in a raging napalm inferno. The world looks on and weeps.

High above the New York skyline, two buildings belch acrid smoke and flames. Hopelessly trapped office workers grasp hands and leap like tragic lovers into the blue September sky; plunging ninety five stories to the Manhattan pavement below. The world cries out in horror.

A small boy – barely more than a baby – lays washed upon a beach. He looks like he is sleeping. The world takes him to their collective breast.

Images are powerful things; they make us feel.

They make us feel precisely what the image makers want us to feel.

What made sane, Left leaning progressives follow a less than sane Republican President into a clearly criminal series of wars of acquisition?

What made the same people who voted for Bill Clinton’s compassionate presidential platform follow him unflinchingly through an horrendous bombing campaign that caused at least 488 Yugoslav civilian deaths in Kosovo?

Why does the Cameron government suddenly look like caring humanitarians to the people of Great Britain who have had almost all of their benefits and their dignity drained by that self-same government?


We are controlled by them. Every evening, as we sit in front of our expensive widescreen TVs, we are bombarded by images that are designed to tell us exactly what we should think and how we should feel on whatever subject the social manipulators wish us to focus our limited attention spans upon.

The image of that small boy lying face down in the wet sand is truly tragic, but the reality is that this exact thing has been happening for years now. The media are well aware of this fact, but they are only willing to report on such matters when there is an agenda to be served.


I’d say we all need to become a little more sophisticated and discerning in what information we choose to pay heed to. Nothing should be simply accepted as a pure fact without first being stringently examined.

What is the reason I am being shown this image?

Who is showing me this image?

What agenda does this image serve?

Television was still a novelty when the British government announced that it was their goal to have a TV set in every home in Britain within five years. Why would that be a priority for any government? The answer shouldn’t be too difficult to divine.


As I sat down to write these thoughts, the artist and social commentator Thomas Sheridan shared this video on my Facebook page. It was a rare moment of synchronicity that left me with the sense that there is indeed a growing awareness of just how deeply we are being played.

To quote Sheridan on his own page…

‘Amazing all these Lefties and Progressives who now consider Cameron and the Tories to be infallible paragons of virtue and social justice now.’

And this ironically delivered statement…

“I completely distrust Government!!! They are all lying bastards!!! From monetary policy…bank bailouts…militarisation…fluoridation…fracking WMDs…cutting welfare and disability allowances…treatment of the sick and elderly…health cutbacks…EVERYTHING!!! These bastards LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING!!! They start wars for oil and they protect dictators when it suits them!!!                                                                                                                                                                               Except the Syrian Refugee Crisis. I trust them unconditionally with that.”

This doesn’t just happen. There are whole think-tanks devoted to making this happen.

Watch Sheridan’s video I think he has hit the nail squarely on the head.



Media Propaganda Full Frontal: Father Of “Drowned Syrian Boy” Was People Smuggler

What have the elites done for us lately?


– Winston Smith

It’s a good question. Recently, I’ve been looking back over the past few years’ worth of major historic events and, to be honest, the amount of radical change (is this what Obama was talking about?) that has been visited upon the globe over that time is staggering.

Let’s use Libya as our arbitrary starting point. Just a few short years ago, Libya was the most modern and developed country in North Africa. Under Gaddafi, she had blossomed into a model state with free education and healthcare for all, state provided housing for all and a booming economic environment that was the envy of many countries in the West. Libya was even exporting her success to her surrounding neighbours by way of technical and financial support.

Enter the friendly monster known as US foreign policy. You see, the one thing Libya didn’t have was an indentured dependence on the Western Banking system (at least not enough dependence for the bankers’ taste). That my friends is a cardinal sin in the shining New World Order our masters are building for us. And so The US and France (weirdly) teamed up to send this uppity little state of independence back to the stone age, or at least into the sort of chaotic hell that provides ample opportunities for go-getter Corporations and global banking cartels.

Gaddafi met his ignoble fate and the good people of Libya discovered exactly what US liberation is all about. The insane Fanatics, which the Western Intelligence Agencies had armed and unleashed upon poor Libya, had a field day slaughtering black Libyans and Christians whilst the globalists tripped over each other in their eagerness to get in and plunder whatever remained intact among the ruins.

Mass grave of black Libyans murdered by Western backed rebels.

Mass grave of black Libyans murdered by Western backed rebels. A shocking image, I know, but it speaks volumes.

All of this culminated one night at the site of a secret CIA torture annex in Benghazi. Before that awful night was over, a US Ambassador lay sodomized, murdered and burned in the street and ISIS™ was born. Even before that night the exodus had begun. The EU became the final destination for tens of thousands of refugees from this and all the numerous other US led Middle Eastern adventures.

Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen wherever the empire’s bombs fall, people begin to move en masse, hundreds of thousands of people, all fleeing the Western terror machine. And this human flood is now drowning Europe.

May 4 2015, 6000 illegal immigrants in one 48 hour period flood into Italy. ‘Destroy my country and you will have waves and waves of immigration.’ ~ Muammar Gaddafi

May 4 2015, 6000 undocumented immigrants in one 48 hour period flood into Italy from Africa.
‘Destroy my country and you will have waves and waves of immigration.’ ~ Muammar Gaddafi

Of course, these upheavals have not been confined to the Middle East, the Ukraine and its forty five million plus population has been reduced to a smoking, blood splashed ruin by a foreign instigated civil war that resulted in the rise to power of an honest to god Nazi regime (backed to the hilt by the US who are all about regime change). The financial opportunities have been amazing, though.

Meanwhile, in the UK, the Cameron government (presumably not wishing to be outdone by the upstart Ukrainians) also decided to give Fascism a go. Cameron’s burgeoning police state is only slightly less appalling to behold than is the fact that the British people appear to have liked his brand of totalitarianism so much that they’ve voted for another five years of it; astonishing.

In the US, the president who was meant to heal the wounds of centuries of racial division has instead further polarised American society by invoking the spectre of racism at every opportunity. In the past year, the issue of race has been front and center in the public discourse to such an obsessive degree that a race war now seems not only inevitable, but is clearly desired by the powers that be*.

Indeed, it is hard to find a place to look nowadays where imminent social collapse is not a very real possibility.

China, once the industrial powerhouse upon which all our hopes were pinned, has of late fallen into stagnation and near collapse. She threatens to bring the entire global economy to its knees should this deep rumble become an implosion. Her efforts to stave off disaster (rapid currency devaluation and US T bill liquidations) have seen what may well be (and look very much like) retaliations in the form of massive explosions in two different Chinese cities within a fortnight of each other.

Huge explosion rocks Chinese port city of TianjinTianjin, China, 15 August 2015.

Huge explosion rocks Chinese port city of Tianjin, China, 15 August 2015.

Any way you dice it, it appears that the world has become a very scary place within a very brief span of time. The potential for real disaster has grown exponentially and TPTB are apparently preparing accordingly. All over the world, police forces are being militarised and trained for urban pacification. This is never a good sign. Laws are also constantly being changed to give more power to the ‘Authorities’ and less freedom to the citizenry.

The media has correspondingly gone into full propaganda mode, unashamedly pumping out the memes and agendas of the corporate state.

It’s easy to miss all of this, of course. And if the only thing you pay heed to is the big glowing rectangle in your living room, you’re probably largely non-plused by pretty much everything I’ve written above. If that’s the case you should probably go back to your TV and pay no further attention until you hear the pounding of boots on your front path and the splintering sound of your front door being unceremoniously breached.

Perhaps on that unhappy day you will finally think to ask yourself how we got here.


And three’s the charm…

Enormous new factory blast rocks Chinese industrial region


*Here’s a small anecdote to illustrate my point, make of it what you will. A work mate and friend of mine was travelling in the US earlier this year and happened to be seated next to an FBI Agent on a flight between New Orleans and San Antonio. During the course of their conversation, the Agent volunteered the information that he could “guarantee that there will be a race war in the US in the very near future.” My startled friend pressed him for more information but the Agent became reticent at that point and the subject was dropped.

Down the rabbit hole where the steel pools.


This documentary, though produced with a small budget and representing one man’s perspective, does an excellent job of collating and synthesizing the research of a great many people into a cogent narrative. As a jumping off point for someone looking to delve deeper into the way the world actually works – as opposed to the way it is presented – I would highly recommend that you give this video your time and attention.



They Live was a documentary

They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy


Ruled by an oligarchy disguised as a democracy on our way towards fascism

You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.”—They Live

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and “freedom,” such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.

All is not as it seems.

This is the premise of John Carpenter’s film They Live (1988), in which two migrant workers discover that the world’s population is actually being controlled and exploited by aliens working in partnership with an oligarchic elite. All the while, the populace—blissfully unaware of the real agenda at work in their lives—has been lulled into complacency, indoctrinated into compliance, bombarded with media distractions, and hypnotized by subliminal messages beamed out of television and various electronic devices, billboards and the like.

It is only when homeless drifter John Nada (played to the hilt by the late Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of doctored sunglasses—Hoffman lenses—that Nada sees what lies beneath the elite’s fabricated reality: control and bondage.

When viewed through the lens of truth, the elite, who appear human until stripped of their disguises, are shown to be monsters who have enslaved the citizenry in order to prey on them. Likewise, billboards blare out hidden, authoritative messages: a bikini-clad woman in one ad is actually ordering viewers to “MARRY AND REPRODUCE.” Magazine racks scream “CONSUME” and “OBEY.” A wad of dollar bills in a vendor’s hand proclaims, “THIS IS YOUR GOD.”

When viewed through Nada’s Hoffman lenses, some of the other hidden messages being drummed into the people’s subconscious include: NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, CONFORM, SUBMIT, STAY ASLEEP, BUY, WATCH TV, NO IMAGINATION, and DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY.

This indoctrination campaign engineered by the elite in They Live is painfully familiar to anyone who has studied the decline of American culture. A citizenry that does not think for themselves, obeys without question, is submissive, does not challenge authority, does not think outside the box, and is content to sit back and be entertained is a citizenry that can be easily controlled.

In this way, the subtle message of They Live provides an apt analogy of our own distorted vision of life in the American police state, what philosopher Slavoj Žižek refers to as dictatorship in democracy, “the invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom.”

We’re being fed a series of carefully contrived fictions that bear no resemblance to reality. The powers-that-be want us to feel threatened by forces beyond our control (terrorists, shooters, bombers). They want us afraid and dependent on the government and its militarized armies for our safety and well-being. They want us distrustful of each other, divided by our prejudices, and at each other’s throats. Most of all, they want us to continue to march in lockstep with their dictates.

Tune out the government’s attempts to distract, divert and befuddle us and tune into what’s really going on in this country, and you’ll run headlong into an unmistakable, unpalatable truth: the moneyed elite who rule us view us as expendable resources to be used, abused and discarded.

In fact, a 2014 study conducted by Princeton and Northwestern University concluded that the U.S. government does not represent the majority of American citizens. Instead, the study found that the government is ruled by the rich and powerful, or the so-called “economic elite.” Moreover, the researchers concluded that policies enacted by this governmental elite nearly always favor special interests and lobbying groups.

In other words, we are being ruled by an oligarchy disguised as a democracy, and arguably on our way towards fascism—a form of government where private corporate interests rule, money calls the shots, and the people are seen as mere subjects to be controlled.

Consider this: it is estimated that the 2016 presidential election could cost as much as $5 billion, more than double what was spent getting Obama re-elected in 2012.

Not only do you have to be rich—or beholden to the rich—to get elected these days, but getting elected is also a surefire way to get rich. As CBS News reports, “Once in office, members of Congress enjoy access to connections and information they can use to increase their wealth, in ways that are unparalleled in the private sector. And once politicians leave office, their connections allow them to profit even further.”

In denouncing this blatant corruption of America’s political system, former president Jimmy Carter blasted the process of getting elected—to the White House, governor’s mansion, Congress or state legislatures—as “unlimited political bribery… a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.”

Rest assured that when and if fascism finally takes hold in America, the basic forms of government will remain. As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, fascism will appear to be friendly. The legislators will be in session. There will be elections, and the news media will continue to cover the entertainment and political trivia. Consent of the governed, however, will no longer apply. Actual control will have finally passed to the oligarchic elite controlling the government behind the scenes.

By creating the illusion that it preserves democratic traditions, fascism creeps slowly until it consumes the political system. And in times of “crisis,” expediency is upheld as the central principle—that is, in order to keep us safe and secure, the government must militarize the police, strip us of basic constitutional rights, criminalize virtually every form of behavior, and build enough private prisons to house all of us nonviolent criminals.

Clearly, we are now ruled by an oligarchic elite of governmental and corporate interests. We have moved into “corporatism” (favored by Benito Mussolini), which is a halfway point on the road to full-blown fascism.

Vast sectors of the economy, government and politics are managed by private business concerns, otherwise referred to as “privatization” by various government politicians. Just study modern government policies. “Every industry is regulated. Every profession is classified and organized,” writes economic analyst Jeffrey Tucker. “Every good or service is taxed. Endless debt accumulation is preserved. Immense doesn’t begin to describe the bureaucracy. Military preparedness never stops, and war with some evil foreign foe, remains a daily prospect.”

In other words, the government in America today does whatever it wants.

Corporatism is where the few moneyed interests—not elected by the citizenry—rule over the many. In this way, it is not a democracy or a republican form of government, which is what the American government was established to be. It is a top-down form of government and one which has a terrifying history typified by the developments that occurred in totalitarian regimes of the past: police states where everyone is watched and spied on, rounded up for minor infractions by government agents, placed under police control, and placed in detention (a.k.a. concentration) camps.

For the final hammer of fascism to fall, it will require the most crucial ingredient: the majority of the people will have to agree that it’s not only expedient but necessary. But why would a people agree to such an oppressive regime? The answer is the same in every age: fear.

Fear makes people stupid.

Fear is the method most often used by politicians to increase the power of government. And, as most social commentators recognize, an atmosphere of fear permeates modern America: fear of terrorism, fear of the police, fear of our neighbors and so on.

The propaganda of fear has been used quite effectively by those who want to gain control, and it is working on the American populace.

Despite the fact that we are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack; 11,000 times more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane; 1,048 times more likely to die from a car accident than a terrorist attack, and 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, we have handed over control of our lives to government officials who treat us as a means to an end—the source of money and power.

We have allowed ourselves to become fearful, controlled, pacified zombies.

In this regard, we’re not so different from the oppressed citizens in They Live. Most everyone keeps their heads down these days while staring zombie-like into an electronic screen, even when they’re crossing the street. Families sit in restaurants with their heads down, separated by their screen devices and unaware of what’s going on around them. Young people especially seem dominated by the devices they hold in their hands, oblivious to the fact that they can simply push a button, turn the thing off and walk away.

Indeed, there is no larger group activity than that connected with those who watch screens—that is, television, lap tops, personal computers, cell phones and so on. In fact, a Nielsen study reports that American screen viewing is at an all-time high. For example, the average American watches approximately 151 hours of television per month.

The question, of course, is what effect does such screen consumption have on one’s mind?

Psychologically it is similar to drug addiction. Researchers found that “almost immediately after turning on the TV, subjects reported feeling more relaxed, and because this occurs so quickly and the tension returns so rapidly after the TV is turned off, people are conditioned to associate TV viewing with a lack of tension.” Research also shows that regardless of the programming, viewers’ brain waves slow down, thus transforming them into a more passive, nonresistant state.

Historically, television has been used by those in authority to quiet discontent and pacify disruptive people. “Faced with severe overcrowding and limited budgets for rehabilitation and counseling, more and more prison officials are using TV to keep inmates quiet,” according to Newsweek.

Given that the majority of what Americans watch on television is provided through channels controlled by six mega corporations, what we watch is now controlled by a corporate elite and, if that elite needs to foster a particular viewpoint or pacify its viewers, it can do so on a large scale.

If we’re watching, we’re not doing.

The powers-that-be understand this. As television journalist Edward R. Murrow warned in a 1958 speech:

We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

This brings me back to They Live, in which the real zombies are not the aliens calling the shots but the populace who are content to remain controlled.

When all is said and done, the world of They Live is not so different from our own. As one of the characters points out, “The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain.”

We, too, are focused only on our own pleasures, prejudices and gains. Our poor and underclasses are also growing. Racial injustice is growing. Human rights is nearly nonexistent. We too have been lulled into a trance, indifferent to others.

Oblivious to what lies ahead, we’ve been manipulated into believing that if we continue to consume, obey, and have faith, things will work out. But that’s never been true of emerging regimes. And by the time we feel the hammer coming down upon us, it will be too late.

 John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is the president and spokesperson of the Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead is the author of numerous books on a variety of legal and social issues, including A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.

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Conversations at altitude 3

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– Winston Smith


The Servant

For as long as he could remember, Jonathan had known the world is simply not as it is presented. He had no idea how he knew this; instinct, intuition? Even as a relatively young child, he would watch a news broadcast or read a newspaper article and just know that it was false. This is what they want me to think, he would tell himself, without any clear notion of who They might be.

He never spoke about what he had intuited, not to his parents and certainly not to his teachers at school. Some inner voice had warned him that to reveal this knowledge to others could be dangerous. It was better to stay silent; keep his head down, whilst he set his mind to the task of discovering where real power might lay. Consequently, by the time he’d reached high school, Jonathan had become somewhat of a loner. This never really bothered him. He had generally always found others’ company frivolous and unsatisfying; their insecurities and obsessions foolish and trivial.

At just seventeen he received a full scholarship to one of the elite universities; one that his thoroughly unremarkable parents could never have dreamt of affording for him. Through hard work and diligence, he there set about making sure that he would get noticed by the right people.

He steered well clear of campus politics and activism, preferring instead to spend his time and intellect upon various endeavors which, within just three years, earned him enough financial independence to start up a small software company. He successfully ran this throughout the remainder of his time at Princeton and sold it for a very tidy profit towards the end of his final year.

Upon graduating, he was not entirely surprised when he was approached discretely with an offer of employment. He had felt that they had been watching him for years; an arrogant assumption perhaps, but as it turned out, entirely justified; They had indeed been watching with at least mild interest. The offer was literally too good to refuse; a six figure salaried position as the PA to one of the faceless men who actually rule the world. That’s not how the proposition was put to him by the agent who made the approach, of course, but that is precisely what it turned out to be.

The job was twenty four seven; he was required to be available at all hours at his employers beck and call. This didn’t trouble him in the slightest. The opportunity to be in the room when truly historical decisions were being initiated was intoxicating to him. At first the realization of just how much power actually rested in the hands of a tiny and completely anonymous group of men (mostly men) was vertiginous. These faceless, near invisible elites were virtual gods who could command Prime ministers and Presidents. In fact, at a word (and that word had been uttered more than once) they could extinguish such ephemeral players, completely and with impunity.

The first time Jonathan witnessed such an act it shocked him, despite his carefully affected air of detachment. The victim had been an anti-GMO activist in Canada; young, handsome and charismatic. That was a fatal combination which sealed the man’s fate. A call had been placed and a week later he had been found floating in the water off Prince Rupert. Jonathan, a nominal homosexual who had never actually been physically intimate with another human being, found the young man’s demise strangely tragic.

It had gotten easier after that and now, twelve years later, such incidents barely registered in his psyche at all.

And so when the ‘accident’ report on the death of Jennifer Allenby, her husband and two young children crossed his desk, he filed it away with barely a thought.

He was Their creature now; thoroughly, willingly and irretrievably.




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