To the two or three readers of this blog my rantings must seem obsessive to the point of redundancy. I stand guilty as charged. It’s not that there is nothing else to write about. There is. Lots of stuff. But, from my perspective there is nothing else as pressing as the changes we are all going through whether we know it or not. We have been given a choice, an historical choice, between freedom and bondage. Maybe you don’t see that. Maybe the world seems a bit confusing but basically unchanged.
This was brought home to me as I watched one of those Man on the Streets videos the other day. The subject was fake news and the interviewer was asking folks if they thought fake news was as serious a problem as it has recently been made out to be. One of the questions asked to all interviewed was “where do you get your news?” Nearly all asked replied CNN, MSNBC, Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS. etc. One guy replied NPR in a manner that suggested NPR was somehow above the fray. I found this troubling.
When I was in college studying Journalism I had a professor who lamented the fact that the number of owners of major media had gone from just under one hundred to somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty five in just a few years. This, for him was a worrisome statistic. He made no bones about it, beware this trend, he admonished.
Well, now that number is six. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 90% of all traditional media outlets are owned by six multinational corporations. This move to consolidate the media is not new. In 1917 the congressional record reports:
Of the United States of America
U.S. Congressional Record February 9, 1917
“In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, ship building and powder interests and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press in the United States.
“These 12 men worked the problems out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”
That was one hundred years ago. It has only accelerated. Operation Mockingbird during the ’50’s, 60’s, and 70’s to plant agents in the newsrooms of major newspapers to influence public opinion is just but one example of this news manipulation. Carl Bernstein documents the infiltration of the media by intelligence agencies in this post: here
So the reality that most people are getting their news from media that has been compromised by private and government interests is indeed troubling. How can a people make wise decisions about how to get along when the information on which they rely is slanted, at best, toward the interests of the ruling class? A group that has openly stated that there are too many of us and that only they have all the answers? And the answer they have in mind is modern day feudalism. A global society with one culture, one religion, one political system–communism, or more rightly, communitarianism–and most importantly one financial system all designed to keep the masses in a feudal relationship with a small ruling class. Does this sound like progress to you?
So, yes, I hammer away at this hoping we will come to our senses and begin to take steps to counteract this madness. These can be as simple as becoming more self sufficient, dropping the idea that government is superior to Man, and understanding that it is people, not fictions, that deal with one another. Government, at best, should be an institution that serves people, protects our God given rights and acts as an arbitrator for disputes, and nothing more. We can return to dealing with one another locally insisting that government servants stick to the mission at hand.
What we are faced with now is a group of corporate extortionists calling themselves government and fining and feeing us to death based on the “ancient system of pledges” that has us pledging ourselves as surety for a legal fiction that looks just like our name. It is a system of paper. None of it is real. The sad part is, it is real to the enforcers of this lie because they were never told. None of us were told. It was never explained to us by anyone.
Information is now available to us via the interwebtubes and there is no excuse for ignorance. The mainstream media isn’t going to tell you. They’re in on the game. Governments, the banks, international corporations aren’t going to tell you because they have too much to lose. It’s up to you. If you believe in a future where there is no ownership of private property, including your own body, where everything you do is monitored and tracked, where privacy is a ancient relic from the past and you have no say in what kind of work you do, where you live and if you are worthy of medical care then by all means keep watching the corporate media. But, if you’re like me, someone who just wants to be left alone to live the kind of life you choose, then you have decision to make. Things are moving quickly now and there is no time to waste.
This why I hammer away. Maybe I can write about making sauerkraut, or drying corn every once and a while when I feel overwhelmed by the news and just need a break. Ultimately those posts are probably of more value to people than than this stuff. Maybe what I see happening all around is just coincidence. Maybe now that the government has given itself permission to engage in propaganda through HR 4310 is just conspiracy theory and I have nothing to worry about. Maybe the censorship of speech by banning sources that have been labeled “Fake News” is just a passing storm. Maybe the militarization of police is a reasonable response to an increasingly restless public. Maybe endless war is all we have to look forward to, and rightly so, those dang Ruskies! Maybe it’s all a hologram!
If that’s the case then please return to your regularly scheduled programming. But I have sinking feeling these things are true and are happening. So that’s why I do it.