You would think that the mounting price tag of this Administration would have caused some one to consider how it is happening. The 'business' done by manipulations through government produces monumental amounts of money, redirected from honest commerce to dishonest profits. But in fact, while I have been patiently waiting for someone to point this out I am now tired of waiting and so will do it myself. The Ominous Parallels, with no apologies to Leonard Peikoff, the author of the book by the same title, are to frightening to be ignored. The only was to avoid the consequences is to understand what is happening and what changes of infrastructure will work to disallow this mounting trend to continue.
All of us learn best through watching and copying behavior. That is the medium responsible for the success of the NeoCons. As a behavior seen on the playground is picked up and used quickly so happens in the boardrooms and bedrooms of life. Deceit, manipulation, and the use of force are now endemic to politics and the most profitable edge of business in America. The same strategies are destroying the basis for individual lives and our families.
Ideas are powerful weapons.
All organizations and policies are human tools which can be used in any way the wielder wants. You can take a hair dryer and poof up your do for the prom or you can assassinate your inconvenient lover by plugging it in and dropping it in the tub while she marinates in the suds. It is not the device that is dangerous it is the intentions of the one using it.
Any organization, for profit, nonprofit, or public can be used to accomplish ends that are not spelled out on the packaging. The NeoCons know exactly what they are doing. They have be
en doing it for going on three generations now.
We must accept that what we are seeing is not accidental or coincidental.
The strategies used by the NeoCons come in several variations, each a natural evolution from the first. While the NeoCons and their ilk are not terribly bright they can see some of the obvious extrapolations.
A little history:
The first use of this kind of infiltration that can be tracked for later application occurred in the aftermath of World War II. That wave of organization based manipulation occurred through the CIA when it used the then newly formed National Student Association to manipulate opinion in Europe.
(paragraph on Helen's experiences there)
It was relatively unsophisticated. But obviously many people, some sincere and well-meaning and some simply recognizing the powerful potentials, took those lessons on with them through life. Infiltration of organizations for the purpose of assessing potential threats of National Security are a spin out of this as well. The technology of using organizations was in full flower and sophisticated by the late 60s, having been honed internally to National Security during the Vietnam Conflict and the ongoing Cold War.
As people cycled through the CIA and encountered these strategies in operation the means for using them became commonly known in those circles of affinity. Then their use moved outside of government, probably through individuals moving into security and management positions in corporations. This is a common and lucrative move for individuals looking for more for their time.
The use of these strategies within the United Nations began in the late 50s.
Using ideology as a means of manipulation was already in the tool box along with other forms of manipulation and deceit, verbal and iconic.
The time and focused energy that went into perfecting these tools must have been enormous. That level of sophistication was about to be demonstrated.
We will begin with the heartrending example of the original Earth Day and the organization that has been withstanding the assaults of the PetroElite for going on 40 years now.
The targets never even saw them coming.
A very nice group of people including Margaret Mead, the woman who was so amusingly mislead as to the habits of Samoans by believing their manufactured stories, went on to see the real need for a group to bring public awareness to the question of efficiency in energy use and conservation. One man in this group, John McConnell, thought long and hard about what he wanted to convey to people around the world and in 1969 began working on the idea of Earth Day in the mid 60s.
Earth Day, as outlined, was to take place at the moment of the Equinox. McConnell saw that this moment must be universal, not about humanity but about the Earth itself. The happens twice a year. It is celebrated as Earth Day around March 20 - 22 each year. At that moment the Earth reaches balance and tips towards summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern.
The Moment was first recognized by the City of San Francisco the first Earth Day in 1969. The Moment continues to be commemorated by the ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations. The theme is always Peace, Justice and the Environment.