Columbo's Day: A shadow holiday where we the people emulate the great TV detective and ask unasked questions, and question unquestioned answers.
"We have a deeply divided body politic. Half the population believes our political system is broken. The other half believes it is fixed."
-- Swami Beyondananda
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, we also commemorate the 80th anniversary of that act's pre-cursor, something I bet you've never heard of - the so-called "business plot" to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt and install a military dictatorship.
The plot would have installed decorated Marine General Smedley Butler as "Secretary of General Affairs", a de facto dictator. Unfortunately for the alleged plotters, and fortunately for the rest of us, Gen. Butler refused to go along with the plan and blew the whistle on the conspirators. (Gen. Butler, you may know, was famous for his myth-busting pamphlet, War Is A Racket.)
So, why is this important?
Because the failed plot in 1933 - and the repression of the story and denial of its validity - has enabled subsequent "coups" to succeed. If we are seeing the signs of "Nazism" in our out-of-control Big Brother government, we must also acknowledge its equally-toxic enabler, "not-seeism" - where people choose to not see what is plainly obvious because it is too horrific to confront. "We don't want to go there," so many people have said.
These challenging times have been described as "apocalyptic" and I say ... that's perfect because the original meaning of the word apocalypse is "lifting of the veils". It is now time to bring down the "irony curtain" and end the most toxic "don't ask, don't tell" policy of all - where we promise not to ask our government about its dark shadow, and it promises not to tell us.
So ... if you read ONE BOOK this year, a book that will put the history of postwar America in context, read JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James Douglass.
Here is my caveat - the truth shall UPSET you free.
I mentioned this book to an acquaintance last week -- someone I admire as sophisticated, astute and aware - and I was totally shocked when he dismissed it (without having read it, of course) with the wave of his hand, citing Occam's Razor, the notion that the simplest theory is always more accurate than complex explanations.
Well, I guess scientific principles can be just as rigidly held as dogmatic religious beliefs. So ... I double-dogma dare you to read Douglass's book in its entirety and adopt the "single lone nut assassin" theory as the simplest. And when you read the book, and you see the evidence of how doctors, military personnel, and other witnesses were leveraged to change their stories to comply with the "official one" (and how many of those who didn't comply met unfortunate ends) you will have new insight into the 9/11 attacks as well.
Is the Term "Conspiracy Theory" A Conspiracy?
Interestingly, a recent study by psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK finds that "those labeled 'conspiracy theorists' appear to be saner than those who accept the official versions of contested events."