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The War of Words - Global Tribe and the Fall of Propaganda

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Like the enigmatic glyphs of Nazca whose ancient figures are only discernible when viewed from far above, so it is with human perception of current events and their yet unknown significance. It is only in looking back that we can truly appreciate the gravity and impact of an event in history.

The narrow perspective allowed us, even at the highest levels of intellect and analysis, is still handicapped by time itself. As events unfold, the ramifications of those events reach out and the ongoing changes which become part of that event are realised only later.

Because these things are impossible to know, the unintended consequences, the chaos of the universe, the infinite number of variables which could throttle or reverse a trend and well, the human element of passion and morality are just too much for us to view within the narrow time frame of our experience.

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When historians look back at an event like the French Revolution, which in its own time was a raw and passionate boiling over, an organic reaction of the populace to their present experience and the driving need for change and justice that welled up within them, is now viewed as a turning point in human consciousness that once done, could never be undone.

All events afterwards would be viewed through a new prism which now refracted differently because of this added experience. From the abolitionist movement, where people resisted the evil of slavery on moral grounds in spite of an intellectual class justifying racial hierarchy, came a new paradigm. Out of the moral courage shown by those fighting against slavery was born a new standard. The idea that all humans deserve equality and dignity preserveered in spite of the fact that not everyone agreed. A shift had taken place and those who chose to violate the belief in equality were called upon to justify their deviation.

In comparing these perspectives, the "in the moment" verses the "hindsight" we can see how those seeking to influence the populace take advantage of this narrow perspective. Using it as leverage they try to drive the masses toward their desired outcome. Like a pyramid whose broad base is the entire experience of history, the middle is the current era and the tip is the very moment before us, the populace is most easily leveraged at the narrowest point.

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We can not look into the future and know what all the actions of today will lead to, however, in fully grasping the past, and understanding the nature of human experience we can better predict how our revolutions of today will turn out tomorrow. The more that is known of history, the more we are supported by that broader base and are not so easily swayed by propaganda.

The use of propaganda and the control of the media has become, as much as any weapon, a vital tool in the arsenal of the combatants waging a war of information. When Che Gueverra stated "You can't kill an idea" he had no way to foresee the development of advanced, complex, social analytics and could never have conceived the cell phone obsessed, 24 hour access to the human thought bank that those in power would master so efficiently in our time.

They are killing ideas. Through the artful manipulation of emotion and the repression of ideas, through corporate media domination, they both kill and give rise to ideas which have no base in the pyramid of history but are wars waged on the very apex of the moment.

The self admitted addiction to technology in our world, the people who acknowledge they check their Facebook/Twitter multiple times throughout the day have made the soil of the human soul soft and open to the seeds being planted by those desiring a crop of chaos.

But we must also recognize the hope that exists and one which had never, until our generation been realized. That the failure of propaganda occurs when it reaches the line where it is confronted directly by the real human experience of the individual and the two are not congruent. We see this with universal health care propaganda. While the conservatives in the GOP contintinue to propagandise that the U.S. has the "best health care system in the world" this has come face to face with the real human experience of the populace who struggle without insurance because they can't afford it.

The advent of technology across the globe has allowed for an incredible possibility that will be the revolution of our time. With the rapid expansion of communication between the general population on a global scale, the prospect of propaganda, both in the omission and suppression of events on the ground and the creation of a narrative tailored to the interests of the ruling class are meeting more frequently on that line. This in turn has fueled the rapid evolution of propaganda by the ruling class into a highly scientific level on the part of those who use it.

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The eventual outcome of this battle is one of those unknown future events. However it is undeniable that propaganda as it existed before this revolution, the propaganda created within a silo of nationalistic patriotism, which relies heavily on the dehumanization of a foreign populace will increasingly be ineffective. As the populace becomes more interconnected globally it can be anticipated that when the individual's home country bombs some far flung place, the possibility that same individual will have experienced a real human connection, even a friendship, with a person in that part of the world in much more likely.

Support for this concept was evidenced with the Vietnam war. It was one of the first where Americans experienced it in their living room through televisions. Although few Americans had any intimate connection or even communication with the people of Vietnam, they did, through journalists get a window into their world. Journals brought into American homes stories of the human costs of war on civilians as well as the soldiers experiences. This created a schism in the American electorate.

More recently is the border debate, where the United States is divided on the view of immigrants. The right wing portrayal of them as violent criminals requires that they validate this image by putting on display the very few but real victims of violence from immigrants, because they must compete with the vast number of American citizens for whom their experience with immigrants is peaceful, to whom they are friends and neighbors.

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For the first time in human history people from around the globe have easy, frequent access to others regardless of the distance that separates them. This changing dynamic allows for an inhanced sense of community and a level of awareness and validation of events as they occur. This effects the traditional use of propaganda and threatens to bring down the ruling elite by pulling back the curtain of lies through real shared human experience.

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Michele, a very good article written very well.

"This effects the traditional use of propaganda and threatens to bring down the ruling elite by pulling back the curtain of lies through real shared human experience."

This is where I cannot go along with you. I wish there were any real threat to bring down the ruling elite. I don't think there is a threat and I don't think in any way they feel threatened. They have been at this a long time with the purpose of reaching some sinister destination. They are in control and they know they are in control. They have planned for every contingency.

I wish I could believe it were true that the curtain of lies could be pulled back through real shared human experience. I believe you are right that there is real shared experience that changes people. But just a few are changed, not nearly enough to make a difference...

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First, thank you for the positive response, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I completely understand and at times share your sense of powerlessness. It hurt my soul to write the words "They are killing ideas." And yes, there will always be those groups who, regardless of what is put before them, they can't break the trance of the cult that controls them.


But over all, as we were once separated by vast oceans and mountains, languages and fear of each other's cultures now we can bridge all those obstacles in mere moments to connect. Think of the ease with which past empires could go from one isolated area to another, taking each society over individually, the next on the list to be just as surprised as the last because they couldn't warn or help each other.


As we connect globally we form a giant, interconnected web of humanity which is incredibly frightening to the elite. They have planned. You are right. But their plans always require a group of us to do their bidding. They divide us and make ua counquer each other. The empire.builders had their soldiers and conquistadors but WE make up the armies of the elites. They are cowards who use the common man for cannon fodder.


They have divided us by race and gender making sure that at every level there are ways to corrupt our unity. They will try and they will inflict blows on us. But in the end, we have beem their most powerful tool, all to willing to harm one another for their gain.


There are more of us than there are of them. And as our web solidifies we will see them with all of our eyes, we will hear them with all of our ears and our hands will no longer turn against one another but will join in solidarity against them.


They have stolen much from us, but we can not let the steal our hope. Take care.

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I agree with your faith in the value of hope, in the face of what appears to be impossible odds. As Gramsci put it, A pessimism of the intellect but an optimism of the will.

"They" - the small cabal who possess controlling ownership of the corporations that own the global money system (banking); the industrial production system; and the commercial distribution system - rule the world by owning it.

Their servants - the executive, professional, managerial and political class - act as governors of the cabal's private corporate fiefdoms.

This is neo-feudalism. During Medieval feudalism, the economy was based on agriculture and the rulers - the "landed aristocracy" - ruled by owning all the land. Now we live in a buy-sell for money economy and the rulers - the "monied aristocracy" - rule by owning the money issuance and allocation system (banking) and owning most of the money and the productive and financial assets.

Most people live in cities, and do not directly produce any of their daily necessities of life. People don't grow their own food, build their own houses, provide their own water and fuel and electricity. People's survival as physical beings depends on having enough money to "pay their bills": pay for the material necessities that people need to get in order to continue existing as physical beings with material needs.

The ownership system is a system of ruling the propertyless masses who cannot live without the necessities that the cabal has acquired a monopoly of owning.

What realistic hope is there for people who are dependent on the cabal that provides the necessities of life, and issues the money that people use to pay for all their necessities of life? Almost nobody is willing to abandon the comforts and luxuries of city life in the buy-sell for money economy; and become economically self-sufficient peasant farmers to escape dependency on the cabal's industrial products that are bought and paid for with the cabal's money.

"Democracy" - the belief that the voting masses control the politicians who make the laws that the masses live by - is a fantasy. The political system serves the needs of the owning class, not the needs of the democratic masses.

The owning class owns the mass media that broadcasts the propaganda narratives that are constructed by the intellectual class who are in the employ of the owning class. So the masses believe they live in a democracy; and argue over hot button moral issues (who can f*ck - and cannot f*ck - whom; what gender do you think you are - that have nothing to do with people's actual lives; when in reality the masses are ruled by a neo-feudal oligarchy whose mass media is used to inflame the people's moral passions and confuse them by telling the people reality is whatever each individual says it is.

The scientific-education system constructs competing narratives, which are taught in schools as "the facts" and broadcast by the mass media, so people disagree with each other over fundamental questions about reality. There is no "one mind". There is no "web" of "us" who see and live by the truth; and who object to "them" who would deceive us with lies. Most people believe in one or another version of the lies, and are totally convinced that what they believe is the "objective truth of reality". When you try to show them evidence that their beliefs are false, they deny the evidence, and they believe with even firmer conviction in their "facts".

Humans cause "global warming" by emitting greenhouse gases. So if we stop emitting greenhouse gases, the climate will stop getting warmer. But sometimes it gets colder. So humans cause "climate change"; and the solution to climate change is to stop emitting greenhouse gases. Nobody sees the obvious logical error of attributing global cooling to the same factor that is claimed to cause global warming. People believe what they are told to believe.

Most people do not form their beliefs by acquiring evidence then rationally analyzing the evidence and forming logical theories that explain the evidence. Most people believe whatever they are told by "the authorities". People are moral animals; not rational animals. If you inflame people's moral feelings "Kill the evil enemy!" you can make them believe and do whatever you choose. Why do ordinary people bomb and shoot other people they have never met? Because those other people are "the evil enemy". How do you know they are evil enemies? Everybody knows that. What are you, some kind of communist or traitor!?

The Enlightenment hope that faith in authority would be replaced by rational belief in evidence has not happened. All that changed is that religious authorities and theologians who proclaimed "the facts" were replaced by scientific authorities and theorists who proclaim "the facts".

There is some hope in the younger generation who have grown up with the internet and who get their news online and not from the cabal-owned mainstream mass media (network TV and physical newspapers). But the internet is splintered across millions of small blogs. So the truth that is being published in blogs and videos only reaches a few eyes and minds.

The internet makes the accumulated knowledge of humanity available to everybody with a few taps on the smartphone/computer they carry in their pockets. But most people use the internet to post selfies of their ass; and to argue about the contradictory versions of the propaganda narratives that each side believes is "the facts".

Most people still believe in the mainstream propaganda narratives.

Most people believe the government issues the money, and have no clue that commercial banks (not central banks) create the money supply by lending it into existence, so that all of the money is owed back to banks as payment of debtors' debts. Even though most people have no money to "devalue"; people are morally outraged that "The government prints too much money which causes inflation and devalues the currency!" If governments really did print money and spend it or give it to people, people would be vastly better off. But the people have been taught the moral values of their money-owning rulers, which the masses have internalized as if the rulers' interests and the masses' interests are "the same" interests.

Most US Democrats still believe Putin hacked the election and Trump is guilty of collusion. Most Democrats ignore the email evidence that the DNC stole the nomination from people's choice Bernie and gave it to cabal's choice Hillary. Most Democrats do not see Hillary as a war criminal guilty of crimes against humanity. Most Democrats do not recognize "Russiagate" as a propaganda narrative to distract people from seeing that Hillary stole the nomination from Bernie, and Trump won because Hillary is unelectable.

Most US citizens believe Saddam and Gadaffi were brutal dictators, Chavez was and Maduro is a brutal dictator. The US imperialists who blow up and invade these countries to install cabal-friendly regimes are "bringing freedom and democracy" to these targeted countries. Most people still believe the US$ and the US State Department and military - which are the financial, political and marshall weapons that impose the cabal's global dominance agenda - are forces for good in the world.

How do you reach people whose minds are so thoroughly brainwashed with a century of psychologically sophisticated and highly professional propaganda? How do you free people from the Matrix of unreality that they believe in, to even start challenging the cabal that rules the world as its "private property"? How do you tell people that private property - and the money that buys ownership of private property - are the tools of their enslavement, not "the free market".

Is "hope" a hope that the political and economic conditions of the world can be changed by some kind of miraculous overthrow of the cabal who own everything; and who own the minds and actions of everybody who exercises any real administrative power?

Or is "hope" a hope for individual minds who can break free from the brainwashed veils of un-reality, and see the truths of reality? Jesus held out no hope for "the world"; which was then and is now ruled by "the prince of this world" who serves the god of this world: Mammon - the love of money and all the material things money can buy.

Is hope a one person at a time spirit-changing thing: learning to love the truth and know the truth of love - especially when it's going to cost you some of your material wealth to live by these spiritual values?

Or is hope a world-changing political thing: overthrowing the ruling oligarchy and converting the world to a democracy whose leaders serve the interests of the people; to create a material Paradise where Mammon becomes a people-friendly god?

These are not rhetorical questions. I don't have the answers. I just see that there are these questions.

Kierkegaard quoted Paul, "Therefore work out your own salvation in fear and trembling."

Realistically - aside from trying to learn the truth and tell people the truth; and do what you can for the people who need what you have - what more can a person do?

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Thank you for your comments and for sharing your knowledge on these issues. I especially liked the quote at the beginning "A pessimism of the intellect but an optimism of the will." I have always believed that my percieved cynacism comes from the fact that I want to believe in the possibility of good, though I confess sometimes it does feel futile.


I think back to the times past when human beings revolted against their rulers, believing whole heartedly that the greater chance was failure and yet they succeeded if only in the short term to break those bonds of servitude.


Chris Hedges often describes the situation as you do , in such painfully accurate detail that it does make for a bleak look into the future. But you have asked the right question. What can we do as individuals. I think that materialism has reached a peak. The younger generation does have more access to information and are not prone to the same "respect for authority" and norms that past generations were. Older generations spasm at the word socialism and for all the paranoia and hysteria elicited in them from their indoctrination, the youth feel none of that. They see no evil in collectivism. They have had everything and although theor weakness is they have not had to grow their own food they have had the freedom to think on grander scale about the moral implications of this or that. Theor luxury as Maslow's pyramid suggested has allowed them to focus on things aside from merely survival.


Have many squandered this freedom? Yes. Has our education system been an utter failure at making them.thinkers instead of learners? Yes. But many are self taught. They seek out other narratives via the internet. And in the end I believe they are smart enough to realize that the narrative that you tell, the true narrative, makes the most sense even if they don't understand the more compex financial aspects and they will mobilize with a new sort of conscious awareness. Materialism, conspicuous consumption fuels the beast.


Smaller armies have won victories in spite of what appears to be insurmountable odds. If your enemy has more men, but you can funnel them into a narrow pass or a valley, you have the advantage because you are only fighting part of the army at one time. If the enemy is in an impenetrable fortress and has the high ground, surround it, just out of the enemy's reach, cut off his supply chain and starve him out. We have to stop feeing this beast. Stop buying sh*t. Stop being dependent on garbage they peddle. Appreciate our relationships. Take care of things so they last. Learn to grow food. Realize where our goods come from when we do buy them and make moral choices about where those products come from. Divest and encourage divestment and boycotts on moral grounds.


All we have is hope and thw fight ahead of us.


Thanks for the conversation,


Tale care.

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Derryl, you covered a heck of a lot in your comment and you said it really well. Thanks.

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You have been member of OpEdNews for nearly an entire day. Welcome. You know how to write really well. I hope you post many good articles.

By the way, I just read your bio and saw what you say when someone calls you a conspiracy theorist, "... often the only difference between a conspiracy theory and history is 40 years."

I like that a lot. People that say to me 9/11 a "conspiracy theory," I say "no it's not, it's a conspiracy fact!"

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Yes, 9/11... The thing about that one, when looking at the competing narratives and applying Ockham's razor theory, to believe the official story the audience has to do mental gymnastics and live in the narrow ends of the bell curve to justify the statements being espoused. However, given the known capacity and habitual desire of the U.S. government to fabricate and carry out elaborate false flag operations like Operation Northwoods it would seem the simplest answer that this incident was used to manufacture consent. At a minimum, the U.S. protected countries most likely to have been involved while attacking those whose connection was highly unlikely to have been involved, tainting the official narrative right from the start. Either way, the event became the long awaited free pass the U.S. wanted for the invasion of Iraq, whose justification has already been proven a web of lies. But as Winston Churchill said, "Never let a good tragedy go to waste".

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I was going to get back to you sooner. Thank you for your reply.

"... to believe the official story the audience has to do mental gymnastics and live in the narrow ends of the bell curve to justify the statements being espoused."

You said that well. I have said before that by applying Occam's razor to 9/11, it makes it so easy to understand the truth about 9/11. Or, in using your words, people would not need to do mental gymnastics; all they would need to do is add two plus two. But with the way they have been conditioned, and knowing that all through grade school they had held their hands over their hearts and pledged allegiance to the flag, they just can't imagine themselves not doing mental gymnastics to believe the official story. They want to and need to believe the official story.

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