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How "Pravda" Reported Bernie's Win in Michigan

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"Mainstream media is a brainwashing machine stuck on spin."

-- Swami Beyondananda

Those of you who are old enough probably remember that the "official" Soviet press was called Pravda, which in Russian means "truth". We Americans always had a good chuckle out of that obviously Orwellian term. Of course what we didn't know was that inside the Soviet Union, one of their jokes was:

Q. What's the difference between Pravda and the American press?

A. The Soviet citizens know they are being lied to.


Fortunately, there is an upwising afoot and more and more Americans recognize the sad truth that our press is more interested in crowd control than truth. And the crowd is getting harder to control. Consider that the energy this election cycle is around the two candidates that have NOT been handpicked by the power structure, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Yes, Trump -- or as I prefer to call him T-Rump -- is to me the last gasp of the dominate-or-be-dominated paradigm. He is the past. He is the invitation to "look back" and be turned into a pillar of assault. He is scary to the Republicans not only because he could destroy that entire party, not just because they recognize him as a fascist menace, but also as a wild card he could say anything, and that "anything" might be disruptive to the carefully-manufactured consent that passes for "democracy" in our sadly isolated country.

Bernie -- as I have been saying all along -- is the future. His worldview is about relatedness, not separation, about authenticity and congruence. Hillary -- like Bill -- is the "Clintessential" politics as usual. The power structure -- the military industrial complex, the neoliberal neocons, agribusiness, etc., etc. -- loves Hillary. Bernie? He can bern as far as they're concerned.

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Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and uncommontator who's been posing as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda for the past 20 years. He is the author of seven books including Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From (more...)

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