This tends to overlook the fact that both groups are rooted in wanting to expand control. The truth is that the angst and growing anger many people feel is kept under control by a mass media with a very strong agenda. Mass media has perfected the art of dividing us and at the same time keeping us in the dark. The greatest risk we face may be that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is coming at us fast and furious. Once it is here getting information will become almost impossible.
As of late, several times a day I find a song from the musical Les Miserables flowing through my mind. It is named, "The Song Of Angry Men" and screams enough is enough. Of course, in the video, the people seem very happy until the soldiers start killing them. This "killing thing" is of course what happens in totalitarian regimes. Sadly, the world has far too many totalitarian regimes and is moving in the direction of creating more. Yes, they can take away your freedom.
There are simply too many things happening for the bulk of society to stay focused on any one issue. Whether we are talking about corruption in Ukraine and how American money is being diverted or squandered rather than spent on what we see as necessary projects. Sometimes the subject is more one of values or direction such as what to do with something like the Biden crime family and a justice system that is turning a blind eye to their transgressions.
Then we have the just-released report from Special
Counsel John Durham. The investigation that took three years concludes
the FBI never should have launched the Trump-Russia Probe. By doing so the American Public was scammed by forces inside our government. This was an act that interfered in the 2016 election in an attempt to keep Trump from getting elected. Of course, once he did the same people continued to poison his Presidency.
This dovetails with the piece Tucker Carlson did claiming unseen footage from January 6, 2021, Capitol protest revealed
that the entire Democrat / RINO / MSM narrative underpinning the event
was a complete lie. Surveillance footage Carlson presented showed
Capitol Police calmly escorting the so-called "QAnon Shaman," Jacob
Chansley, throughout the Capitol complex, and even helped him find open
doors. Carlson said, "They helped him. They acted as his tour guides."
This is far different from the narrative flowing from the mass media. Since then Chansley was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for "obstructing an official proceeding."
Spotlighting the injustice is a video titled “Justice For All" by the J6 Prison Choir and former President Donald Trump. This powerful and moving song raises awareness and support for the political prisoners still locked in jail without trial following the January 6th protest in 2021. J6 Prison Choir consists of individuals who have been incarcerated as a result of their involvement in the January 6, 2021 protest for election integrity.A big part of the growing anger comes from a lack of accountability, the sins of those in charge seem to shed off their backs like water off a duck's back
Politicians and those in charge tend to avoid accountability as though it was the plague. One example of this is the way we left Afghanistan. It stands as a monument to America's arrogance and incompetence. Sadly, it is just one of many monuments we are in the process of constructing as we throw money into corrupt black holes. It is difficult to think a huge part of this is about spending and transferring wealth to where those in power can skim off a bit here and there.
While it is both obvious and logical that a system or something is going to fail, today we find the issue generally ignored until coming up with a process where people will accept that reality is constructed. It is a real challenge and art to move forward without the support of those being impacted. Generally, this includes convincing them they are better off being thrown a bone than nothing at all.
This is one way to explain the protest we have seen in France. Widely unpopular French President Emmanuel Macron's effort to push through pension reform without a vote in parliament has resulted in a fierce backlash. To this Macron said “It’s in the greater interest of the country,” He added “Between opinion polls and the national interest, I chose the national interest. Macron's action to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 has resulted in a nationwide strike in France that caused significant disruptions, halting trains, closing ports, emptying schools, canceling flights, and more.
In this case, whether Macron is right about the current
system being unsustainable is not the issue. The issue is how it is being done and the anger it
has created. Over a million French people have participated in the protests. Call them protests or spontaneous riots but these have erupted across the country. Macron's plan has had support neither from the left nor the far
right but only from Macron’s centrist alliance. This is a reflection of the idea that the people are pawns for the elite to abuse. It is understandable this creates anger which can turn violent.
It could be argued we as a society and other societies across the world have lost our ability to mount a meaningful protest to bring about real change. That we have been gentled into a society of the meek. Neutered and divided have we become incapable of true outrage? At times it seems we are all so weak that nothing can move us to the breaking point and like the proverbial frogs sitting in a pot of water as the temperature continues to rise our future is cast.
This is the state of affairs as things continue along their merry way. As Americans watch our borders thrown open and the media ignore the labyrinth of LLC shell companies and accounts used to funnel as much as $10 million to Biden family members, many of us stand dumbfounded. The New Republic even ran a story with the headline “Republicans Finally Admit They Have No Incriminating Evidence on Joe Biden."
The goal here is not to praise Trump but rather to scorn the current sour state of affairs. Countries and those in power continue to crush the rights and freedoms of the individual. Justice and truth are becoming rare commodities. As the lies continue to flow from every direction and never stop, just remember you are not alone.
(Republishing of this article welcomed with reference to Bruce Wilds/AdvancingTime Blog)
If we can't work within this rotting carcass of a system to get the results we need, what the tar is there to do?ReplyDelete
Having studied pre/history for some years I've come to the conclusion that none of this is novel or unique. It's just different than in the past as the ruling caste's scope is wider and the tools they manipulate/leverage are different.ReplyDelete
One avenue has been the manipulation of our sense of agency (something all humans desire to have). The elite have sold us the narrative that we have such agency because of our 'democratic' sociopolitical systems and the 'choices' we make at the ballot box. That's simply nonsense.
As is the idea that our ruling caste (especially their frontline propagandists--the political system) puts front and foremost the welfare and prosperity of the hoi polloi. Their primary concern/motivation is the control/expansion of the wealth-generation/-extraction systems that ensure their revenue streams and thus positions of power and prestige.
This has been the way since our first large, complex societies provided differential access to and control of net surpluses to a minority of 'functionaries' that helped to organise re/distribution of these resources.
I am also convinced that as we run up against the diminishing returns inherent in resource extraction/use (especially energy, the fundamental resource supporting all these complexities) we will (and are) witnessing a tightening-of-the-screws by the elite since they can no longer rely almost exclusively upon narrative control (their preferred method as it tends to be more efficient and economical, and prevents social unrest) but must increase their use of coercion (mostly via legislation) to keep the masses in ignorance and feeding their insatiable desires for power and wealth.
How this ends is anybody's guess but in every iteration to date in our experiments with large, complex societies, diminishing returns has led to eventual 'collapse' where the masses find the 'costs' of remaining in the elite-controlled system greatly outweigh the 'benefits' and opt out in whatever way they can.
Bruce, the song you reference from Les Miserables is "Do You Hear the People Sing". Enjoyed your article.ReplyDelete
Chet, you are correct about the name of the song. At the time I was more focused on the feeling it breeds than being correct. Thanks for the comment.Delete
I consider those on the Left to be Fascist Communists. Either group considers it correct that government ought to rule over individuals. However, in America, individuals own guns. In America if you are not a veteran there are loud voices of veterans around you who have seen more of the world than you have, or who have seen the rot of the world that warns them of government power. I'm 72. When I was a boy my father, a WWII Marine Corp combat veteran told me, taught me, that the sooner I realized my government was my enemy, the better off I'd be. Now I can say that most Americans are beginning to also learn this timeless lesson. Invest in ammo! Protect yourself, your families and what you love. If your life has meaning, then be prepared to do anything to respect that meaningReplyDelete
Thomas, it seems many people take the same stand that you do, however, Wikipedia says Fascism is a far-right, political, and ideological movement. It goes on to say it is characterized by a dictatorial leader, centralized autocracy, militarism, and the forcible suppression of opposition. The confusion may come from both the right and the left trying to paint their opposition with this color. Also, thanks for the comment and I appreciate your thoughts on this.ReplyDelete