LETTERS / Conformity Is Society’s Favored Control Mechanism

Published Monday, March 9, 2015 at 9:53 am

Dear Editor,

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders… and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves. The grand thieves are running our country.” Howard Zinn

I once heard someone refer to me as, the one who writes “those” letters. It’s not socially acceptable to oppose the “official” storyline though some find it curious that all big six “official” media outlets report the same stories, in the same way; Russia and Ukraine, or Syrian gassing, or Benghazi “terrorists”. The nice thing about being delusional is you can do it all the time, plus it’s all true: ask Brian Williams.

If your opinions stray from those of “the mainstream”, as defined by the media and politicians, you’re considered an extremist. As long as they’re constantly fed entertainment, “consumers” are content to let “experts” do their thinking for them. In “our free press” the Empire is always a reasonable place overwhelmed by “them”. A thinking person might find that curious.

America’s “news” is somehow coincidental, innocent and honest, right? Humans have difficulties agreeing on anything but our controlled news never disagrees except Fox TV’s flat earth mumblings. Controlled media is important to “our government’s” management system. “Peace loving” America has been at war 222 years out of 239 since 1776 enabled, in part, by “our free press”.

In the Empire there’s little public discussion about foreign reaction to American foreign adventures: only the Empire’s opinion matters. When propaganda and silence prevents awareness America isn’t “free” no matter what it says. Enabled by media misinformation, the Empire destabilizes the world to serve its own interests, operating on an obvious double standard. America’s “news” attacks those who disobey.

You believe “our press freedom” exists because you’re told it does, in our “news” and schools. When you suggest a “patriot” question this, they refuse to consider it. The CIA has long-running programs, including cash payoffs, to influence how journalists communicate and interpret events.  “Operation Mockingbird” is alive and well, as you’ll search and discover.

Worldwide polls label America the greatest threat to peace. The Empire has made us despised. You’ll never learn this from the Empire’s “free press”. A former editor of a large German newspapers has written a book in which he reports that the CIA owns everyone in the major European media. He says that he was “taught to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public”. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/10/16/cia-owns-everyone-significance-major-media/

Our murder and destruction around the world, carefully disguised by “our free press” contributed to our dysfunctional and collapsing economy. The Empire’s unrivaled arrogance has destroyed America’s persuasive power leaving only true believers and government employees as its support. Everyone else despises “our government”.

Terrorist acts have almost become comedy routines in their absurdity so expect that “dirty bomb” we’ve been warned about.  They’ll start that Iran war they’ve been pushing for years. Some morning you’ll wake to an American city glowing in the dark. Within seconds, Fox News will have the whole story, Iranian suspects, airport footage, everything.  Agencies like the CIA are often involved and the events always support political agendas.

William Colby, ex-director of the CIA said: “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”   Shortly thereafter Colby died in a freak canoeing accident.

The owners of America’s news media have many reasons to observe government wishes. Failure to do so prevents access to officials and those juicy leaks that make “journalists” look important. It’s also costly to advertising. Expensive ads for other corporations pay the bills.

When TV gives numbers, like deaths and refugees, we’re told the numbers are the target government’s responsibility, with no reference to the gangs of mercenaries paid and armed by America or its satellites. Numbers and “facts” about Ukraine “consumers” hear are fit around the idea of “aggressive Russia”, intent on upsetting “our world order”, opposing “Kiev’s free, democratic government”. The careful audience will notice that all of this “news” builds one pre-determined idea of events, resembling the one-liners from America’s content-free political campaigns.

‘Defense’ Secretary Hagel said Russia is “on NATO’s doorstep because they’ve been seizing nations and moving closer to NATO”. Your TV avoids noticing that NATO has expanded up to Russia’s border breaking promises made by America. How would you react if Russia tried to install nuclear missiles in Cuba like the Soviet Union tried in 1962, which was in response to our missiles in Turkey?

Disagree with “our free press” and you’re “a nut case conspiracy theorist”. Conformity is society’s favored control mechanism. Most Westerners obediently believe America has “freedom of the press” and that censorship is everybody else’s problem. America’s media freedom is rated number 49 in the world. Chinese know their information is censored.

“Our free press” double standards identify opposition to western imperial and corporate agendas as supporting “evil men” like Putin or Gaddafi, for example. The media tell you to be angry about foreign events, many created by America, and support going to their homelands and killing them. The media doesn’t explore how the Empire creates conflicts for political/economic motives such as oil, destructive IMF loans, or changing domestic policies that undermine “our” imperial/economic interests. Oil, protecting the dollar and banks, were major factors in our Iraq, Libya and Syria adventures. In Ukraine it’s largely about western agribusiness’ GMO plans, energy and controlling Russia.

Notable media lies: The Spanish sank the USS Maine. The Lusitania wasn’t carrying weapons. Pearl Harbor was a total surprise. There were torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin. Fires caused the twin towers to collapse. Saddam had WMD. Iran is building nuclear weapons. Assad gassed his citizens. Russia is to blame for Ukraine.

Most “consumers” accept the Empire’s war efforts. The press rarely writes about military thieves, cowards, rapists, looters, the cruel or stupid commanders. Walt Whitman declared after the Civil War: The real war will never get in the books.

You may have noticed that investigative journalists run a large risk of being sent to jail, as do whistleblowers. How many of the national disasters of recent years have been caused by the unwillingness of our major media to question official “truths” or the agendas of our elites. Truth has come to mean the lies that everyone believes: Its 1984.

You’re expected to believe “Our land of the free”, has no “official narrative” and “our government” never stoops to propaganda. Everyone happily marches in lockstep behind the conventional wisdom with faultless “allies” that “share our values” and can do no wrong.

You’re Much More Likely to Be Killed By Brain-Eating Parasites, Texting While Driving, Lightning, Alcoholism, Food Poisoning, Choking On Food, Obesity, or Medical Errors, but notice where government and TV focus your concerns: terrorists.

“If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.” Sobran

Craig Dudley



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