The Power of Protest?

The Power of Protest?

Special thanks to President Donald Trump for inspiring so many citizens to rebel and protest against the empire. When the previous administration deported over two million humans… The response from the citizens was silence. When the previous administration bombed six different Islamic countries and thereby murdered thousands of innocent Muslims… The response from the citizens was silence… When the previous administration bombed the living shit out of Libya killing tens of thousands and thereby turning that once prosperous nation into a failed state with boatloads and boatloads of refugees fleeing to Europe… The response from the citizens was silence… When the previous administration financed and armed a proxy army in an attempt to destroy the nation state of Syria… The response from the citizens was silence. When the previous administration provided the weapons, bombs and logistical support to their subsidiary government in Saudi Arabia so that Saudi Arabia could bomb and blockade the nation State of Yemen…The response from the citizens was silence. But now that the Trumpster Clown has taken over as the figurehead of Empire, people are protesting and marching and vocally opposing just about everything he does. Isn’t it great. All this activism. All this enthusiasm to get involved.

Did that sound sarcastic? I hope not because I am sincere.

Yeah, I know, probably a percentage of the protesters are merely brainwashed pawns of the corporate democratic machine. They focus their attention on identity issues instead of the real fundamental problem of Empire… If only a woman or even a sane multi-cultural man was the figurehead of Empire everything would be all right… But I’d be willing to bet that some if not many of the protesters are “imaginary revolutionaries” learning and using the technique of non-violent action to disrupt the machinations of the corporate empire.

I personally believe that the best way to oppose Empire is to divest from it as much as possible and create alternative localized economic systems that are not Empire dependent. While I do see the usefulness of targeted protests against specific corporations who are threatening the earth I’m not so sure about the usefulness of marching before a government that pays no attention to you anyway. Nevertheless, I do support the protesters and sincerely thank them for their efforts. We are going to need all the help we can get if we are going to put a stop to the next phase of the war. And if people are in the streets marching and protesting, they are ripe to be awoken to reality. All it takes is one intelligent conversation with an informed person or even a particularly cogent essay that explains things and a “protester” can fall through the rabbit hole and wake up on the side of the imaginary revolution.

For those of you unaware of reality…

It is the job of the President to sell War to the American People. Some Presidents are good at selling war while some… Not so good. It’s not an easy job. The fundamental difficulty is that the American people don’t want to believe that their economic system and hence… their way of life is built upon a foundation of war. Americans don’t want to buy war because war is an ugly, horrible, immoral thing. But deep down inside they know that they are buying war (investing in war). It may even gnaw at their insides… guilt. American citizens buy war… invest in war… all the time. But they won’t admit it to their conscious brains. It is the job of the President to keep people investing in war and it is the purpose of politics to keep the people confused about this reality.

The US government is structured like a corporation. Like all corporations within a capitalist system it must either grow or die. That is the premise of capitalist theory… Economics is a great big competition that everyone has to play. In other words, the empire of USA, inc must either expand or collapse. It is not designed for dynamic sustainability.

During the Cold War, the Middle East was more or less divided between the two teams. Some of the countries there were subsidiaries of USA,inc. (Saudi Arabia, Israel, the GCC, Jordan, and Egypt). and some of the countries there were subsidiaries of USSR, inc. (Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon). We can argue and discuss until we turn green about the relative independence of the subsidiaries from the parent corporations (puppets or allies). But the facts on the ground clearly demonstrate the economic reality. The Parent corporation provides security in exchange for control of important economic resources of the subsidiary. Based on such an analysis, the only independent nation state in the region was Iran. And they only became independent after they kicked out USA, inc in the revolution of 1976.

When USSR, inc., collapsed in the early 1990’s, they lost “control” of their subsidiaries in the Middle East. Corporate America saw this as a great opportunity. The newly “free” subsidiaries were ripe for the taking. If only USA, inc., was bold enough to try. This is not conspiracy theory or free-floating speculation. It is basic economics. It is common knowledge among the movers and the shakers. There were dozens of policy papers and economic thesis written about this topic in the 1990s. The psychopaths at the Council on Foreign Relations produced the most well known with their Project For a New American Century but there were many others. It is a very logical and understandable conclusion if you accept the underlying premises of the dominant economic theory. The challenge for the empire was and is; how do you sell the conquest of the economically independent countries in the Middle East (and elsewhere) to the the good citizens of the Empire who don’t like war but who do like the financial benefits of conquest?

Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Iran. Does that list seem familiar? From nation state to failed state after a 21st century bombing? That is all it takes. Then, we can rebuild them all as corporate states. Think of the profits! Capitalism needs growth as a matter of principle. The remodeling of the Middle East should provide the Empire with growth for decades and decades to come. As long as you can get the American people to go along.

Democrats and Republicans sell war using different styles, techniques and metaphors but they both sell war all the same. As I listen to or watch the day’s propaganda, I am fascinated by the unfolding dynamic. These days, republicans are selling a war against Islam and the democrats are selling a war against Russia. The people don’t want a war against either. But as the people oppose the Trumpster clown and his various belligerent outbursts the propaganda machine attempts to transform that opposition into a pro-war movement against Russia. The whole thing is just plain crazy.

Anyway, on the brighter side of things, my book about traveling in the Middle East is about finished. It is basically a series of “sort of true” travel stories that are inter-connected thematically and woven into a metaphorical adventure. Most of the stories were posted on this website at some point or other but they have now been refined, edited, changed and combined into a single continuous narrative. It really is a good story and I am quite pleased with how it all seemed to fall into place. In my humble opinion, it has the potential to reach a wide audience and provide some important perspective on east/west relations. If only I can figure out how to publicize it and get it out there…

We also have plane tickets for this year’s wander. It will only be six weeks instead of the usual four months because we have the little one traveling with us. But at least we are getting out of the country for a while. Coming very soon… brand new stories and photos from Central America….

Happy Election Day

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Happy Election Day!

I wasn’t even going to watch the debates because I think the whole Presidential campaign is a “reality television” bullshit performance to distract Americans from their monetary slavery and continuous war economy. But I thought it might be mildly entertaining and sociologically interesting so I tuned in to see. What I witnessed and the reaction to what I witnessed was absolutely insane.

She said it live on national television during the second debate. I heard it myself with my own two ears. She favors imposing a no-fly zone on Syria. Anyone with even a limited understanding of international relations is aware that Russia is presently flying missions in Syria on behalf of the Syrian government. Imposing a no-fly zone in Syria is war with Russia. She proposed WWIII on national television as a “campaign promise” and all anyone could talk about afterwards was the mysoginistic clown who stalked her around the stage.

Actually, the historians will probably put the start date for the slowly unfolding WWlll on 9-11-2001. Or maybe they will back date even further to when the Soviet Union collapsed and all those psychotics in the council on foreign relations concocted their crazy plan to take over the whole world (The Project for a New America Century). When it started doesn’t matter. The reality is that the US is already up to its knees in war (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, the Congo and probably several other “theaters”). During the reign of Obama, the expansion of the US military footprint internationally has increased dramatically. More drones, more bases, more weapons, more special forces and more “private security corporations”. In other words, more war because the people who run the economy know that war is very good for business.

Yeah, I know, a campaign promise is only a campaign promise. She doesn’t necessarily have to start an active hot war with Russia just because she says during a debate that she favors such a thing. But the reality is, regime change in Syria and a warm war with Russia would be really good for the economy. Or, at least, it would be really good for that segment of the economy that financed her campaign. I know that and she knows that. The question is; do the American people know that. Do they know what they are voting for?

But what about Donald? Oh yeah, the Donald. You have to be kidding me? You really think they will let that clown become President? Well then, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I will sell you too. Do I have to spell it out for you? Did you watch the debates? He was so obviously “performing” the part of the bad guy it was ridiculous. Hillary and Donald are not competing against each other in a Presidential election. They are working together to sell you a product. The product they are selling is war and empire. Donald Trump is a metaphorical stand in for Putin. He is acting like an asshole on purpose. He is there to make the opposition to Empire look bad. And when Hillary wins the election in a landslide victory, they are going to use her victory as a mandate for a more aggressive war against Russia in Syria.

Is there any other rational explanation for the nonsense we are witnessing? Does the Empire really think they can “win” a war against Russia? Do they want to destroy the whole planet in a nuclear confrontation? Of course not. No doubt they think they can keep it under control. Smart power is the new catchphrase of the regime changers. The whole lot of them played way too much of the board game Risk as teenagers and it seriously damaged their psyches. Now they think they can roll the dice and win the whole planet. Russia and Vladimir are in their sites. With cyber war and financial war and propaganda war and perhaps some missiles and bombs in Syria, they think they can take out Russia. And this little media dance between the Hill and the Donald is an important part of their propaganda.

If I thought elections were real or legitimate I would vote for Jill Stein because her platform of ideas and policies is the most sensible. I don’t exactly agree with her on some things because she does not yet “see” or seem to understand organic economics but at least she is in the ballpark. I do wonder, however, why a nice lady like her wants to be CEO of the war machine.

Anyway, I say vote for whoever your favorite media outlet tells you to vote for. I don’t care if you choose the mysoginistic clown or the war mongering witch or even the neo-liberal pothead. I’m going to like you all the same. But please, when the election is over and HRC wins in a landslide and the hyped up media campaign segways into a full on drumbeat for war in Syria (a no fly zone) stand up and say no. That is the direction the train is heading. That is the product they are trying to sell us. War and Empire. They want to do to Damascus what they did to Sarajevo, Baghdad and Tripoli. If only there was a way to stop them.