WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS A GRAPHIC IMAGE OF REALITY
” Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. ” – John 8:32
What is happening now, especially in the last couple of years, including this one, is the transformation of not only history and language, but the transformation of information itself. A Gutenberg moment in history, but turbo-charged, on steroids. A destructive transformation, in which not only reality but the Truth itself is under severe attack. In the absence of truth, freedom becomes impossible. Justice becomes impossible. And what is the opposite of freedom, the opposite of justice?
Slavery. Those of you who are not willing to be slaves must stand up NOW and confront those who intend to be your masters. In this battle, the Truth is our most powerful weapon. That is why our enemies, those who intent to make Humanity a race of a few masters and a half a billion slaves, are trying to hide the truth and destroy our ability to find it. If we lose this, we lose everything.
(NOTE – Both of these are serious threats to honest news and debate. Click the links. )
How do we navigate through the tsunami of lies, the avalanche of bullshit, and come to find the rare, obscure, but vital truth? There is a war against truth being waged today, a war to wipe out truth and reality and to replace it with a constantly shifting illusion devoid of context, that precludes all certainty, because without truth, without a strong and genuine grasp on reality, we can do nothing, we are nothing. As the military war seems to be on hold in Syria and Donbass, the information war is ramping up like never before. Let’s take a look at our enemies, their history of lies, what they are up to, and what we can and must do to stop them.
The war that is being waged today against Humanity and our future is not just military or economic. It is a direct assault on our ability not only to express our own opinions, but to hear the opinions of others who are actually speaking the truth, not just what they want you to believe. The lies of Western government and media are legion, and have had real world consequences for millions of human beings all over the world. The cover-up of the murder of JFK, the “Gulf of Tonkin incident“, the “Nayira testimony“, the illegal NATO attack on Yugoslavia, in 1999. This litany of lies, propaganda and false flags continues to this day, with deceptions reported as facts about “Iraq WMD’s”, Libya and Gaddafi, the Maidan snipers, Syrian “gas attacks” and MH-17. Followed by the patently ridiculous Skripal/Novichuck imbroglio.
September 11th, 2001, the most horrendous false flag mass deception in modern history took place right before the eyes of billions of human beings around the world, and in spite of obvious anomalies and even explanations and excuses that defied the laws of physics (and thus physical reality) the vast majority of people in the USA and elsewhere went along with the story, choosing to pretend to believe blatant lies rather than the inconvenient and perhaps dangerous truth. And by doing so, they forfeited their rights to their humanity and a future, becoming as dumb and docile as cows on their way to an abattoir. And this acquiescence, this submission to lies, is the foundation of the subsequent crimes against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine. The Ruling Class, the parasite class, the 1%, your masters now hold you in utter contempt, secure that they can lie right to your face, tell you that black is white that evil is good, tell you mass murder is “humanitarian”, secure in the knowledge that you will pretend to believe and do nothing as they rape and pillage the Earth and you and your children’s futures.
And now, they are ramping up their war against reality, silencing dissent and legitimate questions, removing from history the very facts themselves. Many, if not most Americans know that there were three World Trade Center buildings that came down on September 11th, 2001, that the third building, 47 story tall WTC 7 was not hit by a plane, and yet fell at freefall speed into its own footprint in a manner consistent exactly and ONLY with controlled demolition. Yet in the US government’s own 9/11 Commission Report, there is not a single mention of WTC 7. And in fact, Donald Rumsfeld claimed to have never heard of WTC 7, and US Senator Joe Lieberman actually claimed he’d seen “no evidence” that it actually ever happened. Mark my words – 20 years from now, that will be the “truth”. The propagandists will actually say it never happened, that all the videos of the building coming down are “fake” CGI, and they will “prove” it by saying “If there really was a building 7 that came down that day, don’t you think it would have been in the 9/11 Commission report?” THAT is how the lies of the past, and the acceptance of those lies, will prevent the truth from being sought, much less even known in the future if we allow it. Past is prologue…
And in the infosphere, who controls the present? In 1983, 90% of the US media, TV, movies, newspapers and radio were owned by 50 different corporations. By 2011, that same 90% of media, including internet providers, was owned by just six corporations, and the trend will continue. In fact, corporations such as Apple, Google and Facebook are also now getting into the “Information Industry”, and considering their past records, can only be expected to further restrict and distort access to information that does not fit their agenda of dumbing down and confusing the gullible masses who continue to consider these outlets as legitimate sources of information. They’re not. These corporations are run by lying bastards whose primary goal is to brainwash their victims into a completely false world view, in order to enslave or exterminate them. And it is working. So far.
The problem with the goddamned fools who trust these corporations to bring them anything remotely resembling the truth can be summed up by the following – If they eat shit long enough, they get used to it. If they eat it for too long, they learn to like it. Far too many have learned to like it, to the point that they are angered or offended whenever someone tries to tell them the actual truth. In fact, these cowards and fools who are willing to support censorship, who would stifle different or dissenting opinions, who through cowardice or abject stupidity do not want to know the truth, are as much our real enemies and the real enemies of Humanity as the nazis whose lies they believe.
“Shut up! I saw it on CNN and BBC, and read it in the New York Times! So I KNOW it’s true!
Besides, I don’t want to know. You should be deplatformed and defunded!”
(Etymological note – “defunded” was first used in 1948. The word “deplatformed” is currently used only in the vernacular. It is not yet part of official English language. But it will be.)
As Mark Twain observed, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” And many fools have been fooled. The job of real info warriors is to not only unfool them by showing them the truth and the proof of the problem, we must also show them what is to be done, and lead by example.
The proof is irrefutable that governments and corporations are combining to censor, distort and control the infosphere in all its aspects. From Facebook and Twitter bannings to Paypal closing accounts of bloggers and even alternative social networks like “Gab”, to the concerted (and successful) effort by the BBC, the Houston Chronicle to defund the publication of my book Donbass Cowboy. Their efforts cost me thousands of dollars that had already been donated. But their efforts are also useful in that they are instructive as to exactly how concerted propaganda works, both in how it is written and disseminated. It appears this was some of the early disinfo work of the British government propaganda operation called ironically, “The Integrity Initiative.” The threat of combined corporate and government power against open and honest news, debate and information cannot be overstated. It has been done before, with devastating and world-changing results.
“The merger of state and corporate power”… Can there be a more succinct description for the system under which the US and EU live today? If it is not fascism, there never was such a thing. But anyone still aware of history knows there was such a thing, and to paraphrase Shakespeare, “A concentration camp by any other name would smell as foul.” Indeed, the 6th point in The 14 Defining Characteristics of Fasism is precisely “Controlled Mass Media”. Only a fool or a liar can deny that the USA is today under a fascist regime, and has been for decades, at least since the Reagan era.
And as these fascists simultaneously expand and consolidate their power, they connive to rob you and your children not only of your futures and your birthrights as citizens and as human beings, they connive to rob you of your very ability to discern and understand reality itself.
So, what is to be done? First, we must use propagandists and censors like Facebook, Twitter, Google mainstream media bullshit mills to our own advantage when we can. We must use their power against them in a form of journalistic judo. I would love to see Facebook go the way of Myspace, but in the mean time, I will use it to inform people of what is happening here in Donbass. I get blocked for 30 days every month or so, so it is not a reliable platform, but I will continue to use it as I can until Zuckerberg and his censors shut me down for good, as Twitter and Live Leak already have. Alternatively, if you want to find me, you can always come to my VK page, where I have never once been banned or censored.
Second, support honest alternative media. The more they are marginalized by fascist censors, the more they deserve your support, even if you don’t like or agree with everything they say, Gab and Alex Jones are two of the preeminent examples but there are many more – Fair, open and honest debate is the foundation of truth, reality and the “marketplace of ideas”. It MUST be defended. Without it, all is lost. Those who speak truth to power, and about power, take real risks, face real dangers in doing so, and they set an example that others must learn from and follow. Share and support their work however you can. Above all, do not indulge in self-censorship.
As Caitlin Johnstone observed recently in an excellent article on this same subject -“Any attempt to advance the hegemony of the US-centralized power establishment will be rewarded by its lackeys, and any skepticism of it will be punished. Whoever controls the narrative controls the world. Ruling power’s desire to regulate people’s access to information is so desperate that it has become clumsy and ham-fisted… They’re barely even concealing their desire to control our minds anymore, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to wake everyone up to their manipulations. We need to use every inch of our ability to communicate with each other before it gets shut down for good.”
And third and finally, we must remember who we are fighting and why. The worldwide oligarchy who own and control these propagandists have used them to start wars and destroy nations, to commit unimaginable crimes against Humanity, to the detriment of millions, perhaps billions, of human beings. Those who want to ban “hate speech” are those who are in fact worthy of being hated. As Gandhi said, “Hatred is not the enemy. Fear is.” Those who advocate censorship say they want to protect you from lies. But they are lying when they say it. They want to protect themselves from the truth, the truth that they are working to enslave or exterminate Humanity in both the spiritual and physical sense. These are the enemies of Humanity and all that is good in it. These are 21st Century nazis, and they make the German nazis of the last century look like amateurs in comparison.
The truth is our most powerful weapon and our greatest treasure. Without it, there can be no solidarity or sacrifice or greater good. Without it, we cannot tell good from evil. Without it, we have no past and no future, there is nothing to differentiate us from livestock or insects. And those who do not stand up now and do their part to defend reality, the Truth, and our common Humanity are really no more than that. And they can most certainly expect to be treated as such – exploited to death or simply exterminated, and deservedly so, as they have forfeited their very Humanity. That’s reality.