PATRICK LAWRENCE: The War Against Us

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      ZimInSeattle
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      The nature of the war against Americans in the past, is the nature of the war now.

      Flags at U.S. embassy in Montevideo. (U.S. Embassy Uruguay) Equador)

      By Patrick Lawrence
      Special to Consortium News

      As some readers may have noticed, Antony Blinken has the State Department festooning its embassies around the world with “BLM” banners and the rainbow flag of the sexual identity movement known commonly as LGBTQI+.

      As our virtuous secretary of state explained in April, when he authorized these advertisements for America’s splendidly raised consciousness, the BLM pennant commemorates the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year; the familiar LGBTQI+ colors will fly on our flagpoles in foreign capitals “for the duration of the 2021 Pride season.” So our guitar-strumming chief diplomat put it when announcing this… this policy, I suppose we are to call it.

      Taking the very serious cause for equal rights and turning it into cover for an extremely aggressive foreign policy, it makes for a pretty weird sight, if you have seen any of the pictures. Then again, so does our Tony as he flits around the world on the wings of an angel.

      In the same line, there is that CIA recruitment advertisement made public in May, the instantly infamous “woke video.” This is an absolute doozy, as all who have given it the 2 minutes 26 seconds it requires seem to agree. “I am a woman of color, I am the daughter of immigrants, I understand complicated policy questions but can belt out a folk song in Spanish, I suffer a trendy form of anxiety. I earned my way up the ranks of this organization,” and I am a spook: This is the gist, as insidious as it is hopeless.

      More: https://consortiumnews.com/2021/07/13/patrick-lawrence-the-war-against-us/

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

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      soryang
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      …is to join the institutions of empire and oppression. As long as you parrot the tune of the prevailing propaganda, you’ll be welcome. Welcome, to the British, er…I mean US empire.

      I’ve noticed that apart from the algorithms, another mechanism youtube uses is to cut off the subtitle function on independent foreign media. Some of the independent youtube broadcasters I follow with larger audiences have taken to embedding their own subtitles to overcome this communications barrier. Independents on a short budget or with limited resources are less likely to do this.

      It’s also interesting how paywalls operate at msm sites to block the non paying audience. If the national security or propaganda need is deemed vital enough, the pay wall is dropped in order to condition the audience for what is to come. These media are of no use to governing interests if they can’t be used as propaganda platforms when needed. Most of the time, these media sources are kept for paying customers only. In other words, only the paying customers get to receive this distorted perception of reality. By denying access to the public at large with an “exclusive” story, very few, if any, are in a position to challenge it.

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        Ohio Barbarian
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        American citizens, especially impoverished ones, are now grist for the imperial mill in ways analogous to how the British, mostly English, used the Scots, Irish and Welsh in service to the British Empire.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #434907
      Utopian Leftist
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      His ignorant followers have created a situation in which it is socially unacceptable to criticize our media. If you say our media is propaganda, you might as well wear a MAGA cap and just say “fake news.” Not because it’s what you mean to say but because he has normalized the idea that anyone who criticizes the media must be one of his deluded followers. Anti-media = pro-trumpet. Our version of Pravda has no problem whatsoever with this distortion. Now they can continue their neoliberal LIES without worrying about being corrected by anyone other than the “loony left” and the trumpets.

      "All fascism is a result of a failure of the left to provide a viable alternative." ~ Trotsky
      “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ Krishnamurti

      • #434967
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Yup. That’s what Cenk Uygur calls people like me.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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