Politics Apr 20, 4: Charles Allen had attempted to pass his bill once before, inbut it died in committee. Since the early s, a handful of communities, mostly clustered in the suburbs of D.
Cancel List of Bookmarks Back in October ofI wrote a somewhat divisive essay in which I suggested that political dissent is being systematically pathologized. In the twelve months since I wrote that piece, we have been subjected to a concerted campaign of corporate media propaganda for which there is no historical precedent.
Virtually every major organ of the Western media apparatus the most powerful propaganda machine in the annals of powerful propaganda machines has been relentlessly churning out variations on a new official ideological narrative designed to generate and enforce conformity.
At the same time, government and corporate entities have been aggressively restricting and in many cases eliminating fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of assembly, the right to privacy, and the right to due process under the law.
As of now, the United States has been in a State of Emergency for over sixteen years.
The UK is in a virtual State of Emergency. France is now in the process of enshrining its permanent State of Emergency into law. Draconian counter-terrorism measures have been implemented throughout the EU.
Not just the notorious American police but police throughout the West have been militarized.
Google is algorithmically burying leftist news and opinion sources such as Alternet, Counterpunch, Global Research, Consortium News, and Truthout, among others.
I consider myself a leftist, basically, but my political essays are often reposted by right-wing and, yes, even pro-Russia blogs.
I get mail from former Sanders supporters, Trump supporters, anarchists, socialists, former s radicals, anti-Semites, and other human beings, some of whom I passionately agree with, others of whom I passionately disagree with. As far as I can tell from the emails, none of these readers voted for Clinton, or Macron, or supported the TPP, or the debt-enslavement and looting of Greece, or the ongoing restructuring of the Greater Middle East and all the lovely knock-on effects that has brought usor believe that Trump is a Russian operative, or that Obama is Martin Luther Jesus-on-a-stick.
What they share, despite their opposing views, is a general awareness that the locus of power in our post-Cold War age is primarily corporate, or global capitalist, and neoliberal in nature. In the early s, as the U. The nature of the deviation e. The deviation itself is the point.
In the West, for example, thirty years ago, smoking was normal. Being gay was abnormal. Racism has become abnormal.
Body hair is currently abnormal. On the contrary, as far as values are concerned, the more flexible and commodifiable the better. See, despite what intersectionalists will tell you, capitalism has no interest in racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, or any other despotic values though it has no problem working with these values when they serve its broader strategic purposes.
Capitalism is an economic system, which we have elevated to a social system. In capitalist society, everything, everyone, every object and sentient being, every concept and human emotion, is worth exactly what the market will bear … no more, no less, than its market price. There is no other measure of value.
In the latter case, this feeling of superiority is the upscale product being sold. In the former, it is entertainment, distraction from the depressing realities of living, not in a society at all, but in a marketplace with no real human values.
In the absence of any real cultural values, there is no qualitative difference between Gerhard Richter and Adam Sandler, for example. The fact that it has no human values is the evil genius of global capitalist society.
Unlike the despotic societies it replaced, it has no allegiance to any cultural identities, or traditions, or anything other than money. It can accommodate any form of government, as long as it plays ball with global capitalism.
Even in countries with state religions like Iran or state ideologies like Chinathe governments play by the rules of global capitalism like everyone else.
Nor are we going to war with China. Russia and China are developed countries, whose economies are entirely dependent on global capitalism, as are Western economies.
The economies of every developed nation on the planet are inextricably linked. Not American hegemony, but global capitalist hegemony.Barking Backward A Blog by Jameson Parker The Span of Life. The old dog barks backwards without getting up.
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And yes, another verbally strong expression of the in your face truth, though for so few to grasp. The author again has a deep understanding, if one prefers, it points to the venueway of coming to terms, the empirical pathway as to the understanding.