These riots are good.
These riots are bad.
Remember, this is what the media tells you is true. So it has to be, right?
No matter how you feel about one of the most controversial, divisive, and politicized president in United States history, the four years of the Donald Trump administration brought about one change that the American people should be thankful. Trump gave us clarity on the state of our Union. The hypocrisy of our corporations, politicians, and the media have been on full display over the past four years. Our government no longer serves the public. The supposedly “stupid” American people who have recognized this fact for the last dozen years have been trying to change this reality through mostly peaceful means via their own political systems. But after Trump got inaugurated back in January 2017, conspiracy theories that existed among many controversial outliers in our society ended up being factual in many cases. Are conspiracies still a conspiracy if they are proven true?
Personally, I have never had issues with individuals, organizations or businesses pursuing their own self-interest. It is an important tool of self-preservation necessary for our survival as a species. Where self-interest crosses over into selfishness and other dark behavior is when the individual or organization use it to harm other people or collude in a monopolistic way to prevent competition or to silence the opposition. Because government is a public institution, it also has its own self-interest. Governments throughout the world are interested in two things: money and power. Anything that an individual, business or organization can do that increases money and power will become an ally of this institution. This is why countries run by democracies, monarchies and religious leaders have fought wars for centuries against one another. Politicians and government workers with authoritarian instincts and corporations with bottomless pockets are the two main groups that are supported by the United States government. Every other citizen and business is ignored and needs to be monitored or controlled by these superior individuals and organizations aligned with the government. These ‘chosen’ people and corporations are smarter, better, and more evolved than you.
So keeping this in mind, let’s look at the awful year that just passed us by, 2020, as one example. The media likes to focus the American public on popular conspiracy theories believed by millions of people in some cases that brings about a collective disdain amongst the intelligentsia. Conspiracies like Obama being foreign born or many Democrats are secret child rapists (QANON) even though in the latter case, the existence of Jeffrey Epstein brought an aura of truth around the conspiracy. But what is not analyzed is how destructive the conspiracy theories have been amongst the people with wealth and power. Just a few examples in the 21st Century.
Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction. He did in the past during the Iran/Iraq War but during the time he was being accused, he absolutely DID NOT. This only led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, mostly Iraqi.
Trump is a Russian puppet. Using the same standards that the Democrats used when Trump sued over election fraud, if you cannot prove it, then it must NOT BE TRUE. This fabrication circulated through the media for a three-year timeframe and could never be definitively proven and hindered politically important things like legislation or Trump’s personal wish to get us removed from our foreign entanglements.
The government is only spying on foreign regimes. Edward Snowden proved this accusation false seven years ago. Say goodnight to your 4th Amendment rights and hello to the government technocratic complex.
The lies and deceit told to us by our government every day is far more damaging and destructive than the false beliefs of a few hundred thousand people with no political power huddled into the darkest reaches of the internet. Having this basic perspective is incredibly important in understanding the distortion of power dynamics in these debates.
Other destructive fabrications are still in the process of occurring. The “truth” will probably not be known for years or possibly, decades. Some examples are: The Origin of COVID-19, Do masks prevent COVID-19 spread or not?, Modern Monetary Theory or MMT, and Critical Race Theory, the new ideological theory destroying universities nationwide. Even though I only post one side of the argument in two of the links above, you can do your own research and try to understand the underlying arguments of both sides of these controversial topics. Sharyl Attkisson has done a wonderful job tracking all the fabricated news stories that revolved around Donald Trump during his presidency. Most of these “false” stories were redacted or removed for inaccuracies.
This leads me to the events that occurred a week ago on Capitol Hill. The narrative is that “insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists” invaded the Capitol which led to destruction inside the historic building as well as leaving five people dead. Even though Trump’s speech can be perceived as a form of incitement, looking at his speech more closely shows that he did not want these protestors to riot. Here is Trump’s entire speech from outside the Capitol. Go through it and look to see if he is encouraging violence amongst the protestors. You can ‘perceive’ that some of his language is brutal (Especially against the media, the Democrats, and the election). But is this really incitement based on the legal definition? The hardest part of reading any Trump speech is dealing with his narcissistic behavior. But if Trump is guilty, then why are none of these Democrats guilty for this behavior? Isn’t this also inciting domestic terrorism? Here are the five people who died in the Capitol Riot, four of them were Trump supporters. Here are the twenty-six people that we know of that were killed in the BLM riots over the summer. The same riots that the Democratic Party wholeheartedly supported. So did many corporations. These riots were the largest manmade disaster in history with insurance costs unknown. With this 1 to 2 billion dollar prediction, I would lean towards the higher end of that assumption.
Years ago, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were supported mostly by conservatives and their neo-conservative globalist brethren which showed us the power of the military industrial complex. Trump’s presidency has shown us the power of the media and their propaganda. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown us the corporate and governmental collusion tied to the medical industrial complex. The events that have occurred since the Capitol Riot on January 6th is what the American people should be concerned about. Never willing to let an opportunity go to waste, the Democrats are embracing their authoritarian instincts. Now, the controversial events surrounding the November election has exposed the authoritarian technocratic impulses of our tech leaders. The upcoming social media site Parler which was started by libertarians to challenge Facebook. GONE! Apple, Amazon, and Google disappeared the social media site from the internet citing extremism. The same type of extremism promoted on their websites on a daily basis. Hundreds of thousands of mostly conservative social media users have had their accounts suspended. The acting president of the United States until January 20th had his account permanently suspended on seven websites. Giant multinational corporations, the biggest polluters and violators of personal rights around the world, are jumping over themselves to be the next one to ‘ban’ Trump from doing anything. The continued stoking of division and “white racism” by the liberals and these corporations is causing an irreversible separation among the political elements inside of the United States. Because if the people ever truly united against this government and the corporations enabling it, there would be a lot of bodies hanging dead outside the Capitol. As Glenn Greenwald points out in this wonderful article about the elimination of Parler, the 21st Century liberal is an “authoritarian” who has fully embraced the values promoted by the Silicon Valley elites. What are the most dangerous things about an “authoritarian?” They will use any means necessary (Including brutal violence) to achieve their goals. This is where we are heading if our citizens do not wake up and resist.
Is this really the type of country that we want to become? I have always been clear about my personal beliefs and ideology. I am always willing to grow and change to accept different viewpoints and perspectives. But there are two things I have always stood for that are non-negotiable from an ethical standpoint. I am opposed to war in almost every circumstance except in situations where rebels are trying to overthrow a violent, autocratic leader or a country is fighting back against an invasion. Other than that, no form of war should ever be acceptable. My other belief revolves around my strong defense of personal rights especially the ones guaranteed by the United States’ Constitution. One of those rights revolves around the “Freedom of Speech.” As court cases have confirmed over hundreds of years of this republican experiment, public speech where a person outright lies about another person to harm them (Libel) or encouraging violence amongst your followers (Incitement) are illegal in certain circumstances. But our country has defended every other type of speech imaginable including the right of racists to speak their abject nonsense online. In this day and age where racism in this country has declined tremendously from just twenty years ago while our culture still needs to analyze areas for improvement, any violation of these rights by corporate entities is a personal attack against me. Because social media has become the primary source of news aggregation in this country, the ability of these private companies to manipulate and propagandize your news feed should send chills down your spine. The American people need to rise up and demand that these companies respect the public political sphere. If not, then it is time to start looking at other options.
Next Week: I will lay out some of these options.
Addendum: The news continues to get worse. Biden is promoting a bill affectionately called Patriot Act 2.0. The contents of the bill have not been released to the public but expect one of the provisions to legalize “indefinite detention” of American citizens on the homeland as well as many forms of censorship. The War on Terror has finally come home to roost.
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