Truman Burbank and Christof Syndrome
written April 20-2017 rev. March 13, 2018
Posted Mar 18, 2018
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“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” (Anti-war activist, Rosa Luxemburg)
In the 1997 movie, The Truman Show, insurance salesman, Truman Burbank discovers that his idyllic hometown of Seahaven Island isn’t what it appears to be. There are simply too many anomalies. His curiosity is aroused one morning when something that looks like a TV camera falls from the sky to the street. The closer he looks, the more anomalies he sees. Truman is the unknowing star of a long running TV reality show set in Seahaven where his every move is captured by hidden cameras.
Once he awakens to the reality that he is a captive of Seahaven, Truman plots his escape. He has dreams of exploring the wider world. It isn’t easy however. The creator and director of the TV show, Christof, throws obstacles in his way each time he tries to leave the island. And his wife and best friend try to dissuade him. Finally, Truman takes a sailboat and attempts to flee in the dark of night. Christof spots him and unleashes a vicious storm on the water. Pursuing his dream of freedom has become a life and death struggle. 1
Before Truman ever realized that he was a prisoner of Seahaven, Christof, the director of reality TV series, was asked by a reporter why Truman never came close to discovering the true nature of his world. Christof’s explanation is a revealing comment on human nature and the premise underpinning his entertainment venture. He responds simply, “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”2
This, it seems, is our perceptual Achilles’ heel -- a natural inclination to uncritically assume that the world presented to us is real. I've dubbed this human tendency, the Christof Syndrome.
For some, the movie likely offered no more than light entertainment. For the more reflective, it was a powerful allegory laden with symbolism, and perhaps ominous signs about our emerging future. I'm one of those in the second category.
Seahaven's parallels in the West today
Several comparisons can be made between Truman’s circumstances in Seahaven and our lives today in the West (Canada and the US in particular). I’ll begin with the premise that Christof Syndrome is a near universal human condition that predisposes us toward trusting acceptance of the majority worldview. As humans we are predisposed to embrace the world presented to us at birth, and potentially for the rest of our lives, as reality.
Truman Burbank grew up in the community of Seahaven Island. It looked like a typical town in almost every respect. Its activities mirrored the patterns of life and work one would see in any small town in America. The sun rose, people got up, ate breakfast, went to jobs downtown and returned to their homes and families at the end of the day. Everything looked normal, but it wasn’t. Life in Seahaven was a complete fabrication. The island town was actually a massive domed TV production set surrounded by water.
Christof, the director of The Truman Show, along with a staff of hundreds, controlled almost every detail of Truman’s life and life in Seahaven. Truman, the star of the show, went about his daily routines not knowing that his every move was captured on cameras and televised to an audience of millions. The devious Christof had gone to great lengths to ensure that his captive star was never tempted to leave the island. By staging a boating accident in which Truman’s father drowned, Christof infected a traumatized Truman with a life-long fear of water.
Clearly, deception was an integral feature of the entire enterprise. Truman’s family members and best friend were actors playing their roles. The people populating his neighbourhood and his workplace were actors. Many of the structures in the town setting were facades and studio props. And studio technicians engineered the weather, rain or shine.
Truman Show viewers comprised a dedicated international audience addicted to their daily fix of “reality” TV. Along with their entertainment, audience members were presented with an endless array of consumer products. The products were marketed via product placement, other forms of passive advertising and scripted pitches from the show’s actors.
My research over the last three years has confirmed there are many parallels between The Truman Show and our lives in the West today. To begin with, much of what we consider real is manufactured -- a carefully managed illusion. And most of us are also unaware of our captivity within the illusion and complicity in the scheme. Westerners, willingly it seems, inhabit a social-political construct sustained by widely propagated myths.
An example of one such a myth is that of a benevolent America. We are constantly told that America is a powerful force for good in the world, bringing democracy and freedom to the world’s oppressed. The reality is far different. In reality, America is a global bully, intent of maintaining its one time status as the world’s sole super power. Sadly, we are captives of this sprawling American Empire sustained by military might. America’s political and economic hegemony is enforced world wide by NATO alliance members and 800 or more military bases occupying some 70 countries around the world.
Powerful financial and political interests orchestrate the big show worldwide from behind a curtain of secrecy. These Powers that Be (PTB) select, groom and place men and women of their choosing in leadership roles as presidents and prime ministers. They are the king makers and puppet masters. And just as Truman’s every activity was monitored and guided, the PTB and their minions similarly monitor and manage the lives of the Empire’s citizens. (See Exposing the Empire of Lies in the blog archives)
Thus, Truman had his Seahaven Island and we have our 21s century Matrix3 4 in the American Empire. Both are engineered realties and functional prisons. These are the worlds with which we have been presented. The question is: “How long will we hold unto our collective delusion" and why does it exert such a powerful hold over us?”
Herding the sheeple
Christof Syndrome is disarming and ultimately debilitating. Like the naïve Truman, most in the West unquestioningly accept the reality of the world marketed to them. Our conditioning is such that we the “sheeple” seldom look beneath the surface of this world of managed perceptions. So, the anomalies and contradictions go largely unnoticed. And in time, we grow numb to the warnings coming from our internal alarm system – a gnawing gut sense that something is wrong with this picture
How are our perceptions “managed” by the PTB? Suffice to say, the PTB possess and continue to develop a wide variety of methods and tools for herding the populace within the bounds of official illusions. Some of the most common are:
Consider this exemplary false flag attack. On April 7, 2017, the President of the United States ordered the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat Airfield in Syria. President Trump justified this aggression, a war crime in itself, as a move “to deter the use of deadly chemical weapons,” claiming Syrian President Assad used them against his own people in Idlib province.5
The Empire’s mainstream media dutifully aligned with the President and the US State Department condemning the "Assad regime” for the atrocity. Fawning MSNBC broadcaster, Brian Williams was moved to reference the Leonard Cohen lyric, “I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.”6 And the US Ambassador to the UN indulged in a self-righteous show-and-tell routine featuring pictures of injured children, the supposed victims of the gas attack.
This military aggression won Trump high praise from Washington Neocons and chicken hawks, Israel, European allies, and an assortment of US-supported jihadists.7 Remarkably, the summary conviction of Syria’s President Assad required no supporting evidence whatsoever.
There’s just one problem. There’s solid evidence that the gas attack, rather than implicating President Assad, pointed instead to the jihadi’s and their US-UK financed PR assets, the White Helmets. As of this writing, some analysts also point to evidence of US-Israeli and Turkish complicity. MIT professor emeritus of Science and Technology and National Security, Theodore Postal, has examined the evidence and concluded Assad wasn’t responsible for the attack.8 The most thoughtful analysis of what transpired has come from independent media.9 In short, the world witnessed another example of the West feigning sympathy for the victims of a false flag event that the Empire itself orchestrated. It's 24 carat duplicity. And it’s another masked aggression in America's long-running campaign to achieve regime change in Syria dating back as far as 1991.10
This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. (See Exposing the Empire of Lies, Parts A and B) It’s also hard evidence of a government manufactured deception and manipulation of credulous publics. And yet, it seems that despite America’s naked aggression, millions of its citizens remain blind to it. It’s as if they are trapped in a "see-no-evil -- hear-no-evil" trance. The collective delusion defies reality. It’s as dystopian as the life portrayed in George Orwell’s 1984. 11And it’s a powerful testimony to the captivating effect of The Christof Syndrome and the ease with which we are herded.
The ties that bind and blind
My guess is that a significant segment of the population is now somewhat aware it is being played, and yet it hasn’t abandoned the Matrix. Why not? I can think of several “good” or not so good reasons why the masses remain captive. They all have to do with human nature.
We grow to love our corrals and pens too much
A life-time of observation has taught me that people, like sheep and other domesticated critters, readily adapt to the corals and pens into which they are herded. I grew up helping my family raise cattle on the Canadian Prairies. For several of our long cold winters, we housed our beef cows and their calves in an old horse barn. Groups of several nursing calves were enclosed continuously in pens measuring approximately 15 feet by 18 feet for four to five months of cold weather. Yet, when spring came, these same calves were hesitant to leave the confines of their pens.
Outside the barn door, warm April breezes, sunshine and fresh green grass beckoned. And yet, the calves hesitated. They would lock their front feet stiffly in front of their bodies and lean back away from the open barn door as my brothers and I would literally push them out into the bright sunshine. Once outside, however, after some careful sniffing around, the calves would drop their concerns and joyfully bolt across the paddock at full speed. In a matter of a few minutes, their wariness evaporated, and they took to cavorting in the pasture beyond the barn door.
My conclusion: otherwise creative and insightful human beings, like young calves, grow too attached to their pens. Sometimes, in our readiness to adapt to our circumstances and be good citizens, we suspend critical thought. We suspend our objectivity regarding the nature of our circumstances, and we make unacceptable sacrifices. And denial sets in. Is it because we’ve been long been taught to “count our blessings” and be content?
There are comforts in conformity
The citizens of the Empire derive tangible benefits from unquestioning conformity and compliance. And also, even briefly considering the possibility that what we think of as real is fake can be very stressful. Cognitive dissonance hurts the head. It also explains why most people ignore the widening cracks in the Matrix. Their minds simply can’t go there.
As to the benefits of trusting acceptance, citizens who play along can make a living as workers or “professionals” within the confines of the Matrix. Conformity assures them of a paycheque. A paycheque in turn provides for food, clothing, a home, education, and if they are fortunate, an annual vacation. (Often this means assuming significant debt loads committing individuals to decades of work into the future.) Their work confers a degree of respectability and status among peers and fellow citizens. And there’s always the prospect of moving up the hierarchy to greater status and income.
Perversely, however, these same benefits become the ties that bind and blind citizens to the reality of their lives within the confines of the Matrix. It's the same effect that the proverbial golden handcuffs exert over high paid executives. These benefits demand our allegiance to great myths like benevolent national governments and multinational corporations, a “free” market economy, and ever-upward human progress. Strangely, the more the evidence exposes these as agreed-upon fabrications, the more desperately adherents cling to them.
The risks in rebellion
There are real risks in rejecting the official narrative and its illusions. Most citizens are well aware that the Powers that be (PTB) are hostile to those who question the existing order. They may also have noticed that despite the denials, whistleblowers that attempt to expose abuses by the establishment are generally treated as traitors. They are not celebrated or protected as promised. More often, they are criminalized, ostracized and persecuted for their lack of loyalty. Just ask Bradley/Chelsea Manning12 and others who have exposed the overreach of the Empire and its puppets.
Our lives within the Matrix are managed, often by brainwashed servants of the PTB. Sometimes dissident social groups are "manufactured" for specific roles in public "theatre" or inducing chaos. Millennials are said to be members of the most peer-oriented generation in history. Herein lies the key to their management. Millennials have been co-opted by Identity Politics with its third wave feminist-cultural Marxism mantras and form of social justice justice, not real justice.
Author, Shadi Hamid, describes the behaviour-shaping influence of a form of political theology with its constituent elements of ritual, purity atonement and excommunication.13 As such, this faux religion serves as a powerful means of control. Apostates and those who stray from “the faith” can be targeted for harsh discipline. This could take the form of a public rebuke, smearing or shaming on social media for failure to check one’s “white privilege,” for example. And if that doesn’t bring repentance, the religious police or social justice warriors could condemn you to digital assassination or call for all out destruction of you and your family's future by “doxing”14.
Our awakening is long overdue. It’s time to awaken to the reality of our captivity and the possibility that our overseers, like Christof, don’t have our best interests in mind. If they did genuinely care for us, do you think the array of tools and measures for covertly monitoring, shaping and controlling our behaviour would multiply by the day? Why, for example, have alert journalists discovered US patents filed on the subject of: Nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors.15 Why is censorship of conservative on-line citizen journalists increasing by the day on social media? Why is the demonizing of Christians and white-skinned people the sport du jour?
There’s an important choice to be made by each one of us. We can either meekly accept the imaginary world with which we have been presented as real, thus demonstrating the power of Christof Syndrome. Or, we can deconstruct the state-promoted paradigm and craft an authentic worldview based on personal observations, experiences and insights. While the first approach is clearly more convenient. The second, as demanding as it is, offers an alternative to the prison of enforced consensus and the prospect of dignity and freedom.
I see the grip that the “managed” reality of the Matrix has on millions, including many members of family and wonder, what if? What if this generation like Truman, awakened to the true nature of its circumstances? What if it, like Truman, determined that it would redefine the boundaries of its conceptual world? What if it demanded a look behind the curtain, glimpsed the props and outed the puppet actors? What if this generation, like Truman, persisted in a quest to reach the wider world beyond Seahaven?
Would-be resisters can expect their commitment to seek freedom to be severely tested by the devious and controlling PTB. Truman's moment of truth unfolds in a scene reminiscent of Satan's mountain top temptation of Christ. After surviving a vicious studio-engineered storm at sea, Truman confronts his tormentor, Christof, face to face in his control room atop the dome. Christof remains unapologetic and unrelenting in his efforts to prevent Truman's departure.
“There’s no more truth out there than in that world I crafted for you.”
“You can’t leave, Truman. You belong here with me.”
The tradeoff was clear. Truman could accept a questionable promise of security at Seahaven, something amounting to continued enslavement, or pursue his freedom in the wider world with its inherent risks and uncertainties. The citizens of the American Empire face a similar choice.
What Truman taught us
We all begin as Truman Burbanks, born into the cozy cocoon of a fabricated worldview handed down to us by the big people in our lives. The important question, however, is whether we will awaken as Truman did and find our way to freedom within the wider real world. And will we serve as a hopeful examples to others seeking daylight? Or, will we work to perpetuate the illusion.
In moments of self-doubt, I wonder if I have somehow failed my children by over emphasizing obedience and conformity to the system. Could I have done a better job of teaching them the critical importance of skepticism and of strategic disobedience? We Christians, it seems, are conditioned to obey from Day One. Historian, Howard Zinn, described our societal problem as one of civil obedience.
“Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world, in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem …people are obedient, all these herdlike people.” 16
Ultimately, family and friends will have to assume responsibility for their choices. I can only hope and pray that they find some inspiration in the example of Truman Burbank and his rare real life counterparts. It's been more than twenty years since the release of the movie, and yet its lessons could hardly be more relevant. Never underestimate the importance of:
Truman taught us something else about how to remain whole in our struggle against darkness and tyranny. In that final scene, when he confronts his nemesis, Truman may have wondered what response to Christof's final, near-fatal attempt to thwart his escape was in order. If it were me, I might have gone for Christof’s throat. Remarkably, Truman remained uninfected by Christof’s predatory nature. He didn’t engage in debate with Christof, and he didn't hesitate. With characteristic good humour and a twinkle in his eye, Truman turned and blithely bid his adieu in the same fashion he greeted his neighbours each morning.
And if I don’t see you, good morning, good afternoon, and good night.
Clearly Truman understood another, deeper truth. Had he adopted Christof’s aggressive tactics and responded in kind, he would always remain Christof's captive. It was far better that he remain true to his better self; that he remain a “true" man.
1 The Truman Show, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Truman_Show
2 The Truman Show Quotes, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/quotes
3 Matrix, yourdictionary.com, matrix, http://www.yourdictionary.com/matrix
4 The Matrix, Wikipedia.org, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
5 Live Updates: Trump orders missile strike on Syria military targets, CBS News, April 6, 2017, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/live-updates-us-bombs-syria-missile-strikes/
6 Brian Williams marvels at how ‘beautiful’ the deadly missiles that struck Syria are, TheWeek, April 7, 2017, http://theweek.com/speedreads/690877/brian-williams-marvels-how-beautiful-deadly-missiles-that-struck-syria-are
7 Radical Islamists cheer Trump administration’s missile strike, the Daily Caller, April 7, 2017, http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/07/radical-islamists-cheer-trump-administrations-missile-strike/
8 MIT professor debunks National Security Council “evidence” on Sarin attack, Intel Today, April 13, 2017, https://gosint.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/mit-professor-debunks-national-security-council-evidence-on-sarin-attack/
9 A multi-level analysis of the US cruise missile attack on Syria and its consequences, The Saker, April 11, 2017, https://thesaker.is/a-multi-level-analysis-of-the-us-cruise-missile-attack-on-syria-and-its-consequences/
10 The West created and perpetuates the Syrian civil war, Mint Press News, May 24, 2015, http://www.mintpressnews.com/MyMPN/the-west-created-perpetuates-the-syrian-civil-war/
11 1984, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four
12 United States V Manning, Wikileaks, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Manning
13 Bari Weiss and the Left-wing infatuation with taking offence, Shadi Hamid, The Atlantic, February 17, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/bari-weiss-immigrants/553550/
14 Doxing, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing
15 What you need to know about the end game, Youtube, February 27, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=411&v=snpt0SLbPNo
16 Howard Zinn on the problem of obedience and the folly of American exceptionalism, Words of dissent, January 29, 2015, http://wordsofdissent.com/howard-zinn-on-the-problem-of-obedience-and-the-folly-of-american-exceptionalism/
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Ten disciplines of a freedom fighter -- Part B
Written May 5, 2017
Posted February 20, 2018
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This chapter outlines five additional disciplines or practices for freedom fighters or members of the resistance in the war against truth. Forgive the repetition, but let me again say that the value of these practices is found in their doing. To restate the Bruce Lee dictum, “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.”1
6.0 Turn off the propaganda coming from the Orwellian Ministry of Truth via mainstream media (MSM) and tune out the propagandists
The American Empire’s Ministry of Truth broadcasts its propaganda non-stop worldwide, but citizens aren’t compelled to listen. And small acts of resistance are essential. One of them is turning off the mainstream media (MSM) version of "the news." I also intentionally avoid day time talk show babble and CIA-propaganda movies like Zero Dark Thirty. The exceptions are those occasions when I wish to track the propaganda of the day.
I gave only occasional, glancing attention to MSM reporting during the course of the US presidential election campaign cycle relying instead on alternative sources. By largely ignoring the messaging from the MSM, I deduced that Trump had been selected by the Powers the Be (PTB) to assume the presidency. Those who relied on MSM as their primary news source were long assured that Hillary was going to be the next president; consequently her loss came as a shock.2 Hard core skeptics believe believe the Trump election was a charade scripted years ago. Thus, an old episode of the Simpsons had no difficulty "predicting" a Trump presidency.
During this writing, I deliberately monitored the analyses of the Syria conflict offered by our mainstream media. I discovered that for the most part our MSM functions as an echo chamber for the US State Department. Its collective faithfulness to the government’s talking points is remarkable. MSM analysts echo the political memes of the day (like “Russia did it,” “Assad must go” and “Iran” is an existential threat”) on cue. What can you say about the willingness of Canadian taxpayers to finance their own brainwashing via the CBC. The same can be said of course regarding our response to a complicit federal government. Filtering out Big Brother's propaganda can be every bit as essential in that we are simultaneously bombarded with government propaganda from a battery of departments and agencies on a daily basis. Tune out Big Brother's Ministry of Truth.
7. Adopt an “open source” approach to gathering information and intelligence
The MSM has been outed as the faithful servant of the Deep State.3 It’s essential, therefore, that resisters develop alternative news sources. I prefer a form of open-source intelligence gathering that draws on legacy, Internet/digital and trusted private/personal sources with preference given to academic and independent sources wherever they are available. Since the CIA has infiltrated social media and has created and funded fake independent news websites as part of its disinformation strategy, it can be difficult to know with certainty which sources are trustworthy. There’s also the matter of the punks who exploit the accessibility of social media by publishing fake news stories for fun and profit. For these reasons, I look for convergence or triangulation across multiple sources when seeking to establish the authenticity of a story or source. Clearly, no one can ever declare him or herself “fool proof” as we’re living in a post-truth era.4
Some in the "truther" community contend that the majority of established high profile on-line sources in the “alternative media content” are engaged in disinformation. My son sent me a New Yorker cartoon last year that played on the fact that propaganda in a feature of everyone’s daily life in the West. As I recall the content, it was thanksgiving, and a man was seated in front of his computer in his living room. He is looking up at his wife and says something to the effect, I guess we can all be grateful that we live in a society where there’s no shortage of disinformation. Black humour is the preferred genre for truthers in the Age of Deception.
8. Develop your circle of trusted allies and a following among truth seekers
It’s easy to get tired and discouraged if you come to believe you’re alone in your struggle. Sometimes, you wonder, Am I alone in my frustration with the lies coming from the Western governments? Am I alone in my frustration with the US stance as the world’s policeman? Am I the only one angry at the presence of the US in the Middle East and interfering in the affairs of Syria?”5 And, “Isn’t Saudi Arabia, assisted by Turkey and Israel from time to time, the biggest source of terrorism in the Middle East?”6 The answer of course, is “no,” you’re not alone, and “yes,” it’s true. and “yes” that’s the case.
To defeat the “loneliness” or isolation factor, it is helpful to cultivate a circle of trusted allies. One of my friends is part of a skeptics circle that has been meeting regularly for over twenty years to discern what really going on. Your circle serves several purposes. Potential it can serve as:
If you’re a blogger or writer, your goals is developing a following. Your following can be:
Ultimately, however, defeating the Cabal or the PTB won’t be solely a matter of numbers. Every revolutionary or activist should find encouragement in the observation of anthropologist, Margaret Meade who famously declared: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”8
9. Speak up. Resist intimidation and encroachments upon your freedoms and refute the BS
In the two years of intense research leading up to this writing, I was struck by the fact that the attacks on our basic freedoms are a daily occurrence. The other surprise is the deafening silence, particularly on the part of political leaders presumably responsible for the protection of our freedoms. Citizens, for their part are slowly awakening, but the vast majority remains unaware, unconcerned or asleep.
Yes, we’re all busy with jobs, families and various community obligations. But, standing and loudly singing “O Canada” or “The Star Spangled Banner” at professional hockey games does nothing to advance the cause of freedom. And even as we sing, our freedoms are being stolen. Nor will recalling the horrors of previous wars every Remembrance Day or Patriots Day. Those wars were orchestrated by the PTB pursuing a larger agenda. The inconvenient truth Westerners must face today is that freedom’s ramparts are largely undefended.
There’s the problem of sleepy indifference, and there’s the challenge of subtle social conditioning. Many of us were raised to trust those in positions of authority. Unfortunately, our assumption regarding the trustworthiness of authorities isn’t helping our cause; it’s contributing to our enslavement. Now is the time to speak up. It’s time to stop being over-awed by state-anointed or self-proclaimed experts, and over respectful of our so-called leaders. Now is the time to suppress the knee jerk impulses to clap for vacuous political speeches, “salute the troops,” and defer to the pretenders squandering our hard won freedoms. It’s time to rebel against the invasive rule and daily intrusions of Big Brother into every facets of our lives. It’s time to expose the double-talk and the lies. It’s time to declare you won’t go without a fight.
The Empire tirelessly promotes the gospel of militarism. The apparent goal is the militarization of every facet of culture and society. It’s citizen-friendly PR gestures look innocent on the surface, but the goal should be clear. Yes, come on down, bring the whole family for an afternoon of hot dogs, face painting, balloons, a band and family fun playing with military hardware down at the mall. The kids will love it. The unspoken rationale is that the kids may be sufficiently fascinated to sign on after high school or join the cadets or JROTC in the mean time.
Professional sport is a favourite vehicle for advancing the cause of militarism. The public has demonstrated just how vulnerable it is to emotion-laden “support the troops” appeals to patriotism. Thankfully, my adult children don’t reflexively rise from their seats at football games to salute soldiers as jets zoom overhead. They care deeply about their country and equally so for soldiers brainwashed regarding the virtues of muscular militarism. But, that doesn’t translate into a compulsion to march to the drum beat of the military industrial complex into another war. We can speak up by remaining seated. If we can somehow collectively deny the Deep State warmongers WWIII, it will spare humanity more death and destruction than any of us can imagine.
Resistance can take any number of forms. One freedom fighter described his technique for jamming the gears of the Cabal. His strategy is a kind of preventive defence wherein he plays the role of the magician’s heckler. He uses his insider intelligence to subtly alert the public to what could be the next false flag attack staged by the PTB. His logic is that if he, as the heckler in the crowd, publicly reveals the magician’s next trick before it is performed, the magician will likely forgo it.9
Challenging the deception of the day can be a creative undertaking. And, you are likely to win more people to the cause if your approach is humorous or creative. Satire is powerful. Consider for example, that the propagandists have sold the Western public on the supposedly virtuous role of the White Helmets in the Syria conflict. In reality, independent journalists on the ground in Syria have exposed the group as a US-UK funded propaganda asset working along side Al Qaeda in Syria. The West was quick to blame latest White Helmet false flag gas attack on Syria’s President, Bashsar Assad. When their deceit was exposed recently, I responded with a tweet:
“And the Oscar nominees for best actor in a regime change propaganda drama are…” (with link to article citing the White Helmets complicity in the attack)
Again, your sense of humour is an important asset. Nurture yours daily.
10. Think and act strategically
I have encountered two common deficiencies in the strategies that I have seen over the course of my consulting career. They are primarily: a) failure to adequately take less visible influences in the external environment, or “big picture”, into account, and b) a lack of upstream forward thinking or foresight. For these reasons, organizational strategies are often too shallow or too short-sighted to achieve the desired result.
As Luke Miller, points out in an article in The Event Chronicle: “Sometimes it can be hard to see what is happening with the constant distractions from media, advertising and constant disinformation put out by the propaganda machine.” As a strategy consultant, I would say that too often we get fixated on the trees when we really need a look at the changing shape of the forest.
I routinely take clients “up” to a 30,000 foot “helicopter” view of the proverbial forest before they get drawn into the swirling vortex of details plaguing annual planning exercises. Miller says his work allows him to see the world from a different vantage point and he sees signs of a mass awakening on a local and global scale. He adds that there are small, mid scale and high scale rebellions underway.10
The high level, big picture view is likely to suggest how the resistance can be more strategic. In some cases, too much effort may be focused on exposing minor players rather than the puppet masters making them dance. At what point, for example does the resistance shift its focus from exposing compromised members of the US Congress, to exposing the higher level puppet masters pulling their strings? We sometimes forget that the controllers at the top of the pyramid of power control both sides of the dialectic. E.g. Democrats and Republicans; Conservatives and Liberals.
A look at the big picture may also reveal if and where the resistance has lapsed into fighting rear guard actions – essentially yesterday’s battles. Are there opportunities to figuratively move upstream and launch preemptive strikes from higher ground? Some resisters, for example, are attempting to forecast where and when the next major false flag potentially the scale of 9/11 is likely to be launched.
I recommend that freedom fighters take “strategic pauses” to reflect on progress, renew their vision and recalibrate their efforts accordingly. The strategic pause is also your opportunity to confirm your “why” or purpose. Frederick Nietzsche famously declared: “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”11 This undoubtedly applies to those who are part of this movement. What is your calling? The exercise at the end of the chapter invites you to articulate your why. Perhaps it was the dream of a future where your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren could think and live freely on a more peaceful and greener planet.
Let’s review. Over the course of the last two chapters, I have outlined 10 disciplines or practices that can be considered a part of the training and development of a freedom fighter. Here’s the entire list.
Two perennial risks confront any resistance movement. One is the risk of underestimating one’s adversaries and the other is overestimating the capabilities of the resistance. Failure to take the incumbent’s advantage into account is a serious miscalculation. The incumbent has multiple advantages -- the unquestioning loyalty of its minions, familiarity with the terrain, control of the machinery of governance, and ready access to the Empire’s resources. The battle to dislodge incumbents from power, in turn then, is inherently an unequal contest fought on an uphill plane.
Applying the ten disciplines of a freedom fighter can help put you on a more even footing with those seeking to control you. The ten can be applied immediately. The minute you shine the light of truth on a deception, you have taken action toward making a positive difference. When you point out the ventriloquists in the corporate media mouthing their scripted lines, you’re making a difference. When you expose the magician’s sleight of hand, you make a difference. When you call attention to the emperors prancing naked on the public stage, you make a difference.
We can draw inspiration from a gallery of resisters that includes: Jesus, JFK, MLK, Gandhi, Bonheoffer and many others. You may even find inspiring examples of resisters and freedom fighters within your family tree. I will conclude this chapter with the bold call to arms issued by some courageous freedom fighters of Hitler’s day. The group of friends who formed the White Rose Society made it their mission to awaken the German people to the monstrous evil growing in their midst. I doubt that I could express the urgency of our cause in the 21st century any more passionately than they did theirs.
“But our present "state" is the dictatorship of evil. "Oh, we've known that for a long time," I hear you object, "and it isn't necessary to bring that to our attention again." But, I ask you, if you know that, why do you not bestir yourselves, why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right - or rather, your moral duty - to eliminate this system?
But if a man no longer can summon the strength to demand his right, then it is absolutely certain that he will perish. We would deserve to be dispersed through the earth like dust before the wind if we do not muster our powers at this late hour and finally find the courage that up to now we have lacked. Do not hide your cowardice behind a cloak of expediency, for with every new day that you hesitate, failing to oppose this offspring of Hell, your guilt, as in a parabolic curve, grows higher and higher.”12
I can only hope the courage of the members of the White Rose Society is capable of infecting us two generations later.
Defining purpose and personal contribution to the freedom movement
“The reality is that when you finally find your life purpose and feed energy into that so as to develop the skills to carry it out – nothing else matters. When you have found your passion and what you do is filled with inspiration, all of your beingness is profoundly stimulated and satisfied simply be doing what you love to do.” (Justin Deschamps)
You will, by now have developed a better understanding of your adversary, its goals, strategy and methods, as well as the nature of the warfare continuing around us. You now have some basic tools for resisting the adversary's onslaught. This places you in a better position to consider my call to arms. Take some time to work through the questions below in order to clarify your personal position and purpose. You may wish to do this in stages as you progress through the book.
1. Who am I? What defines my unique identity? What are the core beliefs and values that I cherish and that will sustain me in the future irrespective of what it may hold?
2. Why is the cause of freedom important to me? What is at stake? What compels me to challenge the Cabal’s rule? (Consider what is it about the Cabal’s rule that I find toxic, oppressive or debilitating?)
3. What is my vision or mental picture of the destination of the "truth" movement?
4. How would I describe my personal mission or contribution to the resistance or the freedom movement considering my particular talents and capabilities?
1 Bruce Lee, goodreads.com, http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/910217-absorb-what-is-useful-discard-what-is-useless-and-add
2 Survey finds Hillary Clinton has ‘more than 99% chance of winning election over Donald Trump, Independent, November 5, 2016, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/sam-wang-princeton-election-consortium-poll-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-victory-a7399671.html
3 MOCKINGBIRD MIRROR: Declassified docs depict deeper link between the CIA and American media, 21st Century Wire, March 1, 2017, http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/03/01/mockingbird-mirror-declassified-docs-depict-deeper-link-between-the-cia-and-american-media/
4 The post-truth-era: Welcome to the Age of Dishonesty, Albert Mohler, July 9, 20015, http://www.albertmohler.com/2005/07/19/the-post-truth-era-welcome-to-the-age-of-dishonesty/
5 Rep Tulsi Gabbard: End illegal war against Syrian government of Assad, focus on ISIS, November 21, 2015, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=329TFfPxZBU
6 How Saudi Wahhabism is the fountainhead of Islamic terrorism, New Age Islam, January 21, 2015, http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/how-saudi-wahhabism-is-the-fountainhead-of-islamist-terrorism/d/101139
7 Subway takes chemical out of sandwich bread after protest, ABC News, February 5, 2014, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/subway-takes-chemical-sandwich-bread-protest/story?id=22373414
8 Margaret Meade Quotes, Brainy Quote, https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/margaretme100502.html
9 The Magician and the heckler, Redefininggod.com, a resource for the awakening human, July, 2015, http://redefininggod.com/2015/07/the-magician-and-the-heckler/
10 5 signs that we are going through a global mass awakening, The Event Chronicle, April 24, 2017,
11 Friedrich Nietzsche, goodreads.com, quotes, http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/137-he-who-has-a-why-to-live-for-can-bear
12 Third pamphlet of the White Rose Society, History is a weapon, http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/whiterose.html
Ten disciplines of a freedom fighter (Part A)
written May 1, 2017
Posted February 13, 2018
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Freedom fighter: A fighter for freedom, especially a person who battles against established forces of tyranny and dictatorship. (Dictionary.com)
Resistance: Organized covert opposition to an occupying or ruling power. (Dictionary.com)
The members of the Illuminati, the cabal or the powers that be (PTB) as they are sometimes called believe that they are the anointed ones destined to rule the planet. Their hands have been tightly wrapped around the controls on planet Earth for centuries. And historically incumbents don’t abandon their position of power at the first signs of resistance and go peacefully into the night. You could say that their determination to hold power is in direct proportion to the perceived value of vested interests they seek to protect.
The PTB have more than simply the power and assets conferred by their incumbency. They also possess an impressive array of weapons. Additionally, their skills in waging information warfare have been honed over centuries. Chief among these is their mastery of propaganda or more generally the art and science of perception management.1 Today, the PTB largely have the tools and propagandizing ability to cause the masses to perceive black as white and up as down,
The resistance movement on the other hand is fragmented, lacks a unified strategy and skills, and relies to a large degree on untrained volunteers. It also seriously underestimate both the deviousness and the strategic capabilities of its adversaries. In fact, when it comes to waging info warfare, it looks like a case of “no contest." This means there's a lot of work to do in equipping today's freedom fighter for battle. It can begin with something as basic as understanding the means whereby they are being manipulated and controlled.
The father of modern PR, Edward Bernays, described how the PTB control the masses in a modern democracy. The public mind is controlled by an invisible government that manipulates us at will by their string or "wire” pulling as Bernays put it.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”2
I was recently reminded just how empowering even a small amount of training or knowledge can be. My wife took her car to a dealership for an appointment to determine what trade in price difference she would have to pay on each of the two vehicles she test drove. It was a straightforward question. But she was handed off to a sales manager intent on turning her casual inquiry into an on-the-spot sale. While we were awaiting the sales manager, I reminded her that the steps in the sales process would lead to the use of the close. An example might be: Would you like to pick it up on Tuesday or Thursday? (This salesman actually employed this very close, the same one recommended in an old school sales course that I taught 20 years earlier.) Thus equipped, my wife deflected the sales manager's attempted close, and with the numbers in hand, left the dealership.
My point is that once you have a basic understanding of a process or a war strategy, you may be able to recognize and anticipate its coming. The strategies and tactics of the PTB are subtler and more sophisticated than those of a car salesman of course, thus the strategic importance of understanding the game is that much greater. With that in mind, I have outlined what I call Ten disciplines for freedom fighters. The first five are presented in Part A, and focus essentially on preparing the heart and mind for battle. The remaining five outlined in Part B, are action-oriented practices that build on the first five. Since every reader is at a different place, my advice to the experienced is the same as that of martial arts icon, Bruce Lee: Absorb what is useful, discard with is useless and add what is specifically your own.3
Ten disciplines for freedom fighter: Part A: 1-5
1. Know your adversary (mindset, morality, motives, modus operandi).
The PTB or the Illuminati don’t think or act like the rest of us. Most humans operate within some fairly well-defined ethical and moral boundaries. Normal humans struggle to understand why the PTB pursue an agenda of endless war, given its horrific nature and devastating outcomes. Normal human beings are unable to grasp the mindset of entities that engage in child trafficking for the purpose of serving and ensnaring politicians with a predilection for pedophilia.4 Normal human beings can’t understand how others are so unfeeling that they have imposed a false flag reign of terror in order to keep citizens compliant, confused and in a constant state of fear.5
There’s a reason why the crimes of the PTB continue uninterrupted long after they have been first reported. It’s not simply that they are carried out in the shadows, but that they are beyond the comprehension of most normal people. Some analysts have concluded that we aren’t dealing with normal human beings; those at the top of the world’s hierarchy are psychopaths. Others, including those that have escaped their ranks, often report that those at the very top identify themselves as the illuminated ones (thus Illuminati) and worship Lucifer.6 The Bible offers some insights into Lucifer’s predisposition.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1Peter, 5:8, King James 2000 translation)
The modus operandi of the PTB is also more devious than the average citizen might imagine. It’s typically described within the resistance movement in terms of Hegelian dialect with its three essential elements: thesis, antithesis and synthesis.7 A more common variant is a sequential process that progresses from: problem to reaction, to solution.8 Here’s how the Empire’s magicians apply the process in the larger social-political scheme of things.
a) Problem: The PTB orchestrates a state-sponsored terror attack in a domestic or foreign setting. It may involve big explosions, shootings, fake blood and crisis actors (or real blood and people or a combination of the two).
b) Reaction: The public reacts in fear and confusion, demanding that the government do something to protect people from any such incidents in the future.
c) Solution: The PTB proceed with their original plan to ratchet up control over the populace by a) instituting new emergency measures, curtailing public freedoms, and increasing public surveillance, or b) intensifying foreign war efforts falsely described as aimed at defeating Islamic terrorists or some other threat du jour (See France, Belgium, US, UK, etc.).
Veteran freedom fighters are fully aware that the approach and methods of the PTB are dark, devious and outside the ethical boundaries and behavioural norms of the average person. They also remind us that if we remain so afraid of those who operate in the darkness that we do nothing, we are complicit in their crimes.
2. Learn the methods and tactics of information warfare.
Modern military forces combine carefully developed strategies and deployment of state of the art weaponry. Sound strategies and effective weapons are every bit as crucial to success in the information war and battle for truth in the 21st century. If we wish to expose and counter the enemy’s tactics effectively, we must learn what they are and how to neutralize them. Here is an introduction to some of the methods and tactics employed in warfare today.
Astroturfing: manufacturing “a political movement designed to give the appearance of grass roots activism.”9
Bait and switch: gaining public support by saying you stand for positions favoured by a constituency, then doing a pivot once you have won their support or gotten into office and supporting the opposite (Some would say this is the approach that was employed by Donald Trump).
Cointelpro: COINTELPRO was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the …Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at surveying, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations.10
Note: These types of operations aren’t limited to the FBI.
Disinformation: a type of untrue communication that is purposely spread and represented as truth to elicit some response that serves the perpetrator’s purpose.11 H. Michael Sweeney’s The 25 Rules of Disinformation is a superb resource for those wanting further insights into the tactics used to stymie critics and defy logic.12
False flag: covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them.13
Note: In recent years, we have witnessed an abundance of supposed terrorist attacks in the US and abroad. Most, according to former CIA agent, Robert Steele, were false flags or situations where the perpetrators were encouraged and enabled by the CIA. Dr. Richard Dolan offers an excellent introduction to false flags and the players that have made them a specialty.14
Operation Gladio: could also be put in the general category of false flag operations. It is described as: “… a top secret, Europe-wide more or less extra-governmental terrorist enterprise established after WW2. It was originally inspired by fear of communism, specifically of an invasion of Europe by the Red Army, and its members were trained to 'stay behind' enemy lines, where they to carry out their terrorist missions. Officially non-existent, these networks were hard for NATO/MI6/Deep state officials to control, and carried out bombings, kidnappings, and assassinations to such an extent that the network was publicly exposed in Italy in the 1980s.
Note: “It has retrospectively called Operation Gladio A after the project was adapted as "Gladio B", using radical Moslems as a substitute enemy image for communists.”15
Gas lighting: Gaslighting (someone) is a manipulative tactic that can be described in variations of three accusations or assertions: "That didn't happen," "You imagined it," and "Are you crazy?"16 Gas lighting has been a success if/when the questions his or her sanity.
Psyops (Psychological operations): are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behaviour of organizations, groups and individuals. Used in all aspects of war, it is a weapon whose effectiveness is limited only by the ingenuity of the commander using it.17
Smearing: to stain or attempt to destroy the reputation or vilify.18
Note: This can be done by planting false documents or incriminating materials in someone’s possession or on their computer.
A basic knowledge of some of the historic covert CIA programs would also be helpful. By understanding the objectives and outcomes of these programs, you will be better able to make sense of current developments that are otherwise hard to explain. Some of the more publicized are: Operation Paperclip, Operation Mockingbird, and MK Ultra.19
3. Protect and renew your mind and spirit. Build spiritual reserves.
We are under daily assault. I recall hearing an individual who worked as a counselor with sex offenders, saying something to the effect that over time, the nature of his work just sucked the life out of him. After considering the nature of our enemy, its goals and its tactics, you will have a new appreciation of the draining effect that labouring in the truth movement can have on the human spirit.
It’s no accident that people are distressed. There’s a painful irony in those public service announcements encouraging members of the public to face their mental health problems and seek treatment. It lies in the fact that much of the distress that weighs on people these days is caused by the machinations of Big Brother, the sponsor of those same ads. Just how much government-induced conflict and war, how many lies, how many intrusions and how many false flag terror attacks is the average human able to endure?
My default skeptic says that Big Pharma and its friends aren’t troubled in the least by the spectre of declining public health. Widespread addiction to painkillers and antidepressants is good for business. The important thing we need to remember in all of this is that it’s the PTB that are insane, not us.
The goal of the PTB is complete control over the minds and bodies of the citizens of the Empire. The assault on minds and bodies is intensifying and the tactics becoming more devious and intrusive. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that elements of the Deep State (think CIA) have been working on mind control methods and technologies for some time. The CIA’s Project MK Ultra was a research and development program aimed at developing chemical, biological and radiological capable of controlling human behaviour in clandestine operations.20
This week I read of two more troubling developments. I read that Facebook has been quietly working on technology to read people’s minds so they can ‘type directly from the brain.’21 And while the benefits are always framed in practical or humanitarian terms (e.g. like assisting the disabled), applications of such powerful technologies are seldom limited to that. I also read a report that “directed energy weapons” are being used to target humans and groups. These weapons are capable of directing radio waves or electromagnetic waves onto areas of a targeted individual’s brain. This can produce auditory and visual hallucinations or other artificially-induced experiences. The weapons lend themselves to mind control operations in psyops and strikes on targeted individuals, considered to be enemies of the state.22 While I can’t confirm the report, such forms of warfare aren’t beyond the imagination or the l boundaries of the PTB.
Given the nature and frequency of the assaults on our minds, bodies and spirits by the PTB, self-defense is more important that ever. Preserving your serenity is essential. This following piece of Biblical poetry, for example has taken on new meaning for me of late. The reference to the “darkest valley” seems particularly pertinent to our life in the Empire today.
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.23
There are days that I know I will be digging into dark subjects like child trafficking or Luciferian sacrificial practices. On these occasions, it’s especially important for me to start my day with prayer. When I’m in the thick of such subjects, I make a point of playing uplifting music to help keep me from slipping into despair. Prolonged exposure to the dark workings of the Illuminati can weigh heavily on the spirit and employing such countermeasures can be health sustaining. I also recommend regular breaks, deep breathing, short walks outdoors, interaction with family or friends, and a change of subject matter from time to time.
There’s also a practical reason for safeguarding and monitoring our mental and spiritual health. Yes, there are times when we need to vent and rage against the darkness. And there are times to weep. On other occasions however, a clear mind and some detachment from the emotional dimension of our struggle is required. This is when strategic thinking, analysis and planning are required.
In summary, practicing some forms of spiritual and mental self-defense is necessary given that our struggle is both spiritual and political. Countermeasures like those described, can help ward off crippling attacks and develop the endurance of the freedom fighter.
4.0 Cultivate and practice discernment – this includes developing a powerful Nonsense-BS detector.
Your first line of defence against the daily barrage of propaganda is what I call default skepticism. Nothing Big Brother says today should go unfiltered. We’ve seen the movie many times before. A political party seeking election, for example, often conjures up a convenient belief that flat or even declining economies are “turning a corner” and “renewed growth” lies just ahead. I politely refer to this as "happy talk.” It’s the sunny, sweet rhetorical marmalade would be governments liberally spread over their campaign messaging. It could also be described as “Mary Poppins” economics, because a lot of sugar is often needed to get taxpayers to swallow the harsher economic medicine that may follow.
The politician who sets the benchmark for honesty and transparency is the legendary Dane, King Canute.24 As a version of the story goes, Canute was determined to shed the illusions his subjects had about his ability as King to alter reality. He demonstrated his limitations to his subjects by having his throne placed at the ocean’s edge and commanded the incoming tide to stop. It didn’t, thus demonstrating his point that secular power was nothing compared to the supreme power of God. I wonder where all the King Canutes have gone?
It’s also important to develop discernment regarding Big Brother’s “coded” speech, or what George Orwell called Newspeak. Today’s politicians have a fondness for playing identity politics. It expresses itself in language that smugly embeds “dog whistles” to special interest groups, les chou chou du jour. The politically unaware often miss the rhetorical winks and nods directed at favoured constituencies be it feminists, transgender lobbyists or particular ethnic or religious groups. It seems to be an integral technique in the modern political handbook. Governments manage the masses by playing off aggrieved minorities, protected by a shield of political correctness, against the majority. It's a variant of the old "divide and conquer" strategy.
A feature of this school of politics employs militarized speech or “word bombs” to suppress criticism or debate. Such terms typically have a stigmatizing “ist” or ‘phobia” suffix attached to them and are designed to silence critics. Failing that, these rhetorical hand grenades can unleash an on-line lynch mob upon the bewildered target who dared to offer honest criticism or an alternative view point.
“Islamophobia,” is a current example of one such control word. Its nebulous nature means it can be readily used to conflate honest critique and discussion regarding Islam with socially abhorrent “isms.” Andrew Cummins describes, “Islamophobia as, “a term created by fascists, and used by cowards to control morons.” Salman Rushdie described the term as: …an addition to the vocabulary of Humpty Dumpty Newspeak. It took the language of analysis, reason and dispute, and stood it on its head.”
Activist, writer and politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali exposes the faulty logic underlying adoption of such terms:
“It’s nonsense to claim that a person hates or is prejudiced toward a set of ideas. This is a category mistake since, by definition, we do not owe competing ‘ideas’ any sense of fair play or equity. By logical necessity we are forced to choose one over the other, and this is as true of our metaphysical beliefs as it is of our political, social, or economic beliefs.”25
The Canadian federal government resolution passed in parliament in 2017 and condemning Islamophobia is a clear example of such word warfare. How’s this for an exquisite irony? A government that has supported the US- NATO led regime change wars that brought death and destruction to millions of Muslims in the Middle East passes a resolution presumably designed to protect Muslims? Your Nonsense-BS detector should vibrate rigorously every time you hear this free speech suppressing term or the political rationale for it.
Sometimes your default skepticism will pick up on a telltale silence. What isn’t being said can speak volumes. One of the more glaring examples of late is the loud silence concerning the war crimes Saudi Arabia’s is committing in its US-supported bombings of Yemen.26 When was the last time you heard a Western politician issue an unequivocal condemnation of this outrage? If the Empire’s conscience is capable of moral outrage, it appears it has been trumped by the prospect of more arms sales to the Saudis. Or is it the promise of continued support for the petro dollar?
Jon Stewart performed a useful public service in his reading of the news on Comedy Central’s Daily Show for many years.27 The show's cauldron boiled the day’s lies, inconsistencies and ironies to the surface and served it up as satire. Freedom fighters are well advised to develop a similar satirical bent. It will enable them convert low-grade propaganda into higher value entertainment. Besides, humour and laughter are essential to good mental health.
5. Develp your political literacy and political savvy.
Freedom fighters need to achieve a degree of political literacy. It’s not sufficient to know the traditional categories like Republication, Democrat, Libertarian, Conservative, NDP and Liberal. Such political labels can also be misleading. Americans should know by now that voting Democrat or Republican hasn’t made much difference for the last 16 or so years. Both parties have guaranteed America a bottom line of more war, more debt and widening economic disparity across society. Author and political analyst, Kevin Barrett has identified what may be the most powerful political amalgam shaping Washington and thus Western policies in this era, describing it as “Neocon-American- Zionist-Imperialist or NAZI”.28
Similarly, Canadian voters would be justified in asking how the foreign policy of Justin Trudeau differs from that of Stephen Harper. Puppet MPs in both of their parties dutifully recite lines like, “Assad must go,” and short hand smears, like “the butcher, Assad,” for example. And there’s few signs that Trudeau is any less deferential than Harper to the Israel lobby. And, both conveniently brand Putin’s embrace of Crimea as “Russian aggression”, despite the fact that the West first set the conflict in motion by orchestrating a false flag regime change in Kiev.29
Totalitarianism is the fashion du jour and intolerance is the new tolerance. Those wishing to understand the suppression of free speech on campuses will find some explanation in the confluence of third wave feminism, cultural Marxism and the social justice movement.30 Only recently have a few universities recognized the dangers inherent in betraying their central purpose and recommitted to defence of free speech.31
Before the tyranny of political correctness reached its fanatical fever pitch, comedian, George Carlin flagged it for what it is: “Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance and it’s especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance.” Consistent with Carlin’s critique, another astute observer commented that some of the most racist people he knew were self-described anti-racists. The shackles of human enslavement come in many forms, political correctness being one of the more insidious.
In this chapter, I have outlined my first five disciplines for the development of freedom fighters. They are in brief:
Mastery of warcraft isn't achieved over night. It comes with training, learning from the masters, and from personal experiences -- sometimes painful ones at that. Some understanding of this material however, can help reduce the slope of the learning curve. In Part B, I prescribe an additional five disciplines with more of an action orientation. Again, as with all the disciplines, the real learning comes in their application.
1 Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perception_management
2 Goodreads. Edward L. Bernay, Quotes,
3 Goodreads, Bruce Lee Quotes, http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/910217-absorb-what-is-useful-discard-what-is-useless-and-add
4 Pedophile terrorism is running rampant in America, Veterans Today, September 29, 2016, http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/09/29/pedophile-terrorism-is-running-rampant-in-america/
5 Former intelligence officer Robert Steele: Most terrorist incidents in the US are false flags, Fellowship of the minds, May 23, 2015, https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/05/23/former-intelligence-officer-robert-steele-every-single-terrorist-incident-in-u-s-was-a-false-flag/
6 The Satanic elite: American mind control and world government, newswithviews, Paul McGuire, Dec 10, 2012, http://www.newswithviews.com/McGuire/paul151.htm
7 The Hegelian dialectic formula, Truthtalknews, September 10, 2014, http://www.howardnema.com/2014/09/10/understanding-the-hegelian-dialectic-principle/
8 The Hegelian dialect – Problem, reaction, solution, Youtube, July 11, 2013,
9 Political dictionary.com, http://politicaldictionary.com/words/astroturf/
10 Definitions.net, http://www.definitions.net/definition/COINTELPRO
11 Whatistechtarget.com, http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/disinformation
12 The 25 rules of disinformation, Geoengineering Watch, June 14, 2013, http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/the-25-rules-of-disinformation/
13 Dictionary.babylon, http://dictionary.babylon-software.com/false%20flag/
14 False flags: a history of deception, YouTube, August 18, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4Gy-Dr50j4
15 Operation Gladio, Wikipedia, https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Operation_Gladio
16 The numerous tactics that narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths use to manipulate and silence you, SOTT, June 30, 2016, https://www.sott.net/article/348999-The-numerous-tactics-that-narcissists-sociopaths-and-psychopaths-use-to-manipulate-and-silence-you
17 Understanding false flags, PSYOPS, and media fakery, The Event Chronicle, May 8, 2015, http://www.theeventchronicle.com/study/understanding-false-flags-psyops-media-fakery/
18 Thefreedictionary, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/smearing
19 Conspiracy: Top five covert operations you should know about, HeavyNews, June 3, 2013, http://heavy.com/news/2013/06/conspiracy-covert-operations-video-cia/
20 Project MK Ultra, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKUltra
21 Facebook out to read minds, Technology.Inquirer.net, April 20, 2017, http://technology.inquirer.net/61524/facebook-read-minds
22 Gang stalking: Directed energy weapon mind control technology, The Event Chronicle, April 23, 2017, http://www.theeventchronicle.com/study/gang-stalking-directed-energy-weapon-mind-control-technology/#
23 Psalm 23, New International Version, Bible study tools, http://www.biblestudytools.com/psalms/23.html
24 King Canute and the waves, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Canute_and_the_waves
25 Islamophobia – nonsense term and political hand grenade, Atheist Republic, June 8, 2015, http://www.atheistrepublic.com/blog/hugh-harris/islamophobia-nonsense-term-political-hand-grenade
26 US abets Saudi war crimes in Yemen, Consortiumnews, January 25, 2016, https://consortiumnews.com/2016/01/25/us-abets-saudi-war-crimes-in-yemen/
27 Jon Stewart, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Stewart
28 On-going and accelerating Neocon-American-Zionist-Imperialist (NAZI) destruction of USA and the world, Veterans Today, April 30, 2017, http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/04/30/ongoing/
29 Ukraine: This isn’t a revolution – it’s regime change, Spiked, February 25, 2014, http://www.spiked-online.com/spikedplus/article/ukraine-this-isnt-a-revolution-its-regime-change#.WQdTL4nyulM
30 The totalitarian doctrine of ‘Social Justice Warriors," the Observer, February 2, 2016, http://observer.com/2016/02/the-totalitarian-doctrine-of-social-justice-warriors/
31 University of Chicago strikes back against campus political correctness, New York Times, August 26, 2016
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Confronting Godzilla (Corporatocracy) – Part B
Written October 2, 2017 rev, Oct 3-17
Posted February 5, 2018.
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“Governments come and go, candidates come and go, and political movements come and go, but the Corporatocracy remains in charge.” – Charles Smith1
In Part A, we examined the birth and growth of the corporatocracy and the means of its conquest of government. It also revealed the enabling role that governments themselves play in the invasion of corporatocracy and the latter's darker tendencies. But we have yet to consider the depths of the corporatocracy’s lust for power and destructive capabilities. One needs a greater understanding of how the criminality of corporatocracies endangers citizens, customers, employees, organizations and the world before taking them on. And only when that understanding in turn generates sufficient outrage to mobilize an informed resistance, is there any chance of countering the creature I’ve dubbed “Godzilla.”
The implications of the corporate coup described earlier have been enormous. Author, Marianne Williamson contends that the result of corporate totalitarianism is “total control by corporate interests.” And she explains what the alarming consequences of “total control” are.
If they want a war, they get a war. If they want GMOs, they get GMOs. If they want fracking, they get fracking. If they want big banks to control our monetary policy, big banks control our monetary policy. If they want a tax break, they get a tax break. If they want the TPP, they get the TPP. If they want to deregulate to the point of complete irresponsibility to our children and to the earth, they deregulate as much as they care to. And if they see a way to profit from the vulnerability of the old, the disadvantaged, the poor, the young, or the sick, then they are given the right to do so. 2
If Williamson has it right, total control predictably degrades into something else. As the maxim goes, Absolute power corrupts absolutely.3 And there’s certainly no shortage of evidence that many of the best known of the transnational corporations (TNCs), the real super powers of the 21st century, are chronically corrupted.
The Hall of Shame (HOS) -- Corporate corruption and criminality
Corruption and abuses of power take many forms. Author, Robert Gore charges that large corporations, with the cooperation of the government, routinely abuse the public trust and skirt the law. It’s one thing to be found guilty of one-time ethical lapses or errors in judgment. A pattern of continuing and systematic corporate deceit, bullying cheating and abuse of the public trust is a sign of something else, however. It points to a soul sickness, a corrupted culture with a criminal predisposition. So, to be clear, Gore isn’t talking about isolated instances then; he’s talking about a modus operandi, a way of doing business. He describes it this way:
In the quiet obscurity they relish, regulators and regulated get down to doing what they do best: bending the law to their joint benefit. Business, whose P&L’s can be powerfully affected by regulations, hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers in a never ending effort to tilt the playing field in their direction, and improve bottom lines, stock prices, and executive bonuses. The return on such investment is far higher than on old fashioned expenditures like research and development, plant and equipment, and job-creating expansion.4
Graham Verbergen’s criticisms of the corporatocracy are no less serious. Verbergen cites rampant banking criminality (fraud, rate rigging, insider dealing and money laundering); epic financial crimes monumental tax evasion, industrial scale ecological damage and endless illegal wars.5 In response, I propose the creation of a Hall of Shame where miscreants (of either corporate or government parentage) can be recognized for their crimes and abuses of the public interest.
Undoubtedly, I will be accused of being subjective and arbitrary, so in the case of individual organizations, I invite the reader to apply an important test of integrity. It’s simply this: Did the company act in ways consistent with its stated values and vision? Did it, in effect, walk its talk? Beautifully crafted mission and values statements can be uplifting to read and at the same time, disarming. But they are not enough. The high moral tone and stated commitments are only meaningful when borne out in corporate policies and practices day to day, in what is both seen and unseen by the public eye.
Finally, one can only view this research as exposing the surface of something much bigger and more complex. It is merely illustrative of a growing, dangerous and powerful phenomenon intent on remaking the government-corporate relationship in its own image. It's course will not be easily reversed.
I alluded earlier to Matt Taibbi’s indictment of Goldman Sachs (“the squid”) itself worthy of a Hall of Fame nomination. In 2012, he provided his assessment of the record of the Bank of America. Here Taibbi provides sufficient bases for nominating on the B of A for Hall of Shame recognition. (Rolling Stone, March 14, 2012)
In sum, Bank of America torched dozens of institutional investors with billions in worthless loans, repeatedly refused to abide by contractual obligations to buy them back, evaded hundreds of millions in local fees and taxes, pushed tens of thousands of people into foreclosure using phony documents, ignored multiple court orders to stop its illegal robo-signing, and exploited President Obama's signature mortgage-relief program. The bank fixed the bids on bonds for schools and cities and utilities all over America, and even conspired to try to game the game itself – by fixing global interest rates! 6
Consider that one of Bank of America’s values or guiding principles is: Act responsibly. This is explained as follows:
We believe that integrity and the disciplined management of risk form the foundation of our business. We are aware that our decisions and actions affect people’s lives every day. We strive for decisions that are clear, fair, and grounded in the principles of shared success, responsible citizenship, and community building.7
It sounds reassuring – disarmingly so, doesn’t it? But the question must be asked, “What does Taibbi’s indictment tells us about the banks commitment to act responsibly?
My next nominee is HSBC. A Reuters headline reads: HSBC to pay $1.9 billion U.S. fine in money laundering case. In terms of background, HSBC Holdings Plc agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion in fines to U.S. authorities for allowing itself to be used to launder a flood of drug money flowing out of Mexico and for other abuses. The US Treasury Department said that Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and Colombia's Norte del Valle cartel combined were able to launder $881 million through HSBC and a Mexican unit. Rolling Stone notes that despite the monstrous criminality involved, not one executive paid a single dollar or spent a single day in jail.8 9 It’s time for the HSBC values test.
Stated HSBC values: We believe in acting with courageous integrity (This statement is broken down into three elements: “dependable, open to different ideas and cultures, and connected to customers, communities, regulators and each other.”)10
Well’s Fargo has also earned Hall of Shame nomination honours. Rated the world’s second largest bank by market capitalization, the bank is reported to have charged 500,000 customers for auto insurance they didn’t need or ask for. Last year it admitted to creating 2.1 million unwanted customer accounts without customer consent. It seems that the actual number of fake accounts is 3.5 million. The part that frustrates affected customers is that while the bank has paid fines, no member of the executive has been held accountable. A coalition of 33 groups is demanding new Congressional hearings to hold the company accountable.11
Wells Fargo’s values statement is particularly pertinent. Would it surprise you to learn that one of Wells Fargo’s core values is: Ethics -- What’s right for customers. The statement reads, “Honesty, trust, and integrity are essential for meeting the highest standards of corporate governance.”12
As I noted earlier, this writing represents just a sampling of corporate misdeeds in selected sectors. A thorough evaluation of the entire Big Finance sector is likely to find an entrenched criminal predisposition. And its record is more than sufficient to justify an industry nomination to the Hall of Shame for Big Finance.
Big Pharma is a strong contender for Hall of Shame honours. Consider that Delaware County, the SE Pennsylvania constituting some of Philadelphia’s western suburbs filed a lawsuit on September 21, 2017 against 11 pharmaceutical companies “regarding the overwhelming opioid epidemic…” The County’s law firm filed the suite against the companies and medical doctors who advised the companies regarding misinformation provided by the drug makers to physicians and others. Delaware’s attorney says the lawsuit will show Big Pharma funded companies which created disinformation to hoodwink and convince doctors that opioids weren’t addictive. In the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem, township leaders are working on filing a “huge” civil lawsuit against four pharma companies. Nuisance, fraud, negligence and breach of contract will be some of the charges filed.13
It appears that a Hall of Shame nomination for Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, is overdue. The company was caught illegally marketing Bextra, a pain killer taken off the market in 2005 because of safety concerns. In short, promoting drugs for unapproved uses or “off-label” promotion is against the law. Internal company documents reveal that Pfizer and Pharmacia used “a multi-million dollar medical education budget to pay hundreds of doctors as speakers and consultants to tout Bextra.”14 Integrity is one of Pfizer’s core values. In Pfizer’s words, We demand of ourselves and others the highest ethical standards, and our products and processes will be of the highest quality.15
Joachim Hagopian, former clinical psychologist and mental health therapist, describes the distinction that sets Big Pharma apart from its counterparts in the constellation of super power industries in the US. The distinction is it outspends all others on lobbying to keep government (and parliaments) and its US federal regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on side. Between 1998 and 2013, it’s reported the industry poured $2.7 billion into its lobbying activity. That’s 42% more than the next biggest spender, the insurance industry.
It takes a lot of lobbying to cover over Big Pharma’s crimes and abuses of the public interest. Hagopian’s list of abuses, a lengthy one, more than qualifies its for an industry nomination.
Hagopian’s conclusion is that big pharma is a criminal racket.16
Big Ag and Food
Big Ag and Food has also produced some serious contenders for Hall of Shame recognition. Monsanto may be in a class by itself. Its notoriety is such that it has inspired an annual public March Against Monsanto 17around the world for the last five years. Its performance also inspired the establishment of an international tribunal, described as an “international society initiative” to hold the company accountable for human rights and environmental abuses. Judges heard testimonies from victims and experts and rendered a decision in the Hague on April 18, 2017. The tribunal concluded:
Monsanto’s activities have a negative impact on basic human rights. Besides, better regulations are needed to protect the victims of multinational corporations. Eventually, international law should be improved for better protection of the environment and include the crime of ecocide.18
While Monsanto supporters sneered at the exercise and its findings, accusations of corporate bad behaviour are many and frequent. Colin Todhunter alleges in Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants that the history of Monsanto and a Big Ag peer demonstrates a pattern of bribery, smear campaigns, faking data, co-opting agencies and key figures, subverting science and other abuses.19
Space limitations mean that I must restrict this look at Monsanto’s candidacy to a couple incidents. In September 2012, Food and Chemical Technology (FCT) journal published a study conducted by G. E. Seralini. It found that rats fed Monsanto’s GM corn small doses of Round-Up herbicide and corn soaked in its pesticide Round-Up developed liver and kidney toxicity and tumours. Monsanto set out behind the scenes to secure retraction of the study. In 2013, following the appointment of a former Monsanto scientist to the editorial board and following what was described as a “non-transparent review process by unknown individuals,” the journal’s editor retracted the study.
Internal Monsanto emails subsequently revealed the furtive efforts by Monsanto to have the study retracted, including leveraging an employee’s relationship with the editor of the journal. It did this while feigning complete independence from the process.20 This is the kind of behind-the-curtain manipulation that has helped Monsanto earn the on-line title of world’s most hated corporation on more than one occasion.
More recently, the agribusiness giant went to battle with the state of California. The issue is the finding by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate used in it best-selling herbicide, Round-Up, is carcinogenic. Under Proposition 65, the State of California is required to list those substances identified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Monsanto argued that adding glyphosate to the state list based on the World Health Organization’s decision was unconstitutional.21
The courts have given the public a rare glimpse of Monsanto’s behind-the-curtain machinations to discredit unfavourable analysis and criticism. Take some time to review The Monsanto Papers: MDL, Glyphosate, cancer case, documents and analysis. It is very revealing when it comes to exposing the lengths Monsanto is prepared to go to keep the cracking veneer on its image intact. The introduction to the site in itself suggests how difficult this task is. It reads in part:
More than 250 lawsuits are pending against Monsanto Co. in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, filed by people alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto covered up the risks. … Additionally, at least 1,100 plaintiffs have made similar claims against Monsanto in state courts.22
To get a better sense of how Monsanto operates, you could start with a couple interesting articles posted at the site including: Monsanto was its own ghostwriter for some safety reviews. The subtitle explains: Academic papers vindicating its Roundup herbicide were written with the help of its employees. The story, Why Forbes deleted some Kavin Senapathy articles is equally interesting. Overall, the court-driven exposure of the Monsanto Papers provides unique insights into the behind-the-curtain fakery Monsanto is famous for. Do you understand it plays the game? It’s basically about manipulating people and regulatory institutions and buying fake advocacy from so-called experts prepared to pimp their credentials on behalf of the company while feigning independence. For more on the dubious history of Monsanto, see: The complete history of the world’s most evil corporation.23
And now the Monsanto values test…
Stated Monsanto values: Integrity, respect, and transparency are core values, and acting as good corporate citizens in each country where we operate is at the foundation of our work.24
So, is what integrity, respect and transparency look like? If that’s your philosophic foundation, it is apparent that your organizations has wondered far from it.
Another ill-behaved member of the Big Ag family has also been making headlines. According to an article by D. Steve Pieczenik (MD), Mosaic Mines of Minnesota has earned a figurative nomination for its performance in the category of gross mismanagement of natural resources. Legal actions taken against the company are revealing. Mosaic Mines is required to pay a $2 billion penalty to settle a federal lawsuit in order to clean up hazardous waste in six Florida and two Louisiana sites. The EPA has accused Mosaic of “improper storage and disposal of waste from the production of phosphoric and sulfuric acids, key components of fertilizers at Mosaic facilities in Bartow, New Wales, Mulberry, Riverview, South Pierce and Green Bay in Florida and two sites in Louisiana”.
An outraged Pieczenik reports that, as a result, desperate homeowners have been forced to take action in an effort to preserve their life and health.
Central Florida homeowners have sued over TOXIC RADIATION. The Lanier Law Firm has filed a class-action Lawsuit on behalf of the homeowners of Central Florida, charging that operations of phosphate mines failed to warn them about dangerously high levels of radiation” [Dr. Terry Brant, MD,JD]. There is clear evidence from scientists, environmentalists, physicians that the poor inhabitants of various Florida counties were exposed to such toxic contaminants that they developed all types of cancers, goiters, genetic malformation and specifically increased cancers in children.
Pieczenik suggests Mosaic’s conduct meets the Patriot Act definition of a terrorist and labels the company an American Corporate Terrorist. Pieczenik’s is equally outraged by the seeming indifference of Minnesota Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar. It’s axiomatic that a corporatocracy thrives when both the citizen-government and government-corporatocracy links in the chain of accountability fail. This case is a classic illustration of the pathology of a corporatocracy.25 I’ll have more to say about the Big Ag fraternity later in this chapter.
Big Telecoms and Big Info Search
The new stars of the corporate super power universe are the big telecoms like Apple and Facebook and information search giant, Google. These companies and their peers occupy the position of corporate oligarchs in the global communications universe. So, it’s deeply troubling when Facebook or Google for example is found to be tilting the playing field or table in favour of the politics du jour, something I described in Part A of this chapter.
Tony Cartalucci outlines his concerns with state-sanctioned censorship under the guise of fighting “fake news” in an article entitled: “The West’s war on free speech”. Facebook installed its fact-checking tool before the Dutch election in March and the first round of the French presidential election in April. It also removed 30,000 accounts in France that had shared fake news. Cartalucci contends that if foreign government-linked tech companies were purging tens of thousands of accounts before elections, in Thailand or Russia for example, Western media would be shouting “censorship.”
As explained in the New York Times article, the filtering system will compare the content in question to the content of a database of “verified articles.” Carlucci sums up the problem this way. In other words, “fake news” is determined by comparing it directly to narratives presented by establishment media platforms like the New York Times, the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and others who have notorious track records of “serial deception, false reporting, and even war propagandizing.”
Nowhere does the New York Times explain how these “verified articles” have been determined to be factually accurate, and instead, it appears that all these algorithms are doing is ensuring all media falls in line with Western narratives.
If media in question coincides with Western-dominated media platforms, it is given a pass – if not, it is slated for expunging…26
Once again, Big Brother happily partners with corporate oligarchs to shape our reality as they see fit. Aren’t you relieved to know that the foxes will be guarding the chickens once again. It’s classic Orwellian 1984 redux. As to its core values, the closest Facebook’s comes to an ethical principle is implied in build social value 27 while Google’s Value No. 6 reads:
For their on-going efforts to curtail freedom of thought and expression, I am nominating Facebook and Google for joint Hall of Shame recognition.
Big Disease Management
Cronyism, rule bending and data fakery aren’t limited to private sector TNCs. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has been accorded god-like status by corporate media when it comes to matters concerning disease control. And, with such status comes big responsibility to employees and the public. It appears that CDC scientists have, in effect, nominated their employer for an HOS award. One on-line headline reads: CDC – Scientists on the inside slam agency for selling out to corporate interests.29
On August 29, 2016, a group called SPIDER, an acronym that stands for CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, submitted a letter to the office of the Director of Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta). The letter listed a litany of lapses in professional conduct within their agency including efforts to hide unfavourable data from Congress. The letter also cited the cooking of data to make results look better than they are, suppression of findings from an internal review, attempts to obstruct an inquiry and the inappropriate ties of a staff member to Coca Cola and ILSI representatives. The authors added that they are often directed to do things they know are not right.30
And now for a look at CDC’s vision: To create a workplace environment that reflects diversity, inclusion and equity and that ensures (our) employees are valued, respected and supported in their efforts to accomplish the Agency’s public health mission.31
The text speaks directly to the matter of respect for employees and support for their work. And yet, CDC’s own scientists are protesting its unethical and unprofessional conduct.
At first glance, you may have wondered if the criticisms levied by Williamson, Gore and other critics of rapacious corporations and co-opted governments were overstated. I suggest that they don't. In fact, this brief review and analysis understates the "iceberg" proportions of criminality of the corporatocracy.
So, it clearly remains the fashion of the day is to advertise your organization's committment to transparency, integrity, fair play, respect, responsible corporate citizenship, world peace and the protection of puppies (satire). What is less clear is the how the leaders and organizations cited can justify the abandonment of their stated vision and values. Is it a case of defective or damaged corporate consciences? Or is it simply an implicit "understood" feature of their corporate cultures. How else can you justify subordinating the interests of customers, citizens, suppliers, the environment, and even their employees to the interests of shareholders, friends, investors, and top management?
These are not victimless crimes. We all pay for the crimes of the corporatocracy. Consider the implied costs in the oft-cited ability of the banksters to privatize profits while socializing risks. The next time you are tempted to give credence to a beautifully-crafted statement of corporate values, remember that the distance between values stated and values lived can be immense. So, as the Brits often say in a physical context, mind the gap.
I have a finishing touch for my Hall of Shame. It is a slogan to be prominently displayed over the entrance to these hallowed halls. It is one that I’ve borrowed from the world of professional league baseball, but couldn’t be more appropriate. It reads: If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’...
Government as enabler and collaborator
One would have thought that by now, vigilante political leaders and governments would have awakened to the devastating outcomes of the corporate coup and set about reversing course. They haven’t. In fact, they remain willing collaborators and enablers. Governments themselves, in many ways, invite corporate abuses. Sometimes, it’s a matter of looking the other way or neglecting to enforce regulations. In the US political context, the government permits elected federal representatives to leverage revolving door careers.
In Washington, there is an established pattern wherein Congressional member leapfrog from government service to lucrative jobs in the global banking sector or other corporate sectors. Today’s Congressman or women with their store of insider knowledge is tomorrow’s high paid lobbyist working diligently to advance the interests of the X, Y or Z industry. Critics often cite the example of Monsanto’s chief lobbyist, Michael Taylor, who ping-ponged between Monsanto, the Food and Drug Administration where he served as Deputy Commissioner, and the USDA.32 Another example cited by critics is the career move of Monsanto’s corporate lawyer, Clarence Thomas, to the U.S. Supreme Court bench where he has presided over Monsanto cases on more than one occasion.33
Politically colonized and compromised governments in the US, UK and EU continue to surrender power to Godzilla. There's a pattern of handing the chicken house keys over to the proverbial foxes. Christine Berry, principal director of Policy and Government with the New Economics Foundation laments the UK government’s surrender to corporate control. Like Ralph Nader, she points to the corporatocracy’s inversion of accountability. Berry offers some examples illustrative of how the public interest is being subordinated to those of big business.
Corporate lobbyists and trade associations have been given public money to ‘review’ how enforcement operates in their area – including a review of livestock farm inspections led by the National Farmers’ Union, and a review of imports of fresh produce led by the Fresh Produce Consortium.
Government departments seeking to introduce new rules must have estimates of the cost to business ‘validated’ by the Regulatory Policy Committee – an unelected body dominated by business interests whose members include an Alderman of the City of London Corporation and a chairman with extensive paid interests in the energy industry.
Whole areas of regulation have been taken out of the hands of independent watchdogs and replaced with ineffective voluntary schemes overseen by industry-dominated bodies – such as the ‘public health responsibility deal’, which has handed efforts to reduce salt and sugar in food to a group including Tesco, Mars and the Advertising Association.
Berry concludes: “This is the ultimate privatisation – that of policymaking itself. Just as with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), democracy is being made accountable to corporations, rather than the other way around.” 34
American citizens have expressed growing concern regarding the excessive power and influence wielded by elites and large corporations. A January 2013 issue of HuffPost reported a Pew Research Center finding that 77 percent of Americans agreed that too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few rich people and large corporations. The same article reported the results of a poll by Time Magazine, indicating that 86 percent of Americans said Wall Street and its lobbyists have too much influence in Washington. It added that 80 percent of Americans spread across the political spectrum opposed Citizens United, the pro-corporate Supreme Court ruling.35
And yet, despite public concerns, John Light of Moyers and Company reports on the quiet efforts to further weaken campaign financing rules in the August 3/17 issue of Truthout.
And so it is with the House's appropriations bill, which includes riders that would further pare back campaign finance rules that have already been decimated over the last decade, in large part through Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United and McCutcheon v. FEC.…
The riders attached to the appropriations bill take aim at how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) enforce campaign finance law. 36
It should be clear by now that the towering TNCs and their friends in government can’t hear the voices of the Plebs. And if they can, they aren’t concerned about the reservations of citizens, British or American, regarding their growing influence over electoral politics or regulatory systems. The Godzillian Corporatocracy has even bigger things on its mind. World conquest isn’t beyond its imagination.
In pursuit of global dominance
The corporatocracy’s fusion of geopolitics and geo-economics is what makes it the most devastating force threatening the world. In 1935, Major General Smedley Butler warned in his book by the same name, that war is a racket. In his post-military life, his public reflections made it very clear that it was the corporatocracy that he had been serving.
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.37
The old axiom about the cost of failing to learn from history is borne out once again in our generation. It is as if, the world has never grasped the painful truth of Butler’s confession. The corporatocracy wage wars through a variety of means of course – some subtle and some not so subtle. John Perkins, a self-described former Economic Hit Man (EHM) offers a personal perspective on how the Corporatocracy wages economic wars in the international arena.
Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.
Perkins, believes that the corporatocracy’s grip on the world today is even tighter today than it was during his days in its service in the 80’s. Look beneath the veneer of corporate responsibility and you’ll find a variety of covert schemes that characterize the “real globalization.”
“…subterfuges range from money laundering and tax evasion in luxurious office suites to activities that amount to economic war crimes. Real globalization is based on a system of deception, extortion, and rampant violence—from IMF officers slashing education and health care programs to mercenaries defending European oil interests in Nigeria to executives financing warlords in Congo to secure supplies of coltan ore.38
My parents used to say, Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. The finger of shame now clearly points at America's gullible citizenry. How many times has it bought into the lies justifying America’s foreign aggressions? No, these wars were never primarily about exporting democracy or providing humanitarian protection nor, in the vast majority of cases, even acts of self-defense. Godzilla had bigger things in mind. The US-backed Ukraine coup was a planned undertaking to fulfill the political and economic interests of the American Empire.39 40 41
Freelance writer, Madonna Gauding described the dual motivations behind the Ukraine coup.
For some time, the U.S. has had Ukraine in its crosshairs with the intention of installing a corporate friendly government that would boost bottom lines, while serving to further isolate and weaken Russia. Toward that end, the Obama administration has spent $5 billion of your taxpayer money to fund a Ukrainian, anti-Russian opposition…
What is happening in Ukraine is not about supporting “freedom,” “independence,” or democracy.” It’s not about making the lives of the people in Ukraine better. It’s not about furthering world peace. It’s about making Ukraine another profit center for Wall Street.” 42
Freelance journalist, JP Sottile, states that the economic interests of giant corporations from Cargill to Chevron were behind the US-backed coup. According to Sottile, they viewed the country as a potential gold mine of profits from agricultural and energy exploitation.” He concludes:
In the end, the U.S. meddling in the affairs of Ukraine, its financing of a coup to overthrow a legitimately elected government, and its support of a neo-nazi regime in order to serve the interests of Cargill, Monsanto and Chevron, is yet another sordid, and dangerous, chapter in U.S. foreign policy. 43
Some observers see an ag tech element in Monsanto’s investment in the Ukraine s pointing to the fact that while the law of Ukraine forbade GMO production. Canadian freelance researcher/writer, Joyce Nelson quotes the president of the Ukrainian Grain Association Volodymyr Klymenko. In a Nov. 5 (2014) press conference in Kiev, Klymenko states that, “We could mull over this issue for a long time, but we, jointly with the [agricultural] associations, have signed two letters to change the law on biosecurity, in which we proposed the legalization of the use of GM seeds…”.44
Yes, the TNCs like Cargill, Dupont, Monsanto, John Deere and Chevron have all staked out their claims in the Ukraine, but the matter of how much of the wealth they generate will benefit average citizens of the Ukrainian or the country as a whole is an open question. Paul Craig Roberts, the former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury believes that it’s a case of “Greece all over again.” In a March 2014 article entitled, The looting of the Ukraine has begun, Roberts points out that the 11 billion euros the Western media calls “aid” from the EU is really a loan. And one of the strings attached is an IMF austerity plan bringing cuts to services, education, layoffs and devaluation of the currency, thus raising the price of imports. Ukraine’s agricultural lands, he adds, will pass into the hands of American agribusiness.45
Jim Dean, managing editor of Veteran’s Today struck a similar tone in an August 3, 2016 article in the New Eastern Outlook.
Ukraine has joined the growing list of Western rape and pillage victims, intended victims or collateral damage ones under the guise of spreading freedom and democracy…like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen. The recent NATO meeting in Warsaw saw the lipstick being handed out as party favors in the continuing attempt to paint Ukraine’s problems on “Russian aggression”.46
If the critics have it right, the outlook for the Ukraine and its people is grim indeed. Candidly, it is now caught between the political rock and a hard place of competing global powers. It appears the country is likely to remain a sickly ward of the American Empire in a perpetual state of economic and political dependency. And its citizens are likely to suffer the interminable fate of the Greeks, living in the despair of poverty and perpetual government austerity.
Godzilla’s appetite is insatiable, and the Ukraine will not suffice. There must be new conquests. It looks like Venezuela is next, and the charge is being led by Exon-Mobil. (a global leader in the production and export of natural gas.)
The goal has both geopolitical and geo-economic dimensions aimed at forging a fundamental pillar of a new political, economic and financial configuration of the continent.
… the U.S. oil company aims to make the Caribbean dependent on the United Sates both politically and in terms of energy by using its natural gas surplus while at the same time lining up its batteries against Petrocaribe to regain geopolitical control of its key maritime and commercial position, placing a barrier to stop Chinese and Russian capital from investing in areas not only in the energy sector but also infrastructure and transport. 47
Let's not forget Afghanistan. Some observers may wonder why, after sixteen years, the US and its NATO partner aren’t yet ready to withdraw their troops. It’s because the corportocracy isn’t yet finished feeding on that country. Michael Chossudovsky at Global Research suggests the real reasons can be found in the Corporatocracy’s overlaid geopolitical and economic objectives. Chossudovsky describes the Empire’s geopolitical posturing and real motives. The publicly stated mandate of course is counter terrorism -- pursuing the terrorists du jour -- Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS. At the same time, one needs to keep in mind that the US covertly supports these groups.
Under the Afghan-US security pact, established under Obama’s Asian pivot, Washington and its NATO partners have established a permanent military presence in Afghanistan, with military facilities located within proximity of China’s Western frontier. The pact was intended to allow the US to maintain their nine permanent military bases, strategically located on the borders of China, Pakistan and Iran as well as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
This analysis lends some clarity to the geopolitical motivation behind bolstering the US presence is Afghanistan. The US has its sights firmly fixed on China and Iran in particular. Chossudovsky turns to the US’ multiple economic motives for negotiating a permanent presence in Afghanistan.
In addition to its vast mineral and gas reserves, Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the World’s supply of opium which is used to produce grade 4 heroin.
US military bases in Afghanistan are also intent upon protecting the multibillion narcotics trade. Narcotics, at present constitutes the centerpiece of Afghanistan’s export economy.
The heroin trade, instated at the outset of the Soviet-Afghan war in 1979 and protected by the CIA, generates cash earnings in Western markets in excess of $200 billion dollars a year.48
So, peel back the layers of PR-coated propaganda regarding its noble commitments to delivering democracy to the world and fighting terrorism and what do you have? It’s the naked self-interest of the American Empire. Fighting terrorism is a convenient pretext for invading and setting up camp in any region of the world, it should be clear why terrorism will never be defeated. For the Empire at least, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. General Smedley Butler must be tossing in his grave.
Our look into the dark nature and ambitions of corporatocracy reveals a deep-seated pathology. It’s one rooted in ruthless ambition, narcissism, greed and an insatiable desire for global control. As the saying goes however, power doesn’t cede power willingly. So we’re left with the question of how to re-capture Godzilla before it brings about complete planetary destruction. It’s time to face the monster.
Speaking out against a monster of his day, slavery, Frederick Douglass stated: “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”49 The central question of our time then is, how much are we prepared to endure? Some resistors focus attention on the failures in accountability inherent in Corporatocracy. Carolanne Wright, for example suggests that when it comes to sustainable development, two vital links, corporate accountability to the government and government accountability to the public, are broken. She suggests that until we have accountable governments, unrestrained corporations will on the environmental front, “pillage local economies and ecosystems”, stripping resources and selling them to the highest bidder. For Wright, Trump’s decision regarding Standing Rock confirms that the will of the people is meaningless.50
David Korten also focuses attention on the matter of the people-government-corporation chain of accountability. Korten argues that any entity created by government should properly be considered a public entity accountable for serving a public purpose and obeying the law while staying out of electoral politics. In fact, Korten declares that the “purely private purpose corporation is an “illegitimate entity”.
… it is the sovereign right — and obligation — of we the People to demand that stateless corporations be broken up and the pieces restructured as national public-purpose legal entities prohibited from engaging in electoral politics and each owned by and accountable to living people who are citizens of the country in which it is chartered to do business.51
The ETC Group, in a paper entitled “Who Owns Nature” (November 2008) reveals that in developing world settings, peasant farmers are leading the resistance to corporate hegemony and developing strategies for social control of technology.
At the same time, there is vast and growing resistance to the dislocation and devastation caused by the agro-industrial food system. Millions of people are struggling for locally controlled and socially just food systems (“Food Sovereignty,” as defined by Via Campesina, is what others have called a global repeasantization movement). Peasant farmers, civil society and social movements are actively creating alternative food and health systems built on resilience, sustainability and sovereignty.
The article outlines some important truths that often elude my former colleagues serving the industrial agriculture industry. They are:
The paper also calls attention to the stifling invasiveness of technological imperialism, something with practical implications for both of the above.
And, as it was with biotechnology, the new technologies don’t need to be socially useful or technically superior (i.e., they don’t have to work) in order to be profitable. All they have to do is chase away the competition and coerce governments into surrendering control. Once the market is monopolized, how the technology performs is irrelevant.52
This could certainly be said of Monsanto’s GMO-glyphosate system of crop production. Monsanto continues to pursue what appears to be an objective of global domination even as the negative environmental and human consequences of widespread adoption become clearer and public resistance grows. In the larger scheme of things, TNCs appear intent on securing monopoly control of nature itself or what the paper terms “the commoditization of life.”51 In light of this, the goal of the Resisters, acquiring social control of major technologies for the well being of the planet, becomes all the more important. In the inverted world of corporatocracy, however, government becomes the servant of corporations, not the people. And even questioning the value of dominant technologies, as I have pointed out, can be career limiting for government employees. Such is the nature of technological imperialism.
Bruce E. Levine, writing in AlterNet, offers his 10 steps to defeat the corporatocracy. Levine begins by saying that simply knowing we are ruled by a corporatocracy isn’t enough to free us from its grip. Too many of us, he argues, “have become pacified by corporatocracy-created institutions and culture.” Interestingly, his first proposal is: Heal from corporate abuse and battered people’s syndrome to gain strength. Moving beyond denial and admitting we are subjugated people is one aspect of this. My sense is that while for many it is unconscious, increasing numbers of citizens of the Empire are awakening to this tyranny.
Among his other proposals, Levine suggests that populists unite in rejecting corporate media’s political divisions. He concludes with the observation that every truly transformative revolution demands “guts” and “solidarity.”53
Ralph Nader’s book sees hope in elevating political consciousness and action:
…it takes one percent or less of the people to be politically conscious and engaged to change conditions or policies, so long as they represent a majority opinion.
He also sees the possibility of a left-right alliance on several fronts.
Citizens need to expand and refine what they want from Congress, keep the focus very personally on each Senator or Representative, and strive to build a left/right alliance on as many contemporary redirections as possible.
Nader lists 24 area of convergence in his book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left/Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.54
Sarah van Gelder proposes a variety of means whereby American citizens could hold the Corporatocracy accountable. Her list of measures includes:
Gelder strikes an optimistic note with her assertion that the Corporatocracy is losing its legitimacy.55 While I hope it’s true, it can be difficult at times to maintain a positive outlook given the immensity of the forces arrayed against the public and the Resistance.
David Korten’s assessment rings true. The fusion of the interests of mega corporations and government has produced a dangerous and destructive monstrosity. And it has impaired every aspect of the healthy functioning of our society. We have, in my view, reached something of a pivotal “Martin Luther” moment in history. The crimes and abuses of a tyrannical corporatocracy stink to high heaven. Resisters may find some encouragement in Gelder’s reminder that the monstrosities of South Africa’s apartheid and the Soviet Union, memories today, once appeared unbeatable. They may also take some encouragement from the fact that that bloated tyrannies often die of their excesses, and this one is clearly characterized by excess. But we can’t count on it.
The critics of a dangerous and destructive Godzilla-like Corporatocracy have ignited the sparks of revolt. But they have not yet been fanned into flames capable of a revolution. The heat of growing public outrage is required to ignite a sustainable revolution. Are you at least mildly outraged by the betrayal of the public interest by your leaders and successive governments? Are you angered by the criminality of your subjugation to Godzilla? If not, I must ask the pivotal question: how much are you prepared to endure?
1 Charles Smith, Of Two Minds, Governments change, the Corporatocracy endures, July 5, 2016, http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjuly16/corporatocracy7-16.html
2 Corporate totalitarianism, or not, HuffPost, Marianne Williamson, March 2, 2017, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marianne-williamson/corporate-totalitarianism_b_9361826.html
3 Brainy Quote, Lord Action, https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/power_corrupts.html
4 The Corporatocracy, Robert Gore, The Daily Coin, April 29, 2017, https://thedailycoin.org/2017/04/29/the-corporatocracy/
5 The rise of the corporatocracy, Graham Vanbergen, Information Clearing House, June 21, 2016, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44929.htm
6 How Occupy Wall Street plans to take down Bank of America, and how you can help, Truthout, April 9, 2012, http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/8418-how-occupy-wall-street-plans-to-take-down-bank-of-america-and-how-you-can-help
7 Bank of America website, Our company, our values, https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/who-we-are/values-and-principles.html - fbid=IgvrqjFHGxY
8 HSBC to pay $1.9 billion U.S. fine in money laundering case, Reuters, December 11, 2012, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hsbc-probe/hsbc-to-pay-1-9-billion-u-s-fine-in-money-laundering-case-idUSBRE8BA05M20121211
9 Gangster Bankers: Too big to jail, Rolling Stone, February 14, 2013, http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/gangster-bankers-too-big-to-jail-20130214
10 HSBC, Our Values, HSBC website, http://www.hsbc.com/our-approach/our-values
11 Wells Fargo caught with another 1.4 million fake accounts, will anyone ever get jailed, Blacklisted News, September 6, 2017, http://www.blacklistednews.com/Wells_Fargo_caught_with_another_1.4_million_fake_accounts,_will_anyone_ever_get_jailed%3F/60717/0/38/38/Y/M.html
12 The vision and values of Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo, https://www08.wellsfargomedia.com/assets/pdf/about/corporate/vision-and-values.pdf
13 Will opioid lawsuits by county officials against Big Pharma set legal precedent to sue vaccine makers?, Activist Post, September 22, 2017, https://www.activistpost.com/2017/09/will-opioid-lawsuits-county-officials-big-pharma-set-legal-precedent-sue-vaccine-makers.html
14 Feds found Pfizer too big to nail, CNN, April 2, 2010, http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/02/pfizer.bextra/
15 Pfizer’s core values, Pfizer, https://www.pfizer.com.cn/(S(i2hqxz45buqpynva52xhe355))/about/pfizer_s_core_values_en.aspx
16 The Evils of Big Pharma exposed, Joachim, Hagopian, Global Research, April 20, 2017, https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-evils-of-big-pharma-exposed/5425382
17 March against Monsanto, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_Against_Monsanto
18 International Monsanto Tribunal, http://www.monsanto-tribunal.org/
19 Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness giants: Conning the world with snake oil and doughnuts, Colin Todhunter, Global Research, August 24, 2017, https://www.globalresearch.ca/soil-monsanto-and-the-agribusiness-giants-conning-the-world-with-snake-oil-and-doughnuts/5605487
20 Monsanto secret documents show massive attack on Seralini study, Sustainable Pulse, August 1, 2017, http://sustainablepulse.com/2017/08/01/monsanto-secret-documents-show-massive-attack-on-seralini-study/ - .WbaoHdOGOlM
21 Monsanto attempt to block glyphosate from California cancer list tossed by judge, Blacklisted News, March 13, 2017, http://www.blacklistednews.com/Monsanto_attempt_to_block_glyphosate_from_California_cancer_list_tossed_by_judge/57319/0/38/38/Y/M.html
22 The Monsanto Papers: MDL Glyphosate cancer case key documents and analysis, US Right to Know, https://usrtk.org/pesticides/mdl-monsanto-glyphosate-cancer-case-key-documents-analysis/
23 The complete history of Monsanto, the world’s most evil corporation, E. Hanzai, Waking Times, June 22, 2014, Global Research, September 15, 2016, https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-complete-history-of-monsanto-the-worlds-most-evil-corporation/5387964
24 Our pledge, Monsanto, https://www.monsanto.ca/whoweare/Pages/monsanto-pledge.aspx
25 Mosaic Mine is a big loser and a predator in Florida!, Dr. Steve Pieczenik, Pieczenik Talks, August 26, 2017, http://stevepieczenik.com/mosaic-mine-is-a-big-loser-and-a-predator-in-florida/
26 The West’s war on free speech, Tony Cartalucci, Global Research, June 6, 2017, https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-wests-war-on-free-speech/5593606
27 Facebook’s five core values, http://blog.deliveringhappiness.com/blog/facebooks-5-core-values-for-success-at-work
28 Google Core Values, SCRIBD, https://www.scribd.com/doc/44700112/Google-Core-Values
29 CDC corruption: Scientists on the inside slam the agency, ANH USA, October 25, 2016, http://www.anh-usa.org/cdc-corruption-scientists-on-the-inside-slam-the-agency/
30 August 29, 2016 letter to Ms. Carmen S. Villar, Chief of Staff, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, https://usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CDC_SPIDER_Letter-1.pdf
31 Mission, Vision and Goals, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/eeo/aboutus/mission.htm
32 Michael R. Taylor, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_R._Taylor
33 Monsanto, big guy on the block when it comes to friends in Washington, OpenSecrets.org, February 19, 2013, https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/monsanto/
34 Revealed: How corporations captured our democracy, Christine Berry, Sodium Haze, October 12, 2015, http://www.sodiumhaze.org/2015/10/12/revealed-how-corporations-captured-our-democracy-christine-berry/
35 Corporate rule is not inevitable, HuffPost, March 24, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-van-gelder/post_2881_b_1220463.html
36 House spending bill would decimate campaign finance rules, John Light, Truthout, August 3, 2017, http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41491-the-latest-sneaky-attempt-to-increase-corporate-political-power
37 War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler, ratical.org, https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html
38 Rise of global corporatocracy: An interview with John Perkins, Monthly Review, Vol 64, Issue 10, March 2013, https://monthlyreview.org/2013/03/01/rise-of-the-global-corporatocracy-an-interview-with-john-perkins/
39 New video evidence of America’s Coup in the Ukraine -- -and what it means, Washington Blog, February 8, 2015, http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/new-video-evidence-americas-coup-ukraine-means.html
40 “The Snipers’ Massacre” on the Maidan in Ukraine, Ivan Katchanovski Ph.D., School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Presented at the Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association, San Francisco, September 3-6, 2015, https://www.academia.edu/8776021/The_Snipers_Massacre_on_the_Maidan_in_Ukraine
41 Ukraine’s president Poroshenko admits overthrow of Yanukovych was a coup, Zero Hedge, June 22, 2015, http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-22/ukraine’s-president-poroshenko-admits-overthrow-yanukovych-was-coup
42 Corporate interests behind US backed coup in Ukraine, Madonna Gauding, Occasional Planet, March 24, 2014, http://occasionalplanet.org/2014/03/24/corporate-interests-behind-u-s-backed-coup-in-ukraine/
43 Exposing the corporate interests behind the Ukraine coup, JP Sottile, Alternet, March 19, 2014, http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/exposing-us-corporate-interests-behind-ukraine-putsch
44 Monsanto and Ukraine, Joyce Nelson, Blacklisted News, August 27, 2014, http://www.blacklistednews.com/Monsanto_and_Ukraine/37544/0/38/38/Y/M.html
45 The looting of Ukraine has begun, Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for political economy, March 6, 2014, http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/06/looting-ukraine-begun/
46 Western Coup in Ukraine an on-going disaster, Jim Dean August 3, 2016, https://journal-neo.org/2016/08/03/western-coup-in-ukraine-an-ongoing-disaster/
47 US occupation has already begun and is being conducted by ExonMobil, Mission Verdad, June 27, 2017, http://misionverdad.com/mv-in-english/us-occupation-has-already-begun-and-is-being-conducted-by-exxonmobil
48 “The war is worth waging”: Afghanistan’s vast reserves of minerals and natural gas, Michael Chossudovsky, June 16, 2010, https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-is-worth-waging-afghanistan-s-vast-reserves-of-minerals-and-natural-gas/19769
49 Frederick Douglass, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” BlackPast, http://www.blackpast.org/1857-frederick-douglass-if-there-no-struggle-there-no-progress
50 How the power imbalance between corporations, governments and people prevents sustainable solutions, Carolanne Wright, The Event Chronicle, March 27, 2017, http://www.theeventchronicle.com/news/north-america/power-imbalance-corporations-governments-people-prevents-sustainable-solutions/
51 Forget more regulation: Make corporations serve the public interest, David Korten, Yes Magazine, November 2, 2016, http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/forget-more-regulation-make-corporations-serve-the-public-interest-20161102
52 Who owns nature? Corporate power and the final frontier in the commodification of life, ETC Group, November 2008, http://www.etcgroup.org/sites/www.etcgroup.org/files/publication/707/01/etc_won_report_final_color.pdf
53 10 Steps to defeat the corporatocracy, Bruce E. Levine, Alternet, May 20, 2011, https://www.alternet.org/story/151018/10_steps_to_defeat_the_corporatocracy
54 Breaking through power: It’s easier than we think, Ralph Nader, The Nader Page, March 1, 2017, https://blog.nader.org/2017/03/01/breaking-through-power-its-easier-than-we-think-2/
55 7 signs the corporatocracy is losing it’s legitimacy and 7 tools to help shut in down, Sarah van Gelder, Alternet, January 29, 2012, https://www.alternet.org/story/153933/7_signs_the_corporatocracy_is_losing_its_legitimacy--and_7_tools_to_help_shut_it_down
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