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Pilger writes: "How many people are aware that a world war has begun? At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile."

US jet takes off from aircraft carrier. (photo: YouTube)
US jet takes off from aircraft carrier. (photo: YouTube)


A World War Has Begun: Break the Silence

By John Pilger, teleSUR

25 March 16

 

Donald Trump is a maverick, unlike Hillary Clinton, argues John Pilger.

have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask,"Where is that?" If I offer a clue by referring to "Bikini," they say, "You mean the swimsuit. Few seem aware that the bikini swimsuit was named to celebrate the nuclear explosions that destroyed Bikini Island. Sixty-six nuclear devices were exploded by the United States in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958 – the equivalent of 1.6 Hiroshima bombs every day for 12 years.

Bikini is silent today, mutated and contaminated. Palm trees grow in a strange grid formation. Nothing moves. There are no birds. The headstones in the old cemetery are alive with radiation. My shoes registered "unsafe" on a Geiger counter.

Standing on the beach, I watched the emerald green of the Pacific fall away into a vast black hole. This was the crater left by the hydrogen bomb they called "Bravo." The explosion poisoned people and their environment for hundreds of miles, perhaps forever.

On my return journey, I stopped at Honolulu airport and noticed an American magazine called Women's Health. On the cover was a smiling woman in a bikini swimsuit, and the headline: "You, too, can have a bikini body." A few days earlier, in the Marshall Islands, I had interviewed women who had very different "bikini bodies" – each had suffered thyroid cancer and other life-threatening cancers.

Unlike the smiling woman in the magazine, all of them were impoverished: the victims and guinea pigs of a rapacious superpower that is today more dangerous than ever.

I relate this experience as a warning and to interrupt a distraction that has consumed so many of us. The founder of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, described this phenomenon as "the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the habits and opinions" of democratic societies. He called it an "invisible government."

How many people are aware that a world war has begun? At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile.

In 2009, President Obama stood before an adoring crowd in the center of Prague, in the heart of Europe. He pledged himself to make "the world free from nuclear weapons." People cheered and some cried. A torrent of platitudes flowed from the media. Obama was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was all fake. He was lying.

The Obama administration has built more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president. The cost over 30 years is more than $1 trillion.

A mini nuclear bomb is planned. It is known as the B61 Model 12. There has never been anything like it. General James Cartwright, a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said, "Going smaller (makes using this nuclear) weapon more thinkable."

In the last 18 months, the greatest build-up of military forces since World War II – led by the United States – is taking place along Russia's western frontier. Not since Hitler invaded the Soviet Union have foreign troops presented such a demonstrable threat to Russia.

Ukraine – once part of the Soviet Union – has become a CIA theme park. Having orchestrated a coup in Kiev, Washington effectively controls a regime that is next door and hostile to Russia: a regime rotten with Nazis, literally. Prominent parliamentary figures in Ukraine are the political descendants of the notorious OUN and UPA fascists. They openly praise Hitler and call for the persecution and expulsion of the Russian-speaking minority.

This is seldom news in the West, or it is inverted to suppress the truth.

In Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – next door to Russia – the U.S. military is deploying combat troops, tanks, heavy weapons. This extreme provocation of the world's second nuclear power is met with silence in the West.

What makes the prospect of nuclear war even more dangerous is a parallel campaign against China.

Seldom a day passes when China is not elevated to the status of a "threat." According to Admiral Harry Harris, the U.S. Pacific commander, China is "building a great wall of sand in the South China Sea."

What he is referring to is China building airstrips in the Spratly Islands, which are the subject of a dispute with the Philippines – a dispute without priority until Washington pressured and bribed the government in Manila and the Pentagon launched a propaganda campaign called "freedom of navigation."

What does this really mean? It means freedom for American warships to patrol and dominate the coastal waters of China. Try to imagine the American reaction if Chinese warships did the same off the coast of California.

I made a film called, "The War You Don't See," in which I interviewed distinguished journalists in America and Britain: reporters such as Dan Rather of CBS, Rageh Omar of the BBC, David Rose of the Observer.

All of them said that had journalists and broadcasters done their job and questioned the propaganda that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction; had the lies of George W. Bush and Tony Blair not been amplified and echoed by journalists, the 2003 invasion of Iraq might not have happened, and hundreds of thousands of men, women and children would be alive today.

The propaganda laying the ground for a war against Russia and/or China is no different in principle. To my knowledge, no journalist in the Western "mainstream" – a Dan Rather equivalent, say – asks why China is building airstrips in the South China Sea.

The answer ought to be glaringly obvious. The United States is encircling China with a network of bases, with ballistic missiles, battle groups, nuclear-armed bombers.

This lethal arc extends from Australia to the islands of the Pacific, the Marianas and the Marshalls and Guam, to the Philippines, Thailand, Okinawa, Korea and across Eurasia to Afghanistan and India. America has hung a noose around the neck of China. This is not news. Silence by media; war by media.

In 2015, in high secrecy, the U.S. and Australia staged the biggest single air-sea military exercise in recent history, known as Talisman Sabre. Its aim was to rehearse an Air-Sea Battle Plan, blocking sea lanes, such as the Straits of Malacca and the Lombok Straits, that cut off China's access to oil, gas and other vital raw materials from the Middle East and Africa.

In the circus known as the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump is being presented as a lunatic, a fascist. He is certainly odious; but he is also a media hate figure. That alone should arouse our skepticism.

Trump's views on migration are grotesque, but no more grotesque than those of David Cameron. It is not Trump who is the Great Deporter from the United States, but the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama.

According to one prodigious liberal commentator, Trump is "unleashing the dark forces of violence" in the United States. Unleashing them?

This is the country where toddlers shoot their mothers and the police wage a murderous war against black Americans. This is the country that has attacked and sought to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democracies, and bombed from Asia to the Middle East, causing the deaths and dispossession of millions of people.

No country can equal this systemic record of violence. Most of America's wars (almost all of them against defenseless countries) have been launched not by Republican presidents but by liberal Democrats: Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama.

In 1947, a series of National Security Council directives described the paramount aim of American foreign policy as a world substantially made over in America's own image. The ideology was messianic Americanism. We were all Americans. Or else. Heretics would be converted, subverted, bribed, smeared or crushed.

Donald Trump is a symptom of this, but he is also a maverick. He says the invasion of Iraq was a crime; he doesn't want to go to war with Russia and China. The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted exceptionalism is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.

As presidential election day draws near, Clinton will be hailed as the first female president, regardless of her crimes and lies – just as Barack Obama was lauded as the first black president and liberals swallowed his nonsense about "hope." And the drool goes on.

Described by The Guardian columnist Owen Jones as "funny, charming, with a coolness that eludes practically every other politician," Obama the other day sent drones to slaughter 150 people in Somalia. He kills people usually on Tuesdays, according to the New York Times, when he is handed a list of candidates for death by drone. So cool.

In the 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton threatened to "totally obliterate" Iran with nuclear weapons. As secretary of state under Obama, she participated in the overthrow of the democratic government of Honduras. Her contribution to the destruction of Libya in 2011 was almost gleeful. When the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, was publicly sodomized with a knife – a murder made possible by American logistics – Clinton gloated over his death: "We came, we saw, he died."

One of Clinton's closest allies is Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state, who has attacked young women for not supporting Hillary. This is the same Madeleine Albright who infamously celebrated on TV the death of half a million Iraqi children as "worth it."

Among Clinton's biggest backers are the Israel lobby and the arms companies that fuel the violence in the Middle East. She and her husband have received a fortune from Wall Street. And yet, she is about to be ordained the women's candidate, to see off the evil Trump, the official demon. Her supporters include distinguished feminists: the likes of Gloria Steinem in the U.S. and Anne Summers in Australia.

A generation ago, a post-modern cult now known as "identity politics" stopped many intelligent, liberal-minded people examining the causes and individuals they supported – such as the fakery of Obama and Clinton; such as bogus progressive movements like Syriza in Greece, which betrayed the people of that country and allied with their enemies.

Self-absorption, a kind of "me-ism," became the new zeitgeist in privileged western societies and signaled the demise of great collective movements against war, social injustice, inequality, racism and sexism.

Today, the long sleep may be over. The young are stirring again. Gradually. The thousands in Britain who supported Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader are part of this awakening – as are those who rallied to support Senator Bernie Sanders.

In Britain last week, Jeremy Corbyn's closest ally, his shadow treasurer John McDonnell, committed a Labour government to pay off the debts of piratical banks and, in effect, to continue so-called austerity.

In the U.S., Bernie Sanders has promised to support Clinton if or when she's nominated. He, too, has voted for America's use of violence against countries when he thinks it's "right." He says Obama has done "a great job."

In Australia, there is a kind of mortuary politics, in which tedious parliamentary games are played out in the media while refugees and Indigenous people are persecuted and inequality grows, along with the danger of war. The government of Malcolm Turnbull has just announced a so-called defense budget of $195 billion that is a drive to war. There was no debate. Silence.

What has happened to the great tradition of popular direct action, unfettered to parties? Where is the courage, imagination and commitment required to begin the long journey to a better, just and peaceful world? Where are the dissidents in art, film, the theatre, literature?

Where are those who will shatter the silence? Or do we wait until the first nuclear missile is fired?

This is an edited version of an address by John Pilger at the University of Sydney, entitled "A World War Has Begun."

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+48 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-03-25 15:08
Smaller more easily used nuclear weapons are not what humanity needs. USA has already used depleted uranium in the Middle East. We should be ashamed that this has happened.

We need a candidate of peace. Unfortunately I don't think there Is a single one in the whole bunch.
 
 
+43 # wantrealdemocracy 2016-03-25 22:29
There is not a peace candidate in either the Democrats or the Republicans. Most of us don't know it, but there are other parties. We don't have to limit it to the terrible two.

Google Dr. Jill Stein. She is running to get the nomination of the Green Party. If we'd like to have the first women President let's try one with some feminine sensibilities.
 
 
+35 # jdd 2016-03-26 05:14
While that is true, the point of the article which should be clear, is that Barack Obama has brought the United States closer to war that at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, without a statesman in the White House. Forger the third party stuff, the danger now is that the Democratic Party, almost a lock in November, is poised to hand the nomination to a Wall Street warmonger who is openly committed to all the worse policies of Obama. She was the hawk of hawk on Libya, and demanded a no-fly zone for Syria, even after President Putin intervened, which would have started a hot war right then. Now in Moscow, far away from Obama, Sec. Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, are conducting real diplomacy to end the five-year war and reverse the trashing of the region that began with GW Bush's criminal invasion of Iraq. Again, the priority for America and the world is to stop HRC. That is the essential first step,
 
 
+23 # harleysch 2016-03-26 09:45
I hope those RSN readers who continue to defend President Obama read, and study, this article. It is an immoral cop out to blame the insane lunatics of the Republican Party for the policies of this President. Obama has been a disaster from Day One, as Pilger makes perfectly clear, and his policies continue to put the world on a course toward a possible nuclear war.

He and Hillary deployed Victoria Nuland into Ukraine, to provide an excuse for an eastward expansion of NATO, which includes demands for NATO members to increase defense spending, while blaming Putin for the disastrous effects of the coup in Ukraine. Similarly, his "Asia pivot", with the provocations against China, put us on a dangerous course with China, while he has rejected China's calls for U.S. collaboration in its Silk Road policy.

With Hillary poised to seize the Democratic nomination, it is time for RSN readers to embrace a revolutionary shift away from the economic and strategic direction of the Bush and Obama regimes.
 
 
-3 # jazzman633 2016-03-26 14:34
Or how about Libertarians? Their program is simple: the Constitution.
 
 
+4 # GreenBee 2016-03-27 08:13
The Green Party has been around a long time and they have demonstrated no ability to get traction or respect or money of any substance. While Stein has wonderful policy positions she has NO experience that would inspire any large segment of Americans to believe she is qualified to hold high office. Even the name of the party implies they are a one issue party. A symbolic vote for her is not entirely wasted but there may be better stategic options.

If Sanders is not nominated, the libertarians might nominate Jesse Ventura who has experience as a governor, name recognition, and is very anti-interventi onist, anti-war. His positions match Bernie's almost exactly except his stance on immigration is tougher, although he is not racist. I think he would be a person who could lead a Progressive movement or a third party much better than Stein. He is a person of integrity, a true populist, and he has that tough guy demeanor that appeals to many more conservative types.His immigration stand could even bring in some of Trump's supporters.
 
 
+4 # GreenBee 2016-03-27 08:14
More....
If Sanders does not get the nomination, I think the Democratic party will experience the same schism and possible disintegration that we are seeing in the GOP. In times of that type of social and political upheaval, it is the strong personalities that rise. Ms. Stein is not one. And the media will play a huge role is helping or hurting them. Do you think Ms. Stein will be a "ratings booster" for the MSM? Ventura on the other hand, has that potential.

I hope Progressives will give Ventura a serious look and perhaps think about how we can best leverage our support in these very turbulent times.
 
 
+51 # Ralph 2016-03-25 17:23
Thank you John for this important list that outlines the depravity of modern USA. Here in the US, we've all become "good Germans". As you point out, the solution is direct action, courage, imagination and commitment.
 
 
+82 # tedrey 2016-03-25 21:27
To a very large extent I agree with Pilger, but not about Bernie Sanders.

I do not think that Sanders has been co-opted by the Dark Side. In fact. they desperately don't want him because he won't play their game. I'm more afraid of his being viciously removed than of him turning sour on us.

We need the grassroots forces his campaign is raising -- inside and outside the parties, during and after the elections -- and we need him. If we are going to make the better future we aspire to, don't chop off our head.
 
 
+46 # Ralph 2016-03-25 22:36
No problem with what you say Ted. In the final analysis, there are no saviors. Whether Sanders wins or he doesn't. we need to prepare to engage with direct action, courage and imagination. The stakes have become too high, the can can no longer be kicked down the road.
 
 
+21 # rradiof 2016-03-25 22:02
aux barricades, mon freres. . .
 
 
0 # jsluka 2016-04-06 03:03
Et sœurs aussi!
 
 
+11 # Polisage 2016-03-25 22:17
The last time we used nuclear weapons of the explosive kind in war was 1945. When his JCS urged Ike to use them against China, he said "You boys must be mad." The post-nuclear strike problems are enormous, with the breakdown of order, the medical and food requirements, just to name a few. Ike knew that nukes created more problems than they solved. True, we used them for deterrence, but a taboo against their actual use has been in place for 70 years. You cross that line and Pandora's box opens. Five countries (including Ukraine and South Africa) have gotten rid of their nuclear stockpiles since the cold war. Israel has a nuclear arsenal but would use it only in desperate circumstances, because the consequences are horrendous.
 
 
+18 # economagic 2016-03-26 12:44
I give you a thumbs-up, but I don't trust the murderous misleaders of Israel.
 
 
+4 # Salus Populi 2016-03-27 21:58
The United States is and was by no means as rational about nukes as your post indicates.

Ever since Nagasaki, the U.S. has actively planned a surprise nuclear attack on Russia, using all the nuclear weapons it had at any given time. The *operative* plans for a *sneak attack* went by such names as Operation Broiler and Operation Sizzler, and contemplated killing 25 million Russian civilians in the early days, and as more bombs were built, up to 150 million.

For that reason, among others, the U.S. always refused to join the USSR in a "no first use" pledge, which the Soviets went ahead with unilaterally in the early sixties.

Defense Secretary Harold Brown, during the Carter administration, testified to Congress that the object was to force the Russians to include in their calculus that the U.S. had used nuclear weapons twice against civilians, and was quite willing to use them again if the government felt it would be advantageous to do so. This, according to Brown, gave the U.S. the upper hand at every lower level of violence [which echoed a notorious remark of Rodham Clinton's mentor Henry Kissinger].

In 1979, Monthly Review gave the introduction to one of their issues to Daniel Ellsberg, who catalogued over thirty "uses" of nuclear weapons by the U.S., mostly against non-nuclear countries [in blatant violation of the NNPT], in the same way that a gun is pointed during a crime, whether or not the trigger is pulled.

Deterrence was always a lie for the U.S.
 
 
+27 # Barkingcarpet 2016-03-25 22:21
The "world" war began a long time ago. It will continue as long as we act as if the Earth and the commons of Nature "belong" to us, and are here for us to reduce to fenced off ownership, disposable buy products, and lifeless remains of toxic landfills.
It IS we, who perpetuate and go along with it all, with every waking dollar, and every mile driven and flown as hungry ghosts.
We could choose otherwise.
Tikkun is worth looking up, and better yet, lived and acted, with every breath. We ARE choosing. Shoot first with unexamined knee jerking beliefs and righteousness.
Oops......
 
 
+7 # jdd 2016-03-26 09:10
This is not about the environment, climate change, "mother earth" or anything of the sort.This is about the immediate survival of the only creative species in the known galaxy and the threat that humanity faces from a thermonuclear war of extinction. Such threat is coming from a desperate Wall Street-City of London empire which sees their dream of world domination, the so-called "American Century," etc. etc. slipping away to a surging China-Russia alliance which is taking leadership in world economic and political affairs. However, some American and European leaders are beginning to see through the black propaganda which portrays Russia and China as enemies, when the opposite is true, and that they can become allies for peace through much need infrastructure development, such as the "New Silk Road" and joint efforts in space exploration.
 
 
+13 # Barkingcarpet 2016-03-26 12:19
You make the point, with "humans are the only known creative species...," which IS a large part of the problem.

Our rules, laws and policy have zip to do with how living Nature works, in ALL of its diverse and interconnected creative intelligence.

All we care about or value is $, "Ownership" and reducing all and everything into "things" to fit our desires and valuations.

We do not consider, or take into account, any "rights" or "intelligence" or "value" of anything beyond our own self, or people, religion, culture or household.

Dolphins, Apes, whales, elephants and most other life may well be smarter than humans.

Even bacteria, which devour all until they run out of food/sugar, do not threaten all other living systems at once on the scale of humans.

Just where are we, the masses of consumers, in our ignorance and or averted action to have sane rules/laws/policy?

Too few of us bother to look into, live with, or consider our own trash cans of wreckage and wastage, week after year, or bother to change our habits.

There is no "away' just as there is no Planet B.

The "leaders" and "owners" only have any power or authority because we go along with and allow it.

Enjoy our drive to work, and fly on vacation and trips to the supermarkts, and garbage service full of "icky" remains which all had their own creative life somewhere on the planet which is now landfill.

What ARE we giving back and how are we treating each other and all "creative" living systems?
 
 
+12 # economagic 2016-03-26 12:45
Amen. A friend has been referring to "The Global War On Terra" for, um, more than fourteen years.
 
 
+17 # rradiof 2016-03-25 22:37
Only the dead will see the end of war, with apologia to Michael Ware.
 
 
+44 # jimallyn 2016-03-25 22:56
Building new nuclear weapons systems and the means to deliver them is outrageously foolish. What we need to do, rather than building new nuclear systems, is dismantle all our current nuclear weapons systems, and replace them with NOTHING. That is the only sane path ahead of us.
 
 
+9 # Radscal 2016-03-26 14:43
We are required by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferati on of Nuclear Weapons to work to abolish nuclear weapons, as are all countries that signed it.
 
 
+21 # Anonymot 2016-03-25 23:17
Brilliant article. Read DEEP STATE by Lofgren for details of how we got here and who will move us forward to Pilger's war.
 
 
+9 # rradiof 2016-03-25 23:48
Reading the book as we speak. Viva Lofgren.
 
 
+21 # itchyvet 2016-03-25 23:42
WW 3, began with Clinton's bombing of Yugoslavia and the break up of the Balkans and has been going full steam ahead ever since.
Anyone who believes the crap emanating from the U.S. beligerent war mongers, especially when the preach peace, has better watch their backs most diligently..
 
 
+17 # jdd 2016-03-26 09:16
The bombing of which was demanded by the First Lady, who placed a hysterical call from South Africa to her husband demanding he kill. kill., kill, just as she demanded that Obama. bomb, bomb, bomb in Libya. Both obliged. As the brave Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard recently stated upon her resignation of VP of the DNC, she (HRC) cannot be allowed to become Commander-in-Ch ief.
 
 
+18 # Promoting Peace 2016-03-25 23:49
It is extremely pathetic that the US, has such a dark, horrific, history, & it continues on today in such a coverted way, whereas most Americans seemingly have no clue.

A major reason for this is due to our pathetic mass media, which is so cowardly as to not present the reality of what's going on.

And, the pathetic mass media is just a reflection of the superficial nature of the people. Rather than caring about our war efforts, many people would rather hear about what Hillary is wearing, or Bernie's brown suit.

The media gives the people what they want, the media makes lots of money, & our country keeps going further down this horrific path.

Fear & pleasure are the only two things that motivate people, & Fear is incredibly powerful in getting people to do things they ordinarily wouldn't do.

This is why Trump is so dangerous, as he is even more capable of promoting fear than the rest of the GOP. This fear & incitement of violence can lead to massive wars, further destruction of our precious planet, & major loss of innocent lives.

Still, Trump would obviously be better than Cruz, and easier to beat in the General election.

Bottom line is that war, hatred, violence, etc., all begin in the minds of people. So, peace, love, compassion, & sanity can eventually begin, just as well, in the minds & hearts of the people.

To learn about a great movement to diminish violence and eliminate nuclear weapons, check out, "vov.com" (Victory Over Violence)
 
 
+10 # Robbee 2016-03-26 09:05
Quoting Promoting Peace:

Bottom line is that war, hatred, violence, etc., all begin in the minds of people. So, peace, love, compassion, & sanity can eventually begin, just as well, in the minds & hearts of the people.


- america is at "war" for global domination

- it took bush 2 to turn 2 or 3,000 ragtag worldwide terrorists into a worthy guerilla army with pop-up adherents everywhere - now suddenly america faces literally millions of worldwide terrorists!

rump, crud and netanyahoo can make sand glow but they never kill an idea and they never kill the last terrorist!

the only way to overcome terrorism is to all work together!

it can't be done by attacking and abusing muslims! it can only be done by working together with muslims! blindly attacking all muslims only multiplies terrorists!

and that's one excellent reason why bernie would make a better prez than rump, crud or hill! - go bernie!
 
 
+3 # Promoting Peace 2016-03-26 21:28
So what makes us go to war for global domination? I feel a lot of it is due to greed, as various "leaders" are controled by the insatiable desire to have more and more money, power, etc...

And, I feel some of it is due to the foolishness of thinking we can somehow benefit ourselves through the negative cause of hurting other people. The reality of course being that one can never receive a positive effect by making a negative cause. Karma untimately reigns supreme.

I also feel some of our desire for world dominance is due to arrogance and disrespecting other people. We feel we know what's best for everyone, and we're going to shove it down their throats. The "Christian" missionaries is a prime example, and of course, the GOP wants to even control every woman's body.

And, lastly, I feel some of the reason is due to fear and insecurity. Various "leaders" have a problem trusting other people, or even wanting to talk with various people. (Dialog of course being mandatory to creating real peace).

And, because of this mistrust, they feel threatened and feel they would be safer if we controled the whole world. If one has everyone under their thumb, so to speak, then it's easy to be deluded into thinking they're safer. The reality is they create much hatred in the process, hence the major increase in Terrorists.
 
 
+7 # economagic 2016-03-26 12:55
"it continues on today in such a coverted way, whereas most Americans seemingly have no clue."

See Edward Bernays, sixth paragraph in the article above. Also Jacques Ellul, who later in the 20th century analyzed and criticized the juggernaut started by Bernays.

Also Neil Postman, "Amusing Ourselves to death" (1985) and Jerry Mander, "Four Arguments For the Elimination of Television" (1977).
 
 
+8 # Radscal 2016-03-26 15:11
"the pathetic mass media is just a reflection of the superficial nature of the people"

I think it's quite the opposite. As Pilger notes, corporate media is a propaganda machine which shapes public perception.

Bernays' brilliance was in applying his uncle's (Sigmund Freud) insights into subconscious emotional drives to manipulate the masses into embracing whatever it is he wanted to sell.

Bernays convinced women to smoke cigarettes, the public to rally behind the flag and join WW I and hundreds of other terribly destructive actions.

Now, after $ billions have been spent on the sciences of psychology, brain chemistry, etc. the propagandists are far more effective than even Bernays or his protege, Josef Goebbels could have dreamt.

Once people recognize how and learn why they've been manipulated, then we have a far better chance of responding to the "better angels" of the human psyche.
 
 
+24 # itchyvet 2016-03-26 00:14
I am not a fan of Pilger's, however as a returned veteran, I must conclude in this article he is dead right in every way. His last question need an answer I feel ; " Where are those who would shatter the silence" he says. For answer, I'd say he needs to become aware of the responders to article such as his and others of like mind, wherein the replies posted as a direct result display there are quiet literly, thousands of people out there WHO DO KNOW, WE ARE AT WAR, however whether those same people can actually do something constructive against this war, remains questionable. We have all seen the laws introduced to forbid large groups of people congregating to discuss and make public their views. These laws have not been an accident. We see everyday, similar efforts being made on a daily basis, to intrude on our private affairs more and more by the alleged authorities who we have acceded the responsibility to for our safety.
A safety that is nothing of the sort.
I firmly believe things are going downhill fast at an ever increasing accelerating pace and will not turn around until much of the World has again been destroyed and millions of lives lost, because until this happens to many western people today, they simply have no idea of what freedom means, or what WAR means. Then only way they will ever understand what it means and the threat such wars pose, is to experience one and hopefully survive intact. Then, and only then, will they fully understand.
 
 
+7 # economagic 2016-03-26 13:06
Since six others had given your comment a thumbs-up before I did, I feel a need to add a couple of points. I first became aware of Pilger in the runup to the invasion of Iraq in 2002-2003 and have been reading him ever since. I don't agree with everything he says, and this does not seem to be one of his most coherent pieces, perhaps because it was edited from an oral presentation. But I consider him one of the most reliable and authoritative voices in this particular wilderness.

And while the dystopic future you describe is certainly a possibility, I don't have time to worry about that. I continue to do what little I can do directly to prevent it, but am now focusing my efforts on helping to build resilient systems at the local level that may enhance our ability to survive regardless of what the big fish do.
 
 
0 # jsluka 2016-04-06 03:10
John Pilger is, without doubt, the greatest living investigative journalist in the world today. Its amazing and says a lot that so many people - apparently including many RSN readers - do not seem to be aware of who he is.
 
 
+28 # Art 47 2016-03-26 00:57
I strongly oppose all of the Republican presidential candidates and Hillary Clinton because they are all pro war all the time. Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate who the closest to an anti-perpetual war candidate. War is NOT the Answer.
 
 
+35 # lorenbliss 2016-03-26 01:13
Mr. Pilger's address is the most sobering text I have yet read. Thank you, Marc Ash, for having the courage to publish his equally courageous revelation of our most terrible truth.

I am convinced we -- that is, the USian people -- are doomed, that the murderous Evil this nation is inflicting on the rest of the planet will not end until the USian homeland is reduced to the condition of Berlin on 5 May 1945.

And I have no doubt it will happen. Though I am 76 years old in less than a week, I have long suspected I will most probably die as one of the innumerable civilian victims of this war.

The only question is whether any humans will survive it.

Once, much younger and more ignorant, I thought myself amazingly fortunate to have been born in the United States.

Now I know the opposite is true. I am a citizen of the most greedily murderous empire ever.

Should any USians survive the forthcoming nuclear war, I have no doubt the vengeance of all other humans will eternally hound them and their descendants.

For We the People truly had the power to stop the United States from becoming the deadliest imperial malignancy in our species' experience. And yet we, like the people of Nazi Germany before us, allowed ourselves to be converted to such self-obsessed submissiveness, we granted our conquest-hungry masters not only the power to subjugate the world, but to destroy all humanity should it resist capitalist enslavement.

Goddess have mercy on us.
 
 
+10 # Glen 2016-03-26 07:02
I'd be interested in knowing what you would have suggested U.S. citizens do to prevent the actions of the government and military. A few people I have known had suggestions but each would have ended in violence in the face of the power of the military. Now, especially, citizens can do nothing.

Voting ain't gettin' it done, as we all know.
 
 
+10 # Anonymot 2016-03-26 11:33
Those who think some positive action will stop this either don't know the facts, don't understand them, or choose to ignore them. We probably can't do anything more than slow them slightly with a rear-guard action like Sanders, but if you read DEEP STATE as I suggest above, you'll see that solutions are unlikely to stop the Wall Street Warrior class.

Our version of Democracy has collapsed. Only Sanders speaks anything like the truth and even if he were elected, the shadow government would do what it has done to Obama - although with Obama they had total leverage that they would not have with Sanders. Still, the machinery of government has been taken away from the Executive and is quite completely in the hands of the Deep State.

This is not a nation given to revolutions, the last being 150 years ago. The last political one was Roosevelt's 80+ years ago and still being protested. Don't forget that genetically, 20% of Americans are German. We will do what the Germans did in the Thirties. We're at about 1933. It makes no difference whether Trump or Cruze or Hillary leads the parade.

There could be a Watergate-style event to distract the powers that be momentarily or a Bill/Lewinsky, but those won't stop the shadow government. They have swallowed both parties. They own the FBI/CIA files of skeletons. Our nomenklatura owns the guns, the money, and 90% of the politicians.

It will simply play out while we look for better systems of government.
 
 
+2 # Glen 2016-03-27 05:43
The Art of War. A time to fight; a time to step aside and keep your head down.

A lot of people do not feel any power at all so will let it "play out". They aren't necessarily looking for a better system, however. Folks are rather much wandering in a wilderness both literally and figuratively.
 
 
0 # jsluka 2016-04-06 03:13
"Don't forget that genetically, 20% of Americans are German." Say whaaat!? A bit of casual racism there.
 
 
+12 # lorenbliss 2016-03-26 13:47
The turning-point in U.S. history was the citizenry's submission to the government's breathtakingly obvious lies about what happened in Dallas on 22 November 1962. At that moment we became the instrument of the Nazi war criminals the One Percent adopted after V-E Day -- the means by which these moral imbeciles would collectively fulfill their malignant dreams of a Fourth Reich.

But the prerequisite condition of mass submissiveness was engineered during the postwar purge of Communists, socialists, left-liberals and in fact all genuine intellectuals, which itself was a byproduct of the Nazi war criminals in collaboration with their Wall Street patrons.

In the South, the purge and the fear and loathing of progressive politics that underlay it was sold to the white majority on the basis that Communism or socialism equaled African-America n supremacy. In the North, the dynamics were similar -- the Communists were coming to steal all our comforts and give them to the undeserving -- though the identity of the presumed benefactors was often somewhat more subtly defined.

(I cannot doubt this country's terrible fear of someone coming to take it all away is the direct karmic legacy of the First Nations Holocaust, the genocidal extermination of as many as 20 million humans by the people of the 13 colonies and their U.S. descendants.)

(more)
 
 
+11 # lorenbliss 2016-03-26 13:48
In any case I remember the Purge very well. My father was one of its lesser victims, and we went from being Lincoln Zephyr comfortable to Plymouth sedan poor. The associated anti-intellectu alism got so bad that after we moved to the South in exile, we -- his children -- were forbidden to publicly acknowledge we had books in our house.

But mostly what I remember is the utter willfulness of the era's manifest evil, especially as directed at Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, most grotesquely in the obscene gloating with which the citizenry relished newspaper and broadcast accounts of their executions: "Her feet turned inward. Saliva drooled down her chin."

It was as if not even the near-universal prosperity of the postwar era could absolve the public from its karmic need for hatefulness -- as if the murderous reflexes of the First Nations Holocaust were already genetically subsumed by the USian consciousness, there to become the terminally bad seed that has grown into today's Ayn Rand economic savagery with its deadly politics of trauma and its absolute, “better-dead-th an-Red” certainty of an apocalyptic harvest that will in all probability doom our species to extinction.

All because USia -- Moron Nation -- knows what it so gleefully did to the First Nations peoples and now lives in unrelenting terror of suffering the same fate.
 
 
+3 # Glen 2016-03-27 06:14
So really, you are saying there is no solution. Human beings are what they are and always have been. The modest and unassuming particularly, are those are swept aside.

Thank you for your essay. Let's hope many readers visit this thread and read your words.
 
 
+4 # fletch1165 2016-03-27 08:56
Until we break their control of the academic systems that perpetuate the lies. The media is busy conditioning people and that is a hard nut to crack. A small handful of multi-corporati ons control everything. Only proper education is the answer. People are a product of their environment. Most don't question what they are taught in a text book in a formal classroom setting until far too late. The revisionist is common in our academic society. Essentially they are prostitutes owned by corporations. They have their PhD already paid for and have been placed in a working position prior to graduation by right wing think tanks like the Brookings institute and many others that trace directly to the Frankfurt School and those who were transferred from Germany to University of Chicago in 1950 in the social sciences department.
 
 
+3 # Glen 2016-03-27 09:42
The U.S. schools systems have broken down for many different reasons and it is complicated. On the other hand, the U.S. now has a huge population of an amazing variety of beliefs, races, educational expectations, not to mention drugs, poverty, endless population movement, and more.

What we see is a mix and a morass of politics that suit emotional needs of people, rather than perpetuating a decent healthy system and population.

No way to fix a completely broken body.
 
 
+5 # lorenbliss 2016-03-27 14:33
No, what I'm saying is there's no solution unless a significant portion of the population wakes up. This is precisely what's happening with both Sanders and Trump -- the socioeconomic pain has grown so severe it is arousing the proletariat from its usual zomboid state.

What will be the result? That depends on too many factors to address here. But summarized the possibilities include:

(1)-a Sanders victory with enough coattail change in Congress to enable a new New Deal; (2)-a Sandars victory with no change in Congress continuing the present circumstances and further discrediting elections; (3)-a Trump victory with blatant emergence of USian fascism and unknown results; (4)-a Hillary victory with her out-of-the-clos et, Goldwater-Girl fascist imperialism leading directly to thermonuclear war and the 99 percent probability of human extinction; (5)-various actions by the Deep State to keep Sanders and Trump off the November ballot, probably resulting in violent disorders and possibly open revolution.

There's the menu: pick whatever you assume is most likely.
 
 
0 # Glen 2016-03-28 07:48
In other words, there is no solution. The lesser of any evils is still evil. No president can correct the crimes and misdemeanors.
 
 
+8 # fletch1165 2016-03-27 08:33
Nov. 22, 1963. The American Coup conducted by the fascists.
 
 
+12 # Navigatio di Brendani 2016-03-26 05:38
A superb story, and one unlikely to have a happy ending. I wonder if it should have been titled, The World War That Never Ended, however.

Clearly, the chessboard is being set for the struggle for the world's remaining resources. The only sane course is to peaceably reduce human population to a sustainable figure of approximately 3 billion. Mother Earth has always been and will always remain the Final Arbitrator.
 
 
+3 # GreenBee 2016-03-27 14:12
The powers that be certainly recognize that the population needs to be controlled. And war serves that purpose quite well.
 
 
-18 # Lyuda 2016-03-26 06:38
For me who was born in Ukraine and now lives in USA this article looks like ordered by Putin's propaganda machine! It is not true that so called Maydan in Ukraine is a work of CIA, you did not live there and you did not know to what size the corruption in Ukraine under president Yanukovich developed, people just could not tolerate it anymore, as well as everything about Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia is not true either! Putin under pretext that Russian people are discriminated in all these countries scares them with invasion, and his so called "green people's who are Russian soldiers but fighting as "miners" or "peasants", etc are fighting in Ukraine, when they are caught they say they were using their VACATION to come and help Russian people in Ukraine! And where do you think these "separatists" get their weapons for almost two years now? Those weapons do not grow on trees! I also want to say that I read UNFORTUNATELY quit a number of articles that in my opinion are paid by Putin's gang! Those articles consist of part of true knowledge but bigger part is defense of Putin
 
 
+10 # Anonymot 2016-03-26 11:45
Often, people who live inside an event are so dazzled by what they think they see that they have even less perspective than those who watch it from outside. If you now live in the US, that probably describes your position which is our State Dept. position.

There's no doubt that Hillary and the CIA got rid of a very corrupt government to install their own very corrupt government. Certainly, Putin is no "nice guy", but he did not start the Ukraine's self-destructio n, we did.

Enjoy life in America, Lyuda, but here you should learn to look at the several sides of a question.
 
 
-1 # Lyuda 2016-03-26 13:46
http://uawire.org/news/igor-strelkov-pro-russian-separatists-have-brought-poverty-and-ruin-to-the-donbas
 
 
-1 # Lyuda 2016-03-26 13:45
Quoting Lyuda:
For me who was born in Ukraine and now lives in USA this article looks like ordered by Putin's propaganda machine! It is not true that so called Maydan in Ukraine is a work of CIA, you did not live there and you did not know to what size the corruption in Ukraine under president Yanukovich developed, people just could not tolerate it anymore, as well as everything about Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia is not true either! Putin under pretext that Russian people are discriminated in all these countries scares them with invasion, and his so called "green people's who are Russian soldiers but fighting as "miners" or "peasants", etc are fighting in Ukraine, when they are caught they say they were using their VACATION to come and help Russian people in Ukraine! And where do you think these "separatists" get their weapons for almost two years now? Those weapons do not grow on trees! I also want to say that I read UNFORTUNATELY quit a number of articles that in my opinion are paid by Putin's gang! Those articles consist of part of true knowledge but bigger part is defense of Putin

http://uawire.org/news/igor-strelkov-pro-russian-separatists-have-brought-poverty-and-ruin-to-the-donbas
 
 
+5 # Radscal 2016-03-26 15:35
Lyuda, do you know who George Soros is?

His “International Renaissance Foundation” helped to foment the “Orange Revolution” in Ukraine in 2004, and was a principle funder of the NGOs that US Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland said had provided $5 billion to overthrow the elected government in 2013/2014.

According to his IRF website:
“Over the period from 1990 to 2010 the International Renaissance Foundation provided more than $100 million in support to numerous Ukrainian non-government organizations (NGOs), community groups, academic and cultural institutions, publishing houses, etc.”

These are not crazy “conspiracy theories.” Soros is proud of his role.

After the slaughter in Odessa, and in the midst of Ukrainian shelling of cities in the East, George Soros told CNN’S Fareed Zakaria,

“Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now.”

Now, he’s calling on a $50 billion US “Marshall Plan” to secure Ukraine into the US/NATO fold.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=32b_1401809263
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/r-soros-urges-giving-ukraine-50-billion-of-aid-to-foil-russia-2015-1/
http://rt.com/politics/leading-party-soros-prepares/
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_globalization120.htm
 
 
+17 # zach 2016-03-26 06:52
I expect no one will read these comments, not will they have an impact. But, nevertheless, here goes.
Lorenbliss and I are of the same vintage, which means perspective. I have become convinced that history moves in 100 year cycles. Mark Twain's comment about history applies.
What Pilger describes, accurately, is exactly how we got into World War I, or the Great War, Act 1. Many of the players are the same, with the US now playing the role of the ill-fated British Empire.
I despair that it will turn out differently. So, if it doesn't, then maybe the sooner it starts the better.
"When will we ever learn?" Never, since history is now considered an irrelevant course of study in our schools.
Perhaps, these thoughts are in tune with the meaning of Easter, as it follows Good Friday. You don't have even to be a Christian to get the point, it is universal. Creative destruction.
 
 
+7 # lorenbliss 2016-03-26 14:27
Actually Zach the secret police will most assuredly read them -- and most assuredly put another check-mark by each of our names. But you are right they will have no impact -- though I suspect they will help determine how soon after the elections we are to be disappeared.
 
 
-6 # revhen 2016-03-26 07:00
Paranoia prevails!
 
 
+15 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-03-26 08:49
'Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get me.'
 
 
+20 # danireland46 2016-03-26 07:49
As far as I'm concerned, the relevent heart of Pilger's article is the following: " The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted exceptionalism is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.
As presidential election day draws near, Clinton will be hailed as the first female president, regardless of her crimes and lies – just as Barack Obama was lauded as the first black president and liberals swallowed his nonsense about "hope." And the drool goes on."
I fear another Clinton presidency just as much as I was disappointed by the performance of the Obama presidency. We wont survive if we keep believing the work of, as Pilger so well puts it;
"The founder of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, described this phenomenon as "the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the habits and opinions" of democratic societies. He called it an "invisible government."
 
 
+3 # Anonymot 2016-03-26 11:49
Yep! Read DEEP STATE!
 
 
-11 # Robbee 2016-03-26 08:27
says - # wantrealdemocra cy 2016-03-25 22:29
"... Google Dr. Jill Stein ..."

milk producers of america are gonna hate demo!

- stein is a 3rd-party candidate for national office, like nader in 2000 - the only thing a green candidate can accomplish in federal elections is to siphon progressive votes from the dem candidate!

didn't stein run in 2012? how did that work out for greens? greens are like a guy who goes to the frig, takes out the milk, opens the top, smells it's yeck! spoilt! puts it back, and every four years takes it out again, just to see if it's fresh again!

the irony is that stein is a competent candidate, but lazy - like bernie, she should run for office as mayor, do a good job, run for office as senator or governor, as bernie proved a 3rd party candidate can win, and only then run for prez as a dem!

the greens' mission is to ruin dem candidacies because they maintain that there is ABSOLUTELY no difference between dems and zomblicans, which only shows inability to judge, lack of critical thought - when you believe in things that you don't understand, you're gonna suffer! - stevie wonder

greens haven't pulled a nader yet, losing dems an election! but they won't quit trying!

demo is our "here's how to" champion of progressives throwing away their votes! champion of spoilt milk!

demo's is false-flag support for bernie! - in the general election, go dem!
 
 
+20 # Trish42 2016-03-26 08:28
Regarding US leaders, don't listen to them: look at their best friends and close colleagues---th ose are their beliefs and the best predictors of their actions. I too was excited about Obama until I noticed that his cabinet had Larry Summers, Rahm Emmanuel, etc. People listen to those close to them! Meanwhile, any "principles" always lost in face of the more pragmatic or opportunistic or possible (due to GOP obstructionism) . And Hillary is a "new Democrat," i.e., a corporate Dem who will and has sold her soul for a buck. Then there's the upcoming election: I would vote for Jill Stein if Trump's unpredictabilit y didn't scare the hell out of me. For now, I'll continue to work for Bernie.
 
 
-12 # Robbee 2016-03-26 10:25
what do you mean? - # Trish42 2016-03-26 08:28 "... Hillary ... has sold her soul for a buck(?) ..."

- what you mean, i take it, is that hill does not enjoy broad, popular support among women? blacks? latinos? or union members?

either you have been brainwashed by all the irrational hill-hate here on rsn? - or else women, blacks, latinos and union members really are out to get you?

FYI crud and rump want to tear up obama's treaty with iran - as he told aipac last week, rump promises to do so on his first day in office! - do you spot any difference from bernie and hill's joint approvals of obama's treaty - or is the difference between dems and gops too subtle for you?

- go bernie! and, in any event, dem nominee!
 
 
+15 # Anonymot 2016-03-26 12:05
Robbee, try to get your brain cells together. People on RSN do NOT hate Hillary. We have simply seen through her carefully created facades (depending who she's talking to) that she would be at least as dangerous a prez as Trump. In 4 years she destroyed the Middle East and began aggressively threatening Russia and China. She is either a member of or a tool of the Deep State government. And her goals have nothing to do with the public good, it's all about self enrichment.

And yes, she certainly has the support of a lot of knee-jerk women, blacks and others who haven't worked out who she is and what she will do.

Let me put it this way: when she and her handlers started the Middle East regime changes their egomaniacal, short-term vision failed to see the mid-term fallout that is tearing up the world. Those of us who see what she will do beyond her many short-term electioneering promises see a massive disaster. It's not Hillbilly hating, it's perspective.
 
 
+13 # lfeuille 2016-03-26 13:34
"Let me put it this way: when she and her handlers started the Middle East regime changes their egomaniacal, short-term vision failed to see the mid-term fallout that is tearing up the world. Those of us who see what she will do beyond her many short-term electioneering promises see a massive disaster. It's not Hillbilly hating, it's perspective."

Now that her short-term machinations have turned into the mid-term disaster that is todays middle east, she continues to defend the plan. This is what I find so astounding. She has learned nothing from the experience. She claims that the long term will be worth it, but from what I can tell, that applies only to Israel's desire to reign over the middle east and subject their neighbors. The neighbors, ie Arabs, Iranians, and other non-Christian, non-Jewish and non-white people count for nothing in her reckoning.

Please note that this has nothing to do with who does or does not currently support her. I've always thought that picking a candidate on the basis of who his or her supporters are is a dangerously lazy way of going about it. It is a matter of assessing what she is for oneself. This is what she is even if most people don't want to see it.
 
 
+3 # fletch1165 2016-03-27 09:10
Hillary is the biggest hawk of Israel of them all. She has publically stated Netanyahu would come to the White House her first day in office. Sheldon Adelson is her biggest supporter and he has publically stated he will spend as much as it takes to elect her for Israel. It all fits since the Rothschild's and Goldman Sachs banking cartel own and control Israel too.

We saw Hillary sit right in the Green zone next to McCain in director's chairs for their "debate". He was blabbering about the upcoming Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran campaign he would conduct and she was agreeing 100%. She has promised this war on Iran and she guarantees it. No negotiations.
 
 
-2 # Robbee 2016-03-26 11:04
says - # Art 47 2016-03-26 00:57
I strongly oppose all of the Republican presidential candidates and Hillary Clinton because they are all pro war all the time ...

FYI crud and rump want to tear up obama's treaty with iran - as he told aipac last week, rump promises to do so on his first day in office! - do you spot any difference from bernie and hill's joint approvals of obama's treaty - or is the difference between dems and gops too subtle for you?

- go bernie! and, in any event, dem nominee!
 
 
+10 # Radscal 2016-03-26 15:53
As HRC made clear in her fawning speech to AIPAC, she is anxious to find excuses to declare Iran in breech, and so bomb it as she's been calling for since at least 2003.

In one of her emails, she wrote:

"With Assad gone, and Iran no longer able to threaten Israel through its proxies, it is possible that the United States and Israel can agree on red lines for when Iran’s program has crossed an unacceptable threshold."

Israel is NOT a part of the P5+1 group that signed the Iran deal, and yet she plans to go to them to decide when and why to bomb Iran.

And let's not forget why she pressed Syria into the horrible slaughter it's experiencing.

"The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad."

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20160323/1036788250/clinton-email-assad-ouster.html#ixzz4433u81eD
 
 
-14 # Robbee 2016-03-26 12:45
astound us! - # Anonymot 2016-03-26 12:05
"... yes, she certainly has the support of a lot of knee-jerk women, blacks and others (you can't bring yourself to add latinos and union members) who haven't worked out who she is and what she will do(?)"

- mot, all these dem voters you dismiss! - they do not support hill out of fear! - of muslims! of mexicans! - they all support hill out of love! for the blood, sweat and tears she has shed with them all her life!

when you can't bring yourself to respect the opinions of informed and personally involved women, blacks, latinos and union members, the problem is not hill! - it's you!

i agree with you that women, blacks, latinos and union members have BETTER reason to support bernie! - that women, blacks, latinos and union members HAVE NO GOOD REASON to support hill, i couldn't disagree with you more! sorry! you are full of it!

either you have been brainwashed by all the irrational hill-hate here on rsn? - or else women, blacks, latinos and union members really are out to get you!
 
 
+11 # Anonymot 2016-03-26 13:38
Robbee,

"...for the blood, sweat and tears she has shed with them all her life"

you've obviously never spent much time in the state of Arkansas where she spent 20+ years of her post-girl's school, adult life. It is not the royal Clinton family who spent and spends blood sweat and tears there, it is the blacks and the poor and the uneducated they left behind. And the Clintons ran the place which is also famous in the South for its corruption and its crooked politics.

Could you cite me anything she's done for Latinos except get a few of them into uniforms for her M-E wars? Or for unions who follow their leaders? My wife was once very active in the Chicago teacher's union. It was a nest of political conniving and envelopes under the table and had little to do with teaching. I love the idea of unions, but their reality was warped during WW II, not yesterday, and with a few exceptions the union movement has never recovered. Read a bit.

Your next to last paragraph contradicts itself.
 
 
+4 # tigerlillie 2016-03-27 15:03
"for the blood, sweat, and tears she has shed with them all her life."

Robbee, please provide some examples of HRC showing genuine compassion for anyone, ever, other than her multi-national corporate cronies?!?
 
 
-15 # turnoutthelights 2016-03-26 13:03
It's too bad when an article with a lot of credibility loses it by going over the top.
 
 
-17 # turnoutthelights 2016-03-26 13:04
PS--You Bernie people are really getting old.
 
 
+23 # lorenbliss 2016-03-26 14:30
many of us "Bernie people" ARE really old. That's precisely why we're not being conned by Hillary.
 
 
+9 # economagic 2016-03-26 13:28
I certainly understand the dismal and fatalistic outlook expressed by a number of people above, especially those well-read geezers like myself (although most of them seem to be better read than I am). And I am also convinced that some kind of worldwide collapse is very likely if not inevitable. I don't think that recognition is either pessimistic or optimistic, but simply a recognition of the crisis in which humankind finds itself.

But while I think the population of the planet will be significantly smaller by the end of the current century, I don't think anyone can say what the collapse of which that would be a part will consist of or how it will unfold. It might be as bad as some of the visions, or it might not. Much of the outcome will depend on the actions of individuals and groups of people, even though we cannot know with much precision what actions will promote resilience or survival and what might hamper such outcomes.

Since the future is unknown and unknowable (as my Econometrics professor used to insist), I expect to spend my remaining time doing things I'm pretty sure can't hurt and might help: producing food locally using approaches that rebuild soil rendered sterile by chemical monocropping, turning off the air conditioner as much as possible and the TV completely (which I did 55 years ago), helping others learn how to do the same, and tearing down the privacy fences and sitting on the porch with the neighbors with homemade beer and pizza!
 
 
+1 # Promoting Peace 2016-03-26 21:14
If someone thinks there is zero difference between Hillary and the GOP Clowns, they truly have NOT been paying attention.

And, in this critical time of Supreme Court "injustices" most likely falling by the wayside, we can asbolutely not afford to have one of the GOP Clowns appoint right-wing nut cases to these vacancies.

Can one really feel that a Ted Cruz appointment would be the same as a Hillary appointment? Ted Cruz is the scariest of the whole bunch, and to let him make appointments would set us back for generations to come.

Bernie is the greatest, and it's awesome what he did today in Alaska and Washington. Hopefully he/we can pull this off and have him as our next President.

But if not, please don't let hatred or other emotions prevent you from keeping a GOP Clown out of the White House!
 
 
+2 # GreenBee 2016-03-27 07:53
Well you may be right that there would be a smidgen of difference in her SCOTUS appointments.Bu t it would be a small difference. I would fully expect her to appoint a judge who would uphold Citizens United and related decisions, and one who will strike down any effort to mandate labeling of GMO's. And I would expect her to follow Obama and appoint a Monsanto person as Secy of Ag and some Wall Street schill like Geithner to the Treasury. These types of appointments will not get to the root cause of our eroding democracy and the Neocon agenda of world domination via war.

If you really want peace and sanity it is time to push, work and educate the masses and help truly Progressive and Independent candidates.
 
 
+1 # Promoting Peace 2016-03-27 08:41
It's just speculation at this point, and hopefully we'll never see who she would appoint to SCOTUS. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt, however, what kind of right wing nut-cases the GOP Clowns would appoint, and it would be disasterous, to say the least, and the destruction would last for many decades.

With a GOP appointed nut-case, there would be: no health care, no concern about climate change, no funding for education or the infrastructure, no women's rights to do what they need to do with their own bodies, no concern about our environment, and on and on. They are the Party of NO!

On the other hand, Hillary has been pushed so far to the left by Bernie, and the sane citizens of this country, and there would be immense pressure on her to appoint at the very least a moderate, and hopefully a Liberal.

Also, she will want a second term, and if she screws up royally in her first term, she can kiss any hope of a second term goodby.

If Hillary gets in it's a crap shoot for sure, but at least there's a hope of a little more sanity than with the GOP Clowns.

I totally agree with you last sentenance and it really is time to push as hard as possible for Bernie to make it so we don't have to deal with a Hillary Prez.
 
 
+1 # fletch1165 2016-03-27 09:40
Exactly we can't afford 4 more years of the same. Under the Affordable care act, the CEO of Healthnet became the highest paid man in the country every year running until he recently sold the company in another mega-giant corporate merger. Of course he made out like a bandit in the sale. Healthnet, an insurance company that was named the number one defense contractor at the Pentagon based on monies spent.

The wars and the business as usual policies would be disastrous for the environment. The $3,500 a plate dinners Hillary conducted this weekend shows you who she serves. Next week it will be $100,000 per couple. In their careers the Clintons have personally made $150 million in speeches alone. Enough is enough.

We can't allow them to take away abortion rights true. But Reagan or neither Bush did away with it. Its a fairy tale. They try and we fight back and make it otherwise. All modern countries allow it. Its the women's right. Its clear Cruz is the scariest candidate of them all, and perhaps the one they could use best to scare independents into Hillary's fold.
 
 
0 # jsluka 2016-04-06 03:23
I don't see how a person who calls themselves "Promoting Peace" can support a warmongering Neocon like Hillary. A classic example of cognitive dissonance.
 
 
-1 # Anarchist 23 2016-03-28 13:13
for those of us who do pay attention to various alternative theories of Reality...ones that tend to conform to the laws of physics and forensics..., we probably already have mini-nukes and two at least were used on 9/11 to bring down the towers. There is so much conflicting evidence that does not support the Official State History but does support the possibility of mini-nukes, that this must be considered, even as 53 years after the event the MSM will officially deny any conspiracy in the assassination of JFK. Looking only through the lens of events and results, it is pretty plain that our national policy is really the economic goal of the Oligarchs...to control all the money, power and resources and reduce the rest of us to squalor and death. I'd say it is working fairly well.
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2016-03-30 13:29
says - # Anonymot 2016-03-26 13:38
"... Could you cite me anything she's done for Latinos? ..."

mot, if only latinos are out to get you? what does that say about women, blacks or union members? are they not out to get you too?
 

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