Choices

‘Choice’ by Vlad Gerasimov

*edit, November 3, 2017 – I am accustomed to talking about the paradigm shift that saw the focus (ongoing) of developed democracies turn from viewing foreign militaries as potential enemies to viewing the domestic population as being a potential enemy (securocratic warfare or Critical Infrastructure Protection, meant to keep the people from rebelling while feeding the profits of abusive extractive industries and weapons makers) as being something we saw visibly with the Kennedy administration. That’s unsatisfactory. I could offer many more examples – since the Kennedies attention on the Phoenix Program was only one – that I’d have to examine in their entirety to have a better idea when it all started and to have a better idea how to express this idea. With this post, and others that I’ve written where I mention that particular paradigm shift, I’ll leave it with my mention of that one example, but the reader of history is going to know this about police states (which, today, include developed democracies) anyway.

Why WikiLeaks Won’t Stop the War — In These Times. – by Noam Chomsky

an excerpt from the above linked-to article:

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“The Afghanistan mission’s low public salience has allowed French and German leaders to disregard popular opposition and steadily increase their troop contributions to the International Security Assistance Force,” the memorandum states.

“Berlin and Paris currently maintain the third and fourth highest ISAF troop levels, despite the opposition of 80 percent of German and French respondents to increased ISAF deployments.” It is therefore necessary to “tailor messaging” to “forestall or at least contain backlash.”

The CIA memorandum should remind us that states have an internal enemy: their own population, which must be controlled when state policy is opposed by the public.

Democratic societies rely not on force but on propaganda, engineering consent by “necessary illusion” and “emotionally potent oversimplication,” to quote Obama’s favorite philosopher, Reinhold Niebuhr.
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The paradigm (within the ‘riches for the strongest’ paradigm) shifted during the reign of the Kennedies. That’s when planners began viewing their own citizens as ‘the enemy’, rather than foreign, external national groups, as Chomsky points out in his book “Rethinking Camelot.”

It’s another way of saying that elites, taking stock in their respective nations, decided that “Nah. We don’t want to pull together with the rest of our country to make a system that works for everyone. We’ll keep our positions of dominance and control, thank you very much. Outcomes can be guaranteed when you possess power and control and therefore my own security can be guaranteed. I will not venture into the unknown, fearlessly, to help make a better world for everyone, a world in which there is no inequality and no exploitation for profit. That’s scary. I might lose what I now possess. So, I think I’ll get busy with my associates and make sure that the present, rickety, unsafe system, in which I and my associates have power and privilege, isn’t attacked by anyone, neighbor or foreigner.”

You can’t force people to care. You can’t even force people to care about themselves, seeing how so many in the ‘enemy’ camp are okay with a war in which they are essentially unarmed and losing. Oh those blue pill people!

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