*edit, April 26, 2019 – Note, The correct title of Peter Phillips book, which initially escaped me, is: “Giants: The Global Power Elite.”
The above linked-to video on Bitchute resides on my own Bitchute channel. I rarely see anyone comment, let alone attempt a discussion with me or someone else. Something like a discussion was happening after I posted a very interesting interview by Abby Martin (Empire Files) of Peter Phillips, author of the recently published “Giants: Who Really Rules The World?” It didn’t go far. One substantial, but not crazy long, comment I offered was okay. A second was deleted and left in its place was a notice that the comment had been marked as spam. I thought that Bitchute was a place where censorship couldn’t happen. Or was it Disqus? If it was Disqus, and alt media (progressives?) people like Ray Vahey are okay with this, then they have a problem. In fact, I’m furious. What is the matter with the tech savvy progressive community? They have let data-mining, abusive Disqus have the field, including spaces where progressives congregate online.(Try doing a substantial comment via Disqus, in which you need to edit your comment. You won’t believe how awful the experience becomes.) I like the ‘idea’ of Disqus (like I like the ‘idea’ of Microslop’s windows operating system) but the company is nasty, clearly. (As for Microslop, their recent update of windows 10 to a creator’s edition [?] destroyed my bluetooth.)
I had no inkling that Bitchute would do this and so my original comment has not been preserved in any form. Now I know. My second comment, which may also disappear – it’s in moderation and that happened instantly – follows. Judge for yourselves whether what follows is spam. As well, I’ll show you FallenNation’s comment to which I was responding.
“Socialism/Communism has never worked anywhere it has ever been implemented. It eventually fails. It’s failing in Western Europe right now even European Socialism has failed. None of them care about you they only care about power and control. I don’t want anyone telling me what I have to believe think what I can do and cannot do that’s Socialism and Communism it’s the the same thing in the end. We’re gonna die in divided nation and a divided world. In a way we have ourselves to blame. Even Democracies eventually fail when the 51% is wrong or for example Islamic.”
Capitalism has only ever ‘succeeded’ because those pushing it used violence and terrorism (cointel, ongoing; operation Condor, ongoing; the Phoenix program, ongoing). That’s just history. I guess it depends on your values, but to me that kind of success isn’t success. A social economic system works, in my view, when it works for ‘all’. Neoliberal (rotten) capitalism works for a minority only. Worse, The prosperity and privileges of that minority are at the expense of the majority, an unacceptable situation.
Noam Chomsky explains that Cold War, with the Pentagon system at its core, is essentially class warfare. (https://app.box.com/s/7z2m80b9mctmnnjp92k9xhekfqfskc9y) Do we need class warfare? The problem is that it’s a free universe and, for now, people are free to self-modify themselves into believers in deceit, violence and inequality (neoconservatives) and then make trouble for others. With self-modified people, Where there was Jesus’s golden rule of love others the way you want them to love you, there is now ‘riches for the strongest’, this world’s operating principle and paradigm (and contradiction in terms to those who haven’t self-modifed and who have normal needs and wants). Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of nazi Israel, put it bluntly, in public, as Philip Weiss reminds us:
“The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong…”
That was from Philip Weiss’s Mondoweiss article titled “Netanyahu’s credo, ‘weak are slaughtered, strong survive,’ echoes Hitler” :
Once you self-modify yourself, as we are all free to do, your values change and your desires become twisted. You now value winning, and proving yourself strong, by beating others. There ‘has to be’ losers. Inequality is therefore a goal. While we can indeed self-modify, we cannot escape the consequences of doing that.
Jeff Halper wrote the detailed “War Against The People,” showing how Israel’s oppression of Palestinians was part of something bigger, namely a global, ongoing pacification program. That pacification program is part of what is called counterrevolution, which itself has been around since capitalism. Capitalists exploit and oppress, and in order to keep the people from rebelling against that abuse propaganda is deployed and examples (like Julian Assange) are made. When people do revolt, they must be put down, hence counterinsurgency. Counterinsurgency is State terrorism. States terrorizing their own citizens, after first abusing them, don’t call what they do State terrorism. They call it Critical Infrastructure Protection, public safety, and national security or some such thing.
“Thinking About Thinking” (A Yappy Trade Barrier) :
“Fossil Fuel Companies Are Enlisting Police to Crack Down on Protesters” by Sarah Lazare and Simon Davis-Cohen (In These Times) :
Naomi Klein (with whom I have issues, but let’s set that aside) wrote the stellar “The Shock Doctrine.” Disasters, natural or man-made, are profitable. Here’s an excerpt from her book, looking at the closed loop that is disaster capitalism:
“The Bush administration immediately seized upon the fear generated by the attacks not only to launch the “War on Terror” but to ensure that it is an almost completely for-profit venture, a booming new industry that has breathed new life into the faltering U.S. economy. Best understood as a “disaster capitalism comple,” it has much farther-reaching tentacles than the military-industrial complex that Dwight Eisenhower warned against at the end of his presidency: this is global war fought on every level by private companies whose involvement is paid for with public money… The ultimate goal for the corporations at the centre of of the complex is to bring the model of for-profit government, which advances so rapidly in extraordinary circumstances, into the ordinary and day-to-day functioning of the state – in effect, to privatize the government.
“ To kick-start the disaster capitalism complex, the Bush administration outsourced, with no public debate, many of the most sensitive and core functions of government – from providing health care to soldiers, to interrogating prisoners, to gathering and “data mining” information on all of us. The role of government in this unending war is… of a deep-pocketed venture capitalist, both providing its seed money for the complex’s creation and becoming the biggest customer for its new services.” -pg 14
If it’s for profit, then privatized war is mandatory.
Long before Naomi Klein wrote “The Shock Doctrine,” Michale Klare wrote “War Without End” (about the Vietnam War, counterinsurgency and the involvement, knowingly and unknowingly, of the private sector and academia in the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s criminality). It was published in 1970, 1971 and 1972. When you read Klare’s book, you can see the seeds of the disaster capitalism complex in it. It’s astonishing to what extent officials in academia went along with Pentagon and CIA evil, willingly and knowingly. Part 1. Of Klare’s book is titled “The Counterinsurgency Establishment.” It includes sections with titles like: “The Scientific Mercenaries – American’s Fourth Armed Service” and “Social Systems Engineering – Project Camelot and Its Successors.” (And yet, today, Klare is spouting establishment nonsense about targets of imperial aggression. He can be found on the fakey TomDispatch website.)