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Zero Percent of Elite Commentators Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela

Teddy Ostrow, via FAIR

A FAIR survey of US opinion journalism on Venezuela found no voices in elite corporate media that opposed regime change in that country. Over a three-month period (1/15/19–4/15/19), zero opinion pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post took an anti–regime change or pro-Maduro/Chavista position. Not a single commentator on the big three Sunday morning talkshows or PBS NewsHour came out against President Nicolás Maduro stepping down from the Venezuelan government.

Of the 76 total articles, opinion videos or TV commentator segments that centered on or gave more than passing attention to Venezuela, 54 (72 percent) expressed explicit support for the Maduro administration’s ouster. Eleven (14 percent) were ambiguous, but were only classified as such for lack of explicit language. Reading between the lines, most of these were clearly also pro–regime change. Another 11 (14 percent) took no position, but many similarly offered ideological ammo for those in support.

The Times published 22 pro–regime change commentaries, three ambiguous and five without a position. The Post also spared no space for the pro-Chavista camp: 22 of its articles expressed support for the end to Maduro’s administration, eight were ambiguous and four took no position. Of the 12 TV opinions surveyed, 10 were pro-regime change and two took no position.

(The Times and Post pieces were found through a Nexis search for “Venezuela” between 1/15/19–4/15/19 using each paper as a source, narrowed to opinion articles and editorials. The search was supplemented with an examination of each outlet’s opinion/blog pages. The TV commentary segments were found through Nexis searches for “Venezuela” and the name of the talkshow during the same time period, in the folders of the corresponding television network: NBC News/CBS News transcripts, ABC News transcripts, and PBS NewsHour. Non-opinion TV news segments were omitted. The full list of items included can be found here.)

Corporate news coverage of Venezuela can only be described as a full-scale marketing campaign for regime change. If you’ve been reading FAIR recently (1/25/192/9/193/16/19)—or, indeed, since the early 2000s (4/18/02Extra!11–12/05)—the anti-Maduro unanimity espoused in the most influential US media should come as no surprise.

This comes despite the existence of millions of Venezuelans who support Maduro—who was democratically elected twice by the same electoral system that won Juan Guaidó his seat in the National Assembly—and oppose US/foreign intervention. FAIR (2/20/19) has pointed out corporate media’s willful erasure of vast improvements to Venezuelan life under Chavismo, particularly for the oppressed poor, black, indigenous and mestizo populations. FAIR has also noted the lack of discussion of US-imposed sanctions, which have killed at least 40,000 Venezuelans between 2017–18 alone, and continue to devastate the Venezuelan economy.

Many authors in the sample eagerly championed the idea of the US ousting Maduro, including coup leader Juan Guiadó himself, in the Times (1/30/19) and Post (1/15/19), and on the NewsHour (2/18/19).

The Times made its official editorial opinion on the matter crystal clear at the outset of the attempted coup (1/24/19): “The Trump administration is right to support Mr. Guaidó.” Followed by FAIR’s favorite Times columnist, Bret Stephens (1/25/19):

The Trump administration took exactly the right step in recognizing National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s constitutionally legitimate president.

It’s generally a nation’s supreme court that has the final say on who is constitutionally legitimate, but in this case they can apparently be overruled by a foreign government—or a foreign newspaper columnist.

The Post editorial board also joined Team Unelected President (1/24/19):

The [Trump] administration’s best approach would be to join with its allies in initiatives that would help Venezuelans while bolstering Mr. Guaidó.

The Times even produced an opinion video (4/1/19) with Joanna Hausmann, “a Venezuelan American writer and comedian,” as she is described in her Times bio. Between sarcastic stabs at Venezuela’s “tyrannical dictator” and cute animations of “Ruth Bader Ginsburg in workout clothes”—Hausmann’s self-described “spirit animal”—come more serious declarations about the nation’s political situation:

Juan Guiadó is not an American right-wing puppet leading an illegitimate coup, but a social democrat appointed by the National Assembly, the only remaining democratically elected institution left in Venezuela…. Let’s provide humanitarian aid and support efforts to restore democracy.

Johanna Hausman screenshot

Odd that the Times didn’t find it necessary to note a blaring conflict of interest: Hausmann’s father is Ricardo Hausmann, Juan Guaidó’s appointed Inter-American Development Bank representative. Mint Press News (3/19/19) bluntly described him as the “neoliberal brain behind Juan Guaidó’s neoliberal agenda.”

It would be ludicrous to think the Times would withhold as blatant a connection to Maduro if one of his aides’ daughters made a snarky opinion video calling Juan Guaidó a would-be “brutal dictator”—even if our theoretical commentator was “an independent adult woman who has built a popular following on her own,” as Times opinion video producer Adam Ellick said in defense of the omission. Such a crucial relationship to a powerful Chavista politician would never go undisclosed—in the unlikely event that such a perspective would be tolerated in the opinion pages of an establishment paper.

These are just a few of many media pundits’ endorsements of Guaidó—someone whose name most of the Venezuelan population did not even recognize before he declared himself interim president. Put more accurately, they are endorsements of a US-backed coup attempt.

One of the more muddled regime change endorsements came from Rep. Ro Khanna’s Post op-ed (1/30/19), in which he says no! to military intervention, no! to sanctions, yet yes! to… “diplomatic efforts”:

The United States should lend its support to diplomatic efforts to find some form of power-sharing agreement between opposition parties, and only until fair elections can take place, so that there is an orderly transition of power.

“Diplomatic” is a reassuring term, until you realize that US diplomacy, as FAIR’s Janine Jackson explained on Citations Needed podcast (3/20/19), is “diplomacy where we try to get other countries to do what we want them to do”—in this case, effecting a “transition of power” in another country’s government.

Fareed Zakaria Screenshot

Francisco Rodríguez and Jeffrey D. Sachs (New York Times2/2/19) envision similar efforts for a “peaceful and negotiated transition of power,” and Khanna made sure to characterize Maduro as “an authoritarian leader who has presided over unfair elections, failed economic policies, extrajudicial killings by police, food shortages and cronyism with military leaders.”

In other words, Maduro the Dictator must be overthrown—but don’t worry, the US would be diplomatic about it.

Those that didn’t take explicit positions nonetheless wrote articles blaming all or most of Venezuela’s woes on Maduro and Chávez. Economics wiz Paul Krugman (New York Times1/29/19) gave his spiel:

Hugo Chávez got into power because of rage against the nation’s elite, but used the power badly. He seized the oil sector, which you only do if you can run it honestly and efficiently; instead, he turned it over to corrupt cronies, who degraded its performance. Then, when oil prices fell, his successor tried to cover the income gap by printing money. Hence the crisis.

Note that Krugman failed to mention the 57 percent reduction in extreme poverty that followed Chávez’s replacement of management of the state-owned oil industry (which has been nationalized since 1976, long before Chavismo). Nor does he acknowledge the impact of US sanctions, or any other sort of US culpability for Venezuela’s economic crisis.

Caroline Kennedy and Sarah K. Smith (Washington Post2/5/19) did not explicitly blame Maduro and Chávez for Venezuela’s “spiral downward,” but similarly ignored evidenced US involvement in that spiral. There are only so many places where you can point fingers without naming names.

Dictatorship-talk—writers lamenting the horrific and helpless situation under an alleged “dictator”—characterized many of the ambiguous and no-position articles. In the Post (1/24/19), Megan McArdle asked:

You have to look at Venezuela today and wonder: Is this what we’re seeing, the abrupt end of Venezuela’s years-long economic nightmare? Has President Nicolás Maduro’s ever-more-autocratic and incompetent regime finally completed its long pilgrimage toward disaster?

By simply describing the declining situation of a country (Times2/12/194/1/19) and using words like “regime” (Times2/14/19), “authoritarian” (Post1/29/19) and, of course, “dictatorship” (Post1/23/19Times, 2/27/19) in reference to government officials, commentators create the pretext for regime change without explicitly endorsing it.

The Sunday talkshows and NewsHour also couldn’t find a single person to challenge the anti-Maduro narrative. They did find room, however, for three of the most passionate advocates of regime change in Venezuela: Sen. Marco Rubio (Meet the Press1/27/19), Donald Trump (Face the Nation2/3/19) and Guaidó himself (NewsHour2/18/19).

Other TV regime change proponents included Florida Sen. Rick Scott (Meet the Press2/3/19), 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls Peter Buttigieg (This Week2/3/19) and Amy Klobuchar (Meet the Press3/17/19), Sen. Tim Kaine (Face the Nation3/17/19), and Guaidó-appointed, Mike Pence-approved “chargé d’affaires” Carlos Vecchio (NewsHour3/4/19).

But leave it to Nick Schifrin of the NewsHour (1/30/19) to bring on “two views” of the US intervention question that are both pro-regime change and pro-US intervention. View No. 1 came from Isaias Medina, a former Venezuelan diplomat who resigned from his post in protest against Maduro. Medina made the unlikely claim that 94 percent of the Venezuelan population—or 129 percent of the population over the age of 14—support US intervention to overthrow the Maduro government:

Not only I, but 30 million people, support not only the US circumstance, but also the Latin American initiative to restore the rule of law, democracy and freedom in Venezuela.

PBS Newshour Screenshot

View No. 2, the ostensibly anti-regime change take, came from Benjamin Gedan, who served on the Obama administration’s National Security Council as director for Venezuela and the Southern Cone. When asked if he supported Trump’s moves to sanction Maduro and possibly use US troops to oust him, Gedan responded:

I think both of those steps are problematic. I think the sense of urgency that the United States administration has shown is absolutely correct…. The question is, how can we assist the Venezuelan people [to] promote a peaceful transition in Venezuela, without harming the people themselves, or fracturing the coalition that we have built over two administrations?

In other words, how can we overthrow the Venezuelan government without destroying the country—or “fracturing the coalition we have built”? The US has many options on the table, but none of them involve not pursuing the overthrow of Maduro.

In the “no position” camp for TV news, New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger (Face the Nation1/27/19) noted that the problem with US support for Guaidó is one of  “both history and inconsistency”:

Our history in Latin America of intervening is a pretty ugly one, and the inconsistency of not applying the same standards to places like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where the president has embraced strong men, I think may come back to make the United States look pretty hypocritical, not for the first time.

Sanger indulged in the popular “hypocrisy takedown”: The problem, as presented, isn’t that the US disrupts democracies, destroys economies and kills people, but rather that it does so inconsistently. While vaguely acknowledging the US’s horrific track record of Latin American interventions, and Trump’s cherry-picking of governments worthy of regime change, Sanger didn’t take the logical next step of calling for the US to keep its hands off Venezuela. Instead, he called Maduro’s supporters—defined as “China, Russia and Cuba”—“not a great collection,” and failed to push back against the claim that Maduro “fixed the last” election. Without a formal declaration, Sanger did all the ideological preparation for foreign-backed regime change.

That elite media didn’t find a single person to vouch for Maduro or Chavismo, and that almost all the opinions explicitly or implicitly expressed support for the ouster of Venezuela’s elected president, demonstrates a firm editorial line, eerily obedient to the US government’s regime change policy.

This isn’t the first time that FAIR (e.g., 3/18/034/18/18) has found a one-sided debate in corporate media on US intervention. When it comes to advocating the overthrow of the US government’s foreign undesirables, you can always count on opinion pages to represent all sides of why it’s a good thing. And the millions of people who beg to differ? Well, they’re just out of the question.

Featured image: New York Times cartoon by Patrick Chappatte (1/31/19) featuring Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó.

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Jim Scott
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Jim Scott

So now PBS stands for Public Bull Shit . Mind you they also showed a film purported to be a US air attack on terrorists stealing oil from Syrian oil wells and driving it to Turkey but it was actually the Russians doing the bombing and the USA sitting on their hands.

mark
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mark

Sky and Channel 4 are particularly poisonous in their coverage, doing lengthy puff pieces to support the coup. Some cloned third rate female media hack like Alex Crawford covering the “rapturous applause” for Gweedo, the “new Messiah”, “man of the people”, “rock star”, “going to church with his mother”, “helping a woman who had fallen over.” Lengthy coverage of economic hardship, without any mention of 20 years of US economic strangulation, theft of tens of billions of Venezuelan assets or the heist of 80 tons of Venezuelan gold by the Bank of England. The power and water outages – US… Read more »

John A
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John A

Could there possibly be any more conclusive proof the random guy is anything other than a pretty boy mannequin puppet of the US?

summitflyer
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summitflyer

Not often that I post a link to Fox News but I could not resist this one.Tucker interviews Anya Parampil.
https://russia-insider.com/en/rt-infobabe-anya-parampil-goes-supernova-tucker-carlson-about-venezuela-must-watch/ri26922

Narrative
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Narrative

breitbart dot com has just published that Juan Guaidó is the legitimate President.

How can breitbart know better than the rest of the world?

Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

A bit off-topic perhaps, but I see that poor old Corby has put his foot in his mouth again. He apparently has read and reviewed a book, ‘Imperialism’ by J.A.Hobson a ground-breaking polemic which came out in 1902. Hobson was a new radical liberal and among other things moved among the leftist intelligentsia including L.T. Hobhouse who like Hobson wrote for the Guardian (yes, you read that correctly) under the tutelage of C.P.Scott, the then editor. Hobson and Hobhouse were affectionately known as ‘the 2 Hobs’. What has caused the present storm in a teacup was the fact that Corbyn… Read more »

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

It’s not off topic as the US media mentioned here appear to e controlled by supporters of Israel and both Chavez and Maduro have supported Palestine.

Gezzah Potts
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Gezzah Potts

Francis Lee: well someone should just go there and conduct a citizens arrest on the evil pile of blubber (Blair). In fact, get a few people into the audience and take turns at heckling the prick. Loudly. Oh, regards the first part of your excellent comment, the whole anti semitic hysteronics is about censorship and silencing critics of Israel’s brutal blood drenched occupation and its war crimes. Yeah, I know that’s plainly obvious to readers at OffGuardian, but to your Tom & Jane Smith of Swindon, how obvious is this deliberate smearing by the Zionist lobby?

BigB
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BigB

Are we not missing the point? I read it as a really rather tenuous and desperate self-defence of capitalism. The book, after all, was about imperialism – and couched in the metaphors of its day. Anti-semitism is a metonym in defence against anti-capitalism. If you are anti-capitalist, you must be an anti-semite, right? Only an anti-semite – incapable of discerning the few from the Jew – would attack capitalism. That was the whole point of the IHRA confusionary intentional conflation. The confusion is not mine, it is the twisted logic of the capitalist, projecting their own racist hatred as a… Read more »

Gezzah Potts
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Gezzah Potts

BigB: point taken, and agree that it’s also used as a defence of capitalism – ‘the status quo’ also. Glad you found the Neoliberalism Softpanorama site excellent. Its so huge with so many subsections, you could spend a whole week on there. Think the guy behind it is from Czech Republic or Hungary, but it’s a valuable resource also. Here in Melbourne for Mayday, they had signs up basically saying ‘Celebrate May 1st By Going On A Shopping Tour Of Melbourne’ or something similar to that. I glanced at the sign and just went…. WTF?

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

This whole Venezuelan thing has got me totally confused. I simply can’t decide if “intervention” is code for “meddling” or if “meddling” is code for “intervention”.

As for “sanctions” – do they or do they not include years of unremmitting, indirect internal subversion by the “moderate” classes of the former local Venezuealan/international financial skimming racket satrap-middlemen against the “regime” of Chavez and Maduro or are they confined to the direct external intermeddling of nation states?

mark
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mark

This is just an indication of what to expect in the event of forthcoming military aggression against Iran and/ or Venezuela – endless cheerleading from the loathsome MSM, very crude third rate propaganda campaigns and an unending stream of not very convincing lies parroted by presstitute stenographers.. What surprises me most is the very crude and blatant nature of all this. They are lying, everybody knows they’re lying, and they even brag about how they’re lying (like loudmouth Pompeo.) It’s like Hitler before the attack on Poland – he said he needed a pretext for war. It didn’t need to… Read more »

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

Hunt wants to ban RT after the Salisbury false flag.

Kathleen Lowrey
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Kathleen Lowrey

Listening to the CBC, I’ve gotten the impression they have figured out the coup attempts are not working. A few months ago they were bombastic on the Maduro “regime” (always a code word for “government we don’t like”) and referred to him inevitably as “Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro”). It was clear they were bouncily sure he was a total goner. this morning’s reporting was more sedate: it was “unclear” how much military support Guaido enjoyed. by which is meant of course: very clear but in a direction they’d rather not report upon. But still, there was less fat-headed bombast in… Read more »

summitflyer
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summitflyer

The CBC unfortunately has gone neocon in the last years .I used to watch and hear on the radio CBC news and programs all the time. I don’t even listen anymore , save when my spouse ,who is tuned in to same all the time, the bull$hit spun all the time just like the MSM in the US .Not much different .And to think I used to contribute financially to
this false news agency.Personally ,I think that things started going South when Chrytia Freeland was appointed foreign Minister. We are now officially part of the US system.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Well spotted. BBC integrity is becoming an oxymoron.

John2o2o
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John2o2o

“That elite media didn’t find a single person to vouch for Maduro or Chavismo, … demonstrates a firm editorial line, eerily obedient to the US government’s regime change policy.”

Indeed, but the piece in my opinion does not fully recognise the deep infiltration of the US MSM by the CIA. Once you recognise that it becomes easy to see why they say what they do.

Gwyn
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Gwyn

Tens of thousands of deaths in Venezuela due to sanctions. Tens of thousands of deaths in Britain due to a cruel and insane government and its vendetta against people who are struggling financially.

It’s those lefties you want to watch out for, though – they’re REALLY dangerous…

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Few of those elites opposed the brutal invasion of Iraq. The NYT, which as far as I can tell, stands for itself, and for Israel, was chief cheerleader.

Steve Hayes
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The political media elite propagandising for regime change in Venezuela are the same people who have for years been jumping up and down with indignation about foreign meddling in domestic affairs. But no one is supposed to notice.

Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

Interesting to note that during the Nazi ascendancy in Germany – roughly 1923 until 1934 – there was a huge resistance leftist movement comprising of the Communists (KPD) and Social-Democrates (SPD). The combined electoral, membership predominance was always bigger than the Nazis with the KPD/SPD outvoted the NSDAP. This being the case the Nazis even stole some of the left’s clothing by calling themselves National Socialists. They even had a red flag, red flags being of course traditionally the emblem of the left. Both the SPD and KPD had their own mass circulation newspapers, respectively, ‘The Red Shock Troop’ and… Read more »

binra
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Orwell wanted to title it 1948. Publishers refused. The massive international – and financial backing for Hitler – including the non support of German opposition by British Gov – is all background to what a narrative historical foreground keeps obscure. I am reminded of Pasteur’s anecdotal recant on his deathbed; “Bernard was correct. I was wrong. The microbe (germ) is nothing. The terrain (milieu) is everything.” (Bernard was Claude Bernard, who got the terrain theory from Antoine Béchamp (who called it the microzymian theory). This is why we have everything backwards. We WANT the hero in our dream and so… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

We buy into it and believe in it – to an extent at least. There is no use blaming them for gaming the system – we are the system: us and them. There is a dialectical materialism of leader and led; ruler and ruled; the Master Slave dialectic – but we both share the Nietzschian Will to Power – we both get something out of it …even if it is, as it is now, a law of diminishing return. We supported the state when the return on autonomy invested was worthwhile. Well, a majoritarian sufficient quorum did. And those who… Read more »

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

“…networked autonomous mini-republics…”

One of the most critical “political” keys. All strains of human mindset are needed but none can survive the social pressures of all.

Write a book or just anthologize your various writings and self-publish electronically (there are several existent platforms of which to make use. Your thoughts need far more public airtime.

binra
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“This ends when we reject materialism. To reject materialism: we must develop an inner state of peace …to counter the outer state of war. When we are sufficient in ourselves: we no longer need the ‘outer’ materialism.” What’s the matter with matter? Tangibility and visibility gives form to the formless. So identifying in the FORMS of life as if things in themselves – gives the mind of such attempt a sense of ‘self-in-itself’ – which is by (its own self) definition at odds with and set against the whole – and with ‘others’ seen as separated autonomous bodies – because… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

There is plenty written about the manipulation and propaganda the state employs – Bernays’ “invisible government”. And the Tavistock school of mass applied psychology – social-Skinnerism as I call it. Being the credit issuer in a fiat token economy of symbolic exchange is not a power that should be devolved to the corporate banking system. It should be a national, sovereign, transparent, and democratically accountable responsibility of a collectively autonomous people. Therein lies a large part of the problem. So they lie, manipulate, and control the media. This is a given: a normative of statecraft. So why do the people… Read more »

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

“There is plenty written about the manipulation and propaganda the state employs – Bernays’ “invisible government”. And the Tavistock school of mass applied psychology – social-Skinnerism as I call it.” Are you responding to my derisional response to Coleman’s delusional wittering? There’s no doubt that the WWII Allies developed at the time some extremely dubious psyops and have since gone on to make a bad brew much, much more poisonous. But the terminally shitbrained Coleman added nothing to a rational awareness of their evil except a gross, mindless self-indulgent adjuvancy that renders their MK-U and other directly or indirectly programmed/programmable… Read more »

binra
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Your last line prompts me to point out that a self-defeating futility is not in the act itself but in the invested identity in outcome or attempt to change the other. Do ‘voices in our head’ EVER support anything but a kind of mind-capture? The prompting that I joined with in writing this observation was felt first as a formless recognition in alignment with the desire to be free of deceit – and share in ‘the living’. I was pleased that you addressed some of the devices of deceit – because merely personalising evil and attacking it in others invokes… Read more »

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

Your last line prompts me to point out that a self-defeating futility is not in the act itself but in the invested identity in outcome or attempt to change the other. Do ‘voices in our head’ EVER support anything but a kind of mind-capture? I guess you are replying to me? Nothing so subtle I’m sorry to report. No voices, just a combination of exigency and poetic licence. I was/am running late migrating a web site from one hosting service to another and realized, after checking out a couple of dates for a timeline, that it was going to take… Read more »

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

‘No need for anarchy’
Anarchy (rules WITHOUT rulers) is exactly what we need Big B.
Anarchy is not chaos.
Government is chaos: Economic, social, climate and military.
When all hierarchies are removed we will have peace.
No one is born a leader. They are ‘manufactured’ by ignorance and arrogance. They are often made psychopathic by the absence of any Love in their lives.
The future beckons with a bloody hand.
Then we start all over again.

binra
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Forms change. Meeting a true and shared need finds the pathways of fulfilment. All who join in support share in its blessing and extend it. the roles each plays are secondary to the living purpose. The issue with the human mind and personality complex is to identify in role as status or worth – as a segregative and special sense of self. Leadership is any and every kind of initiative in the witnessing to a living worth – but life’s fossilisation into rigid and set currency or code of meanings is the imprint of its passing and not the movement… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

FD Read what I said carefully to see we are totally aligned. My only caveat is that autonomous unity – or anarchy – cannot just happen. There would have to be a transition, I personally reckon around 100 years (which we don’t have), for people to unlearn and be re-educated – not in an Orwellian sense, more and organic spiritual discovering of who we really are. So, a natural education, focused as if people matter – note a rote learning and inculcation with capitalist values …which Paulo Friere aptly named the “banking” style of education – as if a person… Read more »

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

It appears that the Earth (Gaia, if you like) will purge capitalism before it self destructs Big B.
It will be up to the sHell shocked survivors to pick up the pieces. Hopefully, they will be made wiser by the devastation and loss that surrounds them.

binra
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If contrary to narrative propaganda, our past was catastrophic – as experience of terrifying and terraforming series of events that gave rise to a ‘consciousness’ of defensive dissociation that effectively emulates or reenacts its archetypes, then we are self-generating and replicating our beginning in our ending. The assigning of powers to gods of Earth and Sky is itself a power of the mind or of the Word ‘made flesh’. Or rather made manifest. Now we assign powers to a legion of derivatives. The mythic archetypes structure the narrative mind. Science thinks to be above that in its Promethean ignorance and… Read more »

binra
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I voted twice today. Local elections and your closing comment – to which ‘none of the above’ or ‘thanks but no thanks! False mind-framing is the nature of no real choice. Of course the mind is ingenious and can weave toxic debts into seeming assets to generate complex packages to attract investment. The mind that got us into deceit is not the means to get us out – excepting as a ruse by which to seem to be on the right side while ensuring the persistence of the core illusion in perhaps different forms. Where do we accept authority? is… Read more »

Gwyn
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Gwyn

BigB – your comment about a natural education reminded me of this essay by Emma Goldman, which contains some truly inspirational ideas:

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/goldman/works/1917/ferrer.htm

wardropper
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wardropper

“So why do the people enter into voluntary servitude …erm, voluntarily? Why are the led …led?”
It’s just self interest, BigB, along with laziness and fear.
That’s what people are generally like.
And those who manipulate them are very well aware of the fact.
We who come here and read a lot of good sense are still not sure what to do about it, however.

BigB
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BigB

WD Indeed, all the factors you mention. The dynamics of this world are really rather mundane. Its just a bunch of people making choices. Uninformed, unconscious choices (unconscious unchoosing). Under neoliberalism, the right to choose is monopolised and asymmetric. But it is still a bunch of people making choices. The hidden dynamic is habit energy – making the same choices out of habit. Reductively, politically – we think we get one choice per five years (in the UK: under the fixed term parliament). But we are choosing unconsciously every thought-moment. Asymmetry aside, those choices add up to the world-as-it-presents. In… Read more »

Eddie John
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Eddie John

Just reading “Coleman_John_-_The_Tavistock_Institute_of_Human_Relations”
Very interesting and very enlightening , you can get it in pdf format , worth a read if you have time.

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

“…Coleman_John_-_The_Tavistock_Institute_of_Human_Relations”

Very interesting and very enlightening , you can get it in pdf format , worth a read if you have time.”

A very dossier “publication” indeed (“dossier” as in “dodgy”).

Have the time? What, only 45 minutes, as in “Maduro’s massive arsenal of WMD could be deployed to blow up the Capitol within 45 minutes”? 45 minute pass time: is the word “arsenal” an attempt to sex that up (using “arse” as in “Nice arse!”)?

KarenEliot
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KarenEliot

Looks really interesting, thank you. I spent my teenage years in apartheid South Africa. The crudeness and shamelessness Of The propaganda onslaught these days has gone far far beyond the crap the Boers used. Of course they were also fond of making unpersons of their critics, not to mention all the people who slipped on the soap in the shower at John Vorster Square. It’s profoundly depressing to see this shit going on in the world now. No one is embarrassed or reticent about outright lying right out in the open. I think I’d go into a very deep spiral… Read more »

denise kelsall
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denise kelsall

information clearing house
strategic culture
offer good broad collection and critique too

FS
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FS

KarenEliot, you’re not alone in feeling dumbstruck at the sheer insanity. If you’re not already aware of them, I’d also recommend podcasts UK Column and 21st Century Wire. The more voices telling the truth, the better.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

…also Craig Murray’s website and Consortium News.

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/
https://consortiumnews.com/

Gezzah Potts
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Gezzah Potts

And this sums up perfectly what the role of the Establishment media is. Presstitutes for Empire, for Imperialism, and to maintain the status quo. I noted a few commenters mentioned Goebbels or Goebbelesque. That also sums up perfectly what the media have become. Boycott them. Ignore them. Or failing that, stand outside a TV station with a placard saying ‘Whores For Empire And Imperialism – Cheersquad For WW3’, or do what Aaron Mate did on Twitter to Rachel Madcow the other day and show them up for the liars they are. The establishment media are like the cops. Neither are… Read more »

falcemartello
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Welcome to USA’s Goebbelesque TV reality show.
Double down.
Keep repeating the lies.
Keep up the charade.
Me thinks we are entering a Marie Antionette moment.
Stock up on the popcorn cuase this sure beats Netflix.

Godfree Roberts
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Godfree Roberts

The American Press Institute found, “Just six percent of Americans say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions.”

KarenEliot
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KarenEliot

That high… seriously, the US is supposedly the worlds leading “democracy” (ha!) and not even one person in ten buys in to the official narrative..?

binra
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Grafter
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Grafter

Sit back in the comfort of your own home and watch us exploit and subjugate yet another foreign country. Yes your home with all those nice little luxuries you have purchased to comfort you in the knowledge that your world will forever be safe and secure under the auspices of your freedom loving government. That’s it, just sit back and watch. You just know their won’t be a drone strike on your property or that your door will be broken down and armed men will take you to a prison or worse to a place of no return. Stay safe.… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

As a failed conceptual artist: I came with the idea for an installation – the Bleeding iPhone – on a cross, of course. It would bleed with the blood of 10 million Unpeople (no one knows the true figure) from NATO/IMF/UN’s Secret Holocaust. On the screen behind would flash images of child soldiers and child miners – forced to dig the blood coltan at gunpoint. Images of the genocidiaires’ in chief – Museveni and Kagame. Images of Rwandan and Ugandan occupying troops. Images of prostitution and rape. The guards and the overseer keep the pittance, the child gets malnourished. And… Read more »

binra
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I had the idea of the Apple i-Doll. Make your own i-Life’ and be free to do ANYTHING you want with it – and don’t forget the code for waking up from the experiential extension to your own thought control. … and a deep sleep fell upon Adam. Terror and horror are the proofs of sin. But the Cross was not merely a precursor to Big Brother’s Boot on the face of a true Presence – but a witness for waking up. What you choose to USE anything for is your i-Life. Or you can relinquish a private will and… Read more »

peasant43
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peasant43

Comments are playing the lottery.

How many trees to plant to offset the CO2 from unread comments?

Comment sections are lining up to play the lottery.

Comment/Comments as Comments approach infinity is naught.

What is the sound of one hand thumbing/typing said unread comment?

I was once an immodset moderator.

binra
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Mortal terror and fear of pain of loss, underlies all tyranny. Have you another view? Framed in terror is the struggle of defence against it – and the emulation and alignment within it. The conventional commenting framework reiterates the same themes repeatedly. Human conditioning reiterates the same themes repeatedly. How you choose to frame your reality is up to you. But the ability of mind to recognise a framing is the shifting from a distorted and conflicted reality to a recognition of coherence. It is the nature of the mind to see what does not fit or support its framing… Read more »

tutisicecream
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With the regimes footsoldiers in lock step on this one what could possibly go wrong? Well the main event for one thing. We are witnessing mass fabrication of events which appear to have not happened in Venezuela. A mass hallucinogenic hysteria pumped out over the ether in a you-tubed fantasy of White Helmet proportions.

Well the trusted forth estate have now departed on last gravy-train to shitsville in their apparent boondoggle of career choices. The truth lies buried and we are living through dangerous times…yet again.