< HOME  Saturday, August 26, 2006

Repeat a lie often enough . . .

Americans are free.

Americans are free.

Americans are free.
"What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence?

It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling seacoasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle.

Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of ALL men, in ALL lands, EVERYWHERE.

Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage, and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them.

Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises."

- Abraham Lincoln
They hate us for our freedoms.

They hate us for our freedoms.

They hate us for our freedoms.

Diet Coke. Designer tags. MTV.
What afflicts the people of the United States in these days, that they have developed the capacity not only to tolerate, but even to cherish, the blatant lies and hypocrisies, the injustices, the evasions, and of course the invasions perpetrated by George W Bush and his neo-conservative cabal?

How can even conservatives themselves stomach this internationalist, interventionist, activist-court-packing, states'-rights-suppressing cat's-paw of the transnational culture of control that is the only heartfelt homeland of the corporate elite?

* * *

Let us not put too fine a point upon it: we are in danger of reverting to fascism.
We live in a democracy.

We live in a democracy.

We live in a democracy.
Fascism is a disease endemic in our species, a periodic fever whose tremors induce a psychosocial orgasm in its sufferers, tantalizing them with physical delusions of both security and power.
The greatest nation on earth.

The greatest nation on earth.

The greatest nation on earth.
[I]t is fascism's capacity to make a nuanced oppression seem both nurturing and empowering that makes it so dangerous. It is this nuance of fascism - more than the Big Lie techniques and the brute force fascists also employ - that makes the Bush/Cheney administration and its police and propaganda mechanisms a true threat to humanity in general and to the United States - formerly respected as an icon of liberty - specifically.

The fundamental appeal of fascism to the everyday person is threefold. It consists of:
  1. The promise of security. Fascists typically posit threats, external and internal, that are easily identified but difficult to fight, and then promise to protect you from them - if only you will give them absolute power to do so.

  2. We will protect you.

    We will protect you.

    We will protect you.

    Air Force. Navy. Army. Marines.

    Social security. Health insurance. Car insurance. Life insurance.

  3. Relief from uncertainty. It is no accident that Orwell had his dictator characterize himself as Big Brother. The fascist relieves you of the responsibility to make difficult decisions. You simply follow orders - given, of course, by Big Brother.

  4. Mutual Funds.

    Pension Funds.

    Hedge Funds.

  5. A share of strength. Most insidious, Big Brother will let you exercise power over others - as long as you exercise Big Brother's power Big Brother's way.

  6. Make money, live large.

    Make money, live large.

    Make money, live large.
This last is the stroke of genius. The fascist enlists the sufferers of fascism themselves as petty dictators over those who have been designated as "below" them. And we the people are all too often eager to enlist.
Convince a slave that he is free and he will never resist.

Promise him a piece of the pie and he may gladly do your bidding.

Either way, the little green bill with the pyramid on back constitutes the chains of bondage to which Lincoln alluded and against which he warned.

Americans will never be free until we rid ourselves of our decrepit, corrupt dollar and the men who control it.

Thanks, LanceThruster


At Saturday, August 26, 2006, Blogger Gut Feeling said...

Another excellent post. No matter how much we can read about this stuff, spelling it out like this - even to those of us aware of the brainwashing - DOES help.

At Saturday, August 26, 2006, Blogger superslave2 said...

free huh ?

i'm not free to keep my entire paycheck , not free to send my kids to certain schools, not free to have a majority white area to live or work, not free to walk in certian parts of town at night, not free to deceide who enters my country, not free of poison placed in my tap water, not free from fractional reserve Hebrew banking scheme, not free from Chicano music blasting all night in cars, not free from spray paint and empty Dorito bags that follows the imported gardeners wherever they roam...should i go on...?

At Saturday, August 26, 2006, Blogger The Sphinx said...

Well, you can say the same lie 1000 times, it still doesn't make it any more true

At Saturday, August 26, 2006, Blogger MMark said...

We will be free once we get the global war finished. We must eradicate the Arab enemy, as they are the enemy of God. I am for a complete first nuclear strike on Iran. I see no reason to ever place boots on the soil. We then need to complete the conversion to ethanol. Once this is done, all arabs who are not US born will be granted safe passage to an accepting nation. Canada will have to come under US control to make this policy effective. Arab immigration to Canada will not be allowed. Only Canadian born Arabs will be allowed to remain. The white unheard in Canada will be happy by the US taking control of Canadian policy. Quebec will not be allowed to seperate from the new union. Mexico should be taken at the same time. They will be made a territory, henceforth snuffing out the problem of illegal immigration. There oil will be drained at full capacity to make up for the lack of middle east oil during the ethanol conversion. Flights to and from the middle east will only be allowed at one airport. Only buisness travel will be authorized. All US troops will have been removed from the middle east, and all embassies closed. All US workers will be given notice to return to the United States. Once seperation from the Arab world is complete, a steady monitoring of all arab nations and countries with whom they do buisness will occur. It will be know US policy that any move twords retaliation will be met with a nuclear strike. China and Russia will not respond as they are both isolationist governments with trillions invested in the USA.
Thats sounds like freedom, and peace. What do you guys think?

At Saturday, August 26, 2006, Blogger Erosoplier said...

Thanks Qrs.

mmark, in light of what you say here, I think the PTB would as soon put a bullet in you as they would in any of the rest of us here. Why nuke Iran if you're not going to hang around to steal their oil??!

At Saturday, August 26, 2006, Blogger Citisucks said...

And don't forget one of the biggest lies of all is your vote counts. We have bogus elections where, as throught out US history, non-whites are denied the right to vote. Beyond that bogous election system, is a bogus political party system where their is no opposition party, only a fake opposition party that calls itself and opposition party. The fake opposition party repeats these same lies. Just look at their websites if you don't believe me.

Fight back. Fight the lies. Do whatever you need to do to fight the lies!

At Saturday, August 26, 2006, Blogger Mike said...

Refreshing post, qrswave.

At Saturday, August 26, 2006, Blogger Troll Watcher said...

Ethnic cleansing? World domination? Those don't sound like American ideals, mmark, more like fascist ideals.
BTW, ethanol requires more energy to produce than it yields, making it a "mute" point.

At Sunday, August 27, 2006, Blogger lesliemai said...

mmark tells more stories then walt disney. i imagine him to be a 12 years old boy, who only posts when his mother is in the shower or if his father is at work. i may be chastised for say this, but mmark is what i would call a rare example of a person that lives up to ther stereotype, very sad indeed.

At Sunday, August 27, 2006, Blogger LanceThruster said...

qrswave - Thanks for reminding me that quote by Lincoln and associated piece was out there. It certainly is timeless and I was in awe of it the first time I saw it. The "Speaking Freely" piece by Richard Risemberg in the Asia Times touches on so many of those mundane aspects that help move the descent into fascism along and you do an excellent job framing that.

For me, possibly one of the most unsettling aspects of his essay, was his observation that it's not who has the power necessarily, but the corruption that comes from wanting to ensure that the power is not relinquished which inevitably involves consolidating and expanding powers.

Your site provides much food for thought for sleepwalkers everywhere as well as for those with eyes wide shut.

I'll offer another quote I came across that puts things in perspective for me. On the "Great Books" series on cable, I saw author Joseph Heller say that, "Catch-22 means people have the right to do to you anything that you cannot prevent them from doing to you."

At Sunday, August 27, 2006, Blogger quasimodo said...

Has anyone seen Aaron Russos' new film - "America, Freedom to Fascism"? I understand it is being suppressed, in addition to being promotionally underfunded. If anyone is fortunate enough to have seen it, could they share a mini-review or snippet on this space? The Truth might set us Free...

At Sunday, August 27, 2006, Blogger Mike said...

I personally thought that mmark was just being tongue-in-cheek, sort of acting over the top in order to illustrate how absurd the current direction really is. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think he was being serious.

At Sunday, August 27, 2006, Blogger sabastian long said...

Freedom is an illusion. Our consittution is at serious stake right now. You call a president that illegally listens in to your phone calls, looks at your bank accounts, arrests anyone they want to for any reason "Freedom"?

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