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Chomsky On The Coronavirus: Perspective Is Urgently Needed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2020 by jtoddring

Chomsky clarifies the situation with the coronavirus, saying: it’s serious enough, but it represents not even a fraction of the biggest dangers we are facing, which are nuclear war, global warming, and the rising plague of neoliberal fascism.

(Exactly what I have been saying since January, and before.)

He began the interview by saying he is now haunted  (not by fear of germs, of course, but) by the same thing that haunted him when he was growing up in the 1930’s, which is the rising plague of fascism.

(Again, exactly as I have been saying, and trying to convey to a public lost in panic and hype.)

Note the central facts: global deaths from December 2019 to March 2020: coronavirus roughly 25,000, common flu 110,000, cancer 1.9 million, poverty and hunger 2.3 million, and obesity and poor diets killed even more.

Poverty and hunger – due to systemic economic injustice – along with pollution and cancer, and obesity and poor diets, as well as global crop failure and famine due to equally systemic ecological malfeasance, are by far the biggest health crises we face: not a virus that has 1/10th the mortality rate of the common flu.

Even more important to realize is this simple fact: Neoliberal fascism, which is being imposed as a solution to the health crisis, is both a distraction from the vastly bigger health crises, such as poverty and hunger, cancer and pollution, obesity and poor diets; and also represents a far greater danger than any virus could ever be.

We have lost all perspective. We had better regain it soon.

If our civilization collapses, it will not likely be due to any virus. Even the Bubonic Plague, which killed 30-50% of Europeans roughly 600 years ago, did not wipe out civilization, much less the human species. But either nuclear war or global warming can easily wipe out both – and one of the two most definitely will, if we do not act boldly, decisively and immediately.

Neoliberal fascism is the “solution” which the billionaire Davos elite and their political appendages and minions in government want to impose on humanity. It is not public health that is their concern, or saving human lives – they are quite fine with torture, mass murder for oil and other resources, and with an imposed economic apartheid and predatory economic imperialism which causes 25,000 people to die PER DAY from poverty and hunger. Their interest is in power and wealth. Do not be mistaken.

Further, if the truly fascist and predatory, sociopathic elite are not removed from power, we will most certainly see either nuclear war or ecological cataclysm: because they are addicted to their power games, to empire, and to obscene profits from the planet-killing fossil fuel industry.

The single greatest danger, therefore, is the continued rule of the global power elite. Let’s try to regain perspective. It is now a matter of democratic revolution, or a gulag society, followed by extinction and collapse – as I have been saying for over 30 years. And we are running out of time.

JTR,

March 31, 2020

 

Revolution, and, Re-Thinking Bernie

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 29, 2020 by jtoddring

I’ve been a big Sanders supporter, as much as I can be as a Canadian who can’t vote in the US. (Yikes… Canadians tampering in US elections! Call McCarthy!) But I’ve been re-thinking my take on Bernie.

When Bernie endorsed Hilary in 2016, after Hilary, the media, and the Democratic Party cheated him out of the nomination, I was deeply disappointed, as were many, many people.

Hilary, like Biden and Obama, represents the Goldman Sachs wing of the Democratic Party. That means, of course, the party elite, the establishment. Endorsing any of them means surrender to or complicity with the plutocrats on Wall Street – Bernie’s supposed arch enemies.

Endorsing Hilary, worse yet, is akin to endorsing Satan. Ok, maybe Satan’s ghoulish little sadist war-monger on permanent hire to Wall Street. Maybe that’s a tad inflammatory, but that’s pretty much how I feel, and not far off of how millions of Americans clearly feel.

(Yes, there are good reasons for, in general, avoiding rhetorical flourishes; but there are also times for galvanizing oratory, to rouse the people to action, and to move them from an all too common quiet despair. Now is such a time. But, to return for the moment to a more restrained tone, lest the sensibilities of the sycophants be too ruffled…)

So that was a bitter pill to swallow, to see Sanders support the multiple coup-backing Darling of Wall Street. Sanders supporters generally took the punch to the gut, made note, gave Bernie the benefit of the doubt, and moved on, while continuing to believe he represented the possibility of real hope and change – unlike that other guy.

But to hear Bernie already pulling punches, and calling Biden, “my friend Joe”, and saying he will back Biden – a right wing, war-mongering, self-confessed prostitute to big money – if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination – which he definitely won’t if he keeps playing with kid gloves….is a bit too much.

I view elections as a distraction, generally, though sometimes it is worth voting for a lesser evil, or maybe a rare, good candidate. But 2020 could be pivotal. Trump and his neoconservative cabal need to go. Biden and the neoliberal/CIA/Rockefeller/Wall Street banker cabal are equally fascist corporatists, and almost as in love with planet-killing big oil profits, while both camps are rabid imperialists on hire to the military industrial complex, and are sabre-rattling for war with either China or Russia, or both.

(Does anyone remember Dr. Strangelove? These neoliberal and neoconservative crazies cannot be anywhere near the nuclear button; which of course itself must soon be eliminated by mutual disarmament, if we are to survive.)

In short, Bernie needs to come out fighting now, and win – with serious redistribution of wealth and democratization of power, and serious checks on the bloated, murderous, bankrupting war machine – along with bold steps toward curbing carbon emissions and pollution more generally. If either Sanders or some other movement does not quickly generate major positive motion towards a better society, I am convinced we will see civil war in the United States again, and soon.

And of course, it has not gone unnoticed among the 99%, that, while the universal cry is always that there is no money for such things as fully funded universal public health care, pensions or education, student debt relief, affordable housing for all who need it, a Green New Deal infrastructure builing program, or a serious jobs program of any kind, there is never a shortage of money for war, or for the ever growing military industrial complex, or the new police state – and it was noticed that the Wall Street elite just arranged for another “emergency” four trillion dollars for themselves, which was agreed to instantly with full bipartisan approval by the political prostitute class, with only crumbs for the people.

This latest round of corporate looting and feeding frenzy will drive the people into Gandhian, MLK-Style non-violent revolution, if it is channelled well; or to dark demagogery, and long, bloody, protracted civil war, if it is not. Mark my words.

To the central point, the US, like most nations today, has been taken over by corporate oligarchs. It needs, therefore, a popular revolution to restore democracy and power to the people.

Bernie needs to stick with the fiery FDR-style democratic-left spirit which made him the most respected politician in the country, as Chomsky noted him to be. He needs to embody the characteristics of someone like Martin Luther King Jr. now – not Ned Flanders.

With or without Bernie, revolution is what is needed. I’d like to see Bernie on board. But it will take place with or without him. Better with, I would say; but it carries on in any case.

The time is now.

For a better world for all, and for a viable future of any kind at all, we must stand now.

JTR,

March 29, 2020

Flash-Drive Revolution – and – Who To Trust?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2020 by jtoddring

 

Amidst Protests, Uprisings, Simmering Revolt and Revolution, and A New Renaissance Emerging,

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Reactionary Efforts of The Establishment Powers of Entrenched Global Neo-Feudal Corporate Oligarchy To Resist Change, and To Consolidate Their Power

Who Can We Trust, Who Is Worthy of Support, and Who Can Put Things Into Perspective?

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Humanity is experiencing a global awakening, and the birth of a new renaissance, along with the birth pangs of a new, global wave of popular protests, uprisings, and democratic revolutions.

At the same time, and deeply inter-related, there is a deep and growing crisis of legitimacy facing the world’s business and political “leaders” – the elite – along with the media, political and economic institutions, and social systems, structures, institutions and powers broadly.

We are now, in 2020, entering the global showdown phase of that most central conflict: between a global awakening of consciousness and culture, an emerging new renaissance, and a new wave of global uprisings and democratic revolutions, and the elite powers and oligarchies that wish to halt them, and to retain their stratospheric power and privilege, their oligarchy, and their de facto global rule. It is, in short, a global showdown between the people and the oligarchy – between the people, and the ruling elite.

Public trust in political and business elites has crashed through the floor, and are at historically low levels. Public trust in the media has likewise collapsed.

Pundits, academics and “experts” are now routinely called into question as well – and not surprisingly, when we repeatedly discover hidden motives, blind spots, outright lies or delusions, and frequent alliances with vested interests.

Everywhere, icons are toppling, people are questioning more and more – as they should, and must.

Everywhere, people are re-assessing basic questions, including, who can we trust? Who can be relied upon for generally reliable, as well as honest, thoughtful, and accurate information, and informed commentary and analysis?

Furthermore, who is truly worthy of support, and who is not?

In short, whom to trust, has become one of the central issues of our time, as old orders crumble and slowly die, yet fight to hold on; and a new world is not yet born.

For myself, as a Canadian, and after 35 years and more than 50,000 hours of intensive research, studies and reflection, I can offer a very short and incomplete list of some of the groups and organizations that I feel are most worthy of support, along with the sources of news and analysis that I hold to be most reliable. Remember, though: Think for yourself – and question everything.

Remember also, that good sources and worthwhile groups can be corrupted, co-opted, high-jacked, taken over, simply become lost, or positively go off the rails.

I don’t expect that to happen with any of my most trusted groups or sources, but we do live in strange and unpredictable times – so I would urge we take nothing for granted.

Question everything, and everyone. Trust is good, when it is warranted. It is hgood to have confidence in something, and in at least some few, as well as in the people and the Earth broadly.

So too, are vigilance, fact-checking, and above all, thinking for ourselves, very good, and essential, things.

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Groups I feel are most worthy of support:

A very short and incomplete list, focused primarily on Canadian groups and organizations

 

Idle No More

The Canadian indigenous rights group that has transformed the environmental movement, positively fused the indigenous rights movement to the environmental movement, and brought non-violent direct action into the mainstream – where it belongs, and must remain, until the job is done, and we live in a just and free, clean and green world.

 

The Council of Canadians

Canada’s leading citizen organization: building grassroots activism for a clean, green, just and free, peaceful, democratic society

 

The Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

Canada’s leading progressive-left think tank, and one of the best in the world

Publishes the journal, The Monitor

 

The David Suzuki Foundation

The leading environmental group in Canada, along with Idle No More and others

Founded by the most trusted person in Canada, according to a nation-wide poll: environmental scientist David Suzuki

 

News and Analysis:

 

Trends Journal

Not even the best of the alternative media compares to Trends Journal for trends forecasting, trends analysis, and weekly news and analysis – and of course the major state and corporate media don’t remotely compare, being the propaganda systems for the ruling elite, as Chomsky has said, and thus, utterly unreliable.

 

Z Magazine & Z Net

News and analysis, in-depth commentary, activism, networking and solidarity for social change: Z Net is a giant David, or army of Davids, in the global movement for a better world. It’s now being censored and suppressed, like many other sources and individuals that speak the truth, but it is alive and strong, and you can find them. And you should.

 

The Monitor

In-depth analysis from the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

 

Canadian Dimension

News and analysis from the front lines of the grassroots movements for democracy, justice, sustainability and peace – from the Council of Canadians

 

Geopolitics & Empire Podcast

Quality varies with the guest, but generally excellent, in-depth global analysis here.

 

New Internationalist

Clarifying the real story on the biggest issues in the world for many decades now, NI is a rare gem, both as a journal, and as a grassroots networking organization, and also, as a publishing house

 

The American Herald Tribune

An independent media source that offers fiercely honest investigative journalism, news and analysis
(Watch for Anthony (Tony) Hall, Robert David Steele, Caitlin Johnstone, Philip Giraldi and Barbara Honeger in particular)

 

The Corbett Report

Another excellent source of independent research, news and analysis

 

The Centre For Research On Globalization

Also generally excellent for independent research, news and analysis

 

John Pilger

Veteran investigative journalist and documentary film-maker John Pilger is a one-man media army. When the world is filled with the sound and fury of all-pervasive propaganda, lies, half-truths and illusions, and the echochamber of elite-spun narratives, which is the major media, seems to drown out all possibility for truth, or even basic sanity, you can count on John Pilger to cut through the fog and the lies and the convenient self-deceptions, to get to the truth, and the real story behind “the news”.

 

The Empire Files, with Abby Martin

A fiercely independent source of news and analysis, Abby Martin is what an investigative journalist looks like – along with John Pilger, Caitlin Johnstone, James Corbett, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, and a handful of others left in the world.

 

GreenMedInfo

The most reliable, truly science-based source on health that I know of – in fact, the only reliable source that I know of, now that most health information sources have fallen for the lies and hysteria that are broadcast and paraded, very much like a plague, in fact, by the new axis of evil: Big Government, Big Media, and the Big Money powers that rule them both.

 

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There are many other groups in the world that are worthy of our support, of course. And there are a few other sources of news and analysis that are reliable – although, they are now extremely few, and increasingly rare. But with even these few sources, and these few groups, and others like them, there is hope.

Everything is possible, and the future truly is in our hands.

What we do with that power, is entirely up to us.

Please be sure to read the important notes below, as well: sources for big picture perspective, and Flash-Drive Revolution.

JTR,
March 26, 2020

Post-Script:

Sources for big-picture perspective:

To compliment the short list of groups and news sources that are worthy of our trust as well as our support, I would like to add a very short and incomplete list of authors and thinkers that I feel are extremely helpful in gaining clarity in terms of the big picture, or in terms of in-depth analysis.

Again, there are millions and billions of voices out there, but only a handful rise to the level, in my mind, of being generally reliable sources of information, much less understanding and perspective, and excellent. (Remember, few people are omniscient, to put it mildly. Let’s not expect infallibility.)

These, to my mind, are among the best of the best, in terms of voices for big picture perspective, or in-depth analysis, or sometimes, rarely, both. Other people would present a different list. Here is mine. (In no particular order – and again, very incomplete.)

Henry David Thoreau

Etienne de La Boite

Noam Chomsky

Peter Kropotkin

Bertrand Russell

Murray Bookchin

Rianne Eisler

Howard Zinn

C. Wright Mills

Peter Phillips

George Orwell

Aldous Huxley

Erich Fromm

Max Weber

Alan Watts

Allan Wallace

Joseph Campbell

Joanna Macy

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Vandana Shiva

Jeremy Rifkin

Naomi Klein

John Pilger

Gerald Celente

Michel Chossudovsky

Michael Hudson

Ellen Brown

Max Keiser

Yanis Varoufakis

James Corbett

Caitlin Johnstone

Abby Martin

Matt Taibbi

David C. Korten

David Suzuki

Arundhati Roy

Margaret Atwood

Ronald Wright

Maude Barlow

Paul Craig Roberts

Morris Berman

Stephen Toulmin

EF Schumacher

Gandhi

Martin Luther King Jr.

Peter Dale Scott

Anthony Hall

John McMurtry

Michael Albert

Chris Hedges

Cornell West

Piers Robinson

And my own writings, I would humbly submit:

my essays, here on my blog, along with my first two published books:

Enlightened Democracy: Visions For A New Millennium (on Barnes & Noble)

and,

The People vs The Elite:

A Manifesto For Democratic Revolution,

Or, Survival In The 21st Century & Beyond

(Coming April 2020)

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Flash-Drive Revolution:

As I have said before, and others have begun to say as well: censorship is increasing. The elite are scared – scared of change, scared of losing power. They are cracking down – especially on freedom of speech, and on dissent.

I would urge people to begin backing up important texts, images, posters, data sets, videos, films, art and music that can be used in the fight for a better, freer, more just and clean, green world – and now.

Many of the best and most important writings, for example, are in the public domain. Others, like myself, are offering their work for free distribution.

Like most writers, I am spiritually, intellectually, and culturally rich, but financially poor. Naturally I would like people to buy my book. But I certainly did not become a writer and a philosopher for the money. So, whether you do or not, and I ask that you do buy my books (mainly for my childrens’ sake); what is far more important to me is that the ideas and the writing be shared. So, buy one copy, then share a digital copy with everyone you know, please. Hard copies, ebooks and audiobooks will be available for purchase, and I will also make electronic copies available for free, via Project Gutenberg, Librivox, my youtube channel and my blog.

Please take this document above, and my first two books, if you find them useful, and save them to a USB flash drive, along with other public domain writings you find valuable or important (Henry David Thoreau’s essay, On Civil Disobedience, for example, and the UN Charter of Human Rights), or whatever you find relevant to the task at hand – and share them widely, everywhere.

These essays I would encourage you in particular to share, among others:

Six Founding Principles Of Good Government

The Myth Of Progress – Pricking The Bubble

The Decline, Decay, Death and Rebirth of Democracy and Freedom

If freedom of speech and dissent continues its current trend towards being censored and shut down, we will need alternative means of communicating. A Flash-Drive Revolution, sharing information and ideas freely, hand to hand, world-wide, could circumvent the oligarchs, and beat them. I think it is important. And I think we should begin right away – right now.

250 MB, or even 1 terabyte, USB flash-drives are becoming cheap. Use them. Bypass the closing down of society and free speech – while we still can.

Vive la revolution! For a free and just, clean, green, democratic society, and a better world for all.

And remember, we, the people, are the world’s other superpower – the greatest superpower.

Embrace your power now.

Let’s go.

JTR,
March 26, 2020

The Central Challenge Of Our Time

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What is the central challenge of our time? It is not what most people think it is. It is not race or gender, or climate change, or the environment broadly, or issues of war and peace, or poverty, or justice, or equality, or fighting terrorism, crime or violence, WMDs and disarmament, the arms and drugs trade, imperialism, national sovereignty and the rule of law versus aggression, “regime changes”, coups and “intervention”, or freedom, or democracy, constitutional rule or human rights. All of these things are extremely important, of course. But there is one issue which connect them all.

The central fact, dynamic or pattern, which connects all of these things, and is at the centre of them all, is the excessive concentration of power. This we must address, above all, and immediately, or we stand no chance of resolving any of these other issues, or even making any serious or lasting progress on them.

Until we address the extreme and growing, excessive concentration of power in the world, both within nations and also globally, we will have no chance at a better future, no chance at a decent future, and, in fact, little chance of a future of any kind.

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Marx was a terrible political philosopher, it must be admitted – but it must also be admitted that he was a brilliant sociologist. That is, his analysis and portrayal of the problems of modern state-sponsored capitalism (and it is always state-sponsored, because the business elite demand it, and because otherwise it would even more quickly self-destruct) was very perceptive, honest, and revealing. We would do well to continue to study Marx – as a sociologist. His diagnosis of the problem held some considerable merit, even if his proposed solution was poorly thought out. And one of his central observations, as the clear-minded sociologist that he generally was, is that capitalism tends to concentrate wealth. And that much should be perfectly obvious to us by now.

In 1812, Thomas Jefferson warned of the growing power of the business elite, and said, prophetically and passionately, unequivocally, “I pray that we shall crush the birth of the moneyed aristocracy in its infancy, for already it defies our laws, and seeks a contest of strength with our democratic government.” That was over 200 years ago. The central problem now is, quite simply: we failed to listen.

We allowed wealth, and far more dangerously, economic power, to grow unchecked, and to become astronomically concentrated, far beyond anything ever seen before in history. We placed checks and balances on political powers, but not on economic powers – foolishly, and most unwisely.

The result, is that 200 years after Jefferson’s warning, which we failed to heed, we no longer have liberal-democracy at all: we now have oligarchy – rule by the few, or plutocracy, which is rule by the rich, or as Mussolini defined it, corporatism, which as he said, is the merger of business and the state – as the business elite have grown so powerful as to take over the state – and which Mussolini said is the proper term and description of fascism.

It is called by sociologists, institutional capture.

The global business elite have captured (or effectively ruled from the start) the all of the major social institutions: including the major international organizations (the IMF, World Bank, WTO, ECB…), the financial system, the media, and the majority of the governments in the world – including all of the most powerful governments of the Western world.

The street level, plain English description is simply, a coup.

Well, the people had better recapture their democracy, or they will soon be slaves. They are already serfs – they will soon be slaves, if they do not act now, or very, very soon.

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We now have a global situation where the largest 500 corporations, and the 2,000 or so billionaires who own or control them, have more power than the most powerful nation in the history of the world (the US, of course). A situation where the eight richest families control more than half the wealth on the planet. And the growing concentration of wealth, and far more dangerously, of power, continues to accelerate rapidly.

This is what people are referring to as the oligarchy – or plutocracy, or kleptocracy, or corporatocracy.

This is what I have described as a new world order of global neo-feudal crypto-fascist corporate oligarchy. It has already devoured democracy, and is busy devouring all freedom, all constitutional rule, and all rule of law (law is for the little people, the 99.9%, not for “the masters of the universe”, as they like to call themselves). The new global corporate empire is now, without question, devouring both the people and the planet – along with our freedom. Clearly this has to stop, or we will not only be in chains: the life-support systems of the living planet will be destroyed, and our future will be extraordinarily dark.

As I have said before, we now have one remaining choice: revolution, or a new dark age, followed by extinction, and collapse.

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The new empire ruling the world is not the US empire, which is in decline and heading for collapse, bankrupt, and heading fast for economic and financial implosion; but the global corporate empire, which has swallowed the US empire whole, and uses it now as a puppet-master pulls his strings – mainly as a hired thug.

The new masters of the world, the new oligarchs, are an elite who are clearly drunk with power, and have become, not only insatiably rapacious, and much more dangerously, insatiably hungry for power, but also, parasitic, frankly sociopathic, rabidly anti-democratic, as well as anti-ecological, suicidal, and world destroying. We either remove them power, or they will destroy the Earth which we all share, not to mention our freedoms in the process.

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The good news is that since 2001, it has been recognized even by the ruling elite, from their own global poll, which came back in early of that year, proving the point beyond any doubt: there is a profound and growing, crisis of legitimacy for the ruling powers. The people of the world are fed up with the power games and machinations of the ruling elite, and are hungry for change. There is a global awakening taking place.

However, the elite see the global awakening of humanity, not as a great boon, a cause for rejoicing, but as a threat.

The Davos club – what John Ralston Saul called, “the new Palace of Versailles”, and “the new royal court”, and which the world’s leading business journal, the Financial Times called, “the de facto world government” – knew in 2001, or it was spelled out to them by their intellectuals in residence, what their own global poll meant. It meant the Western power elite are experiencing the same kind of crisis of legitimacy which caused the collapse of the Soviet Union.

For the first time since its founding, the WEF meeting at Davos was not jubilant or euphoric – it was deeply nervous and glum. There were only three remaining options, in the face of the indisputable, serious and growing crisis of legitimacy: a) compromise, and give the people a New Deal of some sort; b) surrender power, or else get ready to lose power completely; or c) batten down the hatches, and prepare for lockdown, repression, fascism – a police state, and resort to brute force. The Western elite concluded very quickly that the first two options were unacceptable. You can figure out what conclusion they came to from that – and why we have been moving rapidly towards fascism ever since.

People who do not understand these central facts of the past two decades of world history, understand nothing at all. Their advice is meaningless, for they have no connection to reality.

Remember Neville Chamberlain’s foolish statement: “Peace in our time!”

No, we need more serious voices and appraisals – and advisors – now. Churchill, for all his faults, is vastly preferable, to a Chamberlain, or worse, a Vichy government, or a Quisling – and believe me, the latter are in great abundance, while the former, at this, our truly darkest hour, is exceedingly rare.

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The first step, is for the people to unite, and to reclaim their power. That, by now, will require revolution of some manner or another, in most nations on Earth. Whether by ballot box, or, more often, by blockades and political-economic siege, it is revolution – non-violent, Gandhian-King style – that is needed now.

What we must do, is to reduce the vastly excessive powers of the international business elite, and the trans-national corporations and institutions (such as the IMF, World Bank and ECB), which they control; and to either break up these giant economic empires, as is most wise, in most cases (such as the big banks, the fossil fuel giants, the arms merchants and the media empires), or else reduce their powers dramatically by some other means, and bring them under the control of democratic processes – meaning, bring them under control of the people, so that the people rule the nations, and set checks and balances on the powers of both governments, and also corporations and other economic powers.

The alternative is that the global corporate empire rules the world, as it effectively does now; and the 99.9% of the people who are not among the ruling elite, are reduced to peasants, serfs, or slaves.

Let us not play games. These are not realities we can safely avoid, or sweep under the carpet. We either face reality, and now – both political-economic reality, sociological reality, that is, as well as ecological reality – or our future will be bleak indeed.

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The nation-state, as Chomsky has said, is the only institution powerful enough to be a counter-balance to the powers of big money. Therefore, we must, as Chomsky has also said, temporarily strengthen the nation-state, in order to reign in the excessive powers of big business.

In order to remove the corporate elite from their current position as the unelected and unaccountable, de facto rulers of the world, we will have to temporarily strengthen the nation-state, and national democracies.  This makes libertarians of the right and the left nervous, but it simply must be done. The alternative is neo-feudalism, and global corporate-fascist rule – which anyone of sound mind should view to be far worse, than a limited form of constitutional democracy asserting its power to reign in the corporate giants and the ruling business elite.

You can talk all you like about your libertarian or anarchist views, but you will be discussing them in chains, if we don’t deal pragmatically and immediately with the present order that now rules the world. Your high ideals, in short, will have to wait. We have more immediate dangers to take care of, first.

Once the people have recaptured and reclaimed their democracy, their constitutional republics;,and the business elite, the new corporate oligarchy, has been dethroned, and also placed within very firm checks and balances on their powers, then we can look to a further decentralization of powers – which would be…nay, will be, the further evolution of democracy and freedom. But first things first: we have a global oligarchy and police state to defeat. Fascism is here again.

And let us make no mistake, we will need all the tools, short of violence, that are at our disposal – including, most centrally, the state – in order to defeat this second round of fascist usurpers and would-be Gods.

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Note that the greatest of libertarians, Chomsky and Thoreau, have argued for exactly the same thing. They combined a rare long-range vision which was highly idealistic, very far-sighted; and yet, at the same time, an immediacy of pragmatism: what do we do now – right now, in this moment, while keeping our long-term vision, our high ideals, and our dreams alive?

To my mind, the most important piece of political literature, the most important political document ever written, is not the Magna Carta, or the Bill of Rights, the UN Charter of Human Rights, or the Declaration of Independence, though all of these are greatly important, of course. But all of them, to the last, are merely pieces of paper – unless the people stand up to protect and defend them, and what they stand for.

For that reason, I believe the most important political documents ever written are those of Thoreau and La Boite – for they urge the people to stand up for themselves and one another, and to embrace their power. The other documents mean nothing without this.

(See Etienne de la Boite, The Discourse On Voluntary Servitude, and Henry David Thoreau’s short essay, On Civil Disobedience, which has reverberated around the world for over 150 years, inspiring Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement, the peace movement, the environmental movement, and popular movements around the world to this day.)

Thoreau remarked, in his famous essay, On Civil Disobedience, (and I am paraphrasing, mostly accurately, from memory here) “I heartily agree with that motto, “That government is best which governs the least”, and I should like to see it acted up to more speedily and more fully. And I would extend it to say this: That government is best which governs not at all. And when are prepared for it, that is precisely the kind of government they shall have.” (And note his emphasis – “when men are prepared for it”.)

But, having made his views clear as a decided libertarian, he goes on to say, “But I am not among the “No government men”. I do not wish for, at once, no government, but at once, a better government. Let every man state what kind of government would command his respect, and that shall be one step towards attaining it.”

Now that, to me, as with Chomsky’s views, is what Thomas Paine might agree is a matter of Common Sense. Let us first secure our liberty in the broad sense; and seek to dispel the greatest dangers, and the greatest threats to it first – which is, to be sure, the growing police state and fascist architecture, which is being actively and eagerly created by a set of bankers and their business friends, cronies and stooges in high places.

After we have dispensed with the greatest of dangers, then we can afford to be more high-minded and idealistic in our visions. But for now, let us deal with the reality at hand. We must defeat the new corporate oligarchy, or not only will liberty be vacated, but the planet, and the people, will also be laid to waste; and the new God-kings will rule, until they destroy themselves as well.

Stand now.

It is now revolution or slow death.

Choose wisely.

To be perfectly clear, we must recognize this fact: the state and the government are going to exist for some time to come – the question is, who controls it: a handful of global bankers and an oligarchy of business elites, or the people?

Again, I would say, Choose wisely. This is the critical hour.

A shift in consciousness, culture and lifestyle are urgently needed and essential, if we are to survive as a species, much less have a good, or even a decent future – yes, that is undoubtedly the case. But no New Age revolution of mind, or any other kind of shift in consciousness, is going to be successful, or mean anything at all, unless the new would-be God-kings are deposed and dethroned, and removed from power.

If that is not yet clear, it will be soon, and in terrifying ways. Better to act now, before the reality is confirmed in starker, more brutal ways.

Heed the warning, I urge you now. We failed to heed the warning of Thomas Jefferson, 200 years ago. That was a grave mistake. And the consequences will be even greater, and far more grave, if we fail to listen now.

Stand.

JTR,
March 15, 2020

Post-Script:

Flash-Drive Revolution:

Save this or any other document, image, video, poster, film or song that you find important, or socially/politically/philosophically relevant or pertinent, to a USB flash drive, for safe storage and sharing. Censorship is increasing now. We need alternative ways to communicate important ideas and information if, as is likely, censorship increases further. Consider, at least, all of my books, essays and writings as public domain. (Other living authors will have to decide the matter regarding their own works for themselves. I would urge people to respect their rights unless they state something similar to what I have just stated here.) I would appreciate people buying my books or making donations to support the writing and research, as I am a typically broke writer; but do share my writing with others – that is far more important to me. I certainly did not become a writer, much less a philosopher, for the money. Vive la revolution! For a better world for all.

WATCH THIS – EXTREMELY IMPORTANT:

Whether this is a warm-up, a dry-run, a preamble to the big putsch, or the main event, the following short video will remain extremely important. Please watch immediately:
Celente: Police State Emerging Now        https://youtu.be/5aLiEVbNTUs

Further Reading:

Chomsky, Necessary Illusions, Class Warfare, and Year 501 (These three in particular)

Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine

John Perkins, A Game As Old As Empire, & The New Confessions Of An Economic Hitman

Naomi Wolf, The End of America

John Pilger, The New Rulers Of The World

Susan George, Shadow Sovereigns

C Wright Mills, The Power Elite

Peter Phillips, Giants

and I would recommend my two first published books:

Enlightened Democracy: Visions for A New Millennium

and,

The People vs The Elite:
A Manifesto For Democratic Revolution,
Or, Survival In The 21st Century And Beyond

 

Trump, like the latest media hype, is a distraction

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 14, 2020 by jtoddring

Obsession with Trump – or a virus scare, and the latest media hype – is mass distraction, as I’ve said since before his election.

Trump is a danger, certainly, and an extreme danger – to the country, the people of the United States, and the people of the world, even the planet. The Deep State, which still by and large runs the country, and has since 1947, is far more dangerous, but Trump is certainly dangerous: above all because of his acceleration of fossil fuel use, and his militarism, exactly as Chomsky has said.

The latest media-created hysteria, this time over another virus – one still far less dangerous than the common flu, and virtually insignificant compared to the death toll from poverty and obesity, both – is also dangerous. The coronavirus “pandemoc” is extremely dangerous, in fact – due to the media-induced panic and distraction, not the virus itself, and far more so, due to the clearly authoritarian responses of governments and elites, which I would say are clearly intended to get the people ready to surrender their freedom, and accept martial law.

But while Trump and the virus are dangerous, for reasons described, if people obsess over them, then all perspective is lost, we lose sight of the bigger picture – and that is far more dangerous than any president or germ. (Caustic humour comes to mind, but maybe we have had enough of that for now.)

Moreover…

“This Trump-washing gets everybody off the hook. Suddenly they’re all heroes. The CIA is heroes, the FBI is heroes…” – Robert Sheerer

Yes, war criminals like Hilary, Madeleine Albright, Obama, cast themselves as heroes, in utter self-deceit.

And the black heart of the military-industrial-security complex, otherwise known as the Deep State, as Peter Dale Scott called it – or the Power Elite, as C Wright Mills and Peter Phillips have called them, or the Shadow Government, as Bill Moyers called it – which is the CIA, along with the “counter-intelligence” department of the FBI, which together make up the foreign and domestic secret police, paramilitary, or political police, along with the NSA, the NSC, and their masters and overlords at Davos, the City of London and Wall Street, are all good guys now, real knights in shining armor.

Let us all rejoice that our masters are really messiahs.

But whatever self-deceptions or PR campaigns elites may engage in, the reality remains: the problems are systemic, not reducible to one single person. 

Sometimes voting matters. In this case, with regard to the 2020 US election, I agree with Chomsky – voting matters, and removing Trump from power is important, possibly critical. I also agree with Chomsky that preventing the worst is where we start, not where we end.

The US, like most “advanced” industrial nations, including Canada, the UK, and in Europe, now requires nothing short of revolution, if humanity is to survive, to say nothing of matters of justice, freedom, equality, or peace.

Individuals must be held accountable, and sometimes must be swiftly removed from power; but systemic change is also urgently required. That much should be obvious by now. And systemic change, generally in history, is called, Revolution.

JTR,

March 14, 2020

 

Here is the Sheerer Chomsky interview, part two. And listen also to part one, which is even more important (the sequence is unimportant, I would say).

Tipping Point Is Near: It Is Now Revolution, Or Extinction & Slow Death

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 14, 2020 by jtoddring

“Another four years of Trump, we may be passed tipping point, literally. It may be terminal for the species.” 

 – Noam Chomsky 

As I keep saying, and have said for over three decades, for reasons of justice, freedom, democracy, averting the obvious trend towards global neo-feudal corporate oligarchy, and fascism, and for environmental reasons, which are increasingly dire, for the sake of the survival of the human species, we need a revolution. And by this hour, we need it now. 

It does not matter what the odds are. Odds do not enter into questions of moral imperatives, such as this clearly is. If you are walking by a river and you see a child drowning, you don’t ask what the odds are of saving her. You just jump in. Odds don’t matter.

If we are going to die, let us die with honour and with dignity, with courage and bravery, with compassion and with virtue. Let us die on our feet, fighting (non-violently, as Gandhi and King showed) to protect human beings and other living beings on Earth, and to heal this world, and bring about a better world and a better future for all. Let us not die slowly and in the shadows, whimpering and whining and cringing like beaten dogs. 

Let us stand, and let us stand for something, and not stand for nothing but cowardice and reality avoidance and sullen despair. We are better than that. We are men and women, not cattle, or mice, or sheep.

But we do not have to be pessimistic or resigned, in any case, or fatalistic in any way. What we know for certain is that inaction now will exponentially compound human suffering, many thousand-fold. We also know that action taken with courage and compassion is never wasted action. It always benefits others, oneself (since compassionate action is also enlightened self-interest, as well as being virtuous and kind), and it always benefits the world, or the broader community on Earth, which is our larger family.

Whether the benefit is small or large, action always matters. And moreover, millions of people taking small positive actions, can add up to something that is truly far greater than the sum of its parts. It can add up to revolutionary changes –  even, to a new renaissance, a rebirth.

Nobody believed the Wright Brothers could fly. For centuries nobody thought slavery or child labour would ever end, or even should. Many people, I am sure, thought the American and French Revolutions, before they happened, were impossible dreams.

In short, as Thomas Paine said, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”

What are we waiting for?

Let us begin.

JTR,

March 14, 2020

 

See also, the excellent films:

Koyaniskaatsi

Baraka

The Corporation

Requiem For The American Dream

Revolution (Rob Stewart film)

Darkest Hour

V for Vendetta

300

And read Ronald Wright’s, A Short History Of Progress.

Here is Chomsky weighing in: the grand old dissident himself

US 2020 Election: One Choice Only – The Oligarchy

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Chris Hedges states there is no choice in the 2020 US election if it is a choice between Trump and Biden: both are a vote for the consolidation of the oligarchy.

Now that sums it up perfectly well.

Mind you, it was the same in 2016. People in Germany felt that choosing between Trump and Clinton was like choosing between cholera and the plague.

The same was true in 2012: Obama vs Romney – a choice between two devoted servants of Wall Street, the corporate oligarchy, the empire, the war machine, the growing sureillance and police state, which was launched by Bush and Cheney, and expanded by Obama, and the military industrial security complex, which has ruled the US since the National Security Act was passed in 1947.

(Like Citizens United and the Patriot Act, there is a piece of fascist-oligarchy-enabling legislation that needs to be killed as swiftly as possible, if either freedom or democracy, or constitutional rule, is to survive.)

Remember what Chomsky said about the US political system: it’s a one party system – the party of big business – with two wings. That’s been the case for a long time.

We should also remember that the entire political spectrum has slid far to the right, both in the US and across the Western world. Obama has said that, not too long ago, he would have been considered a moderate Republican. And that is true.

In fact, with his continuation of the dismantling the New Deal social contract; the continued multi-trillion dollar “bail-outs” and “stimulus” packages given to the Wall Street banking elite – which is an historically unprecedented transfer of wealth from Main Street to Wall Street, which is to say, mass looting; with his embracing and expanding of the new surveillance and police state created by the Bush-Cheney neoconservatives; and his expansion of the neocon imperial wars abroad, Obama was further to the right than Eisenhower, a moderate Republican who in 1961 warned us, “Beware the military industrial complex” – which every president since Eisenhower, Democrat or Republican, has devotedly served.

The Democrats are now a party of the far right, with their devotion to the fascist architecture of the Constitution- and Bill of Rights-shredding Patriot Act, the permanent imperial wars abroad, the new surveillance and police state, and the intensified war on democracy, freedom, constitutional rule, the rule of law, and the people of the US and the world.That’s called “the left.” It’s not the left. It’s the far right. And the Republicans are even further to the right.

The Democrats are in truth crypto-fascists – and not so crypto about it, for anyone who is remotely paying attention. They are the neoliberals. That means, the merger of business and the state – but with a liberal, smiley face, of course. They are the fuzzy, warm, gender-inclusive, multicultural, “liberal” fascists. They are the good cops. So we are to believe.

The Republicans are the neoconservatives. They are the Tweedle dum to the Democrats’ Tweedle Dee. They are the harsher, more stark face of the merger of business and the state.

But both parties represent the merger of business and the state – which, as Mussolini said himself, is called corporatism, which is the proper term for fascism.

Fascist, war-mongering corporate oligarchy candidate A, or fascist, war-mongering candidate B – which would you like?

It’s time for some real change.

To me, as far as US politics are concerned, it’s now Bernie or revolution.

Or more accurately, it’s now time for revolution – with or without Bernie in the White House.

JTR,

March 10, 2020

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