Posted by David
November 19, 2007
For my opening statement I am going to say some things that are
obvious to those of us who spend the majority of our time
researching and analyzing power politics. We have come to understand
that the mainstream media is an elaborate and sophisticated
propaganda apparatus that is designed and utilized to deceive,
manipulate, dumb down, distract and marginalize the American public.
We realize that the mainstream media is
not giving us the vital information that we need to develop informed
opinions and participate in this so-called “democracy.”
However, the average US citizen still does not understand this. They
are too busy working hard trying to make ends meet, trying to
provide for their families, trying to pay off their homes, credit
cards and debt. They don’t have the time to spend hours everyday
researching issues that the mainstream media doesn’t even mention or
In fact, with hundreds of television channels, radio stations,
magazines, newspapers and movies, the average citizen thinks the
amount of viewpoints in the media are overwhelming and diverse. They
don’t realize that the vast majority of media companies are
controlled by a handful of the world’s most powerful interrelated
corporate interests. They don’t realize that over the past 25 years
we have experienced a scandalous concentration in media ownership
and an all out attack on public TV and radio.
The number of corporations dominating the US mainstream media:
1983 = 50
2007 = 5
Government spending on public
broadcasting per person:
The US has the lowest per capita funding
of public broadcasting in the industrialized world.
“Never before has censorship been so
perfect. Never before have those who are still led to believe,
in a few countries, that they remain free citizens, been less
entitled to make their opinions heard, wherever it is a matter
of choices affecting their real lives. Never before has it been
possible to lie to them so brazenly. The spectator is simply
supposed to know nothing, and deserve nothing.”
- Guy Debord
Comments on the Society of the
The censorship most prevalent today is
the most dangerous form. Not the censorship of explicit words, sex
or violence, but the censorship of any thoughts outside of elite
corporate ideology. Any views that lead to critical thought on the
prevailing elite market dominance are not allowed to enter into
public consciousness (the mass media).
“The media’s the most powerful
entity on earth…. The press is so powerful in its image-making
role, it can make a criminal look like he’s the victim and make
the victim look like he’s the criminal…. If you aren’t careful,
the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being
oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
- Malcolm X
Since Cheney and Bush began their disastrous “War on Terror,”
terrorism incidents have increased over 600%. The invasion and
occupation of Iraq has created worldwide hatred toward America on an
If we had a critical and informative
media system, the Bush administration would have never been able to
launch a war built on lies, distortion and misinformation - a war
that has already claimed the lives of over 750,000 Iraqi civilians,
and killed, wounded or maimed over 30,000 US soldiers.
As costs continue to escalate, the war
will cost the US taxpayer well over a trillion dollars - with
billions of tax dollars stolen and unaccounted for!
“Every gun that is made, every
warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final
sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who
are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending
money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the
genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not
a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war,
it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
— President Dwight D. Eisenhower
For those of us who have researched and
read the strategy papers that have driven the Bush administration’s
foreign policy - all written before 9/11 - specifically the Strategy
of the Silk Route, James Baker’s and the Council on Foreign
Relations’ Strategic Energy Policy, the Project for a New American
Century’s Forces and Resources For a New Century and other crucial
documents, we know that these documents clearly demonstrate that the
war on terror is mostly a front for a geo-strategic imperial war
designed to control the majority of the earth’s remaining oil
And the fact that this subject is almost
never seriously discussed in the mainstream press is an edifying
example of just how scandalous the mass media system has become.
This imperial war for resources brings us to the next urgent crisis
of our time, the current and coming environmental catastrophe.
The earth’s resources are being quickly depleted. As the three
billion people in China and India become more modernized and begin
living and polluting like the modern US consumer, the earth’s
resources and fragile balance will become undone. Billions of
people, literally billions of people, will die - from the lack of
food and water that will lead to mass starvation, to the lack of
medicine for treatable diseases and the spread of infectious
Half of the world’s population now lives on $2 per day or less.
Global warming is quickly making these numbers grow and we are
already facing a crisis unprecedented in human history. The past
three years have been the hottest three years ever recorded. In the
early nineties leading scientists and organizations tried to inform
In 1992, long before Hurricane Katrina
and Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, 1700 of the world’s top scientists
signed an official document, a Warning To Humanity, stating:
“Human beings and the natural world
are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and
often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical
resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at
serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the
plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world
that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we
know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the
collision our present course will bring about.”
In 1997, the World Watch Institute
reported that storms would be, “more frequent, more intense, and
more destructive.” Yet these dire warnings went unheard. Paid-off
energy industry experts and lobbyists marginalized them, and they
were never given fair coverage in the mainstream corporate media —
media companies that have shared economic interests with the energy
industry that they serve.
If you thought the recent upsurge in catastrophic hurricanes,
tornados, heat waves, droughts and other climatic disasters have
been bad, you need to understand that this was only the opening act,
only a warning shot as to what lies ahead.
“The economy has now come to declare
open war on humanity, attacking not only our possibilities for
living, but our chances of survival…. When an all-powerful
economy lost its reason - and that is precisely what defines
these spectacular times.”
— Guy Debord,
Comments on the Society of the
The war and environmental crisis will only exacerbate the current
economic inequalities that have been growing ever wider. Even in the
US, which once prided itself as being a nation with a thriving
middle-class, the financial wealth of the top 1% of households now
exceeds the combined wealth of 98% of households. That’s 1% having
more wealth than 98% combined! The US now leads the industrialized
world in inequality of wealth.
Right now, the American middle-class is hanging by a thread. The
average American is in more debt today than ever. Consumer and
household debt are at unheard of levels.
“There are two ways to
conquer and enslave a nation.
One is by sword. The other is by debt.”
– John Adams
The economic top 1% has looted the
economy and enslaved the US public like never before. Out of the
recent trillions of dollars in tax cuts more than half has gone to
the economic top 1%. Tax cuts for top 1% are larger than health,
education, and all other initiatives combined.
But this is just the beginning of the theft from the American
middle-class. Our federal debt has reached an all time high. It is
reported over and over again that the federal debt has reached a
staggering eight trillion dollars. However, based upon the Financial
Report of the United States, issued by the Treasury Department - a
report the corrupt corporate media has suppressed and not reported
on - the true total federal debt is actually over $50 trillion! $50
trillion! We are paying over $300 billion each year in interest
Your share of the federal debt, as a
taxpaying American, is already $400,000. That’s your share!
$400,000 out of your pocket and it is
growing even higher.
We can no longer rely on a co-opted, bought and paid for political
system. Our current politicians have proven over and over again that
they only make bold moves when they act in the power and
greed-addicted interests that they serve. The two-party system has
become a sham! Greedy Republicans and weak Democrats serve the same
corporate elite masters.
Last year’s change in Congress and the coming change in president
are only changes on the surface. The overwhelming majority of us
will be relieved when Bush and Cheney finally leave office, but Bush
is just a figurehead, just a spokesman, just a puppet on a string!
He will eventually leave, but the underlying system and institutions
will remain in place. Bush did not decide to go into Iraq alone, he
had the support of almost every member of the Senate and an
overwhelming majority in Congress.
And most importantly, he had the vital
support and backing of the mainstream corporate press who brazenly
and uncritically trumpeted the call for this disaster. Bush is just
the fall guy now, a patsy for the elite interests he serves. The
press and Congress will bash him, as they rightfully should, and he
will now take the blame, as he rightfully should. But when he leaves
office things will only appear to be better.
Just look at the newly empowered Democratic Congress. Despite their
rhetoric, they have been incredibly weak and inept in stopping the
Iraq war and cleaning up congressional corruption and ethics rules.
They continue to pass legislation that funds the war without any
meaningful timetable for withdrawal and have officially endorsed the
Bush/IMF plan to rob Iraq of their oil. And another significant and
underreported fact is that none of the war funding bills have
included a proposed provision that would have required the Bush
administration to get congressional approval for
attack on Iran.
The Democratic Congress has even been cutting secret “trade” deals
that mean billions in corporate handouts. The Republican Party is
dominated by Neo-cons who believe in world domination by military
force, and the Democratic Party is in the hands of Neo-liberals who
believe in domination by economic force - leaving 98% of Americans
without any representation.
- The Media War
These are just some of the serious problems now staring us in the
face. It is imperative that we start getting these messages out to
the mainstream and quickly swing into action. We must get our
message through elite corporate censors who seek to maintain the
status quo and only half-heartedly attempt half-measures. The time
for half-measures is over! We must begin to take bold actions now.
We need to widen the scope of debate and expand the spectrum of
thinkable thought. We have to create a culture of accountability and
destroy the support systems that have led us toward devastation.
We must destroy the propaganda system
and dismantle the concentration of media ownership!
“I think one has to say it’s not
just simply a matter of capturing people and holding them
accountable, but removing the sanctuaries, removing the support
– Paul Wolfowitz
The power elite expend such great effort
in controlling our communication and information system because they
fear the American public more than any other enemy. They understand
that if they lose their grip on our mass media, their lies and
injustices will be exposed to the very people who can put a stop to
The famed military strategist Carl von Clauswitz wrote in his study,
On War, that the key to defeating an enemy is to identify and strike
at “the hub of all power and movement, on which everything depends.”
The mass media is the foundation of the elite power structure.
Without domination of the mass media
the elite power structure is a
house of cards.
“There are a thousand hacking at the
branches of evil,
to one who is striking at the root.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Once the people can get their message
through elite censors, the necessary evolution will occur. And
thanks to the internet the tide has begun to swing back in our
favor. The internet has given us a major weapon to battle these
The internet is the one method of mass communication where you can
research news and information for yourself, where you can use your
own critical thinking and judgment skills, where voices are not
censored through elite corporate interests.
The internet has been for us what pamphlets were to our forefathers;
a new form of mass communication that is not censored by elite
People are going to the internet and finding out all the information
and facts that the corporate media is not letting the public in on.
So, right there, you have a critical mass of informed and outraged
“Never in my lifetime have people
all over the world demonstrated greater awareness of the
political forces ranged against them and the possibilities of
— John Perkins,
Confessions of an Economic Hit
People are using the internet for
organizing and movement building.
The corporate elite are well aware of this. They see an informed
citizenship rising up. The elite do not want us getting together and
discussing political issues. They want that to be something that the
aristocracy decides, not you. That is why they are currently
attacking the open architecture of the internet.
“Every new technology necessitates a
– Marshall McLuhan
The internet has become the frontlines
of the latest battle for justice, freedom and democracy. The
internet is democracy’s last avenue. Cyberspace is our Underground
The bottom line is that we are at the most crucial and pivotal time
in human history. The actions we take within the next few years are
of vital historical importance. Every one of us, whether we realize
it or not, or whether we want to be or not, is in a war, a war
unlike any other.
“You can’t be neutral on a moving
– Howard Zinn
And the train is racing toward
devastation at a quickened pace.
Unless we evolve from passive, apathetic spectators into
participatory citizens and overthrow the corporate elite, we will
eventually pay the ultimate price.
It’s just a matter of time… tick… tick… tick…
We are here to fight a war, an information war, a media war, a war
for the survival and advancement of our species. However grandiose
this may sound, it is the unfortunate reality of our current
It is not a war that I want to fight, I wish I could ignore the
power politics of the day, but I cannot, we cannot turn away from
this crisis. When you see a major catastrophe heading your way you
have to confront it and fight it with every tool at your disposal!
Will you fight this war with us?