by Caitlin Johnstone
The Guardian has just published an actual, non-fictional op-ed that
is titled "Is my Jewish three-year-old too young to learn about antisemitism?", about a concerned mother who is teaching her toddler
about the Holocaust in case Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister.
The Guardian. Not The Onion. The Guardian...
right and it is too soon even for this gentle introduction,"
muses Hilary Freeman.
"I certainly don't
want to frighten or traumatize my daughter.
And yet, in the
current climate, with accusations of antisemitism in the Labour
party making headline news virtually every day, and a rise in
antisemitism all over Europe, this is an issue that is pertinent
to her life and to her future, not just a story in a book. Many
Jews in the UK are feeling very unsettled."
I mean, wow. Just… wow.
I'm seriously tempted to spend the rest of this article just typing
"wow". I wouldn't copy-paste it, either.
I'd type it all out with
punctuation and with feeling.
Surely this is as
far as they can take this whole "Corbyn is a secret Nazi"
How could they
possibly take it any further into cartoonish lunacy than
Tory polling decline, I took my cocker spaniel on a tour of
I hate mocking the fear
of antisemitism, which is a real thing that does happen and should
be condemned unequivocally.
Even more, though, I hate
the British media for making it both extremely easy and one hundred
percent necessary to mock them for it.
They say that Corbyn is a secret Nazi who loves antisemitism over
and over and over again like it's a real thing despite the
absence of anything remotely resembling facts or evidence, then
publish op-eds by ostensibly terrified mothers citing,
antisemitism in the Labour party making headline news virtually
...as the basis for her
fear of her three year-old daughter winding up like Anne Frank.
And then when this
unconscionable behavior sees Corbyn
decrying the mass media and
pushing for reforms, the British press responds with headlines like,
"Corbyn is following
the Donald Trump playbook on persecuting the media".
They can make this link because across the pond the narrative is
being spun that the President of the United States is treating the
mass media propaganda machine unfairly.
outlets released coordinated op-eds decrying
Trump's "war" and
"assault" on the "free press" because he occasionally says mean
completely ignoring this
horrifying attempts to silence WikiLeaks and
for practicing journalism.
"We are not the enemy
of the people!" these outlets proclaimed with one voice,
chanting as one, repeating the same mantra over and over again
like a hypnotist.
"We are not the enemy
of the people! We are not the enemy of the people! We are not
the enemy of the people!"
Oh, fuck you. Yes you
The mass media absolutely are the enemy of the people. Without
question they are...
They are the enemy of our
"Neither the great
political or financial powers of the world nor the population in
general realize that the engineering-chemical-electronic
revolution now makes it possible to produce many more technical
devices with ever less material," the brilliant inventor and
systems theorist Buckminster Fuller once said.
"We can now take care
of everybody at a higher standard of living than anybody has
ever known. It does not have to be ‘you or me,' so selfishness
is unnecessary and war is obsolete. This has never been done
Only twelve years ago
technology reached the point where this could be done. Since
then it has made it ever so much easier to do."
said this in
Why hasn't it
humanity turned its creativity and resourcefulness toward
human thriving instead of warfare, exploitation, domination
who've spent too much time indoors might scoff and say it's because
Fuller was wrong, that it is simply human nature that we should all
be scrambling to get to the top of the heap by clawing at each
other's flesh and stepping upon each other's heads until we kill our
ecosystem and choke to death on dust and ashes.
I say that's bullshit.
The reason we have not turned our creative
power toward health and harmony instead of death and destruction is
because we are being manipulated by powerful people who have a
vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
And they are doing so
using the mass media.
Humans don't want to suffer and toil in order to make a few
billionaires even more rich and powerful than they already are.
Literally nobody wants
that for humanity besides those billionaires and their immediate
The reason we haven't yet
used the power of our numbers to create a system wherein everyone
gets their basic needs met and we all work in collaboration with
ourselves and our environment instead of poisoning our air and water
and spending medicine money on bombs is because there are screens in
our lives convincing us all day in and day out that this is not in
our best interest.
to increasing degrees of
corrupt crony capitalism.
Keep voting for
the same oligarch-owned two-headed one-party system day in
and day out.
Keep ignoring how
the US military is the worst polluter on earth and how the
cost of the Iraq war could have purchased the
conversion to renewable energy.
Day after day after day
the public's psyches are pummeled with these deceitful narratives
manufacture consent for war, exploitation and oppression
instead of health and thriving.
The only thing keeping us
from rising like lions in unvanquishable number as in the Percy
poem and creating a healthy world is because we
are imprisoned in a psychic cage made of propaganda narratives.
billionaire-controlled mass media are the enemy of the people in the
same way a cage is the enemy of a bird.
We have native parrots here in Australia. Sometimes I think about
how cool it would be to have one for a pet, but then I look outside
and see the galahs and cockatoos playing around in the trees and
The billionaires who control the mass media lack that part of
themselves. They are our enemy.
But we are the many. And they are the few.
we are waking up...