Posts Tagged ‘fraud’

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The Netflix movie “The White Helmets” may win an Oscar in the “short documentary” category at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It would not be a surprise despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial.

Syrian War Propaganda at the Oscars

Yet, we now know that the propaganda around the “noble” rebels holding out in east Aleppo – with the help of the White Helmets – was largely a lie. The rebels mostly fought under the command structure of Al Qaeda’s Nusra affiliate and its fellow jihadists in Ahrar al-Sham. A videoshows White Helmet workers picking up the corpse of a civilian after execution by Nusra/Al Qaeda and celebrating the extremists’ battle wins.

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(May 30, 2012)

The ultimate sophomoric blunder: Let’s smash the state before we even figure out what positive roles the state performs in society.

Part One – “Market Anarchists”

I’m astounded that adults argue this so-called philosophy. But, not only are the anarchists among us, they are loud and repetitive and seek to influence every popular movement that arises. In this case it’s the Occupy movement, which is now torn betwen MoveOn.org’s not so veiled takeover bid and a lot of anarchists who decry all things “state.” The cornucopia of their pseudo-political chatter disguises their tiny numbers.

A “stateless society” is the goal of one strand of this virulent school. They fantasize non-stop on what some future society would be like without a government. It never seems to occur to people like those at the Center For a Stateless Society that warlordism is a possibility. It never pops up that those with the strongest mercenary army would take over the vital resources and become the de facto — you guessed it — government. This is so obvious as to be hardly worth mentioning, but in the anarchist delusion we don’t find the “con” column in their reasoning. That’s because the whole thing’s a con.

Rather than placing their faith in a state set up to guarantee civil rights for all, the anarchists place their faith in what is apparently a page from the radical republican right — “free markets.” The anarchists, who at some gathering places sound a lot like the libertarians, want the ultimate so-called “free market” without any government in existence to even insure that this “market” can operate without armed factions simply taking what they want from others. They dislike the state’s existence and its fallback option to use force so much that they would risk the entire society to the use of random chaotic force by non-state actors.

At the Center For a Stateless Society (C4SS), they phrase the issue like so:

“…we can say that Hayek’s knowledge problem will, in a stateless society, even impact “governance” in the sense of how enterprises provide dispute resolution and security services. We can’t predict the details of how free people will choose to organize provision of these services. The forms of such organization would be an open-ended matter, subject to free experimentation and resulting diversity.”

In English, the security of the land is now renamed “security services.” It will be subject to “experimentation” and “diversity.” Unlike the United States and its Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, there will be no “equal protection under the law” in a stateless free for all. Quite the contrary, security will be for sale, and will be the privilege of hte highest bidders.

I have pointed out once before how the Occupy protests could have concluded in an anarchist dream, if they had gotten what they want, the “stateless society.” Once the protests caught the attention of the deep-pocketed interests, such as the banks and Wall Street, these simply could have hired their own “security services” as the Center For a Stateless Society phrases it. These “security services,” say Blackwater (Xe), could easily wipe out the entire contingent of anarchist protesters in a couple of hours spree. The protesters, masked or unmasked, would drop like clusterbombs in the streets of red. Another “service” would come along to hose it all off, and business would continue as usual.

The state has already protected the anarchists from such a fate. It has protected all of us from random chaotic violence and the raising of mercenary armies by private interests. This has never occurred to any anarchist.

Some may simply respond to the Center For a Stateless Society by pointing to flash points in Africa, to failed states, to lawless chaotic hell holes where the bodies are laid out in mass graves. That’s experimentation. That’s diversity, when it comes to “security.”

On economic matters, here is where things get more muddled. Without discussion of money, who prints it, how does it get value, etc., the C4SS states their position as the simplistic “free market” champions of Ayn Rand’s school of thought:

“Market anarchists, however, typically disagree that the economic status quo is a result of a free market economy and instead tend to attribute systematic economic injustice to market intervention by the state — that is, to divergence from the free market ideal of absolutely zero state intervention in the economy.”

Zero interference in the market. No labor protections. No environmental protections. No minimum wage. No barrier to poisoning your staff, having their limbs end up in the sausage, of having young children cleaning out soot pipes. Zero interference. Disposable workers, no benefits, no rights. Zero interference has been tried, however. They called it the Gilded Age. It was a disgusting abomination, from the worker’s standpoint. They didn’t find it quite the utopia that the “market anarchists” seem to romanticize.

It’s a con. You are being conned if you follow this anarchist dogma. Sorry, there’s no other way to look at it.

In fact this entire muddleheaded idea of a “stateless society” is gibberish on its face and beyond the limits of what a super-majority of the population would entertain. It is a minority fringe movement, and not a pursuit of the 99%. It folds in seamlessly with the free market ideologues of the radical right who push austerity and corporate rule onto us, seemingly what the anarchists nominally oppose. It is a con game, and perhaps the low-level foot soldier Black Bloc types are nothing but dupes. With all the fancy verbiage, they don’t seem to notice their similarities with the Koch Brothers, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.

“A state is not governance based upon the consent of the governed, but conquest under a false pretense of legitimacy.”

Says you. A lot of citizens disagree, a lot more than you acknowledge. Now I’m inclined to give this claim more sway than most. Democracy in the United States is a rigged game, and downright undemocratic in practice. How much of that can be attributed to an ignorant public that refuses to seek out alternatives or even to vote?

While democracy is in crisis, here is where we hit the fork in the road. Stateless anarchists see the answer as destroying all government and ushering in warlordism, as if that was a rational response to a system that lacks responsiveness. Warlords also lack compassion and response to the needs of those on the other side of their mercenary lines.

The rational solution to this crisis of representative democracy is more democracy, a more level playing field where alternative parties have a voice and can be heard by the public. We need to diminish the influence of the most powerful entrenched interests, not to enable them to become feudalistic emperors. While democracy is an imperfect system it is head and shoulders above the alternative that has been proposed: “free experimentation and resulting diversity.”

Anarchists propose a power vacuum while solving none of the survival problems faced by the populations who will still be at the mercy of those competing for resources. Only instead of an orderly society to operate in, there will be madness. The anarchist proposals are interesting reading as science fiction, but should not be given consideration in the real world. Thankfully, they are not given much attention or legitimacy by society, as their implementation would be so radical and so chaotic that the formerly-functioning democracies of the world could end up looking like something from The Road Warrior.

Part Two – “Libertarian/Socialist” Anarchists

The poor, misunderstood anarchists just can’t seem to get a break. When you point out the absurdity of the “market anarchism” preached by some, such as those at the Center For a Stateless Society, as I did in my previous piece, the response — even from “market anarchists” themselves — is to shift the discussion away from their own arguments and onto another strand of anarchy! In this case it’s the “libertarian/socialist” school of thought.

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Amnesty International Stokes Syrian War

AI’s Standards Ignored

The Amnesty International report violates the organization’s own research standards. As documented by Professor Tim Hayward here, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, claims that Amnesty does its research in a very systematic, primary, way where we collect evidence with our own staff on the ground. And every aspect of our data collection is based on corroboration and cross-checking from all parties, even if there are, you know, many parties in any situation because of all of the issues we deal with are quite contested. So it’s very important to get different points of view and constantly cross check and verify the facts.”

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Trump Approves Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia And Bahrain

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Trump’s World, Money Talks & Saudi Arabia Gets A Free Pass

At a campaign rally in Alabama, Trump professed his affection for the Saudi royalty and their money. “They are buying apartments and properties from me. They spend $40-50 million. I am supposed to hate them? I love them very much.”

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Democrats, the party that tells you it wants to save you from Trump, just approved all his hideous cabinet appointees.

If they’re going to campaign as an opposition party, don’t they actually have to oppose?

‘Resistance Means Resisting’: Democratic Opposition Folding Under Trump

We live in the age of fraud. There is probably nothing genuine about anyone who makes it onto your television screen.

Republicans: Party of belligerent assholes; what you see is mostly what you get.

Democrats: Party of deceitful assholes; what they say is probably the opposite of what they are doing behind the scenes.

#GREENPARTY

 

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Democrats and their apologists have proven to be far more pathetic than previously witnessed. A quasi-fascist nationalism has erupted, and the blind rush to conflate Donald Trump with Russia has expanded the envelope of delusion.

What is it they claim now? And based on what actual evidence?

The CIA floated a conspiracy theory to undermine Trump in the Electoral College, a Hail Mary pass after the election upset. Yes, a conspiracy theory, the dangerous kind that puts nuclear-armed nations at each other’s throats.

“And yet, there is skepticism within the American government, particularly at the F.B.I., that this evidence adds up to proof that the Russians had the specific objective of getting Mr. Trump elected.” -NY Times, Dec. 11, 2016

What’s more, that’s still the case!

“Officials reiterated that there is no single intercepted communication that qualifies as a ‘smoking gun’ on Russia’s intention to benefit Trump’s candidacy or to claim credit for doing so.” -CNN, Jan. 6, 2017

“Reiterated” because the message is clearly not getting through the solid wall of hysteria.

That plain truth is clearly the opposite of the propaganda blitzkrieg we have just witnessed, from Saturday Night Live to the usual suspects at the foundation-funded left-leaning propaganda complex, those “gatekeepers.” Nor to the nation’s political cartoonists, who have led the charge to conflate Trump with Vladimir Putin, even though none of us has seen a single shred of credible evidence. The propaganda tsunami has been so voluminous that it’s difficult to recall a previous comparable situation. Only the false ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ bamboozle comes to mind, and we know how that worked out; don’t we?

Two Minutes’ Hate

The Democrats have become feral. Irrationally lashing out in every direction, the CIA’s conspiracy theory has had the effect that many of those anti-conspiracy theory psycho-babble articles had warned us about! #irony

But psychology remains at the core of it all, and it is the psychology of blaming others to avoid taking personal responsibility for negative outcomes. Taking cues from Hillary Clinton herself, there must be Russians hiding under the bed. Of course that’s the reason people supported Trump and not glorious Hillary. The alternative is too horrible for them to entertain.

What is obscured is the contorted logic that Russia allegedly defeated Clinton by revealing The Truth about her own corruption and lies, her private position versus public position. Impossible to make the case that the Russians are lying, the Democratic Party apologists’ only response has been to change the focus of the outrage toward killing the messenger. It’s a cheap magic trick, and we’ve seen this tiresome show before.

Most of the corporate US “news” media has bought into this conspiracy theory. It’s always a good idea in the mainstream to beat up on Russia, especially when the CIA takes point. There is no downside for jumping on that bandwagon. But “news” is now relegated to an empty label requiring quotation marks, because these outlets refuse to cover the full story: WikiLeaks.

There is no ambiguity at all regarding Julian Assange and Craig Murray’s position.

“Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails — they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for ‘disgusted’ Democratic whistleblowers” -UK Daily Mail, Dec. 14, 2016

How can any American argue that Murray and Wikileaks’ revelations are not newsworthy? They are the publishers of the emails! So, that story must have appeared on the front pages of every US newspaper and on the 24/7 cable news barrage; no?

Censorship is clearly at play here. Any “news” article that covers the CIA’s conspiracy theory but omits the WikiLeaks counter-narrative is not journalism at all, and clearly violates basic journalistic ethics.

The Blackest Kettle Around

Psychological projection is when you accuse others of doing what you yourself do. It happens quite a bit more than people realize. Would the Russians be justified in working against a candidate who threatened to escalate a hot war in Syria against their own military and national security interests?

I’ll not belabor America’s bloodstained imperial record of overthrowing legitimate democracies, like Iran in 1953 or Chile in 1973. But more recent events should not be avoided, as we assess what’s really going on here in the intelligence sector’s assault on Russia and Putin and Trump.

What America did to Ukraine should be first and foremost, as we talk about foreign interference in the democratic processes of sovereign nations. In 2004 US agencies were exposed for their parts in a soft coup, or “color revolution.”

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