Op-Ed by Bernie Suarez – June 15, 2016
Everyone is weighing in on the Orlando nightclub shooting event of Sunday June 12, 2016. Mainstream and alternative media, pundits, bloggers, editorials, writers, YouTubers and more. We are all talking about the event; and to begin with, this is one important point and deliberate intention of the event – to get us focusing on it. But that is not what this article is about. Events staged for political purposes are reaching a form of perfection when it comes to getting the agenda through. What am I talking about? Let’s review the recent Orlando shooting event from the top and see what agendas it serves.
No one can deny that this supposed mass shooting event that took place is perfectly in sync with the long list of agendas the ruling elite have. Agendas like:
- The gun grab and destruction of the 2nd amendment
- Keeping the public in fear and learned helplessness
- Boosting the police state
- Condoning the surveillance state and the need for more surveillance
- Dividing the people by (in this case) sexual orientation
- Reinforcement of and conditioning of the masses to martial law “lockdown” and destruction of the 4th amendment
- Reinforcing the ISIS psyop which they (the West and its NATO allies) created themselves and is the lifeline of the new world order
- Justifying and reinforcing the call for a global police due to ISIS super-mobile capabilities
- Distracting the public from the Bilderberg 2016 get together which was occurring at the time
These are just some of the ongoing agendas playing out in real-time, designed to steer the masses into believing certain narratives which are ultimately important for the ruling elite to obtain their final goals.
With that said, now let’s strip the veil from the Orlando shooting false flag “investigation” and reporting period which has followed the shooting event.
After being shown images and witness testimonies that lacked the full 3-dimensional reality as I outlined in my initial report, the mainstream media lying machine and the politicians quickly jumped on the “ISIS did it” script. Within practically minutes we were told shooter Omar Mateen called 911 himself and confirmed he was doing this for ISIS who he “pledges allegiance” to. This is just a revision of the “manifesto” tactic they usually put out. The controllers know that many of us (including myself) were waiting for the usual manifesto, and they delivered the manifesto in broad daylight, simply in another form. From this point on it seems the main point of this false flag event was accomplished because the whole point was to connect this event (as they did with the San Bernardino false flag) to ISIS with or without proof. But as usual they don’t have proof of this connection right? Actually, this is where I firmly believe the psyop begins so I urge all truth seekers to pay attention.
I have no doubt that Mateen or someone using this name is likely a patsy of some kind documented in FBI previous operations and investigations. Examples of mainstream media admitting the Mateen connection to FBI and or other agencies are here, here and here. Truth seekers should stop, think and take notice that even the mainstream media was eager to admit that the shooter had previous ties to FBI. Ask yourself, why would the mainstream media themselves so quickly admit this?
Another important observation I see is that one document reported by one website often begets hundreds of articles about the same document throughout the Internet. Think about that. That said, okay so the trail to Mateen, the patsy of choice, and his connection to FBI is important and seems credible but there’s more to this. Let’s go in another direction as we explore this topic further.
Let’s turn back the clock and consider the 9/11 globalist terrorist planned-and-coordinated attacks on America. What many truth seekers probably have never considered about 9/11 is that we heard many components of the lead-up to the September 11 attacks later revealed by Intelligence themselves that while truth seekers felt these components were confirmation of a false flag, these same components were used by those selling the official story as proof that the 19 hijackers did in fact do 9/11… due to “Intelligence failure” of course. What am I talking about? Recall that Intelligence sources came out posing as truth seekers and proving that things like ‘Operation Able Danger’ proves the US trained the hijackers, which I’m sure they likely did. Let’s take a closer look at Able Danger as posted on one research site:
According to today’s New York Times, a top secret unit of military intelligence identified four of the 9/11 hijackers as Al-Qaeda members in the summer of 2000.
More than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a small, highly classified military intelligence unit identified Mohammed Atta and three other future hijackers as likely members of a cell of Al Qaeda operating in the United States, according to a former defense intelligence official and a Republican member of Congress.
In the summer of 2000, the military team, known as Able Danger, prepared a chart that included visa photographs of the four men and recommended to the military’s Special Operations Command that the information be shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the congressman, Representative Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, and the former intelligence official said Monday.
Reading and carefully considering this report provided by what at the time mainstream media told us was a “top secret unit of military intelligence” we have to now step back and consider a few things. This is the same mainstream media that to this day won’t look at WTC 7’s destruction or any of the ties to the criminal elements financially linked to 9/11. This is the same mainstream media that told us they found Mohammad Atta’s fully intact passport on the streets of New York City after surviving 3000-5000 degree heat from the explosive plane crash. And the same mainstream media unwilling to face the countless list of impossibilities and bizarre coincidences that point the blame back to the Bush/Cheney criminal cartel. This same untrustworthy news source at the time was now willing to admit that al-Qaeda terrorists were indeed training in the US and even learning to fly planes in Florida. What does this all mean and how does it all tie back to the recent shooting event in Orlando?
I urge truth seekers to be careful of “Intelligence” information put out by the FBI and mainstream media that is designed to make you believe that what happened was due to “Intelligence failure.” Haven’t we heard this many times before? Yes, truth seekers will see these anomalies as confirmation of a false flag and we should know about these anomalies, but the sheeple will see this as a sign of intelligence failure and thus … confirmation that the event was real! As in a real “ISIS” (or in the case of 9/11 al-Qaeda) threat that could perhaps have been stopped with more police state and surveillance state tactics. I see this as a clever way to introduce some truth (of corrupt staged terrorism) to use as a tool of mass deception, in this case to sell us on the idea that ISIS is real, that they really are here and that they are somehow a major threat to Americans. This will only benefit the US Military Industrial Complex and their thirst for more endless war in Syria and in the Middle East in the name of fighting ISIS.
In addition to the fact that the Orlando shooting event is all being delivered in the artificial 2-dimensional reality with things like no real bodies shown to us, no blood, no cell phone videos of the actual shooting, little to no ambulances or footage of any actual professional rescue workers saving lives, we’re being asked to simply accept the event as real and move on to the political consequences and “solutions.”
But hold on for a minute. Consider this wild proposition. What if we are all being played in ways we haven’t considered. For example, no one is saying that no one died. But what if this is what they are hoping to lure truth seekers into believing? Consider that the evidence they are showing the public would actually imply that maybe they are hiding something and that possibly no one died, but let’s all stop to think. What if creating confusion is the plan? Why is the mainstream media afraid to show the action shots of what really happened inside the club and instead are showing us the same 3 or 4 almost staged victims being carried away? Are they purposely trying to create the confusion luring truth seekers into declaring that no one died when in fact people died? If so, this would be the perfect way to make fools out of truth seekers wouldn’t it? Are you still with me?
So, I can’t help but to notice that as the controllers get better and better at staging these mass shootings which come in different varieties, they will often contribute themselves to pieces of “information” that actually have dual effects of both showing us it’s fake as many fine writers and contributors in the alternative media have pointed out to us regarding the shooter’s ties to the FBI etc., but to also actually endorse the “reality” of the event. This is a win-win situation for the controllers who have in previous false flags revealed many more details without seeing any threat to their story imposed.
For example, the controllers let slip out 2 distinct takes of the Virginia TV reporter shooting of Alison Parker in August of 2015 without any harm to their story in the eyes of the general public. They also allowed absolutely conflicting stories about the identity of the shooter as well as the number of shooters when they pulled off the San Bernardino false flag, and we don’t have to go over the long list of obvious anomalies with Sandy Hook. I could go on and on but the point is that in the new reality we are living in, anomalies are acceptable because the system can work with these anomalies and move on. They already know they can get away with huge mistakes and still sell their “event.”
Recall Sandy Hook psyop “doctor” Carver basically telling us all to our faces that he hoped this event wouldn’t come “crashing down on the people of Newtown.” It didn’t and the Sandy Hook crisis actors did get away with it.
We are living in a new reality and everyone must pay attention and stop falling for the bits and pieces of “information” the controllers are willing to let you figure out. This is my main message and warning to all.
Yes we know it’s possible the accused patsy had ties to FBI, we should expect this. And yes we should expect the usual FBI-terrorism connection and failed “sting” events. But in the larger picture all of this is just details of the same script that they have planned for us. This is a script and a plan that the controllers are now very good at. They are way ahead of humanity, and in order to fight the information war we are in we must come above them and know all (not some) of their tactics. Knowing what their goals and agendas are is a good place to start.
So in this sense I believe everyone (even including myself) is being fooled in some way by this latest psyop shooting event as we try to wrap our minds around the event and make sense of it. Again, remember, the controllers are way ahead of us. In the words of the ‘smoking man’ of the old TV series X-Files: “Trust no man Mulder … ”
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Bernie is a revolutionary writer with a background in medicine, psychology, and information technology. He is the author of The Art of Overcoming the New World Order and has written numerous articles over the years about freedom, government corruption and conspiracies, and solutions. A former host of the 9/11 Freefall radio show, Bernie is also the creator of the Truth and Art TVproject where he shares articles and videos about issues that raise our consciousness and offer solutions to our current problems. His efforts are designed to encourage others to joyfully stand for truth, to expose government tactics of propaganda, fear and deception, and to address the psychology of dealing with the rising new world order. He is also a former U.S. Marine who believes it is our duty to stand for and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. A peace activist, he believes information and awareness is the first step toward being free from enslavement from the globalist control system which now threatens humanity. He believes love conquers all fear and it is up to each and every one of us to manifest the solutions and the change that you want to see in this world, because doing this is the very thing that will ensure victory and restoration of the human race from the rising global enslavement system, and will offer hope to future generations.
Op-Ed by Claire Bernish – June 13, 2016
Mass surveillance has, for the larger segment of the U.S. populace, become an integral facet in the illusory feeling of security. But does it serve any purpose at all — other than providing the Surveillance State a handy excuse for keeping tabs on anyone it chooses, while simultaneously quashing every one of our paltry remaining legal rights?
While it may be comforting to feel the overarching blanket of indiscriminate surveillance keeps us all safe from harm, the deaths of at least 50 people in an Orlando nightclub prove indisputably the contrary.
In fact, the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation — and, indeed, every agency — attempting to employ the weary excuse they spy on you to keep you safe can be disproven in the events of the early morning hours this past Sunday.
Unfolding over a period of hours, Pulse nightclub took to Facebook to sound the alarm, posting, “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running” — as the shooter (or perhaps shooters) mowed down revelers and reportedly took survivors hostage.
In the aftermath of the carnage, several aspects of the attack become startlingly clear.
First, discrepancies in eyewitness’ accounts of unfolding events — such as on-the-spot interviews describing not one, but two shooters — were not slated to hit mainstream headlines.
Second, any number of dragnet, mass surveillance programs — or even those targeting, specifically, ‘questionable’ individuals — had done nothing to foreshadow, much less prevent, the slaughter for the NSA or FBI.
How could that be? How could programs tasked with specifically trawling social media, personal correspondence, and thus profiling individuals most at risk for committing such atrocities, possibly miss the mark — exponentially?
Simple. These programs were never designed to detect, stop, or catch actual terrorists in the first place.
What? Seriously? You mean the government’s welcoming, protective arms did nothing at all to save us?
But in the aftermath of a mass murder event, it’s expected we would all ignore that particularly relevant detail and succumb to further intrusions on our most basic liberties to cozy into the safe blanket of surveillance, which most frequently targets those who stand against the State causing extremism in the first place.
Shortly after this disgusting infringement on the personal freedoms we hold dear, there are calls for stricter strictures on gun control and freedom of association emanating from the mouths of politicians — who, no less, happen to be involved in contentious electoral proceedings. We are, of course, expected to swallow this — no questions asked — as the U.S. government moves to ‘rein in terrorists and their agendas.’
Don’t be fooled. Though the quote by Benjamin Franklin — “Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” — has been so incredibly skewed from its original meaning, the modern understanding holds fast.
When we base the usurpation of freedom on the fleeting comfort provided by the government in times of tragedy and strife, the resultant disavowal of rightful freedom soon follows; and to no laudable ends, whatsoever. Consider recent reports the NSA has expanded plans to use your so-called ‘smart’ appliances against you — and now seeks to expand those programs to include even biomedical devices, like pacemakers.
Consider Americans under consistent, constant scrutiny — as contentiously revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013 — for the basic act of using their cell phones or deeming necessary encrypted email accounts. Or using the phone. Or journalists under the watchful NSA eye. Or, worse, the complete erasure of rights inextricably linked to the same concept of terrorism far too many Americans willingly accept as the root of the entire issue.
We are a nation under attack, indeed, but not by the brown people those in power would have you believe are out to steal our freedoms. No, to the contrary, we are under attack by the very government that would commandeer our basic civil liberties under the all-too false guise the terrorists want what we have.
But we have too little. We have too few of the basic freedoms that once defined us as a people who broke away from the governmental chokehold. What we’re left with, in the meantime, are the scraps and trappings of a liberty so far removed from its original intent as to be ineffectual in preserving the same.
Whatever your opinions, or even assertions, about the events in Orlando — understand — we are gazing over the precipice from whence there exists no ability to return. We have the temporary luxury of gazing expectantly over the edge, or we can pull back the reins that seemingly hold us in place and say, ‘Enough.’
Enough with the facade of programs whose blueprints offer little more than the feeling of safety. Enough with a State so paranoid it seeks to stomp out any opinion in opposition to it. Enough capitulation.
We see you watching. We see you do nothing with said evidence. But most imperative of all, we see you seeing us — to no substantive ends, whatsoever.
Take the admonishments of the State proffered by whistleblowers who see the bigger picture — this will not end well. No matter the hysteria, signing away your rights can do nothing but strip you of power.
Don’t — no matter your apparent, personal justification — allow them to take more than the miles you’ve already voluntarily offered.
By Claire Bernish – May 10, 2016
Assessing current conditions in the United States, it would be next to impossible not to grasp innumerable parallels to George Orwell’s dystopic portent, 1984. Though other fictional dystopias could similarly elicit comparisons to the dark turn taken by American empire, aspects of 1984’s creepy authoritarian nightmare ring all-too-true.
And Big Brother-like surveillance — though undoubtedly relevant — imparts only the most obvious, and therefore least pertinent, connection on the list.
WAR IS PEACE
“Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia,” Orwell wrote of two of the three remaining nation-states on the planet. Though it analogizes Russia’s mercurial relationship with Nazi Germany, the same volatility aptly fits U.S. involvement in the Middle East — where, though propaganda would purport a decisive enemy, the truth remains far murkier. A constant state of undeclared but active war rules foreign policy — driven almost exclusively by the war machine’s profiteering from plundering of foreign lands’ natural resources.Big Oil, Big Pharma, and the multi-faceted defense industry have experienced exponential profits since perpetual war became the de facto basis of foreign policy — and Big Banks share in the reward. But all of this war requires the U.S. government maintain support from the public — and what better way to win them over than appeal to fear of the Other?
When John Brady Kiesling, a career diplomat, tendered his letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, he piercingly criticized the warped factors driving both American domestic and foreign policy surrounding the needless war in Iraq — with barbs unfortunately equally applicable today:
We spread disproportionate terror and confusion in the public mind, arbitrarily linking the unrelated problems of terrorism and Iraq. The result, and perhaps the motive, is to justify a vast misallocation of shrinking public wealth to the military and to weaken the safeguards that protect American citizens from the heavy hand of government. September 11 did not do as much damage to the fabric of American society as we seem determined to [do] to ourselves […]
“Has ‘oderint dum metuant’ [Let them hate so long as they fear] really become our motto?
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, it became immediately evident American government had its jackpot ticket for war in perpetuity — the only necessary condition being wool sufficiently ambiguous to cover the public’s eyes in fear.
Since that time, under the guise of national security, Big Brother-like domestic surveillance has become so thoroughly entrenched in our lives as to be virtually ignored by the general populace. As a necessary and insidious outgrowth of massive spying, the government attempts to cultivate fearful citizen-spies, by employing the not-at-all ominous If You See Something, Say Something catchphrase-titled program. Of course, the government arm responsible for this and other programs — the overarching Department of Homeland Security — seems ripped directly from the pages of 1984.
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” Orwell noted in his 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language.” This observation aptly summarizes U.S. war propaganda in its entirety — with a constant government-backed corporate media blitz surrounding the war on terror shaping public perception of what constitutes terrorism, and who, a terrorist.
Betting on Americans’ cognitive dissonance, historical amnesia, and tacit acceptance of spoon-fed, baseless patriotism, the government doesn’t often find barriers to inculcating a blanket support for obtuse military missions. War so saturates every aspect of life, when the Pentagon announced last week forces had already been on the ground in Yemen for two weeks, the public instead trained its focus to the latest installation of Captain America.
And never mind the detail that ground support of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen would be allocated for fighting al-Qaeda — a different faction of the same group the U.S. currently employs as somehow less dangerous terrorists to assist deposing Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.Moderate rebels is thus the Newspeak term for terrorists the American empire finds usable — making terrorist and terrorism utterly conditional terms. Of course, the government failed to explain how a war on the concept of terrorism should play out if that terrorism depends on circumstance — or, more accurately, whim — but once instituted, paranoia surrounding the word opened the floodgates for battling terrorism inside the United States.
Exactly as Orwell cautioned in 1984 — and precisely as Kiesling’s foreboding resignation letter predicted it would.
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
How does a government persuade its citizens their enslavement would be desirable and beneficial? Frame it as necessary protection against any threat to their fundamental security — and implement more contentious aspects of said servitude in palatable microsteps. Fear of terrorism — or, more directly, xenophobia — constitutes sufficient reason for many to cast off basic human rights through increasingly invasive laws and governance.
Legislation, however, isn’t by far the sole vehicle available to the government. In a culture so utterly imbued in paranoia, neighbors aren’t only willing to spy on neighbors — or complete strangers, to that end — they’re willing to alert law enforcement should they observe … Something.
One perfect example of the absurdity of the If You See Something, Say Something citizen spy program occurred this week when a woman, suspicious of cryptic notes penned by the person seated next to her on an American Airlines flight, decided to Say Something.
The flight was delayed for over two hours, the FBI was called, and an egregious commentary on paranoia and xenophobic profiling in the U.S. became one of an unfortunate many for the history books.
This unbelievably unaware woman told on acclaimed University of Pennsylvania economics professor, Guido Menzio — who had been scribbling a complex math formula in a notebook. Menzio posted his experience on Facebook, describing his encounter with the FBI after being briefly pulled from the plane, writing: “They ask me about my neighbor. I tell them I noticed nothing strange. They tell me she thought I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a piece of paper. I laugh. I bring them back to the plane. I show them my math.”
Menzio, to the unnamed woman, was guilty of terrorism because his Italian ancestry gifted him with darker complexion and hair, and because her lack of education and state conditioning caused her to see dark terrorist plots in mathematical formulae — possibly, and disturbingly, because she mistook it for Arabic.
Restrictions on travel aren’t limited to fearful passengers, either, as the notoriously invasive Transportation Security Administration has made air travel an almost unbearably onerous task. A recent report predicts grueling airport delays due to the combination of a 10 percent reduction in TSA staff and a 15 percent increase in the number of expected travelers. Though a PreCheck program is offered by the TSA, people simply aren’t signing on — likely because they’re forced to submit to an even more invasive background check. And it isn’t as if the TSA has a stunning success rate in thwarting terror attacks, either — though it does have a successful track record for restricting freedom of travel.
While the government would like you to believe TSA safety measures protect the country from terrorism, evidence lies with a far more laughable reality — like the time a CNN journalist once had her container of pimento cheeseconfiscated by agents. Another report indicated the underpaid and understaffed TSA is largely incompetent. Congressman Stephen Lynch explained, “We had folks — this was a testing exercise, so we had folks going in there with guns on their ankles, and other weapons on their persons, and there was a 95 percent failure rate.”
Essentially, terrorist paranoia is working exactly per the Dept. of Homeland Security’s design — otherwise ordinary Americans are now guilty, simply by being present. Guilty of being non-white. Guilty of speaking a language other than English. Guilty of math. Guilty of possession of cheese spread.
But most of all, guilty under the system that would rather pit neighbor against neighbor — lest those neighbors realize they have more in common with one another than with the powers claiming to have their security in mind — because that realization might bring anger, dissent, and potentially action to topple those powers-that-be.
And entirely different dystopic restrictions on travel — hearkening almost exactly to the 1930s Nazi Germany that so influenced Orwell — can be found in police checkpoints. Of dubious legality, law enforcement checkpoints for everything from drunk driving to heroin — to seatbelts — have become commonplace around the U.S. In the name of safety, police bottleneck traffic, test sobriety, search cars, write revenue-generating tickets, and even arrest those found ‘guilty’ or who try to avoid the trap.
And this lack of the ability to travel freely — the basic right to mobility without restriction — is only one highly specific example of coercion as the new norm. Entire books could be justifiably penned to discuss the ridiculousness of licensing requirements — summarized briefly as the state taking a right away from you in order to give it back to you at an often red-tape-heavy price. In the dystopic new millennium, the State requires children to seek permitting for such traditional activities as shoveling snow or setting up their own lemonade stands — and alarmingly have been shut down forfailing to do so.
You don’t even have to be accused, much less charged, with a crime to have your own property and cash seized — or more accurately, stolen — by the State, which it then may use for whatever shady purpose it chooses. This unchecked policing-for-profit scheme has created a freakishly telling figure, as described by The Free Thought Project, “law enforcement in America has stolen $600,000,000 more from Americans than actual criminal burglars.”
Freedom to simply live one’s life, without harming another, has been co-opted by a State hell bent on maintaining slavish control of its people.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Considering at least one of the aforementioned examples would be sufficiently blood-boiling to even those who consider themselves ‘law-abiding’ or ‘patriotic,’ the State also has in place multiple strategies to thwart the dissemination of accurate, truthful information — thus preemptively quashing dissent.
State indoctrination begins early with compulsory schooling beating the victor’s history into impressionable, young minds. William Blum, journalist, author, and CIA and U.S. foreign policy critic, describes in his book, America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy — The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else, how indoctrination has so insidiously usurped education as to be imperceptible to the unaware [emphasis added]:
American leaders have convinced a majority of the American people of the benevolence of their government’s foreign policy. To have persuaded Americans of this, as well as a multitude of other people throughout the world — in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary … — must surely rank as one of the most outstanding feats of propaganda and indoctrination in all of history […]
It is not at all uncommon to grow to adulthood in the United States, even graduate from university, and not be seriously exposed to opinions significantly contrary to these prevailing myths, and know remarkably little about the exceptionally harmful foreign policy of the government. It’s one thing for historical myths to rise in the absence of a written history of a particular period, such as our beliefs concerning the Neanderthals; but much odder is the rise of such myths in the face of a plethora of historical documents, testimony, films and books.
Indoctrination stands as perhaps the most powerful tool a State could wield without imposing actual, physical violence. Patriotism often acts as a means of self-policing — whereby a populace relentlessly criticizes any segment not wholly on board with devotion to that State. Orwell also keenly understood this, as is clear in 1984’s protagonist, Winston Smith’s description of the youngest citizens of Ingsoc (an abbreviation for English Socialism — the governmental ideology firmly entrenched in that ‘fictional’ time period).
Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it. The songs, the processions, the banners, the hiking, the drilling with dummy rifles, the yelling of slogans, the worship of Big Brother — it was all a sort of glorious game to them.
When the State manages to hoodwink millions of people, facilitating an imperialist empire isn’t a cumbersome task. Blum analogizes the American people to “the children of a Mafia boss who do not know what their father does for a living, and don’t want to know, but then wonder why someone just threw a firebomb through the living room window.”
Endlessly frustrating those who have taken advantage of self-education in the age of information, arguments proffered by government propaganda — such as waging wars to bring about peace, or that the U.S. aggressively and violently invades other countries for democracy and freedom — take root with no basis in reality. Belief other nations will steal our (already nonexistent) Democracy if we don’t invade them first insidiously infiltrates even learned segments of the population. Though such inexplicable reasoning readily evidences justifications necessary for popular support when the U.S. spontaneously violates international law concerning war, the people still believe the lie — in great part, thanks to corporate media’s incessant confirmation of American exceptionalism.
Ignorance of the breadth of American imperialism — the reality of its plundering resources around the planet, its actions as an enforcement arm of the plutocratic corporatocracy, and the violence it employs on innocent civilians wherever it chooses — remain unknown to the majority in this country. With essentially all information available a click away, this ignorance amounts to little more than a flat denial of reality. Saying ‘my government would never do that’ might be one thing, but refusing to investigate whether or not the statement holds weight is essentially admitting the government takes precedence over truth.
“Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?” Orwell wrote in the dystopic classic. “It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and of being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress toward more pain.”
But the American indoctrination of ignorance most chillingly corresponds with a particular passage from 1984 — one marking the self-imposed homogeneity of a people scrambling over one another to exemplify patriotism.
The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering — a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons — a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting — three hundred million people all with the same face.
Much of what Orwell proffered as dystopic fiction has since manifested — perhaps not so much, as is popularly believed, because the government took the novel as an instruction manual. But because 1984’s dire warning seems so inconceivable, perhaps most people have yet to realize its darker portents have already come to pass.
Protagonist Winston Smith ultimately succumbs to the lure of Big Brother and the State — but it remains up for debate whether the authoritarian nightmare will take as firm a chokehold on the United States.
To resist such a reality is the work of a true protagonist — not through violence or destruction, but through seeking a lesser ignorance. The linchpin to Orwell’s dystopia, and to the current one, is the perception of ignorance as strength. War is most certainly not Peace to a well-informed populace, nor is Freedom Slavery.
It is up to us to plant the seeds of knowledge which will inevitably grow into that well-informed populace who will then see the reality of the horrid path we’ve since embarked. ‘Tis the nature of humanity to err, but we’ve managed to be resilient nonetheless — sometimes the hardest path is the only way there.