We are now entering a new circle of information Hell. The mainstream media, particularly after 9/11 was taken over by The System such that they would always encourage any and all wars, endorses the power of big corporations and big banks and big anything. They have rarely reported on obvious government corruption particularly the Pentagon’s absurdly expensive and often useless weapons systems and so on and so on. Critical reports surfaced every now and then but what I just described is pretty much the case of all major news outlets. They are, in a sense, direct organs of State propaganda. As this was happening alternative information and reporting became increasingly available on a number of sites that profoundly disagreed with the State Media so many of us were able to find alternative reporting on the Iraq War and the incredible corruption within the administration of the Occupation of Iraq and the conduct of the Afghan War. Sometimes the State Media were forced to report on these stories due to pressure from the internet and honest reporters (they do exist even in the mainstream though increasingly rare).
After the election of Trump panic broke out in The System (same as Deep State) because the American people, as shown throughout the 2016 campaign were not happy with the status-quo and elected a right-wing populist and reality show personality who threatened The System by his very entry into the position of POTUS. So The System decided to take quick action and make a list of websites that should be proscribed and penalized. Many were on the real left and many on the alt-right and libertarian right and left (yes, a minority of libertarians are on the left). These sites were labelled as false-news and varied to relatively staid leftist site like Naked Capitalism to more “extreme” sites like Inforwars and all manner in-between. These sites were accused by PropOrNot (an obvious CIA operation) of spreading. Russian propaganda that influenced the election of Donald Trump. The effort was criticized even in some mainstream outlets and discredited but the list is being used today by Google algorithms to leave them out of the first two pages of any Google search (which is why you should not use Google). These sites have seen considerable drop off in page views and many are suffering commercially as a result. Similarly, Facebook has employed recently a similar algorithm to lessen the spread of stories from sites I tend to promote on FB. I noticed a drop off of comments on my stories and I’m guessing that they rarely appear on anyone’s news feed–I will continue to post those stories anyway in case people access my page.
What is new here is the trend today to change the internet not by official government censorship but by algorithm and the relentless campaign to harass alternative news sites. For example, cable channels deliberately jam RT by saying the channel is out of service or completely confuse the program and so on. The interesting thing about the current system in the U.S. is that we live in an inverted totalitarian society where private institutions are part of the government. So Google and Facebook are not literally part of the government but associated with the government as are nearly all the mainstream media outlets. The most obvious of which is the Washington Post owned by Jeff Bezos who also is a contractor for the CIA. I believe even without eliminating “net neutrality” there will be no de facto net neutrality. Internet providers, search engines, servers will all use algorithms to limit or eliminate dissent to a kind of ghetto. There’s already talk of an alternative internet but this will only reach, at most, a few million dissidents who will similarly face reprisals on their jobs and ability to find jobs (I’ve talked to many people who are afraid to post or repost stories or ideas that may be unconventional through fear of reprisals) even before the latest anti-Russian hysteria.
This movement of repression will not only involve political dissidents who will be labelled as pro-Russian or pro-terrorist or pro whatever the enemy de jour may be by the Orwellian state. Some twenty-five years ago I predicted that there would be an inevitable move towards a neo-feudal future as I began to see the rise of repression within the State or The System. The movement in the Democratic Party away from a center-left political party to one that was, during Clinton, a center-right party as well as the then apparent movement of wealth from the middle-class to the upper-class it made sense that we would have, should the trend continue, as it did even more dramatically than I thought, of a permanent aristocracy uninterested in the well-being of the commoners. Over the years I learned how this trend and what institutions were promoting this trend and how deep the control stretched. 9/11, of course, changed everything and accelerated all these trends dramatically as did the 2008 financial scandals and the election of Obama who would resist any reform of The System as the central part of his agenda.
George Carlin’s prophetic words ring out to be more true every day:
“There’s a reason education sucks, it’s the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners, now. The real owners, the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.
But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.
You know what they want? Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they’re coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? get it. They’ll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club.”
When you realize all this you will be on the road to not just political liberation but personall liberation because you won’t be sucked into the bullshit you read and year everyday.