Though the attached link about America and Cuba is to an article that is almost 4 years old, it provides a lot of food for thought. Also the almost 52 min film entitled “Obey” is based on Chris Hedges book “Death of the Liberal Class.” It explores the rise of the corporate state and the future of obedience in a world filled with unfettered capitalism, worsening inequality, and environmental changes. Most of the images are not in color until you come to 3 minute sections entitled “Resistance” and “Rebellion.” I recommend this over “Dancing with the Stars.”
Rise of the American Corporate State
Libertarian Ron Paul claims that the same Islamist terrorists that the US empowered in the overthrow of Gaddafi’s Libyan government in 2011 are the same terrorists who attacked Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, which killed Ambassador Stevens. These same terrorists turned their attention to Mali, which required another intervention by the US and France.
The US government has also intervened in the Syrian conflict. Now that the word is out that the Syrian rebels the US has been funding is associated with al Qaeda, the US is now trying to persuade some factions of the Syrian rebels to kill other factions, with the ultimate goal of ousting the current Syrian government.
“The real lesson (quoting Ron Paul) of Benghazi will not be learned because neither Republicans nor Democrats want to hear it. But it is our interventionist foreign policy and its unintended consequences that have created these problems, including the attack and murder of Ambassador Stevens. The disputed talking points and White House whitewashing are just a sideshow.”
American Corporate State in Media
I have been watching Fox News and even Alex Jones’ infowars.com to get information. I wonder if a Republican President and Secretary of State were responsible if Fox News would cover it.
This 94 minute, black-and-white (1954) movie called “Salt of the Earth” was written, directed, and produced by the members of the original “Hollywood Ten” who spent time in prison for their possible communist affiliations, and who afterwards were mostly blacklisted by Hollywood studios. It is based on a true story of Mexican-Americans working at the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico. It is both educational and entertaining.
As many of us are now thinking that maybe all of those surveillance cameras in public places are a good way to catch terrorists, the link here shows a video with written transcription that gives a different opinion about the FBI. Prosecutions of *actual* terrorists in America since 9/11/01 can be counted on one hand (Moussoui, Zazi, Shazad, Abdulmuttalab). All of the rest are bogus, with at least 50 being straight-up entrapment jobs by the FBI and their handsomely paid (by you) informants.
The next time some real terrorists plot to blow something up in America, the FBI will no doubt miss it, being too busy tricking the slowest kid down at the Islamic bookstore into praising Osama for the promise of $20,000. The courts have let them get away with it, so thank goodness there are a few decent reporters left willing to challenge the feds on their third-world ways.
Trevor Aaronson describes the FBI agent-informant entrapment business, tells the story of wholly innocent and mostly-innocent people who could-would never have become terrorists but for the provocateur sent to frame them up, the ruthless blackmail used by the feds to terrorize average Joe Muslims to become informants/provocateurs, the perverse incentives driving them to continue the same policy and the mass media credulity that helps make it all possible.
The above is over 2 years old, but elements of the Right and Left can eventually reunite the Anti-War Movement, as people see the fake “War on Terror” and the ever-increasing surveillance-police state-Homeland Security apparatus for what they are: People are made fearful to justify US imperialism which gives even more power and profit to the industrial-military establishment, which has hijacked our government.
Impact of the American Corporate State
We start silly wars on trumped-up charges because influential corporations that make weapons in a “free market” need more wars. Capitalism is production based on profit (not the needs of communities). You lower prices to put all competitors out of business, then when you become “most successful,” you can raise prices to make maximum profits, and to have maximum control over law-makers. That’s how the system works.