In the video below, Russell Brand brilliantly breaks down Faux Nooze jihadi propaganda. He exposes the cartoonish propaganda of old paradigm super hero Justice Judge Jeanine. In reality, Justice Judge Jeanine (dun, dun, dunnn) is actually an extremist super villain in drag. When you exit the matrix, expand your consciousness and pierce the veil of this teleprompter reading fembot’s fancy facade, you’ll see a gun in the background and it will look and sound exactly like those grainy low-budget “jihadi infidel terrorist” videos that US propaganda outlets play to pollute collective consciousness and terrify (terrorize) the American public.
All hyperbole aside, as Russell touches on, Fox News is, indeed, much more dangerous than the Iraqi ISIS militants. In fact, the mainstream media is the most effective weapon of mass oppression humanity has ever known. As my old friend Jacques Ellul concluded in his groundbreaking analysis of the social mind, Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes, “Propaganda is today a greater danger to mankind than any of the other more grandly advertised threats hanging over the human race.”
Much more to say after you watch this video… take it away Russell, enlighten the masses with the Trews…
And what does a steady diet of this propaganda result in? Let’s return to Jacques…
“Propaganda ruins not only democratic ideas but also democratic behavior – the foundation of democracy, the very quality without which it cannot exist…. Propaganda destroys its very foundations. It creates a man who is suited to a totalitarian society….
A man who lives in a democratic society and who is subjected to propaganda is being drained of the democratic content itself – of the style of democratic life, understanding of others… he is a ‘totalitarian man with democratic convictions,’ but those convictions do not change his behavior in the least. Such contradiction is in no way felt by the individual for whom democracy has become a myth and a set of democratic imperatives, merely stimuli that activate conditioned reflexives.
The word democracy, having become a simple incitation, no longer has anything to do with democratic behavior. And the citizen can repeat indefinitely ‘the sacred formulas of democracy’ while acting like a storm trooper.”
Did all of you totalitarian storm troopers get that? Does that compute?
Consider this recent poll from the NY Times: 56% of Americans want Obama to use drones to bomb ISIS in Iraq.
Bloody hell! As Russell tapped into, dropping bombs from drones all over the Middle East is what created these so-called “terrorists” to begin with. If drones started bombing your neighborhood and killing your family members, and this went on for years and years without any end in sight, what would all you FREEDOM FIGHTERS do?
ISIS is exactly what the Gods of Never-Ending War cooked up. They want the Middle East destabilized and divided into factions of people killing each other, so they can justify building huge Empire military bases, an utterly absurd military budget while poverty is running rampant, and the extraction of resources from the region. And, most importantly, this also creates a booming business bull market for the weapons manufactures / war profiteers… and makes the world LESS safe.
C’mon people!! I get so fired up over all this… #WarCrimes, #CrimesAgainstHumanity… let me take a breath while you read Chris Hedges’ new riff on The Ghoulish Face of Empire:
“The black-clad fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sweeping a collapsing army and terrified Iraqis before them as they advance toward Baghdad, reflect back to us the ghoulish face of American empire.
They are the specters of the hundreds of thousands of people we murdered in our deluded quest to remake the Middle East. They are ghosts from the innumerable roadsides and villages where U.S. soldiers and Marines, jolted by explosions of improvised explosive devices, responded with indiscriminate fire. They are the risen remains of the dismembered Iraqis left behind by blasts of Hellfire and cruise missiles, howitzers, grenade launchers and drone strikes.
They are the avengers of the gruesome torture and the sexual debasement that often came with being detained by American troops. They are the final answer to the collective humiliation of an occupied country, the logical outcome of Shock and Awe, the Frankenstein monster stitched together from the body parts we left scattered on the ground. They are what we get for the $4 trillion we wasted on the Iraq War….
Our jihadists—George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Thomas Friedman and Tommy Franks—who assured us that swift and overwhelming force in Iraq would transform the Middle East into an American outpost of progress, are no less demented than the jihadists approaching Baghdad. These two groups of killers mirror each other. This is what we have spawned.”
Okay, now that you can see how repetitious war propaganda can literally turn us into totalitarian storm troopers, let’s shift gears a bit and take a quick look at the Empire’s censorship tactics…
Russell was recently at the UK People’s Assembly austerity protest. The event drew an estimated 50,000 people and was held right in front of the BBC’s office. Somehow, this massive rally was not worthy of “news” coverage. The BBC ignored, omitted and censored 50,000 people on their doorstep.
Tell me again, in this technologically advanced society that we toil in, how can economic inequality and poverty be at record levels? How can 67 people have as much wealth as 3.5 billion people, half of humanity? How is it that half of all of our tax dollars go to an out of control military complex that commits war crimes all over the planet?
I can hear a faint whisper from the ghost of Ellul echoing through cyberspace, “Propaganda is today a greater danger to mankind than any of the other more grandly advertised threats hanging over the human race.”
So, in summation, the old shortsighted greed-addicted paradigm turn us into Totalitarian Storm Troopers, rapes and pillages the planet, while our debts further enslave us and the future goes up in flames, by drowning our consciousness in a relentless spewing torrent of propaganda.
Bullshit on repetition and censorship by omission… makes Joey Six-Pack a totalitarian storm trooper.
Rrrrrrrr… blood pressure check….
I could rant on this topic for hours, if you want to free your mind and take an in-depth deep dive, you can Transcend Conditioned Consciousness here.
Awe-some riff Russell. Much love & respect to you mate.
You cracked open a window, let in a beam of light and inspired me to send this cyberspace riff off into the constantly mutating cosmos ~*~