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You are being jerked around.  Your energy and attention are being purposely diverted to meaningless issues to keep you from realizing what's really going on.  If you watch TV news on a daily basis, including the so-called liberal channel MSNBC, or if you listen to mainstream news radio stations, you are being subjected to misinformation and false narratives designed to keep you ignorant and impotent to take any meaningful action to safeguard democracy, and to act to protect your own interests as a citizen.

There is only one news story worth your undivided attention: The stranglehold corporatist/financial cartels have on our government.  That's it; as simple as that.

All the news about local crime, and celebrities, and the sequester, and about individual examples of dastardly acts committed by public officials around the country, are basically distractions.  It's not that one must not stay abreast of these issues, but that people are focusing almost all of their attention to them.  And that's where the problem lies.

You are focusing on the symptom, not on the root of the problem, and that saps your energy.  If doesn't matter what the issue, or how outrageous, nobody who can do anything about is listening.  The Sequester, the Tar Sands Pipeline, Detroit being put under the command of a "manager," usurping democracy, Rush Limbaugh, Antonin Scalia, Bob Woodward, Bohnner, Cantor, NRA, it's all diversionary stuff; total bullshit, in the final analysis.

You see and learn about outrage after outrage, and eventually it all takes the shape of partisan politics, and you get all caught up on an us vs. them mindset, which results in liberals condemning teabaggers, and teabaggers and conservatives condemning progressives, and all the discussions and debates and focus is all over the place, but there is no meaningful action.

In the meantime, the pace of power and wealth transfer from you, from the population, not only continues apace, but accelerates.  Pensions are being raided. Cash-strapped towns, cities and counties keep finding creative ways to extract more and more money from average citizens with the implementation of increasingly oppressive and exploitative policies.  The Wall Street criminal cartel keeps looting the country.  Citizens are being turned into indentured servants under the weight of personal debt.  Our constitutional rights keep disappearing.  The rich and powerful continue committing crimes with total impunity, and under the protection by a government on the take.

Everybody, stop.  Rest your mind for a sec, and think carefully about you're doing. What you're paying attention to?

If you spend your precious energy and talent and attention on trying to inform others about dastardly acts in the hope that when people learn about them they will become so outraged that it would motivate them to "do something about it," and that that somehow is going to bring about the type of change we need, then think again.  That ain't going to happen.

How are the corporatist criminal cartels who are running the country able to do so?  How do they bribe the politicians of both corporatist political parties?  Specifically, how do they set the agenda for the entire mass media so it can then be used as a propaganda tool to numb your mind, and to control you?  Where do the criminal corporatist cartel that are running the country get their power from?  Is if from money?  How are they being funded?  Can millions of people band together to find ways to bypass the funding mechanism for the fascistic criminal corporatist cartels who are running the country?

What would have to happen?  Can people form food, and housing collectives?  What would it take to form a non-profit national bank to fund the formation of employee-owned businesses, food and housing collectives, small businesses, non-profit media outlets?  What is the best way to put pressure on the system?  Can we think of innovate ways of organizing mass protests and rallies?  About "pulsating flash mobs" in multiple cities, happening around the clock for the foreseeable future?  About creating a national virtual union, and coming up with creative ways to conduct labor actions?

How can the brutally-efficient propagandist grip on our minds' can be broken?  How do we come up with a powerful counter-propaganda movement?

Those are the things "they" don't want you to think about!  Instead, they want you focused on the latest news cycle, jarring your emotions, jerking you around, until you are exhausted from the rage and anger.  They are trying to wear you down, so they can continue their pillage, and until they achieve your total subjugation.

I'm not interested in that.  When you're ready to really do something about it, to take real meaningful action, join me.  I'm waiting for you.  Let's get going.

For more insight, please take some time to read my last 15 (or so) diaries.  It's not that I feel I have all the answers; it's that I will not stop trying to ask the right questions and trying to find the answer to those questions.  Would you join me in that endeavor?

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  •  Twice I tried to join your email list... (6+ / 0-)

    ...and twice I did not get the confirmation email.  Something may be wrong with your Mail Chimp.

    On one hand I agree that we need a new anti-thesis to the capitalism/corporate/socialism thesis that prevails now.  On the other hand, I want to focus my energy fighting the neo-GOP of racism, theocracy, misogynism, Ayn Randism, neo-con warmongering and pure plutocratism.

    But I'm open minded.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 04:44:31 PM PST

  •  Well I Met the Teabaggers Over 40 Years Ago (7+ / 0-)

    before their same movement took this latest name. At that time they were locked out of what would be a very liberal media by today's standards, so there was no mainstream propaganda driving my assessment of them.

    I felt about them then as I do today. They can't be worked with. As to the religious right, as a wedding/funeral musician I've participated among them my whole life so I've had exhaustive opportunity to see their intentions, beliefs and practices.

    As to an alternate economy, well we could probably get a scattered population on the scale of the Mormons to live significantly outside many elements of mainstream society. I doubt we could get a very significant fraction of the population. For banking we already have credit unions. That's probably one of our leading assets.

    If you could reach enough people to set up an alternative society then you could also reach enough people to change the system we have. It's the same math as starting a 3rd party.

    The problem is that we don't have major channels for informing and persuading the masses.

    Anything and everything we would try to do with politics, climate change, or all of society comes down to that same single hurdle. The rightwing knew this 50 years ago and so setting up channels to reach people was how they spent their first decade and a half.

    As to how the rich get the media to put out their line, that is the PURPOSE of the media. They're corporations with their own private Bill of Rights freedom from content regulation, check or balance. Of course they're going to promote the corporate interest. If we want the people informed, that's a revolution in governance or technology the people will need to invent.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:15:08 PM PST

  •  Yup. Basically we need a parallel (4+ / 0-)

    economy, a community of communities that fends for itself, rejects vulture capitalism and unhinged consumerism, and develops and teaches ways of sustainable living that don't involve exploiting each other and the planet without any ethical or moral mooring.

    Personally, I think affordable, sustainable housing, put together in intentional communities is a good start. Housing created with natural building materials and group labor. Plan wind and solar energy, water reclamation and permaculture food production for the entire community. Then co-op businesses can be added. Second-hand stores. Organic Farms. Prepared foods. Home services. Solar and wind energy installation...

    On the part about affordable, sustainable housing, take a look at:

    http://www.communityrebuilds.org/

    When 1% take 121% of the gains from "recovery", people actually recovering from lost employment are trading down on wages and benefits. Current strategies by moderates don't even consider winning the Class War.

    by Words In Action on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:11:19 PM PST

  •  I'm behind a diary on this topic. (1+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH
    What would have to happen?  Can people form food, and housing collectives?  What would it take to form a non-profit national bank to fund the formation of employee-owned businesses, food and housing collectives, small businesses, non-profit media outlets?  What is the best way to put pressure on the system?  Can we think of innovate ways of organizing mass protests and rallies?  About "pulsating flash mobs" in multiple cities, happening around the clock for the foreseeable future?  About creating a national virtual union, and coming up with creative ways to conduct labor actions?
    I have pieces. I'll see if I isolate a chunk and wrap it up.

    When 1% take 121% of the gains from "recovery", people actually recovering from lost employment are trading down on wages and benefits. Current strategies by moderates don't even consider winning the Class War.

    by Words In Action on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:13:37 PM PST

  •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, Oaktown Girl

    Turn it off completely and read.  Also, watch independent news video segments, on your own time schedule.

    http://www.youtube.com/...
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    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:20:21 PM PST

  •  I disagree (3+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, flowerfarmer, NancyWH
    If you spend your precious energy and talent and attention on trying to inform others about dastardly acts in the hope that when people learn about them they will become so outraged that it would motivate them to "do something about it," and that that somehow is going to bring about the type of change we need, then think again.  That ain't going to happen.
    Future historians, if we are successful, will look back on this era as the awakening. All great revolutions begin with an idea. The internet has facilitated the spread of that idea.

    Now, I'm not very optimistic, I must confess, that the idea will spread. Or that the idea that does spread will be the right idea. But just as the invention of the printing press facilitated the spread of the idea that eventually brought down the Catholic Church's supreme reign in Europe, and lead eventually to the birth of democracy in America, the internet just may facilitate the spread of the idea that great concentrations of wealth and power are the singular greatest threat to our survival.

    Everyone wants to start a revolution, but they fail to recognize that consensus has not obtained over just what idea we should revolve around.

    This is our primary task. We are in phase 1. Awaken. And the way we do this is by informing and yes, enraging. Some of us are past the inform stage. We need no more evidence. We're saying, "What the fuck is it going to take to get you people to defend yourselves, to act?"

    But we are a tiny minority. The vast majority are, as you've pointed out, are in a TV induced walking coma. They wake up and turn on the morning shows, go to work where the zeitgeist of mass media induced "reality" is pervasive, then go home and watch TV for the rest of the evening.

    Not to say they are completely oblivious to the real world reality and their declining status in it. But they are a million miles away from cutting that umbilical cord that ties them to the nerve center of the American experience.

    It's going to take time. And we probably don't have enough. More than likely, it will take a great shock, or even a series of them. They will probably come too late, for the world is truly on the precipice.

    But that's what we're left with. Posting daily outrages, and posts like your urging people to see through the lies.

    I've seen progress. But it is slow. And Obama has set us back years. (please see my diary I haven't written yet titled, "Things we used to care about" or possibly titled, "Obama's Greatest Accomplishment: Destroying the Rise of the Progressive Left."

    But here's a question to ponder, from a different perspective: Can the plutocracy survive in the age of the internet?

    How does all this free flow of information, most of which is, admittedly, banal and distractionary, challenge the concentrations of power that require secrecy and disinformation to exist? If it is not a threat, then why are they taking such extreme measures to clamp down on it, to seize control of the internet?

    Again, I am not very optimistic. But the idea is spreading. I can remember a time when people here at DK were reluctant to single out and attack the super-rich for fear of being accused of class warfare. Seriously. We've come a long way.

    What you should be doing is to encourage people to be better citizen journalists instead of telling them that trying to inform people will not work.

    It's not that your wrong. Karl Rove pioneered the use of what he called "anger points". Things to enrage the base. And the pseudo-left, centered around corporate media front operations like MSNBC and countless other outlets, has it's own anger points operation.

    And you are correct that it's all centered around keeping the American population divided 50/50 amongst itself over distractions while they're pillaging our very futures. This is not new. Did you know the supposedly liberal publication The New Republic was actually set up by JP Morgan interests as an infiltration operation?

    The internet is the new printing press. And if we are going to succeed, we have to start by waking people up first. By informing "others about dastardly acts in the hope that when people learn about them they will become so outraged that it would motivate them to "do something about it,".

    I think what you are really having a problem with is the choices of "dastardly acts" so many seem to obsess over while ignoring the complete destruction of our world, our country, and our future.

    If I'm right about that then, believe me, you have my sympathy. Deck chairs, Titanic, and all that. But it's a start.

    •  Wow, I'm very impressed with that retort. But (1+ / 0-)
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      NancyWH

      I think you misunderstand me.  To the contrary, I'm all about informing people about what's going.  I do believe that information is power, but only if it leads to effective action.

      I have these discussions with my wife all the time; she also has reservations about my approach, so I don't take your criticism as a bad thing...

      Here's how sometimes I try to explain it to her... There is a jar full of pebbles.  I see it.  I have an agenda.  I grab the jar and spill the pebbles all over the floor.

      Then I tell her, "you run to where the pebbles were thrown and start looking at each one of them, enraged and commenting on 'the condition' of each pebble."

      You're talking about all kinds of things about the pebble.

      I see that pretty much as a waste of time.  You will accomplish nothing by only engaging at that level.

      You have to go to the root of the matter.  Who threw the pebbles?  Why were they thrown?

      I'm not necessarily objecting to people reporting on police brutality, or forced vaginal ultrasounds in Virginia, or dastardly comments by Scalia, or stupid comments by Woodward, or Michigan's governor's anti-democratic power grab of distress cities.

      My concern is the almost total focus on that stuff (each pebble, the symptoms), and not enough on the root causes.

      For example, IMHO the focus on the root causes should be 85 percent, and on the "symptoms" 15 percent.

      The Left is spending almost 98 percent attention on the symptoms of the social dysfunction.  That's a losing proposition.

  •  Excellent as always, Ray (1+ / 0-)
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    This is what I've been thinking lately:
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    People starve
    If taxes eat their grain,
    And the faults of starving people
    Are the fault of their rulers.
    That is why people rebel.
    Men who have to fight for their living
    And are not afraid to die for it
    Are higher men than those who, stationed high,
    Are too fat to dare to die.
    -Lao Tze
    http://members.verizon.net/...

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 05:19:36 AM PST

  •  Privatization is the solution (0+ / 0-)

    Big banks, big oil, big pharma would be a good place to start. Time for the people to get what's rightfully theirs.

  •  their most important tool is talk radio- no other (1+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador

    medium or media segment is louder, more ubiquitous, or more easily coordinated. with little or no opportunity for challenge or fact checking before tens of millions hear it.

    nothing can create a mountain out of a molehill faster than when the heritage foundation or some other RW think tank notices progressives or obama getting traction and puts together a PR attack or response or distraction and sends a story and some talking points to limbaugh and hannity and their wannabes. it gets laundered through 1000 of the loudest radio stations in the country, all reinforcing each other, blasting to 50 mil people a week. fox joins in and it goes from there.

    the talk radio has made controlling the dialog much easier. and the left generally ignores it. you can try all you want but as long as the left ignores talk radio everything else is going to be a lot harder and any serious fact-based national discussion, even about survival (global warming) is impossible.

    it happens on the local level too. some NM republican rep wants to push some anti-obama healthcare law that probably came from one of their think tanks, so this morning on the local weekend bimbo's show (who usually does pet adoption or rating hamburgers, etc) on the giant limbaugh station (home of the UNM Lobos- game at 3!) she has some health care 'experts' who hate obamacare, and probably came from the same think tank. and maybe they get some paid callers. end of last week the local morning asshole had NM teabagger rep Pearce on to tell thousands of commuters how the sequester is the dems fault unless it does good.

    the GOP reps don't need popular support because they have made-to-order constituencies to point to. and it's basically the same well coordinated outraged constituency ordered into action by the national and local blowhards exactly when needed. they don't need to pay attention to protestors and agitators and activists.

    how many protestors is limbaugh worth if he's blasting the country rationalizing and making excuses for what's being protested and urging the police and local govt to clean the dirty hippies out of the streets? how many activists is a local blowhard with a giant megaphone plastered with sports teams logos and some chamber of commerce talking points worth? especially if they can keep going for weeks after the protests are over.

    liberals who think this sequester will finally trigger the GOP's demise may be surprised at how well the same radio machine that forced it will be able to blame it's pain on obama and the dems. at least well enough for their media hacks to be able to get equal time when assessing blame in front of the same suck-ass nodding talking heads, and by 2014 we'll be wondering how many more dem seats will be lost.

    the talk radio monopoly is a the biggest problem this democracy has and the results of ignoring it are piling up fast.

    considering the delay in global warming action, ignoring it has been the biggest political mistake in our history.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 04:06:37 PM PST

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