This is the latest installment of my video blog. I haven't posted my vlog here yet because the first ones were really silly. I only want to contribute here if I think I have something relevant to say that may not have been said better by others. What I observed that may be news is an unholy trinity of fear mongering between Lyndon Larouche, Genisis Communications Network, and Jesus People USA.
Its April 17th, 2013 my name is R Crosby Lyles and this is news from the can.
In his book “The temper of our time” mid twentieth Century author Eric Hoffer famously said
“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” This book was published in 1967, a great vantage point in time to observe the devolution of great causes around the world into rackets. In a recent installment of the Rachel Maddow show New York magazine’s Frank Rich referred to Rupert Murdock’s Wall street journal as a racket for featuring Carl Rove since Rove had been benched on Fox News after the 2012 election debacle. Rich was countering a comment made by Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard that used Eric Hoffers famous quote to describe the Republican party in disarray. Rich said,”I’m sure he’s right,” “But he’s being disingenuous, because the biggest racket in my view is the Murdoch racket.”
It may not be a surprise to many of you to hear a writer refer to someone like Rupert Murdock a veritable king of the tabloid business as a racketeer because many of you already see the news media business and politics as a racket. This has probably been a prevailing view since before the dawn of printed publication and for good reason. Politics, publishing, revolution, war, ect. have often appeared to be one big racket.
Before I go on, I would just like to say that, like everyone else, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the recent bombing in Boston on Monday, Patriots Day. And, I have a quick word to the terrorists, Fuck You terrorist! Let me join the chorus of voices who have been saying for many years now that When you hurt innocent women and children, you also destroy any chance of my caring about your cause, ever.
Having said that, pay close attention to the following definition as you consider that our defense budget has recently been threatened with sequester. Bare in mind the recent saber rattling of North Korea along with the recent bombings here and abroad when you think about the following question.
What is a racket? As quoted from Wikipedia,”A racket is a service that is fraudulently offered to solve a problem, such as for a problem that does not actually exist, will not be affected, or would not otherwise exist…” “Particularly, the potential problem may be caused by the same party that offers to solve it, although that fact may be concealed, with the specific intent to engender continual patronage for this party.”
Okay, that is a racket. Now I wonder, What is a cult? It’s gotta be something similar, right? I thought I would get another pithy answer from Wikipedia but I was surprised to find a little more historical perspective and nuance than I was expecting. By the third paragraph I got this, “Usage of the word has been controversial. One reason is that the word “cult” (as used in the pejorative sense) is considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with simply differing doctrines or practices, and without a clear or consistent definition.”
And then, way down towards the bottom it says this “Secular cult opponents like those belonging to the anti-cult movement tend to define a “cult” as a group that tends to manipulate, exploit, and control its members. Specific factors in cult behavior are said to include manipulative and authoritarian mind control over members, communal and totalistic organization, aggressive proselytizing, systematic programs of indoctrination, and perpetuation in middle-class communities.
But before that, there is this:”In his influential book ‘The Kingdom of the Cults’ (first published in the United States in 1965) Christian scholar Walter Martin defines Christian cults as groups that follow the personal interpretation of an individual, rather than the understanding of the Bible accepted by mainstream Christianity.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but this last sentence really speaks to my understanding of the popular conception of what a cult is. In my mind, it is a group of people who doggedly follow the doctrines of an organization or a charismatic individual beyond the course of logic and reason. A group of people who are willing to work without the benefit of personal compensation for the benefit of the group. But the group usually has a leader, and that leader is usually clothed and fed a lot better than the others. So what it really sounds like is that a cult is just a pure form of a racket.
This brings us to racket master of the month Ted Anderson of Genesis Communications Network or GCN. For those of you who don’t know, GCN is an Am/Fm radio network represented in over 750 markets across the United States. This network carries well known talk show personalities like Alex Jones and lesser known people like Josh Tolley. A common talking point among these largely libertarianesque talking heads is that the big economic catastrophe is coming soon so you better invest in something solid like precious medals. Then of course one of the main advertisers is Midas Resources, Inc.,a precious metals dealer. And to top it all off, Midas Resources is owned by none other than Ted Anderson.
At this point, I could go off on the heavily trodden path how fear is widely used to manipulate the masses into buying things they don’t need, or voting a particular way, or whatever. These techniques are used by just about everyone, but there are two entities that I found particularly interesting.
Lyndon Larouche is probably the king daddy of manipulative fear mongers still alive in the world today. Interestingly enough, he has been accused of running a cult for more than forty years. Another forty year old organisation that has been accused of being a cult is Jesus People USA. Similarities are that: JPUSA has the oldest running commune, and Larouche has communal facets to it’s organization; they both have been accused of mind control and physical abuse on members at some point in their history. I won’t argue the validity of those claims, and I have no proof that these claims are true. There are certainly plenty of references available on both for you to decide for yourself. My point is that they both use fear to obtain their goals. And that ultimate goal is to control your mind.
Here is where it get’s a little sketchy. How I happened to draw a link between Lyndon Larouch and Jesus People USA is through a video that I saw on YouTube entitled ” 4 April 2013 Russia Launches Surprise Military Exercise in Black Sea end times.” this video was on a YouTube channel entitled U2bheavenbound. What struck me about the video was the presence of black and Latino Anchor people talking about the desperate need to impeach President Barack Obama out of fear that he was going to start world war III over our nuclear policy with Iran. The center piece for the video is Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev saying “I don’t want to spook anyone but…” in reference to possible nuclear confrontation with the west over somewhat vague circumstances. You know as well as I do if you really want to spook some one just say these words” I don’t want to spook anyone…buttttt…”
I started out by wondering if these particular people of color had happened to have read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe. But I figured I had better do some research before I stick my foot in my mouth. It is always best to get the big picture before you plunge right in.
To my surprise the video was produced by LPACTV, which is a Lyndon Larouche production. I thought it was strange that a christian YouTube channel would be running a Larouche production until I examined other videos on their channel and found that they get video from virtually everywhere. They get stuff from sources as disparate as Foxnews and PBS-Frontline, you name it. If it’s scary and end-timesy, they up-load it.
The next thing that was interesting was the volume of videos that these people were putting up. In the past ninety days they up-loaded 600 videos. Now, in order to do that at the level of quality that they are maintaining you need a reletively large staff. You have to have teams of people looking for jucy media, someone to download it from its source and process it( note: these videos are pristine with proffessional sound quality). And then, you need someone to upload it, title and leave an appropriete description. No question about it u2bheavenbound is a large scale media producing machine.
Now I’m thinking, who are these people? They don’t leave many clues. I had to do some digging. As near as I can tell by the subjects that they repeatedly cover, the owner of the u2beheavenbound YouTube channel is non other than Jesus People USA or someone closely affiliated. Then, I found it interesting that JPUSA is one of the oldest and largest Christian based communes in the United States. They’ve been around for forty years and have over 400 members. And, like Lyndon Larouche(a former communist) they too have been accused of being a cult. By the way JPUSA got the idea of forming a commune from the bible. You see the first Christians lived communally, they were communists. I’m not making that up. Read your bible.
Now all of the sudden, I’m seeing this odd parallel between these two seemingly separate organizations. They both spin as much fear as they can. They are shadowy, secretive, and they exude a sense of immense power. Are they connected? I don’t know. You tell me. U2bheavenbound certainly doesn’t mind running Larouche video productions. Does that mean anything? I don’t know.
Here is what I do know. A cult is a racket in it’s purest form. It is designed to empower its leaders to the exclusion of most of it’s followers. It is a business. It is designed for someone to make money. It uses fear to control and manipulate its members. And, I believe that the cult model is the prevailing business model in use in the world today. To see this in action observe the language corporate enterprises use with their employees.
As far as the media is concerned, there is still the question of which came first the chicken or the egg? Fear is entertaining and if you are not entertaining, you won’t be on the air very long. As long as we are run by fear, the media will use it to hook us in. I believe that cultism is a natural outgrowth of the mass media doing what works to stay in business. It just happens. We hear the same messages repeated every day and the neural pathways form. We are drawn towards the familiar and are creatures of habit and this leaves us vulnerable to being programmed. But there is hope.
To combat this threat of media cultism on America I propose a simple solution and that is to bring back equal time. We need a federal law that states that no media outlet can run political ideas unopposed for an appreciable length of time. Opposing view points must be allowed in short enough intervals to interrupt the formation of neural pathways, the physiology at the root of modern brainwashing. Our bizarre bifurcation of the American press between Fox on the right and MSNBC on the left must be brought to an end, once and for all, for the good of the republic.
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Well, that’s it for today April 17th, 2013. My name is R. Crosby Lyles and this has been “news from the can”