|"In the end, everything is a gag."
"The argument that the two
parties should represent opposed ideals
and policies, one,
perhaps, of the Right and the other of the
Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to
doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
Instead, the two parties should be almost
identical, so that the American people can
"throw the rascals out" at any election
without leading to any profound or
extensive shifts in policy."
~Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A
History of the World in our Time
We are intellectual prostitutes
the foremost journalist of his day, was asked
to toast an independent press at a New York
banquet given in his honour by other
His response was clear and forthright:
“There is no such thing, at this stage
of the world’s history in America, as an
independent press. You know it and I know
There is not one of you who dare write your
honest opinions, and if you did, you know
beforehand that it would never appear in
print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest
opinions out of the paper I am connected with.
Other of you are paid similar salaries for
similar things, and any of you who would be
foolish as to write honest opinions would be
out on the streets looking for another job.
If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in
one issue of my papers, before twenty-four
hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalist is to destroy
the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to
vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to
sell his country and his race for his daily
bread. You know it and I know it, and what
folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the jumping jacks, they pull the
strings and we dance. Our talents, our
possibilities and our lives are all the
property of other men.
“We are intellectual prostitutes.”
John Swinton, New York 1890
Ten Steps To Close Down an Open
Invoke a terrifying internal and external
Creating a terrifying threat – hydra-like,
secretive, evil – is an old trick.
2. Create a gulag and push torture as a good
Once you have got everyone scared, the next
step is to create a prison system outside the
rule of law(as Bush put it, he wanted the
American detention centre at Guantánamo Bay to
be situated in legal “outer space”) – where
torture takes place.
At first, the people who are sent there are
seen by citizens as outsiders: troublemakers,
spies, “enemies of the people” or “criminals”.
Initially, citizens tend to support the secret
prison system; it makes them feel safer and
they do not identify with the prisoners. But
soon enough, civil society leaders –
opposition members, labour activists, clergy
and journalists – are arrested and sent there
as well. This process took place in fascist shifts or
anti-democracy crackdowns ranging from Italy
and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s
3.Develop a system which creates thugs
(militarized police, nationalize police)
When leaders who seek a “fascist shift” want
to close down an open society, they send
paramilitary groups of scary young men out to
terrorize citizens. The Blackshirts roamed the
Italian countryside beating up communists; the
Brownshirts staged violent rallies throughout
Germany. This paramilitary force is especially
important in a democracy: you need citizens to
fear thug violence and so you need thugs who
are free from prosecution.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
NSA spying using internet and phone systems.
In closed societies, this surveillance is cast
as being about “national security”; the true
function is to keep citizens docile and
inhibit their activism and dissent.
5. Harass citizens’ groups
You infiltrate and harass citizens’ groups.
the American Civil Liberties Union reports
that thousands of ordinary American anti-war,
environmental and other groups have been
infiltrated by agents: a secret Pentagon
database includes more than four dozen
peaceful anti-war meetings, rallies or marches
by American citizens in its category of 1,500
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
This scares people. It is a kind of
cat-and-mouse game. In a closing or closed
society there is a “list” of dissidents and
opposition leaders: you are targeted in this
way once you are on the list, and it is hard
to get off the list.
7. Target key individuals
Constitutionalists, Journalists, Bloggers,
Religious, patriots, religions,
8. Control the press
Over time in closing societies, real news is
supplanted by fake news and false documents.
You won’t have a shutdown of news in modern
America – it is not possible. But you can
have, as Frank Rich and Sidney Blumenthal have
pointed out, a steady stream of lies polluting
the news well. What you already have is a
White House directing a stream of false
information that is so relentless that it is
increasingly hard to sort out truth from
untruth. In a fascist system, it’s not the
lies that count but the muddying. When
citizens can’t tell real news from fake, they
give up their demands for accountability bit
9. Dissent equals treason
Cast dissent as “treason” and criticism as
“espionage’. Every closing society does this,
just as it elaborates laws that increasingly
criminalise certain kinds of speech and expand
the definition of “spy” and “traitor”. When Congress wrongly, foolishly, passed the
Military Commissions Act of 2006 and NDAA
(terrorist, domestic terrorist) – the
president has the power to call any US citizen
an “enemy combatant”. He has the power to
define what “enemy combatant” means. The
president can also delegate to anyone he
chooses in the executive branch the right to
define “enemy combatant” any way he or she
wants and then seize Americans accordingly.
10. Suspend the rule of law (Martial Law)
The president may now use military troops as a
domestic police force in response to a natural
disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack
or any ‘other condition’.”
Critics see this as a clear violation of the
Posse Comitatus Act – which was meant to
restrain the federal government from using the
military for domestic law enforcement. It also
violates the very reason the founders set up
our system of government as they did.
"It's a big club and you ain't in
| "Forget the politicians.
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
state houses, the city halls, they got the
judges in their back pockets and they own all
the big media companies, so they control just
about all of the news and information you get
to hear. They 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. That’s right. They don’t want
people who are smart enough to sit around a
kitchen table and think about how badly
they’re getting fucked by a system that threw
them overboard 30 fuckin' years ago. They
don’t want that. You know what they want? They
want obedient workers . . .
Obedient workers, people who are just smart
enough to run the machines and do the
paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively
accept all these increasingly shittier jobs
with the lower pay, the longer hours, the
reduced benefits, the end of overtime and
vanishing pension that disappears the minute
you go to collect it, and now they’re coming
for your Social Security money. They want your
fuckin' 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 from you
sooner or later cause they own this fuckin'
It’s a big club and you ain't
You and I are not in The big club.
By the way, it’s the same big club they use to
beat you over the head with all day long when
they tell you what to believe. All day long
beating you over the head with their media
telling you what to believe, what to think and
what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The
game is rigged and nobody seems to notice.
Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working
people . . . white collar, blue collar it
doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on.
Good honest hard-working people continue,
these are people of modest means . . .
continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who
don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a
fuck about you . . . they don’t give a fuck
They don’t care about you at all . . . at all
. . . at all, and nobody seems to notice.
Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners
count on. The fact that Americans will
probably remain willfully ignorant of the big
red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed
up their assholes everyday, because the owners
of this country know the truth. It’s called
the American Dream cause you have to be asleep
to believe it . . ."