#117 – Sheepherding Democracy

Most Americans believe that Democracy is the God of Everything Good, the right way, the only way, the way God intended. Our Democracy is not an enlightened form of government. It does not represent the pinnacle of civilization. It’s the product of a propaganda campaign that began in the early 1900s.

Walter Lippmann wrote the people in a democracy are a bewildered herd of interested spectators, malleable and hopelessly ill-informed. Democracy manipulates the bewildered herd into believing they are in control of their government.

The Vietnam war briefly changed the American political landscape. In the 1960s, there was an increase in citizens participating in marches, protests, and demonstrations. They believed in a government by the people and for the people. They rejected, despised, and disobeyed those running the country for their financial and political advantage.

However, in 1975, The Trilateral Commission, a US-based think tank, published “The Crisis of Democracy.” This publication would reverse the enlightened political landscape from an educated, involved society back to the bewildered herd.

Lead writer, Harvard professor Samuel Huntington wrote that “the democratic surge of the 1960s was a general challenge to existing systems of authority, public and private. In one form or another, it manifested itself in the family, the university, business, public and private associations, politics, the governmental bureaucracy, and the military services.”

Huntington concluded that the US suffered from an excess of Democracy. “The effective operation of a democratic political system usually requires apathy and noninvolvement.” He stated that the crisis of Democracy stemmed from a society that was becoming educated and participating. The solution would be less critical thought-based education. The newly engineered authoritative Democracy would have the appearance of freedom but not the substance.

The irony of more ignorance to save our Democracy went unnoticed. It became apparent that it was at risk when students learned things that government did not want them to. The Commission was concerned with schools and universities that were not doing their job of “properly indoctrinating the young” and that “we have to have more moderation in democracy”. The path forward was clear the public school system and the universities would indoctrinate the young people in America. Public Education changed.

Today social engineers work Democracy to the bone. They use the media and all tools available to keep the herd ignorant and superstitious. Schools do their part, and our multi-party electoral system is a beauty contest between two pre-selected candidates. Call It Democracy


#116 Peace – JFK Style

JFK’s Blueprint For Peace: Repurposed from his 1963 Commencement Speech At American University

I am talking about genuine peace, the peace that makes life on earth worth living. The kind that enables men and nations to grow hope and to build a better life for their children, not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women–not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Although he referred to it as a baseless and incredible accusation, he perfectly described the American foreign policy imperialists, especially since 1990, with political aims to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries to achieve world domination using aggressive wars

War makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all the allied air forces in the Second World War. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be disastrous to the globe and generations yet unborn.

The expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired to keep the peace only destroys and never create is not the only means of assuring peace. Peace should be the product and the rational end of rational men.

World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor. They only have to live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. The tide of time and events will often bring changes in the relations between countries and neighbors. Peace is dynamic, not static it changes to meet the challenge of each new generation. Peace is a process–a way of solving problems.

No government or social system is so evil that we accuse its people of lacking in virtue. We can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements–in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture, and acts of courage.

The people of the US and Russia have many traits in common, abhorrence of war being one. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. No nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Russian people did in the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including nearly two-thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland–a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.

All nations must be encouraged to adopt a more enlightened attitude toward peace. The US must reexamine its attitude because it is essential to World peace. And every thoughtful citizen who despairs war and wishes to bring peace should begin by looking inward. They should examine their attitude toward peace, their rivals, the course of the cold war, freedom, and peace.

Government leaders should increase their understanding, contact, and communication with Russia. Maybe a direct line between Moscow and Washington. Avoid dangerous delays, misunderstandings, and misreadings of actions that occur at a time of crisis.

Peace with Russia does not play well in Washington. It was hazardous to JFK’s life.

#115 Nord stream – Whodunnit?

Putin of Course

Impartial and trustworthy experts like former CIA director John Brennan claimed that “Russia certainly is the most likely suspect,” and NATO think tanker Alexander Vershbow says Putin blew up his own pipelines instead of simply closing a valve because he wanted to show the world that he is a “madman.” The Richard Nixon strategy? I miss Tricky Dick. 

Caitlin Johnstone (http//caitlinjohnstone.com) has the best anti-Putin strategy: “If Putin is a gibbering, irrational lunatic who enjoys blowing up his own stuff for no reason other than to act crazy, surely if we just stand back and leave him to his own devices, he will soon turn the Russian Federation into a steaming pile of rubble.”

Associated Press published the following. “The Kremlin and Russian state media are aggressively pushing a baseless conspiracy theory blaming the United States for damage to natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea in what analysts said Friday is another effort to split the U.S. and its European allies.” Those that have heating fuel and those that do not? Non-fuel-producing nations must be dependent upon someone’s energy. Russia accounted for over 39 percent of all extra-EU gas imports in 2021. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1201743/russian-gas-dependence-in-europe-by-country/ 

At a recent press conference, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “It’s a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus to take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs.” Does dependence on NATO weapons advance any country’s imperial design?

President Biden and his Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, have warned that if Russia invaded Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 would be shut down. Idle threat? Fulfilled promise? Coincidence? Nah!

Who did it? Putin, of course. Let’s wait for him to explode Russia.