By Caitlin Johnstone
Take off the revolutionaryís mask, and itís the CIA.
Take off the terroristís mask, and itís the CIA.
Take off the news manís mask, and itís the CIA.
Take off the filmmakerís mask, and itís the CIA.
Take off the professorís mask, and itís the CIA.
Take off the billionaireís mask, and itís the CIA.
Take off the whistleblowerís mask, and itís the
These monsters are raping our sensemaking faculties.
October 01, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" - Never
call anyone from the CIA a ďwhistleblowerĒ unless
they are actually whistleblowing on the CIA, without
the CIAís permission, in a way that inconveniences
The deployment of a bomb or missile doesnít begin
when a pilot pushes a button, it begins when
propaganda narratives used to promote those
operations start circulating in public attention. If
you help circulate war propaganda, youíre as
complicit as the one who pushes the button.
Many believe that the mass media just tell
whole-cloth, outright lies all the time, but thatís
not usually how it works. What they do is
selectively omit inconvenient facts,
disproportionately amplify convenient facts, and
uncritically report on dubious government
assertions. Basically they only tell the truth when
itís convenient for them, and when itís inconvenient
they are silent. Only telling the truth when itís
convenient for you is effectively the same as lying
all the time, only you can get away with it a lot
How to solve the climate crisis:
Ė End the economic system which requires infinite
growth on a finite planet.
Ė Let people get more relaxed and less busy.
Ė End corporate influence in politics.
Ė End militarism.
Ė End patents.
Ė Kill the capitalist propaganda engine known as the
Any environmentalism which adamantly ignores the
need for a complete overhaul of the economic system
which created this mess is just feel-good PR for
Trying to solve the climate crisis with
plutocrat-driven tech consumption is like trying to
put out a house fire with a flamethrower.
Perhaps the greatest advantage the ruling class has
over us is that theyíve got a crystal clear idea of
exactly what they want and exactly what theyíre
pushing for, and we, on average, do not. Itís easy
for us to be manipulated in unwholesome directions
when we donít know where weíre going.
When it comes to our future, the ruling elites have
compelling narratives worked up by teams of talented
creatives to sell us the products they want us to
buy. They know exactly where they want to herd us.
We just have a notion of ďNo, not that!Ē and some
very vague, amorphous ideas about what we do want.
Without a clear, positive vision of what we want, we
cannot succeed. With a clear, positive vision of
what we want, we canít be stopped.
The fun thing about revolution in the US-centralized
empire is that everything everyone has tried has
failed, so your guess as to what we should be doing
is literally as good as anyone elseís.
Whenever anyone tells you that a vastly better,
saner world is impossible, theyíre fulla shit. This
is the only world any of us have ever lived in;
nobodyís going around observing a bunch of other
worlds and seeing that theyíre all insane like this
one. They have no authority to make such a
proclamation. As far as any of us know, anything is
One mark of an adept conspiracy analyst
is comfort with the unknown in a world
where information is greatly obscured by
secrecy. By this I donít mean theyíre
okay with government opacity, I just
mean that theyíre comfortable
acknowledging what is unknown and
unknowable instead of pretending to
know. I point this out because it seems
like a lot of people self-censor and
remain silent on their ideas about
whatís going on in the world due to some
embarrassment that they donít understand
it all. Itís okay: no one does. Many
pretend to, but no one actually does.
The dynamics of this world are extremely complex,
too complex for any individual to fully make sense
of. One way to ease the burden on your sensemaking
tools is to reduce your own inner complications by
getting very clear on how your own perception and
cognition are happening. Dedicated inner work will
reveal that your conscious experience is actually
happening in a much simpler way than the mind
imagines: a field of consciousness appearing before
an imperceptible witness. This eliminates needless
cognitive twists and roadblocks in your sensemaking. Our
mental narratives add mountains of needless layers
of complexity. Once you see that none of those
narratives apply to your true identity, youíre able
to bypass all those distortions in the way you
process information and simply use thought as a
tool; otherwise youíre just ingesting highly
manipulated narratives about an already complex
world through your own distorted perceptual filters
which are based on unconscious believed assumptions
about what you are, what the world is, etc. Inner
clarity eliminates those distortions. There are many
approaches to the inner work one can do to find this
inner clarity, but hereís
Anyone who claims to oppose Trump and support the
free press, yet doesnít aggressively fight the Trump
administrationís agenda to imprison a journalist for
exposing US war crimes, is a lying hypocrite.
The US government and its lackey allies are
torturing a journalist for telling the truth. This
amounts to a full confession on their part that you
are living in a totalitarian empire. They are
telling you exactly what kind of world you live in,
and exactly what role they play in it. A society is
only as free as its most inconvenient political
dissident. Free Assange to free yourself.
Itís really weird how getting money out of politics
isnít a bigger agenda than it is. It should be
bigger than healthcare or any other issue, and
everyone across the political spectrum agrees itís
important except the rich and their puppets. Thatís
something tangible to push for.
If a tree falls in the woods, and no oneís around to
hear it, is it still Susan Sarandonís fault?
~ Old liberal koan
I will not be authoring any essays about impeachment
because itís an impotent political side show and
much too boring to write about.
All Democrats know these impeachment
shenanigans will never result in his removal from
office, regardless of what they pretend. Trumpís
ďoppositionĒ only ever attacks him in ways they know
wonít actually hurt him. Itís like pro wrestling.
May 2019: Progressives get to choose between
Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard and
September 2019: Progressives get to choose between
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
May 2020: Progressives get to choose between
Elizabeth Warren and fuck you.
The Democratic presidential primary will be rigged
by the DNC and the mass media; in fact this is
happening already. I talk about the candidates and
the race a lot not because I believe the DNC has
real primaries, but because the dance the narrative
managers need to do to ensure an establishment
nominee keeps exposing them.
Ninety-nine percent of political arguments and
activism are happening inside lines that have been
set by the narrative-dominating, Overton
window-shrinking plutocratic class and their
underlings. If you want to fight a real fight, you
need to color outside those lines.
The US Department of State was originally intended
to be a peace/diplomacy-focused counterpart to the
Department of War (later falsely renamed the
ďDepartment of DefenseĒ), but what actually ended up
happening was the creation of two war departments.
Putting someone on a pedestal is just guaranteeing
that youíll have to knock them off it one day. Itís
actually a rather violent thing to do to somebody,
if you think about it. Best to skip it entirely.
Donít take life advice from people who are
miserable. Donít take career advice from people
whose careers arenít where you want to be. Donít
take creative advice from people who donít create
things. Donít take foreign policy advice from people
who supported the Iraq invasion.
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