By Caitlin Johnstone
February 23, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" - Americans:
Government: Sorry did you say a new military base
in northeastern Syria?
Americans: no, healthcare
Government: Alright you drive a hard bargain but
new military base in northeastern Syria.
Sorry we’re not going to be able to do the $2000
checks thing, or the cancelling student debt thing,
or the $15 minimum wage thing. Would you accept
payment in the form of social media “dunking” on
Senate Republicans instead?
Biden is so endearingly befuddled in his old age
it’s easy to forget how many children he’s killed.
Electing a new US president doesn’t change the
movie, it just changes the soundtrack.
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Abusive narcissists are just as motivated to
acquire allies as they are to acquire victims.
They’re often well-liked in the circles they move
in, because the clever ones work hard on
manipulating the way they are publicly perceived.
This is also the case with the US empire.
Things that should be done in response to the
- Charge the people who broke laws under those
Things that shouldn’t be done in response to the
- Making new domestic terrorism laws
- Continuing the military occupation of DC
- Censoring the internet
It’s self-evident that Silicon Valley oligarchs
conspiring to censor conspiracy theories will not
eliminate conspiracy theories; the only thing that
can end conspiracy theorizing is for the government
to become transparent and cease conspiring.
So naturally we’re going with the censorship via
Silicon Valley oligarchs thing.
It’s hilarious how the government which
continually rains bombs on other countries has a
list of “designated terrorist organizations” which
it solemnly adds and removes names from based on
which groups it likes and doesn’t like in a given
To design a secure prison, you’d want good locks,
high walls, a lot of guards and tons of
To make it even more secure, you’d keep all of
the above while also tricking the prisoners into
thinking they are free.
Anyway, that’s the history of western
One of the most consequential collective
delusions circulating in our society is the belief
that our society is free. Our society is exactly
free enough to create the illusion that we have
freedom; from that line onwards it’s just
totalitarianism veiled in propaganda.
They don’t need to kill or silence socialists and
anti-imperialists, they just need to keep us from
gaining a critical mass and going mainstream. As
long as they can prevent that, it actually serves
their interests to have a few of us around creating
the illusion of freedom.
The Republican Party is the vehicle for rightward
movement. The Democratic Party is the obstacle to
all leftward movement. If the Democratic Party
weren’t deliberately thwarting all leftward
movement, the entire world would look very, very
The problem with informing liberals that NED is a
CIA cutout is that liberals think the CIA is good.
At a time of great need the US government is
letting its citizens freeze, go broke, get evicted,
and die of preventable illnesses, so obviously it’s
of paramount importance right now for Americans to
rise up with one voice and direct their righteous
anger at China.
I’m developing a special disdain for people who
mindlessly regurgitate US anti-China narratives,
especially people who are normally skeptical of US
government claims. There’s just no excuse for this
nonsense. The geostrategic agendas are so obvious,
and the facts are so readily available for anyone
intellectually honest enough to look.
“Caitlin, China’s completely
different from all those countries the US empire has
lied about before. This one’s real!”
No you airhead, you’ve just been consuming
western propaganda about China for a much longer
period of time. That’s the one and only difference.
People regurgitating State Department anti-China
lines seem to think of themselves as these unique
little snowflakes who are totally different from
those who’ve supported every other US imperialist
agenda, when they’re exactly the same in every way.
Literally every single possible way. They’ll be like
“I opposed the Iraq invasion, but China is
different.” No, you were just right then and now
you’re wrong. You saw one thing clearly and now
you’re seeing another thing unclearly. The
propaganda gun missed your head with Iraq, then
scored a bullseye with China.
“So you’re saying the CCP are the good guys??”
Hollywood has conditioned you to look for “good
guys” and “bad guys” in every conflict. Your impulse
to assess whether a nation on the other side of the
world which poses no threat to you is “good” or
“bad” is itself the result of propaganda.
Lovers who are both (A) fascinated by each other
and (B) dedicated to continual self-discovery can
keep falling in love endlessly, because they’ll keep
discovering new things about themselves for the
other to love, and the other will keep uncovering
new things in them to love. We are all bottomless,
so as long as the discovery continues the honeymoon
never needs to end. You’re both intensely curious
about each other, so you’re both leaned into each
other trying to discover new things to love. The
adventure never ends, and it remains exhilarating.
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