By Caitlin Johnstone
December 20, 202:
Information Clearing House
--They’ll jail you for stealing from your
employer but not from your employees. They’ll
jail you for whistleblowing on civilian-killing
drone strikes but not for killing civilians with
drones. They’ll jail you for insider trading
unless you’re doing it openly in the US
The main difference between Hollywood stories
about evil psychopaths trying to conquer the world
and real life is that in real life the psychopaths
succeeded a long time ago.
I used be mad that the US is circling the planet
with hundreds of military bases and slaughtering
people by the millions in imperialist wars and
destroying any nation which disobeys it but then
someone informed me that China is building stuff in
Africa which is clearly far worse.
“China is going to take over and give me a social
credit score” is the new “Muslims are going to take
over and impose Sharia law.”
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“Of course there’s a lot of propaganda about
China, but it’s still definitely a threat.”
“How do you know that?”
“Oh my god dude, it’s all over the news!”
I’m comfortable holding my positions on China
even when I’m getting hate mobbed for them on
Twitter because I already saw all that with Russia
and was completely vindicated. It taught me that in
a highly propagandized population there’s no
correlation between how loud people yell at you and
how right they are.
I can tell I’m pushing against a wall of pure
propaganda when I write about China because so many
of the objections I get from people are empty
appeals to emotion. No facts, just vapid, sputtering
outrage that I would dare question what the TV told
them about a government the US doesn’t like.
Another clue is the repetitive nature of the
objections. Everyone’s bleating the same lines, just
as they’ve been programmed to.
I’m not even one of those high-octane commies who
defends China because it is communist. It’s just
clear to me that a mature and impartial analysis of
the actions and power dynamics at play shows the US
is the aggressor in these escalations and China is
responding defensively to those aggressions.
The only way China invades Taiwan is if it is
provoked. The only way it would be provoked is if
that provocation was orchestrated by the US. They’re
fearmongering about Chinese aggressions in a tense
standoff that’s only tense because of US aggression.
China is not actually a problem that needs to be
Western media virtually never use the word
“detente” in reference to cold war escalations
against Russia and China. They go out of their way
to avoid informing people that de-escalation is even
an option. The decision to plunge into cold war
brinkmanship has already been made and fully
I’m not “pro-CCP” or “pro-Kremlin”, that’s just
what I look like from inside a propaganda-warped
reality tunnel when I say things about US
aggressions that fall outside the virulently pro-US
Overton window that’s been constructed for you
throughout your entire life.
The Biden administration could very easily
restore the Iran nuclear deal at zero risk to anyone
simply by ending the unilateral US sanctions and
coming to the negotiating table with the original
agreement. They could have done it many months ago.
The JCPOA has not been restored because they chose
for it not to be.
As the US war machine’s pivot to Asia sees it
scaling down operations in the Middle East, the mass
media are now permitted to do critical reporting on
the fact that civilian casualties from US airstrikes
frequent and grossly under-reported. And of
course they are. Duh.
The only people to whom these revelations are
surprising are those who’ve been assuming you can
drop military explosives on inhabited areas without
killing civilians. Which is something you only
believe because it is comfortable.
Doing commentary on US warmongering is like being
in a hostage situation with a crazed gunman who’s
already killed a bunch of hostages, but most of the
people in the room act like you’re a weird freak for
talking about the gunman all the time instead of
focusing on other things.
“Oh my god you only ever criticize that crazed
gunman. Enough about the crazed gunman already! One
of the other hostages just farted, how come you’re
not criticizing her??”
We still kill people for worshipping the wrong
god. It’s just that now our god is a capitalist
Watching porn to learn how to fuck is like
watching pro wrestling to learn how to fight.
People say “Journalism is not a crime,” but it
actually is a crime when those in power say
it is. That’s precisely the problem with the Assange
case. Many evil things have been legal, and many
good things have been illegal. We’re looking at an
effort to make critical natsec journalism on the US
war machine illegal.
Extinction is the future’s bouncer. If humanity
can’t transcend its maladaptive conditioning and
become a species that collaborates with its
ecosystem, the bouncer will turn us away at the door
like the dinosaurs with a “Sorry man, but you’re not
on the list.”
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