The US Has Zero Moral Authority:
By Caitlin Johnstone
Don't worry if people call you a
"contrarian". Frequently disagreeing with
mainstream consensus is probably a sane and
healthy thing to do in a profoundly sick
February 20, 2022:
Information Clearing House
-- Post-Iraq the US
has zero moral authority. The narrative managers aim
to suck you in to arguing about the minutiae of the
inner workings of the latest target of the empire,
when in fact a simple "Shut the fuck up, it's none
of your business" is all they deserve.
What the US and its proxies are doing with Yemen
is universes more horrific and universes more urgent
than what Russia is doing with Ukraine.
The Ukraine invasion that never arrives is
showing us once again that when it comes to Russia
you really can just completely ignore all the
so-called "experts" in the mainstream media. Just
dismiss 100 percent of everything they say. Any
random schmuck's best guess is better than theirs.
The US has spent years accusing Russia of
inflaming far right extremism in America and that
whole time they were fixing to ship weapons to Nazis
Putin should run an aggressive propaganda
campaign insisting the US is about to invade Mexico
and threatening severe repercussions if it does,
then when the invasion fails to materialize take
credit for it and say it's because of his bold
actions against the Biden regime.
"Oh, right, it's not like the US already has a
history of annexing Mexican territory or anything,
you despicable White House propagandist. And I guess
you've never heard of a little thing called IRAQ??"
Saying we need to defend Ukrainian democracy is
like saying we need to defend Iowa's fjords.
To be a westerner is to be continuously inundated
with made-up stories about evil tyrants who want to
terrorize the world while living under a vast empire
that is actually terrorizing the world.
Boy I feel sorry for all those ignorant assholes
who don't watch the news and have no idea that Putin
is invading Ukraine and Trump was a Kremlin agent
and Saddam had WMDs and capitalism is totally
working and America is the greatest country on
Looking to the mainstream media for truth is like
looking to a prostitute for love. That's not what
they're there for. That's not their job.
The type of financial blockade they're
setting up in Canada today will with 100 percent
certainty be used against other protest movements
which pose a problem for the powerful tomorrow.
Including the ones you support.
It's not about
Zero Hedge. It's not about Russian propaganda.
It's not about Covid misinformation, election
security, foreign trolls or QAnon. It's about ruling
power structures needing to normalize and expand the
regulation of online speech to protect consent for
the status quo.
Few people understand just how important it is
for the powerful to control the narrative about
what's going on in the world. It's the primary thing
standing between the status quo and revolutionary
change. They'd do anything, and I mean
anything, to keep it.
When governments and their media mouthpieces keep
offering diverse and unrelated reasons why online
information needs to be more strictly controlled,
it's not hard to see that the strict control of
information is itself their real objective. Today
they're back to focusing on "Russian propaganda".
Tomorrow it will be back to "Covid misinformation"
or "domestic extremism" or some other justification.
But that's all they are: justifications. For
something they already intend to do and have been
working toward for a long time.
It's like if some stranger kept following you
around telling you all different reasons why it's
very important that you hand him your wallet. At a
certain point it must occur to you that it's not
really about those reasons he's giving you, it's
just him trying to get your wallet.
The US empire does not promote democracy, it
violently opposes it and subverts it at every
opportunity. Opposing the planetary domination of
the US empire is what promotes democracy.
Westerners are so propagandized that the ones I
encounter find it easier to believe I just so happen
to support every evil regime in the world, whether
capitalist or communist, than to consider the
possibility that the US regime is the real evil and
I simply oppose that evil. They actually imagine I'm
looking at each of the governments being targeted by
the US empire, thinking "Hmm, this Kim Jong Un has
some good ideas. Oh look, I also agree with Vladimir
Putin! And the Iranian government as well! All their
positions sound good to me."
I mean, how brainwashed do you have to be to
think that? It can't possibly be because the US and
its allies are
quantifiably the most destructive and murderous
power structure in today's world, and opposing such
a beast is a completely normal thing that literally
everyone should be doing.
Person criticizing the most powerful and
destructive government on earth = RUSSIAN
Entire western political/media class pumping out
uniform plot hole-riddled narratives about
governments who disobey Washington = just the normal
news teaching you what's true.
Hollywood movies allow us to fantasize about
beating up murderous villains, stopping terrorists
and defeating evil empires without having to
actually stand up to them in real life, which we
don't want to do, because we're afraid of them,
because they're our own government.
Internet communists like to talk tough about
supporting violent revolution but we all know we're
so far from any kind of real revolution at this
point in the game that it's about as brave as saying
you're willing to fight Skeletor.
Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the mainstream news
media are just as integral a part of the empire as
Don't worry if people call you a "contrarian".
Frequently disagreeing with mainstream consensus is
probably a sane and healthy thing to do in a
profoundly sick society.
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