Lenin: New and Neo, a Media Story
Lenin: “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves”. When J. Edgar Hoover ran the FBI, some 33% of the membership of the Communist Party of the United States of America, were FBI agents.
Operation Dismantle: Founded and run by Jim Stark in the 1980s, was Canada’s most successful peace organization and was having some success in the courts against cruise missile testing in Canada. That success led to a membership of about 10,000, and enough funds to move to the nation’s capitol, Ottawa.
A few months later, new members began pouring through the door, and a few months after that, these new members decided that Operation Dismantle didn’t need its founder any more and voted him out of his own movement. Not long after that these new members decided that there was no more need for Operation Dismantle, so they dismantled it. Jim Stark wrote a book about it titled “Cold War Blues”.
Several years ago I wrote an article published in United World wondering why the World Federalist Movement in New York would boast on its web site of having a few “Presidential Fellows” on its staff, when the success of that movement would diminish the power of the President. Could it be that they were there to make sure that World Federalism failed? Whether or not that was the intention, by any rational measure, that was the result.
References to Presidential Fellows were removed from that web site upon publication of the article. Before and since, World Federalism has blazed a trail to nowhere. The only viable political option to the existing Nation State, United Nations system, being World Federalism, was effectively co-opted, controlled and defeated. To this day you will open your daily newspaper and not find the words World Federalism in it. Most people in my experience think it’s a hockey team. If nothing else Lenin was a good teacher.
In my opinion the most vexing problems for Foundation are going to be the discovery and or use of a clean energy, and the management of that societal change, the other is going to be the reformation of something we euphemistically refer to as a free press. It actually isn’t free at all, except perhaps cosmetically. The press as we know it today is a for profit propaganda machine, the vast majority of which is owned and or directed by ideologically rigid special interests.
During the 1975 Church committee Senate hearings on CIA influence on the media, the CIA reluctantly disclosed that they had 400 agent journalists working in the United States, none of which were ever named. The New York Times estimated the number to be closer to 800.
Operation Mockingbird was a secret Central Intelligence Agency campaign to influence domestic and foreign media beginning in the 1950s.
According to the Congressional report on these activities published in 1976, “The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services, and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets.”
For more information on this read The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America by Hugh Wilford. Another book of interest is What Liberal Media, by Eric Alterman.
This covert propaganda will not plainly state, or allow it to be said, that without a radical shift in the way we govern ourselves, nationally and internationally, our children are not going to live better lives than we did, that they are going to live very difficult, miserable lives, if they live at all. They will not state that the ecological, biological, and economic underpinnings of a viable existence for all of us are being destroyed by the same elite interests that own, control, or influence the agenda of mass media. They will not speak to new realities incompatible with corporate profit motives or growth.
Media tells us instead that it is reasonable, or just a matter of opinion as to whether it is reasonable for national governments to spend vast treasuries on militarism, while our planet is physically going belly up. They are cheerleaders for the most destructive and profitable industries in human history, an oil industry that has quite literally killed a decent future for all of us, and a war industry that makes sure we don’t notice. They show little or no interest in a massive global bee die off, or the UG99 wheat virus that could cause global starvation in a relative instant.
This media continually nudges electorates to believe that they owe respect or reelection to the people, and to the offices of people who think this way, when what they owe us are imaginative alternatives to governmental criminal negligence that should be reported for what it is.
Today’s media however is heavily influenced and or owned by right wing ideologues and left wing proxies who think it more rational to fight wars, than to fight environmental or biological degradation, or even collapse. This is a fight which they perceive as too costly to the interests that keep them in power, and incidentally, keep the lights on at media outlets which serve their interests. These are the same interests that are formulating and executing the components of a dangerously centralized World Government, with minimal press scrutiny, or electorate knowledge. They have mastered the lessons of past tyrannies, and are apparently not shy about creating new ones.
Carl Joudrie: December 16, 2009
“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”