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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Idiocy as WMD

Idiocy as WMD

By Linh Dinh
Information Clearing House
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Borges writes, “dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster
servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact
that they foster idiocy.”

As a preeminent mind, Borges rightly considers the mind to be
a man’s greatest asset, for without mind, a man is nothing.

The more oppressive a political system, then, the greater its assault
on its subjects’ minds, for it’s not enough for any dictator, king or
totalitarian system to oppress and exploit, but it must, and I mean
must, make its people idiotic as well.

Every wrongful bullet is preceded and accompanied, then followed
up by a series of idiotic lies, but we’re so used to such a moronic
diet by now, our trepanned intelligentsia don’t even squirm in their
tenured chairs.

Sane men and women don’t consent to kill, rob and rape, much less
be killed, robbed and raped, least of all to enrich their masters,
and that’s why their minds must be molested as early and as much
as possible.

Hence our nonstop media brainwashing us from the cradle,
literally, to the grave.

Fixated by flickering boxes, even infants are now mind-
conditioned to become scatterbrained idiots before they
stagger into kindergarten, to begin a lifelong process
of becoming docile and slogan-shouting Democrats and
Republicans.

Yes, savages killed, but, like apes and monkeys, our ancestors,
they mostly tried to intimidate and trash talk their way out of
conflicts. There wasn’t a lot of murdering after the haka, frankly.

They didn’t wipe out entire cities by defecating exploding metal
from the sky, nor sit in a brightly lit and spic-and-span office
stroking a joy stick to ejaculate missiles half a planet away.

Drone hell fire for y’all, with sides of bank-sponsored debt slavery
and austerity, plus an unlimited refill of American pop bullshit.

Would you like a public suicide with that?

No, sir, these savages need to take webcast courses from us
sophisticates when it comes to genocide, or ecocide, or any
other kind of cides you can think of.

When it comes to pure, unadulterated savagery, these quaint brutes ain’t got shit on us plugged-in netizens chillaxin’ in that shiny upside down condo on da capital-punishment-for the-entire-world, y’all, hill.

You’d think that a government with absolute power would not
bother with expensive parades and elaborately-staged rallies in
stadia, as are routine in North Korea, but such is the importance
of propaganda and mind-control.

America has gone way beyond Kim Jong-Un and his Nuremberg-
styled pageantry, however, because the Yankee Magical Show is
relentlessly pumped into our minds via television and the internet,
at home, in office or even as we’re walking down the street, so
that we’re always swarmed by sexy sale pitches, soft and hard
porn, asinine righteousness and imbecilic trivia.

All day long, we can stuff ourselves with unlimited kitsch. Today’s
urgent topic, “Sylvester Stalone Spotted in 16th Century Painting.”
Yesterday’s, “Tom Cruise’s Daughter Gets Inked.”

Imagine a triple-amputee Iraq vet or an unemployed mother,
sitting in an about to be foreclosed home with unpaid bills
scattered across her kitchen table, staring at such headlines.

At 48, I’m old enough to remember when it wasn’t this
overwhelmingly stupid, though the dumbing down of
America will only accelerate as this cornered and bankrupt
country becomes ever more vicious to its citizens and
foreigners alike.

Not content to kill and loot, America must do it to pulsating music;
cool, orgasmic dancing; raunchy reality shows and violence-filled
Hollywood blockbusters, and these are also meant for its victims,
no less.

In a 1997 article published by the US Army War College, Ralph
Peters gushes about a “personally intrusive” and “lethal” cultural
assault as a key tactic in the American quest for global supremacy.

As information master, the American Empire will destroy its
“information victims.” What’s more, “our victims volunteer”
because they are unable to resist the seductiveness of American
culture.

Defining democracy as “that deft liberal form of imperialism,”
Peters reveals how the word is conceived and used these days
by every American leader, whether talking about Libya, Syria,
Iran or America itself.

Recognizing that the lumpens of his country are also victims of
empire, Peters frankly acknowledges that “laid-off blue-collar
worker in America and the Taliban militiaman in Afghanistan
are brothers in suffering.”

Much has been made of the internet as enabling democracy and
protest, but whatever utility it may have for the disenfranchised
and/or rebellious, the Web is most useful to our rulers.

As Dmitry Orlov points out in a recent blog, the internet is a
powerful surveillance tool for the state and, what’s more, it
also keeps the masses distracted and pacified.

Echoing Queen Victoria’s remark, “Give my people plenty of
beer, good and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution
among them,” Orlov observes that virtual sex thwarts rebellion.

In sum, while the internet may empower some people, as in
allowing John Michael Greer, Paul Craig Roberts or Orlov to
publish their unflinching commentaries, the same internet
also drowns them out with an unprecedented flood of drivel.

Defending the empire, Ralph Peters cheerfully agrees,
“The internet is to the techno-capable disaffected what the
United Nations is to marginal states: it offers the illusion of
empowerment and community.”

Though our only hope is to be expelled from this sick matrix,
many of us will cling even more fiercely to these illusions of
knowledge, love, sex and community as we blunder forward.

A breathing and tactile life will become even more alien, I’m
afraid.

Here and there, a band of unplugged weirdos, to be hunted down
and exterminated, with their demise shown on TV as warning and
entertainment.

Inhabiting a common waste land, we can each lounge in our
private electronic ghetto.

Until the juice finally runs out, that is.


Linh Dinh is tracking our deteriorating socialscape through
his frequently updated photo blog, State of the Union

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31318.htm

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