Better left alone

Selwyn Bromberger, a professor of philosophy at MIT, was shown convincing evidence of conspiracy around JFK’s death in 1969. Impressed, he said

“If they are strong enough to kill the President, and strong enough to cover it up, then they are too strong to confront directly … if they feel sufficiently threatened, they may move to open totalitarian rule.”

No word, to this day, on who “they” are.

He was right. Bromberger, along with Noam Chomsky, was deeply impressed by the evidence and spent hours in discussions about it, seemingly receptive. Chomsky later became agnostic on the matter, saying that no matter what happened that day, it did not change the leadership structure of our country. He is thus immune to the label “conspiracy theorist” and has had a sparking career of dissent within the allowed bounds of dissent.

He is right about that too. A threat to totalitarian rule was eliminated in 1963, and the threat posed was serious enough that “they” had to expose themselves. It is the cover-up that is most damning, as every major institution of trust in our country participated. The next major exposure of this force would not come until 1968 – RFK, MLK each eliminated in the same manner, the cover-ups ensuing again in like manner. In 1972 Ted Kennedy would be neutralized, and JFK Jr. in 1999. But the opening of the curtain was JFK. Everything that followed was part of a clean-up operation, the guys with the brooms after the parade.

There is another threat now to totalitarian rule forcing it to show its hand. It is technology. Because of rapid advances, ordinary people are able to observe events of past years close-up, and easily pierce the veil of illusion around events like 9/11. In the meantime, the National Security State is openly parading its abilities before us even as those tools have long been in place. Edward Snowden is acting out a giant ‘reveal,’ telling us things long known anyway, but oddly quiet about the major events of our times.

That suspicious affair, along with the torture and imprisonment of Bradley Manning, the brazen and open assassination of American citizens by the current executive, the elimination of habeas corpus, Gitmo … is all a manifestation of Bromberger’s realization. It is not a person, but rather technology, that threatens “them,” and so totalitarian rule, always present but seldom apparent, is coming out in the open.

My sad conclusion: The illusion of freedom is as close to real freedom as we ever get, but is enough. Not being free and not knowing it is identical to being free.

6 thoughts on “Better left alone

  1. “The famous extremism of totalitarian movements, far from having anything to do
    with true radicalism, consists indeed in this “thinking everything to the
    worst,” in this deducing process which always arrives at the worst possible

    What prepares men for totalitarian domination in the non-totalitarian world is
    the fact that loneliness, once a borderline experience usually suffered in
    certain marginal social conditions like old age, has become an everyday
    experience of the ever-growing masses of our century. The merciless process into
    which totalitarianism drives and organizes the masses looks like a suicidal
    escape from this reality.”

    – Hannah Arendt


  2. i once heard Ken Kesey tell the story of Big Double the Bear and Little Tricker the Squirrel.

    Then I found it or something very much like it on youtube. And it’s all your fault, Mark, for inspiring me to look . Some good advice from a first class fool on dealing with Empire


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