The long-awaited solution

One of the more interesting criticisms that I have gotten over the years is that I don’t offer “solutions” to our problems. It is an accurate one.

I see people, close and distant, who are beyond reach. For example, they imagine themselves insightful as they invest in Trump or Sanders or Clinton, thinking that an important activity, even good citizenship. They imagine they are active participants in a vibrant democracy. They do not begin to understand the levels of deception built into our lives. But dammit, they vote.

The key to managing the American population is to marginalize the dumb ones via sports and entertainment, stage elections for the slightly less dumb ones, and offer false leaders for the smarter ones. Those who can overcome state-controlled media and brain-deadening education will find that once outside the matrix, others are there to mislead them.

The very brightest among us were drawn for years to Noam Chomsky. He happens to work for an institution, MIT, that only exists on Pentagon largess. He is a fixture, and has been supported by the military for decades. He has for years offered up volumes of seemingly useful information, but ultimately leaves us high and dry. (I just quoted him extensively in a post about Zika two days ago. I cringed, but it was a vital link.) Among his more enlightening revelations are that the Federal Reserve is as useful as our own government in managing our economy, that 9/11 happened just like we are told,  and that JFK was a war hawk intent on invading Southeast Asia. (As it turns out, he is right about that last one, but his object is not to demean JFK, but rather steer his followers away from a path of inquiry that can ultimately lead to intellectual emancipation.)

Even the brightest among us are under state management. Chomsky is there in O’Brien fashion* to take us nowhere.

So the a healthy percentage of us (40%?) are inundated with entertainment and sports, and so dumbed down by the education system that they cannot think their way out of a can of tomato soup. They don’t matter. A level above that (50%?) are those who pay attention to managed news (FOX and NPR being two different packages with the same content), and are vaguely aware of some of the wedge issues and vote in the elections. They don’t matter. A level above (7%?) that read books and newspapers, even watch congressional hearings and attend lectures, maybe even watch CSPAN**. They don’t matter.

And one level above that (3%) are those bright enough to figure out part or all of the game. They usually don’t vote. They are effectively marginalized by a thought control meme called “conspiracy theorist.” The other 97% are sure that the 3% who are actually somewhat on top of things are mentally ill. So they don’t matter either.

It is fucking brilliant.

So, why do I not propose a solution? There do not appear to be any solutions. I am living my life, doing the things I love doing, and having a nice laugh now and then. And traveling.

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*O’Brien is the chacter in 1984, a sinister false leader who greeted Winston Smith as he made his escape.

**Nah. Nobody watches CSPAN. I kid.

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21 Responses to The long-awaited solution

  1. Big Swede says:

    Regarding education.

    “Over the weekend, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof devoted his attention to “a liberal blind spot” in higher education: While colleges seek to fill their lecture halls with professors across the spectrum of race and gender, the self-avowed liberal noticed the ivory tower discriminates against conservative Christians. “Universities are the bedrock of progressive values,” Kristof wrote, “but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.”

    The numbers are staggering. In the studies of social sciences, about 7-9% of American professors say they are Republican but 18% say they are Marxist, wrote Kristof. In other words, you have a better chance learning under someone who follows the political philosophy responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of people than one of the two primary political parties in America today. Often, conservative professors try to hide their beliefs — at least until they can make tenure.”

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  2. steve kelly says:

    At this point what can a different institution offer someone except a slightly different, mind-dumbing, spirit-crushing conformity? Just a different ride on the same merry-go-round.

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  3. Big Swede says:

    The solution which you affix yourself to in my estimation is “internal warfare”. IW is mentioned in the last few moments of this video which defines cultural marxism. May also include some of the seven you referred to above.

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    • I think you and I might share a revulsion of traditional liberalism and its political correctness and groupthink methods of punishing thought crime. However, I do not see liberals or Marxists overrunning Europe with migrants, or the US with Mexicans. That is being done by your people, the fascists.

      That whole film struck me as projection, much of it visiting the sins of fascism on the weakest possible enemy imaginable, Marxists.

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  4. steve kelly says:

    There are no Marxists. Totalitarian socialists perhaps. Lately Neocon, imperialist purveyors of double-think talk nonstop about the “new Cold War.” In reality, neocons drop bombs and drone — using “moderate” mercenary proxies and NATO “allies” — on poor civilians in numerous soverign countries most Americans can’t find on a map.

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    • Big Swede says:

      Using their war machines on others and not here domestically? That works for me.

      The socialist paradise of Venezuela just unleashed its tanks on its own citizens.

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      • I have to ask you, since you just introduced new Fox News material to us, how much you know about what might be going on down there. Are the pictures real? The context? It is very easy to fake these things for the TV viewers. You see things, but they also fill in details. And it all could be fake, even staged.

        If it were me, I might just back off, think a little, not react.

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  5. I kinda of don’t want to get into it, as you are not reachable in this regard: The whole of the situation in Venezuela, just as in Ukraine a few years back, is fomented from above and below by agents provocateur. When the timing is right, Green Berets or some other murderers will step in and fire live live rounds into the crowd to flip the whole thing live. [Our media will claim it is the Venezuelan government giving the shoot orders.] It is a standard formula for regime change.

    ZeroHedge/Fox/NPR/PBS/RT … all the same.

    [Also, never trust videos or photographs! They are to easily forged, mislabeled, photo-shopped. It could be real, could be fake. Best posture: Never trust, always verify.]

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  6. Big Swede says:

    Must be nice for you guys, if presented with evidence they’re faked. CIA/Banks/FOX are all intertwined into this cabal of distortion which conflicts with liberal ideologies.

    Verification rendered impossible with moveable goalposts.

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    • Swede, regime change is in the wind for Venezuela – they almost pulled it off in 2002. At that time they had the same controlled shortages, and agents provocateur and large crowds gathering in protest, and then agents of the US or IMF or whatever, but outside agitators, fired into the crowd from a bridge above. This has all been exposed, but will never air on mainstream media, including Zerohedge.

      The US media them claimed (in unison) that Chavez had ordered the shootings. That’s also what happened in Ukraine. It is just how it is done.

      In your world view, which as I see it is a benign tumor still resident in your brain from the 1960s, you have socialists and capitalists, and socialists always fail and have to use violence to keep people in line. Capitalists believe in freedom. In truth, in oligarchical systems, ideologies don’t work. They only survive via power and propaganda.

      Until you get out of that mindset, that trap, you will never have a clear understanding of events around you. You will always force the puzzle pieces that do not fit into their respective places anyway.

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    • BY the way, you come here and make your assertions, and when they do not fly, you never think to adjust your own perceptions. You blame me. But it doesn’t work. I used to be you, 28 years ago. There is only one direction – forward. Try it some time.

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      • Big Swede says:

        I read this the other day about the ACA.

        4 simple sentences Great summary by a Notre Dame University engineer………

        Here are the 10,535 pages of Obama Care condensed to 4 simple sentences..
        As humorous as it sounds…..every last word is absolutely TRUE!

        In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to un-insure the insured.
        Next, we require the newly un-insured to be re-insured.
        To re-insure the newly un-insured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.
        The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became un-insured, and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original un-insured can be insured, so it will be ‘free-of-charge’ to them.

        This, ladies and gentlemen, is called “redistribution of wealth” or, by its more common name, SOCIALISM, or “PROGRESSIVE”, the politically correct names for COMMUNISM.

        Now you may blame the Oligarchs for this mess but this wouldn’t seen the light of day with my pick for President.

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      • The whole of the ACA debate has whooshed right by you Swede. You don’t quite get what it is, who wrote it, or what it was intended to do.

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