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The American Sea of Deception


#1

The American Sea of Deception

Paul Street

Four days ago, The Washington Post reported that the epic pathological liar Donald Trump made 4,229 false statements during his first 558 days as United States president. Trump spoke or tweeted falsely, on average, an astonishing 7.6 times per day during that time.


#2

could liken it to doublespeak from 1984. is frightening to see the likeness of our politics and the book. we as voters would get used to the lies and vote what is not in our best interests as this last election. i speak to people about the campaign promises he has broken and they say “so what”. “look at the jobs and the economy”.


#3

It’s so great to see Paul Street’s work on this website!


#4

Politicians lie.

Direct Democracy

http://www.democracy-building.info/switzerlands-political-system.html


#5

I agree with pretty much all of this piece. But unfortunately, many leftists seem to have descended into this obsession with US arrogance and atrocities to the point that they become defenders of equally or more odious regimes…


#6

The American Cesspool of Deception is more accurate.


#7

Let’s qualify that remark.

Duopoly politicians Lie.

And, many have, and continue to enable them to lie for more than 200 years.


#8

One of the primary knuckle dragging nails in the coffin jail is the centuries old BS about western industrial state being the “pinnacle” of “evolution”. It most definitely has been the Chinese finger trap version of demonic channeling. To anyone who claims that it ‘might not be the best, but its better than anything else out there’ - try getting them to imagine that that were it not for the financial oligarchy, the hierarchy of dominant “families”, the creativity and vitality of inventions would not have seen a century or more of these being “bought” and locked away to steal the future from the real trajectory of what it means to be a human being.

The world is not what they claim it to be and even archaeology is wresting its bones out from under the lying, thieving knuckle draggers. The elegance of technologies is not known to the wastrel predators (who prey because they do not have the vaguest notion of how to do otherwise).

Educate yourself as to the breadth of human diversity - within it are the treasures of options that can be implemented to the benefit of the planet and all life on it.

Instead of accepting the narcissistic shaming of honestly saying “I don’t know” - never forget that that is nature’s way of tapping you on the shoulder to be watching out for another soul to compliment what you DO know!

Encourage the kids to explore other peoples and nurture yourself on the vitality of discovery and exploration - to learn how much there is to learn… and IT NEVER STOPS!

Norah Vawter’s letter to her son inspired a variation on that letter:

To Whom it May Concern,

By the time you read this, a temporal tsunami of institutionally triggered inflection points will have conflated the “natural” with “man made” in the planetary tipping points known as “climate change”. We are facing consequences of an epoch, a millennium, an ‘era’ of industrialization of humans misleadingly termed “evolution” in an insensate Cartesian feedback loop entitled ‘homo sapiens sapiens’. The latter is actually a reality, but full blossoming is being held in abeyance by “consumer” enslavement. Make special note: the cycles dependent on ‘consumer’ require an enforced designation that is wholly dependent on denial of ‘sapiens’, much less the sapiens sapiens - of self awareness.

We have access to a stunningly liberating tool box: the firm ware of an archaic revival

“Time”, to which we have been, and are being, systematically acculturated, induces highly manipulable and intentionally arbitrary compliance to specified targets by obscure powers of self interest: it is an abstract cage. It has been rendered an instrument of distortion, exclusion, and incapcitation. One of your tasks, beloved, is to find out about how ‘time’ has been regarded, calibrated and utilized by other cultures; to be aware that originally, calibrations linked us to the movement of the solar system and in some cases to galactic patterns, forms of knowledge of integration essential to everyday human existence on the planet.

There are peoples all over the world who are waiting to mesh their knowledge with other forms of knowledge, to celebrate the challenge and our precious natural resources.

Some tool boxes for ways of learning and knowing to explore with friends:

  1. The wisdom perspectives of Micronesia Journey of the Hokulea and Wayfinders of Polynesia because the “the ocean unites everyone” - even those who have never seen the ocean. Ancient wisdom and modern science is our top priority.

  2. The REAL meanings of the world’s religions and languages https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgfXHy4pIDM

  3. A brief History of the Calendar and Time Keeping https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaYMK2n9Aow

The access to this toolbox is a self-regenerating vitamin for the mind, body and imagination. These are strengthening means and methodologies that foster interactive diversity that nurtures balance, sustainability and creativity. Kind of like what is meant by ‘agape’.


#9

Excellent article by Mr Street. He cuts through all the BS and expose Capitalism for what it really is amd the United States of America as the worlds driving force behind wealth concentration and erosion of Democracies.


#10

I can’t think of a US president since JFK who wasn’t elected on false promises.


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Educate yourself as to the breadth of human diversity - within it are the treasures of options that can be implemented to the benefit of the planet and all life on it.

Nice piece of truth and beauty this.


#13

Street has a lot of excellent observations here.

But I doubt he or we have much of a handle on the scale per se of the lying. Certainly there is something different in Trump’s flamboyant belligerence, and there’s plenty of reason that someone might analyze the difference in that relation to media as a phenomenon in a changing political landscape.

But how does one establish a scale? It seems a real philosophical quandary. How do we compare Trump with Wilson and Lusitania, probably FDR and Pearl, JFK and LBJ and Tonkin and Phoenix, the 60s assassinations, COINTELPRO, the overthrow of various regimes, the ongoing CIA narcotics traffic from China and the Koumintang, the Golden Triangle through the Vietnam war, the cocaine and arms and mercenaries trade through Honduras during Contragate, or the deceptions and invasions around the oil fields from the 90s on, 9/11 and the Bush invasions, Obama’s extension of wars and retraction of Bill of Rights protections.

I don’t know. Maybe Trump is not a bit player in the big leagues of lying, but it strikes me worthy of discussion.

Lying is really not the same thing as being bombastic or incoherent.


#14

Paul Street lays-out the straight skinny in this excellent piece. All the points he makes are on the money (snort) and very timely. We are at yet another crossroads and must not slumber or fail to do all we can to stop the trump regime, rein-in their destruction of sooo freakin much, try to put people of conscience and activist dedication into the cesspool of congress - conceivably they might begin to make some difference (don’t hold your breath), demand change to the duopoly charade by the BS “opposition party”, and support the most radical and vocal opposition to all street writes about we can!..glad he gave some time to these critical issues rather than more trashing Sanders or other “progressive frauds”…


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Warren Buffett saying, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class that’s making war, and we’re winning,” stood out most for me because of his mismanagement of BNSF RR company. BNSF is the nation’s top fossil fuel hauler and the least accommodating to Amtrak, especially the Empire Builder between Chicago and Portland/Seattle. My own particular issues are related to environmental and various economic and societal impacts of travel, transport, energy production and consumption. It’s no coincidence that the most rapacious capitalists are those within the fossil fuel, energy and travel/transport related industries.


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It’s a good piece, and has a lot of facts, but not completely accurate. Things that stand out are the Eisenhower statement, and jetliners flown into buildings on 9/11.
Eisenhower didn’t lie, he was lied to. He had ordered all U-2 flights over the Soviet Union grounded. U-2 flights were what we called a “sterile mission”, meaning there is nothing with you that can be traced back to the US. You are taken into a room and striped down to you’re birthday suit, then taken into another room that has all of you’re clothes and equipment you need to complete you’re mission. The fact that Gary Powers had ID cards under his seat means the flight was sabotaged. Someone didn’t want nuclear peace with the USSR, as there were negotiations going on at the time. Look this up on Clo. L. Fletcher Prouty’s web site, there’s much more info. on this subject.
As far as jetliners being flown into the towers on 9/11, the laws of physics prove this to be false. 1/8 in. Aluminum can’t cut through 1 1/2 in. thick 10 in. square steel vertical columns. Passenger jets, like the ones were are told were used, can’t travel at 530 + mph. at sea level.


#17

During the Viet Nam occupation the media called gubmit lies “the credibility gap”, a gap that one journalist said was big enough to fly a B-52 through.

That gap has grown to the extent that today you could fly the entire B-52 fleet through it in V-formation, confirming that Trump is correct about fake news…he just fails to mention that the Trump family, the GOP and the faux noise channel peddle more fake news than all other sources combined.


#18

Mythplaced national pride


#19

I like it. :slight_smile:


#20

Yes, Tom, of course I always appreciate Paul Street’s (as well as Christopher Hedges’) great articles, exposures, and strategies to confront this the first first (and last) Empire on
earth to be both an; ‘effectively-disguised’, ‘truly-global’,
‘dual-Vichy partied’, and ‘capitalist-fueled’ EMPIRE.

So, it’s not actually accurate to call it an “American Empire”.

The best diagnosis of this cancerous Empire is, IMHO, is described quite briefly by Professor Robinson.

Only Professor Robinson’s reality cuts through this fog of bull shit
to reveal the “Crisis of Humanity” that the spawning of capitalism and
empire both create & destroy, which he so accurately and correctly
has diagnosed and revealed in his most notable ‘exposure’ of this
uniquely 21st century Disguised Global Capitalist Empire of cancer
in our world to be the following;

“The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from
dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global
capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall.
In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational
elites of the U.S. state apparatus to continue to attempt to expand,
defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less
to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism.
We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered, for evident
historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps added]

Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William Cambridge University Press.

As far as the actual structure and form of this newest and last Empire on earth is concerned, it is composed by at least seven sectors; corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda, extra-legal, CFR coordinated ‘plot-tanks’, and both the “tougher-talking” neocon ‘R’ Vichy Party and the “smoother-lying”
neoliberal-con 'D Vichy Party — which since the OSS’s research of the
Nazi Empire’s installation of a single party Vichy regime under Marshall
Petain in France (c. 1940 to 1944) didn’t fool the French people —
but by 1947 as the re-named and expanded CIA/NSA/NSC, had promulgated a
“New and Improved Model” of DUAL-party Vichy Empire control of our
former country by the “National Security State and Double Government”
[Michael Glennon], which the naive haberdasher replacement president for
Henry Wallace in '44 (when FDR’s death was coming) which the un-Truman
didn’t even suspect during “Red Scare II” and the McCarthy era/error,
but which the more strategic-thinking Ike tried to ‘blow the cover on’
in Jan '61.

Books worth reading about the current state of this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire:

“Dark Ages America, The Final Phase of Empire” Morris Berman
“Revolution Against Empire” Justin du Rivage
“Secret Team” Fletcher Prouty
“The Condor Years” John Dinges
“It’s Even Worse Than You Think” David Cay Johnson
“How Democracies Die” Levi=tsky and Ziblatt
“Democracy in America” Page and Gilens
“Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity” William Robinson
“Hegemony or Survival” Chomsky
“The Making of Global Capitalism” Panitch and Gindin
“Hearts and Minds” Tanner Mirrlees
“The New Imperialism” David Harvey
“Empire” Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
“In the Shadows of the American Century” Alfred McCoy
“Empire of Illusion” Chris Hedges
“Governing the World” Mark Mazower
“Wall Street’s Think Tank” Laurence Shoup
“The True Flag” Stephen Kinser
“War and Empire” Paul Atwood
“They Rule” Paul Street
“Unspeakable” Chris Hedges
“Empire, Racism & Genocide” Robert Fantina
“Killing the Host” Michael Hudson
“God and Empire” John Crossan
“The Politics of Empire” James Petras
“The Empire of Chaos” Pepe Escobar
“The Changing Face of Empire” Nick Turse
“Among Empires” Charles Maier
“The Pentagon’s New Map” Thomsa Barnett
“Exorbitant Privilege” Barry Eichengreen
“The Rule of Empires” Timothy Parsons
“The One Percent Solution” Ron Suskind
“Why America Failed, The Roots of Imperial Decline” Morris Berman
“Dismantling the Empire” et al. Chalmers Johnson
“Democracy Incorporated” Sheldon Wolin
“Against Empire”, “Superpatriotism” “The Face of Imperialism” Michael Parenti
etc., etc., etc.

However, I’m never satisfied (as Paul and Chris both know) with just one or two comments on Empire, and so I’ll add a few more recent ones from the “Times”:


#21

This article is excellent, and should be required reading for Congress. The American Experiment has failed miserably.