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War vs. Democracy


#1

War vs. Democracy

Robert C. Koehler

The paradox of democracy is that it depends on the integrity of those who have the most to lose if an election goes the wrong way — you know, the people in power.

That’s a particularly thorny dilemma when the “fourth estate” — the speakers of truth to power, the public’s counterforce against political hackdom — are basically corporate wimps who view their job as the voice of public relations for the status quo, the defenders of our conventional beliefs, e.g., that God’s in his heaven and America is the world’s oldest, greatest, most secure democracy.


#3

Good assessment, Mr. Koehler...

Missing, however are:

  1. The expert manner by which sophisticated forms of gerrymandering were undertaken to ensure Republican majorities in strategic states

  2. The "super delegate" nonsense

  3. The captured corporate media and its interest in having someone deferential to the 1% (business Caste) in power

  4. Eisenhower's prescient warning: To beware the growing influence of the Military industrial complex

  5. The way lobbies have taken over Washington, D.C. like a Cancer

  6. The seamless revolving door that allows military generals (and congress persons) to leave their positions and pick up lucrative gigs managing everything from weapons' development firms to "health" insurance companies.

  7. The way "Citizens United" gave the 1% the "legal" right to purchase politicians and through them, policy.

It's true that Democracy and continuous war are incompatible. But this nation ceased being a Democracy some time ago.

The FIVE pillars of that transition include (but are not limited to):

  1. The formation of the NSA in l947

  2. Project Paperclip inviting Nazis into the U.S. to teach psychology at universities, work on secret weapons, and help authoritarian politicians to learn the rites of propaganda

  3. The assassination of JFK in l963

  4. The Reagan-Thatcher attack on government

  5. The Clinton machine's "bipartisan" expertise in fusing both parties into one deferential to business interests... This, in turn, opened the door to every deregulation policy that has gutted this nation (ranging from the corporate capture of mass media, to trade deals that undermine unions, to ending welfare, to allowing banks to speculate on Wall St., etc.)

Actually, there is a #6... which laid the cherry on the Inverted Totalitarian State and paved the way to ALL war all the time: a certain false flag that allowed war abroad to usher in tyranny at home.


#4

"That’s a particularly thorny dilemma when the “fourth estate” — the speakers of truth to power, the public’s counterforce against political hackdom — are basically corporate wimps who view their job as the voice of public relations for the status quo, the defenders of our conventional beliefs, e.g., that God’s in his heaven and America is the world’s oldest, greatest, most secure democracy."

The speakers of the fourth estate are wimps like almost all politicians and people who depend on salaries. As Upton Sinclair put it, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

Why should we need wimps to speak truth to power when we the people who are the power in a democracy can do it ourselves via voter initiatives and referendums?