{"196586":{"id":"196586","parent":"0","time":"1634467869","url":"https:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/10\/16\/it-takes-lot-education-to-keep-us-this-stupid\/","category":"m\u00e9dias","title":"It Takes a Lot Of Education to Keep Us This Stupid","image":"http:\/\/www.newsnet.fr\/img\/newsnet_196586_b13583.png","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"it-takes-a-lot-of-education-to-keep-us-this-stupid","admin":"newsnet","views":"132","priority":"3","length":"6028","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EBy Caitlin JOHNSTONE\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe oligarchic empire is working harder and harder to bolt down our minds in service of its agendas.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ESilicon Valley is working \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/archive.is\/WFLKd\"\u003Emore\u003C\/a\u003E and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.com\/2021\/07\/16\/biden-administration-completely-kills-the-its-a-private-company-so-its-not-censorship-argument\"\u003Emore openly\u003C\/a\u003E in conjunction with the US government, and its algorithms \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.substack.com\/p\/silicon-valley-algorithm-manipulation\"\u003Eelevate empire-authorized narratives\u003C\/a\u003E while hiding unapproved ones with increasing brazenness.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe mass media have become so blatantly \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=ZPazn1XNDQI\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E propagandistic\u003C\/a\u003E that US intelligence operatives are \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.substack.com\/p\/the-cia-used-to-infiltrate-the-media\"\u003Enow openly employed\u003C\/a\u003E by news outlets they used to have to infiltrate covertly.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ENATO and military institutions are \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.substack.com\/p\/the-science-of-propaganda-is-still\"\u003Estudying and testing\u003C\/a\u003E new forms of mass-scale psychological manipulation to advance the still developing science of propaganda.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EA \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/mtracey.substack.com\/p\/the-fakest-whistleblower-ever\"\u003Etransparently fake \"whistleblower\"\u003C\/a\u003E is being promoted by the US political\/media class to manufacture support for \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/greenwald.substack.com\/p\/democrats-and-media-do-not-want-to\"\u003Emore internet censorship\u003C\/a\u003E and shore up monopolistic control for institutions like Facebook who are willing to enforce it.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWikipedia \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2020\/06\/10\/wikipedia-formally-censors-the-grayzone-as-regime-change-advocates-monopolize-editing\"\u003Eis an imperial narrative control operation\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThey've imprisoned a journalist for \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.salon.com\/2021\/06\/15\/revisiting-the-case-of-julian-assange-and-the-reality-of-the-rule-of-law\"\u003Eexposing US war crimes\u003C\/a\u003E after the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/news.yahoo.com\/kidnapping-assassination-and-a-london-shoot-out-inside-the-ci-as-secret-war-plans-against-wiki-leaks-090057786.html\"\u003ECIA plotted\u003C\/a\u003E to kidnap and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.substack.com\/p\/pompeo-effectively-admits-to-assange\"\u003Eassassinate him\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"1447587165911896065\"\u003E1447587165911896065\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe powerful work so hard at such endeavors because they understand something that most ordinary people do not: whoever controls the dominant narratives about the world controls the world itself.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EPower is controlling what happens; absolute power is controlling what people \u003Ci\u003Ethink\u003C\/i\u003E about what happens.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIf you can control how people think about what's going on in their world, if you can control their shared how-it-is stories about what's happening and what's true, then you can advance any agenda you want to. You'll be able to prevent them from rising up against you as you steal their wealth, exploit their labor, destroy their ecosystem and send their children off to war. You can keep them voting for political institutions you own and control. You can keep them from interfering in your ability to wage wars around the world and sanction entire populations into starvation to advance your geostrategic goals.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis status quo of exploitation, ecocide, oppression and war benefits our rulers immensely, bringing them more wealth and power than the kings of old could ever dream of. And like the kings of old they are not going to relinquish power of their own accord, which means the only thing that will bring an end to this world-destroying status quo is the people rising up and using the power of their numbers to end it.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EYet they don't rise up. They don't because they are successfully propagandized into accepting this status quo, or at least into believing it's the only way things can be right now. Imperial narrative control is therefore the source of all our biggest problems.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAnd they're only getting more and more aggressive about it. More and more forceful, less and less sly and subtle in their campaign to control the thoughts that are in our heads.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EMany of those who have this realization see it as cause for despair. I personally see it as cause for hope.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http:\/\/www.newsnet.fr\/img\/newsnet_196586_b13583.png\" \/\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThey work so hard to \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=34LGPIXvU5M\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E manufacture our consent\u003C\/a\u003E for the status quo because they absolutely require that consent; history shows us that rulers do not fare well after a critical mass of the population has turned against them. And they're working harder and harder to manufacture that consent, even as \u003Ca onclick=\"sj(this)\" data-j=\"popup_twit,call__3_1448783912168091670_tweet\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E extremely influential people\u003C\/a\u003E begin questioning whether we're being deliberately deceived about everything.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThey used to look like someone using a bucket to bail out water from a leaky boat. Now they look like someone treading water, barely managing to get their mouth and nose high enough to take gasps of air.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThey're working harder and harder because they need to.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe fact that the propagandists have to work so hard to keep our society this insane means the natural gravitational pull is toward sanity. They have to educate us into crazier and crazier ways of thinking from the moment we go to school until we die, because otherwise we'll collectively awaken and shake off their shackles.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIt takes a lot of educating to keep us this stupid.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EYou think you're struggling? You should see the people trying to manufacture consent for a status quo that is both plainly insane and self-evidently unsustainable. They're the ones doing all the heavy lifting in this struggle. They're the ones fighting gravity.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EHope is not a popular position to take in a world that is being abused, exploited and being driven mad by manipulative sociopaths. Which is understandable.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBut I just can't help it. I look at how hard they are struggling to keep the light from bursting in and driving out the darkness, and I can't help but think, \"Those poor bastards can't keep that up much longer.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caityjohnstone.medium.com\/it-takes-a-lot-of-education-to-keep-us-this-stupid-3d6ed00d2cc0\"\u003Ecaityjohnstone.medium.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/10\/16\/it-takes-lot-education-to-keep-us-this-stupid\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}