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Sunday, September 05, 2010
Brotha BeatDown Bout Beck
The rambling diatribes of these right wing broadcasters are so densely packed with racialist euphemisms and coded “dog whistle” phrases that it is extremely difficult to the average person to have even a modicum of understanding of what the broadcaster is raving about. However it is time for us to stop wasting our time fretting over the “racist bombast” broadcast daily by these raving bigots and start looking behind the scenes. In the words of my favorite cousin I. Ben Dare, “quit plain’n bout shithouse stink, best be look’n for who been dere last!” To repeat my opening call, we who are the frequent targets of these broadcast racialist attacks must sharpen our focus and concentrate on WHO is spending the MONEY to support these people.
Rich right wing millionaires and billionaires have become legion in America at this time. (Wikipedia lists 2.8 million multimillionaires in the US in 2009. Forbes lists 403 billionaires in the US in 2010.) Among “conservative” billionaires the cost of financing right wing projects approaching a million dollars or more is generally considered inconsequential to them. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples, the first being David Koch.
According to an email from Democrat Representative Alan Grayson, who is in the midst of a tight race for his seat representing Florida’s 8th District, Koch has a $17 billion fortune at his disposal and he has been using it freely to fund a relentless unscrupulous attack on the Obama Administration. Grayson’s email also states that Koch has spent $250,000 in one week for attack ads against Grayson’s campaign for re-election. Koch is just one of the many rich white Americans who are the “behind the scenes” funding sources for right wing causes. Representative Grayson is unique among Democrats for remaining steadfast and true to his progressive convictions and that is precisely why he is under attack. You can be sure that a large part of the content in those attack ads against Grayson will have many Negrophobic euphemisms generously sprinkled throughout.
Another powerful person that I would cite for discussion is Roger Ailes, the President of the Fox Broadcasting network. Just from the standpoint of the material that is so prevalent on the Fox news channels, it is obvious that the entire stable of self professed “conservative” broadcasting staff are all well paid students of the political and racialist ideology espoused by their boss Roger Ailes. Ailes’ career prior to his current position at Fox includes political positions as a long time Republican consultant to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Herbert Walker Bush. Ailes has long advocated that permanent superior political power could be achieved through maintaining unconditional control of the broadcast media. As president of Fox Broadcasting he has obtained a vital national platform upon which he has been able to perfect his own propaganda techniques.
At this point I wish to focus on the actions of the Ailes TV propaganda techniques as compared with the ideological messages espoused by the other rich white financers who control the “conservative” right wing AM broadcast networks in concert. (However, it is IMPORTANT to keep in mind that the COMBINATION of both media, the AM broadcast networks and TV network channels comprise the right wing “conservative” propaganda machine in America.) The ultimate goal of Roger Ailes goes far beyond just beating up on poor black folks. (Unfortunately public opinion believes that this is the total extent of his broadcast motives.) Rather his primary goal is to control the minds and opinions of the majority of Americans. Ailes is essentially creating an American paradigm of the successful propaganda machine developed by Joseph Goebbels some eighty years ago as Adolph Hitler's Minister of Propaganda during the early days of Nazi Germany. Returning to the present era, if we conduct a close examination of the broadcast notoriety and controversy dominating the national conversation for the past 18 months it will provide an obvious and damning testimony as to the extent of the propaganda attack already underway here in America. At this point it is necessary to digress here briefly to describe the basic structure of Joseph Goebbels’ Propaganda Machine.
Goebbels published a great deal of analytical data for his experimental propaganda in the days marked by Hitler's rise to power, and many of his writings from the 1930’s are available in bookstores and online today. Generally speaking, Goebbels maintained several things are critical to make his techniques work on a given population. (1) First you must identify and DEFINE one segment of the population as SCAPEGOATS and blame them for all of the current ills of that particular society. (2) You must then REDEFINE the MORALS of that scapegoated population to the majority population. (3) You must then CREATE the most outlandish BIZARRE LIES about this scapegoated population highlighted by revelations of certain outrageous despicable acts being perpetrated by the scapegoated population against the majority, repeating these lies over and over and over again endlessly. Goebbels “clinical” approach to the development of his propaganda machine subsequently demonstrated that with the suppression of any opposing voices, over some given period of time the majority population will come to believe these lies.
However, the secret that Goebbels did not include in his documentation is that once the majority population DISPLACED their previous belief systems with the "big lie" as the cornerstone of their new belief system, at the same time, they came to unquestionably BELIEVE and TRUST the SOURCE of that "big lie" propaganda. In other words, a belief system (regardless of the nature of the system) is always an ESSENTIAL critical part of the life of every human being.
Hence, when a population’s previous belief system is DISPLACED by the “big lie”, the SOURCE of the “big lie” and its institutionalized components a priori becomes the new replacement belief system for the newly proselytized majority population. This is just the way that humanity is “wired”, and further discussion of the psychological science inherent in this phenomenon is far beyond the discussion of this post. There is one final point to consider about the Goebbels propaganda machine. Many people outside of pre-war Nazi Germany after viewing thousands of newsreel scenes showing millions of Germans showering great love and enthusiasm on their beloved Hitler assumed that this was a natural display of the unconditional embrace of Nazi propaganda by the German people. However, I believe that this evaluation indicates a serious misunderstanding and mischaracterization of the actual effect of the “big lie” on the German people. I believe that the widespread public demonstrations in pre-war Germany supporting the Nazi regime actually signaled the need of the German people to emotionally resolve the conflict brought about by their acceptance of a new belief system despite the fact that it was based on a profound NEGATVE, the “big lie”. This emotional turmoil marked an underlying desperate need of the subconscious to continuously reaffirm the correctness of these new changes in their personal belief system. Hitler’s response to this psychological need by his newly proselytized German population was to substitute Wagner’s folklore for Christ’s Beatitudes, and Nietzsche’s “Thus Spake Zarathustra” for religious theology.
Therefore, respective of Hitler's plans, the persecution of the German Jews was not important beyond facilitating the achievement of his goal to successfully establish a unique form of mass psychosis which delivered the complete acquiescence of the German people to his slightest whim. The success of Goebbels’ propaganda technique in the eventual control over the German mind was evidenced by the rise of Hitler’s powerful war machine. However, as a part of these events, European Jewry unfortunately became fodder for the Nazi propaganda machine, the violent rhetoric of which produced policies authorized by the German state that resulted in the horrific brutal Jewish Holocaust that followed.
HERE is where we CONNECT THE historical DOTS. A similar propaganda attack is currently underway here in the United States. Like the situation in pre-war Nazi Germany, in the United States currently there are two large scapegoat populations available, American Negroes and Mexican Americans. However, it appears that the target spotlight is slowly shifting to the American Negro due to the ease of making video connections between the similarity in racial appearance between American Negro Muslims (35% of the Muslims in America are African Americans), American Negro non-Muslims and other black and brown Muslims around the world. Unfortunately, this “look alike” correlation also extends includes those foreign Muslims of color who belong to organizations around the world that are bent on attacking the United States. A recent example of Glenn Beck’s racialist BIG LIE propaganda technique can be found in the statement that he has frequently broadcast which accused "President Obama of being a racist who hates white people." In the light of the Goebbels propaganda doctrine, it is prudent to follow this BIG LIE statement up with another one. Following the Goebbels doctrine Beck declared at his recent rally in Washington D.C. "That God is setting the stage for white people to GET THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS back!" Thus the maturing of the Beck BIG LIE campaign is revealed by his attempt to recruit the evangelical Christian right into his propaganda campaign. To clarify I repeat, the purpose of Beck’s Washington rally was to call, justify, and invite thousands of fundamentalist white Christians to join him in his personal battle to stop the :black” political take over of America! (Note that this LIE is deemed a hard fact in the minds of many white American racialists which they see as being irrefutably confirmed by the election of a Negro, Barack Obama, to the Presidency of the United States.)
I should like to take a moment here to address some of the anticipated arguments that may be offered in rebuttal to my earlier declaration that America is in the midst of a virulent propaganda attack. First of all I heartily disagree with the many liberal voices that are quick to lampoon and dismiss Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, Mark Levin, Bill O’Reilly, and others simply as “those right wing nut case crazies”. These people are certainly right wing fringe demagogues, many of which have become exceedingly wealthy through their so called “hard hitting” broadcast rants against anything normal in America. However, it is safe to say their presence on American air waves would quickly disappear if the monetary rewards were completely removed. I doubt seriously if any of these people would continue to be a “conservative talk show host” as a full time hobby. Hence in retrospect there is some serious money behind the verbal machinations of this crowd, and anyone who does not believe that vast sums of money is always associated with power is not worth the time to argue with. Lastly, it is common knowledge that whenever power players are in the “game” it is for a damn good reason, and power players are always serious, dead serious.
To those who would dismiss my declaration “that America is under a serious propaganda attack” as “just another conspiracy theory”. I should like to point their attention toward the growing number of public gathering places across the nation like malls, shopping centers and local eateries that have instituted a rigorous “display Fox TV channel only” policy for all TV screens setup for public viewing in their respective areas. Several Midwestern McDonalds regional franchisee restaurant chains are continuing this policy even in the face of strong local and national opposition. Their counter argument to protests regarding the “Fox TV only” policy is that in their opinion Fox is the best “family friendly” TV channel available out of all of the networks on cable or satellite. Such a policy seven or eight years ago would have been unthinkable, but today it is an important harbinger of the successes that the current strategies and techniques of the right wing propaganda machine are beginning to produce in many parts of America. Unfortunately many fair minded Americans have been lulled into believing in the affectivity of the major network’s (ABC, CBS, and NBC) voluntary doctrine for public responsibility and fairness. This long standing practice is religiously implemented by strictly adhering to the rule that any controversial subject broadcast must include at least one proponent of the subject of the controversy and at least one opponent of the subject of the controversy. In effect they consider this to be broadcasting “BOTH SIDES of any ARGUMENT” in a fair and responsible manner. However a quick sampling of public opinion throughout the country will show that this doctrine has proven neither to be responsible nor has it been fair.
To conclude this discussion, I should like to amend the opening statement of this post to include the following declaration. “Not only those Americans who are descendants of African slaves, but ALL Americans MUST BECOME AWARE of the serious danger posed by the strategies of the current right wing propaganda attack on the American government and it’s Constitution.” The American people must be brought to the realization that not only are their freedoms in jeopardy by virtue of the media dominance of this Neo Propaganda Machine, but the future existence of America as a democratic institution is also under a devastating relentless attack from within by those radical right wing “conservatives”. The prime desire of this segment of the American population is to secure permanent control over the government of the United States under the exclusive rule of an oligarchy of the super rich that is based in the American upper class.
Pay close attention brother...... pay very close attention….. Peace….
Friday, April 09, 2010
Fish or Cut Bait Time for America
I have written many times concerning the use by the Republican Party of AM Talk Radio as a 24/7 propaganda outlet. Further, I devoted a serious amount of text to the weak kneed feeble attempts of the Democratic Party to curb these propaganda outlets, the last attempt coming not to long after the Democrats won a majority in the Congress. The Senate Democrats ALL bailed out and left Senator Dorgan as the sole advocate for a bill that would have severely curbed the Limbaughs and the Becks ability to spew hate on an unrestricted basis over America’s air waves. Now these preachers of hate and racism left undisturbed and comfortable in their respective broadcast environs have grown in popularity such that their every twisted word or comment becomes classified as prime time news for the American people. Their insane ramblings have now become the belief mantras for millions of white Americans. It is important to put the situation in perspective. The mindless drivel that these “right wing” commentators saturate the airwaves with is simply the oldest of all of the dangerous components starting to coalesce around the “Tea Party” moment.
The most significant component recently entering the Tea Party tent is money. Why is money important? Because money attracts money, and nothing moves, squirms, grunts, or slivers in America without money. Second, money has a tendency to supersede ideology and even political fanaticism (in America). Our TV communication channels are rapidly becoming polluted with outraged rhetoric from the opposing political camps. TV networks are in the business of entertainment and they will make their broadcast platforms available to whatever brings the most advertising revenue (money again).
Under the guise of “balanced opinion” the TV networks have hired heavy bombasts from both the liberal persuasion and from the right wing super conservatives to grace their respective broadcast studios. Needless to say there are hundreds of applicants for these jobs and the list is still growing. Thus those who are in these positions have very generous salaries to protect, so it is their goal to be more and more outrageous that the next guy. Outrageous violent speech equals job security and more money in the bank. Further, whoever is the greatest demagogue gets the biggest paycheck and the awesome power that comes with super public notoriety.
The next component to recently and very discretely enter the Tea Party tent is corporate lobbyists. Sensing possible congressional upsets by Tea Party endorsed candidates in the fall elections the lobbyists are scrambling to sprinkle their “just in case” money around so there will be no loss in corporate control over the new Congress.
Finally, the most dangerous component to enter the Tea Party tent is the powerful gun lobby. Now I don’t think that it was ever the gun Lobby’s original intent to get involved with the Tea Party. But I think that they were dragged into the fray by the crazy Town Hall protestor’s signs and slogans about not letting “Obama take away our guns”. As the loose cannons of the Gun Owner’s League (GOAL) pushed forward to carry/wear guns in public at Starbucks and other places in defiance of local ordinances for gun free zones, the gun lobby had to get involved.
So where has all this taken us? There appears to be a coalescing between GOAL members, and various Militias to sponsor “open Tea Party” rallies around the country this summer. The “open” in the designation of these rallies means people will be encouraged to bring their guns to the rally and many of these rallies will be sponsoring shooting contests just to liven things up. These rallies will be a dream come true for the TV media considering that the summer (without the Olympics) is a very slow time of the year for the networks. (There’s the money thing again.) (I know that I surely wouldn’t want to be a black cameraman covering one of these events for the networks!) Now don’t get me wrong, there won’t be any raging bloodthirsty white mobs spewing out onto the streets of hometown America following any of these “open Tea Party rallies”. However, what I am certain of is that these rallies will become the inspirational catalyst for much random spilling of innocent American blood around the country by highly influenced individual members or followers of the Tea Party moment. You know, it’s the T. McVeigh effect.
So on a warm April afternoon, them’s the facts. Obama has already demonstrated that it is not in his playbook to take action beyond meetings and conferences targeted towards compromise and reconciliation. The gun toting right wing racist extremists have had a year to validate this quirk in Obama’s behavior, and it is being displayed in their open belligerence toward president Obama and the government. Many in these Militias across the nation believe that a race war is inevitable, and they have been waiting and training for years in anticipation of such an event. Articles in the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) indicate the seriousness of the problem. In their article titled “The Year in Hate and Extremism” they state, “But what was most remarkable was the explosive growth of militias and the “Patriot” movement which jumped 244%”. In another article, SPLC cited the rapid growth of militias as extremely dangerous, lacking only a spark.
Cries for media responsibility have thus far gone unheeded, after all the MSM is a business and if they don’t keep pushing the sensational “hot button racial” stuff, Wall Street will punish them. Other people continue to call for Republican leaders to stand before the public and refute all of this hate and racist talk currently harming the country. Fat chance, the Republicans smell Democratic blood in the water over the Health Care Reform bill. Many elected Democrats have already received death threats against their person and against members of their families.
A recent University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality (WISER) Multi-state survey led by Prof. Christopher Parker examined the question, “Is America Now a post-racial society?” As part of this survey they found that the Tea Party had strong approval to some conditional approval by 45% of the whites polled. Of this 45% only 35% believe blacks to be hard working, only 45% believe blacks are intelligent and only 41% believe blacks are trustworthy. These statistics should provide a wakeup call to those progressives who believe in the “Obama led Post-Racial Society”. This MSM propagated myth needs to be buried once and for all, particularly after the veteran civil rights leader, Congressman Lewis in an encounter with Tea Party people was repeatedly called a “nigger” to his face. There is nothing post racial about the current atmosphere with 45% of white America embracing the racist rhetoric of the Tea Party mobment.
So the question now is WHO will STEP UP to make sure that no spark falls on this powder saturated fuse? It can only be the American people. Regardless of your bigotry or racism, I don’t think any reasonable American wants to see blood running in the streets. For those progressives who steadfastly refuse to believe that such a bloody outbreak of violence could occur in our country, I would cite the growing membership within the “Promise Keepers” right wing organization among local law enforcement officers. Weather wise we are experiencing the early stirring of spring with record level summer like temperatures. But beyond the weather, the Tea Party promises to make this one helluva summer.
So listen up America, it’s time to turn off those Ipods, tweets and TV’s. For real, it’s Time to Fish or Cut Bait!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Emergence of Racial Apologists in America
Even though the appearance of RA's in the commentaries sections of articles or posts covering race is a new tactic, RA’s have already adopted a "party Line" argument that often appears quite prominently in their commentary. This RA argument is essentially political in nature and states the following, “If you disagree with anything that Obama says, the liberals will call you a racist!" The goal of the RA's is to flood the commentary section with long winded theoretical discussions top heavy with irrelevant rebuttals to any post or article dealing with the race problem in America. This has a depressive effect on those readers who are interested in reading the thoughts and ideas of people who have experienced racism in their daily lives or people who sincerely want to remove the curse of racism from American society.
One website I recently visited had a very long in-depth post concerning the impact of race on the proliferation of sub prime mortgages that ultimately contributed to the collapse of the housing market. The commentary section for this article had been invaded by one individual RA whose postings accounted for over one third of the commentaries appearing in the section. The current increase of RA activity over different liberal/progressive websites is a harbinger that signals extremely difficult times ahead for progressive/liberal use of the internet as an organizing tool for the upcoming 2010 elections.
Thus far the RA's cannot prevent articles whose topics address the racial issue in America from being published on the internet. However, as described above, they have found that they can flood the commentary sections of such posts with their regressive views. I have called these tactics DOD commentaries, where DOD stands for “Denial of Discussion”.
(In many respects the function of DOD is similar to the denial of service (DOS) attacks that hackers use to shut down internet websites.)
What is the overall effect of these DOD tactics? Each author of a post, yes even those who publish rants, is looking for meaningful feedback from his/her readers. Feedback is very important enriching and learning experience for any author. DOD tactics discourage this exchange between reader and author, as the source of feedback, the commentary section has been effectively commandeered by persons (RA's in the case of racial posts) with radically different ideological agendas.
It is important to note that the use of this tactic need not be confined to posts/articles concerning race. Obviously DOD tactics could be used to prevent discussion of any controversial subject, such as Apartheid in the Israel - Palestinian lands of the Middle East, or Genocide and Rape in Darfur, etc. Whereas the internet covers the globe, one should not expect that input to commentaries can only originate here in the United States. Progressives have a history of demonstrating that once riled up, Progressives can get going and deliver the goods. But Progressives also have a history of falling asleep again once they have secured their victory. We caught the right wing conservatives off guard in the Presidential campaign with our unique use of the internet as an organizing tool. Now the right wing conservatives are back on the job, working on ways to disorganize our websites and frustrate communication in our portion of the blogesphere.
At this point, I would like to go off topic just for a moment…...
Years ago, before the advent of the internet, online communication was limited exclusively to point to point operations with dialup modems. The majority of these modems were 300 bit per second (37.5 characters per second) acoustic coupled modems. To use these acoustic coupled modems, you had to manually dial the phone number of the trunk line to the target server, and wait for the modem whistle to indicate that the target server had picked up the phone. Once the server answered and sent out its high pitched whistle, then you had to manually place the telephone headset onto the modem in the correct position to allow the communication exchange to proceed.
In those days the main facility for communications were known as bulletin boards, which supported alphanumeric ASCII text only. Bulletin boards were initially setup by individuals and some computer hardware mail order businesses who were selling components to hobbyists building their own personal home computers. For example, you could log onto a memory supplier’s bulletin board and browse the types of memory chips that were in stock and on sale. Not long after the advent of the bulletin board, computer kit builders were posting technical questions concerning either clarification of engineering specifications or the applicability of certain devices to their respective hardware. As the market for computer hardware expanded so did the informational storage capabilities of the billboards. This eventually led to a new class of billboards totally dedicated to special interests, having absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with the building of home computers. Obviously many of these new social bulletin boards were dedicated to political interests and were nicknamed BOF’s for “Birds of a Feather” boards. The conversational structures of these BOF boards were similar to the commentary sections of Blog posts appearing on the internet today.
Initially, in the bulletin board world, anyone with a computer with modem software, a modem and a phone line was free to participate in the message exchanges. However, as with all new forms of innovation, it was no time before the profane and the ugly raised the nasty side of text messaging, and soon registration became a mandatory requirement on all boards. However, registration merely required a participant to provide a “user name”, similar to the registration requirements of today’s internet sites. The next step in the evolution of the bulletin board was to include “chat rooms” where users could post and comment on anything they desired. Some chat rooms opened online on their own, totally independent of any bulletin board.
One day while browsing various chat room sites, I discovered that the John Birch Society had opened up a bulletin board with a chat room. Being a curious liberal, I visited their site and logged onto their chat room, mainly as an observer. Within a few days, their chat room exploded into controversial arguments between the Birchers and others accessing their chat room. The following week I found that although I could still access their Bulletin Board, I could no longer access the chat room. A message would come up stating, “Access to the Chat Room is now restricted. For registration please write to the Supervisor, in care of ##### #####, #### Street, #####, Massachusetts.” The information that I was able to gather concerning this restricted chat room was that the room was made available only to verified members of the John Birch Society. However, certain members of other organizations whose ideology was in strict accordance with the Birch society were granted password entry at the discretion of the supervisor. Needless to say, I never visited that particular chat room again.
Returning to the topic…..
I personally view this earlier pre-internet experience as a paradigm for the infiltration problems that are starting to show up in the liberal/progressive sector of the internet Blogesphere. The infiltration of RA’s (or any other opponents of the progressive/liberal agenda) actively onto liberal/progressive websites constitutes a serious challenge to the continuing task of providing accurate strategy information for progressive causes via these channels. Whereas the American progressive/liberal stature is virtually non-existent in the MSM, we must jealously guard these proven political channels as being crucial to our survival and influence in immediate scheme of things.
Some liberals will argue that access to our website by the general public regardless of their ideology is a 1st amendment right and should not be restricted in any fashion. Some feel so strongly in this regard, that they will champion this belief even if it eventually results in the demise of the entire liberal/progressive sector in this country. On the other hand, those who believe there must be some restriction when the presences of destructive tactics such as DOD actions are verified on the website will immediately encounter the question, “What can we do about it?” It certainly is not enough to leave recognition of such behavior to the site’s webmaster, and a complaint system designed to identify a person or persons of negative intent is bound to run into fairness issues.
At the beginning of this post I was addressing just the problem with RA infiltration of racially orientated post/article commentary sections. However, from a more general perspective once properly registered anybody can start posting Blogs. Assume that a large number of conservative opposition people register and start posting Blogs, each of which addresses a substantive matter but is written so as to sporadically interject conservative ideology/rhetoric statements in a very subtle manner into the Blog text. Will the webmaster be able to provide all of the filtering necessary to stop such posts? I raise these issues now while there is time to intelligently discuss them. We can ignore these problems only at our own risk and peril.