Posted by: quiscus | December 31, 2010

December 31, 2010

1.  “Poll: 63 Percent of Americans Oppose Afghan War

Opposition to War at Highest Levels Yet”

http://news.antiwar.com/2010/12/30/poll-63-percent-of-americans-oppose-afghan-war/

2.  “Written on the Body: The Progressive Torture of Bradley Manning

Hedges also provides a telling passage from Orwell’s novel, where the facts of life are explained to Winston Smith:

“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. … The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

These bedrock truths of our time are now being played out on the body and mind of Bradley Manning. The object of Bradley Manning’s torture is not bolstering “national security” or upholding the “rule of law”; the object of his torture is the torture itself: the demonstration of power, the enactment of power, the physical embodiment of power. Power is not a reality until you exercise it — inflict it — upon someone else. And that is the essential, the ultimate concern of the militarist empire that rules us today.”

http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2067–written-on-the-body-the-progressive-torture-of-bradley-manning.html

3.  “2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin uses the term “inverted totalitarianism” in his book “Democracy Incorporated” to describe our political system. It is a term that would make sense to Huxley. In inverted totalitarianism, the sophisticated technologies of corporate control, intimidation and mass manipulation, which far surpass those employed by previous totalitarian states, are effectively masked by the glitter, noise and abundance of a consumer society Political participation and civil liberties are gradually surrendered. The corporation state, hiding behind the smokescreen of the public relations industry, the entertainment industry and the tawdry materialism of a consumer society, devours us from the inside out. It owes no allegiance to us or the nation. It feasts upon our carcass.

The corporate state does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader. It is defined by the anonymity and facelessness of the corporation. Corporations, who hire attractive spokespeople like Barack Obama, control the uses of science, technology, education and mass communication. They control the messages in movies and television. And, as in “Brave New World,” they use these tools of communication to bolster tyranny. Our systems of mass communication, as Wolin writes, “block out, eliminate whatever might introduce qualification, ambiguity, or dialogue, anything that might weaken or complicate the holistic force of their creation, to its total impression.”

The result is a monochromatic system of information. Celebrity courtiers, masquerading as journalists, experts and specialists, identify our problems and patiently explain the parameters. All those who argue outside the imposed parameters are dismissed as irrelevant cranks, extremists or members of a radical left. Prescient social critics, from Ralph Nader to Noam Chomsky, are banished. Acceptable opinions have a range of A to B.

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22581

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