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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Seriously dangerous stuff: high price of willful stupidity

Ninety-nine percent of Americans believe Iran is a threat to them just as the majority believed Iraq was responsible for the 9/11 (2001) attacks. ‘Propaganda always wins.’”
Excerpting, minor editing, formatting for TIN by Carolyn Bennett

From John Pilger’s “The new propaganda is liberal, the new slavery is digital”  

Submissive void

Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl's
Triumph of the Will
Of “her epic films that glorified the Nazis, using revolutionary camera and lighting techniques,” producing “a documentary form that mesmerized Germans (the film ‘Triumph of the Will’ cast “Hitler’s spell”) ─ the ‘submissive void’ of the German public, liberal, educated bourgeoisie, Pilger quotes from his 1970 interview with filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl,  ─ “‘Everyone’” supported the “‘messages’” of these films.  

Wikipedia note: Helene Bertha Amalie (Leni) Riefenstahl (b. August 22, 1902, in Berlin, German Empire; d. September 8, 2003, Pöcking, Germany, burial place Munich Waldfriedhof) 

She was a German film director, actress and dancer, her most famous film was “Triumph of the Will,” a documentary film made at the 1934 congress in Nuremberg of the Nazi Party. Riefenstahl’s prominence in the Third Reich along with her personal association with Adolf Hitler destroyed her film career following Germany’s defeat in World War II. She was arrested but released without any charges.

Social control (the “message”)

Today’s ‘message’ of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies. By any measure of human behavior, this is extremism.

When Hugo Chavez challenged it, he was abused in bad faith. And his successor will be subverted by the same zealots of the

American Enterprise Institute,
Harvard’s Kennedy School and
‘Human rights’ organizations that have appropriated American liberalism, and underpin its propaganda

‘Liberal fascism,’ … ‘All is normality on display: for [Nazi] goose-steppers, substitute the seemingly more innocuous militarization of the total culture,’” Pilger says, quoting historian Norman Pollack.

“‘…For the bombastic leader, we have the reformer manqué [frustrated in his aspirations], blithely at work [in the White House], planning and executing assassination ─ smiling all the while.’

“The militarist violence perpetrated against hundreds of thousands of nameless men, women and children by ‘our’ governments is never a crime against humanity…”

Failure to dissent, resist, un-wire: 
propaganda wins

“In my own film-making career, says filmmaker Pilger, “I have never known a time when dissenting voices in the visual arts are so few and silent.…

The U.S. market share of cinema box-office takings in Britain often reaches 80 percent; the small UK share is mainly for U.S. co-productions. Films from Europe and the rest of the world account for a tiny fraction of those we are allowed to see.” And empire “Hollywood has returned to its cold war role ─ led by liberals.…

As Obama’s CIA commits multiple-murder by drone, Ben Affleck lauds the ‘clandestine service... that is making sacrifices on behalf of Americans every day....’

Argo: A propaganda movie claiming to be innocent of ideology … debases the art of film-making to reflect an image of the power it serves.

Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning ‘Argo’ is the first feature film so integrated into the propaganda system that its subliminal warning of Iran’s ‘threat’ is offered as Obama is preparing, yet again, to attack Iran.

That Affleck’s ‘true story’ of good-guys-v.-bad-Muslims is as much a fabrication as Obama’s justification for his war plans is lost in PR-managed plaudits.

Zero Dark Thirty This 2010 Oscar-winner by Kathryn Bigelow, a torture-apology, was all but licensed by the Pentagon.

A generation ago, dissent and biting satire were allowed in the ‘mainstream’; today their counterfeits are acceptable and a fake moral zeitgeist rules.
‘Identity’ is all, mutating feminism and declaring class obsolete.

Just as collateral damage covers for mass murder, ‘austerity’ has become an acceptable lie.

Beneath the veneer of consumerism, large swathes of metropolitan populations live in ‘extreme poverty.’

Rachel Corrie
Nonviolent resistance
illful stupidity (ignorance?) has a high price. Whether the 1930s or now, propaganda wins ─ if people let it win. Some resist, nonviolently. 

Sources and notes

“John Pilger: Digital slavery and the propaganda of liberal democracies,” March 14, 2013, John Pilger USA and the War on Terror ─ “According to Gallup, 99 percent of Americans believe Iran is a threat to them, just as the majority believed Iraq was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. ‘Propaganda always wins.’”

“The new propaganda is liberal. The new slavery is digital” March  14, 2013, This article originally appeared in the New Statesman, UK http://johnpilger.com/articles/the-new-propaganda-is-liberal-the-new-slavery-is-digital



John Pilger’s articles appear worldwide in newspapers such as the Guardian, the Independent, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Aftonbladet (Sweden), Il Manifesto (Italy). He writes a regular column for the New Statesman, London.

In 2001, he curated a major exhibition at the London Barbican, Reporting the World: John Pilger’s Eyewitness Photographers, a tribute to the great black-and-white photographers he has worked with. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Sophie Prize for “30 years of exposing injustice and promoting human rights.” In 2009, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

Pilger’s latest film is “The War You Don’t See” (2010). The film premiered in London, both in the cinema and on television.

See full biography at http://johnpilger.com/biography

Wikipedia brief

John Richard Pilger (b. October 9, 1939) is an Australian journalist based in London. Since his early years as a war correspondent in Vietnam, Pilger has been a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. Pilger has also criticized his native country’s treatment of indigenous Australians and the practices of the mainstream media. In the British print media, he has had a long association with the Daily Mirror, and writes a fortnightly column for the New Statesman magazine.

Pilger has twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award, and his documentaries, screened internationally, have gained awards in Britain and worldwide. The journalist has also received several honorary doctorates.


Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2.68 million.

It encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom and comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford.

Greater Manchester was created on April 1, 1974, as a result of the Local Government Act 1972.

A quarter of Greater Manchester (one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom, pop. 2.68 million) is reported to be living in ‘extreme poverty.’ [Pilger]


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