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Russian Propaganda on the Syrian Crisis

Youtube video titled… “EXCLUSIVE: Who are actually “Assad mercenaries” killing “innocent Saudi tourists” in Aleppo, Syria?” (posted by Russia Insider)

Propaganda from, surprise, Russia. And in support of whom? That’s right, a foreign strong man.

Russia is playing games with other peoples lives merely to extend their own influence and agenda. They operate, state and industry, like a criminal enterprise. You might say the same of the US, except there is a difference. Our industrial power-capabilities DO manage to subvert the agenda of our government at certain critical turns in the road, but this is because our electorate has not gained the cultural awareness to contend with a tragic power vacuum at the lowest levels of the society. Because of the size and extent of our influence, our citizenry has a disproportionate effect or consequence when it is misinformed.

This is the price of democracy… it is something many of us are aware of and we are finding ways to change this situation. The only alternative is governance by a strongman. Such not only stifles human development at all levels of human endeavor… technology, social harmony, industry, culturally, in the arts, in the recording of history, in the teaching of our youth, but politically. One of the toughest things to get right in a society is the handing over of power from one leader to another. This is why Syria has so much devastation right now. There are no mechanisms for differing groups of people to be heard and represented in government.

This is also why Putin needs war, at home and amongst his neighbors. For him, the more strife the better. If there were peace among his neighbors, the UN and EU would focus their attention on Russian gangsterism, subverting of foreign governmental processes and outright war-making. And Putin can’t afford to lose power because of the way in which Putin handles governance. If Putin loses power, he will either end up in prison or dead.

Meanwhile, in the US, we are in the midst of an election campaign which will see a legacy of over two centuries of nearly violence free transition of power from one leader to another. However, as long as one nation is enslaved, no nations are free or safe. And we here in the US with some sense of historical context can see that we are not untouched by this maxim.


Nicolae Ceaucescu’s Last Speech

Nicolae Ceausescu’s Last Speech (posted by Avocatul Poporului)

A response…

He started a land reform policy which forced people out of small communities into the major cities using siege tactics by shutting off utilities and shipments. The citizens of these communities became refugees in their own country and were forced to pick up what they could carry and head for the nearest big city. In these cities no proper accommodation was made for them and their misery increased.

The problem has less to do with the man’s character and more to do with the type of system he tried to establish. Perhaps, because of the immense tension from the pressure of the Soviet System and the Cold War with the west… there was created in the Romanian society an “Embunkered Mentality”. That is, everyone outside the society had to be viewed with the suspicion of a military unit besieged. And correspondingly, anyone within the society who did not follow the dictates of the power structure… no matter how absurd and destructive… must be viewed as an enemy.

Ceausescu became known for his violence and use of terror. He would dress people in bear suits and hunt them like animals, literally… dress them like bears and kill them in a hunt. His police agencies were known for their use of terror tactics. There is a really bad Kevin Spacey movie–one I watched in Bucharest just this past week on tv–called The Life of David Gale, in which one of these terror techniques used in state sponsored murder is staged.

The problem with such regimes, as pointed out in the work written by Lewis Mumford on “Mega-Technics”, is that such regimes seize power by establishing a power center around some efficiency or capability. This power center seizes power by selling or coercing adherence to it’s demands and hierarchy. And as the empowered regime commands resources and loses the novelty or effectiveness of whatever strategy or efficiency brought it to power it allocates more and more resources to the maintaining of that power creating a more and more inefficient system which meets the needs of the population to less and less degree. This power tends to resort to the institution of reducing as many people to a state of slavery or simply steals their wealth and asset to maintain itself–trying to maintain a privileged constituency isolated from the system’s inefficiency, theft and brutality. In such a system, the stakes of failure rise as those in power sense that they will be killed if they ever lose power.

In a healthy system, all decisions are not rendered from the top down–far from the point of human engagement. Instead, people are cultivated to meet the demands of their occupations with a sense of the “bigger picture”–an understanding of how their efforts effect the greater community and a sense of obligation to that greater community. Such complicated and demanding decision making requires the development of a sense of dignity and cannot be inspired by fear. The use of intimidation to motivate participation is tantamount to slavery, and slaves must either be reduced to a state of stupidity to render them compliant–eliminating their capacity for decision making–or they must be guarded against as an internal enemy waiting to strike. It is not a sustainable system… or if it were made to be sustainable, eventually it would kill the society like a cancer at slow but deliberate work–only polluting human culture with it’s attendant indignities, absurd idiocies and legacies of brutality.

Today, in Romania, it seems that no one remembers the horrible things Ceausescu did, or the absurdities of his incompetent management of the society. All they remember is that when Ceausescu was in power, he built things, roads, buildings, etc. And they are only far too aware of the dearth of economic stability and lack of opportunity especially with the images of wealth and security some enjoy–as though it were the standard–propagated through the media. The old Soviet order could very possibly be re-established through a chimera of promise and under the guise of western capitalism through banking scams, political corruption and industrial determinism.

Why is Britain in the EU and what does it have to do with the Canadian wildfires?

The problem with the best minds today is that they are confined to the habits of our educational system and the time constraints of making a life under the terms set by the marketplace. As a result, rather than developing a schema of understanding, naturally guided by a direct curiosity, we follow a curriculum set by other minds divorced from the reasoning or bias behind its forging. And upon completion, we are armed with the habit of studying an issue by reading other disconnected studies to resolve our understanding in quick-time to meet the succession of immediate demands placed upon us by our roles in corporate decision making. This produces a shallow, hack, approach to everything from preparing homes for sale to planning the expansion of transportation systems, or supplying markets with goods or services. Another constraint of popular decision making is the minds juvenile predisposition to assume the world around us is a clockwork mechanism… particularly, in which we are prone, in our understanding of how governments operate. It is not enough to merely say, “yes, governments must change to meet the changing circumstances of that which is governed.” Saying it is not the same as operating with an actual understanding of this truth.

I remember gym class in high school… When playing volleyball throughout a quarter, two basic types of teams emerged. First, there was the team loaded with particularly athletic types who dominated immediately. Second, there was the team which methodically learned the intercept, set, return formula for playing the game effectively. It was this second group which took time to put together the skill sets and strictly demarcated realms of responsibilities and roles of the different players which ended the quarter in ascendance.

Today, governments are presented with the growing impossibility of the task presented to them. To manage resources, effort, organizations and individuals within the framework of a system ruled by an agreed upon set of guidelines. As of 1850, there had only been 1 billion people who had walked the earth throughout all of human history… now there are over 6 billion all at once living together. Further, we have companies and corporations controlling more wealth and influence than entire nations. These entities, these power-capabilities have a very narrow set of goals, act upon the say so of spineless individuals willing to set aside regard for law or the common good, and yet, are central to the survival of the populations. This is a perfect storm for self-destruction. To meet these power-capabilities all we have is government… when protesters hit the streets, they rely on the government to protect them against the entities they protest against (even the governments themselves) and beseech to act on behalf of their cause–otherwise, outright conflict is the only recourse for reclaiming the societies to ones concept of civilization. 

Now corporations, and macro-empowered individuals and entities easily cross borders to carry out their self-centered agendas. To meet such potential challengers to the common good, we need governmental organizations already in place and engaged in the never ending process of refinement to identify and address the threats and concerns of the greater society. Right now, there are wildfires raging in Canada. Just today, my roommate, in response to my question about it, replied, “the one caused by the fracking?” This was the first I heard a connection made between the largest single oil reserves and this out of control wildfire causing the destruction of an entire city and driving countless people from their homes in terror. She had heard an early news report making the connection. Now, however, you would be hard pressed to find the connection made in any news reports making the rounds. Why? Because this company has, no doubt, an army of PR people and inexhaustible legal muscle to point out the liabilities and cost of legal action against any institution making such “false” reports–if they, indeed, turn out to be false. What news agency could stand against, not only such a powerful company, but, no doubt, an entire industry, whose consolidte interest also weighs in the balance. How much might do the politicians of Canada wield to meet this challenge?!

Societies and governments are not like businesses with business plans concerned only with justifying loans and meeting quarterly projections; they are more akin to gardens and gardeners. As these gardens grow, so to, must the resources and organizational capabilities of the gardeners. This is why Britain is in the EU.