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Transparency Meme Creeps Closer
As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe ... Hundreds of thousands of disillusioned Indians cheer a rural activist on a hunger strike. Israel reels before the largest street demonstrations in its history. Enraged young people in Spain and Greece take over public squares across their countries. Their complaints range from corruption to lack of affordable housing and joblessness, common grievances the world over. But from South Asia to the heartland of Europe and now even to Wall Street, these protesters share something else: wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process they preside over. They are taking to the streets, in part, because they have little faith in the ballot box. – NY Times
Dominant Social Theme: People are upset with the way modern societies function and don't believe in 20th century-style democracy. Who knows what the 21st Century will bring, but probably the Internet will play a role in disciplining government and making regulations work better. Transparency is key. The Times says so.
Free-Market Analysis: What's the New York Times up to? This story excerpted above was prominently featured the other day in the New York Times and that doesn't happen by accident. The Times is a virtual meme machine, churning out articles that support the Anglosphere's dominant social themes on a regular basis.
In the 20th Century, especially, this mechanism worked with great efficiency. In America, the Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal – among other publications – smoothly integrated their editorial positions with the fear-based propaganda being generated by the Western power elite in order to promote globalism. In the 21st Century, thanks to the Internet Reformation, this mechanism has ground down considerably.
People generally are savvier about Western media in our view in the 21st Century, especially thought leaders posting blogs, websites and articles about the sociopolitical and economic scene. It's no coincidence that the mainstream media loses viewers as the Internet thrives. This is an enormous and implacable shift, and one that elites will struggle to control for the foreseeable future – despite Internet doomsayers.
That doesn't stop the elites from continuing to use the system that was so effectively developed in the 20th Century. It doesn't work so well these days but given the trillions that have been poured into organizing and disseminating certain kinds of information, the process will never be abandoned.
So, when the Times features an article like this, we take notice. Something is going on. We believe it's part of a much larger, perhaps fundamental, effort to reshape how democracies work. The theme, perhaps, is merely being developed now but eventually we will see its fruition. Some sort of "solution" is being contemplated.
We think the solution was supposed to have something to do with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, but given Assange's arrest and the Internet's developing skepticism of Assange, that promotion may be failing. The larger promotion, however, having to do with government transparency – and the Internet's efficacy in creating it – is yet unscathed.
In fact, there's actually an organization (global of course) promoting government transparency around the globe. We're supposed to believe such an organization sprang up spontaneously. We don't. And this Times article in our view ties into it somehow. Here's some more from the article:
"Our parents are grateful because they're voting," said Marta Solanas, 27, referring to older Spaniards' decades spent under the Franco dictatorship. "We're the first generation to say that voting is worthless." Economics have been one driving force, with growing income inequality, high unemployment and recession-driven cuts in social spending breeding widespread malaise. Alienation runs especially deep in Europe, with boycotts and strikes that, in London and Athens, erupted into violence ...
In the world's largest democracy, Anna Hazare, an activist, starved himself publicly for 12 days until the Indian Parliament capitulated to some of his central demands on a proposed anticorruption measure to hold public officials accountable. "We elect the people's representatives so they can solve our problems," said Sarita Singh, 25, among the thousands who gathered each day at Ramlila Maidan, where monsoon rains turned the grounds to mud but protesters waved Indian flags and sang patriotic songs. "But that is not actually happening. Corruption is ruling our country."
Increasingly, citizens of all ages, but particularly the young, are rejecting conventional structures like parties and trade unions in favor of a less hierarchical, more participatory system modeled in many ways on the culture of the Web. In that sense, the protest movements in democracies are not altogether unlike those that have rocked authoritarian governments this year, toppling longtime leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Protesters have created their own political space online that is chilly, sometimes openly hostile, toward traditional institutions of the elite.
The critical mass of wiki and mapping tools, video and social networking sites, the communal news wire of Twitter and the ease of donations afforded by sites like PayPal makes coalitions of likeminded individuals instantly viable. "You're looking at a generation of 20- and 30-year-olds who are used to self-organizing," said Yochai Benkler, a director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. "They believe life can be more participatory, more decentralized, less dependent on the traditional models of organization, either in the state or the big company. Those were the dominant ways of doing things in the industrial economy, and they aren't anymore."
All of the above has a certain amount of truth to it, but a good deal of exaggeration and misleading information as well. As has been extensively documented by DB and other publications, the youthful rebellions in the Middle East and Africa are at least in part an outgrowth of CIA tactics and Foggy Bottom manipulations featuring a corporate-led global youth movement – AYM. Hillary Clinton is a big proponent.
The rising disillusionment with democracies (we learn from the Times) "comes 20 years after what was celebrated as democratic capitalism's final victory over communism and dictatorship." The consensus was to be that liberal economics (Keynesian, of course) combined with democratic institutions represented "the only path forward."
Now that consensus, the Times tells us, has been shattered. Carefully, the Times rules out a return to authoritarianism. "Frustrated voters are not agitating for a dictator to take over," the article explains. "But they say they do not know where to turn at a time when political choices of the cold war era seem hollow."
The whole article is a kind of weird mess. Deconstruct it and it falls apart. It's propaganda dressed up as trend analysis. Did you know, dear reader, that people around the world think democracy is worthless, or that the "elite" is under attack?
The Times won't explain just who or what this elite is but no doubt, when the explanation comes, we will learn it includes the usual suspects – mostly corporate and political leaders. As for the solution? This strange article doesn't provide it. Over time we will learn ...
The closest the article comes to providing a clue is in a paragraph toward the end stating that, "emerging movements, like many in the past, could end up being absorbed by traditional political parties." But the paragraph ends with a dangling statement, "Yet purists involved in many of the movements say they intend to avoid the old political channels."
Now what the heck does that mean? Who are these "purists" and what are the "new" political channels being contemplated. This is a pure promotion being rolled out, cold-bloodedly and with cold calculation. Promotions never reveal the solutions all at once. There has to be a steady drumbeat of "problems" first to capture the attention.
But we're pretty good at this stuff. We already "get it." At least we think we do. Watch for other articles in the Times – or maybe elsewhere – explaining how a generation of young activists is taking to the Internet to REINVENT democracy. This is the key issue. Having lost control of the media, the real elites – the Anglosphere central banking families – are plotting to take it back by using the Internet as a mechanism of policy.
Those who constantly warn that the Internet is about to be shut down or otherwise censored underestimate the subtlety of Tavistock and other elite institutions of mind control. Soon we will learn, perhaps, that there is a swelling movement (one that was supposed to be led by Assange?) involving the use of the Internet to root out corruption and to make democratic institutions more "transparent" via online activism.
Conclusion: The Internet is not to be shut down after all. It is simply to be recast as a promoter of the dominant social themes that the powers-that-be want to emphasize. It is to be made over by activists into a tool that reemphasizes the primacy of government at a time of blossoming globalism. The best propaganda is subversion and mind control, not censorship. If our supposition is correct, this Times article marks a further evolution of this campaign.
Posted by amanfromMars on 10/01/11 01:24 AM
Methinks, JD, that that sort of act will be carbon copied by the enemy [whoever/whatever that is] and quite why the POTUS would want to effectively paint a bullseye target on himself and those of his ilk around the world is unclear, but if it focuses attention and effort away from the cowardly use of indiscriminate and deadly mindless violence and wanton destruction against innocent civilian populations and vital infrastructure, then who would complain for it is a far, far better thing that he has done, than he has ever done; it is a far, far better rest that he goes to, than he has ever known.
Bravo, Mr President, thanks for that.
Do you think he has some dodgy advisers who think that if he is sacrificed in a copycat action they will be presented with an emotional excuse to launch another phony war against a phantom enemy and natural resource rich nation?
Posted by vivek on 10/01/11 12:47 AM
Another awesome insight. All these memes, new memes that are shattering old memes.
The upcoming generations will need a new set of lies to beLIEve in, including that even the most mighty will be brought to heel by the unforgiving lens of thsi new transparency.
In India, thugs turned politicians are landing in jail faster than you can say "Jail the Goon", everyone in power is watching their backs.
Something definitely wicked comes this way...
As an example, the case against Billary, caught on tape and yet denied... . how?
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General acceleration towards pulling the rug out from under sleeping feet.
Posted by John Danforth on 10/01/11 12:28 AM
And just for flavoring, now the President can issue a death sentence against anyone based on an accusation, and carry it out as an act of war in another country.
Posted by RR on 09/30/11 06:52 PM
The PE have ruled the world with two simple tricks. The central banking and fiat money trick and the Hegelian dialectic trick. They have been in the drivers seat for many generations and it is very difficult to remove the well entrenched. This mechanism of control is perfect for the times that have been. Will it survive the coming change? The very fact that the PE feel a radicle need to change and bring on the new world order, itself maybe a clue that all is not well with the PE. Why do they need NWO so bad? Is it because they feel their present game is up? I firmly believe that there are too many variables and there is hope for a better future. Remember that the NWO MONSTER only eats PE for breakfast. That is how their end will come. Cheers. Enjoy the show.
Posted by gamma ray on 09/30/11 04:41 PM
The Occupy Wall Street protest now featuring cameos by Mr. Michael Moore announcing to protesters that America is waking up to the shenanigans of the corporatocracy is a terrific example in real time of the transparency meme.
Moore's limited hangout is fine and dandy insofar that it isn't made clear that, with the exception of a few brave souls like Ron Paul and Peter DeFazio, the U.S. government has been utterly captured by the international banking cartel and their minions.
So what's gatekeeper Moore's answer? Of course, it is a "political solution" and no doubt, more regulation in an already captured system. Let's not think outside the box and work to find free-market solutions or any other ways to work outside The Establishment. Right, Mr. Moore? Neither should we educate the masses about how the world really works. 9/11 as a false flag attack? Fuggedaboutit! Right, Mr. Moore?
I also noticed that Moore was insidiously promoting demonization of the Tea Party movement in his interview with Obermann by implying it that it was highly suspicious that Tea Party protests were often covered in the media while the Occupy Wall Street protests were not. Demonize the Tea Party (a priority psyop) and throw in a little divide and conquer, shake thoroughly and what do you get? A globalist gatekeeper cocktail. Mmmm, drink up! :)
P.S. I'd love to hang out with the Occupy Wall Street protesters and share with them the modus operandi of the global elite and the notion of DEEP CAPTURE evidenced by executives from Goldman Sachs overseeing The Fed and Treasury Dept; executives from Monsanto and Big Pharma in charge of the FDA; and former Sec. of Interior and aides working for Big Oil, etc.
Reply from The Daily Bell
We were going to write about this. It's Operation Blame Wall Street ... again. No mention of the larger central banking economy ...
Posted by amanfromMars on 09/30/11 02:55 PM
I sometimes wonder myself, robert wheeless, about the Daily Bell saying so much about the present situation but actually offering virtually nothing of a novel solution for the difficulties.
:-) In stark contrast though, are there others here who would enjoy the company and the banter here, and who would be rather more into the opposite, and would offer novel solutions for virtually nothing, and be able to program them seamlessly into all necessary systems.
Cast your eyes over this comment thread ... . Click to view link ... .. for just an inkling of what I mean.
"But we're pretty good at this stuff. We already "get it." At least we think we do. Watch for other articles in the Times - or maybe elsewhere - explaining how a generation of young activists is taking to the Internet to REINVENT democracy. This is the key issue. Having lost control of the media, the real elites - the Anglosphere central banking families - are plotting to take it back by using the Internet as a mechanism of policy.
Those who constantly warn that the Internet is about to be shut down or otherwise censored underestimate the subtlety of Tavistock and other elite institutions of mind control. Soon we will learn, perhaps, that there is a swelling movement (one that was supposed to be led by Assange?) involving the use of the Internet to root out corruption and to make democratic institutions more "transparent" via online activism." ... ... . I wish the elite well with that exercise, DB, for they are certainly going to need it, although control of IT is the key power which they don't have a grasp of, and that will render them impotent and unable to stop the rot and a new phorm of leadership assuming effective remote control?
And shared as a question because as a statement would it be far too bold to be believed by them? :-)
Posted by robert wheeless on 09/30/11 11:49 AM
This is getting pretty deep. Am I one of the sheeple when I take a wait and see attitude? I hope not, but what else do I have to go on but supposition? Maybe the DB could do a better job of explaining rather than running around the bush.
Reply from The Daily Bell
C'mon, Mr. Wheeless. Are you sure you are not confusing us with the NYTimes. (As hard as that is to do!)
Posted by laceja on 09/30/11 11:13 AM
The PE has already floated the idea of a third party on their own. I can very well imagine them forming their own third party to dilute a real third party and get their puppet elected. They will, of course, use every tool available to manipulate us to the maximum extent possible, especially the internet.
Posted by gabe on 09/30/11 11:09 AM
Let them try a false flag... it will bring more attention to their devious ways. The alternative media is now equipped to unmask false flag attacks more widely and more quickly than ever before.
Posted by gabe on 09/30/11 11:00 AM
At the time I was puzzled why Twitter was being promoted so much... now it makes more sense.
Posted by Adam on 09/30/11 10:58 AM
DB: '... a generation of young activists is taking to the Internet to REINVENT democracy.'
"Transparency" = Technocracy/Totalitarianism i.e., e-governance/surveillance, cashless society/surveillance, cloud computing/surveillance, facebook opengraph/surveillance, gamification/surveillance, data journalism/surveillance, etc
See the Venus Project/Zeitgeist Movement ("resource based economy"/surveillance) as one the pillars of the new dialectic i.e., "anarcho-communism".
And perhaps Assange's cypherpunk/anti-surveillance technical chops enable him to credibly represent the other pillar i.e., crypto-anarchism.
Posted by gabe on 09/30/11 10:58 AM
You coulodn't help but notice how much Twitter was being promoted a couple years ago... all the traditional channels of media seemed to be required to mention and promote twitter at every turn during a two or three month period... kinda like how they have often been required NOT to mention other issues(WTC 7) or people(Ron Paul).
Posted by Dave Jr on 09/30/11 10:56 AM
It is coming into view, on the horizon, the take down of the US Government, just like the USSR, just like what is happening in the ME spring movement. Central banking has had the power to do it for a long time, but they don't want to be seen as the bad guys. They will continue to hold the economy hostage until the people become so miserable that they swarm the White House in angry protest. Who ever is in office will step down. Only then, the government will be declared bankrupt and stripped of its assets to settle its debt. The government will lose control of the Pentagon and MIC to a world organization. The highly weaked government will be made to operate within its means. The US will be defanged, neutered. No more Constitution. Local police and the courts will be funded and controlled by the world MIC and world courts. Voting for a President will be about as meaningful as electing a local Township Supervisor or City Mayor.
We are not doing anything about it. If we don't, it will continue to happen. Sadly, at this point, I don't know what can be done because everyone needs food and energy and will accept whatever fiat that can purchase it. The best fiat paid jobs will be paramilitary police work.
Posted by John Danforth on 09/30/11 08:39 AM
"The Internet is not to be shut down after all. It is simply to be recast as a promoter of the dominant social themes that the powers-that-be want to emphasize."
They have no choice but to try.
They will fail.
When people can answer back, you have a true marketplace of ideas and the antidote cannot be kept silent. The attempt to silence reason reveals itself as unreasonable, bringing discredit to the one who tries it. And lies are pretty easily exposed.
They are going to have to step up to another level of sophistication with their lies.
The old funny-money lie that lasted so long has now been blown to smithereens. Heck, there are smithereens scattered everywhere! That one only had two or three levels of obfuscation, and it took control over schools and press to keep it secret, a huge blanket of silence with enormous cost. The next Big Lie is going to need at least four or more levels of obfuscation to make it incomprehensible to the mob.
This probably explains why the Times article doesn't get straight to the point. In the promulgation of the Thesis - Antithesis - Synthesis process, the first thing they have to try to do is present the Thesis and get everyone wringing their hands in despair about it. The Thesis is usually presented as an intractable problem. But each Thesis presentation is a trial balloon, like an ad campaign, to see if it will catch on. These trial balloons are getting shot down one after another these days. So it will be interesting to see whether they keep up the drumbeat or abandon it.
One of the major effects of the internet reformation is that people are beginning to lose their fear of bogey-men, and to realize where the real threat is (Republicans are beginning to look like ridiculous pansies, trembling in their boots at the very thought of Arabs and Muslims). The old formula crumbles when nobody is scared of ghosts and goblins anymore. The thing to be watchful for is that they might try to pull something off to make people afraid, like a false-flag operation. Fear is the tool at the foundation of the strategy. Expect them to try to keep you afraid, whatever it takes. It will be up to us to point out who is behind it.