(…Or The Plot Calling The Kettle Black)
Denis A. Conroy
(RINF) – The political sphere in the West is experiencing thrombosis; elites are clogging up the system with opportunistic theories relating to finance, security/surveillance and above all, toxic propaganda-overload. Programmes operated by elites for elites, are everywhere in evidence. The political shift away from the need of ‘the people’ to have a voice in the navigation of the-ship-of-state has been insidious and prolonged, with truth being consigned to the propaganda knackery. Social reality has been rendered mute due to the grip private interest groups have on the body politic …and all of this imparting jittery signals to a population readying itself for a change of war-lord at the White House. The people rightly know that the system is rigged and that nothing will change.
So it came to pass, America, once touted as the land of the free, became sclerotic once it lost possession of her own spirit…which passed out of the hands of its people and society into the safekeeping of the state. A state where Evangelical Christianity and lust for power and wealth go hand in hand. Evangelical Christianity, whose history in American culture reaches back to the pilgrims arriving on the Mayflower has stayed true to the narrow precepts that contribute to the sclerotic cohesion that defines American unilateralism is this present age. The pilgrims certainly carried the seeds of piety that became the basic tenets of America’s vainglorious adventures into erotic and sclerotic exercises at home and abroad…worst case examples being what, we could simplistically call, foreign policy misadventures. A sclerotic perception of management was the force behind the drive to institutionalise Christian fundamentalism as a way of advancing the unity of the white settler culture. This became the model for harnessing religion to binary phenomena for the purpose of engendering the delusion of exceptionalism…a pattern sickeningly repeated in Australia, Canada and elsewhere, whenever the occupation of other people’s countries occurred.
Once the voice-of-the-people became subjugated to the state apparatus, elites emerged to reward themselves in every conceivable way. Propaganda became the epicentre of power once it was realised that it could control media, financial/banking and the military-industrial-
Rule number one was to demonise all and sundry; blacken every reputation for the purpose of dehumanising ‘the other’, for whatever reason. Rule two was to express the desire to delegitimise the rights of others to practice sovereign reality; to vilify their right to withstand the pressure to submit to the American model of democracy…a position that could reward the punter with a green card? As of this moment, we witness the self-same methodology appear in the present scramble to elect the next number ONE for the White House, with little attention given to America’s brutish military adventures in the Middle East…suffice to say that the American penchant for bullying will no doubt find a suitable candidate to continue the process of institutional bullying through means most covert…as in the case of drone warfare not being held to account because no war has been declared. The point seems to be that if the American Power Elites don’t like the look of any culture foreign to its own economic system and interests, that that in itself is reason enough to indiscriminately wreak havoc on their state and slaughter their citizens..
The point illustrated in a poem that appeared anonymously in an early issue of St. Nicholas Magazine speaks subtly of vainglory;
“Oho!” said the pot to the kettle;
“You are dirty and ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you’re given a crack.”
“Not so! not so! kettle said to the pot;
“tis your own dirty image you see;
For I am so clean-without blemish or blot-
That your blackness is mirrored in me.”
Politics has become more about technocratic management than about social change. The military-industrial-
More than 3,000 government and private organisations are involved in intelligence activities at 17,000 locations across the U.S., and the CIA’s operations have been folded into those of the office of National Intelligence. Over the past decade, the Federal Government has devoted $533 billion to the acquisition of what former Vice President Al Gore in 2013 described as “the essential apparatus of a police state.”
The assault on truth has its source in covert agencies. The plot to call the foreign kettles black was always about the fear of losing what America had taken possession of…territories and market share and it’s own home-grown brand of exceptionalism. Eisenhower authorised the CIA to assassinate Patrice Lumumba in the Congo and Fidel Castro in Cuba and to begin covert military operations in South Vietnam because they had the audacity to dream of forming their own nation states.. The American Empire was born of a placenta rich in military-stem-cells, that came to ‘maturity’ in the second half of the 20th. century and quickly became a monster set on arrogating the resources of the world to its own greedy self. The public conveniently believed the propaganda that informed them that America was exceptional…that whiteness was exceptional too… and that they were born to be masters of the universe
So over time, the Empire became a continuum feeding lies to the public while covertly hatching plots to undermine the regimes it perceived to be anti-capitalist. The CIA directed the elimination of regimes it identified as communist in Iran…the overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh’s elected government in Iran in 1953 was plot writ large…and Guatemala and the Congo had to be taken down too, plot-wise . Leaders of the regimes in question were socialist and nationalist, their objective to escape the bonds of European colonial empires…and these are but the tip of the covert iceberg.
So in the Alice-in-Wonderland world that is America; where socialism is a dirty word, and militarism and patriotism are squeaky clean ones, there doesn’t seem to be much hope of ridding the country of its arrogant overlords. When the Mayflower arrived at Cape Cod on November 1620 carrying much military equipment…armour, muskets, gunpowder and shot…and a ‘minion’ cannon, which was brass and weighing about 1,200 pounds and could shoot a 3.5 pound cannonball almost a mile, ‘shaker cannon of about 800 pounds, and two base cannons that weighted about 200 pounds which shot a 3 to 5 ounce ball, was there a Madeleine Albright amongst the Bible-carrying pilgrims who asked “What the point of having this superb military equipment that we’re always talking about, if we can’t use it?”
History has shown us, that occupying forces always use this sort of backup… always use force to achieve their ends…the ‘Pilgrims’ soon fell to kiss the earth of their newly acquired territory before falling on the hapless people who were already there. Some time later in history, the same pattern is evident in Australia, when British standing-army tactics were employed to destroy the indigenous people’s culture and habitat.
History forever repeats itself it seems; despite the fact that the bully’s typically denigrating activities are always aimed at the weak…the bully’s targets…the true source of such negativity is ultimately found in the bully’s own lack of equitable understanding of the ‘Other’ because he believes using knuckle dusters is the best way of achieving a fait accompli …hence the absence of any real diplomatic skills requiring empathy etc.,.
The Middle East was pulverised into spaghetti sauce…still is… because someone thought (thinks), “What’s the use in having ‘IT’, if we can’t use IT?”…Why isn’t acknowledging the wasted lives and wasted treasure that went into America’s reckless use of force in the Middle East and elsewhere, not the central platform in this election year in America?…or has the pot lost the plot and the kettle its ability to whistle?
Denis A. Conroy