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Travels through America reveal the level of penetration of MSM propaganda

Lengthy travel through parts of the United States reveal a nation that is largely confused regarding geopolitical policy

Seraphim Hanisch

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It is easy for us as news writers to live in a bubble. That bubble is created in part by our own personal perspectives on our topics, (sometimes these perspectives escalate to the points of view we call biases). However, some of this bubble is perhaps created by the nature of news-writing and journalism in its new 21st century role as entertainment, rather than dissemination of information about facts and incidents. The other component of the bubble is that the nature of news writing often utilizes secondary sources as primary, rather than direct contact with regular people. In the case of the United States, a major component of accurate journalism should be gained in encounters with average Americans.

Currently, as I travel this week and next through a fairly substantial part of the United States, this has become easy to see, especially after spending several years overseas with only short periodic visits back to the home turf. The common thread among all the variously confused narratives I have heard is the strength and confidence each person I have listened to has in whatever his or her own point of view is.

No matter what any given person states they believe, each is sure he is right.

In the matter of Russia, I observed a consistent sense that President Putin is seen as an exceedingly bad guy. Since I live in Moscow myself, the topic of President Putin is sure to come up in discussion, and it indeed has many times, so far. For some I discussed this matter with, the questions they asked were already “lost” questions, presuming that the answer was what they already wanted to believe anyway. Examples of this kind of phrasing went something like this:

  • How come the Church rubber-stamps everything Putin does?” – Assumptions: (1) Everything Putin does is bad, (2) the Russian Orthodox Church is the pawn of the President.
  • President Putin is a KGB thug.” – Assumption: people never change if they are (1) from Russia, and (2) involved in politics.
  • President Trump will / will not attack Syria… (multiple permutations)” – Assumption: The media network of choice understands the inner workings of US foreign policy, AND they assume that Bashar Al-Assad indeed gassed his own people.
  • You must be living dangerously in Russia” – Assumptions – see above.

And there will no doubt be more. These were assumptions and points of view I fielded in Florida. It will be interesting to hear what Coloradans think. It may be much the same or different – the Florida segment of population was mostly elderly people. Colorado offers a much younger crowd.

The really difficult part of this is that the assumptions that I heard were held so strongly that offering a real account of life in Russia (very safe, observation of freely expressed opinions both for and against President Putin, and both for and against the veracity of the Russian Orthodox Church, and a vastly more cautious take on the matters in Syria, for example) – these personal accounts were met with a response that said “this cannot possibly be true!”

This refusal to hear facts is one of the most peculiar aspects of a large number of American people. Even our best media people fall to this, as Mr. Tucker Carlson of Fox News did the other day, when he took a softly expressed thought from a US Senator that Carlson’s rightful questioning of the nature and motive of the alleged Syrian gas attack was like the very same (and also rightful) questioning of this incident by President Putin.

Tucker appeared to have had a flashback to an earlier interview with a liberal Democrat who crazily accused Mr. Carlson of being on Putin’s payroll. In this flashback, Mr. Carlson completely seemed to go off the rails and start defending himself against the perceived personal attack that never actually happened. After this point, the somewhat passionate, but still highly reasoned set of points that Tucker Carlson offered in his monologue were largely lost, in the insane reaction to the idea that President Putin’s skepticism and Tucker’s were the same.

And again, the assumption that something must be wrong if these two men’s thoughts are the same about this subject. 

The key to understanding why this matter of passionate, defensive arrogance, sometimes to the level of meltdown, exists in the United States’ media and in the lives of private citizens has clear and defined roots, and the biggest root is also the least popular and least honestly faced.

What are the roots? Well, in my hopefully reasonable opinion (subject to change if I learn more, which I do try to do…)

  1. Rejection of the Christian (or Judeo-Christian) foundation of ethics and morality in society.
  2. More specifically manifested, a rejection ofin God we TRUST” (Emphasis mine), meaning that in the scheme of things in the world, we serve and submit to the will of God, and we do not presume that God is always on our side just because we are Americans.
  3. An assumed faith in the news media. “If they say something, it must be true, especially if delivered with a reasonable, calm cool voice, or if the network is ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, or Fox.” – In most cases of course, only Fox News offers a somewhat different analysis on some given situations, but there is a great deal that all these and the newspapers hold as common belief.
  4. Radical individualism – This is held to be the core of what it means to be free in America these days – the idea that I can do whatever I want and to H-e-double L with you if you disagree. In such a context, there is no sense of brotherhood (another distinctly Christian attribute) and there is also a hardening of society as its basis moves from “God, duty, country” to “me, myself and I.”

Most of these observations are, of course, metaphysical. Some might be led to call them simply “idealist philosophy.” And that, too, is the result of these four components being firmly in place.

They lead to a very disturbing set of patterns.

Instead of brotherhood, there is gossip. Instead of calmness in the face of adversity, there is immeasurably high luxury, yet the amount of complaining is enormous, about nearly everyone or everything. Yet when it comes to looking at one’s self first, only in very seriously God-centered groups does this happen at all, and even then it seems to be strongly affected by the sheer power of this prevailing world view that I observed.

World views are really difficult to crack. But in my hopefully humble opinion, the American world view is becoming increasingly unreasoned, stubborn, illogical and dangerously insane. As has been reported elsewhere throughout the Duran and other great sites, we see and hear the drumbeats of war and scandal and disruption, but not much of a call to reason.

If there is something to this that is genuinely worrisome to me, it is the ease by which the will of the influential and powerful can be manipulated by a press which wants to remain in control of the minds and hearts of the American people, including the minds and hearts of its political leaders. As a possible example, but a few days ago, President Donald Trump stated that the US needs to get out of Syria as soon as possible. And in this, as one might find in many articles here on the Duran and other opinion / news sites, there is a great deal of credence to the President’s thought on this. But immediately after this, an alleged gas attack happened. And without reason the US political / media establishment focused on Assad as the one responsible – without proof that the attack was indeed chemical or that it happened at all.

Just a few weeks ago the same sort of “collapse” happened with the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, who thankfully both are apparently awake and recovering from what was reported as an “unrecoverable” poison in Novichok. This event, classed as an attempted murder by British police investigators, was attributed to President Putin and Russian government agencies with no proof whatsoever.

In 2017, Russian security software company Kaspersky Lab had its US contracts for the DHS taken away and a standing order to remove any installations of this software in US government computers was put in place. This and the corresponding press attacks and concurrent attacks by political figures, led to Best Buy pulling Kaspersky’s products from its retail shelves. Again, there was no proof of any kind offered.

A humble people that placed their trust in Christian tradition in the way most of us used to would have been a block to such crazy reactions. The US Constitution presents itself as existing on the basis of rights given by the Creator, and its founders rightly noted that without a social foundation whose basis was in line with at least a Christian moral worldview, this nation could not hope to succeed.

Sane people do not start wars. They engage in war to stop it. Insane people start conflicts, and they aggravate crisis in hopes of a flashpoint. I hate to say it, because I am an American and I love my country. But there are a lot of people that seem to want the sensationalism of a flashpoint with no appreciation for what that will cause.

One’s prayer might well be that God brings us to our senses.

 

 

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It is far too easy to brainwash people that have no capacity for critical thinking and poor education to start off with . Since the eighties americans have been brainwashed into thinking that they are the best and that their standard of living is above all the rest of the world .
How wrong they are !

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May Forces Brexit Betrayal to its Crisis Point

We’re 29 months later and the U.K. is no closer to being out of the EU than the day of the vote. 

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The only words that were left out of Theresa May’s announcement of achieving Cabinet approval over her Brexit deal were Mission Accomplished.

Theresa May was put in charge of the U.K. to betray Brexit from the beginning.  She always represented the interests of the European Union and those in British Parliament that backed remaining in the EU.

No one in British ‘high society’ wanted Brexit to pass.   No. One.

No one in Europe’s power elite wanted Brexit to pass.  No. One.

No one in the U.S.’s power elite wanted Brexit to pass.  No. One.

When it did pass The Davos Crowd began the process of sabotaging it.  The fear mongering has done nothing but intensify.  And May has done nothing but waffle back and forth, walking the political tight rope to remain in power while trying to sell EU slavery to the both sides in British Parliament.

We’re 29 months later and the U.K. is no closer to being out of the EU than the day of the vote.  Why?

Because Theresa May’s 585 page ‘deal’ is the worst of all possible outcomes.  If it passes it will leave the EU with near full control over British trade and tax policy while the British people and government have no say or vote in the matter.

It’s punishment for the people getting uppity about their future and wanting something different than what had been planned for them.

Mr. Juncker and his replacement will never have to suffer another one of Nigel Farage’s vicious farragoes detailing their venality ever again.  YouTube will get a whole lot less interesting.

It’s almost like this whole charade was designed this way.

Because it was.

May has tried to run out the clock and scare everyone into accepting a deal that is worse than the situation pre-Brexit because somehow a terrible deal is better than no deal.  But, that’s the opposite of the truth.

And she knows it.  She’s always known it but she’s gone into these negotiations like the fragile wisp of a thing she truly is.

There’s a reason I call her “The Gypsum Lady.” She’s simply the opposite of Margaret Thatcher who always knew what the EU was about and fought to her last political breath to avoid the trap the U.K. is now caught in.

The U.K. has had all of the leverage in Brexit talks but May has gone out of her way to not use any of it while the feckless and evil vampires in Europe purposefully complicate issues which are the height of irrelevancy.

She has caved on every issue to the point of further eroding what’s left of British sovereignty.  This deal leaves the U.K. at the mercy of Latvia or Greece in negotiating any trade agreement with Canada.  Because for a deal between member states to be approved, all members have to approve of it.

So, yeah, great job Mrs. May.  Mission Accomplished.  They are popping champagne corks in Brussels now.

But, this is a Brexit people can be proud of.

Orwell would be proud of Theresa May for this one.

You people are leaving.  Let the EU worry about controlling their borders.  And if Ireland doesn’t like the diktats coming from Brussels than they can decide for themselves if staying in the EU is worth the trouble.

The entire Irish border issue is simply not May’s problem to solve.  Neither is the customs union or any of the other stuff.  These are the EU’s problems.   They are the ones who don’t want the Brits to leave.

Let them figure out how they are going to trade with the U.K.  It is so obvious that this entire Brexit ‘negotiation’ is about protecting the European project as a proxy for the right of German automakers to export their cars at advantageous exchange rates to the U.K. at everyone’s expense.

Same as it was in the days of The Iron Lady.

If all of this wasn’t so predictable it would be comical.

Because the only people more useless than Theresa May are the Tories who care only about keeping their current level of the perks of office.

The biggest takeaway from this Brexit fiasco is that even more people will check out of the political system. They will see it even more clearly for what it is, an irredeemable miasma of pelf and privilege that has zero interest in protecting the rights of its citizens or the value of their labor.

It doesn’t matter if it’s voter fraud in the U.S. or a drawn out betrayal of a binding referendum. There comes a point where those not at the political fringes look behind the veil and realize changing the nameplate above the door doesn’t change the policy.

And once they realize that confidence fails and systems collapse.

Brexit was the last gasp of a dying empire to assert its national relevancy.  Even if this deal is rejected by parliament the process has sown deep divisions which will lead to the next trap and the next and the next and the next.

By then Theresa May will be a distant memory, being properly rewarded by her masters for a job very well done.


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The DOJ Is Preparing To Indict Julian Assange

Ecuador’s relationship with Assange has deteriorated considerably with the election of President Lenin Moreno.

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The US Justice Department is preparing to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange which, after sensitive international negotiations, would likely trigger his extradition to the United States to stand trial, according to the Wall Street Journalciting people in Washington familiar with the matter.

Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against Mr. Assange, the people said. Mr. Assange has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since receiving political asylum from the South American country in 2012.

The people familiar with the case wouldn’t describe whether discussions were under way with the U.K. or Ecuador about Mr. Assange, but said they were encouraged by recent developments.

The exact charges Justice Department might pursue remain unclear, but they may involve the Espionage Act, which criminalizes the disclosure of national defense-related information. –WSJ

In short, the DOJ doesn’t appear to have a clear charge against Assange yet. Then there’s the optics of dragging Assange out of Ecuador’s London Embassy and into the United States, then prosecuting him, and if successful – jailing him.

Prosecuting someone for publishing truthful information would set a terrible and dangerous precedent,” said Assange lawyer Barry Pollack – who says he hasn’t heard anything about a US prosecution.

“We have heard nothing from authorities suggesting that a criminal case against Mr. Assange is imminent,” he added.

Moreover, assuming that even if the DOJ could mount a case, they would be required to prove that Russia was the source of a trove of emails damaging to Hillary Clinton that WikiLeaks released in the last few months of the 2016 election.

An indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller that portrayed WikiLeaks as a tool of Russian intelligence for releasing thousands of hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign has made it more difficult for Mr. Assange to mount a defense as a journalist. Public opinion of Mr. Assange in the U.S. has dropped since the campaign.

Prosecutors have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his removal from the embassy, the people said, because a detailed explanation of the evidence against Mr. Assange could give Ecuadorean authorities a reason to turn him over. –WSJ

It’s no secret that Assange and Hillary Clinton aren’t exactly exchanging Christmas cards, however would WikiLeaks’ release of damaging information that was hacked (or copied locally on a thumb drive by a well-meaning American), be illegal for Assange as a publisher?

Despite scant clues as to how the DOJ will prosecute Assange aside from rumors that it has to do with the Espionage Act, the US Government is cooking on something. John Demers – head of the DOJ’s national security division, said last week regarding an Assange case: “On that, I’ll just say, we’ll see.”

The U.S. hasn’t publicly commented on whether it has made, or plans to make, any extradition request. Any extradition request from the U.S. would likely go to British authorities, who have an outstanding arrest warrant for Mr. Assange related to a Swedish sexual assault case. Sweden has since dropped the probe, but the arrest warrant stands.

Any extradition and prosecution would involve multiple sensitive negotiations within the U.S. government and with other countries. –WSJ

Beginning in 2010, the Department of Justice beginning under the Obama administration has drawn a distinction between WikiLeaks and other news organizations – with former Attorney General Eric Holder insisting that Assange’s organization does not deserve the same first amendment protections during the Chelsea Manning case in which the former Army intelligence analyst was found guilty at a court-martial of leaking thousands of classified Afghan War Reports.

US officials have given mixed messages over Assange, with President Trump having said during the 2016 election “I love WikiLeaks,” only to have his former CIA Director, Mike Pompeo label WikiLeaks akin to a foreign “hostile intelligence service” and a US adversary. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that Assange’s arrest is a “priority.”

Ecuador’s relationship with Assange, meanwhile, has deteriorated considerably with the election of President Lenin Moreno – who called the WikiLeaks founder a “stone in our shoe,” adding that Assange’s stay at the London embassy is unsustainable.

Ecuador has been looking to improve relations with the U.S., hosting Vice President Mike Pence in 2018 amid interest in increasing trade.

Ecuador’s Foreign Relations Ministry declined to comment. This month, Foreign Relations Minister José Valencia told a radio station the government hadn’t received an extradition request for Mr. Assange.

Mr. Assange has clashed with his Ecuadorean hosts in over internet access, visitors, his cat and other issues. Last month, he sued Ecuador over the conditions of his confinement. At a hearing last month, at which a judge rejected Mr. Assange’s claims, Mr. Assange said he expected to be forced out of the embassy soon.  –WSJ

Assange and Ecuador seem to have worked things out for the time being; with his months-long communication blackout mostly lifted (with strict rules against Assange participating in political activities that would affect Ecuador’s international relations). Assange is now allowed Wi-Fi, but has to foot the bill for his own phone calls and other communication.

In October, a judge threw out a lawsuit Assange filed against Ecuador from implementing the stricter rules,.

“Ecuador hasn’t violated the rights of anyone,” Attorney General Íñigo Salvador said after the court ruling. “It has provided asylum to Mr. Assange, and he should comply with the rules to live harmoniously inside Ecuador’s public installations in London.”Assange’s attorneys say he will appeal the ruling – however it may be a moot point if he’s dragged into a US courtroom sooner than later.

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Trump Understands The Important Difference Between Nationalism And Globalism

President Trump’s nationalism heralds a return to the old U.S. doctrine of non-intervention.

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President Macron’s protests against nationalism this weekend stand in stark contrast with the words of France’s WWII resistance leader and the man who would then become president: General Charles de Gaulle.

Speaking to his men in 1913, de Gaulle reminded them:

“He who does not love his mother more than other mothers, and his fatherland more than other fatherlands, loves neither his mother nor his fatherland.”

This unquestionable invocation of nationalism reveals how far France has come in its pursuit of globalist goals, which de Gaulle described later in that same speech as the “appetite of vice.”

While this weekend the media have been sharpening their knives on Macron’s words, for use against President Trump, very few have taken the time to understand what really created the conditions for the wars of the 20th century. It was globalism’s grandfather: imperialism, not nationalism.

This appears to have been understood at least until the 1980s, though forgotten now. With historical revisionism applied to nationalism and the great wars, it is much harder to understand what President Trump means when he calls himself a “nationalist.” Though the fault is with us, not him.

Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism … By pursuing our own interests first, with no regard to others,’ we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values,” President Macron declared from the pulpit of the Armistice 100 commemorations.

Had this been in reverse, there would no doubt have been shrieks of disgust aimed at Mr. Trump for “politicizing” such a somber occasion. No such shrieks for Mr. Macron, however, who languishes below 20 percent in national approval ratings in France.

With some context applied, it is remarkably easy to see how President Macron was being disingenuous.

Nationalism and patriotism are indeed distinct. But they are not opposites.

Nationalism is a philosophy of governance, or how human beings organize their affairs. Patriotism isn’t a governing philosophy. Sometimes viewed as subsidiary to the philosophy of nationalism, patriotism is better described as a form of devotion.

For all the grandstanding, Mr. Macron may as well have asserted that chicken is the opposite of hot sauce,so meaningless was the comparison.

Imperialism, we so quickly forget, was the order of the day heading into the 20th century. Humanity has known little else but empire since 2400 B.C. The advent of globalism, replete with its foreign power capitals and multi-national institutions is scarcely distinct.

Imperialism — as opposed to nationalism — seeks to impose a nation’s way of life, its currency, its traditions, its flags, its anthems, its demographics, and its rules and laws upon others wherever they may be.

Truly, President Trump’s nationalism heralds a return to the old U.S. doctrine of non-intervention, expounded by President George Washington in his farewell address of 1796:

” … It must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of [Europe’s] politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.”

It should not have to be pointed out that the great wars of the 20th century could not be considered “ordinary vicissitudes”, but rather, that imperialism had begun to run amok on the continent.

It was an imperialism rooted in nihilism, putting the totality of the state at its heart. Often using nationalism as nothing more than a method of appeal, socialism as a doctrine of governance, and Jews as a subject of derision and scapegoating.

Today’s imperialism is known as globalism.

It is what drives nations to project outward their will, usually with force; causes armies to cross borders in the hope of subjugating other human beings or the invaded nation’s natural resources; and defines a world, or region, or continent by its use of central authority and foreign capital control.

Instead of armies of soldiers, imperialists seek to dominate using armies of economists and bureaucrats. Instead of forced payments to a foreign capital, globalism figured out how to create economic reliance: first on sterling, then on the dollar, now for many on the Euro. This will soon be leapfrogged by China’s designs.

And while imperialism has served some good purposes throughout human history, it is only when grounded in something larger than man; whether that be natural law, God, or otherwise. But such things are scarcely long-lived.

While benevolent imperialism can create better conditions over a period of time, humanity’s instincts will always lean towards freedom and self-governance.

It is this fundamental distinction between the United States’ founding and that of the modern Republic of France that defines the two nations.

The people of France are “granted” their freedoms by the government, and the government creates the conditions and dictates the terms upon which those freedoms are exercised.

As Charles Kesler wrote for the Claremont Review of Books in May, “As a result, there are fewer and fewer levers by which the governed can make its consent count”.

France is the archetypal administrative state, while the United States was founded on natural law, a topic that scarcely gets enough attention anymore.

Nationalism – or nationism, if you will – therefore represents a break from the war-hungry norm of human history. Its presence in the 20th century has been rewritten and bastardized.

A nationalist has no intention of invading your country or changing your society. A nationalist cares just as much as anyone else about the plights of others around the world but believes putting one’s own country first is the way to progress. A nationalist would never seek to divide by race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual preference, or otherwise. This runs contrary to the idea of a united, contiguous nation at ease with itself.

Certainly nationalism’s could-be bastard child of chauvinism can give root to imperialistic tendencies. But if the nation can and indeed does look after its own, and says to the world around it, “these are our affairs, you may learn from them, you may seek advice, we may even assist if you so desperately need it and our affairs are in order,” then nationalism can be a great gift to the 21st century and beyond.

This is what President Trump understands.

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