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Common Dreams, February 4, 2019

"Throughout history there is only one thing that the ruling classes have ever wanted—and that’s everything."—Michael Parenti

... Some thirty years ago, Noam Chomsky noted that “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” Starting at an early age, the doctrinal system subtlety limits the bounds of “acceptable thought.” To maintain the illusion of a functioning, free society, vigorous debate rages in the MSM all the way from points A to C, but never beyond. Although exceptions are not unheard of, elites in capitalist democracies prefer not  to employ force and fear because citizens would be less likely to believe the elite’s propaganda.  Moreover, this method is far more efficient than the Gulag because the people learn to police their own thoughts and behavior. All available evidence suggests it’s working well.

On first hearing,  the assumption that the U.S. has the transcendent right to use any means necessary to decide the legitimacy of representation in another country  seems breathtakingly arrogant. But there’s something even more insidious going on and from a certain angle it has a diabolical logic. For example, the U.S. accusation that Cuba is interfering in Venezuela’s internal affaiirs, including the charge that Havana controls the armed forces, only make sense on one assumption, namely that “We Own  the World.” Chomsky provides a classic example from the early days of the Iraq war: A high-level U.S. official’s solution to Iraq was the “Withdrawal of all foreign forces and foreign arms.” That  official was Condeleeza Rice and her comment sounded eminently reasonable until it was clear she was only referring to Iran. 

You see, if we own the world “U.S. forces cannot be foreign forces anywhere.” Chomsky goes on to say that “The simple principle, ‘we own the world,’ is sufficient to explain a lot of the discussion about foreign affairs.”  And it follows that “When you own everything, you fear everyone...”  and will employ violence at will. Chomsky concludes, “It’s like the air you breathe. You can’t question it.”

Finally, those responsible for U.S. foreign policy won’t be joining Liers Anonymous any time soon. They absolutely believe that what they’re saying, writing and doing is not only correct but righteous.  This why Chomsky has long maintained that it’s a waste of time to rely on tired bromides like “speaking truth to power.” The powerful already know the truth and embrace it. Far better  to engage with the powerless and listen, share and dialogue with them about the truth and then jointly act on that knowledge. ...
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