by Bob Livingston
Conventional wisdom is based on confusion and disinformation. It has a crowding-out effect in our thought processes that stifles inquiry.
In other words, conventional wisdom programs us to reject any information or thought not in harmony with our preconditioning and experience even if we realize deep down that the idea is not only plausible but possible. This is also called cognitive dissonance.
Conventional wisdom is what everybody knows. It is established by the controlled media — and, sadly, this even includes most private publications and alternative websites — and modern-day “Christianity.”
Human liberty and personal survival in our time must originate in truth, no matter how incredible it seems and how shocking it is to our conditioned minds. Governments control the public mind with disinformation and confusion. No modern government could exist for 24 hours if it told the people the truth.
Personal Liberty is dedicated to the truth no matter how unpopular or unbelievable. Those who study and read with open minds usually eventually come to our conclusions. The problem is that people are at various stages of learning, and they must advance to a point that they can break through the parameters of thought control in America. At some point, we must have a flash that maybe we don’t know what we thought we knew and maybe we have not been getting the truth. Unfortunately, many people run away or close their minds if they sense they are nearing the truth because the truth conflicts with what they “know.”
The trouble is that mind control does not discriminate between the highest intelligence quotient and the simpleton. The Philadelphia lawyer is just as off in his basic information and assumptions as the downtown parking attendant. Neither does education equal intelligence. In fact, the most educated is usually the last to come around. This fact is a monument to the science and power of mass mind control. From the highest to the lowest in America, they don’t know that they are unaware. These are they who are immune and even hostile to probes of inquiry beyond their credibility.
This is never more evident than when discussing American foreign policy in general and America’s relationship with Israel specifically.
America has been involved in a shooting war in the Middle East since Jan. 17, 1991, when the aerial bombardment of Iraq began in order to drive Saddam Hussein’s army out of Kuwait. An entire generation of Americans has become adults without ever seeing or knowing of a time when their country was at peace. And there is diminishing hope they will ever see peace in their lifetime.
Americans have not only come to accept war, they’ve come to love it. Christians, it seems, particularly love it. I shudder when I see comments from some who no doubt would consider themselves Christians advocating total war up to and including nuclear strikes on Middle East or African nations simply because:
- They are allegedly attempting to acquire technology to create a nuclear weapon (Iran) in order to bring themselves on par with their “enemies” (Israel and the U.S.);
- A few tens of thousands of Islamist bad actors (who were funded and mostly trained and equipped by the CIA, the Mossad and a number of U.S.-allied Arab nations) are engaging in an Islamic sectarian war that has gone on for more than 1,000 years;
- Or they are aligned with Russia and Iran (Syria), and our leaders tell us they are inherently evil.
There is little or no consideration given to the fact that the United States’ actions to destabilize Libya gave the Islamic State a launching pad. Nor is any consideration being given by the American people to the fate of the millions of innocents — average citizens, including women and children, who have no say in what their governments do; and if they do have a say, they are likely subjected to even more propaganda and mind control than even Americans are — residing in those countries or of the long-term consequences of the destabilization of established regimes. Those deaths are just chalked up to collateral damage and dismissed out of hand.
Americans rightly became angered and disgusted by stories of atrocities committed against Christians and Muslims by the Islamic State as reported in the mainstream media — the beheadings and mass executions — yet gave little or no pause to the hundreds of thousands of people killed in Libya by NATO bombers and U.S. drones and the hundreds of thousands who have died there since that nation was destabilized. And the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed by U.S. bombers in 20 years of attacks and two wars on that country have all but been ignored and glossed over.
There is also an astonishing lack of consideration by Americans for the fate of the American fighting men and women who would be sent to fight the wars against the Islamic State, Syria and/or Iran. We currently have untold thousands of maimed — both physically and mentally — American military members and veterans (and their families) attempting to cope with the scars they received fighting during two decades of unnecessary wars on behalf of the banksters and the military-industrial complex. And thousands more are dead.
And there is still less consideration given to the economic cost of the war that has been paid for by money printing on a scale never before conceived.
But after all those years of war and those injuries and deaths, the region is less stable than it was before; and the regime claims we’re less safe from terrorism than ever before. How will more wars not result in more of the same? What evidence is there that continuing the strategies of the last four presidents to attack other countries will end Islamist sectarian conflicts or reduce the chances of terror attacks on American interests or American soil? Those questions are not considered in the rush to war.
In his column last week, John Myers asked much the same question as he analyzed the remarks made by Benjamin Netanyahu before Congress. Myers’ central premise was to question whether we should go to war with Iran simply because it was in Israel’s best interest and based on Netanyahu’s proclaimed fears of another holocaust or whether we should first ensure a war with Iran — as being advocated for by the neocons — is in America’s best interest.
One would think that was a legitimate question. But it is apparently not, according to conventional wisdom and a number of commenters, for that question immediately drew the expected and mindless knee-jerk charges of anti-Semitism and dozens of promises to drop Personal Liberty from their reading list.
Using inflammatory code words like anti-Semitism, isolationist, racist, homophobe, conspiracy theorist, etc. to shut down debate and the spread of ideas is a common tactic used by those trapped in conventional wisdom because it gives them an excuse to avoid considering whether a concept may be true. It is a protection mechanism for them and for the establishment. Another protection mechanism is to run away from those ideas to prevent future exposure to them.
The U.S. government has as much a slavish devotion to Zionism as it does to war. And its propaganda machine, aided by the teaching of fundamentalist Christian preachers, has created a slavish devotion to it among the people. U.S. imperialism, the corporatocracy and Zionism dominate the U.S. foreign policy decisions of the past 50-plus years, hence the wars of the past quarter century.
But modern Zionism has nothing to do with Jews or Judaism. Therefore, criticism of Zionism is not anti-Semitism, though Zionists have long used the claim of anti-Semitism to quell all criticism. There are Jews who are not Zionists, and there are Zionists who are not Jews.
In an interview in 2007, Joe Biden, a Catholic, claimed to be a Zionist. During the interview with the Jewish Shalom TV, Biden said, “I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.”
He presented himself as a great friend to Israel and referred to it as the United States’ greatest Middle East ally. Then he followed that with one of the most important questions he’s likely ever asked: “Imagine our circumstance in the world were there no Israel. How many battleships would there be? How many troops would be stationed?”
In a column last week on Mondoweiss, Lillian Rosengarten pointed out: “The Israeli Zionist ministry of propaganda has successfully blurred the distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. With clever adeptness and manipulation they have succeeded in spreading a form of domestic terror to Europe and the United States. This form of terrorism as defined by the Thesaurus is ‘the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to civilians in order to attain goals that are religious or political or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation, coercion or instilling fear.’ Use of the Holocaust as propaganda invites fear and hysteria.”
But Netanyahu need not have even played the “Holocaust” card because just questioning whether America should put its interests first makes the neocon right and fundamentalist Christians lose their minds. The neocon American right, fundamentalist Christians and most politicians have become Israel-firsters because of Zionism, propaganda and false teaching.
There are different reasons for blind support of Zionism among the people and the politicians. For the politicians, it mostly boils down to money and their devotion to the new world order. For many of the people, it comes down to a misunderstanding of or a misinterpretation of the Holy Scriptures.
I will write more on that next week.
In the meantime, please hold off on calling me, or any of Personal Liberty’s columnists, anti-Semites. Neither I nor they harbor a grudge or hold any animus against Israel or its people or Jews wherever they may be.
I do take issue with the decisions of some of Israel’s leaders, its agencies and its foreign policy, just like I do with America’s leaders, its agencies and foreign policy. But criticizing Israel’s leaders or foreign policy is not anti-Semitic any more than criticizing U.S. foreign policy or its leaders is un-American.
I love my nation, but I fear what my government has become and where it wants to take us. My efforts are devoted to helping us all break the bonds of conventional wisdom and find the truth… no matter how uncomfortable.