A continuation of thoughts from World War III: A picture and earlier A Stateless War
Since the above articles in September 2012 and 2010, it has become abundantly clear that none of the world’s governments have any motivation or ability to stand up to the corporate multinational empires headquartered in the countries of the five eyes and their associates. The UN vote in support of Palestine in November of 2012 was a symbolic rebellion, but in the end only proved how ineffective that rebellion would be as Israel instantly paraded their complete contempt for the world’s opinion. As Israel and the US promised, the vote changed nothing on the ground. A relentless stream of new treaties and laws is entrenching the corporate umbrella that now has legal control over the world’s governments. Sovereignty is dead. Corporations are people and people are products.
People no longer accept, or even have any knowledge of, their governance or the laws controlling them. States no longer pretend that laws apply to them. Society worldwide is ruled purely by military coercion. The uprisings which began in 2010 were thoroughly co-opted in early 2011 and used to create unending massacres and division that terrify anyone interested in suggesting change. Government turnover is meaningless in any case as the resource corporations and their security militias and media retain power regardless of political change. We need focus.
Empire on parade
The NSA revelations, like the US state cables before them, proved that things are much worse than we even thought and resistance is more futile. This message has been drummed incessantly in the past years. Since the curtain fell and both sovereignty and governance by the people were proven to be an illusion, there is no longer any pretense of maintaining the illusion. The current propaganda seems instead bent on proving the futility of resistance.
I’ve been writing for the last several years on the empire’s military coming-out in the media and what it says about their progress. We are long past the point where any transparency about military might is intended to result in change, much less reduction or disarmament. Since Obama’s earliest speeches he has been bragging about the “finest fighting force the world has ever seen” and the expansion of its empire. These are not secrets. Like in the Republic of North Korea and every previous empire, the media parade of invincible military might is meant to impress and suppress pretenders to the throne. Julian’s long ago essay on conspiracy has been turned on the people as the NSA and others make activists terrified of voicing dissent much less acting upon it. The message is also for any pretenders from BRICS or elsewhere as the US regime forces the landing of a plane containing a head of state, strip searches a diplomat and spies brazenly on allies.
Complicit military propaganda is presented as brave and daring journalism, somehow achieved with full co-operation from the empire itself. Junta kingpin Erik Prince is not shy of journalists and not at all reticent in proclaiming his allegiance only to himself. These places are not where secrets lie. This pretense of exposing secrets covers for the lack of exposing real secrets: the unheard voices of victims of Shell Oil in the Niger Delta, Areva uranium mining in Khazakstan, Niger, Gabon and elsewhere, the myriad corporate predators of the Amazon, the Kachin and Rohingya people of Myanmar, the silence invariably present wherever the corporate mafia abuses are the most extreme. Noisy debates on government transparency cover the complete lack of debate on corporate transparency. Congratulations on the democratic permeability of circles of government power deflect from the impenetrable circle of corporate power.
When the most silent voices cannot be ignored they are represented by controlled channels through NGOs and media, claiming to speak for those they are really speaking over. With a few truly heroic exceptions, the NGOs selectively report abuses and channel funding to further the aims of their government and corporate funders and enablers. The US funded NGOs in the Amazon seek to disrupt government trade with China and other competitors and rebellious governments co-opt the message for their own NGO partners and shut down the competing voices. Meanwhile, the people affected are unheard and the corporations in one form or another continue their destruction.
As people circumvent their governments to reach past the nationalist othering and connect globally, global Thought Leaders are propped up and paraded around to direct traffic for The Revolution™. They roam the world issuing platitudes of despair and futility straight out of 1984. “They control everything. Resistance is futile. Don’t use Facebook.” ‘They‘ cannot be named as they are bankrolling both the Thought Leaders and their solutions. Ideas become ideology and ideologies are branded and polluted. Opportunists are promoted, realists are co-opted, idealists are frightened and radicals are shot, just as Stratfor taught they should be. When a billionaire as invested in the status quo as Pierre Omidyar says celebrity Thought Leaders are replacing organizations it is as much a command as a statement. Read the playbook. Don’t play.
The world needs real journalism. We are decades, even centuries, behind what we need to know about the people really in power, the corporate shareholders. They must become our new celebrities, the targets of so much gossip we will soon understand their relationships and weaknesses better than we understand those of reality TV stars. These are the people we are fighting, not the figureheads and militias they pay to stand between us.
War is Peace: The year of the aggressive peacekeepers
The 2013 War is Peace initiative saw the creation of the first ‘aggressive peacekeeping’ mandates, one in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one in Mali. It isn’t risking much to predict the same will happen in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. This carries group affiliation to the natural conclusion we saw in the 2006 creation of ‘murder by an unprivileged belligerent in violation of laws of war’ dubbed a war crime by the Guantanamo Military Commissions Act. In 2006, the US decreed that the US military could kill children, but it was a war crime for children to kill US Special Forces commandos. In 2013 the United Nations allowed UN peacekeepers to retain the protection of it being a war crime to kill them while simultaneously allowing them to initiate attacks on those they deem to be a potential (not immediate) threat. Not only has the UN put the right of all legitimate peacekeepers to protection at risk, they have established precedent by which a foreign army can invade and conquer a sovereign state and have citizens tried as war criminals if they resist. The international media has been happy to accept this with no question and obediently report the killing of ‘peacekeepers’ in both Mali and the DRC with no explanation that the definition of that word has been changed to mean its opposite.
UNSC permanent members: United States, Britain, Russia, France, China.
A look at the UN Security Council provides a clue to the escalating violence despite UN attempts to ‘establish peace’. Peace will never be produced by those invested in war. China is the fastest growing arms exporter of the past decade. Canada’s current government was incensed at being refused a seat on the UNSC just as their arms sales soared. Arms dealers are the obvious winners in the current economy. While an international peacekeeping force used at the discretion of the assembly of United Nations may once have seemed a good idea for humanity, the UNSC as run by the global war masters is just good corporate marketing strategy, enabling endless discussions about men with guns killing other men with guns and arguments over which side needs more guns.
Professional militias, weapons dealers and would-be kingpins have hijacked every attempt at governance reform. Particularly, the gates of Libya and Syria were opened and militias and weapons are pouring at an even greater rate into Africa as they have for years into South America. Any thought of protest against most governments is a thought of horrific civil war as drugs, guns, militias, poverty, child soldiers and extremist propaganda are joined in an explosive mix of threatened instability just below every veneer. The gun culture in the United States is greater than anywhere on earth but the military and prison systems of the most industrialized states all retained the ability to obliterate any dissidents too close to home.
The international media and entertainment industries provide non-stop advertising for the arms industry. Every conflict, real or Hollywood, is reported as ‘good guys’ killing ‘bad guys’, an endless parade of men with guns and flashy military equipment with no time for the stories of those working for peace. Men with guns is one of the most boring topics to keep covering as they are always doing the same thing, killing people, but the entire narrative is always men with guns and politicians with an occasional stat about the number of women raped. ‘There are no good guys’ say men reporting on men with guns, apparently unable to see the people illustrating their own report. The propaganda that men with guns can only be defeated by support for other men with guns has eliminated everyone else from negotiations as generals sit down to discuss peace and refuse a seat to anyone not making war. “In Congo, war has been largely fought on women’s bodies,” but power over peace is given to the men who fought. Efforts to build society are ignored or blocked, efforts to destroy it are rewarded with power.
“Guns don’t kill people!” shrieks the industry building autonomous drones. “Drugs kill”, however. Really, it’s all about who is importing and who is exporting. The idea of disarmament for peace now seems quaint and old-fashioned in most of the world, while in the country most dependent on the weapons industry it produces hysterical rage. Militias for peace have been formed all over the world, killing people to save lives. If there was the slightest chance of these weapons disturbing real power they would be abolished immediately but these freedoms are to enable the mass slaughter of those without power. Peace once meant disarmament. Now disarmament is only mentioned as an excuse for war.
As competing corporation/governments move increasingly aggressively into all continents, all sides of corporate money and media create so-called ‘ethnic’ or ‘religious’ unrest to destabilize dissidents and competitors. Any land dispute between corporations and residents is rewritten as an ethnic dispute to distract from the real aggressors and pitch people against each other instead. Extremist ideologies inciting genocide are promoted by corporate interests. Western media reports wars in foreign countries in graphic sensationalist detail and always framed as ethnic or religious, inciting civil war instead of economic reform. Media no longer obsessively cover teen suicides or anorexia because of concern over copycats, but coverage of men with guns is exempt from the responsibility to protect. “Freedom of the press!” chant those so completely coerced by cradle to grave propaganda they have lost even the perception to know when it controls them. As we have seen, freedom of speech is only accepted when only a few are allowed to speak, it loses favour quickly when all voices are allowed. If money and media removed the focus from men with guns, the world would cease to be run by them.
For any student of history, this is the preferred formula for dealing with every uprising, the reason regimes can be flipped over and over again with no change at all in the society. The United States Constitution’s first and second amendments have been inflicted on the entire world because both have been extremely useful for keeping corporate interests in power. There is now a slight possibility to push freedom of speech to the point where it can be used by everyone if we work very hard to pull up all voices that need to be heard and give them the amplification to drown out corporate propaganda. Freedom of speech for the powerless is far more important than freedom of speech for corporate media.
The solutions to peace will be found among the people trying to raise children, grow food and build society, not men with guns. ‘Foreign aid’ has been used for decades to tip the balance of power from one group of men with guns to another. It doesn’t bring peace. If all that financial control was given directly to those in the refugee camps, there would be change. This revolution is not about men with guns vs other men with guns. It is between creators and destroyers, peaceful people and the corporate mafia controlled militias, worldwide. If someone bothered counting bodies globally instead of chanting about regional unrest, this would be more evident.
The mafia won
In 2010 I wrote “There are only two possible explanations for a sovereign nation to bankrupt its own citizens and its government in order to set up a huge international surveillance and military system, “the finest fighting force the world has ever seen” that they do not actually own or control. One, everyone is completely insane, or two, it has not been a sovereign nation for a long time.”
In 2012 I wrote “The US does not actually control their own military or intelligence and the private corporations that do, do not operate from patriotic loyalty and are available to the highest bidder.”
It is time to stop pretending most governments of the world have anything to say about anything. Corporate mercenaries are in control worldwide. The only governments with control are the ones where the state is the corporations. Not only do people like Erik Prince and assorted other mafia bosses control the military and intelligence services of the world, he is (with China this time, sorry US nationalists) in sub-Saharan Africa with Frontier Resource Group (did you know you were a frontier, Africa?) investing in “energy, mining, agriculture and logistic opportunities”. He once more has his own private army. Prince will be facing off against other mafia militias in Africa, most notably his own creation Academi, formerly Blackwater. There are small and large militias doing the same in most of the world, still with a veneer of legal structure in the northern hemisphere but only because the mafia was allowed to write the laws.
While you are petitioning the US government to restrain the NSA, Erik Prince and friends are battling with other people’s lives for control of the world’s coltan (your phones). The corporations that already control your military and your intelligence have decided it is more expedient to just expand their security militias rather than deal with your governments. They are also continuing to rewrite the laws worldwide to exempt themselves from any accountability and turn people into commodities with no societal rights. As long as people refuse to accept that capitalism has failed, trade economy is tyranny, and the right to bear arms is the right to rule by mafia, they will continue to expand.
The people united will never be defeated
We have no idea whether that slogan we rediscovered in 2011 is true as we have never put in any effort to even reach all the people much less unite them. The first right of all people must be the right to communicate, directly. Without direct communication for all there is no way to see past the corporate propaganda and hear the voices with workable solutions. Revolutionary movements that could care less about all the people not at the table will not be building a new paradigm, they are simply seeking to replace the leaders at the top with themselves. Those that would rather amplify celebrities than people at risk are increasing power for the powerful and refusing to empower those who need it. If the people are ever going to be united, we must put far more energy into reaching down for those at the bottom instead of attempting to climb up to those on the top.
The propaganda which teaches that ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ can perform the same actions and still be on separate sides has been highly useful in misdirecting anger. This fight is between those who commit atrocities and those who do not. Our actions define us, not our company. All war coverage that is pitched as ‘ethnic’ or ‘religious’ is a lie. The conflict is between the idea of peace and society and the idea of war and dictatorship. We do not need leaders or affiliations, if we follow the ideas we agree with we will have the company we need. If we show solidarity by ideas, not the borders that divide us into economic markets, we can still win. If no one in China cares who is paying Erik Prince’s gang of thugs and buying his pillaged resources, if no one in Canada cares that their courts are shielding 75% of the world’s resource corporations from human rights prosecutions and no one in Australia cares that refugees from their own corporate plunder are being drowned at sea and imprisoned if they make it to Australia, then we lost long ago.
Empire is simply a concept. Laws, governing principles, property and wealth are all concepts. We are being enslaved by our acceptance of these concepts. If we remove everything between the sociopaths in power and the people they are tormenting – remove the militias, the media, the money, the governments, the corporations, the laws that protect corporations, the NGOs, thought leaders, celebrities, distractions and group affiliations – there is nothing left but a very few, very ordinary people.
We need to start the trials.
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Your descriptions of what is wrong with this world and how they are wrong are unparalleled.
And here’s your closing statement in the above article, which is the only thing I’d have anything to try to add to: “We need to start the trials.”
Perhaps it is true: that we have national (or international) legal systems that fundamentally work if we just remove the “corporate” dross that’s preventing them from “properly functioning.” Perhaps there’s something we can do as a network of people to heal them. That would be massively convenient, because it would mean we already have machines of reasoning that can be put to do justice, if we just change the software they read (the laws) before they sort (judge) people and organizations into “punish” and “don’t punish” piles.
I am not so hopeful. I think they are useful in the same way that e.g. a centralized Internet is useful: a tool to be used with care, a tool that is faulty and that is going to let you down several times.
Instead of trying to try to use the idea of a system of justice, with all its complexity and its potential for manipulation, and its focus on “punishment,” as the “salvation story,” as the “last stand” fox-hole where you’re going to call a bunch of people to stave off the zombie invasion, perhaps there’s a better, more strategic, more powerful fox-hole to use? Perhaps one that is less romantic than the idealized “system of justice,” one that is rather pedestrian but that is incredibly simple and at the same time incredibly powerful?
Have you taken a hard look at that “thing,” at that social phenomenon that is apparently everywhere, that everything is about? What about creating a version of that thing that does good instead of harm, that generates just people and just organizations by default, instead of letting the corrupt, evil version of that thing stand alone unchallenged in this world and constantly generate unjust, corrupt, competitive, egotistic people and organizations of all kinds?
What about one that produces stygmergy instead of world-wide corporate-tribal warfare?
You know what I’m talking about, right? I don’t need to spell it out.
Hi Fabio, and thank you very much.
The trouble with writing would-be inspirational blog posts (and I don’t see much point to writing any other kind) is we are at a point that is really very dark and there is complete change required to avoid what’s ahead, little tweaks are not going to do anything, or be allowed. We can’t sign a petition to limit surveillance, we have to reclaim the systems that are surveilling us. And even that is not nearly a deep enough change if we still feel it is right to surveil ‘others’.
The root causes of our lack of society go back very deep and beyond mentioning my issues with the concept of equality in several places I have not had time to write about them. I talked a little about it in this interview. I am glad you at least understand that the next book I write cannot yet be about algorithms and laws and we need to look at social structure first. We have been raised on such a fast food diet of solutions that people really do believe that leaving Facebook will somehow help what is happening to the Tenharim or Kachin people, or they believe that the Tenharim or Kachin are not ‘us’ and we will never be in the same position so it doesn’t matter.
In the last section, the three paragraphs are imo important things we need to change albeit incomplete. The last sentence was just a reminder that there are people behind everything that is happening, they are not invincible and neither are the ideas that support them. I don’t think the huge majority of people are yet ready to accept their responsibility in our situation, they just see invincible ‘bad guys’; I wanted to make clear that these people are just people and the ideas are just ideas so they are willing to make an effort. I also think it is symbolically very important for both sides to see that creators can arrest destroyers and stop their actions and also that we can agree on our own laws not just obey the ones imposed.
That said, I think few of these people behind mass evil are evil, most seem not very intelligent and raised in a system which rewards their beliefs with success to a point where they refuse to ever question them. Erik Prince being a good example. He says that the US was built on mercenary armies, the origins of the US are obviously sacrosanct, therefore he never has to examine what he is doing. Freedom. I see it also in western reporters, they are not actually trying to incite civil war but “It’s my job to get a story.” plus “Freedom of speech.” allow them to never question what they are saying and instead scream persecution if anyone else does. Society has been filled with those platitudes that allow us to just stop thinking and carry on. In short, I agree completely that the legal system is not going to save us from the very deep change required within all of us. But most people only want to hear one soundbite solution at a time. ;.)
Perfect. Thanks for taking the time to help me understand more about what you’re saying, the ideas you are sharing, your view of things; I really appreciate it.
Very eloquently put. This is a text that should have been in a newspaper (or somewhere where it would be exposed for more people) for more people to read, although I am not entirely sure that it would have actually made any difference (I guess though, that even if it only got one more person to think differently it would have been a success).
Thanks. But we are trying to replace those structures with our own, so it’s up to anyone who likes work on this blog to amplify it or not as they see fit. I’m just writing it, I don’t have time to self-promote and am not good at it. Also, newspapers edit and don’t like anti-media rants. ;.)
Heather, you have seduced me into your ranks. I posted a reply to your world ‘War III, a Status Update’ article of Jan. 13, ’14. Hope you have the time to read it. BTW, I found you on Twitter, so that avenue of “communication” is not without merit. Enjoy life when you’re able. One can’t stay at the front all the time. PS: When do we move on Barcelona? – Ratdog
PSS: my reply is on my Facebook page – Joe Ratley
Thank you. 🙂 You can copy your reply in here is you like so people can see and respond.
This is an amazing article! I agree with almost everything you have written!!! Quick question, you state ‘In 2006, the US decreed that the US military could kill children, but it was a war crime for children to kill US Special Forces commandos’… where did you get this? Just looking for sources so I can use within my own work. Thank you!
Thank you! The designation of unprivileged enemy combatants approved by the 2006 Guantanamo Military Commissions Act was later applied to Omar Khadr for an action alleged when he was 15 which resulted in the death of a US special forces fighter.
This carries group affiliation to the natural conclusion we saw in the 2006 creation of ‘murder by an unprivileged belligerent in violation of laws of war’ dubbed a war crime by the Guantanamo Military Commissions Act. In 2006, the US decreed that the US military could kill children, but it was a war crime for children to kill US Special Forces commandos.
Thank you! I ‘think’ you have published work on Niger and the company entitled Areva (I thought I had saved a tweet by Anon about Areva but I couldn’t find it!) I’m not tech savvy at all so please be patient with me! I’m going to search your web site now to find additional information on Areva but… do you have anything connecting the US government to Areva?
“This pretense of exposing secrets covers for the lack of exposing real secrets: the unheard voices of victims of Shell Oil in the Niger Delta, Areva uranium mining in Khazakstan, Niger, Gabon and elsewhere…” Do you collaborate with others? Would it be possible for me to contact you?
Yes, I collaborate with many people. I did a campaign about Areva but it was geared for Twitter, not a blog post. The material in English is here:
It was translated as well, I think into French, Portuguese and Japanese. Areva is the US number one supplier of uranium and there are other links.
You can contact me on Twitter @georgiebc or email ttscanada *at* riseup.net
Again, thank you! Thank you!
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