libertyblitzkrieg.com / By Michael Krieger /
Huge efforts have been devoted since to inculcating the New Spirit of the Age. Major industries are devoted to the task: public relations, advertising, marketing generally, all of which add up to a very large component of the Gross Domestic Product. They are dedicated to what the great political economist Thorstein Veblen called “fabricating wants.” In the words of business leaders themselves, the task is to direct people to “the superficial things” of life, like “fashionable consumption.” That way people can be atomized, separated from one another, seeking personal gain alone, diverted from dangerous efforts to think for themselves and challenge authority.
- Noam Chomsky from his amazing essay, How the Magna Carta became a Minor Carta
I remember that back when I was younger, whenever I heard the name Noam Chomsky the words “anti-American radical” would pop into my head. This is despite the fact that I had never read anything he ever wrote, nor ever heard him speak. Looking back, I realize that this is how powerful brainwashing functions The most effective propaganda is the one that makes you think your opinions and biases come from your own mind. No matter what you think you think of Noam Chomsky, this interview is a must read. He even exposes fake liberals for the frauds they are.
From the Huffington Post:
Question: Does the United States still have the same level of control over the energy resources of the Middle East as it once had?
Chomsky: The major energy-producing countries are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships. So, actually, the progress made by the Arab Spring is limited, but it’s not insignificant. The Western-controlled dictatorial system is eroding. In fact, it’s been eroding for some time. So, for example, if you go back 50 years, the energy resources — the main concern of U.S. planners — have been mostly nationalized. There are constantly attempts to reverse that, but they have not succeeded.
Take the U.S. invasion of Iraq, for example. To everyone except a dedicated ideologue, it was pretty obvious that we invaded Iraq not because of our love of democracy but because it’s maybe the second- or third-largest source of oil in the world, and is right in the middle of the major energy-producing region. You’re not supposed to say this. It’s considered a conspiracy theory.