Open Thread - 12-08-23 - Impirium Parasitus
Empires are parasites.
Impirium Parasitus (U.S. Empire) lives upon two hosts, the internal host and the external host. The citizens as the internal hosts and the victim as the external host country or state. Sometimes the relationship is symbiotic, but most times it's only beneficial for the parasite. In end stages when the host/s are no longer to be found or have been depleted, the Impirium Parasitus may turn exclusively on its citizens.
Impirium Parasitus has learned and adapted from past hosts. The Vietnam War or The War in Southeast Asian taught the parasite many valuable lessons that are presently applied to contemporary conflicts.
- The hoi polloi (common people, the masses) must not discern caskets draped in American flags.
- The hoi polloi must not hear anti-empirical words that emanate from the popular music of the day.
- Protest must be hidden from the citizens as much as possible.
- The use of censorship and propaganda to obfuscate the motivation for parasitical exploitation.
- The use of political intimidation to keep the hoi polloi in line.
- The use of a proxy army.
Attribution:"American Progress" (Manifest Destiny) by John Gast Wikimedia
The war in Vietnam was brought home almost everyday on the nightly news. Pictures and film footage had a great influence on the common man. The flag draped coffins were a grim reminder of the cost of American lives as a medium of exchange to pay for ambiguous domino effect.
Scenes of Ia Drang, My Lai, Khe Sahn, Hue, and the 68 Tet Offensive drove the war home into the consciousness of the hoi polloi and turned them against the blood thirsty incursion.
Walter Conkrite's admissions were the coup de grâce, and the Impirium reluctantly acquiesced, notwithstanding a lesson well learned. A lesson manifest in the illusion of pristine 21st century warfare devoid of combatant body bags and funeraries.
The fire of change was razed in the cauldron of the 60s. We* danced, we sang, we marched. We said no. No more.
With World War II, Korea, and Vietnam stuck in our near term memory, we saw it for what it was. A racket, A racket at our expense. We were young, but yet, tired. Tired of the death and destruction. The message was undeniable to those that would listen. War was the reason for the time of change. Music was the catalyst that drove that reason of change.
The airways were full of it like a drummer marching to battle, it was the heartbeat of our generation. The music told our story of a new consciousness, it drove our narrative of peace and love. The consciousness grew to include new horizons and widened the scope of a new awareness, that of civil rights, that of human rights, that of stewardship of our biome, that of justice, for all.
Music is a powerful messenger. We stood up and they took notice.
We no longer hear protest music on contemporary pop music airwaves. Disco killed it. Protest music is still with us, to a certain degree, but one must search to find it.
* I use the pronoun "we" as it was my generation, I became politically aware in 1967.
Free Speech Zones are the practice of penning protestors in certain fenced areas so that they may be out of sight and out of mind of of those vulnerable to the message/s the protest may be pointed at.
The main stream media has all but abandoned any coverage of protests across the nation, and the world as well. The cost was too high to allow the citizens to view how many people were against their programs. There was also more diversity among media outlets during the Vietnam War as the industry has congealed between five or six corporations today. And that's not to mention that there was real journalism back then. Now-a-days we have nodding talking heads that all receive their copy from one central outlet.
Censorship and propaganda are the de riguer de jour tactics of the modern empire. There has been much insight in the last few years in regards to the lengths that an empire may resort to so as to limit unwanted messaging from reaching the minds of the unaware.
Today, this is greatly exacerbated by the online censorship and propaganda so prevalent in the not so secret marriage of the US federal government and big tech.
Jailing dissidents and threatened lawfare are strong tactics deployed by empires fueled by paranoia. Historically it happened during the Vietnam War but has been taken to another level ever since the imposition of the Patriot Act. If one steps out of line the chances are that a weaponized federal agency will investigate.
Another form of intimidation is online deplatforming and shadow banning and outright censorship that has a tendency to force people to self censor their thoughts expressed on various internet outlets that work hand in glove behind the scenes with the government.
The use of an all volunteer armed services has solved the problems with morale and public sentiment that plagued the military during the Vietnam War. That alone has reshaped the image of modern warfare as it pertains to the US.
Proxy armies and proxy wars blind the country to the horrors of war and provide the empire cover from the unwanted scrutiny of caskets covered by flags. When it's the proxy's soldiers coming home in coffins and body bags to their own country there's less emotional stress on the citizens of the US empire. The hoi polloi are more willing to go along with the war when it's kept from the TV news, again, out of sight out of mind.
The US government learned its lessons well from the Vietnam War and have for the most part implemented policies that tamp down any push back from the common folk.
May the world have compassion upon the people of the US when the Empire comes to an end. May they realize that, yes, the people vote in politicians to represent them, but after being elected said politicians forget about the people and represent power and control and themselves.