The Weekly Watch
The Fading Facade of a Functioning System
We've known for years we don't live in a democracy, at least since the 2014 Princeton Study,
a multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power, or basically the US is an oligarchy...surprise. None the less, people still attempt to work within a system which is dysfunctional, delusional, and really doesn't even exist. Let's look in more detail below the fold...
What put me on this train of thought about our nonfunctional system was this interesting conversation with Max Blumenthal and Code Pink folks who are all fighting the good fight... (20 min)
I admire Medea and her longstanding efforts to stop US warmongering, but I couldn't help but find her mistaken in their failure to work with antiwar Republicans because they were only antiwar cause it is Biden's war, and they disagree with them on many other issues. To my mind we have to discard party loyalty and go for policy by policy allies. However even then I don't see a chance for progress in this compromised system.
Using division is the technique after all. It was the theme of the "dark Brandon" speech in Philly complete with Orwellian doublespeak "Unity through division". Brett and Heather called it a "V for Vendetta speech" (free 2 hour movie at link). They thought it looked like the movie set.
Russell asks ...
As it’s revealed that Democrats have spent $53 million to boost “far-right” GOP candidates – what’s with all the rhetoric about the dangers of MAGA extremists and Donald Trump?
in a piece he calls: You've Gotta Be F*cking Kidding Me (12 min)
I found Matt Taibbi's take on our injustice system to fit right into the dysfunction theme. A DOJ run amok and drunk on its own power, inventing its own law, targeting select enemies.
His newest article on taint teams sheds light on a dark new phenomenon. The FBI has given itself the power to raid lawyers, take all of their documents, and then give itself permission to use the stolen documents in unrelated cases. It’s an easy way to skip getting a search warrant, and gives the government unprecedented power to bury its enemies. Matt explains the ominous story in detail.
I thought Chris was going to focus on the tech community in his piece this week on A.I., but in this case he was talking about our leaders arrogance and ignorance (AI)
Isn't it interesting how all the west (except Sweden) used the same pandemic playbook? In retrospect, arrogance and ignorance are pretty descriptive.
We've all heard of the fog of war, but what we have these days is a thick blanket of propaganda.
Chris and Patrick Lawrence discuss the difficulties of being a war correspondent. (36 min)
The Chris Hedges Report: Ukraine and the crisis of media censorship
Throughout the Ukraine war, Western news outlets have mindlessly parroted the opinions of a ruling elite and overseen a public discourse that is often unhinged from the real world. Patrick Lawrence was a correspondent and columnist for nearly 30 years for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune and The New Yorker. He is the author of Somebody Else's Century: East and West in a Post-Western World and Time No Longer: America After the American Century.
Caity lays it out well too in an article from last Feb:
The Ukraine invasion ... is showing us once again that when it comes to Russia you really can just completely ignore all the so-called “experts” in the mainstream media. Just dismiss 100 percent of everything they say, because any random schmoe’s best guess would be better than theirs.
Looking to the mainstream media for truth is like looking to a prostitute for love. That’s not what they’re there for. That’s not their job. If you believed these predictions, the correct thing to do as they fail to come true is not to engage in a bunch of mental gymnastics justifying it, but to drastically revise your worldview and your media consumption habits which caused you to believe this crap in the first place.
Scott Ritter has been making the rounds this week discussing his view of the SMO (special military operation) in Ukraine.
Aaron and Max discuss the situation with him in a long ranging conversation (2 hours)
Scott Ritter on Ukraine's counter-offensive, Russia's next move
Scott and Richard Medhurst also had a lengthy conversation this week
Ukraine Counteroffensive with Scott Ritter and Richard Medhurst
Peace is the last thing the west wants in Ukraine.
Lee Camp: How the US & UK Stopped Peace Deal in Ukraine (7 min)
Lee Camp proves that NATO and the U.S. want their proxy war in Ukraine to be fought to the last Ukrainian. A new report shows that Russia and Ukraine had negotiated a peace deal in April. However, as Camp explains, NATO wasn't ready for peace so they intervened to stop it. Now, after months of grueling conflict, Ukrainian forces have suffered catastrophic losses and their friends in NATO are pushing them to face worse.
Why? Power and profit that's why...
US & EU Plans To Plunder Ukraine (7.5 min)
..the most powerful people in the world have been planning to plunder the Ukrainian economy since at least 2017. The West's favorite form of diplomacy is to use conditional loans to dismantle struggling governments and sell their assets to the rich.
Ukraine has been an attempted step toward restoring western hegemony and degrading Russia's power. It is a colossal failure, backfiring on so many levels. Not only the economic sanctions come home, but the re-orientation of most of the world allying against US domination, as evidenced in this week's SCO meeting.
Thucydides Trap sprung. Conflict and regime change operations incoming
The Duran does a good job explaining the new fair world order.
Alex also had a nice discussion of the SCO as he walks the coast of Cyprus.
Caity goes so far as to say:
It’s the critics of Western empire who actually embody values such as truth, free speech, equality, accountability for the powerful and adversarial journalism.
As a parting shot to the illusions of our system I want to feature Dr. Paul Marik and his new revelations about diet. This little discussed scam is killing far more than wars.
Dr. Paul Marik leads an eye-opening presentation on the contradictions, conflicts and untruths marketed by big pharma and big food that have resulted in dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes in the United States. Joined by Dr. Joesph Varon and Betsy Ashton, the panel takes on processed food, cholesterol and insulin pharmaceuticals and how intermittent fasting can help reverse insulin resistance and fatty liver disease.
His discoveries confirm my conclusions of healthy diet and lifestyle.
So in conclusion, is the mask of western democracy really melting away to reveal the ugly reality of western oligarchy and its lust for power and money? I think for some it is. As the sanctions continue to backfire, and the NATO proxy war(s) fails, more people will come to realize the multilayered deceptions at play....from the pandemic lockdowns, to farmer protests, to Julian's continued torture, to proxy wars costing lives and resources, it seems to me more and more people will become aware of the false narrative of American democracy. It is all about seeing through the illusion...
I look forward to your comments, observations, and stories in the comments below.