Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
“I have a simple question: why do we fight?” asks therehastobeaway at Daily Kos.
Do wars result from the vestigial behaviors of our evolutionary past? Do we fight because doing so achieves swifter outcomes than does diplomacy? Do we do so because our weapons and our war tactics are more advanced relative to our political skill sets? Or is it that we view democracy as a necessarily bloody oasis between stasis and revolution?
therehastobeaway attempts to crack this conundrum even while ignorantly promoting the myth of the “mid-century war of moral necessity”, and eventually concludes on the vague, defeatist note that America’s “addiction to war goes back to our very beginnings.” Like many on the dissident Right, therehastobeaway would like to attribute a public policy to its ideological basis, whether real or imagined – “exporting democracy” and so forth.
An empty ideology can certainly furnish the pretext for a war as it is sold to the gullible public; but erratic white nationalist Alex Linder asks what this writer believes is a more pertinent question: “Why do white people believe everything they fucking hear?”
Put simply, the answer is full-spectrum dominance in the media by those who stand to profit from war. The differences between liberals and conservatives are negligible when it comes to their support for American military intervention. The Left is largely acquiescent or willfully ignorant when it comes to the conflicts pursued by those they elected – the Nobel Peace Prize winner, conqueror of Libya, and eye-gouger of North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Russia presently occupying the White House, for instance – but it is clearly the Right, or what passes for a Right in the tepid political climate of the United States, that has been conditioned to salivate at even the most preposterous exhortations to invade foreign countries, even as they are embarrassed to defend the demographic integrity of their homeland.
What is the ultimate source of “everything” these depressingly sheep-brained whites “fucking hear”? Much of what they hear comes from “conservative” hyper-Zionist talk radio personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Dennis Miller, and Michael Savage – bloodthirsty war cheerleaders all. What else, apart from being professional brainwashers and Israel-lickers, do these despicable characters have in common? Their programs, along with those of lesser neoconservative lights John Batchelor, Chris Plante, and Herman Cain, are all distributed by the entertainment octopus Cumulus Media.
What power lurks behind Cumulus – over the clouds, as it were? A glance at its profile via Nasdaq reveals that major Cumulus shareholders include the investment firms Vanguard Group, State Street, and BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors. So what, the reader may be asking? These three entities – Vanguard Group, State Street, and BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors – show up again and again among the institutional owners of millions of shares in overgrown military-industrial contractors – Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics, to name just four.
Dispensing with such psychological relics as ethical consciousness of conflicting interests, an investor would be remiss not to ensure that his various assets are administered harmoniously, so that each buy adds value to the next and so strengthens the portfolio as a whole. Clearly, crafty cohorts like Vanguard Group, State Street, and BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors have successfully specialized in one of the most lucrative rackets imaginable: sell the justifications for war via the media, pumping up support for hawkish foreign policy among the masses, and then peddle the means of prosecuting that war – or any war – to the purchased functionaries traipsing the putative corridors of power. International bedlam, in turn, furnishes the TV and radio personalities with ratings bait, or at least something more exciting to publicize than the typical gripes about tax structure.
“Maybe you think banks own themselves,” writes Steven Hager, “but, in fact, our biggest banks are owned by a small group of investment companies, a concentration of power likely beyond your imagination.” Hager continues:
Sadly almost nothing is known about the people who own and run these corporations or who they might be answering to (although I can assure you the banking world is peppered with spooks of all stripes). While headlines may talk about people like Donald Trump or the Koch Brothers, they never seem to peer very deeply into our banking system do they? But you can figure out some of this on your own because the data is available to anyone with access to the web. Just type in the name of any bank or Fortune 500 company, and the bigger they are, the more likely they’ll be owned by a combination of the companies below. Lots of people talk about the power of Goldman Sachs, but that company, for example, is owned by Capital Group, Vanguard and State Street.
In addition to BlackRock, State Street, and Vanguard, Hager cites Capital Group, Massachusetts Financial Services, and Fidelity as other disturbingly megalithic entities.
Typical of this ultra-elite money class is the aptly monikered Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock. For those unfamiliar with him, Fink was a pioneer in the now-notorious field of toxic mortgage-backed securities and has a lavish lifestyle to show for it. He “has homes in Manhattan and Vail, Colorado as well as a 26-acre country estate in North Salem, New York, 50 miles from his New York City office,” according to The Huffington Post. “He owns a private Gulfstream G-550 jet. Last year [i.e., in 2012 . . .] he earned $75.8 million, making him the highest paid financial services CEO in the country.” Fink is also a member of the war-hawking Council on Foreign Relations.
That figures like Fink might be found plucking the puppet strings behind such enterprises as Fox News and Cumulus Media might not be too surprising to a liberal, who probably imagines that by turning to MSNBC or CNN, he is certain to encounter more accurate information and commentary on world affairs. But who owns Comcast and Time Warner, the recently wedded parent organisms of these networks? Vanguard, State Street, and BlackRock/Barclays are again among the top shareholders. Liberals therefore get the same CIA lies as conservatives, but with a more palatably dovish feint.
Not even liberal Hollywood escapes the corporate propaganda matrix’s influence – and movies in fact are an integral tool in reinforcing the financial sector’s agenda. Every stupid intervention-glorifying WW2/“Holocaust” movie or mass murder epic like American Sniper (2014) originates from the same rats’ nest of military-industrial interests. American Sniper, as an example, was made by Warner Bros., a division of military-industrial-financial asset Time Warner, while the eerily portending Pearl Harbor (2001) was a production of Touchstone Pictures, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, owned in large part by State Street, Vanguard, and BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors.
Starting to notice a pattern?
[4/24/15: UPDATE for those interested]