Exclusive: The flag is a very touchy subject by Shawn S. Grandstaff

by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 22, 2009

Here is what people say, “The flag represents freedoms that countless Americans have fought and died to defend”. My question is, really? I thought they were fighting for the rich elite and just didn’t know it. If you look at history, in most cases all you will see are freedoms being taken away. So when people say, “Americans have fought and died to defend freedom” does that make much sense, or am I missing something?

Capital and gain mixed with propaganda and technology has created the current and past system that is controlling everything. In other words, capitalism ran by an oligarchy. This is not new per se, or just recently, but has been around since the beginning of the founding of this country. History can be damning but it must be seen. If we never face ourselves then who are we, and what do we really believe?

Slavery was never right, for any reason at all, but was justified and legal when they wrote, “all men are created equal”. What did they really mean? It seems to me that it was only meant for the rich white elite. It had to be to justify slavery. These same people are still controlling everything while whoring around (no offense to prostitutes) with corporations exploiting humanity. And in the middle of all this madness, the majority (zombies) is feeding on self-help shit preached from people that are not even free, just so they don’t have to feel guilty for not doing anything. The government loves this it promotes selfish capitalism. Maybe I am crazy, but I just cannot see living a “self-help happy life” during so much tragedy. When will humanity be free? As technology advances and government propaganda succeeds we will have NO freedoms to die for just make believe. These are just thoughts that cross my mind.

Here are some thoughts from Jacques Ellul:

“It is the emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda techniques on a societal scale. The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment. Mass media provides the essential link between the individual and the demands of the technological society.”

“…what is at issue here is evaluating the danger of what might happen to our humanity in the present half-century, and distinguishing between what we want to keep and what we are ready to lose, between what we can welcome as legitimate human development and what we should reject with our last ounce of strength as dehumanization. I cannot think that choices of this kind are unimportant.”

from the archives:

A letter to the church By Shawn Grandstaff

Happiness Consultants Won’t Stop a Depression by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges: How did such a sizeable portion of modern society develop into a post-literate, fantasy-fueled, perma-reality show?

I’m Tired of Being a Hypocrite by Shawn S. Grandstaff

Dying to the World and the American Dream Lie