I call it mental colonization. The corporations learned long ago, by hiring the best and brightest from the world of psychology, they can control the population by feeding us images and ideas over and over again. And since the corporations now control most governments around the world we see them doing much the same.
Take the economic crisis here in the U.S. for example. The public has now largely swallowed the line that the best way to deal with the economic collapse is to cut spending which essentially means gutting things like Social Security, education, and programs for the mentally ill. Structural adjustment they call it. The brainwashing has reached the point that large percentages of the public have “internalized their oppression” and have become advocates for the agenda of the oligarchy.
In almost all the coverage of the coalition government’s proposed cuts to university funding, as a result of a review conducted by Lord Browne, the former CEO of BP (whose qualifications for such a role have never been adequately explained), it has been noted that the reduction in funding announced in George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review — from £7.1 bn to £4.2 bn — amounts to a 40 percent cut, to be replaced by increases in fees, from the current rate of £3,290 a year to anywhere between £6,000 and £9,000 a year.
After nearly two years out, I can imagine George W. Bush writing his successor the following letter:
Dear President Obama:
As you know I’ve been peddling my book Decision Points and while doing interviews, people ask me what I think of the job you’re doing. My answer is the same: He deserves to make decisions without criticism from me. It’s a tough enough job as it is.
But their inquiries did prompt me to write you to privately express my continual admiration for the job you are doing. Amazing! I say “privately” because making my sentiments public would not do either of us any good, if you know what I mean.
In the past few years, radical Cuban exiles in Miami have toned down their act. By toned down I mean they don’t necessarily kill Americans who might tend to disagree with them which was sometimes their practice during the past 50 years. That never stopped them from killing people in Cuba, and from making it a priority to kill Fidel Castro at all costs. Two of the best known of these wanted international terrorists, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles live openly in the Miami Cuban community. But if that were not enough, a radical exile group recently gave an award to Bosch, at the University of Miami, which has caused an uproar among academics at the school. Here is a letter sent after the event.
The US lead NATO mission in Afghanistan is heating up while NATO struggles with the costs and its own existence. NATO, first conceived as a balance to the Soviet Union during the Cold War is looking for relevance in the 21st century. Rick Rozoff, the manager of Stop NATO International argued that NATO no longer has any relevance, and should be stopped, both in Afghanistan and elsewhere. NATO has grown from 12 to 28 members, and is merely serving the purposes of the US and other major Western European powers. Rozoff said, NATO does not promote democracy as many believe, in fact it does the opposite, intervening in the affairs of other nations to secure energy, resources, safety and trade routes for the major western powers; Afghanistan is a prime example of this. And the Afghan war is becoming the model for NATO moving forward in the 21st century. NATO has evolved from a defensive pact between nations to an offensive global entity, one the US touts as an alternative to the UN.
The recently concluded North Atlantic Treaty Organization Treaty summit in Portugal gave Washington everything it demanded from its 27 NATO allies, at least 20 NATO partners providing troops for the war in Afghanistan, the European Union and Russia.
The U.S.-controlled North Atlantic Alliance endorsed without reservations and even without deliberations American plans to include all of Europe in the Pentagon’s and its Missile Defense Agency’s worldwide interceptor missile system. The summit’s declaration states: “NATO will maintain an appropriate mix of conventional, nuclear, and missile defence forces. Missile defence will become an integral part of our overall defence posture.”