Norman D. Livergood
One of the most fundamental illustrations of the two worlds--the world of truth and the world of ignorance--is now seen daily as politicians such as Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and other leaders of the Democratic party abjectly accept the defeat of a viable, worker-benefitting healthcare bill--without raising any voice of protest. The world of ignorance now includes all those who deliberately turn a blind eye to the fact that Republican and Democratic reactionaries have made it impossible to pass a single payer healthcare bill.
The world of delusion and ignorance includes all those who voted for Obama in 2008--and continue to be conned by his pretense of being for workers. No one with any sense of decency and reason could see the ruling capitalist cabal as anything other than what it is: a bunch of gangsters who are destroying our American culture for the personal gain of themselves alone.
The war between the World of Truth and the World of Delusion was eloquently illustrated by what occurred on February 15, 2003.
On every continent of the globe, in over 60 countries and 300 cities, 10 to 15 million people protested against George W. Bush's imperialist war for oil.
The largest anti-war protest in the world's history was making it clear that the PEOPLE of the world are beginning to see the truth of what is happening around the globe, not what the politicians and the media tell them is happening
On American TV news programs, the protests were relegated to the rolling text at the bottom of the screen, while these important news stories were highlighted:
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Celebrity fluff was perpetrated by media sources owned and manipulated by rabid right supporters of Bush's imperialistic incursions into Iraq to seize the oil and reconfigure the Middle East
In his February 18, 2003, New York Times editorial, "Behind the Great Divide," Paul Krugman pointed out the same disparity between the two worlds:
"What would someone watching cable news have seen? On Saturday [2/15/03], news anchors on Fox described the demonstrators in New York as 'the usual protesters' or 'serial protesters.' CNN wasn't quite so dismissive, but on Sunday morning the headline on the network's Web site read 'Antiwar rallies delight Iraq,' and the accompanying picture showed marchers in Baghdad, not London or New York."
The World of Truth
What I mean by the "World of Truth" and the "World of Delusion" is fairly simple. There is a species of people found in all nations who are honestly trying to understand what is going on in the world. They don't always succeed, and they have different capabilities of grasping what they hear and read. So their awareness of what's really happening in the world at any given time is at a level relative to their ability to comprehend a complex picture. The essential characteristic of these people in what I'm calling the "World of Truth" is that they have a genuine desire to face up to what's happening to themselves and to the world around them.
I'm suggesting that many people within the worldwide resistance movement are honestly trying to understand what's happening in the world and are responding in ways which seem legitimate to them. I have several reasons for saying that people in the international populist alliance are genuinely trying to understand political, economic, and social events. First is my experience of receiving numerous email messages from such people, demonstrating that they are gaining increased knowledge and are waking up to what's happening around the world.
Secondly, in my association with a local progressive group, I find many people genuinely eager to understand what's going on and to respond to the destructive actions of the criminal cabal that's taken over America. And my reading of the articles and comments by and about the world progressive movement convinces me that these people are a part of the World of Truth--persons genuinely seeking to understand the world about them.
We can also identify a newly forming Internet sub-culture which is a part of this World of Truth: persons who have discovered that a dedicated group of Web news and analysis sites provide a source of information about world happenings that is superior to most of the mainstream media. A part of this sub-culture is made up of the alternative publishing companies and the radical, uncensored books they produce that help people become aware of the social-political-economic realities. Again, my experience of receiving feedback from members of this sub-culture prove to me that it is a powerful, expanding force for world betterment.
The World of Delusion
There is an opposite group which has an equally strong desire to accept whatever they're told by their social, religious, and political leaders. They do not want to find out on their own what's happening; they feel secure in what they're told by the people they recognize as authorities. I am designating these people as operating within the "World of Delusion."
The leaders within the "World of Delusion" are very happy with the attitude of their subjects, because they want unthinking, obedient underlings who take orders and don't ask questions.
I know the "World of Delusion" exists because I see it everywhere on TV--especially "news" shows--, I read articles by and about persons in this universe of deception, and I receive a few (very few, fortunately) emails from denizens of this netherworld.
The "World of Delusion" is made up of people who want to ignore, subvert, or cover up the truth.
The Truth Cover Up or Subversion of the Truth The American system should be based on fair elections to select federal and state officials. Citizens should be allowed to vote without interference and their votes should be counted in a fair and legal manner. The 2004 election was STOLEN by Karl Rove's Republican Nazis. The George W. Bush junta, with the complicity of Jeb Bush and Kathleen Harris in Florida and five conflict-of-interest Supreme Court justices, perpetrated a coup d'etat, seizing the American presidency in 2000. The American people deserve to know the truth about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon The Bush II and Obama administrations have done everything possible to make sure that the truth about this atrocity is hidden or covered up, and the "official" investigation was a blatant cover-up. Wars against Afghanistan and Iraq cannot be justified in terms of national security or the economic interests of the people The Bush and Obama administrations' wars against Iraq and Afghanistan are for the purpose of the cabal's corporate backers to seize Iraq oil, to reconfigure the Middle East (possibly to relocate the Palestinians), and to force other nations to use the U.S. dollar (instead of the Euro) as the world standard for trade The American government should be accountable to the people The Bush and Obama administrations have refused to provide information about Vice President Cheney's meetings with corporate officials in setting national energy policies which resulted in Texas-based energy corporations criminally overcharging California customers (one of hundreds of criminal acts perpetrated by the capitalist cabal) The American government should be accountable to the people The Bush and Obama administrations have placed George Bush I's presidential papers and Dubya's official papers as Texas governor out of the reach of reporters and researchers and have made CIA torture documents unavailable The American system should be based on fair and impartial administration of constitutional standards of justice The Bush and Obama administrations have unconstitutionally acted to imprison American citizens and foreign nationals without benefit of due process or counsel, without informing anyone as to where they are incarcerated or why The American system should allow for and encourages dissent on the part of citizens The Bush and Obama administrations have declared that dissent is treasonous The American system requires that the federal government act in ways to provide for the welfare of its citizens The Bush and Obama administrations have allowed corporations to steal investment and retirement funds from the people and to loot taxpayer money in the form of bailouts
The Worlds in Conflict
The conflict between the World of Truth and the World of Delusion occurs within several different dimensions:
- The physical: political, economic, social, religious, psychological
- The psychical: magic, hypnotism, occultism
- The spiritual: the Higher Consciousness overcoming the debasement of egomania
"Imagine if you can a world in which truth is one general and something we will call blindness is the opposing general. These two simple factors one must choose between. There are no neutrals. We are frankly for or against and hold our positions by the force of the effort we put forth. The great struggle is not only to conquer our opposing forces, but to reclaim and form them into fighters for the truth. It is more of a game than the mere overcoming, for we are after the plunder of human souls to salvage."
Stewart Edward White
"A month or more ago, we discussed a little book by former Czechoslovakian Communist leader, Jan Kozak. The book was titled: 'And Not A Shot Is Fired.' It details the manner in which a free country can be subverted through the use of 'pressure from above and pressure from below.' "The pressure from below is brought about by organized mob action in the streets to ostensibly oppose some governmental procedure or policy. The action in the streets is made to appear much more pervasive than it really is by a controlled news media in order to convince the general populace that it is a 'majority' campaign- even though it is being carried out by a very small number of highly trained agitators. These agitators are able to manipulate large numbers of innocent idealists, whom Lenin called 'useful idiots,' to achieve their aims.
The difficulty with this Birchite depiction of the worldwide progressive movement is that there is no "pressure from above." The Democrats in Congress are no longer an "opposition party," cave in to everything the reactionary Republican Party wants, and now creates an even more fascistic system under Obama. Also, if the anti-war and anti-globalism protests were a part of the international subversive plot, there would be more TV and print media coverage."Under this pressure from below, other activists who have been implanted in high government positions 'capitulate' and pass into law programs which they had wanted to do all along. This is the pressure from above."
Such articles as these five are helpful in reminding us that protests, rallies, and progressive initiatives of all sorts can be subverted by agents provocateur.
This seems to be what happened in Athens on February 15, 2003 during a rally against a U.S.-led war on Iraq. Dozens of hooded protestors splintered from a main body of up to 50,000 demonstrators gathered in the Greek capital for what was supposed to be a peaceful protest. The anarchist group smashed windows and burned a parked car. Greek riot police fired tear gas at the demonstrators in general.
"There are three forms of culture: worldly culture, the mere acquisition of information; religious culture, following rules; elite culture, self-development."
We must face the reality that the forces of Delusion have already conquered a number of war zones.
The forces for Truth must recognize that when awakening people to what's really happening in the world, we're not speaking to those in the "World of Delusion"--they have no interest in or capability of understanding the truth.
Our audience is THE PEOPLE of the world who are waking up to what's occurring--beyond and in contradiction to what they're being told on TV and in their newspapers.
We must expose what the Forces of Delusion are doing--in the starkest terms possible, bringing the truth into the light.
During his presidency, Bush I was badly stung by his coverup of such war crimes as Iran-Contra and the arrest of his personal agent, Noriega. During the 1989 American invasion of Panama reporters were blocked from witnessing the slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians in Panama City. Bush I held a White House news conference to boast about the dramatic assault on Panama's head honcho, Gen. Manuel Noriega.
Boastfully wisecracking with reporters, Bush wasn't aware when two major networks shifted coverage to the arrival of American soldiers killed in Panama at the Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware. Millions of viewers watched as the network television screens were split: Bush bantering with the press while flag-draped coffers were carried off Air Force planes by honor guards. Dover was the military mortuary for troops killed while serving abroad. On Bush’s orders, the Pentagon banned future news coverage of honor guard ceremonies for the dead.
The list of atrocities that the Bush and Obama juntas have perpetrated is long and nauseating--and grows daily. We can take hope from the fact that the people of the world have begun to see through the cabal's imperialist wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.
We cannot take much comfort in the fact that France, Germany, Belgium, and China are opposing the cabal's imperialist wars. The motives of these countries in speaking out against these wars reside in their desire to share in the spoils of war, the effort to perpetuate the use of the Euro as a petro-currency, and in general a struggle against a cocky, self-glorifying group of thugs they see (quite correctly) as a gang of idiots.
We must encourage the PEOPLE of the world to branch out from their protest against war to speaking and acting against:
- The outrageous corporate bailout and looting crimes
- The use of government power only for the rich
- The destruction of Constitutional liberties
- The monopolization of news media by the rabid right
- Being taken in by the Obama con-job
One of our best tactics against the "World of Delusion" is the use of humor and satire. Exposing the ridiculous antics of the Bush and Obama juntas helps people become aware of the increasing number of outrages they are perpetrating. Humor often gets through to people when even straight facts have difficulty penetrating the wall of bias and hatred.
In many instances we need to expose the fake "polls" which are run by the cabal's corporate media buddies or "freeped" by their rabid right supporters at Free Republic Network. Freeping is the term used to describe the Free Republic neanderthals flooding an online poll with their "informed opinion," changing the outcome of the poll one hundred and eighty degrees.
One of the encouraging signs of our present struggle is that people worldwide are making the distinction between being anti-cabal and anti-American. At the February, 2003 Berlin Film Festival, American film directors and actors expressed their disagreement with Bush's push for war with Iraq. They all made the point that they were anti-Bush, not anti-American and the distinction was a welcome point for Germans who oppose Bush, not Americans.
As large numbers of progressives worldwide join in our efforts to make the truth known to the people, we must work with International agencies which are not controlled by the U.S. government, such as the International Court of Justice which is currently adjudicating a case brought by Iran accusing the United States of delivering dangerous chemicals and deadly viruses to Baghdad during the eighties. When Reason and Truth regain their force in the world, we may see some unusual criminals in the docks.
Unfortunately, the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is supposed to try persons for international war crimes, has now been completely taken over by the capitalist cabal.The "war" between the "World of Truth" and the "World of Delusion" is only caused by the forces of delusion wanting to destroy the people and values of the World of Truth. Our efforts for Truth must be to see that people of all ideologies, races, nationalities, and creeds receive the equal benefit of constitutional freedoms.
The "World of Truth" is composed of people who have awakened to what is happening on this planet and want to change the world for the better. They are not necessarily limited to "workers;" they come from all walks of life. They do not see themselves involved in a Marxist "class struggle" but a battle of those seeking to understand the world and those who close their minds to what is happening. They are seekers of the Truth who celebrate their awareness of what's going on in the world and work for a better life for all people.
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