(originally posted on 30/05/09)

http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=534

There are not many journalists out there who really say it how it is, even when faced with the blatantly obvious, which explains why a lot of people are so unaware of most of the real issues behind our current era of crisis. The few journalists that do have their good days and bad and sometimes miss the mark but they make a refreshing difference.

In this article Pilger points something very important thet has been happening in British politics for years but has been pretty muched “glossed over” by distracting people’s attention to other things, namely that the two main British political parties have converged into a “single ideology business state” with almost identical social, economic and foreign policies. This, locally and globally, is the source of most of our current woes.

He mentions “normalising the unthinkable” in relation to Blair, who deceived Britain into breaking international law and committing horrendous war crimes and genocide while being promoted by the media and rewarded with prizes for his “peace” work – at the same time pocketing huge checks from big oil for services rendered… but he only scratches the surface of that dark and twisty path; after all we live in a society where a majority watch people being murdered on screen in order to relax;  where children are taught to emulate psychopathic and exploitative behaviour in schools and whose only provided role models are selfish, vain and vacuous human beings; where powerful nations pull their enemies up for war crimes while breaking international law repeatedly themselves invading countries using pretexted casus belli and massacring millions of innocent civilians – with the “PR” help of a vastly complicit media; the list goes on and on about the things we rational, supposedly ethical people tolerate without thinking twice – or is that the Orwelian “doublethink” that has already caught us in it’s foul grasp: the capacity to maintain two absurdly conflicting truths in one’s head at the same time in a sort of unquestioned limbo ?

So if the politicians, bankers, etc have managed to pull the wool over our eyes so well and pillage our society so effectively, it is not just their fault, but ours too, for tolerating the intolerable, and compromising when a stand should have been made time after time. Add to that the naivety of thinking that all the really important information we need to ensure a good life will be brought to us on a plate at a time when money, power and media go hand-in-hand (hint: not yours) and information provides the “edge” that ensures their success.

Maybe a large part of it is emulation, where we all unconsciously accept as “normal” the behaviour of the richest and most powerful among us, however depraved and evil. We are social animals to a certain extent, so perhaps blinders kick in automaticaly when our critical thinking should be screaming injustice, in order to protect our position in the group. After all, what does a pack of wolves know about ethics ? I would hope we evolved beyond that at some point.

It seems like those that control money, power and media are symbiotic towards each other and parasitic to the rest of us. Many parasites kill their hosts if not dealt with in time so we had better watch out !

I hope I can share Mr. Pilger’s optimism about the British people.

Hmm, that gives me a few ideas for my next posts…


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