In Defense of Radicals

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
― Bertrand Russell

On the surface and defined by a conditioned society, the word “radical” is pegged to those who hold an “extreme” opinion that falls outside the paradigm designed by the opinion makers. The opinion makers are the ruling elite who reside in government, media and academia. For brevity let’s call them the “establishment.”

Now their job is to design and peddle a narrative on how the world should be looked at by the collective. After the establishment has manufactured this so-called “public opinion” and the media sets the tone for the political debate, the masses then begin to have a conversation about the prescribed way of thinking. As the general census on the current issues sets in and meshes with the political landscape of society, the ruling elite’s mission is almost complete.

This is the time when the establishment induces minor conflicts within the narrative. As the linguistic philosopher, Noam Chomsky, pointed out, “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

The media, pushed by the establishment, instigates a little strife on some of the unimportant differences on the issues at hand. Political pundits, with haughty smiles on their faces, unleash their scripted tongues in front of the camera to fire up their base. The general public, abysmally ignorant of history, the constitution and economics, use these media voices as their only references to what’s going on. And for the most part, what people know of the world, are what they’re told by their favorite news channel.

For example, the political debate that get’s initiated might sound something like this:

Should we raise taxes on the rich? Should we be funding this program or that one? Should we tackle immigration reform? Should we use military action on Iran? Should we extend unemployment benefits? Increase the minimum wage? Healthcare Reform? Gay marriage? Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice. Medicare is bankrupt, now what? And blah, blah, blah…

Now the people, unable to critically think things out, form and promote opinions based on what their party tells them. Republicans want to tackle a problem this way and the Democrats want to do it the other way. The left promotes more government theft and regulation in the economy. The right promotes a heavy police-state and a bloated defense budget to feed a harmful Foreign Policy. The constitution, either way, is never considered when promoting these policies or ideas.

This is when the masses tend to clash over trivial matters and the political discourse becomes ugly.  Both sides of the aisle dispute over the minor differences that these issue present, oblivious, of course, to the fact that nothing ever changes in the end. The problems remain the same and are just pawned off as the other party’s fault.

But the people still remain in the game.

The next step for the political class, now, is to remove self-reliance, thus creating dependence on the state or the collective. The establishment, very tactically, generates some type of motivation based on fear of scarcity. They induce a chaotic situation in which the people demand more security and more laws for the remedy. Frantically, they look to the ruling class for protection and are willing to let themselves be plundered–even more than they already are– in the name of more security.

And the sad thing is, most willingly give up a lot of their freedoms in exchange for a little bit of safety.

The people, as a whole, are usually oblivious to this happening. They don’t really care what’s going on or take the time to investigate some of the causes of society’s problems. They know nothing of the causes of 9/11 or the financial collapse of 2008. They don’t know why their tax dollars were spent on fighting a senseless war in Iraq, or Libya, or Yemen. They know little about the economic quagmire we’re in right now. As Chris Hedges wrote in his book, Empire of Illusion, “We accept the system handed to us and seek to find a comfortable place within it. We retreat into the narrow, confined ghettos created for us and shut our eyes to the deadly superstructure of the corporate state.”

When the typical person has a little time to themselves, reading and learning usually gets thrown to the back burner. It interferes with most people’s craving to be entertained. It’s cuts into TV time. Most Americans sit at computers, all day, mindlessly checking Facebook, Twitter, sports scores and emails. They work a lot because they’ve got a lot of debt to pay off. They have families to support. They are obedient and submissive to authority without a blink of afterthought. They have lives to live and cannot be bothered with the actualities of it. They just go with the flow.

These are the same folks who will show up in November at the polls and wear their little American flag sticker that says, “I Voted”, and will honestly think that they’ve done their part.

Control is now established.

The mission is complete.

But then what happens is a dissenting voice starts to rise. Independent and free-thinking individuals begin saying something that falls outside the established boundaries of approved opinions. Their views challenge the status quo. These individuals are usually those who step back for just a minute to look at what’s going on. Something isn’t right. They notice that the society they’re apart of is heading toward a cliff. The radical abruptly breaks from the ranks. But the people keep marching with pride.

Now the radical is involved, alert, and mentally fueled by the ignorance around them. They see a lie or a distortion and tell themselves, “The people must be warned.” So they do some research, look into some alternative sources and start to discover even more unsettling truths than what was initially seen.

This is when the radical starts informing people. They post articles on social media, talk to people and warn about the fabrications that most are just mindlessly excepting as status quo. They explain to people why they are being misled. Instead of dwelling on the symptoms of the crisis, like moderate Americans and the media does, the radical explains the causes of it. They explain who is involved and why. People start to listen.

But then the governing class catches wind of this small faction of truth-tellers. The ruling elite and high priests of society initiate a campaign of ridicule toward these individuals. They call them harsh names and warn the masses of their dangers. They divvy out empty phrases like “a threat to national security” and deem the radical a “traitor” to his country. Again as Chomsky observed, “That’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything.” After the ruling elite gains support from the public, they work quickly to smash these dissenting voices.  And with the full force of cable news, newspapers and academia behind them, they are very efficient in doing this.

But who are these radicals and what do they believe?

The great philosopher of liberty, Murray Rothbard, explains in one of his greatest essays, that radicals are “Radical in the sense of being in total, root-and-branch opposition to the existing political system and to the State itself. Radical in the sense of having integrated intellectual opposition to the State with a gut hatred of its pervasive and organized system of crime and injustice. Radical in the sense of a deep commitment to the spirit of liberty and anti-statism that integrates reason and emotion, heart and soul.”

The radical, in truth, is one who recognizes that the state is a legal monopoly of force. The money they get is only abstracted by force on the workers and producers. They understand that the state is only in existence because of the public’s consent. And for the state to maintain this consent, they utilize deceitful and immoral methods to trick the public into trusting in its good intentions. The radical sees through all these shenanigans and promotes ideas of liberty, peace and sound monetary policies. The radical sees the state as a menace to humanity, and believes, with whole heart, that it must be abolished, and replaced with a decentralized form of localized governing.

This was the original intent of America’s founders.

Unlike typical Americans, radicals don’t push for reforms or moderate changes in policies. The radical calls for an all-out different way of thinking. They understand change will never come through politics because the game is rigged.  They understand that great ideas never require force. And so to live in a voluntary society the radical must appeal to the hearts and minds of the people. They must remind them that they hold all of the power.

The public in general looks at this “radical”, at least at first, with distaste and considers him or her a kook, a dangerous delinquent, an unpatriotic buffoon and a treacherous bastard. So the radical gets tossed aside for the time being. But he works cunningly and meticulously to get his ideas and warnings out to the people. Even with huge obstacles in his face.

But if we’re truthful to ourselves, we can’t deny the fact that its been the radical way of thinking that has been proven morally right over time.  Reasonable minds don’t have to look too far back in history to see this. It was the eccentric radical’s that have changed the world for the better. They were the brave ones who saw beyond the lies of their own place. As Plato once so keenly observed, “Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.” They’re ideas never seem imperative in their own time, but in due course, will be celebrated. Time always lags behind revolutionary ideas, but it catches up and transforms the world we know.

Take Jesus Christ. Born into this world as a criminal and died to this world as a criminal. With the word criminal, meaning, how the “authorities” defined it.  As Jesus began teaching, the radicalism of his message intrigued everyone around him. He knocked down the notion of admiring men of power and prestige and taught that no man was above the law, not even government officials. He regarded tax collectors with those of sinners (Matthew 9:9-13) and saw the virtues of private property and free and voluntary trade. He taught people to avoid money hungry courts. He taught people how to raise their consciousness to see beyond this world of form. The irony of it all is that the same people he was trying to save killed him in the end for treason. I guess truth will always be treason in empires of lies.

Take William Lloyd Garrison. One of the lone fervent voices against slavery well before the Civil War. Nobody in politics wanted to associate with this radical who had the nerve to challenge the status quo of slavery. Upon being criticized for his fiery wit and polarizing language, Garrison retorted: “I have need to be all on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt.”  He spent his whole life being called vile names, hazed, threatened to death, and scorned by a society he was trying to make right. As one Garrison biographer acknowledged, “he had the humanity to imagine a radically different society, the courage to insist upon its principles, and the faith to persist in agitation until his vision became manifest and the slaves went free.” He was a true radical in the cause of liberty.

Take Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As Wikipedia tells us about this great man, “Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. He strongly opposed Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews… He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, just 23 days before the German surrender.”  In Germany, Hitler was democratically elected and the Nazi Party was applauded by most its citizens. It took men like Bonhoeffer, who believed as he once said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”  While the majority sat by passively, Bonhoeffer decided, nope, I will not tolerate the evil upon us. In the end he paid the ultimate price for being morally just in an immoral world.

It was the radicals of America’s founding generation who agitated for the overthrow of their own coercive government. These radicals called for an all-out separation from their overlords of Great Britain, and with drastic measures, they finally threw off their monarchical allegiance for good. The founders, after the revolution, then formed a Republic based on individual liberty and peace, unlike today’s America of tyranny and empire. Thomas Jefferson, probably the most intense in his advocacy for liberty among the founders, believed the only true way to maintain freedom was to have a rebellion at least every 20 years. This is radical, but he was right, as long as the rebellion is peaceful.

There are a plethora of other examples we could look to, but, I believe you get the point.

As America is thrusting to the point of no return, morally and financially, now is when radicals are needed the most.

We have an out of control ruling class that are dumbing down our kids in the public school system. We let the huge pharmaceutical companies, backed by the FDA, conduct their own fabricated studies on the effectiveness and safety of their own products.  We’re overmedicated. We are passive. We are a society who remains silent as the President murders hundreds of innocent children by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. We let our military go all over the world to fight unnecessary conflicts without a declaration of war from congress. We let the President sign a bill that allows him to assassinate and jail any American he wants without due process. We have a media that reports whatever the government tells them to report and we believe them. We look to Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden as traitors for telling us what our government is really up to.

America has a huge epidemic of cognitive dissonance. We hold too many contradictory opinions. We brag about our freedom while despising those who show us that it just might be an illusion. There is a massive gap between what people believe is reality to what it in fact is.

As we salute our troops for “protecting our freedoms”, there is someone’s home in America getting raided, unconstitutionally, because it might be harboring a plant deemed a no-no.

It’s illegal to farm our own food and produce and sell our own milk.

The government’s “war on terror” creates more terrorists. The “war on drugs” creates more crime. The “war on poverty” makes us poorer.

The government racks up an unpayable 17 trillion dollar debt, and makes us believe it is our fault. “The rich aren’t paying their fair share” we cry out. It’s amazing.

Radicals are needed more than ever.

It’s time to return to a society based on individualism, brotherly love, voluntarism and peace. A place where the entrepreneurial spirit is applauded and war is always questioned. A country that the founders hoped we’d uphold.

Moderate American’s will never get the job done. They’ll just go on voting and remain quiet in living their ordinary lives.

Radicals are needed more than ever.

And the good news is…

They’re coming.

Thanks to social media, alternative media, brave journalists, Wikileaks, and whistle-blowers, normal everyday people are starting to hear the truth. The tide is turning on the old ways of the vertical, top-down structure of society. Peace and Liberty will one day be the pillars of our community again.

It must!

25 Signs you Might be a Neocon

Here are 25 signs that you might be a one of them new age conservatives known as Neocons…

  1. If you are skeptical of the government’s domestic agenda like meddling in the economy, regulations and Obamacare, but have unwavering faith in the government when it comes to foreign policy, you might be a neocon.
  2. If you love to talk about “freedom” and “liberty”, but support the government’s expensive and deadly war on drugs, you might be a neocon.
  3. If you are proud that you belong to the “Party of Lincoln”, a president who shredded the Bill of Rights, declared war on his own country, subsidized the railroad industry, evaporated states’ rights and destroyed any possibility of the United States to have a limited decentralized government, you might be a Neocon.
  4. If you consider Ronald Reagan, who increased the deficit and expanded government, to be your favorite president, you might be a neocon. (See my take on the real Reagan here)
  5. If you support a family values agenda, which allows the state to physically force good morality onto its subjects, you might be a neocon.
  6. If you love to talk about the constitution but ignore it when it comes to the part about the power to declare war resides with congress, you might be a neocon.
  7. If you think people who refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance, which was wrote by a socialist, to be un-American, you might be a neocon. ( See why I don’t say the Pledge here)
  8. If the extent of your knowledge is conceived through mainstream news agencies or Rush Limbaugh, you might be neocon.
  9. If you’ve ever said, “I like Ron Paul except for his foreign policy”, you might be a neocon.
  10. If you are highly critically and are always knocking Obama and didn’t have this same disdain for Bush, who both have over 95% of the same policies, you might be a neocon.
  11. If you love to quote the Founding Fathers but have never really read anything they’ve ever wrote or said, you might be a neocon.
  12. If your intellectual grasp on the constitution is from what protrudes from the mouth of Bill O’Reilly or any other lame talking pundit, you might be a neocon. (See Tom Woods here)
  13. If your patriotic fervor numbs any ounce of empathy outside these imaginary borders we call a nation, you might be a neocon.
  14. If you believe that the so-called terrorists want to kill Americans because of our freedoms and not because of our government’s aggressive, inhumane foreign policy, you might be a neocon.
  15. If you hypocritically have a strong stance against abortions here at home, but the killing of innocent children by US drone strikes all over the Middle East doesn’t faze you, you might be a neocon.
  16. If you believe the Patriot Act to be patriotic, you might be a neocon.
  17. If you think that bringing the troops home from two unwinnable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is stupid because Charles Krauthammer said so, you might be a neocon.
  18. If you think that George W. Bush was a decent president even though he increased overall government spending more than any administration since LBJ, unleashed a string of undeclared and bankrupting wars and submitted to socialism to fix the “free-market”, you might be a neocon.
  19. If you believe, in defiance of our Founding Fathers, in preemptive war to achieve desired ends, you might be a neocon.
  20. If you naively think that a nation can have a limited government while at the same time maintaining an empire, you might be a neocon.
  21. If you think that George Washington’s warning  to “steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world was misguided, and cling to an unconditional support for Israel, no matter the cost, you might be a neocon.
  22. If you vote for the lesser of two evils in national elections and don’t realize that you’re still voting for evil when you do this, you might be a neocon.
  23. If you insanely  want to bomb Iran even though it’s been shown that they’ve stopped their program to build nuclear weapons and are willing to talk to the US government, you might be a neocon.
  24. If you believe Marco Rubio is the future for the conservative movement, even though he voted for the NDAA bill that demolishes individual liberty, you might be a neocon.
  25. If you’re going to vote for Mitt Romney, who was the author of Obamacare, supported the $7 trillion Medicare part D and the 2008 bailouts, and really in your heart believe that things are finally going to change, you might be the biggest neocon of them all. (I explain why I don’t vote here)

Lincoln, Wilson & FDR: Mythical Presidents and Americans Who Worship Them

The characteristics of a great president are one who abides by the constitution, protects individual freedom, doesn’t overreach their designated powers and honestly represents the people of the country. So my question is: Why are Lincoln, Wilson and FDR always considered by academia, media, historians and most people, the greatest presidents in American history?

All three of these men as president overreached their designated powers, ignored the constitution and failed at peace. These three presidents took on a dictatorial role in governing this country and exploited the will of the people. And coincidentally, all three participated in the biggest wars the modern world has seen. Should these presidents be celebrated and admired for overseeing the most bloodiest and avoidable wars in our countries short history? And then on the other hand, peaceful presidents like Grover Cleveland who vetoed 2/3 of all bills that came to his desk because he actually abided by the constitution, barely make a history book, let alone a face on Mount Rushmore.

Abraham Lincoln, practically worshiped by the both political parties, is arguable America’s first real dictator. As all other civilized countries abolished slavery with peaceful measures, Lincoln plunged America into the deadliest war in its history, killing over 600,000 people. The motive of this war, according to Lincoln didn’t have anything to do with slavery. “My paramount object…”, Lincoln wrote, “is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it.”

By waging war on his own country, “Lincoln did not hesitate to act as a dictator when doing so served his purpose”, according to Robert Higgs in his great book, Against Leviathan. During the war, Lincoln imprisoned political dissidents, skeptical war journalists and anyone who questioned his war effort.  He suspended the writ of habeas corpus, closed down newspapers, monitored telegrams, enacted military conscription etc. Because of Lincoln, individual liberty took a backseat to tyranny for the first time in the United States since its secession from the British Empire.

Was the death and destruction as a result of this war really justified? Or was it waged so Lincoln could “maintain boundaries of an existing federal union, as if those boundaries possessed some sacred status.” Lincoln never respected the states, congress or the constitution; seemingly, he was a manipulative politician who didn’t believe slavery worth fighting for and instead, according to Gore Vidal, had an “overriding vision: to save the Union” and form “it into a modern industrialized, national state so powerfully and tightly coherent that nothing can tear it apart again.”

Again and again we’re taught that Lincoln was an honest and noble man who cured the disease of slavery in America by virtue of his precise actions. But in reality, it’s just part of the gallant narrative to glorify the state and to rationalize the atrocities it has committed on its own people.

In the end, the war resulted with the death of 3 percent of the population (many were civilians), decades of economic stagnation and the massive expansion of the government. And Lincoln, until his dying day, insisted on the deportation of all blacks, because he truly believed they would never fit into society with the white man.

And yet, millions of Americans each year go to DC and stand in awe at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial to idolize the so-called “Great Emancipator.”

Woodrow Wilson, the intellectual academia idol, was responsible for the biggest foreign policy blunder in the past century. According to the historian Jim Powell, Wilson’s intervention in Europe during WWI “ushered in revolution, terror, runaway inflation, dictatorship and mass murder.”

During this senseless war which killed over 9 million people, Wilson used his authoritarian power to imprison people here at home who dissented against America’s intervention, labeling them “treasonous” and “traitors.” As Americans were told the troops are overseas fighting for their freedoms, here at home their freedoms were be squashed in result of the war effort.

War is always the biggest oppression of freedom, but it’s always sold to the people as the direct opposite.

A wave of totalitarian repression swept across the “land of the free” during this horrific time. Wilson’s war was waged, like all American wars, through propaganda and for economic interests. This war resulted in many unnecessary deaths, domestic tyranny and ended with the disastrous Versailles Treaty-which wrongly put the blame for the war on Germany. This inevitably led to WWII.

It should be of no surprise that Woodrow Wilson, a man who lied his nation into war and whose actions ultimately paved the road to another World War, would win the Nobel Peace prize in 1919.

Franklin D. Roosevelt is another president who is utterly praised as one of the greatest. Twelve years into FDR’s Great Depression, WW 2 was blazing in Europe. FDR promised the people that he wanted no part in involving America with another foreign war. Little did the people know that the president was hungry for this war. The polls prior to the attacks on Pearl Harbor showed a whopping 80 percent of the American public opposed to entering another war in Europe. FDR needed more support.

Thanks to America’s Freedom of Information Act and Robert Stinnett’s well-researched book, Day of Deceit, the author came to the unfortunate conclusion that FDR knew well in advance of the imminent attack on Pearl Harbor. The author of this great book show’s how Japanese transmissions were indeed intercepted my the U.S government, which confirms that FDR knew of the attack prior. Evidence also shows that FDR withheld vital information from the Admirals in Pearl Harbor that could have been used to prevent the attacks. Instead of going to the people and pleading his case for American involvement in this war, Stinnett illustrates, instead, that FDR provoked Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor.  The president successfully maneuvered Japan into “firing the first shot”, his thought-out conniving plan all along. After this “surprise attack”, FDR now had overwhelming public support. The backdoor into WWII was now opened.

The truth is, FDR provoked the attack and sacrificed the lives of over 2,000 Navy men to gain support for his war effort. Americans were duped yet again into another war. Some say that FDR lying the US into war is justifiable because Hitler needed to be stopped. This is a credible argument. Hitler was an evil maniac. But so was Stalin, who FDR befriend in alliance with the war effort.

John V. Denson makes a good point in his book, A Century of War, when he writes, “A huge monument has been erected in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the ‘greatness’ of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On the monument is a quotation from Roosevelt—‘I hate war’—indicating falsely to the public that he was a president who sought peace rather than war.” Instead of this propaganda “perpetrated upon the American people”, Denson recommends that a recording of the Pearl Harbor sailors pleading for life, trapped inside the hull of the half sunken battleship Oklahoma, be played “every hour at the Roosevelt Memorial to remind Americans of the treachery of their commander-in-chief.”

The reason we’ve been hoodwinked into worshiping these three presidents is because they embody the absolute power of the state. We’ve shed the dreams of liberty, peace and prosperity from our Founding Fathers and adopted an imperial outlook for our country. Americans love war or I should say, the idea of war. We have been conditioned to espouse the militarism mindset purveyed to us from all outlets of our society. We’ve grown accustomed to permanent war.

American patriotism is rooted in an orgy of preventable wars, totally oblivious to the ill-conceived origins and of the stifling of freedoms that comes with its aftermath. In America, the adoration for the flag and its patriotic zeal is derived from the misguided sense of the righteousness of its wars. The notion that political leaders might have a devious motive for waging a war never entertains the minds of the country’s “patriots.” The war effort always has blind support. This is how the state so easily bamboozles the masses to conform to its purposes and atrocities.

As time passes, history is written with a favorable tone toward those who led these so-called great wars. Rarely are the intentions of these leaders scrutinized or criticized. But instead, they’re glamorized with a heroic storyline. This is what gives birth to the patriotic myths of a nation. This is what gives birth to the mythical heroism we allot our political leaders.

Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War

Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War by  Andrew Bacevich

304 pages, Metropolitan Books

“Americans can ill afford to indulge any longer in dreams of saving the world, much less remaking it in our own image. The curtain is now falling on the American Century.”

In his book, Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, Andrew Bacevich brings forth a sobering assessment of the United States foreign policy. Bacevich, a former U.S. Army colonel, spent majority of his life subject to authority and was someone who easily yielded his intellect for the conventional wisdom preached. Late in his life he came to the astonishing revelation that the “powerful…reveal truth only to the extent that it suits them” and it’s usually “wrapped in a nearly invisible filament of dissembling, deception, and duplicity.” Not truth, but public perception was what mattered to the demagogue’s in Washington.

Bacevich’s worldview fundamentally changed when he realized that the United States’ newly manifested power and its push for global leadership had underlying dubious intentions. The author awoke to the reality that “policy makers” are “heedlessly” thrusting their own country into “open-ended” global wars without any “notion of what victory would look like.” The cost of these wars with money and lives, are never methodically analyzed. To America’s corrupt policy-makers… the cost is irrelevant.

Eisenhower gave America a grave warning in his last speech as president when he stated “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplace power exists and will persist” and he went on to caution that “only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry” would be able to tame these dangerous powers that be. The president’s warning was ignored and now we are paying the price.

The US now spends as much on their military as the rest of the world combined. The Pentagon spends over $700 billion annually on endless occupations, including 761 bases in 39 different foreign countries. The empire is spread thin. The politicians and corporate thugs are fattening their pockets at the expense of soldier’s lives. They’re using our money to fight these plutocratic, self-interest wars while persuading our young kids that its their patriotic duty to fight in them.

Washington Rules starts with brief the history of the CIA.  Not long after its formation in 1947, the group started to involve itself in clandestine wars, assassinations, regime overthrows and by current definition…state-sponsored terrorism. The author reveals how the CIA hyped up the Communist scare back in the 50’s for beneficial reasons for the agency. They knew that the populace is more easily manipulated and guided when they are consumed with fear. (Exactly what the “War on Terror” has done to our generation) The goal of the CIA back then and today is to persuade Americans that nothing is “more important than national security.” We bought it back then. We buy it now.

The author continues with the shady history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He gives details on how state-sponsored terrorism was conducted by the US to try to “unseat Castro”, which turned out to be a massive failure.  The Operation Northwoods documents prove that in 1962, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed a series of ways, some of them deadly, to deceive the American people in order to finagle a war against Cuba. President Kennedy was determined to annihilate the Cuban Revolution at all costs. Americans, still to this day, blame the Soviet Union for the Cuban missile crises and glorify Kennedy for saving the day and for preventing WW3. This narrative is the conventional knowledge that we accept without questioning the root causes. The US governments persistent meddling, interventions, and occupations are never seen as the provoker in this bogus storyline.  The Vietnam War was no different. The US installed Ngo Dinh Diem as president of South Vietnam in 1953. One decade later, the US government “overthrew Diem and murdered him” so they could “re-energize the war against Viet Cong.” This opened the floodgates to the most unnecessary debacle of a war in our nation’s history.

This brings us to today’s wars. In attempt to keep Americans “safe”, the US government has adopted the Bush Doctrine of preventive war. The president can now take a whole nation to war without congressional approval and with very little rebuttal from the people. The number one mission of the military is for the politicians and generals to win the “hearts and minds” of the American people, for continued support for their dominating invasions. War has become “a spectacle, not a phenomenon” in our reality show, self-gratifying, illiterate culture.

Understanding the fact that the Republican Bush and the Democrat Obama are products of the same breed is the hardest actuality to try to break through the ideological barriers of a misled, two-party democracy. They’re puppets in this plutocratic, corporate-interest regime which is financially and morally bankrupting the American people. The author once stated “one of the great lies about American politics is that Democrats genuinely subscribe to a set of core convictions that make Democrats different from Republicans. And the same thing, of course, applies to the other party. It’s not true.” The two –party system is a distracter used by the state to keep folks divisive and ideologically enchained.

Furthermore, our Founding Fathers understood that nations which are defined by imperial power are destined for ruin. The “War on Terror” is the US government’s path to permanent warfare. The soldiers are instruments of the state, perversely used as show-muscle of imperial powers in which fatten the pockets of the corporate and political elite. We swallow these “War on Terror” lies continuously.

The time has come to shatter this manufactured fear with intellect and action before our once great nation turns into a Orwellian police- state nightmare. To continue on this same path is utterly insane. I would rather be free and endure the burden of chance than to be “safe” and surrender my liberties to the dishonest Oligarchy than runs our government.

After reading Washington Rules, you’ll come to a startling understanding on how the US global interventions, occupations, and wars have been the Credo in Washington ever since WW2 and if not stopped in the near future, will send our nation into a tailspin of “insolvency and perpetual war.” This book is a challenge for Americans to break free from the conformed mass-media propaganda that has saturated our minds and to confront the illusions, contradictions and deceit that our own government is displaying. Americans have become totally immune to the illegal wars their government wages all over the globe. War doesn’t faze us anymore and our empathy has been suppressed by a false set of beliefs. We as people no longer blink when the US kills hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the Middle-East or ravage small villages and the lives of poor folks. Our compassion has been diluted by patriotism. The state has molded our brains to define the term “patriotism” as meaning love for government and its agenda. When in actuality, dissent from a leviathan form of government is the highest form of patriotism. We easily accept the corrupt system of militarism/corporatism handed down to us from generation to generation. The citizens of this country seem to have “forfeited any capacity” to question our so-called “National Security” policies. One might be labeled “extreme” or “unpatriotic” if they challenge the motives of their own government.

The futility of democracy has been exposed. The people must wake up and understand that we’re being had by the biggest criminals in the country, which all reside in Washington DC. Dissent is our only hope with the truth being our strongest weapon.