We are turning ourselves into Pavlov’s bitch and if informed consent is a joke, democracy is a myth.
For me, it’s all about journalistic integrity and a well-informed populace. I’m ecstatic whenever any media outlet does some legitimate journalism. That being said, the Fourth Estate tends to give a very skewed narrative, and to some people, it can be incredibly damaging. I’ve met people who will link a John Oliver clip and say “so much this,” rather than engaging in an actual discussion. The obvious truths, that they seem to believe they’re a gatekeeper to, are something they are completely unable to even explain; let alone debate. “I’m not here to educate you,” they’ll tout, exclaiming victory over the ignorant bigot. Frankly, it’s pathetic — it’s deflection at its finest. The uninformed not only believe that they’re enlightened, they brandish their ignorance as a weapon!
Honestly, it’s a constant battle to find truth. Everyone has an agenda, and some are better than others at hiding theirs. I don’t hide mine whatsoever: I want people to be well-informed, happy and not live as slaves (either intellectually, physically or spiritually) unless they so choose. I could namedrop /pol/, and sardonically ask “see how redpilled I am?” but /pol/ has its own biases, mantras and dogmas. I’m a writer, and to truly write a subject takes an incredible amount of research, if you take your work seriously. It takes a lot of time and effort, and I guarantee you — almost everyone willing to spoon-feed you information is trying to use you. Don’t listen to pseudo-intellectual gatekeepers — just listen to the voice deep inside yourself that calls “bullshit” when something seems deceitful.
Fox is sadly a better source of information than MSNBC, HuffPo and Buzzfeed. If you compare the amount of opinion pieces to actual journalism you’ll see what I mean. MSNBC president Phil Griffin even said his channel was “not the place” for breaking news — “Our brand is not that.” On the three days that Pew examined MSNBC was 85% opinion pieces and 15% actual journalism, Fox was 55% commentary and 45% factual reporting, and CNN was 46% discussion of the narrative and 54% news. The fourth estate has becoming a mouthpiece for government propaganda first, and a vector of journalism second. They may as well take a money shot on the face of anyone who can’t tell that they’re in bed together — it’s that obvious.
The only person you need to prove anything to in this life is yourself. As Robert Anton Wilson was apt to say: “on a planet that increasingly looks like a maximum security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.” I’m just trying to lead us away from totalitarian authoritarianism, and that’s something very easy to slip into; when many people get all of their information from a single centralized source — a handful of multinational conglomerates that work together and share goals. Decentralization has the benefit of not having the same asshole, putting on five different masks, sell you the same bullshit; it allows people to make up their own minds a bit more. It’s a few echelon’s above “alternatives” that have the same goals as the mainstream, but is still below being told the truth from the start. In this age, Bob Marley wouldn’t be singing “tell the children the truth”, he’d be screaming it!
As my teacher Bill Cooper would say: “listen to everyone, read everything, don’t trust anything unless you can prove it with your own research.” The only way to truly be right is to admit when you’re wrong or don’t know. The mysteries of this universe will not betray themselves to lazily groping hands! There is absolutely no shame in admitting that you don’t know everything and sometimes need help, in fact, it’s quite liberating to admit your biological, human, limitations. The belief that you’re meant to be illuminated the moment you’re born is just intended to keep you in place. Generally, when someone tries to tell you the real truth, they’re just trying to control you. I am as cynical as Diogenes. I expect you to question me. In fact, I hope you do and that everyone else does too. Life is a game, and it’s time to start playing to win.
After World War II, and the inherent association with the Nazis, the word “propaganda” was replaced with “public relations”, because it was more palatable to Jane and John Q. Citizen. The usage of “journalism” instead of “public relations” is identical; especially considering how badly the fourth estate has failed to create informed consent among the populace. There have been many different ways of describing the power that language has over the human mind, but I prefer the Discordian view and would simply ask you: “have you seen the Fnords?” It’s an absurdist rendition of the power of psychological conditioning; and the ability to overcome a lifetime of it. Fnord mindwashing is “one step beyond Pavlov”, in that the word leads to activation syndrome, repressing ever seeing it and attributing the anxiety to wherever it’s found. In The Illuminatus! Trilogy (Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, 1976, p255), one of the characters is taught to see the Fnords by the protagonist, and he sees them after every argument made by a Senator, in a news story about the increased use of gasmasks among New Yorkers (after every distressing chemical fact) and in a feature story about the endless saber rattling between the United States and Russia. To see the Fnords is to be able to control your fight or flight response, so that it can’t be abused by those who mean to control you. The social justice cult and the media both abuse Pavlov’s work – Fnord is almost their entire vocabulary!
One cannot think logically and emotionally at the same time, as many studies have shown. In this day and age, most of us live in something like a constant Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, with our fight or flight response being manipulated by power hungry sociopaths. They don’t want your money (they laugh at people who think Fed notes are valuable), they want your soul! I only realized this after seeing the Fnords and learning to cope with the PTSD acquired from a car accident. Statistically speaking, I shouldn’t have had the chance to try and walk off eight broken bones. This comparison is slightly anecdotal, but no less valid because it led to the realization that the same mechanism made me scream (both inside my head and aloud), cry, and pray to gods that I didn’t even believe in to make it end, right now. Any time I was in a moving vehicle was no different than the Fnord. It’s the same mechanism that fuels trigger words (literal Fnords) and the overtly emotional response people sometimes give to purely logical questions like: should someone who has committed so many crimes, so obviously, actually be respected as a presidential candidate? Should the fourth estate, which props up her corpse, be held accountable for their countless atrocious deceits?
My mentor, Aldous Huxley, once said in one of his later lectures in 1962: “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak. Producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies. So that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.” This is what the New World Order really is. The angry man yelling about water filters and male enhancement pills, who panicked a myriad of people on New Year’s Eve 1999 by saying that Russia had launched ICBM’s, is a shill. Alex Jones is the Horseshoe Theory equivalent of the social justice cult. He makes a living by making people so terrified that they buy his sensationalist exaggerations and ridiculous products. His lexicon contains nothing but Fnords and water filters.
This undeserved esteem for man, this kind of suicidal naivety and apathy, couldn’t have been fostered in any other epoch — and it is deadly. We are turning ourselves from the obedient unquestioning sheep into the extinct, and soon to be forgotten, Dodo. We are allowing our nervous systems to be brute-forced by maniacal psychopaths whose Great Work is to become literal gods on Terra, and rule over us all. We are rapidly approaching Huxley’s “Final Revolution” and nobody seems to care. We are receiving propaganda instead of journalism and most salivate, begging for more. We are turning ourselves into Pavlov’s bitch and if informed consent is a joke, democracy is a myth.