Thursday, December 16, 2010
I sure hope the girls win the "Amazing Race"...
Fear, deception and power: how we happily relinquish our freedoms
We’re being played like a fine musical instrument.
We often don’t know it, and we don’t want to know it. The truth about how we’re being controlled and manipulated is harsh and unpleasant to contemplate. Instead of accepting it, we prefer to reinforce the illusion of our own freedom.
With shocking events like 9/11, the Kennedy assassination, and numerous apparent acts of international terrorism, we are “traumatized” into willingly transferring what little power we have left to a small but powerful elite that has its own agenda. And the process is accelerating.
Imprisonment without trial, wiretaps without warrants, video surveillance, efforts to control and restrict the Internet, torturing of detainees, monitoring of private emails, and the innovation of airport “body” scanners, are all part of the increasing consolidation of control. And it’s all under the guise of “security.”
In the name of fighting terrorism, The Patriot Act and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in the United States have ramped up the stakes. Obsessions with border security keep us focused on threats from the outside – so much so that we don’t see what we’re giving up.
Instead of trying to understand these events, we’d rather focus on our cell phones laptops, and video games. As long as we have some flashy toys and a comfortable place to sleep, we won’t make waves. We’ll even defend the elite’s agenda, and ridicule those who stand against it.
This doesn’t mean we’re all consciously turning a blind eye to our own enslavement. But we’re manipulated easily because we’re not aware of the mechanisms of control; we don’t see the connections between events. We allow ourselves to be powerless because we don’t connect the dots.
And that’s just how the people who wield real power like it. But maintaining the illusion that we’re making free choices requires a great deal of manipulation on the part of the powerful. And what’s the key item in the elite’s bag of tricks?
Fear. It works every time.
As long as we can be kept constantly terrorized by external threats, we’ll willingly give up more and more of our freedoms, and we’ll support actions like the Iraq War that kill hundreds of thousands. When the truth of that agenda slips out, as it did in the case of Iraq, we accept explanations of “incompetence.”
This brings us to the ugly truth. Many of the horrible and depraved events that we’ve been confronted with are perpetrated not by terrorists who “hate our freedoms,” but by the people we trust to represent us and protect us.