September 16, 2008

The Hype

"I don't rhyme for the sake of of riddlin'
Some claim that I'm a smuggler
Some say I never heard of 'ya A rap burgler, false media
We don't need it do we?
It's fake that's what it be to 'ya, dig me?
Don't believe the hype..."
Public Enemy

I wish I could say it as well as the people at Dandelion Salad, but I can't. So I will just give you a few clips and send you over to read the article in its entirety here. Please make sure to read the last part if you find your attention span waning. can’t control a system when most of its population doesn’t trust you. Likewise, you can’t control an alert population. Most importantly: you can’t maintain a system of quiet domination when the youth of it are angry, and are making noise in the streets. Enter Obama...

...To maintain a hegemonic system of never ending perpetual war -bent on global domination- you need a subdued and dumbed down citizenry. In particular, you need the youth not only ignorant to the hard truth, but you also need them to believe in your government. Therefore, the more cult-like you can get them the better....

...The solution to maintaining your policy goals is not to actually strip away the policies, but rather send in the perfect man to convince the masses that the policies will “change” and therefore they can go back to bed. You need the perfect oratory hitman, from your own ranks, of course. And the masses need him, because after most of a lifetime of deep-concerns revolving around ballgames, TV commercials and power-shopping they are a strained citizenry in light of the painful truth of modern years....
Read more here.


  1. Anonymous8:46 AM

    It just sounds a little too paranoid to me. Do you really think Obama has this domination in mind? Or, is he just a puppet?

  2. Traditionally, it has been easier for the left in America to organize under a Democratic President. Unlike Republican presidencies, where the Democrats are seen as the spokesperson of the left, it becomes painfully clear how indebted to the ruling class the Democrats are when they are in power.

    An Obama presidency has some progressive benefits for the workers, not least of which is the possibility of spawning greater action.

  3. @anonymous I am not sure if Obama himself has domination on the mind, but I am certain that he is a pawn in a much larger plan that the ruling class has in mind.

    American's are shocked by the imperial ambitions of their country, but imperialism is at the very root of the American experience. Since day one, America has been expanding, and Obama is just another candidate waiting in line to help that expansion.

    @Dave A democratic president, especially one labeled left and progressive is actually dangerous to the true political left in the US, because they are more readily apt to push through arbitrary reform to help ease tensions, but really these presidents have been known to continue pursuing The Wall Street agenda.

    B. Clinton is a great example of this. NAFTA, gutting of the FCC, and Serbia are just a few examples of his true allegiance.

    We will have to wait and see if this presidency will spawn great action. I doubt it.

  4. Anonymous9:37 PM

    So you bash Obama and leave us with the other alternative? Face reality and deal with it - or do you simply want to smugly assert for the next four years - "hey, don't look at me, I didn't vote for..... " how easy, how irresponsible, how pathetic. Meanwhile, what have you done that's positive for the next generation?

  5. So you bash Obama and leave us with the other alternative? Face reality and deal with it - or do you simply want to smugly assert for the next four years - "hey, don't look at me, I didn't vote for..... " how easy, how irresponsible, how pathetic. Meanwhile, what have you done that's positive for the next generation?

    Why is it always the anonymous comments that are so nasty? While I try to “smugly” veer away from nasty comments, I will respond to this one briefly. I agree with you it is irresponsible of me not to offer an alternative to the broken system. I don’t offer alternatives, because I don’t have any. I am just as confused and frustrated with the state of the world as anybody out there. I think it would be more irresponsible to offer “fix-it” solutions to a problem that is bigger than any one of us. I actually no longer live in the states. I am expat for many reasons, none of which have anything to do with my disdain for the government.

    I think that the responsible thing to do, would be to move back home and actively work to build grassroots, third party candidates, not for president, but for things like mayor, city council, school board make small changes in local communities. I often dream about the day when I will make my way back to the US and follow this passion. So you are right it is smug and irresponsible to “bash” a candidate, but I that is not my intention.

    I just want people who are being persuaded to believe that this particular candidate is a catalyst for change, to realize that he is operating beneath the weight of a much larger system. I am not trying to bash him as a man. I would love for Obama to win and come in office and prove me wrong: Pull troops out of Iraq and expose the War on Terror as a hoax, investigate IMF and World Bank policies and their effects not only 3rd world countries, but workers in the US, I would love for him to charge the entire Bush cabal with War Crimes, but honestly I don’t see this happening.

    As for the things I have done for the next generation? I would recommend spending some time at this blog and reading my other posts labeled: peace, fatherhood teaching, etc…I have dedicated my life to educating young people to think and act in a responsible, proactive, and informed manner. I know that may not be enough, but I feel it is more than voting for a candidate I don’t believe in every four years.

  6. B'Z he problem is that I don't see this kind of soul-searching among conservatives. I hate to generalize but from what I know they seem more likely to support "their guy" blindly.

    So the bottom line is, you're basically encouraging left-leaning people to "vote for Nader" (I mean this metaphorically) again.

    Given the national and global situation, I'm not sure this is the right time for a big "votes for Nader" push.

  7. I supported Nader in 04, but this time around I feel he has become a comic book character.

    I am not supporting Nader. it has gotten so bad that even my 3rd party candidate is no longer viable.

    Well done corporate media you have taken a man who has worked his entire life for the people, and turned him into a scapegoat and a joke.

    That's the way the system works. I am out of ideas.