Although the term “fake news” was not part of their lexicon, the Founding Fathers understood quite well the concept. As I discussed last week in “1st Amendment was written to protect fake news,” highly partisan editors used the power of their presses to disseminate their views with little concern over whether they were being truthful or even upheld basic standards of decorum.
Newspapers, pamphlets and broadsheets provided nourishment to both spark the American Revolution and keep it alive. Doubtless King George thought the ongoing lists of grievances colonial editors proclaimed against the crown were at best overblown if not outright lies.
As Ken Burns notes in his book , Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and The Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism:
Certainly the war would not have begun as soon as it did without the encouragement of the press. As New York Journal editor John Holt said on one occasion to Sam Adams, “It was by means of News papers that we receiv’d & spread the Notice of the tyrannical Designs formed against America, and kindled a Spirit that has been sufficient to repel them.
And almost certainly, the war would not have ended with an American victory in a period of seven years from the first shot to signed treaty had not the newspapers – and some pamphlets – constantly reminded the colonists of the cause they shared, thereby inspiring the valor of soldiers and the patience and support of civilians.
The British knew it, too. The Boston Gazette was the only paper on their hit list before the war began, but as battles raged and patriot prose became ever more the tie that bound the colonies into a makeshift nation, the British set upon print shops as they did stray battalions of colonial militia. Sometimes, rather than wrecking the supplies and equipment, they stole them and delivered them to Tory publishers for more sympathetic use.
How the Rockefellers coopted modern medicine and used polio to create vaccine mythology for profit by Bob Livingston, Personal Liberty [original column here]
As the 19th Century turned over to the 20th, John Davidson Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust was coming under increasing public pressure, receiving mounds of bad publicity and was even beginning to feel political pressure even as the company amassed more power.
In 1892 the Ohio Supreme Court had declared the Standard Oil Trust to be an illegal monopoly and ordered its dissolution. The company complied with the court’s order in appearance, but in reality the directors and trustees all held their power and positions and, if anything, the company just amassed more power and wealth as it diversified.
U.S. government action to break up the Trust began in earnest in 1901 with actions to charge the Trust with violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act that had been passed in 1890. In addition to oil and gas companies, refineries, transportation companies and banks, Rockefeller owned politicians and the political process.
So Rockefeller, the richest man in the world, was becoming “the most hated man in America” by virtue of the negative press over his monopolistic practices and his bucking of the government’s actions to break it up. Now he sought to own the public relations by bribing public opinion through a pretended interest in their health. Continue reading →
Almost everything you think and do is against your best interest and you don’t even realize it. It’s planned that way.
The state seeks absolute control of your mind, body and spirit. Can the state succeed? It has, but only a precious few ever know.
Your mind and your thoughts are not your own. Almost every thought you have channels you toward the state.
By the time a child grows up and goes through the public (non)education system, he or she has no thoughts of his or her own. By the time that person is finished with college, the system has sealed his or her thought processes so that nothing is questioned. The imperative to inquire beyond what comes from the propaganda media and our leaders is gone.
Our minds are so smug in darkness and organized confusion that we are complete automatons. Our ego, our individuality, is completely excised and we are completely transferred into the state organism and group thought. Any deviation from the system by anyone is met with hostility by friends and neighbors.
By this we become locked into a system based only on conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom is what everybody knows. It is the court history (faux history) we receive in school and through the controlled media, repeated ad nauseum. Continue reading →
No doubt, America is one of the most aggressive nations in the world
by Bob Livingston in Personal Liberty (excerpted from here)
Is the U.S. government an international gangster? No doubt, America is one of the most aggressive nations in the world.
The U.S. has fought by far the largest number of wars based on propaganda pretenses. It has broken the international laws of war, maintained secret prisons, bombed innocents in Libya and Syria for “humanitarian” reasons, armed terrorists in those countries, and trained and instigated them to overthrowing legitimate regimes. It’s droned-bombed wedding parties (see here and here) and hospitals.
Real strategies for removing federal presence from Western lands
by Brandon Smith (excerpted from column here)
When activist movements enter into confrontation with a corrupt government or establishment structure, often the temptation is to stick rather closely to what they know. The problem with this is that even though circumstances change and the fighting escalates, people will still turn to their old standby methods for defending themselves. This makes these movements repetitive, predictable and ineffective.
In the case of the liberty movement, the more passive tactic of marches and sign waving is immediately suggested. But inevitably some hothead is going to demand one of two things: a mass armed surge on the steps of Washington, D.C., or some kind of Alamo-inspired cinematic standoff. You would think that these strategies were the only two in existence; they are brought up so often it becomes mind-numbing. Continue reading →
In my last article, I outlined the deliberately engineered trend toward the forced “harmonization” of national economies and monetary policies, as well as the ultimate end goal of globalists: a single world currency system controlled by the International Monetary Fund and, by extension, global governance, which internationalists sometimes refer to in their more honest public moments as the “new world order.”
The schematic for the new world order, according to the admissions of the internationalists, cannot possibly include the continued existence of U.S. geopolitical and economic dominance. The plan, in fact, requires the destabilization and reformation of America into a shell of its former glory. The most important element of this plan demands the removal of the U.S. dollar as the de facto world reserve currency, a change that would devastate our current financial structure. Continue reading →