This Country Just Can't Deal with Reality Any More By Robert Parry
Robert Parry's analysis is accurate and well worth the time to read. He is one of only a handful of people with the ability to stand back, see, and write about the big picture as it really is.
But how many people will actually read this and think about it? How many people actually care? I look around and see apathy among too many people. A sense of hopelessness, that we can't do anything about it. I'm reminded of the couple I had met in my travels who were children in Dresden during WWII, and how they pleaded with me to understand how helpless they were at the time.
I think what we're seeing is the results of years of propaganda duping by the "mass media" (I hate that term and would prefer to say "our information supply", but doubt most people would realize they are one and the same). People vote and behave a certain way - and it's connected to what they read in the papers and see on TV. It's this relationship that we live with, but like the elephant in the room, never talk about.
The Internet has the potential to change this, to be used as an "organizing force" by people who want to oust the control freaks from power. If this sounds libertarian and progressive, I'll take the labels. ANYTHING but the right wing and Zionist warmongers!
The question will boil down to whether the Internet belongs to the people or the Government and Corporations (today almost one and the same). If it belongs to the people, then we will be able to protect information we consider private, while also sharing that which we wish to make public, and nobody else has the right to violate our privacy in this regard.
Today the forces are at work against this, the notion of our having private information. They, I believe are already "harvesting" the Internet, saving it's contents in a mountain somewhere, for their future use against anyone who stands up to them. Take a close look at the contrived charges against Julian Assange for an example of how anyone can be brought down.