The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.
Right now though I am obsessed with Adam Curtis documentaries. Hypernormalisation and Bitter Lake are phenomenal and I could watch them over and over and over again. Also The Trap, The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self (like I needed any more of a reason to hate Freud), The Living Dead and The Way of All Flesh are incredible and all available on youtube. They are not true crime, some of them are different but in general his documentaries are about what has influenced the current geopolitical landscape and the development of western culture (and the impact this has had in the middle east - and vice versa). I can’t stop watching them…
Los países más avanzados están conduciendo al mundo al desastre, mientras que los pueblos hasta ahora considerados primitivos están tratando de salvar al planeta entero. Y a menos que los países ricos aprendan de los indígenas, estaremos condenados todos a la destrucción.
Markets also have a very bad psychological effect. They drive people to a conception of themselves and society in which you’re only after your own good, not the good of others and that’s extremely harmful.
The United States is opposed, naturally, to any attempt on the part of any society to use its resources for its own purposes, instead of to integrate itself into what we call an “open world” system, which means a system that’s open to American economic penetration and political control. If any society deviates from that, whether it’s capitalist, fascist, communist or whatever, the United States will oppose it.
“For those who stubbornly seek freedom around the world, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the propaganda system to which we are subjected and in which all too often we serve as unwilling or unwitting instruments.” - Noam Chomsky, “Propaganda, American-style” in Propaganda Review, 1987
One of the more important interviews you'll read this year:
One of the few institutions that's worried about climate change is the Pentagon, because they're going to be in trouble, like the Navy -- the Norfolk Naval Base will be inundated when the sea level rises, and they're worried about the fact that just plain sea level rise and other dangerous weather systems are going to cause huge floods of refugees.
Just take a look at Bangladesh. It's a coastal plain -- a couple hundred million people. What are they going to do if this gets worse -- what's going to happen then, you know?
With the emergence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, it looks like business as usual with the cabinet members and their institutional roles. Is this cabinet in particular especially dangerous to the planet?
It's incredible what's happening, and what's more astounding still is that there's no comment. By now -- since November 8 -- the United States is literally alone in the world in first of all refusing to join in efforts to do something about it -- but even worse, dedicated to making the situation worse. Every part of [the world] is trying to do something. The United States alone is trying to destroy it, and it's not just Trump, it's the whole Republican Party. You just can't find words for it. And it's not reported. It's not discussed.
I mean the most important event on November 8 -- which I've talked about a couple times, but nobody will listen -- is that as you may know, at that time, there was an international conference going on in Morocco that was a follow up for the Paris conference -- to put some teeth in the Paris agreements. But on November 8, the conferences stopped. The question was, Will we survive? Not a word about it. Even more amazing, the world is looking to China to save them. The US is the wrecking machine that is destroying everything. The world is hoping that China will somehow come to the rescue.
What does that mean about our establishment -- that we look to China?
What it means is the United States is absolutely the most dangerous country in the world.
It doesn't say a good thing about democracy or a hope for it.
It doesn't have much to do with democracy, because a democracy barely functions under the neoliberal system. But most of the population is disenfranchised. It doesn't matter what they think. Just look at the passionate rhetoric about how we can't stand by when a country uses weapons to kill innocent civilians.
Right now, the United States is supporting Saudi Arabian military attacks and a famine policy -- a starvation policy -- overt policy of starvation in Yemen that is going to kill tens of thousands of people; it already is, in fact. But is anybody saying anything about it?"
“There is a history of Christianity: the first three centuries of Christianity, it was a radical pacifist religion, which is why it was persecuted. It was the religion of the poor and the suffering, and Jesus was the symbol of the poor and the suffering. … In the fourth century, it was taken over by the Roman Empire. Emperor Constantine turned the church into the religion of the persecutors.” - Noam Chomsky, on Religion (2010)