Heil Hitler! (born on 20 April 1889, DWH blowout was to commemorate his 121st birthday)
“In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.
The BP Horizon Holocaust wasn’t an accident, although there is an incessant media effort to convince us that it was. It was homicide against the platform workers, ecocide against the Gulf of Mexico, and econocide against Gulf Coast working people. When all is said and done, it will be recognized as genocide against millions of Americans, already ill, who will die decades before their time. They are (and will be) unreported by a media busily turning the nation’s attention to dolphins and sea turtles. 2 + 2 = 5, they say and we believe, as they convince us that mourning for dead aquatic animals is proof positive that our humanity is still alive.
In three decades of military intelligence work and writing, I’ve become a devout believer in the dictum of Thomas Hobbes, from his political masterpiece, Leviathan:
“Words are wise men’s counters, they do but reckon with them, but they are the money of fools.”
The television talkers whom we have invited into our homes are simply the latest variant of the shadowy simulacra broadcast onto the wall of Plato’s cave, which he described in Republic over two millennia ago. Tune them out, then turn them out. These are the first steps, though diffident and dissident, out of the darkness and into the light.
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