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George Webb is doing some very interesting work at YouTube connecting
the dots concerning current events in North Africa, all within the
context of Clinton Foundation machinations.
The links and contacts go very deep inside the U.S. government, extend
outside the U.S. government to private armies, and can all be rolled
up into one theme. Follow the money, weapons and oil.
Everything that has happened has happened for a purpose. Everything
has been planned for a lot longer than you might imagine.
I do have two problems with his analysis. First of all, I hate to use
Seymour Hersh or anything he writes as a source for anything, but
concerning the information he presents, the allegations are backed by
independent journalistic reports on the ground (e.g., the rat lines of
weapons and oil). Second, he sees Benghazi as an accident, a curve
ball in the plans of TCF. Perhaps so, but I have always believed that
the event was planned in its entirety by nefarious actors to
accomplish exactly what happened. I’d like to see George consider
that in the context of his analysis.
It all makes sense, and without context like this, it’s rather like
reading #Pizzagate code language (pizza, chicken, handkerchief, walnut
sauce, etc.), code that no adult on the face of the planet uses in
real life without trying to hide something. If George is wrong about
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The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy
Friday, August 31, 2007
The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy
Several years ago I gave a talk on Martha's Vineyard about many of the
people whose portraits I've painted in the Americans Who Tell the
Truth series. I spent some time talking about the legacy of Martin
Luther King, Jr. When I talk about King, I like to focus on his last
year --- the period when, defying the advice of many of his advisors
in the civil rights movement, he spoke against the Vietnam War,
equating racism with imperialism. King felt bound to make the point
that the forces of capitalism, materialism, and militarism that were
driving segregation were also driving the war, and until we confronted
the source of the problem, the abuses would continue. It was April 4,
1967, in Riverside Church in New York, that he made that declaration.
A year to the day before his assassination.
It has always confounded me every year when we celebrate Dr. King's
life that no mention is made of that Riverside Church speech in the
major media. We are always treated to sound bites of the 1963 I Have a
Dream speech. That speech's oratory is as powerful as it is
non-confrontational. Which is why it is re-played for modern
audiences. Dr. King was about confrontation. Non-violence and
confrontation, each ennobling and making the other effective. In 1967
he said, "... my country is the greatest purveyor of violence in the
world today." And he explained how our economic system thrived on
exploitation and violence, or, as Emma Goldman put it, "The greatest
bulwark of capitalism is militarism." This was probably the most
important speech King ever gave and not playing it when we ostensibly
honor him, is tantamount to castrating him morally and intellectually.
Just as there is a long history of White America castrating black men,
there is an equal legacy of Elite America cutting the most important
truths of our social prophets out of the history books. We pay homage
to King's icon, the cardboard cutout, but not to his strongest beliefs
and his most cogent analysis of our problems --- to what vision called
forth his courage. And, if we think that he spoke the truth, to censor
that truth is to promote a curious kind of segregation. He is
segregated, not for the color of his skin, but for the accuracy of his
perception, how close to the bone his words cut. We can't bear to hear
the sound of truth's knife scraping on hypocrisy's bone. Only people
who actually want to change the system dance to that music or want it
to be heard.
Equally important, and part of the same neglect, is the intentional
ignoring of the facts of his death. In my talk on Martha's Vineyard I
spoke about William Pepper's book, An Act of State: The Execution of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper had been James Earl Ray's lawyer. Ray
was the man convicted of killing King. But both Pepper and the King
family were convinced that Ray was innocent. The King family hired
Pepper to represent them in a suit; they asked only $100.00 in damages
to clear Ray's name. Before the trial came to court in 1999, Ray had
died in prison. The jury determined that King had been assassinated by
a conspiracy involving the Memphis police, the Mafia, the FBI, and the
Special Forces of the U.S. Army. Ray, the patsy, had left town before
the shot was fired. Pepper had confessions from people involved from
each of the organizations named. The verdict was barely mentioned in
the U.S. media then and is not mentioned every year on the anniversary
of his death. Why?
After my talk on Martha's Vineyard a man came up to me and said, "I
enjoyed your speech and was with you until you started that conspiracy
stuff about MLK, Jr." I said, "That's not conspiracy. What I told you
are facts." End of conversation.
I think we're confronted with two conspiracies here: one to commit the
crime, the other to ignore it even when the facts are known. ( Two
sides of the same coin.) The man who accused me of slipping into the
neurotic, aliens-are-among-us land of conspiracy nuts was unable to
hear the evidence, perhaps because he was so utterly convinced by our
government and media that conspiracies don't exist, people who espouse
them are dangerous fruitcakes, and if you begin to think like that,
your whole house of cards wobbles then topples. Who wants that? Better
a standing tower of marked cards, than having to admit the game is
rigged and the ground is shaking.
America is steeped in conspiracy, and even more steeped in propaganda
that discredits those who try to expose the conspiracies. Whether
we're talking about MLK, Jr., JFK, RFK, Iran-Contra, 9/11, or, most
importantly, the status quo, anyone who works to uncover the truth is
branded a "conspiracy nut" and discredited before any evidence has a
fair hearing. The government/corporate/media version is THE VERSION.
Anything else is illusory.
In fact, the cultural success of labeling investigative reporters and
forensic historians, and, simply, anyone who tries to name reality,
"conspiracy nuts" is perhaps the most successful conspiracy of our
time. Well, not the most successful. That prize goes to the conspiracy
to give corporations all the rights of individual persons under our
Constitution. That conspiracy has codified and consolidated corporate
power so that it controls our lives in almost every meaningful way. It
controls the election funds of our candidates, and them once they are
in office. It controls our major media including public broadcasting.
It controls the content of our television programming. It controls how
are tax dollars are spent making sure that the richest get the most
welfare. It controls the laws, the courts, the prison system and the
mind numbing propaganda that we are the greatest democracy on earth.
It controls the values with which we raise our children. It controls
our ability to dispense justice. It controls how we treat nature, how
we deface our land with strip malls, and blow the tops off our
mountains --- a form of corporate free speech. It dictates our modes
of transportation. It controls our inability to respond to true crises
like climate change. It attempts to create a spiritual deficiency in
every person that can be filled and healed only with stuff --- and no
stuff is ever enough.
As Richard Grossman puts it, "Isn't it an old story? People create
what looks to be a nifty machine, a robot, called the corporation.
Over time, the robots get together and overpower the people. ... For a
century, the robots propagandize and indoctrinate each generation of
people so they grow up believing that robots are people too, gifts
from God and Mother Nature; that they are inevitable and the source of
all that is good. How odd that we have been so gullible, so docile,
It is obvious to say that we have been engineered into a culture that
values competitive consumption and consumers instead of community
cooperation and citizenship. Capitalism with its obsessive and
necessary appetite for consumption, expanding markets, resource
depletion, and increasing profits has consumed democracy. Have you
ever watched a small snake swallow a large frog? The snake's hinged
jaw stretches wider and wider, squeezing the frog millimeter by
millimeter into its gullet until finally the snake looks like the
Holland Tunnel might if it had devoured the Titanic. Then the acids
and enzymes do their corrosive work. The frog becomes the snake. And
the snake claims it is the frog. Capitalism has gulped down democracy
and claimed it is democracy. When, immediately after 9/11, President
Bush advised Americans to demonstrate their love of freedom and their
resistance to terrorism by courageously, selflessly, hurrying to the
mall to buy something, he was speaking as the snake that identifies
itself as a frog. He was asking us to play a little game with our
brains' synapses, replace the snake icon with the frog's. Sadly, he
may also have been speaking about democracy in the only way that he
can understand or recognize it. And, for him, Christianity has been
another tidy meal for the snake.
Perhaps this switcheroo is nowhere more obvious than in the military
/industrial complex. We are told that the vulnerable frog needs
protecting. The threats are grave. So we fork over our money and
children's lives for war and weapons. We are told that we are building
security and peace. More lives. More weapons. What we aren't told is
that the largest US export to the world is weapons. What we aren't
told is that enormous fortunes are being made from the arms trade.
What we aren't told is that the more precarious and unstable the world
is, the better the business for the arms dealers --- that the real
promotion is not for security and peace but insecurity and war, that
the lives of our children are the necessary collateral damage for this
monster. What we aren't told is that the only real security is in
cooperation, conservation, and fairness, not imperialism. The frog,
who is a snake, wrapped in a flag, pleads for patriotism and counts
the cash. The snake's forked tongue is a barbeque fork on which we've
all been roasted.
I'd call that conspiracy.
The neocons have claimed, with some accuracy, that they can create
reality faster than we can react: the deed is done, now deal with it.
The troops have invaded, Halliburton, Blackwater, and Lockheed signed
their contracts, the prisoners are tortured, your email is bugged, the
resources for social programs are gone, the laws are changed, the
Wal-Mart is built, the sludge dump has already polluted the aquifer,
truth is hollowed out ---- catch me if you can! How is that not
The cooks & the crooks create a new status quo, legalize it,
propagandize it, mythologize it, fundamentalize it, slather it with
fear and patriotism, and force feed it to the complacent, sedated cow
we call America. How is that not conspiracy?
Of course, ever since the Constitution was signed and didn't free the
slaves or give the vote to women, poor folks, Native Americans and
freed blacks so that people with power and money could continue to
profit, America has been a conspiracy against itself. It's been cowboy
grilling his own heart over a smoke & mirrors campfire, a CEO with
inherited wealth and three hundred years of patrician, affirmative
action crooning "Only in America."
The reason we can't talk about conspiracy is because it is the modus
operandi. It isn't the elephant in the room, it is the room itself. We
all live there. We can impeach a few elephants, and we should, but the
architecture is in place. And they control it.
When I was in school, I was reminded - repeatedly --- to avoid using
an indefinite pronoun without identifying whom it refers to, as in,
"They are coming to get us," ... or, "They control everything." Who
are They? It's bad practice to think and write like that. Without
reference it just sounds like paranoia. But the hell of it is that
it's damned hard to say who the They are that are in conspiracy to
destroy democracy and, by exploitation, nature. Did They do it on
purpose or merely discover by serendipity, like cavemen seeing copper
ooze out of a rock by a fire, the wondrous possibility and power of
what they had found. For instance, the invention of the TV was not a
conspiracy. But once the realization of how TV could be used to
submerge the public in a lobotomizing swamp of advertising, sound
bites, inactivity, community destruction, titillation, false history,
empty myth, consumption, and complicity in making fortunes for the
sponsors, the program was clear. Conspiracy was the silent partner in
the euphemism good business practice. And, once they saw the
implications of giving corporations First Amendment rights, they were
Time to re-think conspiracy.
We need to embrace conspiracy in two ways. One, admit that it's real,
its quotidian, it's the fabric of our lives, the mercury in the air,
the dioxin in the water, it's filling the airwaves and the marketplace
and the courts and the halls of Congress before we even get out of bed
every morning. Two, counter it with a conspiracy of our own. On our
side we have the fundamental fact that although the corporate They can
alter many of our realities, they can't alter Reality. They can't
change the behavior of Nature. They can sell off the rain forest, but
they can't leverage the effect of cutting it. They can keep the
mileage of cars poor so we'll buy more gas, but they can't alter the
amount of oil in the ground or the damage to the atmosphere. They can
privatize every human interaction and every natural resource, but they
can't privatize the laws of nature. They have conspired to change
reality. We must conspire to live in harmony with Reality.
In the same way, they can conspire to kill Martin Luther King, Jr.,
but they can't totally eradicate the truth of who did it and why.
Con + spirare, from the Latin. To breathe together. Those are the
roots of conspiracy. Breathing together doesn't sound like an activity
of the ideologically deracinated whispering seditiously in a dank
cellar or a board room, foul breaths denting a weak flame flickering
over a candle nub, gunpowder or greed blackened fingers setting a
timer, the whites of creased eyes glinting like knives with treason,
murder, power, and deceit. Con + spirare sounds like healthy men and
women standing in the sun figuring out how in the hell they are going
to take care of each other and their aging mother Earth and love life
while doing it. Breathing together, sharing the same air, plotting to
make sure that what's mine is yours, conspiring to save their
self-respect, their ideals, the future for their children.
I want to be part of a conspiracy. Pervasive, populist, revolutionary,
and totally transparent. Grassroots. Idealistic. Simplistic.
Life-affirming. Community building
A conspiracy to make the common good and the love of nature the common
denominator of every economic transaction.
And the simple truth is either we start breathing together, conspiring
big time, right out in the open, nakedly, unashamedly, or we will have
conspired in secret, by default, in our own demise.
We have let them breathe for us, and they have stolen our breath, our
air, our spirit.
Secret con + spirare is death. Open con + spirare is life.
Conspiracy is dead. Long live conspiracy!
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