We Aren’t Really Free. Here’s Why.

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WE’RE NOT REALLY FREE – YOU JUST CAN’T SEE THE BARS

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We live in a far less free society than most of us think. We are surrounded by prison bars actually, but they are hard to see unless someone points them out. Even then, most people resist what their eyes show them.

It looks like we’re free. We don’t get thrown in prison for criticizing our government officials. We can vote for whoever we want. We can log onto the internet and look up information on any subject we’re interested in….sort of. Much of that “official” information we can see is either only partially true or totally false.

If we want to buy a product we have many brands we are free to choose from. But we’re not free. Our political systems are set up to herd people into a two-party system that is controlled on both sides by plutocrats. The news media that people rely on to form ideas about what’s going on and how they should vote are controlled by the same plutocrat class and is heavily influenced by government intelligence agencies.

Internet algorithms are aggressively manipulated to show people information which favors the status quo. Even our entertainment is rife with Pentagon and CIA influence.

How free is that? How free is your speech if there are myriad institutional safeguards in place to prevent speech from ever effecting any political change?

It doesn’t matter what you’re allowed to say if it doesn’t matter what you say.

It doesn’t matter if you’re allowed to call the oligarchic puppet put in office by the last (fake) election a “dickhead”. It doesn’t matter if you’re allowed to Google any information you want…. if the only information you find is the information Google wants you to see.

What is the functional difference between a regime which directly censors the internet to prevent dissent and a regime which works with Silicon Valley and media plutocrats to control information via algorithms and has a system in place which prevents dissent from having any meaningful impact?

There is no difference. One technique is just a more refined version of the other.

We live in a profoundly unfree society that is disguised as a free society. Western liberal democracy is just totalitarianism dressed in drag. And it’s only getting worse.

Propaganda is a constantly developing science just as much as physics or medicene are. Last month “The Ottawa Citizen” reported that the Canadian military used the Covid outbreak as an excuse to test actual military psyop (psychological operations) techniques on its own civilian population under the pretense of assuring compliance with pandemic restrictions. Some excerpts from that outlet,

“Canadian military leaders saw the pandemic as a unique opportunity to test out propaganda techniques on an unsuspecting public, a newly released Canadian Forces report concludes.”

“The plan devised by the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) relied on propaganda techniques similar to those employed during the Afghanistan war. The campaign called for ‘shaping’ and ‘exploiting’ information. CJOC claimed the information operations scheme was needed to head off civil disobedience by Canadians during the coronavirus pandemic and to bolster government messages about the pandemic.”

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THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE MIND & HOW IT”S MANIPULATED WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE

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“A separate initiative, not linked to the CJOC plan, but overseen by Canadian intelligence officers, culled information from public social media accounts in Ontario.”

‘This is really a learning opportunity for all of us and a chance to start getting information operations into our Canadian Armed Forces routine,’ a Rear Admiral stated.

Yet another review centred on the Canadian Armed Forces public affairs branch and its activities. Last year, the branch launched a controversial plan that would have allowed military public affairs officers to use propaganda to change attitudes and behaviours of Canadians as well as to collect and analyze information from public social media accounts.

The plan would have seen staff move from traditional government methods of communicating with the public to a more aggressive strategy of using information warfare and influence tactics on Canadian citizens.

So in Canada, they’re not just planning to employ mass-scale psychological operations on the public, they’re already testing them and learning from them. And we can probably assume that anything which may have been learned was also shared with the government agencies of other NATO and/or Five Eyes (US, UK, Canada, Australia, NZ) members.

In a new article titled “Behind NATO’s Cognitive Warfare : Western Militaries are Waging a Battle for Your Brain“, The Grayzone’s Ben Norton reports on how recent NATO-sponsored discussions have explicitly advocated the need to advance the science of cognitive warfare for offensive purposes.

“NATO is spinning out an entirely new kind of combat it has branded as cognitive warfare. Described as the ‘weaponization of brain sciences,’ the new method involves ‘hacking the individual’ by exploiting ‘the vulnerabilities of the human brain’ in order to implement more sophisticated ‘social engineering.’

“In a chilling disclosure, the report stated explicitly that ‘the objective of Cognitive Warfare is to harm societies, not only their military.’

“The study described this phenomenon as ‘the militarization of brain science.’ But it appears clear that NATO’s development of cognitive warfare will lead to a militarization of all aspects of human society and psychology, from the most intimate of social relationships to the mind itself.”

“In other words, this document shows that figures in the NATO military cartel increasingly see their own domestic population as a threat.”

“Naturally, the NATO researcher claimed foreign ‘adversaries’ are the supposed aggressors employing cognitive warfare. But at the same time, he made it clear that the Western military alliance is developing its own tactics.

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Only a small minority of us have even begun to realize that pyschological manipulations like these are even happening.

I don’t have any solutions to this problem other than to spread consciousness of the fact that it is happening. It is important disengage from the mainstream media – they are a critical piece in this manipulation puzzle.

Propaganda only works if you don’t understand,

(a) that it is happening to you and,

(b) how it is occurring. We all need a basic awareness of the fact that there’s a globe-spanning campaign to manipulate human thought to the advantage of the powerful.

It is vital therefore to have the humility to understand that you yourself can be manipulated and indeed, are being manipulated already.

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"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Goethe

3 thoughts on “We Aren’t Really Free. Here’s Why.

  1. In some areas, I see and have discussed at length what has been done to America, the greatest nation ever, to suppress and disarm, but I’ll save that for another article. ***Here’s what I will say here. The movie “The Matrix.” Reading Nate Shiransky’s novel, “Fear No Evil,” made clear that freedom starts inside. If we’re looking for freedom “out there,” depending upon conditions to get better before we start living, we’ll all find ourselves enslaved. Freedom starts on the inside. How we hold to real principles, remain honest, hold to morals and what’s right, and face tyranny is how we remain free. When we see the tyranny “out there” what we’re really facing is on the inside.

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    1. Hi there

      thx for your feedback. Which part of the US are you from? I have been to several regions over the years.

      I used to follow a similar line of thinking that says, “real change starts from you, your outer world reflects your inner world etc, etc”.

      Whilst I still think there is something to this, I mostly dismissed this thinking after seeing past all the mind control and daily and historical propaganda that we are subject to.

      Living in and travelled alot around Asis for 7 years, only confirmed my current thinking. I got to see how most of the world actually is and how people live. I realized that most of the world was not like me, a white guy from peaceful and fairly stable and prosperous country like NZ. Nobody is invading NZ, or picking on us for no reason.

      For example, how do the millions of people in Syria, Iraq, Libya or Venezuela give themselves freedom, peace and prosperity simply by thinking they have it already inside them? The UK has stolen Venezuela’s gold deposits, Venezuela is under severe American led sanctions which prevents the routine management and repair of its national and essential infrastructure such as cleaniwater treatment, hospitals and medicines. Western nations are constantly trying to undermine and topple the freely elected govt of Venezeuala even by killing its innocent people. (see President Carter’s comments on the genuine authenticity of the Venezuelan electoral process).

      How are ordinary Venezuelan people going to be allowed to live an ordinary life being governed by their popular and freely elected President, when so much propaganda, lies and worst of all, silence, are spread around the world about the crushingly difficult life in Venezeuala? Can these people just give themselves freedom and stability by saying it is inside them already? I don’t think so.

      Even worse, when foreigners are bombing the crap out of your country and your community for decades in some cases, can freedom be made to appear by positive thinking?

      Thanks again for your comments and hope all is well with you.

      R

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  2. Seen a lot of places, meeting a lot of people, and the perspectives are always interesting. But, we’re still the same in principles. How we “allow” the world to affect us or not. All the best.

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