Even though the biggest secret to turning the tables on the Establishment is so simple, I bet most people have never… not once… even considered it.
Such is the power the current (but dying) system of control has on the mind.
I’ll share the “biggest secret” with you in just one moment.
If you take it to heart, I guarantee it’ll change your perspective on everything — from the mundane to the extraordinary — that happens in your life from now on.
First, though, I’d like to tell you a quick story.
This one takes place during the Cold War when a group of Russian journalists took a tour of the United States.
On the last day of the tour, the American host asked what they thought of the United States.
“I have to tell you,” a Russian spokesman said, “that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV day after day that all the opinions on all the vital issues are the same. To get that result in our country we send journalists to the gulag. We even tear out their fingernails. Here you don’t have to do any of that. What is the secret?”
If this story is true, it’s unlikely the American, even if he knew, revealed the secret sauce. But here’s a clue: Years later, in 1975, the long-winded “United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities”… (catching breath)… discovered that the CIA regularly submitted stories to popular journalists all over America.
“You could get a journalist,” a CIA operative told Washington Post editor Philip Graham, “cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.”
This isn’t some wacked-out conspiracy theory. This is fact. Although it was probably going on prior, on paper it began in the 1950s under the designation “Operation Mockingbird.”
“After 1953,” says Wikipedia, “the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the CIA. By this time, Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. The usual methodology was placing reports developed from intelligence provided by the CIA to witting or unwitting reporters. Those reports would then be repeated or cited by the preceding reporters which in turn would then be cited throughout the media wire services.”
In a rare moment of truth, the New York Times adds this little nugget: “During the early years of the Cold War, [prominent writers and artists, from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Jackson Pollock] were supported, sometimes lavishly, always secretly, by the C.I.A. as part of its propaganda war against the Soviet Union. It was perhaps the most successful use of ‘soft power’ in American history.”
“That is the nub of the propaganda,” journalist John Pilger said in a speech in Chicago, “the brainwashing if you like, that seeps into the lives of every American, and many of us who are not Americans. From right to left, secular to God-fearing, what so few people know is that in the last half century, United States administrations have overthrown 50 governments — many of them democracies. In the process, thirty countries have been attacked and bombed, with the loss of countless lives.”
For example, the celebrated W.H. Lawrence, a Times reporter, helped to cover up the effects of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. In Aug. 1945, his headline, reading “No Radioactivity in Hiroshima Ruin,” had the deliberate intent of concealing the fact that, indeed, radioactivity had run rampant and the destruction was absolutely horrific.
Fast-forward a bit: Judith Miller, another big-beaked parrot for the Times, had a heavy hand in promoting the invasion of Iraq, armed with little more than lies peddled to her by the U.S. government. So blatant were the lies that the Times later reneged on her reporting and wrote: “If we had known then what we know now the invasion of Iraq would have been stopped by a popular outcry.”
In other words, had American journalists done their jobs, as opposed to simply parroting the officially narrative that Bush Inc. pulled out of their rectums, up to a million lives would have been spared.
Fast-forward to 2016 and the Times is forced to apologize yet again: “As we reflect on the momentous results and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it,” executive editor Dean Baquet and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. wrote last week, “we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism.
“That is,” the men go on, “to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you.”
In short, we lied. And we were so out of touch with reality that we thought our lies weren’t as blatantly obvious as they were. And now that it’s clear to everyone reality no longer matches our lies, we’re forced to backpedal and act as if we’d made some grave mistake. We’ll never do it again. Promise.
As we mentioned briefly in yesterday’s episode, true change begins with where you place your attention. If you’re still stuck in the “matrix” of arguing about what the media has conjured up for you to talk about today, you’re giving into the narrative of control.
Where your attention goes, energy flows. And I don’t mean this in a “woo-woo” way at all. (Although I’m not completely averse to the idea that our consciousness has powers beyond our current understanding.)
As founder of the Valhalla Movement Marc Angelo pointed out at Voice & Exit last weekend, attention is the true currency of the world. What you feed with your attention grows stronger and faster.
“Thoughts can spread like a virus,” Eckhart Tolle writes in his book A New Earth, “and if thoughts proliferate in the collective psyche, they distort our perceptions and cause us to act as if they were true, and so subsequently they manifest as our reality.”
Such is the power of “memes” which go viral and infect the minds of millions overnight.
Master manipulators know the incredible power of attention, which is why Edward Bernays, the true manipulator’s manipulator, called the media the “invisible government.”
Eddie Bernays, John Pilger said, “the so-called father of public relations, wrote about an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. He was referring to journalism, the media. That was almost 80 years ago, not long after corporate journalism was invented. It is a history few journalist talk about or know about, and it began with the arrival of corporate advertising.
“As the new corporations began taking over the press,” Pilger went on, “something called ‘professional journalism’ was invented. To attract big advertisers, the new corporate press had to appear respectable, pillars of the establishment — objective, impartial, balanced. The first schools of journalism were set up, and a mythology of liberal neutrality was spun around the professional journalist. The right to freedom of expression was associated with the new media and with the great corporations, and the whole thing was, as Robert McChesney put it so well, ‘entirely bogus.’”
And it’s still entirely bogus. But today, we have a unique opportunity to starve the beasts of the mainstream media — the Deep State’s shallow mouthpieces — and give our valuable attention to ideas and projects which give life and meaning rather than strip those things away.
Decentralized media has already, in a short amount of time, changed the rules. And as independent journalists keep plugging away, the hits will keep coming.
We here at Laissez Faire commit to striving for the light of truth and not feeding the hate, division and destruction which the Old Guard seems to thrive on.
We’re also committed to, with a hat tip to Buckminster Fuller, giving our precious attention to new systems which will make the Old Order obsolete.
Because the biggest secret is, these days, we no longer have to ask for permission.
So, we ask, what ideas, projects or ventures do you think are worthy of our attention? What can we feed our attention to that will build, rather than destroy? What are you working on? How can we help?
We want to hear from you.
Email it: Chris@lfb.org.
Managing editor, Laissez Faire Today
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