U.S. Going Under For 3rd Time, Chomsky Holding The Life Jacket (PART 2)

What Do You Fear?  Photo Credit: originally posted to Flickr as P3200204 Duncan Rawlinson

What Do You Fear?
Photo Credit: originally posted to Flickr as P3200204
Duncan Rawlinson

You know that time just after we get into bed, turn out the light and close our eyes? Then here it comes. Fear. Fear of the enemy. We are afraid of ISIS and ISIL and The Islamic Nation and D’esh. Never mind that they all refer to the same group of terrorists. We fear home-grown terrorists, the economy tanking – again, and our kids discovering drugs. We’re afraid of losing our jobs, losing our homes and ending up homeless. Never mind that they all refer to the same personal economic disaster. And the list goes on into infinity.

Fear is why we have insomnia. But a remarkable amount of our fear comes from “the concocted enemy.”

We are a very frightened country. But did you know that there are people all over the place paid the big bucks to make up things that frighten us? And that’s not very nice.

The saving grace is that we can “break the bonds” of fears imposed upon us with the Internet, nonfiction books and good independent media investigative work. We can chip away at the inequality that has landed on our country, like a giant black albatross, with the Occupy movement.

About right-to-work Chomsky says,

“You could see it in the passage of the right-to-work law in Michigan, which was pretty shocking. That’s a labor state, and it turned that out a lot of union members voted for it. If you look at the propaganda, you can see why. First of the all, the very phrase “right to work”: It’s actually not right to work; it’s right to scrounge. What it means is a person can work in a factory and refuse to join the union so he doesn’t have to pay dues, and he’ll get all the protection that the union offers to others, the grievances and so on. He gets the protection, but doesn’t pay. That’s all that right to work means.”

But Chomsky points out a discrepancy,

“With the Occupy movement, but the wealth gap for black and Latino families rarely generates debate or headlines. What role should the media—particularly independent media—play in ensuring critical public interest issues like these are at the forefront?”

The lone wolf terrorists, unaffiliated with any formal group, attacked the finish line at the Boston Marathon and generated a huge amount of fear. The commercial news played and replayed the violence hour after endless hour. And lest we forget, that same commercial media reminded us that terrorists also took down the twin towers in another attack. That equals fear multiplied many times.

After the Boston Marathon explosion, it was no coincidence that a drone flew over a Yeman village, a “kind of an isolated village.”

“The man, Farea al-Muslimi, who studied at a high school in the U.S., testified to the Senate and he described what happened to his village. He said that everybody knew the man that they murdered, and that they could have easily apprehended him, but it was easier to kill him and terrify the village.”

Drones are tools of terror according to Chomsky. That makes sense. Let’s say we were sitting at a little outdoor café having a glass of good vodka with a few friends. Unbeknownst to us a silent drone comes ever closer, carrying its bomb. Just as we are laughing the bomb drops and explodes, blowing one of us to smithereens. I think we would find that unsettling. I think we would experience real fear.

Paybacks are hell.

In Part 1, we talked about media control. Read Part 3 on “Indoctrination” tomorrow.