How the Corporate State Murders Free Speech

If you read anything today, read Andre Damon’s analysis of the concerted  effort by the state and its corporate partners—the very essence corporatism, fascism as Mussolini described it—to once again dominate the narrative as it did before the internet and the web. 

Damon critiques a paper put out by the Atlantic Council. The author, John T. Watts, a former Australian Army officer and consultant to the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, writes that in order for the state to regain its monopoly over the narrative, it must engage in censorship. 

The problem, according to Watts, is that “Technology has democratized the ability for sub-state groups and individuals to broadcast a narrative with limited resources and virtually unlimited scope… In the past, the general public had limited sources of information, which were managed by professional gatekeepers.”

Damon clarifies: 

In other words, the rise of uncensored social media allowed small groups with ideas that correspond to those of the broader population to challenge the political narrative of vested interests on an equal footing, without the “professional gatekeepers” of the mainstream print and broadcast media, which publicizes only a pro-government narrative.

“The most striking element of the document, however, is that it is not describing the future, but contemporary reality. Everything is in the present tense. The machinery of mass censorship has already been built,” Damon writes. 

If the dismemberment murder of Jamal Khashoggi demonstrates anything, it is that the state will use the most extreme measures to maintain its monopoly of power. 

The uninformed may argue this would never happen in America. Granted, the liquidation of serious opposition to the neoliberal regime usually does not require murder and dismemberment, although it has resorted to assassination in a number of cases (the murders of the Kennedy brothers, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Fred Hampton come to mind). 

The state always wars against dissent. From the Palmer Raids to COINTELPRO and beyond, there is a mechanism waiting in the shadows to undermine, sabotage, and eliminate political dissent. 

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5 thoughts on “How the Corporate State Murders Free Speech”

  1. January 6th, 2014 How Many Constitutional Rights Have Americans Lost?

    Preface: While a lot of people talk about the loss of our Constitutional liberties, people usually speak in a vague, generalized manner … or focus on only one issue and ignore the rest.

    This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.

    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2014/01/how-many-constitutional-rights-have-americans-lost/

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    1. The CONstitution is the problem. It is a framework for government, which is coercive and violent by default. It is the tool used to enslave you.

      The bill of rights is grossly inadequate, vague, allows for legal provision for violating rights or is about something else. It doesn’t really protect rights. It’s a means of regulating and managing, or making up false rights as is convenient for the state.

      In other words; It’s complete bullshit. Draft a new one that isn’t a governmental system. Base it off of actual rights and not government.

      Start with recognizing the right to self determination and absolutely prohibiting the use of or monopoly of the initiation of force to impose edicts of law. That should take care of most of problem right there.

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    The economy is not a machine, and the Fed is not a mechanic. Terms like an “overheating” economy,” and “stepping on the gas,” or “slamming on the brakes,” are all nonsense. The idea that that anyone is capable of “running the economy” is a pure fairy tale. Ron Paul discusses this very popular myth.

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    1. Everything economic is ultimately about supply/demand. Demand is usually of a solution to a problem and generates supply; the solution.

      (Consumer- I need/demand a widget to solve my thingamajig issue. …. Salesman – I have/supply widgets for sale.)

      …all of which is based on individual choice of values.

      (I want what you have(widgets) more than what I have(money and thingamajig issues) and you want what I have(money) more than what you have(widgets), so let’s trade at a mutually agreeable value.)

      Anything that disrupts these basic principles is unhealthy for any economy. The more it disrupts, the more damage it does. It’s that simple.

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  3. “Who controls the issuance of money controls the government!” Nathan Meyer Rothschild

    Which Corporations Control the World?

    A surprisingly small number of corporations control massive global market shares. How many of the brands below do you use? It’s a Small World at the Top.

    http://www.internationalbusinessguide.org/corporations/

    “Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.” Henry Kissenger

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