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Friday, September 26, 2014

The Ease of Fooling Boobus Americanus

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It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain.

The political establishment – masquerading as the sock puppet du jour – continues to find new “enemies” with which to terrorize Boobus Americanus into surrendering their lives, liberty, wealth, and intelligence in a “fight” that is intended to go on forever.

The latest concocted foe is ISIS, successor to the Al Qaeda “threat” that was so useful in bamboozling Americans into the war-whooping that continues in Iraq and Afghanistan. Using the anniversary of the 9/11 attack to work the mob into a frenzy, President Obama introduced what the establishment hopes will be a new wrinkle in its efforts to overcome popular resistance to the “perpetual war for perpetual peace” that has become America’s epitaph. America will only resort to using machines – e.g., bombers, missiles, drones, etc. – for the killing of people the government has been so anxious to begin killing: Syrians. The practice will give a whole new meaning to “Syrial killers!”

How easy it has been to find a fungible supply of popular “enemies.” War-whooping was aided, during World War I, by allegations that members of the German army were cutting off the arms of babies and small children in Belgium, a lie soon revealed – after the war – not only by the allied admission of this having been propaganda, but by the obvious absence of disarmed youngsters. The current Bushobama war in the Middle East was advanced with the lie that Taliban/Al Qaeda forces were killing babies in hospital nurseries and incubators. We now have the beheading of two American journalists, allegedly by ISIS people, as the cause celebre for yet another round of carefully calculated barbarism.

America has created a breeding ground for its endless enemies by its foreign policies. If you attack, torture, bomb, kill, and otherwise mistreat other human beings long enough, they might have a tendency to resent the practice. The American Indians were labeled as “savages” – in earlier political rhetoric as well as movies – by the fact that, when the 7th Cavalry came to slaughter them, the Indians fought back! Renaming the enemy created by the United States in order to keep the profitable war-machine well-lubricated with the blood of innocents does not change the causative factors underlying our collective insanity. As long as the moral lepers are able to continue getting otherwise intelligent men and women to invest their children in the racket, the depraved game will continue, with the mainstream media maintaining the drumbeat.

You will doubtless see more of this celebration of murder at weekend sporting events. As Laurence Vance has so well documented, academia is committing its forces to the slaughter. College football games will feature players dressed in American flag uniforms, Air Force flyovers, soldiers dressed in camouflage, patriotic music, and other symbols of warfare to keep tens of thousands of enthusiasts in stadiums wildly cheering. All of this should remind the few who have bothered to study history of the final days of the Roman Empire: as the Roman legions carried their violence throughout the rest of Europe, the hometown boobeoisie was whooping it up for the local athletes performing at the coliseum!

 Butler Shaffer [send him e-mail] teaches at the Southwestern University School of Law. He is the author of the newly-released In Restraint of Trade: The Business Campaign Against Competition, 1918–1938, Calculated Chaos: Institutional Threats to Peace and Human Survival, and Boundaries of Order. His latest book is The Wizards of Ozymandias.

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