Crises & Hegel’s Dialectic

On September 11, 2001 Americans watched in stunned horror as commercial airplanes slammed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing them to collapse to the ground in a pile of rubble; killing thousands. As a people it is the first time I think I can recall seeing us come together as a country, united in both our anger and resolve to make those responsible pay for what had happened.

Unless one was there in New York City that fateful day, the only knowledge we had of what had happened came to us via the news media; which looking back on it, should have been questioned from the get go. Our invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the passage of numerous laws which infringe upon our rights, the massive debt accumulated to fight this war on terror is based upon one simple premise; the fact that terrorists commandeered commercial airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon; with another plane being prevented from hitting the White House by the brave passengers who died when they rose up against the hijackers.

Once my initial anger over 9/11 had subsided I began to look at the events of that day from a more analytical standpoint, and the harder I looked the more the official narrative began to unravel. I’m not saying planes did not hit the Twin Towers, but I’m not saying they did either. There are some who believe that what they saw that day were holographic images, and that the explosions were from ordinance place inside the Towers in advance of this so-called terrorist attack. I’m not saying I support that theory, but I am not totally rejecting it either; I just haven’t made up my mind on what to believe yet.

But here are a few things I do believe:

-I don’t believe that those the media said were the terrorists responsible for these attacks were capable of performing the flight maneuvers required to pull off these attacks.

-I don’t believe that, if planes did hit the Twin Towers at the locations we are told they did, that the ensuing fires were capable of bringing them down in the manner they did come down; that would have required a controlled demolition.

-I don’t believe anyone has provided sufficient justification for the collapse of Building 7 of the World Trade Center complex.

-I don’t believe a plane struck the Pentagon either; not when there has been no video footage of plane hitting in; which in and of itself is unbelievable when that building is one of the most heavily secured buildings in the U.S., with video cameras all over the place.

Therefore, if any, or all of the above, are true then the things that happened in response to those events are founded upon lies. There are many other questionable things about what happened that day, but those are the underlying premises for all that followed: the passage of the Patriot Act, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the birth of and expansion of the powers of the TSA to search our persons and belongings, and the increased surveillance of the American people by the NSA; they were all based upon the premise that on September 11, 2001 terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and used them as terrorist weapons against the United States. So if the initial premise is a lie, then everything that happened in response to that lie was a massive usurpation of power, and an encroachment upon our rights the liked of which this country has never seen.

Since 9/11 we have seen, or heard, how other suspected terrorists had been apprehended, or prevented from committing acts of terror; which led to further restrictions upon our freedoms. For instance there was Richard Reid, otherwise known as the Shoe Bomber; who was supposedly the reason why we have to remove our shoes now before boarding a commercial airliner. The same justification was used to prohibit the bringing of unsealed containers with liquids in them; the fact that we were told that suspected terrorists had tried boarding a plane with chemicals that could be mixed together to create an explosive device.

Some people may not have been born yet, but back in the 70’s there was a spike in the number of aircraft being hijacked. I could be wrong, but I think this was the ‘first wave’ or airliner related threats that saw tighter security implemented at airports across the country. The attacks, (if they were actual attacks by terrorists) of 9/11 were just the promulgation of that fear of the dangers of flying commercial airliners.

Ever hear of the Hegelian Dialectic; if you’ve been reading my rants you have, for I have mentioned them multiple times. Basically, if you want someone to do, or accept something they wouldn’t normally acquiesce to then you have to make them believe that it is in their own best interests to do so. To do that you have to instill a degree of fear that people will accept any measures to keep them safe from the supposed threat. Sometimes these threats are real and sometimes they are manufactured; as I believe 9/11 was.

Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, let the cat out of the bag when he told reporters, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” It does not matter if the crisis was naturally occurring; if it was manufactured; or if it happened due to the ineptitude of those in power; the end result is the same…fear and the willingness to accept any solution to return to a state where fear does not exist. That is the Hegelian Dialectic at work, thesis-antithesis-synthesis; it is how change is brought about without any resistance from those who the change affects the most-we the people.

Renowned scientist Carl Sagan once said, “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

That is why it is so difficult to get people to accept that government may have played them regarding the events of 9/11; they simply do not want to admit that they fell for a lie of such massive proportions. I have lost good friends because of my refusal to believe the official narrative regarding what happened on 9/11, and my subsequent refusal to support both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the measures taken to prevent further terrorist attacks. I have been called a tin foil hat conspiracy theorist for questioning the official story as to why the Twin Towers came down; even though all I have done is analyzed the facts and found the official story lacking in supporting evidence. It’s called critical thinking for a reason people; it means you don’t just swallow what you are told; you question, you investigate, and you formulate your own opinion based upon facts; not what the government or some news agency tells you is the truth.

Why all this regurgitation of 9/11 conspiracy theories after nearly 20 years? Well those who seek absolute control and dominion over others have learned that if something works once, it will work again; and I think we are witnessing it right now with this Coronavirus scare; however instead of the enemy being terrorists, it is a virus.

This may be why people such as me are so radically different from the majority of others, but I’ve given a lot of thought to the war on terror. Have you ever asked yourself what victory in the war on terror would mean? I mean, is it a world in which terrorists could not exist, when terrorism itself became an impossibility? I don’t think that’s possible, not unless you kill every human being on the planet; for as long as there are people there will be those who use terror to achieve their goals; which by the way is akin to the same methods government utilizes to get people to surrender their rights and liberty.

You might be able to kill a single terrorist, or take out a terrorist cell, but you’ll never get rid of terrorism itself. Terrorism is like weeds; pull one up and another springs up somewhere else. It does not help matters that we invade the countries where terrorists are most likely to sprout; bomb their cities, killing family members in the process. If you ask me, all that does is provide fertile soil for terrorism to grow. It also doesn’t help that your government funds, equips and trains people who eventually become terrorist threats.

Look at Bin Laden; he was funded and assisted by the CIA during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Look at Saddam Hussein, who was funded and equipped by the U.S. during his war with Iran. Look at our involvement in the 1953 coup that saw Prime Minister Mosaddegh thrown out; which eventually led to the rise of Islamic militant leaders in Iran.

Our involvement in the affairs of other countries has led to the creation of most of the problems we have from external sources. If our government does not like the policies of other governments, or if we believe they are guilty of human rights violations, (which is a joke considering the extent to which they violate OUR rights), then we intervene; either by sanctions, invasions, or by more covert measures, such as the coup that occurred in Iran in 1953. If our business interests are threatened, or if our access to the natural resources of those countries is in danger, that’s all the justification the U.S. needs to interfere. That makes a lot of enemies. After all, look at how upset some people got when it was suggested that Russia interfered during the 2016 Presidential election-people were pissed off about it. Imagine how other countries must feel about us; or is that too painful a question to look at?

Smedley Butler, at the time of his retirement from the Marine Corps, was the most highly decorated Marine in U.S. history; for all intents and purposes, an honest to God American hero. So why would Butler write the following, “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

Could it be that our foreign policy is not designed to defend America from outside attack; rather it is designed to protect and defend U.S. business interest access to the natural resources found in other countries? Could it be that the military industrial complex has become such a big, and integral, part of our economy that it exerts influence in determining foreign policy?

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institution, in 2018 the U.S. spent $649 billion in armaments and other associated military costs. That’s a lot of money to be lost if world peace were actually to be achieved; or if the U.S. was to simply mind its own business.

When I was just a lad of 3 yrs old Dwight D. Eisenhower was stepping down as President, to be replaced by John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I was too young to know, or care at the time, but as with most presidents he delivered a farewell address to the nation on his way out the door. I would like to share a portion of Eisenhower’s speech with you now for your consideration:

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peace time, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United State corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence-economic, political, even spiritual-is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

Think about that for a second, $649 billion is a lot of money to lose if all need for the materials they produce was to end; and that amount of money buys a lot of influence too. I haven’t researched this as much as I probably should have, but there is a close relationship, a revolving door actually, between the defense industry and the Department of Defense. It is in their best interests to ensure that there is a constant need for the goods and services they provide.

Believe me, for 10 years I was a military contractor and my job depended upon the need for new contracts to provide the military with the latest and greatest systems our company produced. There was always that fear, that became a reality for me when Bill Clinton slashed the military budgets, that hung over our heads about us losing our jobs due to military cutbacks. I wouldn’t go back and do that kind of work again, even if they offered me $1,000 per day; not knowing what I know now. But at the time the fear for me was real, and it forced me to make life changes when I lost my job as a military contractor. We were a small company too; I can imagine how hard Boeing or Lockheed must pressure government to keep the demand for their products up.

However, the American people quickly grow weary of war. World War II would not have been a U.S. concern had the Japanese not attacked us at Pearl Harbor; and even then they were coerced into doing so by our foreign policy against them; not to mention the fact that we knew the attack was coming.

So, for war to take place there must be a perceived threat; something the people can wave their flags and display their patriotic support of the military behind; and what better justification than an enemy that can never be defeated-terrorism. I don’t think the American people, even as much as they depend upon it, would have supported military involvement in the Middle East if they had been told it was to gain access to Iraqi oil and Afghanistan’s opium fields; and don’t kid yourself, that’s why we went into Afghanistan; so the CIA could have a cash flow that didn’t require massive taxes upon the American people.

If all that is true, even if you consider it a remote possibility, don’t you think that other U.S. business interests might also have a hand in shifting either foreign or domestic policy? I have no idea why they would keep track of this, but the Government Accounting Office, GAO, reports that in 2018 the Pharmaceutical Industry made $775 billion in profits; which is more than was spent on the defense industry. You don’t think they would try to exert influence on government, via the Food and Drug Administration, to see that there was a constant demand for, and acceptance of the products they produce; while at the same time seeking to squash any mention of alternative treatments that might actually cure or prevent illness? Boy, if you believe that you are some kind of naive!

What would happen to Big Pharma if they actually cured disease? Why, there would be no need for the products they make; meaning that $775 billion in profits would vanish. They don’t care about preventing illness, or eliminating it altogether; they care about treating those who come down with illness and disease; treating the symptoms; keeping people sick so that there is a revolving door between the doctor’s office, the labs, the hospitals, and the drug stores. Profit is their only concern. That’s why I have finally made up my mind, unless I’m shot, stabbed, or break a bone, I’m never stepping foot in a doctor’s office again.

Now all of this brings us to our current crisis; the Covid virus. For any crisis to be used as justification for drastic, liberty reducing measures, to combat it, it must be serious enough to introduce a state of fear and panic among the general populace. If that level of fear and panic can be obtained, the people will submit to almost anything if they are promised that it is being done for their best interests; their welfare, safety, comfort, or health. If they, (government), promise people those things in the face of a crisis, be it legitimate or manufactured, and the people will hand over their freedom on a silver platter.

If people can be instilled with enough fear about the threat of terrorism, (an enemy you can never defeat), can you imagine how giddy they must be over the fear induced over a virus, (something else we’ll never defeat). Of course with war it doesn’t directly affect the people; other than their sons and daughters going off to fight in them. But with this virus, they need the people to be mandated so as to ensure maximum participation in any vaccine they might produce in response to Covid. But do we not still have freedom of choice over what vaccines to take; or has that been taken from us as well? I would have to say the latter; look at how many vaccines we are forced to give our children before they can go to school; which coincidentally corresponds with the rise in Autism…just saying…

Just look at all the illnesses they now have that they didn’t have when I was growing up. All one has to do is turn on their TV and watch all the ads for anything from restless leg syndrome to ADD or ADHD and you’ll see we have become a nation of junkies; hooked on drugs, and Big Pharma is the supplier.

If all of those diseases they treat with their medicine didn’t exist 50 years ago, where did they come from? Are they something new, are they complete fabrications, or where they side effects of other medications/vaccines we have been submitted to?

If you are willing to consider that your government might fabricate the justification for the war on terror, why not consider the possibility that they might fabricate a disease to justify mandatory vaccinations, as well as all the other infringements upon our freedom we have seen in response to this Covid scare?

In any case, whether this virus was something that is naturally occurring; whether it was manufactured in a lab at Fort Deitrick, Maryland, or the one in Wuhan China; it is NOT justification for all these new rules that mandate the shutting down of businesses, social distancing, or the requirement that we wear face masks. The thing is, I fear that this is but the first wave, and I’m not talking about infections from the virus; I’m talking about the first wave of encroachments upon our freedom due to the virus. I think the worst is yet to come, and if people thought Round 1 was bad, they’re gonna shit their pants when Round 2 gets here.

I know my words are gonna bounce off the skulls of most people, like raindrops off a windshield. Nevertheless I can pray that maybe, just maybe, enough people have become so angered over their governments infringements upon their freedom due to this Covid thing that they may be receptive to what I’ve just said. If not, we’re screwed, for what’s coming is gonna knock the socks off people. I just hope they’re ready for it, both mentally and physically; for it’s gonna be a bitch.

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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