Political False Dichotomies: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

You may vote and debate freely on any issue which does not affect the functioning of the empire. When it comes to how money, weapons and resources move around the world, however, you suddenly find that your votes don’t matter and your position has no mainstream representation. They’ll let you argue until you’re blue in the face over whether or not you can have an abortion or whether minorities should have civil rights; they’ll even let you vote on it. But things like military expansionism and neoliberal globalization and deregulation are off limits.

The empire relies on false political dichotomies like Democrats vs Republicans to keep everyone fighting over issues which don’t affect the functioning of the empire so the machine can trudge onward uninterrupted by the local riff raff. That is the entire job of those parties.

The mainstream media exist to keep everyone spellbound by those false dichotomies on the level of discourse and debate. They manufacture culture wars which split the populace in half over an issue which doesn’t affect the empire, then continually feed into that debate.

The Bernie/AOC/TYT “populist left” and the Trump/Tucker Carlson “populist right” factions are there to lure parts of the population who get a little too curious about the raw mechanisms of empire back into the political false dichotomy so they stop asking unauthorized questions.

The entire political/media class exists for this purpose: not to help people, not to fight for civil rights, not to create a well-informed populace so that democracy can function, but to keep the grubby little mitts of the unwashed masses far away from the true levers of power. That’s their whole entire function.

Reading by Tim Foley.

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Written by Caitlin Johnstone


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  1. Every established political party, in the Liberal West, is a 'Liberal' party.
    Liberals are Liberals, and Conservatives are Liberals. If that confuses you, then that just shows how well this uniformity is disguised.

  2. Jesus! I need to laugh. FUBAR 🤪 The narrators voice and tone reminds me of an underground broadcast from behind enemy lines. So fricking awesome!

  3. Wolfgang Schäuble the former German finance minister said it best when he said & I quote.
    "Elections cannot be allowed to change economic policy,rules are rules.

  4. Between McCarthyism & the CIA's Congress of Cultural Freedom the American Left has been either directly destroyed or captured by Capital since the 1950's. That is why the American Left is useless today.

  5. The most important message, and stated beautifully, and eloquently.

    Especially how you highlight the false populism controlled opposition of this dichotomy but…
    The whole thing was pure gold.

    If there was one message I could make people repeat everyday it's this one..
    You captured so much..
    " Let the adults speak"
    "Word doodling"

    You expressed so well, how so many feel..

    Until we get the money completely out of politics. All this will hold true, and get worse…

    Noones argument.
    No matter how right. How passionate. How moving ..
    On any side of any spectrum of any argument is considered when someone stands to gain millions to ignore it..

    After Citizens United. This doesn’t even represent the false choice of the consent manufactured anymore.

    Because now it's billions spent..

    They don't have to even hide it, or pretend..

    It's moving where all oligarchal systems go…When there is such consolidated control …and how they end…

    Ironically this is the message that can save everyone.
    Even them…
    To stop the..
    Iron Rule of Oligarchy from succeeding in defeat once again ..

    So refreshing to hear some adults speak.
    So good. In fact…I'm going to give it a few listens..

    Very well done. 👏

  6. Seems we fought a war over taxation without representation?
    We have no real rights or freedoms on this planet ~ truly a feudal debtor's prison. Worse really, as we've been given illusions of choice and freedom.
    Considering they own everything, and have weaponized it all against us, not sure how we'll overthrow them.
    Thank you.

  7. But here's the one thing I cleave to. We are shifting from a hegemonic model of media control (which is still powefully present) to the naked use if manipulation. And most polling demonstrates the continuous decline of public trust in the MSM. And the USA has some of the lowest levels. (Finland has one if the highest levels of trust so the gift of NATO membership is less of a surprise). What we used to call the ideological state apparatus (I still do) is slipping from subtlety to brutality, and visibility makes resistance at least possible.

    Thanks for citing Jackson Hinkle's case in particular. I know that he's resilient, but here is yet another dead canary in our coal mine alongside the PayPal and Venmo blocks. They are flexing their muscles. .

  8. All very true….If you want an example of how lacking the MSM is in curiosity about the machinations of the state, just ask yourself why no one ever inquires about the fate of the Skripals. Remember them? Where the Hell are they? Julia…who even the official narrative says was not a target…allegedly stated that she wanted to return to Russia. (not surprising since she left her fiance there, and her Moscow flat!) I guess this is just another case of the Empire's new clothes! Just don't dare delve too deeply into matters which could embarrass the status-quo narrative.

  9. Interesting video.
    My only concern is that maybe there is NOBODY in charge.
    No schemers, no NWO.
    I suspect that if you have a world filled with billions of 'agents' (i.e. people) of varying power, then these power structures simply evolve
    No individual has enough intellect or knowledge to control the whole mess.

  10. Thanks for your version of censoring debate. If your definitions are all wrong than maybe you should shut up and stop interupting grown up conversations (classical NLP argument right there. You dont wanna think your self as immature so you have to abide by my position. Whos treating whom as a child now?) Capital my friend is NOT MONEY or anything of that sort
    Capital is your advantage what ever it is you are good at in life
    Lewis Hamilton had a huge capital as a kid his talent driving really fast he exploited that capital.
    I guess the socio economic system that indoctrinates the brain of the other side is better. mate you say a lot but you think a tiny little.
    Watch out folks the pied pipers.

  11. I think the fact that the current u.s. economic system is not classical capitalism is useful to point out the hypocrisy of those misusing the term to accumulate the positive connotations associated with concepts like economic profit from perfect information, free movement of materials and labor, and competition. None of these actually exist in western economies and pointing this out can clear the deck and allow a productive conversation to ensue. Unfortunately the argument is often reduced to vapid statements equivalent to the trope "we're a Republic, not a democracy," which is just a dishonest derailment and conversation killer. Added: Nevertheless I value your concise opinions on the state of the world.

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