The irony of Kevin Gosztola’s satire on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is that it isn’t. He may very well think so, but the reality is that Stein–like former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader–is running a campaign that benefits the Republican candidate. Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, despite her serious flaws, because he understands the consequences of putting a white nationalist supporter in the Oval Office. Gosztola apparently doesn’t.
While the history of public health is fascinating, the present condition of global mental health is enlightening. In an age when public relations has taken precedence over public health, the United States has the world’s highest investment in military power, and, simultaneously, the world’s lowest achievement of mental health.
The October 22, 2013 FRONTLINE special Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria makes it clear there is no turning back the clock; the age of antibiotics is coming to an end. Human misuse of antibiotics and the evolution of bacteria spell the collapse of public health in the 21st Century, and the eventual extinction of the human species. The acceleration of this pandemic — due to collapsing societies deliberately destroyed by international institutions and transnational markets for ideological and monetary reasons — makes it impossible to control. The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance (1995) documented the crisis. Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health (2001) exposed the failure of the UN and World Health Organization to address it.
The First Nations Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion–signed by 50 Indigenous nations in Vancouver and Quebec on September 22–opposes TransCanada, Kinder Morgan, and Enbridge pipeline projects in their traditional territories. As reported in the National Observer, the treaty builds on “major First Nations victories” against the Northern Gateway project and Keystone XL pipeline.
Omitted in the article, however, is any mention of the fact that the deciding factor of Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL is that it pitted Canadian Alberta Tar Sands oil against US-produced Bakken crude, made possible by his approval of fracking on millions of acres in North Dakota. The resulting glut of oil, which overwhelmed Gulf Coast storage capacity, made it possible for Obama’s advisor Warren Buffett to corner the oil-by-rail market now threatening the Pacific Coast of Northwest Washington and Southwest British Columbia.
Social conflict begins with the communication of competing ideas. Storytelling is the medium where these conflicting narratives are introduced to mass audiences.
In the interest of inter-cultural understanding, Public Good Project has archived information, intelligence and interventions that exemplify this art of Netwar (networked psychological warfare).
In 2007, 2014 and 2016, the Public Good network intervened in three social conflicts–one at the Golden Gate, one in the Big Apple, and one at Cherry Point. Links to articles about these conflicts and others are contained in our Netwar Reader.
Lummi Nation planning commissioner Sharlaine LaClair, Democrat, will take on incumbent Luanne Van Werven in the general election for the 42nd district house of representatives in the Washington State legislature. In 2013, in her role as vice-chair of the Washington Republican Party, Van Werven facilitated money-laundering from the Cherry Point coal export consortium to the Tea Party-led PACs established by KGMI radio host Kris Halterman, who in 2012 and 2013 hosted Elaine Willman from CERA–the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian Country”–on her program Saturday Morning Live three times. Willman was part of the headline at the anti-Indian conference held in Bellingham WA on April 6, 2013, and stated “Tribalism is socialism, and has no place in our country!”
Note: For more on organized racism in Whatcom County, see Netwar at Cherry Point: White Power on the Salish Sea.
Self-determination, of both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, is the essence of democracy. Democracy, which is essentially a discursive process, only works when we prioritize intelligence over emotion. Exposing fantasies about political power and civil society agendas–based on the emotional manipulations exercised by financial elites that control consciousness through the creation of discursive monoculture–allows us to increase political literacy and logic founded on information, knowledge, intelligence and understanding.
Awash in false hope that leads to cynicism and despair, social media–marketed by agents of the financial elite–is an arena we must enter in order to expose these intellectual threats and challenges. Exposing them in a coherent and comprehensive manner requires research and analysis, combined with communication skills that can overcome the constraints on the public imagination imposed by financial dependence that limits social strategies. Preparing leadership depends on a commitment to investment in mentoring by tribes and networks that have the capacity to design, develop and transmit a common sense of identity, based on knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
In 1989, UC Berkeley published Jerome Himmelstein’s study To the Right about the transformation of American conservatism in the Reagan years (1980s), that led to the present influence of Christian white nationalism in the GOP. In a nutshell, they began building a grassroots movement by taking over local school boards, then local governments, and eventually state governments. Now, they are influential in both Congress and the RNC. It didn’t happen overnight.
Sanders supporters in 2016, like Nader supporters in 2000, conflate integrity with intelligence. If they help defeat Hillary, as Nader supporters did Gore, then white nationalism wins the White House.
Sanders supporters should continue to fight for a social welfare state, but helping put Trump in office won’t accomplish that. Learning from the past, they should vote Hillary, then fight her administration, and continue taking over the Democratic Party, building on the foundation of the Sanders campaign.
Sanders supporters accomplished a lot, and they would be remiss to throw it all away. If they set their sights on securing their Democratic Party position at the local and state level, they will acquire greater influence at the national level. Real commitment to implementing social values requires thinking long term.
In NoGoZone, Hakim Bey posits the Spectacle as ‘the true site of power’. As capitalist societies disintegrate–abandoning “welfare classes” and races, as well as other marginalized groups–the simulacrum of social triage and its corollary no-go zone will come to characterize the specto-state.