WASHINGTON. In this, our final article in this series, we’ll talk about The Narrative. That’s the long game, the deeply evil parlor trick that the American left foisted on at least two, perhaps three generations. The goal: to sever any contact between rising generations of Americans and this country’s provably positive contribution to international well being, particularly in the 20th century. And this one. And brainwash them into accepting The Narrative — the false tale of America’s never-ending evil influence on the world. This is the left’s contemporary, scorched-earth reign of terror.
But we can’t stop it with customary politeness and passivity. We’re actually engaged in Civil War II in this country. Either we end it now by exposing The Narrative for what it is. Or we will face the almost inevitable violent consequences, since the Marxist left never gives up without a bloody fight.
This series of articles is based on writer Caitlin Johnstone’s original essay on the topic. Already practiced skeptics should read Johnstone’s full, original article here. The entire 32 tips I’ve explored are her own, not mine. My edits and comments, however, reflect my own thoughts after reading Johnstone’s original.
As noted previously, my edited version of the 32 Tips appears in this series. My comments and observations on the original follow each excerpted tip. You can find previous segments in this series here, here, here and here.
I’ve subtitled my riffs on Johnstone’s tips as:
32 Tips for Avoiding Propaganda Hell
(This final article in our series contains tips 27 through 32 and an edited version of the original text. My own comments follow.)
27 — Understand that nations are pure narrative constructs; they only exist to the extent that people agree to pretend that they do.
The narrative managers know this, and they exploit the fact that most of us don’t. Take Julian Assange, perfect example: he was pried out of the embassy and imprisoned by an extremely obvious collaboration between the US, UK, Sweden, Ecuador, and Australia, yet they each pretended that they were acting as separate, sovereign nations completely independently of one another.
Comment: I’ve trimmed most of Johnstone’s tangent here, and I’ve never really been sure where Assange stands. Except that, if you look at it, nearly all of Wikileaks’ “breaking news” items have involved stolen US intelligence. This was actually quite helpful to our side in Election 2016. Yet Assange’s most damaging revelations tended to surface when Republicans controlled the White House and / or Congress. But Johnstone’s notion of “pure narrative constructs” is essentially true. Which is why America’s hard-leftists are trying to tear down our founding political icons and redefine our national birth and trajectory as inherently evil. Which is demonstrably not the case. But it is, if you believe in The Narrative. It’s the life-sustaining force driving the left’s current propaganda reign of terror in the US.
The Narrative is pure, Gramscian, Long March-style political mythology reconstruction. Sadly, it’s almost too late to stop it in this country. And the traditional GOP doesn’t seem to have the stomach for the battle. I would bet that Johnstone is well aware of Gramsci’s deviously successful methodology. It’s how to win an international war without firing a shot. It is indeed a key part of the left’s growing reign of terror in this country.
28 — Understand that war is the glue which holds the US-centralized empire together.
…Without the ability to propagandize the public effectively, our rulers cannot rule.
Comment: What I’ve left of Johnstone’s narrative explanation is true. But her diatribe against the military-industrial complex is same old, same old stale Marxist cant, derived, oddly, from President Eisenhower’s famous comments. What about the ol’ Soviet Union, eh? Or Putin’s meddling in Ukraine. Yes, there are warmongers in each US administration. But it’s only the leftist governments that routinely distract the public from their kleptocracies by blaming it on damn furriners. And then attacking them. If you hate another country, then you forget you hate the lousy leadership of your own. Classic diversionary tactics at best. In terms of the average American, however, it’s not the “glue” that holds us together. Tread carefully here. And in the following …
29 — Remember that when it comes to foreign policy, the neocons are always wrong.
They’ve been so remarkably consistent in this for so long that whenever there’s a question about any narrative involving hostilities between the US-centralized power alliance and any other nation, you can just look at what Bill Kristol, Max Boot and John Bolton are saying about it and believe the exact opposite.
Comment: Here’s another old saw, the neocons. Kristol, Boot, yeah, they’re turncoats and assholes, though Bolton, for the most part, is not. That said, however, this is typical left-wing mythology. Subtext, too, is important. Idiots like Kristol used to be progs themselves. Until they “saw the light.” And abandoning The Party is an unforgiveable mortal sin in the Marxist-Secular religion.
There is a special place in hell for Kristol, Boot, Allahpundit and the like. They’ve severely weakened support for Trump in his own party at precisely the time the GOP could embrace the President and ride his actions to the roughly 24-year unbroken Republican control we’ll need to break the hold of The Narrative for good.
There always needs to be a political scapegoat, and the progressive left is never willing to assume that mantle, though they deserve it most of the time. I’d ignore 28 and 29 here for the most part.
30 — Notice how the manipulators like to split the population in two and then get them arguing over how they should serve the establishment.
….The longer they can keep us arguing over the best way to lick the imperial boot, the longer they keep us from talking about whether we want to lick it at all.
Comment: Have left the essence of Johnstone’s reasoning here. But it’s the Gramscian and Alinskyite left that’s been doing most of the dividing for the last 75 years or so. Expoiting dialectical materialism to divide a society and then conquer it is an old Marxist-Leninist favorite. It amounts to an intimidating, pseudo-intellectual reign of terror. Meanwhile, a complacent and essentially bovine GOP establishment busily plays with itself, even as today’s latest warped cadre of hard-core Commies eviscerates what’s left of our Republic.
And note the latest gender nonsense the left has decided to push. Currently, it seems, that mentally disturbed and/or biologically confused “transgender” individuals are now more important to the Democrats’ carnie sideshow than lesbians and gays. Who are now more important than blacks. Who are more important than feminists…. Oh hell, you know how this goes.
31 — Watch out for appeals to emotion.
They go after your heart strings to circumvent your head.
Comment: I’ve trimmed all but Johnstone’s final sentence, which is self-explanatory. Watch any cable news show on CNN or MSNBC. Never a shred of logic, the smallest tendrils of facts. It’s all pure emotion and ad hominem attacks on anyone even slightly right of the hard left. It’s the left’s daily reign of terror, waged ruthlessly against middle- and working class Americans.
It’s also why social media sites bury anything that’s conservative or logical. The left today is all about emotion and illogic. They can no longer argue effectively against conservatives or libertarians. These groups, by virtue of their deep experience in being shunned and banned, learned to argue logically and persuasively. The left has no argument, and so instead works to smear and slander its opponents. It’s a classic logical fallacy, all this name-calling and baseless accusing. But in a dumbed-down electorate, such noise and bombast often wins the day.
32 — Pay attention to how much propaganda goes into maintaining the propaganda machine itself.
This is done this because propaganda is just that central to the maintenance of dominant power structures. Much effort is spent building trust in establishment narrative management outlets while sowing distrust in sources of dissent. You’ll see entire propaganda campaigns built around accomplishing solely this.
Comment: All true and why you should never even get near these propagandists to begin with. Or, better yet, ignore them entirely
…And in Conclusion, beware the left’s propaganda reign of terror
Surprisingly, Johnstone and I more or less agree on a majority of the points she’s raised. That’s probably because bullshit detectors work both ways and on both sides of the aisle, at least for anyone who’s retained the ability to think and reason.
I hope you found this lengthy take helpful as you move forward toward Election 2020. It’s bound to be a rocky and perhaps even frightening journey in electoral politics. One that will determine whether the wealthy, faux-Marxist elites who wish to destroy free nations can succeed in their long march and concurrent media reign of terror. Or if, at long last, the American people rise up and drive these smug and condescending clowns out of The Swamp forever.
But don’t buy what I’m selling here off the rack either. Read Johnstone’s original article, to, in the uncut and un-commented upon original version. Then, start thinking about what kind of world you wish to live in beginning in January of 2021.
— Headline image: Soviet poster dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the October Revolution and IVth Congress of the Communist International (1922). Via Wikimedia Commons. In the public domain.