Have you thought about the motivation behind most of the mainstream media focusing on Muslim terrorism?
According to this article, less than 2% of terrorist attacks in Europe over the past five years were committed by Muslims. In the U.S. between 1980 and 2005, the figure is 6%. Latino-related groups carried out 42% percent of US terror attacks, followed by 24% by extreme left-wing actors.
Could it be, perhaps, really about pushing the narrative of a Clash of Civilizations?
It’s strange how the combination of media and politics corrupts thought. The ‘Je suis Charlie’ sentiment is supposed to be about freedom of expression but in reality, it’s turning out to be quite the opposite.
Voltaire might be a better model: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” (Voltaire, via Evelyn Beatrice Hall)
…except Voltaire seemed to have been a pacifist.
Forbes has a propaganda piece designed to lower public resistance to war. Decoded: Putin is like Hitler so we should go to war to fight for peace. There’s no mention of US-backing of the neo-Nazi anti-Russian Svoboda party that preceded the current tensions.
A video from March 2014 about Foreign Intervention and the Ukraine Crisis:
Demonstrators in Missouri, USA, protesting the shooting of an unarmed teenager were confronted by militarised police. I didn’t realise Missouri was a war zone these days. You don’t think this is a sign of a worldwide War on People? Wait a few years…
“Here’s to the warmongers. The criminals. The liars. The psychopaths. The wolves in sheep’s clothing. The ones who have no integrity.”
It’s obvious that people don’t want this kind of mass surveillance so they’re trying to rush it through using emergency legislation. Democracy is nothing but a farce. It’s a game rulers play to make people think they have some power. Better that you should consent but no matter if you don’t. They will have their way in the end regardless of what you want.
For many of us in the firearms community, it’s no surprise that after a number of years of incremental firearms restrictions in the Philippines, people are now also starting to notice an increase in violent crime. Historically, violent crime rises with more restrictive civilian firearms laws. Correlation does not imply causation but it should provoke further investigation.
Even in Britain, the ‘gold standard’ for gun control, this narrative that stricter gun laws leads to less crime is not so clear-cut. Unfortunately, polarisation and politicisation of issues make statistics meaningless as each side massages the data to suit their agenda.
Play with information as much as you like but Nature’s laws always trumps Man’s laws. Predators surface when there is easy prey.
Hannah Arendt summed up the revolution dynamic nicely when she said that radicals become conservatives the day after the revolution. “Revolutionaries do not make revolutions.”
A violent revolution is never a solution as it simply installs a new set of overlords. Or, as Pete Townshend put it, “Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss.” Pretty much every example we have in history points to this.
Voting only gives political violence an appearance of legitimacy. Voting is violence by proxy. Public protest and civil disobedience operate under the rules of civil obedience. Both actions accept the rulers’ claim to authority.
So what to do?
If the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name, we acknowledge the true evil in the world and strive to make it irrelevant in our lives. Evil is corruption of good. Political corruption is only a symptom of corruption of the mind. Corruption of the mind follows from the refusal to see the truth. And the truth is that there are no bearers of truth.
Fighting evil leads only to more evil. By making it lose significance, we rob it of power. The real revolution is in realizing we don’t need to revolt.
To fully appreciate the comedy in this headline, you need to know a bit of backstory.
There have been mall robberies in the Philippines where the perpetrators used hammers to break display cases. The hammers were purchased inside the mall so in response, Philippine police ordered a ban on the sale of hammers. Yesterday a robbery took place and pipe wrenches were used. Now there seems to be a serious discussion on how the thieves changed their MO. Apparently, the police have a lead on where they bought the pipe wrenches.
This game of chess between master criminals and their fearless pursuers is riveting…