The PR Machine & Authority

 

 

 

 

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09/01/2014

On Wednesday 8th January 2014 the Royal Courts of Justice (yeah right) ruled that the killing of Mark Duggan in 2011 by the Metropolitan Police was lawful. I have already written briefly about this verdict yesterday, and I’m going to expand on that train of thought in today’s blog. Above is a picture created by myself at 10pm on 08/01/2014, it is a screen shot of the last tweet sent on the accounts of the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition. It seems that for the establishment the hot topic and talking point of that day was not the Metropolitan Police “lawfully” killing an innocent man with no consequences rather it was the news that a man, who just happend to be a former football player, announced he was gay. Now I’m fully aware that some people feel that homosexuality is being promoted and pushed onto people by the powers that be as some kind of hidden agenda. To which I would agree with to some extent, and an amusing way to see this in action is the South Park episode where everybody becomes Metrosexual.

However that is going beyond the scope of this article, what I want to highlight today is the mechanism behind how these tweets came to be. What has happened behind the scenes for our “leaders” (couldn’t help but chuckle as I wrote that) to each tweet about something seemingly irrelevant to the lives of the majority of the people in this country? The PR machine has been sprung into operation, that is what happened.  Because ultimately that is all politics is, it is the PR branch of the global banking/corporate elite.

Politics is there to pacify the masses, to continue the illusion that we live in a thing called a “Democracy”. Each of them has received a memo that morning and they have been told, or rather a person on their PR team in control of the twitter account has been told, to tweet about this “coming out”. The PR machine has decided this is something that is worth the time and attention of the leaders and would be leader of this nation. I wouldn’t be surprised if this “news” has been orchestrated to be released on the same day as the Duggan verdict to add to the list of endless distractions from the real issues of the world. Because as long as you are still going to work and paying your taxes and not taking any action to change the corrupt ways of the world then everything is hunky dory for the powers that be.

To help people see what level of thinking I’m at and where my point of view on this issue is coming from here is a excerpt from the first chapter of a book called The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose:

“How many millions have gazed upon the brutal horrors of history, with its countless examples of man’s inhumanity to man, and wondered aloud how such things could happen? The truth is, most people wouldn’t want to know how it happens, because they themselves are religiously attached to the very belief that makes it possible. The vast majority of suffering and injustice in the world, today and spanning back thousands of years, can be directly attributed to a single idea. It is not greed or hatred, or any of the other emotions or ideas that are usually blamed for the evils of society. Instead, most of the violence, theft, assault and murder in the world is the result of a mere superstition – a belief which, though almost universally held, runs contrary to all evidence and reason (though, of course, those who hold the belief do not see it that way). The “punch line” of this book is easy to express, albeit difficult for most people to accept, or even to calmly and rationally contemplate:

The belief in “authority,” which includes all belief in “government,” is irrational and self contradictory; it is contrary to civilization and morality, and constitutes the most dangerous, destructive superstition that has ever existed. Rather than being a force for order and justice, the belief in “authority” is the arch-enemy of humanity. Of course, nearly everyone is raised to believe the exact opposite: that obedience to “authority” is a virtue (at least in most cases), that respecting and complying with the “laws” of “government” is what makes us civilized, and that disrespect for “authority” leads only to chaos and violence. In fact, people have been so thoroughly trained to associate obedience with “being good” that attacking the concept of “authority” will sound, to most people, like suggesting that there is no such thing as right and wrong, no need to abide by any standards of behavior, no need to have any morals at all. That is not what is being advocated here – quite the opposite.

Indeed, the reason the myth of “authority” needs to be demolished is precisely because there is such a thing as right and wrong, it does matter how people treat each other, and people should always strive to live moral lives. Despite the constant authoritarian propaganda claiming otherwise, having respect for “authority” and having respect for humanity are mutually exclusive and diametrically opposed. The reason to have no respect for the myth of “authority” is so that we can have respect for humanity and justice. There is a harsh contrast between what we are taught is the purpose of “authority” (to create a peaceful, civilized society) and the real-world results of “authority” in action. Flip through any history book and you will see that most of the injustice and destruction that has occurred throughout the world was not the result of people “breaking the law,” but rather the result of people obeying and enforcing the “laws” of various “governments.” The evils that have been committed in spite of “authority” are trivial compared to the evils that have been committed in the name of “authority.”

Nevertheless, children are still taught that peace and justice come from authoritarian control and that, despite the flagrant evils committed by authoritarian regimes around the world throughout history, they are still morally obligated to respect and obey the current “government” of their own country, They are taught that “doing as you’re told” is synonymous with being a good person, and that “playing by the rules” is synonymous with doing the right thing. On the contrary, being a moral person requires taking on the personal responsibility of judging right from wrong and following one’s own conscience, the opposite of respecting and obeying “authority.”

The reason it is so important that people understand this fact is that the primary danger posed by the myth of “authority” is to be found not in the minds of the controllers in “government” but in the minds of those being controlled, One nasty individual who loves to dominate others is a trivial threat to humanity unless a lot of other people view such domination as legitimate because it is achieved via the “laws” of “government.” The twisted mind of Adolf Hitler, by itself, posed little or no threat to humanity. It was the millions of people who viewed Hitler as “authority,” and thus felt obligated to obey his commands and carry out his orders, who actually caused the damage done by the Third Reich. In other words, the problem is not that evil people believe in “authority”; the problem is that basically good people believe in “authority,” and as a result, end up advocating and even committing acts of aggression, injustice and oppression, even murder.

The average statist (one who believes in “government”), while lamenting all the ways in which “authority” has been used as a tool for evil, even in his own country, will still insist that it is possible for “government” to be a force for good, and still imagine that “authority” can and must provide the path to peace and justice. People falsely assume that many of the useful and legitimate things that benefit human society require the existence of “government.” It is good, for example, for people to organize for mutual defense, to work together to achieve common goals, to find ways to cooperate and get along peacefully, to come up with agreements and plans that better allow human beings to exist and thrive in a mutually beneficial and non-violent state of civilization, But that is not what “government” is.

Despite the fact that “governments” always claim to be acting on behalf of the people and the common good, the truth is that “government,” by its very nature, is always in direct opposition to the interests of mankind. “Authority” is not a noble idea that sometimes goes wrong, nor is it a basically valid concept that is sometimes corrupted. From top to bottom, from start to finish, the very concept of “authority” itself is antihuman and horribly destructive. Of course, most people will find such an assertion hard to swallow. Isn’t government an essential part of human society? Isn’t it the mechanism by which civilization is made possible, because it forces us imperfect humans to behave in an orderly, peaceful manner? Isn’t the enacting of common rules and laws what allows us to get along, to settle disputes in a civilized manner, and to trade and otherwise interact in a fair, non violent way? Haven’t we always heard that if not for the “rule of law” and a common respect for “authority,” we would be no better than a bunch of stupid, violent beasts, living in a state of perpetual conflict and chaos? Yes, we have been told that. And no, none of it is true. But trying to disentangle our minds from age-old lies, trying to distil the truth out of a jungle of deeply entrenched falsehoods, can be exceedingly difficult, not to mention uncomfortable.”

It is time to question the unwavering belief and faith we have in “authority” and the destruction it inflicts upon the world.

This article is authored by Lee Cooper

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4 thoughts on “The PR Machine & Authority

  1. We don’t live in a democracy and to justify that is very simple.
    Everyone can vote, which is true, everyone can. The difficulty is, when you place your vote and that person is elected, the promises they made (the one’s which won your vote) don’t get done. In this respect there is no democracy because the choice you make is irrelevant.

    The opposition make bold statements highlighting the wrongs of the current government, but its in their interests for the current government to mess things up – otherwise how will they win votes?

    So on one hand you have an elected government which doesn’t do what you elected them for and an opposition wanting things to fall appart so they can say “I told you so.” and have you voting for them.

    Unfortunately “authority” is something that I cannot see a way around. Humans by nature are not all good and kind, so the question would be, what sort of system would you have in place for the large numbers of people who’s moral compass is, shall we say lacking. Even if we discount the media reports, just take a look at your local town on a friday and saturday night and consider how some of those trouble makers (for want of a better word) could be part of a society where “authority” did not exist in its current form.

    “But trying to disentangle our minds from age-old lies, trying to distil the truth out of a jungle of deeply entrenched falsehoods, can be exceedingly difficult, not to mention uncomfortable.”

    And you are completely right when it comes to decent folk who make up the vast majority of the populas, tragically as you know there are people who are, lets say nasty. Want an example of how people like to be led? Take a look at one of David Icke’s talks, the one where he’s at wembley. In my view that audience wanted a leader and I believe if David had told them all to stand up and hop on one foot they would. As humans we need some form of structure in order to survive, maybe its due to our origins or maybe its that since we evolved a self awareness we now get freedom of choice. – Choice to be good or bad.

    I would wholly welcome an alternative theory to the authority we have today, a different way of doing things, but its my view that we are a long way from being able to be trusted.

    Even this blog serves as an example to my points. Comments are initially held awaiting approval. Why? Because I assume you don’t want either spam or highly offensive material being posted. Here on this blog, you are asserting authority I would assume in order to keep control of your comment section. – Thats no bad thing either , I do the same as Ive had many an insulting troll offending decent people who comment there with some vile words.

    Anyway should add, this is the second article of yours I’ve read and as before its thoughtful, eloquently put and makes me question my own opinions further.

    • Yes it’s clear to see we don’t live in a Democracy, I wholeheartedly agree with Tony Benn when he said:

      “Compared to this, the pressure brought to bear in industrial disputes by the unions is minuscule. This power was revealed even more clearly in 1976 when the IMF secured cuts in our public expenditure. These lessons led me to the conclusion that the UK is only superficially governed by MPs and the voters who elect them. Parliamentary democracy is, in truth, little more than a means of securing a periodical change in the management team, which is then allowed to preside over a system that remains in essence intact. If the British people were ever to ask themselves what power they truly enjoyed under our political system they would be amazed to discover how little it is.”

      I believe there is a difference between authority and order, how would you get one without the other? I don’t know, I don’t claim to have all the answers. But I do know that having a police force that can shoot and kill people without consequence is not a good path to go down. The growing global police and surveillance state is very worrying. A podcast I found very useful on this matter is called No Masters, No Slaves which is Episode 79 of a podcast called The Peaceful Revolution, you should check it out if you get chance.

      As for the comment approvals WordPress just does that automatically and I’m not sure how to stop it from doing that, I don’t mind what anybody writes in the comments section on my blog, I have no agenda I am just writing my opinions on what I see. If people agree with what I write that is great, if they don’t its no big deal its not something I’ll be losing sleep over.

      And thanks for taking the time to read the blog, I appreciate it and I’m glad you have found them useful.

  2. “I believe there is a difference between authority and order, how would you get one without the other? I don’t know, I don’t claim to have all the answers.”

    Completely agree, and sadly I don’t think there is an answer. There may be one on paper, but in reality would be something else.

    “As for the comment approvals WordPress just does that automatically and I’m not sure how to stop it from doing that, I don’t mind what anybody writes in the comments section on my blog, I have no agenda I am just writing my opinions on what I see.”

    Ah appologies. I assumed the moderation was intentional as the feature is found on your dashboard comment settings. There was no implication of agenda and considering that there are a group of people who take delight in ruining a comment section, I don’t see any harm with the precaution.

    “And thanks for taking the time to read the blog, I appreciate it and I’m glad you have found them useful.”

    Its the most rational debate I’ve had when talking on these subjects and like I say, I’m finding myself revaluating my own views – so that’s got to be a good thing,

    • You should try and check that podcast out, it’s about 8 hours long but it is refreshing and informative.

      Yeah its a real shame that people can’t debate or be civil on a comments thread, it appears a keyboard and anonymity gives people the impression they can be rude and disrespectful to others.

      And its certainly a good thing and I’m glad the blog does make people think more.

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