Author: Jay Taber

Path of Least Resistance

As the driving force of American fascism and the subverting instrument of capitalism, respectively, the Christian Right and the NPIC combine to deprive pro-democracy citizens of a voice in public affairs. Resisting the fascist movement in the US thus requires an understanding of the religious right and the non-profit industrial complex. Research on these tools of social engineering is extensive, but popular education is largely absent.

Organizing by the Wall Street-funded NPIC of a so-called “resistance” epitomizes the absurdity of American ignorance about public affairs, and suggests that ineffective public gestures such as marches and protests will continue to dominate communication and journalism on the topic. Communicating social transformation, on the other hand, will take a lot more effort and engagement with social and public institutions.

Conducting opposition research, attending public meetings, taking over state and local Democratic Party organizations, and volunteering with grassroots human rights groups is tiring, but it is the only way to change things for the better. Becoming a mindless follower of Wall Street-funded non-profits that coordinate campaigns and choreograph events leads to more of the same.

The Christian Right has tirelessly followed the formula for success for forty years now, and has succeeded in putting their man in the White House as Vice President — one heartbeat away from the Oval Office. With dreams of a fascist theocracy within reach, their demands to promote bigotry and to punish the poor are already on the Congressional agenda. Fighting such horrors by wearing silly outfits and wielding slogans is simply ridiculous.

Due to cowardice, laziness, and widespread ignorance, most concerned citizens will opt for the path of least resistance — signing petitions, putting bumper stickers on their cars, or donating to a campaign. The fascists, meanwhile, are counting on them to surrender without a fight.

State of Shock

Economic despair is killing people. As the recession crisis unfolded in Europe the consequences of austerity measures on poor and middle class individuals, versus maintenance of high caliber medical care for the wealthy came into sharp relief. In Greece, for example, several rounds of austerity measures imposed by the IMF and the EU led to massive reductions in public health and medical services, starting in early 2009. By 2012 the Greek suicide rate and mental illness crisis had soared, pharmaceutical outages were reported all over the country, hospital hygiene and basic services had reached such low levels that doctors advised patients not to seek inpatient care, HIV incidence was climbing, malaria was widespread for the first time since World War II, dengue spread in various regions of the country for the first time in nearly a century, and tragedy plagued every aspect of health protection in the nation. When the state of Greek health was summarized for EU leaders in a May 2013 austerity meeting the Europeans reportedly left in “a state of shock.”

–Laurie Garrett, The Survival of Global Health — Part Three

Saga of the Centuries

There are two motivational forces and associated social movements that dominate discourse in US social media, and, despite this overwhelming dominance, they are little understood. A convergence of anthropology and documentary film could help to improve popular understanding of this aspect of communication, consciousness and social engineering, but until this happens, nothing will change. Consequently, both Christian Identity and Pagan Socialism continue to generate misguided protagonists in the ongoing saga of the centuries.

Industry-Funded Indians

350 and IEN, both of whom are funded by Dakota Access Pipeline investor Warren Buffett, issued a joint statement on DAPL February 7. Tides Foundation, a money laundry for tar sands investors and oil industry magnates such as Buffett, is used to corrupt NGOs such as 350 and Indigenous Environmental Network. While they are allowed to oppose pipelines in order to maintain credibility as so-called “water protectors,” they are noted for maintaining silence about their benefactor’s investments in pipelines and bomb trains.

Just Passing Through

Descending into a New Dark Age — an era ruled by transnational criminal networks — total chaos is becoming our new social reality. Due to the corroding influence of Agents of Chaos, we are already beginning an apparently permanent period of total war worldwide.

Escalating instability — caused by state-imposed austerity, internally displaced persons, war refugees, climate change, and a skyrocketing membership in religious fundamentalism — means our ability to mentally cope is diminishing. And the agents of chaos are in the driver’s seat.

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria–a documentary about antibiotics misuse that has promulgated untreatable lethal disease — suggests human overpopulation, and its attendant climate change impacts, might not be a future problem. Perhaps, as a species, we are just passing through.

Religion and the Radical Right

In her 25 April 2013 article Press Sanitizes or Ignores Howard Phillips’ Role in Using Religion to Radicalize the Political Right, Rachel Tabachnick at Talk to Action notes the key was uniting Free Market Christians with the white supremacists in the Constitution Party and the Christian Reconstructionists now behind Ron Paul initiatives through The Conservative Caucus. The New York Times article on Phillips, says Tabachnick, makes no mention of his party’s mission “to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations.”

“Like former Rep. Ron Paul, with whom he worked closely for many years,” says Tabachnick, “Phillips was at the nexus of the free market gospel and authoritarian Christianity, using biblical inerrancy as the justification for both social and economic policy. The redefining of libertarianism and ‘religious liberty’ as part of a theocratic agenda,” she says, “is a driving force behind the radicalization of today’s political Right and its ‘Constitutional Conservatism’.”

As quoted by Tabachnick, author Sarah Diamond wrote in 1991, “Howard Phillips correctly sees third party building as a long-term proposition, and he’s banking on the kind of economic downturns that will give his message greater resonance. ‘My hope is that there are circumstances in which people are so upset at the way things are going that without even necessarily knowing or buying into all of the things that we advocate or believe, they will support us in protest against the things they disapprove’.”

INSiGHT Journal, FALL 2016