Putin and Salutin: Breaching the Great Swiss Cheese Propaganda Wall(GSCPW)
How politics and democracy come to suffer enduring paralysis
First there was the Iron Curtain, and with the collapse of the USSR and the subsequent end of Cold War l it is long gone. The Berlin Wall was torn down soon after. Then came Cold War ll and up went the the Great Swiss Cheese Propaganda Wall(GSCPW). Unlike the Berlin Wall it is not made of concrete and steel. It is virtual, a torrent of misinformation perpetrated by quisling politicians and a mainstream media that has no soul- All for the soul purpose of perpetrating war. To perpetrate war there must be villains, where they don’t exist they are manufactured. Russia and China are now filling that role as they are the two remaining road blocks to America’s infantile pursuit of “Full Spectrum Domination”-in other words their felonious claim that they should get to run the world.
We build walls and curtains with reckless abandon to justify endless warfare, keeping people fearful, ignorant and exploited. Donald Trump wants to build his Great Wall of Mexico, but doing so is as foolhardy as the Chinese building the Great Wall of China– it took millions of slaves to build, was never finished, and was soon over run by invading hordes. Fortunately, Congress has so far had the sanity to refuse to fund Trumps folly. Then there are the Israelis who ghettoize themselves by walling off their homeland- an explicit historical irony.
The problem with the GSCPW is that it is indeed analogous to Swiss cheese. There are holes you can drive a truck through… or an occasional truth bomb. In the Age of Information being a propagandist is a very precarious perch.
Where we vilify countries by means of propaganda we do the same to leaders of targeted countries. The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is one such target. He has been accused by none other than Hillary Clinton and Stephen Harper of being the new Hitler. Western pundits like to disparage him by pointing out he was an agent of the dreaded KGB; but then President George Bush Sr. was director of the deified CIA.
Reading beyond the GSCPW, so easily done, we find Putin is a multilateralist. He wants a world where the sovereignty of countries is respected and the international rule of law prevails. He wants peace not war. He is also one of the most astute and well-informed world leaders. At the Valdai Discussion Club he delivered a very clear-sighted view of the state of Western democracies and one deserving our serious consideration:
In the West, voters cannot change policies through elections, because the ruling elites control whoever is elected. Elections give the appearance of democracy, but voting does not change the policies that favor war and the elites. Therefore, the will of the people is impotent.
People are experiencing that they and their votes have no influence on the conduct of affairs of the country. This makes them afraid, frustrated, and angry, a combination of emotions that is dangerous to the ruling elite, who in response organize the powers of the state against the people, while urging them with propaganda to support more wars.
Half-way around the world, on the other side of the GSCPW, we have senior Canadian journalist Rick Salutin commenting on France’s recent presidential election:
The pointlessness of politics under globalization also opens the door to active promotion of non-democratic forms of government, where people don’t need to waste time on meaningless acts like voting. This is the first moment since the 1930s when such thoughts have seemed worth voicing in the West, though Donald Trump is so far the only leader to open that door and appear tempted to walk through. Toward what — dictatorship? Tyranny? Monarchy?
The people around Trump seem to have a way to deal with those impulses so far: put him in a playpen and let him belch or tweet at will. Meanwhile, the adults in the room — Spence, McMaster, Tillerson, Haley — will carry on with the ordinary business of globalization and distract him with an occasional toy.
For both Putin and Salutin politics/democracy are suffering tough times in the West. Neither of them use the “N” word which refers to Neo-liberalism. This is the global ideology that explicates why Western democracies are in a regressive state. Neo-liberalism is the tool of globalization and its purpose is to erase democracy, national sovereignties and anything resembling socialism. Neo-liberalism aspires to impose an enduring paralysis on politics and democracy.
As Neo-liberalism is the tool box of globalization so called “free trade” agreements are one of its handiest tools. Where trade agreements like the NAFTA were preliminary fore play, treaties like the TPP are the end-game- the coup de grace- where national sovereignties are collapsed and government as we know it becomes redundant. Where countries yield their economic sovereignty; political and cultural sovereignty collapse as surely as night follows day. Neo-liberals are trying to bring about the end of ideology where they get to do what they want without regard for social, economic or political impacts.
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron competed in the French presidential race and Macron won handily. Macron is a political protégé of former president Francois Hollande, a pseudo-socialist turned Neo-liberal, and the country now waits with great trepidation to see if Macron is going to continue to swing Hollande’s wrecking ball.
Le Pen is a nationalist who wants to see France assert its national sovereignty, get out to the EU, out of NATO(and its war mongering), have closer relations with Russia and see a revival of her country’s social values. In other words, she stands for everything Neo-liberals want to eradicate.
Macron and Trudeau are now being celebrated as the two youngest and most photogenic Western leaders. Both are dyed in the wool Neo-liberals and walking manifestations of how vacuous and dysfunctional Western politics have become.
Trudeau, for his part, is now involved in secret talks to revive the TPP which is doctrinaire Neo-liberalism. What he tries to sell as just another “free trade” agreement is really the death knell of Canadian sovereignty. Our country is so mesmerized with his photogeneity we have yet to wake up to his naïve and deceitful nature.
When Macron makes the ludicrous claim there is no left or right he is swearing allegiance to Neo-liberalism and its determination to erase government and bring about the end of ideology. Democracy can only reside with the free market economy, free to exploit at will.
Closer to home, we have just had the BC election, and journalist, Andrew Nikiforuk throws a truth bomb of his own as he succinctly sums up the results for us:
It is outrageous that a government so Trumpish in character, so wedded to alternative facts and so visibly supportive of growing economic inequality still won a minority government. It proves that Canadians have as many political problems as the Americans and that a diminished press allows those with the most money to engineer political control.
Expect more volatility. And another election soon.
Nikiforuk refers to yet another government that is very much Neo-liberal. ln BC, France, and elsewhere we can surely expect more “volatility.”
In the meantime, Putin and Salutin have thrown a couple of truth bombs breaching the GSCPW. The wall is as utterly rancid as moldy old cheese can be. Like previous walls and curtains, it must come down. It is the wall build by war mongers, war profiteers and quisling politicians willing to see the world turned into a faceless monoculture. Yet we allow ourselves to be held hostage by these villainous scoundrels.
Say “Cheese” everybody! Let’s make sure it is fresh, unwalled, and straight out of the cooler.