Private companies are doing the censorship and propaganda work of White Empire. Big Brother has been privatized.
Hence private companies removed the channel RT, Google is removing search results and videos, Spotify is removing podcasts, and Facebook and Twitter are removing content and accounts.
Twitter is allowing death threats, Facebook is allowing calls for violence against Russians, and the private press is positively braying for war. Foreign fighters, formerly decried as brainwashed jihadis, are lionized. Child soldiers, formerly an atrocity, are glorified.
So the people that called for blood in Iraq cry crocodile tears for Ukraine. Not for detente or negotiation, but just more arms and escalation that will tear the country in twain. Little of this comes from state media, but it’s all making the same case.
How did this happen? How did so many drummers come to beat the same rhythm at the same time? How did a symphony of propaganda become so effectively privatized?
The Information Problem
To look at Empire, specifically its capital America, let’s take Mazer Rackham’s advice from the book Ender’s Game. He said:
“There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak.”
Hence to understand White Empire, we turn to Wang Huning, the leading strategist in their current enemy, Red China. Huning visited the heart of whiteness in the late 80s and wrote America Against America.
Huning viewed governance as an information problem. How does government process all the information in a society, and ultimately govern it? Huning said:
Can a political and administrative system bear all the burdens of modern society? This is a difficult question for all countries.
What he saw in America was that they built a self-organizing system based on decentralization. Basically outsourcing a lot of government functions to private companies. Reagan effectively sold this idea of ‘small’, efficient government, and no politician has had an original idea since. The result is actually much bigger and less efficient, but nevermind.
What this meant, since the 80s, was the commodification of everything, from the military, to healthcare, to transportation, to media. As Huning said, the US government stepped into a more indirect role:
Striving to give the various spheres of social life their own organization and dynamics to meet the needs of society on their own, so that the political or administrative system plays only an indirect regulatory role, is an effective way to win in this area.
A prerequisite for the realization of this structure is to enable the various spheres of social life to form a self-organizing system that decouples these specific and complex spheres of activity from political activity. Commodification is the catalyst for this transformation process.
Huning looked at this process just starting in the 1980s and said “most of the institutions in this set are private, but in fact they manage a very large part of the affairs of the whole society.”
Now in the 2020, the lobotomization of the American state is largely complete. The state does very little. During a pandemic it just tells people to get private vaccines and mounts no test-and-trace effort at all. During financial crashes it just gives money to private banks, it mounts no public works programs at all either.
Hence America emerges as a complete oligarchy, with just a Reality TV show called elections. Contestants are publicly bribed by corporations to buy advertising on corporate media, giving the imprimatur of consent. It’s all bullshit.
As a Princeton study said “Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.”
Huning saw this and said what any rapper could tell you, that “money governs society” in America. He said “This non-governmental money mechanism regulates people’s thinking, emotions, and behavior.”
Hence it’s not just the propaganda has been privatized. Everything has been privatized. Propaganda is just the advertising that sells it all. Most of all war.
The Military-Industrial Complex
War is just another industry in America. Of the Defense budget, over half now goes to private arms dealers, called oligarchs in any other country. The industry has effectively taken over government. The current Defence Secretary came there directly from Raytheon. President Biden has taken billions in bribes from them over the years (donations are just the white word for bribes).
Dwight D. Eisenhower left this turd on America’s door stop after World War II, along with a completely pointless warning about what was to come. The turd was this:
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions.
And this was the famous but pointless warning:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
I say pointless because look around. The arms dealers are in the Defense Department. The politicians depend on the arms industry for their nest eggs. Trillions goes from the treasury to the military-industrial complex, despite there being no official wars.
America has neither security nor liberty. To paraphrase Ike, American democracy willnotsurvive for generations to come, it is already an insolvent phantom today.
The Military-Media Complex
They say the first casualty of war is truth, and America’s forever wars have made their media forever false. Despite losing every war, killing millions, displacing tens of millions and making everything worse, this time is always going to be different.
The fact is that news networks like CNN made their bones on the first Iraq war and ‘war correspondents’ like NBC’s Richard Engel quite publicly thank these manufactured wars for their careers. There’s obviously a conflict of interest here, in that wars driving ratings and business for these people, as much as the arms dealers. As Engel wrote, the second Iraq War was ‘his big break’:
The consequences for being wrong about war in America are zero, and the rewards are many. The same people wrong about Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya just keep failing upwards. Meanwhile anyone who dares oppose war gets kicked out. Being wrong is fine, the audience forgets. But being anti-war is just bad for business.
After decades of this the American war machine is an obviously ghoulish disaster and the country has lost all faith and credit in the world. But its corrupt media still doesn’t get it. They still think they’re the good guys. As Upton Sinclair said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
Hence hacks like Engel or Christiane Amanpour positively moaned when America pulled out of its disastrous war in Afghanistan. Even after all the bloodshed, even after the ultimate failure, they still could not understand. Amanpour, now CNN’s Chief International Correpondent, said:
Hearing Taliban entering Kabul takes me back to Nov 2001 watching them flee Kabul at the tip of America’s spear, bringing hope to women, children and all who want peace, education and freedom from fundamentalist terror. Now progress and hope die again. Reckless American gamble?
Shit would make Goebbels blush, and these people say this themselves, on their own Twitter accounts. As Huning said, “This management is not based on coercion and command, but rather on voluntarily by each individual.”
Tip of the spear? Spreading peace, education, and freedom? What is this except the most rank propaganda, most effectively privatized?
Which brings us back to Ukraine. Unlike other invasions, which were good and just, Russia’s invasion is bad, and must be stopped. But when Russia’s television channels and even regular Russian people are censored, this is really just anti-competitive behavior. The problem is not propaganda, it’s their propaganda.
Just compare the covers when Empire invades someone, to when Russia. The Economist (which should just be called The Imperialist) happily made ‘the case for war’ against Iraq, called to ‘hit him hard’ against Syria, and called the occupation of Afghanistan ‘a heart-rending but necessary war’.
Now these same media outlets openly cheering book burnings, child soldiers, foreign fighters, and calling for more arms, and Molotov cocktails. All of these things are terrorism and evil when leveled against Empire, but are now cheered on. Such is the fog of war. Dudes have commodified it as Fog-Of-War-Vapes™ and the population is sucking it down hard.
This is a turn-on-a-dime propaganda machine that would make Big Brother jealous, and it’s almost completely privatized. Besides the BBC telling people how to make Molotov cocktails and getting killed attacking tanks, it’s all from private companies, the ostensibly free press.
But as we’ve discussed, that itself is a misnomer. There are billions of dollars behind the media and social media. It’s ultimately the domain of oligarchs, and the military-media complex is as much a business as the military-industrial. And they’re all ultimately united around getting paid.
Hence this isn’t even a war problem in particular, nor is it about particular industries or particular people being corrupt. The system is working as designed, as intended. These are the logical results.
Since the 1980s, America has commodified all parts of its governance. They haven’t had any new ideas since Reagan talked about ‘small government’ and the power of American business, and administration after administration has just been selling the place out to oligarchs.
From health to prisons to transportation to war, America has turned everything into an industry, which completely changes the incentives involved.
A private war company has no more interest in ending war than an umbrella company has in ending rain. War is their business, it’s how they make money. While a government might be interested in ending a war quickly, a private company has the opposite incentive. They want wars to go on longer, that’s more time to sell bombs. They don’t care if the war is ultimately lost, there’s always another war to start.
So here we are. While the military-industrial complex makes trillions, the military-media complex makes billions, and they both can’t wait for another World War. Money is what makes the drums of war all beat in unison. They’re synchronized not by the visible hand of some dictator but by the invisible hand of self-interest.
A government doesn’t have to spend money making propaganda, they just give the license to a few oligarchs. Propaganda has been privatized in White Empire the way that everything has been privatized. They have no society anymore. The only way they feel anything close to unity is when they’re beating up someone else. And so from the twisted heart of whiteness, we get forever war.