The War on Consciousness: Manufacturing Stupidity

The war on consciousness
The War On Consciousness

Diplomacy for Dummies

Recently, a stark example of the war on consciousness in the West was on full display:

Russians have had to dumb down their speeches at the UN so other countries can understand them, deputy representative Dmitry Polyansky has said

I don’t know what media you consume for your news, but the recent press conference by President Joe Biden, where he refers to President El-Sisi as the president of Mexico comes to mind. Mexico is on the US border. President El Sisi is the current leader of Egypt, which is what…5000 miles away from the US East Coast.


Well, we can sort of excuse Mr. Biden, who is now an octagenerian for not being as sharp as a tack. Although I regularly read The Greanville Post, by editor Patrice Greanville. 

Or watch interviews with former CIA analyst, Ray McGovern, who participated in USA/USSR arms control negotiations 50 years ago.

Seems like, some people become very wise as they get older, and some people get dumber….I mean an Arab leader coming from Mexico???

Then, we can look to the chief architects of US foreign policy such as Secretary of State, Tony Blinken. As an arch Russophobe, cites his stepfather who was saved from a Nazi concentration camp by the US. But it seems that Blinken has a selective or defective memory:

Blinken told his stepfather’s story as a tale of one-sided U.S. beneficence, but Samuel Pisar remembers it differently: “I was saved by the Battle of Stalingrad, which was the turning point of the war, and the Red Army offensive,” he said in a 2010 interview with Russian media outlet RIA Novosti. “For me, during the Second World War, Russia was a savior. I consider my saviors to be the Russian and American armies. You can criticize Stalin, the Gulag, and other things that happened in Russia from 1920 to 1930, but the heroism, sacrifice, and victory of Russia in the war against Fascism cannot be questioned. It’s sacred.”

How the US Consciousness Became Corrupted and Degenerate Krishramurti on the Crisis in Consciousness 

What the world is now with all the misery conflict destructive brutality aggression and so he still as he was still brutal violent aggressive acquisitive competitive and he is built a society along these lines. ..what we are trying you know all these discussions and talks here…is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the Mind, not accept things as they are but to understand it to go into it to examine it give your heart and your mind with everybody think that you have to find out a way of living differently My Dinner with Andre –a totalitarian system based on money, with people creating their own prison.

‘I mean are we just like bored spoiled children who’ve just been lying in the bathtub all day just playing with their plastic duck and now they’re just thinking well what can I do?

Okay yes we’re bored we’re all bored now but has it ever occurred to you that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world now may very well be a self-perpetuating  unconscious form of brainwashing created by a world totalitarian government based on money and that all of this is much more dangerous than one thinks and it’s not just a question of individual survival but that somebody who’s bored is asleep and somebody who’s asleep will not say no.

See I keep meeting these people I mean uh just a few days ago I met this man whom I greatly admire he’s a Swedish physicist Gustav bjor Strand and he told me that he no longer watches television he doesn’t read newspapers and he doesn’t read magazines he’s completely cut them out of his life because he really does feel the we’re living in some kind of orwellian nightmare now and that everything that you hear now contributes to turning you into a robot…

When I was at Findhorn I met this extraordinary English tree expert who had devoted his life to saving trees. He just got back from Washington lobbying to save the Redwoods he’s 84 years old he always travels with a Backpackers he never knows where he’s going to be tomorrow and when I met him at Findhorn he said to me, ‘where are you from’.

And I said New York. He said ‘ah New York yes  that’s a very interesting place do you know a lot of New Yorkers who keep talking about the fact that they want to leave but never do and I said oh yes and he said why do you think they don’t leave I gave him different banal theories. He said, ‘Oh I don’t think it’s that way at all, I think that New York is the new model for the new concentration camp where the camp has been built by the inmates themselves and the inmates are the guards and they have this pride in this thing they’ve built.

‘They’ve built their own prison and so they exist in a state of schizophrenia where they are both guards and prisoners and as a result they no longer have having been lobotomized the capacity to leave leave the prison they’ve made or to even see it as a prison.’ 


Examples of Brazen Contempt for the Public Consciousness

“If you believe the government, you’re stupid.”

In August, 1965 Safer appeared in what became one of most famous TV segments of the Vietnam War, showing U.S. troops setting fire to all the huts in a Vietnamese village with Zippo lighters and flamethrowers.

Longtime CBS News correspondent Morley Safer.

A year later in 1966, Safer wrote an article about what he’d seen firsthand during a visit to Vietnam by Arthur Sylvester, then Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (i.e., the head of Pentagon PR). Sylvester met with reporters for U.S. news outlets at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon:

There was general opening banter, which Sylvester quickly brushed aside. He seemed anxious to take a stand, to say something that would jar us. He said:

“I can’t understand how you fellows can write what you do while American boys are dying out here,” he began. Then he went on to the effect that American correspondents had a patriotic duty to disseminate only information that made the United States look good.

A network television correspondent said, “Surely, Arthur, you don’t expect the American press to be the handmaidens of government.”

“That’s exactly what I expect,” came the reply.

An agency man raised the problem that had preoccupied Ambassador Maxwell Taylor and Barry Zorthian [a press officer based in Vietnam], about the credibility of American officials. Responded the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs:

“Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that?, stupid.”

One of the most respected of all the newsmen in Vietnam,a veteran of World War II, the Indochina War and Korea, suggested that Sylvester was being deliberately provocative. Sylvester replied:

“Look, I don’t even have to talk to you people. I know how to deal with you through your editors and publishers back in the States.”

At this point, the Hon. Arthur Sylvester put his thumbs in his ears, bulged his eyes, stuck out his tongue and wiggled his fingers. [For the full article by Safer, see below.]

There are several significant aspects to this:

— A top U.S. official was honest enough to tell reporters: look, we lie to you constantly and you’re a moron if you believe anything we say. He also honestly expressed his total contempt for them and intention to manipulate news coverage by dealing directly with their management and employers.

Moreover, Sylvester (who before going to work for the Pentagon had been the Washington correspondent for the Newark News) put his beliefs into practice at key moments of history. He lied about what the U.S. knew about Soviet missiles in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and personally told the key lies about the Gulf of Tonkin incident



From the book The Game of Death, by Albert E Kahn and Michael Sayer


Deliberately dumbing down the population starting with public education




Chapter 3 from The Game of Death

IN THE early summer of 1949 an extraordinary document, which boded portentous changes in the lives of countless young Americans, was published in the United States. Entitled American Education and International Tensions and printed in the form of a 54-page booklet, the document consisted of a report issued under the auspices of the National Education Association, the largest and most influential educational body in the country.

The report advanced the startling thesis that the time had come to revamp completely the traditional function of the nation’s schools as institutions of objective instruction and free inquiry, and to convert them into agencies of political indoctrination and instruments for producing un-questioning adherence to the official policies of the U. S. Government.

CIA and the role of manipulating culture

The Cold War was very ideologically charged: it was a battle between opposing political systems. It is therefore only natural that the spread of culture played such an important role. The CIA employed the most effective sort of propaganda, the sort which influences the minds of people without them realizing it. Eventually, their covert methods made Abstract Expressionism so popular that it became quite difficult for an artist to find success working in any other style.

They want to destroy social consciousness by eliminating Socialist Realism as an art genre.


When the US government established the CIA in 1947, it included a division known as the Propaganda Assets Inventory, a branch of psychological warfare intended to boost pro-American messaging during the Cold War. In the following excerpt from the new book ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History, author Jennifer Dasal explores how the intelligence agency curated exhibitions of abstract art to wage its ideological war. 

Further examples of Lies by ‘The Empire of Lies’

  • Merciless Red skinned savages: Howard Zinn
  • Spanish American War—“You supply the photograph and I’ll supply the war.” “Remember the Maine”
  • WWI Lusitania, Huns stabbing babies. Edward Bernays—getting women to smoke. Then getting them to go to war.
  • WWII Pearl Harbor was anticipated but people were told it was unprovoked.
  • Beginning of Cold War—After Germany was defeated, attention turned towards defeating the USSR. So the support for Russia during WWII suddenly switched to anti Communism.
  • Operation Unthinkable. Winston Churchill praised Stalin during WWII, until England was no longer in danger, then turned against Russia, its original adversary.
  • Vietnam War—Gulf of Tonkin “North Vietnam attacked our ship” Except that it didn’t
  • First Gulf War. “Babies thrown out of incubators”
  • Second Iraq War Weapons of Mass Destruction. Didn’t exist
  • Afghan War 4 incompetent pilots outsmart the entire US airforce and take down 3 buildings.
  • Libya War—fake news about Libyan soldiers given viaga, Chinese military budget vs US.
  • Ukraine War started with the coup against Yanukovych, massacre in Odessa unreported, attacks for 8 years against Donbass unreported. Russian draft treaties to get Nato to honor its treaties spurned, with missiles duplicating Cuban Missile crisis minutes away from Russia. But war is “unprovoked”.


Past and Present Truth tellers:

Here are some suggestions of people who told the truth:

  • Harriet Tubman,
  • Mark Twain—Huckleberry Finn, etc. of the Anti imperialist League,
  • IF Stone,
  • George Seldes,
  • Ida Tarbell,
  • anti war newspapers at US military bases during the Vietnam War,
  • Mark Lane, Rush to Judgement, and numerous independent analyses of JFK assassination.
  • Manufacturing Consent,
  • Peoples History of the United States,
  • The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush.
  • Crossing the Rubicon, by Mike Ruppert
  • Books by Albert E Kahn

The Key question: Whenever we get a news report, ask two questions: 1. Really? And 2. Who benefits?


The Duran

Caitlin Johnstone

Jeff J. Brown

Aaron Mate

Gabor Mate

Norman Finkelstein

Michael Hudson

Ben Norton Geopolitical Economy Report

Julian Assange

And many journalists like Gary Webb, Mike Ruppert


How to Win the War on Consciousness–Develop Critical Thinking

Harking back 2500 years, we see that this is not a new problem. The story goes that the Buddha was traveling around India, and came to a village of the Kalama people. There were confused because sometimes some guru would show up and explain why they should follow him. Later on, another guru would come to town, and tell the people that the first guru was wrong and that they should follow this guy.

So when Siddhartha Gotama (the Buddha) came to their town, they asked his opinion. Rather than telling them ‘The Truth’, in response to this question, he answered the following:

Which of these venerable brahmans & contemplatives are speaking the truth, and which ones are lying?”

“Of course you are uncertain, Kalamas. Of course you are in doubt. When there are reasons for doubt, uncertainty is born. So in this case, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’

When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering’— then you should abandon them.


Note by the translator:

Traditions are not to be followed simply because they are traditions. Reports (such as historical accounts or news) are not to be followed simply because the source seems reliable. One’s own preferences are not to be followed simply because they seem logical or resonate with one’s feelings.

Instead, any view or belief must be tested by the results it yields when put into practice; and — to guard against the possibility of any bias or limitations in one’s understanding of those results — they must further be checked against the experience of people who are wise. The ability to question and test one’s beliefs in an appropriate way is called appropriate attention.

The ability to recognize and choose wise people as mentors is called having admirable friends. According to Iti 16-17, these are, respectively, the most important internal and external factors for attaining the goal of the practice.

Think for Yourself–Put Noone’s Head Above Your Own

In other words, Think for yourselves, and seek multiple sources, such as those noted above (but not only these) in order to decide what is true or false, or what is right or wrong.


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