The fantasy world of the media

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 Every election cycle we are treated to candidates who promise us “change,” and 2008 has been no different. But in the American political lexicon, “change” always means more of the same: more government, more looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state measures, more unnecessary war, and more centralization of power.

Real change would mean something like the opposite of those things. It might even involve following our Constitution. And that’s the one option Americans are never permitted to hear.

Today we are living in a fantasy world. Our entitlement programs are insolvent: in a couple of decades they will face a shortfall amounting to tens of trillions of dollars. Meanwhile, the housing bubble is bursting and our dollar is collapsing. We are borrowing billions from China every day in order to prop up a bloated overseas presence that weakens our national defense and stirs up hostility against us. And all our political class can come up with is more of the same.

One columnist puts it like this: we are borrowing from Europe in order to defend Europe, we are borrowing from Japan in order to keep cheap oil flowing to Japan, and we are borrowing from Arab regimes in order to install democracy in Iraq. Is it really “isolationism” to find something wrong with this picture?

With national bankruptcy looming, politicians from both parties continue to make multi-trillion dollar promises of “free” goods from the government, and hardly a soul wonders if we can still afford to have troops in – this is not a misprint – 130 countries around the world. All of this is going to come to an end sooner or later, because financial reality is going to make itself felt in very uncomfortable ways. But instead of thinking about what this means for how we conduct our foreign and domestic affairs, our chattering classes seem incapable of speaking in anything but the emptiest platitudes, when they can be bothered to address serious issues at all. Fundamental questions like this, and countless others besides, are off the table in our mainstream media, which focuses our attention on trivialities and phony debates as we march toward oblivion.

This is the deadening consensus that crosses party lines, that dominates our major media, and that is strangling the liberty and prosperity that were once the birthright of Americans. Dissenters who tell their fellow citizens what is really going on are subject to smear campaigns that, like clockwork, are aimed at the political heretic. Truth is treason in the empire of lies.

There is an alternative to national bankruptcy, a bigger police state, trillion-dollar wars, and a government that draws ever more parasitically on the productive energies of the American people. It’s called freedom. But as we’ve learned through hard experience, we are not going to hear a word in its favor if our political and media establishments have anything to say about it.

If we want to live in a free society, we need to break free from these artificial limitations on free debate and start asking serious questions once again. I am happy that my campaign for the presidency has finally raised some of them. But this is a long-term project that will persist far into the future. These ideas cannot be allowed to die, buried beneath the mind-numbing chorus of empty slogans and inanities that constitute official political discourse in America.

That is why I wrote this book.

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6 thoughts on “The fantasy world of the media

  1. The real change should happen inside us. This world is a reflection of our inner state.

    Looks like that our inner state is really confused.
    🙂

  2. Very true. But it seems it is going to take the longest of the times… Our societies are not free at all, we are too too confused and we do not want to accept the truth. We are seeking for the truth but we are not yet able to be the total embodiment of it. It s nice to hear positive words and encouraging people talking about truth but unless and until each cell of our body will not “speak” the truth the world will continue to be messy and unreal.

  3. In Brhadaranyaka Upanishad, Yajnavalkya is questioned by his students to describe God. He states “The Divine is not this and it is not that” (neti, neti).

    Thus, the Divine is not real as we are real, nor is it unreal. The divine is not living in the sense humans live, nor is it dead. The Divine is not compassionate as we use the term, nor is it uncompassionate. And so on. We can never truly define God in words. All we can say, in effect, is that “It isn’t this, but also, it isn’t that either”. In the end, the student must transcend words to understand the nature of the Divine

  4. Change is for betterment and benevolence, peace and joy. Everybody wants to enjoy and nobody wants to suffer. We get suffering from outside and joy from inside.These are brought to us by our own attention. but because of our habits our attention always goes out and we react and suffer. we want therefore to change the outside which is not correct. if we want to change outside then first we have to change ourselves from inside and it possible by sahajayoga only.Because it moves our attention towards inside by awakening of the Divine Power Kundalini Shakti.She only can bringe the inner change with our own participation and co-operation with Her.It is a new phenomena taken place in the humanbeing by the grace of HH shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.So inner change is constructive and outer is destructive if it goes beyond limits.

  5. You will never have meaningful, positive change for the better in the US. You seem to be living in a very nice microcosm. The immense majority of the US population is imbecile and ignorant. Ask anybody to name their two senators. Have you ever caught a conversation between two grown up males other than sports? what do you plan to implement to stop average income citizens to vote against their economic interest?
    America is a First World Nation largely inhabited by a population behaving like a uneducated Third World Nation.
    I’m not sure where to start.

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