As an update on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, specifically, the synchronized waves of American media-amplified propaganda of a pro-Ukrainian and ever-more-virulently anti-Putin sort that is rapidly becoming outright anti-Russian -- and hence potentially dangerous in terms of actual hot war.
The demands for and realizations of ever-escalating and outright aggressively provocative "responses" against Russia have the flavor of an American leftwing "cancel culture" mob, except this time, it's the entire Military / Industrial / Deep State Establishment to include its Democrat - Big Media - Big Tech Complex.
It's yet another MAXIMALIST MASS MEDIA MORAL PANIC in the manner of the Gulf War, the 9/11 War on Terror, the Iraq War, Libya, and -- the destructive twin motherlodes -- COVID and the "January 6th Insurrection," with flamboyantly pro-Ukrainian propaganda and fog of war sort of stuff passed along uncritically and hysterically.
Recalling those moral panics, in the case of the two-year (and hopefully now ending) Covid shit-show, that nightmare was interspersed with that weird top-down Cultural / Color Revolution with hot civil war brought to use by the Oligarchical Elite (to include George Soros-provided pallets of bricks) that made up the "Summer of Love 2020" St. George Floyd Riots.
(Speaking of Summer of Love, Seattle is in a race-to-the-bottom with the Communist Commune of Portlandia, Scat Fransicko, and hellscape dystopia of L.A.)
As in those cases, the Washington Consensus -- that D.C. caste of intertwined pharisees and parasites that make up the face of the Big Media / Democrat Complex, itself an appendage of the Military / Industrial / Deep State hydra that, in turn, is the tool of the Great Reset-minded Neoliberal Oligarchy -- is leading the moral panic.
To borrow Wes Yang's phrase, the entire Vertically Integrated Media Messaging Apparatus is amplifying the message. And whereas Big Tech did not exist in 1991 or 2001, its present form only exacerbates the hysterical herd mentality and reach of the reality-altering lies.
However, in this Russian invasion of Ukraine case, the tribalization of America's cultural, social, and political life is actually papered over and so evident because Fox News -- as the metonymy of the Conservative Right -- is every bit on board as the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the rest of the Illiberal Left Big Media complex.
Speaking of the Washington Consensus, the human being who defines it, Benjamin "Benji" Wittes is, as ever, leading the charge with his call, and doing so from his thoroughly vaccinated hidey hole where only FULLY VAXXED humans may get near him.
Benji Wittes (pictured left) is both the Washington Consensus de facto spokes-human -- indeed, he's its synecdoche -- and its unintentional mascot.
Benji has declared that only REGIME CHANGE in Russia will do and -- PRESTO! -- this is now the Official Position of The Brookings Institution (TM) where Benji and his "tough choices" both have a lifetime sinecure.
What's more, Richard N. Haass, the "President" of that other Beltway Deep State Consensus Factory, the Council on Foreign Relations, is on board with REGIME CHANGE in and ARMED CONFLICT with Russia.
Aligning with the demands of the Ukrainians -- many of whom are brilliant propagandists in how much they understand their U.S. audience and its "trigger" points -- are those of some truly unhinged "respectable" sorts in the form of a U.S/NATO-enforced "no fly zone" over Ukraine.
It goes without saying that such a move would be an open act war against Russia and would massively escalate matters to the threat of an actual World War III global nuclear holocaust.
Certain level-headed and clear-eyed observers -- such as Jordan Schachtel -- have pointed out the extent to which the Covid hysteria has seamlessly given way to anti-Putin/anti-Russian warmongering hysteria. In particular, the dangerous chimera of "Zero Covid" has given way to its functional equivalent, "Zero Russia," both of which have "powerful advocates" and both of which "require the destruction of humanity as we know it."
I won't go onto a tangent -- or down the rabbit hole -- of how obscenely hypocritical is this whole discussion coming from so many of the Cultural Marxists who have been openly instituting policies, procedures, and mindsets that seek the destruction of the United States, replacing all its foundational principles with a kind of WOKE Maoism. This includes the vitiation of the U.S. military into a sort of transgendered-obsessed drag show revue.
Rather, let's just focus on the bedrock principle that we do not need a hot war with Russia -- on that is likely to end in at least the limited exchange of nuclear weapons and a resulting breakdown of society.
Just as likely, an outright full scale nuclear war that destroys civilization and potentially removes human beings outright from this planet (as part of a biosphere-wide nuclear winter and extinction level event probably on par with the K/T Chicxulub impactor).
On the matter of "Zero Russia" replacing "Zero Covid," it is remarkable the speed and scope with which Blue State indoor / school mask mandates and all the vaccination hysteria is ebbing even as I write this.
Speaking of Jordan Schachtel, I'd like to point out this new Substack piece he just posted: Just Say No To World War 3. I highly recommend this piece.
For the western ruling elite class, Russia has been labeled our world’s bogeyman, as a nation that is considered the epitome of evil. Ukraine, while sharing a similar culture and politics to its neighbor, is labeled a land of freedom akin to the vision of the American founding. These labels are meant to showcase a great distinction between the two neighbors, but they are simply not accurate. In reality, the authoritarian dichotomy is much smaller, but the powerful actors who are clashing on this issue remain opposed to one another.
In the western world, some of our elected leaders are ginning up levels of hysteria similar to the early days of COVID Mania. COVID is now old news, replaced by the potential for war with Russia. Similar to COVID Mania, the wartime propaganda has been relentless, and the same class of human zombies who embraced the deadly virus narrative have somehow seamlessly transitioned to supporting the war narrative.
Above: I really can't stand Jonathan Swan. He is, in a word he can appreciate in his Australian vernacular, a C-word.
To these social justice warriors and frenzied fanatics, calling balls and strikes on the wartime propaganda is akin to being an agent for Russia. We are now told to register unapologetic support for these war narratives, even if they’re not remotely true.
Sure, go ahead and support Ukraine’s defense, but I don't believe it’s wise to “rally the troops” by banging the propaganda war drums. Instead, we should be looking for a way to de-escalate the rising tensions between nuclear-armed powers, and do so as fast as humanly possible.
Tucker Carlson's 21+ minute commentary tonight -- posted directly above -- discusses which of the key players of the Military/Industrial Complex and Deep State are demanding war with Russia.
Above: Philip M. Breedlove, a sort of Dr. Strangelove lunatic, is dying for World War III. These people are dangerously insane. Unless it's just for some media punditry show.
This includes whored-out Big Media Cable pundits demanding war with Russia to include wo former NATO Supreme Allied Commanders Europe (SACEURs), namley, Wesley Clark and Philip M. Breedlove. At the nexus of Big Media punditry and the Deep State, it includes, as noted above, CFR President Richard Haass, not to mention NBC News Pin-Up War Correspondent Richard Engel.
Above: Richard Engel, as ever, completely in love with himself and posing like some great World War II correspondent. In fact, all he really does is stay at fancy hotels and, when stateside, go on forever to adoring media about his son's Rett Syndrome.
Carlson's commentary also discusses the fact that the Democrat / Big Media complex are seeking actively to exploit the war hysteria in order (of course) to label as traitors and silence all domestic critics.
For instance, Mother F'er Jones magazine is demanding -- like all Illiberal Leftwing Cultural Marxists today -- that Fox News and any "rightwing misinformation" be banned or otherwise censored by some combination of the federal government, Big Tech, and the larger corporate media hydra. But it's not just Mother F'er Jones magazine since this is precisely the position of "sober and serious" Senators such as Mark Warner (D - Vagina).
To pull this off, it's necessary to internalize the Big Media Narrative that Biden's massive and sustained fuck ups and failures are really -- ALL TOGETHER NOW!! -- Donald Trump's (and his supporters) fault. In this way, the calls for silencing and criminalizing domestic voices -- especially non-RINO Republicans and ALL Trump voters -- can gain more moral traction.
This means that some of the present combo Democrat / Big Media / Deep State hysterical warmongering actually is directed for domestic U.S. purposes.
Having said all of that, it's also true that there have been a few funny sideshows out of this, in particular, when a component of the Veritically Integrated Messaging Apparatus tries to apply the American Left's all-racism / all-the-time framework to a war between two Slavic peoples and it backfires.
Case in point: The 1619 Project woman who tweets as Ida Bae Wells declared that all concern over Ukraine was really just so much white supremacy and "dog whistles" -- you can read what she said here, as I honestly don't care enough to write about it. The point is, she's clearly Off System Message.
Until things shake out in Ukraine, my advice is to stick to the MSNBC political talk show circuit for that sort of comment rather than tweeting it. Otherwise, she runs the risk of Ivy League schools not fiercely competing for her tenured and calming presence.
Such a loss would deprive her of critical opportunities in her Big Academia racket to talk about how oppressed she was growing up in 1980s suburban Waterloo, Iowa, raised by a black father and white mother. Consider all the unrealized Vox / Critical Race Theory synergies and lost decolonization spaces.
Ibram X. Kendi, the Leon Trotsky of CRT Bolshevism, may not be particularly intellectually brilliant, and he subscribes to a very crudely reductionist and ultimately dead-end ideology, but he intuitively understands and can adapt to the mood of the moment.
OK, I think I'm going to wrap up this entry. I'd like to try to post one more non-political-themed entry in the next day or two and call it a week for blogging until the weekend.