“How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”—Howard Zinn
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”—Frederick Douglass
Everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of the United States are living under the yoke of a self-legitimized organized corporate/military crime syndicate known as the government.
This government (including both Democrats and Republicans) is propped up by an insidious propaganda apparatus known as the mainstream, i.e., corporate-stream, “news” media. The objective of the media is to legitimize the daily economic, political, and social de facto terrorism against the ordinary people of this nation, and to legitimize the economic and military terrorism against the everyday peoples of this entire planet—Mother Earth.
Under the cover of allegedly fighting “terrorism,” this self-legitimized corporate/military organized crime syndicate, i.e., the government, engages in constant unbridled subterfuge, disinformation, and cynical manipulation, which repeatedly disfigures, distorts, and quashes the legitimate aspirations of everyday people in this nation and around the world. It is itself a terrorist government, whose hypocritical policies enhances rather than diminishes “terrorism.” This is, quite simply, because the U.S. corporate terrorist government, in reality, thrives on terrorism, at the horrible pain and expense of ordinary people everywhere.
In the fallacious name of protecting an essentially non-existent everyday people’s U.S. ‘democracy,’ this U.S. governmental corporate/military crime syndicate wages an unending propaganda and economic and political war of terrorism against the struggling people of this nation. In so doing, the ordinary people are deliberately and perpetually kept ignorant, in fear, and in disarray—easily manipulated, controlled, and used as malleable cannon fodder by the amoral and avaricious elite.
Examples of the U.S. governmental crime syndicate’s terrorism
We must understand that corporate hegemony, i.e., domination, is terrorism. It is terrorism against everyday ordinary struggling people. Moreover, economic ‘austerity’ is also terrorism against ordinary people. Yes, it is terrorism! It is blood sucking, by the rich and powerful, of the masses of people.
The trillion dollar criminal ‘bailout’ of the Wall Street banksters, pharmaceutical, insurance, and other corporate-elite robber barons was, and continues to be, a brazen act of terrorism against the economic and human rights of everyday people.
The draconian PATRIOT Act and the NDAA (i.e., the so-called National Defense Authorization Act) are also acts of terrorism against the civil, political, and human rights of everyday people. In the name of fighting terrorism, the U.S. governmental crime syndicate is wantonly engaging in terrorism and repression against the masses of ordinary people.
The attacking and bombing of Libya by the U.S. and its NATO puppets was not only unconstitutional and an egregious abrogation of international law, it was an act of terrorism—plain and simple. Moreover, such acts serve the financial interests of the bloated corporate elite, while simultaneously and deliberately heightening hatred towards the ordinary people of this nation who are themselves under steady attack by the U.S. corporate crime syndicate, known as the government.
Even as Barack Obama and his Democrat and Republican accomplices hypocritically rail against foreign “terrorism,” the U.S. corporate-government crime syndicate covertly launched a massive terroristic cyber attack against the sovereign nation of Iran, and covertly coordinates and militarily supplies the bloody armed conflict in the sovereign nation of Syria. These covert acts of terrorism have nothing whatever to do with ‘democracy,’ and everything to do with subterfuge, corporate greed, and callously manipulating the everyday people of this nation and the world. So-called U.S. ‘national interests’ means, in reality, nothing more than serving the financial interests of the tiny U.S. corporate elite at the horrible expense of ordinary people in this nation and abroad. It is the very real terrorism by the elite avaricious rich against ordinary struggling people everywhere. It is the terrorism of the U.S. corporate-government crime syndicate against the everyday people.
It does not have to continue
It really does not have to be this way. But first, we must recognize this U.S. corporate crime syndicate for what it actually is—a terrorist government bent on perpetually controlling, manipulating and terrorizing its own people and persons around the world.
An honest assessment of the judicial system in the United States shows a system that is overwhelmingly also owned and/or controlled by the corporate elite. It certainly cannot be depended upon for genuine systemic redress, for it is itself an inextricable part of this same hypocritical and corrupt U.S. political system. So what do we do?
We must stop believing in the lies, distortions, and omissions emanating from the gatekeepers of this political system and start believing in ourselves and our own creative capacities. We must understand that, whether we like it or not, we MUST band together to develop and nurture a serious everyday people’s movement which is about the concept of WE -ness not the systemically induced virus of ME-ness. This must be a collective struggle to change (not merely reform) an irretrievably corrupt corporate controlled U.S. political system.
When we have differences of perspective, etc.—and we will have differences or somebody is definitely lying—we must address those differences in such a way so as to minimize such differences being exploited by the system and used against us. We must constantly develop the creative ways and means to struggle. We must create a collective and inclusive vision towards which we can all work. We must not be afraid to criticize ourselves and each other but, here again, in a way that minimizes such honest criticism from being used against us by this cynical, corrupt, and opportunistic system. We must remember that we are not merely struggling against this system, just as importantly, we are struggling for something totally different. We are struggling to bring to fruition a model of human interaction that is based upon continual creativity and human needs, not individual power and insatiable greed.
The tyranny and daily terrorism of and by this corrupt gang of opportunistic systemic manipulators, who have the unmitigated audacity to refer to themselves as our representative government, must be seen for what they are and utterly rejected. It does not have to be this way. It’s a long, hard, and protracted struggle, so let’s get busy!
Remember: Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward!
Intrepid Report Associate Editor Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, the San Francisco BayView newspaper, the Black Commentator, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.)