Americans are in deep denial — so deep that most people are ignoring more than one elephant.
If anyone is the master of the run on and on and on sentence it would be Norman Pollack — this quote is mid point of paragraph two of his essay called: Elephant in the room? No the whole trumpeting herd. I am in awe if Pollack’s ability to build such complex sentence which still make sense. Short sentences just can’t convey the depth of the lies and double speak hiding in plain sight. In fact, all the issues so many of us Cassandras are ranting about are indeed about the elephants.
The “elephant in the room” here takes on greater significance because of mounting pressures to deny its existence. Its presence is protection against discovery, which means that in order to avoid the unthinkable—frequently the secret hidden in the elephant’s identity and function, for the individual’s psyche, is thinly-disguised barbarity—requires one to resort to obfuscatory strategies, as needed, to avoid the confrontation with reality, an unwillingness which is perfectly understandable when the particular reality, America, today, if revealed (Snowden, literally today), calls into question the nation’s democratic foundations, structure of government, philosophic heritage of freedom, legal and constitutional principles: Exceptionalism therefore turned upside down, leaving an exceptionalism of a quite different character—one of reaction, force, amoral international practice geared to unilateral political-economic-ideological dominance of the global system.
Governments have secrets and those elected to run the government for We the People seem to take on the mantle of keeping those secrets. The military keeps the secrets for the government and in today’s world the military has decided that we the people are the enemy and that we have no right to privacy or to our trivial (in their mind) secrets.
Militarism, however, is not alone in humbling the individual to Lilliputian size; it requires an entire societal configuration, composed of interdependent factors, to reduce the human being to stomaching the abuses of power while looking the other way. If history teaches us anything, it is that civilization has its dirty secrets, which are generally associated with exploitation, class dominance, and repression, for what else is there in plotting the ascent of ruling groups or the construction of class-arranged hierarchical social systems, . . . . . .
Eisenhower correctly identified the Military Industrial Complex as something We the People should be wary of — he knew that to help win the war the corporate might of the Industry Titans was needed it was also aware that this same massive organization could become a monster. He was perhaps trying to push the huge manufacturing complex to the civilian side when he focused on the much much needed infrastructure. The Interstate highway system made a massive difference in how far and how fast we could travel in a day. At the same time the roads by passed small town America.
The cold war started immediately following WWII and that was the world I was born into, the first air that filled my lungs was in a military hospital, the military world was the only world I knew during my childhood. Many men, like my father, remained in the military to battle the cold war. We were taught from an early age not to talk to civilians about what our father’s did. The military had big secrets and we faithfully kept those secrets — it had been pounded in that if we were to tell secrets our fathers could die.
See where I’m going? Now 0bama sees the need to keep all government matters “secret” (especially anything that might make HIM look bad, stupid or inept). Corporations are in fierce competition to keep secrets and to steal the secrets of their competitors. There are so many secrets — revealing secrets — corporate, military or corporate/military can mean jail time or worse. It would seem that corporations and the US military have joined hands to keep secrets. That also means to keep the civilians under control and ignorant of what the military is really doing.
Indeed, a militarism-centered social order almost by implication courts disaster. . . (6th paragraph)
” militarism-centered social order”
Oh my goodness — yes there is a word for the world I grew up in and that has now invaded the civilian world. Thank you Norman Pollack! It is important that humans name a disease in order for the disease to be treated — and like wise when our American world is suffering from a disease it is vital that we name the disease. Militarism-centered social order — is a bit wordy — TB is short easy to remember name for a disease that has largely been conquered (except for that new antibiotic strain). In this disease of the American social system is so complex that it requires a complex title.
Please read and then reread Norman Pollack’s essay about the herd of elephants — I’ve only quoted a fraction of his essay and he really does make the point about the oozing corporate military coup much better than I.
The world is also suffering from another culture disease — the Patriarchy. The military is a manifestation of the disease symptoms of control and dominate, force into submission; all the lessor beings which is the objective of the Patriarchy. Here’s a link to the history of the Patriarchy which is the foundation of the three main world religions, Christian, Jewish and Islam.
Lately I’ve been thinking that fractals besides being related to math and art, also explain the social, political world.
Norman Pollock has more to say about the oozing illness exhibited by the “militarism-centered social order”.
Aside from the obvious utility of making war a surrogate for social reform at home, and the permanent state of war (the Obama-Brennan doctrine that has been enunciated, among the coterie of national-security advisers, to rationalize the armed drone campaign, featuring constantly revised hit lists to ensure longevity and continuity of the program) the locus for habituating the people to an acceptance of security as the chief, if not exclusive, function of the State, the disposition to think in terms of war, intervention, militarism, is informed by an inward irresistible allure of inflicting as well as feeling pain. Welcome America, to sadomasochism in full throttle, part and parcel of the self-chosen militaristic framework, the collective death-wish always at the perimeter.
So we see the leakers the whistle blowers and investigative journalist being silenced one way or the other — the whistle blowers are put on trial for aiding the enemy and it is obvious to many of us that the enemy is We the People. As a military brat I figured out that the civilians of the world were the enemy — because the military on both sides of the cold war knew that the Americans were flying over China, North Korea and Russia — but the civilians on both side were unaware of the cat and mouse games being played by the military.
Paul Craig Roberts also sees the elephant in the living room:
Like serfs in the dark ages, American citizens can be picked up on the authority of some unknown person in the executive branch and thrown in a dungeon, subject to torture, without any evidence ever being presented to a court or any information to the person’s relatives of his/her whereabouts. Or they can be placed on a list without explanation that curtails their right to travel by air. Every communication of every American, except face-to-face conversation in non-bugged environments, is intercepted and recorded by the National Stasi Agency from which phrases can be strung together to produce a “domestic extremist.”
If throwing an American citizen in a dungeon is too much trouble, the citizen can simply be blown up with a hellfire missile launched from a drone. No explanation is necessary.
For the Obama tyrant, the exterminated human being was just a name on a list.
The president of the united states has declared that he possesses these constitutionally forbidden rights, and his regime has used them to oppress and murder US citizens. The president’s claim that his will is higher than law and the Constitution is public knowledge. Yet, there is no demand for the usurper’s impeachment. Congress is supine. The serfs are obedient.
In today’s America it is the individuals who see the elephant and try speak the truth who are under attack. All you have to do is read the comments following an article about Bradley Manning or Edward Snowdon to see the Government trolls screaming traitor or criminal at the truth tellers. In fact the criminals are the ones who are doing the spying on us.
Updated because of typos and for some reason the title disappeared.