THE ABSURD TIMES — STILL

The Absurd Times The End of Hypocrisy?

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on April 14, 2017


THE ABSURD TIMES

[Editor's introduction] Since the article below was written, the specifics seem to obscure the universal or general meaning (as is the case in most analysis of contemporary events). For example, the 9/11 fiasco of the Bush Cheney era received stark resurrection in the recent mugging and beating of a United Airlines passenger who was about to "fly the friendly skies". Corporate forces took such advantage of the situation that freedom on the airplanes has been reduced to a strictly regimented and more importantly profitable system of "passenger control." Protection is the lowest interest involved and profit the overwhelming one. As it turns out, with the losses incurred by United so far, it would have been far cheaper to buy Dr. Dao a private jet of his own and supply him with a pilot.

Despite all the attempts to discredit him, all of which would be inadmissible in court, he remains with his present attorney a possibility of generalizing this experience to reflect on the entire domination of the individual by corporatism. For example, one lame attempt to discredit him with a segment of the population was to claim that he said he was being discriminated against because he was Chinese. In fact, he is Vietnamese and one of the "boat people" who fled Vietnam. He also said that the experience was more terrifying than being lost in the ocean on a boat. Furthermore, the discussions that he returned to the plane become simply an affirmation of the damage done by concussions, as he has no memory of that particular part of the event. Other characterizations of Dr. Dao going back as far as ten years were publicized within two hours of the event being broadcast.

The same obtains in relations with Russia. Although it makes sense to have good relations with Russian authorities, we first have to decide how good it is for business and profit. Indeed, that is the only reason the presence of Rex Tillerson in Moscow may have prevented nuclear confrontation, at least costly changes in our economy.

Recent activities in Northern Korea, while presenting a universally acceptable villain, also forced a reassessment of the Chinese manipulation of currency. When Trump stated that perhaps the dollar was valued to high, it’s value on the exchange declined steeply, almost in a perpendicular line. The remarks have since been retracted and thus the dollar recovered somewhat, along with recent and unexpected praise of Yellen.

The language used in our media demands careful attention. For example, a headline announces the dropping of the largest "Non-Nuclear" bomb on Afghanistan, leaving open a plausible question: so there were larger nuclear bombs dropped on Afghanistan? The target was given as tunnels, although about 36 terrorists were killed (fortunately no people were hurt?) The activity will now lend credibility to ISIS or Isilanity and increase recruitment and imitation.

There was considerable amusement when the "President" said "Nobody ever knew how complicated this health care stuff was." We are now ready for him to say "Nobody knows how complicated this foreign stuff is."]

The Elimination of Hypocrisy?

By

BORIS BADENOV

Trump’s rule has freed us from hypocrisy. Although the illustration above indicates the similarities of justification for the killings and attacks, and both justifications and attacks were hypocritical, to a much greater extent Trump’s administration has carefully managed to emerge as the eventual triumph of the Corporate State without any moral cover. A recent blunder by Sean Spicer comparing Assad to Hitler merely illustrated the public relations or advertising truism that any comparison to Hitler to anyone else’s disadvantage is doomed to failure.

There are, in fact, many similarities extant in the present administration, but they all seem doomed to failure as a condemnation. All that is obvious is that the same policies continue with the exception of providing moral justification for them – they are simply good for profit and, you should believe, therefore good for the people. That is what democracy is all about.

There is sufficient reason for this right-wing administration to eliminate the hypocrisy: the base is too stupid an uneducated to see though it. In other words, the policies are not only intensified, but approved. The U.S. has been bombing hospitals, apartments, and civilians for some time now. This did not start with Trump. However, the general base does not approve of killing civilians. The right-wing base does. The electoral college that was first instituted to prevent this sort of take-over was eliminated by reducing its role to that of a stamp of approval.

The Senate filibuster that was once the refuge of racism eventually became a hindrance to ruthless corporatism and capture of the legislative branch and hence was eliminated. The court is now firmly corporate centered. There is a danger that some elements of the Democratic party with rise up through the electoral process despite legislative construction of voting districts, but that will eventually be addressed. A recent election in Kansas almost had a democrat elected to the House, for example.

On the other hand, Trump may be adapting to professional politics and learning hypocrisy. He claims, for example, that he sent those missals to attack an airbase because he felt so angry at seeing the "beautiful, itty bitty, babies" or words to that effect. He has said that yes, he did say that NATO was outdated, but now it isn’t. Additionally, Russia originally knew about the chemicals, to it is possible that Russia might have known.

Furthermore, as the missals landed, corporate media was exuberant, saying that "this day, Donald Trump finally became Presidential." In other words, more of the same. Well, further analysis of this possibility is either boring to those who get the point or useless to those who do not, and will not, so we will abandon it.

It is difficult to explicate in just so many words, but here is a longish interview that explains the key points:

As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Russia to talk about the war in Syria and other issues, we spend the hour with the longtime investigative journalist Allan Nairn. For decades, Nairn has covered the impact of U.S. foreign policy across the globe in East Timor, Guatemala, El Salvador, Indonesia and other countries. Democracy Now! spoke to Nairn on Monday, discussing the escalation of U.S. military operations across the Middle East, as well as the unique danger Trump poses both abroad and at home. We began by asking Allan Nairn about last week’s U.S. attack on a Syrian air base.

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