The definition of fascism to me is a political system based on a very powerful leader, state control and extreme pride in country and race, and in which political opposition is not allowed. Fascists tend to create a religious nationalism and exceptionalism for government, country and party policy. They are efficient in using a state-run propaganda machine to create a consensus acceptance of their philosophies and the state eliminates those who question their motives through the use of a militarized police force.
Pull out an encyclopedia and you get this definition of fascism: “Totalitarian philosophy of government that glorifies the state and nation and assigns to the state control over every aspect of national life. The name was first used by the party started by Benito Mussolini who ruled Italy from 1922 until the Italian defeat in World War II. However, it has also been applied to similar ideologies in other countries, e.g., to Nazism in Germany and to the regime of Francisco Franco in Spain. The term is derived from the Latin Fasces.”
I guess you can console yourself into thinking that we aren’t that bad off in the United States, and yet others may see the definition and apply it to “big brother” posturing by the state. Celebrity status is being doled out to our president as he sharpens his smile while squashing of the will of the people when they try to govern themselves.
In the United States it is amazing to see how the majority don’t we see the similarities of fascism with the antics of the aggregate of people in the high positions of government and power.
We have a propaganda machine that sells out every day for the sake of entertaining the flocks with television shows and movies that water down the ugliness of man’s inhumanity to man. We wrap it in ‘love’ and ‘sex’. We twist history for the sake of not offending the home team and take liberties in painting others that are different, who speak different, or look different with an ugly brush.
We throw it together in a heavily consulted and scrutinized script.
We give it to the square-jawed actor who is trying to kick his narcotics habit and an actress who has successfully cured her food habit and appears to be malnourished like a Jew in a concentration camp.
We are allowed to have choice in this country to try and avoid the “no spin” zone or the “no propaganda” mix; however, the message that needs to get out will find its way to you. Choice that really isn’t a choice is now becoming the norm for many people who wish to get their information from sources that have not been compromised and continually praise the empire no matter how out of control they appear.
In the year 2001, all that started changing rapidly. Through a series of well-thought-out propaganda ads, books, news reports and movies there was a new nationalism being pushed. The nationalism was disguised as patriotism for our new Republican wunderkind George W. Bush.
During the Memorial Day weekend of 2001, there seemed to be an outpouring of curious retrospectives on the attacks at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Back then I thought it was odd and did a show about it. I came down hard on the film ‘Pearl Harbor‘ that starred Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale. I pointed out how it was an inaccurate history of ‘Pearl Harbor’, I had many guests say the same thing and it also made the Japanese, especially Japanese-Americans, look bad.
I also was curious as to why that out of the blue we were being bombarded with this “America attacked” propaganda. It was a horrible film and yet 30 million people saw it. At the 2001 Golden Raspberry Awards, ‘Pearl Harbor’ was nominated for six awards: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actor (Ben Affleck), Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Remake or Sequel. It had a budget of 150 million dollars. Looking back we can determine that the movie ‘Pearl Harbor’ had only one purpose: To spread the ‘Pearl Harbor’ meme in the public mind in preparation for 9/11.
When reality imitates cinematic fiction, cinema no longer functions as the ‘prosthesis for memory’ but as an intact body for what is to come in the future. Rather than just preserving history, film instead furnishes a syntax and lens through which reality is being fore-structured.
Flashing colors and symbolism prepare the initiate for shamanistic truth.
In 2002, I remember a book that was written by Bob Woodward called ‘Bush At War‘. The narrative was very telling about what was being talked about in Washington D.C. planning rooms just prior to the attacks on September 11th, 2001. George W. Bush’s presidency had been beset by numerous problems. Not only was it in many people’s eyes invalid, very few people took him seriously as a world statesman. In the book there was a narrative about Donald Rumsfeld that indicated that in Rumsfeld’s first eight months back in the Pentagon, he pushed two major agendas. First, he felt the military needed to be beefed up and prepared for some nebulous “transformation.” Rumsfeld’s second agenda was promoting a book about Pearl Harbor.
He routinely handed out or recommended a book called ‘Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision‘ by Roberta Wohlstetter. He often would point out that Pearl Harbor was our greatest military blunder and would often read the forward of the book by Thomas Schelling that says “There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable.”
This is also curious because the year prior to this “The Project for the New American Century” was published. PNAC was first written in Israel. It was put together by Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Douglas Feith, Bill Kristal , Elliot Abrams, Aaron Friedberg, Donald Kagan Robert Kagan, Stephen Rosen , Eliot A. Cohen Paula Dobriansky, Fred C. Ikle, and Norman Podhoretz.
Dick Cheney along with Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Lewis Libby had compiled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” as an 90 page addendum to PNAC. What it entailed was a plan that many Americans did not know about. These men had secretly plotted a major imperial expansion of American power that included a greatly increased military budget and invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, primarily to secure oil supplies, but also to control the region generally.
But they believed that the American people would not have the will for such actions without some devastating attack or a “new Pearl Harbor” from outside the country that would galvanize them through fear and anger to support it. In short, they had already envisioned facilitating a major attack on the United States in order to gain the public support for their policy goals.
It’s not at all uncommon for criminals to tell you exactly what they’re planning to do; Hitler wrote ‘Mein Kampf‘, Mao, Stalin, and others wrote extensive manifestos on their ideology and future vision.
People have questioned whether the attacks of September 11th, 2001 were part of some inside job or elaborate secret plan. If intent is any indicator, then we have in writing the evidence needed for an investigation. If the movie ‘Pearl Harbor’ with Ben Affleck was a propaganda film to sell the American people on a future attack scenario then who knew what was truly happening — was Affleck aware? Was Kate Beckensale?
Rumsfeld’s and Affleck’s Pearl Harbor propaganda campaign set the stage for the chorus of Pearl Harbor comparisons on September 11th, 2001. On Air Force One, as Bush flew from Florida to Nebraska, the event was already being framed as a new Pearl Harbor. Henry Kissinger quickly echoed the Pearl Harbor comparison. Zbigniew Brzezinski pronounced, “9/11 is more murderous even than Pearl Harbor, and the psychological impact is the same.” On the evening of September 11th, 2001, George W. Bush reportedly confided to his diary, “The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today.”
You may be asking yourself why I’m pointing all of this stuff out now and why should you be aware of it?
‘Argo’ is about the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. Iranian revolutionaries took 52 Americans hostage, but six were able to escape. Those who escaped hid in the residence of the Canadian Ambassador. The CIA developed a covert operation to get them out of Iran by using a fake movie as the cover story. Affleck stars as CIA officer Tony Mendez.
Iran cultural officials talked to an internationally-renowned French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre over filing a lawsuit against Hollywood during a meeting held in Tehran’s Palestine cinema. The meeting was held alongside a conference titled ‘The Hoax of Hollywood‘ organized by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. ‘The Hoax of Hollywood‘ conference was programmed to review Hollywood’s plans for the production of anti-Iran movies which promote Iranophobia. Many critics believe that ‘Argo’ is an attempt to describe Iranians as “overemotional, irrational, insane, and diabolical while at the same, the CIA agents are represented as heroically patriotic.”
Made on a budget of about 44 million dollars by Warner Bros., Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ is replete with historical inaccuracies and distortions in cinematic representation of the 1979 US embassy incident in Iran. Not only is it historically inaccurate, but it also treats the viewer to a violent Iran and that the timing of the release of this film is to get Americans ready to hate the Islamic country again as we prepare to team up with Israel and go to war against them.
With the track record of ‘Pearl Harbor’ and Affleck’s role and what it eventually led up to, conspiracy theorists and statisticians are now making the claim that war with Iran will be inevitable by early summer and that ‘Argo’ was the CIA’s attempt to get people to see Iran as a hostile threat.
Iran’s PressTV ran a story written by 9/11 conspiracy theorist and author Kevin Barrett that raised the possibility that ‘Argo’ is a “covert operation disguised as a movie.” Barrett cites Barbara Honegger, a researcher and political analyst for Ronald Reagan and author of “OctoberSurprise.” She also makes the bold claim that Affleck may very well be a war criminal. She also stated that ‘Argo’ is the propaganda project of an intelligence agency or agencies, and that its purpose is to convince the American people to go along with Israel’s plan to drag America into a war on Iran.
We now have to admit that the corporate media and Hollywood want to shape public opinion. In the U.S. there are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations, 2,400 publishers all owned by just three corporations.
We would have to surmise that there are agents working for these corporations and that a lot of what he hear, read and see is propaganda to get us to believe the spin on stories of criminal behavior and malfeasance. All the rest of the so-called independent reporters are called conspiracy theorists by the corporate-owned media.
Does anyone want to believe that what the networks and Hollywood does is honest journalism or an unbiased portrayal of history? Not only that but many people believed that ‘Argo’ did not deserve the Oscar. Movie critics said it was one of the best films and yet audiences found it to be boring.
‘Argo’ may be the most self-congratulatory film Hollywood and the CIA has ever made and now it seems it is the most obvious piece of propaganda since the ‘Pearl Harbor’ film that was released prior to 9/11.
This says a lot about how Obama will go to great lengths to push his imperial agenda. Hollywood marches in unison with the empire, and now aim to blatantly misinform, manipulate public sentiment, and manufacture consent. We believe what is fed to us because it is always about how they say so.