Ukraine is shock treatment for a complacent world. After the fall of the Soviet Union Russia In 1989 we looked as if we were about to enter a new era of global collaboration. The European Union would gradually expand. Perhaps even Russia and the old Soviet states will join in in due course. The two remaining superpowers, the US and China, would forge close ties and, together with Europe, would train their vast resources to create a better future for humanity. World peace would be secured. With wars a thing of the past, we would work together to ensure people have the education, health care and other vital supports they need to live safely, take risks and be free.
Communism was dead. At least, as the Finnish economist Anu Partanen puts it in her masterpiece The Norse Theory of Everything; In search of a better life: “No one wants to live in a society that does not support individual freedom, entrepreneurship and open markets. The truth is (as Finland proves) that free market capitalism and universal social policies go well together – it’s not about big government, it’s about smart government.”
All we had to do was not screw up: keep capitalism in check and deal with the climate emergency. Instead, we allowed greed to get out of control, and inequality and anger inevitably blossomed. When people are angry they tend to choose the biggest liars since the liars are the ones who have the easy solutions. Remember the Brexit cracker that leaving the EU would mean an extra £350m (€420m) a week for the NHS?
Instead of working together to eliminate tax havens, keep corporate money out of politics, create strong welfare systems, build lots of public housing, ensure free higher education and all the other things that really matter, we let the market progress.
The elites set about creating a new global empire without restraint. They infiltrated governments with money, gave politicians lucrative posts on post-retirement boards, paid for the election campaigns of those who got their way, employed scores of lobbyists to write favorable laws, bought and paid for the media, and used law firms like killer bees their enemies would fall.
In order to fully achieve their goals, they had to wage war against the truth. Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi’s chief propagandist, said: “Arguments must be crude, clear, and insistent, appealing to emotion and instinct, not intellect. If you repeat a lie enough times, people will believe it, and you will even believe it yourself.” He added: “Truth is the mortal enemy of lies, and thus, by extension, truth is the state’s greatest enemy. Or as Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon put it in 2018: “The formula for destroying democracy is to flood the zone with shit.” Democrats don’t matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.” The goal is to destroy the truth by making it undetectable.
So, as we’ve seen in the UK, US, Hungary, Brazil, India, etc., the trick is to launch a coordinated and incessant attack on institutions that have always been considered trustworthy. Attack on the BBC, the New York TimesCNN, the Washington Post until the mere mention of the name makes people think of “fake news”. Attack on the scientific community. undermine medicine. Brand climate change a scam.
To bring the UK closer to the US model of unbridled capitalism and to protect the tax havens in the British territories, getting the UK out of Europe was crucial. For Putin, this was crucial for other reasons. As Carl Scott, British Defense Attache in Moscow (2011-2016), wrote in the Times last week: “It was only when I returned to the UK on the eve of our exit from the EU, a maneuver that greatly encouraged Muscovites, that I saw how our society had changed… Everything was subjugated to the city, everything served the interests of our lucrative status as a safe haven for corrupt and corrupting wealth.”
with FoxNewsthe Wall Street Journalthe Sun, Breitbart, GB News, lobbyists, PR firms and many others who machine gunned the truth in vicious but exciting ways, it became impossible to find the truth. People’s emotions are used against foreigners and LGBTQ and the poor. Gender equality is awakened. Vaccinations are a conspiracy to implant microchips under our skin. Containing Big Pharma is “socializing medicine”. Talking about inequality is “communism”.
Once the process of finding the truth becomes too taxing (studies have shown that the majority of people lose concentration after reading 200 words), people will give up. They will then simply follow a strong message that appeals to their prejudices. When this is achieved, those in power can do as they please. We’ve seen this with Trump, Bolsonaro, Putin, Johnson and Modi.
What is happening in Ukraine suddenly shocked us to look beneath the surface. We now see that England has been inundated with Russian money – money that entertained and entertained the Tory elites and helped pay for their brilliantly successful Brexit and election campaigns. In Britain, where food banks have multiplied by more than 1,000 per cent in a decade, the Tories won a landslide election last time out by branding Jeremy Corbyn a communist and telling the country’s most poverty-stricken areas they would top them up. Their fridges may be empty and they can’t turn on the heating, but they still praise Boris for “getting Brexit done”. Meanwhile, her sociopathic government has been giving away billions of pounds to her donors and friends via her secret VIP Covid trail.
Lies are the new truth. Home Secretary Priti Patel said in Parliament two weeks ago: “I have made it clear that we now have staff in Calais with regard to the visa application center that has now been set up on the way to Calais.” Labour’s Yvette Cooper asked her where it was. Patel wasn’t sure. Cooper pursued it. Shortly after, Patel said: “I made it clear that the center was not set up. Miss Cooper clearly misunderstood me earlier.”
A new pop-up visa application center for Ukrainians was announced the following day. Tory Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said it was “in Lille”. The BBC sent a crew to Lille who reported they could not find such a centre. The local mayor said it was the first time he had heard of it.
Last Thursday, the vastly wealthy Tory Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, was filmed getting out of a Kia hatchback and filling up with petrol. It turned out he’d borrowed the car from a Sainsbury’s clerk, put a few pounds of gas in it, then pulled around the corner, got back into his service Jaguar, and drove off. What’s fascinating is that he didn’t seem to know how to use his credit card to pay for gas and held it up to the attendant’s plexiglass screen before being asked to insert it into the card machine.
On March 13, Sunak said: “I urge companies to think very carefully about their investments in Russia and how they can help the Putin regime.” On Thursday, Sky’s Jayne Secker asked him: “It has been reported that you have family ties to Russia and your wife has a stake in Infosys, which operates in Moscow?” Sunak said, “I’m here to talk about what I’m responsible for, my wife isn’t.” Meanwhile, several photos of Sunak’s father-in-law showed up with Putin. The family stake in Infosys is in the billions. The firm has a close relationship with Russia’s Alfa Bank, which has now been sanctioned. Alfa Bank founder, Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman, owns a £150million mansion in central London and faces sanctions. But, hey, Sunak knows people’s pain: didn’t he spend five minutes in a Kia hatchback?
With the destruction of reality, states that are not united in cooperative systems (like the EU) have become the plaything of powerful individuals, supported by black money, media moguls and the billionaire classes. Many of the foundations of the civilized world that we had hoped for are being attacked. In the US, white supremacy is increasing and the law is neither here nor there. Their hero, Donald Trump, refused to accept the 2020 election verdict, so a violent mob tried to overturn it. The United Kingdom is in free fall of corruption and lies.
In the run-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Tories and Ukip turned Europa into a supervillain. In the north, the DUP and the one-man MOT compare the EU’s relationship with NI to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Sammy Wilson said last month: “The EU is annexing Northern Ireland just as Putin has already annexed part of Ukraine and is trying to further undermine that country’s independence.” Following last month’s invasion of Ukraine, Jim Allister likened the “EU colonization of Northern Ireland ‘ with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In 2016, Boris Johnson loudly accused the EU of provoking Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea. He said the EU was a “force of instability”, attacked its “claim to a common foreign and defense policy” and claimed there was “a direct link” between the EU’s actions and the invasion of Russia.
Now Boris and his front bench are decked out in blue and yellow, like the Chelsea team’s minute of applause for Ukraine a week before Roman Abramovich departed for Israel. Or Priti Patel, who wears a Ukrainian ribbon on her lapel even as British border guards turned away devastated Ukrainian families. Or public applause for nurses instead of paying them a living wage.
After 1989, Russia could have become a strong, peaceful European democracy. In conversation with the financial times Earlier this month, Andrei Kozyrev, Russia’s foreign minister in the 1990s and Boris Yeltsin’s right-hand man, said the problem was Yeltsin’s alcohol consumption. The first Russian president was physically and mentally incapable of pushing through the necessary modernization agenda. Instead, a young KGB chief named Vladimir Putin climbed into Yeltsin’s head, and when Yeltsin resigned, the old man named Putin his successor. A simple twist of fate.
how war of stars, this invasion is such an obvious battle between good and evil that it’s suddenly easy for us to see the truth. Journalists speak out. Politicians and the media are turning around. I hope that younger generations will not tolerate this; this truth will become the foundation of a civilized world; that the EU will prosper and expand; that capitalism is controlled; that our schools teach children to think critically and logically; that our governments will be populated by people with a calling to serve. Otherwise this horrific carnage would have been in vain and the demolition dealers of reality would prevail.
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