Murder at Kent State

Submitted by: Mike Spindell, guest blogger

This blog post is the result of our well known regular contributor Blouise sending me a link, sent to her by one of our other long time contributors GBK. I thank them for not only the vital information they shared with me, but also for the inspiration it gave me. When people ask me what kind of blog to I write for, I explain to them that it is the creation of the well-known Constitutional Law Professor and Civil Rights Advocate Jonathan Turley. The common thread that links most of us here is our support for Jonathan’s work and our belief in upholding the Constitution. The topic raises is vital to all of those purposes.

On May 4th, 1970 I was twenty-six years old. I worked for NYC’s Department of Social Services (welfare) as a caseworker in Brooklyn. Was active in the Peace Movement and had in the last year lost in my bid for the Presidency of the radical welfare caseworkers union. Long haired, full bearded and habitually wearing shirts open to almost my waist, with tight-fitting bell bottom jeans. I was a happy and carefree imbiber of psychedelics and had a great social life. I had failed my Draft physical four years prior due to high blood pressure, which would later turn into severe heart trouble requiring me to have a transplant, but back then I was just grateful that I didn’t have to make the choice between my ideals and the Selective Service Law. So many young men whose lives were drastically changed for the worse by being drafted into that conflict, were less lucky than I because they were my contemporaries, I felt I needed to help bring them home.

Even with the 60’s decade of assassinations, Civil Rights protests ending in violence, Nixon’s election and the Viet Nam escalation, I was still hopeful that my generation would really change things for the better in this country and that the future would bring great changes in economic freedom and social justice. So hopeful was I, that I was attending my first year of Law School at night and envisioned myself becoming a Legal Aid attorney in the future. Then I heard the news about Kent State, the murder of four students and shooting of nine during what was a relatively peaceful protest. Suddenly, this brought home to me the reality of what we were facing in our country. My optimism for change died that day, but not my commitment to fight for it.

As the news proliferated the story just didn’t add up. Supposedly the young National Guardsmen heard sniper shots and in a panic returned fire. That the students shot were at a distance of at least three hundred feet and the ammunition was armor-piercing rounds. It was claimed that there was no order to fire given and that the young National Guardsmen thought they were firing in self defense. As it turned out these were lies and propaganda foisted to cover the fact that those in power in the administration and their follower, the Republican Governor of Ohio, wanted to send a message to those opposing the War, that we were in mortal danger if we dared to try to thwart their murderous rampage in South East Asia.

“The killing of protesters at KentState changed the minds of many Americans about the role of the US in the Vietnam War. Following this massacre, there was an unparalleled national response: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed across America in a student strike of more than four million. Young people across the nation had strong suspicions the Kent State massacre was planned to subvert any further protests arising from the announcement that the already controversial war in Vietnam had expanded into Cambodia.

Yet instead of attempting to learn the truth at Kent State, the US government took complete control of the narrative in the press and ensuing lawsuits. Over the next ten years, authorities claimed there had not been a command-to-fire at Kent State, that the ONG had been under attack, and that their gunfire had been prompted by the “sound of sniper fire.” Instead of investigating Kent State, the American leadership obstructed justice, obscured accountability, tampered with evidence, and buried the truth. The result of these efforts has been a very complicated government cover-up that has remained intact for more than forty years.”

You will find the article the paragraph above is quoted from if you follow the link below. The link will lead you to an article entitled: Kent State: Was It about Civil Rights or Murdering Student Protesters?” This was written by: Laurel Krause with Mickey Huff and is from a forthcoming book: Censored 2013: Dispatches from the Media Revolution.  “Laurel Krause is a writer and truth seeker dedicated to raising awareness about ocean protection, safe renewable energy, and truth at Kent State. She publishes a blog on these topics at Mendo Coast Current. She is the co-founder and director of the Kent State Truth Tribunal. Before spearheading efforts for justice for her sister Allison Krause, who was killed at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, Laurel worked at technology start-ups in Silicon Valley.”

By the way, my Law School was one of the schools shut down in response to the Kent State Massacre and I was active in the movement to shut it down for the semester as a memorial to those dead and wounded students. Then as now, I saw these killings as premeditated murder in the service of stifling dissent in our country. I urge you to take the time to read this article linked below and its proofs that these murderous shootings, were done under orders and with malice aforethought. As much as our Presidential contenders extol America’s unique status in the world, they are mute to the barely hidden agenda that is destroying what we purport to be our ideals of freedom and justice. The article below gives lie to one wicked truth of our history and should be a sobering reminder of the way things really are:

Submitted by: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger


118 thoughts on “Murder at Kent State”

  1. that hatred was expressed… the many Marxists that I knew at the time, after their recruitment efforts failed, as they hated me for the same reason.

  2. “All of the GIANT antiwar marches during Vietnam were largely organized by the SWP (Socialist Workers Party) and the broad coalition they mustered called NPAC (National Peace Action Coalition).”


    From their and your perspective it may have seemed that you were leading the parade, but your faction was merely one of the players. Now that you’ve admitted it, I’l explain why I have great distaste for you of the Marxist persuasion/analysis (perhaps Trotskyites may be more exact in your case). You are like the blind-men and the elephant. Depending on what you touch upon you have clarity, but the blindness in your case is the rigidity of your analytic tools. You are constrained to see the world in terms of economic perspective and therefore you miss that the driving force in tyranny of all sorts is psychological. Your world view is stunted by your politics and “the people” are seen through the myth of your analysis, rather than from empathy or compassion. That is why you condone suffering of “the people” in order that they can be radicalized in your mold, which in the end is yet another form of tyranny. One can’t defeat the Plutocracy, if one doesn’t realize the nature of their aberration is neither political, nor economic. Rather it is the atavistic “will to power” that is a compulsion far beyond mere political and economic analysis.

    Also Dredd seems to have understood that I used the word “some” for a specific reason:

    “But in Mike S’s defense he agrees with us to the extent he wrote “some” of them hated troops who did not resist, indicating that not all of them did.”

    Interestingly, despite your protestations to the contrary, most of that hatred was expressed

  3. KF, if I can get some of what you are smoking for less than $200/ounce, would you be willing to share? Judging from your writing, it must be some good stuff, and I need a break from reality from time to time as well.

  4. Right Dred. Often words like ALL or NEVER get used when it’s usually not so black & white as there are typically some exceptions. Those exceptions, however, usually only reinforce the rule that the anti-vietnam war movement on the whole was not about fulminating hatred toward the troops but on the contrary — it aimed to recruit them to the cause.

  5. Karl Friedrich 1, October 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Mike S. gets it wrong again by perpetuating the urban legend of “hatred for the troops” and then trying to lump in my hatred for war as hatred for troops in a very poorly executed cheap shot.

    Fact is the “hatred for the troops” myth was concocted & is still perpetuated by right wing propagandists as Vietnam vet Jerry Lambcke decisively demonstrates in his book: “The Spitting Image” which I’ll quote a review of below:

    “One of the most resilient images of the Vietnam era is that of the anti-war protester — often a woman — spitting on the uniformed veteran just off the plane. The lingering potency of this icon was evident during the Gulf War, when war supporters invoked it to discredit their opposition.

    In this startling book, Jerry Lembcke demonstrates that not a single incident of this sort has been convincingly documented. Rather, the anti-war Left saw in veterans a natural ally, and the relationship between anti-war forces and most veterans was defined by mutual support. Indeed one soldier wrote angrily to Vice President Spiro Agnew that the only Americans who seemed concerned about the soldier’s welfare were the anti-war activists.

    While the veterans were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable about their service, this sense of unease was, Lembcke argues, more often rooted in the political practices of the Right. Tracing a range of conflicts in the twentieth century, the book illustrates how regimes engaged in unpopular conflicts often vilify their domestic opponents for ‘stabbing the boys in the back.’”

    Concluding with an account of the powerful role played by Hollywood in cementing the myth of the betrayed veteran through such films as Coming Home, Taxi Driver, and Rambo, Jerry Lembcke’s book stands as one of the most important, original, and controversial works of cultural history in recent years.”
    Yes, I agree.

    But in Mike S’s defense he agrees with us to the extent he wrote “some” of them hated troops who did not resist, indicating that not all of them did.

    I can almost here Gene H yelling “false equivalence”, and the book you cite supports the hypothesis that is was the very few, not the vast majority.

    Anyway, I tried to console one friend who went to Vietnam by saying “you thought the government was doing the right thing and so did you”, but he vehemently informed me that “we were a bunch of murderers” … so I backed off.

    That is only anecdotal, so take it for what it is worth.

    I can say that there has been very intense propaganda about the Vietnam war, beginning soon after it ended, to portray anyone who was against it as those who “hate the troops” or don’t “support the troops”, a classic indirection move.

    The warmonger Plutocrats were preparing for the next Vietnam, knowing they would have to devise new propaganda techniques.

    It took them decades, but they did it.

    War is back in now, “support the troops” is the mantra of the meme complex they have created and given strong life in the America that refuses to learn the lessons of history.

    Many, many suffer all around the world and at home as a result of not standing up to those Ways of Bernays.

  6. Concerning taking orders:

    When one enlists in the United States Military, active duty or reserve, they take the following oath:

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    National Guard enlisted members take a similar oath, except they also swear to obey the orders of the Governor of their state.

    Officers, upon commission, swear to the following:

    I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

    (About). The duty of all citizens is first to the common U.S. Constitution. When rogue elements such as war profiteering warmongers want to overthrown that document we should deny them the right to command us to do so.

    It is murder not to do so under those circumstances:

    In United States v. Keenan, the accused was found guilty of murder after he obeyed an order to shoot and kill an elderly Vietnamese citizen. The Court of Military Appeals held that “the justification for acts done pursuant to orders does not exist if the order was of such a nature that a man of ordinary sense and understanding would know it to be illegal.” The soldier who gave the order, Corporal Luczko, was acquitted by reason of insanity.

    (Wikipedia). It is insanity to give such an order, and it is unAmerican to obey such an order.

    That is why Kent State was insane murder of innocent Americans under the guise of hero warrior worship (The Bully Religion). Bully worship is fake patriotism, jingoism run amok.

    It deserves no praise whatsoever.

    1. A.R.E. – All of the GIANT antiwar marches during Vietnam were largely organized by the SWP (Socialist Workers Party) and the broad coalition they mustered called NPAC (National Peace Action Coalition).

      In every one of those GIANT marches SWP members served as the marshals, with training in keeping a semblance of order through the designated march route & preventing black bloc elements from provoking police.

      In the steering committee meetings I attended as a youth there was a strong emphasis on recruiting returning vets to the movement and supporting them, a concept that precluded hostility toward vets, which was anathema to the goals of the movement.

      Now that doesn’t mean that in less organized sectors or in some campus anarchist splinters there wasn’t hostility directed at vets. I’m sure there was. It just wasn’t in any sense the mainstream of the movement which always viewed vets as natural allies.

      Fact is the most powerful speakers & recruiters of the movement were returning vets. There were indeed thousands of Ron Kovics that were warmly embraced to the cause.

  7. After all SMom. Obama, who ran on a platform of escalating the war in Afghanistan never had my vote — but in the last 4 years he managed to LOSE Professor Turley’s vote so I guess he’ll be just another member of that “white man’s club” you falsely & derisively like to lump me into.

    Again, our decision has nothing to do with race or gender (which we agree are being attacked by reactionaries) but rather principles. We can still fight for women, LBGT & minority rights without supporting Obama.

  8. Sorry SMom I just happen to value The Constitution more than health care so both Professor Turley & I refuse to vote for such a constitutional outlaw.

    If he gets defeated it’s his own damned fault for being such a schmuck.

  9. Your FOS Mike and you’ve been sadly reduced to spouting right wing mythology.

    I’ve been immersed in the AntiWar movement for 40 years and NEVER once was there any hatred directed at vets — WHO WERE THE MOVEMENT’S NATURAL ALLIES.

    The vet’s book above documents this fact and decidedly refutes your assertion.

    You sound just like one of those right wing vets who insists he was spat on — although it never happenned.

  10. “The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans to be operated under contract with the federal government and offered to consumers in every state.” NYT Good news………….. Karl, I doubt that this would make a difference to you since you seem singularly focused on the defeat of Obama.

  11. Mike Spindell 1, October 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    … I never could understand the hatred for the troops by some opposed to the war because our troops were as much victims as were the Vietnamese
    Maybe because you think it is hatred to try to get citizens to do their duty when madmen want to send them to kill hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children somewhere they should know they should not go?

    That is not hatred, that is telling it like it is. It is tough but it is not hatred.

    You are not a war slave, and you do not have to agree with warmongers.

    Why do you think so many of them are now committing suicide?

    Because after they found out the truth, they could not find anyone to love enough to keep them wanting to live, wanting to stay alive.

    This disease of the military has now spilled over into the civilian populace so badly that suicide is the number one injury cause of death in the

    There are consequences for not standing up, and suicide is one of them.

    Soldiers who do this choose to be victims if indeed they are victims, but I dare say the soldier worship that is rock-star-ish indicates that they want the adulation that goes along with being our hero warriors.

    We have a duty more sacred than being pawns of warmongers, and that duty is to tell them to go to hell when all they want is to put more money into their greedy pockets as they have done for a long while now.

    Look at the photo you supplied with this post.

    They are murdering people going from class to class.

    Those warrior heroes are not under fire from those students going to the next class, they aren’t even taking cover, they are standing up and cutting down unarmed Americans.

    Because it is their duty to obey orders they will say.

  12. Karl,

    I don’t need books telling me about the era, I lived through it and I was in the Movement against it. I know how many on the Left would talk badly about the troops and the most virulent of them were people with similar mindsets to yours. Then too, hatred back then came in many forms. One was that after returning home, with their injuries, with their PTSD and with their beliefs destroyed, those in the country who praised their service the most than blithely ignored their plight. That ignoring was the equivalent to hatred. Don’t lecture me about the “purity” of the Movement Karl, I was a part of it and saw the crap spewed by my own side.

  13. “That’s why I fought for Universal coverage like the rest of the 1st World has but was bitterly stuck with a stop-gap scheme written by the Insurance giants.”


    Your fight is in your own mind. Your problem is that because you so rigidly look at the world, through ideological lenses, you fail to be able to make alliances with those that don’t completely agree with you on all issues. Your analysis also fails internally simple because you understand the Plutocracy exists, but you don’t understand how limited the options are for those who oppose it via elective office. You might as well be a Tea Bagger for all the effectiveness you have on the world, since you good analysis leads inexorably to faulty conclusions via your own pre-judgment filtering out options.

  14. Dredd,

    I agree with much of what you write, not convinced on microbes, but then ultimate causation has never been my interest, rather my focus is on the effect. Another writer that also described the phenomena of where we have been heading in human society was Aldous Huxley in “Brave New World” naming the universal medication as “Soma”. We see this manifestation of acting against ones own self interest all around us today and indeed it has always been a factor in human history. Whatever the cause I believed humans are “wired” to be suspicious of other humans as a survival factor.
    That tendency has always been used by the sociopaths among us to stir up hatred for the “other”, to increase their power over us and to achieve their
    selfish goals. Adding in OS’ points this hatred of the “other” is also used by those we might first presume to be our allies in the cause of justice. ID707 is right, as your Smedlley-Butler quote illustrates, that war is a game and volunteers are now used to dampen the noxious aftereffects by quarantining them.

    I disagree with ID707 though in his belief that this and other elections are irrelevant, because in that direction lies despair and defeat. I know in myself, fast approaching 68 years, there is a logical section of my thought processes that believes the game is up and it is all hopeless. Were I to accept that though life wouldn’t be worth living and those I fight against would have won it all at last. The battle is still on, though we are in a precarious position, however, 99% vs. 1% gives us the possibility of strength of numbers and thus the potential for ultimate victory. A quote from a Sci-Fi novel I once read goes: “Give me a long enough lever and I can move the world!” Many of us who see the reality are searching for that lever.

    Also too, regarding this particular election, I think it illustrates a division among the Plutocratic Class between those whose egos need to reduce the 99% to serfdom and those who merely want to control them without overriding malice. It may be a slim difference, but it make make a big difference in keeping down peoples misery to a more acceptable level. If the Tea Baggers win this year the rights of women not to be chattel will be destroyed and Fundamentalism will rule.

  15. SMom you’re right that no health care is like a death sentence. I just turned 50 and have none nor can I afford any. That’s why I fought for Universal coverage like the rest of the 1st World has but was bitterly stuck with a stop-gap scheme written by the Insurance giants.

    Now if I were given a choice between surrendering my right to habeas corpus and a jury trial for a health system equivalent to, say, Britain’s — I just might have given up my civil rights. Seriously.

    Instead Obama took away both my core civil rights and my dream of Universal health care, not to mention kept Guantanamo open; continues to rendition & torture mere suspects; expanded drone killings which breeds more terrorists; prosecutes more whistleblowers than any other President while simultaneously refusing to go after flagrant law breakers on Wall Street, in Big Oil, & crooks serving the Pentagon’s perpetual war for perpetual peace.

  16. OS,

    The song was beautiful. Your experiences during the war were similar to mine. I never could understand the hatred for the troops by some opposed to the war because our troops were as much victims as were the Vietnamese. In the arguments I would have about it with my anti-war contemporaries I would try to explain this to them, since it was illogical in terms of their own analysis of why the war was happening. The problem is that for all the Tea Baggers on the right, the left has its’ own versions too.
    The poster here, Karl Friederich, is one of them. Though on the Left I suspect there are fewer of this variety, but their use of Denial is equally as virulent. Your song made me think of one that I also remember from the era in the same vein:

  17. idealist707 1, October 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    When did you start reading Henry George?
    As you know I had discovered that our nation, and some of those in Europe are plutocracies.

    Meanwhile, Mike S has indicated feudalism in a recent post here, and those concepts dovetail.

    As to Henry George, (1839 – 1897), a recent book by Chrystia Freeland, a Reuters editor, entitled “Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else” sent me looking to see what George had written.

    I had not read him before this past week when I was perusing her sentiments.

    Why I mention George is to stabilize the hypothesis I have advanced for several years now, that the plutocracy has been in Europe and the U.S. for several centuries.

    But that structure has been in stealth mode via the most powerful propaganda engines residing in Europe and the U.S. all along, but having grown to enormity in the U.S. in the 20th Century, is out of control.

    I quoted George up-thread, which you now ask about, in order to point out the mass affects of toxic propaganda, which many luminaries have told us about for centuries, but which we reject:

    “We are divided, in America, into two classes: The Tories on one side, a class of citizens who were raised to believe that the whole of this country was created for their sole benefit, and on the other side, the other 99 per cent of us, the soldier class, the class from which all of you soldiers came. That class hasn’t any privileges except to die when the Tories tell them. Every war that we have ever had was gotten, up by that class. They do all the beating of the drums. Away the rest of us go. When we leave, you know what happens. We march down the street with all the Sears-Roebuck soldiers standing on the sidewalk, all the dollar-a-year men with spurs, all the patriots who call themselves patriots, square-legged women in uniforms making Liberty Loan speeches. They promise you. You go down the street and they ring all the church bells. Promise you the sun, the moon, the stars and the earth,–anything to save them. Off you go. Then the looting commences while you are doing the fighting. This last war made over 6,000 millionaires. Today those fellows won’t help pay the bill.”

    (General Smedley Butler, also quoted up-thread). There is very little effort required to determine that this structure has long existed, however, as I said, the difficulty comes in realizing why no one really cares to know why that is.

    And as OS pointed out, he and others make an attempt to separate the soldier from the war, so as not to rock the world that their imagination wants.

    This is the compliance Huxley saw and wrote about which I mentioned up-thread.

    Mike S wrote about it on this blog in terms of Authoritarian ideology which I had also researched and detailed.

    I am off into another under the microscope world now seeking the smallest and earliest manifestations of the toxins that intoxicate us into these two continents of dementia.

  18. I think you’ve got it. MikeS gives us his version of histroy and its causes (partial list of course).

    And you deliver the method and technique of producing in effect the Matrix.

    Having changed our way of thinking, our desire to orient ourselves disappears, and it has taken away all mental defenses; thus we stand defenseless.

    The election is irrelevant. Our hope for change shows itself to ba a fraud which was bought before his name was even proposed. Either that or even the Prez is controlled.

    I, and many others, are still deluded by the the duopolical party system. Although I protest, I can not resist the impulse to declare one is wearing a white hat. Cure?

    When did you start reading Henry George?

  19. KF,

    Tell me, I am curious, please. Where do you get your pure left ideology, legends, history, etc.? Must be a source on line somewhere.

    I mean there are oodles of sites, but none seem really to match what apparently seems to be your profile.

    Myself, don’t know much about the Gulf war, etc.

    I rooted for the “white hats” of course, hadn’t begun to question what we did in those days. Had had no idea of what the Pentagon Papers were, nor who Noam Chomsky, etc were.

    Don’t understand why your eventually faulty fact details (Ellsberg did NOY work for the NYTimes) should detract from your main thesis which I describe as:

    The USA was created in war, and since the Great Depression has installed war as our mainstay business, on the side of Phucking first the lowere class and now the middle class. And all stats confirm both of hese contentions, I believe.

    And now we have a volunteer army. Why we do, of course, has many reasons. One not usually mentioned is that you get fewer protests from the surviving vets, although you get more PTSD and suicides—just maybe faulty conclusion.s Ask me for proof and I’ll send you looking for them.

    But I do know an Iraqi couple, who left there after the Gulf War. When asked (carefully) why, she said they did not want to stay and die of starvation with the rest. So they live here now.

  20. Mike S indicated:

    Even with the 60’s decade of assassinations, Civil Rights protests ending in violence, Nixon’s election and the Viet Nam escalation, I was still hopeful that my generation would really change things for the better in this country and that the future would bring great changes in economic freedom and social justice.

    OS commented:

    I was one of those who never had any trouble separating the warrior from the war, but all too many of my friends and classmates could not make that distinction. Maybe it was because I knew some of those who died in those stinking jungles and rice paddies.

    One of my good friends who holds several decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and other hero medals is now an Alzheimer’s patient in a nursing home. He is only 70 years old. His wife showed him a photo of his old plane, and he had no idea what it was, The horrible disease will take him soon and I cannot help but wonder if the disease was accelerated by some of the things to which he was exposed.

    Henry George wrote:

    We have reached the deplorable circumstance where in large measure a very powerful few are in possession of the earth’s resources, the land and its riches and all the franchises and other privileges that yield a return. These positions are maintained virtually without taxation; they are immune to the demands made on others. The very poor, who have nothing, are the object of compulsory charity. And the rest — the workers, the middle-class, the backbone of the country — are made to support the lot by their labor.

    (Progress & Poverty, Henry George Dot Org). The friends and acquaintances of Mike S and OS suffered from what we all suffer from, social dementia, not to be confused exactly with individual dementia in this context, nevertheless they have several parallels.

    One aspect of that social dementia is to not recognize where we are or where we have been, like some individuals who suffer Alzheimer’s.

    You won’t believe it, and I didn’t either, until after studying it more than I ever thought I would, but it is a fact that we Americans in general are incredibly unaware of ourselves or our national history, and have been so for generations.

    The number one cause of death by injury in the is suicide in the civilian realm, and likewise in the soldier realm (soldiers and civilians alike kill more of themselves than enemies do).

    Something is terribly wrong isn’t it?

    It has a fairly easy to follow trail, it is just that it is a trail that goes through a lot of county fair type spook houses where ugly things jump out all the time, and the faint of heart or mind will soon turn about because of the pain being done to their heart and soul.

    Jefferson Starship was not fooling around when they said “when the truth is found to be lies, you better find somebody to love” … because that is the only way you can emotionally survive the truth you find … strong love.

    Surviving the ongoing fantasy is easier, however, for nations and empires that seize upon and maintain the fantasy it always ends in self-induced calamity … eventually.

    I have written books of pages about it, and read a hundred times more than that, and as Mike S says, one blog post can’t deal with all aspects of it, nor can one book.

    Nevertheless I will share a quote to hint at the problem so that those who are so inclined can go down the rabbit hole of our “reality” and see some of the spookiness if they care to:

    Some observers see this dementia originating in the early 20th century when government or those behind government perceived a need to control the people, but realized that they could not do it by physical means.

    Thus they took to propaganda in an effort to control the minds rather than use physical control.

    Eventually this led to a mega-industry of businesses whose function was to deceive the people into believing something other than the truth of events occurring around them.

    One tell tale sign of dementia is an inability to articulate or speak clearly.

    Our language itself has enough holes in it to drive a truckload of propaganda through.

    Check out this simple test that gives an indication of what is being said with our tricky language and what is not.

    This national speech impairment has not gone unnoticed by the scientific community. One professor calls this doublespeak, and has written a book “Why No One Knows What Anyone Is Saying Anymore”. He points out:

    With doublespeak, banks don’t have “bad loans” or “bad debts”; they have “nonperforming assets” or “nonperforming credits” which are “rolled over” or “rescheduled.” Corporations never lose money; they just experience “negative cash flow,” “deficit enhancement,” “net profit revenue deficiencies,” or “negative contributions to profits.”

    (William Lutz, Rutgers University). What is forgotten is that this propaganda is not harmless but is toxic, and those who use it are doomed to eventually become deceived by it.

    Thus, it is possible that we are beginning to see the national manifestations of our massive practice of deceit in our nation, because deceit removes reality from the target to be deceived, and not being aware of reality is otherwise known as dementia.

    (Etiology of Social Dementia, links removed). That series moves through several posts, currently ending with a post that took notice of others who have perused this subject matter:

    “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”

    (Etiology of Social Dementia – 7, quoting Huxley). What has changed is not the social conditions that we describe with the word “Plutocracy” , but what has changed is that the populace has been drugged with propaganda for so long that it feels ok now not to know where we really are or what has happened to us, like those who suffer Alzheimer’s.

    Who ever said “truth is stranger than fiction” spoke an understatement of monumental proportions.

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