Naomi Wolf Article

The article ‘How the US uses sexual humiliation as a political tool to control the masses‘ by Naomi Wolf in the Guardian strikes me as particularly important. I commented on Facebook that:

A lot of people recognise that the US is far from being a benign force in the world (British understatement) but I’m not sure we are acknowledging how malign US global and domestic policy is. While Naomi Wolf’s article is about the US it should be clear from recent news stories in the UK that the ideal of an ‘open society’ (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_society) is under attack here also.

The first paragraph of Wolf’s article reads:

In a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror show laws: the NDAA, which lets anyone be arrested forever at any time, and HR 347, the “trespass bill”, which gives you a 10-year sentence for protesting anywhere near someone with secret service protection. These criminalizations of being human follow, of course, the mini-uprising of the Occupy movement.

The rest of the article shows a US that is well on the way to totalitarianism.

Given Naomi Wolf’s liberal and establishment credentials this article mainstreams what so called ‘conspiracy theorists’ like Alex Jones and David Icke have been saying for years i.e. that the power elites are profoundly evil and actively enjoy the humiliation and enslavement of what they see as the lower classes. Wolf rightly sees the Occupy Movement and open communication on the Internet as threatening the establishment’s control of perception and political initiative. What she is describing however is not a new phenomenon; this oppression has always existed but it is now threatening people who imagined themselves safe, who believed that they were part of the establishment. Still some good may come of it; a conservative is a liberal who hasn’t been strip searched yet.

Being a Friction

Profound and watchable, this video challenges the myth of America as a ‘beacon of freedom‘ but is applicable to the Western political culture that it leads. The video speaks of an American Nightmare but it is also a Common Nightmare, a Human Nightmare.

The video’s author invites us to be our own beacons of freedom to be the friction in the machine and honestly warns us that doing so puts us in harms way. I do not wish to be a friction in the machine because the machine will crush those who are a friction within it. It crushes them in many ways and it will claims the moral authority to do so. The machine, the nightmare, is not only the state or the system it is ourselves and other people.

Fear, guilt and a perception that we are no better that the rest, that we are not more gifted or enlightened or competent or moral than the majority of humanity keeps us quiet. But maybe fear of what we could be if we allowed ourselves keeps us no more gifted or enlightened or competent or moral than we currently are. As Marianne Williamson put it:

Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God; your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone, and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people premission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

David Icke on Occupy


People are sometimes scared of David Icke because he is regarded as crazy but I think this video shows that he is an engaging speaker who is informed and informative even if we don’t go along with all of his assertions. Here he shows how the power to create money has created the power dynamic a minuscule number of people or families control the world. The Occupy movement calls them the 1%. Icke argues that they are manufacturing the financial crisis in order to consolidate power, that their agenda includes having a world bank, a world government and a world army.

Occupy Music

The Occupy movement has some nice songs. This one ‘I’ll Occupy’ to the tune of ‘I will Survive’ is very sweet.