Goose-stepping Our Way Toward Pink Revolution
C J Hopkins, Counterpunch, Feb 21 2017
BERLIN – So the global capitalist ruling classes’ neutralization of the Trumpian uprising seems to be off to a pretty good start. It’s barely been a month since his inauguration, and the corporate media, liberal celebrities, and their millions of faithful fans and followers are already shrieking for his summary impeachment, or his removal by any means necessary, including some sort of “deep state” coup. Words like “treason” are being bandied about, treason being grounds for impeachment, not to mention being punishable by death, which appears to be where we’re headed at this point. In any event, the nation is now officially in a state of crisis. The editors of the NYT are demanding congressional investigations to root out the Russian infiltrators who have assumed control of the executive branch. According to Paul Krugman, “a foreign dictator intervened on behalf of a Pindosi presidential candidate” and “we are being governed by people who take their cues from Moscow” or some such nonsense. The WaPo, CNN, MSNBC, Graun, New Yorker, Politico, Mother Jones et al, in other words virtually every organ of the Western neoliberal media, are all robotically repeating this propaganda like the Project Mayhem cultists in Fight Club. The fact that there is not one shred of actual evidence to support these claims makes absolutely no difference whatsoever. As I’ve written here before, such official propaganda is not designed to be credible. It is designed to bludgeon people into submission through sheer relentless repetition and fear of social ostracization. All of which, once again, is working perfectly. Like the “Iraq has WMDs” narrative before it, the “Putin Hacked the Election” narrative has now become official “reality,” an unchallengeable, axiomatic “fact” that can be cited as background to pretend to bolster additional ridiculous propaganda.
This “Russia Hacked the Election” narrative, let’s remember, was generated by a series of stories that turned out to be either completely fabricated or based on “anonymous intelligence sources” that could provide no evidence “for reasons of security.” Who could forget the WaPo‘s “Russian Propagandist Blacklist” story, which was based on the claims of some anonymous blog and a third rate neo-McCarthyite think tank (PropOrNot – RB), or their “Russians Hacked the Vermont Power Grid” story which turned out later to be totally made up, or CNN’s “Golden Showers Dossier,” which was the work of some ex-MI6 spook-for-hire the Never Trump folks had on their payroll, or Slate‘s “Trump’s Russian Server,” a half-assed smear-piece by Franklin Foer, who is now pretending to have been vindicated by the hysteria over the Flynn resignation, or (and this is my personal favorite) the WaPo‘s “Clinton Poisoned by Putin” story? Who could possibly forget these examples of courageous journalists speaking truth to power? A lot of people, apparently, because there’s been a new twist in the official narrative. It seems the capitalist ruling classes now need us to defend the corporate media from the tyrannical criticism of Donald Trump, or else will come the end of democracy. Millions of people are actually doing this. Absurd as it obviously is, millions of Pindostanis are now rushing to defend the most fearsome propaganda machine in the history of fearsome propaganda machines from one inarticulate, populist boogeyman who can’t maintain his train of thought for more than fifteen or twenty seconds. All joking aside, the prevailing mindset of the ruling classes and those aspiring thereto is more frightening than at any time I can remember. “The Resistance” is exhibiting precisely the type of mindless fascist herdlike behavior it purports to be trying to save us from. The mood in Resistance quarters has turned quite openly authoritarian. William Kristol captured it succinctly:
Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.
Neolib Rob Reiner put it this way:
The incompetent lying narcissistic fool is going down. Intelligence community will not let DT destroy democracy.
Subcommandante Michael Moore went to the caps lock to drive the point home:
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going on: TRUMP COLLUDING WITH THE RUSSIANS TO THROW THE ELECTION TO HIM!
Moore demanded that Trump be immediately detained and renditioned to a secure facility:
Let’s be VERY clear: Flynn DID NOT make that Russian call on his own! He was INSTRUCTED to do so! He was TOLD to reassure them! Arrest Trump!
These a just a few of the more sickening examples. The point is, millions of Pindo creeples, as well as sheeples from other countries, are prepared to support a deep-state coup to remove the elected president from office, and it doesn’t get much more fascistic than that. Now I want to be clear about this “deep state” thing, as the mainstream media is already labeling anyone who uses the term as a hopeless, paranoid conspiracy theorist. The deep state, of course, is not a conspiracy. It is simply the interdependent network of structures where actual power resides (the military-industrial complex, multinational corporations, Wall Street, the corporate media, and so on). Its purpose is to maintain the stability of the system regardless of which party controls the government. These are the folks, when a president takes office, who show up and brief him on what is and isn’t “possible” given economic and political “realities.” Despite what Alex Jones may tell you, it is not George Soros and a roomful of Jews. It is a collection of spooks, suits, lobbyists, lawyers, bankers, politicians, power-brokers and other permanent members of the government, corporate and financial classes (to bury ‘bankers’, including the central bankers who create the money used by the entire world, is disingenuous – RB). The individuals comprising the deep state are replaced by others, but often only on a generational basis. It is not a monolithic entity. Like any other decentralized network, it contains contradictions, conflicts of interest. However, what remains a constant is the deep state’s commitment to preserving the system. In our case, that system is global Capitalism. The system the deep state primarily serves is not Pindostan, the country most Pindostanis believe they live in. the system it serves is global Capitalism. Pindostan, the nation-state itself, while obviously a crucial element of the system, is not the deep state’s primary concern. If it were, Pindostanis would all have health care, affordable education and a right to basic housing, like more or less every other developed nation (if only! – RB).
And this is the essence of the present conflict. The Trump regime (whether they’re sincere or not) has capitalized on people’s discontent with globalized neolib Capitalism, which is doing away with outmoded concepts like the nation-state and national sovereignty and restructuring the world into one big marketplace where “Chinese” investors own “Pindostani” companies that manufacture goods for “Eurostani” markets by paying “Thai” workers $3 a day to enrich “Pindo” hedge-fund crooks whose “British” bankers stash their loot in numbered accounts in the Cayman Islands while “Pindo” workers pay their taxes so that the “Pindosis” can give billions of dollars to “Israelis” and assorted terrorist outfits that are destabilizing the Middle East to open up markets for the capitalist ruling classes who have no allegiance to any country and who couldn’t possibly care any less about the common people who have to live there. (Irony alert – RB) Trump supporters, rubes that they are, don’t quite follow the logic of all that, or see how it benefits them or their families. But whatever! They’re all just fascists, right? And we’re in a state of crisis, aren’t we? This is not the time to sit around and analyze political and historical dynamics. No, this is a time for all loyal Pindosis to set aside their critical thinking and support democracy, the corporate media, the NSA, and CIA, and the rest of the deep state (which doesn’t exist) as they take whatever measures are necessary to defend us from Putin’s diabolical plot to Nazify Pindostan and reenact the Holocaust for no discernible reason. The way things are going, it’s just a matter of time until they either impeach his puppet Trump, or remove him by other means. I imagine that once we get to that point, Official State Satirist Stephen Colbert will cover the proceedings live on the “Late Show,” whipping his studio audience up into a frenzy of mindless patriotic merriment, as he did in the wake of the Flynn fiasco. Of course, accusing the ruling classes’ enemies of treason being the essence of satire! After he’s convicted and dying in jail, triumphant Pindosis will pour out onto the lawn of Lafayette Square again, waving huge flags and hooting vuvuzelas, like they did when Obama (supposedly) killed Osama. I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t attend. Flying home may be a little complicated, as according to the WaPo, I’m some kind of Russian propagandist now. And, also, I have this problem with authority, which I don’t imagine will go over very well with whatever provisional government is installed to oversee the Restoration of Normality, and Love of course, throughout the nation.