John W. Whitehead, Visitor
“The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain.”—They Reside, John Carpenter
We’re dwelling in two worlds, you and I.
There’s the world we see (or are made to see) after which there’s the one we sense (and infrequently catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven actuality manufactured by the federal government and its company sponsors, together with the media.
Certainly, what most People understand as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from actuality, the place financial inequality is rising, actual agendas and actual energy are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and company obfuscation, and “freedom,” such that it’s, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the tooth.
All just isn’t as it appears.
“You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.”
That is the premise of John Carpenter’s movie They Reside, which was launched 30 years in the past in November 1988 and stays unnervingly, chillingly applicable for our trendy age.
Greatest recognized for his horror movie Halloween, which assumes that there’s a type of evil so darkish that it might’t be killed, Carpenter’s bigger physique of labor is infused with a robust anti-authoritarian, anti-establishment, laconic bent that speaks to the filmmaker’s considerations concerning the unraveling of our society, notably our authorities.
Again and again, Carpenter portrays the federal government working towards its personal residents, a populace out of contact with actuality, know-how run amok, and a future extra horrific than any horror movie.
In Escape from New York, Carpenter presents fascism as the way forward for America.
In The Factor, a remake of the 1951 sci-fi basic of the identical identify, Carpenter presupposes that more and more we’re all turning into dehumanized.
In Christine, the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a demon-possessed automotive, know-how reveals a will and consciousness of its personal and goes on a murderous rampage.
In Within the Mouth of Insanity, Carpenter notes that evil grows when individuals lose “the ability to know the difference between reality and fantasy.”
After which there’s Carpenter’s They Stay, during which two migrant staff uncover that the world isn’t as it appears. In truth, the inhabitants is definitely being managed and exploited by aliens working in partnership with an oligarchic elite. All of the whereas, the populace—blissfully unaware of the actual agenda at work of their lives—has been lulled into complacency, indoctrinated into compliance, bombarded with media distractions, and hypnotized by subliminal messages beamed out of tv and numerous digital units, billboards and the like.
It is just when homeless drifter John Nada (performed to the hilt by the late Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of doctored sun shades—Hoffman lenses—that Nada sees what lies beneath the elite’s fabricated actuality: management and bondage.
When seen by way of the lens of fact, the elite, who seem human till stripped of their disguises, are proven to be monsters who’ve enslaved the citizenry as a way to prey on them.
Likewise, billboards blare out hidden, authoritative messages: a bikini-clad lady in a single advert is definitely ordering viewers to “MARRY AND REPRODUCE.” Journal racks scream “CONSUME” and “OBEY.” A wad of greenback payments in a vendor’s hand proclaims, “THIS IS YOUR GOD.”
When seen via Nada’s Hoffman lenses, a few of the different hidden messages being drummed into the individuals’s unconscious embrace: NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, CONFORM, SUBMIT, STAY ASLEEP, BUY, WATCH TV, NO IMAGINATION, and DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY.
This indoctrination marketing campaign engineered by the elite in They Stay is painfully acquainted to anybody who has studied the decline of American tradition.
A citizenry that doesn’t assume for themselves, obeys with out query, is submissive, doesn’t problem authority, doesn’t assume outdoors the field, and is content material to take a seat again and be entertained is a citizenry that may be simply managed.
On this means, the delicate message of They Stay supplies an apt analogy of our personal distorted imaginative and prescient of life within the American police state, what thinker Slavoj Žižek refers to as dictatorship in democracy, “the invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom.”
We’re being fed a collection of rigorously contrived fictions that bear no resemblance to actuality.
The powers-that-be need us to really feel threatened by forces past our management (terrorists, shooters, bombers).
They need us afraid and depending on the federal government and its militarized armies for our security and well-being.
They need us distrustful of one another, divided by our prejudices, and at one another’s throats.
Most of all, they need us to proceed to march in lockstep with their dictates.
Tune out the federal government’s makes an attempt to distract, divert and befuddle us and tune into what’s actually happening on this nation, and also you’ll run headlong into an unmistakable, unpalatable fact: the moneyed elite who rule us view us as expendable assets for use, abused and discarded.
In reality, a research carried out by Princeton and Northwestern College concluded that the U.S. authorities doesn’t symbolize nearly all of Americans. As an alternative, the research discovered that the federal government is dominated by the wealthy and highly effective, or the so-called “economic elite.” Furthermore, the researchers concluded that insurance policies enacted by this governmental elite almost all the time favor particular pursuits and lobbying teams.
In different phrases, we’re being dominated by an oligarchy disguised as a democracy, and arguably on our approach in the direction of fascism—a type of authorities the place personal company pursuits rule, cash calls the photographs, and the individuals are seen as mere topics to be managed.
Not solely do you need to be wealthy—or beholden to the wealthy—to get elected lately, however getting elected can also be a surefire method to get wealthy. As CBS Information studies, “Once in office, members of Congress enjoy access to connections and information they can use to increase their wealth, in ways that are unparalleled in the private sector. And once politicians leave office, their connections allow them to profit even further.”
In denouncing this blatant corruption of America’s political system, former president Jimmy Carter blasted the method of getting elected—to the White Home, governor’s mansion, Congress or state legislatures—as “unlimited political bribery… a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.”
Relaxation assured that when and if fascism lastly takes maintain in America, the essential types of authorities will stay: Fascism will look like pleasant. The legislators shall be in session. There can be elections, and the information media will proceed to cowl the leisure and political trivia. Consent of the ruled, nevertheless, will not apply. Precise management could have lastly handed to the oligarchic elite controlling the federal government behind the scenes.
Clearly, we at the moment are dominated by an oligarchic elite of governmental and company pursuits.
We have now moved into “corporatism” (favored by Benito Mussolini), which is a midway level on the street to full-blown fascism.
Corporatism is the place the few moneyed pursuits—not elected by the citizenry—rule over the various. On this method, it isn’t a democracy or a republican type of authorities, which is what the American authorities was established to be. It’s a top-down type of authorities and one which has a terrifying historical past typified by the developments that occurred in totalitarian regimes of the previous: police states the place everyone seems to be watched and spied on, rounded up for minor infractions by authorities brokers, positioned beneath police management, and positioned in detention (a.okay.a. focus) camps.
For the ultimate hammer of fascism to fall, it is going to require probably the most essential ingredient: nearly all of the individuals should agree that it’s not solely expedient however vital.
However why would a individuals comply with such an oppressive regime?
The reply is identical in all ages: worry.
Worry makes individuals silly.
Worry is the tactic most frequently utilized by politicians to extend the facility of presidency. And, as most social commentators acknowledge, an environment of worry permeates trendy America: worry of terrorism, worry of the police, worry of our neighbors and so forth.
The propaganda of worry has been used fairly successfully by those that need to achieve management, and it’s engaged on the American populace.
Although we’re 17,600 occasions extra more likely to die from coronary heart illness than from a terrorist assault; 11,000 occasions extra more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane; 1,048 occasions extra more likely to die from a automotive accident than a terrorist assault, and eight occasions extra more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist , we have now handed over management of our lives to authorities officers who deal with us as a means to an finish—the supply of cash and energy.
Because the Bearded Man in They Stay warns, “They are dismantling the sleeping middle class. More and more people are becoming poor. We are their cattle. We are being bred for slavery.”
On this regard, we’re not so totally different from the oppressed residents in They Reside.
From the second we’re born till we die, we’re indoctrinated into believing that those that rule us do it for our personal good. The reality is way totally different.
Regardless of the reality staring us within the face, we now have allowed ourselves to turn into fearful, managed, pacified zombies.
We stay in a perpetual state of denial, insulated from the painful actuality of the American police state by wall-to-wall leisure information and display units.
Most everybody retains their heads down today whereas staring zombie-like into an digital display, even once they’re crossing the road. Households sit in eating places with their heads down, separated by their display units and unaware of what’s happening round them. Younger individuals particularly appear dominated by the units they maintain of their arms, oblivious to the truth that they will merely push a button, flip the factor off and stroll away.
Certainly, there isn’t any bigger group exercise than that related with those that watch screens—that’s, tv, lap tops, private computer systems, cell telephones and so forth. In reality, a Nielsen research studies that American display viewing is at an all-time excessive. For instance, the common American watches roughly 151 hours of tv per 30 days.
The query, in fact, is what impact does such display consumption have on one’s thoughts?
Psychologically it’s just like drug habit. Researchers discovered that “almost immediately after turning on the TV, subjects reported feeling more relaxed, and because this occurs so quickly and the tension returns so rapidly after the TV is turned off, people are conditioned to associate TV viewing with a lack of tension.” Analysis additionally exhibits that whatever the programming, viewers’ mind waves decelerate, thus reworking them into a extra passive, nonresistant state.
Traditionally, tv has been utilized by these in authority to quiet discontent and pacify disruptive individuals. “Faced with severe overcrowding and limited budgets for rehabilitation and counseling, more and more prison officials are using TV to keep inmates quiet,” in accordance with Newsweek.
Given that almost all of what People watch on tv is offered by means of channels managed by six mega firms, what we watch is now managed by a company elite and, if that elite must foster a specific viewpoint or pacify its viewers, it could possibly achieve this on a giant scale.
If we’re watching, we’re not doing.
The powers-that-be perceive this. As tv journalist Edward R. Murrow warned in a 1958 speech:
We’re presently rich, fats, snug and complacent. We’ve got at present a built-in allergy to disagreeable or disturbing info. Our mass media mirror this. However until we rise up off our fats surpluses and acknowledge that tv in the primary is getting used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then tv and people who finance it, those that take a look at it, and people who work at it, may even see a completely totally different image too late.
This brings me again to They Reside, by which the actual zombies will not be the aliens calling the photographs however the populace who’re content material to stay managed.
When all is claimed and accomplished, the world of They Stay is just not so totally different from our personal.
We, too, are targeted solely on our personal pleasures, prejudices and features. Our poor and underclasses are additionally rising. Racial injustice is rising. Human rights is almost nonexistent. We too have been lulled into a trance, detached to others.
Oblivious to what lies forward, we’ve been manipulated into believing that if we proceed to eat, obey, and have religion, issues will work out. However that’s by no means been true of rising regimes. And by the point we really feel the hammer coming down upon us, it is going to be too late.
So the place does that depart us?
The characters who populate Carpenter’s movies present some perception.
Beneath their machismo, they nonetheless consider within the beliefs of liberty and equal alternative. Their beliefs place them in fixed opposition with the regulation and the institution, however they’re nonetheless freedom fighters.
When, for instance, John Nada destroys the alien hyno-transmitter in They Reside, he restores hope by delivering America a wake-up name for freedom.
That’s the important thing proper there: we have to get up.
Cease permitting yourselves to be simply distracted by pointless political spectacles and take note of what’s actually happening within the nation.
The actual battle for management of this nation just isn’t being waged between Republicans and Democrats within the poll field.
As I clarify in my ebook Battlefield America: The Warfare on the American Individuals, the actual battle for management of this nation is happening on roadsides, in police automobiles, on witness stands, over telephone strains, in authorities workplaces, in company workplaces, in public faculty hallways and lecture rooms, in parks and metropolis council conferences, and in cities and cities throughout this nation.
The actual battle between freedom and tyranny is happening proper in entrance of our eyes, if we might solely open them.
All the trimmings of the American police state at the moment are in plain sight.
Get up, America.
In the event that they stay (the tyrants, the oppressors, the invaders, the overlords), it is just as a result of “we the people” sleep.
Concerning the Writer
Constitutional lawyer and writer John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, the place this text (Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy?) was initially revealed. He’s the writer of A Authorities of Wolves: The Rising American Police State and The Change Manifesto.
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Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy? was final modified: October 22nd, 2018 by WakingTimes
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