Conspiracist vs Conventionalist: Choose Your Label & Choose Your Fate

Conspiracist vs Conventionalist: Conspiracy Theory/Theories/Theorist/Theorists | Critical Thinking/Thinker/Thinkers/Thought

In 1967 the CIA Created the Label “Conspiracy Theorists” to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the “Official” Narrative

“Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories. The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories… But those were the bad old days… That all changed in the 1960s. Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked ‘psych’ – short for ‘psychological operations’ or disinformation – and ‘CS’ for the CIA’s ‘Clandestine Services’ unit.”

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The CIA’s Invention of the “Conspiracy Theorist”: Smear Campaign to Discredit Dissenters

“In his 2013 book, Conspiracy Theory in America, author Lance deHaven-Smith traced the term ‘conspiracy theory’ back to a CIA propaganda campaign that was designed to discredit doubters of the Warren Commission’s fake search into who assassinated President Kennedy in Dallas. In this light, the use of this pejorative term is obviously a tactic to shame and humiliate those who saw through the ulterior motives of the commission, and thus effectively censor out or even banish anyone who questions official government accounts… There have been many America military/government/corporate conspiratorial dirty tricks that were initially denied by the propagandizing powers-that-be but which were later admitted to – after diligent and courageous whistle-blowing investigative journalists proved the conspiracies. In every case the powers-that-be had been, in effect, calling the truth-seekers ‘conspiracy theorists’ [conspiracists].”

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CIA Invention of the Phrase “Conspiracy Theory” is “One of the Most Successful Propaganda Initiatives of All Time.”

“If I call you a conspiracy theorist, it matters little whether you have actually claimed that a conspiracy exists or whether you have simply raised an issue that I would rather avoid… By labeling you, I strategically exclude you from the sphere where public speech, debate, and conflict occur… Much the same as being labeled ‘Anti-Semitic’ not only excludes you but can ruin your career… But now, thanks to the internet, people who doubt official stories are no longer excluded from public conversation; the CIA’s 44-year-old campaign to stifle debate using the ‘conspiracy theory’ smear is nearly worn-out. In academic studies, as in comments on news articles, pro-conspiracy voices are now more numerous – and more rational – than anti-conspiracy ones. No wonder the anti-conspiracy people [conventionalists] are sounding more and more like a bunch of hostile, paranoid cranks.”

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¡Oponerse al TPP (#NoTPP)! | Oppose the TPPA (#StopTPP)!

¡Oponerse al TPP (#NoTPP)! | Oppose the TPPA (#StopTPP)!

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Acuerdo Secreto de la Asociación Trans-Pacífico (TPP)

En 13 de noviembre del 2013, WikiLeaks publicó el texto del borrador secreto negociado para el Capítulo de Derechos de Propiedad Intelectual completo del TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership, Asociación Trans-Pacífico, en español). El TPP es el tratado económico más grande de todos los tiempos, abarcando naciones que representan más del 40 por ciento del PIB del mundo. La publicación de WikiLeaks del texto se ha realizado antes de la cumbre decisiva de Negociadores en Jefe del TPP en Salt Lake City, Utah, del 19 al 24 de noviembre del 2013. El capítulo publicado por WikiLeaks es posiblemente el de mayor controversia del TPP debido a sus efectos de largo alcance sobre medicinas, editores, servicios de internet, libertades civiles y patentes biológicas. Significativamente, el texto publicado incluye las posiciones de negociación y desacuerdos entre los 12 estados miembros prospectivos.

El TPP es predecesor del igualmente secreto pacto entre EE.UU. y la U.E., el TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Alianza Transatlántica de Comercio e Inversión, en español), para el cual el Presidente Obama inició las negociaciones entre EE.UU. y la U.E. en enero del 2013. Juntos, el TPP y el TTIP abarcarán más del 60 por ciento del PIB global. Ambos pactos excluyen a China.

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Declaración pública por el fin de las negociaciones del TPP

Ahora es turno de los congresistas de México, Chile y Perú, quienes tienen la tarea de estudiar con detenimiento y muy a conciencia si esta es la mejor ruta hacia estados más desarrollados, más democráticos y donde los ciudadanos cuenten con mayores derechos. Si la respuesta es negativa, es importante que ejerzan las facultades que la ley les confiere y se opongan a un acuerdo económico que hipoteca el futuro de nuestras naciones y compromete los derechos fundamentales de sus habitantes.

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Texto completo del TPP

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Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – IP Chapter

On 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.

The TPP is the forerunner to the equally secret US-EU pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), for which President Obama initiated US-EU negotiations in January 2013. Together, the TPP and TTIP will cover more than 60 per cent of global GDP.

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EFF Joins Broad Coalition of Groups to Protest the TPP in Washington D.C.

Contained within the 6,000-plus pages of the completed TPP text are a series of provisions that empower multinational corporations and private interest groups at the expense of the public interest. Civil society groups represent diverse concerns, so while we may disagree on our specific concerns about the TPP, we commonly recognize that this is a toxic, undemocratic deal that must be stopped at all costs… Stay tuned as we develop more materials and resources to spread the word about the TPP’s impacts…

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Full Text of TPP

ISIS: Bandera Falsa, Banderas Verdaderas | False Flag, True Flags

ISIS: Bandera Falsa, Banderas Verdaderas | False Flag, True Flags

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ISIS: Bandera Falsa, Banderas Verdaderas

ARABIA SAUDITA: En 2006, Arabia Saudita fue dirigida por los EE.UU. para crear el Estado Islámico de Irak (Al Qaeda) para evitar que Irak se acerquen a Irán. En 2011, Arabia Saudita armó la insurrección islamista en Daraa, Siria. Arabia Saudita también financió y armó la casi totalidad de los islamistas armados en Siria, el mantenimiento de las divisiones de limitar su poder independiente.

TURQUÍA: Turquía permitió el paso seguro de los islamistas extranjeros que pasan a northen Siria. Con Arabia Saudita, Turquía creó una Jabhat al Nusra (Al Qaeda) llevó “Ejército de la Conquista” para invadir el norte de Siria (Rojava) en 2015. Turquía acoge el liderazgo islamista, coordina la venta de petróleo sirio robado por ISIS y proporciona el tratamiento médico para ISIS.

ISRAEL: El Estado sionista de Israel pícaro superpone un ocupados de Palestina y de los suministros de armas y el tratamiento médico a todos los combatientes islamistas en Siria, entre ellos Al Nusra e ISIS, con puntos de coordinación en la frontera del Golán.

QATAR: Desde 2011 hasta el 2013, Qatar poner miles de millones de dólares en la Hermandad Musulmana vinculada grupos islamistas como Farouq (FSA). Desde 2013, Qatar ha apoyado el “Ejército de la Conquista” y el eje turco-Arabia.

Reino Unido y Francia: El Reino Unido (UK) y Francia suministran armas a “rebelde” islamistas que trabajan en estrecha colaboración con los grupos de Al Qaeda e ISIS, uniéndose de manera sistemática y la entrega de armas a los mismos.

EE.UU.: Con una política exterior imperialista que está globalizando un estado permanente de guerra para crear la deuda por sus banqueros y la demanda de su complejo militar-industrial, mientras que al mismo tiempo expropiando las reservas de petróleo y gas para su industria petrolera, los EE.UU. dirige y coordina todo lo anterior, por lo que el uso de bases militares en Turquía, Jordania, Qatar, Irak y Arabia Saudita. Los Estados Unidos da armas a los “rebeldes sirios” quien luego desertan a ISIS, y empuja ellos lejos de las zonas kurdas, pero les permite atacar a Siria. Funcionarios iraquíes confirman que los EE.UU. suministra directamente ISIS por gotas de aire.

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ISIS: False Flag, True Flags

SAUDI ARABIA: In 2006, Saudi Arabia was directed by the USA to create the Islamic State of Iraq (Al Qaeda) to prevent Iraq from getting close to Iran. In 2011, Saudi Arabia armed the Islamist insurrection in Daraa, Syria. Saudi Arabia also financed and armed almost all of the armed Islamists in Syria, maintaining divisions to limit their independent power.

TURKEY: Turkey enabled safe passage for foreign Islamists to pass into northen Syria. With Saudi Arabia, Turkey created a Jabhat al Nusra (Al Qaeda) led “Army of Conquest” to invade north Syria (Rojava) in 2015. Turkey hosts the Islamist leadership, coordinates the sale of Syrian oil stolen by ISIS, and provides medical treatment for ISIS.

ISRAEL: The rogue Zionist state of Israel overlays an occupied Palestine and supplies arms and medical treatment to all Islamist fighters in Syria, including Al Nusra and ISIS, with coordination points at Golan border.

QATAR: From 2011 through 2013, Qatar put billions of dollars into Muslim Brotherhood linked Islamist groups like Farouq (FSA). Since 2013, Qatar has backed the “Army of Conquest” and the Turkish-Saudi axis.

UK & FRANCE: The UK and France supply arms to “rebel” Islamists who work closely with Al Qaeda and ISIS groups, systematically joining and delivering arms to them.

USA: With an imperialist foreign policy globalizing a permanent state of war to create debt for its banksters and demand for its military-industrial complex while concurrently commandeering oil and gas reserves for its petroleum industry, the USA directs and coordinates all of the above, making use of military bases in Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The USA arms “Syrian rebels” who then defect to ISIS, and pushes ISIS away from Kurdish areas but lets them attack Syria. Iraqi officials confirm that the USA directly supplies ISIS by air drops.

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On Rojava, Young Kurds & Old Gringos

Rojava, Young Kurds, Old Gringo, Gringo Viejo, Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

I (“BD”) have long been an ardent if not unconditional supporter of the revolution in Rojava. And as what some now call a post-left anarchist, I was both intrigued and inspired by the recent El Errante Rojava Dispatch series written by Paul Z. Simons (“PS”). After reading Paul’s final dispatch at AnarchistNews.org, I was almost ready to mount up and charge once more into the fray! But having reached an age where I can upon occasion see discretion as the better part of valor, I first posed some questions to the seasoned activist who had already been there and returned. What follows is the essence of our exchange:

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The Rojava Plan Goes Live 11/5

Hi Paul,

What advice do you have for those considering answering this call-to-action from Anonymous, “The Rojava Plan“?

PS:

The Rojava Plan?

This looks to be the same folks (roughly) who run the Lions of Rojava website. They are anarchists and the needs they outline are pressing. I should also say that these folks also assisted with my crossing the border and setting up my press contact. If someone is interested in going there and helping, this is one reliable way to get to Rojava. I also encourage anyone with any technical skills/training at all, especially engineers, technophiles, cultural folks to go. This is may be a once in a lifetime chance to experience a revolution, and help it grow and mature. It won’t be easy, and it might not be 100% safe, but anything worth doing usually falls into that category.

BD:

Are Young Kurds simply the new Young Turks?

Our concern is that anarchists who go to fight for a stateless Rojava may die creating the “independent” state of Kurdistan:

The “Kurdish Question”, ISIS, USA, etc.
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PS:

And that concern is valid. Two things, first the PYG/J don’t need anymore fighters, they need weapons (the big kind), ammunition, logistics and communication hardware. So for folks who want to go and fight, unless you’re really committed to it, you may want to reconsider. As I indicated above what the KAR does need are engineers (esp. the electrical and civil type), technicians, medical personnel, computer geeks, cultural workers. Basically anyone who can help build and maintain social infrastructure.

There is always, and will always be, the possibility that Rojava may slip, or be dragged out of its revolution and into the neoliberal nightmare. I would argue all the more reason for anarchists to support what’s happening there and to go and help, if possible. Our presence may, in the instance of counter-revolution, be important. Finally, and this is a personal note, if I used possible negative outcomes as a criteria to decide whether to act or not, I believe I would find myself immobilized in a gelatinous inactivity. I take the spontaneity and impulse that anarchism has always implied very seriously. In the last analysis, I’d rather die fighting for a lost cause as opposed to choking to death on strained carrots whilst watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island in a rest home. But that’s just me.

BD:

Gringo Viejo | Old Gringo

Thanks Paul,

Speaking strictly for myself and no others…

I published my first “Letter to the Editor” at 15; organized and got parade permits for my first peaceful protest march at 16; first engaged and exchanged gunfire in what a racist corporate fascist media called a riot at 17; was first arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to obey an officer of the law five days after I turned 18; accepted my first statewide political appointment at 19 – and resigned from it in disgust before I turned 20.

I have spent a good portion of the ensuing 40 years in various guises fighting for causes I believed to be “right” – as in the right thing to do, and with no reference to the false Left/Right political paradigm fabricated to keep the Have-Nots fighting each other over puppets rather than attacking the kleptocratic puppetmaster Haves pulling all strings Left and Right.

In retrospect, I have chosen the right causes more than 80% of the time – but the causes I have chosen have been successful less than 20% of the time. I say that with more pride than shame. But like so many other graying activists, my life experience has taught me that no good deed ever goes unpunished.

Do I have regrets? Yes. But would I do it all over again? YES!

If I was twenty years younger, spoke Kurdi/Kurmanji/Sorani/Pehlewani, and was as good of an architect or engineer as I once was an agitator (by Saul Alinsky’s definition), I’d probably already be planning my route to Rojava. But that is not the case…

The Zapatistas of Chiapas – for whom I do not speak – stand in solidarity with the revolutionaries of Rojava. But IMO they should make that stand in Chiapas, as to physically deploy en masse to Syria would assure them of no homeland when (or if) they ever returned. And in this context I doubt if ours, or any other fledgling autonomous resistance collective, would fare any better.

Personally, I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m far more concerned about dying well than living long. But like the aging and ill but ever-defiant Ambrose Bierce (Gregory Peck) in the movie “Old Gringo” (from the novel “Gringo Viejo“), I suspect my last undocumented border crossing is more likely to be at the Rio Grande than the Tigris.

All my best wishes to the Lions of Rojava!

P.S. I hope we get a chance to meet some day. As we say in Texas, I like your cut.

“Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.”–Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914?)