February 10, 2006


Shed Your Addiction: Beyond Mere Survival In the American Dystopia (Jason Miller, 10 February, 2006, Countercurrents.org)

1984 has come to pass, both chronologically and in the Orwellian sense. Americans are “liberators” in Iraq. Opponents of this “peace initiative” are “doubleplusungood”. Unchecked by the judiciary, the NSA electronically trolls for perpetrators of “crimethink”. Pundits and the “liberal media” (owned by a handful of monolithic corporations despised by people with the values which many define as liberal) have become the Ministry of Truth for the Party.

I recently witnessed Bill O’Reilly as he delivered a blistering verbal castigation to his “guest” because the man opposed America’s imperial occupations and war crimes in the Middle East. In the next breath, O’Reilly expressed his sympathy and compassion for the victims of 9/11. Ironically, the victim of O’Reilly’s abusive tirade had lost his father in the collapse of the WTC. Outfoxed, the source of this nauseating display of hatred and hypocrisy, has indeed portrayed an extremely dangerous entity. What truly scares me is that Fox News is only a symptom of a much greater malignancy.

Via Fox, the Bush Regime streams steady doses of its “opiate to the masses” via a distribution network reaching 85 million cable subscribers. Fox and most other mainstream media entities are the syringes mainlining the mind-altering, psychosis-inducing propaganda munificently showered upon Americans by the Party. Social Darwinists comprising the Party, including major corporate shareholders and executives, Israeli interests, the military industrial complex, plutocrats, the power players of the Religious Right, and intellectual elites hold the Great Beast (us “commoners”) at bay with a powerfully addictive state of being called the American Dream.

It is indeed a Brave New World. As many Americans somnambulate through their existence, they are virtually oblivious and indifferent to the profound human misery which must occur in order for a tiny fraction of humanity to experience the American Dream. When (or if) their Soma fix finally wears off, I suspect they will be ready to chew off their own arms to escape the disease-ridden whores with whom they have unwittingly climbed into bed. Mirroring Hitler’s Germany, this nation of “decent, God-fearing” people is pledging allegiance to a murderous regime.

Well, we can certainly assume that whatever medication Mr. Miller was on has worn off--hopefully no one will untie the sleeves of his jacket...

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2006 9:05 AM

He probably also thinks Fox and Bush counterprogrammed "American Idol" against the Grammys on Wednesday to keep the reamining masses not watching the facist news channel from hearing the socially relevant messages of today's progressive musicians. Simon must be a neo-con.

Posted by: John at February 10, 2006 9:55 AM

Oh, I get it now...if we don't think exactly like liberals then we must be on drugs!

Posted by: Bartman at February 10, 2006 10:02 AM

No, we're on the wrong drugs.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at February 10, 2006 10:09 AM

Well, if the drugs he's on make him that irrational, why would ANYONE want them?

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at February 10, 2006 10:33 AM

Is Jason Miller the pen name of Gail Collins?

Posted by: Luciferous at February 10, 2006 11:26 AM

anyone who thinks fox news is a threat to anything should just go walk in front of a bus. i guess we know that dealing with fox is a "ceiling" on leftist competency.

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 11:41 AM

I don't know how you can even stand looking at Countercurrents and the like, oj.

I think I need a de-lousing after reading that paranoid fantasy.

I wonder if its occured to Mr. Miller and his cronies that if we really lived in the police state he imagines, he would have been disappeared long ago.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 10, 2006 12:05 PM

this is just a fantasy piece about the kind of state the left would in fact prefer to exist (with them in charge). it's all rather oedipal and creepy.

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 2:05 PM

On a related note, this snippet is from Lloyd Grove's longer column in Friday's New York Daily News:

Leave it to pro-war pundit Christopher Hitchens to rile up a crowd of New York liberals.

The catcalls started almost from the moment the prickly Brit began defending the Iraq adventure during Wednesday night's squabble at the Ethical Culture Society.

"Make zoo noises!" Hitchens taunted. "Bear in mind, if you had been listened to, Bosnia would part of greater Serbia, Afghanistan would be run by the Taliban, and Saddam Hussein would still be in charge of Iraq."

For good measure, he added: "British intelligence was quite right to say that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium in Niger. That you can look up."

To which a peacenik screamed: "F- you!"

"Shut up," Hitchens retorted. "You're rude and silly. And ugly."

Afterward, a deeply satisfied Hitchens smoked a cigarette. "I know how to hurt their feelings because I know what they're going through. ... I have a real relish for inflicting pain on them."

Not as much fun as the Hitchens-George Galloway debate, but it shows the level of dialouge on the left when their claims are challenged.

Posted by: John at February 10, 2006 3:14 PM

at least they didn't throw feces at him.

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 3:23 PM

--To which a peacenik screamed: "F- you!"--

I have used a different response, "You're not my type."

Posted by: Sandy P at February 10, 2006 4:52 PM

"Any historian ... knows it is in good part a comedy of errors and a museum on incompetence; but if for every error and every act of incompetence one can substitute an act of treason, many points of fascinating interpretation are open to the paranoid imagination." -- Richard Hofstadter, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics," Harper's Magazine, Novermber, 1964.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2006 5:15 PM

"stick to sheep, they won't mind the smell (as much)"

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 6:04 PM

Thank you Mr. Miller, that was enlightening. Would you mind taking a moment to share with us who you may be voting for in 2008?

Posted by: Genecis at February 10, 2006 6:16 PM