Caitlin Johnstone: “The Screens”

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Written by Caitlin Johnstone; Originally appeared at her blog

We are surrounded by screens full of voices that are always lying to us, and experts wonder why we’re so crazy and miserable all the time.

The screens tell us, “This is a perfectly normal and sane way of doing things. It is perfectly normal and sane to strip the earth bare and poison the air and the water in an economic system which requires infinite growth on a finite planet. People who say otherwise are raving lunatics!” And the social engineers wonder why there’s increasing disaffection and alienation among the populace.

Caitlin Johnstone: "The Screens"

The screens tell us, “Just spend your time in this world turning the gears of the machine and you will be happy. The machine is your friend. The machine takes care of you. Work hard pulling its levers and greasing its cogs until you are old and you will gain satisfaction,” and then they wonder why we’re all gobbling up antidepressants like candy.

The screens tell us, “We need to drop explosives on Nation X because they need Freedom and Democracy™. We know we said that about Nation Y and Nation Z and that went terribly wrong, but that’s because it wasn’t managed properly. Trust that it is good and proper for the citizens of Nation X to be killed with bombs and bullets,” and then they wonder why people keep snapping and committing mass shootings.

The screens tell us, “You are crazy and stupid if you want a functioning healthcare system. Are you trying to put our billionaires and military out of business?” and then they wonder why people are becoming paranoid and angry.

The screens tell us, “Look at that gibbering maniac trying to get a third party up and running in the most powerful nation in the world! Only someone who is deeply awful and defective would believe that the two party system isn’t serving us,” and they wonder why everyone feels disempowered and unheard.

The screens tell us, “Of course this is the way things are; it’s the only way things could ever be. Anyone who would try to change any part of this is either mentally ill or a Russian propagandist,” and they wonder why people shut down and numb themselves with opiates.

The screens tell us, “Everything is great. Everyone is doing fine. Everyone is happy. Look how happy everyone is on this sitcom. If you aren’t happy like that, it’s not because of the machine, it’s because of you. People need to be protected from your insanity. You mustn’t be allowed on any screens. You need to be silenced on social media. Trust us. Don’t trust yourself. Don’t trust that growing, gnawing sense that everything is fake and everything you’ve been taught is a lie. We have never lied to you. We have never been caught red-handed deceiving you and then acted like nothing happened. We have never gaslit you. You are misremembering things because you are confused. Shut up. You are dangerous. Shut up. You are foolish. Shut up. You are insane. The machine is sanity. The machine is freedom. Everyone is equal here. Everyone matters. Everyone gets a voice. Except you.” And the social engineers wonder why people are trusting them less and less.

The screens tell us, “War is normal. Poverty is normal. Mass surveillance is normal. Censorship of dissenting ideas is normal. Mass media propaganda is normal. Escalating wealth and income inequality is normal. Escalating police militarization is normal. Escalating tensions between nuclear superpowers is normal. Looming ecological disaster is normal.” And people wonder why everything feels like a bubble balancing on a house of cards that was built on top of a ticking time bomb.

The screens tell us, “Insane things are sane. Sane things are insane. Up is down. Black is white. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. If you disagree, you are crazy. If you disagree, you are poison. Shut up. You will contaminate the herd. Shut up. You are garbage. Shut up. You are a disease. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.”

And the experts wonder why the old tricks are finding less and less psychological purchase. And we wonder why it is beginning to feel as though we are being startled out of a very long and horrible nightmare. And our rulers wonder, in their very few still and sincere moments, if it was wise to build their empire upon a sleeping giant.

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  • Barba_Papa

    Know your enemy, rage against the machine!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWXazVhlyxQ

    Seriously though, while I think that more and more people are waking up from the Machine, that doesn’t necessarily follow that people will now discover the truth. If there even is such a thing as the truth. There’s a lot of nonsense being spread about on the internet, and internet allows the crazies to find each other and reinforce one another in their crazy. Racists, sexists, fascists, communists, feminists, SJW activists, alternative history nutters, UFO nutters, they can all find their little slice of the internet that caters to them and helps them become more crazy.

    And sometimes I wonder maybe that’s the backup plan of the Machine. If people no longer listen to the screen, offer them a thousand other falsehoods and they still won’t see the truth.

    • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

      yes i know my enemies, i loved this song growing up, (was about 17 when it came out). worth listening to with lyrics if nobody has heard it

    • Concrete Mike

      I grew up listening to that.

      I also agree that the internet will give you whatever “facts” you want. Just look at all the porn…something for everyone too. The idea that the internet is populated with “controlled opposition” make sense, more layers of smoke to confuse and distract. Its not far fetched to say its by design.

      Im regards to ufo…scientists have never had a chance to have an “unbiased” study of the topic, so instead of calling it nutters…just put it in gray basket…interesting but requires further study.

  • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

    the world is waking up

    • Tommy Jensen

      Who, where?

      • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

        shut up

  • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

    Wow, the most powerfull and just jawdropping article i have read for decades!

  • javier

    I don’t need no arms around me
    And I dont need no drugs to calm me.
    I have seen the writing on the wall.
    Don’t think I need anything at all.
    No! Don’t think I’ll need anything at all.
    All in all it was all just bricks in the wall.
    All in all you were all just bricks in the wall.

    • Tommy Jensen

      But it was only fantasy.
      The wall was too high,
      As you can see.
      No matter how he tried,
      He could not break free.
      And the worms ate into his brain.

  • RichardD

    The screens in the US are full of evil Jew pedophile mass rape cult criminal organization practitioners. Which is one of the reasons that the US needs to be dejudified. Just click on the image to see that the msm is overflowing with criminally insane lying Jews.
    https://i.4pcdn.org/pol/1519407912147.jpg

  • RichardD

    The US is one more Jew pump and dump disaster in the making. They’ve done this many times before. It’s why they’re the most persecuted, expelled and genocided group of miscreants in human history. Most of it of their own making. They’re a parasitical disease. Allowing them to infiltrate and take over a society is a recipe for ruin. Half of the nations on this planet are Jew free because they’ve been officially or unofficially banned. The rest of the planet needs to follow suit.

    • RichardD

      – Who Controls America?
      When Victims Rule: A Critique of Jewish Pre-Eminence in America –

      https://thezog.wordpress.com/

      “Banking/Finance
      Who Controls the Economy?
      Who Controls Wall Street? (Part 2)
      Who Controls Wall Street? (Part 1)
      Who Controls Goldman Sachs?
      Who Controls American International Group?
      Who Controls the Treasury Department?
      Who Controls the Federal Reserve System? (Part 1)
      Who Controls the Federal Reserve System? (Part 2)
      Mass Media
      Who Controls Big Media?
      Who Controls Hollywood?
      Who Controls Television?
      Who Controls Music?
      Who Controls Radio?
      Who Controls Advertising?
      Who Controls the News? (Part 1)
      Who Controls the News? (Part 2)
      Government/Politics
      Who Controls the White House?
      Who Controls the Senate?
      Who Controls the Congress?
      Who Controls the Supreme Court?
      Who Controls the State Department?
      Who Controls the Justice Department?
      Who Controls the Defense Department?
      Who Controls the Treasury Department?
      Social Engineering
      Who Controls the Ivy League?
      Who Controls the Think Tanks?
      Who Controls Professional Sports?
      Who Controls the Anti-Defamation League?
      Who Controls the Southern Poverty Law Center?
      Who Controls the American Civil Liberties Union?
      Who is Behind Gun Control?
      Who is Behind the Climate Change Hoax?
      “New World Order”
      Who Controls the Group of Thirty?
      Who Controls the Bilderberg Group?
      Who Controls the Trilateral Commission?
      Who Controls the Council on Foreign Relations? (Part 1)
      Who Controls the Council on Foreign Relations? (Part 2)”

      • RichardD

        “Jewish population centers have shifted tremendously over time, due to the constant streams of Jewish refugees created by expulsions, persecution, and officially sanctioned killing of Jews in various places at various times. In addition, assimilation and forced conversions have also impacted Jewish population sizes throughout Jewish history.”

        – Historical Jewish population comparisons –

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Jewish_population_comparisons

        • Justin

          And the same is happening to America! Jews were taking over! Russia was once the most wealthiest and liberal nation in the world! Multiculturalism, art, ballet, science, capitalism! But when the Russian Tsar attended a meeting in Austria with other global heads of state and banking, he was the only one who KNEW what the Central bank truly meant! He and his family were hunted down by FUNDED EXTREMISTS! Protocols of Zion was a memo taken by the Tsar’s daughter at a secret meeting! It was leaked by her father The Tsar to europe heads of state to prove their Jewish plans! This document was distributed and re-printed over time! The Jews claim it to be a fraud and was made in the 1990’s! Yet all that is told in these protocols matches what is going on to day! “If the shoe fits….. the Jews can wear it”!
          Henry Ford printed half a million of these docs! Japan too! Original doc is in russian!
          If u follow QAnon, u will know “THERE IS A REASON WHY WE ARE LEAVING ISRAEL UNTIL LAST”!
          BOOM!
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45930db8a5963d592c0f72220a462c76fc7e57c4009c6782dd01e9a5797dc32d.jpg

  • RichardD

    Dejudification in Europe, the near east and north Africa 1945 to 2010:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Europe_Jewish_%25_change_1945_2010.png

  • Ace

    Poverty IS normal.

    We had a functioning health care system till Obongo and the other Dems came up with that unconstitutional disaster. Socialized medicine is a disaster. Britain is hiring witch doctors and Nigerian astrologers for the NHS. Have you heard?

    Quit worshipping government. Government is the source of murder and surveillance not “screens.” You want to be clever but are ignorant about the danger of the total state. “Give us free stuff,” mewls Caitlin.

    And quit whining about “ecocide.” No one knows what you mean . Talk about Fukushima if you want to be specific.