Crunch time for capitalism or how the past returns to haunt the present By William Bowles

5 May 2006

Computers are wonderful tools—sometimes. A couple of days ago I almost got through writing this piece and inadvertently tossed the damn thing away, back-ups and all! Not having a photographic memory, I was forced to try and reconstruct my original essay which is frankly an impossibility and in any case, it seemed pointless trying to reconstruct what had been lost.

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From the Cold War to the Long War – only the name has been changed to protect the guilty By William Bowles

15 April 2006

“The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century and finds the great powers all on the same side – opposing the terrorists.” – George Bush

This past 10 April the Guardian published an extremely misleading article that is worth addressing for everything that it doesn’t say concerning US plans for the future and its so-called ‘long war’ against ‘international terrorism’ and it sums up the corporate media’s treatment of the continuation of the Cold War by another name.

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Beware the Ides of March By William Bowles

29 March 2006

If we want to secure our way of life, there is no alternative but to fight for it. That means standing up for our values not just in our own countries but the world over. We need to construct a global alliance for these global values and act through it. The immediate threat is from Islamist extremism.

We will not defeat this terror until we face up to the fact that its roots are deep and that it is not a passing spasm of anger but a global ideology at war with us and our way of life. Their case is that democracy is a Western concept we are forcing on an unwilling culture of Islam. The problem we have is that a part of opinion in our own countries agrees with them. – Tony Blair to the Australian parliament, 27 March, 2005.

Unlike many of my brethren (and not for the first time), I am seem to be out of step about the apocalyptic visions that are currently populating the Webosphere concerning an immanent invasion of Iran.

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I Glorify in Revolution! So arrest me damn you! By William Bowles

21 February 2006

PetrogradIn actuality, running the risk of being thrown in the slammer for ‘Glorifying terrorism’ is the least of our problems as the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’ is already wreaking havoc on the citizens of this ‘cradle of democracy [sic].

From shouting out “nonsense” at the Labour Party Conference to attending film festivals or wearing a t-shirt that disses Blair, we are all subject to arrest and/or detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. And it’s clear that the police have been given orders to use it to intimidate and harass anyone who speaks out or behaves in a way likely to bring disrepute on our ‘glorious’ leaders. Continue reading

Propaganda Review – from the ‘war against the ‘anti-Christ’ to the ‘war on terror’ By William Bowles

13 December 2005

red_rapeYears ago there was an excellent journal called Propaganda Review that unpacked the manipulation of reality practiced by the emerging corporate state, especially the covert funding of the ‘arts’, for example, many of the sci-fi movies of the 50s that had evil ‘aliens’ invading the Earth, were actually financed by the DoD. Replace the ‘aliens’ with communists and the message was clear; aliens equals communists equals the anti-Christ.

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Sleepwalking into Slavery? By William Bowles

13 October 2005

The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State. – Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels, Nazi minister of propaganda

The great British public, apparently don’t think that home secretary’s Clarke’s proposed additions to the anti-terror legislation including the 90-day detention without trial, apply to them, at least as far as we know, as nobody has actually asked them. Perhaps they need to be reminded that almost identical laws were passed by the Apartheid regime of South Africa. Commonly known as the ‘90-day law’, it was first used to imprison ‘terrorist’ Ruth First, later murdered by a South African assassination squad in Maputo, Mozambique.

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Mantra politics By William Bowles

1 October 2005

All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those toward whom it is directed will understand it… Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise. – Adolf Hitler

Walter Wolfgang

It is well worth asking the following question: Why, specifically, was the phrase ‘war on terror’ adopted as a slogan by the US/UK authorities? This may seem a somewhat redundant question, after all, it describes in theory a response to the actions of ‘terrorists’, who are, we are told over and over again, bent on firstly, destroying Western ‘civilisation’ and then replacing it with a fundamentalist version of Islam.

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Virtual Fascism or the State of Terror By William Bowles

10 July 2005

A letter from a reader:

For a good period of time I had gone along, starting my practice in neuropsychology (I worked in hospitals for a long time and the venture into private practice consumed me) and paying little attention to the neocon threat. I hated Bush et. al. but had little time to look at what he/they were doing. I had believed the govt. line on 9/11. But a very few months ago, I came across a reference to ‘Peak Oil’ on the web. My exploration of that, and then of 9/11, and then on the PNAC and Wolfowitz’s agenda, so to speak. My awareness of the role Iraq plays in the ‘plan’. My awareness of the psychological manipulation of the people in Britain and the US (I am a psychologist, after all).
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‘If Osama bin Laden didn’t exist it would be necessary to invent him’ By William Bowles

8 July 2005

Some on the left (and not just on the left) have talked of the invasion of Iraq as creating the conditions for the carnage we witnessed in London this week but I question the logic behind this argument.

I am reminded of a statement made some time back that ‘if Osama bin Laden didn’t exist it would have been necessary to invent him’ for if, as I contend that to justify the ‘war on terror’ it was necessary to invent the terrorist threat first, then come hell or high water, acts such as the London bombing are a necessary and inevitable result of the larger strategic mission of the USUK to justify their even greater acts of carnage and aggression. Thus whether directly or indirectly, I contend that the governments of Bush and Blair are complicit partners in these acts of terror.

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The Case of Kamel Bourgass: The sound of one hand clapping or a conspiracy of one by William Bowles

9 May 2005

COP killer Kamel Bourgass was yesterday unmasked as Osama Bin Laden’s master poisoner – with a mission to murder as many Britons as possible.
The Sun

[A]lleged plots to smear powdered castor bean on door handles are most probably rubbish, something copied from tales of American ricin trouble-makers, like the Minnesota Militia.
MORE UK TERROR TRIAL: Evil foiled or more mendacity? by George Smith, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, GlobalSecurity.Org

Kamel BourgassPerhaps the most difficult thing for your ‘average’ citizen to take in is the idea that your government would deliberately lie and deceive you over a thing like terrorism. After all, the state is meant to protect its citizens, isn’t that why we have a raft of laws and an incredibly expensive enforcement system replete with tens of thousands of state employees, surveillance systems and so forth?

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