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Sunday, December 8, 2013

WAR AND DEMOCKRACY


Re-blog from Soldiers for Peace International (linked below)

This is the personal blog of Rick Staggenborg, MD. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the official positions of Take Back America for the People, an educational 501.c3 nonprofit established by Dr Staggenborg.

           WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013   

It should be obvious that the only reason war is possible at this point in history is the widespread acceptance of the idea that it is inevitable. With this idea so firmly entrenched in the minds of millions, few bother to question it. After all, there is no sense in trying to understand the reasons for war if it will not lead to any change.  If the real causes of war were generally understood, Americans might ask whether they should allow them to be fought in their name. In a real democracy, the People would be responsible for the actions of their government.

War has always been about controlling other people's resources. It is inherently inconsistent with the basis of democracy, which is recognition of the inalienable rights of all and the responsibility of governments to ensure them. A truly democratic government is one of, by and for the People. Not some, but all the people. If the rights purportedly guaranteed by the constitution are universal, then they are also the rights of the Peoples of all nations. The US has no right to deny them. As long as Americans allow their government to violate the rights of others, they mock the idea of liberty and justice for all. In doing so, they are enabling corporate powers that control the US government to deny these basic rights to themselves.

It is Mankind’s oldest and greatest dream to rid the world of the scourge of war, yet at a time when the US military unquestionably dominates the rest of the world Americans continue to accept the obvious lie that they must waste their resources on the destruction of other nations. In a 2013 poll, over half opposed cutting the military budget even while funds to care for the poor are slashed. Are Americans such cowards that they would accept seemingly random US state-sponsored terror in the name of “freedom” and “security" forever if they knew wars were really fought for corporate profit? After NDAA and the revelations of NSA spying, would they still accept the loss of their constitutional rights in the name of "American interests" if they saw that these have been defined as the interests of transnational corporations with no loyalty to the US, its citizens, or humanity itself? If so, is there any price they will not pay?

European citizens, despite having experienced war directly within living memory, are not much better at recognizing that their self-interest is served by opposing war. In the modern era, it has been argued that warfare is justified to fight threats to freedom. For decades, communism was seen as such a menace, when in fact it was merely a threat to the profits of global elites cooperating to carve up the resources of the planet. Now stateless terrorism is claimed to a threat and warfare the only answer. The Global War on Terror has provided cover for the global war on democracy and national self-determination. If those who are profiting from it succeed in creating a worldwide corporate Empire, no nation will be spared. Somehow, we have to make citizens of the US and other NATO countries understand that war is always about competition for resources and that this one is to secure all the resources of the planet for the benefit of war profiteers. Only then can they make a conscious decision about whether it is worth sacrificing the lives of their children and those of targeted nations.

The fact that wars are conducted for the sole purpose of expanding the power of the ruling elite was well understood prior to the revival of the archaic notion of “democracy,” the idea that people can rule themselves. The ruling class never really relinquished its power. When the concept of divine rights of kings was questioned, the economic elite dusted off the ancient idea of democracy and systematically encouraged the masses to delude themselves into believing that they controlled their own national destiny and through their governments, protected their rights from foreign tyrants. The allure of the idea of democracy was so powerful that Americans failed to see the rise of tyranny within their own government. Somewhere along the way, the delusion of democracy became so ingrained that a majority seemed to accept the insane notion that the root of terrorism was that perpetrators were “jealous of our freedom.”  What could be more ironic?

In the generations since the American Revolution that real cause of war has been forgotten by the People. A mythical version of American history has been created that clouds the minds of those indoctrinated by the American educational system. The outrage over Vietnam led to a glimmer of awareness of the connection between corporate power and war in the minds of that generation, but with the end of the war and then the end of the draft the lesson has been largely forgotten. That is how we came to be faced with the prospect of what the corporatocracy expects to become a permanent corporate-dominated New World Order. Only a revival of awareness that all just authority arises from the People can citizens of the United States use their collective power to help ensure that the last, best hope for Mankind does not perish from the Earth. For that, they will need the support of other NATO nations and the Peoples of the world, with whose fate theirs is intertwined.

It is said that no two democracies have ever fought a war against each other. To the extent that is true, it is not by chance. “Democracy” has come to be defined by the ruling class as any form of government that submits to the will of the Anglo-American Empire and thereby concede sovereignty to the international corporations that dictate its foreign policy. If national interests are defined as synonymous with defending and expanding the wealth and power of the global elite that control these corporations, any nation that submits to the Empire is defined as "democratic." While citizens of NATO nations have come to equate democracy with the power of the vote in the absence of any other evidence of its presence, the majority fail to realize that their governments do not even apply the same minimal standard to others that they label “democratic” or “despotic,” friend or foe.

The simple rule is that the enemies of any nation that is a threat to corporate power are friends of the corporatocracy, regardless of how such governments treat their own people. Under the guise of protecting citizens from their own governments, the US selectively targets nations that refuse to fall into line with the globalist agenda. The doctrine of "Responsibility to Protect" is nothing more than a noble sounding version of preemptive warfare. Condemned when adopted by the Nazis and outlawed by the agreements that established the UN, it has become official US policy, with the nearly universal support of the governments of NATO nations if not their peoples. The world is full of such potential enemies, of course. Any nation that does not submit to the dictates of the global elite and in particular the international bankers who are the real Puppet Masters of the show is by definition an enemy. Anyone who doubts this likely fails to realize that all of the recently targeted countries from Iraq to Syria had central banks that operated independently of the Bank of International Settlements, where global financial warfare is plotted.

When the symbolic enemy of the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its economic inefficiency and the need to maintain an enormous military, it was not hard to find a substitute. Former allies became the enemy, as has become an ever more obvious pattern. It used to take years or decades for a former foe to become an ally. The process accelerated after WWII, when the US government made common cause with former Nazis where it served the purposes of the national security state and the economic interests whose interests it exists to protect. Today, yesterday’s enemy is today’s ally.

The Mujahudin were recruited to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. It leaders were listed in a CIA data base that became known for its Arabic name: al Qaeda.  These useful idiots were later put to use in Bosnia, the southern tier of the former Soviet empire, the Mideast, Africa and even the US. The Empire has abandoned any pretense of forming alliances based on defense of “democracy.” It is openly using the same fighters it claimed it sacrificed thousands of Americans to defeat to wage war on weaker nations whose resources it covets. Millions of innocents who are killed, maimed or displaced are dismissed as collateral damage. Its naked aggression has become apparent to all but the most casual observer.

That is why it is our duty to draw attention to the real reasons for war. If we believe that democracy is possible, then we must believe that humans are essentially good. Good people do not knowingly allow atrocities to be committed while they stand by. While willful ignorance helps explain inaction, so does the sense of helplessness that comes from blindly accepting the self-fulfilling prophecy that war is inevitable. We must help those blinded by a culture of self-interest to see the connection between war and the failure of democracy.  Citizens of NATO countries are so distracted by their economic problems that they fail to see that those who have undermined their standard of living are the same economic elite who are expanding their Empire through economic coercion, bribery, murder and war in even less fortunate nations. They must be made to understand that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Democracy cannot exist in a society that tolerates injustice because it requires the acceptance of inequality that is antithetical to self-governance.

Time is running out for humanity to decide. Will we stand by as the last, greatest hope for Mankind vanishes from an Earth dying from the ravages of exploitation, of which war is the most glaring example? Or will we fight for real liberty and justice, using the tools of nonviolent resistance while it is still possible?  Democracy will only become real if we can see ourselves as basically good and capable of ruling ourselves in the best interests of all. This will not happen naturally. It will take our best efforts. Each of us has something to contribute and together, we can end war. It starts when we abandon the self-imposed distinctions that divide us, and work together to free the 99% forever from that which has always been the greatest ambition of the global elite: The enslavement of the human race.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Soldiers for Peace: THE TECTONIC PARADIGM SHIFT

There is no way that we can build a united international front against fascism and war by reason alone. No matter how powerful the message, it will not be internalized if couched only as an appeal to reason. 

To fundamentally change the collective consciousness into one in which war and injustice are not seen as inevitable requires that we speak directly to the hearts of those who want to believe otherwise: http://takebackamericaforthepeople.blogspot.com/2009/09/chapter-seventy-seven-tectonic-paradigm.html   (Posted below)

The fascists use fear to divide and conquer. Those of us who will stop them are those who use love to unite us in the common cause of liberty and justice for all the Peoples of the Earth.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2009

CHAPTER SEVENTY SEVEN. THE TECTONIC PARADIGM SHIFT






This essay is devoted to the unknown author of the Biblical text found in John: 32: Ye will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


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NOTE (The Pardu): Since we on occasion will post Soldiers for Peace screeds on The Progressive Influence, we thought it important to address a couple of points. First, the following was a "what we are' screed from Rick Staggenborg from November 2009.  Second, we want to stress, Rick Staggenborg is committed to his message and engaged in his beliefs. Beliefs shared with as many as possible with the hopes of reaching the hearts and minds of people. People can make a difference.....We need to make a difference. Third, As with Rick Staggenborg, we refuse to leave the music of our time, the music we love.

SOLDIERS FOR PEACE-WHO WE ARE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009




Soldiers For Peace began in 1990 in response to the threat of the first Persian Gulf war, now largely forgotten except by those who fought it and by others who saw it as a great American victory rather than the wholesale slaughter it was. Few realize that after defeating the vicious Republican Guard that terrorized innocent Kuwaitis, the war degenerated into the massacre of Iraqi draftees who had been coerced into serving as cannon fodder in Hussein’s insane dream of restoring Iraqi greatness through another disastrous war.

Not content with rescuing Kuwaiti civilians, the first Bush administration went on to punish the Iraqi populace for the sins of the dictator we apparently still found to be useful. The corrupt oil for food program caused the suffering of millions of poor Iraqis while doing little to curb income to Hussein.

Sadaam was therefore not only able to continue his lavish spending on himself and his supporters but to allegedly acquire the weapons of mass destruction that were one of the reasons used to justify our invasion. These weapons were apparently known by the US government to have been relocated or destroyed prior to April of 2003 when the second Bush administration took a shot at taking over the world.

In full knowledge of this, Cheney took the precaution of hand-picking from available information erroneous reports of an Iraqi connection to Al-Qaeda to justify an unnecessary invasion of that oil-rich country. The reports of UN weapons inspector Hans Blix were ignored by the US government and most of the American people in the rush to war.

Hussein was used as a target toward which to direct the hatred of the American citizenry when it served the government’s purposes. This time, that purpose was to preserve access to oil flow in order to serve the corporate interests that put the son of former CIA director George H.W. Bush and grandson of convicted Nazi collaborator Prescott Bush in power.

The campaign of shock and awe made for spectacular television, with nighttime shots of smart bombs raining down on the Baghdad citizens who were not seen on camera from their vantage point in the bombers. These bombing runs were often staged for prime time and put CNN front and center as part of the media role of cheerleading the Iraq war.

Bush is accused of having turned its wandering attention from the pursuit of the real Saudi mastermind then known to be hiding in Tora Bora. As the initial conspirator presented to the American people as terrorism personified, he was very useful. As the drums of war began to beat again, Sadaam Hussein was cynically substituted as the greatest threat to the New World Order that promised security at the cost of freedom.

Abandoning the pursuit of bin Laden was thus not a miscalculation but a decision made in order to further the plan for expansion of the corporate Empire in which both the occupation of Afghanistan on the pretext of capturing bin Laden and the invasion of Iraq were integral parts. Subsequently, the refusal of Obama to change the plans to indefinitely occupy both countries and to expand permanent bases in Iraq indicated the extent to which the corporatocracy's tentacles extended within the US government.


Bin Laden and then Hussein were useful covers for the role of the corporatocracy's agents within and outside the US government who allowed the massacre of 3,000 Americans in a plot they had been apprised of in plenty of time to have stopped it. Unfortunately, the plot was much too convenient for the international corporate terrorists as a pretext to invade Iraq, as they had planned to do since the publication of the neocon Plan for a New American Century of Empire building.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

THE BLAME GAME: SOLDIERS FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL



SOLDIERS FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL


OUR MISSION IS TO JOIN INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WORKING IN DIFFERENT WAYS TO ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN LIVE IN A RATIONAL, SUSTAINABLE WORLD. WHEN ENOUGH PEOPLE ABANDON THE BELIEF THAT WAR IS INEVITABLE,IT WILL BECOME UNTHINKABLE. WAR IS CONDUCTED FOR CORPORATE EMPIRE. THEREFORE,THE FIRST STEP TO ENDING WAR IS ENDING CORPORATE CONTROL OF THE US GOVERNMENT. ALL SOCIAL JUSTICE EFFORTS LEAD TO THE END OF WAR, THE ULTIMATE INJUSTICE. THOSE WHO WORK FOR JUSTICE ARE SOLDIERS FOR PEACE.
BY RICK STAGGENBORG, MD
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012


The first thing a family therapist learns is that to resolve conflicts leading to the need for intervention, everyone concerned has to let go of the need to assign blame for the problems. Understanding that very bad things can happen from the actions of essentially good people caught in a dysfunctional system is the first step necessary to create a strong family that can solve its problems without outside help.


This lesson applies to societies as well. Like a family, members of a society depend on each other to help deal with problems affecting each of them and society as a whole. In an increasingly complex society that is failing to meet the needs of more people every year, it is critical to remember that societies are formed to meet the needs of their members. As in a healthy family, in a sane society members do their best to ensure the safety and well being of all other members.


Across America and in many parts of the world we are witnessing the breakdown of families. As the global game of Monopoly winds down to its end, wealth continues to accumulate in the hands of the few, causing mounting pressure for the many. The strains of daily living are such that we are seeing a rise in alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, homelessness and the abandonment of the ideal that it is our moral duty to care for one another. As a result, abuse of children is rising, incarceration of youth is reaching alarming proportions and the current generation of children seems destined to perpetuate the cycle of abuse, abandonment and nihilism that threaten society as a whole.


In such circumstances, it is natural for responsible adults who recognize the problem to first look for causes. In doing so, some are singled out for blame. However, the accusers often fail to recognize their own roles in maintaining the dysfunctional system. Those who think themselves conservatives blame the problem on “socialism” while many who think of themselves as liberal blame creeping “fascism.” The response of those who think the “mommy society” is too permissive is to demand more control over the behavior of others. Those who think the “daddy society” is authoritarian and controlling naturally rebel at restrictions on their personal freedom, leading to behaviors that frighten those who have a psychological need for order and control.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Rick Staggenborg, MD: OUR BIPOLAR DISORDER and cooment



Cross Posted with permission from Take Back America for the People Dot Blogspot Dot Com


Rick Staggenborg, MD

Introduction

An essay from Rick Staggenborg, MD


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009


CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: OUR BIPOLAR DISORDER

Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Jul 23, 2009 

  

 This essay is dedicated to Robert Putnam, distinguished sociologist and author of Bowling Alone



Growing up in Portland in the early 60s, I remember careless summer nights playing kick-the-can with all the kids in the neighborhood for half the night on Saturdays, while my parents held pinochle parties with dozens of their friends from all over the Portland area. They would have a few beers and laugh about the foolish bids they made, or the foolish choices they had made as kids together. They didn’t worry about us kids. It was a different day. We and our parents were living in two different worlds at times, but I always knew that I would come home to a loving family.

My family went to church together and I was happy to belong, at least until I was ten years old. I had attended services for as long as I can remember and had listened attentively, marveling at the life of Jesus and all that he accomplished in the short span of his ministry. Eager to understand his teachings in more depth, I remember looking forward to religion training classes when my dad asked me to try them. I was disappointed to learn that in this church, you were not expected to study what people’s recollections of Jesus might have meant in light of the purported statements of the rabbi himself. Instead, religious training in this church consisted of memorizing the questionable interpretations of others. So after a few classes, I began to read the Classics Illustrated comic collection in the classroom we used, instead of listening to the teacher. After all, I was and always have been an ardent believer in democracy, and it seemed to me that any church I would belong to would not have a creed, but would be devoted to helping the flock understand his words for themselves. So when I finished the last comic, I waited for class to be dismissed, and walked out on that church forever.

Looking back, it is hard to remember what it felt like to be so free. Few kids today are brought up to go hang out God knows where with just anyone until bedtime. Parents must maintain an illusion of controlling the risk of their children coming to harm by monitoring and restricting their movements, in an attempt to control their exposure to ideas and images that they believe could have harmful influence on them and how they think. Controlling their thoughts is important to these parents because they think that it is their job to turn out adults who believe exactly what they do. The problem is that often those beliefs are often simply reflections of their own pain and fear. This creates children who grow up feeling disconnected from their community, fearful of interactions with their neighbors, and lacking the social consciousness that is the tie that binds each of us to another.

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