RT: Living behind the CNN curtain

I started to get a glimpse of a mental picture a day or so ago of the Ukraine situation. I began to wonder if  over time — if Putin can draw it out long enough — the whole thing might simply ‘fizzzzzzle’ out. 🙂 ~J

Max Keiser, the host of RT’s ‘Keiser Report,’ is a former stockbroker, the inventor of the virtual specialist technology, virtual currencies, and prediction markets.

Published time: April 26, 2014 23:58

US President Barack Obama (Reuters / Jason Reed)

US President Barack Obama (Reuters / Jason Reed)

Good Bye, Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film. Directed by Wolfgang Becker captures the confusion inhabitants of East Germany (the GDR) had after the Berlin Wall came down and the West suddenly flooded in.

What the East Berliners didn’t appreciate, to comic effect, was how incredibly behind the times they had become. Consumer culture and technology had leaped dramatically during the preceding Cold War years in ways that were unimaginable.

I am reminded of this film whenever I hear Secretary of State John Kerry or presumptive Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak. Their words appear to come from a time warp from a previous era before the US middle class fell behind Canada’s when measured in terms of standard of living; before America’s press freedom dropped to 46 on the Reporters Without Borders league table, and before the America’s prison population skyrocketed to over 2 million to swell the profits of private prison operators like Corrections Corp. of America.

What those living behind what I call the ‘CNN Curtain’ in America, a population that represents 5% of the world’s population miss, is that the other 95% has been busy these past 15 years (post China entering the World Trade Organization) inventing a post-America future. Many think that the past 15 years has been notable for an uptick in globalization but I would posit that the modern growth of financialization is more important; and the commensurate gapping of wealth and income that we’ve seen – resulting in the most extreme concentration of wealth amongst the new robber barons of Wall St. and the City of London in history.

In many ways, since China joined the WTO, we’ve witnessed a de-globalization in terms of a breakaway from the dominant ideology of the 20th century that drove American soft power and global hegemony. Instead of a unipolar world, we’ve seen a fracturing and a move away from the ‘freedom and democracy’ meme emanating from Washington D.C. and the rise of the so-called BRIC nations of the East and ‘Global South’ who see the world quite differently and have the resources and capital to shape their own destinies.

This is why, at the moment, we are witnessing a gross caricature of America’s previous global ideological grip – in the persons of Kerry and Clinton – who appear remarkably out to touch with the times; their news conferences attempting to justify America’s latest incursion into Ukraine, become instant verification for the world’s ‘other 95%’ that the US is clueless.

Living behind the CNN curtain

Just like the people living in East Germany pre-Berlin wall coming down, gradually lost touch with the outside world to the point of a comical disconnect, as portrayed in “Good Bye, Lenin,” so too Americans and their leaders appear comically out of the loop. The reason being: they watch CNN and actually believe CNN’s narrative about Russian advances into Ukraine, the sanctity of Wall St., and the wholesomeness of American culture as a ‘shining city on a hill’ as Ronald Reagan called it.

Living behind the CNN curtain means that 330 million Americans are gradually seceding from the rest of the world – that is now happily moving on – creating their own financial system, their own culture, their own destiny.

There’s John Kerry again talking as if America just landed on the moon and the USD is the unimpeachable stalwart and world reserve currency backed by a growing economy with little debt and lots of gold. HAHAHAHAHA! Sometimes the effect is even more detached. Sometimes it’s as if John Kerry’s words have been broadcast from a planet 20 or 30 light years away and are now just reaching us.

Will the US ever, ‘tear down that CNN wall’ as Reagan may have put it, and rejoin the world community?

I would like to see America once again be a thought leader and lead by example. It would be great if the U.S. didn’t resolve all their disputes with drones and autocratic fiat dictates that authorize summary executions of political enemies in the U.S. and abroad; including US citizens.

It would be nice to not feel embarrassed every time a John McCain, John Kerry or Hillary Clinton speaks in public. I hope that day comes again.In the meantime, watch RT and see what the other 95% are up to.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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8 Responses to RT: Living behind the CNN curtain

  1. Trex says:

    Regarding the Ukraine “crisis” fizzling out, I have to disagree with you Jean, here’s why. First off, the Eastern and Southern Ukraine don’t want any part of Kiev. The reason Kiev called out their army against its E&S civilians is that all half million miners in the Donetsk / Lugansk region are basically for going back to Russia. Underground, they can talk to each other w/o the oligarchs listening, so when they daylight, their plan is set. Miners work well together, always have and Kiev is extremely afraid of them. Although a few miners have been fired for partaking in demonstrations, I don’t think that can “fire” half a million w/o begging them to come back. The miners could become decisive. We already know the Kiev “suits” won’t be taking their place underground, neither will American mercenaries, nor NATO troops, not anyone. When coal stops, Kiev is finished. So they’ve tried intimidating people by shootings from helicopters, etc. Its ugly. However, S&E Ukraine just might convince the rest of Ukraine to go back to Russia also. Kerry would have a heart attack, but oh well. It doesn’t stop there. Many of the former Soviet countries aren’t overly sold on their “western freedom,” and it wouldn’t take much to pull them back into the Russian economic circle of influence but yet as independent nations. This is NOT flocking toward Moscow, but rather trending away from the west / NATO / EU. Historically, these areas have always been tied to Russia – NOT the west. Even culturally (language, customs, etc.), they are much closer to Russia than the west. The slavic people don’t feel themselves as French or German or English and their comfort isn’t with the west. Of course, the U.S. is using them as “friendly” nations to stage military close to Russia, but this might actually drive a further wedge between them and the west. The U.S. knows the slavic nations aren’t sold on the west, so this opportunity to stage around Ukraine is being used as another benefit to inundate these countries with western “might” to keep them from changing their minds. When Germany is waffling regarding implementation of sanctions against Russia, you can imagine that the slavs are even less sold. I don’t think this will fizzle out. In the contrary, it has excellent potential to spread as people increasingly see the west’s “new clothing.”

    • Jean says:

      Trex, we each have our opinions, but I sure hope I’m right! Hugs, ~Jean

    • Ethyl says:

      Trex, I’m not familiar with a lot of what you were talking about (coal, etc.) but I do have to say, that what you are saying is what I have been thinking too. I don’t think those countries will go along with US/NATO/EU. And I think you’re most likely totally right about the Ukraine, too. WHY would the Ukrainians want other people sticking their nose into their business, sticking them with nazis in charge, taking all the gold in the country, and trying to tear the country apart? I just can’t believe that the average Ukrainian is okay with all this! They are probably JEALOUS of Crimea, from where I’m sitting! We all know how the goons can go places and make things happen and steal elections, etc. I LOVE this TV station thing. An interesting turn of events! Guess we’ll see how this plays out (well, unless Yellowstone blows up)!!!

  2. Debbie Martindale says:

    Touche’! I laugh hysterically every time I hear or read ANYTHING Kerry, Clinton, Obama ,et al, say as I know when they open their mouths what comes out is ALL lies! America will only be free when we get rid of all these governmental, political, economical, and military pariahs who are bought and paid for by those who are sucking up all the fruits of our collective labors as well as all our natural resources to finance all their efforts to kill us in every way shape and form.

  3. jacqlynsmith says:

    Published on Apr 24, 2014

    Pictures presented by Washington and Kiev as evidence of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine have backfired on the White House & State dept.

    One of the photos, labeled as taken in Russia, was actually taken in Ukraine.

    That’s what the photographer who took it says, and the U.S. State Department admits the error. RT’s Anastasia Churkina reports.

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