"...across the world the extinction and suffering of countless human beings could be attributed to rampant American power. "But," said Pinter, "You wouldn't know it. It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest." Pinter's words were more than surreal. The BBC ignored the speech of Britain's most famous dramatist." - John Pilger
“BBC, in short, ensured that the British and other peoples did not know about the most crucially important speech about the Western states' war crimes since 1945 (see the list on left bottom). In Pinter's own words: "You wouldn't know it. It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest." - Homo Sociologicus
The Sociological Question: which sociological mechanisms may explain Pinter's observation on the Western states' neglience of its consecutive state war crimes on a Nuremberg scale. From Korea & Vietnam to Yugoslavia, Libya & Syria etc.?
The Answer: corporate power relations control the Western political systems to a still larger extent. Not least on ‘foreign policy’. The states' intel agencies are generally corporate tools. They control the most important media, while hired academics at the universities and especially 'think tanks' write the demanded 'non-fiction' & 'analysis reports' to tell the media and the academic world, what to think. Basically, all (the rest) Western academics take the propaganda 'non-fiction' literature and 'analyses' seriously as if it had any resemblance to truth, while the media simply use and peddle the ‘well-established’ information as if it was sincerely researched information. You will probably only have to watch this one minute video expose of the US 17 'intel agencies' to see a vital glimpse of the the truth and have your trust in the official sourced changed radically. But you wouldn't know, it never happened etc., if you trust the BBC and other (state or corporate) Establishment media.
It is important to realize the incredible size of the US' so-called 'security complex': "In 2010 (..) Washington Post reported that the national security state had swelled into a “fourth branch” of the federal government ― with 854,000 vetted officials, 263 security organizations, and over 3,000 intelligence units, issuing 50,000 special reports every year." Exploring the Shadows of the US Security State: How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother, August 24, 2017, By Alfred McCoy
Bill Clinton de-regulated the US media laws in the 1990ties thereby opening up for almost total corporate media control. Today six companies owe the right to tell 90% of all American media employees, what to tell the people and how. The European politicians, academics and journalists simply have to accept the information given to submise and enlargen the US (deep) state's control to Europe. This, they do. The added corporate control of the media also helped change the political development even further to the right. This has also made it easy for both national state and corporate media to more systematically employ right wing sympathetic journalists, who will not pose critical questions but will applaud the corporate sources and its neoliberal scripts for ideological reasons. In Denmark, for instance, we often see former right wing spin doctors portray as political analysts on national tv. And the once most trusted program is today also regularly hosted by a former right wing spindoctor.
The late German editor of the Frankfurter Allegemeiner Zeitung, Udo Ulfkotte, published a book a few years ago, where he confessed to twenty five years of working for the CIA telling stories they wanted or gave him. Again, this should come as no surprise if you know even a bit about the CIA's history of infiltration in Western states. But of course, you wouldn't know it... The CIA and MI6 and other 'intel agencies' influence all over the media to have their (corporate masters') agendas represented as they want. The former US war hero and Pentagon employee Richard Ford has stated that the 'Syrian Laboratory for Human Rights', you know, the man in Coventry Link, who has supplied Western media with information on Syria the past years - is simply a MI6 front.
The CIA and other Western intel agencies hire and pay thousands of analysts and journalists to write the 'news'. No less problematic, from a democratic and anti-war perspective, is the apparatus' ability to pay big money to PR companies and hire thousands of people to smear and work against critical academics and journalists both under cover in the public and on the social media. A single PR company was paid $500 million dollars to do propaganda for the war on Iraq: "A former contractor for a UK-based public relations firm says that the Pentagon paid more than half a billion dollars for the production and dissemination of fake Al-Qaeda videos that portrayed the insurgent group in a negative light." 2016, The Independent LINK
This article can be considered critical important information. But such critical information always come too late, with the goal of backing up the media's own credibility so as to able to be function as effective tools for the next big lie and propaganda project. The only thing we can know for sure about the establishment media is that they will never tell the most important truths about their way of doing journalism for the corporate agenda. Just as they will never tell the truth that NATO has employed jihadist mercenaries for the past forty years, where media such as the BBC and the Independent still systematically suppress the truth and help lie for more of the corporate empire's wars. Link
The corporate powers even get useful idiots volunteering to support the apparatus, when for instance sincere 'critical' academics, lacking the skills to understand it all, voluntarily suppress themselves and everybody else, when they go out to defend the established media and write ridiculing texts about 'conspiracy theorists’.
This chaotic 'behemoth' public sphere, where nobody knows who and what to trust, is a great achivement. The politicians are never put to account. Everybody in the public sphere 'work together', from covert and overt hired hands to cunning intel agents, sincere and insincere politicians, academics and journalists, indistinguishable from each other, they simply present the peoples with a more or less uniform but mostly completely false information. This way, critical thinking and the truth on all subjects is systematically suppressed. This way, the Western peoples are presented with a most biased and often completely false corporate ordered information about reality. This way, we have gained a still more ‘totalitarian’ Western public sphere. This way, we can now more than ever appreciate the warning by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, who said that the concerted assault on critical thought in the eighties and nineties is a great danger for our democracies.
The Evidence: the apparatus is as extremely powerful as it is dangerous. The information is so clearly false, when compared to the information available on the alternative media. But It is easy to understand if most people cannot imagine the description above to be the truth and prefer to think that the Western academics are trustworty, and that the media produce journalism.
But... there is an insurmountable logical problem, for the apparatus and all its implicated cunning-intel-hired-hands-and-non-critical-minded-useful-idiots-academics-journalists-and-neoliberal-politicians. That is, if one thinks about it. For the apparatus’ very success and still greater success in mobilizing the Western peoples to applaud consecutive state war crimes on a Nuremberg scale (destroying nation after nation with still less noteworthy academic, political and journalistic opposition and critique) is simply the greatest possible evidence of its totalitarian nature. When we apply critical historical knowledge on the former wars, what we know today, and confront it with the uniformly presented information given to us up to and under the wars, it is obvious that the Western public spheres have functioned as one big totalitarian apparatus.
To mention just one example. Today we know, and the British Parliament has acknowledged it as a fact, that basically all information leading up to and under the NATO war on Libya was false. We also remember - or can go back and check the given information - that there was No oppositional information back then. This lays bare the naked truth. Because, when we know today that basically all information was false and nobody contradicted the information then, it must be logically true that everbody talking about Libya then, all politicians, all academics and all media must have been telling the same lies. There is simply no way of denying this. It is what Karl Kraus and Ludwig Wittgenstein would call a one-and-a-half-truth.
This way, everybody can know for a fact that every period's information has shown up to be evidence that our states and public spheres are rotten to the core. This applies both to domestic and foreign policy.
To bear witness and enlighten people about the kind of totalitarian world we actually inhabit, I research to collect the best critical (= true) academic knowledge and journalistic information on different topics. Not least the former wars. People may find the most trustworthy information about the former wars and the totalitarian lies that accompanid them on my pages on Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria etc.