For Plato, noble lies included myths and stories about the society’s origins, rigged lotteries for choosing marriage partners, infanticide, and other actions to create a strong people willing and able to defend themselves in a hostile world. This short list would seem to imply support for many anti-democratic elite conspiracies, including assassinating political leaders, framing dissidents, fomenting mass fear, demonizing rival societies, and letting enemy attacks succeed so that the masses are galvanized to deal with a gathering threat.
Those who now dismiss conspiracy theories as groundless paranoia have apparently forgotten that the United States was founded on a conspiracy theory. The Declaration of Independence claimed that “a history of repeated injuries and usurpations” by King George proved the king was plotting to establish “an absolute tyranny over these states.”
The Founders considered political power a corrupting influence that makes political conspiracies against the people’s interests and liberties almost inevitable.
The Founders would view today’s norms against conspiratorial suspicion as not only arrogant, but also dangerous and un-American.
==Conspiracy Theory in America (Discovering America) (deHaven-Smith, Lance)
Although, I cannot agree with Chomsky more in his belief in the paramount significance to America and the entire world of the presidential elections upon us, it is hard to hold to his statement that the process unfolding is democratic. The noble lie of American democracy serves the purpose of the power elites.
It is, however, the last chance this nation will ever have to reclaim its former democratic standards. The “American Spring” is a democratic revolt, but a revolt that will most likely be subverted. In fact, I am not convinced that the reality behind all of the bloviating pundits portraying the battle between “establishment” and populist candidates is as we are being led to believe.
Are we really witnessing an attempt at eliminating the crony capitalist, bureaucratic wealth elites power ? Can this be remotely accomplished without castrating the War State and all of its beneficiaries? Is this all simply an exercise in mass population control through creating the appearance of the possibilities of change in order to channel and control the occasional revolutionary passions?
And, even if there is a real chance of fundamental systemic change ahead, will the deep state, the astoundingly systemically metastasized cancer of corporate fascist state, risk letting it unfold without greater attempts at democratic suppression than the recent rolling out of the anachronistic, white shoe spokesman for the Republican establishment, Mitt Romney?
The only true chance for America to ever revert to the bedrock that our founders unsuccessfully designed into the fabric of nation’s early soul, the rule of law and a republican form of governance is to renounce the entire foreign policy establishment that accumulated total power over every branch of our government from, at the very least, the start of WWII with regards to this nation’s foreign affairs.
The Empire must be dismantled, there are no candidates on the stage today, even the socialist one, that would dare attempt this, let alone even mention it. To do so would certainly be a death wish likely to be fulfilled.
Noam Chomsky: 2016 Election Puts US at Risk of “Utter Disaster”
We live in critical and dangerous times. Neoliberalism is still the supreme politico-economic doctrine, while domestic societies continue to deteriorate as public investment and social programs and services are scaled down further so that the rich can get richer.
Concurrently, political authoritarianism is on the rise, and some believe the United States is ripe for the emergence of a proto-fascist regime. In the meantime, the climate change threat intensifies as political leaders continue to lack the courage and vision to move forward with alternative energy systems, putting at risk the future of human civilization.
For these and other reasons, the 2016 US presidential election is key for the future of the country and the world at large. Indeed, this may be the United States’ last chance to elect a leader who can change the course of its domestic and foreign policy, although the prospect of this happening is hardly likely when one looks at the current political landscape.
Take up the White Man’s burden,
And reap his old reward —
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard —
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light: —
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?”