ISIS is America’s New Terror Brand 30

Endless Propaganda Fuels “War on Terror”

By James F. Tracy

In the wake of World War I, erstwhile propagandist and political scientist Harold Lasswell famously defined propaganda as “the management of collective attitudes” and the “control over opinion” through “the manipulation of significant symbols.”[1] The extent to which this tradition is enthusiastically upheld in the West and the United States in particular is remarkable. The American public is consistently propagandized by its government and corporate news media on the mSpread_Caliphateost vital of contemporary issues and events. Deception on such a scale would be of little consequence if the US was not the most powerful economic and military force on earth.

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Academia and the New World Order 45

Hamamoto“I’m going to engage in intellectual inquiry wherever it may take me, even if it goes straight into the the very existence and bowels of the University of California, Yale, you name it.”-Darrell Hamamto

On this week’s edition of Real Politik James is joined by University of California Davis Professor Darrell Hamamoto, The two discuss politics within the academy, the ideological correctness that tends to characterize professional life within the modern American university system, and how such orientations impede the quest for knowledge and truth. They also consider the challenges faced by the younger generation, and the major influences on modern social thought, such as the work of C. Wright Mills and Herbert Marcuse.

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Ferguson MO: Another Manufactured Media Crisis? 102

MunozBy Patrick Murphy

(Editor’s Note: This was initially submitted as a comment at MHB on August 19. Indeed, various reportage and analysis from independent media outlets [see, for example, here, here, and here] suggest that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security are actively involved in manipulating and aggravating the regrettable events in Ferguson, Missouri.

With this in mind, it should also be noted that a 2013 report from Judicial Watch revealed how the Department of Justice’s “Community Relations Service, was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.” -JFT)

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Probing the Origins of Monetary Servitude 23

CofEJames speaks to independent journalist and media producer James Corbett of The Corbett Report on TFR’s Real Politik program. They discuss Corbett’s seven-year career as producer of unique alternative news and analysis, in addition to his work, Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve, an important new feature-length documentary.

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New Interview Program on Truth Frequency Radio 92

TFFOn August 13 James Tracy’s new program, Real Politik, debuted on the Truth Frequency Radio network. The hour-long interview show will be broadcast each Wednesday at 6:00PM Eastern Standard Time, and mp3 files of the program may be downloaded at TFR’s Real Politik page here following its initial airing.

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Interventions in Public Knowledge and Memory 50

Emery_FMFThis week’s guest is Chris Emery, independent journalist, media producer, and production associate at Free Mind Films. Chris and James discuss Free Mind Films’ epic documentary A Noble Lie (2011) from the perspective of the creators and Oklahoma City residents. They also cover Free Mind Films’ more recent projects, including State of Mind: The Psychology of Control (2013), the future release of A Noble Lie Directors’ Cut, and a forthcoming collaboration with author James Perloff examining the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Publicity of the Unspeakable 58

Spirit_of_SiberiaBy James F. Tracy

An infirmity once characterizing the past century’s most severe totalitarian regimes has now taken root in Western public discourse and practice, a process akin to Orwellian “double think” acting as a form of de facto censorship preempting consideration of major issues and events. This mindset is obliquely shared by a majority of professional journalists, academics, and public office holders—in short, those who represent and lead public opinion. Their collective publicity of the unsaid preserves and perpetuates existing belief systems and power relations. To be sure, there are self-evident injunctions for those straying from such unspoken protocols, including expulsion from this professional class.

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The Ceaseless Torment of a Vigilant Public 32

Dees_Mind_MeltBy Jaime Ortega and James Tracy

I was recently interviewed by Jaime Ortega of The Daily Journalist to address the topic of conspiracy theories and their impact on public discourse for the site’s forum, The Expert. Ortega states in an introductory email that he contacted me not only because of my academic background, but also given the fact that major media have bestowed on me “the reputation of a conspiracy theorist”(!) Mr. Ortega produced a thoughtful set of questions to contemplate in the exchange which appears below.-JFT

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9/11 Commission Forum Shows How DC “Works” 48

By Andrew KreigWorld Trade Center 9/11 via Creative Commons

Members of 9/11 Commission last week leveraged the 10th anniversary of their report to announce a dozen recommendations focused primarily on fanning fears of foreign terrorism. The former commissioners urged strong spending on counter-terrorism intelligence and far fewer congressional oversight committees.

News coverage arising from the announcement and related congressional testimony avoided mysteries and ongoing disputes.

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MH370 and MH17: A Criminological Inquiry 179

MH17By Prof. Jason Kissner

Four months after the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was brought down by a surface-to-air missile.

Western Mainstream Media (MSM) hastened–on the basis of very thin evidence joined with the refusal to even mention other evidence–to attribute blame to the “appropriate” party, which in the case of flight 17 happens to be Vladimir Putin.

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