By Patrick Murphy
Why do we gather here, each day, at MHB?
The Memory Hole Blog is primarily a place to examine media reporting about what are clearly artificial events, spectacles, really, that are designed to traumatize not only the American people, but, the whole world. Whether we call these things “false flags” or whatever better term presents itself eventually, they tend to attract the most boisterous conversation at MHB. But that’s not all James Tracy is interested in. Chemtrails and “smart meters” are topics we talk about here as well. These are not acute traumas like the false flags, but chronic assaults on the natural world that have a gradually accumulating, low grade traumatic effect on us all.
What all these things have in common is that they are conspiracies. Of course, any group can hatch a conspiracy–as Mel Gibson once remarked, asked if he believes in conspiracies, “Of course! That’s what people do: they conspire.” There are benign conspiracies—hatching a surprise party, for example; and criminal conspiracies—the movie Ocean’s Eleven describes a very nice one of these; and then there’s the conspiracies we examine here. What puts this group in a special category is that they are very large-scale objects; they all depend upon a complicit media; and they are either hatched by government or government is unquestionably complicit in them in some hidden way. I take the view that they also seem all to tie together, sharing a common purpose; chemtrails and dangerous radio frequency bombardment weaken us and make us sick physically, and false mass shootings traumatize us psychically, weakening our will to resist the reduction in our freedom by the relentlessly expanding state. If we are sick and weak, we are a lot less likely to examine the lies the media tells us about the fake “massacres” the media obsess about, much less press back when opportunity presents itself.
Because these things have to do with the state, or more precisely the media/government syndicate that rules our way of thinking about the world, there is a special danger we face in reacting to them. That is, they are political, and politics have been hijacked over the past century in the West, occluding our ability to think clearly about them. What was done to our politics is in essence the creation of a one-party environment that is relentlessly reinforced by convincing us that there are two distinct viewpoints in competition with one another.
We are encouraged to take one or the other side, and to strenuously oppose the other as vigorously as we defend the one we selected—and to switch sides feels strange, almost terrifying. A betrayal of one’s principles. This is, however, emotion masquerading as thought. It turns out to be an excellent way for the elites to reshape the world behind the scenes while rendering us essentially paralyzed: we are assured that to make progress we must work within the system—the political system—but that system is rigged in such a way that it saps away our energy. We are encouraged to endlessly feel confident that what we are doing has efficacy, when in fact there’s no real possibility of fundamentally altering the system, at all, because it’s a closed loop: the New World Order advances regardless of our activities.
This state of affairs proves to be a real liability when it comes to examining the conspiracies MHB is interested in, because we tend to carry our political predilections with us into the quest. It’s very deeply engrained, and remarkably hard to remove from our assumptions about life.
For example, Alex Jones occasionally pops up as a topic around here, and it’s certain to draw a crowd, as it did in a small way recently. That episode brought to mind Dr. Tracy’s surprise some months back when his friends and colleagues, and frequent collaborators, at Project Censored could not see Alex’s work as fitting into the list of the top 10 censored stories of the year. Project Censored essentially censored Alex, and they couldn’t see themselves doing it. Certainly, Alex inspires strong agreement and strong disagreement, on more than one level, but so what? Why could P. C. not appreciate that he pursues stories the MSM won’t touch? He should, at least sometimes, be right up their alley. What was the reason for this reaction?
Thinking about that mystery, it struck me that American politics over the past century has systematically been transformed into something like the two pillars in front of a Masonic lodge, as all of Western public life has become a simulacrum of a free and open polity. It looks like the real thing to us, because we are constantly told that it is, but scratch the surface and you find it’s anything BUT an open marketplace of ideas. If it were, there would be no widespread mockery of “conspiracy theories,” which is an intentional way of protecting conspiracies from open examination.
Masonry is a secret society. Initiates are told nothing about the mysteries residing within, but only given shallow clichés. They are then observed over time, and depending upon their degree of corruptibility, they are allowed to learn more, as layer after layer of the true nature of the thing is unfolded to them. (The Vigilant Citizen is an excellent place to learn these things in a more or less delightful way; here is a great example. You can search the site using the word “masonry” to find lots of excellent articles, taking you as deep as you wish to go.)
So it is with American politics: the average person is expected to have no idea what’s really going on, but they are expected to attend the Lodge regularly (i.e. watch the network news, vote, denounce at the water cooler at work the horrible ideas of the political party you decided to oppose). The only people who are supposed to learn something of the “deeper politics” are those who’ve been vetted, who have demonstrated their corruptibility, degree by degree, as they advance through the system. Incredibly few are allowed access to anything close to the core, of course, although a surprising number are made to think they are “insiders.” Initiates are only allowed to advance to the point they can still be trusted to not break faith with the system; when they start getting dodgy, the progress stops, and they begin to be monitored for the possibility of betrayal.
Both systems, Masonry and Today’s America, place a very high value on vows of secrecy. Masons must take vows that openly invite torture and death if they break faith, but these sanctions are rarely imposed in fact. Modern politics relies very heavily on murder and the threat of extremely harsh imprisonment to maintain secrecy. That’s why Edward Snowden fled to Russia: Bradley Manning was tortured for years before his fake trial, and will languish in an inhumane cage for the rest of his life. Potential whistleblowers get the message. It is also why an investigative reporter can die in a car crash where the engine somehow lands many yards away from the rest of the car, which supposedly hit a palm tree—and yet the tree sustains no damage. Others are “suicided,” which happens a lot more frequently than most people know. Paying with one’s life is very common in this Big New Lodge.
The twin pillars guarding the entrance into the place where the mysteries reside, in American life, are called, conveniently enough, the “left” and the “right.” In pondering why a “left” outfit like Project Censored would omit Alex Jones from its special list, it struck me that it’s because he is perceived to be from the “right,” which means, from a leftist point of view, he must by definition represent the “system.”
The same is true from the other side. Otherwise perfectly reasonable, thoughtful, Christian conservatives defend the egregiously misnamed “Patriot Act,” as if in doing so they are defending the Constitution itself, as if when one points out that that that law in fact DESTROYED the Constitution it’s as if you joined up with a commie goon squad trying to overthrow civilization.
Paul Craig Roberts, who wants nothing to do with the pillars protecting this new Mystery Temple, once a darling of the “right,” is now constantly berated by them for pointing out the nuttiness of this ideological straightjacket. I don’t always agree with him, but I always read him, because he thinks for himself, without those terrifying pillars looming over him all the time: he doesn’t care what either side thinks.
So, even if I’m slightly off about why P. C. handled the Jones contretemps they way they did, I think it remains a useful demonstration of the principle: when an agent of one side of the fake split in our politics sets out to pull the veil off the lies the system is telling, it is likely that they will instinctively, unconsciously, back away when they sense that fulfilling that mission might authenticate an agent of the other side. Both sides, in other words, tend to act as gatekeepers, even when they have no idea that’s how they are behaving.
I think that the Memory Hole Blog is fearless, which is why so many very fine writers and thinkers are happy to spend time here, and why so many curious visitors keep coming back after tasting the thing. Neither pillar holds sway, and most of us, whether leaning generally “left” or “right” on political or social topics, want nothing to do with that horrible Lodge, with its evil secrets. We broke free of it some time ago, and wouldn’t reenter the Matrix for all the tea in China; we see what it is doing to the world around us and we want to see an end put to it. So this “gatekeeper” instinct does not really fit the MHB profile, which I suspect is why ideologues don’t tend to last long around here.
Still, in the broader culture, these twin pillars are genuinely believed in, and practically everyone believes that those columns looming over our culture frame reality itself, that this weird new Lodge IS reality. This is the problem we face when Sandy Hook, Boston, Santa Barbara, Aurora, et al. look to us from the very start so obviously fake, yet we can’t persuade those closest to us to take a closer look. Even people supposedly dedicated to exposing the truth believe the artificial, mentally crippling, left/right paradigm.
It is hard to step away from that Lodge door, turn our backs on the two pillars, and walk away from the model everyone is expected to accept as essential to the nature of reality. But once we do, we discover that it was not always so, here, even, in North America, and DEFINITELY not elsewhere in the world, throughout time: it’s a new creation. We’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled. We can blame the schools, the MSM, Edward Bernays; hell, we can invoke the Twinkie Defense, for all I care. The point is, here we are, and people’s attachment to that thought-prison seems to me the real problem we face in trying to liberate those around us. The problem is it has been so well ingrained that the modern notion of left/right seems like an innate instinct that all human beings have always shared.
I will conclude these thoughts with an example I do not think should be at all controversial, but expect will be. Last week, Dr. Walter Block wrote what I think is an almost perfect column about why minimum wage laws are a vicious attack on the poor. Since Block is a libertarian, he has no stake in the left/right controversy. He starts out with these words:
I think it important to pulverize the case for the minimum wage law. I am guided in this determination by the Jesuit notion of the preferential option for the poor. (Hey I have spent 14 years teaching at Loyola University New Orleans, a Jesuit institution; some of it had to rub off on me). What is this principle? It is to ask of any public policy, how will it affect the impoverished. Why is it important to do so? In my own words, it is because the poor occupy the most precarious role in society.
He proves, beyond doubt in my opinion, that the minimum wage is ruinous to the very people that “liberals” profess to help by imposing it. He uses Jesuit logic, to boot, and who are more leftist than the Jesuits? Yet, defenders of the false logic behind defense of the minimum wage are almost always on the left, and they will react to this reasoning as if to agree with it is to betray the left. It does not matter that the policy does the opposite of what it purports to do, because to reject it as a failed experiment would mean giving a “win” to the other pillar, which simply cannot be allowed.
This is how the system remains in place. The population, having become captives of a tiny group of ultra-powerful persons, are trained to maintain it for them with ideological enthusiasm. The people all around us eagerly await the next edition of the Newspeak Dictionary, and endeavor to forget the words each volume excludes, as a patriotic duty, instead of just laughing at the idiotic notion and walking away.
What we face, when we examine conspiracies, is the Lodge door, and the pressure the two pillars place upon our minds. The mysteries within generate great power over the culture we live inside of. Everyone around us believes it, and can’t be persuaded that it’s not really real. They think those who laugh at it are nuts—to the point of seeking to forcibly medicate us into conformity.
Patrick Murphy, a frequent participant in the conversation at the Memory Hole Blog, runs a small (very small) business in Indianapolis, and is the author of the books How the West Was Lost and The Stairway to Heaven, information about which can be found at Stairwaybook.com.