Ebrahim's Response to Chris Floyd's 'Dead Enough: The Reality of the
the reality behind The Reality of the "Lesser Evil"
this child dead enough for you?
little boy was named Naeemullah. He was in his house -- maybe
playing, maybe sleeping, maybe having a meal -- when an American
drone missile was fired into the residential area where he lived and
blew up the house next door. ...
the election, we heard a lot of talk about this notion of the "lesser
evil." From prominent dissidents and opponents of empire like
Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky and Robert Parry to innumerable
progressive blogs to personal conversations, one heard this basic
the drone wars, the gutting of civil liberties, the White House death
squads and all the rest are bad; but Romney would be worse.
Therefore, with great reluctance, holding our noses and shaking our
heads sadly, we must choose the lesser evil of Obama and vote
for remembering this little "unworthy victim" Naeemullah,
as Noam Chomsky would characterize this innocent unmourned victim of
the good guys, who, predictably as always, is dismissed merely as
"collateral damage", the "lesser evil" in the war
against a greater evil.
Chomsky's definition, the "worthy victim" is always worthy
of being mourned, as it is made victim by the bad guys or their
allies. The "unworthy victim" is unworthy of being mourned
or even worrying about, as it is made victim by the good guys or
the equally innocent child Malala
the "worthy victim", a victim of the evil-doers, is to be
honored and even celebrated, perhaps even anointed as the
"peace-maker" and awarded the Nobel Peace prize. It makes
the bad guys look really bad and advances the cause of empire's
counter-insurgency operations against them.
because frequently occurring "worthy victims" continually
refuel the necessary "doctrinal motivation, intellectual
commitment, and patriotic gratification" to sustain
"imperial mobilization" since "democracy is
inimical to imperial mobilization" as Zbigniew Brzezinski
puts it, it is not beyond empire to create the "worthy victims"
itself using the bad guys as stooges:
US Army Field Manual
Secret: There may be times when host country governments show
passivity or indecision in the face of Communist subversion ... US
Army Intelligence must have the means of launching special operations
which will convince host country governments and public opinion of
the reality of the insurgent danger ... US Army Intelligence should
seek to penetrate the insurgency by means of agents of special
assignments, with the task of forming special action groups among the
most radical elements of the insurgency.” -- Source: see The
brutal creation and public-relations harvesting of "worthy
victims" enables putting to bed all the "unworthy victims"
as merely the "lesser evil" in empire's counter-insurgency
operations. This is examined in the report: Insurgency
( tinyurl.com/what-is-insurgency ).
brilliant nomenclature of “worthy” vs. “unworthy”
I hope helps shed some forensic light for the confused
as to why empire's favorite Malala Yousafzai even has November 11th,
2012, declared by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and
former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as the ‘Malala
Day’, while Dr.
( tinyurl.com/Dr-Aafia-Siddiqui ) has ignominiously
been put in jail for life. Since no one really likes to remember the
“unworthy victims”, I have included their images here.
old prof. from MIT has surely contributed a great deal of meaningful
vocabulary and penetrating concepts for explaining the Machiavellian
statecraft of perception management throughout his extraordinary life
of dissent. Including the following:
“debate” is a typical illustration of a primary principle
of sophisticated propaganda. In crude and brutal societies, the Party
Line is publicly proclaimed and must be obeyed — or else. What
you actually believe is your own business and of far less concern. In
societies where the state has lost the capacity to control by force,
the Party Line is simply presupposed; then, vigorous debate is
encouraged within the limits imposed by unstated doctrinal orthodoxy.
The cruder of the two systems leads, naturally enough, to disbelief;
the sophisticated variant gives an impression of openness and
freedom, and so far more effectively serves to instill the Party
Line. It becomes beyond question, beyond thought itself, like the air
societies use a different method: they don’t articulate the
party line. That’s a mistake. What they do is presuppose it,
then encourage vigorous debate within the framework of the party
line. This serves two purposes. For one thing it gives the impression
of a free and open society because, after all, we have lively debate.
It also instills a propaganda line that becomes something you
presuppose, like the air you breathe.’
smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit
the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate
within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and
dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free
thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the
system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the
is most essential to understand the unstated backdrop for this
"lesser evil" concept emanating from the dissent-chiefs who
are evidently employing the same methods of perception management
that they have explained the empire employing for "manufacturing
consent". So, logically speaking, are they manufacturing dissent
– or straightforwardly manufacturing consent?
everyone who critiques empire's burlesque, ahem, its excesses, has
almost always made the pre-supposition that its "war on terror"
is real because 9/11 was an invasion by terrorists from abroad. "Like
the air we breathe", once that pre-supposition becomes the
silent and unnoticed backdrop, the lovely progressives and their
dissent-chiefs can easily go about discussing the best way to fight
that "war", and that's where the discourse of "lesser
evil" concept cleverly plays in. It only serves to legitimize
the "war on terror" axiom which itself remains
one can go freely about critiquing empire's methods of prosecuting
that war, and not the axiom upon which it is based. Therefore,
automatically, the "war" against the "terrorist"
is the natural outcome once that core-axiom remains unchallenged. And
we end up with what is the "lesser evil" debate - giving
the illusion of "lively debate within that spectrum –
even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives
people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all
the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by
the limits put on the range of the debate."
Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, and Progressives et. al., have together
echoed the same core-axiom as the Pentagon, the White House, the
mainstream media, et. al., that 9/11 was the work of the Muslim
terrorist Osama Bin Laden espousing the vile “militant Islam”.
Amazing that they each have so much in common with their supposed
"antagonists"! I had thought that dissent is supposed to
challenge, inter alia, the Machiavellian narratives of the state? I
guess it is only some narratives and not others that are to be
challenged and dissented against. I imagine I could easily classify
these as “worthy narratives” and “unworthy
narratives”, the former to remain untouched and those going
after them to be labeled “conspiracy theorist”, the
latter to be legitimately critiqued and awarded prizes for as
belonging to the “voices of conscience” and to “peace
makers”. The “unworthy narrative” and its
concomitant label is examined in some depth in the report: Anatomy
of Conspiracy Theory
( tinyurl.com/anatomy-conspiracy-theory ).
is a perception management game of which virtually all the so called
"progressives" in the Western hemisphere, and laudingly led
by their vaunted dissent-chiefs whom they often air prominently, are
an essential part. It constitutes the Hegelian Dialectic of Dissent.
This is also examined in much depth in the report: The
( tinyurl.com/MightyWurlitzer ).
one can understand the various methods of perception management,
including manufacturing dissent to capture those moral souls escaping
from the manufacturing consent factory, one cannot understand
anything of modernity. Including this "lesser evil" mantra.
Some of these methods of controlled dissent the Mighty Noam Chomsky
has himself brilliantly articulated, as evidenced from his perceptive
quotes above. And he is celebrated as "arguably the most
important intellectual alive" by the mouthpiece of empire
itself, the New York Times.
this manufactured "celebrity" status has garnered these
"moral consciences" of the West a great following of useful
idiots – people formerly in the mainstream who got fed-up with
the lies of the state and were captured by these "collection
agents" lest they become troublesome and effective in their
opposition. Hitler characterized this lot rather well in his Mein
Kampf as type-2. The report on Manufacturing
( tinyurl.com/Dissent-Factory ) examines the import of this exercise
of craftily putting dissent on the treadmill running in place to
nowhere for sustaining "imperial mobilization" unfettered.
for Chris Floyd's main observation of the Progressives: “...
but Romney would be worse. Therefore, with great reluctance, holding
our noses and shaking our heads sadly, we must choose the lesser evil
of Obama and vote accordingly.”, any genuine dissent-chief
with even an iota of analytical reasoning skills and the ability to
astutely navigate the empire's many rabbit holes would have argued
what this scribe suggested in October
“Not-Voting is a ‘YES’
vote to Reject a Corrupt System which thrives on the facade of
Elections and Democracy!” (
would be laughable, were it not actually a sophisticated propaganda
engine, that among these so called “Progressives” led by
their dissent-chiefs, the same spirit of presupposition of the party
line is at play in their virtually every discourse with its
concomitant “vigorous debate within the framework of the
party line” as ably depicted by their most notable leader
in his quoted passages at the top. “It also instills a
propaganda line that becomes something you presuppose, like the air
you breathe.” That
, that presupposition upon which the entire game of democracy is so
vigorously contested and protected, is the myth of elections being
anything useful in bringing change. This myth has been so craftily
cultivated over the past two generations that none are able to see
through the fog of indoctrination that something else entirely, “a
power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked,
so complete, so pervasive,”
such that people only whisper in hushed voices “when
they speak in condemnation of it”,
runs the United States with the elected Representatives merely as its
is why core policies of the state do not change by changing the front
faces in the White House. Often minor domestic policy changes are put
on the table and “then, vigorous debate is encouraged
within the limits imposed by unstated doctrinal orthodoxy” just
to maintain the facade of democracy and elections being the
harbingers of the much needed change.
Age’s 2008 Marketer of the Year award to President Obama for
his election campaign of the “Change” mantra, the Nobel
committee’s awarding him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, and the
New York Times' flashy report after the 2012 elections: “Academic
'Dream Team' Helped Obama's Effort” testify to the empiricism
of this observation. The NYT November 12, 2012 disclosure after the
fact, as it virtually always is – “All the News That's
Fit to Print” that they deem what and when it is fit to print,
and almost always ex post facto if they are going to print it at all
– is just revealing:
election season the Obama campaign won a reputation for drawing on
the tools of social science. The book “The Victory Lab,”
by Sasha Issenberg, and news reports have portrayed an operation that
ran its own experiment and, among other efforts, consulted with the
Analyst Institute, a Washington voter research group established in
2007 by union officials and their allies to help Democratic
well known is that the Obama campaign also had a panel of unpaid
academic advisers. The group — which calls itself the
“consortium of behavioral scientists,” or COBS —
provided ideas on how to counter false rumors, like one that
President Obama is a Muslim. It suggested how to characterize the
Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, in advertisements. It also
delivered research-based advice on how to mobilize voters.'
Manufacturing Consent factory in the mainstream glorifies the
candidates with astute perception management. The Manufacturing
Dissent factory among the skeptics and the rebels pitches the “lesser
evil” mantra to push the same candidate forward. Both factories
of perception management of their respective constituencies
work towards the same end from opposites sides! In this game-theory
laced entertainment for the masses, even if there is a voter-upset in
the election game as a wildcard, the choice presented to the public
is always carefully between twiddledee and twiddledum. All horses in
the race are from the same stable so how much of an upset can the
race outcome ever be? The game is further kept entertaining with
various side shows, intrigues and scandals, like electronic ballot,
voter-theft, etceteras. It keeps the people
happy that they have a religion, the religion of democracy,
watchfully guarded by the
liberal-conservative nexus of ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CNN on one side,
and the Progressives and Pacifica non-corporate conscience on the
other. The masses go for pilgrimage
happy-happy every four years to do their religious duty. It keeps the
priestly oligarchy class also happy, and perpetually in power.
empirical fact of the matter is that there is no "lesser evil"
as the entire “democratic elections” system is based on
primarily choosing between Vanilla and Chocolate, both carefully
manufactured at the same confectionary owned by the same oligarchy!
“Vanilla or Chocolate is merely the
icing on the devil’s cake!” This is examined
in some depth in Flashback:
From President George W. Bush to President Barrack Obama – More
faces change, more they remain the same!
( tinyurl.com/more-faces-change ).
who preach the "lesser evil" to
push the system's own manufactured candidates forward using their
brilliance in specious argumentation rather than expose the outright
sham of the so called democracy and its elections, are in fact
manufacturing consent for the same oligarchic propaganda line while
wearing the moral garb of dissent. I think when Jesus had referred
to such peoples as “hypocrites”, he had perhaps missed
the concept of “noora kushti” and never witnessed the
circus clowns warming up the crowds to keep them interested in
empire's games. In other words, Jesus had perhaps never seen a WWF
wrestling game, or met the ubermensch who saw themselves as
being “beyond good and evil”! Which is why all prophets
of antiquity only preached within the template of good and evil. But
both Plato and Friedrich Nietzsche, despite
being separated in time by at least two millennia,
evidently understood this game far more perceptively than the
prophets. This wonderful game of the oligarchy is further
deconstructed in: Election
2012 vs. Election 2008: What has Changed?
( tinyurl.com/election-2012-vs-election-2008 ).
only sensible thing to do for the public is to challenge the sham ab
initio. Something you'd think the dissent-chiefs would take the lead
in as the moral compass of humanity. But these compasses today have
all been salted. Alas, we are at the day when the salt itself has
long as the oligarchy exists and continues to control the purse
strings of any nation, elections and democracy will remain their ace
in the hole to continue Machiavellianly ruling the public with an
iron fist in the name of their new god of modernity, “democracy”,
no differently than when the priestly class of antiquity ruled their
public in the name of their anointed deities. The
difference today is that the public is presented with the illusion of
“choice” with sophisticated perception management and
behavior control. And these are all the presuppositions of “the
Party Line” which constitute the invisible
backdrop that remains “beyond
question, beyond thought itself, like the air we breathe.”
you are bothered by the images of “Harmless innocence Melt;
Flours of all hue, and without Thorn the Rose”
mercilessly snuffed out in the bud with empire's bombs and sanctions,
drones and checkpoints, from Palestine to Pakistan, and soon coming
to the police state near you, that's where you must begin, before it
is all a fait accompli.
a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and feed
him for life -- or something like that....
Ebrahim, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary matters,
grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at UET, MIT, and Stanford,
engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley
and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden
2003 book of protest, written in the aftermath of 9/11, was rejected
by countless publishers and can be read on the web at
His prolific writings may be read at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Ebrahim's Response to Chris Floyd's 'Dead Enough: The Reality of the