Allan Siegel on Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:06:39 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Troll factories + Endgame

Certainly all indicators point to some kind of turning point - an historical moment where a wide range of political indicators and contradictions are searching for solutions AND where a wide range of hegemonic political forces seem ready to impose their vision of yet another new world order on all the innocent bystanders without nuclear weapons (as well as some of those who have them); the various scenarios are being scripted by deep state oligarchies, corporate mafias and imploding democracies as is the case of the British Brexit rodeo.   Even Orwellian dystopias can only provide vague outlines of what our world looks like. 

The problem is that the fog of populist rhetoric, the jibberish of fake democracies and the inability of a panorama of social democracies to offer a cohesive alternative to the neo-liberal corporate state AND the constant noise and seductiveness of social media makes it awfully difficult to figure out what is really going on... For example, maybe, just maybe, Trump tariffs and impending trade wars are not directed at China et al - only one of the more visible ‘enemies’ - but rather at the EU? What if a military alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel actually became public and was directed at taking out Iran... There are just too many hidden scenarios being scripted for us to really see what the endgame looks like but as the last posts indicate - there are some very troubling signs...

I saw today an interesting twitter post from Edward Snowden - to paraphrase his point: Facebook and the smorgasbord of social media are just the seemingly benign rebranding of the surveillance state; Cambridge Analytica is just the tip of the iceberg.

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