Kunstler looks at the news & sees useful idiots on parade

Summary: We can learn much from watching the antics in the media over Assange and RussiaGate. Here James Kunstler gives a fun and insightful look at the festivities.

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Useful Idiots on Parade

James Howard Kunstler at his website.
Reposted with his generous permission.

Anyone interested in glimpsing the Wokester media mentality in full intellectual-yet-idiot smuggery might check out Slate’s Political Gabfest (i.e., podcast) from this past Saturday, titled “The Wahoo Edition.” The Gabfest’s three regulars, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson go after Julian Assange as if they were three college dormitory RAs dissecting the character of an unpopular freshman.

Plotz kicked it off by introducing Mr. Assange as “the eminence greasy of Wikileaks,” a cute twist on the French phrase éminence grise (gray eminence, i.e. an elder statesman, pronounced eminence greez, and he knows it). Bazelon offered her explanation for Ecuador’s eagerness to be rid of Mr. Assange: “He was acting like a big jerk. They were tired of him skateboarding all over the residence and scuffing up the walls and not cleaning his bathroom. He wore out his welcome on hospitality grounds.” Note: Emily Bazelon is a lawyer. No one mentioned the fact that Ecuador was promised debt relief from the US-controlled International Monetary Fund within hours of expelling Mr. Assange. {The loans were announced on February 20.}

Plotz quickly added: “He didn’t clean up after his cat, which, as a cat owner, that is grounds for expulsion.”

Dickerson weighed in: “The big problem is he’s not an appealing man… he’s clearly a narcissist. He’s unpleasant. In addition to messing with our election, he’s basically on Team Russia.”

Plotz said of Wikileaks: “It’s acting as an agent for a foreign governments, as it has with Russia.”

Some people in this sore beset republic get hooked on opiates or crystal meth. Wokesters get hooked on The Narrative: That Russia “stole” the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton by hacking the Democratic National Committee’s emails, with the collusion of the Trump campaign. The latter point has been authoritatively invalidated by Mr. Mueller, of course, but the Wokester’s cling to their hope that some as-yet-concealed mischief in the Mueller Report will somehow contradict Mr. Mueller’s own conclusions.

As for the alleged hacking per se, you realize of course that neither the FBI nor Mr. Mueller’s “team,” nor anyone in the DOJ before the retirement of Jeff Sessions made any effort to secure and examine the very DNC computer servers at issue. Rather, they relied on a private company called CrowdStrike, hired by Hillary and the DNC itself, to analyze the alleged hacking. Can you imagine anything more arrantly dishonest or more legally irregular?

The Slate Gabfest crew never engages in these dark issues. Nor do they mention the fact that the Mueller “team” (or any other US law enforcement agency) never indicted Mr. Assange for “collusion” with Russia, nor even attempted to interview him and hear what he had to say about it. On his own, Mr. Assange has stated that Russia was not the source of the DNC emails he received and subsequently released to the US news media, including The New York TimesThe WashPo, and the Cable TV News networks, who happily ran with the story {see this interview}.

There is a pretty good theory though, advanced by William Binney, a former National Security Agency official-turned-whistleblower, and other Intel Community associates, that the DNC data was “leaked,” not hacked, “by a person with physical access” to the DNC’s computer system. Meaning, someone inside the DNC downloaded the info onto a thumb drive. The data transfer rates prove that, they say. {See this article in The Nation about the pros and cons of this theory.}

There is probably a good reason that US government authorities did not essay to make Mr. Assange a witness on-the-record: because his testimony would have prevented Mr. Mueller from bringing his bullshit charges against the Russian internet trolls he indicted – who will never have to come to trial in the USA in any case, and thus never refute The Narrative so earnestly promoted by the Mueller team – until it all fell apart on March 24.

But these are not terms that the Slate Political Gabfest chose to follow in their analysis of Julian Assange and his activities. Rather we got the following, transcribed verbatim:

Bazelon: “Assange is so detestable it’s really tempting to get as far away from him as possible. One look at him and I feel that way about him.”

Plotz: “Do you think Joe Biden would get a little handsy with him?”

Bazelon: “He’s far creepier.”

Dickerson: “You don’t find that Dickensian beard alluring?”

Bazelon: “It’s awful. But I always thought he was clean-shaven yucky.”

Such are the Deep Thoughts of America’s leading Wokester political analysts. One also might ask why Mr. Assange has not been charged by the US with espionage, if that’s what their beef with him really is. In the meantime, behold the disgraceful episode of American journalists pimping for the leviathan state’s privilege to suppress the free flow of news and their own freedom of the press. Imagine them subjecting Daniel Ellsberg to such a hazing.


Editor’s note

Steven Metz

Steven Metz

“Sleazeball”, “whippersnapper”, and “narcissist!” But these were from 2013. Metz refers to Edwards Snowden, not Assange. Six years later, different guy, same reaction.

The attacks on Assange are not a response to him, but to all challengers to the State. Slate’s wokesters are just unknowing agents – true useful idiots. For example, Snowden, Manning, and Assange all were bombarded by schoolyard insults – combined with journalists’ lies about them (e.g., here).

Another favorite tactic of the State’s defenders is to contest, even mock, the obvious. It deflects those difficult questions.

“Just out of curiosity, is there any evidence  that Assange would be extradited to the US if he went to Sweden?”
— Michael Cohen – ‏@speechboy71 in 2012.

The most powerful strength of the State’s defenders is their absolute certainty. No matter how flimsy or non-existent the evidence, they parrot the narrative as if it were Gospel. Even when it is obviously false.

“There’s really no question about Trump/Putin collusion, and Trump in fact continues to act like Putin’s puppet.”
Paul Krugman on 17 November 2017.

Keith Olbermann on GQ.com, 12 December 2012.

“Permitting Donald Trump to assume the office of president reduces the chance that we will have any future elections! The nation and all of our freedoms hang by a thread, and the military apparatus of this country is about to be handed over to scum! Who are beholden to scum! Russian scum! As things are today, January 20th will not be an inauguration, but rather the end of the United States as an independent country.”

James Howard Kunstler
Photo by Charlie Samuels.

About James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler (Wikipedia) worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, before working as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he began writing books on a full-time basis. Kunstler is the author of 12 novels and has been a regular contributor to many major media, writing about environmental and economic issues. He is a leading supporter of the movement known as “New Urbanism.”

He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, and many other colleges. He has written five non-fiction books. See more about the most recent one below.

See some of his recent posts about America. They’re all well worth reading!

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About Kunstler’s most recent book

Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation
Available at Amazon.

Too Much Magic:
Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation.

From the publisher …

“Kunstler’s critically acclaimed and best-selling The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century (2005) quickly became a grassroots hit, going into nine printings in hardcover. Kunstler’s shocking vision of our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders alike, and stimulated widespread discussion about our dependence on fossil fuels and our dysfunctional financial and government institutions. Kunstler has since become a key commentator on the future, profiled in The New Yorker and invited to speak at TED and other events.

In Too Much Magic, Kunstler evaluates what has changed in the last seven years and shows us that in a post-financial-crisis world, his ideas are more relevant than ever.

“‘Too Much Magic’ is what Kunstler sees in the bright visions of a future world dreamed up by overly optimistic souls who believe technology will solve all our problems. Their visions remind him of the flying cars and robot maids that were the dominant images of the future in the 1950s. Kunstler’s idea of the future is much more sober: he analyzes the various technologies (vertical farms, fracking, corn ethanol) suggested as overnight solutions to the energy crisis and finds none that he thinks will work long-term to cure a society dependent on gas-guzzling cars, in love with an inefficient ideal of suburbia, and unwilling to fundamentally change its high-energy lifestyle. Kunstler also offers concrete ideas as to how we can help ourselves adjust to a society where the oil tap is running dry.

“With vision, clarity of thought, and a pragmatic worldview, Kunstler argues that the time for magical thinking and hoping for miracles is over and that the time to begin preparing for the long emergency has begun.”

8 thoughts on “Kunstler looks at the news & sees useful idiots on parade”

    1. Patrick McNally

      It looks like that 2012 at the end is supposed to be a 2016, but that’s just guessing. Maybe Keith Olbermann was 4 years ahead of the rest of us?

      1. Patrick,

        No, the 2012 dates are correct – showing that this madness has been running for a long time, despite that near-total lack of factual support.

        “Maybe Keith Olbermann was 4 years ahead of the rest of us?”

        You must be kidding? “Ahead” in the sense of going nuts?

  1. Also worth reading is C. J. Hopkins’ on mainstream responses to Assange’s arrest: Uncle Tom’s Empire.

    “Julian Assange is being punished for defying the global capitalist empire. This was always going to happen, no matter who was in the White House. Anyone who defies the empire in such a flagrant manner is going to be punished. Cooperative slaves demand this of their masters. Defiant slaves are actually less of a threat to their masters than they are to the other slaves who have chosen to accept their slavery and cooperate with their own oppression. Their defiance shames these cooperative slaves, and shines an unflattering light on their cowardice.

    “This is why we are witnessing so many liberals (and liberals in leftist’s clothing) rushing to express their loathing of Assange in the same breath as they pretend to support him, not because they honestly believe the content of the official Julian Assange narrative that the ruling classes are disseminating, but because (a) they fear the consequences of not robotically repeating this narrative, and (b) Assange has committed the cardinal sin of reminding them that actual “resistance” to the global capitalist empire is possible, but only if you’re willing to pay the price.

    “Assange has been paying it for the last seven years, and is going to be paying it for the foreseeable future. Chelsea Manning is paying it again. The Gilets Jaunes protestors have been paying it in France. Malcolm X paid it. Sophie Scholl paid it. Many others throughout history have paid it. Cowards mocked them as they did, as they are mocking Julian Assange at the moment. That’s all right, though, after he’s been safely dead for ten or twenty years, they’ll name a few streets and high schools after him. Maybe they’ll even build him a monument.”

  2. Stanley Dundee beat me to it. Thanks to him and the Editor.

    The Liberals acquiesce to the Empire with a few small guilt payments and policies. More unemployment payments, social welfare and education, the small climate change rhetoric, but they are all on the Empires Star Ship.

    Many can see the future debt, climate change, resource shortages, water and demographic worries, but what do we do; leave the Star Ship to going into space and start again, is this even possible?

    Work on the Star Ship and bitch, doesn’t make us look that great when it is put that way!!

    Nonetheless thanks Stanley and Larry. Man is everywhere free, but still in chains, it would seem.

  3. I’ve mostly ignored the MSM ever since the “In-beded Journalist” of 2003. And then, a couple of years ago, I read an article on one of the AltWeb (I think it was Dr. Roberts’) about how Russian TV (correctly) translated and CC’d US MSM News and Polemics of the night prior, became a popular comedy show! And then, the popularity faded away, as in “so many jokers, nobody laughs any more.”

    However, once a while an issue of importance comes and the useful idiots bring another round of sad comedy for all to see. Plotz, Dickerson, Bazelon and, I presume, a bunch of others demonstrate just that.
    Sad perhaps, but beneath the obvious is a message, brought to light (for me) by this Kunstler’s article. It is so much easier, in the MSM, to discredit someone by insults, pointing out their petty transgressions, even looks, than by factual analysis of their alleged wrongdoings; and that is not just for the Presstitutes, but, more so, from the “consumers'” point-of-view.
    Sad indeed.

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