In lieu of pointing out some of the more obvious financial and political origins of terrorism's 'New Coke', let us have a history lesson instead. Watch the above BBC series, and then read this excerpt from Richard Cottrell's book.
To meet its own political ends, the United States fostered the mirage of communist subversion of the European continent. In so doing it worked through the CIA and secret war departments of every NATO country, and ruthlessly milked and nourished latent forces of fascism left over from WW2. The extreme Right once more flooded the European mainstream political spectrum, corroding and polluting existing structures and cultures. In time, the slipstream sucked in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which became dependencies of NATO, the emerging global military colossus. A military pact ostensibly grounded on the principle of common deterrence, but turning instead to aggressive belligerence, was foreseen with astonishing clarity by the American political and social visionary James Burnham. His seminal work The Struggle for the World appeared in 1947. In this he glimpsed an American empire exercising ‘decisive world control,’ and a US-sponsored European Federation, with the Marshall Plan as the warm-up act. The English-speaking powers and the Euro federation would eventually fuse as a Universal State, with the United States occupying the central role of ‘semi-barbarian, unifying power.’ For easy consumption the arrangement would be sugar-coated as ‘the policy of democratic world order,’ an early insight of the emerging mercantile-military globalism we recognise all around us today...
In the 1970s and ‘80s, the spectre of officially orchestrated terror stalked the European landscape. Gladio was the name of the Italian branch of the secret Guerrilla armies that NATO established to ‘stay behind’ in the event of a Russian invasion. Every NATO state, and some that were not, had such a secretive force. As the prospect of an attack from the East receded, so did fear of the Soviets. To preserve the myth of the Red Peril, these secret, or ‘sleeping,’ soldiers were released in a wave of synthetic violence against innocent European citizens. It lasted two decades, the years remembered by Italians as the anni di piombo - the years of lead. The modern-day manufactured ‘war on terror’ comes from the same stable of synthetic violence. With the communist bogey exhausted, we are told of an insidious new peril in our midst: the fearful prospect of minarets and Sharia law marching across the European landscape, destroying Christian civilization. But for fear to work in a tangible form, as was discovered in the years of lead, we must have the visible impact of terror all around us. That is where we are now...
There was another name invented by strategists for this fabricated looking-glass war, which went on for nearly two decades against imaginary Soviet infiltrators. It was the ‘Strategy of Tension.’ Italy was the home of the largest and most powerful communist party to be found anywhere in Europe. The United States entertained nightmares that communists might win power in a country deemed an essential rampart of European defences against the Soviet Union. The communist party was thus to be destroyed and along with it, much of the fabric of frail Italian democracy. The stunted sapling which is modern Italy today is a notional, weakened apology for a democratic nation. In such a climate the Bilderberg/ Trilateral Commission/ EU coup of November 2011 was accomplished with ease.
Also worth your time is watching propaganda mispronounce place names. (The history is accurate, of course. RT has cornered the market in 'truth as propaganda', a fascinating inversion of the West's diabolical newspeak.)
Another quote, this time from Dr Robert Schoch.
A study carried out at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (see Xie et al. 2011) indicates that when 10 percent of a population holds strongly and unshakably a certain belief, this belief will be adopted by the majority. Thus, to gain widespread acceptance for an idea actually only requires convincing 10 percent of the group under concern (such as the community of scientists). But of course this is a double-edged sword. The initial 10 percent (with the majority following in its wake) may be convinced of an idea independent of whether that idea is valid or not.
Sounds alarming from a propaganda perspective, doesn't it? But it hides a potent solution. Historically, propaganda failure always precedes regime change. So it is time to reject. It is time to trick.
Trickster figures have particular appeal to marginal (low status) groups. In ancient Greece, aristocrats viewed merchants and craftsmen with suspicion and disdain. Norman Brown notes in his Hermes the Thief (1947) that “Hermes symbolized the aspirations of the non-aristocratic classes”; in fact Hermes was the patron of merchants. A similar situation was seen in the Middle Ages. As feudalism began to crumble, some of the nobility no longer enjoyed the privileges they once did. The merchants’ plight improved, but their social position was unsettled, because their status was not bound to the class of their birth. The feudal and church authorities distrusted them, and fittingly, Reynard the Fox, a trickster, was their symbol. All this illustrates the nexus of merchants, liminality, unsettled status, and the trickster, and there was more. Anthropologist James Peacock suggests that monks supported the merchants in their opposition to church authorities. As will be described in the next chapter, monks are permanently liminal persons. The affinity between the trickster and marginal groups is also found our culture. Jay Edwards in The Afro-American Trickster Tale (1978) and John Roberts in From Trickster to Badman (1989) discussed the prominence of the trickster in African-American folklore (e.g., Br’er Rabbit). Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of Harvard University’s Afro-American studies program, even developed a theory of African-American literary criticism based on Eshu-Elegba, the Yoruba trickster god. Gerald Vizenor, a writer and professor with a mixed An-ishinaabe-French heritage, has drawn attention to the trickster’s importance to Native Americans.
That's a quote from The Trickster and the Paranormal. Right now we need both.
Disbelieve. Trick. Enchant. Misbehave.