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Book burning and heresy

Nooo! Surely not!. Can it be that we're reverting to the dark ages of suppression and book-burning, when speaking truth and asking questions has fatal consequences? Throughout history, the inquisitive and eccentric (ie. the unbrainwashed) have been persecuted and often eradicated. The Bolshevik revolution led to the massacre of millions but those targeted specifically for removal were the academics and thinkers who may have been able see through the deceptive illusion of the power of the proletariat to recognise yet another totalitarian regime hungry for gold and power.

Well yes, we've arrived in another dark age where curiosity and inquiry are now treated as criminal behaviours (extremism) and "authority" determines what we can read.

Amazon’s holocaust of holocaust books: MSM in denial by Kevin Barrett
The mainstream media (MSM) are refusing to report Amazon.com’s recent burning, shredding, and suppressing of at least 147 scientific and historical books. Most, though not all, of the suppressed titles involve what is loosely termed “holocaust revisionism.”

There is only one version of history allowed, the official one - written by the victors of two world wars. We should know well enough by now that to be in power is to lie; the greater the power, the greater the lies.

This suppression of information and debate is against the background of two fabricated hoaxes: radical Islamic terror and rising anti-Semitism, both of which are fabricated by the "authorities" behind the book burning, ultimately the Structural Elite.

“Radical Islamic terror” and “rising anti-Semitism”: A tale of two hoaxes by Kevin Barrett
The “radical Islamic terror threat to the West” is a myth — a hoax — a tale told by a gaggle of idiots on Fox News, Breitbart and Infowars, signifying nothing.
The “rising wave of anti-Semitism” is another hoax, fabricated by the same people, for the same purposes of self-aggrandizement.

Many have been killed or jailed in the search for truth. But in the face of crushing oppression, more people are speaking out against the tyranny that dare not speak its name... but everybody knows. No wonder the perpetrators of these crimes are becoming increasingly desperate - truth cannot be suppressed indefinitely.

Michele Renouf talks to Andrew Carrington Hitchock (1 hour 2 minute podcast)
"Lady Michèle Renouf is an international advertising actress, neither an historian nor a political party activist. So how did someone from this background become interested in the campaign to defend real history?" http://jailingopinions.com/

History is the foundation of our world view - if the authorities are blocking access to history, they are creating false world views. That's why the world is in a mess and getting worse...

Drugs and money

The explosion of heroin use in the US coincides with the displacement of the Taliban (which banned opium production in 2000) and the ongoing US occupation of Afghanistan. The CIA is big in the drugs business; so why should we be surprised?

A Conspiracy Theory that became a “Conspiracy Fact”: The CIA, Afghanistan’s Poppy Fields and America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic by Timothy Alexander Guzman

Money, banking and drugs keep close company. Private bankers control the US economy and the levers of power such as the military, the CIA and other intelligence services. How did this happen? That crooks, fraudsters and drug barons took over the US government?

To change the world we need to understand where power lies. Our collective ignorance of banking and the dark art of money is the biggest obstacle to change. Share this information with your family, community and workmates. Once enough people understand, change will become inevitable.

Fear factory

Yesterday, Daily Pickings referred to the need, in spite of our reluctance for fear of being excluded from our peer group and vilified, to explore society's deepest taboos. Fear is a formidable motivation and weapon of control; by keeping us "unconscious" and in fear we remain controllable and docile, like domesticated cattle.

Not only is "terrorism" a profit centre but is a lever for fear. That we are six times more likely to die in the bath than from an act of terror is immaterial when we succumb to the fear factory.

It is way too early to understand the causes and purpose of this week's attack in Westminster, London UK but what is certain is that whatever impressions and understanding we have from the media, we are being played, again. One only has to ask cui bono and be aware of precedents, without jumping to conclusions, for the familar pattern to emerge. The alleged perpetrator was "known" to the authorities and may have been manipulated to act a part; patsies are frequently used as unwitting actors in a fabricated drama. Dead men tell no tales and Khalid Masood is no longer available to explain his actions - rather convenient, huh?

Meanwhile, counterclaims and contradictions fuel our confusion; from the story that the perpetrator was a "lone wolf" to reports that ISIS claimed responsibility for the Westminster attack and other arrests made in connection with the police investigation, we are left with the overriding impression that we are being targeted. Those (many of us) familiar with the location, having been there many times ourselves, feel threatened even more - we could have been there. But before our imaginations run riot let's consider proportionality and equivalence. The UK is supporting the destruction of yet another country, the murder of thousands and the displacement and persecution of many more. Where is our guilt and empathy for the Yemeni people? We know the victims of the Westminster attack no better than the many Yemenis suffering from UK backed Saudi genocide but we become obsessed with the former while ignoring the latter.

The fear factory is a product of institutionalised hierarchy and our only escape is to reject the purveyors of lies and hysteria. Yes we should have sympathy for all real victims of terror but first we must acknowledge that we, in our ignorance, are the main source of terror in the world. Our compliance with the political economy perpetuates terror. We can reject it, in our heads and, in time, in our lives. Until all people are free (to live in peace and harmony), none of us are free.

Walking a fine line

The essence of what we are seeking in Critical Thinking is an understanding of history and contemporary affairs in order to make sense of the world; to understand where power lies and how it is exercised. This is an iterative process; the level of understanding we reached, say a year ago, has been augmented by information and analysis studied and discussed subsequently. Learning never ceases.

Our work doesn't happen in a vacuum and Critical Thinking itself is subject to the pressures and influences felt by everyone else. Asking questions can give rise to fear and anger particularly when such questions are "controversial" and go to the heart of core beliefs. Nowhere is this more prevalent than when discussing Jewish power and the holocaust. But to avoid such topics is to fail to adhere to the principles of critical thinking and renders our work invalid. Our preoccupation is political economy and the human condition; in the same way that 9/11 has shaped the world in the 21st century, two world wars defined attitudes, behaviour and geopolitics post 1945.

Why are we so fearful of challenging accepted beliefs around Jewry and WW2? Because the opprobrium and retribution heaped on those questioning the official narrative know no bounds. But question it we must if we are to liberate humanity from its current trajectory to disaster. As Daily Pickings has sought to emphasise, this is not an attack on Jews, most of whom have been brainwashed and manipulated like the rest of us, but we are seeking to expose how power is exercised by those controlling the levers of power.

We all (including Jews) need to liberate ourselves from the invisible chains of our own making by asking "difficult" questions. A world of new possibilities awaits if only we have the courage to find it.