How Evil Wins: The Hypocritical Double Standards of Political Outrage

How Evil Wins: The Hypocritical Double Standards of Political Outrage By John W. Whitehead “She was asked what she had learned from the Holocaust, and she said that 10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and that 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and that the remaining 80 percent could be moved in either direction.”—Kurt Vonnegut Please spare me the media hysterics and the outrage and the hypocritical double standards of those whose moral conscience appears to be largely dictated by their political loyalties. Anyone who…

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The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction

The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction By John W. Whitehead “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state. It’s been 70 years since Orwell—dying, beset by fever and bloody coughing fits, and driven to warn against the rise of a society in which rampant abuse of power and mass…

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Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State

Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State By John W. Whitehead “There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me.’” ― Philip K. Dick Red pill or blue pill? You decide. Twenty years after the Wachowskis’ iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, introduced us to a futuristic world in which humans exist in a computer-simulated non-reality powered by authoritarian machines—a world where the choice between existing in a denial-ridden virtual dream-state or facing…

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How to Survive the Journey Ahead: A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age

How to Survive the Journey Ahead: A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age By John W. Whitehead “No matter who you are, no matter how strong you are, sooner or later, you’ll face circumstances beyond your control.” — Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed, burdened with excessive college debt, and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated…

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D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy

D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy By John W. Whitehead “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show Business What characterizes American government today is not…

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Financial Tyranny: America Has Become a Pay-to-Play Exercise in Fascism

Financial Tyranny: America Has Become a Pay-to-Play Exercise in Fascism By John W. Whitehead If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat, If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet. Don’t ask me what I want it for If you don’t want to pay some more ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman… And you’re working for no one but me. — George Harrison, “Taxman” We’re not living the…

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American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We’re Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone

American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We’re Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone By John W. Whitehead “We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”—Rod Serling Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone? Only instead of Rod Serling’s imaginary “land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas,” we’re trapped in a topsy-turvy, all-too-real land of corruption, brutality and lies, where freedom, justice and integrity play second fiddle to…

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The Making of a Monster: We’re All Lab Rats in the Government’s Secret Experiments

The Making of a Monster: We’re All Lab Rats in the Government’s Secret Experiments By John W. Whitehead “But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around—they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.” — Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children The U.S. government, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself become a…

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Don’t Shoot The Dogs: The Growing Epidemic Of Cops Shooting Family Dogs

Don’t Shoot The Dogs: The Growing Epidemic Of Cops Shooting Family Dogs By John W. Whitehead “In too much of policing today, officer safety has become the highest priority. It trumps the rights and safety of suspects. It trumps the rights and safety of bystanders. It’s so important, in fact, that an officer’s subjective fear of a minor wound from a dog bite is enough to justify using potentially lethal force, in this case at the expense of a 4-year-old girl. And this isn’t the first time. In January, an…

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Pity the Nation: War Spending Is Bankrupting America

Pity the Nation: War Spending Is Bankrupting America By John W. Whitehead “Pity the nation whose people are sheep And whose shepherds mislead them Pity the nation whose leaders are liars Whose sages are silenced And whose bigots haunt the airwaves Pity the nation that raises not its voice Except to praise conquerors And acclaim the bully as hero And aims to rule the world By force and by torture… Pity the nation oh pity the people who allow their rights to erode and their freedoms to be washed away…”…

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