Breakthrough: true populism in the age of instant time
What a populist would do in 2016 and beyond
What the “real Bernie and Trump” show could be
by Jon Rappoport
March 8, 2016
(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)
“In this age, populism, if it existed, could connect with the population every day. The wildly popular populist leader would crack the egg of propriety and give blow-by-blow Web accounts of his struggles with the oligarchy, in detail, in his car, outside meeting rooms, on staircases, at home, in his office, on the street, in restaurants; everywhere, speaking to millions of people each time…” (The Magician Awakes, Jon Rappoport)
This is about what a true populist could be in this era of instant unstoppable media and, therefore, instant time.
I’m talking about an understanding of moment-by-moment connection with the population, which is now possible on a grand scale, owing to the internet and the devices which connect to it.
To grasp the implications, you must conceive of one wildly popular person up against forces which absolutely deny the interests and desires of millions of people.
And the leading question is: what should he do, when suddenly thrust into the spotlight, having gained considerable influence—knowing that enormous forces are arrayed to stop him?
A true populist says, for example: no bad trade deals. Translation: stop Globalism in its tracks. Nullify its trade treaties, the cornerstones of its cathedral. Negate them. Destroy them.
If he really meant it, if he was intent on achieving the goal, by whatever means, against some of the most powerful men on the planet, and if he began that journey, in talks, in meetings, in conferences with members of Congress, with US trade representatives, with Washington insiders—
When should he go back to the people, his people, his supporters, and let them know what is happening? When?
The usual pattern is: behind the scenes, for a few months, he tries to turn the oil tanker of State around, he fails, he reports the failure in mildly irritated language during one or two press conferences, and he moves on to other issues. But a real populist now…
Would be going on webcasts to millions of people, his people, giving them updates, explaining his struggle, listing the barriers, pointing out who is building those barriers, how they are obstructing the will of the people…in vivid detail…creating a massive uproar.
This is populism on a scale never envisioned before. It would constitute a staggering breakthrough.
It would shred business as usual in Washington.
A true populist leader would accept the fact that working through usual channels, to bring about stunning changes, is a loser. The enemy is entrenched. The enemy controls the landscape. The enemy controls the machinery.
Where is the populist’s strength coming from? Only one place: the people who are supporting him. So he has to go back to that well, over and over again. And now he can. Live.
“You wanted me to get your jobs back. That’s why you rallied behind me. I want to get your jobs back. I’ve explained why these trade treaties are destroying jobs at home. Now I’m trying to move the rock up the mountain. A few hours ago, I had a meeting with Senator Smith, a staunch defender of the treaties. It went nowhere. I want to tell you what he said, because, in his eyes, you don’t count. Only big corporations count. This is what happened…”
And three, five, ten million people are watching and listening.
And that’s just today’s report.
Tomorrow, or three days from now, there’ll be another blow-by-blow talk about who is blocking people from getting their jobs back.
Imagine it. Think about it. This is the hero’s journey, in real time, detouring around the controlled media. And yet…
The media would respond:
“Hey, Mr. Populist, we just watched your latest webcast. Hell of a show. Maybe you’d like to do your next Report to the People on our network. I mean, you had six million viewers at midnight. Unbelievable. You were sitting in your car, right after your meeting with the Secretary of Commerce. We could do that. Sit in your car, and we’ll beam you to our audience…”
No, I’m not necessarily talking about Donald Trump. Whether you like him or hate him—not the issue here. I’m talking about any person who, for whatever reason, gains the support of millions of people, because he wants to restore something to them, something they once had, something that was taken away from them by the wolves, something they had earned—and now it’s gone. Like jobs. Something basic that no one can argue about.
A real and true populist, in this age, would keep going back to his people—and he could. Live, at any moment, day or night. He would have to.
He would put a level of pressure on his enemies that has never existed before.
“Well, people, as you know, Congressman Jones introduced a bill today that would cancel four giant trade treaties and take the US out of the trap it’s been in for the last 25 years. It would bring giant corporations home from foreign lands. They would re-open their factories here. Your jobs would come back. Under ordinary circumstances, this bill wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of passing. But we aren’t in ordinary circumstances anymore, because I have you and you have me. So let me tell you about the committee where this bill is going to meet its first big roadblock. I just got out of meeting with the head of the committee. This is exactly what happened…It’s a tragedy and travesty…”
“I want to ask you people a question tonight. What would happen if I, as President, decided to cancel all those trade treaties? Myself. With one stroke of the pen. By executive order. What would happen to me and to you and what would the Congress and the press do? I’m asking you. Is it a crime to give you your jobs back? Would somebody try to put me in jail or impeach me? Would they dare, with all of you behind me? Would they?”
“Some of you are telling me they’re going to shoot me. You’re warning me. I have to ask you this. With all of you behind me, do you really think they’d try? They may be crazy, but they aren’t stupid. Don’t you think they know what would happen?”
What I’m painting here isn’t only a different concept of media. It’s a different concept of political time. Time intervals.
Instead of six weeks or three months between general and vague reports and updates, the populist telescopes time. He shrinks the intervals. He makes his reports to the people every week, every few days. If he’s compelling, if he presents vivid details and names and events—instead of the usual hash of high-flying nonsense—he invents a new medium. A new way of connecting.
All right, take the two candidates in this year’s Presidential race who seem to be populists—Bernie and Trump—and forget for a moment whether they’re real or fake, sincere or con artists, ordinary politicians or a different breed. Forget that for the moment. Imagine what could happen if, between their usual speeches and interviews and debates, they went to the Web for live streaming every few days, building and building their audiences, and not just in the US, but globally.
Suppose, for example, they both had good research teams who assembled extensive dossiers, chapter and verse, on the misdeeds and crimes of Hillary Clinton…and suppose they hammered on that dossier mercilessly in Web broadcasts. Chapter and verse. “This is specifically what you’d be getting if you elected Hillary. This is who she is. This is exactly what she’s done.”
Or: “Let me tell you about American jobs. This is exactly what happened to them. This is who did it.” Night after night. Chapter and verse.
Or: “Let me tell you something about one of those giant trade treaties. NAFTA. Listen up. Once it was passed, US companies could flood Mexico with cheap corn. And they did. Mexico had a lot of corn farmers. Guess what? All that NAFTA cheap corn put 1.5 million Mexican corn farmers out of business. Guess what they did and where they went, all those farmers. A lot of them came up across the border into the US. That’s something you won’t hear about the immigration problem. Come on. Wake up. These Globalist trade treaties are destructive in a lot of ways…”
Fireside chats via the Web. “Hi, everybody. Last night we had nine million people watching, as I sat here by my fireplace and talked about medical care in this country. Tonight, we predict it’s going to be 20 million on the Web, all over the world. So I want to explain how the US medical system kills 225,000 Americans a year. That’s right. You should know about this. Everybody should know about this. I have the reports in front of me. I’m not making this up. Chances are you know someone who has been affected, who has died, or one of their family has died. This affects everybody. The US medical system kills 2.25 million Americans per decade. Can you believe it? Where are the media in all this…”
On and on. The Trump Web blasts. The Sanders Web blasts. Night and day.
Obama could be doing this. Hillary could, too. But do they really have what it takes to keep going back to the well, to their people, and making a visceral impact? Or are they just too mired in lies and tired worn-out generalities—in which case, the rebound effect would be increasingly negative, as they bore their audiences to death.
Some of you are thinking about what might happen if a crazy and vicious populist made use of this approach. Of course. No one claims the world is without risks. There are always risks. This isn’t Rainbow Village with marshmallows and ice cream. Some of you are convinced that all politicians, no matter what they say, are already bought off and are merely props in the grand show. So? That doesn’t preclude the possibility of a new person suddenly coming on the scene who hasn’t sold his soul. The future isn’t already written. Claiming it’s a closed book is an attitude that works for the cemetery and the grave and little else.
Imagination, courage, and intelligence never go out of style. No matter what anyone says.
Taking the internet to a new level is THERE. Waiting.
Here’s a variation on a tune that’s been tried before—but with a new sense of spontaneity and urgency:
“Hi, folks, it’s me again. In case you’ve been living under a rock, and some people are, because the economy has gone down the toilet, I’m a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. I understand we have about 25 million people watching tonight. I just got off the 15 Freeway in Southern California, outside Rancho Bernardo, and as you can see, I’m standing in a 7-Eleven. I was just chatting with a guy named Frank, who works behind the counter here. Frank, what did you do before this job?”
“Well, I had quite a few jobs. But at one time, I was a line supervisor in a factory that made shoes. A lot of us were fired.”
“Why? Why were you fired?”
“Because the company went belly up. They couldn’t handle the competition. Companies in the US were going overseas to make shoes and bring them back here. Real cheap.”
“Do you know how they were able to pull off that scam?”
“Sure. They don’t have to pay a tax, when they bring the shoes back in. That’s called free trade, right? Well, it put me down. It put my family and me down on our backs. So we had to pull up stakes and move from state to state looking for work…”
“Is this a set up? Did my people search you out here at the store?”
“Hell, no. You just came in to buy a beer. We started talking.”
“Well, this is why I’m going to trample all over the treaties that made you lose your job. I didn’t need to search you out. I meet people like you all the time. So let me run down how this free trade thing works, and who the Globalists are. You’re sure you’re not an actor, Frank?”
“I’ll call my wife and kids and they’ll come over here and tell you what I’m telling you. Here’s my driver’s license. I’ll give you the name of the man who owned the shoe company. You can call him up. He’ll tell you the same thing. You can check him out. He went bust. He’s in Florida now, trying to sell real estate.”
“A whole lot of people will be checking you out tomorrow, Frank. They’ll want to say we’re making all this up.”
“Let them. If they want to, I’ll show them my bills. They can pay them and see if they’re real…”
“Okay, Frank, get your family over here. Why not? I do want to talk to them. And call your old boss at the factory. We’ll put him on the line, too. Meanwhile, I’ll talk about David Rockefeller and the Globalists, and his intellectual sidekick, Brzezinski. It’s quite an interesting story. Brzezinski once said independent nations are finished. He said banks and corporations are running things now. I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s what the American people want. Let’s expose this whole operation down to its shoes…”
That’s just one night of populism in America. For 20 million people.
Getting the picture?
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.