Censorship and the decline of civilization

by Jon Rappoport

August 27, 2018

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—We can understand why leaders and rulers want to censor certain ideas and views. But why do large chunks of the citizenry want to go along with it? How do you comprehend their ignorance?

Censorship is made possible when the majority of people live by what they like and don’t like—“I like this, I don’t like him, I like her, I don’t like them…”

When those preferences become the paramount elements of life, then censorship is a minor concern. Grasping the essence of the 1st Amendment and free speech requires a different level of mind. It requires defending free speech for those one doesn’t like. Such an idea is entirely foreign to the person who asserts: “WHY WOULD I POSSIBLY CARE ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF SOMEONE I DON’T LIKE?”

Exactly. That’s what separates a political moron from an aware citizen.

There are now large numbers of people who think they’re making a political advance, even a breakthrough, by demanding the censorship of those individuals they don’t like, when in fact, they’re moving backwards into a more primitive political climate.

There is another vital factor which permits people to register no objection to censorship. The factor is: vast frustration with their own lives. This is usually concealed, as if it were a secret not to be shared. The frustration, at the core, has to do with a perceived lack of freedom.

In which case, the actions of life take on a mechanical character, which becomes the heavy cover, the lid over the flame of frustration—and in that state of being, a person actually wants others who speak out and go against the grain to be silenced and censored.

Stop him! Keep him from speaking and writing!

Yes, keep the free individual from reminding the mechanical liver of life that he is not free.

The Mechanical Person wants to bury all signals that carry a flavor of originality. He wants the constant hum that tells him routine and repetition are firmly in place as the guidance system of existence.

The Mechanical Person often goes to work for a Destroyer—as I described in a poem I wrote in 1962, published in The Massachusetts Review (1966):

Burned flowers of the field
My noon is over, growing old,
Everything I love is finally sold;
Sewed designs for men with money
Thinking it was duty,
To watch them lead the world to war
From my little field of beauty.

Interesting that, 20 years later, one of the first pieces I wrote as a journalist involved PR man Bill Perry, who quit his plum job at Lawrence Livermore Labs, where they design nuclear weapons. One day, Perry told me, a researcher was complaining to him about the need for more budget money, and Bill said, “We already have enough weapons to blow up the whole world four times, why do you need more money?” To which the scientist replied: “You don’t understand. This is a PHYSICS PROBLEM.”

Yes it is, in the frozen rigid river of anti-life…

Where rebels are just machines that need to be turned off.


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Jon Rappoport

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.

6 comments on “Censorship and the decline of civilization

  1. censormenot says:

    I like this, I hate that. I, I, I. O my selfie god, humanity is clearly in decline when society has regressed to the point where it scarcely matters what another individual has to say, only whether it makes me feel good or not.

    • Eileen Kuch says:

      I agree with you wholeheartedly, humanity’s clearly in decline when society has regressed to the point where it scarcely matters what another person has to say, only whether it makes you feel good or not.
      This is especially true when it comes to colleges and universities; students are immediately censored if they deviate from the propaganda that’s fed to them by left-wing professors, and even some professors are censored if they deviate from the program. This definitely isn’t a good sign; the Bolshevik propaganda started in the colleges/universities in the early 60’s through the Frankfurt School and anyone who deviated from the program was censored. Today it’s much worse.

  2. Reblogged this on John Barleycorn and commented:
    It all starts with one freedom being taken, and the reaction to it.

  3. From Quebec says:

    Listening to the other side, often gives you a powerful way to defend your position.

  4. Arthur Danu says:

    Too bad most Americans don’t read about issues of substance anymore, Jon Your words are for the AI bots sometime in the future. We could have stopped it years ago before it came to this point, but the Alternative Media censored the story of Peter Hendrickson, and his incredible book called Cracking The Code, The Fascinating Truth About Taxation in America.

    His next book will be most likely titled, Cracking My Head, The Real Story of Fascism in America.

    America is a nation of cowards and traitors now. No one to point the finger at but ourselves anymore.

  5. Excellent article, Jon.

    Keep them up….

    Best
    OT

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