‘Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.’
Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
In today’s strange world, it seems not to matter what the true facts of something are, but rather what they are perceived to be.
History, come the dreadful day it turns its jaded eye in order to chronical the life and times of Donald Rumsfeld, is liable to ‘throw a wobbly’. Never, since Lewis Carol conjured up those twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee, has there been a man with such raw talent for ‘spin’, especially in a tricky situation. He could teach a hi-speed gyro a few thousand extra revolutions.
Perhaps his pinnacle performance was as Secretary of Defence for the US, responding to a press corp-question by saying:
‘There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know.’ February 12, 2002.
For this, he was roundly mocked by both the media and the world’s readers and viewers jointly. However, if carefully analysed, as any computer science buff will tell you, there’s a deal of logic contained within its convoluted coils. But that’s not all. What dear Donald did not say was there’s another combination he missed. It’s probable he missed it deliberately for it’s one whose-name-should-not-be-spoken – unknown knowns – those things which are so but not generally known to be so. Those who do know of them try to ensure such knowledge does not stray too far. This is the demilitarised zone they maintain between fact and belief. Such knowledge-apartheid is extremely useful to anybody who would wish to keep you in the dark in order to take advantage.
The three-book series ‘Deception for Power and Profit’ runs to of over 120,000 words, nearly 400 pages and covers fifty plus major areas where deliberate deception of the general public is both contrived and promoted. However, keeping any secret known to more than one person is difficult. Occasionally word does get out. There may be murmurs in chambers and leaks in the press, but to paraphrase Shakespeare:
‘They are but walking shadows; poor players, who strut and fret their hour upon the stage, and then are heard no more: tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’
Or at least that’s the establishment’s idea. And it usually works. Have you heard that derogatory term conspiracy-theory quoted recently? Always arrives with a sneer on its face, doesn’t it? These days it seems to be trotted out to cover just about anything which they don’t want you, or your mates, even thinking about.
Nothing suits anybody who would wish to pull the wool over your eyes better than branding an undesirable truth a conspiracy theory. They know as Shakespeare did, it will quickly become yesterday’s news. It soon blows over and then it’s back to the Real Madrid football score, or what’s on the TV tonight? Anybody coming for a beer? Happy thoughts like those are a great deal more interesting to the average man or woman in just about any street you care to name – except perhaps Wall Street, Westminster or the Pentagon?
Deliberate deception is what this book series is about. There’s a great deal of it going on and, like the world’s personal and national debt – there’s a lot more every day. It’s an enormous elephant in everybody’s room. In fact, it’s more like a whole herd of them – at full-term gestation.
There will be a reckoning. There always is – sooner or later. We all know that. The problem is the later it is, the more painful and drastic it’s liable to be. Kicking this particular can down the road is not a good idea. We came so close to disaster in 2008. The solution took mortgaging our grandchildren’s taxes to sort it out. But that was just a nasty tremor. The next may well be the earthquake.
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