The West Oppressed The Third World For So Long That It Became Third World Itself

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Above Photo: From Journal-neo.org

Many have already noticed: The US really, really doesn’t feel like the world leader, or even as a ‘first world country’. Of course, I write that sarcastically, as I detest expressions like ‘first world’, and the ‘third world’. But readers know what I mean.

Bridges, subways, inner cities, everything is crumbling, falling apart. When I used to live in New York City, more than two decades ago, returning from Japan was shocking: the US felt like a poor, deprived country, full of problems, misery, of confused and depressed people, homeless individuals; in short – desperados. Now, I feel the same when I land in the US after spending some time in China.

And it gets much worse. What the West used to accuse the Soviet Union of, is now actually clearly detectable in the United States and the United Kingdom themselves: surveillance is at every step, these days; in New York, London, Sydney, and even in the countryside. Every move a person makes, every purchase, every computer click, is registered; somewhere, somehow. And this monitoring is, mostly, not even illegal.

Speech is controlled by political correctness. Someone behind the scenes decides what is acceptable and what is not, what is desirable or not, and even what is permissible. You make one ‘mistake’ and you are out; from the teaching positions at the universities, or from the media outlets.

In such conditions, humor cannot thrive, and satire dies. It is not unlike religious fundamentalism: you get destroyed if you ‘offend’. In such circumstances, writers cannot write ground-breaking novels, because true novels offend by definition, and always push the boundaries. As a result, almost nobody reads novels, anymore.

Only toothless, ‘controlled humor’ is permitted. No punches can be administered intuitively. Everything has to be calculated in advance. No ‘outrageous’ political fiction can pass the ‘invisible censorship’ in the West (and so, novels as a form have almost died). Those who read in Russian or Chinese languages know perfectly well, that the fiction in Russia and China, is much more provocative and avant-garde.

In the West, poetry has died, too. And so has philosophy, which has been reduced to a boring, stale and indigestible academic discipline.

While Hollywood and the mass media keep producing, relentlessly, all sorts of highly insulting and stereotypical racist junk (mainly against the Chinese, Russians, Arabs, Latinos and others), great writers and filmmakers who want to ridicule the Western regime and its structure, have already been silenced. You can only humiliate non-Westerners in a way that is approved (again: somewhere, somehow), but God forbid, you dare to criticize the pro-Western elites who are ruining their countries on behalf of London and Washington, in the Gulf, Southeast Asia or Africa – that would be ‘patronizing’ and ‘racist’. A great arrangement for the Empire and its servants, isn’t it?

We all know what has happened to Julian Assange, and to Edward Snowden. In the West, people are disappearing, getting arrested, censored. Millions are losing jobs: in the media, publishing houses, and in the film studios. The Cold War era appears to be relatively ‘tolerant’, compared to what is taking place now.

Social media constantly represses ‘uncomfortable’ individuals, ‘unacceptable’ media outlets, and too ‘unorthodox’ thoughts.

Travel has become a boot camp. This is where they break you. Move through the Western airports and you will encounter the vulgar, insulting ‘securistan’. Now, you are not just expected to pull down your pants if ordered, or take off your shoes, or throw away all your bottles containing liquids: you are expected to smile, to grin brightly, like an idiot. You are supposed to show how eager, how cooperative you are: to answer loudly, looking straight into the eyes of your tormentors. If you get humiliated, still, be polite. If you want to fly, show that you are enjoying this stupid and useless humiliation, administered for one and only reason: to break you, to make you pathetic and submissive. To teach you where you really belong. Or else. Or else! We all know what will happen if you refuse to ‘cooperate’.

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Now, ‘they’ will use double-speak to let you know that all this is for your own good. It will not be pronounced, but you would be made to sense it: ‘you are being protected from those horrible Third World monsters, madmen, perverts.’ And of course, from Putin, from the Chinese Communists, from the butcher Maduro, from Assad, or from the Iranian Shi’a fanatics.

The regime is fighting for you, it cares for you, it is protecting you.

Sure, if you live in the UK or the US, the chances are that you are deep in debt, depressed and with no prospects for the future. Maybe your children are hungry, maybe, in the US, you cannot afford the medical care. Most likely, you cannot afford housing in your own city. Perhaps you are forced to have two or three jobs.

But at least, you know that your ‘wise leaders’ in the White House, Congress, Pentagon and security agencies, are working day and night, protecting you from countless conspiracies, from vicious attacks from abroad, and from those evil Chinese and Russians, who are busy building progressive and egalitarian societies.

Lucky you!

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Except: something does not add up here.

For years and decades, you were told how free you were. And how oppressed, unfree, those against whom you are being protected, are.

You were told how rich you are, and how miserable “the others” were.

To stop those deprived and deranged hordes, some serious measures had to be applied. A right-wing death-squad in some Central American or Southeast Asian country had to be trained in US military camps; a thoroughly absolutist and corrupt monarch had to be supported and pampered; a military fascist coup had to be arranged. Millions raped, tens of thousands of corpses. Not pretty at all, but you know… necessary. For your own good, North American or European citizens; for your own good…. Even for the good of the country that we designated for our ‘liberation’.

Few dissidents in the West have been protesting, for decades. No one has been paying much attention to them. Most of them became ‘unemployable’, and were silenced through misery and the inability to pay their basic bills.

But suddenly…

What happened, suddenly? Because something really happened…

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The Empire got tired of plundering the non-Western parts of the world, exclusively.

Well-conditioned, brainwashed and scared, the Western public began to get treated with the same spite, as people in the plundered and miserable parts of the world. Well, not yet, not exactly. There are still some essential differences, but the trend is definitely there.

The Western public cannot do too much to protect itself, really. The regime knows everything about everybody: it spies on every citizen: where he or she walks, what he or she eats, drives, flies, watches, consumes, reads. There are no secrets, anymore.

You are an atheist? No need to ‘confess’. You are confessing every minute, with each and every computer click, by pressing the remote control button, or by shopping on Amazon.

Is Big Brother watching? Oh no; now there is much more detailed surveillance. Big Brother is watching, recording and analyzing.

General Pinochet of Chile used to brag that without his knowledge, no leaf could ever move. The old, fascist scumbag was bragging; exaggerating. On the other hand, Western rulers say nothing, but they clearly know what they are doing. Without their knowledge, nothing moves and nobody moves.

Arriving from China, from Russia or Cuba, the first thing that strikes me is how disciplined, obedient and scared, the Europeans and North Americans really are. They subconsciously know that they are being controlled and cannot do anything about it.

When trains get delayed or cancelled, they sheepishly murmur half-audible curses. Their medical benefits get reduced; they accept, or quietly commit suicide. Their public infrastructure crumbles; they say nothing, remembering the ‘good old days’.

Why is it that I feel hope, I laugh with the people, in Mexico City, Johannesburg or Beijing? Why is there so much warmth in the geographically cold cities of Vladivostok or Petropavlovsk in Kamchatka? Why are the people of London, Paris, Long Angeles looking so concerned, so depressed?

Some historically poor countries are on the rise. And the people there show appreciation for every tiny improvement. Nothing is more beautiful than optimism.

The West has fought the so-called “third world” for many, long decades; oppressing it, tormenting it, looting it, violating its people. It prevented them from choosing their own governments. Now it has gone overboard: it is attempting to control and to oppress the entire world, including its own citizens.

As various countries all over the world are getting back onto their feet, resisting pressure from Washington, London, Paris and Berlin, people in the West are increasingly getting treated by their governments with the spite that used to be reserved exclusively for the “under-developed nations” (yes, another disgusting expression).

Clearly, the West has “learnt from itself”.

While countries like Russia, China, Vietnam, Mexico, Iran and others are surging forward, many previously rich colonialist and neo-colonialist empires are now beginning to resemble the “Third World”.

These days, it is very sad being a writer in New York City or in London. Just as it is frightening to be poor. Or being different. All over the world, the roles are being reversed.

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  • Greeley Miklashek

    KARMA. What goes around, comes around. The converse of the Golden Rule. Too many humans using too many resources and producing too much pollution. Questions? Stress R Us

  • Steven Berge

    In the end, empire always comes home to prey on its own.

  • Steven Berge

    When I moved back from the Philippines, I thought how the u.s. roads had deteriorated to a similar state as those in the Philippines. The homelessness was also painfully evident to have approached that of the Philippines. But, at least we aren’t living in thatched huts yet!

  • ANTONIO

    BRAVO MON FRERE ANDRE! I have been working in similar areas;

    1- CAPITALIST HEGEMONY- is the domination of a society by the ruling class who manipulate the beliefs, explanations, perceptions, values, and mores of the population—so that their imposed, ruling-class worldview becomes the accepted cultural norms which benefit only the ruling class by the threat of intervention, an implied means of power, rather than by direct military force. Thus workers will fear and loathe socialism, and vote against their interests, because the ruling class fears and loathes socialism. Direct force is reserved for countries abroad through invasion, occupation, and annexation. Domestically cultural hegemony is presented as the universally valid dominant ideology, which falsely justifies the social, political, and economic status quo as natural and inevitable, perpetual and beneficial for everyone. Cultural hegemony as a means of maintaining the capitalist state. The need for popular workers’ education to encourage development from the working class. The distinction between political society (the police, the army, legal system, etc.) which dominates directly and coercively, and civil society (the family, the education system, trade unions, etc.) where leadership is constituted through ideology or by means of informed or uninformed consent. Hegemonic dominance under capitalism ultimately relies on coercion, and in a “crisis of authority” the “masks of consent” slip away, revealing the fist of force.

    3- BULLYING. In the US, bullying has reached epic proportions. An example of bullying is the apparently innocuous insistence that you smile for the camera. No one in American can look unhappy, for the record, especially if they are at the store (the holy altar of capitalism), where they are told to have a nice day, another form of bullying. The obsession with political correctness is equally a form of bullying. The popular #MeToo movements has some decided elements of bullying. An idea is that American capitalism creates the great laboratories of innovation, something that socialist societies are incapable of. Never mind that the USSR sent the first Sputnik ever into orbit. NAFTA bullies other countries, turning them into “austerity trash bins” . Often when bullied, we are taught that we have a choice. If things go wrong its because you have chosen wrongly. Its not because of the system, but because you are lazy and stupid. This is another form of bullying.

  • Agree. I see no difference between wetiko and civilization. The psychology of wetiko is required in order for civilization to exist.
    Taking from those weaker than you because you can, destroying eco-systems because you want electricity; this is the mindset of wetiko realized as civilization.

  • frxere

    The only freedom left in the U.S. is the freedom of the ‘haves’ to rule over the ‘have nots!’

  • mwildfire

    Just found out there is permit out to put a fracking waste injection well about half a mile from and below my house. I will demand a hearing, get other people involved, perhaps spend a lot of money to get my well water tested so I will be able to prove a case in court if it gets polluted. Except I don’t know what to test for and they don’t have to tell me. I’ve participated in enough public hearings to know that it doesn’t matter what gets said or by how many–the permits are ALWAYS approved, no exceptions. WV’s prettiest county had a leak on one of these injection wells, followed by a cluster of birth defects. Activists convinced the County Commission to pass a ban on injection wells; the company sued and won. Then the same company decided to put a compressor station for a pipeline in a corner of that county, which required a variance from the zoning; after two long meetings they decided against it. The company sued again and won again. What it comes down to is that corporations and rich people have endless rights–mere humans have no more rights than the chipmunks if their needs conflict with what corporations want.. I just read than an Italian company is buying part of the Rover pipeline that goes from WV/OH to Michigan. If a HUMAN wants to enter this country, they need visas and permits and may be thrown into a cage. But corporations are entitled to come and go globally without restriction.
    All this by way of examples to prove your point.

  • frxere

    I’m sorry to hear about this. Best of luck to you.