is a cure for nothing.”
-W.E.B. Du Bois
is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.”
The vast majority of the populace of the United States
is corralled in a cage of perpetuated ignorance and virulent hypocrisy.
This corporate-controlled nation has been almost
totally infected with the desire to cling to ignorance, which in turn,
reinforces its descent into insanity and the abyss of hypocrisy. Thus, the
psychological, social, and political potential for growth and development of an
enormous amount of everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people
in this nation has been callously and precipitously stunted.
The everyday ordinary people of the United States are not the enemies of the world
The U.S. corporate/political elite,
including their propaganda arm [i.e. the corporate-stream media] engage in a
relentless war on the minds, hearts, and souls of the ‘American’ people.
The more that we are told we have choices, the less choices
we actually have. The more we are told that peace and security are at
hand, the less peace and security we actually have. And of course, the more we
are told that conditions are improving for the masses of people, the worse
these conditions are actually becoming.
Contrary to the adage that says “ignorance is
bliss,” ignorance is ultimately anything but bliss. Ignorance is the
trigger for peril. In the words of W.E.B. Du Bois, “Ignorance is a cure for
nothing.” Thus, the U.S.
corporate/political elite functions 24 hours/7 days a week to keep people
uninformed, disinformed, distracted, and misinformed
- in other words - to keep people ignorant. Why? Because an ignorant
people are a controlled people.
Remaining willfully Ignorant is fertile ground
for the growth and perpetuation of hypocrisy; and hypocrisy serves no one but
those who are addicted to, and hold the reins of, illegitimate political,
economic, and social power. The hypocrisy of the corporate-owned Democratic and
politicians is a by-product of perpetually maintained ignorance.
Despite the ongoing machinations of and by the
corporate/political elite in this nation, there is no longer any excuse in this
21st century for remaining in a state of, most especially, political
ignorance. We in this nation cannot, in good conscience, say to the peoples of
the rest of the world, “Oh, I did not know what horrors [my] government was
committing in my name.” We cannot hide under the cover of ignorance. The daily realities
of blatant corporate domination, joblessness, home foreclosures, massive
imprisonment, increasing economic austerity, etc. right here in this
nation, combined with our common sense, tell us enough to know
that we have been, and are being constantly lied to by the systemic Democratic
and Republican politicians; and this is whether or not we are privy to all the
details. To reiterate: we cannot hide under the cover of ignorance. To do so
would, in itself, be hypocritical.
An ignorant people are a controlled people
There are those (especially much of this nation’s
so-called ‘intelligentsia’) who are consciously complicit with
this corrupt political system and its de facto corporate-government
(Patriot Act/NDAA) police-state. These collaborators masquerade under
many different banners. Some call themselves ‘progressives,’ others ‘liberals’,
and yet others so-called ‘leftists,’ etc. But the reality is that they
are collaborators. They are, in actuality, supporters of the phony
left/right paradigm embodied by the symbiotically-joined corporate Democratic
and Republican parties, which is of course, a continuation of this systemic
The everyday ordinary people of this nation must
step outside this rotten, filthy, hypocritical system. The time for ignorance
and its concomitant hypocrisy is over. The time for being bamboozled is also
A new model must be creatively and collectively
created from the bottom up by everyday ordinary people of all colors in this
nation. Abolish ignorance and end hypocrisy! Meanwhile, we must stop supporting
our own oppression by this nation’s corporate government right here at
home, and we must stop supporting the murderous and hypocritical actions
of the U.S.
government against people in all other lands throughout Mother Earth. No more
predator-drone missile attacks! No more bombing of other nations! No more
military interventions! All U.S.
military support for repressive U.S.
client-state regimes must be stopped! No more U.S. government lies and
subterfuge! Close the U.S.
gulag at Guantanamo, and all secret U.S. torture
chambers! NOW is the time.
The everyday ordinary people of the United States
are not the enemies of the world. It is the blood sucking, hypocritical,
government of Empire that has demonstrated, and is demonstrating, that it
is the enemy of humankind.
Remember the words of Jose Marti, when he said, “Liberty is the right of
every man [and woman] to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.”
Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward,
then, my sisters and brothers! Onward!
Board member and Columnist, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black
Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a
former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully
self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations under the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his
political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised
PBS News Hour,
formerly known as The MacNeil
/ Lehrer News Hour. For more about Larry Pinkney
see the book, Saying
No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William
Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.