Re: Culture/ Individual Responsibility
"When will it all stop? It will not stop until we act upon one simple axiom: that the power system continues only so long as individuals want it to continue, and it will continue only so long as individuals try to get something for nothing."
Getting something for nothing definitely applies to not thinking for yourself. And that is what we struggle against, in how we often see the sheeple adopting one knee jerk sentiment or another. A sheep may think they have their own opinions but what is taught to us and what is something we figured out? How many people look both ways before they cross the road? Did you find that out the hard way or did you agree to accept that sensible form of mind control?
It's easier to "go along to get along" in society. Rebels are stressed out. If you want an (easy) life you adopt the thoughts of everyone around you, or the easier one to take on.
In that light I looked for some history of the US Marine, Smedley Butler who wrote the book, "War is a Racket". He died in 1940, and is referenced in the original post in this thread. One link below documents in detail some of the non-reaction of the Press when he went public with a coup plot against Roosevelt.
A good intro to Butler: http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer42.html
An infamous excerpt from General Smedley Butler’s speech to the USMC in 1933 is online at among other places:
“Butler is best remembered today for his oft-quoted statement in the socialist newspaper Common Sense in 1935:
I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.... Looking back on it, I felt I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents.
In War Is A Racket, (http://www.veteransforpeace.org/war_is_a_racket_033103.htm) Butler argued for a powerful navy, but one prohibited from traveling more than 200 miles from the U.S. coastline. Military aircraft could travel no more than 500 miles from the U.S. coast, and the army would be prohibited from leaving the United States. Butler also proposed that all workers in defense industries, from the lowest laborer to the highest executive, be limited to "$30 a month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get." He also proposed that a declaration of war should be passed by a plebiscite in which only those subject to conscription would be eligible to vote.
From 1935 through 1937, Butler was a spokesman for the League Against War and Fascism, a Communist-dominated organization of the time. He also participated in the Third U.S. Congress Against War and Fascism, sharing the platform with well-known leftists of the era, including Langston Hughes, Heywood Broun, and Roger Baldwin. When the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) threatened the collapse of the Soviet-supported Spanish government, the League's pacifism evaporated, and they supported intervention. Butler, however, remained true to his belief in non-interventionism: "What the hell is it our business what's going on in Spain?" But before Butler became involved in these causes, he had already exposed a fascist plot against his own government.”