Unfortunately, posts I have written which are more substantial — analysis of speeches, policy, etc. — have received far fewer responses than my writings on personal stuff (about 1 : 15, in fact). Wanting to grow this blog’s readership, I gave you the content you seemed to want. I will no longer do this. If my traffic plummets, so be it. Those of you who have written with questions and comments have received my responses. I don’t mind continuing private conversations about gender differences, power differentials, the feminine need to be protected, the meaning of marriage, love, etc., but I will not discuss this openly in this forum again. It’s too uncomfortably self-revealing and, frankly, dangerous.
Too, it doesn’t reflect who I am — an intensely private, quiet observer.
I’m returning to myself. I hope you can understand.
Contemporary war is fought on two fronts — the actual war on the ground and the propagandistic war in the air. The West is losing the first and winning the second.
I would think that winning the ground war would be the only thing that matters in the end. It’s reality, after all. Reality trumps fantasy, right? Elitists must disagree with this assessment for the US is conducting this war as if it’s a METAwar between reality and virtual reality, meat-space and avatars. Just put on a headset and … poof, transport yourself from the frigidity of death, emigration, no electricity and heat to a comfortable the US-war-metaverse.
Can war be won this way, in the metaverse? No. I don’t think so. If one combatant fights the real war and the other a virtual war, they’re not fighting in the same arena. The RF isn’t bothering to fight the virtual war, only the real one: the West is fighting the virtual war vigorously and the real war with much less passion. In the end, whoever wins the real war will re-write the history of the virtual one. In other words, propaganda only works in fog and temporarily. As soon as one side is clearly victorious and the fog lifts, propaganda will not be able to overwhelm the reality of that victory.
To the victor go the spoils … it is said. This phrase refers to the “spoils system” in early 19th-century America in which whoever won an election got to give away government jobs — “the spoils” — to his supporters. This phrase can also refer to the virtual spoils of war. The victor, that is the one who counts and buries the young dead on the field, has not only won the real war, but the virtual one. It’s a dual victory, virtual and real. The US seems not to understand that real victory must take precedence over their pretend one, that propaganda works only if victory is probable and nearby.
Lets say that the EU/US/UK/NATO loses to the RF, though they manage to make their defeat look like a truce or dignified withdrawal. This loss, then, is reality. It’s the truth. What really happened.
There are four possibilities in this Punnett-square war.
- win the real war, win the virtual war
- win the real war, lose the virtual war
- lose the real war, win the virtual war
- lose the real war, lose the virtual war
The first possibility makes the most sense as it re-integrates reality with propagandistic virtual reality. The second possibility makes sense, too, because it’s what Russia is experiencing right now. The fourth possibility is as logical as the first.
This leaves the third possibility — losing the real war and winning the virtual one. Is it even possible to lose the real war and win the virtual war? Maybe, but I doubt it because history, the retrospective remembrance of what happened, is always written by victors. Yes, there are limits to how creatively the victors can write — reality, to some degree, channels the content of history, but it’s still a pretty wide channel in which a lot can be imagined.
“Le histoire est juste peut-être, mais qu’on ne l’oublie pas, elle a été écrite par les vainqueurs”
The reality is the the West is losing the real war. Terribly. They may have already lost the war, in fact. Russia is giving out passports to citizens in their new/old territories and the majority of displaced Ukrainians fled east and north into Russia thus increasing Russia’s population. The immense amount of money and old weaponry that the US pushed into the Ukraine proved to be ineffective because Russia didn’t play the virtual game as demanded by Ursala, Klaus and others. Russia just refused.
I’m certain, trapped in a silo of self-importance, that EU minions never imagined anyone would dare question their superiority or wisdom or even the importance of the virtual war, but Russia pricked this fantasy with reality when it refused to acknowledge some of the military demands of the West as well as economic demands to set pricing caps for oil, etc. This has caused the self-indulgent, fantastical West to implode. It’s fascinating to watch, though saddening.
I wonder how long it will take a thoroughly propagandized, typical American to re-integrate himself into reality. How long will it take for Americans to realize that their government has lied once again and that they’re losing, not winning, an expensive, unnecessary war? Today, the majority of Americans still think we’re winning the war in Russia. This speaks to the power of propaganda. Well, maybe not. Censorship of information as well as it’s paucity makes it difficult for an ordinary person to figure out what’s true. Furthermore, most Americans don’t have the time or inclination to read both sides.
But it’s more than mis/disinformation and prioritizing family over foreign news: there’s an underlying skepticism in America, now, that didn’t exist 15 years ago. One explanation for this skepticism is the incredible mishandling and misinformation of COVID that came from government mouthpieces.
As one of my neighbors put it, “Why should we trust them now?”
The logic is this: since the government lied to and hurt us during COVID it well could be lying to us, again, about the war in Ukraine. That’s how people think now. The drip drip drip of skepticism slowly collected in a very large jar called “American culture” where it festers. Anything the government says is like the drippings from that jar put though our bullshit-o-meter. People don’t trust bureaucrats. Not at all. The government is not us. It’s rather difficult to fully propagandize a population that inclines not to believe you to begin with — the pro-Ukraine sentiment in America is less than skin-deep.
Such skepticism extends to everything the government does. Government statistics seem suspect. Biden’s pronouncements are obvious lies. The willingness of the Fed — or it’s incompetence — to subject Americans to the pain of inflation has been duly noted. Masks and jabs proved fatal to many. Men never were women, boys are not girls. Public schools are indoctrination centers. And there’s the homeless … graft … surveillance … FXT …it’s an incompetence after another incompetence.
When an American fills his tank up with fuel, do you really think he blames Russia or his own government for the rise in price? When an American drives past miles of ugly, rural windmills in which one in four, or so, are non-functional, is it Russia’s fault or that of some delusional greenie who works in the EPA? Are trannies in public schools Russia’s fault? Divorce and family dissolution … is this Russia’s fault?
The tatted, pierced and blue-haired trannies and leftists who worked at Twitter are getting an overdue taste of reality. They can’t hide in their ideological metaverse any longer. They’re soon to find out their economic worth to society, which isn’t much.
Reality, itself, laughed at their predicament: “Learn to coal.“
The biggest problem for the fantasists of the West is reality. Western propaganda, so far, has been amazingly effective, blinding an entire people to what’s really happening. But, real happenings are slowly weaseling their way back into the public consciousness in spite of the government’s frenetic propaganda and censorship. Censorship can’t keep information hidden forever…
… and reality reasserts itself.