Euro conference ignored by German media: battle over press freedom escalates


The failure of the mainstream media in Germany to report on a major conference about the euro crisis held in Berlin on 25 September has spotlighted the increasing uniformity of the country‘s media.

Within just years of adopting the euro, three quarters of European nation states are now on the verge of national bankruptcy. The role of the euro was debated by leading experts such as Professor Wilhelm Hankel and UKIP’s Nigel Farage. Whether you agree with their analysis or not, the euro has undeniably developed in a short period into an economic disaster for 400 million people forced to trade in that currency, starting with Greece and Ireland.

And yet there was no coverage of this key event debating whether the euro was good for germany by the many outlets of the country’s  truly gigantic privately and publicly owned media apparatus.

In parallel to censorship on this event, German prosecutors reached across the border into Austria to launch an unprecedented bid to gag investigative journalists by asking their Austrian counterparts to summon them in for interrogations.

Austrian journalists are not subject to the same draconian censorship laws as their German counterparts when reporting on the gigantic Hypo Alpe Adria bank fraud . But who cares about laws as the battle over press freedom escalates?

The state-run and privately owned media empire in Germany is being merged and synchronised to trumpet the same exhortation to taxpayers to hand money over to the banks to rescue them from financial meltdown– and the few relatively free journalists left pointing out the banks and politicians caused the disaster in the first place and are making huge profits from it  have to be silenced by one means or another.

The financial fraud is resulting in the transfer of billions of euros of taxes payer’s money to the banks who engineered it all under the pretext of having to pay off fractional reserve banking, paper subprime debt („What a shame it was so gigantic and „suddenly worth nothing!“) even though the banks lost no capital.

If the public were aware that it was all a huge scam like the swine flu scam and the climate change scam engineered by the banks and governments  to get their tax money,  the problems for the banks and their cronies in government would surely multiply.

Perhaps as a precaution against any accurate information reaching the public, Gruner + Jahr, Germany’s biggest publishing house,  last month annnounced that they were abolishing the economics resorts of four of their publications and instead creating a single economics resort, ensuring homongenous coverage about financial matters and an efficient censorhsip of scandals that implicate bankers and politicians.

The German press agency, the DPA, the country’s biggest press agency in September also unveiled a new HQ in Berlin  to better be able offer news that is tailored to the requirements of „clients,“ as the head of DPA Wolfgang Büchneropenly said.

http://www.mmnews.de/index.php/etc/6446-dpa-deutsche-propaganda-agentur

Independent news coverage has long been regarded as a vital element in any functioning democracy, and it should worry us that it has almost disappeared in Europe today to be replaced by a monolithic corporate media apparatus.

Acting as the informal fourth branch of government, the media is supposed to keep the other three branches of government – the legislative, executive and judicial  — as well as  companies in check by giving the general public accurate information.

It is supposed to help create educated public opinion – a condition of good politicial choices and of a successful democracy.

However, in Germany – as in other countries in Europe – the media has become almost completely absorbed into the corporate sector along with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government to become the fourth branch of new totalitarian empire.

All the many elements of the media – the TV, newspapers, radio – have been fused together to create a gigantic media apparatus to influence the public’s way of thinking about  key issues across the provinces of the „empire“.

Far from being offered critical information, people are being subjected to ideological doctrination on a new scale.

They are being given systematically false information about the swine flu pandemic, vaccines, climate change and the financial crisis.

A well organised system of media indoctrination is supposed to persaude people

that there is a swine flu pandemic when there is no pandemic;

that a swine flu vaccine is tested when it is not adequately tested;

that climate change is caused by carbon emissions by humans and they should pay taxes to reduce these when the science shows this is not the case;

that tax hikes and budget cuts are needed to save the banking sector when the banking sector lost no capital in the manufactured subprime crisis and is making a pure profit of trillions by scamming off tax payers under the pretext of needing „capital infusions“ from the government to clean up its fractional reserve, funny money balances;

that the politicians and regulators are working for them instead of for the banks and Globalists;

that people in Europe live in a democracy when they live in a corporate controlled dictatorship using national and supranational government to push an agenda of one world government, one world currency and a one world army.

 Instead of living in a democracy in the real sense of the word, people today are administrative units in a gigantic corporate global business plan.

In the same way as occurred during the Highland clearances in Scotland, canny little „business minds“ have declared people to be superflous to their profits and decided they are less valuable than sheep or grazing land, and must be elimated by vaccines, wars and economic crisis.

The real meaning of democracy was direct participation in the political process by every single citizen – and it was first practised in Athens. Today, it surives in Switzerland in some form. But nowhere else.

Though a tiny city state of just 2,600 square kilometers and having at most 400,000 citizens, women, children, immigrants and slaves, Athens became the super power of its epoch.

It was a military and cultural super power,  a city with its own constitution, and producing unparalleled philosophy and literature that is just as fresh and relevant today as it was then.

This extraordinary super power developed because every single free male citizen was allowed to participate in the assembly. Interestingly, there were no parties and no priests to act as intermediaries. Just direct democracy.

Miniscule Athens defeated the military might of the gigantic Persian empire in 480/79 BC. Historical sources show that the Athenians had contempt for the Persians because they lived as the subjects of a king and not as free people. They considered them to be no more than salves fed like animals by their king, according to Herodotus. The desire to remain free and souvereign individuals was one reason why tiny Athens fought with such incredibly determination to defeat the gigantic Persian empire.

Finally, Athens descended into mob rule with the citizens voting to abolish their own democracy in 322.

The question of how to ensure that the average citizen remained sufficiently informed, enlightened, courageous and competent to maintain a just and strong and prosperous state was discussed by Plato in the Republic, among other works.

He saw the key in the thinking citizen, and identified in as an enemy of the free state the smooth talking sophist/media mogul.

This is also an issue that must concern all of us today as we struggle with exactly the same problem of a fading democracy and rising barbaric Persian corporate empire.

If we are to revive real democracy from the ruins of the Globalist empire we find ourselves today, we also  need to revive the spirit of inquiry, debate of the ancient Greeks and ensure we have accurate information.

In Athens every citizen was required to serve in the army to defend the city state and its constitution.

Today, every free person should serve in a new  information army to defeat the monolithic media structure that is emerging in our midst to spread lies and further the Persian-style corporate empire.

The battleground is truth versus lies: facts versus „exhortations“; analysis versus „entertainment“; explanations versus  disinformation.

Infowarriors can surely do worse than read the stunning Greek classics for inspiration on how to free ourselves internally and externally from the yoke of the Persian barbarians and their mind controlling media.

While the New World Order claims to be following in the footsteps of the  ancient Greeks, anyone who has read Plato and Sophocles in the original language knows this is yet another myth or delusion.

Just one small example is the fact that Plato condemned paedophpilia and eros but praised platonic love or agape between adults and youth. But the Globalists have no time to study great works of literature or to recognise Greek had two different words for love. They are too busy counting sheep and trees. The Bilderbergs probably think Sophocles is a species of shrub and Euripides a form of hairspray.

Now I do not claim that my mere A level in ancient Greek makes me expert but I do suspect my knowledge on this issue exceeds that of the globalists who act like they believe Pericles is a brand of mineral water instead of a politician who captured the spirit of Athenian democracy in a great speech in Book III of Thucydides‘ History, as relevant today as ever:

„We love what is beautiful with simplicity, and we love the things of the mind without a loss of vitality, Pericles said.

How many of us love the things of the mind? Truth, knowledge, self knowlege, inquiry, research, learning, reflection?

How many of us are ready to engage in this battle of the mind and truth with energy and esprit to free ourselves from the yoke of salvery under the Persian empire?

„Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it,“ said Pericles.

 How many of us are ready to be courageous? Why? Why not? What is holding us back?

Do we really want to be slave? Or free people? What will make us really happy?

Pericles’s speech is here:

http://legacy.lclark.edu/~ndsmith/Pericles’_Funeral_Oration.htm

„By name, because it is not administered for the benefit of the few but for the many, our government is called a democracy. With regard to the laws, all have equality as concerns their private differences. With regard to the estimation in which each man is held, he is preferred for honors not so much from considerations of class as from merit, nor, again, is he prevented by the obscurity of his position, on grounds of poverty, from doing some good for the state. We are like free men in our political life and in our day-to day relations with one another. We do not get angry with our neighbor if he enjoys himself in his own way, nor do we wear offensive looks that, though really harmless, still hurt people’s feelings. We live together harmoniously in our private matters; in public matters we make a point of not breaking the law, because we respect it. We obey those in authority and the laws, especially such laws as are laid down for the benefit of the oppressed and those laws that, though unwritten, it is an acknowledged shame to break.

[38] Moreover, for our spirits we have provided many opportunities for relaxation from hard work. We have contests and festivals from one year’s end to the other and maintain houses and furnishings in beauty and good taste; and the delight we find in such things drives away our cares. Also, owing to the greatness of our polis, all things from all over the world flow into it, and we enjoy goods from abroad as though they were our own as much as our home products.

 [39] Our attitude to military security differs from that of our enemies. We throw our polis open to the world and never, by the expulsion of foreigners, debar anyone from either learning or observing things that, if revealed, could benefit any of our enemies. For we trust not so much in preparations and stratagems as in our stoutness of heart for actual deeds. Again, as to modes of education, they [the Spartans] aim at manly character by laborious training from their youth, while we spend our time without these restrictions yet advance no less boldly to equal dangers. For example, the Spartans never march against our country by themselves but together with all their allies, while we usually overpower without difficulty in battle on foreign soil those who are defending their own possessions. And no enemy has yet encountered our total strength, because we must attend to our navy and at the same time send out our ground forces on numerous missions. But if they somewhere engage a portion of our military and overpower some of us, they boast that we all were routed, whereas if they are overpowered, they claim that they were beaten by all of us. And yet if we are willing to face danger with an ease of mind rather than by laborious training, and with a courage resulting more from a natural disposition than the compulsion of laws, we then have the advantage of not having to spend time anticipating sufferings yet to come, and we show ourselves as brave as others who are always training hard. So our polis is admirable in these respects and in others besides.

 [40] We love what is beautiful with simplicity, and we love the things of the mind without a loss of vitality; wealth we employ rather as an opportunity for action than as a subject for boasting. Poverty is nothing shameful for a man to admit; the real shame comes in not seeking to escape it by action. Here the same men can attend to private affairs without neglecting those of the polis; even those mostly engaged in their own occupations have no lack of insight into affairs of the polis. For we alone do not regard a man who takes no part in political life as one who minds his own business; we regard him as having no business here at all. And we ourselves decide policies and submit them to proper discussions, for we do not think words incompatible with deeds; rather, the real hindrance lies in a lack of proper debate before resorting to action. We have this characteristic to a remarkable extent, that we are at the same time the most daring and the most calculating about what we take in hand, whereas for others it is ignorance that brings confidence and calculation that brings fear. But those who truly can be deemed the bravest are the people who, realizing both what is terrible and what is pleasant, do not shrink from dangers on account of this knowledge.

And as regards goodness we differ from other men: we make friends not by receiving benefits but by conferring them. The one who has conferred the benefit is the firmer friend: He keeps alive the sense of obligation by goodwill towards the one he has conferred it on; but the man who owes it in return is more indifferent, knowing that not as a favor but as a debt will he repay the kindness. We are the only people who help anyone without being anxious about the result, not so much from calculation as from the confidence that belongs to us as free men.

[41] Taking everything together, then, I declare that our polis is a school for Greece, and that, in my opinion, each man individually can combine in his own person a wider range of activity than men elsewhere, is quicker witted, and knows more of the graces of life.

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