Thursday, August 01, 2019

Caitlin Johnstone: “Status Quo Politicians Are Infinitely ‘Weirder’ Than Marianne Williamson”

Well, it seems that author and spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson has become a credible presidential candidate.

I say this because a month ago her presence in and contribution to the first Democratic presidential candidates' debate drew ridicule and derision from most mainstream media pundits. She was dismissed, in other words, as not being a credible candidate; as unthreatening. Yet now, after her success in the first night of the second debate (see the headlines at right), the knives have come out. She's clearly being viewed now as enough of a candidate to be a credible threat to business-as-usual politics and to the way the status quo insists things such as a presidential candidacy should look like and be conducted.

No longer considered merely a “kooky” or “joke” celebrity candidate, Marianne Williamson is being described in some quarters as the “dangerous” mirror image of Donald Trump. It's absurd, I know. But it goes to show just how far much of the corporate media and other gatekeepers of the political and economic status quo will go to undermine and discredit a genuinely progressive voice.

For her part, Williamson has responded to all of this by saying the following.

They’re no longer ignoring us. They’re still laughing but with some nervousness in their voices; and we are now moving into some serious resistance to the emergence of our campaign – lies about my stance on medicine and science, etc. Those who support the campaign need to get serious now; one of the themes has always been that we need to become as convicted in our love as some people are convicted in their fear.

I dare say I'll write more about this backlash against Williamson and her campaign in a later post. She is, after all, the candidate I'm most passionate and energized about supporting at this stage of the presidential race, for reasons that I outline here.

Tonight I share Caitlin Johnstone's recent op-ed in which she compellingly contends that it is not Marianne Williamson, "the lady talking about love and slavery reparations," whom should be consider a “freak,” but each and every "seasoned career politician.”


Status Quo Politicians Are Infinitely
‘Weirder’ Than Marianne Williamson

By Caitlin Johnstone

The Mind Unleashed
July 31, 2019

Night one of the CNN Democratic debates has come and gone, and if you missed it you didn’t miss much. Basically the entire thing can be summed up as Jake Tapper asking the progressives on stage, “So explain why Americans would vote for your policies when we here at CNN have been telling them for years that they’re not allowed to support those policies?” Then for balance they ask one of the boring centrist candidates to explain why Bernie Sanders is crazy. Repeat for two and a half hours.

Disrupting the monotony was Marianne Williamson, who once again was the most-searched candidate following the debate. She raised eyebrows by using the phrase “dark psychic forces” to describe Trump’s demagoguery, prompting many ironically ironic tweets from ironically ironic people eager to make fun of how weird and ridiculous this self-help guru woman is. Which to me is a bit odd seeing as the people she’s being compared to are status quo politicians, who are some of the most freakishly insane creatures on this planet.

I am not a fan of Marianne Williamson, nor of anyone else in this primary race for that matter. But the candidates who push against the status quo in some way do tend to highlight various aspects of the oppression machine in ways I find interesting, and the reaction to Williamson is certainly no exception.

I mean, this same debate saw Mayor Pete Buttigieg saying that “assault weapons, things like what I carried overseas in uniform . . . have no business in American neighborhoods in peacetime, let alone anywhere near a school.” In other words, such weapons don’t belong in America, they belong overseas murdering foreigners for crude oil and Raytheon profit margins. This argument is becoming more and more common in America’s gun control debate, and the only reason people don’t shout and shudder in revulsion upon hearing it is because the propagandists of the political/media class have normalized military mass murder in mainstream American consciousness to such a severe extent.

This same debate also saw former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper argue that US troops should remain in Afghanistan for “humanitarian” reasons and to protect “the condition of women”, apparently in an attempt to court the key voting demographic of people who have been sealed in a soundproof time capsule since 2001. He literally said “Look at the progress that’s happened in that country.” With his literal face hole.

This same debate also saw Montana Governor Steve Bullock extolling the merits of keeping a nuclear first strike policy on the table for the United States. This man sincerely argued that it is good and right for the United States to be prepared to use nuclear weapons even when not attacked with nuclear force, and for other nuclear-armed nations to see this and know this. This is clearly an omnicidal, psychopathic position which threatens every organism on our planet, but today everyone’s talking about Marianne Williamson and energy crystals.

These people are freaks. If someone came into our world from a parallel universe where humanity is healthy, the least of their concerns on that stage would be the lady talking about love and slavery reparations.

If people could really see what’s happening in their nation and their world with fresh eyes, they’d scream in horror. But that’s the exact status quo that all these sane, normal, serious politicians have dedicated their lives to upholding. One where people are deliberately kept poor by a plutocratic class which understands that money is power and power is relative. One where the most powerful military force in history circles the globe and wages endless wars upon disobedient populations. One where we rip apart the flesh of our planet and dump poison into our air and our water in facilitation of a new mass extinction event which will someday claim our own species if not reversed. One where we point weapons at each other that can wipe out cities, cover the earth’s surface in nuclear radiation, and fill the sky with black soot blocking out the sun for decades, and we play with escalations toward the deployment of such weapons like it’s a game.

The only reason any of this seems normal to anyone is because the propagandists have normalized it. The only reason the politicians who help support this system seem normal to anyone is because the propagandists have normalized them. Without the filter of propaganda warping our sense of reality, we’d see these depraved monsters for what they really are.

If all of humanity suddenly took sane pills today, we wouldn’t be mocking some long-shot Democratic candidate for saying things in a slightly different way than we’re used to hearing them. We’d be mocking the people who’ve been propping up this ridiculous, insane way of being, and we’d be throwing them all out on their asses. And we’d be enraged that it took us this long to do so.

Seasoned career politicians are infinitely more ridiculous, crazy, risible and undignified than Marianne Williamson, because the power structures and agendas they uphold are so transparently bat shit insane. That doesn’t mean Williamson is special, it means they are freaks. And if we ever get sane, we’ll immediately see them as such.

Caitlin Johnstone
The Mind Unleashed
July 31, 2019

Following is CNN's Anderson Cooper's interview with Marianne Williamson after the first night of the CNN Democratic primary debate. . . .

Related Off-site Links:
The Meaning of the Marianne Williamson Moment – David French (National Review, July 31, 2019).
Marianne Williamson Won the Debate – Katherine Krueger (Splinter, July 31, 2019).
Don't Mock Marianne Williamson, Democrats Need Her Spiritual Politics in Dark Trump Era – Kirsten Powers (USA Today, July 31, 2019).
Marianne Williamson Is the Only True Anti-Trump
– Megan McArdle (The Washington Post, July 17, 2019).
Marianne Williamson Won’t Be President. But Her 2020 Competitors Should Take Note – Dana Milbank (The Washington Post, July 31, 2019).
Author Marianne Williamson on 2020 Run: “The Best Thing I Can Do Is Be Myself” – Miranda Bryant (The Guardian, July 27, 2019).
When Everyone Else Stepped Back, Marianne Williamson Stepped Forward – David Kessler (Medium, July 26, 2019).
Marianne Williamson Polling Ahead Of Beto O’ Rourke, Corey Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand in New Hampshire – Ashe Schow (The Daily Wire, July 16, 2019).
Marianne Williamson Wants to Win the Presidency With the Power of Love and Miracles – Jesse Walker (Reason, July 13, 2019).
Marianne Williamson's “Evangelion” Meme Uses Anime to Explain 2020 Candidate's Holistic Politics – Andrew Whalen (Newsweek, July 10, 2019).
The Meaning of Marianne WilliamsonThe New York Times (July 9, 2019).
Williamson Says Election About “the Love of Democracy” – Karen Dandurant (Sea Coast Online, July 6, 2019).
Marianne Williamson Is Just What the Democratic Party Needs – Tyler Cowen (Pioneer Press, July 5, 2019).

UPDATE: Why Marianne Williamson Belongs Center Stage – CK Sanders (Medium, August 18, 2019).

For more coverage at The Wild Reed of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, see:
Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – November 5, 2018
Jacob Weindling: Quote of the Day – November 19, 2018
Something to Think About – February 19, 2019
Quotes(s) of the Day – February 26, 2019
Bernie Sanders: Quote of the Day – March 2, 2019
Talkin’ ’Bout An Evolution: Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid
Why Marianne Williamson Is a Serious and Credible Presidential Candidate
Pete Buttigieg: Quote of the Day – April 17, 2019
Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – April 24, 2019
Marianne Williamson: Reaching for Higher Ground
Progressive Perspectives on Joe Biden's Presidential Run
Beto, Biden and Buttigieg: “Empty Suits and Poll-Tested Brands”
Pete Buttigieg, White Privilege, and Identity Politics
“A Lefty With Soul”: Why Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson Deserves Some Serious Attention
Bernie Sanders: Quote of the Day – June 12, 2019
Sometimes You Just Have to Take Matters Into Your Own Hands . . .
Marianne Williamson Plans on Sharing Some “Big Truths” on Tonight's Debate Stage
Pete Buttigieg: Quote of the Day – June 27, 2019
Friar André Maria: Quote of the Day – June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson: “Today Is a Day of Shame”
Brian Geving: Quote of the Day – July 20, 2019
Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson: “We’re Living at a Critical Moment in Our Democracy”

1 comment:

Catherine Smegal said...

I love her. She has no fear.