While the events on this day, one decade ago, had many direct and indirect effects on our current world- mentioning the most important ones is taboo in the MSM. Fortunately we have a much larger and better internet than the one in 2001, allowing us to talk about things once considered unmentionable in “polite” circles.
So let us begin..
One of the most important effect of that event and subsequent responses to it was the exposure of the sick old man behind the American myth making machine.
Two or three decades ago- most people in the world, and most Americans themselves, believed that the USA was inherently better than others. Even ten years ago, a belief that the USA was somehow always right, possessing bottomless resources, ingenuity and omnipotence was the norm. Things have changed a lot since then, largely due to a combination of events and technology.
While technology had an important role in unmasking the masquerade by spreading information, it was the events of that day and the response to it which fatally destroyed the mythmaking machine.
Don’t believe me? Do you still see the FBI, CIA, NSA and a host of other three-letter alphabet soups in control of the situation? Do you have faith in the ability of the DHS to protect you? Do you still believe that these agencies are populated by genuinely competent people or by ‘connected’ greedy people on power trips? Do you believe that the system can react rationally and competently to real threats?
Have you ever wondered whether the principal purpose of new rules, laws, procedures and agencies is to extract more money from the taxpayer for personal enrichment? Have you ever wondered why all that money spent on “security” has created so few new jobs, technology and general prosperity unlike the money spent during the cold war which was responsible for tens of millions of well-paying jobs and technological advances?
Today the USA is much closer to becoming an overtly fascist state than it was ten years ago. Economic ideologues and their theories have been exposed as fraud and fabrication. The same can be said of a lot of scientific research, especially biomedical research. The spurious rationalization of “free market capitalism” lies exposed for those brave enough to look at it. Few believe that a university education will give them a real middle-class lifestyle. While the destruction of belief in the ability of renowned experts in economics, education and science has proceeded somewhat independently of those in political, administrative and military arena- they do synergise in the public mind.
A set of technological limitations in peer-to-peer and lack of large public setbacks had allowed the ‘elite’ in the USA to spin a mythology about how they were deserving omnipotent beings ruling over a blessed nation. This theme was reinforced through propaganda via newspapers, magazines, radio, cinema, TV and other asymmetrical means of communication. The Internet removed information asymmetry. Then events on 9/11 and the response to it provided a large and linked series of very public setbacks which are now obvious to people in villages on the other side of the world.
This is the new reality..