I am listening to some things American anti-war activist and socialist Cindy Sheehan is saying. Please click here to read an article about what she identifies as (I take it) a major mechanism in global class warfare:
There are probably three wacky conspiracy theories for every one realistic account of the Bohemian Club. It doesn’t help that what happens every summer at the Club’s “Grove” campground along the forested banks Russian River in Sonoma County includes a bizarre mix of silly druidic rituals that only feed the rumor mill of Satanism and sexcapades. The proliferation of wacky stories about the Grove gathering are unfortunate because the truth about the Bohemian Club is fascinating and important, especially today with the entire nation focused on growing inequality and the undermining of democratic processes by the wealthy elite.
The Occupy Movement has revived a once annual counter-mobilization against the infamous summer camp for the 1%, and so this year, as they did throughout the 1980s and 1990s, activists with the Bohemian Grove Action Network hope to subject the Club and its members to intense public scrutiny in order to talk about what the Club really is.
For those who don’t know, the Bohemian Club began in 1872 as an artists and writers society with its own wilderness retreat, a place men could drink beer alongside each other, fraternize over art and philosophy, and urinate outdoors in the duff. The Club was soon colonized by San Francisco’s nouveau riche businessmen, mostly bankers, lawyers, merchants, and construction magnets who were accumulating enormous fortunes by monopolizing real estate, cattle, agriculture, financial services, and other needs enormously stimulated by the Gold Rush.
I think it’s important to read and discuss this because, in my view, the ‘ruling class’ benefits immensely from the conspiracy theory industry: all claims and analyses re: their corruption or war crimes or orchestrated attempts to expand or maintain power are too often easily dismissed as ‘conspiracy theories’ and the outspoken labeled as ‘crazy’ without any engagement with the content of the claims. Obviously this provides a layer of protection that neutralizes the most important mechanism for social change: the flow of information that informs the beliefs, actions, and class/social consciousness of the people .
A remedy for this state of affairs can be found in articles like the one linked above, and the scholarly or journalistic projects of those concerned to really bring about clarity in information, history, politics, and economics—without such a remedy true change, or reform, or revolution will be impossible.