What could be motivation for leading a nation into a state of fear? Who would benefit? Could there be a connection with what best selling author Orrin Woodward writes about in the ‘Financial Matrix’ and the creation of a nation in fear? Watch as mass media news informs our nation about bombs exploding in the middle east, refugees fleeing for freedom, mass shootings, and natural disasters. Fear! Day in and day out fear! And more fear! What could possibly be the motive of the media’s intent on creating a nation of fear? Scholar Gary North writes, “Try building a long – term civilization on paranoia. It cannot be done.” Ask someone you respect why our nation’s media would want to induce a state of fear and listen to their reply. It makes for interesting conversation. Could there be a connection to those who influence the economy and the creation of a state of fear?
Mass media has changed its role over the last hundred years from reporting local events that had an immediate impact on our neighbors and communities to news events from a far off place that have no bearing on us and the majority of time never will. It’s all done to protect us from potential impending doom under the umbrella of late breaking news. Have you ever stopped to think that what is reported on the news is what we frequently think and talk about with other people? How many people talk during the day about events that they heard on the news? If what we think about becomes our agenda then what the news reports about becomes what we think about. Propaganda goes into effect when their agenda becomes our agenda. Once, the original intent of the news was to inform us about a local issue. Now it appears that every event becomes paramount to our daily existence. In reality the events that are reported have no immediate bearing on our day - to - day activities but we feel comforted because we are better informed and therefore feel better prepared. But are we?
If the news helps shape our opinion or even what we think about, then the news becomes one of the many components of propaganda. Jacques Ellul writes in his book ‘Propaganda,’ “The very fact that the effectiveness of each medium is limited to one particular area clearly shows the necessity of complementing it with other media. A word spoken from the radio is not the same, does not produce the same effect, does not have the same impact as the identical word spoken in the private conversation or in a public speech before a large crowd. (add: internet, TV, and Radio) To draw the individual into the net of propaganda, each technique must be utilized in its own specific way, directed toward producing the effect it can best produce, and fused with all the other media, each of them reaching the individual in a specific fashion and making him react anew to the same theme – in the same direction, but differently.”
We begin to rely on others to inform us about what is important? Instead of disseminating information from a variety of independent sources Neal Postman writes, “It’s soon projected that the top five programmers will encompass 85% of the news.” This comes from his book ‘How to Watch TV News,’ where he continues, “Networks are making heavy profits from news, and on – air talent is being paid more than ever to communicate to the public.” “There is no escaping the fact; the whole point of television in America is to get you to watch so that programmers, performers, and others can rake in the money.” Who really profits from influencing the media to spread fear? Fear feeds the agenda of the propagandist. We hunker down in our bunkers. It feeds isolation. It’s the antithesis to community where members once relied on each other to solve local problems. It’s easier to manage a population when they are in need of protection. A nation or people in fear instinctively will look for and accept protection and direction. Influencing, they manage our budgets, they manage our curriculum’s, and they manage our thoughts. Who could possibly want to motivate mass broadcasting to create a nation of fear? Scholar Gary North writes, “Like weeds, they need a field to grow in. The field is a climate of opinion – the same field used by the rulers of any society. Change the ideas, and you change the social order. The real climate is not over money, or military hardware, or votes. The real conflict is over ideas.” Fear effects our confidence and self – esteem. Studies show that the number one source of fear in a family is financial. Economic failures effect our sense of self – worth. Is it fear that has caused a drastic drop in new business start – ups? Does motivation to spread fear point to economic reasons? Entrepreneurs have a greater fear of loss today. Entrepreneurial start – ups over the last twenty years are declining. When the government is the fastest growing sector then whoever prints the money wins. If that’s true, then the ‘Financial Matrix’ stands to gain from a nation in fear.
Educator and writer Neil Postman says, “Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him by ours. There is no need for wardens of gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainment, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby – talk, when in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture – death is a clear possibility.” Gary North writes, “The conspiracy is powerful. But the key to stopping the conspiracy is above all educational.” The antithesis to fear (false evidence appearing real) is courage. Knowledge brings confidence of victory over fear. Learn to win the war of ideas with action. Don’t underestimate the impact of making small changes in habits. Simply start. First, begin a quest for literacy by developing a habit of reading. For this, tens of thousands are turning off the ‘Matrix’ channel and turning on the LIFE Leadership subscriptions. Second, free yourself from the burden of debt with the LIFE Leadership ‘Financial Fitness’ program. Thirdly, switch media and refuse to participate in an agenda of fear. Just turn off the news. Don’t worry, if things get bad enough someone will stop over and let you know. God Bless, George Guzzardo