Terrorism didn’t begin on 9/11, but the World did indeed change that day. The United States and its allies, since September 2001, have leveraged the coordinated attack against the World Trade Center and Pentagon to usher in security states at home, and endless war across the globe – or what was initially called the Global War on Terror. In the months preceding America’s retaliatory bombing and invasion of Afghanistan, (the alleged base of operations of the attack’s perpetrators) millions across the planet came out into the streets, imploring the George W. Bush administration stay its hand until a proper investigation provided proof of culpability.
Those demonstrators were ignored, as were subsequent objections to the serial wars to follow.
Dr. T.J. Coles is an Associate Researcher at the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, a columnist for AxisOfLogic.com, and author. Coles’ articles too appear online at CounterPunch, Truthout and Z Magazine, among other places, and his many book titles include: ‘Real Fake News’, ‘Privatized Planet’, Britain’s Secret Wars’, ‘The Great Brexit Swindle’, and the newly released, ‘Manufacturing Terrorism: When Governments Use Fear to Justify Foreign Wars and Control Society’.
T.J. Coles in the first half.
Last month, author, editor, and visionary futurist, Heidi Toffler died. She and husband Alvin were perhaps best-known for the 1970 book, Future Shock which, among other things, envisioned a near-future world where exponentially advancing computer technology combine with communications, mass media, and economic mechanisms to create an unprecedented convergence; the genesis of an integrated, global society. While the Tofflers didn’t live to see the fruition of the modern renaissance they predicted, it seems likely you and I will.
Dr. John Henry Clippinger is, by the reckoning Alvin and Heidi Toffler, just the man for our changing times; holding senior positions in big business, central government, and in the entrepreneurial sector, founding not one, but four technology companies. Dr. Clippinger is too allied with several policy foundations, and academic institutes, most notably at Harvard and Harvard Law School, Brandeis’ Florence Heller School, and the MIT Media Lab, where he works as a research scientist, and co-founded ID3 (cubed) with Sandy Pentland.
John too recently founded the Token Commons Foundation to “develop protocols for decentralized governance and self-sovereign identity”, and serves as advisor to Bancor, Atonomy, Cashaa, Decentralized Pictures, DCP, and Evident Proof. He’s co-editor, with David Bollier of one of the first books, ‘From BitCoin to Burning Man’, attempting to explain the potential of the Blockchain and self-organizing, distributed systems of governance, and author of ‘A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity’, and ‘The Biology of Business, Natural Laws of Enterprise’.
John Clippinger on the politics of technology, and moving beyond the socialist/capitalist economic dichotomy in the second half.
And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, T.J. Coles and manufacturing consent, (with terrorism?).
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/