Wall-to-wall white noise propaganda creates folk devils and monsters for the western population to breathe in, and then along comes just over a minute that blows it all away.

Since its inception, the USA has lied and continues to lie.

Two people in particular who have exposed the USA establishment and their fantasy stories told to the public are Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky.

Howard Zinn, a historian, playwright, and social activist, is best known for his seminal work, “A People’s History of the United States.” Published in 1980, this book challenged traditional historical narratives by presenting American history from the perspective of marginalised groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, women, and working-class people. Zinn aimed to offer an alternative narrative that highlighted the struggles and achievements of those often overlooked in mainstream historical accounts. Here are just some key aspects of Zinn’s writings and his approach to exposing what he saw as the “real” American history:

  1. Historical Perspective: Zinn believed that mainstream history often focused on the actions of political and economic elites while neglecting the experiences of ordinary people. He sought to rectify this imbalance by focusing his narrative on the lives and struggles of everyday individuals.
  2. Critique of Traditional Narratives: Zinn critiqued the traditional narrative of American history, which tended to glorify the nation’s founding and development while downplaying or ignoring the injustices suffered by various marginalised groups. He argued that such narratives served to uphold the status quo and perpetuate myths of American exceptionalism.
  3. Focus on Social Movements: Zinn highlighted the role of social movements in shaping American history, including labour strikes, civil rights struggles, feminist movements, and anti-war protests. He emphasised the agency of ordinary people in effecting social change and challenged the notion that progress was solely the result of the actions of a few influential leaders.
  4. Uncovering Hidden Histories: One of Zinn’s main contributions was to uncover lesser-known episodes of American history, such as the genocide of Native Americans, the brutality of slavery, the exploitation of immigrant labour, and the suppression of dissent during periods of war and political unrest. He argued that these aspects of history were crucial for understanding the complexities and contradictions of the American experience.
  5. Critical Analysis of Power Structures: Zinn’s work was marked by a critical analysis of power structures and institutions, including government, corporations, and the military-industrial complex. He challenged the notion of American democracy as a force for liberation and justice, arguing instead that it often served the interests of the powerful at the expense of the marginalised.
  6. Impact and Influence: “A People’s History of the United States” has had a significant impact on how history is taught and understood in the United States. It has been widely read in schools and universities and has inspired generations of activists and scholars to critically examine the official narratives of American history and seek out alternative perspectives.

Overall, Howard Zinn’s writings have played a crucial role in exposing what he saw as the real American history, one that acknowledges the struggles and contributions of those who have been historically marginalised and oppressed. His work continues to spark debate and inspire efforts to create a more inclusive and honest understanding of the past.

Noam Chomsky, a linguist, philosopher, and political activist, has written extensively on American history and its implications for contemporary society. While Chomsky’s work spans a wide range of topics, including linguistics, foreign policy, and media analysis, his writings on American history often focus on critiquing U.S. imperialism, militarism, and corporate power. Here are some key aspects of Chomsky’s writings that expose what he sees as “real” American history:

  1. Imperialism and Foreign Policy: Chomsky has extensively analysed U.S. foreign policy, particularly its interventions in other countries. He argues that American actions abroad are often motivated by economic interests, geopolitical power struggles, and the desire to maintain control over resources. Chomsky’s writings highlight instances of U.S. military interventions, covert operations, and support for authoritarian regimes, challenging the notion of American benevolence in international affairs.
  2. Corporate Influence: Chomsky critiques the influence of corporate power on American politics and society. He argues that large corporations wield significant influence over government policies, media narratives, and public discourse, often at the expense of democratic principles and the well-being of ordinary citizens. Chomsky’s writings expose the ways in which corporate interests shape economic policies, environmental regulations, and social programs in the United States.
  3. Media Analysis: Chomsky’s “propaganda model” of media analysis, developed with Edward S. Herman, examines how corporate-owned media outlets shape public opinion and serve the interests of powerful elites. According to Chomsky, mainstream media often promote a narrow range of perspectives that align with the agendas of political and economic elites, while marginalising dissenting voices and alternative narratives. His writings on media criticism highlight the role of propaganda, censorship, and selective framing in shaping public perceptions of American history and current events.
  4. Historical Context: Chomsky situates contemporary events within a broader historical context, emphasising patterns of imperialism, militarism, and class conflict throughout American history. He draws connections between past and present policies, arguing that many of the injustices and inequalities present in modern American society are rooted in historical legacies of colonization, slavery, and exploitation. Chomsky’s historical analysis challenges mainstream narratives of American exceptionalism and progress, highlighting the persistent struggles for social justice and human rights.
  5. Activism and Resistance: While critical of U.S. policies and institutions, Chomsky also emphasises the importance of grassroots activism and resistance movements in challenging injustice and promoting social change. He often highlights examples of collective action, solidarity, and political organizing as essential tools for challenging entrenched power structures and advancing progressive ideals. Chomsky’s writings encourage readers to engage critically with history and current events, while also inspiring them to take action to address systemic injustices.

Overall, Noam Chomsky’s writings on American history provide a critical perspective that challenges conventional narratives and exposes the underlying structures of power and oppression. By analysing historical trends, political dynamics, and social movements, Chomsky offers insights into the complexities of American society and the ongoing struggles for democracy, equality, and justice.

If we look, we will find those who have dedicated much of their lives to bringing us reality. What we do with this information is then up to us.

For better and for worse, the United States continues to practice this 1953-era propaganda today.

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