American Caliphate - Book 4Jessie Jennifer
The Great American Gulag
Over the years, I have suffered, on and off, with insomnia. When I was younger, I would sometimes have trouble falling asleep: onset insomnia. As I have gotten older, though, I've developed a bigger problem with waking up in the middle of the night at about three or four in the morning and not being able to fall back to sleep: maintenance insomnia. If you have ever had maintenance insomnia, then you know how frustrating it can be. I toss and turn and toss and turn until finally I decide I might as well do something constructive, so I get up and go down stairs to find something to read.
I cannot say everything about insomnia is bad. Over the years, the maintenance insomnia I suffer from on a fairly regular basis has enabled me to read some of the great books of history that most people never bother with, and these great books have enabled me to have a very broad view of human history. So, in a way, insomnia has an upside.
Every once in a while, though, I'll read an old, old book that is boring and not particularly insightful, and I won't have anything else to read that is interesting, so I'll flick on the television and watch some old movie or television show. One time, I was watching a movie from the 1970's or early 80's called Escape from New York. It starred Kurt Russell as the main character named Snake. It also starred Donald Pleasence as the President of the United States. As I watched this old movie, I thought the premise for it was perfectly absurd. It was set in the near future, and there were so many prisoners in the U.S. prison system that all of New York City had been turned into a maximum security prison. In the story, Air Force One had crashed into New York City with the President on board, and Kurt Russell, Snake, was hired to rescue the President from all of the nefarious criminals who were locked up in New York City.
As I watched this movie, I had to laugh at the preposterous storyline, which predicted a future that would become a reality if the trends of the 1970's and 80's continued and nothing changed. It was such a 70's movie with hokey action sequences, menacing characters, and cheap synthesized music, but, for some reason, I could not stop thinking about it over the next few weeks after I watched it. I would be doing some simple task like taking out the trash, and then the movie would pop into my consciousness. Finally, I realized why Escape from New York kept coming back into my thoughts:
The movie has come true.
There are currently over two million people incarcerated in the U.S. prison system. That's a gulag! Not even China and Russia combined have that many incarcerated in their prison systems.
Of course, the dictatorial, elite media in America will never call what we have here The Great American Gulag because to admit we have oppression and tyranny would undermine the elite media's ruling status, so they will never do this. However, this also means this empowered media institution, which is much more than biased (it has an agenda), is worse than TASS or Pravda ever were. TASS and Pravda were part of a massive ministry of propaganda - or a ministry of information. The elite American media is a ministry of disinformation because it refuses to label something for what it is. Every word this Svengali institution says revolves around its central goal, and its central goal is to maintain and augment its own power, money, and glory.
Since the message will always be based on its institutional agenda (to remain an elite), there is nothing to stop the numbers of prisoners in the U.S. prison system from skyrocketing from two million to three million to five million, and, well, maybe, even to ten million - or more. What's to stop it?
The American nobility will never admit they support tyranny and oppression, or they will attempt to legitimize it by blasting their message into every nook and cranny and orifice of the country - and the world! And since freedom of speech is not illegal, it is something far worse - it's impossible! - the message becomes a kind of truth. Alternative thinking is actively suppressed. And since the arrogant, misanthropic American nobility believes precisely the same thing that the arrogant, misanthropic state-controlled Soviet media and the Russian commissar believed (the people can't think anything except what we tell them to think!) free thinking is obliterated. Thought control works in the United States in precisely the same way as it worked in the former Soviet Union: through denial of voice. However, suppression of free speech and free thought will not work forever. Eventually, the distance between what is said and what actually is becomes so great that no one believes what those in power are saying. Empowered institutions become easily discredited and then universally despised.
As the modern economy continues to globalize, prison systems will be streamlined and privatized for cost effectiveness, and, eventually, there may even be international prison facilities with potentially huge numbers of incarcerated. Will New York City ever be transformed into a maximum security prison? Maybe the point of the film was never that it actually ever would be, but the absurd premise was a metaphor for a reality that has come to pass.
All of the prisoners in the Great American Gulag should be released immediately! - my fifth tweet.
Islam is hope! - my ninth tweet.
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