by Scott Creighton
Emmanuel Goldstein = Osama bin Laden = Joseph Kony
The Kony 2012 campaign is a complete fraud. But unlike most skeptics (KONY 2012 is a SCAM is a good one) who have accurately pointed out that the people behind it are out to make a lot of money on this scam, I intend to show that it’s actually designed to do much worse.
What is the Goldstein Effect?
The Goldstein Effect is a government propaganda tool described by Cass Sunstein, in his 2009 book Worst-Case Scenarios on page 63. It refers to a character in George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Goldstein Effect: “the ability to intensify public concern by giving a definite face to the adversary, specifying a human source of the underlying threat.” Cass Sunstein
In the novel, Goldstein is only seen on a screen being screamed at by the people of Oceania during their daily “Two Minutes Hate,” drill. The citizens are brought into an auditorium everyday, they sit down, they view horrible pictures of victims supposedly of Goldstein and his group called “The Brotherhood”, and then, once they are emotionally prepared, they are shown a picture of Goldstein himself.
They react as a collective hive mind, screaming at the image, trying to out scream the people around them, trying to out hate the people around them,vowing their everlasting hatred of Goldstein while throwing their arms up in a crossed symbol of their unity. Their hatred against Goldstein is pure and reinforced by the shared experience of the Two Minutes Hate drills.
“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t hate Joseph Kony” Angelina Jolie
But Goldstein doesn’t exist and he may never have really existed according to Orwell’s 1984 (during Winston’s torture sessions O’Brien admits that he wrote the book attributed to Goldstein, thus creating the opposition movement and the Brotherhood himself)… and that is what makes him even more valuable to Big Brother.
Winston: Does the Brotherhood exist?
O’Brien: That, Winston, you will never know. If we choose to set you free when we have finished with you, and if you live to be ninety years old, still you will never learn whether the answer to that question is Yes or No. As long as you live it will be an unsolved riddle in your mind.
Goldstein is the perfect enemy for the totalitarian state. He can never be captured until they are ready to replace him with someone else. He will never make a video claiming he did not commit the atrocities they accuse him of. He can be anywhere at anytime, moving sometimes in two places in two different directions at once. He is always the same enemy which nullifies the need to create new justifications for invading different countries. He is an invulnerable ghost whose legend surpasses logic and reason, whose mere image is enough to motivate the passive into action no matter what the cost. He is the perfect villain for a state grown weary of war.
This applies to Kony is so much that even Invisible Children have to admit (though not in their film) that Joseph Kony has not been in Uganda for the past 6 years.
Perhaps one reason for that is the persistent rumor that Joseph Kony died 5 years ago.
That makes Kony the perfect villain in Obama’s new vague war on Africa: he can be anywhere at any time and he will never show up and say he didn’t do whatever they accuse him of. (do you think it’s odd that after all of this hype he hasn’t released a statement yet?)
That is the Goldstein Effect.
What is Kony 2012?
1. The Kony 2012 campaign is certainly designed to make money for the JP Morgan ex-banker and Hollywood sleazebag who set it up in the first place. They are asking school children to contribute on a monthly basis so they can run this thing called the “Kony Tracker” on their website which will supposedly show these kids where the evil illusive Joseph Kony is terrorizing little children throughout Africa.
Taking money from children during hard economic times like these to run an outright propaganda campaign. That’s pretty disgusting if you ask me. But what’s worse is what they are doing to these young people psychologically.
2. Part of what the KONY 2012 campaign is doing is prepping young people to sign-up for the military, to go to war with KONY in Africa when they are old enough to sign up.Compare that to the First Lady’s recent campaign to get young people in better shape so they can serve in the military and Obama’s recent comments commending the youth of America for adapting this movement as their own. These things, these propaganda campaigns, don’t take place in a vacuum. And they always look to purpose these things on more than one agenda.
3. The other part of what KONY 2012 is doing (aside from making the owners of Invisible Children lots and lots of money) is it is providing left cover for Barack Obama to “surge” his military campaign in Africa during a presidential elections which aims to reclaim several nations in Africa that have broken off deals with the United States in favor of dealing with a less demanding Chinese government, who does not force them to hand over resources to multinational companies and does not force them to inflict austerity measures on their people.
Remember, one of the main reasons they took Gadhafi out was the fact that he was trying to unify African nations against AFRICOM, the U.S. military command and control apparatus set up like NORTHCOM. Gadhafi wanted a united Africa to move off of using the dollar as their trade currency. Well they murdered Gadhafi but other leaders in Africa are still determined to get away from the dollar and the IMF altogether. What do you want to bet that the KONY Tracker shows Joseph hiding out in those countries?
All across the corporatist media, the talking heads and the propagandists are working diligently to try to repair the damage that skeptics have been doing to this horrible campaign. That would not happen if KONY 2012 were just some fly by night activist’s cause campaign. The lying corporatist media is expressly backing this bullshit and even helping them to try to recover from the damage that Truth seekers are inflicting on them. That only happens when the empire wants to go to war and if you don’t believe me just think back to how the entire spectrum of the corporate media promoted disinformation and outright lies in the run-up to our conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Iran and lately in Syria.
By rushing to the rescue to promote the KONY 2012 propaganda, the MSM has provided the last bit of evidence that anyone should need to understand what this campaign really is.
They are failing to create a plausible pretext for attacking Iran and Syria so the Military Industrial Complex needs another conflict. They need to be dropping bombs and shooting weapons so they can profit from replacing the stockpiles.
Enter the Propaganda Industrial Complex and their Goldstein Effect KONY 2012 campaign. Can you think of a bigger prize for the MIC than the entire continent of Africa? Each country could be the next hiding place of Joseph Kony so each country is a potential target and the Kony Tracker will show us all where we need to bomb and which pro-Western Dictators we need to prop-up.
Word is getting out. This fake enemy, this new Emmanuel Goldstein, must be exposed for what it is. We cannot let these marketing frauds in the Propaganda Industrial Complex to continue thinking they are winning, that they are smarter than the people of this nation. Yes, they have the money and yes they have the support of the corporatist media and both sides of the faux political divide, but we have each other and we have the truth. It’s not that hard to see once you really look at it.
We cannot allow them to continue manufacturing these Goldstein Enemies one after the other year after year. Enough is enough.