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 Post subject: The News, March 28, 2022
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The March 28, 2022 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

It's Time To Celebrate More Victories
...over the pernicious influence and effect of legal and historical fictions by which the long-running and now dire statist assault on liberty and the rule of law has been facilitated. Plus, a few important words on "gender fluidity" and the Jackson SCOTUS nomination.

WE'RE IN A VERY DANGEROUS TIME right now. Those in possession of political power are allied with a newly-arisen group of private interests able to control the perceptions and discourse of a huge swath of the national population. This has never before been true in the way it is now.

In the past, media organs were vastly more diverse. Nearly everybody read a newspaper and many, if not most, newspapers were independent. Even in the mainstream media, journalists competed with each other in digging up challenges to the dominant perspective or narrative, especially if that narrative was that of any powerful institution or commercial interest, and most especially if that institution was the state or the interest had a political dimension.

Large businesses were less likely to be consolidated, and the atmosphere generated by their influence was less reflexively conformist and less able to be threatened and controlled by narrow-interest grievance industries. No one relied for their "news" and "facts" on addictive so-called social media in which public discourse and the popular picture of reality are "curated" and controlled with outright censorship on a massive scale.

A MAJOR COMPONENT in the destruction of America's liberal order has been the embedding of false notions about the nature of the income tax into public perception. These false notions about the tax engender and support false notions about the Constitutional relationship of citizen and state-- false notions which, conversely, are impossible to sustain when the tax is understood.

Not only is the fiction about the income tax a generator and sustainer of faulty and hugely harmful perceptions leading to a servile and helpless population, but its exploitation produces a river of wealth flowing from the citizenry into the hands of office-holders who use it to steadily eat away at everything that has made this country great.

Because of the overwhelming significance of the issue, those going to the trouble to learn the truth about the tax, and refusing to play along with the lies, are today's true American heroes. Much else competes for our attention these days, but I want to devote some time in this newsletter to celebrating recent victories by these upstanding and outstanding men and women.

Continued...

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

The US Press Again Becomes A Conduit For Pro-War Propaganda.
by Ted Galen Carpenter

American journalists have a long, ignoble history of being willing conduits for pro-war propaganda. Usually, that behavior is in service to a military crusade that Washington has launched or wants to initiate. At times, though, such a betrayal of journalistic integrity occurs on behalf of a foreign country that both U.S. political leaders and news media elites have adopted as a favorite cause. We are currently witnessing the latter phenomenon with respect to news coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The dominant media narrative is that the US government (and all Americans) must "stand with Ukraine" in the latter's resistance to Russian aggression. The identification with Ukraine's cause is now nearly total, and it is infused with arrogant righteousness. Noticeably missing is any sense, once so powerful in US foreign policy and general discourse, that America's interests often are-- and should be-- distinct from the interests and objectives of any foreign country.

The emotionalism and shallowness is most evident with the television coverage of the conflict. American viewers are inundated with images of exploding shells from the invading Russian forces, sights of desperate, tearful refugees (mostly women and children) fleeing the invaders, and shots of other determined Ukrainian civilians arming themselves to defend their country. Television is a visual medium that always tries to evoke emotions among viewers, but that element has become truly over-the-top regarding treatment of the Ukraine war. Providing a deluge of images showing traumatized civilian refugees adds little to anyone's understanding of the roots of the conflict, its underlying issues, or its likely outcome.

Indeed, prominent media outlets have been guilty of circulating transparently crude Ukrainian propaganda. Some of the material they've telecast turned out to be fake. A widely circulated image of a Ukrainian girl verbally confronting Russian troops actually was that of a Palestinian girl confronting Israeli troops. 2015's Miss Ukraine was not taking up arms against the Russian invaders, despite a well-covered photo op. A closer examination of the image showed that she was brandishing an Airsoft gun. Some images of aerial combat footage of Ukrainian pilots battling Russian aggressors were from video games.

Continued...

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Plus,
Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week!

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"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves...too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country--when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'"
-Senator Carl Schurz, October 17, 1899


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