“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”— from the US Declaration of Independence
“We are ruled by Big Business and Big Government as its paid hireling, and we know it. Corporate money is wrecking popular government in the United States. The big corporations and the billionaires have taken daily control of our work, our pay, our housing, our health, our pension funds, our bank and savings deposits, our public lands, our airwaves, our elections and our very government. Will they continue to divide us and will we continue to divide ourselves, according to our wounds and alarms, until they have taken the country away from us for good?”— Ronnie Dugger
Since the current political situation in Washington seems to promise little more than a one step retreat from a three step advance into empire, newspeak and militant corporate rule, it is time for members of the independent media community to realistically assess our capacities to transmit enough vital truth to ignite a nonviolent countercoup and populist democratic revival.
There are now sufficient bodies of evidence to support “probable cause” indictments of official treachery and criminality on many, many fronts. While most such topics are ignored, distorted or censored in the corporate media, we are interested in the stories that most directly expose the rise of totalitarian/corporate rule, its enabling “wars” and propaganda, and the accelerating erosion of historical truth and popular control in America. This conference will, therefore, preferentially consider the potential utility (and problems) of keystone issues like election fraud, 9/11 complicity, military-industrial deception/corruption/dominion, etc. given that they instructively intertwine and illuminate much deeper narratives.
The increasing number of citizens now willing to contemplate these crimes bespeaks a healthy distrust of official authority and an openness to truly revolutionary reform. If the public were more fully informed of these offenses and their interrelationships, they could arguably change political consciousness and journalistic behavior more than any other revelations of our age.
We therefore dedicate this gathering of media veterans to a frank strategic discussion of our individual and collective strengths, limits and needs, out of which can come a blueprint for a year of unprecedented truth-telling and collaboration.