Drove the Original North American Revolution
and the Final Phase now in
Perhaps his most well-known comment, "Knowledge is power," is truer today than when he said it 400 years ago. For almost all of that time, the power elite controlled the information and thereby controlled the people.
I spoke before about the current political situation in the US as being the final phase of the American revolution. For the second time in US history the people found a way to overcome the control of information.
This ability marked the start and promoted the success of the Revolution. Now, it is marking the final phase and guaranteeing the continuance of the Revolution.
However, as Benjamin Franklin said when asked if in negotiations they had settled for a republic or a democracy, he replied,
People now have access to
information, if they can keep it.
The degree of the failure is given by the fact that Giscard D'Estaing, became President because the Giscard family purchased the D'Estaing portion from an extinct noble family.
The words 'de' or 'd'' in a French name is a sign of aristocratic heritage. Few were more arrogant and lorded it over the people than Charles de Gaulle.
The same is true in England. Oliver Cromwell executed Charles I in 1649, but his son Charles II was returned to the throne just 11 years later in 1660.
Marx never thought a revolution would occur in Russia. He was right, Putin is just another Tsar.
Similarly, in China, the
current President Xi Jinping, with his change of the rules to
allow him a lifelong Presidency is just another Emperor.
It was a small group of power elite who controlled most of the land telling the King he was not treating them properly.
The people back on their estates were serfs, essentially slaves to the property owner. Most of those lands are still controlled by a handful of people.
A 2010 story in the Daily Mail says,
The private ownership of land was the second leg of North American 'exceptionalism.'
It is the only country in the world formed to break that lock on land. It is the only country in the world that has free speech as its first amendment. I grew up in England knowing that the only place in that country where you could criticize the government was at Hyde Park corner.
As a teenager, I heard a
joke about the Corner that resonates even more with me in
Eventually, the promises become less significant and he says,
A voice from the back of the crowd shouts out,
The speaker replies,
The challenge for the American revolutionaries was to get their message out to the people without access to the newspapers. The British government controlled the newspapers because they were owned by the landed aristocrats.
The power of the newspapers was well known at the time of the American Revolution.
William Cowper's poem "Progress of error" published in 1782 explains,
The point is the power elite controlled the press, then and now.
So, how did the American revolutionaries get around it and get important information to the people? They needed to buoy the spirits of the people and impart important information without arousing a reaction from the British.
The answer is though Pamphlets...
Robert Parkinson wrote,
I believe Benjamin Franklin is one of the most remarkable people who ever lived.
His range of interests and expertise coupled with his ability to communicate with people at all levels and abilities is beyond equal. His major unique talent was to see events and anticipate their significance. He had a wider view but never with his eyes over the horizon as is the trait of fools.
He ordered the captains of ships carrying the mail to Europe to take water temperature readings, so they could go with the Stream going east and avoid it going west. This took five days off sailing times.
It is no surprise then that Franklin developed the pamphlet and proved its value in bypassing the authorities.
In a 1923 presentation, William Renwick spoke about Franklin's early use of Pamphlets in the 1750s giving examples of his,
Twenty years later three significant pamphlets among many circulated in favor of the revolution were,
Since the American Revolution, the Press, with the direct support and control of the power elite, reasserted itself.
We are now at the point explained by A.J. Liebling that,
In the period since the Revolution, the Press has expanded into the Media, but all the controls and condemnations of Cowper's poem apply.
The Press and the Media were now in control by determining who would win and who would lose. They decide who would win and who would lose. In archaic terms, they became the king-makers and the king-breakers.
This means that anyone
running for political office, especially the presidency, needed
media support or a way of bypassing them.
They did everything they could to get her elected, but it failed...
It meant that throughout history about thirty percent of the people never vote.
Trump apparently realized that politicians had become professionals only interested in perpetuating their career. The result of this professionalism was a movement from the center as about 20% of the Democrats moved to the left and 20% of the Republicans to the right.
This polarization is
occurring in other countries such as the UK and France among others.
The swamp tried to deflect him by labeling him a populist. That charge tells you everything that is wrong in the swamp. Trump was doing the unthinkable, listening to the majority of the people and acting for them.
Swamp-denizens know what is good for the people. It is impossible for this non-politician and the people to know what is good for them?
Even Mitch McConnell
expressed this view.
The modern equivalent of the Pamphlet was the Internet that allowed the final phase of the Revolution. Trump could not have succeeded if the people did not have another access to information.
...brought information that provided a different perspective from that in the media.
Through social media, people were able to discuss issues and hear viewpoints of fellow citizens as never before. It became a free market of ideas and expression.
The professional politicians and media, collectively and correctly identified by Trump as the Swamp, considered most of Trump's actions and behavior 'Un-presidential.'
However, his use of
Twitter annoyed them more than anything else, because it bypassed
their control of information.
When asked to stop using Twitter he replied,
His charge of 'fake news'
translates to Cowper's "never-ending spring of endless lies."
The term is a typical meaningless phrase created by politicians to give an issue gravitas but is not threatening.
Like all these liberal plans it is done using a 'save the people from capitalists' core. He claimed people were being exploited by Internet Providers (IP) and he was going to use the power of government to protect the poor, ignorant people.
Trump kept another
campaign promise by cancelling the program...
In those hearings, both parties underscored their swamp membership.
Only we, as professional
politicians, know what needs to be done and it cannot include free
and unfettered access to all information.
Bacon was right:
But it is the sole
property of the people and now they have it, they must never let