The 21st Century; The Era of False Flags, Shills and Public Misinformation

Today, I would like to speak about a serious issue which I have thought about over and over to the point that it’s stuck at the back of my mind like a splinter in a sore thumb. I am referring to the fact that as a society we have become anti-cultural, conformist and ignorant. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying it’s completely our fault (nor am I saying that we should be ashamed and repent, we just need to open our minds and think logically) – as citizens in a democracy we use our vote to empower authorities charged with safeguarding our interests. Our true failure lies in not realising that the game is rigged.

What I mean by this is this – think of society like a pyramid structure. If you were to put our nation’s most important at the top and the less important at the bottom, logic dictates that the authorities and the decision-makers would be at the apex level, right? Now, if the person in power is also a person who gets to live a privileged lifestyle, attend lavish parties and have VIP treatment in every single place they go, it’s safe to assume that they would want it to stay that way. After all, society tends to give the cold shoulder to those who are financially troubled (try asking someone for food or money when you don’t have any and see just how empty your stomach will remain). So, tell me dear loyal party supporters; why do you think that your leaders are above lying to you and screwing you over when in reality their stay in power is when they can cash out?

This is where the things I mentioned in the title of this article come in. Politicians weave a web of lies to deceive and subvert the public’s attention away from the real issues and problems; the job description entails diverting the blame away from them and onto a minority. There are several tactics which have been used to do so – false flag attacks, for example, is a commonly used fear-mongering tool in order to terrorise a nation into going to war. A false flag attack is one which is planned by a country on its own soil (under the pre-tense that the assailants belong to the “enemy” nation) in order to make it seem justified to go to war with another country – an example of this lies in 9/11. For the sake of the brevity of this article, I suggest looking at the damning evidence yourself, as it would take a whole other article to delve into that subject.

Another business which is booming is the shilling industry; how many times have you heard a government official say “a panel of experts has been lined up to back our statement?” In the case of a corrupt government whose interest solely lies in convincing us we should blindly trust it and not ask questions, shills are very useful people (the word ‘shill’ is slang for a person who publics or praises something / someone for reasons of self-interest or personal profit). For example, if your government wants to build a tasteless boutique hotel in a beautiful rural area of the country, they will probably hire a couple of experts to provide a ‘social impact assessment’ (or something on those lines, the important thing is that they come off looking professional and serious) in order to convince the public this is a good idea.

And how does this all slide without us noticing? That’s where deliberate public misinformation comes in. Every day, we are bombarded with non-stop advertisements, countless reality shows and droll television as well as propaganda from national radio and television shows. The point of all this is to never give you time to thoroughly think about what’s really going on and keep you occupied with mindless entertainment. If it’s not entertainment, it’s the general glorification of the lifestyle of the wealthy and the influential that keeps us tethered onto the bait just enough to believe that we can all live like that (leading to the never-ending pursuit for money). The delusion lies in making you think that it’s okay to have inequality and hate and disparity; if you believe that is okay, then you need to reconnect to what it really means to be a human being and start thinking more with your own brain instead of waiting to be told what to think.

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Why MORE than 3,000 people need to attend the next protest

To those that are not familiar with the current situation in the Maltese Islands, allow me to briefly explain what’s going on; a national protest was held yesterday in front of the Parliament Building in Valletta, where over 3,000 people attended what was considered the biggest environmental rally in the country’s history. People from all walks of life gathered together to protest the rampant over-development of what are known as ODZ (Outside Development Zone) lands and the general countryside. The demonstration was triggered specifically by the government’s proposal to use Żonqor point in Marsascala (over 90,000 sq. M. of ODZ and agricultural land) as the site for the development of a University and the establishment of Front Ħarsien ODZ, the organisation which masterminded the protest.

What’s absolutely unacceptable and unabashedly shady about the development is that, at the time of the writing of this article, the Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat has not yet published the agreement made with Sadeen Investments Ltd, the company behind the proposal. Several Labour MPs have declined to answer questions in relation to the development; in fact, the government in general has maintained a stoic approach of giving the issue as little coverage as possible as well as doing its utmost to smear the image of the countryside in question and labelling it as a wasteland rather than the beautiful stretch of fields and greenery it actually is.

The protest was, therefore, a success – a small step in the right direction. However, we must not stop now and think we have thwarted the government’s efforts to turn our country into the next Dubai or Singapore (these were the Prime Minister’s words, not mine). Our country is not characterised by slabs of concrete and man-made structures, nor is it a haven for the affluent; Malta’s best parts are the ones we are ruthlessly bulldozing to build accommodations for the wealthy. The serene countryside, the richness of our history, the beauty of the unpolluted beaches and the clean, fresh air of the natural environment are the country’s biggest attractions. Most of the tourists that come to Malta come here to relax and unwind from the fast-paced lifestyles of bigger, built-up cities, thus making the systemic destruction of the environment at the hands of relentless developers and money-hungry politicians both irresponsible and short-sighted.

It is for these reasons that we must do anything we need to do in order to stop our countryside from being pillaged any further. 3,000 people is not a number that should be ignored, yet Dr Joseph Muscat, in his typical irritating and passive style, still had the stones to say that “we are not an arrogant government but we have to ensure that the economy continues to grow so we will take the necessary decisions… I believe there are common sense compromise solutions which this government is working upon.” It does not take a genius to construe that what he meant by that is that the protest has been acknowledged, but we will still make sure that money keeps flowing into the country’s coffers, even if it means screwing the environment anyway. More people need to snap out of the red vs. blue mentality that has made the country a free gravy train for those in bed with the ruling party and one, giant slab of concrete for the rest. More people need to add their voice to the resistance, or what makes our country beautiful and unique will keep on being chipped away until there’s nothing else left.