by CJ Hopkins Consent Factory Mar 21, 2019

If Nietzsche was right, and what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger, we can thank the global capitalist ruling classes, the Democratic Party, and the corporate media for four more years of Donald Trump. The long-awaited Mueller report is due any day now, or so they keep telling us. Once it is delivered, and does not prove that Trump is a Russian intelligence asset, or that he personally conspired with Vladimir Putin to steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton, well, things are liable to get a bit awkward. Given the amount of goalpost-moving and focus-shifting that has been going on, clearly, this is what everyone’s expecting.

Honestly, I’m a bit surprised. I was sure they were going to go ahead and fabricate some kind of “smoking gun” evidence (like the pee-stained sheets from that Moscow hotel), or coerce one of his sleazy minions into testifying that he personally saw Trump down on his knees “colluding” Putin in the back room of a Russian sauna. After all, if you’re going to accuse a sitting president of being a Russian intelligence asset, you kind of need to be able to prove it, or (a) you defeat the whole purpose of the exercise, (b) you destroy your own credibility, and (c) you present that sitting president with a powerful weapon he can use to bury you.


This is not exactly rocket science. As any seasoned badass will tell you, when you’re resolving a conflict with another seasoned badass, you don’t take out a gun unless you’re going to use it. Taking a gun out, waving it around, and not shooting the other badass with it, is generally not a winning strategy. What often happens, if you’re dumb enough to do that, is that the other badass will take your gun from you and either shoot you or beat you senseless with it.

This is what Trump is about to do with Russiagate. When the Mueller report fails to present any evidence that he “colluded” with Russia to steal the election, Trump is going to reach over, grab that report, roll it up tightly into a makeshift cudgel, and then beat the snot out of his opponents with it. He is going to explain to the American people that the Democrats, the corporate media, Hollywood, the liberal intelligentsia, and elements of the intelligence agencies conspired to try to force him out of office with an unprecedented propaganda campaign and a groundless special investigation. He is going to explain to the American people that Russiagate, from start to finish, was, in his words, a ridiculous “witch hunt,” a childish story based on nothing. Then he’s going to tell them a different story.

That story goes a little something like this …

Back in November of 2016, the American people were so fed up with the neoliberal oligarchy that everyone knows really runs the country that they actually elected Donald Trump president. They did this fully aware that Trump was a repulsive, narcissistic ass clown who bragged about “grabbing women by the pussy” and jabbered about building “a big, beautiful wall” and making the Mexican government pay for it. They did this fully aware of the fact that Donald Trump had zero experience in any political office whatsoever, was a loudmouth bigot, and was possibly out of his gourd on amphetamines half the time. The American people did not care. They were so disgusted with being conned by arrogant, two-faced, establishment stooges like the Clintons, the Bushes, and Barack Obama that they chose to put Donald Trump in office, because, fuck it, what did they have to lose?

The oligarchy that runs the country responded to the American people’s decision by inventing a completely cock-and-bull story about Donald Trump being a Russian agent who the American people were tricked into voting for by nefarious Russian mind-control operatives, getting every organ of the liberal corporate media to disseminate and relentlessly promote this story on a daily basis for nearly three years, and appointing a special prosecutor to conduct an official investigation in order to lend it the appearance of legitimacy. Every component of the ruling establishment (i.e., the government, the media, the intelligence agencies, the liberal intelligentsia, et al.) collaborated in an unprecedented effort to remove an American president from office based on a bunch of made-up horseshit … which kind of amounts to an attempted soft coup.

This is the story Donald Trump is going to tell the American people.


A minority of ideological heretics on what passes for the American Left are going to help him tell this story, not because we support Donald Trump, but because we believe that the mass hysteria and authoritarian fanaticism that has been manufactured over the course of Russiagate represents a danger greater than Trump. It has reached some neo-Riefenstahlian level, this bug-eyed, spittle-flecked, cult-like behavior … worse even than the mass hysteria that gripped most Americans back in 2003, when they cheered on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the murder, rape, and torture of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children based on a bunch of made-up horseshit.

We are going to be vilified, we leftist heretics, for helping Trump tell Americans this story. We are going to be denounced as Trumpenleft traitors, Putin-sympathizers, and Nazi-adjacents (as we were denounced as terrorist-sympathizers and Saddam-loving traitors back in 2003). We are going to be denounced as all these things by liberals, and by other leftists. We are going to be warned that pointing out how the government, the media, and the intelligence agencies all worked together to sell people Russiagate will only get Trump reelected, and, if that happens, it will be the End of Everything.

It will not be the End of Everything.

What might, however, be the End of Everything, or might lead us down the road to the End of Everything, is if otherwise intelligent human beings continue to allow themselves to be whipped into fits of mass hysteria and run around behaving like a mindless herd of propaganda-regurgitating zombies whenever the global capitalist ruling classes tell them that “the Russians are coming!” or that “the Nazis are coming!” or that “the Terrorists are coming!”

The Russo-Nazi Terrorists are not coming. The global capitalist ruling classes are putting down a populist insurgency, delegitimizing any and all forms of dissent from their global capitalist ideology and resistance to the hegemony of global capitalism. In the process, they are conditioning people to completely abandon their critical faculties and behave like twitching Pavlovian idiots who will obediently respond to whatever stimuli or blatantly fabricated propaganda the corporate media bombards them with.

If you want a glimpse of the dystopian future … it isn’t an Orwellian boot in your face. It’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Study the Russiagate believers’ reactions to the Mueller report when it is finally delivered. Observe the bizarre intellectual contortions their minds perform to rationalize their behavior over the last three years. Trust me, it will not be pretty. Cognitive dissonance never is.

Or, who knows, maybe the Russiagate gang will pull a fast one at the eleventh hour, and accuse Robert Mueller of Putinist sympathies (or appearing in that FSB video of Trump’s notorious Moscow pee-party), and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor. That should get them through to 2020!

(header image: Valhalla Burning by Max Brückner)

6 thoughts on “Mueller-Dämmerung

  1. my new goal is to study and also broadcast what I know of the propaganda process. Everyone who is confused and disgusted should want to know how in the world they and/or their neighbors got royally snoockered.

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  2. A noble goal Gwynn. Keep in mind it is a thankless job. I tried to do exactly this beginning about 5 years ago. I went on social media – Facebook – saw the state of things, and tried to tell people about confirmation bias and where all of this was heading.

    The results was crickets. No one wanted to hear a bit of it. They all wanted to blame someone else for the deplorable state of things. Red people blamed Blue people and Blue people blamed Red people and they all got stupider by the moment.

    Fast forward 5 years to post-Trump and post-Truth and all those buzzwords. Are people ready yet? I doubt it. Our egos need still more deflating before we’re ready.

    Here’s a good place to start, send them all this:


    1. I was dreaming about the phrase “you brought it on yourself”, that one could say to dummies, referring to the looting of the government by Trump. Then I dreamt of saying, “But you could take it off yourself”. And then describe the game of how to decipher propaganda, which game is rather fun.

      My intent would be to avoid humiliating a befooled person, who may feel angry and humiliated if s/he sees s/he has been fooled. My remark shows a way out.

      The comment about “WINNERS” I really liked, which describes an attitude of most Americans.

      Maybe a few Americans are too overwhelmed by both false reality, propaganda and by reality, the seemingly hopeless state of the world. Or too afraid to speak up. But that may be changing.

      A little bit of truth and courage and OPPORTUNE timing, go a long way: Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocacio-Cortez.

      However, I admit, Trump may win in 2020 using Russiagate as his tool.

      By the way, I read O Society, Information Clearing House, RT venues, and other venues. I watch The Duran, Jimmy Dore, and the face of Putin, to restore my soul.

      Thank you very much for your reply.

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      1. Gwynn~
        You are on the right track. The key here is ego deflation. Confirmation bias is insurmountable as long as collective narcissism rules America.

        One suggestion. I try not to play favorites with media sources. That said, Russiagate proved Consortium News is simply better than everyone else at pointing out propaganda.

        Here CN warned us Russiagate was coming before the Nov 2016 election occurred:

        And here CN nails the broad outline of what Russiagate is and whodunit two years ago:

        Countless more examples from VIPS dating back to calling out the bullshit that was the WMD in the Iraq invasion:

        Consortium News is as solid as it gets, which is exactly why no one has heard of them.

        Yours in the struggle
        ~ O


      2. Thank you. I will now go to consortium news and no longer have to do so much figuring out on my own.

        No, I am not sure I have heard of them.

        P.S. I am working on a game inspired by my own words about analyzing propaganda being fun.

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