This Berkeley Calling Blog is just a sampler of the main journal on this topic, which is Truth Troubadour Blog Movie Review 6-22-16: The Occupation of the American Mind Produced by Sut Jhally & Narrated by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. However the Berkeley Calling movie review has a focus on the emerging Berkeley Anti-Free Speech Movement that attempts to stop speakers and media from being heard and seen.
“The Occupation of the American Mind” (Running time: 85 mins) was screened at the Berkeley Public Library on June 6, 2016 for free. The event was co-sponsored by NorCal Friends of Sabeel and Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area. I think both groups have done outstanding work and I first met some of these folks when I served for a couple years as the Chair of the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, which has shared its Historic Fellowship Hall with many voices. Tolerance is practiced and there is a code of preferring to “agree to disagree” rather than to silence or suppress “Free Speech”. Within this blog I’m going to attempt to practice those principles by speaking my mind and by linking to all parties mentioned. Without getting into it too much in this blog, I must express my concern for that heritage of intellectual civility and political integrity that is being recklessly destroyed in the wake of Ken O’Keefe‘s speech about “Jewish Power” and his advocacy for Banning the dangerous and humiliating post-9/11 TSA Body Scanners on March 20, 2016. This is deeply concerning. There is a coordinated effort to suppress the speeches of Ken O’Keefe, including the one in Berkeley, which clearly had a disclaimer that his views did not necessarily reflect the views of the BFUU or its members. His “free speech” is being subjected to a game of whack-o-mole that makes the questions he raised all the more important to the public. So pardon me if some Berkeley Anti-Free Speech Movement activists are temporarily successful in removing links so that you cannot hear the pro-Palestinian pro-Semitic side. This is the sign of a lack of confidence in one’s position. It is an Un-American abuse of power and it stands starkly in conflict with the spirit and letter of the First Amendment.
Ken O’Keefe‘s organization is called World Citizen Solutions, an effort to remove a citizen’s obligation to support wars. Yet, such an anti-war pro-Semitic perspective will make you a terrorism suspect and they will violate your 4th Amendment Rights as well as your precious health with these absurd security measures and secret lists meant to chill dissent in the good ol’ USA! Words were tossed about as if they were more important than shattered lives! Strategic use of “Anti-Semitism” in a way that excludes the inhumane treatment of the other Semitic peoples in the Middle East and North Africa reached clarity. Why is killing Palestinians not a most grievous form of “Anti-Semitism”? “Hate Speech” is too often now code for the “Anti-Free Speech Movement”. We don’t want that in Berkeley! And we don’t go along with the UC Regents criminalizing the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement and suppressing anyone’s “Free Speech” in the guise of repressing “Anti-Semitism”, “Jew Hatred”, or “Hate Speech”. The principles we seek to uphold are universal and apply to everyone’s conduct. In the case of the Unitarian Universalists there are Seven Basic UU Principles. There’s a world of difference between actual genocidal hatred of someone just for who they happen to be by chance, and using these words to “divide and rule” and to suppress those who question your version of history. The most virulent form of this authoritarian mentality is the erudite anti-intellectual form attempting to intimadate our scholars in our universities. And we are highly susceptible to manipulation if we do not question the basics of each event that has happened since 9/11 always accompanied by the “psychic driving” techniques of the Corp-Gov Media.
This documentary, The Occupation of the American Mind, is a deeply needed and well-made introduction to the history and tragedy of the criminal Apartheid Occupation of Palestine by Zionists who have created “The Jewish State”. It should be shared widely for it signals a growth in consciousness and conscience among the global masses, particularly among Jewish and Arab communities who know that the true history of their relations was not one of hostility. These developments are all a very good thing! The Occupation of the American Mind is the story of an extremely biased media, biased against the other Semitic Peoples. This is also a story of secret global political machinations that has led to the support of a supremacist ideology and a bellicose political entity by countries who would not tolerate such a thing in their home countries. As significant as this new documentary will soon be recognized to be, it must be said that it still has serious flaws of omission.
However, you are certainly able to get the omitted history from numerous sources, such as Alison Weir‘s new book, “Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used To Create Israel”. Alison Weir’s organization is If Americans Knew. It can fairly be said that you can only accomplish so much in a short documentary, and that should be conceded in this case where the subject is opened so well to the uninitiated. Likewise Alison Weir‘s book is also only an introduction to a complex historical problem, and she acknowledges that. In fact, her book is only 94 pages, and the rest, the “end notes” comprising of 135 pages, substantiate what she says and they give you credible avenues to pursue deeper into a subject which impacts much more tellingly on your life and your world than you may realize. Having Roger Waters bravely serve as the narrator is helping this happen.” Hit the book image below to find out more about “Against Our Better Judgment” by Alison Weir.
Come Ye Masters of War! You that build all the guns! You that build the drone planes! You that drop all the bombs! You that hide behind walls! You that hide behind desks! We just want you to know we can see through your masks! – Bob Dylan
Click on the lyrics to “MASTERS OF WAR”above or the image below to be directed to the new Vic Sadot recording of the song with the talented Eric Golub improvising on viola.