Nostalgia used to be ridiculed in the post-hippy era by corporate types who thought they could stamp out rock and roll along with the liberal movement for once and for all. The 80s was their glorious moment of seizing social consciousness and shoving Reagan/Bush mythology down people's throats. No longer would spiritualism overshadow materialism and greed, like it was beginning to do in the 60s/70s as Nixon was flushed down the Watergate toilet and civilization was finally beginning to speak up about government corruption and corporate social conditioning.
All of the dreams of a more peaceful, greener world began to fall apart by the end of 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan then the murder of John Lennon a month later. Conspiracy theorists are still checking to see if those events were related, but it doesn't take much research to know even if they weren't, that period marked the end of an era.
The 80s in many ways were a flashback to the 1920s, at least economically. The decade opened with a continuation of the recession that had been going on since the mid 70s during the Nixon years. It was the ultimate democratic-republican collaboration on letting America sink into a sea of confusion. I began following politics as a kid in 1972. After Nixon resigned I thought government was a big joke. Then when Ford lost to Carter in 1976 I thought it was a bigger joke since Ford went down as the only unelected president in history.
High School Thru College Trippin'
I saw Jimmy Carter come to my hometown in 1978 campaign for Governor Jerry Brown. It was amazing to see him and he spoke so impressively just a block from the State Capitol. I was happy that I was allowed to take time off from school to watch his speech. But that was before the hostage crisis that ruined his administration and helped get Reagan elected. By the spring of 1980 I was for Ted Kennedy to take the nomination from Carter, who didn't seem to be handling the hostage crisis very well. It was my senior year in high school, as I was focusing a lot on music and taking classes in broadcasting and guitar.
Jumping to 1984 in the middle of the Reagan years, I graduated from college and entered the radio industry. My impression at that time was that republicans were like nostalgia, but I did not follow much of what they were up to. My focus moved deeper into music and radio as I became a pop culture junkie, impressed by big city bright lights and modern technology. I never craved too many material things, other than my dream was to create interesting shows recorded shows with music and commentary.
By 1988 I definitely was burnt on republican politics. I had thought Reagan was ok at the time, partly because he had been the governor of my home state, where he served at the capitol in my home town. But I never thought he was better than JFK, my favorite president, who I had read so much about. And I never trust George Bush for one second, just because he came off like a shady dastardly cartoon character.
Trippin' More Down Memory Lane
Years later I learn that Reagan and Bush were both corrupt hypocrites with their phony "war on drugs" that Nixon had started in the 70s. I started doing tons of research to find out what the "Iran-Contra" scandal was all about. It wasn't good. There was never a sense in the 80s that the full story came out. Now as I write this memory blog on March 22, 2017 and tons of information has come out to confirm the Reagan administration allowed illegal drugs to be sold on the streets of America so that the money could be laundered to by weapons to arm rebels in Central America, it's hard to believe there still isn't outrage about it.
The outrage should be that many young people were lured into a life of dangerous drugs by our own government and the entertainment industry (which turn out to be partners on many projects). Why did they allow this? It served many purposes besides paying for illegal weapons to illegal invasions just to spread more corporate greed. It also allowed law enforcement to throw minorities and anti-establishment people in jail and ruin their lives.
I took my radio career pretty seriously in the 80s and 90s. I became more conscious about politics and the corporate system by watching the radio industry gradually shift from a local mom and pop owned industry to a nationalized corporate industry, thanks to deregulation by the Reagan and Clinton administrations. That's how media because so corporate and controlled by just a handful of corporations, wiping out local culture. It wasn't good because it also killed a lot of small businesses as well.
Gathering Data on the Big Flashback
Now that I've had time to gather all the facts and put it all together, I see the big picture a little more clearly now. The 80s was a transition into the "greed is good" era, which was evident from the Hollywood film Wall Street. On the surface the establishment was very conservative all along. The most liberal trend going was the "politically correct" movement in schools and media, but it was mainly lip service to make the oppressed middle class on down feel good.
Anyone who thought Bill Clinton was a real liberal is kind of ridiculous. If you think killing off small businesses so that big biz could dominate the cultural landscape is a good idea, it just means you were brainwashed. Clinton did a few "liberal" things like downsize the military and apologize for the CIA's mind control experiments on innocent Americans (known as Operation MK Ultra, starting in the 1950s), but he was mostly the same puppet as Reagan. He danced with the right on Wall Street while throwing crumbs to the people on the left.
It turns out the CIA is who introduced LSD to college campuses in the 1960s as part of the MK-Ultra project. That part is fact, but what isn't clear yet is why? Was it to get kids to drop out of society? Was it to brainwash them to support the Vietnam War even though it led to peaceful protestors instead? Then I learned the agency has partnered with Hollywood on many films and has worked with big TV networks to spread propaganda.
Analysis of the Overall Trip
So why am I sharing all these memories and research? I'm simply amazed there that most Americans don't seem to know about all this incredible history. Part of the reason for that is that none of these facts are discussed much or at all by mainstream media, which is now mostly owned by six major corporate giants. Those giants work as a block to control mass perceptions of the national agenda. Their main goal is to sell advertising, but that's only affects less than 10% of the audience.
What America has become is a nation of TV brainwashed zombies. If you notice on social media sites, much of the talk is driven by what's on big media. There's a lot of small media sources mixed in, but many of those sources are just parroting bigger sources. Someday this knowledge may just be shoved down a memory hole and forgotten, similar to what George Orwell talked about in 1984. It's funny, looking back, that I started my media career in 1984 and became a "radio programmer." Back then, many people were amazed by radio, but not these days now that corporations have turned it into a bland, cookie-cutter, boring, money-losing corporate industry.
Life Goes On In The Real World of Brainwashing
David Rockefeller died this week at the age of 101 and I didn't see much discussion about it on Facebook. There seemed to be more talk about the deaths of Chuck Berry and Gong Show host Chuck Barris. Both entertainers deserved reflection, but it seems to me it was the perfect time to be talking about the influence Rockefeller had on society. It wasn't just that his brother Nelson was Ford's unelected VP. The family's fingerprints are all over pop culture, including the TV and music industries. After all, the original TV network, NBC, is based at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. It's not that far from memories of the World Trade Center, which was originally commissioned by David Rockefeller.
NBC is the network that gave us President Trump. Had they not paid him to have his own TV show starring himself, he may not have wound up as president, although he was already a well known businessman. The Rockefeller Foundation is what funded many modern industries. They even funded the "War of the World" radio experiment in the 1930s that led to mass hysteria. Radio was such a new medium at the time people believed that a scripted drama about aliens invading Earth, based on the earlier famous novel by H.G. Wells, was a real news broadcast.
Everything I've mentioned revolves around the concept of propaganda and mass perception. That's a very deep topic. So I'll wrap up this time tunnel adventure by saying I wasn't very perceptive of what was really going on behind the scenes in the 80s, but over time I learned from credible sources how mass perception is controlled by a very small group of people. But don't tell too many about it, unless they're willing to listen. Otherwise they might think you're crazy, since to them TV is the real world. That's exactly what they mean by "television programming."