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Nearsighted: What The Elite Want You To See: 7 Essays to Cure Your Myopia

a book by Mark Mullen

(our site's book review)

Our Most Pressing Problem Facing America Is Focussing Only on What the Elite Want Us to See

The Amazon blurb says that Good magicians create powerful illusions of seemingly impossible things. The magician implores you to believe what you see as the absolute truth. Of course, what you see is not real. Good illusions demand deceptions which require you to focus your attention on what you see. But good deceptions have two parts – what you see and what you cannot see.

Good magicians create powerful illusions of seemingly impossible things; the magician invites you to believe what you see as the absolute truth—but it is not real
Good magicians create powerful illusions of seemingly impossible things; the magician invites you to believe what you see as the absolute truth—but it is not real

One of the most pressing problems facing America today is our focus only on what the elite want us to see. We are fooled by their biased illusions of reality. In spite of their denial, every day we are bombarded by the mainstream media with a barrage of misinformation and useless trivia. Horse race reporting far outpaces substantive journalism.

In spite of their denial, every day we are bombarded by the mainstream media with a barrage of misinformation and useless trivia—we are choking on it
In spite of their denial, every day we are bombarded by the mainstream media with a barrage of misinformation and useless trivia—we are choking on it

The Education Elite Have Hijacked and Destroyed America’s Educational System

The education elite have hijacked and destroyed America’s educational system. Although the United States spends more money on K-12 education than any other developed country, our students consistently score at the middle to lower end of the spectrum on international performance measures. And yet we are continually told that our students are the brightest in the world.

Gun violence in the United States fares no better. Homicides by gun in America are 25 times higher than in other wealthy nations. We can solve this problem while honoring the Second Amendment. But first, we must see the real problem.

God, global warming, and gender wage deceptions provide us with more hocus pocus. Mathematics is the weapon of the elite magicians. They show you how the numbers add up to their truth. But it is context, the assumptions the mathematician makes that determines the meaning of the numbers. Biased assumptions create false illusions.


The Elite Are Master Magicians Who Understand How to Manipulate the Populace through Deception

The elite control all aspects of America life; they are master magicians who understand how to manipulate the populace through deception—illusions so clever that they hide the truth right before your eyes
The elite control all aspects of America life; they are master magicians who understand how to manipulate the populace through deception—illusions so clever that they hide the truth right before your eyes

The elite control all aspects of America life. They are master magicians who understand how to manipulate the populace through deception. Illusions so clever that they hide the truth right before your eyes, just at a distance that requires you to squint to see reality. This book offers you the prescription you need to see the deceptions and better understand the world around you.

Censorship is the new normal in America, First Amendment rights greatly jeopardized. What's going on is all about controlling the message, wanting content diverging from the official narrative suppressed. Major media operate as virtual press agents for wealth, power and privilege. Digital democracy remains the last frontier of speech and media freedom. Without these fundamental rights, all others are threatened, where things are headed in America and other Western societies. See Freedom of the Press—an American Delusion.

The colonists rebelled against aristocratic thinking when they rejected England's rule by King George, so why are we not rebelling against oligarchal rule in modern USA?
The colonists rebelled against aristocratic thinking when they rejected England's rule by King George, so why are we not rebelling against oligarchal rule in modern USA?

And the Republicans are trying to drive us headlong in the most regressive direction ever attempted, wiping out a century of progress just to enrich a few immoral, greedy oligarchs, all the while lying through their teeth saying they're making America great again. And they're letting the environment and the climate be collateral damage—casualties of insane levels of blind, rabid, snarling greed in which the good of the many is sacrificed for the good of the very few. Isn't this the aristocratic thinking the colonists rebelled against when they rejected England's rule by King George? Are we in the USA condemned to have to go through all that once again in order to create the United States of America 2.0, only this time it's oligarchs, not kings, we must resist? See the best book of the 21st century: Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.

Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1989-034-21, Warschau, Parade vor Adolf Hitler
If we ever lose our alternative media websites and publishers, all is lost and fascistic stormtroopers will be goosestepping their way to our door

Mark Mullen's new book discusses the dangers threatening America as a free society. It's important reading on one of the most cutting issues of our time — freedom vs. totalitarian rule.—Stephen Lendman—hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour, and is the author of How Wall Street Fleeces America


After a Mass Shooting, We Are Told Now Is Not the Time to Talk about Gun Control

Most people do not know what the founding fathers revealed about gun ownership
Most people do not know what the founding fathers revealed about gun ownership

When asked simple questions about current social trends in America—what percentage of the news is accurate; what did the founding fathers reveal about gun ownership; why can't Johnny read—we increasingly get the answers wrong. So wrong that a five-year old is more likely—choosing answers at random—to consistently outguess adults.

Those who read this book will know all of the words that will appear here. But you may be shocked to learn how the elite uses the same words to withhold and distort information. The elite prefers ignorant over thinking Americans. They would rather tell you what to think, and when to think about it. For example, after a mass shooting, we are told now is not the time to talk about gun control and the Second Amendment rights. When is a convenient time? If you are a politician, there will never be a good time to talk about pressing social issues.

After a mass shooting, we are told now is not the time to talk about gun control and the Second Amendment rights. When is a convenient time? If you are a politician, there will NEVER be a good time
After a mass shooting, we are told now is not the time to talk about gun control and the Second Amendment rights. When is a convenient time? If you are a politician, there will NEVER be a good time

Behind most significant political and social stories, there is an agenda; an effort to control information and lead the public down a predetermined path. Maybe you have read about reducing your carbon footprint through the buying of carbon offsets. The elite would have you believe that paying a voluntary tax on the fossil fuels you use would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide you generate. It's simply not true.

Behind most significant political and social stories, there is an agenda; an effort to control information and lead the public down a predetermined path
Behind most significant political and social stories, there is an agenda; an effort to control information and lead the public down a predetermined path

It's not just the politicians who supply us with alternative facts. The elite comes from all walks of life: business executives, educators, lawyers, scientists, and media personalities to name the most influential fields. The elite from these disciplines go mostly unnoticed and are just as good as politicians in betraying the American public. Stoking cultural and economic fears, these elite seek to confine us to a carefully controlled ecosystem.

The Elites Want to Avoid Thinking Students—Thinkers Could End Up Exposing Too Much Truth

The essays in this book are inspiring, illuminating, and designed to challenge your thinking—the way you see the world beyond the obvious. As General George S. Patton said, "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

The elites want to avoid thinking students—thinkers could end up exposing too much truth, so they continue the assembly-line education strategy that's failed for over a century
The elites want to avoid thinking students—thinkers could end up exposing too much truth, so they continue the assembly-line education strategy that's failed for over a century


Our teachers' view of education is that kids are empty containers to fill up with 'knowledge'
Our teachers' view of education is that kids are empty containers to fill up with 'knowledge'

"Nearsighted: What the Elite Want You to See by Mark Mullen is a series of in-depth discussions on various topical issues including the media, education, gun violence, God and science, global warming, the gender wage gap, religion and the state. The basic premise of the book is that popular rhetoric fed to Americans is an illusion and that we are being manipulated and deceived for the good of a small group of elite who are really in control. The author provides us with the facts to support this theory, showing us how statistics and biased assumptions are being used against us."

Mullen Provides an Alternative Viewpoint to the Dialogue Fed to Us by Mainstream Media and Politicians

"This is an authoritative and compelling book which lifts the lid on major issues that are of interest to Americans today. Nearsighted: What the Elite Want You to See is a well-chosen collection of essays providing an alternative viewpoint to the dialogue fed to us by mainstream media and politicians. Together with an extensive list of references, Mark Mullen writes thorough and convincing arguments on a variety of topics. He explains just how extensively we are being manipulated and how misinformed we really are. I was extremely impressed with the research that has gone into this book, the balanced way in which the information is presented and how easy it is to understand. This book is intellectual nourishment providing a glimpse into reality, untangling and clarifying important concerns. It is an essential aid to help us understand what is really going on in America today."—Amanda Rofe, Readers' Favorite

Oligarchs' 'mind games' are carefully designed to defuse and misdirect our outrage at our victimization so instead of acting against it, we end up chasing shiny objects
Oligarchs' 'mind games' are carefully designed to defuse and misdirect our outrage at our victimization so instead of acting against it, we end up chasing shiny objects

We Are Becoming Very Much the Kind of Society We Imagined We’re Nothing Like

"'What [Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas] Piketty’s really done now is he said, ‘Even those of you who talk about the 1 percent, you don’t really get what’s going on.’ He’s telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy. A society of inherited wealth.' [New York Times columnist Paul] Krugman adds: 'We’re seeing inequalities that will be transferred across generations. We are becoming very much the kind of society we imagined we’re nothing like. . . . the level of inequality in the US, writes Piketty, is 'probably higher than in any other society, at any time in the past, anywhere in the world.' Over three decades, between 1977 and 2007, 60 percent of our national income went to the richest 1 percent of Americans. No wonder this is the one book the 1 percent doesn't want the other 99 percent to read. . . . Sad, that it’s come to this. The drift toward oligarchy that Thomas Piketty describes in his formidable book has become a mad dash, and it will overrun us, and overwhelm us, unless we stop it.” (Source: What the 1% Don’t Want Us to Know, Moyers and Company)


The Bought-and-Paid-for Media Ignored Occupy Wall Street and the Cops Oppressed and Marginalized Them

The middle class is being screwed by the greedy oligarchs while Trump ignores this and says the problem is immigration, borders, trade pacts, and everything Left from media to politicians
The middle class is being screwed by the greedy oligarchs while Trump ignores this and says the problem is immigration, borders, trade pacts, and everything Left from media to politicians

The 99% put on a protest about the 1% that were screwing the 99%, and the media—mercilessly controlled by the 1%—decided it didn't merit much attention at all. So the Wall Street Protest: Occupy Wall Street, did no good because instead of being good citizens and airing the legitimate grievances of the 99%, the bought-and-paid-for media ignored them and the cops oppressed and marginalized them.

Occupy Wall Street—you can argue that they were all dirty hippies or students looking for attention, but they were bringing too much attention to the elite’s egregious robbery, and they were also disseminating information on how elite power really worked in this country. The occupy movement lasted a few months until they were thoroughly dismantled, and nothing has come along to replace it.

Wall Street Protest: Occupy Wall Street, protesting economic disparity between the rich 1% and nonrich 99%
Wall Street Protest: Occupy Wall Street, protesting economic disparity between the rich 1% and nonrich 99%—Copyright © 2011 by Louis Lanzano


'You know, Archibald, my bladder is a tad too full—do these windows open? I'd like to send my regards to those pesky OWS protesters'
'You know, Archibald, my bladder is a tad too full—do these windows open? I'd like to send my regards to those pesky OWS protesters'

"My education taught me to believe that people who didn’t go to an Ivy League or equivalent school weren’t worth talking to, regardless of their class. I was given the unmistakable message that such people were beneath me. We were 'the best and the brightest,' as these places love to say, and everyone else was, well, something else: less good, less bright. I learned to give that little nod of understanding, that slightly sympathetic 'Oh,' when people told me they went to a less prestigious college. . . . One of the great errors of an elite education, then, is that it teaches you to think that measures of intelligence and academic achievement are measures of value in some moral or metaphysical sense. But they’re not. Graduates of elite schools are not more valuable than stupid people, or talentless people, or even lazy people." (Source: The Disadvantages of an Elite Education, William Deresiewicz, the American Scholar)


How Does the American Government Control Its Population? The Same Way It Always Has: Divide and Conquer

How does the American government control its population? It uses 'divide and conquer,' pitting one group against another and lets them fight; e.g., blacks against whites
How does the American government control its population? It uses 'divide and conquer,' pitting one group against another and lets them fight; e.g., blacks against whites

"How does the American government control its population? The same way it always has: divide and conquer. It pits one group against the other and lets them fight. Native-Americans against whites. Blacks against whites. Red states against blue states. Pro-choice against pro-life. Women against men. Liberals against conservatives. Straight against gay. The fighting is endorsed and encouraged by the power elite because it distracts their unjust or illegal methods of control, that if carefully examined and brought to light, would bring into question their very justification of authority. . . . It does not matter where you lie on the issue as long as you develop passionate opinions about homosexuals that you share in place of other issues that can threaten the power elite. Every minute you talk about homosexuals or immigrants or blacks or feminism or celebrities is one minute you’re not talking about an idea that reveals criminality of the government." (Source: We Are Nothing More Than Distracted Sheep In The Real Game Of Power, Roosh)

We are nothing more than distracted sheep being manipulated by a corrupt government
We are nothing more than distracted sheep being manipulated by a corrupt government

Elites Want to Control Us Without Having to Watch Their Backs—To Assure This, They Watch OUR Backs

As mentioned above, oligarchs' 'mind games' are carefully designed to defuse and misdirect our outrage at our victimization so instead of acting against it, we end up chasing shiny objects. Elites want to control us without having to watch their backs. To assure this, they watch OUR backs.

Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!
Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!

Political mind games of the 1% manipulate our understanding of what's happening. We see that the surveillance continues even though their own analysis showed it to be useless—not preventing any attacks (of which we've had several). We see that the war in Afghanistan continues even though it has been shown that the world now has more terrorism than ever. Our military has not reduced terrorism—it has increased it. The U.S. military is a terrorism factory. The predatory oligarchs' political mind games come up with lame and pathetic excuses for why they continue these expensive failures.

Our military has not reduced terrorism—it has increased it. The U.S. military is a terrorism factory: kill one, create 10 more
Our military has not reduced terrorism—it has increased it. The U.S. military is a terrorism factory: kill one, create 10 more

Elites' Wars Are Simply Shadow-Government-Directed Enriching of Our Oligarchs

Those of us whose heads are not up our butts see that the wars are simply shadow government-directed enriching of oligarchs no matter how much they call our war OF terrorism a war ON terrorism. Those of us whose heads are not up our butts see that the surveillance has nothing to do with terrorism—it's about monitoring and controlling the citizens as the shadow government slowly decreases our rights and our privacy. If too much rebellion happens, the monitoring will enable rebels to be smacked down. See Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt.

Those of us whose heads are not up our butts see that the wars are simply shadow government-directed enriching of oligarchs no matter how much they call our war OF terrorism a war ON terrorism
Those of us whose heads are not up our butts see that the wars are simply shadow government-directed enriching of oligarchs no matter how much they call our war OF terrorism a war ON terrorism

The Essays:

  1. Does the Media Report News?
  2. The American Education Tragedy
  3. America Has A Problem With Gun Violence
  4. Obedience to Science or God?
  5. The Global Warming Prophecy
  6. The Gender Wage Gap Puzzle
  7. Religion and the State

The media as the watchdog of government used to be a serious concept, but now it is a joke
The media as the watchdog of government used to be a serious concept, but now it is a joke

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Was a Serious Blow to Freedom, Government, and Truth

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 was a serious blow to freedom, government, and truth. The new legislation gave the government the authority to create and disseminate its version of news to the American public, which means publishing fake news was given the green light. There was no breaking news story on television or the Internet that Congress had sold out our democracy, no large font newspaper headlines informing Americans that it was now legal for Uncle Sam to lie to our faces in America. The media as the watchdog of government used to be a serious concept. But now it is a joke.

The above is an example of the vital and shocking information found in Nearsighted: What the Elite Want You to See. We are an oligarchy, not a democracy. But if we were to ever have a chance of returning to being a democracy, facts like these and authors like Mullen are essential. Highly recommended book.

Far from being a watchdog, the media is nothing but a lapdog for the government
Far from being a watchdog, the media is nothing but a lapdog for the government

Another example: "The wealthy control all levels of the education system and recognize that an educated populace is the singularly most potent threat to their power and affluence." So they make sure the people learn to seek distractions and entertainment, not truth and knowledge. The rebels that won't play the elites' game and instead insist on seeking truth and knowledge—even wisdom—will most likely end up under surveillance, since they are likely to learn the real truth about our government and the corrupt and/or fraudulent nature of much of what it tells us and what it does. Like Mullen. The government—mostly the NSA—watches ALL of us, but they will give such people special attention. He won't get in trouble for telling truth to power—thousands do so. But if he acts on his knowledge and causes trouble (like hero Edward Snowden), he may end up oppressed.

The wealthy control all levels of the education system and recognize that an educated populace is the singularly most potent threat to their power and affluence, so they find ways to distract us so much we cannot think—and we become dumb
The wealthy control all levels of the education system and recognize that an educated populace is the singularly most potent threat to their power and affluence, so they find ways to distract us so much we cannot think—and we become dumb