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Western Prison of Mind

Notes from an ideological dissenter.

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Possibly the worst part of Westernism is the onslaught of introduced, embraced and abandoned ideas. There is never a resting moment from the jostling that we are pestered with from sunup to sundown. Whether you want to go in the direction of Westernism or not is irrelevant. Thinking outside of it presents us with nonsense. There is no language inside Westernism to catalogue what is outside of it.

As an empire, it’s impenetrable. All other concepts and ways of life are filtered through it, so that those of us inside of it have no hope of seeing anything more than shadows on a wall. Our narcissism prevents a true representation of anything “other” getting into our minds. We immediately recognize ourselves when we look outside at other faces – just as when we look at the distant stars, the only faces that are presented to us are our own.

There is not a thought that we think that gets us outside of the Big Brother prison. All of our thoughts are Western-filtered, and America is a model picture of this Western prison of the mind.

How can we think outside the only language we know?

The more artwork I look at, the more I see the fad in the fade-out scheme – so many wonderful ideas that are barely examined before the never-ending caucus race begins again. Ideas and artists are devoured, digested and reconstituted, all in a day’s work. We’re all bytes of information in a large Western server. It processes all of us in less time than heartbeats.

And yet, there are so many who are tired of feeling the Western hand on our collective pulses, but there is no avenue of escape that we might pursue. Every cry of foul is met with a sneer and a clever dig, “So you’re the different one and the rest of us are sheep, are we?”

That’s it right there.

I’m afraid there isn’t any other option than being a sheep, and I’m not sure that not wanting to be a sheep does one any good, but there it is. How do you change out of your sheep uniform when it’s all you have? I suppose the solution would be to run naked and embrace insanity, but that’s hardly a solution.

Kami Galeana is a public school educator who is fed up with the control of information.

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Its funny cause I really feel like we are witnessing a dinosaur going extinct .. Everywhere I look online Im seeing people bash the two party system over and over again
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Keep doing what you are doing Adbusters you guys are doing great work..
Quick question where has the audible been for the online articles? I really enjoyed them


We've been colonized, body, mind, spirit and the landscape we occupy. They did it through religion, science, TV and above all the all ruling force , $$$

Western civilization is now everything and all there is. There is no other.

Sea Gym

This writer is fed up with the control of information? Hasn't she heard of the Internet? There is no monopoly on information anymore, unless she still gets all her news from ABC/NBC/CBS/Fox. Stop whining about how oppressive western culture is and open your mind a bit to the fact that one can also read the South China Morning Post as well as Russia Today. How does Adbusters continue to allow such nonsense to be published, given that Adbusters is perhaps the best North American example of how information and ideas can no longer be monopolized. Does anyone else see the contradiction here? One which invalidates her argument entirely?

If a school teacher is incapable of finding alternative sources of ideas and information these days, then she has no business teaching kids.

Sea Gym

Sea Gym


I don't believe you to have read the article. The only response you've made to the content of this essay is quoting the "about the author" line.


I agree with you, there is no monopoly on information posted online. The problem with us Americans is that we sit around and complain about how awful and corrupt these politicians are, but guess what? we're the ones that put them in office, it's our fault they're in control. We need to start focusing on educating everyone in the country so people can sort through all the BS and stop wasting their time focusing on issues like abortion and gay rights (these shouldn't be problems in this day and age.) The trick is to accept everyone and always question authority, if you can get people to realize that then these politicians can't use these issues to distract you from what they really intend to do.


The best thing for an American to do is travel and learn new languages - embrace the world. I don't feel like I'm part of the Big Brother prison any longer because I expanded my horizon. Albeit, I feel very sad for sheep... if that happens to be the case.


So what can we do? What are we doing? What are we reading? How do we spread the word? Wake America up? I check Adbusters almost every day. I'm grateful to find like-minded people, but let's start talking solutions. I voted Green. I moved my money from Wells Fargo to a local Credit Union. I wouldn't go into a Walmart to take a dump. What else can we do?
Try these:
"The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One" William K. Black
Gore Vidal
PLEASE, share your ideas for solutions. Share your info. Let's get moving!


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