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Did you get your flu shot this year?
Every fall, scores of people rush off to the doctor for a vaccine that scientists admit is based on inexact science.
The reality of several different hardy and adaptable flu viruses makes it difficult to predict which will be dominant for a given year.
At least, that’s the official story.
The Truth Injection tells quite another story, one full of politics, intrigue and allegations of brash moneymaking.
It then moves into the main feature, which is a detailed presentation given by Ian R. Crane at Glastonbury in 2009.
For those under the impression that things aren’t always what they seem, Crane’s talk provides more than enough food for thought. In fact, at times the film comes off as a media blitz. However, Crane encourages his live audience to check instead of uncritically accepting his claims.
Not unlike a Michael Moore film, Crane weaves an intricate conspiratorial web where major political players keep cropping up over the decades, apparently with one thing in mind: making money. Well, that and keeping the masses deceived, disempowered and in a ‘state of fear,’ as it were, through propaganda.
Crane says most of us are too apathetic and willfully ignorant because it’s easier to play the proverbial game than risk the repercussions of stepping out of line.
And he believes it doesn’t stop there. The common person isn’t just bullied, pushed around and cheated by politico-corporate heavyweights. Our very lives could be endangered by, ironically, the same thing that law enforcement officers work tirelessly to eradicate–namely, drugs.
But these potentially debilitating and, perhaps, lethal drugs aren’t smuggled inside stereo speakers, spare tires or through some other wily means of getting past legal check points. Nope. According to Crane they’re passed through a long and costly process of certification that only the biggest players can afford.
While allegations of collusion between so-called Big Pharma and some psychiatrists certainly have surfaced, it seems that Crane’s argument goes well beyond a few isolated cases of rule breaking.
For Crane, there’s an all-out conspiracy infiltrating the system and the handful of individuals driving this disturbing global agenda are tagged as “sociopaths” and “psychopaths.”
Pretty strong stuff.
This outlook arguably could give the benefit of the doubt a bit more. True, only a naïve person would see politics as pristine. But to assume that the major players are chiefly concerned with power and greenbacks might reduce a complicated dynamic to an unduly simplistic one.
Thankfully, Crane’s solution to the present world disorder doesn’t call for more environmentally polluting drugs. Instead, and with the Mayan prophecies of a new world cycle for 2012 just around the corner, the film advocates a combination of self-knowledge and responsible action.
By holistically “being and doing,” Crane says we can surmount all the rot that threatens both personal happiness and collective survival.
If politics is a game of socially constructed truth and power, The Truth Injection says it’s time for the ordinary person to rise up and participate rather than simply cheer or boo from the sidelines.
A nice idea, to be sure. Whether or not it will ever happen is another issue, altogether.