We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

America’s Journalistic Hypocrites

Click here to access article by Robert Parry from ConsortiumNews

Reading this piece is a tedious exercise in naiveté. So why am I posting it? --you might very well ask.

My answer is that what Parry is writing about is the "journalism" that is produced by US corporations otherwise known as mainstream media. I put journalism in quotes to imply that corporate media do not engage in real journalism. It is propaganda that is produced by corporations to serve the interests of the ruling capitalist class who own corporate media. Thus their stories are inconsistent and deceptive simply because they need to deceive us so that we cooperate with their policies of exploitation and war-making.
Over the past few decades, the U.S. mainstream media has failed the American people in a historic fashion by spinning false or misleading narratives on virtually every important global issue, continuing to this day to guide the nation into destructive and unnecessary conflicts.
 So, what else could one expect? And, it is not just the "past few decades" that this has been going on--this has been the case since ruling classes have existed. But it is only since the 1920s that the science of propaganda has become so sophisticated.

Well, you see, the problem is not only corporate media, but a tiny class of people who control every institution of our society and insure that these institutions conform to their needs. But this is the rub: most ordinary people are so brainwashed by their ruling class controllers that they have little accurate understanding of this basic reality. 

Our masters learned long ago that if a lie is repeated often enough, people will believe it. Nowadays these lies are not only repeated endlessly, but they come from every institution of society. This reality is, of course, vigorously suppressed by our controllers who make absolutely certain that the majority of Americans are never infected with this awareness-virus. Parry represents a small minority who know they are being lied to, but can't figure it out because he (and they) has been inoculated against ever understanding the basic reality of class rule. Hence his myopic historical perspective sees the cause of this in only the past few decades, and he views it as solely due to the influence of neoconservatives who have entered the government. Unfortunately, this article is an illustration of what too often passes for a dissident view in alternative websites.

If Parry had been truly educated and exposed to real US history by reading books like those in my recommended reading list (see the section of my blog: "Some Books to Liberate Your Mind"), he would easily understand why US policies are defended so inconsistently and deceptively by corporate media. But the vast majority of Americans don't read books, and the few they read are usually endorsed by corporate media. Their education in US public schools rarely expose them to such books or material.