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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

How One of America’s Premier Data Monarchs is Funding a Global Information War and Shaping the Media Landscape

Click here to access article by Alexander Rubinstein and Max Blumenthal from Mint Press News

Others have written articles on the insidious influence of billionaire Pierre Omidyar, but this piece provides an in-depth examination of his influence over disinformation about our world that ordinary people of the USA and beyond receive. But even these crimes are excelled by his efforts to organize and fund information and analysis organizations that purport to be progressive. Such organizations tend to attract honest journalists in order to limit and shape independent reporting. Ordinary people of the world are no match for the skills and expertise that billionaires are able to purchase to promote their interests of profit and power and the monster Empire that they have created.
Omidyar’s political empire consists of a web of organizations overseen by its center of administration: the Omidyar Group. Each outfit appears to be an independent entity with its own staff and directors. Taken together, however, these organizations pursue a mission that reflects the vision of the billionaire behind it.