I strongly recommend sleeping with Bernays' book under your pillow until further notice. If you are visited by Rudy or any of Trump's minions, wave the book around and shout, "Demon be gone!" Edward Bernays: Propaganda http://youtu.be/CljsZ7lgbtw
Mike Lofgren: Anatomy of the Deep State Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of … Continue reading Anatomy of the Deep State
Admidst all the day's flag waving and demonstrations of love for the Deep State and loyalty to the First Amendment's protection for Freedom of the Press, noticeably absent are at least three issues: One is journalists willing to stand up for Jullian Assange. Where are they? Anybody want to say why it is OK for RT … Continue reading Big Brother is Here to Make Sure You Don’t Read Things Which May Hurt You
Lost in a narrative that often appeared to veer into our peculiarly American kind of hysteria is the absence of any credible evidence of what happened and who was responsible for it. It is tiresome to note, but none has been made available. Instead, we are urged to accept the word of institutions and senior … Continue reading Russiagate: Too Big To Fail
Predicting America is inexorably headed for the rocks, historian Morris Berman cited four factors leading to the decline of our country: Growing social and economic inequality, declining returns on investment in societal structures, the erosion of intellectual standards and critical thinking, and what he calls the “spiritual death” of the country. Two decades later, Berman’s … Continue reading What’s In It for Me?
Articles such as this one in Right Turn of the Washington Post by Jennifer Rubin crack me up: Remember when Republicans cared about debt? This Jennifer Rubin person is a self-described "conservative journalist" who is publicly wringing her hands, gnashing her teeth, and rending her clothing over the current Republican tax scam. It is difficult to … Continue reading How the Right Wing has Used the Two Santa Clauses Tactic to Con America for Forty Years
Have you ever stopped and considered how the ideas in your head got there? Especially the ideas you hold as true and important? I mean really considered it. All the way through. Maybe you know some of your beliefs and values were put there by your parents, by your religion, or by a book you … Continue reading Who Profits from Your Beliefs?