By Paul Edwards
12, 2019 "Information
Noam Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Consent”,
published in 1988, was a
ground-breaking, comprehensive analysis
of the processes used by American
government to persuade citizens to
approve whatever witches’ brew of
deceit, crime, and murder the ruling
elite elected to perpetrate.
Today that idea has
a quaint, nostalgic charm since no
serious person would now contend that
our government requires anything
resembling consent from its people. It
rules imperiously an intellectually
lobotomized public it has rendered
torpid, quiescent, inanimate. You are
now told what it has done or is doing,
if you are told anything at all.
stupefied, comatose condition of
Americans that allows them to opt out of
the moral universe and assuage their
guilt with petitions, donations, and
memberships in faineant feel-good drum
circles is not necessarily permanent, an
awakening is most unlikely since all
forces that could break that trance are
devoted to maintaining it.
Government, which Plato, Burke and the Federalist argue will always work to aggrandize itself against all restraint, has triumphed over the people who theoretically empower it, but Government is only a device, a giant toy, a Rube Goldberg machine, and the wholly-owned subsidiary of Capitalism, and the dirty, tattered cover for its absolute rule. With apologies to Clausewitz, American government is the continuation of Capitalism by other means.
Are You Tired Of The Lies And Non-Stop Propaganda?
controling education, media and culture,
ran an intense PR blitz to create a
society of shallow, childish, insatiable
consumers, paradoxically certain that
they were at once utterly worthless and
undeniably Number 1. This
infantilization of the people produced a
double payoff: a citizenry without the
acuity to oppose the criminality of the
state, but with no limit to their
ingrafted materialist “needs”. As their
regressive, debilitating self-absorption
grew, so did their indifference to their
own psychic, spiritual, and social
health, as well as to the full-spectrum
horror their country continually
inflicts on nations that won’t come to
Jesus and kneel to submit to our
dubiously victorious, is not what it
used to be, evolving as its DNA coding
required and Marx described. It is now
so sick with Financial Elephantiasis
that it can’t evade its own voracity
and, enchained in unpayable debt, it
blindly, greedily devours itself. The
insanity of world neurosis based on U.S.
Capitalist rapacity is now driven
entirely by America’s own economic
panic, not ideology.
There will be no redemption. Capitalism will crash and come disastrously, catastrophically undone. As Marx said, a mode of production’s power continues until advancing history enforces its replacement. We are there, and ironically, as the terminally haemorrhaging Capitalist ghoul lurches toward its demise, its death throes will be most agonizingly painful to those zombified American souls who lost consciousnes to the siren lullabies of their destroyers.
Paul Edwards is a writer and film-maker in Montana. He can be reached at: email@example.com
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