Noam Chomsky’s backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control begins by asserting two models of democracy—one in which the public actively participates, and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled. According to Chomsky, “propaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state,” and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States. From an examination of how Woodrow Wilson’s Creel Commission “succeeded, within six months, in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical, war-mongering population,” to Bush Sr.’s war on Iraq, Chomsky examines how the mass media and public relations industries have been used as propaganda to generate public support for going to war. Chomsky further touches on how the modern public relations industry has been influenced by Walter Lippmann’s theory of “spectator democracy,” in which the public is seen as a “bewildered herd” that needs to be directed, not empowered; and how the public relations industry in the United States focuses on “controlling the public mind,” and not on informing it. Media Control is an invaluable primer on the secret workings of disinformation in democratic societies.
A close presidential election in November could well come down to contested states or even districts–an election decided by vote theft? It could happen this year. Based on Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s investigative reporting for Rolling Stone and BBC television, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps might be the most important book published this year–one that could save the election.
A More Perfect Constitution: Why the Constitution Must Be Revised: Ideas to Inspire a New GenerationBy Robin | Filed in Bookshelf, Recommended Reading
A More Perfect Constitution: Why the Constitution Must Be Revised: Ideas to Inspire a New Generation
The political book of the year, from the acclaimed founder and director of the Center for politics at the University of Virginia.
Corporate Power or People Power
WE Must Decide What We Want in America
Campaign Financing is the Key
Unless That Changes Nothing Else Can
Occupy Wall Street Protests Are Where It Begins
The Protesters First Official Collective Statement
Beginning this discussion on the insidiousness of Campaign Financing with a brief and paraphrased portion of Occupy Wall Street’s inspiring collective document to address the very corrosive and corrupting influence that money has on our body politic. A link is provided at the end of this posting, accessing the full Occupy Wall Street document, it’s a worthy document, of literary significance, that will in time achieve historical acknowledgment. It’s recommended that you read it in its entirety.
It addresses what is happening—the destruction of our democracy—the destruction our way of life.