Twenty+ years after the Soviet Union’s implosion under Gorbachev’s disastrous policies, Russians, Ukrainians, and Lithuanians are disgusted with the direction of their countries and disillusioned with multi-party politics and “the free market”. The Pew Research Centre Poll tells the story of radical disillusionment:
Russians, Ukrainians, and Lithuanians indicate they want a deepened, real democracy, with a fair judiciary and free media. However, they do not believe their post-socialist countries have delivered these institutions.
(And since the beginning of the Global Economic Crisis the disquiet with the global financial system has gone viral. According to the result of a 27-nation survey published in the German magazine Der Spiegel 2 years ago, only 11 percent reported being content with the capitalist system’s functioning. Further, 23 percent believe the free market economy is inherently flawed: Only in the US and in Pakistan were at least one in five happy with the current economic system.)
It has been over ten months since the extra-judicial execution of Muammar Gaddafi by a gang of NATO-serving thugs as he lay in a drainage ditch. The video was broadcast for the world to see, a macabre and grotesque, albeit fitting, tribute to Western society’s culture of violence.
The mass corporate media in the Western world universally lined up behind the efforts to destroy the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. To this end, a great campaign of demonization and disinformation was waged against Libya, and against Gaddafi in particular. Continue reading →
A curiosity about capitalist ideology is its claim to have fully advanced the movement for the freedom to learn, to express, and to speak.
By all appearances, it has. Those who have grown up in a capitalist society are told ad nauseum that they grow up in a “free country” (often a qualifier for the concurrent claim to be the “best country”) where constraints upon pursuing information are only reasonably limited, if at all.
In their renowned work on the political economy of the mass media, Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman categorically challenge this view. Through numerous examples, including the attempted assassination of the pope and the Indochinese Wars, the authors show how the news media has five “filters” to censor certain information. Continue reading →