Category: us history

the political spectrum even shifting an inch t…

the political spectrum even shifting an inch to the left results in these headlines.

history repeats itself: “The Truman administration, however, presented the Soviet

Union as not just a rival but an immediate threat. In a series of moves

abroad and at home, it established a climate of fear–a hysteria about

Communism–which would steeply escalate the military budget and stimulate

the economy with war-related orders. This combination of policies would

permit more aggressive actions abroad, more repressive actions at home… The left had become very influential in the hard times of the thirties,

and during the war against Fascism. The actual membership of the Communist

party was not large-fewer than 100,000 probably-but it was a potent force

in trade unions numbering millions of members, in the arts, and among countless

Americans who may have been led by the failure of the capitalist system

in the thirties to look favorably on Communism and Socialism. Thus, if

the Establishment, after World War 2, was to make capitalism more secure

in the country, and to build a consensus of support for the American Empire,

it had to weaken and isolate the left.” – Howard Zinn



James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 19…

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)

“In this Trump moment, James Baldwin comes back
with tremendous power, potency, vitality and vibrancy, in part, because
he’s willing to speak the truth not just about the country in the
abstract but the truth about legacies of white supremacy, the truth
about indifference, the truth about callousness, the truth about the
spiritual blackout, which is the relative eclipse of integrity, honesty
and decency in public life in the country.

That’s true for Democrats,
true for Republicans, true for right-wing, true for left-wing. It cuts
across the board. But Baldwin is one of the few black intellectuals who
was the darling of a slice of liberal elites for a while, and then,
becomes demonized by them later on. That’s why you get the narrative of
“the early Baldwin” and “the later Baldwin” as this decline, you see.
Baldwin went his own way.

Poverty, wealth inequality… ‘All you have
to do is work hard. All you have to do is sacrifice, defer
ratification.’ No, there’s structures and institutions in place that
make it very difficult for people to have access to the things requisite
for that quest for the American Dream that people are still valorizing.
Baldwin is hitting it head-on… Baldwin’s challenge is more relevant now than it’s ever been… Neo-fascism is unfolding before our very eyes.” – Cornel West

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 19…

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)



The 5 Filters of the Mass Media MachineNoam Ch…

The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

Noam Chomsky is well known for his illustration of the “Propaganda Model.”
Chomsky’s model includes five filters that expose how the media is
controlled and completely infiltrated by corporations, governments, and
the elite in order to manufacture consent. The five filters include: OWNERSHIP, ADVERTISING, THE MEDIA ELITE, FLAK, THE COMMON ENEMY.

To manufacture consent, you need an enemy — a target. A common enemy, a
bogeyman to fear, helps corral public opinion.

These techniques have historically been used to whip up the “Red Scare” which saw the witch-hunting of communists, socialists and other radicals from the union movement. McCarthyism succeeded in severing left-wing ideas–and their long history in the U.S. working-class movement–from American society.

In the early 1950s, American leaders repeatedly told the public that
they should be fearful of subversive Communist influence in their lives.
Communists could be lurking anywhere, using their positions as school
teachers, college professors, labor organizers, artists, or journalists
to aid the program of world Communist domination. This paranoia about
the internal Communist threat—what we call the Red Scare—reached a fever
pitch between 1950 and 1954, when Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, a
right-wing Republican, launched a series of highly publicized probes
into alleged Communist penetration of the State Department, the White
House, the Treasury, and even the US Army. During Eisenhower’s first two
years in office, McCarthy’s shrieking denunciations and fear-mongering
created a climate of fear and suspicion across the country. No one dared
tangle with McCarthy for fear of being labeled disloyal.


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