Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless. In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the united states but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.
We recriminalized black life. Incarceration rates since the 1908s have gone through the roof, overwhelmingly black males, women and hispanics to some extent. Essentially re-doing what happened under reconstruction. That's the history of african americans - so how can any one say there's no problem. Sure, racism is serious, but it's worse than that.
A principle familiar to propagandists is that the doctrine to be instilled in the target audience should not be articulated: that would only expose them to reflection, inquiry, and, very likely, ridicule. The proper procedure is to drill them home by constantly presupposing them, so that they become the very condition for discourse.
There is pakistan's relationship with afghanistan which will also be a very tricky issue in the coming years. Then there is a large part of pakistan which is being torn apart from american drone attacks. The country is being invaded constantly by a terrorist superpower. Again, this is not a small problem.
England shouldn't have the real freedom of vote and we shouldn't either. Because as [james madison] put it, one of the primary goals of government was to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority, to make sure the opulent maintain their rights. The constitutional system was structured to ensure that outcome.
The main purpose of advertising is to undermine markets. If you go to graduate school and you take a course in economics, you learn that markets are systems in which informed consumers make rational choices. That's what's so wonderful about it. But that's the last thing that the state corporate system wants. It is spending huge sums to prevent that.
The very properties of the human mind that provide an enormous scope for human genius in some domains will serve as barriers to progress in other domains, just as the properties that enable each child to acquire a complex and highly articulated human language block the acquisition of other imaginable linguistic systems.
[camillo] berneri proposed that the anarchists should link up with the effort of northern africa to overthrow the spanish government, carry out land reform, attract the base of the moorish army, and see if they could undermine [francisco] franco's army through political warfare in northern africa combined with guerrilla warfare in spain. Historians laughed at that, but i don't think they should have. This was the kind of war that might have succeeded in stopping spanish fascism.
Its not going to be easy to proceed. There are going to be barriers, difficulties, hardships, failures - its inevitable. But unless the spirit of the last year, here and elsewhere in the country and around the globe, unless that continues to grow and becomes a major force in the social and political world, the chances for a decent future are not very high.
What's the purpose of nato? Well actually we have an official answer. It isn't publicized much, but a couple of years ago, the secretary-general of nato made a formal statement explaining the purpose of nato in the post-cold war world is to control global energy systems, pipelines, and sea lanes. That means it's a global system and of course he didn't say it, it's an intervention force under us command, as we've seen in case after case. So that's nato.
There is a narrow class of uses of language where you intend to communicate. Communication refers to an effort to get people to understand what one means. And that, certainly, is one use of language and a social use of it. But i don't think it is the only social use of language. Nor are social uses the only uses of language.
Our concern is to help people counter the efforts of those who seek to "regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments the bodies of its soldiers," so that the self-designated "responsible men" will be able to run the affairs of the world untroubled by the "bewildered herd" - the general public - who are to be marginalized and dispersed, directed to personal concerns, in a well-regulated "democracy."
[james] madison pointed out in the discussion of the constitutional debates - the constitutional convention - that democracy would be a danger. He used england of course as the model and said suppose that in england everyone had the free right to vote; the poor, the propertyless - who are the great majority - would use their voting power to take away the rights of property owners to carry out what we would call land reform.
Very commonly substances are criminalized because they're associated with what's called the dangerous classes, you know, poor people, or working people.... Actually, the peak of marijuana use was as i said, in the seventies, but that was rich kids, so you don't throw them in jail. And then it got seriously criminalized, you know, you really throw people in jail for it, when it was poor people.
Right at the beginning of all of this [ukraine to join nato], serious senior statesmen, people like [george] kennan for example and others warned that the expansion of nato to the east is going to cause a disaster. I mean, it's like having the warsaw pact on the mexican border. It's inconceivable. And others, senior people warned about this, but policymakers didn't care. Just go ahead.
Through much of its history, the us did not have high inequality as compared with europe. Less so, in fact. That began to change in the industrial age, reaching a peak in 1928, after the forceful destruction of the labor movement and crushing of independent thought. Largely as a result of labor mobilization, inequality declined during the great depression, a tendency continuing through the great growth period of regulated capitalism in the early postwar decades.