A free society does not only become unfree at the point of a gun. It becomes unfree when its mechanisms of freedom are jammed, when the institutions that are meant to provide power to the people are taken over by unelected forces and twisted into the apparatus of a new tyranny. When undemocratic institutions seize control of democratic institutions then democracy dies, strangled by men and women who keep on smiling while they tighten their grip.
_ Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish
If I could be granted one wish for my fellow Americans, it would be that they would read, understand, and think about the brilliant essay written by Daniel Greenfield linked above. We conservative/libertarians lament the low information voters with regularity. Daniel Greenfield writes about the deliberately misinformed voters. Deliberately misinformed by what he calls the mediacracy.
A nation where governments are elected by the people is most vulnerable at the interface between the politicians and the people. The interface is where the people learn what the politicians stand for and where the politicians learn what the people want. The bigger a country gets, the harder it is to pick up on that consensus by stopping by a coffee shop or an auto repair store. That’s where the Mediacracy steps in to control the consensus.
The media is no longer informative, it is conformative. It is not interested in broadcasting events unless it can also script them. It does not want to know what you think, it wants to tell you what to think…
Remember the presidential “Town Hall” debate where candidate Mitt Romney was expected to take President Obama to task for the Benghazi disaster? Greenfield has some thoughts about Candy Crowley’s performance:
Candy Crowley, in true Mediacrat style, was not there to facilitate a conversation, but to tell us what to think. Unlike Obama or Romney, Crowley had no legitimate reason for being there. She was not a political candidate and had not passed any of the democratic tests that Obama and Romney had to be able to sit there. Her influence had no basis of any kind in the voice of the people. Instead she was there as a representative of the powerful and unelected Mediacracy which was determined to have its say. She was there to remind the pols that even in a Two Party system, the Fourth Estate acts as the third candidate, never running for office but always winning by controlling the conversation.
The vast majority of the media in America are owned by a handful of large corporations. They are acting as the traffic cop controlling the flow of information about the government to the people and about the people to the government. Jesus said: “…the truth will set you free.” But, the Government-Media Complex does not want Americans to be free. To which, Greenfield wrote:
The Mediacracy has directed all its efforts into hijacking the public dialogue, turning elections into a cheap sideshow accompanied by sneering commentary. It has insisted on being the third candidate in every election and turned its corporate shills into the pretend voice of the people. It has stomped all over the traditions of this country, its independent institutions and its freedoms with thousand dollar shoes while wrapping itself in any available flag. And it cannot be allowed to get away with it.
Those who write and those who read conservative/libertarian blogs are the primary source of truth today. MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?