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MichaelMcGuire Donating Member (240 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 06:29 PM
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//"If the mass will be free of chains of iron, it must accept chains of silver. If it will not love, honour and obey, it must not expect to escape seduction." (Professor Harold Lasswell, quoted, Taking the Risk Out of Democracy, Alex Carey, University of Illinois Press, 1995, p.23)

It's an age-old conundrum for rulers everywhere. How can those who govern keep those who are governed from the levers of power? In 'free' societies lacking the option of "chains of iron", devotion to consumerism and unthinking acceptance of the inequitable distribution of power have to be inculcated and maintained by a constant stream of state-corporate propaganda. This propaganda is invariably based on appeals to universal values: freedom, democracy, justice and human rights. Indeed, it has been standard practice for over a hundred years to forge an inviolable link in the public mind between these values and the alleged virtues of free enterprise and capitalism.//

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