Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent

Noam Chomsky:

Concentration of ownership of the media is high and increasing. Furthermore, those who occupy managerial positions in the media, or gain status within them as commentators, belong to the same privileged elites, and might be expected to share the perceptions, aspirations, and attitudes of their associates, reflecting their own class interests as well.

Journalists entering the system are unlikely to make their way unless they conform to these ideological pressures, generally by internalizing the values; it is not easy to say one thing and believe another, and those who fail to conform will tend to be weeded out by familiar mechanisms.

In earlier times, “Truman had been able to govern the country with the cooperation of a relatively small number of Wall Street lawyers and bankers,” so the American rapporteur, Samuel Huntington of Harvard University, reflected. In that period there was no crisis of democracy, but in the 1960s, the crisis developed and reached serious proportions. The 1975 study  (by the Trilateral Commision) therefore urged more “moderation in democracy” to mitigate the excess of democracy and overcome the crisis.

Putting it in plain terms, the general public must be reduced to its traditional apathy and obedience, and driven from the arena of political debate and action, if democracy is to survive.

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A Way Out Of Gaza For Only Very Few People

The Rafah crossing, which serves as the main gateway to the outside world for the 2 million Palestinians besieged in Gaza, has remained largely closed since Egyptian President Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi’s rise to power. Last week, Sisi announced the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire month of Ramadan, which he said was “in order to ensure the easing of the burdens on the brothers in the Gaza Strip.”

Reporters Yumna Patel, Akram al-Wara, and Nidal Wuheidi spoke to several Palestinians — students going abroad to study or in search of jobs, people traveling to reunite with families, and injured protesters seeking treatment in Jordan — as they waited for their chance to leave Gaza. The journey out of Gaza is far from simple, as only a select number of Palestinians with permission are allowed to leave.

Most of the Gazans at the crossing were anxious to leave the small coastal enclave, which has suffered from decade-long Israeli siege that has plunged Gaza into extreme poverty and some of the highest unemployment rates in the world.

The UN has said the territory could become “uninhabitable” by 2020.

Source: http://mondoweiss.net/