cj#305> re: corps, media, government


Richard Moore

From: Kathleen Geathers <•••@••.•••>

Thanks Richard for your remarks, especially about the media. When I
was in school, I was taught that the pen is mightier than the sword, and
an unbiased press would be a moderating force on governmental misdeeds.
Unfortunately, the press is a tool of government, helping to keep the populace
in the dark, selling them on who to vote for for president. Even taking
polls on whether this government should fight a war. Thanks again. I wish we
would take a hard look at the subjugation imposed on us. If we did , we would
hesitate to call this a democracy.



Dear Kathleen,

Thanks for your message.  My goal certainly is to help people "take a hard
look at the subjugation imposed on us", however I can.

Not meaning to quibble with your sentiments, but I would distinguish
between "tool of government" and "tool of the corporate elite".  Many
people in government have their hearts in a good place, and try to do a
good job for the people, when they're allowed to.  It's the corporate elite
who run the media and make a tool (fool?) of government.

A democracy it ain't.

In Solidarity,

Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 21:15:36 -0800
Sender: Arun Mehta <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: cj#302> re: Corporations

> Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 13:10:12 -0800
> Sender: •••@••.••• (Andrew Curry)
> It's a long time since I read this stuff, but from memory, the
> reason that Marx did not consider "cost of capital" was because
> he believed that the accumulation of capital in a non-socialist
> society involved expropriation somewhere along the line, either
> economic or political.

I hate to be supporting the line of the capitalists, particularly since I
rather lack the capital that would put me on their side :-) but should
one not take the position of innocent until proven guilty? Is there,
according to Marx, no honest way to make money?

> Equally, the Beatles CDs would be cheaper if they didn't involve
> EMI, etc, taking their percentage of surplus value at the various
> stages of the manufacturing and distribution process.

What the EMIs of the world say is that they produce lots of CDs, some of
which hardly sell, and they would not be able to do that unless they
charged what they do for the Beatles. I personally would rather have the
diversity than the record companies playing it safe and churning out the
kind of stuff many TV networks seem to do.

Arun Mehta, B-69 Lajpat Nagar-I, New Delhi-24, India. Phone 6841172,6849103
"I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be
stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house
as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any."--Gandhi

Date:         Mon, 13 Nov 1995 12:35:30 -0500
Sender:       Progressive News & Views List <•••@••.•••>
Subject:      Re: GOP's hidden agenda

From: Gary Weston <•••@••.•••>

There is nothing surprising about Dole's taking pride in having voted
against Medicare in 1965, or in Newt explaining how he plans to kill it
by budget cuts.

The GOP "revolution" began in 1981 when Reagan, aided and abetted by the
Democratic controlled congress, began the process which led to a 400%
increase in the national debt.

The GOP eagerly participated in the debt runup so that they might, in the
future, use the debt as a rationale for eliminating all federal social
spending.  Their aim is, quite obviously, to wipe out all federal
programs, including SS, Medicare, and Medicaid, which do not contribute
directly to the benefit of American and multinational corporations and
their stockholders.

Because the mainline media have done such a marvelous job of pitting the
groups at risk against one another, it's absolutely vital that we
continue to do whatever is possible to educate the American public as to
what is really happening.  They won't read about it in the NYT, and they
won't hear about it on the evening TV news.

We have to continue to support the alternative media, and to do whatever
we can to make sure that they get the widest possible exposure.  Give
your Z, or your NATION, or your PROGRESSIVE to friends and relatives.
Write letters to the editor of your local papers.  And, by all means,
write or phone your congresspeople and make damn sure they know that
their support for the attempt to dismantle the safety nets will cost them
your vote.

It may not be much, but it's what we have to work with at the moment.

Date: Wed, 15 Nov 1995 01:31:03 +1100 (EST)
To: •••@••.•••
From: David <•••@••.•••>


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