cj#468> re: Go With Flow & Use of media


Richard Moore

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996
Sender: AZAR MARC <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: cj#463> Going with the Flow: Aikido Politics & Surfing

        For those interested in finding more analysis of the French
strike of December, you can access online text of the French magazine "Le
Monde Diplomatique" at:

http://www.ina.fr,"INA / Monde diplomatique

        Their January issue concentrates on this topic.

Marc Azar

Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996
From: •••@••.••• (Andrew Curry)
Subject: Re: cj#464> Use of the media (fwd)

>         There's a continual stealth bombardment of Corporate Mythology --
> cross-reinforced daily from every direction -- all of which hammers home a
> consistent world view which equates:
>         -  deregulation with personal freedom
>         -  government with uselessness
>         -  <etc>...
> Anyone hypnotized by this party line would have a hard time with Dugger's
> Call....

The notion that it is the large corporation that is the problem
rather than less pleasant aspects of corporate behaviour is a close
parallel to the 70s argument in the UK about police corruption,
that it was one or two "rotten apples" rather than the design of
the whole barrel.

The current line of political defence against this line of attack
is to say that the market is good - but it needs better regulation.

So we have a two stage problem here: first, to show (as you say) why
the list of polarities above is fundamentally - but in the meantime
to chip away at the edges of the argument that large corporations are
good provided they are properly regulated.

I think the commercial success of Will Hutton's book "The State We're
In" suggests that, in the UK at least, significant sections of opinion
are receptive to arguments about the structural limitations of
the strain of corporate capitalism that currently dominates political



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