[It can be hard to find a single voice saying what needs to be said. I think that's why I was surprised -- and delighted -- to hear Bill Moyers calling it like it is. He puts his finger on the paradigm shift in America over the past forty some years, from citizenship to consumerism, that is at the heart of our present struggles.
A choir of voices tell us to beware of evils like socialism then turn and sell us on the validity of an individualistic and consumerist society where the interests of big corporations are inherently bound up with the good of each one of us personally, as if the passing away of a corporation sounds the death knell of our own lives.
This fantasy masks the fact that we already have a socialist state -- a corporate socialism (aka, fascism) not built on the understanding of authentic human social structures that is a positive aspect of the socialism advocated by Orwell, not built on healthy choices for individuals, groups, and the planet itself where we pretty much have to live for the foreseeable future, but a socialism driven by the mere eating of ever more goods and services because that's what helps corporations grow bigger.
Picture society as a herd of pigs in a slough, a herd that is completely unaware they are a herd because they are too busy fighting and rooting around for the limited slop being rationed by the slop masters.
This points to two problems: 1) we're being fed and controlled by slop, and 2) we only get just enough slop to keep it all going round while the cream piles up in dairy barns where we're not allowed to go. So many signs that we need an awakening from our mass false consciousness...]
Bill Moyers on His Legendary Journalism Career: “Democracy Should Be a Brake on Unbridled Greed and Power”
In a Democracy Now! special broadcast, we are joined by legendary journalist Bill Moyers, a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, press secretary for President Lyndon Johnson, a publisher of Newsday, and senior correspondent for CBS News. Public …
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