Fascism and the “Propaganda Model”

In their 1988 book Manufacturing Consent: the Political Economy of Mass Media, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman sketch out a “propaganda model” of media control. The basic thesis is that the mass media in the west, particularly the United States, serves a very specific propaganda function. Through the mechanisms of the capitalist “free” market, rather … Continue reading

On apathy and the masses

One of the biggest perceived obstacles for anarchism, or any similar movement which has as its base the working class or popular masses, is apathy. The notion is that generally, unless their quality of life is particularly terrible, most people simply do not care about anything beyond the day to day aspects of their life. … Continue reading