The propaganda function of political correctness

Political correctness (PC) arises often in the media and in ordinary discourse. It has permeated the public consciousness and can provoke the most heated reactions from people. Quite often, we hear that it has “gone mad,” or that it is diluting / destroying culture and traditions in order to avoid offence. I have written on … Continue reading

Trade unions, worker militancy, and communism from below

One of the basic rights of workers in the industrialised world is the right to organise. Under the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948,workers “have the right to establish and, subject only to the rules of the organisation concerned, to join organisations of their own choosing without previous authorisation.” … Continue reading

Fascism and the “Propaganda Model”

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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

Despite the largest popular opposition to the war since Vietnam, media debate over the war in Iraq was contained within the framework of elite interests

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