Hat tip to the inimitable Mick Farren at Doc. 40. I find capitalist newspapers pretty transparent. I avoid capitalist television and even radio. They throw lies at you so fast that it's hard to stay ahead of them. Puh-leeez don't fall for the PBS/NPR scam. Sometimes I think they're the worst of the bunch.
Jacques Ellul was a pretty smart fellow, and he had quite a lot to say about propaganda:
"The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment."
You've got to step out of that environment to even notice it. Yep. He also had something useful to say about learning to think for yourself:
"The intellectual who wants to do her work properly must today go back to the starting point: the woman whom she knows, and first of all to herself. It is at that level, and at no other, that she ought to begin to think about the world situation. "
He wasn't talking about rugged individualism by the way. He was talking about being true to yourself as a first step towards being honest with anyone else. I just thought I better mention that, because,
1.) I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree and I had to think about it for a minute.
2.) Some of the most thoroughly propagandized people I know think that they're rugged individualists. You know, racists who claim they're not afraid to stand up against "politically correct bullies", Woman haters who, "... at least have a sense of humor", those kind of rugged individualists.
The other thing is that rugged individualism is just another of The World's many traps. The way of the world is the heart breaking battle of all against all, wherein every asshole thinks that he is utterly unique in hating all of the other assholes. You want to fly in the face of consensus? Try loving your neighbor. He's just like you, no wonder you hate him so much. Or as Comrade Ellul once said,
"The Holy Spirit alone can do this, the Holy Spirit alone can establish this link with one's neighbor. "
Hate and fear are natural. I'm not talking about something unnatural I'm talking about something supernatural.
I'm aware of the fact that I look a fuckin' fool, even to some of my dearest friends. Oh well.
Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Minds, by Jacques Ellul