By Edward S. Herman
As usual, Herman underscores, the mainstream media play a vital and—let’s say it—utterly evil role in fanning out and propping up the counter-revolution. It’s quite obvious that the countless overpaid mediocrities that populate the corporate media never read these analyses, and should they stumble upon one (unlikely, given their superficiality) they will swiftly dismiss it as a mere “leftist rant”. In that manner, day after day bourgeois ideology and careerism win the day, as the “white picket fence” is placed above any other personal priority or goal. But whether these people know it or not, they’re fully complicit in truly horrific crimes, and some day some accounting will be necessary.—Eds.
We are in the midst of a counterrevolution and intensifying class war, one that proceeds in fits and starts but is today advancing impressively. What makes its present efflorescence so striking is that it is taking place under the presidency of Barack Obama, a man elected in good measure by an aroused mass base, that is now taking its lumps. The power structure no longer permits serious attention to the welfare of that mass base. The great upward redistribution of income, the increased importance of money in elections, the centralization of corporate and media control and the media’s rightward drift, globalization, outsourcing, the weakening of organized labor, and the permanent war system, have all combined to effectively eliminate a “populist” option in politics. The Democrats invariably betray their voting base, but not their investor base.