The bourgeoisie early on forged a link with religion. [Read Tawney's Religion and the rise of capitalism.] Their infiltration of religious movements large and small is extensive. The ruling class needs to control that ideological territory to keep it on their side of the fence. If the pulpit turns against them, capitalism won’t last a day.
Here’s a radio broadcast which exposes the nexus of state and pulpit. I made an effort to fact-check Lavenda’s claims and in no case that I looked into was he in error. I am not endorsing Fetzer’s show, which has taken a dark turn to the right, but this broadcast is astounding.
No surprise here. It is usually easy to tell which are the faux-Left groups because they get all the attention in the mainstream media. In fact, the latter are part of the charade.
A great example here in he US would by CNN. Wolf Blitzer sighs “do the Russians really believe that the US is behind the protests n the Ukraine?” as though such a thing were unlikely. So the beginning point for CNN’s journalism is that a) the US government is telling the truth, and b) the Russians are either lying or mistaken. Thus the truth is banished from the discourse never to raise its ugly head again. In such a vacuum, all sorts of propaganda are possible.
A psy-op like Borotba needs collaborators in the media to have any hope of fulfilling its mission. And it’s getting plenty.
The effort here in Seattle to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr, nearly double what it currently is, has attracted some unlikely support–the morbidly rich. But as I said on another occasion: Beware of plutocrats bearing consolation.
Capitalist megafilth Nick Hanauer has for sometime now been masquerading as a human being, but don’t let him fool you. A friend to humanity he is not. When he’s not helping his buddy Bill Gates destroy our school system, he’s shmoozing up to the working class in the hopes that we won’t overthrow capitalism. So far, unfortunately, it’s working.
Here he is on the radio hawking the minimum wage bump. This man has amassed a fortune paying employees a lot less than the wage he now endorses. I wonder if he supports making the increase retroactive…
This interview isn’t of any generic interest, but if you are interested in how propaganda works then here it is.