Play Through

The capitalist elite, even in the supposedly ‘liberal’ corporate media, do not tolerate the mocking of the elite. It’s not good for business, as they make their money from corporate advertising.

The elite protect their own, including Donald Trump, because at times of popular outrage the elite seek to maintain solidarity in defense of their wealth and power. That is the nature of plutocratic capitalism and corporatism.

2 thoughts on “Play Through

    • Disturbing? Yes. Surprising? Sadly, no. It’s what I’ve come to expect. Earlier in the year, a ton of newspapers eliminated “Non Sequitur” for an edgy criticism of Trump. It’s just business. That is how capitalism operates. As long as media is controlled by a handful of transnational corporations, this is how they’ll behave. And as capitalism always tends toward monopoly.

      The thing is corporate media will always defend the status quo, no matter what it is. If we lived in a functioning social democracy that required business interests to conform to the public good, they would likely uphold that social order to the degree that it was enforced by law and to the degree their profits depended on it as part of social norms. But if we lived in a fascist state, they would just as easily get in line with whatever was demanded of them by the authoritarian ruling elite. In our present inverted totalitarianism, it works a bit differently and often less overtly, but it’s the same basic motivation of corporate self-interest.

      Corporations are, by definition, entities of the state. That is what a corporate charter is, a social construct of rights and privileges that is created and defended by government authority (and, when needed, defended by the police and military). They are institutions of power. That is precisely why the American founders so greatly feared corporations and sought to constrain them. The American Revolution was largely incited by protests against corporate power. We’ve forgotten this history. And it’s a collective amnesia of immense proportions, considering the threat of corporations is far greater today than it was centuries ago. It’s a new corporatocratic imperialism and corporate media is the propaganda wing of the puppet state.

      Hopefully, the American public will begin remembering why this matters before censorship goes too far that we are silenced. Then the only voice we will have left will be riot and, failing that, revolution. Freedom erodes slowly, until it’s gone and then it’s too late. This is a pattern that has endlessly repeated over history. Few seem to ever learn. I guess we’ll have to let it play out once again. It will be harder to turn it around this time. Unlike in colonial America, we no longer have a well functioning local media and local politics.

      Big money, often dark money, has seeped into everything. It’s harder to see what is going on, as private power has become more insidious. Old school brute authoritarianism is not what will destroy our society this time around, at least not at first. Once we see the Brownshirts marching in the streets, it will already be too late. Before any of that happens, we will see more incidents like this creeping censorship that silences alternative voices, such as has been happening on social media as well (e.g., Youtube shutting demonetizing large numbers of alternative news outlets).

      It doesn’t matter if you vote Republican or Democrat. It’s all part of the spectacle that distracts. Authoritarian power can only be fought directly. No one will act on our behalf to stop the ruling elite from slowly dismantling democracy. Democracy has always required those willing to fight and die for it. It’s always been that way and always will be. Look at the hard fights for democracy that happened in early-to-mid 20th century. Americans came out in the streets, shut down factories, and marched on capitals — sometimes with guns in hand. The powerful never give up power willingly.

      I’m not a fan of violence. But those in power are full in support of violence. They won’t give us any other choice. We either fight back or submit. So far, we’ve chosen to submit. We’ll find out if the American people will continue down this path of authoritarianism or make another choice.

      https://benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/theory-and-practice/

      “I wasn’t prepared for characters such as Lemon Johnson, a former member of the Communist-led Share Croppers Union. In December 1986, I visited Johnson at his home in rural Montgomery County, which I described in my journal as “a tiny, run-down shack with battered wooden walls, a rusted tin roof that had begun to cave in, and a porch stocked with three rickety chairs.” He fed me a huge lunch of collard greens, beans, Wonder Bread, fried chicken, and a slice of cake. We ate outside and talked for a while; when it became unbearably cold, we moved inside. I sat on his bed as he slouched in a wooden chair next to me. A faded picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tacked to the wall above his head. He told me stories about the 1935 cotton pickers’ strike, Stalin’s pledge to send troops to Mobile to help black sharecroppers if things got out of hand, and the night a well-armed group of women set out to avenge their comrades who had been beaten or killed during the strike. When I asked Mr. Johnson how the union succeeded in winning some of their demands, without the slightest hesitation he reached into the drawer of his nightstand and pulled out a dog-eared copy of V. I. Lenin’s What Is to Be Done and a box of shotgun shells, set both firmly on the bed next to me, and said, “Right thar, theory and practice. That’s how we did it. Theory and practice.“ ”

      Hammer and Hoe:
      Alabama Communists during the Great Depression
      by Robin D. G. Kelley
      pp. XIV-XV

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