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  •  Russia & "democratic" (5+ / 0-)

    For verification, one can just watch for stories about Russia. The word "anti-democratic" or some variant is always attached to the situation in Russia. And never seen with Saudi Arabia.

    Thanks for this great diary. We need a ton more on this topic, imo.

    One of the major, disastrous, and on-going failures of the blogosphere is that it has not come to grips with the reality that our centralized Commercial Media has a stranglehold on ALL public matters. Further, that it's primary function in our society is to exclude Americans from any meaningful participation in our governance.

    For instance, Commercial Media (or "Monstermedia" one person dubbed it) decides who can be a candidate, how they are treated, and what "issues" are permitted to be discussed in the public sphere.

    But the overt control over political content via the "news" is just one facet. There is tremendous and uninterrupted cultural agitation/propaganda also being pushed on us, as in 24 where torture is continually justified, etc etc.

    We need to brainstorm on breaking up the media Cartels into tens of thousands of individual outlets before any single progressive/human issue can progress with sufficient speed. Anything else at this point is pretty much deluded.

    My signature sums up the situation:

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 10:37:06 AM PST

    •  Your Russia example . . . (2+ / 0-)

      . . . puts me in mind of some thoughts that might be a tad off-topic.  But I won't let that stop this post.  ;)

      You're right about the media's treatment of Russia these days as being "anti-democratic" when our uber-wealthy corporate masters, through their media, tell us all that all these other anti-democratic nations are a-okay.

      On the one hand, it seems odd that the oligarchs would treat Russia so poorly, especially since those very same oligarchs have made so much money out of Russia since Yeltsin destroyed Russian democracy back in -- when? -- December 1991?  That was, I think, the month when Yeltsin got Parliament to agree to his request to rule for 1 year by fiat, without submitting laws to Parliament, so that Yeltsin could institute Friedman "free market" unregulated capitalism, which Yeltsin did.

      You didn't hear much criticism of Russia back in the early 1990's up until recently when Putin took over from Yeltsin.  It seems the oligarchs made one concession to Russia that turned out to be a big mistake.

      Russia agreed to Friedman economic free market "shock therapy", dismantling all governmental ownership of production, but the Russians insisted the owners of the new corporations be "Russian."  In 1991, you had no Russian millionaires.  Today, Forbes Magazine lists something like 17 Russian billionaires.  So Russia kept alot of their money in country instead of letting all of it run out of country.  BTW, the US didn't make this mistake in setting up the Iraq economic model.

      Mistake One:  The oligarchs are "upset" they didn't milk Russia for more billions.

      Problem Two:  Russia's free market capitalism has expanded beyond the control of the non-Russian oligarchs.  Russia has been flexing its "capitalist resource might" in recent years by acting too much like good little capitalists.  For example, Russia has threatened to turn the gas off in Kiev since Kiev failed to pay some of its natural gas bills.  Europe sees Russia's treatment of Kiev as a sort of "writing on the wall."  When Europe's demand for natural gas can be met only by Russia's supply of gas, well maybe ole Russia will crank up the price on this inelastic commodity.

      Suddenly, we begin to hear "anti-democratic" talk about Russia.  Never mind that Russia's budding democracy was destroyed years and years ago by Boris Yeltsin.  Only now that Russia's capitalist economy cannot be controlled by the non-Russian corporations is there any kind of alarm.

      Of course, there are other issues involves, such as Bush's placing missiles in Poland, but even these issues ultimately are traceable back to the mistakes the US and then G6 made in the earliest days of Gorbachev / Yeltsin in the fall of 1991.

      Your thoughts?

      •  Russian/nationalist military blogs (3+ / 0-)

        since Bush was in office, were not oblivious to the PNAC national security strategy [sic] which posited a future need to go to war with Russia. And the actions immediately after 9/11, which surrounded Russia with US bases.

        As you indicate, Russia became a dangerous anti-democratic force only after they decided that Russians should own their resources, and that Russians should look to protect their borders. Before that, if you'll recall, Democracy was actually making headway in Russia. It was the threats BushCo generated that killed that trend.

        BTW & FWIW, I just read that Putin's grandfather had the unique distinction of being a top chef, in turn, for the Tsar, Lenin, and Stalin. It was Stalin who made the chef's son a top General, according to the book Young Stalin.

        Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

        by Jim P on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 11:56:30 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for your excellent comment Jim P - spot on (1+ / 0-)
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      And as someone else noted in a comment in a diary a few days ago, it even shows up on the photos. Look at photos of Saddam Hussein, Hugo Chavez or the President of Iran that appear in the establishment media. Most will be photos attempting to make them look evil, crazed or just plain ugly.  

      Patriotism lies not in blind obedience to authority, but in the desire to search for the truth. - Ramman Kenoun

      by truong son traveler on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 05:56:56 PM PST

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