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Saturday, September 11, 2004

The Republican Propaganda Mill 

One of the best things about Democratic Underground is the volume and quality of information that it makes available. A few days ago, a member named "realFedUp" posted a link to an article that is featured in the current issue of Harper's Magazine. The article is essential reading, so I'm adding a permanent link as well. Here's a short excerpt:

"As long ago as 1964 even William F. Buckley understood that the thunder on the conservative right amounted to little else except the sound and fury of middle-aged infants banging silver spoons, demanding to know why they didn't have more—more toys, more time, more soup; when Buckley was asked that year what the country could expect if it so happened that Goldwater was elected president, he said, "That might be a serious problem." So it has proved, if not under the baton of the senator from Arizona then under the direction of his ideologically correct heirs and assigns. An opinion poll taken in 1964 showed 62 percent of the respondents trusting the government to do the right thing; by 1994 the number had dwindled to 19 percent. The measure can be taken as a tribute to the success of the Republican propaganda mill that for the last forty years has been grinding out the news that all government is bad, and that the word "public," in all its uses and declensions (public service, citizenship, public health, community, public park, commonwealth, public school, etc.), connotes inefficiency and waste."

Tentacles of Rage
By Lewis H. Lapham

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