Alphabetical List of Links by Subject
" The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what
Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda
accomplishments of the dominant political mythology. "|
--Michael Parenti, political scientist and author
" The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in
moral philosophy: that is the search for a superior moral justification for
--John Kenneth Galbraith, economist and author
" History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of
social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the
appalling silence of the good people. "|
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
" One may well ask: How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying
others? The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just
and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not
only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one
has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. "|
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
"One of the great attractions of patriotism -- it fulfills our worst wishes.
In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat.
Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly
--Aldous Huxley, English author, 1894-1963
"The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant,
clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them."|
--Harold Pinter, English dramatist
" America's inability to come to terms with revolutionary change in the
Third World...has created our biggest international problems in the postwar
era. But the root of the problem is not, as many Americans persist in
believing, the relentless spread of communism. Rather, it is our own
difficulty in understanding that Third World revolutions are primarily
nationalist, not communist. Nationalism, not capitalism or communism, is
the dominant political force in the modern world. You might think that
revolutionary nationalism and the desire for self-determination would be
relatively easy for Americans - the first successful revolutionaries to win
their independence - to understand. But instead we have been dumbfounded
when other peoples have tried to pursue the goals of our own revolution
two centuries ago.... "|
--Former U.S. Senator Frank Church, on the
shortsightedness of 'rollback' as our foreign policy doctrine
"..says Professor Peter Phillips of Sonoma State University, director of Project Censored (now in its 22nd year). Rather, important stories are ignored because "the media maintains a corporate class bias through five systematic filters: concentrated private ownership; a strict bottom-line profit orientation; over-reliance on governmental and corporate sources for news; a primary tendency to avoid offending the powerful; and an almost religious worship of the market economy, devaluing alternative beliefs."
"These filters, says Phillips, "produce subtle and indirect forms of censorship which are all the more difficult to combat. Owners and managers share class identity with the powerful and are motivated economically to please advertisers and viewers. Their conceptions of what is 'newsworthy' ...seem, to themselves, only 'common sense....' Journalists want to see their stories approved for print or broadcast, and editors come to know the limits of their freedom to diverge from the 'common sense' world view of owners and managers. This self-discipline...in journalists and editors filters down as 'common sense' to these employees as well. Self-discipline becomes self-censorship. Independence is restricted. And the filtering process is hidden and often denied, or rationalized away."
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