Manufacturing Advocacy

Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky used the phrase “manufacturing consent” to describe how the media acts to garner the consent of the governed for policies and actions to which an objectively informed constituency might not consent. This builds on the premise by the great and precocious Étienne de La Boétie that government always requires the […]

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The NSA hates the Constitution; the Media Hates Actual Reporting

  The New York Times is doing some actual reporting of late, and its wordsmiths are striving mightily to construct sentences that are in dire need of an editor’s tender attentions: “Timothy Edgar, a former intelligence official in the Bush and Obama administrations, said that the rule concerning collection “about” a person targeted for surveillance rather than directed […]

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Meanwhile in Greece: Neo-Nazis Rising

Operation Xenios Zeus is underway in Greece, and the Greek government has taken a nasty turn for the worst.  In the midst of an economic crisis that has reduced Greeks to bartering for the necessities of life, Greek society is looking for a scapegoat.  At first, Operation Zeus focused on rounding up illegal immigrants, and […]

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Lindsey Graham ♥’s Justin Amash

Every libertarian and blogger’s favorite Senator, Lindsey Graham, is back with another memorable tweet that should be chronicled the annals of his greatest misses.  Graham, who isn’t sure bloggers have First Amendment protection, and who thinks free speech is a great idea, except that we’re in a war and you can’t have free speech in […]

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