THE MAINLINE MEDIA: ONE
ENORMOUS PROPAGANDA MACHINE
November 28, 1999
by: S.R. Shearer
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary
- George Orwell
[Much of the material that follows was taken
from Daniel Brandt's excellent study on elite methodologies, "Multiculturalism
and the Ruling Elite" (NameBase NewsLine, No. 3, October-December 1993).]
Recently we received the following email from one of our subscribers.
It reads as follows:
Last year you sent me a story about the vast oil reserves and their
contribution to the illegal bombing campaign conducted by Clinton.
The story was very well written and very believable but I found nothing
in any other news outlet to support your claims not even from some
of the new media net outlets. Now there is a story out from the Washington
Post that supports your claim and I am happy to send the story
to you as an attachment. Keep up the good work. [The report by the
Post, of course, comes "a day late and a dollar short"
insofar as Kosovo and Bosnia are concerned - but at least the Post
is finally coming clean; please see "Vast Oil Field Found"
by David B. Ottaway, (Washington Post, May 16, 2000, pg. A01)
- Antipas editor.]
THE MAINLINE MEDIA: ONE
ENORMOUS PROPAGANDA MACHINE
All this, of course, comes as no surprise to us here at Antipas. Please
see our four articles on the slanted reporting of the mainline media
regarding the Kosovo crisis
(1) The Elite's Explanation Of What's Happening
(2) Kosovo And America: What's Going On?
(3) Mores Lies And Deception Concerning Kosovo
(4) Kosovo And Depleted Uranium Weapons
The very real fact of the matter is, America's mass media has become
nothing more than an enormous propaganda machine for America's corporate
elites and the U.S. government which those elites ultimately control.
Take the collusion that took place between the government and CNN during
the Kosovo "crisis:" the Dutch newspaper Trouw and
the French magazine Intelligence Newsletter reported that during
the Kosovo intervention, the U.S. Army's 4th Psychological Operations
(PSYOPS) Group brazenly placed its own people in CNN's headquarters
in Atlanta, Georgia to help in the "production of news" relating
to the war. [Please see Alternative Press Review, "Bits
and Pieces," (Spring, 2000) pg. 8.] The "collaboration"
between CNN and PSYOPS was later confirmed by Major Thomas Collins of
the U.S. Army Information Service.
But instead of condemning it, Collins hailed the CNN / U.S. government
collusion of the news regarding Kosovo as the kind of "cooperation"
the government was looking for insofar as the other major media are
concerned. Indeed, at a recent closed-door symposium on "Special
Operations" in Arlington, Virginia, the government went further
and called for even more "aggressive measures" in spreading
the "government (i.e., corporate) line" regarding critical
matters on the elite's foreign and domestic agenda, and suggested that
more "control" over the internet and private commercial satellites
- coupled with a greater ability to wage electronic warfare against
disobedient media - was also needed to push that agenda forward.
Not only that, but high ranking officers of the U.S. Special Operations
Command (SOCOM) talked about developing a methodology that eventually
could be used to bring down "an informational cone of silence"
on defiant and otherwise fractious members of the media - apparently
(according to Alternative Press Review ) a subtle reference to
what they did in Serbia when the U.S. bombed the Serbian state television
RTS in Belgrade which killed fourteen people. Another SOCOM official
suggested that NATO should have gone further and taken out the independent
Serbian radio station B-92 (which is opposed to the current regime in
Belgrade) since their coverage had not always conformed to official
NATO propaganda, and had - as a result - occasionally embarrassed NATO
briefers trying to get out the "party line" at various times
during the conflict.
THE NEW YORK TIMES AND
MANIPULATION OF THE NEWS
is absolutely mind-boggling the lengths to which the U.S. is prepared
to go in controlling what the American people can and cannot hear. Take
another example: how the government suppressed the real reason behind
the U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade during the Kosovo
"crisis." In October 1999, the London Observer and
the Danish paper Politiken reported that the U.S. military, acting
without authorization from other NATO countries, deliberately bombed
the Chinese Embassy after learning it was transmitting military signals
to Yugoslavian forces in Kosovo.
The story was picked up by a number of European newspapers but was
virtually ignored by the mainstream media in America. According to Fairness
& Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), numerous activists queried the New
York Times why they had not reported on these allegations. However,
Times editor Andrew Rosenthal claimed that his paper had thoroughly
investigated the charges with the authors, but had been unable to verify
the accuracy of their report. Suspecting that Rosenthal was being less
than truthful, FAIR contacted the authors to verify Rosenthal's story
and discovered that nobody from the Times had ever talked with
them. And even more, FAIR also discovered that both the London Observer
and Politiken had sources for their report which included not
only current and former military and intelligence officials from NATO
countries, but also a four-star general, who - out of disgust with the
U.S. government's lies to the American people - had come forward to
confirm the story. Plainly, what FAIR had unearthed was the Times
colluding with the government to suppress information.
WHAT THE ELITES CAN'T
MANIPULATE, THEY SHUT DOWN
And it's not just in the United States that naked manipulation of the
mainline media in the interests of the corporate elites is taking place
- it's everywhere today! Moreover, it's not just manipulation of the
mainline press, but it's also INTIMIDATION of the so-called "alternate
press;" take what happened to the magazine Living Marxism
(or LM), a radical left-leaning magazine in Britain which twitted
the British elites once too often.
LM claimed that two mainstream reporters for the British TV
news program ITN, Ian Williams and Penny Marshall, had faked pictures
of Bosnian Serb war crimes. An image of an emaciated Bosnian was described
by ITN as if the photo had been taken from outside a camp enclosed with
barbed wire. In reality the camp was not enclosed and the Bosnian was
actually standing in front of the barbed wire fence rather than behind
Nonetheless, ITN brought suit against LM for defamation, and
the British courts found for ITN against LM. The judge who heard
the matter, Judge Moreland, said that although LM's article might
have been true, it didn't matter. He wrote, "Clearly Ian Williams
and Penny Marshall and their TV teams were mistaken (in fact, they were
lying - editor) in thinking they were not enclosed by the barbed-wire
fence, but does it matter?" Moreland concluded that it did not,
and then promptly fined LM $500,000 which forced LM into
bankruptcy. This kind of misuse of the legal system in England is an
old "tried-and-true" practice there, and it's now spreading
to the United States where increasing numbers of corporate giants are
forcing those who twit and contradict them into the courts and embroiling
them in extremely expensive litigation, forcing them consequently into
PACIFICA RADIO: CO-OPTATION
OF OFFENDING MEDIA
Finally there's the matter of Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, California.
Pacifica Radio - which has over the course of its history been attacked
by the House un-American Activities Committee, the Senate Internal Security
Subcommittee, the Federal Communications Commission, and as "hate
radio" by the U.S. Congress - was founded in 1951 as a radio station
with an "alternate view." Pacifica is an advocate for radical
left social issues such as militant forms of feminism, gay and lesbian
issues, abortion, etc. But it was Pacifica's recent unrelenting opposition
to NAFTA, the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, union busting, the use of
"slave-wage factories" by Nike, Boeing, Ford, GE, and so forth
in Mexico, China, Indonesia, etc. that aroused the wrath of the elites
against them. The elites, it seems, could live with Pacifica's liberal
views with regard to social issues, but what it could not tolerate was
Pacifica's opposition to its economic agenda and its globalization policies.
In attacking Pacifica, however, the elites carefully crafted their
assault to make it look like a case which pitted "responsible liberals"
against "irresponsible liberals." To this end, they enlisted
the aid of people like Jesse Jackson (founder of PUSH), Amy Goodman
(whose program "Democracy Now" on WBAI in New York is a staple
of social liberalism on the east coast), Samori Marksman (who helped
develop Amy Goodman's program, "Democracy Now"), Dr. Helen
Caldicott (who is a leading anti-nuclear activist), and others who -
while they may be classified as "raging liberals" socially
- are also in bed with the elites on economic matters (in other words,
liberals who - like so many on the Right - have been "bought off"
by the elites on economic issues, but whose social agendas the elites
tolerate and are willing to fund).
Social issues for economic issues - that's the bargain the elites offer
both liberals and conservatives alike. Play ball with the elites on
economic issues, and the elites will fund your social agendas - and
here the elites are "equal opportunity" corrupters. They are
just as willing to corrupt the Left with their money as they are willing
to corrupt the Right - it makes no difference to them.
Using their flunkies in the Clinton Administration - specifically Robert
Coonrod, a former executive of the U.S. propaganda outlet, Radio Marti,
who at the time the elites launched their attack against Pacifica, headed
up the government's Corporation for Public Broadcasting - the elites
put pressure on a number of Pacifica's Board members, including Pacifica's
Executive Director Pat Scott and her successor Lynn Chadwick. Alternately
they offered inducements and then threatened them. Eventually, both
caved-in; after that, the rest of the Board capitulated as well. The
elites (in cooperation with the now compliant Board) then launched a
blistering campaign of intimidation of the station's staff, "brow-beating"
perceived recalcitrants and firing those who refused to submit. In detailing
what happened at Pacifica, award-winning journalist Robin Urevich wrote,
"Questioning of authority inside the station became taboo ... It's
proven next to impossible to encourage news and public affairs staff
to question authority outside the station while suppressing disagreement
By the time the elites had finished with Pacifica, Pacifica had been
reduced to nothing more than another elite media outlet. True, they
have been permitted continued liberty insofar as their liberal-left
social agenda is concerned, but all attacks against the economic policies
of the elites have now been stifled, and so much so that Pacifica nowadays
presents itself as a champion of economic globalization.
THE ELITES: EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CORRUPTERS
In one form or another, this is precisely what is happening all over
the country - to both the ideological Left and the ideological Right.
For example, take what happened to Rush Limbaugh. When he first started
in Sacramento as a radio talk-show host, Rush was a "Pat Buchanan
economic nationalist" who opposed economic globalization; but today
all that's changed. The elites "bought him off" by offering
him money and his own New York syndicated radio talk-show. And the price?
- end his opposition to economic globalization! He could talk till he
was blue in the face about the Right's conservative social agenda, but
that was it! - and the same is true of Oliver North, Michael Reagan
and all the rest of them. As we said before, the elites are equal opportunity
Indeed, there seems to be no end to the intimidation and deceit the
corporate elites in the United States and throughout the West are willing
to engage in insofar as the media is concerned. When the corporate press
lauds the "unlimited possibilities" of free trade with China
and talks up our expanding exports to that country [while failing to
mention in any meaningful way that we are running a $400 billion dollar
annual trade deficit (knowing all the while that this translates into
over 400,000 lost high-paying manufacturing jobs on a NET basis - jobs
which are being replaced by exceedingly low-paying service sector jobs,
many of which are only part-time and pay no benefits)]; when the corporate
media "talks up" the stock market and encourages the "little
guy" to get in by encouraging legislation that would pour social
security money from the pay checks of individual workers into an already
over-heated stock market [knowing all the while that the prices of almost
all of today's stocks are GROSSLY overvalued (with "price to earnings"
ratios averaging better than 60:1 on the DOW and as high
as 270:1 on the NASDAQ) and that the "little guy" is probably
being set up to take "the hit" while the "big boys"
get off scott free]; when the corporate media toes the corporate line
insofar as Bosnia and Kosovo are concerned, and refers to the U.S. involvement
there as "humanitarian interventions" (knowing all the while
that what it's really all about is protecting elite oil investments
in the Middle East and the Caspian basin), then it truly does seem that
there are no lengths to which the corporate media won't go to pull the
wool over the eyes of the public. Propaganda! That's what
the news is all about today. Propaganda!
There are some of our subscribers who will, no doubt, have difficulty
in believing that their wealthy friends in the elites - the same elites
who so openly are funding their cultural agenda - are also pouring money
(often very surreptitiously) into liberal-left organizations like Pacifica
Radio. Why? - why would the same elites who pour money into Religious
Right organizations and fund conservative think tanks like the Olin
Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, etc. be funding the Left - the
very people the Religious Right opposes? Why? - again, because in the
end, all the elites care about is money! The elites are not idealogues,
and in order to protect their money and advance their predatory economic
policies, they are as willing to "buy off" the Left as they
are willing to "buy off" the Right.
You still doubt? Well, to be honest, you're not alone. Most defenders
on the political Left agree with you; they too like to believe that
the elitist shoe is on the other foot (i.e., with conservative Christians
exclusively), and note that their (i.e., the political Left's)
critics are funded by certain conservative foundations. For example,
Sara Diamond tracks the Olin Foundation and Smith-Richardson money behind
Dinesh D'Souza and the National Association of Scholars (NAS), two of
the more vocal critics of the liberal Left. Diamond points out that
the Smith-Richardson Foundation has its own CIA connections, even though
they pale in significance alongside the Carnegie - Ford - Rockefeller
But Diamond's major error is in framing her arguments in terms of "Right
and Left." This allows the real dynamics to escape her radar -
and, again, it's not just her radar, but the radar of most evangelical
Christians on the opposite side of the cultural divide. While both the
ideological Right and the ideological Left take ideas seriously - too
often a characteristic of those who lack power in this world - the elites
are not weighed down by such concerns. The fact is, the elites operate
at a level which transcends Right and Left - all they care about is
money. [Please see Sara Diamond, "The Funding of the NAS."
In Patricia Aufderheide, ed., Beyond PC: Toward a Politics of Understanding
(Saint Paul MN: Graywolf Press, 1992), pp. 89-96. This essay first appeared
in Z Magazine, February 1991.]
CREATING A SMOKE SCREEN TO
HIDE WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON
What's really in play here is not a "Right / Left" dynamic
(at least insofar as the elites are concerned), but a procedure which
the elites have unleashed designed to enrich them while pauperizing
the rest of mankind - which is exactly what the "black horse"
of the Apocalypse signifies: a terrible personage in whose
hand is a pair of balances and an enigmatic poem which issues forth
from his lips:
"A measure of wheat for a penny [literally - denarius, a Greek
coin which represented a WHOLE DAY’S wages], and three measures
of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
The meaning of this, according to Dwight Pentecost of Dallas Theological
Seminary, is that the circumstances of most men and women as the end
approaches will be reduced by the economic machinations of the elites
to such that they will have to labor a whole day simply to buy a loaf
of bread or three measures of barley. But the second part of the verse
["... and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine ..."] means
that the hardship of those days will not extend to the world's globalist
elites who have evidently allied themselves with the anti-Christ - only
the rich in the ancient world could afford oil and wine. [Please see
Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, Dallas Theological Seminary.]
And it is precisely this process - the one signified by the Black Horse
of the Apocalypse - that is currently at work in today's economy, the
process of economic globalization which the elites have unleashed on
an unsuspecting world designed to move manufacturing facilities out
of nations which pay their workers a living wage, maintain adequate
labor standards, and are concerned about meaningful ecological standards
to those segments of the world where labor is cheapest, work standards
are minuscule, and ecological concerns are non-existent - and in order
to hide what they are doing, the elites are playing the ideological
Left off against the ideological Right, and in doing so creating enough
confusion that very few people can see what's really happening. What
the elites are doing here is continuing to sell their products at the
same prices they were selling them at when these products were being
produced in the First World, and pocketing the money they've saved in
That's what's really happening, and the "money trail" leaves
no doubt as to all this. Facts are facts insofar as this money is concerned.
The Left is receiving vast amounts of elite money [all for the purpose
of "buying them off" and neutralizing their leadership (just
as much of the leadership of the evangelical community has been "bought
off") - and the Left has been receiving this money for a long time;
consider the following examples, some of which extend backwards thirty
or forty years:
- Student leaders James Kunen and Carl Oglesby both report that in
the summer of 1968, the organization Business International, which
had links to the CIA, sent high-level representatives to meet with
the SDS. These people wanted to help organize demonstrations for the
upcoming conventions in Chicago and Miami. SDS refused the offer,
but the experience convinced Oglesby that the ruling class was at
war with itself, and he began developing his Yankee-Cowboy theory.
[Please see James Simon Kunen, The Strawberry Statement: Notes
of a College Revolutionary (New York: Avon Books, 1970); please
also see Steve Weissman, Big Brother and the Holding Company
(Palo Alto CA: Ramparts Press, 1974).
- Tom Hayden, who by 1986 was defending his state assembly seat against
those trying to oust him because of his anti-war record, was quoted
as saying that while he was protesting against the Vietnam War, he
was also cooperating with U.S. intelligence agents. [Please see AP
in San Francisco Examiner, June 21, 1986.]
- The CIA was of course involved with LSD testing, but there is also
evidence that it was later involved in the distribution of LSD within
the counterculture. [Please see Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain, Acid
Dreams: The CIA, LSD, and the Sixties Rebellion (New York: Grove
- Feminist leader Gloria Steinem and congressman Allard Lowenstein
both had major CIA connections. Lowenstein was president of the National
Student Association, which was funded by the CIA until exposed by
Ramparts magazine in 1967. He and another NSA officer, Sam
Brown, were key organizers behind the 1969 Vietnam Moratorium. (In
1977 Brown became the director of ACTION under Jimmy Carter; his activism,
which was more intense and more sincere than Clinton's, didn't hurt
his career either.) [Please see Kai Bird, The Chairman: John J.
McCloy, The Making of the American Establishment (New York: Simon
& Schuster, 1992), pp. 483-4, 727; please also see Richard Cummings,
The Pied Piper: Allard K. Lowenstein and the Liberal Dream
(New York: Grove Press, 1985).]
- Symbionese Liberation Army leader Donald DeFreeze appears to have
been conditioned in a behavior modification program sponsored by elements
of U.S. intelligence. [Please see Douglas Valentine, The Phoenix
Program (New York: William Morrow, 1990), p. 337.]
Again, does this surprise you? It probably does, but remember what
the essence is of the bargain the elites have made with those who "play
ball with them (i.e., the leadership of the Left and the Right):"
cooperate with us on economic issues, and we will fund your social agendas
- and here they are just as willing to corrupt the Left with their money
as they are willing to corrupt the Right - it makes no difference to
them. The fact is, they actively promote the "Left / Right dichotomy"
(i.e., social liberals against social conservatives) because it keeps
average Americans off balance and hides what the elites are really up
This is exactly the conclusion that Daniel Brandt reached ten years
ago in his penetrating article, "Multiculturalism and the Ruling
Elite" (NameBase NewsLine, No. 3, October-December 1993). Brandt,
in a piercing series of articles carried by NameBase Newsline in 1993-'94,
tracked the funding proclivities of the elites over a period of some
thirty years (essentially, 1963 - 1993) and discovered, somewhat to
his surprise, that the money behind most of the so-called "New
Age Movement," the militant feminists, the gay and lesbian agenda,
etc. was elite money; not only that, but most of the "big names"
in these movements were receiving money on a PERSONAL basis from the
same sources. This, of course, is the same conclusion that Constance
Cumbey, working from a somewhat different perspective than Brandt's,
reached in her landmark study on the New Age, Hidden Dangers of the
THE HISTORY OF THE ELITE'S SUPPORT OF THE LEFT
Over the last year and a half we have spent a good deal of time discussing
the effort by the elites to corrupt the Right, and most especially Christian
conservatives. But Christians need to realize that they are not the
only "game" in town. Conserative Christians need to take note
of this fact! It's time now to turn our attention to the Left.
The effort to "buy off" the Left began in the early 1960s.
The instrument the elite used initially was the CIA, but when Ramparts
blew the whistle on the CIA's domestic cultural activities in 1967,
President Johnson appointed a committee consisting of elitists Nicholas
Katzenbach (Rhodes scholar and former Ford Foundation fellow), OSS old-boy
John Gardner (Carnegie Corporation president, 1955-1965), and CIA director
Richard Helms to study the problem.
It was clear to Katzenback et. al. that they could no longer
use a government agency like the CIA to buy the Left (or for that matter,
the Right) off. They needed a new cover - and they found that cover
in a plethora of new elite institutions and foundations that began to
surface after the Second World War - growing from about 2,200 in 1955
to more than 18,000 in 1967 when Katzenbach turned to them for help
in subverting both the ideological Right and the Ideological Left. In
doing so, Katzenbach created "public-private mechanism" [the
National Endowment for Democracy (NED)] which mixed public and private
funds - and so much so that by now it has become all but impossible
to distinguish among the complicated overlapping networks of CIA funding,
NED funding, and funding by foundations such as Carnegie, Ford, and
Rockefeller. The same people are behind all three (i.e., CIA funds,
the NED, and the private foundations and institutions) - buying first
the conservatives off, then the liberals. Meanwhile, the elites get
richer every day.
HOW THE LEFT-WING FUNDING MECHANISM WORKS:
A CASE STUDY; THE CCF & "BLACK NATIONALISM
Take, for example, the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) which was
funded initially by the CIA [which, over the course of its checkered
history has proven itslef to be nothing more than a "handmaiden"
of the elites (please see our article on this entitled, )] - and after
that was exposed (i.e., that the money behind the CCF was CIA money)
- by the Ford Foundation. CCF created magazines, published books, and
conducted conferences throughout the world encouraging multicultural
and "diversity" programs that are anathema to the Religious
Right, but which - at the same time - encouraged "lefties"
in Europe to embrace Western capitalism and economic globalism. (Please
see Peter Coleman, The Liberal Conspiracy: The Congress for Cultural
Freedom and the Struggle for the Mind of Postwar Europe (New York:
Free Press, 1989).
And it wasn't just in Europe that the CIA was running "new Left"
programs that were anathema to conservative Christians, it was also
busy in Africa. In an article entitled "The CIA as an Equal Opportunity
Employer" that first appeared in 1969 in Ramparts and was
reprinted in the Black Panther newspaper and elsewhere, members from
the Africa Research Group presented convincing evidence that "the
CIA has promoted black cultural nationalism to reinforce neo-colonialism
(i.e., economic globalism) in Africa." In the introduction to their
article, the Africa Research Group added that "activists in the
black colony within the United States can easily see the relevance to
their own situation; in many cases the same techniques and occasionally
the same individuals are used to control the political implications
of Afro-American culture." [Please see Dan Schechter, Michael Ansara,
and David Kolodney, "The CIA as an Equal Opportunity Employer,"
Ramparts, June 1969, pp. 25-33. Reprinted with an introduction
in Ellen Ray, William Schaap, Karl van Meter, and Louis Wolf, eds.,
Dirty Work 2: The CIA in Africa (Secaucus NJ: Lyle Stuart,
In other words, elite money - the same elite money that was flowing
into "black nationalism" in Africa in order to promote the
murderous regimes that had taken hold in Nigeria, the Congo, etc. (regimes
which the elites, nonetheless, could count on to promote access by the
West's multinationalists to the riches of Africa) - was also flowing
into radical black groups in the United States in order to "buy
them off" for capitalism and free trade in the same way it was
buying off black nationalists in Africa. The fruits of this deceitful
and hideous "trade-off" can be seen in the strange silence
of leading black groups throughout the United States on issues like
NAFTA, the WTO, the World Bank, etc. - issues that adversely impact
the black community in the United States far more than they do the white
The elites have "bought them all off." Indeed, since 1947,
the Carnegie, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations, all in cooperation
with the CIA, have been funding liberal-left cultural programs at major
U.S. universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Columbia for the purpose
of "buying off" the Left insofar as the elites economic agenda
is concerned.[Please see Sigmund (not Sara) Diamond, Compromised
Campus: The Collaboration of Universities with the Intelligence Community,
1945-1955 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), 371 pages;
please also see David Horowitz, "Sinews of Empire," Ramparts,
October 1969, pp. 32-42.]
Consider the schizophrenic history of the Ford Foundation insofar as
"Right / Left" politics are conderned: the Ford Foundation
began supporting feminist groups and women's studies programs in the
late '60s and early '70s - just about the same time they were busy training
Indonesian elites (using Berkeley professors as instructors) to impose
a military dictatorship on Indonesia - a take-over of Indonesia (led
by the CIA and supported by Christian missionaries) that led to the
slaughter of hundreds of thousands. Do the folks at the Ford Foundation
suffer from "split personality?" - or were they pushing the
same battle (i.e., economic globalization) on another front? It would
appear to be the latter. The elite knows exactly what it's doing, and
it is remarkably consistent.
What it has been doing is stripping workers in Europe and the United
States of their pay by shipping their jobs overseas where the work is
done "Third World" workers at a tiny fraction of what workers
were getting in the United States and Europe, and the elites have been
pocketing the difference. To keep average Americans from focusing on
what they have been up to, they have been busy inflaming the ideological
Right against the ideological Left. And the economic repercussions on
average Americans has been breath-taking.
For example, the average weekly take home pay of a worker who entered
the work force in 1989 is $5.68 less today than thirty years ago. This
is also reflected in hourly wages. Compared to 1959, there has been
a slight increase, 60 cents an hour. But hourly wages are down from
their peak in 1973. The 1950s were our boom time. In that one decade
hourly wages grew by 83 cents. It took the following three decades to
add a mere 60 cents. Families made do by doubling up in the work force.
Between 1955 and 1989 female participation in the work force rose from
35.7 percent to 57.4 percent. Even so, family income stayed flat. Median
family income in 1973 was $32,109. [Please see Daniel Patrick Moynihan,
"Deficit by Default" (14th edition of an annual series beginning
with Fiscal Year 1976), July 31, 1990, pp. xiv - xvii.]
Christians should think about all this the next time a speaker from
the Olin Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, etc. and the various Christian
groups that elite money supports (i.e., Concerned Women of America,
Wycliffe, the Navigators, Dr. Dobson, etc.) show up at their churches
or at one of their conferences to speak. Who's really responsible for
"death of morality" in this country - the gays and lesbians,
the militant feminists, or the globalist elites who have forced mothers
into the work place leaving their children to the "tender mercies"
of the streets. The fact is, more American women are working just to
keep the family going, then they are to enhance themselves in a career.
The flip side of increased opportunities for American women is that
they can no longer choose to stay out of the labor force. As David Rieff
asks, "If multiculturalism is what its proponents claim it is,
why has its moment seen the richest one percent of Americans grow richer
and the deunionization of the American workplace? There is something
wrong with this picture." [Please see David Rieff, "Multiculturalism's
Silent Partner: It's the newly globalized consumer economy, stupid."
Harper's, August 1993.]
Consider also what's been happening to African-Americans. Ideological
conservatives get mad as all he-l about affirmative action, but what
they fail to realize is that the only people who have gotten ahead as
a result of affirmative action the Jesse Jacksons of the black community
and black personalities on television who justify what they've got by
emphasizing how far we've come thanks to the civil rights struggle.
Meanwhile the young in the ghettos, and increasingly even on campuses,
know that these front-office PR slots mean nothing insofar as average
blacks are concerned. It's not a problem of inequality; for the next
generation there's already a rough equality in anticipated misery. The
big problem is that opportunities are vanishing altogether, without
regard to race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Affirmative action (the PR phrase is "equal opportunity"
and the accurate phrase is "preferential treatment") is a
facade, affecting only the low-level and public-interface positions
in large corporations. After instructing their human resource departments
along federal guidelines, the elites pretty much the same, secure in
the knowledge that the low-level hires will statistically offset the
white males behind their closed office doors.
Feminists, of course, call this the "glass ceiling" - but
for young white males without exceptional advantages, it's closer to
a glass floor. Math doesn't play language games: if you quota something
in you also quota something out. Someone must pay for the sins of the
elite. When the diversity-mongers target white males, at best they are
almost half correct -- many (not all) older white males have enjoyed
advantages. But then when they make someone pay, they are all wrong:
it's always the young and innocent who bear the brunt of their policies.
It would make as much sense for U.S. institutions to impose sanctions
on young women today, simply because historically they have enjoyed
exemption from the military draft.
Brand says that the fact that affirmative action appeared so rapidly
over twenty years ago, without opposition from entrenched interests,
should have provided a clue as to what was really going on. It may have
been designed to defuse civil unrest, but this remedy was forced from
above, not from below. In a poll commissioned by Pat Robertson's Christian
Coalition, which plans to organize minorities in support of traditional
family values, only 36.6 percent of Hispanics, 37.6 percent of blacks,
and 10 percent of whites agreed with the statement that "African-Americans,
Hispanics and other minorities should receive special preference in
hiring to make up for past inequalities." [Ralph Z. Hallow, "Christian
Coalition to Court Minorities: Blacks, Hispanics Back Key Stands,"
Washington Times, 10 September 1993, p. A5.]
As Brandt says,
"The ruling elite are experts at manipulating their own interests;
they know how to divide and conquer, which is why they continue to
rule. As inequality becomes increasingly obvious, those who are less
equal begin to see society in terms of "us" and "them."
The dominant culture shades this definition by using the mass media
to emphasize our differences at every opportunity. Conventional wisdom
becomes articulated within narrow parameters, which is another way
of saying that the questions offered for public debate are rigged."
"The objective is to define "us" and "them"
in ways that do not threaten the established order. Today everyone
can see that there is more Balkanization on campus, and more racism
in society, than there was when affirmative action began over twenty
years ago. And for twenty years now one can hardly get through the
day without being reminded that race is something that matters, from
TV sitcoms all the way down to common application forms (it would
have been unthinkable to ask about one's race on an application form
in the 1960s). We are not fighting the system anymore, we're fighting
each other. [Please see "Multiculturalism and the Ruling Elite"
(NameBase NewsLine, No. 3, October-December 1993).]
Brandt says that multiculturalism fails to challenge the underlying
reality behind all affirmative action rationales, namely that in a "free
trade" regime fun in the interests of the global elites it's just
poor business sense to build a factory in the U.S. if you can build
it in Mexico. In 1983 the cost of an hour's labor time here was $12.26.
The hourly savings for using foreign labor that year amounted to $10.81
in Mexico, $10.09 in Singapore, $6.06 in Japan, and $10.97 in Korea.
[Bureau of Labor Statistics, Handbook of Labor Statistics (Washington:
1985), p. 435, Table 132.]
The fact that economic globalization is pauperizing a vast portion
of the American population is of little concern to the elites. They
are citizens of the world, and no one - now not even the Soviet bloc
- stands in their way. They have no need for borders; absolute, unfettered
free trade is what they want and what they will eventually get. Indeed,
what many on Wall Street really prefers is unrestricted immigration
[which is why America's borders remain so porous - the elites refuse
to countenance (fund) a truly closed border regime]. Porous borders
and the illegal immigration that such borders promote drive down wages
and neuter labor unions. For the elites, private security provides insulation
and "social decay" is just an irrelevant phrase.
The owners of corporate America have the resources to move offshore
or south of the border, while the rest of us are here for the duration.
If we were all tightening our belts together, there might be some basis
for programs designed to redistribute opportunities. But the rich are
getting richer at the same time that they institute policies such as
affirmative action and NAFTA. Brandt says it doesn't pass the smell
Brandt, an old fashioned leftist writes:
"The campus left speaks of equality, and then forgets about
justice by ignoring economic ... (issues). This failure is so fundamental
that multiculturalists should no longer be considered "leftists."
As long as they claim this description, some of us - those who still
feel that elites ought to be accountable - are beginning to feel more
comfortable as "populists."
And this is precisely what is leading economic leftists (socialists,
labor leaders (at least those who have not yet been "bought off"
by the elites) and right-wing populists team up in demonstrations against
the elite in Seattle (the WTO demonstration), Washington (the demonstrations
against the World Bank and the IMF) and soon in Philadelphia at the
Republican National Convention. [Please see "Multiculturalism and
the Ruling Elite" (NameBase NewsLine, No. 3, October-December 1993).]
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