In Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman describe how the Establishment creates a softly coercive consensus using the combined power of corporate media, DC think tanks, and the military-industrial complex. By laundering information through this vast network, the system is able to fabricate perceived realities at odds with reality itself. Future president Kamala Harris is the personification of this process:
When you want to talk about who is the current commander in chief, and what they care about and what they don’t care about. Public reporting that Russia had bounties on the heads of American soldiers, and you know what a bounty is? Somebody puts a price on your head, and they will pay it if you are killed. And Donald Trump has talked at least six times to Vladmir Putin, and never brought up the subject. Joe Biden would never do that. Joe Biden – Joe Biden would hold Russia to account for any threat to our nation’s security or to our troops who are sacrificing their lives for the sake of our democracy and our safety.
Trump didn’t bring that up with Vladimir Putin because the story is bullshit. It’s allegedly based on an anonymous source from somewhere in the intelligence community. It was initially reported by the New York Times, followed by the Washington Post, and then by the rest of the less prestigious boot-licking and ring-kissing media outlets. Consequently, an internet search result for “Russia bounty American soldiers” turns up pages and pages of links to different media organizations covering the story, all based on the same dubious and unnamed source. Everybody is reporting on it so it must be true!
Except it’s not. Some spook fed it, without a shred of corroborating evidence, to one of his NYT contacts. A year later the country’s next vice president is referring to it as though it’s a well-established fact. This is how they lied us into Iraq, it’s how they tried to lie us into Syria, and it’s how a Biden/Harris administration will lie us into our next nation-building imperialist boondoggles. It’s how we get three years of the Russia collusion hoax. The heads of the FBI and CIA actively participated in an attempted coup against a duly elected president of the United States because that president was seen as insufficiently committed to manufacturing consent.
In Harris, the neo-liberal Establishment has an impervious front woman. Criticizing her is inherently racist and sexist.
The machine focused on the latter after the VP debate because Harris’ primary electoral objective is to cause defections from among Trump’s white female supporters, but both -ists will be used to attack anyone who dissents from the Establishment’s manufactured consensus:
Thus criticizing any aspect of the manufactured consensus is racist and sexist. And since nothing is worse than being racist and sexist, nothing is worse than criticizing the Establishment line. See what a neat trick that is? The Establishment has fully harnessed the power of Wokeness to crush underfoot dissent from right, left, and center.
For progressives, a day of reckoning is at hand. The Biden/Harris ticket has no respect for you. They gave John Kasich more speaking time at the DNC than they gave AOC. Harris is quite happy to boast about the legion of death merchants assembled behind her:
Of course we have the support of Democrats, but also independents and Republicans, in fact, seven members of President George W Bush’s cabinet are supporting our ticket. We have the support of Colin Powell, Cindy McCain, John Kasich, over 500 generals, retired generals, and former national security experts and advisors are supporting our campaign.
Bernie Sanders is the grandfatherly spiritual leader of progressives and yet he received only a single mention–a derogatory one from Mike Pence, at that–over the course of the nearly two hour affair. Harris didn’t see fit to say a word about him or about the Squad he is passing the progressive baton to.
The moderator marionette didn’t bring any of it up, either. A tough but fair question to Harris would’ve been along the lines of “Senator, you and your colleague, Senator Bernie Sanders, both ran for your party’s nomination this election cycle. Sanders received a lot more support from primary voters than you did, yet you’re the vice presidential nominee and he’s stuck in the Senate. What do you say to progressives and Democratic Socialists who feel like their voices aren’t being heard by this composition of this ticket?”
The Establishment takes progressives for granted because progressives are beholden to Wokeism. Challenge the corporatist neo-liberals who call the shots, progressives, and you’ll be buried under a barrage of -ists and -isms yourself:
If progressives aren’t able to find a way to push back against Wokeness, they’re going to perpetually be pushed into the ground by it.