The Mainstream Media, #ISIS, and #Iraq War Déjà Vu

Posted: May 10, 2015 in Culture

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The Founders of the United States believed that it was essential for citizens to be well informed in order to have a workable self-government. Being schooled in the classics, in which the socio-political views of Plato and Aristotle held sway, they believed that the popular governments of the ancient world had foundered due to the common people’s lack of knowledge and thus their inevitable tendency to be deceived by demagogues. As James Madison, known as the father of the US Constitution, put it: “Democracy is the most vile form of government . . . democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention . . . incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” John Adams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the second US President, stated: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” And Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, who is generally portrayed as being the Founder most favorable toward the common people, opined: “The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and … breaks up the foundations of society.”

Because the American people would have a prominent role in the new republic, leading figures such as Jefferson saw education to be a major means by which the problems that had plagued popular rule in the past could be overcome. But while the American people today have far more formal education than ever before, the dominant political discourse, adhered to by most respectable people, is set by the mainstream media, and much of its information is misinformation, if not actual disinformation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the realm of foreign policy, a subject in which common, everyday wisdom has only marginal applicability, thus requiring the American people to depend on what they receive from the mainstream media.

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