Bill McKibben astutely contemplates deep divisions within the United States (“Could Trump break up the United States?” Opinion, Oct. 30). But to attribute this breakdown of shared values solely to President Trump would be shortsighted. The current divide is the result of a sustained and successful propaganda campaign.
The seeds of division have been sown for decades by a small minority — a group of plutocrats who have organized to grow and protect their wealth. Their priorities do not have the support of mainstream America, so they must pursue their agenda through secretive back channels, as detailed in Jane Mayer’s acclaimed study “Dark Money.”
By acquiring control of many right-leaning radio and television networks, including Fox News, these ultra-wealthy operators have successfully radicalized the right. They have demonized liberal views and brazenly attacked the integrity of trustworthy news agencies. They have stopped action on climate change to protect their fossil fuel interests. And, through President Trump, deregulation and lopsided tax reform are taking shape. It appears they have effectively taken control of our government.
After two decades of propaganda, of course we are divided. Overturn Citizens United, hold news agencies accountable, and expose the conspiracy. Democracy is under attack.
The next financial crisis will not be like the last one. But there will be a next one.Continue reading »
We must proactively and thoughtfully reinvent the future of work.Continue reading »
This is more than just another travel ban. It is a geopolitical spectacle unique in modern history.Continue reading »
Early next year, the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction will become one of the first in the nation to create a dedicated, service-rich cell block for young men.Continue reading »
The people of Puerto Rico need a second chance.Continue reading »
The river of American history has never overflowed its banks to flood the countryside. Until now.Continue reading »
Whatever value they might offer is more than compensated for by the surplus of stupid and mean behavior they produce.Continue reading »
In a church known for shipping provocative priests to a figurative gulag, James Martin has willingly stuck his neck out.Continue reading »
Remember the rhetoric? The Affordable Care Act was failing. Collapsing.Continue reading »