As the Arab world fights, America sleeps
by Larry Chin
February 5, 2011
As people across the Arab world take to the streets to fight for democracy, and an end to oppression and tyranny, the oblivious, uninterested and acquiescent American public has done virtually nothing.
The average American has not taken to the streets to join in solidarity. The vast majority of Americans are largely unaware of the cataclysmic events happening outside of the information bubble within US borders.
The bewildered herd
Decades in the making, the product of decades of institutionalized conditioning, mass ignorance, passivity and acquiescence continues to be the Anglo-American empire’s lifeblood and protectant. A powerful and increasingly centralized mass media, blocks, blacks out and manipulates information, while spewing official propaganda and deceptions, and vast amounts of inane, brain-addling, mind-numbing entertainment opiates.
As written by Noam Chomsky in What Uncle Sam Wants, some 80 percent of the US population, the “bewildered herd” as described by Walter Lippmann, is the target of corporate mass media. “These sectors of the doctrinal system serve to divert the unwashed masses and reinforce the basic social values: passivity, submissiveness to authority, the overriding virtue of greed and personal gain, lack of concern for others, fear of real or imagined enemies, etc. The goal is to keep the bewildered herd bewildered. It’s unnecessary to trouble themselves with what’s happening in the world. In fact, it’s undesirable—if they see too much of reality, they may set themselves to change it.”
Never has this been more obvious than today. The lead front page story of the January 31 San Francisco Chronicle is a lengthy piece warning about the potential stress caused by watching the Super Bowl.
What meager mainstream corporate US media coverage of the events in Egypt has consisted of Washington talking points, and selective sound bites and footage focusing on the potential for mob rule, anarchy, looting, and terrorism. Violence and all false flags designed to discredit the revolution, particularly the thuggery on the part of agents of Mubarack, are pushed to the forefront, to justify a violent Tiananmen Square-style “crackdown.” Little of any mainstream US media treatment has been devoted to the true nature of the event. The peaceful, jubilant, festival-like demonstration of true democracy of February 1, shared by Egyptians of every variety is seen only in coverage by independent and foreign media, and Al-Jazeera, the news network most feared by the West.
The laughable doublespeak of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and others are repeated without question. The fact that Obama and the Western powers fear democracy, and oppose whatever threatens the Anglo-American Middle East war and oil agenda, is given no attention.