Manufacturing Consent & the Myth of the Unelectable Left

Road To Somewhere Else

 Corbyn speaking at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival and Rally in 2015

 By Daniel Margrain

In 1978, the Australian social scientist, Alex Carey, pointed out that the twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: “the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” The corporations that now dominate much of the domestic and global economies recognize the need to manipulate the public through media propaganda by manufacturing their consent in order to defend their interests against the forces of democracy. This is largely achieved through coordinated mass campaigns that combine sophisticated public relations techniques.

The result is the media underplay, or even ignore, the economic and ideological motivations that drive the social policy decisions and strategies of governments’. Sharon Beder outlines the reasoning behind the coordinated political, corporate and media attacks on democracy:

“The purpose…

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2 thoughts on “Manufacturing Consent & the Myth of the Unelectable Left

  1. A comprehensive and well-argued piece indeed. In these days of mass-media, Labour is only unelectable because the media tells us it is. Trouble is, enough people carry on believing that opinion is truth.
    It will take a lot to get past that, regrettably.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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