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I keep thinking of that Canadian RVer that I knew a decade ago and who I wrote about a couple days ago. He was the guy who held the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) in such high esteem that waiting for the nightly news was the highlight of his day.

At the time I was skeptical of CBC, figuring that it was susceptible to the same diseases as NPR in the USA. But today, the trust in the media that that man had seems naive to the point of being ridiculous. 

Recall Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: "that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

This was no new insight of Jefferson. He wrote some essay explaining that he avoided original ideas in composing the Declaration -- and that he tried to gather up and condense the ideas that were believed by most people in his era. 

So 'consent of the governed' was an idea that floated around in the European Enlightenment. I'll bet Rousseau wrote something in similar words, but I can't find the quote right now. (Perhaps it was in his chapter on the 'General Will' in his Social Contract.)

'Consent of the governed' is crucial to the idea of self-government and democracy. And yet, if the Authorities have the power to manufacture consent in the governed through control of the Lie Machine, then democratic self-government is a farce. That sums up government news-broadcast channels as well as nominally independent news organizations that have come to be mere stenographers of the Pentagon, CIA, CDC, etc.

That makes it supremely ironic for Washington DC to roam around the world, looking for wars to get into, in the name of 'democracy.'

 Trusting the Media, a long time ago. (From



Ed said…
I found it ironic that the adults I met in Bulgaria that spoke English reasonably well said they learned by listing to the BBC. They were doing this a great risk during the communist years and didn't understand they were listening to British propaganda. But some of them did learn to speak English.
Ed, you didn't say BBC Radio explicitly but if that is what you meant, it sounds like a really difficult way to learn English. Maybe you meant BBC television -- that would work better.
Ed said…
Sorry, I don't even think in terms of TV, it was radio that they were listening to. Yes, just listening is a VERY difficult way to learn any language. But better than just reading. I taught conversational English to Japanese that had far better English grammar than myself but could not speak the language.