Thursday, June 23, 2022
#174 / Our Thoughts Are Not Our Own
Commentator Caitlin Johnstone, known for her provocational approach to political reporting (an approach that has not always met with my approval, by the way), has recently published an article with the following title: "Ten Times Empire Managers Showed Us That They Want To Control Our Thoughts."
Johnstone's article is worth reading, and particularly because these "Empire Managers" that Johnstone discusses not only "want to" control our thoughts, they have largely succeeded. The "Empire Managers" do control our thoughts, if you credit what Johnstone says.
In short, as Johnstone presents it, our "thoughts" are not our own. Most of the time, we are thinking the thoughts that those in power want us to think. She gets some backup from Noam Chomsky.
If that is the case, and it seems to me that there is a lot of merit in what Johnstone and Chomsky say, then we need to find some way to see beyond the misinformation that sets the horizon to the world we most directly inhabit.
During the Vietnam War, the "Teach-In" movement was one way to try to counter the propaganda fed to the public by the officials who were supposedly keeping us informed. I think it might be time to try that once again!