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#297#298#299#300 Episode #301 - Stupefying the Group Mind
(Managing the Class War with PR and TV)

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Sat 8 April 2006  Scott Ritter, John Stauber, Pepi Leistyna, Loretta Alper, Tom Scott
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2 We begin the show with Scott Ritter on the trivialising nature of modern television news, and then proceed to look at how and why US citizens have been consciously made stupid through lies.
In 1892 the people's party, also known as the populists, held its founding convention in Nebraska. Their platform contained these paragraphs:
"We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot box, the legislatures, the congress and touches even the ermine of the bench. The people are demoralized, and most of the states have been compelled to isolate the voters at the polling places to prevent universal intimidation and bribery. The newspapers are largely subsidised or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished, and the land concentrating in the hands of capitalists. The urban workmen are denied the right to organize for self-protection. Imported, pauperized labor beats down their wages. A hireling standing army, unrecognized by our laws, is established to shoot them down is established to shoot them down and they are rapidly degenerating into European conditions. The fruits of the toil of millions are badly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of humankind, and the possessors of these in turn despise the republic and endanger liberty. From the same prolific womb of governmental injustice, we breed the two great classes, tramps and millionaires."
The people's party received one million of the 12 million votes.
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