File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2003/lyotard.0302, message 18

Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 10:14:57 -0500
Subject: RE: the latest in propaganda...

Eric writes:  
>I found out this story wasn't completely censored in the US 
media, but
>it has been reported.  I also agree with you that plagiarism 
is not the
>central issue. Some of this information dates from the early 
>as you say, and it shows a shocking lack of real intelligence 
>laziness. It appears that not only is there no smoking gun, 
>pathetic result is the best that all the king's horses and 
all the
>king's men could come up with.
>As I mentioned before, the aluminum rods had been completely 
>and the CIA had disavowed any links between Hussein and the 
Al Quaida.
>None of this stopped Bush from rambling on about these things 
as the
>chief reasons to go to war in his state of the union.  
>We are now preparing to go to war over a thin tissue of 
fabrications and
>the horrible thing is that we can see through these lies and 
this whole
>campaign of misinformation, but we can not seem to prevent 
this war from
>happening. The veil is lifted for an instant as we peer into 
the abyss.
>Why has democracy become such a synonym of manipulation? It 
is simply
>another lesson in the excesses of institutionalized power.

But as a chiefly political tool rather than an 
economic one, the concept of democracy is synonymous with 
rhetorical manipulation.  Given the pervasive lack of all but 
consumerist literacy, a populace preoccupied and generally 
frenetic with concerns about personal appearance and ruled 
either by fear or hubris (two sides of the same coin), what 
democracy can you have other than mob rule?  

Things might begin to change if any of our political figures 
begins to envision the future.  The problem is, we have no 
collective vision that is not tainted by fear.  

Don Soch


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