Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Charles Hugh Smith — What's Driving Social Discord: Russian Social Media Meddling or Soaring Wealth/Power Inequality?

There are two competing explanatory narratives battling for mind-share in the U.S.:
1. The nation's social discord is the direct result of Russian social media meddling-- what I call the Boris and Natasha Narrative of evil Russian masterminds controlling a vast conspiracy of social media advertising, fake-news outlets and trolls that have created artificial divides in the body politic, or exacerbated minor cracks into chasms.
2. The nation's social discord is the direct result of soaring wealth/power inequality-- the vast expansion of the wealth and power of the nation's financial elites and their protected class of technocrat enablers and enforcers (the few) at the expense of the unprotected many....
Don't fall for it. The nation's elites are desperate to misdirect us from the financial and power divide that has enriched and empowered them at the expense of the unprotected many. Every story and every broadcast about Russian influence is another brick in a Great Media Wall designed to block our view of the grim reality of American life in a society defined by vast inequality.
Always start an inquiry with this question: cui bono, to whose benefit? Who benefits from us buying the Boris and Natasha Narrative?

5 comments:

Matt Franko said...

"The nation's elites are desperate to misdirect us from the financial and power divide that has enriched and empowered them at the expense of the unprotected many."

Its a neo-liberal conspiracy!!!!!

Noah Way said...

Neoliberal, neocon, one and the same.

Tom Hickey said...

Neoliberal, neocon, one and the same.

They closely overlap since neoliberalism includes neo-imperialism and neocolonialism.

Salsabob said...

Well, of course, the "meddling" by the richest, most powerful elite in the world. Tsar Putin, has nothing to with heightening inequality. Otherwise, all that "meddling" would have been aimed at putting some b-team elite smuck in office to deregulate, de-tax, and impose more of police state. Oh wait, never mind. I return you to your sheepling.

Tom Hickey said...

Who put the Russian oligarchs where they are? It was not Putin.

Putin ended the game for the crookedest ones. Where did they go? Who is supporting them now?