Del Spurlock: Propaganda Defeats the Public Interest — The Legalization of Lies, the Triumph of Corporations Over People

Categories: Civil Society,Ethics
Delbert J. Spurlock Jr.

Delbert J. Spurlock Jr.

Spinning the Inhumanity of our National Policies

We are failing to govern ourselves. The concept of American democracy has been driven from the field by the public relations industry.

Today we consume far beyond our means, are governed by the exploitation of our fears, and are denied the civic participation decreed by our Constitution.

…it was the Reagan Administration that delivered the most significant blow to our capacity to communicate with one another and thereby govern ourselves. The public relations cadre around the President lead by Michael Deaver and Charles Wick forced the abandonment of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine. The constraints on propaganda in the public media evaporated as did journalism’s capacity to speak truth to power.

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Sep 28

Berto Jongman: Military Victory is Dead

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Military Victory is Dead

…military victory is dead. And it was killed by a bunch of cheap stuff.

By ML Cavanaugh

RealClear  Defense, September 15, 2016

We live in the cheap war era, where the attacker has the advantage and the violent veto is always possible. Political leaders can speak and say tough stuff, promise ruthless revenge – it doesn’t matter, ultimately, because if you can’t disarm the enemy, you can’t parade the tanks.

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Sep 28

Stephen E. Arnold: US Government Struggling with IT — 77% of funding consumed by O&M — while Palantir sues US Army for business….

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

US Government: Computer Infrastructure

Notice that the US Federal government spent $0.68 cents of every IT dollar on operations and maintenance in 2010. Jump to the 2017 estimate. Notice that the status quo is likely to consume $0.77 cents of every IT dollar.

Bam! Pow! Zap! Palantir Steps Up Fight with US Army

I recall one Master of the Universe telling me, “Keep the client happy.” Today an alternative approach has emerged [and is being pioneered by Palantir]. I term it “Fight with the client.” I assume the tactic works really well.

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Sep 27