Free Press and Freedom

I recently came across some writings of Robert McChesney, co-founder of Free Press.  This was one of the organizations whose lawsuit to allow government intervention in the management of internet networks was struck down last week by the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia.

Free Press calls itself a nonpartisan organization, and its name would lead us to believe that the organization’s main goal is, well, an open and free press.  Who in their right mind could oppose that?  That’s why the writings of Robert McChesney are so disturbing.  McChesney actually does oppose that.

In the far-left publication, Monthly Review, he writes that “winning battles to reconstruct the media system were a necessary part of a broader process to create a more just society . . .” (and lest we become confused, it doesn’t take much exposure to his writings before one realizes that “just society” means socialist) and, “any serious effort to reform the media system would have to be necessarily part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.”

Early last year, in the same publication, he espouses an “enormous class struggle  in order to “eliminate the evils of capitalism and the dangers it poses for the world and its people.”  In the end, though, he concludes that “there is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”  He says that the majority of the population will learn this in the course of their struggles for a “more equal, more humane, more collective, and more sustainable world.”  If you were confused about just how the left defined those words, now you know – socialist tyranny.

He explains that ” . . . it is the specific responsibility of the left to urge . . . the militant organization of the underlying population . . .” and then adds a list of socialist demands that these individuals should be making on our government, or rather on the productive classes in society (yeah, the 53% who pay federal income taxes.)  Further, he says that the entire power structure of US society must be altered in order for this socialist utopia to come to pass, just in case you didn’t understand what he meant by the dismantling of the capitalist system the first time he mentioned it.

Can this guy be any more clear?  He’s looking for a socialist revolution and he knows the only way to convince Americans that’s what they need is to control the message by controlling the media.  During an <a href=”http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/246.php”>interview</a> late last year with Tanner Mirrlees of the Socialist Project, he admitted that ” . . . it will be vastly more difficult to have a revolution” without having made significant changes in the media first.

Are the rest of us just supposed to sit and wait?

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