At the end of one of our chats the other day, I said to Ranjan that The Billionaire Commisar class really had a very low opinion of the intelligence of the regular public, what Webster Tarpley calls Joe six-pack in the USA.
My line was.
” It is always a mistake to underestimate the intelligence of the general public, it is also a mistake to overestimate the intelligence of the general public, of the two mistakes an underestimation is the greater error.”
“Half of the people can be part right all of the time
And some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all of the people can’t be all right all of the time”
I think Abraham Lincoln said that
“I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”
I said that
Off Guardian used to have a section that ran to #25 issues. WHAT “COMMUNITY STANDARDS” DID THIS COMMENT BREACH?, The BBC website used to also have vigorous comments culture.
Comments sections are now more the exception rather than the rule and there is a section for the story in the header image about self-isolation payments payable to those unable to work from home. It was said once by Noam Chomsky, perhaps in the spat with George Monbiot of the Guardian that, “Even Stalin was in favour of free speech for people he agreed with”, my habit these days when I notice a comments section on a BBC article is always to take a look at what is being said to see what The Stalinist moderators at the BBC are seeking to get a group think jamboree going on, The Billionaire commissar class I suspect have a similar penchant for Stalin’s flavour of free speech.
Internet forums and discussion threads are of the utmost interest to the psychology of online public opinion manipulation, there’s even a handbook, years ago Monsanto pioneered trolling public comment against their BRAND. Nowadays theres 77 Brigade and all manner of other both private contractor and institutional “Webmasters”
There are usually several rats to smell and the purposes of the BBC aromatic massage of the Self Isolation compensation message is difficult to discern.
This story is not unconnected in my own mind to this from Tucker Carlson, where he has a go at Homeless Housing provision and conflates it with the opiate pandemic ( again manufactured) in the US.
This Tucker Carlson OPED, Polemic, or whatever you want to call it contrasts very well with this from back in 1976.
and also this Daily Show debut of Trevor Nohah the South African comedian
Dec 5, 2014