JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHAT AMY GOODMAN’S DEMOCRACY NOW ACTUALLY REPRESENTS – REAL LIBERALISM (DEFINED HERE) IS ABOUT AS SCARCE AS TRUTH OR DECENCY IN AMERICA   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Democracy Now’s ‘Alt Media’ Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

“Sprinkle it with bleeding heart rhetoric and pinkos will eat up all the western imperialism they are served and scream for seconds”

 

The headline is a bit over-the-top, but I understand where it comes from. I do object to anyone’s disparaging liberalism in general, something all too common these days. Genuine liberalism is sturdy and has its roots in the work of some of Europe’s finest political and philosophical minds over the last three centuries.

Amy Goodman does not represent that. She represents a brand of faux-liberalism, one found typically in contemporary America, which always features squishy political correctness and acceptance of American imperialism. They are in large part spokespeople for a “kinder, gentler” empire, truly odd hybrid types whose influence has widely extended into Western Europe and Canada now.

In effect, Amy Goodman and others like her are CIA shills.

Her brand of fluffy, ineffectual liberalism is just fine, if that’s what she wants, but if you examine the net effect of her views, she unquestionably represents CIA interests.

There are a number of American liberals in this same category, and there long have been. Publications, distinguished ones, too, serve and have served this role. The old Saturday Review, Time Magazine, the New York Times, etc, etc. Some were actually penetrated by CIA and some were heavily subsidized.

What more effective way to help guide or control American domestic opinion? It’s a gimmick that has been used by security services many times, and it works.

I have no idea whether she is aware or not of her situation. Often people in a position such as hers are quietly and secretly supported by the security services in their work and never know it.

Of course, she’s happy to have a good, cozy job with a fair amount of ego-satisfying public exposure, and I’m sure she actually believes she is working for the common good.

But America is not, and never has been, a genuinely liberal nation.

And I’m talking about real liberalism – the philosophy that always respects human rights and democratic values and rule of law and always abhors bullies and aggressive war. That does not exist in America, except in scattered micro-populations.

How else could it be in a brutal empire, straining to control every last square inch of earth?

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