"There is no human institution that approaches totalitarianism as closely as a business corporation. I mean, power is completely top-down. You can be inside it somewhere and you take orders from above and hand ‘em down. Ultimately, it’s in the hands of owners and investors."
— reddit (via thequestion77)
"Back in the 1920s, it used to be frankly called propaganda. But the word acquired a bad flavour with Nazism in the 1930s. So now, it’s not called propaganda any more. But they were right in the 1920s. The huge public relations industry, for example, has its goal to control attitudes and beliefs. Liberal commentators, like Walter Lippmann, said we have to manufacture consent and keep the rabble away from the decision-making. We are the responsible men, we have to make decisions and we have to be protected — and I quote Lippmann — “from the trampling under the rage of the bewildered herd — the public”. In the democratic process, we are the participants, they watch. And the task of intellectuals, media and so on is to make sure that they are quiet, subdued and obedient. That is the view from the liberal end of the spectrum. Yes, I don’t doubt that the media is liberal in that sense."
— Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
(Source: chomsky.info, via imagineatoms)
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class using Obama’s plan.”
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A… After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset—a good portion of their success had been stolen from them by the students who studied little. Those who studied little were thrilled—they had been rewarded for their laziness. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less (why would they study more if the diligent ones could pick up the slack?) and the ones
who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied a bit less. The second test average was a C. No one was happy, but the ones who studied little still felt that a C was a better grade than their poor efforts deserved. The ones who had originally studied hard were disgusted with the results, and understood that it would be their responsibility to pick up the slack for the non-studiers so that they themselves would not all fail. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was again a D! Even though the original hard-studiers had gone back to work, most of the class had decided that there was no reason for them to study at all—most of them got absolutely no studying done, and were still rewarded for their lack of effort through the Professor’s system of averaging. Ultimately, scores averaged an F, despite the efforts of the few studiers.
As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings, and still only a few responsible individuals studied. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, very few will retain the motivation and the drive to succeed.