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The Extremes Are Not That Far Apart

The Extremes Are Not That Far Apart

Book Review By Jerry E. Smith




 

"Derailing Democracy: The America The Media Don't Want You To See" by David McGowan (Common Courage Press, Monroe, ME, 2000, 234 pp., $16.95)

 

Author David McGowan starts with the premise that despite well-published assertions of America having a Free Press, we, in fact, have quite the opposite. I would describe the so-called "mainstream" press as a self-serving choir that endlessly sings the praises of its corporate owners; harmonizing on the righteousness of the multi-national's shills in elected office; lulling the congregation to sleep with dulcet praises sung to the holiest of holies, an everlasting status quo. Dave much more mater-of-factly describes America's media as simply the greatest propaganda machine every built. "Derailing Democracy" pulls back the emerald curtain of biased non-reporting to reveal America's hypocrisy abroad and increasing tyranny at home.

 

Taking a most unusual tack, McGowan dispenses with the usual Leftist editorializing, poignant point making and lamentary hand wringing and lets the facts speak for themselves. Not dry, boring facts, but infuriating, frightening, nauseating facts - a staccato barrage of statistics that shred smug complacency, blowing fatal holes through cherished illusions. "Derailing Democracy" is about 95% quotes, the overwhelming majority from credible and reliable sources outside the dominant media.

 

For the state of American democracy presented in the book I found "Derailing Democracy" rather depressing; for very personal reasons I also found it darkly amusing. David McGowan considers himself a radical "leftist." I, as an author of Conspiracy Theory books, have been marginalized by the dominant media as a "right-winger." Yet, we are in virtually perfect agreement on nearly every subject addressed in this important book! Despite the media's attempts to obfuscate the facts; and trivialize and marginalize the few courageous voices who dare to speak out; The Problem remains The Problem, and the facts, although deleted and denied, remain the facts.

 

"Left" and "right" biases are irrelevant. The right-wing and the left-wing have each seen and spoken out on these issues for decades, often unknowingly in agreement. Despite Dave's occasional pot-shots against "right-wing reactionaries" and "rightist repression," the genuine right (in contradistinction to the corporately controlled Republican Party which is often indistinguishable from the Democratic Party (which one is the "evil twin"? both!) Constitutionalists and Patriots are just as angry and frightened by the Draconian tactics of an out of control War on Drugs that is really a War on Liberty, Justice and Freedom, as any self-respecting Socialist, Social Democrat or pot-smoking hippy. If anything the Constitutionalists are even more righteously indignant, for these crimes being committed by our employees (government agents and officials) against us are being done in our name.

 

It is only the bogus, myopic, self-described "middle" that is ignorant of the accelerating slide of America into Authoritarianism. America is quickly becoming a totalitarian state; one whose purpose abroad, stunningly documented by Dave, is not to spread democratic ideals but to place control of the wealth of nations into the hands of the control freaks who guide the ruling elite. Contrariwise, McGowan's choice use of damning quotes, reveals that the media has painted a smiley face over the "Crypt keeper" visage of the growing prison-industrial complex and the flood of new technologies that make Orwell's Big Brother look like a wuss.

 

Read this book only if you want to know the unvarnished facts. "Derailing Democracy" is a quick, easy, and very disturbing read.

 


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