The Campaign-Industrial Complex

Originally posted on Washington Monthly by Walter Shapiro. Reviewing Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop it by Lawrence Lessig.   Campaign costs are increasing faster than almost anything else in this moribund economy, including law school tuition. As recently as 2004, George W. Bush and John Kerry spent about $700 million combined on every aspect of their presidential campaigns. These numbers … Continue reading The Campaign-Industrial Complex

The Applicability of Herman’s and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model Today

This article was first presented as a paper at the third annual conference on Popular Culture, Science and Technology in Toronto on June 30, 2005 by David Model. When I was in the Soviet Union in 1985, it was interesting to observe the extent to which all the major sources of information, including television and newspapers, spewed out government propaganda 24 hours a day. It … Continue reading The Applicability of Herman’s and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model Today

Sold Out

Originally posted on LRB on October 2013 by Stefan Collini as a review for two books on the marketisation of Higher Education It’s time for the criticism to stop. Whatever you think about the changes to higher education that have been made in recent years, in particular the decision in the autumn of 2010 largely to replace public funding of teaching with student fees, this … Continue reading Sold Out

Noam Chomsky Quotes

Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. Sometimes described as the “father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the “world’s top public … Continue reading Noam Chomsky Quotes

Cultural Hegemony

Cultural hegemony is the theory that one nation or culture, either by direct intent or merely by its dominant position in the world, exerts an inordinate influence into how other cultures should conduct themselves, both in terms of values and political and economic aspirations. The idea of cultural hegemony was promoted by the writings of the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci in the late 19th and … Continue reading Cultural Hegemony

The Pathetic Jingoistic Coverage For The Birth of The Royal Baby

A reworked version of a piece I wrote on the birth of the Royal Baby. If you’re one of the few poor souls who live in complete isolation or without access to the news then you most likely missed the news that a baby was born on the 22nd of July. This, my friends, is no ordinary baby. This is a baby that was delivered … Continue reading The Pathetic Jingoistic Coverage For The Birth of The Royal Baby