Give A Man A Newspaper, and he can Overthrow Governments – by Penny Carter

We have all seen this quote:

But now, there is this:

text of images: Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank.
Give a man a bank, he can rob the world.

Give a man a newspaper and he can overthrow governments.

While the rest of us wait 4 years to cast our ballots, to choose governments, to have our say in democracy; the rich and powerful play by different rules.

They print front page headlines and entire governments can change. One person – One vote is meaningless when a headline in a neo-conservative newspaper can have more influence over the way the government runs, than every single voter who casts their ballot on election day.

Right now, Murdoch wants Labor and the Greens out of power, and their grubby headlines and their grubby puppets (for example Abbott’s homophobic innuendo against Slipper based on nothing more concrete than allegations) will say anything to make that happen.

News Limited will not stop until Tony Abbott is Prime Minister. News Ltd writers say that democracy is not sustainable, and they prove that every day, when a foreign billionaire (R Murdoch) has more power than every voting Australian.

Further reading: Rupert Murdoch’s war on Democracy… it is ‘not sustainable’ and interferes with his ability to make money


5 Comments to “Give A Man A Newspaper, and he can Overthrow Governments – by Penny Carter”

  1. Sorry to burst your bubble but Enrenreich only wrote the forward to Collins book. That said however, I’m a great admirer of Ehrenreich and enjoyed Smile or Die: How the power of positive thinking fooled America and the rest of the world. Other sources you may like to investigate are Thomas Frank’s Pity the Billionaire; The hard times swindle and the unlikely comeback of the American Right.
    Frank was one of the first voices of the newly emerging American Left and writes with cutting wit and humor.
    Thanks for deciding to follow The Mugwump Post, as I’m sure you know it’s always comforting to know that others are reading your posts and they’re not just falling into dead air and I’ll do my best to keep the posts coming athough I must caution that some of them maybe 98% free of intellectual rigor or political correctness.
    Keep blogging – keep punching, we will prevail.
    ps. Check out Francis Wheen’s How Mumbo Jumbo conquered the world, especially the chapter titled Voodoo Economics.

    • D’oh on the Enrenrich.

      Thanks for these books, much appreciated. Books, like newspapers, are falling out of favour, and too often opinion replaces research, always good to have a stack of good reading to turn to.

      I just found your blog, the format is a little different from what I’m used to, headlines, but the wordpress reader feeder is a good resource, if used well.

      Penny Carter (@redglitterx) for Turn Left

  2. PS. Keep blogging – keep punching!

  3. Hmm… a rather grim outlook. If I can offer a ray of hope, Murdoch does not have more power than every voting Australian, it’s simply that he offers the ‘big lie’ and hammers it home whenever his editors can. As I said in my reply to your post ‘Rupert’s War on Democracy’, people are not fools but they do as Charles Mackay observed ‘go mad in crowds and only recover their senses one by one’ (see Mackay’s ‘Extraordinary Popular Delusions & The Madness of Crowds’ for more on this – or Francis Wheen’s ‘How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered The World’.
    I would argue that people are recovering their senses after thirty years of the poison ideology of the ‘Free Market’ and are ready to embrace change but don’t know how to bring it about. Nonetheless, change is coming in the form of the growing interest in Modern Monetary Theory both here and the US. (See Chuck Collins excellent monograph; How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking The World and What We Can Do About It. or go to YouTube and type in Modern Monetary Theory and watch the interview with Randy Wray (US) and Bill Mitchell (Aus). Both are economists of some note, and both have been advocating this theory for some time and it’s finally catching on.
    Change is coming!

    • Thank you for that observation from Mackay. Thank you for these suggestions (some might pop up soon on this blog :/ ).
      ‘Change is coming!’ we must never give up hope that is true.

      BTW, I looked up that Collins book, co written by Barbara Ehrenreich, who has written extensively on class warfare against working people, her book ‘Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America’ was a scary and prescient precursor of what would happen under the global financial crisis, and what our futures may look like under Abbott’s AUSterity.

      Penny Carter (@redglitterx) for Turn Left

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