And as the Free Market goes on,
so the media brainwashing goes on

Nipawin - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - by: Mario deSantis
  Sometime ago I stated that


"our corporate media is consciously oblivious of any critical thinking and they don't tell us the truth as they whitewash all the news."




You can have a peek at the media conglomerates in the United States by reading the article "How Tinseltown sold out to George Bush, Inc." by David Blomstrom. In Canada we are not different from the States and for us it is always a matter of catching up with what happens south of the border.




Just yesterday, 55 Canadian journalists from the Montreal Gazette protested the running of "national editorials" written at the headquarter of CanWest Global Communications Corp. in Winnipeg. The journalists contend, and they are right, that a centralized editorial board common to all the corporate newspapers would undermine the independence of each individual newspaper's editorial board and as a consequence Canadians would be deprived of a variety of opinion, debate and editorial discussion.




The machinery of brainwashing people continue at a frenetic pace so that we people can be reduced to a homogenetic rational consumer, what neoclassical economists call homo economicus, where the natural laws and consequential mathematical formulations created by the Chicago School of Economics, Free Market, can be applied.




I just want to point out that there is no such a thing as homo economicus, that is a person who always maximizes the utility of anything he purchases in the market place for a 'price.' The behaviour of people can be rational, emotional, can be altruistic, can be greedy, can be catastrophic and so forth; the behaviour of people and their interactions is different and cannot be predicted by mathematical equations, unless, unless we have the brainwashing media telling us what to buy and how to behave.


We have been attacking the fallacy of the Free Market preached by the Chicago School of Economics, yet we have a recalcitrant publishing establishment who rejects the publishing of educational and economic books with innovative ideas.


Australian economist Hugh Stretton has published an introductory book in economics where he challenges the neoclassical mathematical formulation of economics phenomena, and he makes economics a moral science as firstly envisioned by Adam Smith. Stretton had seventeen rejections from publishers until Pluto Press in London, in association with University of NSW Press, came to the rescue. Reputable academic publishers quite liked Stretton's text, but their marketing staff advised against going ahead with buying the rights and going against mainstream economics.


We have a brainwashing media and a sanitized publishing environment rejecting any relevant book providing a diversity of opinions to our conventional societal understanding. The latest case of rejection is the book "Stupid White Men and Other Excuses for the State of the Nation" by Michael Moore. Harper Collins had already printed Moore's book when at the last minute they decided not to sell and distribute the book for being 'intellectually dishonest.'


As the Free Market goes on, so the media brainwashing goes on.
  The Need of an Alternate Media, by Mario deSantis, November 30, 2001
  How Tinseltown sold out to George Bush, Inc., By David Blomstrom, November 24, 2001, The Invisible Republic
  How CanWest is threatening press freedom, December 11, 2001, The Globe and Mail
  Refuting the Big Lie, review by Doug Dowd of the book "Economics: A New Introduction" by Hugh Stretton
  Michael Moore's New Book Isn't, Ann Sparanese <sparanese[at], December 3, 2001
  A review of Hugh Stretton's Alternative Text Book by Samuel Brittan sheds some interesting and less political view point on this man's work.
  Identifying University of Adelaide bio on Hugh Stretton