Quotable: Ignacio Ramonet on “democratic” propaganda

“Just when democracy and freedom are seemingly triumphing in a world that has rid itself of its worst dictatorial regimes, censorship and different kinds of manipulation have returned, in different guises, with a paradoxical vengeance. We are seductively offered the promise of a ‘brave new world’, which distracts citizens and aims to keep them out of civic and political activities. In these new times of alienation, the era of the internet, a single world culture or ‘global culture’, information technology–is playing a fundamental ideological role in gagging thought.”

–Ignacio Ramonet, Wars of the 21st Century

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