My business is the analytical framework.
America is not just 'a nation with the soul of a church,' as G.K. Chesterton wrote in 1992: it is a nation with the mind of a crusade
If the Bible is a creation myth, it is an amorphous confusing one
There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life.
Collectively, we are in thrall to media - because they deliver to us many of the psychic goods we crave, and we know no other way to live.
Americas are, for a variety of reasons, the most adept at producing the kind of entertainment that delivers easy satisfactions.
All I will say is that there are particular features of the American constitutional system that renders a third party futile - at best.
A century of convulsive change leaves huge demographic gouge marks.
I am a realist as well as an idealist, and I think that it is incumbent upon those of us in opposition to try to work within what are always arduous circumstances to stretch the limits of the possible.
I am concerned about how to reverse the process by which a fundamentalist right and a corporate elite were able to seize power in the United States.
To win power anywhere you have to convince people that you can do something for them.
Today's global justice movement may be the biggest, most diverse and energetic in history.
We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery.
I don't for the life of me understand how anybody could contemplate the results of the 2000 election in the US and say that electoral politics doesn't matter any more, and that Ralph Nader was right when he said there is no difference between the two parties.
I first came to think about media and politics in the late 1960s, having observed some distortions up close, but since then I wouldn't say that my personal experience has remained an important motive for my writing about media.
My position is not that John Kerry is either Jesus Christ or the prophet Mohammad. My position is that John Kerry is the possibility of restarting politics.
Who of us does not recognize that the life we live, however larded with brave talk about values and thought and ideals, is not actually a life dedicated to immersion in the endless torrent of images, songs, sounds and stories?
Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives.
Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given.
The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period.
Sure, I've often been misrepresented - anyone frequently quoted has this experience.
So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids.
Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state.
Some fine day, Democrats may figure out how to get on the right side of the value divide - how to define America as a place of the common good and not a playground of the strong.
The genius of the economic machine is in its ability to convert these indulgences into profitability. It converts desire into attention, a grip on our eyeballs and eardrums, which in turn can be marketed to advertisers.
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