My business is the analytical framework.
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.
Americas are, for a variety of reasons, the most adept at producing the kind of entertainment that delivers easy satisfactions.
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.
I don't think anyone in the media thinks strategically about society.
It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives.
Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history.
Navigation is power of a limited sort - it enables us to manage the immensity of the media torrent.
So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids.
Sure, I've often been misrepresented - anyone frequently quoted has this experience.
The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period.
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.
Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given.
American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others - partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions.
Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't.
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.
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.
Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives.
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.
Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state.
The mobilisation which Bush has been able to perform since 11 September 2001 has to be fought - at least by Americans - in the name of a wise, honourable and democratic patriotism.
To win power anywhere you have to convince people that you can do something for them.
We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery.
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