Republicans and Democrats, leftists and the Big Con, are indeed of one mind, and share the same interest, in promoting the Great Panic of 2020—i.e., the idea of “The Coronavirus Pandemic” that threatens to wipe out humanity.
I’m referring here specifically to politicians, journalists (so-called), and commentators.
To put it quite simply, those in Big Media are having a field day. The manufacturers and distributors of “news” are invested in seeing to it that their livelihoods thrive. To this end, they seek to sensationalize, as much as possible, their coverage of whatever it is they determine to be “newsworthy.” The more extra-ordinary the story can be made to sound to consumers of the product that Big Media sells, the better.
From all that is transpiring in the world, the journalists and commentators that constitute Big Media select snippets of happenings. By marginalizing, if not altogether ignoring, other facets of the ever constant flow of daily goings-on, they construct or “spin” their snippets of choice into narratives that at once satisfy the ideological and social constraints that define the contemporary world of journalism and serve the material and, not infrequently, political interests of their authors.
Perhaps not so interestingly, politicians too are motivated by the same kinds of considerations. But while journalists and commentators in Big Media are driven by a desire for ratings, circulation, and, thus, profits, politicians, obviously, want votes.
In America 2020, this, unfortunately, means that politicians must be seen as men and women of action. And the more action, the better.
Both those in Big Government and those in Big Media have collaborated in perpetuating a certain style of politics that has been the American political orientation for quite some time. Yet It isn’t unique to America; quite the contrary, for, in varying degrees, depending upon place and time, it has informed the politics of European countries since the emergence of the modern Nation-State. Beginning in the 20th century, though, such was the success of this form in achieving a monopoly over the politics of European peoples that it largely banished from their collective memory political styles of other sorts.
This style of politics whose ubiquity and dominance have rendered us oblivious to any and all others is what the English philosopher Michael Oakeshott described as “the Politics of Crisis.”
It is the Politics of Crisis that butters the bread of those in both Big Media and Big Government.
“CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC”: Against the backdrop of blood red, these are the words on the banner that one 24 hour cable news network features at the bottom of
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