[linux-elitists] [declan@well.com: FC: Sen. Hatch "commends" DOJ for Sklyarov arrest, IP prosecutions]

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Wed Aug 1 11:15:12 PDT 2001

on Wed, Aug 01, 2001 at 07:03:35AM -0700, Ben Woodard (ben@valinux.com) wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 31, 2001 at 02:23:21PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > > Someone buy the Senator from Utah a cluestick.
> > 
> > Oh, he's got one, just not the kind you might want....
> > 
> > You have to stop thinking that these folks think that what they say
> > is reasonable. The role of congress has shifted from managing the
> > implementation of government as laid out by the constitution to
> > making money for re-elections. When a congress-critter says something,
> > it's usually preceded by the thought:
> > 
> > 	"How does this get me more money?"
> > 
> > Now, I ask you, which gets more money: siding with big business in their
> > efforts to eliminate fair use and esablish a leagal basis for the corporate
> > right-to-profit, or siding with the consumer?
> > 
> There is an interesting book by Noem Chomsky called "Managing Consent"
> where the basic thesis is that the media is a free market with a
> product to sell and a goal to maximize profit. Over the years the
> media has self selected editors, writers, and presenters which with or
> without realizing it infuse their work with a slant that is
> pro-business.
> You are basically extending that thesis to congress which I find not
> only likely but fairly probable. It is a very interesting idea.

What's striking to me about Chomsky's premise isn't its outrageousness,
but how blindingly obvious it is.

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