“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit
the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within
In response to the Washington Post supporting prosecutions of CIA interrogators, Andrew Sullivan laments the United States refusal to hold those in power accountable for egregious crimes against humanity, only seeking to prosecute those at the bottom of the food chain when the facts become too blatant to ignore:
Obama’s refusal to investigate torturers is a reflection of is own
belief that such matters do not really count for much – certainly not
as much as a successful presidency. This is not a conspiracy. It’s just
the kind of elite corruption you usually see in banana republics with
no rule of law and a coopted press.
We’ve seen the same kind of non reporting with the financial crisis, global warming, and now the health care crisis. In each circumstance, we’ve only seen a debate within the spectrum the MSM sets for itself, and it isn’t a wide one. And each time, those in power are never held to account, and nothing ever changes. It is how empires die – not from the outside, but from within.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.