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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Don't Ever Try to Question Their Patriotism

        I kept trying to come up with something, anything, sufficiently snarky to register my disgust at the NY Times latest effort to sabotage the War on Terrorism.

        I failed.  Fortunately,Michelle Malkin and Captain Ed Captain Ed, did it for me.  Read them both.

        And I'm serious when I say you shouldn't try to question the patriotism of the folks at the New York Times.  Since they have no patriotism, trying to question it is futile.

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2 Comments:

  • You make the usual category mistake. Institutions such as the New York Times are corporate businesses. They are neither patriotic or unpatriotic. The real questions are - What interests does the institution serve, why, and how are those interests served?

    For example, why ask if General Electric is patriotic? By any standards General Electric did not act in a way that served the war interests of the U.S. during WWI and WWII. But this is not because of any lack of patriotism. General Electric is an institution that is structured to make profit by any means allowed. If they can get away with funnelling profits in and out of their German companies during WWII then they will do so. If the law office Sullivan & Cromwell can help them get off the hook, You make the usual category mistake. Institutions such as the New York Times are corporate businesses. They are neither patriotic or unpatriotic. The real questions are - What interests does the institution serve, why, and how are those interests served?

    For example, why ask if General Electric is patriotic ... or capable of moral consideration, or human caring, or able to express love? Even to ask these questions is to understand the absurdity of such attributions. By any standards General Electric did not act in a way that served the war interests of the U.S. during WWI and WWII. General Electric is an institution that is structured to make profit by any means allowed. If they can get away with funnelling profits in and out of their German companies during WWII then they will do so. If the law office Sullivan & Cromwell can help G.M. get off the hook, with future Secretary of State Dulles being the prime mover, then that is what they will do. They could get away with it and they did. Powerful lawyers could help them to facilitate their war profiteering, in both the U.S. and Nazi Germany, and they did. Patriotism has nothing to do with it. The structure and purpose of the institution are all that matter. Profits were the main motivation in this case.

    Similarly with the New York Times. The New York Times is an institution which serves the interests of its owners and advertisers. Its main constituency is its advertisers. If the New York Times is committing what you consider an unpatriotic act then you should blame the structure of the corporate guided market. The New York Times simply serves the interests of the institutions that provide it with profits. Many of those institutions are not satisfied with some aspects of the Bush Administration, while being very happy with other aspects of the regime. The New York Times is simply a supple institutional tool of power.

    The exalted patron saint of capitalism, Adam Smith, realized this and it is one of the reasons why he was suspicious of powerful economic institutions such as joint stock companies. He believed that such institutions operated against the moral choice of the free individual. These institutions could not be moral and that was one of the dangers of such monopolies. Only individuals are moral agents, he believed but an individual inside an institution will serve the goals of the institution. So then the question becomes, are the goals of the institution moral? If the goals of the institution are immoral, then the institution itself must be changed. Such reflections were simply the common sense of the eighteenth century. But they are forgotten by people who describe themselves as conservatives today.

    Personally, I am in favor of changing the kind of corporate institution that constitutes the mainstream media. At minimum business corporate entities should not be granted constitutional rights or the right of free speech. The media institutions should be restructured so that they are run democratically. The democratization of the media is a long-term goal. The powerful business institutions will not allow for such a transformation of the media. The New York Times is simply a representative servant of a section of these business institutions.

    Jerry Monaco

    By Blogger Jerry Monaco, at 10:31 AM  

  • Of course I may interpret your original post. Maybe what you mean to say is that all corporate media can neither be patriotic or unpatriotic by definition. The same of course is true of whether a state-entity can be moral or immoral. In which case I appologize for my misinterpretion.

    By Blogger Jerry Monaco, at 10:37 AM  

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