The 4th Estate is not For the State

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now has said the media is the 4th estate, not “for the state.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor and theologian put to death by the Nazis in 1944 and the highest name in Germany, said the ultimate is the model of the penultimate.

Chaos comes on the quiet when research and public spending are sacrificed to corporate profit and when regulation is irrationally demonized and security jobs eclipse all job creation. Government involves compromise, countermeasures, negotiation and checks and balances and can’t be reduced to “deals” or “profiteering.”

The US media could upend and embarrass Trump instead of legitimating an incompetent and ignorant billionaire buffoon. The media could hearken back to civic traditions of compromise, countermeasures, negotiations, checks and balances and 2000 years of social contracts instead of accepting corporate tax avoidance and tax evasion. Revenue shortfalls mean social misery and political incompetence, exploding inequality, and neoliberal mythology. The one thing we learn from history, Albert Einstein said, is that we don’t learn from history! gives us 1150 free movies, 750 free eBooks and 450 free audio books. gives reading samples for their 189K eBooks and dissertations. A universe of knowledge and enlightenment opens up. Enjoy the feast – in the land of reversible cups!

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