This echoes the observation of Professor Noam Chomsky, who said:
One of the most important comments on deceit, I think, was made by Adam Smith. He pointed out that a major goal of business is to deceive and oppress the public.(Noam Chomsky, Professor, MIT, emphasis mine). Notice how GE calls various entities "Brands" on its own website:
And one of the striking features of the modern period is the institutionalization of that process, so that we now have huge industries deceiving the public — and they're very conscious about it, the public relations industry. Interestingly, this developed in the freest countries—in Britain and the US—roughly around time of WWI, when it was recognized that enough freedom had been won that people could no longer be controlled by force. So modes of deception and manipulation had to be developed in order to keep them under control.
And by now these are huge industries. They not only dominate marketing of commodities, but they also control the political system. As anyone who watches a US election knows, it's marketing. It's the same techniques that are used to market toothpaste.
And, of course, there are power systems in place to facilitate this. Throughout history it's been mostly the property holders or the educated classes who've tended to support power systems. And that's a large part of what I think education is—it's a form of indoctrination. You have to reconstruct a picture of the world in order to be conducive to the interests and concerns of the educated classes, and this involves a lot of self-deceit.
BRANDS(General Electric Website, UPDATE: they took the page down to hide this egregious reality, so to see this use The WayBack Machine). The GE website points out that they are also into military contracts in war zones as well as oil, gas, healthcare, and banking.* Bravo
* Focus Features & Rogue Pictures
* Global Networks
* NBC Entertainment
* NBC News
* NBC Sports & Olympics
* NBC Universal Television Group
* NBC Universal Television Stations
* SCI FI
* USA Network
* Universal Parks & Resorts
* Universal Pictures
* Universal Studios Home Entertainment
GE is part and parcel of the military oil media complex once called the military industrial complex.
This blog has a series of posts which show the roots of this system which worships war and deceit, our worst enemy.
The Pentagon needed to help Bush II get elected, to save the military oil complex from becoming a class like the military in other countries of the world:
Until more money arrives, the defense apparatus is literally feeding on its own parts, pinching this and that, scrimping here and there, in order to keep the same Cold War force structure in place and the same lineup of new weapons moving through the pipeline of development. During the Cold War era, the military institution acquired a reflexive appetite for growth that it's now unwilling to give up. Instead, it lumbers toward a self-induced crisis of malnourishment, as when an addict's starving body eats its own liver.(Is There A Shadow Government - 2, emphasis added). That was the state of the military just as Bush II was being elected, with the help of GE and the GE CEO, Bush II's greatest campaign contributor.
The author observed "the defense apparatus" (a.k.a. "military industrial complex") as being an addict to public money, which is synonymous with dangerous, aberrant behaviour.
The Pentagon had the choice of easing the burden of the nation it is sworn to uphold, by dropping the cold war habit, or instead staying addicted and becoming too big to fail - continuing to impoverish the nation.
The Pentagon did not wait long after installing Bush II to begin their wars, which still continue to this day, to fatten them at the expense of millions of Americans who are losing homes, jobs, and healthcare.
We have written some posts exposing some of how the Pentagon, through puppets like MSNBC's Morning Joe, habitually deceives the public.
GE financials looked at here.
The next post in this series is here.