The following text is taken from various internet sources. It concerns a speech made by the almost mythical John Swinton.
One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the pre-eminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the
press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of
the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking
for another job.
If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.
You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of
We are intellectual prostitutes."
(Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)
Nothing changes. Leopards do not change their spots, as the old saying goes.
One of the best lessons you will learn in life is that we are all deceived on a daily basis. Ergo, you have to question everything that comes before you.
So who, or what, do you put your faith in? Difficult question, and one that is not easily answered. Someone once said "consider everything, believe nothing". These are wise words.
Whatever we do, we have to chose a path through life. We could just let ourselves be led by those who think they know what is best for us - but are their motives good or bad?
A lot depends on the politics involved. On issues where it is felt we should be deceived, then we shall be deceived. On mundane everyday issues, there is no need to lie, to mislead.
So! I present to you my ongoing collection of 'memes'. They are not there to influence you one way or another, they are there to get you thinking about the world around you.
In closing I say this: it's a shame that so many people do not question what they see and experience on a daily basis. They prefer to remain as part of the 'zombie' culture. This culture is one
where many cannot be bothered to learn the truth, or at least attempt to learn the truth. These are the people who just swallow everything the establishment presents to them on a daily basis.
Sad, isn't it?