A case can be made that ignorance is a national resource. That sounds like an absurd proposition on the face of it, doesn’t it? But all you have to do is update that old adage from the fifties: “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.”
Change it to “What’s good for United Health Care is good for the country.” Then, consider whose interests are best served by ignorance such as the following, documented in a new national survey done by the Indiana University Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research (CHPPR) and the Indiana University Center for Bioethics. (See news release).
With regard to the following particular survey question, Republicans are the most ignorant, believing by a majority of 53% that “the government will require the elderly to make decisions about how and when they will die.” (Is this a Fox News effect?).
Chomsky and Herman could well have used this example in their book, “Manufacturing Consent,” which describes how — in a system like ours, based on the consent of the governed — corporations are able to manipulate the media in order to “manufacture” consent compatible with their profit-based interests.