Without fear

Without favour


Free societies are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom’s existence.

— Salman Rushdie

Journaist's toolbox
   The Journalist’s Toolbox

Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.

— Laurie Halse Anderson

To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.

— Michel de Montaigne

To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.

— Claude Adrien Helvetius

Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.

— Mark Twain

   حجب الإنترنت لإسكات المنتقدين

To manipulate

mass media’s sole role?

Noam the older
“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
— Noam Chomsky

There are a few key books to read if you wanna know more about the media and how it works and what it does. Simply put, the media is:


News outlets (papers, television and internet platforms) that report on, generate and distribute news.

However, many people believe that corporate media — owned mostly by very rich and powerful men — comprises of:


Entities that work in manipulative ways to keep rich people rich and poor people meek and acquiescent of the political structures that keep them poor.

To be honest, not all media outlets are the same as each other (see reviews of the key newspapers and news magazines here). As I say elsewhere on this site, news should be printed without fear and without favour. What do I mean by this? Well I mean that we shouldn’t need to be afraid to report the whole truth and nothing but the truth and, we shouldn’t show favouritism (especially if under duress or as a consequence of bribery).

Bust and words of Adolph Ochs, The New York Times headquarters. In greater, but still abridged, detail: “The New York Times will give the news in concise and attractive form [it will] give the news impartially, without fear or favour, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved, [provide] a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end, invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”

The books I recommend are:

Manufacturing Consent
Herman, E. S., & Chomsky, N. (1988).

Media and Democracy
Curran, J. (Ed). (2011).

The Shock Doctrine
Klein, N. (2007).

Public Opinion
Lippmann, W. (1922).

The Conquest of Bread
Kropotkin, P. (1892).

To end with, I’ll quote:

“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.”

— Plato

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

— Karl Marx

“Social media is the opium of the millennials onward.”

— Anna Bidoonism

Communal Goodness

of benefit to one and (hopefully) all…

Audio one, Liberalism in Retreat by Robin Niblett

Audio two, China and the World by Evan A. Feigenbaum

In economics, philosophy and political science, the ‘common good’ tends to relate to what is shared and beneficial to (most) members of a given community (or economy or group of countries).

Feigenbaum, E. A. (2017). China and the World. Foreign Affairs, 96(1), 33–40

Niblett, R. (2017). Liberalism in Retreat. Foreign Affairs, 96(1), 17–24

Grant Wood (1891-1942), American Gothic, 1930
The 1930’s, think of the Great Depression; think of the lead up to WWII.

p.s. ‘Ubique’ is Latin for “everywhere,” and tends to imply omnipresence (the property of being present everywhere). Think of the adjective ‘ubiquitous.’ e.g., “Nowadays, smartphones are ubiqitous.”