Imagine Humphrey Bogart as hard-bitten detective Philip Marlowe, saying to Lauren Bacall, “Newspapers are owned and published by rich men.” Hard to imagine? Yet that is exactly what a newspaperman explains to Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s novel, The Long Goodbye.
The Long Goodbye was first published in 1953, which means Marlowe was hearing this cynical explanation of newsfakers over 60 years ago!
In The Long Goodbye, Marlowe asks, “What about the press?”, to which the newspaperman responds with an amused glance before he explains:
Newspapers are owned and published by rich men. Rich men all belong to the same club. Sure, there’s competition – hard tough competition for circulation, for newsbeats, for exclusive stories. Just so long as it doesn’t damage the prestige and privilege and position of the owners. If it does, down comes the lid.
What would the newspaperman’s explanation be today, when competition between newspapers is much less than it was in 1953?
The rich men’s newspapers are a powerful locomotive, and lately the locomotive has gone off the track. It is still close to Superman (“more powerful than a locomotive”) yet now it proceeds like a Frankenstein with a will of its own. Just look at the constant dreariness as it belches smoke across the land. Dreariness of wildfires. Dreariness of election recounts.
The locomotive has gone off the track due to the joylessness of its engineers. They all belong to the association, Puritans 2.0. The original Puritans still believed in God, but Puritans 2.0 have been enveloped by Political Correctness preaching only. They, like their forebears, are a grim lot. Hence the constant dreariness of their reports.
But do not mistake the belching smoke of their dreariness for actual reality. Really, the Sun is still shining. It is just being hidden by Puritanism 2.0.
French author Thierry Meyssan perceives, in his latest report, that the true split now in American politics is not between Democrats and Republicans, but between descendants of the Puritans and descendants of Lutherans and Catholics. My own framework is along the lines of A-Albionic‘s primary thesis: London (Puritans) and Rome (Catholics) are locked in mortal combat for control of the world.