Patrick Chalmers’, author of Fraudcast News, message to Real Media Gathering

Conflation of media and democracy questions in one event – this I like. As I’ve been saying for a while now – you can’t tackle the problems of our democracies without also transforming our media. Shame I can’t attend the Manchester event of February 28th though I hope to link up with the organisers and their work in due course.

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Patrick Chalmers, author of Fraudcast News, sends a message of support from France for the Real Media Gathering. You can also follow him on twitter.

For all the rhetoric on democracy from our political leaders and eliteclasses generally, the realities are starkly different. Representative democracy, basically the chance to vote for a handful of candidates as our leaders every few years, is a farce. It gives we the people an illusion of influence but no real power. Money, acting via private channels, corporations and financial markets, crowds out the political power vacuum in our absence.

Nowhere has that been more obvious than in the rolling financial crisis of 2007 and since. The financial deregulation begun in earnest under Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s grew all the more furious through subsequent administrations “right” and “left” in both Washington and Westminster. Those two centres matter more than…

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