Cognitive Dissonance and The Real Public Nuisance

Abby Zimet

There's a weird disconnect between the ingenuous, celebratory coverage of the "non-violent" raid on Occupy L.A. - It went so smoothly! - and the dead of night sights and sounds of 1,400 police in full riot gear and hazmat suits  storming and arresting seated protesters exercising their First Amendment rights, chanting "We are peaceful!" and meaning it. To counter that cognitive dissonace, hear a plain-speaking Robert Reich on the real public nuisance facing us today, and the need to Occupy Our Democracy.

The raid:

Robert Reich:

FRIENDS: Now More Than Ever

Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Share This Article

More in: