Perspective: Alas! State, Media conspiring to shape our political opionion


Martin Mubita

We all know that in the political ambit Zambians have nowhere to go since the game is rigged and the so-called parties that dominate and soak up all the oxygen are in reality one party with two faces, both serving the reigning plutocracy created by First President Kenneth Kaunda to validate his pseudo-Bemba origins.

Zambia has not been a democracy for a long time (bourgeois democracy never is), and in the last 30 years even less so after the ushering in of multipartism a degeneracy has now brazenly entered the center stage.
What we have today is a regional plutocracy extremely adept at presenting itself albeit flawed but nonetheless as a true democracy. It’s a major imposture, literally a class act without parallel in the annals of history.  A con job of galactic dimensions.  And curiously, but entirely logically, the entire political system is itself a version of the old “Greater Evil” concept applied to Kaunda and UNIP: it seems to be saying, yea, we’re flawed, the system is not perfect, but look around. Would you rather live in the Congo DRC?

As many observers have noted, the current Zambian propaganda system is several magnitudes more effective and insidious than any previous totalitarian system of thought control. ‘The Post’ ambitious liars, crude and transparent in what they do, at least to so many people that their propaganda machine could not be seen as dependable for the long term. In Zambia, the cynicism is so great, the expertise so advanced in the tools of deception, the lies so old and well implanted and repeated over and over again, that few escape their influence. How is this trick accomplished?

There is really no mystery to it. Complex as it may be, the process has been extensively and lucidly analyzed by others unlike me.
As many of us are aware, this poisonous media architecture relies on and uses many voices and tools to knit its deceitful message. The main stock is naturally provided by the prostituted politicians, from the president on down, who are continually paraded and given national coverage for their lies and distortions.

The politicos are reinforced in their maneuvers by a huge mass of prostituted academics and “experts”, chiefly in the political, economic, and public relations fields, adept manipulators like Fred Mmembe, the so-called private media mogul, a man whose claim to fame is his ability to dress social policies injurious to the majority as requisite solutions.

For extra safety, the system also utilizes a veritable legion of overpaid pundits and cadres sprinkled throughout a vast lineup of programs, some only slightly less obvious in their manipulative intent than others.  Against this array, and lacking effective access to truly alternative opinion and news (despite the Internet, which contributes some truth but rarely in sufficient force to counteract the system’s framing of the issues), the average citizen doesn’t have a chance.

So the Zambian political system is rigged, a cruel joke, a fraud. And so is the media system, supposedly the watchdog of dirty politics and foundation of democracy via incorruptible reporting of reality.

The proof that it is so is everywhere. I’m certain that if Zambians really had choices in politics, if a true party endorsing democratic principles existed, an entity capable of intelligent and brave leadership and mobilizations, or media transmitting reliable information (both mutually necessary for their existence), they would not be pulling their hair in frustration and desperation at the sorry spectacle of the government “breaking down,” or the country falling, like a mere household, into “bankruptcy”, or having to constantly reign in highly-placed divisive elements of all stripes. Such ludicrous absurdities would never occur in a nation truly controlled and directed by the people.

In sum, the reigning political and economic circles, the “regional plutocracy” —let’s call them technically for what they are, the Zambian bourgeoisie—despite some erosion, continue to control outcomes in Zambia by constantly manipulating the consciousness of the public: reinforcing standing myths here, injecting new lies there, creating (with impunity) false flag events, and always suppressing vital information. It’s a nonstop job, and the toxic private and public media, enormous in its reach and ubiquity always oblige because, after all, they are owned by the cabal they shill for.

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