Propaganda functions in many ways. One powerful way is through rules that dictate what can and cannot be said. These rules operate implicitly. One way the rules operate is by dictating who is an authority, that is, by designating who is allowed to speak.
We see this strategy operating today on the Diane Rehm show. In discussing skyrocketing food (i.e., commodity) prices, Diane's guest show a remarkable homogeneity of opinion. Speculation, in their opinion, has little, to no, role in causing skyrocketing food prices. Markets afford all parties equal opportunity so long as governments don't distort markets with subsidies. These "truths" are not contested on the show. The guests agree.
Here is my posted response to this homogeneity of opinion. I'm seconding the concerns raised by another listener, Susan (my links aren't live so you will have to paste into your browser):
I want to second Susan's concern about the lack of diversity in viewpoints in this segement on food prices.
Please see "The Food Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It"
Harpers magazine has an article by Kaufman
Kaufman is not alone. I'm teaching a course on food and I have many articles and books on the perils of neoliberal governance of the world food supply, as dictated by trade policies such as NAFTA and organizations such as the WTO, IMF, and World Bank.
The caller who identified the role of the IMF and World Bank in dismantling food self-sufficiency in the developing world by dictating export oriented monocultural production was not addressed, but rather was dismissed by the guest who serves as an apologist for financial speculation.
I am extremely disappointed by the lack of diversity of viewpoints and wonder about hidden agendas' role in shaping this program's regime of truth...