The Media Can’t Be Trusted

It absolutely astounds me that anyone believes the media tells the truth. The media is nothing more than the public relations department of the state, and every story (from the tales of local constables rounding up farmers and entrepreneurs in the “war on drugs” to the stories of courageous warriors “protecting our freedom” through the mass slaughter known as the “war on terror”) are all designed to mollify the fears and concerns of the gutless sheep who refuse to recognize their true enemy.

Now it’s true that you are not safe, but why? It’s not because of terrorists, crime lords, cartels, “lone wolf” shooters, or any of the other fictitious threats that the state/media invents to convince individuals that the surrendering of liberty for safety is a necessary evil. The only real threats come from the state itself, but the media never reports on this reality. Private property is violated and seized. Innocents are shot and killed in “drug raids gone wrong.” People who have never initiated force against another are kidnapped and thrown in cages. Trillions are stolen through the manipulation of fiat currencies. “Wars” against ideas and ideologies are waged on real people in all corners of the globe.

These are the realities a genuine media committed to the spreading of truth and the widespread dissemination of factual information would be reporting, but instead all we hear are lies designed to portray the state as a savior standing between a helpless population and a world of grave threats. The state has been so exalted it now is portrayed as if it is nearly a superhero — swooping in to save the day! There is no truth to be found in the state’s advertising department and that is all the media is today. Wake up and recognize the lies you are being fed!

The truth is out there, but to find it, you must abandon the media and the carefully crafted prison it has created for your mind. Reject the media. Reject the state. Reject the talking heads and politicians who attempt to rewrite reality. Acknowledge the sovereignty of the individual and the supremacy of his natural rights. And, please, for the love of all that is holy, turn off your TV!

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Parrish Miller has worked as a web designer, policy analyst, blogger, journalist, digital media manager, and social media marketing consultant. Having been largely cured of his political inclinations, he now finds philosophy more interesting than politics and is focused particularly on alternative ideas such as counter-economics, agorism, voluntaryism, and unschooling.