Living in a country in which 70 percent of print journalists are owned by Rupert Murdoch’s evil empire, and many of the rest someday hope to be, my expectations of the “news” media are low. Even so, it would surprise if the comments sections of the online newspaper editions were quite so policed as the contents of the articles. I would hazard a guess that any reference to MMT or other ideas opposed to the neoliberal orthodoxy that were expressed in a thoughtful and non-abusive manner would not actually be systematically hunted down, deleted, and barred from that point forward. More likely, the idiocy, mean-spiritedness and/or sheer indifference of the typical reader would be regarded protection enough against the possibility of logic, empathy or fact undermining, in even the slightest degree, the neoliberal bipartisan line. Evidently, obtuseness in the typical Bulgarian cannot be so taken for granted. Any coherent challenge to elite aspirations, even in comments, must be stamped out. There must still be a few thinking human beings in that part of the world who might have a light-bulb moment if confronted with truth. Why else would two of the largest mainstream news publications extinguish any reference to Mosler Economics and Modern Monetary Theory?
R. V. Markov, author of the blog “MMT in Bulgaria” writes (translated with the aid of Google Translate):
Censorship in BULGARIA!
For some unexplained reason all my comments in the newspapers “capital” and “Diary” for the past few days and debating of emerging events in Bulgaria have been deleted today. My access to the forums of these two newspapers has also been banned.
Validating fellow, I’m already missing you!
My comments only show that the correct way forward for Bulgaria is finally here, and would restore the Bulgarian state to prosperity.
The conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, is that sometimes people actually may not deserve their stupid, greedy and corrupt rulers. People sometimes do not have all the information available when they go to vote. Some ideas are blocked by the mainstream media …
Of course, none of this is surprising. It is utterly predictable, in fact, that opponents of neoliberalism would face back offs and barrings from news organizations much like advantage players do from casinos. No thinking in here, please. But predictable as it is, the destroyers of humanity that run, among other things, news organizations need to be called out for their actions.
R.V. Markov, along with many others, will continue to oppose austerity and the rest of the willfully destructive neoliberal agenda. As a quote on his blog says:
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
— Dale Carnegie