To the editor:

I would like to know why manipulation and control of everything is becoming the norm here in the United States. What is going on in our country?

The definition of a monopoly: Exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or that makes possible the manipulation of prices.

We need to append the official definition of a monopoly to include “makes possible the control and manipulation of people.”

When thinking about the words manipulation and control I can’t help thinking of CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, MSM, social media, big tech, the internet and our educational system.

Let’s not forget the NSA, CIA, FBI and other secret organizations that exist and collude with government officials and with the media. There are other organizations such as the CPUSA (Communist Party USA) which are influencing our Americans, kidding.

Manipulation and control is alive and well in the United States and it’s not just money we should be concerned about.

Anyone who thinks socialism is a good idea should watch this movie “The Lives of Others” released in 2006. Or read the book “Stasiland,” authored by Anna Funder in 2003. Funder based her book on real experiences and the movie is realistic.

The definition of propaganda: Information, ideas or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

How do we formulate our opinions? Radio, books, television and internet are culprits for sure. But how about our friends, social groups and neighbors? Aren’t they capable of spreading propaganda, too? Why is propaganda so ingrained in our opinions?

To formulate thought we require critical thinking skills and this requires being informed on a subject. Being informed is part of everything we are and what we believe. If we don’t question and go inward to our critical thinking, we might find ourselves parroting uninformed opinions.

The propaganda being spewed requires us to question everything.

I read and listen to opinions all the time and many of these opinions are not well-informed or formulated. A good portion of them just parrot propaganda.

The manipulation and control of the American people is alarming. This is not good for America nor is it good for the generations to come.

Those who are parrots are helping the propagandists. It may not be intentional but it’s happening.

Christopher Cross