We live in chaos, uncertain about the possibility of building and sustaining community. The public figures who speak the most to us about a return to old-fashioned values…are most committed to maintaining systems of domination—racism, sexism, class exploitation, and imperialism. They promote a perverse version of freedom that makes it synonymous with materialism. […]
Forget about the fact that capitalism requires the existence of a mass underclass of surplus labor. Lying takes the form of mass media creating the myth that [the] feminist movement has completely transformed society, so much so that the politics of patriarchal power have been inverted and that men, particularly white men, just like emasculated black men, have become the victims of dominating women…When this collective cultural consumption of and attachment to misinformation is coupled with the layers of lying individuals do in their personal lives, our capacity to face reality is severely diminished as is our will to intervene and change unjust circumstances.
–bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, p. 27-29