The organs of mass propaganda used by the power elite to make us afraid employ the talents of artists and intellectuals who come from the liberal class. The robber barons of the late nineteenth century used police, goons, vigilantes, and thugs to beat up the opposition. The work of justifying corporate power is now carried out by the college-educated elite, drawn from the liberal class, who manufacture mass propaganda. The role of the liberal class in creating these sophisticated systems of manipulation has given liberals a financial stake in corporate dominance. It is from the liberal class that we get the jingles, advertising, brands, and mass produced entertainment that keep us trapped in cultural and political illusions. And the complicity of the liberal class, centered by the corporate salaries the members of that class earn, has sapped intellectual and moral independence. It is one of the great ironies that the corporate state needs the abilities of intellectuals to maintain power, yet outside this role it refuses to permit intellectuals to think or function independently.
— from Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges