The Boss
THE MANUFACTURE OF CONSENT IN JERSEY CITY MACHINE

By David Dayton McKean
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Suppression of opponents. Control of halls. The anti-public meeting ordinance, the anti-pamphlet ordinance. The deportation of invaders and residents. Two blows from the Supreme Court. The control of newspapers. The boycott of the `Jersey Journal.' Editors and reporters and their wives on the payroll. Control of distributors: `Life' and the New York `Post' barred from sale in Jersey City.

The nature of the people is variable, and whilst it is easy to persuade them, it is difficult to fix them in that persuasion. Matters should, therefore, be so ordered that when men no longer believe of their own accord they may be compelled to believe by force.


IT HAS OFTEN been observed that the Statue of Liberty, which is visible from the streets of the Horseshoe, stands with her back to Jersey City. Her position is appropriate, because the city behind her has a record for the suppression of civil liberties that cannot be equaled in any other municipality of the same size in the United States. The political machine forms, with its organized group support, the positive side of Jersey City politics; the suppression of criticism forms the negative. The citizens, as far as possible, are to be persuaded by a careful linking up of their interests with those of the organization; beyond that point of persuasion, whether they believe or not, they must be made to acquiesce.

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