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  •  Well, you know, if there aren't any threats from (1+ / 0-)
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    humans, then there's no justification for "protection," and if there's no justification for "protection," what are our overlords going to do?  Go back to their obligation to provide for the general welfare, you say?  That would be nice. It would be nice if the stewards of our natural and man made resources made sure they actually served and provided for the welfare of the population. However, the people selected for those jobs aren't qualified.  All the latest crop of representatives at all levels seem capable of is talk. They can verbalize a lot, but that's all.  "All hat, no cattle," is another way of saying it.
    Anyway, people who can't manage things, if only because they are out of touch with the material environment, have little choice but to try to manage people. And that means relying on threats and persuasion and a whole heap of propaganda. Spreading lies is actually hard work. The lie has to be constantly repeated, if reality is not to pop up and destroy it. The enemy of the lie is not the truth, as we might think. No, the enemy of the lie is reality. That's why fictions have to be carefully maintained. And, believe it or not, for the instinct-driven that's easy because rote repetition is their constant mode.
    To our misfortune, the judicial system has become convinced that consistency is evidence of truth. As a result, the habitual liar gets off.

    The cons don't need an enemy to define themselves. They need an enemy threat to justify rendering the majority subservient, just as the shepherd needs the wolf to keep the flock in line. The sheep don't know the shepherd intends to eat them bye and bye.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:23:30 AM PST

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