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  •  Paranoia for Profit and Power (3+ / 0-)
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    Sue B, shaharazade, RUNDOWN

    This is how high social dominance authoritarian leaders roll: give their followers enemies and other things to be afraid of - so they'll depend on their leaders to protect them. It's a self-reinforcing paradigm.

    The NRA loves fear as a marketing tool - look what the bare talk of bans did for gun sales. The late John Brunner wrote a novel published in 1969 The Jagged Orbit. Racial tensions in that version of a future America had reached the breaking point, and a cartel was making a fortune selling weapons to anyone who'd buy - and using sales to one side to provoke the other into buying even more. The country was on the verge of civil collapse because of the 'marketing' the cartel was using to increase its sales.

    I talk quite a bit about paranoia and the gun debate in the diary I've got on the recc list at the moment.

    I ran across something hilarious while updating it. The paradise for paranoids being promoted in Idaho, the Citadel? The one where they expect every potential resident to be prepared to defend the community by force of arms if need be? It seems they may have a little problem, considering who has been found to be behind it all. Oops!

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:41:25 PM PST

    •  Citadel (0+ / 0-)

      The economy of this planned medieval walled society will revolve around...wait for it...a gun factory.  Jobs for all patriots!  Except for the visionary founder, who happens to be a convicted felon.

      All forms of fundamentalist thought breed magical thinking.

      by YankInUK on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:51:38 AM PST

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