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  •  Scaring the bejabbers out of the public (22+ / 0-)

    began a long time before 9/11. I lived through the greater bulk of the Cold War, when the American press, government, & assorted freelance demagogues discovered just how easy and convenient it was to keep the public at large in a constant state of fear and uncertainty. Inculcating fear of nuclear war and Godless Commies gave government bureaucracies like the Pentagon, CIA, & the agencies that became the NSA enriched budgets & enlarged turf. It allowed certain kinds of politicians to be elected. And it most certainly empowered the Military-Industrial Complex. Now we're reaping the harvest the fear-mongers sowed so many decades ago.

    Cheney & his neocon cohorts cut their teeth on Red Scare demagoguery; what they've done since 9/11 is merely building on the foundations they laid from the late 1940s onward. There's both money and power to be acquired through continuing to stoke that foundation of fear, so I don't expect the entrenched fear-mongers to give up without one freaking hell of a fight.

    The fear-mongers have milked the American public like so many dairy cows, until, like cows, the idea of kicking over the milk pail seldom occurs to us. The whole "ho-hum, so what" response to reports of NSA domestic spying I'm seeing amongst the general public (to say nothing of the bulk of the pundit class) worries me that we've come to accept a state of constant fear, and - just as we've been trained to do - willing to cede basic rights and liberties to in order to keep that fear at bay.

    Robinson is right; he's so right that it makes my stomache hurt just to think about it. The problem is that we, as the American population, have spent the last 65 years being taught and trained how to be afraid, but zero years in learning how to be brave.

    The whole point of society is to be less unforgiving than nature. - Arthur D. Hlavaty

    by Alice Venturi on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 10:56:30 AM PDT

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    •  'The whole "ho-hum, so what" response to reports (5+ / 0-)

      NSA domestic spying...'

      Not just amongst the pundits and the general public, but here too. I still have not entirely relocated my jaw after reading the number of comments here, on arguably the most respected, progressive blog in this country, that not only said, "So what?", but vilify those who allow us to know the truth, at huge personal risk, as traitors.

      When the day comes that telling the truth to the public about how we are being lied to in order to protect those who are profiting from the lies, is widely accepted as treason, I will no longer be capable of looking at my country with pride, but with overwhelming sadness and shame.

      •  Re: The whole "ho-hum.... (5+ / 0-)

        flitedocnm wrote:

        I still have not entirely relocated my jaw after reading the number of comments here, on arguably the most respected, progressive blog in this country, that not only said, "So what?", but vilify those who allow us to know the truth, at huge personal risk, as traitors.
        We know that various government agencies have been studying how to use social media to influence populations in other countries.  Software has been developed to make it possible for one person to run multiple on-line identities convincingly, posting as many different people on social forums and blogs.

        In light of what we have learned about government spying against American citizens, what would make us think that of all those posts acusing Snowden, et al of being traitors, none of them could be the work of paid agents?  I can believe in a few hot head idiots sounding off now and then, but for this type of thing to be endemic and showing up every time you turn around, that takes some orchestration.  Who benefits from that?

    •  Great comment (3+ / 0-)
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      The problem is that we, as the American population, have spent the last 65 years being taught and trained how to be afraid, but zero years in learning how to be brave.

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