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  •  Don't organize (0+ / 0-)

    People aware of the history of intelligence agencies inside the US know what the privatized security apparatus has as a guideline.

    And having inexact guidelines for behavior can be a better method because it forces people to internalize ideals to be followed rather than exact actions.

    •  This has applicability to era of (1+ / 0-)
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      McCarthyism and Stalinism as well. In both instances the consequences of deviation were well known through public campaigns of persecution and punishment. This insured that everyone society, not just the already dissident elements, were aware of the risks of unorthodox behavior and the arbitrary nature of condemnation. As a result, the sense of insecurity and threat were pervasive.

      By contrast, present day apathy and torpor seems fueled not by such fear but by a complacent sense that such methods are aimed at those defined as "other" rather than ourselves.  

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 04:28:25 PM PDT

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      •  I think a lot of it is fear (1+ / 0-)
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        just fear of a different sort. Economic fear. We're crushing people into inaction. At the same time, I think that political fear is part of it as well. People see what happened to Occupy and they get the message. Ultimately, apathy doesn't just happen. It's a preferable to constant outrage when there's no hope of ending the source of outrage.

        •  That's the key point innit? (3+ / 0-)
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          We can rant and rave, whoop and holler all we like but if we can't offer people something they perceive as a practical, concrete alternative, we're just wasting oxygen.

          IMO, this reality trumps libraries full of the likes of Foucault, et al.

          Nothing human is alien to me.

          by WB Reeves on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 05:07:07 PM PDT

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