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  •  Dale, you've definitely hit on the crux of the (0+ / 0-)

    problem for why more people aren't informed better.  Because it takes time to do so, and time is something that many people cant afford.  Self actualization, Maslow's hierarchy of needs and all.  Believe me I understand all that very well, as all of us activists need to understand because the logistics of progressive change and informing the public are just as important as the message itself.  Thats why people pay good money for marketing and messaging firms, there's a whole science out there on this stuff.  Some people spend their whole lives trying to understand personal and social psychology.  Like I said, I get all that.

    But that fact remains, regardless of the REASONS for why the electorate is of badly or plainly misinformed, the fact remains that they are.  And the reality that they are misinformed is one of the key components of why public opinion is what it is.  I would never disagree with that.  In this case, YOU are simply describing reality.  Nevertheless, the sad reality is that public opinion, purchasing or viewing decisions reflect the macro POV of the populace at large still stands.  I am simply pointing out a very broad tautology claim, that "the people" get what they "want".  Thats the very fundamental nature of society.  Before the civil war, the country got slavery because thats what it wanted.  As the people's attitude toward slavery evolved over time, We got to the point where We wanted to do something about it.  Turns out that war was necessary to change the social rules that previously allowed the practice.  Soak that in for a second, 100's of thousands of people died to keep the union united and end slavery, thats the very definition of social determination on a particular subject.  Was that generation's free time any more available?  I would posit that it was not.  Today, there is no issue that could drive the masses to civil war, today, we can't even drive the populace to stand up in mass against the institutional bribery of our Congress, even after the largest financial disaster in the last 100 years.  Something must account for this fact, and the cold reality is that the people are just simply not mad enough about the trillions of dollars of fraud perpetrated on us in the run up to the Great Recession.  Again, this much is legion, it can't be denied, now I am simply describing reality.

    P.S. I wasn't necessarily mentioning Walmart in the sense that people stop shopping there.  I would never begrudge a poor person saving as much of their meager income as possible.  The public acceptance comes into play with regard to accepting the minimum and regulatory laws that allow Walmart to pay their workers so little, thereby effectively reaping the billions of dollars in subsidies that We give them

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    by Auburn Parks on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:18:37 PM PDT

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