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  •  The "denial" itself serves a strategy. (6+ / 0-)

    The underlying factor in all the conservative arguments is the assertion of one's own superiority, in contrast to other's inferiority.

    The reason to do that is because then one is exempt from the normal restraints of basic human decency. The reason to seek that exemption is to allow oneself to feel justified in one's petty, and even ugly or "forbidden," appetites and inclinations.

    It's basically an infantile state of mind, having to at least appear plausibly adult, which we encounter. It isn't that they can't see the truth of a thing. It's that they don't want to know the truth of the thing, if the price is that they are to be held in restraint by conscience.

    There's no argument you can make which will work, unless you can bring the situation to one where they feel themselves as ordinary mortals dealing with other ordinary mortals. But they will work as hard as hell to avoid being in that situation. They have no real ideas, only justifications and excuses. It is not ideas which motivate them.

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 12:10:22 AM PST

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