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  •  No, I don't think too stupid. Too pacified maybe. (20+ / 0-)

    What most people don't seem to get, and I won't attribute it to stupidity, but rather propaganda created ignorance, is that the very conditions that created 'the good life' that led to them to become politically pacific and complacent and that ultimately let to the corporate oligarchy we call the federal government, are being choked out from under them.

    They can see it, feel it, they know 'the good life' is slipping away. And when they look for answers as to why, what do they find? News media outlets telling them that it's the government and taxes.

    That isn't stupidity, but purposely created ignorance.

    So we have the dynamic where the fear of losing 'the good life' motivates people, but bad in that they're being motivated to get angry at the wrong thing. Hence the Tea Party.

    The question becomes, how do we win the war of information against a multi-billion dollar a month(?) propaganda machine? How do we win hearts and minds?

    The good news is that the oligarchy is overreaching and an oligarchy can only fool so many people for just so long. I think.

    •  Spot on (7+ / 0-)

      There are a few folk who are getting clued in to this anti-democratic trend. He's a bit long winded, but xx over at Truth-Out seems to have a good sense of the man behind the curtain.

      "We have been overwhelmed by the propaganda apparatus to the point that it controls our thought processes, causing us to become relentless shoppers, even against our own interests. It controls our thinking in the public sphere so that we support the wealthy elite, even against our own interests. Far too many of us have been rendered thoughtless and clueless as to what it means to live in a democratic society. ..."
        -- Michael Pirsch, t r u t h o u t

      Here's the full article:
      Class Warfare, the Final Chapter @ truth-out.org

      What th' heck do I know, I work for a living...

      by SamuraiArtGuy on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 08:17:04 AM PDT

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    •  TOO IMPOVERISHED to act.... damn! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    •  It's also... (2+ / 0-)
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      In the case of the Tea Party, sugar coated racism.  Where Obama is Wall Street's best friend, he is still attacked by other money interest because of the color of his skin.  

      There is nothing more powerful in human existence than idea that has been proven wrong.

      by RichM on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 08:59:21 AM PDT

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    •  The only improvements I could suggest... (5+ / 0-)
      They can see it, feel it, they know 'the good life' is slipping away. And when they look for answers as to why, what do they find?  Plutocrat-compliant, conservative, corporate News media outlets and political parties telling them that it's the government and taxes.

      That isn't stupidity, but purposely created ignorance.

      So we have the dynamic where the fear of losing 'the good life' motivates people, but bad in that they're being motivated to get angry at the wrong thing. Hence the Tea Party.

      ...for your excellent comments, esp. the "purposely created ignorance".

      The only other addition is that the Democratic Party either has already failed us (in which it can't be saved but must be replaced) or is currently continuing to fail us (but could be saved by primarying those who are selling us out). Either way, a Progressive Democratic ("New Deal" is fine w/ me) Party must emerge to protect the middle and lower classes or we're just going to continue to be marched into serfdom.

      Excellent diary and comments!

      "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

      by bartcopfan on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 10:38:28 AM PDT

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    •  The Question Becomes, How Do We Win The War... (7+ / 0-)

      Politicians respond to two things, having their palms greased and having their choke chains yanked. The rich do the palm greasing and We The People used to do the choke chain yanking. When unions went on strike (and other unions went on strike in solidarity) the politicians would fall into line, pronto. Not anymore.  Do unions no longer strike? Or have so many union jobs been outsourced that unions aren't much of a threat anymore?

      What this country needs is a general strike. Not just union, EVERYBODY. I don't know how fearful people are of losing 'the good life'. I think they are too afraid to move or they will lose their jobs. I lost my job 2 years ago so I understand their fear of "acting out" and maybe "getting caught". But, there might be an alternative. Why not have a national Sunday strike? Instead of not going to work on a work day, stay home on a Sunday. Don't go grocery shopping, don't go to the movies, don't go for a walk in the park, etc.  Turn the country into a ghost town.  Do your grocery shopping, etc on Saturday and stay home on Sunday. Sometimes a big silence is just as scary as a big noise.

      The corporations/banks are our version of the Mob and Governors like Scott Walker are capo wannabes and running to court to get an injunction to stop them might not work as it once did.  The Republicans/Corporations/Banks have spent the last 30 years stacking the courts with pro-business/crooked/incompetent judges. We must do something and we've got to do it soon.

      We have two sets of books in this country. The top 10% holds the books with the profits and the rest of us get to hold the books with all of the losses. It's time to yank the choke chains of the politicians and scare the tinkle out of them. Protest quietly (everyone). Protest loudly (those of us who aren't afraid of "getting caught"). And STRIKE.

      Oh, and P.S. It's the voting machines! I'm a huge Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell fan, but why aren't they, and people of their ilk, talking constantly about the crooked voting machines? People aren't stupid. The average person knows when they are being had, and who is screwing them over. There are people who will vote party every single time and keep voting for the same person over and over again but that is a very small percentage of the voting population. These corporate/crooked politicians that are getting elected are getting elected by very slim margins. I don't think a lot of these politicians were really even elected. Isn't it against the law (federal and state) to look inside one of these voting machines to check if it has been "fixed"? How can we get these machines removed/replaced/looked into when Mr. Status Quo, I mean President Obama, doesn't really seem to be that into us?

      •  How many of those machines were there in 1994? (3+ / 0-)

        Fixing electronic voting is actually a lot trickier than you think. At any rate, the methodology for electing Republicans was around before electronic voting became common...it's all about reducing the electorate, through a combination of negative campaigning, making it harder to register (especially if you're in one of those groups that tends to vote Democratic), and of course pouring tons of money into campaign ads for their favored candidates coming from astroturf "citizens" organizations...

        It's much more effective to manipulate who votes, than to mess with the vote counting.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 12:07:50 PM PDT

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    •  That's exactly right. (2+ / 0-)
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      And part of that "purposely created ignorance" is making sure that folks are drugged-up on street drugs, as well as mind-altering psych drugs for anything that doesn't feel glorious in their life. Mucking-up education so people dont' have a good grasp of history, can't do proper analysis with information and come to opmtimal conclusions. Enforced poverty due to economical policies and poor education. Poor people are too busy and worried to pay attention to what is going on, or desperate enough that they'll take what seems the best and not fight beyond that.

      But yes, the oligarchy, and the insanity of both Parties is reaching a peak. Too many people are hurting too bad, for too long.....the sleeping giant seems to be finally waking-up. Once that monster has fully risen, that's when change will really start taking place.

      I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson

      by Lucy2009 on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 01:56:07 PM PDT

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