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    preemptively addressed is how to keep three hundred million people in a state of subservience and submission to authority is cheaply as possible.

    Physical force is counter-productive as both Kent State and the fire hosing of civil rights marchers demonstrated.
    PR, it turned out, was quite effective, but it needs to be "refreshed" from time to time with examples of what happens to people who aren't compliant and subservient.  Enter detention in camp-like facilities.  Making them visible but unreachable was a stroke of genius.  Letting the press visit from time to time insured that the scary images of people kept in cages, like animals at old fashioned zoos, would nudge the subconscious of the nation just enough to send forth a tingle of gratitude that "exceptional" Americans are protected from such indignities.

    The invasion of Iraq and warring in Afghanistan were never about the people in those far away places.  "Shock and Awe" was for domestic consumption as is the ongoing "Hunt for Bin Laden."   They're soap operas played out in far away places to entrance the home boys.  The only problem now is that the scripts have gotten stale and the Middle East is generating competing dramas, not unlike spaghetti Westerns or the offerings of Bollywood.  Meanwhile, Uncle Sam can only come up with birther schlock and afterbirth--irrefutable evidence that conservatives suffer from a total lack of imagination.

    by hannah on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 03:34:23 AM PDT

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