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I was going to write a long diary in response to a recent call-out diary which not only calls me out by name, but I feel it mischaracterizes the intent of the following diary: The One Thing That Terrifies The Rich And Their Lackeys in Government

Instead I'm going to keep it short by re-posting my reply to the diarist in question, and second, by posting the following video which I think does a much better job at letting us all know exactly why we tolerate oppressive conditions.

My answer to the diarist's interpretation of my diary first:

So let me see if I get this straight: Because there are people who are struggling in a hand-to-mouth existence, facing poverty, inability to get proper medical or dental care, provide for their families, calling attention to the true nature of the system is counterproductive because it somehow diverts attention from the real life-and-death, subsistence struggle they face?

Furthermore, those who are privileged enough to spend time thinking about these esoteric issues are merely engaging in Marxist-induced theorizing, providing little value to anything practical...

Therefore it is more productive to focus on day-to-day struggles, i.e., debt, instead of focusing on systemic issues since there is really very little we can do about it anyways.

Am I close?  Let me know if that's accurate, and we'll continue the discussion...

I see this argument is similar to the one about well-off, privileged people worrying about esoteric issues like the illegal and unconstitutional spying by the for profit, corporate-controlled NSA.  I wrote a well-received diary about it: Talking Points? "NSA Spying Concerns Are For Privileged People"

Again, I could write a detailed diary in response, but I would basically be saying the same thing George Carlin does in this masterful and brutal exposition of our system:

The real reason we tolerate oppression...





Could the perception be the result of propaganda?



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