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State failure is a technique that has been used to extract natural resources from third world countries for years and is now being used on us. The United States has vast reserves of oil and natural gas, perhaps the largest in the world. The constant stream of bullshit political squabbles here in the U.S. over the last forty years are certainly part of the general technique of divide-to-conquer used against the Democrats. But, lately this technique has evolved in to failed state husbandry. A civil war has been birthed in America in order to harvest our vast natural reserves at a lower cost to energy companies than otherwise might be possible. The antidote to this incredibly destructive political game is offered by Senator Bernie Sanders in the form of an amendment to the constitution that gets big money out of politics. I have suggested that any such amendment should also contain a provision that brings back equal time in broadcasting because message monopoly in various media markets has produced armies of weaponized brainwashed activists.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Peace, Love, and Prosperity. See more on the R. Crosby Lyles channel on YouTube.

    by Rich Lyles on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 10:24:44 PM PDT

  •  The Fairness Doctrine, yes (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich Lyles

    I think anyone who cares about NOT having propaganda wants that doctrine reinstated.

    It's anathema to the GOP, of course: without propaganda, nobody would vote for them.

    Oh, look! They've lost college-educated white people and voters over 65:

    Those poll numbers could change, of course, over the next year.

    But considering that the GOP has almost no appeal for any voters of color, the demographics are shifting away from them almost as fast Mario Andretti can race out of the starting post.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 11:24:19 PM PDT

  •  As I have been writing for years, (1+ / 0-)
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    "failure by design" has evolved out of the industrial practice of "planned obsolescence" in order to guarantee regular demand and rising profits. Products that are designed to last longer than a person's life time run into market saturation and no more profits.

    Failure is actually a guarantor of longevity in office for politicians. Legislative failure sets the stage for "try and try again," whereas success is terminal and only raises the question (uncertainty) "what next?"

    The phrase "divide and conquer" sports the wrong connector. It should be rendered as "divide to conquer," which is the strategy employed by the predator separating his prey from the herd in order to minimize or eliminate an opportunity for revenge as we see happening here

    "Divide to conquer" suggests agency and implies an agent. "Divide and conquer," on the other hand, is objective in the sense that the focus is on the entity (victim) acted upon, leaving the agent out of attention entirely. It seems to be characteristic of instinct-driven people, whose behavior is largely reactive to internal or external prompts, that they don't perceive themselves as actors or agents at all. One might say that the "subject" is left out of their consideration, except for the fact that "subject" and "object" have become almost synonymous, and not only in police reports where "suspect" and "subject" are used interchangeably.
    What is involved is the omission or denial of the self, so it might be accurate to say that the instinct-driven are self-less -- a characteristic widely touted as a virtue. That is, people who have no self-awareness and don't think about themselves get praised for what is surely a deficit. (People with brains who don't use them to think suffer from a deficit).
    Is it fair to characterize the exploitative behavior which results from not thinking things through as evil? I am not sure. What does seem to be evident is that the moral characterization is largely worthless. If we don't want natural resources wasted, then the wasteful behavior has to be stopped and/or redirected.

    •  That is the most intelligent analysis (0+ / 0-)

      I have seen here in quite a while. The way you have related  our primal instincts with the convoluted methods of big business and politics is brilliant. Exploring the concept of herd mentality seems far more common in political analysis but really is incomplete. We've got a whole ecosystem of actors involved. I will be looking at your stuff to see what other interesting things you have to say. Thanks for sharing.      

      Peace, Love, and Prosperity. See more on the R. Crosby Lyles channel on YouTube.

      by Rich Lyles on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 01:01:50 PM PDT

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      •  Also, your comments about agency with regard (0+ / 0-)

        to "divide to conquer" are the kinds of ideas I really appreciate because they illicit deeper consideration about what I am saying. I have occasionally relied a lot on implicit characterizations, but as you have illustrated, "the devil is in the details." And, the path to hell is too often paved with implicit characterizations.

        Peace, Love, and Prosperity. See more on the R. Crosby Lyles channel on YouTube.

        by Rich Lyles on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 01:34:47 PM PDT

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