[quote="EnemyofWar, post:2, topic:21537"]
"As with Brauchli's article about law and its corruption I linked to the fundamental immorality of the nation, the root of this problem comes from the same place and won't change until the attitude of the citizenry changes since that change in attitude is the necessary driver to get the elite to change."
Here, again, is a frame that puts the onus on the citizenry as if it came to these inclinations (presuming they are true) by some kind of natural law or caprice.
This stance IGNORES all of the elaborate conditioning mechanisms that are in place precisely to produce specific outcomes--in terms of mass behavior:
TV Media--The preponderance of respectable (if not very pretty or handsome) polished Talking Heads all shaping the nation's narrative along with what views qualify as being "serious" or "adult" or "valid" and which do not...
Today's Education system which is being undermined by clone-like Standardized Testing in what exists of its public sector, and Christian End Times Holy War indoctrination in the majority of its now state (which is to say taxpayer) funded charter schools.
Piss Poor diet and Lousy Wages: This combination is eroding public mental health in big ways. The low wages create lives of quiet desperation where people who toil like beasts of burden are told they're lucky to have jobs at all. And to quell the Depression, there are Huxley-like mood altering soma drugs, a/k/a Anti-depressants.
Fundamentalist Religion: The insistence on doctrines of inclusion and exclusion, who's holy and who's not, and worst of all: that war comports with God's will... has led to untold calamities and the death of MILLIONS.
Thus there's a constellation of media luminaries, religious authorities, political "leaders," and educators who all PUSH a particular version of "reality" that people are forced to adapt to.
Any so bold as to tell the truth are socially marginalized or in many instances, legally penalized.
The importation of Nazi scientists who frequently were fielded to numerous Ivy League Universities to pursue studies in mind control (after W. W. II) is no fluke.
There are always striking parallels that emerge among societies that become militarized:
- Those who support Labor Rights, Environmental Rights, and the rights of particular groups--women, the poor, Blacks--are targeted (often for assassination).
- The media becomes an arm of the state and uses slick propaganda to manufacture at least some consensus for its programs and pogroms.
- Armed guards become a pervasive presence (in the U.S they wear a wide array of uniforms: TSA, Coast Guard, FBI, Homeland Security, police, sheriff departments, highway patrols, border patrols, etc.)
And families act as the passive, reliable engines of indoctrination since parents generally want their children to be safe within the existing society. Most families stress conformity to the dominant mores.
Just as posters always show up to blame the individual driver when articles speak about the insidious ways that Oil companies block investments in wiser technologies; and posters show up who turn the problems of power onto population numbers and/or the supposed critical moral flaws in persons or human nature... YOUR FRAME takes the deliberate socialization of persons and makes that into their individual responsibility.
These inversions are intended to give The Programmers (i.e. the 1%) a pass, while placing blame on individuals.
People all over the world have woken up, and all over the world there are massive protests. THAT doesn't change the calculus of power since this world has largely come to this point in history after MANY centuries of indoctrination to king-vassal arrangements. They go by a number of names but the logistics are the same.
Those at the very top own the majority of resources and they use their power, resources, and influence to keep things THAT way.
Serfs didn't want to be serfs. Slaves didn't want to be slaves. Women didn't want to be treated as 2nd class chattel. The Native Americans didn't want to be herded onto reservations, etc.
ARMED POWER is dangerous and it's ARMED power that has subdued the people and used its religious, academic, legal, and fiscal muscle to set up pyramids of privilege, access, opportunity, and representation.
Another world IS laboring to be born... and this one will not maintain the old hierarchies. Things ARE splitting apart and this trend will escalate. The old tyrants who sat at the top of the various industries and entities that centralized power will find it impossible to maintain their former operations.
Earth Changes ARE underway that will make the old paradigm impossible to maintain.
Watch for falling debris.