Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 11, 2011, 12:46 p.m. EST by DirtyHippie
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Open unrestricted communication is always the best. Ideas rise or fall based on their merit. The doors are open to everyone and some come in looking for a fight. Bring it on.
Now and then, there's someone who seems genuinely interested and concerned. Then they start reciting the propaganda of the 1% using the word "dude" as punctuation.
Beware and be alert. Propaganda thrives where there is low-information. The bar is set at "Policy Expert" if you want to engage in anti-propaganda efforts. Propaganda depends on lies and distortions blended with a shred of truth fed to a willing consumer. Generalities are easily swallowed even if they hide untruths. They condition your mind to gradually accept more concentrated toxins. Facts are your friend. Low-information, lies, & generalities can be chased away with facts, statistics, data. This is work your laptop can do for you but it will return propaganda as well. You must be able to distinguish objective non-partisan information. Can you imagine that the 1% achieved their position at least partly by gaming the system? Absolutely. Can the forums be gamed by promoting or downgrading opinions and/or creating a lot of activity in a thread? Of course.
Remember your goals. Business and religion must be kept separate from government. Where they are entwined, they must be disentagled. Government exists for one purpose only: to serve the people. Fight as strongly as you would fight against slavery.