Posted 6 years ago on Oct. 9, 2011, 7:32 p.m. EST by Boletus
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Throughout the long sordid history of mankind, oppression has been a continuous plague on people around the world. And many rightly ask, how can the few so effectively control the many? Are just dumb animals, is it God's will, does the fear of violence keep us from implementing a solution, or do the controllers have some secret weapon against which we are powerless? It will come as no surprise to many that the last choice, a "secret" weapon, is the limiting factor. The name of that weapon is Divide and Conquer.
Fiendish in its simplicity and efficacy, this weapon is actually the only tool of the controllers beside brute force, and that still requires dividing a population against itself. It has taken many forms over the ages. In more primitive times, one merely needed to provide more food and superficial privileges to a small number of the strongest warriors. In many prison camps, one prisoner is made to feel he is better than the rest and given a big stick, while the guards carry guns. And the guards spend few bullets, since the prisoner with the stick does their work for them.
In more sophisticated societies, these simplistic techniques have proven inadequate, but the core principal is as potent as ever. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) are used to divide the population against itself, preferably with large numbers on each side. Blacks vs. whites, catholics vs. protestants, south versus north, democrats vs. republicans, poor vs. middle class, suburbanites vs. city dwellers, and on and on and on. In the last two centuries, this machine has been polished and developed to the point where it is a sophisticated and lethal weapon against most popular uprisings.
Now I am seeing a lot of talk that seems directed toward dividing this movement; some of it intentional attempts at division (hence destruction) via shills and trolls, and some of it perhaps resulting unintentionally from people's preconceptions and negative reactions to things outside their comfortable realm. Toward rectifying some of what I see as divisiveness that this movement must overcome to succeed, I will offer some observations and opinions. And bear in mind, that's all they are, one person's perspective and unsolicited advice.