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Forum Post: The Decline of Critical Thinking: "Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth about the American Voter "

Posted 1 year ago on May 7, 2013, 9:11 p.m. EST by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL
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Its no great mystery that we are in a major crisis.

" ignorance of non-local affairs (often leading to inaccurate assumptions, passive acceptance of authority, and illogical actions) is, in fact, a default position for any population."

Yes it is. As Goering said ""Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

The question is, how many people out of that population have to get involved and going in order to create the kind of massive change we have seen with other movements throughout history?

2%?

5%?

10%?

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/05/the-decline-of-critical-thinking/

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