Posted 5 years ago on March 28, 2012, 11:32 p.m. EST by GypsyKing
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The method that tyranies have used since time immemorial to defeat the common people have been primarily two-fold. The first and foremost is to instill fear. This can be done in myriad ways, the primary and most obvious of which is their confontation of rebellion with violence and the threat of increased violence.
In the past this was their primary method of instilling fear, but the media age has given them a whole new venue for this tactic. Much of what the established media does now is spread fear and confusion through the things they focus on, the things they don't focus on, the superficial handling of important topics (leaving people with a feeling of confusion and uncertainty) and the random way they move subjects from the serious, to the trivial, to the rediculous, in random and rapid succession.
The resulting lack of reasoned debate, leading to reasonable conclusions, adds to the underlying fog of fear and confusion that we are now expierencing. Instead of logical debate we are relentlessly subjected to the irrational hatred and distortion of paid "talking heads," whose soul purpose is to defeat and deflect reasoned debate, and the sense of security that comes from resolution.
The second ancient method tyranies have used to subject people to their will is the use of wedge issues - that is, the creation of, or focus on, the differences between people - thus misdirecting the rage that would rationally be directed towards the tyranny towards other segments of society who are also oppressed. Because of the almost endless variety of people, the number of wedge issues they can exploit is almost endless, and the media can move among these divissive issues in dizzying succession, so that the moment one division is debunked they have already created two new ones to drive into our collective minds.
Thus as I, a common citizen, write this post in the interest of the comon citizen, there are literally thousands of paid apparachiks in media and government, as well as those working at the direct behest of private interests to divide us with a never ending stream of wedge-issues based upon race, ecomomic caste, ethnicity, religion, education level, generation, etc., etc, ad infinitum. Many of the people charged with the task of division furthermore are highly educated, complex thinkers, from the nations best universities, who are quite capable of disguising their real intentions.
There can be no question about the power and success of their methods, and so the question becomes, How can we fight back?
Firstly, I think, we must improve our own critical thinking skills, read informal logic, and with those skills we can look at a post on this forum, or a segment on the news, or the opinion of a talking head, or a confused and angry family member, or a neighbor, and with improved discrimination see both their underlying intent and the logical falacy they are using to intentionally or unitentionally spread division, disinformation, and fear.
In other words revolutionaries need to be smart, and the study of informal logic, along with serious dialogue with those who's motives can be trusted, is how we become smart. We need an army of people versed sufficiently in their methods to counter this endless stream of lies, fear, and division, and we must become that army, because the battle lies in the field public opinion.
Secondly, we must find unifying figures to rally around, not leaders perhaps, but unifying figures, And we have many, but unfortunately, most are historical figures like Thomas jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Ghandi. Living figures may be hard to find, but they are out there. There is a point, for example, where given the integrity of the individual, left-wing and Liberatarian views could meet. If Liberatarians were advocating Jessie Ventura as opposed to Ron Paul, for example, as a spokesperson, or the left-wingers were putting forward figures that respected the less radical aspects of the Liberatarians or anarchists ideas, we might make headway in unification.
I realize that both of these goals are hard to achieve, but I think we must presue them with fervor to "unite and win" (Thanks DKA). But make no mistake - it is this issue of couteracting fear with reason, and rejecting division over inclusion that is the central question concerning this movement's success or failure.