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Sorry, it takes more an aberration to convince me of that.
Conspiracy or not this election proves the system isn't working.
These are the two best America has to offer? How did this happen?
It is literally as if people are saying "I know this shell game only works if I believe in it, but damn if the directing isn't top notch". It's an absolute bloody disgrace!
He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the "herd instinct" that Trotter had described.
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized.
Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.
The information is out there, it is not new, the game has been known for so long now, especially in the rarefied environs of websites like this, that to see anyone being caught up in the tumult having been immersed in this field for any length of time, says some very concerning things about how well some people connect information they have learned, to the world around them, and what that information means to them.
1. A government by the consent of the people. Consent should be achieved by individual signed and written contracts with each citizen (not slave). Only when someone has negotiating power and the option to write the contract them self can we really know we are not slaves and are voluntary participants in the system. If major corporations can manage customized signed contracts with negotiations with millions of employees, so to can governments.
originally posted by: DeReK DaRkLy
I understand your feelings, however this seems to only point to problems rather than offer solutions.
I realize the general solution is to "think for oneself", but what is one to actually think?
What model of government is best?
Who should lead?
Who can anyone actually trust?
Is money a solution or a problem?
If the problem is people, then the solution probably isn't going to be people.
(Some people don't think human nature exists.. I say we're all basically schizophrenic to some degree.)
We are all looking for answers to the human condition, unfortunately we are all chronically human (flawed) until this terminal disease of desire finally runs its course.