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originally posted by: loam
a reply to: Allaroundyou
It's not that there are too many political threads, it's that there are too many infantile posters, who only find self worth by putting other people down.
I'm convinced many posters on these boards must be some of the most miserable insecure people around IRL. It must really suck to be them.
Except me I’ll just tell them to git gud newb, works every time.😈😝
originally posted by: Allaroundyou
a reply to: BADNEPTUNE
Not a problem
Anytime you have a question just ask any member here. They will always be happy to help.
originally posted by: MorpheusUSA
a reply to: EasternShadow
Do you guys think maybe some of the political posts on here maybe a op to cause polarization between the members? I mean the media does it all the time with political parties. Maybe there are users on here that work for political parties or Soros and are trying to destabilize even on ATS.
Nationalism—The “Sacred Egoism” That Divides
Sometimes the people are not in favor of a war. On what basis, then, can the rulers most easily persuade the population to support their aims? This was the problem that faced the United States in Vietnam. So, what did the ruling elite do? Galbraith answers: “The Vietnam War produced in the United States one of the most comprehensive efforts in social conditioning [adjusting of public opinion] in modern times. Nothing was spared in the attempt to make the war seem necessary and acceptable to the American public.” And that points to the handiest tool for softening up a nation for war. What is it?
Professor Galbraith again supplies the answer: “Schools in all countries inculcate the principles of patriotism. . . . The conditioning that requires all to rally around the flag is of particular importance in winning subordination to military and foreign policy.” This systematic conditioning prevails in communist countries as it does in Western nations.
Charles Yost, a veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and State Department, expressed it thus: “The primary cause of the insecurity of nations persists, the very attribute on which nations pride themselves most—their sovereign independence, their ‘sacred egoism,’ their insubordination to any interest broader or higher than their own.” This “sacred egoism” is summed up in divisive nationalism, in the pernicious teaching that any one nation is superior to all others.
Historian Arnold Toynbee wrote: “The spirit of nationality is a sour ferment of the new wine of democracy in the old bottles of tribalism.” In Power and Immortality, Dr. Lopez-Reyes wrote: “Sovereignty is a major cause of contemporary war; . . . unless altered, the system of sovereign nation-states will trigger World War III.” The emphasis on nationalism and sovereignty denies the basic concept that we all belong to the same human family, regardless of linguistic or cultural differences. And that denial leads to wars.
Yes, the experts can come up with all kinds of explanations of why man systematically sets out to destroy those of his own kind. Yet there is one primary factor that most commentators ignore.
The Hidden Cause of War