posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:34 PM
I think it's a lot easier to control people when you keep them thinking the end of the world, or to a lesser extent, the end of their lives, is just
around the corner. During times of immense stress like that, priority number one for most people becomes self-preservation, not community
organization or class struggle.
In other words, if you can convince a bunch of poor people that the end is nigh, they're more likely to stockpile spaghettios, and less likely to
lynch corporate muckity-mucks in anger over being unable to afford anything but spaghettios. Dig it?
It's been going on since pre-Christian times, or that's how it looks to me anyway.
Fear destroys the higher mind, and the higher mind of the lower people is, arguably, the single greatest threat to the powers that be.
It's by no means the end-all, be-all of behavioral science, but the hierarchy of needs is a very good illustration of the priorities of the common
person. If you can keep people struggling with their shelter, food, and safety - or at least in mortal terror of those things being taken away, you
can keep their focus away from things like social equality which are important, but not strictly necessary for life.