posted on Dec, 25 2011 @ 02:30 PM
reply to post by AnIntellectualRedneck
A very clear experience came to mind in answer to the question you asked. While it is not directly economic in nature, it certainly has contributed to
the mess we find ourselves in.
Many years ago, during the so-called "shock and awe" bombing campaign waged by the US in the early stages of the war with Iraq, I was a very typical
American. I worked too hard, focused on raising my family, and relied on the MSM to keep me accurately and completely informed on all relevant issues
in the world.
In the nightly recap of the war (probably CNN but my memory of the details has waned), I heard a brief comment about how the propagandists of Saddam
and anti-American interests had accused the US of targeting a non-government press building. The report went on to explain what had "really"
happened, in other words the US side of the story. I remember very clearly thinking - in complete and utter faith - how very lucky I was to be living
in a country with a free press, where I can rely on hearing the "truth" and not propaganda in the guise of news. In that moment I truly felt for
the people of Iraq and other countries where news is nothing more than packaged propaganda. I'm sure you can see where this is going,
A couple of years later I wound up watching a documentary about that specific bombing, and discovered that I was the one who had been fed propaganda.
I remembered very clearly my emotions from years earlier, and truly mourned the loss of my concept of country that day. In that moment, I realized
that things were very different than I had been conditioned to believe. Perhaps they had changed; perhaps they had never been in the first place.
There are many pieces that have contributed to the absolute cesspool we find ourselves in. Sadly, however, none have surprised me since that day.