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The evolution of the democratic plantation

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posted on May, 14 2012 @ 10:21 AM

From Larken Rose at Alt Market:

A dramatic and well written parable of the insane and despotic nature of our current society. America has indeed become a propaganda machine designed to encourage self-enslavement. This is the essence of the collectivist ideal; to convince the masses that they must be subservient to the “greater good”. But who determines what the “greater good” entails? Well, the “qualified experts”, of course. Collectivism is a plague that destroys the creative individualism and freedom of a culture and leaves it a worthless remnant. The husk of a once meaningful endeavor. The most successful of all tyrannies are those that are able to manipulate the people into participating in their own subjugation. In the words of Goethe: “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

A great parable that encapsulates collectivist American politics from the left AND the right.

Brief summary: Set in the antebellum South, the plantation owner's slaves are becoming troublesome and inefficient so he hires a man to get it under control. The man promises the slaves that from this day forward they are now free. From there, they happily agree to his rules that maintain the plantation owner as the controller of the plantation.He is, after all, the only one with the experience and knowledge to keep it running smoothly. As free men, they are all partners in the plantation's success. Dissenters are allowed to speak but are quickly stifled by the flimflam man and his collectivist propaganda. The owner's cousin is brought in and the slaves are allowed to vote for one or the other every three months. The slaves are told they are free to leave the plantation but that the other plantations would be quick to take away their freedom and the Jones Plantation cannot guarantee their safety. The slaves all cheer the flimflm man as he talks them into believing in their freedom and collectivist ideal but in reality, not a thing about their situation has changed since they were officially a plantation vs a free farming collective.

Not sure what the answer is. Frankly, I do think the vast majority of humanity longs to be ruled, but this video is very effective in making its point about the propaganda put out, which covers all ideological bases.

ETA: Please notice the thread title has a small "D". Although my own biases tend toward the "R" demographic, this thread applies to Republicans as well as Democrats.
edit on 14-5-2012 by pierregustavetoutant because: avoiding partisanship

edit on 14-5-2012 by pierregustavetoutant because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 14 2012 @ 10:42 AM
Absolutely brilliant. I don't even know what else to say.

posted on May, 14 2012 @ 10:47 AM
yes ....yes
love the metaphor
absolutely Spot On

posted on May, 15 2012 @ 09:44 AM
You don't think the metaphor isn't just a little loaded. Maybe.

It is funny when propaganda decries propaganda.


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