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Originally posted by Tw0Sides
reply to post by petrus4
Bottom line, you want More Rules.
Wouldn't it be easier if you ignored those threads that Irk you, thus avoiding more Rules we ALL would have to follow.
The Dark Side of the Bright Side I
n her new book, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the origins of contemporary optimism.
In her new book Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America (Metropolitan/Holt, October 2009), Barbara Ehrenreich traces the origins of contemporary optimism from nineteenth-century healers to twentieth-century pushers of consumerism. She explores how that culture of optimism prevents us from holding to account both corporate heads and elected officials.
Manufactured optimism has become a method to make the poor feel guilty for their poverty, the ill for their lack of health and the victims of corporate layoffs for their inability to find worthwhile jobs. Megachurches preach the “gospel of prosperity,” exhorting poor people to visualize financial success. Corporations have abandoned rational decision-making in favor of charismatic leadership. This mania for looking on the bright side has given us the present financial collapse; optimistic business leaders–assisted by rosy-eyed policymakers–made very bad decisions. In These Times recently spoke with her about our penchant for foolish optimism.