Saturday, August 31, 2013
TRAIT 3: IDIOCRACY IS SYSTEMIC
There are systems and processes put in play to manufacture idiocracies. Propaganda, oft-repeated lies, opinions packaged as news and false choices – all are ingredients of idiocracies. An example of an ‘apparent dichotomy of choice‘ is: are you liberal or conservative? As if – these are the only absolute and permanent choices in the world! I’m with Chris Rock on Liberal-Conservative - who holds a rational view. I mean, seriously! What bonehead bunched Strong Government and Denial of Global Warming together? Other false choices include believer-infidel, civilized-barbarian, allied-axis etc. These are the terms in which this world is presented before us – often obliging us to pick one. And there – starts the idiocracy.
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.