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January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s almost as if Glenn Beck read my brief post yesterday and did a show explaining the other side’s view of democracy.   I recommend watching the whole thing, it all fits together, but if you want to just get the gist of what I mean jump to 17:30 and watch until 32:00 (or from 29-32 if you’re in a real hurry).  Suddenly the idea that the weakening of a government sponsored media organization and strengthening of a private media organization is a threat to “democracy” starts to make sense.  Also when you see the clip of Bernays saying “if you can use propaganda for war, you can certainly use it for peace” remember step 2.

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September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

This interview is from earlier this year but I just saw it on one of those annoying clip shows that happen on holiday weekends.  Recall numbers 9 and 10 when you hear

You gotta go in there my friend… here’s how we’re gonna do healthcare.  You don’t like it?  You get in line, brother. 

And remember number 16 when you hear:

It allows too much room for different narratives to take hold.

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August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

This courtesy of Monkeyfodder.  Thanks Ricky.

Notice the plan:

This clearly is a candidate for most disorganized organizational chart ever. It shows that the health system is complex, yes, but also ornate. The new law creates 68 grant programs, 47 bureaucratic entities, 29 demonstration or pilot programs, six regulatory systems, six compliance standards and two entitlements.

and then notice the way the same bill that sets up the plan anticipates numbers 5-9 and just jumps straight to number ten empowering a “strong man” (I guess we have to change it to “strong person” now) right away.

Getting that massive enterprise up and running will be next to impossible. So Democrats streamlined the process by granting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the authority to make judgments that can’t be challenged either administratively or through the courts.

Sounds lovely doesn’t it?

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“In an unsucessful effort to educate people to uniform views, ‘planners’ establish a giant propaganda machine.”

Note especially this tidbit: “Weiner is accusing Beck of maintaining an “unholy alliance” with Goldline, one of Beck’s television and radio sponsors,
and suggests that Beck talks about America’s dangerous levels of debt only to try and scare people into purchasing gold.”

Our current economic paradigm is one which relies heavily on the “animal spirits” explanation to describe economic fluctuations.  This sort of reasoning allows them to create an unstable system who’s sucess is dependent on nobody noticing its flaws and then blame the people who notice its flaws for its eventual collapse.  They will be accused of yelling fire in a crowded theatre.  The fact that the theatre is actually on fire will be ignored.  People like this will of course have to be silenced.  It’s for the good of society…

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People now feel–rightly– that “planners” can’t get things done.

It’s the first half of this that is interesting for my purposes.  Note especially that his assertion that the founders wanted 51 to 49 to be good enough is flat out wrong.  The federal government was designed carefully to guard against “tyranny of the majority.”

Are We There Yet?

A student sent me this recently.  As you look at it, ask yourself where we are in this process.  Here is a hint.

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