January 19, 2018

Slow Boiling Frogs

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“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”— Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda (1928)

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  • RattlerRider

    On “Crimestop”

    “The first and simplest stage of discipline, which can be taught even to
    young children, is called in Newspeak, Crimestop. Crimestop means the
    faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of
    any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies,
    of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest
    arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled
    by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical
    direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.”

    ~George Orwell, 1984

  • RattlerRider

    Falling prey to social influences only happens to those other guys…

  • alrem

    This is the Go along to get along mentality/democracy; two wolves and one sheep deciding what’s for dinner. Bringing democracy to other nations that do not have two wolves and one sheep deciding what’s for dinner yet, will. If not they will have to get along with bombs dropping.