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Old 04-05-2011, 08:49 AM   #1
 
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Article by Joe Bageant, and here are some of the really good points he made regarding why things are the way they are:

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Uh, don't look now, but the banksters own your ass, your country has become a work gulag/police state and the most of the world hates you.

Such a thriving American intellectual climate enables capitalist elites to withhold and ration vital resources like health care simply by auctioning it off to the richest. Americans fail to grasp this because the most important fact (that a helluva lot of folks can't afford to bid, and therefore get to die early) never gets equal play with capitalist political propaganda, to wit, that if we give free medical attention to low income cleft palate babies, a wave of Leninism will seize the nation. That is cultural ignorance. We breathe the stuff every day of our lives.

But when Americans too poor to buy health care nevertheless vote to retain the corporate auction process, that is cultural stupidity.
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Our hyper capitalist system, through command of our research, media and political institutions, expands upon and disseminates only that information which generates money and transactions. It avoids, neglects or spins the hell out of information that does not. And if none of those work, the info is exiled to some corner of cyberspace such as Daily Kos, where it cannot change the status quo, yet can be ballyhooed as proof of our national freedom of expression. Here come the rotten eggs from the Internet liberals.
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So if we are talking change through revolt, we're necessarily talking about deconditioning because the thing we fear already has a life deep in our own consciousness. Deconditioning from cultural ignorance is at the heart of any insurrectionary politics.

Deconditioning also involves risk and suffering. But it is transformative, freeing the self from helplessness and fear. It unleashes the fifth freedom, the right to an autonomous consciousness. That makes deconditioning about as individual and personal act as is possible. Maybe the only genuine individual act.
You can check the rest here.. it's really worth taking the time to read.

Joe Bageant: AMERICA: Y UR PEEPS B SO DUM?
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And here I thought this was a post about Easter peeps, those vile sugar chickens.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:47 PM   #3
 
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And here I thought this was a post about Easter peeps, those vile sugar chickens.
Nah.. if it were I would have posted in Non-hair.

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Between offshore tax evasion by giant corporations and crap like the above, we really shouldn't wonder why there is no money for services in the US (i.e. education, healtcare, etc.) The government loves a good (or even a bad) scam artist. If you have a scam to sell, you get first class treatment.
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I just go to "New Posts"........unless I'm swapping.
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I wonder what would be the reaction if a non-American dared to write this?
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:54 AM   #6
 
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I wonder what would be the reaction if a non-American dared to write this?
I'm sure it wouldn't be a good one. This is sort of turning a lot of sacred cows into hamburger. The ability of so many people to not see (willful or not) how they are being manipulated is going to have consequences.
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