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    Civilization, in fact, grows more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. Wars are no longer waged by the will of superior men, capable of judging dispassionately and intelligently the causes behind them and the effects flowing out of them. The are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury.
    ~ H.L. Mencken

    Because I spend so much time outside of the USA, when I'm home and watch TV it is so obvious how much fear based propaganda comes out of the idiot tube. Some subtle, some not so subtle.

    There was a time when being an American meant something. It meant a spirit of freedom and a willingness to take on anyone that would deny us of that freedom. An individual or a country, Americans were known for not backing down. Right or wrong, we stood up for ourselves, our family and our country.

    But now we seem to live in a state of media-hyped fear of everything. From the latest strain of the flu to unknown terrorist to the fear of not having money, the media, with the government’s support, keeps most Americans afraid of not only their own shadow but everyone else’s’ shadow.

    But with that fear mongering, comes a solution. A new drug, a new government program, a new “War on”, new laws, new restrictions. All supposedly designed to keep us safe from others and ourselves.

    Of course we will lose some rights or will take away the rights of others but in the interest of security, most Americans will readily agree.

    I think I first started noticing this when pharmaceutical companies were allowed to advertise on TV. I think this was back in the 90s sometime and I remember an advertisement for something heart related that was a man going about his day with a hospital bed following him around through his office, on the street, etc. just waiting for him to fall over from a heart attack. The commercial was more about fear of a heart attack than what the drug actually did for you.

    Today little has change. I seldom watch the news but when I do, it is all about fear. Fear from another country, fear from another religion, fear from a new stain of flu…and it goes on and on.

    I don’t think I was ever as ashamed of a president then I was when Bush made the comment that Iraq was a grave danger to the USA. Really? Iraq? Did anyone even look at the map to see where this country was before accepting his lies?

    The end result of this is a society of weak, fat and unhealthy citizens that are scared to do anything unless the get some type of validation from the TV or the government.

    We are told how to drive, what to drive, what to eat, where we can and cannot go, what papers to carry, who to be afraid of and who to trust. And it is mostly sold as being for our own good.

    What kind of life is it when you live in fear? What is the quality of your life when you live in fear that your next breath might be your last (so take our new and improved drug!) or that some country on the other side of the world is going to bomb us (so we must strike first, right?) or that if we go 5 miles over the posted speed limit, we automatically become a danger to ourselves and others?

    Fuck that, I refuse to live my life in fear. My life will end, tomorrow, next year, or in one minute. I won’t live in fear until that time.

    I will live my life on my own terms and damn the consequences.
    Randal
    AKA: Texas Grok

    Originally posted by texas.grok
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  • #2
    *standing ovation*......
    I'm happy to see that there are more people who see the world like I do...It has taken me a few years but I realized the same thing about the European union last spring. We don't deal with issues of war as much as you Americans do but here it's the economy that is used to beat fear into the people...

    There is this song 'Dance until we die' by Omnia that has become my life song... I think I listen to it every day... it's about all you have said...

    Sadly in Europe freedom is an illusion we let our government create. We aren't free to improve our house, nor are we free to bring down a tree to replace it with fruit trees and we are certainly not free to decide whetter we want to work or not... even woman with children are almost forced to work...

    I'm with you on this... f**k them, f**k the rule, we'll just dance until we die
    My story, My thought....

    It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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    • #3
      Keep people afraid, and you have control over them. It has worked with government, religion, you name it for centuries.

      I think it is easier to reach more people now with the media. I can't stand it when the news reporters use fear to keep you hanging on the channel during commercials to bring you a 'special report' on how to save your family from disaster, death, murder, etc.

      We can't walk through the house without fear of falling over a shoe to our death, or put our baby in a car because we might not know how to properly put in the car seat, or it might have been recalled. Fear of everything we do, say, buy, and eat.

      I totally agree to just F**k them and live my life. I am not stupid. I can think for myself and make decisions. We live, we make choices, and eventually we die. It is the same for everyone. I have to wonder if ppl weren't afraid to die, maybe they wouldn't be afraid to live either....
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      • #4
        I'm with you texas.grok. While I won't go as far as to say that the PTB in the US helped plan 9/11, they sure as shit took every advantage of the fear it generated to dismantle the Bill of Rights. And the sheeple went baahhh and happily accepted the anal probes (cameras, wire taps, an unbridled NSA, etc.).
        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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        Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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        • #5
          And they say people aren't beginning to wake up and see? Prepare for revolution, folks.
          Make America Great Again

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
            And they say people aren't beginning to wake up and see? Prepare for revolution, folks.
            We need to quit hitting the snooze button and get the fck out of bed already.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
              And they say people aren't beginning to wake up and see? Prepare for revolution, folks.
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              “It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” - Samuel Adams

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              • #8
                Hoist the pirate flag, make money, pay no mind to naysayers, vegans, or those in skinny jeans, and do whatever the F is best for you and those you care about. If you have enemies, ignore them or crush them like a viking king.

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                • #9
                  Good post. I wrote something very similar the other day based on my own thoughts and experiences.

                  Yes, fear makes people become submissive, no doubt about that.

                  "You are either with us, or against us".

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                  • #10
                    Well said Randal. Wow dude. I'm with you 100%! I've noticed it too over the past 10-20 years. The people I work with are terribly afraid at all times. I don't know how they can live like that. And then there's me...Mr. happy and optimistic. Always able to see the silver lining in any conversation. They hate that.

                    Don't think I am sticking my head in the sand. Quite the contrary. I watch the news, I occasionally look at news websites and newspapers, so I'm informed. But I think about it realistically. I used to be like everybody else and believe all the media hype, propaganda, lies, whatever you want to call it, but eventually I got wise and saw it for what it was. The media's job is to sensationalize everything and cause fear.

                    Years ago I took a statin daily because my doctor used fear to push it on me. And it worked like a charm. I took my pills religiously. He said, "If you don't start taking a statin immediately, as in today, you face a serious risk of having a heart attack!" I was 25 years old, with no symptoms of any disease or ailment, except for a high cholesterol number. His words scared the crap out of me. Screw him and his fear mongering.
                    “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” - Ron Swanson

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                    • #11
                      I actually enjoy posts like this on here.....we actually tend to stay much more civilized than most internet forums over anything remotely societal or political, and it is nice to see much of anything intelligent on the subject.

                      I have maintained for a long time that there is no such thing as a "free country", only free people. I believe that the idea of an entire governmental apparatus that guarantees freedom to all is a fantasy, just as it is for the government to guarantee much of anything. A government of any kind cannot impart freedom, it can only allow it for those that seek it. It is a power structure, after all, by default. It must control to ensure its survival....the question is how far in does it reach its tentacles to choke out freedom amongst all, or only some. Freedom is a continuum, in other words, not an absolute. In some countries, freedom is nearly impossible. The government, religious forces, business all collude to make property, happiness of how you see fit, all but impossible to improve upon. Taxes, price fixing, and roving death squads killing people for religious reasons all work against the citizenry....information is curtailed, and constant warfare of some kind, even the gov against its own citizens, provides all rationalization for any crimes. (Syria, to be current, is an example of the extreme of this)

                      There have always been, as recognized by many enlightenment philosophers such as those that inspired the United States, 5 separate entities that must be pushed back to allow for freedom....The problem that I usually have with people, or a group or political party, is their willingness to ONLY acknowledge the threats to freedom that they want to fight, while allowing for other forces to be unchecked. These are:

                      1) The government itself
                      2) Religion
                      3) Very large, monopolistic businesses
                      4) Information providers
                      5) War

                      In the US, the right wing goes bananas over #1, the government itself, while often supporting the curtailing of liberty through numbers 2,3, and 5. They dislike the media for its clear cherry-picking of information, as well as the government's constant erosion of rights....they often stick to a hyper-masculine compensation idea of "protecting the 2nd amendment", while ignoring the fact that the other 9 of the bill of rights are what are ACTUALLY getting taken away...I support all ten, with equal fervor.

                      The left wing in the US has no problem at all with #1, feeling that the government can go no wrong and is capable of fixing even deeply engrained cultural or economic disparity. Often they have less a problem with the media, although this is changing.

                      With this all laid out, it is easy to see that ALL FIVE of these forces against liberty require fear to continue their erosion. The same 5 forces are at play in every country, to different degrees. The founders of the country, especially in attempting to read every word Jefferson every put out for print, were well aware of all five....each group today wishes to ignore or even support the others on the list that they aren't in arms about....if one picks up anything Jefferson wrote, there is about a 90% probability he is speaking about one of the five above, and fear underpins them all.

                      I am optimistic that things will change once things get bad enough to mandate it, but I feel that each of these 5 forces will require each a reframing of their own. In a sense, we need 5 revolutions, or a single truly powerful one that gets it. Fear is control, and all 5 need that control to continue.
                      "The soul that does not attempt flight; does not notice its chains."

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                      • #12
                        In America there is a merger of corporate and state powers, this is fascism. You can guarantee that in this situation, nothing you see in corporate and industry paid media will be the truth, and you're frequently subjected to media blackouts where they keep all of the problems from you in exchange for useless fantasy and celebrity scandals. This is a powerful form of brainwashing. The officials in the US government no longer represent its own people. Other nations come in frequently and tell the US government repeatedly "stop killing your citizens". You see this with their repeated objections of untested GMO and pharmaceuticals as well as neonicotinoid pesticides in our crops that is killing 90% of our bees which are needed for pollination of our food. The results of this are disturbing to say the least.

                        The US is paying billions into these corporations, which inhabit a very large majority of diplomats. You are now a terrorist if you complain about GMOs. There are secret blackops operations you don't even know about which are also used to protect corporations like Monsanto.
                        Last edited by Derpamix; 09-14-2013, 08:41 AM.
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                        • #13
                          I have a feeling the current FDA Food Pyramid is part of the way the government keeps us sick, weakened and afraid. The government tells you that you MUST get a mammogram! You MUST get a flu shot! There must be a trail of data that is collected at every vaccination, every MRI. I wouldn't get a flu shot on a bet.

                          I never watch the news - not ever. Every story seems to be polarizing - keeping the population fighting each other.

                          A population of healthy, free thinking, fearless people is exactly what they do not want. And is exactly what we all are here. Yeah for here!!
                          I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled. ~P. G. Wodehouse

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                          • #14
                            It is.

                            America is one of the most underprivileged countries in health. Eg; highest infant mortality, worst healthcare, and one of the lowest survival rates passed middle age. First world problems? The US also has the lowest child benefits of any nation, and 1 in 2 children are raised by single parents. The US is #1 in income inequality, the wealth gap is the highest it's ever been since the great depression.
                            Make America Great Again

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                            • #15
                              I <3 Texas Grok! I always look forward to reading your posts.

                              Hubby said after listening to NPR this morning that all of their shows vacillate between propaganda and irrelevancy. This is why I like to minimize my contact with mass media the same way I avoid mass produced foods both are deleterious and should be avoided.

                              The net effect of the all the fear mongering is that domestically Americans are some of the most passive people, the majority will put up with anything as long as they have a steady flow of calories and entertainment.
                              Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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