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Lack of Critical Thinking is Key to the Corrupt Status Quo Maintaining Their Power

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"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." - Henry David Thoreau

 

Have you ever noticed how vehemently people react when you question something they believe in instead of ever being able to have an intelligent discussion with him or her? In the below video, Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist, author, and war correspondent, nails the reason that explains why it is so difficult to change a person’s mind when they are committed to believing something even when they are confronted with a mountain of evidence that points to the contrary. Chris states that universities have stripped away humanities and other courses that develop critical thinking skills and instead, due to the historical influences of men like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, focus on teaching young men and women “what to think” instead of “how to think.”

 

Like the proverb that states we have two ears and only one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk, when we are confronted with actually having our views challenged, many among us fail to listen, fail to analyze, fail to think, and we instead immediately open our mouths in defense without ever seriously considering the contrary information, often in factual form, that has been presented to us. All of us, including yours truly, have been guilty of responding insensitively and unintelligently in this manner, and I believe that there is a reason for this type of response. The powers that be have used education against us by employing teaching methods within institutional academia that condition us to automatically dismiss any notion that might conflict with our internal belief systems that THEY have programmed into us. If you believe that this notion is far-fetched, consider that from 1900 to 1920, at a time when the direction of American education was very much still being molded, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller incredibly spent more money than the entire US government in funding and building the education system to meet their specifications and wishes.

 

Have you ever thought about why repetition, an integral construct in the effectiveness of brainwashing, is also an integral construct in most institutions of academia in every country of the world? Could education institutions possibly be serving as re-education camps? Should not true learning involve students questioning professors, students questioning students, and professors questioning students not just to repeat and regurgitate pre-packaged responses as is so often the case, but also to critically analyze and to defend one's positions and arguments? The Powers That Be (TPTB) that attend the Bilderberg conference must secretly smile and laugh behind closed doors at the “unthinking” nature that they have been able to instill within us. Refuse to accept something as fact just because an authority figure, whether a professor, the Vatican, or politician, told you to believe it, and automatically many amongst the sheep will accuse one of pandering to conspiracy theories, even when one can present many facts that support one’s opposition view much more strongly than the widely accepted view.

 

Because universities are so focused on teaching us “what to think” instead of “how to think”, this dumbing down process has produced many media figures and talk show hosts that respond to any questioning of their beliefs with censorship, an attempt to talk over opposition views, or with infantile ad hominem attacks, no matter how cogent and eloquently expressed the opposition view may be. When I lived in Japan, I learned of a Japanese proverb that states, “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down”, as if uniqueness and individuality were undesirable traits. Perhaps this may be the case as the status quo views us, their subjects, but certainly humanity should strive to achieve creativity and foster critical thought in order to establish a more moral society and to root out corruption. Furthermore, the deliberate destruction of curricula in institutional academia that fosters critical thinking skills has given way to “hero” worship and learned helplessness instead of self-determination and self-reliance. Again, the status quo delights in the hero culture we have built today. Hero worship leaves one longing for salvation to come on the back of some mythical hero without any commitment or accountability from the masses. The status quo delight in the hero culture that they have built in the minds of the masses as they know that longing for salvation to come from someone else will leave people in a state of learned helplessness-induced inertia and thus create an effective barrier from the manifestation of a "peasant" revolt.

 

As long as we believe a hero can save us, we will not act and take control of our own fate, and all the easier it is for the powers that be to control us. Have you ever noticed how often someone will defend every fault of their country’s President, a huge pop star, or a star athlete as passionately as they would defend their own family if you should dare criticize their “hero” figure? From a logical standpoint, such defenses are the definition of irrational, as no one can truly know anything substantial or substantive about the character or true nature of a public figure with whom they have not spent a single hour. But yet people very frequently subscribe to the absolutely absurd belief that they know the character of their “hero” intimately and will defend this person’s honor (or dishonor as it may be in many cases) to the end of time. In closing, in addition to Chris Hedge’s video, I will leave you with a video I posted nearly a year-and-a-half ago in which I discuss ex-KGB Yuri Bezmenov’s discourse on ideological subversion and how such tactics can produce sheeple that will invariably obey and believe what they are told. Hopefully this will help us identify the ideological subversive tactics that are being deployed against us today all over the world and help all of us to transform into more open-minded people willing to consider alternate viewpoints other than the ones that "the powers that be" commanded us to embrace.

 

 

Read Part II of this series here.

Read Part III of this series here.

 

About the author: JS Kim is the Founder and Chief Investment Strategist for SmartKnowledgeU, a fiercely independent investment research and consulting firm with a mission of helping to stomp out Wall Street fraud and to reinstitute sound monetary principles and sound money worldwide. We sincerely appreciate all of you that continue to “like” our Facebook fan page and "follow us" on Twitter. Through these mediums, we will keep all of you aware of some major campaigns we will be launching in early 2012 to raise global awareness of monetary truth and our proposed solutions to institute sound money.

 

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Thu, 01/12/2012 - 22:19 | 2060410 ChasVoice
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California Launches Task Force to Dismantle the Underground Economy

California may be the template guide for other states as they forage for plunder to ensure their own status quos are safe.

 
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:30 | 2060025 nowhereman
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OK, enough of the "mysticism".  You obviously didn't watch the video.

There is only one thing you need to know, and from that one thing the rest flows.

The earth is a closed global ecological system.  Everything in this global system feeds into everything else.  This is fact.  And you don't need to "meditate" to understand it.

We, as part of this global closed system, are not born into it, we are created out of it.  We don't come "into" the world (from some alien universe), we come "out" of it.  We are made up of the stuff that exists in this world and when we die we return to it.  As such our presence is part of this system and because it is a closed system we are a part of everything else in it.

When I exploit the eco-system, I exploit myself.  When I exploit you, I exploit myself.  If we are all of a piece, how can it be otherwise.

Start from here and the rest is easy.

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:08 | 2059798 billsykes
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"taken his evidence, and instead of addressing it,"

I agree- the whole system needs to be changed maybe to something like what this guy is doing;

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/magazine/what-if-the-secret-to-success...

I also am a man and as such want to find the problem and solve it. Chris hedges- the 7min+ meandering video where he thinks people should get BA's. In addressing his evidence, he points to no evidence that this would lead to X result, he also doesn't point out why the move to specialization is long term bad.

If the patient has terminal cancer, it doesn't really matter if he missed a teeth cleaning and checkup.

We are really at the point as a country where academic BA fluff doesn't matter. Its like the green thing, when everyone is making money, then great be green- but when its bad, Detroit 3rd world country bad, recycling, ethical coffee, leather elbow patches and saabs will not help you.

Think more sparta less "age of enlightenment" these are dark days coming and the country needs to be competitive in a monetary sense, art can come later from our children's children's children.

China is the #1 economy, they steal, copy, lie and cheat, just like the US- but they innovate nothing. Guess what, so did America when they first started out, they didn't respect copyrights, much to the chagrin of Britannia who was the dominant power at the time.

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:18 | 2059544 Psquared
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I agree with the premise, (cognitive dissonance) but the idea that investing in gold or silver will help preserve your wealth in the event of a collapse is nonsense. As an investment, precious metals should be part of a portfolio, but beyond that this sort of thinking is going to get more people into trouble.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:59 | 2059765 akak
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Hundreds of historical examples of financial upheavals and currency collapses prove you wrong.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:27 | 2059855 linrom
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This ain't no Argentina or Wiemar Republic where one could easily run away from devaluing currencies.  The lack of critical thinking here on ZH is astounding, Almost none here pays attention to wealth accumulation. And here is the key to wealth preservation: one will never recoup the present purchasing value of gold, It can't happen mathematically.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:22 | 2060005 akak
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And here is the key to wealth preservation: one will never recoup the present purchasing value of gold, It can't happen

And do you have any facts, or any logical argument, to buttress that blind assertion?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:33 | 2059337 billsykes
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I really see it another way- I would like "extreme" schooling basically following the Swiss method whereas they have tests to get you employee or on your way in 2 fields, trades and professional. This way you always have a trade to fall back on. I would have liked to have learned how to tread a silencer or fix my air conditioning in addition to getting a business degree.

I am at a loss why we need more philosophy majors or Liberians, art majors, and archeologists.

None contribute to the economy. I am also at a loss why there still is a liberal component in University, writing an essay on Shakespeare will not translate to making money and supporting yourself in the real world. In thinking about why it takes 4 years to basically learn nothing with the last year being the most relevant and the co-op programs being the most valuable. 

It should be set up like continuing education- a bunch of courses customized to the area you want to work in, not the way it is set now like television cable packages, to get the 1 channel you want you got to take the diva channel or the Spanish language channel, essentially paying for stuff (welfare state economics) that you never use.

And have a single mandatory critical thinking course, a learning to learn course and a basic accounting course in High school. 

 

Then bang- you learn where your flaws are early on and how to fix them, you know how to learn and you can manage your money so you are not in debt and doing stupid things. God it I knew that, then I could have saved 20 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:57 | 2059449 donsluck
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I think you missed the point of the video. It's silly to think you can be indoctrinated your entire life (at least 13 YEARS) then turn around and be trained to shoot holes in what you were taught in a single semester course.

You, my friend, have succumbed to the process explained in the video. You have taken his evidence, and instead of addressing it, simply discarded it and taken the same exclusively "practical" path you were trained to take.

Don't forget that authoritarian regimes crack down on "impractical" intellectuals for a reason!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:24 | 2059286 George Washington
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JS,  thank you for your thoughtful essay. We certainly have to understand where people's hesitance to new info comes from.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:16 | 2059245 Savonarola
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Go on eBay and buy an old Third-Grade Reader, from somewhere around 1900-1910. 

The level of readings and information in that book is the equivalent of today's HS instruction.

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:14 | 2059229 kaiserhoff
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I'm a big fan of logic and freshman rhetoric, but a couple of years on the high school debate team taught me formal rules for thought, and that most people can't or won't think.

We are enslaved by force, the damned government has the guns, and by a stunning lack of accurate, honest, free speech.  The MSM is neither mainstream nor main street.  It is JEW YORK NEWS: Marxist, Queer, Arrogant, Condescending, Bigoted Monopolist Parasite news.

Nothing could make that any more clear than the New Yawk response, both left and right, to Ron Paul.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 14:54 | 2059063 gwar5
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Chris Hedges always sounds as if he is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and painful memories from sexual molestation as a child. I've followed him for years, and he's a real braindamaged weirdo. Everybody he doesn't like is a "fascist", which is his absolute favorite word. He never has a rant without it. Go to church, own a gun? You're a fascist!

 

Never mind it was his socialist hero Obama who just signed NDAA and is merging corporate Wall Street and the MSM (which Hedges is a part) with the Federal government -- which is the definition of fascism.

Antal Fekete, renowned mathemetician and monetarist, ran a similar video of Hedges (wearing the same clothes) and used Hedges as an example of exactly the type of person who is dangerously uninformed about what is going on. Which was to say, Hedges is the type who screeches against capitalism and corporations in a broadbrush fashion because they don't know enough to distinguish between real freemarkets and real economic freedom, and the type of crony capitalism and financial repression that is being perpetrated by the very same people that Hedges politically supports.

As a card carrying member of the MSM, Hedges is really a big part of the problem and isn't even aware of it.

 

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:43 | 2059379 AlmostEven
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Talk about uninformed. Hedges was tossed from his position at the NYT for being too critical of US foreign policy. He now writes for a site called truthdig.com, run by Robert Scheer who was tossed from his job at the LA Times for being too critical of US foreign policy. How, again, is Hedges mainstream?

Hedges was one of the few on the left to oppose Obama from the git-go. Hedges has consistently called Obama a tool of the banking elite and a fake liberal...go back to his articles written in 2007 and 2008 on truthdigcom. You are totally wrong about Hedges, whether you say it with or without boldface text.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:33 | 2059333 Melville1977
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I don't know if Hedges has PTSD but some of what he says is right. However, he completely misses the point that the Federal Reserve and Statism are at the heart of this global mess. I'm not exempting Government Sachs, JP Morgue, and their ilk. Their asses should have been put on trial al la Bill Black style from the Reagan administration.

Hedges did write off Oblunder citing he's been a disaster. Hedges does need to address Statism more and not just corporations. Corporations are a symptom, not the cause.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 14:04 | 2058928 roygbiv
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"universities have stripped away humanities and other courses that develop critical thinking skills ....."

Umm, I guess that I would demphasize humanities and emphasize that logic/science/mathematics/engineering classes seem to be fewer and fewer these days in the typical requred college curriculum.

The thing about the hard sciences, "relative truths" are much less prevalent (of course there are degrees of "truth" even in the sciences, but the mass of an electron is not somethign on which one can have an opinion).

But other than that, I think he has a reasonable point.  

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:54 | 2059437 AlmostEven
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Good point. But I wouldn't exclude sciences at the expense of liberal arts, or vice versa. What we currently have are trade schools...whether you're talking about high schools, undergraduate programs, or post-grad studies. The key to getting advanced degrees is learning and adhering to the formulas you're given. Historically, science and technology have moved forward through critical peer review and worldwide sharing of ideas among researchers, practitioners, academics. Currently, corporations forbid their scientists from sharing ideas. They reward simple tweaks to existing technologies (the pharma industry is the best example...extending patents on drugs by tweaking them slightly).

As for liberal arts...human culture has benefitted greatly from the knowledge contained in and passed on through stories, art, and songs. And the great thing about stories (at least good ones) is that they invite interpretation, critical thinking, and other essential skills. Humans work from both the right side of the brain and the left. Extinguish the use of one hemisphere and you've essentially lobotomized half the brain.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 13:23 | 2058774 MochiCrunch
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What is surprising is that no one here (including the writer) mentions the psychology behind critical thinking processes--true external critical thinking can only be achieved after Maslow's Heirarchy is satisfied.

I can break down any person by simply taking away the things that they need to survive.  You can know and believe anything you like--but if I attach a penalty to your thinking or acting in a manner that is contrary to what I want or need from you (assuming that I have the ability and authority to do so)--I can not only make you act in accordance to my wishes...it will become a "knee jerk reaction" over time.

If I constantly threaten your job (food on the table, roof over your head) unles you comply--you will comply. You may think for yourself for awhile, but eventually, after any request from me, your first thought will be--"If I resist, I may lose my job."  Ergo, you do whatever I demand without much thought.

This isn't an "american" problem, it wasn't invented and introduced into the educational system by Carnegie and Rockefeller. There is no "they" or any boogeymen pulling puppet strings. When the writer speaks of "rote learning" and its attachment to the lack of critical thinking skills--I have to shrug, because it's just not true.

The engineer that posted here is correct--there are things that can only be learned by rote--until you master the basics. After that, there is all kinds of room to be creative--but the problem is that nobody wants to do the hard work of becoming a master. It's extraordinarily difficult to put your nose to the grindstone for 18-20 years post high school.

Human nature is what it is--if something causes a person pain--they avoid that thing or find some way to remove the source of the pain--economic, psychologic, physical. As a person moves up in the Heirarchy, they are free to explore more creative avenues--but if you are stuck all of your life struggling to simply put food on the table and a roof over your head--critical and creative thinking is a luxury.

It's easy from a perspective of someone who was born into the top tier of Maslow's--you don't worry about work or education or attracting a suitable partner--there is no institutionalized learning from the cradle that the first thing you have to do is worry about where your next meal is coming from.

As society becomes more complex, and the amount of information/disinformation/misinformation is piled on---people tend to regress on the heirarchy (sometimes even if they are wealthy and educated)---because these things are concrete to them. Decision making becomes something more and more dangerous to the person's basic needs--even if you can think critically about a subject, you are not master of all subjects---so these small areas of control come to the forefront---racism, prejudice, etc.  It's illogical to think that all Muslims are terrorists---but with all of the things that I have to worry about in order to maintain my place in Maslow's---I'm not an expert on Islam--what if I'm wrong and this person who is supposedly an expert is right? 

Even on this site--everyone here takes certain people's advice as gospel and others as pure bullshit. Why don't you just think for yourself and not listen to anyone else? I think at the end of the day, most people gather as much information as they can---but always, always apply the consequences of their decision to what is basically important to them at that moment.

Education is important, but I think it's nonsense that rote learning supresses critical thinking skills. Go to any college campus--Ivy league or not--and observe human nature. Do they actually look at the catalog and say, "Gee..I want the most difficult class, the one with the prof that has never given an A."  Nope. Human nature. Path of least resistance. It has nothing to do with the knowledge (and everyone has it) that maybe they might get a serious mental work out if they take that class. They thought it through---what will this class do to my social life? If I spend all of my time struggling with this class, will my other classes suffer? (but its usually what will this do to my prospects for getting laid).

It's also been well studied that human beings aren't really hard wired until they are around 25 years old. Their decision making processes are not stable and logical--so how can you expect some young person to sit and think critically about anything when their brains aren't wired right yet--and their hormones are raging---and all they can think about are the simple basics---food, home, sex.

 

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 14:55 | 2059133 nowhereman
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The fundamental flaw in your arguement, and the point you missed, is that, as a generation, we have been told what is "important" to us.  And it has become obvious that we, as a society, will ignore all evidence to the contrary.

Even considering Maslow's hierarchy of needs, we have been indoctrinated into believing what our basic needs are and how meeting them is achieved.

Rote learning as in memorizing the times table is not the issue.  The issue is what is being taught as being a measure of success in this society, and the issue of what it means to be an "American", patriotism, "my country right or wrong", that passes without question and is ingrained such that questioning it is seen as subversive.

Like the author said, your indoctrination is so strong that, even when provided with the undeniable physical evidence to the contrary, you still cannot accept the truth.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:17 | 2059251 MochiCrunch
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I don't agree...and I don't believe I  missed the point of the author. He is blaming the educational system and creating a conspiracy theory about "elites" that "they" are keeping "us" down through a sinister plot via public education.

I'm sorry, but I recall absolutely zero information being dispensed while in high school about what is a measure of success in this society, patriotism or "my country right or wrong". If someone says, well you said the pledge of allegiance every day...yes, I did....but so what? I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now.

As I said, it makes some people comfortable and satisfies whatever needs that are important to them, to believe these things.

Someone born into a higher level, where basic needs are met and they can simply sit around and do whatever small thing that makes them happy---would rather die than have everything taken away from them.

But someone who has worked their way up through---would find it inconceivable to commit suicide just because they lost everything in the stock market, or their wife left them.

There is another need as well---personal safety. If something that is acceptable in society, whether or not it is right for everyone is challenged by you---you run the danger of getting your ass kicked or worse.  It's not that I was taught in school that gays are unnatural, it's that society as a whole doesn't think that it's natural to be gay---I want to fit in, I need to have the majority accept me---so I go along, whether I agree with this or not.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:20 | 2059553 akak
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I'm sorry, but I recall absolutely zero information being dispensed while in high school about what is a measure of success in this society, patriotism or "my country right or wrong". If someone says, well you said the pledge of allegiance every day...yes, I did....but so what? I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now.

Really?  You recited the Pledge of Allegiance in high school?  Every day? I always thought that bit of indoctrination and statist tripe was something just taught to young grade schoolers, and almost just as quickly forgotten.  I don't think I can remember ever being forced to recite it at any time after maybe second grade.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 13:42 | 2058833 AnAnonymous
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I can break down any person by simply taking away the things that they need to survive. You can know and believe anything you like--but if I attach a penalty to your thinking or acting in a manner that is contrary to what I want or need from you (assuming that I have the ability and authority to do so)--I can not only make you act in accordance to my wishes...it will become a "knee jerk reaction" over time.

If I constantly threaten your job (food on the table, roof over your head) unles you comply--you will comply. You may think for yourself for awhile, but eventually, after any request from me, your first thought will be--"If I resist, I may lose my job." Ergo, you do whatever I demand without much thought.

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And that is of course the situation of US citizens living in the US.

Gimme a break.

US citizens do support what is going on. There is no discontinuity between the US citizen elite and the US citizen base, the US citizen elite being empowered by the consent of the base.

All those US citizens who tried to add complexity to a simple situation are outdated by one 100 years at least.

Why do US citizens not rebel against the USD? Because the USD is good deal for US citizens.

It allows US citizens to live on free rides, to get their stuff for free, to keep importing real wealth against the promise of later paiments.

US citizens know that and support that.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:40 | 2059668 unnamed enemy
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you give US citizens too much credit. the truth is most of them have no idea whats going on.

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:00 | 2059165 MochiCrunch
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Unfortunately, you completely  missed the point. This isn't a US citizen problem, it's human nature. Whether you are European or Chinese or South African.

Your response actually highlights what Maslow's is all about. You may not even know it, but with my words or the writer's words or Chris Hedge's words, you are threatened in some way.

I oversimplified when I said, "All I need to do is take away something you need to survive." Most people automatically thing---food. money. shelter.

What about the need to have the respect of others? Self esteem? The need to belong.

Speaking out and being different can take away things that you find necessary to survive. What if what's most important to you is the respect in your professional field? You're certainly  not going to blather on in public if there is a danger of you being ostracized for it.

Public education does one thing--standardization. It is literally an impossibility for the educational system to take each person according to their needs and satisfy those needs in order for that person to progress to the next heirarchical level.

So, the basics are provided--standardized education. With some people, their basic needs are now satisfied. With others--their needs are different--they go on to university and/or other levels of education to satisfy their needs.

But. When you encounter someone whose needs have been satisfied with basic education and nothing more---the person who is completely content and happy being in their little niche--and you do something like challenge their beliefs---you get antagonism.

Why? Because you just threatened their basic needs. Whether it's annoying to you that this person "just can't get it"---you've now threatened something for them, and they will act accordingly, as if you just threatened their job or their home or their spouse or their very life.

Once you understand and see this hierarchy---basically seeing the cage that human beings are in---all of them, because it's simple human nature---you can begin to control others with it.  You can observe people and find out what it is that they need, determine what it is that you want from them--and then proceed to either take that thing away from the person, or enhance that thing in the person, depending on what you want from them.

Disturbing isn't it---knowing that someone can easily control you based simply on what it is you need (wants are different)---all that person or entity has to know is what those things are.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 04:35 | 2060880 AnAnonymous
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Ah, human nature.

One of US citizen favourites.

Sorry to repeat that again, but US citizenism is not human nature.

US citizenism is just one expression of human nature.

US citizen claims that it relies on human nature.

But why so many resources allocated to create and stimulate the sides of human nature US citizenism wants to favour?

If human beings were as greedy as US citizenism claims them to be, marketing would be absolutely useless.

The reality is that US citizenism includes a large human beings selection program, meaning that people who genestock does not incline them toward US citizenism are penalized.

If your human nature leans toward frugality, conservation, you are penalized in US citizenism.

If your human nature leans toward greed, consumption, you are favoured in US citizenism.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:41 | 2058644 Georgesblog
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People get agitated when confronted with critical thinking. The conversation goes like this. I've gone through it many times. 

Pull Federal Reserve notes out of your pocket. Ask someone, "Is this money?" . After the usual round of substitutional semantics, the exasperated individual says, "Well if you don't think it's money, just give it to me."  The smile on their face is quickly wiped away when they hear, "You need to go and read Black's Law Dictionary. One of the requirements for binding agreement is equity in exchange. What are you offering to give me for this fake money?"

The illusion breaks down. People are always mortified when they realize that they have to give up real things, to get worthless paper.

 http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/the-daily-climb-2/

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 13:22 | 2058771 AnAnonymous
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Made me laugh.

So easy to answer.

Well, the trade is defined as such in US citizenism:

-belief that it is money.

You give the note, and the US citizen guys gives his belief it is money. Fair US citizenish wise deal.

Still up with that critical thinking non sense brought by US citizen quacks?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 21:17 | 2060018 akak
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Sorry, I can't make heads or tails of what you are trying to say here --- I left my Crazy-to-English dictionary at home today.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:40 | 2058639 stirners_ghost
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A system by its nature is fixed and easily predictable, therefore vulnerable to hacking (corruption). Furthermore, the forces required to implement order necessarily increase entropy, irreversibly, so the fate of every system to disintegrate into chaos is sealed from the beginning.

If corruption is somehow purged from The System in a fit of collective righteousness, the victory will last a week before new charlatans rush in to fill the vacuum. The battle with corruptors (free men) will never end as long as the automaton masses are fixated on imposing "law and order"--their own values--on others.

Thoreau understood this intrisically, but I'm not sure that you do.

If you will engage corruptors, engage them outside of the rules and regulations. Destroy them completely, and destroy their source: the system that invited their corruption and gave them their advantage over you.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:27 | 2058588 Eric L. Prentis
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I love what Chris Hedges is doing. Nevertheless, Hedges’ greatest strength (critical thinking) is also his greatest weakness (painting with too broad a brush). It is easy to denigrate what you do not understand. Chris, please gather more knowledge of the objective WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHO of the issues. Only then focus on the subjective HOW and WHY.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:04 | 2059482 AlmostEven
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Hedges is a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist who has reported from various places around the world, including several war zones. Lots of practice in gathering facts. Lots of perspective other than typical US-centric experiences. Lots of evidence of excelling at whatever he does. Very well read and an extraordinary writer, too. What else did you want to see from him exactly?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:16 | 2058537 SwingForce
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:45 | 2058399 Xkwisetly Paneful
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It is callled fanaticism and there is nothing new or novel about it.

Other than with the internet around it is a lot easier to find.

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:44 | 2058388 Shizzmoney
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Carlin covered this topic in his famous "American Dream" bit.  Guy was more of a prophet that he knew:

"It's a Big Club......and you and I ain't fuckin' in it!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 13:19 | 2058760 Hapte
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I don't want to be in their faggoty club.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:26 | 2058327 denny69
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If people want to truly understand their own power all they have to do is look around. Everything within their vision, every thing, was not only made by them, but in the far majority of cases, created by them. What we do not seem to understand is the simple fact that without us, there would be no elites and why is it, again, that we need them? Their war against us has almost, that's 'almost', been won and until the level of our own desperation reaches the critical shift point nothing will change. Our apathy and our desperation are on a collision course with the repression of the elites. They will intersect and when they do the elites will, hopefully, get their last wake up call - from the rest of us.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:03 | 2059187 nowhereman
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First you have to unlearn you helplessness.  Stop looking for a hero to save you and turn off the fucking TV

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 14:46 | 2059108 Seer
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:11 | 2058515 covert
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well said. you posted the message before I did. don't be psychologized. scrutenize the evidence and follow the evidence. think for yourself. know the truth.

http://www.infowars.com

http://expose2.wordpress.com

 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:08 | 2058245 Seize Mars
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Lack of Critical Thinking is Key to the Corrupt Status Quo Maintaining Their Power

Nah, I don't think there is any character flaw in you, me or the guy walking down the street that is keeping the status quo in power. They are staying in power by force.

Go ahead, just try and "vote" for a different regime, watch how far they will let that go.

Go ahead, try and stop paying your property taxes, watch what happens to "your" house.

It's force. That's what is keeping the status quo in power.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:57 | 2058697 Winston Smith 2009
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"It's force. That's what is keeping the status quo in power."

You are absolutely correct.  But it's a lack of the ability for critical thought that prevents the vast majority from realizing that.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:42 | 2058649 SWCroaker
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Force is most easily applied to a minority, in this case you and your minority of native critical thinkers.  I believe the OP's point was that if a majority of sheeple stopped being so sheeplish, that abusive application of force against anyone, minority or otherwise, would be much less prevalent...

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:01 | 2058220 Silverballs
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But I thought John and Andrew did that out of the love they have for us... Now I'm really confused

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:00 | 2058216 Endurus
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I have to make a distinctoin that this article didn't mention. My wife is a director at a large 5A( big ) texas school.

They teach repetition and facts because of standarized testing. They do standardized testing because the federal government gives allotment to different schools based on the average score for each school. They get certified... here in texas that means BLUE RIBBON school.... you get the maximum funding from state and federal sources and therefore have access to more resources from football to english. That is the reason the 'system' is in place. It has to do with money.

Now with that said.... you could make a valid argument that the system was initially established as a mechanism for social control/re-edjucation.... But all they had to do was push the rock off the cliff... gravity will do the rest.

I think that's the frustrating part about tracking this stuff down. The conspiracy theorirst sees a manipulator hiding behind every rock... but in reality.. all they had to do was push the first rock. Doesn't mean it's a not a conspiracy... just not in the way that most people think of one where a dedicated cabal is continually influincing events.... it's not needed. They just have to check in every once in a while and 'wack a mole' any heads/visionarys that stick out who are not inline with their objectives.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 14:55 | 2059138 Seer
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Yup... once people give a pass to an underlying premise it's off and running and then it's just a matter of debating the operation of the thing, never about the thing itself.

I see it as cultural conditioning.  This has ALWAYS existed, and I don't really seeing there a case when it would never exist; all comes down to what's acceptable culturally: lots of folks condemn something, but their "replacement" idea, Their cultural influence might actually be worse for the society in general, though better for the few individuals.

It's all a tug-of-war.  And as long as violence is needed in order to maintain a cultural paradigm then that culture isn't an optimal one.

But... when our culture is based on an impossible premise -perpetual growth on a finite planet- it's all pretty much barking at the moon.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 10:30 | 2058093 proLiberty
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Folks who assert the US is a "racist" country don't know organic refuse from shoe polish when it comes to racism.  Further, they don't know liberal rhetoric when they see it. 

 

When Nobel Prize winning poet Tony Morrison, who is African-American, can write an October 1988 New Yorker article titled "Clinton as the first black president", then what is "black"?  When the NAACP calls the black conservative Kenneth Gladney, "not black enough", and "not a brother" then what is "black"?  When Time magazine's Jack White calls Supreme Court Justice Thomas, "the scariest of all the hobgoblins", saying "Washington seems to be filled with white men who make black people uneasy", than what is "black"?  And when Obama, a man whose mother is Caucasian, can tell us in a widely read autobiography that in his youth he struggled with his racial identity before *deciding* to be black, what is "black"? 

When Bill Maher, during a panel discussion on HBO complains that Obama's policies are "half-assed" "because he’s only half black." and that "if he was fully black, I’m telling you, he would be a better president.", and that "there's a white man in him holding him back", than what is "black"?

"Black" in all these contexts, as well as Juan Williams's complaint on Fox News that the extraordinarily lopsided expression of Missouri voter sentiment in August of 2010 rejecting ObamaCare was really about race, is clearly not about "race".  It is about ideology, socialist ideology. 

With respect to BHO being black: it is not about the racial characteristics he was born with, it is about the ideology he adopted.  It is not what percent black he is, it is about how thoroughly red he is.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:55 | 2058401 alien-IQ
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Reading this comment:

"Folks who assert the US is a "racist" country don't know organic refuse from shoe polish when it comes to racism."

Provides me with one vital piece of information: You are white.

I, not being "white", have a uniquely different perspective on the matter and that perspective is shaped and colored by my experiences.

Naturally, you do not want to see the country as being "racist" because that would, by proxy, make you a racist. I'm not saying that you are...I'm just saying that your desire to not be perceived as one is not allowing you to see that this country is, in fact, racist.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:27 | 2058591 vato poco
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"This country is, in fact, racist."

Waaah. The WORLD is, in fact, racist. (Yes, even in Mexico & Africa.) Get over it, Betty.

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