Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by CJ Hopkins via Counterpunch.org,

For students of official propaganda, manipulation of public opinion, psychological conditioning, and emotional coercion, it doesn’t get much better than this. As Trump and his army of Goldman Sachs guys, corporate CEOs, and Christian zealots slouch toward inauguration day, we are being treated to a master class in coordinated media manipulation that is making Goebbels look like an amateur. This may not be immediately apparent, given the seemingly risible nature of most of the garbage we are being barraged with, but once one understands the actual purpose of such official propaganda, everything starts to make more sense.

Chief among the common misconceptions about the way official propaganda works is the notion that its goal is to deceive the public into believing things that are not “the truth” (that Trump is a Russian agent, for example, or that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, or that the terrorists hate us for our freedom, et cetera). However, while official propagandists are definitely pleased if anyone actually believes whatever lies they are selling, deception is not their primary aim.

The primary aim of official propaganda is to generate an “official narrative” that can be mindlessly repeated by the ruling classes and those who support and identify with them. This official narrative does not have to make sense, or to stand up to any sort of serious scrutiny. Its factualness is not the point. The point is to draw a Maginot line, a defensive ideological boundary, between “the truth” as defined by the ruling classes and any other “truth” that contradicts their narrative.

Imagine this Maginot line as a circular wall surrounded by inhospitable territory. Inside the wall is “normal” society, gainful employment, career advancement, and all the other considerable benefits of cooperating with the ruling classes. Outside the wall is poverty, anxiety, social and professional stigmatization, and various other forms of suffering. Which side of the wall do you want to be on? Every day, in countless ways, each of us are asked and have to answer this question. Conform, and there’s a place for you inside. Refuse, and … well, good luck out there.

In openly despotic societies, the stakes involved in making this choice (to conform or dissent) are often life and death. In our relatively liberal Western societies (for those of us who are not militant guerillas), the consequences of not conforming to the official narrative are usually subtler. Despite that, the pressure is still intense. Conforming to the consensus “reality” generated by these official narratives is price of admission to the inner sanctum, where the jobs, money, professional prestige, and the other rewards of Capitalism are. Conforming does not require belief. It requires allegiance and rote obedience. What one actually believes is completely irrelevant, as long as one parrots the official narrative.

In short, official propaganda is not designed to deceive the public (no more than the speeches in an actor’s script are intended to deceive the actor who speaks them). It is designed to be absorbed and repeated, no matter how implausible or preposterous it might be. Actually, it is often most effective when those who are forced to robotically repeat it know that it is utter nonsense, as the humiliation of having to do so cements their allegiance to the ruling classes (this phenomenon being a standard feature of the classic Stockholm Syndrome model, and authoritarian conditioning generally).

The current “Russian hacking” hysteria is a perfect example of how this works. No one aside from total morons actually believes this official narrative (the substance of which is beyond ridiculous), not even the stooges selling it to us. This, however, is not a problem, because it isn’t intended to be believed … it is intended to be accepted and repeated, more or less like religious dogma. (It doesn’t matter what actually happened, i.e., whether the “hack” was a hack or a leak, or who the hackers or leakers were, or who they may have been working for, or what whoever’s motives may have been. What matters is that the ruling classes have issued a new official narrative and are demanding that every “normal” American stand up and swear allegiance to it.)

The ruling classes are not exactly making it easy for their followers this time. Their new official narrative (let’s go ahead and call it “The Putinist Putsch to Destroy Democracy”) is so completely fatuous that it’s beyond embarrassing. The plot is more or less what you’d expect from a mediocre young adult novel or a Game of Thrones-type fantasy series. And if that wasn’t already humiliating enough for the liberals being asked to pretend to believe it, the PR folks in charge couldn’t even be bothered to assemble a new collection of liars to market their childish fairy tale for them. Not only are they insisting that liberals take the word of the “Intelligence Community” and the mainstream media that sold the world the “Saddam Has Secret WMDs” hoax, they actually dispatched James R. Clapper to sit there, in more or less the same spot he sat in the last time he lied to Congress, and do his dog and pony show again.

Meanwhile, the ruling classes’ papers of record, which cosmopolitan liberals rely on to provide a simulation of “serious journalism,” highbrow “arts and culture,” and so on, have descended to the level of the National Enquirer. Among the recent highlights was The Washington Post‘s “Russians Hacked the Vermont Power Grid” story, which it turned out involved neither Russians nor hackers, nor the Vermont power grid’s actual computers, and was basically just another made-up story, like the one about Putin’s Fake News Army. The New York Times, which has also been dutifully rolling out the new official narrative, has taken the leash off Charles M. Blow (aka “The Withering Gaze”), who is accusing Trump of being Russia’s appointment” and proclaiming his election “an act of war.” And now, as I was writing this piece, they hit us with the “Golden Showers” story, in which Trump paid a bunch of Russian hookers to pee on the bed where Obama slept. Any day now we are going to be told that Elvis is secretly working with Putin to deploy a Zhirinovskian gravitational weapon in a UFO disguised as Jesus that Assange and Snowden will personally pilot across the Atlantic to sink America. It’s like some kind of loyalty test in which the ruling classes are trying to determine just how far they can go with this crap before liberals refuse to salute any more of it.

The point of all this propaganda is to delegitimize Donald Trump, and to prophylactically reassert the neoliberal ruling classes’ monopoly on power, “reality,” and “truth.” In case this wasn’t already abundantly clear, the neoliberal ruling classes have no intention of giving up control of the global capitalist pseudo-empire they’ve been working to establish these last sixty years. They’re going to delegitimize and stigmatize Trump (and any other symbol of nationalist backlash or resistance to transnational Capitalism), bide their time for the next four years, and then install another of their loyal servants … after which life will go back to “normal,” and liberals will do their best to forget this unfortunate period where they pretended to believe this insipid neo-McCarthyite nonsense.

If I wasn’t worried that Trump is going to launch an all-out War on Islam, or that one of “our boys” in the tanks Obama has theatrically ordered to the Russian border was going to go bonkers and try to “git some” for Clinton, I’d be looking forward to seeing just how batshit crazy it’s going to get.

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Newbie lurker's picture

(((Six million)))

Prime example

CaptainObvious's picture

+1 And never mentioned are the equal number of Poles who were slaughtered during that war.  Because they don't count, ya know.  And the Rooskies took them over, so they're all pinko communists anyway.

wee-weed up's picture

You can thank Lib control of our children in public schools for this naiveté.

sixsigma cygnusatratus's picture

"Any day now we are going to be told that Elvis is secretly working with Putin to deploy a Zhirinovskian gravitational weapon in a UFO disguised as Jesus that Assange and Snowden will personally pilot across the Atlantic to sink America."

How did you guys already know this before CNN even had a chance to report it? They're gonna be pissed over there in Atlanta.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The capacity of anyone (on the left or right or smack dab in the middle) to swallow propaganda is in direct proportion to their (desperate) need to believe.

Never underestimate the ability of anyone to disregard reality in favor of their denial.

<Spoken by someone who once drank a full quart of scotch each and every night for years and still maintained he was not an alcoholic. Now 27 years sober.>

Escrava Isaura's picture

Why Propaganda Still Works

You could ask this same question of religion, why religion still works.

Both work because both are concepts of the mind. They help to bring order, structure, and control of the people. Both have a capacity to distract the people from reality.

 

business as stusual's picture

Monotheistic religions are about to have their "come to jesus moment" very soon. Keep a close eye on the unfolding situation in the antarctic. The Catholics, Buddhists, Protestants, Methodists, Jews, Muslims, any and all religions that pray to a single diety are going to loose the fucking minds in the next 2 to 3 years. It will be epic!

Escrava Isaura's picture

I don’t see that happening. I am with Hedges here, as the economy deteriorates, and it will, the unprepared will be clinging for any type of salvation. Religion and the (political) demagogues will thrive under this scenario.

But, if your theory comes to life, and if it happens I hope I am alive to see it, it will be really interesting, to say the least.

 

Giant Meteor's picture

I'd say this development is far more likely. Actually, in many ways, I think it's already dead. There seems to be some involuntary tics, movement coming from the brain stem. Not at all unusual in these types of  cases.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture

What is happening in Antarctica? Aliens? Crab People?

synarch's picture

True, until you have a direct experience of divinity.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Religion can be very helpful in a individual base, meaning, it seems to help some for some reason, even that religion makes them totally unprepared. I know people that go to church and pray for better health, which a better diet would solve her problem. Even the time that she spent in church, which I heard is two hours plus, walking would be better for her health.

Also, in a society level, religion is very detrimental because it's divisive……but so is the color of your skin, what you do for a living, which school you went, and the list is long.

 

Lockesmith's picture

Cretin. When you import aliens with foreign cultures, then religion is dividing. When everyone believes largely the same thing, it is unifying.
This is why Islam is winning and Christianity, fractured by pinko atheists, is losing.

Escrava Isaura's picture

You and your folk science. Why should I be surprised?

Islam is mainly growing in Africa and Middle East because they are too poor and stupid to know better about population overshooting. In the US Islam is less than 2% of the population. They are not the ones that worries me. Islam will become a problem in Europe at the next financial meltdown because of its geography. Europe and Israel are not like Japan or America, they cannot isolate themselves. At least in Israel they can build some fences.      

Second, humans are a product of evolution and not religion. Of biology, meaning, changing is in our genes. As Morrison said: Evolution not only gave us the weapon that would catapult us from obsolescence to world domination, it also took out a shrewd insurance against our species' overwhelming reproductive success. Only such a deliciously rewarding and tamper-proof device as mysticism could have prevented us from foreseeing the danger of overpopulation a long, long time ago.

So, who is the cretin now?

 

 

Giant Meteor's picture

God ain't no santa claus ... 

Whether one calls this power a creative intelligence, father of the universe, the power of the natural world or good ole God, makes no difference to me. God will do for one, what one cannot do for themselves, but will not do, what one must do for themselves.

God isn't the trouble. The quite natural state of mankind, is the trouble.

Wanting something for nothing .. in a long list of other maladjustments

meh, no fan of organized religion. 

edit,

Here is one of my personal favorites ..

God == Good, Orderly, Direction .. 

or Guaranteed Overnight Delivery 

 

bloofer's picture

A person may have a "direct experience of divinity," but such experiences seldom (or more likely never) take a form that is supportive of a particular religious dogma.

I've had such an experience myself. What this experience made clear, if personal experiene can be trusted, is that there are other planes of existence (or at least one). That's it. My experience did not confirm much of anything along the lines of traditional Christian beliefs. It was simply an experience of going to another plane of existence.

Giant Meteor's picture

A peace that surpasses all human understanding. At least that is how I might describe the experience. The world is filled to the brim with immense human pain and suffering, and has always been in this perpetual state, since mankinds first appearance. We may be offered a glimpse, if fortunate and desirous enough to seek it, this peace that conquers all physical realities.

Once one has had the experience, the inclination is to desire more of it, not less. No unpleasant after taste or side effects, unlike the more temporal pursuits ..

 

 

Doug's picture

Right on the money.  When I am among liberals fervently preaching their narrative, the feeling is exactly the same as if I am among born-agains fervently preaching their gospel.  There is no difference.  Believe or be cast out.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Good point. And correct in my opinion.

But it gets really interesting when a liberal is a church goers (believer). Their contradiction will make your head spin. At least mine does. Sometime I look at them and wonder, how can these people function.    

 

Killdo's picture

I think that starts with religious brainwashing. Once you brainwash children to believe they will live AFTER they die (if only they are slavish and fearful enough while alive) - they are ready to believe anything, any fraud

religion is the original totalitarianism and the original enforcer of fraud

Marketing is based on religion (one of the main marketing tricks is to create what they call PANORAMIC fear - being scared and worried about many things - makes sheeple impulsive and spend more money faster)

lil dirtball's picture

>... they are ready to believe anything, any fraud

L0l ... you're soaking in it, Chief Red Pill.

Nobody For President's picture

I hear you COG - I was in denial for a couple of years on prescription meds - clean 6 years now.

And I cop to being an alcoholic - I function well enough for an old guy.

lil dirtball's picture

>Never underestimate the ability of anyone to disregard reality in favor of their denial.

Look no further than the echo-chamber wasteland that the ZH comment section has become.

Giant Meteor's picture

And yet, here you are ..

An apparent contradiction eh?

Fuck it, i'll pray for ya anyway.

Self esteem lil dirtball, self esteem. Aim higher!

Giant Meteor's picture

Absolutely. Denial, it ain't just a river in Egypt ..

I was a boiler maker man myself .. 23 year veteran of "the war"  ..

20 year veteran of the peace ..

Good on ya

;)

new game's picture

about 30 years and i can't remeber the exact date since being sober(lol). could check police record though. lol.

today only maters, and another lol cheers to a wacko bunch of bullshit trying to threaten my sovereign self.

only denial here is that news is real no matter whereTF is comes from.

Darth Rayne's picture

A member of society has a need to believe in that society.

A human being has no such need.

We are all born as human beings but conditioned into being members of society.

Being a member of a dying society is going to be increasingly difficult.

Advice on becoming a human being is offered here, https://davidwatkinson1.blogspot.co.uk (one post only, so far)

The Cogs are becoming / have become beautiful human beings.Thanks for sharing your journey

 

Members of society, feel free to press the red arrow to fully register your amazing capacity for cognitive dissonance and the best of of luck coping with your growing discombobulation.

SWRichmond's picture

The whole thing actually reminds me of the Inquisition: "do you accept that Russia hacked the election?"

Torquemada would be proud.

Warner asked, “Do you accept the conclusions of the IC [intelligence community] regarding Russia’s active measures?”

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Holocaust, moon landings, 9/11, climate change. Official narratives that have cost the goyim trillions of dollars (but you're a nutjob if you don't believe.)

peddling-fiction's picture

+500T Yukon

A nut was needed to grow into a powerful Oak tree.

Laddie's picture

It helps to understand where it all came from:

http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/chap4.pdf
We have seen that a common component of Jewish intellectual activity since the Enlightenment has been to criticize gentile culture. Freud’s ideas have often been labeled as subversive. Indeed, “[Freud] was convinced that it was in the very nature of psychoanalytic doctrine to appear shocking and subversive. On board ship to America he did not feel that he was bringing that country a new panacea. With his typically dry wit he told his traveling companions, ‘We are bringing them the plague’ ” (Mannoni 1971, 168).

Mannoni, O. (1971). Freud, trans. R. Belice. New York: Pantheon Books.

"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 are 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. . . .

"Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that 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, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world. . . .

"Sometimes the effect on the public is created by a professional propagandist, sometimes by an amateur deputed for the job. The important thing is that it is universal and continuous; and in its sum total is regimenting the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments the bodies of its soldiers. . . .

"The systematic study of mass psychology revealed to students the potentialities of invisible government of society by manipulation of the motives which actuate man in the group. . . . So the question naturally arose: If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it?

"No serious sociologist believes any longer that the voice of the people expresses any divine or especially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by the group leaders in whom it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. . . .

"Whether in the problem of getting elected to office or in the problem of interpreting and popularizing new issues, or in the problem of making the day-to-day administration of public affairs a vital part of the community life, the use of propaganda, carefully adjusted to the mentality of the masses, is an essential adjunct of political life."

Edward L. Bernays
1 Wall Street
New York City

Edward L. Bernays
7 Lowell St.
Cambridge, Mass.

He was descended from the Chief Rabbi of Hamburg (late 18th-early 19th century) and was a nephew, on both sides, of that quintessence of FILTH, Sigmund Freud

Killdo's picture

I studied with jews at some of world's best universities and I got on well with them. None of them was especially bright. They were hard-working and geeky, and quite one-dimensional. I have never met a jew who was very intelligent and I probably know a hundred at least. All aroudn the world - and some of them are very wealthy (but because they inherited the wealth they are insecure and have no confidence).

Their cultural superiority is a myth. They only specialize in psychopathic totalitarian dark arts of brainwashing and lies (i.e. Hollywood)

a few jewish friends told me they had sex with their first cousins. It's a sick (probably psychopathic - because it's exploitative ) culture. 

Raging Debate's picture

Killdo - I do not agree at all and I am not Jewish. They have accelled at computer tech, medical tech and law. As a tribe they do hoard a bit and go beyond shrewd to cheap. I have said at times to Jewish friends "stop being such a Jew!" That is on times of chipping in to paying the tab for some fun. 

Killdo's picture

the degree I did with my jew friends was in computing - and none of them was that good at all. 

I don't hate jews- we Serbs culturally like and respect them - but I think they are very good at propaganda and self-promotion that's all. 

One of my good jew friends is one of the most famous lawyers in the world. He watches TV all day (any borring crap on TV) and believes everythign he reads in NYT. I don't think he is  that cleaver at all (and I still love him) . 

I was brought up in Serbia to think jews are cleaver and wise and cultured - I am still waiting to meet a really cleaver/intelligent/talented jew (and I've been aroudn the world a few times). 

I know another billianiare jew with a multi-billion art foundation. She is trying to be an artist - but she has no clue about art - and has nothing to say. She is not that intelligent either (and not even confident - as if she feels she is a failure). There is an army of fake artist kissing her ass all day long (hoping to get grants). I have met jews with money , but still I have never met a talented / above average jew - and I know and am friends with many. I think it's a myth. Like marketing - if you can install doubt into people it's easier to control them and to trick them to buy your products - I think this is one of those myths. 

I am just stating my experience (I have a few jewish friends that are like my dearest family) I am nto anti-semit I just like to expose fake news and propaganda. And mediocricity

funnily I don't know any stingy jews - all my jewish friends are generous

peddling-fiction's picture

And the Truth shall set you free. Most are mediocre at best. Yet they do have access to a lot of information and posts of political power and influence, that give their elite a lot of power over others.

BruntFCA's picture

Actually they have appropriated computer tech developed in the West. Think of Java and Sun systems taken over by Jewish CEO of Oracle Ellison. Zukerberg just wrote a php script and was then heavily promoted. Some fathers of computer tech

Alan Turing Computer Science (goy)

Brian Kernie and Dennis Richie C Language Unix(goy)

Sun Micro Java Unix (goy)

Founder of Intel (goy)

Founders of Apple (goy)

These are just a few

What you could say is that the Jewish people you mention have a talent for appropriating ex post facto.

Raging Debate's picture

Laddie - Shhhh - Dont tell skinheads Adolph hired Jews to critical posts. It is funner that way. 

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

Thank you much for posting - I think this sentence deserves a repeat:

"No serious sociologist believes any longer that the voice of the people expresses any divine or especially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by the group leaders in whom it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. . . ."

 

Redistribution Of Relevance's picture

The way they asked Trump, it was nearly: Do you accept the president's findings that you shouldn't be president? -- But pretzel-worded so that if he said "Yes" he wasn't a legitimate president, and if he said "No" he wasn't a legitimate president. And they were surprised when he blew them a raspberry ...

kellys_eye's picture

There's a fine line between peddling convincing propaganda and it turning into'ridicule' but once that line has been crossed there is little chance of returning over it for the 'trust' that was gained will be scrutinised to the point of easy exposure forever after.

 

abyssinian's picture

Still works because there are still plenty of retards in this country! Oh I mean Libtards..

Escrava Isaura's picture

I hope you’re including yourself.

 

Laddie's picture

I wonder how long information such as this will be legal in the USSA? You see "hate speech" = TRUTH.
http://www.vho.org/GB/Books/trr/
http://www.vho.org/GB/Books/thottc/
As always Wikipedia is so neutral in their depictions of those the Tribe dislikes:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germar_Rudolf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Butz
Butz invented the algorithm which bears his name and was published in 1969.[1] It provided a means for computing Hilbert's space-filling curve. This algorithm advanced certain computer search techniques and has certain other applications.
The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry is a book by electrical engineering professor Arthur Butz. First published in 1976 by Historical Review Press, it attempts to refute the idea of the Holocaust that Nazi Germany tried to exterminate millions of Jews using homicidal gas chambers during World War 2, and is influential in the Holocaust denial movement.[1] The book has been banned in Canada and is X-rated in Germany where it cannot be displayed or advertised.[

Assad Says the Alternative Media is Where You Find the Truth! Power to the People!

Mossad and CIA Holding Secret Meetings, Plotting to Undermine Trump Administration
Such discussions are being kept out of newspapers aimed at Gentile audiences...

Ynet:

Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration as the next president of the United States is causing Israeli intelligence officials to lose sleep as well. Discussions held in closed forums recently raised fears of a leakage of Israeli intelligence top-classified information, clandestine modus oprandi and sources, which have been exposed to the American intelligence community over the past 15 years, to Russia – and from there to Iran.

The cause of concern are the suspicions of unreported ties between the president-elect or his associates and the Kremlin, whose agents are also associated with intelligence officials in Tehran.

These fears, which began upon Trump’s election, grew stronger following a meeting held recently between Israeli and American intelligence officials (the date of the meeting is not mentioned to protect the sources of the report). During the meeting, according to the Israelis who participated in it, their American colleagues voiced despair over Trump’s election, as he often lashes out at the American intelligence community. The American officials also told the Israelis that the National Security Agency (NSA) had “highly credible information” that Russia’s intelligence agencies, the FSB and GRU, were responsible for hacking the Democratic Party (DNC) servers during the elections and leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks, which hurt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The American officials further added that they believed Russia President Vladimir Putin had “leverages of pressure” over Trump – but did not elaborate. They were apparently referring to what was published Wednesday about embarrassing information collected by the Russian intelligence in a bid to blackmail the president-elect.

The Americans implied that their Israeli colleagues should “be careful” as of January 20, Trump’s inauguration date, when transferring intelligence information to the White House and to the National Security Council (NSC), which is subject to the president. According to the Israelis who were present in the meeting, the Americans recommended that until it is made clear that Trump is not inappropriately connected to Russia and is not being extorted – Israel should avoid revealing sensitive sources to administration officials for fear the information would reach the Iranians.

This story is a bombshell.

The President-Elect’s own intelligence services, the NSA and CIA (run by David S. Cohen), are meeting in private with the Mossad to encourage them to deceive Trump by withholding intelligence from him.

peddling-fiction's picture

Who Controls Wikimedia?
Summary:
Of the seventeen(17) Wikimedia senior staff and trustees, five(5) are Jews. This is a numerical representation of 29%. Jews are approximately 2% of the U.S. population.* Therefore Jews are over-represented among the Wikimedia senior staff and trustees by a factor of 14.5 times(1,450 percent).

seataka's picture

https://arnielerma.quora.com/Some-advice-from-Confucious

"Accusations such as ANTI-SEMITE, or FASCIST are used to DEMONIZE the intended target. Not to inform, but to STOP THINKING, and after heavy emotional wording, or event or imagery, or accusation has stopped thinking, the listener is rendered more SUGGESTIBLE, whatever is said after the thought stopping phrase goes into your subconscious as a "truth". Israel has the best example of such mental manipulation, when they accuse someone of being a HOLOCAUST-DENIER. The phrase "holocaust-denier" subliminally invokes the most offensive odor to a human being, that being the smell of burning human flesh. Israel has no exclusive on this METHOD of making a man or woman more suggestible to suggestion.The Vatican used the technique when they burned heretics at the stake. Everyone in the city would be exposed to that horrible smell. The response to avoid the area, person, situation or thing is in our genes. It is an ancient method from Babylon"

LetThemEatRand's picture

"Imagine this Maginot line as a circular wall surrounded by inhospitable territory. Inside the wall is “normal” society, gainful employment, career advancement, and all the other considerable benefits of cooperating with the ruling classes."

Guess what, ruling class.  We're going to build a new wall around you, and you're going to pay for it.  It may not be this year or the next, or even this decade.  But we're going to do it.

P.S.  Great article.  Interesting and original take on things.

peddling-fiction's picture

The Maginot line sucked and in the end was useless. It sure was bullish for the contractors and the MIC.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maginot_Line