However, many people are not aware of another robust disinformation system in place. - The Internet. This is the dark side of the internet. As much as access to all types of knowledge and information has exposed many people to deeper truths and understanding; the internet has also facilitated a deeper darkness for the willfully ignorant among us. For the unthinking among us, the internet can be used to poison the well. There are websites maintained by think tanks of all political persuasions, government alphabet agencies and corporate propagandists whose very purpose is poisoning the information well with untruths.
Over the last several generations the collective plurality of the American intellect has been constricted, narrowed down to a myopic perspective. Many, maybe most Americans have been cognitively captured into narrowed thinking ideological prisons. Many of these intellectual penitentiaries exist on the world-wide web. Black and white thinking, cognitive dissonance, false dichotomies and logical fallacies are all majorly fueled on the internet. All or nothing, black and white polarized extremes is a potent intellectual/psychological control tool for those in power. The people are herded into extreme ideological gulags, divided and distracted to the point that their power is neutralized.
We are at war with each other. False psychological propaganda is the first act of war. This conflict has been facilitated by the 'owners' (nsfw).
- Steve Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States
Make no mistake, there is a clearing house of converging interests for the owners of this world. These owners are exceedingly proficient at controlling and manipulating public perception. The most effective way to disable the mass mind is to severely limit it's thought process, by polarizing almost every issue. A polarized public cannot inhabit common ground on any issue. Another way is for the corporate owned media to manufacture issues of polarization; like, gun control that generate all heat but shed no light, but I digress....
Noam Chomsky says - “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”
The major portions of all of our lives are lived in the infinite gray. Yet culturally, politically and our social interaction is becoming perceived as more and more black and white. That is not an organic development. There is a reason that the radical right wing gets a lot of undue attention. Their message is polarizing. The owners of this world aren't radically right wing, or liberal or socialist or even conservative...they're just in power and control of the resources and will use any strategy to stay in power and control the resources of the world. Give one group of unconscious people (right wingers) an 'enemy' to hate, be it liberals, socialists, Muslims, gays etc, then that will be their focus, tell them that members of those groups are threatening their very way of life, and watch that group become useful idiots for the status quo. The owners then manage the heat generated by their manufactured life or death conflict and merrily count their proceeds and consolidate their control in a safe and secure (for them) atmosphere.
Tai Carmen eloquently states - "Social systems reinforce this kind of polarized thinking. For example, if you want to identify with a political party of any influence in the United States you have two choices: either you can identify as pro-peace, pro-gay, pro-tax, pro-regulation, pro-choice and anti-gun or pro-military, anti-gay, anti-tax, pro-free market, pro-life and pro-gun.
What if you are pro-gay, pro-free market, anti-tax, pro-life, pro-peace and pro-gun? Too bad. Pick a side or your vote yields no power. Cultural splitting such as this encourages people to think in unnecessarily polarized terms."
The public's inability to discern where the common ground is and become able to work from there is definitely an artificially constructed paradigm. The concrete foundation of this fabricated model of mass control is fear, fear of each other. The main pillar of this imposed fear is mistrust. Public fear and mistrust of each other germinate fascism. Citizens of a fascist society are not thinkers, they're reactors to stimulus...likened to zombies.
Frankly I have come to the point where I have no idea of how we as a people step back from the fascist abyss. Those of us that are paying attention know that we're right on the precipice, that this country has willingly rushed to the cliff and most are awaiting the cue to take the plunge into the dark depths of civil unrest and possibly civil war...we've unconsciously allowed our bigotry, fears and juvenile insecurities to be plucked like bass fiddles. Maybe this country has to be psychologically torn asunder as to become able to resurrect it's innate natural human connectedness.
I do know that 'freedom' and 'liberty' are not things that are granted from something or someone outside of ourselves. A human being decides, discovers...nurtures an inner freedom, a responsible, compassionate, internally maintained freedom that is invulnerable.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.”
- Edward Bernays, Propaganda