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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:37 PM

 

"Why People Cave in to Extremist Ideas That Were Once Unthinkable"

This article directly addresses how and why we've become so propagandized and, so used to it that most people don't even know what they're responding to because they don't even know what the issues are anymore:

http://www.alternet.org/world/why-people-cave-extremist-ideas-were-once-unthinkable

-----What was once radical and taboo have arrived as fixtures in American society.

Remember when, in the wake of the 9/11 attack, the Patriot Act was controversial, held up as the symbolic face of Bush/Cheney radicalism and widely lamented as a threat to core American liberties and restraints on federal surveillance and detention powers? Yet now, the Patriot Act is quietly renewed every four years by overwhelming majorities in both parties (despite substantial evidence of serious abuse ), and almost nobody is bothered by it any longer. Thatís how extremist powers become normalized: they just become such a fixture in our political culture that we are trained to take them for granted, to view the warped as normal. Here are several examples from the last couple of days illustrating that same dynamic; none seems overwhelmingly significant on its own, but thatís the point: -----

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Reply "Why People Cave in to Extremist Ideas That Were Once Unthinkable" (Original post)
just1voice Aug 2012 OP
kenny blankenship Aug 2012 #1
area51 Aug 2012 #2
just1voice Aug 2012 #4
XemaSab Aug 2012 #5
tjwmason Aug 2012 #3

Response to just1voice (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:30 AM

1. #1 reason: NO LEADERSHIP standing up to resist it.

"Let's meet them halfway! Our opponents are honorable men and women who love their country just as much as we do - maybe they have a point! We're open to good ideas no matter which side of the aisle they come from."

One side of the aisle has had nothing but stupid, brutal and vicious ideas - if you can even call them ideas- since Nixon at least, which have become more stupid and vicious with every episode of appeasement, and with every passing year. The other side of the aisle has the spine of jellyfish, and has, at last, totally forgotten what its own ideas are or rather what they were, and that they were once expected to have their own unique set.

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:17 AM

2. +1 n/t

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 06:13 PM

4. Excellent point!

 

Appeasement is the perfect word for it too.

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 06:41 PM

5. If we just give him the Sudetenland everything will be fine

n/t

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Response to just1voice (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 06:12 AM

3. The more an idea is repeated

The more people get used to it.

It can start as part of a lunatic fringe, but if the lunatics repeat it frequently enough it will become part of the more general discourse.

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