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Response to cbayer (Reply #38)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:03 PM

39. But, but, but, small ain't gonna do it.

I think that there are enough here, we have (dare I say) a brain trust. We come from a vast diversity of cultures, religious beliefs, races, and any other criteria which the Republicans would use to divide us.

Maybe this is our overwhelming strength. Maybe it is that nobody is saying it. Maybe the meme we need is that of exclusion vs. inclusion (we of the latter, of course ).

The one thing I absolutely know for sure is that the Repugs seem to be vulnerable. They have been fighting a memetic war for decades. The memes are both authoritorian and counter to the evidence. Their record is abysmal. So why does their meme predominate?

If we can answer this question, I suspect the Republicans would be changing their tactics quickly.

As I've done in these forums before, I recommend two books. Daniel C Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, which looks at religion partially in context of this memetic interpretation, and John W. Dean's Conservatives Without Conscience which explores in a bit of depth, the social science and psychology of the authoritarian personality which Dean argues is a source to the issues. (Yes! That John Dean!)

To fight these bastards, we need to be informed about what they are all about. I would never claim that Dennett and Dean have the answers, nor would they. But I think the one thing we all need to do here, is to take in all the data, which is the one thing the Repubs do not do. That may be a strength for us.

How do we proceed?

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