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Friday, November 14

The (Pie) Face of Intolerance

A Nation of Stooges
"I don't Care who Started it..."

America the Illiterite (sp)

One of the greatest things about our right to freedom of speech is that some people get to call other people a big fat mofo if somebody else doesn't think like they do. Or better yet, how about a pie in the face? Why stop at civility when there are fundamental illusions on the line?

This week, Chris Hedges explains in his article entitled "America the Illiterate" how we are living in a country of “two Americas” where one of them cannot differentiate between lies and truth:

“They do not require cognitive or self-critical skills. They are designed to ignite pseudo-religious feelings of euphoria, empowerment and collective salvation. Campaigns that succeed are carefully constructed psychological instruments that manipulate fickle public moods, emotions and impulses, many of which are subliminal. They create a public ecstasy that annuls individuality and fosters a state of mindlessness. They thrust us into an eternal present. They cater to a nation that now lives in a state of permanent amnesia. It is style and story, not content or history or reality, which inform our politics and our lives. We prefer happy illusions. And it works because so much of the American electorate, including those who should know better, blindly cast ballots for slogans, smiles, the cheerful family tableaux, narratives and the perceived sincerity and the attractiveness of candidates. We confuse how we feel with knowledge.”

Here's to raising the country's discourse above the sixth grade level.

Happy Friday!


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