These hundreds of thousands of people are programmed to act in a certain way. Hillary Clinton is a perfect – and relevant for this time – example. She cannot be and cannot act in any way other than how she has been programmed. The person who gloated at the sodomizing of Kaddafi is what we know her to be.
And this is why I have argued that there are those within this thing we call “the elite” that are supporting Trump for president. Hillary will bomb because that’s what she knows; Trump will negotiate, because that’s what he knows.
I came across this disturbing piece earlier today. It falls right in line with my (and so many others) thoughts about indoctrination and how hard, if not impossible, it is for the masses to buck off their programming. I think it is such a personally disturbing thing to do that it can cause mental breakdowns, psychotic breaks in extreme cases and depression in normal cases. It also shows why voting for either Trump or Hillary will not change anything at all – it is all part of the same paradigm.
Lauren Berlant wrote about “Cruel Optimism” which is a theory that sticks in my mind.
A relation of cruel optimism exists when something you desire is actually an obstacle to your flourishing. Offering bold new ways of conceiving the present, Lauren Berlant describes the cruel optimism that has prevailed since the 1980s, as the social-democratic promise of the postwar period in the United States and Europe has retracted. People have remained attached to unachievable fantasies of the good life—with its promises of upward mobility, job security, political and social equality, and durable intimacy—despite evidence that liberal-capitalist societies can no longer be counted on to provide opportunities for individuals to make their lives “add up to something.”
That would be applicable to people who realize / have an inkling that something is amiss. Otherwise people just follow their own confirmation biases into that happy place where they bury their heads in the sands while watching brain numbing cable television after over eating, over drinking, and self-sedating.
About the death of the USA article – Trump is not an alternative that will change or save anything. He is part of the economic elite. He is a part of the establishment. Honestly, not even Jill Stein or Gary Johnson are outside the establishment.
And if conquering the world and continuing to be the global dominate force is “winning” – then shame on all of us.