Monday, June 18, 2007

A Refresher Course About the Left

Are “ordinary oppressed Americansin a deep psychological state of self-delusion” or “simply successfully druggedwith a plethora of pleasure-producing distractions”? If you doubt that committed leftists hold the general public in contempt, former UW Madison Professor Joel S. Hirschhorn conveniently puts it all in writing.

Americans unready to revolt, despite revolting conditions: The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll results vividly show a population incredibly dissatisfied with their nation’s political system. In other countries in other times such a depressing level of confidence in government would send a signal to those running the government that a major upheaval is imminent. But not here in the USA.

I have long asserted that Americans live in a delusional democracy with delusional prosperity and these and loads of other data support this view. There is a super wealthy and politically powerful Upper Class that is literally raping the nation. Meanwhile, the huge Lower Class continues to lose economic ground while their elected representatives sell them out to benefit the Upper Class. Yet no rational person thinks that a large fraction of the population is ready to rise up in revolt against the evil status quo political-economic system that so clearly is not serving the interests of the overwhelming majority of Americans.

Part of the genius of our contemporary ruling class elites is that they have engineered a state of political and economic oppression that paradoxically is still embraced by the Lower Class. The rational way to understand this is that ordinary, oppressed Americans are in a deep psychological state of self-delusion. Despite all the empirical, objective evidence of a failed government, they fail to see rebellion opportunities. Many still believe they live in the world’s best democracy. But across all elections considerably less than half the citizens even bother to vote anymore.

Why is there insufficient pain for revolution? This is a deadly serious issue. What is historically unique about America is that even the most oppressed and unfairly treated people are distracted by affordable materialism, entertainment, sports, gambling, and myriad other aspects of our frivolous, self-absorbed culture. Even failed school and health care systems do not drive people, paying enormous sums to fill up their SUVs, to rebellion. So, Americans are aware of their oppression, but the power elites have successfully drugged them with a plethora of pleasure-producing distractions sufficient to keep them under control.

Cliff Notes Version: Americans keep using their freedom to go to work in order to buy gasoline for their personal transportation devices. They are simply insufficiently distressed to understand the economy does not benefit them, the healthcare system does not serve them and the ever expanding variety of entertainment is a trick to keep them amused. If people were smart, they would realize the magnitude of their oppression and revolt. Stupid affordable materialism.