March 1, 2007

The Great American Lottery

"The American system is the most ingenious system of control in world history. With a country so rich in natural resources, talent, and labor power the system can afford to distribute just enough to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. It is a country so powerful, so big, so pleasing to so many of its citizens that it can afford to give freedom of dissent to the small number who are not pleased. How wise to turn the fear and anger of the majority toward a class of criminals bred - by economic inequity - faster than they can be put away, deflecting attention from the huge thefts of national resources carried out within the law by men in executive offices." -- Howard Zinn, 'A People's History of the United States'.

The inequities in the American way of life are so egregious that they would scarcely be tolerated in most industrialized countries. That they are accepted in America is a phenomenon of human nature related in some curious way to the lingering frontier mindset that prevails in the thinking of a majority of Americans. It's that belief, inculcated from youth (or from landing as an immigrant) that 'anyone can achieve anything in America if they work hard enough.' This credo is constantly nurtured in the ostensibly free-enterprise economy of the nation where capitalism is the true religion. Historically, thanks to the enormous resources and resulting wealth of the USA, there have been more than enough 'winners' to keep everyone quite happy. More recently, there has been a growing gap between rich and poor... and people are starting to notice. Many of the poor resort to short-cuts, crime, to leverage themselves to a higher socio-economic stratum. Consequently, as the rich desire to conserve their wealth by demanding tougher law-enforcement, the US incarcerates more citizens than any other Western country... creating an ironic 'American Gulag.'

The rest of the poor seem to be satisfied to exist in the faint hope that one day they will win the lottery-- ie. hold the prize-winner, land the big job, get voted as Survivor, chosen as Idol, etc. Winners are paraded in all the media as the new heroes, the celebrities basking in their 15 minutes of fame, the proof that, yes, you too can be a winner in the grand crap-shoot that is modern America. This masterful employment of statistical improbability allied with psychological manipulation is astounding when viewed from a rational distance. What the powers that be have achieved is unique in history-- the domestication and enslavement of a populace without resort to overt totalitarianism. In fact, they've achieved the seeming impossible, since the populace believe they are living in a democratic paradise! By instituting, with the willing assistance of the mass media, a strictly two-party political system, the Gray Eminencies have been able to exercise time-honored techniques in dichotomous thinking toward the goal of attaining their grand cause. Dichotomous thinking is basically 'divide and conquer.' Every problem is presented as reduced to just two choices, A or B, which are ostensibly diametrically opposite. In politics, it's either 'left' or 'right,' Democrat or Republican. In sports, it's either winners or losers, nothing else matters. That dichotomous thinking may seem ethereal, but it carries over into many areas of life and society, as an 'us' and 'them' mindset, that found blatant expression in Sept. 2001 when George Bush made his famous pronouncement that 'those who aren't with us are against us!' You're either a good guy or a terrorist in the monochromatic mindset of the mass manipulators.

Dichotomous thinking has been very effectively exploited in the last two centuries by powerful, shadowy forces working toward the goal of global domination. They played the game cleverly in the two World Wars, selling armaments and strategic supplies to both sides of the conflict, and reaping huge fortunes to pad their 'special projects fund.' They've done the same thing in every conflict around the world, with the background aim of reducing the geo-political scene to fewer and fewer major players. For, as demonstrated in the USA, once you get down to two main actors, it's absurdly easy to make the system work as you want. You simply buy off, or intimidate, the members of both parties so that it doesn't matter which of them gains office by 'democratic' election-- they both behave as their masters dictate. Sure, there's always a lot of rhetoric and fulminating on both sides of the spectrum, but most of it is theatrical posturing-- when it comes to action, the result is what is dictated from on high.

And so, average Americans, like trained circus dogs, jump for the jelly-beans, convinced that with a little bit o' luck, they will snatch the prize, become a 'someone.' This is an ideal scenario for the cabal of controllers. It allows most of the wealth to be held by a small proportion of the population, without complaint from the disadvantaged. This is so ingrained in the American psyche that, amazingly, many citizens seem to believe that it's the way things should be-- a natural state of life in the capitalist utopia. Secondly, it keeps the majority so pre-occupied in the daily grind, that they have little interest in anything of importance. Whatever spare time might be available is spent in passive consumption of any of the numerous sports or entertainments copiously supplied by the eager exploiters of the capitalist system... who are often accomplices of the hidden cabal, knowingly or otherwise.

As we move forward into a murky future where global climate change and geopolitical instability threaten to create chaos and scarcity even in the wealthy USA, some of the stark inequities will become more and more obvious. The great mass of 'losers' will start to question the lottery system... why should one winner take it all, when we could all have a share? The situation is a race against time for both the controllers and the controlled: will the sleep-walking herds awake from their consumer-based stupor before the 'drug-lords' are able to put the final pieces in place to clinch their grip on absolute power over the United States, and by extension, over the globe? What the globalists count on is based on more curious human psychology, which is the basic decency of the majority of 'ordinary people.' That's right: most people are decent enough that, even when confronted with direct evidence before their eyes-- as the 9-11 demolition job-- they simply cannot bring their imagination to the extent required to comprehend that the whole terrible scene was orchestrated, not by turbaned terrorists, but by three-piece suits in Western, towers of power. The truth is too awful to dare admit; the majority are relieved to retreat to the nonsensical but familiar explanations of their respected, elected leaders; denial is the saving order of the day... while it lasts. Stay tuned!

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