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Re-branding Dissent

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:45 pm    Post subject: Re-branding Dissent Reply with quote

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I am one of those who thinks that democracy is being destroyed. I know its fashionable to play cynical one-upmanship and say weve never had democracy, or, it was destroyed long ago, but that game aside, I think its worth actually thinking about how, many forms of democratic expression, effective dissent and peaceful self-determination are being buried.....

....If Im right then we will soon see a broader new narrative built around the idea that Irrationality and an irresponsible disregard for the well-being of others, together, pose a grave threat to Stability and Safety. These four notions, Irrationality, Irresponsibility, Stability and Safety will form the central mechanism for re-branding dissent. Safety people will recognise from its National Security guise. But by pairing it with ideas of Stability it helps bridge the gap between national security (safety) and national economic security (stability). Security becomes more than simply physical safety and is expanded to include economic stability.

And the enemy of both, of course, is the Irrational Dissenter. Being irrational is, we will be told, particularly dangerous when it is paired with fervent claims that we are in danger and we should all act now to fend off the danger. Such people will be likened to idiots who shout fire in a crowded theatre.

A new mental condition could be coined for them something along the lines of Attention Seeking Disorder people who get a perverse pleasure simply from dissenting. How easy it would be to cast doubt on someones dissent if you suggest it is not about caring for others but actually a disorder of the ego. A desire for notoriety above all else with total disregard for what effect they might have on the stability and safety of those round them.

Troublesome dissent could be rebranded as a thoughtless and selfish advocating of something knowing it will cause widespread harm to others but not caring.

Extremism is a problem out there on the fringes of society Irrationalism The paranoid fear of imagined dangers and those who promote such fears is the enemy within. They are the sinister fringe who constantly look to radicalize the inexpert.

So let us all recite the liturgy our leaders would have us believe, that in the 21st century

Democracy is the freedom to choose wisely.
In a globalized, inter-dependant world we cannot afford to choose irrationally or disastrously.
It is not what you believe but how you believe it.
Believe things rationally, based on evidence, with regard to how your beliefs affect those around you.
If you know someone who doesnt, they may be irrational and suffering from a mental disorder in which the personal notoriety of being contrarian matters more to them than any harm they might do to the safety and stability we all depend upon.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, more signs of the 'plan' being played out by the 1%. They're patient but unstoppable.
I experience pleasure and pains, and pursue goals in service of them, so I cannot reasonably deny the right of other sentient agents to do the same - Steven Pinker
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:
Yes, more signs of the 'plan' being played out by the 1%. They're patient but unstoppable.

This assumes that there is a large group of people you argue the 1% with the highest income/wealth who in some way have a plan. Or even a 'plan'.

The world population is 7.3 billion. 73 million of whom (more than the population of the UK have agreed on a 'plan'.


That is people with an income of 34,000 dollars or more. Or indeed GBP 23,171. Which is interestingly less than the benefits cap.

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