Our Ignorance is no Accident

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  1. coberst

    coberst Guest

    Our Ignorance is no Accident

    One technique used to maintain the slave economy in the Antebellum South was to outlaw any form of behavior that allowed the slave to become learned. It was necessary that the slave not only be illiterate but that s/he be isolated as much as possible from the world around them; if they knew little of the outside world they were more easily confined, constrained, and controlled.

    Ignorance in the free white community and the black slave community in Antebellum South was no accident. I suspect the depth of ignorance within the American population today is, likewise, no accident.

    Potlatch was a common characteristic of primitive cultural practice and ritual. Potlatch ceremonies were a common practice in the winter months because the summer months were busy times for gathering wealth for the family and community.

    Quickie from wiki:
    “Sponsors of a potlatch give away many useful items such as food, blankets, worked ornamental mediums of exchange called "coppers", and many other various items. In return, they earned prestige. To give a potlatch enhanced one’s reputation and validated social rank, the rank and requisite potlatch being proportional, both for the host and for the recipients by the gifts exchanged. Prestige increased with the lavishness of the potlatch, the value of the goods given away in it…The status of any given family is raised not by who has the most resources, but by who distributes the most resources. The hosts demonstrate their wealth and prominence through giving away goods.”

    In primitive communities social life was a continuous dialogue of gift giving and reciprocation. When there was food there was food for all when there was scarcity all shared in this scarcity. The successful hunter kept the least desirable parts of the kill for himself and gave the most desirable to the community. “This was the core truth in the myth of primitive communism.”

    Primitive man was judged not by the magnitude of his accumulated wealth but by the magnitude of his shared wealth.

    Present day economic theories are of a self-regulating system of markets. Such a social theory did not come from history. We are taught that this practice of private property and gain are the natural order of human social evolution; such is not the case. “Gain and profit made in exchange never before played an important part in human economy.”

    Adam Smith theorized that the division of labor results from man’s “propensity to barter, truck, and exchange one thing for another…This phrase was later to yield the concept of the Economic Man.” This observation represents a misreading of the past and a great fallacy that has led us into today’s culture of human social behavior becoming dominated by economic ideology.

    We must discard some 19th century prejudices underlying the hypothesis of primitive man’s predilection for gainful employment. The bias that caused Smith and his generation to incorrectly view primitive man induced succeeding generations to lose interest in early man.

    “The tradition of the classical economics, who attempted to base the law of the market on the alleged propensities of man in the state of nature, was replaced by an abandonment of all interest in the cultures of “uncivilized” man as irrelevant to an understanding of the problems of our age.”

    Anthropologists inform us today that there has been a remarkable sameness for all societies throughout earlier history and that sameness is “that man’s economy, as a rule, is submerged in his social relationships. He does not act so as to safeguard his individual interest in the possession of material goods; he acts so as to safeguard his social standing, his social assets…the economic system will be run on noneconomic motives…All social obligations are reciprocal.”

    Our present economic system of acquisition with little or no regard for the rest of society is not our naturally evolved culture. This is a totally artificial system that we have been raised to recognize as a natural phenomenon. Our ignorance of many things is maintained by those who manage to control social policy and especially our educational systems.

    We are maintained in a semi sophisticated state of ignorance in order to prevent us from critically evaluating our institutions and changing them in a manner that is less alienating to our nature.

    Quotes from “The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time” by Karl Polanyi
  2. Bigman2232

    Bigman2232 Well-Known Member

    umm, DUH:tongue:
  3. worlds edge

    worlds edge Well-Known Member

    Holy crap, I remember this guy from elsewhere...and true to form, he's already spammed the same essay onto eight or nine other forums.

    See here :rolleyes:
  4. coberst

    coberst Guest

    CA (Corporate America) has developed a well-honed expertise in motivating the population to behave in a desired manner. Citizens as consumers are ample manifestation of that expertise. CA has accomplished this ability by careful study and implementation of the knowledge of the ways of human behavior. I suspect this same structure applies to most Western democracies.

    A democratic form of government is one wherein the citizens have some voice in some policy decisions. The greater the voice of the citizens the better the democracy.

    In America we have policy makers, decision makers, and citizens. The decision makers are our elected representatives and are, thus, under some control by the voting citizen. The policy makers are the leaders of CA; less than ten thousand individuals, according to those who study such matters. Policy makers exercise significant control of decision makers by controlling the financing of elections.

    Policy makers customize and maintain the dominant ideology in order to control the political behavior of the citizens. This dominant ideology exercises the political control of the citizens in the same fashion as the consuming citizen is controlled by the same dominant ideology.

    An enlightened citizen is the only means to gain more voice in more policy decisions. An enlightened citizen is much more than an informed citizen. Critical thinking is the only practical means to develop a more enlightened citizen. If, however, we wait until our CT trained grade-schoolers become adults I suspect all will be lost. This is why I think a massive effort must be made to convince today’s adults that they must train themselves in CT.

    “Thomas R. Dye, Professor of Political Science at Florida State University, has published a series of books examining who and what institutions actually control and run America. to understand who is making the decisions that affect our lives, we also have to understand how societies structure themselves in general. Why the few always tend to share more power than the many and what this means in terms of both a society's evolution and our daily lives. they examined the other 11 institutions that exert just as powerful a shaping influence, although somewhat more subtle: The Industrial, Corporations, Utilities and Communications, Banking, Insurance Investment, Mass Media, Law, Education Foundation, Civic and Cultural Organizations, Government, and the Military.”
  5. ACRon

    ACRon Well-Known Member

    Oh my word, im a slave, who'd of thunk it? perhaps I will go into work on monday and insist that the boss gives me his job instead, but then, my boss is always so kind to me, its like he misses bieng a regular person or something. yep, I'm his slave alright!

    rock on :wootrock:
  6. Issaccs

    Issaccs Well-Known Member

    I spilt a glass of cola this morning, this is quite obviously a sign of a sinister plot by the NWO and their coca cola affiliates to make me buy more of their product like a good little slave.
  7. Ziggy

    Ziggy Antiquitie's Friend

    I'd happily be a good little slave!

  8. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    I have a girl threatening to turn me into a slave, and there's no way I'm refusing.
  9. HappyAZaClaM

    HappyAZaClaM Guest

    no cybering in front of the trolls
  10. Darken

    Darken Well-Known Member

    I agree 100%. Capitalism sucks. people are divided, its every man for himself, lost our greater connection with each other and with nature. There is a good movie called the Dumbing down of america relating to this. Society needs to create more open minded free thinking critical thinkers. Really. Our society is so shitty compared to what it could be. We could create such a better world if people would expand their minds and work for the greater good of our species, not just their selves. Which is why I hate religious indoctrination so much. and the special interests controlled news. and the school system too. and we are controlled. We are not free, we have few rights any more and they are being taken away quickly. We are a bunch of materialist sheep consumers and tax slaves really. We work to pax taxes and buy products from big coporate elites, who spend it on greed, building an empire, taking over other countries and war profiteering etc. IT's all so corrupt.
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