Apathy, Lies, and the Fall of Democracy…


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Why have we so easily relinquished control of our society to the corporate elite?  Are we so caught up in ourselves, in our so-called “individualism”, in our sense of entitlement, in the busy-ness of our lives that we haven’t been able to see the systemic destruction of our society?  Are we so caught up in who will “survive” on Survivor or be the “lucky” person remaining in some quasi-reality show that typifies the moral decay of our culture?  Are we more concerned with with who will win the World Series, Super Bowl, or Stanley Cup, than we are who wins the presidency or who assumes control in the House or Senate, or what Justices preside in our Supreme Court?  Are we so caught up in maintaining our daily schedules that we can’t see what is happening to our world?  It is happening right before our eyes…

We have been deceived, and it has been a masterful deception indeed.  Through globalization, the elite have effectively and efficiently changed us from a country of manufacturing to a country of  consuming.  We make very little in this country anymore and it has had a very adverse impact on how we view our roles and responsibilities in a democratic society.

We have taken an approach that we want to think and feel is individualism.  Individualism, in this context, is “a social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control”(New Oxford Dictionary).   We use this idea or theory to justify our own apathy.   We use it to show our busy-ness.  We use it to show our status.  We take the look of being ultra-organized while, in reality, we are not thinking critically or questioning anything.  We are working on the next item on our to-do list.

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We live under the guise of “freedom”.  We think we are free to do whatever we want because we live in the United States of America, the self-proclaimed shining example of liberty and freedom.  The country where anything is possible and you can live “the dream”.  We are living a lie when we think we are free.  We live in a society that is wholly governed by the corporate elite.  Chris Hedges notes from Empire of Illusion:

Corporations are ubiquitous parts of our lives, and those that own and run them want them to remain that way.  We eat corporate food.  We buy corporate clothes.  We drive in corporate cars.  We buy our fuel from corporations.  We borrow from, invest our retirement savings with, and take out college loans with corporations and corporate banks.  We are entertained, informed, and bombarded with advertisements by corporations.  Many of us work for corporations.  There are few aspects of life left that have not been taken over by corporations, from mail delivery to public utilities to our for-profit health-care system.  These corporations have no loyalty to the country or workers.  Our impoverishment feeds their profits.  And profits, for corporations, are all that count.

Look around you.  Look at all of your “things”.  Where did they come from?  As a society of consumer, we have put ourselves squarely in the hands of the ruling class.  Our obedience and steadfast quest for the next best, newest, biggest, even better “thing” displays our loyalty to the corporation.  They love our obedience.  They feed our hunger for image and quench our thirst for status.  They thrive on our insatiable desire for more.  We can’t help ourselves, we are addicts to what they supply, and they know that.  That is what makes the idea of “freedom” as it applies to the U.S.  a truly ridiculous and far-fetched dream.

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We are fooled when we believe the lies of the elite telling us about threats to our freedom from foreign entities.  The U.S. spends more on their military than the next 26 countries in the world combined, and is allies with all but one of those countries (source – here).  Are we really that scared of some foreign country taking our freedom away?  Yet, we put our young men and women out there to fight a lie.  In reality, they are out there fighting for our corporations at the expense of their own lives and the countless innocent civilians living in Iraq, Afghanistan, and likely soon to be Iran.

The deregulation of the banking industry was the beginning of the end.  We have opened our treasury up to the criminals and they are looting like there is no tomorrow.  They have no clue as to how to manage the money they are looting as evidenced by the 2008 financial meltdown that we, as taxpayers, had to pay the price for.   Socialism bailing out capitalism seems so ironic in a country that so fervently defends capitalism.

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So how do get get out of this mess?  How do we change the direction of our country?  How do we take back control of the treasury, the military, the government.  We start by holding those responsible for criminal activity accountable for their actions.  How do we do that?  We have to aggressively defend our first amendment and we need the press to lead this quest.  The press must hold our elected officials accountable for their actions.  They must resist being part of the “club”.  They need to expose the elite for who they are, liars, thieves, and murderers.  Noam Chomsky wrote,

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.

The elite have effectively achieved this and we need to demand that our press ask the exposing questions.   If we hold our elected officials responsible, the rest will begin to fall in place.  This is not an impossible hole to get out of, but it also isn’t going to be easy.  Money corrupts and it has completely corrupted our country.  It is time to stop consuming, become self-sustainable, and break our allegiance to the corporate state.

People never give up their liberties but under some delusion. – Edmund Burke

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20 responses to “Apathy, Lies, and the Fall of Democracy…”

  1. nonviolentconflict says :

    Reblogged this on NonviolentConflict.

  2. Barneysday says :

    Excellent commentary, very well done.

  3. Jueseppi B. says :

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    I just had to reblog this. Thank you thejumbledmind for this intelligent look into our current society.

  4. lowerarchy says :

    Excellent article – a call to arms for US citizens, but most developed countries are following the same path to nowhere and so shouldn’t be complacent. We in the UK are too far down the dead-end road already.
    We all need to WAKE UP!

    • thejumbledmind says :

      Thank you. Yes, I agree, we all need to wake up!

      • lowerarchy says :

        2 quick points; I used to teach communications to 16-18 year old students and for one lesson I’d get them to sit in the restaurant and observe and listen to other students. Once they actually watched people around them, virtually all could see things they’d never noticed before – examples being body language, who was interested in who else, little rituals, manners etc.
        I live close to the shopping centre in my town so I often walk through on route to other places. When I study the folks around me it’s obvious many are in a daze or trance or hooked in to various technologies – phones, music etc. When you add the effects of shop lighting and music – carefully created to seduce and make buying more likely – it’s not surprising many aren’t fully conscious.
        Add TV, religion and propaganda and there’s not much room left for a wider awareness.
        I’ve written a book to try and jolt ordinary women out of this sleepwalking and had great responses from those that have read it, but it’s an uphill struggle to compete with the shit that’s all around us.
        But at least some of us are trying – and I’m pleased we’re on the same side 🙂

      • thejumbledmind says :

        Great insight. Isn’t it amazing how plugged in and tuned out people are today? There’s probably an app for that…:)

  5. andrewteach says :

    So true. Not to mention the apathy created by an ignorant and ever-increasingly under-educated and under-funded system and populous. It is systemic and frightning. Very empowering post sir.

  6. amaya73 says :

    Reblogged this on TheBrabbleRabble and commented:
    Great post by thejumbledmind. Reading Noam Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Consent” opened my eyes to just how controlled we are. I compare it to waking up from The Matrix.

  7. Tea Party Slayer says :

    I enjoyed this post. As usual, you have a real talent for combining words, quotes, and graphics to relay a message efficiently. You’d make a great marketing or pr professional.

    I will say though that I enjoy the Super Bowl, the pursuit of material things, working for corporations, etc. Also, as someone who has not changed lightbulbs in his house that have been out for over a year, I’m completely incapable of being “self-sustainable.” I like being part of the American society. Yes, I believe it’s still the best. I don’t mind the “elites” as long as they recognize they ain’t alone on Gilligan’s Island, and instead benefit from being part of a societal framework. The fact that radically greedy elements in our society won’t allow for some simple tweaks that will make our system work better for everybody is a problem that must be corrected.

    • thejumbledmind says :

      Thanks for comment. I have a couple of friends that think I may be anti-capitalist, but I truly am not anti-capitalism. My issues deal more with appropriate regulation and taxation. If we continue to allow the elite to make the rules and siphon our money supply away without paying back in, we are doomed. That is not an economic system that can sustain itself. Markets are fine, but the wizards of Wall Street continue to prove to us that they have no grasp of handling an unregulated market. Socialism bailing out capitalism is simply wrong. Again, thanks for comment and compliment!

  8. List of X says :

    Great post. Ironically, some of the same consumer gadgets sold by corporations are being used to increase the awareness of creeping consumerism 🙂

  9. silentlyheardonce says :

    I agree we are a nation that is asleep/ I don’t re-blog but I do share on tweeter and FB

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