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Our Self-Destructive Political Psychosis
The American political process is not neutral or without effect; it influences and changes society and creates its own dynamics which may be detrimental to the system’s goals and to social cohesion. The democratic process creates tension, animosity, and conflict. It shapes the way citizens perceive each other and deforms the way they interact and cooperate. It poisons relationships by destroying consensualism and promoting coercive and aggressive methods. It divides, and encourages “us against them” thinking. Differences form the basis for suspicion, defensiveness, segregation, enmity, and discord.
A society dominated by the political method becomes one in which the heuristics are defined by the political establishment. A political-method culture results in understanding and dealing with people based on manipulative political narratives. Reality is defined not by actual first-hand experiences and interactions, but by the narrative orchestrators; the craven power mongers and political machinery intent on control and domination.
The quest for democratic power influences the entire information environment; the entire milieu of knowledge, judgment, and disposition. Politics shapes the world—adversely. It makes it deceptive, corrupt, manipulative, abusive. Politics bestows upon the political class the power of defining reality. The “political frame”—crafted according to the establishment’s interests—begins to dominate perceptions and bias judgments regarding motive, intent, character, and worth, etcetera. Framing is used to manipulate the public’s thoughts, loyalties, and actions.
Democratic politics creates, not heals social frictions and disharmony. The political process does not foster discussion and empathetic evaluation of opposing views, it’s a dogmatic “battle royal” creating misunderstanding, division, enmity, polarization, and hatred. Democratic politics is warfare. The objective is to destroy opposing views and to force one’s will upon others.
Politics is now an arena for discourtesy and effrontery, aggression and manipulation, perpetual interpersonal aggravation and confrontation—essentially just legitimized provocation. The system destroys civility and brotherhood, respect, courtesy, dignity, and voluntary cooperation. It fosters social disconnection based on judgmentalism, condescension, paternalism, benevolent despotism, vicarious altruism, unaccountable compassion, and pride and moral smugness in coercion.
Politics is about loving to see the other side made miserable, struggling, embarrassed, defeated. It’s not a paradigm of friendship and empathy. It’s one of antagonism, division, and antipathy. It’s not creating a common vision, it’s creating insulated dogmatic cults devoted to destroying each other in the hopes of being able to impose their view of the world on everyone else.
The system encourages misunderstanding, incivility, confrontation, conflict, divisiveness, and ultimately aggression and violence. People deal with others impersonally via the political memes constructed for them and intended to marshal them into warring factions replete with imagined grievances, denied entitlements, and moral atrocities. The establishment riles up their constituencies by encouraging them to envisage fanciful forms of injustice for the purpose of politically exploiting their resultant delusional indignation. They are encouraged to see others as outsiders intent upon exploiting them, and as needing the government in order to control these evil others and to disburse the magically self-generating “fair share” they are being denied.
Politics makes society uncivil and demented. In their lust to manipulate and control, the political class is willing to say and do anything to garner power and destroy alternatives. Their goal is not pluralism, tolerance, individual autonomy, or peaceful coexistence—their goal is totalitarian domination. They are reprobate and rabid in their hunger for power. Their methods enthusiastically involve deceiving, confusing, crippling, annoying, insulting, maligning, meddling, molesting, muckraking, impeding, burdening, exhausting, exasperating, extorting, damaging, demoralizing, threatening, frightening, terrorizing, and destroying. It’s complete incivility and depravity.
Democracy causes society-wide mental illness. The political system is detrimental to public wellbeing.
Excerpted from the book: “THE MYTH OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: The Deification of Democratic Governance and the Subversion of Individual Liberty” @2013 by Trenton Fervor (ISBN: 978-1-4759-8100-1), available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and other booksellers worldwide.
Edited by User 117,343,102 on Dec 8, 2013 4:20 PM
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The incentivization of intellectual havoc:
The lack of “charity in argument” is perhaps the single most destructive influence on the political dialog. Opponent’s arguments are never portrayed in their best light in order to encourage an accurate understanding and evaluation of the issues. The intent is not to lay the issues bare and objectively and respectfully examine them. The intent is to manipulate and control, confuse and deceive, rile and incite. The intent is not to understand, accommodate, tolerate, or cooperate, it is to indoctrinate, regulate, regiment, and dominate. Alternatives are not to be understood and empathized with, but instead misrepresented, ridiculed, and demonized.
The political system causes a dehumanizing abuse and destruction of the public intellect and conscience. The political establishment operates upon the public, seeking to implant the datum and algorithms necessary to make the public “machinery” respond as the Pavlovian elites desire.
Power is acquired by manipulating, conditioning, and exploiting—by shrewdly manufacturing a strategic public consciousness or emotional state. There is no presenting an honest, accurate, pertinent, complete, and fair case which is to be set before a discretionary public. The case is specifically constructed to produce a particular outcome.
The political struggle causes the political sides to perceive too much “piety” in themselves, and too much “lack of principle” in others. All sides generally consider the democratic process (or those processes collateral to it) as being dominated, manipulated, or subverted by the other side, and their success to be due in some significant part to their unscrupulous, illegal, or uncivil methods.
“Our side is losing in the democratic arena due to our ‘civility’—our ignorance of, dismissal of, or acquiescence to, the behavior of the other side and its deviation from (what should be) accepted standards. In order to win, our side needs to be better aware of the other side’s methods, and be willing to adopt some or all of those methods. Our side needs to compromise our beliefs concerning fairness, ethics, and civility in the pursuit of political effectiveness and success. This will counteract the illegitimate advantage of the other side, and lead to better outcomes for us.” (The winner will be the side which becomes the most effectively depraved.)
Excerpted from the book: “THE MYTH OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: The Deification of Democratic Governance and the Subversion of Individual Liberty” @2013 by Trenton Fervor (ISBN: 978-1-4759-8100-1).