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How Mental Conditioning Has Created a Silent, Passive American Society

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Here's a message from your government: Congratulations to you the people of America for your acquiescence, passiveness, and continued silence; your submissive behavior has been exemplary, it shows that the true spirit of America is still alive and well. And, in closing, remember this; watch what you say and what you do for we are listening.


That's not just a cynical observation. What that message really means is that the mind conditioning, or information control, an agenda that has been being pursued by this government and the complicit, subservient national media, has been successful beyond all expectations. The last time that the people of America rose up to vent their anger and frustration against what their government was doing happened during the latter years of the Vietnam War when their massive protests and demonstrations were a major factor in ending it.

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In examining this matter to try to determine how this could ever have happened in this nation and society the first thing we must point out is that it the primary vehicle for delivering these mind conditioning techniques is, unquestionably, the television industry and, to a lesser but still significant degree, newspapers and the radio. Without their involvement there would be no such thing in America.


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Remember how this media cleverly twisted the facts to support the Bush administration's lies about the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq and planted them into the mind of the American people? How this media then acted as cheerleaders in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that saw many thousands of our troops and innocent civilians die for no justifiable reason? And how they continued to vigorously support those wars when it became very evident that they both were colossal military mistakes?


Talk about mental conditioning, how about the non-stop extremely pervasive political commercials that flood the airwaves during elections when hundreds of millions of Corporate American's dollars are spent to promote specific candidates who have sworn allegiance to the corporate agenda. Has there been any power in the history of this nation that has had such a massive impact on our electoral process; one that relentlessly hammers these biased political messages into the American mind?


There are many things happening in America today that should be setting off alarm bells all over this country and awakening the people to the dangers that currently threaten our democracy and our way of life. But the people remain silent.


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Since 9/11 a constant message of fear has been planted in our minds, a message that we should be afraid, very afraid of terror. This very successful government tactic has become a part of our society and culture, and the more we feel that fear, the more justification this government has for its agenda of endless war. The powers that run the Military-Industrial Complex thrive on this fear since it paves the way for funding the machinery of war and the continued expansion of the worldwide military empire.


The people see a government that is dysfunctional, totally incompetent and thoroughly corrupted. But while that troubles many Americans the large majority of them say nothing and just look the other way. They see the deceitful financial manipulators on Wall Street devise one scheme after another to increase profits through exorbitant service charges. But they do nothing and just continue to be fleeced by these robber barons. They watch as Corporate America destroys the nation's manufacturing plants along with good paying jobs, and then creates lower level jobs for the minimum wage; and what do the people do? They meekly absorb the body blows without a whimper.


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