By Robert Mare
Indicates a pragmatic, peaceable, positive skill wherein humans can clear up their public difficulties. This e-book analyzes why democracy is required, how it has been denied, and indicates how genuine democracy could be outfitted.
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To sum it up, the heroes are doing the permissible things that the privileged in America want us, the people, to do. ” It is possible to state this in too dogmatic a fashion, but for the vast and continuing bulk of media productions it is true. Even in such anti-establishment movies as “China Syndrome,” the guy who blows the whistle and behaves with integrity gets killed for his efforts. It is difficult to overstate the role of the mass media in the control of the public. Teenage girls seem to have nothing on their minds but fantasies of movies and stars.
Is not this extra blind and irrational patriotism, currently inculcated in the US, one of the important precursors to aggressive, unnecessary war? If we don’t really need that mindless form of patriotism, it is time we removed it from ourselves lest we become our own worst enemy and the latest in a succession of competent, and mostly civilized, but aggressor nations that have wrecked destruction upon the Earth. On balance, false patriotism, as it should be called, has been less a means of bringing ourselves together in community and for legitimately defending ourselves, but more a tool of those who hold power to manipulate us into doing their bidding.
Incidents occur (or are deliberately engineered) providing an opportunity for patriotic hype in support of action that politicians in power intend to take. • Political parties splash the flag and its colors all over their banners and advertising — hoping to give the impression that they are the real representatives of the nation. • We occasionally encounter an individual who uses patriotism as a ploy with which to impress or intimidate us. It is no surprise that those politicians who make the most emotional and virulent use of patriotism are usually those who are doing some kind of damage both to us and to others, and are seeking to divert attention from underlying problems.