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  •  half of the proles don't think they are proles (25+ / 0-)

    What Marx called "false consciousness" is the oligarchy's biggest asset.  Half of the working class can be counted on to play its intended part in our rubber-stamp "democracy" and vote for the oligarch's servants and support anything the oligarchs want.  Half of the working class sees this conflict as between the working class against the underclass as well as the oligarchs.  Half of the working class thinks that the other half is waging a culture war, for which economics is just a cynical cover.  Half of the working class thinks the oligarchs are ultimately on their side, then turns around and thinks the oligarchs are on the other half's side ... all without a shred of cognitive dissonance.

    Do you know why they call it the American Dream? Because it only happens when you're asleep.

    by Visceral on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 12:21:31 PM PST

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    •  Reminds me of that John Steinbeck quote (22+ / 0-)

      "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."

      "Poor man wanna be rich, Rich man wanna be King, and the King ain't satisfied till he rules everything." Bruce Springsteen.

      by Johnnythebandit on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 01:16:26 PM PST

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    •  Right. The elites are very adept at (6+ / 0-)

      pointing at struggling Americans, and saying to the middle class "THOSE GUYS did it! THEY are your REAL enemy!"

      Please don't call yourself a "DFH." It's not helpful.

      by VictorLaszlo on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 01:41:35 PM PST

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    •  that's why educating that "1/2" of the working (15+ / 0-)

      class is KEY.  By educating, I mean creatively and proactively educating them in the reality of How Things Really Work.  Are we really doing that?  

      We ARE educating in so many ways, I don't mean to play that down.  OWS has pointed a huge finger at one root of the problem, changing the dialouge, and that is huge.  But.... we need more!  

      We need animation videos, more music, street theatre, education teach-ins and camps, buses traveling around giving tutorials... whatever, these are just off the top of my head.... obviously, much better creative minds than mine are out there.

      But I just can't see us "winning' in any real way unless an organized education campaign (multi-pronged and long-term) is aimed at the regular folk out there who are SO misinformed.  We need a plan, something different, something massive and full of creative EDUCATING.  

      So many of us have educated ourselves the hard way:  seeking out alternative sources, reading entire BOOKS for God's sake... but we need quick and easy educating for most people.  And I don't say that because I think people are stupid.  Quite the opposite:  I think the TRUTH resonates with ALL people no matter what education or literacy level.  That is why the elites spend massive energy and money on putting a up a wall of confusion and misinformation.  The truth takes very little time to explain and is not that hard to understand.  The lies go on and on and on and are very confusing.  

      But the key point is that people have no freaking TIME to learn about how they are being screwed.  And they have no one explaining it to them in a simple and clear way.  And until they REALLY get how exactly they are being screwed, they won't act.  They won't act in a constructive way, that is.  Which is what we want, correct?  Hiding in a pit with a gun is not what we want people to do.  We want them to be edcuated, active, citizens.  Well, how do we achieve that?  

      Michael Moore once said in an interview that the cartoon section of his film Far./911 (the details of which I forget... oops...) are one of the most popular videos of his work on YouTube.  Point being:  people learn a lot from short animation clips that EXPLAIN things to them.  MM's work is powerful because it does explain things to people in an accessible way.  

      We need this entire economic HEIST explained in a 15 min cartoon.  People MUST understand how they are being screwed over, and most people simply do not have the time, money, or energy to read books or even blogs on the subject.  

      Hell, I don't understand a fraction of what has happened.  We need more, more, more education!  Where would we be without Noam Chomsky or Cornell West or so many other intellectuals who have educated us? Where would WE be without the internet to learn from?  Well, we would be even more screwed.

       And that is the place most people come from... a desolate place with no real information that they can chew on.  It is all confusing to them, overwhelming, and they are wide open for the propagandists who feed their minds.  

      Educate the peasants, to put it simply.  Educate the slaves.  Educate the prisoners.  It is a historical imperative, no?  

      Yes, this still doesn't address the massive problem of creativing SOLUTIONS to the problems, but my point is that we need to stop lamenting the ignorance of the people and do something about it.  

      [By the way, I would say we need to genuinely attempt to educate the 1% also:  they are largely (not all) ignorant of what they are really doing, I believe.   Yes, many are very conscious of what they are doing, and some are "evil", that is totally sociopathic ("Who Put The Sociopaths In Charge?" is a bumper sticker idea I like)  But most get sucked into it and don't see a way out -- like any addict.  And they want to preserve the status quo, and rig the system for their benefit simply to keep themselves from getting uncomfortable.  But guess what?  We all do that to some degree.  So, I think we need to INclude the 1%, not EXclude them from this revolution in IDEAS.  Because it is all about changing people's minds, people's ideas.  With compassion and understanding.  That is where the healing occurs.  But that is another topic...]

    •  "We're not proles (1+ / 0-)
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      as long as we have flat screen tvs and iphones."

      "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." George Carlin

      by psnyder on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 05:34:11 PM PST

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