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  •  As a domme, I think you missed something (2+ / 0-)
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    lotlizard, tardis10

    I'm pretty sure a lot of it is tied up with sex.  I'm attracted to submissives, in particular crossdressing submissive men.  It is astonishing to Me how many of them are Republican, all things considered.  There they are in dress and wig, telling Me that Rush Limbaugh is right, when Rush Limbaugh and his minions would be the first to chase after someone like them with torches and pitchforks.  I think this authoritarian submission is, at heart, a sexual submission, and if there were more dommes out there like Me taking advantage and putting this sensibility to its proper use--service to Mistress--that a lot of this pent up energy would stop being vented into harmful political sentiment.

    I think the rich people who, by necessity from our democratic form of government, need these easily led dupes, are not going to suddenly decide to stop fomenting extremism.  The two go hand-in-hand.  It is only by cultivating the submissive tendencies and political extremism that the ultra-rich can get ANYONE to vote for their interests.  Any sensible person can see that it's ridiculous to give billionaires special treatment, so the billionaires use very sophisticated marketing techniques to find and groom these gullible fools.

    If anything, I would expect that the ultra-rich would try to find drugs and foods that increase submission and try to promote them in the general populace (maybe antidepressants and soy) rather than being reasonable about reforming the Republican Party.  The ultra-rich aren't interested in reason; only holding onto power.  If they can't get enough of these RWA's to follow them, they instead will try to undermine democracy itself, and keep the non-RWA's from voting or attempt to change our system of government.

    •  Very perceptive! (2+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, cordgrass

      In the 60s-70s, it was almost a truism that war and militarization come from sexual repression.

      "The Establishment" (went the thesis) — today we would say the 1% — always has access to the latest techniques for manipulating mass psychology and group dynamics. It skillfully and deliberately cultivates and channels people's aggressive instincts.

      It knows how to project dominance and "harness" submissive souls. It knows how to exploit religious undercurrents of masochism and guilt. It knows how to focus people's anger in directions contrary to their own interests. It knows how to work people to the bone.

      It tells them that suffering is normal, that relieving suffering only makes people soft, but that their personal suffering, real or imagined, makes them the chosen ones and the heroes, surrounded by a sea of lazy takers and parasites.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:11:47 AM PST

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