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  •  they have been studied for decades (2+ / 0-)
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    leema, averybird

    they are Authoritarian Followers.
    it is who and what they are.
    they cannot be changed.
    not with reason or facts or argument or by showing them the "truth"
    in fact doing so is counter-productive in the extreme.
    it reinforces their fear that they are under concerted and organized attack.

    its a Belief System. an iron clad Belief System.
    for them it is "The Truth"

    and any attempt to dissuade them from it or show them contradicting evidence is construed as an attack on them and their world and to be met with anger and possibly violent defense if necessary.

    the propaganda machine is organized by the Authoritarian Leaders (for their own benefit) to convince the followers that the "attacks" are real and large and wide-spread and organized and on the verge of total success which would mean the end of their world as they know it--"it's the Liberals! they're trying to destroy our world!!!"--and thus to move them to far mostly to vote and make a lot of noise (the anti-ACA rallys and town meeting disruptions for example) but the next step will be violence. eventually.

    read this guys life's work studying them
    its an easy read actually:

    it explains a lot.

    also google and read just about any online article by Dr. George Lakoff
    he's written pretty much the same one dozens of times trying to get it across to us Liberals what we're up against and how to fight it.

    he posits that the hard core are lost causes, the True Believers. but there are those, the majority of humans possibly, who simply absorb what they are exposed to the most by repetition. (I recognize this type in some of the comments above about friends and relatives who've slipped over to the 'dark side.') These can be "woken up" by exposing them to what we actually believe and what is actually happening in this country. But it has to be done very carefully and at a level of repetition conquerable to the 24/7 blitz the RW machine emits and assuming you can get them to block that noise out. also you cannot negate the RW message, "Obama is NOT a Muslim" as that reinforces it by repeating it. This apparently happens on a biochemical impulse level, neuroscience, which is his field of study.

    So we've got that going for us...

    no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

    by srfRantz on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 05:43:45 PM PST

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