Thursday, October 28, 2010

Etiology of Social Dementia - 2

Regular Dredd Blog System readers know that one can find posts here which argue that government and corporate deceit has done great damage to the citizens of the country.

The first post in this series, Etiology of Social Dememtia, laid out some of the background for that charge.

We cite to scholars who both left and right wing pundits, writers, teachers, etcetera, also quote and reference.

We have also advanced an argument, from time to time, that this system of deceit has a nexus to what we call "toxins of power" as well as "a cosmic Alzheimer’s" of sorts.

One post that ties the dynamics together is The Criminally Insane Epoch Arises.

In that regard, I must say that a piece in The New York Times caught my attention:
OUR government is ignoring what is likely to become the single greatest threat to the health of Americans: Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that is 100 percent incurable and 100 percent fatal. It attacks rich and poor, white-collar and blue, and women and men, without regard to party. A degenerative disease, it steadily robs its victims of memory, judgment and dignity, leaves them unable to care for themselves and destroys their brain and their identity — often depleting their caregivers and families both emotionally and financially.
(The Age of Alzheimer’s, NY Times, emphasis added). The nexus to national behavior is clear when the many in a nation behave in a manner that establishes the national persona which the rest of the nations observe, so we have stated bluntly:
But there are obviously times when entire nations "go crazy", and do strange things. Things like attacking other nations for no sound reason, or becoming inexplicably belligerent, or the like.
(Etiology of Social Dememtia). Our nation now is spending more on military weapons of mass destruction, armies, navies, and air forces than the rest of the nations combined.

A belligerent military persona is beginning to replace our traditional character as seen by the rest of the world.

This madness is damaging the fabric of our economy, our political debates, and the ability of the government to function coherently.

We are not going in the direction of a kinder, gentler nation, instead, we are becoming a colder and more brutal nation, as our leaders have cautioned us:
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied : and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established.
(The Greatest Source Of Power Toxins?, quoting President James Madison). More recently one who likewise understood the danger afoot, stated:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
(The States of War Budgets, quoting President Eisenhower). So we find ourselves in economic hard times, wars, crazy elections, with a populace that says over and over in polls that we are heading in the wrong direction.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

1 comment:

  1. An example of deceit & propaganda that has done & is doing damage is the Deepwater Horizon spill.

    Dredd blog had many posts to that effect.

    Washington Blog lists a lot of articles which point out the deceit is still going on.

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