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HOW TO STOP WW3 - AN ASYMMETRICAL RESPONSE
World War 3 has already begun. How the history books describe the beginning will depend on how it ends. How it ends will depend on how the public reacts to the shockwaves to come. This cannot be predicted, but it can be influenced.

Any time the ruling class gets an inkling that we the people might unify on a higher ideal, join forces in the face of an existential threat (like the prospect of thermonuclear war) you’ll always see them start sowing the seeds of division, triggering artificial group identities, pitting you against each other over trivia.

Once in play, the temptation to join a side is overwhelming, and very few resist.

Divide and conquer is an applied science. They know exactly how to ring your bell, and they’ll go out of their way to promote any narrative that adds to the hate.

If they succeed, the result is always the same. Resistance is dissipated, drowned out by the roar of petty squabbles, while war machine advances. This is our first enemy, and it must be attacked head on.

The path to war is always paved with crowd psychology. Those who don’t understand this science, are easy to manipulate. Activists who ignore, or who are fail to work within its laws, are rendered ineffective, or worse, utilized as pawns....
World War 3 has already begun. How the history books describe the beginning will depend on how it ends. How it ends will depend on how the public reacts to the shockwaves to come. This cannot be predicted, but it can be influenced.

Any time the ruling class gets an inkling that we the people might unify on a higher ideal, join forces in the face of an existential threat (like the prospect of thermonuclear war) you’ll always see them start sowing the seeds of division, triggering artificial group identities, pitting you against each other over trivia.

Once in play, the temptation to join a side is overwhelming, and very few resist.

Divide and conquer is an applied science. They know exactly how to ring your bell, and they’ll go out of their way to promote any narrative that adds to the hate.

If they succeed, the result is always the same. Resistance is dissipated, drowned out by the roar of petty squabbles, while war machine advances. This is our first enemy, and it must be attacked head on.

The path to war is always paved with crowd psychology. Those who don’t understand this science, are easy to manipulate. Activists who ignore, or who are fail to work within its laws, are rendered ineffective, or worse, utilized as pawns.
AlphabetSoup  WorldWar3  DonaldTrump  Insurrection 
yesterday by juandante
How Wrestling Explains Alex Jones and Donald Trump - The New York Times
Alex Jones’s audience adores him because of his artifice, not in spite of it. They admire a man who can identify their most primal feelings, validate them, and choreograph their release. To understand this, and to understand the political success of other figures like Donald Trump, it is helpful to know a term from the world of professional wrestling: “kayfabe.”

Although the etymology of the word is a matter of debate, for at least 50 years “kayfabe” has referred to the unspoken contract between wrestlers and spectators: We’ll present you something clearly fake under the insistence that it’s real, and you will experience genuine emotion. Neither party acknowledges the bargain, or else the magic is ruined.
DonaldTrump  politics  truth  kayfabe  review  comparison  analogy  USA  NYTimes  2017 
yesterday by inspiral
Zombies of Voodoo Economics - NYTimes.com
Back in 1980 George H. W. Bush famously described supply-side economics — the claim that cutting taxes on rich people will conjure up an economic miracle, so much so that revenues will actually rise — as “voodoo economic policy.” Yet it soon became the official doctrine of the Republican Party, and still is. That shows an impressive level of commitment. But what makes this commitment even more impressive is that it’s a doctrine that has been tested again and again — and has failed every time.
by:PaulKrugman  from:TheNewYorkTimes  economics  politics  geo:UnitedStates  Republicans  DonaldTrump 
yesterday by owenblacker
How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media - POLITICO Magazine
While both Fox and Breitbart have undergone modest adjustments since Trump took office, his victory has thrown old-line conservative media into a state of genuine crisis. The conservative elite represented by the Wall Street Journal editorial page—whose hawkish, free-market views enjoyed outsize influence in previous Republican administrations—is now struggling to figure out what, exactly, its role is in the Trump era. After helping lay the groundwork for many of the policies of the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, the elite conservative media have no place in the Trump White House. “They’re like the Catholic Church during the Great Schism, plagued by deep internal feuding, dancing on the head of a pin because they’re not important anymore,” says one executive of Dow Jones, the paper’s parent company, which is also run by Murdoch.

The roots of the modern conservative movement can be traced to the founding of National Review in 1955, and since then, its most important ideas have sprung from the journals and editorial pages of the right. Trump’s victory shook that landscape, reshaping the existing order and igniting bitter ideological feuds that are still playing out. The way they resolve themselves matters not just for an ideologically flexible president who has a closer relationship with the titans of right-wing media than any of his predecessors, but also for the future of the party he leads.
DonaldTrump  politics  journalism  FoxNews  BreitbartNews  review  conflict  Politico  2017 
3 days ago by inspiral
America’s Dangerous Love for Special Ops - The New York Times
But the history of America’s special operations forces recommends caution. They are primarily tactical tools, not strategic options. Nor, for all the talent and training, can they always beat the odds.
military  specialforces  DonaldTrump  USA  review  NYTimes  2017 
3 days ago by inspiral
How Trump Gave Up On His Border Wall
One reliable way to know that Donald Trump has reversed himself on an issue is if he denies having done any such thing. The pattern repeats itself: his Administration is dealt a major setback—the courts blocking his travel bans, the G.O.P. health-care bill dying in the House—and Trump responds by decreeing that “great progress” is being made and the media is neglecting to cover it. It’s easy to become inured to how bizarre this is: America has a President who denies observable reality and uses his social-media accounts to feed his supporters an alternate version of the truth. All politicians spin. Trump lies, regularly and brazenly.

It should have come as little surprise, therefore, when Trump tweeted the following on Tuesday morning: “Don’t let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.” Of course, he did change his position. The tweet came just a day after the White House had retreated from its stance that funding for the wall had to be included in the spending bill that Congress must pass by Friday to keep the government open.
by:RyanLizza  from:TheNewYorker  DonaldTrump  geo:UnitedStates  politics 
4 days ago by owenblacker

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