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actual good education devoted to critical thinking should be the first step obviously. then, i would imagine some form of media regulation ensuring that not only pro-commercial, pro-establishment voices are heard...
It may have been a poor choice of words to throw in "subliminal" there, but Medwed is right that advertising and marketing have nothing to do with "product information", but with emotional appeals to people's vulnerabilities and subconscious desires (most often by means of flattery or fear).The last time business advertising was roughly limited to product information was before WWII. Ever since then, it is an all out sales effort to generate demand that would not exist...
1) Well, just because it has nominally been done, doesn't necessarily mean that democracy functions as ("ideally") intended. If that was the case, the true source of power would be an informed, deliberating public, one man one vote etc. However, the true source of power is wealth and property, in two ways. First, most modern state institutions are structured around the premise to defend the rights of property above all else. This would not be much of a problem if we were a...
Obviously it would be ridiculous to simply recreate whatever it is that the greeks had (just like it would be ridiculous to never develop quantum physics, and just stick with whatever Democritus came up with). All I'm saying is that the present so called political discourse has deteriorated to a level that even the greeks - as imperfect as they were - would probably consider barbaric. I don't think there can be any doubt that democracy is the only tool that is roughly...
Slavery is neither necessary, nor sufficient condition for this type of democracy (as evident from the greeks' own experiences with tyranny and oligarchy)Most peasant communities throughout history have been governed through direct participation of the involved.
The greeks also believed in tons of gods. Just because they got some things right doesn't mean we should faithfully follow the bulshit too.Besides I'm not even sure that ostracism was such a terrible idea. It was a slow, deliberative procedure, meaning that it was not a spontaneous mob 'lynching'; and probably functioned as a way to neutralize individuals considered harmful to the smooth functioning of the community as a whole, rather than as a blunt tool to silence...
People's ignorance and stupidity is not innate, but the product of the system they are forced to grow up into and socialized. All of our social and economic institutions perpetuate dependence and inability to think critically. How else are you going to control the population?And yes, I wasn't talking about americans (since they are the most heavily indoctrinated crowd), but more generally
Yes and no. Yes, because historically capitalism is the primary force behind the formation of the nation state, which could only be achieved with extreme violence and suppression of local independent communities.No, because at this point for good or ill, we are locked into a situation where the nation state will not disappear anytime soon and it seems as the only viable instrument to resist the complete takeover of everything by corporate interests. So, it is a difficult...
You are simply rehashihg the age-old excuse of the elites that "the masses" cannot make decisions or organize for themselves. Well, that's bullshit. People are perfectly capable of rationally governing themselves, given the opportunity. First, the number of macro-economic issues to debate is rather limited. Second, vast majority of the remaining issues are local in nature, and can be decided directly at the local levels with not much need for authority from upstairs....
You are omitting the part where all citizens were engaged in continuous deliberation and back and forth argumentation about ideas and courses of action. In that they were light years ahead of what we have now. And by the way, just because we've replaced the pieces of clay with electronic voting or whatever, doesn't make sentencing someone for years in prison for possessing a small amount of drugs any more rational or honorable.
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