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I agree with all the above, but I was trying to get beyond the perhaps over-simple approach of blaming some group or other. People have the power to seduce based first on the non-understanding of their victims of the process, and second, that the process entails the existence of handles on the human psyche that are readily available to anyone who knows how to grab them. We got seduced. Most people don't know that, or how it happened.
It is possible to, by understanding your own nature, make the handles a lot less easily grasped by the likes of Carl Rove, et al. You aquire a crap detector by understanding your own tendency to lie --to yourself.
It aint really the elites. It's us.
We give them the power to manage us by being blind to our own susceptibilities.  

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 11:17:16 AM EST
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