Propagandists understand that individual behavior, value systems, and belief systems can be programmed and sculpted to an objective at will. Through technologically tailored feedback and reinforcement, synergistic entities-“industries” ubiquitously sell-deploy actual, proverbial, and virtual bobbleheads to human bobbleheads. Sneakers, bobbleheads-collectibles, political bias, social validation, gender revisionism, self-worth, “the Brooklyn Bridge” can be sold without a “Necessary or Desirable” […]
In 1919 Veblen an early economist, a qualitative economist, described how societies are resistantly-slow to acknowledge “era-driven” change. “Things which, under the ancient canons of knowledge, have habitually been regarded as known facts, will under altered circumstances prove themselves by experience to have only a supposititious reality.” In his time, Veblen understood the emergence of a […]
The Internet, a communications and propaganda nexus, has economic value because it has become a ubiquitous media that can be leveraged to influence and control the weak minded. Are you weak minded?
Delusions frequently distill into the fictional extreme and absurdity of right against wrong and good against evil. Delusions spread virally like a disease, unify opinions and actions, and they frequently become adversarially entangled in a conflict with competing delusions. Delusion has the tendency to create barriers to logic, clarity, observation, fact, reality, and pragmatism. […]
It’s more than likely that human nature provides the invisible force, “the invisible hand” behind all economic and social activity that we observe during our short and limited lifetimes. It’s no coincidence that Adam Smith wrote the “Wealth of Nations” exactly in time with the beginning of the Anthropocene era. A multiplier, a technology, changed and […]
The United States has developed an incestuous and entrenched bureaucratic caste which has a direct analog to the defunct Soviet Nomenklatura. People within this privileged group delusionally think they are in charge of the country-world and they definitely and falsely believe they are entitled by their birth to enjoy great expectations and to accrue outsized power and wealth. The […]
Many of the people I have been running into during my day to day activities have expressed to me that they are following a process of some kind. These folks are following rules or procedures designed by corporations and governments to mechanize and standardize the way daily business interactions are conducted. Simplification of complexity in […]
This blog talks about the interrelationship between popular delusion, the failure of our current system of governance, and the habitability risk to our planet (the”earth-system).” It’s easy to pick out historical examples of failed empires, failed governance, destructive trajectories, geopolitical squabbling, insane ideas, mistaken perceptions, erroneous belief systems, ideological fallacies, errant leadership, and defective […]
Data-driven propaganda now plays a dominant role in controlling, shaping, and locking in value, value systems, and beliefs. Oligarchical control of ideas and information dictates perception in a top-down process rather than through individual or organic human-thinking-reasoning activity. In the industrial age, products were rolled out to consumers en masse. Consumers would then have the follow-on ability […]
Delusional people have fixed beliefs that do not change even when presented with conflicting evidence. In contrast, people who think clearly constantly reevaluate their perceptions by weighing new information and alternate viewpoints as they become available.