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Sunday, November 02, 2003
Fear for Sale

I've mentioned before that the American media is the most dangerous force on this planet, because it spreads harmful memes. It's the biggest WMD there is, because it's a Weapon of Mass Coercion. The best way to get people to do things is to brainwash them...or give them money.

However, the media is certainly not offering us money. Instead, it takes our money by offering us fear, brainwashing us to fear for our safety. By giving "unbiased" reports of all the atrocities in the world, or of all the things that can kill us, it coerces us to purchase products to protect ourselves. That money then ultimately funds the media to continue the fear campaign. In effect, they are selling fear, which sells fear, which sells fear.... What a great racket!

The media convinces us that such-and-such is a problem and must be dealt with. So-and-so is evil and a threat to our country. So-and-so is in financial collusion with a consortium of psychiatrists. Hey, like the Ruler of the Universe in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, "They only exist in words I think I hear." This country would be a better place if people just took care of problems in their own communities. How can we raise other nations up when we're sinking so low?

I don't understand how decisions can be made based upon the media, decisions based on the reports of a few imperfect individuals. No one person has all the facts. No political decision ever made is sufficiently informed, and yet they are made by those who are supposed to know. As such, the common person--that is, me--is not equipped to deal with such matters. "I only decide about my Universe. My Universe is what happens to my eyes and ears. Anything else is surmise and hearsay."

I'm not convinced that anything I witness in the media is reported for my benefit. It's reported to instill fear. Fear runs this country. Capitalism feeds on fear. Triumph over fear (purchasing of these products) is a form of pride, and pride is defection. Hell, freedom itself is defection! Defection is what's currently running this country, not honor, not cooperation.

America is defective. As such, it is doomed to fail. Here, have some fear. It's free.