If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it
An authoritarian nation is defined not just by the use of authoritarian powers, but by the ability to use them. If a president can take away your freedom or your life on his own authority, all rights become little more than a discretionary grant subject to executive will.
It is not enough that people obey the law and practice a live-and-let-live philosophy. They need to feel that they are inheritors of a meaningful past, and in a nation characterized from the start by migration, class mobility, and diversity, they must know the contents of that past—the cultural heritage of words, persons, events, ideas, discoveries, and so on, and the daily literate discourse of current events, scientific developments, ideological controversies, public policies, advents in the arts, and so forth. Cultural literacy isn’t just an academic achievement or social status. It’s a condition of our national success.
==The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism
The meaning of ‘the national interest’ is the prior question. It is the common life interest of citizens through generational time. Yet you will never find this principle in the mass media, official declarations, or even academic journals. Typically the meaning is reversed– for example the US orchestrating society-destroying wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, and Syria. All are claimed to be for the ‘US national interest’ and ‘global security’ at once, but these very big lies are only incantations of unaccountable power.
In fact, all societies involved keep being destroyed all the way back to the lead invading state. Social life fabrics are divided, bombed and torn apart in the Islamic world, and hollowed out at home at the same time. One dark truth persists underneath all the lies – an endless eco-genocide of poorer peoples and their life conditions across continents that profit the transnational money party alone. Is there exception?