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The Madness Of A Lost Society


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Comment by Ed Vallejo
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I am disturbed by the floating use of the terms 'we' and 'us' in different forms throughout this video.  At several points it states 'this is what we have become', yet at the end it talks about how 'we are the Republic'.  Confusing. 

It also felt like it went from problem to success without offering any solution to the problem itself.

It might rev a person up or motivate them - to do what?  I don't see an actual point to this video, other than to generate outrage - which in this society of 'dumbed-down Americans' can be very dangerous without giving a proper direction in which to assist in correcting the problem itself. 

Comment by Lola Flores
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It all starts in church and ends at Walmart.  There you have it, the results of a society that, from birth, is taught to believe and worship invisible things as a means of control and that is taught to shop, shop, shop till you drop as a means of earthly rewards.  The proles of George Orwell's "1984" indeed.

Comment by Lola Flores
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George Orwell knew Amerikans - the proles - well:

"So long as they continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance.  Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern.  They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part, at sixty.  Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds.  To keep them in control was not difficult.  A few agents of the Thought Police moved always among them, spreading false rumors and marking down and eliminating the few individuals who were judged capable of becoming dangerous; but no attempt was made to indoctrinate them with the ideology of the Party.  It was not desirable that the proles should have a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations.  And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.  The larger evils invariable escaped their notice."