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The Collectivist Mind Game, Part 1:
Demonizing the Non-Compliant

American Thinker, by Oleg Atbashian

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Posted By:magnante, 1/21/2013 7:41:20 AM

In the libertarian sci-fi classic, "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," Robert A. Heinlein describes a successful revolution of the individualistic, free-market-oriented residents of the Moon against the Earth´s tyrannical big government.(snip)If the tyrants on Earth were worth their salt, all the freedom-loving colonists would be subjected to an intense, manipulative indoctrination, which would shape their self-image as small and sinful "little guys" vis-à-vis the powerful, virtuous government that serves the powerless and protects them against all enemies, including themselves.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WAN2, 1/21/2013 8:27:56 AM     (No. 9129536)

Getting free stuff has a price.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 1/21/2013 8:37:03 AM     (No. 9129547)

Required reading!

Once the resistance has been demonized, its members will be quickly identified and denounced by the compliant citizenry, labeled as the enemy, and be dealt with by law enforcement.

You know this is coming. All they have to do is convince the mindless masses that WE are bad, that WE hurt THEM, and then we´ll be persecuted. TEA Party, NRA, etc. in progress now.

My concern is the elites convincing our military - a ´´new´´ military - that WE are enemies, and ordering them to round us up, or even open fire on us. Imagine THOSE rules of engagement...... if there are any.

Old people will be demonized - ´´cost too much, get rid of´em.´´
Seriously ill children will be demonized - ´´more humane to get rid of´em.´´
Feeble and mentally disturbed people will be demonized - ´´no quality of life, get rid of´em.´´

All that´s left is True Utopia and everyone is happy. (Er, uh, ´´happy´´.)

This is one of those articles where every line, every idea, every point could be quoted, analyzed, commented upon.

Excellent lesson is what we´re living through now.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/21/2013 9:25:45 AM     (No. 9129649)

This is coming true in the cult like aura of the Obama administration. The low info voters get their info from the pop culture where they are cued to vote for Obama. They have no understanding of any issues. The major media are cult followers of Obama parrot his every word. Obama demagogues the rich pumping up envy and jealousy and implying that the rich could pay all the bills if only the greedy republicans would ask them to pay a little more. None of this is effectively rebutted so it is let stand and is now regarded as the truth.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: steveW, 1/21/2013 9:31:16 AM     (No. 9129656)

A Heinlein revival would be much in order.

A minor quibble with Mr. Atbashian: In "Mistress" the ruling powers of earth are intentionally portrayed as not overtly tyrannical in the Stalinist mode - more an entrenched UN-like bureaucracy exploiting the Loonies without pity, his set-up being a 21st century replay of the American Revolution against the Brits (not the free world´s struggle against communism).

Super-patriot, Goldwater-conservative and staunch anti-communist though he was, Heinlein feared a weakening of America in our century - as if he saw Obama coming, or rather, sensed a mental softening that could place such an anti-American in the White House. He grumbled about encroaching political correctness even back in the 50s, and in the novel "Friday" a morally declined 22nd century USA has fragmented into silly, feuding chunks (California Confederacy, Chicago Imperium etc) as the constitutionalism which held the nation together had disappeared - just as Obama hopes to do. “In the California Confederacy it is against the law to refuse credit to a person merely because that person has taken bankruptcy. Credit is a civil right.” - from Friday, 1982

I look forward to more from Mr. Atbashian. There is no doubt the Left will do what it can now to stifle - then liquidate - dissent. It always has.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: krause, 1/21/2013 9:35:28 AM     (No. 9129666)

In this case, the enemies of the current government, us, have the guns.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 1/21/2013 9:43:57 AM     (No. 9129680)

Agree with #2.

This is why Obamacare must be repealed. Doctors who have no particular moral compass will find it all too easy to justify euthanasia when they could cure their patients.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 1/21/2013 10:29:50 AM     (No. 9129780)

Round us all up? 25 million of us? I don´t see it. How long did the USSR last? and we ain´t them. Hitler´s Germany? The problem is that the evil one´s base is the lofo. Lazy, stupid, don´t care. Whose going to build this paradise and keep it running for them? We may lose some liberties and we may suffer through bankruptcy. But it will get righted after the storm. Their leaders simply don´t have the brains to pull this off. Or are you giving credit for brilliance from any of their leaders?
If you see it as a worry get involved with a counter-group like the tea party now, and if you are work to expand its base.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Arby, 1/21/2013 11:11:24 AM     (No. 9129892)

Enter any university humanities department and you´ll hear endless jabber about ´community´; look behind the scenes for five or six seconds and you´ll see endless maneuvering for special deals, personal advantages and other untold perks and bennies. Collectivism is a bien-pensant pose that masks a selfish reality.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/21/2013 11:14:34 AM     (No. 9129904)

Seriously, I rarely recommend Alex Jones. Seriously.

But in concert with Oleg´s excellent article ... really, watch this Alex Jones video released today about Big Bend National Park ...

Won´t spoil it

Google Big Bend Visitors Not Welcome - Infowars

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Reply 10 - Posted by: drbulb, 1/21/2013 12:09:15 PM     (No. 9130052)

By coincidence, I am reading "The Moon is a harsh mistress" right now (probably the 20th time). First time that I noticed how eerily similar it is to what we are facing now.

A note to LOFO Øbama supporters: "TANSTAAFL!"

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Reply 11 - Posted by: NotaBene, 1/21/2013 12:14:20 PM     (No. 9130062)

Demonizing opponents is Obama´s method. His father was a Communist and mother and grandparents were fellow travellers. Marxists have taken US down from within. Hope you voters enjoy your Food Stamps and Obamaphones, for they cost me plenty.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 1/21/2013 12:22:30 PM     (No. 9130087)

Reply 8 - Posted by: preciosodrogas,

Stalin murdered over 22 million people by 1952.

You think numbers mean anything to those who want unfettered power.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lavalette, 1/21/2013 1:34:54 PM     (No. 9130309)

Leftism is an opportunistic disease. It can only destoy an already weakened victim. Our weakness stems from our blessings. As a nation founded by Biblical Pilgrims and Puritans, we have been blessed by God. Now enjoying the peace and prosperity of those blessings, we have turned from God and the Bible. The spiritual death leaves us open to the leftist infection. No amount of fighting or exposiing leftists will matter as long as we remain unrepentant and fail to return to our Biblical Christian faith.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: redwhite&blue2, 1/21/2013 1:40:57 PM     (No. 9130326)

Isnt it time for us to rise up and overthrow this government? I am ready. Are you?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Curmudgeon1, 1/21/2013 1:41:43 PM     (No. 9130332)

#2 ...

I would like to point out that should a Commander in Chief order ´The Military´ to ´Round up any or all of the citizinery´ then the following would occur:

There is a notable difference between the officer and enlisted oaths is that the oath taken by officers does not include any provision to obey orders; while enlisted personnel are bound by the Uniform Code of Military Justice to obey lawful orders, officers in the service of the United States are bound by this oath to disobey any order that violates the Constitution of the United States.

Therefor, the OFFICERS of the US Military would be BOUND by their oath to DISOBEY such an order because it would VIOLATE the Constitution of the United States.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 1/21/2013 2:09:34 PM     (No. 9130390)

FTA: ...modern-day totalitarianism is ensured, not so much by the secret police with its army of snitches and brutal enforcers, as by modern technologies of psychological manipulation through the media, education, and entertainment.

The perfectly sums up what is happening in this country that no one will acknowledge. I don´t even know what to do or say anymore. Voting sure doesn´t seem to be helping.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ConradNY, 1/21/2013 2:17:45 PM     (No. 9130416)

This is just what the left is doing to the tea party and the Republican party.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Penney, 1/21/2013 2:55:25 PM     (No. 9130504)

The statist dems´ media/lsm/hollyweird has apparently dedicated itself to the leftists´ task of brainwashing, thus, ´priming the pump,´ for 0bama? mmm mmm mmm

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Reply 19 - Posted by: tocsin, 1/21/2013 2:57:45 PM     (No. 9130512)

#17-Sir, that was your and my Military.
My nephew,US Army Infantry, told me they have trained to fire on AMERICAN civilians!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: lencu255, 1/21/2013 3:18:43 PM     (No. 9130557)

[...] is unhappy at not being able to convince everyone, himself included that he is greater than everyone; and this unhappiness of his may be his most human trait, perhaps the only human trait in him. But what is not human, but rather something devilish, is that because of this unhappiness he cannot help taking revenge on people, on all people but especially those who are in any way better or higher than he.
And the survey says the name inside the braces is.....?
Stalin! That´s what Bucharin said in 1936, couple of years before stalin killed him.
Absolutely fabulous book by Martin Amis - Koba the Dread: laughter and the twenty million.
God, save our country from that!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: DocH, 1/21/2013 3:38:34 PM     (No. 9130633)

Heinlein (I am a huge fan, even though he was an atheist and I am not) was able to predict this as he was an anti-Communist American patriot (and visited the Soviet Union himself) who knew the roots of collectivist thought. What we are seeing implemented today isn´t new, it´s been in the works for a long time, and with Obama, they finally have the man they wanted.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/21/2013 4:40:36 PM     (No. 9130769)

Three classes? State-enforced mind control? Dehumanizing government opposition? You mean like in "1984"? I´m sorry, but this is neither news nor particularly insightful. Go read Orwell, for crying out loud.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: gone2pot, 1/21/2013 5:13:28 PM     (No. 9130839)

Look, it´s real easy and all the articles of warning are in the end merely firm grasps of the obvious. You want a picture to carry with you to stop your hair from lighting on fire? Here goes. Think about the US fighting WWII, Germany and Japan in full swing. Now think about what the outcome of WWII would look like if the majority of Americans elected Joseph Goebbels president and Admiral Kuribayashi for the Senate majority leader, with a Senate majority making up Japanese politicians and German politicians with the courts led by German Nazi judges. Would the building of concentration camps for non-Arians and the planning of surprise attacks on major cities be a surprise? Okay now apply that to today. We have elected a majority of people, none of whom would have been eligible to enlist in the Army in the 60´s through 80´s for failing simple background checks. Those are the people who lead us. Now does anyone still doubt our leaders´ goal is to destroy the United States? This article is but a teeny part of their whole objective.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: johngalt1, 1/21/2013 7:03:22 PM     (No. 9131026)

#4 is correct that a Heinlein revival is in order.

He is also correct that the antagonist in “Mistress” is modeled after colonial Britain, not some Orwellian “1984” dystopia. In “Mistress” the moon is a penal colony and its inhabitants were literally caught between a rock and a hard place. Nothing was free on Luna, including air. Loonies couldn’t leave after they served out their sentences because of irreversible physiological changes caused by prolonged exposure to one-sixth gravity.

Heinlein’s authoritarian antagonists didn’t bother to brainwash Loonies. They already had them exactly where they wanted them (or so they thought), producing and sending cheap wheat down a gravity well to a hungry, over-populated Earth.

Class warfare couldn’t be exploited in Luna because of the unorthodox social and family structures it had developed, but Earth’s dependence on Luna wheat to prevent food riots could be.

Libertarian Ldotters not familiar with Heinlein might enjoy a summary of his views found in a slender volume entitled “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long.” For the record (Wikipedia), when Ayn Rand´s novel "The Fountainhead" was published, Heinlein was very favorably impressed. Heinlein dispatched altruism as a false virtue in Stranger in a Strange Land and mentioned John Galt—the hero in Rand´s "Atlas Shrugged"--as a heroic archetype in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Mr. Atbashian should be commended for making some very important points about the mechanics of collectivist propaganda. However, the gravest danger America faces today comes not from unsustainable atheistic collectivism, but from ascendant Islamic fascism. One last note for Libertarians: Jihadi terrorists will not leave us in peace if we yield to them. The world doesn’t work that way. Never did.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Crosscut, 1/21/2013 11:09:24 PM     (No. 9131418)

For the first time in American history there is a truly dangerous man in the Oval Office. Put there by low information and apathetic losers, parasites, the Press, academia and public service union members. Perhaps they now outnumber traditional Americans. It may be game over.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Crosscut, 1/21/2013 11:22:31 PM     (No. 9131444)

Under Obama´s reign he is setting America on this path to evil. Hopefully Americans will get their heads out of their wazoos in time to stop this. Let´s all pray that the Repubs and conservative members of the House and Senate can subvert and deny Obama the advancement of his agenda. Like any dictator he will go around Congress to get at the low information losers, the uneducated, public service thugs, teachers, the gullible and those easily manipulated, to form his army. He must be blocked and stymied in those efforts.

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New York Post, by Michael Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 3/18/2014 6:44:10 AM     Post Reply
A 28-year old Manhattan investment banker has died after an apparent suicide, police sources said.Kenneth Bellando, who worked at Levy Capital since January, was found dead on the sidewalk outside his East Side building on March 12, after allegedly jumping from the sixth-story roof, sources said. Bellando, a former investment bank analyst at JPMorgan, is the son of John Bellando, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Condé Nast. His brother, John, a top Chief Investment Officer with JPMorgan, works on risk exposure valuations. Several John Bellando emails were cited during testimony at the Senate Finance committee’s inquiry into the

White House pastry chef resigns:
‘I don’t want to demonize cream,
butter, sugar and eggs’

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/18/2014 2:43:57 PM     Post Reply
White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is resigning after First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food. Yosses is leaving the White House in June to work on a new project focusing on “food literacy” and The New York Times says Michelle is “partly to blame.” The openly gay chef was hired by Laura Bush in 2007 to make his trademark cookie plates and sugar sculptures. Mrs. Obama took over in 2009 and ordered Yosses to make healthier plates in smaller portions. (Snip) “I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,”

O-Care premiums to skyrocket
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The Hill, by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/19/2014 7:22:26 AM     Post Reply
Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration. The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015. The industry complaints come less than a week after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sought to downplay concerns about rising premiums in the healthcare sector. She told lawmakers rates would increase in 2015 but

No Reporters on Michelle
Obama´s Trip to China

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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/19/2014 12:19:03 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won´t be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a ´people-to-people exchange´ emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times. The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride by saying

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