A bunch of engineers were discussing politics. The opening line in a joke? No. A Fact. And as part of that fact I had an epiphany. About something I have known for a long time. But never put as well in words:

The key to shutting off reasoning is to raise fears. Lots of fears.

The purpose of government is to exploit your fears.

No Fear

The Left has its economic fears and environmental fears and the right has its moral fears. Funny thing is I was under the impression that coming to Jesus relieved people of their fears. I know that when I was born again (in my own peculiar way) I ceased living in fear. You can’t believe what a relief it was to give up that particular burden.

But you see it all the time. Without fears to define their lives a considerable number of folks seem lost.

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Men – free of fear – are difficult to exploit.

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Herman Goering said it rather plainly for the Dense:

“Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.”

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You want to follow political manipulations? Watch what you are being taught to fear.

Update: 7 April 2012 1255z

Tom Ligon wrote a piece that was inspired by this article’s predecessor – a comment at Talk Polywell