Introduction: This is the first in a series of dashed off speculative opinions. Normal procedure on the FM website for these topics would be 3 thousand word posts, supported by dozens of links. I dont’ have the time to finish them, and too many of these outlines have accumulated in my drafts file. Perhaps these will spark useful debate and research among this site’s readers. All of these have been discussed at length in other posts on the FM website.
A major revolution in American politics during the past decade or so: the increased use of outright propaganda, and Americans acceptance of it. Both side have participated, but only one side has been successful.
To see how far we’ve decayed, I recommend a look at the transcripts of the Lincoln-Douglas debates (also see the Wikipedia entry). They read like term papers of today’s college sophomores. They are longer, more complex and sophisticated than the “debates” of today, in which candidates volley sound-bites with journalists. The L-D debates gave tangible evidence of a vibrant democracy. American will be back on track when we produce something like this.
- On the left
- On the right
- Bipartisan lies
- For more information from the FM site
(1) On the left
On the left we have the intense campaign to convince people about the imminent danger of global warming. Almost all the major news media, educational institutions, and scientific institutes signed on to the crusade (to some degree). Their opposite was a small number of skeptics and conservatives (big corporations financed both sides). Much of the governments regulatory apparatus signed onto the crusade, seeing the potential for a vast expansion of their powers.