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The brilliance that is Social Memory Complex bring us an important contrast… no, it’s not a contrast, it’s a comparison, and one which we should all heed:
Is the lobbyist-driven agenda of corporations, special interests, and political culture really any less distant than U.S. foreign policy? Do we have any authentic control over the decisions in our society that affect us? Or are we just treated as fungible units of polity that have only to be deftly mobilized by public relations wizards in pursuit of an agenda fundamentally alien to us? What, in other words, is the difference between our powerlessness within the borders of the U.S. and the powerlessness endured by the residents of Iraq and Afghanistan?
The answers are obvious on one level, and subtly and critically different on another. This essay dramatically illustrates the differences between “democracy” and demos, and should resonate loudly within the minds of those millions of hopefuls who have not yet surrendered themselves totally to the machine.
Read it. Suffer it. Internalize it.