#117 – Sheepherding Democracy

Most Americans believe that Democracy is the God of Everything Good, the right way, the only way, the way God intended. Our Democracy is not an enlightened form of government. It does not represent the pinnacle of civilization. It’s the product of a propaganda campaign that began in the early 1900s.

Walter Lippmann wrote the people in a democracy are a bewildered herd of interested spectators, malleable and hopelessly ill-informed. Democracy manipulates the bewildered herd into believing they are in control of their government.

The Vietnam war briefly changed the American political landscape. In the 1960s, there was an increase in citizens participating in marches, protests, and demonstrations. They believed in a government by the people and for the people. They rejected, despised, and disobeyed those running the country for their financial and political advantage.

However, in 1975, The Trilateral Commission, a US-based think tank, published “The Crisis of Democracy.” This publication would reverse the enlightened political landscape from an educated, involved society back to the bewildered herd.

Lead writer, Harvard professor Samuel Huntington wrote that “the democratic surge of the 1960s was a general challenge to existing systems of authority, public and private. In one form or another, it manifested itself in the family, the university, business, public and private associations, politics, the governmental bureaucracy, and the military services.”

Huntington concluded that the US suffered from an excess of Democracy. “The effective operation of a democratic political system usually requires apathy and noninvolvement.” He stated that the crisis of Democracy stemmed from a society that was becoming educated and participating. The solution would be less critical thought-based education. The newly engineered authoritative Democracy would have the appearance of freedom but not the substance.

The irony of more ignorance to save our Democracy went unnoticed. It became apparent that it was at risk when students learned things that government did not want them to. The Commission was concerned with schools and universities that were not doing their job of “properly indoctrinating the young” and that “we have to have more moderation in democracy”. The path forward was clear the public school system and the universities would indoctrinate the young people in America. Public Education changed.

Today social engineers work Democracy to the bone. They use the media and all tools available to keep the herd ignorant and superstitious. Schools do their part, and our multi-party electoral system is a beauty contest between two pre-selected candidates. Call It Democracy


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