“Why, I’ll tell you right now that no one ever, EVER!, tells me what to think about anything. I am my own person, think my own thoughts. Got that?”
Thus says the person who thinks the exact same thoughts as everyone else in his circle, not too much different from those in other circles.
The key to understanding thought control is that people have to imagine they think for themselves. So we are given a range of acceptable views, none of which are threatening to real power, and are allowed to choose among them. Thus the pro-choice pro-Obama anti-gun pro-Keystone Democrat is identical to the pro-life pro-gun pro-Romney pro-Keystone Republican in every way that is of any importance. The two can duke it out and even have an emotional investment in their candidate. This false choice imparts that essential illusion, that we are freely thinking and making our choices. On the night that they laugh about it shout about it, and either celebrate electoral victory or cry in their beer, the circle is complete.
The photo above is from Rolling Stone magazine, the recent one with KISS on the cover. In a thought-controlled environment, it is important that there be widespread agreement on certain essential ‘facts.’ It could be some thing big and confusing like 9/11, or a minor matter as Crimea’s choice to become part of the Russian Federation. In those matters, there is no room for disagreement, and there is total spectrum control. Dissent regarding 9/11 is not only not allowed in our media, but is only ridiculed from a distance, never allowed even a moment’s discussion in mainstream media.
The Crimea matter must be of huge importance to the people who control our thoughts, as it too is intoned by one solemn voice in every corner of our media. Crimea’s people did not make a rational choice. “Putin” stole the country by force. The notion that Ukraine was subject to violent coup d’état, its legitimate government overthrown by outside forces …. I am yet to see it broached anywhere save one, a radio interview conduct by Terry Gross a few weeks back.
But Americans are not news hounds, and don’t know geography. They don’t travel. They mostly absorb their views from entertainment sources. That too is under strict control. I don’t know the process whereby Rolling Stone, which performs a left gate keeping function, joined the parade in condemning “Putin”. I just know that it did.
In the matter of Crimea’s decision to be part of the Russian Federation, there is no dissent in the United States. All talking heads, radio voices, comedians and magazines from all sides of our supposed spectrum, are of one voice. “Putin” stole the country.
Thought control is usually not so heavy-handed as that. This must be a matter of great importance to our leaders.