Internalizing the lies

“All of us, at some level, know that we are being lied to. Some people internalize it and go on with their daily lives. Some ignore it completely. And still others latch onto fatuous opinion-makers whose daily bread depends on the very system they purport to uncover.

Obviously none of this is satisfactory. What we need is to understand how the world works, how systems of power operate, what motivates its operation, and where it all originated.” (Joseph E. Green, Dissenting Views)

I am conferring today, that is, spending a whole day with accountants. I’d rather eat worms. I like the above quote because is synopsizes the American condition, the internalization of lies. My blog runs hot and cold, but one thing I can be sure of is that when I write about the big lies of our times, the comment section dries up.

People shy away, but they know on some level that they are living in lies. Breaking free is near impossible, I think, as so few of us manage to make that break.

Still, if ever you see one thing that does not make sense, no matter how small or insignificant, and follow it through, you might experience a breakthrough. It is usually just that, a small thing.

You will experience denial, pain, disappointment, anger, disillusionment, and finally freedom.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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2 Responses to Internalizing the lies

  1. steve kelly says:

    Control of space, especially public space, is another common neoliberal control tactic. http://www.academia.edu/4469899/Social_Control_in_Public_Spaces_A_Review_of_Literature

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    • Thanks, Steve. I printed it for reading tomorrow as I confer.

      It brings to mind something that happened on Bozeman, how a public area with very old trees was converted to building space. One reaction to campus uprising of the 60’s is to make it very hard to find a public space on a campus. Arguing against that is that MSU, during the 60’s, was calm.

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